Double Character Interview // Julia Rose and Tunes of my Heart Blog Tour

Originally Posted on American Girl World 

I had the awesome privilege of being able to participate in not one, but two blog tours! Be sure to check out Rebekah’s new blog, Tunes of My Heart, and Light4theLord’s new blog, Julia Rose!

So, to promote both blogs, I’m doing a double character interveiw with characters from Light4theLord and Rebekah’s book! So, here it is!

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1. What are three words to describe you?
KARAH: Three words? Well.. people say I’m quiet and responsible, so I suppose those count… and my sisters say I’m a storyteller… I would say quiet, storyteller, and responsible.
DAISY: Adventurous, tomboyish, saucy. *flips hair*
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2. What is your dream job?
KARAH:  *laughs quietly* Anything that supplies enough to feed my family. I don’t have very big dreams. I’ve been disappointed too many times to try anymore.
DAISY: Hmm, I’m not sure; ambitious is not a word to describe me, and I hardly ever think about my future (I’m too preoccupied with daydreams and fancies). But really, I would love any job that involved variety, versatility, unpredictability, and adventure! Anything that’s exciting (I can’t stand boredom) and where my daring spirit would be a good fit.
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3. If you could go anywhere in the/your world, where would you go?
KARAH: Home. I don’t really like traveling, and I love my home – even if it’s small, and not very fancy, it’s where I can be me.
DAISY: Lemme think for a second. This is in the book – my best friend Karah Vedier’s house. You would think I’m kidding. I’m the daughter of one of the most powerful dukes in Ireland; I live in a manor sprawling acres and acres with several rooms all to myself and all the luxurious extravagance any twelve-year-old girl could wish for, and yet…honestly, I would rather be in Karah’s home. It’s a wee little cottage half the size of my bedroom, and truly it’s the most rundown and dilapidated place I’ve ever seen, but there’s something there that can’t be felt when I’m back at the manor. Maybe the manor is just too big and fancy for me, I guess. But Karah and her father and mother and her four little siblings just seem to be so happy. Despite how poor they are and how they don’t even know where their next meal is coming from. And for whatever reason, every time I get to go there (I got to go to her little sister Rebekah’s birthday party, guys, you can read about that when the book is released for beta reading), I’m strangely infected with their happiness as well. Yeah, all that to answer one question. (Sorry about the lengthiness of my answers. I’ve never been in a “character interview” before so all this is quite new to me).
Wow, same answer, completely different lengths!
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4. What is your favorite food?

