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"Our Milky Way Galaxy is but an atom of dust in an endless mansion, that in all of existence, has never been dusted." -Nekodra K.D. LaCroix


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lemony Delicious Inspiration

Modern Day Magic Progress:
I just have to say and my friends have also said it. They/I am proud of myself with this story. Its become my new baby, sorry Dreaming Reality your going to be on the back burner for a while, though its always sort on the back burner. I have ideas and such but its not quite...I am not a point to really write it. Perhaps someday. Though the more I delve into Modern Day Magic, the more I can sort of...commandeer aspects from Dreaming Reality into Modern Day Magic and then just sort of toss the rest to the side.  

Modern Day Magic is really coming together.

I have confirmed with myself that this will be a series of books. There is just so much I want and can do with this story so long as I play with it right. There is so much potential here, but also its a challenge. I have a currently minor character, who is a Detective and his personality needs to be serious. The book is overall planning to be humorous, but there will need to be some serious parts and there should be a serious character. Which is going to be so hard for me. Writing a serious character, oh gods... >.< But that's a good thing, you want a little challenge, right? ^_^; 

So remember how I said I had an ending written, but now that I have gotten to know the character, I don't know if I can end it like that? Well I have decided but you will have to just read the books and see what you think.

I have a question:

So I know I want this book to take place in Washington, because Washington is what I know, the weather and the way it looks, etc. I have grown up here, nearly 23 years and I love it here. My character loves it here, because she also has live here all her life, like me <.<;; She absolutely loves Washington and its rain, its what we know, its what we enjoy.


The question and problem I have is: where town wise does it take place? Because I don't know if I can really pick that, so should I just pick a town, or make up a town? Would making up a town be too weird?


I am leaning towards making up a town, I think it would be easiest for me. Then I can also shape it to how I want it to look, because honestly as far as I know the image in my head so far of how the town looks isn't any town I know. Also then I can justify making up a college and its name, along with the local high school and such. So its completely my own world if you know what I mean, just located in Washington. ^_^;;; What are your thoughts? 


Here is the word count progress for Modern Day Magic:

1/25/12-
12,189
1/26/12-
14,721
1/27/12-
16,626
1/28/12-
17,093 - so far today


Nearly half way to the requirement to be a novel. I am still really excited and I am loving working on this story. I think when it is finish, its probably going to be one of the most...I don't know really what to say. Satisfying thing I have achieved to date? I am really eager to see what happens. To see where I can really take this story. I hope that if I am this eager to see where I can take this journey to, where it could go- I hope that really translates over to when others read it. That's the fun in reading something right? You try and guess where its going, you try and see as far ahead as you can, the shock of unexpected turns, twists? Seeing the characters grow, feeling a connection, a relation to them? Crying with them, laughing with them? That's why you read- to take a journey, an adventure to a destination you don't yet know.

A cooking moment completely off topic & random:

1) All cut, but the beef & ready to cook.
2) Addition of the eggs
I don't really like to cook and I don't really have much cooking skills. But I have to say I can make one thing from scratch that I completely made myself without any cooking recipes. I don't know if something like it already exists, probably does. But Damn, I am eating it right now and it just tastes so good. Admittedly, I would hope so seeing as I made it and its has all ingredients I enjoy, because why would I put something I don't like it in? lol. The final product may not look like much, but its full of delicious flavor, at least to me.
3) Cooked Eggs turn it white-ish
1) Its been marinating in the fridge and I obviously can't eat that all in one day, so the longer it takes to work through it, the longer its gets to marinate. Yummy.
4) In the bowl, just has to cool.
2) Meat and such has been cooking a bit, so the addition of the eggs. because I love eggs and they are also delicious. Also I have to say at this step, it looks the most visually appealing.
3) The eggs have started to cook and this is when my soup thingy starts to get the weird color that makes you wonder if its going to taste good, spoilers, it does.
4) All done and ready to eat, well once it cools down a bit. I like my yokes runny, that's what that yellow blob is.


Is it egotistical to absolutely love what I made? >.<; I don't even know what to call it, I just refer to it as my Meat Marinate. I should give it a name. Its not always soup like, it depends on my mood. Its cold out and the broth its really tasty, so I decided to see if it works as like a soup and it did!

Hmm, possible names. Lemon Beef Soup? Lemony Love? Lemony Thyme? I think I like the name, Lemony Thyme. Yes, I think its settle. I shall call my concoction Lemony Thyme.

Here an awesome music video: 


Hayley posted over twitter that she wants to try and get her song 'Hunting man' to 100,000 views and I am helping by sharing it here, because I love this song. I wish I could download it, I want to put it on my iPhone playlist. (About 10+ views are just from me listening to this song several times today. <.<;)

My reply to comments:
JadedDM:
^_^; Well I don't want to load it up, so to say. I maybe okay with swears, but there is a line, a limit to swears per sentence or paragraph, where its just..not needed. But I don't see the harm in tossing a few once in a while. They are just words and everyone takes them differently, defines they just a little differently based of their experiences. I would like to think a few swears thrown in, even if someone isn't partial to liking them, would still read the book if they enjoy the rest of it.

Side notes:
Well today was quite a range of topics. ^_^;; Here are the side notes and have a wonderful day. I am going to go work some more on Modern Day Magic and watch more Doctor who before the Magic the Gathering: Dark Ascension Pre-release tonight! So excited! I can't wait! *bounces* Funfunfun!


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So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Here is the new promo. I am so excited, can't wait for 2.29.12!

-- Please remember, Modern Day Magic belongs to me, thank you.

~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oh Shi-!enanigans


Excited See- Working on Modern Day Magic
Oh I am so excited! I feel really egotistical, but I think my story has really taken a turn for the awesome! *bounces around* Here is the current standing Word count from the last few days:


1/23/12 10,854
1/24/12 11,922
1/25/12 12,189
1/26/12 14,721 -so far today


I am really proud of myself with the progress on this so far; almost 15,000 words! Half of that is partly written scenes with notes so I don't forget the ideas. I should be able to reach 40,000 no problem at this rate!


I also have to thank my roommate Mino for some ideas that really snowballed in my head. I have now three new characters. They are roommates in a house they own. They all go to the same college as Ember. One is a mad scientist who almost has her Doctorate.  One comes from a family of Slayers and the other is a hacker. So many new Shenanigan possibilities now! I am so hyper excited that I am jittery. I have jitters from this whole new avenue of ideas that came just from a my roommate asking if there could be a character based of her who is a Slayer. Then we agreed my other friend Jet needs to be a mad scientist in my story. Then there should also be a Hacker, a hacker would be useful.


Then -BAM- all these new ideas start rolling it. I don't want to say anything more then that. I don't want spoilers. Buts its really coming along. So many possibilities! This might end up having to be a series of books. In fact, because of the way I want to write it; where each chapter is like its own episode. It more then likely -if I can get enough ideas for chapters- could very well end up a series.


