Thursday, April 30, 2015

yin and yang

siblings are awesome.  I know, because I am one.

just kidding. I'm really a pretty terrible sibling, but I've been blessed with three amazing ones and I'm ever thankful I have them as examples for my writing.

honestly. I realized the other day that the relationship between me and my sister is very similar to what Matt and Jon have, and I also said to myself, "You know, Sammy and Linds are like carbon copies of themselves while being different enough to make them want to murder each other now and then..." which is pretty much me and Jesh in a nutshell.

so yeah. I have pretty awesome siblings, and I think siblings are a crucial part in writing. Your characters need antagonists and best friends, right? well, you can find all of the above in your average family--it's that easy.

why am I going on about siblings? if you hadn't noticed, I've been more than a little absent lately. And I'm trying to make that up to you all. And coincidentally, Beautiful People are doing a siblings edition this month.

ya'll miss Matt and Jon, right? because you're about to get a refresher course on those two crazies.  hold on, it should be a interesting ride.

*rubs hands together like a mad scientist*


1. What is the first memory they have of each other?Jon said he remembered seeing Matt placed in the bassinet moments after he was, but everyone knew he was joking. His first memory was probably at the ripe age of 3 when Matt took his blocks without asking and he "accidentally" punched Jon in the nose. Yeah, we all know who the dominant twin is...
Funnily enough, Matt's first memory of Jon involves a flying fist and a bloody nose, though he swears Jon's memory didn't actually happen. *shakes head* those boys...
2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.yin and yang
3. What kind of things do they like to do together?pretty much everything except watch TV. Matt would honestly rather read a book, and Jon wiggles too much for him. He also likes the Walking Dead, which forever scarred poor Matty who is not a zombie-fan. (it's okay, Nicolas Hoult, I still love you...)
4. What was their biggest fight?it involved car doors slamming and seat belts clicking, hands tight on the steering wheel and raised voices, screeching tires and ambulance sirens, but other than that I'm not allowed to say anything. Seriously. The writing police will come and hunt me down if I say anything more.
5. How far would they go to save each other?they would honestly die for each other, if that had crossed their mind in time (it sure has crossed Matt's mind recently...)
6. What are their pet peeves about each other?I mentioned the wiggling thing above. By the way, when I say wiggle, I mean wiggle. The boy could not hold still. He was pretty much a five year old trapped inside a teenager.
Jon's pet peeve about Matt would probably be that he has a bad habit of being patronizing (that means when you talk down to someone).
yes, I just went there. and it was funny. come on, you want to laugh.
7. What are their favorite things about each other?Jon's favourite thing was that they looked exactly the same. He saw so many jokes and opportunities in that.
Matt loved that they were so different. He didn't have to worry about his weaknesses because he had someone to make up for all his failings. Like sports. Matt never really got over the third grade soccer ball fiasco. Nobody really did.
8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?ehehehehehehe...
in all seriousness, their behaviours were completely different. The moment one or the other opened his mouth, you knew which twin it was just by how they spoke. Their styles almost clashed too--Jon lived and breathed basketball shorts and t-shirts, while Matt had a thing for argyle sweaters and polos (thankfully, Colt broke him of that habit...) They did share one quirk: when puzzled or amused, they would raise one eyebrow dramatically. Funnily enough, they never raised the same eyebrow.
9. Who has the strongest personality?jon.
ole jonny boy.
did I mention jon?
10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?*goes and cries in a corner because of all the things I can't tell you*
honestly, I think their relationship strengthens over the span of their adventures. Even though Jon is dead, Matt obviously has some major issues with his brother--resentment being one of them. In the end, he realizes that some of the things he'd pounded into himself were really lies and that his brother really loved him...and that he's not as bad of a terrible person as he originally thought.

oh, it feels wonderful to delve back into the world of my Matty and Jon. I've missed them. I can't wait til summer, when I can really focus back on writing and finishing this crazy story. I put up my maps today. I can't wait to put up my owl sticky note plotline too--cute sticky notes are DEFINITELY a perk of being an author.

maybe if I get my act together, I'll have a snippet or two for you all in a few days. I don't know for sure though, because Nationals just finished and then finals and you know I keep saying I'll feel better enough to do all the things but that hasn't quite happened yet know. Stay on the lookout. I'll be around.  Two posts in one week--that's gotta be a miracle or something!

