Saturday, June 24, 2017

Would You Rather: Jane Austen II

Hello y'all! 

Finally, finally, finally I get to this! I had fully intended that this post be at the end of the month, and my BP be in the middle of the month so everything was all spaced out...

That obviously didn't happen. *glares at Eirwen, who is quaking behind a dark wall right now* 

Anyways, I saw this game from Cordy's blog, promptly did it, and set it aside to work on "other things". It's time it is off the dashboard, so here we go! 




1. Would you rather summer at Abbey Mill Farm with the Martins or spend the winter in London with your aunt and uncle?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE being on a farm in summer. So Abbey Mill Farm it is!!! 

2. Would you rather be carried away in the moment and insult someone in company or be overcome by horrid imaginings and have to confess your thoughts to someone you admire?

I have done the former, and I felt like a total heel afterwards. I'd much rather have the second one (though that leaves me vulnerable to rejection...)

3. Would you rather marry Mr. Bingley or Robert Martin?

Mr. Bingley, for sure. Bingley is the cutest little teddy bear, even if he's a little sappy. I don't mind unswerving devotion.

4. Would you rather tour the lake country or visit the seaside?

Oooohhh toughie. 

I like both....

But I like the seaside better. There is nothing more surreal than seeing an ocean stretch out for thousands of miles. 

5. Would you rather entertain Miss Bates or Mr. Collins in conversations?

Ew. Another tough choice. 

I'm terrible at hiding emotions. I'm afraid I'd laugh in Mr. Collin's face or roll my eyes at Miss Bates. 

I could probably control myself better with Miss Bates though. 

6. Would you rather sing a musical piece at a gathering while hiccuping every other line or take a great tumble while dancing?

Both are rather mortifying, but I'd much rather take the tumble. I have the WORST sounding hiccups (and I've sang with them too - in front of friends no less!). At least when you tumble you can blame the floor, or your feet, and it looks accidental. Hiccups are just plain embarrassing. 

7. Would you rather be deceived by Willoughby or Wickham?

WICKHAM. 

Wickham lied (and consequently slandered Darcy). 

Willoughby is a mercanary, licentious, two-timing heartbreaker that produced an illegitimate child. 

Wickham at least would live, I'm not so sure about Willoughby. 

8. Would you rather fall head over heels in love with a man who turns out to be engaged or fall for a man too busy loving someone else to notice you?

The latter. I would feel really truly horrible when I found out the guy I loved was engaged. It would make my devotion seem rather...wrong. Whereas the latter is still free and I can "worship from afar" as much as I please. 

9. Would you rather ride in a carriage or upon a horse to an evening party?

GAH. Now you're messing with me. 

I love riding. With a passion. 

But I'll be in good clothes! Which I don't want to get *too* dirty. 

You know what I'll do? I'll stick on a riding habit over top of my good gown and go on horseback. There's going to be thirty million carriages at this party and only so many parking spots. I'm being smart. Never mind my catching a cold (or a fever...) because of it, I need the fresh air, thank you. 

10. Would you rather accept advice from Mrs. Weston or Elinor Dashwood?

Hmm. Another tough one. 

I'd have to say Elinor Dashwood though. I try to be like her when giving advice, being unbiased and practical. She would be a good person to go to when my head isn't screwed on straight. 

11. Would you rather have as a companion Jane Fairfax or Charlotte Lucas?

Charlotte Lucas. She's the sweetest thing ever. Jane seems a little cold to me. 

That's it! 

Please, please, please, go check out Cordy's game! I'd love to see your answers! 

Scribblingly yours, 

Catherine

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beautiful People ~ June's Edition!

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Hello all!

This month's Beautiful People post has been later than usual...mostly because I've been busy helping get a certain 'surprise' up and running (shush, don't tell.)

Anyways, for this month's BP, I've decided to introduce for the very first time, a character from my upcoming July Camp NaNoWriMo/Rooglewood's Five Poisoned Apples short story titled.....




Eirwen has only one desire for her life - to be a good queen to her kingdom of Glywysing. But innocence and kindness have no place in kingdom being torn apart by war, or in the scarred heart of the Queen-Consort. In spite of Eirwen's attempts to bring peace to Glywysing, an attempt on her life forces Eirwen to flee into a decaying orchard. Will she remain safe in the Perllan or will there yet be danger still?

For this BP, I'm introducing my protagonist, Eirwen. Her name is Welsh for "white as snow". Hey, you can't have a Snow White retelling without a name at least referencing snow, right? And this one really didn't sound like an obvious "snow" name either, which I really liked.


