The 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards // And the Winner is…

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Welcome, one and all, to the second annual Silmarillion awards ceremony!! I thank you for attending, and I invite you to pull up a chair; relax; maybe even have one of the free cookies provided.

We had quite a turn-out this year! So many of you cast in nominations and seconds, and so many of you voted for your favorites. So, thank you again for all of your participation!

But enough from me. I think it’s time I introduced the man of the hour. Or rather…the hobbit of the hour. Ladies and gentlemen, give a round of applause to our presenter of the Silver Tongue Silmaril…

Bilbo Baggins of the Shire!

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*applause*

Yes, hello, hello, thank you for having me present. You’re all too kind. *smiles* I must say, I was rather shocked when I was asked to present. I’m told this category of the awards is quite new this year, and I feel honored that I would be worthy of presenting.

Well, you are one of the most silver tongued people that I’ve ever met!

You flatter me. But that reminds me…would you mind terribly if I announced the winner in the form of a riddle?

Absolutely not!! That would be wonderful, actually!

Good, good, very well, then, I’ll do it. *clears throat*

I’m shiny like the moon, but only second best. I can be a dollar, but I’m not green. I am gray, but metallic. What am I?

And another…

I can taste, but I don’t taste good. I am often held, but never touched. I can cut like a knife, but I’m not sharp. I am wet, but I don’t rust. What am I?

There, we go. Put them together and we have our winner. How was that?

Wonderful! Can anyone guess the winner?

*silence*

Yes? No? Well, Bilbo, those were fabulous riddles, but I think you might have to spell it out for the audience.

Oh, I suppose so. The winner of the Silver Tongue Silmaril goes to a man brimming with kindness. A man so loving, so caring, he would rather die than have his daughter harmed. With his natural love of words, his charming personality, and his magical voice, I present to you…

Silver Tongue from Inkheart!

Otherwise, known as Mo, which I will hereby call you, I present you with this lovely Silmaril. I couldn’t imagine a better person to have this award. Your name says it all.

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Oh goodness…Thank you all so much! I can’t believe you would choose little me to be the winner. I’m nearly moved to tears. You’re all wonderful, thank you for your kindness! I will forever treasure this Silmaril!

You surely deserve it, Mo! And thank you Bilbo, for the lovely presentation!!

You’re very welcome, Madeline. I’m glad I came. I never expected to have so much fun. *smiles*

Thank you all for coming to this ceremony! Be sure to check out the other ceremonies going on at the other bloggers sites. A new one is posted everyday weekday until the 28th!

And for those of your curious what the result percentages were…

  • Silver Tongue from Inkheart – 33%
  • Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia – 32% (Dear Puddlglum lost by one vote!)
  • The Florid Sword from The Wingfeather Saga – 13%
  • Eanrin from The Tales of Goldstone Wood – 13%
  • Leonard from The Tales of Goldstone Wodd – 8%

Well, what a great time! I hope you’ve enjoyed Bilbo’s presentation, and yay for Mo! Send your congrats to him down below! Thank you all again for participating! 😀

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Silmarillion Awards // Voting Round!

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Hello guys! And may I just say…WOW! Thank you all SO, SO MUCH for all of your nominations and seconds! It was a blast seeing all of you interact in the comments! 🙂

Also, shout-out to ALEX C. who won the giveaway included in my last post! Be sure to check your email, and congratulations!

Now, on to the voting! The top 5 nominees are…

Eanrin from The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Knight of Farthestshore and bard of King Ibudan, is a faerie of Rudiobus, able to shift between his two true forms, man and cat. He is famous across all realms for his poetic accounts of historical events and his tales of love – jilted and otherwise.

Lionheart from The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Also known as Leonard the Lightning Tongue, has always had a love for riddles and tomfoolery. His greatest wish was to become a court jester, and he did become one, but rather by accident. Him and Eanrin often butt heads with each other.

Puddleglum from The Chronicles of Narnia – Pessimistic might be the kindest descriptor. But in spite of his beliefs that it will start raining, that food that tastes good is bound to turn the stomach later, and his concerns that his companions may start knifing each other…you’ll not find a truer companion or guide. His words of wisdom may be a bit depressing, but that doesn’t make them any less accurate!

Silver Tongue a.k.a. Mo from the Inkheart trilogy – He’s a bookbinder that has the ability to bring fictional characters out of books and into the real world by reading aloud, therefore known to many as Silver Tongue.

The Florid Sword from The Wingfeather Saga – That mysterious swashbuckler, has some pompously magnificent monologue!

Now go vote for your favorites using ~> THIS LINK! Just remember: no voting more than once!

