Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Language of Worlds

 
First of all, my apologies. I thought it was Tuesday. 

Second of all, it’s time for the next installment of Language of Worlds, a bi-monthly linkup tailored for Christian speculative fiction writers. 

I’ll be continuing with Brass Talan from my Bad Boy WIP. For fun though, I’m going to include Tamille’s answers as well. 

Now for the questions. 

What does your character fear the most?
Brass says he’s not afraid of anything. He’s also an impulsive liar. He most fears being discovered. He has a secret in his past that he guards like a maniac. 

Tamille is afraid normal human things, but she’s mostly scared of being trapped in a life where she’s not able to be herself. 

How would they handle it if they were to face their fear?

Not well. He’ll have to face it sooner or later. I imagine it won’t be pretty. 

Tamille would fret and worry about upsetting her family, and then she would stand up for herself and do what she knew was right. 

Do they want to get married? Why or why not?

Oh heavens no. No, no, no. Marriage would require feelings, and feelings means admitting he’s human, and Brass would never do that. 

This is tricky, because Tamille is actually engaged to be married to the Prince of Ellillian. She does want to marry someday, but not him. 

What is their love language (i.e. words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service)?
Do sarcasm and anger count as a love language? Cuz that’s what he’s got. I think though, that his would be acts of service. 
Tamille’s is a mix physical touch and words of affirmation. 

On a scale from 1 (messy) to 5 (organized), how do they rate?

Tamille is a 5. 
Brass is....he’s a five in his own mind. He knows where everything is and he’s very meticulous in his plans. But to anyone else looking, he’s definitely a 1. 

How do they feel about debates/disagreements?
Both of them are more than game to engage in a heated debate. Which is good, because they have a lot of them. 

What do they bring to a battle (figurative or literal)?
Brass brings his killer wit and an arsenal of discreet weapons and poisons. 
Tamille brings the voice of reason, and admirable stubbornness.  

What's their favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Tamille likes fruit pastries, but they’re hard to come by in The Spills. 
Brass doesn’t usually eat breakfast. 

How do they treat themself after a long day?

Normally Tamille would want some sweets and a hot bath, but now she’s happy if she can settle down in a real bed. 

Brass doesn’t know how to relax so I doubt he’d do anything special. 

What do you most want readers to glean from this story?
 
I want them to not want to put it down, fall in love with the characters, and ultimately see the deeper story of their redemption and growth. 
 
Make sure you check out Liv's Blog to read the other linkups over the next month!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Farewell, September

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Hi guys!
 
I kid you not, I think September only lasted about two weeks. We're missing the rest of it somewhere.
Here it is, already October. *throws spiders like confetti*
October rolled in with some very foggy, mist filled days and fifty degree weather, so I'm going to talk about what happened last month, while wearing fuzzy pajama pants and sitting next to the heater.
 
 
 
During September I did quite a bit of horse riding. We're in the middle of weaning calves, so Flint got put to work. Henry loves getting to see him.

 
Jarod's dad, Roger, and his wife Michelle came from Tuscan AZ for a two week visit. We had a lot of fun, and they were super helpful, as they happened to come right in the middle of chopping silage.

 
Silage chopping was started and completed! I successfully survived feeding 7-11 people, two meals a day.
 
I saw my first NeedtoBreathe concert, and it was hands down the best thing I've ever gone to see. So good.
 
 
Me and my sisters went Junk Jaunting, which is like state wide antique garage sales. So much cute stuff. So little money. I did find a few great things, and they look absolutely darling in my house.
 
My first article was published on Story Embers. If you haven't read it yet, I'd love if you'd go take a look. I had so much fun this first month with the team there, and I'm even more excited for the rest of this internship.

The blog got updated, which you probably already noticed. The new header was designed by Savannah Grace and I love it. Thanks, Savannah!
 
And perhaps the most important thing.
The leaves changed color.
 
