Friday, April 15, 2016

A Trip to California: Introduction

Hello everyone,
I am excited to be leaving this afternoon for a weekend church youth conference, so I am squeezing in a blog post for you all.
Last September, my family and I went on a two week road trip to California.  And for the next three "post days"  I will be sharing what we did over two weeks of travel.  This series might involve what seems like,  some bragging, and I apologize before hand for that.  I realize some people may not be able to get out of the house for a vacation like this. I am grateful for this opportunity for the gift of travel.
I would like to mention that this is only an explanation post,  I will start posting about my trip on the first friday of May.  I hope that you guys will enjoy what I have in store for you.
This series of posts will involve lots of pictures, stories behind the pictures, and probably some sarcasm.  I decided to split this idea into three posts, technically four with this explanatory post, since it'll be two weeks worth of pictures and stories.  There were three sections of our trip, the drive to Colorado, and onto the stay at the Grand Canyon, California and the drive home.  The last two are combined since I didn't take many pictures on the way home.  There may have to be a small post just for San Diego Zoo though,  I will figure out what to do for that when the time comes.
Seeing as  this post is short... I guess I can give you a taste of what is to come.  Here are some pictures of the ocean from La Jolla Cove, in southern California.

 The order of the pictures are going to start with the sunset...  because why not?  This was one of my favorite sunset pictures I took, besides the one below.  
 I really like this sunset because of the reflection off of the water and the big palm tree on the left.  Waves are crashing against rocks and rolling into the beach, soaking the sand.
 Lot's of people were on the beach soaking in some sun and the sound of the waves crashing against the beach.  Whenever a big swell came crashing down on the sand, people would scream and start rushing up the hill to safety.  "Safety" as in not getting wet.
And here's a seagull for a bit of humor.  My brother and I were laughing at it because the beat of someone's music nearby worked perfectly with how the seagull opened its mouth.  It'd open it and then close its beak, whenever the music dropped or rose.  Sadly, I don't think this is actually why the seagull was opening his mouth... he was probably just panting.


And with that, I hope you all can be patient with me.  I will make these next few blog posts as best as I can.  I should also bring up the problem with emails...  If any of you read this over email and noticed the highlighting problem, I will fix it soon.  The reason for that is because I have a dark blog template.  Luckily it only happens if I paste something into my post, which happens a lot.  I've been thinking of making it a bit brighter and more welcoming.  So if any of you have some suggestions, I will take them and apply them to the reconstruction of my blog... unless it doesn't fit.  Let me know in the comments below if you are excited for this new series of posts I am going to do.
-Anna Jolene

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Snippet of my Novel

Hello everyone!

Since I haven't gotten the chance to dig into the world of photography and travel, I will save that for a future post.  It is now April and I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought it would be neat to share a bit of my story with you all.  Just note that I quickly edited over this snippet so that it doesn't burn your eyes when you read it.  I'll give you the short "back of the cover" synopsis and a couple details about my (work-in-progress) novel, before putting in a 500-1000 word snippet.  This is the story I will be working on throughout April, it is also the story I wrote in July and November for NaNoWriMo in 2015.

I'm not as far as I would have hoped to be by now, since I did some editing and deleted a few things a couple months ago.  I plan to completely finish writing the story by the end of April, hopefully before the 30th.  I have no idea what is to come, the Lord only knows what could happen in the next month.  So I will use this month of camp to help me get closer to my goal.

On to the synopsis and details of my novel, some of this information can be found on my "Writing Projects" page.
The Sword of Warrior's Past
Started: June 2015
Status: Writing Phase
Word Count: 59,614
(As of writing this post)
Have you ever had too many problems for your own skin to handle?  Anahi blames her own DNA for everything that goes wrong in her life; losing her family, training as a soldier, watching everyone she loves, die or leave her forever.  A rough life was in store for her before she was even born.  A story full of air ships, action, and broken hearts.  In this steampunk fantasy novel, Anahi will travel with her new military group to lands unknown to find The Sword of Warrior's Past.  A sword that could quite possibly destroy the whole continent.  Will they find it or will it stay hidden forever?

