Saturday, November 11, 2017

NaNo Week #2 - NIGHTFALL LAUNCH PARTY and other, less important things

Hi everyone!!
Can you believe we're already this far into November? I feel like I'm still at the beginning of October, but no we are ACTUALLY here and it's SOMEHOW BY THE GRACE OF GOD IS IT ACTUALLY COLD. O.O
Somehow. O.O
God knew. O.O XD XD XD
Last year it was all warm and gross, but now in California it's actually like in the 70's so we can wear normal clothing and sometimes sweaters! 
*dies of amazingness*
So, yeah! Let's get right into this awesome week of NaNo! :D

Day 5!
45
So, this day wasn't the best day...this always happens to me where I get ahead in my writing THEN TOTALLY DROP THE BALL AND DON'T WRITE LIKE I SHOULD. XD
But my goal was to write every single day, even if it was only a little bit, and considering the fact I had a church service to sing at (I had to go to the bathroom so badly during the service, and I was on stage, so I HAD TO LEAVE TO GO TO THE RESTROOM, AND I WAS SURE I WAS GOING TO BURST). I somehow got back in time to sing the last song we had to do, thankfully. O.O
Then after that I had a super long rehearsal for my church's Christmas tea, so I didn't get home until late. Plus I had (and still do have) a cold, so I was very unimpressive today. XD

Day 6!
955
I was still ahead at this point, so I only wrote some before I went to bed and somehow managed to write nearly 1k!
Although it wasn't my daily word count goal, I was kind of busy drawing this picture---
So, I guess it was pretty productive. :)

Day 7!
0
A COMPLETE WEEK OF NANO AND HOW DO I CELEBRATE??? By not writing a single word, but let me explain why, my friend...
NIGHTFALL WAS RELEASED!!!! And like every year, we went to the launch party!
Let me share with you some pictures of the experience!
 THERE'S SHANNON! Ugh, there's nothing more inspiring than hearing an author talk about their writing experiences and what's happened for them to get where they are now! 
We played this fun game of if we thought Shannon was lying or telling the truth, and because of it I learned some fun things...
*Sophie's original name was Agnus McWeeney*
*Fitz was the first character created*
*Keeper of the Lost Cities was originally made as a short story*
*The name given to KotLC by Shannon was Chasing Everblaze*
*Shannon had intentions to kill Sandor in the first book he was in*
VERY INTERESTING, RIGHT. I really loved hearing about it all, even though I knew some stuff from the first couple times going. :)

And then a selfie of Kendra and I waiting for Shannon to show up. Sorry it's a bit blurry, I couldn't get a very decent picture. I guess I was shaking... XD
By the time I got home and was about to write something for NaNo....
It was midnight. O.o
So, I was like- WHATEVER. IT'S A NEW DAY SO IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAY.

Day 8!
277
The day after, I was really reading a lot, although not as much as I wanted to, because I was thinking- I NEED TO WRITE. SO I WILL WRITE.
Or more like, not write, not read, and not do anything worth my time, so the whole day was basically ruined, and I should have just read Keeper while I had the opportunity. O.O

Day 9!
3,503
I wrote a lot this day. OuO
AND I WROTE DOWN NOTES FOR THIS POST TO PUT IN SO YOU KNOW IT'S GONNA BE GOOD.

"I reached 25% done! Me, being the most easily scared human being on the earth, nearly jumped out of my seat when the trumpets pumped through the speakers while I was writing. #scaredy-cat #heartwasracing XD XD XD XD"
"ALSO. WHY ZACK. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO AGAINST MY PLOT POINTS AND DO SOMETHING CRAZY STUPID NOW THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THAN I PLANNED. STOP TALKING TO PEOPLE. (Be like me and be a hermit then it'll be easier okie.)"

