The Simple Things Tag

If there was anyone who I would call the Sun-Drenched Writer, it would definitely be my wonderful cousin Camille who loves sunflowers, plants, the color yellow, and just about anything bright or cheery. She also has created what is now I favorite tag ever. (And I get the bragging rights to be tagged first muhahaha)

The rules are fairly simple and the idea behind it is as well. (Hence the name, right? 😉 )

  1. Link back to the person who started the tag and thank them. Thank you Camille!
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them. Also thank you Camille. (:
  3. List 5 simple things that make you happy with pictures.
  4. Tag one person.

Here are some things that make me happy:

#1. Live music

Sister playing piano. Brother playing guitar. Family singing.

On the porch. Around the campfire.

Concerts.

Though music in general is absolutely amazing.

#2. Playing games

The competitiveness. The strategy.

Catan. Pandemic. Seven Wonders. Spoons. The Homeschool Game.

#3. Things that come with fall

Sweaters. Boots. Tea. Pumpkin pies and cakes. Oatmeal cookies. Camp fires. Falling leaves. Camp fires. Candles. Crisp air.

Need I say more?

#.4 Downtowns

The shops. Quaint. Small. Personable and cozy. Beautiful buildings. Hidden Arbors. Shutters. Window Shopping. Thrift stores. Nestled Bookstores. Walking with friends.

And Christmas lights and music in winter.

#5. Road trips

Music. Podcasts. Audiobooks. Games. Blurred landscapes. Headlights in the night. Big citites. Gas station stops. New things. Strange things. McDonalds lattes. Goofing off.

And now that I’ve started I could keep going.

The smell of rain after a hot afternoon. Playing frisbee in a thunderstorm. Color-coordinated bookshelves. Organized art supplies.

This is the kind of tag I feel like I could do again and again because there are so many small things that make me happy. (:

Speaking of which, I tag…

Dekreel!

But really if anyone wants to steal it, feel free to take it and spread a little sunshine. (:

What makes you happy?

~ evelyn ~

Who Knew This Was a Trilogy? || liebster award 3.0

Hello my friends! Another Friday another day I open my doors and invite you in for a chat.

Today is a little interview from Chalice. aka the Liebster Award.

This thing spreads like wildfires, as it was written in the rules:

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and display the award. Thank you Chalice! 😀
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 other bloggers and make sure they know! Wow, last time I got tagged, it didn’t give you wiggle room on the number. Impressive…
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions

Okay! Into the questionnaire.

Question 1: What is something you feel like isn’t talked about enough?

Oh hmm. That is hard, because sometimes I feel like things are talked about too much. So maybe the importance of rest and prayer and meditation and making time for doing nothing every once and a while.

Question 2: What’s a song that is really special to you right now?

Oooh there are so many.

How about Yesterday by The Beatles? And Blackbird, which my little brother actually learned on the guitar.

I’ve basically just been listening to 60’s and 50’s lately.

Question 3: If you could go back and relive any memory, just to experience it again, what memory would you go back to?

Oh dear. My siblings and I were talking about this the other day.

I was a terrible kid.

Like… terrible.

I’m not sure I would want to relive many days were I made life miserable…

Oh but wait. A day on my family’s four-week road trip in our 15 passenger van for sure from five years ago. That trip was absolutely amazing. Totally one of those. Maybe the day at the Grand Canyon?

Question 4: Would you rather have dreads or be bald? (Just asking the important questions.)

Yikes.

Chalice why do you do this to me??

Being bald might be able to pull of elegantly. But then… I’d be bald.

And I’m quite fond of having hair. So dreadlocks.

Question 5: If you could speak any language fluently, which language would you choose?

Probably American Sign Language, though I guess that isn’t a language you speak. So either Irish (because I love it) or German (because if you know that and English you can get around Europe easily) or Russian (because apparently its known for taking forever to learn.)

Question 6: What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet?

Buy an old downtown bookshop and reorganize, add a coffee/tea/pastry shop, run the thing, and host poetry readings

Question 7: Why haven’t you done the thing mentioned above? I mean, come on. You’ve always wanted to do it…

Well.

For starters, I don’t have enough to invest in such a project.

And can teenagers even own commercial property?

Question 8: What are three things off the top of your head that make you happy?

  • The way I wake up some mornings and find bagels and know my mom buys bagels because she knows I love them (…I say as I eat one)
  • The way my little sister likes to play games with me and pretends she’s older
  • My dad playing guitar

Question 9: What are three things off the top of your head that make you sad?

  • The ending of All the Light We Can Not See, which I just finished reading and am still trying to process and decide whether I liked it or not. 😛
  • Just about any of my favorite books. And favorite movies for that matter.
  • The way some people are treated because they are different.

Question 10: How do you want to change the world in your lifetime?

Wow.

That’s a deep one.