And, surprise, surprise! We’re doing something new this year! It is a scavenger hunt across the blogosphere! Your mission is to piece together the phrase running rampant across the other bloggers posts. Piece together the entire phrase and enter it in the voting form to be entered into a giveaway for this AWESOME grand prize!!

1 Grand Prize To Rule Them All

 

My snippet of phrase I give to you: Their radiance shone like the distant stars

Follow THIS LINK to find the next piece of the phrase…

Thank you guys for all of your nominations!! I’m so excited for voting round, and may your favorite character win… 😉

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The 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards // Nomination Round! {CLOSED}

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{THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS AND SECONDS! ANY COMMENTS POSTED AFTER THIS WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD THE TOTAL. 🙂 }

Hello friends! Have I got a big surprise for you all! (Well, it’s not really a surprise since you probably read the title of this post…)

We are hosting our 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards Ceremony!!! 😀

*cue applause, confetti, and general merriment*

I am so excited for this years ceremony! Many of the previous bloggers have returned to share in the festivities, but we also have two new bloggers joining us this year! Welcome Savannah and Kyle!

In case you’re new to this ceremony, here’s a little explanation:

The Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of “Fantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings… so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them “The Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

And here’s a gorgeous graphic done by the marvelous Deborah:

 

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Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most “seconds” for the final voting period, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc any nominations you particularly like.

Here are the other bloggers links:

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Wisest Councillor – Tracey

Least Competent Henchman – Kyle

Silver Tongue – Me!

Most Epic Hero – Abbey

Strangest Character – Savannah

Most Epic Heroine – Deborah

Most Mischievous Imp – Elise

Most Magnificent Dragon – D.J.

Most Loyal Friend – Zachary

Most Nefarious Villain – Jenelle

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This year, I will be hosting the Silver Tongue silmaril here on my blog. Here is the criteria I’m looking for in this character:

The winner of the Silver Tongue silmaril should go to a character who held you rapt with their words. Their voice is full of riddles, wit, and a magic all their own. They hold you spellbound with their clever speech, leaving you wanting more. They are blessed with the gift of a silver tongue, and they wield it well.

The award will be presented by an individual who may be small, but his quick wit and clever riddles have helped him out of more than a few sticky situations.

Something new we’re doing this year is a GIVEAWAY! Here’s the link for you to enter your name in the drawing:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6c7e337d10/?

These are the lovely books you could win! However, the giveaway is only until July 9th, so enter soon!

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Just a few rules before I leave you to your nominating:

  • The Silmarils are LIFETIME awards, so previous winners cannot win them again. They may win them in a different category than before, but not the same. Since this is a new addition to the original lineup, there are no restrictions here.
  • No nominating LOTR or Hobbit characters. It would be quite awkward for them to have to present for themselves.
  • No nominating characters from your OWN books (if you’ve written any 😉 )!
  • In your nomination comment, if you could say what book the character is from, that would be very helpful to us.
  • And lastly, these are Fantasy awards, so nominations are only open to Fantasy characters. However, there is a bit of gray line running throughout all spec-fiction, so if you have a valid argument as to why your character is, actually, from Fantasy, I’ll allow it!

I think that about sums everything up! I can’t wait to see you go wild in the comments below! XD Just remember to have fun! GO FANTASY! ❤

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A Trip Down Memory Lane // A List of My Favorite Old TV Shows

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Hello all! I was recently looking up some of my favorite TV shows from when I was little, and I got extremely nostalgic. (Yeah, I’m only 16, but I can get nostalgic, okay?) So I thought it’d be fun to share some of my childhood with you all. Maybe you remember some of these shows too…

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This was my all-time favorite show as a kid. I knew most of the episodes by heart and I’d always get excited when the little number would roll onto the screen, meaning it would be a new episode!!

Image result for clifford the big red dog showClifford the Big Red Dog

Another great show. I remember I would always get frustrated with Cleo and Mac, and I remember thinking that Birdwell Island being shaped as a bone was the coolest. thing. ever.

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This show legit taught me math, not even kidding. XD And I remember loving the episode that was a huge Harry Potter rip-off (though I didn’t know that at the time XD ). It was one of those shows that I always watched everyday, without fail. That, and Arthur.

 

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I loved this show too much. XD I like to think it inspired my love of dragons and fantasy, but you just really can’t know. I always wanted to be like Emmy and have Casey as my dragon to fly around on in Dragon Land. *sighs* Good times… XD

 

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This was a half-real, half-cartoon show that I would eagerly wait to come on. I loved it because it was real kids, who got to do really cool stuff. I always wanted to be on the show.

