Inkpop Blog

Write, Read, Connect

Posts Tagged ‘jane austen’

inkpopper of the Week: sakira

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 25, 2011

“I’m a senior high school student living in a suburban town down in the South. No, I don’t know anyone who rides horses to school, contrary to popular belief (though I do see cattle grazing outside the school); I love country music, and I say y’all. I have the fortune of knowing two awesome inkpoppers in person. My best guy friend is my brother Austin (Emperor Zar). My best girl friend is Alice (Summer Angel).

“I enjoy going out and communing with Nature while walking on the trails with my brother and the dogs. I also love to blog, take (very amateur) photos, play DDR, and read and write and read and write. I can talk forever about books and animanga. My two favorite classes are French and English.

“I love to cozy up with a good book. Laugh, cry, and sigh over it, and then sit for a while as I relive the story all over again. I’m the kind of person who thinks a lot, mulls over her thoughts, and rarely shares unless asked about them. But when you get me going, you’ll get me going going. My mom’s forever telling me to stop talking about books, stop reading books, stop breathing the essence of books, and to just do my homework.

“I have some very… interesting pets. One dog thinks he’s king; the other thinks he’s human (and wants pets of his own). My chinchilla likes to climb on his cage walls like a monkey. My mouse opens her cage lid at night, and I could almost swear she goes out on midnight adventures. I have yet to prove it.”

One thing that Kris (aka sakira) has most certainly proven via her writing is that one of her favorite quotes by Albert Einstein, which states “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” is more fact than fiction – as her popular project Phenomenally, the product of pure imagination, will show you.

Your project Phenomenally is currently ranked as # 14. How does it feel to be so close to making it into the Top 5? What is currently going through your mind?

sakira: It’s surreal. I didn’t expect Phenomenally to rise as quickly as it did. I keep thinking about how I need to finish writing Phenomenally, but IB exams are coming up in May. Fortunately, summer break comes after exams, and I’ll have plenty of time to write then! I’ll be writing, writing, writing, until I finish the book. After that, I’ll be tweaking the story until it’s something that I can (hopefully) call worthy of being in the top five.

Phenomenally is very unique in that it deals with two separate worlds – that of the human, and that of the paranormal – and features a romance of sorts between a human and a paranormal entity. Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things that has made Phenomenally such a popular project on Inkpop?

sakira: I believe that one factor in its popularity is the ghost aspect. Many inkies found it intriguing, especially since they don’t know how the romance will develop. Lee has definitely been a popular character. (There’s a Team Lee- not part of a love triangle! -lurking around inkpop.).

Can you tell us a bit about the creative process for Phenomenally?

sakira: Initially, Phenomenally began as a true ghost story, a guy meets girl who can see him when a chance accident that separates him from his body. Only, she has a ghostly companion named Lee, and he doesn’t like the new kid getting close to her. That lasted about a couple seconds.

I didn’t want my main character to be your ordinary psychic, so I added other paranormal elements, including various paranormal entities (with twists on traditional myths) and a set of rules governing the paranormal world. I’ll still be including the original scene somewhere in the book since I love it so much, but it won’t be for a while the way the plot is moving.

Almost all of your projects feature paranormal / romance elements. Would you say that these are your favorite genres to write? Why? Is there any genre that you have yet to try, but would like to in the future – if so, what?

sakira: It is definitely my favorite genre, the reason being the possibilities. We all want to escape from something in our lives. We want that magical touch, excitement, and I believe that’s why paranormal is so big right now. It’s perfect for exploring the forbidden romance that’s so popular in literature and for giving the ordinary girl the chance to become something more.

Actually, I’m in the process of writing a sci-fi/fantasy story with my brother, which we hope to have him post on inkpop around the first of July and finish over the summer. The story explores the concept of the man’s fall in a futuristic setting, big government, rebel groups, and the question of “who is in the right?”

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

sakira: Get a steady writing schedule. Even when I don’t feel like writing, I’ll try and get something down. I’ve actually written some pretty original scenes when I didn’t know where next to proceed. I wrote the first chapters of Phenomenally without knowing where they would take me. I only knew that I had some scenes in mind, and I was getting them down within a certain time frame!

