Hello guys! So, today’s post is going to be a little different. I’ve been working on a project of mine that you might remember from previous posts called Sciamachy. It’s a fantasy novel with magic, vast icy wasteland, and pirates.
And, being the procrastinator that I am, instead of actually writing the thing, I’m doing research about pirates. Because why not, you know?
So, here are a few interesting factoids I thought you might like to know. Also, enjoy the gratuitous Pirates of the Caribbean gifs. ^_^
Pirates rarely buried their treasure
Pirates knew that their lifespans probably weren’t the…longest, so they usually tried to spend all their money as soon as possible. And sometimes, the loot wasn’t gold or silver, it was clothes, food, or animal hides. Wouldn’t really want to bury that, huh?
Although, there are exceptions, Captain Kidd, being the most common example.
They had rules and regulations
In order to be a part of the crew, there were usually very strict rules you had to agree to before you were let on. Things like how loot would be divvied up, how to treat your fellow mates, and things that were forbidden onboard the ship.
They didn’t walk the plank
The idea of ‘walking the plank’ was first mentioned in Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe. In reality, pirates almost never made their prisoners walk the plank.
If they were going to kill their prisoners, they weren’t going to waste any time getting it done…
Most pirates became pirates just for the sake of going on exhilarating adventures and because they actually enjoyed being outlaws, right?
A huge majority of pirates were actually honest sailors who quit their jobs because the conditions were just too awful. Next to no pay, risking your life everyday out at sea, shackled to the ships walls below… And many men were sailors only because they were kidnapped by the British Navy and were forced to work for them.
So if you were living in these conditions and a band of ‘rebellious pirates’ came to overthrow your ship, wouldn’t you want to join them?
Pirates didn’t say ‘Arrgh!’ very often
All the ‘arrgh matey!’ and ‘avast ye landlubbers!’ is thanks to Hollywood. Pirates most likely spoke in a manner similar to British sailors (since that’s what most of them were).
Guess that kind of ruins Talk Like a Pirate day…
Being a pirate was often pretty boring
Being a pirate wasn’t all sword-swinging and plundering. Most of the time, it was really, really boring. Staying out at sea for days on end, searching for ships to pillage, it got old pretty fast.
So to amuse themselves, pirates drank, gambled (though sometimes that was forbidden), sang, danced, and put on plays.
Did you learn anything new? I should probably be writing right now, but… Research is important too, right? 😛 Do you think this would make a good series? Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this down below!
Hello friends! You know what time it is…CRINGE TIME! XD This week’s installment features a stalker, a weirded-out girl, and lots of grammatical errors!
In walked a man about 20, tall, brown hair, typical but striking blue eyes*….
*Could this be a more horrible description? I think not.
“Hello, Miss! Welcome to my, er, “our” home*.”
*And right from the beginning, we can tell this man is not someone you want to be living with for any amount of time.
I stared blankly at him, not knowing what to do. The servant grabbed my arm. “Let me take you to your room, miss….”
“Anya*,” I finished.
*Yes, I did steal that name from Anastasia, in case you were wondering.
“No, no,” said Milo, “I’ll take her myself*.”
*Seriously?! Does this not spell ‘bad idea’ to anyone?
Milo walked over and grabbed my hand. It felt rough, and warm*. “Come.”
*That just…seems like a weird thing to include. Are you attracted to him? Or is it just an observation?
We walked through the great hall in silence. When we reached the door, Milo let go of my hand and ran right out the door.*
*You weren’t in the room, how could you have run out the door?
“I’ll be right back!” he shouted.*
*Oh good. He’s gone.
I observed my surroundings. Bed, table, window, and closet. The only thing I would probably use is the bed.*
*A little background, Anya lived in the forest for most of her life, so she isn’t familiar with societal norms and stuff. Like…what a table is, I guess?
“I’m back!” said Milo through puffs of breath. He sounded like he was trying to hold back excitement. “Well, here you are,” he said.
“yeah,” I said back.
“What do you think?”*
*Of what? You? The house? WHAT?
I glanced at the bed. “OK, I guess……”
“Great! now, would you mind if I examined you a momement?”*
*Wha…What now? Also, momement? Really?
