February is Fantasy Month // Fantastic Families

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Hello friends! Have you been enjoying these posts? No? Well, too bad, because I have another one for you, and this time, it’s center around family!

#FantasyMonth

• Best fantasy family

Ooh, let’s see… You know, I don’t know if I can think of an answer for this one! I’m wracking my brain, but I can’t come up with a whole fantasy family, let alone my favorite one… 😐 If you can think of any, let me know down below!

• Best siblings in fantasy

I’m going with the twelve sisters from Entwined for this one. They’re each unique and really care for each other! Plus, their is much sisterly banter and wit, which I love dearly. 🙂

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• Best fathers in fantasy

I think that would be a tie between Mo from Inkheart and Verrin Schope from The Vanishing Sculptor, (I just realized I haven’t raved about this book on here in a while! GO READ IT. It’s hilarious and wonderful). Both are trying their best to protect their daughters, but feel as though they’re failing. And they’re both in a pretty bad predicaments. And they’re both witty and charming. Oh my word, the similarities… O_O

• Best mothers in fantasy

I really hate to this, but I’m drawing a blank for this one too! Is it just me, or are there really not very many mothers in fantasy? Hmm… Would Elinor from the movie Brave count? If she did, that would be my answer. She’s half the time frustrated with her unruly daughter, but she’s still patient, and the ending…so lovely. ❤

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• Best fantasy friends

CINDER & CO. FROM THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. They kind of skim the line between sci-fi and fantasy, but SERIOUSLY. THEY ARE THE BEST. Their banter gives me life. ❤

• Best mentors in fantasy

Deborah actually just recently did a post about mentors, and I agreed with her on so many of the ones she listed! Gandalf from LOTR, Cosimo Livingstone from the Bright Empires series, Beana from the Tales of Goldstone Wood…so many good ones! 😀

• Why are there so many fantasy orphans?

That is a very good question. I…honestly don’t know.

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It’s the easiest option? To get the parents out of the way? A tragic backstory? There are so many ways storytellers can make that trope work. I personally don’t mind this trope, but it does get annoying after a while. Parents have good things to say! They can be such interesting plot devices! They can be mentors, sidekicks, the logical ones who say ‘why-in-the-world-are-you-doing-it-that-way-this-way-would-be-faster-and-a-million-times-easier’, they could even be interesting heroes! :O Or maybe the villains? *evil grin*

Well, there you are my friends. I really think there should be more family relationships in fantasy…It would make everything so much more relatable, you know? What do you think? More families? Better parent/child relationships? Let me know in the comments!

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February is Fantasy Month // Fantastic Romance

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Happy late Valentine’s day, bloggers! *throws conversation hearts and roses into the air* I hope you got a valentine from someone special. 🙂

I think it’s quite fitting that this week’s prompts are centered around romance in fantasy! Almost like it was done on purpose… XD

On to week two’s questions!

#FantasyMonth

• Favorite fairy tale ending

Hmm…That’s a tough one! I really love all of them! (Well, the Disney endings, anyway…) If I had to choose one, it would probably be either Beauty and the Beast’s or Aladdin’s ending. Beauty and the Beast’s was so romantic, and Aladdin’s just made me happy. It’s a tie!

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• Romantic tropes you dislike in fantasy

Well, I really hate insta-love. Like, HATE IT. 😛 That hardly ever happens in real life, and it tends to feel like it was added in as an after thought. Blegh.

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• Romantic tropes you like in fantasy

I LOVE the forbidden love trope. And the opposites attract trope. Basically, all of these couples that Christine said I ship pretty hard.

• Love at first sight?

Hmm…Maybe if they don’t realize it’s love at first?

• Friendship that turns into romance?

YES. I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. But, it has to be the right type of characters. Otherwise it can feel a bit stilted and awkward.

• Best/Worst Fantasy Love Triangles

I actually haven’t read a whole lot of books with love triangles in them…Am I lucky? XD

• Favorite Fantasy Couple

AGH THAT’S SO HARD ASDLKFJ. Can I list my top three?

  • Cress + Thorne
  • Imraldera + Eanrin
  • Winter + Jacin*

*Yes, there are two couples from the Lunar Chronicles.

