Hi! My name is_ _. No, my real name isn't Kendra, but I wish it was. You can call me that if you want to
Before anything else, I want to say I am more reader than writer. This means I spend most of my fanfiction time reading and reviewing instead of updating. Sorry! That said, if you want a beta, I'm your girl! I've been trained by a grammar Nazi (AKA: English teacher Mrs. D)
I promise never to swear in any of my stories. If you have a problem with it, don't read them.
I promise to always keep my pairings canon. No Traitie, Thalico, or Percy x anyone except Annabeth.
Favorite books:Percy Jackson- no duh Kane Chronicles Fablehaven (hence the name... get it?) Harry Potter Hunger Games Inkheart trilogy Books of Bayern The Bible The Host Scarlet Letter Lord of the Rings so many more!
I am always available if you want to suggest new series or talk about one on the list.
Don't try this at school:
A couple days ago, my teacher wanted to play rock, paper, scissors with one of us to determine the amount of homework we got. I did the trick from BotL. When I formed 'gun', my teacher thought it was scissors. I would have won if it had been, but instead my teacher said it was 'cheating'. My class got extra homework that day...
All credits of this beautiful speech goes to Nic-n'-Nyx.
To all other young fiction authors out there. Copy and paste if you wish. It just needs to be said, and needs to be heard;
You may be a reject. You may not be smooth with the spoken word. You may be the most popular kid in school. You may be the boss at your office. You may be short or tall or heavy or light or anorexic or white or dark or struck by an unfriendly label. You may be the homeless guy on the corner or the one inside the store signing books as you hand them out. You may listen to Justin Bieber or to Three Days Grace. But what you are is a writer; never doubt the power of what you can do. Tell me, what did you learn more from this year; the President, or the Hunger Games? The senator or Rick Riordan? The public speaker or Clarissa Fray? American Idol or the Twilight Saga? A list of facts or Harry Potter? Which of them stole the most of your time? Which is more well-known?
It's the book. Every time. People fail to realize flaws in our society in their own lives, but they see it in District Twelve and in the Capitol, in Camp Half Blood and Camp Jupiter. Books make clear what we can't see with the naked eye. Authors are the ones that speak to people's hearts. Writers are the ones people turn to for lessons and entertainment. It's been this way for thousands of years. We are the teachers of every child who opens a book. The themes we write are the themes they learn. We are there in every life, a quiet influence bound in a pretty cover, months' worth of work and reading, colored with imagery built upon the foundation of an unforgettable plot line. A story you read for months is memorable more than a speech listened to for just five minutes. I can't name all the leaders of the world right now, nor what they decide to preach about, but I can tell you all the characters from Percy Jackson, and every little thing they taught me. And they are things worth learning(see partial list below).
There is an old saying: "The pen is mightier than the sword" I have no idea where it came from, but it is just as true now as it was when the first person said it. Words accomplish greater things than violence ever could. So don't think there's a better way to make a point. Don't think there's a better way to reach your audience. Fiction stories have been striking the hearts of their readers farther back than anyone alive can remember. And striking the heart is what makes literature so different from everything else. Don't ever doubt your ability to show someone something new, to teach them a life lesson, or the importance of what you have to say. Say it in this language everyone knows. Decorate it with characters and light it with sights and smells and sounds and touches and tastes and give it to the public gift-wrapped with your finest effort. Because I guarantee you, someone is bound to hear you clearer than they've heard anyone else before.
I hope you've found some words of inspiration. The world needs it desperately. Do us all a favor, all you writers, and come out of hiding. We've had the greatest influence of all over people of the past, and as we act now, we are the ones influencing the future. We have more knives and pens than the Army, more sway in society than the Senate, (whom we have proved this to before), more power than any celebrity you could name. I'm calling on you now. Rise up. I dare you to write something today that readers won't forget. I challenge you to make someone cry with one thin little page of text. I urge, no, I demand you to put something down on paper that will be copied and produced and remembered for longer than Ancient Mythologies have been. I dare you to do what some claim is impossible. I demand you to write a message in the folds of a book and watch how, in awe, people unwrap it. Watch your footprints stand bold against the falling snow and refuse to be covered. It is all possible, I assure you. You have no idea just what power you hold in a pen - or a keyboard - until you use it.
And right now, the world needs you to use it more than ever.
We, writers, have made history. We were the ones to record it. And that ability has not changed at all, just our awareness and will to use it. We were given the gift language and storytelling for a reason.
This is that reason. It's calling. So ask yourself what message you want to send. Ponder about what you want to say. Because the world is listening to us above all other beings currently on this earth. Us, not the movies, not the official-labeled politicians, not the superstars. And it's our job to give it a story worthwhile.
Sally Jackson taught me to sacrifice my wants for someone else
Tyson taught me not to judge by appearances
Jason reminded me that I can always change my mind
Piper showed me that power doesn't have to be big and flashy
Frank told me anyone can be a hero
Emily Zhang gave me a model of duty
Coach Hedge taught me bravado
Reyna showed me leadership
Travis and Connor showed me laughter
Chiron showed me how to be patient and believe in a person
Paul taught me to be accepting of even the most bizarre stories
Clarrise told me even the meanest bully has a backstory.
Leo showed me how to joke and lighten the mood
Jiper taught me to make things work
Frazel showed me that opposites attract
Percabeth reminded me to always be there for the ones I love.
PJO has guided me since I was little, maybe 9 or 10. I will never forget it. If you say I'm too old, well too bad.
Blog of how PJO/books affect my life (I might slip in other series, but it'll be mainly PJO)
In Spain, the architecture is unbelievable. Seriously, pictures don't do it justice. There's this one cathedral that was originally Roman, then a Muslim mosque, then a Catholic cathedral. It still had original Roman columns, and there was Muslim and Christian artwork side by side... I was obsessing like Annabeth, running around from place to place. Thing is, the outside is so unassuming. Just another old building, right? No way, no how. It's crazy. Never trust first impressions!
My gym class played Capture the Flag today, and all I could think of was how boring a PJO character would find our version. Flag in plain sight, no combat, a simple tag out... I prefer theirs!
I'm reading the Iliad, and realizing how much RR copied. Annabeth's invisibility cap makes an appearance (though Athena owns it, and it's not Yankees), and Mist is everywhere, just like Chiron mentioned in tLT. Lots of action, but not ton of plot- I'm halfway through, and mostly it's been 'fight, counterfight, retreat, rally'.
Driving to school today, and a song came on that I love. I look at the artist, and (enter drumroll) it was NICO! I smiled inwardly. Sure, he was with someone called vintz, but still. So it passes from my mind and I don't really think about it, then, a couple songs later, the song was... Riptide. No joke. 2 PJO references in a 10 minute car ride:)
I wonder if Odysseus knows that there's a car model named after him. If he's anything like modern heroes, I think he'd crack up. I wonder what it would take to name a car after myself? :) Probably wandering around the sea for 10 years. Never mind, I'd rather not.
In English, one of the vocabulary words was solace- comfort. Will SOLACE comforts Nico. It all makes sense now.
I feel like an idiot for not realizing this sooner- my grandparents' names are Tom and Virginia. Tom and Ginny. VoldemortxGinny. Incredibly weird combo, but that's my GRANDPARENTS.
Except Grandpa isn't evil
And he has a nose.
A couple days ago, Kendra PJO visited Hades. Unlike Nico, Percy, Annabeth, or Grover, it was a one-way trip. I will keep her stories up as a testament to her life, but this is goodbye.