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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TALES OF GOLDSTONE WOOD Allegorical Theories

As some of you may know, I am a HUGE Anne Elisabeth Stengl fan. Her outstanding series, Tales of Goldstone Wood, is a Christian fantasy that readers of all ages enjoy. Though I'm only on her fifth book, and I may be forgetting some of my recent ideas, here is my collection of allegorical theories towards her books:



~Olivia

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sheep, Sheep, & Crossover Sheep

"Counting sheep is a mental exercise used in some cultures as a means of lulling oneself to sleep. In most depictions of the activity, the practitioner envisions an endless series of identical white sheep jumping over a fence, while counting them as they do so."
--Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counting_sheep)

"Crossover - A fan fiction which incorporates characters, events, places, ideas, etc from another fandom. ... Crossovers are also denoted sometimes with the word: 'xover', the X standing for cross."
--A Fanspeak Dictionary (http://expressions.populli.net/dictionary.html)

Introduction

The purpose of this blog post is to discuss how we get to sleep. Most people suggest counting sheep, but it never works. Not even trying this magical way (by Country Living) can guarantee it:

Yawn, how dreamy... :)

See? We tried, and we failed.

Anyway, the point of this post is to tell how I get to sleep. Hopefully it can help you out. :)

Crossover Sheep!!!!

I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I don't mind reading The Heroes of Olympus, either. I know what you're thinking. David Tennant as a sheep? Things just got awkward.

(áI'm sorry, I just had to do this.á)

...Actually, Octavian Augur might make a better sheep.

(Actually, no, David Tennant is better.)

Ahem, sorry, getting a little off track, there.


The way I tend to get to sleep is by placing myself in a fictional story (usually a crossover -- maybe something like Merlin meets Doctor Who). Recently, I've been setting it up where I'm the Doctor's companion and I (...um...) fell out of his TARDIS. But, the secret is that I have ice powers (enter... Frozen!), and if I reveal that to anyone (the Doctor already knows, by the way), then extreme danger could be involved (typical DW life). Nico di Angelo is helping to keep my secret as I've ended up at Camp Jupiter, where Reyna is gone (and has so rapidly made the mistake of leaving Octavian in charge). Of course, Octavian's favorite activity is execution, so we all know where the story goes from there... (I should write a fan fiction on this. Hmm...)

Anyway, my tip in this not-written-very-well blog post is to create a crossover situation in your mind if you're having trouble getting to sleep. Hope it helps. :)

~Olivia

FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES Entry Sneak Peak!!

It's hard not be overwhelmed (but excited!) for the release of the winning authors of Five Enchanted Roses. It's just so... amazing! What if I got in? That would be outstanding! Even if I didn't get a place inside this magical contest however, I would still be very enthusiastic to discover the authors who will be taking my place.


I doubt I will get in, though (If I don't, I will probably reward all of you wonderful blog readers with the tale.). Here's a (what shall I call it?) "cover plot" for my story, which is titled Duchess, Prince, Manor:

Duchess Phoenix is worried. Her father, a viceroy, is about to lose his position, which would mean horrible things for her: marrying a man she does not love, losing her father, and, most importantly, losing hope. But when invited to the crown prince's ball, everything begins to change...

Phoenix meets a remarkable young man who will not reveal his true identity. That is, until he's rescued her from a rabid dog. Taken in by this man -- Prince Draven Strap -- and his many servants who were turned into objects, Phoenix learns what is hiding behind that arrogant, charming mask -- a handsome young man, just waiting to burst forth.

But Draven was once part of a group of evil followers, and the leader has come back to hunt him down with a weapon more deadly than he can imagine -- a rose. When this rose loses all of its petals, Draven will die, leaving his new wife a widow.

The magical household prepares as Draven comes face-to-face with his father and worst enemy -- fear itself. Will Draven be able to save himself, or will Phoenix be left alone, forever...?

I'm so excited to discover the results of this novella series! :) Luv you! <3

~Olivia

Friday, October 24, 2014

THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS -- A Book Review

The time has come for me to review The Blood of Olympus by mythology writer Rick Riordan. This book came out on October 7th (2014), and I started it the day after (October 8th, 2014), eventually finishing it a week later (October 14th, 2014). Now it's time to review it.


Warning: content may contain spoilers.

Background

For those of you who have never read any of Rick Riordan's books, they are very similar to this:

A group of kids loose their parents/have a bad relationship with them, then find out that they have magical powers and that the fate of the world is resting in their hands.

