A Tolkien Link-Up! (Happy Bilbo's Birthday!)

Hey, followers and fans!
Today is September 22, which means that for those of us who love Lord of the Rings, it's a very special day--Bilbo and Frodo's birthday! At this point, I'm sure many people have run the numbers and discovered how old they are. I don't care to do that. 

But today I'll be taking part in Hamlette's blog linkup for Hobbit Week! If you haven't read Lord of the Rings, please do so. (I'm looking at a couple of you in know who you are XD) There are ten questions and, because you didn't get enough Lord of the Rings/Hobbit gifs last week on my announcement post, there will be a number of those scattered throughout this post.

Here goes!


1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?
Oh goodness. I don't even know. My dad read me The Hobbit when I was eight years old, and I remember he had to go on a business trip in the middle of the Mirkwood chapter. It was torture for my little kid soul.

As soon as we fini…

When the Guy Saves the Girl?

Hello, my friends!

I've been doing a ton of reading lately (whoa! Really?) A couple of the books I've found are Christian fiction books that take place in a fantasy world and feature an oh-so-wonderful male lead.

(I deeply recommend all of these, BTW.)
And this got me thinking about the lack of strong heroes in YA fiction and how much I miss it.
Don't get me wrong- I'm all for female empowerment. I even did a post on male vs. female leads a little while back when I saw Wonder Woman, which is rather incoherent but basically says this: Your lead needs to be the person that drives your story the best. It needs to be the right lead FOR YOUR STORY. If the story would be different and not as good with a female lead, then stick with a guy MC. If it's a story for young women, go with a female lead. I don't see the gaps in YA that a lot of people talk about, especially not in recent releases.
But then, in the above listed books, the strong male is not (usually) the main…

That Special Announcement You Were Promised // Featuring Snippets and many LotR gifs!!!

So... here it is. That special announcement post I've been teasing for the last month or so.




[a lighthouse near me so that you don't see the real picture for this post just yet] .




I FINISHED IT by Faith Thompson I FINISHED IT!!!!!!!!

Or, more accurately:

Editing will do these last things to me.

But at the moment I'm just happy because I made it. I finished a workable draft of a book, and that's a first for me. I've written so many books/stories/etc., but this is the first time I've finished revising the book when it needed a full overhaul and rewrite. I finished it, y'all. So do I care about the editing?

I have a few more weeks before I need to worry about that.

But you want to know about the actual statistics and story part of the book, right?

Here's a screenshot of my NaNoWriMo goal tracker:

As you can see, I started August with 60,000+ words, but I really buckled down in that month and got serious. At 10 PM on the first of Septemb…

I'm Back!!!! // Bloggers who Influenced my Early Blogging Journey // School Year Schedule // Announcement about announcement....

Hey, everyone! I'm BAAAAACCKKKK!
So, before we get started with today's post, a couple of announcements:

Due to school, life, etc., for the duration of this school year, my blog posts shall be going up on either Friday or Saturday. I have yet to decide which. But thank you so much for your patience!!!

Next up is: I promised a "special announcement post" when I got back from my hiatus. But... it turns out that this post is not yet ready. And the thing that was to be announced was... not yet one hundred percent true. So hopefully, by next week it will be!

Today's post follows:

I recently saw Lisa at Inkwell do a post on how much she appreciated Katie Grace's blog and how she influenced her. (If you haven't followed them both, BTW, you should. Go do that right now.) That inspired me to do a little post giving a shoutout to all the people who inspired and influenced me when I was a wee blogger just starting out.

Warning: I may mention you. If you have even th…


Today, my hiatus begins.

Look forward to an important post from me at the end of the month.

Love you all. Have a great rest of August!

The Early Writing Tag, pt. 1

First of all: This is a little late in coming, but Madison created this outstanding mock-up cover for my WIP, Watched. 

Isn't this AMAZING? I love it. So much. Thank you, Maddy!

Second of all: Watched is coming along great! I'm almost to 80,000 words (although I've decided to procrastinate and write this blog post instead. There's so much excellent stuff happening in it (conversions! Princess Bride references!) that I almost don't want it to end.

(That was a lie. I'm so ready for it to be over.)

Third of all: This may be the last post you see from me for a while, before I go on my hiatus, although I'd urge you to go over and check out while I'm away. My article for that is going up soon!

Fourth of all: actual post.

So Abbiee created this tag, and I'm so excited to do it today! I have some truly despicable works in my past, as well as some very amusing stories to go with them. So: let's get to it!
This has also gotten to be…

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