Friday, March 10, 2017

Beautiful People| Emma/ Hester/ Dandelion

NOTE: When I originally posted this, some of the answers didn't save, but it's all fixed now. :) Thank you for your patience!

Hey y'all! I am doing the unheard of this month and:

a) doing Beautiful People TWO MONTHS IN A ROW
b) doing THE SAME NOVEL AS LAST TIME, and
c) doing three characters at once. I'm crazy, I know.


For those of you who don't know, Beautiful People is a monthly writerly link-up for characters hosted by super-bloggers Cait and Sky

So, I introduced you to James and Emma last month, and now I'm here to show you the whole protagonist triumvirate: 

EMMA: You know her. She's a quirky, (Rapunzel retelling!!) bookish, sort-of-Persephone-from-the-Raven-Cycle-by-Maggie-Stiefvater-but-saner character. She owns a bookstore. She's the main character.

HESTER: If Emma's Persephone, Hester is Calla. She's sarcastic and American (oh yeah, the book is set in London by the way) and has a tragic backstory (very tragic, actually. involving an insane little girl and a puzzle company.) and is the Rumpelstiltskin character. I love her. She's pointy.

DANDELION: The Maura of the group, Dandelion is chiller than Hester but more grounded than Emma. Think a mix of Cinder and Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles. (Spoilers: She's Beauty. As in Beauty and the Beast.) Her grandparents immigrated to England from Africa and her grandmother has amazing cookery skills.

Onto the questions!

What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?

EMMA: Emma's favorite book is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Coincidentally, it's also one of my favorites! 

HESTER: Hester's favorite movie/musical is West Side Story and she sings the Jet Song in the shower. She'll never admit it, but it's true. (Both.)

DANDELION: Dandelion loves the Marvel movies. Because she's sane and they're clearly better than DC. (Note: Mostly just saying that because I have an ongoing feud with my friend about the better superhero franchise. If you like DC better, I'm sure it's awesome! We all have different opinions.)

Is there anything they regret doing?

EMMA: Emma actually hasn't done a lot with her life, what with being stuck in the bookstore and all. She'll always regret not rebelling against Adelaide (the antagonist. I'm also writing her villain backstory and her life is incredibly, incredibly terrible.) sooner, though.

HESTER: The spoilers for this run far too deep to share.

DANDELION: Dandelion has no regrets. Wait, I've given her no tragic backstory. Why would I do such a humane thing? *frowns*

If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?

All of them would help each other. They all care for each other deeply, they can just (pointedly watching Hester) have a tough time showing it. I mean, Dandelion would also be taken care of by her loving functional family, but she's the oddball here.


Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?

EMMA: Not a specific object, just books in general. She loves her collection. Deeply.

HESTER: Near the end, she'll obtain SPOILERY SPOILERY SPOILERS!! yeah, so not telling. *zips mouth shut, even though I'm typing.*

DANDELION: Nah. (Why did I make Dandelion so normal?)

What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?

I'm just gonna do two for each because there are three of them.
EMMA: Buy her a billion books and then leave.
Make sure she eats/functions/stays alive and really show you care about her. She's never really had parents so it really touches her.

HESTER: Man, just considering her needs as important. Hester is starved of love and family and if you can get past the I don't care vibe/mysterious aura, you are probably okay to enter her world. Probably.
Always be there for her. She's unswervingly loyal and she values that trait highly.

DANDELION: Trust her. Trust her completely. Believe in her.
Surprise her. 

Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.

EMMA: Emma wears blouses and skirts. You might find her with her hair loose, with a pretty white blouse and a powder blue sweater, wearing a long skirt and flats.

HESTER: Probably a dark t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

DANDELION: A t-shirt (possibly superhero), tasteful jeans, and flats.

What’s their favorite type of weather?

EMMA: Emma loves sunshine and storms.

HESTER: Hester likes it when it's sort of raining, but not quite. She also quite loves thunderstorms, and goes outside in them, which first worries and then irritates her friends.

DANDELION: Dandelion loves snow.

What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?

All three of these are spoilers. I can just tell you that none of them were with each other, although they do argue a lot. Especially Hester and Dandelion.

What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?

EMMA: Sometimes the others call her Em.

HESTER: Sometimes the others call her Hest, but that's it. Her parents loved the name Hester and never saw fit to shorten it.

DANDELION: Dandelion itself is a nickname. Her real name is a long, beautiful traditional African name, but she prefers Dandelion.

What makes their heart feel alive?

EMMA: Reading and dreaming.

HESTER: Being outside in a thunderstorm.

