spooky ~

There’s no reason to be scared

Just don’t stay out too late tonight

Hurry home

As the shadows deepen

You don’t want to be on the street

When the light goes

There’s no reason to be afraid

But if you hear a sinister howl

Or see a dark figure slip by

Then pick up your feet

Don’t delay

And keep your wolfsbane and wooden cross close

Above all else don’t be afraid

Because they always know

There’s really no reason for you to fear

Unless you believe in ghosts

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Happy Halloween πŸŽƒ

october ~

Chilly days when the only warmth

Comes from a good drink

A bonfire we build

And a soft tawny sweater

Fast falling nights when the only light

Is a sweet scented candle

A jack o’ lantern’s grin

And a full harvest moon

The sun melts like a golden caramel piece

The leaves lie wet and honeyed and crisp

Orange fur purring on a windowsill

Soft fresh cookies

In a kitchen’s yellow glow

All the colors in front of our eyes

Are the warmest things we see

space ~

She loved space

Not the kind where people leave you alone

She loved the kind that was there when she looked up

Stars like so many neon cities

Millions of discoveries in each one

She wished to be up there

But she didn’t have wings

Or even a starship

All she had were her feet and hands

And they were planted firmly on the ground

My Book Q&A: Official

Here it is, just like I promised! You guys rang in with some awesome questions about my first book, and here are the answers to them!

1. What is the book about?

Boiled down, this book is about a teenage girl whose ordinary, unimportant life quickly turns extraordinary.

2. Is this story on planet Earth or on a made up planet?

The characters live in a fictitious world called Lumin, which is not its own planet. Like Middle Earth or Narnia, it lies in the realm of imagination.

3. Where will she (Arith) go?

She must travel (on foot, very perilous) to another province in Lumin to join up with an organization of people who are on her side.

4. Is there a plot twist?

Depends on how you define plot twist, but I feel that this story is mainly just full of didn’t-see-that-coming moments.

5. Are there any animals or pets in the story?

Yes, there are! Shadow the cat and Banya the dog are the main two. Horses also take part because they are the only transportation Lumin knows (so far). There is also a creature that looks something like this . . .

It may look sort of cute in this picture, but don’t let that fool you. It’s really quite terrifying.

6. Is there a happy ending?

I feel like it ends on a pleasant note, so yes. πŸ™‚

7. Does anyone die?

Obviously I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say that not everyone who is alive at the beginning of the book is still alive at the end of it.

8. Do you have a character that mimicks your personality?

Of course, all of the characters have aspects of my personality incorporated into them. But as far as the one who is the most like me, it’s kind of hard to say. My friend told me Arith reminds her of me, so I’m going with what she said. Although in some instances Arith is nothing like me. She’s super brave, strong, independent, and not a little intimidating sometimes. My family tells me I am like a chipmunk when it gets angry.

9. Is there a romantic subplot?

Not in this one, no, but it does hint that there may be in the next book. However, though romance isn’t a factor, there are certain characters who are very ship-able. There doesn’t have to be obvious romance for you to ship characters. There just has to be chemistry. πŸ˜‰

10. Is it a heart pounding book?

Yes. There is lots of action and edge-of-your-seat scenes.

11. Are there lots of cliffhangers?

Yes!

12. Does she (Arith) have allies?

Arith is fortunate to have three very loyal allies with her on her journey. One is Halas, her friend. One is Tholf, the man who saved her life when she was a baby. The third is a special agent from the organization dedicated to the finding and protecting of Khor’s opponent. Besides these, Arith can usually find people who are ready to help her wherever she goes. Someone always comes through when she’s in a bind.

13. Does Arith gather a posse along the way?

The only posse she has is the one she starts out with.

14. How will she destroy this worker of dark magic?

At the risk of giving away too much, I’ll just vaguely state that Arith is gifted with more powers than everyone else.

15. What are Arith’s mad skills?

She’s good at sword fighting, archery, getting lost, and throwing fireballs at people.

16. What is Khor’s problem?

Bottom line, he’s vengeful, ambitious, and doesn’t know when to quit. I know. He’s super annoying. But also scary. He’s not just a cartoon villain.

17. Is Arith an only child?

Yes.

18. Will anyone be travelling to space?

Nope. Perhaps in another book.

19. Is Arith human?

You might say a human with . . . special abilities.

20. How many dwarves and elves are in this book?

None.

21. Is the terrain treacherous?

The terrain is not something they’re worried about.

22. Will they find treasure?

Ehhhh . . . no.

23. Is there a sad incident?

Of course.

24. Will kingdoms unite?

That remains to be seen.

25. How does the story make the reader feel?

I hope it makes them feel good, like it does for me. I hope it makes them believe in the underdog. I hope that after reading it they want to go on an adventure. πŸ™‚

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That’s the end of the Q&A! I hope you had fun and I hope I answered all your questions well. I’d like to thank everyone who took part in it. Your participation is much appreciated!

Now I have a question about my book for all of you . . . .

Would you read it?

