my bucket list

Hi guys! I thought I would go with a simpler type of post this month, and because I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do in life, I’m going to share my bucket list with you! Maybe we share some aspirations, who knows 🙂

see Stonehenge

This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was just a kid. There’s just something so mysterious and intriguing about it, set against a dreamy English countryside. Kind of ties into another dream of mine…

visit England

But wouldn’t it be fun?? Visit a nice little town, explore old ruins, all that good stuff? My vision of the place may be a bit glamorized, but I still think it’d be a neat place to see in person.

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see the Colosseum

Again, I love the idea of old ruined buildings. There’s so much history behind them, and seeing them in all their splendor is such an enticing thing to me. Plus Europe just seems like such an interesting place.

go on a road trip across the entire USA

Apparently, there is a predetermined route that you can take that will lead you through all of the states and one of the greatest things about that state (barring Hawaii and Alaska). Yes please!

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visit a castle

I don’t know of any castles in the US, so I’d probably be heading off to Europe again (can you tell I wanna see Europe? XD). But just imagine: ruined or still functioning, seeing such an incredible building would be fantastic, no?

go to Disney World

So I’ve basically wanted to visit Disney World ever since I knew it existed. But it’s just so darn expensive! I haven’t given up hope yet though. One day, maybe, I’ll get to visit the so-called “happiest place on earth.”

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visit the biggest library in the world

There’s debate if the British Library or the Library of Congress is considered the largest library in the world, but I would honestly take either. I can’t even imagine being surrounded by so many books. It would be amazing.

be an extra in a movie

Come on. You can’t tell me you’ve never while watching a Marvel movie thought about how cool it would be to be a person in the crowd. Maybe that’s just me, but if it weren’t for how terrifying California is I would totally love to be in a movie scene.

record my own album

I’ve actually thought about doing this seriously quite a few times, but I’ve just never been able to pull all the necessary resources together for it to actually be good, you know? It’d be neat to rent a recording studio for a little bit and create something cool, but I imagine that would probably be a bit over my price range XD

be part of a flashmob

You might not know this about me, but I love dancing, particularly square and swing dancing. I’ve always thought it’d be SO much fun to be a part of a huge group dance, surprising people out on the streets.

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meet a celebrity

This is one of those things that would be cool in retrospect. Being able to say you met a hero from an iconic movie would be such a cool thing to tell your children.

go to a drive-in movie

This seems like such a simple thing, but I’ve never actually done it. It’d be really fun, especially if there was a fun old movie showing, like a classic Disney movie, or an old black & white film.

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pay a stranger’s bill at a restaurant

It always feels amazing when you’re able to help people in a big way, and I’ve always wanted to do something cool like this. That or tipping a waiter a $100 bill.

be one of the voices in an animated movie or full-cast audiobook

Voice acting has always been a profession that I look up to. It takes a lot of talent and hard work to be able to do it, and I’ve always thought it would be so cool to tell someone that I was the voice of their favorite character in a movie or TV show. Same with audiobooks too. A good narrator/cast can totally immerse you in the story.

own a grand piano

A life-long dream of mine, ha. There are some really neat-looking ones that would look so cool in a sitting room or music room. Plus they sound sooo nice.

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Well, there you go, a little peek into my bucket list. Would you want to do any of these things? Have you done them already? Please, tell me all about it in the comments!

The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag + lots of GIFs

graphic by Kenzie

Hi guys! This week, I’ve decided to take on Kenzie’s newest tag, the Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag! I love the name so much 😂 I’m really excited to get into these questions, so let the GIF-filled fun begin! But first:

Rules and Regulations:

  • thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog
  • leave a link back to the creator of the tag >> (I mean, technically this bit is optional, but I’d really appreciate a link back, especially if you enjoyed the tag!) [I’ll kill to birds with one stone by thanking you Kenzie, for this awesome tag!]
  • answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican >> it’s in the rules, folks. you have to do it.
  • tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! >> and make sure to give them cookies. because that’s always fun.

What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?

Without a doubt, it is definitely fantasy. But not the epic kind. I’ve found that I enjoy urban fantasy and magical realism more than the orcs and goblins type of fantasy. There’s something about reality and fantasy mixing that makes so many amazing, crazy, extraordinary things seem possible. And the AESTHETICS THO.

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What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.