 
 
Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch released his solo album, I Am The Storm: Fight Musik vol. 1, and so I've had that playing on my ipod. It's good. It's not exactly what I'm used to hearing from him, but its growing on me.
 
I finally finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It only took me two months. I started it on Netflix, then ended up not turning Netflix on for a frighteningly long time, so I just got back to it yesterday, and my goodness. The feels. It was such a good movie. Go watch it.
 
I didn't do a huge amount of reading last month, but I did finish The Farseer Trilogy. I have so many emotions right now. I feel like I need to start a GoFundMe so I can raise support to go buy every other book Robin Hobb has ever written.
I also read How's Moving Castle, and it was the best. I have such a strange feeling toward Howl. I love him. But not exactly in an 'I want to marry this fictional character' way. He's so unique from anything I've read lately, and that just makes me really happy.
 
 
 
Halloween!!! I'm so excited. I've got Henry's costume, and I'm working on mine. Jarod doesn't think he's going to get in on the whole trick or treat thing. He is so wrong.
 
Harvest. Now that chopping is out of the way, the menfolk will be getting ready to pick corn and beans. I like that way better than chopping, for some reason. I still cook for the crew, but picking just isn't as intense as chopping.
 
Top secret project that I plan to have done within the next couple weeks, and then I will let you all know.
 
Preparing for Nano. AKA, trying to decide which story to write.
 
 
What did you do last month? Do you have any fantastic plans for October? Are you dressing up for Halloween? Give me all the details!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hello Fall

 
Hey guys!
Since we finally had the official first day of fall this week, I thought a leaf riddled post was in order.
I love fall. I love basically everything about fall. In fact, I really can't think of any drawbacks to fall, at this point in time.
It's the perfect season.
 
There's Football
 
Granted, my Huskers aren't off to a very great start what with monstrous lightning cancelling the first game, and losing every subsequent game thus far. But its still football, and you gotta love it.
 
The Clothes
 
Getting dressed in fall is such a joy. I'm allowed layers, in order to look cute, but I don't have to bundle up to  survive the bitter cold yet.
 
The Colors     
 
Literally everything comes in fall colors. Look up fall colored hair and you'll see what I mean. The dusty pinks and blues, burgundy, gold. Ah! I LOVE it.
 
Harvest
 
Even though getting the crops picked can be stressful, I still love it. It's like getting to see the world all over again, once the cornfields are out of the way.
 
Deer Hunting
 
If I ever don't include deer hunting in my list of favorite things from fall, send help. I love hunting. Even when I don't see anything (but I mean, obviously seeing something is far better). It's awesome getting outside before anything is awake, and then slowly as the sun comes up you see everything come alive. It's great. Except for field mice. I wish they would stay asleep all day. Just a couple of those little guys in the underbrush sound like an entire army of deer heading your way.
 
NaNoWriMo
 
Now that I've actually accomplished the task of completing NaNoWriMo, I don't think I'll ever be able to go back. I'm already trying to decide which story idea I want to use for it.
 
The Atmosphere
 
All of it. I love the rustic farmhouse feel of fall, with all the decorations, and pumpkins, and burlap. But I also love the creepy crawly witches flying in the trees part of it too.
I love being able to cook soup every week without any complaints. I love when the stores start stocking eggnog. And we can't forget personal traditions. This time of year, certain books and movies all start making their appearance around my house, and life is much happier.
 
 
 
What is your favorite part of fall? Is fall your favorite season? Lets talk.      
 
All images from Google   

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Orphans of the West- Blog Tour

Hello everyone!
I hope your having a great week. Mine has been HECTIC.
Today I'm happy to take part in the blog tour for Faith Blum's, Orphans of the West series.
(It saves me from having to come up with my own blog topic)
I intern with Faith over at Story Embers, and she's awesome, so I'm really excited to have her here today for an interview. Thanks for letting me take part, Faith!
Here's a little bit about each book.
Sing the Wondrous Story

Can he let go of the past?
Jason was kicked out three years ago. His judgmental actions and decisions caused a rift and turmoil within his family, especially concerning his sister, Jessamine. Now God is leading him to return home—a home he isn’t certain he will be welcomed back to. The last three years has led to personal growth, he still has a lot to learn. Can he overcome his past mistakes or will he always be the black sheep?

