the five things tag

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Stolen from Maribeth. 😉

Five Things You’ll Find In My Purse:

ONE: My wee Moleskine notebook.  It’s crammed full of story ideas and thoughts from years back – and I add to it all the time.  Absolutely indispensable.

TWO: A small, pink Bible.  It’s my church Bible.  I got it for free at a thrift store and it’s very cute.

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THREE: My library card. (Plus two other library cards from other places I’ve lived.  I collect them.)

FOUR: A little booklet of Bible verses for memorization.

FIVE: A green tartan-covered compact mirror that I almost never use because I don’t wear makeup.

Five Things You’ll Find In My Bedroom:

(In my bedroom proper, I only have my bed and my clothes. #boring  All the good stuff is in the hallway outside, so I’m going to talk about that.  Though I do have a rather awesome Captain America poster on my bedroom wall.)

ONE: A desk stuffed with mugs, papers, notebooks, headphones, random bric-a-brac, and a WWII-style “Join the Women’s army!” poster.

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TWO: Allll my lovely books.  Sometimes I just look at them and sigh with happiness.

THREE: A white (well, grey now) rabbit named ‘Cream’ (lol – I was so imaginative) which has been with me since I was Very Small Indeed.

FOUR: My collection of action figures and Funkos that mean a great deal to me.  I still need to get one of Edmund Pevensie and John from BBC Sherlock…

FIVE: A framed movie still of Henry Fonda. ❤

Five Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do:

ONE: Meet Julie Andrews.

TWO: Have my book, The Darkness is Past, traditionally published.

THREE: Spend the entire day in a library.

Today I bought two books in our local bookstore and later lent four more from the library. I cancelled all my evening plans, because, well, I'm all booked.

FOUR: Own a cat of my very own.

FIVE: Meet all my internet friends in person.

Five Things That Make Me Feel Happy:

ONE: Studio C.  My sister and I tend to binge watch their sketches (catching up on all we missed) and though I think their jokes have a tendency to outstay their welcome, they’re still awesome.  I have so many favorite videos of theirs.

TWO: Earrings.  I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but earrings are quick to put in and there are so many pretty ones.  Just switching them out makes me feel new, in a way.

THREE: Nadine Brandes’ newest book, Romanov, is coming out in less than a month! (May 7th, to be exact.)  And not only that…Finale, the last book in the Caravel trilogy, is releasing on the same day!!!  I cannot wait.

What Happened to Anastasia Romanov Romanov by Nadine Brandes Book Review Romanov is a wonderful read! Nadine Brandes is a storyteller whose prose borders on magical. Brandes weaves a beautiful tale about a princess desperate to save her family at any cost. She brings the historical figure Anastasia Romanov to life. #anastasia #romanov #anastasiaromanov #yabook #yabooks #historicalfiction #fictionbooks #books

FOUR: Celebrating birthdays. (Whether my own or someone else’s.)

FIVE: Running this blog.  I love writing posts, sharing my thoughts with the world, and interacting with all of you.  We’re on track to hitting 400 followers, which is amazing/unbelievable.  Love you guys! (And, yes, there will be an epic giveaway when there’s 400 followers.)

Five Things I’m Currently Into:

ONE: Villains.  Muahahaha.  In all seriousness, I recently watched ‘Maleficent’ for the first time (great movie!) and it got me thinking about all the villains I like and why I like them and why villain-narrated stories appeal to me.  I feel a blog post coming on…

TWO: The soundtrack for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.  I’ve been humming, singing, and listening to the songs a LOT.  They’re so good.

THREE: Taking pictures of my family’s cat.  Because why wouldn’t I?

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FOUR: Doodling.  I have some great gel pens and whenever I’m bored, I tend to default to drawing houses, women’s faces, and eyes. (Someone needs to psychoanalyze me.)  I also enjoy writing random words in my very best cursive and scribbling down story notes and to-do lists.

