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Happy New Year!

This update will be a longer than usual because, in addition to wrapping up December, I’m also wrapping up 2017. (Book links are Amazon affiliate links.)

December’s Writing

I wrote a total of about 20,556 words last month, completing seven short stories (out of seventeen) and nothing else. My novels have been on hold for the holiday season, but I’ll be getting back into them starting today.

I’m not sure how much I’ve written total this year, but it’s somewhere above 200k.

December’s Reading

I haven’t read much this month, since I’ve been busy with Christmassy things, but I did read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (I can’t remember if that carried over from late November or if I read it faster than that, but I’m putting it here anyway), and I’ve been reading Echoes by Miranda Marie, which is absolutely gorgeous and fantastically written. I’ll be writing a review of it next Thursday, so stay tuned for that. :)

I only read 35 books over the course of the whole year.

2017 New Years Resolutions

Looking back on 2017 and pulling out my dusty old list of new year’s resolutions, I can tell you I pretty much bombed.

1. Complete at least three of the stories on my blocked stories list.

Nope. I even picked out three to aim for so that it was focused., and I don’t think I’ve finished a single first draft this year. I’ve worked on about three novels, but they were all newer than the list, unblocked, and I stuck with those. Which is good, because I used to have a lot of trouble sticking with projects, but it means that this goal wasn’t completed.

2. Complete a reading list.

Also nope. I had a reading list, but then I didn’t end up doing a lot of reading this year. I don’t know what’s up with that.

3. Complete my 101 in 1001 goals list.

I’m actually overdue for this, I was supposed to finish in October 2015, I think. Obviously I didn’t, and this year made no impact in it, either. I think I need to make a new one and try again.

4. Write at least 2k every day.

This didn’t seem like a super tough goal to me, but it failed rather quickly, nonetheless. I haven’t written close to 2k most days, though some days I’ve knocked it out of the park. On August 26th, for instance, I (re)wrote over 15k. I don’t exactly count that since most of it was just rewriting existing words, but it was still pretty cool.

5. Write in my diary every day (even if it’s just to keep track of my other goals).

I was better at this one. I didn’t miss too many days in there (and most of the ones I did miss were simply because I stayed up too late so it was no longer that day) until the end of November when I went on vacation and was super busy and stayed up late every night of the trip. And then that bad habit carried into December, aided by my laptop (it’s both a help and a hindrance). Next year I’ll restart that habit and try not to fall off the rails again.

6. Make a concerted effort to get to know the people in choir. (No pun intended.)

I did make a couple of great friends in choir this year, but no thanks to effort on my part. I’m now part of a trio that feels like it’s been together for way more than a year, and I’m so happy that we ended up being friends.

I’d still like to make this a goal going into 2018, though, because I – being shy and confident in my singing – probably come across as a total snob, and I’d obviously like to change that.

7. Have bible study every day for an hour.

Wellllll… Yeah, this one immediately failed. I don’t think I even did this once. That’s sad.

8. Make a list of skills I’d like to learn before I’m 18 and work on them.

I think I started a list of skills, but did I work on them? Okay, in my defense, a lot of them aren’t exactly things I can learn on my own, so I’m not entirely responsible for not… Never mind, that’s not accurate, because I didn’t take the initiative to ask someone to help me with them. Yeah, I just failed this goal.

9. Practice drawing at least twice a week.

Drawing is hardly something I’m super interested in, but it’s a fun side thing and if I could learn how to draw well it could be a good tool for my writing. Unfortunately, I don’t care about it enough to stick to consistently working on it.

10. Work on “backstage” writing stuff (worldbuilding, character development, marketing, etc.) every day.

This is another one I actually didn’t do too badly on. I’ve done this almost every day, whether it’s just jotting down a story idea, planning out blog posts for the next month (or six months), posting something on my author Facebook page, etc. It can be something really simple, so it’s actually a really easy goal to meet.

11. Write {family  friend} weekly.

I’m terrible at remembering to send letters. Pretty much always. With anyone. Once I got started it would have been easier because her replies would remind me to reply, but I just didn’t get started.

