good news

I’m so exited! Three main reasons. First of all, I’ve finally finished The Falcon Paradox at a whopping 35,000 words! It’s so gratifying to finish a project. I have yet to decide whether to share the story online – I’ll just have to give it some thought. Here is an edit I did for the story – don’t even ask how I pieced all this together. XD

sam-and-saoirse-copyrightedSecond of all, the Mockingjay Part 2 trailer! Oh my gosh! I can’t even tell you how excited I am (well, I could, but it would take way too much time :P ). I’m planning a post listing my favorite moments from the trailer. :)

Third of all, I think I forgot to mention watching the trailer for Series 9 of Doctor Who. It’s super creepy and just a little crazy, but it is exciting and there’s one moment I don’t think anyone can overlook. And I must confess it made me way more excited than it should’ve…

Fav series 9 momentThe hug. The Twelfth Doctor seems to get over his dislike of hugging, and truthfully that makes me very happy. The Doctor just isn’t the same if he’s not comforted by a hand to hold or a hug.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with a post about the trailer for Mockingjay Part 2. Until then… :)

twenty-five thousand

Hello, folks. I’ve made it to 25,000 words in The Falcon Paradox! I don’t think I mentioned it, but 30,000 was my original goal and it looks like I’m going to meet it. I’m super excited about that, since a lot of my projects don’t get finished. I’m working on an edit for the story, introducing one of the other characters, but I’m not sure when it will be finished. I’ve had so much fun doing artwork for this story! Since I don’t have any new art to share with you though, I might as well share a sneak peak from the story itself.

I know this won’t last forever. Which is why I have to appreciate every moment of it, even if it hurts. Even when it’s hard. Even if it breaks my heart. Impulsively, I reach out and grab his hand without taking my eyes off the woman. His skin is warm and rough and firm against mine and I relish the feeling.

After a minute I let my gaze wander to his face, and my heart skips a beat when I find him looking at me. But I don’t look away. Not like that first time. I let our eyes lock, and I hope it tells him all the things I will never say.

Can’t say who the people are in this scene, and I’m sorry if it doesn’t make sense – you kind of have to read it in context. XD

Anyways, I hope you like it and find it intriguing. :)

The Falcon Paradox

the falcon paradox blog versionI promised, didn’t I? The Falcon Paradox is the title of my latest writing project, a fan fiction for Doctor Who. This story started out in a TARDIS notebook that I bought recently, but it was only a handwritten rough draft. Using a prologue from a story I never finished, I’m turning it into something substantial and, I hope, quality. As for the synopsis? Here goes nothing.

Saoirse (pronounced SEER-shuh) is a nineteen-year-old from Croydon, England, who’s just moved away from home in hopes that she can leave her dark past and her mediocre life behind. However, it seems that trouble is lurking around every corner in this new life, and the arrival of a stranger during an untimely accident is no exception.

That stranger is the puzzling Doctor, who seems determined to unravel Saoirse like a mystery. Why has his peculiar spaceship, the TARDIS, lead him to her? Why are these strange creatures from outer space hunting her? These are the questions that will lead Saoirse on the greatest journey of her life, and will ultimately teach her that love is a promise, that living life is a choice, and that both will be worth it, no matter how hard they prove to be.

I really wanted to do something clever with this story, because if you’re doing something for Doctor Who, you’ve gotta do the show a little justice. I also started reading one of the books in the Doctor Who history collection, which encouraged me because it wasn’t something totally extraordinary, it was just a good, intriguing story that fit the characters really well. Which I figured, I could do too.

I’ve had some fun putting together some edits for this story based off of some of the scenes I’ve written, so I thought I’d share a couple with you. I might as well say, the Doctor takes Saoirse to America to see New York City, which is a really magical scene in the story that I had so much fun writing, I had to make a graphic for it…

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Of course you’ve probably noticed that I’ve used Elle Fanning for Saoirse. I was looking on Pinterest for character inspiration, and Elle was the only girl who seemed to fit the character. I had also seen her in Maleficent, so I knew what she sounded like with a British accent, which made it easier to picture her for Saoirse. I might have some more edits to share in the future – I’ll just have to see.

I have no idea whether I’m going to post the story, or even when it will be finished, so I’ll just have to play it by ear. Anyways, thanks for reading, and I hope it’s been interesting. I’m sure I’ll be back with more Doctor Who edits in the future. :)

 

taking it slower

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Hey, guys. Hope you like my new header! I still have not uploaded my remake of “Human.” Don’t worry, it will be soon! I’ve just been pretty busy lately. I have some news, though. I’ve started a new fan fiction, this time for Doctor Who. No surprise there, I guess. I’m not sure how long it will be and I’m not going to come up with an estimate for how much time it will take me to finish it.

