The Hamiltag

Happy Friday, friends!

Today I’m doing the ‘Hamiltag,’ a tag about all things, you guessed it, Hamilton! If you don’t know about Hamilton, it is a Broadway musical that came out last year, and it follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, during the American Revolution and the birth of our new nation. It really is a unique musical to me, as it combines hip hop, rap, and other rarer musical elements to produce really powerful songs. (Non-Stop just does it for me, you guys). If you haven’t given Hamilton a listen yet, you really should! Rap really isn’t my cup of tea, but this is my exception 😉

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The Christmas Tag!

Greetings, everyone!

In a mere four days, Christmas will be celebrated far and wide. Admittedly, I’m still numb to the idea Christmas is this weekend. First of all, it’s weird that Christmas is on a weekend, haha. It’s usually in the middle of the week! Secondly, this means the new year is very close, and my life is about to shift gears: college hunting. Senior year.

Part of me is:

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The other part is:

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But of course there’s this part too:

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Too many Michael Scott gifs you say? Impossible.

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The Wisteria Writer Tag

Greetings friends! Today I present you with another fun tag (tags and challenges are just my favorite haha). I was nominated by the always fabulous and talented Misty @ Creative World of Writing  for the Wisteria Writer Tag!

Le Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the ten questions asked.
  • Add ten (writing or book related) of your own.
  • Nominate ten people.

Thanks Misty for tagging me!

Le Questions:

1. Why do you write?

I write for many, many reasons. As of right now, it’s usually to let off steam or to put into words an idea or a feeling I have. Any time I write I feel a lot more composed, because I got out what I was feeling and it’s no longer inside. It’s just a way to express my ideas and get out what I’m feeling. 🙂

2. When did you start writing?

The earliest I recall writing was age 7. Something (I don’t know what) inspired me to write a whole story. It wasn’t that great of a story, I can tell you, but I always mark it as the beginning of Grace’s writing career. If you want to go even earlier back, I would read books with pictures but instead of reading what was written, I’d make up my own stories based on the pictures I saw. I was also full of ideas and stories because I devoured as many books as I could!

3. What/who inspired you to start writing?

I honestly don’t know what specifically inspired me–I think I was just so into reading that I wanted to write what I read (not necessarily what I read, but I just wanted to write books too!). Characters may have inspired me, such as Roald Dahl’s Matilda or James and the Giant Peach. All I knew was that I wanted to get my stories out there, too.

4. What are your top five favorite books/series?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (yes, the entiiireee series, ladies and gents).

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (and his more popular book Tuesdays with Morrie).

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys (I recently read this, and it’s so going up there with my top 5).

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

I have so so so many more, plus I cheated so moving along >.>

5. Do you prefer to handwrite or type your stories? Why?

Type my stories all the way! My handwriting is absolute chicken scratch, and I’m one of those people that has so many thoughts coming at her at once that to write them down by hand would result in literal swirly lines and not letters. I need to type because then I can get them down faster, more coherently, and more legibly at that. Plus I can go back and edit later and I wouldn’t need to use white out or squish alternative sentences in the margins. Make no mistake, I still use a journal when I’m in bed and I feel the urge to write stuff down, but if we’re talking about really writing: type.

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When those words hit you at 60 mph.

 

6. How do you document your ideas and inspiration?

Hm, usually these ideas and inspirations result in songs or small poems, and I have a journal from when I was in the 8th grade where I write down anywhere from prose to one sentence ideas because they popped into my head and I really liked them. So normally I just write it down in a journal on any page I flip to (not very organized of moi). Looking back I really appreciate doing that, because often I’ll go off of the line I had written and create a whole song or short prose out of it. I highly recommend always jotting down any creative inklings that hit you–you may need to use them later, and it’s always great to be able to access them again.