1. What’s their favourite place they’ve ever visited?


Eirwen doesn't usually travel outside of the modest stone castle that is her home. However, she remembers very distinctly traveling into a large marketplace at one point in her young life. She remembers the vivid colors of the trader's banners, the tasty street food that her companions gave her, and the lively music that seemed to be coming from everywhere. 

2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?

Never leave food unattended. It will either burn, collapse, or sprout legs and walk away when she isn't looking. 

3. What was their favorite subject in school? Or favourite thing to learn about?

Eirwen does love to hear stories about legendary and saintly queens. Her education was somewhat limited, as books are not really available to her. Her mother and the maidservants have taught a few things about the feminine sphere, especially the role of a queen, via stories. 

Her other favorite interest is outdoors. She is eager to learn the art of hunting, and has her own falcon already - a gift from her father. 

4. What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?

Eirwen loves apples and apple trees. Her father has one of the few cultivated apple orchards in Glywysing, and she often goes out there to observe nature. 

5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?

Eirwen is much more likely to wipe away tears than to cause them. If she ever makes anyone cry, it is with happiness. 

One of her fondest memories is volunteering to take over the kitchen work while the sick cook rested for a while. The happy tears in her eyes was something that Eirwen treasured for the rest of her life. 

6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?

Eirwen is about as reliable as a well-winded clock. She can't lie very well and she holds no prejudices. 

7. What do they dream about at night?

Eirwen has a strong desire to be a good queen. She longs for a young prince or king to come and marry her so she may raise children of her own.

8. They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?


A "special meal" would be a feast in Eirwen's world. If she had a choice in what she was to put on the table (which doesn't happen often), she would put roast pig, smoked venison, paired with soft creamy potatoes, cooked apples, and some fruit pies.  

9. What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?

Eirwen longs see at least one country outside of Glywysing's borders, maybe even see the far great ocean that she keeps hearing about from various traders. When she marries, she hopes that her prince will open that door for her. 
10. Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?

Eirwen is a very talented embroiderer, an even better one than her mother. Only she does the embroidery work on her father's royal robes and even does some embroidery for the Church linens and vestments. 


I have no snippet this time...I haven't started actually plotting this one. I'm waiting until just before Camp starts to do that. In the meantime, I'm going to use all of my free blogging time to play catch up on tags and work on a few drafts that have been sitting in my dashboard for too long, LOL. 

Scribbingly yours, 

Catherine

Thursday, June 15, 2017

One Bad Apple Rots the Barrel



Hello all,

I apologize in advance, this is a rant.

You ever been in a new school, a new workplace? You meet a new group of peers every time you do.

It seems you gel very well. You think "This is a good group of people to be with".

Then someone says a bad word.

Then someone else makes a reference (and I don't mean a movie reference either).

Soon the conversation goes completely downhill. And soon they drag you into horrible activities such as Cards Against Humanity.

You sit there, totally embarrassed, trying your darnedest to get out of the situation discreetly. It feels like you are choking on a poisoned apple. You ask yourself "Why did you think that these people would be good to hang out with?", "Why did I trust these people?" You never regain that good relationship you had with them, and you try to distance yourself as best you can.

And this is now the new normal in groups of late teens and college age people.

This is why movements like the #RebelliousWriting and the #RebelliousReading are SO IMPORTANT.

If young people can joke about bedroom subjects, speak lightly of atrocious murder, and willingly break at least 4 of the 10 commandments in a single night, there is most assuredly a problem with our culture!!!!!

I'm sick of being burned by what should have been good company. I don't one hundred percent blame the people, I blame the culture. While it may not totally solve the problem, promoting clean and wholesome literature is a start at the very least.

We need to start speaking out. NOW.

Scribblingly yours,

Catherine


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Join the Rebellion: #RebelliousWriting (Christians Fight Back Against Dirty YA Literature)




Hello all,

I hear the call, the trumpet's call, to a rebellion.......


I'm joining in solidarity with Gray Marie Cox and other young writers that wish to see the end of impurity, swearing, and general vileness in literature.

Those who have read my blog post 10 Things That Make Me Banish a Book, already know that I don't have a tolerance for that kind of stuff anyway. But it goes a little more deeper than just "I don't like that stuff".

In that post, Thing #5 outlined how some books had evil intentions or bad subliminal messages, which is a turnoff for me. Believe me, I've had enough college English and History courses to be able to pick them out. In those same courses, we often used novels and other works that help jump-start movements and revolutions.