DANDELION: Breaking and entering, which she'll only discover over the course of this book. :)


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Whew! That was long! What do you think of my characters? Tell me in the comments, and be sure to link to your Beautiful People posts!





Monday, February 27, 2017

A Poem For You



Image result for roses and poppiesHelloo, my dear readers! A little while back, on an exceptionally warm winter day, I wrote a poem I thought I'd share. It's not amazing, but it's not too bad, either. Here it is! (Do you get the clever flower reference in the title? Huh? :) )


Roses and Poppies
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.

There are so many things
I long to do with you.


Feel grass under footsteps,
Hear wind in the trees.
Dance through bright meadows
Dance in the breeze.

Watch a sad movie,
Waltz in the rain.
On our way to nowhere,
Drive down a lane.

But most, my dear soldier,
A cake just for two.
Rings for our fingers,
Loving "I do"s.

Roses are red,
I love you, I'm sure.
We'd do all these things 
Had you come back from the war.

So, what do you think? Written any poetry lately? Who's your favorite poet? Tell me in the comments!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beautiful People| James & Emma

Helloo, Imaginers! Today is as good a time as ever for a Beautiful People post, so I shall write one and my words are off because tired and I don't know and bleh that was a bad sentence.

Okay!

Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by the fabulous bloggers Cait and Sky, linked to in the pictures. (visit their blogs! you will like it!) I have a notorious history of participating exceeding infrequently and using a different writing project each time, which I will continue. :)

James and Emma are two peoples in a magic realism story story with spirits and fairy tales set in modern-day London. There are bookshops and insane little girls and retellings of Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, and a teensy bit of Cinderella. So... yeah.

Emma is the quiet much-haired owner of Shelby Lane Bookshop, which is not on a Shelby Lane. Think Persephone of the Raven Cycle but less ethereal and more bookish. 

James is the imaginary son of Princess Di, born a year before she died. (You can tell I did minimal research.) (Also, the book is set in 2015.)

How and why did they meet?
So... funny story.... 

They met at the bookshop. James (in tacky tourist costume) had been sent to procure a book by his grandmother, the Queen. Unknown to him, the book is a magical tome containing spells to release and control the ancestor-ghosts of ye alde England. Such as every dead British soldier ever. and every dead British king. So... yeah.

So he's searching all the bookstores in the vicinity for the recently stolen book. And he meets Emma at Shelby Lane, with her pointy sarcastic American friend Hester and her equally hostile but generally less pointy pal Dandelion. He doesn't find what he's looking for and is generally considered oddly familiar and suspicious.

What were their first impressions of each other?
James thought Emma seemed nice but a bit odd. Emma thought James was nice. They didn't expect to see more of each other, so it wasn't particularly in-depth.

How would they prove their love for each other?
James would do anything for Emma. He would probably die for her, truth be told.
Emma would give up reading, which is INSANE. Reading was her entire world for most of her life. Like, literally her entire world.

What would be an ideal date?
I think a movie and a dinner. It's an oldie, but it would feel so crazy to both of them. James, as a prince, wouldn't normally be able to do such a thing, and Emma had never actually been on a date and hadn't seen movies in theaters for years, so it would be amazing for both of them.

Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
James prefers people to books, while Emma is unsure.

List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
1. James loves frozen pizza. He never had it before he was introduced to it at Dandelion's house (long story) and he fell in love.
2. Emma puts brown sugar on her bacon.
3. James, never having had them, is disgusted by s'mores.
4. Emma is in love with Nutella.
5. Emma likes her toast/quesadillas/grilled cheeses blackened and burned.

What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
Emma knows that James sometimes dreams of a normal family.
James knows that Emma still loves her "evil stepmother"/aunt, because she's so used to it.

How would their lives be different without each other?
James would probably, eventually, turn into an emotionally constipated shell.
Emma would probably turn into a crazy cat lady at some point.

Where do they each see this relationship going?
I think that they focus on the present. Their relationship is still pretty new, so they are terrified by the future.

So that's James and Emma! <3 Tell me about your book couples! How was your Valentine's Day? And don't forget, link to your Beautiful People posts in the comments!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nostalgia and Ridiculous 9-Year-Old Behavior

Hey guys! I apologize I haven't been posting much. I'm working on it, though!

