April Camp Nano Project + I need your opinion :)

Sorry for being really inconsistent with keeping up with my blog and posting on a regular schedule I bet no one missed me, so I might as well resume my posting starting off with what has been keeping me absent, and I’ll finish up with a question for all you wonderful people out there who read my blog!

Besides work, school, psychology exam (I passed!), preparing for the Goldstone Wood Fanart contest, chicken pox, life, and procrastinating in general, most of my time has gone towards working on my Camp Nano project. It’s unofficially titled “The Shark Story” even though, funnily enough, there are no sharks in my fantasy world (emphasis on fantasy). 

The Shark Story is a novel that I’ve been writing off and on since I was thirteen. The main character is a boy named Piper (named before I realised that Piper is actually a girl’s name…) and he stows away on a ship and becomes a pirate. It follows him growing up as a pirate, and documenting the various choices he makes in his life, some good, some bad, and basically I don’t want to tell you any more or I’ll spoil the book.

Also, since I pants most of my novels, there isn’t much more to it than the basic plot (which was written down when I was fifteen and hasn’t changed much since), so I don’t have anything to spoil you with…

The question that is probably on your mind right now: If it’s about Piper and pirating and there aren’t any sharks in your obviously fantasy world, why is it called the Shark story?

Well, there is a secondary character who ties this story into my master series (see this page for more clarification because I’m not going to explain it here) and his name is Shark. Shark is short for something that I forget. I’ve been avoiding the story he first showed up in for a reason. Also, I love my secondary characters so much, it’s no surprise that I would name an entire novel after one of them.

Now, the next question you should be asking is: How is it going?

Heheh…not well. You would think that when I was ill with the chicken pox earlier in the month and therefore free from college attendance and working I would have spent more time on my writing. I can’t remember what I did with my time, but it wasn’t spent working on my nano project. I lowered my wordcount from 50k to 30k and I’m at 18k right now and I’m scared that I might not finish.

And, because this is a rough draft, I can justify making up words and inserting notes in the document so I can boost my word count:

“Men, we have a mission to complete within the next two months. There is a fleet of ships from the country of Not Armilos (please think of name) that will be sailing through the western ocean…”

(I wouldn’t mind some imput on what to call the country because all of a sudden I can’t call it anything but Not Armilos in my head and it’s driving me nuts)

I know this is probably a boring post since I’m not really talking about plot or characters, but here’s some excellent cover art designed by my best friend, with a very unofficial title (though it is accurate, I guess).

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Designed by Wyn E. Owens

So now for the fun(ish) stuff.

I’ve been wanting to write a serial story for some time, but I can’t decide if I’ll do one or not because I know I will never be able to live up to amazing stories like Tried and True or Blank Mastermind. I have a few ideas and was planning on asking you guys which story you wanted, but then I realised I need to find out if you even want me to do a serial story.

Just let me know what you think! I will listen to all your wonderful opinions.

Would you like it if I wrote a serial story

(polls)

Thanks for reading!

Have a great day 🙂

Catherine

The Book Tag

I was tagged by Ashley over at Inklings Press (once again I kinda stole it instead of actually being nominated…).

Rules
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Technically, I have had Fox in Socks for longer, but I’m not counting it on account of not being a novel. Johnny Tremain was a birthday present to me when I was nine or ten, and has been one of my favorites ever since. There’s even a crease in the cover from where I accidentally sat on it. Let’s just say that there were a lot of emotion when that happened…

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current Read: Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. It’s a reread, and I am realising just how much I miss The Tales of Goldstone Wood series. Eleven year old Leo is the best:)

Last Read: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. My friend basically forced me to read it, and I liked it as much as I was expecting too. It wasn’t an instant favorite, but I didn’t regret any of my time.

Next Read: Les Mis. Maybe. But seeing as how I don’t plan any further than 10 hours in my future without having a nervous breakdown, this is not a definite. And seeing as how it has taken me nine months to get to 31%, we might be here for a while before I finish it.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

My cousins loved it and I read it out of curiosity. It was my first Sci-fi novel, and I hated it. Ender is a terrible person, and so is basically everyone else in the book. If I were to reread it, I might like it more and would no longer hate it because of the Sci-fi element, but I don’t think anything can force me to like any of the characters.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell.

