As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy finding YouTube artists, because they’re always incredibly talented, and honestly, I sometimes lik...

As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy finding YouTube artists, because they’re always incredibly talented, and honestly, I sometimes like their takes better than the original songs. :p

As for this one, I don’t know if I’d say I like it better than the original, but it is a beautiful version of it and I love how he made just those three instruments work together to bring every perfect element necessary to this piece (sidenote: I think the landscape is the sort of place Elliot would love to sit and draw in. Not necessarily drawing that place, but just drawing inspiration from the place itself. ;) ).


So what do you all think of the song? Do you ever listen to covers? If so, what’s a favorite of yours? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I will see you in that comment section!

Also, I made a YouTube playlist of my past Melodic Mondays! I haven’t added all the songs to it yet (still working on that, since I’ve been doing them for like two years now. :p ), but I have begun! So if you ever want to look back on the different songs I’ve shared, the link to the playlist is here. :)


So, I do a lot of posts with him . He is my main subject of torture writing, and he is rather beautiful, I think. 1. What’s His Fav...

So, I do a lot of posts with him. He is my main subject of torture writing, and he is rather beautiful, I think.


1. What’s His Favorite Place He’s Ever Visited?
I had to think a little on this one, but I decided that when Elliot was young, one of his foster parents took him on an art stroll. I actually got the idea from YouTube (how's that for writing research ๐Ÿ˜‰): one of the vloggers I watch took their toddlers on this art walk where there were all these paintings by local artists displayed throughout their town. I thought it was cool and it matched my boy, so now it’s one of Elliot’s first memories and a huge part of why he’s so into art. (Also, if you know of any art or art aesthetics or anything like that on Pinterest, please comment them! His board needs love).

2. What’s One Mistake He’s Made That He’s Learned From?
Elliot is bad at learning from his mistakes. Like, very bad. He tends to see life as “This is the way things are and there is nothing I can do to change them.” So it takes a huge shift in perspective for him to even realize that he can learn from a mistake, and then to actually apply that learning is another difficult step entirely. Not that I think he’s never learned from a mistake, but he would be hard-pressed to pinpoint an answer because of the way that he thinks and understands the world.

3. What Was Their Favorite Subject In School? Or Their Favorite Thing To Learn About?
*distant sobbing at the very mention of school*

As far as favorite thing to learn in general, probably drawing techniques and things of that nature, most of which he picks up just from observation.

4. What’s Their Favorite Flower/Growing Thing?
Another thing that I had to think about (thanks so much Cait and Sky for these thought-provoking questions!) and it took quite a bit of rambling for me to come up with this answer, but I eventually determined that Elliot’s favorite growing thing is trees. Elliot really likes drawing landscapes, particularly ones that involve lonely roads and backdrops of forests and mountains. He enjoys the intricacy of making each tree different but the same; it’s a very careful and involved activity that he can focus on and kind of block everything else out while he does. Plus, the lonely road feel reminds himself of him.

5. Have They Ever Made Someone Cry? What Happened?
Enh... Yes. Probably more than once. And it’s kind of spoilers, but basically, Elliot was a difficult child, I’ll put it that way. And that caused some people to burst into tears. On occasion. More than once. Yeah.

6. Would You Consider Them To Be A Reliable Or Unreliable Narrator?
Definitely unreliable, but I also think that all 1st person narrators are unreliable to a certain extent. Because you only see the story from their POV and they’re human, therefore their point-of-view is very, very skewed to their thought patterns and beliefs and understanding of the world (which I intentionally utilized even more in Low Expectations). So I would say that, yes, Elliot is very unreliable, probably more so than most narrators, but only a little more than most humans.

7. What Do They Dream About At Night?
Probably pretty normal, random stuff. His dreams never came up in the book, but if I were to try to be funny/answer this question based off of what he thinks about during the day, his dreams would involve art, Bryce, Lela, and his foster family. Also, probably algebra. So it would be something along the lines of trying to draw a masterpiece, which suddenly morphs into algebraic equations with Bryce and Lela’s voices taunting him for all eternity. I’m not sure where the Blanchards fit into that though. Maybe they save him from it at the end.

Idk.