This is really hard, because I don’t ever like to rule out the possibility of writing something. I’m honestly open to nearly every single genre! But…okay, you’ll probably never catch me writing a horror. I don’t think I could do it. I’m down with adding some scary to my stories, but a full-on horror novel?

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What fictional genre feels most like home to you?

This is a hard one! I’ll probably say fantasy again, just because it’s what I’m most familiar with writing and it is very special to me. But if we were talking about reading, I probably would’ve said historical fiction. It’s so cozy and comforting! I’ve always wanted to write a historical fiction novel, but the facts and dates and just general knowledge about a specific time period I would need is insanely daunting to me 😳

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me being crushed by the responsibility of all history

If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?

A magical realism life would be pretty cool. Just some soft little magic vibes. It’d be nice. Or something heavier like the Raven Cycle books would be interesting. Kinda scary, but way cool ✨👻

What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?

Right now, it’s kind of feeling like a coming-of-age story. A lot has been changing for me in my life and my family, and sometimes it feels like too much to handle. It’s a time of growing and facing new challenges head on, and I never feel as cool as the main character 😅

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What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?

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I would LOVE to someday write a steampunk story. I have a vague idea of one in the back of my head, but I’m afraid if I let it percolate too much I’ll have to actually write the thing 😂 You don’t see a lot of steampunk books on the market, which is sad because steampunk is SO COOL. I’d love to contribute something neat to the genre.

What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?

Um…kind of hard to explain, honestly 😂 This happens a lot, where I come up with ideas that don’t really fit nicely into one, two, or sometimes even three genres. But I’ll try. My most recent idea is kind of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller where a reality-warper is asked to assist the military against fighting a chaotic force of nature that wants to consume the earth. But things aren’t as they seem, and our reality-warper friend realizes something much darker is actually going on. Yes, I know that’s vague but I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s been on my mind for weeks now and I STILL can’t properly explain it 😂

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How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?

Genres that I’ve actually written in, like as in WIPs or finished pieces…have actually really only been urban fantasy. My Ink Press trilogy I’m working on publishing (hopefully sometime soon!) is an urban fantasy story. Last year I started writing the first book in my superhero trilogy Cause and Effect, but only about 30 pages of a first draft are done.

As for ideas and concepts I’m working on…oh boy. There are a lot 😂 Fantasy, science fiction, and superhero are the main culprits, which more sub-genres than I care to admit 🙈

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just me hiding from all my plot bunnies don’t mind me

And now! I tag some friends 😊:

This tag was so fun! Thanks again to Kenzie for creating it and for tagging everyone who wants to participate! Now tell me about what genres you typically write or want to write in. I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now!

Madness Solver in Wonderland by E.E. Rawls // Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I’m popping in to give you a little something special. E.E. Rawls is releasing a new story! She’s been putting out so many awesome books, and I’m so excited for her to finally release this one that she’s been working on for so long now.

And I get to reveal the cover for it!

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Are you guys ready? I don’t know if you can handle this much awesome…

Are you sure you can?

Okay, maybe you can…

Just…making sure you’re ready…

Ta-da!

Aren’t they just GORGEOUS?! Seriously, her covers are consistently amazing. Major kudos to the cover designer! And how about an excerpt, because why not?

Book Blurb:

Teenage Madnes Hatter wants more to life than what his island hometown has to offer—and he definitely doesn’t want a boring future in hat-making, like his parents. But he sure doesn’t expect a well-dressed cat named Cheshire to suddenly pop into his life and make everything worse—giving him the power of the Madness Solver and making him the guardian and peacekeeper between Wonderland and Earth.

What the heck? When he said he wanted more to life, this wasn’t what he meant! Now, he’s the only one who can see Wonderland creatures as they walk the streets, and when there’s trouble, it’s his job to solve it. His friends, Alice and Harrey, think he’s going crazy.

But when a problem arises with the portals linking Wonderland to Earth, an old mystery is brought to light—the case of the death of the previous Madness Solver. Will Madnes meet the same fate, with the guardian power sapping away at his life? Wonderland’s ruler, the Red King, has cast a dangerous spell, and an ancient evil is rising. Madnes may not have long to save his friends and both worlds before it’s too late…

Purchase Links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

The Book Release Tour begins June 1st! If you would like to help promote this book on your social media or blog, please sign up HERE.