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Fantasy romance is the best! What is your favorite couple? How do you feel about love triangles? Let me know down below!

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Minstrel’s Call by Jenelle Schmidt // Cover Reveal, Blurb, and Links!

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Hello guys! I have some exciting news today…

MINSTREL’S CALL IS OUT FOR PREORDER!!

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I have known Jenelle for a while now, and I have been SO EXCITED for her, reading about her journey writing, editing, and finally publishing this book. *round of applause* The preorder price is $0.99, and is available on Amazon. So GO PREORDER IT. NOW. O_O

Parade of Jenelle’s Links //

Website/Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

But enough with the links, I know what you’re really here for.

You wanna see this gorgeous cover, right?

Well, you’re just going to have to be patient.

You didn’t think I was going to make this easy, did you?

Scroll just a little farther…

…to see this adorable puppy gif!

http://www.funnyordie.com/lists/a18dbfb32a/21-best-gifs-of-all-time-of-the-week-volume-24

Okay, okay, I’m done, I’m done. You’ve been patient.

Very, very patient.

Very, very, very patient.

I’m impressed! Alright, I’ll give you your prize.

AND HERE IT IS!

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SO GORGEOUS RIGHT?! ❤ ❤ ❤

Blurb //

War threatens. The game board is set. But the Minstrel is missing…

Advancing his growing power, the Dread Prince breaks free of his prison and brings a faction of dragons under his control, stirring unrest and hatred in the newly united kingdoms of Tellurae Aquaous.

When the dragon wards of Kallayohm are targeted in a ruthless attack, the High King travels there to administer justice. But the trial results in a crippling blow that leaves him reeling.

On the heels of defeat, an unexpected message from the erstwhile Minstrel arrives, pleading with his friends for rescue. Together, the High King and his companions must follow the fragile trail, braving peril and darkness that will test the measure of them all…

Author Bio //

Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-Midwest. She now resides with her husband and their four adorable children in the wilds of Wisconsin. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family story-times when her father would read out loud to her and her siblings each night before bed. Her imagination was captured by authors such as Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lloyd Alexander. It wasn’t long before she began making up her own stories and sharing them with her family. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

What do think of that cover? Isn’t it delightful? Give me your opinion in the comments below! And don’t forget to preorder the book!

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February is Fantasy Month // Fantastic Creatures

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Hello friends! So, if you haven’t noticed it floating around the blogosphere yet, Jenelle reminded us that this month is FANTASY MONTH! 😀 A whole twenty-eight days, dedicated to the wonderful genre that is fantasy.

I’ve decided to take up her #FantasyMonth challenge, and, perhaps, participate in the short story challenge, posting that toward the very end of the month.

So without anymore dallying, let’s get into week one’s questions!

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• Favorite fantasy creature

Oh wow, that’s a hard one! I love so many different creatures! My top three would probably be…

// Dragons

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Surprise, surprise.

// Griffins

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Okay, so this is a hippogriff. It’s all I could find.

There really needs to be more of them…

// Pegasus/Unicorns/Kelpies

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Okay, so I’m kinda cheating on this one, because…that’s clearly three animals. BUT I love them all the same! I like to think of them as a triumvirate. One makes you think of the other, that kind of thing. 🙂

• Preference: Sentient or Beast?

I think it depends on what we’re defining as ‘sentient’. Does that mean they can talk? Or can they just understand us? Can they think for themselves, without instincts? Or are they still an animal, but can understand us?

I guess, yes, I prefer sentient. There are so many more possibilities. 😀

• Creature you wish were in more books

Well, looky here, I already answered that question up there! XD Some other creatures that I think deserve more attention:

• Shapeshifters

• Ghosts (not like scary ghosts, just, you know, friendly ghosts, like Casper)

• Phoenixes

• Best fantasy creature on film

Well, the obvious answer here would be Smaug.

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But I do really like Toothless, too! ^_^

• If you could have a fantasy creature…

Technically a genie is a fantasy creature, right? Having a genie would be nice…We could be great friends! A little mini dragon would be pretty epic too though…

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• Favorite fairy tale featuring fantastic creatures

Hmm… Does Lord of the Rings count? 😛

Not really a fairy tale… I would probably go with either Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin. Beasts and genies are cool. 😀

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• Favorite fantasy creature character

I’d say either Halcyon or Salazar from Paper Crowns! They’re both so awesome!! 😀

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Well guys, that was week one! If you guys want to do this challenge, PLEASE DO IT. I would love to see your answers to these awesome questions!

