Sunday, December 31, 2017

#MyFirstPostRevisted: Ready for the New Year?

Since the first day of 2018 is only going to be hours away has snuck up on me, I thought this post would be appropriate. It's about beginnings and reflection - a perfect thing during Auld Lang Syne.

Melissa Gravitis tagged me for this blog hop, which I thank her very much for! You can view her post HERE. Her first post is absolutely beautiful, you must go read it!

The Rules:

1. No cheating. You must highlight your first post. Not your second post, not one you love...the first post only!

2. Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it, or if not, set loose a bunch of ladybugs on them)

3. Cut and past your old post into a new post or reblog your old post. Either way, NO EDITING.

4. Put the hastag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.

5. Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.

6. Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don't just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).

7. Feel free to cut and past the badge (picture) to use in your post.

8. Include the "rules" in your post.

I'm not including the silly rules, cause I can't do them. My favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (which we don't have right now), and there is no place to do cartwheels without knocking down a bunch of stuff on the ground. Don't mean to be a spoilsport, but...just can't. Sorry guys. we go!!

What??? A second blog in less than a year??? Aren't you busy enough with cooking, sewing, and pursing your agricultural dreams???


I have a confession to make....






To the point where I'm writing poetry spontaneously, writing fan-fiction and character sketches when I should be writing essays.....

And listening to music is starting to become a very dangerous activity......

When I started my first blog, Frugally Fancy, it was with a purpose. I had a lot of personal experiences in my life's journey that I felt that people could enjoy and learn from. I had started creating potential posts ever since my late high school days and finally gathered the courage to put them to the world in November 2016 at the repeated urging of my best friend.

In the short time that I've been blogging, I find that I really enjoy it. It's really encouraging to see people share my ideas around the globe. I'll still blog on Frugally Fancy a lot in the future.

But lately, I've been feeling really, really restless. Because my muse is not satisfied with my non-fiction or even my personal writings.

At heart, I am.....a fiction writer.

Ever since I can remember I have always been fascinated by stories.

God saw fit to bless me with a very vivid and emotional imagination.

He also gave me the talent of writing, and sent numerous teachers and friends to help me refine it.

I've always had a very rebellious muse. It tends to distract me from my schoolwork, disturb my sleep, make me an absolute fool (especially when the ramblings exit my mouth....), and causes me to have unnecessary worry and anxiety. Lately, it's been running a-muck and ignoring my muse has not been working very well.

There really is only one thing to do: harness it for good!!!!

While I doubt that I will publish any full-length novels here, I will share some short stories and some sketches that my muse loves to come up with. In my next post, I'll tell my journey into the writing world.

Oh, there is one more thing before I leave for the night. While I'm known on the online world mostly as Farm Lassie, it doesn't seem a very good writer's name does it?

So, just call me Catherine.

And.....welcome to my writers corner.

My thoughts on my 10-month blogging self:

Wow. I had some pretty pent up emotions at 10:23pm February 16, 2017, I must say!!!

I started this blog literally four months after I started my first blog, then known as Frugally Fancy. I had reached the first of many "burnout-and-frustration" periods that I had with that blog. It was my senior year of college, and my on-again-off-again muse actually was very productive for the first time in two years.

I'll admit the true reason for starting this particular blog was because I was falling out of love with blogging. I mentioned that I was in college right? My blog posts at that point on FF were preachy and essay-like. I felt this distinct "pressure" to create this second blog, especially after seeing the enjoyment that other bloggers had with their writing blogs. I'm almost certain that it was from above :). The feeling of confinement and restlessness, that was real. I needed to have a release, otherwise, I was sure it would kill me. I literally could not sleep that night on February 16 until I finally admitted to the world what I really was.

It was also this post that I started to ditch the "Farm Lassie" pseudonym and started to formally embrace using my true pen name of Catherine Hawthorn. I don't regret it, especially now as I start moving towards a goal of publication :).

From this post, I started on a journey: meeting fellow young authors, which led to finally trying Camp NaNo in July, helping to create the Rebellious Writing movement, my Goodreads account....

Oh! And the picture. I don't think I ever explained this...

This is one of my personal pictures from my favorite beach in the entire world. It's actually a reference to Little Woman. There was a scene in the second half in which Beth and Jo were on a beach, and Beth compared Jo to a gull. I wish I could find the passage, because it was beautiful. Since I'm very much like Jo, I thought it was appropriate to include such a picture. It became my favicon fairly early as well.

Now, to pass it on....