If you could have a dinner party with five of your favorite authors, who would they be and why?

sakira: Kiersten White, because she has a sense of humor that great doesn’t begin to describe (and because Paranormalcy is pure awesomeness!). Jane Austen, because I want to meet the mastermind behind some of my favorite classics. L. M. Montgomery, because I’m in love with Anne, Emily, and all those fabulous characters of hers. Kelly Armstrong, because she writes beautifully (yes, I mean beautifully). And Sarah Dessen, master of the art of contemporary YA. It’ll be a very informal event, and we’ll eat bat cookies with milk for dessert because it’ll be a Halloween party, which means that everyone will be dressed in costumes. Yay!

What do you think makes good writing?

sakira: It captures the reader’s heart and attention. You also need an engaging character, one to whom the reader can relate and who can keep the plot moving. It doesn’t hurt to have a hot romantic interest, not necessarily in looks but at least in personality.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

sakira: When I was little, I loved the Animal Ark series by Ben M. Baglio. I’ve always been an animal lover, and I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a little girl. My dreams have since changed, but I’ll always have an animal in my life.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Chocolate chip cookies.
What’s on your iPod? I have songs ranging from Country to Classical to Chinese, Korean, anime music, and other random songs. To name a few favorites artists: Keith Urban, Lonestar, Sam Tsui, Emmanuel Moire, Wilson Phillips, 黃鶯鶯.
Favorite cartoon character? This is hard. I love so many. I’m going to go with Pikachu. Nobody can say no to Pikachu!
London or Paris? Paris.
Lucky number? 01.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Interviews, inkpopper of the Week, Teen Talent | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

inkpopper of the Week: KDBDanielle

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 11, 2011

“I’m a fifteen year old Floridan who doesn’t get her daily dose of sun. I actually avoid it to be honest.

“My town is a pretty decent size. You’ve most likely turned into the exit on your way to the beach, but forgot all about it because it lacks palm trees and eye-catching attractions.

“Just recently I learned that giraffes could run. Don’t ask why I thought they couldn’t. I’ve been called cute, funny and a traffic light (I’m 5’10). Being the eldest in my family has made me have a motherly instinct. Though I look athletic I’m not. Give me a ball to kick or shoot and I get flustered. When I’m not writing or scanning the pages of inkpop I’m trying to reach the highest level on my dad’s treadmill without falling off, munching on Whales (not real ones of course), doing my latch-hook (bet you have no clue what that is), reading what I can get my hands on, trying to find a movie in Netflix’s stock, having Bible study, and cleaning because I’m a neat freak.”

inkpoppers certainly don’t seem to mind that Kiana (aka KDBDanielle) is anything but athletic. Why? Because her lack of interest in outdoors activities has given her more time to devote to her writing projects – specifically the wildly popular Match-Up Set, which made it into inkpop’s Top Five back in December of 2010.

Your project Match-Up Set is hugely popular, and made it into the December 2010 inkpop Top Five. That said, it is still listed as being incomplete…are you still working on this project; are you taking a breather from it, and working on something new; or do you feel that Match-Up Set will be a constant work in process?

KDBDanielle: I’m taking a break from it. The review I received was incredibly helpful and brought so many things to my attention. It also brought tons of new ideas. I decided to put things on hold for a bit and work on other projects until I’m ready to again dedicate all my focus on Match-Up Set.

In your profile you state…“I’m homeschooled and that explains why I have two homeschooled projects. ‘Match-Up Set’ and one that’s not posted…. it plays a big role in my life so I can’t help, but write about it. :)” Do you feel that homeschooling will forever be a part of your writing projects? In your opinion, has homeschooling given you the ability to devote more time to your writing; thus, becoming a focal point in your projects?

KDBDanielle: No, I don’t think it’ll forever be apart of my writing projects. It’s something I know very well so it’s easy to write. Homeschooling has given me the chance to devote more time to writing. Like right now. I should probably be getting ready for math, but I’m here. 🙂 So yes, that’s why it’s the focal point of my projects.

