Crys–Beautiful People//august

I was hoping for the chance to write a post about my current project–Poisoned Mind–and since the Beautiful People questions for this month match up well with my MC and her struggles, I guess I’ll combine the two. Though, I am a bit late. The month is basically over and I checked and the linkup expired on the original post, but look at me. I’m going to break the rules.

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Poisoned Mind is the story of Crys, a girl who moves across the country, leaving behind a broken friendship, but is given a chance to heal when she makes new friends. However, things aren’t always as they seem and sometimes you can’t trust what you see with your own eyes…

Introducing Crys. Her full name is Crystal White (nod to Snow White, there).

What are they addicted to/can’t live without?

Crys doesn’t have any serious addictions, but she can’t live without friends. She’s pretty much all extrovert (something I’m finding very hard to write), and doesn’t like being alone with just her thoughts.

Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.

Positive: she’s empathetic, easily motivated, and charismatic. It’s not hard for people to like her.

Negative: she’s easy to manipulate, is always contradicting herself (i.e. Both welcoming and detesting change at the same time), and a little too self centered.

Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?

Yes. She has a lot of emotional baggage after she lost a very near and dear friend. She has a mirror that the friend gave her that she holds on to as well. Getting rid of both would help her move on, but she’s a bit too fixated on living in the past.

If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?

she’s probably a 7.5. She’s not the neatest person, but she does have a craving for order and loves redecorating.

What most frustrates them about the world they live in?

Crys lives in our world and while she probably has a lot of complaints about the world in general, most of her dislike goes to the town that she found herself in after her family’s move. She doesn’t like the smallness of it and the loneliness since she’s so far away from anyone, even her next door neighbors. However she doesn’t hate it forever.

How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?

For a night out, Crys would wear a dress, fanciness dictated by the situation, accentuated by a string of pearls from her grandmother, and matching earrings she found at a thrift store. She’d wear her heels, sacrificing comfort for looking a bit taller.

For a night in, she’d wear a pair of sweatpants, her fuzzy My Little Pony socks (though she hasn’t watched the show in a decade), and either a band tee or her favorite sweatshirt, though it depends on the temperature inside.

How many shoes do they own, and what kind?

She owns at least seven pairs, a pair of flip flops, a pair of hiking boots, a pair of church sandals, and four or more converse: black, yellow, red, and blue.

Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?

Crys’s family doesn’t have any pets because of her stepmother’s allergies, but she wishes they had a cat. They used to have one before her parents divorced, but her mother took it with her.

Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?

Crys, for the most part, resents her stepmother. She sure as heck doesn’t want her actual mother back, but for the longest time she, her brother, and her dad were fine on their own. Then Cecile came into their lives and took away her dad. Crys understands that her dad is happy now and she shouldn’t be upset, but she still feels like Cecile stole something important and is trying to fill shoes not meant for her.

What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?

Crys has quite the love for apples and coffee, and always has a supply of peanut butter in the pantry.


 

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CRYS//

Thank you for reading! Hopefully I’ll have the first draft finished soon and once that’s edited and rewritten, I’ll be open to having beta readers, if anyone’s interested…

Meanwhile, enjoy this collage I made. The pictures are from pinterest (probably should find a better source, or at least check the original source, because copyright issues and such).

See y’all soon!

Catherine

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reread.

Books I own and have reread. (Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the only one missing)

A long long time ago when I was younger (okay, maybe only a year ago) I would have told you that I never reread books.

Why?

Because despite having a terrible memory, I remembered too much for it to be a worthwhile experience. Because I wouldn’t want to waste my time on something I’ve already completed. They mystery is gone, you already went on that journey. Why bother with it again?

This used to be my thinking. I would look at a book and long to read it again, but something in the back of my head would tell me that I’ve already read it. I already know what happens. I liked it, but there are more important things to devote my time to.

But recently, I’ve taken to rereading books, and I’ve discovered just how much fun it can be.

When reading a good book for the first time, you expose yourself to a new world, new characters, new themes, and scenes. When that story is over, it’s left in your memory as a good time and you move on.

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Rereading gives you the opportunity to return to that story, experience those events again. It’s almost like reliving a certain part in your life. Sometimes while rereading, you can remember when and where you were while reading that book, or rediscovering scenes and characters you had forgotten about, or laid dormant in your memory, or themes that you’ve never seen before.