I tag:

Karyssa Norton @ No Coffee, No Can Do
Anna @ A World Through Her Heart
Quinley @ Adventure Awaits
Mary Katherine @ Sarcastic Scribblings
Sarah @ Sarah, Plain and Average

And anyone else who wants to snitch it is perfectly welcome!

How was your New Year?? Have y'all got any snow yet? Chat with me in the comments!! 

Scribblingly yours,


Thursday, December 28, 2017


So........I saw a movie recently.....

The Greatest Showman poster.png
Source: Wikipedia






I'll try to stay coherent...I promise!! 

I'll break up my review into three parts: plot, soundtrack and cast.


Oh my gosh...that beginning. The way that it started so epic and then it faded to a draper's son...just wow.

Charity and P.T's romance....oh my gosh, it is the cutest thing in the world. It starts with a laugh, continues through song and letter..even through tough times. Sure, there were some really rough patches, but...they prevailed without too much damage. And their daughters!!!!!!

The museum...which turned into the circus...just wow. All the performances were epic.

The brash wit that was employed in this film could have easily been cringey, but it slid through.

I wanna know just how much whiskey Barnum and Carlyle drank during "The Other Side"...

SPEAKING OF WHICH......Carlyle's romance with Anne....*HEARTS EYES* It was done so darn well....

It was well written - perfect conflict points (Jenny Lind, protestors, money trouble, fire, social conventions, greed).

The themes were good ones for this day and age (materialism vs. people, finding purpose, etc.) 

I rate the plot: 🌟🌟🌟🌟✩ (4 1/2)









(go check it out on Spotify. Just go. You'll thank me later)

A lot of the songs are positive and have a strong beat, which I ADORE. The soundtrack went straight on my Spotify as soon as I got home. 

So, I rate the soundtrack: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum is a good one (I don't think they fully scratched the surface to bring the real P.T. Barnum to life again, but....Jackman did a good impression of him).

Zach Efron played a wonderful Phillip Carlyle young man who wasn't going anywhere at first but when given a purpose, he thrived. And found love besides. (And I must admit, I like the name Carlyle than the original Bailey. Just saying)

Zendaya played a beautiful trapeze artist who finds barriers to her happiness because of her race. Her reluctance was well-played and how she stayed at Carlyle's side....

Michelle Williams played a great Charity Hallet Barnum, the faithful wife who stuck to her husband when in the slums and prosperity.

Rebecca Ferguson who played Jenny Lind, honestly reminded me somewhat of Cate Blanchett in some ways. 

My favorite of all the circus players was The Bearded Lady, played by Keala Settle.

Another character that was a favorite, was P.T.'s foil, Bennet from the Herald. It was fun to see these two interact.

I rate the cast: 🌟🌟🌟🌟✰ (4 1/2 stars)


Content stuff from the movie: immodest costumes and some immodest dancing, fire scene (may be scary to some), mild kissing.

I rate this movie: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ (4 3/4 stars) 

Needless to say...I now have this movie on my "To Buy on DVD" list.....

And so ends my semi-coherent/semi fanatic review of Has anyone else seen The Greatest Showman?? What do you think of it?? 

Scribblingly yours, 


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tagging you A Merry Christmas!!!


(I certainly can't....)

It seems this month I was inundated with tags! I love getting tags as much as I love getting presents at Christmas time, so I don't mind in the least!

A few weeks ago, Elanor tagged me for The Christmas Tag!!! You can view her post HERE.  Thank you, dear! I loved reading your post, and was so glad to get this one!

Without a further ado, let's get to the questions!

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

White Christmas. It is never the Christmas season until we've seen White Christmas at least once :)

I've watched this movie since I was a wee little kid. I loved the double romance, the inn in Vermont and General Waverly. Betty is my favorite character out of all them - she and I are like two peas in a pod.

White Chrismas film.JPG
Source: Wikipedia

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Where I am, it's about a 30% chance of getting a white Christmas. We've had them, but they don't happen too often. Normally, the snow doesn't really start flying until January-February.

Much to my brothers' chagrin.

3. Where do you normally spend the holidays?

We usually spend Christmas at home, and sometimes we go up to my grandparent's during New Years.

4. What's your favorite Christmas song?

My favorite classic carol is "Angels We Have Heard on High" because of the long "Gloria" phrase. Other favorites include "Good Christian Men Rejoice", "God Rest Ye Gentlemen", and "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming".

5. Do you ever open any gifts on Christmas Eve?

Nope! Christmas Eve tends to be a crazy mess as it is. I don't even want to imagine what opening gifts in the middle of that would be.

