Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: Storybound

I just finished reading Storybound by Marissa Burt

In a nutshell, Storybound is about a twelve-year-old girl named Una Fairchild who, while reading a mysterious book that she discovered in her school's basement library, becomes "sucked" into the book.
When I was telling my grandpa what the book was about, I said, "it's not as babyish as I made it sound."  :) 

My brief summary of the plot in a little more detail...
 Once she arrives in the book, Una finds herself in the land of Story, where the characters from books live. She befriends a boy named Peter and a cat named Sam and soon discovers that she has been "Written In" to Story by someone, the identity of this person unknown to them. Una and Peter soon discover that some "fishy" things have been happening in Story, and they begin the adventure of trying to solve the mystery of Story
I really liked this book; when I first started reading I didn't know how I would feel about it, but I ended up enjoying it. Marissa Burt's writing was interesting and kept my attention, and the plot had several twists and turns, which I always like. :) 

Reading Storybound reminded me once again of how satisfying (not to mention exciting!) writing a story would be for me. It inspired me, I guess you could say.
 The author, Marissa Burt

Overall, this book was cute and interesting; it was funny to me that characters from classic fairy tales were mentioned (abstractly) in the book. It was also interesting for an author to imagine what the lives of characters from stories might be like when they were children, learning about being in a Tale. It was cute.

I really liked Stroybound. It's a fun read, though it does have its moments of seriousness, too.
I can't wait to read the sequel (which is coming out soon), Story's End (oh, no! Story will end?! I have got to read it and find out what happens! :))

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Welcome, Haley!

My third sister, Haley Dawn, was born on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:33 in the afternoon.

She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long.

Megan is a proud big sister! 

Isn't she cute?!

We are all in love with this new addition to our family and are very thankful to God for her little life.

Welcome, Haley Dawn! We love you!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thoughts of a Writer: Creating the Character(s)

  Creating the characters in my story is definitely the most fun for me. I love being able to form them any way I want: their strengths, weaknesses, goals, families, pasts, the situations they find themselves a part of. I always get ahead of myself and imagine the heroine/hero of my story--what they look like, their passion(s), their disposition, etc.--before I come up with a plot, an adventure for her/him to go on. I don't know if that is how a lot of you do it, but I always end up doing that.

Anne from Anne of Green Gables
 Anne is quite the character, isn't she?

  Have you ever seen the movie Miss Potter? It's a movie about Beatrix Potter and how she became a writer and illustrator. It's a good movie. Anyways, there are parts in the movie where Beatrix is drawing Peter Rabbit or her other animal characters, and they will begin moving around on the page before her. She  will then talk to them; scold Peter for moving while she was trying to finish drawing him, tell the little mice not to bicker so (the second one was just an example I made up :)). The point is, her characters were real to her. They were so real that she could see them moving and would even talk to them like they were actually real animals.

Emma from Jane Austen's Emma