Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beautiful People || July Addition || Becca's Characters





Oh my goodness gracious! 
In two hours it won't be July anymore and I promised myself I'd do this one after I missed the last one.
So, here we go.


I'd like to introduce Cecile Bellerose, the heroine in my retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
She looks rather tired doesn't she? Quite like myself right now....
It is for the Five Enchanted Roses contest, not that I believe I'll even finish it in time... but it is a very interesting writing prompt. 


1) What’s their favourite food? (Bonus: favourite flavor of chocolate!) 
Cream Puffs, she has a weakness for cream puffs. :) She also likes dark chocolate.

2) What do they absolutely hate?

Shallow people fluttering around; flattering and gossiping about each other. She hates how so many people she knows are just pretty shells and inside there is absolutely nothing.

3) What do they enjoy learning about? 
People, real people who did things that mattered. She loves the Bible and how God uses such everyday people for extraordinary things.

4) Who is the most influential person in their life? 

Her mother. She was always calm and kind in any situation, thinking ahead and very practical. Now that she has passed, Cecile sees how unbalanced her family has become, and she tries to fill that role.

5) What is their childhood fear? 

Monsters in the dark.

6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible? 

 Cecile has been surrounded by a whirl of high society, high-class "friends" and high expectations for her future: marry money and continue the cycle. She wishes for a quiet life, a large garden and a true love.

7) What is something they are impractically afraid of? 
Monsters in the dark. Yeah that's cheating, but I really want to go to bed.  :)

8) Are they a night owl or morning person? 

Morning. Which make the late night balls all the more intolerable in her eyes.

9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid? 
It depends on who she's with. She speaks freely with her brother and used to have long talks with her mother, but keeps her thoughts to herself otherwise.

10) What are their nervous habits?

She watches, silently, and just observes. It really bugs her older sister.

Yay! I can go to bed now.
 Good bye July, hello August. 

Beautiful People || July Edition || Bethany's Characters


I love my novel Long Road From Canaan, I really do, but there's something fun and satisfying about writing short stories. Just a little something you can write in a couple days or a week or two,  go back and edit and tweak, and then finish.

Maybe this is simply because I've never finished a full length novel. But I do like to write short stories, and the character I'm going to introduce today is from one I'm getting ready to publish.

A novelette might actually be a better term for it, because it's about 16,000 words. I'm going to try an e-book format called Snippet, which I learned about from Go Teen Writers. There's just a few more things to do, but hopefully I'll be sending it in for the Snippet review process soon.

What Thou Need'st

Synopsis:

Kendall Thatcher, a dutiful squire, thinks he's seen the worst of his master, the irascible Prince Bartholomew. However, things can indeed get worse; much worse.

When the Prince runs away, a princess from a neighboring kingdom vanishes, a dragon takes up residence in an abandoned castle, and two kingdoms near the brink of war; all this can be resolved only when Kendall and the Prince discover "what thou need'st"


  I'm going to do this month's questions about Ruth, who is somewhat of a side character, but a favorite of mine. 
Ruth becomes a close friend to one of the main characters, and has been really fun to write. 

via Pinterest

1) What’s their favorite food? (Bonus: favorite flavor of chocolate!) 
   Ruth's favorite food is her aunt's raspberry tarts. She's never had chocolate, as its a rare thing in the medieval world, but she would probably like white chocolate best.

2) What do they absolutely hate?

Secrets. She doesn't like keeping them, and she greatly dislikes when other people keep them from her. Maybe hate is too strong a word, but she isn't really the kind of person to hate anything. This doesn't come out so much in this story, but more so in the sequel. Oh yes, I'm already thinking of a sequel!

3) What do they enjoy learning about? 
Anything her father will teach her. Her father is a scribe in their little village, copying manuscripts and writing and reading letters for people. He taught her to read, and now she reads whatever she can get her hands on, which isn't much for a poor peasant girl. She also loves learning about cooking and knitting.

4) Who is the most influential person in their life? 

Her father. Ruth's mother died a few years before the story takes place, but Ruth and her father have always been very close.

5) What is their childhood fear? 

Ruth had a very pleasant childhood, although her family was poor, so, I honestly can't think of anything for this one!

6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible?

 She has always wanted to live in a castle. 

7) What is something they are impractically afraid of? 

Frogs. She thinks they are nasty, slimy, despicable creatures.

8) Are they a night owl or morning person?

A morning person.

9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid? 

She is pretty quick to speak, and loves asking questions.

10) What are their nervous habits?

When Ruth is nervous, she tends to babble and stumble over her words.

And that's all! I'll let Ruth sign off with a quote from the story.

"I am sorry, my aunt is calling. I have to go," Ruth said with a smile of farewell, and dashed off.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Baby Bunny Birthday


It's Baby Bunny's one week birthday!

*cue the fireworks and confetti*

Ummm... yeah, that's a hollyhock. 
We have affectionately nicknamed him (we refer to Baby as a him, but we don't know for sure) Khan (from Star Trek), because each time we peek in on him, he freaks out, jumping all over and squeaking.

We imagine him saying: 


Can't you see the resemblance? Maybe it's just the teeth. :)
He does not like to be disturbed. He quite enjoys his peace and quiet with no brothers and sisters to bother him.

We even made a pie for this occasion, though, Khan can't enjoy it with us. :)


It's raspberry, picked fresh today from a friend's patch.



 Yesterday, after processing some cherries that had been chilling in the fridge, Becca decided we should make pie.

I found a recipe here, at The Candid Appetite , for a cherry pie with an almond crust.

Now, cherry and almond is one of my most favorite flavor combos in the world, so it was a quick decision to choose this recipe.

Let's just say it was so delicious, we had to make another one today, and Khan's birthday made a nice excuse. :)

The only thing was, we didn't have anymore cherries, so we decided to try it with raspberries.


It's rather rustic, but with a scoop of homemade vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream = Delicious!