Friday, December 5, 2014

Final Scores and More

Okay, so I am happy to announce that I have won NaNoWriMo (from the Young Writers' Program)!  My goal was 17,000 words and now it is completed!

So, lately I have been busy with finishing up schoolwork before Christmas break, and not writing.  Honestly, I have had no idea what to post about :( 

All I have for you today really is a link (I know...right?) and some encouragement.  But trust me, it is an awesome link to an awesome writing challenge.  It is called...*drumroll*...The Fantasy Crawl.  I have started it, and through it, you can write a pretty good amount of words for you current novel. 

http://nanowrimo.org/forums/word-wars-prompts-sprints/threads/178121

I just wanted to tell all of you to keep writing.  I know how hard it is, especially when you are in school, but keep on persevering.  Here are some things to help you to write the two words, "The End", on your story:

1. Take any challenge you can get your grasp on.  Whether it is on a blog, as big as NaNoWriMo, or it is just with a few friends, it is going to help you write.

2. Keep setting goals for yourself. Reward yourself for getting a certain number of words done.  When you reach 3,000 words in one day, have a bowl of your favorite ice cream.  Tell your friends and family when you reach an important scene in your book.

3. Try and get together some friends and make a writing group.  You can get together over Skype or any other video chat and do words wars, do character interviews, ask for advice.  Trust me, it is one of the things that has kept me dedicated to finishing my book.

4. Have fun and enjoy your book.  I don't know about you, but I cry with my characters, laugh with them, feel their feelings.  I enjoy it.  I want to feel like I am in the story also.  I get on the edge of my seat at a suspenseful part. 

That is all I have for today!  Bye!
- Mickayla

P.S. I have a group board on Pinterest called "Go Write Something".  If you would like to be involved, follow me, comment on one of my ins and I would be happy to add you.  Here is the link to my account: http://www.pinterest.com/mickaylajansen/go-write-something/

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NaNoWriMo

Okay, so I am sure you all are wondering where and the world I have been for the last few weeks, and well, to be honest, I am not sure myself.  I guess sometimes you just get so wrapped up in life spending time with family, schoolwork, activities, hanging out with friends.  I takes so much time.  I must confess that I have not written one word in my novel since the Go Teen Writers Word War, and I feel awful about it!  So now I am ready to really get some words typed out in, you guessed it:

NaNoWriMo

My goal is 34,000 words, but I am thinking of upping it to 50k to try and finish my book.  I am really excited because this is my first year, but I am also a little nervous.  Since it is my first year, I decided to do the Young Writers Program.  If anyone is doing YWP, you may send me a buddy request.  My username is: mickaylajjansen.

One more thing, I am not planning on posting at all during NaNo and the month of November, but I might be able to squeeze in a post (or get a guest blogger).  Good luck writing everyone!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Couple Announcements

Ok, so first of all I would like to say that this week has been crazy and I haven't followed my blog schedule whatsoever.  This will be the post which was meant for tomorrow, but you have no idea what my calendar looks like then.

1. New prompt idea
So, long story short, my mom was going through our office and she found prompts that she wrote when she was young.  I thought that maybe at the end of each post, I would include one.  See the bottom for today's prompt.

2. Go Teen Writers Six Day Word War
Yay!!!  *screams super loud*  I has already started but you can participate at any time.  So far, I have only had about thirty minutes to write and I have written about 620 words (Whoohoo!).  I would love to see you at goteenwriters.blogspot.com!

Prompt for today:
You are a tour guide at the Whit House!
 
Do you like it?
What is your relationship with the president?
Tell about you secret relationship with the president.
 
 
Well, that's all for now!  Bye y'all!
 
-Mickayla

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday Minute Challenge

Below is my entry for this week's Monday Minute Challenge on Christ is Write.  I apologize for not being able to follow my blog schedule, but my life has been so busy.  Anyway...I used the picture prompt again and it turned out to be 212 words.  Enjoy!


She was trapped, all alone, with nothing to hide.  How had she gotten here?  She deserved better.  The last move wasn’t a smart one, she must admit, but maybe it was worth it.  Giving up herself wasn’t an easy choice, but she did it for him.  The tears continued to flood down her pale, dirty face.  How could she live like this for the rest of her life?  She couldn’t.  Then why had she ever made that one decision, which changed everything?  She didn’t even know herself.  He was the one who dragged her into all of the sinful things, shouldn’t he be the one here?  He had done wrong and she believed in him.  Her tangled blond hair hadn’t been brushed in days and she pushed her fingers through the tangled blond hair back out of her glistening blue eyes with much effort.  He was the one who should be in jail right now, not her.  But, no, she loved him and took his place willingly.  It was almost as if she gave up her life for him.  Just days before, together they sat an old table, staring at the wanted poster with their faces all over not saying a word.  She had done it to protect him, wasn’t that enough?


