No, not Christmas. Fall!
There's spooky things popping up, the air is cooling off, and umm APPLE CIDER! Forget pumpkin spice, I'm all about my apples this time of year, haha. Apple cider, apple picking, caramel apples, and of course the bajillion apple scented things that come out. I'm not saying I bought an unnecessary bottle of Febreeze because it smelled like apples, but... there is definitely one sitting in my house right now, haha.
Now, I'm not a pumpkin hater at all. I love how pumpkins look, I love carving them, eating the seeds, and um Culver's has this amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake Concrete Mixer that they do sometimes and ooooh is that good, but... It's not a spiced apple, haha.
Another amazing thing about Fall, Halloween! Not only is it fun to do all the haunted houses, hayrides, and trick-or-treating, it's also my birthday! So as a child Halloween meant dressing in costumes, eating cake, getting candy, AND presents! Even as an adult I still enjoy it because I love cosplay, and it's just fun.
Now if all of these stupid mosquitoes would buzz off, it would be perfect out right now, haha.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk about Fall. LOL.
So, I've been thinking about certain characters in my story a lot lately. In my erotica about Apollo, one of the main characters seems to always pull my attention even when I'm not writing her. My best friend has read a couple-few chapters of the story, and even sometimes she mentions her!
Her name is Makoto. She's the best sassy character I'm pretty sure I've ever written, and she just makes me smile and laugh. I wrote the things she says and they still get me going. Some days I'll randomly think of scenarios with her, or her back story, and then I'm just like... Damn, I miss her. I got massively stuck on the story with her in it and haven't touched it in... over a year, maybe two. I may just write a short with her as the MC and see how that gets my creative juices flowing... or if it just inspires a whole other thing with her, haha.
Another of my characters that seems to always stick in my mind is Johannes from my novel I'm currently querying. It's sort of a shock to me because in my first draft of the story, he was 100% the villain. (Which has changed immensely since then, but he's still a dick, lol.) I didn't care for him, he sort of irritated me, and he was rude. But as things changed, he started clawing into my brain... I've had... three dreams of him now. Even the editor that worked on ELA said they had a dream of him! He's a worm that will get right into your brain, LOL. He'll make you love him even if you're mind is telling you not to.
There's a couple other characters that always pop in my mind (Henry from my EotG series for sure.) and it makes me feel good as a writer that I can manage to do that... And I hope when others get to read these stories that my characters stick with them too.
I entered a contest! When I saw it was for banter, I got so excited! If there's one thing I'm confident in with my writing, it's banter. I think it's because in real life I'm incredibly sassy and that translates a lot into my characters, haha. I love to laugh, and if I can translate that into my characters, I'm very happy. So, wish me luck! and if you're savvy with the banter, you should give it a try too!
Hello, everyone! I thought I'd try something different today and write a post not related to my writing.
On Labor Day (Monday) my boyfriend and I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. We try to go on Labor Day as it's the last day of the event and it's also like the only day Ian doesn't work that the faire is going on.
So, when I found out it was supposed to storm, I was a little sketchy, but we powered through it anyway. Though, I was a little tempted to turn back around when the rain was so bad that I couldn't see much ahead of myself. But, we made it, and it was far less rainy in Bristol.
That's not to say there wasn't mud EVERYWHERE. (RIP to my Mickey Mouse sneakers.) A guy was advertising the mud show and it's like, everywhere is the mud show... At one point I also scaled down the side of a building to get down a hill because it was too slippery with the mud. Not going to lie, I was kind of proud of myself for not falling and landing in the dirt.
I didn't wear a costume this year, but for the next one, I'm thinking I want to put together a rogue outfit. We'll see. I make grandiose plans for costumes for like anime conventions and then end up wearing the same Squidling costume anyway, LOL. But, I did buy some suuuuuper cute hair bun cages that would look awesome with a costume.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun at the faire. We did a lot of browsing, then the rain started and we huddled under our umbrella to eat. Which, I had the best crepe ever. It was a chocolate crepe covering strawberry ice cream with whip cream, chocolate drizzle, and strawberries on top. Yummmmm! Ian had a Sheppard's Pie which is his food of choice for the Faire. Bristol was actually the first place I had a Sheppard's Pie!
After getting completely soaked and partially covered in mud, we made our way to Lake Geneva for dinner. Lake Geneva is like our number one date spot. But, sadly, our favorite restaurant there closed. The Tempura House had amazing sushi.
So, now we go to Popeye's in Lake Geneva (No, not the chicken place, lol.) It's this pretty cool place that has like five different kinds of Bloody Marys which is like right up my alley. After dinner we walked around and talked. Lake Geneva is super pretty, so even with a lot of the shops closed by the time we got into town, it was still nice. Plus the lake is beautiful and we were looking at the fish that were swimming around.
All in all it was a great date and we ended up passing out pretty hard when we got home, haha!