Whether we like it or not, reading plants ideas into readers. Why do you think that plantation owners forbade teaching slaves to read?

Reading also is a product and a changer of culture. Reading popular books of a time period will give you an idea of the ideals that were held at that time period. What will people of the future think when they see our "popular" books of today? The dark, depressing, and evil-filled ones? The ones full of sex scenes, and bad language? I don't think that they'll judge our society very favorably, do you?

On the other hand, the classics of old, such as the Chronicles of Narnia, Chronicles of Avonlea, Little Women, and Lord of the Rings gave society higher, better ideals to reach for - the end of a goal, correcting a fault, strong family relationships, friendships, chaste romances.

That, in a tiny nutshell, is what I try to promote in my works. Quoting from my Sunshine Blogger Award post, "In all of my works, I try to present a Catholic/Christian worldview and present hidden Catholic themes, similar to great Catholic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O'Connor. Writing for my own pleasure is good, but writing for the greater glory of God is better." 

In a sense, this is why I rebel in general from the world. As a Catholic, I'm called to be a living, breathing member of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, and a Temple of the Holy Ghost. Inside, outside, backwards and forwards. 

Therefore, I should use my talents and influence to promote what God wants in a society, not what the world, the flesh and Satan wants. 

But, you ask, shouldn't I be writing for an audience? To be popular? 

You know what I say?

FORGET THAT. 

Christians play by different rules. 

God wants clean language. Satan wants foul. God wants a chaste relationship, saving the sweet physically intimate behaviors for spouses. Satan wants the opposite - he likes to see people destroy their lives and their souls because that's one less soul belonging to God. 

The bottom line is....

YOU WRITE TO PLEASE GOD FIRST. 

Not the editor. Not the audience. Not even society. 

GOD - FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST. 

Period. 

Exclamation Mark. 

While other people may not agree with me, I think that the author's religious/personal beliefs have a lot of influence when they are presenting ideas in their writing, or just writing in general. This, I believe, is because our code of ethics influences how we interact with society.

Thus, as writers, we should not write what we would not tolerate in society unless we portray it in a negative light - show that it's bad.

Now, you see the power game?

We have the potential to change society's thinking!

And it is our duty to reorient it towards God!

But, we need to be careful of how we use this medium to present our ideas. If we overdo it, we could do more harm than good.

A lot of people tend to complain about the preachiness of a lot of Protestant Christian writing. Too often "Christian" or "clean" writing is bashed because of "Bible-thumping". Not that the Bible can't be quoted in a book at all (far from it!), but there is a time and place for it.  

Catholics on the other hand, tend to be really really sneaky. They veil their Christian messages into heavy metaphors. Flannery O'Connor, J.R.R. Tolkein, and William Shakespeare were masters at this. Theirs were so deep that unless you analyzed them deeper, you would miss a lot of them. Or worse, their true intent could be mistaken for something else - most of the time, something that wasn't good to start with *cough cough Romeo and Juliet cough cough*

As you can see, there are two different extremes here. What we need, is a balance. Use God's rubrics (10 Commandments, Holy Scriptures, Sacred Tradition, etc.) as your yardstick for your character's actions and thoughts. This will provide the best level of embedding subliminal idea advocation.

But that's getting really technical. We have better things to do than listen to me talk strategy.

What we need to do is start making our voices heard.

We've put up with the crappy literature long enough.

Let's get some fresh air to dispel the stench that we call Young Adult literature.

First things first: check out our fearless leader's post here.

Secondly, place the #RebelliousWriting image on your blog and link it to Gray's post (via an image gadget, it's really straightforward). Show your true colors with pride and stand with your brothers and sisters in Christ!

Thirdly, share the #RebelliousWriting image (and memes) on all of your social media. Pinterest, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. Anything that can support an image. Keep track of the reactions that you get, if you can.

Fourthly, start recommending clean books to your friends and ask your friends to do the same, if they haven't done so already.

Fiftly...writers start writing. Let's swamp the market with good literature and show these kids what they've been missing.

Sixthly, feel free to create and share memes for #RebelliousWriting! I've made some here:






















Right! Foward quick march into battle, soldiers! 

Scribbingly yours, 

Catherine

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award + A Few Announcements

Hello all!

I'm happy today...for a variety of reasons. First off, there is sun outside. Second, I have a few announcements to share!

1. I'm entering Camp NaNoWriMo in July! I really really really wanted to do this in April, but life said no. (shame on you life.) So, now that my life is a *little* slower, I can try it for the first time!

