Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Characters Who've Influenced Me

I was talking to a friend on Tumblr the other day and she asked me which characters I thought influenced my personality growing up and it was such an interesting question and so freaking hard to answer that I decided to turn it into a blog post!

(also look at me, posting! this has honestly been sitting in my draft for months but I finally finished it!)

So this is a hard question, her exact question was what character influenced my personality and for that like I'm thinking of characters I admired growing up, the ones I wanted to be and so they influenced, in whatever small ways, how I acted and everything, if that makes any sense.

So the biggest one would probably be Thalia Grace from Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson was the series that got me into reading and I love Percy, and I love Grover, and of course Annabeth, and while I admired all of them, especially Annabeth because she's smart and amazing, I wanted to be Thalia. She's a badass and she owns it and I've always wanted to be a badass. I wanted to wear black and lots of eyeliner and threaten people and this sounds bad but I mean it all in a good way! And she swore off boys, so I love her for that too, okay? So, Thalia definitely influenced my personality growing up.

Everyone says Hermione, I feel, and this isn't a bad thing. Everyone should be so lucky as to be influenced by and want to be Hermione, she's a badass and she's amazingly smart and there's so much to Hermione that makes her one of the best characters but...I wanted to be Luna Lovegood and Luna is who I feel inspired me and my personality growing up. I feel like I've always been drawn to the eccentric, crazy characters, who don't necessarily completely fit in but they own who they are and they're happy with who they are and that is Luna Lovegood. And she's such an amazing character. She's strange but she's so smart and she's fine being strange cause that's who she is. She's a misfit but she finds a place in the world and she doesn't change to do it and she doesn't care what people think. I'm strange and I'm crazy and I've always wanted to be that way and Luna helped me with that.

Princess Raisa ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms novels. If you haven't read these, first of all, do so at your earliest convince. I started reading these as soon as they came out because I love this author, so I was about 13? And Raisa is just so much goals okay? She's a crown princess, she's smart, she can kick major ass and yeah, basically everything you could want in a future queen or a best friend. She's just...goals. That's the only way to explain her.

Padme Amidala from Star Wars. Okay, shot me now, I love the Star Wars prequels. When I was tiny I wanted nothing more than to be Padme, okay? She has kickass hair, she's pretty and smart and can hold her own in a fight and I still love her to this day.

So then you have Katniss, and Hermione, and Annabeth, Princess Leia, Rey, Buffy, Lorelai Gilmore, and so many others. And basically what these all have in common is they are badass girls and women, and they all taught me so much growing up, and they all inspired me in so many ways and, like I still aspire to be as amazing as every one of them. They definitely influenced my personality and just everything, growing up.

As you can see, they are all amazing females. Haha. So I feel I'm missing important people here but I can't think of them at the moment and this list could go on forever if I start mentioning all the ones that came after my "early years" (read: ages like 10 through 15). If I had to pick a character right now who was like my current "life goals" that would have to be Magnus Bane because who doesn't want to be like Magnus Bane, ok? He's kind and badass and fabulous and much like Luna Lovegood he doesn't care what anyone thinks! Also eyeliner game on point. He is the person I would want to be my life coach and mentor. Along with Isabelle Lightwood.

Stay tuned for part two, the books that most influenced me growing up!

And let me know what characters influenced you, your personality, who you wanted to be, everything, in the comments! Also, most importantly, if you could pick one character to be your life coach/mentor who would it be?!?!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer Recap: ALL THE THINGS

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these months you'd like me to start blogging again...

Okay, I'm the world's worst blogger and I have no promises about this not being my only post for another month...but I'm TRYING. And to start, let's recap the summer I stopped blogging... =)

To start with, let's talk reading! Yeah, that hasn't been happening much at all... I was reading ACOTAR for literally two months and I didn't read anything else while reading that... Ooops. One reason I've been struggling to blog is I've been struggling to read and I don't really know why? It's not really...a normal reading slump, it's hard to explain. But I have this amazing friend on Tumblr who is now dedicated to making me read more again and getting me over my "slump". So I finished ACOTAR and read ACOMAF in less than a week which I count as a victory! I may try and review these and break into my blogging slump too, we will see! ACOTAR was more of like 3 stars for me where ACOMAF was probably 4 stars.

Writing things...next question.


No? Okay, I've been writing and slumping and miserable and awesome and all kinds of things. I started a new writing blog, yay! I won Camp NaNo by writing 200k, yay! And I did a 24-hour writing marathon that ended with me forcing myself to stay awake and writing the words "tired" and "sleep" randomly through the chapter I was working on...

Vacations: So back in July during Camp, my mom and I went up to the lake for the week for a "writer's retreat" and that was just all kinds of fun. I got a lot of writing done and it was just nice to spend time with her, and walk along the lake and we did soPokemonmon hunting and had some nice dinners and it was just really nice. And I went out on the lake for the first time in a giant boat which is a big deal because I'm terrified of large bodies of water. *shivers*

Concert: Guys, I went to the best concert ever. And that's saying a lot because I've seen Taylor Swift and Linkin' Park and lots of amazing bands. Er. So yeah. I went to Concord with my brothers to see Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin and then at the last moment we found out that Saint Asonia was opening which is exciting because the lead singer is the original singer from Three Days Grace my heart... And AHHH SUCH an amazing concert. Disturbed was so amazing, they played their cover of Sound Of Silence and ahhh the chills. Best part though was when they played "The Light" because they had most the giant lights off and had everyone just flash their lights, only hold up your phone or your lighter when the part "the light" comes on and it was sooo awesome. And ah. Breaking Benjamin was also AMAAAAZZING. They covered Nirvana and had this Star Wars tribute, plus played all my favorites. Sooo awesome.

So yes. I'm ready for it to be fall, I even died my hair. Going from my summery bright purple to a dark red. And I'm drinking all the pumpkin spice lattes and writing and yeah, all the things.

Other highlights...er, did I ever mention how I ripped off my toe nail? Like the whole thing? well, most. I had to have it removed but it's mostly grown back now. And the embarrassing part? I did it while out hunting Pokemon in the middle of the night....

Update on writing! This morning I found out I got into Pitch Slam! Which is awesome and exciting because I didn't really think I would? But it's a nice opportunity and kind of awesome especially considering I think it was like just over 350 people entered and 52 got picked? So, that's kind of cool. And I'm excited!
 If you don't know what it is, it's a pitch contest for writers, there's an awesome panel of judges who sifted through all the entries and four team captains who eventually all picked 10 entries and now we're officially into the "agent round" where agents go through the entries that were picked and bid on them (biding means requesting your query + sample pages, the more they like it, the more sample pages they request). So yeah, fun! I'm officially part of team Take A Seat and if you want to see my entry and read the first page of my MS go here! (you can also find out my full name... XD)

So what have I missed? What's going on with everyone? How's it going? What books have I missed that have come out recently that I should be reading? Tell me all the things but most importantly, how are you?!?