“Great! Thanks!” Milo said preoccupied, whipping out a note book and pencil.
“um,” I began awkwardly, “what do I do?”
Milo looked up from his notebook. “What did you say?”*
*Okay, this is super awkward, bordering on weird.
“Did you just invite me here to stare at me?”
“no,” he replied, “I didn’t even now you were here,” he said gesturing around. “until I got a call from one of my spys,”*
*STALKER. WE HAVE A STALKER. RED ALERT.
“You were spying on me!?”
“No! Miss, please.” And he went straight back to work.*
*SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE. HUMAN RESOURCES. SOMETHING.
I sighed. “you still never answered my question.”
“Hold still, please. Oh, what did you say?”*
*You sir, are a jerk. Just sayin’.
He’s been living with hiself to long.* “I said, did you just send me here so you could sit and doodle all day?”
*YES. THANK YOU ANYA. Although, your grammar concerns me…
“hey, these are very sientific measerements and proseures* I’m taking and no, I did not send you here so I could examine you all day, althought I would have liked to,”
*Very sy-en-tih-fic meh-sir-eh-ments and pro-soors, in case you’re wondering. Yeah, I’m just as confused as you are.
“You don’t even know my name, do you?”
*Come on, man, really? She literally said it a few paragraphs ago.
“Anya,” I said annoyed. “And just so you know, I was very excited to be invited here until now.”* I headed for the door.
*Hmm…excited? I guess if you had lived by yourself in the forest for all your life, human interaction, even with a weirdo, would be nice…
“Wait! Miss! uh, Anya!” he shouted and ran for the door.
Well, there you go. That was one of my very early story ideas that I actually planned on rolling with. I actually still have an about the characters (and don’t worry, I changed the man’s stalker vibe. XD) What’s the most ridiculous part of this whole scenario? Feel free to rip into this piece in the comments below!
Hey guys! It’s the first of the month, and you know what that means!
…It’s time to cringe.
…It’s time to laugh at mediocrity.
…It’s time to regret creating this segment. XD
This was a story I started when I was nine, and I really, really, thought I was going to get somewhere with it. Well, that fell through, but the little bit I did get written is a good indicator that I did the right thing stopping when I did. XD
Alright, let’s do this.
I love my family. Anyone who has one is sure to love them, but just days ago they broke my heart.*
*Okay, not a bad start. Kinda cheesy, but not bad.
They where going to Japan for a year to see if they could find work for Dad.* He’s been having trouble finding work for months.
*So Dad is not even guaranteed a job and he’s asked to up and leave to go to Japan? Okay cool whatever.
I wish they would have taken me with but they said it was to dangerous.* Being so far away from home in Albion MN*, gave me chills but I could not bare to be separated from my family.*
*TO DANGEROUS! Wherever that is…
*There we go again, using the name of my township. Seriously, I was a regular J.K. Rowling. Creativity flowed through my very marrow.
*Also, this sentence doesn’t make sense. You’re comparing two negatives. ‘Being so far away gave me chills, but I could not bare to be seperated’. We’re just all gloom and doom aren’t we?
they said the foster home would take good care of me but I still yearned for home with Mom and Dad and Rose and Sandy, the dog.*
*Fun fact: Rose is MY name and Sandy was the name of our dog.
As we drove to the foster home I imagined what it would be like to live there for a whole year. I clung to Dad when we walked in. It was a nice enough sitting room with leather furniture and floral wallpaper.*
*That’s not really what I would call nice. I mean, any place with floral wallpaper just makes me shudder.
I thought, “Maybe I will like it here.” I slowly started to drift into thought. “Maybe the other kids are nice, Maybe the rooms are nice, maybe I won’t miss home that much.”
Ouch! that thought hurt my heart. Things got worse as my hopes were falling fast.* the lady, the headmistress did not look at all Kind or polite.*
*Wouldn’t things get worse first before your hopes fell?
*And here we see the beginning of a tale of woe, with an evil headmistress who for some reason hates the protaganist with a passion. *cough*ALITTLEPRINCESS*cough* Seriously, why are you working with children if you hate them so much?
