Thursday, March 30, 2017

Say Hello to My April NaNo Novel! (And Goodbye to My Sanity...)



I don't know how this happened...BUT GUYS IT'S ALMOST APRIL. (Totally not freaking out right now.)

And you know what April means? CAMP NANO, OBVIOUSLY. For those of you who don't know, there's an event called NaNoWriMo during the month of November. The idea is to write a whole novel, or 50k words. (But my novel ended up being 105k so #oops.) Anyway, they have Camps during April and July that allow more flexibility. Basically, you can pick any word count you want and do whatever writing stage you want--editing, first drafts, thirty-first drafts, whatever. IT'S AWESOME.

Of course, being the completely sensible person I am, I decided, "I think it will be fun to do Camp NaNo even though I have no time and will probably go insane." So logical, I know.

AND I HAD TO DECIDE THIS LIKE A WEEK BEFORE APRIL. *facepalm* This happens every. single. time. I just started plotting two days ago and have barely gotten any progress done...so I guess I'll be pantsing it again. O.O

I chose 30k as my goal for April. Doable, considering I wrote 3 times that much in November. BUT IT'S STILL TERRIFYING. Because my writing has been basically nonexistent since December, and I have so much work to do outside of writing. (Someone please remind me why I'm doing this??)

Well, I've already rambled way more than I should already. *coughs* Care to hear about my new novel? I don't know much about it, but here you go. XD It's completely different than my previous novel in that it's contemporary, but fantasy elements still managed to sneak in? (Don't ask.)

Meet The Scent of the Sun!




Why does the sun only shine on certain people?

When Peri's father left her six years ago, he took her heart with him. Peri doesn't know what's worse: feeling the emptiness inside her or watching her mother become a shell of her former self. And when a tragic car accident takes her best friend's life, her aching scars are ripped open again.

Life has never been easy for Felix. Mistakes in his past built walls between him and those he loved. Desperate to escape an ill-formed bargain with a faerie lord, he flees to the world called Earth. There he goes into hiding, opening up a bookshop and finding himself trapped in a little New England town. But time is catching up with him, and if he doesn't find a way out of his bargain, he's as good as dead.

Together, Peri and Felix must discover the scent of the sun . . . even if that means crossing worlds.

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YES, THAT IS A SYNOPSIS YOU JUST READ. I'm so ridiculously proud of it, even if most people don't think it's that impressive. :P And if you couldn't already tell, this is going to be a very feelsy story. 

I've also been keeping both a storyboard AND a playlist secret from everyone the past two months. It's been realllllly hard to not show you all, but I wanted to wait till Camp started. SO HERE YOU GO. Feast your eyes on my storyboard and playlist!


Don't you love how many songs I found with "sun" in the title? It's perfect. ;)

Aesthetic


Annnnd now my storyboard and all the aesthetically pleasing stuff. 



aes// sweaters. dusty books. vinyl records. scuffed-up boots. windblown hair. frost. rusty porch swings. plaid. smell of books. crackling fires. hot air balloons. messy handwriting. cereal bowls. cold nights. dead leaves. glasses. 

I promise I'll make some aesthetic collages soon. Because those are so fun, and I definitely need some. *nods*

Soooo yeah. I don't know what else to say about my story because I don't know very much. XD BUT I'M SO EXCITED FOR CAMP NANO. It's going to be stressful and crazy and awesome.

By the way, if you want to make sure I'm actually doing things, you can stalk me here and shout at me to write.

WISH ME LUCK, PEOPLE. I have the feeling I'm going to come back next week crying out for help. XD


Thoughts on my novel? And are you doing Camp NaNo? If so, what's your word count goal? WE CAN DO THIS, I TELL YOU. *eats cake nervously as time ticks by*


p.s. I just reached 50 followers on Google Friend Connect a week ago! EEP. You guys are the best. <3

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writing Tags Galore



WELL THEN. This isn't awkward. Not at all. Because I totally didn't procrastinate doing these tags for like six months or more, nope.

*coughs* 

HELLO, PEEPS. I am back today with a giant post full of writing tags! I have about 1,939 tags to catch up on, but I figured grouping some of them together (and maaaaybe bending the rules a little bit) would be okay.

