Rip It or Ship It

Hey guys! Since I’m sick (😢) with nothing to do, I decided to try my hand at Rip It or Ship It! The lovely Eden tagged me for this challenge, so thanks, Eden!! The rules are:

  1. Write down names of characters on slips of paper.
  2. Draw two names.
  3. Decide if they would make a good ship, or if they get ripped.

The desicion is up to me, meaning I decide what makes the two a rip, or a ship. I’m going with:

Compatibility: Would they kill each other? Drive each other pyscho?

Ship Name: It has to have a good name, or otherwise… Ripped!

Here we go!

#1. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice and Vane Westerly for the Skyfall Trilogy.

Oh dear, no. Vane is like the king of snark, and Lizzy wouldn’t take any of his shenanigans. Plus, Vanebeth? No. This ship is ripped.

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#2. Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.

Yay, an actual ship!! Even if Ron is a bit of a jerk sometimes, I still think they’re adorable together! I ship it!

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#3. Kahlen from The Siren and Harry Potter from Harry Potter. 

Ugh… I don’t think so. Kahlen’s just so sensitive and sweet, plus she’s nuts for Akinli. I’m not saying Harry’s not nice, he’s just… Sort of oblivious. Ripped!

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#4. Kai from The Lunar Chronicles and Cath Pinkerton from Heartless.

Hmm… Kai is the Ruler of New Beijing, and Cath is the daughter of a Marquess. Plus, they’re the same author! I think I ship it! Ship name: Kath. Pretty much just a different spelling of Cath’s name, but oh well!

#5. Jest from Heartless and Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think they might get along okay, but (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!) Jest is dead, and I’m not sure how Ginny would do with a court joker. This ship is ripped!

#6. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.

Um… No. These two would not get along. Cinder is a mechanic, and Mr. Darcy doesn’t seem that type. Also, I think he’d be kind of prejudiced (see what I did there?) against Cinder’s cyborg parts? That might be just me though. Either way, this ship is ripped!

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#7. Mahdi from The Waterfire Saga and Audra from the Skyfall Trilogy.

Ya know, I actually ship this! Mahdi and Audra are both serious, kick-butt characters who are head-over-heels for their SO. Mahdi is a merman and Audra is a sylph, but I think they could make it work. Ship name: Maudra. I love it!

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#8. Akinli from The Siren and Serafina from The Waterfire Saga. 

And whaddya know, I ship this too. Akinli is a tad more ‘jokey’ then Mahdi, but I think Sera would still like him. Also, Sera is a mermaid,  and Akinli’s original girl, Kahlen, is a siren. So both watery ladies. I ship it! Ship name: Serakinli. Not the best, but I’ll let it slide. I ship!

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So there you are, my lovelies!

What do you think of the couples I drew? Are there any you don’t ship? Let me know!

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Mini-Photoshoot: Books and BIBPC

It’s a widely known fact that I’m am addicted to books.

I eat books, breathe books, and frequently lose sleep to books.

And as the current BIBPC category is Books, I did a mini-photoshoot with some of my books! See if you can guess what each book is. 😉 I’ll leave secret notes beneath each picture of a new book, if you can’t guess. I’m on Team Kiwi.

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Queen Anne’s Lace looks so pretty with books. *dreamy sigh*

No peeking! This book is Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. 😉

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This book is Heartless, by Marissa Myer. It made me cry. You have been warned. XD

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This is my BIBPC entry. Clara and Ilsa should be able to guess this book. 😉 (Megan just pointed out Clara’s link was wrong… Sorry!)

It’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for non-Potterheads.

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This book should be easy to guess. 😉 If it’s not, what rock have you been living under for the last two decades?!

I hope you like these pictures! What would you like to see that is dance related? I already did a dance bag tour and pointe shoe tutorial, so if there’s anything else you’d like to see, make sure to let me know!!

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I almost hit the publish button, then realized I’d typed Harry Potter as Harry Pooter. That would have been unfortunate. XD

BIBPC The Fifth, Category Two

Hey guys! I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, because dance is starting this evening (!!!!) and I have to do my ‘dance bag inventory’ before I go. XD So, I am on Team Kiwi!