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She was the superhero that I looked up to in my youth. (I…actually still kinda look up to her… XD ). Her sidekick, Ron Stoppable, was hilarious and I loved that he was the confused, scared one who had no idea what to do. I relate to him a lot… XD

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My upgrade from Dora the Explorer. XD No, but seriously, this was a great show! I always wanted to be friends with Maya. She just seemed so perky and friendly. I also love now that they included such unique characters. (Andy, anyone?)

 

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We’re going waaaaay old school here. I remember this from when I was only a wee little one. Butter was always hilarious to me. And so was Flick Duck. “Cheese and quackers!”

 

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Without fail, I always watched this at lunch time, sitting in the living room with my lunch. My favorite part was when the “Who Could it Be?” song played, and you had to guess which animal would appear at the end. 🙂

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This was like the show you watched if you were cool. At least, in my opinion. XD As with most of the shows, it was always my dream to be on it, doing cool experiments and being in each of the segments. 😛

 

Well, that was my childhood in a nutshell. What about you? Do you remember any of these shows? Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Awards and Tags and Fun, Oh My! // The Sunshine Blogger Award and The Blue Sky Tag

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Hello guys! I was recently nominated by Tracey over at her blog and Elise at E.E. Rawls and I thought all these questions looked like so much fun! Thank you again for nominating me, Tracey and Elise!

The rules are pretty simple:

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~

Answer 11 questions from your nominator, then tag 11 other bloggers, and ask them 11 new questions.

The Blue Sky Tag ~

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their post. Answer the 11 questions. Tag 11 people. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.

Let’s get to it!

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~

1. What’s the most addicting app on your phone?

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I don’t actually have a phone (unless you count a flip-phone as one 😉 ), but I do have a Nook full of stuff. I would probably have to say the most addicting app right now is CrossStitchWorld. Yeah…I know. Kinda seems like a grandma game, but it’s really fun! I love seeing the picture come together in the end. 🙂

2. What’s a song that speaks to your life right now?

My music moods are different every day, so it’s hard for me to pick just one song. But, if I had to pick just one, it’d be Higher by Unspoken. It’s not only a really cool song, but it also reminds me that I should live my life to glorify the One who gave me this life. Even in the rough times. Especially in the rough times. ❤

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3. Do you have a book or movie that’s your “happy place”–a fictional world into which you retreat when you need a breather? What is it?

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I love escaping into any fictional world! But my favorite happy place would probably have to be any of the Pixar movies. I grew up loving them and I can remember watching Monsters Inc. in particular over and over again. They always put a smile on my face and I love them all so dearly! ❤

4. What’s a book you were (or are) looking forward to so much you’re scared to read it, for fear it won’t live up to your expectations?

Right now, I’m incredibly nervous to read The Fatal Tree, the last book on the Bright Empires series. I just cannot prepare myself for what’s going to happen, so I’m just going to have to take the plunge… *gulp*

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5. If you had to have all of your past memories wiped except for one day, which day would you choose to remember?

Oh dear, that’s a toughie! Let’s see…I might choose a day out of one of my family vacations, the trip we took to South Dakota in particular. That was a really, really fun trip, and we were all together, having a great time with each other. I would never want to forget how close me and my family are. 🙂

6. What question would you like to ask one of your favorite authors?

These questions keep getting tougher and tougher! 😛 I’ve always wanted to ask Marissa Meyer a question, but I feel like I would just kinda go into fangirl mode and not be able to talk. XD Hmm…I think I’d ask Anne Elisabeth Stengl what helped her in keeping track while writing a series. That’s something I struggle with, and I think Anne does a good job of it.

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7. If you had to describe yourself as one of the four seasons, which would it be?

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Definitely fall. Or autumn, if you’re British. 😉 There’s just so much to love about it! Apple pie, pumpkin spice, hayrides, colorful leaves, cool, crisp air, the beginning of a new school year… It’s a wonderful time of year! ^_^

8. What’s your personality type? (Myers Briggs, DISC, whichever test you prefer.)

I’m a full on INFJ, according to the Myers Briggs test. Everything I’ve read about INFJs just fit me to a tee. Which is hard sometimes because I feel a bit lonely, being so rare and such… But I don’t mind. Too much, anyway. XDcough it out. the front bottoms.:

9. An envelope containing $500 shows up on your doorstep. On what do you spend it?

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Well, books, duh. XD

10. Would you rather be trapped in a lamp, a tower, or an enchanted sleep?

Ooh, I think I would pick a lamp! Wouldn’t I be a genie of some sort then? At least in my imprisonment, I would be able to help some poor souls instead of just wallowing miserably in my prison. 😛

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11. Which Disney villain(ess) do you find the most scary?