I realize I’ve had a lot of ambitious ideas that I’ve posted about on this blog, but life has taken me in different directions. Sometimes very chaotic and stressful directions that haven’t left much room for creative projects. I’m putting some things on the back burner, like my #NightLight blog, my Hunger Games fan fiction, etc.. I feel a bit like I’ve failed in these things, but really, I’m just waiting to continue working on them until my life’s more settled. I have no idea when that will be, but I still plan on returning to these things.

Those of you who keep up with my blog, thanks for your patience. XD If I can find the time and energy, I’m going to post about my fan fiction. Right now, I’m just trying to write the thing. And my remake of “Human” will be uploaded to YouTube soon. :)

Happy Belated March!

Well, it’s been a long week. I know it’s not over yet, but…it’s still been a long week. And by the way, happy March! I think spring is finally in the air, although that little warm pocket we got a couple days back is long gone. Still, I think the worst of the winter might be gone? And yet I can’t bring myself to get rid of my beautiful Christmas blog photo. :P

So, for those of you who are wondering what’s up with Amori, I still haven’t been able to get back into it. I did, however, get some inspiration to write a couple of scenes for it, but they’re more for the ending. It’s bad in the way that it’ll be a while before I reach that point in the story, but it’s also good because it gives me something to shoot for. And man, am I excited about how it’s gonna end. XD

I’m debating whether to share the story and how, because copyright can be an issue and material can get stolen. It’s just something that I’m thinking about for when the time comes, but since it’s a little ways off yet, I probably don’t need to worry about it. But while I’m on the subject, here’s an edit I put together for Amori:

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This is something she says in the story that really embodies the problems in her relationship with one of the other characters. That there’s a certain level of distrust, or resentment, really. Because there are things she’s been through that he can’t understand, but also vice versa, which allows them to have a strong relationship despite their differences.

I feel silly. Today was the first time I’ve played around with exporting a Pages document as an ePub document. In case you’re like me and have no clue what that means, I’ll tell you. If you want to be able to read your story in iBooks, and be able to change the text size, make bookmarks, etc., ePub format works. But it is restrictive – it has to be so flexible that you loose some formatting. But I’m going to be keeping it in mind for the future. :)

Oh, yeah! Forgot to mention…I got the Frozen Fever dolls in the mail the other day! So exciting. I don’t have any pictures to post at the moment, but you can check out my Instagram to see my beautiful new girl. :)

Progress on LOL + BH6 Items in the Disney Store!

Hey, peeps! I’ve been a total lazy bones about writing on Amori lately, but I’ve been cooking up some new ideas for it, and for another story I’m hoping to start after Amori is finished. So never fear! I just did a brainstorming session with my sister, and am going to be traveling back to District 13 again, before taking a trip to Scotland, possibly, for my next novel. And, that’s not literal, by the way. :P

The dolls have been working hard, though! Despite the trials in their little lives, they’ve not failed to keep posting about it on Likeness of Life! Head over there now if you’d like to catch up with the latest goings-on in the doll community! XD

Also, I must admit to stalking the Disney Store for Go Go Tomago dolls. I check the Big Hero 6 page just about every day, waiting for when I’ll be able to snatch my new favorite character. Though they haven’t gotten her in, they do have more of the plush toys, Funko Pops, and action figures than normal. Click here to check it out! Maybe this means they’ll be getting more and more stuff in stock as the release date of the Blu-ray approaches? I believe it’s coming out February 24th, to be exact. YAY!! I’m so excited. ^.^

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I hope to be coming back with some more interesting news pretty soon here! :D

writer’s block + dolls

Hello, folks! I’ve gotten to 19,000 words in Amori, and…I’m stuck there. It’s so frustrating. But I’m going to do some brainstorming with my sister – see if I can get past the block. It’s not that I haven’t inspiration, it’s that I’ve written some stuff that doesn’t seem quite right. I don’t know how to get to the things I do have inspiration for. I know it’ll work out, because this story has a way of getting past the kinks, but it’s still annoying while it lasts.

In the midst of my break from Amori, I’ve been researching Integrity Toys. With all my previous doll research, you might be wondering (I know I am) why I haven’t at least considered buying one of these dolls. Well, to be honest, Tonner got me first. When I first found out about Integrity, I wasn’t used to the expensiveness of collector dolls, their website was a little lacking, and overall I just wasn’t pleased.

Oh, Tonner has its issues too. If anyone should know that, I do. After receiving one doll defective and another in pieces (it’s a long story – not as bad as it sounds, because we were able to fix the doll minutes after we found out she was broken), I have been looking for a new place to do business. But you know, Ellowyne pulled me in. Then the beautiful Deja Vu line.