8. They’ve Gone Out For A “Special Meal.” What Would They Eat?
Elliot’s not real picky; he just loves good food in general. But... if nothing else, milkshakes would definitely be involved. Milkshakes kind of have a special meaning throughout this story, so if it was a special event, milkshakes would have to be there. (I have before mentioned my love of ice cream, so obviously, this had to be tied in, lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

9. What’s At Least One Thing They Want To Do Before They Die?
Ugh, I toiledwith this question. Not that it’s a bad one, but that Elliot made it so stinking hard to answer. The thing is Elliot’s problems are so immediate, I don’t think he’s even considered doing anything with his life. He’s a very “one day at a time” type of person because that’s all he can mentally and emotionally handle. There was actually a moment I was editing yesterday where he realizes that there aren’t many things he actually enjoys. There are things he doesn't enjoys and actively avoids but there isn't a whole lot that he'll fight for. And as he makes that realization, a chance arises for him to fight and he does so in his own way, but that's all very spoilery. ;)   

Point is, he doesn’t really see life as something he can fight for or change. And so he doesn't much try until someone shows him another way.

That didn’t really answer the question, did it? *sigh* I suppose it’s because he hasn’t really given one to me.
10. Do They Have Any Distinguishing Or Unique Talents?
Yes! As I’ve mentioned probably too many times, Elliot is an artist. His favorite medium is pencils because that’s what he has easiest access to, but I can also see him doing digital art and painting if he were given the chance.

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So, there’s my Beautiful Person for the month! Did you do the linkup? Comment yours below! I’d love to visit. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Hey, all! So I actually have a story behind the song today (yay me)! See, I have this Cinderella-retelling idea going on in the back of my ...

Hey, all! So I actually have a story behind the song today (yay me)! See, I have this Cinderella-retelling idea going on in the back of my head, but focusing on minor (and original) characters of the story rather than Cinderella and the prince. Basically, the idea I started with was looking at other people who might’ve been at that ball, for instance, a nobleman or a relative of the prince also finding love among the girls there. I was originally thinking it would be a flash fic or a short story, but as always happens when I attempt to write short, the idea exploded. POW. So now, it's definitely going to be a novel. Hopefully a short one? But definitely a novel.

Oh well.

Anyways. I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s not a main project and it’s gonna be ages before anything happens with it, but I’ve been gathering ideas and attempting to actually do a little planning this time before I dive in and pants the thing. Obviously, there will be love, ideally forbidden, because strangely, I’m kinda into that. And as I was considering the love story of two characters in particular, I came across this song and realized it was perfect for them.


I love the wonder-filled tone of Night Sky, and the lovely rise and fall of it. I can almost see the outing the two of them are on (definitely at night ;) , probably stars and other gorgeous nature stuff to look at), the whole evening almost surreal, wild, exciting, rising, rising, till the moment where they reach the top, that perfect second where time stands still and all seems right because they're together. And then of course, reality comes crashing down as the song falls and ends, and they have to go their separate ways.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m minorly enjoying brainstorming this idea. ;)

So, what did you all think about the song? Also, what have you been listening to lately? I’ve been wanting to find some new music with lyrics, but I’m having trouble finding some I can really get into. If you’ve got any recommendations, definitely comment them! Can’t wait to hear from you all! 

Piggybacking off my Thursday post , I was trying to come up with a song that went well with the reminder of God being as huge and magnifice...

Piggybacking off my Thursday post, I was trying to come up with a song that went well with the reminder of God being as huge and magnificent and incredible as He in fact is. And, obviously, this one by Chris Tomlin came to mind. :)



Honestly, when I’m stuck deep in sin, the one that seems the most beautifully unfathomable to me is the fact that He sees the depths of my heart and He loves me the same. He is the amazing God. :)

We have this lovely blanket at my house; I think my grandmother on my dad’s side gave it to us years ago. It’s soft, knitted, sunlight ...


We have this lovely blanket at my house; I think my grandmother on my dad’s side gave it to us years ago. It’s soft, knitted, sunlight yellow, and covered in the names of God with their various meanings.

The other day, I was sitting on the couch, wrapped in this blanket, contemplating something I’d just read in my Bible. As I did, my eyes roamed over the blanket and caught on the words “Jehovah: Unchangeable, Intimate God.”

I'd read these words a million times, but they hit me with thunderous power that morning: Unchangeable. Intimate. God.

My first thought was… Whoa. That’s so… big.