Well goodness. That was actually the beginning of a really dismal story. Probably for the best it was scrapped. What is your opinion on floral wallpaper? Let me know down below! XD
Good day, bloggers! I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by lovely Laurel! She came up with some great questions about writing and I can’t wait to answer them!
(Also, I think I may have done this challenge way back when, but I hardly remember it, so… I’m doing it again. Deal with it.)
Thank the blogger who nominated you. (THANK YOU LAUREL. 😀 )
Answer their eleven questions
Ask eleven questions of your own
Nominate eleven bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged.
Should food be written into stories or is that mean because it makes people hungry? (Yes, this is a very important question.)
I wholeheartedly agree that food should be written into stories. I don’t care if it makes people hungry. XD I always love reading foodie descriptions in books (*ahem*Heartless*ahem*), so I’m totally game to put them in!
When in the middle of writing a novel, do you read other books? Or are you scared you’ll copy whatever you’re reading by accident?
Yes, I read books all the time! While I’m writing and when I’m not. I think reading while you write is important, because good books are the best kind of inspiration fuel. I have been a bit worried about copying ideas, but I think all the ideas in the world were meant to be shared. And if your idea slightly resembles an already told story, that’s okay. Nothing is totally original. 🙂 As long as you’re not flat-out stealing the idea, that is.
What is your favorite genre to write? Do you stick only to that genre?
Fantasy is hands down my absolute favorite genre to write in. But I don’t fight dragons all the time. I’ve delved into other genres, like superhero, sci-fi, time-travel, and magical realism.
Do you believe in the whole ‘write what you know’ idea or do you think author’s should just write whatever they want?
I don’t think authors should limit themselves to only writing what they know. But I also think this phrase has been twisted to mean very literally, ‘only write what you know’, when I don’t think that’s what it means at all. Using life experiences and things you know, while writing what you don’t know makes for a great balance. I think it even makes the unbelievable more believable, by including things that we can all relate to.
So no, don’t only write what you know. But don’t forget to include the things you know in your epic stories about things you don’t know. ^_^
What is your favorite book that turned into a movie that you actually liked?
Ooh, tough one! I actually really liked the Ella Enchanted movie, despite what other people think about it. And, (probably losing some followers for this XD ), I…I actually liked the Percy Jackson movie? Like? Please don’t hurt me? XD As far as adaptions go, it didn’t really stick with the book at all, so I didn’t like it in that aspect. But as far as movies go, it was a really good, entertaining film. You know what I mean?
Should people who don’t like reading be forced to read or should they be forced to read? (A third answer is, forced to read, just by the way.) ((No, this is not cruel, it’s necessary.))
Hahaha! 😀 I think people who don’t like reading just haven’t found the right book yet.
Do you share your ideas of further novels or do you keep it a secret?
It really just depends. If I’m pretty sold on the idea and really think it’s going to come together, I’ll share it. But I do have many secret ideas… 😉
What is your favorite writing snack?
I don’t usually eat while I’m writing, but I do love to drink iced tea!
When writing, what form do you mainly achieve? (For example, I am actually a puddle with arms while some people are actually dragons.)
I either achieve the puddle-of-gooey-fangirl state or the make-all-the-characters-suffer-because-I’m-Sauron state. There is no in between.
What’s your least favorite genre, have you ever written anything in that genre?
Definitely horror. I have never, ever written anything in that genre and I don’t plan to. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could. Too scary.
What is the aesthetic for the writing project you’re working on right now?
I don’t have anything specific I’m working on right now, but at this moment I’m writing a short story set in the world of Dangerous Minds. There’s high school drama, driving lessons, devious villains, and action. It’s fun. 🙂
I do not currently have the brainpower to come up with eleven new questions, (sorry!), so feel free to use Laurel’s questions.
Hello bloggers! I hope you’ve been having a lovely 2018 so far, and have been eagerly working at your goals! ^_^ I have a something special for you this week…
I’ve created a challenge! 😀
If you haven’t read the title, (which you obviously have), it involves comp titles. You may be asking:
What’s a comp title?