Aside from Stephanie S. Tolan’s Surviving the Applewhites, not much YA literature discusses homeschooling. As many inkpoppers are homeschooled, do you feel that this is one of the aspects of your work that draws readers in – why or why not?

KDBDanielle: Yes, I do think that’s what draws in the readers. It’s one thing to be the new kid and it’s another to be the previously homeschooled new kid. It has people ask questions like: How are they going to react to being around kids their age more often? How are others going to react to them being unaware of how things work in school?

What do you feel influences your writing and why?

KDBDanielle: Random clips of conversations and photos. I like to pay attention to everything around me. How people react to statements made. How they stand when excited or nervous. It’s an easy way to get inspiration.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

KDBDanielle: I like writing about things I feel that’s been untouched.

You mention in your profile that you have another project that you are working on that is not posted on inkpop. Can you tell us a bit about this project (genre, what’s it about, etc.)? Do you plan on posting it on inkpop in the near future?

KDBDanielle: It’s called What We Were. This project is the first I’ve written that’s totally in the POV of a guy (I switched POVs in another project called After the End). My main character is very self-righteous. He enters a relationship with a girl for all the wrong reasons. I can’t say what happens after that since I haven’t planned or outlined anything like I normally do. I want to post sometime in April so keep an eye out!

How do you combat writer’s block? Do you have any tips for beating out writer’s block that you’d like to share with us?

KDBDanielle: I like to take a break from writing altogether if I find I’m stuck. If you find yourself stuck I’d advise to go outside and far away from your computer as possible. Pay attention to everything and everyone around you. Read poetry or books that are the same genre as your own project.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

KDBDanielle: Valerie from Red Riding Hood. You have to admit, that little village would be an awesome place to live. Creepy, but awesome.

What do you think makes good writing?

KDBDanielle: Well-written characters. It doesn’t matter how original your plot is if you have flat characters. A reader will close the book the second they realize they don’t care what happens to them.

What’s on your spring reading list?

KDBDanielle: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Emma by Jane Austen, Plague by Micheal Grant (seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this one!), The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, and Cloaked by Alex Finn.

What made you fall in love with writing?

KDBDanielle: The fact that I couldn’t do “wrong.” I’m the kind of person that stresses on getting things to look exactly like its picture. With writing there’s no right or wrong way necessarily.

Who was your favorite childhood author and why?

KDBDanielle: Adrian Fogelin. Her books were the first to hinder me from eating dinner on time.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite fictional character? I have many, but today it’s Sam from Gone by Michael Grant.
What’s on your iPod? Taylor Swift, Paramore, August Rush soundtrack, Mozart, B.o.b, and Bruno Mars.
Hidden talent? I could hula-hoop forever.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla with Snickers in it. I forgot what they called the flavor, but I’m guessing somewhere along the lines of vanilla-with-snickers. 😉
Book you could read over and over again? The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Interviews, inkpopper of the Week, Teen Talent, Top Picks | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

inkpop Fundamentals: February 3, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 3, 2011

Alex Pettyfer most likely NOT starring in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Though British actor Alex Pettyfer has been the frontrunner (and fan favorite) for the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the first book in her bestselling The Mortal Instruments series; bad news hit the web a few days ago when it was unofficially announced that Pettyfer will likely not be starring in the film, having reached an impasse with Screen Gems regarding a price for his performance. “ To be clear, nothing has been officially announced by Alex or Screen Gems, meaning for now, the deal is still on the table. Vulture’s earlier report intimated that Screen Gems may not produce ‘The Mortal Instruments’ if they can’t secure Alex, so today’s news is a bit troubling for fans not only rooting for Alex, but rooting for the franchise’s film debut.” Hollywood Crush.

‘The Hunger Games’ film gets a release date! No, Katniss Everdeen and the rest of The Hunger Games characters have yet to be cast; but that hasn’t stopped Lionsgate and Director Gary Ross from announcing that they hope to have The Hunger Games – the first title in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy of the same name – in theaters by March 23, 2012. “ Director Gary Ross recently revealed to EW that he aims to go into production of the first installment of Collins’ trilogy later this spring.” Entertainment Weekly.