Wow, okay. XD
But this day was pretty awesome for writing! I got a lot done, regardless of Zack, my MC, going off and talking to his father and making me panic. -.-

Day 10!
2,095
I really need to just make notes for what I did everyday, so I can recall it better. XD XD 
This day.......hm......
I don't remember everything that happened cuz it was just another day at home...BUT IT WAS GOOD REGARDLESS AND I WROTE A LOT. XD It felt like a Saturday cuz Kendra and I just watched My Little Pony all morning and I slept in late... XD

Day 11!
1,722
So, this happened today--
If you don't know what Zevelyn is, it's the ship of my character and Jaclynn's character and IT'S OUT OF CONTROL HALP.


So, I drew them. Again. Even though I thought that they were over. And really, now they are. O.O BUT THE SHIP STILL LIVES ON. 

Altogether now, I have reached 19,079 words and am getting super close to the halfway point!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

So, yeah. That has been today and now I'm off to make sundaes with my mom and binge watch TV. XD
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How is your NaNo going? Are you ahead, are you behind? What's your story about? Is it going well? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT! XD
-Emma-
AND THIS POST IS TOO LONG AS IT IS. I SHALL MAKE A SEPARATE POST SOON FOR NANO SNIPPETS OKAY DO NOT BE MAD

Saturday, November 4, 2017

NaNo Update! Week #1

*crazy laughing*
*more crazed laughing*
*can't stop*
Welcome to NaNo, friends. OuO

Okie, honestly, I don't feel THAT crazy, because NaNo is going pretty well for me at the moment. It's only the end of day four and I'm ahead of my goal, my story is moving along nicely now that I'm into some early on plot twists and THE STORY IS ROLLING.
So, even though I don't have my entire plot figured out (ha, ha, October was SO not a prepping month.)
This happened right before NaNo---
Tuesday, the day before NaNo...
"Procrastination at it's best. XD XD XD"

So, yeah, I don't have my whole novel planned out...and I kinda wanna finish this novel by the end of the month or year.
(I've never actually finished a book though, so I have no idea how hahahahahha)
But anyway! Let's get into the recap of the first week!

Day 1
2,343
The first day was a Wednesday, so that means Jaclynn and I worked! WHAT'S MORE AMAZING AND INSPIRING THAN SWINGING KIDS AND HOLDING CRYING KIDS AND TRYING NOT TO DIE INSIDE??? XD XD
This was me and Dee's first day of NaNo selfie...
Can you see the inevitable doom in our eyes? XD
(AND ALSO NOTICE MY WRITING SWEATER. I legit only wear that when I write... especially in November. ;))
But the first day was hard, since Jaclynn stayed over a bit after work and when we are together there is more screeching and ultimate DEATH happening than writing. Once she left, I got a lot more words in. ;)
I always like to start the first day off with more than just the daily goal, and I got to accomplish that! Yay!

Day 2!
2,281
I honestly don't remember what I did this day. Obviously I wrote...O.O
OH!....
Wait........
WAIT.
*three minutes later*
Um. I went for a walk and drew...I think. O.O

Day 3!
4,798
OOH! This was quite a day.
When I wasn't doing this-
I was doing this--
I was pretty productive. OuO
And yes, I know. I'm a major creeper. I promise, I'm not a psychopath. XD XD

Quote from the day:
Dee: *having a laughing attack/mental breakdown/being Dee*
Me: Jaclynn, you've been a mess for the past weeks. I don't think I wanna be your friend anymore.
Dee: *can't even*

Day 4!
1,067
Now, today....WAS SO LOW MOTIVATION FOR ME. I didn't want to write or draw or do anything. I just wanted to watch shows. So, at like 9:30pm I scrambled and wrote over a thousand words in like a half an hour. My goal is to write every single day, even if it's only a sentence or two. GOTTA KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE!!! XD

So, now that the first week is over of NaNo, my altogether word count isssss......
10,489 WORDS! I am 20% of the way done to my goal, and I feel really good about it! I'm only four days into the month and I'm nearly a quarter of the way to my goal!! LIKE WHAATTT?
That seems so close in such a short time, but in reality I know I'm still so far away. 
*more crazed laughing from the beginning of this post*

So, yeah. That's how this has gone for me. Dee and I have been warring and stuff, which is super helpful, and the main reason I've written so much!
*does cheerleading stuff*
*collapses cuz so tired*

SHARE WITH ME YOUR WORD COUNT AND STUFF SO I CAN FEEL CHALLENGED AND ALL THAT STUFF. :D
-Emma-
P.S. Next week I'm gonna try to share snippets of my story with you guys, but it's really late tonight AND I MUST SLEEP.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Star Wars Genderbent Drawing Challenge!