KARAH: I haven’t tried a lot of foods. Food in general is nice to have, and even then I don’t always have it, so I just appreciate what I can get. But.. in all honesty, when I was younger, we had a few cherry trees (before the drought destroyed the orchards everywhere) and I loved them.
DAISY: Foooood! I really like the lentil/barley stew that Juliette (one of the cooks) makes all the time. Despite the fact that she puts CORIANDER in it. How dare she. XD
Can I just say YUM! But how dare you guys not mention marshmallows. *GASP* KARAH HASN’T TRIED MARSHMALLOWS!!!!! *rushes her to the marshmallow deprivation hospital*
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5. What is the most interesting thing about you?
KARAH: *smiles* I don’t find myself very interesting. I mean, if anything, I suppose my storytelling would count as interesting. Rebekah and Sarah, my little sisters, love it when we sit on the banks of the river and I weave tales for them.
DAISY: This isn’t very interesting, but I have an older sister: Coraleigh (Cora for short). AND GUYS SHE’S SO ANNOYING. (she says the same of me, but whatever). She’s super prim and proper and perfect, and always criticizing how “unladylike” I am: once she even shouted after me, “Don’t get the grass muddy!” when I was walking across the lawn. I had a good laugh over that. *SPOILER ALERT!* but at least her life got ruined in the end when Robert got stripped of his lands. *evil laugh*
AHH DAISY I FEEL YOU. Oh, and Karah, please tell me a story!!!
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6. What’s your biggest fear?
KARAH: * falls silent* I-I don’t like talking about things like that, if you don’t mind.
DAISY: I don’t have that many fears, actually. Mother says I’m fearless, and Father calls me his brave little soldier. But I do HATE getting embarassed. I’m really outspoken, so I tend to embarass myself all the time when I get mad (because I’ll put up a fight in public) or when I stand up for people.
Ummm…AWKWARD. Sorry, Karah.
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7. Who is your bestest friend in the whole wide world?
KARAH:*brightens* Daisy! She’s the only friend I’ve ever had, and she’s not like anyone else I’ve ever met. She doesn’t look down on me just because of our social statuses. And… you never know what’ll happen with Daisy around.
DAISY: Karah Vedier! She’s actually my lady’s maid, but she’s also my bestest friend in the whole wide world and I wouldn’t trade her for any other. {Karah’s the other protagonist in our story, whom Julia writes from the POV of. Rebekah’s stuck with me. *evil grin*
If only you knew who you were interviewing with, Daisy. *chuckles*
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8. What is your favorite book?
KARAH:  I don’t get to read very much, but sometimes, when Daisy is having music lessons, she lets me read her books. My favorite will always be the Bible – Daisy has a lovely illustrated copy that has all the pages (unlike the one I have at home)!
DAISY: Books?! Ewwwwww, nasty things. I don’t have a favorite. I do have a least favorite, though: ALL OF THEM. Actually, I’m finding the Bible to be quite interesting, though I don’t really believe in it *yet*.
Great choice! *GASP* DAISY HOW DARE YOU INSULT BOOKS.
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9. If you were forced to spend the rest of your life on an island and could only take three things with you, what would you pick?
KARAH: Why would I be forced to live on an island? Three things? Why only three? But, if I must: matches, water, and a knife. Survival, of course, is reliant upon those things.
DAISY: Ooh, stranded on an island? That means ADVENTURE! I’d bring…food, water, and my journal.
Uhhh…no idea why. Umm….you got kidnapped and they dumped you on an island and you only had time to grab three things?? 
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10. (Last question!) Would you be considered an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?
KARAH: Introvert, most definitely.
DAISY: I can never figure this one out. Technically, I’d classify myself as a crazy extrovert. But when I’m with super regal/fancy/aristocratic people, I don’t do that much talking (probably ’cause I’m bored out of my wits).
Interesting….very interesting…
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11. Thank you so much for letting me interview you guys! I had a lot of fun!
KARAH: You’re most welcome!
DAISY: I had a lot of fun too!
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Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check out both blogs!
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In Which My Whole World is Rocked

It’s been a crazy weekend.

I had been feeling really, really, really, tired for about a month, and my stomach had been hurting really bad that week. I had no idea what was going on, and that made me super stressed and anxious. I tried to trust in Him, but my grasp on my Faith was slippery. I needed hope. But more than anything, I just wanted to know what was going on.

On Saturday, I was feeling the worst. My throat hurt, my stomach hurt, I was drinking tons and tons of water…On top of that, I played a basketball game. (We lost btw) And had an all-apple snack. Here, let’s stuff your face with a ton of carbs(You might see where this is going…)

IMG_2247.JPGWe stopped by Smoothie King on the way home (Yay! More carbs!) and I got this huge smoothie…which, immediately when I got home, I immediately puk–WAIT HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!! T.M.I., PEOPLE, T.M.I.!!

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Since we finally had a reason to go to Urgent Care, my mom took me there immediately. Little did I know that God was already working to make everything better, in a way.

We had to wait for a long time, but eventually they called my name. I was super groggy and exhausted the whole time. My heart rate was at 144, and the nurse had a hunch to send us to the ER. I was way exhausted and we all had no idea how urgent the situation was that I wanted to go the next day, but we went to the ER.

Finally, I was taken in the ER-and God was already working a miracle. We were supposed to have a different nurse, but instead we got the head of the nurses, who was really good and immediately, right off the bat, said, “Her blood sugar is really high.”

Blood sugar? High? Immediately I was very stressed. I didn’t quite understand what that meant–but I knew it couldn’t be good.

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They proceeded to stick IVs in to my arms (ow!) and ran a few labs. Sure enough, they diagnosed me with Type 1 diabetes.

