Thursday, May 25, 2017

ROBIN HOOD BLOG PARTY!

Meanwhile, In Rivendell is hosting a Robin Hood Blogger Party!




(You can find the information here)

And if you're too lazy to go check that out, here are some details:


  • This party will be held the 23-28 of May (so all you bloggers can just go whip out a post right now, ok?)
  • It can be basically anything: Character posts, reviews, rants, games, whatever.
  • Go back to this post and put your link up. 
Alrighty

Ready for my Robin Hood Post? 

YAY!!!!

I am a huge fan of both BBC's Robin Hood TV Show and Disney's Animated Robin Hood. And they both have some pretty amazing characters, so I'm going to go through a pick some of my favorites.


All time favorite Sheriff of Nottingham?


Would you like a clue?








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Yep. That's right. The Sheriff of Nottingham from BBC's TV Show!!!



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My all time favorite Little John: 


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Yep. The ever lovable Little John  from Disney's animated film, 
Some of my favorite quotes:
"HEY! YOU'RE BURNING THE CHOW" 
"Who's driving this flying umbrella? 


All time favorite Maid Marian? 


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That's right. The Night Watchman herself! 


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She is just so cool. 





My all time favorite Robin Hood? 


Hmmm. Close match between the Robin from Disney's animated Robin Hood and BBC's TV Show: 




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gah


So many choices. 

Favorite Character from Disney's Robin Hood: 
(That's NOT in the BBC Robin Hood) 

Madame Cluck

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"Seize the Fat One!" 

 Favorite Character from BBC's Robin Hood: 
(That's not in the Disney Robin Hood) 

"Not to be funny, but............"

Allen of Dale

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So....


Have you seen the BBC Robin Hood?
What is your favorite Robin Hood Movie?
Character?


-Mary Kate-



BONUS: 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

10 Reading Suggestions for the Summer



This post was inspired by The Broke and the Bookish's writing link up "Top Ten Tuesday." 


Summer Book Suggestions.


1. The Gallagher Girl Series.
A light easy series (well, except for the last two books.) Equal amounts teenage girl stuff and spy stuff. I highly suggest you read the first two books, possibly the third. (I mean, they're all good, but these are my light fluffy relaxing book suggestions. And they last three are...not)
                 1. I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
                 2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
                 3. Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover


2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This book has the interesting parts of Sci Fi (Spaceships, fiery pilot girls, SPACE, cool tech, and evil plots to take over the universe) but at the same time, has the voice and feel of a fairy tale rewrite. (Which it is)
Marissa Meyer has an amazing way of blending together old stories and new ones. And...there are so many ships. Literal ships, as in awesome space ships, and OTP ships. I am almost certain you will walk out of here with at least ONE true OTP, if not more. The books:
                          1. Cinder
                          2. Scarlet
                          3. Cress
                          4. Winter

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
The Queen of Hearts before she became the Queen of Hearts. Fairy tale rewrite of Alice in Wonderland. Read this book if you want a good cry. (And I don't mean 'good' cry. I mean ugly cry.)

***Please Note: If you read a Marissa Meyer book you will be emotionally unstable around random vegetables such as tomatoes and pumpkins. Proceed with caution***

4. And I highly suggest you try reading a classic.
And I suggest The Twelfth Night, a Shakespearean play. Make sure you read a children's version or something before so that you can understand what's going on (the wording can be a little weird) DO NOT READ ROMEO AND JULIET. I mean, come on. don't we have enough teenage drama as it is? It's just a crush, Romeo. Chill.


5. Ranger's Apprentice Series 
Want to be hooked on coffee drinking? Look no further then the Ranger's Apprentice.
John Flanagan, the author, has a bit of an amateur writing style, in my opinion, but that did not stop me from immersing myself in this story, getting emotionally attached to the characters, and finishing the entire series in a week.
Notes:
There are two spin off series, The Brother Band Chronicles, and Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years (Which is about young Halt!!!)

(Oh, and Crowley. Him too)

And, you have to read Bk. 7 before Bk 5, but after Bk 4. 'K?

1. Ruins of Gorlan
2. Burning Bridge
3. Icebound land
4. Battle for Skandia
7. Erak's Ransom
5. Sorcerer of the North
6. Siege of Macindaw
8. King's of Clonmel
9. Halt's Peril
10. Emperor on Nihon-ja
11. The Lost Stories
12. The Royal Ranger

If you want to look into the other series, I'll name the first book. But other then that, you're on your own because I am lazy.

