Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Shadowhunters Finale Review | Faith

Without a doubt, Shadowhunters season 2 was a huge improvement from season 1. Although better, it does not mean that it didn't have flaws or that it turned into the greatest TV in all the land. Shadowhunters is a show I love to love, but also love to critique. I haven't been writing reviews for the episodes as I used to because 1) I was kind of busy, 2) my thoughts were basically the same throughout each episode. The only episode in which no problems really occurred for was the episode directed by Paul Wesley. Most of the things that I will be pointing out from the finale are all the of the flaws I recognized were in most of the episodes.

My least favourite part of this entire episode was most certainly everything involving the Seelie Queen. If you didn't really know, I'm not the biggest fan of Sarah Hyland as the Seelie Queen--I think she does great in comedy and more light hearted roles. However with drama? I'm not sure. Sarah Hyland looks great as The Seelie Queen, however her portrayal is less scary than the child. I definitely think that there could've been a better casting choice for another form of the Seelie Queen. I would also like to point out that the whole shifting forms thing was just an excuse to cast Sarah which I'm not a fan of. They should've stuck with one casting because the whole different age and form thing plays no relevance in the plot nor does it have any significance.

Don't get me wrong, Sarah Hyland's portrayal wasn't terrible. I just don't feel like she was the right casting choice. I feel like they could've gone with a stronger actress on this one. 

The entire Seelie Court storyline of this episode felt like it was thrown in to make sure they included the other characters. Not to mention it was all very rushed and felt like they were trying to speed it up to get back to the Valentine storyline.

As much as I loved Clace in this episode it felt weird. And the reason why it felt weird at certain points was because of the way Clary had been acting only maybe 3 episodes ago. One minute, she can't stand to be next to Jace and all of the sudden she's all touchy at a bar with him. 

What I will say is that I loved the way their relationship was portrayed during the whole Jace dying thing. I think that entire dynamic between Jace, Clary and Valentine was done very, very well. Especially with Valentine, Alan Van Sprang is STELLAR. Also that entire area of the episode was an area that wasn't as rushed as I thought it would be. I personally feel like we could've spent so much time in that part of the episode without being interrupted by Isabelle, Alec and Magnus. Nonetheless, it was one of the show's strongest moments, and as a book fan I was very happy to see that scene.

One thing that kinda bugged me about Clace in this episode was how distant Jace was. Again, this has to do with the consistency of it all. Before Jace was the one chasing now it seems like Clary is the one chasing. It would be nice to have Clace be in sync for once.

They did have some great moments though---I will admit that. When Jace said he loved Clary, my heart shattered a little bit.

A huge problem I have with this show is the lack of demons. Now I know that at the time, Valentine is the bigger picture. HOWEVER, the demons we saw were either possessing shadowhunters or humans, or they took the form of a human. It's so lazy in my opinion to do that. This is a demon hunting show, if you're going to show demons, SHOW THEM. Also, it would be nice to not have the demons die with one arrow or one slash of a seraph blade.

Magnus and Alec FINALLY cleared up their drama. Honestly, I did not have a problem with their issues it was the way Magnus reacted. You'd think for a warlock whose lived hundreds of years would be a little more mature? It honestly felt really middle school esque

Overall, those were my thoughts. I didn't go into much detail only because I would be repeating everything I said in previous reviews. If you'd like to read my past Shadowhunters reviews for episodes from Season 1 and 2 I will link them HERE.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Who I Picture as My Characters 2.0 | Writing | Faith

I did do a post like this in the past but you know that was two years ago and now I use banners for everything. So I just thought I'd make a new post about who I picture as my characters when I'm writing. It's come to a point where I refer to the actors as my character names. I was googling pictures and I literally wrote the character names first before writing the actual names of the actors. 

If you're very confused on this post, I'm writing a book---Or at least I'm trying to. It's titled Mortal Hearts & Shadows. Basically it's a book about witches and warlocks. 

In this post, I will be showing you the main cast of characters. The cast consists of, Sabrina, Charles and Jeffrey. The reason behind this is because there are really only three characters that have an actor that I picture. PERHAPS, one day I will write another one and showcase other actors for minor characters.

The first is my MC---my main character Sabrina. As of right now that is her name, I have a new name for her but for the sake of this post she will be Sabrina. Most of Sabrina's physical description comes from Georgie Henley aside from the eye colour. I began "writing" (It's in quotations because I refuse to acknowledge that draft), Mortal Hearts and Shadows during my Narnia phase. Who am I kidding--I am still in a Narnia phase. Anyway, I love Narnia and for some reason Georgie Henley stood out to me as an actress. It's really weird because now whenever I see her I just think of Sabrina and then I will have a moment where I'm like, she's not real? Yeah... The mind of a writer.