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When I was younger, I was absolutely terrified of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. The part where she turns into a dragon? We always skipped that part. XD Now that I’m older, I would probably say either Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or Scar from The Lion King.

The Blue Sky Tag ~

1. What is your first reaction when someone knocks on your door?

I usually jerk my head up and stare confusedly at my siblings because…we never have unexpected visitors. XD

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2. Whose name makes you smile as soon as you hear it? Care to share why?

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Well, any of my family’s names make me happy. And the name of Jesus Christ, of course. 🙂 I love hearing my characters’ names too, when I’m out and about and I overhear someone say one of their names. I love that when it happens. ❤

3. What exotic animal is your favorite?

I’m not sure if this counts as an exotic animal since it’s not technically real, but I’ve always thought phoenixes were super cool. A new bird rising from the ashes of the old, fiery wings, all that neat stuff. Or, you know, a dragon.

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4. If you had to go on a trip to the moon, what book series would you take with you? (It can only be one!)

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Well…I can tell you right now, I would try my hardest to get out of going on a trip to the moon. XD The stars from afar are good for me. But, I suppose if I had to, I would pick The Lunar Chronicles…Though, that may not be the best idea, since scary moon people are a involved…

5. Fairy tales or super heroes?

This is sooo hard! I love them both equally! I couldn’t possibly choose!

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6. What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

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It’s actually the one I’m reading right now, Five Magic Spindles by various authors. I’ve loved all the stories so far and I’m so sad I’m on the last one! I’m going to be putting up a review of it pretty soon. 😉

7. Are you more like a Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, Goblin, Ent, or Orc?

I’m definitely more like a Hobbit. They live in their cozy Hobbit holes and drink tea and read books. If I had a Hobbit hole, I would probably be labeled a Hobbit. XD

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8. Since warm weather is coming, what is your favorite summer activity?

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When I was younger I loved swimming a LOT. But after a…traumatic experience that involved a lake and some itchy bugs…well, it made me a little wary. 😛 I love basketball, rollerblading, and swinging most. ❤

9. Name your best childhood memory.

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*tries to remember childhood* I’m…kinda drawing a blank here, which is really sad. XD But I do remember we used to have a tire swing in our backyard at our old house. I would love to just sit in there and swing or have Dad push us as high as it could possibly go. Those were fun times. ^_^

10. What were you like as a kid? (good, bad, artsy, funny, etc…?)

Well, I suppose I should be honest…I wasn’t a very good kid. I’m told I was really naughty, and I had a hard time focusing. But I think I was also really creative and curious, which inspired my interests of writing now. I read my favorite books over and over again and I would write down all the good dreams I had in a special notebook. (Really, what’s changed? XD )

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11. If you could invent anything, what would it be?

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Hmm…A special device that when you connected it to your head, it wrote down exactly what you were thinking? I could go for one of those! XD

Alright, that’s a wrap!

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your oldest memory? How far back do you remember?
  2. If you could have a super power/magic ability, what would you choose?
  3. If someone was going to play you in the movie of your life, who would you want cast?
  4. If you could learn any instrument instantly, which would you choose?
  5. If you were so famous you got mobbed every time you went outside, what would be your go-to disguise?
  6. If you had an animal sidekick, what animal would it be? Could it talk? Fly? Shapeshift?
  7. What book/series would you love to be made into a TV show/movie?
  8. What villain from a book or movie would you most love to see transformed into a good guy?
  9. What’s the theme song of your life?
  10. Iron Man or Captain America? Superman or Batman? Marvel or DC?
  11. What is the most shocking plot twist you’ve ever read in a book? (You don’t have to say what it is, just what book it’s from! 🙂 )

Okay, so I don’t really know who’s received these awards, so if you’ve already done either of them, don’t feel obligated, but my nominations are as follows:

Winter @ Winter’s Falling Fast

Deborah @ The Road of a Writer

Jenelle @ Jenelle Schmidt

Elise @ E.E. Rawls

Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

Lisa @ Pickle’s Pen and Trinkets

Bernie @ Bernie’s Musings and Doings

Kate Marie @ Story and Dark Chocolate

C.B. @ The World of the Writer

Madi @ The Book Owl and

Faith @ The Writer’s Song

I can’t wait to see who answers these questions! ^_^

That was so much fun! Thanks again to Tracey and Elise! 🙂 What about you? Do you have any addicting apps? What were you like as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!until-next-time-1

Happy Blogiversary // Two Years!!