My blood sugar was over 650, wayyyyyyyy too high, and the doctor explained I was in DKA–diabetic ketone acidosis, and they took me to the ICU immediately. They hooked me up to an IV and hydrated me and gave me some insulin medicine. It was all a huge blur–all I remember is the whole time I was SO HUNGRY AND THIRSTY!

We have had so much wonderful care and support from Texas Children’s Hospital–THANK YOU!!! Also, a huge shout-out to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for the supplies, and all of the amazing and kind people who have prayed for us and brought us meals and treats over the last couple days! Ya’ll are the best! **Winks at BarkleysBlog123**

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Now I’m home from the hospital. There’s been some tears, but I know God is working in my family and that He will help me to stay strong.

So, apologies for the little hiatus–Just to let you know that posting may be slow over the next couple of weeks because I am still getting used to all of this craziness! I also have schoolwork to catch up on, a lot of appointments, etc. So, sorry if I don’t post to much for the next few weeks!

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I love you all and I pray for each and every one of my amazing followers! Ya’ll are so sweet and the support you’ve given this little blog is so amazing!!

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Book Review: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Hi there, Realmers, Marshmallows, Extraterrestrials!

My first book review in 2018! I really liked this book. I got it for Christmas from my mom. *blows kisses of eternal gratefulness to mom* I think this counts for my 2018 reading challenge, but I’m not sure, because I started it in 2017. But I only read like 4 chapters, so…

Anyways, on with the book review!

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Cover/Blurb

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Wolf Hollow comes a moving story of identity and belonging.

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Vivid and heart wrenching, Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Seais a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

Cover: Guys, the cover is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!!! Let’s just take a moment to APPRECIATE THIS AWESOME MARSHMALLOW OF A COVER. The sunset is enchanting, especially with the sea reflecting it. The sunset (or sunrise, depending how you look at it) fades in to a gorgeous ombre night sky. The sun and the skiff silhouette in it’s center add the perfect touch, bringing the whole cover together. And don’t forget the feather in the reflection of the sea, which looked odd to me at first, but actually played a big part in the story.

Blurb: The blurb does a great job of summarizing the book in a spoiler-free way, (I can’t stand when books have spoilers in the blurbs) (trust me it’s happened before) but, it was a bit too good at summarizing the book to where my expectations were very high and when I went to read the book I was slightly disappointed.

4 Star Rating

It would have been a perfect 5 if the blurb didn’t make me a bit disappointed. 😦

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Characters (Warning: Some Spoilers!! Read at your own risk!!)

Crow was a great, well thought-out character. I didn’t really see her arc very clearly, though. Her need to find her family was intriguing, her thoughts were provoking, and she was truly unique. I would have liked more description of her appearance as to be able to picture her better, but the plot-necessary details, like her age and the birthmark on her cheek, were mentioned very early in the story. Overall, Crow is a wonderful man character for this book.

Osh was one of my favorite characters, but his backstory was foggy. At the beginning of the book he seemed mysterious, but at the end you were just waiting for the big reveal, who he really was, what his backstory was, but…(spoiler)that never came.(end) (If you want to read the spoiler, copy and paste it in to a word program or you blog editor and change the color to black.) That was really disapointing because I was expecting a whole lot more from this character.

Miss Maggie was a fun character that didn’t play too big of a role in the story but I couldn’t imagine this book without her. She was full of wit, grit, and gut, a great role model for anyone, anywhere.

Nurse Evelyn Morgan was a great character that wasn’t actually “there” on the book but was mentioned many times in the story and was a HUGE part of the plot.

(I’m not sharing my thoughts on the antagonist because the antagonist’s name (and possibly gender) is a spoiler!!)

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The characters were very well thought out but I was expecting so much more. Half of this review could have been 5 stars if!! I!! wasn’t!! disapointed!! Plus, I wouldn’t have been half as disappointed if the characters made you expect less. I MEAN COME ON EVERY BOOK HAS THE BIG REVEAL WHY CAN’T IT BE TO THE ONE I (very cleverly, I might add) FIGURED OUT AND THEN IT TURNED OUT TO BE spoiler SOME RANDOM OTHER PERSON!!! end(Again, if you’ve read this book, just highlight the white text.)