What does Stephenie Meyer’s publicist moonlight as? YA author! Being the publicist for Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer is a full-time job in and of itself – but Elizabeth Eulberg, the individual whom holds such a title, still makes time for moonlighting on the side…as a YA author! That’s right; when she’s not working for Meyer, Eulberg has a thriving career as a YA author herself. Last year she published The Lonely Hearts Club, which debuted to rave reviews, and in January she released Prom & Prejudice – a novel based loosely on the classic Jane Austen piece Pride & Prejudice. Check out an interview with Elizabeth Eulberg here. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…if Alex Pettyfer turns down the role of Shadowhunter Jace Wayland, who do you think would be the next best choice to play the character? Do you hope that a film based upon The Mortal Instruments still makes it to the big screen – why or why not? Do you think that Gary Ross will be able to bring The Hunger Games to the big screen in little over a year – why or why not? Have you read either of Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels? Did you know that Stephenie Meyer’s publicist was a YA author?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Fundamentals, inkpop News, Pop Culture, Teen Trends | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

inkpopper of the Week: Leigh Fallon

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on November 29, 2010

“School? Me? That’s all a little bit in the past for me unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you’re looking at it). I’m all grown up now…well sort of, I’m sure there’s a little wiggle room for maturity growth. LOL. I’m living between counties at the moment, but I spend the majority of my time in the US in a small town outside of Boston, MA. In terms of hobbies, I love horse riding and ice-skating. I’m also a mom of four crazy kids, including identical twins so with them and my obsessive writing tendencies, time for hobbies is scarce.”

Though she may not have time for hobbies, Leigh Fallon has certainly made an effort to feed her “obsessive writing tendencies” – and the obsessive reading tendencies of her fans here on inkpop – via her projects – specifically her books The Carrier of the Mark (which received a Gold Star here on inkpop), and Haunting Jenny (which is currently ranked at # 94). Writing, however, isn’t the only passion in Leigh’s life – traveling is also an important aspect of who she is.

You grew up in Dublin, Ireland; lived in West Cork, Ireland; and recently moved to the U.S.? Do you feel that these experiences have influenced your writing in any way? If so, how and why?

Leigh: Travel is the ultimate way to experience life, and I’ve travelled a lot. Not just Ireland and the US, I’ve worked all over Europe. I’ve met amazing people and sampled so many different cultures. Every country is different, every person unique. Getting a taste of such diversity has really added depth of understand of people which I think has helped my character development. In writing it’s the subtle differences that can turn a person from just a flat character to a real person that jumps off the page and has a life of their own.

Since moving to the U.S. do you feel that your writing has changed in any way? If so, how and why?

Leigh: The Carrier of the Mark, Dawn of the Knights and Haunting Jenny were all written while I lived in Ireland. With my move to the US my writing time has been squished into practically nothing. I’ve been working on edits of Carrier and I’m about to embark on a re-write of Dawn of the Knights. I guess, if my writing has changed I’m about to find out all about it!

You run your own blog – Leigh Fallon. In your opinion, how does blogging differ from writing books/short stories/poems – the things you are known for on inkpop? Do you prefer one over the other? Why or why not?

Leigh: Blogging is fun. It’s another outlet. I’ve mentioned before, I’m short on time these days, so it’s a great way to express myself without committing to a lengthy process. It’s like an instant gratification thing. But blogging can be tough. When you’re writing a novel and you’re having an off day, you simply walk away from it and come back to it when you’re feeling inspired, but with a blog, people expect you to post, and if you let them down, they’ll go elsewhere. If you want to stay in the game, you have to post regularly and be witty and inspiring and sometimes that’s just not possible. Bloggers are a tough crowd to please, but do it right and they’re the best audience in the world.

Your project The Carrier of the Mark was named a Top Pick, and received a glowing review from the HC Editor’s; you are now working on a new book – Haunting Jenny – which recently broke the Top 100. What goals do you have for Haunting Jenny? How do these two projects differ from one another?

