♥ God’s Love ♥

Happy (late) Valentine’s Day, everyone!

I was very conflicted as to what to post for V-Day, and I finally ran out of time yesterday (due to dance and Alice In Wonderland rehearsal). I was going to post a doll photoshoot, then I thought about doing a super sarcastic posts and about being a #singlepringle, but…

*ahem* *actually clears throat in real life as i write that* O_o 😄 😛


Valentine’s Day has always been a weird “holiday” for me. I don’t really view it as a holiday…just an excuse to eat a bunch of sugary junk that makes people sick. I’m also a proud #singlepringle – I don’t have a boyfriend or crush and probably never will…my fangirl standards are too high. 😂😂😂

But this Valentine’s Day (today, actually…but better a day late than never!), my viewpoint switched somewhat. Instead of thinking of love from a man, I’ve been thinking all about God’s love and what He has to say about it.

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But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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Remember, through all things, God loves you – despite your shortcomings and sins. He sent His son for you, and offers you eternal life.

May God’s love surround, comfort, and encourage you. ♥

The Writer’s Prompt Challenge {#1}

Hello there, and happy Sunday! How’s it been? Mine’s been pretty good…we’ve been cleaning the house and enjoying the bright sunlight and beautiful weather. 🙂

In today’s post, I’m going to be introducing you to The Writer’s Prompt Challenge, co-hosted by me and the lovely Allie Taylor.

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{Image made by Allie Taylor}

 

The Writer’s Prompt Challenge (TWPC) is a monthly challenge for writers. Each month, a set of prompts is posted for writers to include in their stories. At the end of the month, the entries are judged and a winner is chosen! 😀


{taken from Allie’s post}

  1. Your entry must be between 100 – 300 words.
  2. A new challenge will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month (or otherwise stated for certain cases)
  3. The winners will receive a badge for their blog
  4. The winner will be chosen based on the judges’s preferences, as well as the following questions: Does this entry capture my attention immediately? Does it make me want to continue reading? Is the writing clear? They will also take into consideration the writer’s voice and style. Usage and application of the given prompts are taken highly into consideration of story rank. 
  5. This is a challenge. Have fun, but be competetive.
  6. As of now, there are no prizes but the badge.
  7. When writing your post, be sure to include the Writer’s Prompt Challenge image.
  8. The Deadline for this challenge is the last Wednesday of the month. The winners will be announced on the first Wednesday of the next month.

 – Item Prompts –
Lightning, Fear, Sword(s)

– Picture Prompt(s) –

Picture Prompt:
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– Sentence Prompt –

“I’m sorry I lied. But they made me.”

– Character Prompts –

Boy; Curly, brown hair; auqua eyes; tall; sweet
Girl; long, wavy, caramel hair; sharp grey eyes; tall; timid

– Fact Prompts –

  • The two main characters share a dance
  • Good guy/girl is secret bad guy/ girl

You don’t have to use every prompt, as there are a lot, but it is encouraged!

{taken from Allie’s post}

  • Post your entry on your blog (or you can send it to me via email or the comment section of the current challenge post)
  • If you post it on your blog, leave the link to the post in the comments
  • Make sure to highlight (bold AND italicize if you can’t highlight) the prompts like (e.g.) Cape, frost, etc. so I can easily see what prompts you have used.
  • Make sure to make it clear in your comment/post/email what prompts you have used, how many words your story is, your age (optional), your first name or a nickname, and the link to your blog.

 

JUST TO BE CLEAR:

This month is Allie’s turn to host the challenge. I’m merely spreading the word about this challenge.
Please send your entries to her. I’ll be happy to answer any questions about how things work, but for technical things, please let Allie know.

>>> ALLIE’S POST LINK <<<

Are you excited for TWPC? Will you be entering?
Do you like the little graphics I made? What are some design tips of yours?
Lastly, do you prefer my post text color to be black or the natural dark gray like it is now?