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Format

The format of this book was the standard chapter book format. I think there was about 42 chapters, each chapter being about 7 pages long, which I think is a good length for this type of novel. The graphics on the chapters were nice, and the brush-font of the first letter in the chapter was cliché but cute. I would have liked to see more creativity with this book’s format, or maybe multiple POVs at least…

4 Star Rating

The format was average. Pretty good, but could have been better.

Overall

I really liked this book, how I got to learn about the Elisabeths and Cuttyhunk and Penikese and the rich history those islands have. I was intrigued by the daring feats Crow performed, seemingly in the antagonist’s grasp, but then she pulls away. The characters were admirable, funny, and well-thought out. However, the well-done blurb (and I don’t mean it was done well!) set high expectations and made this book a slight disapointment. Even though this book isn’t a perfect 5/5, I still recommend reading this book because it is a good balance between an intriguing and relaxing read. And, you may want to read it to see what you think of it!

4 Star Rating

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AAWC Challenge 2: Dancing in Starlight

Hello there, Realmers, marshmallows, extraterrestrials!

Sorry that I wasn’t able to get an entry up last challange! I started it, but the I forgot to finish it and post it by the deadline. :,( Well, I’m on Team Forest!

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(All prompts will be in bold.)

Artwork:

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Prompts used: 2

Times team name used: 1

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“Star bright, star light, the first star I see tonight…” I sing softly to the stars in the night sky, hoping with all my might my wish would come true–that I would find a family.

“I wish I may, I wish I might–”

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“TIANA! What are you doing up past lights out?” Rebecca Findley, the caretaker of my group home, scolds me. I jump out of my chair and stare at her, wide-eyed.

I shake with fear. My heartbeat goes from an excited flutter to jackhammer mode, banging against the inside of my chest as it climbs up my throat. “S-s-sorry,” I stutter. I fold and unfold my clammy hands, crossing them against my chest and hen letting them lay to the side, too scared and nervous to stand still.

“You can’t go to the field trip tomorrow, Tiana. You know better than to stay up late. It’s against the rules here and you know that full well.”

“I understand, Mrs. Findley.” I hang my head low, not wanting her to see the shame in my face.

Rebecca replies with a “Hmph!” and switches off the lights. I climb in to bed.

I flip the sequins on my mermaid pillow from teal to grey, teal to grey, teal to grey anxiously.

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I had to go to the field trip tomorrow–It was at NASA, my dream workplace. I had always wanted to go there, and now I blew my chance. I sigh and roll over. It takes me awhile to fall asleep, but by 10:00 PM, I’m out cold.

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Beep beep. Beep beep. Beep beep.

My alarm clock rings shrilly. I slap the snooze button and roll over, groaning. My groggy brain takes a while to process that I need to wake up.

When I finally do wake up after those precious 10 minutes of silent snooze-button-ing, I pull on my favorite pineapple shirt and skinny jeans. A burst of excitement races through me. I’m going to NASA!

Then I remember what happened last night. A flood of disappointment washes over me. I deflate like a popped balloon dejectedly.

I sigh, gazing at the sleeping figure of my roommate, the group home’s infamous troublemaker named Lane. We are like night and day–she’s brave and aggressive, and I’m shy and timid. Wait–sleeping figure? She’s not at the NASA trip!

I creep towards her silently, afraid of waking up my devious roommate. I gulp down a deep breath of air and swallow the lump in my throat.

I pounce, like a lion, on to Lane’s bed. “Wake up!” I’m too scared to speak in more than a whisper-shout, but Lane wakes up.

Her face is red and angry, her hands clenched. She sees that its just me and calms down little bit. “Whatever you’re waking me up for, it’s got to be good.”

“Why aren’t you at the NASA trip?” I ask her. “Everyone was supposed to leave by 6:30. It’s 7:45 right now.”

“Same reason as you,” she replies, a hint of annoyance in her voice. “I got in trouble, and I can’t go to the field trip.”

“I know a way to get to the field trip.”

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“Are you sure this was a good idea?” I ask.

“It was your idea in the first place.” Lane replies with a roll of her eyes. We’re in Mrs. Cranfield’s bedroom–the strict owner of the group home. Rumor has it that the tiny Mrs. C has a safe hidden in her closet–a safe filled with our records…and bus tickets to field trips.

