Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!



WHAT I'M READING: I FINALLY FINISHED GAME OF THRONES!! This is such a huge accomplishment; it took me forever. Now I am reading Moonfall by Vanessa Morton, which I snagged off of Netgalley. And soon I'll start the long journey through A Clash of Kings. I also read The Murder Complex like I said I probably would. Good week for reading :)

WHAT I'M WRITING: I'm really getting into the fun parts of The Homecoming Court. I'm working through the Opening Ceremony now and soon, SOON the first event! I'm so excited!

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: Reading! The more I read the more I want to write, and I have been reading quite a lot. 

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: Working, mainly. Exciting life I know. I'm also currently trying to win a couple of free tickets to Cedar Point, haha. That would spice up my summer a bit! And I just bought the entire Avatar: The Last Airbender DVD set, after a friend of mine commented on my post featuring it and told me it was on sale, so that should keep me busy for a few days at least.

How are all of you lovely people doing?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ready. Set. Write! (Week 3)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing blog hop that posts every Monday. If you're interested in joining us you can find out more here!



Sorry I'm late! I had to wait til I got home to get the favorite line from my manuscript, and then I had a headache so I just passed out. Oops.

How I Did On Last Week's Goals
I am certain I exceeded my word count goal, but outlining turned into just writing by hand and I haven't transferred the last chapter from my journal to the computer, so I don't have an exact count. I did complete Matt's bio and outlining has been fabulous!

My Goals for this Week
  • Add 4,000 words to The Homecoming Court (getting close to my 10,000 word month goal!)
  • Keep writing ahead/outlining by hand

A Favorite Line From My Story
Super rough, obviously, but...

"Her face softened again. He recognized the pity in her eyes. It was the same look his aunt had given him before shipping him off to the Military Academy, so he knew what was coming next."


The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week
Getting myself to actually type up the draft. Outlining turned into really rough drafting, so then I add/change things when I go to type it up, but I just wanted to keep moving forward by hand. Hence why the last chapter hasn't been typed up yet!


Something I Love About My WIP
How well I know my characters. I'm still learning, but I can tell that the time I took to work out their basic backgrounds is making the writing come more naturally.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!


WHAT I'M READING: Someday I will tell you that I have finished Game of Thrones...but it is not this day. I just keep finding other things to read! I think I'm probably going to buy Lindsay Cummings' The Murder Complex that just released last week for my Nook. Seems everyone is talking about it so my interest has been piqued. 

WHAT I'M WRITING: Outlined chapter 5 of The Homecoming Court yesterday and I hope to outline chapters 6 and 7 today. I'm getting really excited because I'm getting to the fun part! And I'm really loving this outlining thing, because my outlines tend to be just really rough drafts. I end up including dialogue and some description. It becomes more like a script and it is going to be really easy for me to type up the actual chapters later this week.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: When I was reading up on The Murder Complex I saw it was a debut novel and whenever I find debut novels I like to look up the author. Turns out Lindsay is 22 years old (I believe her twitter said she's about to turn 23). She is just under 2 years older than me and she has all this hype around her first book and I just think that is so cool! It has inspired me to push forward with my writing in hopes of maybe the same thing happening for me in a year or two!



WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: I saw How To Train Your Dragon 2 last Friday and it is SO beautiful. If you haven't seen it you really need to. Right now. I'm also finally mostly recovered from my post Game of Thrones hangover (you can find my reaction to the finale here). And one of my best friends is moving back to the west side today so I'm super excited to have her back for the rest of the summer!

In other news. Its storming here. I'm pretty sure Allendale is about to be washed off the map. But the black cloud of death appears to have moved on for now. *crosses fingers*

That's it for me. How have you guys been this week?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! (Week 2)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing blog hop that posts every Monday. If you're interested in joining us you can find out more here!


How I Did On Last Week's Goals:
I added just over 3,000 words to The Homecoming Court, meaning I successfully met my word count goal! I also have a pretty good idea of what the first event in the competition is going to be, though I'm still hammering out all the gritty details. I did finish Erin's character bio but I did not make it to Matt's; but that's okay because he wasn't in either of the chapters I worked on this week.

