Family Reunion Photos

Hey guys!

Sorry I missed posting Friday, our family reunion and my great-grandmother’s 96th birthday party was rescheduled for the weekend.

But I got some pictures for you guys while I was gone, so here you go! (And it’s now technically Tuesday, but my photos took forever to download, so let’s pretend it’s still Monday, shall we?)

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Sorry for the bad quality of this one, it was taken at night (while my cousin was freaking out about drain covers and Pennywise. That’s what she gets for seeing It.)

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This is the lodge where we stayed. If you know where this is, I’m in a three hour radius from around it.

 

Some random landscape pictures.

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There was an old shed on the land that was locked and really junky. Some of my cousins were trying to get in (and may have punched holes in the window screens in the process,) so I took a picture of the inside for them to see. It was super creepy IRL, and we kept half expecting a ghost to show up in my shots. XD

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My brother asked for a cameo… XD

I took a short hike with a few relatives and got these photos.

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Two of my sisters, Sylvia and Elie, and my little… third cousin, I think? I have an absolutely huge family.

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And me! I took this on my phone, and am quite proud of it.

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There you are! Halloween is tomorrow, so I’ll post pics of my DIY dementor costume on Friday. 🙂

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Character Collages

Hey guys! I’ve had a really busy day, so I’m keeping it short and sweet today! I made some collages of some of my book characters from When The Phoenix Calls, and I thought you’d like to see them. Enjoy!

*DISCLAIMER* All images are from Pinterest and Google. I do not own any of them, I am simply using them to illustrate my characters appearances.

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This is Skye’s, the MC. She’s kind of a mix of all of the images, as most of the characters are, but she looks most to me like the top left picture.

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Finn, the other MC and love interest. The bottom photo is mainly to illustrate his face shape, the other two resemble him a lot more.

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Calvin, the antagonist. These all resemble him fairly well.

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Willow, Calvin’s sister and supporting character.

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And Brenna Castilo, Skye’s best friend in the human world. I haven’t mentioned Brenna much, since she’s a very minor character, but I really like her a lot. She’s biracial.

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There you go! Sorry this is so short, I’ve had a pretty hectic weekend and wasn’t able to prep for this post any over the weekend. I’ll hopefully be posting my dementor costume post on Friday or next Monday. 🙂

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DIY Unicorn Costume!

I’m in a bit of a hurry today, since I have a Halloween party to attend tonight, but I thought I’d show you guys what I’m wearing!

I decided to go as a unicorn for the party, and I’ll be going as a dementor from Harry Potter on the 31st. Since my dementor costume is not finished yet, I’ll do another post on it if you guys are interested. But today, I’ll be showing you my unicorn costume!

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I’m matching with my friend Eden, and we’re both wearing our unicorn onesies. XD Mine is turquoise, and hers is light purple.

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Mine looks similar to this, just without the pink stomach.

And I’m doing a simple makeup look, just some light browns. This is the makeup I use.

 Palladio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

Physicians Formula Enhancing Eyeliner Trio

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

My family is big on staying very healthy with our makeup, so we always check anything on EWG’s Skin Deep Database before we buy it. It gives you a rating on how healthy it is. Here’s a link in case you want to check that out:  LINK

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So there you go! I’ve got to go get ready, so I’ll see you all Monday!

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My Newest Music Favorites

Why must my boss be on vacation??? It’s the third time this year!

So therefore I’m working the entire horse barn by myself. (I’ll just melt into a pile of mush now.)

But! If I’m constantly playing music, it helps me focus and not start screaming and running around like a psychotic monkey. So here are some of my latest jams.

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Owl City

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Okay, can I just say Adam Young is a musical genius? I’ve only listened to one album so far, Ocean Eyes, but I’ve listened to it on repeat about a million times already. Some of my favorite songs include Vanilla TwilightIf My Heart Were a House, and Sunburn. 

Twenty One Pilots

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Tyler Joseph is another genius. TOP’s music is basically poetry set to a beat. And the songs do deal with some hard things, but their music deals with that, while other songwriters tend to brush over it. Heavydirtysoul, Lane Boy, and Addict With A Pen are the ones I listen to on repeat.