Happy Blogiversary!

Oh my goodness, guys. Today, this day, it’s been exactly two years since I started blogging. Can you believe it’s been two years already?! I surely can’t! I’ve had a fabulous time blogging, talking to you guys, and participating in fun events, such as the Silmarillion Awards!

Thank you for making these two years wonderful! Your comments always brighten my day and I’m so glad I’ve come to know you all! ^_^

To celebrate, I have some exciting news…

CHARACTER CONVERSATIONS ARE BACK! 😀

I have so many more main, minor, and antagonistic characters that I’d love for you to meet, so I’m really excited to share them with you!

I’ll try to be posting every Saturday, but life tends to get in the way, so it’s not a guarantee. But I’ll try my best!

Thank you again, all you followers and commenters! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful April! ❤until-next-time-1

The Tag of Happiness

Tag of Happiness

I saw this tag quite a bit ago on Deborah’s blog, and it looked like so much fun! So, since I’m in need of a bit of happiness to beat the winter blues, I’m giving it a whirl. ❤

Guidelines:

  • Take the banner and put it in your post
  • List as many things as you want in each category
  • Come up with more categories if you wish
  • Tag as many people as you want

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Songs that Make me Happy

Pure Imagination – (Lindsey Stirling, Josh Groban, and the Muppets cover. And yes, it’s as epic as it sounds. 😀 )

Something Wild – (Andrew McMahon and Lindsey Stirling)

Prism – (Lindsey Stirling. What can I say? Lindsey makes me happy. ❤ )

Diamonds – (Hawk Nelson)

This is Not a Test – (Toby Mac)

Higher – (Unspoken)

Books that Make me Happy

Well…Let’s try to keep this short. XD

The Tale of Despereaux – (Kate DiCamillo)

Twinepathy – (C.B. Cook)

Illusionarium – (Heather Dixon)

Ella Enchanted – (Gail Carson Levine)

Paper Crowns – (Mirriam Neal)

Cress (Book #3 in The Lunar Chronicles) – (Marissa Meyer)

Jackaby – (William Ritter)

Movies that Make me Happy

A lot of these are going to be Disney/Pixar movies, because they always make me happy. 🙂

The Aristocats

Treasure Planet

Meet the Robinsons

Zootopia

The Avengers movies

Big Hero 6

The Emperor’s New Groove

The Hobbit movies

Tangled

Wreck-It Ralph

Short Films that Make me Happy (Deborah’s added category I’m stealing)

Feast – (played before Big Hero 6)

Get a Horse! – (played before Frozen)

Paperman – (played before Wreck-It Ralph)

One Man Band – (played before Cars)

Presto – (played before WALL-E)

Day and Night – (played before Toy Story 3)

Foods that Make me Happy

Tortellini Alfredo

French Fries

Strawberries

Raspberries

Apple Crisp

Milkshakes from McDonalds

Lasagna

Nachos

Cheese Curds from our County Fair every year

Anything from Chick-Fila

Words that Make me Happy

This is actually kinda tough…I’ve never thought about certain words I like. I just like all of them!

Vellichor – n. the strange wistfulness of used bookshops

Snippet – n. a small piece or brief extract

Wizard – n. a person skilled in magic

Sciamachy – n. a battle against imaginary foes; fighting your shadow (this is actually the name of one of my novel ideas)

Time – n. the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

Twist – v. form into a bent, distorted shape

Encyclopedia – n. a book on many subjects (I remember liking this word even way back when I was younger. I think I liked it because it was the hardest word that I could accurately pronounce XD )

Petrichor – n. the smell of rain (that’s also a thing that makes me happy. 🙂 )

Scents that Make me Happy

Vanilla

Bread straight from the oven

Fresh-cut grass

Sugar cookie dough

Hot apple cider

Autumn – (As in, the fresh, new smell in the air)

Cinnamon

Coffee – (I don’t like the taste though!)

Sounds that Make me Happy (category I added)

The sound of a guitar being strummed

A crackling fire

Rushing water

Classical music – (It’s so relaxing to listen to)

Leaves crunching under your boots

Laughter, knowing you’re the one who caused it

Random Things that Make me Happy

Big, cozy blankets

Inside jokes

Hay rides

Going to the movies

Good memories

Writing down a great dream you had last night

Watching bloopers

Owls

Playing and/or listening to music

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That was so much fun! It really brightened my mood. ❤ As for tags, I tag…

Winter @ Winter’s Falling Fast | Bernie @ Bernies’ Musings and Doings | Elise @ E.E. Rawls | and Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

That really got me smiling! 🙂 Do you have any things that really make you happy? Let me know down in the comments!

