July 29, 2011

There She Is!

So there's this adorable flash video series called "There She Is!" in which a bunny falls in love with a cat and it's FORBIDDEN, but she's persistent to the point of Edward-stalkerishness and cat tries to tell her THIS CAN NEVER BE but bunny won't have any of it and it's cliche and a little alarming and in the end, it's actually ridiculously ADORABLE and even a bit beautiful AND I LOVE IT.

In which bunny and cat meet for the first time:


And bunny immediately falls in love, to cat's dismay:

Each video is only a few minutes long, SO PLEASE WATCH AND ENJOY :D

There She Is!
Step 1: There She Is!
Step 2: Cake Dance
Step 3: Doki and Nabi
Step 4: Paradise
FINAL STEP (5): Imagine

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

July 26, 2011

Special Tuesday Post!

My ridiculously awesome and talented crit partner Mindee has an AMAAAAZING announcement over at her blog. (hint: it includes the words "book" and "deal")


Mindee, as portrayed by Onion Head

Can't even put into words how excited and proud I am of her. I would attempt flips if I wasn't certain I'd just hurt myself.


Lori, as portrayed by Onion Head (I have no idea why the hammer motif)

PLEASE GO CONGRATULATE HER ♥

*squee*

July 25, 2011

Other Stuff You Shouldn't Do (As a Writer) part 2

Part 1 here. These are things not normally highlighted in Do and Don't lists, which I learned in fandom. These last two are less about craft, and more about not being a douchebag.

Other Stuff You Shouldn't Do As a Writer

Don't use real life tragedy as atmosphere for your story.

Or if you must use real life tragedies--such as the earthquake+tsunami in Japan or 9/11--as your novel's setting, it must be done very, very carefully because chances are high you're going to offend a whole lot of people.

A fanfic writer once prefaced her story, in her own words, "The Haiti earthquake was still in the news and the more I saw about it, the more I wanted to use it until it seemed like the best idea ever." She proceeded to use Haiti post-earthquake as the backdrop for two privileged white characters falling in love.

Predictably, the backlash was extreme and the story was taken down.

If you're going to do this as a writer, research research research and make sure there is an infallible plot or character-related reason that is NOT simply to provide an ~exotic backdrop~ or ~create atmosphere~ for the characters.

Don't get an ego.

Once, a friend of mine pointed out (politely) how she felt something was out of character in a fanfic. Writer of said fanfic and a bunch of her friends then dogpiled her for daring to voice her opinion. Said fanfic writer went on to say "I don't think someone who has only written 1 story and got 30 reviews should tell someone like me, who was written over 100 stories and gotten reviews in the high hundreds on several, and over a thousand on one, that my writing is OOC. I know it isn't exactly IN character, but it's FANFICTION. It is damn impossible to get the characters exactly in character. But I make a damn good effort and I do a hell of a lot better than you do."

Do. Not. Do this.

Having over a thousand reviews on a story (or let's say, being a NYT Bestseller) means you wrote a story that a lot of people enjoyed for any number of reasons. What it does NOT guarantee is quality and, in terms of fandom, IC (in character) characters. And it certainly doesn't give anyone the right to treat someone without the same "credentials" as beneath her just because she gave it negative feedback.

In short, be awesome. Anything else you guys want to add?

Have a great week!


July 22, 2011

The Bestest Thing Since Flying Unicorns

If you haven't discovered the Epicness that is ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK, then go here immediately and marvel at its awesomeness *___*


ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK



Robot Unicorns Unite! The message varies. Sometimes you get something uplifting.


And sometimes you get something ominous. This is personally my favorite :D

*inner editor twitches*

Catch fairies! Every consecutive fairy you get earns you increasing points!


BUT OH NO. WHAT IS THIS SHINY OBSTACLE THAT REFLECTS THE BRIGHT SUN AND GLEAMS INTO MY METALLIC EYES?


I shall destroy it >} Destroying stars earns you EVEN MORE POINTS!!!


BUT IF YOU MISS A LEDGE, YOU DIE D8



Repeat :3

I have just provided you with hours of procrastination. I am not sorry ♥

July 20, 2011

New Hunger Games promo



I AM SO EXCITEDDD. ARE YOU EXCITED?!

July 19, 2011

Week 3 blogfest - query critiques

I totally forgot about this, SO SORRY!!!


Here's my query:

Removed! :D

Thanks, all. I will hop around and read queries today since it's still Tuesday! ♥

July 18, 2011

Other Stuff You Shouldn't Do (As a Writer) part 1

There are a lot lists about the Dos and Don'ts of writing, but here are a couple that don't normally get spotlighted.

These are things I learned in fandom. In fact, I'm guilty of that first one myself (b/c I was a n00b lol). In fandom, the worst that can happen is that fellow fans get annoyed and don't read your fanfiction. But in publishing, people not reading your books can cost you considerably more.

Don't use excessive epithets.

In fandom, epithets are both profuse and diverse. This is not a good thing. The most common was writers using either a character's hair color or nationality as a stand-in for their name--you know, to "vary" things up a bit since saying that person's name over and over again is apparently no good.