I’ve reread so many books in the last year and each one was an enjoyable experience. Instead of pursuing a new adventure, it’s like reading a diary: something you experienced once, preserved for you to read it again. Instead of diving into the uncertain, it’s curling up in front of the fire with a familiar tome, safe in the arms of the familiar.

So, I can say with certainty that I will be rereading more books in the future: reliving adventures, falling in love with characters again, and learning new things along the way.

I hope that wasn’t too confusing (pardon my rambling thoughts).

God bless,

Catherine

 

 

 

 

I {might} be a photographer

Forgive me for being gone for so long, but I come back with a newly discovered hobby/talent.

>>U N I Q U E<<

I discovered that I like photography. I’m not very good at it (yet), but I’m sure with practice I might become okay.

 

Twenty four days ago, I got a phone. His name is Sam, and he’s an iPhone SE, therefore he has a better camera than my iPod 4, James, or my sister’s iPhone 4. So, the natural thing to do with a better camera is to go out and take pictures. 

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On Monday, my sister and I took two friends to Lititz Springs Park and, while the sun was setting, we took pictures and had a good time.

Some pictures turned out very well (at least, in my opinion). The sun was setting which was a good opportunity for me to play around with lighting, something I’ve never really bothered with before.

Thank goodness my sister is a willing model. I never look this good in pictures. We didn’t get a lot of pictures–we only had so much time that we could spend in the park–but I am extremely glad that we went.

SC(selfie credit): Vic

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Now, before I claim to be the only one with an interest in photography within my immediate friend group, it needs to be mentioned that my sister has been interested for a lot longer than I have been and she loves taking nature photos and playing around with poses and setting. Neither of us claim the title of photographer. Though I say she’s better.

And yeah. I’m just writing all these words because I need filler in order to avoid a big photo dump. Though if all you’re here for is the pictures, than by all means, skip the text.

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<– Vic is a Ravenclaw, so is Olivia, and Elizabeth is a Hufflepuff. So, as the only Gryffindor in the group, I had to pose with the lion. –>Top: Elizabeth. Left: Vic. Right: Olivia. Bottom: Me. 

 

And now it’s time for the part of the show where we show bloopers:

Left: We found a dead body. JK. Center: Olivia and Victoria take a ride on the Chummy Express. Right: Elizabeth gives Victoria a beard.

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My new profile picture 😛

Another thing I’ve recently begun to enjoy is photo editing. I’ve been using Pixlr to edit photos for months now and, lo and behold, they have an app so I’m able to edit my photos on my phone. It has tons of filters, overlays, borders, stickers, and fonts. It’s so much fun playing around with pictures and trying out all the different effects.

Left: I upped the saturation and contrast (this is Vic’s favorite) Center: the original. Right: I used the “Splash” tool. (this is my favorite)

Now, for this picture, I had an idea in my head. I wanted a picture of me holding my hand out, basically saying “Nope” “Go away” “Talk to the Hand” “Stop”. A wee bit emo, I admit, but I’m proud of how it turned out after I edited it.

The center is the original. I didn’t like how dark the background was and how the light wasn’t as bright as I was hoping it would be. So, I edited it. The one on the left I did first. I like the colors, though i think I overdid the blur. The one on the right is my attempt to make it brighter and more how I was imagining it in my head. I can’t decide which edit is my favorite.

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Anyway, thanks for reading and looking at my pictures!

Much love,

Catherine

 

 

Mini Book Reviews

According to everyone, I read too much. This isn’t true. I’ve only read 54 books this year.

It’s been a while since I did a book post. March was the last time apparently :/

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For this post, I’ll take a few books I read since then and give a short summarization of my opinion.

enjoy:)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 4 stars

I loved the story, and Cath was basically me (we almost even have the same name). However, there is a lot of swearing. But I love the theme of going on even when it won’t hurt you to give up. 

The Mirrorworld Series-Reckless, Fearless, and The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke. 4, 5, and 4 stars respectively.

Often when I read fantasy I wonder how the world could have been around for so long and not be as technologically advanced as our world. Mirrorworld is not like this. it’s is in the middle of it’s industrial revolution but there are still fairy tale aspects to it. It’s realistic, and still fantastical. The characters are wonderful, and the storylines kept me on the edge of my seat.