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2016 // A Short Review

2016

Well, golly. It’s actually 2017? *waves at time passing by at abnormal speeds*

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – I’d say this quite perfectly sums up 2016, for me at least. There were a lot of worst times, but there were also a lot of very best times. And since I try not to be a pessimist, here are the best of times this year for me. 🙂

Life ~

~ I went to two of my cousins’ weddings this year. (One of which I was a bridesmaid in!) The first wedding was in March, the day before Easter, actually. We took a long drive up to northern Minnesota and had a nice time meeting with family. My brother was one of the ushers. The second wedding was in June, (and it was super hot, let me tell you…). It was at my cousin’s parents’ barn, which is like seven miles away from us, so no long drive this time. I was a bridesmaid in this one, and I had to wear high heels for the first time…I stumbled a lot. XD But I got to wear a super cute dress, so it was okay. 🙂

~ I turned 16 in July this year! I’m not much of a…party person, so there was no ‘Sweet Sixteen Bash’ or anything. I just hung out with family and ate cake, you know? Thus far, being sixteen is no different than being fifteen. Excepted sometimes I feel obligated to get a job and pay a lot of things for myself. That doesn’t really work out though, since I still don’t have my driver’s license…

I honestly hate driving…I don’t even know why.

~ I got braces towards the end of October (which worked out good because I was partially distracted by NaNo and such). At first, I absolutely detested them. They hurt my teeth and my face and I basically wanted them off. Now. But we’ve come to a civil relationship and I hardly notice them much anymore. Plus, there’s like a million rubber band colors to choose from…O_O

Writing ~

~ I finished Rewrite during Junowrimo this year. I had already written 14,000 words from my failed attempt at Nanowrimo in 2015, so I was ahead by a bit. I still ended up with 45,000 words though, and a half finished story. It was a ton of fun to write though! ❤

~ I also wrote Erase this year during Nanowrimo, which I had much better success with (compared to last year’s attempt..). I didn’t win, but I made 45, 000 words. And the story’s far from over…like, 70,000 words from over…it’s going to be monstrous and an absolute dream to edit, I imagine.

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~ I’m working on revising and editing Imprint to get ready for publishing (maybe). I have my parents and aunt helping with things like sentence structure and wording. I have the first few chapters relatively polished, and I’ve written my very first query letter. It was…interesting, and I still don’t know if I’ve done it right, but I guess I’ll find out when I send it out. XD

Blogging ~

~ I participated in the first annual Silmarillion Awards put out by Jenelle Schmidt and D.J. Edwardson, and it was a TON of fun. 🙂 You can check this post to see who the winner was for Most Epic Hero (hosted by Aragorn). It was also my most viewed post this year on my blog. Thanks to all who commented! ^_^

~ Five most popular posts…

~ I somehow managed to reach over 80 subscribers…so, um, that’s AWESOME. 🙂 Thank you to all who read and comment on my blog. You rock! ❤

~ Also this year, I wrote 86 posts. 86 GUYS. That’s a TON for me.

Movies ~

I saw a lot of good movies this year! Some are new this year and some I just saw for the first time.

Zootopia ~ 5/5

Aww, this is possibly the best animated film I saw this year. It was just so cute and fun and HILARIOUS. XD

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Captain America: Civil War ~ 5/5

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You can read my full review here, but basically IT WAS NOT OKAY. BUT ALSO AMAZING. It’s complicated…

The Tourist ~ 4.5/5

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I really, really liked this one! It had a lot of action and wit and I DID NOT see the plot twist coming…There were a few suggestive parts and language, so I bumped it down a half star, but otherwise, totally fun!

Napolean Dynamite ~ 5/5

Guys, I think this may be the funniest movie I saw this year. IT’S JUST SO HILARIOUS. My sense of humor could be described as lethally sarcastic, which is why I found it so funny. Definitely a must-watch!

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Finding Dory ~ 5/5

I actually didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. It was no Finding Nemo, but I still loved every minute of it. It brought back maybe a bit of nostalgia, since I remembering watching Finding Nemo a lot when I was younger. 🙂

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Lord of the Rings trilogy ~ 5/5

I have to give these all five stars. I just have to. They’re SO. GOOD. I don’t really have to say much else. If you haven’t watched them, DO IT. NOW.

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Doctor Strange ~ 5/5

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You can read my full review here. But mostly all you need to know is that it was EPIC. I totally loved it. There were a few sprinkles of weird stuff here and there, but all in all, it was a GREAT movie.

