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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Quotation Tag (Day 3)

Today is -- how in Gallifrey? -- the last day of the Quotation Tag! Another huge thanks to Grace (of Fictionally.) for tagging me! (You can see day one at this link, and day two at this link.)


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate three new bloggers every day.
  • Post new quotations every day for three consecutive days.

The Tag

Today's theme is... J.K. Rowling quotes! Or, rather, quotes from Harry Potter books. Because, honestly; J.K. Rowling is awesome.




So I thought that, since it's the last day of the challenge, and all, I'd go ahead and let it be a free-for-all. If you're interested in doing this challenge, go ahead and consider yourself tagged! :)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Quotation Tag (Day 2)

Yesterday, you might've noticed that I was tagged by Grace (of Fictionally.) to participate in the Quotation Tag. (You can see day one at this link.) :D


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate three new bloggers every day.
  • Post new quotations every day for three consecutive days.

The Tag

I figured today's theme could be book quotes.

For the record, the first quote is from a George R. R. Martin book -- but I do not read George R. R. Martin books. I merely ran across this quote one day while wandering about Pinterest, and enjoyed it too much not to share. :)


From Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth. Even though I haven't read that book in years, I can still remember this being one of my favourite parts. :D


Umm... So I may not have read Lord of the Rings, yet... (*winces*) Yeah... I hope to, soon, though! (*smiles hopefully*)



Monday, June 27, 2016

The Quotation Tag (Day 1)

I was recently tagged by the lovely Grace, over at Fictionally., to participate in the three-day-long Quotation Tag. Thanks a million, Grace!! :)


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate three new bloggers every day.
  • Post new quotations every day for three consecutive days.

The Tag

Hmm... Maybe giving a theme to each of the days would be fun? Maybe today's theme could be... Bible quotes! :D






Thursday, June 23, 2016

Beautiful People: Radha, Who Hates Eggs

So I thought I might hop on the wagon (yet again *coughs*) and attempt to do the Beautiful People, this month. Because it means I can only further understand my characters. And, why not?



1. What is their first childhood memory?
This would be Radha at about age fourteen, which
is when the novel takes place. {Source.}

Radha's first childhood memory is of being given a wooden sword by her older brother (by eleven years), Conleth. She was about two-and-a-half when it was given to her.

2. What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

Radha's best childhood experiences were almost all the ones with Conleth by her side. Those two were serious buddies!

Her worst childhood experience happened at age nine, when her father's best friend betrayed him and set the palace under siege.

3. What was their childhood home like?

Friendly and loving, though after the siege, the tension increased and Radha grew apart (a little ways) from her parents.

4. What was something that scared them as a child?

Inhuman masks. Radha can stand jesters, acrobats, and dancers, but any speechless person wearing a strange mask would utterly frighten her.

5. Who did they look up to most?

Conleth, for sure. :)

6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?

She adored bear and shepherd's pie. She hated eggs.

7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?

She would definitely be more obedient and say kinder things. I believe Radha understands how, though the siege had a traumatic impact on her, it did eventually change her for the better. So no, I don't think she'd change anything.

8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?

She was irritatingly curious and "improperly" wild. Radha hates herself for the numerous unkind actions she took, when she was younger.

9. What was their relationship with their parents to their siblings like?

Somehow, Radha was never as close to her parents as she was to Conleth. Her parents' strict duties as royals kept them from becoming tightly knit family.

10. What did they want to be when they grew up? What did they actually become?

Knight. Knight. :D



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Is Our Writing Needed?

This morning, I ran across something really thorough and well-written, and I just feel like it ought to be shared. :)


Blogger and writer Tracey Dyck, over at Adventure Awaits, wrote up a post about how we can use our writing to serve the Lord. And guys, it's a really excellent post. Like, really excellent. You can find it over at this link.

Anywhozens, enjoy it! I certainly did. :)

Have a lovely rest of the morning and entire afternoon and evening and nighttime, and all that fun stuff! Unless you live a few hours ahead of California, in which case, have a lovely rest of the afternoon and so on! :D


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Experiences with Acting

[Yes, this post is late! Terribly late! About which I am SO sorry!! I hope it lives up to your desires and expectations. :) ]


I can still remember my old school's announcement for its third grade play. Upon the beginning of the auditions and the clear statement that every student must participate, I insisted upon simply being a part of the crew. Though I was eventually forced to serve as a townsperson, I did NOT want to be seen. Not in front of an audience! Not in front of all those people!