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The category is Circles.

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It was really dewy one morning, and this spider web (complete with itty-bitty spider!) was on our garden fence. Since I was carrying my camera (of course) I snapped a picture! I love the concentric circles in spider webs, plus the tiny dew drops!

Would you guys like to see a ‘back to ballet’ type post? Leave ideas of what you want to see in the comments below! 

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I just finished ‘Heartless’ by Marissa Myer….. There were tears. 😥

Charleston, SC Photo Dump: Part 1

Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, my dad came back from a four–wheeling trip with a broken heel (which I didn’t even know was possible?) So that threw me off schedule a little.

But on the bright side, my little jellybeans, you get to browse some of my extensive collection of vacay photography! Yay for you!!

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AUDUBON SANCTUARY AT BIEDLER FOREST: DAY ONE

Okay, so can I just say this place is stinking awesome???? It’s a ginormous cypress and tupelo swamp, with a 1 3/4 mile long boardwalk through the forest.

After we drove the majority of the night, we decided to stop and check this place out. It’s definitely off the beaten path, as my dad got lost on the way there, which never, and I mean never, happens.

But when we finally managed to get there, it was so worth it. A lot of the trees are one hundred feet tall, and some are at least 1,000 years old. O_o I’m not used to South-East humidity and heat, being from Ohio, so it took some getting used to, but there’s nothing like walking almost two miles in yoga pants with a camera bag on your back to get you used to it!

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We saw this tiny fawn curled up at the base of one of the trees near the boardwalk. My siblings named it Speckles. XD

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I think they need to work on their faces… XD The boardwalk was about six feet off the ground, to show you how high the water really was.

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Some of the cypress knees were as tall as I am… So around 5′ 7”.

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I think this was a tupelo tree, though it may have been a small cypress. I love how the bark looks.

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This tree was huge… My arm span is 57”, and they didn’t even make it halfway. (Credit to my mom for the picture, considering I was hugging a tree.)

My bird pictures… I captioned each one with the species, if anyone’s curious. You know you are. 

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My brother spotted this huge Yellow-bellied Slider about halfway around the boardwalk.

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My little sister…. Her name’s Camilla, and we call her Camie.

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There was a big viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk, before you turned around and walked back. This turtle thought we were worth checking out.

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She found a snail. XD (The humidity did that to her hair… O_o)

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She was scared of getting left behind, probably because my brothers kept looking for alligators, so any time anybody got ahead, she’d race to catch up. 🙂

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And apparently my mom and brother thought this tree deserved a face… XD

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So there you are! I’ll post more pictures soon, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you! Have a lovely night (or day)!

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Dance starts back up next week… I can’t wait! 😂

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hi everyone! I would’ve posted Wednesday and Friday, but I was sick. 😥 So, I’m officially back, and I have a fun post today!

I’m participating in #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight. It’s a reading challenge, in a video-game style. Each book gives you a certain amount of Health Points and Experience points, based on number of pages and other criteria, and you level up the character of your choosing based on the number of Experience Points. You can check out the whole post at the link up there. I’m being a Rogue because Rogue One and also ’cause he looks cool.

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The ‘playing board’ is based on a bingo board, and each character follows a different path. I’m on the Fifth Across path.

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All of the art for this challenge was done by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. I went and checked out her blog, and her art is amazing!

And now for the fun part… The books I’m reading for it!! (The book thumbnails link to Goodreads, for your convenience.)

A Banned Book

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This is one of those books that people say, “Oh, have you read this book yet?” And I’m like, “no.” 

A Book Cover With A Partially Obscured Face

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Ahhh! I’m so excited to read this! It’s been on my TBR since I started reading KOTLC, plus I ordered all three (!!!!) so it’ll be mine, all mine! *laughs evilly*

A Book With <500 Ratings On Goodreads

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Hey, May…. *wink wink* I’ll let you know when I get it from the library! (This book has 1,284,459 ratings. 😮 )

A Book Published By A Small Press

Still deciding on this one… My grandmother’s friend owns a very small local press, so I’ll probably get my hands on one of the books she’s published.