Hullo!!!
Okay, if you don't know-- I am a huge YouTube addict.
So, I have a few drawing YouTube channels I follow and they always do fun challenges, and I have been feeling more and more like I want to do my own drawing challenges on my blog!
SO, I PRESENT TO YOU GENDER BENDING. XD
If you don't know what that is, it's when you take a character and swap their gender and imagine what they would be like! I decided to do this with The Force Awakens characters. :D
 The first character I did this with was Rey! This was my first time ever trying to do this, so not my favorite- but not bad either. :) It's actually pretty hard to figure out how to keep similar features of a girl and turn them into a guy.... I think it's easier changing a guy character into a girl character. ;D

Like Kylo Ren! This is my favorite character to bend and I really like how it turned out! I think it still captures the original features of Kylo Ren. :) I know a lot of people think genderbent things are weird, and it's a little weird even to me, but ultimately I think it's fun and cool! XD

And the final character I bent for this challenge was FINN! I think this one turned out really cool! I like what I did with her hair, it seems Finn like to me. :)

***
I hope you liked this post! I did it pretty quickly, but it was still really fun to try out! STRETCH THOSE ARTIST MUSCLES.
*artist muscles cry out in pain cuz I never give them a break*
*shushes artist muscles*
If you wanna see more challenges, maybe even some writing ones- TELL ME! If you have any ideas for challenges- ALSO TELL ME! XD
-Emma-
Which character was your favorite to see genderbent?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

FRENSHIP DRAWINGS!

(Yes, FRENSHIP. If you didn't know that's how we spell it go look at the page on my blog. ;D)
Hi everyone!!
I thought it was about time to do a drawing post since I haven't really done an official one since I came back posting more. ;)
 So what would be a better group of drawings than the ones that are FREN related! The "FRENS" are Jaclynn and my friends in Kansas- you probably know some of them from other posts and the page I made describing who they are and stuff. ;) IF YOU HAVEN'T GO READ IT AND THIS WILL BE LESS CONFUSING. Maybe. XD
AGH! I decided to start this post of with a bang and show you guys one of my all time favorite FREN drawings- if not one of my favorite drawings--- period. ;D
It's me, Dee, and Hershey dressed super fancy for a masquerade!!!!
*wills it to be real*

Another FREN drawing I really like! Some of the FRENS don't look as great as I wish, but others are like PERRRFFF!!! XD
(From left to right- Twix, Hershey, me, Gummi, Dee, Fudge, and Churro)

Now this drawing took me a few nights accomplish!! All the complex shading and figuring out how to fit TEN PEOPLE in one drawing! That's always difficult to manage. O.O
(From left to right- top to bottom. First row- me, Dee, Cobbler, Hershey, Twix, Gummi, Fudge
Second row- Nilla, Taffy, Churro.) 

Baking with FRENSS!!! I love how this one turned out, everyone looks really good imo, and OUR APRONS!!! A cookie apron for me (Cookie), a donut one for Dee (donut), then a chocolate bar look to Hershey's!! XD AGH LOVE. <3
(Left to right- Fudge, Taffy, me, Dee, Hershey)

EEK! I love this drawing too! It's of Hershey, Dee, and me in my room just hanging out and hermitting together. ;) It looks a ton like my actual bedroom and I love. XD

ME, HERSHEY, AND DEE AS TODDLERSSS! 
*awwww*

Okay, you guys know I like POP!s-- SO I DREW US THREE AS THEM!!! 
I actually drew Churro, Fudge, and Taffy as POP!s too, but in a different drawing. ;)

I posted this drawing of me as a Sith on Instagram and it's my second most popular post! After finishing it, I realized I had to do more FRENS in this style!