FIVE: ‘I Can Only Imagine’, the movie.  I might write a review about the whys and wherefores of my (very unexpected) liking for this movie if y’all are interested.

Five Things On My To-Do List:

ONE: Finish the third draft of The Darkness is Past by June 30th. (I asked one of my friends to give me a deadline + be my alpha reader because otherwise I won’t get the draft finished until next year probably.  Drafting is going well so far.)

TWO: Get back on track with my Goodreads reading challenge.  I’m one book ahead right now but I like a little more of a cushion.  That’s where Trixie Belden books come in handy, lol.

THREE: Write more bookish blog posts.

FOUR: Spend less time wasting my time. *the eternal struggle intensifies*

FIVE: Make myself a coffee as soon as I publish this post.

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Feel free to steal this tag (is it stealing if I give you permission?) to answer on your own blog or in the comments!

Eva

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‘we love Shakespeare week’ – tag!

Hamlette’s We Love Shakespeare Week is upon us and I’m so excited.  I’ve got a post planned for later on this week talking about my personal connection to Macbeth, but for now I’m going to answer this tag.  Because tags are the lifeblood of this blog. (Seriously, if I don’t have any post ideas, I’ll usually hunt up a tag to answer.)

1. When and how did you first encounter Shakespeare’s plays?

Well, Romeo & Juliet was the first Shakespeare play I read (back in 2013 or something) and I think I tried it because it’s one of his most famous plays and I figured I’d better read some Shakespeare before I died.  I was also kind of obsessed with the Lady Grace Mysteries which are set in Shakespearean England…those might have had something to do with my discovering the Bard.

2. What are your favorite Shakespeare plays? (Go ahead and list as many as you like!)

Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet.  Those are the three I know really well and I love each of them – for very different reasons, mind you.  Macbeth is a brilliant story that kinda appeals to my dark side (muahahahaha).  Hamlet is a brilliant story with many lovable characters and it’ll always remind me of this great trip I took ’cause I read it on the road.  Romeo & Juliet isn’t as brilliant a story.  I’m literally just there for Mercutio, let’s be real.

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3. Who are some of your favorite characters in his plays? (Again, list however many suits you.)

Mercutio, Banquo, Hamlet, Friar Laurence, Ophelia, Horatio, and Juliet.

4. Have you seen any of his plays performed, whether live or on film?

YAAAAAS.  I’ve seen Macbeth performed live and it was GLORIOUS.  Loved every minute of it.  I’ve also seen a couple film versions of it and the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Hamlet.  Oh, and I’ve watched the Richard Burton ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (does that count?).  I started watching ‘Julius Ceaser’ (the one with James Mason) and really enjoyed it, but I was also in the mood for something more fast-paced, so yeah.  I do want to try it again some day.

5. Have you read any of his plays?

Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, Othello, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. (According to Goodreads anyway.  I don’t really remember reading the last two.)

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6. Share a dream cast for one of your favorite Shakespeare plays.

Oh goodness.  It takes me a long time to come up with a dream cast for anything.  So I’m going to pass on this one.

7. What draws you to Shakespeare’s plays? (Language, themes, characters, the fact that they’re famous, whatever!)

The fact that they’re famous was definitely why I started reading Shakespeare.  I do love the language now, though sometimes it’s a little difficult to understand. (I do pretty well though, I think.) 

Basically if I read a Shakespeare play and really understand it + the characters, I’m a fan for life.  But I don’t like striking out into new territory without some kind of guide so if a friend doesn’t recommend any more plays to me, I’ll probably stick with the trio I love the best – Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet.

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8. Do you have any cool Shakespeare-themed merchandise, like t-shirts or mugs or bookmarks, etc? Share pictures if you can!

Nope. 😛  All I have is this mug with author’s names on it and Shakespeare is among them.  And I’m too lazy to get up and take a picture.

9. How do you go about understanding his language? (Do you prefer copies with translation notes, look things up online, or just read so much stuff written in Elizabethan English that you totally know what everyone’s saying?)