I tried, folks. I tried. I’ve attempted at least five times, even got halfway once, but I don’t think it will ever happen.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Retirement? Seeing as how I don’t believe in this thing called planning, this is an irrelevant question. However, as soon as I’m eighteen, I will probably start reading the books in the Adult section at the library. I’m currently cautious around that section because I’m scared some adult is going to card me or something. Be proud of me, Adult family members who are concerned for my well-being: You will find me in the library, not in the tobacco store, exercising my right as an adult this November.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I used to have a bad habit of reading the last page, but I have recently broken it. I will only know what happens later in the book now if I accidentally flip to the wrong page or I accidentally stumble across someone’s review that isn’t labeled for spoilers but should be.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I like them! I very rarely ever read everything in the acknowledgement seeing as how they are full of names I don’t know and tons of inside jokes, but I definitely appreciate the author putting them in there. I want to be in an acknowledgement someday. I want to write an acknowledgement someday. #writergoals

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

This is a very hard question. I like a lot of fictional characters, but wouldn’t necessarily want to become them… Maybe I’d switch with a Hufflepuff in Harry Potter (not Cedric Diggory though) or some character in Tales of Goldstone Wood.

NO.

I got it.

I”ll be Owen from The Secret Series. He’s my favorite character, and I would love to have his skills 🙂

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I envy people that can basically hide memories inside of books, but I just can’t. I tend to remember what I was writing during a specific time of my life. I can reread one of my old manuscripts and give a patchy description of what was going on in my life at the time. I can’t do the same with books.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I’m too young to remember this, but once I tore a library book to shreds so after paying our fine, our family got to keep it, so now there’s a scotch-taped picture book version of The Little Red Hen on our bookshelf.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Last year I gave away my Lord of the Rings piano book (it counts as a book, right?) to my previous crush’s little brother. I’m pretty certain I just let him borrow it, but I can’t remember how I worded it (so he might just keep it forever). The reason I let him have it was because he loves playing piano and Lord of the Rings, and he’s a special person because he has a cool name.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

First place goes to my Bible. Second place goes to Johnny Tremain. I’m certain I brought that book everywhere. Though in more recent times, Les Mis wins, even though it’s on my kindle and where it goes, fifteen other books come as well, but I have definitely read it in the most places: at my driver’s test, at my grandparent’s house, at my aunts house, at co-op, at home…

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Well, seeing as how I’m still in highschool…I only really hated reading The Knight of the White Cross, and I’m fairly certain I will still hate it in two years time. It was terrible.

14. Used or brand new?

Brand New, though more often than not, I will get used books because they’re cheaper.

And physical books are way better than ebooks.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope. Have you?

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

The Maze Runner, even though I actually haven’t finished reading the book, but I’ve gotten far enough to form an opinion.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Every book in the Redwall series.

Who reads cookbooks?

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My friends, I guess, though one recommended Divergent and I regret ever reading that…

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Doctor Who Psychology. It’s a bunch of Essays. It’s non-fiction. I loved it.


Thanks for making it this far guys!

I tag these people(sorry if you’ve done this before. I didn’t bother to check):

  • Rubix
  • Victoria
  • Linda
  • Anyone who wants to do this! Even if you don’t have a blog, you can write your answers to the questions in the comments. I look forward to hearing your responses!

 

Tigerzzz Studios

This month, Tigerzzz Studios turns two!

Most of you have no idea what Tigerzzz Studios is, but that’s okay. I am here to edjubacate you.Tigerzzz Studio Blog.jpg

Around two years ago, I discovered (or at least came to terms with) my horrible fashion sense when I walked around with a clip on tie attached to my Easter dress. I don’t remember exactly how it went, but someone (quite possibly myself) mentioned that I should start a fashion show called “Coordinating with Catherine”. A little while later, sometime in April, we filmed our first episode using my mom’s eight year old digital camera and Window’s Movie Maker. Take a moment and shudder at the horrible quality we were working in then.

*shudders*.

Anyway….