12. Go to sleep regularly around 10:30.

As much as I talk about staying up late and past midnight and whatnot, I actually stayed pretty consistent with this until late November. (Everything went off the rails either right out of the gate or in late November, it seems.) After that I started staying up until two or three in the morning, which I would not recommend for numerous reasons.

13. Get up regularly around 8.

This one, on the other hand… I am no morning person, and it took me a while to find a working alarm clock. And then I just ignored said alarm clock to sleep in. I do think there actually was a stretch between about August and October where I actually paid attention to the alarm, but that was it. Next year I’ll be turning that around.

14. Read for at least an hour each day.

You know, this should have been really easy, and yet it wasn’t. I tend to get carried away with whatever project I’m working on and forget about other things I have to do (which would be why I kept myself to my schedule every day with an alarm for a while, until I started ignoring the alarms), and so my writing time swallowed my reading time. Actually, my reading alarm was the most-ignored alarm of the bunch.

15. Get a book ready for publication.

Man do I wish I could say I did this. I did come close-ish with House of Mages, closer than I’ve come with anything else, but it’s still not ready yet. Next year, though, my goal is basically to get two novels ready for publication: House of Mages and The Heart of the Baenor (new title pending).

A Year in Review

While my new year goals were obviously a total mess, and honestly the first half of my year was kind of a mess, with lots of things changing (I hate change) and stuff like that, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t have its highlights.

1. Singing with Celtic Woman

Seriously, this was incredible. My choir, thanks to our wonderful director, got to sing with Celtic Woman in June, and the memories are amazing. Road trips with the choir are the best, and in practice it felt more like family than usual choir does, for some reason. I don’t know if it was just because there was a smaller group or because we were all excited and practicing for some incredible experience that we knew we’d all treasure for the rest of our lives or because it was more casual or what, but it was really cool. The whole thing… It was just so, so amazing.

2. Making friends with the aforementioned choir friends

Seriously, I feel like I’ve been friends with these two for years, not a little under six months! I won’t say much more for privacy reasons, but these guys are amazing. ^-^

3. Camp

Me last year at camp: Introvert sitting on her bunk playing a billion games of solitaire while everyone else has fun outside. The introvert side basically only went away when I was singing a solo for the talent show. It was sad.

Me this year at camp: Extrovert chatting with random people on The Stoop and making really cool friends, stealing the job of holding the door from one of said friends, performing a choir song at lunch because we were late to breakfast, speaking to introduce my solo (because I sang one of the songs we performed with Celtic Woman and I wanted to recognize my choir director, even though she couldn’t make it to the show), teaching someone how to play chess, getting probably twice as many people to sign my notebook as had signed my shirt the year before.

I seriously felt like an extrovert at camp this year. It was so weird. Super cool, but weird. I actually made friends, something that rarely happens, I had fun playing sports I don’t usually play (I had bruises all over my thumbs from playing volleyball one-on-one), impressing people in Capture the Flag with my sprinting (despite that, I never got the flag), playing chess, discussing books and fandoms, talking with the pastor after lessons, hearing everyone in the hall singing during worship, hearing a friend on the other end of the dining hall randomly say “Everybody clap your hands!” and then the response of everyone in the dining hall dropping their food and clapping… It was just so much fun, and I can’t wait to go back again.

4. The Father’s Lullaby

A song that a choir friend wrote and the choir sang. The timing of it was incredible, because it talks about God always being there for us and stuff like that and it was around the time that everything was in turmoil for me and it felt like God had just abandoned us. It’s one of my favorite songs now.

5. Even If

Even If, by MercyMe, is an amazing song, and it has a somewhat similar message to that of The Father’s Lullaby. It talks about trusting God even when he doesn’t get rid of our tough circumstances, and it’s another favorite of mine.

6. Getting my blog up and running again

Oh yeah, that was only this past August, wasn’t it? It feels like I’ve been posting longer. My schedule still isn’t perfect, but I’ve vastly improved since the beginning of the year, when I was posting super irregularly and didn’t have a schedule or anything in place. I hope to improve even more and maybe make some tweaks to the appearance of the blog as 2018 progresses.

7. Setting up a Facebook page

Yep, I have one of those now. And a schedule in place for posting on it in 2018, so that it doesn’t sound like the page of a narcissist as I start publishing.