I really like the Folger Library editions of the plays.  I have my favorite triumvirate in those editions and what I like about them is that they provide a summary of each scene.  Yes, there’s spoilers (which y’all should know I don’t care about) but if I know where the story is going, I can muddle through a few words and phrases I don’t understand. (They define those as well, but I prefer to read straight through without referring to their other helps, for some reason.)

Oh, and watching the plays helps, I think.  Even though the language is really dense, I could understand ‘Julius Caeser’ (James Mason one, remember?) pretty well because the actors are so good and expressive. 

10. What are some of your favorite lines from Shakespeare? (Maybe limit yourself to like ten, okay?)

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.Romeo & Juliet, Act III, Scene II

It’s so lame but that’s literally the only good one I can think of.  I love the imagery and fire and beauty of those lines, tbh. ❤  It'll have to do.

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Eva

the New Year’s tag {2018-2019}

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What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?

Had my ears pierced.  Got a job.  Got another job.  Attended an IRL NaNoWriMo event.  Hosted a read-along on my blog (The Outsiders).  Wore mascara.  Read the Bible through in a year.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make one this year?

My resolutions were…

Give more than I get. (Mayyybe not.  I went rather crazy buying books after I got my job[s]).
Read the Bible through. (YES.)
Write every day. (No.  But I’ve since come to the conclusion that one doesn’t have to write every single day.  In fact, sometimes it’s better not to.)
Get my Beginner’s driver’s license. (No, but not for want of trying.)
Watch Dunkirk (2017). (No. *cries*)

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Two women who attend my church each had a baby – and both babies are extremely cute.

Did anyone close to you die?

Not exactly, but Charles Wesco’s death hit me hard.  My family has prayed for him and his family a lot and to hear that he’d been shot and killed…that was really emotional for me.

What countries/states did you visit?

Montana.  That’s it.

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What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?

A driver’s licence and a final draft of The Darkness Is Past.

What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory?

Okay, so I did have to look it up just to be sure of the dates, but February 8th-10th was when I attended a winter church camp (Chill Out) with some of my siblings and friends.  I can’t describe how incredible the experience was.  Can’t wait to go next year!

Did you move anywhere?

Yep!  In November my family moved into a much larger house and we’re loving it.  It’s super close to our church and all of our friends in Edmonton, so that’s awesome.  And it’s within easy walking distance of the mall/library so WIN.

What was the best month?

To be honest, I don’t view any month as better than the others.  Every month this year was filled with highs and lows and enjoyed each month as it came.  None of them stand out as super special, though NaNoWriMo does always make November a tiny bit awesomer than other months.  Same with Christmas in December.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Writing over 60K words in twelve days.

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What was your biggest failure?

Honestly, not having a close enough relationship with Jesus.  It’s definitely a work in progress.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope.

What was the best thing you bought?

I think I bought twenty books, give or take, after I got my freelance writing job and I looooved being able to do that.  None of those books were ‘the best’; I adore each and every one.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

A married couple in the church I used to be a member of. (For reasons.)

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Jason Momoa.  WHAT KIND OF AN EVIL VILLAIN RIPS PAGES OUT OF A PERSON’S BOOK JUST TO GET THEIR ATTENTION???  After I mentally put myself in that situation, I realized just how furious I would be if someone did that to me.  My reaction wouldn’t be pretty.

Where did most of your money go?

Books.  No question about it.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Getting a job!  Made me really happy.  And NaNoWriMo was great, too.

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What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?

Didn’t go to any.

What song/album will always remind you of 2018?

The soundtrack for ‘Coco’ and, especially, ‘Un Poco Loco’.  I listened to that soundtrack SO much a few months ago and it’ll always stick with me.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder? About the same, though I seem to be more tired these days. #irrelevant

2. thinner or fatter? The *cough* latter.

3. richer or poorer? Richer!