A Book With A One Word Title

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Yay! I’m so excited to read this series! Edie fangirls about this a lot, so I’m excited!

And, if I have time, I’ll do another path, either the Mage or the Knight.

I’m so super-duper excited about this!! It seems like a great way to dig into the TBR that is threatening to eat me alive. Seriously, my TBR on Goodreads is the same length as my Read list. No joke. 😥

I have big plans for Monday, so I’ll see you then!!

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My little sister was just ‘oinking’ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…. O_o

#WIPJOY, The Liebster Award, The KOTLC Blogging Tag, and The Realisation That I Am, In Fact, Alive.

I’M ALIVE!!!!!!!!!

I’m super duper sorry for leaving you poor peeps in the lurch. I’ve been so crazy busy, not to mention Camp NaNo has had me in its clutches. I have VBS at my church next week, but hopefully I can get back to posting regularly. I missed you guys!!

But, I decided to catch up on my tags (since they’re fun, and also to give me time to finish organising my vaycay pics, which I took like two million of. #sorrynotsorry. Fort Sumter was so awesome, you guys! How could I not take a jillion pictures?) So, I’ll be doing the Keeper of the Lost Cities Blogging Tag, The Liebster Award, and #WIPJOY for y’all tonight. The lovely Eden also nominated me for Rip It or Ship It, but that will be a whole post of its own. So many characters and so little time.  So here we go!

Mya nominated me for her Keeper of the Lost Cities Blogging Tag. Squee!! Thanks, Mya!!

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Le Rules:

  • Thank the blog who nominated you.
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the ten questions about KOTLC that are listed.
  • Nominate 5 people who are KOTLC fans.

Le Questions:

Who is your favorite KOTLC character? If it is Sophie, who is your second favorite?

KEEEEEFFFFFEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEFE IS MY SMOL BABY AND MY FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND, SO YOU BACK OFF, YA HEAR???? HE’S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND DORKALICIOUS AND EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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What are your KOTLC ships?

TEAM FOSTER-KEEEFFFFEEEE!!!!!! Since Keefe can’t *technically* be my boyfriend, I ship him with Sophie! Ignoring technicalities he is MINE! 

I also ship Biana and Tam, just a smidge. Even Tam reminds me of Nico di Angelo, with the Death Boy vibe, and Biana’s so sweet and innocent, I think they’d be cute.

Which book is your favorite?

Gah, I don’t know. Probably Neverseen or Lodestar.

Which book is your least favorite?

Probably the first. The rest have more action, which I love, and more Keefe, which I love more, so win-win.

Do you like Keefe or Tam better?

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I think I’ve made this clear. ‘Nuff said.

Do you like Biana or Linh better? 

I really don’t know. At first I would have said Linh, since Biana is like a total girly-girl, but then Biana went and fell in love with Iggy and I was like, “I think I underestimated her. Whoever can deal with Iggy is heroic.” So, I’m still indecisive. Guess I’ll have to wait until Nightfall to find out!

Who do you think Sophie’s biological parents are?

You know, I actually don’t have any theories on this. I was sort of considering Kenric, but then Mr. Forkle (RIP) said it wasn’t him, so I left off theorizing.

How many stars would you rate the series (out of five stars)? 

FIVE. IT IS SO GOOD.

Are you excited for Nightfall?

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YES. LODESTAR ENDED ON SUCH A CLIFFHANGER AND I’VE BEEN IN AGONY.

Have you preordered Nightfall yet?

Well, I preordered it for Charis, and I borrow the books from her, so yes?

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Hehe, the only people I know of who have read these got nominated by Mya… OH OH OH!! Anika, you didn’t! So I nomiate Anika, and anyone else who likes Keeper that I may not know about. Enjoy!

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Rebecca from Joy Unspeakable nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks, Rebecca!

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Le Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Provide ten random facts about yourself (optional)
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserved this award and have less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules.
  6. Inform nominees.