8. Getting my first professionally-made cover and hiring my first professional editor

While I didn’t learn much about how to get a cover since I got a pre-made cover, I do know some, and hiring an editor taught me how to act the next time I do so. Learning experiences are great. :)

9. Publishing short stories through CreateSpace

So technically I wouldn’t consider these published yet because they’ve only been printed once – as proofs – and given as gifts, but doing this has taught me a lot about designing my own covers, formatting a story as a book, what print sizes I prefer, what it’s like to open your own book in printed format the first time… it’s just been a really cool experience. :)


Well this post has been super long, as expected, and hopefully it didn’t bore you tooo much. What have been some highlights of your year? Did you do better on your new year’s resolutions than I did?

(Oh, and by the way, you can read my 2018 new year resolutions here, if you’re interested.)

My Goals for the New Year

With a new year comes new goals, and mine are probably overly ambitious. But hey, “if you shoot for the moon you may land among the stars.” At least I’ll be farther along than I was. So, without further ado, here are my many goals for 2018.

1. Prepare The Dark War Trilogy for publishing

This was originally “Publish The Dark War Trilogy,” but after scheduling everything out I found that wasn’t doable, so instead I’ll be aiming to have them all finished and edited so they’re ready by the end of the year and I’ll aim to publish them in early 2019.

2. Publish House of Mages

I’ll wait to tell you the release date of this until we’re at least into 2018, but it’s toward the middle of the year. I’d like to have the editing finished by February, but I’ve given myself a buffer there because I’m not sure how well my parents’ schedules will accommodate that, and they’re helping me with it.

3. Read a novel per week

This is self-explanatory. I’ve also updated my blog schedule, so the second and fourth Thursdays of the month will be book review days, instead of the last day of the month.

4. Study the bible/pray for half an hour each day

Self-explanatory. I’m terrible at remembering to take time for this because I tend to get caught up in doing other things. Hopefully scheduling out my days since I have so much to do will help, instead of all the things to do distracting from it.

5. Publish The Heart of the Baenor

Part of this will be finding a new title, because the current title is pretty lame. Again, I won’t give away the launch date just yet, but it’s late in the year.

6. Get started on The Historian

This is a novella I’m planning that’s the backstory of Terlon Screll, Detren’s mentor in The Shadow Raven. This is scheduled to be started in October, and I’ll probably finish it during NaNoWriMo.

7. Win all three NaNoWriMo events

This one’s self-explanatory. I’d like to win April Camp NaNoWriMo, July Camp NaNoWriMo, and November NaNoWriMo. And I already know what I’ll be working on for each one.

8. Write 2k every day

Self-explanatory.

9. Do some Kersir worldbuilding every day

This is a fantasy world I’ve been developing that draws its inspiration from the Middle East. It’s a lot of fun to work on. You can read a little bit more about it on my “My Books” page.

10. Focus on one drawing technique each month

I’m not much of a visual artist, but it’s kind of a side-hobby for me that I use to aid in my writing. I’d like to get better, however, so next year I’d like to work on different drawing techniques.

11. Start making an income

I plan on starting toward this goal with short stories. My plan is set to publish three anthologies and three standalone short stories next year, in addition to the two novels mentioned before. The first anthology will be seven of the stories I’ve written as Christmas presents, and it’ll be published on January 15th. The next goes up on February 21st, and it’ll be a nine-story anthology called The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles, which is nine other short stories I’ve written as Christmas presents that all tie together. I’ll also be publishing This Is His Story on February 14th. Watch out for further news on all of those, and consider following my Facebook page for more frequent updates. There are others, obviously, but they’re later in the year and their release dates will be announced once they get closer.

An Interview With Me

I got my sister, who goes by the screen name Siberia, to interview me today about my writing. I’ve interviewed myself before, but this one is more cohesive and more organic, I think, because she and I were able to play off of each other like I couldn’t with myself, lol. I hope you enjoy reading it. :)

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Siberia: Hello, Autumn. How are you doing?

Autumn: I’m doing well. How are you?

Siberia: I’m well. First I would like to ask you, what is your current project?

