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A New Venture


Some of you may have noticed my absence since the beginning of this year. Well, that's been partly unintentional, but also slightly intentional. xD I've been contemplating a change in blogging direction for awhile and now want to direct you all to my newest venture:


Yes, it's combination of the names of my two blogs that I basically don't blog on anymore. xD What can I say, I guess I'm not creative??

Anyways, if you're still interested in what I have to blog about, check out Starry Ramblings. I'd love to see old faces from this blog over there! Give me a follow and please comment to say hi!

*waves* I'll see you there!
Natalie

THE SEVEN (actually 14) QUESTIONS BOOK TAG

Yes, that's right! I'm answering the SEVEN QUESTIONS BOOK TAG today. However, I put my own unique spin on it and made it FOURTEEN. Because I'm a rebel and both of my dear friends, Olivia and Katie, created such great lists of questions that I couldn't choose between them.


||Katie's Questions||

What’s one genre you used to avoid, but now love?
Hmmmmm. I am now faced with the fact that perhaps I have not tread the bounds of my book-genre-comfort-zone much, because I don't have a good answer for this one. Perhaps speculative/fantastical science-fiction? (If that makes any sense??) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Storming  by K.M. Weiland are both works I wouldn't have necessarily thought I'd like because neither is historical or strictly fantasy, but I really loved them and would now be open to similar stories!

Have you ever liked a movie adaptation better than the book?  Which book?  Why?
HECK YES. There are many, but one example that comes to mind is Pollyanna. I adore the Hayley Mills version. It's charming and funny and sweet and altogether heart-warming, but personally I found the book rather flat and dull and missing the magical charm that the Disney version adds.*shrugs* 

Name one thing about your favorite genre that you absolutely can’t stand.  Something you wish you could change.
Okay, so I think historical fiction is my favorite genre, but fantasy is so close behind it's basically a tie, so I'm going to use fantasy as my example. I can't think of something specific that I can't stand and wish I could change, but here's one thing I've noticed that I think could "use some improvement." (And it's something I do in my own writing, too, and want to change, so I'm not pointing fingers or anything.)

Why are (most) fantasy heroes and heroines (but especially the heroines) always so handsome/beautiful? I mean, this kind of encompasses all genres I think, but generally in fantasy it seems as if every heroine is lauded for her beauty and every hero has a chiseled facial structure and piercing blue eyes.

And here's the thing: I get it! I have and probably will write characters like this, too. I like liking a hero who's handsome! But here's the thing. Or rather, two things. A lot of people have different opinions as to what is handsome or beautiful or not. E.g. some people (you know who you are, ha ;)) don't think Captain America/Chris Evans is their idea of handsome and while I can't empathize with that at all, I think it's awesome that everyone has different "ideals" of good looks and can we please get some representation for that in fiction? 

Not all heroines have to have glowing curls and bright, big eyes. How about some normal hair that gets frizzy or limp and tangled like us normal girls? Not every hero has to be 6 feet tall and have a killer grin. Why not make him just a tad shorter than the heroine? (E.g. in Brooklyn Tony is just a tad shorter than Eilis and it's adorable)

Anyways. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's nice to have characters who are as unique looking as the people who read them, and that not ALL heroes and heroines should be the "typical" kind of handsome/beautiful. 
There. I've had my say. Do with it as you will.


When was the last time you shipped a non-canon book couple?
Um. It's been awhile, though I've definitely done it. I wrote a post about some non-canon couples here: SIX NON-CANON SHIPS though the only one from literature was Enjolras and Eponine. I can't really think of a more recent example, though. :/

How often do you write ‘rant reviews’?  Or do you prefer to keep quiet if you didn’t like a book?  
I think I generally keep quiet when I don't like a book, except perhaps when I REALLY dislike a book. And even then I have  to have the time and mental energy to verbalize what I didn't like about said book. I'm always a little nervous about expressing myself coherently so that there's no confusion and that I cover my point from "all angles" to protect against attack. xD  But, all that to say, when I DO have the time and energy and so forth I think I enjoy a rant every now and then. (Especially if it's a CFR novel. I don't need as much mental energy to express what I didn't like about those. *rolls eyes*)

Thoughts on Charles Dickens?  Love him, hate him, in-between him?  
I guess in between. I do really love some of his stories (A TALE OF TWO CITIES WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE IN MY HEART) but I have to be in the right mood for his sometimes dark and odd characters, plus his books. are. so. long. I still have not read as much of his work as I would like.

