Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blogmas Day Eight

Remember how I said I'd be back in the festive mood today?  I lied.  Today I'm going to teach you how to survive a family holiday party! 
Survival Tip Number One:  Just Don't Go
I know this may seem like an obvious, or have you wondering if any of my advice is worth anything (which to be honest it's probably not) but a lot of people don't even think of doing this. If the party is held at your home, stay in your room until summoned or hide the bathroom.  If your family is like mine and insists on going to another location for family parties (seriously if we are hosting the party and ten people are coming I don't think we need to rent a venue) pretend to be sick.  Remember: if you're going to pretend to be sick, be sure to act a bit sick the night before.  Another pro tip would be to act really reluctant about not going (ie "Sorry! I just threw up but I'm sure it was just  some bad food.  I'll power through! Just give me some gatorade I'll do it...)

Survival Tip Number Two:  Blend in
Okay so you have to go to the party... Try to blend in.  Unless your family is very formal, chances are there are going to be three aunts and at least one uncle who are wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. Be sure to not be to flashy though! Recently my school had an ugly Christmas sweater day and since I love to steal the show from the popular girls at school, I was very flashy.  I would try to not look like me unless you want Aunt Susan to compliment you as loud as possible. 

Seriously tho if you do this it's time to stop.
Survival Tip Three: Smile and nod your way through
School is going fine.  Of course I'm passing all of my classes *sweats* Oh no I don't have a boyfriend.  I don't know why not Uncle Steve, yes I know I'm too young Uncle Bill. To be honest, it's simply easier to lie to all of your relatives than to explain your life.  Like it's much easier to tell your Aunt that school's going fine rather than explain your hatred of that one kid and the clique you despise.  If you can't avoid conversation, make sure the person speaking feels awkward and bored.  I know it's hard but it's necessary to avoid social interaction.

Survival Tip Four:  Your relatives do not decide what you can eat
"Well I see why you've gained the weight" chuckles your Aunt Stacy as you look at the plate you've made for yourself forlornly.  People are rude.  You can ignore them, but fun comebacks are better. 

Survival Tip Five: Don't use mean comebacks on your family.
Yes, it's very fun, but it's a very bad idea.  I speak from all too much experience.  

 Survival Tip Six:  Your phone is your saving grace
*insert bad republican joke / opinion here* Oh no your phone just rang.  You better go answer it.  It's probably your friend talking about that school project worth half your grade and they can only talk at this exact moment.  

So I probably wouldn't follow any of this advice but if you want to try, go for it.
Hugs and Virtual Sweaters,
Katniss Stone.

Blogmas Day Seven: Christmas is pointless

Hello!
I'm going to be honest with you: I didn't actually have anything planned out for Blogmas and now I don't know what to do. So today I'm going to talk about Christmas and ruin the holiday and then tomorrow I'll come back and it'll be really fun and festive again.
Anyways, today I'd like to talk about how Christmas is becoming a pointless holiday.  Between the sales and the need for every single person you know to have a gift, Christmas is becoming less and less of a fun family holiday.  For people who have little money, the fact that it is becoming more and more necessary to get a gift for everyone you know is hard.  Many of these people have a hard time providing a fun Christmas for their immediate family, let alone coworkers and friends.  And don't even get me started on people who can't afford Christmas.  
In my community, we have a thing called the Reindear program where you can choose a child who wouldn't normally be able to afford a Christmas and provide them with one.  Many parents  who enter their children in this program are frowned upon and many of the people who buy the children presents don't put any effort into them.  The other day I was looking through the gifts to be sure that the children had the proper amount of presents and a family had bought a little girl a coat from Walmart and blanket.  I don't understand how you can think of a child who will get hardly anything for Christmas and think 'wow why don't we spend ten dollars on her'.  Many people who do the shoe boxes for children in other countries will spend more money on their coworker whom they sit next to and don't talk to then they will a child who gets nothing but a shoebox for Christmas. 
Another problem with Christmas is the amount of shops that have sales on Christmas eve and even Christmas day!  Workers in these shops would much rather spend time with their family then serving rude customers who are upset because they didn't get the last xbox on black friday and now they can't find one on Christmas eve (also please explain to me why you're doing your shopping on Christmas eve). 
Another problem I have is Christmas parties.  There's nothing morally wrong with them, I just hate having to socialize. 
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone

Blogmas Day Six

So today I've decided to do This or That Christmas edition!
also, you may have noticed that this is a week late... i got a bit caught up in family things so sorry!!! Without further ado, let's begin!

1. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Christmas day!  Christmas Eve is great and all, but nothing beats presents and the general joy that comes only on Christmas.
2. Real or fake tree?
Fake.  I've never had  the experience of picking out my own Christmas tree but it sounds like a lot of hard work.  First, you have to go get it, then you have to decorate it and keep it nice the whole season.  My fake trees stay fine from set up in November to take down in January. 
 3. Tree ornaments or tree lights?
While I love Christmas lights more than I love organizing books, Christmas ornaments are so much more sentimental.  I still have Christmas ornaments I made in preschool and the memories that most of my ornaments hold can't be replaced. 
4. Christmas caroling or watching Christmas movies?
Personally, Christmas caroling is a bit outdated as well as inconvenient for both parties involved.  While caroling at a nursing home (in the lovely warm hallways) is great, I'd much rather watch The Polar Express with some hot chocolate.
5. Indoor or outdoor decorations?
Indoor!  I love love love decorating for Christmas but living in Indiana, the weather isn't always kind enough to allow you to do so outside comfortably. In fact, despite the warm weather, we never actually got around to our very limited outdoor decorations this year.  Outdoor decorations are fantastically festive, but indoor decorations are much more personal and sentimental to me.
6. Cookies for Santa or celery for the reindeer?
When I was younger I'd always bake Santa shaped cookies and leave the best one out for Santa, as I got older I began leaving out celery for the reindeer.  One year I actually used food coloring to dye a celery stalk red for Rudolph. 
7. A white Christmas or a green Christmas?
White Christmas!  This year we went to Disney for the Christmas decorations and I  found out that I cannot be my festive self in warm weather.  Bring on the snow!
8. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
So last year I got to try eggnog for the first time ever, and I do not understand the hype.  Now, I'm not really one for eggs in general but I'd rather drink hot chocolate then try to drink eggnog for the rest of eternity.
9. Spending Christmas with friends or family?
While I do love my family, I just love Christmas time with friends.
10.  Giving or receiving?
During the holiday season it's encouraged to be selfish as long as you give a gift or two, but for me giving is so much more fun!  And besides, I love love love wrapping presents.
Hugs and Virtual Presents,
Katniss Stone