And this year it's even WEIRDER since Christmas Eve is on a SUNDAY. So, besides the 1 1/2 hours of singing for Sunday's Mass, we have to go back literally 12 hours later in order to another 2 hours of singing!!!

Not that I don't love singing. I just don't like a raw and sore throat on Christmas. Been there, done that too many times, NOT FUN.

6. What holiday traditions do you look forward the most?

I typically bake about 5 different cookies for Christmas with my brothers. That and we make homemade cinnamon swirl bread - about 6-8 loaves worth. Cause we tend to go through A LOT of it during the holidays.

7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. It's almost 50 years old. It's aged rather well - even if we have to tie up half of the lower branches because they sag on us. And we had to remake the bottom pole because it split on us a few years ago. Or that we have to stick toothpicks in it to make it level. It still has 90% of it's needles, surprisingly.

Copyright: Catherine Hawthorn

8. What is your favorite holiday food or sweet treat?

One that I've started making in recent years is cucidati, or Italian fig cookies. I love dried fruit, and these are PACKED with them. It tends to be a pain to make though - I tried making the fruit portion in the blender and it was a HUGE mess. So I'm stuck chopping it all - and there is a lot of fruit that goes into these cookies!

9. Be honest: do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

Both. I like both.

10. What is the best gift you've ever received?

I remember getting a dress in a really pretty fabric that I always wanted to have one year. I still have that dress (I'll have to see if it still fits - a lot of my clothes from that time have gotten a little small for me.)

Other gifts would be toys I saw ads for as a kid, or movies that I wanted as an adult :).

11. What would be your dream place to visit during the holidays?

Someplace where there is a life size Nativity scene, a really tall Christmas tree, picturesque snow and ice sculptures and on the trees, light displays, and a skating area. With a coffee/tea shop nearby.

Just don't put that in a city. A small town will do just fine please and thank you. (can't stand the city.)

12. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I'm a pro.

Though I do have a few snafus occasionaly (oh darn you drawing pad, STAY IN THERE!!!)

13. Most memorable holiday moment?

I remember going down to Tennessee when I was six (I think it was sometime in early December). We saw a lot of light displays and we went to an ice palace (where my brother and I had a blast with the ice slide). I think during that trip we also stayed in a large hotel that had a really really tall dark green Christmas tree, with red ribbons all over it. It was beautiful.

14. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

I think I started to suspect that it was Mom and Dad for a couple of years before they finally told me. It still kinda hurt though that the magic was gone.

But that was before I really knew my Faith. And I found something much more worthwhile to look forward to.

15. Do you make New Years Resolutions? And do you keep them?

Ummm, I've tried. It usually fails the second day of the year, so I don't really bother anymore.

16. What makes the holidays special for you?

Family. Cookies. Music. Movies. Presents.

But most of all.....

That Baby Jesus is here at last!!!

Christmas, Crib, Stall, Bethlehem

I Tag:

Lilah @ The Singing Writer

Anyone that (like me!) celebrates Christmas until February 2nd!!!!

And now...

Scribblingly yours,


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

*heart* The Motherly Writer's Award *heart*




I have been tagged (*squeal*) by the wonderful, fearless, and every-lovely....

(who resides at the Worlds of Ink and Paper. PLEASE GO DROP BY, she's a super duper awesome author, a fellow Catholic <3 and SHE'S ALSO THE CREATOR OF THIS LOVELY TAG)

(*more squealing and fangirling*)

As my brothers can safely attest (*pats brother's heads*) I have a mothering streak a gazillion miles long and a country mile wide. So, when it came time to answer the Evil Writer Award, I had a teeny tiny identity crisis. As I explained in that post:

I don't endorse sadistically killing and torturing characters. I'm too much of an empathetic person. If there is torture and killing in my stories, there is a just reason or it's used as a stumbling block for the hero. It's not as "fun" but I've seen the dark side and I'm not going back *shudders*. I'm a mommy to my characters - respected (mostly), stern (to my bad children) and supportive (to my good children).

Since then, I've discovered other writers that felt the same way that I did, one of which was Belle Anne. She got the idea to make a tag that was similar to the Evil Writer Award, but was for motherly writers.

Which I thank her very much for tagging me with!!!!! 