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Pitiful Prose // Imagination

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Hey guys! It’s the first of the month, and you know what that means!

…It’s time to cringe.

…It’s time to laugh at mediocrity.

…It’s time to regret creating this segment. XD

This was a story I started when I was nine, and I really, really, thought I was going to get somewhere with it. Well, that fell through, but the little bit I did get written is a good indicator that I did the right thing stopping when I did. XD

Alright, let’s do this.

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I love my family. Anyone who has one is sure to love them, but just days ago they broke my heart.*

*Okay, not a bad start. Kinda cheesy, but not bad.

They where going to Japan for a year to see if they could find work for Dad.* He’s been having trouble finding work for months.

*So Dad is not even guaranteed a job and he’s asked to up and leave to go to Japan? Okay cool whatever.

I wish they would have taken me with but they said it was to dangerous.* Being so far away from home in Albion MN*, gave me chills but I could not bare to be separated from my family.*

*TO DANGEROUS! Wherever that is…
*There we go again, using the name of my township. Seriously, I was a regular J.K. Rowling. Creativity flowed through my very marrow.
*Also, this sentence doesn’t make sense. You’re comparing two negatives. ‘Being so far away gave me chills, but I could not bare to be seperated’. We’re just all gloom and doom aren’t we?

they said the foster home would take good care of me but I still yearned for home with Mom and Dad and Rose and Sandy, the dog.*

*Fun fact: Rose is MY name and Sandy was the name of our dog.

As we drove to the foster home I imagined what it would be like to live there for a whole year. I clung to Dad when we walked in. It was a nice enough sitting room with leather furniture and floral wallpaper.*

*That’s not really what I would call nice. I mean, any place with floral wallpaper just makes me shudder.

I thought, “Maybe I will like it here.” I slowly started to drift into thought. “Maybe the other kids are nice, Maybe the rooms are nice, maybe I won’t miss home that much.”

Ouch! that thought hurt my heart. Things got worse as my hopes were falling fast.* the lady, the headmistress did not look at all Kind or polite.*

*Wouldn’t things get worse first before your hopes fell?
*And here we see the beginning of a tale of woe, with an evil headmistress who for some reason hates the protaganist with a passion. *cough*ALITTLEPRINCESS*cough* Seriously, why are you working with children if you hate them so much?

TBC…*

*Ooooooh. Ominous.

Well goodness. That was actually the beginning of a really dismal story. Probably for the best it was scrapped. What is your opinion on floral wallpaper? Let me know down below! XD

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Liebster Award // Fun Writer’s Edition

Good day, bloggers! I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by lovely Laurel! She came up with some great questions about writing and I can’t wait to answer them!

(Also, I think I may have done this challenge way back when, but I hardly remember it, so… I’m doing it again. Deal with it.)

“This'll be such fun" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue80QwXMRHg&feature=youtu.be )

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. (THANK YOU LAUREL. 😀 )
  • Answer their eleven questions
  • Ask eleven questions of your own
  • Nominate eleven bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Should food be written into stories or is that mean because it makes people hungry? (Yes, this is a very important question.)

I wholeheartedly agree that food should be written into stories. I don’t care if it makes people hungry. XD I always love reading foodie descriptions in books (*ahem*Heartless*ahem*), so I’m totally game to put them in!

When in the middle of writing a novel, do you read other books? Or are you scared you’ll copy whatever you’re reading by accident?

Yes, I read books all the time! While I’m writing and when I’m not. I think reading while you write is important, because good books are the best kind of inspiration fuel. I have been a bit worried about copying ideas, but I think all the ideas in the world were meant to be shared. And if your idea slightly resembles an already told story, that’s okay. Nothing is totally original. 🙂 As long as you’re not flat-out stealing the idea, that is.

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What is your favorite genre to write? Do you stick only to that genre?

Fantasy is hands down my absolute favorite genre to write in. But I don’t fight dragons all the time. I’ve delved into other genres, like superhero, sci-fi, time-travel, and magical realism.

