A Very Late Beautiful People Post

It’s been far too long since I last blogged. What have I been doing lately, you might ask? Reading. Not Writing. Piddling on the internet. And more reading. I’m managing to accomplish my goal of reading more this summer. In fact, I have an actual factual TBR stack of books! That doesn’t happen often for me. As you might’ve guessed, I’ve dropped out of Actually Finishing Something in July. My summer has turned out to be a lot busier, but not in an unpleasant sort of way. The down time I’ve had has been spent reading, piddling on the internet, or doing other enjoyable things.

One of the books I read recently was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. And oh my gosh, I loved it! I’m quite tired of dystopian, Hunger Games rip-offs, so Cinder was a breath of fresh air. The world-building and concept of this book series is amazing. I’m currently enjoying the sequel, Scarlet.

So though it’s almost the end of July, I thought I might as well do a Beautiful People post. And since the Walrus is one of the main characters of A Ticket to Yonder, I thought I’d do him.


1) What’s their favorite food? (Bonus: favorite flavor of chocolate!)
The Walrus doesn’t really have a favorite food; he just loves to eat. But he does have a soft spot for any sort of snack or junk food.  Chocolate is chocolate to him–he’s not a food connoisseur.

2) What do they absolutely hate?
The unexplainable, pathetic people, and having an empty stomach.

3) What do they enjoy learning about?
Where he can get free food? Perhaps you’re seeing a trend.

4) Who is the most influential person in their life?
Probably his relatives up in the Frozen North. Walrus families are close-knit, as you probably know.

5) What is their childhood fear?
Being underweight. This is still a big problem for him.

6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible?
Winning a life-time supply of snack foods. The Walrus always enters those “back of the package” giveaways, but he’s never won.

7) What is something he is impractically afraid of?
This is the same as #5. The Walrus thinks he’s underweight and is afraid of being that way forever. So he eats, pretty much all the time.

8) Are they a night owl or morning person?
It doesn’t really matter to the Walrus; there are midnight snacks if he stays up late, but large breakfasts if he gets up early.

9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid?
He says most everything that pops into his head and unless he’s not snacking, he can talk your ear off.

10) What are their nervous habits?
Eating. Is that a surprise?

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Actually Finishing Something in July: Week One


I’m very excited to join in with Actually Finishing Something in July from Whisperings of the Pen! I enjoyed following other bloggers’ progress last year; if you have writing goal to accomplish this summer, you should join in too! Here are week one’s questions:

1) What is your writing goal?

I’m hoping to get at least 10,000 more words written for my story A Ticket to Yonder. Also, I want to finish outlining my entry for the Five Enchanted Roses contest and work on outlining another story I have.

2) Give us a short synopsis of your project.

A Ticket to Yonder is about a young boy named Jamie who is seeking to buy a train ticket to the magical land of Yonder. However, he doesn’t have enough money to buy the ticket, so he decides to earn it by earning a gold star–which can be accomplished by doing many kind, noble, and heroic deeds. He must team up with a weight-conscious walrus, a snobby princess, and melancholy balloon along with many other strange characters to achieve his goal.

I won’t say much about my Five Enchanted Roses entry…lets just say it continues the story of a certain someone who didn’t get a happy ending in Broken Glass. ^__^

As for my last project, it’s currently title-less, which I hope to remedy soon. It’s set after apocalyptic-like events have ravaged Earth; My main character Valentine survived the apocalypse, but many of his friends did not. Just when he is about to think that his life has no purpose, he meets a dying mailman whose last wish is that someone would finish delivering his mail. Valentine promises to do so. I really like this story; it’s poignant and sweet, which is unusual for other stories with the same setting. This story also incorporates some elements from the Shakespeare play Two Gentlemen of Verona; I’m planning on reading the play (I got to see a performance of it a couple months ago) in hopes of finding a title.

3) How long have you been working on this project?