Goals for this Week: 
  • Add at least 3,000 words to The Homecoming Court & shoot for closer to 4,000 if I can
  • Write Matt's character Bio
  • Start outlining ahead of where I'm writing so I don't have to outline after every chapter
A Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote:
Bad first impressions and a new dilemma from an old tragedy.

Biggest Writing Challenge I Faced This Week:
About half way through the week I suddenly wanted to do 1,000 things, so it was hard to get myself to sit down and write for longer than 20 minutes at a time.

Something I Love About My WIP:
I am just really in love with the basic premise; its like the love child of normal homecoming and the Tri Wizard Tournament from Harry Potter. I'm really excited to get to start writing scenes from the actual competition itself.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!


WHAT I'M READING: I'm still working my way through Game of Thrones (I think I can. I think I can.) I am also reading, and hopefully finishing today, Numbers by Rachel Ward. It's a pretty interesting read. I wouldn't say it is going to become my new favorite, but so far I've really enjoyed it. I love first person narration from sarcastic characters.

WHAT I'M WRITING: I added 1,147 words to The Homecoming Court yesterday, which is super impressive considering I spent literally the entire day watching Nintendo's E3 live stream so I only ended up writing for a little under an hour. I have a goal of writing at least another 1,000 today and I'd like to finish up the character bio for Erin. I'm getting close to the actual competition starting and I'm super excited to start writing the crazier scenes!

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: I've been following the twitter conversations (primarily tweets by Maureen Johnson; if you're not following her you're doing twitter wrong my friend) about the subtle sexism and not-so-subtle condescension in the recent articles about John Green and how he has apparently "saved" the YA genre (note that I adore John Green and know that he has been openly speaking out against these implications). I am loving seeing so many writers and readers coming together to tell the world that YA does not need saving and that it is a legitimate and widely diverse genre that anyone should be proud to read and write. It has made me even more excited about finishing up my own novel so that someday I might join the list of YA authors that I love so much. Long live YA!

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: My new blog launched this week! 


The Pop Cultist is officially up and running and I'm so excited! You can check it out here!

I also went to see The Fault In Our Stars last Thursday and it is amazing; I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend you bring tissues and lots of them.


And last but not least I spent all day yesterday watching the Nintendo E3 live stream and fangirling over all the new games coming out in the next year. It is going to be a good year for Nintendo fans, and a bad year for my bank account. You can read my top 5 highlights from the showcase on my other blog: here!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Ready. Set. Write! (Week One)

Ready. Set. Write! is a summer writing blog hop that posts every Monday. If you're interested in joining us you can find out more here!


My Goals for the Week
  • Write at least 3,000 words of The Homecoming Court
  • Outline the first Homecoming Competition event
  • Finish Character bios for Erin and Matt
My Goals for the Summer
  • Finish draft of The Homecoming Court and start revisions
  • Start draft of The Last Dragon

Saturday, June 7, 2014

NEW BLOG IS OFFICIALLY LIVE!

Hey everybody! Just a short post to let you all know that the first post of my new blog has officially been posted!

The project has undergone a rather large bit of a transformation since I mentioned it on here earlier this week, but I am so super excited to start it and I love what it has shifted towards and I cannot wait to see what it will become.

The new blog is called The Pop Cultist. You can find out more about this new project by checking out the Behind the Blog page here! And if you are interested in the project please subscribe to the blog! Starting out is always the hardest part, you know?

My first post is a review of The Fault in Our Stars. I just review the story as a whole rather than specifically the movie or specifically the book because the movie follows the story so well that I did not feel the need to make much of a distinction. Check out the review here!

I will still be posting to The Diaries regularly, so no worries! The only change will be I will probably not be writing tons of book reviews here any more since it seems kind of silly to post reviews on the same book to 2 different blogs. So this will likely become exclusively a writing blog :)

Thanks so much and I'll talk to you all soon!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk in the hopes of bringing writers together on our crazy journeys. If you're interested in finding out more about this blog hop and/or joining us you can read more about it here!


WHAT I'M READING: I just finished reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner (review coming soon!) Would definitely recommend it the plot definitely keeps you guessing. I'm also still slowly but surely making my way through George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones. It is taking so loong since I've watched the show so I already know what is going to happen. Plus I'm reading it on my nook and I bought the e-book box set so I never know how close I am to finishing the book because it only tells me how close I am to finishing all 5. I realized I still had a little over 200 pages left last night and wanted to cry.