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blogmas Day Five Sample

“Have I ever told you how much I love you?” I ask Olivia as I pull her even closer to me.  The theater we went to had couches instead of seats, allowing us to cuddle. 
“Only a billion times.” She responds as she kisses my cheek.  The play is absolutely horrendous, but it doesn’t matter because I’m focusing on Olivia the entire time.  When the play ends, Olivia and I walk out to the car Sienna let us take. 
“Excuse me!”  A man taps me on my shoulder.  He looks too old to be a regular.  Great, another elder.  “I just need some help moving a bookcase.” Not following elders orders had extreme consequences.   I nod and follow him, Olivia trailing behind.  When we arrive in his apartment, he closes the door behind him before leading us into another room.  It’s large with swords and daggers lining the walls, but in one corner sits a bookshelf, out of place to say the least.  No wonder he wants it moved.  I walk over the bookshelf to help him move it.  Olivia stays leaning against a patch of wall without weapons. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Blogmas Day Four Sample


“Andy!  Why didn’t you tell us that there were way more than just one battle between you and the elders?”  Sienna practically screamed as she paced around the training room. 
“I didn’t think it was important!”  I exclaim defensively as I unlace my hand from Olivia’s and walk towards where Sienna is standing.
“Well, it was.  The elders are out to get us.  Do you have any fighting skills?” She’s calmed down a bit, but I’m still too scared to walk closer to her.  “As a matter-o-fact I do.  I didn’t have any control over my fire powers before I came here.  I’ve killed many a mortal.”  The look on Sienna’s face is almost worth it until I see Olivia’s.  I know my past makes her uncomfortable, and I try not to talk about it too much. 
“Okay.  Andy, you’re still allowed to go see the play, but if you or Olivia’s safety is compromised in anyway there will be serious consequences.” 
Later that evening I went to Olivia’s room to pick her up.  She was dressed in a gorgeous black gown and aside from the fact she wouldn’t stop pacing, she was the most beautiful human he’d ever laid eyes on.  “Olivia, are you okay?”
“Yeah,” she said touching her hands to her head, something Andy had discovered she did when she was stressed or freaked out. 
“No, you’re not.”  I stated as I invited her to sit on the bed with me.  She sat down lacing her hand with mine and leaning her head against my shoulder.
“I’m scared.” She finally admits.
“Oh come on I’ll be right here to protect you.”
“I’m still scared.”
“I have fire powers.  You can’t beat fire, especially if you’re an elder.”

She nods and we leave for the play.   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blogmas Day Three Sample

“Okay Jonah.  Tonight could be the night of your mission.  You just have to do one more thing.”  The woman, whose name is Sylvia tells me.  I’m ready to do anything.  I can’t wait for my mission.  Sylvia opens up a curtain to reveal none other than Mr. Bear. 
“Okay Jonah.  Show us how you’re going to kill that immortal on Mr. Bear.” 
No. I can’t do it.  Mr. Bear is my best friend.  I can’t kill my best friend.  Tears begin to sting my eyes as I pull out the knife I’ve been given.  To kill an immortal you have to cut off their heads and feet.  I start with the feet.  I pull my arm back as far as I can and swing down slicing the bear’s foot off. Red dye begins to stain his white fur.  They put in blood capsules.  Tears stream down my face as I pull my arm back again.  I take a deep breath in, swinging as I exhale.   The other foot comes off.  I take another deep breath in as I steady the body and head of my friend.
“He’s not real Jonah!” Sylvia shouts from the corner of the room.  I slice the head off as quickly as possible before dropping my knife and curling into a ball.  What have I become?
“Very good Jonah!” Sylvia exclaims clapping her hands.   “Your final mission will be to do the exact thing you did to Mr. Bear to Andy Kaltines.  Here’s his picture to help you out.  If you do that, we’ll let you outside forever.”

I can do this.  I must do this.  I will do this.

Blogmas Day Three: Disney!

Hello,
So recently I went to Disney and I thought I'd share some pictures with you!
*read more for pics*

Monday, December 14, 2015

Blogmas Day Two Sample


“Jonah?” A voice calls to me
“Mr. Bear?” I ask turning to my best friend of ten 22 years. 
“No.”  the voice laughs as brings in a plate with a cupcake.  Of course it’s one of them – I’m not quite sure what to call them, but they always wear the same clothes and they only come to bring me food or clothes.  The man lights the candle and leaves the room.   I pick up Mr. Bear and move him to sit across from me.
                Mr. Bear has been my best friend since I was eight years old.  One day, a woman decided that I’d have a better life if I moved into this apartment so Mr. Bear and I moved here.  I didn’t make any more friends because no one else was allowed in my apartment.   It’s okay though because Mr. Bear is a really good best friend even if my visitors who bring me food tell me they need to take him away because I’m too old to be friends with him or that his hair is ‘matted’. 
Mr. Bear sings me a birthday song before I blow out my candle.  I turn 30 today.  That’s six whole hands.  When I finish my cupcake a women with silver hair and a suit walks in a sits next to Mr. Bear.  “Happy birthday Jonah!” she announces, crossing her legs and resting her hands on her knees.  “I have an extra special gift for you this year.  You get to go outside!” she tells me.