Keep on being awesome, everybody! Matt (and Jon) wishes you a happy Wednesday!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

the return of the sassy vegetable

don't you love it when something just clicks into place and then suddenly your plot makes so so so so so so so so so so so much more sense?

I do.

you see, I have a problem. (actually, I have lots of problems, just ask my doctor, but that's not the point.) I'm terrible at 1) timelines, and b) mapping. (see, I couldn't even narrow it down to one problem). With the great ones and the general, that's a big frustration for me. Since my characters are obviously fictional, I thought fictional pit-stops were my best bet--since I obviously haven't roadtripped the West Coast it made sense to let my imagination take control. I also went with the mucho lameo graduation excuse for a roadtrip--can I get a CLICHE from the audience?

the toughest part about being a writer (aside from the whole writer's block and editing and plot holes thing) is that you get frustrated with yourself and your lack of answers. Yes, you know you have a problem? Do you know how to solve said problem?


Ladies, gentlemen, and cute woodland creatures, the rarest moment of all has come. I, Ely, have solved my own problem with my clever little brain, lack of sleep, and a pinball machine (my new pain meds might have something to do with it to, but let's not think about that...)

HQ for my little great ones was always kinda wishy-washy. At one time, it was in Kansas. At another, it was in Illinois. Yet another time it was Wyoming (yeah...that didn't make sense to me either). Finally, I just threw up my hands in disgust and left that a mystery.

Which, of course, frustrated me. To have an destination I needed a starting place.

The destination always has been and always will be Seattle. For multiple reasons, I dread Seattle (seriously...I don't know how I'm going to write that part). But I also need Seattle, and I love Seattle. So much is going to happen, so many things are going to go down. If everything goes according to the new plan, my characters are going to quite possibly the most AWESOME museum ever. And, if I ever get my act together, I'm gonna go there too because it looks totally awesome.

So this afternoon, my mother and I were talking about my summer job--since I'm currently pretty much a vegetable (a sassy one, but a vegetable none the less) the idea of me working is a tough one to comprehend. Still--I need to earn money (and do something besides sit on the couch and watch Warehouse 13 and korean dramas). And my mother, being the thoughtful person she is, suggested finishing my book and self-publishing it.

Oh, mother. What an uninformed genius you are. That's a great idea. One I've pondered many times. And it's totally doable.

In theory.

In order to do so, I'd have to finish writing. And then I'd have to edit. A LOT. And then I'd edit some more. And write more. And take indefinite breaks. And then the whole publishing process can't be easy. So...that wouldn't work. Even though it would be quite ideal--working from home, doing something I would be perfect.

And that made me think: what can it hurt? I'm up til the wee hours of the morning most nights with all this pain crap, I might as well put that time to use.

So I hit the books.

Er, the laptop. And I hit it very gently. And by it I mean the keyboard. And by hit I meant typed.

However, when I last left my lovely characters, they'd just encountered an ominous pinball machine, a man with unbelievably perfect hair, and Matt had a migraine.

And I got distracted by the pinball machine.

Did you know there's a Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas? (of course, if you follow my twitter you know because I'm a considerate soul like that). I did not. I also didn't know about the other random halls of fame in the western side of the US of A.

Needless to say, I got distracted is an understatement. I think I got lost after writing maybe 300 words. (but they were sassy words so it's all okay).

But I now have a starting place. I now have an iternary. And Matt and Colt now have another quirk that makes me love them even more.

I wish I could say more, but honestly I don't know more. And it's 11:30 at night when I'm writing this. So I should go to bed. But I was happy I solved my problem, that I answered my own question--without any help.

well, techinically the pinball machine wouldn't have happened without Shea telling me to write about Brendan Urie's perfect hair  but still...

besides, I've neglected you all again. Fear not--the school year is almost at its end. And like I said, I am currently a sassy vegetable, so I have no excuse for not blogging. Unless my fingers fall off. That would be exciting.

so see you all on the other side of finals! love you all for putting up with my sleepless and potentially drug induced randomosity! you're the best!