July Camp NaNo, Week 2 | Don’t Give Up

 

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This second week of Camp has been busy. Not just with writing. Life, of course, as always. But life is doing alright- God is answering prayers. He’s getting us through. Those little moments I have, when everything just crashes on me out of the blue… those are the moments I know Satan is desperate to try to make me weak, make me lose faith. Doubt, fear, despair- those are spirits that God didn’t give me. When I feel myself starting to suffocate in them- I remember that Yahweh is in full control. There is always hope.

That’s one of the themes in my book, Jump. Jump is about hope, faith, and prayer. Prayer is such a powerful weapon that God has given us- and how often to we feel like just giving up on praying? Or that maybe, our prayers, our words, fall on the brass gates of Heaven, and never reach God. That’s not the truth. Jump is about these things, but I am also showing the reality. That angels, demons- the supernatural and spiritual side of the reality we see, is very, very real.

Currently, Jump is at 18,558 words. But as I go back and change some things, who knows then. 😛 However! I talked some about Jump with my Dad, and I am gonna start on the roll again. This week was slow because I was getting some ideas together (and names. I spent like an hour trying to name the angels. Haha.), but things are getting sorted! 🙂 Better than I thought, since I had this dream on like, the 5th of this month. All the plotting is coming along in record timing. Ha. 😉

Also, a big thing that happened this week… I went outside, to hang some towels, and looked up to see the tractor rolling away. “OK…” So I rush in, yell for Dad, and we all run out. A loud crash sound. Kody and I put up Sugar Baby and Ziibi, who were ‘mowing’ the yard…

The tractor plowed through the fence. Amazingly didn’t knock over any posts (it came close!), so we fixed the fence. The tractor ran into the pond, down the steep rocky ditch, and when it came to the pond… turned. No lie. It didn’t go full into the pond. Somehow, it turned and was on the edge of the pond. Dad drove it out. The tractor did not break, and it didn’t crash into the water. How?

We all knew the answer. An angel. God literally took the wheel. That was a big deal for us; without that tractor, we’d be in big trouble. But God is always taking care of us.

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It was a rainy, thundering day… I made hot coco… and WROTE! 🙂

And, as always, some snippets of Jump. Please tell me what y’all think of Jump, from what you’ve read! I always love talking about stuff with y’all. 🙂

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One of the imps that was tormenting Derek Clemins was Despair. Despair’s   large, black heap of smelly sulfur form was tremoring with cruel delight as Derek cowered and groaned under Despair’s impression. Despair was yanking on Derek’s body with growing anticipation. Despair had gaping eye sockets that were pushed far back into his black, blurry face, and red eyes with woeful black slits for pupils. He was a large demon, one that never rested or idled, and never stopped looking for a victim in which to play with. Now, Despair spoke words of terror and formed a show inside Derek’s mind.

   Fear was right alongside Despair. Fear was a large shrunken black form, with large yellow orbs for eyes. Fear’s long, gnarly black claws probed and tugged on Derek’s head, gripping harder, harder, harder still. Derek screamed out. Fear and Despair both cackled, pushing harder.

 

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**From Sam’s POV**

 “Isaac doesn’t want it to be real.” Derek finished.

“No. But I’ll talk to him.” Rene’ glanced over the crowd of people in line ahead of us. She spotted Isaac, and Rebecca, shrugging slightly. “I’ve never kept anything from my parents. Why should this be different? They’ve seen the spirit world, some.”
  Rene’s words surprised me. “Just for now, Rene’. And….” My mind whirled. I didn’t want to hurt Rene’, but I had to keep everyone safe. How did I do that? “And maybe God’ll show us and we can tell our parents. We just can’t make this explode right now.”
  Rene’ met my eyes again. It felt like she saw right through my disguise. Maybe she did.

“Alright.” Rene’ said firmly.

“If we act weird tonight, our parents will notice.” Derek stood slightly taller, letting out a breath of air.
 “I guess we gotta act normal.” Rene’ frowned.

