Top Ten Favorite Marvel Characters // aka An Excuse to Flail About Infinity War

Sure, we didn’t get to see the Avengers: Infinity War footage that wowed Hall H in San Diego this weekend—but we do get a tiny glimpse at the movie in the form of this truly spectacular three-part poster Marvel had at the convention, giving us our first look at Earth’s mightiest heroes, the sinister threat they’ll face, and his glove with glowy lights.

Hello friends! So, maybe you’ve noticed I don’t, THIS?


Since I’ve been wanting to do a Marvel themed post for a while now, I figured this would be the PERFECT time since everyone is hyped about this trailer!!

I mean, I dunno know maybe it’s just me… *crawls away into a dark corner*

But anyway, I’m here with my top ten favorite characters with some reasons why I think they’re awesome! Let me know what you think of my rankings!*

*all pictures taken from Pinterest, all gifs taken from Giphy

 10 // Iron Man

Tony Stark/Iron Man: My suit was never a distraction or a hobby. It was a cocoon. And I'm a new man now."

• is a total jerk but everyone still likes him

• “if you cared you would really be here”

“steps out of suit”

• actually cares for everyone like a mega-ton

• no superpowers, just a super genius

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• my first superhero movie

9 // Captain America

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• wouldn’t hesitate to die for his friends

• so confused with technology omg

• “there’s only one God ma’am”

• “on your left”

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• “I understood that reference”

• awesome shield

• cares for Bucky like so much wow

8 // Hulk

Bruce Banner : the tragic hero on steroids. Catnip for romantics who love superhero movies...

• let’s be real, I love Bruce better than Hulk

• him and Tony are science bros

• “I’m always angry”

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• “suns getting real low”

• him and Nat

• like so awkward, but I love it


7 // Ant Man

Friendly neighbourhood "Ant-man"

• “I’m your conscience”

• is so excited to meet Cap like SO EXCITED

• giant-man

• loves his daughter sooo much

• is literally friends with ants like so adorkable

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• “our first move should be calling the avengers”

6 // Quicksilver

(I don't know too much about Marvel so sorry in advance) "Hello, I'm Pietro. Well, mostly known as Quicksilver. Wanda is my sister. I'm very fast so just try to keep up with me.''


• …

• just wants to protect his sister


• “you didn’t see that coming?”

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• he’s fast


5 // Thor

Thor God of Thunder (Ragnarok)

• huge dork


• revengers


• is actually HILARIOUS

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• but like so caring??

• loves his brother even when he’s a total backstabber


4 // Doctor Strange

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• phenomenal cosmic powers

• his hands guys I could cry

• “dormammu I’ve come to bargain”


• cloak of levitation and strange bffs

Doctor Strange GIF

• “I’ve been falling for THIRTY MINUTES”

• master of snark

3 // Spiderman

Awesome Spider-Man Homecoming fanart

• literal fanboy

• like an excited puppy all the time


• epic-ness of the Washington monument scene

• “metal arm? that’s so AWESOME!”

• films during a huge fight


• arachnobatics

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2 // Bucky Barnes

Which MCU character are you? < I got Iron Man You’re very arrogant, but only because you’ve accomplished so many cool things in your life. You can be a prick, but you’re willing to sacrifice everything you have to help other people.


• “who the heck is Bucky?”

• epic knife flip

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• even more epic motorcycle straddle

• can stop bullets with his hand

• just wants to eat plums

• “you used to wear newspapers in your shoes”

• the poor tortured soul

1 // Loki

"The trailer doesn’t actually give much us much information as to what his role in this movie will be... He has a very small role in the trailer, but I think we’ll see quite a lot of him in the movie. All of Tumblr might revolt if we didn’t." Link:

• villain but everyone still loves him somehow??

• “I’m here”

• “we’re not doing get help”


Thor Tom GIF by Geek & Sundry

• “there was this one time when we were children…”

• but like he’s also so sad and I feel so much sad for him??

• cannot die. really.


Okay, so probably ABSOLUTELY NONE of that made sense. I kinda went all fangirl on this post… XD What do you think of my rankings? Whose your favorite Marvel character? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR INFINITY WAR OR WHAT? None of my children better die… 😡






A Much Needed Explanation // NaNoWriMo Week NONE


Hey guys! You’re probably wondering what’s wrong with me. I haven’t been updating my word count, I’ve been replying late to your blog posts, and I haven’t posted myself in a good while.

Well, this post is to answer all three of those questions!