The dolls themselves are high quality, beautiful, and pretty good at posing. But their characters, the company’s website, the problems with a couple of the dolls…makes me think they’re overall just mediocre. So I’m looking for an alternative other than the very, very expensive BJD. I still am planning on getting a Fairyland Minifee in the future, but even when I do, there will still be times I’ll want to play with plastic fashion dolls.

So that leads me to what this post is all about. Integrity Toys. Not as big as Tonner, I don’t think, but from what I can tell just from the Internet, perhaps more of what I like. When I read about Ellowyne Wilde’s ennui – her sorrows and woe, it doesn’t make me feel happy to have the doll. Then there’s the thing that Penelope Brewster is basically traveling through all her incarnations without really knowing what precisely is going on (I’m probably wrong about that, but that is the idea you get from reading her description). These things don’t make me feel the freedom to recreate my dolls into my own character – much less a happy one, if I so chose.

I’m not saying none of Integrity’s dolls are on the creepy side. But it seems that some of the most popular dolls are more ordinary people that have a thing for fashion (they are fashion dolls, of course). Poppy Parker is simply a teen model living in New York in the 1960s, Tulabelle is an influential fashion blogger, and the Dynamite Girls are a bunch of friends visiting an indie music festival. The website is nice too and it shows off the products really well.

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All of that said, have I found a doll I can’t live without? Am I completely rejecting Tonner in favor of Integrity Toys? No. In fact, if Tonner happens to come out with a beautiful Deja Vu doll, I might be persuaded to buy her if it fits the budget. Same goes for Ellowyne Wilde. But if I’m going to add to my fashion doll collection instead of saving the money for a ball jointed doll, I think I’d like to try something new.

When Integrity’s new waves of Tulabelle and Dynamite Girls come out (if they do), we’ll see what happens.

I’ll definitely keep you posted (no pun intended). ;)

one of those days

Hey there, everybody. Due to some stresses with my computer I’ve been taking a break from working on Amori, and it also made me forget to do my 18,500 word update! To tide you over until I get back to work, here’s a sneak peak of some of my latest writing:

Suddenly I’m walking toward the Hub, picking up my pace, because I cannot be tortured with this a second longer. I’m weaving in between people, wondering why I had to do this in a particularly busy time, wondering why I’m doing this at all, and that’s when I see him.

End of chapter. B)

Could use some prayer – lack of storage on my laptop is causing trouble with my art and I don’t currently have the funds to fix it. My movie and inspirational Photoshop edits are such a big part of my everyday life that it’s kind of hard to be dealing with this. But I’ve got some stuff that I can do to help the problem, so never fear! #Nightlight will be back on its feet soon. ;)

i never thought you did

Hello, folks! You’ll be glad to know I’ve reached over 14,000 words in Amori and have a new sneak peak for you. This time, it’s in the form of a Photoshop edit:

This is one of Gale and Amori’s earliest exchanges. I can’t tell you why they’re having this conversation, but it’s sort of a pivotal point in their friendship. A baby step in the right direction, I guess you could call it. I had the material, so I put this together! Hope you like it. :)

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Hello there, folks! It’s one of those lazy days, but I thought I’d do a skimpy update, partially to let you know I’m still here, partially because I’m still so excited about Amori. So, I’ve got all sorts of stuff in the works. I’m working on a secret promo-type-project-thing for the story that will hopefully not be a secret for much longer, as I plan for it to be up on YouTube soon. That’s all I can say. ^.^

I’m also thinking about setting up a page with photos and the plot of the story, but I’m hesitant to make a big deal out of it (I know, I know, I already have). Seems like it hasn’t gone well when I’ve done that in the past. Although, this story has no deadline, no pressure, and a lot of promise. I’m confident that I’ll finish it around 50,000 words by the end of the year. At least, that’s my goal. I’m about a fifth of the way there (12,000 words to be precise). :D

I’m also trying to scrounge up another sneak peak for Likeness of Life, but I’m moving really slowly with that right now. The dolls have their own problems going on, and it’s one thing to deal with them. Having to post episodes about how they are dealing with them is a whole lot more trouble. ;)

Anyway, so long! Until next time! Best wishes,

Liz, Amori, & the Dolls

P.S. Forgot one thing! I present, a sentence from Amori:

Maybe it’s funny, maybe it’s just relief from the tension of the last twenty-four hours. To me, it’s the chance to sneak off for half an hour and be alone and unnoticed. Okay, mostly alone and maybe not unnoticed. But this gives me the illusion of freedom for a few minutes, which is better than a drug.