SO. Let's get on to the first tag, shall we? (Thanks, Jonny, for tagging me. :D)

// The Wisteria Writer's Tag //

Rules (more like guidelines anyway)

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. (In case you didn't hear me the first time, THANKS. XD)
2. Answer the ten questions asked. 
3. Add ten (writing or book related) questions of your own. (Skipping this because it would take me foreverrrr to come up with new questions)
4. Nominate people. 

1. Which of your writing projects is your favorite and why? 


Ummmmm...well, I've only written one real novel so far. XP But I've started a few other writing projects and began a completely new novel just last month (which, by the way, I've gotten like NO progress on -_-). I also wrote a lot of "books" when I was in middle school, but those are horrendous and should never see the light of day.

SO. Before I go off on a huge ramble, I guess I'll just say Moonlit Mirror. That book was seriously loads of fun to write. (I'm also in the middle of a short story that has been seriously THE BEST to write. Hopefully I'll share that with you all soon!)


2. Can you share some snippets from your favorite project? (and no you cannot say no to this IT IS MANDATORY) 


*defies you and says no* 

*coughs loudly* I'm sorry, I don't think I quite heard you there.

*glares at Jonny for asking this question* Okay, well, lemme see what I can salvage here.

~ ~ ~

(Snippet from the old version of Moonlit Mirror. Enjoy the sneak peek of what it would have been like had I stuck to the original.)

James glanced up at the sky. Thick clouds broiled in the heavens, threatening to drench him once again. Of course, he should not have expected anything different. He was in London, after all.

   He turned into a narrow street lined with brick homes. There was no need for him to search both sides of the lane, for he knew exactly where he was headed.

   A giant knot formed in the pit of his stomach as he stopped in front of the largest home on the street—his father’s home. The oak tree still stood in the same spot, its branches reaching towards the house with spindly fingers. Leftover leaves from autumn lay strewn across the lawn, their withered shapes only a ghost of their former glory. And then he saw it.

   Mother’s rose garden.

   James swallowed hard, the knot in his stomach twisting itself into a German pretzel. The garden was still there, though by the looks of things his father had not trimmed it in years. The red flowers grew rampant, practically taking over the entire yard. Thorns gouged the sides of the house, and he could see furrows in the shutters from where they had scratched. Some of the roses had died, their blushing beauty faded into a dark, crusty shell. His father had forgotten it.

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(And finally, a snippet featuring everyone's favorite lieutenant. XD)

Charlotte soaked in the warm beams of light, letting the wind play with her hair as she leaned against the railing.

Perhaps she could get used to the sea life.

Lieutenant Bradshaw walked by then, swagger in his step. She groaned. If getting used to the sea life meant getting used to him, she didn't think she would want to ever get used to it.

"Hello, love."

"Miss Davidson."

He raised a brow. "Oh, we're back at this again, are we?"

"It's your fault."

He grinned and stared at her, gaze unnerving. She fidgeted and edged away from him. "You seem to be back to your old self again," she observed.

Opening his arms wide, he pasted an innocent look on his face. "Was I ever not? I don't know how you could ever wish for something different than my present magnificence."

She groaned and rolled her eyes. "You make me sick."



3. What is your favorite tense (past, present, future) and voice (first, third; I don't think it's actually called that but I'm using that word because it makes sense to me and I can't think of the right one. XD) to write in?



My favorite tense is definitely past tense. It used to drive me crazy when I saw first-person present tense in novels. Seriously, I could. not. stand. it. 

However, I discovered one book early this year--my first book of 2017, actually--and it COMPLETELY revolutionized my thoughts on present tense. Now it doesn't bother me much at all. In fact, I actually...kind of enjoy it? It has to be done right, though.

As far as voice is concerned, I miiiiight like third-person the best? But I like first-person a lot, too. I feel like it's easier to delve more into the character's personality when it's written in first-person for some reason. *shrugs*

BUT YES. Third-person past tense is my favorite.


4. When is your favorite time to write?


I'm assuming you mean time of day and not time of year. (Because yes, NaNo is basically the main time of year I write now. #oops) 

I like writing at night the best probably. It's nice to write uninterrupted in the late hours of the night...plus that's when my creative juices tend to flow the most. 

(And I also am like a zombie in the morning and basically do not want anything to do with life until 10 am. Needless to say, morning isn't an option. XD)


5. What is the most unpleasant thing you've put one of your characters through? (random note but this question stems almost entirely from a Camp NaNo April conversation in which we discussed why it's good to be mean to your characters. XP Yup, I still remember it.)