I’d say that I wouldn’t trust myself to impacting the world (haha it’s true) but maybe hope for at least just being a sincere person who really cares about people. And when I die people say something like “She was always there to cry with and laugh with and joke with and ponder with. She was a really good friend and she loved me.”

Something like that. 😛

Question 11: Do you wear socks in bed?

Nope, for some reason I just can’t. If I ever try I end up tossing and turning and never end up falling asleep. Anyone want to explain the whole sock-to-bed thing?? Because I really don’t get it.

Now the round of facts…

  1. I have a little brother who can’t think of any random facts about me
  2. I like to count out of order and can do it without having to think about it because of a dance I went to once. (1 3 5 7 2 4 …can you guess the next number in the pattern? 😉 )
  3. I love wearing fuzzy Christmas socks and oversized sweaters
  4. I can wiggle my ears. (It took forever for me to find the right muscle, but hard word pays off, right?)
  5. There is a ground hog named Arnold that lives under my family’s back deck.
  6. I keep accidentally spelling “Liebester” instead of “Liebster”
  7. I just started reading a collection of C.S. Lewis’s poetry and am enjoying it immensely.
  8. I have three elephants in my room, but I don’t address them.
  9. I am working on crocheting my third blanket.
  10. I am also “working” on many other projects. (Some day I’ll finish them…)
  11. I use to get the number “eleven” and “twelve” mixed up.

My questions:

  1. When was the last time you cried while reading a book/watching a movie? What was it?
  2. If you could decide what subjects you study in school (real subjects mind you) what would you pick?
  3. How do you brainstorm blogging ideas?
  4. What time in the year is the earliest you think Christmas music should be allowed to be played?
  5. What is a Christmas tradition that you family has?
  6. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you ever make it?
  7. How do you like to study for a test?
  8. If you had to perform at least something on stage, what would it be? A comedy act? A song? A dance? A speech? etc.
  9. What are nine things that you have in your room?
  10. Would you rather live in a castle or a tree house?
  11. What is your opinion on whether a hotdog is a sandwich?

Aaaaand I tag….

Those who have only done the Liebster Award 2 times! Why not round it off with a neat bow as a satisfying trilogy?

And with that, I would like to announce me retirement from the Liebster Award, because three is the magic number. And I like trilogies.

Until next week comes

~ evelyn ~

The Imaginary Assistant Tag

Last week’s schedule was pretty full for me. Especially the first half in which I volunteered at a three day summer camp of twenty-five six to eight-year-olds.

I sharpened hundreds of colored pencils, cut out tons of little continents, and rocked my fancy nametag. I assisted with map-tracing, paper-gluing, white-board-cleaning, and picture-book-reading, as well as breaking up fights, escorting kids to the bathroom, and spending twenty minutes cleaning their paint brushes. (My hands were blue for the rest of the day…)

It is fair to say that it was a blast!

… but I was pretty exhausted at the end of everyday.

It is times like those (well more like times like now as I look back) that I wish I had an assistant. Someone to prod me off the couch, brew some tea, crank up the music, and stick a pen in my hand.

And now this week we’ve been busy hosting friends and working on some projects for a party tomorrow (like making a giant Bananagrams game to play in the backyard.)

Well good news!

My friend Aberdeen, as an honorary member of the Author Assistant Society, has most graciously offered to help me out and find me a writing assistant!

 

The formalities of this agreement:

1. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog.

Thank you Aberdeen! (Drop in this handy-dandy portal to go give him a friendly Rawr.)

2. Link back to the creator of the tag.

Aberdeen the Authorosaurus. (Here’s his digsite if you somehow missed the two other portals. 😉 )

3. Tag 5-10 bloggers who need assistants (and if they don’t need them, tag them anyway).

4. Please answer the questions so the author assistant agency can find the right assistant for you.

 

The questions:

 

1. What type of creature/species would you like your assistant to be (human, animal, dragon, dinosaur, figment of your imagination, etc.) and why?

Something like a raggant from N.D. Wilson’s 100 Cupboard series, because they’re so small, smart, and loyal.

 

2. What do you want your assistant to look like?

So raggants are basically like gray rhinos with wings (like this), however… I would prefer to find a raggant that is unusually fuzzy, has huge dropping ears, and an elephant’s trunk.

(If any of you see one, let me know…)

 

3. What qualities are you looking for in an assistant (responsible, lovable, exasperating, etc.)?

Lovable, loving, and loyal, but fierce when needed.

 

4. What job(s) would your assistant be in charge of?

Researching random facts, sorting my character summaries, cleaning out my old folders, burning old poetry, putting the kettle on the stove, answering emails, and holding a fork to my back when I have writer’s block and then another later to force me to take a break and go outside.

Also reminding me to water my plants.

 

5. What would you like your assistant to be named?

Rufus. (:

 

 

6. What would you feed your assistant (candy, books, pickles, etc)?

Ooh hmm.