I was looking through an old blog by family used to have, which had all of 12 posts. One of them I wrote (long ago, when I was only 9 3/4 or something of the type) was an old-timey letter my mother "insisted" I post. Here it is, for nostalgia's sake. (Remember, it's a 9 year old messing around, so don't judge. :))

Dear Friends, family, neighbors, and all ye old gossips,
   We are very sad to find ourselves able to truthfully tell you that our lovely (Though she has a large wart on one of her abnormally large feet and a rather embarrassingly noticeable mole on her neck) daughter Lucinda Jane-Marie Thompson Greene has decided to be one with a disgustingly handsome country tramp by the name of Harris Hartford, with only a quarter of a million dollars to speak of, and no parents, as both died from the plague. It is a pity, as they could have knocked some sense into his head, though we suppose they were as bad as him on second thoughts, and say good riddance to the Hartford family, and hopefully not just the parents. You know what we mean. Our lovely daughter (Did we mention that she has a rather large nose and talks too much, the dear?) Lucinda Jane-Marie Thompson Greene (We refrain from short-naming her, as we think it is improper) will probably find herself enslaved and unhappy, or crazy and horrid just as that Horrible Harris Hartford who we Hate. That is all for now-our handsome (though he has many pimples and tiny eyes) son Lukas John-Mark Thompson Greene has some news for us. He has a gold (but rather cheap-looking, we must say) ring on his finger, whoever knows what that means.
Courteously,
Cynthia Eloise Sandra Hart Thompson Greene and 

Samuel James Michel Thompson Greene

I think it goes without saying that I was a weird kid.

I'll post again soon, I'm just a little bit sick right now.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

5 Types of OTPs

Friends. Romans. Countrymen.

I greet you from the darkest, blackest time of night. (Shh it's 9:20 but it's winter so that's like the equivalent of midnight. And I'm tired. So please no judgement.) I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever. I've just been busy with the holidays and school restarting and whatnot. And I went to London!!! And saw LES MIS!!!!

Yes, I saw the immortal Les Miserables. Yes, it was amazing. Yes, I will probably fangirl about it shortly.

But that's another post. For now, I am going to introduce you guys to the five types of OTPs!

:)

OTP:
"One True Pairing. Meaning the your favorite combination of characters in a fandom."

-Urban Dictionary

1. The Awkward
This is, by far, the most common type of OTP, for two reasons. One, this appears often in books, and two, awkward OTPs are really, really adorable.
Your textbook Awkward OTP knows, deep in their fictional hearts, that they love each other. Except they don't really fully realize it. The reader knows it and ships them harder than chocolate and peanut butter, but the characters are too busy being idiots and probably saving the known world or whatever to realize that
a) they like the love interest, and
b) that their feelings are requited.

Obviously this makes bookworms squirm and occasionally convulse into manic laughter in public when they read about the Awkward ship.

EXAMPLE: Lucy + Lockwood (Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

"Then I realized he was still holding my hand.
He realized it at the same instant. Our fingers kind of fell away, swinging back into vigilant positions at our work belts, ready to seize a salt-bomb or rapier at a moment's notice. Lockwood cleared his throat; I pushed my hair out of my eyes. Our boots did small, intricate shuffles on the frosty ground."

2. Denial
This is another easy-to-come-across OTP. Denial OTPs are ones in which, similarly to The Awkward, characters know that they have feelings for the love interest, but they deny it to themselves! Sometimes, they convince even the readers, but in their heart of hearts you know there's an OTP hiding somewhere.

EXAMPLE: Blue + Gansey (Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)

"If fate thought it could tell her who to fall for, then fate had another thing coming."

3. Oblivious
Okay, let's be honest. This shouldn't really be a category, more a phase. In most books where you get both perspectives, OTPs experience this--they like each other, but each think the other doesn't like them. It's quite idiotic, really, and leaves bookworms sore from screaming at their paperbacks.

EXAMPLE: Sara + Tom (The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald)

"She hadn't said a single word about them. She might have left dozens of abandoned boyfriends in different corners of Sweden.
Not that it had anything to do with him. It was just that she would be going back to them, which, he quickly thought, couldn't happen soon enough."

"She thought about how she had been looking forward to seeing Tom again, the first time since that evening on his sofa, and about how she had been planning to be completely relaxed and natural, but still looking better than normal somehow."

4. Instalove/YA Dystopian/Unrequited
This type of OTP is a bit rare, because often it's less adorable than Awkward or Denial. This is the type where Marius and Cosette meet on a crowded city street and gaze into each other's eyes, seeing for the first time a life in which love and joy and all things good could prevail, yaddah yaddah yaddah.
Now, there are three main types: Love, Passion, and Unrequited.
1. Love
This is your classic love at first sight, not common in more modern stories, but the old Marius-and-Cosette, Cinderella-and-Prince-Charming, Books-and-me standby.