“We get on some more rides, and try to have fun.” Ironic words, I mused, but our parents would notice the smallest hint of something being wrong. Considering what we’d seen, it seemed impossible to hide our anxiety and discontentment; but we had to try.

 “We got on this ride and puke our brains out. We’ll be fine.” Derek murmured, forcing a small smile.

 

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  ** From Derek’s POV**

I slept in late the next morning, had no more nightmares, and looked like I’d gotten hit by a dump truck. There were bags under my eyes and I felt like a heavy robot. I got dressed in a T-shirt, jeans, and styled my hair. Downstairs, Mom had made pancakes, My favorite.

   I hated making Mom and Pop stress out. I had scared the life out of them last night. And now, this morning, Mom wore a bright smile, to reassure me, and had cooked us a hearty breakfast. I had no doubt she was bone tired.

   And it was my fault.

 

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God is always there for us, and His plan is better than anything we could imagine.

God bless,

-Angela

What is your Camp NaNo project? How is it going? Do you think Jump sounds interesting?

July Camp NaNo, Week 1 | Step off The Edge

 

The beginning of July has been a huge mess. To put it directly, it’s just been stressful. Soo stressful. But, God has this. He’s got it under control. I know this. We just have to keep fighting. Sometimes, it feels like that’s all we’re ever doing. Fighting. Trudging. Beating our hands against doors that just won’t open. But God has a Way. We have to listen, and be still.

Some of you may know, I was planning on doing a project this month, my first ever nonfiction work. Come Walk With Me was going to be a compilation of stories from people who suffer with Lyme disease. However, when I tried to start get emails together, and try to find folks willing to participate- life got in the way. It was just too much to try and reach out to others, when life was calling too hard. I will still do CWWM, but that isn’t for me right now. Life is to crazy. But I do pray to do that project- it is very important to me to get Lymies’ voices out there!
So. What am I doing? Well, the day I decided I couldn’t do CWWM, God gave me a dream. No lie, folks, God is epic. So, I told my dream to my family- and we were all laughing. It was great. Later, Ma suggests I write a story about that dream. I can make it a comedy, too, she said, since it made everyone laugh.

The book I am writing is called Jump (UPDATE! If I talked to you before the 9th of July, I was calling this book ‘Step Off The Edge’. Well, I changed the name, and it may keep changing, who knows, ha…). That title reflects how I feel at this point in life. I am tweaking a few things in the book vs. the dream… such as, the ages. In my dream, ‘we’ were older. But, I’m sorta ‘adulted’ out in writing for now… I do want to try this book from a teenager’s perspective. Yikes, ha. 😉 But I think it’ll help.

Again, this book is fresh- and I’m still getting ideas together and all. Like, do I want to keep it more ‘crazy’, or tone it down, or smash some other story ideas in with more of the craziness?  With God’s help, I pray this book pulls together and all. So, one week in of Camp, and I’ve been writing Jump for maybe 3 days… and my total word count is about 3,000. Meh.

This 4th of July, we made it to the river. 🙂 Which was awesome.

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My amazing parents.

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Now, for some tiny little snippets of Jump.. Because I’m generous. 😛

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Theo had upped and left, started his own life, and we, the family who actually loved him; we were left behind, like dust in the wind. I had no doubt Theo had forgotten about us. He gave no phone calls, unless it was a birthday or a holiday, and even then, he oftentimes forgot. If he managed to call on time, he usually had an excuse to leave the call short. That’s the way it was. We weren’t first choice for visits or holiday vacations, either.

    We were left behind.

 

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“In here!” Sam replied loud enough for us to hear. He was in the kitchen, a big grin on his face, looking up from where he was unpacking a box of kitchen utensils.

  Lynn skipped across the living room, into the kitchen, asking;

“Where’s Ava?”

