flotsam and jetsam | 2

Salvete, amici! (That’s Latin for “hello, friends.”) I’m here today to share seven things that I’d love you to know about.

(Originally, this post was called “seven things.” Then I poked around in my archives and remembered that I have a name for this kind of post, which I completely forgot… check out the first Flotsam and Jetsam here.)

Note: The name is inspired by Tolkien, but the content is a general mishmash of everything (and I’m definitely not devaluing the things I include here by calling them “flotsam and jetsam”).

Here are some things I’ll be sharing in this post:

  • a tag
  • books I’ve read recently
  • a snippet from my writing
  • a blog post I love
  • two of my favorite songs
  • and more!

Let’s go! Welcome to flotsam and jetsam, round two.


1 // why seven?

Because it’s my favorite number, so I picked it (:

2 // my tag is making people happy

As you may know, I created a tag here. It was lots of fun, but the best thing about it is that people are doing it! Here are some people who did it:

Mary // Wild Writing Dreams
Jenna // Jenna Terese
Kassie // Soldier Girl Stories
Weez // Caught Daydreaming
Clara // Clara & Co.
Jo // Pananaw
The Story Sponge
Audrey Kate // The Junebug Blog
Kenechi // Well… Go Read!
Laura // Beautiful Things
Eden // The Happy Hedgehog

I love seeing people’s lists of ten things that make them happy, but what makes me happier is that people keep commenting and saying that the lists of happy things also make them happy! (I know that’s confusing. But it was the point of the tag, and I’m glad it’s working.) If you haven’t done the tag yet, please do. I tag you. Go and do it and spread the happiness.

(Side note: I intentionally didn’t put “link back to the creator of the tag” in the rules for this tag. Because the point is not to make my blog popular – it’s to make people remember the simple things that make them joyful. Therefore, I may have missed it if you or someone you know did this tag. If you’re not on the above list but wish you were, feel free to comment your link so other people can read your list as well.)

3 // some books I’ve read recently

I’ve been wanting to post reviews of these books for a while, but since I haven’t really had time, I’ll be sharing them here.

Adorning the Dark // Andrew Peterson

I love this book so much. It’s the book I wish I’d written, a collection of thoughts about writing and creation. It reminds me why I write.

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100 Days of Sunlight by [Emmons, Abbie]

100 Days of Sunlight // Abbie Emmons

This novel wasn’t my favorite, but I really love Abbiee’s YouTube channel and blog and couldn’t wait to try out her book. I actually won it in a giveaway, which was great, and I enjoyed reading it a lot. It’s a sweet romance about getting back up, respecting people’s differences, and learning to rejoice despite your circumstances. (I recommend it for older teens because there’s some mature content.)

Tessa shuts her eyes. Her hair is down today, falling around her face in wispy strands.
She wants to close up, give up, brace herself in the doorway.
I want to push her through the doorway.
Who cares if she falls? She’s already fallen.
Now she needs to get back up.

~ Abbie Emmons, 100 Days of Sunlight

Legacy // Shannon Messenger

I did not like Flashback, so I had low expectations for this one, but I actually liked it. Surprisingly. There were some answered questions and I think she’s set herself up to finish off the series in a book or two more. (Here’s hoping she does… I don’t think I can stand more than a couple more books of Sophie thinking, again, which boy do I like more? and am I a bad person because I was created with super special abilities to hurt others? and when will we win, because we don’t know anything?.)

“Just take the [spoiler], Sophie,” Fitz pleaded. “You’ve risked enough.”
She had.
Over and over.
And she was tired of it.
But the fight wasn’t finished yet.
And what was the point of fighting if she wasn’t going to put her whole heart into it?
“That’s our girl,” Keefe said quietly as Sophie [did what Fitz was advising against]… before she could change her mind. “Knew she was going to Foster it.”

~ Shannon Messenger, Legacy

⬆ Fitz and Keefe and Sophie’s personalities, summed up neatly in one quote ⬆

The Bone Whistle // K.B. Hoyle

This is the sixth book in the Gateway Chronicles (read more of my thoughts on it here), and by far the best and my favorite. It’s so well written and achingly beautiful, it makes me cry. I highly recommend this book for everyone thirteen and up (but start with the first one, The Six, of course).

Note: this quote doesn’t really spoil the story, but it is a memorable moment in the story that you may not want to know about. It’s just too good not to share. Feel free to scroll past it.

