I’m back! (well, for now)

Hello everybody! Long time and absolutely no see! If you’ve for some reason had the patience to stick around with this on-and-off again blog, then you should know the last time I posted was Christmas Eve and it was just a really weird rant about time travel. (I honestly don’t know what was going on with me that night… so don’t ask.)

But I did decide to post today for a very important reason: this blog is dragging me. And it’s not the blogging part, but the fact that this whole “Time Traveling Writer” blog has been a major and colossal fail for me. I mean, sure it’s been fun and I’ve absolutely loved doing the tags and chatting with you guys, but thinking about this blog and how many times I’ve avoided posting because of how big of a failure I feel… I just can’t do it anymore.

But fear not, my favorite little hermits, for I do not believe in quitting entirely! See, my main problem is just this blog… not the idea of a new one. So I know one of you little sarcastic and very realistic and cynical people (really I’m just talking about my inner thoughts) are probably like, But Koral, how do you know you won’t just keep forgetting about a new blog if you choose to do that? Well here’s my answer for you people and negative inner thoughts:

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This right here is why when I make a new blog, I’m not forgetting it.

What? Three lines in a circle? I don’t get it….

Well, have you been listening to the radio lately? Have you heard this funny little tune about candles and tree houses and student loans and being stressed? Because that song is called Stressed Out by twenty one pilots (aka my #2 favorite band).

This band has helped me with a lot… from feeling like I’m alive again to making me feel so, so, so lovely (a reference to another one of their songs, for those who didn’t know that). And what with their logo, well I found this little quote from the leader singer (Tyler Joseph) and here’s what he said:

Meaning of Twenty-One Pilots logo. There are no words for this.:

First off, Kitchen Sink is one of my favorite songs of theirs- wait, no, scratch that. It is my favorite song of theirs. It’s helped me realize what part of my purpose is, what I’m here to do, and what power I have as a human being.

And I want to create something. Something that is completely mine and I know he meaning behind, something I will work on and take care of and will help me when I can’t talk about what I need help with. So how will I remember? Oh, it’s to forget something when you created it and know its meaning. So I won’t forget, and if I do, then that’s when it won’t be mine anymore.

Don’t worry, this isn’t my last post. I’ll post the new link to the new blog when it happens.

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Time Travel: A Christmas Eve Ramble of Absolute Weirdness!

It’s Christmas Eve and all I can think about is time travel. I’ve already opened most of my presents with most of my family., so now what? I have to wait quite a few more hours until I get to open more, so what’s on my mind?

Time travel.

Of course. The theme of one of my favorite shows, part of my blog username, and the thing that I am so obsessed with I’m surprised I haven’t discovered how to make it a reality myself. Although it’d be pretty cool, I don’t think I have the brain energy or determination to pull out a task of that scale; I thought I’d start running at least five times a week and I only did it once! I have no willpower.

So. Time travel. Thousands of theories, fears, hopes, dreams, and visions all come from one single concept. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Grandfather Paradox

The theory that time travel is impossible because what if you traveled back in time and kill your grandfather right before he had your mother/father? Well then how could you go back into time and kill your grandfather? This would then create an eternal paradox of he died before you came into the world, how do you exist and how did you kill him? Well you couldn’t, because you were never conceived and born because either your mother was never conceived and born herself to give birth to you, or because your father was never conceived and then born to help bring you into this world. So how is your grandfather dead if you never existed, therefor never being able to kill him.

Of course, I know some of you are asking the question of “Why you would even want to kill your grandfather in the first place?” Well what if, for one, Adolf Hitler somehow had children and let them live, and then you found Adolf Hitler was your grandfather? I know I sure wouldn’t mind putting a bullet through his head if he was my grandfather, whether he had my blood or not.
Blood is thicker than water they say, but you know what’s thicker than blood? Syrup. And I sure wouldn’t mind creating an eternal paradox to give some Jewish kids some syrup to put on their waffles.
  • The Butterfly Effect

This is a personal favorite of mine, although I don’t know why. Now this one is really complicated and when I tried Googling a way to describe it, I got lost. So basically, I’m going to describe it the way I’ve always thought about it:

Say you travel back in time and you step on a butterfly, henceforth killing it. Now say perhaps, that butterfly was going to fly on over to the windowsill of Allen Turning, a WW2 hero and the man we have to thank for computers (there’s a movie that just recently came out about him called The Imitation Game which is one of my absolute favorites. You should definitely go watch as soon as possible). So anyways, in theory, that butterfly may have, I don’t know, helped Allen Turing have courage to keep making Christopher, the first computer and the very machine that helped England win the war against the Germans. 