Le Random Facts:

  1. I’m 5′ 7″, more or less.
  2. I’m gluten- and dairy-free.
  3. I’m the oldest of seven.
  4. I have a psychotic three-legged hairless dog.
  5. I’m an ENFP.
  6. I love Star Wars.
  7. I’m typically more right-brained than left-brained.
  8. I’ve danced for seven years.
  9. One of my best friends is a guy.
  10. I’ve *cough* never actually finished a book. Not even to a first draft level.

I nominate…

Eden

Mya

Hope

Eliza

Chloë

Have fun!!!

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Yay, #WIPJOY!

If you haven’t noticed, I love talking about my writing. So what better way to do it than a WIP tag? I’ll be talking about When The Phoenix Calls, my NaNo novel.

Like Charis and Eden, I won’t be doing all of the questions, because dang, that’s a lot of questions for a sleep-deprived girl at eleven PM- when I was writing this. (I was watching Rogue One, I had an excuse, okay?)

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Describe your WIP.

Skye Foster has always been a little out of the ordinary. She has the Sight, a blessing and a curse. With the ability to see fantasy creatures, she has noticed that more restless and destructive creatures are appearing on Earth. When she meets an elf by the name of Finnigan Skylark, he tells her the irreplaceable Twilight Crystal, which protects the borders between the land of Eeranthoi and Earth, has been stolen by an unknown criminal. When Finn takes Skye to Eeranthoi, her courage is put to the test as she is forced to flee the kingdom, under false accusations of being the thief. Can Skye and Finn restore peace between Eeranthoi and Earth, or will life as they know it be changed forever?

*cringe* I need a better synopsis.

Describe your MC’s aesthetic in 7 phrases.

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• kind • loyal • fierce to her enemies • skilled with a dagger • musical • blue-eyed • dreamer •

I’m bad at aesthetics…

WOULD YOU RATHER: Be trapped in your story for a week, or have your antagonist enter your own life for a day?

Oh dear… I’d love to be in my story, but I may be killed in the course of that week, considering Skye and Finn are outcasts at the moment. And if my antagonist, Calvin, came to my home for a day, every girl in town would be following him around. I made him very handsome for a reason, and he’d probably get violent if he had fifty girls tailing him. Both?

Dish about a favorite side character!

FINN. FINN IS MY BABY AND HE’S AMAZING. He’s such a caring and supportive friend to Skye, not to mention gorgeous. AND HIS BEST FRIEND IS THE ANTAGONIST BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW IT. It’s beauty. *cackles evily*

WOULD YOU RATHER: Never publish this WIP, or watch it be adapted into a horrible movie?

Well, the movie wouldn’t be horrible if me or my any of my friends were directing, but that’s besides the point.  I’d really love to publish this WIP, since it’s the story I’ve felt most connected with out of any I’ve written. I’d suffer through the terrible movie and hope more people read the book.

Choose an ideal reading spot, food, drink, and music to go with your WIP.

When The Phoenix Calls is set mostly in Eeranthoi, a very wooded kingdom, so somewhere in the forest, very secluded, would be good for reading. A good drink would probably be tea or hot chocolate, depending on the time of year. I’m not really sure for food, probably chocolate because chocolate is good with everything. I’ve listened to a lot of tobyMac and Britt Nicole while writing this, but that doesn’t seem like a very good type of music to go with this. Maybe classical?

And, because I’m nice, a few snippets for you little lovelies.

I woke up to a pounding sound on my door. “Skye!” I sat up groggily. “What?” I yelled, rubbing my eyes. The door burst open, and Finn bounded in. “Come on, we’ve got to go!” “Where are we going?” I asked, jumping out of bed and throwing my hair in a quick ponytail. “No time! We’ve got to go!” I slipped on my shoes and followed Finn out the door and down the hallway. Finn broke into a run and called, “Follow me!” I had learned to obey first and ask questions later, so I started running after him. He led me down the halls and stairways that Cal had taken us down yesterday, then we passed by the throne room and to a set of towering double doors. Finn pushed them open and we ran out onto a long green lawn in front of the castle. Finn whistled as we ran, and Ara the Pegasus swept down and started cantering beside us. Need a lift?  “Yes please,” Finn panted, and he grabbed her mane and swung himself on. “Come on, Skye!” He held out his hand. Hoping that he wouldn’t let me fall, I grabbed his hand. He pulled with amazing strength, and I found myself on Ara’s back again. She thrust with her wings and shot us up into the sky.