WHAT I'M WRITING: I feel like I'm talking about this too much in one week, haha. I'm currently hard at work turning my characters into people for The Homecoming Court and I la-la-love them! I love when they start to feel real and their personalities start guiding my writing. I think creating realistic well-developed characters is both one of the hardest parts and the most rewarding parts of writing. I don't want to give too much away just yet, but I can give you guys the picture I've used to model my MC, Devon Halestorm!

Devon Halestorm

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW: Maya Angelou. I was and still am quite sad about her passing. She has always been an inspiration of mine, but over the past week since she passed I've been reading all the articles people have been writing about the amazing life she led and how she was able to use her writing in such powerful ways, and that has really pushed me to keep working to improve my writing and to dedicate my time to it so that I might have a chance to make a difference too.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO: I went to the Zoo! It is not much of a zoo, to be honest. But it has penguins which is all I really need. And I got to hang out with some pygmy goats!


I am also still in mourning and shock over last weeks Game of Thrones episode. No spoilers here; if you watch you know what I mean. /Heavy sigh.

That is what's up with me this week! How about you all?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop!

The lovely Caitie over at Tea & Knee Socks tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Hop last week! For this blog hop I have to share a bit about how I go about my writing and what it is I'm working on right now.

What Are You Currently Writing?

I am currently working on a novel I've titled The Homecoming Court! This story takes the usual homecoming drama and flips it on its head. I've ripped up the typical high school setting and instead planted my characters in a military arts academy, where instead of a popularity contest the Homecoming Competition is a fierce and dangerous contest of strength and wit. 

For Devon Halestorm, being voted onto the Court is a dream come true. For Jared Ender, it is the beginning of a nightmare. The Trials are not for the feint of heart, and while Devon is determined to win, Jared simply wants to escape with his life.

In addition to the suspense-filled competition, there is also a bit of mystery to the story. How did Jared, a student next to no one has heard of get enough votes to make the court? 

What Makes Your Work Different

I'm always drawn to creating badass heroines for my protagonists. I had so few of them growing up and they are still often hard to find, though they do seem to becoming more popular (thank you, Katniss!) I find myself writing the characters I want to read about, but can't find. I've never been interested in writing a solo male protagonist. There are plenty of those in the world and more are published all the time. That's boring to me. I like writing about awesome women doing things female characters don't often get to do. I write about badass ladies who are the center of their own stories.

I tend to avoid writing extensive romance plots, for much the same reason. They are a dime a dozen, and don't get me wrong who doesn't love a good romance, but its less interesting to me to write about. I feel like every YA book with a female lead has essentially the same synopsis: Girl was leading a normal life until she met the mysterious boy and her life changed forever; she also probably found out a secret about her past or that she has hidden powers. And I like those stories. People keep writing them and I keep reading them and I really love a lot of them, but I'm not interested in writing them myself. Romance is always only ever a subplot in my stories. There are lots of fantastic stories to be told that don't revolve around girl meets boy, ya know? I like exploring those.

Why Do You Write What You Do?

I answered a lot of this question in the last question, oops. 

I write YA and I bounce back and forth between predominantly fantasy and dystopian stories. I write these genres because they are what I read. I like imagining new worlds in far off places where magic is real (because as a 21 year woman I am still very heartbroken at the lack of magic in this world; seriously who approved that?). I also really like asking "what happens if..." which often leads me to dystopian story ideas. 

What Is Your Writing Process?

To be honest I'm still working on figure out a process that works well for me. I used to be a HUGE planner. I would spend months working out plots and character back stories and figuring out exactly where I wanted the story to go. Then I would go to write the story and lose interest because I already knew what happened; the fun part was gone.

My last project I refused to let myself plan anything major. This worked in the sense that I did finish the draft, but the lack of planning created such a messy draft that I'm completely overwhelmed at the concept of revision and rewrites. I didn't know enough about my characters to keep them interesting and to make sure I was writing character actions and reactions instead of just pushing them along a plot with no real control over what they were doing. Its a mess. It really is.

So now I'm trying to find a happy medium. I'm doing extensive character planning so I get a good feel for who my characters are, what their motivations are, why they are the way they are, and how they would react to certain situations. I'm planning out all the major plot points but letting myself fill in the scenes between as I write. So far so good! 