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing, reading/studying my Bible, and praying.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Wasting time. 😛

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Michael Giacchino.  His soundtracks are GOLD.

How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve was the books/chocolate thing.  And then on Christmas Day we opened our stockings, had breakfast, opened our gifts, and then had friends from church over for lunch.  After a super delicious lunch, we watched a couple Christmas movies and played Clue (a gift from our pastor’s family).  It was a really fun day.

How are you spending New Year’s?

Lots of junk food and ‘Meet the Robinsons’ (2007) on New Year’s Eve and probably taking down the Christmas decorations New Year’s Day.

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

No one, really.  But I did text these two friends of mine – Liz and Rebekah – a lot.

What was the best book you read?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. </3

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What was the best movie you watched?

‘Coco’ (2017).  Incredibly moving story, great characters, epic music…Pixar at the absolute top of its game.

Did you fall in love in 2018?

Massive crush on This One Guy, but probably not love. 😉

What was your favorite TV show?

So hard!  I started watching The Flash and Arrow early this year, plus Agent Carter, and all three are fantastic. (I believe that season one of Agent Carter is the greatest season in any TV show.  Period.)  And I kinda can’t believe I’m saying this, but Arrow was probably my favorite show of 2018.  I started out liking The Flash way more, but there’s something about Arrow that really gets under my skin…in a good way.

I’d also like to mention Troy: Fall of a City and TURN: Washington’s Spies.  Really enjoyed both and they’ll always say ‘2018’ to me.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope.

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What did you want and get?

A job.  And multitudinous books.

What did you want and not get?

A driver’s licence.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?

Hand-me-down. *winks at certain people who read this blog*

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was twenty.  TWENTY.  And I didn’t do much on my actual birthday because, about a week later, I had a Disney-themed sleepover. (You’re never too old for Disney.)  Everyone dressed up as a Disney character – I was Edna Mode – and my sister cooked a Disney-inspired meal (spaghetti from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and baguettes from ‘Aladdin’ were featured).  Rebekah R., one of my best friends, created a Snuggly Duckling birthday cake and it was perfection.  Then we watched 2015’s ‘Cinderella’. ❤  It was a memorable birthday, to say the least.

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What kept you sane?

All the good people I have in my life.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

*shrugs*  I’m pretty satisfied.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

In chronological order: Tom Felton, Gael García Bernal, and Jamie Bell.  And it wasn’t ‘fancied’ so much as ‘crushed on verrrry intensely for a limited period of time before obsession turned into something slightly more handleable (but not by much)’.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Nothing really.  I keep up with politics but I don’t get worked up over political events like some people.

Who did you miss?

My dad and some other family members.

Who was the best new person you met?

Okay, so I met Rebekah and Liz and Hannah in 2017, but we didn’t become friends until this year (something we laugh over now).  They’re some of the best friends I’ve ever had.  Love them so much.

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Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.

God will always provide – in every way.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

The sun’ll come out
Tomorrow
So you’ve gotta hang on

‘Til tomorrow
Come what may! -‘Tomorrow’ from Annie

Five things I want to do in 2019:

-end up with a final draft of The Darkness Is Past

-get my driver’s licence

-read through the Bible in chronological (historical) order

-start a freelance editing business

-read 300 books

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How was your year?  What are you looking forward to/planning for 2019?

Eva

characters of the year {2018 edition}

I saw this tag on a random blog and it was such a fun idea that I’ll probably do it every year. 🙂  Enjoy! (Let me know your character choices in the comments!) (And check out my top eighteen books out of 2018 here.)

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FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

JEST. (Heartless by Marissa Meyer) ALWAYS.  He’s probably my favorite male character of the decade, tbh.  To elaborate a little: I’m sick of ‘heroes’ in YA novels (more like glorified love interests, really) who disdain the heroine, tease and mock her mercilessly, and spew crudities all the time…and the heroine still goes silly over them.  But Jest is a gentleman.  And he’s not just there to be the love interest – he has his own secrets and goals that are separate from Cath.  Not to mention that their relationship is deeper and truer than 99% of YA relationships.

