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!

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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…

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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!

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Beast of the Night by E. E. Rawls // Cover Reveal!

Hello guys, hopefully you’ve all been doing well the past month! The weather is finally getting nice where I live, and I have the sunburn to show for it… 😛

I have exciting news today! A good blogging friend of mine, E.E. Rawls, is releasing a new futuristic steampunk novella! And today, I’m going to share the gorgeous cover! (Seriously, it is AH-MAZING.)

So, let’s get into it!

Um, it is here, right?

I know I left it right here…

Ah! Here we are!

And there she is!

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TA-DA! Is it not simply GORGEOUS?? *heart-eyes*

And here’s a fantastic blurb, as well as some linky-links. 😉

A one-armed girl. A lord hiding a curse. A dark secret with the town’s fate hanging in the balance.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling with an Austrian twist and a new breed of curse.

When Rosen moves to Freudendorf—a secluded town in the Alps—with her dad, he vanishes on her and the debt collectors come to call: taking her into slave labor. As if that wasn’t bad enough, just when all her hopes and dreams for a normal life are ruined, a frail zombie-like butler purchases her: taking her to serve Lord Varick, who currently resides in the forbidden castle near the salt mines, where the Beast of the Night is said to roam.

Varick is handsome, with an attitude that’s the exact opposite. The servants aren’t human, and the castle itself is an ugly wreck. But if Rosen cannot solve the dark secret spreading beneath Freudendorf, and the curse holding Varick’s cold heart, then both they and the town will fall prey to a waiting evil—and worse, lose their memory of it.

Book Purchase Links:

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The Book Release Tour begins June 11th-26th! You can join the tour and help promote this book by signing up HERE.

Author Bio:

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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 story wheels of her mind running, as she writes tales that will both entertain and inspire others, giving them worlds they can explore and become lost within.

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Guys, I am SO excited for this novella. The blurb sounds amazing, I am ALL for epic steampunk adventures. Tell me what you think of the lovely cover down below!

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Life Update // Quarantine Sucks!

Wowza. It’s been quite a while since I posted. Had to dust off the old monitor, brush off the keys, and hope that all of my friends haven’t abandoned me. XD

As I’m sure absolutely everyone knows, the world’s going through a bit of turmoil currently. Millions and millions of people are sitting at home, going insane from lack of sunshine and fresh air (oh, that’s just me?) The Virus™ is causing quite a panic and I’m really, really sick of hearing the word…*coronavirus*…EVERYWHERE. You have no idea. I want to bash my head into the wall any time I hear or see that word.

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So I have abundant amounts of free time, what with college being placed on hold, and I’ve been trying to entertain myself from the confines of my home (which you wouldn’t think would be too hard, being an introvert and all, but WOW it’s actually really hard).

So, to fight the boredom and utter insanity of it all, I’ve devised a list of 15 things to do while stuck at home.

1. Read

Now’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on the million unread books lying on your shelves! At one point, I was in the middle of reading 5 different books…wouldn’t recommend that.

2. Write

It’s kind of hard to feel motivated to do anything during this time, but writing is a great distraction from all the craziness going on outside. I’ve made some great progress in a few story ideas of mine, and hey, look at me, I’m blogging again!

3. Video Games

I love playing video games, but I always feel guilty about playing them when I could be doing something more productive. Well, with more hours available in the day, now I can play freely without being crushed by guilt! XD A couple games I suggest that really suck you in would be Terraria (yeah, I’m old), Omensight, Portal, and Undertale. Probably not Plague Inc. though…a bit too soon.

4. Watch

As with video games, I never really felt like I had time to watch movies or TV shows. But now that I have nothing to do, I can enjoy some screen time. I watch so many cartoons (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated is actually really good, shockingly), but I’ve been experimenting with some live-action shows too, like A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Office and Parks and Rec is always good too.

5. Learn Something New

Maybe you want to feel a bit more productive and not have your face glued to a screen all day. Understandable. So how about learning something? I’ve been getting into animation recently (even though I can’t draw), and I’ve been learning a lot about onion-skinning, layers, and coloring. Duolingo is a great app for learning new languages, and Mimo is a lovely app used to learning coding. There are a lot of great resources out there, you just have to pick an interest.