Ranger's Apprentice: Early Years: Tournament at Gorlan
Brother Band Chronicles: Outcasts

6. Whatever that book is that you've been telling yourself you'll read. 
Go get it. Read it.

Go. Fulfill your dreams

7. An old favorite that you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

(With three capital LOVEs, mind you. Nothing less)

8. Something in a genre you don't normally read
Bonus points if it's a genre you've never even heard of before!!!

9. Ask someone for a book suggestion
Like, to a living person. To their face. As your friend, or some random person off the street. (If this leads to an interesting story, please tell me.)

10. Pick something just for the cover. 





Ok.

So there you go.

Let me know at the end of the summer what you read.

-Mary Kate-















Sunday, May 21, 2017

And Another Tag *

I really need to stop doing this.

But I like tags...



The particular tag, which I snagged off of Ilse The Imanginer, is called The A-Z Book Tag.


Author You've Read The Most From: 
I think I already answered this question in another tag, but the author I've read the most of THIS year is: Marissa Meyer
Best Sequel Ever:
This has to go to Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, the second book in Ally Carter's the Gallagher Girl Series.

Currently Reading: 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Drink of Choice While Reading:
Tea. I love coffee, but that's more of a "while you work" kind of drink. Tea is the best for when you just want to sink into the story.

E-reader or Physical Book:
Always the physical book. It smells good and I love the sound of the pages turning.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:
Well, I'm in HS now and I haven't been on a date (and probably won't date until college, 'cause who needs all that drama?) But...what type of person would I have dated, if I dated somebody?
I think I would have ended up with either,
A.) Some extroverted person who hung out in my social circles (aka the people my friends talk to while I stand there, planning my escape) and started talking to me or talking to me while I sit near my friends and reading a book.
B.) Another introvert, maybe an INTJ, who was also standing there and then we'd get into a discussion about how small talk is stupid, la de dah.
Soooo either somebody who how is happy and bubbly and will make me do stuff, or somebody who will sit back and make snide comments about people with me or discuss whatever thing I happen to be over analyzing at the time.
I'm not really sure who that would be.

(So comment below and tell me who you think the A could be and how the B. character could be.)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

I was going to say Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer, but honestly. I'm getting really tired of typing that out all the time, so the Skulduggery Pleasant Series.

Hidden Gem Book:

What does that even mean? You mean an awesome book that isn't uber popular or....

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Like, as in my life so far since I started reading or as in my reading life right now?
Like, one could be when I started reading literally everything in the house, (which is a lot) or when I pick out a new book, sit down and start reading it.

Just Finished:
Make Your Bed, by Admiral William McRaven.
It's actually a speech that ex-navy seal McRaven gave to the graduating class of Texas something or other, so its more of a short booklet. But I liked it.

Kind of Book You Won't Read:

I'll read basically anything.
Unless it's on fire.
Probably won't read a flaming book.

Major Book Hangover:
My two biggest book hangovers this year were from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and the Throne of Glass Series by Sara J Maas.
 I coped with Heartless by naming some weapons after them (If you've read the book, then I assume you can guess who the daggers Insanity, Vengeance, Misery, and Silence are named after.)
I coped with TOG with a intense round on the heavy bag. (And yes, I imagined it was...HER face.)

Number of Bookcases You Own: 
I don't actually own that many bookcases. Or books. (Not personally anyway.) So one.

One Book You've Read Many Times:
I've read so many books so many times. The Ranger's Apprentice series, the Gallagher Girls series, the Percy Jackson series....

Preferred Place To Read:
It changed by the seasons. Either the recliner, my bed, by the fire (yes, we have a wood fire place. Be jealous.) or in a sunbeam (Yes. I am actually a cat)

Quote That Inspires You, Gives You All The Feels, etc.

"To Whatever End"-Tog

"We're staying together. I'm not letting you get away from me. Never again"
"As long as we're together." -Mark of Athena

"Will! Stay alive! Don't give up! I will find you wherever they take you!" -Ranger's Apprentice

(Need to go cry? Ok. I'll wait a moment.)


Reading Regret:

I regret nothing!

Series You Started And Need to Finish:

Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy. I was reading it and then..well basically, the books weren't sitting right there and I got busy with school and my novel... So I need to pick up the last three books and finish.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy- Second Book of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series


Unapologetic Fangirl for:

Excuse me? I'm not apologizing to anyone because I like something. Whatever books I'm reading or TV shows I'm watching isn't hurting you and just...YESH!

Unapologetic everything.