Did I mention how excited and proud I am?! I really want to post the story. I really want to share it, but I have to stay tight lipped from here on out. I can only post my word count and very very vague descriptions. But I just had to say something. I also had to say I am really proud of myself, writing and working on it every day. I am keeping track of my word count to be sure and to encourage myself.


I also just want to give thanks to Travis Thrasher once again for his 101 Writing Tips. I haven't read too many writing tip books, but one is amazing. Truly. I highly recommend it and I am only up to tip #32 and I love this book. It has given me so many hopeful tips, its given me inspiration, and its reassured me in my writing, that I can do this.


In other news:


I have started re-watching Doctor who, beginning with 9th Doctor. Which is not only great for background amusement for my periodic breaks while writing, but also very helpful. I am using it to take notes of British terms to better Ember's British vocabulary, because all her top favorite shows are British. And as noted in that first chapter, she has a bad habit of picking up those words. Besides in all honestly, I love British terms. I really do. I love British accents. They make me swoon. I should do some research beside just using Doctor Who. There has to be a website somewhere on British terms. I will make a note of that to myself to look up and please by all means if you know of something that would help, don't keep it to yourself. ^_^

Oh and how can I forget. Congratulations to Matt Smith and  Karen Gillan! For there awards at the National TV Awards!


Also I want to share a quote that Neil Gaiman retweeted over twitter, that was posted by Sherman Alexie: 'Great art is the result if eccentric, individual passions, not test screenings, market research, and crowd sourcing.'


That quote hits home right now because I had a small argument with my boyfriend yesterday about the opening line in my story:


[ “No fucking way, your a goddamn Vampire!” Ember covered her mouth in shock of her own outburst and at swearing to a stranger.That wasn't like her, well talking out loud in general really wasn't like her. Ember was more an observer and its not like swearing was out of the ordinary, it was just rare and certainly not around new people. Who is a Vampire no less.] -Modern Day Magic by Nekodra K.D. LaCroix 


He was saying how 'if I want to sell my book, I have to change the swearing in the opening line; it will put people off. Swearing puts people of.' I shrugged and told him that if they are put off by two little words that are tabooed, which currently out of my almost 15,000 words are the only actual swear words, its their loss and probably not right for my book to began with. I plan for it to be considered a humorous horror book. If they are that against the words Goddamn or Fucking, to where why won't read any farther, they probably won't like some of the gruesome scenes I have planned. Its my book and I personally like the -BAM- in your face opening line. I think it fits and its how I want it start. Plan and simple. He thinks my book won't sell and I would loose out on potential readers. I said I don't care about being the next Harry Potter. I just want to enjoy writing and if I can make some money off something I am having so much fun working on, that is a bonus. I want to share it. If it can inspire just one person, somehow with my book, I would consider it a success. 


What are you thoughts on the opening line? 

Here are the side notes, then I need to go eat something, then its back to watching Doctor who and working on Modern Day Magic:

-- Please Comment, I would love to talk!
Also any tips, suggestions would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com
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--If you have never seen Psych and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. 
So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Here is the new promo. 
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~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hologram Crush



Working on Modern Day Magic
I have done a lot on Modern Day Magic the last few days. I won't post another sample. For one I don't know if anyone wants to read it and second I want to publish it when its finished- so I shouldn't give anymore away or anything like that. In the words of River Song, "Spoilers, Sweetie, spoilers." (I need to watch more Doctor Who, I can't recall if that's how she said it or not. >.< I feel ashamed.)


I feel a lot better about some spots in the beginning of Modern Day Magic. I sat down late that night after I posted Pineapplious Meltdown: Link, 3am-5am (I am a night owl as you can see but the date and time on this post) and I just really studied what I had in that beginning part. I re-work a lot of it. It still needs improvement, but I think its getting there though. I fixed some awkward spots, at least I hope so. ^_^;;


I read/studied a some of Neil Gaiman's American Gods that I bought for my kindle, just hours before the sale ended to gauge what a published book looks like. I mean- I read all the time and I inhaled books as a kid. You should have seen my book shelves as a youngin' I was so proud of how many books I had. You should see my first few Harry Potter books, book 4 mainly; the poor bindings are falling apart from how many times I re-read them. My grandma pre-ordered the hardbacks for me as each new book came out. I grew up with Harry and fell in love with Snape. His death hit me the hardest, along with Headwig. I think there are even tear stains on those pages. I always took at least two of them with me, refusing to leave them at home despite their size. My mom thought I was crazy keeping so many large books in my backpack that I took everywhere. That's why I love my kindle. I do miss holding an actual book in my hands, but being able to carry so many books with me and not break my shoulder is a dream come true. I honestly have wanted a kindle since I was like 6 years old. I swear to the Gods, I dreamed of owning a kindle when I was 6 years old.

As I was saying, I used to inhale books as a child. But now when I read, I make sure to take a moment and look at it from another prospective. A tip I have taken and heard from many sources. To study in order to help improve my own writing abilities. I also went and got a few samples for my kindle on grammar to help improve on that level, which reminds me. I need to go through those and find the one that's best for me and buy it. I am up to Tip #25 in Travis Thrasher's 101 Writing Tips, reminding me I should read a few more before I go to bed. I really recommend it. Its reassuring when you come across something you've already doing and its inspiring to learn new tips.


I wish I had someone I could go to for editing/advise. Someone who has publish books and knows all about it, the process, whats its like, ya know? I won't name names, but I had a dream the other night where I became good friends with an actor/wrote a few scripts for a show; who was willing to help with my writing. Give me tips, comment his thoughts on some ideas. Though I hate dreams like that. It was one of those hyper realistic ones. When I woke up for a split second I was baffled the text I got from him wasn't on my phone, then I was fully conscious and cursed my cruel unconscious for toying with my emotions. I guess I just sort of want a mentor, a friend who has published works. >/<;;


I mean, I follow a several writers on twitter and there is a website, Writing Forward, that I frequent, along with the writing tip books- but reading all that advice while amazing and helpful, doesn't really replace specific help and tips towards a project your working on. I can't keep posting stories on here for the public that I want to publish for risk of someone taking it and such; just in hopes for feedback. I want someone to correspond with one and one. Someone who is also a good friend. Its a nice thought. But I am just going to post random little short stories that I am not too attached to and talk about the progress on the stories I want to publish without giving too many details.


So here is the progress via word count on Modern Day Magic, because I am trying to do at least 500+ words a day:
1/21/12: 9,583 words
1/22/12: 10,365 words
1/23/12: 10,854 words
1/24/12: 11,035 words so for today/technically


Oh! I almost forgot, I finally worked out a good amount on the back story for the Evil Queen and what her evil plans are. *bounces* I am so happy. Also a small 'map' so to say of some of the things that are going to happen via the Queen and such, along with miscellaneous things in the relationship between Cole and Ember. Though I still can't decide on a name for the Evil Queen, so for now she is just Queen. I have also flushed just a bit more out of Ember's past. 

I have also flushed out Danny, which is Edward, Embers brother's friend from highschool. And currently Ember's college buddy, when Edward disappeared Danny and Ember grew closer as friends. So they hang out on occasion and have a few classes together. 

