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…

What I Want to Say to Any Teen Who May have to Deal with Surgery

Today's post is deeply personal. It will not feature any gifs or goofy pics. It will not be full of quips, and it may not seem very in character for me.

But it is something that's been on my heart for a long time, something that needs to be said. And I want to say it.

Earlier this year, I had to have a (cosmetic, mostly) surgery. I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say that it was mildly terrifying and definitely a bit more than any teen should have to go through. The thought that others will have to endure the same or similar situations hurts my heart. The number of moments I endured in the moments when I had no clue what was wrong with me, the breaking down in the doctor's office, the moments when I just wanted my mom to hold me while I cried, the times when I could do nothing more than hold my Bible open in my lap and cry-- all of this is part of me now. And it was excruciating. The aftermath has been rather stop-and-go, with moments where I feel like a ne…


So, I'm so sorry that I've been so late in getting up a post for you guys! I didn't mean to take a mini-hiatus, but...

One word. Math.

So... yeah. 
I would love to be able to use this blog as an example of faithfulness on today's post, but that will henceforth be proven impossible. Because... I'm very unfaithful to it now that y'all know I have no schedule. XD This is turning into quite the ramble.
Let's get talking about this week's Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness.
It's such a hard one to master. Everyone loves a loyal, trustworthy, true-blue person. "Wish I could be just like so and so," we say. "Always there for me. Best friend a fella could have." But then we're not really sure how to get there ourselves.
It's nowhere near as simple as a lot of these other ones have been. Every Fruit of the Spirit is a struggle. This one, I think, is especially so.
It's dropping everything to rush over to a friend's house if…

Blog Tour// Andora's Folly

Here it is: the special post you were promised:

Lisa, I'm thinking you guessed right yesterday ;) Ladies and gents, give it up for Abigayle Clare Ellison, author of Andora's Folly, which released two days ago!

BUY IT HERE. So... yeah.

I read Abi's book Martin Hospitality when it came out in March, and she is one talented author. When I found out that Abi was releasing a second book (and honestly, who cares that it's just a novella?) I jumped at the chance to beta read for her.

This book will always hold a special place in my heart as the first book I had a chance to beta read. It's incredibly well-written and contains a great plot in just a couple hundred pages. But y'all don't want to read my backstory on it; you want to hear about the book itself and see the review I wrote! So here you go.

A Pandora's Box retelling
Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a lov…

It's the End of July!

Just don't even think about that title, k? This year is going by so fast! *hangs on to a flagpole as the year rushes by like wind*

Well, the end of the month means it's time for a wrap-up. And boy, do I have one for all of you!

(Disclaimer: previous wrap-ups have been far more epic than this one.)
Music So... not much this month, but I'll show you what I've got.
This is a heavy, heart-breaking, RAPPY album? This is so different from what I normally listen to that I initially laughed when I turned it on. But then... I didn't. The emotion of this album is so raw, and I can identify with much of it.... it's heavy but beautiful. Best song goes to: Can You Hold Me (feat. Britt Nicole).

Rock stylish stuff that's kind of creepy and dark and therefore fits very well with the mood of my Rooglewood Press contest entry, Snow Maiden (of which you will be treated some snippets at the end of this post XD). I don't know how much I can recommend this one, because it&#…

Announcement: Of Scheduling Changes....

Hey, everyone! I have a small announcement today, in lieu of an actual post, because my brain is fried. And... yeah.

If you've been following my blog/paying attention for any amount of time, you'll have noticed that I tend to post three times a week: Tuesdays (which of late have been exclusively my Fruit of the Spirit post), Thursdays (which seems to tend towards random posts), and Saturdays, which tend to be more review style posts. That was the schedule I've had for quite a while now (when I started my blog I was just posting whenever I felt like it and my sanity suffered because of that.)

Well, the school year is coming, much sooner than I'd like to think. My school starts on AUGUST
14th. Someone save me. And between all my honors classes, extracurriculars, etc, I won't have time for three posts a week anymore.

Don't worry! I won't be abandoning my blog. Nothing of the sort.

For the rest of the summer (meaning until about mid-August) I'll be postin…

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