How to Create a Character Out of Thin Air

August 14, 2012

Hello everybody. I’m back in school now, and through a series of unfortunate events (including, but not limited to being subjected to death by AP courses, slaying a dragon, a hospitalized rainbow-making buddy, and a vanishing ferret) I have found myself with very little free time. However, I recently had a brainstorming session with a friend about character design and thought that I would share what I’ve learned. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, though; I’m new at this.

Getting Started

The first order of business when writing a story is usually character design. If you have a vague idea of a plot and setting, the best place to sharpen them in your eyes would be by creating your protagonist. Recently, I have come to realize this is a very Rumpelstiltskin-esque experience; you have your imagination, your ideas, and your language of choice, and you must weave them into somebody who will carry on his/her shoulders the plot of your story. You, as the writer, are faced with a similarly daunting task. In between you and your completed character are several common obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »


DIY: Mussel Shell Earrings

May 14, 2012

I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more earrings…but that doesn’t mean I can’t make them. The other day we had mussels for dinner and my dad was about to throw away the shells when I grabbed the whole bowl of them and ran away. “There has to be some sort of use for them…” I thought to myself.

So I attempted to make them into mussel shell earrings. It was slightly more difficult because I didn’t have a super small drill to drill a hole into the top, but I tried to make do.

DIY Mussel Shell Earrings (No Drilling Required)


-a mussel shell: take the two parts apart and wash them thoroughly. If you wish to get rid of the fishy smell you are welcome to, but I really don’t suggest spraying perfume on them since it mixes rather badly with the fish smell.
-silver nail polish. I used Sinful Color Professional silver nail polish. It’s kind of sparkly with a silver sheen.
-earring hooks
-beads: in the end I chose this silver shiny bead:)
-earring wire: it has this sort of head at the top so you can put the bead on and it stays without falling off.
-thin silver wire
-jewelry wire pliers and wire cutters Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Hair Tutorial: Braids and Sidebun

March 21, 2012

It’s practically spring, and here’s a fun hairstyle with braids and a side bun that you can wear anywhere!

Best for: Long straight hair with no layers. But I have medium length layered hair and I could pull it off–it’s just that there were some loose strands in places.

How to Wear It: Some outfit ideas.
-Wear it with: mint green skinny jeans, white/cream lace top, thick gray scarf, big sunglasses, nude pumps
-Wear it with: pretty floral dress, gladiator sandals
-Wear it with: big artsy (band) t-shirt, black skinny jeans, big statement necklace, nerd glasses, Toms
-Wear it with: white/cream flow-y top tucked into a ruffly skirt (floral or plain all work, best if darker color), thick brown belt around waist, cowboy boots

And of course these are just ideas. The possibilities are endless! Read the rest of this entry »

Masked Murder @ Cameron Village Regional Library

July 21, 2009


Hey guys, save the date: August 1, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!  Cameron Village Regional Library’s Teen Advisory Board is presenting a murder mystery for you to solve!  The mystery unfolds as a live-action game of Clue, based on the classic board game!

At the end of a fabulous masquerade thrown by Cornelius Cash, fabulously wealthy billionaire, a grisly crime is discovered.  Butler, the manservant of Cornelius Cash, was a man of many secrets, none of them his own – he had the dirt on everyone at the ball.  Now Butler is dead in the mansion at the end of a long and extravagant evening, an evening where secrets are discovered and everyone has a motive for murder.

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for murder and mayhem on August 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!  Please call (919) 856-6723 to register for this event!

Can He Read YOUR Mind?

July 2, 2009


Magician Erik Dobell visits East Regional Library

Be ready to be amazed! On Thursday, July 16 @ 7 pm, East Regional Library will host the Magic and Mentalism of Erik Dobell! Read the rest of this entry »

Photography Contest at West Regional Library!

June 20, 2009

Calling all Amateur Photographers:

West Regional Library is hosting a Photography Contest for Wake teens ages 12-18.

We will be accepting submissions for the entire month of July, limit 2 per entrant. The photos can be of anything you want, so let those creative juices flow! Information packets with the contest rules and submission form can be downloaded here: Photo Contest Packet.

To get you started, we are having a Photo Workshop on July 18 at 3pm.  Call 463-8500 to register.

The reception will be held on August 22nd at 2pm at West Regional.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the reception.  Any questions, call the library or email

Just One Week ‘Til Camicon!

May 30, 2009

Hey everyone!

Just a friendly reminder that Camicon, Wake County Public Library’s camicon_pocketfirst-ever anime mini-convention is next Saturday, June 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cameron Village Regional Library!

Join us for  anime screenings, Para Para dancing, karate demonstrations, fan art and cosplay contests, a performance by the Triangle Taiko drummers, prize giveaways and more.  Click here for more information.

We hope to see you next weekend!

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