I have never actually finished a story before, most of my short stories I feel could have so much more, so I have never felt like I have completed any of them. I am determined to finish this story. I have the ending, I have the plot pretty much worked out and I am working to write at least 500 words a day on it. And you know what? I am having so much fun writing it. I am growing fond of it and passionate about it. I will finish this story. I hope its the first story I publish and I hope it does well. I really do. I think its really starting to come together.


I personally feel rather proud of myself right now.


In other news:


Here is amazing article about the newest filming of Red Dwarf X for episode 5, which was last Friday. It has me wishing once again for the TARDIS, although when don't I wish for a TARDIS? Driven by 10th Doctor of course and a hopeful wish of snogging, give me a moment while I cue a day dream scene. *cough* But here is another wonderful -Spoiler free of course- article on a recording or Red Dwarf Link


I really wish I had the money to go down and see a recording of Red Dwarf just to see some of it, its sounds so wonderful! Did you read the article? If your a Red Dwarf fan and you read the article, then I am sure you know how I feel right now. There is talk about how gloriously funny the script has been. Talk on how Rimmer has more of those tongue twisting quick lines which Chris Berrie (Arnold J. Rimmer [Aka Smeghead]) is delivering wonderfully. Part of what makes Rimmer so awesome is the things he says, plus he is the most handsome of the Boys from the Dwarf. *Swoon* I'd like to hard his hard light-- yeah....*cough* Apparently episode 5 has a scene with a moment between Lister and Rimmer that has my dying of curiosity, but no spoilers. 8 Months is so far away.


So I am going to go watch Rimmer- I mean watch some more Red Dwarf. Well after I work some more on Modern Day Magic. I am currently working on this one chapter and I think its turning out well and the ideas are just flowing. So enough fixing up and completing this post and back to writing the story. *bounces of excitedly* ..... *pauses*... o.o Or not. I just stumbled across marathon of episodes of Full House, let the nostalgia explode. Omgoodness! I haven't watched this since I was a tike. Wow....


*distracted*...oh-The side notes. Night:


-- Please Comment, I would love to talk!
Also any tips, suggestions would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com
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--Follow me on Twitter. I will tweet every time I post on my blog. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring: re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this. 
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--If you have never seen Psych and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix. Also, YAY officially confirmed for a 7th season!
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--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seasons 1-9 on Netflix.
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--If you enjoy silly Disney shows <.< me, a 22 year old is currently loving Wizards of Waverly Place. Netflix has the entire show, but for the show ending episode. Yes, sadly the show has ended. Its silly and Disney, but I am loving it. <3 David Henrie a.k.a Justin Vincenzo Pepe Russo, which is a super fun name to say.  Netflix also has the movie.
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--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.


~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pineapplious Meltdown

Quick Addition: 1/22/12 3:45am
After taking a break and then looking at this sample of Modern Day Magic with a slightly different perspective, some of the description needs work... yeah its iffy. So try and keep that in mind, I know some the descriptions needs work, and also keep in mind its a WIP, so more look at the dialogue between the characters and the idea of the story, when reading the sample. ^_^;; But again, any feedback at all really is welcome, be gentle but also do tell me whats bad and what could use work. And I realized there are a few silly typos I didn't catch before I posed this, but they have now been fixed on the document on my computer. 

Forward:


I have to admit, I am rather sad the Snowpocalypse has ended. It was a beautiful fun few days. But I also love the rain and it's still winter with summer a long ways off, so I am happy about that. Though it is nearing my birthday-ish (April 10th) and that also means Sakura-con is just around the corner. Sweet! Three day pass is secured, along with a hotel room with friends. I can't wait to see my friends, to see the sweet cosplays, >.> to watch the Zapp's panel *swoon for that cosplayer moment* and to just have fun. ^_^!


I felt maybe the sample of Modern Day Magic was too short to get an accurate reading on if it's a story you, my readers, would want to read. I figure the initial bare bones writing I posted: 
The 1st time Link 
The 2nd time Link 
Went longer into the story. Then the last post:
The 3rd time Link 
There has also been some more editing in this section of the story since the Snowpocalypse post. So here is pretty much the first chapter-ish: 


Modern Day Magic
By Nekodra K.D. LaCroix
(2,269 words)


Once upon a time.....

     'No fucking way, your a goddamn Vampire!' Ember covered her mouth in shock of her own outburst and at swearing to a stranger. That wasn't like her, well talking out loud in general really wasn't like her. Ember was more an observer and its not like swearing was out of the ordinary, it was just rare and certainly not around people she just met, well just saw. Who is a Vampire no less.
     Amber (Ember) Roslin Snow, a college student. Bit on the lonely side but doesn't really notice. She throws herself in other worlds, in writing, in drawing, in reading, in watching. Low on friends, or close friends, single; was simply walking home from today's classes. The streets were empty with the pitter patter of light Washington rain that in this early October chill was leaving the streets a little slick with crumpled crunching abandoned fiery hued leaves. The trees mostly bare and shivering in the autumn breeze.
     Thursday's schedule was as followed: First of the afternoon an hour of creative writing, a 45 minute break then 2 hours of graphic design. Then home, dinner, study then the debate of which show to marathon of until sleep takes over. But sometimes the universe throws something at you, you hoped but never honestly thought would happen.
     About a block or two always from home Ember happen to glance sideways slightly to the right. This small but important tilt to the side resulted in catching movement out of the corner of her eye and there he was; her childhood (adulthood) 'If you could be a superhero who would you be?' Pfft superhero, open that to supernatural creatures so I can answer Vampire; standing before her.
     Excitement sort of bubbled and took over, which resulted in her cursing at the guy. Way to make a great first impression, smeghead. Inwardly she winced at herself. And I should lay off that RD marathon. Perhaps a break from BBC in general. I am not British. I probably shouldn't pick up the mannerisms.
     Mentally she scoffed at the thought. That isn't going to happen. I love 10th Doctor too much to not go through those seasons now and again- speaking of which mental note: it has been too long, time for a 10th Doctor marathon perhaps?-
     She tsk'd herself. What am I doing debating with myself and making plans for the future? An actual blood-loving-creature-of-the-night -Vampire- is standing in front of me and I am arguing with myself about my love of a certain incarnation of a Timelord and my odd crush on a Hologram with my bad habit of picking up mannerisms from a culture I don't belong to. Have I lost my mind?
     Mentally she was pacing around her own head and paused to add. I take that back, arguing with myself is probably better then the possibility of going all Harper on him for the love of his species. Keep your head and wits, and with any luck he won't kill you before you can weasel your way into finding out the facts about vampires and a way to get him to turn you if the truth isn't too much of a let down--
     She paused to take in what the vampire was doing and why he wasn't dragging her to her death, which while she is relived over, still unsure what she was arguing with herself with a vampire standing before her. Smart Ember, smart. Go space cadet with a Vampire in front of--Is he giving me the once over?..Is that a flirtatious smirk?
     She could feel her cheeks flush. I am a lost cause. Ah, bloody hell; he has blue eyes, long hair, and is a vampire. I am going to end up putty in his hands no matter how hard I try to fight it. Vampire equals win.