(*bounces around the room throwing confetti and setting off fireworks*)

(*plops into a heap on the floor*)

Okay, okay, I'll calm down now *assumes a more ladylike demeanor*. I have to state the rules anyway:

1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link to Belle's original post (Which is HERE!!!)
2. Use the tag picture (which is above, and it is the most adorable thing in the world!!!!!)
3. Answer the motherly writer questions (which is coming up!!!)
4. Tag at least three bloggers at the end (which is, of course, at the end :) )

1. How motherly are you to your characters? What sort of a mother? Strict but attentive? Spoiling and soft? Tender but cautious? Or perhaps you are one of those writer mothers who is not so motherly? 


I tend to be a rather strict but attentive mother to my characters. There are multiple times when they come and interrupt me while I'm trying to do "actual" work and I get upset at them. But I always make sure I come back and play with them later on. If they still speak to me, that is.

They are not afraid to tell me when I get their story wrong though...*rubs ears from last conversation with Ceinwen*

I have my tender side though....especially when it comes time for an injury or death *sobs*.

2. Do you fret about your characters' fates? Their dates? Whether or not they get kids of their own? 

Definitely if they have kids or not. That is super important to me, and a lot of books don't really go much beyond the romance *humph*.

Their fates I know, at least for the most part. Sometimes they threw a few surprises at me, but most of the time, it's how I predicted that they would (*cue motherly smirk*)

Dates, I'm normally present for. Yes, I'm that kind of mommy. *peeks over the wall to watch Gareth and Eirwen clear a hedge on horseback* After all, they need chaperones, obviously!!!!

3. Are you sad when your characters are hurt? How sad on a level from one to ten are you when one of your characters is injured - physically or emotionally? How about spiritually? What about if they die? 

I have to contain myself in order not to shudder or scream when I hear that one of my characters is hurting physically in any way. So I would be a 7-8 there.

Though I have been guilty of guilt-tripping and giving out emotional trauma. So I'm a 3-4 there.

Spiritually? I'd say I'm in the middle - 5.

When they die, at least according to my answers to the Evil Writer Tag:

"I get the sinking feeling, the watering eyes, the works. I feel pity for the rest of the characters, really. I mourn with them. Unless it's a villain. Then it's "serves you right" and move on."

I tend to avoid that though. So that would be a 9.

4. Are you aggressive or do you retaliate when someone insults or doesn't like your characters/book? To what extent? 

*draws sword and garbs myself with armor* WHO DARES TO INSULT MY BABIES??? COME AND FIGHT ME LIKE A.....

*pauses for calming breath*

In reality, I tend to take it hard inside if someone insults my characters or they criticize my book. I can accept a lot of constructive criticism, and a lot of times I'm grateful for it later. I do have a high streak of prideful perfectionism. As my sister can attest, sometimes a lot of compliments at once go to my head. (And I don't need that!!!!!!)

5. Which of your characters do you "baby" the most? 

Oh heavens, that's an easy question to answer.

It's Gail.

I haven't bound her to paper yet. She's still running around loose in my muse.

Yeah, that's right.

I haven't written any prose for her story yet.

I've been working on this WIP for 3 YEARS and I still haven't written any prose.

She's a spoiled brat, that's what. Every single other character that I've written pages of notes on has at least a DRAFT started. NOT THIS ONE.

6.  Which one of your characters do you let fend for themselves the most? 

Ummm.... actually almost all of my male characters tend to fend for themselves.

My boys are tough, what can I say?

Though they know that Mother's here when they need her :).

7. Do you tend to cling more to your older children and stories, or your youngest ones? 

I cling to all of them, let's be honest. I tend to cling to my older ones the most though (*cough* Gail *cough*). I'm not totally sure why....I guess cause mommies don't usually look forward to their first kid growing up, I suppose.

8. Do your characters have any habits or styles that you disapprove of? 

Um....yes. *cue motherly embarrasment*

Eirwen attempts to swear all the time. I think she's been hanging around the liverymen too much *glares*

Black smoke everywhere.
Coughing, the maids scrambled to open up the chimney, windows and every other outside opening that they could find.
“I told that little trouble-maker not to throw rocks into the fire!” A middle aged woman shouted as she attempted to rake out the offending "rock".
“Now dinner is ruined.” A petite woman whined.
“Such foul smoke! It smells as if it came from the pits of….”
“My lady! Such foul language does not belong in the mouth of a future queen.” A grey-haired woman rasped as she stirred a large pot of venison over the fire. Eirwen smiled as she turned back to chopping the potatoes that were on the table.

See what I mean......*shakes head*. Bad Eirwen.

9. Which of your characters are you most proud of? 

can I say all of them????? LOL. 