So what if that butterfly that you just theoretically stepped on and killed didn’t help Allen Turning finish make Christopher fast enough to save millions of soldiers lives, or maybe he wouldn’t have even finished making Christopher at all and the Allies would’ve lost the bloody war! Makes you think about everything different, doesn’t it?

  • Einstein’s theory of “special relativity”

So I just looked this one up and I rather like it a lot, actually.  Einstein basically believed that say you have a twin and he’s down on Earth while you’re in a spaceship. Okay, and so this spaceship can go the speed of light. So when you go the speed of light, or maybe even faster, you’ll start to age slower than you’re twin on Earth. And not only that, but if you are able to go faster than the speed on light, then, with the help of gravity and time, you can slow down or speed up time and make time “bend.”

Of course, I just looked up this theory and have a very loose interpretation of it, so if you see some flaws in this understanding, then please tell down in the comments below!

  • What the Doctor says about all this

This would have to be my favorite part of this post and really this is just to gives this all some lightheartedness to all this talk of paradoxes and WW2 (really, what is it with me and WW2 today???). So here’s a little quote from the Doctor about all this and really, part of me agrees with him on this:

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbley, time-y wimey stuff.”

And with that quote, I leave you all and bid you a goodnight/good day. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!

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(#1) Beautiful Books || November 2015

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Hello, hello, hello my lovely little hermits! So as you may or may not know, back in July I joined the Beautiful People blogging meme for writers and authors alike. This is a wonderful thing I found on Cait @ Paper Fury’s website where she and Sky @ Further Up come up with questions for writers and authors to answer about their characters. But around this time of the month in honor of NaNoWriMo (which I just found our on the 10th means National Novel Writing Month) they ask us writers and authors about us and how we write! Aren’t they just blood fantastic? I love this and decided since I’ve been so terrible at partaking in these past 3 months, I should partake in this month’s and get some more blogging done. So let’s get down to business!

Please note: this is the first time I’ve ever done this, not the first time this has ever happened.


Is the book turning out how you thought it would be, or is it defying your expectations?

My book is actually quite alright at the moment; I think I’ll probably soon hit the “Oh my god why am I writing this I’ll never be an actual author who am I kidding I’m such a failure” stage of the writing process, but at the moments everything is running smoothly.

What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Before the first light on Earth, there was Life and there was Death. There were, of course, others like them but usually they strayed from the pair for fear of Death killing them if angered and Life destroying their lives in any way she pleased if she became cross. One fear was understandable; the other was only impeding their doom in their selfish paranoia.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Have you ever tried both methods and how did it turn out?

After looking up what a “pantser” is, I can mostly definitely say I’m a pantser! I mean, I mentally plot things, but when writing I can go all over the place. I think I’m going to write the scene where she gets killed, but instead she finds out a way to destroy the antagonist but can’t tell the protagonist because the antagonist is holding her sister ransom! (Cliche, I know- it was just an example.)

What do you reward yourself with after meeting a goal?

Food! All the foods and all the candies! Oh, and also sleep.

Because this is what I am usually like after meeting whatever crazy and extreme goal I made myself work to achieve until 3 am in the gosh darn morning. 

What do you look for in a name? Do you have themes and where do you find your names?

I look for a name that suits the character. I also like to be ironic. I have a character with the last name Utkin who’s Russian and really likes ducks; the irony here? Utkin is a Russian last name that means duck. Ha ha ha, I know right? Alright, so maybe it is a bad joke and not many people will ever get it and it’s kind of over-thought, but it makes me laugh and feel more clever than I actually am, okay? As for where I find my names, well I used to use the website Nameberry a lot, but these days I just use Google and look up what names have the meaning of what (e.g. What girl names mean strength; Old fashioned girl names; Japanese last names) and use whatever sites Google gives me. 

