Goodbye… For Now: I’m Going On Hiatus

Yes, you read that right. I’m going on hiatus.

What is exactly is a hiatus?

This is what the dictionary says: “a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.”

So, basically, I’m going on a blogging break.

Why?

Well, a lot of things have been happening in my life lately. I’m under a very high amount of stress, and I’m miserable. I’ve been thinking a lot, and I have come to the decision that I need to drop something.

I love blogging, but I love writing and acting more. I feel bad saying it, but it’s true.

But I don’t want to quit blogging. So I’m just taking a break.

How long will my break be? I have no idea. It could be a couple of weeks… but it could be a few months. I might come back in February, or maybe September. We’ll see.

But for now, I’m signing off.

Thank you, lovely readers.

 

gfsc chloe signoff

Advertisements

Three Things You Should Never Do To Your Characters

characters

Hello, everyone! It’s Natasha again.

And before you ask, yes, Chloë does know I’m here. She’s kinda freaking out because of an upcoming audition. I don’t see what she’s so excited about, the only thing kids can be in it are Munchkins and Monkeys. I’d try out for Dorothy. I’m almost an adult, after all. Anyways, the only thing Chlo doesn’t know about is the subject of this post. *smirks*

And I’m pretty sure that the title of this post is self explanatory.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

Thing Number One

Don’t kill everyone dear to your character!

I repeat, DON’T KILL OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS!

How would YOU feel if we, the characters from your book, attacked everyone you love? Well? How would you feel? EXACTLY. That’s how we feel! So.

And also.

How many times has your sister or best friend dropped down dead from a gunshot or poisoning or something like that? How many times?

Yeah, pretty sure that that has never, ever, happened. So, if you include deaths in your book, they aren’t very realistic, because, in real life, most people don’t just drop dead.

CONSIDER THAT.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

Thing Number Two

Don’t send your characters on dangerous missions!

This one is just cruel. Why send kids on dangerous missions? Why not adults? Okay, maybe you do send adults, but whatever.

How many times have you, as a kid, or even a teen, gone on a dangerous mission? Have you ever had to survive in the wild because of an inaccurate compass or map? I pity you if you have, but if you haven’t… it proves my point.

Kids on dangerous missions are inaccurate. Very much so.

Really, just think about it.

 

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

Thing Number Three (or should this be the Cat in the Hat??)

Don’t blow up your character’s home! Or set it on fire! Or flood it!

So, maybe one of these things has happened to you (the fire or flood), and you know how unpleasant it can be. So why torture your characters by inflicting it on them? Hm?

And do you know how awful explosions are? Trust me. I’ve been in one… not fun at all.

Shall we(1)

Was I able to convince you not to do any of these things to your characters? Huh?

gfsc chloe signoff

HEY. THAT SHOULD SAY NATASHA NOËL. HUMPH.

 

Dear Mr. Tolkien…

Tolkien

Dear Mr. Tolkien,

I want to say that you changed my life.

The Lord of the Rings books were the first book that I ever fangirled over. They gave me something to be excited about. I’ve always been a shy person. But your books helped me come out of my shell.

I’d see someone wearing something related to the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. At the Medieval fair, I was so excited when I saw someone dressed as Aragorn. (In case you were wondering, I was dressed as Tauriel. I know she’s not one of your original characters… but still.) And then, I lost my shyness and asked the person if they liked your books. If they said yes… well, we could talk for hours.

Before I read your books, I liked writing, sure, but I wasn’t serious about it. I had written some novels, but they were absolutely horrendous. They can’t even be called novels. I shudder to think of them.

But when I read your books, something clicked in me. I don’t know what, but something did.

Suddenly, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to become a writer. Not just a writer of short stories. I wanted to write great books, classics, like your books are.

No idea if that will ever happen, but it gives me hope on the hard days. My grandma died two years ago, and I lost my passion for every single activity I had loved when she was alive. Fencing, sports…

The Lord of the Rings reignited something in me, something I had missed so much while I was mourning.

And the Lord of the Rings movies, and the Hobbit movies, they gave me my love of acting. Or maybe they just rekindled it. Maybe it was there all along…

So I want to thank you for writing your amazing books, because without them, who knows where I would be right now?

Oh, and happy birthday.

Sincerely,

Chloë Mali

Shall we(1)

Did Mr. Tolkien change your life in any way? Is there some other author that changed your life?

gfsc chloe signoff

 

Goodbye, 2017

2017

 

Well, here we are, at the end of another year. Can you believe how time flies? I really can’t. Time is such a precious thing, isn’t it?

I think I’m getting sentimental now.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

2017 Highlights

  • Joining YDubs (by the way, they are opening for enrollment again soon!)
  • Starting this blog
  • Finishing my first full novel
  • Roleplaying with Madi and Josie
  • Meeting Madi!
  • The Medieval Fair 2017
  • Annie Jr.

So many more awesome things happened in 2017, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind the most.

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

2018 Goals

  • Read 150 books
  • Finish the three main projects I’m working on
  • Look into starting an email list
  • Improve my blogging skills
  • Drink. more. water. (I tell myself this EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And does it ever happen? Nope.)
  • Relaunch the (blank) (blank)
  • Launch the (blank) (blank) (blank) shop.

I have more goals… but those I’ll keep to myself. 😉

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

December Highlights:

  • Handing out Blessing Bags to the homeless on Christmas Day

Um. So, that’s really it for December, because it took up most of my month….

Fangirl Moments:

  • Re-watched the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies (Ahhhh I love them so much <3)

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

December Goals Recap:

  •  Make 250 Blessing Bags/Stockings for the homeless people in our town. Sadly, no. We made it to about 120.
  • Read 10 Free Reads for school. Ehhhh… maybe? *counts* Hans Brinker…. The Open Gate… that Hungarian book and its sequel… Philomena…. um…. I don’t think I quite made it. *sigh*
  • Finish half of the Starless outline. And… for Arendale’s sake… don’t come up with anymore evil ideas… for her, at least, poor girl. Yep! Actually, the whole outline is done, I start writing tomorrow!
  • Start fleshing out the idea for the Starless sequel. Another one that I did!

Golden Feathers, Silver Clouds

January Goals:

  • Write 10k of Starless.
  • Write 10k of Forgotten.
  • Make a blog button and finish some pages that I’m working on. (speaking of that, did you see my new pages?)
  • Read 10 free reads.
  • Get Alpha readers…?

Happy, happy New Year, everyone!

Shall we(1)

What are your goals for 2018? How did 2017 go for you?

gfsc chloe signoff