Fun fact: I actually have read other people’s blogs this month, lol. But I mostly did it on my phone because I was out of the house a lot m...

Posts of the Week: December 2016 edition

Fun fact: I actually have read other people’s blogs this month, lol. But I mostly did it on my phone because I was out of the house a lot more than normal and I’ve only recently had time to compile them all into a Posts of the Week post. So, to end the year, I’m just going to do a massive Posts of the Month organized by website/blog of all the best things I have read in this final month of 2016. Enjoy!

Wanderer’s Pen by Victoria
Ten Fictional Vehicles I’d Love To Ride In. I soagree on the Tardis, the USS Enterprise, and Howl's Moving Castle! I'm personally not as gung-ho about about the Firebenders' balloons, but I'd probably go if it meant I could spend time with Zuko or Iroh.

Nine Non-Character-Related Obstacles to Make Your Characters' Lives Harder with Avatar: The Last Airbender. I LOVE AVATAR SO MUCH, plus this list is wonderful for conflict ideas if your story’s feeling a little repetitive and you need to throw in a few problems to ruin your charries' lives. :D

Paper Fury by Cait
The Absolute Worst Bookworm Logic to Ever Exist. I was at a sleepover early in the morning laughing so freaking hard about this and trying not to wake up all my friends :p It was A +, though. A freaking plus.

The 8 Types of Book Reviewers Quiz. This quiz was so much fun! I got the Flammable Feels Master (which is often true), but I’m also the All-Seeing Eyeball because I like to analyze the heck out of books. But with feelings because feelings, and deep thoughts, are what make the reading fun and the story worthwhile.

TheWriteGame by C. Lee McKenzie
Thanksgiving And Then What. That last picture from her hike, though. I love that metaphor.

Onions, Lemons, and Apples by Sam.
Christmas: Parts One and Two. I’ve only read the first two parts of this fanfic, but it seems pretty nice so far. I think it was a cool idea, plus I love small Kili.

Sometimes I’m a Story by Heather
Why Does Watson Sleep So Much? A unique look at how sleep influences the character Joan Watson from Elementary and what it means to the Sherlock story as a whole. Deep thoughts.

This Incandescent Life by Emily Morgan
Offense and How it Harms Creativity. I nodded in full agreement through this entire post, lol. Our society is obsessed with being offended about every little thing, and it really is easy to get sucked in and allow those things to run your life; but staying focused on the positive and what wecan do to make life better, that's way more important.

Go Teen Writers Blog
Winners and Excerpts From the Go Teen Writers #WeWriteBooks Contest. These are all absolutely incredible. Seriously. I'm so excited for these writers to finish and publish their works someday.

One Thing No One Told Me About Being My Own Boss by Mrs. Stephanie. I love this so much because it's something I knew I needed to work on, yet wasn't making a commitment to actuallywork on. This post will be the kick that I needed, though, and I'm going to focus a little more on keeping my morale up and taking care of myself instead of stressing and working myself like crazy in the new year.

Hannah Heath Blog
Challenging Writers to Write Honestly. Personally, I think it's okay if writers want to write just for fun (provided they're not writing things that are actually bad). However, if this is where a writer is coming from, then their writing definitely has the chance to be something very powerful and very life-changing for the writer themselves and the readers around them.

Out of Coffee, Out of Mind by Liz
A Day In The Life of NaNoWriMo. This post is strinking brilliant. A retelling of a day in her November, featuring vicious, probably-caffeine-addicted muse fairies.

Win While Young by Chard
You Decide Your Lifestyle. This one is a lot like Emily’s post about offense, but with even more practical applications. It’s hard, but it’s really freeing when you learn how to just let things go and you know that not only have you done your best, but you’re making things better.