I would say pickles except I wouldn’t want to share mine. But then if that’s what his menu would be, I guess I’d have an excuse to buy pickles every month. 

Pickles, bagels, red peppers, and dark chocolate.

 

 

7. How would you pay your assistant and what benefits would you offer as compensation for their work?

The official position of honorary first alpha reader. Also free access to my bookshelf and pickle-popcorn stash.

 

 

8. What special abilities would you like your assistant to have (i.e. ice powers to freeze writer’s block, super strength to break writer’s block, or super stupidity to stare at you while you’re having writer’s block)?

The ability to eat old manuscripts for breakfast, misused commas for lunch, and spam comments for dinner.

 

9. Where would you like your assistant to be from (Jurassic Park, Narnia, your head)?

From wherever you can find a fuzzy, long-eared, elephant-trunked, raggant creature…

 

10. Will you solemnly swear to you will not fire your assistant in either sickness or in health, for richer for poorer, smarter or stupider, writing or not writing, for as long as you both shall live?

Yes!

 

And Aberdeen said I could pass along this offer to some other bloggers…

NC Stokes

Dekreel

Maya

M Kenechi Duatron

and

Camille

 

 

And that’s it folks!

Now I’ll just go sit out by my mailbox and wait for the official papers to arrive. 😉

TTFN!

The Liebster Award 2.0

And the saga CONTINUES!

Thank you Mary for tagging me!

For a refresher, here are the rules again:

  • Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

And here I am already trying to brainstorm 11 people I can tag when Mary managed to tag 22 people. O.o

Anyways, on to Mary’s Questions!


 

#1. Who is your favorite Marvel superhero and why?

Loki!

What? He’s not a superhero? Hmm.

Bucky then!

He isn’t either?

Okay, okay. Captain America or Spiderman. 😛

 

#2. What Hogwarts house are you in, and why?

I have not read Harry Potter (…and the crowd gasps…) but! I do have some friends who have.

According to their judgement, I would be in the Ravenclaw house, which apparently is the best one. 😉

For those who are as clueless as I was:

There are four houses of Hogwarts that the students are sorted into. Here is an overview:

  1. Slytherin. This is for very cunning, “whatever it takes” kind of people.
  2. Griffindor is all the brave/hero sorts, the confident ones.
  3. Hufflepuff has all the sweet laid back types: small and innocent.
  4. And Ravenclaw is for the more focused and studious types. 

Shout out to aforementioned friend (you know who you are!) who gave me a quick crash course on this. (:

 

#3. If you could spend one day hanging out with one character in a book you’re writing or wrote, who would it be and why?

Arthur from my WIP, 51.

I started on version 2.0 (or 1.5? since I didn’t finish the first one…) and was realizing how much I want to better understand his character. Perhaps hanging out with him for a day would explain a lot.

 

#4. Out of all the superpowers out there, which one would you want to have? And why?

Is having an unending store of wisdom considered a super power? xD

Cause honestly that’s what would be the extremely helpful. If not, then the ability to fluently speak every language on Earth. That would be pretty helpful too.

 

#5. What inspired you to start your blog? 

My longing to write consistently, to own a place to scrawl thoughts, and to see my words live in the daylight.

 

#6. What is a book or book series that you would recommend to anyone?

I thought long and hard on this one and then it hit me, and now I feel bad I did not think of it earlier.

The Bible!

(duh… 😛 )

 

#7. If you could go into your own world that you wrote or are writing, where would you go to first and why? 

I would go to the Urlynwagh of the Anielian Dwarves. It is the very heart of their deep underground world: a large cone room with walls slanting to the base, covered in paintings, history, and old inscriptions etched from centuries of ancestors. It is there one may find the Dwarf counsel gathered in their battle armor, or the ancient Elders in their solemn garb. I’d love to listen to their arguments and cases, and the wisdom of their luvoren.

Then I would travel through the city to the castle and sit and hear the songs of the largest and most famous verhona played by the most skilled and aged musicians.

Maybe after that go visit a ynwalu trainer above the caves in the fresh mountain air, or try to discover what the trifelines actually do in their spare time…

 

#8. What food do you absolutely LOVE the most, and what food do you loathe to the ends of the earth?

This is a hard question to answer. Thanks to those ole green bean wars of my young childhood, I am not a picky eater, and on the other side there are so many tasty things in the world, and the majority of them reside happily in my mother’s kitchen via her amazing talent of creating delicious meals.

I’d say my mother’s homemade bread and white chicken chili are high on my list along with the grits casserole she makes. (I always request it for my birthday breakfast…)

Speaking of breakfast foods, her pancakes and waffles are the best I have ever had.

Red peppers, bagels, and grape tomatoes are also great.

Did I mention that my mom’s homemade salsa is from heaven?

I could keep going. xD

Just the other day my family was discussing how we love being in the “I Love Mom’s Cooking Club.” It’s amazing guys.