--Please remember that I am changing up my novel practically every day, so even this synopsis might change over time--

I have put many, many, many, many hours into writing this novel.  I cannot wait till I finish this story! Oh! Should I mention this is only the first book?  I have so many more ideas to incorporate into this novel that it needs a sequel.  EEK!  This is going to be so amazing once I'm finished.  Well, here is the snippet of my novel.  SOWP, as I call it (pronounced like soap)  I hope you all enjoy it!


"Anahi Setter, please make your way to the stage for the interview!" A shout came from a speaker above her. Anahi looked up from her hands enclosed in her lap. Standing up from the long bench attached to the wall, she walked towards the large doors in front of her. Putting her arms out, she pushed the door open and walked into the room. Chairs were lined from front to back, one long aisle lay in the middle. Blue banners hung on the walls with the royal crest, a gold shield with two spears crossed behind it. The stage was at the front of the room, it was used for skits in the academy... since the king loves his entertainment. Many people were sitting in the chairs, they all were dressed alike, in the army's uniform.  Anahi has known the image of the army's symbol, it's been sketched into her brain since birth. She never thought she'd become a soldier, especially since she grew up in the palace. Many recognized Anahi as the king's disowned daughter. The reason why he disowned her and the reason why she's still around is because of her genes. According to the records in the royal library, her mother was killed by soldiers while she was traveling back to her family. Why? Her mother was the queen's servant, Leila.
After giving birth to her first born, the queen could not conceive her second child for over ten years. After "giving up" she asked her servant to give her the next child she bears.  Leila agreed to the queen's wishes and gave birth to Anahi. Anahi's father and multiple other men in the kingdom started a revolt. Since the king hated one half of Anahi's race, he had Leila killed along with Anahi's father, or so she's told.  All of those statements came straight from the library.  They could be true, but Anahi didn’t believe everything she read, especially when it came from the king’s personal reading collection.
Walking up the stairs of the stage she scanned the crowd of commanders. She spotted someone she knew and gave a small smile, quickly her smile dropped and she was serious again, walking to the center of the stage.
"Please state your name, age, year of education, and which kind of job you'd like as a soldier of the king." The man on the right hand side of the announcer's table commanded.
With a strong tone she replied with all answers, "My name is Anahi. I am sixteen years old and in my third year of education at this academy. I would particularly like to be scout of the northern divisions."
The other announcer's nodded and began to ask random but necessary questions. "How tall are you?" One asked. "Do you have any special abilities or traits we should know?" The other asked.
"I am five feet and four inches tall sir. I have multiple abilities, which include tree climbing, great agility and I have a strong focus." She answered firmly, her brows furrowed. "I also have a strong integrity and will follow and obey all orders given from my higher-ups."
All of the men in the room nodded their heads and grinned in satisfaction. They liked her, and there was no way to back out now. She was in this job until the day she diesor is unable to continue her duties. The announcers stood up and applauded her. The one who had first spoken told her to come back the next day to find out who her overseer is and to start training with him.  Anahi nodded and walked off the stage, she was then lead back down the aisle. Opening the doors again she noticed the nervous faces of the teenagers after her. Some of them were crying, others were shaking, and there were few who stood strong and waited patiently.  Taking a deep breath, Anahi continued down the hall towards the entrance to the main auditorium. Large pillars rose from the ground to the high ceilings above. Dark blue tiles outlined a mosaic of the royal crest again. Anahi frowned, she had seen enough of that symbol. But no matter how hard she could try, it would never leave her side.


With that, I hope you enjoyed reading this snippet of my novel The Sword of Warrior's Past. I will be using this novel in the April Camp NaNoWriMo, which starts TODAY! I am excited and totally freaked out at the same time. I will try to go for 50k words this month, but that could change depending on how many words I need to finish my novel.

If you have anything you want to say about the little bit of my story you are going to read, please leave a comment below with your thoughts and suggestions. I will be back in two weeks with a post more along the lines of photography since this blog isn't all about writing. Stay tuned in and see you all then o/
-Anna Jolene <3