Wouldn't you like to know? *cackles evilly as my characters cry out for help in the background*


Okay, okay. I could spend a long time listing all the unpleasant occurrences...but one situation that sprung to mind was the time I had the characters sail right into a maelstrom and one of them fell over the side and was almost sucked in and basically had a very bad day. XD


6. Are you a more character-driven writer or a more plot-driven writer?


Character-driven, all the way. Creating characters is definitely my favorite part about writing (well, outside of the food and sarcasm). I'm a bit weak where plot is concerned. Seriously, just take a look at my first draft and you'll see.

ACTUALLY DON'T. Nobody's eyeballs shall view that carnage.

7. Are you a plotter or a pantser?


*coughs* *points at answer above*

I haven't technically tried much plotting yet? But I feel like pantsing is definitely more up my alley. I'll let you know for sure once I give plotting a chance.

8. What is your favorite word processing system to write in and why do you like it? (SCRIVENER FOR THE WIN)


I just use Word because it's free for students at my campus. (That's one good thing about college, folks. XD) Plus I know what I'm doing and it makes sense to me, which is a rare and beautiful occurrence when it comes to technology.

9. If you were left on an abandoned island with the last character you wrote about, how would that go for you? (I know it's super original but unfortunately not from me. XD I pulled it off a meme.)


Welllll...the last time I really wrote was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. (I wrote a little two days ago but that was mainly touch-ups.) SO LEMME THINK FOR A MINUTE.

Okay, okay...the last line I wrote was spoken by a character named Steel from a short story I'm working on. And how would it work out for me with him on a deserted island?


10. What is your favorite writing resource? (this could be a blog, website, newsletter, writing book, that one pet who listens to all your writerly ramblings, anything basically XP)


A pet dragon obviously. What else would I use?? (In all honesty, though...probably myself. *smirks*)

~ ~ ~

AND NOW...on to the next tag! *raises sword high and charges ahead*

I was tagged by both Christine and Tracey for the Writer's Life Tag. Thanks a million, dears! Sorry it took like...10,042 years for me to get to it.

// The Writer's Life Tag //

Don't look at me like that, I'm not deliberately excluding the rules. THIS TAG HAS NO RULES, I SWEAR. #trustmeplease 

Write-fuel: What do you eat/drink while writing?



Lol, I don't eat or drink while I write, though I always have water at my desk. I'll stop and take a sip every once in a while, but it's something I have to consciously remind myself about. Sometimes I'll motivate myself with snacks, but that's mostly during NaNo. (I totally didn't live off Reese's Cups and pretzels during November. Noooope. ;P)

Write-sounds: What do you listen to while writing?


The sound of my brilliance being pounded into the keyboard. (Or my characters screaming for help in my mind. Take your pick.)

Because yes, that answer is much more interesting than "I can't listen to music while I write." XD

Actually, I have discovered that ambient music/relaxing white noise is helpful while writing. I like putting on the 10-hour loops from this channel and listening to rain sounds as I type. 


Write-vice: What’s your most debilitating distraction?


I'm just going to go with the flow here and say it: THE INTERNET. It is seriously a problem. I always find something else that "needs" to be done, whether it be scrolling through Pinterest, checking the weather,  or looking up whether you can get sick from eating old whipped cream (yes, I actually googled this :P). 

Write-horror: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?


Welll...I accidentally dropped my computer once on the tile floor and lost all my pictures and documents ever but besides that, nothing much. XD


(Okay, to be fair, that was before I started really getting into writing so I didn't lose anything major. I mostly mourned the loss of the photos.)

Write-joy: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you while writing, or how do you celebrate small victories?


Best thing? I think finishing the first draft of Moonlit Mirror was probably the best writing experience I've ever had. It was just so fulfilling having my first real novel finished. IT WAS THE BEST. Also, I love all the love and support I get every time I post snippets or info about my writing. You guys are seriously the best. <3

As for small victories, I like to reward myself with a) candy, b) internet, c) books, and d) sleep. Those are the ultimate rewards, people. XD

Write-crew: Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?


No one should be communicating with me while I'm writing. This is a no-no, okay? (Unless it's a word war on MyWriteClub...and even then, I usually just write.)

However, I have a HUGE support group for my writing in general. My awesome friends from my writers' Hangout (who hacked my blog and wrote this post) are the best. I honestly don't think I could have won NaNo without them. I also keep in contact with Tracey, though not as often as I wish I did. She's the one I talk to one-on-one about writing the most, and she's a real godsend.