2. I'm seriously thinking of entering into the "Five Poisoned Apples" contest by Rooglewood. I think I'm going to use it as my Camp NaNo piece, but I have some other ideas as well. I have time still.

3. I think I'm going to table "Rose of Culmore", at least until Camp NaNo is over. I mentioned in my last post that I had a major block that I needed to work through. Well, my female MC has been subject to interrogation and she has revealed part of what her problem is...but she's so emotionally distraught that I can't do any more with her.
(Translated into writer-human language: I  think I found the plot device that I was missing, but it's one of the oldest cliches in the book and I need my own spin. That's going to take a while....and of course I need to 'pack' for Camp.)

Now to get on to what you really came for......



Melissa Gravitis tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! If you haven't checked out this girl's blog, do so now. Seriously, go do it, she's awesome.

On to the questions!

1.  Did anything 'spark' your passion (writing, reading, art, etc.) or did it come on gradually?

Some of my passions were spur of the moment or sparked by something. Others, like writing, kinda grew in fits and starts. But they all started with the act of the will. :) 

2. If a library was on fire and you could only save three of its books, which three would you choose?

The three oldest or rarest books. Because those are hard to find and they deserve to be passed down. It makes a great story for one thing and the others can probably be replaced easily still. 

3. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or another drink?

Tea is my preferred hot drink, but I'll drink hot chocolate/cocoa occasionally. I stay away from coffee. 

4. One of your characters can come alive for a day. Who do you want it to be?

Caoimhe from my fantasy WIP of the same name. She is one of my absolute favorite characters to create for and she and I would have some fun times together. 

5. How many siblings do you have?

"That I cannot tell you. It is a secret." ~ Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility, 1995. 

6. Do you have a motto? (If you do, share it, if you don't, make one up!)

Actually I do have a motto! It's actually one that I created for my world-epic WIP named Ancora Spei. 

“Desciscendum et labore ad Deo”

It translates to "Detach and work for God". 

While it could mean physically detaching from the world, in this particular case I mean mentally detaching. My muse is inside me, therefore, I need to almost totally detach myself mentally from the rest of the world in order to reach it. 

In all of my works, I try to present a Catholic/Christian worldview and present hidden Catholic themes, similar to great Catholic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O'Connor. Writing for my own pleasure is good, but writing for the greater glory of God is better. 

I'll have to make a motto art piece soon. I'd like to have it on both my blogs. 

7. What's the strangest dream you've ever had?

Honestly....I don't remember. Those files were often first ones to be erased. 

8. Have you ever traveled out of your country, and if yes, where to?

No....the furthest away I've been is Hawaii. 

If I could travel out of the country, I would go to Nova Scotia/PEI...or the Island of Skye in Scotland...or explore Germany....or Italy....or Poland... 

I can't decide, there are a lot of places I would like to see. 

9. If you wished on a shooting star, what would you wish for?

A handsome man (prince, Mountie, cowboy, I don't care) riding up on a horse in conquest of my heart

😍

10. Would you rather go swimming in Antarctica or camping in the Sahara Desert?

Camping in the Sahara Desert. I can't stand the cold, at all. Though you probably should put me near an oasis because I get rather thirsty quick. 

11. How did you come up with your blog's name?

I was hoping someone would ask this question!!!!!!!!!

The truth is, I'm a daydreamer. A horrible one. As a kid, I lived inside my head a lot. So much so, that almost nothing would get done, and I'd often make a fool out of myself. While as I mature, it's getting slowly better, especially since I'm writing more. 

Hence my writing muse could be considered: uncooperative, annoying, funny. It longs to get away into the realm of fantasy or another time. It works when it wants to, and not when it doesn't want to (and often when it works is when I can't handle it). It never listens to me (though it's getting better). It's like having a rebellious teenager in my head. 

Thus I translate an abstract thought into the name of my blog. 



So let's see...who needs some sunshine? 

Lilah @ Musical Writings
Mary Katherine @ Sarcastic Scribblings
Arya Lynn @ Ever the Writer (she's a new blogger, please go check her out!)
Cordy @ Write on Cordy!
Emma @ Whiskers and Wildflowers
Gray @ Writing is Life
Pip @ Pip and Lolly
Lucy Agnes @ Tangle Webs and Fairy Rings
Katherine Edgeworth @ Sisters of Gillian

And anyone else that wants to do it!