Do you believe in the whole ‘write what you know’ idea or do you think author’s should just write whatever they want?

I don’t think authors should limit themselves to only writing what they know. But I also think this phrase has been twisted to mean very literally, ‘only write what you know’, when I don’t think that’s what it means at all. Using life experiences and things you know, while writing what you don’t know makes for a great balance. I think it even makes the unbelievable more believable, by including things that we can all relate to.

So no, don’t only write what you know. But don’t forget to include the things you know in your epic stories about things you don’t know. ^_^

What is your favorite book that turned into a movie that you actually liked?

Ooh, tough one! I actually really liked the Ella Enchanted movie, despite what other people think about it. And, (probably losing some followers for this XD ), I…I actually liked the Percy Jackson movie? Like? Please don’t hurt me? XD As far as adaptions go, it didn’t really stick with the book at all, so I didn’t like it in that aspect. But as far as movies go, it was a really good, entertaining film. You know what I mean?

Should people who don’t like reading be forced to read or should they be forced to read? (A third answer is, forced to read, just by the way.) ((No, this is not cruel, it’s necessary.))

Hahaha! 😀 I think people who don’t like reading just haven’t found the right book yet.

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Do you share your ideas of further novels or do you keep it a secret?

It really just depends. If I’m pretty sold on the idea and really think it’s going to come together, I’ll share it. But I do have many secret ideas… 😉

What is your favorite writing snack?

I don’t usually eat while I’m writing, but I do love to drink iced tea!

When writing, what form do you mainly achieve? (For example, I am actually a puddle with arms while some people are actually dragons.)

I either achieve the puddle-of-gooey-fangirl state or the make-all-the-characters-suffer-because-I’m-Sauron state. There is no in between.

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What’s your least favorite genre, have you ever written anything in that genre?

Definitely horror. I have never, ever written anything in that genre and I don’t plan to. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could. Too scary.

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This is me running away from the horror genre.

 

What is the aesthetic for the writing project you’re working on right now?

I don’t have anything specific I’m working on right now, but at this moment I’m writing a short story set in the world of Dangerous Minds. There’s high school drama, driving lessons, devious villains, and action. It’s fun. 🙂

I do not currently have the brainpower to come up with eleven new questions, (sorry!), so feel free to use Laurel’s questions.

I tag… Elise @ E.E. Rawls | Faith @ The Writer’s Song | Gail @ A Gail Made a Blog | Grace @ True and Pure | C.B. @ The World of the Writer | Hayden @ Leatherbound | Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings | Mary @ Sunshine and Scribblings | Liv @ Liv K. Fisher | Lissa @ An Attempt to Be Classic | and Elizabeth and Clare @ Lily Orphaned

I apologize if you’ve already done this challenge, and don’t feel pressured to do this! They are really fun questions though!  🙂

What’s your favorite movie adaptation? Or your least favorite genre? Let me know down below!

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The Comp Title Challenge // Created by Yours Truly

Hello bloggers! I hope you’ve been having a lovely 2018 so far, and have been eagerly working at your goals! ^_^ I have a something special for you this week…

I’ve created a challenge! 😀

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If you haven’t read the title, (which you obviously have), it involves comp titles. You may be asking:

What’s a comp title?

Well, wonder no longer, for I have the answer! (If you weren’t wondering, you may proceed XD) A comp (comparison) title is a book that is similar to your story in either content, genre, format, anything of that sort. It’s most often used as a marketing tool to help authors pique the interests of their readers.

For example, you might say ‘my novel could be described as Harry Potter meets Twilight. Ew, that was a bad comparison…But you get the idea.

Here are some tips on coming up with just the right titles for your stories:

  • Think about the genre of your story. Where does your story take place? When does it take place?
  • Probably don’t take the biggest names and throw them together (like I just did up there ^). Nobody wants to read Harry Potter meets Twilight meets The Hunger Games. (Okay, wait a minute, that might be interesting…XD)
  • Don’t worry about describing your story PERFECTLY. If you find something that you think describes it well, then great, but don’t stress it. It’s just a general idea.

ALRIGHT let’s get to the challenge!