Autumn: My main drafting project at the moment is The Dark War Trilogy, and specifically The Shadow Raven. My main editing project is House of Mages, which I hope to have published sometime early next year.

Siberia: What are those about?

Autumn: The Shadow Raven is the second in the Dark War Trilogy, and definitely my favorite. It’s about a shapeshifter thief named Nissa Quail who ends up becoming friends with the prince after she steals his crown. When his father is murdered, her efforts to uncover the killer dig their country – Roenor – deeper into a war, which involves three different countries including Roenor.

House of Mages is about a girl named Lian Vandal, the daughter of a corrupt Archmage, who uncovers a plot of her father’s and has to save the world. There’s more to it, but I stink at coming up with descriptions of my books on the spot, lol.

Siberia: *chuckles* They sound very interesting. When do you think we’ll be able to read The Dark War Trilogy?

Autumn: According to my current plan, I’m hoping for sometime in mid to late 2018. I’m not 100% sure, because I’m not 100% sure how long the editing process will take, and there’s sort of a prequel that has to be published first, but I’m hoping for mid to late 2018 with the first book. The first chapters of each the first and second books are on my blog, and you can get access by signing up to my newsletter.

Siberia: Great! I can’t wait to read them. Do you have any favorite characters?

Autumn: Out of all of my books or just from my current projects?

Siberia: Out of your current projects. Who are your favorite characters in The Dark War Trilogy?

Autumn: Oh gosh. There are so many. The characters are my favorite thing in the series, lol. Um… If I had to pick two favorites from each book, they’d be Cor Claris and Tiberius Alister from The Last Assassin, Detren Everlind and Nissa Quail from The Shadow Raven, and Ismena Ivery and Toril Valda from The King’s Paladin.

From House of Mages my favorites are Lian Vandal and Darklin Hunter.

Siberia: Why are they your favorites?

Autumn: Cor is adorable, and he’s constantly spouting little bits of wisdom that surprise even me, lol. Tiberius is just a fun character. Detren is basically what I’d like to be: compassionate, merciful, always does the right thing even when it’s hard, etc. Nissa is a lot of fun to write because she loves fashion so much, lol. With Ismena and Toril, I think they’re the most well-developed characters in The King’s Paladin. Oops. That needs to be worked on.

Siberia: How do you feel about each of the books?

Autumn: The Last Assassin is cool to write. In the beginning I was writing it at the same time I was writing The Heart of the Baenor (the prequel I mentioned above), and since Catessa is a main character in both, but she’s at very different stages in her life, that was really interesting. Now the characters and their interactions are just really cool, and the overlap with the other books.

The Shadow Raven is, as I said, my favorite. Nissa’s arc is really cool, Detren is definitely in my top ten favorite characters I’ve written, and their interactions are really fun/interesting/dynamic/tragic. Dynamic, that’s a really good word for them. So, yeah, again the characters are my favorite part.

The King’s Paladin is my least favorite, but I think that’s because I need to develop it and its characters more. I really like the premise and the idea of Coraline (the MC)’s character, but it’s not translating to paper well just yet. I’m hoping that once I come back to it I’ll be able to write it better and I’ll have it better developed.

Siberia: What genre or genres do you usually write?

Autumn: The most common for me is fantasy; both of my current projects are fantasy. I also do a little bit in the dystopian genre, and my short stories are often contemporary.

Siberia: Do you tend to write the same genres that you read?

Autumn: Absolutely. My writing has always been heavily influenced by what I read. To start out, I read a lot of mystery, and so my first attempted story was a mystery. That totally didn’t work (pro tip: always plot out a mystery before writing it), and looking back it was quite disturbing, lol. After that I got into reading fantasy – I think I started with Terry Brooks – and so that was what I next tried writing, and that stuck in both reading and writing. I haven’t stopped either since. My dystopian writing started a couple of years ago when I started reading things like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, etc.

Siberia: What do you like most about writing fantasy?

Autumn: Definitely the freedom. That was most of the reason I stuck with it after I started, was that there aren’t as many rules, you can make it up as you go along and you don’t have to do a lot of research. I enjoy research sometimes, but I don’t think I’d enjoy writing a kind of genre that takes an extensive amount of it, like historical fiction.