Author Bio:

The product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years, Rawls loves to explore the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning as she crafts tales that will both entertain and inspire, creating worlds one can explore and quickly become lost within. Beware, you might not find your way back out again. Visit her online at:

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

Isn’t that cover just fantastic though? I love it to pieces! What do you think of the cover? And are you as excited as I am about this book? Let me know down below!

graduation reflection (+ gifs)

Wow, does this feel weird or what. I feel like I haven’t actually written a post for fun in such a long time…two years, actually…

Yeah, I graduated.

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It’s kind of weird, because I feel like so much has changed, and at the same time, everything hasn’t. I started in August of 2019, and the first semester was good. If you don’t know, I was studying to be a graphic designer, so in that first semester I kinda felt like I was hit with everything all at once. I took classes like coding and computer graphics, as well as more design-related stuff like typography and color theory, and “graphic visualization” (which is just fancy for “drawing”). The HTML and CSS class took the hardest toll on me. I was starting to realize that college was going to be a challenge, which I was excited for, but also terrified for.

But I made it. And second semester was a lot of the same stuff, just advanced. Learning all about the Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), was fun, if stressful. Photography and psychology were surprisingly nice breaths of fresh air in the stress that was learning how to use the Adobe interfaces (seriously…I still feel like I don’t understand everything Adobe has to offer 😳).

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literally me

I had a nice summer break, and then I was back at it again. Third semester was more advanced web design, photography, and business. I learned a little bit of animation (I suck at it lol), and I took a short story class for fun. We got to read famous short stories and talk about them, and it was kinda like a little book club. I liked it.

This last semester has probably been both the easiest and hardest. My portfolio class–the culmination of all that had learned–was a HUGE learning experience, I’ll tell you what. But I had fun creating it, and I’m happy with it. Since the portfolio class was such a major thing, the other classes I took were less intense. I took a Microsoft Excel class (a bit boring, but it’s nice to know how to use the program now), a social media class (yes, this is real, and it was a lot of fun), an art class (art history is weird), and, my favorite, a creative writing class! It was so, so nice to be able to write and have it actually count as school.

Because that’s really what I missed most in school: writing. I feel like I haven’t had a real, productive writing session since I started college. It’s kind of sad…

But I’m back! And I’m working on some big projects. I’ve been writing everyday (which feels amazing; you’ll never know what you miss until it’s gone), and…*glances both ways and whispers* I’m going to self-publish my Ink Press trilogy.

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YES. I’ve finally decided. Self-publishing is the best option for me. And okay, it means a lot of work and hiring an editor and a cover designer* but I’m willing to take that leap. If all goes well (hopefully I’ll be financially stable soon *nervous smile*), I’d like to publish the first book towards the end of this year or early 2022. We’ll see. It’s a big “if.”

*I considered doing this myself, and I’m still kind of debating, since that’s literally what I want to specialize in with graphic design, but…for some reason it feels weird? It’d be like self-editing my book. I could do it…but I feel like I’m too close to the story to think logically 😂

How will I become financially stable, you may be wondering?

I…I don’t really know yet 😅

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I’m currently working with my uncle’s roofing company as a website manager and ad designer, which is nice. I’m working on starting an Etsy shop (selling stickers!) which will hopefully be up soon (aka whenever I can afford it 😅)

There’s still a lot of unknowns, which is kind of terrifying. But I’m confident that the Lord is going to guide me and complete a good work in me. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I’m excited to find out.

WOW have I missed you guys! Tell me, what have you been up to for the past two years?! I’m hopefully going to be blogging 1-2 times a month, so this isn’t the last you’ll hear from me. Lemme tell you, I have like a dragon-size horde of ideas that have been in the back of my mind for months. I can’t wait to share them with you! It’s good to be back 😊

Portal to Eartha Book Release!

Hello friends! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve typed up a blog post…But I’m just popping in to say that my good friend E.E. Rawls has a NEW BOOK RELEASE!! WHOOT!! And it sounds AMAZING.

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me right now *heart eyes*

I am so proud of Rawls for releasing this book so close to Christmas!! The stress of getting a book ready for publishing during such a busy and hectic time is insane, and yet here she is, being an epic author. 🙂 And I am SO EXCITED to read it!!

Book Blurb:

Future Japan, and an Altered girl on the run from the mafia.