Here are your questions:

1. How did you come up with your blog name?
2. What is your favorite Work in Progress (Or book if you're not an author!)?
3. Favorite hair color on a guy?
4. Do you have a motto or a favorite phrase?
5. It's sunny outside. What would you be doing?
6. If you had to pick one time period to travel to, which would it be?
7. Let's say you could pick any car to drive around forever. What would it be (make, model, year)?
8. What is your favorite vacation ever?
9. Do you get red as a lobster or really tanned in the sun?
10. What is your favorite family/team sport?
11. What would you pack if you were going out for a picnic?

Can't wait to see the answers!

Scribbingly yours,

Catherine

Monday, May 29, 2017

Update on the Muse (II)



*pant pant pant*

I finally have a chance to BREATHE! 


Seriously, guys. It's been that bad. 

I've literally gone non-stop for the past two weeks, running here and there and everywhere to get ready for my summer job...which happens to be over 300 miles away from home. 

Now that I'm finally settled into my room, I can actually do stuff....like breathe LOL. 

My muse has been very gracious to me during this time of absolute chaos. No plot bunnies, no being up in the middle of the night, no characters whispering in my ear, nothing! 

Now, for poor little "Rose of Culmore". 

I had the whole plot outlined. Got some of the beginning written. But that's as far as I got. 

The thing is....I'm stuck. 

Anybody got any good spurning stories that they might be willing to share? I need reason(s) that a girl would spurn a boy for, and for the boy to keep pursuing her (across oceans even). My MCs refuse to bow to interrogation and observation has not worked either. I'm coming up blank. 

Come to think of it, any resources for writing romantic plotlines would be appreciated. That's one thing that I come up short on. 

Scribblingly yours, 

Catherine

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bookish Book Lovers Tag

Hello all,

I must have stumbled onto some good band of elves Saturday-Sunday because I somehow have managed to double my pageviews in the space of two weeks. (HOW???? Seriously, I wake up Sunday with over 500 pageviews on the daily counter, all from the US, and all from the middle of the night.)

When I figure out where they went, I'll send them over to you guys.

Anyways, Melissa Gravitis has tagged me for the Bookish Book Lovers Tag (wow, that is a mouthful)! Thanks, girl! Please check out her blog here, she does some really cool stuff over there!

Ok, here are the rules:

1. Have to use the tag banner (which is above).
2. Answer the questions.
3. Use lots of book covers (cause texts are boring).
4. Tag your bookish friends!

Right then, simple enough. On to the questions!

1. What book(s) are you currently reading? 

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is one of Stevenson's lesser known books, but it has the same swashbuckling adventure style that Stevenson is famous for. This book takes place during the War of the Roses in England, and it follows the story of a squire (son of a knight) as he comes of age, rescues his damsel in distress and joins a rogue band that is targeting various corrupt knights.

I started The Black Arrow on Sunday. I found a kid's version lying around and was really intrigued, so I'm going to try the full version to see if I like it. So far, it's fairly good. Though it is true that you have to be somewhat familiar with Middle English and the context of the War of the Roses in England in order to fully understand what is going on.

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2. What was the last book that you finished?

After a Fashion by Jen Turano.

This book starts off with a shop girl going to deliver some products to a spoiled rotten young woman, but then winds up in a scheme to impress a duke. An actress, a down-on-her-luck nanny, a high bred lady and a mischievous dog provide multiple opportunities to laugh as Harriet Peabody tries to escape the clutches of her horrible aunt and into the arms of Mr. Oliver Addleshaw.

I really really loved the characters in this book and the plot was fairly good too. This book really plays around with the idea of birth and rank, which is interesting since it takes place in New York.  The only thing that really annoys me about Jen Turano's works is that she has a few major historical inaccuracies in her plots, making it seem like the story takes place in multiple time periods at the same time (cue confused stares). But, she does have a very good sense of humor, so I guess that redeems her for now.

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own Book #1) by [Turano, Jen]
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3. Favorite book you've read this year?

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot.

A vacation from her fast-paced big city marketing job is just what Kate Sherwood needs, at least according to her grandmother. So, off to rural Texas they go - to the old Christian resort in which her grandmother and grandfather vacationed over 50 years before. But the slow pace of the small town and the collapsing resort bother Kate a lot - that is until a certain "handyman" named Greg shows up to fix the window screen.

I had read some of Cabot's historical fiction works and loved them. So I was surprised to find that she had done some contemporary romance too. I must say, I was not disappointed. While the main plot line was a little cliche-ish, Cabot really put her own spin on the city-meets-country romance.

At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads Book #1): A Novel by [Cabot, Amanda]
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4. What genre have you read most this year?

Historical fiction/romance. No surprises there, since that is my favorite genre to read.

