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I totally forgot that my interview with the lovely ladies, including Courtney who’s a good friend of mine (whose books I REALLY want to read), at http://critiquethiswip.blogspot.com/ went online yesterday. Go read it and then, while you’re there, read all their blog posts. You won’t regret it.

You can also join their critique group if you write romance novels; find more about that here.

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Quote brought to you by episode 11 of season 2 of Supernatural: “Playthings.”

Onto my Friday night

Friday night, two friends came to my place and slept over. We stayed up until 6 am, watched Rocky Horror and Dogma (both fantastic movies I highly recommend) and I dyed my hair a color the hair dye calls “chocolat noir” = black chocolate. When the dye was in my hair it looked very light, so my friends teased me, saying I’d go blonde. (I didn’t.)

HOLIDAY!

Oh, and did I mention: I’m on holiday! (In case the title above wasn’t enough.) No school ’till the 22nd, baby! 😀 Can ya tell it gives me a happy? (That’s Buffy slanguage btw.) Now, because of it being the holidays, my room has turned into a shithole. Let’s see: clothing dumped on chair #1 (because I have 3 chairs in my room), chair #2 is actually absent at the moment and chair #3 only has my dressing gown; for desk #1 (mine), I can’t even see its surface, and desk #2 (my dad’s)… kinda the same.

Wondering why my dad’s desk lives in MY room? Yeah, so am I. See, there’s no 5th bedroom that could double as his study, and there’s no place downstairs for his desk… Result=my room is cramped. I have 3 chairs (2 of which are mine), 2 desks, a little step stool, my bookcase, my chest of drawers/dresser, built-in cupboard, 2 bins, my bed, my “bedside table” (it’s actually a small wicker thing that might have been a drawer once upon a time) and then…

Then you have the furniture on TOP or underneath all this crap.

On my desk alone I have two add-ons. Seriously. One thing on my desk, and then something else on THAT. On top of my bookcase, there’s one add-on for my books. On top of my dad’s desk… 3 add-ons. Under it: 2 add-ons.

Laughing your ass off yet? Cuz under my desk, I have a box of crap. Under my dad’s desk? Yeah, you guessed: a box of two or crap. And let’s not even look inside the cupboard. Oh, and I have a fan living behind my door. All the time.

Yeah, my room’s a dump.

BB guns and why they shouldn’t be sold to little @#$%

See, yesterday my sister had a friend over, and the weather was good. So my little sis and her friend go outside to play on the trampoline. My little brother goes out too. At some point, T, who lives nearby, and his friend L (two boys from my sister’s school) show up. With a BB gun.

I don’t know all the details, but I do the know the result: my brother got hit in the THROAT once and hand twice and my sister got hit in the leg.

I was sitting on the couch, with a coffee table in front of me, when I heard what happened. Furious, I stood up and banged my leg against the table. I wanted to punch those little jerks. (It took a lot of self-control to use the word “jerks”.) My dad went to T’s house, told his mother what had happened and came back.

Because nobody’s seriously harmed, my dad didn’t do anything more, but I hope that those two kids are grounded for the next two weeks.

Movies:

  • Saturday Night Fever: 7/10 John Travolta, dancing, 70’s songs… You know what, I don’t think I need to say more.
  • Sin City: 10/10 Marv says you have to see this movie, otherwise, he’ll ask you for your coat (if he likes it) and torture you. And when your eyes go dead the hell he sends you to will seem like heaven after what he’s done to you.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl: 6/10 Made me cry, but nothing extraordinary.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth: 7/10 Wow. All I can say is, go watch it if you like horror movies, fantasy and WWII. (BTW: I watched it in Spanish with French subtitles.)
  • Death Proof: 9/10 Maybe I should give it an 8, because compared to Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill 1&2, it’s not that great. But still, it’s a Tarantino movie… Side note: You know that rule that in novels and movies, all the dialogue has to go somewhere, lead to something. Pointless dialogue has to be murdered (“murder your darlings”), you know? Well I love how Tarantino just ignores that rule and it works. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and Death Proof all started with more or less pointless dialogue. But it was awesome dialogue that I was willing to listen to. (Btw, anyone else absolutely love Michael Madsen as Mr Blonde? I know he’s a psychopath but damn is he sexy.)
  • Sweeney Todd: 8/10 Tim Burton + Songs + Gore/Blood + Johnny Depp + Helena Bonham Carter + Alan Rickman =  Go watch it. I don’t know why though, but I’m feeling pretty “meh” about it right now, but I think I liked it. Maybe it’s because I’m overdosing on movies. But if you’re a Burton fan and haven’t seen it, for some reason, go and rent it right now.
  • Happy Feet: 7/10 This is a feel good family movie that I recommend. You won’t regret watching it. Trust me.