Sixteen-year-old Lotus was once fascinated by the portal legend her dad used to tell: of a world where people like her (the Altered Ones) live free. But when she’s kidnapped by the mafia and forced to use her gift of Healing to make them a large profit, survival is all she can think of—that, and the new guard with a single wing who watches her every move.

But when the boss’s son is mortally wounded, Lotus seizes her chance at escape and recalls the legend and the clue left behind in her family heirloom. As she flees the mafia, can she convince her stoic, winged guard not to turn her in but help search for a mythical portal that may not exist? Especially when a notorious bounty hunter is on her trail, determined to bring her back dead or alive?

Book Purchase Links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book.

She runs on coffee, cuddly cats, and the beauty of nature to keep the wheels of her imagination turning as she writes stories that will both entertain and inspire others, giving them worlds they can explore and become lost within.

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM

I am SO excited that Rawls is releasing such an amazing sounding book. Thanks for asking me to be a part of this blog tour, Rawls! 😉 And thank you guys for reading! Let me know if you think this story sounds amazing down below. (And feel free to comment on the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS cover art too! :D)

The Winner of the Strangest Character Silmaril Award 2020

“Welcome, everyone to the Strangest Character Ceremony! I’d like to start by…er, hang on a moment…”

“You want me to what?”

*sighs*

“Oh boy. If you say so, I guess.”

*clears throat*

“Welcome, one and all, to a ceremony most fair,

where we celebrate the strange ones, to show them how we care.

Presenting today is a man of quick wit

who speaks only in rhyme; Tom Bombadil! And now I quit.”

I leave the stage as Tom Bombadil bounds onto it, all smiles, and nearly trips over his feet in his excitement. He levels his gaze with the audience and spreads his arms wide.

“It’s a pleasure to see you all gathered around,

for the announcement of one in whom strangeness abounds.

But first we must hear the grand nominees,

the contestants who made it to the round three.”

Tom riffles through a stack of papers and loudly clears his throat.

“First there is…scarecrow. What an odd name!

Are you sure this is correct? Well, all the same,

he’s made of straw, with a silly little face,

he bounces along to get place to place.

He doesn’t talk much, if at all, really,

but there is more to him than the eye can see!”

The audience claps as the scarecrow bounces on his pole, bits of hay falling to the floor beneath him, seeming to want to convey to the people that he is pleased they are clapping for him, but unable to do so. His blank stare and stiff body pause and clunk against the chair he is propped against. Beside him, Sophie rolls her eyes.

“Next comes Gurgi, a creature of rhymes,

much like me, a poet full time!

All covered in leaves with matted down fur,

he has long skinny arms that are grimy for sure!

But he is the most loyal creature, despite the grime,

though crunchings and munchings take up most of his time.”

Gurgi timidly stands and faces the audience. As they clap, he smiles, but quickly sits down, mumbling under his breath to Taran sitting beside him. “Gurgi’s poor, tender head hurts from the clapping,” he says quietly. Taran pats him on the shoulder with a small smile.

“A cat with attitude is next on our list,

his riddles and puzzles will make your mind twist.

It’s the Cheshire Cat, with his purple stripes and grin,

you might get lost in Wonderland and happen upon him.

He isn’t quite helpful, but he isn’t all bad.

Though if you hang about him too long, you might grow mad.”

The audience scans the crowd for any sign of the feline, but it isn’t until they look up do they notice the striped cat lounging on one of the rafters above, lazily licking a paw, a giant grin on his face. Alice looks up in frustration, but says nothing. The cat seems to enjoy the applause given to him, but quickly fades away as the clapping dies down.

“What this ceremony requires is a doctor, don’t you agree?

Well, Miracle Max is the one it will be!

He’s got lots of character, and is quite nice, I think,

as long as your name isn’t Prince Humperdinck.

He can heal you of all sorts of diseases,

but he might not help you. You see, he does what he pleases.”

Miracle Max stands from his chair, raising a hand as if to say ‘no, no, please don’t clap for me,’ as the audience gives a round of applause. Valerie sitting beside him crosses her arms, clearly annoyed her husband is being given all the credit when she is the one always convincing him to do the right thing. After a few moments, she yanks his sleeve and he falls abruptly back into his seat, glowering at her.

“And finally we have a fiery demon.