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FAVOURITE FEMALE CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

Emma. (Fawkes by Nadine Brandes)  Clever, compassionate, and brave. (Just like Nadine’s other major female character – Parvin from the Out of Time series.)  I have nothing but admiration for her.

MOST RELATABLE CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

It’s super rare for me to relate to a fictional character, so this is tough.  But while I was reading Legendary, I found myself liking Scarlett a lot more than I had in Caravel and I could definitely see myself in her – the older sister who keeps her thoughts and motivations private.

COUPLE OF THE YEAR

Jest and Cath. *sniffles*  Also, I loved Rowan and Citra’s unconventional relationship in Scythe and Thunderhead.  And Juli/Bryce from Flipped.  HE PLANTED THAT TREE.  I CAN’T EVEN, YOU GUYS.

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VILLAIN OF THE YEAR

Scythe Goddard from Scythe (Neal Shusterman).  Absolutely chilling.

MOST DISLIKED CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

Old Nick from Room (Emma Donaghue).  A disgusting, despicable person.

ROYAL OF THE YEAR

Hmmmm.  I didn’t read many new books that featured royalty. *shrugs*  I guess I’ll say Cinder/Selene because even though I didn’t read the Lunar Chronicles for the first time this year, I did read the graphic novels for the first time.  And Cinder is Luna’s queen throughout both.

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SIDEKICK/NON-MAIN CHARACTER OF THE YEAR

Richard Parker (Life of Pi). *smirks*  Also Torrance from the Allegiance series (by Sarah Addison-Fox).

SIBLING OF THE YEAR

This is kind of cheating, because this character isn’t a biological sibling to the book’s main character, but Theo in Thief of Corinth (Tessa Afshar) was a great, sweet guy who was definitely my favorite character in the book.  Loved him.

FREE CHOICE AWARD: CREATE YOUR OWN AWARD! (SO…CHARACTER WHO MOST DESERVES A HUG)

So tough.  Honestly.  But probably Susan Pevensie, after the events of The Last Battle.  Because…yeah.

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Have you read any of the books I mentioned?  Who was your favorite fictional character of 2018?

Eva

the NaNoWriMo fanatic tag!

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I stumbled across this rather awesome tag and instantly fell in love because NaNoWriMo and yes and SHE NAMED HER LAPTOP MORIARTY HOW AWESOME IS THAT. *pouts that I didn’t think of it in the first place* (I hadn’t actually watched Sherlock when I bought my laptop, so yeah.)

So!  All-important rules:

1. Insert the tag graphic into your post.

2. Link back to the original post.

3. Answer all — or as many — of the questions as you like.

4. Refer to our communal family bunny named Fanny at least once in your post. (I…don’t get this.  So shout-out to Fanny, the communal family bunny. *shrugs*)

5. Eat three cookies. (I’ve eaten quite a few sweets today.  That should count.)

6. Post a clean list of ALL of the questions somewhere in your post. (‘Clean’ meaning a list of the questions without my answers.  Which is always convenient for other people who want to answer the tag.)

7. Tag as many friends as you want! (I tag anyone who wants to do this.  Because I can and it’s late and I don’t want to spend time notifying people that they’ve been tagged.)

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

evaschon95.  And if you know the whys and wherefores of ’95’, you’re awesome.

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

I usually jump into NaNoWriMo with minimal planning, but this year I discovered Novel Factory and it’s been AMAZING.  I finally have a plot!  And real, solid characters!  And a general idea of theme and POV and all that good stuff.  I’ve even plotted another novel on the software and the plotting went just as beautifully so it wasn’t a one-time fluke.  Plots have always been my writerly kryptonite and I think I’ve finally cracked the code, thanks to Novel Factory. (And, no, they didn’t pay me to say all that.)  So in answer to the question, I’m a firm plotter.