We open her door slowly. To  my dismay, Mrs. Cranfield’s closet is ginormous. The ceiling to the floor is covered in racks and racks of clothing, with the occasional shelf here and there. “I can’t believe she’s hogging all these clothes to herself,” I complain. “We only get two outfits for each day of the week.”

“Shhhh,” Lane hisses. “Rebecca could still be here. She stays here for all of the detentions.”

“I’m sure Rebecca went to the NASA trip. She wouldn’t want to miss out on that.”

“Neither do I,” Lane shoots back. “So help me find this safe!”

We search for a long time. Finally, I find a perfectly squared crack in the mirror.

I try to pry it open with my fingers, but the computer-in-disguise-as-a-mirror flashes a message on to the screen in bright red letters: ERROR DETECTED.

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“Lane, I think I found it!” I call to her excitedly. She rushes over.

I watch her for a moment, studying how she types in codes in to the keypad and cleverly comes up with potential passwords.

“Oh my, this would look so cute on you!”

“Be quiet! I’m trying to crack this safe.”

With a beep, the screen flashes ‘PASSWORD ACCEPTED‘ in bold green words.

“YES!” Lane and I cry in unison, high-giving each other in celebration. Then we cover or mouths at the realization that we’re making noise, giggling.

With a hiss and a slide, the high-tech safe slides open. Stacks of papers ranging from adoption records to forest sightseeing brochures are what I see when Lane and I peer inside of it.

I pull out a NASA brochure and an envelope marked ‘BUS TICKETS’. I can’t believe my luck!

I flip open the brochure, mesmerized. A factiod inside reads: The nearest star is 4.37 light years away from Earth. Which is why most wishes take at least 9 years to come true.

The nearest star is 4.37 light years away from Earth. Which is why most wishes take at least 9 years to come true.

Memories flash through my mind.

All of those years of wishing on stars.

Last night.

“I wish I may, I wish I might…”

I had been swishing on stars since I was 5.

I’m fourteen.

“Earth to Tiana?” Lane waves a hand in front of my face.

“Sorry,” I reply.

The door bursts open.

“What do you think you’re doing?”

~To be continued~

New Story Series??

Hi there, Relamers, marshmallows, extraterrestrials!

(I hurt my right wrist so this post may be a little choppy)

So, I have some good news, and some bad news.

Let’s do the bad news first. (If you’re the kind of person who likes good news first, then simply scroll down.)

The Bad News

The Strike Rebels is going on hiatus. *cue gasps* And it may never return! *cue more gasps* I didn’t really enjoy writing that story, plus the plot I had in mind was cliché and wasn’t very good. Plus, it wasn’t very popular, so…yeah, those are 4 very bad reasons. But read on, my dear optimists! Because next is the good news!

The Good News

I’m starting a new story series in it’s place! I had an awesome plot bunny that I thought would be cool to use as a story series! Are you ready to see what it is?

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Everyone has their own star. They just need to find it.

Loren is a bullied twelve-year-old who struggles with schoolwork and paying attention in class. During those long hours at school, she daydreams of wishing on a star that actually comes true. One night, a chance happening has her wishing on the star that she was born from–the very roots of her soul trace back to her Wishing Star. She has to complete a series of crazy tasks before her wish can come true–and Loren is up for the challenge.

I’m so excited for this series! I’m especially excited to write Loren’s character! Chapter 1 will be up soon. Possibly tomorrow!

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My 2018 Goals (ft. a very cute llama)

Hello, Realmers, Marshmallows, and Extraterrestrials!

Wow.

First of all, I have to say that I’m very sorry for not posting for the entire month of December. I was so busy with Christmas specials and things on my other blog, American Girl World, that I didn’t have time to post on here. I feel like I failed you marshmallows.

Blah blah blah, just on with the post. XD So, okay I’m going to be sharing with you my goals for 2018! That I will probably not accomplish And, some thing that I accomplished in 2017!

What are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

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2017 Accomplishments

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1. I started this blog!

