Fun Friday: Liebster Award!

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Here I am with another installment of Fun Friday for you!

The lovely Miriam over at Crafted By Christ nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Miriam! Definitely check out her blog. She’s a gifted writer and writes about many of the same topics that I do!

The rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  • List eleven random fact about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 11 other Bloggers that you think are deserving of this award (with less than 200 followers).
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Miriam’s Questions

How long have you been blogging? I have been blogging for almost three years now. I started my Blogspot blog in the fall of my freshman year, and now I’m about to be a senior. I can’t even believe how much my platform has grown since then…I’m not even sure I really knew what I was getting into, and I can’t wait to see what else God does with my writing!

How has God been working in your life this summer? This is a small thing, but I went to a dance intensive last week and stayed in a dorm three hours from my parents. Before I went, I prayed that God would give me a good roommate, and He did! I really lucked out. There were some not-quite-as-nice people there who I could have ended up rooming with (it was randomly chosen) and I’m so thankful that God gave me such a sweet girl to stay with.

What is your deepest passion? I hope and pray that it will always be the glory of God, knowing that only the Holy Spirit can make that true.

Describe your dream vacation. Spending a week in New York City: seeing a show (Broadway or dance) every night, trying to dress like a New Yorker, exploring all the neighborhoods and the tourist attractions, revisiting favorite places, and going to all of the places that I saw but didn’t get a chance to go to last time.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? 1. Freedom from the various bonds that I struggle with every day. 2. Complete and full joy. 3. A revival across the world of people who know and love God.

What is your greatest goal? To use some talent that God has given me for His glory and to advance His kingdom in the world.

Other than writing, what are your hobbies? Dance, although I’m not sure that counts as a hobby because it’s more serious than that, like a potential career path. Piano. Choir. Latin (yes, this counts. It’s a club!). Reading, followed by obsessive fangirling.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior? I was blessed to be born into a Christian home, so I’ve known about Jesus for my whole life and was saved at a very young age.

What is your favorite book? Why? Why, Miriam? Why would you ask this question????????? Seriously???????? I refuse.

I refuse.

I will not answer.

Moving on.

If you could only write or only read, which would you pick? I’m going to have to say reading, despite how horrible it sounds not to be able to write. Because I could definitely read without writing (if I absolutely HAD to…) but I don’t think I could write without reading. But the best part is, I don’t have to choose and I can continue to do both!

What is the most random fact you can think of right now? Did you know that in that one scene in The Two Towers, where the find the pile of burning bodies and Aragorn kicks the head and screams, Viggo Mortenson actually broke his toe kicking it? He acted through it. That’s why it sounds like he’s in so much pain when he screams, because he was! 😉 (random enough…?)

Eleven Random Facts

  1. I think both dogs and cats are super cute, but I’m actually really scared of cats. Making me a dog person.
  2. I made my Common App account today. (gasp!) (And for those of you who don’t know what that is…you will learn, small child. You will learn. It’s called college applications. It haunts you in your sleep. Mwahahaha.)
  3. I hate drinking straight coffee (give me tea any day), but I love unsweetened lattes!
  4. In theory I like the idea of painting my nails. In practice, my nails are never painted. Except maybe like twice a year.
  5. I have never seen Star Trek…I guess I should really get to it…
  6. Also I have never seen The Lion King. (Cue shrieks of horror in the comments section. *ducks behind couch* Don’t hurt me!)
  7. I used to draw a lot as a child. Now I never draw…my talents in the area of arts and crafts are really limited.
  8. I have lived in basically the same place my whole life. (Several houses, but in the same area, and the same house for the last twelve-ish years.)
  9. I have seen two shows on Broadway: Wicked and Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. They were both amazing!
  10. I love pasta. Especially mac ‘n’ cheese. And apparently National Mac ‘n’ Cheese Day is on my birthday, so that’s cool!
  11. I have a strange obsession with things that are British.

The Nominees

I’m going to be lazy now. If you are a blogger who is subscribed to True and Pure and has less than 200 followers, I nominate you! If you do it, be sure to leave me the link to your post in the comments so I can check it out!