EXAMPLE: Like I said, Marius + Cosette (Les Miserables by Victor Hugo)

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” 

2. Passion
This is the type in YA Dystopian, the "oh my goodness I'm 16 and I will love him forevah and evah and look he's so attractive posing on that windy cliff I mean I'm already 16 I can make this commitment". Obviously, not my favorite. And often over dramatic

EXAMPLE: Cassia + Ky (Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie)

“Our time together feels like a storm, like wild wind and rain, like something too big to handle but too powerful to escape. It blows around me and tangles my hair, leaves water on my face, makes me know that I am alive, alive, alive. There are moments of calm and pause as there are in every storm, and moments when our words fork lightening, at least for each other.” 

3. Unrequited
An Unrequited OTP has one side in love with the other, while the other side is usually just confused. 

EXAMPLE: Maxon in Maxon + America (The Selection series by Kiera Cass)

“I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend. I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this. I just... I just want to know if it's possible...” 

5. Confused
This is perhaps the most infuriating type of OTP. They like each other, but not really, and what about that other guy, and actually they love each other, except what did they do? but the feelings... but their mixed-up loyalties... BLAH BLAH BLAH. Etc. 

EXAMPLE: America in Maxon + America (The Selection series by Kiera Cass)

“I didn't want to be royalty. And I didn't want to be a One. I didn't even want to try.”

Somehow now it's 11 PM?? And I'm exhausted. So bye.

What are other types of OTPs? What's your favorite? What's your OTP?


Monday, December 19, 2016

Rambles of Celebration

Yo, Imaginers! This is Ilse, writing from the East Coast. Home of this dog. 
(Sorry about quality. My phone's plugged in, so I had to zoom lots.)

And that dog's BFF. 
Anyway. 

Yes, you heard me right. I'm in the United States!

You normal Americans, you do not appreciate your country enough. Especially convenience. And Target. 

Sing it with me, Bekah. TAAARRGGEEETTT

Anyway, there are negative things about being in America rather than Germany. Namely, jet lag. As a result of the time difference, I've been waking up around 4:30 AM. Yep. But, you know, it's worth it. 

I know what you're thinking. When is she going to explode into Christmas obsession?

NOW. 

We have 6 days left, people! I'm so. Excited. It's going to be awesome. 

Well, I have to go, so you'll have to deal with a random, rambling post. Have a merry Christmas, happy Hannukah, or whatever else you celebrate! Bye!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

2016 Character Awards| AKA The Raven Cycle and Lunar Chronicles Are Mah Besties

You know what time of year it is?

CHRISTMAS. THAT'S WHAT TIME.

My Christmas resolution is to have gifs on my blog. So far it's going great. :)
And you know what else it is?

The end of the year. Crazy coincidence, huh?

So the fabulous Cait @ Paper Fury improvised a delightful 2016 Character Awards! Which I will present to you! Cue the confetti! Cue the celebration!

Warning: The Raven Cycle and Lunar Chronicles will feature quite prominently in this post. Just so ya know.

1. MOST RELATABLE CHARACTER

*goes and stares at bookshelves*

??????

AH, YES.

The Penderwick Clan.

Okay, so for a while I was extremely and exceedingly upset that I wasn't a Penderwick. I love these girls SO MUCH. (plus I have no sisters, so... #whattheheckisthatlike?) They all have such real aspects. I would say I'm mostly sensible like Rosalind, sarcastic and in love with clean rooms like Skye, a writery dreamer sort of bird like Jane, and...a Batty like Batty. I don't know. I love Batty. 

2. MOST PURE AND PRECIOUS ANIMAL COMPANION


The first thing that came to mind is Puss from K.M. Shea's rendition Puss in Boots. (All the linky linky links!) I admit, I have quite a fondness for sassy talking cats. Hound, also from the Penderwicks, is worthy of mention, for his loving doggyness.

Ooh, and Heloise from I Capture the Castle

3. FIERCEST FIGHTER

 Cinder.
Well...not that kind of Cinder. But who can resist Jack-Jack?

I mean, the lady is just so cool. She'd rather be a revolutionary than a princess, she's an awesomely awesome CYBORG, and, you know, she fights. Fiercely. (This is The Lunar Chronicles, by the way.)

4. MOST AMAZING SIDEKICK


IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO  IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO IKO

Um... Iko.

:)

Iko is the best. Lunar Chronicles, you got me. An android that longs for humanity? Iko is so. Cute. Can't wait for Wires & Nerves!

5. ONE YOU’RE SURPRISED YOU LOVED

To get the Lunar Chronicles one out of the way, THORNE. He started as an unimportant, bigheaded jerk, and he ended as LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, INTRODUCING CAPTAIN! CARSWELL! THORNEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

*thunderous applause*

And then...you knew it was coming...

Celeste Newsome, from The Selection.