On May 14, 2017, I posted A First Impression! I decided to start a writing/book blog because I wanted to post about my writings on a blog. I decided I couldn’t post those kinds of posts on my AG blog, so I decided to create this one!

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2. A family in Africa now has a llama!

For one of my Christmas presents, I decided to donate a llama to heifer.org! No, you’re not actually donating a physical llama. You’re actually paying for the animal, which they send to families in poor countries like Hati or Bolivia. You can give all these types of animals, foods, care packages, and more. Heifer is a really great project and I hope that I can donate to them again! I chose to donate a llama ($20 for a share of a llama, $150 for an entire llama) because my BFF loves llamas.

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3. I got all A’s this semester!

I feel like i’m bragging  Somehow, I managed to get all A’s! And I got an A+ on my worst subject, Math *shudders* so I am pretty proud of myself! Although I did get just an A on Science because I turned n something late, but I think that’s still pretty goo! (Just to let you know, I am NOT bragging!) (Actually nevuhmind I am)

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4. I went to summer camp for the first time!

For the first time ever, I went to summer camp! I had a blast. I went to a summer camp in New Braunfels, TX, with two of my BFFs. We stayed in a cabin, had fun theme nights, made lots of friends, had pool parties, but my favorite part was every night when we would sing the camp theme song and listen to a devotional! I scored the top bunk, too, which made it all the better. 😉

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5. I read a TON of books

I read a ton of books this year! Some of my favorites include Amazing Acts of Courage, Paper & Fire by Rachel Ciane, and The Wednesday Wars!

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2018 Goals/Resolutions

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1. Read 100 Books

I decided that I’m going to challenge myself to read 100 books in one year! I’m super excited for this!

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2. Read my Bible every day

I’m going to start reading my Bible every single day in 2018. I’m going to hopefully do a reading plan. I’m very excited for this!

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3. Post more frequently

I really need to focus more on this blog. I post a lot on my other blog, but I feel like this blog needs more attention. Also, I want to post more devotional posts like this one.

 

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4. Drink more water

I really need to start drinking more water. I’m going to start drinking one+ bottle(s) of water every day, and carry one with me wherever I go.

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5. Stretch more

I really need to start stretching more. I’m going to check myself every week to see if i have my splits. I used to be able to do it, but then I stopped stretching as much, so now I need to get it back again.

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Aaaaand that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my goals and accomplishments! Come back soon!

 

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The Aftermath of NaNoWriMo… ((explained in fabulous gifs))

I have returned, Realmers, Marshmallows, and extraterrestrials!

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So somehow, I managed to…

Win NaNoWriMo?

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Once upon a time, at 8:14 PM on Thursday, November 30, EmeraldPhoenix wrote 20,000 words. She screamed her head off and did a happy dance that looked all to similar to this:

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She marched around the house and danced with her dog as siblings and parents looked at her like she was crazy.

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She then begged her mom to buy her a NaNoWriMo shirt, which the mom decided to tell her “Maybe”, which translates to hopefullyyouwillforgetabooutthisandiwonthave towastesixteenbucksonatshirtthatsayssuperpowerednoveling in mom speech.

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So since it is very creepy that she is talking in third person, Emmie will stop now. XD

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BUT MARSHMALLOWS–I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I was going to do a play-by-play of my daily word counts, but they ended up all being the same: I wrote this many words. I’m tired an’ I want marshmallows NOWWW XDDDD

Now for the great debate: am I a plotter or a pantser?

Remember this post?

For all you plotters, like me, October is spent laboring planning your novel. I’m a pure plotter. I love having my story all laid out for me and all organized ahead of time, so when I plunge in to November and lose my mind, I can still be organized and beat writers’ block real easily so yeah. 

 

Me now: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA yeah right. pure plotter? HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA heh. heh. hehe. ok. i’ll stop now.

SRSLY i sound so confident. But as I wrote my second novel, I got a…plot idea?

And I LOVED the plot idea, ok? And it also changed the course of my whole entire novel, so i pretty much threw caution my outline to the wind and wrote my novel un-outlined. It may have been the fact that I (a used 180000 different outlines (b like my last novel, I got confused with my different plots (c I JUST COULD NOT figure out how to write character arcs ugghhhh

So am I a plotter or a pantser? I’ll have to wait and see. When I do Camp in April, I’ll probably outline a whole lot more. Hopefully.

