Because nostalgia! This band was my absolute favorite from my pre-teens probably till I was about 14 or 15, a couple of years after they di...

Melodic Mondays: Here We Go Again by PureNRG

Because nostalgia! This band was my absolute favorite from my pre-teens probably till I was about 14 or 15, a couple of years after they disbanded. I just loved their energy and their Jesus-praising lyrics and their dance moves, though. I cannot tell you how many hours I spent trying to learn these steps, but I can proudly say that, at some point in my early teens, I probably knew every move in their entire set. I couldn’t actually perform them (although I tried) because I am not that coordinated, but I knew every step. Also, I realized this song is almost 10 years old (the album came out in April of 2008), so, because it’s a New Year and we spend part of that looking back (or something), I decided to share it. 😊

So, tell me, what’s an old favorite band of yours? Did you ever listen to PureNRG? Tell me honestly, did you try this dance as well? Haha, can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section! :D

To Be Known by Ophelia . It’s hard to explain what I felt about this post, but it’s just… so true, so poignant, and beautiful. I hope you ...

Posts of the Week! 1:13:18 Edition: Writing Characters, Writing Reviews, and Other Written Things of Beauty

To Be Known by Ophelia. It’s hard to explain what I felt about this post, but it’s just… so true, so poignant, and beautiful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊

Blazing a Trail by Audrey Caylin @ Rebellious Writing. It is so hard to find clean YA these days; often, it really seems like all you have to choose from are books filled with “extra content.” But that’s why, if it does matter to us, we really do have to stand up for it. That’s something I have to keep reminding myself and keep trying to do better at.

How To Write The Perfect Book Review (And Not Eat A Brick Wall In Terror Of The Process) by Cait @ Paper Fury. If you have not read it, read it. Because, at the very least, it will at least entertain you at how incredibly insane the process of being a book reviewer can be. Of course, it’s also fun, or else we wouldn’t do it… but it is insane.

The Gift of Empathy by Mrs. Shannon Dittemore @ GoTeenWriters. This is another one that I don’t really know what to say about it, only that it’s so important and so true. Writing does give us empathy, and it's a vital trait to have in writing and in our daily lives.

I’m Getting Out of My Own Way by Amanda Rose. A powerful truth to fight against self-doubt and do the thing the God has called you to. So good.

Who Would Be Your YA Fictional Nemesis by Epic Reads. Because this quiz is really fun. Also, I got someone from Red Queen. Spoiler if you haven’t read it, but yeah.

Writing Characters 101: Emotional Plausibility – Background by Intuitive Writing Guide. One of my favorite happenings in a story is when I understand why a character does the things they do and I empathize with their emotions. This post is a great place to start with making sure you’re doing that.

When a Writer Actually Writers by Keturah. Her guest post on GoTeenWriters! It’s so good; the simple act of writing really does grow us as writers. And when we make it consistent, things just seem to start happening. Almost like magic. 😊

Well, that's it for this week! Tell me, what are your top character writing tips? How do you write the perfect book review? Haha, can't wait to hear from you and I'll see you in the comment section!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!! And Happy Blogoversary to me!! :D I both can and cannot believe that this is my fourth blogoversary, haha. On ...

Summer Snowflakes Presents: BLOGOVERSARY NUMBER FOUR

Happy New Year, everyone!!!! And Happy Blogoversary to me!! :D I both can and cannot believe that this is my fourth blogoversary, haha. On the one hand, there was never really a time I thought I’d stop blogging, so I’m not surprised I’m still here; but on the other, it seems so weird that I’ve been doing this for four years already. Time has just shot by me, in so many ways, but I’m glad I was able to spend so much of it here with all of you. 😊

Without further ado, let us commence the PARTY.

As is tradition at all proper parties, one must have cake. So. Feast your eyes on these internet delicacies.

*sighs dreamily* If that doesn’t make you want to immediately quit your day job and become a gourmet chef, I don’t really know what will.