Leigh: Yeah, Carrier got an amazing review; I was walking on air for quite some time after that. I’m still working on the edits suggested by the HC reviewer. I started writing Haunting Jenny while I was waiting for Carrier’s review. I wanted to do something a little different. It’s in the third person, which is a first for me. Haunting Jenny is a little different as it tells the story from two perspectives. Jenny’s soul which is trapped in a spirit realm reliving the past until she can unravel its secrets, while Jenny’s body, occupied by a ghost walks about hell bent on revenge.

What makes your writing unique? What sets it apart from other inkpop projects and books that have already been published?

Leigh: Ooo, that’s a toughie! I’d like to think my writing is fresh and light. I try not to get too bogged down in heavy description and narrative. I like my dialogue to tell the story in a natural and easy flowing way. Fingers crossed I’ve achieved that.

If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why? Would you be a character that has already been created, or a new one?

Leigh: Nice question! Do you know what? I’ve always had a soft spot of Mariah Lucas in Pride and Prejudice. Now, there’s a story that holds potential. She was such an overlooked character, and even left out of the Hollywood remake! If Jane Austen was still around Mariah would make a fantastic spin off. Charlotte, was really holding Mariah back, once Charlotte had been married off it would have opened the door for some good old fashioned bodice bursting passion for Mariah. Oh yes, I could play Mariah!

If you had to create a soundtrack for either The Carrier of the Mark or Haunting Jenny, which songs would you include and why?

Leigh: I have one! Music inspires me more than anything. I wrote Carrier listening to Radiohead, Moby and Elbow. All of their music is so amazing. As I’m listening, the scene just pops into my head. My playlist for Carrier is on my website. Go have a listen, and be prepared to be inspired.

Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?

Leigh: Again, a toughie! I have so many. If I had to single one out right now, I’d be leaning towards Áine DeRís in Carrier. She’s so spunky and funny. She’s had a sad life and has a very daunting future. She’s restricted in everything she does and has a betrothed waiting for her when she’s old enough, and hasn’t even had a boyfriend yet! But despite all this, she is full of hope and fun and she has the best one liners and sarcastic sense of humor.

What are your crazy writing quirks? What do you need in order to get inspired and kick yourself into the mood to write (i.e. a bag of Cheetos at hand, blasting music, etc.)?

Leigh: My major writing quirk would be handwriting! Yes, I’ve written all my books in longhand. I scrawl them out in notebooks in horribly undecipherable handwriting and then when they’re finished they get transferred to my computer. Though, that’s changing. I’m finding myself leaning towards the computer more and more. I think it’s a confidence thing. Before, I used to think there was magic in the pens. Like magic ink! I know…crazy. When I’d see the ink running out on the pen I was writing with, I’d begin to panic and have to scouring the shops looking for the same type of pen in order to continue. My other writing requirement is black coffee on tap. If they administered it intravenously, I’d be first in line.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Leigh: Ummm, I’d be going insane! Yip, I’d be rocking back and forth in a white padded cell mumbling incoherently and shrieking ‘the bells’ intermittently. I started writing to create another reality for myself, a reality that I could escape too when I needed too. Escapism is a way of life for a mom of 4, trust me.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Leigh: I want to say a big thank you to all my buddies on inkpop. You guys have been amazing. There are too many to mention, but I want to put a big shout out for Morgan Shamy AKA MIC, author of Shadow Watchers. She is the most awesome online friend anyone could hope for and a super talented author to boot.

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite movie? Pride & Prejudice (BBC Version).
What’s on your iPod? Weird Fishes – Radiohead, Mirrorball – Elbow, My Weakness – Moby.
Ron Weasley or Harry Potter? Ron Weasley (redheads have to stick together, we are after all facing extinction!).
Cake or ice cream? Cake, I’ve never been into ice cream
Favorite season? In Ireland we don’t have seasons…we just have weather.

