April 28, 2016

Time for a Facelift

You may have noticed that I’ve been slacking a little bit on blogging. Yes, the WPS posts are still in tact, but everything else has gone by the wayside.

That’s because the WPS site is in the midst of getting a facelift. I feel like I’ve been saying that for a while, but now it’s finally a reality.

Which means I’ll be writing soon.

Which means WPS will be no more and will be replaced by my author/writing site, Evolet Yvaine.com

Squeeeeee!!

I’m very excited for this change and looking forward to the new journey that is writing serial fiction and writing contemporary adult romance.

Hope you decide to join me.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

April 25, 2016

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About Kit Harington

~ He broke his ankle in 2012 when he was locked out of his apartment building in London and fell while trying to climb to his flat. During Season 3 of GAME OF THRONES the film crew had to figure out how to shoot around the injury, including the use of stand-ins in “Jon Snow wigs”. Harington felt so guilty that he bought the production manager a bottle of whiskey.

~ His recent ancestry is English, as well as Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Dutch. His distant roots include German, French, and Spanish, and, going back to the 1400s and 1500s, he also has remote Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, Austrian, and Danish ancestry. Many of Kit’s mother’s ancestors lived in India and South Africa as part of British colonialism and Dutch settlements (through his mother’s Dutch ancestry, Kit descends from Count Jacob van Reenen).

~ Used to work in a book store where he often had to lift heavy copies of the ”A Song Of Ice and Fire” series and grew to dislike George RR Martin as a result. [Heh. Heh. I’m sure he doesn’t dislike him as much as he used to now]

~ He has a fear of spiders, needles, and flying. He gets around by car or train.

~ He’s a horror movie buff with some of his favorites being THE SHINING (1980), THE RING (2002), THE WICKER MAN (1973), and the Scream franchise.
~ His favorite movies are 25TH HOUR (2002), ROMEO + JULIET (1996), JURASSIC PARK (1993), HEAT (1995), SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), and IF… (1968).

And a final quote:

The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it.

And now it’s time…to say goodbye…to the hottest knight in the Knight’s Watch.

Get your final drool on, ladies (and gents, if you swing that way. There’s no diss-crimination ovah herre).

Hope you enjoyed the month of April and the eye candy that was Kit Harington.

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April 18, 2016

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About Kit Harington

~ Kit wanted to be a cameraman, a war correspondent and a journalist when he was young.

~ He wore a wig for filming the GAME OF THRONES pilot but grew his hair out for the rest of the first season.

~ Sees himself first and foremost as a theatre trained actor.

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April 11, 2016

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About Kit Harington

~ His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers. Additionally, he didn’t know his real name was Christopher until he was 11.

~ Harington’s uncle is Sir Nicholas John Harington, the 14th Baronet Harington, and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington.

~ Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Kit’s eight times great-grandfather was King Charles II of England.

~ Through his father, Harington descends from politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, the bacon merchant T. A. Denny, clergyman Baptist Wriothesley Noel, merchant and politician Peter Baillie, peer William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth, and MP Sir William Molesworth, 6th Baronet.

So, basically, he was born to play royalty.

And he ended up portraying the bastard son of a king.

Ain’t that about a bitch.

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April 5, 2016

Writing Tip Tuesday #39: 30 Techniques to Writing A Romance

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As I’ve been telling you for the longest time, I’m new to the genre of adult contemporary romance. I can use all the help I can get when it comes to writing in this genre, so needless to say when Kaitlin Hillerich posted her two part series (Part I and Part II) on techniques for writing a romance, I definitely took notice. Each post had 15 tips, so I’m just gonna paste them altogether here.