Thanks so much for reading!

- Mickayla :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Character Profile: Skylar Holman


Ok, first of all, I have to say that I am sorry I did not post yesterday.  For once, though, my excuse isn't that I was busy.  To be truthful, I had nothing but time.  So, I ended up super bored and uninspired.  Anyway, no to keep you in suspense any longer, here it is.

 
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My heart pounded heavily against my chest, feeling as if my ribs would simply crack in two at any moment.  The couch I sat on, though cushioned, felt as hard as a rock.  The soft lightened room added no comfort.  I hated being here, the walls seemed to close around me on all sides and suffocate me.

“Skylar, Skylar Holman.”  The young man called to me, trying to get my attention.

“Yes?” I questioned him with a flat stare.

“You know why you are here, now please, tell me what the earliest moment you can remember is?”  He coaxed.

“I, I…don’t know.”

“Yes, you do.  Skylar, you have Hyperthermesia, you remember everything.  Look, I cannot imagine how you must feel right now, not many teenage girls want to be called a ‘case’.” He paused to glance at his watch. “Just try.”  How was I going to explain it to him?  How was I going to tell what happened?  All that pain, I couldn’t speak the words.  But, it was too late now.  I was already seeing the flashbacks of that night, when the men came.  I couldn’t stand to see it replay in my mind for the hundredth time.  I was only two years old, but I remembered the day like a nightmare that I dreamed the night before.  An odd silence filled the room, and I took a quick glance at the clock.  Perfect.

“Excuse me, sir, but our time together is up.”  I said as politely as possible.  Then, I raced out of the room before another word could be stated. 

When I reached home, after running most of the way, I was completely out of breath.  My muscles ached and my brain seemed to also.  Oh no…  I knew what this meant – an attack.  The world seemed to spin all around me as I struggled to get into the house.  Inside, my younger brother was playing with his babysitter, Brooke Winchester.  Although she was four years older than me, I was developing a friendly relationship with her.  Brooke took one look at me and went to work.

“Skylar, here lay down on the couch.” She took my arm and pushed it up onto her shoulder.  “I will call your parents.”  The next thing I knew, I was out.  I was unconscious and my body shut down.
 
I woke up in the scientists’ lab and they were running several tests.  I stayed calm; I was used to this.  It was common for me to have attacks, but never this severe.  I still felt a bit dizzy from the attack and I tries my hardest to relax.  When I felt fully alert, I began to observe my surroundings.  In another room neighboring the testing room, other scientists were mixing chemicals.  Hmm…I wonder what that is for.  My curious mind hinted me to look further into this.

When the tests were finally completed, the doctor left to tell my parents I was finished.  I was relieved and gave into this opportunity.  I jumped up out of my chair.  Before I could find a way into where the chemicals were, the door creaked open.  That was quicker than usual.  I soon realized that the face was much younger than my parents’ or even the doctor’s.
 
“Oh, Brooke.” I blurted.
 
“Your Mom said I could go ahead in to see you.  What were you doing, it looked like you were looking for a way out or something?”  She looked at me as if demanding an answer.
“I was trying to find a way into that room,” My finger pointed towards the chemicals. “I was just curious.”  I searched around once more and this time finished satisfied.  The air vent tunnel looped around and came back out in the other room.  As quickly as I could, I rolled the chair over towards the wall and locked the wheels.  “Want to come with me?”
“Sure.  Let’s go.”  We both filed into the tunnel and crawled our way through the passage.  Seconds later, we opened up the air vent on the other side.  Without a thought, I jumped down to the floor.  I landed flat on my feet and turned around.  Brooke was still up in the opening, waiting.

“There isn’t really anything I can put up against the wall for you to jump on.  Do you want to just wait there?  I will only be a minute.”  When I reached the table, I began to search.  I just need to find paperwork.  The rustle of pages sounded throughout the room and my eyes scanned. There, I had found it.  Formula almost ready for testing on the new subject to see if it affects their memory.  Soon we should have the army of people with perfect memories on their side.  What?  These scientists are testing me to build an army of people with perfect memory.  That would be a disaster.  I had to do something, and I had to do something soon.
 
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*sighs*  That was much longer than I expected, but, I always get carried away when I write.  Thanks for reading, bye!  *waves furiously*
 
 
- Mickayla

Friday, September 26, 2014

Top 5 Must Read Books for Writers

5. Go Teen Writers by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson
 
 
 
This is a fantastic book to read while writing you first novel.  It goes through things on publishing, editing, and much more!
 