     Meanwhile Cole smirked, amused. Of all people she didn't seem the type who would have paid much attention to stories or movies about my kind. The smirk lingered on his lips as he took in the details.
     Both hands were covering her mouth, a cross of shock and awe etched over her pale and lightly freckled ruby cheeks. Unsure if the rosy color was from the winter chill or emotions. Probably both. Burnt auburn hair was pulled back with a few loose strains framing her face. Even in the faintly lit street with his eyes it was easy to spot the stark difference where the roots had started growing out her natural light wispy brown with a hint of orange in the right light.
     Her eyes.
     Her eyes stood out with their icy blue, almost crystal depth. The only thing that could make her eyes anymore beautiful would be the addition of iridescence. Or green. He had a thing for green eyes. In those iced orbs, he could see the way she was looking at him with wavering belief and couldn't help but note the wide eyed hope mixed with fear.     Interesting.
     Ember was simply dressed in a gray baby doll styled shirt, which he couldn't help notice how tight it fit on her frame; in the chest area. She had curve to her hips, and a little bit of pudge to her stomach, probably from too many energy drinks and sodas for the caffeine boost to get through the day after a late night. The image on the shirt couldn't be pieced together due to the black fuzzed scarf that was wrapped loosely around her neck. A black and blue styled hat that's often associated with artists, only with a little more poof to it and a few buttons scattered on one side, a patch with a mouth biting a ruby red lower lip in the center of them. Moving down he noticed the silver ankh and star earrings dangling among her hair. The pants she wore looked like black men's cargos with the large pockets and a bit of bagginess from the lack of proper size for her frame. Snug in a nice military styled black coat with several pockets, it also looked like it was also men's due to the square cut it had.
     The black messenger bag at her side, looked like it had be painted and doodled on, probably not from the factory; clung to her shoulder with weight to it and didn't seem to like to stay where it was because forcing her to fidget and replace it farther up her shoulder each time it tried to inch down. She looked like a college student or senior year of high school, the weight probably from textbooks, a laptop, and from the bit of paint on her hands, some sketchbooks.
     Cole chuckled when her blush deepened after she realized he was giving her the look over. Ember took a nervous step forward as he spoke; answering her outburst accusation.
"What would give you such a silly preposterous idea?" He crossed his arms.
She merely pointed to the partly visible open toe heeled foot that poked out from behind the garbage container that blocked part of the alley way. Coughing to clear her through before she could speak again.
     "That and the trickle of blood, right here, on your lips." pointing to her own to indicate where on his lips it clung. Good, haven't thrown myself at him yet. I'd say I deserve a pat on the back for that. --I could swim in those blue pools...and cue cliché. She tore herself from his eyes and watched to see if she could catch a glimpse of fangs when he replied.
She is intriguing indeed.
     "That's absurd" He really did damn this day and age sometimes as he kicked the foot out of view. What happened to the days were sure people had heard myths of the demons so called Vampires (Or the multitude names over many cultures and languages)? They used to scream and run. Beg for salvation from the devil. Now he finds damn groupies or people who no longer scared due to over exposure in the movies. (With exceptions of course) and while it can make things easy for prey when they don't run. Some with an obsession drove their life and not only that, but they had it all wrong. He had never met a Vampire who didn't enjoy life to it's fullest, and these harped on about some dribble on lonely path of eternity, forever brooding. Screw that, if I am living forever, I am going to enjoy myself, travel, and have all the time in the world to study varies topics and ologies.
     But they were an easy meal, most of them didn't actually want to live forever, but instead were suicidal. He was sure no one actually missed them. But this girl, is an oddity. She not only knows what I am, isn't running away screaming, but also isn't throwing herself at me begging to die in my arms.
     He licked his lip to remove the blood before speaking again.
     "It's just a bit of sauce-from dinner." Not a lie. That definition of sauce was what; a thick liquid poured over your meal, or sometimes inside? Blood is a thick liquid and it was dinner.
     "Yeah, sauce called blood and dinner consisting of death." She took a few more steps forward, craning her neck to look at the body, not realizing how close she was now standing to him.
     "Cause that doesn't suspiciously look like bite marks on her neck and at least according to crime shows; that unnatural paleness is a sign of massive blood loss and I don't see any pools of it on the ground." Ember looked up at him with a look that dared him to explain that.
     I really need to lay of the crime shows, she thought to herself, was that even true? I can't remember. I am pretty sure they mention the skin color, though what was that even called, when there is extreme loss of blood? She tried to conjure up a mental video, particularly of Ducky from NCIS because that was the most recent she had seen and while recalling a still image of the scene, but couldn't recall the words used. Screw it, I will look it up later.
     “Or much on her neck, where the wound is.” That's true at least, you'd think there would be more blood on the neck from wounds that looks that deep. He's a neat eater- drinker, at least.



     He stifled a laugh when he noticed her height compared to his 6ft to her 5'1, though that one inch was probably from her shoes, now that she was standing right in from of him.
     "Well your short." he cringed, what was that?
     "Your just a child with an over active imagination, Vampires don't exist." He added. Yeah, that was a great comeback, your over 200 years old and that’s the best you can come up with the deny what I am?
     She glared, "I am 23, and there is a kernel of truth to every myth. All around the world, almost every culture has a myth that involves Vampires. Different names, different depictions of what they look like, various 'abilities' and such, but one thing they all agree on is needing the blood of mortals, sometimes animals with do, and living forever. Well except one book series, but still several hundred years is quite a feat compared to our maybe 100 at best, record at 114, but average is what, 80, 70? I don't know for sure, but with as many cultures that have a myth as such, it's more likely that there is is something out there that inspired those myths all across the world, then there not being."
     He liked this girl- woman he corrected. I think I will follow her home. But first I'll need to be sure and eat again, or I won't be able to control myself around her. Cole licked his lips, his fingers gave a twitch at his side.
     “Interesting view point, but doesn't prove anything.” He commented. Come on, be smart about this, say you didn't actually see with holding the girl. I don't want to have to kill you.
     “I think that body does.” She pointed to it again, though now that the foot was moved, she was actually pointing at a rather smelly garbage container that she didn't even what to think about the coating of unknown filth that scattered along the metal surface. She winkled her nose at it, breathing through her mouth. Uck, I want out of this alley way, I think I am going to be sick to my stomach. She winkled her nose again and focused back on Cole pretending the container wasn't there.
     “Who says I have anything to do with this, perhaps I happened upon this poor deceased women and I was planning to call it in before you shouted, Vampire? Hmm?” He raised an eyebrow,
Come on.
     “By the fact that she was in your arms up until I cried, Vampire.” I should probably put my foot in my mouth, I probably should have said; yeah you have a point there. Should have denied it, smegger.
     Cole pitched the bridge of his nose and took a few steps back, pulling Ember with him. Leaning down he whispered harshly in her ear.
     “I gave you the perfect set up to deny what you saw.” He didn't relinquish his grip on her upper arm and felt guilty for the look of fear that flash across her eyes.