“I’m not going to disappear, you know,” she said….
“I know. I’m not worried about that. I’m just thinking.”
“Thinking what?”
He leaned forward. “Thinking about how very happy I am…. Thinking I’m ready to get on with the task you set before us.”
Darcy gave him a quizzical smile. “What task was that?”
“Rebuilding the ruins, of course,” he said.
Darcy leaned back in the chair and broadened her smile. “Because when we rebuild the ruins,” she said in a soft voice, “we restore the land.”

~ K.B. Hoyle, The Bone Whistle

⬆ and that’s Darcy and [highlight his name] Tellius summed up nicely =) ⬆

Bys // Claire Rinker

This is an unpublished book. It’s sooooo good and I’m very proud of my friend Claire for writing such a lovely story.

4 // a song from Anastasia

My sister finally got me to listen to the songs from this musical. As a whole, it’s not my favorite sort of show, but I do particularly enjoy this song.

5 // a snippet from my NaNo novel

She slung her bag over her shoulder and stuffed the box of heels haphazardly back onto the shelf.
“Did you want to buy some shoes?” Cai asked.
She shook her head. “N-no, we were just trying stuff on for fun.”
“That’s fun?”
“Yeah. Shoe shopping is so much fun.”
“Whatever.”

~ Maya J.T., untitled NaNo novel

6 // Megan’s latest blog post

This post was so lovely. Click on the image to check it out (or if that doesn’t work, go here.)

7 // a hymn I love

Hymns are underappreciated these days, but there is so much beauty in them. This one is among my favorites, and I am in awe of the skill that its writer (Christopher M. Idle) possesses.

Lyrics available here.

For in His hand He holds the stars
His voice shall speak to end our wars
And those who love him see His scars
And look into His eyes

~ Christopher M. Idle, “In Silent Pain the Eternal Son”


And there you have it. Seven things, for you, from me.

I hope you’re having a lovely day, and if you’re not, I hope this post helps!

Until next time,

Amica tua (your friend),

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P.S. I now have 102 followers. Following Sarah‘s (scroll down all the way to the end of the post to see it!) example, I’ll hand you some glitter.

🌟✨🎇⭐🌠💫🎊

Thank you all!

20 thoughts on “flotsam and jetsam | 2

  1. I love this post!!! Ooh, I love that Anastasia song too! I always sing the guy part and my sister sings her’s. 😛 YES! I agree, Megan’s post is super. 🙂 ❤ I really wanna read books from Andrew Peterson! I've heard about them a lot but never gotten a chance to read them.

  2. I also happen to like all these seven things. Except I haven’t read all of “Adorning the Dark” yet. I did start it, though. And I LOVE “THE BONE WHISTLE”!!!!!!!!!

  3. Gee, you think reading Legacy is worth it? I haven’t yet, and kinda scared to…Flashback was disappointing. #Sokeefe

    • I don’t have a specific genre that I prefer; good music is my favorite kind, and I’ve found a lot of good musicals recently. I like Hamilton (there’s some mature content, fyi, but it’s very good), Dear Evan Hansen (same), Hadestown, Frozen (Broadway specifically), Anastasia, and Wicked (a few of the songs). As for older musicals, I enjoy The Sound of Music, Singin’ In the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mary Poppins. So maybe you can tell my favorite show from all of those…
      What about you?

      • Haha, yes, “good music” is my favorite genre. 😉
        I am familiar with all of the musicals you mentioned here! There is some excellent music in Hamilton, and I love Dear Evan Hansen. I have heard some songs from Hadestown, and I think it has an interesting sound. I am more familiar with the movie soundtrack of Frozen than the Broadway version though. Anastasia is wonderful, and I like several songs from Wicked. The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof are some of my favorites, and both Singin’ in the Rain and Mary Poppins have some good songs as well.
        But there is so much more.
        Some of my other favorite Broadway recordings include Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Jane Eyre, She Loves Me (the 2016 version), and Beauty and the Beast.

        • Oh, I forgot Les Miserables! I haven’t seen the movie (yet), but I’m in the process of reading the book and I love the song “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” (have you heard the Gareth Gates live version?). And Beauty and the Beast! I love the new version, especially “Days in the Sun” and “Evermore.”

          • When it comes to Les Miserables I mostly listen to the complete symphonic recording (because it’s the only one with ALL of the music), the original Broadway cast recording, and the 10th anniversary live concert version. The movie version is okay, but it’s not my favorite, especially since they shortened most of the songs and cut a lot of them out completely. I really love Anne Hathaway’s version of “I Dreamed a Dream” though. I love “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables! But I don’t believe have heard the Gareth Gates version. I will check that out.
            My favorite version of the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack is probably the Broadway one, but I think that “Days in the Sun” and “Evermore” are excellent songs. Have you heard “Home” and “If I Can’t Love Her”?

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