Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The 4-Part Writing Special // Part 3

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Dear readers, I have some sad news.

There are only two more weeks left in Julian Daventry's 4-Part Writing Special.

But you know what we're going to do? We're going to not think about that and focus on Dusted Red right now. I have interesting things to share. I hope.

Onto the questions!

Name a unique aspect of your story world.

Peter Pan lives on Neverland - a name which you've probably never heard before because it's from a little-known story. I find my version of this unfamiliar place unique in that it's an island hanging/floating/suspended in the sky. I don't think any other Peter Pan retelling does this, but if you know of one, do me a favor and ENLIGHTEN ME.

And just to clarify, I basically have two worlds. Red's world is essentially an alternate Earth, and then there's Neverland - a much smaller island.

Talk about one of the important animals in the story (someone's pet or horse; or a fierce animal the MC must defeat).

There's a particular creature in Dusted Red that is part-good and part-bad... it's a little bit complicated. I would try to explain, except 1) that would take a while, and 2) a big plot point in my book would be revealed for all the world to see, and that would not be cool.

I will say, however, that the creature is a snake.

A paragraph describing something in your storyworld (building, landmark, etc.).

Nothing accomplishes this more effectively than a snippet.

Several sconces blazed on the wall, brightly illuminating a large wooden table in the center of the room and a system of cupboards against one wall. It resembled a normal village kitchen, only with dirt walls and floor and a network of wooden beams where a smooth ceiling would have been.

Hint: "Home Underground" XD

Something dangerous in your storyworld.

Oh, dear, so many "somethings" to choose from! But perhaps the most dangerous and least spoilery of them all is the Mermaid Lagoon. If not for the half-fish creatures that dwell there, it would be a fun swimming hole. But only Peter can safely dive into those blue waters. In the mermaids' eyes, Peter Pan is perfect and everyone else should be ripped to shreds. I have to say I feel the same way sometimes.

What mermaids look like when they're at the surface and you're watching from a safe distance:

What mermaids look like when you decide to take the plunge (literally):

One of my characters made that mistake, and let me just say that it wasn't pretty. But I'll let that particular charrie off the hook because no one had told them yet that they weren't supposed to do that.

Something delightful in your storyworld.

Why does it seem like I have less options to choose from? *strokes chin in thought* Red considers her village a pretty delightful place - that's why she doesn't want the shapeshifters to attack. It's the only home she's ever known, and within it are the only people she's ever cared about. (Please note that I'm referring to Red's life before the Inciting Incident.) It's one of the bigger villages in Fawood - my vast, shapeshifter-infested forest - and it is called Lenhador.

small shops // the constant buzz of conversation and laughter // a fountain burbling in the center of the square

A movie soundtrack that would complement the setting.

I feel like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe soundtrack complements the setting of my Rooglewood story better, but it fits wonderfully with Dusted Red too!

I swear, this soundtrack has a piece of music for everything. For a scene that reveals something beautifully mysterious or delightfully surprising, go for The Wardrobe. For a scene that involves the antagonist, go for The White Witch. For a scene that is ominous or creepy, go for A Narnian Lullaby. (And put it on repeat because it's not long AT ALL, and yet it's one of the best!)

How does the geography impact the story?

This sounds like a question on a history test.

Answer: The geography impacts the story greatly. :p {insert red check mark for creativity}

Is there a particular location or time period you had in mind when creating your story world?

Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and Goldilocks are all German folktales (Peter Pan is the odd one out - sorry, Peter) so I kind of have that in mind, especially with names.

Think of the implied time period of the original Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and Goldilocks stories and you have an idea of the time period of Dusted Red.

As you can see, I did my research. :p

What is the climate like, and does it play a role in the story?

My story is mostly set in a forest. When the characters are not in that forest, they're in... another forest. The climate in these woods is moderate, as you can imagine, and it doesn't have much of an effect on the story.

Are there any traditions, and do they have an effect upon the plot?

This might be bending the term "tradition," but only the bravest travelers and wanderers - mainly lumberjacks - venture from their village into the wilds of Fawood. Even the broad paths connecting villages are infrequently traversed because of the kidnappings. It's become almost a tradition, I guess, to stay away from the woods.

And then there's the legend of the charming hero, Peter Pan, passed down from generation to generation. The villages know that he and his island are real, but the last time he came down, Red's grandmother was a teenager...

Yeah, it's been a while.

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Those are all the questions. :) Don't forget to read the other bloggers' answers - their URLs are shown above! I'm excited to learn more about their WIPs, and I hope you had fun learning more about my precious retelling!

The Lord's Truly,
Lila Kims <3

What do you think of my story world? What is your story world like? Let's chat in the comments!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The 4-Part Writing Special // Part 2

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Ladies and gents, we have come to Part 2 of Julian Daventry's 4-Part Writing Special! This week's questions are centered on CHARACTERS, which is exciting because I've only really shared about my MC. This post will give you a deeper look at other characters, like... for example...

Well, you'll see! *giggles into hands with pure excitement* (Or maybe I'm cackling evilly, because by the end of this post, you will hopefully be hopelessly hooked.)

Who is the main character? (Bonus points for a description or picture)

I'll give you a smol hint. You'll never guess.

What is the goal of the protagonist? The antagonist? (no spoilers!)