Paperback covers:  glossy or matte?  
OHHHHH THIS IS HARD. It depends on the book perhaps?? No, wait. I think overall I prefer matte. It's just more subtle and delicate and elegant than glossy. (But again, there may be exceptions.)

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||Olivia's Questions||

What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical fiction, I think, though fantasy is so close behind that it's hard to tell between the two.

What was the best book you read for the first time last year?
Last year???  Um. Olivia, I can hardly remember what I read THIS year! *goes to goodreads to see if I can figure it out*
Oh wait. I think I got it. It was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

Do you remember when you first began to read?  What drew you to it?
I don't remember the first time I began to read, but my mom says I always loved being read to when I was a baby/toddler. And of course it feels as if 57% of my childhood memories consist of the library shelves and all the books I'd choose to read. I spent a lot of time in libraries as a kid. It was great. 

How do you arrange your books?  By color?  By title?  By author?  By series?  By something else altogether?
A little bit of everything! Color where I am able without upsetting series, and I try to group books written by the same author together. But mostly it comes down to getting all the books to fit on the shelves without looking ridiculous. :P

New books or used books?
New, though I mostly buy used because of $$!!

What tends to send you into a reading slump?
Being busy. Reading usually suffers first, followed by writing, blogging, other creative pursuits, and lastly movies/TV.  Sad, but true. I'm trying to change  things, though.


What tends to pull you out of a reading slump?
New books! Time off from work! More new books!

THANKS TO KATIE AND OLIVIA FOR THESE AWESOME QUESTIONS!!

Now I have some questions of my own:

Preference: male or female main character?
Do you prefer colorful, attention grabbing book covers or simple, understated ones?
A character you'd like to have as your boss at work?
Books-a-Million or Barnes & Noble?
Would you rather be gifted random "surprise" books from a friend, or a bookstore giftcard?
What age range of characters do you generally like to read about? (For instance, would you rather read a book about a 17 year old or a 87 year old?)
What would you tell someone who defiantly proclaims: "I don't like reading! Why should I?"


I tag Gabby, Anna, Faith G. 
and anyone else who would like to play!!

autumn(s)

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guuyyyyss I had this post planned for autumn and it's only November 9th but we're in like full blown snow days up here and I can'tttt *cries*

Here it is anyways. I've seen something like this on pinterest about different "kinds" of the seasons and I really liked it. So here goes. This is a super short, low-brain power kind of post, just for fun. :)


hazy autumn
•golden fields
Dr Quinn Medicine Woman
mid morning walks
•a babbling brook in the woods
•pale cloudy skies
•still-green trees
•sweaters in the mornings, t shirts in the afternoon
•crisp breezes
•mellow sunshine

last leaves of november

dark autumn
•rain and thunder
•eerie wind
Harry Potter
•hot cocoa
•coats and boots
•bare branches
•black cats
Once Upon a Time

Fall leaves!!!
spicy autumn
•pumpkins
•red crunchy leaves
•chai tea (I tried a pumpkin spice latte for the FIRST TIME this fall and I was like "meh")
•bright blue skies and fluffy clouds
•thanksgiving dinner
•stars
•coffee mugs
Lord of the Rings
•plaid scarves
•hiking in the woods
•doughnuts and apple cider
Forest Home
purple autumn
•long shadows in the afternoon and evening
•walking at twilight
•sunsets behind bare trees
•long gray dirt roads
• The Witch of Blackbird Pond
•hot tea and a good book
•quilts
•frost on the windows



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Happy November, friends. ♥
Have anything to add to my "lists"? Do share!!


*photos not mine; they're from pinterest

Know the Novel || part one


Happy October 31st! Currently, I am cozied away from the wet, cold world outside. Which would be great, except that I'm fighting a sinus infection or a cold or something else equally bothersome. And I'm really not thrilled that it's been spitting snow today. It's not even November. But hey, that's Michigan for ya. (Seriously, does someone want to go to Florida with me? Soon? Tomorrow? Hit me up.)