What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

Part of me wants to say the middle, because I usually have all of that planning out, but really that’s always the most frustrating part for me to get to because I never finish my beginning. I suppose I would have to say the beginning, because starter sentences are always the funnest to write, whether it be for the first page or the first each chapter.

Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?

Wow, that’s a toughie. I suppose I would have to say the main character, Ghost! She’s a half human-half Reaper, which are to basically put it children of Death (proper noun guys, meaning Death is an actual living-ish character in my book, and he’s probably my second favorite character). She’s a wild thing who’s obsessed with cats/cat puns, her scythe named Latte (named after her favorite type of coffee), pranks, sarcasm, and classical music. Oh, and killing things!

What kind of things have you researched for this project, and how do you go about researching? (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched?!)

Uh, this is gonna be fun. Russian last names, certain songs with lyric videos, Russian swear words, how to describe Meulin Leijon’s hair, pretty much all fears that exist, all mental illnesses that exist, so many different mythological creatures (apparently Scorpion Men are a thing?), and I don’t even know what else. I’m barely two chapters into writing, but I know for a fact weirder things will come with time.

Do you write better alone or with others? Do you share your work or prefer to keep it to yourself?

I’m okay with either-or I suppose. When I work around people I either never shut up about anything, whether it be what I’m writing or what I did three days ago that was absolutely HiLarIous, or I’m dead silent and totally absorbed in my work, knowing in the back of my mind that if I need help then my best friend is at the foot of the bed typing away or doing whatever in her own world, ready to help me out whenever I need it and vice versa. Whenever I work alone I tend to get off topic and go about traversing the mysteries and terrifying wonders of the internet while panicking on the inside over never finishing anything and never living to amount to anything or I go brain dead and type maybe five words an hour while staring blankly at the screen, sometimes crying. Well, I suppose it’s not always that bad… no, no it is. It’s always that bad.

And I have a legitimate problem with sharing my work with others. I give away spoilers, plot lines, character ideas, quotes, all of it. I’m terrible! Somebody needs to just slap a piece of duct tape over my mouth every time I start talking about it because somebody’s probably going to steal my ideas one day! 

What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!

Specific snack I eat? Ha, I eat everything and anything I can get my hands on! I am literally a never ending pit of junk food, soda, ice water (crushed! Only crushed ice!) and apple juice. Unless you take me out to eat; then I’m the pickiest and whiniest little kid you will ever see.

I listen to a lot of music and have some character’s theme songs on a playlist on my phone that I’ll listen to every now and then when I’m writing, but most of the time I just put my music on shuffle and jam out to whatever comes on.

Hmm, do I work best at a certain time of day? Yeah, probably at night on the weekends is when I get the most done and work my hardest but I still write pretty frequently on the weekdays during the afternoon. Hardly ever in the mornings though.

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And this would be where my wonderful and wondrous writing magic happens! 🙂


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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella:: Book Review

Hello hermits! Long time no see, haha. So I realized when looking over my past book reviews that they legitimately suck and I don’t even know how or why my school newspaper used to let me write book reviews. So this round for my book reviews- this being a whole new Round 1- I’m trying out a different format for the review. So here goes nothing, and let’s get down to business!


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Book Being Reviewed: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Goodreads Synopsis: “An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.”

Where I Bought It: Walmart!

When I Began Reading It: July 26th, 2015

Date I Finished It: July 30th, 2015

My Initial Reaction To Buying It: 

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh I got it I got the book Ohmyflippingchickennuggets THIS IS FANTASTIC I GOT THE BOOK.”

My Reaction When I First Started Reading It: 

“Ooh, how interesting. So she’s was bullied… Wait, why won’t you tell me…? I’m so confused. So the mom hasn’t pushed the computer out the window yet? Who’s he? Who’s she? Who are you? You’re British? Am I British? WHO AM I?”

My Reaction Once I Was Half-Way Through It: 

“Oh my Hades, please shut up. Why am I reading this? Awe, you’re cute together- wait. Did you just let him do that thing that people without anxiety do? Did you literally just let him tell you that you’re ‘cured’ all because you did one thing outside of your comfort zone without having a nervous breakdown. Oh my God, I just- I just can’t, like I am just so done with you right now.”