Don’t worry, he’s friendly! I’d love you to meet him.

Oddly charming, but perhaps sometimes whiny,

his name is Calcifer, and at first he seems spiny.

But after you talk with him, he’s really quite smart.

Because deep down, he has a very big heart.”

In a little fire pit set before Howl’s and Sophie’s row, Calcifer flames up at the mention of his name, growing larger as the audience claps louder. “Calcifer, stop that,” Sophie says, swatting at him. “You’ll burn the scarecrow.” The scarecrow shifts his body to face Sophie, then swivels back to Calcifer and bounces down a couple empty chairs. Calcifer grudgingly stops.

“The votes have been tallied, the totals have been scored.

Who is the winner of this most auspicious award?”

The audience waits with bated breath as Tom pauses for dramatic affect. The scarecrow bounces up and down in his seat five chairs away from his party, and the Cheshire Cat reappears, eyes and grin wide. Miracle Max leans forward in his seat, while Valerie rolls her eyes as if to say “Honestly, dear, why are you so keen on winning this award, of all the awards.” But she doesn’t say anything, instead just watches on.

Tom clears his throat. And winks at Valerie.

“It is the healer Miracle Max, that we so jubilantly celebrate!

He has won, defied the odds, and now we all must demonstrate

our warmest regards by clapping loud for everyone to hear!

Congratulations and adulation to our winner of this year!”

The audience bursts into applause, as Max stares dumbfounded for but a moment before welcoming the praise being showered on him. Valerie smiles, rolling her eyes, but rises and gives her husband a kiss. After all, he did win. And she’s proud of him for that. Tom Bombadil motions for Max to come up on stage and then hands him a gold silmaril with a sly wink.

“Thank you all for coming, we’re so glad you could attend.

But now I must be off, I have important matters to amend.

And with these parting words I say, adieu and enjoy the rest!

Take some time to socialize and be our welcomed guests!”

Tom Bombadil bounds off stage in the same manner as bounded on and promptly vanishes in the throe of people.

“Do…do I still have to rhyme everything I say? Tom? I’m not rhyming anymore!”

I shake my head, shrugging my shoulders. “Well, thank you everyone for coming! Be sure to visit Christine tomorrow to see who wins the Most Mischievous Imp award!”

Thanks for reading guys! Hooray for Miracle Max! What did you think of the ceremony? Are you happy for Max? Let me know down below!

The 2020 Silmaril Awards // Voting Round!

Wow, did we ever have a wonderful turnout this year! Thank you guys all so much for all of your nominations and seconds and fun comments!

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But enough with the gushing, let’s get to what everyone really cares about…who are the nominees?

Drum roll please!

For the Strangest Character category, the nominees are…

The scarecrow from Howl’s Moving Castle! I know, I’m as shocked as you are. XD The scarecrow is an interesting fellow, doesn’t talk much. At all, actually. He gets around by bopping on his wooden pole, much to everyone’s annoyance. But he’s surprisingly fast. One might call him a turnip-head, but there is more to him than first meets the eye…

The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! With his alarming grin and disarming habit of disappearing into seemingly nowhere, this cat is definitely interesting. Though he does attempt to ‘help’ Alice on her journey through Wonderland, it seems he only causes more problems than he does fix them. Has a touch of madness to him. Though, as the saying goes, “we’re all mad here.”

Gurgi from the Prydain Chronicles! This leafy little creature talks solely in the third-person and seems obsessed with “crunchings and munchings.” He’s perhaps a bit self-absorbed, frequently feeling sorry for himself, and going on about his “poor, tender head.” Despite this, he is extremely loyal to Taran and sticks by his side throughout his friend’s journey…

Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle! An oddly charming fire demon with a sharp tongue, Calcifer is not your average fiery ball. Not that there could really be such a thing as an ‘average’ fiery demon ball, but you know. Calcifer, though quick-witted, is not always the most trustworthy demon. He keeps many secrets, some by choice, others by oath. On top of that, he can be a bit whiny, perhaps even nasty sometimes. But deep down, he has a good heart…

Miracle Max from The Princess Bride! He may not be the nicest at first, refusing to help Westley in a time of dire need, but with the prodding of his wife Valerie, Miracle Max finally comes around and agrees to help. Only because of a longstanding grudge though. Not necessarily from the goodness of his heart, but you take what you can get. And it should be said, he did give Westley a mere 40 minutes (“accidentally”) instead of the promised hour, which really makes you think…

Now that you have the ballot, be sure to vote! Follow this link and vote for who you think should win in each category. Follow these links to see the descriptions of all the other nominees this year!