“So what’s the problem?” I asked Finn. “There wasn’t one,” He said, leaning back across Ara’s back. “I just wanted to see how you reacted to the whole ’emergency’ act.” he made air quotes around emergency. “Seriously? You woke me up for no reason?” “Yep,” Finn said. I glared at him, then poked his stomach. “Hey!” he sat up. I laughed. Looking around, I realized how early it was in the morning. The edge of the horizon was glowing with red, orange, and gold, and the sun was an neon pinprick over the sea. “So, since you woke me up so early, what are we going to do?” “I was thinking I could kind of show you around, let you see what you didn’t on the way to the castle,” Finn said, looking off towards the neon pinprick of a sun. “Maia and Rae will be up already, and Alyssa better be, so we can go see them, too.” “Who are they?” I asked. He gave me a mischievous grin. “Oh, you’ll see.”

 

He picked up a sword and said, “I don’t think this is your style.” “No,” I agreed. “Too manly.” He smirked and held out a bow. “Try this. Pull back the string.” I took the bow and almost dislocated my arm trying to pull back the string. “Definitely no,”  Finn laughed and hung up the bow. Our fingers brushed together as he took it from me, and his smile faltered. I could feel my cheeks growing red, and I tried to cover it by saying, “What about this?” I picked up a sheathed knife off of a stand. I pulled off the sheath and pointed the knife at Finn. “Any last words?” I said threateningly. Finn laughed and said, “Maybe. Let’s try this one instead.” He picked up two sheathed daggers and held them out. I sheathed the previous one and unsheathed one of the offered ones. The silver blades were curved, more like a hunting knife then a dagger, and they were covered with etched swirls on the flat. It felt perfectly balanced in my hand, and I mimed stabbing something. “I like it,” I said. “Well, there’s two of them. Can you fight with double daggers?” “Let’s find out,” I said, and handed him the first one I’d tried. “Dagger on dagger?” I said. “I like the way you think,” Finn said, and handed me the other knife. I set the sheathes aside and put one in each hand. “Here, let me help,”  Finn said, and turned the blades so the sharp edge was facing out. “Begin.” Finn held out his blade.  I tried to remember everything I’d ever seen in movies, and I lunged and slashed towards his arm. He raised the knife in defense, and I knocked it out if his grip with my other blade. Finn raised his hands and said, “I think you’ve got this figured out. It’ll be much harder against a sword, but you’re smaller and quicker then most people who use swords, so you should be able to defend yourself just fine.” He bent down to pick up the knife and paused. “You won’t attack me, will you?” “Perish the thought!” “I wish you hadn’t used perish,” he mumbled. I laughed. “Would you help me fasten these to my belt?” “Sure.” He took the knifes from my hands and kneeling, fastened the sheathes to my belt loops, one on either side. “There you go, I think you’re ready for battle.” Finn stood. We were nose-to-nose. He held my gaze for a moment too long, then I turned away, blushing fiercely. Finn cleared his throat and said, “Well, we’d better head towards the ocean, if we want to get there in time to spend a while there. I’ll call Ara when we get outside, okay?” I nodded silently. Finn looked like he wanted to say something more, but apparently thought better of it and turned away. I slid my new knifes into their sheathes and followed him out of the armory.

I used ‘sheathed’ way too much in this paragraph, but I haven’t done any editing, so I’ll be changing it up a bit.

