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My Favorite Villain

Posted by Makayla Yokley on December 12, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Let’s be honest here. Ready? You sure? Because it’s about to get real up in here.


 

We love villains.


 

Even if we don’t like the things they do, and even if we’re rooting for their demise, no matter how horrible they are we still find ourselves enthralled by them in either a positive or negative way. They’re fun. Fun to write. Fun to read. We love to hate them. Hate to love them. Them Love Hate To. No matter how you slice it we all have a favorite villain.


 

Mine is Harley Quinn from Batman.

 


I don’t know why I love her. She’s just fun. She doesn’t take anything too seriously, and now that I’m thinking about it maybe that’s why I like her as a character. As a person with a happy-go-lucky (*Sarcasm*) mixture of anxiety and depression I tend to get uptight about a lot of stuff. Not to mention I’m overly nice. I’m nice to people I shouldn’t be nice to. I’m nice in the face of absolute cruelty. But Harley doesn’t let anyone (Except the Joker, but what other choice does she have really? I mean, aside from being insanely *pun intended* in love with him you kind of can’t stand up to the Joker unless you want an exploding Jack-in-the-Box in the face) walk all over her. She stands up for herself with a smile on her face and a giant mallet ready to smash their silly bones to dust.

 


Not to mention she’s a hell of a lot more acrobatic than I am and that’s impressive all on its own.

 



Now if I didn’t already say so (and I don’t think I SHOULD say so, because we ARE talking about villains here) I’m going to say it now and be done with it: I’m a fan of her character. Not of all the terrible things her character DOES. Okay now we’re done.

 


What about you guys? Who’s your #1 favorite villain? What about them makes them your favorite? Tell me in the comments section!

 

Bad Day

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I didn't update last night because it was, like, two thirty in the morning when I finished working so I decided I could just do last night's update today! To be honest we're glad we even have an update at all. The reason I was up so late was because it took that long to do anything substantial. So anyway! Here's the update on "The Scavenger," my post-apocalyptic steampunk novel!


Project: The Scavenger 

Words Written Today: 3697!

Total Words: 25417

 

 



Story Achievements
: Character development (our youngest main character is shown to be wise beyond her years) and the main plot has begun! More characters have been introduced, and while doing that I've hammered out the rest of the plot beyond "The Scavenger," and I'm super happy with it! A little part of me died of excitement when everything fell into place!

Real-Life Achievements: I'm not sure it counts as "acheivements" if most of my day was actually pretty bad, but it's all I've got today. The lightbulb by my desk burned out so my writing space is dark (and I'm SUPER supersticious so that threw off the balance of what's been working for me so far writing-wise), I had to fight for a lot of those 3697 words I wrote, I was victim to every little stupid emotion that decided to hit me today for no valid reason, and I burned my fingers on my coffee cup because I put hand lotion on before I went and made it and the handle was slipping.



Normally I hate writing negative things and putting it out there for the world to see. Frankly, I see these bad things as my problems and I know no one else is probably interested, but sometimes it's nice to vent a little. Especially if all I've got to vent about is superficial stuff like that!


Oh! And my cat came to visit while I worked today!



Writing and Shopping!

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 12, 2015 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I proved that what I said in the last post about doing a high word count on my Post-Apocalyptic novel but not being able to have a life outside of that was wrong. Go figure!


Project: The Scavenger

 

Words Written Today: 3695!

 

Total Words: 16216



 

Story Achievements:We learned a little bit about the MC's past, and it helped another character have a better outlook on the future.

 

 

 

Real-Life Achievements: I went shopping with my mom today and bought some really nice new outfits! I've got to take one back (I didn't take a picture of it) because it was too small, but we're going to exchange it for a bigger size and I'm going to use my $15 coupon I got at that store for spending $30 today, which will make the dress cheaper since it's also on sale!

(Forgive the not smiling xD I was so preoccupied trying to hold the camera just right that I forgot to make a face)


 

 

 


 

Monsters!

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 11, 2015 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots to update on today! Holy crap! Based on how the day started I really didn't expect to get a lot written in my Post-Apocalyptic novel, but I surprised myself!


Project: The Scavenger

 

 

Words Written Today: 4079! (The most I've EVER written in one sitting!)

 

 

Total Words: 12521




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Achievements: OH MY GOD WHAT DIDN'T HAPPEN? The third of our main characters got informed on what the confidant was told less than a chapter ago, we got some insight into this character's past, AAAAND we got to see the Flesh Puppets in action! I loved writing them, they're so twisted and scary and MEAN. I can see how they did what they did to make the setting what it is!



 

 

Real-Life Achievements: Pffft, four thousand words and you want me to have done something else today? Fat chance! I did manage to play some Fallout 3, which was fun, and I had lasagna for dinner. Other than that though the whole day was pretty much devoted to working on The Scavenger, and I'm glad it was! Now I can go to bed feeling productive!