Anyways, back to today. October 31st. Which, to some people, means Halloween, but to me it means...
the last day before NaNoWriMo begins.
When I heard that two prisoners escaped from the prison thirty minutes from my house

I have done no prepwork, but am here today with a fun list of questions part of the "Know the Novel" linkup hosted by Christine at christinesmithauthor.com!!

I'm hoping it will help me solidify some things about my novel, and give you guys a fun peek at it since I really didn't say anything about it in my last post.

(Problem is...since that last post, I've actually been getting back into writing more of my 2017 NaNo project, aka my Snow White retelling....

So. Things may still take a U-turn somewhere in November and "Robin Hood" may fall into the ditch..... but I am excited about my "Robin Hood" story so it's still officially my NaNo project for 2019.) 

Does that make any sense? Oh well.

Onward.

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
The song Secrets by One Republic was a BIG factor for my inspiration, if not the original, deciding inspiration. Something within the lyrics started getting me thinking, and my Robin Hood retelling was born. 

2. Share a blurb!
Oh boy. I hate writing these things.

"Years and years before the events of [my Princess and the Pea retelling] take place, there is a corrupt government, a band of outlaws, and one who rattled the stars above their heads.

His story has become a legend, passed down from generation to generation, but at the heart of the story there is no extraordinary hero.

Just a boy, his bow, and his friends.

His name was Robin Hood.

This is his story."

Okay. I literally just wrote that out, and I kind of stole one line from a Pinterest quote and it seems a little melodramatic, but......
it works. *shrugs*
mood

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Well, I have thought about setting it in the classic, no-brainer place: medeival England. But, as you can see above ^^ it's going to be part of my fairytale retelling series. More specifically, years and years earlier than the events of my princess and the pea retelling, but in the same country.

Favorite aspects of the setting? Getting to have these characters live and walk and basically be the ancestors to Alethea and her family. *smiles*

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
*grins* Gladly! There is quite a handful of "main" characters I want to tell you about, but of course I must stick with the man himself.

In my story, Robin is a young man, still in his teens. He's idealistic and passionate, but a little prone to brooding and depression. He doesn't believe in himself very much, though he's the first to stand up and actually fight. But it's the support and encouragement of those behind him,his "gang", his friends and family, that keep him going.
They all need each other. ♥
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5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
I haven't thought this one through much yet, but I'm guessing it will be the Sheriff?? xD There's also a Guy of Gisbourne character that is a little shadowy in my mind, but I'm rather excited about.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?
1) The characters and their relationships with one another. My idea for my gang of "merry men" is somewhat of a cross between Peter Pan's lost boys and the newsies. So that makes me happy.

2) The autumn/winter aesthetic. Stars and falling leaves and firelight.

3) The ship (s). *squees*


7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?
Standalone. At least I pray it will be. *is nervous* Of course, as I said above, it will be part of my fairy tale retelling series, but it won't become a series within itself.

I sincerely, truly hope, anyways. 

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?
Apparently pantsing because some "warm up" writing and this blog post has been the extent of my "planning". xD (help...)

9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.
Well, the biggest one is probably the age of Robin Hood and his counterparts. They're all going to be teenagers, or in their early twenties. 

Secondly, I think this retelling will be much more family oriented. Robin Hood stories generally have Robin on his own, and his merry men all individuals from far and wide. My Robin has parents and a sister. Most of his "partners in crime" are old childhood friends and some of them are even related to one another. So that'll be fun.

Also, the fact that this retelling of Robin Hood isn't actually, y'know, set in England. That's a biggie.

Starlight - Taylor Swift  Ok just realized most of the lyrics I have in this board are Taylor Swift song lyrics!! Hah what can I say?

10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

Here's my original inspiration song. Plus all the pictures in this post are off my (secret) pinterest board for this story.



Are you doing NaNo 2019?
What are you writing?
Go forth and conquer!


I don't know what I'm doing + 2019 NaNoWriMo Project??

NaNoWriMo begins in five days and I haven't done any planning for it.



Hello all and how is your October treating you? Mine has been full of unexpected ups and downs, but today I want to talk about one thing in particular. And I already mentioned it. It's NaNoWriMo.