The Get to Know Me Tag {writer’s edition}

Hello all, and welcome to the get to know me tag. Why am I doing this if I’ve been blogging for so long? Reintroductions are good. I don’t expect you to remember everything about me, especially if I haven’t blogged consistently since mid 2017, lol.

So treat this post as a re-hello. Thank you so much to Rosalie Valentine for the honorary tag 😉

Let’s dive into it!

[Vital Stats & Appearance]

(pen)Name: Jeneca Zody (my name lol)

Nicknames: Jeniqua, Jen ( no one is allowed to call me Jen but one person. XD)

Birthday: June 9th, ’99 (One last year of teenager hood!!)

Hair color and length: Brown and oh so very helplessly straight. Right now, it’s basically chin length and I have bangs, though not quite as thick as they once were.

Eye-color: Good question. Gray? Blue-ish?

Braces/Piercings/tattoos: None of the above lol. I got my ears pierced when I was young, but they hurt so I let them grow in.

Righty or Lefty: Righty! Don’t ask me to do anything with my left.

Ethnicity: Very English/Irish, and a good bunch of German.

 

[Firsts]

First Novel written: That would be a historical fiction of a slave girl who learns to read and escapes up north.

First Novel completed: A contemporary fantasy called “Forest of Werewolves.” Magic school, magic powers, a werewolf uprising… it was interesting.

Award for writing: n/a

First publication: this day is still coming

Conference: I’ve never been to what feels like an actual writing conference, so to say. The first one I went to was a local/statewide faith and writing conference at my nearby university. It wasn’t very directed towards my kind of fiction, but it was a valuable experience none-the-less!

Query/Pitch: I have queried once for Sparrow Singing. *insert gasp* I know, I haven’t talked about it, mostly because it was my first query and I figured nothing would come from it. But either way, I wasn’t going to go public with it until the answer was clearer lol. I plan on querying for the rest of the year, though, and hopefully something will stick before I land university this fall. We’ll see, I guess!!

 

[Favorites]

Novel (that you wrote): Ahummmmm…. o-o Probably Sparrow Singing? We haven’t been getting along lately, but yeah. That series is still probably my favorite.

Genre: I’ve dabbled about in historical fiction (my long time love) contemporary fantasy, and then for the past four years, I’ve focused on dystopian… All YA of course lol.

Author: I cannot pick one. Nope. But I will pick a “current” favorite. Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, is currently b l o w i n g m y m i n d once again.

Writing Music: I have playlists for all my stories lol. They’re a combo of film scores, instrumentals and other songs. Lots of moody lyrical piano lately. I also like to listen to Noisli. Which is wonderful when you have a house with younger siblings and everyone is on a mission to pop the bubble of silence that I love to live in.

Time to Write: Everytime. Super late at night under a blanket, or way early in the morning. Occasionally the middle of the day. I used to write consistently at 2pm everyday… those were the good old days.

Writing Snack/Drink: Iced mochas, hot mochas, chai, or like, water. XD

Movie: Okay. We all love the LOTR and Harry Potter movies. But lately… Marvel. I’ve become obsessed. So I have to say Spiderman: Homecoming, or possibly one of the Captain America movies… winter solider or civil war….hmmmm.

Writing Memory: Ahhh. I have fond memories of when I killed my first character when I was 12… but I don’t think I want to say that’s my favorite. XD

Probably in 2016, when I went to my favorite camp and had a writing studio with Lauren Brandenburg, author of the (series) All week me and 5 other lovely people worked on our writing, built each other up, and Lauren provided me with tons of priceless advice, helped me to rename and rework my story (along with critiquing and line editing my prologue, something that… seriously priceless.

Childhood Book: Harry Potter, for sure. It’s weird of me to say that, but when I first read it, I was 9. I also loved Julie B Jones and the Dear America diaries… but Harry Potter takes all. (I’m a hufflepuff, by the way. I feel like I need to mention that XD)

Reading: Okay, I’ve been awful at reading this year, so I have lots of mid-way-through books, even though I typical focus on one.

DIY MFA by Gabriela Pierea

To All the Boys I’ve Loved by Jenny Han

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (distant screaming)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Writing: AS ALWAYS I’m editing Sparrow Singing for Camp NaNo this month. If I somehow miraculously finish, then I’ll move on to re-drafting Book 2. Or maybe write something entirely new. *shrug*

Listening to: Right now? The Winter Solider score. Before that was the Antman and the wasp score. Not soundtrack instrumental wise, I’ve gotten back into Florence and the Machine.