10. How many of your main characters have actual mothers? 

Well....all of them have "actual" mothers, if you think about it.

Oh, I'm sorry...did you mean actual as in present in the story?

Hang on a second.....*searches through the character records*

Gail from Caoimhe has an actual mother who's present for a third of the book.

Ciara and Grace from Fair Winds have a mother as well, but she's only briefly mentioned.

Eirwen from Seeds from an Orchard Invisible has a mother, but she's only mentioned as well. Technically Lilliwen is a mother-figure, so I guess she counts.

11. How many of your main characters are mothers? 

Well, as of right now, none of them are.

That may change later on....*wink*

12. Have you ever had pressure to kill off a character? Have you ever downright refused? 

Oh my goodness, YES.

The one that I was really divided about was Aneirin, Eirwen's father. I decided to have it be a mortal wound instead of an outright killing because...

Well, Eirwen was telling me the story and she INSISTS that's how it happened. So that's the way it's going to be.

(My characters can't stand me writing a lie, it seems. Though I did raise them to be honest and truthful in all things, so I guess I should give them credit....)

13. How many of your characters are children? 

A lot of them are actually teenagers/young adults. The only one that could be safely considered a child is Grace Arlen from Fair Winds.

14. Are you loath to kill characters? How much so? 

(Didn't I answer a similar question a minute ago?)

To quote (again???) from my other award post:

"Mother can't help it if her children fight, but she often has to help clean up the mess." 

And dead bodies are the worst things to clean up. I can't STAND dead bodies. Doesn't matter if it's a character or a spider. They are DISGUSTING. *shudders* 

I prefer my characters to be alive and thriving, please and thank you very much. 

15. Are you biased for your own characters? 

Me, biased?


In all seriousness, I know my characters are just as flawed as every other writers are. In fact, I actually like reading about other writers characters. It's like a group of moms exchanging parenting advice!!

16. How well do you care for your characters?

Very well, thank you! I make sure that all of them are fed, clothed, sheltered...even found when lost. Can't guarantee against injury though.  

17. And do you intend to be more motherly, or less motherly with your characters in the future?


They will always be my babies. Nothing will change that, not even if they go off with a publisher, they are MY BABIES FIRST AND ALWAYS.

I tag: 

Christine @ Musings of an Elf
Lilah @ The Singing Writer
MovieCritic @ Movies Meet Their Match

And any other motherly author that is out there!!

GO! Spread the motherly love of all authors everywhere!!!

Scribblingly yours,


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Introducing....Lady Lilliwen

I'm going to start with a big huge thank you to my 41 (!) followers and all my blog readers, because I HIT 10,000 VIEWS THIS WEEK!!!!


As an extra token of gratitude, I'll share another snippet from SOI before I delve into the main event (Lady Lilliwen already gave me her permission, so we're good).

“What do you think this one is like, Eirwy?”
The Princess Eirwen got up from her chair, setting aside her embroidery work. She laid her hand on her sister’s shoulder as she looked at the approaching woman.
“From the looks of her gown and her figure, I say that she will starve us out.”
“Oh Eirwen!” Her middle sister Gwen gasped. “How can you say so? If Mother heard you say such things…”
“Mother isn’t here, Gwen.”
Gwen lapsed into silence as their 6 year old sister Mairwen grasped her arm and directed her attention out the window again.

Eirwen viewed the rest of the parading ladies with some disdain. To her, they were just little pinpricks of light. They were not the bright sun that her mother was.

Can someone please explain to me why in the world fictional step-mothers are regarded as such an evil?

I mean, every single blasted fairy tale has them as being evil and jealous. To the point when children hear that they are getting a step-mother, they make attempts to sabotage things.

Now, I know that not every woman is an angel from heaven.

But come on....

When a mother dies, it leaves a hole. A hole that cries to be filled.

I think Danielle can agree with me here:

Now, why is this?

Because the mother is considered by many Catholic writers to be the "heart" of the family.

It takes a special kind of woman to take a family that has had it's "heart" torn out of it, and reconstruct it again. It takes a strong woman to take children of her husband's and support them through their life struggles without the benefit of knowing them since they were conceived.

I think it's time to rebel against this stereotype of the evil second wife/stepmother. The one that comes in and destroys her new family upon entering.

With that....please let me introduce to you a new character from Seeds of An Orchard Invisible...