The Over The Top Award

Kelly from “Rants, Observations, and other Remarks” gave me this award:

Rules: Answer the following questions with Single Word answers then pass this along to 5 other bloggers. Make sure you let them know about it though.
Your Cell Phone? Awesome
Your Hair? Dyed
Your Mother? Caring
Your Father? Amazing
Your Favorite Food? Sugar!
Your Dream Last Night? Blank
Your Favourite Drink? Hot chocolate
Your Dream/Goal? Happy
What Room Are You In? Bedroom
Your Hobby? Reading
Your Fear? Choking
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? University
Where Were You Last Night? Home
Something That You Aren’t? Outgoing
Muffins? Yes!
Wish List Item? Books
Where Did You Grow Up? Netherlands
Last Thing You Did? TV
What Are You Wearing? Hoodie
Your TV? None
Your Pets? Dog-like
Friends? Awesome
Your Life? Eh…
Your Mood? Happy
Missing Someone? Yes
Vehicle? None
Something You Aren’t Wearing? Socks
Your Favourite Store? Bookstore
Your Favourite Colour? Green
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Today
Last Time You Cried? Friday
Your Best Friend? Netherlands
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Imagination
Facebook? Mmyeah…
Favourite Place To Eat? Bed

Wow… It took a lot of self-control not to use more than one word.

(Okay, I know I often used two words with a hyphen between, but it could have been a lot worse. There’s so much I want to explain. Like my pet… Please? Let me explain why I said dog-like. See, Rex is the family dwarf hamster, but he acts so much like a dog: lies on his back to have his belly rubbed, very loyal… That’s kind of it for the dog part, but here’s where he’s not like a hamster, or at least not like the one we had before: we once left him home for 12 days (we had no other choice) and when we came back, he was still tame. He didn’t try to bite us.)

Okay, I think that’s it. That’s everything I wanted to blog about. Oh! Wait.

Novel editing

I plan to edit my novel (Kenna’s Choice) for spelling mistakes and the like during this holiday. Small stuff. Then in April I’ll tackle the big stuff and in July I’ll get my CreateSpace proof copy. I was gonna start editing on Monday, then I was gonna do it today, but I need to print 200 pages, and our printer can’t handle that. So it’s gonna have to wait. Or I could just print the first three chapters… Uh oh. I’m considering putting it off until tomorrow.

No. I’m gonna post this, get off my ass and print 3 chapters and then edit them using my fantastic editing websites:

http://www.autocrit.com/websitepublisher/articles/6/1/Edit-Your-Novel-In-Three-Steps/Page1.html

http://hubpages.com/hub/Editing-that-Mess-of-a-Novel

http://bethestory.com/2008/08/08/editing-your-first-novel-7-things-you-must-know

http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2005/04/novel-vii-edit.html

http://writinghood.com/writing/basic-tips-for-editing-your-novel/

http://www.deepgenre.com/wordpress/admin/craft/line-editing/

Sorry for not making them clickable links but I’m too lazy.

Supernatural: *scream of despair* The first two episodes of season 5 are gonna be on Living, a channel I DON’T have. *screams again* 😦 Kill me. Kill me now.

*bows* Until I blog again.

-Kayleigh

EDIT: *sheepish look* I forgot to explain why I didn’t pass the blog award to 5 people. That’s because I can’t think of a blog who didn’t get the award already… Also I’m too damn lazy to make an effort. Sorry.