Outside of them, of course I have all of you guys! All my lovely blog readers and commenters are frabjous. You don't know how much all your support means to me. <3

Write-secret: What’s your writing secret to success or hidden flaw?



Can we skip this question? 'Cause I don't think I am really one to offer any "secrets to success." XP

As far as writing secrets are concerned, I guess just making writing a habit. Now, this is something I really need to work on, since it's been far too long since I've followed a consistent writing schedule. However, I find that it's much easier to write when I'm doing it consistently, whether that be every day or three times a week or whatever. Setting a schedule and continuing to write on a regular basis is important. (Listen to this advice, Mary. THEN MAYBE YOU WILL ACTUALLY GET THINGS DONE. *glares at myself* XD)

Oh boy, I can think of plenty of flaws. But I'm just going to say it now: inconsistency. *points at the paragraph above* Yep, I'm guilty of being a "seasonal" writer who only writes during certain times of the year. It's a problem, and I'm trying to amend it. But gosh, it's so hard. I never want to write when I'm supposed to. -_-

Write-spiration: What always makes you productive?


I promise I'm not trying to copy you guys...but just like Tracey and Christine said: goals. Goals are seriously what get me motivated. For instance, those graphs that track your word count during NaNo are the MOST MOTIVATING THINGS EVER. I'm obsessed with updating my word count and watching the bars climb higher. XD

Also, rewards such as candy motivate me. I'm an incurable sweet tooth. ;)


Write-peeve: What’s one thing writers do (or you do) that’s annoying?


Just one thing? *chokes* I have a snarky voice inside me that always critiques my annoying habits. XD

Okay, so outside of literally everything I do...I have to say that writers who don't use the Oxford comma really annoy me. GUYS. It drives me crazy. I know it's technically "correct" to not use it, but like...why would you not??? It's a huge pet peeve of mine. Sowwy.

Write-words: Share one sentence from a project, past or present.


Here's the first line from my short story that's in progress. Hopefully it intrigues you. ;)

~ ~ ~
It was the twenty-third of September, and that usually meant someone was going to die.



WELL, FOLKS. I did it. I caught up on multiple tags at once! *collapses because it's 1:38 am as I type this*


I'm not tagging anyone because hey, why start following the rules now? (I never have. XD) But if you want to snag one of these tags, by all means, go ahead. Just leave a link to your answers in the comments so I can check out your posts! 

What's your favorite tense to write? Any favorite writing snacks? Also, which snippet of mine did you like the best? (All of them...right?! ;D)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Word about Beauty and the Beast


Note: I wrote this as tactfully and honestly as I could. So please don't think I'm aiming this post at anyone or that I'm "attacking" anyone's beliefs. Honestly, I'm doing just the opposite. :)

~ ~ ~

*takes a deep breath* Okay, so I've been debating about whether or not I should actually address this issue...but I feel like this is something I really need to say.

In case some of you haven't heard (which is nearly impossible, the way the media's been flaunting it), Disney decided to make the character LeFou gay in the new Beauty and the Beast movie.

Needless to say, this decision has created quite a commotion, especially amongst Christians. A lot of people--many of whom I know--have actually decided not to see the movie at all because of this. On the other hand, a lot of liberal newspapers are lauding this as the best decision Disney has ever made. You know, in the name of diversity and whatnot.

For me personally, it's something I've been thinking about...a lot. Not gonna lie, I was really upset when I found out. Like really. upset. Part of it may be the fact that I was already having a pretty bad day at the time, but even weeks (I think??) later, I'm still unhappy with it.


The thing is, this wouldn't even be an issue if they hadn't gone out of their way to make it one. I think that's what bugs me the most about the whole thing. Chances are, if the director hadn't made a point of saying LeFou had this "great gay moment" or whatever, no one would even know about it. It's subtle enough that it could just be construed as LeFou admiring Gaston--just like in the animated version. In fact, the composer of the movie's score, Alan Menken, actually said that. He was talking about how ridiculous this whole thing was and that he always saw LeFou as looking up to Gaston. He blames the journalist from a gay magazine for creating an issue out of it. (source)

Like I said, this is something I've been thinking and praying about for a while. I feel like some Christians who are boycotting it are (perhaps unintentionally) shaming other Christians who decide to see it, while other people are saying that those who avoid seeing the film are narrow-minded and stuck in the past.