Lady Lilliwen 

Lady Lilliwen is the half-sister of my antagonist, Ceinwen. Lilliwen is a legitimate daughter of a baron of Cymru (Wales), while Ceinwen is illegitimate. Thus, Ceinwen acts a sort of lady-in-waiting to Lilliwen. Lilliwen makes friends with Eirwen fairly early on, and it is she that her father plans to marry. Unfortunately for them, Ceinwen...hem....interferes.

This post-climatic scene takes place after Lilliwen returns from a rather unexpected journey, and Ceinwen gets her initial desserts. I believe it really captures Lilliwen's character when she's faced with the worst.

He caught sight of his lady, whom he loved with great devotion still. Immediately his face crumbled into sadness. “Lil-Lilliwen.”
She kneeled before him and offered him her hands in an act of homage. “My lord. Tis well that you chose your daughter before me.”
He gripped the gentle hands tightly. “Lilliwen….I have wrought a terrible evil against you and against my house.” The great king of Glywysing cast his eyes down into his lady’s beautiful blue-green ones. “I can offer little to you in retribution for the shame and sufferings that I have brought upon you. If only…” His voice cracked into silence and he averted his face.
Lilliwen rose and placed her face close to Aneirin’s as his grip weakened. She placed her left hand on his right cheek as she whispered softly, “Shh, beloved. It is all right…I forgive thee from my heart. I hold nothing against thee.” She fervently kissed his other cheek as he embraced her.
He stepped back after a minute, and raised his hand to his beloved’s cheek. “It will be months, maybe seasons before the annulment can be granted. Will you wait for me, beloved, unworthy though I am?”  
Lilliwen gave him a beautiful smile and nodded. He thanked her with a kiss to the forehead and left.
Lilliwen turned to Eirwen, with her eyes shining and a kind smile. “Come, love. Walk with me.”
Eirwen laid aside her work by the window and followed Lady Lilliwen out to the Queen’s Garden.
As they stepped out into the sunshine, Lilliwen turned to look at Eirwen again. She quickly grew alarmed as she noticed Eirwen’s eyes were dark and her face was grim. “Eirwen, dearest, what is it?”
Eirwen’s clipped tone revealed to Lilliwen that it was more than nothing behind that scowl.
“Eirwen…are you sure that it’s just nothing?”
“Eirwen…tell me please.”
“No.” Eirwen crossed her arms, as if trying to keep the clawing mass of emotion inside of her.
Lilliwen spotted a bench and motioned Eirwen to sit on it. “What is wrong, dearest?”
Eirwen’s eyes begged for the tears to be released. Words started jumbling in her brain and then spilled out of her mouth entirely without her consent. “Why..why did you…forgive him? He deserves…I would have…thrashed him good!”
“Thrashed who, Eirwen?” Lilliwen’s voice betrayed her shock, but she remained standing.
Eirwen's scowl seemed set in stone. “You know who. He doesn’t deserve you after what he’s done. He and that witching wh-”
Eirwen!!” Lilliwen’s shocked face broke Eirwen’s reserve even faster.
“She has hurt him grievously! She doesn’t deserve life or forgiveness, she deserves a hearty smite! And he has hurt you even more grievously! Don’t tell me that he hasn’t! I know he has!”
Lilliwen gazed at the daughter of her heart with pity and tears. “Two people have been wronged today, dearest…why drive them against each other? Oh Eirwen….what dragon has thee in his clutches?” Lilliwen reached to wipe the angry tears falling on Eirwen's cheek.

Eirwen gazed at her with burning heart and quaking hands, then broke away from Lilliwen’s gentle embrace towards Queen Heulwin's garden. Lilliwen saw wisdom in keeping counsel in her heart and a silent prayer on her lips.

So....what do you think of her?

Scribblingly yours,


Sunday, December 10, 2017

What's Happening with SOI???

Hello all,

Sooooo......*shuffles feet back and forth*

I decided not to enter Seeds of an Orchard Invisible (SOI) into the Rooglewood contest.

The main reason because it's not completed yet.

Ideally, I should have been working on edits this month before sending it off. However, due to a rather disastrous Camp NaNo (writing wise, not anything else wise) and a even more disastrous term in graduate school, SOI is still in that messy first draft state. It's not even a completed first draft. 

Just like I said in this post, this WIP isn't going to die, though.

I'm just taking a lot slower than I originally had thought.

Right now, I have two official alpha readers (Lia and MK) who have been busy cringing at what Ceinwen has been doing and adopting my rogues. (The latter I wasn't quite expecting, but okay!!!)

Now, because I'm not entering SOI into Rooglewood....