May your favorite character win! I will now leave you with Gandalf:

Thank you again to all who participated in the nominations! It was a wonderful time! Don’t forget to vote, and be sure to stick around and see who wins this years’ 2020 Silmaril Awards!

The 2020 Silmaril Awards: Nominate…The Strangest Characters You Know (CLOSED!)

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(Thank you for all of your nominations! The voting round will begin soon!)

Hello my friends! I am incredibly excited to announce that the 2020 Silmaril Awards have come upon us!

And this year I am quite pleased that I will be hosting the Strangest Characters ceremony! I will be interesting, to say the least, and I can’t wait to see who appears in the comments below!

Now, remember, the strangest character is someone who is… quite strange. Perhaps not at first glance, or perhaps at very first glance. They stand out from the crowd, in either a good way or a bad way. They aren’t quite like anyone else. They have eccentricities people find downright odd. But maybe they have a heart of gold, hidden under all that strangeness. Or perhaps a heart of coal…Whatever the case may be, these characters are always entertaining!

A few rules before you scamper down to the comment section:

  • NO Lord of the Rings characters. Most of them will be presenting the award winners, and, well, how awkward would it be to accept your own award?
  • No previous winners. If you don’t know who those previous winners, check it out on our site!
  • Only fantasy characters are available for nomination. If a solid argument can be made for a certain book or series that you think is technically in the fantasy genre…we’ll allow it (such as The Lunar Chronicles).
  • Be sure to mention which book/series the characters are from. Us mods consider ourselves fantasy experts extraordinaire… but we haven’t read every single fantasy book out there. It really helps us out!
  • Nominate and second as many characters as your dragon-loving heart desires. All you have to do is comment down below! The top 5 MOST seconded characters will go on to the final round, so seconding is important!
  • Authors are NOT allowed to vote for their own characters. But you can definitely encourage your fans to vote for them!

And be sure to nominate your favorite characters in all the other wonderful categories too!

We also have a super epic bookstagram challenge going on right now, so be sure to participate and include our hashtag #silmarilawards2020 so we can all see your amazing photos!

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And guess what else? We are holding an awesomely amazing Rafflecopter giveaway for all you lovely folks! You could win goodies, books, or even a $50 Book Depository gift card! How awesome is that?! Follow this link to put your name in the raffle, as well as complete some other fun assignments for more entries!

Now be off with you! The nominations round is open Aug. 31st to Sep. 4th, so go forth and nominate!

New Until Next Time!

Life Update // Busy Summer!

Hey guys! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things lately with blogging, reading, writing, all that good stuff, and I thought I’d just give a little update on what’s been happening in my life at the moment.

Life

I decided to be a missionary this summer. Yeah. That happened. It kind of came out of nowhere? But I felt a really strong need to serve in that way this summer, so here I am. XD I’m not going anywhere exciting. No leaving the country for me. I’m going to be doing local stuff, teaching in towns close to me where I’m sent.

I went through a two week training process where I learned how to teach Bible stories to young kids. I got to meet a lot of really neat people and it was a really great experience. It was a lot of work. I came home exhausted every night and by the time the two weeks were over, I was basically dead. That was almost a week ago that I finished the training, and I am STILL tired. XD

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But I think teaching this summer is going to be a really amazing experience and I can’t wait to see what God uses me to do.

Writing

I’ve been writing again! YAY! I really didn’t write all that much the past few months, and then missionary training came up and I had zero time for that. Coming back to it feels like coming home, honestly. Not to be sappy or anything, but it really does. 🙂 I’ve had a lot of new ideas simmering in my head and I REALLY want to get them down on paper. But they kinda have a tendency to just live up in my head for waaay longer than I want them to…

Not Interested Gravity Falls GIF
me whenever i try to write ANYTHING down because my brain doesn’t work

I’ve also been querying to literary agents. So far, I have gotten…6 rejections. It’s kind of weird, I’m actually enjoying the rejection at this point. Like, I’m anticipating it, and then when I get the letter, it’s like…a rush of adrenaline, for some reason? Maybe I’m crazy. XD But nevertheless, I’m keeping on. And lately, self-publishing has been in the back of my mind too. It’s not what I’ve always dreamed of, but it’s always an option.