Hershey as a JEDI! 

DEE AS A JEDI! XD
(I had to go buy purple copic markers for her lightsaber XD)
This drawing was so fun to do! Me, Dee, and Hershey as elements! I assume you can figure out who is who. ;) 
BUT THIS DRAWING IS PRETTY EPIC. XD

This drawing was pretty fast and easy, but I think it's so cute! It's us carving pumpkins- unless you're like Jaclynn and paints her pumpkin. ;D

The final drawing! I'm not sure how to describe this, but it's obvious it's very fall-y. :D

I hope you enjoyed looking at a ton of the FRENSHIP drawings I've done! I've made so many, it's insane. O.O I'm usually drawing just Hershey, Dee, and I at the moment- it's fun to do more best FREN drawings. ;D

Now...to go try to prep for NaNo and stop procrastinating. Hm.
Ha.
Ha.
Stop procrastinating.
That's a funny joke.
XD XD XD

-Emma-

Sunday, October 1, 2017

My NaNo Prep So Far...

It is officially the last month before NaNoWriMo.
*dies*
If that doesn't freak you out, I don't know what will. NaNo is amazing, but INSANE!!
I've basically procrastinated my prep for it all this time, after struggling through two failed book ideas, I finally found an idea I liked. And that would work.
I think.
But just because I have this idea doesn't mean I have a complete plot- there are so many more things I'm nowhere near figuring out! So that means---October is the prepping month.
I have to kick my non-motivated butt into action!!
This is my idea journal or whatever you wanna call it! This is basically all I've touched concerning prep. All of my ideas and brainstorming go in here!
I have a page that has the start of what I think my novel will be on it- but I need to fill up way more pages.
*sobs into the floor*
I have the best understanding of my main character...which...happened....because...
*nervous laughing*
Because innocently, Jaclynn and I decided- HEY! Let's write our characters together as a writing exercise to get to know them more!
So of course we did that.
She had a girl character (since then her NaNo novel has changed, but that was originally her character).
And I have a guy character.
Can you see where this is heading? XD
We started out writing really awkwardly because I had no inspiration, but soon enough we were writing like crazy...the writing exercise went over the span of a couple weeks...And...the inevitability of us TOTALLY SHIPPING OUR CHARACTERS TOGETHER HAPPENED.
I've drawn some fan art...
This was just the start of all the fan art to come afterward. I think in total I made...eight drawings of these two love birds...XD XD
(edited by Jaclynn)
But besides us making a huge ship for our two separate characters, I learned a lot about my character Zack! I think it'll be easier to hear his voice now when I write him in the first draft. If he would just shut up about how he's made for Evelyn, maybe I could focus. XD LOL!
(picture does not belong to me. I found it on Pinterest. XD)
This is a real life, not drawing of what I imagine Zack to look like! If he was one hundred percent accurate, he would look just a little different, but this is pretty good. ;)
This was a drawing I posted on Instagram of another one of my characters! She is the actual love interest of Zack's, even though once again- Zack is yelling about Evelyn. 
*sigh*
BE QUIET, ZACK, I KNOW.

Basically my NaNo prep has involved too much drawing and not enough deciding what my PLOT IS EVEN ABOUT.
(That's how you know I love drawing more than writing. XD)

So, tell me! How is your guys' prep going? Have you ever drawn your characters before? :) I love to do it, I feel like I get to personally figure out more about them from it. ;)
Thank you for reading my post! :D
-Emma-
P.S. Tell me if you want to learn more about Zevelyn...I have multiple screenshots of our texts and how their story all went down. Plus an abundance of drawings. XD

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Recreating... #6

Hi everyone! :D
I haven't made a recreation post in a while, and I always like to do these for my own personal enjoyment, so here is the latest one! :)

This is the drawing I found that I thought would be fun to redo. As you can see, this character has a serious bobble head, and just...ugh. No. O.O I made this in 2013 or early 2014 after Frozen. I obviously took lots of inspiration from Elsa, who I was OBSESSED with at the time. ;D

