Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Scarlett O'Hara

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Scarlett O'Hara

From: Gone With The Wind

Known For: Drama, Tenacity

Oh, Scarlett. I love complicated characters, especially women. Often Hollywood/media/people? are quick to categorize female characters into either likeable or unlikeable, but what if they're both? Scarlett O'hara begins as entitled and jealous, lusting after Ashley Wilkes (who I personally always thought was rather lame), and weasles her way into his life despite his intentions toward sweet 'ole Melaine. And even when Ashley weds Melanie, Scarlett keeps trying for him. Oh, what a wicked Scarlett! we are expected to think. Only we keep following Scarlett through one tragedy after another, through the war, through her going hungry and working her land to save her home, and starting again. Her weasling ways save her, turning her into the real hero of the story. A woman who will fight for her name and her land. She's only sweet when she wants to be, and demure when it suits her. And that's what makes her so memorable.

Have you seen or read Gone With The Wind? Who is your favorite character?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Napoleon Dynamite

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Napoleon Dynamite

From: Napoleon Dyanmite

Known For: accumulating great skills, awkward dancing

You guys: Napoleon Dynamite came out ten years ago! Okay, now that I've recovered from that, Napoleon is one of my favorite movie characters for his utter strangeness. I love that this movie ever got made, and that it broke out of indie-dom into the mainstream. The humor is co-erced from oddity rather than outright jokes, and the whole vibe is the antithesis to most movie studio fare. The plot is minimal, with the movie mostly driven by strange characters and surroundings in Napoleon's life. But yet the film is also hopeful, showing shades of Napoleon's innocence as accepting of those around him, while himself often being shunned and ignored. It's like this sweet horror comedy, which shouldn't be possible, but somehow is. Napoleon: mouth-breather, drawer of fictional animals, feeder of llamas, dancer in moon boots.

Who is your favorite Napoleon Dynamite side character?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Mary Jane Paul

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Mary Jane Paul

From: Being Mary Jane (current TV series)

Known For: professional success, disasterous personal life

I'm highlighting BET's Being Mary Jane because it's a fantastic, underrated gem currently on TV. Gabrielle Union plays complicated Mary Jane, a TV news anchor who forged her own way, while her secret, that she's dating a married man, begins to consume her. Mary Jane is imperfect, and as an audience we hurt for her, at the same time we can understand where she's coming from. She struggles with the morality of dating a married man, with outside factors constantly weighing in on her affair. But a man who loves her when she's lonely, who promises her the world, is hard to give up. She's the Other Woman we're conditioned to hate, only the other side isn't so easy to define. When you see a character for who she is, with all of her hurts and strengths displayed side by side, it's beautifully complicated. This show has an excellent cast and knows how to amp up the drama without ever overstepping into hammy soap-operea territory. Give it a chance, and start with the TV movie available on Netflix now.

Who is your favorite complicated character?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Luna Lovegood

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Luna Lovegood

From: Harry Potter series

Known For: acting spaced out, Nargle warnings

Ah, Luna. She's one of those side characters who turned out to have a much greater role later in the series. Luna is beloved by many fans, with a whole slew of fanfic. Luna is first revealed as a spacey drifter, who later is revealed to have lost her mother at a young age. She and her father, who write a tabloid-type bulletin for the magical world, are among the few who take Harry's side initially when Voldemort is rumored to have returned from the dead. Luna is most likely a fan favorite because she's an outsider, she's bullied, and yet she forges ahead with little concern for her reputation. She's shown to be strong against opposition, especially seen in the later books/films with Dumbledore's army and assisting with finding the last Horcrux needed to defeat Voldemort.

Which Harry Potter series character is your favorite?

Spring Bootcamp Update 6


Good morning! The YA Buccaneers are hosting a motivation bootcamp from March - May for writers who need motivation and accountability.

Here are my progress updates from the past week:

  • Read a critique partner's manuscript -- complete
  • Read and score 2 submissions for YA-RWA's Rosemary Contest -- completed 3
  • Read submissions for this week's in-person critique group, added notes
  • I did not complete my revision checklist, however I readied a submission of my WIP for critique.
  • I brainstormed titles for the MS with my agent. I did some tweaking of that MS, mostly to the ending so that the language may more closely reflect one of the titles. (Also, I suck at coming up with titles). The other changes were inspired by a workshop I listened to about showing vs. telling, and ditching cliche character reactions like hearts pounding and leaping. :)

This Week's Goals
  • Agent feedback: more work on AMELIA. I plan to first make a list of what needs to be done and start with the easy stuff. It's only for the last section of the book but some of it is substantial
  • Focus most energy on AMELIA to get it back to agent ASAP
  • Critique group: use group to streamline title ideas, and for assistance on my AMELIA revision. I'm meeting with one of my critique partners early to go over stuff
  • Read and score 2 more YARWA entries (I have a total of 13 to judge by end of May)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Katniss Everdeen

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Katniss Everdeen

From: The Hunger Games

Known For: defending the lives of others, archery

Anytime casting news comes out for a film series based on a beloved book series, nobody likes the choices. And yet now, can you imagine anyone other than Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? In the books, the end of the very first chapter Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her sister, who was to be slated for the brutal fight-to-the-death games in the district's capital. Katniss is a survivalist, which is shown from the start when she hunts (illegally) to keep her mother and sister fed. She is a fighter, but interestingly is shown as compassionate when it comes to other contestants in the games. Her flaw is that sometimes she can overlook the present for the sake of the end result; the struggle she has with her compassion vs. her need to survive is what makes her, and the series, so compelling.

Are you a Hunger Games fan?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blogging A to Z: Jack Sparrow

Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.

My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.

Jack Sparrow

From: The Pirates of the Caribbean movies

Known For: swindling, surviving

Some of us remember when Pirates of the Caribbean was just a boat ride at a theme park. Now, Jack Sparrow, created for the film franchise which debuted in 2003, is one of Disney's most recognizable characters. Throughout the films, Jack becomes less of a villain, though his true pirate nature is never too far off. Johnny Depp's unique take on the role, basing his performance off of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (and I've also read he channeled cartoon skunk Pepe Lepew and even Angela Lansbury!) won him a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe. I remember being very excited by Depp's inclusion in the film since he's still my #1 favorite actor (going back to Cry Baby days) and I'm so glad Disney's gamble on the actor paid off. It's a fun series that embraces Depp's silliness with really fun storytelling.

Are you a Jack Sparrow fan?