And it is. It's such a huge thought to try to cram into my brain, that my next thought was, “I like calling Him Papa better,” something I’d begun a few months ago, as it embodied the feeling of a loving and caring protective authority, someone I could adore endlessly and trust without fear, all things He's been teaching me to do. Papa was much easier to understand than Jehovah.

A second later, I realized how ridiculous my own thought sounded. How wrong it was for me to retreat to the name “Papa,” as a way to hide from the idea of God being so big. Not that it’s wrong to use a name that feels personal and holds specific meaning to what He’s been teaching me, but it’s silly—and worse—to attempt to disregard the other parts of His nature just because it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around them.

I think sometimes, we as Christians need to be reminded of just how big God is. That He is in fact more than justsomeone you can trust, that He entails even more than the Savior who loved us enough to die for our sin. He is these, yes, but He is also The Unchangeable, Intimate, Eternal God of the Universe. The Creator and Judge of us all. The Author and Perfecter. The Alpha and the Omega. He is before eternity and in eternity and after eternity. He is.

He just is.

And that is a shocking thing to try to comprehend.

But sometimes, I think we do need to at least contemplate that idea. To sit and just be aware of the holiness and awe-inspiring, incomprehensible greatnessof our God. He puts a whole new meaning on any word you use to describe Him, and every once in a while, we just need to be reminded of that. To stand in amazement as the knowledge of His magnificent, awe-inspiring, holiness and greatness and Godnesswashes over us.

He is Jehovah.

Unchangeable.

Intimate

God.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe.
Hebrews 12:28

Hey all! So last week, the lovely Shanti at Virtually Read did the Beauty and the Beast tag , and though she didn’t tag anyone, she did le...

Hey all! So last week, the lovely Shanti at Virtually Read did the Beauty and the Beast tag, and though she didn’t tag anyone, she did leave it open for anyone who wanted to go for it. I wanted to go for it, so I mentally added it to my List of Posts I Will Do In A Year or Two Once I Have Forgotten And Remembered Them 96,000 Times and/or Finished The Backlist of Posts I Still Need To Do.

Then I realized I needed a post for this week and didn’t have another readily available.

And so voila.

Original Photo From Pixabay

Oh, What a Guy, Gaston! (A Villain You Can’t Help But Love)
Honestly, the only one I can think of is Hades from the Percy Jackson series. And even he isn’t necessarily a villain or even a character I necessarily love. I love certain headcanons and such that I’ve seen of him on pinterest, but in the actual books, he’s amusing at best and fatal to my faves at worst. For some reason, I tend to only really love movie or TV villains.


Although I probably will think of a lovable book villain as soon as this post goes live. *sigh* Oh well.

Here’s Where She Meets Prince Charming (Your OTP)
I always say Anakin and Padme in response to OTP questions, using the excuse that the novelizations of the movies make them count. This is actually still true, but since you already know about them, I will pick another one this time.


This book represents Kishan Rajaram and Kelsey Hayes from the Tiger Saga. Again, I’m not sure I’d say they perfectly fit the answer as my OTP, because I’m a little too pragmatic, I think, when it comes to any romance that I didn’t fall in love with before the age of 13. However, especially since I reread Tiger’s Voyage this week, I really do think that Kishan could've been good for her. He was a bit of a rogue, but mostly in personality rather in values. He was kind and good, yet fun (I mean, they had ice cream battles!!!), and she was comfortable with him, in comparison to the awkwardness she often felt around Ren. He protected her both physically and emotionally, yet respected her enough to let her make her own choices and, by this point, abided by them without question. He did everything to make her happy—and not in a ridiculous way, like him desperately scrabbling for her affection, but in this perfect, sacrificial, best-friend, love-you-always kind of way. Like he truly, deeply, lovedher, and he spent the entire last two books loving her enough to let her go.

Also, she is fantasticdiscussed further in this postbut the gist of what I said is that she’s clever, kind, and compassionate, yet she’s not soft at all. Kelsey packs a dry wit, kickbutt powers, and the courage to give both brothers a piece of her mind whenever they're being idiots, while still having more than enough flaws and insecurities to make her human. I think the biggest reason I love this series is that these characters are so well done... But anyways, returning to the point, I love Kelsey and Kishan. And I think they fit really well together.

