the get to know you tag | writer’s edition + important announcement

Hey marshmallows!

It’s been awhile.

I’m not sure if I’m going to be posting actively on this blog anymore. Of course, I’ll still be posting on my two blogs, Standing Firm in My Faith &American Girl World, but expect to only see a post every month or so. I love posting on here, and it’s been such an amazing tool to help me grow as a writer, but I’d rather focus on my actual writing and my other blogs.

Well, anyways, here’s the main part of the post: The Get to Know You Tag!


Rules:
Link back to the person who created the tag: Savannah
Thank the person that tagged you: Thanks, Jo!
Share the tag graphic below: 

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Tag 11 other bloggers

Let’s get started!

appearances…

Names: I don’t share my real name openly on the internet, but my username is EmeraldPhoenix or Emmie for short.

Nicknames: Emmie

Hair Color and Length: I’ve got shoulder-length blonde hair with side bangs and brown lowlights.

Eye Color: A green-brown hazel.

Braces/Piercings/Tattoos: I have a sparkly blue retainer and pierced ears, no tattoos (thankfully)

Righty or Lefty: Righty all the way, but I wish I was ambidextrous (both righty and lefty).

Ethnicity: I’m mostly white American, with some German and Polish roots.

First…
Novel Written: A fantasy called On the Wrong Side of the Bed.  It was… interesting.

Novel Completed: OWSB was also my first ‘novel’ to complete (it was more of a short story, because it was only 16,000 words)

Award for Writing: None yet!

Publication: I had one of my poems published in Highlights Magazine.

Conference: I’ve never been to one, but I really want to!

Query/Pitch: No

favorite…

Novel (That You Wrote): Definitely The Huntress, I really like the characters!

Genre: To write? Probably fantasy. To read, I would say contemporary MG.

Authors: That’s a hard one! I like Rachel Ciane and James Patterson.

Writing Music: Instrumental electronic music from YouTube is probably my favorite.

Time to Write: Just before dinner.

Writing Snack/Drink: I don’t usually eat when I’m writing.

Movie: 100000000% The Greatest Showman. Hands down favorite movie ever.

Writing Memory: Reaching my Camp NaNo goal last July. That felt amazing!

currently…

Reading: Re-reading Wishtree, the Bible

Writing: A super-secret AGSM script, The Huntress, short story for Kaylyn’s magazine

Listening to: The football game playing on TV, thunder

 

future…

Want to be published: YES! Getting published is my dream goal, but it feels so far away into the future, it’s hard to believe it might actually happen someday.

Indie or Traditional: My ultimate goal is to get traditionally published, but I’ll probably start indie for practice.

Wildest goal: Visit all 50 states, get published, meet all of my blogging friends

nominees…

Anyone who can relate to any of these answers!

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Somehow, I’m A Published Author??

Hey marshmallows! Sorry I haven’t posted on here in a while! I’ve just been so busy working on the big surprise on my other blog!

Well, anyways, on to the purpose of this post! My work was published in a magazine!

Disclaimer: I’m not bragging or anything, but I’m just really excited! A poem I wrote when I was nine is in the June/July issue of Highlights® magazine! My mom opened an envelope and exclaimed, “*Insert real name here*! Come quick!”

At first, I thought that I was in trouble, so I nervously made my way to the kitchen. She showed me a piece of paper that read:

Read all about it! Your child has been featured in Highlights® magazine! We’d like to share the good news broadly, but only with your permission. *insert boring consent form of being on the website and possibly on local news (!) *

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Proof! ^

Two issues were sent along with the letter, and I immediately scanned the magazine for my poem. There it was, on the Your Own Pages section, a poem that I had written and sent into Highlights® when I was nine years old!

I did a happy dance and literally screamed up and down “I’m a published author!” And then my mom made me go let the dog outside and life returned to normal. XD

I hope you enjoyed this little article about my first published work! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

JK! Just when you thought it was over…XD I made a little poll of what I should post next! Be sure to take it – it literally takes five seconds! You might need to go to The Website in order for it to show up.

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5 things you DON’T want to say to a bookworm or writer (unless you have a death wish)

Hello, there, everyone!

Marshmallows anyone?

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Your reply ^

Anyways, today I’ll be showing you 5 things you DO NOT want to say to a bookworm/writer unless you have a death wish. So take this as a warning, all you non-bookworms who I’m assuming are brainless people who hate all things bookish and are the true evil of this world and my assumption is correct. The writing ones are in blue, the  reading ones in black.


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my reaction when a my character dies

1. “Stop crying. It’s just a book.”