Watching: I just watched Ant-Man last week, followed by Spiderman-homecoming for the 4th time. I usually watch a lot of video game play-throughs and have them running in the background while I do stuff.

Learning: That this is not the end. What I’m feeling right now, it will pass. Even if it hurts… God is working through this, even if I can’t see how it will be resolved and even if it feels like a small dagger to the heart. Lol. He’s greater than any anxiety I have had, currently have, or will have.

 

[Future]

Want to be Published: YES. Absolutely. I’ve been working on Sparrow for four years with this in mind. There’s the whole trilogy… but its been such a long time since Dystopian was cool, and I’m now beginning to wonder if my story is something that actually needs to be in the world. It’s helped me grow for sure, but what if that was it’s purpose? I guess we’ll just see. I’ve prayed for open doors and I’ve had lots of open doors. I’ll keep going through them until I reach a closed one.

Indie or Traditional: Being a homeschooler, I’ve done so many things on my own. In a way, I’m tired of it. I want to be traditionally published. It’s not something I want to do alone or have to organize all by myself. I need outside help.

Wildest Goal: Get Sparrow Published. I… despite my reservations about whether or not I should be published… I still would like it. Sparrow still has a story I want to tell and share.

its not a blog post if I don’t include a shia gif. 

I tag…

you.

That is, if your name has any of the letters in the alphabet in it. Yes, if you have an a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z in it, then you’re tagged.

Especially if you’re going to Realm makers in 9(!!!) days. Link me back to your post so we can get to know each other more!! >.<

What’s something you’ve learned this year? And what are you currently reading?

What Makes a Character a Favorite Character?

For the next two weeks, I’ll be reverting back to my 2016 Blogging schedule to try and get back into the blogging loop! This is post #1 of 3. Check back soon for the other three~!

(*cough* this ones a little late. It was supposed to be  up yesterday, but I know you didn’t notice 😉 )

Most all of us have favorite characters. But… what makes them our favorites?

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I’ve been wondering this for years, thinking about all the very certain characters/series that I adore and just wondering… what makes me love this character and this series so fiercely? What makes everyone adore this character… how can I replicate that within my writing?

Of course, I don’t want to write this character like “oh, if I give him a tragic backstory and they’ll surely be a favorite,” I don’t want to pick a trope to try and trick someone into loving my character.

no. I want it to occur naturally, or it’ll be obvious that I’m trying too hard. It needs must be genuine.

So that has lead me to this: I want to know what makes my brain grab onto a character and think “I must protect this bean, I must know what happens to this bean, yOU SHALL NOT KILL THIS BEAN.”

*cough*

The more I’ve brewed and steeped over this post, the more I’ve come to realize that it’s different for each of us. There are the general, “this person is my favorite because they are smart/relatable/kind/strong, etc.

So let’s just talk about some of my favorite characters and their stories, why I like them, and then generalize the themes that run through them and see if we can find and similarities!

As a warning, this post may contain spoilers for various series, like the Clone Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, etc. However, they’re pretty well know and chances are, you already know their fates.

 

Ahsoka Tano, Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels

Ahsoka, Ahsoka, my little bean-padawan jedi-kickbut general-turned “not”jedi. I’ve 

loved this girl since she appeared on screen in The Clone Wars animated movie thing as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan (much to anakin’s surprise)

 

She sharp as a tack, witty, and has just the right fierce attitude to balance out Anakin’s compulsive sarcastic tone about life. She brings the logic into the situation, even if she is young at the start of her journey. By 16-17, she’s a general in the Clone Wars…

To put it simply, Ahsoka is brilliant. Not only is she a general and jedi padawan (that wields two lightsabers.. with a reverse grip, mind you) she’s loyal, kind, strong. Everything a jedi should be.

Until she’s framed by someone for a bombing attempt. Until she’s turned out of the

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jedi council, put on trial for thing she didn’t do, and her world crumbles around her.

She has to seek help from one of Anakin and hers greatest foes, Asaji Ventress, to

clear her name. And, since this is Ahsoka we’re talking about, she finds a freaking way to get it done.

But she’s left broken and untrusting of the Jedi. She leaves the Jedi council, and when the whole Order 66 goes down, Anakin goes Vader and all that, she disappears.annihilation movie GIFWhen she comes back in Star Wars Rebels, she just as strong as ever, and fighting for the rebellion. She’s no longer a jedi, but still dual lightsabers, just they’re white.

She’s still Ahsoka.

