the marvel cinematic universe tag

I am burdened with the glorious purpose of posting this tag on my blog…

I was tagged by Mary @ Wild Writing Dreams (thanks, Mary) a while ago, and figured I’d better actually get around to it.

Before I do, though, a warning: I’m on vacation (as of two days ago) and will not be replying to comments/reading other people’s posts/etc. for a couple weeks. I promise I’ll return (probably around the 15th or 20th, depending on various factors)!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… the tag!



the rules

  • Feel free to include the above graphic somewhere in your post (but it’s definitely not necessary).
  • Take the questions and answer them on your blog (or social media or wherever!).
  • Tag up to 5 other Marvel fans!

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the mid-year book freak-out tag // speculative, historical, and much Goldstone Wood

Hello hello, readers, and welcome to (as the title suggests) a post in which I talk about the books I have read so far this year, the books I want to read later, and the fact that despite my grand plans to read 40 works of nonfiction this year, I have yet to read a single one.

(Yes, seriously, I haven’t read any nonfiction.)

I’ve seen this tag on several blogs already; I’m going to be taking my questions from Heather @ The Frozen Library and May @ Forever and Everly.

Before we start: I wrote this post on June 21; I will have (hopefully) read more books before its publication. (Including some nonfiction?) And, I’m going to relegate rereads to the “honorable mention” category (unless there’s a very good reason not to).


reading stats

books read

  • total: 77 (+ two in-progress works by friends and about 10 Melanie Dickerson books — more on that later)
  • library books/borrowed: 47 (that was hard to count!)
  • ebooks/read on computer: 18
  • audiobooks/read alouds: 3
  • DNF: plenty that I will finish (including some I’m currently in the middle of); I don’t think I’m abandoning any
  • rereads: 46
  • sequels: 46 (I think?)

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looking back at my book // a glimpse into Remnant’s earlier incarnations, with much laughter

Hello hello, friends (and strangers)!

I wrote this post a long while ago. It was inspired by Sarah Baran (aka The Sarcastic Elf). I highly encourage you to check out her blog if you enjoy mine (or even if you don’t). Crazy homeschooled fantasy writers are the best. Especially if sarcasm is involved.

As the title of the post implies, I’m going to go back through various drafts of my current WIP, Remnant. I’m going to talk about my writing process and ideas. I’m going to share snippets. And I’m going to laugh at myself.

It’s going to be a lot of fun. (I should know, because as of right now, I have already written the post and read it numerous times.)


The Chosen

This whole story starts back when I was eleven years old. Having read LOTR and Eragon recently, I was full of grand ideas of adventure, high fantasy, magic, and (of course) elves. However, I was suffering under the misconception that I couldn’t write a novel until after high school.

. . .

Yes, I know that makes no sense. I have no idea how I came up with that. Unfortunately, it was firmly cemented in my mind and I had never even attempted to write something longer than a few pages.

Until that day, standing in my bedroom, when I had THE IDEA.

Yes, it deserves capital letters. Because even though I no longer like THE IDEA, even though barely any of it remains in Remnant, even though it was honestly a terrible idea…

It was mine, all mine, and it’s the reason I started writing seriously. It’s the reason I am who I am. So thank you, eleven-year-old self, for THE IDEA.

THE IDEA involves silvery magic tattoos that signify power, a race called (wait for it) elves, another one called dwarves, a group called the Guardians (think the Varden, but cooler) who aided both, a bunch of (typically clueless) humans, yet another group (comprised of elves, dwarves, and humans, some of whom were Guardians) called the Chosen, a boy named Joe (it was a placeholder name that stuck around far too long), and a bunch of recycled plots from my previously planned fantasy series.

Because, though I was certain that I couldn’t write a novel, I saw no reason not to plan a novel. Many of them, in fact. So many that, before THE IDEA entered my brain, I had come up with the plot for a twenty-four-book series.