And here's a picture of when I hit 10k! I always love documenting when I cross into a new set of tens (10k, 20k, 30k, ect.)!



 

 

A Day of Writing and Sleep (A.K.A Best Day Ever)

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 10, 2015 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's my update on my post-apocalyptic novel!


Project: The Scavenger

 

Words Written Today: 2471

 

Total Words: 8404



  

Story Achievements: A rendevous between two friends and a decision is made to turn lemons into lemonade.

 

Real-Life Achievements: Mostly I spent today sleeping. I woke up at 11-ish, took some medicine for my cough, and went back to bed only to wake up again at 2:45-ish shocked that I slept so long. Then again, I've been up all night for five days straight and I'm still sick, so I think it's okay that I slept so long.

 

Lifting the Fog to See the Clear Horizon

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm posting my progress from last night (I was WAY too exhausted to do a post when I finished) so I'm doing it now! Here's my progress on my steampunk post-apocalyptic novel about a scavenger who is forced to join a secret organization and carry out their nafarious ( ? ) deeds!


Project: The Scavenger

Words Written Today: 3176 (wow! )

Total Words: 6053

 

Story Achievements: A confidant was told about how the heroine joined the secret organization and a brief fight insues before comfort is given.



Real-Life Achievements: I've been sick for the last week with an awful cough and it's been keeping me from sleeping. On Wednesday I got some medicine from my doctor and I've been taking it as often as it'll let me (I have to wait six hours between each dose) and it's really been helping. Most of the symptoms are still there, but I can feel them lessening. I guess it takes more than three or four doses of medicine for it to work. Also! I played with my steampunk tarot card deck and got the best possible reading I could've asked for! Now normally I just treat this as a game and don't put that much stock in it, but this time the cards told me that as long as I keep my eye on the prize, work hard, and don't sych myself out I'm destined to use "The Scavenger" to get an agent this year! Again, I know not to put my whole heart in a tarot card reading but I figure if it gives me confidence to do what I need to do, why not believe it?


 


3 Books I'd Bring with Me to a Deserted Island

Posted by Makayla Yokley on November 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Every introvert has, at one point or another, wished they could be alone on their own little island. When imagining my perfect deserted island, North Brother Island where they kept Typhoid Mary during her second quarantine comes right to the forefront of my mind. Trees would be everywhere. Gloomy gray sky would turn the leaves a dark emerald color, the tree trunks would seem serrated and ashen, and the dirt a shade of brown so dark it would be almost black. Occasionally a cool breath of air would caress my skin but for the most part the levels of hot vs cold would remain in the happy middle so often associated with mid fall. The water that surrounds the island would probably only be nice when it wasn't hurricane season, otherwise I'd be too terrified to be there alone, especially if this imaginary island really is North Brother Island and the rumors about it being haunted are true.

 



The last thing I want is Shudder Island kind of problems. Knowing me that would be exactly how it turns out too. What can I say? I have the kind of luck that would hint towards the existence of a benevolent God (or Gods, doesn't really matter) with a twisted sense of humor akin to the very definition of Black Comedy.

 



If I ever got a chance to go to this imaginary island, I would naturally want to bring a bunch of books. Not bringing any books to a deserted island would be like that episode of the Twilight Zone that had the guy as the only human being left in the entire world, finally giving him the time and silence to read, only to have his glasses fall and shatter. But if the one taking me to this island said "You can only bring three books to keep you entertained for the rest of your days! Which would you bring?" it brings about quite the dilemma. Out of every book in my library, how could I possibly narrow it down to three?

 



Luckily I have an answer. Maybe it wasn't as hard to decide as I thought. Though to be honest I would probably still try to smuggle in more if I thought I had a way to get away with it. Wrap them up in my clothes maybe? Send them to myself as a package before I have to arrive, leaving the one transporting me none the wiser about my decision?

 



Anyway, here are the three books I'd bring:



 

  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 



My criteria for choosing was entirely based around how often I've read these books in the past already. I've been reading Bag of Bones at least once or twice a year since I was a sophomore in high school. Same with Memoirs of a Geisha. I've read that one so many times the spine is starting to wear out. I've been in love with the Great Gatsby since high school and was the only one in my junior English class who was so entirely enthralled with the story that I got 100s on all my Great Gatsby tests. In choosing these three books, I feel like I'd be a happy camper alone on my little island.

 



Again, though, I think I would try to see if I couldn't get away with sneaking more onto the island. It's always nice to have fifty or sixty back up books just in case.

Traditional Views vs Modern Views

Posted by Makayla Yokley on April 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I can just hear the butthurt now.