Though the NF software gets down to the blocking of scenes, where you basically write everything that happens in every scene, and that’s too nitty-gritty for me.  I prefer some surprises as I write!

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

I won 2013, 2015, and 2016 NaNo.  I got halfway through NaNo 2017 (which was fine with me) and I’m totally planning to smoke this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Maybe even work on a second novel or some fanfiction if I get my official one finished first.

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

I DON’T KNOW AND I HATE NOT KNOWING BECAUSE I LOVE ORIGIN STORIES.  I honestly have no idea how I discovered it, why I participated, or anything like that.  It saddens me greatly.

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Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

Nope.  I pray about my writing, though. 🙂

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

Winning in 2013, very first time, and actually printing out my winner’s certificate and tacking it up on my cork-board.  I was so proud and happy even though, looking back, my writing was trash.  But it was such an awesome feeling to have that certificate.

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

RYE.  I can’t understand how you could get REE from ‘Wri’.

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

The Darkness is Past.  I’m not entirely happy with it, but it’s a good placeholder title that I took from 1 John.  So, not one of Paul’s epistles (the novel is based on the life of Paul) but I still like it because it’s pretty meaningful on several levels.

What is your project’s genre?

Dystopian, with a heaping side of sci-fi and a sprinkling of supernatural (think: Frank Peretti).

Introduce us to your cast!

Ooooh boy. *cracks knuckles*  So there’s Sol.  Early twenties.  Dedicated to the Order (placeholder names, people!) and really loyal, but it’s misguided loyalty.  Pretty arrogant.  Sees what he calls ‘flickers’ attached to certain people – only he can see them.  And that’s all I’m going to say about him for the moment.

Somewhat older Sol.

Johnny Ryan is Sol’s mentor in the Order, almost like a father to him.  When Sol is converted (because duh) Ryan becomes an antagonist and almost a villain but not quite.

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*fangirl screaming from a certain blog follower*

Sheng and Kari Xu.  Sheng becomes Sol’s bodyguard.  He’s my version of Stephen, so bad stuff’s obviously going to happen to him. 😦  I’M SORRY, SHENG.  And Kari’s his sister and she loves her brother so guess who she’s going to have Issues with later on in the story?

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There’s also some others like Baris and Tyr (Baris is, like, Ananias and Barnabas mixed and Tyr is Timothy, Titus, and John Mark all jumbled up together).  It’ll be good.  I love these characters and can’t wait to write them.  I’m gonna cry, though.  I just know it.

What is your novel’s theme?

Darkness to light.  Seeing beyond the external.  Christ’s redemption is complete and full.  Letting go and trusting God in EVERYTHING is the only way through the bad times. (And there’ll be plenty of bad times in this novel. *sigh*)

What are your novel’s main settings?

America, recovering from a second Civil War and since divided and conquered by Russia and China.  A big, white technologically advanced building.  Dark downtown alleyways and back streets and poor house churches.  I’m getting kind of a Coruscant vibe.  Also Russia and a rather awful prison.

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

Like I mentioned in the plotter/pantser question, NOVEL FACTORY FOR THE WIN.

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

Plotting.  Getting to know my characters.  Spending way too much time lurking around the NaNoWriMo forums.  Buying Skittles and Starbursts.  Mentally preparing myself to drink wayyyy too much coffee.  Creating a playlist.  Prayer.

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

My trusty laptop, Hymie.  That’s pretty much it.  I might stick a Funko Pop or two on my desk for encouragement.

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PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

Okay, it’s kind of dumb, but here goes… I was thinking about writing a dystopian parody so I was thinking about weird, useless powers that The Gifted One could have and I came up with ‘be able to see who’s a Christian and who isn’t’ which sounds pretty lame, right?  But I thought about it a little more and figured that it might actually be cool if I wrote a Christian dystopian.  I’m not sure where the idea of retelling the life of Paul came in, but it did and here we are.