Reading

I haven’t been reading like I want to lately. 😦 It’s been so busy (and chaotic) for me, and I’ve been having to choose between a lot of things. This or that. And right now, it’s been reading or writing. And it’s probably not right to choose between those two, because they are supposed to go hand-in-hand…but that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m ashamed.

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I have read a couple good books this year though! I plan to have a review for one I absolutely ADORED up on Goodreads as soon as I can. (Here’s a hint: It’s electrical. 😀 )

So there’s a little peek into my life lately. How has your summer been faring? Any vacations planned? Writing projects you want to conquer? Let me know down below!

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The Identity Crisis Book Tag

The Identity Crisis Book Tag

Hey all! Now that it’s summer and I am free from college life, I’d like to try keeping up with a normal blogging schedule (at least until college shows up again). And…since life is extremely frustrating right now, how about some fun quizzes to brighten the mood?! (Hey, what else am I gonna do? XD)

I saw Becky @ Moth of the Day do this tag and it looked like SO much fun! It’s basically a huge excuse to find out which bookish characters I am, so…I am all for this, obviously. She didn’t tag anyone, but opened it up to whoever wanted to do it, so thank you Becky!

Rules:

  1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers somehow. I decided to just copy the text from each quiz and paste it into my post, but screenshots work too! Whatever floats your goat (Yes goat. I SAID WHAT I SAID).
  2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz my friends. I’m watching you. ∗suspicious squinty eyes∗
  3. Use this post to give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listener or tag me on twitter @LaughnListener so I can see everyone’s answers!!
  4. Tag some friends to spread the fun. {This was left open, so I will be leaving it open to anyone who wants to do it too!}

(I believe some quizzes have been added on and possibly removed from this tag, so it’s a bit different from the original.)

Shadowhunters

I have…never read this series. I’m more interested in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, which…I haven’t read yet either.

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– Emma Carstairs & Jessamine Lovelace –

You have a reputation for being proud and vain, but there’s nothing wrong with that! You can put your money where your mouth is, and your ambition coupled with your determination, passion, and skill makes you a force to be reckoned with.

Wow…I feel a bit offended…XD Proud and vain, huh? I guess I am determined and passionate…but still. Ouch.

Throne of Glass

I actually attempted to read the first book and I was really turned off by the main heroine. She really annoyed me. Which is a bummer, because I really liked Chaol. -_-

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– Nehemia Ytger –

You’re Nehemia Ytger, Crown Princess of Eyllwe: considerate, composed and effortlessly elegant. Your passion for social causes is to be commended, but make sure you don’t neglect your own needs – even warriors for justice need treats from time to time.

Ooh, this one is actually pretty accurate! I tend to neglect my own needs…a lot. Oops.

The Hunger Games

I’ve never read these books. I know they were huge years ago, and I think there’s actually a resurgence of interest growing for them since Suzanne Collins has released a prequel for the books.

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– Cinna –

You’re an intelligent, sly character with quite a bit of wit. You might be seen as one of the only normal, down to earth people in your group of friends, but that’s okay, because you like to keep everyone grounded…and you also like to always be one step ahead in the fashion game. 😉

Okay, maybe not that last part…like, at all. But otherwise, this is pretty spot-on. It’s funny, I’m not really the most down-to-earth type of person, but in my friend group…I really am the most grounded. XD

Harry Potter

AGH. I really need to read these. But…you know, growing up as a homeschooler, these were big no-no books. XD I’d be really curious to try them out now though…

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okay but this video though XD

You’re the life of the party! You never take things too seriously and can diffuse tense situations with your sense of humor. You might not be top of your class, but your creativity and wit are the reasons for your success.

Wow, I am pretty much the opposite of the life of the party, but okay. I take usually take things seriously, but I do tend to diffuse tense situations with humor. And I’d like to think of myself as creative and witty, but…who knows?

