Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New Video

I've published a new video to my YouTube channel - Explaining DIY.org in 45 seconds!


-Charlie

Monday, 21 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Today I thought it would be fun to join up with The Broke and the Bookish again.


1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
She's brilliantly smart, good with spells and not too bad on the brave side either. I'd definitely want her with me in case anything happened. Literally anything, because she's destined to have something in that mind of hers for just about every single senario.

2. Cammie from The Gallagher Girls
She's a spy. Who wouldn't want her with them?
Not just any spy - but an awesomely talented one, who can kill someone with a piece of spaghetti.

3. Bex from The Gallagher Girls
Just like Cammie, she's a spy, but she has amazing intuition. She can sniff out a clue from a hundred miles away.
She also has a good sense of humor, which is a great thing to have to lighten the mood.

4. Luke Sullivan from A Charmed Life
He's got to be the coolest guy ever, inside and out. Although overly protective, he's definitely someone I'd want to steal away on an island with me.
Plus, he's a journalist, which is a super awesome skill to have. I'd love to be a journalist for a paper or something some day, so perhaps he could teach me a few tips...

5, 6, 7 and 8. Isi, Enna, Razo and Finn from The Books of Bayern
I think that Shannon Hale is awesome at creating realistic and lovable characters, since I liked pretty much all of them.
I'd want Isi because she's smart, can talk to wind and birds, and she'd be an awesome friend.
Enna and Razo I'd want because they'd both be great friends, and they're really funny. Enna has a hilariously sarcastic way of speaking, and even if it gets annoying sometimes, she's a great character.
Razo also notices just about everything and is crazy good with a sling, and those are skills I'd like to have on board.
I would want Finn because he is good at fighting, and is really brave and loyal. He stands up for people he loves.

9. Princess Poppy from Princess of Glass
She's fun, smart and brave. Definitely someone I'd want to know and have with me.

10. Katniss from the Hunger Games
She's really good with a bow and arrow, so we'd always have a supply of food. Plus, she can skin the animals before we cook them. That's not a job I'm going to want to do.
I like how she stands up for who she loves, and I reckon she'd be a great friend.

That's all!
Do you have 10 characters that you'd want with you on a desert island?

-Charlie

How to Sew a Hair Bow

I have made a new video on how to make a hair bow!
I hope you enjoy it :)


-Charlie

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Handmade Hair Bow

This morning I decided to sew a hair bow. It went quite smoothly, and turned out really cute!





I put a bobby pin in the back, because I didn't have another clip on hand.
Do you like it? I'm thinking of making a few more in different colours.
I might make a tutorial some time... hmmm...

-Charlie

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Heartbreaking Video...

Mum showed us this video yesterday, reminding us of how we must be careful with what we do with plastic a rubbish.


So horrifying to think that our rubbish is killing all of our animals, like these.
We have to fight back!

-Charlie

Monday, 7 July 2014

7 Tips for Beating Writers Block


Camp NaNoWriMo has been going for a week now, and us novelers are facing good and bad.
I often find myself stumbling upon writers block, when the words just refuse to flow nicely.
So many times already, I've had to push through the thoughts of 'My novel stinks. It's useless. It's badly written, and you're just making yourself look like the worst writer on earth'. But every time I think that - I tell myself that it's not about the quality yet. Sure, it would be awesome to write a best-selling novel in the first draft. But honestly - who does that? I'm trying to just focus on getting words down, whether they sound dumb or not.
And when I worry that people will hate my writing, who cares? No one's going to read it anyway, besides perhaps my parents. Maybe not even them!
It's about the process, not the end product.

But anyway, what do I do when I stumble across writers block, when the words won't flow?
Here are a few ways I defeat the evil monster, eating up my words...

Tip 1: Force Yourself to Keep Writing
Even if you're writing rubbish, get the words down. Don't stop your fingers moving - as long as you're getting the words on the paper/computer screen. This way, you'll get into a rhythm and hopefully you'll get back into the writing mood.

Tip 2: Read a book that is written with the same mood/genre as the novel you're writing
I find that this re-inspires my creative juices, and gets my brain back into action. If I could just stop reading that book once I've started...

Tip 3: Give yourself a reward
If you're in the middle of a good book that you want to finish, or you want to watch a movie or go to the park, make yourself earn it first. If you write 500 words, you can go read a chapter of the novel. Then go back and write another heap of words until you earn the next thing.

