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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. 😀

Kill Them with Kindness

Last week, I was on the phone with a lady who was not very nice. As great as the temptation was, I resisted and was extremely kind to her. I thanked her for her time and she quickly got off the phone not knowing how to respond.

When I hung up, Cale said, “You killed her with kindness, didn’t you.”

Yup, I sure had.

Recently, I’ve seen an influx of angsty characters, mean for the one reason that they can use harsh sarcasm which can be funny. That’s great and yes, sometimes it works incredibly well, but what’s happening to the nice characters out there? Where have they gone?

Sad as it is, in real life, mean people tend to stay mean and nice people tend to stay nice. I’m not sure if I can one hundred percent believe your character going from mean to nice or bad to good in the course of a few hundred pages.

I say, bring back the nice characters who go through genuine character development. Give your character a personality that goes beyond snippy words and actions. Trust me, your reader will appreciate it. 🙂

Secrets We Tell

I’ve heard many times, that we need to write what we know, not what we think we should write about.  This usually means we end up writing about personal experiences, people in our lives, and our dreams.  And this means we constantly tell secrets about ourselves, even if we don’t know it or intend to.

Rupert and Petra are complete opposites just like Cale and me.  Ann’s anxiety was birthed after my car accident.  She also runs because of the joy I felt when I was finally able to run a mile again.  Farrah is confident and outspoken because I was very shy and introverted in middle school.  In ‘Taught by Sister’ the older sister pushes the younger sister up a hill, saves her from drowning and a tornado, because I wouldn’t have any clue what to do in life without my sister.  Samantha refuses to be called Sam because I hate it when people call me Julia instead of Juliana.

I often wonder how many secrets writers give away knowingly, and unknowingly, in their writing.

I am 20k into my new WIP while I work on the last edits for Rupert (I know, I know – there is no such thing as last edits).  I have the goal to write 2k words a day and am very excited to see what I discover about myself while I write.