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    Olivia (Livi Ryddle)
    @mathematical_cellist

    Greetings!

    (I realized a while ago that I really need to delete the email associated with my OG account, @anne_the_noob14 , so I made this new one. My other will still be active for a bit, but I’ll end up deleting/archiving/whatever the other one after a bit.)

    Anyways, new introduction since it’s been a while!

    Name: Olivia or Livi – I’m cool with either

    I’ve been homeschooled up through high school. I’m a junior in college now, majoring in mathematics with a minor in music 🙂 I’ve been tutoring math through the college’s tutoring center for about two and a half years now, and at the beginning of this year I also got a job at a restaurant, and I’ve been loving that! I’m also working on starting a writing blog (plus a Discord server to go along with it, potentially) – and I’ll stick that in my profile when/if I get that going.

    Aaand we’ll see how active with my writing and stuff I end up being 😛 College is kicking my behind in a lot of ways, and I’m trying to figure out how to deal with this thing called Being An Adult.

    Current WIPs: Pretty sure I’ve talked about The Witche’s Owl before… It’s still in the works, and is undergoing a massive re-plotting and character development at the moment. I’m really excited with the direction it seems to be going! I also have a few short stories and bits of flash fiction sitting around that I’d like to do something with at some point, but they’re kind of taking the back burner for now.

    Hobbies & Interests: Writing, reading, acrylic painting, digital art, photography, knitting and crochet, D&D, music composition, playing the cello, eating bagels, drinking coffee, learning ASL

    Music I like: Heavy metal, actually (specifically by Sabaton), classical, folk, rock and roll, and hymn/gospel music (I’m not entirely sure what the difference is)

    Fun facts: 

    • I really enjoy origami, although I’m not great at it
    • I have three houseplants: an aloe, another little succulent of some sort, and a marble queen pothos (sometimes called devil’s ivy)
    • I own two typewriters
    • I enjoy learning languages – right now I’m working on ASL, Russian, and Italian (mostly on Duolingo, but I’ve also been using some books and YouTube videos). I just started ASL a couple months ago. I used to be fairly conversational in Italian, but I stopped practicing it so I’ve mostly lost it, unfortunately. And my Russian is lacking as well, but I’m making progress!

    Looking forward to hopefully being active here again, reconnecting with my old friends, and meeting new folks! 🙂

    (If anyone sees me back on here before Friday afternoon, yell at me to go study. I have a final exam on Friday at 8am :)) )


    @naiya-dyani
    Hiya! And let’s see if I remembered your tag or if I’ll have to edit it 😛

    May life rue the day it gave you a yellow-painted rock and told you to make lemonade.

    #158005
    Abrielle
    @abrielle

    @mathematical_cellist

    Hi Olivia! I’m Lydia, I’m relatively new here. What is the Witche’s Owl about? I have a couple stories in the works, one fantasy and one sci-fi. I’m very torn about which one to focus on. Have you finished any novels before? I’ve only gotten through a full draft of one, and I’m procrastinating on the revision.

    I also love reading; that seems to be a given in writers. Have you got a favorite author or series? At the moment, I’m working my way through Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. He’s one of my current favorites. Some others would be Lord of the Rings, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Greenmantle (historical fiction).

    Hey, how’d your exam go? Are you taking summer classes? I’m going into my senior year. I’ve been homeschooled so far, but this next year, I’m going to do dual enrollment at a local college, which I’m excited about.

    I love the cello! It’s such a cool instrument. I play violin, which is also lots of fun. How long have you been playing for? Do you prefer solos, chamber music, or orchestra?

    Nice to meet you!

    Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will be anxious about itself.

    #158007
    Jess R. Plowman
    @toljamedia

    Hello Olivia! Welcome “back” – and good luck with all your projects, keep us posted!

    But there is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

    #158047
    Olivia (Livi Ryddle)
    @mathematical_cellist

    @abrielle Nice to meet you!

    Great question haha! I need to write up an actual synopsis at some point… It’s set in the medieval era, and it follows this lady who’s a midwife in this little town, who comes across a runaway boy who says he’s being followed. As the story progresses, we find connections between the lord of the land, slave traders, bounty hunters, experiments combining alchemy and humans, etc. and so on. :))

    Well, as much as I love sci-fi, fantasy will always have a special place in my heart, so I’d say to work on the fantasy WIP! And no, I haven’t finished any novels sadly. I have finished the first and second drafts of one of my short stories, though! (If you want/need anyone to read over your draft and offer critiques or just reactions, lemme know!!)

    Mistborn!!! I LOVE that series!! I’ve read the first and second books, I haven’t read the third yet, but it’s on my TBR list. I also love Tolkien, and I also love any historical accounts of people and events surrounding the world wars. I have an entire bookshelf and a half dedicated to my war history books.