1. Cute & Memorable First Meeting

2. Rocky Beginnings

3. Similar Backgrounds/Common Interests

4. Complimentary Personalities

5. Taking Care of Each Other

6. Protective of Each Other

7. Respectful of Physical Boundaries

8. Learning Quirks and Habits

9. Learning Likes and Dislikes

10. Thoughtful Surprises

11. Learning to Trust

12. Being Vulnerable with Each Other

13. Rescuing Each Other

14. Learning to Depend on One Another

15. Comforting Each Other

16. Making the Other Laugh

17. Compliments

18. Making Sacrifices for Each Other

19. Accepting Each Others Flaws/Past

20. Encouraging/Supporting Each Other

21. Verbal Confessions and Affirmations of Love

22. Humble Enough to Apologize

23. Forgiving Each Others Mistakes

24. Sharing Their World with the Other

25. Sharing a Life & Death/Traumatic/Emotional Experience

26. Sharing Hopes and Dreams

27. Patience

28. Devotion and Loyalty to Each Other

29. Showing Concern for/Worrying Over the Other

30. Physical Displays of Affection

I can use this like a checklist for my own stories, which is pretty convenient.

So, is there anything you would add to this list? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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April 4, 2016

Wet Panty Society – April: Kit Harington

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Welcome to spring, everyone. And how fortuitous that this dude was next in the WPS line-up. By fortuitous, I mean, his show is coming back on at the end of the month.

AND HE’S NOT DEAD.

Welcome to the Society, the sexiest knight in the Knight’s Watch…KIT HARINGTON

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Name: Christopher Catesby Harington aka “Kit”

Birthdate: 26 December 1986, London, England

Height: 5’8

Where You May Have Seen Him: As doomed slave Milo in POMPEII (2014), as the voice of a (how ironic) dragon killer in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014), and as the bastard son of a king and part of the Knight’s Watch in HBO’s popular show GAME OF THRONES (2011-2014).

Where You May See Him in the Near Future: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN (2016 pre-production), BRIMSTONE (2016).

Like everyone else, Kit zoomed across my radar the minute he appeared in GAME OF THRONES. If you’re not watching this show, then I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with you. The one thing I’ve learned, though, is that this show is like THE WALKING DEAD.

No one is safe.

If you get attached to a character on this show, he or she is going to end up dead. You’re going to find yourself screaming “Noooooooo” at your TV screen and then yelling “FUCK YOU, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN. YOU OL’ TURD!!” at the room in general.

You may even find yourself boycotting the show if they don’t bring a certain someone back.

Yeah, that’s good television right there. LOL

I’m really hoping Jon Snow’s not dead, that it was just a bad fucking nightmare, because it would be a damn shame to never see Kit Harington again.

Winter is coming and they’re going to need this dude.

Welcome to the Society, Kit.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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March 29, 2016

Writing Tip Tuesday #38: Don’t Call Me Mary Sue

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When we create our characters, we want to make them perfect.

In every way.

We want them to be gorgeous, flaw-less, talented, and have our readers love them.

Now hand me your rose-colored glasses. <wiggles fingers in a gimme motion>

This only happens in the Perfect Writer’s World, people! And, spoiler alert, that place doesn’t exist.

In the real world, that is.

Characters like that, according to Kaitlin H, are referred to at Mary Sue’s. Her post, Is Your Character a Mary Sue? offers six warning signs and how to fix them:

1. Beautiful, Yet Plain

A Mary Sue usually sees herself as plain or average, but really she’s beautiful or even gorgeous. Guys don’t fail to take notice, and her friends and family reassure her of her beauty even as she laments about how plain she is. Often, she’ll have a special hair or eye color to make her more unique, or exotic features.

Solution: Try to avoid words/phrases that describe characters as beautiful/handsome  unless it’s important to their character or the story. Also, if it’s not important don’t give your heroine gold or violet eyes in an attempt to make her more unique. Not only do these colors not exist in real life, but I feel like it screams trying to hard to make the hero “special.”

 

2. Talented

A Mary Sue is extremely talented, often in more than one area. She doesn’t have to work at her skill, it just comes to her naturally.

Solution: This doesn’t mean that you can’t give your hero a talent. It’s good for heroes to have a strength, and in real life people usually have something they’re really good at. But it’s usually one thing, and they have to work very hard at it. Often, there are others who are better at it than they are.