Here are your questions:

  1. What is your favorite genre of music and why?
  2. What is a book you are really excited to read soon?
  3. What is a popular movie that you really should have watched by now, but haven’t?
  4. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  5. Which dessert do you find irresistible?
  6. What are your writing goals for the next five years?
  7. What is your favorite part of your house?
  8. How many books do you think you own (personally, not your family)? (Just an estimate for fun!)
  9. And to follow up, is there such a thing as owning too many books?
  10. What is your favorite thing about your church?
  11. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

 

Now it’s your turn! Share your answers to any of the questions in this post in the comments below; I’d love to hear them! 

love, grace

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Fun Friday: Blue Sky Tag

And now for an installment of “Fun Friday”, where I pop in unexpectedly and give you an extra, random post!

Thank you to Hailey from Now All I Know Is Grace for tagging me for the Blue Sky Tag! Hopefully the questions will help you learn a little more about me and/or encourage you in your faith. Here we go:

Why did you start your blog? Basically, I got the idea. And then it didn’t go away for months, until I finally decided to go for it. I think that was definitely God nudging me, because I have so enjoyed my blogging journey so far and He is blessing my efforts beyond what I ever could have imagined when I wrote my first post!

If you could have dinner with any one person who’s alive right now, who would you choose? Jaquelle Crowe, the editor-in-chief of The Rebelution and the author of This Changes Everything (which is a great book that everyone should read) as well as the co-host of Age of Minority, my favorite podcast.  She’s a huge role model; besides that, I just think she would be really fun to talk to. And she loves food, so dinner would be an optimum time to have a conversation!

Favorite book of the Bible and why? I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to pick one I would probably say Hebrews. The entire thing is full of such beautiful writing and is just…so beautiful. It’s hard to understand but once I did understand it more I fell in love with it. (Amanda Beguerie’s Hebrews Bible Study was instrumental in developing my understanding of this beautiful book, by the way!)

Favorite music genre to listen to? My taste varies widely, but I always come back to hymns when I don’t know what else to listen to. I especially love Selah’s hymn albums…it’s music that I’m always in the mood for.

What’s your earliest memory? I honestly have no clue.

What job would you be great at, and what job would you be horrible at? I think I would be good at administrative jobs, teaching, or something else that required a lot of organizational skills. I would be horrible at anything that required advanced math or artistic skills.

Dream vacation spot? London.

big ben, bridge, clock tower

When writing, are you a plotter or a pantser? Most of the time I’m a plotter. I almost always have at least some kind of plan before I start writing. I do just wing it occasionally, though.

What makes you angry? Injustice in the world; abortion; people who say they are Christians but don’t live like it; people who make assumptions about Christians without really knowing what they’re talking about.

What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of? This blog is probably the biggest one. A hundred followers…I’m still wrapping my mind around it!

What has God been teaching you lately? That I am called to live for His glory even through hard circumstances, even when I don’t feel like doing anything…and that doesn’t mean doing things for Him all the time, but it can just mean simply leaning on His strength instead of my own, because that is just as glorifying to Him as working for His sake.

I tag:

Abigail Faith @ Faith and Mustard

Shantelle @ Between the Pages of This Bookish Life

Amanda @ Scattered Journal Pages

Deborah @ The Road of a Writer

Patricia @ Hello Beautiful People

Ashley @ Inklings Press

Emily @ For the Bookish

Christine @ Musings of an Elf

Victoria @ Ruffles and Grace

Abigayle @ The Left-Handed Typist

Grace @ From the Tip of Grace’s Pen

Here are the questions:

1. What would you say is the hardest season that God has brought you through so far? Looking back, what did He teach you through that season?