What I think of the characters:

Well, I have a lot of opinions and y’all know that. Usually I go with what most people think because that’s just how my mind works, but unlike most I really liked only three characters in this book: Audrey’s older brother, Frank; Audrey’s younger brother, Felix; and Audrey’s dad. Yup. The older brother who was way into gaming, the five year old who was pretty much the cutest thing, and the father of the protagonist. That’s about it.

Audrey, being the main character with anxiety who tells the story from a first person point of view,  at first I was willing to sympathize with and understand. She was bullied so badly that she could barely leave her home- something I’ve been close to myself. I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was okay, and part of me still does- but part of me also wants to whack her in the back of the head with a book.

I feel you Maka, I feel ya.

I mean, who with anxiety would honestly just let a person ask them if they were suddenly relieved of their anxiety just because they did one thing- ONE thing- out of their comfort zone and didn’t have a total mental breakdown. Like, um, excuse me what? I have anxiety and would bite off a person’s head (and I kind of already have) if they asked me like that. And I understand that not everybody is able to just explain these kinds of things to people- I get that. I’m not soulless (for the most part).

But what irked me the most was that she literally just smiled and went along with it. Not even a stony faced “no” or shrugging of the shoulders and suddenly changing the topic to stay off that topic- she just went straight to smiling and nodding along. Those are the kinds of things that will send me flying off the wall in anger. I can’t stand that. Maybe it’s because I’m a feminist; maybe it’s because I’m too cold-hearted and not understanding person; maybe it’s just because I’ve centered myself around action packed books that have no time for spineless girls who just nod along. But whatever the reason may be, when she did that, I knew that I would never be able to look at this book the same way.

And then Linus, the love interest, who asks Audrey this god awful question. Please tell me that this author did not choose one of my biggest childhood crushes and heroes to name this character after and that she just liked the name. Please. I beg of you. I mean, I guess he wasn’t too bad of a character, but he definitely wasn’t the comforting and understanding boyfriend love interest I thought he would be. Goodness.

And then the mother. I guess she wasn’t too bad, she was just a bit too eccentric for my liking. Just a bit, and that then leads me into the the plot.

What I think of the plot:

This book was very interesting, and I have to say I like the writing style of this author. I’ve never read any of her books before, but I have to say I was pretty impressed when I read this book. I really just wish though that she had given us more insight as to what exactly happened to Audrey when she was bullied. That’s left a very gray area and vague topic. Audrey never really explains and actually tell the reader she’s not going to talk about it because to her it’s not “important.” Well if you have anxiety and depression episodes over it honey, I think it’s kinda “important.”

I feel like this book was pretty good for a contemporary read on how teenagers can get anxiety and how they cope with it- a little unrealistic at times and sometimes a little over-dramatized, but whatever. I’m a very critiquing person, so it may not be as bad as I say it is, but these are just opinions. 

Now onto Linus and Audrey’s relationship. May I just say, “Awe… huh? I mean awe, like yeah it’s cute, but huh?” I was very confused at times with their relationship. They had really cute moments and I suppose he was kind of attractive (I keep imagining Linus from the Peanuts comics and movies I used to (and still do) watch and read as a kid whenever I think of this kid), but they’re relationship reminded me a bit too much of what the Homestuck fandom refers to as a black hearted romance (yes I am Homestuck trash and proud; I have a kid OC and a fantroll- deal with it).

This is where the relationship between lovers turns obsessive and controlling, with one lover, or even both, sometimes using physical violence or threats to keep others away from their significant other. Now obviously with Audrey and Linus being teenagers, nothing was too extreme and really nobody was controlling using violence or really even threats, but I’ll just quote the book here:

“Linus.” I nod. “He’s still Linus. He says hi, by the way.”

“Oh!” Dr. Sarah seems taken aback. “Well, say hi back.”

“And he says, ‘Good job.”

There’s a silence and a little smile creeps round Dr. Sarah’s face. “Well,” she says. “You can say that back to him too. I’d like to meet this Linus.”

“Yeah, well, don’t get your hopes up,” I say with a deadpan shrug. “He’s mine.”