One book that I really would recommend is one called Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson. It is one of the greatest historical romances that I've read in a while and a close second to At Bluebonnet Lake in terms of favorites this year.

Elizabeth Benjamin has been living with guilt in not living up to her parent's expectations. When her mother dies when she is away at Charleston, she returns to Key West, Florida to take her mother's place in her family home. But before she reaches the harbor, the ship is wrecked on the reef. Suddenly, Elizabeth is forced to confront her past, some secrets of her family's slaves, and the man she once wanted to marry.

Besides a great romantic plot line, this book also was not shy about touching on some of the harsh realities of slavery and the emotional turmoil that goes along with it. Without giving too much away, I must say that Elizabeth's mother must have been a saint for patience and mercy to deal with some of the stuff that she dealt with.

Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise Book #1): A Novel by [Johnson, Christine]
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5. What genre have you read the least this year?

Fantasy. I've only read 1 fantasy book so far that I liked this year, which was Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Book 1 of the Inheritance Cycle series). The others that I acquired on Kindle were terrible, therefore they were banished.

A simple extended hunting trip turns life-changing for Eragon. After mysteriously finding a dragon's egg in the middle of an enchanted wood, a simple farm boy is dragged into a web of intrigue that is decades old. With the help of an old story-teller and his dragon Saphira, Eragon must transform from a bratty teenager to a hero in order to free his country from the dark forces of a Shade.

Yes. This book has a lot of bad reviews and the movie is bashed even more. Honestly, I don't think that this book deserves the amount of crap that it gets. Paolini created his own world with his own unique rules of magic, which is not easy. I liked the concept of the Dragon Riders and the Shade the best. In no way did I think this book was a knock-off of Tolkien, though it was certainly inspired by it.


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6. What genre do you want to read more of?

High/Christian inspired fantasy. I honestly would love to see more books like Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and other such works.

One that I really really like is Heart Song by Desiree Williams. Talk about elemental magic with a Christian twist!

Alanna, gifted with the power to manipulate natural forces, acts as a Good Samaritan to a grievously wounded young man by healing him. But this simple random act of kindness has huge consequences. Not only is she bound to the prince of the ruling kingdom, she is discovered by the Varkadon, who wish to destroy her before she can fulfill her destiny as Guardian of the Light.

If there was any possible way to combine elemental magic with a Christian worldview, this author nailed it. The only thing that I couldn't really reconcile was the soul-binding. I never really could understand that concept.

Heart Song (Heart Song Trilogy Book 1) by [Williams, Desiree]
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7. How many books have you read this year and what is your goal?

Goodness knows, and I have no goal. I read when I want to.

8. What's the last book you bought?

With money???

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.

Yes, I know I put it in here before, but that seriously was the last book I bought and that was several months ago. And it had been years since I bought a book before that. Free Kindle books have really spoiled me.

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle Book 1) by [Paolini, Christopher]
Of course, I had to add the other cover!
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9. What book are you saving up to buy next?

Ohhhh gosh.
I have a LOT of books on my To Buy list, including the rest of the Inheritance Cycle series, several trilogies/series on the Kindle, LOTR, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

I also wanna get When Calls The Heart by Janette Oke. Yes, I wanna compare it to the TV show....though I'm kinda mad about hero's name is NOT Jack Thornton. #ElizabethandJackForever

Elizabeth Thatcher is a city girl that is moving out on her own into the foothills of the Rockies in order to become a schoolteacher. Not interested in marrying anyone, she guards her heart very carefully. But she is not prepared for a Mountie by the name of Wynn Delaney to steal her heart from under her.

When Calls the Heart (Canadian West Book #1) by [Oke, Janette]
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10. How many books did you check out on your last library visit?

This is embarrassing, but I haven't checked out any books from the library since I was in high school.

I do remember that it was around 6 books the last time though.

11. What's a book you can't wait to read?

Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer. A couple of my fellow bookish friends were fangirling over this one like crazy -- apparently the hero is a Darcy on steroids. If that isn't totally interesting, I don't know what is.

If you would like a review of this book, check out Mary Kate's post about it HERE.

Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle (Regency Romances) by [Heyer, Georgette]
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12. What is a series that I would recommend to everyone?

 The Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Now, a lot of people have read the first book, Anne of Green Gables. But the rest of the books are also really good too. My personal favorite is Anne of the Island.

Anne is finally at Redmond College, earning her BA in English. She still has her fair share of scrapes to get herself out of, including rescuing a cat named Rusty and sharing loads of fun with her roommates Priscilla Grant, Stella Maynard and Phillipa Gordon. But Anne's heart is in danger of being spirited away - but will it be by the dashing Roy Gardiner or the steadfast Gilbert Blythe?