Very Excited For This Release:

Ship of the Dead, by Rick Riordan. (PERCABETH!)

(I also just realized, all you Malex shippers out there...they are both dead. It is the ship of the dead.)

Worst Book Habit:
I have to moods. "READ EVERYTHING" and "Meh. I'll read later....maybe"
In the later one, I neglect my books for school and writing. In the former, I neglect my school and writing in favor of my books. I either read and read and read or I don't pick up a book for months.

X Marks The Spot! Start at the top of your shelf, and pick the 27th Book: 
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

Your Last Book Purchase:
I honestly cannot remember the last book I bought for myself. I normally read library books or whatever my family and friends have.

ZZZ Snatcher-Last Book You Stayed Up Late to Read:
Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer.
I used to stay up late reading, but lately most of my writing time had been at night. So I haven't stayed up reading, because I just kind of put everything aside and write once everyone else goes to bed....



Ok. That's it! I wrote down all the questions and stuck them below (if you want to do this tag, just copy and paste. I mean you can write them all down if you want to...)

Obviously. you're all tagged.

Sorry (not sorry) the answer to F. was really long. I had to stop and consider and then I ended up being a totally INTJ and just over analyzing the whole question...

"Oops"

-Mary Kate-















THE QUESTIONS  --------------------------------------------

Author You've Read The Most From: 
Best Sequel Ever:
Currently Reading: 
Drink of Choice While Reading:
E-reader or Physical Book:
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
Hidden Gem Book
Important Moment In Your Reading Life
Just Finished
Kind of Book You Won't Read
Major Book Hangover
Number of Bookcases You Own
One Book You've Read Many Times
Preferred Place To Read 
Quote That Inspires You, Gives You All The Feels, etc.
Reading Regret
Series You Started And Need to Finish 
Three of Your All Time Favorite Books
Unapologetic Fangirl for: 
Very Excited For This Release
Worst Book Habit:
X Marks The Spot! Start at the top of your shelf, and pick the 27th Book: 
Your Last Book Purchase
ZZZ Snatcher-Last Book You Stayed Up Late to Read

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How To Read A Classic

The Classic are, well....classic. 

But they can also be a little hard to read at times, so I made this (hopefully) helpful little list! Enjoy! 


1. Know the story.
I suggest reading a basic outline of the story or maybe reading a children's version. Then you can go back and re read it in all it's glory. It is also helpful to watch a film version of it (make sure it as as accurate as possible to the book. If your reading Pride and Prejudice, I suggest the BBC Mini series with Colin Firth)
This is the one type of book that I would suggest watching the movie first!

2. Take your time and savor it.
Most of the classics have been classics for awhile, (I'm looking at you, Iliad.) so the wording is a little different then what we normally read.

3. Act smug because you just read one of the classics. Ha. You're cultured now, so stick your nose up and refuse to dance with anyone who is only tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt you

4. Be prepared for people to think you're "one of those people" if you happened to like the book. Retaliate by quoting the book at them to mock them. What with the inferiority of their connections, it's not hard to imagine why they don't understand why they are uncultured little swines.

Have you read a classic piece of literature?

DID YOU LIKE IT? '

TELL ME!

-Mary Kate-

(Oh, and guys. Look! I reached 2,000 page views this week! *happy dance*)


Some of my favorite classics and quotes from them:

The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
"Better a witty fool, then a foolish wit" is by far one of my favorite quotes, but two of the most famous are "Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them" and "If music is the food of love, play on."

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
There are so many quotes from this, from both the movie and the book. So many quotes. If you hear me talking about inferior connections, someone being tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, my poor nerves...then I'm quoting this classic. (My favorite quote from the movie is "My head is very ill tonight." )

The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton

"But Eldred's farm had fallen arwy
Like an old cripple bones
And Eldred's tool were red with rust
And on his well was a green crust
And purple thistles upward thrust
Between the kitchen stones"

(Isn't that just so pretty?) 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Lover Tag

So I was over at Coffee, Classics and Craziness and of course, I saw a tag.

....


And so I stole it.



Me: "You need to work on your book and stop doing tags"

Also me: "Oh look. A tag!"


*pounding head on table*


Anyway, this tag is called The Book Lover Tag! You can toodle over to Eva's blog from either of these links. The first one goes to her blog home and the second one goes back to the book tag itself.

Name a book you're embarrassed you haven't read yet:

I'm will not allow myself to be embarrassed for not getting around to reading a book. (Though I do feel a little guilty for not reading the books some of you have suggested...)