  Sam nodded to the hallway, across the living room. “She’s in her room.” Sam smiled at Lynn, quirking an eyebrow. “What, I don’t get a hug?”
 Lynn batted her eyelashes, only putting up with Sam, and hugged him quickly. Rosie struggled in my arms.

“Down, down,” Rosie mumbled in a cutesy baby voice. I hefted her higher in my arms, smiling at Sam.

“Alright, you girls go play.” I set Rosie down on the polished hardwood floor. She toddled after Lynn, who took her hand, leading her to Ava’s room. Ava’s happy shrieks and Rosie’s excited yell rose from the room. The girls wasted no time in diving into a game.

 I turned to Sam, who winked at me.

“Those girls sure can scream, can’t they?” He mused, setting a few newspaper wrapped plates on the granite countertop. I grinned, leaning on the counter.

 “Ava must’ve gotten it from her uncle.” I teased. Sam made a face in disgust.

 “Mmm. Good one.”

 

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That’s all for now, folks! God bless.

-Angela

The Dressmaker’s Secret & Ivy Introspective Blog Tour

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Hey folks! I am back today with another blog tour post. 🙂

Kellyn Roth republished The Dressmaker’s Secret, and published Ivy Introspective on the 24th of this month. I beta read both of these lovely books, and I am very excited to see them ready and beautiful to sell. 🙂 Today, I have an author interview with Kellyn Roth to share with you all.

 

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The Dressmaker’s Secret

 

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

 

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Ivy Introspective

 

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

 

Amazon ~ Goodreads

 

Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

 

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The Interview

 

1. What inspired you to write The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
Well, the idea for The Dressmaker’s Secret originally came from me deciding to write a prequel to another series I wrote (which I never finished). I wanted to keep writing about these characters, though, instead of just making TDS a brief peek into the backstory of a character, so … I created The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.
2. Which character from the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy do you feel most resembles you?
Hmm … that’s a hard but great question! Let’s see.
Well, Claire Chattoway of The Dressmaker’s Secret and I are both similar in personality type. I’m an ISTP/INTJ cross while she’s a plain ol’ INTJ. We’re both quiet around people we don’t know, and we’re both intelligent (haha), although no one could tell because we’d rather not share our great wealth of knowledge with the unworthy. 😉 And Claire and I are both private about our emotions. However, Claire doesn’t have that splash of whimsy and random that I have. (Ignore my ego …)
Alice and I also have a few things in common. However, she’s extroverted and much more sensible than me.
Quite honestly, there has yet to be a character in these books that is a lot like me. However, if I were to pick one, I’d definitely say Claire Chattoway.
3. What are two lessons God taught you while writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy? (Two lessons, one for each book; The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.)
I think the most important lesson I learned while writing The Dressmaker’s Secret was that you need to be forgiving of those who hurt you because no one’s perfect (and because God forgave you). I suppose that’s technically two lessons, but they kind of meld together.
For Ivy Introspective, I think I learned a lot about the different kinds of people God makes. I learned how He loves them and how He created them individually to each fulfill different tasks + He has a plan for each and every one of His children. Which is … also more than one lesson. But honestly, God teaches me a lot with every story I write, so it’s hard to narrow it down!
4. Was researching history and such difficult for you when writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
It wasn’t too difficult, but that’s probably because I didn’t research enough. I did a great deal of my researching with novels written during the time. I also looked up trains, fashions, lighting, mental hospitals, Scotland, and Norfolk (England). I think I spent more time learning about Victorian manners than anything, though.
5. If you could go to one place from your novels, where would you go and visit?
Scotland! Don’t get me wrong; I love England to death, and I would give almost anything to go there, but Scotland holds a certain draw for me. I’m probably about 1/4 Scottish (give or take; there’s also some Irish, English, Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, and maybe some Jewish in me … honestly, I’m all over the place …), so Scotland is important to me.
6. What message do you pray your readers will take from reading your books?
Hopefully the messages I learned, although if they could just catch a little glimpse of God’s incredible power, love, and sacrifice, I would be incredibly happy and blessed.
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Schedule

Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)

-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)

-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)

-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)

GIVEAWAY!