Why is this one my favorite? The question of Anne's heart gets settled after being dragged out for 3 books. Besides, as a recent college student I relate to the stories in this book a lot more.

Anne of the Island (Anne Shirley Series #3) by [Montgomery, Lucy Maud]
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13. Who's an author you're hoping will write more?

Amanda Cabot.

I mentioned before that I loved her historical romance novels. I think that she does a splendid job of maintaining historical accuracy but her characters are so relatable. My favorite of Cabot's writing is Summer of Promise.

Abigail Harding's sister Charlotte is currently expecting a baby while living with her husband at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. It becomes clear from her letters that something isn't right in Charlotte's world, so in true sister fashion, Abigail goes out to see her - not intending that her affianced heart be taken by a certain Lieutenant Ethan Bowles while she's out there.....

I really liked that the story started off rather platonic-ly before the romance started heating up. It's not often that you get a story in which the lovers become good friends beforehand. Of course with all the trouble that Abigail gets herself into, it's a good thing that she does have Ethan as a friend beforehand.

Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Book #1): A Novel by [Cabot, Amanda]
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14. A few books your heart adores?

Seriously? A few books?

Fine, I'll put three.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Obviously, I don't need to say what this book is about (if you don't know what this book is about, then shame on you), or why I like it so much. I've been a big fan of this book since I was in my early teens, and this one is my favorite Austen story.

Pride and Prejudice by [Austen, Jane ]
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North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Margaret Hale is forced from her childhood home in the South of England when her father leaves his job as a minister in the Church of England. The Hale family makes their home in the North of England in a factory town, and Margaret has a tough time adjusting. Not helping matters is her father's new classics pupil, a factory owner by the name of John Thornton.

I got hooked onto this book by the BBC mini-series, and I must say, that I like the book better (only because BBC made Thornton look like a villain in the beginning and I didn't like that at all!).

North and South by [Gaskell, Elizabeth]
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Stars Collide by Janice Thompson

Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy are just your ordinary TV family sitcom couple. Comforting kids, reading lines, falling for each other in real life....
Wait, what?
Uh huh. The flame is sparking on the other side of the curtain. The trouble is, how to keep Kat's Grandma from hurrying the romance and keep the ever nosy press from helping her?

I love this book so much....this couple is so cute. The humor and the 'oh no' situations are enough to drive any blues away that you might have had. And it does give you an insight of what goes on during filming of a TV show (a lot more drama than what goes on the screen!).


Stars Collide (Backstage Pass Book #1): A Novel by [Thompson, Janice]
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15. What series' conclusion makes you sad?

I was really upset when I finished the Gallagher Girls series. I wanted Cammie's and Zach's story to continue....Though I wouldn't mind a rewrite of the 5th book. I really disliked that book. It was just...not right, didn't fit at all into the story line I thought. Plus the hypnotism and mind control really freaked me out. At least the sixth book fixed some of it, but still.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls Book 5) by [Carter, Ally]
Ah yes...this one. Seriously needs a rewrite.
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16. What books are on your wish list?

I want to read The Ranger's Apprentice series. My other bookish friends have been clamoring me to read it. Apparently, it's similar to Lord of the Rings, so it must be somewhat good, right?

The Ruins of Gorlan: Book 1 (Ranger's Apprentice) by [Flanagan, John A.]
Book 1
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Am I done? Phewy!

I tag:

Kat n Lia @ Catholic Girl Stuff

Mary Kate @ Sarcastic Scribblings (Because somebody loves tags.....)

Gray @ Writing is Life (that is, if she isn't sick of tags yet! Don't worry, I won't be offended if you pass, Gray)

Pip @ Pip and Lolly

Faith @ A Writer's Song

Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels


Man, I'm thinking that this is going to be my last tag for this May Tag Madness Month. My muse is getting bored. Hopefully that means that some stories (like maybe Rose of Culmore) will actually get written soon!!!

Scribblingly yours,

Catherine

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello all,

Soooooo....finally, I can calm down for a spell. Graduation went wonderfully and bittersweetly well (I still catch myself crying....but at least it didn't rain!) and I'm home for a little while.

But, before I delve too deeply into writing again, Mary Kate has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award!!!! (Must be TAG season in the blogging world....)