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Blog award

I know, this is VERY late, but I’m finally passing the Picasso Award on. (The image won’t work, so you get a link.)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_VzmpVdx3hj0/Sz73AouNtII/AAAAAAAAASE/ag2ImM8AMOg/s1600-h/From_Me_To_You_Award.jpg

I know I’m supposed to pass it on to 7 people, if I understand, but most people I’d like to give it you already got it, so I’m passing it on to:

  • Sarah J. Maas http://sjmaas.livejournal.com/ who doesn’t blog obsessively like I do, but when she does, it’s awesome. She’s not published yet, but the second she is, I’ll rush to buy a copy of her book. (And you should too.)
  • The women who run Let The Words Flow http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/. Their blog is what I’d been looking for: a blog by Fiction Press peeps. There isn’t that much out there concerning FP… SJ Maas is among those people running the blog.
  • Cassandra Jade http://cassandrajade.wordpress.com/. I’ve just started reading her blog and I like it so far.
  • And even though Courtney Reese, who passed the award to me, already got the award, she really does deserves it: http://courtneyreese.wordpress.com/. She’s also unpublished but I cannot wait for her first published novel, just based on her blog posts about her novels. She’s busy writing/plotting three series! I’m really hoping that in, let’s say… three to five years, I can buy her first published novel.
  • Kelly Reese, Courtney’s cousin and critique partner, has just started her blog and so far I’m liking it: http://kellyr1187.blogspot.com/

7 facts about me:

  1. I love languages and so far I speak French and English fluently, Dutch kinda fluently, I’m in the process of learning Spanish and Italian and I’d love to learn German. Maybe Swedish too.
  2. I’ve loved writing for the past two years, but my passive love for making up stories goes further back, all the way to my eight-year-old self who loved reading. Actually, probably all the way back to two/three-year-old me who had an active imagination. I have a picture of myself aged 2/3/4 on the armrest of the couch, probably using it as a train. In another, aged 2, I’m cooking. (Not for real, obviously.) And I always preferred making up my own games to ready-made games like Monopoly, hide-and-seek and Twister. And I’ve always been obsessed with notebooks and pens.
  3. I had appendicitis when I was almost 10 years old and because I used to fake being sick very often, my dad didn’t believe me when I said I didn’t feel well. That was early morning. Fast-forward to me lying in bed pale as a snow and puking my guts out. That’s 7/8 pm. Midnight, or maybe eleven, I was finally operated on. Why so much later? Because the doctors at the damn hospital weren’t sure. “What if we operate and it was all for nothing?” A sonogram and the doctor says… “Where’s your appendix?” Oh, whoopsie! It’s burst and the liquid in it is floating around your stomach and could kill you if we don’t do something now. Idiots.
  4. I have over a dozen scars and I wouldn’t get them removed for anything. Each one has a memory and makes me feel tougher than I am (physically I mean). Because honestly, my 12- and 9-year-old siblings, sister and brother respectively, are both physically stronger than me and both have beaten me in arm-wrestling. Pathetic, right? Because if you haven’t noticed, I’m almost 16-years-old.
  5. I’m French and I’ve lived in France for a little bit more than two years and… I hate living here. That’s because inside, I don’t feel French. And I don’t really feel Dutch or South African, but I do feel more connected to The Netherlands and to South Africa. But really, what am I, nationality-wise? I guess that I’m European, like my best friend said. (She’s Spanish/Irish with five languages in her life.)
  6. My personality has never changed. My best friend admires me for this, because a lot of people our age change to please their friends and to fit in. I have never changed the way I am so I’d be accepted. If people don’t like me for who I am, I say “F*** you, I’m not gonna change for you.” In my head, of course. My personality has only matured, evolved, but it hasn’t drastically changed. My best friend, who I love like a sister, also said that I never think “What’s wrong with me?” when people don’t accept me and she used to do this all the time and would then change. She also likes that she can say whatever with me and I won’t be the least bit surprised. (Seriously, talk to me and mention that you think penguins are awesome when we were talking about something else and I won’t bat an eyelid.) Can you tell that I love what my best friend thinks of me? Well, to not sound self-obsessed, because I’m not (just a little-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle-ittle bit) (I LOVED the movie Great Balls Of Fire!), I absolutely love my best friend and I love who she is. She is awesome and loyal and ambitious and kind and funny and beautiful. (Even when she doesn’t believe she is.)
  7. I’ve probably mentioned this already somewhere on my blog, but this deserves repeating: my family means the world to me and I truly do NOT know how I would keep going if one of the four of them died. I have to admit, that’s my biggest fear. Ever. There is nothing that scares me more, not my own death and not heights. Not even being a failed writer. (Which should tell you how much that scares me.)

