It has been fairly quiet around my little blog lately, and I am sorry for that, but school has taken over, really taken over. It is test after test, and if I'm not studying or testing, the magazine is surely there to take their place!!
Which leaves me very little time to blog but it is time to announce the winner of my first giveaway! :) Also, Julie Dao, over at Silver Lining passed along the Over the Top award to me!
The rules for this award: answer the following questions with only one word and pass along to five other bloggers.
Your cell phone: Bitty.
Your hair: Uncooperative.
Your mother: Pure.
Your father: Brave.
Your favorite food: Sushi.
Your dream last night: Forgotten.
Your favorite drink: Tea.
Your dream goal: Creator.
What room are you in: Bedroom.
Your hobby: Dreaming.
Your fear: Future.
Where do you see yourself in six years: Writing.
Where were you last night: Class.
Something you aren't: Neat.
Wish list item: Books.
Where did you grow up: Miami.
Last thing you did: Type.
What are you wearing: Tank.
Your TV: Ignored.
Your pets: Quirky.
Your life: Hidden.
Your mood: Peaceful.
Missing someone: Brother.
Something you aren't wearing: Shoes.
Your favorite store: Barnes.
Your favorite color: Black.
When was last time you laughed: Today.
Last time you cried: November.
Your best friend: Genuine.
One place you go to over and over: School.
Favorite place to eat: Buffet.
I know most bloggers have received this award, so do not feel obligated to answer these questions or pass it along, it is just my way of saying that I think your blog is over the top :)
My curtain was slightly open and I stared at my backyard, noticing how the grass was a little overgrown in the large clearing, how the orange lights in the gazebo gave the green and white wood a porcelain look, and how the many trees appeared like gentle giants in the night. It was all so beautiful and tranquil.
I sighed, closing my eyes and allowing the flow of imagination wander within me and open doors that I never thought possible to open, then again, they have opened before, but for some reason, every time they open, I am left in awe, overwhelmed with excitement, sadness, and love.
His presence stood out in the clearing. I watched him sit by the large marble angel statue with his arms resting on his bent knees, his wild hair fell over his eyes and curled around his ears. His gray eyes resembled broken glass against his warm skin. His eyes shifted over to the large, thick trees and he stared at their still branches his mind wandering too.
I knew we were thinking the exact same thing in that exact moment. He was thinking of his life, the abnormality of it, the unexpected twists and turns, the people he loved, wanted to love, and could never love again.
I thought of his life as well. His story is so amazing, so real and genuine. I wanted with everything in me to be able to tell his story to others. To show everyone his goodness, what he went through and what is to come for him.
He stood and began to walk back to the house, his hands tucked away in his pockets, his head held up, his expression calm, peaceful.
In that second I knew that he trusted me. I knew he had faith in me to tell his story. Whether people love him or not, whether they understand and care is a chance I am willing to take with this story, because honestly, it is a great story.
It is a story that reveals the many forms of love, the truth about life and its absurdity, the evil that people can posses, freedom, and what some people will give up and sacrifice for others.
He stopped walking and smiled, turning one side of his lip up.
I smiled in return.
Just like that I dove into his story with his voice so clear it would have been impossible to miss a word.
Bloggers have you ever written a story that overwhelmed you and touched you in so many ways? Are you currently writing that story? Share your experience with me.
I have officially reached 100 followers!!! Big shiny smiles to that! In thanks I am holding a contest giveaway. The contest is simple: Drake is in a situation. He is given a string of choices choices and whoever picks the right choice( the choice he would make) will be entered into the contest. How to get extra points?
3+ points if you're already a supporter of my blog, because I love you guys :) 1+ point if you become a supporter. 2+ if you blog about this contest.
I felt claustrophobic, stuck in between making a choice, one I never thought I would have to make. Franky's bright eyes were bold and the memory of his skin taking the beating over mine was overbearing and so real, like it was just yesterday. I could see him gritting his teeth as my father wrapped his hands around his thin throat, making his pale face flush a bruised purple. He told me to run, to leave... He took the pain for me, he always did. I could never repay him for all that he has done and he has never asked me to... I have a feeling he never will...