Tip 4: Give yourself a goal
I find that if I give myself a goal for the day, I'm more likely to force myself to write. Most days it is 2000 words, and I aim to beat it.
I feel really disappointed in myself if I don't achieve my goals, so I work extra hard to reach them.

Tip 5: Play music
This works a bit like reading a book; it inspires your creative juices to keep writing. I like to pick a few songs that fit in with the mood of the scene I'm writing, and that seems to help sometimes.
Three of my favourite songs to listen to while writing are these;
Nebulous, by Taylor Davis
 Awakening, by Taylor Davis
Stars Align, by Lindsey Stirling
I also enjoy listening to a lot of ThePianoGuys' music, which you can find on their YouTube channel.

Tip 6: Have a word sprint
Grab a timer and set it for 10-15 minutes and write as many words as you can in that time. I find this helps sometimes.
Or even better - grab a writing buddy and do it with them as well! This is even better than a timer, especially if you're a competitive person, because you get the challenge of beating someone else.
I really, really want to do this, but unfortunately I don't have anyone I know who writes, unless they're over the internet, but that wouldn't be as good as having a challenge with a real-life person.

Tip 7: Eat!
I find that if I grab something yum to eat, or a nice coffee to drink while I'm writing, this helps sometimes. Of course, I have to be careful not to spill the drink on my computer... or my writers block will really be taken to the next level.

Hermione Granger also has some very practical advice...

Very wise words ; ) It's one of my favourite quotes.

Well, that's all! I hope this helps you to keep writing, even when you've hit that oh-so-dreaded writers block.
Good luck with your writing!

-Charlie

Monday, 30 June 2014

Writing Music - Taylor Davis

Camp NaNoWriMo is underway, and all of us Wrimos are writing as hard as we can.
I'm having a lot of fun, and have written over 3000 words so far. I'm hoping to crack 4000 words today, perhaps even 5000. That would be my high score for one day.

However, I've taken a break from my novel to write a blog post on writing music.
After reading a blog post of Imogen Elvis's, I've become attached to this musician - Taylor Davis. She's an absolutely amazing violinist. She's written two originals, and they are both beautiful. My favourite is 'Awakening'.



I also enjoy her version of the Downton Abbey Theme.

What sort of music do you enjoy listening to while writing?

-Charlie

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

Are you taking part in Camp NaNo this July? I am.
If you are - good luck.
I'm so excited about it, and am stoked that there are only about 10 hours until it starts!

To be honest, I've been really unprepared. I've known it was coming for ages, and have been planning, but I haven't planned as much as I should've. So this morning, I got out my notebook and have been scribbling and writing and planning, and I think I'm finally ready for the writing to begin! My hands are just itching to type, and my brain bursting with sentences and words. I just can't wait!

If you read one of my recent posts - Camp NaNoWriMo and an Embroidered Bunny - you'd have seen that I've made a novel cover and summary. If you haven't, here they are;

Peder the Elf is just a humble boy, merely lucky to have been born as the King's son and heir.
When the King dies in battle, he finds himself sitting in a throne and ruling over the Kingdom, his sister by his side.
After a few months, he meets a fairy, supposedly his true love.
But she decides to put a spin on things...

Meanwhile, in another world, lives a girl named Amira. She is also the child of a King, to step up to the throne when the time is right.
Little does she know, that the two worlds are about to be entwined in a magical and dangerous adventure...  


What do you think? I was quite proud of the cover. 
I can just picture it sitting on a shelf... 
Ah, wouldn't that be so lovely to see one of your own written books being read and loved by others? 
That is one of my big ambitions - to write a publishable book and see it in a book store. I hope that one day I can accomplish this dream.

I had a lot of trouble finding the right name for the main character, Peder. I started with Jared, then Galen, but I didn't like either. They just didn't feel like they... fit. Do you know what I mean?
I finally decided on Peder, and I think I like it well enough.

For Amira's name, I was very happy with that one. I wanted a name that meant 'Princess' or 'Ruler', and this one meant both. As well as the meaning - I thought it was a beautiful name.

Well, again, good luck for Camp. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Charlie

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A new video, and... a wand?