Strangest thing you've ever used as a bookmark:

The strangest thing I've used, based on my habits, it an actual book mark. Normally, it's the nearest flat object I can find: receipt, scrap of paper, candy wrapper. You get the drift. I think the weirdest thing I have ever used was a knife (I promise it had no peanut butter on it)

Look at your bookshelf. What's the first book you see with a yellow spine?

Some really old photography book.

If you could have a new book from a deceased author, who would it be from?

J.R.R Tolkien!

Name an author who deserves more readership:

Marissa Meyers books are amazing.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have this awesome bookmark that looks like a tiny oriental rug, so....yeah. Random paper scraps.

Can you stop anywhere or do you have to finish the chapter?

Well, if I "finish the chapter," I actually just keep reading.(*gasp*) So I just stop wherever I am.

One book at a time, or several? 

Just one. But I read fast, so I can finish more then one a day.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

No spoilers. No skipping. Read. It. All.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I don't deliberately break the spine, but sometime they end up a little....well.........

What book do you regret reading:

I said it before and I'll say it again. My Brother Sam Is Dead by I don't even care who wrote it anymore.

This book was dreadful. Sam was the only likable character in the book and you spend the whole book WAITING for him to die.
And. He. Doesn't.

When he FINALLY dies in the second to last chapter, I just heaved a great sigh of relief, because he was FINALLY DEAD.


On average, how many books a year do you read?

Well, the last time I tried keeping count, I read over 100 books. And that wasn't counting nonfiction books I read for school, or books I'd reread.

I normally read a couple books over and over and I probably read at least another 100 books.

So easily over 200.

A book you've read a hundred times and never get tiered of? 

The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter.

Biggest lesson you've learned from a book?
If you ever become a super villain, (or just any villain) and you catch the  goody two-shoes hero, do not tell them everything "just because they aren't going anywhere."

Book you read most recently?

Arabella, by Georgette Heyer

What book quote you will never forget?  

"There are good days and bad days.....don't let the bad days win." Mor, ACOMAF

How many books do you own?

Personally? Like.....five. I get most of my books from the library and my family owns a ton.

In the past year, what is the greatest book you've read

The very best. Hmmm....Either one of the books from the Lunar Chronicles or Heartless. (All of these are written by Marissa Meyer.)


Ta Da!


 Oh yes.

And I tag all you peoples out there.


-Mary Kate-

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Mystery Blogger Award






I snagged this off the blog, "On The Other Side of Reality." This award was created by Okoto Enigma's blog, which you can find here.

Here are the rules!

1. Put the award/logo image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Mention who ever you stole the award from. (I mean, who nominated you or whatever) and link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator and link to their blog
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself
6. Nominate some people
7. Ask your nominees 5 questions


Three Things About Me: 

1.) I rarely cry. And when I do, its because I'm frustrated.
Please note, if I cry in front of you, it usually means I am barely restraining myself from killing you. (Cheers)
I honestly cannot remember when I last cried because I was sad.
(Basically, I'm a heartless cat, who will only cry when extremely annoyed and frustrated.)


2. I play viola

3. I'm an INTJ


1. All Time Favorite Book Character? 

Halt from the Ranger's Apprentice Series. We share a love of dry humor, raising our eyebrows at people, a slightly annoying horse who back chats you, coffee, not talking, and we're super happy in our lonely grumpiness until a bouncy little smiley person came along, I'm looking at you, Lilah. 

Runners up? 
  • Percy Jackson, because he is hilarious, and his sassy comments are amazing. 
  • Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles, because she is an awesome pilot lady who threatens people with shotguns.
  • Bex Baxter, an awesome British spy from the Gallagher Girl series.


2. What Writing Style Aggravates You The Most?
Really, really slow writing pace. Ones that lack imagination. Oh, and bad dialogue.

3. Favorite Book Cover?
Winter, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles

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So pretty. 

4. Thoughts On The Trend Of Pages Being Made Super Thins In Order To Make Huge Books Look Smaller? 
Why? Why would you do this? Do I look like I WANT to rip the pages every time I turn them? It's not like I'm scared of big books. In fact....Bring it on!

5. What Book Do You Hate That You Can't Understand Why Everyone Else Loves? 

Well, first of all, as an INTJ a adore looking at things from different angles, so I always have some understanding of why other people likes a book. So there isn't any book I can't understand why they like it. 
But if we're talking about books that are popular that I didn't like...well, then there's a lot. 
But what first pops into mind is The Hunger Games. 
I understand that Katniss was supposed to be a bitter girl and all that, but I couldn't relate to her. I only made it to when she gets to the capital and they're getting her ready for the games....


