The Clock Master

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This is a story that I wrote as part of CWWC.  You may have noticed the banner on the sidebar, and this is for that.  The good stories will be posted on the blog, but if you’re brave, you can read the others, which will be posted on the CWWC tab on the menu.  

I’ve never liked time travel stories.  (I don’t know why, I just don’t like them.)  This is as far as I’ll go when writing time travel.  So… enjoy. Continue reading

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July Wrap Up (and llamas)

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So instead of having these weird update posts at random times, I’m going to do a monthly wrap up/update posts.  Doesn’t that sound nice.  So people will actually read these things, I’ll try to keep it interesting and give mini reviews of stuff, or interesting blog posts I’ve seen, music I’ve been listening to, etc.  🙂   Continue reading

30 Song Challenge

They say the key to a teenage girl’s heart is through her music.  (Actually, I don’t know if they say that or not, but I said it.)

Anyhoo.  Since you guys have no idea who I am apart from a random girl on the internet, maybe this will help.  (Note: I changed some of these because they were weird or I didn’t have answers for them.)

This is a challenge that’s been circulating the internet, not a tag.  So If you want to do it, do it!
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Slightly Strange Writing Prompts

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There’s only so many post titles you can make up for writing prompts.  Don’t judge me. 😉  More writing prompts, in order to celebrate the making of this blog, which started sometime this month, last year?  (Wow, that’s a lot of commas.)  I honestly can’t remember when.  My first drafts were writing prompts though, so…. ta-da! Continue reading

Writing a Villain as Your Protagonist

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There’s something in me that just likes the gray areas.  In a world that’s all different colors, it feels like most characters in fiction are either black or white.  (Evil or good.)  To me, character and plot go hand in hand.  

But I’ve always like writing villains.  Actually, I think they’re more fun to write than heroes.  

Sometimes I think that the hero’s stories are told so often, that we forget that there are more people that can be protagonists than just heroes. Continue reading

#Hello2017.5

I like making sarcastic posts.  This is one of them.

Recall, if you can, to all the posts around the last week of December/ first week in January.  If you can’t remember, I’ll tell you.  There was lots of “Goodbye, 2016, you were an awful year.”  And “Hello 2017!  I have resolutions and goals and you’re going to be an awesome year, not like 2016!”  Do you remember now?

Yeah.  I got a little sick of it too.  After all, years are just a celebration of making it once around the sun.  Like, YAY!  We made it around again!  I wasn’t too sure that we’d make it this time!  And  by the time 2018 rolls around (it’ll be here before you know it) everyone will hate 2017 and applaud 2018 just because.  

So I got thinking.  (Always a dangerous business.) Continue reading

Rebellious Writing

Maybe you’ve seen a few posts and stuff with the hashtag RebelliousWriting.  When I found out what it was, I jumped on the bandwagon.  I’m not usually one to do stuff like this, but I emphasize with the message.  

So, Aster, now that you’ve rambled on for a few sentences, what is Rebellious Writing?

It’s a movement started by Gray from graymariewrites. Since she put it so eloquently, I’ll just paste what she wrote.

#RebelliousWriting is a movement that demands for wholesome books. Books that are full of light, good morals, family, friendships, and adventures, instead of books full of darkness, swearing, sex, vile relationships, and lust. Let’s rebel against the social book standards that scream at us to fit in, in order to be cool or relevant.

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The Girl Who Could See- Book Review

I said I’d be doing a lot of reading.  It was only a matter of time until a book review popped up.  Actually, you might see a lot of book reviews because I’ve been reading like crazy.  (I read three books yesterday.  Finished one, and read two more from cover to cover.  Crazy.  They were the Blades of Acktar series by Trisha Mingerink, if you’re curious.)

But this was the first book I read during my summer break.  I was super excited for the book when I first heard of it, because I thought it sounded amazing and the cover art is gorgeous!  

The premise was super cool, and I went into this book with high expectations.  That’s dangerous for me because I rarely have high expectations for books.  If I have high expectations, they’re more likely than not to get dashed.  If I don’t have high expectations and the book is good, I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but if it’s not, I don’t suffer any loss.  

But The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson, met all those expectations.

“All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.” -from back cover

I was really interested because the book revolved around schizophrenia and imaginary friends, both of which I thought would be good in a book.  Really, it’s a novella, but it was the perfect length for me.  Any longer and it would have felt way too long.

The Characters:

Fern (aka Plant Girl):  Fern is a strong heroine who just wants to take care of her niece.  Doing so means that she needs to keep her job.  It’s easier said than done.  She’s lost two jobs in the past two months because of accidents related to her schizophrenia.  In fact, her illness is so bad that she had to drop out of high school.  Even before that, her parents were a part of a drug dealership, and often had the children pedal the drugs for them.  Despite it all, she’s a determined girl.

Tristan: Tristan is imaginary friend of Fern.  He saved her when she was little, and always keeps an eye on her.  Plus he has so much snarky, sarcastic, happy.  (Ignore the grammar.)

What I liked:

The concept was well executed.  There were a few time jumps, but I was able to keep track of them with no trouble.  The book is written in first person present, which normally drives me nuts, but I didn’t even notice until I was a few chapters into it.  There was some romance, but it wasn’t a lot.  It’s not a Christian book, but it is really clean.  (The author is a daughter of missionaries.)

What I didn’t like:

There was some slightly unbelievable things that I noticed going back through a second time.  (I like it so much that I read the book twice in one day.  That’s saying something.)  However, they weren’t glaring, and given the genre, it didn’t matter too much.  There was one kiss that went a little too long.  (While this is something I’m neutral on, I’ll advise: There is quite a bit of violence, but never too gory, and there is some thematic stuff.)

WRITING: 5/5 STARS
CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 STARS
PLOT: 4.5/5
THEMATIC STUFF (1 NONE, 5 HIGH): 2

(Drugs, kidnapping, monsters,)

LEVEL OF VIOLENCE (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 3

(A few people are killed.  Tristan fights with two flails, which he uses.)

LANGUAGE: (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 1

Total: Four and a half stars.  (I rounded up to five.)

IT’S SUMMER!!!!!!!!

I have a pressing question.  What do Australians do?  Do they start the school year in September, and then work through the summer (our winter) then get their summer break with snow?  Do you start in April and stop in November?  What happens?  If you’re an Aussie, please comment and tell me because summer without swimming and flip flops sounds sad.  (Of course, it could just be a plain answer, like you start in the same month as pretty much everyone else.) [Edit:  An Aussie was kind enough to give an answer in the comment section. 🙂 ]

But if you’re reading this, that means that I finished school, which to me, is the definition of summer. Continue reading

Summer and Swimming

Hiya people.  It’s almost summer!!!  [It feels like it already, (already had the first sunburn of the season) but we have to wait a few more days for it to be official.]

Sorry for lack of posts…  I won’t even make up an excuse.  So saying, the schedule for this is going to change a little.  Haha, like I had a schedule in the first place… Continue reading