So Far, So Good… || January 2017 Recap

Hello everyone! Can you believe that it’s almost February? 2017 is officially underway, and I’m definitely enjoying it so far. 🙂

Let’s take a look at 2017 so far…

Overall, January has been a good month. I’ve had my share of ups and downs, but overall I’ve enjoyed 2017 so far. 😊

 

This month I worked on sticking to my blogging schedule, and I had a blast writing up these posts. 😀
(For some reason the links aren’t showing up, but they’re still there. 🙂 )

In Which 2016 Comes to a Close || 2016 Blog Recap

Christmas Haul {2016}

Setting Up My Bullet Journal – January 2017

The HamilTag

ReBlogged: A Sad but Necessary Post

Writing Days #1 – Getting Back to Writing

Make sure to check out these posts if you haven’t already and let me know of any post suggestions of yours! 😀

I’m not sure if I said this before, but I usually go in reading spurts, where I read a lot and then don’t read much, then read a lot, and so on. I kinda had a little bit of a “slump” at the beginning of the month, but now I’m reading a lot of books. 🙂

The Seventeenth Swap by Eloise Jarvis McGraw  Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen  The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman  Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate   The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley The Lady of the Vineyard by Kellyn Roth The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart 

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I read a total of 10 books this month. My favorites include The One and Only Ivan, The War that Saved My Life, and The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I decided to try after Megan and Allison told me how much they enjoyed it. And needless to say, I loved it! 😀

Unfortunately, this month hasn’t been too productive writing-wise. I struggled to get back into the flow with things, after taking a break after NaNoWriMo. I’ve been working to get back into a writing flow, and have gotten consistent with writing every day.
I’ve also come up with some great story ideas that I’m super excited for! 😀

I read some truly fantastic posts this month! Here are some of them:
(Even though the links don’t appear to be there, they still are. Hover over the words and click them to visit the post! 😀 )

 


(What is your opinion on the dots? I’m a bit undecided…)

January has been one great month, and I’ve got some exciting things coming up as well! 😀

  • (More) Alice In Wonderland rehearsals 😬
    Indeed, my frens…more rehearsals! This month’s will be on stage, with costumes and set, so they’re going to be much more exciting!
  • Plot my upcoming short story
    I have an exciting short story idea, and all it needs is some brainstorming and plotting! I may write this for Camp NaNo in July, or edit TST…we’ll see…
  • Brainstorm a novel/series idea
    GAH! I have an amazing (if I do say so myself) story idea that I’m SO excited about! It could possibly be turned into a series, but I’ll have to decide that later. 😉
  • Whatever comes my way!
    I’m honestly not sure what will happen next month, but I’m definitely excited to see what February has in store!

How has your 2017 been so far?
How have your resolutions fared this month?
What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

 

Writing Days #1 – Getting Back to Writing

Hellooo friends! 😀 Today I’m here with a brand-new blog-series, per suggestion of the lovely Madison from Delightful World of Dolls. This series, called “Writing Days,” is going to be centered around my writing journey. Basically, I’ll be giving you insight as to what I’m doing writing-wise, and be sharing snippets, resources, and more!

Before we begin, I’d like to thank everyone who prayed for Sara and Beau. As of the time I’m writing this, he hasn’t stood yet, but is about to, and the vet thinks that it’s pointless to put him down. He believes that Beau’s injury has to do with muscle tissue, and that it will heal soon.
I am so happy! Praise the Lord! 😀

Anyhow, let Writing Days commence! *cuts ribbon*  ✂️️ 🎀

To start, I wanted to do some writing exercises to “flex my writing muscles 💪” and help me get ready to write and edit some more.
With help of The Writer’s Toolbox, along with some other writing books I have on hand, I was able to ease back into writing.

Part of becoming better and growing as a writer is to try to write every day. I found a wonderful blog post with 365 daily creative writing prompts, and I plan on using those every day. 🙂

Another “just-for-fun” thing I did was to write some blurbs for the story ideas I have. I wrote a blurb for my NaNo novel, These Stranger Tides, as well as some new story ideas, which are sadly classified for now. 😮
Writing blurbs are super fun, and also in some miraculous way unbeknownst to me, help me figure out parts of my story. And they’re just plain fun to write! 😀

These Stranger Tides Teaser Blurb

(What do you think of this being in the blockquote?)

All Arden Foster has ever known are the tall billowing meadow grasses, rocky island caves, and endless expanse of sea, surrounding the secluded island she calls home. Abandoned by the family she has no memory of, Arden is left to survive alone, turning the desolate, menacing island into somewhat of a home.

When the laid-back, cocky Troy Coleman – a well-known pilot – crash-lands on her island, Arden is given the chance to escape her home and find out who she really is. But Arden soon discovers that looks can be deceiving, and must decide for herself who to trust and where her loyalties will lie.


