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A side project.

Last night, in the middle of the night, I posted a pic of Captain America‘s shield on my Tumblr… Stating that it was the inspiration for a little project that I would share today.

The project has nothing to do with writing, though I did think a lot about stories–past, present, and future–as I worked. It was also something to keep me busy as I continue to binge watch Pretty Little Liars (Last few episodes of season five right now; i swear i’ve not yelled at a television screen so much before in my life!)…

My hands get cold often. Especially in this drafty house during the cold rainy days we have here in the Pacific Northwest.  I have arm warmers I made back when Alice Cullen had a pair in New Moon, but people in this house keep stealing them or losing the ones I’ve made. I like them as opposed to gloves, because I can still type, write, draw, mess around on my iPad or phone without hindrance. And well, my “Chris Evans is the only allowable Captain America” fangirl stage is kicking in SUPER STRONG with the trailers coming out for Captain America: Civil War. And I wanted something that no one else has. And it hit me.

 Captain America’s shield as arm warmers!

I started looking for patterns (free or pay) online and found that NO ONE has anything like it. Which means I HAD to have them even more. The problem came with the fact I am VERY limited in my ability to knit. I taught myself years ago (turns out it’s left handed going in a right handed direction? IDK) so I had some knowledge of what to do going into this project.

But, this project had a major learning curve. Not only did I have to learn how to change colors, I had to learn knitting in stripes so it looks good as you go around. Then I had to draw out a star pattern so that the star was fatter than thin, would be upright if I were walking, and slightly askew if my arm was up. On top of that, the star was going to require me to learn how to change colors and knit in a colorblock format…which is the most difficult thing I’ve had to figure out…and I probably still did it wrong…and after taking one whole one apart because I wasn’t happy with it…

The end result…I’m proud of them. Which is why I am showing it off, something I don’t typically do with my projects.

So without further ado, my Captain America arm warmers…

They measure 23″ long (just 2″ short of the actual shield Mr. Evans uses in the movie…my arms aren’t that long).

The colors are perfect for Civil War.

I have officially chosen my side now. As if it wasn’t obvious before.

What’s yours?

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This post filed under Fangirl.

All images are mine, but Cap’s shield image, which I found through google searching last December.

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Daydreaming of Charlie Everett…

Not that I’m experiencing a writer’s block of any sort. Just thinking ahead as to what I have left to write of Charlie and Violet’s story in Wings. Thinking about the now three questions I have left to answer, and the two extra characters I need to use before the story ends. Because it’s getting close. Just typed out and finished chapter twenty-one today. The question is: Will I proceed to 22 or will I work on something else? Because I just am not ready to give Charlie and Violet an ending yet. Because I love them and once they’re done, I won’t get to spend time with them…well, not as much and not in this capacity.

Sometimes, I just listen to the story’s soundtrack that I build as I go and think over the events and characters. Sometimes I draw out floorplans and diagrams in my journals. This time, I photoshopped. I sort of took Charlie (Chris Evans inspiration) and made him into a graphic novel character. What kind of superhero would he be? Definitely a quirky, fumbling, awkward hero that shines no matter what. (Think along the lines of The Tick or Too Much Coffee Man).

And then I made an alternate possible cover image for the book, though I will say Wings refers to something other than angel wings. This is just my weird obsession.

I’ve discovered a few things while picturing in Photoshop. It’s clear I’m about four chapters away from the end now. I know whose POVs need to be done and pretty much in what order, though one chapter could be told from either POV. I know when and where the answers will come. Maybe within a week I’ll have them typed(?)–*heavy sigh*–though I am far from ready to end this story…because I LOVE it so much! If this could be turned into a film, I’d watch it as many times as I have seen What’s Your Number?…which, let’s say is VERY WELL SO FAR OVER 100, I’m looking in the rear-view mirror and 100 is parsecs away.

Am I the only one who finds it difficult to type THE END on a beloved story?

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This post filed under writer’s procrastination and fangirling.

All images were made by me with PSE with images found on the internet through Google and Pinterest. No copyright infringement intended.

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Happy New Year!

It feels like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.

Maybe it’s because it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been here.
I mean November 17th feels like a lifetime ago thanks to the busyness and family over the holidays.

Old News:

I didn’t finish my tale in time for NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on it when time is gifted to me. It’s just over half way…maybe two thirds of the way complete. And I love it now more than ever! My Charlie is a total “To *sigh* for…”

Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens … No spoilers, promise. I just have to say I saw it Thursday the 17th of December. I had tears and goosebumps and I LOVED it so much as well as deciding to pen a scathing email to JJ Abrams about why I LOVED it and not… It was amazing. I have theories upon theories of what’s to come, including Rey’s history. We have our teams here, too: Pro Han/Leia, Con Luke… And Kylo Ren…Ugh. BB-8 is the most adorable droid. I’ve always considered Artoo a toddler, and now I consider BB the adorable dog… Just so much to say…but again, I am going to keep this spoiler free.