As a lot of you know, I was planning on writing a Snow White retelling for the Rooglewood Press contest. It was set in the 1920s and had gangsters and mafia bosses and magic and epic-ness in general. XD

Well, I have to say, I love this story to bits and I would love to finish it someday.

But today is not that day.

I think part of the problem this month was just wasn’t in the right mindset. It seemed like work and family and life and writing was just coming at me in all different directions, and I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t focus and my mind just wasn’t set on writing this month.

So, I probably won’t be entering my story in the contest, and I won’t be winning NaNo. I am SO GRATEFUL for all of your support and encouragement! ^_^ But I see now that I should’ve just given myself a respite this month, instead of just pushing through. And now I’m suffering the consequences. XD

So there’s my story. But enough gloom. Instead of wallowing in self loathing, I thought I would celebrate all you writers who are ACING IT at NaNo! I’ve seen all of you guys’ ideas and they just all sound so WONDERFUL AND I WANT TO GOBBLE THEM ALL UP. (Get it? Turkey pun? Thanksgiving? Oh, Thanksgiving’s over? …Oh.)



from Musings of an Elf

Christine!! ACK YOUR IDEA I JUST. *flails* Camera that takes pictures from the past? Creepy forest island? PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL JONAH? YES PLEASE. <333

from The Road of a Writer


Hayden!! Seriously, GO LOOK AT HER FIRST PARAGRAPH. *clutches heart* SO. GOOD. <333

from We’ll Be Fine

Laurel!! Your writing style is just so…*flails* AMAZING. THAT FIRST LINE. KELL. I JUST. Snippets please please please. <333

Mary!! Can I just? This line? “Getting involved in a murder plot was not how she thought her day would go.” *dies* I NEED THIS BOOK. <333

Savannah!! You little rebel. I BELIEVE IN YOU! <333

from A Writer’s Faith

Katie!! You do not know HOW MUCH I WANT A SUPERHERO NOVEL. O_O That blurb is EPIC-NESS IN A PARAGRAPH. I just want to fangirl over this novel so bad okay. <333

Also, all you lovelies who entered the Rooglewood Contest!!



from Sunshine and Scribblings


from Adventure Awaits


Tracey!! NORDIC-INSPIRED! I LOVE! Just, the names, the aesthetic, THE LOVELY CHARRIES. *sighs* I have a mighty need to devour this. <333

ACK, you’re all just so awesome! I’m so glad I’ve had the pleasure of meeting you all, and I just THINK YOU’RE ALL AMAZING. ^____^

Okay, wow, that was really gushy, where’d that come from… XD But it’s all true! You’re all doing so great! I’m rooting for you all! Also, how was your Thanksgiving? ❤


NaNoWriMo 2017 // Week One


Hello friends! Just a brief update from me today. Because of things happening in my personal life, and just being a bit overwhelmed, my word count is not very exciting:

1,930 Words

I’m not too worried though, since I set a 20,000 word goal for myself this year (the maximum word count for the Rooglewood contest), so I will hopefully be able to get that down, plus maybe a bit of rewriting!

I’ve been scrolling through my second book, Rewrite, recently, and I’m just remembering how much this story means to me and how much I love it. So I’m considering doing a bit of revision there as well.

That’s where I’m at so far! How are you guys doing? Based on what I’ve seen on the NaNo site, all you guys are doing an AWESOME job! And if you’re not doing NaNo…What writing adventures are you pursuing? Let me know!


The Bibliophile Sweater Tag

Hello fellow bloggers! Some of you many know that I live in the cold, cold state of Minnesota. And it is with deep remorse, that I must announce…that it is snowing. And not just gentle, fluffy flakes. No, no, no. The wind is pounding on my windowpane and my house is creaking and shuffling around, already settling for the winter.

BUT IT’S NOT WINTER. Did the weather fairy not know that? It’s not supposed to be SNOWING four days before Halloween. -_-

But anyway, I do have a point to this rant. With it being so cold, the time of sweaters and long sleeves have come. And I since Mary over at Sunshine and Scribblings tagged me to do her lovely tag, and it’s about sweaters…Well, it just made sense. 🙂 Thank you Mary! *sends a hug over the internet*

The Rules

– Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them – either works)
– Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic for this tag somewhere in your post
– Pass along the tag to at least five other people
– Wear a sweater (okay, this is optional…but why wouldn’t you want to??)

fuzzy sweater // a book that is the epitome of comfort


Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is the very first ‘big kid’ book I remember reading, and it’s really what got me interested in reading. I’ve reread it many times and it will always make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. ^_^

striped sweater // a book which you devoured every line of


I like to think I devour the lines of every book, but to be particular, one of the most recent books that I absolutely ate up was The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. It just tickled me pink in all the right ways. 🙂

ugly christmas sweater // a book with a weird cover


Definitely this cover for The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. It’s just so aesthetically unpleasing, with the weird pink color and the stock photo frog. It just doesn’t make my eyes happy.

