Character Interview #4

I have been asked to this interview. Wonder what sort of questions mphtheatregirl would ask me. Here it goes.

What is your name: Misty

What is your age: 12

What is your craft: Singing

When did you discover your craft: I am a bit embarrassed at bringing it up, but I discovered it quite late. I was very close to 6 years old.

Why are you not that invested in your singing: It is because of how protective I am of Sparkle. It makes it hard for me to find time to write music. Sometimes when I do not know where she is, I have to go looking for her. I do not want her getting in trouble. She is my best friend. I do not know if she is telling the truth or not if she gets back late or something like that.

Do you remember when the two of you become best friends: I think it was around the time I discovered my natural talent was in singing. She gave me encouragement that day. There was no Gazebo- it was way before we moved to Fairy Creek. We lived much closer to the toads.

What is your favorite hangout spot in Fairy Creek: I do not know, exactly. I know Sparkle loves the Gazebo. I honestly do not know what my favorite hangout spot is exactly.

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Character Interview #3

Well, mphtheatregirl asked me to do this interview. This shall be interesting- I hope.

What is Your Name: Marge

What is Your Age: 12

What do you Think of your Cousin: That is an embarrassing question. It is hard to know what to think. We are supposed to love family members, but how can I love my cousin? He has been given me nothing but pain. He does not show me love. I don’t know why he acts the way he does.

When did he start Mistreating you: I am trying to remember- I feel like I was maybe 9 or 8 or something like that. He started by calling me names, and then soon he got more physical. The way he treated me made me feel like an outsider. No toad seemed to realize the pain he has caused me. I know my parents were showing me love- but Sarge emotionally and physically caused me a lot of pain- I mean why would he do that? I had to leave Graysloup at times to be away from him.

How did you realize the problems going in Graysloup: I don’t know how I figured it out. For starters, the sight of it was miserable. I mean, it was just brown, gray, and black- no color. Very muddy as well. The weather was muggy and humid. Due to the way I was treated, I saw how he was treating other toads- I could tell they didn’t like it either. I then saw how he was treating  my neighbors- in a similar fashion. I wanted to do something- I wanted to make a change. I kept on standing up to him telling him to stop- it’s just he never listened. I didn’t care- I would keep on standing up to him no matter what.

How did You Feel when Sparkle entered your Life: I was kind of nervous, actually. It was against the rules for us to interact, to be friends. I was excited about this friendship. She was just what I needed. I no longer felt like an outsider. I had a friend for once, and I was shown compassion. She was aware of the stakes involved and was aware that my cousin could get in the way. That would not stop her from being in my life. It felt good, actually.

Character Interview #2

Hear me out on this: this is Sarge’s interview: so if there is any not nice sounding words on this- remember it is not me talking 

What kind of a girl does mphtheatregirl think she is? Making me do this dumb interview. I hate revealing anything about myself. Still why can’t I just skip it- this is still a stupid interview. 

What is Your Name? Sarge

What is Your Age? 17

Do You Remember Anything about the Day your Mother Left you?  What kind of a question is this, why should you know my past? It is true my mother left me, but why should I tell private information. That mphtheatregirl, why does she want me to answer this. I will tell you this, I was about 3 or 5- I don’t remember the age. I don’t know why she left. 

What are any of the things your Father Did to You? THIS IS ABSURD. I DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW. I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT WHAT HE DID TO ME. Look, he did mistreat me leaving me with so much anger and pain. I never knew love. I do not know anyone to know what he did- so I am not telling- that mphtheatregirl- why did she have to ask me this?

What is the importance of the Bog? The Bog- well The Bog was the only place I felt safe. My father never knew where it was. He wouldn’t hurt me there. 

What do You Have Against your Cousin? I saw her family treating her. None of her parents left her. I don’t get it. Her father and my father were raised by the same parents- I do not get it- I would think both would be loving if Marge’s father loved her. Why would Marge be so lucky and get a father that would treat her fairly. I guess it was a feeling of jealously that made her an easy target. 

What do you have Against the other Toads? Look, my father was leader before me. I never had a good role model. I really don’t know. I kept them in Graysloup because I needed The Bog. I become leader without talking to the toads. I was mostly against Marge. 

Then why did you trust Norg? I don’t know why. I guess it was because he was two years older. I don’t know why. 

What do you have Against the Fairy Frogs? I HATE the Fairy Frogs- sorry- I kind of do. They have everything- they can fly- and they can do art. More jealously was built up. 

Then, when why do you mistreat both? My past- so much anger and jealously. I never knew how to control anger. It felt natural to put all of this pain on others. I have had nothing but pain since my mother left me and my father kept on hurting me- THIS NOT IMPORTANT TO TELL ANYONE. 

One more question, why was it in your mind to break up a friendship? Well, I CANNOT STAND FAIRY FROGS and MARGE HAS A BETTER LIFE. The TOADS DO NOT DESERVE A FRIENDSHIP WITH THOSE UGLY FAIRY FROGS. I never had a friend growing up- why should the toads have them either. 