Trolls ~ 4/5

This is probably the movie I liked the least this year. And it’s not that it wasn’t good or anything. It was. Though had I been younger, I think I would’ve enjoyed it more. But there was a lot of references to the 80s which was fun to see. 🙂

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School of Rock ~ 4.5/5

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This was hilarious, is all I can say. All the school kids are awesome in their own way and I really liked their relationship with Dewie. It was just a fun movie to watch.

Reading ~

So, I kinda feel like I…failed…in the reading department this year. Don’t get me wrong, all the books I read were (for the most part) SUPER GOOD. I just didn’t read very much is all.

I only read 35 books this year. That’s not too bad, but I feel I could’ve read more. A couple of favorites from this year…

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth StenglIllusionarium by Heather DixonJackaby by William   RitterPaper Crowns by Mirriam NealTwinepathy by C.B. CookThe Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

Goals for 2017 ~

Writing-wise ~

I’m really trying to focus on polishing up Imprint, but I do plan on doing either JuNo or NaNo, depending on what’s going on those months. I plan on sending out a query sometime at the beginning of January to a publishing house. I don’t know how it will go, but I’m excited to find out!

Also, I’m trying to outline a new trilogy! O_O It’s kind of weird, now that the Imprint trilogy is mostly written. (Of course, there’s still a bunch of work that needs to be done on all three books, but still.) I’m excited to start this new series.

I also got a Wattpad account and I have more than a dozen ideas for some novellas and short stories I may or may not post on there. We’ll see. 😉

Reading-wise ~

Since last year’s reading was a bit of a bust, I’m setting my a bit lower this year in hopes that I’ll be more motivated to reach it. My Goodreads challenge is set for 50 books. We’ll see if I can make it!

Blogging-wise ~

I really want to connect with more bloggers this year. I follow so many blogs, but I never really interact with the authors, so I’m going to try to comment more and make new friends. 😉

Life-wise ~

The most important thing I’m going to try and focus on this year is digging into the Word. I feel like for the most part, I’ve been neglecting God’s Word. I’m on a mission to change that and become more immersed in the Bible than I was last year.

Other, smaller things ~

~ I should probably get a job of some sort. I don’t know.

~ I need to drive more, despite my sheer dislike of it. And that’s made harder by the fact that I live in a cold, icy state, where driving is dangerous this time of year. 😛

~ I also am trying to find ways to share my musical abilities with others. I’m not much for being the center of attention, but I would love to be an accompanist or play in an orchestra maybe.

Phew…That’s a wrap! I hope you all had a wonderful 2016 and have an even better 2017! Have you made an resolutions? Goals? Chat with me in the comments below!

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Strangest Browser Searches {September Edition}

 

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Hey guys! So, this post is going to be a little different today… I was trying to come up with a blog post idea, when I got the sudden impulse to look at my search history… Oh dear… XD

Nonetheless, I thought it would be great for a laugh, and maybe even a touch of inspiration. I’ve put them into categories, Innocent, Getting Stranger, and What Even. Let me know if you like this kind of post and I might make into a monthly thing, or maybe even a tag…?

Innocent…

fantasy items in literature

Okay, so, I’m a writer and I do this kind of stuff for research. You would think there would just be a list of magical items from literature, right? Well, after a bit, I kinda just gave up hope. Apparently, Google thinks I mean Final Fantasy items… So I compiled my own list off the top of my head instead. XD

who is the girl in rogue one

A legitimate question. I had no idea what her name was until I looked it up. Do they say it in the trailer? I don’t know… *shrugs*

the old Barbie site

So maybe this one is kind of…embarrassing. But. I seriously loved that site as a kid. You could go in all the different rooms of Barbie’s house and play games. Good times. But, unfortunately, I can’t find a way to play any of the old games or look at the old site! *sniff*

candy shops with white chocolate

You would be surprised to find that there is little to no white chocolate when it comes to candy bars. This is a tragedy and must be addressed, obviously.

word for unreactive expression

This was one of those times where I was pretty sleep deprived, and therefore couldn’t think. I mean, there’s got to be a word for it… Oh yeah, impassive. *shakes head*

quince

A little-known fruit I did a report on. Nothing exciting here.