The years went by, and I began homeschooling and attending a school for independent studies. I finished elementary school, then groaned my way through middle school, and eventually found myself in my freshman year of high school.

I saw my freshman year as a great time to be ambitious. I sought out new friends, finally edited my novella, and just saw the time as an opportunity to try something different.

Then came the announcement of the newly formed theatre company, as well as its first production, The Snow Queen.

Ever since I first laid eyes on Disney's 2013 Frozen, adaptions of the tale have found their way into a special place in my heart. Stories of figures with incredible powers, sisters determined to save their loved ones, and epic journeys across freezing lands.

So the theme of the production helped to make my decision easier. Within a week's time, I had signed up for an audition.

★ The audition was far different than I expected.

I expected to enter a vast, darkly lit chamber, in which the director and various members of the cast and crew would be seated at a long wooden table. I would be pointed to a giant red "x" centered in the middle of the floor, and would begin reciting my monologue.


A sweet, friendly woman waited outside the auditorium, and helped me sign in, then visited with me, afterwards. Eventually, the director (who happened to be a fellow student!) invited me in, and I stood before her table and recited my monologue. Afterwards, I was asked to read from a Dr. Seuss book as if reading to a child.

That evening, I received an email inviting me to callbacks.

★ Callbacks were very different from the audition.

All the potential cast members met in a bungalow and mingled while selected actors were summoned into a separate room. When called, we were each given a script to observe and perform in front of the director.

After about an hour or two, a majority of the actors were dismissed while a handful remained. Something I think that is very important to remember is that it may appear that you have not made it through, but such is not always the case. Along with most of the other students, I was dismissed while others remained. An email was sent out informing us of the cast announcement that would be made over the weekend. I was thrilled when I discovered that I'd made it through!

In a week or two, the first rehearsal came, about which I was very nervous. I'd never acted before! How in Gallifrey was this all going to play out?!

★ The director knows best.

There were only a couple of cast members who'd ever been involved in a play, before. And the director knew that. As the director, their job is to provide the necessary information for a successful performance, as well as to help form a unity amongst the cast members. The cast of The Snow Queen was blessed to have such a friendly, relaxed, and organized director! (Seriously. She was amazing!)

★ Cast friendships will happen.

And it's strange. 'Cause cast friendships seem unavoidable (not that you'd want to avoid them). Between all the time spent interacting onstage, between scenes, and in the dressing room (sometimes ya'll have to share a divided dressing room, but fear not: it's not as weird or awkward as it sounds!), there is a very unique bond that forms between the actors.

Before becoming a part of The Snow Queen, I always wondered if the actors onstage really felt that elated during cast bows. Let me tell you: They do. It's quite a wonderful feeling, once the performance has finally been finished. After every performance, there were always the cast members who I'd share a hug or high-five with in celebration.

★ Expect to be nervous.

I felt quite jittery during opening night. I kept pacing around the dressing room asking fellow cast members if they were nervous. I was surprised to encounter a "no" from the star, and a "Are you kidding? Of course I am! How could I not be?" from the character's sister.

When the call finally came for me to appear backstage, I stood trembling, and, as soon as I stepped onstage, I forced myself to wipe away the nervous laughter nagging at my face. Overall, the first scene was hard. But by the next scene, I felt as close to normal as I could be.

But here's a little tip I didn't know before performing, and is something I consider to be a huge game-changer: You can't see the whole audience. True, you can spot people if you squint or stare at the first few rows, but otherwise (were you not to have the knowledge they were there), it would seem like just a common tech rehearsal. Why? Stage lights. Totally awesome, thank-you-so-much-to-the-person-who-invented-them stage lights.

★ The final performance is weird.

Trust me. It is.

You hardly feel nervous at all, and, even if there's a small cast party, it just feels... kind of like it's all over. And stressful, too... (Okay, the stress was actually because I had an essay to finish editing which was due the following morning, but... yeah.)


...Anywhozens, I hope this has helped those with questions about acting! Acting is certainly worth the time! Even if you do it just once. :)

I hope you all have a great rest of the day, and are able to have an acting experience in the near future!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Top (Three?) Tuesday: Anticipated Releases

So I thought I might hop on the wagon and join in on the Top Ten "Three" Tuesday challenge. Without further ado, here are the top three books I'm looking forward to the release of, this year! :)


1. Five Magic Spindles by Rachel Kovaciny, Kat Medill, Grace Mullins, Michelle Pennington, & Ashley Stangl.

I have Five Glass Slippers on kindle (though I have yet to read it), and borrowed Five Enchanted Roses from a friend (which was INCREDIBLE). I'm determined to purchase a paperback copy, this year! I seriously cannot wait! Though I probably won't get to it straightaway (long reading list *laughs nervously*), I hope to read it, soon.