Try to limit your hero’s talent to one thing, make him work for the skill, and consider not making him best person in the world at it. Also, offset his talent by showing other areas in which he struggles. For example, he may be good with a sword but can’t shoot a bow to save his life.

 

3. Destined

In Fantasy, it’s not uncommon for Mary Sues to have some sort of destiny or prophecy to fulfill. They’re often “The Chosen One,” the only one who can stop the villain or save the world.

Solution: This is the hardest issue to fix because it involves changing your plot. See if you can avoid making your hero The Chosen One. Instead, try to find a way to make him commit to defeating the villain, saving the world, etc. without being cornered into it by destiny.

 

4. Without Flaw

Mary Sues have few or no flaws. They can do no wrong, and are often very moral or “goody-goody.”

Solution: Give your characters real flaws. This is often one of the hardest parts of creating a hero because we’re afraid of making him unlikable. But strangely enough, a flawed character is actually more likable because he’s more relatable and more interesting. He has layers, different sides to him that contrast and conflict. Need ideas? Check out this list of character flaws.

 

5. Loved by All

Mary Sue characters are surrounded by people who adore them–except the villain, of course. They might even have several love interests clamoring for their affection. It doesn’t matter what they do or how rude they’ve been, everyone will still love them. The Mary Sue doesn’t even have to give them a reason or earn their trust/friendship/admiration.

Solution: Of course your hero will be loved by friends, family, and maybe a love interest. But not everyone they meet should automatically like them. It’s just not realistic. Give them enemies besides the villain, or have them meet people who just aren’t fond of them. And make sure there’s a reason why people like him–whether it’s friends, a love interest, or strangers.

 

6. No Struggle

Everything is easy for the Mary Sue character. She doesn’t have to work for anything. Everything she wants falls into her lap, and defeating the villain is a breeze. If she makes a mistake or does something wrong she doesn’t have to face consequences for her actions.

Solution: Don’t make things easy for your hero! Let him struggle, fail, and make mistakes. Don’t give him everything he wants like some spoiled child. Make it difficult for him to defeat the villain so that he “earns” his happy ending.

Kaitlin says that if your characters fall into one or two of these categories, don’t fret. Your character is far from being a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu if it’s a dude). The problem occurs when your characters fit into several categories. With that being said, I can gladly state that my heroine is not a Mary Sue. Yes, she’s got the unusual eye color. But that’s it. And I was a tad worried about #5 (because yes, she’s loved by family and friends and eventually the love interest), but the villain doesn’t exactly hate on her. Thankfully, Kaitlin provided a solution: have them meet people who just aren’t fond of them. I can do that.

So, have you written any Mary Sue’s? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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March 29, 2016

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Kellan Lutz

~ His father is three quarters German, and approximately one quarter English, ancestry. His mother is of half German, one quarter Swedish, and one quarter Dutch, ancestry. [In other words, hot as fuck]

~ Named by People magazine as having one of the “50 Most Amazing Bodies” in 2010, alongside his Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner. [Yes. I would totally agree.]

~ Trained in Brazilian Jujitsu and Muay Thai.
~ Has been considered for Thor in THOR (2011) and Steve Rogers/Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011). [I can’t see him being Thor. He’s not tall enough and that was all Chris Hemsworth.  No one else can play Thor but Chris. Captain American on the other hand, I could totally see that. He’s got the body for it. If McHottie Chris Evans didn’t want to do it anymore, I could see McHottie Kellan taking his place.]
~ Was the front runner for the role of Conan in CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011). [But he gotten the lesser HERCULES instead. Besides, after playing a barbarian on GAME OF THRONES, that role was all Jason Momoa He was perfect.]
~ A fan of the Street Fighter video games.

And now it’s time…to say goodbye…to one of the hottest vampires I’ve ever seen.

Get your final drool on, ladies (and gents, if you swing that way. There’s no diss-crimination ovah herre).

Hope you enjoyed the month of February and the eye candy that was Kellan Lutz.

So, important question: shirtless or clothed? Blonde hair or brown? What say you?

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March 22, 2016

Writing Tip Tuesday #37: The End

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The best part about writing a story–and I’m pretty sure I speak for all writers here–is when we can say The End. When I finished writing my second standalone YA novel, I cried.