So when can we read this?

I hit 20k, but I’m actually still in the…wait for it…intro! 😮 this cray cray. I’ll go ahead and repeat the gif from above:

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So I’ll lazily write a few chapters this December, but in Jan-Feb I hope to do some full-fledged novel writing. EEEEP I’M SUPER PSYCHED!

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Bye for now!

Also, before I go, does anyone have any suggestions for a Christmas special for this blog? Thanks!

Most Writerly,

Ice Cream Party

i’m randomly appearing out of nowhere to do the double scoops contest…

Hello, Realmers, Marshmallows, and/or Extraterrestrials!

Yes, I am randomly posting in the middle of a hiatus. A few updates, before we begin:

NaNoWriMo is going great! I’m at 43% of my goal and I really love the story I’m writing. I’m having so much fun! I miss blogging on here and AGW, but it’s been nice not to worry about getting that post up or finishing that book I need to review….

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me enjoying hassle free life^
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me missing blogging^

Ok, here’s for the actual entry part!

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why is the image so small idk

The prompt:

Pounding feet echoed. Eerie screams. Creaking doors. Then, suddenly, darkness.

My photo: IMG_1697.jpg

Pounding feet echoed. Eerie screams. Creaking doors. Then, suddenly, darkness.

I kept running. I heard a noise behind me. I turned my head around to see what it is, but the blackness prevented me from seeing anything.

I felt a sack being thrust on to my head. I couldn’t believe I had let down my guard like that. But it was too late now.

“Let me out!” I tried to shriek, but the darkness seemed to swallow me whole, muting me. A tear slid down my cheek. If only I hadn’t pushed her, then I wouldn’t–then she wouldn’t–

I brushed the thought away. Weariness took over me and I fell fast asleep in seconds.

I woke up in a strange room. There was testing tubes everywhere. Immediately, I knew I’m in his lab. I tries to sit up, but my arms were tied down with something. I couldn’t tell, what it was, but I knew it was something strong.

The Man came over. “What is your name? It’s not The Man,” I asked him.

“I’m afraid I can’t tell you that,” he smiled cockily. I wince as he hits me.

“Why?” I asked, an idea popping in to my head.

Suddenly, I didn’t care about what The Man’s name was.

~TO BE CONTINUED~

NaNo Is Upon Us… + My Novel Idea! + AN ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello, Realmers, Marshmallows, and Extraterrestrials!

WOW, it feels like I haven’t posted in FOREVER! i’m really sorry. Buuuut….

IT’S OCTOBER.giphy

It totally snuck up on us. Like, whaaaat? It was just Summertime and we were having a ball posting every day and lazing around and watching Liv and Maddie marathons. But, Time had to betray us and now it’s October. Which, for most people, means Oktoberfest and Aggie games and Halloween costumes, but for us authors, it’s the dreaded…

brainstorming.

UGGGHHH. My brain does not appreciate storms. Instead of raging hurricanes of ideas, all I get is a little drizzle with like 2 plot bunnies. But, after some serious meteorologist training and weather machine-inventing, I finally, maybe, have an idea for NaNo!

But, what’s NaNo?

NaNoWriMo, or NaNo, is a super fun, super crazy, and super insane challenge to write a novel…in one month! Click here for the under 13 site and here for the adult site! NaNoWriMo occurs every November, which means October is filled with either…

1. Sleeping & Other Normalness and Survival Skills

If you’re a pantser, October is for catching up on sleep and not thinking a wink about NaNo! However, you’re in for more pain in the long run…there’s this thing called editing.(aka absolute horribleness)

Pansting works for some people, but definitely not me. I had a plot for my last novel but then I got 999,999,999,999,999,999 other ideas and then it turned in to a complete mess. But, other marshmallows feel that outlining restricts their creativity, and that’s completely ok!

2. Planning…

For all you plotters, like me, October is spent laboring planning your novel. I’m a pure plotter. I love having my story all laid out for me and all organized ahead of time, so when I plunge in to November and lose my mind, I can still be organized and beat writers’ block real easily so yeah. It’s like, building the skeleton for your novel, and then when it’s time for NaNo, you can add in the flesh, eyes, hair, and maybe dress it up a little bit.