We reappeared at the summit of the mountain, and my jaw dropped. “Wow.” The view was incredible, with a three-sixty panorama of the entire land, bathed in a stunning crimson sunset. I turned a full circle, taking it all in. Finn smirked. “You like it?” “It’s… amazing. Do many people come up here?” “Not as many you’d think. Truthfully, I think they get overwhelmed with it. I love it, but I’m different then all the others.” “Why’s that?” I said, throwing myself on the ground. “My sense of proportion, I guess. I’ve seen more then most elves see in their lifetime. That kind of sets me apart. Like this view, to me, is just a view. It’s an amazing view, nonetheless, but it’s just a view. To everyone else, it’s huge. They can’t comprehend it. They’re so used to their normal, down-to-earth lives that anything out of the ordinary is hard to understand for them. Even my own parents.” He sighed and sat beside me. “Sorry, I’m rambling.” “Oh, no, I like your rambling. It makes sense. They haven’t experienced what you have, so they don’t understand the beauty in it. That’s their loss, not yours.” Finn looked surprised, then grateful. “Do you understand everything?” I shrugged. “Maybe….” Finn laughed and playfully pushed my arm. Then he sobered. “Listen, Skye, there’s, um, something I’ve been wanting to tell you.” He ran his hand through his hair. “I-” He was cut off by a flash of light by our side. Cal and Willow appeared, much in the same way we had done. Cal brushed off his clothes and said, “Hey guys! You ready?” “Am I ever!” I jumped up, pulling Finn with me. I didn’t want to think about what Finn had been about to say to me. I was almost certain I knew what it would be, and the thought made me shiver.

*sigh* I love Finn so much. He’s my baby. It’s so obvious he likes Skye, right? Because that’s the one thing she’s clueless about. (Willow is Calvin’s sister, FYI.)

And there you are!!

Thanks so much for dealing with my disappearance, guys!!! I’ll try to post regularly after this, but I’ll apologize in advance for any skipped post days I may not inform you of. I should be back with Rip It or Ship It soon, so watch out for that!

Which tag did you like the best? 

What do you think of When The Phoenix Calls? 

And the most important question… Who is better, Keefe or Fitz? (The answer is Keefe.) 

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\\\Charis Rae Launch Tour///

Hey guys! I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry for not posting! June has been ridiculously busy for me, and in my spare seconds I procrastinated and surfed Goodreads (which I now have! Yay for me!) And I’m about to go on vacation, but I promise I’ll take a billion, jillion pictures and overload you to make up for my Bad Blogger phase.

But! Grace, at The Girl Upstairs, has made a new personal blog, Charis Rae, and is using her real name! (And I can finally call her Charisma on here…. I’ve been wanting to do that for forever.) I joined up for her blog tour, and I’m here with some info on the blog!! Let’s go!! (her name is pronounced CAIR-iss, rhymes with Paris, by the way. It’s Greek for Grace, hence her previous alias. 😉 )

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ISN’T IT SO PURTY OMGOODNESS!!!!! *drools*

A (Sort Of) Interview

(She just gave me some info, and I copied and pasted because I’m feeling lazy. XD)

About Charis:

Among many things, I am a dreamer, dancer, writer & photographer, blogger, bibliophile, and daughter of the King. I enjoy blogging and am excited to move my blog to the next level.

About Charis Rae:

Charis Rae is a self-hosted, more professional version of my former blog, The Girl Upstairs. After blogging for quite a while, I decided to switch to a more professional platform and share more about me, my life, and my name. 😉 On Charis Rae, I’m going to be sharing my interests, abilities, and journey through life and blogging, with all of you along for the ride.

Charis’s Blogging Journey:

My journey in the vast universe of the World Wide Web began at about age 9. My dad set up a private, Blogger-hosted blog read only by my friends and close family. I loved blogging, and although I wasn’t consistent, I enjoyed creating content.

Now, several years later, I am creating my own self-hosted, professional blogging platform.

Hopes for Charis Rae:

I hope that Charis Rae will become just as successful as The Girl Upstairs, but will reach more people, and eventually grow into something beyond my wildest dreams. I’m also excited to “learn the ropes” of self-hosting, coding, and WordPress.org. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!

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And here’s a link to the gorgeous awesome-ness that is Charis Rae!! Go check it out and hit that ‘follow’ button to support Charisma! She’s a great blogger, and my bestie, and the best, most supportive friend ever! Lots of love, Charis, and good luck on your new, lovely blo! (UPDATE: Forgot to add the link… *facepalm* Here ya go!! charisrae.com)

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I will overwhelm you with beach pictures… Also possibly a few selfies with my awesome relatives…. XD

 

Winner Of Blogiversary Giveaway, What Books I’m Reading, And a GINORMOUS Apology

BAD BLOGGER, VERY BAD BLOGGER!!!