7. Are you interested in publication? 

When it comes to poetry, yes! I’m more confident that I can produce material in that area of writing, because I’m better at it and it’s less of a time commitment. I know it’s not guaranteed to get a story or novel published by publishing companies, and I just don’t think I have the focus for longer novels and short stories. I have had poetry published in books and once or twice in a magazine, so I would be up for that. 🙂

8. What is your favorite genre to write in? 

Often, realistic fiction because I’m more knowledgable in that area 😛 It’s often difficult to balance the realistic qualities and the fantastical characteristics of the sci-fi and fantasy stuff. I like to explore the human mind a bit, so I often gravitate to realistic fiction. I used to dabble in mystery too–I am a huge Nancy Drew fan (I’ve read up to, like, book 36? Who else is a fan! Let me know!). I should try diving back into mystery too.

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Can I just say: childhood? Also I own this book, it is the coolest thing ever.

 

9. What is your favorite genre to read?

Historical fiction, romance (only a little though) and realistic fiction. I particularly enjoy historical fiction the most, because I really enjoy history (especially World War II and all the technological, political and social developments in that time period). Some great historical reads are The Book Thief, Salt to the Sea, A Land Remembered, The Hired Girl etc. The list is quite small but if you have any historical fiction reads you love, let me know!!

10. Lastly, where do you hope to be as a writer in ten years?

I hope to be writing in my faith–that is either working for a Catholic publishing company of sorts, or writing about my faith for others, or something that involves those two things. My writing and my faith are central in my life!

Thank you again Misty for tagging me.

My Questions: 

  1. Do you write for yourself or for others?
  2. Who has helped you improve your writing?
  3. Name three books that have been central in your writing (as in, they inspired you to write, or write a specific story, etc.)
  4. What is your least favorite genre and why?
  5. If you could, would you try to change the landscape for young adult novels of this generation? How? (if this question is confusing: the norms of young adult novels today are pretty obvious–would you want to change them with your writing and how?)
  6. If you could write/collaborate on a novel with one author, who would it be?
  7. What’s your writing process?
  8. What do you do to get out of writer’s block?
  9. Do you like to listen to music when you write? Why or why not?
  10. How has writing changed your life (if it has–and it’s OK if it hasn’t!)?

Nomination time~

Emily // Leah // Zielle // Madison // Bernie // Grace (Girl Upstairs)// Sarah// Clara // Lainey // Lily

If you were already nominated, sorry about that! And if you weren’t nominated but would love to do the tag, go right ahead and say I nominated you 😉

Pax in Christo,

Grace~

The Book Lover’s Tag

Greetings everyone! I haven’t done a tag in a while, so now’s the time to do one (and break up this long string of NaPo posts, hehee).

I was tagged by the fabulous Emily@FortheBookish (her website design is amazing, you have to check it out!)

Here are the questions:

1. Do you have a specific place for reading? 

I do–the majority of my time spent reading is on my bed in my bedroom, whether that be right before bed or during the day. It’s obviously the most comfortable place (and we all want to be comfortable while we read, right?) So definitely on my bed, propped up against a pillow. And of course in that position rarely do I want to be disturbed ugh.

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2. Bookmarks or a random piece of paper? 

Honestly, random piece of paper these days. I have tons of bookmarks, but like guitar picks, they for some reason have the ability to turn invisible right before my eyes. Nowadays I’m so lazy and I rip off a tiny piece of paper or use a sticky note. Once I even used a whole sheet of copy paper folded up (waste of paper, I know, I’m sorry.)

3. Can you just stop anywhere or do you need to finish a chapter?

I can pretty much stop anywhere, which for me isn’t the greatest when I go back to read, because I end up reading from the top of the left page, forgetting I stopped midway through the right. One reading minute wasted LOL. But I do like finishing chapters before I put the book down, however I usually just stop wherever.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yup–I’m a snacker by nature, and of course I combine reading and snacking! I’m stealing what Emily said (because we all know how much I love C.S Lewis stuff): “C.S. Lewis once said, ‘Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.'” Like, what topic hasn’t he covered?

 

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You can’t forget the comfort food during an emotional part

5. Music or TV while reading?

I can listen to music while reading, but often reading drowns it out completely and I won’t even know what’s playing. I think reading with the TV is way way harder, unless I’m not in front of the TV, just nearby it. This is because the visual movements of the TV will distract me (I’m a visual person, so maybe that’s what plays a factor). But I can really drown those two out haha. My sister and I both like reading with music because the music, if matched correctly with the emotions in the book, enhance the reading experience. And for some reason a lot of them on our playlist do 😛

6. One book at a time or several? 

One book for sure. I don’t like skipping around or reading two at once–I used to have to do that for some school reading. One at a time, please.

7. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I get more reading accomplished when I’m at home or in long car rides. I used to have a hard time reading during library time because I was surrounded by friends and couldn’t concentrate. And in public I get too distracted because I like people-watching (no, not creepy) and I just can’t focus for too long on my book. At home is where I read best, haha.

8. Read out loud or silently?

Silently, though my sister loves reading out loud (which can be very annoying haha). When I read out loud, for some reason I lose concentration and don’t comprehend the words completely enough. Silent reading is more effective.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages? 

I used to have the worst habit of reading ahead (the ending), and flipping around a little. Though I have terrible short-term memory and forget it all anyway, I know I really shouldn’t. I don’t do either anymore.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Breaking the spine? What does that mean? LOL usually if it’s a paperback, it can’t helped but be creased a little. My Harry Potter collection is in dire shape because they’re all paperback, so imagine reading an 800 page paperback book.The spine is definitely going to bend lol. But for the most part I try to be careful with my books, the pages, spine, covers, book jackets, etc. Books are golden, and should be avoided being mistreated. 😛

11. Do you write in your books?

I really don’t like to. I once had to for class, and ugh, didn’t like. It felt like I was vandalizing, even if I was just taking notes. My mom has a book she kept from the 80s in her high school class that has her notetaking in it, and when I read the book I was like “Moooom distracting ughhh.” xD (I’m a very picky bookworm, if you haven’t noticed).

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed the tag. Reading is amazing.

 

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Per Sam

I nominate:

Leah//Clara//Madison//Katie//Bernie 

These are just the top 5 that popped into my head. If you weren’t nominated but want to do the tag, always go right ahead!

Pax in Christo,

Grace

Read it and Weep Tag

Greetings everyone! I thought, while I’m currently procrastinating, I’d complete a tag on the list of many tags I’ve been nominated for recently LOL. This one is actually really really neat, created by a fellow Creative Writing buddy of mine, Katie. It’s called the “Read it and Weep” tag. Thank you so much Katie! Go check out her blog guys–it’s definitely worth a read 😉

The Rules:

  1. Answer the required questions below.
  2. Nominate 5 bloggers (or as many as you want).
  3. Send the link to your post to the person who nominated you and thank them.
  4. Make 5 completely RANDOM questions for your nominees to answer (just for fun)
  5. Enjoy it!

Required Questions~

Are there any songs that make you feel something emotionally?

Oh there are plenty of them (*can be very emotional*). My top songs (that I can think of right now) that make me feel something would be: Dust in the Wind by Kansas, The Outside by Taylor Swift, America by Simon and Garfunkel, and probably the most emotional ones: Oceans by Hillsong and It is Well (LIVE) by Bethel Music.

Are there any books or stories that make you feel something emotionally?

Way too many to even think of! I think the most I’ve ever cried while reading a book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Like, I was just so upset. The whole thing was so amazing and so upsetting at the same time. I couldn’t think for a good ten minutes after reading. I would spoil it, but all I can really say is:

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz is another.

Are there any quotes that make you feel something emotionally?

I don’t know, all quotes I come across make me feel something, but I guess C.S. Lewis quotes make me feel the most emotional. I don’t even know if it makes me feel true emotions, but I definitely feel uplifted and empowered with the sense of doing what I should be doing whenever I read something by him. So, of course: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, then the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world,” and of course this one. There are so many, but Lewis is my source for quotes like that haha.

Is there an event in your life or on the news that makes you feel something emotionally (that you feel comfortable sharing)?

Hm, I don’t know honestly. I guess when I moved away from my friends when I was younger, and I’ll sometimes think about them and whenever I contact them I’ll feel a pang of emptiness because I miss them. But it’s not too bad. When I switched to homeschooling is another(that was a huge shift and it’s changed my perspective on just about everything). Other things happening now in my church community that directly and indirectly affect me have made me feel, to an extent, emotional as well. (Sorry for being vague and ambiguous, but I don’t want to delve too much into that specific issue currently going on).

