Hello, fellow fantasy lovers! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Meg for the “get to know the fantasy reader” tag, since this tag is all about fantasy, I thought it was the perfect post for fantasy month. I’m also doing the official fantasy month tag/Instagram challenge, which I discovered on Christine’s blog!
If you haven’t heard of fantasy month, check out Jenelle’s post for all the details.
And, though this post is very long (sorry), be sure to stick around until the end for an awesome quiz to help you figure out which of the many books I mention in this post is right for you!
⟡ get to know the fantasy reader ⟡
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you insist be in the story?
I know so many amazing writers that this is a really difficult question, but I think I have to say Christine. I absolutely love her characters and worldbuilding and all the little snippets she shares, and I would love to be in one of her stories!
Well… maybe I don’t want to be in any novel? I don’t really want to be a character just because all my darkest secrets would be out there for the world to see 😉
I’m not exactly an expert on the subject of tropes, but maybe the Chosen One? I think I’d like to be a chosen one with special powers.
They’re an awfully handy way to write a blog post when you don’t have ideas, and I like how they let me link to some of my favorite bloggers 😉
Today I’m doing the Disney character blog tag, which was created, and for which I was tagged, by E.K. Seaver Thanks for tagging me, Emily!
Note: all fanart in this post was not made by, or for, me. Sources credited. 😀
⟡ rules ⟡
link back to the tag’s creator
link back to the person who tagged you (both of these rules point you to Emily! thank you, Em)
pick 10-12 of your favorite Disney characters
choose which of your cast of characters (from your current or a former WIP) reminds you of those princesses and tell us why
tag 4-7 other people
(optional) use the graphic Emily created for the tag (above)
Note: Emily told me I could use Marvel characters too 😉 And I took that to mean Star Wars counts as well.
I decided to pick main characters from my WIPs and match each to a Disney character!
Kalrona (Remnant) ⟡ Loki (MCU)
Annnd… no one is surprised 🙈 Kalrona was literally inspired by Loki, so… yeah. He’s a prince of an immortal kingdom, he has long dark hair, and he likes to laugh at others’ pain. I hope he doesn’t just read like a Loki copy, except that if it weren’t plagiarism I’d wish he did because Loki is the perfect character for my story 😝
This (awesome) linkup/gathering/giveaway/PARTY is hosted by the lovely Jenelle Schmidt. Check out her original post for info on how to join in the fun! The basic concept is that in February, anyone who wants to can participate by posting about anything fantasy-related. This year’s theme is “fandoms,” but I actually didn’t know that when I wrote this post… so I’m sticking with my original plan, to tell you all about my WIP idea Red Raven.
I talk a lot about Remnant (my main WIP) on my blog, but I haven’t really talked about Red Raven at all. Today that changes! Red Raven is a placeholder title for an adult fantasy novel with themes of orthodoxy and doctrine, salvation and forgiveness, and societal norms. It’s a placeholder title — I probably will change it if I ever finish it just because there’s already a published book called Red Rising (and in my first month on Goodreads I must’ve seen fifty books with “raven” in the title 😂). But it’s perfect because Red and Raven are the middle names of two of my main characters and I love the alliteration!
So, I’m pleased to introduce my new-ish (I had the idea in 2019 or 2020) pre-WIP (as in, it’s not exactly in process yet, except for brainstorming and inspiration collecting)… Red Raven.
(That was confusing, sorry xP)
Note: there are a lot of images in this post, and none of them are mine, but I didn’t cite sources due to the sheer amount. If youown an image and want me to credit you or take it down, please let me know ASAP!
This is the part I’m the most shaky on… *laughs nervously* Red Raven is a romance. A story of class and culture. A novel about religion and the things we do to make sure no one challenges our beliefs. About the terrible steps we’ll take to pursue immortality. The outcasts of society who take it down, and the ones who build it up.
Thank you so much to Grace A. Johnson and E.K. Seaver for tagging me. Both of them are amazing writers and bloggers so go check them out!