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Thank you for letting me be a part of the blog tour, Kellyn! I enjoyed these books immensely. 🙂 God bless you all!

-Angela Watts

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour

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Hello all!

Faith Potts is publishing her endearing book Dandelion Dust. I had the honor of beta-reading this story, and it was so powerful. Faith put a lot of prayer and heart into the story, and it came out a touching, strong story of love, faith, and trust. One of the best little books I’ve read in a long time, and I won’t forget it!

I interviewed Faith, and am excited to share the interview with y’all! I hope you enjoy. Be sure to check out Dandelion Dust, because this book is one you need in your life!

 

 

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Synopsis

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

 

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About the Author


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she’s not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

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Writing blog: Stories by Firefly

Faith blog: Chosen Vessels

Social media: Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram 

 

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The Interview

 

1. What inspired you to write ‘Dandelion Dust’?

To put it simply, a dream. The last week of December, I had a dream about a guy who wrecked a four-wheeler and everything just went from there. The two certain friends who I ended up in an utterly ridiculous conversation with the night before…well, they probably deserve some of the credit/blame too.

2. What is one thing that God showed you through writing this story?

To not take anything for granted. Just as Charity realizes in the book, we’re not promised tomorrow. Through that, God showed me how precious life is and that we should cherish those we love while we have them. Life’s too short to waste. I need that reminder constantly, but I’m more aware of it ever since I wrote this book.

3. If you could meet one of your characters from ‘Dandelion Dust’ in real life, who would you meet, and why?

*snickering* Loaded question, Angela-girlie. 😉 I could basically answer with any of them here and have oodles of reasons why, but I’ll settle on Ryder since I’m talking about Charity a little further down. Ry (yes, I give my characters nicknames) is goofy and full of teasing. Meeting him would be fabulous, although I would probably laugh until my sides ached. And of course, as one of my beta-readers told me, he’s the ‘most adorable thing ever.’ I’m inclined to agree.

4. Which character from ‘Dandelion Dust’ do you see yourself in the most?

Charity. Definitely. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character as well as I do with her. Her fears, insecurities, and sarcastic thoughts? Yep, that’s Faith. I joke that she is me and I am her, which isn’t exactly true. (I don’t have a big sis or a super adorable nephew, so there are obviously some differences…some.)

5. What is one message you pray your readers will take after reading Dandelion Dust?

Trust God, no matter what. He is in control and He has a plan. Even if all you’re seeing is darkness and chaos, beauty can come from these ashes. That message would be followed closely by a reminder to cherish those you love. Tomorrow is never promised, folks.

 

 

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Thank you for answering my questions, Faith! And, haha, yes… it may have been a loaded question. 😉 Congratulations on publishing Dandelion Dust, Faith!

Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY! It is so exciting! 😀

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday, June 28th

Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Spotlight   

Soleil @ ReviewsbySoleil // Book Spotlight & Review

Liv @ Liv K. Fisher // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Mikayla @ Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father // Book Review

Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts // Character Interview

Thursday, June 29th

Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh // Book Spotlight

Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger// Author Interview

Raechel @ Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Lydia @ Lydia Therese // Book Review

Rebekah @ Rebekah’s Remarks  // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Faith @ The Writer’s Song // Book Review & Author Interview


Friday, June 30th (Release Day!)

Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh// Book Review

Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life  // Book Spotlight & Review

Laura @ Books and Chapters // Book Review

Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Review

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory // Book Spotlight, Review, & Author Interview

Bethany @ A Great God and Good Cocoa // Book Spotlight & Review

Micaiah @ Adventures Beyond the Horizon // Author Interview

   Thank you for letting me be a part of the release of this touching novella, Faith! God bless you all.