Sabrina is probably the best difficult character to write because she doesn't know anything of the world she's in. I know who she's going to become, so it's so incredibly frustrating to see her in the now if that makes sense. I have to remember that I am responsible for her character growth and her future...It's literally like NO PRESSURE.

Especially since I'm in revisions I'm starting to see all of the weird flaws in her character that I don't want to be there. There's nothing wrong with character's having flaws but the things that I'm making Sabrina do are so not Sabrina. It feels like I have no control, but at the end of the day I'm the one typing her actions.

The next character is most definitely my favourite character in my book. Charles Incotac is probably one of my favourite character creations. He's just super dorky and adorable and all around very precious. 

ANYWAY. This is the actor I picture as Charles, his name is Max Irons. I don't exactly remember why I chose him. It was one of those things where it kind of just happened and I found myself labeling him as Charles. This is character casting that I always found super interesting when talking to people who have read parts of my book. Everyone always pictures him having like a round face and it's very interesting.

For a while, Jeffrey was a character without a face. Jeffrey was always a character that I felt very strange towards. Then one day I just saw Keiynan Lonsdale and was literally like that's Jeffrey. Jeffrey is another character where I know his fate I'm just unsure of his path. My brain will go one way but then I will start thinking of the consequences in a sense I will find myself very unsure of it all.

With that abrupt note this was my short post on my characters!

Look out for my writing posts!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Writing Rituals Tag | Faith

The writing rituals tag is a tag by authors Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn. I watched both of their videos and was like--I want to do that. I don't have a YouTube channel to do it, but I have a blog! So I thought that it would be perfect to do it here.

Now that I have a job, the timing of my writing has kind of shifted a little bit. However, even though I have more things to occupy me it does not mean that I am any less of a night owl. I'm not sure if many of you can relate, but everyday, there is always something that inspires, motivates or pushes me to write. For some reason, this always hit me in the late hours of the night. I can usually write at various times throughout the day, but for some reason I am always more productive at Midnight.

The simple answer to this question is that I don't. When I write, I don't really have a problem with ignoring Social Media. I do get easily distracted, but when it comes to writing, I just kind of get in a zone that can only really be disrupted when there is a physical person in the room with me.

I feel like this is a weird question for me. For me personally, I will just casually or skim read it--especially if I'm just trying to write as much as I can. However, right now, I read it in more depth since I am doing revisions and would like identify all of my book's problem areas. There isn't a particular order that I do, I will do it through acts usually. Or if there's an area of my book that I know I have a problem with or where I'm not fully satisfied that is where I will typically start. I don't even know if I answered the question properly. XD

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. No, I'm just kidding. I'm a very music oriented person when it comes to my writing. There isn't one song that I go to, it's often a playlist on Spotify. I have separate playlists, I have one just for general writing, one for a specific story and one that just makes me feel very happy. However, the one playlist I often find myself going back to when feeling uninspired is one for a story that I'm not working on. It's a playlist for another WIP that's titled, "The Five Statues." If you're interested I'll link it below. To name a few songs that inspire me, I would say every single Ruelle song, Emerald by: Lyra and any James Newton Howard composed soundtrack


I will re-evaluate my book. Pinterest is almost always involved when it comes me struggling with writer's block. Luckily, I haven't really had writer's block in a long time. I have felt unmotivated to write but I haven't been stuck in any shape or form lately.

I use Pages on Mac to write. A major tool I use for outlining, notes and other writing things I need to keep track of is Evernote. It's a free app, but there is a premium option available. It's just so fantastic because I can keep all of my writing necessities in one place. It's so awesome because for each project I can have a separate "notebook" for each one. So I don't even have to worry about anything getting mixed up.

I also have a notebook filled with critiques from my critique partners. Also in the notebook are notes and reminders for and from myself. If we're going to keep going on with the stationary thing--PENS, sticky notes and extra paper.

I do use the Internet strictly for Spotify and Pinterest. I am a very visual person and often like to have some sort of visual stimulation to help with my brain. Music also moves me in various ways as I'm sure many of you will understand. 

You ready to hear this really original answer? My computer. 

How do I fuel myself during a writing session? I don't really know how to answer this question if I'm going to be quite honest. If I were to decide on one thing it would probably be my characters. I just have this deep love for them and their story I know I have to write, also my 12 year old self. This story has been in my brain for almost 6 years and I never finished it. It's like I owe it to my past self to write and finish this book you know?

You know the saying when you know you know? I know the context of that saying is very different ,but for me there's just this click that goes off within me. It's like I can relax and continue on with my day without having to worry. Another way to tell when I'm done writing if I've written a good chunk of words and by chunk I mean like 2,000 words. In my revision stage, I would say if I've revised a good couple of chapters. 