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Remember, still a work in process. I tried to mostly fix up this part before posting it, but I may have missed things.

And for those curious, I have worked on some over my other stories here is sort of a process update on the ones I have worked on in the past few days:
Modern Day Magic: 8,969 words
This what I mainly have been working on. I have 6+ separate scenes that I know I want to happen and I am slowly flushing out those scenes and filling in gaps to tie them all together, while giving the scenes more volume.
To Hell with it: 2,719 words
Now instead of three broken up pieces its almost completely filled it, just a little more to tie part 2 and 3 together, and then work on part 4, aka the end. Admittedly I could make part 3 the ending and add something between 2 and 3 to fill the story out more. Still unsure exactly what I want to do. ^_^;
Of the Deep End: 2,323 words
I have worked on it a little, but its no where near done.
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I am starting to get really attached to Modern Day Magic with grandiose dreams for it. I want to try and make it sort of a collection so to say of stories with these guys, in hopes maybe one day it could be a show or something in the long away future. >.<# Which worries me, the more proud I feel about this the harder it will be when it falls flat. Cause I am assuming that will happen. I would like some serious comments and criticisms. I am looking too far ahead and that's going to start hindering any real process. I need to step back and perhaps work on odd spots or something. Idk. But its my current baby and I would love honest thoughts, crush my ego -not too roughly- but a little.

On some other notes: 
Half way there fellow Pysch-O's! Just a little over a month till we are back to watching new Shawn Pineapplious Shenanigans! Shatner comes back at some point and other awesome guess stars are appearing. I personally am crossing my fingers for more Marlowe. I like the sound of an episode called Heeeere's Lassie. I don't recall why, but I remember Timothy Omundson talking about it a few times over twitter, if I recall and also the title helps sell it, its a Lassie centered episode. Love for Lassieface! There is also apparently a Indiana Jones episode. Then also, that means season 6 is nearing its end, which means we are that much closer to the glorious Psych Musical episode! *Bouncing on toes with excitement*

Also, its getting harder and harder to be patient for Red Dwarf X. Not till September. I think I need to go and have a Red Dwarf marathon again to scratch that itch. ^_^; Love for Rimmer! I follow Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and Danny John-Jules (The Cat), along with the official Red Dwarf twitter, so all these teasers of Red Dwarf while awesome, is also taking the cake on "I see you shiver with antici......!" (Tim Curry, RHPS). In September when I watch the first episode and if I remember, I will end that quote. <.< Its a love/hate relationship following them on twitter. Plus have you seen the videos they put up? Its brilliantly cruel, talking about the cameras and such, because they don't want to spoil anything, so they aren't actually going to show anything, but odd angles and the tiniest glimpse of the stage, the audience seating, and an actor or two. Its mean, but also hilarious. Same with some pictures they have posted.

Okay, I think I have talked enough for today. ^_^;;; Here are the ending side notes and off to work more on Modern Day Magic:

-- Please Comment I would love to talk
Any tips, suggestions, would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com
--Follow me on Twitter, because I will tweet every time I post on my blog and I will post a link. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring, re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this. 


--If you have never seen Psych and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix. Also, YAY officially confirmed for a 7th season!


--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seasons 1-9 on Netflix.

--If you enjoy silly Disney shows <.< me, a 22 year old is currently loving Wizards of Waverly Place. Netflix has the entire show, but for the show ending episode. Yes, sadly the show has ended. Its silly and Disney, but I am loving it. <3 David Henrie a.k.a Justin Vincenzo Pepe Russo, which is a super fun name to say.  Netflix also has the movie.


--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.


~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snowpocalypse

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Its been beautiful and continues, the snow just won't stop. For those who don't remember, I live in Washington. Beautiful rainy Washington about 40miles from Seattle. I live up a hill from town, so I have gotten over a foot of snow at my location. Others maybe going stir crazy, but I am rather content. Watching the snow fall and working on stories, or just playing World End With You on my Ds or reading on my kindle each time the power goes out, which has been often. Mostly I have been working on Modern Day Magic, which has surpassed 7,500 words. Whee! I have a few different sections of the story written and slowly filling in the gaps. I have said that I have the ending written, but its slowly wearing me down to not end it as such but have that be near the end, but not the end. I don't want to say anything to spoil it for those who want to later read it when its done. 

Anyways, I am making good head way on it, there is now another character, Ember's brother, Edward Aiden Snow. Slowly this short random musing is actually turning into what I hope is a decent story. The actual over all plot is on the tip of my tongue, I just can't quite word it yet, but its there. I can see it. It involves an Evil Queen, and it sounds fun, and now has a hint of a fairy tale theme mixed in. <.<; Yes, I can be easily inspired by things I recently watch. Like Wizards, its now a story with vampires and witches, because of how much Wizards of Waverly place I have been watching. I love magic, what can I say. And I can't help but want to give it a bit of a fairy tale feel, because of Once upon a Time. ^_^; Like I said, I have a fun idea involving an Evil Queen, I just can't quite word it yet.
The tree outside my bedroom window. So pretty.


If you want to compare the new edited beginning to what the beginning started as back on Christmas eve here is the: Link  
I like to think it looks a lot better now then the bare bones start it had, what about you?


I just have a question: Movies and shows make reference to other movies and shows all the time, so logically does that mean I can make references to movies and shows and not have to worry about getting in trouble for talking about them? Its just something I have always worried about. ^_^;; I am probably being silly, right?


Here is a sample from the re-working I have been doing to Modern Day Magic, here is what part of the first page looks like now:

Modern Day Magic
By Nekodra K.D. LaCroix

Once upon a Time......

'No fucking way, your a goddamn Vampire!' Ember covered her mouth in shock of her own outburst and swearing at a stranger. That wasn't like her. She swore yes, it was just rare and certainly not around people she just met. You never know how unstable someone is and what could set them off. 
 
Amber (Ember) Roslin Snow was simply walking home from today's classes. Thursday, first of the evening creative writing, a 45 minute break then 2 hours of graphic design, so the fun easy day of classes. Yay. When she happen to glance sideways slightly to the right. This small but important tilt to the side resulted in catching movement out of the corner of her eye and there he was; her childhood (adulthood) 'If you could be a superhero what power would you wish for?' Pfft superhero, open that to supernatural creatures so I can answer Vampire; standing before her.

Her excitement sort of bubbled and took over, which resulted in cursing at the guy. Way to make a great first impression, smeghead. Inwardly she winced at herself. And I really need to lay off so many re-watches of RD. Or British shows in general, I am not British, I probably shouldn't pick up the mannerisms. 
 