OK! 

My questions for my nominees (which I will announce in a second.) 

1. Favorite book character
2. List three books you've read more then three times
3. Favorite book cover
4. What is your favorite place to write, and why?
5. What snack food or drink do you use to power you writing? (Or do you starve yourself while you write?)  



I nominate: Catherine at The Rebelling Muse and Lilah at Musical Writings and Gray at Writing is Life

Also, every single person who see this. I nominate you and will be extremely offended if you don't do it. Even if you don't have a blog. Just comment below.

I might even cry. (But not from sorrow, Just annoyance. Annoyance that everybody hates me.) 

Feel guilty yet? 

No?

Good. 

Join me in my arm of heartless kittens! 

We shall rule the world!

*Meow*

-Mary Kate-






Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Liebster Blog Award.

This Sundays tag is The Liebster Blog Award. 

I was tagged by Gray over at Writing Is Life.
And in case you want to read her post, (which of course you do) I'll add a link to her post: Ta da! 
Rules! 

1. Link back to the person who tagged you 
(because that's manners, that is) 
2. Answer the eleven questions
3. Tag eleven bloggers and let them know you tagged them
4. Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions



Questions from Gray 

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve? 
    People.
    (I'm kidding.)
    (probably kidding)
  2. What is one of you favorite things? 
    *mentally singing* Lattes, and ponies and sunbeams to sleep in. Books, and typing and pages that fly by. Ear cuffs, sarcasm, marvel, and music! These are a few of my favorite things!
  3. Do you have a song stuck in your head? If so, which one?
  4. What is your favorite book that you've read this week?
    I actually haven't read any books this week. (Finals. Bleh)
  5. What is your favorite movie that you watched this week?
    I haven't watched any movies this week either. Why finals? Why!?
  6. Do you have a favorite youtuber? If so, who?
    I don't watch a lot of YouTube, but I enjoy Poland Bananas Books
  7. White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate?
    Milk. Then Dark, then White. But I'd rather eat a really well made white then a poorly made milk.
  8. What is your favorite word?
    Favorite word? What does that even mean? Adverb? Adjective? Noun? Another language? Curse word? (Of course, I'm a lady so I would never curse) (You believe me right? *weak laugh*)
  9. Do you have a secret talent?
    I think I'd say leadership. It have a talent for being calm, and collected under pressure and can take charge in dangerous situations, but also know when to back off and let someone else lead. If you wanted something else, then I'd have to say Sarcasm.
  10. Who is the first person who pops into your head when you think "weird?" 
    That information, my friend, is classified.
  11. Would you rather be super famous or rich and unknown? Why? 
    I'd rather be rich and unknown. I'd like to have the ability to influence people (especially young people) to be better and la de dah, but I'd also like to go out and buy my Tim Tams* without having people screaming at me and asking for a picture and......ugh. Just ugh. 



I tag,


  1. Anyone named Stephanie Elizabeth (because that is a cool name) 
  2. Any one who likes sarcasm 
  3. Anyone who has read the Gallagher Girl series
  4. Anyone knows what Liebester means (It's German for Darling. Ha. Now you know) 
  5. Anyone who can read (this means you)
  6.  Anyone who has read the Ranger's Apprentice
  7.  Any One Eyed Space Squids
  8.  Anyone who wonders WHY everything had to be in elevens? 
  9.  Anyone who has a blog
  10.  Anyone who has heard of the internet (I'm getting desperate) 
  11. Anyone who wants to
    (Just in case there is someone who didn't read this, (#5) or has never heard of the internet (#10), yet somehow hear of it otherwise.....I would LOVE to hear that story by the way)



(Be sure to mention in your post which group you fell under)

(Oh! And come back to this post and give me the link. I want to see your posts!)

Alright!
My questions for the tagged.

  1. Favorite Season
  2. Do you play an instrument?
  3. Do you know your Myer-Briggs Type? What is it? Does it seem to match your personality? 
  4. Hobbies? (If you have more then one, pick your favorite) 
  5. Are you: Loud or Quiet? 
  6. Cats (Amazing creatures) or Dogs? (Substitute Cats) 
  7. Favorite Genre (to read) 
  8. Do you like Inside or Outside better?
  9. Favorite song
  10. Favorite animal
  11. Favorite movie


-Mary Kate-



*Tim Tams are the most wonderful cookie. They are Australian in origin, so they can be a little hard to find here in the states. (Meijer has them) If you ever wanted to trap me, just put of few Tim Tams under a cardboard boa and Viola! One crazy writer!