For the next event, I regret to inform you that, as is tradition for Summer Snowflakes blogoversaries, it is now time for the reading of an Alexa original awful poem. *clears throat* You have been warned… although it is possible that the poem might not be too awful this year; I may have graduated from simply awful to mildly mediocre. In any case, if you wish to be certain you will keep your eyes, you may skip down to the part after the centered text and continue your day as if such an atrocity never occurred. If on the other hand, your eyes are of little consequence to you and you are willing to take the chance, please, read at your own risk and decide for yourself.

The Fourth Blogoversary Poem
Thank you
From deep in my heart.
Thank you
If you’ve been here from the start.
Thank you
If you came for cute dogs;
Thank you,
Though you’re on the wrong blog
Thank you
If you’ve been here for a day,
Thank you
Because, regardless, you stayed.
Thank you
For your reading so sweet.
Thank you
For your commenting feats.
Thank you
For praying, for being.
Thank you,
For this blog you are seeing
And my life, indeed, would not be the same
Without knowing your names
And you knowing mine.
For your words, oh so kind,
I thank you and thank you and thank you and thank you
For always remaining at my side.
In all of the days and all of the times,
From your heart to mine,
Thank you and thank you and thank you.

In all seriousness though, A MILLION THANKS to every one of you. You are all such beautiful souls, so lovely and supportive. I adore the atmosphere you’ve created, one of kindness and unity and love and encouragement and all those other fuzzy words that should only be used if they’re real. Some parts of the internet, even bookish parts, are incredibly toxic, and it just… I can’t even say how much I appreciate the fact that that kind of poison, we just don’t allow it here. There are times I’m nervous or even defensive about certain posts because I’m afraid some of that toxic attitude will leak in from somewhere or that it’s just lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce the moment I make a “wrong” move, but it has never touched this blog and I am so grateful to every one of you who reads for keeping it that way. You let me know that this place, this tiny corner of the internet, it’s safe. And I appreciate that more than words can say.

Also, thank you for sticking around through all the changes, especially as I started school last year. I think I’ve figured out a schedule (biweekly for each post, if you’ve been a little confused) that actually works for me... even though comments and commenting back STILL take me an age. I am working on that.

But anyways, just… thank you. Thank you for being you and for sticking here with me. 😊

Now that we’re all sufficiently sniveling and sentimental, ON TO THE QUESTIONS.

What inspired you to do Posts of the Week?
Back in 2015, another blogger started a linkup called Fan Month, where participants spent the month of March basically being a fan and cheering on other content creators, bloggers specifically. As usual, I was incredibly behind in the blogosphere, so I joined up and used the opportunity to catch up on posts. Part of the challenge was to share content you enjoyed and, since I was dedicating all my blog time to fangirling and not posting anything new on Summer Snowflakes, I decided to create Posts of the Week: that way, my blog wouldn’t look completely dead for a month, but I’d also keep to the challenge and maximize my fangirl time.

I was only going to do these posts for the length of the linkup, but when it was over, I realized how much I’d enjoyed that the challenge forced me to make time to read other blogs and engage in the community and all the things like that, plus I also loved sharing people’s posts and cheering bloggers on and just letting them know I liked what they wrote. So, I made Posts of the Week a regular on Summer Snowflakes, and it’s been that way ever since.

What do you prefer doing, writing a brand-new story or editing/rewriting a beloved story?
That is a really good question! I had to think about it for a while before I came up with an answer. I love drafting because I’m a pantser, so discovering who the characters are and all the pieces to what the story will become, that’s always a time of revelations and wonder and I absolutely love it. But there are also downsides: writer’s block, if I have no idea what I’m supposed to be discovering next, and pre-editing blues, if I’ve written myself into a hole and suddenly become aware that the editing process is going to be a beast.

As for editing, I kind of hate it because it often is a beast, but I love refining. When all the deep edits are done and I’m just tweaking a sentence here and there and I’m able to see this shining story that I created. It’s almost as good, if not better, than the original wonder of writing it. So, all of that to say, I don’t know. I used to say I hated editing and only liked drafting, and that’s still kind of true; but at the same time, the end process of editing, especially with a beloved story, is 100% worth it. I can’t really have one without the other and they both have problems I hate and merits I love.

