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Inspire Me

 

So, Hannah at Ink Blots and Coffee Stains didn’t really tag me for this, but she did say anyone who wanted to could do it (thank you for that :)), so I am.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy these totally amazing and spectacular rules onto your post
2. Smile and twirl in a circle and look at your favorite inspiring thing and take deep breaths as you prepare for my amazingness
3. Thank your gorgeous, lovely tagger
4. Tag five other bloggers (or more. or less. or none. just whatever you want.)
5. Have fun and be honest and answer all the questions (and feel free to add some of your own!)

And now for the questions!

#1: What is one of the most inspiring things to you?

Hmm. This is a tough one, actually. Would it be weird to say “dreaming”? Because I get some awesome story ideas from my dreams. Reading is also a good one. But mostly dreaming.

 

#2: Where do you look for inspiration?

Pinterest. Their prompts and character inspiration pins almost always get me writing.

#3: When and where does inspiration tend to hit you?
Anywhere it’s inconvenient. In bed, in the car, anywhere I can’t write anything down.
#4: What’s the first thing you do when inspiration strikes?

First I marvel at this amazing idea (which is usually not as amazing as it seems), and then I scurry to find something to write it on. Unless I’m somewhere I can’t, in which case I repeat it over and over and over in my head until I get to a point where I can write it down. And usually one idea spawns another and I write all of it down.

 
#5: What’s the most inspiring book/song/website/etc., you’ve found?

Any soundtrack music is good. Or anything instrumental at all. There are so many books that I’ve found inspiring that I couldn’t possibly pick just one.

#6: What’s one piece of advice you would give to people struggling for inspiration? 
Read. Reading always helps.
(I have no idea why the text decided to get bigger in some places. O-o)
And I’ll tag:
I was so close to actually coming up with five people… *sighs* Well, anyone who’s listening to music can also do this, or just whoever wants to do it. And those tagged are not required to do it, as always. :)
Have fun!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger

I was nominated to do this challenge by my friend Dreamer, so thank you to her. :)
1. If you could invent a new method of delivering letters, what would it be?

Hmm. Sending them by mechanical griffins might be cool. I honestly have no idea.

2. Coffee or Tea? Or neither, if not both?

Tea. I can’t stand the taste of coffee. But I like iced sweet tea a lot better than hot tea. And as for hot drinks, my favorite is hot chocolate. :)

3. Favorite holiday of the year?

Christmas. It’s Jesus’ birthday, and on top of that I love giving gifts.

4. If asked to pick between Star Wars and Star Trek, which would you choose?

This is another tough one. Probably Star Wars, but this is like picking between apples and oranges. They’re similar and yet so not.

5. Physical books or Kindle/Nook?

Physical books. Always. And preferably paperback. Kindle books are nice enough, but I tend to forget about them because when I’m on my tablet I’m generally on it for a certain purpose. And the feel of a physical book in your hand is always better.

6. If you found yourself in Victorian England, what would your reaction be?

Probably something along the lines of, “Ugh. Corsets.” But I can’t say for sure.

7. Has a movie or book ever made you cry? Either from laughter or sadness.

No, but a couple have come close. There have been two character deaths that I choked up on, if that counts, and the ending of Atlantis Rising almost made me cry, but I’ve never actually cried at a book or a movie.

8. Quick! Aliens are attacking, what’s your first move?

Panic, probably. And then go protect my younger siblings.

9. Favorite pizza topping?

Italian sausage, ham, bacon, and black olives.

10. Do you have a “hidden” talent that can surprise new acquaintances?

Not that I know of. Although being able to sing a high G has surprised someone before.

11. What is the function of a rubber duck?

Squeaking. XD

 

And now my nominees, and since I can’t think of anyone I haven’t already nominated for something, how about… Anyone who can sing a high G, anyone who has heard of Wayne Thomas Batson, or anyone who wants to answer the following questions:

  1. Pink or blue?
  2. What book have you most wanted to throw at a wall?
  3. Favorite video game?
  4. What state would you most like to visit and why?
  5. What is your favorite kind of shoe?
  6. What mythical creature is your favorite?
  7. Wristwatches or pocket watches?
  8. Favorite book character?
  9. What is your favorite kind of cake?
  10. How many U.S. presidents can you name?
  11. Where is your favorite place to visit?