My rules (though they’re really more like guidelines):

  • Pick a few (or all!) of your WIPS!
  • Give them some comp titles!
  • Tag a few peoples if you wish!
  • Have fun! 😉

Here are a few of my WIPS //

Imprint // Merlin meets Inkheart

Anyone else into Merlin? No? Just me?

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*slithers into dark corner*

 

Dangerous Minds* // Marvel meets Michael Vey

*Previously titled The D

Because SUPERHEROES!! YEAH!! 😀

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Sciamachy // Treasure Island meets The Snow Queen

That…doesn’t really sound terribly exciting, but IT IS. TRUST ME. XD

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There’s also pirates, if that entices you at all.

Not Found // Inception meets Undertale

UNDERTALE, amiright? No?

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Give or Take Your Time* // Six of Crows meets Harry Potter

*Previously titled Wanted For Time

I haven’t actually made my way into the HP fandom (yet?) so the comparison here is that they both have a school for teaching magical gifts.

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This book basically defies genres, so I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE. XD

Pickpocket // Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Poppins

Sounds pretty cool, right? Like, imagine if they were the same person. That’s Pickpocket in a nutshell.

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The Ink Slinger // Peter Pan meets Greek mythology

NEW IDEA ALERT. This is one of those four new ideas I got this year. I’m working on remodeling my ‘Books’ page, and there’ll be a little bit about it there.

This is where I actually got the idea to create this challenge, because, I don’t know ‘Peter Pan meets Greek mythology’ just sounds really epic to me. I would love to read a book like that. XD

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Crown of Thorns // The Hobbit meets Edgar Allen Poe

So…This makes it seem like a depressing quest story. XD

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^THE AESTHETIC OF THIS NOVEL BASICALLY^

Now, as I said above, you could choose to tag someone, or you could leave an open invitation. I’m going to be lazy and choose the latter. XD So go forth with this challenge! Do it yourself! (I would LOVE to see what you come up with!) Share it with your friends! (I would LOVE to see that they come up with!)

What did you think of my comp titles? Strange? Interesting? Let me know down below! And if you do this challenge, leave me a link to your post/tweet/update in the comments! ^_^

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Pitiful Prose // The Beautiful Princess

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Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done this segment! But I’ve scoured my old notebooks and found even more of the best, most cringe-worthy “stories” that little author me wrote many, many years ago (and by many, I mean like seven). 😀

Also, I apologize for the shortness of this post. I’m working on some future posts that will be longer, so you can look forward (or dread, if that’s more your thing) to those! 🙂

Alright, you know how this goes, I didn’t edit anything, I’m simply typing out what I wrote. Oh, and there’s new a new commentary feature!

Once their* was a princess. She was no ordinary princess.

*I see we’re off to a great start, using the improper use of ‘there’. Super.

She was Princess of Albion*.

*Fun fact: that’s the name of the township I live in. I’m so creative, right?

She had black hair that shimmered in the sunlight. Lips red as cranberrys, Piercing black eyes and beautiful copper skin.

She wore a dress of cotton. It had long sleeves that tickled her finger tips* and was adorned with Glittering beads.

*Guys I was so proud of that line. You don’t even know.

Her feet were muddy from running. She was always on the run. She had to, to get away from him.* The evil man who had left her Fatherless, Who had taken her mother, who had destroyed her home.

*Really just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it it? -_-

She promised to get him back but she never could. She was to pure, to loving and Kind*.

*Where is pure? Where is loving and kind? Is she going there?

No, she couldn’t, but one fateful day was about to change all that.*

*Dun-Dun-DUUUUUNNNNN

Well. I forgot how painful this is. XD Do you guys like my commentary? Or would you rather enjoy it in it’s purest state? XD Also, are you guys cold? You can be totally jealous of me. It’s a balmy 34° here! Yeah, I can FEEL your jealousy. XD

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My 2017 Recap

2017

Well guys, it’s that time. 2017 has come to an end and 2018 looms ahead. Anyone else shocked at how fast this year has flown by? No? Just me?

Writing

The writing scene has been interesting this year, to be sure…

// I finished editing Imprint and gave it a few close friends and family for a prescreening. I’ve only gotten feedback from one person so far, but hopefully the others will be able to finish and tell me what they think.