Literally. Cried.

It was a happy cry although I’m sure at the time, my husband’s friend thought something was seriously wrong. Reactions are different for other writers, I imagine. One of my fav authors, Melissa Foster, probably celebrates by eating a bag of cookies. LMAO.

It’s that sense of accomplishment that you’ve resolved the main conflict, answered all the questions, and wrapped everything up in a nice big, red bow.

Or have you?

Janice Hardy’s provides tips on 5 Common Problems with Endings to look out for to keep from pissing off your readers:

1. It’s the Wrong Size

Structurally, endings are about the same size as beginnings (roughly 25%). They follow similar paths, but instead of getting the protagonist onto the plot path, the ending gets her off of it. When the ending is the wrong size, it either feels too fast and everything resolves so quickly readers don’t have time to absorb (let alone enjoy), the climax, or it’s so slow it feels like the novel will never end. [I’ve seen readers complain about this in book reviews: rushed endings]

TAKEAWAY:

~ Look for places where the story is rushing to the payoff and not letting enough tension build. Watch for places where you’re summarizing the action instead of dramatizing it, as this is often seen in too-short endings. Also check to see how the ending compares to the beginning size-wise.  Try fleshing out what feels sparse and slowing down a little to let the tension build.

~ Look for places where the ending rambles on after the climax is over, or it takes too long to get there.

2. It Doesn’t Resolve the Core Conflict

The whole point of an ending is to resolve the core conflict of a novel. But sometimes we forget what that point is and end up solving a problem in the climax that doesn’t actually fix the problem posed at the beginning of the story—and the one the protagonist has been trying most of the book to solve.

TAKEAWAY:

Try letting the climax solve the core conflict, and resolve the problem the plot set out to solve in the first place.

3. It Doesn’t Involve the Protagonist

This is more common in larger-scale novels with multiple point of view characters, but it can happen anywhere. The characters finally fight their way to the climax, but the protagonist isn’t the one who defeats the antagonist and saves the day (however that unfolds in the novel). If the protagonist isn’t the hero, then why have readers been following her all book?

TAKEAWAY:

Put the protagonist back in the driver’s seat and let her solve the problem.

 

4. The Protagonist Doesn’t Grow

In most novels, the protagonist is going to learn something and grow in response to her experience in the novel (the character arc). When she doesn’t, readers can wonder what the whole point is and the novel can feel like a waste of their time.

TAKEAWAY:

~ Look out for endings (and arcs) where the protagonist has gone through all the deliciously evil things we did to her to get her there, but by the end, she learns nothing, and is no better or worse off than when she started.

~ Try giving the protagonist a character arc and a reason to experience the plot of the novel. Make what she does matter to her.

 

5. The Ending Doesn’t Fulfill the Story Promise

We make a promise to our readers at the beginning of a novel (sometimes before then, with what we say in the cover copy). “This is the type of story you’re going to read and you will have this reading experience.” Readers expect us to live up to that promise, and when we don’t, it affects how they feel about the book.

TAKEAWAY:

~ Look for endings that don’t fit the beginnings, and don’t keep the promise made at the start of the novel.

~ Keep the promise. Try adjusting the plot to fit the story you want to tell, even if that means changing the ending, fixing the beginning, or adjusting other major events in the novel.

So, do endings give you trouble or can you celebrate with a good cry or a carton of Chunky Monkey? This inquiring mind wants to know.
Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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March 21, 2016

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Kellan Lutz

~ Originally asked to read the role of “Edward” in TWILIGHT (2008), but was busy filming GENERATION KILL (2008) in Africa. [It’s possible that I might’ve enjoyed this series more if he’d been Edward. But somebody else would have to be Bella because Kristen sucked and there wouldn’t have been any chemistry between her and Kellan.]
Kellan was the male lead actor in Hilary Duff’s music video “With Love”. Which I’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure. [Surprisingly, I actually like the song. And I like the video. It’s a little steamy.]
You’re welcome.
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