Purposeful Pages August 2016

Purposeful Pages Meme

Linkup information: Hannah’s blog / Amanda’s blog

I was on hiatus when this month’s Purposeful Pages came out, but now I’m going to finally participate! I had lots of fun with this last month and am so excited to do it again!

 

What Exactly Is Purposeful Pages?

Purposeful pages is a monthly link-up designed to unite bloggers on answering questions about life, blogging, the Bible, writing, and books.

 

August 2016 Questions

QUESTION ONE // WHAT BOOK OF THE BIBLE HAS TAUGHT YOU THE MOST THIS MONTH?

Recently, I’ve started reading a Psalm or two before bed every night, and am realizing how much I love the Psalms. If you need encouragement and strength, go to the Psalms. If you need to be reminded of who God is, go to the Psalms. If you want to better appreciate the beauty of the Bible, go to the Psalms. It’s the best way to end the day!

QUESTION TWO // HOW WOULD YOU REACT IF YOU WERE IN THE POSITIONS OF EITHER ESTHER, IF YOU’RE A GIRL, OR DANIEL, IF YOU’RE A GUY?

Ooh. I like to think I would do what Esther did and be brave and stand up for herself…but no one knows how they would react in a situation like that until they are actually there…

QUESTION THREE // IF YOU COULD HAVE A BOOK CHARACTER FOR A SIBLING, WHO WOULD IT BE, AND WHAT MAKES YOU TWO ALIKE?

Elsie Dinsmore. It’s no secret how much of a role model I’ve always found her, and maybe just by being around her some of her incredible love for God would rub off on me?

QUESTION FOUR // IF YOU’RE A NOVELIST, ANSWER: HOW WOULD YOUR MAIN CHARACTER MOST LIKELY SPEND HIS OR HER FRIDAY NIGHT? IF YOU’RE NOT A NOVELIST, ANSWER: HOW WOULD YOU MOST LIKELY SPEND YOUR FRIDAY NIGHT?

Going with the main character of my Alice in Wonderland retelling, Helen:

In England, she would spend her Friday night at home with her father and sister reading and keeping an eye on the house. If her brother William dropped in, she would be obliged to entertain whatever girl he brought with him.

In Wonderland, she would get dragged to a lavish dinner party by Adelaide, her royal friend.

QUESTION FIVE // WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE BOOKS YOU’RE JUST DYING TO READ?

  1. The Five Enchanted Roses collection (neeed to reeead)
  2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (because I saw the musical this summer, it’s great and I want to see how the book compares)
  3. Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell (a vintage book I picked up on a road trip that’s about the man who wrote the gospel of Luke…how cool is that?? Plus vintage books are cool anyway)

QUESTION SIX // CAN YOU BRIEFLY SHARE THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG’S NAME?

My blog’s name comes from Philippians 4:8, which I actually shared in my last post:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” -Philippians 4:8

I want to encourage us to live out this verse, to think about things like those, and to live lives that are honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, etc.

QUESTION SEVEN // WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR BLOG’S “BRANDING,” OR SIGNATURE? WHAT SETS YOUR BLOG OR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM APART FROM OTHERS?

That’s a hard question.

I definitely think my writing style is different from a lot of blogs I’ve read. I try to be professional and helpful in the majority of my posts while still being inspirational and coming across as a person. (How am I doing?)

QUESTION EIGHT // WHO ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE BLOGGERS?

Cait, who I recently discovered and makes me laugh out loud while reading her posts. I’ve followed Deborah O’Carroll for a long time and really love her blog(s). Katie Grace is another one who makes me laugh a lot. Emily is great. Schuyler makes me think. Olivia, who hasn’t posted in a while but still has lots of great stuff in her archives. And of course Amanda, who co-hosts this linkup and inspires me so much!

QUESTION NINE // IF YOU COULD GO ON A ROAD TRIP OF YOUR DREAMS, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHO WOULD YOU SPEND TIME WITH?

I would gather my sisters and all of my closest Christian friends together, add in a sprinkling of Christian blogger friends who I would love to meet in person, and throw in my dog for fun. We would start in Florida to visit Disney World, Seaworld, and Harry Potter World. After that we would make our way up the East Coast, stop at the Outer Banks for a while, and then stop in D.C. to see some shows and visit some museums.

Once out of D.C., we would continue north, stopping in Baltimore and Philadelphia before reaching our final destination: NYC. There we would stay for a couple of weeks and take in shows and city life galore before heading home. (Can you tell I love cities?)

QUESTION TEN // USING FIVE WORDS OR LESS, TELL A STORY.

That day, she won life.

(hmm…new story inspiration? maybe…dystopian? we’ll see.)

 

I hope you enjoyed this month’s Purposeful Pages! If you have interesting answers to any of these questions, share them in the comments, and if you have a blog, be sure to participate! Visit Amanda or Hannah for more information. (If you participate, leave me the link. I’d love to read it!) 

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