I won’t continue blabbering on about how incredible she is, but Ahsoka only goes through more heartbreak, which ended in fighting her old master Anakin-turned

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Vader on a Sith planet… and leaving us in suspense as to whether or not she died for

 

the next two years. (spoiler, she didn’t. AHSOKAS ALIVE *tEaRs*)

Ahsoka is fierce, but soft when she needs to be. So Much Injustice She Didn’t Deserve tm. Resolution for her is still coming, not clear.{anyway it was. when I started to write this post, her fate wasn’t revealed. but after, the fourth season of SW rebels came out, and she has a bit more of a fate… I mean… she’s alive. thank goodness *lets out a breath I was holding*

 

James Barnes, aka Bucky/The Winter Solider, Marvel.

Bucky. Oh, Bucky, my poor little bean. This poor guy has been through everything, to the point where he no longer wants to trust himself, and

deserving none of it. A fierce fighter who fought by Steve’s side in WW2, he basically fell of a train and ended up kidnapped and trained/brainwashed for Hyrdra as the Winter Solider, and ruthless, brutal assassin.

I don’t have quite as much to rant about Bucky, since I’m not the largest follower of comics n such, just the marvel movies. And chances are, you’ve all seen those. Bucky becomes the Winter Solider Cap brings him back, but Bucky still has to go through a heck of a lot of trouble as he tries to forget the brainwashing Hydra put on him.

But he pulls out of it. In the end, through it all, he’s trying. Sure, it’s a struggle, sure, he’s not getting it right, but Steve is there and he’s trying to help, trying to bring back his friend that fell off the train all those years ago.

(There’s an incredible text post that I read about Bucky and his feelings… I’ll link it here if I can find it :P)

Fierce and loyal. Carefree until So Much Injustice He Didn’t Deserve tm. Lost memories, A Broken Mind & Soul. Resolution still coming. (infinity war is going to be the end of me.)

 

Sirius Black, Harry Potter

OH SIRIUS. Sirius was pretty much my first real favorite character, back when Iread harry potter at the age of 9. He captivated me as he was Harry’s godfather and only real father figured. When Sirius came into the picture, I was so, so happy for Harry. Harry had a father figure. Sirius was out of prison. HAPPY TEARS.

Well all know what follows.

Harry Potter GIFVoldy comes back. Harry has a small time to come visit Sirius in his house, talk with him about his Father, James, but not for long.

Bellatrix murders him and murder’s Harry’s chances at having a father figure he so desperately needs.

Sirius has lots of characteristics my other favorites have. Sirius is fierce (like a dog… hah) and loyal (also like a dog… ahaha.) SO MUCH INJUSTICE HE DIDN’T DESERVE tm. (are you noticing the trend yet??) Family. Resolution?? WHAT RESOLUTION.

 

…Steve Rodgers, aka Captain America

Of course, I couldn’t include Bucky without including Cap.

While I don’t feel quite as passionately about Cap, I still love him as a character. He’s been through so much after getting into the war effort way back in the 40’s, made into a super solider… and then forced to watch his best friend ‘die,’ while they’re on a mission to save the world, and then crash to an icy sleep to prevent the Tessarect from falling into the wrong hands.  (just watch Captain America: The First Avenger. You all know the story. Red Skull. No dance with Peggy Carter. Emotions and sadness abounding. “Rip “James. )

But now he’s at the brink of something else– now that he’s been woken up, fought a war with the avengers and against the other avengers, successfully gotten Bucky back on his side and his right side of mind… now they’re standing at the brink of the Infinity War.

I‘ll be honest… it’s not looking good for Steve, and this makes me sad, because… *sigh* cap can’t die. cap shouldn’t die. even if this would be cool…bucky barnes GIF

Kind, passionate, loyal. So Much Injustice to Him tm. Unabashedly strong in what he believes and standing in truth.

 

 

So in conclusion (you already know the conclusion.) I’ve found that I really, really gravitate towards character that have gone through heck. They’ve received so much they don’t deserve, so much heartache, break, lost friends, lost family, lost opportunity. etc. Yet, they still stand. Even if they fall, they stood till the end.

And that, I find, it a trait that is truly striking, truly admirable. To be able to stand in the face of death and not waver, to be able to hold on. Even if the journey is hard, even if they have faltered along the way or if they don’t believe in themselves… they stand up.

 

So tell me, because this post has been about me and my favorite things, what makes a character YOUR favorite?

(Maybe I can compile a huge post with your thoughts and opinions and favorite characters?! That would be cool, because these are just my opinions. If you wanna write a book and write good characters that people will love, you should see what all people love, right?? 😉 )