So that was the writing rituals tag!

Feel free to do this tag!

Revisions & Act 2 Struggles | Writing | Faith

Yes, I do realize that it has been close to two months since I last wrote a blog post. I don't exactly know how many of you will really care but that does not make me feel any less guilty than I already do. Not going to lie, taking a break was nice---I did some pretty swell stuff in the time not invested in this blog. And if you're thinking that one of those things was revising my book---you'd be wrong. However, that's not important.

Recently, I've jumped right back into revisions. Not only this but I'm in Act 2, this act is probably my least favourite part of my entire book, and Act two is probably a good 40% of the book so you can see why I'm dreading having to revise the thing. This book is so near and dear to my heart, I came up with the idea when I was maybe twelve years old and it's morphed into something a little bit better. 

Reading and revising the second draft is a moment to reflect on how cocky I was as a writer writing that particular act. I thought it was so good and I thought I'd never change any of it--LOOK AT ME NOW. With almost every chapter I'm cringing because there are things that are dreading out for too long and there are things that are so incredibly rushed. What do I do when I have lost all faith in my writing? I pull out the old drafts and remember how much worse it was.

Although I will tell you something. You know that feeling you get when you see or do something very satisfying. That's the feeling I get when I delete a really irrelevant chapter. It just feels like the book is somehow improving even though it may not be.

Another big obstacle I'm facing at this point in my revisions is the fact that I really, really want to write other stories as well.

The one thing that's really pushing me forward with my revisions is the fact that I know that it's somehow getting better and that it's another step froward.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Seeds of Mortal Hearts & Shadows | Writing | Faith

As some of you may or may not, I Faith am a writer and I am currently working on writing my first book. Recently, while going through my files on my USB stick I found the original draft of Mortal Hearts & Shadows. Although this is not what it was called originally, this is the very, very, very first draft where I came up with the original storyline. It's both sentimental and cringe worthy to see what my 12 year old brain came up with. However, it's interesting to see because there are scenes in my more recent first draft that came from the first draft I ever wrote. It's interesting to see what they were originally. It's also very interesting to see my characters in their original format I guess you could say. 

One day, I really just want to sit down and read it because I really just wanna see how my story originally was. It's very strange because during the time I wrote this, I thought I was such a great writer and had dreams of publishing before I turned sixteen. YUP. That's me. Now I'm Seventeen and sadly haven't accomplished that dream, however, hopefully one day I will publish one of my stories. However I will sat that I probably won't be as naive as I was before. 

This is a draft where Sabrina knew how to use a sword, had like 3--maybe 4 love interests, and oh my there was so much foreshadowing in this draft. If I could describe this draft as a TV show, I would describe it as season 1 of Shadowhunters.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share with you the first section of this draft. But first, I will share some very odd lines that I actually wrote at the age of twelve. You ready?

“Can I see your sword?” Charles asked. Sabrina pulled out her sword out of her sheath and handed it to him. “It’s very light and thin it matches your royal wand that is not cute at all.” Charles said                                                               
 “What’s that supposed to mean. It’s not cute at all.” Sabrina said mocking his voice.                                   
 “I’m saying it’s cute.” Charles said with a smile.      

The scene I'm about to show is your one of my favorite scenes I have ever come up between my characters Sabrina and Charles. It obviously doesn't read like this now, but nonetheless it was still fun to read the original version. Keep in my mind it's really short because it actually reveals a lot of stuff that I didn't know it did. Oops.

Everyone was asleep on their blankets. Everyone was around the bonfire because everyone had used there blankets to sleep on also every ones weapons were either clutched in their hands or beside the blankets. Sabrina’s hair was straight and no longer in a high ponytail. She was wearing a white button up shirt and her tight leather pants and boots and also had a small dagger inside her boots. Sabrina was sitting on the grass staring at the stars and she noticed how bright and beautiful they were.                                                   
  “Enjoying the view?” Charles said while slowly rising off his blanket.                                                       
 “I thought you were asleep.” Sabrina said raising her eyebrow                                      
 “It takes a while for me to go to sleep when I’m sleeping in a new place.” Charles said standing up to sit beside Sabrina.                                                                                
“Really? Me too, on the first night this is what I did. The stars remind me of my dad and my brother, Latameer. He isn’t really my brother but he basically is.”                                 
“Yeah Albert’s children are beautiful.” Charles said        

Anyway if you'd like to read more about my writing journey specifically with Mortal Hearts & Shadows I'll link you to my most recent post about writing which is, "My Experience with Vomitting". You can read that HERE   

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