Some of these are really lame since I was coming up with them on the spot, but oh well. Have fun!

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The Book-Room Challenge

The Book-Room Challenge

So several of my friends from the Christian Teens Together! thread on the NaNoWriMo website have done a challenge called the Book-Room Challenge in which they describe three of their books as rooms, and I’ve just been nominated by Leila of Inspiring Ink’lings. Thanks, Leila!

Rules:

  1. Describe three of your books as rooms. They can be finished or unfinished, but they must be your own.
  2. Write one of your favorite books to read as a room.
  3. Tag five other people. (This one’s going to be tricky for me.)

The Lowlines

You open a dark walnut door and step into a dimly lit room. Daggers and swords lay on a low oak table that is surrounded by three mismatched chairs, one tipped, one with a broken leg, and only one standing completely upright. There is one window in the very back of the room, but curtains cover it, the rod broken and crooked, and a thick layer of dust blankets the glass.

The floor is cracked hardwood that creaks and groans with every step, and the walls are covered with torn wallpaper that someone tried to hide with black paint. On the right wall is a bulletin board covered with faded, torn papers and photos, and on the left is a gun rack, which is now abandoned save for one pistol.

You dodge a piece of falling plaster and glance up at the crumbling ceiling and step over to the window, glancing out. The only things you can see are dead grass, a twisted oak tree, and a plank swing, one rope snapped to leave the swing dangling awkwardly.

 

The Half-Elves

Stepping through a pine door, you’re immediately refreshed by the bright sunshine streaming through the windows and the potted plants placed in the corners of the room. The whole place smells of the forest, like walking through a Christmas tree lot. The fir wood table in the middle of the room is adorned with a white lace tablecloth and topped with a pair of gold candle holders, each with a simple white candle inside it.

A bow rests against one of the five fir wood chairs, strung, but without its quiver. There are no other weapons in sight.

There’s a window on each wall, and each has white lace curtains tied back to let in the most sunlight possible. Out each window you can see vibrant green grass, trees, woodland animals, and bright birds that can be heard singing all the time.

 

The Wisdom Keepers

This room is most likely the fanciest in the house. White marble floors, elegant white paneled walls, and gold candelabras gracing the walls. A long table sits in the very center of the room, covered in a white silk tablecloth and decorated with silver candle holders every few seats, the white candles inside already lit.

The table is set with china plates, golden goblets, and pure silverware. A feast is set along the center of the table, containing any food you can think of. Turkey, pheasant, pies, cakes, potatoes, carrots, apples, just to name very few.

The right wall is open to a balcony, allowing the room to flood with light, also aided by three golden chandeliers hanging over the table. On the other three walls, elegantly woven tapestries hang, lending their rich, vibrant colors to the otherwise neutrally colored room.

 

There are so many books I love to read, but Dreamtreaders is the one that I always list as my favorite. Whether it really is my absolute favorite or not is impossible to tell.

Dreamtreaders

When you walk in, you’re first bombarded by the mess. Books, blankets, papers, and all sorts of things are strewn everywhere. But you can make out the desk against the left wall, the bed against the right, and you can see the sliding glass door in the back wall that leads out onto a tiny balcony. The walls of the room are black, decorated with swirls of dark color. Behind the bed is painted a navy blue clock tower with a dark gold face, and against the desk is propped a midnight blue surfboard.

The bed is dark walnut wood, with blankets of an almost black green, and a well is carved into the footboard. The desk is the same wood, with a ragged old doll sitting on the far corner.

The air in the room smells musty, and the light filtering in through the door is dim and almost green-tinted. A storm is coming.

 

Nominees

Most of these will probably be repeats since I have no idea who to nominate. No one is required to do the challenge.

Grace at My Corner of Grace

Halfblood Cheetah at I’m Only Human

Mandy at Jumping In the Puddles

Rubix at The Sea Calls Us Home

Janie at Catmooslane