Holidays were a blast, and so busy, and stressful, and just some good [and yet puzzling, literally] times.

New news:

Hoping everyone’s new year is off to the greatest of all starts. So far, this is a fantastic year! Even if I started off by getting sick for Christmas and am still trying to rid the bug. But, being bed ridden means I got to fulfill a promise I made to a youngling and have been binge watching PLL. Finally, right?

Pretty Little Liars, thanks to Netflix….I’m trying to think of why I hadn’t watched this show before. Currently halfway through season 3. I know the first A. Thanks to a spoiler addict, I know the second A, but that didn’t stop me from screaming at the screen when I saw Toby in a certain type of outfit at the end of an episode… Don’t think I’ve yelled that much at a screen since Breaking Dawn part 2…when certain things happened. (Sadly or not, that’s entirely true.) So, please, if you are ahead of me, no spoilers, I beg of you.

Onto…

I Resolute:

I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but (1) I like the way it sounds/looks up there, and (2) I always make up my own words for things so it wouldn’t surprise me if it is wrong. I don’t typically share my plans for the year, but then I typically don’t make plans for the year…Not that I’m lackadaisical, I just don’t. But, for some reason, this year I did make a few to share. (Maybe it’s because of the nine theme I’m going with for the year.)

  1. Finish Wings. Pretty easy as it’s almost done. Will I publish it, though? Meh. Probably not. I’m totally writing this for myself because I have had a Dickens of a time trying to find a sweet, typical-yet-different romcom to read…hell, to watch since most I’ve seen about a million times over and am craving something new.
  2. Write, write, write. I have another story idea that seems to want to bloom…so okay. That one may be a “publisher” when all is said and done. Then HT seems to be invading my daydreams lately…so I may pull out the opus and work away on it again.
  3. Put more of my works out there. Whether it’s sending to agents, putting them here in some capacity, on the road to getting published, or even taking it to self-pub or free site levels. In some way, this needs to be done before 2016 is out.
  4. Read more, review more. 100 books to be exact. At least according to my Goodreads reading goal challenge I filled out a few days ago. Already have one book read. 99 left to go for 2016.
  5. Blog more. Why? Because maybe I don’t do it enough [according to the internet rules for authors]. Although if I am blogging more, I’ll definitely be blathering on about either something fangirly or something on my mind…which might not be as good as I think.
  6. Eat pizza again. Stupid to resolute that, but I miss food. Sulphite (Sulfite) allergies SUCK! And I am so starving to death, though I may not look like it. PIZZA! PLEASE! Plain cheese…I’m even desperate enough to do rice or gluten-free crusts…just YES!
  7. Help kids/pets more. I do already help out with kids through a school, but ever since I heard this story of this toddler being left alone at Children’s hospital because his family couldn’t stay with him…i still cry…it’s the saddest thing that they had to leave this toddler behind…and I want to go up there, play and talk to them because they need to know they have someone on their side. My biggest problem is finding enough time in a day. I’m seriously thinking of forgoing my yearly trek to San Diego for Comic Con this summer and hanging out with those kids instead. It would definitely be more fulfilling. A child with a smile you gave them is better than all the panels and autographs in the world. Pets…I want to help at the animal shelters…if only I could move past the attachment thing I do with animals. Ask my mom about the snakes, turtles, crayfish, dogs, cats and whatever other animals I’d find in the street and bring home to either set free as it should be, find a home for, or even find the owners of…I’d have kept them all if she had let me.
  8. Try to lose weight again. After the sulphite (sulfite–I keep doing this because no one can agree how to spell it, though I’ve noticed the ‘ph’ is more abroad than US) scare last September/October, I haven’t done any exercising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t want to go to the hospital because I can’t breathe again or wind up with a reaction so bad, I look like a horrible creature crawling from a pit of lava–again.
  9. You think for this last one, I’d put something major, something awesomely philanthropic, or something life-altering. It is to me, though no one else would get it…but I know I’m close to this…and maybe this is my year. But it is a very private, a soul-searching thing…I resolute it, but I won’t say it here.

No worries, though. If 9 does happen, I think I’d blab it here third…after my friends and something…maybe.

I do hope this new year brings about happiness and prosperity for all of you.
Just remember: There’s nothing like a laugh and a smile.

HAPPY 2016!

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all gifs found on/made by giphy.com…

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NaNoWriMo, Chris Evans, and the writing cave.