That's about it for me! Now I just have to tag a few other bloggers for the blog hop! I have decided to tag Krista over at kjmclaughlin.com and Jaime over at jaime-morrow.com! You should definitely head over and check out both of their blogs; they are pretty fantastic :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Its June!!

Today is the first day of June and the writer in me is starting this month off running!

Last month. We don't really need to talk about last month. Its in the past guys.



Last month I did not complete any of my goals. I am only half way through Game of Thrones, I've probably written 4,000 words tops of The Homecoming Court, and I obviously did not post even once a week most of the month.

And that is fine.

I'm a person who appreciates my schedule. So when the basic aspects of my daily life get disrupted, say for example when I go from being a full time student to not having class for 4 months, it throws me off a bit. It takes me a little while to get my footing.

But now it is JUNE. And now I am ready for a super productive month of reading, writing, and blogging.

GOALS FOR JUNE:
1. Write at least 10,000 words of The Homecoming Court
2. Read 3 books. Any books.
3. Post to the diaries at least once a week.
4. Launch my new blog!



Yes you read that correctly. This month I will be launching a new blog. This project is a big part of why I fell so far behind with everything else this past month.

I am starting a new blog called Her Story Rewritten where I will talk about the importance of representation in popular culture as well as deconstructing problematic (or awesomely progressive!) representations of gender in popular culture and the implications those representations have for society. This is a topic I'm very passionate about and I'm super excited to get to share that passion and hopefully start some productive conversations as well. You can read a bit more about this upcoming project here! I hope you'll join me!

Now then. Today I'm off to work on character bios. I love watching my characters go from names on a page to living breathing people; it makes them so much more interesting to write about! I'm feeling super motivated and I'm ready to work! And of course, that also means having a productive space to work in, right?

That can only mean one thing....


BLANKET FORT!!

I've really been hurting because I do not currently have a desk, so I needed to do something to change my work space up. What you think?

What are your goals for the next month? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Writing!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Struggle with One Shots: A Follow-Up

I spent all day on Sunday hanging out in a reading room with some awesome people working on The Homecoming Court. I finally got to the point where I really could not continue without at least working out the major elements and main plot points of the story, so I took a break from the computer, took out my journal, and started the process of working out all the details.

About an hour later I had an elaborate outline of the world outside of the academy and the political tensions that were rising that would eventually lead to the military acting in a way that made my MC question everything about her future plans and her dedication to the academy and the military as a whole.

And then I scrapped all of it.

That is not the story I started with. It is not even close. It is a story worth writing and a story that I might play around with later, but it is not this story; it is not Devon and Jared's story. I wanted this to be a book about a crazy (and in my opinion vastly more interesting) version of the Homecoming competitions we are all so familiar with and that are quite often written about. It is a simple concept that will become, I believe, a fantastic story when some complex characters are thrown into the mix.

It was a productive hour and I'm glad I took the time to work it all out because now I have a very good understanding of what I do not want this story to become, which led me to working out a direction I like much better.

Moral of the story: don't be afraid to plan out an idea just to see where it goes and then to completely scrap it if it isn't was you wanted after all. If you have multiple ideas plan out all of them and see what works best!

Happy writing!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Struggle of the One Shot

Do you ever start a project intending it to be a one shot story and then as you start writing it find it moving towards a series? This is a problem I have. I think I might be incapable of writing a one shot.

I'm working through The Homecoming Court (my current WIP that you can read about HERE!) and I had envisioned it initially as a single book story. This was the story that was going to be told and this was the story that I would tell and that would be it. Except now as I'm writing the story is growing. Little side stories are introducing themselves, the world is growing larger than the little island the academy is set on, and the conflicts are growing far more complex. And I'm just watching it all happen like



Am I just incapable of imagining a story that can be summed up in a single book? I don't know. I think perhaps part of it is that none of my stories take place in this world, or at least not completely. The Homecoming Court for example is set in a future where much has changed as a result of The Great War, which leads me to want to further explore that world.

This is not the first time this has happened. I have another story idea working in the back of my mind that also was a one shot when I first imagined it, but the more I thought about it the bigger it became. I'm not 100% certain that it will become greater than a single book story, right now I think it still works in a single book, but who knows what else might happen when I start working on it.