I Want Much More Than This Provincial Life (A Character Destined For Bigger Things)
I just finished The Raven Cycle as well this week (I have done much reading lately), and I think that both Adam Parrish and Blue Sargent fit this category very well. They’re both characters who have seen and been through a ton of crazy stuff, but through it all, they still had possibilities and goals outside of this fantasy realm. So I just think it would be really interesting to see those two in particular just going into the world and living a normal life as these absolutely amazing people who have already experienced such extraordinary things.

Be Our Guest (a book that makes you hungry)
Mossflower by Brian Jacques, hands down. Seriously, I never thought I would so need a mother badger cook in my life, but this book has shown me the error of my ways.

Beauty and the Beast (opposites attract)
Cress and Thorne, from The Lunar Chronicles. Complete opposites, but goodness gracious, are they beautiful. I still remember this scene at the end of Cress where they’re battling the bad guys and losing and it looks like it’s all just gonna go to heck, and then formerly foreshadowed things happen, and it’s epic and romantic and absolutely adorable. If you’ve read it, you probably know what I'm talking about, and if you haven’t, you think I’m crazy, but I’m telling you, it was gorgeous. :D
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And that is the tag! I’m not going to tag anyone either, but if you want to do it, go for it. :) Just don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your post, so that I can check it out!

So, have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie? (I actually haven’t). Have a song from the movie not mentioned in the tag that you’d like to pair with a book? Can’t wait to hear from you all, and I’ll see you in the comment section!


Today’s song is another one of my sidebar-of-YouTube, recommended-for-you finds. I used to listen to this band, Royal Tailor, before they b...

Today’s song is another one of my sidebar-of-YouTube, recommended-for-you finds. I used to listen to this band, Royal Tailor, before they broke up; so when the former lead singer came out with a new single, the Great YouTube Algorithm figured I’d be interested.

As it happened, it was right. ;)


I like the regular version of this song too, but I think the acoustic one is particularly lovely because of the way the instruments just blend with his voice, and also because you can focus so much more on the lyrics and message of the song. The fact that, if you’re a Christian, then wherever you are, whether it’s a good place or a bad place, on a hill or in a valley, God’s still with you and the most important thing for us to remember is to keep our focus on Him. To never get too prideful on the hills and never forget to cling to Him in the valleys, because no matter what, He is God over both. :)

So what’d you all think of this song? Had you heard it before? What have you been listening to lately? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!

PS: two quick notes: one, I have to get my laptop fixed this week. Hopefully, it won’t take so long that I miss a lot of posts, but I don’t know for sure yet whether or not it will. So if I dodrop off the face of the earth, it’s not because I’ve forgotten again, lol, but because I still don’t have my laptop back yet. ;)

Also, a while back, I started an editing service with two friends of mine, and on May 15th, we’re launching our first ever editing contest to win a free Full Edit from us! We have a link here for more details if you happen to be interested. :)


As readers, writers, and general fandom individuals, we all have lists of characters we'd kill villains to meet, authors we'd love ...

As readers, writers, and general fandom individuals, we all have lists of characters we'd kill villains to meet, authors we'd love to learn from, and conferences and comic-cons we can only dream of attending. But imagine... what would it be like to compile your dream list of all the bookish people you've ever loved and get them to meet you and each other at one epic event in the fandom location of your choosing?

Well, at this point it actually remains a dream (fingers crossed though). A dream... and a series of blog posts that Eventbrite is putting together. They're an online ticketing platform to help creators organize events and attendees register for them, and they invited me to be part of this cool new project where bloggers dream up their ultimate author and/or character conference panels, and then do posts about them. Although, because I am, well, me, one panel was not enough... so I created an entire conference instead.

You're welcome.

Panel 1: So You're the Chosen One: Advice From Those Who Have Gone Before
Obviously, this is a must-have for any character conference, covering such topics as managing homework from all classes, everything from potions to maths to kickbutt fight skills; various relationships (including the necessary best friend and possible love triangle/significant other); blocking out the haters who don't believe in you or your prophecy; how to handle your first encounter with your respective Dark Lord/other villain; and, for the YAs, how to not die before your 16th or 17th birthday (no guarantees can be made after that though).
Panel features: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the crew from Heroes of Olympus' Argo 2, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and special guests: Blue and the Raven Boys to add a unique perspective if your villain is a little out of the ordinary.