Outside (the Window)

(I decided to just write about the outside instead of just out the window. 😉 )

Bright sunlight shines down, brightening the grass and soaking my face in its warmth. The January day is unusually warm, and makes my heart long for spring.

A sharp wind blows, tousling my hair and bending the branches of the trees. Winter birds hop about in the trees, filling the air with their sharp, cheerful songs. The smell of spring wafts through the air; fresh, damp dirt, leftover winter leaves, and blades of fresh grass. Even the wind itself has a scent, as it blows over me.

Above me, the sky is blue, covered with layers of clouds. The sun drifts behind them, and back out again to warm my face and make the wind bearable. The gusts of wind ebb and flow, chilling me then leaving me hot in my winter layers.

A sadness creeps up inside of me, knowing the warm weather won’t last for long. And I’m right; soon the clouds will cover the sun and thick rain will fall. But for now, I absorb the warm weather and thank God for the grass, for the wind, for the sun, and for the life He has blessed me with.



Those were fun to write. 😊 It took me a little bit, but I’m glad to get back into my flow. 😀

WAIT! Before you go, make sure to check out Anika’s Blog Tour! She’s publishing her very first book, and it looks so exciting! CLICK HERE to sign up for the tour!

And last but not least, did you enjoy this post? I had a lot of fun making it, although I don’t lie when I say it was tedious. 😛


How have you been getting back to writing?
What are some projects you’ve been working on?

Chat with me in the comments below!

 

A Sad But Necessary Post

Please pray for Sara and her darling pony, Beau! ❤️🐴❤️

The Daydreaming Damsel

Hey guys. Now, I never post twice in the same day. It bugs me, for reasons I’m really not sure of. But today, it felt necessary.

My best friend, Sara, has a horse named Beau. She rode him once at her stable and fell in love with him on sight. She spent almost six months trying to lease him, from convincing her parents to working out the contract agreement. Last summer, she finally got Beau as her own.

But just a few weeks ago, Beau was found with his leg caught in the fencing of the paddock. He was covered with snow, and no one knew how long he’d been there. They got him inside and called the vet out. He was unable to stand. Sara hasn’t left his side since then, and he hasn’t showed signs of improvement. The vet thinks it is either a broken back or swelling of the…

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In Which I Attempt a Random Post {Star Wars and Future Plans}

Hello, friends! 😄 <—My attempt at a cheesy smile emoji. 🤦‍ 😛 😄

I planned on sharing a cute photoshoot of my mini dolls in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but unfortunately it’s cold and wet. 😦

Today I’m here to attempt a random post. I’ve never really been one for random posts, because I find them kinda thrown-together and well, random. 😛 Certain bloggers can pull off some hilarious and awesome random posts, but I’ve never considered myself one of them, partly because I’m not a super random person.

But since you guys seem to like random posts, and I’d like to ramble about things that I don’t know how to put into a post, we’re gonna give it a try. 😛

Be ye warned…there will be lots of Star Wars in this post. Lots. 😄


Random Topic #1
Rogue One (!!!)

GAH. Before you continue reading, be prepared for lots of spoilers and flailing by moi. 😄 (Don’t worry, spoilers will be highlighted and made white so you can’t see them. 😀

Okay, let’s just jump right in. Ahem ahem…

ROGUE ONE WAS SOOO GOOD! Like, SERIOUSLY. SO. GOOD.

Did I cry? No, I did not. I am known for not crying in books or movies. Like guys I’m seriously a robot! O_O 😄 😛
*ahem*

One thing that I did NOT like was that the trailer was completely different from the movie. :\ My dad told me that the producers re-wrote the story last minute. And I want to know SO BAD what was going to happen instead! Like, did they die originally? <—SPOILER. Heh heh. >:D

And that scene at the end…the one with a certain Sith.
GAH. O_o

*criesbutdoesntreallycry* Oh, it was just SO GOOD.

Random Topic #2
Rey’s Parents

GUYS EPISODE 8 IS S….O F….A…R….A…W…A…Y. HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE UNTIL DECEMBER??? IT’S A WHOLE NOTHER YEAR AWAY. *collapses into a heap*

But anyhow, I want to ramble and rant about Rey’s parents. Several theories have come out, including saying Rey was a Palpatine, a Solo, and a Kenobi. I’ve been skeptical, but I’m pretty settled on her being a Kenobi. I watched a very convincing theory video, and Star Wars itself tweeted about Obi Wan’s Lightsaber…whatever happened to it, anyway???