Well, wonder no longer, for I have the answer! (If you weren’t wondering, you may proceed XD) A comp (comparison) title is a book that is similar to your story in either content, genre, format, anything of that sort. It’s most often used as a marketing tool to help authors pique the interests of their readers.
For example, you might say ‘my novel could be described as Harry Potter meets Twilight. Ew, that was a bad comparison…But you get the idea.
Here are some tips on coming up with just the right titles for your stories:
Think about the genre of your story. Where does your story take place? When does it take place?
Probably don’t take the biggest names and throw them together (like I just did up there ^). Nobody wants to read Harry Potter meets Twilight meets The Hunger Games. (Okay, wait a minute, that might be interesting…XD)
Don’t worry about describing your story PERFECTLY. If you find something that you think describes it well, then great, but don’t stress it. It’s just a general idea.
ALRIGHT let’s get to the challenge!
My rules (though they’re really more like guidelines):
Pick a few (or all!) of your WIPS!
Give them some comp titles!
Tag a few peoples if you wish!
Have fun! 😉
Here are a few of my WIPS //
Imprint // Merlin meets Inkheart
Anyone else into Merlin? No? Just me?
*slithers into dark corner*
Dangerous Minds* // Marvel meets Michael Vey
*Previously titled The D
Because SUPERHEROES!! YEAH!! 😀
Sciamachy // Treasure Island meets The Snow Queen
That…doesn’t really sound terribly exciting, but IT IS. TRUST ME. XD
There’s also pirates, if that entices you at all.
Not Found // Inception meets Undertale
UNDERTALE, amiright? No?
Give or Take Your Time* // Six of Crows meets Harry Potter
*Previously titled Wanted For Time
I haven’t actually made my way into the HP fandom (yet?) so the comparison here is that they both have a school for teaching magical gifts.
This book basically defies genres, so I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE. XD
Pickpocket // Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Poppins
Sounds pretty cool, right? Like, imagine if they were the same person. That’s Pickpocket in a nutshell.
The Ink Slinger // Peter Pan meets Greek mythology
NEW IDEA ALERT. This is one of those four new ideas I got this year. I’m working on remodeling my ‘Books’ page, and there’ll be a little bit about it there.
This is where I actually got the idea to create this challenge, because, I don’t know ‘Peter Pan meets Greek mythology’ just sounds really epic to me. I would love to read a book like that. XD
Crown of Thorns // The Hobbit meets Edgar Allen Poe
So…This makes it seem like a depressing quest story. XD
^THE AESTHETIC OF THIS NOVEL BASICALLY^
Now, as I said above, you could choose to tag someone, or you could leave an open invitation. I’m going to be lazy and choose the latter. XD So go forth with this challenge! Do it yourself! (I would LOVE to see what you come up with!) Share it with your friends! (I would LOVE to see that they come up with!)
What did you think of my comp titles? Strange? Interesting? Let me know down below! And if you do this challenge, leave me a link to your post/tweet/update in the comments! ^_^
Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done this segment! But I’ve scoured my old notebooks and found even more of the best, most cringe-worthy “stories” that little author me wrote many, many years ago (and by many, I mean like seven). 😀
Also, I apologize for the shortness of this post. I’m working on some future posts that will be longer, so you can look forward (or dread, if that’s more your thing) to those! 🙂
Alright, you know how this goes, I didn’t edit anything, I’m simply typing out what I wrote. Oh, and there’s new a new commentary feature!
Once their* was a princess. She was no ordinary princess.
*I see we’re off to a great start, using the improper use of ‘there’. Super.
She was Princess of Albion*.
*Fun fact: that’s the name of the township I live in. I’m so creative, right?
She had black hair that shimmered in the sunlight. Lips red as cranberrys, Piercing black eyes and beautiful copper skin.
She wore a dress of cotton. It had long sleeves that tickled her finger tips* and was adorned with Glittering beads.
*Guys I was so proud of that line. You don’t even know.
Her feet were muddy from running. She was always on the run. She had to, to get away from him.* The evil man who had left her Fatherless, Who had taken her mother, who had destroyed her home.
*Really just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it it? -_-
She promised to get him back but she never could. She was to pure, to loving and Kind*.
*Where is pure? Where is loving and kind? Is she going there?