    My exam did not go well, but I passed the class, so it’s ok xD
    And yes! I was taking Calculus 3 in the first half of summer, and I’m currently taking Differential Equations.

    Violin is a cool instrument too! I also play a little, but really what I play is the fiddle, considering what kind of music I play on it, haha.
    I’ve played for a year and a half, actually, and I love playing in ensembles! I haven’t actually played in the orchestra yet, but I will next year. I’ve done some solos, which are fine, but I love being a part of a group and having that feeling of contributing!


    @toljamedia
    Hi! – and thank you! 🙂

    May life rue the day it gave you a yellow-painted rock and told you to make lemonade.

    #158048
    RAE
    @rae

    Hi! My name is Ru (on the internet until my first book is published that is. And it’s a nickname from a mispronunciation from my big brother a long time ago and is pronounced roo, it has a special place in my heart as a name❤.) My big brother also likes Sabaton, heavy metal and rock and roll. Have you ever looked into the band Petra? They’re a Christian rock and roll band.

    What is the story behind your forum signature?

    Currently, I have 7 books in the ideas and planning (actually more than that but those are to primitive in planning to mention.) And that is sadly not a joke. I have probably 150+/- characters and that is sadly, for my friends, not a joke either. I’m currently typing up the revision draft of a sci-fi called Guardian Angels, a space story. I have been working on the book itself from first draft to this part for a little over a year and hope to have it published in 2024-2025 so I need to step up my pace.

    I look forward to getting to know more about you and why you called your book what you did. See you soon, Farewell!

    O light to us that wander here
    Amid the world of woven trees!

    #158051
    Olivia (Livi Ryddle)
    @mathematical_cellist

    @rae Hi, Ru!

    Your brother sounds awesome already haha! I haven’t heard of Petra but I’m going to go look them up right now!

    There’s not much of a story behind it, actually – I just saw it somewhere and really loved it. I like the imagery of life throwing something wacky at you that you don’t realize what it is at first, and then you take it and end up making it work anyway. If that makes any sense at all xD

    7 is a lot! And that is a LOT of characters!!

    And I’m actually going to change the title, that’s part of the replotting that’s going on! I have no idea what it’s going to be changed to xD

    May life rue the day it gave you a yellow-painted rock and told you to make lemonade.

    #158084
    Abrielle
    @abrielle

    @mathematical_cellist

    I just finished the last Mistborn book! It was so much fun! Brandon Sanderson is an evil author though. Especially with that one character at the end of the first book. I was very mad about that. Also kind of impressed, because what author makes a character that good and then actually goes through with killing them? I get so attached to my characters, I’m not sure I’d be able to do that.

    Your WIP sounds super fun! Do you tend to plot everything out before hand? I usually have a general idea of where I’m going, and for my fantasy WIP, I’ve had to do a decent amount of work trying wrangle everything into a semi-cohesive plotline. Which worked great until about two weeks when it all fell to pieces around my ears because I finally figured out where I wanted the thing to end.

    Do you have a couple favorite war history books? I’m trying to find things other than fantasy to read.

    If you want/need anyone to read over your draft and offer critiques or just reactions, lemme know!!

    Thanks so much for offering! At the moment, I have some big edits I need to work on before I ask for more feedback. Apparently it’s a good idea for a book to have a point, which I’m not terribly great at🙃. I do have a short story though that I’d love to have some feedback on, if you’re not crazy busy at the moment. I also love reading other people’s work, so if you ever need feedback on anything, I’d be happy to help!

    How are classes going?

    Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will be anxious about itself.

    #158383
    Olivia (Livi Ryddle)
    @mathematical_cellist

    @abrielle

    Geez it’s been a minute since I was here xD Still passing all my classes though, so that’s good!

    I would definitely be interested in reading your short story! And I totally understand the whole “books need a point” thing… I’ll keep you in mind when my WIP is ready for human consumption 😉

    And yes! The Auschwitz Volunteer – Beyond Bravery is a good read. Very grim, but that’s to be expected. It’s the first-person account of Witold Pilecki, a man who volunteered to let himself be captured and taken to Auschwitz so he could try to gather intel and sneak people out. I also really enjoyed The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich. It’s a little different – it’s bits and pieces of interviews that the author had with a bunch of women who were involved in WWII somehow (as medics, messengers, soldiers, etc). We usually hear about the wars from mens’ perspectives, so it was very interesting to me to read what the women had to say about it from their experiences, and what things they struggled with. Also a very grim and heavy read, so just be forewarned.

    May life rue the day it gave you a yellow-painted rock and told you to make lemonade.

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