Are there any people who inspire you in life?DontDragYourself

Plenty! St. Therese of Lisieux has always been my biggest inspiration because I can deeply connect with her on an emotional/personal level; my ELA 6th and 7th grade teacher who believed in hard work and challenges inspires me to keep challenging my writing boundaries. She’s the one who really helped shape my essay writing abilities, and without her I’d be a lot less enthusiastic about essay assignments LOL. But she’s also deeply religious and really incorporated that in her instruction, so she inspired me on all sorts of levels.

Fun Questions asked by Katie~

  1. If you could go on a week-long vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Rome! I’d love to spend time studying the ancient architecture and ruins there.

2. Do you have any stuffed animals?

LOL my sister has tons but I only have my stuffed bear named Cloud–he’s white with cream colored ears and a brown nose, and he’s very soft. It may seem weird I have a bear, but I got him for my 6th birthday from my dad and he’s just been very special to me ever since. He just sits on my bed all day long haha. He’s adorable. Will I outgrow him? Psh did you watch Toy Story 3? Andy didn’t outgrow his toys, he was going to take them to college so there! xD

3. Dream pet? (Can be absolutely anything that comes out of your brain)

I already have my dream pets: two small teddy bear-like weiner dogs, who never stop being cute and are great to cuddle with (although if they could stop barking at everything that would be great).

4. Favorite singer/song/composer/etc.?

Impossible LOL. I like too many song and singers. Composer speaking, I really like Francisco Tarrega (he’s a classical guitarist). A lot of his compositions are incredible:

(that’s not him, by the way LOL, he passed away centuries ago)

These guitarists are amazing!

5. Favorite book series or trilogy (no individual books)?

You can guess in the comments 😉 (y’all should know this on the spot hahaha). Props to who guesses it correctly first!

Nominations!

Now I nominate 5 bloggers to answer the required questions, and then my fun five questions I create.

My fun questions:

  1. Sprite or Coke?
  2. If you were to take on a new hobby, what would it be?
  3. Early bird or night owl?
  4. Procrastinator or ‘get-it-done’er?
  5. What’s your favorite kind of pie? (Key Lime for the winnn!)

Well that’s all for today, guys! You don’t have to do this tag if you were nominated, and if you want to do the tag but I didn’t nominate you (I know WAY more than 5 lovely bloggers haha), go right ahead and do the tag! Say I nominated ya 😉

Pax in Christo,

~Grace

Infinity Dreams Award #2

Hey everyone! I hope your week is treating you well. We’re all just trudging along, I know it, but we can make it to the weekend! I’m enjoying Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and just got to the section that actually consists of the quote I mentioned here. I had no idea it came from this book, and what is more fitting than to have it in the section about Heaven? It’s just so remarkable. Read it, all of you!

Moving along from that brief life update and on to an exciting award! I was nominated by the lovely Allie@AMB to complete the Infinity Dreams award (thank you so so much Allie! Your blog is so beautiful–everyone, check it out!) This is my second nomination, so I won’t list the 11 facts (nothing’s changed since then, hate to break it to you), but I will answer her fabulous questions!

Rules: 

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (check!) 
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself. (breaking this one >.>)
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

1. What book (or movie) character embodies your personality?

Hm, that’s a great question. If I had to pick one, I’d say Jo from Little Women. Like, I’m not a huge risk-taker, but I’m definitely stubborn, I love to write, and can definitely have an attitude (something I’m not proud of admitting, but still). More specifically: Little Women ’94 because Winona Ryder incredibly portrays her!

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2. Who/what inspired your love for writing?

Oh my goodness, I can’t remember. I’ve always been prone to storytelling at a young age (I used to make up stories and dialogue from the pictures I saw in books, never actually reading the real words). I seriously began writing at age 7, when I wrote my first “novel” of sorts. If I can really think that far back, I’d have to say Rohl Dahl, maybe? I loved Matilda (she encouraged me to read more), and I remember basing some of my story on James and the Giant Peach. I really can’t say for certain, and I’m rambling nonsense again, but I think Rohl Dahl had something to do with it. After that it just was a part of me, never needing further inspiration to be something I loved doing.