I get to go outside!  I haven’t been outside since I moved in.  The woman who put me here told me it was for my own safety.  “We’re going to teach you how to keep yourself safe and then we’ll give you a mission.  If you can complete this, you’ll get to stay outside forever!”  She opened the door for me and I was so excited I almost forgot to bring Mr. Bear.  

Blogmas Day Two: The Christmas Tag

Hello,
Today I've decided to do the Christmas tag! Enjoy!

1. What's your favorite holiday movie?
The Polar Express has been my favorite movie since I was a child and the nostalgia makes it even better
2. What's your favorite Christmas color?
My favorite Christmas color is silver because it's ril pretty.
3.  Do you stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas?
I stay in my PJs because it's Christmas and I believe it is a fundamental right as a human to be able to wear pajamas for at least 12 hours every day during a break.
4. Candy Canes or Gingerbread Men?
Candy canes, I don't really know why, but I just like them better.
5. Favorite holiday drink?
Hot chocolate! Bonus points if it's served with marshmallows and whipped cream.

And that's it!  
Hugs and Virtual Sugar Cookies,
Katniss Stone


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blogmas Day 1 Sample


A week later, Olivia comes into my room.  “The new fire-proof training room is eagerly awaiting your presence,” she stated.  Hopping out of bed, I join her in her confident stride to the training room.  “Okay Andy, there is literally no way you can set the whole room on fire, please just set the candle on fire.”
Concentrating as hard as I can, I touch the wick of the candle.  A spark shoots out of my fingertip and I jump back.
“It’s okay Andy just concentrate on the candle.  Don’t let your emotions get to you.”
Putting my focus back to the candle I touch the wick again and it begins to burn.  I did it.  I did it! I did magic!  Pulling me into a hug, Olivia congratulates me. 
The rest of the week goes fantastically.  No one gets set on fire, and I’m able to do more and more with my magic.  Olivia showed me how to light a stove with my magic.  Every time I make pasta or coffee, I laugh thinking about how I set the grass outside of the window above the stove alight.  Of course I still haven’t heard the end of it from Olivia.  Every single time she sees me outside she asks me if I’ll set the grass on fire.  I’m not able to control my magic enough to just set whatever I want on fire.  Candles and stoves are just about all of my capabilities. 
“Hello Andy,” Sienna says sternly as I walk into the training room for lessons with Olivia one day.
“Sienna.  Can I help you?”
“I’m just here to watch and see how you’re training’s going.”
Olivia just shrugs and sets out candles on the table.  Next to the candles is a pot of water, no stove or anything.
“Okay Andy, so you’re going to warm up by lighting the candles.  Today I want to see if you can light them by hovering your index finger over the wick instead of touching it.”
It takes a bit more work, but I’m able to light the candles pretty easily.  When I’m finished Olivia smiles and takes me over to the pot of water.  “Now I’m going to have you boil the water.  Hover your hand of the pot and concentrate on how the water will look when it’s boiling.” I try to boil the water, but it gets a bit hard when I can feel Sienna’s curious gaze on my back.
                “I-I can’t.” I whisper. 
“That’s okay Andy.  We’re done for today.  Thanks for watching Sienna!” 
Sienna leaves, closing the door behind her and I break down into tears.  It’s the first time I’ve cried since I was a little boy.  When my mother left, I vowed to never cry again. 
“Oh my – Andy are you alright?!” Olivia asks sitting down next to me.  I shake my head and she puts her arm around me.  “Andy, its okay – you don’t have to be perfect; it’ll take some time to be great.”  Rubbing circles into my back she hums a tune to a song I’ve never heard before.  It reminds me of a lullaby.  When I’m done crying, Olivia walks me back to my room.  She hesitates at the door before leaving.  “Andy if you ever need someone to talk to – about anything – please ask.  I get a little lonely being the only one here with actual emotions.” 

Blogmas Day 1: Christmas Tree Tips

Hello!
So, as some of you may know, I LOVE CHRISTMAS.  My personal Christmas tree has been up since November 10th, and our family tree has been up since the day after thanksgiving.  Since I'm pretty sure I'm a decorating pro, here's some tips to have the merriest of Christmas trees :
1. You don't have to stick with a theme
Looking at the trees on tumblr and instagram you may think that having a theme completes a tree, but I don't think so.  My tree is a compilations of ornaments I've made throughout the years and gifts from friends and family.  Nearly every ornament on my tree has a story or at least some sentimental value to me.  Having ornaments that mean something instead of just pretty red and gold baubles can make you feel more Christmassy -- and that's what really matters.
2. Lights OR Tinsel
It is my personal belief that if you're going to have a tree, you have to choose Lights OR Tinsel.  As much as I love lights and tinsel, I don't think that they should both be on one tree.  Personally, I like lights on the tree and tinsel as a decoration on walls and shelves.
3. Diy ornaments are just as cool as store bought
Listen, I don't have money; so when I see that I have to spend a lot of money to get my tree fabulous, I get upset.  However, with just a little glue, glitter, and determination you  can have a similar or even cooler result. (I'll post my favorite diys later this month).
4. Always have the best star
The star is the key part of a Christmas tree and I think that it should be the most glittery thing on the tree.  Personally, I enjoy printing out a star shaped picture of myself, adding glitter glue and christmas stickers and then setting atop the tree to make it fabulous.
Of course, I'm attaching files to printable TriSaraSquad stars just in case you want some extra fab on your tree. 



Hugs and Virtual Christmas Trees,
Katniss Stone

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Immortals Writing Samples!

Hello!
As some of you may know, this year I participated in NaNoWriMo. (Of course, I went through a writing slump in the middle and ended nearly 40,000 words behind, but 10,000 more than I thought I could get done in two months, let alone one) Instead of bettering Selected -- which I may or may not have thrown out as a 'helpless cause' at this point -- I decided to write a new novel.  Of course, new ideas are easier to write about and what author doesn't like to come up with the background information on so many different characters!  Anyways, the book is called Immortals and I don't even know how to describe it. Because of a copyright problem I had with Selected I've decided not to post it to Wattpad until I can be sure it's 100 percent safe.  However, I didn't think it was fair to give you guys all those character information posts and then not introduce you to the writing those characters are from.  Through December, I will be doing the Twelve Days Of Blogmas  in which a new sample is released every day.  And since I don't feel like making you wait until then (and to hopefully peak your interest) I've decided to include a sample in this post as well.  