If I absolutely have to pick one though… to my own surprise, I would say refining (not rewriting, but refining) is my favorite part. Because the hardest work is over and I get to see that I’ve created something good. 😊

How do you stay organized?
A full answer to this question would require an extensive and probably rather frightening trip into the darkest depths of my mind, which would be a little much for this blog post, haha. In fact, I don’t think I really am organized. My novel notes, my computer files, my room, my mind, there’s random stuff everywhere; but I know where all of it goes, so it makes sense to me and I’m able to unravel it, one piece at a time, such that it occasionally makes sense to others. Also, I’m a very schedule-oriented person, so before I go to bed each night, I make the next day’s schedule, then review it in the morning and come back to it periodically throughout the day. Between the two, I somehow seem to manage.

Sorry if that’s not really an answer. If there was something in particular you wanted to know about organizing, mention it in the comments and I can try to expand more specifically there. 😊

That is all for today, folks. Again, A MILLION, BILLION, GAZILLION thanks for reading my blog and commenting and just being the wonderful people you are. I deeply appreciate it and look forward to another year with each and every one of you. 😊

And so we come to the final POTW of 2017. *epic music plays* . And we begin. Networking 101 by C. Lee McKenzie . I love this advic...

Posts of the Week! Epic End-of-the-Year 2017 Edition

And so we come to the final POTW of 2017. *epic music plays*.

And we begin.

Networking 101 by C. Lee McKenzie. I love this advice! Considering how quiet and awkward I can be, haha, looking at it from these perspectives really helps.

The Three Rules for Creating Art that Matters by Mrs. Stephanie Morrill. This post is just… so honest and inspiring. A brilliant reminder of the most important things we all should do in writing, in art, and in life.

The Shadowy Road Not Taken by Mrs. Erika Beebe. Not a blog I frequent, but I stumbled across while replying to comments on Verbosity, and I really love the way she closes out her year. The quotes, the poems, the lessons, I think there’s something we can all pull from it.

Eight Reasons Why I Celebrate Christmas by Priscilla Krahn. This one was shared on a friend’s Facebook account, and I found it really fascinating. It’s a great reminder, not only of the Reason for the Season, but of what Christians' lives should start to look like when we begin to actually apply who He is.

If You Are Considering Suicide, There Is Hope by Eliza Downer. A harder hitting one, but an important reminder of the hope we have available to us.

18 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful by Rebekah B. So, Christmas is over. But many of these are things we could do all-year round anyway, and for the ones that aren’t, well, I’m keeping them as a reminder for next year. 😊

Robots 101 by Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen. Super fun post about writing robots! There are awesome tips to remember if you’ve got any automatons in your story, plus the fandoms I recognized. *heart-eyes* I only realized with this post how much I love my robots, lol, but I really love them.

World-Building: Setting for all Genres by Diana Peach. Stumbled across this one via a favorite author’s blog. It’s really informative, and I plan to go back and read it when I’m editing my novel again. Setting’s something I’ve never been able to do well, but I think approaching it this way will really help!

‘Tis the Season of Rereading: How to choose what to reread (ft. a handy flowchart) by Shar. I don’t normally reread, but this is a really helpful post. She goes into some of the actual reasons why one would reread, and the flowchart really is handy. If you’re trying to figure out which of your books to read again, definitely check out this post!

Minutes at a Time by Julian Daventry. This is such a great reminder and something I have definitely had to learn at certain stages of my life: just because you don’t have an hour to do that task doesn't mean you shouldn’t do anything at all. Do whatever little bit you can and watch those little things add up. 😊

Character 101 by Skye. These tips are so on point. Some of the best advice for characters all compiled into a single post: the most important thing really is treating them like humans.

Always Be Honest Even If {When} It Hurts by Keturah. An examination on the contradictions that arise with lying and love, this post is profound and thought-provoking. I love how she explains her conclusion; it definitely makes you have to consider it.

How I Started Writing Again by Grace. In which she shares 8 tips for how she pulled herself out of her writing slump. If you’re in one of your own, definitely check this post out! It might be just what you need to climb out. 😊

50 oddly specific OH MY GOODNESS NO bookworm moments by Noor. These are too relatable! I literally spent this entire post nodding and giggling. The gifs, the pics, all of it is perfect.