Siberia: And what’s the worst part of writing fantasy?

Autumn: Avoiding common tropes and clichés, maybe? I don’t know. There are some fantasy writers who’d say the worldbuilding, and I agree with them to some extent. There are times when I hate the work of worldbuilding, and then there are other times when I love just getting lost in all the creativity of it.

Siberia: How do you usually do your worldbuilding?

Autumn: There is no ‘usually’ with my worldbuilding, lol. It’s different every time. With a lot of my books I don’t do enough, actually, and so there really isn’t a process to it. With Themar, the world on which The Dark War takes place, I went through it step by step, and you can see those steps in the Deep Worldbuild Project posts on my blog. There are others that are in the planning stages where the worlds were actually the first things that popped into my head, and with those I’m trying to go as in-depth as I can to make those worlds really shine and stand out.

Siberia: What are your favorite and least favorite steps of worldbuilding?

Autumn: I hate coming up with wildlife. I don’t know why, I just hate making up creatures and plants most of the time. I think my favorite would probably be the culture, and what makes it stand out from the others around it and how they interact and whatnot. This is particularly true of the two I’m developing right now, Parvani and Kersir, because they both have very distinct cultures within them, and those cultures tend to clash a lot, and then compliment each other in other ways, and it’s really cool.

Siberia: It does sound like it would be fun to write. What is your favorite part of writing in general?

Autumn: The characters. Characters are what I connect with most both in my own stories and in those that I read. If I don’t like the characters, I’m likely to not be satisfied with the book, no matter how good the plot is. Sometimes an intricate world can redeem a book with bad characters, but that’s a rare occurrence. So, yeah, definitely characters. I love getting to know them and figuring out what makes them tick and what makes them the way they are. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Siberia: Interesting. And your least favorite part?

Autumn: Generally plot. I tend to stink at coming up with plots. There are a couple of exceptions, but I’m much more likely to have incredible characters and no adventures to set them on than to have an incredible plot with no characters.

Siberia: So, you said that Tiberius is a really fun character. What makes him so?

Autumn: Honestly, it’s mostly when he’s around Catessa. She kind of brings out his playful side, and he returns the favor. It makes the characters with the two of them my favorite to write. But he’s just got a fun personality, too. And yet he can be really serious when he needs to be, which is something that I always love about characters. I love those characters who can be really playful and teasing and never take anything seriously, but when something happens to someone close to them or something really important has happened, they can be really sober and serious.

Siberia: I’ve also heard you have a psychopath in The Last Assassin. What’s it like to write that?

Autumn: Really fun, actually. It’s really cool getting inside his head, because he sees things in details. He takes a whole and pays attention to the details involved, and it’s really fascinating and really creepy.

Siberia: And you said earlier that Cor is really wise. Could you give us a couple of examples?

Autumn: Sure! He has two quotes that really stick in my mind, and I actually made them into images so they look cool, lol.

Siberia: Those are super cool. *smiles* How old is he?

Autumn: He’s nine.

Siberia: Wow. I love him already! I can’t wait to read the story! How long have you been working on this story?

Autumn: I’ve been working on House of Mages for eighteen months, and I’ve been working on The Last Assassin for four.

Siberia: That’s a year and a half for House of Mages! Have you gotten discouraged with it along the way?

Autumn: I have. Several times, in fact. With almost all of my stories I’ve gotten discouraged at some point in the process, but I always get over it in one way or another.

Siberia: And how long does it usually take you to write a book?

Autumn: That varies a lot. My first novella took about five years, but there have been others that only took a month (NaNoWriMo for the win!). It greatly depends. And the editing process is something I haven’t even gotten into with most of them.

Siberia: How many unfinished books do you have?

Autumn: Probably somewhere around one hundred.

Siberia: Woah! Do you have any plans to pick some of those up again?

Autumn: Some of them, but not a lot. Most of them I only keep for future reference so I know what I’ve written, and at this point I’d have to start all of them from scratch because my writing has grown so much. There’s one series that I’d really like to reboot, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to go about doing that.

Siberia: What are your plans in general for future projects?

