Saturday, March 18, 2017

Emotions and Music While Writing

  Emotions are so very important in writing. If you don’t have the right feeling, or strong enough feelings in a scene...it can ruin it. So how do I get in the right feeling for a scene, or story? Well, my friends, this today is what I’m talking about today.

   As I said in my previous post, my character for my Camp NaNo Story, Ross, manipulates emotions. This especially means I have to have strong emotions for the story. So I am definitely preparing for this.

   As an INFP, and really myself being me, I am very emotional. I can normally get into the character or feeling rather simply, but what do I do when I just don’t feel it? Use Music. Music is so important to me while writing. It definitely sets the mood for me, and also makes me zone deeper in the writing process. When I got more into writing, I made emotions playlist. Some of you who follow me on Spotify might have seen this. But I have a sort of codeish to my playlists. Here, let me explain. 

  “Writing: Explosions” - this playlist helps me get into a more dark of haunting or powerful mood. I typically listen to this one only when writing villains. It really helps. I didn’t want to put “Darkness” on the playlist title. It wasn’t all songs that were dark. So I put the first word that came to mind…:P
 


 “Writing: Hope” - Okay, this one I admit I don’t listen to much. It has fourteen songs, and normally when I write hopeful, or along the lines of that, scenes, I will listen my typical month playlist, or my specific Praise and Worship songs. But if I do...I take a deep breath and really just listen to the song, then start writing, drawing motivation from the song.
 

 “Writing: Luuuurve” - Of course, this one is basically self explanatory. If I’m writing a ship scene, I’ll listen to this one. Actually I listen to this one a lot even if not writing. It makes me happy ^-^


   “Writing: Powerful” - Again, this goes along with Explosions. Though this one I parallel with my heroes too. Not keeping it with villains. Such as, whereas Explosions I save for the villains of my stories, this one I more save for my heroes. “Unstoppable” by the Score inspired this one because it made me feel powerful and in charge when listening to it. Like I could take on anything. I wanted a playlist that made me feel that ways, hence this one.
 


  “Writing: Sad\Depressing” - Ack, I love this playlist. It seems twisted I love it so much. All the feels that come along with it. Not to mention, almost every song has a story and a character that fits it from either books I’ve read, or books I’ve written. So basically, I put the songs that are just some of the saddest or most...just depressing. (If you need a quick burst of sadness, I would recommend “Why Would You Leave Us” by NF. The first time I heard it...I had to fight hard not to cry.)
 

 “Writing: Wilted Roses” - This one is connected to Luuuurve. Basically, I didn’t want all the sad love songs on Luuurve, cause...I didn’t wanted sadness twisting in with my happy, cheesy ship scenes. xP So, I created this one to move all of them. I haven’t moved all of them from Luuuurve yet, so...You may find sad\breakup songs in Luuuurve and not in this one.

 Those are the emotions playlists I have created so far. I wish to create some more, but I haven’t yet for I have far too many playlists right now. Though These are quite effective for me.

   Now. I know that a lot of people make story playlists when they write. I did when I first got Spotify and was writing, but eventually stopped. Why? I put every song that reminded me of my story on. Eventually all the emotions got mixed up. I would have Mansion by NF (a more sad song) and all the sudden, a sweet love song would play. I didn’t want this because it was constantly drawing me out of the current mood.

   After a while, I did pick it back up again. There was songs I had that I wanted on a playlist specifically dedicated to the feel of the story, theme, or feel. (Such as a superhero story is of course going to have quite a bit of songs about power, sides, heroes and villains, probably Superman, darkness.) I don’t really listen to story specific playlists as much, but I still love having it. (I’m a playlist hoarder, yes.)

   ANNNNND I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO SILVER AND GOLD’S PLAYLIST ALL DAY ^-^ Sooo, *coughs and slips playlist here* *sneakily points to gold and grey\black cover* It bootiful peoples. I lurve it. (Silver and Gold playlist)
    

    So what do you all think? Do you have emotion playlists, or Story Playlists, or both??? How do you get into the mood while writing? What do you think of the playlists above?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo is Coming!

It surprised me when my friend and I were talking and she asked if I would be doing a post on my NaNo project for my blog post this week. I thought it was in two or three months and o.o turns out it's next month. Soooo, change of plans for the post.