✰ rules ✰
thank the blogger who nominated you (gratias tibi ago, Grace and Emily!)
answer the eleven questions he/she asked
nominate eleven more bloggers for the award (and notify them of their nominations)
ask your eleven nominated bloggers eleven new questions
✰ Grace’s questions ✰
1 // When did you first start your blog?
I started this blog in April of 2019 (almost two years ago, wow). You can read my first post here if you like. It’s a little cringey and very different than how I blog now, but I’m glad I started back then… it’s given me courage and a writing voice and an audience and so many friends.
Back at the beginning of January, I created a linkup for writers. Basically, it’s a list of 10 questions for bloggers to answer about their MC (main character) — or any character they wanted — in a post, then link back to mine so I could compile a list. Well, now the time has come to share that list with the world!! I hope you all enjoy meeting your fellow writers’ incredible characters.
And after I share all your posts, I’m going to introduce you to my MC, Aionladon Rynael!
(If you want to do the linkup now, feel free to use my questions/link back to my post, but I won’t be sharing it, so it’ll function more like a tag from now on.)
folklore was my first real introduction to Taylor Swift’s music, and I very much enjoyed the discovery.
I think I originally tried some of the songs this fall — the first I remember listening to are “peace” and “betty.” Eventually I decided I wanted to try them all, so I listened in order from start to finish (I did the same thing for evermore and might do a review of that too later). This post is basically an excuse for me to do a few things:
fangirl about this amazing album.
talk about what makes some of the songs so great (and what makes the others fall short for me).
discuss content concerns and explain my thoughts on what is and isn’t appropriate for Christians to listen to.
I am really excited to do this and I hope you enjoy it! 😀
Hello, lost boys and girls, pirates, fairies, Neverbeasts, and everyone else! Welcome to the cover reveal for Kara Swanson’s Shadow!
I am so excited and honored to participate in this reveal. For those of you who don’t know, Shadow is book two in a duology, the Heirs of Neverland, which is a Peter Pan retelling/sequel. The first book, Dust, released last summer, and I got to read an ARC! It’s not my favorite book ever, but my main complaint was just that I wanted more, so of course I’m very much looking forward to Shadow‘s release (in July).
about the book
(warning: slight spoilers from Dust below!!)
Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers.
Hey there! Today I’m participating in an amazing tag/challenge/thing called (you guessed it) The Smashing and Dashing Character Awards. These used to be hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and the grand tradition has been preserved by Katie @ I’m Charles Baker Harris, and I was reminded to do them by Sarah @ Sixty-Something Trees. (Go check out all those bloggers! I love all three and smile very big when I see they’ve posted something new.)
The rules are simple: There are several prompts relating to characters. You answer each one with a character from a book you read this year (well, technically last year now). I believe they are supposed to be characters from a book you first read in 2020, but I may end up including some rereads, since I *cough* reread a ton last year.
Onward to glory (for the characters) and agony (for me, who much choose just one in each category)!
As I was doing this year’s Know the Novel, I had the idea to start my own linkup. Since most of the Know the Novel linkups are about the writing process and story, I thought I’d do something different and create a linkup to talk about our MCs (main characters)!
Hi friends! This post is going to be my last one until the New Year. I’ve been pretty busy with school, so I’m excited to have the next couple of weeks off to spend time with my family, read a ton of history + plan for my biography paper, organize all my school books, read Brandon Sanderson, write my novel, and catch up on all my letter writing.
Oh, and celebrate Jesus’ birth. *cough* That too.
Unfortunately, with all of the busyness and crazy stuff this year, I keep forgetting the most important part of Christmas. WELL, that stops today, because today I’m talking about Christmas to all of you!
I’m also going to be doing Christine’s Know the Novel linkup, but since I only wrote 10k in November and haven’t gotten back to the story much since then, I don’t have a ton to say and so I decided to combine it with this post.