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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!


A New Medium Pt 2

Posted by Makayla Yokley on November 17, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Last time we talked about writing by hand vs writing on the laptop, and at the end of the post I mentioned coming back to you guys with the results. To be honest it took me a little longer than I expected to get this post finished since I've been busy lately, but here I am now! And I've got a lot to say!


Let me begin by saying I loved writing by hand . . . until the cramping started. When I was in school my writing wrist was strong enough to write pages upon pages of notes a day without any pain. But its been a few years since then and apparently my wrist has grown weaker, because now I can barely write for an hour before pain begins to shoot up my hand from my wrist. That being said, though, while I was actually DOING it I enjoyed it. The fact of flourishing my letters, drawing some of them out into lovely shapes and curls, helped. I can't say why (mostly because I don't KNOW why) but it did.


Also, writing by hand helped me be more considerate with the words I chose since I couldn't simply backspace and try again. I kind of have it imagined like my fiancé drawing with pens instead of pencils (and not just because I'm WRITING in pens). When he makes a mistake in his art he has to integrate it into the piece somehow because there's no erasing it to try again. That being said, I'm also not going so slow as to overthink what is being laid out in front of me.


I couldn't write a whole novel this way, though. A few chapters here and there? Sure, okay, that works. But if I tried to write a whole novel I'm afraid it would come out less than impressive. There are certain passages I can write better by hand and others I write better by typing it. Slower scenes are better written by hand and more action-packed scenes are better typed-- and I think I have a theory as to why:


You've got time to really think during a slow scene. I know, not too much of a stretch there, right? But let's think about this for a second: a slow scene is by no means demanding on you to get there and get going right now right now right now. A slow scene is by definition (my definition) ripe with time to consider what’s happening and to plan accordingly. This works better when you can take your time with a pen and a piece of paper, because everything you're writing down needs to be considered before it touches the paper. But action packed scenes needs what’s happening to happen at a moment's notice. Typing, especially those who type a lot and can do so quickly with minimal backtracking, is better when you want to get through a scene quickly. I found that, when I was trying to hand-write a fast paced scene, it didn't come out with nearly as much punch as ones which I typed.




So in the end I don't think one ought to stick exclusively to just one method. Mix and match. Write this scene this way and that scene that way, as long as it helps you further the piece in the optimal way.



A New Medium

Posted by Makayla Yokley on October 14, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For most of my life I wrote my novels on a computer. A desktop computer, laptop, and a tablet to a lesser extent. My wrists and fingers are trained to search out the keys and sometimes I can manage to do it without even looking. The only time I didn't write by hand was when I didn't have an oppertunity. When I was in high school I wrote bits and pieces in notebooks during class and would transfer them over when I got home. Before I became unemployed I did the same thing at my job, writing during my lunch hour on the days they extended my hours and I qualified for break time (it was a part-time gig, so I usually only worked four hours. But when they had me on Sundays I worked a lot longer, meaning I got a break), and when I took my college classes I still remember myself sitting in the back of my American Literature class with a fat five subject notebook in front of me while I wrote. But, more often than not, I typed up my stories. 

Lately I've been wondering if there's any stock in writing by hand. We all know a lot of the old masters did it (though to be honest that was due to a lack of any other option, but lets just skip over that . . . ) and even some of the newest of us say they've written a lot by hand. I just read an article about another writer doing it, and part of me wonders if the success they had will apply to me as well. The author mentioned how the act of writing it down gave them an oppertunity to choose their words more carefully, and that it goes through another bought of mental editing when they type it up on their computers. 

I've written by hand before, as I mentioned. Sometimes it's the exact thing I need to unclog the creative pipes in my brain and figure out things I never would've seen when left with alone with the blinking curser on my laptop and about a thousand pages of internet to distract me. I don't know what it is about writing by hand. I think I read somewhere once that it stimulates another part of your brain and helps you find another perspective. Especially if you write in cursive. Cursive writing is like painting or drawing. It causes another part of your brain to react when it would otherwise stay asleep while you wrote. 

So I've made the decision to write something by hand, alongside typing up another project I've been so enthralled with lately. I want to see if it makes a difference. I want to see if it truely does help move along the project I'm writing by hand but also if it makes the typed up one flow any easier now that I've hit a block. 

After a while I'll do updates on if its made any difference, if the writing is better or worse or unchanged after having been handwritten, if it helped the typed project at all, and just about anything else that has anything to do with the subject. 

Stay tuned! 

Elegy for a Dead World --- Review

Posted by Makayla Yokley on April 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So for this post I'm reviewing the game "Elegy for a Dead World" which you can purchase on Steam (and, as far as I know, ONLY on steam). The premise of the game is a simple one: You are a space traveller going to three different worlds, completely destroyed and devoid of any other life, and once you're there you're given writing prompts on certain areas of the worlds and you're supposed to fill in the blanks with how YOU think its finished. 

Oh wow, sounds like SUCH a boring game, right? Who would EVER enjoy a game like this? 

How about, I don't know, WRITERS? 

This game is absolutely perfect for writers. It's an incredible way to exercise your creative muscles because you have to find new ways to work around the prompts which may not have fit in with what you already wrote, which takes the whole thing to a new level. Personally, I wrote one about a sculptor whose lover got killed and she sculpts an entirely new world filled with people and nature and everything, then after her first world is destroyed she watches like a coward until everyone is dead. Then she spends decades trying to earn money to buy her planet back from an intergalactic tycoon who wants to turn it into a resort planet, then ANOTHER decade re-learning to sculpt after a head injury. After ages upon ages she sculpts herself to death and her spirit goes on to live forever in her final sculpt. 

(Okay that's the worst summary of what I did. If there are any other writers out there in the audiance please stand up if you hate summaries!)

Then I learned there are several "direction prompts" (as I call them) which dictates what kind of story you're going to write once you're actually in the world. For example, the world with the sculptor, I could've chosen to write a letter about how this planet is my new home and why. 

So far the only negative thing I can think of about the game is some of the sounds get annoying after a while if you don't move past the prompt fast enough. On that same coin, though, this game has incredible composition and even the annoying sounds are awesome. It sets the scene beautifully and really creates an amazing sense of atmosphere. 

To be honest I really don't have anything negative to say about "Elegy for a Dead World." Not a single thing. It's an incredible game and if you're a writer I definitely think you should tip-toe over to Steam and buy yourself a copy because it'll easily be the best money you ever spent. 

Unless of course you recently bought a monkey in a tuxedo.

In which case, I'm going to go sit down now. 

Go enjoy the game, it's awesome. The people who worked on it did an amazing job and should be acknowledged! 

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!

20,000 Words with Friends!

Posted by Makayla Yokley on January 14, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots to talk about today! Good updates on my Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk novel and got to spend time with friends!

Project: The Scavenger 

Words Written Today: 3195! (I forgot to update yesterday. It was something around 1.5k).

Total Words: 21671



Story Achievements: The main plot was set in motion! Yay! And some character stuff got started (and brainstormed. It's going to be fantastic!)

Real-Life Achievements: I got to spend today with my friend Samantha LaFantasie ( We have tuesday write-in dates (whenever we're not busy) and she came over today! We talked, and actually got some work today as opposed to us just chattering the whole time! Also, I bought Gone Girl today (loved the book and loved the movie! The movie stays really, REALLY close to the book as far as movies go!) and played a lot of Walking Dead Season 2 and The Last of Us. I loves me some post-apocalyptic stuff!


Now I'm so tired I think I might keel over, so good night everyone!


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)






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?