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

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Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.ca/evaschon95/the-darkness-is-past/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/25gQenYD1EztBGJt1soMhR

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

Do whatever you want.  Write three novels at the same time.  Write 10K and call it good.  Write 50K words.  Write by hand.  Use a typewriter or Word or Google Docs.  But whatever you do, WRITE.  Everything else – how you do it, how much you write, when you write – is unimportant.  Just write.  Plz.

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Annnnd here’s the clean list!

. . . THE QUESTIONS. . .

PART ONE. . . Get to know me

What is your NaNoWriMo Username?

Are you a plotter, pantser, plantser, or planter?

How many years have you done the NaNo? How many times have you won?

What is your NaNoWriMo Origin Story?

Do you have any writing “lucky charms”?

What is your absolute favorite NaNoWriMo memory?

How do you pronounce NaNoWriMo? (Na-No-RYE-Mo, or Na-No-REE-Mo?)

PART TWO. . . PREP

What’s the name of your NaNoWriMo Project?

What is your project’s genre?

Introduce us to your cast!

What is your novel’s theme?

What are your novel’s main settings?

Are you using any plotting/story structures for your project, or are you just winging it like the beautiful pixie that you are?

What are some ways you prepare for The NaNo?

What’s in your writing toolkit? (pictures are encouraged!)

PART THREE. . . Inspiration

What was the initial inspiration for your NaNoWriMo novel?

What’s your NaNoWriMo Novel’s Word Aesthetic?

Share your Pinterest boards and music playlists!

What’s your absolute best advice to new (and old!) NaNoers?

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Happy NaNoWriMoing!

Eva

the bibliophile sweater tag

Hamlette opened up this tag for anyone who wanted to join in the fun and since I love tags, here we are!

Rules

Give the person who tagged you an endless supply of cookies.  (Well, I wasn’t exactly tagged and cookies would probably be ruined if I mailed them to Hamlette, so yeah.)

Answer the questions and use the tag graphic.

Pass along the tag. (If the last book you read had a character whose name started with ‘E’, consider yourself tagged!)

Wear a sweater.  (I’m all comfy in my chair and I don’t want to get up and grab a sweater.  I am wearing layers, so I guess that kinda counts.)

Fuzzy Sweater — The Epitome of Comfort

Anything by Lynn Austin or Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Both those authors write beautiful, cozy books and every time I read one of them it’s honestly like slipping into a worn, comfy sweater.

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Striped Sweater — A Book You Devoured Every Line Of

Room.  I couldn’t stop reading it.  So intense and engrossing.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater — Book with a Weird Cover

THIS ABOMINATION.  HANDS DOWN.

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There are so many things wrong with this cover.  I can’t even.  The cigarette!  The tag-line!  The fact that it’s Colin Firth on the cover but it’s NOT a movie tie-in, just a weird pulp classic edition!  Darcy’s weeeeird complexion!  UGGGGH.  And the cover isn’t a parody – I’ve seen this edition in a thrift store and it’s completely legit.

Cashmere Sweater — Most-Expensive Book

I purchased a copy of Little Women at a thrift store for $4…but it was from Easton Press, a publishing house that specializes in leather-bound, gilt-edged editions of classics.  So I think my copy would have cost about $60 from their website.

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Hoodie — Favorite Classic

I could say Gone With The Wind or Emma or The Outsiders.  But those are favorite books, not just favorite classics.  So I’m going to say Lord of the Flies by William Golding because I read it every single year without fail, and each time I’m awed all over again.  The writing is simple, yet profound and realistic.  Each character has made an indelible mark on my mind.  It’s an insanely good read.

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Cardigan — Book Purchased on Impulse

Most of the books I get from thrift stores and used book stores…?  I can’t pinpoint anything exact.  I have bought some ebooks on Amazon that were impulse buys, like The Redemption of Chauvelin (never, ever read because UGH and GROSS).  I’ve regretted pretty much all of them.