Jessamine has popularity and the attention of many in town except the two men she wants to catch for herself. She lives for those moments of attention and needs to marry a rich man to buy all the pretty things she desires. There are two men who fit that and she will stop at nothing to find a husband to make her life perfect. When Jason returns and challenges her actions, will she be able to let go of her plan? Can she find love in more than herself?

He Leadeth Me

Love can be complicated
Gage was eight when his parents died, but despite that, he has been content with his life. He misses the farm, though, and when his uncle gives him the deed and tells him to go back, he seizes the opportunity.

Almost a full day’s ride, Gage reconnects with his friend, Danny and settles into farm life. Then someone shows up claiming Gage’s long-dead father owed a large sum of money that has accrued thirteen years of interest.

What will Gage do when he learns of his father’s past? Will he let God lead him no matter what happens?



And now, on to the interview questions!
1. What gave you the idea for this story? 
For Sing the Wondrous Story, I wanted to write a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and I had a minor character in He Leadeth Me that I wanted to learn more about. So I decided to write about her. And then the book ended up being more about her brother. And it ended up not being a very good retelling at all and being its own book. 

For He Leadeth Me, I wanted to write a story about a minor character in a novella I’d written before, so he was the inspiration—and main character—for that book. 

2. What is your favorite genre to write and why? 
I’d have to say my favorite genre to write is Historical Fiction. I like Westerns in particular, but am going to explore other eras soon as well.

3. Who is your favorite character in the story? 
In Sing the Wondrous Story, my favorite character is Claire. She’s super sweet and kind. In He Leadeth Me, that would be Danny. He’s such a gentle young man who loves people and loves life.

4. What is a writing routine or habit you have? 
I don’t usually have a writing routine, but the routine I want to have is to write every single morning. Mornings seem to be my most productive.

5. Did you have to do any research for this story? What was your favorite part?
I didn’t have to do much research for Sing the Wondrous Story. I did have to find out what the legal age for owning a place was for He Leadeth Me. I wasn’t sure if it was 18 or 21. I didn’t find out anything definitive, though.

6. What is your favorite writerly beverage? Coffee addict? Lovely tea? 
Water. I occasionally drink Kombucha and/or Orange juice, but I don’t drink those often.

7. What project are you working on now? 
I’m actually working on four projects. One is a collection of Christmas short stories that I’m planning to release in November. The other three are part of my Tales of the East series of novellas.
There is an awful lot of fun stuff in the works for this series, including a giveaway! Enter to win a bookmark, notebook, and your choice of one of the books.

I hope you'll all go check out Faith's website. She's got all sorts of neat stuff over there, and information about all of her books.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Favorite Things Tag

 
Hi guys!
Sorry this is so late. I ended up going to a farm show all day today, then spent the evening with relatives from Arizona.

I was tagged by Mariposa for the My Favorite Things tag. (Thanks!) You guys should check out her blog. She's got a very fun angle on it.

Here are the rules.

Link back to and thank the person who tagged you.
2. Link back to and thank the blogger who created the tag. (Beth)
3. List and picture seven of your favorite things.
4. Tag seven people—or as many as you can remember without straining your brain.
5. Use the picture above
6. List the seven rules.
7. Have fun!
 
Alright, sounds simple enough. For the purpose of this tag, I will be excluding my obvious favorite things (Henry, Jarod, extended family, etc.) and just talking about material/inanimate type things.
 
Here are my seven things.
 
