Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Dream Blogger Party Tag





I have been commenting around the blogosphere and am firmly convinced that this is the best tag ever created in the history of tags. And lo and behold its incredibly creative creator...Abigail Lennah!  Also ALL the visuals and headers in this post were made by her and OMW aren't they so cute and gorgeous? So all credits go to her, none of these pictures are mine. 


NASHVILLE// Hands down Nashville. It would be the adorable town with all the shops and music and places to explore that bloggers dream about. It's not too far for the East Coasters, which consist the majority of known bloggers but its worth the trek for West Coasters and I would do anything to get the Aussies and New Zealanders amongst the rest. *flies in with the private plane*
Probably the best accommodation choice would be homey neighbouring lakeside cabins, like the ones at Nashville Lake Shore Resort.





I'm going to cheat a bit and list food genres :P

DRINKS// Tea, Coffee, and Ice Tea and those cool fruit drinks in aesthetic bottles

BREAKFAST FOOD//  Waffles AND Pancakes, don't worry I love both. *face of innocence* And fruit salad and AHH every single delicious breakfast food.

DINNER/LUNCH // Chips and dip, potluck food, grilled stuff.
Boy I cheated ^ xD









Hard choices!

TWENTY ONE PILOTS// Everyone loves this band so that would be a must
PIANO GUYS (OK, Cello-LoopA, That's What Makes You Beautiful) // The fun beats of these songs would be a must for crazy dancing.
HILLSONG WORSHIP// Can you see everyone flailing with eyes closed to the awesomeness of these songs? *grins at the thought*
 MUSICALS/MOVIE SCORE MUSIC // We would be singing along to our favorites from Lion King, and all the other favorite cartoons, musicals, and films...I'm sure there would be a mysterious occurrence of sombre LOTR film music inserted into the playlist.
ASSORTED DANCE BEATS // Some assorted great clean dance songs, whether oldies, pop or indie.
 


TALKING // We would be chattering like jaybirds, even the most introverted one of us would be coming out of their shell in excitement of the moment. We would exchange contacts, and for those of us who discover we live in the same states, bonds would be made. Friendships would bloom.

READING/WRITING // We would spend evenings on hammocks and benches by the lake and snuggle up to read and write. There would be quiet whispers of enthusiasm, some might even share a beloved book...or give writing advice.

WANDERLUST // We would be wandering around the town taking pictures, screaming aesthetic at every cute thing. There would be endless sights and shops and places to visit. Some of us would split up and there would be memory sharing at the campfire at night.We might even stay up late one night to stargaze and talk about life.




VLOGS: Since we can always cooperate a post through email, we would do what we can't do so easily when we are far away...videos. There would be endless videos and pictures of our venue, we would come up with impromptu tags and each run to an aesthetic corner to film, we might even film a huge music video together and sing no matter how badly. I could see Abiee strumming the uke accompanied by yours truly on the violin. Whoever else has musical talent or fingers to hit a drum, a voice to sing would join. It would be like a fountain of craziness.




CRAZINESS OR QUIETNESS // Well to cope with the awkwardness of first meetings, there would either be a huge silence or there would be awkward craziness and we'd be a bit too excited and loud at first. There would be the strange moments of not being able to insert XD or flail on command within asteriks. We'd have to get used to each other's true personalities.

HARD GOODBYES // It would be very hard to say goodbye, we would all be planning for the next time and much of the upcoming year's posts would be hinting back to the fun of last year and awaiting the next Blogger Party.



Please do this! Not only is it awesome, but I want to see YOUR answers :)

Love,

Anna


A friend loves at all times
(Proverbs 17:17)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Voices of YA Tag






Thank you to Catherine for tagging me :) And sorry for the veeerryyy late release


ABOUT THE WRITERS:
 
1.       What draws you to YA?

Let’s be honest, I’m not big on exclusive YA. However from a person who reads the classics, YA is refreshing. YA is different and it’s encouraging to read stories whose characters are relatable to your situation, however that narrows the span of YA because much of it is targeted to youth that like… *clears throat* I think you get the idea, and that is most definitely not refreshing or encouraging, but a well written YA is pleasing. (And this is why I am I’m with Rebellious Writing)

2.      Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

I have started using bullet listed outlines with more specifications. (otherwise the implications of my naturally panster writing would be horrific) Honestly my writing style and process is in development so I go with what is best and most effective, often that means learning through trial and error. I'm still very much a learner!