4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
 
A total must read...BEFORE you watch the movie.  Except sometimes I get angry of how it just leaves you hanging.
 
 
3. Truth by Molly Evangeline
 
http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Makilien-Trilogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B005CX90LK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=13WYX84KX1F17NRM0CSS
 
 
This a wonderful and well written Christian novel.  It really kept me on edge through the entire book.
 
2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (I haven't been able to read Lord of the Rings yet)
 
 
The Hobbit is a great book for writers to read.  It really gives you a taste of what a well known writer looks like.
 
1. Resistance by Jaye L. Knight
 
 
I am still reading this one, but I can already tell it is my favorite.  The author is amazing and she inspires me to write!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monday Minute Challenge

This is my fourth entry for Monday Minute Challenges on Tessa Emily Hall's blog, Christ is Write.  First of all, I am super excited because my picture prompt was chosen for this week's challenge!



I chose the picture prompt (the one I entered!!!) and it turned out to be exactly 300 words.  Enjoy!


It all happened so fast.  I felt if you blinked, you would miss something.  I was always looking and counting, making sure all of the family was together.  The mass confusion and chaos made me a little dizzy.  Making matters worse, no one told us what was happening or what was going on, they just told us what to do. 

On my back, my little 14 – month – old granddaughter cried, wishing for the noise to stop so she could sneak in a rest.  I almost wished I was her, on someone’s back, carefree and not worried about getting separated from family, or bumping into the people in front of you.  We continued into a large building and loud beeping sounded throughout the building.  I did my best to weave through the crowd at a quicker pace to escape the sound.  Behind me, my daughter held my hand tightly.  Then, it was jerked out.  I turned back, but she was out of reach.  I attempted at pushing against the crowd but it was hopeless. 

“No…” I whispered with a scratchy voice.

“Everyone please make a path for adults with young children.  They receive the first seating.”  The intercom announced.  A small path was made in front of me.  I looked back and my daughter was out of sight.  I have to keep going.  If I turn back, I may never get my granddaughter onto the spaceship.  I raced forward and boarded the ship with haste.  It soon became crowded and I could barely breathe, but it was worth it for the little baby on my lap to be taken to safety.  Not five minutes later, we took off and drew farther away from earth. Moments later, a giant explosion destroyed our home planet and my daughter was dead, I knew it.
Thanks for reading!  By the way, here is a link for the picture prompt: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/461548661785350884/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Taking a Photograph and Making it into a Masterpiece



One of my favorite exercises I enjoy doing is taking a photograph and making it into a drawing.  It really builds up your skills and helps expand your drawing "boundaries".  For me, it is much easier to follow an image, because it tells you proportion, color, shade, angle at which the light is coming from, etc.  See, you don't have to figure all this out, so it helps you focus on the details. 

An advantage of drawing from a picture is when you want to capture something that might change.  For example, if you wanted to draw a swan on a lake at sunset, you most likely will not be able to finish your drawing without the bird moving or the sun going fully down.  Also, you might be on vacation at a beautiful place, like the Grand Canyon, and want to sit down and draw some of the scenery, but you just don't want to hold the rest of your family up because you have so many other things you want to do there before you leave.  That would be a good time to take a picture and then move on to draw the picture another day or even when you get back from the trip.

A disadvantage to taking a picture is usually you cannot go back and take it again at a different angle.  You just have to deal with what you get.  This frustrates me sometimes, especially when it is so beautiful, but the angle is off or something isn't centered the way you want it to be. 

What I would recommend is taking your time, well as much as you can, and plan out your drawing, and then take the picture.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Character Profile: Skylar Holman

Lately, I have been so busy juggling schoolwork, working on my WIP, Galaxy Connectors, trying to draw as much as I can, and furiously reading books that keep adding up on my list.  Now that I have finally had time to write a post, I thought I would introduce a new idea I had.

Character Profiles.

You can create a character, it could either be one you are already using a your novel or one you are planning on using in the future.  When I made my character, I jotted down s many details as I could think about her.  I wanted to know her almost as good as myself, so I could easily predict her actions in certain situations. Now that you know what I mean by a character profile, I can tell you all about my character.

Name: Skylar Holman

Age: 14

Look: Brown straight hair shoulder length, blue eyes, average height, skinny
 
Personality: Shy, quiet, dreads talking in front of people, keeps most things to herself.  Very athletic, enjoys running, smart and logical, solves clues quickly and easily, has Hyperthermesia (meaning she remembers everything), freezes up and cannot think in situations like those in her past, enjoys reading especially mysteries.  Has a best friend named Zoe.