That's the typical outline for his novels. Rick Riordan has written outstanding stories (such as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series), but, like every writer, he as also written his share of failures (for example, The Kane Chronicles).

Plot

Ever since the rebirth of Rick Riordan's hit series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, seven half-mortal-half-Olympians have been journeying across the world, trying to reach Greece in time to put Gaea back to sleep and save the Olympians from suffering of their Greek/Roman personality disorders.

In the meantime, two other mortal-Olympian hybrids (also known as demigods) and a satyr have been traveling back to New York with some pretty heavy luggage -- a.k.a. a forty-foot-tall statue modeled after the Olympian of weaving and wisdom, Athena.

With a deadly hunter on the trio's trail and a gathering of giants planning to sacrifice two of the seven demigods, there is no time to waste.

Rating

Two-and-a-half out of five stars on this one, folks.

Review

Though I do love a good Rick Riordan book, The Blood of Olympus was not his best. Here's why:

1) The beginning was pretty un-explanatory. At first, it didn't reach down into the characters and pull out their feelings. Perhaps the first chapter being told from Piper McLean's point of view would've been best (considering that she's the most emotional of the seven).

2) We know some of the characters' feelings, but not all of them. Of course I enjoyed learning more about Nico and Reyna! But two of our old pals (Percy and Annabeth) would be nice to hear from, once and a while.

3) There were too many secrets. For example, through most of (or what seemed like most of) the book, Leo, Hazel, and Frank never gave any hints away about their secret plan for the physician's cure (I believe that's what the potion was called). The element of surprise is fun and exciting, but a little more info would be much appreciated.

4) The ending was not, er, epic enough. I had no idea what on earth was going on with the Greeks and Romans being surrounded by monsters, about to face Gaea... What was going on? And when Octavian died, it was impossible to know what was going on until Rick Riordan actually explained his death.

5) Last but not least, Caleo shippers sighed. Um, what I mean is that the reuniting of Leo and Calypso was not romantic enough. Leo has been spending most of his time trying to reach his long lost love, and Calypso has been stranded on an island falling in love with every man who steps foot on it. Also, how was it possible for Leo to reach Ogygia? The place was literally impossible to find! I guess we'll never know.

Overall, The Blood of Olympus was certainly not Rick Riordan's best Greek/Roman novel. Still, the arrival of his two books (Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes and The Sword of Summer) of 2015 is much anticipated.

~Olivia

Blog Change, or...?

As some of you may have noticed, the site address and title have been changed. Thankfully, though, I was able to keep all of my blogs here. :) So, it's still the same site, just a different address, title, and setup. Just wanted to let ya'll know. <3

~Olivia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Elements of the Perfect Saturday

Oh, Saturday! How I love thee! ...Of course, the ideal Saturday never really comes. There's always something blocking that perfect day (Most likely a trip to the orthodontist. {#FrownyFace}). For your entertainment, here's what my perfect Saturday would look like...

The ~Perfect~ Saturday Schedule

7:30 a.m. -- wake up
Even though Saturday would be the most perfect day for sleeping in, if I want to do something progressive during the day, I tend to want to get up earlier. Say, seven-thirty? Eight?

7:45 a.m. -- shower & get ready
Though Saturday would probably be spent entirely at home, I'd still (probably) do my makeup. What if the perfect chance for a low-budget-camera-selfie comes up?!

8:00 a.m. -- breakfast
Breakfast time -- food!! Hmm... Since we're talking about the impossible, -- the perfect Saturday -- why not come to something delicious? Perhaps blackberry jam on sourdough bread with a nice cup of hot cocoa?

8:30 a.m. -- write
Time to get crackin'! Cleaning my room? Well, it is the perfect Saturday, so, naturally, the cleaning fairies would be zooming around the house at this time, as I put a new scent in the wax burner and plop down at my computer, ready to write...

11:45 a.m. -- pack lunch
I changed my mind. I am going out. I pack a kindly-vegetarian lunch and leash up the dogs, about to drive to the park (Because we all know that thirteen-year-olds can drive. {wink, wink}).

12:00 p.m. -- picnic lunch
Lunchtime! Let's see what's inside this basket... Ooo! A cheese pizza, iceburg salad, and a blackberry pie? Kitchen fairies, you shouldn't have!

1:00 p.m. -- write
After spending some fun time at the park with my two precious puppies, it's time to head home and start writing, again.