cashmere sweater // most expensive book you’ve bought


*picks through bookshelves* That would have to Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer at a whopping $22! But believe me, it was TOTALLY worth it. SO. GOOD.

hoodie // a favorite classic book


I do so immensely enjoy Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It’s a very homey, comforting book, plus, I have THIS beautiful edition.

cardigan // a book that you bought on impulse


I buy a lot of books on impulse… XD But one that I had absolutely no prior knowledge of would have to be The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt. I found it in our old used bookstore in wonderful condition, so I picked it up. While it wasn’t my favorite, it was still cute and enjoyable.

turtleneck sweater // a book from your childhood


I remember getting this book as a Christmas present from my grandparents many years ago. The illustrations (by Gail de Marcken) are whimsical and beautiful and the story (by Jeff Brumbeau) is even more gorgeous.

homemade knitted sweater // a book that is indie-published


This is a wonderful book published by my blogging friend C.B. Cook. I was following her serial story on her blog up until she got it published. It’s so awesome to be able to hold a physical copy in my hand! ❤

v-neck sweater // a book that did not meet your expectations


I had HIIIIIGH hopes for this one. I mean, it was written by STAN LEE. HELLO. But sadly, it didn’t quite wow me the way I thought it would. 😦

argyle sweater // a book with a unique format


I am definitely saying Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. SUCH a cool format! The story is told in documents, chat room conversations, and various other forms of communication. It was so fun to read!

polka dot sweater // a book with well-rounded characters


Okay, so some of you may have seen this coming…BUT SERIOUSLY. SUUUCH good characterization!! I could rave about this series forever. 😀

Alright, now to tag some people! I tag…

Kate @ Story and Dark Chocolate

Jenelle Schmidt

Grace @ Pure and True

and Deborah @ The Road of a Writer

Thank you again, Mary for such a fun tag! And FYI, I am wearing a sweater. It’s gray with black and pink sleeves. 😉 How are you all enjoying fall? Has it snowed where you live yet? PLEASE SAY IT HASN’T. Let me know down below!


Beautiful People // My Snow White Retelling

beautiful books

NaNo is coming up fast, and I’ve been wildly flailing to get ready. But it’s kind of hard to get ready when you don’t know what you’re writing yet. XD

I was trying to determine between two novels, but it was really getting me worked up and I just couldn’t choose one. Plus the outlines weren’t finished, and I there was no way I’d finish them in time.

So, I veered off in a totally different direction. Some of you may know about the Rooglewood Press Contest. This year’s challenge is writing a Snow White retelling. And so that’s what I’m doing. The story has to be under 20,000 words, so I’ll have to do some extra to make up for that, but that aside…


So today is a Beautiful Books. It will probably be incoherent and vague since I don’t even exactly know what I’m doing with this retelling yet, but enjoy nonetheless!

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I’ve thought about this contest since I first learned what fairytale we were challenged to retell. So…About five months? Me and my family came up with numerous ideas, but I finally decided on this one and I’m really excited to dive in!

Describe what your novel is about!

I’ve surprised myself by writing something with more of a historical fiction feel. I never write that, but hey, who can know the mind of a writer? It takes place in the 1920s in New York. There is much swing music, fedoras and suits, mystery, fun slang terms, and a mafia family (hint, hint, that family is the seven dwarves 😉 ). While I haven’t nailed down the plot yet, I already have my characters, and a basic direction to go in. More details to come!

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

snow white

Mystery. Black and white. Pearls. Mafia. Mirrors. A dash of magic.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Well. That could take a while. XD But here are my main three:

Gwyneth // Snow White


Nathaniel // The Prince


Rhiannon // The Evil Queen


How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Lots of flailing. Mild doses of panic. Much screeching.

Hahahaha, totally kidding. *nervous sweating* I usually write some sort of outline (both my favorite and least favorite part of the process) and then just pound it out.

But this year, I’m going for more a different approach. I’m still a total planner at heart, but this NaNo, I’m going to be partially winging it.

I know that sounds crazy coming from me (if you’ve known me any amount of time), but it’s not like I won’t have some sort of notes. I figure, it’s a novella. It’s short and I can play around with it. If I don’t like something, it’s a relatively simple fix.