My growing feelings for Amber were alien but welcoming and inspiring, she made me see life in a different way, she made me wake up for different reasons, she taught me that there just might be something out there to believe in. And Amber's family-- Patrick and Mable took me in, sheltered me when my own family lacked that ability. All of them played a part in making me who I am. It is because of them that I am here. How could I make this choice? How could I choose between them?How could they make me choose? *I understand the background information on why he has to chose is not given, just give it your best shot!* :)
So who does Drake decide to stand by? 1) His best friend who has stuck by him through his abusive childhood? 2) The girl he is slowly falling in love with? 3) The family that has taken him in when his own family was nowhere to be found? 4) Or, does he decide to stand alone, choosing neither because he simply can't.
Leave your answer in a comment below and be sure to let me know if you're already a supporter, if you became one and if you blogged about this contest!
Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks.
Description: An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.
The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks.
Description: Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
So there you go. Who doesn't love Nicholas Sparks? :)
I get to name ten things that make me happy and I decided to pass it along to ten other bloggers.
1) God makes me so very happy. Because of him I will never be alone and nothing will ever be impossible. 2) My family of course. 3) Isuet and Roy and Felix-- for always caring. 4) Music. 5) The escape books offer me. 6) My shiny laptop :) 7) Drake, for always listening. 8) My red journal which holds my deepest thoughts and brightest ideas. 9) Candles 10) Love. I used to not believe in love but now I see that love comes in so many different shapes and sizes. There are so many different forms of love and I think that I have found and experienced those forms and that makes me happy.
There is one more award that was given to me by Michele Emrath. It is called the Writers Know Award, which is passed along to writers who have completed their MS. Even though my story still needs to be re-read so many times and edited, it still feels so good to be understood. It took a lot to write that story and I want to say thank you Michele for understanding!!!
If you haven't checked out these blogs you really should. These are some amazing and talented writers with a future we should all watch out for!
Have a lovely Sunday!
P.S- I reached 100 friends!!! Watch out for a giveaway soon!
I have been incredibly busy these past few days with school, my college's magazine, and overcoming this pesky cold. It has been one hectic ride! Thank you for your warm wishes to get well, they helped, my cold is gone! I can finally smell and taste again!!! I received a lot of questions and all of them rocked, so here are the answers, enjoy!
Writing Bloodstone was a rush that never ended. It was an incredible release and relief for me to have it all out and down on paper. The scenes and words flowed easily but if I had to pick the hardest part it would definitely be capturing the essence of Drake's (my MC) best friend. He is a very important character, but he is tricky and difficult. I wanted to portray him perfectly, exactly how he is in my head. It was a bit of a task that I have yet to accomplish the way I want it to be.
Yikes. Well, a trip to Barnes and Noble really lifts my mood. Seriously, I can spend hours upon hours in there, order coffee and spend a few more hours. Long car rides relax me and help me think clearly, too. So it's a draw between Barnes and Noble and car rides.
Mary Campbell asked, I would like to know if you've been writing all of your life and if you're in college now?
I have been writing and telling stories since I can remember. When I was younger I would picture scenes in my head and write them down with illustrations and all! I am in my second year of college at Miami Dade. Next year I will be transferring to either UCF or FIU.
Drake is in the middle of a sticky situation but I will tell him you said hello :)
Candice asked, What was the first story you remember writing?
The first thing I ever wrote was a story titled, Miss Lady Bug. Miss Lady bug traveled through many magical lands in search of her Mr. Lady Bug. She found him in the end. I was around six when I wrote it and I still have it stashed away in my room.
I started to write for pure fun because I liked to tell stories. I always had images in my head and Drake was always there, telling me his story, so I wrote it down. It was instinct in a way. It just always felt right to write.
Bethany Mattingly asked, My question is for Drake...If you could have the perfect day with one special person who would you choose and what would you do?
Amber and I used to spend our late afternoons and early Saturday and Sunday mornings in her tree house. We would read The Chronicles of Narnia all day. We would imitate the characters and then run in the yard, pretending we were in Narnia. I still laugh when I think about it, and even though that would be a perfect day, to go back in time with her, back to when things were better, even normal, it wouldn't be my first choice.
I would want to meet my mother. It doesn't matter where...just to be able to meet her. We wouldn't do much but talk and maybe have some of my questions finally answered by someone I hope that I can trust. Then, maybe take a trip to Narnia.
Tricia J. O'Brien asked, My question is for Drake:Did Victoria dream you or did you dream her? (Translation if I confuse you--when and how did Drake first enter your consciousness?)
Drake:I think we dreamed each other. It was like we were two magnets, pulling to find one another, to be intact, and when we finally came together, there was no force that could pull us apart.