Limited. Advice I’d never heard put quite this way, but is so valuable and so true. Limit everything, because you can only do so much. And the limits allow you to focus on what’s really important.
Storylight by Mariella
Being an Introverted Traveler. I love thispost, lol, because I relate so hard. Over the past couple of months, I too have come to accept myself as an introvert who needs her time, but also have fun with others when I’m ready and when the opportunity arises.
Virtually Read by Shar and Shanti
The Book Sacrifice Tag. I laughed so hard throughout this post. Seriously, Shar’s answers are amazing.

Why You Should Be Reading Right Now (and what to do about it). Also, this post. It was hysterical. In fact, let's just talk about that moment when the light switch is all. the way. across. the room. and you are #lazy or #exhausted.

Somewhat Reserved by Grace
When We Collided. I’d been looking at this book for a while, and, though I’m not sure I’m going to read it, I was glad to see her review because it was really thorough and told me what I needed to know to make a decision. If you’re considering this book, you should give her post a read.

Girl, Stolen. Another great review of another book I’d been thinking of reading. Might take me a while to get around, but her post helped me decide whether or not I wanted to give it a go. :)

Keturah’s Korner by Keturah
Thy Will Be Done--Even If God Says No. I 100% agree with this post. It is never weak to say, “God’s Will Be Done.” It’s one of the best, strongest things we can do, in fact, releasing control to The One who holds it all and is ultimately working everything out for the good of the universe. Even if we can't see it.

The Book Sacrifice Tag. I loved what she had to say at the end. Like I mentioned above, I am of the opinion that, within reason, authors should write what they like and we shouldn't put down the people themselves. But. If the book promotes ideas that are just plain wrong, then it is okay to step up and warn others, especially those vulnerable to be influenced by those ideas.

Jessi L. Roberts, Author
Movie Review: Rogue One. I hadn’t really planned on watching Rogue One (I liked the Star Wars universe the way it was and didn’t really want any additions. :p), but her review has almost convinced me to watch it. I actually think I will when it comes out on DVD. (warning: there are spoilers in this review, but they didn’t feel like major ones).

Stream of Unconsciousness by Vanessa
Identity. I honestly don’t know how to describe this post, but it is so well-written and so thought-provoking, and I really related to a lot of what she had to say about feeling static for so long and then slowly discovering the you who'd been dormant for most of your life. Warning for language, but I think it's super good. :)

And that is that for Summer Snowflakes in 2016! Tell me about which posts you’d read already and which ones made you think or made you laugh. And share some of your favorites from this year in the comments. :) Hope you enjoyed and that you all had a merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Also, before I forget, my blogoversary is next week! *throws limited amounts of confetti* I have nothing planned, lol, but hopefully something interesting will be up to on Thursday to commemorate the event. :) See you next year!

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  1. Hi Alexa! Thanks for this post. I'm going to stop in and see some of these bloggers based on what you said about their posts. And thanks for including me here! Happy New Year!

    1. Hey! And no problem. :) Hope you enjoy what you read!

      You're welcome! Thanks for the great post. :) Happy New Year!

  2. I really love how you share people's posts! So encouraging!!! ;D

  3. Ooooohhhh cool! (I'm glad you liked my post so much. It makes me very happy) Thank you for all the suggestions :) :) ALSO IT"S 2017 A) WAT and B)YAY ANOTHER YEAR

    1. You're welcome! And no problem; thanks for making me laugh with those posts. :)

      SAME. Although, at first, I was reeling, but in a lot of ways, 2016 already feels so far away to me. My perception of time is weird and unpredictable. :p

  4. I really liked Keturah's post 'Thy Will Be Done'.

    Oh, and thanks for putting my post there xD

  5. SO MANY POSTS. I always enjoy Virtually Read, as well as Out of Coffee, Out of Mind, so it was lovely to see them. And thanks for the shout-out to my blog! :)

    1. They do always have such awesome posts! You're welcome! :D

  6. Whhops, I'm a bit late to the party -shows up with cake anyway- XD
    It totally makes my day every time one of my posts is up on your blog. Just here to say thanks, and you rock!

    1. Hahaha, I am definitely much later. ;) Aw, no problem! And thank you for reading!! :D


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