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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Farewell to 2015...

Can you believe that it's already December thirtieth? And the day before the deadline of emailing Five Magic Spindles entries?

This has been one incredibly awesome year.

*A Sapphire Chamber* has had its first blogiversary.

Five Enchanted Roses was released.

Many, many books by favoured authors have been published.

Many writers have been blessed to work on Five Magic Spindles.

I've even come one book away from accomplishing my reading goal for the year!! :D

Here is a list of the novels I've read, this year, with the books I highly recommend in blue:

  1. Chataine's Guardian by Robin Hardy.
  2. Stone of Help by Robin Hardy.
  3. Liberation of Lystra by Robin Hardy.
  4. Nicole of Prie Mer by Robin Hardy.
  5. Ares of Westford by Robin Hardy.
  6. Prisoners of Hope by Robin Hardy.
  7. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  8. Road of Vanishing by Robin Hardy.
  9. Dead Man's Token by Robin Hardy.
  10. Games of God & Men by Robin Hardy.
  11. In Extremis by Robin Hardy.
  12. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
  13. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.
  14. All Mirrors & All Suns by Robin Hardy.
  15. The Laughing Side of the World by Robin Hardy.
  16. Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick.
  17. Five Enchanted Roses by Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, & Hayden Wand.
  18. Cold Iron by Sophie Masson.
  19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Overall, it's been an incredible, fast-paced year.

I was one of the second-place winners in my school's first science faire.

I was thrown a surprise HP party for my fourteenth birthday.

I traveled to Humboldt with my parents and one of my best friends.

The Placerville Church of Christ hosted their annual Youth Meeting.

The Turlock Church of Christ hosted the annual Memorial Day Meeting.

I finished my first draft of When the Sky Cries.

I went to my first ren faire.

I flew to Oklahoma (by myself!).

My mom and I visited Oregon for the first time.

My parents and I went camping in Tahoe National Forest.

Our congregation hosted its ninth annual Youth Meeting.

I started the Church of Christ Fiction Writers' group.

The Covina Church of Christ hosted the 2015 Labor Day Meeting.

I started my first year of high school.

The Auburn Church of Christ hosted their annual Harvest Meeting.

I was nominated for an award by the National Academy of Future Scientists & Technologists.

I participated in the Mount Everest Academy Theatre Company's first ever production, The Snow Queen.

I wrote a novella.

I've written and published five short stories on *A Sapphire Chamber*.

...Overall, it has been one incredible year! Thanks to everyone who have truly made it count!

What has your year been like? What sort of adventures have you had? Do share! :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

This is a scheduled post, seeing as I'll probably be crazy busy Christmas morning, but I just wanted to send you all some happy Christmas wishes! Hope you all have an amazingly awesome day! :)

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Into the Realm of Writing

(First of all, please note that it is late at night that I am writing this, so forgive me if I might sound a tiny bit random.)

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Oh, how exciting the realm of writing is! Many writers have been in love with words since they first knew what they were, and oftentimes in a writer's life, there is a moment of discovery. Maybe they read a book, or communicate with an author, or enter the world of blogging. Maybe they've done all of these things! But, whatever the case, they have left several of their old tales behind, and are now looking towards new ones, with the seemingly ever-distant goal of publishing.

Uhg. Publishing. What a haunting word it can be.

To a writer, the word "publishing" can mean many things. It can mean fun and excitement. Editing and revising, and deleting and more editing. A journey of several years that, in the end, will be totally worth it.

Sometimes, however, the concept of publishing can snake its way into our personal realm of writing, and linger there, producing a cloud of smoke that is hanging dangerously over our heads. The pressure builds, and we soon begin to realize that, someday, our stories just might be told, and read by other living beings. And suddenly, we're terrified.

I'm not saying that the extended world of writing, including the idea of publishing, is a bad thing. In fact, I think it's very good. But sometimes we writers need to step back, forget about publishing, and remember that, for now, it's just us, our closed door, and our story.

Books, Books, Books!

Feeling the urge to publish a blog post, I thought I might write a wee page on the books I've recently read, the book I'm currently reading, and the books I plan to read, soon. :)


Recent Reads
(...a.k.a. books I still need to write the reviews for)

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

The tale of a dystopian society that burns books in order to keep citizens from gaining knowledge.

Protagonist: Guy Montag

Antagonist(s): society

My rating: one star

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2. Cold Iron by Sophie Masson.

A Cinderella story of sorts, telling of a young servant, a lame goatherd, and their quest in restoring an abandoned princess's power.

Protagonist: Malkin

Antagonist(s): the Duke of Fisher Forest & Oscuro the magician

My rating: three stars

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Current Reads

Clementine by Sophie Masson.

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Description (from Goodreads):

Aurora the daughter of a lord, and Clementine a servant's child, are blessed with gifts by the fairy Woodland Ladies at their joint christening. Then the vicious oldest Lady prophecies that at the age of sixteen, Clementine will betray Aurora to death.


Books to Read

1. Carabas by Sophie Masson.

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Description (from Goodreads):

When the people of a small village discover the miraculous powers of a young woman they know as Catou, they decide to execute her. Only the miller's son, Fredrick, defends her, and the two are forced to leave their village and seek refuge at the king's court -- a journey filled with danger and discovery.

2. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino.

Description (from Goodreads):

A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp -- like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

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3. Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman.

Description (from Goodreads):

Though once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed the "Ghosts of Farthingale Forest", her band of followers soon become the enemies of the throne when the hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame... or love?

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I am so thrilled to soon be reading these fantastical tales! What are you reading, right now? What books do you plan to read, soon? :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Little Christmas Gift

'Tis the season for bloggers to be sending their readers fun emails, full of free ebooks, amazing art, and author-made calendars! Keeping this in mind, I was giving this year some thought...

You all have been so amazing! Your support and encouragement has been so uplifting, and I feel as if 2015 has been a great year of growth in both my confidence and writing, as well as many other things.

So, I wanted to send you all a huge thank you for making this blog worth it!! You all are so great and a ton of fun! Thank you for making this year a memorable one! :)

To show my thanks, I've taken the time to write up a four-page tutorial and worksheet PDF on how to create pin-from-blogs/blog buttons/short story covers. Click on the image below for access.

Thank you, again -- all of you! You guys are awesome. (*hug*)

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Events of Nightwind Court -- December 2015

As I sit here late at night, I realize that I have yet to post December's Events. So, here they are!! :)



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Thankfully, I remembered to send my letter in! Yes, the letter which I almost forgot. (*wide eyes full of horror*) But thank goodness I realized the day before the deadline that, Oh! I have a letter to mail! in the midst of the chaos of the play, turn-in week, and pre-Christmas stress.



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Speaking of the play, it was a huge success! With almost a full house every night, amazing fellow cast members, a great crew, and an outstanding director, it was a blast! I'm just sad it's all over... (*sigh*)

I honestly hope that everyone might have the chance to venture into a wee bit of theatre fun like I did! After three months of work on The Snow Queen, I feel more comfortable with my surroundings, a far more extroverted, and I believe I even have a better understanding of characters... :)

Also, I'd like to send out a huge thank you to everyone involved with this play! To everyone who came out to see it, to the crew, to the director, to my fellow cast members, and even to those who wanted to be there, but couldn't. Honestly, thank you! Participating in The Snow Queen has made a huge impact on my life, and I can't thank everyone enough.

(Also a shout-out to Chris O'Connell, a writer for The Clairemont Times! Thank you for writing such a splendid article on our wonderful director and her incredible journey of bringing San Diego The Snow Queen!)


Winter Break
(it's finally here!)

Ah, winter break... There are no words for the relief and relaxation you bring when you come calling. With most of my Christmas shopping/work/wrapping done, I plan to just soak up the freedom, enjoy it, and write. ...And maybe have a movie marathon or two. ;)


Blogger Awards

This month's award goes to... the announcement trailer for J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them!

Does this movie not look incredibly exciting?! (Yes, I know they showed very little, as to the plot, but honestly! It's almost as if it's Doctor Who meets Harry Potter!) Oh, why do we have to wait eleven months for this film to come out?!

Based off the textbook from Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban that was eventually published as its own physical copy, Fantastic Beasts tells the story of a young man named Newt Scamander, who (as predicted from the trailer) must seek out the magical creatures that have escaped from his briefcase (is it be bigger on the inside, by any chance?).

Only eleven months to go! :D


What do you think of the new Fantastic Beasts trailer? Are you looking forward to it, as well?

Hope to see you on the blog, soon!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Announcement: THE SNOW QUEEN

In September, my school announced its new theatre company, and its first ever production, The Snow Queen, is happening soon -- in only two weeks, in fact!


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The Snow Queen, the very story that inspired Walt Disney's 2013 film Frozen, tells the story of young Gerda, a child whose sister has disappeared. With the help of her friends, Gerda ventures across the country to find her sister, meeting new people (and creatures!) along the way. But there is far much more in store for Gerda than she expects... And is her grandmother's frightening legend of the Snow Queen true?


First of all, I would just like to say how thankful I am to have been cast in this exciting story! It has been a ton of fun, and I believe it has even given me a better concept of characters, and how they behave.

There are four parts I have been given in this story: Rikka, a cruel yet lovable robber; a River, who is a force to be reckoned with; Lady Lindy-Locke, a silly and frivolous courtier; and an Angel, whose tremendous powers save the pure-of-heart.

I recommend to all who can make it to come and see The Snow Queen! The performance dates are December fifteenth through seventeenth, and I am sure that you will fall in love with this remarkable tale.

I hope to see you there! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ebook Collection & Kindle Giveaway

Just wanted to pop in for a quick moment to let you all know about an exciting thing, indeed!

Bestselling author Rachel Starr Thomson is celebrating the release of her upcoming novel, Beloved, with a fun giveaway! The winner receives a free kindle stocked with books by ten different Christian fantasy authors.

You can access the giveaway at this link: http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/giveaways/kindle-giveaway-plus-10-christian-fantasy-novels/?lucky=252.

And don't forget to pick up Beloved! You can find the first two books in Rachel Starr Thomson's The Prophet Trilogy -- Abaddon's Eve and Comes the Dragon -- on her website.


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