Most Memorable Characters I “Met” in 2016

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I got the idea from this post after I considered doing the “2016 End of Year Survey” but found it to be too long and it quickly became repetitive as I kept answering the same few books for multiple questions. But I really wanted to answer this question, so I’m making it into a post of its own. 

I’m going to be talking about the characters from the last reading year that are the freshest in my mind. Who stayed with me? Who do I remember as if they were a real person, or at least almost a real person?  Alternatively, who did just really like? 

So here they are, in no particular order. 

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How to Conquer NaNoWriMo 101 (and other tips and tricks)

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Alright, so November is just around the corner and you know what that means. Or maybe you don’t know what that means, in which case, let me tell you. November is the National Novel Writing Month, where people from all over the world come together to write a 50 000 word novel starting on November 1st and ending on November 30th. 

Visit the official NaNoWriMo website for more information. This is where you have your user profile and there is also a large handy-dandy forum where you can discuss plot ideas, get help, ask fellow writers how to best get rid of a dead body or how the muscle structure of a human with wings would work, critique and get critiqued, or just chat about general nonsense.  

If you want to add me as your writing buddy please feel free! Add me on twitter too and join me when I’m doing sprints 🙂 

I’ve done NaNo every year since 2009 and won every time. “Won” means I got to 50k and the prize is that you wrote 50k in a month and you feel super accomplished and now have major bragging rights. Yay! However, there are some things winners (and regular participants) do get. Take a look at the sponsor offers. I made use of my 50% off on Scrivener a couple years ago and I haven’t regretted it. You can also download free trials of various things that you can use through November. 

Now to my tips and tricks. 

nanowrimo tips Ideally you do this before November begins, but if you decide to join NaNo on November 1st then just power through.

Do you prefer to plan things out before you begin to write or do you just want to sit down on November 1st and see what happens? If you’re a planner, start planning. Start now. Some make notes, some draw maps and/or their characters, some fill out character sheets, some do a full outline, some do all of the above and more. Find out what works for you. 

However, do not begin to write anything of the story itself before November 1st. Notes and ideas are fine, but NaNoWriMo means you should write 50k totally new words. 

Personally, I’m more of a pantser. I know the general gist of what I’m writing, but I don’t have many details except maybe a few scenes that I just keep in my head until it’s time to write them. 


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Check out the Adoption Society! Here people post plots, pieces of dialogue, names, titles, etc., that are free for you to “adopt” and use. I’ve found several pieces of clever or funny dialogue that I’ve tweaked or used for inspiration. You should be able to find something that sparks your inspiration. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters

I got bored and decided to make a list because everyone loves lists and everyone loves fictional characters.

This will be about favorite characters overall, not just in books, but tv shows too. Mostly tv shows to be honest. I chose not to include movies because there are just too many movies to choose from.

Here they are in no particular order. Though the first one is my number one favorite.  


MICKEY MILKOVICH (SHAMELESS US)

This right here is my number one love. I can’t even express it, I just ashjhjkhvsdfg. What a perfect character, what a good actor. While I side-eye the writers’ treatment of him at the end of season 5, I still love him and his character development has been one of the best that I’ve seen on TV. I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole in real life, but ugh, what a wonderful character, you deserve so much more screentime, darling. 

Fiona Gallagher is also one of my favorite characters but I’m trying to limit myself to one character per book/show.

(Gif source: myself)


Helena (ORPHAN BLACK)


Okay, so all of the clones are wonderful, but Helena has a special place in my heart. Alison too, but I chose to only include Helena on this list.

I love messed up characters and this Angry Angel is definitely one of those. She’s murderous and feral, but childish and so cute. And her role in the “found family” trope I live for makes me want to scream. So great. Helena and Sarah’s relationship is one of my favorites on TV. 

What a coincidence that both characters this far are Ukrainian.
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My feelings for Helena (and Mickey too for that sake) can be summed up by this gif:
(Helana gif source: chloebennetsgf
Don’t know the source of the Mushu gif, it’s the kind everyone uses as a reaction gif)

Dean Winchester (SUPERNATURAL)


Supernatural has been one of my favorite shows ever since it started, it’s been with me for such a long time and I love it and I love Dean. It doesn’t matter what happens to the show, Dean will always be a favorite character. 

Somehow I actually ended up having a bit to catch up on, so no spoilers about the last half of the last season! 

(Gif source: supernaturaldaily)


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My Favorite Childhood Reads

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I was thinking about what to post and I realized I really want to draw some attention to what I liked as a child. I used to go to the library all the time with my mom and borrow all kinds of books. Sadly I don’t remember every single book I read as a kid, but I remember some of the ones that stood out to me.

I can’t guarantee these books are books that I, or anyone my age, would still love today. I haven’t reread any of these since childhood so I really can’t say. But I have good feelings associated with all these books, they forever have a place in my heart. The only reason Harry Potter is not on this list is because while I read the third book at the age of maybe 12, I didn’t get really into the books until I was 14.

This list is in no particular order.  

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson #1)

The Face on the Milk Carton (1990) by Caroline B. Cooney was a book I really really loved. I also read the sequel, Whatever Happened to Janie?(1993) and I loved that too but the first one was my favorite. The series has a total of 5 books where the last one actually was released in 2013. Huh. I have no idea if there will be more. And I had no idea this was made into a movie, holy shit. Must watch and cry from nostalgia. 

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I got both these books in the mail through a book club I was a member of and I was probably around 12/13 when I read these. On Goodreads they’re categorized both as young adult and middle grade, and it’s a mystery series about a girl who one day sees a picture of herself as a small child on a milk carton, and realizes that her loving parents kidnapped her. I highly recommend these (at least the first one) for any young person who loves a good mystery. It’s definitely not necessary to read the entire series.

Secrets in the fire (Sofia #1)

This is a book that I reread several times. Secrets in the Fire (1995. Eng. version 2003) by Swedish author Henning Mankell really stuck with me. I never read any of the other books in the series but I kind of want to. I can’t really tell you what exactly made me love this book so much, all I can say is that I really did. 

It’s a short novel set in Mozambique, Africa. 12 year old Sofia (I think she was 12, but I’m not sure) and her two siblings are driven away from their village by bandits. They run to safety, but then Sofia steps on a landmine that takes her legs. The story is mostly about her recovery and her journey towards adulthood. It’s based on the true story about Sofia Alface. I believe this, and books like it, are important reads for children. 

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