Paper Towns by John Green. 4 stars.

My main problem with this book was all the foul language and the dirty humor, but the wonderful writing, the characters, and the story itself made up for that. And just Q and his relationship with Margo was so much fun and heartbreak at the same time.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. 3.5 stars.

I think I was tired when I wrote the review on goodreads because I don’t remember disliking it that much…anyway, I love the story and enjoyed seeing the differences between the movie and the book. (I kinda prefer the movie. I’m sorry). There was made up swearing, but no romance at all which made my soul happy 🙂

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. 4.5 stars.

This book was amazing. I loved the message of it, and I’d share my favorite quote but that kinda gives away the book. Ed is a wonderful character, painfully ordinary, but that’s what makes the book so special. The only problem I had with it was the language and Ed constantly thinking about sex. I don’t know if that’s how all allosexuals think or if it’s just him *shrugs*.  Anyway, because of that, I would not recommend this for anyone younger than 18. 

Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan. 4.5 stars.

Every Day is the story of A who falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon, but he changes bodies every day, so he never looks the same, is never the same gender, but is still the same person on the inside. Another Day is the story told from Rhiannon’s perspective. Disclaimer: I believe that homosexuality is wrong, and these books say that it’s okay. But I love the overall message which is that you need to love someone for who they are and not because of what they look like. 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. 2 stars

So the main reason why I checked this out is because I was curious about the whole racism debate. I didn’t find the book racist, but there were definitely things I didn’t like. I thought the romance was unrealistic and pointless (though there isn’t that much kissing surprise surprise), and there were holes in the worldbuilding that left me as a very confused potato. The cover is pretty though. 🙂

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 5 stars.

The story was gripping, scary in places, and I loved it so much! Jacob is an intriguing narrator and the peculiar children are so precious and wonderful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. All the stars

This book blew me away. I loved the story, I loved Eliza, I loved Wallace, I loved Monstrous Sea….I loved everything :). For once, I thought the romance was well done and incredibly cute, and the story within a story was wonderful and now I’m wishing I could read Eliza’s webcomic in it’s entirety. The only downside was the amount of language. It reminded me a bit of Fangirl, but better. 

Becoming Nikki by Ashley Elliot. 4 stars.

I just finished this book today, and while it’s not my favorite, it was well done, though I found a few plot holes and didn’t like the main character that much. But I love the focus on sibling relationships which filled me with happy. 🙂


Now we reach the conclusion of mymini reviews. Let me know if this convinced you to read any of the above titles, and maybe recommend me some books in the comments :). 

Happy reading!

Catherine

Being Crafty

I have realised that in the recent weeks (basically ever since Christmas) I have not been working on much writing aside from two scenes I wrote to conceptualize some characters for a fairy pirate idea I got several months back.

So, what have I been doing since then?

I have not been completely lazy in this time. I’ve only been on Pinterest my normal amount…(hahah…should probably cut down on that addiction).

Instead, I’ve been busy being crafty!  My artistic side has been on the back burner since I turned fifteen and only shows up on weekends and holidays, such as the week before I am required to create presents for the people I care about.

Before Christmas, I crocheted a whole ton of amigurumi Pokémon. Five in total, and barely making my deadline–finishing Squirtle seconds before we opened presents.

I made a Charmander, a Pikachu, an Espeon, an Eevee, and the aforementioned Squirtle for my younger siblings (most of them). Here are a few pictures (apologies for the bad quality):

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Eevee (with Espeon in the background)
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Pikachu (with a Vicky photobomb)
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Jolly Olly cuddling his Squirtle (right) and Bewear (left)

Bewear was possibly my favorite Pokémon that I made, although he was completed sometime after Christmas, and finished on the exact same day I gave it to my friend. I’m all about finishing things on the day of their deadline!

If you want patterns, please let me know and I think I’ll be able to come up with something. I’m horrible at writing my patterns down because I make them up as I go.

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Stufful is my new favorite Pokémon. Just do a google search and die from the cuteness

And while we’re talking about Bewear, here’s an adorable picture my sister, Margaret (recipient of the Espeon) age 7, drew of Bewear’s original form, Stufful. She’s quite the aspiring artist. The box under his name is a tree branch, there are leaves sticking out and everything. At least, that’s how it was explained to me.