I believe I’ve started a post that way before… Oh well.

I’m SO SO SORRY I didn’t post Monday!!! I was getting ready to sit and write my post, and a thunder storm pops up and our power goes out. *facepalm* And it didn’t come back on until, like, ten o’clock at night. (When I was still awake reading Lodestar…. OMGoodness, that book, you guys… *cries*)

Anyway, I’m super sorry about that! And going on an unplanned hiatus also needs a big apology…. Work and dance and life got hectic, especially with new baby sister… But I kept you in suspense about the winner longer, so that’s a plus! #sorrynotsorry

(Hashtags are so grammatically incorrect, aren’t they? Sorry, I’m rambling… I’ve missed you guys!)

Alright, enough chatter. You want to know who won the giveaway, right?

The winner issss….

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IZZY at Sew Sweet Dollies!!!!

Congrats, Izzy!! Izzy said if she won, she would like Nightfall by Shannon Messenger. (Can’t blame you there, Izzy… I’m waiting in agony for November!) You can contact me at thebuddingwriter@yahoo.com to claim your win! NOTICE: If the prize is not claimed within two weeks, I will have to pick a new winner. I really don’t want to do that, so if you could contact me as soon as you can, that’d be great! 🙂

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Yay! Thanks to everyone who entered!! On a different note, I read a lot of new books in April, and I thought you’d like to see which ones they were! Also, if you have any books you think I’d like, I’m always open to suggestions! My TBR list is fairly small right now, so I’d like some recommendations!

 I *think* that’s all the books I read. There may have been more. But KEEPER, PEOPLES!! OH MAH GOODNESS!!!!! I read all of the series in about a week and a half, I believe. I have found a new fandom…. GAH!!! The love square absolutely kills me… How do I choose between Keefe, Fitz and Dex?!?!? Keefe reminds me a lot of one of my friends, with the jokester personality, but Dex is also adorable, and Fitz is just…. GAH! And the plot is amazing…. I’m writhing in agony over here just thinking about Nightfall! Has anyone else noticed Keefe is on the covers more than any other character except Sophie? He’s on Exile, Neverseen, and he’s going to be on Nightfall. I wonder if that’s significant! Overthinking over here, don’t mind me.

(That turned into an unplanned Keeper rant… Oh well. I needed it out of my system.)

ANYWAY, I’m back! I’ll try to keep on schedule now. 😉

Did you miss me? Are you as big a Keeper fan as I now am?

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Some Random Spring Photos

Hey guys! I was going to post this Monday, but my new baby sister picked that day to arrive, so I was kind of busy. 🙂 Her name’s Camilla, and believe me, y’all will be getting an overload of photos soon!

But, I went and took some spring picures today, and I thought you might like to see them! Enjoy!

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I managed to sneak up on this Gray Hairstreak butterfly while it was sitting on our strawberry plants and get a few pictures.

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I love taking pictures of dandelions…

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These are the flowers of a non-native invasive plant called Autumn Olive, that grows around my place. If you smell the flowers seperatly, they don’t smell much, but if there’s a lot of them…

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Like this, it makes the air smell like vanilla. Literally, if you step out our door right now, the whole woods smells like vanilla. I wish they didn’t take over the undergrowth and make my allergies flare up, but they smell so good!

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Some bluets, a cardinal feather I found, and some dogwood blooms.

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And yellow, white, and purple violets!

Hope you liked my random photos!

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A New Blog: The Young And Dreaming

Hi everyone! So…. I kind of forgot to post Wednesday. *cringes* I was tired, and it just slipped my mind. So, sorry for that.

BUT!

I am part of a new collab blog called The Young and Dreaming. The link is here, so go check it out! The contributors are Suzy, Ashlynn, Josie, and I. There’s also the creator, but she wishes to go unnamed right now, so great job designing the blog and getting us together, anonymous person! XD My Easter reflection post is coming out tomorrow, and I’d love if you’d go read it!

Also, I kind of left a few things out of my giveaway post. Oops. So I’m going to update them right now, and add a few more details. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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