Saturday, September 2, 2017

Extra Week: Guest Post: (Not Really): Adam Gidwitz*

Hello, everyone!

So, as we know, for extra week posts I can write whatever I want. Today, I want you to read these two amazing articles by Adam Gidwitz. I put links to them, so it's not really a guest post, even though you're reading someone else's articles.

I hope you enjoy these deeply thought-provoking, amazing, articles.

Spruce Nogard
*Post actually written on September 5th. See here for details. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Creative Complex: Mr. Snuffleupagus

Hello, Friends!

Today, we are talking about people/animals that do not exist. Technically. However, if you've ever seen some of the older Sesame Street shows, you know that Big Bird had an imaginary friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus. Until one Mr. Snuffleupagus turned into a real character. What are some characters you wish would turn into real people?

Spruce Nogard

Monday, August 28, 2017

Extra Week Post: Character Complications*

Hello Friends!

I started school recently, so I haven't been as on top of this blog as I usually am. Sorry about that!

Today, we are talking about character complications. I know we've talked about character habits, but this is a little different. Character Complications are things that cause issues for your character. These could be physical, mental, or spiritual.

Physical Examples:
  • Allergies
    • It's always fun to think outside the box, so what are some really weird allergies you've heard of? Does your character have an allergy to the sun? (I discovered, unfortunately, that there is a possibility I am allergic to sunlight. I mean, honestly?)
  • Paralysis--partial or full
  • Limitation of senses
    • I mean, things that are wrong with your senses. For example, deafness, blindness, not being able to feel your fingers or toes, etc.
Mental Examples:
  • Learning disability
  • Medical conditions
Spiritual Examples:
  • Struggles with faith, belief, etc.
 Now, why? Why might character complications be useful?
  • To give your character depth as a person/etc.
  • To make your story more interesting
  • To question things in the real world
 Spruce Nogard
*Post actually written September 5th. See here for details. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Creative Complex: Character Constructing: Habits

Hello, Friends!

Today, we are going to be talking about habits. Everyone has habits, bad habits, good habits, random habits. . . etc. Today, we are going to explore some types of habits that will help your character seem more realistic.

Bad Habits:
-Cracking knuckles
-Chewing nails/lips
-Pulling out hair
-Repeating oneself
-Any others you can think of

By adding maybe a bad habit or two to your character, you make them more realistic. You show how they respond to certain situations or emotions, like stress.

Good Habits:
-Saying please and thank you
-Smiling automatically
-Making lists (as long as you don't overdo it)
-Thinking of one thing you're thankful for every day
-Anything else

Good habits make your character more well-rounded.

Word Habits:
These are words you say all the time. In our culture, most people say "like" a lot. I say "in any case" and "wonderful" a lot.

Most people use a few phrases excessively, so, like I said before, adding word habits to your characters make your characters more realistic and more well-rounded.

What habits do you have?

Spruce Nogard

Monday, August 21, 2017

On My Mind: Historical Fantasy

Hello, Fantastical Creatures.

First of all, sorry this post is up late.

Today, I am thinking about historical fantasy.

Have you ever heard of Trans-Siberian Orchestra? Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a group that specializes in rock and rock opera, which is, well, a combination of rock and opera. In other words, they tell stories through music. It's amazing, and I love it. Not to mention, the stories are some of the best stories I've ever read.

In any case, they did an album called Beethoven's Last Night. This album is the story of Beethoven's last night on earth. However, it is fantasy. I love this. It's real historical characters, but with a fantasy story.

Have you ever heard of historical fantasy?

Spruce Nogard

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Recipe: (Possibly) The Best Simple Chocolate-Lover's Breakfast

Hello, Cooks!

You don't really need to be able to cook for this recipe. It's the best simple version of a wonderful chocolate breakfast. Have fun! (I think I got this recipe from a magazine or something.)

  • Chocolate chip toaster waffles
  • Nutella
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped Cream
  1.  Toast two toaster waffles.
  2. Spread Nutella on both toaster waffles.
  3. Put marshmallows on one toaster waffle, then put the other toaster waffle on top to create a marshmallow and nutella sandwich.
  4. Put whipped cream on top.
  5. Eat!
I love this recipe.

Spruce Nogard