Mentally shaking her head. That isn't going to happen. I love 10th Doctor too much to not go through those seasons now and again, not to mention while 11th can't replace 10th in my heart, I still love the show too much not to watch the new episodes. Which also leads to of course watching the spin off-- She tsk'd herself. What am I doing debating with myself? An actual blood-loving-creature-of-the- night vampire is standing in front of me and I am arguing with myself about my love of a certain incarnation of a Timelord and my odd crush on a Hologram with my bad habit of picking up mannerisms from a culture I don't belong to. Have I lost my mind? 

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Afterword

I don't have to worry about that right? Its not like the story is about these shows, its just to sort of to try and make this story humorous and relatable or something- if that makes any sense? And well, I personally love these shows and its at least funny to me making all these references, perhaps I am the only one who finds it funny? >.>;;

I know it still needs work, but its getting there...right?
Does it grab your attention, do you want to read more?
Should I post a little more of the story?

Please tell me, I know the first page is important. I have put down books because the first few pages couldn't hold my attention, didn't get me curious enough. Which, actually if you know me, that's a feat in of its self; not being able to grab my curiosity, ouch. I have been know to finish horribly written fanfics just because the idea caught my attention enough to wade through the hard to understand butcher of the English language. Though sometimes no matter how curious I am, I do have my limits. 


Anyways, reading the old version and reading part of the first page of the updated version, is this a story you would want to read? Should I show you another sample of the story, because that was kinda of short, in order for you to know?


Please leave some feedback, I don't want too get too proud of this story if its not interesting anyone. 

^_^; I might be getting too eager about it, I am hoping to finish this one and perhaps have it be the first one I try and self publish. I hope at least, so far inspiration has been flowing pretty well. Cross my fingers it keeps up. 


Have a wonderful day, enjoy the snow if you have any! Here are the side notes and then back to working on Modern Day Magic:


--Follow me on Twitter, because I will tweet every time I post on my blog and I will post a link. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring, re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this. 


--If you have never seen Psych and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix. Also, YAY officially confirmed for a 7th season!


--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seasons 1-9 on Netflix.

--If you enjoy silly Disney shows <.< me, a 22 year old is currently loving Wizards of Waverly Place. Netflix has the entire show, but for the show ending episode. Yes, sadly the show has ended. Its silly and Disney, but I am loving it. <3 David Henrie.  Netflix also has the movie.


-- Please remember feedback, I can’t grow as a writer from silence.
Any tips, suggestions, would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com


--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.


~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix



 In Addition

Some pictures from my trek out into the Snowpocalypse with my dad to get groceries. Which I have to say, I am so glad I went. Its so beautifully destructive out there. Snow everywhere, in layers and truck loads. Trees frozen and pulling lines into the woods, or onto the road. I loved it. Gorgeous I would say. On the way home was even better because it was dark. It the kind of scene that sends shivers down your spine, reminds you of a horror movie. Loved it! <3 my pictures do not do it justice, fyi:

















Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nostalgic Dreams

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See, I told you I couldn't actually stay away for long. lol. I have been working a decent amount on stories, though I was pretty sidetracked by watching Wizards of Waverly Place. Also struggling with feeling like a slight creeper for completely crushing on Justin Vincenzo Pepe Russo (which is waaay too much fun to say) but I am actually a few months older then the actor David Henrie, who plays him and the character does hit 18 at some point, it never mentioned exactly when but once his younger sister said she was 17, then Justin had to be 18 and I think that was in season 3 somewhere, I don't recall exactly. I plan to re-watch the show again. <.<;; *cough*


.....Anyways, while being distracted I have still been working on stories. I have made some decent additions and written a possible ending to Modern Day Revealed, which I have finally renamed and I think I like it, Modern Day Magic. There is still a lot to work on plot wise, but I have how I want it to end and some more scenes, but I am missing all of the middle. >.<# But I will get there. ^_^ I have names now for the characters too, well, I like one of the names- no actually they do both work. So yes, I have names finally. First names at least, still on the fence about last names- Scratch that, I just thought of last names and I think I like them. What do you think of these names:
Cole Henries & Amber (Ember) Rosalin Snow
Her name is Amber, but her friends call her Ember or Em for short.




So I was bored and decided to google my pen name, Nekodra. Mostly just to check and make sure there isn't a website or anyone else using that name. The first few pages (which is all I looked at) its all me, pretty much but for a about 3 and a few where just picking up the Neko part. But while doing so, I found what remains of a project from high school with my friends. Sadly we can't find the whole video, the laptop ate it or something. Sad. I can't believe we didn't make copies aside from the one the teacher kept. I still kick myself about that. I keep toying with going to the high school and seeing if that teacher still works there and if he still has the copy we let him keep, so I can copy it onto my computer. Haven't done it yet >.< I should. But we still have a few bloopers, which my friend had posted to youtube a while back and I had forgotten about it. Here it is, if you want to see me playing Hades. Well a really short blooper reel of me as Hades, there is better stuff in the full video. It was fun and I really wish we had all the video from it. If I do manage to get my hands on it, I will share.


Being a actor looks like so much fun. I love movies/shows, and I love seeing all the behind the scene clips I can get my hands on. Acting was on my list of what I want to be when I grow up for so long, still mostly is, but when it comes down too it, I don't have the guts to really try. ^_^; I was in an Annie play once and I loved it! I really did. I just played a small role as one of the orphans, but it was so much fun! I will never forget it and I would love to be in a play again. I also wish I could go to plays more often. Though I doubt I would get a role or the guts to audition. One day though, I would love to just appear in a movie or show, just once at least. Preferably as a Vampire or a witch, anything supernatural really. ^_^; At least once in my life. I am only 22, there is still hope. Maybe I can write a script and maybe they would let me at least play a character that appears in one scene, like Stephen King does and I think others have too, I just don't recall or just ya know, don't know what they look like. I have already added attempting a script to my list of things I want to write. A week or two ago it crossed my mind I would like try and challenge myself to write a play, now I have another reason for writing a script. In hopes of it getting picked up so I can play a small role if it gets picked to be a movie.


Anyways, I have yammered to you enough. I am working on my stories, and I have edited the first few posts and now I will go write a WOTDS for you, my readers to post with this:


Okay now that the power is back, after being out for an hour or so, I can finish my post and tweek the WOTDS a little more and finish this. Also I just found out from a friends sister who currently attends Snohomish High, x.x she is sure the teacher retired. Gah! noooes, that sucks! I may never get my hands on that video again.


Here is todays WOTDS:
 (Which don't expect much, its...randomish.... and my inspirations are focused on my stories I can't post here, so its hard to write anything else. >.< )

January 15th 2012
WOTDS

Mutative- Indicating a change of place or state
Kumu (Hawaiian)- Tree
Mutare (Latin)- to change, to alter
Ignis (Latin)- Fire
Cupiditas (Latin)- Desire, Longing, Passion


Ignis, Cupiditas, Mutare

Dreams

“What has happened to me?” She stopped in mid-step as it dawn on her, with her head looking to the ground. 