(You have to get to me fast though, or I might, IDK chew my way through the walls)

(Because it would be too easy to just lift the box up and let myself out.)





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THE TIME HAS COME: Snippets

Since I stopped telling you everything that happens in my book I haven't talked much about my book. (and I also completely scrapped that idea, split it into two different already existing stories, and...)

So,

NOW THE TIME HAS COME!


For SNIPPETS!




The 7-7-7-7 Challenge!

It's really simple. You flip to the seventh page of your WIP, count down to the seventh line and share the next seven pages.
(Or just the next paragraph or so)
Then!
Invited 7 other people to share their work (or nah, cause that sounds like work.)


Where does that leave us?

In a particularly bloody scene:

Kerra shut out the memories that popped into her head. Kept her eyes up and on the gateway out, refusing to look down and see the blood that stained the stones beneath her feet. Refused to think of the stands that had been built, the throne set up at one end of the courtyard…suddenly, the brambles seemed like an inviting place to be.

She  didn’t think Grant had seen the stained ground. She didn’t hear a sharp intake of breath or see his head snap down for a better look. Didn’t hear any questions. 
She glanced out of the corner of her eye and saw his gaze fixed on the dark tangle of thorns.
“I have horses waiting on the other side.” Grant said, not taking his eyes of the thorns.
“Let’s just get through here quickly.” Kerra said shortly.
 Now that she was closer, she could feel the darkness and terror pouring off the thick hedge. Despite the bright sun, inside the  hedge…there was shadow and  dark mist swirling.

Hadn’t he heard the stories? The tales of the blood and death she had spread in the twenty years she had prowled the earth? But here he was, looking so concerned. As if she was the innocent young girl she looked like. It almost made Kerra laugh. She settled for an slight smile and stalked into the thorns. She heard Grant draw his sword as he followed.
His concern and pity. She hated it and she was determined to show him just how true the tales were. She turned back to him, smiling mischievously, an evil light dancing in her eyes. “Watch out for griffins.” She whispered.




Well, that's that!




-Mary Kate-


Sunday, May 7, 2017

I DARE YE!

So I stole this tag from Cait at Paper Fury, who in turn stole if from Shannon on It Starts At Midnight.

It's called the #IDareYou  Book Tag (ID are you?)

It originally had only 18 questions, but Cait added two more, And since I'm stealing this post from her, I am stealing her added questions, AND her idea by adding two of my own.

Muwahaha

Pretty soon this tag will be one big out of control snowball gathering questions as it rolls along the Internet.

1. What Book Has Been On Your Shelves The Longest? 

Probably, Haunt Fox by Jim Kjelgaard.

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This book has been around since before I understood that "Haunt" is another word like "Phantom." I thought they just misspelled hunt. Huh.

Anyway, this guys books are amazing. He also wrote other books about dogs, including Snow Dog and Big Red. (Snow Dog is my second favorite.)  I happen to love this one the most, because I love foxes and this writer is like a second Jack London, (but better)
 Also he has a fun name.
And this book is cool.
Plus I like Star, and Vixen.

FOXES!!!!


2. What Is Your Current Read, You Last Read And Your Next Read? 

Previous Read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Current Read: A Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Next Read: The Assassin's Daughter by Jameson Smith (You can find her blog here)

3. Book You Did Everyone Like, but You Hated? 
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I couldn't relate to the characters and I found the writing style boring.
The Harry Potter books. I just didn't really get into these stories. I mean, I kind of enjoyed it, but I also found myself mentally rewriting sentences, and finding spots were she left out something like a "the" or "a" or something.
There was also that one spot where Hermione is like "I understand the mind erasey thing in theory..."
AFTER she told us that she wiped her parents memory?

4.  What Book Do You Keep Telling Yourself That You'll Read, But Probably Won't. 

The Maze Runnner.
I'm TRYING to read all the popular pop-cultury books, but it's hard ok?
I don't like a lot of them.
And I'm just reading them like "This is boring."
And it's not like I can't read boring stuff. I read non-fiction and biographies for fun, ok?
(Only the well written and interesting ones, but still)


5. Which Book Are You Saving For Retirement? 

As in, not reading it until I'm old...um, why wait to read a book when you can read it now?

6. Last Page: Do You Read It First Or Save It For The End? 

What?!? Who would even do that? Why, why, why would you deliberately spoil a book for yourself?