Autumn: For now I have my hands full with The Dark War Trilogy. I’d really like to focus on that one and get it published. I consider it my “passion project,” and I’d really like to see it in print, on shelves, and being enjoyed by an audience. After that, I think my next novel project will be the hesitantly titled Dark Queen Rising, but who knows what I’ll actually want to focus on by then?

Siberia: *chuckles* Okay. And where can we learn more about your writing?

Autumn: I have short descriptions of each of my main projects on the “My Books” page here on the blog, and I also have Pinterest boards for a lot of those, which are linked on that page as well. I have a Facebook page where you can follow my short stories and some of my writing updates, and if you sign up to my blog newsletter you’ll get updates on my writing and my blogging, as well as the codes to the first chapters of each Dark War Trilogy book.

Siberia: Sounds good! I think that about wraps it up for today. Thank you for coming.

Autumn: Thanks for the interview. :)

Why I Write

I write for my readers. I write to make them feel. I write to make them connect with my characters to the same extent that I have, to make them care about fictional people as much as other authors have made me connect with their fictional people. When I get to see those reactions – their laughter or screaming or crying – it tells me that I’ve done a good job and I’ve done what I intended to do.

That’s why I adore my little mini fandom so much. Three friends of mine are reading The Last Assassin as I write it, and it’s amazing to watch their reactions and hear my sister try to puzzle out the mysteries, and see them be head-over-heels for a ship that I’m still claiming is unofficial, and squeal with them over the little tiny adorable child that is Cor Claris.

I love sharing my excitement over my books with others. I love making them love the characters and feel at home in the setting and making them shudder because that villain is just. So. Creepy. It tells me that I’ve done a good job, and it tells me that they’re enjoying my stories, which is why I write in the first place. I write to give people the same escape and enjoyment and impact that other books have given me. That is my goal as a writer.

The Leibster Blog Award

I was just nominated for the Leibster Award by Kaylan over at No Two Paths. Her blog name was inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” and specifically these lines:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

That’s really cool.

Thanks for the nomination, Kaylan!

What is the Leibster Blog Award?

In short, it’s an award for small blogs that’s passed between bloggers to explore growing blogs. Those who accept the nomination answer a list of questions given to them by whoever nominated them, write a bit about their favorite blogger, nominate 5-11 other blogs that have fewer than 200 followers, and provide 10-11 random facts about themselves. The official rules can be found here.

Nominees:

Melody at Melody Jackson, Author

Val, Remi, and Spanner at Our Mind Palace (I’m actually a fourth collaborator over there, so I’m not sure if this counts and I’ll post a sixth nominee, but I’d love to see their responses.)

Vinnie at Scribbles Playground!!!

Elyra at Two Roads Diverged (I highly suspect the name was derived from that same Robert Frost poem…)

Mandy at Jumping In the Puddles

Ruby at The Sea Calls Us Home

My Favorite Blogger

I follow quite a few writing blogs, but I think my favorite is Well-Storied (formerly known as She’s Novel). The author, Kristen Kieffer, does an excellent job of giving helpful writing advice in a number of areas. She has posts on publishing, editing, planning, writing, character development, etc. I think Well-Storied was the first blog I followed, and I’ve found Kristen’s posts helpful on numerous occasions, particularly as I get deeper into the writing process and am working on marketing. Marketing is something I know nothing about, and it’s really nice to have somewhere to go to find guidance in that.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I’ve been homeschooled my whole life.
  2. Autumn has been my screen name since September of 2015. I started using it when I joined the forums on the NaNoWriMo site and needed a nickname.
  3. I derived my pen name, R.M. Archer, from my initials.
  4. I’ve been in choir for nine years.
  5. I have yet to read Harry Potter. But I just checked it out from the library, so soon I can finally answer yes to the incessant question of “Have you read Harry Potter?”
  6. The question “Have you read Harry Potter?” kind of grates on my nerves at this point.
  7. My favorite author is Wayne Thomas Batson.
  8. I have about a dozen writing notebooks, and only three of them are full. Why? Because when I first started writing I would leave space between the current end of one story and the beginning of another so that I could finish the first one later. And then… I never finished any of them.
  9. I have finished about nine first drafts, two second drafts, and one third draft.
  10. My “pending” writing folder holds 375 files. My “archives” folder holds 171.
  11. My favorite villain is Loki.