6. Games

I’m not talking about video games. I’m talking board games. Card games. Games to play as a family and laugh and forget about your troubles for a while. LIFE, Apples to Apples, and Clue are always fun. If you’re just playing with yourself, solitaire is a fun one that gets your brain working.

7. Discord

Discord has been such a great thing in that it makes it so easy to talk to people without physical interaction. It’s not quite the same as being face-to-face, but it’s better than nothing, and you can send each other funny memes. So. I mean, why not?

8. Clean

It’s spring cleaning time, and that means going through your room and throwing stuff away! I seriously couldn’t believe how cluttered my room had become before my Dad pointed it out to me and helped me spruce things up. It made a world of difference and helped improve my mood immensely.

9. Chill With a Pet

It’s scientifically proven that sitting with a dog or cat can improve your health. If you don’t have a pet…I mean, I guess stuffed animals work too?

10. Music

Music can get you through a lot of hard times. So be sure to play it all the time, sing out loud, and dance like nobody’s watching. Because no one is. Because you’re in quarantine. XD In all seriousness, I’ve discovered some great new artists just by browsing Spotify and YouTube.

11. Cook/Bake

Food makes everything better. Homemade food is the pinnacle of the human existence. Make it often. Get creative (especially since the grocery store probably doesn’t have half the things you need). Just don’t get frustrated and end up creating a massive explosion of butter in your microwave. (Yes, I have experience.)

12. Exercise

Now more than ever exercise is incredibly important in keeping healthy and happy. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Just go for a walk. Run on a treadmill. Dance to some music. Even host your own indoor Olympics (it’s a lot of fun, really).

13. Grow Closer to the Lord

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It’s a gloomy, hard time right now, and I believe that the Lord puts us through hardships in order to make us stronger. Pray without ceasing, morning, noon, and night. Read your Bible daily. Do a devotional with your family and/or friends. And read some good Christian non-fiction. I recommend Morning and Evening Devotionals by Charles Spurgeon, and The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley. They’re both really, really good.

14. Write Letters

Snail mail is a dying art form that I think we should resurrect. Send your friends and family handwritten letters. Maybe include some cute origami in the envelope too.

15. Podcasts

This is a recent interest of mine. There are so many informative, funny podcasts out there, and they can be listened to while you do pretty much any kind of mindless work. I listen to them while I’m exercising or cleaning. It makes the time go by so much quicker. One podcast I really love right now is The Create Unknown. It’s a laid-back, conversational format where the hosts bring in different creators, specifically YouTubers, and discuss how they got to where they are now. It’s really interesting.

There you go, some ideas to keep you busy. It’s been a wild couple of months for me, and now all this virus business is enough to tip me over the edge, to be honest. XD How are all of you bloggers doing? I’ve been trying to keep up with everyone. What do you think of this COVID-19 mess? Let me know!

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A Little Update (I’m Not Dead!)

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Hello guys! Wow…it’s been quite a while…Do you even remember me? Do I even remember me…?

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Anywho, this post is just a little update, half an explanation of why I’m not posting, like, at all, and half an update of what’s happening in my life.

Well, to begin, the short answer to both of those questions is:

College.

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Yeah, college is kind of taking up a lot of my time…more time than I anticipated it would. Which is really sad, because I haven’t had the time to really write, read, blog, or do any of the things I really want to do.

I’m going to an online school, so I’m able to set my own hours and work at my own pace, which is really nice for me, but it also means I tend to…overwork myself sometimes. Still trying to find a good balance between regular life and school. XD

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But aside from it taking up my entire life, I’ve actually been enjoying it a lot. I’m majoring in graphic design, so that means designing websites, advertisements, logos, brand identities, all that good stuff. I’m also kind of growing an interest in animation (which is hilarious, because I am…well, how shall I put this…not the beeeeest artist ever XD), so that’s been kind of fun. I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, all kinds of software, and it’s been really interesting!