Time Period: Modern

Above was just a brief description of Skylar.  To get to know her more, I will be writing short stories about her (and I will probably be using her in a future novel).  Now, here is what I would like you to decide, would you like me to, every other week, post a short story about this character?  I will probably do two or three and then create a new character.  I would like you to vote in the poll to the right and tell me if you think it is a good idea.

- Mickayla

Note: Novel Expansion Saturday will be put on hold and the day possibly changed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

100 for 100 Challenge

I am super excited to announce the first day of the 4th 100 for 100 Challenge on Go Teen Writers!  I, of course, am participating and I hope you are too.  It is going to be a fantastic 100 days.  I am most likely going to post how I am doing every Monday (or every Monday I can).  Have fun everyone!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday Minute Challenge

I apologize for not posting in so long, but I have been sick for the past week.  Well, anyway, here is my entry for the Monday Minute Challenge on Tessa Emily Hall's blog Christ is Write.  I used the sentence prompt and it turned out to be 298 words.  Enjoy!


                It was a place I passed every day. Who would have guessed it was a trap?  I fell to the ground and sobbed in the dark enclosed room I was being kept hostage inside.  Someone will find me, they have to.  I tried so hard to believe it, but I only doubted myself.

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                My horse and I trotted gracefully along the dirt road, admiring the beautiful trees to both sides.  Spirit and I loved to take this trail in our spare time, and I often brought a book with me.  We were nearing the large climbing tree, which my older sister and I used to play in when we were younger.  I slowed Spirit to a halt, considering if it would be a good time to take a break.  Crunch!  The jet black stallion reared up.  I tumbled down his back hit the ground hard.  Another dress, ruined!  After brushing off the dirt, I stared ahead at Spirit, who was on high alert.

                “What is up with you, pretty boy?”  I said in a calming voice.  I could see the white in his eyes and he was breathing heavy.  “Did you hear something over there, Spirit?”  I pointed towards the tree.  Something must have spooked him, he isn’t usually like this.  I led him over towards the tree to see what might have scared him.  In a flash, two men came running towards me and grabbed my arm.  I tried hard to loosen his grip and take off on Spirit, but I couldn’t.

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                I cried even harder.  Who knows what they will to my blessed horse?  They could beat him, or just go ahead and kill him.  I squeezed my eyes shut tight, hoping I would never have to open them again.

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Monday Minute Challenge

I have once again entered into the Monday Minute Challenge on christiswrite.blogspot.com!  Here is my entry:


                I laid down across the grass and clutched the stone necklace around my neck.  My mother had given it to me for my 18th birthday, only three days before she came down with the disease.  I remembered her face, smiling, in our small little cottage, even when she knew her disease was not curable.  I looked to my left, where the rose garden, her favorite place in the field, was dying.  There was no more beautiful red, not anymore, except for one small rose.  All the other flowers were sagging, as if they were mourning, too.  I picked the rose carefully off the bush and placed it on the piano, right next to my mother’s grave.  I sat down on the stool and began to play her favorite song.  A tear trickled down my face and into my dress.  She had taught me ever since I was four.  My fingers glided across the keys and I hummed to the tune.  The wind blew the sound off into the distance, but I didn’t care.  Why did she have to leave me?  Why couldn’t she of stayed with me?  I kept on playing, knowing my mother would be happy to hear me play this song, wherever she was.  Somehow, when I played this song, I felt as if she was right there next to me, like none of this ever happened.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Am I Too Young?"

Do you ever ask yourself: "Am I too young to do something for God?".  I do, because I often feel that way.  You want to do so many things for Jesus, but you can't because you must be an adult to fulfill your calling.  I struggle with this often, for I one day wish to be a missionary in a foreign country.



Here is how I look at it: Think of your childhood and teenage years as preparation for what you are being called to do.  It works the other way, too.  If you are going through a difficult time, think of it as preparation for your calling, whatever it may be.  God has a reason for everything, just let him carry you.

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteousness be shaken." Psalm 55:22

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First Novel Expansion Saturday!

I am super excited for the first Novel Expansion Saturday :)

 
 
For more info, check out my Novel Expansion Saturday Page!  Well, everyone, let's get started!  I will be putting the poll up momentarily...
 