Panel 2: Chosen Nones: So You're Not the Chosen One
This one's for the secondary characters, particularly those who actually could've been the Chosen Ones if given the chance and/or were particularly instrumental in the Dark Lord/Lady's defeat. Tips include how to not-die if someone you know suddenly has a prophecy surrounding them, encouragement you can offer when they're certain they'll never be strong enough to win, as well as general Do Not's (i.e. betray them to the Dark Lord, get captured, die, etc) and Do's (health and meal management, humor to lighten the moment, general motivation to give them something to fight for, and of course killing henchmen while leaving the big baddie for the Chosen One).
Panel features: Neville Longbottom, Nico di Angelo, Grover Underwood, Samwise Gamgee, Carswell Thorne, Scarlet Benoit, and Cress Darnel.

Panel 3: Brains, Brawn, and Blaze: Resistance 101 for the Completely Unqualified
For the dystopian/post-apocalyptic/general BRING-DOWN-THE-MAN authors, books, and characters in attendance. We'll cover the necessary tech, sparkling personalities of the faces of the resistance, and imminent betrayal of all who are supposedly on your side, leaving your unqualified self to battle the baddie alone with your equally unqualified, motley crew.
Panel features: Linh Cinder, Kaito, Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, Zane, Four, Tris Prior, and Day Wing.

Panel 4: To Steal the Hearts of Fangirls: (or really just me)
I'll admit it: this is a panel just for me, where I bring in all the characters who completely stole my heart, whether in a romantic sense, because they were just wonderful people, or because they were small, fluffy babies who desperately needed someone's protection and sure as heck weren't getting it from their authors.
Panel features: Noah of The Raven Boys, Peeta Mellark, Sohan Kishan Rajaram, and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Obviously, no fandom could ever be complete (or even begin, actually) without its author, and so after a week-long brief break to fangirl, the final four panels will feature the authors themselves.

Panel 5: Weird Writers: Where in the Heck Did You Get That Idea?
Panel covers what to do when your idea is flying out of the box; how to answer this question when people inevitably ask it and deal with the following criticism; and how to find confidence and just write no matter how unorthodox your story happens to be.
Panel features: Suzanne Collins (for obvious reasons), Phil Vischer (we're going to talk about VeggieTales, but he has written books, so he counts), Patrick Carman (particularly concerning Dark Eden), and Rick Riordan (because seriously Greek gods are actually really weird).

Panel 6: From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Writing about the Real World
Panel covers both historical and contemporary fiction, teaching things like who, what, and where to draw inspiration from, how to find the incredible in the seemingly uninteresting, and how to breathe new life into stories as normal as your life, making them as remarkable and captivating as a bestselling fantasy.
Panel features: Laura Ingalls Wilder (because in my imagination bringing her back is totally a thing), Sarah Dessen, and C. Lee McKenzie (Double Negative though).

Panel 7: To Write by Faith
A discussion with writers from several genres of Christian fiction. They'll be teaching us how to create stories that are both brilliant in delivery and built on faith, containing lifelike characters instead of unreal caricatures, and whose themes and plots are entertaining, exciting, and encouraging all at once.
Panel features: Ted Dekker, Jill Williamson, Rachelle Rea, C.S. Lewis (yup, bringing him back too), and Robin Jones Gunn.

Panel 8: To Weave a World Out of Words
The final panel covers everything from basic setting and description to the deeper nuances and thought processes behind the worldbuilding; how all of these come together to develop the worlds we know and love; and how the rest of us can turn our 2-dimensional squiggles on a page into a 3-dimensional world of unfolding awesomeness that fans can revisit for ages to come.
Panel features: S. E. Groves, Cornelia Funke, J. R. R. Tolkein (also returning him from the grave), Cameron Dokey (even the names were characterized in Winter's Child), Maggie Steifvater (who I actually am going to learn from at First Seven Sentences!!!!), and Gail Carson Levine.
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And that, my friends, would be my dream conference! Honestly, there's probably a lot more panels I could come up with, lol, but we'll go ahead and stop at eight because I think these are pretty solid. ;)

So, who would you have at your dream conference? Care to attend mine, lol, or would you do something completely different? Can't wait to hear from you, and thanks, Eventbrite, for inviting me to do this post!

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