Anyways, as for something I dislike… Hmm. Ranch dressing comes to mind. It has a weird after-taste for me. And I’ve never really been fond of Ketchup either.

I hope condiments apply for this question…

(And I told you guys I don’t rant about food. Ha.)

 

#9. Which of the four seasons (summer, spring, fall, winter) is your favorite and why?

Oooh. Um. Hmm.

Did you just ask that? Really?

Summer is so beautifully, toasty hot. Days spent in the sun and bare feet squishing fresh green grass between toes. And the satisfaction of surviving another year of school and tying it up in a bow.

Fall is spectacular with all the trees turning red, brown, and orange, then carpeting the roads in their hair. It’s cool again and perfect for quiet, peaceful walks of awe.

And then winter is beautiful because they are the days curled up inside in a thick sweater by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, listening to Christmas carols, and watching the snow cover the backyard in yards of brilliant white icing.

And the beauty of spring comes from the end of winter, as you wake up one morning to the sound of birds and open your windows to the sun and realize there’s a batch of flowers waiting beside your door step.

Sooo

Does that answer your question? xD

 

#10. What is the biggest goal you have in life right now

That I can think of off the top of my head?

Well, it would probably be the goal to start over and write an entire first draft for 51 by August.

Or maybe not dying during Driver’s Ed this summer.

Yeah.

One of those.

#11. What is the one thing you love doing most in life?

How can I narrow it down?

Well…

Experiencing life with people I love.

Creating something beautiful for a fellow human.

Telling a story that touches a soul.

Watching young children.

Watching people grow up.

Geeking out over books with other writers.

And finishing a trigonometry problem and actually getting the answer right.

 

 

Now 11 random facts about me.

 

– I love music and currently I have 34 playlists on Spotify. (Is that too many?)

– Apparently, I am a first alto.

– My earliest nightmare I remember included me being kidnapped by a troll and taken to his treehouse. (Someday I’ll turn it into a story…)

– Ey, guys!! I am officially a professional artist! This week was the first time I was paid for my work.

– Now I am currently brainstorming what to do with three empty canvases.

– My name is a combination of the name “Eve” and “Lynn” so it means “life and light.”

– I have named a villain once after a name my parents were considering for me if I had been a boy.

– This summer is going to be a combination of reading, writing, pulling weeds, learning to drive, and hoping to start a small calligraphy business.

– I have discovered writing a note to a friend with a dip ink pen late in the night is lovely.

– I’ve been to 29 of the 50 states of America.

– I cry at the end of Toy Story 3 because the baby doll in it looks just like the one I’ve had all my life.


 

Well, now time for some tagging.

I tag…

  • all those tag thieves prowling around out there (I promise I won’t look if you steal it…)
  • anyone who has not done this award yet (Does this species even exist anymore?)
  • any fellow Ravenclaws (High-five guys!)
  • any book characters out there who feel up to the challenge of hacking into their writer’s blog and posting (Muhahaha.)

 

And your 11 questions.

– What type of music do you enjoy? How has your music tastes grown over the years? (And how many playlists do you have??)

– What is one of the weirdest/scariest dreams you’ve ever had?

– Where is your favorite place to do homework? What about reading or writing?

– How many draft posts do you currently have for your blog?

– What is the worst experience have had in your writing life? (Or written life for those characters who are answering here. 😉 )

– Where is the weirdest place or situation you’ve found inspiration for a story?

– What was the last book/movie that made you cry? (Unless you’re one of those people who never cries…)

– What is a recent piece of insight you found that you really appreciated?

– What is something deeply satisfying that happened this week?

– What are you looking forward to this summer?

If you had to pick one of your characters to haunt you the rest of your life, which would you pick? (Or for characters… which of your acquaintances would you love to go haunt your writer for you?)

 

And ten points for a bonus question! Who started the Liebster Award? Whoever they are, they’re a genius and they’ve taken over the blogging word with their self-multiplying device.

I’ve always wondered who is behind it all…

Well, friends, this is the end, but I’m curious. Does anyone else dislike Ranch Dressing and Ketchup? Or am I the only one?

 

20 Questions Tag

I’m afraid I was tagged for this *coughs* a while ago.

Maybe a month.

Or two.

Anyways, thank you Bethany for the tag! (And sorry I did not get to it sooner… 😛 )

Looks like there are no rules, just questions. And if I need to, I guess I can plead the fifth. 😉

So let’s begin!


 

#1: How many books are too many in a series?

Ha, I’d say six is pushing it for a series that has an overall story arc. Those books I feel expected to read all of them, and read all of them in order.

Something like the Nancy Drew series can get away with 60+ books only because they are all the same, and one can just read as many or as few as she wants until she feels satisfied.