Hugs and Virtual Candy Canes,
Katniss Stone
(I'm signing off before the sample, I know it's weird but it's how I've decided to format them)
“Hello Andy!  My name’s Sienna and I run things around here.  We’re so happy to have you here; we just have a few rules that we’d like you to follow.”  The woman across from me droned on and on.  I’m still not sure how I ended up here.  One minute I was killing elders , and okay, I’ll admit, a few regulars got into the mix but there’s nothing wrong with that, they’ll disappear anyways, and the next I was here.  I felt arms around my shoulders and the room was engulfed in fire, apparently that was my magic.  If you had told little six year old Andy that he’d be in trouble for killing and setting fire to things, he’d have told you that you were silly.  I didn’t intend to be like this, it just kind of happened after a while.  Being immortal and having elders know about you is kind of like wearing a sign that says ‘please slaughter me’ and to add to that I’m magical?! Sienna continues to drone on about who knows what and I grow tired of her.  Before I realize what has happened, Sienna’s desk is on fire and a shorter girl with light brown hair runs in and with a wave of her hand, the fire is gone. 
“Olivia, would you be so kind to show Andy around the magical wing -- and maybe get those powers of his under control.”  Sienna nearly shouted.  Olivia nodded and gently guided me out of the room and into a hall. 
“Seriously dude?”  She giggled as she dragged me into a different wing of the building.  Finally, we reach a room full of the mats you’d see in a gymnasium and a wall lined with mannequins. 
“Okay so I’m going to guess you didn’t even know you were magical until today?” she asked as she took a seat in a wooden chair that sat adjacent to a computer.   I nodded.  “Well then I’m going to explain a few things about magic.  You have fire magic.  Fire magic is an elemental magic.  I have healing magic which is kind of the bridge between mind magic and element magic.  I’ll explain more as we go along.”  I understood maybe two words of what she just said. 
“Well?  What are you waiting for?  Get up!” she said as she pulled out a few candles and a few sheets of paper from a cabinet.  I walked towards the metal table she was setting them on.  “Now set them on fire.”
“What?”
“Set the things I just set down on fire.”
“How?”
“Concentrate.  Imagine the candles on fire.  Imagine the paper slowly burning.”
I tried as hard as I could and just as I was about to give up, all the mats burst into flames.  With a wave of her hand, the mats are left unscorched.  This whole healing thing was pretty cool why couldn’t I have that 
“Okay.  That was not the candles or the paper.”   Let’s try again.  This time, take your index finger and
                Touch the wick of the candles one by one and then touch the paper.   Rolling my eyes I start to touch the wick of the candle.  It doesn’t burn.  Anger and frustration begin to swell inside me as I take my finger off. 
“I CAN’T DO IT!” I scream setting the entire room, including Olivia on fire.  This time, Olivia isn’t so quick to put out the fire; she slowly runs her hands down her body, leaving her unharmed.  An invisible bubble forms around her as she slowly puts out the fire.  When she’s done, the mats are completely burnt.  The table soft enough to mold into something different and the mannequins are scorched.  As she solidifies the table, I notice she leaves the candles burning.
“That was a bit unnecessary now wasn’t it?” she said running her hand through her hair.  “We’re going to have to get some new equipment, but until then I’m going to have you stay in your room until that happens.  


Quick little author's note, I do realize that the 12 days of Blogmas starts tomorrow but still I'm excited and I want everyone to read my samples because I think they're good.



Friday, December 11, 2015

November favorites


Hello, my name is Olivia/Katherine. You'll probably be seeing more of me if this works out well. Before I dive into my favorites of this month, I figured you'd probably like to know what I'm into.
Favorite Music: Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, etc.
Favorite Books: John Green, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, some biographies
Favorite Shows/Movies: Walking Dead, Gravity Falls, Corpse Bride, Disney

Okay, I'll start my monthly favorites for November now. I have 7, but the number may vary from month to month. It's not in any certain order.
1. Neck Deep- One of my friends told me to listen to this band and they're super rad. Check them out here:
 https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/neck-deep/id554682150
2. Watercolor Pencils- I'm not the best artist, but I wanted to add a cool effect to a drawing and it worked really well. You just color regularly and then use a paintbrush and it looks like watercolor. http://www.amazon.com/Staedtler-Watercolor-Pencils-Colors-14410ND24/dp/B003JYV6E8
3. Neko Atsume- This app has been my obsession lately. You basically add things to your virtual yard and watch cats, name them, and take pictures of them. The cats are super cute and I love them. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.hit_point.nekoatsume&hl=en
          https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neko-atsume-kitty-collector/id923917775?mt=8
4. Mockingjay Part 2- This movie was very good and I thought it was pretty similar to the book. I cried, laughed, and felt all the feels.
5. Binge by Tyler Oakley- I'm a fan of Tyler on YouTube and this book is hilarious and meaningful. I love it. Enough said. http://www.amazon.com/Binge-Tyler-Oakley/dp/1501117696
6. Grimes- Listen and you'll understand why it's a favorite http://www.grimesmusic.com/
7. The Sorcerer's Phone- I ordered a Harry Potter case in August and the owner was really backed up on orders so I got a few weeks ago. It was worth the wait. My case is so pretty. There are many different fandom cases so you can display your fandom proudly. For updates on this business, go to her instagram which is @thesorcerersphone
http://www.thesorcerersphone.com/collections/all


Quick note from Katniss Stone:  This blog is not sponsored or paid by these companies in any way shape or form but this is Olivia's post so I'll let her keep the links and everything.

Also Olivia forgot to sign off so.... she says goodbye to y'all.