3.      How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I have been writing since I was eleven, however I only really started getting serious at around thirteen. The problem is...I did not have the tools and I was very much in the dark, so being a perfectionist I knew something was wrong but I didn't know exactly what. And that was very frustrating...so naturally I never finished any first drafts. I only have half completed works from that stage. In fact I am still learning, and in no way am I stellar writer, I still haven't written a complete first draft. But I am a lot more equipped and ready to conquer my WIP. 

4.  What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

  * My laptop. (I tried so hard working in notebooks but I pitifully fail each time *eternal sorrow* But honestly it's so aesthetic, pen to paper. So I do a lot of notetaking and journaling for my WIP in notebooks.)
   * Peace and quiet

And that’s it. As long as I feel at peace inside, things are not too loud and I have my laptop…I am good to go!

5.     If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Do not, not, not…get caught up in the comparison trap. It is the most damaging thing you can do to yourself, your dreams, and your life in general.
I have imperfections, you have imperfections…EVERYONE is imperfect. No matter how jaw dropping that snippet is, or how incredible that accomplishment is…you aren’t going to do any good for yourself by standing there and feeling envious or (the “humble and good” version *notice those savage quotes*) inadequate. Yes, be happy for others…share their joy. But don’t sit there and inwardly sob over your shortcomings…get down on your knees and pray, ask God to fill in your gaps, thank Him for what He has done for you…given you hands to write, a mind to think, eyes to see beauty, ears to hear song…then stand up and keep going. Dreams don’t happen by wishing, no matter how much of a dedicated wisher and believer you are, nothing’s gonna happen unless you sit down and DO IT. And you absolutely can!

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

1.       What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

Hmm…LOTR. I was so devastated when so and so happened, but WHAT, the plot twist had me more than reeling. I was wildly applauding J.R.R. Tolkien for his genius.

2.      What books are you most anticipating for this year?

I must say I was most anticipating “The Blood Race” by K.A. Emmons but that is out, so definitely check that out!

3.      In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

That's a very tough question and unfortunately at the moment I have no answer.

4.      What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)?

       Oh boy, that's practically impossible! I'm going to break the rules and list a few favorites. (Sorry, not sorry!)
       "Becoming fearless isn't the point, that's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it" - Divergent, Veronica Roth
                  "I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren." - LOTR, J.R.R Tolkien
                  “He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends” - Les Miserable, Victor Hugo
                   “What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul” - Les Miserables, Victor Hugp
                   
5.      What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

I would love all of the indie books that my blogger friends have published to become spotlessly rendered movie adaptations.. examples include
- Martin Hospitality
- Andora's Folly
- The Blood Race 
- (I know I am forgetting many others here)

So get back to writing so I can add your book to this list! (Psst, one of my far fetched dreams has included making indie movies, so ahem...)

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What about you! Talk to me below :)
I am tagging (and feel very free to not do the tag!) 

(I had quite time finding people who have not done this tag before, and if you participated in the tag then I will lose my trust in blogger search engines.)

 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;

(Proverbs 1:2)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Double tagged: The Sunshine Blogger Tag




Well, well...I got DOUBLE tagged for the Sunshine Blogger tag. So get ready for a fun light Q&A session with plenty of Gifs!
I am sorry for the long and messy format! For some weird reason my blogger is being very uncooperative and the editing is glitching out.

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First off thank you so much Lisa for tagging me! I am so late on this one!



1. Do you have favorite fictional families/siblings and who are they?



The Ingalls family from the show, Little House on the Prairie.

I mean I grew up on this show and so what it's cheesy, I LOVE IT.


  Ahh...Laura and this season, I was literally laughing all the way through. The way they portrayed the love story is hilarious.


<3 Also Sam Gamgee and Rosie <3 


 THEY ARE SO CUTE agdubzdgiwjgdfs
*sobs*





2. If you could reform one villain (book or movie) who would it be?



The boys in the Lord of the Flies. That book always wrenched me…



3. If you could work with/be the apprentice of/learn from one historical figure (hero or not) who would it be?



Jesus of course!<3



4. Have you ever dreamed (when you were asleep, of course) that you were in a book or movie? If so, which ones?


 I dreamed that I was in Narnia more than once. Isn't that the ideal dream spot???


 
 I don’t usually dream that I am in a book though…my dreams usually set the scenes and inspire my own book ideas :).



5. What are you favorite kinds of book titles (e.g. one word, a reference, symbolism, with a certain word in them...)?


I love short titles packed full of meaning…I also like peculiar words and names, especially if the book is fantasy.