For me, I took me about forty. xD

 

#2: How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

Muhahaha, as an author, they are completely evil and I love them. >:)

As a reader, they are completely evil and they steal my precious sleep. (How dare you, author! 😮 )

 

#3: Hardback or paperback?

I actually do not have a huge preference. Let’s say, if it’s poetry, hardback, but if it’s fiction, paperback.

 

#4: Favorite book?

Just one?

Well then its a tie between Island of the World by Michael D. O’Brien, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and The Giver by Lois Lowry. 😉

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All three of these books were quite an emotional ride for me and very powerful experiences, however, I have to make the note… don’t consider them necessarily recommended. The Book Thief has its fair share of language and Island of the World brutal violence.

The Giver is good though. Everyone go read that. 😉

 

#5: Least favorite book?

Yikes, such a negative question. Least favorite book? There have been books that I haven’t cared for, and books that annoyed me, but at the moment I can’t think of any that I hated…

 

#6: Love-triangles, yes or no?

I am not a huge fan of the romance genre. I have enjoyed books that happen to have romance in them, yes, but a book solely about it?

I mean, I really have to wonder what’s going to happen at the end of the story. It’s just a total mystery. *coughs*

It’s similar with love-triangles. Most of the time, no, but sometimes, if done well and if it makes sense, then sure. 😜

 

#7: The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein for school. It was not that I did not like the book, I did and I would have finished it, but I ran out of time. Thankfully I had read it last summer already so I was still able to write the required paper in time.

 

#8: A book you’re currently reading?

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.

A writer-friend (you know who you are) has been pestering me to finish the trilogy ever since I read the first book about a year ago. Said person even hinted that a certain beloved character is killed… O.O

 

#9: Last book you recommended to someone?

The Giver. You better go read it. 😉

 

#10: Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

The Bible.

I have also read some of Euclid’s Elements, (written around 300 B.C.) but only part.

 

#11: Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

The Legends of Matt Baker!

It is actually a self-published anthology released on Amazon last December by a writer friend, which was both weird and cool to think about. (Congrats again, Sabina! :))

 

#12: Favorite author?

N.D. Wilson. I love his voice and style in both prose and plot. It’s so unique, adventurous, fun, and even poetical.

 

#13: Buying books or borrowing?

I love owning books, but I also love my siblings and I have a fair amount of them and they all have birthdays.

Soooo….

 

#14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

The first thing that comes to mind is a book called Fawkes, but I actually have not read that yet. It seems to be very popular among the writing circles I frequent, but I have yet to see the appeal. Its premise just hasn’t peak my interest.*shrugs*

 

#15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks! Who would dare to fold the corners of pages in a book on purpose?! Such disregard! Such destruction!

Can’t you just memorize the simple two or three digits called “page number“?

 

#16: A book you can always reread?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienFor a while, I was keeping up an average of reading it at least once a year.

 

#17: Can you read while listening to music?

If I’m familiar with the music, then yes. Or if it is quiet music, I can zone it out.

So I guess, I can read while music is playing, but I can not read while consciously listening to the music playing.

 

#18: One POV or multiple POVs?

For those who don’t know, “POV” is an abbreviation of “Point of Views.”

I remember the first book that I consciously noticed changing point of views was Brian Jacques’s Redwall. Thing is, switching between point of views extends cliffhangers, so on one hand, it can be the most annoying thing and on the other, it can add so much more content.

Example: the switching point of views in the book Wonder gives time to flesh out the characters and move the story along in such a unique, personal way. Suddenly, one of the characters is no longer the stereotypical flimsy and flippant teenage-jerk, but a struggling girl who is lonely, neglected, and hurting.

Yet, other books’ charm come from their first person narrative that never changes.

So, as to which I prefer, I’d say, which ever way the author does it, if she/he does it well, then I am satisfied. 🙂

 

#19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

When I have the time, one sitting. In the “old days” (aka when I had no school and nothing to do… those days of devouring Nancy Drew books) I’d even read two or three books in one sitting. Those days past long ago.

I’d say, most recently, reading a book has been taking me about two to four days.

 

#20: Who do you tag?

Those slower than me. 😉

 


 

Well, there we are. Another Friday post posted. I hope your week is going well.

The other day I sat down at my window and lo and behold! Archibald is not dead! He growth two hairs.

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He is the newest edition to my succulent array. I rescued him from a free table and have been trying to revive him from his pitiful state. Apparently, so far… it is working..? Hopefully?

We shall see.

Happy Friday!

~ evelyn ~

 

 

 

Tags Galore!

In an age of needing to write 3000 words per day on a novel, tags come in handy for blogging. Thanks Ariel for the well-timed taggings!

Both of these tags are focused around characters, and so let’s dive right in!