-Angela Watts

 

An Assortment Of Tags

Greetings, folks! It’s been a rainy past few days, so what better way to enjoy the rain that write my novel? Oh, wait. This is a blog post. Well, same difference! Besides, I’ve been writing like crazy (I am crazy, after all) in Seek. It’s sooo CLOSE TO BEING DONE AHH. But more on Seek later. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve been tagged- well, tagged, and also, I’m stealing some tags. So. I am doing some tags! Thanks to Paul,  Hailey, and Jazzy (I stole this tag from both Paul and Jazzy, but they’re good sports, ha) for some tags. They all did the Blue Sky tag and tagged me; so, thanks, people!

 

  The Blue Sky Tag RULES:

 

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer their 11 questions
  • Tag 11 people
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

 

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Paul’s questions:

Why did you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was able to write- and before then! My first book was me telling a story aloud, while a family member wrote it down for me. I illustrated the whole book, too. I still have it! I don’t remember how old I was then… I should ask my parents. Hm…

It wasn’t ever a huge, conscious ‘I’m a writer now!’…. I’ve always been writing. Telling stories. Little ones, big ones. On paper or aloud. I guess to say ‘why’, it would be entirely God’s doing. God made me a writer, a story teller. Words are a gift from Yahweh. So, I started writing because God put it in me to. 🙂

What are you currently writing?

I am currently rewriting my novel, which I wrote in July 2016, Seek! I am on draft two, and I rewrote most of it during April’s camp NaNo… But I am still finishing it up *screams*. Seek has been what I’ve been mainly working on. It is my first novel to finish!

Do/did you sleepwalk? Sleep talk?

No. I’ve never sleep walked before. I think I have talked in my sleep, but not a lot.

What’s one book or movie that makes you cry every time?

A movie that makes me cry every time would be…. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. I have watched that movie twice, and it makes me cry like a baby every time. It’s not that I’m a hard person to cry during movies… lots of movies and books make me cry out of sadness. Almost every Francine Rivers novel I’ve read has made me cry. Jesseca Wheaton’s ‘A Question Of Honor’ made me cry. The Magnificent Seven made me cry a little (mostly angry, though. Anyway.)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty… just sky rocketed me. It grounds me in such a big way. Maybe it’s weird. It doesn’t seem like a movie you cry to. The movie just hit me in a resignating way…. by the time the last song plays, and the photos roll… I’m a baby. The movie is so beautiful to me.

If you could time travel back in time once as far as the second century, what specific event would you attend?

I know there’s a lot of things to go see, and to do…. I’d like to see the Civil War. I wouldn’t want to go to WWII, you know, but I’d still want to meet a soldier back then who was fighting. There’s so much history that would be epic to go and live…. but I don’t really want to choose any of that. If I had the chance, I would go back in time and meet my Ma’s Granny and Grandpa. I believe they were watching me in heaven, before I was born, but if I could go back and actually meet them…. that’d be cool.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

Person… person… hm… My parents. I know, that’s two people, ha. But it’s true. I don’t have this ONE person that I adore as some ‘follow figure’…. but my parents are people I look up to. I know they don’t have all the answers to life- but they have wisdom and guidance that is always amazing.

What are the two most influential books you have read?

THE LIVING WORD OF GOD! The Bible, of course. ;D But, assuming that one is a given… let me choose two more. 😛

The first is This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. A LOT of books have influenced me… but that book…. has stuck with me. It’s so true and done in such a great way. The second book would be… maybe And The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers. That was a great book. It wasn’t so much that it hit me on a relatable level, though. Peretti’s book sort of did.

What is your favorite song? Why?

Awful question because it is impossible. xD I love a ton of songs. Way too many to pick one! And I love each one for a different reason… A song by Elvis or Bon Jovi, would remind me of my parents, so those are favorites. A song that helped me through a hard time, like one of Twenty One Pilots’ song. I can’t answer this question.

Do you like to eat sushi?