No, she couldn’t, but one fateful day was about to change all that.*
Well. I forgot how painful this is. XD Do you guys like my commentary? Or would you rather enjoy it in it’s purest state? XD Also, are you guys cold? You can be totally jealous of me. It’s a balmy 34° here! Yeah, I can FEEL your jealousy. XD
Well guys, it’s that time. 2017 has come to an end and 2018 looms ahead. Anyone else shocked at how fast this year has flown by? No? Just me?
The writing scene has been interesting this year, to be sure…
// I finished editing Imprint and gave it a few close friends and family for a prescreening. I’ve only gotten feedback from one person so far, but hopefully the others will be able to finish and tell me what they think.
After that, I’ll go through their notes, do a teensy bit more editing, and then I’ll be sending it to some beta-readers!! *confetti, cheering, merriment* 😀 I don’t know for sure when I’ll be ready, but let me know down in the comments if there is the slightest bit of interest reading it over. 🙂
// I did JuNoWriMo for a third (fourth…?) time! It was really fun because I decided to go rebel and work on several different projects. I wrote a total of 36,227 words that June! Even though I didn’t win, it was still really great finally getting some of these ideas in my head into rough outlines. 🙂
// I also attempted to do NaNoWriMo again! Though I fared much less successfully than JuNo. I had been going back and forth about what idea to go with, so I ended up deciding on writing a Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press Contest.
Well. That didn’t work out.
I think I was just so burned out from work and other matters that I just didn’t have the motivation. So I quit. Still a bit sad about that, but what’s done is done, right?
// Over the course of the year I came up with not one, not two, but FOUR NEW FULL FLEDGED IDEAS. And now I’m drowning in ideas help. XD
Two of these ideas I shared with you back in June. Crown of Thorns and Pickpocket. They were only baby ideas then. Ha. Ha. Haha. HAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
The other two ideas will remain a mystery for now, though I will tell you that I’ve tentatively titled them The Ink Slinger and They Sit in Darkness. I’m so excited about them guys. But I should also probably work on all the things I’ve already started first. Just maybe. XD
// I haven’t really announced this, I think I’ve mentioned it a few times in other posts, but towards the end of the summer I got a job at my local library! I work as an aide, shelving mostly, but also checking in books that come in the book drop and putting requested books that come from other libraries on the shelves. Some days are slow, while other days are WOW PEOPLE. XD I’ve gotten to know a lot of the regulars who come in though, and that’s nice. 🙂
// I got two new cousins this year! Two weddings last year, and now two new friends! 😀 For privacy, I won’t give their full names, but their first names are Jason and Jameson. They’re both boys and they are both adorable. ❤
// I watched a bunch of good movies this year! Some old for the first time and some new! A quick rundown:
Cars 3 | This was really, really good! I thought it was a perfect closing for the Cars trilogy. 5/5.
Spiderman Homecoming | GAH. I JUST. THIS MOVIE. TOM HOLLAND. *flails* SO. GOOD. 5/5.
Jumanji (1995) | I’ve always liked the book, but I hadn’t seen the movie up till now. Robin Williams did SUCH a great job! It was a really entertaining watch. 5/5.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Though I didn’t like this one as much as the first, it was still REALLY GOOD. It moved Peter’s storyline along nicely and I can’t wait to see these guys in Infinity War! 😀 4.5/5.
Thor Ragnarok | EASILY MY MOST FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR NO JOKE. Though Spidey gets a close second. JUST. THE BANTER. LOKI. THAT EPIC DOCTOR STRANGE SCENE. *screams for 564984 years* 5/5.
The Phantom of the Opera (2005) | I was recommended this movie by one of my coworkers and though there was too much singing for my taste (what was I expecting though, really?), it was still a solid movie. Phantom is so creepy… 3/5.
Divergent (2014) | Can you believe I hadn’t seen this movie yet? It was awesome. Four is awesome. Everything was just awesome. Yeah. XD 4/5.
Arrival (2016) | SO. FASCINATING. I loved this movie TO BITS. The atmosphere, the characters, the setting, it was all just so…fascinating. That’s the best word I can think for it. 5/5.