Britt Nicole

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I’ve always loved Britt’s music, but she recently came out with a new album, and I love the songs on it. All The Money, Work of Art, and No Filter are my favorites off this album.

Dear Evan Hansen

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I’ve only heard a few songs off this soundtrack, but I would censor the songs before listening to them, same as Hamilton. Waving Through a Window and For Forever are my favorites from this, but Only Us and If I Could Tell Her are really sweet songs too.

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Imagine Dragons

I LOVE this band’s songs. Thunder, Believer, and Polaroid are my favorites.

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Have you heard any of these bands songs? Do you like them? 

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Charleston, SC Photo Dump: Part 3

Heyyyooo!

*WARNING* I am TIRED. And SLEEP DEPRIVED. So I may be extremely weird in this post.

Ahem. So, ready for some more photos? Good!

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Sullivan’s Island Beach: Day Three

A lot of my family gathered at this beach during this day, so we decided to go and meet up with them there.

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We had to drive over the huge bridge from my last post to get to Sullivan’s Island. It was such a long bridge, it felt like forevvverr.

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There was a really strong riptide on the day we went, so you had to be super careful near the shore. It was a lot less strong farther out, about waist height, so we were able to ride some of the waves. Also, the beach was very wide. It was a five minute walk from where you hit the dunes to the beginning of the sand.

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My brother, Kane, riding his body board. I love his expression, he looks so happy. 🙂

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Me, Kane, and my cousin’s boyfriend found a sand dollar colony not too far from the shore. I’ve never felt a live sand dollar, and they fell really weird.

Funny story, my cousin (really my third cousin) is out of collage, and she and her boyfriend met in collage. She’s a tall girl, but he is super tall. He’s 6’11”. I’m 5’7″, so I’m fairly tall, but now I know what it feels like to be short. He was called Paul the Tall all through school. XD

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 My little sisters sitting in the surf with my great-grandmother. I really like this picture, my MawMaw looks so happy.

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My other bro, Max, riding the body board. He took a few dunks on it. XD

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The birds at the beach always crack me up. The seagull decided my sib’s sand castle was a good place to survey my trail mix from. 😒

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This is my actual cousin, who we call Ree. Her face though. XD

Funny, most of these pictures were taken while I was hobbling around with a badly twisted ankle. 😒 I tripped in a hole in the sand, twisting it, then I forgot to apply sunscreen to the tops of my feet while I was out of commission, so I badly burnt my feet. Really badly. My mom thinks it was 2nd degree. When I got out of bed the next morning, my feet were so swollen and purple I thought I was going to tear the skin by walking. And I had to go to church that morning. 😥 I could barely walk for almost a week, and then the entire top of my feet peeled off in one huge flap of skin. It was disgusting. (You’re welcome for the lovely mental images I’m sure you all have now.)

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And these three photos I got on the torturous walk back to the van. I thought some of my friends would appreciate the last one. 😉

There was a big family banquet that evening, then the next morning, we got up, went to church, said our goodbyes, and headed home!

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Hey, I wasn’t as weird as I thought I’d be! Good for me!

How did you like these pictures? Would you like to see more of my photography? 

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Adam Young is a genius, peeps. I’m officially in love with Owl City. 😍

Charleston, SC Photo Dump: Part 2

Yay, another crazy conflagration of photos!

*NOTE* My zoom lens has almost zero saturation and is sort of blurry, and PicMonkey is on the fritz so I can’t tweak it. So I apologize for the dull and slightly fuzzy photos.

Fort Sumter: Day Two

This had to be the highlight of the trip for me. I wasn’t going to leave Charleston without going!

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This absolutely humongous tanker pulled into the dock just as we were getting on the ferry.

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You had to drive over this super cool bridge to get to the other side of the bay. It was so long!

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I was dangling quite precariously off the side of the ferry, which we had to ride for half and hour while some guys spouted facts through a loud speaker, to get these pictures. I’m quite proud of them, actually.

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Apparently there are three forts in the Charleston Harbor area: Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, which you could see very faintly from Fort Sumter, and Fort Johnson, this one. I didn’t know that before.