So we thought of what to call our newly formed movie studio. It took us a while, but in a stroke of genius, we decided to rearrange the letters of our last name. Anagrams are great things so we discovered that “Regitz” spelled backwards is “ztiger”. Switching the “z” to the end gave us “Tigerz”, and since we decided to make our emblem a sleeping tiger, we added two more “Z”s on the end. So that is how Tigerzzz Studios began. I drew the tiger icon on our marker board, and to this day, I believe, it still has not been erased. However, there is a large chance that I am wrong. I’m just too lazy to go downstairs to check at the moment.

I decided to do one “Coordinating With Catherine” a month. We used to send the videos in an email to everyone we knew, but the third episode was too long to upload to an email, so we convinced our mom to let us get a YouTube channel. So we’ve had our YouTube since July of 2015.

Over these years we have created many movies. Some were incredibly stupid *ahem* banana split *cough cough*. Some were very popular (almost two hundred views on a few of them), and some were not. However, the point is that we had a lot of fun making them.

In an effort of self promoting Just for fun, I will give you a list of my favorite videos made by me, or my sister (or sometimes by both of us):

Misson Unlikely is probably my favorite.

This is a very useful guide for those of you who have brothers addicted to the Xbox.

And this is a playlist of all the Jolly Olly videos. I have no idea which is my favorite 🙂

The Get Better Well Hospital. I had nothing to do with the creation of this one and I nearly burst a gut laughing when I first watched it.

Enjoy watching! (though you don’t have to if you don’t want to)

Let me know which video is your favorite, especially if it didn’t make my list!

Have a wonderful day!

Catherine

March Books

I enjoyed making a list of books I read during February, so here is another list of the books I completed in March, and my summarized opinions on them.

33118942Where the Woods Grow Wild

4.5 stars
This was a very good book! I’ve been eyeing it for a while, not quite certain if it was worth my money being a self-published book and everything, but then I got it for free. Who can say no to free books? This was a great lighter style fantasy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although there were a few loose threads that I found weren’t adequately addressed, but I guess that’s why we have sequels. Also, I really, really like the cover on this one:)

Skin

4 stars

I think my favorite horror/thriller author is Ted Dekker. Not that I have read any horror/thriller besides him and Frank Peretti. Out of all the books I’ve read in this genre, this one falls on the ‘meh’ scale. It was engaging and scary, but not frightening to the extent of “House” or as outstandingly amazing as “Thr3e”. So if you want to read something by Ted Dekker, read “Thr3e” because that is the best book ever! (Yes. I have a habit of recommending Thr3e every time I mention any other book by Ted Dekker)

The Selection & The Elite 

3 and 2 stars

Why did I read this, you ask? Well…I kinda heard it was different from the usual young adult style novels, but I don’t know who I heard it from because if I did, I would have found the person who said it and called them a liar. This is a typical YA where it’s a Hunger Games wannabe with a central Love Triangle. And they passed up on the opportunity to have a great guy/girl friendship that doesn’t end in attraction. Also, the most interesting part of this series for me is the politics. Which is not a good sign.

Shadows of the Hersweald & Mercy of Fate

5 and 5 stars

Shadows of the Hersweald is definitely in my top five books read this month. I can only say good things about it and it’s companion short story, Mercy of Fate. And for one who usually hates allegories and is a little wary of fairy tale retellings (though I just can’t stay away from them), this means my praise is not showered lightly.

Holes

5 stars

Well I have been reading this for several months now, spending a week at a time reading in the church library between services. Then my mom finally got it out of the library so I could finish reading the last fifteen pages. It was very good. Strange, but intriguing.

The Book Thief 

4.75 stars

This was an amazing book that practically left me in shambles. Probably my best read this month, although I definitely did not enjoy the swearing. Or Death’s predisposition to spoil everything. But I really did like Death. And my favorite character DIDN’T die, although my second and third favorite did. And I cried. or almost cried. That’s the problem with reading books like that in public. You are forced to keep your tears to yourself.

 

Overall:

8 books (Agh. it feels so small compared to last month…)

4.16 average.

Favorite characters deaths: 2

Have you ever read any of these books? What were your opinions on them?