Have any of you ever noticed something similar to this? Do you consider it a problem ever or do you just sort of run with it?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Book Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Title: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 416 (Nook)
Synopsis: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

I want to start by saying the synopsis of this book is not particularly fantastic. It makes the novel sound very close to something like the Hunger Games and it is really nothing like that at all. The story is far more contemporary than that. Panic is not a societal creation; it is a under the rug competition that the teenagers in town started for their own entertainment.

I personally loved this book. I think it is a fantastic twist on the usual contemporary YA novel. It has romance but its not about romance. It is completely realistic but also a wild ride of a read. You never know what is going to happen next and I became just as eager as the characters to know what the next challenge would be.

One of the biggest critiques of the book I have seen regards Heather's character. That it was hard to read because she was annoying at the beginning and they couldn't get past that. That's all fine and if that is enough to turn you off from a book than okay, but it seems to me that books would be really really boring with characters that start off perfect, not to mention it makes them impossible to relate to. How are you supposed to create character development without first creating flawed characters? So I'm not going to say that Heather is not annoying. I'm not going to say she isn't acting impulsively because of a bad break up. But I'm also not going to say this is a point against the book. She's 17 years old (18? I'm not 100%) and has just experienced what I am led to believe is her first major breakup; it is rather unfair to expect her to just get over it with a snap of her fingers. Heather, and all of the characters really, are often impulsive and immature, but they grow over the course of the story, which if you ask me is kind of the point.

Personally I loved the characters. Not in the sense that I loved them like I love Daenerys or Sherlock, but in that I love them as characters. I'm not sure, for example, if Nat and I would get along well or be best friends, but I loved her as a character. They are real. They are complex and thought out and have strengths and weaknesses and hopes and fears and personalities. And I really appreciate that in a book.

The biggest complaint I have about this book is the character development of Dodge. I feel like the ending wrapped up too quickly and even though all the external conflicts are resolved we miss out on seeing any resolution to his internal conflicts, of which he has many. We do not get to see his reaction to how things turn out or whether or not he grows and learns from the experience. I feel like this was definitely missing from the conclusion of the story and I was pretty disappointed when I was finished to have been left wanting it.

All in all I really enjoyed this book. I read it almost entirely in a single sitting and I did read it all in one day. I would most definitely recommend it!





Thursday, May 1, 2014

Goals for May!

Happy May everyone! Summer weather is getting closer and closer every day.

Or at least I have to assume it is. I mean I hope it is....its been raining here all week..

Its the first day of the new month which means a quick check in on my goals from the previous month and officially deciding my goals for the next month! Lets look at how April went:

Goals for April

Read at least one book (lets try this again...)
  • Made this one just at the very last second! Yesterday I read all of Lauren Oliver's new novel Panic and I cannot recommend it enough! Review coming soon.
Write another 10,000 words of my WIP
  • Okay so if we're being super technical I did not actually make this goal I fell about 100 words short. However I have a good reason: I finished the draft!! This is super exciting for me, as I have never in my life actually finished a draft of a story. It is 125 messy, ugly, terrible pages that I will never let anyone else even think about looking at until it has undergone extensive revisions, but it is a draft with a beginning and an end. There is still an awful lot missing in the middle to be sure, but this is still much farther than I have ever made it before so I'm gonna celebrate this little bit of progress!
 
  • You probably all noticed this fell through in the last weekish. Finals got the best of me, unfortunately. But it was still fun as far as I managed to go and I met some awesome new bloggers, so really it was a success even if I did not manage to complete the challenge.

All in all I'm calling April a success. Now we start moving forward to make May even better! Here are my goals for May:

May Goals:

Write 10,000 words of my NEW work in progress: The Homecoming Court. I've had this idea building in the back of my mind for about a month so I'm excited to finally get to dive in! This is going to be a bit of a challenge I think since I am experimenting with writing by hand instead of typing.

Read the first 2 books of A Song of Ice and Fire

Post to the Diaries at least twice a week

How did your goals for April go? And do you have anything exciting planned for the next month?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

P is for Pippin!

Oh gosh finals are getting to me. This week might be a bit sketchy, but I am determined to make it to Z!

Now then: PIPPIN!



Pippin has the reputation of being the..less than bright member of the group. And sure, he gets himself into trouble an awful lot, and he makes his (and maybe a few other people's) share of mistakes.





