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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Bedtime Movie Tag

Hi everyone! I'm so glad to be blogging again! Hayden Wand did a very fun post on her blog and I thought it was a good way to revive my poor little dead blog.

1. A movie that kept you up all night.



Marathoning all of the Star Wars movies is literally the best thing ever. These movies seriously are some of the greatest films ever created. Oh, and by "Star Wars movies", I mean the original trilogy. Don't bother with the horrid fanfiction that is the prequel trilogy.

2. A movie that made you scared to sleep.



The Sixth Sense. Okay, for the record, I wasn't scared. This movie is just fascinating and thought-provoking. And yeah, so maybe it did make me a little nervous, but I wasn't scared.

3. A movie that made you go sleep.



To my utmost shame... The Princess Bride. I know, I know, falling asleep during this movie should be inconceivable. In my defense, I was eleven years old, I watched it for the first time at the end of a friend's birthday party and I was tired, AND her parents kept fast-forwarding scenes so the movie didn't make any sense to me. So... I fell asleep.

4. A movie that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation for its release.



I was so excited for The Hunger Games that I stayed up nearly all night chatting with my friends online. I was not disappointed.

5. A movie that has your dream boyfriend/girlfriend ship of two movies.



I don't like crossover ships, but Crimson Peak has two of my favorite actors of all time playing love interests- Tom Hiddlston and Mia Wasikowski. Soo... Loki and Alice? Yes? No? Maybe? Have I completely lost my mind?

6. A movie that would be your worst nightmare to live in.



The Hobbit movies, hands down. It would be like living in a land that is so close to being paradise, and yet, everything has been distorted and twisted to fit the machinations of a money-hungry tyrant drunk on his own legacy. It would be fake and I would/do hate it.

7. A movie that reminds you of nighttime.



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Most of the main plot twists take place at night, stars and darkness play significant roles in the tone and setting, the theme of pure, joyful light fighting back the void of depression... everything about this movie is so gorgeous and so ethereal. I love it.

8. A movie that has a nightmarish cliffhanger.



Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The entire movie had been a fun, adventurous romp... until the very end when it twists your gut into sadness and then makes you question everything because you are insanely glad to see the villain from the first movie again.

9. A movie you actually dreamed about.



Lord of the Rings. When I was twelve, I had this extremely vivid dream that went through the entire LOTR trilogy, and I got to live through it. I was very disappointed when I woke up.

10. A movie monster you wouldn't want to find under your bed.



A minion from Minions. Because I am so sick of seeing them EVERYWHERE.

If you would like to write your Bedtime Movie post, then consider yourself tagged!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NaNo Update 1: Of Outlines, Pinterest, and Wuthering Heights

Hello everyone!

It appears college has decided that I do not deserve the right to write professional and intelligent blog posts to trick people into thinking I have my life together. So alas, I must  resort to either abandoning this little blog throughout the course of the semester, or allow myself to let my true disorganized, distracted, and discombobulated personality be displayed for all to see. I chose the latter. You're welcome (or should I apologize in this instance? Idk).

Anywayy, this means that I will try to blog consistently (I'm hoping for twice a week, but it'll probably end up just being once a week) and it will be a whole lot of random. Hopefully, you find it interesting and get to know me a bit better. If not... sorry, I guess *shrugs*.

Kaycee Tidbit #1- Kaycee is not good at apologizing.

Writing

The obvious first thingamajig to discuss is NaNoWriMo! I am so pumped. Like, it's starting to be a problem. Like, instead of trying to find out the amount of daughter isotopes in Carbon 14 after 6,000 years, I'm obsessively writing the names of characters all over my notes and trying to decide what their middle names should be. (BTW, Carbon 14 is roughly 50% parent isotope and 50% daughter isotope after 6,000 years, and, to Pepin's immense amusement, Cecilia's middle name is 'Rahab'. Just thought you should know.)

I have also made a Pinterest board for Skull White. Enjoy!

https://www.pinterest.com/KayceeBrowning/skull-white/

My outline for Skull White is very different from the outline I made for any of my other writing. Ember Flame had no outline, Hail Frost originally had no outline but now has a very intensive one, Esprit de la Rose started with a brief outline, then gained a more in-depth one after I wrote the rough ROUGH draft of it. Skull White? There's not so much an outline as there is a basic premise and scenes that need to happen. I know the order in which the scenes go, but the connections are a bit blurry. So... I guess I do have an outline? I have no idea. I'm just going to have fun with it, honestly.

Reading

Currently, I am reading Wuthering Heights. I. LOVE. It! It is so passionate, so well-written, so thought-provoking, and so intense that I have great difficulty setting it aside to attend class. I think Gone With The Wind started my obsession with books with main characters that you don't have to like to love. No, I don't like Scarlett O'Hara or Heathcliff, but every time they appear on the scene I grin, settle down, and prepare for something to happen. I often find the actions of Rhett Butler and Catherine rather despicable, and yet, I still anticipate every scene in which they appear, and I still feel an odd sadness when the inevitable tragedy hits them. It takes an insanely amazing writing talent to create such characters, and Emily Bronte officially has me in awe of her.

Kaycee Tidbit #2- She might have a teensy weensy crush on Heathcliff just because he reminds her of Snape. Which... is probably not a good thing. But she doesn't care.

Obsessions This Week

I am currently obsessed with...

This quote.

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte


This article.

Why Dumbledore Went To The Hilltop

This poem.



This song.



This makeup.

Zelda Fitzgerald, 1920s


This TV show.



Aaaand this video. You're welcome (or should I apologize?).