So. . . yeah. She say that to her therapist, who has never shown any intentions or anything like what Audrey’s implying. I’ll just leave at that.

How Many Pusheen Cats eating apple pie I give for this book: 

3


So have you ever read this book? Did you enjoy it more than me? And if you haven’t, do you now plan on reading or have I scared you off? Tell me in comments!

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The Time Traveling Writer.

Anime Review-Death Parade!

Hi guys, so this was qritten by my absolute best friend, RaspberryOtuka, who I am so, SO, so very excited proud of and excited about her making a blog and sharing a part of herself that I feel the world should see and know about her. Alright guys, I’ll keeps this short and simple and basically I want you to go follow my best friend. Please? i know I’m a totally crap blogger, but give her a shot, ‘kay? Kay.

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Source: Anime Review-Death Parade!

#WritersLife Tag ||Book/Blogging Tag (Long time, no blog!)

Hello my lovely reader, long time, no blog! Haha, but seriously I’ve missed this. Blogging is a past time I have been need to get back into for the longest time; now here I am again. 

I was nominated for this lovely tag by @TheWritingHufflepuff. Make sure to clink the link to read her post, because we all know how much her posts are worth it.

*cue that horrendous song Worth It by 5th Harmony to start playing*

Sorry for all those Fifth Harmony fans out there- I just can’t stand that song with how overplayed it’s become. Anyway, back to the tag!


#WritersLife Tag

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Write Fuel: What do you eat/drink while writing?

Um… Everything?

Seriously though guys, this is me 99.99% of the time whenever I’m writing. I eat and drink like crazy, which probably isn’t always the best but what can I say yo? I’m a piece of food stuffing while writing trash. Ehehehe.

Write Sounds: What do you listen to while writing?

I like to turn on iTunes Radio and just listen to some stations of my favorite bands and artists, like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, twenty one pilots, Halsey, You Me At Six, Detektivbyran, Eminem, and Alessia Cara. I like a variety, and depending on my personal mood and the mood of the story that I’m writing, I could really be listening to anything (except country).

Write Vice: What’s your most debilitating distraction?

1.) Food

2.) Books/Reading

3.) Anime/TV/Movie

4.) People

Write Horror: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?

I guess not having my laptop with me and even when I do, sometimes my wifi is wonky as heck and I can’t write due to the fact I use Google Docs. (Yay me!) I’ve barely been writing for over a year, and even then I went on this super long hiatus of sorts / writers block that was months long. The joys of my life.

Write Joy: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened while writing or how do you celebrate small victories?

Um, I always celebrate whenever I make up a really cool new story plot. I love creating new worlds, and completing character charts is always a big “little” victory for me. As for celebrating these small feats:

Write Crew: Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?

I have two main friends that are really my only friends in a sense, so there’s those two who’ll for some reason put up with my rants and “live texting” as I write. I send them reaction gifs and pics for things they have never read and they deal with it. One more so than the other. We fangirl and squeal over the phone together since one of the them (the one I talk to most of the time) has Google Docs as well and I’ll add her to my document so she can watch me type and so yeah. Pretty much. 

I try to avoid a lot real life people when I’m writing and if someone comes into my room when I’m typing, I will legit just stop and stare at my screen for the longest time until they leave or I internally learn how to deal. Always fun.

Write Secret: What’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?

Please tell me you’re not really asking me this question.

Do you not read anything I blog about? I am constantly apologizing for going on hiatus and complaining about how I never have time to write / I don’t have inspiration. I am the QUEEN of procrastination and not being responsible. How I maintain a decent enough A/B average is light-years beyond me.

You want to know my secret to success?

Next question!

Write-spiration: What always makes you productive?

Write Peeve: What’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?

The weak female protagonist who has no spine and whenever character’s go OOC.

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Write Words- Share one sentence from a project. Past or present

“Valeska’s cool and all but her robes were bright hot pink, her dirty motor mouth was even louder, and her habit of throwing her pet crab (his name is Anger Management) at people is less than desirable.”

(Messorem Animarum 1: GHOST, a work in progress by Koral Runge)

 And that would be my darling protagonist Ghost describing my other darling, Valeska.

I TAG WHOEVER WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS TAG.

THERE.

WHAT’S DONE IS DONE.


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