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Interviews, inkpopper of the Week, Teen Trends, Top Picks | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

inkpopper of the Week: cyc

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 14, 2010

“I am a 25-year-old girl (yes, girl, because I still feel like a teenager) who graduated from NYU with a bachelors in English and a masters in English Education. I’m certified to be an English teacher and I hope to find a job soon! Even though I plan to have a career in New York City, I can never root for any New York sports teams! I’m a Philly girl and always will be. Sorry, NY, but the Philly all the way. (Mandy in Summer Friends is a baseball fan of the Phillies.)

“I was never given an English name and I chose not to make one up like other Asians I know. Instead I stuck with my real first name Chen. If anyone’s wondering, ‘cyc’ stands for ‘Chen Yan Chang’ which means ‘morning-beautiful.’

“Who are the loves of my life? My baby turtles! Billy Starmaker and Raspberry ‘Ras B’ Biscuit are 3 ½-year-old red eared sliders who love to eat, sleep, and hide in various spots in my home. They are way too adventurous, and my girl Ras B must have 9 lives because she’s already used up 3!”

Though Chen (aka cyc) is devoted to Billy Starmaker and Raspberry ‘Ras B’ Biscuit; she is also extremely fond of not only the characters featured in her books, but a certain time of year that spells being released from rules and regulations and simply enjoying life for what it is…summer.

Your book Summer Friends was named an inkpop Top Pick for the month of May 2010. Another book you’ve written, Summer of Firsts, is currently ranked at # 33. What is it about summer that inspires your writing? Do you feel that the fact that your projects take place during the summer season, a time of freedom, has contributed to the popularity of your projects?

cyc: Summer has always meant fun and freedom, especially when the school year is over and you want to relax. (In my situation, I’m certified as a teacher so I will continue to have summer off!) In my books, summers give my characters the opportunity to do things they wouldn’t have normally done when they’re in school. Adventure, new boys, summer love, etc. Because it’s almost the start of summer, I feel readers can live vicariously through my characters as they read something light, summery, and romantic. My two summer books are that! Shocker shocker, I have 2-3 other summer book ideas, one which will be a sequel to Summer of Firsts called Summer of Second Chances.

You mention that Vanessa Carlton’s song White Houses inspired your book Summer of Firsts. In what ways? Can you tell us more about this? Have your other projects been inspired by songs, as well?

cyc: When people listen to songs, they come up with their interpretations of what the lyrics are about and how they can relate to their lives. In listening to White Houses, I see a whole story in the four minute song. It’s about a girl who goes on a trip, meets new friends, falls in love, and gets her heart broken. I wanted to expand on the song and develop this girl’s story who I later named Grace. I wanted to flesh out her new summer adventure story and put her in a situation where she gets the opportunity for a love story. It’s fun to see what elements from the song I would incorporate and what new things I could bring to the story.

I have always been inspired by music so, not surprisingly, I have two books and a bunch of short stories inspired by songs. My 2nd book Lucky Lucy was inspired by songs by this indie artist named Darcie Miner. My 3rd book Bottled Sunshine, Empty Jars was inspired by Lillix’s song Dirty Sunshine.

If you had to create a soundtrack for Summer Friends, what songs would you include and why?

cyc: 1. Paramont – Bliss 66: It relates to Sam and Mandy growing up and changing.
2. Summer Stars – Graham Colton Band: A fun summer song.
3. Sam’s Song – Dave Melillo: It relates to Sam missing Mandy when he’s at home.
4. Sadly Beautiful – Jessica Riddle: It relates to Mandy’s loss of her father and growing up.
5. You Found Me – Kelly Clarkson: It perfectly fits the hospital scene when Mandy hides.
6. Fall to Pieces – Avril Lavigne: It relates to Mandy’s romantic feelings for Sam.
7. Another Day – Lene Marlin: Sam makes Mandy feel good and she’s falling for him.
8. Shout – Ross Copperman: It’s what love can do to people.
9. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne: Isn’t it obvious? Mandy wishes to be Sam’s girlfriend.
10. If Only She Knew – Michelle Branch: Mandy wishes Sam’s girlfriend knows how she feels.
11. In Another Life – The Veronicas: This song always makes me cry. Listen and you’ll know why.
12. Best Thing – Graham Colton Band: Then this song cheers me up because Sam does care.
13. Mandy – Barry Manilow: Mandy’s namesake!
14. Toasted Skin – The Academy Is…: A fun summer song.
15. Daydream’ – Boomkat: It relates to Sam and Mandy’s childhood and the things they used to do.