Now, on to the next craft I made while in my crafty mode! While out yarn shopping in preparation for these Pokémon, nearly a month back, I decided I wanted to img_4435make a Hufflepuff scarf, and therefore prepared by buying a whole pound of yellow and black (those big skeins come in handy all of the time, and add considerably to the ever growing yarn stash). For about a month I’ve been looking at patterns, and in the end decided to borrow ideas from a few places and combine them to make my own unique scarf. Most of my inspiration came from this post, although I could not find it when I began this project so I did not follow it in any aspect other than doing the Tunisian crochet (which I accidentally taught myself five years ago (yes it was an accident)).

I love it because it’s really long and it’s HUFFLEPUFF!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a proud Hufflepuff, and you should be too!

Don’t worry, this long and show-offish post is almost over. There is just one more thing I need to show you guys.

So, I don’t draw often. My artistic faucet has been dry recently, but it decided to turn on at seven in the evening on Tuesday and I got this masterpiece:

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The words on the side say “Partners in Time”

*whispers* isn’t it lovely?

Haha. Yeah. My drawing skills aren’t the greatest, but I am extremely proud of how both of them turned out. I’m usually horrible at drawing proportionate bodies, although I’m fairly certain their heads are too big. Oh well. We can’t expect to have our cake and eat it too…

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Here is Miyoko colored in (it looks better in real life)

So, brief explanation of this picture (it’s not completely random). These are my two favorite characters in  Timely Gifts, my time travel novel. No, they are not my main characters. I never like my main characters. This might be a problem. Their names are Miyoko and Osmar. Miyoko is a girl from the future (cannot remember exactly how far) and Osmar is a boy from the past and is a squire before he finds out he can time travel and is sent to the University of Time Travel (UTT). He and Miyoko are my OTP and I accurately titled this piece “Partners in Time”. I feel so clever sometimes.

Anyways, This is the end of this post. Let me know which of the Pokémon you like the best, what Hogwarts house you’re in, and/or if you are able to draw appropriately proportioned human beings(I’m desperate to learn your secrets)!

Senior Pictures

Alright, what is this post going to be about? Well, if you looked at the title, you will see that it is about me getting my pictures taken. But, there is so much more that’s going to happen. You’re going to see what I look like (I might even make one of these my profile picture so I will no longer be faceless on this place called the internet), and, drumroll…….

You get to meet my Epic Cloak.

Yes. My Cloak. It is Epic. Nuff said. I made it myself and it kinda emptied my pocket book but who cares? IT MAKES ME LOOK–

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The EPIC Cloak

ABSOLUTELY CREEPY? Ok, that wasn’t what I was going for…but it has been described as looking like the Emperor from Star Wars’ cloak, the Holocaust Cloak from The Princess Bride, or something from Harry Potter, so creepy will work.

Here’s a different picture that shows the other side of its personality

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Any way the wind BLOWS! Doesn’t really maaatter to meeee…(so hard to write original captions while listening to Bohemian Rhapsody)

Yes. It looks AMAZING. I know. Thank you.

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Me and my sister. with the Epic Cloak 😉

It was a very cold and very windy day, hence us huddling under the cloak. Here are some pictures of me without my cloak:

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Don’t stare at my smile for too long or else it might look like I’m being slowly tortured to death (I more or less was. I intensely dislike getting my pictures taken). These were done at Lititz Springs Park, and I am of the opinion that it is one of the best parks in the world. There are plenty of trees, water, ducks (they’re sooooo cute :D), and a fun playground with a wooden train you can sit on top of and make train noises.

Of course, what would be senior photos without the photographer? My friends, Linda and Suzanne Stoltzfus, have their own photography business, and were the first people I thought of for the job and they agreed to come! Linda took the pictures and, yep, I am pleased with how they turned out, even though the weather wasn’t on our side.

We are almost at the end of this post. So, to wind it up, here is one more picture, one that we took for fun of me and the Epic Cloak on top of the choo-choo train:

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All aboard!! Choo-choo!! 😀

That’s all, folks!! What d’ya think?