- Mickayla :D

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top Ten Christian Songs

I don't know about any of you, but I LOVE music!  It is so encouraging to hear the lyrics set to a tune, it feels almost as if Jesus is speaking directly to you.  So, I have decided to post about the Top Ten Christian Songs (according to iTunes) :D


10. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham
 
 
9. Start a Fire by Unspoken
 
 
8. Thrive by Casting Crowns
 
 
7. Hope In Front of Me by Danny Gokey
 
 
6. We Believe by Newsboys
 
 
5. Thank God I Got Her by Jonny Diaz
 
 
4. Fix My Eyes by for King & Country
 
 
3. Oceans by Hillsong United
 
 
2. Greater by Mercy Me
 
 
1. God's Not Dead by Newsboys
 
 
Now you are probably wondering what my favorite song is, and, well, that is a hard one.  There are a lot of really good songs and my answer would have probably been different if you asked me tomorrow or if you asked me yesterday.  But today, my answer is...umm...either Oceans by Hillsong United or Wanted by Dara Mclean.  Trust me, the list goes on and on :D
 
 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monday Minute Challenges

Monday Minute Challenges is a writing prompt contest on Tessa Emily Hall's blog Christ is Write.  For the first time, I decided to enter one into the challenge/contest!  I used the picture prompt. Well, here it is:


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                I shuffled forward and halted, as I had been doing for what seemed like hours.  I squeezed my brother’s hand so tightly it made my knuckles white, we were reaching the end of the line.  The line began to move once again and my mind raced for an escape.  A man with a black suit drew closer to me and my brother, Aiden.  In this evil man’s hand was a large metal box with a black hole in one end.

                “Just stay calm, Ryan, we will get ourselves out of this.” My brother whispered softly into my ear.  His voice is shaky, he is scared too.

                “You two,” the man pointed straight at me and my brother, I gulped. “Single file!”  Aiden obediently dropped my hand and stepped in front of me, but I wished he hadn’t, I needed his support and comfort, though he was just as scared and surprised as I was.  The line once again inched forward and Aiden was the next teenager. 

                I watched in horror as Aiden’s hand reached for the machine and entered.  I heard a quiet popping noise and my brother’s sagging body shot up with attentiveness.  What did they do to him?  I turned to run away but was too late, the machine had already been slipped over my hand.  In a matter of seconds a chill ran throughout my body and I walked forward against my will.  I looked to see where Aiden went in order to follow but my legs led me in the other direction.  What is happening to me?  I was now alone.  I was now enslaved.
 
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 There is only one day left to get your entry in if you would like to participate!

Hope you all enjoyed this!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Novel Expansion Saturday!

Lately, I have been trying to find something exciting to post on my blog and finally I have found it!

 
Introducing...
 
 
 
 
So, set a word goal (for example, 3000 words) and then at the end of the day, on the poll that I will put up on Saturdays, say if you reached it and what the goal was.  I will post how I did the following day, or just when I get to it.  I am also going to create a page Novel Expansion Saturday!
 
 
I may add some more ins and outs about it, but what do y'all think?  I am really excited to get started on this!  :)
 
 
-Mickayla

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Character Interview with Galatea


Wanna hear more about Galaxy Connectors?  Well, head over to Alea Harper's blog, Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings and read her most recent post which is an interview with one of my book characters in my WIP!  *jumps up and down excitedly* If you want to read a bit more about my WIP, click here!

Enjoy!
-Mickayla

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creating a Cover for Your Novel

Something I really enjoy doing when it comes to writing a novel, is creating the book cover.  It is so much fun messing with all different types of photos, drawing, fonts, and colors.  But when your novel is really good, it is often difficult to create a cover that really explains your novel well.  I think most everybody has heard the phrase, "Don't judge a book by it's cover", but to tell you the truth, I do.  I am sure a lot of people do.  So you want to make sure that you cover is the absolute best it can possibly so it catches the reader's eye. 

I have messed with many different cover options for Galaxy Connectors, but still haven't found a perfect match.  Depending on how far you are into your novel, sometimes you don't have a good idea of exactly how your novel will go and end (whether you plan much or not).  Sometimes, you have no clue what your novel will be called.  I started out by calling mine Sci-Fi Space Story, then I thought of calling it Portals of Space.  I threw that name away, because as I added to my word count, I thought it didn't quite fit the plot.  After a few weeks of thorough brainstorming and thinking, I came up with Galaxy Connectors.  The cover on the My Writing page is temporary, for now.  It is still not the final name for my WIP, but I am so far set on the title.  Occasionally, it is best to brainstorm for your title after the book is complete, especially if you are a very lite planner. 

The fun part of creating your cover is arranging all the images or drawing, and playing with the fonts for the title.  Finding the right picture or drawing can be difficult, but in this post, I will give you some ideas. 

If you are like me, you already have the perfect picture in your head of how the cover will look.  But if you are once again like me, it almost never turns out as good as planned.  If you do have that image in your mind, the best way to get it onto your cover is to take the picture yourself.  Do a photo shoot, you can illustrate your own picture the exact way you want it.  Or if you think a drawing would fit your story better, and you or someone you know is an artist, draw the front cover just the way you want it.