But he is also a loyal friend. He is courageous and determined and sometimes so so intelligent. A lot of his mistakes come from simply being curious and can you really fault him that? He is naive and a little bit ridiculous sometimes, but when it comes down to things he refuses to give up. He plays a huge part in the victory over Isengard by getting Treebeard to see everything that Saruman has done to the forest. He lights the beacon that brings Rohan to Gondor's aid. And he joins his friends to distract the powers of Mordor from Frodo, which is almost certainly suicide.

I could write a book on all the reasons Pippin is a fantastic character. Maybe I will someday. But this will have to do for now. Do you love Pippin as much as I do?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Olaf



Do you have any idea how few "O" characters there are?

But honestly I loved this little guy. Comedic relief? Yup. Kinda ridiculous sometimes? Yup. Loved him for it? Absolutely.



I don't have a lot of super deep things to say about why I love Olaf, I just do. He's endearing and adorable and just added a little kick to the scenes from time to time. I thought he was hilarious without being overbearing in the film. And he just has some of the best lines like










And of course the obligatory feel good make you want to cry moment



So...yeah this post is basically just a gif montage of adorable Olaf moments. I'm cool with that. Like I said there is no extensive reason why I like him. I just do. And you should too. Because he's adorable. And sometimes just having an adorable character off to the side is a really good idea.

Do any of you love him as much as me? Do you have any super eloquent explanations as to why that I should have talked about? I'm sure their are lots of reasons but to be honest his adorablness is the biggest factor for me.


N is for Nani!



Nani from Lilio and Stitch is one of the most underrated characters in the Disney universe. Seriously.

Nani was well on her way to becoming a professional surfer when their parents died; she gave up everything to be there for Lilo. She always did absolutely everything she could to keep their little family together.



On top of that, she was an amazing big sister to Lilo. Lilo is a very unique little girl. She has her own way of looking at the world and a lot of people find her eccentricities very strange.



It is not uncommon for guardians to encourage kids who are different to act more "normal" so others won't find them weird. It is even more common for older siblings to make fun of younger siblings for their differences. Nani does none of these things. She accepts Lilo just the way she is, without ever suggesting she should change for anyone. For example:





She never tries to stop or change Lilo; she just rolls with it. And that is pretty fantastic if you ask me.

Nani goes through hell trying to keep their family together, but she never gives up. She never lets Lilo think anything that is happening to them is her fault.She just does whatever it takes to take care of both of them; always she is trying to do what is best for Lilo.

And also she isn't an impossibly tiny stick the way most Disney women are, which is pretty cool.



Nani is so fantastic. So freaking fantastic and so under-appreciated as a character. She deserves a lot of love. Love her. Please.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

M is for Margaery Tyrell

Okay so I considered making my "M" character Mulan, but I have already written rather extensively on everything that is perfect about that movie. You can find my fangirling post about Mulan HERE!

This post is mostly spoiler free however there is one minor detail I could not avoid so if you have not seen through Season 3 Episode 3 and do not wish for any foresight I would avoid the post.

Now then. Onto My lady Margaery Tyrell.



Oh how I love thee. Let me count the ways.

Margaery is a woman who knows what she wants and will do whatever it takes to get it. And what Margaery wants is to be queen. Not a queen. The queen.



She is wicked smart and knows exactly what to say and what to do to get what she wants. She is exceptionally manipulative, but in all the best ways. She plays Joffrey like a fiddle, time and time again.



She wants him to fall for her, but she also wants to rein him in. She does not share his cruelty. Quite to the contrary, she does quite a lot of work with the poor and with orphanages once she arrives in King's Landing. She might be manipulative, but she would make a damn good queen. And she knows it.

She is also amazingly sassy and I love her dearly for it. Look at this face, I mean




She also has little patience for his cruelty. She hates watching him torture people, but she knows she cannot openly speak out against him. She needs to manipulate him when possible, and when she can't, she does her best to distract him by keeping his focus on her.




^^That is probably my favorite line of her's oh my god it was brilliant.

Basically Margaery knows what she wants and she understands the system well enough to get it. She knows just what to say and what to do to get things to work out in her favor. And I love her for it. Because she is not just some power hungry character who wants to rule for the sake of ruling. She would make a fantastic queen. If anyone has a shot of watering down Joffrey, its her.