In short, I’m still trying to figure out this whole college thing. I’m kinda stinking at it. Hence the lack of posting here.

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I haven’t been able to devote the kind of time I’d like to, reading my friend’s blogs, socializing on social media, all the stuff I was pretty capable of doing before college hit.

So that’s why I’ve been away. It’s not forever. But until summer rolls around, it’s gonna be pretty quiet around here. Thankfully I get a winter break, so I get to give you a little update (man, I forget how much I love just blogging XD).

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I hope you have all been doing well. I see all of your posts, and they always make me smile. I have a list post going up on my other blog Reel Thoughts sometime soon, and a book review coming out on Goodreads soon as well.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any wonderful plans for Christmas? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! I’ve missed you all! ❤

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And the Winner is… // Winner of the Most Mischievous Imp Award!

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The day has come. I swallow, nerves and excitement warring in my stomach. The contestants are hanging out behind the curtains as I wait for the proper signal to send Pippin out.

I glance back at the unusual group. Pippin is making rounds, introducing himself to each of the nominees and chatting with them a bit. I see him talking with Crispin, who Lionheart seems really fascinated by.

Twinkle looks disgusted at the two men’s fascination, and stands in a huff, arms crossed. Sage attempts to entertain Twinkle, rolling his coin across his knuckles, apparently not realizing that Twinkle is a grown wizard who is simply be disagreeable.

Nidawi’s lioness (which I told her not to bring but she did anyway) gives a slight growl in my direction, and I take a step back.

This night is a disaster waiting to happen.

Pippin finishes his lively chat with the group and turns to me. “That Crispin fellow is quite the interesting chap! Did you see what he can do?”

I nod. “I’ve seen. But you should get ready. It’s nearly time.”

“Splendid! This is going to be a wonderful ceremony!”

I stare at him, sensing hidden meaning behind his words. But I brush it off with a helpless sigh. “Let’s get this over with.”

The contestants head out the back way, to their assigned seats, just as Pippin prepares to go out on stage.

I rub my temple. Something bad is going to happen, I just know it.

I hear Pippin’s voice echo and bounce around the enormous room. “Welcome, gentlemen and gentleladies, to the most spectacular ceremony you will ever see!”

The crowd claps wildly. They are in for an interesting night.

“Before I announce the winner, of the Most Mischievous Imp award, let’s give an explosive round of applause for each of our dazzling canidates!”

Wait a minute. I whip my head out from behind the curtain and immediately my attention darts to the back of the room where a thousand glimmering fireworks are about to be set off.

Are you kidding me?

I dash from behind the stage, arms waving like mad. “Stop!” I screech, but it’s too late.

The fireworks soar through the air with an ear-piercing shriek and the audience screams and ducks for cover.

I glance over at Pippin, who has the most delighted smile on his face. The fireworks fly about the room, surprisingly never hitting anyone. He’s planned this, I realize.

I should have known.

“You all may be seated,” Pippin shouts, “I assure you, as long as you remain seated, no harm will come to you!” I hear him mutter, “I think, anyhow.”

The audience seems calmed by this affirmation and settles down, just as the fireworks die off.

“And with that fantastic display, let’s put our hands together for our first contestant, the lovely Nidawi, the Everblooming!”

Nidawi stands, and waves majestically, her lioness giving an astoundingly loud roar. I fear the audience will go into a tizzy again, but they only seem to think it part of the act.

“Very lovely. And now, a truly fantastic wizard, How…er, I mean, Twinkle!”

Twinkle bounces from his seat and after glaring at Pippin for nearly ruining his disguise, he gives an adorable bow and plops back down in his chair.

Pippin grins nervously, but keeps going. “Next we have Sir Lionheart, perhaps better known as Leonard the Lightning Tongue, a most jovial jester, the best bard of all!”

Uproarious applause sounds as Lionheart stands up on his chair and does an impressive bow.

“Excuse me!”

I look toward the indignant voice. It seems to come from the back of the crowd.