 

Tag #1  – The Heroes of Legend

Rules:

  1. Very graciously thank the blogger who tagged you. (Thank you Ariel! :)).
  2. Answer the following ten questions in the tag. Images of your characters are encouraged, but not necessary.
  3. You may only use Original Characters (OCs) for this tag. As expected.
  4. Characters from fairytale retellings are not allowed. Because then that would be too easy.
  5. Explain why your character matches the description, because if you don’t, that would not be fun.
  6. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Do not hurt your little babies in this process.
  7. Link back to Merie’s blog post where she started the tag.
  8. Tag a few other bloggers to play this game too! (And make sure they’re writers… because if you tag a non-writer to do this one, it would be really awkward.)

Can I first comment on how glad I’m not given an exact number of bloggers to tag? I’m very grateful. Trying to find eleven people who haven’t participated yet is always the hardest part. xD

The Questions

1. Who is a character that is most likely to be turned into a frog (and then thrown against the wall because of additional obnoxiousness)?

I’d say this depends on who has the ability to turn people into frogs. First person to come to mind though, would be Matthew, a bratty street kid from my first (and unnamed) fantasy novel, which has been retired to a cardboard box in the back of a dusty (virtual) closest. He’s the kind of kid that doesn’t understand compassion, and tries to be sassy and clever.

Yes, indeed. Quite annoying.

2. A character that could probably persuade a man–sent to kill them on pain of death– not to kill them, through charisma or charm alone (or manipulation, whichever way you take it)?

Ooooh. I’d say Arvia as a child. Just too sweet and innocent.

3. Who is that kind of person who waves around a weapon (or other sharp pointy object) everywhere they go, regardless of their skill in handling it (which is to say, probably quite doubtful)?

That would be Chris from my novel, Beyond the Will. He would have no idea how to use a weapon – any weapon – but to order to stay on top of things, he would fake it until he makes it.

Or until he fails.

4. Who can endure the most pain with a stoic, completely neutral face (maybe s/he’s dancing)?

Are we talking emotional or physical pain? 😉

I would say Charlie, from my WIP, 51. She is stubborn, optimistic, and stable enough. It’s the pain of others she would not be able to endure.

5. Who is most likely to pull off a Hua Mulan and face a trial as one of the opposite gender if need arises?

Oh, um. Hmm.

6. A character who would be quickest to obey a talking cat when it demands them to buy it a pair of boots?

That would be Arvia as a child again. Arvia lives by the sea, free to wander, dance, and sing. If a talking cat showed up, she won’t even consider doubting it’s existence.

7. Who would be willing to do anything– absolutely anything– in order to rescue someone s/he loves (includes killing innocent foxes and asking the moon for help)?

Ethan, from the aforementioned, unnamed fantasy novel. No spoilers, but he does a lot to rescue his little sister. 😉

8. A character who seems to stubbornly not die no matter what you put them through (if you haven’t tried the Big Bad Wolf, now’s the time)?

Ha.

I’m going to pick Matthew again. This poor kid… He actually was created because a couple years a friend of mine asked me to put her brother in my book and kill him off as a joke. xD

I said sure! I can do that. Sounds fun!

So I planned to have him 1) betray everyone 2) live a miserable life filled of loneliness and guilt and then after a good amount of that 3) I’d eventually kill him off.

But then Matthew stubbornly refused, turned out nothing like my friend’s brother, and did all the wrong things. He wouldn’t go where I told him, and much less betray my main characters (at least at that time… it just wasn’t his way), and then he insisted on getting dragged along on the journey. (And pretending he didn’t want to. ;))

So, yeah.

He’s still alive.

For now. 😉

9. Who is the terrifyingly malicious, extra-megalomaniacal, wildly unpredictable Queen of Hearts/Bluebeard villain (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?

My cliched villains of my first full length book: again the unnamed fantasy novel. I promise I didn’t copy the Nazgul. At least not consciously.

“The Riders,” dressed in black, rode black horses and could turn into black vultures.

And, believe me, not those kind of vultures that sit around and sing about friendship. 😉

10. Who is a character that is the terrifyingly placid, blood-freezingly calm, monotone-voiced villain that is Every Fairytale Villain in History Incarnate (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?

I don’t think I have a single monotoned villain. They either hiss, or yell, or shriek, or roar. And sometimes whisper. But never monotone.

 

Tag #2 – The Star Wars Character Tag

Rules:

1. THERE ARE NO RULES.

Oh dear. The paradox.

2. Refer To Number 1.

Thank you kindly.

3. There is one absolute rule: You MUST use your own characters (OCs) for this tag. (Brownie points if you add pictures of your characters.)

Hmm. I’m getting such mixed signals here… no rules? Rules? Rules that say there are no rules?

4. The Sorta Rule: Scream a huge thank you to whoever tagged you for this whilst treating them to a pizza dinner at your favorite pizza chain.

Oh dear, now, I’m really trapped….

5. The Kinda Rule: Include This Link In The Post So That The Penny Can Read Everyone’s Answers To This Smol Strange.

6. The Rule That’s Not Really A Rule But It Would Be Great: Include the graphic and tag at least three Jedi or Sith Lords.