There, you know more about me. Feel free to leave a comment with as many random facts about you as you want. (1 or 10, I don’t care. I’ll read and reply.)

Plotting

Yesterday I was home sick and I ended up… finishing the outline of my novel! I had 25 chapters plotted when I woke up and 50 chapters and an epilogue when I went to bed. I also wrote a few hundred words, read a bit, saw two movies and did homework. All in all a very productive day, but more about the plotting.

Let me show you plotting/outlining-haters why it’s the best thing in the world to outline:

  • First novel: no outline, incomplete.
  • First novella (which I called a novel): outline, complete.
  • A couple novels: no outlines, incomplete.
  • Second novella (which I also called a novel): outline, complete.
  • More failed novels: no outlines, incomplete.
  • First complete novel: outline, complete.

See a pattern here? Outline=complete. I’ll accept that there are writers who can complete a novel without an outline, but I’m sure that if you’ve never finished a novel in your life, it’s because you didn’t have an outline. (Or didn’t like the stories.)

I used to HATE outlining, but now I love it and it’s become my best friend in writing. (Along with my laptop, Scrivener, and my multiple whiteboards and notebooks and pens. Okay, I have a lot of best friends. :).)

I have too many goals

Really. For this year, I’d like to have accomplished this by December:

  • Playing with Darts complete
  • Kenna’s Choice edited and proof copy printed
  • NaNo novel ’10 plotted and written
  • Movie’s script rewritten and then movie shot and edited and uploaded on youtube
  • 3 short stories written
  • 12 poems written

Which brings me to this…

Full-time writer

The only way I can accomplish those things is if I become a full-time writer. Unfortunately, I’m in high school and not even 16. I can be a full-time writer in 2 and a half years MINIMUM. My only way would be to drop out at the end of this year. This frustrates me to no end because I like learning and I don’t truly hate school, it’s just that I don’t like the French school system.

Movies

  • Treasure Planet: I loved this movie! It’s a sci-fi Disney version of Treasure Island and are you allowed to have a kinda crush on an animated character from a Disney movie? ‘Cuz James “Jim” Hawkins is yummy.
  • Single White Female 2: The Psycho: It sucked. It was like soft porn. Honestly! And the dialogue was awkward and the characters acted like teenage bitches.

Books

I’m currently reading Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, one of my many favorite authors. Unfortunately, I’ve started reading The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Oh, and I’m reading “No Plot? No Problem?”

I’ve seen A Clockwork Orange three times, so I thought it was time to read the book. (That movie is NOT for delicate people.)

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Okay, that’s it. Whew. Took me time to write all that. Now I’m gonna shower then read then sleep then wake up and not go to school! Oh, right, haven’t mentioned that here.

Snow

IT’S SNOWING! Finally. I’ve been waiting since December for snow and finally, it’s here. And it’s here to stay. The snowflakes are big and it’s cold, so it’s not all melting on the floor/grass/gravel. 🙂 I’m a very happy person right now, because even if it does kinda go away, there’ll be ice, and that means no driving.

So no school for me tomorrow. 🙂

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My first blog award ever

For the first time in a few days, I checked all the blogs I follow for new blog posts and look what I found: http://courtneyreese.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/bringing-in-2010-with-blog-awards/

I was not expecting to see that this morning, but it was a very welcome suprise. I swear, I almost exploded with joy and pride. Not only did Courtney say this:

“If you’d like to see who I tagged, say hello to Kayleigh, a outstanding writer living in the south of France. Want to know something even better about her? She’s only fifteen years old and her writing is superb! This chick has all the markings of the next JR Ward, Laurell K Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Jeff Lindsay, name-the-big-shot. She’s also on twitter as @luckynumbr22.”

But she also gave me a blog ward: the Picasso Award.

To thank Courtney, I’d like to recommend her blog. Seriously, it’s awesome. (She’s awesome too.) So go there now and read: http://courtneyreese.wordpress.com/

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