“I need to change again, no not change but become what I once was. What happened to the depressed but bubbly and happy teenager I used to be? Where is my bubble? Those were such great times. Sure it had its lows, but what matters is the over all. I miss it. I miss high school, I miss that life. Sure I was suicidal for a while, okay a long while in high school after what happened, that admittedly still lingers. Though for different reasons. But when I was with my friends I could forget. When I was with my friends I knew what happiness was, what content was. I was myself. I could actually be myself.” A tear slipped down her cheek. 

“Screw the crappy things, screw the depression! I maybe stuck here, but I should enjoy it. It maybe not be my dream, but I have realistic dreams here as well. I should go through with them. I should take in the experiences I get from this world and live.” She leaned against the tree, looking up at the snow covered branches.

“I have let the world harden me. I am like some bitter old man. I have let the loss of the connection to that world get to me. I have become too cynical, too wrapped up in the negative.” She paused again at the realization. 

“I've been away from my friends for too long.” She slowly sank to her knees, ignoring the chill seeping through her pants.

“The loss of my friends. My loves. I may not have actually got to see or talk to some of them that often. But what mattered was I knew they were there. There was so much there. Now, its hard to know. But that shouldn't matter.” Standing up, brushing off the clumps of snow.

“I can't let it bring me down. I will see them again, it maybe a long while. A life time. But I need to bring that spastic bubble back. I love to laugh. I love to be full of energy, so why did I let that slip away. This isn't me. I want to be what I was. I want to enjoy things again, despite how crappy this is, despite the negative, because it will only get worse if that's all I focus on. Thinking negative only leads to more negativity. I have said it before, but I really need to feel it; being positive will lead to good things.” She adjusted her messenger bag that clung to her shoulder.

Determined “I control my bubble of a world, and I need to get back to what I enjoy and I need to love what I enjoy. It may not be how I want it to be, it may not be perfect, but what matters is I enjoy it. I have my thoughts, my own little world and what will have to- no will do for now. Don't focus on what I can't have, but focus on what I can bring to myself.” Looks around nervously. 

“I should also stop talking aloud to myself, people are going to think I am crazy.” Pulling her jacket close around herself, she walked off.

(end)

Page of other WOTDS
Page of other Short Stories




Afterword

Like I said, kinda seems random. A monologue. I hope the emotion comes out, or more the torn bouncing emotion and realization. ya know? Does that make sense? I hope so. ^_^; 

Now that I have internet back, I may pop over and watch more Wizards of Waverly Place, which by the way. I want there to be more, there so easily can be more. >.< But all my research has led to no. But, I can hope, right? ^_^; Heh. 

Here are the side notes:


--Follow me on Twitter, because I will tweet every time I post on my blog and I will post a link. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring, re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this. 

--If you have never seen Psych, and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix. Also, YAY officially confirmed for a 7th season!

--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seasons 1-9 on Netflix.

-- Please remember feedback, I can’t grow as a writer from silence.
Any tips, suggestions, would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com

--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.

~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Edit -Reread- Progress

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I plan to go through and double check for any errors in past posts (I know they are there and its bugging me >.< ). Just fyi, in case you care. I also plan to revert the WOTDS Guide and the Rambling Guide to drafts till I update them, I haven't posted a Short Story that wasn't a WOTDS in a while and I should double check, but that should be updated and fine. But the WOTDS and Rambling, they are missing so many recent posts. ^_^; In case you wonder where they went, when they disappear for a while. Since the WOTDS will be down, here is a link to the post that has the intro and information on what the WOTDS is.


I may or may not post that often for a while, because I have and will be working more on those hope to be 'novel' stories, and an idea for a short story collection. (Yay for a burst of inspiration) Since I am working on other stories, (Ones I don't want to post here, because I hope to publish them.) I don't feel guilty about not doing any WOTDS, because the WOTDS is an exercise I use to make sure I write something every most days. So when I actually work on my 'novels' and get a good amount done, I don't need to do the WOTDS.


I just wanted to make sure you knew that. I am not abandoning my blog, just a possible hiatus with unknown amount of time, though I doubt it will last long (inspiration is fleeting sometimes). I will probably do a WOTDS at some point again regardless of how much I work on other stories, just so I can make a post. I enjoy my blog. I just want to do some updates, edits, and making a nice little leap of progress on my 'Novels'. That and I plan to dive into those writing tip books and really study them, because also when I read writing tips, it gives me great confidence and with confidence my muse talks to me and I can hear him clearly. Plus I haven't been reading much lately and that doesn't sit well with me, I have slacked off, been playing games, watching tv, reading fanfictions... I love reading and I love books, so why haven't I been reading lately? Tsk tsk self. I should read some published works and perhaps re-read one I have already read, just to more study then read for fun, though reading is almost always fun.


Also in case you didn't see, I have created an email address for the purpose of my blog. 

Nekodra-Blog@hotmail.com

I noticed that there is not a reply option for when someone leaves a comment, that bothers me. I like to say 'Thank you' or in the case of yesterdays comment, I would like to say 'Yes, please tell me more.' She has a blog here, so I was a able to contact her, but what if it had been anonymous? I could have said something in my next post, but what if they don't look at that post? So if you want to talk, or want a reply to your comment, then please, either email me your email afterwards you post it; or also if you want to say something but you don't want it public then send a email. I have an iphone that is always with me, so I check my email throughout the day. So even if I am not being active on my blog for a little while, you can still email me. ^_^ Anytime, and you will likely get a semi-quick response, depends on the day. 




January 11th 2012
WOTDS

Kudos- Fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement; Prestige.
Expostulate- To reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done.
Olua (Hawaiian)- You (two people)
Aetas (Latin)- Period of life, age, time
Crionna (Irish)- Wise


“Kudos to myself.” Natalie grinned brightly with a bounce in her step.
Maybe, but it could have been better.
She glared, which was to herself and not the tree that stood several feet before her. “Yeah, but it was still a good job, it still worked.” she argued as she walked towards the long willow branches and the cozy patch of grass in front of the tree.
But you could have put more effort into it, you could have done so much better.
“There was no need to.” She reasoned.
You just didn't want to spend the Aetas.
“Hmm, maybe Viix is right, we should lay off the daily words.”
Or finish studying that beginners Latin book, and speak in full sentences instead of just random words. You have wanted to learn Latin for years, don't stop at just learning random words, and learn more. There is no excuse, if you want to do it, then just do it.
“Stop acting so wise and all knowing.”
Stop half-assing and acting dumb. If you keep saying you stupid and you will actually become stupid.
“Touche'.” She plopped down with her back against the tree. “I mean to-” She cut herself off.
You just forget, space. But in times like this, when you remember, just do it then. Bit by bit, at least a few pages, at least a few minutes. We are not doing anything right now other then sitting, perfect time to pull out that book and read.
“Actually, now is a perfect time.”
Told you
Shaking her head at herself, she pulled a blanket from her puffed out and light as a feather duffel bag, folding it, she placed it at the base of the tree and slouched down into a comfortable position. Pulling out another, she flipped it out and guided it down over her legs. Kicking off her boots, and struggling to pull her socks off with her toes, then pulled the book out from her other smaller and heavier bag she settled in to study.