As a result, writers "creatively" used epithets such as "the pinkette" and "the silverette" to describe characters with pink or silver hair, which happens often in anime fandoms. Weirder yet was when a person with black hair got turned into a bird. Rather than saying "the raven-haired bloke" (which I'd still advise against), it was just "the raven." You have no idea how strange (and hilarious) it was to read lines like "The raven nodded and walked away" or "He kissed the raven."

Likewise, nationalities: "Toma liked tea well enough, but it wasn't the Japanese man's favorite drink."

This is fine if you're telling the reader for the first time that Toma is Japanese. Not so fine if "the Japanese man" becomes his second name continuously throughout the entire story. Or if Toma is the narrator.

Keep characters IN character.

Yes, it's possible to write your own character out of character.

There was this disturbing trend in m/m fandom to turn one half of the pairing into a pseudo-female. In canon, the guy could be crass, loud and short-tempered, but if he had large blue eyes, he was doomed to be a blushing, stuttering, passive bottom to his manly top. Cue groan.

What a lot of writers tend to do is come up with this exciting scenario in their heads and then proceed to write it without any regard to how the actual characters would react given that situation. The author is so enamored of her "great idea" that she fails to realize the characters would never actually behave the way she wants them to.

This can happen just as much in original fiction as fanfiction. We create our own characters, but then we have to stay true to how we portray them. Readers will pick up on inconsistencies. And if the inconsistency is deliberate, then there has to be a reason why.

Part 2 next Monday. Have a great week, all!


July 15, 2011

Harry Potter gif party

In celebration of the last film's release: GIF PARTY!

My reaction to the first film:


OH HARRY ♥


Memorable moments!










LOL Malfoy. I like you, you pointy git.


To be honest, Malfoy in movie three had me going:










OH HEDWIG ;__; Srsly, why couldn't Rowling have left Harry his bird?!


;_;


*sigh* I don't want to say good-bye.





Source here

Have a great weekend, guys. Go watch the film! :D

July 11, 2011

Villains Who Switch Sides

I realized there was yet another villain I had yet to discuss--the ones who, after undergoing a character arc, end up on the hero's side.

These antagonists are rarely the Big Bad. Main villains who "turn over a new leaf" and join the hero at the end usually only happens in media for very young audiences (while hitting us over the head with a ~moral~). No, these guys are usually either the villain sidekicks or the red herring villains.

What reasons might a villain switch sides?

• an acceptance of moral responsibility
• to spite the main antagonist
• for love (family or romantic)

The only character who comes to mind immediately is Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. He was the main antagonist in season one, although, even then, he displayed some moral integrity, choosing to save his Uncle instead of pursuing the Avatar and there was a lot of focus on his complicated past. But for season two and half of season three, the main antagonist switches to his sister Azula (and father the Fire Lord) while Zuko struggles between the destiny he thinks he should have and the destiny that's truly awaiting him. He's my favorite character in Avatar :D


I think the Malfoys might also fall into this category. They oppose Harry the entire series until the end when Narcissa lies to Voldemort in order to get back to her son. Harry even saves Draco at one point, and I'm pretty sure that was a symbolic olive branch.

What do you guys think about these antagonists? Love them? Hate them?

Have a great Monday! ♥

July 8, 2011

How to Add Links to your Google Friend Connect Profile

Or "Lori is frustrated every time she clicks on a new follower and can't find a link to their blog so she can follow them back." But that title is even longer.

First, click the "Follow" button and sign in. Then Select "More Options."

It'll take you to your profile. There, click on "Add Links."

A box should pop up like below. Fill in the URL and title of link, then click "Add."

REPEAT AS NECESSARY WITH HOWEVER MANY LINKS YOU'D LIKE TO ADD! ♥ Yay!

Now, sometimes, for some reason, GFC gets buggy and doesn't have the "Add Links" option. If this is the case for you, you can add links another way.

Go to your Reading List and click on "Manage" at the bottom.

Click on "Settings" next to any of the blogs you follow.

Now you should have the "Add Links" option. Yay!

AND NOW YOU KNOW. So please do this so that the people you follow can follow you back :D

In other news, the cover for A Million Suns by Beth Revis (sequel to Across the Universe) is out. IT'S BEAUTIFUL:

I can't wait for this book *___*

Have a great weekend, guys! ♥

July 6, 2011

Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blogfest Week 1


It's Week 1 of Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blogfest, hosted by Deana Barnhart.

My question is this:

What do you think constitutes a "boy" book? Why do we have to have designations like "boy" or "girl" books anyway? Okay, yeah, that's two questions. Take your pick, although I suspect the answer to the second question has a lot to do with marketing. To which I say 'urgh.'

It can't really just be a matter of what gender the MC is, can it? Surely it must go deeper than that. I certainly think it does! But I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here, have a boy fairy:

Lavi, as a fairy, from D.Gray-man

July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

July 1, 2011

Homonym Hell Winner

Of everyone who entered, about 55% got them all correct. Great job, guys! And of those who answered correctly, the winner of the $10 Borders e-gift card is:

Cherie
Congrats!

And, for those curious, this is what was going on in that picture I posted on Monday:


(unfinished) dragonrider

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥ And Happy Independence Day! *waves flag*
 

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