BUT GUYS. Does this have to be something we "shame" people about? In the end, what we choose to do is a matter of conscience. I know of some Christians who have decided to still see it--and that's totally fine. If they don't feel convicted not to see it, then that's okay. That's their decision, between them and God.


I think most Christians can agree that they aren't thrilled about this decision. (Most but not all.) However, it really isn't something that we should judge people about if they choose to still see the film. I've seen some people actually telling other people that they probably shouldn't see the movie now because of this...and that just makes me a little irritated. Because yes, I don't approve of this decision. But that doesn't give other people the right to command my conscience. 'Cause, guys--it's a matter of conscience in the end. If we feel convicted not to see it, that's fine. But if not, other people should respect that decision.

One other thing I wanted to point out is that just because we see a movie with something like a gay character in it doesn't mean we approve of it. Seriously, how many Christians do you think have seen movies with language in it? Does that mean that we support the use of bad language just because we saw the movie in theaters? Not at all. I'm very sensitive to language in movies and books, yet even I have seen a couple movies in theaters that had language in them. However, just because I saw the films doesn't mean I approve of all the content.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here is this: let's give each other some respect. I'm still really disappointed about the producer's announcement, but I haven't decided whether I'm seeing the movie or not. My family is leaning towards not seeing it, but I just haven't felt convicted not to. However, whatever my decision may be in the end, we as Christians can agree on one thing: we are brothers and sisters in Christ and nothing can change that.

Let's remember to love each other. And hey, if I end up seeing Beauty and the Beast, I'll let you all know how it is. ;)

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
~ Ephesians 4:3-6 ~


WELL, I DID IT. I posted about something controversial. *coughs nervously* What are you guys doing? Are you still planning on seeing the movie or not? (And please tell me you're not offended because that's the exact opposite of my intentions!)


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung {Tamera Alexander}


Well, look who's actually posting a review. *cue chorus of gasps* YES, I KNOW. It's been six months since I've reviewed a book and that is utterly shameful.

I am here to amend that today, this time reviewing A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander. (Aka the book with the most GORGEOUS cover ever. *strokes it*)

AHEM. I guess you'd like to know what it's about? That's generally a good thing. *shoves blurb in your face*


A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the new maestro at the Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed when the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah's new employer, agrees with him.


Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's youngest orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head, he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city's new symphony hall. Even more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music--his dying father. As Tate's ailment worsens, he knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he's robbed her of her dream?




As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women's hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history--but the hearts of men.

(Amazon)

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WOW. This book was SO good! When I started reading it, I wasn't entirely in the mood for it. However, once I got past the first 60 pages or so, I was so immersed in the story that it was painful to put the book down.

Since lists are so much fun, let's go ahead and divide my thoughts into a list, shall we?

Things I Liked


  • Look, somebody has to say it...TATEEEEE. Oh my goodness, Tate Whitcomb was by far the best part of the book! I absolutely fell in love with him. <3 He can be short-tempered and irritable at times, but he's really a great guy overall. He just has a lot of problems weighing on his mind, including composing an ENTIRE symphony, dealing with the stresses of being the new, young conductor of an orchestra, and lots of personal issues (which shall not be named because spoilers). POOR THING. I just want to hug him throughout the entire book. Because the way he treats Rebekah?? Suffice it to say, the two of them are darling together. I just love how sweet he is with her (um, most of the time...hehe). 
  • Tate's family was wonderful. I just loved his family so much! It was amusing seeing how adorably awkward Tate was when introducing them to Rebekah. XD And the genuine love they had for each other is just so heartwarming.
  • All the violin and music-related stuff! I'm a violinist myself so I really appreciated all the music in this book. Rebekah and Tate both play the violin, and I love that. I'm not sure if non-musicians would enjoy it as much? Maybe it just appeals to me because I deal with music all the time anyway. But yes, all the music was splendid! (And I love that the author actually has a playlist of all the songs mentioned in the book on her website. :D)
  • The setting! I really liked the "refined southern feel" of this book. It takes place in Nashville in 1871, where there are mansions and concert halls and even donut shops (where Tate takes Rebekah <3). It has a very charming feel to it overall. ^_^
  • The writing style was so gorgeous! I positively adored Tamera Alexander's writing style! Too often the writer is either too descriptive or not descriptive enough. But this author struck the perfect balance. The writing was rich and evocative, yet engaging enough that I didn't get sucked into a black hole of descriptions. (That has happened before. XD) 
  • Rebekah. I can't believe I haven't mentioned her yet! She was SUCH a great character! It's not often that I find myself rooting for both main characters so much. She was a good blend of gentle and sassy. I loved her determination and strong will, combined with a gentleness of spirit. I think that female characters often end up on either side of the spectrum, which aggravates me. But Rebekah broke the mold, being an independent young woman who still knew how to be a lady.
  • TATE AND REBEKAH. Have I conveyed how much I love them??? EEP. They were the most darling couple! You don't know how much I wanted them to just GET TOGETHER. (I'm not telling you if it happens or not...you'll have to read the book to find out. ;))
  • Alllll the cookies and donuts and cakes. YUM.
  • THE ENDING. The last few chapters were so darn good. I cried happy tears during one scene. :')
  • Oh, and I almost forgot to mention this! I loved that Tate and Rebekah's relationship was not based on physical attraction so much. Sure, looks had a part to play in it, but I appreciated that they each wanted the other person to achieve their goals. They were genuinely attracted to their personalities and character, rather than just their physical appearance. 

