Wednesday With Words: Barometers of Society

I haven’t been reading a lot besides school books recently, but today’s quote is from a school book that I’m really enjoying. Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy is an absolutely wonderful, thorough look at how to build a complete Christian worldview and incorporate it into your entire life—not just on Sundays. She also has a lot to say about the arts and worldviews in media, and as someone who reviews movies, TV shows, and other media every so often, this quote really caught my eye. I thought I’d share it with you all today.

Nancy Pearcy


Thanks for reading today’s Wednesday with Words! I know I’ve been saying this a lot, but I want to continue posting on this blog, even if it doesn’t end up being super consistent. To everyone who’s still reading, thank you. I know I haven’t been around a lot, but thanks for sticking with me.

See you again soon!

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Wednesday With Words: Boots for Birds

I am still gradually working my way through a massive brick-like book containing all of Emily Dickinson’s 1,700+ poems, and while they are all beautiful and very expressive, every once in a while I’ll come across one that really catches my eye. This particular selection has been languishing in my commonplace book for a while now, and I thought I’d finally get around to posting it today. It’s not super profound or thought provoking; it’s just an interesting little word picture that made me smile.

Boots for Birds


On my reading list this week:


Thanks for reading this week’s Wednesday with Words! Are you reading anything interesting this week? Have any book recommendations? Let’s chat in the comments!

See you again soon.

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Wednesday With Words: Innovation

I’m not exactly sure where I first heard of the book, but Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins has been on my ‘to read’ list on Goodreads for over a year now. It’s only recently that I actually got a copy from the library and started reading it, but that seems like perfect timing, considering that I’ve been questioning whether or not I can actually look at my creative work as a viable option for making money someday, or if I need to scrap that and look for a different career. So far, the book is mostly about cultivating the creative mindset of a Thriving Artist, instead of wallowing in the self pity of a starving one. One of the things the Starving Artist worries about is being ‘original’, and Goins has devoted an entire chapter of the book to talking about how we as creators must learn to borrow from other creators and rearrange all the creative works that have come before us into something ‘new’. After all, there’s nothing really new under the sun, is there? (Apparently not, because a quote from Mary Shelley I shared earlier this year talked about this idea as well!)

Innovation


On my reading list this week:

  •  Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery: This was on my Grandma’s bookshelf when I visited her recently, and she said I could borrow it! I love many of L. M. Montgomery’s books, so I’m always excited to find a new one I haven’t yet read.
  • Christy by Catherine Marshall: I’m supposed to be reading this for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen a bit behind, and it’s quite a large book! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it up before the end of the year.

Thanks so much for reading this week’s Wednesday with Words post! I know it’s been approximately 5,000 years since I’ve done one of these, but I’d love to get back in the habit. No promises, though! 😛

See you again soon!

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Wednesday With Words: The Soul at Play

Hey, everyone! This week’s quote is from Emily Dickinson, just in time for World Poetry Day! I’ve been reading through an enormous book containing all of Emily Dickinson’s 1,500+ poems recently, and this really caught my eye:


Emily Dickenson


Thank you so much for reading today’s Wednesday With Words! Sorry it had to be a little shorter today. I hope you enjoyed today’s quote, and Lord willing I’ll have some exciting new posts up soon!

Bye for now!

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The Bookish Q&A Tag

Heyo, everyone! I’m back with another Q&A tag! This one was created by Deborah Kelty, and I was tagged for it by S. M. Metzler @ Tea with Tumness. So let’s dive right in!


Bookish Tag


Q1: What books do you remember reading that kick-started your bookworm habit?

There are a couple of books that come to mind for this question. The first one is The HobbitI would get the audiobook out from the library and listen to it over and over, to the point that I can recite entire passages from memory to this day. I was also a very ‘horse crazy’ girl when I was younger, and there was a series of horse books that my mom got me for my birthday that really kickstarted my obsession with horse books and books in general. It was called the Sneaky Pony series and they were my favorite books when I was younger. I read them over and over again. I would definitely recommend them if you have any horse-crazy children in your life. 😛

Q2: What genre, or genres, would you normally choose? 

This is a little difficult to answer, because I would say fantasy, but then have to specify that I don’t usually like traditional (often cliche) sword-and-sorcery type fantasy. So I guess I’d have to say urban fantasy, sci-fi, and whatever genre Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon fall into. I’m also quite partial to memoirs and poetry.

Q3: Do you eat while you read and if yes, what exactly?