2. The Spinner & the Slipper by Camryn Lockhart.

Rumpelstiltskin meets Cinderella, and it's released by Rooglewood Press. Um, how could it not be awesome?


3. Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman.

I didn't love the first two books in Dina's Valiant Hearts series, but... I can't not read the next book. When I start a series, it seems nearly impossible for me not to continue reading it.


So that's that! ...Please excuse the fact that I only did three books rather than ten. I'm really not wonderful on remembering books' release dates. :D

Are there any books you are looking forward to? Have you read any of the books in Dina L. Sleiman's Valiant Hearts series? Are you a fan of Rooglewood Press? Do share! :)

I hope you have a lovely rest of the evening!


Monday, June 13, 2016

The Very Serious Writing Show

Prepare to be amazed, my fellow writers! By a comical, free-to-listen-to, incredible series of podcasts called The Very Serious Writing Show! AND YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING. JUST TURN ON YOUR FAVOURITE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, HEAD ON OVER TO THIS LINK, AND START PLAYING.

Guys, this show is seriously so amazing! And informative! And clean, too! They interview spekkies!! And not just any spekkies. The spekkies. "The spekkies" as in Sharon Hinck, Morgan L. Busse, R.J. Anderson, Nadine Brandes, and Jaye L. Knight! Please excuse me while I go fangirl.

Seriously, though. The podcasts are awesome. And totally serious. And guys -- you really need to go check them out, right now!



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Plans & Goals

Image by yours truly.
This post was inspired by fellow blogger Alea Harper's post over at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings. (And yes, I know this is my second post regarding summer, today, but please just bear with me!)  :)

  1. Write that acting post. I have a portion of it written and the rest outlined. Sorry it's taken so stinkin' long! Life has been rather crazy for an actual "non-life" post.
  2. Do a vlog. Because, why not?
  3. Update my bookish blog. I consider myself rather talented at neglecting things.
  4. Finish reading A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold. I'm so close! And it's so good! And yet I've somehow taken forever!
  5. Reach the near-completion outline for When the Sky Cries. Before Camp NaNoWriMo!
  6. Get started on my summer to-read list. I seriously cannot wait to start! I'm particularly looking forward to Follower of the Word, and The Ilyon Chronicles just sounds amazing!
  7. Camp NaNoWriMo! During which I will likely shun all friends, acquaintances, and family members. (Ha ha... I hope not! But still. It's a writing month. And I really want to have my second draft of When the Sky Cries finished, by the end of it.)
  8. Real camping. 'Cause nothing beats real camping.
  9. Visit my hometown! Which is utterly amazing, and, in my completely unbiased opinion, the best place on earth.
  10. Youth Meeting. You. Need. To come. August fifth, sixth, and seventh. You can find out all the details at this link.
  11. Finish my summer to-read list. Finish my second draft of When the Sky Cries. Somehow, these things just seem to belong together.
  12. Create an autumn to-read list. It's simply necessary.

I refuse to add "starting school" to the list. Because it's awful, and does not need to be considered until absolutely necessary.

...So, what are your summer plans? Do you have a summer to-read list? :)

I hope you have an excellent afternoon! And many spectacular, marvelous adventures! And absolutely no thoughts of school, whatsoever!


Summer To-Read List

{Image by yours truly. Edited using PicMonkey.}
It's officially summer!! And I have a to-read list!! :D

Once I finish reading Anne Elisabeth Stengl's A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold, first, of course. (It's so good, guys!!)  :)

  1. The Ilyon Chronicles (series) by Jaye L. Knight.
  2. The Follower of the Word (series) by Morgan L. Busse.
  3. Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland.
  4. The Songkeeper Chronicles (series) by Gillian Bronte Adams.

I'm not sure whether or not I'll be able to get to all these books over the course of three months, but we'll see. :)

By the way, if you received an invitation to join the Sapphire Quills Newsletter mailing list on Google Groups, that was from me! Apparently Gmail does not appreciate me emailing multiple people at once, so we have a group, now! If you're a newsletter subscriber who received an invitation that is no longer active, feel free to let me know about it in the comments, below!

Anywhozens, I'm going to go sleep. Or read. Or something. Because high school is crazy. And now it's over.