After that, I’ll go through their notes, do a teensy bit more editing, and then I’ll be sending it to some beta-readers!! *confetti, cheering, merriment* 😀 I don’t know for sure when I’ll be ready, but let me know down in the comments if there is the slightest bit of interest reading it over. 🙂

// I did JuNoWriMo for a third (fourth…?) time! It was really fun because I decided to go rebel and work on several different projects. I wrote a total of 36,227 words that June! Even though I didn’t win, it was still really great finally getting some of these ideas in my head into rough outlines. 🙂

// I also attempted to do NaNoWriMo again! Though I fared much less successfully than JuNo. I had been going back and forth about what idea to go with, so I ended up deciding on writing a Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press Contest.

Well. That didn’t work out.

I think I was just so burned out from work and other matters that I just didn’t have the motivation. So I quit. Still a bit sad about that, but what’s done is done, right?

// Over the course of the year I came up with not one, not two, but FOUR NEW FULL FLEDGED IDEAS. And now I’m drowning in ideas help. XD

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Plot bunny invasion. Spoiler alert, that girl is ME. XD

Two of these ideas I shared with you back in June. Crown of Thorns and Pickpocket. They were only baby ideas then. Ha. Ha. Haha. HAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

The other two ideas will remain a mystery for now, though I will tell you that I’ve tentatively titled them The Ink Slinger and They Sit in Darkness. I’m so excited about them guys. But I should also probably work on all the things I’ve already started first. Just maybe. XD

Life

RIP: The Novel, Literature, and Everything Else via Bookriot :: a tragic loss.

// I haven’t really announced this, I think I’ve mentioned it a few times in other posts, but towards the end of the summer I got a job at my local library! I work as an aide, shelving mostly, but also checking in books that come in the book drop and putting requested books that come from other libraries on the shelves. Some days are slow, while other days are WOW PEOPLE. XD I’ve gotten to know a lot of the regulars who come in though, and that’s nice. 🙂

// I got two new cousins this year! Two weddings last year, and now two new friends! 😀 For privacy, I won’t give their full names, but their first names are Jason and Jameson. They’re both boys and they are both adorable. ❤

// I watched a bunch of good movies this year! Some old for the first time and some new! A quick rundown:

Cars 3 | This was really, really good! I thought it was a perfect closing for the Cars trilogy. 5/5.

Spiderman Homecoming | GAH. I JUST. THIS MOVIE. TOM HOLLAND. *flails* SO. GOOD. 5/5.

Jumanji (1995) | I’ve always liked the book, but I hadn’t seen the movie up till now. Robin Williams did SUCH a great job! It was a really entertaining watch. 5/5.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Though I didn’t like this one as much as the first, it was still REALLY GOOD. It moved Peter’s storyline along nicely and I can’t wait to see these guys in Infinity War! 😀 4.5/5.

Thor Ragnarok | EASILY MY MOST FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR NO JOKE. Though Spidey gets a close second. JUST. THE BANTER. LOKI. THAT EPIC DOCTOR STRANGE SCENE. *screams for 564984 years* 5/5.

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The Phantom of the Opera (2005) | I was recommended this movie by one of my coworkers and though there was too much singing for my taste (what was I expecting though, really?), it was still a solid movie. Phantom is so creepy… 3/5.

Divergent (2014) | Can you believe I hadn’t seen this movie yet? It was awesome. Four is awesome. Everything was just awesome. Yeah. XD 4/5.

Arrival (2016) | SO. FASCINATING. I loved this movie TO BITS. The atmosphere, the characters, the setting, it was all just so…fascinating. That’s the best word I can think for it. 5/5.

Nearly All the Bourne Movies (various release dates) | I’ve been watching these with a friend and they are SO. INTENSE. GOODNESS GRACIOUS. My favorite one so far has been the Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. SO GOOD. 😀 4.5/5

Also, I just started watching Merlin and OH MY GOSH WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO. I just started season two but GOSH THAT SEASON ONE FINALE. EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO TO MELT INTO A PUDDLE. O_O

I love that gaius just let's him walk out when he says this!!!

// Reading scene was a bit weak this year. I read a grand total of thirty books this year. Sad, I know. But I’m not disappointed! Goodreads tells me that my average rating for the year was 4.5 stars. THAT’S PRETTY GREAT. It was the year of good books, I guess. XD

I won’t list all of the books, but here are a few high lights of the year:

Five Magic Spindles by various authors | LITERALLY SO GOOD. All the stories were so creative and AMAZING. 5/5.

Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer | I mean. It’s about Iko. And it has the whole Lunar Chronicles cast. What’s not to love? 5/5.

The Bright Empires series by Richard R. Lawhead | THIS SERIES GUYS. So beautifully descriptive and complex and witty and just EPIC IN GENERAL. 5/5.

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans | So I’ve read the first three books so far and THEY’RE SO ADDICTING HELP ME. I’m itching to finish the rest of the books. SOON. O_O 5/5.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine | On Goodreads this book has really been looked down upon for not being all that great. But I just LOVED IT. The twists were scream-inducing and the characters were so COOL. I don’t know why nobody likes it?? Like?? -_- 5/5.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale | Okay, if that title doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. There are footnotes. Three whole pages dedicated to names of squirrels. Text conversations with the Avengers. Still not convinced? 😉 5/5.

Blogging

I haven’t even started watching Sherlock, but I love this so much. XD

Here are some nerdy stats you are all probably dying to see. XD

I wrote 70 posts this year! (Well, 71 counting this post. 🙂 )

My three most popular posts are my three Silmarillion posts which you can read here, here, and here.

I got 1,064 visitors, 134 followers388 likes, and 640 comments. (Also, a shout-out to my top commenters, Laurel, Deborah, Faith, and Abbey! You guys ROCK! ❤ )

I also have an announcement! This site is going to be going through a bit of renovation. Though I have grown to love the owls that I use as a profile picture and on my banner, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire them and bring in something new. I’m not entirely sure what that thing is yet, but it will be good, trust me. 😉

I’m also going to be redoing some of my pages at the top of the site, throwing some away and adding new ones.

And I’m learning to be very careful to only use stuff that is copyright-free, or that I’ve created on my own. I recently read an article (of course I can’t remember who wrote it now… XD ) about a blogger getting sued for copyright infringement, even though she had given credit and it put things in a whole new light for me. I’m going to step lightly now.

Goals for 2018

I really wouldn’t even call these goals, but I have to have something to go off of right?

My loose plans are to work on outlining a TON. I don’t think these ideas can stay in my head for much longer. I need to write them all out so my brain isn’t so strung up on details. XD

THE INSIDE OF MY HEAD.

I have no plans to do JuNo or NaNo, but I’m not against it. I’ll have to see how open my schedule is at the time and decided from there.

And as a last goal, I really want to try and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve found that I am VERY hard on myself and I don’t know when to stop. So if I need to take a hiatus, then I will. If I need to rework my blog schedule, then I will.

And that’s not just for blogging. Reading, writing, and life too.

We’ll see how well this works out. XD

Happy New Year, bloggers! I hope you have a wonderful 2018! Do you have any resolutions? Goals? Let me know down below!

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A Spot of Christmas Poetry

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Cookies baking in the oven, sweet smells wafting,

Happy faces waiting eagerly for the delicious treats.

Retro holiday melodies pouring from the radio,

Inciting dreamy waves of nostalgia.

Shiny bulbs dot the tree with sparkling color,

Treasured ornaments dangling from the branches.

Merriness fills our hearts, flooding us with joy and gratitude for

A child in a manger, our Lord and King,

Savior of the world, our first Christmas gift.

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Christmastime is here.

The lights all aglow.

When all anger and hate disappear.

Christmastime is here.

When people are full of good cheer.

When Love was born a long time ago.

Christmastime is here.

The lights aglow.

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Winter.

Cold. Snowy.

Blowing. Howling. Stunning.

Whimsical. Magical. Grand. Glistening.

Wonderland.

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Beautiful paper

Covering a big box that

Holds a perfect gift.

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Christmas is filled with candy canes, caramels, cookies,

carefree carolers, hot cocoa,

Christmas trees, covered in crystalline colors,

cranberry sauce, countless crowds,

cold, Christmas cards, candles at night,

candy if you’re caring, coal if you’re cross,

and Christ our King, Creator of kings.

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Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! I won’t be posting the week of Christmas, so I’ll see you all in the coming year! ❤

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