Every once in a while I will have a snack while I read. More often than not, it’ll be some kind of cracker (like Goldfish) or chips. Sometimes I’ll have some hot chocolate while I read, but only on mornings after I haven’t slept very well, because can’t really drink any other kind of caffeinated beverage.

Q4: Are there any scenes from your favorite novels that you remember vividly?

I tend to remember the emotional impression a book makes on me way more than specific scenes or moments (or even plot details!) You know a book is really good when it leaves a lingering emotional impression long after you’ve forgotten character names or specific events.

Q5: Were there any least favorites?

I’m honestly a tad confused about this question. I’m not sure whether it means “Are there any least favorite scenes from your favorite books that your remember?” or something else entirely! I’m going to go with that first interpretation and say, yes, there are scenes and moments from some of my favorite books that have made unfortunate impressions in my memory, and I can actually name some specifics this time! Often the scenes that make the deepest impressions on me are scenes where characters are put into awkward or embarrassing situations, or when characters I love are mistreated by mean authors 😛 I’m thinking of certain moments in the Emily books by L. M. Montgomery; specifically, the many times Emily is misunderstood or mistreated by her relatives, or the moment where she burns all her old stories and scribblings rather than let her relatives see them. I identify with Emily so much that these moments sort of ‘cut me to the heart’, as they say.

Q6: So, as you’re a bookworm, what are you reading currently today? (Optional)

I’m currently reading a couple of books for the Back to the Classics Challenge, specifically A Little Princess and Jane Eyre, as well as Emily Climbs, the second book in the Emily trilogy, which might be why poor Emily’s plights are so fresh in my mind…

Q7: How’s it getting along for you? (Optional)

I’m enjoying all three books thoroughly. Jane Eyre is a little hard to read, as I’m still in the first part of the book, and poor Jane is being abused and trodden on left and right. But still, I’m enjoying reading a classic for the first time, and rereading a couple of books I haven’t even touched in a few years!

Q8: Have you then got a large bookshelf, or do you plan to?

I would love to have more bookshelf space. Currently, my shelf is absolutely jam-packed, to the point where I can’t actually fit all the books I own on it. I’d like to get a little bookshelf specifically for indie books, as I appear to have acquired quite a few of those over the past couple of months, but we’ll see. I probably wouldn’t have anywhere to put another shelf even if I did get one… 😅

Q9: Do you have a liking to indie or traditional books?

For me, it doesn’t matter whether a book is traditional or small press or indie: what matters is whether or not it’s a good book. While I would love to support more indie authors, I’m not going to do it just because they’re indie. They’ve got to write a good book first. Same goes for traditional publishing. Personally, I try to judge all art on its own merits, and not by any external biases.

Q10: And lastly, do you plan to promote reading in some way, or already are?

I love promoting reading and books that I love! I do it on Twitter, on Instagram, over on my Goodreads (you can follow me there, if you’d like to see all of my book reviews) and on this blog as well. I love doing bookish tag posts like this, and I’m hoping to do a few book recommendation posts in the future, so stay tuned for that as well!


Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my Bookish Q&A post. I had tons of fun writing it! Make sure you check out S. M. Metzler, who tagged me, and Deborah, the creator of this awesome tag.

Today I’m tagging:

Hannah Marie @ Plottinger Twist

Daley Downing @ The Invisible Moth


See you again very soon!

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Wednesday With Words: Invention

Hello, everyone! I’m back today with a quote from Mary Shelley’s introduction to Frankenstien, of all things. I’m reading Frankenstien for school this year, and so far its really interesting and way different than I expected. But I actually found this quote in the author’s introduction to the book, and I thought it was a really neat quote about writing, or any creative art for that matter:

Mary Shelley


On my reading list this week:

  • Emily Climbs by L. M. Montgomery: I reread Emily of New Moon for the Back to the Classics 2018 Challenge, and I’ve moved on to the second book just because I love this series so much! You can read my review of  Emily of New Moon over on Goodreads.
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: Another book I’m rereading for the Back to the Classics Challenge. My mom read this to me years and years ago, and I don’t really remember much about it, so I’m looking forward to reading this again.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I’m also reading this for the Back to the Classics Challenge. I know basically nothing about this book, and I’m really interested to find out what it’s all about…

Thanks so much for reading this week’s Wednesday with Words post! I hope you enjoyed it.

See you again soon!