 

It’s not Sarge anymore- its me again. Boy, Sarge- Boy Sarge- this guy has had it tough. He has had nothing but pain his entire life. Never knew love. Filled with anger, pain, and jealously. He has nightmares about the times his father mistreated him. His only comfort was in “The Bog”, the only place his father couldn’t get to him- no wonder he is the bully he is. Sorry this interview has him yelling at times and words like “hate” and “ugly” and stuff like that. 

Character Interview #1

I decided to interview all of my Fairy Frog characters on my blog. First up is Sparkle, my main character.

Well, mphtheatregirl asked me to do this interview. I never wrote a blog post before. You do know, I am the main character of her Fairy Frogs book. An interview would be lovely. I am adventurous- an interview feels like an adventure to me. 

What is Your Name? Sparkle

What is Your Age? 12

What is Your Craft? Drawing 

When Did you Discover Your Natural Gift? 3

What do You Feel When You Draw? It feels like magic and peace. It feels like I am transported into the drawing. I sometimes get so lost that I forget what is going on around me. 

Back to the last Question, Why are you as invested in drawing as you are? Considering the fact that I discovered my craft at 3, I was able to really develop it at such a young age. I still spent time with the other three to five year olds. I wanted to understand the craft. It was boring spending time with the other young ones when they still did not know what their craft was. I already knew mine. I was still so young. I had to stay with them. So in a corner, I would take a leaf or a pebble or something like that and start experimenting. I drew with what I had- I had only basically two colored pencils and two pencils. That was it- I was like what on earth can be drawn with that. I did not know much about the craft. Still I experimented a lot- trees were basically lines in the beginning- clouds were circles in the beginning. At age 6- I was given a bigger collection of colored pencils and pencils and finally for once was given paper. I know this the time where we don’t draw what we see- I know Fairy Frogs still practice shapes and stuff like that- but I wanted to draw so much more- I had already practiced those shapes. So I basically started drawing basic things like a Cattail that I saw- the texture part started coming into play. I began to play with color a lot more. Due to discovering the craft at age 3, I was able to get a head start on the craft. I just got so into it by age 8- I loved it when I finally got my silver and gold backpack- it could hold the pencils, colored pencils, and paper. Not all of the paper was loose- some of the paper was in a little sketch pad- I have a couple of those. This question- I can’t answer that well- that is too hard to answer. 

When did you and Misty first become best friends? That is hard to answer. I remember being close to 6, I think. She was struggling to discover her craft. I found her at a creek. That day, I drew the outline of the creek. That is when I saw her- I don’t know fully remember the story. She had experimented with a number of Fairy Frogs, but still had not found her natural talent. I knew she was Misty- we had met, but I don’t know when. I walked up to her, and said she would find it. I don’t fully remember the story. 

If it was against the rules, why was that Graysloup drawing so important?  Let’s not forget, I was 12. Remember, I was fully invested at this point. It was a cool place to draw. There were turtles on a log. It was not exactly in Graysloup- it was past Graysloup. There was lots of fascinating things to mess with. It just meant so much- I felt like it could be better than the others. Yes, it was against the rules- but I didn’t want to just draw the same places over and over again- that got boring after a while. So I started to look for new place. Then this area showed up, and it looked perfect- I knew I would get in trouble and would have to sneak out and might need to lie at times, which meant lying to Aires and Misty. 

What is your favorite place to hangout at Fairy Creek? The Gazebo

What was the biggest reason you befriended Marge? You do know Fairy Frogs are deeply compassionate. I wouldn’t have met Marge if I didn’t start that Graysloup drawing. I wanted to take my compassion to a new level- it was the right thing to do. When I heard Sarge was doing things like shoving in her mud and telling her to “act like a toad” as in being like him, I was like I cannot believe this- he is her cousin. I had to help her- she needed someone to show her compassion- I was the only who could. 

Writing Update: Fairy Frogs

I am pleased to announce that just a couple days ago, I began my second draft of Fairy Frogs. How am I approaching this second draft? I am going to first read the entire first draft out loud. Each time I find an area that needs fixing, I will use the comment feature on word, and write in a comment that says what I want to work on. It will say things like “grammar issue”, and “didn’t I just say that”, and other things. After I go through the entire first draft, I will go back in and look at the comments and fix things up. I know I want to add in new scenes. The new scenes, I have no idea where to add them- those will be the hardest comments to write in. That is the part where I am at now- reading my entire first draft, and inserting in comments.

Who Am I?

One of the phrases that came up in Sunday’s sermon is “I Am”. I decided for tomorrow’s post is to write a poem that is in reference to “I Am”. This is a poem about who “I am”.