I’m not sure how I planned to write all those while figuring out adult life. But the Eagle-Wing Trail series (Wingfeather Saga meets Kingdom Tales) provided ample material for this The Chosen.

Sadly, none of the very first scene of The Chosen remains (at least not anywhere I can find it). So no one shall ever know of the meeting between Raldin and Taresil. How Raldin, tears in his eyes, handed baby Joe to the beautiful elf (beautiful beyond description), and she, crying and laughing in turn, marked the baby as one of the Chosen and spun him in circles in the forest…

But though this spectacular beginning is lost to history, I do have some amusing quotes from other sections.

For all things pleasant passed away in a time of desolation and sorrow, because those who were called the Chosen passed away into the land of memory… now let us eavesdrop in on one tale that was told… for the Chosen kept the peace and ruled over the land — until an unknown disaster befell them and they mysteriously disappeared…

This is deep stuff, people. At the tender age of eleven, I was already contemplating that dark and desolate place called “the land of memory.”Read More »

the bookish bucket list tag // my reading dreams + plans

Hello, my friends! I haven’t done a tag in a while, but I saved this one in my email because it looked like lots of fun, and I figured I should probably actually do it someday…

I found this tag on Marie and Nyx’s blog, Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and they left it open for anyone who wanted to do it!


// the rules //

  • link to the tag’s creator (Madison’s Inkwell)
  • link to the person who tagged you
  • tag as many people you want
  • have fun!


// the questions + my answers //

Cover art1 // What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

Swallows and Amazons - WikipediaHmm. Well, there are a lot of series that I started when I was younger but never got around to finishing. Two that come to mind are Five Little Peppers and Swallows and Amazons.  I don’t know if I’ll ever return to either, but it would definitely be a huge accomplishment to go back to the books I stopped reading and complete the series. (I do want to know what happens to the characters, I just… never found out.)

I also have, for a long time now, been meaning to finish Les Misérables. I really, really want to finish reading it so that I can watch the movie and listen to the musical soundtrack (so far I’ve only heard “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” which is so beautiful).

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Dust blog tour stop #23 // book spotlight + treasure hunt ✨

Hello, Lost Boys (and Girls), and welcome to stop #23 on the blog tour for Kara Swanson‘s Dust!

If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, you can start the blog tour here. (I highly encourage you to go through the whole thing — there’s a treasure hunt you can participate in if you follow the entire tour!) And if you want to see the previous post, you can find stop #22 here.

And now that you know what’s going on, let me tell you a little bit about Dust and Kara Swanson! Kara is the author of The Girl Who Could See (and was one of the sponsors for the Hope in Disaster contest). She was first published as a teen and is now releasing the first of her Heirs of Neverland duology with Enclave Publishing on July 21!

// about Dust //


Crowning Heaven by Emily Hayse // cover reveal

Hello and welcome, friends!

How has your week been so far? (We’ve only had two days. But still. Things may have happened to you.) On Monday, I started (will start, as I’m writing this on Sunday) a summer performing arts program. I’m learning to sing “Audition” from La La Land and I’m doing a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with my sister. I may (or may not) share videos, depending on how it goes.

But anyway. That’s what I did yesterday (or will do tomorrow. Ah, the delightful complications of scheduling posts ahead of time).

And today (Tuesday) I’m participating in the cover reveal for my blogging friend Emily‘s book Crowning Heaven!


about the book

Heaven Cassidy has only ever wanted one thing: a family. But when she opens a letter from her long-lost mother, she finds herself running for her life. Swept into a world of proud queens and ancient feuds, Heaven must decide whether her dream is worth taking on the responsibility of two kingdoms, one of which wants to crown her and the other to kill her.


the cover, revealed…





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Hope in Disaster short story contest WINNERS!

Hello, my friends!