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Wednesday With Words: The Act of Writing

Heyo! It’s break week, and I’m officially back from my little haitus with a new Wednesday With Words post! Today’s quote is from William Zinsser’s famous On Writing Well, a fabulous book about writing that I’ve been perusing this week. While the book focuses on nonfiction writing, it does have quite a few tips that can be applied to fiction writing as well, and also this little description of the writer at work, which I thought was too good (and way too true) not to share today:

On Writing Well


On my reading list this week:

  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor: A novel based on the hit Welcome to Night Vale podcast about a weird little town in the middle of nowhere, where paranormal happenings are everyday occurrences and every conspiracy theory is true. I love the podcast, and I’m greatly enjoying this book, but I’m not a fan of the super liberal worldview…
  • Cyndere’s Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet: The second book in the Auralia series. I started reading this back in July of 2016, and then eventually dropped it when my reading pile grew too big for me to manage. I picked it up again recently, as I own the entire series and would really like to finish it. The book is kind of slow, which might have been part of why I originally dropped it, but it’s picking up a bit now that I’m nearing the end.
  • Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery: Rereading this old favorite for the Back to the Classics 2018 challenge. It’s one of my favorite books by L. M. Montgomery! I just identify with Emily so much.

Thanks for reading this week’s Wednesday with Words post! See you again soon.

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Esmeralda’s Story is Out Today! (Plus Hiatus Announcement)

Finally, after months of teasing and promising this release, it’s finally here! Empty Little Heart: Esmeralda’s Story is live on Amazon right now! You can buy it here, or add it to your shelf on Goodreads. I’ve been working super hard on this story, and I’m so glad that you can finally get to read it! If you do give it a read, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon, wherever you review your books. I would be very grateful! 🙂

 

Esmeralda

Empty Little Heart is available only as an ebook, but if you don’t have an e-reader like me, you can read it on your phone or computer with the Kindle app! ^_^


Hiatus Announcement

As you may have gathered from the title of this post, I’m going to be on a short social media and blogging hiatus over the next week, starting Sunday. There’s been a lot going on lately, and I haven’t been getting nearly as much work done as I’d like to, and next week I have to finish up a bunch of school before our break, so I think stepping back from social media and letting go of the pressure to blog for a week will be a good change. But don’t you worry! I’ll be back starting the 25th, and hopefully have a lot more awesome stuff for you guys. If you do need to contact me for anything, please feel free to send me an email through my Contact page.

Well, that about wraps it up for this post! I hope you have an amazing day.

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you again soon.

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Esmeralda’s Story is Almost Here!

Hey, everyone! You probably forgot all about the Behind Her Mask was Death novelette I’ve been working on and teasing for a while now, but I’m finally ready to actually release it this week! This novelette is called Empty Little Heart: Esmeralda’s Story, and I do finally have a cover and blurb to show you guys. This amazing cover art was created by Jenna Paddey. Definitely make sure to check out her other beautiful art on her Tumblr or her Instagram page.


Empty Little Heart (Cover)

Ten years before the events of Behind Her Mask was Death, Princess Esmeralda discovers another life beyond the high walls of her father’s palace. Her governess is bent on keeping her under control and acting like a proper princess, but Esmeralda wants nothing more than to escape the confines of her stuffy little world. Only William, her brother and best friend, can keep her sane. But she would still do anything to be free…

 

 


This novelette will be available on Kindle starting this Saturday, and you can preorder it over on Amazon, if you like! And, in case you’re wondering, you can read Esmeralda’s Story before or after reading Behind Her Mask was Death. It doesn’t really matter which. I’m always working on more stories about these characters and their world, so if you have enjoyed Behind Her Mask was Death, or if you read and enjoy this novelette, don’t worry! You’ll definitely be hearing more about Esmeralda and her friends in the future. ^_^

Thanks for reading this little announcement. I’ll see you again very soon!

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Wednesday With Words: Puzzle Peices

I’m finally back with a new Wednesday with Words post today! This week’s quote is from Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton, which my little brother read aloud to me during the month of January. This book had us rolling with laughter at multiple points, but also had its fair share of touching or thoughtful moments, like the quote I’m going to share with you today:

Puzzle Pieces


On my reading list this week:

  • The Stroke of Eleven by Kyle Robert Shultz: My friend Daley Downing @ The Invisible Moth sent me several indie books, including the last two Beaumont and Beasley books. I read The Tomb of the Sea Witch already (it was so good I finished it in less than two days) and I’m starting The Stroke of Eleven as soon as possible, because I need to know what happens next!
  • The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons: Another book that Daley sent me. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve heard tons of good things about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

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