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(Note: All names, characters, and concepts associated with this book are protected by copyright law. No material from this book may be reproduced without permission from the author.)

My Book Q&A

In my last post I talked a bit about the book I’ve written. This is your opportunity to find out some more about it! I’ve been wanting a way to fill you guys in on this and I figured that this would be the most fun.

Here is how it will go. You guys can ask questions about the book (characters, plot, setting) and also questions that may relate to the book. Submit your questions in the comments section. You may ask as many as you wish! I will be accepting questions until midnight on Thursday the 16th, and the follow-up post with the answers will be released no later than one week from this date. I’m really excited about this, you guys, so don’t let me down!

So you’re not just taking shots in the dark, here is some stuff for you to go on.

The book is called Evenchild. It is YA fiction. The genre is fantasy.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Arith must flee her hometown when she discovers that Khor, the worker of dark magic whose destruction lies in her hands, has returned from the dead and is hunting her.

There you have it. Ask away!

β€’β€’β€’ a fact about me β€’β€’β€’

Yes, it’s true, I am an author. I’ve written a book. It’s 26 chapters, over a hundred thousand words, and it took me a year and a half to complete. Technically, it’s just the first draft, but it’s a good first draft. All a first draft has to do is exist, and be a first draft. I still have to edit it, and I don’t know how long that will take or what the final product will be like, but it should shouldn’t be very hard. Already I have at least 12 more ideas for other unrelated books, so if I want to make being an author my full time job I’m set. The only question is which one to start writing first . . .

Actually, what I need to do is write the book that’s supposed to come after this one so don’t let me forget that.

freedom ~

One big beautiful country

Won by blood and courage

Treasured with love and pride

One nation, under God

Liberty and justice for all

It’s the land we fought for

And died for

And are still fighting and dying to save

The American spirit still lives

In the true American people

Those who believe it can be made great again

When is everyone going to see

It’s not about black and white

It’s about red, white, and blue

If I told you to salute

Would you?

~~~

Happy Independence Day

10 Of My Favorite Feelings Tag

I’d like to thank Dawn for nominating me for this fun tag! She is a prominent member of the blogging circle I was welcomed into and has been very supportive of my blogging endeavors. I appreciate it! πŸ™‚

This tag was created by Xandria. Please include Xandria’s link in your post.

The Rules

List 10 of your favorite feelings and nominate as many people as you wish. That’s all!

Here are some of my favorite things ever.

1. Yellow

The happy color! I can’t get enough of feasting my eyes on it.

2. The sky

I always love looking at the sky. The purest blue there is.

3. Poetry

It amazes me how the right mixture of certain words can make something so lovely and pleasing. Poetry is the main thing on my blog. I do mostly free verse, which has no rhyming pattern, but if a rhyme happens to throw itself in there I leave it be. πŸ™‚

4. Horses

These are some of the most gorgeous creatures! I’ve loved horses since I was little. There is something so majestic about a horse. Shakespeare thought so too.

Think when we talk of horses that you see them, printing their proud hooves in the receiving earth. ~ Henry V

5. Star Trek

As all of you probably know by now. For more on this, see β€’β€’β€’ reasons why i like star trek tos β€’β€’β€’

6. Books

Who you are before and after reading a book is never the same person. Reading is one of my favorite things ever! You get to be a part of so many other lives. Authors are amazing to come up with different worlds and characters and plots and make it all sound so real. (I’m sort of patting myself on the back here, haha. More on that another time.)

7. Humor

I pride myself on my great sense of humor. Overt humor, subtle humor, dumb humor, I get it all. I like to laugh, and I also like people who have the gift of being able to make others laugh.

8. Music

Music is a huge part of me. I learn and sing every new song I like. It stresses me out to think that there are so many great songs out there I’ve never heard!

9. Pinterest

My memes, aesthetic photos, fandom paraphernalia, text posts, and celebrity pics, all in one place! I love this site. I wonder how many hours of my life I’ve spent on it. . . . Check out my account and follow me if you want!

10. Koo Koo videos

None of you are going to know what these are, so I’m going to have to do some explaining. These are funny videos that my two brothers started making a year ago. We call them Koo Koo videos after the star of them all, a stuffed koala. Some other consistent stars of these videos include Patrick the Ken, Coniferous the rabbit, Beh the lamb, and Alfred the monkey.

The videos are mostly based off of funny real life occurrences. Dog jumps on someone while they’re sleeping? Koo Koo video. Someone gets mad because the sardines are all gone? Koo Koo video. Someone throws a plate of chicken nuggets across the table? You guessed it. Koo Koo video. We probably have hundreds of them by now. Actually, my post Things That Have Been Said By Toys In My House is all memorable quotes from the Koo Koo videos. So yeah, that’s my 10th favorite thing. πŸ™‚

And for this tag I nominate

Sidharth

Lydia

Steve

Rain Alchemist

weewritinglassie

Have fun, you guys. πŸ’›βœŒπŸ™‚πŸŒΌπŸŒ»