6. If you could be the "sidekick" of one fictional character, who would it be?


I would love to be Anne’s sidekick, I love the friendship relationships in the Anne series. The clarity and closeness is incredible, as well as being able to speak as if you are writing poetry, YES.
  

I haven't watched the movie but this is one favorite scene from the book.  The feels, the childhood memories *nostalgia* I related so badly to Anne.



7. If you were a superhero, what would be your power?



Anything to help others…maybe healing power? The power of seeing beyond lies and masks? Invisibility? Flying? Anything to help the world be a better place and help people around me.



8. If you entered a fictional world, what is the worst thing that could happen to you?


Being tortured. I wouldn’t last long :/



9. What kinds of book covers do you not like?


Stereotypical book covers with a boring character face melded into some kind of scene, there are exceptions but most of the time I’ll abandon it. Generally any bad book cover is a disappointment, even though I usually don't judge a book from its cover. :)



10. Which fictional character would you want as your sidekick?



Legolas. Sister/Brother Elf team . Sounds incredibly wonderful and I love bows and arrows. *ignoring the fact that I cannot even do proper archery* And yes I am an elf! *stubborn face* I have pointy ears, no kidding, and I do look quite like an elf sometimes...sometimes *little sigh*







11. What fictional character would you want as your arch-nemesis?



Jean Valjean *cackles* 

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And thank you to Mira for tagging me again!

1. What person, living or dead (or fictional) has been the biggest inspiration in your life?

First of all Jesus.
Beyond that I could list many people,
but one of the deepest impressions I ever had was from "The Little Mermaid" in Hans Christian Anderson's story, she sacrificed her happiness and ultimately life for the one she loved. Above that she did the right thing. Instead of thinking about herself, she did what was right, even though it cost her life. 
That's always hit me hard.

 ENFP. I am more of an extrovert but I need time to recharge and if that doesn't happen then I feel like digging a hole and burying myself in it. Also I'd sometimes rather be quiet and withdraw from certain people than bump in the way my curious extroverted spirit usually wishes to do.
The strength and weakness on the MBTI page are spot on, if you want to know me better, read that page.

3. What could you give a forty minute presentation on with no preparation?

 I could give a presentation on pretty much any motivational subject.
 I LOVE to talk...and as long as my audience seems kind then I'll rattle off with no issue.


4. What is the nicest compliment you have ever received?


It's so hard to choose one...people have said really kind things to me. But one of the kindest came from someone who knew me the best, those words to this day keep me going on my darkest day.
My friend told me to keep going...that I could do or be anything I wanted to be, that I was incredibly talented and that I could do absolutely anything I set my mind to
I might keep the fire of my dreams going, but my friend sparked that fire in the first place.
If you are reading this my friend,  Thank you. Though you may be far, far away you are never far from my heart.


5. What hobby would you get into if time or money weren't an issue?


Traveling! I would travel and blog about it. That would be a dream come true!

6. Favorite time period?


Why art thou doing this to me! I love so many time periods...yet I must say, I do have a fascination with the Ancient time period.

7. What is something most people are obsessed with, but you just don't get the point of? 


*clears throat* Fidget Spinners. Enough said.


8. C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien? 


Ahh why!?
 I must say...J.R.R Tolkien.
But you all should know that I love C. S. Lewis just as much, just when given choices...ahem.


9. What is your advice to other teen bloggers out there?
Have fun! Don't get into peer pressure, don't feel inadequate, blog about what you love and what you do, get into a close knit community. I blogged solitary for four months and then I found this incredible group of people that were Christians and writers and songwriters and artists...just like me! That was incredible. So find community, it's really important. 
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What about you! If you want to do the Sunshine Blogger Tag, then I nominate you! You can even answer a few in the comments section! I would love to get to know you all better :)

Here are my questions, short and sweet list ;) 



1. If you could be friends with one book/movie character, which one would it be? 
 2. How tall are you and how does it affect your life?
3. What is something strange or unique about you that no one on the blogosphere really knows?4. If you could have one thing in the whole world what would it be?
5. Would you rather publish your novel, or not publish it at all and have it turned into a movie?
6. If you could risk your money and time with no bad effect, what would you do or study (something you know you could never do otherwise or are too scared to try) ?
7. How did you start blogging?




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The heart is delighted by the fragrance of oil and sweet perfumes,
    and in just the same way, the soul is sweetened by the wise counsel of a friend.

(Proverbs 27:9)