If you could have a dinner party with five of your favorite authors (dead or alive; no inkpopper’s this time) who would they be and why?

cyc: I would have a dinner with William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Francine Pascal, Ann M. Martin, and Richelle Mead. I fell in love with Shakespeare and Austen’s writing in school, in love with Pascal and Martin’s writing as a kid/teen, and Mead’s writing now. The conversation would probably consist of writing and love although I feel I would have trouble understanding Shakespeare :P. We would have cheesesteaks b/c I’m a Philly girl and I want to see Shakespeare and Austen kicking back with some messy food!

What room is your favorite to write in and why?

cyc: I can write anywhere because my green laptop goes everywhere with me. If I have to, the living room is my favorite room to write in because of the TV. When I want to take a break from writing, I can just turn on the TV and relax!

Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:

Chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes? Cupcakes – Red Velvet from CRUMBS!
What’s on your iPod? I have over 1800 songs that include music by Glee, The Academy Is…, Tyler Hilton, Lene Marlin, etc.
Batman or Superman? Superman because I grew up on Dean Cain’s version of this hero.
Favorite book? Pride and Prejudice.
Dream destination/vacation? Hawaii, because it’s so beautiful there. I’ve been there once and I want to go there again!

Over to you…who do you think should be the next inkpopper of the Week?

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Interviews, inkpopper of the Week, Teen Talent, Teen Trends | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

inkpop Fundamentals: June 8, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 8, 2010

Paging Dr. Osbourne We’ve seen him fumble words and rock out onstage; now fans are about to be introduced to a new side of Ozzy Osbourne. Having published his book I Am Ozzy just a few short months ago; it seems as if Osbourne has been bitten with the writing bug, for he has now been offered the role of Health Advice Columnist for The Sunday Times magazine – and opportunity which he quickly scooped up. The column will place Osbourne in the role of amateur Doctor as he answers readers’ health questions on a daily basis. M & C.

Introducing the interactive book The name of the game will forever be to stay one step ahead of the trends. To constantly come up with new ideas that will keep teens and young adults interested in the next big thing; a sentiment which Slate has taken into serious consideration as they introduce their next showstopper…the interactive book! The brainchild of writers Laura Moser and Lauren Mechling, My Darklyng is an interactive YA novel starring 10th grader Natalie Pollock, an individual with a dream to star on the cover of the next book in a vampire series that she simply cannot get enough of. To truly engage readers, the authors have set up a Facebook page for Natalie; established Twitter accounts for many of the characters; and will introduce new chapters to the story every Friday through August 2010. Slate.

Sister Sister Love them or hate them; siblings are oftentimes an integral part of growing up – thus the reason they are so enjoyable in the world of literature. The bond between siblings – especially sisters – is one that nurtures a story and adds both depth and backbone to a book. In Jane Austen’s Emma there was the relationship between Harriet and Emma; in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women there was the love and loathing between the March Sisters. Now The Guardian wants to know…who is your favorite sister act in literature?

Over to you…what do you think of allowing someone with no medical knowledge to hand out health advice to readers? Do you feel that Ozzy is fit to be a health advice columnist – why or why not? Will you be reading this interactive novel? What do you think of interactive novels in general – yay or nay? What do you think of the sibling bond in books? What book do you feel portrayed siblings – either sisters or brothers – the most realistically and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Fundamentals, inkpop News, Teen Trends | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

inkpop Fundamentals: May 27, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 27, 2010

One-Hit Wonders of the Literary World Louisa May Alcott is best known for her books Little Women and Little Men, but during her time as an author, she also penned thrillers such as Behind a Mask. Though held in high-regard for works such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, many overlooked Jane Austen’s more Gothic literary effort Northanger Abbey. Just as musicians of today are oftentimes labeled as one-hit wonders; many of the world’s favorite classic authors – including Charlotte Bronte, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville – are known only for one or two works, despite the fact that they have penned far more. Here, a list of some of the most overlooked books by some of the world’s best-known authors. Huffington Post.