Getting Stranger…

jobs that don’t pay well

I’m a writer. Most Some of my characters are poor, and I need to know these things. Is it so wrong?

book in which if something is written it happens

Not the best wording ever, but I’m sure you’ve heard of books that if written in can make certain things happen. I wanted to know if it was a single book in and of itself or if it’s just an idea. Google doesn’t know what I’m talking about, that remains to be seen.

websites that sell futuristic tech

I have a few book ideas that take place in the future, and I was curious to see what’s already been developed and what hasn’t. The results are scary… But good writing material!

what do you dislike about infjs

I, being an INFJ, am always trying to improve on myself. And its not like I’m going to ask my real-life friends what they think of me. That’s where the internet comes in. XD Results are sparse, (which is a…good thing?) but evidently INFJs can be too harsh on themselves (which I agree with immensely, personally), which in turn upsets other people.

draw a stickman

Just, follow this link. It’s very muchly fun. 🙂

What Even

kuduo pot

So I read this book, The Grimm Legacy, by Polly Shulman, and it has something called a kuduo pot in it. It’s a pot that takes away something important to you, say, your sense of direction, in exchange for something else (from the repository in the book, usually). How cool is that? I mean, it’s not, good or fair maybe, but still…And I kinda wanted to use that idea. So I went to look up what a kuduo pot actually was…and got nothing. It was made up by the author. *applause for her* But since I’m not an idea thief…well, there goes that idea.

how to turn poptropican back into person when she is a pig

Oh my, does this ever need some explaining… XD If you’ve never heard of Poptropica, it’s a cute little online game where you can create a little person, go on quests, and play with your friends. It’s quite fun. Well, me and my siblings were playing one day, and somehow, I managed to turn my little sisters’ person into a pixelated pig. Um…oops. XD And since I had no idea how to turn her back, this search was needed.

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Um…what? Yeah, I don’t know either. I think one day I was trying to read a note my Mom had written…And I couldn’t decipher it. (Sorry Mom! XD ) But I don’t really know why looking it up would’ve helped. Because it didn’t.

abilities snakes have

This, in and of itself, is not strange. The reasoning behind it, however…is another story. XD So, a certain character in my Imprint series, may or may not become a snake-like monster at one point…*feels incredulous looks being pressed at me* Yeah…so.

…There you are. Some of my strangest browser searches this past month. What about you? As a writer, reader, or anybody, do you look up weird stuff? Please tell me I’m not alone… XD Also, do you think this could be a tag somehow? I would love any ideas you have!

Until next time! ❤

Small is Beautiful // A Celebration

Hello bloggers! Today, I just have a short post that I saw (and was featured in! Thanks Jenelle! 😉 ) over at Jenelle’s blog. I decided to get in the fun and list a few of my favorite ‘tiny’ blogs. 🙂

Rules:

  1. Feature 3-5 blogs with fewer than 100 followers.
  2. Write 1-3 paragraphs about each blog, including information like what the blog is about, a brief bio of the blogger, and/or why you recommend their blog. Don’t forget a link to their blog!
  3. Include an image for each blog, whether it’s a blog button, profile photo, header, or simply a screenshot of the blog.
  4. Thank the blogger who featured you, and include a link to their blog. If you like, you can even include them as one of the blogs that you feature (especially if they joined the tag without having been featured by someone else).
  5. Include the tag image somewhere in your post.

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Winter’s Falling Fast

Winter, as she is known as, has a quaint little blog where she writes poetry, short stories, and little life posts. She enjoys reading, books, writing, and ice cream. 🙂 I find her blog very fun and fascinating. We share many interests, including a mutual love of poetry and Marvel movies.

Bernie’s Musings and Doings

Over at Bernie’s blog, you will find whimsical writings, poetry, and the occasional tag or two. I find that me and Bernie are muchly in love with the same types of things, such as music, writing, and reading. I enjoy reading her posts, and I would definitely recommend you go check her out!

The Page Dreamer

I knew Deborah before she created her own book blog from her larger writing and life blog, (which is also fabulous and you must check it out). This wonderful little corner of the book blogosphere is full of fangirl-ish rants, reviews, and tags. Deborah is a reader that loves to write, which is made known in her fun reviews. She’s managed to add several books to my tbr-pile just by her reviews… XD

The Book Owl

Madi, though not quite as active as other bloggers, has a fabulous bookish/writerly blog that is filled with fun tags and life posts. She loves writing, reading, and most importantly, chocolate. When I see her posts in my emails, I just know it’s going to be something fun. I highly recommend her blog!

Zachary Totah

Zachary Totah

Zachary has a fun, fandom-filled blog, with famous character interviews and funny genre-themed posts. He enjoys writing, reading, playing sports, and watching movies. His posts always manage to make me happy, either in a humorous, or intriguing way. He’s also a regular contributor over at SpecFaith.

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There you be. Some of my favorite ‘small’ blogs. If you have any smaller blogs you enjoy, I highly suggest you try out this fun little celebration of lesser-known blogs!

Until next time! ❤