Me: I don't remember when Drake first came to me. It was so long ago. I have journals from when I was younger filled with letters written to him and scenes where I write his life out. Almost every story I have written as a child, leading up to now, has him somewhere in there. He has been apart of me since I can remember, always talking to me and showing me his life, his story. I thank God for sending me him.
Natalie Bahm asked, What was your favorite book (or just one you really liked) in junior high school and why?
It would probably be Harry Potter. I was obsessed!
Kristi asked, My question is...where do you find all of the gorgeous artwork you post on your blog? I adore it...you always have something beautiful on here!
Kelly asked, What was the first concert you ever went to?
It was a Stevie Nicks concert in Vegas. She is so inspirational and original. I lover her music. It was my parents idea to go, though, I was pretty young but I still enjoyed her music and amazing performance.
Fortune. I would want to give back to my dad as a way of saying thank you, for giving me so much.
Julie Dao asked, What are the perfect conditions for you to write in? (i.e. setting, time, food, music)
When I sit down to write I always give myself a moment of silence to pray and connect with my characters before I dive into their lives. I can write anywhere but for some reason inspiration always hits when I am in my room with my door closed and a good song playing.
JM Diaz asked,What makes you want to buy a book? the cover? the author (name or picture)? the blurb?
I like to give authors a chance. I have my favorites but I like to explore new authors. I usually read the first chapter before I make a decision. If I am still hooked after the first chapter I buy it. A pretty cover helps, too :)
T. Anne asked, Do you have just one genre you want to stick to? If not what's the list?
I love YA. I can't see myself writing for any other genre.
Arlee bird asked, Do you tend to remember your dreams and do they ever influence your writing?
I usually remember my dreams as soon as I wake up and throughout the day they vanish, start to slither away from my mind. There has been a couple of dreams that have influenced my writing in ways that still leave me in awe. I wrote a post about a dream where my MC visited me, you can read it here.
Diego Molano asked, Would you ever sacrifice the integrity of your story to land a major book deal?
No, I wouldn't. My story means too much to me and I couldn't do that to Drake.
Also, what do you want your cover to look like? I have a feeling a photograph sort of cover would be better than an illustration or painting no?
I have so many visions for my cover (if my book were ever to be published). I usually picture more of a photograph than an illustration or painting, but who knows? The possibilities in the future are endless! Karen Hooper asked, What's your all time fav Blue October song? They are in my top 3 fav bands and I love that they are on your playlist.
I have to say Congratulations. I love that song. It always makes me smile and picture such invigorating, breath taking images in my head.
Thanks for all of your questions!! Have a happy Wensday :)
I am sick. My throat is all itchy and uncomfortable, oh, and let me not even get started on the runny nose. It is dreadful. The unusual 'cold' Miami weather is getting old and not doing me any good.
I was browsing through the blogs I follow and noticed at the top of my dashboard it said I had 87 friends (I hate to say followers, it sounds sort of wrong). I remember when I only had 3 or 4, so thank you to those who visit my blog, read my post, and comment! It brought a smile to my face and made the annoying cold a tad bit better.
In happiness of my fellow friends I want to host a Q&A. Where you can ask me questions on anything!! Or you can ask Drake a question or two, your choice.
Just leave your questions in a comment on this post and I/he shall answer away.
When I reach 100 followers I will hold a contest and do a giveaway! Choosing who wins will be the hardest part but I am anxious to give back in some way.
I hope you all have a sick-free day and for those of you who are experiencing warm weather, oh, lucky, lucky you!
My debut author list: 1) The Mark by Jen Nadol 2) Ana and the Boy Masterpieceby Stephanie Perkins 3) Paranormalcyby Kiersten White 4) Bleeding Violetby Dia Reeves 5) The Dark Divine by Bree Despain 6) The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard 7) Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus 8) Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis 9) The Mocking Birds by Daisy Whitney 10) Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready 11) Nevermore by Kelly Creagh 12) Under my skin by Judith Graves 13) Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 14) Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Honest Scrap Award
Superior Scribbler Award
Thanks Kelly and Angie Kate!
Writers Know Award
Thank you Michele!
Blogging Writer Award
Thank you Courtney Reese!
Thanks Bethany and Kelly!
One Lovely Blog Award
Thanks Tina Lynn and Julie!
Kreativ Blogger Award
Thanks Natalie Bahm!
The Happy Award!
Thank you Bethany, Kristi, Karen, Tiana, Frankie, Kelly!