When working to find the perfect font, it can be quite frustrating.  You might have to look through all the fonts several times before you find the right one.  But also, the genre can help narrow down the fonts that would look good on your cover.  For example, if it is a romance novel, a type of cursive might look pretty.  If you spend enough time, you will find the font which fits your story best.

Remember, mess around with it until you until you can't bare to change anything, don't settle for a compromise!  Keep being creative...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Five Enchanted Roses" Contest

Hi Writers!  So, I wanted to share this amazing contest by Rooglewood Press.  If you read and enjoyed Five Glass Slippers, you have a chance to enter to be one of the authors of this book.  Click HERE for more details on the contest.  Your story should be between 5,000 and 20,000 words and you have pretty much the rest of 2014 to work on it!  I am so excited for it to come out next year and I would be even more excited if you were on of the authors.  I may enter in, but I am still in the planning stage and not sure if it will turn out good.

Keep on drawing and writing everyone!

- Mickayla

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Update on Galaxy Connectors

First of all, I apologize for not posting in a while.  I have been super busy getting prepared for the school year that I haven't had any time to work on my blog.

So, Galaxy Connectors is going great and my current word count is 12344!  I am so excited to add more to my count and finish my novel by the end of 2014.  Camp NaNoWriMo went great and I was just 2000 words under my goal, but that is okay.  I missed the first week because of my  vacation to the Grand Canyon.  The week long word war on Go Teen Writers helped me out too!  I am also going to post another snippet within the next week!  Good luck and keep drawing and writing... :D

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Color or Black and White?

When I first began drawing, I used black and white.  Why?  Well, color never turned out looking right.  It never looked realistic to me.  You may ask once again, "Why?".  I would simply answer, "I cannot use shading when I used colored pencils.  It takes away the realism and depth."  Now, when you think of using colored pencils, do you think of the ones you used as a 5-year-old as you colored in your coloring book?  No, you don't use those, but I thought you did.  If you have read my Recourses and Supplies page, one of the supplies are Prismacolor colored pencils.  These pencils are very expensive and high quality artist colored pencils.  They are designed for your artwork and not for a 5-year-old's coloring book. 

It takes time and practice, but you can have depth and shading with these colored pencils.  I may give some more posts on using colored pencils as I go along, but if you want to look on YouTube or somewhere else, don't be surprised if you end up using blue to make grass. 

If you are new to drawing, I would stick with using a regular pencil until you think you have it down pat.  Then, you will be ready to move on to colored pencils.  It is difficult and sometimes frustrating, but artists don't give up!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Author Interview with Jaye L. Knight

Check out Alea Harper's blog Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings to read the interview she did with Jaye L. Knight!  Also, don't forget to visit Jaye's blog.  She has written fantastic Christian fantasy novels that you might just be interested in!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Huge Word War at Go Teen Writers!

I just found out that there is a word war going on from today until Friday!  Make sure to go to Go Teen Writers and check it out!  *smiles*

Story Snippet: Galaxy Connectors

So, I finally decided to post a portion of my book *smiles*.  I will try to post a snippet every few weeks, if possible.


Chapter 1 -
 

I breathed in a sigh of relief as I looked at the clock on my nightstand, though, I didn’t really need to.  The clock was already talking to me.  Earlier that morning I had tried to get up, but I just couldn’t get my body to listen.  Next thing I knew, I was out – asleep.  For the second time, I attempted at sitting up.  This time I had the energy.  I was able to not only sit up, but stand up and walk to my closet.  In front of my closet, I stomped by foot on the grayish/bluish carpet.  The room shook a little, but I was used to it.  Hangers moved across my closet making a screeching-like noise.  A hanger started swinging back and forth when I took the contents of a green and blue striped shirt from its place.  I then walked over to my dresser, my feet sinking into the silky carpet.  After a series of stomps, a wooden dresser drawer creaked open.  Inside, there were denim shorts, capris, and jeans.  I quickly grabbed the top pair of capris and threw them on.  Watching the clock, I looked in the mirror as I braided my long blonde hair with natural brown highlights.  Since my hair was layered, I had hairs which had frayed.  I snatched the container of hair gel, untwisted the cap, and rubbed some in my hair.  When it look decent enough to walk around in the public, I slid my feet into my green tennis shoes and tied the laces.  I quickly took my diary with the initial “C” (which stood for Castilla) on the front cover and my book bag from my bed.  I then opened my door slowly. As the rusty hinges creaked, I switched the light, putting everything back in place.
                I raced down the set of stairs three at a time, but it didn’t bother me.  The gel insoles in my tennis shoes absorbed the shock.  I jogged through the house effortlessly almost as if I were flying.  I was able to get my hands on a roll before I dashed out the door.  When I turned off the driveway and into the street, I slowed my pace to a fast walk because of heavy car traffic.  I had 15 minutes to get to the school, in my classroom, books for first block on my desk.
                Should I take the back way to the school? The back way was a dirt path, so no one would be on it.  When I came to the point where the dirt path forked off from the main road, I hesitated.  I looked at the path in front of me, then at the road full of traffic.  That doesn’t look good…  I rotated back to the right, facing towards the tunnel-like dirt path ahead of me.  I sprinted forward, hoping to make up some time.
                Branches scraped against my face, arms and ankles causing a stinging sensation.  I used to walk this path every day to school when I was younger, but not while running or being in a hurry.  Blood was dripping down my ankles and into my shoes, dampening my socks.  Five minutes went by, 10 minutes and there it was, the school.  I don’t that I have ever been happier to arrive at school in my entire life!
                I jogged through the front doors and straight into the bathroom, the door opening and closing on its own.  I swiftly cleaned myself up using water and a few paper towels.  I also opened a box with a red cross on the top.  Inside, I took a few tannish colored Band-Aids and placed them over my bigger scrapes.  After putting the first aid kit away, I casually walked out of the bathroom and down through the hallway.
 