I’ll probably be eating my words here soon. XD

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

I’m really excited about the characters. I’m always excited about the characters. Sure, it’s great coming up with a super awesome idea, but it’s the characters that I’m always excited about. I can’t wait to see how I can tie in the classic tale with something of my own, while still making it original. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge. But it should be a good time. 🙂

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.


New York city in early 20s

New York

New York City.  - Times Square in the 1920s


New York City, Palais Royal 1920s.:

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Gwyneth’s goal in this story is to find her dad who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. She discovers a mafia family, who she starts to become friends with. But little does she know, she’s being hunted. By someone much stronger than any mafia family.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Um…spoilers? *nervous smile because I don’t even know yet*

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I want readers to feel like they’ve been transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties, but to also, I want them to feel encouraged. Just because your small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. ❤

Well, peoples, that’s it. Do you think this idea sounds interesting? Am I crazy? Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Maybe we can panic together in the comments below. ^_^


Temporary Schedule Changes // I Need My Sanity, Guys…

1484885598_fwd-arrowsHi guys! I’m so glad to be back from my mini hiatus, back in the blogosphere!

I do have an announcement though. And I hope this doesn’t cause too much of a stir. There are going to be a few (temporary!) changes here on my blog. For the duration of October and till the end of November, I’m only going to be posting every other week, instead of my usual once a week. I’ve been very worried about trying to prep for NaNo and it takes a load off my back not having to worry about getting a post up every week.

I’m working on a shiny new post as we speak and I will be back next week! I hope I haven’t let you all down, I’ve just been feeling really overwhelmed of late. This is only temporary, and I’ll be back to once a week come December. (Wow, it’s almost December already?! O_O)

And now, for your consideration:

Panda being dramatic

An adorable panda gif! 😀

Thank you all for understanding and I hope you’re having a glorious fall! ^_^


Once Upon a Time… // The Best Ways to Begin a Story

Once Upon a Time...

Beginnings are such an important part of any story. They’re what hook your reader, making them want to continue on, and possibly stay up past bedtime, flipping pages.

But beginnings are hard.

For my book Imprint, I totally rewrote the beginning prologue/chapter nearly five times. And to this day, I still don’t think it feels right.

In the beginning of your story, there is so much to be expected. I know I’ve put down tons of books just because the first few pages didn’t capture my attention. It’s a sad thing, but it’s true. And it hurts me even more, because I know how hard it is, coming up with a good beginning.

So, to save some of you writers the heartache of rejection by readers, here are five of the best (in my opinion) ways to start your story.

Strong emotions

It’s the beginning of everything. Absolutely anything could happen. But it needs to be something your readers are going to care about. I know for me, hitting me in the emotions is the best way to get me interested. As a reader, I like to be so emotionally vested in the characters, that they feel real.

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Right in the thick of the moment


Starting in the middle of action scenes is a great way to begin your story, but only if you can do it well. If you drop your reader into an uber intense moment and they can’t figure out what’s happening within the first few paragraphs, then they will most likely become frustrated and drop the book.

Now, you don’t have to explain everything within the first chapter. That would be boring. It’s finding the balance of explanation and hook that will really make your action scene impactful.

Beginning at the end

This is a different, less normal way of beginning, but it can work. Using this type of beginning is kind of like beginning a movie with a flashback. And flashbacks can be really, really cheesy. But they can also be epic and set up your novel in an incredible way. (Also, this type is easier to write if your novel is in the first person. I’ve never heard of a third person book starting from the beginning, but you could be the writer to prove me wrong!)

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A question

Starting with a literal question, either spoken by a character, or stated by the narrator, is a great way to begin. In my novel, the very first sentence is a question, actually spoken aloud by one of the characters. Questions are kind of like a cheat in writing. Of course if you ask a question, you’re reader is going to want an answer. That’s how people are. But if you do this, be sure to answer the question. You don’t want an angry hoard of readers coming at you because you didn’t give them the answer they were looking for, do you?

A metaphorical outlook

I haven’t read many books with a poetic beginning. In fact, if it was, I would probably put it down. I don’t have time for flowery description. (If you do, that’s great! But I don’t.) But that’s not necessarily what I mean by ‘metaphorical’. Maybe the word I mean is ‘symbolic’. Something that sets the story off, and keeps appearing throughout the whole story. It could be anything. A special event, an object, an idea, anything.

 the lord of the rings the one ring ring of power GIF

As I mentioned in a previous post, symbolism will ‘echo’ throughout your whole story, leaving an impact in its wake, thus, holding readers attention.

Well, that’s all I had to say about that subject. There’s no perfect way to beginning a story. I think the most important thing is to just…begin. What kind of beginnings do you like best?