Friday, November 27, 2015

Introducing ... Olivia / Katherine


So recently I've made the decision to add my dirt fren spooky vanilla trash to this blog.  She'll keep y'all posted when I'm busy doing book stuff and start a monthly series where she posts her favorite things.
A photo posted by Sara Adams (@christmassaradactyl) on
You may recognize Olivia from some of my other blogposts, but you probably don't know that much about her.
Olivia writes books under the pen name Katherine Paisley.  She also wrote a Lucious Malfoy fanfiction on wattpad under the name drapple_jily so you should go check that out.



Olivia also runs a fan account on instagram for emo bands because she is a huge emo nerd. Hopefully you'll like Olivia and not eat her because that would not be kind. Hugs and Virtual Screaming Chicken Lights (ur welcome dirt fren),
Katniss Stone  
(Bonus nerd footage)
Follow

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NaNoWriMo Character Questionnaire

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
So you guys seemed to like the Olivia one I did on this, so I decided to do a 
  1. Name: Andrew Kaltines
  2. Age:  Immortal.  Permanent mental age is at 22.
  3. Height: 5'6
  4. Eye Color: Blue/Green/Grey
  5. Hair Color: Blonde
  6. Physical Apperance: Horrible posture and general laid back aura. 
  7. Favorite Clothing Style/Outfit:  Band shirts and jeans are his casual wardrobe
  8. Where does he live?  What is it like?:  He lives in Immortal HQ in Italy. 
  9. Defining gestures/movements: Smirks a lot
  10. Things about his appearance that he would most like to change: His height
  11. Speaking Style: Quiet and laid back.  Cheerful.
  12. Pet Peeves: People in general
  13. Fondest Memory: Gaining control of his powers and growing compassionate.
  14. Hobbies/Interests:  Watching television, listening and playing music, fire powers.
  15. Special Skills/Abilities: Fire powers.  
  16. Insecurities: Past. 
  17. Quirks/Eccentricities: Very introverted at times but also very extroverted at others. 
  18. Temperament: Incredibly laid back. 
  19. Negative Traits: Not good at taking things seriously
  20. Things that upset him: people who are mean unnecessarily. 
  21. Things that embarrass him: getting told off
  22. Highly opinionated about: People who tell him his powers are useless.
  23. Things that make him happy: Olivia, using his powers
  24. Family: Parents left when he was young.
  25. Deepest, darkest secret: Killed a bunch of people in his past.
  26. Reason he kept this secret for so long: He thought it would upset Olivia (it did) 
  27. Other people's opinions of him: Many people don't like him because of his laid back demeanor and his original heartless actions, but he slowly becomes more favored as he becomes a well rounded, compassionate person. 
  28. Favorite bands/genres:  Pop punk
  29. Favorite Movie: Any Disney Movie
  30. Favorite Play: Into The Woods
  31. Favorite Book: Hamlet
  32. Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese
  33. Favorite Sports: Soccer
  34. Political Views: Immortals are better than Elders
  35. Life Motto: I have powers, therefore I am superior to you.
  36. Physical health: Great.  
  37. Description of his bedroom: No wall decorations but very messy.
  38. Pets: None and doesn't plan to.
  39. Best thing that ever happened to this character: Getting control of his powers.
  40. Worst thing that has ever happened to him: Having to kill SPOILERS!
  41. Superstitions: No shoes on table.
  42. If a song played every time he walked into the room, what song would it be? Grand Theft Autumn
Hugs and Virtual TypeWriters,
Katniss Stone

Monday, November 9, 2015

NaNoWriMo Character Questionare

Hello!
As most of you know, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year.  Now, despite being four days behind, I've decided to do the NaNoWriMo Character Questionare to not only give you a sneak peak at my book, but to help me develop one of the main characters: Olivia.  
Without further ado, here's the tag:


  1. Name:  Olivia Iliot
  2. Age:  Immortal.  Permanent mental age is at 20 though.
  3. Height: 5'4
  4. Eye Color: Brown
  5. Hair Color: Light Brown
  6. Physical Apperance:  Short with light brown hair.  Fairly good posture.
  7. Favorite Clothing Style/Outfit:  Band shirts are her favorite thing to wear, especially with flowy skirts.
  8. Where does she live?  What is it like?:  She lives in Italy, which is where Immortal HQ is.  It's a charming house, full of life and chaos at the same time, which she loves and hates at the same time.
  9. Defining gestures/movements: Runs her hands through her hair when she's stressed.  Twists hands when nervous.  Sways when awkward.
  10. Things about her appearance that she would most like to change: She wants darker hair.
  11. Speaking Style: Fast when nervous, but otherwise quiet and enunciated. 
  12. Pet Peeves: People who murmur, brutality 
  13. Fondest Memory:  Finding out she had healing powers and healing people who can't afford doctors.
  14. Hobbies/Interests:  Reading, listening and playing music, healing people, and most recently training those with magical abilities.
  15. Special Skills/Abilities: Healing powers.  
  16. Insecurities: Hair, mental stability. 
  17. Quirks/Eccentricities: Energetic, likes to dance to music. 
  18. Temperament: Easy going until she gets stressed.  When stresses she is a panicky nightmare. 
  19. Negative Traits: Panicky, not good on the spot. 
  20. Things that upset her: People who are unnecessarily brutal,  death, other people suffering
  21. Things that embarrass her: Not much embarasses her 
  22. Highly opinionated about: People who injure other people for no good reason
  23. Phobias: Death
  24. Things that make her happy: Andy, healing, making people smile
  25. Family: Unknown
  26. Deepest, darkest secret: SPOILERS!
  27. Reason she kept this secret for so long: She thought Andy wouldn't love her
  28. Other people's opinions of her: People think she is compassionate and caring beyond belief, however some characters are annoyed because of how much people love us.
  29. Favorite bands/genres:  Pop punk, Twenty One Pilots especially
  30. Favorite Movie: Corpse Bride and 101 Dalmations
  31. Favorite Play: Into The Woods
  32. Favorite Book: Lover's Lost (That's made up btw
  33. Favorite Food: Japanese 
  34. Favorite Sports: Hates sports
  35. Political Views: Immortals are better than Elders
  36. Life Motto: Write something it might be worthless, paint something it might be worthless, pointless verses nonsense verses, you'll see purpose start to surface, no one else is dealing with your demons meaning defeating them could be the beginning of your meaning friend.
  37. Physical health: Good, but can make herself sick from lack of sleep or stress.
  38. Dream Vacation: An adventure with someone special.
  39. Description of her bedroom: Band posters everywhere, books littering the floor.
  40. Pets: None, but used to have a cat that she loved beyond belief
  41. Best thing that ever happened to this character: Healing powers
  42. Worst thing that has ever happened to her: Death of SPOILERS!
  43. Superstitions: If you kill someone they will come and haunt you for the rest of your life.
  44. If a song played every time she walked into the room, what song would it be?: I can't help falling in love with you
                                                Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone

Monday, November 2, 2015

NaNoWriMo!

Hello!
So I've recently found out about this lovely thing called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This year I've decided to participate!
You're going to have to wait for most of this, but Zombies, disappearing people, immortals, magic -- these are all things that might happen in the book, or maybe not.  I'm ready!

Hugs and Virtual Typewriters,
Katniss Stone

Friday, October 23, 2015

Top Ten Best (and worst) Halloween Candies

So with Halloween fast approaching, candy is on the mind.  So I've decided to do a top ten best and worst candies to get on Halloween! 

Top Ten Best

1. Reeses Chocolate
A lot of people don't actually like this candy, but I don't care.  This has been my long time favorite and it will probably always be. 
2. Suckers
It's not that this is my favorite candy, it's just that they last so long.  Also I'm eating one right now so I think I biased.
3. Kit-kats
If you don't like kit kats you have a problem
4. Twix
Left twix is superior. 
5. M&Ms
6. Starbursts
It's like getting two pieces of candy in one -- unless someone cheaped out and is giving individual starbursts because that's not cool
7. Caramel
I think I'm the only one who likes caramel so I usually get everyone else's caramel.
8. Twizzlers
I love the little halloween twizzlers so much you don't understand
9. Anything Gummy
Gummies are the best thing to happen to this planet
10. Anything that isn't funsized.
Honestly it could be something I hate but if it's larger than fun sized I'll pretend to love it because an angel just gave you candy. '


Top Ten Worst

1.  Fruit 
Honestly if you give out fruit on Halloween you are a disgrace to humanity.  Don't even give anything out if you're going to give out fruit. 
2. Those brown candy corn things
Those are awful.  Also, when I searched for bad halloween candy they were on the first page so if that doesn't prove my point I don't know what does.

3. Mints
Mints are not candy.  Do not pretend they are.
4. Raisins
Raisins are gross.  There is never an acceptable reason to raisin.
5. Tootsie Rolls
6. Any Candy With Nuts in it.
Candy with nuts is never acceptable.
7. Christmas Themed Candy
I understand that it is already on sale.  I understand that Christmas is the best holiday of the year, but I will let it infringe upon the second best holiday.  I'm here to be spooky not merry.
8. Pay Days
They just aren't that great of a candy.  You're nuts if you like them.  (You see my pun?  That was pretty good.) 
9. Fun sized candy
There is nothing fun about their size
10. Any candy in those bowls with the hand.  
You know what I'm talking about.  Those stupid bowls with those stupid hands that scare you every single time.  And then those stupid people are sitting by the bowl laughing their heads off because you got scared.  I hate those bowls.  I would not get candy from those bowls if it was from my St. Augustine chocolate.  (That's a lie I totally would I'm in love with their chocolate.)


Anyways, regardless of the candy, Halloween is great and no amount of bad candy can ruin that.

Oh! Quick note before I sign off -- What do you guys think of the headers?  I really like them and think they add just the right amount of sparkle to the posts.  Tell me what you think in the comments!

Hugs and Virtual Halloween Candy,
Katniss Stone


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Movie Night?!

Hello!
Recently I discovered this wonderful site called showgoers.  This website allows multiple people to watch a movie at the same time.  So I had the idea to do a movie night with you guys!  On Halloween night we could watch The Corpse Bride or The Nightmare Before Christmas together.  The basic Idea is that I could start a google hangouts with everyone and send out the link and we could watch the movie and live chat through the hangout.  The only problem with this is that you have to have netflix and showgoers for this to work.  If you don't have netflix you could always rent a copy of the movie we choose and keep up with us.  

Your feedback is absolutley necessary for this to work!  If you'd like this to happen, please +1 this post and/or comment what time (and time zone you are in) would be most convenient for you.  Anyone who +1's will be added to a group chat (that you can leave if you want) that will watch the movie.  

Hugs and Virtual Tim Burton Movies,
Katniss Stone

Fall Break Summary

Hello,
So I go to a school where we get two days for fall break, so this post won't be very long.  Also, I've been thinking about vlogging so I won't have to write these posts out because these are probably very boring for everyone. But without further ado, let's get started!

Day One: Thursday
On Thursday I had a dentist appointment in Indy. I finally got to go up to JoAnns to get me some flannel and a nice pattern for a dress.   Also there's an Olive Garden super close to the store so that's a plus.
When you find a cute fabric but you don't know what to make.
After shopping I went to rehearsal for my school's musical.  (Did I not mention that?  I'll talk about that later...)
Olivia being super cool with her skateboard.
(also my copy of tabinof didn't come in.  it still hasn't come in.  help me.) 
Follow Me on Instagram!
Day Two: Friday
Friday was my day out with Olivia.  At 5:30 we left for the Children's Museum's haunted house.
Now granted this is meant for six year olds so it wasn't that scary, but here are a few of my favorite quotes from the haunted house:
Oh! Are you in the skeleton clique?  Me too!
Is that knife glow in the dark?! That is so cool! Where'd you get that?
 Have you heard of twenty one pilots?  They like to scream too.  You'd like their music a lot.
You are my aesthetic; you are what I strive to be.  
I love your hair!  (to which the person told us thank you which is gr9)
After our trip to the haunted house, which was short lived because the haunted house took so little time, we decided to go to Applebee's because why not.  After Applebee's we decided to see Crimson Peak -- which is a fantastic movie that you should go see. 