Have a lovely rest of the day!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

To the Writers & Fans of Anne Elisabeth Stengl!

Calling all writers and fans of Anne Elisabeth Stengl! For the 2016 Goldstone Wood fan fiction contest is upon us!


Submissions may be entered from now until August twenty-eight, 2016. The stories and poems will be posted on September first. Voting is open until September eleventh. Winners are to be announced on September twelfth.

And that's not all -- there are prizes!

The first prize includes eight collectible pens -- one for each novel, and one Goldstone Wood. Second prize includes three collectible pens (winner's choice) and one Goldstone Wood pen. Third prize includes one collectible pen (winner's choice) and one Goldstone Wood pen.


Writing, Goldstone Wood, and pens... Does this contest not sound amazing?! Head on over to THIS LINK to learn more! Submissions will be posted at this link on September first.

So what do you think? Will you be entering, this year? I can't wait to see you there! :)


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Friday, June 3, 2016


I just wanted to pop in and let ya'll know about a fun giveaway author Rachel Starr Thomson is hosting! The prizes include a seven-inch, sixteen-gigabyte Kindle Fire, and paperback copies of all the books in Thomson's Seventh World Trilogy and Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood series. This is a giveaway you don't want to miss! Head on over to THIS LINK to enter! :)



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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Birthstone Book Tag


Today, I was tagged by Grace, over at Fictionally.to participate in the Birthstone Book Tag. Thank you so much for the tag, Grace!! :)


January garnet: Name a character you think is evil/dark.

Hmm... I'm going to have to go with Bellatrix Lestrange from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Because she's incredibly awesome evil. ;)

February amethyst: Name a book you think of as regal.

Regal? Oh, well, I suppose I'd have to say The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand. BECAUSE IT'S SO GOOD.

March aquamarine: Name a character you think of as weak, or more of a follower.

As much as I adore Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Heartless, probably its protagonist, Una.

April diamond: Name a book you love, but isn't very well known.

I can give you twelve! Robin Hardy's series The Annals of Lystra and The Latter Annals of Lystra. PEOPLE NEED TO READ THEM. NOW.

May emerald: Name two characters who balance each other out.

Eanrin and Imraldera from Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood series. For certain.

June pearl: Name a character that is loyal.

Oh! Oh! Don't get me started! (There are so many choices!) But I suppose I can only narrow it down to three -- Percy from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympian series, Connie from Julia Golding's The Companions Quartet, and Gogu from Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing.

July ruby: Name a book that aggravates you/makes your blood boil.

Definitely Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Between the terrifying dystopian society, the entirely un-relatable characters, and the overly descriptive writing, I could not stand it. Plus the fact that I would rather not read about a government that burns books.

August peridot: Name a supporting character you preferred to the main character.

(*glances at bookshelf behind her*) (*looks back*) I'm sorry. I've got nothin'.

September sapphire: Name a book you found to be calming.

Shantelle Mary Hannu's A Dream Not Imagined, for sure!

October opal: Name a book with a pretty cover.

Only one?! Umm... Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Heartless, Shadow Hand, Golden Daughter, and A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold; Rooglewood Press's Five Enchanted Roses and Five Magic Spindles collections; Bridget Zinn's Poison; the two-hundred-fifty-six-page edition of Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond; the 2006 Puffin Books ebook edition of John Flanagan's The Ruins of Gorlan; and Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing.

November topaz: Name a book with a resilient protagonist.

Maybe Dierdre from Robin Hardy's Chataine's Guardian. That girl is a suffering emotional whirlwind who constantly swings from "I'm okay" to "I'm not okay". [I'd like to note that she's an awesome character, though. While I don't think most emotional whirlwinds are, she's great. :)  ]

December blue zicron: Name a fictional friendship you would love to be a part of.

I adore the friendship of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter! And the extension of their friendship known as the DA. Because that is a group of awesome people, right there!


And anyone with a blog who's reading this -- consider yourself tagged, as well! Have you done this challenge, before? Go ahead and drop a link in the comments! :)


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Cabin of Our Own!!


July is just around the corner! And, given that July is in summer (otherwise known as: I'll actually be able to write something!), I thought it might be fun to open up a group cabin! So this is me inviting you to join me! Just fill out the form below, and I'll invite you as soon as I can! :)

Please note that, as much as I'd like to invite every single person who asks to join, each cabin can only hold up to eleven members. First come, first served.

Have an excellent day! (And I hope to see ya 'round camp, soon!)



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