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Ponies!

Rebecca Enzor of Stickynote Stories is hosting a My Little Ponies contest and everyone should go check it out!

The contest is to make a pony based on one of your own characters and the prize is to have the pony actually made! Eee!

I got so into the contest I ended up making three ponies:

My Little Pony

Jacob

Jacob is nice and tan because he lives in the desert. I’m in the middle of this WIP and don’t want to give too much away, but I will tell you that Jacob’s job has a lot to do with death- check out that cutie mark. 😉

My Little Pony

Kira

Kira is Jacob’s leading lady. She too lives in the desert, but she burns easily and doesn’t have that nice tan skin that Jacob does. She has the North Star for a cutie mark because she knows the stars like the back of her hand and uses them to navigate during the night. She’s one mournful girl who needs a little happy in her life (cue Jacob).

My Little Pony

Farrah

This beauty is Farrah, the main character of my fantasy YA. She lives in a mountain (hence the cutie mark and pale skin). She’s one tough cookie and takes her life and job very seriously (she’s a bodyguard for the prince).

So, which one do you guys like? Which one do you think I should use in the contest??


(p.s. I stole the poll idea from Beth Revis who has some amazing ponies up on her blog too, go check ’em out.)

Also, I just found out I won second place in Rachael Harrie’s flash fiction contest- the first part of her Campaigner Challenge. Y’all should have heard me squealing when I found out. I’m ridiculously proud of that piece. She’s now my favorite and all my other WIPs are jealous. 😀

Liebster Award

The wonderful Christine and Sophia have both passed the Liebster Award to me and so it’s my turn to pass it on to others!

Liebster Blog Award

The only problem is that everyone has already gotten this award. Would it be totally cheating of me to pass it on to all of you, my wonderful amazing followers? Probably, but I don’t care, I’m still gonna do it. 😉

So here you go, my lovelies. You all are amazing.

Disagreement with My Teacher

Blog on Fire AwardFirst, award time!  The fabulous Kate Larkindale gave me this award (Kate, I’d give it to you also, but I’m not sure if that’s allowed).  Her blog is great; go check it out.

Aaand here are five of my favorite blogs I am passing it on to:

  1. Sophia
  2. Angela
  3. Christie
  4. Gabi
  5. Deana

At some point in my elementary education I had the following conversation (probably more of an argument, or a Juliana-being-stubborn moment) with a teacher about a paper I had written:

Teacher: Juliana, this is very good, but I want us to look at one particular word you used to describe this man. (points to paper)

Me: (Silence)

Teacher: You use the word nice.  Are there any other words you can think of that would be more specific?

Me: …he was nice…

Teacher: Yes, but nice is a very generic word.  Think hard, is there another word you could use?

Me: But he was nice.

Teacher: I am sure though, that there is a better way to describe him than just plain nice.

Me: (Silence )

I don’t remember how the conversation ended, but I have the very vivid memory of standing beside my teacher, at her desk, arguing over the word nice.  I really did not understand why the word nice wasn’t good enough.

I have that same conversation with myself many times while writing.

Inner me: Oh honestly, you know better than to use the word shrug.  And did I see you write NOD earlier?  She nodded??  How boring.

Me: But she did nod, how else am I supposed to write that?

Inner me: Oh, I don’t know, how about her hair fell over her eyes as she tilted her head to the side, that is much more interesting.

Me: I suppose that’s better…

Inner me: You know it is.  Plus, did she really nod?  Maybe she stared at him blankly or maybe she blinked once to indicate she had heard him.  Maybe she thinks he’s an idiot and stuck her tongue out and blew a raspberry.

Me: I don’t know.  You’re confusing me.

Inner me:  I’m confusing you?! And how do you not know?  You’re writing it!  She can do anything you want her to.

I have this discussion with myself at least fifty times while writing a WIP.  Ugh, it’s terrible and oh so annoying.

Are there any words you insist on using even though you know they aren’t good enough?

Irresistibly Sweet

The wonderful Sophia Chang has given me my first blog award!  I am honored 🙂

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

The rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share four guilty pleasures that you have.
  3. Pass the award on to six other blogs.

Four guilty pleasures:

  1. Running at the trails with Cale and my dogs.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a day than this.
  2. Reading in the bath.  At least three nights out of the week I can be found relaxing in a hot bath with a good book.
  3. Scouring J.Crew’s for good sale items.
  4. Scrapbooking while talking with my family on the phone 🙂

I’m assuming I can’t send this back to you, Sophia, so here are 6 other fabulous bloggers:

  1. Letitia Englund
  2. Angela Perry
  3. Gabriela Lessa
  4. Pia Bernardino
  5. K.M. Weiland
  6. Chuck Wendig

For those of you who like interviews AND winning things, here’s an interview with Chris Grabenstein and a chance to win one of his books, “The Crossing”: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/03/interview-and-giveaway-with-chris.html.