So that's been my fall break!  No one really cares but you know, I looked really cute and you needed to see that so...

Hugs and Virtual Jack-o-lanterns (in july setting fire to the sky),
Katniss Stone



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Butterbeer Recipe!

Break out your Weasley sweaters cause I'm about to show you how to make your very own butterbeer!



(serves 2-4)

Ingredients!

1 cup of light brown sugar 
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup of heavy cream (or you can use half and half for the very similar result)
1/2 teaspoon rum extract (I think it's by the vanilla extract)
Cream soda

How to Make It!

In a saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water.  Bring to a boil, stirring often, until it reaches 240 F  (I think that's about 116 C) on a candy thermometer. Stir in butter, salt, vinegar, and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. (If you like your butterbeer warm, just wait until it doesn't feel like it will burn you mouth off).

Once cooled, stir in the rum extract and the remaining heavy cream or half and half. Use a whisk to stir the mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes. 

Finally, fill glasses a little under halfway with cream soda and divide the butterbeer mixture between 2-4 glasses.  If you want you can add any remaining cream soda to the glass. Add whipped cream if you want or just drink it. 

(My brother would also like me to add that you should not freeze this because you will end up with a sticky-gooey mess.)

Hugs and Virtual Butterbeer,
Katniss Stone

Friday, September 25, 2015

THE NEW AMERICANA MUSIC VIDEO!!!

Hello!
So this video has been up for about three hours at this point, so I'll give you a little leeway if you haven't seen it yet, but Halsey's 'New Americana' music is the best music video I've ever seen.

Okay, I'll admit I'm a bit biased -- Halsey is kind of my entire life.  Also the music video is pretty dystopian and y'all know how I love me some dystopia futures.  So before we being let me show you a picture of Halsey with her new white hair because she is a gorgeous snow princess and I want you to be aware of that.

Okay now that you all have admired one of my favorite human beings, let's take a look at 'New Americana'.
Also as an excuse to watch this music video 9,000 more times, let's delve into this music video, get the story, and see if we can figure out what the future of Badlands holds. 
(Feel free to follow the music video with the text below if that so pleases your heart)


The cinematic masterpiece that is currently being called a music video starts out with Halsey (I'm probably going to called her Ashley for most of this) saying, "We were a community.  They made me their leader when I never asked to be; but the lighting in their eyes haunted me into whatever they needed me to become." 

 At this point she's referencing to the group of people she's with.  The group seems fairly young from the footage we see later on.  The group is in desperate need of a leader, and seeing or maybe even sensing a leadership quality they choose Ashley as their leader. 

The video continues with, "We were hopeful we could win, because nothing could scare us.  We feared no city and we feared no man."  The group she is with is optimistic they can win whatever war is happening at this time.  From what I've seen there are either almost clans -- for lack of better word -- or it's Ashley's group against the government.  

Personally, I think the world's kind of divided into little clans and they seem to be one of the more powerful ones.  

28 seconds into the video the music begins and we are led across a misty terrain to a woman standing outside of a large cave like structure.  The woman walks into the structure and removes her cloak.  She looks like a picture perfect frondeur.  

At this point we get a look at what life in the cave is like.  They have just about everything they need to be happy; drugs, vanity, 'love'.  They also seem to do a lot of training, which probably seems obvious because -- you know -- dystopian universe and being a powerful group.  
At about 1:06 we get a foreshadowing shot of a gun.  There territory has been found by someone they don't want to find them.  They are not aware and continue on as normal.  At 1:12 we get another shot of whoever their predator is in the form of boots, but again we are flashed back to life in the cave.  At 1:17 we see nearly the full figure.  He is near where the group is located.  

By 1:25 our group is being taken away by what seem to be some form of military officers for someone or something.   The group is lined up and most likely to be executed if their leader is not revealed.  You can tell Ashley is aware of her fate just looking at the shot especially at 1:33. In the seconds after 1:33 you see the guards speaking to everyone lined up.  They all turn towards Ashley. 

Ashley is taken away.  (okay this is where I started crying I'm not going to lie I'm still an emotional wreck). Now I'm not the best at reading lips, but for the sake of watching this video as many times as possible, I'll try; in the shots as she is being dragged it would apear as if she was saying "somebody help, or somebody stop this." (Again not very skilled at lip reading.)  She is dragged out of the cave and through a jungle. The guards seem to have left everyone else in the cave, judging by the shot 2:07 where everyone is slowly following behind.  

Despite her best efforts to escape, Ashley is forcefully dragged to a village where we hear her screaming for help. (Are you sobbing as hard as I am or am I getting too attached to a music video storyline?)  She is tied to pole where it is made obvious she is to be burned at the stake.  The townspeople watch solemenly as she struggles to release herself from the ropes binding her to the pole.  

The guards begin to pour gasoline (okay now that I'm typing this out this could be a possible song reference OKAY JUST CHECKED THE LYRICS IT'S ALL TYING IN NOW PEOPLE THIS IS A PRETTY EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR ME GIVE ME A SECOND TO CALm dOwN.) everywhere.

The guards light a torch and begin to walk towards Ashley, just before they set fire we get a *foreshadowing* glimpse of her group emerging from the tree line.  We see the flames nearly touch the wood and then smoke everywhere.  People are running.  We see people of all ages fighting back the guards.  This leads me to believe that the guards are some type of police for the village.  Ashley's group broke away and has been hiding from the village for sometime while the guards keep close watch over the remaining citizens, careful not to let another slip away.  With the distraction enabling them to fight back, they take a chance.  Ashley escapes and we see her and her group running away from the village. 