3. If you could interview one person from the past, present or future, who would you interview and why?

C.S. Lewis, because he’s awesome. I’m just very fascinated to learn what emotions he was experiencing, what thoughts went through his mind as he wrote his novels (Narnia and Mere Christianity specifically). He’s definitely on my list of role models, not just as a writer/storyteller but as a Christian. His intellect is compelling, for certain. I’d like to be able to interview that intellect if I ever, ever had the chance.

4. What’s your most played song right now?

Now this is a song-related question I can answer. Most recently it was “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers. Their music is pretty awesome, but I especially love that song because of the melody and the lyrics are amazing!!

 

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Isn’t that a genius line or what?

5. What’s your favorite season and why?

Fall because that’s when November is, and that’s when my birthday and NaNo and lovely pumpkin bread is. 😉

6. What MBTI personality type are you?

I used to be INFJ, I think, I really don’t know, I’ve only taken this test twice in the last two years. Right now I’m an ISTP, and though some of the things really don’t match up with me, the overall portrait of an ISTP scarily does. So, guess I’m an ITSP (with the varying ISTJ getting thrown in there).

7. What’s your dream job? What was your dream job when you were 5? Why has or hasn’t it changed?

I don’t have one, honestly. I want to be an editor for a publishing company, or work somehow for a publishing company or something with books or writing…you can see my plight. I just don’t know specifically, and I’m okay with that. College will hit me with it hard, hopefully. Or Senior year, anyway 😛 My dream job when I was 5? To be a ballerina, because that’s literally all I did was dance around in this ballerina outfit to the Wiggles (sorry not sorry). I liked dancing and singing, but as I’ve grown, I’ve become more introverted in the sense singing and dancing draws attention, and I’m not one for that much anymore. I like to sing, but I don’t really have the voice for it to be a profession. And of course writing has become the most significant aspect of whatever talents I possess, so that’s why it would influence my career choice more.

8. Who is the blogger you read most? (Or top 5-10 😉 I know this is hard to narrow down!!!)

Ooh, it’s a tie between Emily@FortheBookish, Misty@WorldofCreative Writing, Aimee@TotheBarricade!, Madison@TrifilingVagrant, Leah@MelodiesPensandTea and Tsteely@SecondAlert. I read everyone’s blogs in the Reader, but I really have read these 6 the most.

9. If you could only have 15 books for the next year (so until Feb 2017) what books would you choose?

The Bible, Chronicles of Narnia (so that counts as 7 books haha) by C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (y’all just let me know when my mentioning of C.S. Lewis starts to drive you crazy, so I can increase how much I mention him :P), Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (can I have the accompanying soundtrack too?), The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart (3 books), Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Little House on the Prairie (but which one?) by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don’t even know if I’d want these same books tomorrow, but as of right now, definitely most of them.

10. What youtube channels are you enjoying right now???

I don’t watch YouTube religiously, but I used to really like this Nancy Drew fan youtuber  arglefumph (yes I like to play Nancy Drew computer games) and that’s really about it? I don’t watch YouTube like that, so really no one.

Thank you so much for the wonderful questions, Allie!

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

I nominate anyone who hasn’t been nominated for this award yet. 😛

I’ll do 5 questions, to keep it short and sweet:

  1. Procrastinator or ‘Get-it-doner?’
  2. Hot Chocolate or Chocolate ice cream?
  3. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
  4. Dance in the rain or watch it through the window?
  5. Are you taking any AP courses this year? Are you enjoying hating them like me?

Well that’s all for now, but I do have a few more challenges/awards to complete, I believe. Thank you again, Allie!