(end)

Page of other WOTDS
Page of other Short Stories
Afterword:

Alright, enough chit-chat on to my 'novels', reading, editing, progress, etc. So here are the side notes and have a wonderful day:


--Follow me on Twitter, because I will tweet every time I post on my blog and I will post a link. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring, re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this. 

--If you have never seen Psych, and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix. Also, YAY officially confirmed for a 7th season!

--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seasons 1-9 on Netflix.

-- Please remember feedback, I can’t grow as a writer from silence.
Any tips, suggestions, would be loved. 
You can also email me at Nekodra-blog@hotmail.com

--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.

~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Delicious excitement explosion


I just can't contain myself and I must exclaim my excitement somehow and that's sharing it with you, my readers!

(Oh and obviously I did not draw that image, that I got from twitter which is the final image of the puzzle pieces we were given over Twitter before the announcement.) 

Edit: I realized I forgot to link a few things, I fixed that >.>


Psych has been officially picked up for its seventh season!! And we will be getting our promised musical, and Tim Curry returns!!! (being that Rocky horror picture show is in my top three favorite movies, I can say I love Tim Curry and the ep. American Duos is one of my favorites) I am bubbling over with excitement! Still have have over a month before season 6 starts up again, but I am head over heels happy about seventh season!


Here is a Link to the awesome reveal from James Roday (Shawn) and Dule' Hill (Gus) watch it, if your a Psych-O you'll love it.


Here is a Link to the article about 7th season! It's short and if your a psych-O you start bubbling with excitement too about all this!


I wonder what delicious flavor they may have in store for the 100th episode? The article says season 7 will have 16 episodes, the current number is at 88 according to IMDB.com so that means they will have their 100th episode in the 7th season. They have to do something pineappleliously epic, right? I can't wait, have I told you my love for the number 7 and 14? This just makes my love grow, I am so unbelievably eager for the musical episode!


Okay, enough about psych for the non-Psych-O readers I have and on to my writing.


I haven't posted in a while because I have been working on my stories I intend to publish, so those I don't want to post on the internet. I plan to publish those. And I don't want to post without a short story because that's the point of my blog, to post my random short stories and writing exercises for peer review and tips.


Speaking of tips, I have started reading this really awesome 101 Writing tips by Travis Thrasher link to amazon about the book. I just bought it, after reading the sample on my kindle. And I plan to read more after I post this. I personally recommend it, also Orson Scott card does amazing fiction writing tip books as well, link to his amazon. I also recommend those and his Ender series.


Now I need to scramble for a short story to share, I will return: 25 mins later
Yeah, this was the story I started for yesterdays WOTDS and I just edited and finished it.


January 9th 2012
WOTDS

Harcelement (French)- Harassment
Guileless- Without cunning; innocent
Ashlar- Squared stone used in building walls.
Dubitare (Latin)- to hesitate, to waver



“Ha, that’s funny!” Dr. Nianna Rosa Lerox doubled over laughing, after a moment she took some deep breaths to calm herself and stood back up again, trying to keep a straight face. “Oh, that’s cute, you think I am guileless.” She smirked, a suddenly and unnerving change from the honest and innocent smile her lips had been forming just moments before.

That gave him pause. “What do you mean?” he backed away, unsure, scared. This petite women terrified him. They had just shared a wonderful dinner, that he had spared no expense on and he didn't make that much, he sat pretty average when it comes to wages, but he was always taught to treat a girl well.

“Is anyone really innocent?” She smirked, she had to admit, perhaps her power was getting to her, but why not have a little fun now and again. Normally she just killed them and was done, not that she had killed may yet, but she didn't really play with them, didn't want to risk it. But it she had to admit, this was fun.

“What the hell, are you crazy?” he bumped into the stone wall behind him, he was trapped, with some insane chick.

“Insanity is pretty relative.” She chided, placing her hands on either side of his shoulders on the square stone wall, feeling the rough cold texture on her fingers. “In fact, in a few moments, you'll probably start believing your the crazy one, so far that's been the case.” She grinned at the memories, and it fascinated her that so far out of the 5 she had killed, there had been 5 completely different reactions to knowing they were about to die, but all clearly struggled for at least a second with the thought, 'Have I gone mad?'. 

“Wha-?” Then his eyes widen and he did, for a moment wonder, have I gone mad? Before his world shuttered and burst with pain. He panicked, he could feel his body surge and his heart raced, loud and painful in his chest. He eyes stopped working, he saw nothing but the burned image of a creature that was killing him. As cliché as the the images was, fire red eyes and two sharp canine teeth, and that’s when he registered such pale skin, normally its not something you noticed being Washington, you rarely saw the sun, so why would such pale skin raise any flags here?

He could feel the grip on his shoulders, he knew this petite creature was far stronger, but he could feel his life fading, he could feel the blood as it left his neck, and he could almost swear his soul was being devoured, but in the base need to survive, the most primal ache, and the despite fear of death of becoming nothing, he clawed with his last strength, with futile effects to escape, and with his last thought, Maybe people should respect such old myths.
 
Then he was gone.

(end)

Page of other WOTDS
Page of other Short Stories
Afterword

Is it too egotistical to get chills from your own stories? Cause the ending to that did. 

That was Ms. Nianna Rosa Lerox, and some unnamed dude. Nianna is from the story I am working on titled Off the Deep End. One of several stories I hope to publish one day. I figured it can't hurt to post this, its such a short snip-it and the words worked too well and I finally have a scene with her killing someone. I haven't actually written much on this story yet, but I wasn't quite sure how to treat her killing someone and now I have something and I think it fits her pretty well. 

What do you think?

I think I have yammered on enough to you for today. Now to go back to watching more Wizards of Waverly Place on Netflix and finding out about dinner, because I am starving. Have a wonderful night and please, someone review, someone have any tips? Honestly, I am posting here because I would like peer review, and I am not asking for undeserved pats on the butt, criticism. I know I am not perfect, and hell I know I have comma issues, I am sure there are still several errors despite how many times I re-read my stories. 

Anyways, have a wonderful night! Here are the side notes:

--Follow me on Twitter, because I will tweet every time I post on my blog and I will post a link. Nekodra's Twitter and remember Sharing is Caring, re-tweet to your friends if they might enjoy this.

--If you have never seen Psych, and you love comedies or crime shows, I highly recommend it! Currently on a mid-season break and will return on Leap year, Feb. 29th 2012. So excited here is a Link to a trailer for the second half of season 6. Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix.

--Also if you have never seen Red Dwarf it’s a great British Sci-fi comedy, and a new season after many years will air September 2012 for Red Dwarf X. So excited they are currently filming, can’t wait! Seaons 1-9 on Netflixs.

-- Please remember feedback, I can’t grow as a writer from silence.

--Also remember unless stated otherwise, these stories and drawings belong to me, I wrote/drew them, please respect that.

~Nekodra K.D. LaCroix