I am: 

I am a daughter

I am a sister

I am the youngest sibling

I am blue-eyed

I am right-handed

I am an American

I am a North Carolinian

I am someone who loves to hike

I am a musical theatre fanatic

I am obsessed with Les Mis

I am a mountain person

I am a strong spirit

I am a snowglobe collector

I am a playbill collector

I am a college graduate

I am a volunteer

I am a blogger

I am a bookworm

I am a lover of fantasy, mystery, and classic

I am smart

I am unique

I am determined

I am big-hearted

I am funny

I am compassionate

I am a fan of glitter and sparkles

I am a fan of Disney

I am true to who I am

My Snowglobe Collection

I cannot believe I never talked about this on my blog before, but I collect snow globes, and I want to show my followers my snowglobe collection.

Below are my small snowglobes. My Paris one is looking a bit sad since it has lost water. I don’t think that was bought when I went to Paris. Sometimes people buy me snowglobes on their vacations; but most of them I buy.  Also found within the small snow gloves are ones from the Jacksonville Zoo, Chicago, Africa, Hilton Head, Rome, Atlanta, and an additional France one. I love how my snowglobes are a mix of small and big snowglobes. The Rome and Africa ones are places I haven’t been to for instance.

In terms of most of the other locations, I remember going to. Like Jacksonville, I go to Ponte Vedra annually; which is about twenty to thirty minutes away from from the Jacksonville Zoo. In 2015, I went to Chicago to celebrate my grandma’s 85th birthday with my extended family, and I wanted to find a snowglobe.

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Below ares snowglobes that people made for me. The one on the left my parents made for me. As a bit of background, Kanuga is an Episcopalian Conference Center located in Hendersonville, NC. Annually my church goes on a Parish Weekend there- I have been there for the Parish Weekends, Thanksgiving and a high school youth conference called Winterlight. Kanuga was the place where I truly began to believe in God. So that snowglobe has a very special meaning to me.

As for the other one- for my 24th birthday, my two suitemates made that for me. My suite started with six of us, but in the 2nd semester, it ended up just the three of us. Knowing that I collect snowglobes, they ended up giving me a snowglobe. Before heading for dinner, a picture was taken of all three of us, which was put in the snowglobe.

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The Maine snowglobe is another one of a place I didn’t go to, but close family friends got that for me. Saint Louis is situated in Missouri and like Florida, I have created some very lasting memories there like going to the City Museum, going up in the arch, seeing Cardinals baseball games or spending a week with my grandma alone (which was when I saw Annie). I am glad I got that snow glove. As for Grandfather Mountain, I went there when the daughter of a close family friend invited me to spend time at Montreat, which is near Black Mountain, and part of that trip involved going to Grandfather Mountain,  and that is where I bought the snowglobe.

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The three snowglobes below come from three very special trips of mine. Spending time in Alaska wasn’t just some ordinary vacation: My family and extended family went to Alaska through a program called Tauck Bridges- think of it as cruise; but our main traveling was by bus, not by boat. We ended up geocaching, meeting husky dogs, lots of hiking, seeing wonderful glaciers, and so many other wonderful things. This all happened in 2011.

I went to Costa Rica in 2014 when I was still a student at Central Piedmont Community College. I studied abroad in Costa Rica for two weeks. We ended up staying in Atenas, Costra Rica, which is about thirty minutes away from San Jose. It was a cultural immersion study abroad trip. Part of it included visiting a farmer’s market, which I got to enjoy coconut water, where we got to drink it straight out of a coconut. We did some service as well. Part of it included going to the theatre, where we saw a comedy, but I was kind of confused as to what was going on. We a few days in Monteverde Rainforest Preserve, where one day all of us hiked and another we participated in the canopy zipline. The zipline was scary at times because we were right above the canopy and when I would get stuck in the middle; I had to right for a guide to get me so I would just be dangling there and it was scary just knowing how high up I was. Costa Rica was one of the most beautiful countries I ever visited.

So many followers know about England. It was debatable if I should get my snowglobe in London or Bristol. This was my very first pilgrimage, which would become a huge part of my spiritual journey, which would become very transforming in many ways. I thought I wouldn’t attend all ten church services, but I did. My mountain-top moment was Stonehnge because of the way the wind was pushing me me towards the stones and the atmosphere surrounding the stones. Even the small parts that weren’t as effective like Bath would add up in the end. Even the two extra days, that weren’t part of the pilgrimage, were still part of England- I mean Les Mis followed perfectly into the pilgrimage- after all Les Mis is a spiritual journey- which meant I would go on Jean Valjean’s spiritual journey the day before I went on my own- see what I mean.

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Now on to the gigantic snowglobe. This was a Christmas present one year. This was the most perfect gift for me. After all it is a Wicked snowglobe. It represents my love for musical theatre perfectly. My love for Wicked is so special- I have loved it for 12 years now. My vision of musicals is represented perfectly in Wicked and if you turn in upside down, there is a way for it to start playing “For Good”. Wicked actually sparked my love for musicals- if Wicked never entered my life- Les Mis wouldn’t have able to enter my life. So Wicked is very very special to me- my favorite musical character is part of Wicked- Elphaba.

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