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