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I’ve heard this series is pretty decent! A little on the mature side, not quite YA, but still good. My only hope would be that the main heroine wasn’t as annoying as Celaena. *eye-roll*

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– Azriel –

You are Azriel, one of the most powerful Illyrains in history. You prefer to stay away from the spotlight. You are very quiet. You also analyze things in a way no one realizes you are doing it. You have a few close friends you would protect with your life. You are very mysterious. As well as all this, when you like someone you don’t act on those feelings, this is usually because you don’t believe you are good enough for them. You need to know now you are worth it, and don’t put yourself down.

Oh. Oh this is actually accurate. Um. I…I feel called out. O-O

The Raven Cycle

THIS SERIES THOUGH. I don’t understand how this series can be so good. It literally defies genre. XD

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– Noah Czerny –

Like Noah, you’re a true observer. Nothing really gets past you, huh? This trait makes you a valuable friend to have, even though you’d feel like nobody pays attention to you. When it comes to crisis, you’re more likely to point out missteps and give out your information on the subject rather than participate in action. If you can let go of your fears, you’re actually pretty laid back and carefree, which makes you the most fun to hang out with.

Ooooh, Noah, huh? I guess I could see that. Noah is a sweetie, and I always did kind of identify with him when I read the books. He’s kind of the overlooked one, but he’s a really great friend and actually really cool. He could honestly be my favorite boy of the four.

Twilight

Yuck.

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Hey, Charlie. You’re a cool dude. Just keep being your adorable oblivious self. Also, your daughter is now a vampire and your granddaughter is growing at the speed of life. Shouldn’t you notice that?

Yikes. I may have many flaws, but being oblivious, I’m fairly certain, is not one of them.

The Cruel Prince

THIS IS ON MY SHELF and you don’t have ANY IDEA how badly I want to read it. I’ve heard it’s kind of dark and twisted, but it has a really good story.

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– Jude –

You are strong and once you make a decision, you won’t back down. Your resilience is both admirable and terrifying at the same time.

I am pretty stubborn, I will admit. And…I may or may not have been told several times that I can come across as a bit…terrifying. XD

The Lunar Chronicles

You guys know I love this series. Everyone loves this series, I’m pretty sure.

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is anyone else freaking out over how AMAZING these new covers are?!

– Cress –

A Lunar shell confined to a satellite to aid Queen Levana with hacking and surveillance of Earthen countries. She is a petite girl with very long honey blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and freckles. She has a very overactive imagination, and nervous around people due to her lack of social interaction growing up.

YASS I GOT CRESS. Cress is my absolute FAVORITE and I can actually see how we’re pretty similar. Petite, has an overactive imagination, and gets nervous around people? Yep. Definitely me. XD

Percy Jackson

MY BOY PERCY. I still don’t know why I waited to read these. They are so fantastic. You could read them for the chapter titles alone.

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did anyone else know PJ is getting it’s own Disney+ show? BECAUSE NOW I’M REALLY SAD I DON’T HAVE DISNEY+ T_T

– Annabeth Chase –

You’ve got a cool head and a strong sense of commitment. You don’t suffer fools but once you make a friend, you’re friends for life. And of course you’re often the smartest person in the room, which you probably designed and decorated yourself. You might work on that ego, though. We’re sure you’ve got the stuff to back it up. Just keep it in check.

Okay, WOW, was not expecting that. O_O I’m…honored? Except…yeah, that ego thing…not so sure about that…

An Ember in the Ashes

Oof, I read this book ages ago. But I remember adoring it A LOT.

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– Helene –

You’d risk everything for love, like Helene: although she lives by her identity as a master soldier, she’s fighting for what’s in her heart.

I mean, I kind of remember hating Helene when I read the first book…Um. I guess I’d risk everything for love? Sounds a bit…cheesy.

Six of Crows

YASS my precious assassin crew.

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– Kaz –

You are most like Kaz, a criminal prodigy and rising star among Ketterdam’s gangs. Cunning, quick-witted, and a born leader, you are a planner who leaves nothing to chance. But beware: though you excel at trickery, you’re dangerously good at fooling yourself.

Oh snap. I got Kaz. XD Really wasn’t expecting that, but hey, I guess I’ll take it. Although, Kaz can be a bit of a jerk. Like. All the time. Hm… At least I’m quick-witted!

Well, there you have my answers. XD Please feel free to do this tag if you feel so inclined. And thank you Loretta for this awesome tag! Have you read any of these series? Which one is your favorite? Let me know down below!

New Until Next Time!