NO. NO. Nope. Absolutely not. I have not tried it, and will not. That stuff has parasites! No thanks. ;P

Have you ever thrown a book across the room? Why?

Yes, I have. More than once. xD Usually because I’m mad someone died. Or it sucked period.

What is creativity like for you? Is brainstorming like hitting your head on the wall or like peacefully soaring through the clouds, enjoying the view below you?

A bit of both, I’d say. Sometimes, it’s like clawing at a brick wall as bricks are thrown down at me- oh wait, I’m making them fall on me by hitting the wall. Other times, it’s like getting a present dropped in my lap and before I realize I’ve opened the box, bam! A big chocolate cookie.

If I’m forcing myself too hard, as in looking past the obvious, then it can be very tricky. If I pray, talk, and let the story/characters move themselves…. it works alright.

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Hailey’s Questions:

 

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog in 2013 to share my writing bits. During that time, I was writing a novella ‘Flying And Diving’. I finished that novella when I was 12 years old. I was publsihing each chapter on my blog. Unfortutantly, I lost the whole novella because I deleted the posts…. and didn’t save them. So. But yes; I started my blog to just rant and ramble.

If you could have dinner with any one person who’s alive right now, who would you choose?

Other than my family members, right? Because I’m dying for a vacation and an awesome family dinner. Yeah.

Probably….. anyone? Ted Dekker. I know, I know; but I’d really like to meet him and just talk about writing, Yeshua, and just…. everything. So. I guess him.

 

Favorite book of the Bible and why?

ALL OF THEM. I can’t choose just one. 😛 I really love Psalms, Isaiah, John…. those are go-to books.

Favorite music genre to listen to?

I don’t have just one genre. I’ll listen to rock, pop, instrumental…. some of everything.

What’s your earliest memory?

Uh…. I have a LOT of ’em, but one, I was like… 4 years old? And we were moving in our van, and I had my princess pillow…. I remember that. Haha.

What job would you be great at, and what job would you be horrible at?

OK SOO…. I’m open for any job or mission that God has for me. I’d do my best. I’m doing my best right now, ha. But….. I really pray I can do something at home. I pray to be a published author, and have a small farm/ranch with my family…. So, whatever God says, but I want to be a stay at home worker. 😉

I’d be bad at a lotta jobs, lol! Like… waitressing (shh that’s a word). I don’t think I could do it. Like, I don’t know if I’m that good of a listener and I doubt I could be very nice for long…. so. Oops. 😛

Dream vacation spot?

Somewhere in the mountains, like Pigeon Forge of Gatlinburg. Also, THE BEACH. BEACH.

When writing, are you a plotter or a pantser? (fyi- plotters have a detailed outline beforehand, and pantsers [me] just make it up as they go along!)

Somewhere in between, I don’t know. Don’t really care… I mean, I don’t wing it totally, but there’s a point where I don’t have it all plotted to the T…. I pray and trust God to guide me, and if something’s gotta be changed or tweaked, that’s awesome. 🙂

What makes you angry?

Hm. Different things. Abortion makes me angry; it breaks my heart. People being rude to the elderly makes me angry, and parents not having a grip on their kids (like letting them run across the parking lot. uh.) is annoying….

What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?

I’ve written 3 books (that I completed) in my life. One story when I was younger, a novella when I was 12, and I wrote my first novel when I was 14 (Seek. I’m rewriting it now.). I also won an art contest at the library; the art thing was judged by Dan Walter McKnight soo that was cool. I also won first place in the USEWF championships.

All in all; I’m proud of my family. We’ve all come so far in life. Nothing has stopped us, because of JESUS. Accomplishments are great, but the biggest thing to be proud of us is loving others. And loving God.

What has God been teaching you lately?

God has been teaching me to have absolute faith. To not be scared, or to lose faith, just when it seems that all the doors are shut and you’re in a hallway of utter darkness. You have to keep fighting, keep praying; and at some point, simply be still. And know that HE IS GOD. Nothing else is god. No one else. Jesus loves us, and He won’t let us fall away.