I immediately started working on it, wondering how I could get less of an Elsa feel from it...but ultimately stuck to the original idea pretty much. :)
 In progress shot. :)

I was watching Rogue One while doing this drawing. Not my favorite Star Wars movie, but I wanted to watch it, soooo... ;)
AND FINALLY THE FINISHED PROJECT! I think it looks so much better than the original! I like her hair more, her face more, and the details on her dress more. Just...everything. XD I decided to add a bit more of a background, even though I really can't do those well. ;)

The before and after! So much progress in my art in just a few years! And I am so happy I have good coloring pencils, they make such a difference! :D

So I hope you enjoyed this post! They're really a lot of fun for me! :)
-Emma-

Sunday, September 10, 2017

24 Hour Reading Day!

Hi everyone!
Okay, so a week or two ago, Kendra (my sister) and I did a 24 hour reading marathon, where we wanted to see how much reading we could get done in the span of 24 hours!
Now, I didn't start at midnight and go to midnight, cuz... sleep is important, but I did read for as much as I could during the time I was awake. ;)
And I documented it all for a blog post!! :D
Enjoy!

10:30 am-
I've been reading for the past hour now in my Percy Jackson book. I have a feeling that once it gets more into the main quest, I'll get through the book quickly... I think. Not that it's boring. I like it. XD
Kendra just recently surfaced and I assume she'll start reading with me son! My goal for the day is to finish Percy Jackson and make it almost halfway though another book. :) Now hopefully I can not get distracted by friends or Instagram.... XD XD
*legit just spent ten minutes on Instagram*
*sigh*


10:50-
Back to reading!!!

12:25 pm-
I've gotten over half of the Percy Jackson book read, I definitely think I'll be able to reach my goal! Kendra has now joined me, (late much?) so yayyy!!

1:10-
I'm taking a sort of break from reading to see if my friends can text.... ;)

(This is how you read, right? Oh, and I do have hair it's just up in a bun. O.O XD)

5:30-
Long time no update! I've been reading, but Kendra and I had to run some errands and we got some food. We're back home now and are reading strong! I'm close to finishing Percy Jackson! Only about forty-ish more pages left!

6:20- 
I FINISHED PERCY JACKSON! Definitely getting the next one. And probably the next. And the next. XD
I had been expecting different characters, so it was weird that I had only heard of Annabeth and Percy... I was thinking Leo Valdez, Jason, and Piper and all those characters would show up, but I guess that's for later! NEXT BOOK NOW! ENTWINED!


8:00-
I'm taking a break from reading and now am spending some time drawing and watching a show with my mom. :)

9:20-
I've officially gone back to reading. Let's see how far I can make it in my book in the next hour-ish! PHONE OFF!

10:25-
A whole hour without using my phone, and I got around 80 pages read! WHOO hooo! XD This book is just getting really interesting. I think reading like this is helping my writer's block for NaNo... it's making me think about how much I like stories! :D

10:40-
I'm gonna try to read as much as I can before eleven, when I do my last things and go to bed. I doubt I will have completed my goal, but I still got lots read!


11:05-
I have finished reading for the night. I'm probably a quarter of the way through Entwined, which isn't too bad! Considering I haven't read many books the past YEAR, reading, like, over 400 pages in a day is great! :D


***
And by now since I've finished Entwined, I can say IT WAS SO AMAZING! EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. YES YES YES. 
AND YES.
AGAIN.
5/5.
READ IT.
DO IT.
O.O

I hope you enjoyed the post! I had lots of fun reading, the last time I read all day was probably the day after the "Neverseen" launch party where I just read "Neverseen" all day. XD Good times, good times. ;) I want to do more of these posts where I draw or write for an entire day and share the progress, but I don't know which one to do first. Which one would you like to see more? Me going crazy while writing all day or me going crazy while drawing all day? ;)
-Emma-
What are some of your favorite books? Have you read Percy Jackson or Entwined? :)