4:00 -- walk
Need to take a break from that computer screen! The fairies leash up the dogs as I get my coat, and we head out for a nice autumn walk.

5:00 -- write
We're back from our walk! The kitchen fairies begin preparing a lovely meal as I settle down with a cup of gingerbread tea and start writing, again...

6:00 -- dinner
My sweet little fairies are amazing! A candlelit dinner with mint chip ice cream for dessert!

6:30 -- write
The kitchen fairies tidy up from our meal and I go back into my room (or study, as I prefer to call it) to write, again (you may have noticed that I particularly enjoy this activity). Of course, there have been absolutely no writer's blocks today, and so far I have accomplished two-thousand words, today!

8:30 -- nightly Bible study
I cuddle up with the dogs and my Bible as the fairies all gather around to listen. Tonight, we will be reading Proverbs 31...

9:00 -- read
I draw the blanket tighter around me and pick up one of my favorite books, Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

9:30 -- bedtime
I turn out all the lights and take the dogs out for one last disposal. After that, it's off to bed with a few more minutes left for reading. Thankfully, the house fairies have gotten all the dishes ready for me to help cook for potluck, tomorrow.


~Olivia

How To Overcome Writer's Block

Uhg, it's happened again. Fifth time, today. You've gotten stuck at another writer's block, and you're not quite sure how to get past it. You have three-thousand words to write, today -- you need to get past it! What to do?

How To Overcome Writer's Block (My Complete Guide)

The Tricks

There's a trick that few authors know about. The secret? Tea. Or hot chocolate. A hot drink (coffee does not work -- trust me on this one) helps warm up your throat and, as approved by my at-home testing, clear your mind. Suddenly you are completely focused on your novel.

...It Helps, But What If It Doesn't Work?

Now it's time to get seriously tricky. You still can't focus. This next step is Netflix. Is there maybe a TV show with the same genre or setting as your book? Maybe, if you're writing something that takes place during the middle ages, you'll want to try BBC's Merlin. Sci-fi? I recommend Doctor Who.

But, whatever you do, do NOT watch an episode you have not seen before. Suddenly, you'll be hooked onto one of those TV dramas. Watch an episode you haven't seen before? This is a BAD idea. You're trying to write! Just watch part of an episode that you've seen before, and once you know that you've gotten your fill, return to writing (you can always watch the next episode of OUaT later {winky face}).

The End Of This Post [Comes Rather Abruptly]

...And that's all. Just a little morning dose of quick-and-simple. Maybe I got too "into depth", or maybe I didn't plunge deep enough in telling you about how to overcome writer's block. Whatever the case, I hope these two tricks help! :)

~Olivia

Monday, October 6, 2014

An Awkward Hello

Well, things didn't really turn out the way they were supposed to. I guess you could just call this an "awkward hello". Why? Well, it kind of is.

First off, I create a blog. Backfire alert -- my very private, very personal email address is showing! How long did it take? Maybe, say, five minutes to fix it? Oh, joy -- it felt like ten. Fixed! But... wait. I can't post, now! Hashtag sigh. (*Creates new blog, calls it Novels Are My Life.*) Done. One quest completed!

Now that all that drama's over with...

Hello!


Hi! I'm a writer. Well, not yet, at least. But I do write. I'm estimating at least, say, around a hundred semi-working novels on my computer? Sadly, the farthest I've ever gotten is ninety pages... before I decided that tale was getting a little too violent.

But, still -- the farthest? Well, I guess I could do better... ;)

Twenty-three pages of my utter glory (or failure!) have been sent to a publisher for a novella contest called Five Enchanted Roses, which is at least partly hosted by one of my most favorite authors of all time -- Anne Elisabeth Stengl!

So, what exactly do I write? Fiction. What do I focus on? Fairytales, as you may have noticed by the title Five Enchanted Roses...

Da... Quizmaster!

What else do I do? I make quizzes, for one. Going by the false name of Keva Maher, I use PlayBuzz for posting them.

I also have a page on Facebook, in case you're interested -- a few recipes and jokes, but mostly concept art and mystical places.

Conclusion

So that was basically an introduction. A very badly written one. Enjoy it. Also, you may have noticed that I went a little, hee hee hee, "link crazy". Apologies, I tried to do it only where it was absolutely necessary (because blogs are so necessary, these days).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my first blog post! <3

~Olivia

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