Over the past couple of weeks, Kiki, Charis, and I have been reading through a ton of short stories (39. If I counted right). Thank you so much to everyone who entered! It was great fun reading all your stories, and I think I may have discovered some new favorite writers (:

I’m so glad that we did this contest. It’s been an amazing experience, and I think that these stories will bring hope to many people! I can’t wait for you all to read them.

And now. The moment you’ve been waiting for…


judging books by their covers // in which I make ridiculous guesses + discover interesting books

Hello, my friends!

Today I’m going to be stealing an idea from fellow blogger Jane Maree. I’m sure a lot of people have done this, but her blog was the first place I saw it. Basically, one picks covers of books one has not read, guesses what they will be about, then reads the actual synopses and compares one’s guesses to the actual story.

This sounds like so much fun! I’m going to be judging six books that I have not read but am interested in. Maybe this post will encourage me to actually read them!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive ...
cover elements: crown, branches, beetle/bug?, black pointy font

initial thoughts

So for some reason, I’m always getting Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, and Maggie Stiefvater mixed up in my head (more to come)… I don’t know why. I think it’s partially because their book covers are so similar. Anyway, I have no clue what this one is about but it’s probably something kind of like the other two authors’ books… maybe…?

Leigh Bardugo is quoted on this cover (maybe some of my confusion stems from that). She says the book is “lush” and “dangerous” and a “dark jewel.” Honestly, those words don’t make me want to read the book. They sound more like something from a poem or a super-descriptive fantasy.

my guess

When MC [I am NOT making up a name because I know I’ll be wrong] is stolen from her home and thrown into a prison cell without explanation, she wonders if her long-lost enemy has returned… and he has. 

The cruel prince, an evil remnant of a forgotten time when magic was common, has come back to haunt MC. He needs her help to reclaim his dark throne, since she possesses magical strength beyond imagination. But she doesn’t want to help him. 

So she turns him into a beetle.

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the return of the storyteller // updates + snippets + photos

Hello and welcome, meldonyar! (That’s “my friends” in Quenya, if you’re wondering.)

I’m terrible at intros to blog posts, but as the title (hopefully) implies, I have returned to blogging after a month off. It’s been a good month and I’m excited to get back into posting!


// updates //

blogging 💻

I didn’t blog much in May (which was kind of the point), but I wrote several posts (+ post concepts) which I’m going to post in June and July! I did my best to keep up with reading other people’s posts, though.

Taking some time off helped me think about a few things and come to some decisions. Thus:

  • I’m not going to be replying to every single comment on all of my posts. Please don’t feel slighted if I don’t reply to you! It’s just that I don’t always have something meaningful to say, and I’d rather spend time answering questions and typing things I actually mean than forcing myself to come up with a reply to every comment.
  • I’m going to try to publish posts more consistently and schedule them ahead of time. (I still won’t have a “schedule” for posting, though.)
  • I’m going to stop worrying about follows/likes/etc. and focus on interacting and strengthening relationships with the people I’ve already met through blogging.
  • I’m going to try and follow less blogs, but actually comment on posts by the bloggers I do follow.
  • I’m going to do my best to be authentically myself.

reading 📚 + listening 🎧 + writing ✍ + watching 🎥

I talked about these in my monthly newsletter! (You don’t have to be a subscriber to click on the link, and clicking doesn’t subscribe you.)Read More »

CONTEST ENDS 5/31 ~ a post by Kate

Hello, readers of Maya’s blog.

You’re wondering why there’s a new post here, since she said she wouldn’t reappear until June 6.

The answer: I’m not Maya, I’m Kate.

If you haven’t had the chance to meet me yet, allow me to introduce myself. I’m human but I look like an elf and I’m Maya’s personal assistant.

that’s me on the right ↟↟

I just want to let you all know that Maya’s writing contest closes on the 31st! (Thanks to the incredible length of this quarantine, the deadline has been extended a week, so you all have EVEN MORE time to write your stories in hopes of winning the amazing prizes. )

Check out Maya’s original post to learn more and submit your stories!

Best of luck and may Iluvatar be with you.