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Turtleneck Sweater — Book from Your Childhood

Assassin and most of the subsequent books in the Lady Grace Mysteries.  I adored that series and read it over and over again, even though my library only had the first six books.  I’d still recommend the series today.

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Homemade Knitted Sweater — Indie Book

I really enjoyed Dissemble by Sarah Addison-Fox.  Definitely the best of the series and the twist near the end was the best.

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V-neck Sweater — A Book that Didn’t Meet Your Expectations

Indie books enthusiastically recommended by the Goodreads community that ended up not being My Cup of Tea: Disowned, Kiera, and Counted Worthy. 😛

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Argyle Sweater — Book with a Weird Format

The Book Thief hops around in the timeline quite a bit so that was weird and hard to understand the first time.  Also, Code Name Verity.

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Polka Dot Sweater — A Book with Well-Rounded Characters

This is a series, but the Underland Chronicles is definitely my answer.  Thanks to Suzanne Collins’ writing skillz, even the most minor of characters are real people that you’d want to be friends with (or enemies, depending on who it is).  I cannot get over Collins’ ability to create deep, relatable characters.

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That’s the end of the tag. 🙂 Have an awesome autumn, everyone!  October really is the best month.  Well, that and December.

Eva

bookish birthday tag

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I turned 20 today.  It’s a bit unreal to me, seeing that zero because it means I’m officially out of the teen years and have moved into the ‘twenty something’ stage of life. (Also, I’m now as old as Darry from The Outsiders.  YESSSS.)  I definitely feel like I’ve matured over the past year (in some areas anyway) because so much has happened in my life and that’s always conducive to personal change and, hopefully, character growth.  I didn’t feel like writing some deep, philosophical post, so I’m answering the ‘Book Birthday Tag’ which I found on Brilliantly Bookish.

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A BOOK WITH A PLOT THAT SEEMS CLICHE, BUT YOU ADORE IT ANYWAY

The Siren is a pretty straight-up YA romance (even if one half of the main couple is, y’know, a siren) but I almost loved it (as opposed to just liking it).  I definitely enjoyed it more than The Selection (also by Kiera Cass).

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PARTY GUESTS: YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE FOR THIS YEAR

I just learned yesterday that Scott Westerfield plans to release four more books in the Uglies series.  The first one, Imposters, will be published in just a few days and I can’t wait to read it and spend more time in the Uglies universe and with Tally Youngblood.

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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: A BOOK THAT SURPRISED YOU WITH HOW MUCH YOU LOVED IT

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland (and when I first read Heartless I hadn’t seen any of the movies either) so I didn’t really know what I was getting into with Marissa Meyer’s most overlooked book.  But it was breathtakingly beautiful and tragic and I love it so, so much.

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG: A BOOK THAT CERTAINLY DESERVED ALL THE HYPE IT GOT

The Hunger Games.  It’s a brilliant feat of storytelling.

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HAPPY MUSIC: A BOOK WITH SOME VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY MEMORABLE QUOTES

I couldn’t not give The Book Thief as my answer.  Incredible prose and stick-in-your-head-forever-and-ever narrative, dialogue, and metaphors.

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GETTIN’ OLDER: A BOOK THAT YOU READ A LONG TIME AGO BUT YOU THINK YOU WOULD APPRECIATE MORE IF YOU READ IT AS A MORE MATURE READER

I tried reading The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago but eventually gave it up because I was bored and confused.  I think I’d enjoy it much more now.

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SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU INCREDIBLY HAPPY DURING A SAD OR DEMANDING PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE

I don’t know if there’s really any book that fits this category, but I do remember that The Outsiders and A Monster Calls really spoke to me and moved me in the summer of 2017 as Dad became sicker and sicker.  But no book made me ‘incredibly happy’.

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Have you read any of my book choices?  When is your birthday?

Eva