2. If you could only have three books with you on a desert island for the rest of your life, what would they be?

3. Do you prefer tea or coffee? And what kind (black or with cream and sugar, herbal tea, lattes, etc.)?

4. What is one sermon/talk that you think every Christian should listen to?

5. What is one book that you think every Christian should read?

6. What is your favorite way to rest and destress?

7. Was there a time in your life that God answered a prayer in a really amazing way (share the story!)?

8. What is one childhood hobby that you wish you’d kept pursuing?

9. What is one childhood hobby that you’re really glad you stopped pursuing?

10. What is your favorite hymn?

11. What books do you really want to read this summer?

The rules are: thank the person who tagged you, answer their 11 questions, then tag 11 people and give them 11 questions to answer.

(Please don’t feel any obligation to do this tag if you don’t want to…I would love to see how you answer these questions, but I know not everyone has time/energy/tags aren’t their thing/etc.)

There you have it! I hope you learned something new about me! Now, it’s your turn: pick a question, from the ones I answered or the ones I asked, and answer it in the comments! 

love, grace

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The Christmas Tag!!

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, as my sisters like to say!

Today I’m taking a break from the Advent posts (there will be one more post in the series tomorrow) to bring you a fun Christmas tag from my fellow Grace. Because it’s a Friday, the Friday before Christmas, and sometimes something lighthearted can be healing to our souls.

Here we go:

1. What’s your favorite Christmas film?

Well, The Nutcracker, of course, as I mentioned last week. I also just (finally!) watched Elf all the way through for the first time. I’d seen the beginning countless times but never all the way to the end. It was great! Probably a new favorite. It is a classic, after all.

Hm…I also really like Disney’s Prep and Landing, about the team of elves that prepare houses for Santa on Christmas Eve. I feel like it’s not nearly as well-known as a lot of Christmas films, but it deserves to be! And the second one is good too.

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I don’t remember. Probably at some point in my life, but not very often. It snows a lot where I live through January and February, but usually not early enough for white Christmases.

3. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

I did a whole post on Christmas music so I’m not going to elaborate much here. But I would like to add one more favorite song to that:

IT’S SO GOOD! So much fun. It makes me want to dance every time I listen to it.

4. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph. Did I get it? I think I got it.

5. Do you have a real or fake tree?

We used to have a fake tree, but we got rid of it and now we get a real one.

6. Where is your dream place to spend the holidays?

I would LOVE to be in New York City during Christmas. Everything happens there- the Macy’s parade, all the Christmas shows (like New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker!), the decorations and shopping, and then of course New Year’s Eve. It would be amazing!

7. How good are you at wrapping?

I think I’m pretty good at it. I took like half an hour to wrap four presents yesterday, so I’m not particularly fast, but I like to take my time and make the ribbon all coordinated and make the gifts look really pretty.

8. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope! We open stockings and presents on Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve we go to a church service, drive around and look at Christmas lights, and eat cookies.

9. Do you do anything for Boxing Day?

(The only reason I actually know what this is: other Grace didn’t and looked it up and explained it in her tag :))

No, we’re usually at my grandparents’ house for a few days after Christmas, just hanging out. So if that counts as doing something?

10. What is your favorite Christmas food/treat?

Pressed cookies. If you’ve never had these they are tiny and bite-sized and delicious and dangerous because you want to eat about five thousand of them at once. Behold:

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They have a certain flavor that just melts in your mouth and I love them so much.

So now I tag some people.

*lazy feelings*

If you’re reading this and you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

I hope you enjoyed this little fun interlude of Christmas spirit! I’ll see you tomorrow with the final Advent post!

How good are you at wrapping presents? Where would be your dream place to spend the holidays? And what is your favorite Christmas treat? Tell me in the comments! 

love, grace

 

 

The Wisteria Writer Tag

Surprise! Here I am posting on a Friday. What??

I was tagged by the lovely Emily at For the Bookish to do the Wisteria Writer tag! Thanks, Emily! It looks like fun.

So why am I posting on a Friday, you ask?

Well, I enjoy doing tags. They don’t really fit with my normal content schedule/blog focus, however, so I don’t like to do them for regularly scheduled posts. This blog isn’t about me, and answering a bunch of questions about myself, while fun, isn’t what I want the regular content on here to be.