 
Books
I love them. Especially hardcovers, but I'll take a paperback, or even an eBook in a pinch. I get just as excited by new books, as I do old, and I think they all smell amazing.
 
 
 
Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots make me happy. I could browse western stores for ungodly amounts of time, just looking at all the boots. My current pair looks like this one. I get such a thrill when I see someone wearing their pants tucked inside their boots so we can see all the pretties.
 
 
 
Caramel
I don't care what form its in. Hard candy, soft candy, gloriously smooth sauce, or just a flavor added to coffee. I want ALL of the caramel.
 
 
Coffee
I've 'liked' coffee since I was little, because that's what Louis L'amour cowboys drink, but now I actually enjoy drinking coffee. I blame my dad completely for my addiction to warm frothy things that smell like coffee, but taste like heaven. He used to make this thing called gunpowder coffee, that was some secret recipe I have to catch him on his deathbed to find out what it was, and it was amazing.
 
 
 
Home Décor
I like to build it, pin it, shop for it, imagine it, dream about it. It doesn't even have to go in my house. I just want to see all the pretty things in magazines and Pinterest boards.
Cozy, rustic farmhouse décor makes my heart happy.
 
 
NeedtoBreathe
Music in general, if we're being honest, but especially NeedtoBreathe.
That voice.
Those lyrics.
*sigh*
 
 
Notebooks
Especially if they're aesthetically pleasing. (I feel like I should note that anything aesthetically pleasing automatically becomes its own favorite thing.) But I'll take regular old college ruled notebooks too. I love all that fresh paper just waiting to be filled up with words. Or, you know, hoarded because its too pretty to actually write in.
 
Now I'm going to be a stereotypical rule breaker, and say if you want to be tagged, you're tagged.
If you don't, you're not.
Alright?
Alright.
 

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dancing and Doughnuts Blog Tour

 
Hello everyone!
I hope you enjoyed this last week. I sure did. It was a wonderful week-long birthday celebration that started with going to the state fair on my actual birthday. My sisters, and a best friend tagged along, and we ate all the good food I'm not supposed to eat, went to a concert by Francesca Battistelli, then went and ate more food I'm not supposed to eat. The next day Jarod took me shopping, and out for supper, and we had so much fun. Then Saturday we went to my grandma's house to watch the opening Husker football game. They got bombarded by lightning at the stadium so the game was cancelled, but I enjoyed taking another opportunity to bask in birthday bliss. I have a great family. I'm spoiled.
 
But enough of that. Today I'm joining in the blog tour for Rachel Kovaciny's book, Dancing and Doughnuts.
 
It is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, set in post Civil War Kansas. I admit, I don't actually know the story of Twelve Dancing Princesses, but this was a fun little read anyway.
 
Here is what Goodreads has to say about it.
 
Twelve Dancing Princesses… reimagined.

Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he's been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on.

But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts.

So many doughnuts.

Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family's business no matter what he does?
    
 
 Rachel did well with this story. That's a very large cast (twelve girls!) and a relatively small space to work with them all. Jedediah has a dry sense of humor that makes for a fun narrative, and it took me quite a while to solve the mystery.
 
I do have to take a minute to talk about those painted trees. That was probably my favorite part of the whole book. The dancehall in the story is painted inside like a gold and silver magical forest, and Rachel's descriptions were amazing. It really made me wish I could paint and transform my basement into something whimsical like that.
 
Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour! You can find the schedule on Rachel's blog,  here. There are interviews, book spotlights, giveaways, and so much more.
 
Speaking of giveaways, here is the link.
And what are you entering for?
These adorable prizes!
 
Rachel has other books out, so if you're dying to know more be sure to check her out on


Do you know the original story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses? Do you have a favorite fairy tale retelling? Let me hear about it!



 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

No Post, But I'm Cute Anyway

 
 
Tomorrow is my birthday!
 
Which means I'm entirely too preoccupied celebrating to write a full blog post.
Catch you all next week!