I've uploaded another video to my YouTube channel - this time it's about novel writing.
I hope you enjoy watching it :)
Oh, and to those of you who are taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo in July (only 5 days!), I wish you luck! It's going to be great fun.


Also, for the sake of a challenge on DIY, I made a wand from Harry Potter.






-Charlie

Monday, 23 June 2014

How To Make a (temporary) Lava Lamp

I've added a new video to my YouTube channel.


I hope you enjoy it!

-Charlie

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Book Cover Trends I Like

This Tuesday I decided to join in with The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday meme.
This week the topic is top ten book cover trends that I like/dislike. I decided to tweak the topic a little, and instead of 10 cover trends, it's just 10 covers that I like.
I was inspired to do this by Imogen, at Gossiping with Dragons. Be sure to check her out - she's done a post for Top Ten Book Cover Trends I Like too, and it's really good.
I really love this book cover. It's modern and romantic, and I love the fun swirly text. I have read this before, and I remember really liking it. I've been meaning to read it again. I really love this author - all of the books I've read by her are in my favourite books list.

All the books in this series have awesome covers, just like this one but in a different colour and the theme of the swirls is more fitting to each book.
The reason I like this cover is because it's a nice colour, and it's really cute with all the swirls and small pictures. It's just really simple and sweet.
I have read all of the books in this series - they are very good.

This is the first book in The Gallagher Girls series, which is another series I have read and loved, and I quite like this cover. I'm not sure exactly why I like it, but I just do. It's fresh and looks like a good book, in my opinion. But I could just be bias because I love the series ;)

I've never read this book, but I plan to. The cover makes it look very appealing. It's very beautiful and a typical princessy fairy tale. I love the dress, the pretty snow, nice text and that blue swirl above the text.
It's just a really pretty cover.


Yet another series I've read and loved; 'The River of Time'. All of the covers are similar - but my favourite is this first book, Waterfall.
I like how it's cover includes a building, and the girl, yet they aren't part of the same picture. The text seems to blend well, with that colour spraying at it from each side.

I haven't read this one, but I think it would be interesting. I really love the cover. It's so simple, yet modern and sweet. I just think it's so cute how their headphones are entangled - teehee!
The text on this one is really nice too. Like the whole cover, it's simple, but I like that. It's not too busy.

I thought this cover was quite clever, putting (presumably) the main character as part of the sketch. Even if it's only the eyes, I thought it quite a good idea. This is another book I haven't read, but it's quite a possibility that I will.

At first I thought I would just have fiction novel covers, but when I saw this in my to-read list on Goodreads, I decided to add this one in. It has an inviting look about it, obviously not for a fiction novel, but for a non-fiction, I like it.
Another book that I've yet to read.

 I really like this cover because it looks scary, mysterious and princessy at the same time.
Come one - a princess in a mystery adventure? Yes please!
I've read this whole series, and this is the last book. My favourite cover of them all, but I'm not sure of my favourite out of the actual books.
I also like the text - this book just has a really inviting look about it.

I haven't read this book either, but I probably will. It's not my favourite looking cover, but it looks really mysterious and magical.
The name sounds inviting too.

Well, that's all!

-Charlie

Friday, 13 June 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo and an Embroidered Bunny

I've been busy planning my novel for the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo, which will be held in July.
I have figured out a summary and a novel cover, which I hope I won't have to change by the time the novel is written and changes are made. Usually I would make the cover after the novel is written, but I was in a novel-cover-making mood.
Here is the summary;
Peder the Elf is just a humble boy, merely lucky to have been born as the King's son and heir.
When the King dies in battle, he finds himself sitting in a throne and ruling over the Kingdom, his sister by his side.
After a few years, he meets a fairy, supposedly his true love.
But she decides to put a spin on things...

Meanwhile, in another world, lives a girl named Amira. She is also the child of a King, to step up to the throne when the time is right.
Little does she know, that the two worlds are about to be entwined in a magical and dangerous adventure...

And the cover...

As well as that, two nights ago, Spunky (age 5) asked if we could do some sewing together. He, Jack and Munchkin had gotten a sewing box with a needle, some thread and material, which they are very proud of.
I said yes, and so we sat at the table next to each other, embroidering.
Didn't he do a great job?
When he'd finished, he decided to turn it into a cape, so I helped him to attach some string.
He suggested that I do a rabbit, so I did, and this is how it turned out...

-Charlie