200 Follower Q&A

Hello everyone, and welcome to my 200+ Follower Q&A! As of right now, I have 241 followers, and I thought it would be fun to have a Q&A to celebrate! ๐Ÿ˜€
You guys have sent in all of your questions, and I’mย superย excited to answer them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m going to be organizing the questions into 3 categories – BLOGGING, READING, and MISC.
In today’s post, I’ll be answering blogging and reading-related questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favorite part about blogging?

I love the community. I’ve met so many amazing people through blogging – people I would have otherwise never have met or interacted with. I’ve found a place to pour out my thoughts, emotions, and interests – and people who will read, listen, and respond.

How long have you been blogging?

About 4 or 5 years, counting the private, Blogspot-hosted blog that I posted on every so often.

What made you start blogging?

I honestly don’t know. ( ๐Ÿ˜„ ) My dad started a blog for me and showed me how to do it. I kinda just took it up and started doing it too. But I started blogging publicly because I wanted others to read and respond to my writing – more than my current amount of readers had.

Have you ever considered giving up blogging?

Yes. I sometimes feel overwhelmed – there’s so much that goes into blogging, and Iย feel like I can’t do it all. But you guys – my amazing readers – and your comments and support are what keep me going. โค

Favorite blog post you ever did?

I really enjoyed the Artwork Showcase I recently did, as well as the April Fool’s post I did last month. I’d been planning it since December, and it was fun to finally do it. ๐Ÿ˜„ My monthly recaps are also fun to make. ๐Ÿ™‚

Worst blog post you ever did?

I’ve deleted many of my old posts from my Blogspot blog, but probably my 50 Follower Q&A (which I never did ๐Ÿ˜„ ) or one of my doll photoshoots. ๐Ÿ˜›

Favorite blog?

What kind of a question is this? ( ๐Ÿ˜„ ) I honestly have no clue…everyone’s blog is unique and wonderful in their own way.

How has blogging changed you? Positively? Negatively?

As I said above, I have an outlet to channel myself into. But with blogging comes much responsibility, and I often spend a lot of time on the computer – time I could be doing other things.

What are some of your very favorite books?

GAH! This is so hard, because I’m a very critical reader and it takes a lot to get a book on my favorites list. ๐Ÿ˜„ But regardless,ย Theย Giver is one of my absolutely favorite books that I’ve ever read. (And the movie is actually pretty good! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

YOUโ€™RE GOING ON AN ADVENTURE! Thinking practically & strategically, which 5 book characters do you choose as the other members of your fellowship?

Oh dear. *thinks hard* I would choose Aaron fromย The Unwanteds (he’s great with magic and building things), Lucy from Narnia (we need someone who can understand animals), Percy Jackson (water boy ๐Ÿ˜„ ), Sophie fromย Keeper of the Lost Citiesย (she can teleport us away!),ย and maybe Anne fromย Anne of Green Gables. I could always use some optimism, though it might drive me insane. ๐Ÿ˜› But Percy and Sophie can always get us off. ๐Ÿ˜„

Letโ€™s say that youโ€™re going to be trapped in a room with one person for the next 365 days without anyone else to keep you company. Luckily, you can choose that person! The catch is that it has to be a villain from a YA book or classical lit. Which villain do you choose?ย 

GAH THIS IS SO HARD. ( ๐Ÿ˜„ ) Right now my brain is telling me Death fromย The Book Thief. I think it would be a very interesting experience. ๐Ÿ˜›

You find yourself smack-dab in the middle of a bookโ€™s world without warning or preparation. Youโ€™re not quipped with any weapons, food, or companions. Would you rather be caught in the middle of Narniaโ€™s battle with Jadis, with Gollum and Bilbo, or in the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened?

AGH! Why do these questions have to be so hard?? I would definitely pick going to the L.I.V.E….it seems the least dangerous of the places, since I wouldn’t have any weapons to fight and food is provided there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whatโ€™s your favorite book genre?

I’m actually a “reader of all trades,” in the sense that I read many different genres, within the genre of fiction. I enjoy fantasy, historical and contemporary fiction, and dystopian, although I haven’t read much of it. I’ve also been reading more YA books, too, and have several on my TBR. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are three of your favorite classic, non-modern books?

I loveย Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,ย Pride and Prejudice, andย Anne of Green Gables. ๐Ÿ™‚

What was your favorite story or book when you were little?