Tagging Jedi? This is getting harder and harder. xD

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Okay! Let’s get started with the questions!

 

1. Who’s Your Obi Wan Kenobi? (sassy, a great mentor, but can be a bit strict)

Closest I can think of is either Walter, from 51, or Seth from The Unnamed Fantasy Novel. Walter would be pretty strict and a great mentor, but not as sassy as Seth, who would be a worse mentor, due to anger and disgust issues toward the kids he’s stuck with. (Don’t judge him… one of those kids is Matthew.)

2. Who’s Your Leia Organa? (feisty, incredible comebacks, and does their own thing)

Allie. One of the twins in Paper Adventures. She’s got quite a spirit and likes to tease her brother endlessly.

3. Who’s Your Finn? (overeager, adorable, a cinnamon roll)

Yes, I’m about to compare Finn to my villain’s pet. 😉

Doodle Pup is definitely overeager and adorable. He’s the companion of the villain from my novel Paper Adventures, which is taking a break from the editing stage at the moment. He’s not exactly a dog, but a simplistic cartoon of a dog (meaning a oval with four stick legs) who is green and wears both a tie and a top hat.

4. Who’s Your Padmé? (kind, loving, but also kick butt)

Charlie again. Very kind and loving, but also spunky and sarcastic, with a fierce passion for justice and for protecting others.

5. Who’s Your Count Dooku? (deliciously evil, extra, and sick burns)

A certain character from 51. 😉

6. Who’s Your BB-8? (too cute, everyone loves them, can do no wrong)

What if I go with Arvia’s baby brother, Adrian, this time? xD

7. Who’s Your Yoda? (underestimated, extra, and wise)

This was the hardest question yet.

I’m going to go with Erath from my short story, Into The Forest. She’s pretty young, but don’t let that misguide you. She filled with a surprisingly amount of strength and courage.

8. Who’s Your Anakin Skywalker? (bratty, rebellious, whiny)

*coughs*

Matthew.

Remember him?

9. Who’s Your C3-PO? (always worrying, gives depressing information, constantly wailing)

Miss Agnes from my novel, Beyond the Will.

She has got to be one of my favorite characters to write. She gets away with saying things I couldn’t.

Agnes’s lips pressed together tightly and she set her cup down. “Chris, right?” He nodded. “You’re here for the funeral?” He nodded again. “Well, thank goodness that man’s gone. The world’s a better place now.”

Chris coughed uncomfortably. “I… I never met him.”

“Of course,” she snapped. “Any good parent would keep their innocent little child away… though it didn’t seem to help in your case. I assume you got your piggish, sugar-gobbling tastes from him too?”

^ case in point ^

 

10. Who’s Your Luke Skywalker? (hero, has been through a lot, has their share of flaws)

Zebulon, another character from my Camp NaNoWriMo project, 51. He has his flaws for sure and has been through a lot (though nothing compared to what is up my sleeves muhahaha). No spoilers, but his past actually has a lot to do with the story. 😉

 

And that’s all of the questions. Now for passing them on to others!

I tag…

Dekreel @ Inky RambleBeast

N.C. Stokes @ Weird As Usual

and

Bethany @ Shastin’s Notebook

 

So, I’m actually going to add a question to whichever tag(s) you choose to take. Have you ever written a friend/family member/acquaintance into your story? Why? And how did that go?

If busy (or simply in the mood) feel free to say we’re playing two hand tag and that I only managed to catch you with one. 😉

Until next Friday!

~ evelyn ~

The Liebster Blog Award

Another Friday dawns, and another post is sent via my electrical minions to your fake mail box.

Good morning!

Today I come with an award. The Liebster Blog Award to be exact, thanks to fellow blogger R.M. Archer tagging me. (Thank you! :)) Aaand… actually tagged by Dekreel too. (Thank you! :))

I must just be so popular. 😉

Anyways, I found a problem on my hands, as I received two entirely different sets of questions to answer. I juggled the options. I could answer them all (long post), pick and choose (seems a bit like cheating),  decide first come, first serve (a bit unfair), or write all the questions out on little scraps of blue paper and then draw them one by one out of a hat (overly-dramatic).

In the end, I decided to go for the long post. Not everything long is bad… right?

Well, buckle up. Get ready for some strange questions, strange answers, and some doses of sarcasm. Here we go!

Liebester Award


 

The Rules:

Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.

Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.

Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.

Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.

Ask your nominees 11 questions.

 

R.M. Archer’s Questions:

1. What’s your favorite color to wear?

Dark green or blue.

2. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?

This question stumped me. A lot. I eventually asked one friend and she said yellow, and then my brother said an algae green. So… one of those?

3. What’s your favorite thing about your current project? (Writing project, art project, music project, school project, etc.)