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The first view of Fort Sumter, featuring a photobombing pelican. XD I always forget how many birds there are at the beach until we go there. (And both times I’ve gone to the beach, a seagull has tried to steal my trail mix. XD)

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Yay! It looked so pretty/awesome… *sighs*

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All of the cannon holes (there should be a better name for those) were blocked up. The lighter bricks are the original outlines, then the inside are where they were blocked.

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Thanks for the photobomb, bro. *rolls eyes*

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 *bursts into song* America, America…

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There was a ton of these old cannons everywhere. There was one behind each one of the blocked up holes in the walls.

IMG_8006_LI For all my Hamilfans out there… I saw this on a map of the forts in America, inside the visitors center, and had to get a snap for you all. 😉

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This cormorant was sitting under the dock when we go there, and was swimming around the dock when we left. People were throwing him treats, so I think he hangs around there because he knows he’ll get handouts. *shrugs* That’s what I’d do, anyway.  

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There you are!

I’ll probably do the next part on Friday, so I can get them all finished.

Have a lovely evening!

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My Favorite Things About Autumn + NaNoWriMo Prep

Haha, I was all ready to post Monday, then I remembered I had a writing panel to attend.

The panel went great, though! Gillian Bronte Adams, Kate Emmons, and Kara Swanson were answering questions. It was so cool!

So, since it’s *finally* starting to feel like autumn, I decided to get into the mood by posting about why I love the gorgeous-est of seasons. And after that, I’ll do a quick interview with a few of my characters from When The Phoenix Calls, which I’ll be writing the sequel of for NaNoWriMo.

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Sweaters, okay? ‘Nuff said. Watch me proceed to say more.  They’re like big fluffy hugs that you wear! They’re so warm and lovely and ugh. I had a lovely sweater once, named Colette. She was a very nice sweater. But I outgrew her. 😥  I still continue the search for a sweater of equal value. (That turned into an unplanned sweater rant.)

 Reason Number Two: Warm Fall-ish Foods.

Soups, hot chocolate, chili, anything pumpkin spice… Fall arguably has the best comfort food ever. Fight me. (No, don’t, you’d win.)

Reason Number Three: The Weather!

Fall has such nice, not-too-cold, not-too-warm weather. Goldilocks perfect, if you will. And that crisp tinge to the air… Bliss!

Reason Number Four: The Photogenic Scenery.

Autumn has such gorgeous scenery! The trees look like they’re on fire with colors. Red, orange, gold… It’s breathtaking!

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Reason Number Five: It’s Almost Winter.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I love fall, hate winter. But in the winter, I get lots of writing done! I can curl up in a pile of fuzzy blankets with my laptop and some chai tea and go into hibernation, only emerging for Nutcracker season. And maybe some social interaction so I don’t go insane? (Nevermind, I have Goodreads for that.)

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Okay, so I’m going to interview Skye Foster, who has been here before, Finn Skylark, my supporting MC, and Calvin Tallbeam, my antagonist. Skye’s answers will be this color, Finn’s will be this color, and Cal’s will be this color. My questions will be bolded.

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Oh, come on, why do I get orange? Why don’t I get a cool color like you guys?

Don’t be a baby, Cal. 

I’m not! I just don’t like orange, that’s all.

Well, deal with it. We’re here for an interview, remember? These people don’t want to hear you complain.

Fine. But you owe me a complaint session.

That’s not even a-

Boys, really. Can we actually answer some questions?

Of course! Anything for the lovely lady. *bows* 

*sighs* Shut up and pay attention.

What does your author have in store for you?

Ooo, ooo ooo!! Me me me! *raises hand*

*rolls eyes* We’re not totally sure, since she won’t tell us everything. But lots of betrayal, battles, and almost-deaths, as far as I’m aware.

And we’re so thrilled about that. 

Would you look at that! He CAN be sarcastic! 

Shut up.

Are any of you in a relationship?

Ha, we all know the answer to this one. *points at Finn and Skye and mimes gagging*

As Calvin made very clear, yes, Finn and I are together. 

Someone’s just jealous ’cause they’ve never had a girlfriend. 

Don’t go there.

Who do you consider to be your best friend?