How does planning work?

It’s extremely simple, dear marshmallow.

Usually, what I do, is I write the names of my chapters and who’s POV each on is in. So:

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Then, I’ll take the chapters and write short summaries about what needs to happen in them, characters involved, important or detail, etc.

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Then, I’ll map out each scene with the same process. It’s A LOT of work, but t’s all worth it in the end!

Aaaannnndddd now…………

My Novel Idea!

img_1439Please do NOT copy this idea! That would be plagiarism, which is VERY, VERY, WRONG! I spent a lot of time on this and I am planning on publishing it, so PLEASE don’t copy!

Here’s the cover! (Don’t worry, it’s temporary 🙂 )

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I made it using Canva!

*All of the images used in the cover are royalty-free and most are from Google images.

So basically, it’s about this girl (Aspen) who’s brother died, and she’s gone slightly insane. She’s a little paranoid and believes that the stars are dead people and she “visits” Aaron’s star when she stargazes. Then, she finds out she got accepted to a school to help her become a Huntress (like her brother, who was training to be a Hunter) and then she finds out her arm leader might have a secret that could lead to the truth of her brother’s murder. And then there’s this whole other POV of a young Alchemist who is seeking a job as a professor at Huntrex Academy…and then there’s this whole Love Interest thing who ends up being the villian or something. I’ll just show you the blurb:

I’ll be back next summer.

Those are the words that Aspen’s brother  always whispers in to 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 Brooke 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 Brooke’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. Can they figure it out before it’s to late? And more importantly, can Aspen become herself again?

Meanwhile, a young Alchemist seeking a job as the Alchemy professor at Huntrex has his own problems. He’s almost broke and in desperate need of money. But when accused of being connected to a tragedy, he might have to leave Huntrex…

So there you have it, folks! It’s actually the same novel you guys helped me pick a cover for, but I didn’t feel like any of them really fit the fantasy theme, so I made a new mock one.

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Today is also National Day on Writing!

Why do you write? YWP NaNoWriMo shared the hashtag #WhyIWrite! Learn more at http://whyiwrite.us.

I write because I can express my feelings and pour out a message in words. I can create any story I want. I can make a time machine. I can fly. I can do anything, create anything, when I write. I can share God’s amazing and powerful love for us through my words, my stories. #WhyIWrite

Why do YOU write? Comment below or post with the hashtag #WhyIWrite!

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An Announcement

BECAUSE OF NANOWRIMO, I will be going on a hiatus for November. I know I just got back, but 20k is a lot for me! I really want to focus on my novel and not procrastinate like I did in August.

I’ll be back in December! Expect a Halloween story coming soon!

Most Writerly,

Ice Cream Party

 

TDSWP Day 2!

Here’s my entry! I’m on team strawberry.

The Prompt!

1. It stopped. Just like that. She stared at it. What had happened? What had gone wrong?

Here’s my photo:

Elisa held the watch in her hand. It stopped. Just like that. She stared at it. What had happened? What had gone wrong?

Elisa sighed and put the watch on the desk. I’ll never be able to make it work.

She threw the little thing down in disgust, cracking the rhinestones that had taken ever so long to carve and then place in the metal. Stomping out of the room, she took one last look at it. I hate you, she thought, burning with anger. I spent months making you and you don’t even work.

She ran out of the dim workshop as fast as her legs could carry her. She slammed the door behind her and flew down the hallways. The only sound was her feet pounding against the floor and her panting lungs gasping for air. That was weird—the engineering academy was always buzzing with activity. The campus was empty too, she saw, sprinting down the stairs. It seemed they had put a new statue in the Great Lawn—it was of a young couple, sitting on a bench, gazing in to each other’s eyes. It was creepy. Elisa kept on running.

After she had gotten off of campus, the hustle and bustle of the street was gone. She noticed a lot of new statues.

But when she came home to her dad, frozen, in the middle of drinking some coffee, Elisa finally figured out.

The watch wasn’t broken.

Time had stopped.