 



I just got done reading the article written about Kirsten Dunst and how she believes in traditional gender roles. If you want to read it you can find it here ( http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kirsten-dunst-traditional-gender-role-comments-harpers-bazaar-uk-201484 ) and at first I didn't think much of it. So what if Kirsten Dunst has traditional gender role views? It didn't seem like something that was trend worthy on Facebook, so I went to read the article to see WHY it was trend worthy. Again, didn't think much of it.

 

 



Until I read the last line. THAT really got me.

 

 



"Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn't surprise anyone that she's kind of dumb about it."

 

 



Who the hell has the right to say that about somebody? Someone who is just expressing their personal opinions on how they want to live their life doesn't deserve to be called "dumb" just because their views are different from someone else's. Essentially, the article talks about how Kirsten Dunst is saying that she prefers it when men are manly and women are feminine, since it seems to be something that's undervalued these days and actually I completely agree with her. To some people that might sound like she's saying that women should be subservient to men and let them rule over their women like gods -coughCandaceCameronendcough- without question and without reprieve.



 

 

I'll agree that women who constantly need saving by a man need to re-evaluate some things because that's not what makes a good relationship. Men and women need to be equals in their relationships or else it's doomed to crumble. That doesn't mean that men and women aren't allowed to look at gender roles and see what works best for them personally. My fiancé and I are a very traditional couple in that respect. He's my manly man and I'm his dainty woman BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WORKS FOR US. I'm more than happy to have him bring home the bacon while I stay at home and cook it--though actually he's a better cook than me so he would be doing the literal cooking of bacon-- and take care of any future children we have. In fact, I told him right out of the gate that someday I'd like be a stay-at-home novelist, wife, and mother and he was completely okay with that because he WANTS to be the provider. That doesn’t mean that he's lording over me and telling me what I can and can't do. That means he supports me and loves me and helps me get closer to that dream the same way I love and support and help him work towards his own dream. We're equals, and it's not a case of "knowing our place" but instead looking at what we value as people and finding compatibility in that.

 

 



It's stupid that we have to justify ourselves to people who don't understand the idea of having a personal opinion about your own personal life. Are you a woman who wants to be the breadwinner while your husband stays at home and takes care of the family? Good for you. Are you a woman who wants to stay at home and take care of the family while your husband provides? Equally as good for you. Just let people have their own opinion, especially if they're not trying to shove that opinion down your throat.



 

In conclusion: Let's just leave each other alone, okay? No need to be a jerk.

 

 


Magic of a Good Day

Posted by Makayla Yokley on February 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, I had a pretty bad day.


Kind of awful, actually.


One of the worst I've had in a while.


But that's okay. Days like that happen every once in a while and really the only thing we can do is pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and try to do better tomorrow. Today, I did do better. Tuesdays are my designated write-in dates with fellow author, my editor, and one of my best friends Samantha ( http://samanthalafantasie.com/ ). Lately we haven't gotten to get together as much as we would like. Thanks to the frigid weather and sicknesses on one or both of our parts, we've had to keep getting rain checks and deciding that next week will definitely be the week no matter what. Even with that promise having spilled from our lips, we still pushed it back. It's okay. We both understand that the other is busy, sick, or it's just too damn cold to go outside.


Today we finally got together and had an absolute blast. We didn't do much actual writing, but Sam did finally get her "You Beat Me In Our Nano Word War" reward. We went perusing through a store I heard about online but never got to go shop (It turned out to be super expensive and neither of us had the money to spend there. I mean, come on! Who justifies selling a little dragonfly necklace for upwards of $40? That's highway robbery! What, was the gold real? The gemstones in them more than just flashy beads? Then again, maybe I'm just cheap), and because no movie theatres were open when we tried to go see a movie we decided to just go ahead and have lunch at Red Lobster. We laughed and talked and had the exact kind of day I needed after yesterday.


I'm not going to go into details about what happened to make it as bad as it was, but just know it was twelve shades of suck all around. Sam was there to listen to me vent about it, to ease my guilt, and today erased it all together. I don't need to feel as crappy as I did when I've got friends like her around me. I'm super grateful to the people who deserve it.


Anyway that's not what this post is about. It's just a good aside.


The point of this post was what happened after I got back from my day with Sam. I've been having a hard time making my brain work lately, but having a day out was exactly what I needed to dislodge whatever was keeping me from doing good work. I got home, sat down, and wrote When I checked my word count, I realized I wrote 2k words in maybe an hour. This may not seem like a lot to some people but for a person whose word count as of late has been near the 1.5k mark at best, this is pretty good. Best part is I feel like I could keep going.


So if there's someone out there reading this post who is just starting out writing, here's a piece of advice: Sometimes it helps to get out of your head. Go on a date. Go out with a friend. Talk, laugh, do something to open up your mind. Maybe this is why I've heard writers say that you've got to go out and experience life if you're going to be so conceited as to write about it.


I'm going to go try and get some more work done before I stop to work out, so I hope everyone enjoyed the first post on the new site!