Friday, September 30, 2016

Questions for Silanoc (Starbloods!)

It's time for a call for questions! This is Lord Silanoc. He is one of my side characters from my high fantasy series Starbloods, and Elasa's older brother. I'm rewriting Starbloods for NaNoWriMo this year, so I want to flesh out Silanoc some more through a character interview! Let me tell you a little bit about him!

Silanoc is the twenty-three-year-old lord of the Northern Province of Calsidor and also ambassador to Melorain, the bordering country. At nineteen, his father Lord Rhoga was assassinated on his younger sister twelfth birthday, leaving him as lord. Silanoc readily shouldered his father's position and he wishes to rule his province justly and kindly as his father did. 

Lord Silanoc is a quiet soul. He enjoys peace and reason, but he isn't afraid of a fight if the time comes. He is highly train in the way of the sword, dagger, bow, and spear. When he was sixteen, he spent a year in Melorain, among the natives, as a way to seal an alliance between Melorain and Calsidor. He learned their language, culture, and way of fighting. In return, the chief's son lived with him in Calsidor for a year and is his closest friend. Silanoc has a special bond with the Tsutegowa, the shapeshifting natives of the country because of this. 

Above all, Silanoc adores his precious younger sister Elasa. Silanoc's mother died giving birth to her and Elasa was born very week. Though he seeded bitterness at first against her for her mother dying, he grew to love and protect her. He spends as much time with her as he can, and values her above anyone else. He would stop at nothing to protect her--even if that mean sacrificing his position as a nobleman.

Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. Silanoc will answer them on October 21st! Thank you! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Book Review of A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes

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What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she's being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude's Clock-matching invention to force "new-and-improved" Clocks on the public. Those who can't afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council's purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Monthly Summary: September 2016

I've dubbed this month Survival September, because it's mostly been a whole lot of work, a lot of stress, and not enough writing. Work pretty much ate my life. Believe it or not I had September scheduled as a month to relax originally, but it's been the opposite. I'm glad it's over. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Interview with Rouyn (Starbloods) 2

Hey, everyone! It's the time for this month's interview and today's character is my male main character from my high fantasy series Starbloods. If you want to check out a little about him before we start, you can take a look at his bio. My thanks to everyone who submitted questions. *turns in interview to Rouyn* Good afternoon, Rouyn.

*sitting with one ankle on his knee, has a British accent* Good afternoon. I haven't had an interview in some time.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How I Do Betas: Tips on Efficiently Testing Your Book on Willing Test Subjects

Welcome to Aperture Laboratories Tori's Beta Lab. Betas are essential to polishing your work to publishing worthy. Your eyes alone won't cut it. Using the following method I've managed to efficiently gather helpful feedback from my test subjects betas to help improve my novels. I've had many trials and errors, but here are the positive results of my testings. At the end we'll have cake. Who doesn't like cake?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Writing Lessons from Movies: 9

Earlier this year during a trip to Target, I got bored waiting on my other shopping mates and decided to peruse the movie section of the store. There I found this movie called 9. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting, so a few weeks later I decided to watch it. This is a post- apocalyptic film released 9/09/2009 about a group of animated dolls, which are some of the last living beings in a world destroyed by war. They battle against the Machine to find a way to revive humanity. 

It's a very strange movie to say the least. I had to watch it twice to fully grasp it. It's also a PG-13 animated movie, which is uncommon in the Western world, and probably why the movie didn't do very well here. However, this movie is so unusual and it had many writing aspects I believe we can glean from.

Warning: Major spoilers from this film.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Bookshelf Tour Tag & the Totally Should've Book Tag

Time to get to more of the many tags that tend to pile up. Don't get me wrong. I love that you tag me. It just takes me a while to get to them all. Both of these are from Liz @ Out of Coffee Out of Mind. One is her original tag and the other is another one that's been circling around. Without further ado let's get to them!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Book Review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

So Your Character is From Peru ... Featuring Robb M. Mendivil & Maria Jose

It's time for this month's So Your Character is From Another Country! This is a monthly or bimonthly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last month's So Your Character is From Thailand ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

The top things that come to my mind when I think of Peru are Machu Picchu, llamas, Incans, and Emperor's New Groove. The only connection I've had to the country are a few Peruvian coins I have. This post is enormously informative for me and let me learn so much more about this South American country!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Beautiful People #21: Silanoc

 This month's BP is a with a character very dear to my heart named Silanoc. He is a starblood side character from my high fantasy series Starbloods, which I'll be writing for NaNoWriMo this year. His full title is Lord Silanoc son of Rhoga of the Northern Provence. He is Elasa's twenty-three year old older brother. I haven't talked about him on the blog for a while, so it's about time he's had a post to himself. If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

So Your Character Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Featuring Liz @ Out of Coffee Out of Mind

After my car accident back in April, I've dealt with a little PTSD, including flashbacks, aversion to things similar to my accident, and even panic attacks. It isn't fun at all. The first I'd heard of PTSD was actually in the Hunger Games. Before that the most I'd seen as the result of trauma was nightmares in movies and books. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Point of View for Your Novel

One of the most fundamental decisions you can make for you novel is what point of view you're going to write it in. Now this isn't a post about the everlasting debate of first person versus third person and this isn't about what tense your novel can be in. This is about many point of views and combinations of point of views I've observed across the many books I've read. My intent for this post is to expose you to different types of point of views and discuss the pros and cons of each point of view or combination to help you make an informed decision for your novel. With NaNoWriMo coming up in just two months, this is a good thing to be thinking about. 

We clear about what's going on?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Questions for Rouyn!

It's that time of month again! I'm calling for questions for another character! This guy is the main male character from my high fantasy series Starbloods which I'm doing for NaNoWriMo. Yay! So I'm trying to familiarize myself with all of the characters. Let me tell you a little bit about this one. 

Rouyn is a seventeen year old Starblood who has not yet acquired his abilities. He is a prince of Calsidor, a land he was only born in, but he was raised in another country for he was threatened as an infant. For years he has communicated with his royal parents by letters, but he yearns for the day he can finally meet them when he's eighteen. 

He currently lives on an island off the coast of Ibreain, a Mediterranean-like environment with his guardians and their child. The guardians, like everyone else on the island except Rouyn, are of the winged race sylphs. Until his parents sent him a pegasus as tradition of young Calsidorian princes, he always had to rely on others to get about elevated island. Landora, his pegasus, is his best friend. They are bonded by blood and able to communicate telepathically. 

Though Rouyn has been treated like a prince his whole life, he has felt like an alien among his environment, and longs to be around people like him. On the other hand, he is afraid of being a prince of a people he doesn't remember meeting. He's read so much about them, but that isn't the same as knowing them in person.