Mini Post // Small Hiatus


Hello guys! Just a quick announcement, I won’t be posting for the rest of September. I’m trying to focus on my writing, and coming up with content for this blog is distracting me from my goal.

But fear not! I will be back in October with posts, snappiness, and general mayhem. And, of course, I will still be reading and commenting on all of your lovely blogs. 🙂

Have a wonderful rest of September, fellow bloggers!


The Goodreads Tag

The Goodreads Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a tag in a while…And since I’m fresh out of ideas (and maybe a bit of a procrastinator XD ) this is what I’m doing. 🙂

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?


That would be The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon and Dean Hale. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. *flails* But I mean, it’s Marvel. I’m not going to hate it. 🙂 I actually bought this book at a writer’s conference I went to this summer and HAD IT SIGNED by Shannon herself! So…that was pretty awesome.

What are you currently reading?

The book I’m currently reading cannot be marked on Goodreads, as it’s a beta-read of my friend Tracey’s novel, The Brightest Thread. ^_^

What was the last book you marked as ‘to-read’?

I believe it was Unblemished by Sara Ella. I saw Savannah had reviewed the second book and the series looked right up my alley! Plus, pretty cover. *drools*


What book do you plan to read next?


Hmm…I don’t really plan these things, the books just call to me and I give in to one of them. XD I would really like to start on the next book in the Michael Vey series though. I’ve read the first three books and I REALLY need to start on the fourth. 😀

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes! I can usually give a solid rating, but sometimes I have so many mixed feelings and so I include my half-star rating at the bottom of my review.

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?


*doesn’t want to talk about it*

Yes. I did set a 50 book goal for myself…but I’m exactly at the halfway point. So unless I can read 25 books by the end of this year…I will have failed my bookish self.

Me, in regards to reading


And I don’t even have the excuse of being busy with work! I just got a new job a month ago. 😛 Oh well. I guess I’ve just been busy writing instead. 😉


Do you have a wishlist?

Does a fish live in water? XD

 john krasinski duh obviously GIF

What book do you plan to buy next?


I do plan on buying Renegades by Marissa Meyer as soon as it comes out. BUT NOVEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY. *cries*

Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I sure do! ^_^

“Never judge a book by its movie.”
― J.W. Eagan


“A library is infinity under a roof.”
― Gail Carson Levine


“I cannot live without books.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Who are your favorite authors?

Ooh, a tough one. We could be here a while. XD I love…Marissa Meyer, Shannon Hale, Gail Carson Levine, Heather Dixon, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and Kate DiCamillo, to name a few. 🙂

Have you joined any groups?

I’m only in two groups…and not particularly active in either of them. 😛 I am a lazy octopus.

Previous Pinner: "So how's next chapter coming along?" <~ SO MUCH YES.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

Let’s see…It’s 43, including the preset shelves. Wowza… XD How did I end up with so many shelves?!

So that’s the tag! I hope you enjoyed! I’m not tagging any people, since this is such an old tag. But if you think it looks fun, then go for it! ^_^


Pitiful Prose // Dan and the Faeries


Hey fellow bloggers! Looks like it’s time to be pitiful… XD This was actually a dream I had, and tried to rewrite. I also started getting into the concept of using sarcasm in my writing, as I blatantly stated in the sixth line. XD

As I walked through the chilly autumn air I started to really think, is school really all that great? are my friends true?, Will the bully ever stop?

I walked up to my house on 5th street. Home.

“hi honey! I have to go to a meeting, so be good and watch your brother, Dinner is in the fridge.” then she zoomed out the door.

Well, my brother won’t be a problem because he’s at our neighbors’ house. I peek into the fridge.


“Oh boy!” I said sarcastically.

I went up to my room, not feeling very hungry. I went straight to my desk to do homework. I also opened the window to get some fresh air.

As I was trying to figure out what the average of 75 was I heard a slight tap on the window.

Huh? I thought.

Just a fly.

I kept working. I was still trying to figure out the average of 75 (math is not my best subject) I heard it again. I slight tap on the window.

Ok, either a bird or just the wind, I’m figuring out what that sound is. I took off the screen and looked around and saw….Dan?

What was he doing here? He was the one throwing sticks at my window.

I got my rope (I keep a rope in my closet) and threw it down and climbed.

I soon came to the bottom.

“I’ve tried to get your attention for 10 mins.!

Oh, sorry. I said What was so important?

I need your help!

Horrible punctuation galore! XD And how do you find the average of 75? If you can figure that out, let me know what the answer is down below! XDuntil-next-time-1