“I take offense to that! How could you say something so bold yet untrue?”

I roll my eyes as Eanrin stands from his seat, a fist raised. “I’ve worked hard for my title, and you think you can simply toss the phrase ‘best bard of all’ to an amateur fool? I won’t have it!”

“Eanrin, I apologize,” Pippin says, grinning. “I had no idea you felt so strongly about the subject. Perhaps he is only second best then?”

Eanrin crosses his arms and falls back into his seat. “Say what you will, however I can’t stand by calling a simple fool ‘the best’.”

“Oh pleathe,” Twinkle pipes in. “Can’t we jutht get on with thith? We could be here all day if Eanrin had hith way!”

“A splendid idea, H-…Twinkle!” Pippin nods and gestures toward the seat beside Lionheart.

“And in our next seat, we have the spectular Sage! Watch your pockets, folks!”

Sage stands, grinning and gives a quick bow before returning to his seat. As the audience claps, a bit more uneasily than before, I glance at the empty chair where Crispin should be, but is not.

What’s going on now?

“Pippin!” I whisper-shout, trying to catch his eye. But he goes on without so much as a glance in my direction.

“Unfortunately, Crispin cannot be with us at the moment, as he is attending to some very important time matters.” He gives a wide grin. “He may not be here, but rest assured, he is with us…in spirit.”

The audience gives a disappointed sigh, but claps anyway. I clench my fists.

What is going on?

“Now, with that out of the way, let’s announce our winner, shall we?” Pippin gestures for the crowd to cheer, and excited shouts fill the air.

“My award scroll, if you will, Madeline,” he announces, holding out his hand.

I stare in disbelief. “I gave the scroll to you,” I say.

Pippin’s face grows fearful. “Why, I don’t remember taking, not at all!” He checks his pockets, front, back, side, everywhere. Yet no scroll is found.

“I accuthe Thage of thtealing the thcroll!” Twinkle shouts, leaping from his seat. He dashes over to Sage, who quickly jumps out of his seat and bolts down the center aisle.

“Someone! Anyone! Stop this madness!” Pippin says, bouncing off the stage and pointing.

I squint my eyes, skeptical. I turn to the two boys running from the room. “Howl!” I shout. “Would you please stop Sage?”

“Who’s Howl?” Twinkle screams, snatching at Sage’s arm.

I face-palm. Yep. This is a disaster.

“Howl, quite flailing about and stop Sage this instant!” Sophie shouts. Her voice echoes, and the room goes silent.

Twinkle freezes, rolling his eyes so far they almost look like they’ll roll right from his head. He holds out a hand. “Thtop right now!” he yells. Sage pauses.

“All you had to do was ask,” Sage mutters. Twinkle makes grabby hands for the scroll, but Sage keeps it out of reach and stalks back up to the stage and hands the scroll to Pippin.

That was…too easy. I narrow my eyes.

This was a distraction.

Pippin wipes fake sweat from his brow. “Well, what an exciting chase, wouldn’t you say? Now, let’s announce the winner of this years Most Mischievous Imp award!”

The audience cheers, now eager and impatient to hear the winner.

Pippin unrolls the scroll with a grand sweep and flick of his wrist. And his eyes nearly bug out of his head. “And…and the…the winner is…”

Me!”

I swing my attention to the rafters, where Crispin is swinging his feet, the glimmering Silmaril in hand.

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“I have the gem, I won!” Crispin whoops and tosses the ribbon in the air, barely catching it before it falls.

The crowd turns toward Crispin in shock, gasping and shuffling in there seats.

“He thtole it!” Twinkle exclaims.

“Crispin!” Pippin shouts, waving madly. “Wait! Come down, there’s been a mistake!”

“I hardly think so!” Crispin leaps from the rafters. The crowd screams as Crispin falls, but a portal quickly opens beneath him and he disappears inside.

The room melts into an uproar. “This is ridiculous!” “We can’t have any sort of composure here, can we?” “This is crazier than last year’s ceremony!”

But I can only smile. Because I know what happened. So I decide to sit back and watch the chaos ensue.