Kaylan’s Questions

What’s your claim to fame? (It can literally be anything. Star of the class play in kindergarten? Go for it!)

I was one of the fastest runners at camp this year.

How do you relax after a hard day of school or work?

I read, write, or listen to music.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with no preparation? (In other words, what is something you totally geek out about?)

As my best friend can attest, I can rant on for half an hour at least about the Eragon movie or about The Maze Runner. She can also tell you that I repeat myself a lot when I’m ranting, so it would be half an hour long, but it would only be about ten minutes worth of information.

What city would you most like to live in?

Hmm. Is this real or fictional? For a real city… London? I don’t know, honestly. I’m pretty happy where I am, I think. And it has my choir and my youth group and some of my extended family. As for a fictional city, probably Minas Tirith. That place is just cool. But then again, so is the Shire, and it’s more peaceful, so maybe a home in one of the Shire’s cities would be a better fit. I’m almost short enough to fit in a hobbit-hole, too. ;)

What fictional place would you most like to travel to?

Middle Earth, The Seven Kingdoms, Erilea, The Four Lands… Probably most The Four Lands, since I’ve been immersed there so much through the dozens of Shannara books. But then again, maybe that’s a reason to choose a different one. I don’t know. Shannara is almost home for all the times I’ve visited, and I’d kind of like to know more about The Seven Kingdoms, so… I guess either one.

What job would you be terrible at?

Um… Pretty much anything… Sort of kidding. Um… I guess I’d be particularly bad at cooking. I can’t cook without totally going into panic mode. It’s really sad. So I guess I’m going with that.

What takes up too much of your time? (Sleeping? TV? Staring at a wall?)

Procrastinating. Browsing social media even when I know there’s nothing interesting going on. It’s awful. A friend of mine said she can’t imagine me wasting time, but oh man do I waste so much time.

What’s your favourite type of physical activity? (Sports? Hiking? Walking? Sitting outside in the sun?)

I like running, but I can only do it for a little while. “We dwarves are natural sprinters.” ;) Another one is swimming, even though that one tires me out pretty quickly, too. Call me cliche, but I love pretending to be a mermaid.

What’s your favourite Bible verse or quote, and why? (Your explanation can be brief, this is not an interrogation)

Acts 17:16-32. The altar to the unknown god. I don’t know exactly why, but that story always just fascinates me. I guess because Paul was able to use something pagan to point to God and the truth, and it’s always cool to me to find things that aren’t Christian, but yet still point to Christ, and maybe are even against Christianity but still point to it in some way. I made that observation with Wonder Woman, and when my little sister read it I thought her response was really deep: “This is how we know God exists; He’s reflected even in secular stories.”

I have to throw this one in here: what’s your favourite book? (I can never answer that question when I’m asked, but just name the latest one you read that you loved)

Well, it’s not the latest one I read and loved, but Heartless by Marissa Meyer. That one was so good!

What movie can you watch over and over without getting tired of it?

The Princess Bride. No contest.

Questions for My Nominees

  1. Who (other than God, of course) do you look up to?
  2. How long would you survive the apocalypse? Justify your answer! (Credit to somebody else for this question (who credited someone else) ’cause it sounded cool)?
  3. Would you rather have a book signed by your favorite author or an album signed by your favorite singer/band?
  4. Do you like writing prompts or would you rather not use them?
  5. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
  6. What is your favorite era? (Medieval, colonial, Civil War, WWI, WWII, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, etc.)
  7. What is your favorite play?
  8. Give a brief description of an old project you cringe at now.
  9. What is your favorite character name? (An existing one, and not one of your own.)
  10. What would your reaction be if your favorite author read and reviewed your current novel?
  11. What would your ideal playlist look like?

You know what’s annoying? When I make these lists of questions I then want to answer them. XD

Thanks for reading! Go check out the blogs I nominated, ’cause they’re awesome, their authors are awesome, just overall awesomeness. And if you have your own blog, link to it in the comments so I can check it out!

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