Ok, first of all, NO IT’S NOT JUST A BOOK. It’s my soulmate. It’s my baby. And I shall devour it and stroke it and mourn over it until I die and can join my favorite character in Heaven. And I’m crying because MY FAVORITE CHARACTER JUST DIED SHOW SOME RESPECT YOU ARE NOT INVITED TO THE FUNERAL I MISS HIM/HER SO MUCH *grabs book*  The thing yo making fun of? It’s also a weapon.*hits non-bookworm in the face with the book* *Walks away*


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My reaction to #2

2. “Just watch the movie.”

nOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo. The movie is just NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK, OK??? Have you SEEN the Wrinkle in Time movie? Really good AT FIRST but then THE DAD JUST LEAVES AT THE END? They go all the way to save him and then HE JUST LEAVES. It just doesn’t do the book justice.

 


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Too true.

3.“Time for bed.”

*growls* I am in the CIMAX HERE and I am on a ROLL and my fingers are typing as fast as I can and and NO I CANNOT GO TO BED!!!!!!!!!! *hits person who said that with laptop*

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4. Whatcha doin’?

GET OUT OF MY LAPTOP. IT’S MY MONEYMAKER. AND GET OUT OF MY FACE, IT’S ALSO MY MONEYMAKER.


 

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My reaction to #5

5. “NERD!


What. HOW DARE YOU. *tattletales* MO-OM/PRINCIPAL/PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MR. HATER BULLIED ME! Possible responses: Deal with it/I’ll call their parents/what the heck is happening I’m the president leave me alone

*HITS HATER WITH BOOK A MILLION TIMES* *AND AGAIN* AND THROW IN A LAPTOP FOR GOOD MEASURE* *AND A BRICK*

There.

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So, those were um….Interesting? OK, they were all over the place! Hopefully you enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe down below!

 

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// everything you need to know about plot bunnies and more//

Hello, lovelies! Today I have a post about plot bunnies and how to care for them! Wel,, let’s get started, shall we?


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What is a plot bunny?

Plot bunnies are those little sparks of imagination you get when brainstorming for a book. They come in a wide range of breeds, sizes, and fluffiness. (yes plots can be fluffy its a metaphor okay) Not to be confused with rabbits or bunnies, which are live animals that are very cute and obsessed with carrots.


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What do you feed a plot bunny?

It depends on the size; a small plot bunny should be fed around 700 words per day, whilst a larger one might require 2k words or even 5k words every day.


 

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What should I name my plot bunny?

You can name it whatever you want, as long as you stick to the rules. Those rules are:

  • Start each word with a capital letter, except the articles. (e.x. I Flew on a Plane Tomorrow) wait, that’s actually a cool title. like the main character can see the future or something. hold on while I sign the plot bunny adoption papers
  • An exception to the above rule: If the article is at the beginning of the title, you can start it with a capital letter. (e.x. The Huntress ((my book title!)) )

And those are the only rules! They’re basically just grammatical rules, so you have a lot of room to be creative. Some tips:

  • For a contemporary: name it one word (like Drama or Starfish)
  • For an IM-themed book: name it like a text (like L8r, G8r or TTFN)
  • For a modern twist on any book: name it after the main character (Like Old Yeller or Harry Potter)

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What are some of the different breeds?

There are TONS of different breeds out there! A few of them include:

  • Science fiction
  • Satire
  • Drama
  • Action and Adventure
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Self-help
  • Health
  • Guide
  • Travel
  • Children’s
  • Religion, Spirituality & New Age
  • Science
  • History
  • Math
  • Anthology
  • Poetry
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Comics
  • Art
  • Cookbooks
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Prayer books
  • Series
  • Trilogy
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Fantasy

Sourced from: http://reference.yourdictionary.com/books-literature/different-types-of-books.html

Pick which one that you think suits you and your writing style. It is harder to keep and take care of a plot bunny that you don’t like. Which leads us to our next topic…


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How do I take care of a plot bunny?

There are many methods, but this is the one I recommend. Nourish it every day, feed it according to the guide above and take it for Word Sprints once or twice a week for some exercise. Be creative and dress it up a little. Make sure to pay attention to it and don’t neglect it. But don’t let it stress you out. Which leads to our last topic…


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I am hating and getting bored of my plot bunny, what do I do?

This is a red flag. Immediately take a break from it, adopt a different one and send yours to someone else to look after, or just not have a pet plot bunny for a bit. If you find that you love that other plot bunny even more, than it may be time to give up your other plot bunny. Immediately hand it over to someone who can take care of it and love it. For example, I put my plot bunny The Huntress Book 1: The Fallen aside and then went back to it. I also gave my other one, Mistery, up.