So, I'm going to be doing a tag about my story. Now, before I get started, I'm going to say that I'm not doing a novel. I'm going to do a short story, seeing as school is going to take up too much time to plan and write out a full novel. But I luuuurve my short story!

Okay, so the questions. Let's get started on this...

1. What is the genre\setting\world like?
    Well, when I started it out, I was like, "YAS, LET'S DO A CONTEMPORARY!" And then...It's a fantassssy. A fantasy with potions, and superpowers, and kingdoms, and palaces, and manipulation and betrayalll. Okay, more detailed...It's an city that had been burned and abandoned. But after war, many were driven into hiding in said city. It's at a neutral spot, so they were all safe there. It still remains in ruin, but now they wish to build the kingdom back up and start a new city. That's where Ross comes in...
Italian ghost town Craco, Italy.  Earthquakes, landslides, and a lack of fertile farming land have contributed to its abandonment.:
(This is an idea what it looks like, but more darkened and scorched looking)

2. What is the plot about?
    So, as I said, it had superpowers. Ross Orman was ripped from his home and family and taken as a test subject by the *opposite side of the war peoples*. He acquired the power to manipulate emotions. With a snap of the finger he can send some one into paralysis by sending depression into their brain receptors, kill some on from Broken Heart Syndrome, or drive them into insanity by sending too many different emotions at once. (Okay, he doesn't kill anyone. He's not a good guy, but not a bad guy either.) 
   Then of course with every villain, there's a hero. Kaitlyn Layel. Her power is the ability to redirect and resist powers. If Ross sends a emotion to her, she can either resist it, or have it redirect and pierce him instead. 
   Whereas once they were best friends, they now are forced to rivalry. And dere mucho betrayal, hurt, and pain, and emotionsssssss. *cackles*

3. Who are the main characters?
Hugh Vidler by Darren McDonald | Helmet:





    Yaaas, there is twoish! Mostly one, but kind of two...*coughs*  Firstly, we have Ross. As I said up there, he has the ability to manipulate emotions. He more enjoys having freedom, then being bad. More then anything though, he wants revenge on the people that gave him the powers, cause they...totally ruined his life.



Très Bon Goût
 





Then there is Kaitlyn. Best friend of Ross, and ;) totally ;) not ;) the ;) love ;) interest ;). They are so precious. Also like I said, she can redirect or resist powers. She also may be secretly in love with him, and won't give up on him, and is determined to bring him back to the light side and get him to see what he's doing. She's my precious squishy. She also has fab, colour changing eyes. ^-^





4. What are you most excited about in this story?
     The characters!!!! I'm definitely a character driven person, and I literally jumped into this story with just knowing I had a character named Ross and Kaitlyn...Then came up with superpowers and kingdoms after. After planning the characters, I fell in love with them and they are now my precious squishies, and I shall treasure them forever and ever. 

5. Tell us about some of the food involved (because there has to be food)!
     #Hannah'sconfessiontime I never ever think of food in any of my stories...There will probably be potatoes and cookies...Probably not mentioned, but there will be cookies.

6. Tell us about your OTP\friendship in the story!
     Ross and Kaitlyn. Definitely. Rivals yet still besties at the same time. I find it hilarious cause like Ross is sitting there trying to use his powers against her, and she is just sitting there chill, resisting him, and all the while they are just holding up a strained, but casual conversation...xP

7. What's the theme or point to the story?
     Theme....Teaaamwooork. Betryaaaaal. Fwendshipppp. Courageeee. Honourrr. 

8. Post some pictures from your storyboard!
    Pictures! Pictures! Mucho pictures!

(Kaitlyn's eyes are golden, but sliiightly more galexy\sparkly looking. But in this manner that they are super evident.)
seattlemysterybookshop: I can practically feel a mystery story seeping from this photo. What do you suppose happened to cause the village to be abandoned and left to decay? -Seattle Mystery Bookshop



(Different clothes, but Ross, this be Ross. Especially if it was darker and still in the sunshine there)

9. Do you have a cover for your book, or a main picture? 
   Yes, yes, I does! My fab capybara friend made me a temporary cover!!

