Etsy shops to support // some of my favorite handmade products

Hey there!! I know I mostly talk about books and writing on my blog, but today I’m changing it up and talking about… you’ll never guess… Etsy 😉 It’s one of my favorite places to find beautiful and practical gifts, so I thought I’d tell you about some shops I enjoy.

A few notes before I begin:

  • I haven’t purchased something from all of these shops.
  • This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any Etsy shop or owner; I decided to do it all by myself and won’t make any profit from it.
  • Photos of products were found at each shop; credit to shop owners.
  • I’m doing this around Christmas because many of you might be looking to buy gifts, but it’s also kind of late for shopping, so some of these items might not arrive by Christmas. (Doesn’t mean you can’t still support these shops, though!)

Okay, let’s do this!

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books that remind me of my WIP // 9 series to read if you like Remnant!

Hi, friends!

Lately I’ve been talking about my WIP Remnant a bunch, and some of you have asked if you can read it and/or said you liked my characters and writing. (Thank you so, so much if you did. Really. It’s just what I need to force myself to write it :))

Hopefully someday it will be available for you to read, but until that day, here are some books that remind me of it! Some of them inspired the original draft, others I discovered later, but all of them are incredible books that I recommend highly.

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the Tales of Goldstone Wood tag

Well met, Knights (and everyone else)! Today I’m doing the Tales of Goldstone Wood tag, which was created by the Knights of Farthestshore. (I did help found that site, but I didn’t create this tag… credit for that goes to Knights Kendra and StarJoy!)

rules:

~ use the tag graphic (see above)
~ link back to Knights of Farthestshore as the creators of this tag
~ answer the 10 questions
~ tag at least 4 people

Note: minimal spoilers here! You can enjoy this post even if you haven’t read the books.

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know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup from Christine Smith Author

*hands you your favorite writing snack* Heyyy, writer! How’s NaNo going for you?

Oh wait, this post is about my NaNo experience? *cough*

Welll… remember back in October when I said my goal was 25k?

As of right now, it’s November 16 and I have less than four thousand words. (Plus two thousand I accidentally handwrote yesterday… but I’m not counting that until I type it up, hopefully later today.)

So… I don’t really think I’m going to get 25k words this month. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m living through the absolute insanity that is senior year — meaning essays due every week and scholarship essays all over the place. I have probably written closer to 15k words this month if you count all the school writing.

Current plan is to write every single day until this novel is done. Because I’ve been working on it for seven years (*hides* yes that’s not a typo) and I just need to finish it.

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the Narnia tag // feat. me fangirling + I need to reread the series

Hey, friends of Narnia! (At least I hope you’re a friend of Narnia. If you’re not… allow this post to turn you into one. ;)) Today I’m doing a tag that I first saw on Jenna Terese’s blog (and also Kendra Lynne’s), and was then tagged for by Ryan Elizabeth, who informed me that it was created by S.J. Barnard! (Go check out all those blogs. They’re amazing.)

It is, obviously, the Narnia tag, and I’m so excited!

(Also, I haven’t blogged for way too long. I’m just so happy to be posting again.)

I first discovered Narnia at age six when my dad read the books to my little sister and me, and I appreciate them more and more as I get older. They’re true masterpieces of literature (*glares at Tolkien*) and I love them to death. (Well, not literally to death. But, you know. A lot.) I actually, well, haven’t read them in far too long, so we’ll see how much I remember 😉

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me and music tag // some of my favorite songs!

Hello, friends! I saw this tag on Germaine Han’s blog and decided to steal copy do it. 😉

(Also guysss. Look at my header. A dude playing the cello in the FOREST!? It’s perfect. *happy sigh*)

tag

The rules:

  1. Link back to original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics).
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!
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blog tour + book review // Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle

Hello hello, lovely readers! Today I’m participating in the amazing Amie Anne’s blog tour for her book Fifteen. The book is a collection of poetry about mental health, and *squeals* I got to read it!! It’s beautiful and important and I can’t wait to tell you what I thought. But first — the book info:

You’re not alone

You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 

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know the novel, part one: introduction // a writers linkup from Christine Smith Author

*welcomes you all to my blog with a wave and virtual chocolate*

Every year, Christine Smith hosts a linkup for writers to share about their NaNo projects. Last year I participated with my novel The Ancient Song, a contemporary Fiddler on the Roof retelling. (You can read about it here: part one, part two, part three.) I won NaNo with 50k HANDWRITTEN words (though I didn’t finish the novel), and I sadly haven’t touched the story since.

I do want to get back to that story someday, and rereading my old posts makes me want to even more, but today is not that day. Today… I’m going to tell you about my 2020 NaNo project.

That is, my November goal. You see, with school and life and everything, I simply don’t have the time or motivation to write 50k of a new novel this year. So instead, I’m writing 20k of my current novel(s), Remnant (and maybe the sequel Paradise). Since you all probably know tons about this saga already (if you don’t, here are some posts), I’m not going to be reiterating all that. I’m going to try to give a few little new details and also talk a tiny bit about Paradise!

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