Have a great rest of week! ^_^ I can't wait until November!

Friday, October 16, 2015

I LIVE!

Hi everyone! I'm procrastinating taking a quick break from studying for midterms (blech) to write this blog post!

I. LOVE. COLLEGE.

I have been here for more than two months now. Even though my home is twenty minutes away, I chose to live on campus. It is the best decision I have made in a very long time. Life is so great here. I love it.

I'm double majoring in English-Creative Writing and Anthropology-Archaeology. I'm planning to use those degrees to be an archaeologist, write novels and screenplays on the side, write for science journals, and maybe even be a museum curator someday! Fun stuff. My original plan was to major in English-Creative Writing and minor or major in Business or Communications so that I could be a web marketer. But then I came to the sudden realization that the thought of driving myself to a business office in nice clothes to sit in front of a computer screen and NOT be writing a novel was utterly and completely repulsive to me. Blech. Sooo... I have always been fascinated by archaeology. I adore science, but I dislike math. I love that archaeology includes both field and lab work. I love the traveling aspect of archaeology. I love that archaeology is both unpredictable and methodical. I just love it. My archaeology class this semester has been one of the best classes I have ever taken. All that to say, I am incredibly excited about this.



I just finished reading Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self. It is AMAZING! I will say, it is totally okay to read The Alloy of Law before reading the Mistborn trilogy, but you definitely need to have read The Mistborn Trilogy to understand a lot of the aspects of Shadows of Self. And you should either read The Stormlight Archives before or directly after Shadows of Self. And... it might be good to read Warbreaker and Elantris as well. The Cosmere is finally coming together!!! *fangirl squeal*

Okay, I'm done fangirling. Back to the semi-intelligible blog post...

As soon as I finish this blog post, I'm going to begin reading Wuthering Heights. I hear there's a lot of controversy surrounding whether this book is a romance or not, and something about a chap named Heathcliff, and then discussions on whether it counts as a feminist book like Jane Eyre. Well, I completely and utterly ADORE Jane Eyre, I love debates and controversy, and I don't like romances, but the fact that the 'romance' of this book is debated already proves that it uses a different plot from the billions of identical and boring novels that plague many a shelf of Barnes and Noble. I hope I like it.

Hail Frost is coming along depressingly slowly. But I do find time to work on it occasionally.

I considered working on it during NaNoWriMo, but Hail Frost needs more focused writing than the frenzied nonsense that happens during NaNo. Said frenzied nonsense is excellent for rough drafts, but is hardly appropriate for a third draft.

However, I am doing NaNoWriMo.

And I really didn't want to.

I really did not want to write this novel. Whenever the characters tried to perk up and speak, I would just snap, "No, go to your room!" and dash over to my favorite babies of Hail and Ember. Whenever the setting tried to creep into my mind, I would grab the nearest textbook (my geology textbook, more often than not) and try to drown out the creativity with endless lists of mafic plutonic igneous rocks. Whenever the plot started intriguing me, I would try to refute it by listing all of the reasons writing this story would be an incredibly stupid idea.

And yet...

Sigh. Here, just.... have a synopsis. Ugh. Stupid, stubborn, brilliant little story.

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Skull White: Three fairy tale retellings set upon the treacherous seas

An enslaved pirate plots revenge against the sirens of the sea. A headstrong know-it-all tears the oceans apart to save her family. And at the midst of it all, a little mermaid searches for her past.

Skull White

David has plotted revenge against the Fee for his entire childhood. Upon his 21st birthday, he is finally given the chance to destroy the one who destroyed his future. His mission seems simple: lure a notorious pirate into a trap by kidnapping his daughters, steal an enchanted mirror, and then kill the Black Fee. But when David meets the sickly yet serene Chastity, he is thrust into a mystery and magic that treads far deeper than his past. Perhaps revenge is not what he has spent his life waiting for.

Blood Red

Growing up the daughter of a prostitute, sister of a witch, and friend of the cursed, Ginger learned early not to care too deeply. But when her family disappears, she forces her way into the netherworld of the Fee to save them with only the mysterious pirate Lupe as a guide. Will she prevail against the supernatural forces that want her dead? Or will the bloodlust of the Fee swallow her whole?

Sea Black

The White Fee is different. She has no feeling, no purpose, and no memories. She is ostracized by the others, left to wander the ocean alone. But when she rescues a skeletal captain from death, the Fee suddenly take a far more acute interest in her, attempting to quell the sudden coursing of emotion, ambition, and hope in the heart of White. For under the sea, grace can never be a part of the world.

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...I'm actually really excited, even if I am still grumpy about it.

Why am I grumpy? Well, I really did NOT want to revisit the Esprit world again. That story is done, wrapped up, over and I didn't want to touch it anymore. Not out of lack of love, mind you, just because I wanted to move on. And yet... though it might have been over for Pepin and Cecilia and maybe even me, there were so many other characters that apparently had stories to be told. David, Ginger, Chastity, Lupe, and even the Black Fee are a great lot, and I can't wait to write their stories.

Oh, and Pepin and Cecilia? I KNOW Pepin makes an appearance, because duh, but I'm not sure if Cecilia will show up or not. I guess we'll see.

Can you guess what the three fairy tales are going to be? :)

Anyway... if anyone else is participating in NaNoWriMo, I would LOVE to do it with you. I'm on the adult site (because apparently I outgrew the YOUNG writers program... when the heck did that happen???) and my username is KayceeB (yep... I'm that boring). Add me as a buddy and I'll add you back!

Happy Writing!