ย I absolutelyย lovedย The Chronicles of Narnia series when I was little. My dad read it to us when we were little and I just loved the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

That concludes the first part (out of two) of my 200 Follower Q&A! ๐Ÿ˜€ Come back next time for the next part, in which I the boatload of random, miscellaneous questions you guys asked! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Did you enjoy the first part of my Q&A?
Are you a bookworm like me?
What’s your least favorite and favorite part of blogging? How has blogging changed you?

Feel free to answer any of the other questions! I can’t wait to hear from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

PLUS: Who else freaked out at the characters and photos from The Last Jedi that were released today? *raises hand* If you didn’t see them, head over to the Star Wars YouTube channel and come back to fangirl with me! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Love, Grace
(I am currently without a signoff ๐Ÿ˜„ )

The Girl Upstairs Artwork Exhibit // art by moi

Hey guys, and welcome to the first-ever artwork exhibit of The Girl Upstairs! (soon to be my new blog…mwahahahaha)

*ahem* Ever since I became a pen pal, my interest in artwork has really peaked. And let me tell you, my pen pal is an extremely good artist, and has really inspired me to pursue more artwork.
I’ve collected some artwork I’ve made over the past several months and am here to show all of you guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s begin! ๐Ÿ˜€

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ignore this awful featured image…it just wasn’t workin’ for me. ๐Ÿ˜›

 


First off, let’s look at some regular, “misc” artwork. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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For some reason this photo turned out a little blurry when I cropped it, but I painted a close-up of a sunflower for an art class. The art class was fun and this was one of my few successes. ๐Ÿ˜„

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OHMYGURSH GUYS ISN’T THIS SO PRETTY. *dies*
Sorry, I just love this one sooooo much! I painted this with my BFF Harper last summer at her house and I LOOOVE how it turned out! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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I painted this one at another art class, and was very pleased with the results! The photo didn’t quite turn out right, but you can kinda get the idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was was also fun! can you find the unicorn? ๐Ÿ˜„

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In the art class that we made the sunflower in, we also did self-portrait pop art. It took forever but was really fun! (And also ignore the un-finished hair…my sharpie ran out. ๐Ÿ˜„ )
Next up, we have someย envelope art!

photo credit to Allison

This was my first ever envelope I made, and I think it turned out pretty good! The dots took a while, but it was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This one was okay… ๐Ÿ˜›

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This was really fun to make! I enjoyed making it and thought it turned out great. ๐Ÿ™‚

AHH I LOVE THIS ONE. ( ๐Ÿ˜„ ) I just LOVE how it turned out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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And last but not least…a bird one! This one wasย very fun to make and I absolutelyย loved how it turned out – it’s my favorite so far! ย ๐Ÿ˜€

 

This next one isn’t envelope art, but LOVE IT SO MUCH andย had to save it until the end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I mean LOOK GUYS IT’S HAMILTON LOGOS!!!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ *points wildly*

These, by far, were the absolutely favorite thing I may this year. I made the regular logo at Harper’s house (when I made the waterfall), and I decided to make Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy for my friend Eden’s birthday, and good ‘ol George for her brother and my BFF, Owen. ๐Ÿ™‚
DIDN’T THEY TURN OUT GREAT!!! *freaks out* okay I better just stop now

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Did you enjoy my art showcase?
Which “masterpiece” was your favorite?
Do you enjoy art? What do you like to make?

Before I sign off, I’d like to add a little bit of info about my new blog, because I’m sure a lot of you are dying in agony. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’ll be doing an official post soon, but I am working on creating a paid, more-professional-platform-hosted blog. I’d been pondering this for a while, but my dad prompted me to start the blog and be able to learn coding, design, etc. on a more professional level.

Anyway, I’m really excited and can’t wait for you guys to see the finished product! And in case you’re wondering, it will be a lot like this blog – just a different URL, using my real name, and jam-packed with some other awesome content! ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus, I’m planning a super-fun way forย you guys to get involved, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€

Does this sound exciting to you? Any ideas or feedback of yours is greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Goodreads Tag // In Which I Get to Ramble about BOOKS

I love books.
I love talking.
So what could be better than talking aboutย books?

The lovely Hannah @ The World Is Quiet Here tagged me for The Goodreads Tag!ย And what could be better than talking about books? I mean, seriously.
So let’s begin! ๐Ÿ˜€

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What was the last book you marked as โ€˜Readโ€™?