“Gentlemen, ladies, please, calm yourselves! I assure, you everything is alright!” Pippin frantically gestures for the crowd to calm, but everyone has grown indignant.

“I’m back!”

Crispin appears from a portal, Silmaril gripped tight in hand. “Wow, I rather didn’t expect that to work! Yet here I am!”

Relief floods Pippin’s face. “Crispin, there’s been a mishap…”

“I know, I know, quite a funny one as well.” Crispin turns toward the audience. “So sorry for that little jumble, but it was all in good fun, yeah? Just a joke! I didn’t actually win. I just stole the Silmaril to mess with you all! Tell them, Pippin!”

The audience stares at Crispin. I cover my mouth with my hand, muffling a snort.

Pippin fingers his collar, swallowing. “Um…Crispin, you…you actually won.”

I’ve never seen wider eyes in my entire life than the ones on Crispin’s face as he takes in this sudden turn of events. “I…but…I thought…I didn’t…” His face turns a shade of red I have never seen before.

Pippin suddenly bursts out laughing. Soon, the whole audience is laughing too.

Crispin can only stand in bashful embarassment, a shy smile on his face.

“We had this whole grand scheme!” Pippin says between laughs, addressing the audience. “Sage and Twinkle created a distraction, while Crispin got a hold of the Silmaril and made off with it! We were going to play it for laughs.” He gives Crispin a soft punch to the arm. “And then you go and actually win the award. It’s quite a funny predicament, isn’t it?”

Crispin shrugs and smiles. “I suppose it is.”

“Now go on! Put your medal on! You deserve it!”

The crowd gives a standing ovation as Crispin slides the Silmaril over his head. He gives a deep bow. “Thank you all! You’re a right nice audience!”

I stand and clap, shooting a smile in Pippin’s direction.

Never a dull moment when you’re presenting an award for tricksters, that’s for sure.

Thank you all for nominating and voting in this years Silmaril Awards! We appreciate it so much, and we hope you stick around to see tomorrow’s winner over on Tracey’s blog!

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Silmaril Awards 2019 // Voting Form

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First of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to all of your lovely fantasy lovers who commented on the most mischievous imp post. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!

And now, it’s come down to the top five nominees. *drum roll* And they are…

Crispin Beasley, a lively young British man living in 1920s England. He has amazing time powers that allow him to control the flow of time and open portals to different places and time periods. He’s very high energy, can be a bit immature, but he has a good heart and a cheerful attitude.

Nidawi, the Everblooming, used to be an immortal faerie. She can change forms, transforming from a young child into a beautiful lady as she wills. If she sees something she wants, she will try to get it, no matter what (even if that something is to marry a man she just met wandering the woods!)

Twinkle seems to be a normal child. He has beautiful blue yes, bouncy blond curls, and the cutest lisp. But don’t let his adorable looks fool you. He gets into his fair share of mischief, enough to drive Sophie up the wall! But when it’s revealed that this little angel is actually Howl in disguise… well, I’m not surprised, are you?

Sage is about as sarcastic and snarky as a young boy can be. He’s a street urchin, who just so happens to be an excellent pickpocket as well. He always manages to get himself hurt in one way or another, climbing buildings and sneaking around at night, and he isn’t afraid to stand up for people, (or even sass the grown-ups!)

Lionheart, perhaps better known by his alter-ego, Leonard the Lightning Tongue, is a master of jokes and mischief. He played a jester for a time and shocked and delighted many people with his sharp wit and fiery tongue. Sadly, he struggles with fear and cowardice, making all the wrong decisions and being controlled by his fear. But deep down in his soul, there is courage and compassion, even if he doesn’t realize it at first!

Voting ends Friday the 13th at midnight*! Oooooooooh, spooky! Follow this link to choose from the finalists!

*(If we’re being technical, it’s actually Friday 11:59 that the form will close, but Friday the 13th and midnight sounds much more dramatic. 😀 )

 

Thank you again for the wonderful turn out, and stay tuned to hear who wins this years Silmaril Awards!

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