Being able to study the strange and intriguing minds of humans for school.

4. What’s the story behind your blog name?

I love to write and I love to take walks in the rain. Ta-da! (:

5. If you were to dye your hair, what color would you dye it?

Oh dear… um. Blue?

6. What book are you most excited to read this year and why?

Well, my list of books I haven’t read on my shelf is shrinking, so I’ll limit this to school books. I’ve heard so many differing opinions on The Old Man and the Sea that now I’m curious, if I’ll like it or not! (:

7. What’s your favorite thing about your blog?

It’s mine. 😉

8. What’s your favorite book of the Bible and why?

The Psalms! They’re so poetic and wrestle with the struggles and joys of life. And then they are just simply beautiful.

9. What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

Psalms 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” I’ve always loved how simple and yet rich this verse is. It’s strong with truth and love, and both soothing and empowering.

10. What’s your favorite thing to write? (Fiction or non-fiction.)

Fiction.

11. Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms! Even though when I was little my siblings tried to convince me they were dead ladybugs dipped in colored sugar. xD

 

Okay, now on to Dekreel’s questions…

The Questionnaire // Part 2

1. Why would a woodchuck chuck wood in the first place?

Well the first place, he saw… first. And that wood he was hauling must have been heavy. So, being tired from his long trip, he decided to go ahead and chuck them right then and there, even though the sign told him that he should recycle them at the second place.

So, because the woodchuck has no respect for nature. 😉

2. If you had the ability to travel back in time, but could only stay in that time for one hour before warping back to present time, “to when” would you go?

I suppose, I’d go to the very beginning. I’ve always wondered what nothing would feel like. And then to suddenly see expanse. And then the waters separate. It must have been spectacular!

3. Would you rather live in Antarctica for a year, or the Sahara Desert for a year?

Which one are my friends moving to?

4. Give the most random use for a cucumber.

Making a educational Bible-based tv show off one.

Oh wait…

5. You get to rule the world for five seconds. What do you do?

Stand there, wishing I had more time and energy to do something good. 😛

6. Pick one of your OCs (Original Characters) and give him/her a camera. What does (s)he take a picture of first?

Charlie would take a picture of either the sunrise or sunset. Whichever happened to be closest to her.

7. If a man in a creepy half-mask started calling for you on the other side of your mirror, would you follow him in?

After I enlisted my tall brother, yes. 😉

8. Describe the perfect ice cream sundae.

Oh see the syrup slide on top!

Of the fine ice-cream filled cup.

The delicious dark chocolate swirled in

And fresh strawberries to earn the win.

I tried.

9. If you could design a t-shirt, what would you put on it? What color would it be?

It would be a beautiful grey t-shirt with the Flabbit Room badge on the front:

Flabbit

10. What is one thing you love about God?

His creativity. 🙂

11. Pick the GIF that describes the taste of coffee in the most creative way.

Hobbit Shrug

… because I’ve only truly had it once. xD


 

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1. I just accidently misspelled “eleven” as “elven.” 😛
  2. I have killed multiple wasps with fly swatters. Two wasps with a stapler. Another one with a moving box filled with books. And another one with tape. (Yes, even office supplies can be turned into weapons. 😉 )
  3. My first published writing (a poem) was in a magazine’s photo contest.
  4. I love elephants.
  5.  I first read The Fellowship of the Ring in two weeks, The Two Towers in three days, and The Return of the King in two.
  6. I am having trouble thinking of more random things about me.
  7. Psychology is my favorite science.
  8. I have a scarf named Shellupa.
  9. I prefer odd numbers over even ones.
  10. I have participated in Mock Trial (the one sport performed in suits and heels) and basically watched it all my life. And finally, because of that…
  11. I have a strange, but very strong sense of being at home when in a courthouse.

 


 

Well! Did we survive?

Okay, now, it’s someone else’s turn to be ‘it.’ 😉

Tagging…

  1.  Hope Ann
  2. Jane Maree
  3.  Writerfury
  4. Elia Tyson
  5. Alabama
  6.  Lydia @ Childlike Wonder
  7. Chalice @ Lionhearted Art
  8. Bethany @ Shastin’s Notebook

 

And then the questions:

  1. What is the one book that you would feel the least guilty about burning into ashes?
  2. What is an occupation that you would despise having? One you would love?
  3. How many books are on your bookshelf? (Yes, I just asked you. Muahaha. ;))
  4. Where in the world would your dream home be?
  5. What was the most interesting thing you learned today?
  6. What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written and why?
  7. What genre do you see yourself never writing in and why?
  8. What is one subject you wouldn’t mind teaching at a school?
  9. How would you feel if you were randomly willed an upside down house from an great aunt you didn’t know you had?
  10. What fictional character do you feel like meeting right now?
  11. What do you want to ultimatly be remembered for?

 

And there you go. Can’t wait to read all of your answers! 🙂