I get to share every single detail about it.

With all of you.

Which means....

More character stuff (BP, possible interviews, etc.)

and more importantly.....

More snippets.

“I hear, Eirwen, that you have been down in the kitchen.”
Subtle gasps were heard among the ladies in the company and their servants.
So that was what it was about, eh? “Yes, my lady. Cook has been ill, and the food must be prepared, no matter what hands do it.” Eirwen caught the now-familiar scent of wood smoke, even stronger here than in the kitchen. Surely the manservants didn’t stock the fireplaces with green wood also???
Ceinwen smirked. “It must be…tiring work, isn’t it?”
Eirwen smiled. “Sometimes, yes. Bu-”
Eirwen’s grin was washed out in a moment when she saw Ceinwen's threatening gaze.
“I’ve been hearing some horrible tales about you, Eirwen. How you steal money for the servants and embroider their stockings and flirt with gardener’s boys! Such conduct in the eyes of the royalties of the world is abominable.”
Eirwen eyes began to glaze. Far away, a voice announced two men of high distinction. As if rooted, Eirwen’s gaze was fixed on Ceinwen as she seemed wrap herself in the haze of the smoking hearth, making her more druid-like than ever before.
“You are due some humiliation, fair princess. Oh, your ears are scarlet now, but wait till the butcher’s bloody hands are finished with –”
Coughing and spluttering, a large dark-haired man stumbled into the large room, interrupting Ceinwen’s softly-spoken rant. Recovering his poise, he bowed respectfully to the company.
Ceinwen, not bothering to return the gesture, whispered under her breath as he passed. “Really, Aneirin! Couldn’t you have been a bit more…dramatic, regal even, when entering company such as this?”
King Aneirin, coughing and directing a steady threatening gaze at Ceinwen all the while, said hoarsely, “Woman! There was a curtain of SMOKE before me…” He trailed off as the smoke curled around him again, worsening his coughing fit.
Undaunted, she continued, still softly. “Well that is no excuse! Smoke gives such and air of mystery, and it reveals you at your best advantage…”

“Oh, so it matters not if I’m able to BREATHE afterwards….” King Aneirin accepted Eirwen’s tumbler of water, Eirwen noticing that he didn’t even look at her or Ceinwen.

How Eirwen’s horse managed to miss all of the trees must be attributed to Eirwen’s guardian angel. On and on through the densely overgrown woods, the black hooves tore. Eirwen’s fright and pain only drove the poor animal faster.
Her father’s last words to her reverberated through her brain. Over and over, as if stuck, she saw the flash of scarlet, her father’s body dropping like a sack from the war stallion’s back. An awful sinking feeling invaded her. Was her father, even now, viewing his last minutes here on Earth?
Several minutes later, the passion of Eirwen’s fright was superseded by barbs of pain as her leg started to throb unmercifully. Eirwen, sensing her horse was tired, slowed him to a stop cautiously. As she stopped before the entrance of a dirt path, the change in light disoriented Eirwen, and her head began to swim.
A dark shadow descended from the trees. Eirwen fought to concentrate as her vision threatened to blur further.
“Halt…oh wait. You are halted.”
Eirwen’s eyes cleared a minute to see a short dark-haired person aiming an arrow straight at…her horse’s knees? Eirwen frowned and shook her head slightly to clear it again. Yes, she had been right. What was more, his armor was ill-fitting and had seen better days.
“Who are you?”
“Can’t you tell?”
Eirwen looked him up and down.
“You don’t look like a man to me. Neither do you look like a dwarf either.”

“I’m a…I’m a rogue.”

The first is an add-on from Camp NaNo, and the second one is a newish one. Newish in that I haven't shown it to anyone besides my alphas.

I plan on introducing a new character from SOI to you readers very soon *wink wink* I think you'll like her :)

Sooooo.....I'm dying to know.....what did you think of the snippets? Please chat with me! 

Scribblingly yours,


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Animation Tag (GIFs, anyone???)


Ah yes! The tag in which I squeal about my favorite animated movies and characters. As well as overload you with a whole lot of GIFs.

(hey, what can I say. You can't talk about animation without using some animation, now can you??).

MovieCritic tagged me for this right around Thanksgiving time. Thank you, dear! This was a super duper fun tag to do :). 

Ze Rules: 

1. Thank the person that tagged you (done!) 
2. Answer ze questions.
3. Tag at least one person.

So, without further ado, let's get this show on the road!!! 

1. Who's you favorite animated heroine?

At risk of being accused of copying, I have to say Rapunzel.