7. Acknowledgements? Waste of Paper and Ink or Are They Interesting? 

I used to skim over them, but now I always read them. Some of them are super hilarious, like Derek Landy's in Skulduggery Pleasant and some are amazingly cool, like Marissa Meyer's acknowledgement to all the blogger's that helped her with Cinder.

8. Which Book Character Would You Switch Places With? 

Gillan from the Ranger's Apprentice. I was going to say Will Treaty, so I could be one of Halt's apprentices, but....Will doesn't lead the easiest life. Gillian is also one of Halt's apprentices. Plus he is super cool.

9. Do You Have A Book That Reminds You Of Something Specific In Your Life?

No. Not really. But a lot of books have memories. (Or rather, a lot of books bring back memories of me reading it one a trip or something)

10. Name A Book That You Acquired In A Interesting Way?

Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer. My friends and I are always trading books after church, but we normally decide to swap books before or the other person has been talking about that book forever.
Well, in this instance, one of my friends just walked up to me and handed me a book and said "Here. You have to read this and tell me what you think."
So I read it. And I loved it.

11. Have You Ever Given Away A Special Book To A Special Person?

You think I would give away my babies? *laughing* No. The more precious the book, the less likely I am to loan it out. And I don't think I have ever just given a book away. Not unless I deliberately went and picked it out as a gift for them.

12. Which Book Has Been With You To The Most Places? 

I actually don't take books with me many places. I can't read in the car. (Motion sickness. The curse of a bookworm) and I my mother taught me it's rude to read in front of people. But which book has been the most places?
The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan.
I have now lent this book out to two people. The first person I lent it to, I gave her the first and second book of the Ranger's Apprentice. (This is the second book.) She read both of them that night and oopsie. Did you know there is a wee cliff hanger at the end of the second book?

And I didn't give her the third.

So when another girl I know said she had read the first book, but not the second, I knew I had to lend it to her. So I gave it to her last Sunday.

But not the third book.

*Evil laugh*


13. Any Required Reading That Was Bad In High School That Wasn't So Bad Two Years Later? 
I'm in High School right now, soooo. And I haven't been forced to read a book I didn't like for school. Mainly because my older siblings weeded out the boring/dumb books when they went through school, so I didn't have to read them. Muwahaha! Homeschooler!

I've only had one or two books that I hated, and guess what?

I STILL hate them.

14. Used or Brand New? 

I tend not to actually buy most of my books. I get them via library or friends. So I only buy the ones I love and will keep for a thousand years (Or until they fall apart). So new.

15. Have You Ever Read A Dan Brown Book Before? 

Um....no.

16. Have You Ever Seen A Movie That You Liked More Then The Book?

The Princess Dairies, and How To Train You Dragon. I liked the movies so I picked up the books and...what is this? The queen has her eyes tattooed so she never has to put on eyeliner? And is also a jerk? And Lily is kind of a jerk too? What is my life?

17. What Book Made You Hungry? 

The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan: That made me switch from using sugar in my coffee to using honey.
And Heartless: I actually went and made lemon tarts after I read this. To, you know, help heal my crushed and broken little heart.
Brian Jacques Redwall books: So much food. So much feast. I am officially a hare, because I would have eaten everything in sight too.

18. Who Is A Person Whose Book Advice You Will Always Take?

The girl who gave me Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle. If she said, "read this" I would without hesitation. And any of my other friends, if they suggested a book, I would seriously consider it.

Because I'm an INTJ and I only have friends who I trust and think are intelligent and worth my time. (That sounds a lot worse written down, but it's true.)
So I value their opinion. Anyone else.....

19. Most Read Author?

Ever heard of the Warrior Cat Series? By Erin Hunter? (Well, Erin Hunter is actually a pen name for a bunch of ladies who wrote these books, but whatever) Well, I read four or five of the series and almost all of the stand alone novels. I'm not reading many of those books anymore, because they just keep writing more and it's just like...will it ever stop?

20. Ship From Two Different Books? 
From two different books? I have NO idea.

21. *Added By Me* Paper Books Or Ebooks? 

Paper.

22. *Added By Me* Favorite Book Villain? 

As a wonderful example of a literary villain or a villain that I liked as a person? (Why am I asking you this? I'm the one who added this stupid question.)

Villain I hate the most? A truly evil, dirty backstabbing villain? 

Maeve from TOG.

{Spoiler}
 I didn't see that coming. I  just thought she was an annoying person, but then....then... Ugh. why? WHY?
{End of spoiler}

Villain that I liked as a person? 