Crawling out the cave for a moment before I dive into today’s NaNoWriMo work…

After three (literal) days of typing this month, i am proud to say the work is 402 words away from the 10,000 word mark…and I am LOVING this story more than I ever thought I would. It truly helps to have done most of my research, plotting, and casting (part of my process is who I would like to see in the movie version of this book; it helps me visualize what I need to type) over the past few months.

So why am I bringing Chris Evans into this quick update?

Well, one and the MAJOR DISCLAIMER: I’m a total fangirl. I cannot apologize for it. And I cannot undo it.

That aside, two: Because as I type this RomCom, I see it as a movie in my head. I have thoughts and flashes to What’s Your Number? which is possibly my most favorite RomCom this side of The Secret of My Succe$s. But I also have thoughts of Before We Go, a movie directed by and starring Chris Evans. Which, honestly, his name brought me to the door, but I stayed for the splendor. There is such an intimate feel to the way it was directed…and that was one of my favorite things about the movie outside of the story. It’s like you’re peeking in on this world and these two characters are unwittingly sharing their night with you. It’s intense and sweet and there is just something so powerful about it to me. As I type out Wings, I am fully thinking of how this film was shot, how the backgrounds are blurred so the focus is kept on the characters, how it’s like you’re let in on this secret and no one else can ever know about it. And I hope I’m capturing that feeling here. It’s very difficult, especially with all this show not tell stuff everybody seems to be all over these days. I almost want to say: Imagine a borough of New York City at night. Now blur it out and just watch as Charlie and Violet interact, or him with his friend, her with her friend. It’s not what I’m actually saying…but I hope I am more accomplishing.

The question is will someone else get it. Tough to say since I’m the only one watching this in my head.

Three: I am happy with my progress. I love that I could combine some old stories into this one by locations and side characters [from the first screenplay I ever wrote: If Only in My Dreams (2009) and a novel series I wrote a few years ago: Life Imitating Art (2013) as well as things that tie into other stories I’ve written including HT and Darrows. I’m like Stephen King in that way, I guess. I refuse to let any of my old characters/locations die.] Hopefully, Wings will be complete before our late, American Thanksgiving this year. *fingers crossed*

Four: Non-fiction November is going well. I think I’ve fallen in love with The Princess Bride all over again as I “see” it through someone else’s eyes. Cary Elwes narrates the tale perfectly…so far (I’m almost done). Westley is alive again!

Five: A quick moment for the readers of Wings as I go…the cast…or who I could see playing them in the movie version.

Charlie – Chris Evans

This is the actual image that spurned the entire story into existence. So how could he not be Charlie?

Violet – Kelsey Chow Asbille
(editing to fix her name. I had no idea she changed it.)

Maybe like a version that’s ten years older, but definitely her.

Darshan – Sidharth Malhotra

I imagine his voice more like Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) voice from iZombie, British and sometimes implied snooty.

Amala – Danai Gurira

Because Amala has that same fierceness Michonne has, with guys instead of walkers though…

Off to the cave where my story awaits!
Fare-thee-well, my lovely readers.
Thanks for listening to the writing blathering this time.

(Fangirls never apologize for fangirling, though i can totally blame The Princess Bride for the way I phrased that. )

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Trying to keep busy.

Trying.

I’ve been so nervous since the request, it’s ridiculous. I’ve barely slept, barely eaten. I can’t stop thinking about the story, over analyzing every little thing about Quent and how he talks and maybe the angle of the story…which it’s a little late now to change it.

To add to it all, I received my first no from the queries. Down to eight up in the airs,  one maybe…

To keep busy, I’ve been analyzing television shows…Hindsight had it’s majorly explosive season ender last night… and I’ve been fine-toothing the episode looking for what might happen next season and where it may end up at the very tail end of it all. It comes down to fate and destiny vs. luck and actions. Then I’ve been all about The Royals…keeping my head on the upcoming show and it’s characters and such…

The good news is, during all this “thinking” I do, I have managed to unlock a twist for this story/screenplay I’ve had mostly written for FOUR years. Meaning another project!!! YAY!!! Just what my brain needs. I guess the big question is, do I finish out the screenplay, write it out as a novel, which honestly all my notes from the screenplay is practically a novel itself, or do I opt to complete it as both…It’s something anyway. It would be great to finally complete that story, too. NA. RomCom. LGBTQ…because I just love m/m stories, but again, I don’t do the typical types of tales, making this one very different and probably odd to others. It’s what I do best, totally not following anyone.

Yay! Project!

Thanks for listening to my ramblings. I’m just excited I found a cure to this plague that’s been contaminating my brain for years and years now.

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