Anyways! That's the short story I'm doing for Camp NaNoWriMo! Thank you guys for reading and I hope you have a marvelous day and weekend! 

 Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? What's some of your thoughts for the short story? What's your word count for NaNo if you plan to do it? 














Saturday, February 18, 2017

Current Writing Project- Nazi Book

  So, after going on an eight hour road trip, and seeing my sister in another state, I finally sit down to write the post. And it’s late...and I have no coffee...I know, I should have done this earlier when I had more brainpower but…*coughs and guilty scoots out of camera view* ANNNNYWAYS, we didn’t come here to talk about my procrastination superpower.
 The real topic is Nazi Book. (I know, right? You just can’t beat the originality of the title! Jk it’s a work in progress. ;)) This is a book I and my friends, Rachael Steele and Sierra Blasko are writing together! Also, THIS GONNA INCLUDE SNIPPETS PEOPLES! IT WILL BE FABULOUS! PREPARE TO SWOON AND BAWL. (Okay…no. No, you’re not going to swoon or bawl, but…much swooning, and muchly tears have been shed by all three of us during the writing process of this book)

Now. What Nazi Book is about…This, of course, since I can’t ever put into words, made me seek out da fabulous Rachael and Sierra to give me something to put.

Nazi Book, according to Rachael: “Um, girl goes to spy in a German town and meets a hottie and a cutie.” (Starring: Liza Grates as, girl who goes to spy. Stefan Engel as “hottie”, and
Wilhelm Adler as “cutie”.)

Nazi Book, according to Sierra: “Two soulmates on the opposite sides of the war. Betrayal, pain, patriotism, to the point of fanaticism, and forgiveness.”

  So…A girl working with the allies group who goes to spy on a German town and befriends two HY soldiers (Or becomes friends with one, and falls in love with the other) which proves to be both a good idea, but a terribly bad one at the same time…*hacking coughs* Sorry, I’m being to very vague. (This is what happens when deprived of coffee and sleep) It’s good in the sense that seeing as they are both respectable, they help protect her from the others. Though it’s bad in the sense, she knows she’ll hurt them when they find out the truth, and Stefan is still loyal to Hitler so…

Anyways, let’s go to the characters. Hopefully this will help clear it up. Here is the three mainish characters we have, and who writes who.

  Rachael- Rachael writes are mainish girl, Liza Grates. Liza is the Ally spy, and she’s a little sweet heart. She’s stubborn, and brave. I am drawing a blank on how exactly to explain her…She’s secretive... fearful yet incredibly strong. She’s a dear, though has the ability to tear your heart to pieces without a second thought...All in all, she’s a very complex charrie. *squishes her*

  Sierra- Sierra writes everyone’s little adorable angel, Stefan. He is seriously impossible not to love. Trust me, I tried to hate him. It didn’t work. He’s my precious. Yes, I have claimed him as my own. *coughs* Okay, Stefan’s a dedicated HY soldier who just so happens to fall for Liza…who is half Jew so…*pets his head* The little dear. His heart all befuddled.
I didn’t put a snippet of Liza, cause I’m giving you a bit of a Steza Scene. This is Stefan and Liza’s first meeting. *casually slide over a snippet* *whispers* Also, two of Steza’s songs is Sad Song by We The Kings, and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
 Yes. Yes, you may flail and pet their heads at any time. ^-^ *crickets* *casually pets their heads and gives them cookies* *whispers* Also, we haven’t put thought of what rank Liza’s “dad” is so that’s why it says (rank), and also this was going to be a historical retelling which is why German is in parenthesis.
Hannah (Me)- I write Wilhelm. (Will is what everyone calls him. Including me, though for this post, I basically called him Wilhelm throughout it all xP) He’s my angelic, darling precious, and seriously my favorite character I’ve everever written. Basically, he’s in the HY, but he hatttttesss it. He has the same personality type as me (INFP), and I feel really connected to his charrie and...have shed many a tears over Will cause seriously, this book is sososo feelsy.
 In the first scenes\draft, he was one forth Jewish, but we’re still trying to figure out how to keep him a fourth Jewish without him getting killed so…  He’s also besties with Lizzaaaa too. Oh, and did I mention he has really, really bad vision. *beams angelically*