I’m not exactly sure about who Rey’s parents are, but all we know is that they’re not in TFA (according to Daisy Ridley). We’ll just have to see, huh?

Random Topic #3
Kylo Ren’s Amazingness

GAH. KYLO REN. EEP.

One thing I don’t understand is what you crazy peo ple have against Kylo Ren. I mean, HE’S AMAZING! A lot of people have said he’s too much like Darth Vader, but he’s trying to be like Darth Vader, so obviously he’s going to imitate him.

I also have complete faith in him…my faith still lies in Kylo…I don’t think he’s going to end up being bad.

GAH! I just LOVE KYLO REN!!! Although don’t get me wrong…Darth Vader is still amazing, but KYLO RENNN!!! Image result for kylo ren emoji

*ahem*

Onto my last random topic, which is actually kinda important. 😄 😛 😄

Future Plans

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. My mom and I are working hard on planning and figuring out how to prepare for college, and basically figuring out where I’m headed in life. I’m still very young, but it’s good to think about. In the mix of things, I’ve also been thinking about where this blog is headed…

I don’t plan on leaving this blog, but my post number may drop a little bit. I may not be as consistent, either. Sometimes I’ll post once a week, sometimes twice, sometimes three times. But I’ll still be trying my best to post as often as I can. Lately I’ve just been bogged down by figuring out posts and things, and I’m trying to lift off this “weight” and focus on other things. 

I don’t plan on stopping blogging, but I may go post-less sometimes. :\


That concludes my very first random post! 😀

Did you enjoy this random post?

Have you seen Rogue One? What did you think? Did you cry?

Are you excited for Episode 8? Who do you think Rey’s parents are?

What are your opinions on Kylo Ren?

What are some of your future plans? Do you have any blogging ideas or tips for me?

The HamilTag

Hello, and welcome to The Hamiltag! (Thanks to Bella for the name idea!)
This is a fun tag I’m creating, inspired by the Broadway musical, Hamilton. IT’S SO AMAZING!!! *flails* 

Ahem ahem.
I’ve created a tag inspired by Hamilton. I’m not sure if you guys are into Hamilton, or if this post will be interesting or not, but I’m giving it a go and hoping you guys enjoy. 🙂

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Rules:

-Answer the questions left for you
-“Pass Your Legacy” to at least five other HamilFans
-Use my questions, or leave “10 Duel Commandments” of your own
-Let them know they’ve been nominated

The 10 Duel Commandments:

#1 – How did you discover Hamilton?

I listened to it when I slept over at my friend’s house, and my obsession skyrocketed from there. Thanks, Harper! 😀 😛 😄 😉

#2 – Who is your favorite character?

Aaron Burr. I just LOVE his character, his voice, EVERYTHING!!! AHHHHHHHH

#3 – What’s your absolute favorite song?

AHHHHHH!!! HOW MUST I DECIDE???
Umm…Wait for It, although Satisfied and The Room Where It Happens are close behind. 😉 😛 😄

#4 – Music wise, which is better, Act I or Act II?

Another hard one! Act I has so many amazing songs, but so does Act II…
*squeezes eyes shut* Act I!
I am crazy 😄 😄 😄

#5 – What’s your dream role?

Actually, I’d like to be in ensemble, because they get to be in all of the amazing songs. 😉

#6 – What’s your favorite quote?

“How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now.”

#7 – Describe what Hamilton means to you using only 3 words.

Fun, Amazing, and Addictive…not in a bad way. O_o 😛 😉 😄

#8 – Who do you consider your “Hamilton Buddy?” (Someone who you can ramble, fangirl, or sing Hamilton with)

Probably Sarah or Ashlynn. 🙂

#9 – How has Hamilton impacted your life?

My whole family enjoys it, and in some ways, it helps us connect, if that makes sense. It’s also just super fun, and dozens of instances in life become a Hamilton Reference. 😉 😛 😄

#10 – What is the best thing about Hamilton?

The music and the story behind it.

My Legacy Passes to:

-Sarah
-Grace
-Kate
-Ashlynn
-Julia

…and anyone else who is into Hamilton! 😀



That concludes The HamilTag! I hope you enjoyed this post. I wasn’t too sure if I should do it or not, but I hope you like it anyhow. 😀

Look out for a fun photoshoot this Monday! 😀

Are you familiar with Hamilton?
What’s something that you’re obsessed with?