Luke from Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Why Luke? FAMILY LUKE! YOU PROMISED!






And on that happy note!

I end.


-Mary Kate-

Friday, May 5, 2017

Beautiful People: May

*GASP*

It's time for Beautiful People!

(For those of you who don't know, Beautiful People is a writing link up hosted by Cait and Sky
You can find this month's link up here. Beautiful People is a character questionnaire. To participate, go to either Cait or Sky's blog, answer the questions on your blog, link back to them, and leave your link on their blog.) 

As you may know, I'm trying to be as infuriating as I possibly can  not give out too many spoilers and ruin my entire book. Which is tricky, because I can't talk about a lot of stuff.

But LUCKILY!!!!

This months Beautiful People theme is Parents.

Which is wonderful because my MC's parents aren't in the picture. And they don't come into the story much at all.

But this should give you a tiny hint at what the MC is like and gives me a chance to flesh out her personality and background a little more.

Overall, how good is her relationship with her parents? 
Well, they're kind of.....dead. But I mean, if they had been alive, they would have gotten along perfectly.

Does she know both her biological parents? If not, how does she cope with the loss/absence and how did it affect their life?
She knew both her parents a little bit. They died when she was pretty young. Plague of some sort. She developed a habit of not getting too attached to people because the person who raised her wasn't very touchy-feely, you know?

How did their parents meet?
In the woods at night. Her mother had a love of nature and night and her father loved the stars.

How would she feel if she was told, "You're turning out just like your parents." ? 
Not many people know her parents, so it doesn't come up much. So it depends who tells her and how. Mostly, she would take it as a compliment and feel proud. But if they said it like an insult to her parents...

What were your character's parents doing when they were your character's age? 
Happily settle down in a little cottage in the woods with a baby.

(And then they died)

Is there something they adamantly disagreed on?
No. And if there was, so wouldn't know about it.

What did her parents find hardest about raising her? 
Probably the fact that they died.   She was bit of a wild child and was constantly escaping and crawling away.

What's her most vivid memory of her parents?
Playing in the woods at night by a creek. Laughing and dancing with her mother, laying on a blanket as her father pointed out stars to her or told her tales of epic quests.

What was she like as a toddler?
Happy, curious, wild, adventurous, and had a fierce hatred for onion soup
(JK. I just made that up.)

Why and how did the parents choose your character's name? 
Her name, means "dusky."
Her mother loved nature, and the night and her father loved the stars. So it was perfect.


Ok, that's it!

(This was a rather depressing post, thank you very much but I guess it did help me flesh out her background a little more...)

-Mary Kate-



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Why Do We Feel Like We Have To Defend Ourselves?

So, this post started out on my views on Sara J Maas and her books. In case you don't know, she wrote the Throne of Glass Series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series.

You can basically sort people who have read these books into three groups:

1. People who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them and will fight you over their ships

2. People who hate it (For many reasons including being full of adult content, but being listed as a YA, and the slightly crazy/violent fans.)

3. And the people like me, who have read it and enjoyed reading it, and will probably finish the series, but it isn't our #1 Favorite Book EVER and we understand if you are didn't like them and won't give you death threats.)

Anyhow, this blog post started off, basically as me defending my views on her books, and apologizing for the annoying fans.

But you know what?

Why?

Why do I feel like I have to defend myself on my views? Why can't I just believe what I do and just...not care what people think?

Why do we allow ourselves to get all worked up over other people's opinions?

I mean, I'm not saying that we're supposed to not care at all what other people think.
And I really enjoy people challenging my views.


Ok, not actually. It annoys me and makes me all depressed and off balance, but I recognize that the challenging of my view points is important, because it makes me re-evaluate my views and think about why I have those views.

What I'm sloppily trying to say here, is

Why do we always have to explain ourselves?

About our view points.

Or our feelings.

Why can't we just say, "I enjoyed TOG" without getting jumped? Why can't we say we didn't like it without getting harassed?

And before we start with the whole "Yes, people pick on me too." Let's all remember, don't we all have that one series? That one series where we'll be talking to somebody and you think their awesome and they like some of the same books as you and then they say something like,

"Yeah. I love Twilight.*"

And you start looking for an exit.

(If you don't do this, then thank you for being an awesome person.)

So:

Let's learn
1.) That we don't have to defend our choices or view points. It's ok to say you like ..whatever it is you like. It's ok to say No. And it's ok to say no and not explain yourself.

2.) If you don't like it, don't do it to other people.




*This is just an example.