(This snippet is from Book Two, but it’s one of my favorite scenes with Liza and Will so I’m doing it. This was after a failed counseling session with da preciouses, Stefan and Liza, because after the war in the first draft, Liza was a counselor human.)
So yes, this is my post. *coughs and nervously glances around* So...I guess this is goodbye? I hope you guys have a fabulous rest of the week! May you get straight As, write and read fabulous things, and always have much coffee. *beams and goes poof*
  So, yas! I’d love to hear you guys’ thoughts on the snippets and characters. What’s your currect WIP? Do you have any snippets you could share??? I’d love to read them!




Saturday, February 4, 2017

I am Back and I Have Coffee!

  Hello beautiful peeps! Tis I, Hannah da Groundhog. In short, today,  I’m going to try and get back into blogging. I got a burst of inspiration...aka OYAN is staring at me and I’m ignoring the call and doing this…

  Okay, so I owe you all an explanation for my absence. I know I never was a very planned, or organized blogger, but I also haven’t been on my BookTube much. The reason? Number one… School. It killed me. I have taken on some new subjects and a new cicculem, OYAN (One Year Adventure Novel), and overall, I’m doing school really late and don’t really have enough time for some school, and if I would do YouTube...Yeaaaah.
        (WARNING: I’m also writing this while empowered only coffee. So, I just being like…)

                             (Yes. Yes, the picture should be this large. Don't question me.)


 Next thing was, for my YouTube, my sister moved to a different state and is now a school teacher. When she was living at home, I would use her camera to film. But after she moved, I was like, “Okay, this is chill. I gots dis.” And then...Yeah, I was using my mom’s camera until she said she’d rather not have me use it. Then I used my laptop, which...Nein. Didn’t go well. So...until I get a camera of my own, and have more time to actually read, I’m off YouTube. (Also, I am so sorry for not explaining this earlier. For my delayed ness, I have no excuse. *hides and piles cookies around me as a shield*)




 Anyyyyyywaaaays, I didn’t come here just to make excuses for my awful groundhogness. I came because, I am intending to pick up blogging again. Though this time, not just books. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my blog centered on books, and I lurve book blogs as well, but soon after I started blogging, I realized I didn’t want to do just books. There were many small things I wanted to blog about, but I didn’t want to take away from the main focus.I mean, I will still have a lot of bookish and writerly things, but I don’t want that to be just it…*coughs* okay, most likely, it’s a 99.999 percent chance this will be like a ton of writing stuff, but anyho. *cough coughs*

  Also, I’m still not going to assign myself dates to post, cause whenever I do that... I epicly fail. Soooo, hoping for two every month, on every other Saturday, but I am not sure how it’s all going to work out.
  So, yes! Welcome back to my blog, and if all goes as planned, I will have a new post on the eighteenth! Thank you guys so much for reading! Have a fabulous day!

~Hannah M. Rodes

 How has school been for you? (That is, if you are in school) Or what have you been up to? How are you? *gestures to comment box and beams*

Friday, September 2, 2016

Rainland by Sarah Allerding

                                                        
                                                
                                                Author: Sarah Allerding
                                                Title: Rainland
                                                Series: --
                                                Genre: Fantasy
                                                Audience: Childrens

  When Thomas gets caught in a summer storm, he is sucked into the world of raindrops through a tornado. He learns he will not be allowed to return until he can defeat the lightning, which has been hurling raindrops from the clouds. Many adventures await him in this strange land. Is everything just as the raindrops say it will be? Is it the lightning they need to defend themselves against, or is there a much greater foe behind the disturbing disappearances?

                                                                   My Review
                                                              Rating: Four Stars
Okay, this book was so cute. The characters, the story, it was super charming.  Especially Drip, he was adorable. I loved his vigor for preparing food for Thomas. xD  
  The writing was done very well too. Though you would think a world where raindrops walk and talk could get confusing, it wasn’t. It wasn’t expounded upon really, but it did explain a bit why they could. The lands we went to were seriously so cool too! Like, I especially liked the Flame’s land. *whispers* It is like seriously cool.
   My only problem was, how the little raindrops could cry if they themselves were water, and how they could have ice boxes when they would have had to froze some of their own to get one….. Anyways, those aren’t a big deal though so….
   Overall, it was fast paced, endearing, and a very enjoyable story. I recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted read. I’m sure you’d enjoy this book.