Slow Down this Christmas by Moriah Simonwich. Again, so, Christmas is over. But it’s never too late to take a breath, enjoy the silence, and thank Jesus for His arrival.

More Than Modest: Respect by Keturah. Don’t worry, lol, this is not your classic list of rules and standards. This is an honest and poetic outpouring of truth that leads us all to make our own decisions in the end. And I think that form of expression is one of the most important things in this world.

10 Reasons Why Bookworms Panic at the End of the Year by Cait. Everything… is so… on point. Especially the one about forgetting what books are about. Literally, this is why I write reviews. Because I can never remember unless it’s like Percy Jackson or Star Wars or Lunar Chronicles or something super epic that I’ll love forever. I kid you not, I’m really bad at remembering these things. :p

Dead Things Are Beautiful, Too by Victoria Jackson. This is absolutely beautiful. I love how she took this snapshot of life and put the reader directly into every second.

Learning from Wonder Woman by Sam @ Onions, Lemons, and Apples. In which she pulls 4 awesome writing tips from this awesome movie. My personal favorite is number 1 about the secondary characters, but all the tips are great.

Introducing… Our New YouTube Coordinator by Rebellious Writing. Within this post, Keturah does an incredible guest post on the reasons why she reads and writes. It’s short but brilliant, and I 100% agree

Back to the Future by Talya. A really interesting post about time… and how awesome it is that we have a God who’s outside of it.

Writing Exercise #21: Winning in 2017 by Mrs. Shannon Dittemore. If you’re feeling like this week, this month, this year, you didn’t get done all the things you wanted to get done and now you’re panicking because only hours remain in 2017, just read this post and take her advice. It’s perfect and soothing and reminds you that you are not a failure. There’s so much you have already completed, and THAT IS AMAZING, and there is a ton more you can still do in 2018. 😊

My Dream Reading Space by Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen. Best. Reading. Space. Ever. The end.

And that is it for 2017! It’s been an amazing year in the blogosphere, and I thank you all so much for making it that way. For making this a lovely, wonderful, kind, encouraging space where we can all get together to talk and think and read and write and learn. I love you guys. I love being here. I love reading and sharing your posts, and having you read and share mine. Thank you so much for reading, and I will see you next year!

P.S. For my blogoversary next week, I’m going to do a Q&A, so if you have any questions for me, put them in the comment section or send them using my Contact Me! page. I’ll be sure to answer them next week. :)

So, for the first time ever, haha, I am doing a book haul! This is my Holiday Reading Haul, all the books I want to get to over the next 2 ...

Holiday Reading Haul!

So, for the first time ever, haha, I am doing a book haul! This is my Holiday Reading Haul, all the books I want to get to over the next 2 ½ weeks while I’m on break from school. 😊

Yeah, I know. I’m a little crazy. :p

A few of these are from my family’s personal collection, but most are from the library I work at (all the ones with the stickers on the spine). I also want to read The Girl from Everywhere, which Skye recommended and I bought on my kindle… I don’t even know how long ago. :p I’m not under any delusions that I’ll actually finish all of these, but, as I am both overly ambitious and mildly insane, I hope to at least make a dent in the pile.

For those titles you can’t see very well, Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is on top, The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and Between the Lines by Jody Picoult and Samantha van Leer are on the bottom right, and A List of Cages by Robin Roe and Girls Like Me by Lola St. Vil are on the middle left side. I’m about halfway through Princess Ben and so far, I absolutely love it. 😊

What do you plan to do on your break? Any book recs to share? (because I’m not drowning in these at all, mm-mm, not me). Haha, hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and I’ll see you at the end of December for 2017's final Posts of the Week compilation!

PS: I didn’t do a really Christmasy post this year, but last year, I did one on the true meaning of the Christmas spirit. If you’re a little out of holiday jollity this year, just not feeling it with the lights and the music and traditions, etc., please check out the post. I do hope it will refresh you. :)

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