My Love/Hate Relationship with Jupiter

Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter. The planet of expansion, religion, and higher learning. Its placement can even be an indication of becoming a writer, as it is for me. (In Libra in the third house). And, as luck would have it for me, it’s also the planet of extreme laziness.  Expansive thought and I just don’t feel like doing anything with it today, maybe tomorrow.

I must admit though, Jupiter is a bit of a mystery to me. Even when I was researching it for this post, I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was I wanted to say. Nebulous, indeterminable, and full of hot air describes the Jupiter experience. Frustrating would be the succinct answer.

Even then, I can’t fully hate it for two reasons. The first the previously mentioned aspect for writers. I finally got past the ‘I don’t feel like doing anything’ feeling to actually finish my first book. The second, the third house is the house of siblings, combine that with relationship focused Libra and expansive Jupiter and you have the incredibly close relationship I have with my sister. Our dynamic inspired the dynamic of Sabine and Fig. And, I know for a fact, that the story would be missing something without that sisterly bond. This rambled a bit, but that might be my Mercury in Sagittarius (coincidentally ruled by Jupiter).

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

To find out where your Jupiter is, get your birth chart here. You will need to know the exact time and place you were born.

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Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent (Plus a Bonus Song!)

The current song count for the Ascendent playlist is 46; though, knowing me, that is likely to increase. However, I’ve decided to narrow that list down to the top 5 that inspired my protagonist Sabine.

5.) Work Song by Fallulah

This actually opens my playlist, and perfectly encapsulates Sabine at the beginning of the book. Life is work sometimes.

 

4.) Stolen Roses by Karen Elson

This song always symbolized the difficult relationship between Sabine and her mother for me.

 

3.) Arms Length by She Keeps Bees

The early stages of Sabine’s feelings for Elias (my top 5 for him is coming next).

 

2.) Make Me Stay by Gold Motel

This is for an ‘oh, fuck’ moment.

 

1.) Mother by Florence + The Machine

This is for the end, she’s mid-step in growing and there isn’t a tidy, clear cut ending.

 

Bonus: I’m On Fire by IO Echo

For my beloved little pyro, Sabine’s sister Fig.

 

Thank you for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

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Is Your Protagonist a Plot Device?

When writing YA, particularly YA with a female lead character, one of the biggest and most complained about pitfalls is the Mary Sue. The infallible martyr with inexplicable allure, despite being so dull and plain. You know, the one that makes us roll our eyes until they fall out of our heads. Of course, this also happens with love interests; but I’m going to focus on female driven YA. Seeing as that’s my personal experience.

One thing that always stands out in my mind when thinking about this, is my Creative Writing professor using her pen to illustrate how often YA heroines are black holes that exist solely to move the plot along. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting now that I’ve written it, but was actually hysterical in the moment. The two examples she used was the OG, Bella Swan, and Katniss Everdeen. I’ll pause for a moment for all the Twilight and Hunger Games fans.

The reason for writing about this in the first place is this: You have to ask yourself and you have to be honest. Is your character a plot device? We, as human beings, can be loving, hateful, kind, erratic, hot tempered, vulnerable, delusional, and make appallingly stupid decisions. Just to name a few things. You have to impart this to your characters. Its uninteresting to read and impossible to connect with a character who’s flawless. I’ve always felt that, a reader feeling kindred with your imperfect character is so much more impactful, and makes a longer lasting impact, than a reader wishing to be your perfect character.

On the flip side, I can understand the appeal of writing an implausible character. Presumably, it makes for a significantly less frustrating writing experience. When I was writing Ascendent, there was many a chapter when I wanted Sabine to react how I would. I am notoriously candid; my protagonist is not. Being upfront instead of internalizing everything would have undoubtedly saved her some angst, but that’s not who she is. Not to mention, changing such a big part of her personality would have diminished her growth as a character. By making your character perfect, you are eradicating one of the most satisfying parts of a book to read and to write.

I know what I’ve written hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel, but it seemed fitting for my first post. I want to thank anyone who took the time to read it. And, if anyone is interested in the book I not so casually mentioned writing, details about the publishing date will be coming soon. Bye!

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