 Sarah is a homeschool graduate who enjoys using her imagination to write fiction. She is working on a degree in theology and hopes to eventually work in the church. She also enjoys umpiring baseball, writing devotions and Bible studies, reading fiction, and playing the guitar.











Sunday, August 7, 2016

Song of the Sword by Hope Ann Schmidt Book Review



Author: Hope Ann
Title: Song of the Sword
Series: Legend of the Light
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: --



Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song. 


                                                          My Review
                                                    Rating: Four point five stars

When I saw the blurb for this book on Hope Ann’s blog, I immediately wanted to read it. It's a re-telling of Repunzel, and Repuzel is like, my favorite fairy-tale. (#tangledisbetterthanfrozen) It sounded soooo awesome, and I was totally not let down in my expectations for this book!

  The characters, I very much liked. Especially the villain….. Okay, yes, I am aware you aren’t supposed to like villains, but seriously? A Mistbender! Even the title is cool, not to mention they are like, creepy and wear dark hoods and stuff……. *coughs* Okay, let’s just move past the villain, and move to the protagonists. Edvard and Roinette shared a dual point of view, and I just loved them. They were super lovable. *huggles them* I also thought it was super cool that the author spun off from the typical romantic relationship, to a very sweet, sibling relationship.

   The plot was very intriguing. It had many twists that were like totally awesome. And also, I was impressed by the writing. Hope Ann’s writing was very expressive, and flowing. And like, it was like, okay, I loved the thing with the transporting-ishness to the Melody, and GUYS THERE IS A SHAPESHIFTER IN THIS!!! *flails* Shapeshifting is like, one of my favorite superpowers! (Though, I mean, I don’t know if you would call it a superpower in here, but anyho) 

  My only problem is that I was a bit confuddled by the mist, and the melody. Such as, was it a different world or just like, an unveiling of the evil present in the world they were already in. (Edit- this may have been explained in book one, which I have not read yet)  But all in all, I immesnly enjoyed this book. Intriging, full of awesome twists, and totally cool characters.

  ~I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review~  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sparrow by Mandy Fender Book Review


 
  Book: Sparrow

  Author: Mandy Fender

  Series: Defier Trilogy #2

  Genre: Dystopian

  Audience: Young Adult 

 

Lennox Winters is guilty. She stood in defiance against the Regime when no one else would. Now, she must train to become a Sparrow and fight for what she believes.
When the war breaks out in her hometown, she is forced to decide whether she will obey orders or rebel against the authority she respects. Either way, she must protect those she loves most, no matter the dangers.


 My Review
    My Rating: Five Stars
  Just to warn you, this is probably going to be a short, fangirly review. I’ve been putting off writing this review, because, this book is just….. LIKE AHHHHH! WHAT EVEN! MY EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE! Excuse me, while I just like, cry…in my dark, soggy alone place. *cries*
  If you read my review for Defier, you will know that this characters, I just adored. Seriously, I just want to hug them.  But do you know that saying, “Him who your heart adores, dies?” Oh, wait. No. I just made that up, but it is so true. Actually in this book, my favorite character didn’t die. IT WAS WORSE THAT DEATH! *sobs* WHY WOULD MANDY FENDER DO THIS TO MY EMOTIONS!?  Seriously, though, I was like, near tears, and that’s the farthest I get to crying in books. I feel as though my heart shan’t repair. *dies*
    I read it in a day and a half while in a reading slump. And this is a like, three hundred and fifty-page book peoples (I think), and I am like the slowest reader alive. It just killed me sooooo much!
   And yes. That’s all I have. *hides* Guys, this was like one of my favorite reads of 2016. Please, just go read it. I know this was more of a time to cry over the precious charries, but if you read the book…..You will understand.
   As for who I would recommend them too…. Ages: 13+ and to anyone who wants a good, dystopian read. But bring chocolate, and blankets. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Now go read. Now. *hands you Sparrow and sits to wait till you finish so we can cry together*

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.