Pax in Christo,

~Grace

 

Describe Me Challenge

Greetings, fellow writers! I’m working on catching up, and thought I’d start with the “Describe Me” challenge, created by a good friend of mine, tsteely! It’s actually a really cool challenge, and I hope it becomes more popular the more times it is completed 🙂

Le Rules~

-Thank the blogger that nominated you

I was nominated by tsteely@Second Alert! Thanks so much for nominating me! Everyone, go check out her blog. It’s super awesome, and sure to be your super cool music discovery center 😉

-Choose one song that describes your music tastes

Oh goodness, why do you do this to me. Whyyyy. My music tastes are literally dozens of different paints being splattered at a canvas. 😛 I honestly crave so many different sounds at sporadic times, so I’m not really sure what to do here. I can’t do it ;-;

-Choose one outfit that describes your fashion tastes

Hm, I don’t know about how much of a fashion taste I actually have. My mom’s the one who buys my clothes, and with that comes her influence. I mean I have some say, obviously, as to whether or not I want the article of clothing, but it all comes down to whether she approves of it or not. I guess this kind of describes my tastes? (It was accidentally posted as a post yesterday; not sure how, but I took it down xD):

 

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Kind of boring if you ask me LOL

I’m quite fond of jeans (though it’s always so hot here, I only wear them the most in the “winter”), and t-shirts (I don’t shop that much at Abercrombie, but the tees I do own I like to wear quite a bit), and of course VANS BECAUSE VANS ARE AWESOME. And beach-themed earrings are definitely cool. As for the hairstyle: I have layered brown hair with side bangs, so I guess if I could find a decent picture (for some reason I can’t), I’d add that in there.

-Choose one meal (includes drink) that describes your taste for food

Hm, this too is quite hard. I love food. I’d have to say maybe water with lemon and penne pasta with meat sauce and of course Key Lime Pie because if you live in Florida you must love it (just kidding, but I seriously love it). But I also like pizza, and cheese burgers. But definitely key lime pie. (I’m so healthy, guys).

-Choose one book that describes you/ changed your life

Ooh, one book that changed my life. That would definitely be the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It changed the way I viewed writing and reading, which are two integral components of my life. A book that describes me would either be the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom or something by C.S. Lewis (i.e.”Mere Christianity” and the “Chronicles of Narnia”) which both are about or more so resemble my faith.

-Choose one quote that describes what you want for your life.

Allow me to bring about Clive Staples Lewis again:

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~C.S. Lewis

It’s true: I know that this life is only a journey, and what I want for my life is to live it to get to the next one, if that makes sense. Quite honestly my quote bank is very empty, but I always tend to come back this one when I want real honesty. Ask yourself: Have you ever wanted something you’ve never gotten? Satisfying love, unending popularity, maybe the ability to never make a mistake? All of these things may be humanly impossible, depending on who you are (and let’s be real: you’re a super human if these wishes are fulfilled consistently throughout your life). We all have a wish we won’t always have come true. But I know that these wishes are just a blip, just a tiny period that will hold no significance when I pass. What I want for my life is to keep working towards that other world. I don’t want to waste my life because I didn’t have the right mindset, because I continued to seek the satisfaction of desires that won’t matter forever.

-Nominate 5 people

So I have no clue who’s been nominated and who hasn’t, so if you already have, super sorry!

Quote of the Day Challenge {Day 3}

Hello, fellow readers! Today concludes my “Quote of the Day” challenge, but it’s been quite fun resurfacing quotes I’ve loved and discovering quotes I will now love. This next one comes from a book I recently read, “The Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz. Honestly I call bets on the idea this book is going to be considered a classic someday. It has all the elements, and it certainly taught me things and gripped my heart in ways unimaginable. I can’t remember the last time I almost stopped breathing reading a crucial scene! I recommend this book to allll the lovers of Little Women, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice–that’s right, all my classic novel lovers.

Anyway, the quote (and I’ll be quoting the whole thing, not just a sentence, mmhmm).

I have been through so many emotions today–such terrors and sorrows! Such mounting hopes, such exquisite sensations of relief! I’m proud of myself, because I haven’t been a coward, not one bit. My heart is racing even as I write, but I plan to go on as bravely as a heroine in a novel.