Now the ending of this video just gets me super pumped because Badlands has turned out to be amazing so far.  We see Ashley laying on a cliffs edge with her hair grown out fairly longer since she ran from the village.  It's been a while since we've last seen her, so we know something has probably happened judging by the fact no one in her group is visible in the shot.  (possible other music video explaining these events?) The song is clearly 'Drive' which is most likely the next video, unless of course she decides to do a music video of what's lead up to this part.  We see her grab a few things then get up and the screen goes black.  

To say the very least, this was longer than intended.

What did you think of the music video?  Do you have any theories? Let me know in the comments!

Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
 Katniss Stone

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Daily Journaling and Prompts?

Hello!
So recently I've been editing like crazy.  With trying to get Selected published and school, I haven't really had much time to write and I've found myself getting in a writing block.  From what I've read, the only true way to get out of a writer's block is to write, which is why I'm going to try to begin daily journaling or prompts.  
Basically, each day I'll write from a prompt, or if I don't like the prompt I'll just journal or stream of consciousness for 10 minutes.  The goal of this is to stay out of a writer's block and to improve my writing skills.  
Hopefully, everyday I'll publish my daily writing on wattpad and each week I'll publish that week's writing on here. 
In addition to writing daily, I'm going to try and blog weekly. In fact, I've already got a bit of a schedule ready. 
If you can, leave a prompt or topic in the comments for me to write about!
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Scheduling Posts

Hello!
If you haven't noticed the pattern I've created while blogging it's that  I'm either blogging all the time or I forget about this blog for like three months on end, so as a solution I'm going to write posts in advance and schedule them about once a week.  However, if I have an idea that I absolutely have to publish I'm going to publish it whenever I feel like it.  This doesn't mean that I won't check up on the blog, or try to talk with my followers this just means that I'm going to always have content for you. 
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone 

(Oh and happy national literacy day!)


Monday, September 7, 2015

Sooooo Many Albums: My favorite artists at the moment!

Okay so unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you'll know some special albums have recently come out.


(if you couldn't tell from that image, these albums were Badlands, Wild, and Crybaby.)

So I'm kind of obsessed with Halsey -- okay no I'm really obsessed with Halsey her lyrics are my life and her voice is an angel and she's gorgeous -- and I'm going to cut myself off with a picture of her.
Another favorite artist is Troye Sivan.  Not only did he have gorgeous album art and those music videos (oh blue neighborhood my heart was not ready) but he's also really talented. If you haven't heard of him (seriously where is this rock) he's also a YouTuber.  I've been a fan of him since Happy Little Pill so I'm super proud and excited (geez I'm a mom) for him right now.
My final favorite artist is Melanie Martinez.  I discovered Mel a while back because 'Dollhouse' was a suggested video after I watched 'Little Game'.  I instantly fell in love with her style and voice and in addition to that, she's also gorgeous. 

So in conclusion,
#buywildonitunes
#buycrybabyonitunes
#buybadlandsonitunes

Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone







Sunday, August 23, 2015

Selected and Whatever This New Book Is

Hello!

Selected

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know about Selected.  Selected is kind of my first real book.  It's super short and pretty poorly written but I still am really proud of it.  It's like my child.  Anyways, I've been doing this in the background now for a while now, but I'm prepping Selected for publishing!  Nothing's official yet, I haven't even sent it to anyone, but I'm looking into.  Two years ago, I posted somewhere that if the book got 50 votes and 500 reads I'd send it in.  Now obviously I now know that it needs a bit of tweaking before, but I'm super proud to announce that Selected has over 1,000 reads and 100+ votes! Two years ago me might be disappointed in now me for not sending it, but two years ago me didn't write as well as now me does.  If anyone would pretty, pretty please volunteer to beta for me I'd be so, so, so, so, so, so thankful. 
Expectations for beta:
  1. Can fix my one a.m. grammar (it's not good, trust me)
  2. Can be somewhat reachable
So if you'd like to beta for me just email me! (katnissstonetheauthor@gmail.com)

Whatever This New Book Is

So I'm also lowkey working on a new book. I'm like how it's sounding so far, so let me attempt to explain the concept to you and you can decide for yourself:
So basically when you turn 20 you vanish. There are two groups that don't vanish.  The Elders, and the Immortals.  Elders just don't vanish.  They  live full lives and are in charge of government.  The Elders opposites are the Immortals.  The Immortals aren't interested in being in charge and some of them have even developed powers.
That's kind of what I have right now.  So tell me what you think if you'd like!

Also...

I'd love if you'd fill out my followers census! I'm still looking at results and it's super helpful to know what I can do to make this blog better.

Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone

oh hey look I'm alive

So it's been a while. A really long while.  But I'm alive!  For whatever reason I've gotten out of my blogging routine, but I'm going to try  my best to get back in it.  Also, as you might have noticed, a lot of my posts are missing.  Well, the blog glitched and deleted about half of my posts so sorry about that, I'm not sure how to recover them.

So like do you have anything planned?
I'm so glad you asked.  I've got a few books planned that I will add on wattpad soon and I've got another post about dealing with anxiety up my sleeve.  

Even though it's only been a few months, a lot has changed last time we talked I had a few different interests.  So here's a quick break down of the stuff I'm into right now.
(These are in top 6's btw)

Music:
Halsey, Lana Del Rey, Troye Sivan (WILD I'M SO EXCITED) Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy, and Melanie Martinez.

TV:
The 100, Glee, Psych, Doctor Who, Project Runway, and The Fosters.
(I don't really actually watch that much tv but these are what I watch when I do)

YouTube:
Dan and Phil (they're basically one entity right?), Egg J Pierce (KIDPOV) Dodie (doddleoddle) Emma Blackery, Evan Edinger, Nerdy and Quirky, and a lot more but I'm going to follow my own rules here.

I'm not sure if I had this when we last talked, I don't think I did so I'm going to make sure I tell you anyways.  I have an instagram! It's _Saradactyl__ so if you want to see my beautiful face you should follow me.

Thanks for sticking with me!
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone
Featured here with my pasta crown. Click here to follow me on instagram!