I’ve been pushing Ticket to Yonder to the back-burner for a couple years; though I love the idea and how ridiculous this story is, I’ve wanted to spend time on my “serious stories.” But at the encouragement of my sister, who loves Ticket to Yonder, I’m striving to finish the first draft this summer.

I had some ideas brewing for a sequel to Broken Glass, and then I found out that the next fairytale writing contest was Beauty and the Beast and so voila!

Valentine’s story was born during my vacation three weeks back or so, after a couple of brainstorming sessions with my sister Sophia (you know a story idea is good when your sister likes it).

4) How often do you intend to write in order to reach your goal by August 1st?

Hopefully I can get a little writing done every day for A Ticket to Yonder. If I’m having a terrible writing day I might work on outlining the other projects.

5) Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project.

I love the Melancholy Balloon from A Ticket to Yonder. He’s so over-the-top philosophical, and though I’ve only written one scene with him in it, he’s lots of fun to write. He’s a red balloon studying language and philosophy at a university; the tragic death of his older brother left Mel feeling confused and depressed with the world. Now he questions everything.

With Corroded Thorns, I’d say my favorite character is Darcy. I enjoyed writing him in Broken Glass and I’m looking forward to continuing his story.

Finally, I love Valentine from my last, untitled project. He’s a quiet, kind-hearted guy whose lost pretty much all the people he cares about. He’s got red hair, an old bicycle, and a cat who managed to survive the apocalypse.

6) Go to page 16 (or 6, 26, or 66) of your writing project. Share your favorite line or snippet on the page.

They began to handcuff Jamie and the Walrus. “You are under arrest for an egregious misuse of grammar,” one man declared.
“What?” Jamie and the Walrus exclaimed. For good measure, one green-uniformed man had thrown the Walrus to the ground to handcuff his flippers. However, handcuffs are not made for flippers (they are called ‘handcuffs’, not ‘flippercuffs’ after all) so the man finally gave up, huffing, “Oh bother!” several times.
“You said ‘I wish my Gran was here.’ It should be ‘were here,’” the man in charge replied angrily. “You are old enough to know better, young man! How dare you insult the ears of the people around you with such uncouth use of language!”
“And just who exactly are you?” The Walrus asked, picking himself up off the floor.
“The Grammar Nazis,” one of them replied. He gave a blow of his whistle and the train halted suddenly. Two of the green uniformed men hauled the door of the train car open and dragged the Walrus and Jamie out.

–A Ticket to Yonder

7) Tea or coffee?

Coffee in the morning with breakfast, tea in the afternoon. Though during the summer I often don’t have tea in the afternoon due to the heat.

Beautiful People: The Melancholy Balloon


(After wrangling with an image from gettyimage.com for far too long, I settled on quick sketch of the Balloon instead. Blog posts just aren’t the same without pictures, you know?)

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog here, but with summer around the corner, I have more time to write, blog, and loaf around. (Loafing around is often more appealing than the previous two options). So today, I snagged an old set of questions from the Beautiful People archive and thought I’d interview the Melancholy Balloon, one of the characters from A Ticket to Yonder. Without further ado…

1. Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
Balloon has the annoying habit of questioning everything in the universe; any question he cannot answer is “another one of life’s unsolvable mysteries.”

2. What is their backstory and how does it affect them now?
Balloon’s older brother died rather tragically, leaving Balloon shaken and unsure about his beliefs. He’s been melancholy ever since (thus the name).

3. How do they show love?
By giving reassuring remarks, or just floating nearby. He may even try to smile.

4. How competitive are they?
Balloon isn’t competitive at all. He prefers to sit back and ponder why other people bother being competitive.

5. What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
Life’s unsolvable mysteries.

6. Do they have an accent?
No. He has a very normal, flat voice.

7. What do others expect from them?
Not much. Unless you need a translator for some rare language (such as Cloud Octopus or Snacking Walrus), then he’s not very useful.

8. How do they feel about people in general?
Melancholy Balloon is generally empathetic about other people. He’s not necessarily a people-person, but he likes to be on the fringe of the crowd, just observing others and pondering.