Nearly All the Bourne Movies (various release dates) | I’ve been watching these with a friend and they are SO. INTENSE. GOODNESS GRACIOUS. My favorite one so far has been the Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. SO GOOD. 😀 4.5/5
Also, I just started watching Merlin and OH MY GOSH WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO. I just started season two but GOSH THAT SEASON ONE FINALE. EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO TO MELT INTO A PUDDLE. O_O
// Reading scene was a bit weak this year. I read a grand total of thirty books this year. Sad, I know. But I’m not disappointed! Goodreads tells me that my average rating for the year was 4.5 stars. THAT’S PRETTY GREAT. It was the year of good books, I guess. XD
I won’t list all of the books, but here are a few high lights of the year:
Five Magic Spindles by various authors | LITERALLY SO GOOD. All the stories were so creative and AMAZING. 5/5.
Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer | I mean. It’s about Iko. And it has the whole Lunar Chronicles cast. What’s not to love? 5/5.
The Bright Empires series by Richard R. Lawhead | THIS SERIES GUYS. So beautifully descriptive and complex and witty and just EPIC IN GENERAL. 5/5.
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans | So I’ve read the first three books so far and THEY’RE SO ADDICTING HELP ME. I’m itching to finish the rest of the books. SOON. O_O 5/5.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine | On Goodreads this book has really been looked down upon for not being all that great. But I just LOVED IT. The twists were scream-inducing and the characters were so COOL. I don’t know why nobody likes it?? Like?? -_- 5/5.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale | Okay, if that title doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. There are footnotes. Three whole pages dedicated to names of squirrels. Text conversations with the Avengers. Still not convinced? 😉 5/5.
Here are some nerdy stats you are all probably dying to see. XD
I wrote 70 posts this year! (Well, 71 counting this post. 🙂 )
My three most popular posts are my three Silmarillion posts which you can read here, here, and here.
I got 1,064 visitors, 134 followers, 388 likes, and 640 comments. (Also, a shout-out to my top commenters, Laurel, Deborah, Faith, and Abbey! You guys ROCK! ❤ )
I also have an announcement! This site is going to be going through a bit of renovation. Though I have grown to love the owls that I use as a profile picture and on my banner, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire them and bring in something new. I’m not entirely sure what that thing is yet, but it will be good, trust me. 😉
I’m also going to be redoing some of my pages at the top of the site, throwing some away and adding new ones.
And I’m learning to be very careful to only use stuff that is copyright-free, or that I’ve created on my own. I recently read an article (of course I can’t remember who wrote it now… XD ) about a blogger getting sued for copyright infringement, even though she had given credit and it put things in a whole new light for me. I’m going to step lightly now.
Goals for 2018
I really wouldn’t even call these goals, but I have to have something to go off of right?
My loose plans are to work on outlining a TON. I don’t think these ideas can stay in my head for much longer. I need to write them all out so my brain isn’t so strung up on details. XD
I have no plans to do JuNo or NaNo, but I’m not against it. I’ll have to see how open my schedule is at the time and decided from there.
And as a last goal, I really want to try and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve found that I am VERY hard on myself and I don’t know when to stop. So if I need to take a hiatus, then I will. If I need to rework my blog schedule, then I will.
And that’s not just for blogging. Reading, writing, and life too.
We’ll see how well this works out. XD
Happy New Year, bloggers! I hope you have a wonderful 2018! Do you have any resolutions? Goals? Let me know down below!
Hello friends! Just a brief update from me today. Because of things happening in my personal life, and just being a bit overwhelmed, my word count is not very exciting:
I’m not too worried though, since I set a 20,000 word goal for myself this year (the maximum word count for the Rooglewood contest), so I will hopefully be able to get that down, plus maybe a bit of rewriting!
I’ve been scrolling through my second book, Rewrite, recently, and I’m just remembering how much this story means to me and how much I love it. So I’m considering doing a bit of revision there as well.
That’s where I’m at so far! How are you guys doing? Based on what I’ve seen on the NaNo site, all you guys are doing an AWESOME job! And if you’re not doing NaNo…What writing adventures are you pursuing? Let me know!