I just love that ENTIRE section. Can you believe this is a 2015 YA Novel? Sometimes I feel like it was published far earlier. It’s so vivid in expressing the fears and hopes Joan Skraggs experiences running away from her cruel father. My favorite part of that quote is the sentence bolded. I love reading, especially classics (well…sometimes), and I’ve always been fond of the “heroines” she speaks of here. Jo March, Jane Eyre, the unnamed narrator in Rebecca (even though she was kind of a baby at first, she molded herself into a strong woman by the end of the book), Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc: they all inspire. Joan is basically me (but only in some ways–I wouldn’t last two days on a farm being treated as she was; I’m probably more like her mom), because she loves reading and she tends to get wrapped up so much in the stories she fabricates the idea that they could happen to her.

Sadly it doesn’t work that way. *passes around tissues* But, we can let what we read influence and inspire us, like brave woman following their own passions, which is just as equally important as a certain handsome someone falling in love with me >.>

What heroines in literature have inspired/influenced you? Have you read “The Hired Girl?” Do you love it as much as I do? [you better :P]

Today I nominate:

Bernie

Wizepuppy

Madison 

If you weren’t nominated but would like to do it, go right ahead. Say I nominated you 😉

~Grace

Quote of the Day Challenge {Day 2}

Happy Monday fellow poets and writers!

I’ve decided to do three quotes for the challenge, one from yesterday, one today, and one tomorrow. Today is going to be a Latin quote, because Latin is love. ❤

Rident stolidi verba Latina

{Fools laugh at the Latin language.} ~Ovid (famous Latin poet)

I love Latin, and it’s quite often many of us Latin lovers are faced with the same overused

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Ovid and his awesome laurel wreath

response: “What’s the point in learning it if nobody uses it?” It’s true, many people have already taken the phrase “dead language” to mean there is no point in studying and learning Latin. Sure, it’s not spoken by civilizations anymore, but that doesn’t mean there is no point to learning it. Plenty of my friends have rolled their eyes, dubbed me a “nerd,” or have told me I’m being silly and wasting my time.

Far from it, suckers 😛

Those who find studying Latin pointless are fools. I’m not saying they are stupid, I’m saying they just don’t realize the beauty of the Latin language because they’ve never been fully introduced to it. It’s like the concept that people criticize what they don’t understand. You don’t know what something means, so why should you agree with it or endorse it? I would be a hypocrite if I said I never made fun of something I didn’t know. As a child it was in all of our natures to single the odd one out. I’ll admit, I never thought homeschooling was a positive thing until I was actually homeschooled. I thought it was weird, but from my experience, not at all. So now my friends are the only ones who think I have no friends because I don’t go to a traditional school (kind of contradictory if they are my friends, don’t you think? LOL).

The point of this ramble is: don’t laugh at something just because you don’t understand it or have never experienced it. Latin is embedded deeply in the English language. So many of our root words and vocabulary derive from it, not to mention our grammar and syntax (with some modifications, of course). It’s a gateway to reading the famous works by Julius Caesar, Catullus (beware), Ovid, Vergil all on our own without the aid of someone else’s translation. It gets our brains thinking, because translating Latin is like solving a puzzle. (And don’t I know it). You learn about Ancient Roman history and so many cool things, too. Many employers want those who can think outside the box, and Latin certainly aids with that. I mean I’m only speaking for myself here, but the language is definitely loved by thousands.

Take some time to research what you might be potentially laughing at. You’d be amazed at what you’re actually missing! (And this isn’t to say, you have to actually learn the language or experience whatever you don’t know to understand it, but at least conduct some research to know it’s really not as bad as you might think it is). 😉

Nota Bene: The quote was taken from Ovid’s collection of works “Tristia,” Book 5 poem 10. The passage roughly translates (I haven’t translated it myself): “I have to communicate by gestures. / Here, I myself am a barbarian, understood by nobody, / And the ignorant Getae mock [my] Latin [words], / And they always say all sorts of bad things about me in my presence, / Perhaps they object to my exile too.” (when Ovid was in exile from Rome). This means that Ovid was among those who didn’t understand his language and mocked him for it. The quote has evolved today to be “Fools laugh at the Latin language.” Are the meanings similar? In a way, I think so.

The people I nominate today:

Leah

Josie

Grace (there are so many Graces I follow, so you know who by the link xD)

Valet! (Farewell)

~Grace