Things I Didn't Like


  • Some of the dialect got a little old...there's only so much of that I can take in a book.
  • Not enough time in the donut shop. Yes, this is a legitimate concern. XD
  • I honestly can't think of much else. It was a really wonderful book!



Overall, I LOVED this book! Even though it was the third book in the series, I didn't at all feel disconnected or confused. The series is written in such a way that it seems reading them out of order works fine. That being said, I enjoyed this book so much that I just have to read the other ones now. :)

And content-wise, it was very clean! There were a couple kisses exchanged, and I believe one or two of them may have been described more than some people would like. But I thought most of them were sweet. Rebekah's stepfather clearly has...ahem, a thing for Rebekah. It's not dwelt on very much, but yes, it's worth mentioning for sensitive readers. I definitely would recommend it to older teens, probably fourteen and fifteen on up.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

4.5 stars!

In case you're wondering, you can find the book for sale here on Amazon. 

I seemed to have gone a little overboard on my review...oops. I guess that happens when I need to ramble about a really good book. ;) So tell me: do any of you play musical instruments? And have you read any books that involved a lot of music?


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Introducing My New Blog!!!


*prances into the room*

GUYS. Here is the special post I promised! In case you couldn't tell by the title, I'll spell out my news for you again.

I STARTED A NEW BLOG.

!!!!!


YES I DID! While I was on a blogging "hiatus," I actually started a brand-new blog! Now before you panic, Sunshine and Scribblings is not going anywhere. *cue sighs of relief* I wouldn't deprive you, don't worry. XD

My new blog is called Silver Horizons. I've kept it a secret for OVER A MONTH. ONE FREAKIN' MONTH. Do you even know how hard that was??? I sent a screenshot to my friend once that had a tab on my browser labeled "Blogger: Silver Horizons," and I tried not to panic because I thought she would for sure notice and say something. (She didn't, to my relief. #phew)

You're probably wondering, "what's the point of having two blogs? Isn't one enough?" The answer: my awesomeness can't be contained in just one blog. (Just kiiiiidding. ;P) The real answer is that I need a separate space where I can unleash all my creativity.

As much as I love my blog here and love what I do, I've been feeling like I really need a space completely devoted to creativity. On Silver Horizons, I plan on sharing my photography, artwork (which you guys JUST asked about--I had trouble not giving anything away), poetry, maaaybe some short stories and devotional stuff? My plans are still kind of all-over-the-place right now, but I know that it will definitely be a much-needed creative outlet.

BUT GUYS. EEP. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING.

I legit spent SO much time on the design, and I'm super proud of how it turned out. This was my first time getting a free custom theme and applying it. It was a ginormous headache, especially since I had to do it entirely on my own. I even worked with some html...which was mildly terrifying. XD But in the end, I think it turned out beautifully. <3

Just warning you, though...it's WAY different than my blog over here! I'm trying out a different blogging style/design on Silver Horizons. Let me know how you like it. Please? :)

So it would make me the happiest bookdragon alive if you would hop on over and check out Silver Horizons! Let the adventures continue!

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Well? Was it a surprise? I've been planning this for months, and I'm so excited (and admittedly, a little nervous) to share Silver Horizons with you all! EEP. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!


(Here's the link to the first post. *hint, hint* ;D)