She has long hair, some of my favorite costumes, a great personality, and she's got as many hobbies as I do. Hence we are kindred spirits. 

2. Who's your favorite animated hero?

Heehee, only the most perfect hero on the planet :).


No one comes close, admit it! 

3. If there was to be a sequel(or even a third, fourth, or fifth part)(and I don't mean like Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, those short movies, but a real one) of an animated movie, what would you like it to be about?

An actual sequel of Tangled would be nice....

It would start off after the wedding (or include the wedding, why not?). 

We find out there is a plot against the throne of Corona (Stabbington brothers again? Another kidnapping, perhaps?) 

Eugene, and his Snuggly Duckling pals go undercover while Rapuzel goes above cover to resolve said plot. (Accidental meeting?) 

Bonus points if Maximus and Pascal cause mayhem and if there are little Rapunzel/Eugene lookalikes around *wink wink*. 

4. Which couple from an animated movie do you think is highly underrated? 

Hercules and Megura. 


Let's put it this way: 

Meg wanted to seduce Hercules by her feminine wiles (Hades had or had not had something to do with that...). 

He didn't fall for it. He maintained himself by replacing the fallen strap and maintaining his distance. He didn't do anything to her until she backed off and let him lead

In some ways, Meg is like a modern feministic woman. She likes independence and is very clever. But, she's not immune to the admiration that a true hero often evokes. 

And they sacrificed themselves for the other. Meg sacrificed herself by shoving Hercules from the falling column (thus being crushed by said column which broke the horrible deal with Hades). Hercules went down into the Underworld to save Meg's soul from Hade's grasp. If that isn't a sign of true love, I'm not sure what is. 

And yet, this romance isn't as well celebrated as many of Disney's other romances. 

5. Which couple do you like most?

This one:


Telling you why would take way too long.

6. Which song is your favourite?

I wake up to this song very morning. 

7. And if you should choose a song that didn't immediately come up in your mind but is still a favourite, which one would it be?

or maybe....

8. What animation movie did you first think you wouldn't like, but eventually you did?

Honestly, no animated movie comes to mind. Most animated movies I was eager to watch, unlike a lot of live-action movies for years. 

Maybe the closest one that would answer this question would be The Emperor's New Groove. It wasn't until a little ways into the movie that I started to appreciate it. 

Mainly because of these two: 


9. Which two do you always consider as a couple, even though they are not a definite couple, but almost no one else does? 

All of my ships became couples.

I honestly don't remember any other ones.

(I mean, I've heard of the Elsa/Jack Frost bit, but I haven't seen the movie with Jack Frost, sooooo)

10. Which girl from an animated movie has the best hairstyle(s)?

Rapunzel - for best style with long hair



Anna - for best bed-head ever. 


11. Which is the best dress?

File:Merida disney.png

Merida's dresses are my favorite of all the princesses. They are simple, long, flow-y, and high. They don't hinder her (except that really tight one that she rips during the archery contest). Her dresses are also range between blue and green turquoise colors, which I really like on her. Of all the princesses, I would wear Merida's dresses first.

12. Which sidekick is the best according to you?


I can't decide between





or Kronk.


13. What's your favorite Disney princess movie?

My favorite animated Disney princess movie is most definitely Tangled.


14. What's your favorite animated movie (no Disney princess movies included)? 

Well thanks for eliminating about 2 thirds of my favorite animated movies.....

Well, I'm just going to have to go with this movie....


Which they just made into an epic live person musical....


15. What is your Disney personality?

Here is a link to the test.

16. Which animated girl do you think looks most like you(in looks, not in character)?

The closest one would probably be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. 


17.  Which fan theories do you think are true? (you know, those things on Pinterest that say...for example: That Elsa and Anna are Rapunzels cousins, and that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa's brother or that the oldest girl from Despicable Me is maybe Riley's mom from Inside Out)?

I would not be surprised if Rapunzel was Elsa and Anna's cousin (however the family genetics work....) or if Anna really was born with super strength. 

My favorite headcannon though is the one that is floating around Pinterest that states that Gaston cornered the egg market in Beauty and the Beast. 

18. What animated movie did you expect much of, but turned out to be much worse than you originally thought? 

Minions. I thought they were cute at first, but when I watched the movie I hated it. Half of my brothers and I didn't finish it, it was so bad....just the way that they skewed good and evil really made me cringe.


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Madeline @ Tower of Joy

Hope your enjoyed the tag!

Scribblingly yours,