Wimbledon…in verse? Sports and poetry is perhaps as different from one another as night and day; nevertheless, the British tennis championship known as Wimbledon is going where no athletic sport has gone before, by hiring Matt Harvey, a British wordsmith, to serve as the event’s official poet. As such, Harvey is expected to write one poem per day for the entirety of the two-week event. His first Wimbledon contribution has already been released under the title The Grandest of Slams. Harvey is the first person to ever hold such a title in Wimbeldon history. Entertainment Weekly.

‘Making Money’…Andy Warhol style! Though he passed away in 1987; Andy Warhol’s memory has lived on in film, books, art, and countless other areas of the creative world since. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is home to The Andy Warhol Museum; his canvas entitled Eight Elvises sold for a whopping 100 million back in 1963; he is the man responsible for the term 15 minutes of fame (an abbreviated version of his quote In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.); and now he’s coming to a bookstore near you via Making Money, a flipbook consisting of drawings of money that Warhol created as a 1981 Christmas gift for then preteen Berkeley Reinhold, which features a foreword by Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. The book hits shelves in October 2010. Luxist.

Over to you…what classic work do you feel has been overlooked by critics and readers? What is your favorite classic book? Did any of your favorites make the list? What do you think of poetry about sports? Can you think of any other sports that may benefit from the inclusion of poetry? Are you a fan of Andy Warhol? Will you be buying Making Money? What do you think of Warhol’s quote…do you feel that it’s true or not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop Fundamentals, inkpop News, Teen Trends | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

inkpop Fundamentals: May 11, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 11, 2010

Boys and the vamp Though vampires have been a hot commodity in multiple forms of fiction (i.e. in book, small screen, and big screen formats) courtesy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries, and the now-defunct, but still highly-popular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; much of these series have catered to a female audience, leaving males somewhat uninterested in sinking their teeth into tales featuring vamps. Author Jason Henderson has decided to change that. A fan of vampires for over thirty years; Henderson hopes to pique the interest of male readers via the release of his novel, (the first of a projected series), Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, which follows the adventures of a 14-year-old vampire hunter. KansasCity.com.

The monster mash! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a favorite for over one hundred years; and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has been prevalent in classrooms for decades. Now the aforementioned books, in addition to countless other timeless tales, have received a facelift from publishers with the addition of zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal entities; making the books of yesteryear more adaptable to today’s society in the form of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Karenina, and HarperTeen’s very own new release Little Vampire Women. The trend, implemented by independent publisher Quirk Books just one short year ago, is said only to be the tip of the iceberg. Expect more monster mash-ups to hit your favorite classics very soon! The Wall Street Journal.

‘Avalon High’ 2.0 Meg Cabot’s Avalon High has seen much success since its 2005 publication. The book, which follows the story of Ellie, the new girl in town who attends Avalon High, a place, she soon comes to realize, that is full of students all of which are reincarnations of individuals from King Arthur’s court; has been crafted into a three-part manga series featuring art by Jinxy Coronado, and was the recipient of two awards: the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age – in addition to snagging the number three spot on the New York Times Children’s Best-Sellers List. Now, Disney has teamed up with Cabot to bring Avalon High to the small screen starring Britt Robertson, Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, Devon Graye, and Molly Quinn. The film is scheduled to premiere this fall on the Disney Channel. MTV.

Over to you…what is your favorite vampire series? Do you plan on reading Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising? What do you think of monster mash-ups – yay or nay? Do you want to see classics updated to involve paranormal beings, or would you rather read them in their original state, as the authors intended? Have you read Avalon High? Do you plan on watching the film adaptation?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

Posted in inkpop News, Teen Trends | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »