Saturday, 21 March 2020

this is not a writing post

A small list of beautiful things, because life's been good despite the bad:

  • rain. We had rain this month, which broke a long period of dry and filled the dams and creek, so the family hopped into some round molasses troughs and pushed ourselves around using sticks. Brother 2 got into one with Dad, and they ended up standing in a trough on the bottom of the creek bed, submerged up to their chests. Good times.
  • green grass. In the paddock, it's thick and it's past our knees, and mowing the yard doesn't feel like such a chore when we take into account that there is grass to mow. 
  • also. butterflies. There are small white ones with lacy black bits, and big black ones with lacy white bits, and also some little yellow ones. And there are so many. I have had several genuinely-felt Bilbo moments:
  • my job! and I'm so blessed to be able to add that to this list. For a year I worked part-time in a job that was not a field I was interested in, and while I felt personally invested in the business (for no particular reason?? except I worked there?), it was immensely draining. But! Last year I was in admin at a library and adored it. And this year I'm a casual library assistant, and I'm enjoying it so much. Obviously part- or full-time work would be more convenient (I have an hour commute), but this does mean that I get to work with all different people in different workplaces!

    and I smile at people and help them and make them love the library and feel happy. and that makes me feel happy too.

So there's a small post for you, because I was thinking about how good life is. <3

    I pray you are able to be doing things that make you happy, that bless others, that open your eyes to the wonders of God's creation and His marvelous love for us.

    And if you're not? if your job's dragging at your soul and you're having trouble keeping your chin up? My advice (I say, like I am in any way qualified to give advice) is to:
    1. keep your eyes open for opportunities. all sorts of opportunities, and things you wouldn't normally do. chase the things that make you feel fulfilled.
    2. choose to smile. choose joy. it's hard but choose to rejoice in the blessing of just being alive. and then live
    (she says, as though she has a habit of living. and not, like, sitting at her laptop all day.)
    ((I used to but getting a job kind of ended that.))

      What's something objectively tiny (like butterflies) that has made you feel joyful and blessed? Do you enjoy your work? (whether it's paid or for your family) Is your family still well? Let me know if you would like me to pray for you.

      And what are some things you do that make you feel like you're living and not just alive?

      Friday, 13 March 2020

      yes it's been a full year, hi (+ character interview)

      have a long post and watch me pretend nothing's out of the ordinary ahaha

      Billie: Let us go, you controlling, delusional crazy person. It's been fifteen months -

      Jem, cutting Billie off: Absolutely not! You have to admit that the comments we received on the first part of the interview do indicate a strong enjoyment of our little chat.

      Billie: I don't have to admit anything, and I've no doubt any people saying they enjoyed it are also crazy. My heart goes out to their characters.

      Rowan: I thought you claimed to not have a heart.

      Billie: Do you disagree with my sentiment?

      Rowan, to Jem: Please just let us go.

      Jem: Why?

      Rowan: This is already far beyond my tolerance level for her.

      Jem: That's why we're enjoying it. Now, if Elsie could come up on stage?

      Billie: You said Josie!

      Jem: I changed my mind.

      Elsie enters. Zephyr follows half a step beside her, eyes scanning the surroundings. Yala follows, but stops subtly at the edge of the room to watch. 

      Elsie, seeing Billie:'re dead.

      Jem: Ehh, non-canon situation, we can skip over that, okay?

      Billie: ...your concern for my sister's emotional well-being is truly overwhelming.

      Jem: *shrugs happily*

      Billie: Zephyr.

      Zephyr: Isobel. I was troubled to hear of the recent happenings. It is good to see you in health.

      Jem: 'good'? something is GOOD? okay, that's quite enough of that kind of talk. We shall have none of that. Ceci?

      Sunday, 2 December 2018

      WIP Special Part 5 || I harass my characters

      I won't beat around the bush and bore you with a long and rambly introduction. We all know who you're here to talk to, and it's not me. *tragic sniff* Today I have some special guests - the cast of Three Sisters, particularly, Billie!

      Billie: I would rather be forced to behave through a full formal tea with Count Laszlo.

      Jem: She's still a little rattled from meeting her author.

      Billie: It's just wrong.

      Jem: Unfortunate. We will also be having bloggers from the audience asking the cast questions! which will be so fun!

      Billie: Fun, like a wild animal attack.

      Jem: Thanks, Billie. With that said, I'd like to introduce Ceci, with our first question! *hands over mic*

      Ceci: Billie, have you ever run out of things to say?

      Billie: ...

      Billie: wow. So that's going to be the style of this interview, Jem.

      Jem: Answer the question.

      Billie: ...

      Billie: Never.

      Friday, 23 November 2018

      WIP Special part 4 || lots of side characters, seriously

      WHOOO *runs around screaming* It's week four of the WIP Special! and of NaNoWriMo! 

      and I'm not screaming because things are going great, if you were wondering.

      I'm screaming as a replacement for Dedication™, Work Ethic™, and all those other lovely strong abstract nouns.

      Look, if Billie can go through life relying on snark and bitterness alone, I can use screaming and procrastination, okay??

      No. bad Jem. you cannot use the habits you gave your character as an excuse for your own bad habits.

      ALSO: see the end of the post for *ad voice* your chance to feature in the next installment of Jem's Three Sisters WIP Special!


      Week Four: Side Character (SC) Questions and Story Building

      –{{1. List your SCs, state one of their main hobbies, and tell us how they influence your MC in the story.

      *cracks knuckles*

      *actually no I never crack my knuckles ever, ignore that* *shivers*

      Elsie: the middle sister; hobby: writing; her gentleness influences Billie to be tougher.

      Josie: the youngest sister; hobby: riding through the forest/hunting; impulsive and slightly wild, which influences Billie to sacrifice herself.

      Count Laszlo/the Beast: grumpy talking tiger-bear-thing from the forest; hobby: reading, pottering around conservatory; influences Billie to act like more of a wild beastie than he is (simply because he is 0% wild beastie and he irritates her) but also to use manners as a new weapon.

      Rowan: leader (or so he claims) of the bandits; hobby: snark (do you see where I'm going with him, dO YOU); his similarities with Billie influence her to open up (just a crack, though, seriously) and trust him to help her.

      Kik: would be Rowan's right-hand-man except he denies Rowan's actually in charge; hobby: insulting Rowan (as fictional friends do); has not yet met Billie?? but I suppose might influence her actions through not sending (or making Rowan send) Josie home away from the bandits.

      Zephyr: from another country I haven't named, he's the literal sweetest and I'm sorry I hurt him; hobby: not sure?? maybe poetry; his presence influences Billie's actions in that she starts freaking out for spoiler reasons.

      Count Yala: the voice of common sense and competence; hobby: making sure Zephyr's okay (he does not have a life); he influences Billie by not taking Zephyr away.

      –{{2. Who is the SC that is the closest to your MC?