Top 10 Historical Things I Have Been Obsessed With

 

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Editing has sucked my life away. I have no time for anything but crouching over a keyboard, clutching a hot water bottle to keep the winter freeze away and typing like a frenzied squirrel…Basically, I’m sorry for not posting in a while. So, here I am, said water bottle in hand, wrapped in my fleece cloak with the hood falling into my eyes…yep, I’ll get on with the post.

It’s probably a well known fact that I’m overly obsessed with history. I love history, I love knowing about the past of mankind, the way God has held all the strings together and weaved into a pattern–that sometimes appears beautiful and sometimes hideous, but is always in God’s hands.

It’s awesome.

Anyway, I’ve had many historical obsessions over my short life, but I thought I’d share ten of them with you today. These are probably the most consuming and, in most cases, I still have varying degrees of interest in these subjects.

So, here we go! Continue reading

Musical Theatre Tag (I ramble about Musicals and my WIPs)

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The wonderful MyMusicalAndWritingLife created this awesome musical/WIP tag which I just had to do, given my adoration of everything musical and because of my love of rambling about my WIPs. So…here we go. If you are not prepared for wild fangirling and ramble, you’d better leave now 😛

Jean Valjean [Les Mis]

 (A character you’ve written that underwent major character change)

All my characters?

Okay, Justice probably changes the most over the course of The Stars Fill Infinity, Zachary Stoner changes the most over When Infinity is Empty, Chessy and Quillon don’t really change that much. They have arcs that kind of border on flat. They grow and deepen and definitely do change, but they don’t…do a 180 and change themselves completely (Justice and Zac do though). Continue reading

The Lunar Chronicles (Mini-Reviews + 4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Read This Series!)

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Hello, folks! I come to you today bearing a bunch of mini reviews for Marissa Meyer’s amazing YA series The Lunar Chronicles, plus giving you four reasons why you should read these books, if you’re not convinced by the end of the reviews.

I’ll try to keep these as spoiler free as possible, but if I do have to bring up a spoiler, I’ll make sure to tag it first! (Also, just as a note, I will not be reviewing Fairest because, as of now, I haven’t read it. Thus I cannot cast my opinion on it into the realms of An Ordinary Pen).

So, let’s go! Continue reading

Symbolism 101: 7 Ways to Add Symbolism to Your Novel

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If there’s one thing I love when it comes to storytelling, its symbolism. Next to characters and plot, I probably invest the most in the symbolism that I present in my stories. I also love finding it in other works (though there’s a point in novel study guides when it gets ridiculous. Sometimes a colour is chosen simply because it looks nice. Aesthetic is important too).

But sometimes symbolism is really subtle and its easy to miss. And sometimes its very difficult to work symbolism into the plot and characters without slapping the reader over the head with clunky motifs, metaphors and similes.

So, I thought today I’d share a few tips I’ve gleaned over several years of writing, offering you some inspiration on how to add symbolism to your novel! Continue reading