Besides Skye, I would have said Calvin at one point. But now… *glares*

Hey, it’s not my fault I have big dreams. 

Uh, yeah, it sort of is.

Boys… 

*sarcastically* Oh, that’s right, because we have an audience we’re not allowed to have a simple conversation. My mistake. By all means, continue your pointless chatter.

*sighs* My best friend in the human world is a girl named Brenna Castilo. I don’t have many friends othewise, I’ve always been sort of a loner. Till I met Finn, anyway.

*gags*

What is one of your main ambitions?

I’ve always wanted to go to school for music, preferably at Julliard or Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but it’s always been a dream of mine. 

I never put a lot of thought into what I wanted to do, since there’s not many options here in Eeranthoi. But I’ve always been good at fencing and archery, so there’s always that. Plus those videos humans make are cool, the ones they put online? I kind of think I’d be good at that.

Wait… You want to be a YouTuber?

*bursts out laughing* 

*blushes* It could happen!

Sure. Me, I’m the ultimate conqueror! I’ve got this kingdom wrapped around my finger, and I’ve been planning for it since I was ten. Take that, YouTuber. *laughs*

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Watch your backs, because after Eeranthoi, I’mma comin’ for Earth!

Ignore Calvin’s slang. And stay strong. 

Keep fighting, especially when you’re writing. I’ve heard we characters are quite hard to manage. *smirks*

bella-divider-4 There you are! Hope you enjoyed my slightly pyschotic antagonist. He’s a handfull. XD 

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Some Updates, A New Design, and Some Random Photos (To Appease My Angry Mob).

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*hides ashamedly*

I need to get my game together.

I am so, so, sorry for keeping you guys hanging. I’m adjusting my blogging schedule to Monday and Friday, so I don’t have dance on my posting days. And hopefully I’ll be able to write posts that keep you guys interested.

Now on that note, you may have noticed that I updated my blog design. I felt like it needed a revamp, that I wanted it to look more professional. I changed the theme, redid my pages, and Charis @ Charis Rae designed me a new header and signoff! Thank you so much, Charis! I hope the new design is more professional looking to you all, and easier to navigate.

Updates

I got glasses! They’re just for reading, to try and fix my frequent headaches. Everyone says they make me look studious, and I seriously say, “They are just glasses! What about glasses makes people think you look smart?” And I get weird looks. XD I like wearing them, though. They’re a reddish-purple color.

I started dancing three day a week. I really love dancing three days a week, especially since one of the classes is the class above ours age group. It’s a mandatory class for them, but optional for us, so it’s hard, which I love. It’s also taught by one of my favorite teachers (even if I do have a love-hate relationship with him.)

I got a Goodreads. I’ve actually had an account for a while, but I can’t remember if I announced it in a post, so if you have an account and would like to friend me, go right ahead!

I started high school. I’m still homeschooled, of course, but I entered the ninth grade! I’m excited to be a Freshman.

I turned fourteen! My birthday was the twenty-first. My dad wants to buy a broken down old car and fix it for me to use as my car once I’m able to drive, so he plans on getting one this year so we have a year and a half to work on it. I’m so excited!

We got another goat.  He’s a buck, and his name is Cash, after Johnny Cash. (We did not name him that, I promise. He came with it. XD) 

Photos

I’ve taken some random photos here and there that don’t make up a whole post, so here’s a few of my favorites.

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I took this picture of my little sister, Camie, while we were watching the eclipse. Isn’t she so cute?

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We went down to the creek by our house last week, to celebrate the end of summer, and I got this cool picture of ripples in the water.

The next three pictures I got when I climbed a deer trail on the bank of the creek up into our neighbors cornfield. The deer have an entire corner of the field trampled down.

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And my mom technically took this picture, but it was too cool not to share! At our friends Fourth of July celebration, my friend Owen decided to draw his name with sparklers and have my mom photograph it. He’s not fast enough at drawing his name backwards to actually make it look like this, so I reversed it so you could read it. 😉 I love how you can see his blurred form in the background from where he drew it.

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Let’s chat!

Let me know what you think of my new schedule, my blog design, and my pictures! I’m always looking for critique (as long as it’s polite!)

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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