And that, my friends, is everything you need to know and more about plot bunnies. Good luck on taking care of them! If you want to meet some of my plot bunnies, click this link. See you next week!


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alpha readers wanted // please read!

Hey guys! So, as you may have seen from the title, I’m enlisting Alpha readers for my book!

What book, you ask? Well, I’m re-writing my 2017 NaNo novel and polishing it up, changing up the plot, and re-imagining the characters! I’m going to go ahead and get started with a quick FAQ and then I’ll explain a little more.


So, what is the book about?

“I’ll be back next summer.”

Those are the words that Aspen’s brother always whispers into her ear before he leaves to go back to the Huntrex Academy, where he is learning to become a Hunter and join the Hunt.

But one year, he can’t keep that promise.

The dramatic turn of events leaves Aspen with nothing but a scar on her cheek, a letter in her hand, and a broken heart. The stars are her only escape from reality.

Five years later, it is Aspen’s turn to attend Huntrex. There she and her new friends discover that their dorm leader has a secret that could lead to the truth about her brother’s death and the series of deaths throughout the students. Can they figure it out before it’s too late? And more importantly, can Aspen become herself again?

 

Is it age-appropriate?

I would recommend it to anyone who loves epic fantasy novels and is over age 10. (If you are younger than that, you might want to get an adult’s ok before you sign up.) There are some minor violence and romance, but all of the love stuff is just crushes, no kissing or serious romance. It is a Christian novel. If you or your parent have any questions, please visit the Contact form or comment down below.

How does it work?

I will email you a document with one chapter every few weeks. You will reply with your critiques and edits. PLEASE keep in mind that this is an unedited first draft!

How do I sign up?

Just fill out the contact form below!

Is this bad timing?

Yes, because everyone is doing Camp right now and has no time for Alpha reading.


That’s it for the FAQ; if you have any questions, please visit the Contact form or leave a comment below!



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#How Are You? Get Involved!

Check out this really great post by Gracie!! Join the #howareyou project!!

A Light In The Darkness

How are you? 

Simple question, right? One you’ll hear pretty much everyday, probably several times. I’m sure you’ll have your automatic answer all lined up.  Something along the lines of ‘Fine, thanks’ or ‘I’m okay’ or ‘Good’ or whatever. You say it without even thinking.

What happens if you do think about it though? What happens if you pause before you answer and ask yourself how you really are? Would your answer be different?

So I’m asking you – how are you? 

Be creative, be thoughtful, but most importantly, be honest.

Now, if you think this is great, please get involved by either sharing this post or writing your own, spread this around the blogosphere, encourage people to be open and honest, show people how to care about each other! We can do this, guys!

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My Short Story for YWP NaNoWriMo’s Short Story Contest!

does anyone here know how HARD it is to fit a whole bunch o’ ideas in to 300 words?

hint: it’s no unless you’ve done this contesthey, at least it wasn’t write 300 words in a month! actually that would be quite easy and quite hard at the same time because I wrote this in one day 

So, as you can see, NaNo is having a short story contest! (sorry, if you’re over 17, YOU CAN”T ENTER MWAHAHAHA) Here’s the linkedy-linkedy…

And, I thought I would show you guys my story! It’s EXACTLY 300 words hahaha. Well, enough with my stalling, here it is!   It’s just an excerpt, it’s not the whole thing.

The world around me is a blur. Nothing matters anymore.

Everything is upside-down.

One out of hundreds of tears that will follow streams down my cheek, leaving my face blotchy and red. A puddle is forming under my feet–although I can’t tell if it’s from the pouring rain, or my pouring tears.

I shiver in the cold wetness of the atmosphere, wishing very somberly for nothing but a warm cup of hot cocoa.

Even the sky is despaired.

I close my eyes.

And wish.

That everything could be okay again.

I sit down on one of the public benches in my current whereabouts and stare at the grey, gloomy horizon. I hear a clap of thunder and know I should duck inside one of the many shops around me for safety, but I don’t. I stay put, my eyes fixed on the cloudy black sky.

But my mind is elsewhere.

i don’t hear the thunder or see the flashes of lightning–instead, I hear the screech for the brakes. The honking horns surrounding us. The crash of the impact. I see the police. I see my brother just barely holding on to his life.

I hear something else, too.

The news that I would never see my brother again.

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//poetry roundup #1//

Hey guys! This is my first official post on WA! *Squeals* So, today I thought that I would show you some of my poems! A few of them were for Enni’s Poetry Contest (Which I won, btw *hair flip* XD) and a couple others were just spontaneous poems I decided to write! Here we go! (No, I’m not bullied, although some of the poems make it sound like it XD It’s pretty much just an exaggeration of the kids that stare at me sometimes at school.)

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