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The Selection by Kiera Cass. This book was pretty good – I haven’t read much YA and decided to try it because my mom used to know the author. It was okay…not my favorite, and there were some make-out scenes. ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿคข I don’t plan on reading the rest of the series. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What are you currently reading?

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan andย Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. I haven’t read RoI in several days, but I’m almost finished withย Counting by 7s and am enjoying it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Willow is a great character, though I’ll definitely be doing a review of my thoughts. Even though reviewing books is actually super hard. ๐Ÿ˜„

What was the last book you marked as โ€˜To Readโ€™?

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(other thanย Counting by 7s)ย Wordsmithy, by Douglas Wilson. A contributor to the Young Writer’s Workshop recommended it, and I added it right away. The cover is super boring, but from what Jaquelle (the contributor) said, it has some great insight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you use the star system?

Usually I’ll give my book a quick rating, but I don’t have the time to really think super hard about it and give in-depth reviews. :\

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yep! My current goal is 75, but I’m thinking of switching it to 100…I’ve read nearly 40 books and it’s only May. ๐Ÿ™‚
At the beginning of last school year, I also took on the challenge of reading all of the Newbery winners. I’ve read about one-third of the books so far, and am hoping to finish the rest during the summer. *nervous laughter*

Do you have a wishlist?

I’m usually not one for buying books…my bookshelf isn’t huge, and I don’t want to buy a book that I won’t like. But I would likeย The Giver (maybe the quartet?),ย theย Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes, and some writing books.

Who are your favorite authors?

GAH I HATE THIS QUESTION.
I’m not an author kind of person…I just read the book and it’s aย yay or nay. ( ๐Ÿ˜„ ) Most times I never really pay attention to the author’s name, unless I look up the author on Goodreads or something.
But the ones I can think of are:

  • Shannon Messenger
  • Lisa McMann
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • L.M. Montgomery
  • Jane Austen

I don’t even know from there.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have you joined any groups?

Nope! I actually deleted my old Goodreads account and made a new, personal one, which I haven’t shared with anyone yet. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

How many Goodreads Shelves do you have?

10 – To Read; Currently Reading; Read; (read in) 2013-15; (read in) 2016; (read in) 2017; Favorites; For School; Newbery Winners – To Read; Newbery Winners – Read.

I Tag:

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Did you guys enjoy this post?
Do you like talking about books as much as I do?

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NaPoWriMo 2017 Recap

I have succeeded in completing my first year of NaPoWriMo.

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Thank you, thank you. *bows*

Hello, and welcome to my first-ever recap of NaPoWriMo! ๐Ÿ˜€ This year, for Camp NaNoWriMo, I decided to take the challenge of writing poetry and practicing my skills as a poet. And watch you campers all suffer, of course.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing how my NaPo experience went, my thoughts and struggles, and my poems, as well as lots of photos and gifs.

Let’s begin!

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Birthday Haul 2017

Well, I’m officially an old soul.

Hey guys, and welcome to my first ever birthday haul! I recently had my birthday, and I thought it would be fun to share what I got! (Hint: lots of books and clothes. ๐Ÿ˜„ #teenager)
And before you guys comment saying “WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY???” I’ll just warn you that I am not telling. My birthday could have been yesterday, or it could have been two months ago. Not tellin’.ย ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค

I’m super excited to share what I received, so let’s begin!ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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April Recap & May Goals + 200+ Follower Q&A

Hello everyone, and Happy May! ๐Ÿ˜€ look May it’s your month I hope you all had a great spring/Camp NaNoWriMo/NaPoWriMo/April! ๐Ÿ˜„ My April went pretty well, and I’m here today to give you an in-depth recap of the month and all of its happenings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

april-recap-graphicI legit had no idea what colors to make for this. It also ended up looking too much like my Epic Return graphic. Oh well. :\ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜„

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Matilda the Musical Photo Dump {pt. 1}

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first post coming back from my hiatus! ๐Ÿ˜€
Today’s post is another photo dump – this time from photos taken on my trip to see Matilda the Musical! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m dividing the complete “photo dump” into three categories – photos from the actual show, photos from a beautiful park we visited, and other “misc” photos. I’ve got a boatload this time, so let’s get started! ๐Ÿ˜€

But before I begin, I’d just like to point out the bit of “Spring Cleaning” I’ve been doing. I polished up some sidebar graphics, designed a new header, and designed a bunch of new featured images! If you scroll through my old posts, you’ll be able to see them all. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And as always, feedback is appreciated!)

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ORIGINAL IMAGE VIA

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