The protagonist's goal is to save her grandmother from the shapeshifters who lurk in the forest and who are infamous for kidnapping villagers.

The antagonist's goal is SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS.


Is there a possession or memory the MC keeps close?

Possession: A red article of clothing, with a hood. It may or may not have mysterious magical properties. XD

Memory: Her father. He was taken by shapeshifters years ago, and it's impossible to know what they've done to him or any other of their captives, but the possibilities haunt Red. Villagers simply disappear... and are never seen again.

What is the MCs greatest fear?

I'm trying to pry it out of her, but she's giving me a hard time. So far, I've narrowed it down to two.

Red is terrified that the villages will prove themselves to be as unsafe as the woods. What is holding the formwandlers back?

She's also scared that the formwandlers will eventually tear from her all those she cares about. And so far, that nightmare seems to be coming true. O.O

Who is your favorite character?


I'll need to sleep on this question for a few years.

List some of the more prominent characters, and then provide a line that describes them (from your WIP).

How should I interpret "describe"? Hmmm.

Hansel: The boy had stooped down to pick up the last loaf of bread, but now he froze.  Slowly, his head lifted, and I stared into wary green eyes.

GretelGretel crossed her arms and arched an eyebrow at me.  Her braid was thick and dark.

Goldi: She couldn’t have been more than eight years old.  Large gray eyes, short blond ringlets, a simple blue frock with a blue hair ribbon to match.  Her feet were bare and filthy, and a smudge of dirt stood out against her pale forehead. 

Peter Pan: His eyes were a bright sapphire-blue.  His hair stuck up in a mess of windblown blond.

Who is the funniest character? Smartest character? Creepiest character? Most reckless character? Quirkiest character?

Funniest: One of the "Lost Boy" figures (his sense of humor is everyone's favorite: SARCASM. Peter is sarcastic too, but not as much as this other guy.)

Smartest: Tink

Creepiest: Goldi

Most reckless: Oooh, difficult. Let's go with Peter. XD

Quirkiest: Goldi again, I think. (If you're extremely curious about Goldi now, then I consider that a personal accomplishment. Just so you know.)

How do you come up with names?

Hahahaha. I didn't come up with them. I kept to the originals, as you can see. Except Goldilocks, but that doesn't really count because all I did was take off the "locks."

What is the Meyer’s Brigg type of your MC? (Bonus points for side characters!)

I took the test for Red, which was a strange experience because I was stepping out of my own shoes and into hers in a new way, and it almost felt like I was her. Anyway, this was the result:


I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I tried my best to answer how she would answer, and it says she's "The Mediator," so... *shrugs* I honestly don't trust the test as much as some people do, but it's probably accurate enough.

Are any characters influenced by someone in your life?

I'm not the kind of writer to consciously base my characters off real people. At least, not currently. So I don't know. I'd have to really think about it, and I don't have time for that. XD

All I know is that I've definitely incorporated some of my own characteristics into Red. UNCONSCIOUSLY. Or maybe subconsciously. It didn't become clear to me until I took the Meyers-Briggs test for Red just now. *scratches head* I suppose that's natural, though??

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I don't know about you, but I'm super excited to see how the other bloggers listed above answer these questions! Be sure to check them out. :D

Now, for the ultimate question: Which of the characters I mentioned in this post intrigues you the most? I really want to know this, so be sure to answer that in the comments! The writer is curious. :) Otherwise, chat with me about anything. I can't wait to hear from you!

The Lord's Truly,

Lila Kims <3

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017 Liebster Award

Melissa Gravitis @ Quill Pen Writer nominated me for the 2017 Leibster Award, and I'm honored! Thank you so much, my friend. <3 (If you've never read any of Melissa's posts, I highly recommend that you check out her blog! Her writing is elegant and beautiful, and her posts are always either super fun or packed with lots of truth.)

I'm supposed to talk about my favorite blog, but that's impossible. I could never pick an absolute favorite! So I've only chosen one of my favorites - one of the first blogs I discovered and grew to love, and one I find unique and beyond encouraging: Having A Heart Like His.


Hosanna Emily is the lovely person behind Having A Heart Like His, and her blog stands out because all she ever talks about is the Lord. I'm not saying that other Christian blogs I like aren't Christ-centered because they don't mention Jesus in every sentence. No way. I don't mention Jesus in every sentence. But I just find Hosanna's posts so refreshing. Her passion for Christ is crystal-clear in every post she writes, and she has been such an encouragement to me. I can say with confidence that God has spoken to me through her posts - He's used them to challenge me, lift me up, and wrap His arms around me. And I don't always comment on her posts, but whenever I do, I'm always super blessed by her sweet, encouraging replies.

Thank you, Hosanna, for your lovely blog! God has done an amazing work in you, and I know He'll keep growing you in Him - that He'll be faithful to complete the work He's begun. I look forward to many more of your posts. God bless you! <3


I've rounded up five blogs I really like that I'm not sure have been nominated, but if any of you have, then... sorry? XD

Here are the rules!

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those whom you nominate will also help you out as well.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.

4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers.

5. List these rules in your post.

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)

7. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.

I know this post was rather short, but with Wednesday comes Part 2 of the 4-Part Writing Special! Until then, adios! *vanishes in a poof of fairy dust*

The Lord's Truly,

Lila Kims