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Jazzy’s questions:

 

Who is your favorite song artist at the moment?

UHH…. I’ve been listening a lot to (at the moment…) Jon Bellion, Twenty One Pilots, and Linkin Park. Jon Bellion is sorta new to me, though.

ICE-CREAM or FROZEN YOGURT?

ICE CREAM. I don’t really like frozen yogurt.

What is one word/phrase that is uniquely yours? (like I say “OMYGUAC”) If this is not applicable, what is your favorite phrase to use as an exclamation?

Uh… Sheezits. Sheezits. I made the word up. It’s like my ‘AH’ word. Haha!

 

Are you a neat-freak or an artistically organized mess?

Both, I guess. I’m not a total mess (thanks, Mom), but…. I also have some areas where I’m not immaculate. 😛

How would you label your humor? (silly, blond, sarcastic, dry, savage, etc.)

Very sarcastic and dry. Occasionally savage but sometimes, folks don’t know I’m joking, so I try to tone it down… I can also be a huge goof.

Who was your Bible hero when you were a kid? Has that changed?

I watched Veggie Tales all the time but… I don’t remember a Bible person I actually focused on. Hm. But now, I really learn from Moses, and Ruth, and King David.

Do you have a life-verse?

Not exactly. The whole Bible is my life verse.

How would you change society for the better?

I WOULD MAKE EVERYONE WATCH DAFFY DUCK. Ha. kidding. Can’t force people against their will, right? Not very American. But seriously: I would have to demolish abortion. How can a society go up, when it allows the murder of innocent babies?

What is one memory that your heart clings to and no matter how old and worn it becomes, you still have the same feelings now as you did then?

Hmmm… that’s hard. I have a few… But this is really tricky. Wow. I’m sorry I just can’t find this one.

What is one of your weird obsessions?

Hm… Obsessions? I don’t know. I like collecting rocks, but that’s not a weird thing…

When did you just totally act upon impulse, regardless of consequences?

Ha, just one incident? ;D Well, one non-important time, I grabbed someone’s kid from running across the karate dojo floor. 😛 Uh… GEEZ I know I have done impulsive things but I’m drawing a blank.

 

 

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MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR THE BLUE SKY TAG: (and yes, I was tagged twice, but I’m only doing one set of questions + people.)

  1. One song that has hit you really hard lately (or, just one that has been very groovy for this summer time!)?
  2. Favorite summer activity you’re looking forward to this summer?
  3. If you had to beat up one historical figure (just someone in the past…) in an Ikea, who would it be?
  4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? One example of how you’d use it?
  5. If you could have a dream vacation, what would the day look like? What would you do?
  6. Say you could step into a book and live there for a while; which book would you visit, and why?
  7. What do you do when you get stumped in creativity? (writer’s block, artist’s block, etc…)
  8. If you had to describe yourself in a book, write that description.
  9. If you could meet one of your own characters, and bring them to present day earth, who would it be, and why? What would y’all do?
  10. What is one joke you made recently that got everyone to laugh?
  11. One movie that always makes you cry? (Yesss I stole this one from Paul but I’m curious!)

 

 

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And, so, for the Blue Sky Tag, I TAGGETH THEE:

Hannah // Furious Ever Afters 

Sarah // The Introverted Extrovert 

Victoria // Ruffles And Grace 

Leah // Lead Me To Grace 

Allison // Allison’s Well 

Blessing // Counting Your Blessings One By One 

And THOU shall be tagged. If I did not tag you, and you want to do this, you are now tagged. Be sure to link your post to me in the comments so I can see it. 🙂

God bless you all!

-Ang

 

 

 

SO! That was a huge tag post. 😛 THANK YOU again to the folks who tagged me. And thanks to the one who left their windows open for me to climb through and steal the tags anyway. 😉

God bless!

-Ang