So when I do get tagged, I do the tag on an off-day, so we all get the fun tagginess (and you get an extra post!) but you don’t lose out on the other important topics I have planned for regular posting days.

Now that we have that explanation out of the way, let’s get to the tag!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Done!)
  • Answer the ten questions asked.
  • Add ten (writing or book related) of your own.
  • Nominate ten people.

The Questions

When did you start writing? 

As soon as I could write the letters of the alphabet, probably. (And before that, if you count all of the stories I made up in my head.)

What do you use to document inspiration and ideas? 

I write down all of my ideas in a document on my computer. Little plot snippets, premises, title ideas, settings that I really want to write a scene in someday, and more all go in that document. I’ll likely never use half of it, but it’s fun to read through once in a while and helpful if I need an idea.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

The prep stage, definitely. It’s so fun when you first have the idea and you think about it all the time, come up with outlines and character sketches and find pictures for all of your characters, etc. In theory I enjoy the first draft, but in actuality it’s a very slow process. And revisions just overwhelm me. I probably will enjoy editing once the big problems are taken care of and it’s mostly style issues, but I haven’t ever gotten there yet, so who knows…

What genres do you like writing best? 

Fantasy. Hands-down. I have written things in a lot of other genres, but fantasy is what works the best for my voice and style. It just flows on the page the easiest. Especially the fairy tale style fantasy; that’s my favoritist of all to write.

How do you begin the outlining of your novels? 

It depends. Recently, I’ve been starting with a basic premise and then developing characters before I make an outline. I find that the plot focus becomes a lot clearer in my mind if I have backstories for the characters and understand them really well first.

Can you share a snippet of one of your current pieces of writing? 

Helen moved back and sat. Len sat next to her, looked at her, and shook his head, although a smile was playing about the corners of his mouth.

“I don’t know you very well, but it strikes me that that little act in the council room today was exactly the sort of thing you might do.”

“What else was I supposed to do?”

“You could have told me about your plan,” Len said. “Just a thought.”

What authors or books inspire you? 

C.S. Lewis (you knew that one was coming!). J.R.R. Tolkien. Charles Dickens. Louisa May Alcott. Robin McKinley. Marissa Meyer.

Who do you trust to edit/critique your writing? 

Someone I know well who I am also sure knows a lot about writing. Preferably a more experienced writer than me.

Where do you hope to be as a writer in ten years? 

Hopefully I’ll have something published in ten years. That would be nice. I will still be writing, although still part-time (I never plan to be a full-time writer). Mayyybe with multiple things published…? *crosses fingers*

What advice do you have for other writers? 

I don’t think I’m experienced enough to be very good at offering advice…but I will say to remember that your motivation will run out for a project at some point. And you just have to keep going anyway. Otherwise you will never finish a thing.

My Questions

  1. What is the first story that you ever completed?
  2. What story (short story or novel) do you consider your best work so far?
  3. Do you outline your novels before you start writing, and if so, how?
  4. Who is your favorite character that you created?
  5. What style of prose are you best at writing (description, dialogue, action, etc.)?
  6. What is the first thing you do when you start revising a piece of work?
  7. When do you write (in the morning, after lunch, before bed, etc.)?
  8. Where do you write (on your bed, at your desk, etc.)?
  9. What is your favorite music to listen to while you write?
  10. What writing advice do you want to give yourself?

The Nominees

Please don’t feel obligated to do this! Only if you want to. And if you’ve been tagged before, sorry about that.

Hannah@Furious Ever Afters

Abi@The Left-Handed Typist

Deborah@The Road of a Writer

Grace@The Lucent Logophile

Rissi@Finding Wonderland

Schuyler@My Lady Bibliophile

Shantelle@A Writer’s Heart

Ashley@Inklings Press

Cait@Paper Fury

Miriam@Crafted by Christ

 

Hopefully you enjoyed this bonus post! I had lots of fun doing it. 

Feel free to share your answers to any of Emily’s and/or my questions in the comments below! See you tomorrow with something bookish! 

love, grace