Well, that's all for today.  Keep checking to find more...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

If I haven't told anyone yet, I am involved in Camp NaNoWriMo this year *jump up and down excitedly*, so I will be really busy writing away.  In the month of July, I am going to slow down on my blog a bit, so I will only be posting about 2 to 3 times a week.  I will try to keep my blog as updated as possible.  Keep drawing and writing, everyone!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Interview with Alea Harper :)

Hi everyone!  Today I have had the opportunity to interview Alea Harper.  Yay!!!!  She is a dedicated writer and a Christian!  For more information about her visit her blog at www.elvishpensfantasticalwritings.blogspot.com.

Hi Alea! So glad to have you with me today and thank you for your time. So, what do you wish to do as a blogger?
Awww! Thank you so much for asking me! It is my first interview *giggles excitedly*. I wish to share with others my love for writing, reading, and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

That is a wonderful goal! Being a writer myself, I understand the struggles of getting words onto a page. What inspires you the most to write?
Hmm...that is a very difficult question. I think its when I read really great writing. Sometimes, I'll write a fanfiction story about it. Other times, it will inspire me to write my own story. Another thing that can inspire me is movie previews. Typically, they will leave me hanging, so I write a story that is sort of based on that genre. Music also inspires me, particularly movie soundtracks!

That inspires me too! What are ways you like to encourage and share your hobby and talent of writing?
Well, I love to do word wars with my writer friends. When we are finished, we tell each other our word count and the last sentence we wrote. We each tell each other that we did a great job and sometimes, how we liked the sentence! I also like to encourage other writers, some I may not know, through my blog!

               
Sounds like great fun! Now, I have heard you are doing Camp NaNoWriMo. How do you like it and what would you say to others who are interested?
Camp NaNoWriMo is EPIC! If you are interested, do yourself a favor and sign up! It is so amazing! But, since it is in the middle of July, I would encourage you to wait until next April and/or July, when it happens again!
 
Great! Now you have gotten me excited *giggles*. What is your favorite part about writing?
My favorite part is probably writing the first draft.

Thank you so much! I have really enjoyed interviewing today! Good luck on your blog and Camp NaNoWriMo! :)
Thank you for having me! I'm so excited to have my first interview! *Giggles super excitedly*

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Hey everyone!  Today I am not posting about art but about Fourth of July.  It is a special occasion to celebrate the birth of our country the United Stated of America!  Now, maybe you are having a pool party or watching fireworks today but maybe those things can inspire you to draw.  See if you can draw something to celebrate the Fourth of July.  It could be an American flag or a fireworks show, just remember to have fun with it.  Happy Fourth of July :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drawing Horses Part 2

I hope you practiced what we learned yesterday because it is time to move on!  Today, we are going to do a little more detail.  Such as creating and forming more of the body shape.  So get your paper and pencil out and let's go at it!  Note: We will be starting where we left off.

We are first going to enhance the body shape.  On the second circle you made, continue the line (which forms the back) and guide it along the back side.



Now, where the bottom neck. line meets the circle, you want to make a very small arc along the edge of the circle.



Next, cut into the second circle with the girth line.



Back where the second circle meets where you just cut in it, make another line which goes down.  Also, the first step you did in this part, continue it down, lining up with the line you just made.  You may now erase the second circle you drew. 



Where the front of the girth line meets the first circle, draw a little along the circle and then leave it continuing down.



A little to the right of halfway through the space on the bottom of the front circle, create a line which goes down with the line you just made.