The Rules:
1. Put the award/logo image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Mention who nominated you and link to their blog. In my case it is Mary Kate @ Sarcastic Scribblings
4. Mention the creator and link to their blog (In this case it is Okoto Engima)
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself and answer the questions that the nominator asked you.
6. Nominate some people
7. Ask your nominees 5 questions

Three things about myself:

1. I tend to overstuff bins and suitcases, making them total cement blocks when lifting them.

2. I love the Latin language (even if the grammar is totally atrocious)
3. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in college 😂

The Five Questions:

1. What is your Favorite Book Character?

Rrrrrgggghhhh. You had to ask THAT one, didn't you?

One of my favorites is Rilla from Rilla of Ingleside. I love watching her grow up and fall in love with Lt. Kenneth Ford.
😍

2. List three books you've read more than 3 times.

Stars Collide by Janice Thompson
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

3. What is your favorite book cover?
Mine has seen better days....but this book is still one of my favorites.


4.  What is your favorite place to write and why? 

Considering that my life right now is a constant shuffle, I write wherever I get the Call of the Muse. Though more likely than not, it happens to be my bed. Not totally sure why.

5. What snack food/drink do you eat while writing?

Candy and Chocolate are my two snackies for writing. Water is also very necessary.

This tag I open up to everyone! Here are your questions:

1. Favorite book/author as a kid
2. If you could redesign a book cover, which book would it be and why?
3. Best book to movie adaptation
4. Favorite reading spot
5. Best book series ever

Have fun!

Scribbingly yours,

Catherine

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Liebster Blog Award


Hello all!!

So...I have two reasons to celebrate today!

One.....I'm finally done with finals!!!

Two, the wonderful Gray Marie Cox from Writing is Life has tagged me for the Liebster Blog Award! Thank you, dear friend!

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Here are the rules:

Link back to the person who tagged you
Answer the eleven questions
Tag eleven bloggers and let them know
Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions


1. What is your biggest Pet Peeve? 

Being forced to wait before I can do something. I'm terribly impatient.....

2. What is one of your favorite things?

Just one????
Ok......
My Kindle. I got it after my main computer crashed when I was desperate for a device to access the Internet (I didn't have a smartphone), and have loved it ever since. 

3. Do you have a song stuck in your head? If so, which one?

I'm between songs on my mental playlist right now....that'll probably change later today

4. What is your favorite book that you've read this week? 

I just finished a Kindle book called The Crown and the Crucible. It's a historical fiction based in pre-revolutionary Russia (1870s). I really really enjoyed seeing the two protagonists (a princess and her maid) become friends. I will warn my fellow readers, there is some minor infidelity in it though. 

5. What is your favorite movie that you've watched this week?

Hmmm.....I'll have to say Sense and Sensibility, 1995. 

6. Do you have a favorite YouTuber? If so, who?

I don't really go onto YouTube anymore.....I only really used it to listen to music and that has gone down since I switched to Spotify (which I love by the way). 

That being said, I still go on occasionally to see the new stuff from Studio C, Peter Hollens and sometimes a fantasy artist or two. 

7. White, milk or dark chocolate?

DARK....though I'll eat any kind really. Dark chocolate helps me a lot more than the other kinds though. 

8. What is your favorite word? 

I have too many, and I make up others when one doesn't fit. 

9. Do you have a secret talent? 

I can take a tune and play it by ear on the piano or violin. 

10. Who is the first person that you think of when you think "weird"? 

Ack.....rather not say cause I'll get dirty looks. 

11. Would you rather be super famous or rich and unknown? Why? 

Much prefer to be rich and unknown. I'm not one for special treatment, or for millions of unknown people squealing when they see me. Besides, when I'm unknown, I can make much more of a difference in people's lives with my money (and get a few toys for myself). 

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Ok, let me scrounge through my reading list here....

I tag: 

Cordy @ Write On Cordy!
Katie Grace @ A Writer's Faith
Tracy Dyck @ Adventure Awaits
Audrey @ Audrey Caylin
Pip and Lolly @ Pip and Lolly 

Here are the questions: 

1. What is your favorite type of weather?
2. What is your favorite music genre? 
3. Hard candy or gummy candy? 
4. What is your favorite color? 
5. Tolkein or C.S. Lewis? 
6. What is your favorite period drama film?
7. Do you have a carefree or work-filled summer ahead?
8. If you could choose any country to go, where would it be? 
9. Would you rather go by horse-drawn wagon, boat, train or plane?
10. What is your favorite sea animal? 
11. What do you pull out of the fridge when you're feeling down (comfort food)?


Forgive me if I end up really quiet for a couple of weeks. Running between four states in the space of a month is gonna be a little winding......

Scribblingly yours, 

Catherine