*quiet sobbing*

Okay, I'm not going to write much here, because SPOILERS. But just know...AHHH I'M DYING.

Thank you for your patience. :)

6. BEST SASSMASTER

Hands down, George from Lockwood & Co. I've so far enjoyed this series immensely, which is sort of surprising because I'm not a fan of creepy. But really, it's not that bad. Maybe just ancient brutal murder doesn't bother me? Anyway, GEORGE.

"There was a profound silence, abruptly broken by an enormously loud rumble from George's stomach. Plaster didn't actually fall from the ceiling, but it was close.
'Sorry,' he said cheerfully. 'Famished. I think I'll have another doughnut, if you don't mind. Any takers?" 

7. BEST ANTI-HERO AND MORALLY GREY GRAPE

You're a mean one, Mr. Gray.

Raven Cycle!

Mr. Gray is the best. I mean, sure, he's an ex-hit man, but this series is proof that even hit men just need a little love.

8. BEST WORST VILLAIN TO HATE

IDK. Let's go with...lsdkfjsdF:J I don't know. I can't think of anyone, so *skippy skippy skip*

Who says I need to follow the rules, hmm?

9. TRULY ASTOUNDING WORST YA PARENTS 

    Back to Lunar Chronicles, ADRI. Seriously, you idiot.

    Raven Cycle: I must agree with Cait about Adam's parents.

    Adam's Dad: Punch all the Adam.
    Adam's Mom: Keep all the quiet.
    Ronan: Punch all the idiots. Merry Christmas.



      10. TRULY ASTOUNDING BEST YA PARENTS


      SALLY! JACKSON!  She's the sweetest and kindest and BLUE COOKIES.

      Raven Cycle: Maura.

      Maura, Maura, Maura. 

      “Are you really going to work in that?" Maura asked.

      Blue looked at her clothing. It involved a few thin layering shirts, including one she had altered using a method called shredding. "What's wrong with it?"
      Maura shrugged. "Nothing. I always wanted an eccentric daughter. I just never realised how well my evil plans were working.”

      11. TOOT TOOT BEST SHIP OF THEM ALL

      BLUESY. BLUESY. BLUESY.

      PERCABETH. PERCABETH. PERCABETH.

      LUCEWOOD. LUCEWOOD. LUCEWOOD.

      MAXERICA. MAXERICA. MAXERICA.

      CINDER AND KAI I DON'T KNOW THEIR COUPLE NAME. CINDER AND KAI I DON'T KNOW THEIR COUPLE NAME. CINDER AND KAI I DON'T KNOW THEIR COUPLE NAME.

      ooh, plus whatever Ginny + Harry is.

      12. THE MOST IN NEED OF PROTECTION

      Um um um um um um um...

      WOLF. (Lunar Chronicles again, folks.)

      Because. 

      13. MOST BORING AS A BARNACLE

      Cassia Reyes, star of Matched, wins the blandness award. Sure, she was brainwashed by the Society, but the whole story was just so meh. #sorrynotsorry


      14. BEST LITTLE ROYAL

      How about...Gansey? No? BUT BUT BUT--TECHNICALITIES.

      Or, you know, Cinder. Again.

      OH OH OH OH! Prince Maxon. <3

      15. VERY SURPRISED YOU’RE STILL ALIVE

      Mrs. Hudson from The House at Baker Street. Because she's a little old lady investigating brutal murder. (which, you know, is the best. :) )

      16. BEST AT HORRIBLE DECISION MAKING

      First of all, Lorelei Gilmore.

      Second of all, ROSE MORTMAIN MY GOODNESS. (I Capture the Castle) She needs to fix something in her life.

      Oh, and Katy from Katy! I could not finish that book. There were too many humiliations, and I cannot do humiliations. I just cannot.

      17. CUTEST DORK


      Gansey. Gansey. Gansey.

      Oh, and I have to agree w/Cait on Magnus Chase.

      Oh! Oh! Kile from the Selection series.

      18. CLEVEREST LITTLE HELLION

      "Geniuses, lower your voice..."

      Shh, Hamilton side of Ilse. It's naptime.

      Lockwood! (Lockwood & Co.) I mean, he does have like, 86.12 plans, soo...

      19. MOST IN NEED OF A NAP

      Once again, I agree with Cait, because GANSEY. Srsly. (Why do I keep being agreeable? I think I need to start a fictional war or something to combat this...)

      20. WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT YOU

      Blue and Gansey Blue and Gansey Blue and Gansey Blue and Gansey


      Guys! You did it! You survived my mammoth posting! Here's a cookie. Be sure to link me to any end of the year/holiday posts/tags you guys have! Thanks!