Make a line which comes from the line you just made and along the first circle a little bit.



Now make two lines; one which goes from the arc you made down, and the other from the line you just made down.  You can now erase the first circle.



In the next part, we will focus on the facial details.  Be sure to practice what you learned today!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Drawing Horses Part 1

Horses have a very unique body shape (much different from humans).  In this part, we are going to focus on getting the basic shape.  They can be very difficult to draw, and take much, much practice.  It took me over a year to master the skills of drawing a horse.  That is why I am splitting this topic into three parts.  Note: We will be drawing with shapes, so if you haven't read the post Using Shapes in Your Art, you will definitely want to read it before moving on.  All you need in this part is a sketchbook (or piece of paper) and a pencil (an HB or No. 2, they are the exact same thing).  You also want to be able to draw lightly, so if you haven't read the post
Shading Techniques, I would suggest you do so now.  If you already know this technique, but haven't read the post, you won't need to.  Let's Begin!

You are going to want to have your paper landscape!

First, you want to draw a circle (lightly) with about a 2 in. diameter (it doesn't have to be perfect) a little to the left of the center of your paper. 

 
 


Behind it, make another circle (lightly) around the same size, but a little more oval.

 


From the front circle, a little up and to the left, you want to make a circle (lightly) about half the size.  This will be the head.



 Next, we are going to draw the curve on the horses' back.  Start at the top of the first circle we drew and end at the top of the second circle we drew (you can make this line as dark as you want).



Now, the belly line, or the girth.  You want to start at the bottom of the first circle you drew.  Cut into it a little and make a little bit of an even line and then curve up a bit.  Even out and connect with the second circle.


Then, we are going to draw the top neck line (or curve).  Begin at the top of the third circle and continue down to the first circle.  Do NOT connect directly to the back line.



Two more things left!  Bottom neck line is next!  Start at the third circle and draw a curve to the bottom circle
 



Lastly, you will draw the nose.  I don't really know how to explain it in words, so just look at the picture.



Well, that's all for today!  You will have to check my blog tomorrow for the next part.  I would suggest practicing these steps the rest of the day, so tomorrow you can move on no problem!  Good Luck!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Liebster Award

I have been nominated (once again) by Alea Harper at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings for the Liebster Award!  Thank you so much!  Now, I get to share 11 random facts about myself and I will try to put in different things. :)

 
 
 
11 Random Facts About Me
 
1. I especially enjoy drawing horses.
 
2. I just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry (which was fantastic but had the WORST ending).
 
3. My favorite blog ever has to be Author Jaye L. Knight.
 
4. I like to listen to  the LOTR soundtrack when I am drawing, writing, and blogging.
 
5. My favorite song from LOTR is "Edge of Night" sung by Pippin.
 
6. I have hazel eyes.
 
7. The last movie I watched was "Left Behind" (2000) with Kirk Cameron.
 
8. I have an older sister who also likes to write.
 
9. I also like to cook.
 
10. My favorite music artist is Jamie Grace.
 
11. I have never been able to draw people in my life.
 
 
11 Questions
 
1. Do you prefer fantasy or science fiction? Science Fiction

 2. What is your favorite soundtrack listen to while writing/blogging? LOTR

 3. Would you rather watch a movie or read a book? read a book

 4. Are you a plotter or do you tend to wing it when you write? I do a bit of both.

 5. Would you rather have ice cream for dinner or real food? Real food, but I would want ice cream after dinner.

 6. Would you rather have steak, chicken, or something different? I would want to have venison, definitely!

 7. What is your favorite Bible verse? Jeremiah 29:11-13

 8. Who is your favorite author? Jaye L. Knight

 9. What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings

 10. If you could tell someone about Jesus, how would you go about it?  I would tell them they are a sinner and they need Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.  I would recite John 3:16 and ask them if they believe what I just told them.  If they answered yes, I would pray with them and tell them to read their Bible.

 11. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl, I could stay up all night long...
 
I Nominate
 
 
Katie and Anna - Cousins in Christ
 
Jaye L. Knight - Author Jaye L. Knight
 
Samantha DellaCruse - Life of a Drama Queen
 
 
11 Questions for those I Nominated
 
1. In your spare time, would you rather: read, write, draw, or cook?
2. Are you currently working on writing a novel?
3. If you said yes to the last question, what genre?
4. Have you ever gotten a book published?
5. When did you start blogging?
6. Do you like going to bed with wet hair?
7. What is your favorite Bible verse?
8. How often do you post on your blog?
9. Have you ever been nominated for a different blogger award?
10. What is your favorite thing to draw (if you draw)?
11. How do you make tough decisions?