Tag Archives: My writing

“The Sacrifice” Questions and Answers

Hey, readers!  I’m here to answer all the questions asked about The Sacrifice in the comments of this post.  I’m really excited about sharing this. 😉


“Do YOU have a favorite character?” by Savannah

Probably Gimel or Penelope.

“How do you pronounce Gimel’s name?” by Savannah

Well, like I said, it’s a Biblical name.  I have no idea how you’re supposed to pronounce it!  I have been saying “GUY-mel”.

“… is there the possibility of a sequel? 😀” by Savannah
“Will you be writing more, like a sequel, of the Sacrifice?” by Ariel

“That’s highly restricted information you’re asking for”, girls.  Okay, fine, I’ll tell you: Yes.  There is a great possibility.  No promises, ‘kay?  But there is definitely the possibility.

“Which was your favorite part to write? Which was your least?” by Savannah

Well, like I said in the Behind-the-Scenes post, a lot of the first parts with Sir Richard were hard to write.  It took me quite a while to think of a good ending too, but once I figured out what I wanted to do it came pretty fast.  The easiest ones to write were all the conversations and fights with the dragon. 😉

“If you could literally meet one of your characters in The Sacrifice, who would you pick?” by Savannah

Uh. . . wow!  That’s hard!  Probably Penny or Henry. 🙂

“Which character would do the best if they were suddenly put into the modern world?” by Savannah

How’d you think of such hard questions, Savannah?  I want to say Sir Richard, as he’s been in a lot of weird situations and he’s good at thinking on his feet.  But he has put a lot of confidence on the Sword of Ereth, and that might cause trouble in a modern world.

“Who’s your favorite person out of the whole royal family?” by Jaidyn

Um. . . I don’t know!  I like them all.  Probably Penelope or Henry, but that might just be because they’re main characters.  King Cedric was pretty fun to work with though!

“If you went into your story and wanted a tour of the palace, who do you think would be the best tour guide?” by Jaidyn

Hmm. . . Probably Henry?

“Who did you most enjoy writing?” by Ariel

Penelope and Abadalyx. 🙂  But like I said earlier, the King was pretty fun too!

“Who do you like better out of Cyrus and Snowflake?” by Ariel

Wow, I really had to think about this one!  Probably Cyrus.  Yes, I’m playing favorites.  Please don’t be offended, Horse-people, dogs are my favorite animal.  I do really like how Snowflake turned out though.

“If you could actually BE any of the characters in your story, who would you choose to be, and why??” by Skylar

Penelope, because 1) she’s a girl 🙂 and 2) she’s a princess!  How fun would that be?  There is the whole dragon-issue, but at least there’s a happy ending, right?

“If you could be best friends with any of the characters, who would you choose???” by Skylar

Cyrus?  Or does it have to be a person?  Out of the people, Penelope.

“Which one of the characters could you most see having a spin-off story?” by Skylar

Oh my word, you guys want all the spoilers!  Okay, I’m feeling nice: Sir Richard.  I’m thinking about writing a story about all his adventures with his sword in other kingdoms, before The Sacrifice takes place.

“Which of the characters was easiest to name??” by Skylar

Penelope, Henry, and Gimel’s names came pretty fast.  And as soon as Spencer suggested the name Abadalyx the Insatiably Greedy, I knew it was perfect.  All the horses were easy to name too.

“Which of the characters was hardest to name??” by Skylar

Cyrus was hard to name, and I almost went with some of the names Spencer suggested for him, but in the end went with Cyrus because it was a Biblical name like Jael.  The King and Queen were also hard to name–so hard I needed two whole blog posts asking for help before I got them both named!


And I think that’s it.  Thank you to everyone who asked questions–you had some good ones!  I hope you had as much reading this as I had writing it!

Happy Friday!

“The Sacrifice” Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-scenes!  It’s long–you have been warned. 😉


The Inspiration

The inspiration for The Sacrifice lies way back, before I even had a blog.  The original story was inspired by a short dragon story from The Children’s Book of Virtues edited by  William J. Bennett.  I came up with a story that was essentially The Sacrifice, but still quite different.  I was planning on writing it down, but then had inspiration for The Captured Princess Series (cheesy title, I know), which has basically the same plot line as The Sacrifice, just stretched and twisted into five stories–and pretty long stories too, for me at least.  After writing that, the other story felt short and uninteresting and I gave it up.

Continue reading “The Sacrifice” Behind-the-Scenes

Writer’s Quirks Tag


One of my readers tagged me on her blog this week!  (Read her post here!)  And the tag is about writing–my favorite pass-time and (hopefully) future career.  Which makes me happy. 🙂


  • Thank the person who tagged you and include the link to their post.
  • Put the tag in your post and include the link to this post.
  • Copy, paste, and answer all of the questions in your post.
  • Tag as many people as you wish.
  • Have fun!

Okay then, thank you, Micaiah!  This will be fun!!

Next off, answer the questions:

  • What genre(s) do you like to write in?
  • Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what artists/albums do you enjoy?
  • How do you name characters?
  • Do you like to snack on or drink anything while writing? If so, what?
  • What inspires you to write?
  • Where and when do you prefer to write?
  • Do you read any books or blogs on the writing craft? If so, what are your favorites?
What genre(s) do you like to write in?

Medieval fantasy/fairytale is definitely my favorite genre to read and  write!  I love it!  I’ve tinkered around with sci-fi before as well, but never got anything on paper there; and I could see myself writing historical fiction, but I’m not dedicated enough for researching time periods. 🙂  I’ve also dabbled just a little in modern fiction, with things like my science stories.

Do you listen to music while you write?  If so, what artists/albums do you enjoy?

I don’t often listen to music, if I do, it’s usually something from The Hobbit movies.

How do you name characters?

I don’t really have anything profound to say on this front.  My poor characters usually just wait around until I have an epiphany of the perfect name.  Sometimes I ask for help from my family or my blog readers, and so far that has proved quite helpful!  Very recently, I’ve made a list of names I like that I go to when I need to name a character.  That has also been helpful!

Do you like to snack on or drink anything while writing?  If so, what?

I don’t usually eat while I write.  I do usually end up drinking a lot of water when I write though, as I voluntarily go get a drink when I feel like I need a brain-break. 🙂

What inspires you to write?

Many, many things. 🙂  Other books, movies, reading blog posts by writers, pictures, experiences, etc.  A lot of stories form while I’m lying in bed right after watching a movie (weird, I know!) or when something happens to me that I can easily transfer into a Medieval, fantastical setting.  Lots of my life experiences and personal beliefs worm their way into my stories without really asking permission.  Other things I find inspiring are archery, tree-climbing, hiking, bike-rides, and anything else out of doors!

Where and when do you prefer to write?

Anywhere and anytime!  I’m not partial to time or place.  I prefer it to be quiet (which is hard to find at my house!), but I can “zone out” if I need to. 🙂

Do you read any books or blogs on the writing craft?  If so, what are your favorites?

I don’t read any books on writing, but I may write one someday.  But honestly, I think reading fiction is the best thing for writers!  Writing them comes naturally when you immerse yourself in stories.  It also helps expand your vocabulary–just try reading The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia again, looking up any and every word you’re not familiar with.  It will grow your vocabulary by leaps and bounds!

I don’t read any blogs on writing specifically, but my favorite blog on books in general is Leah’s Bookshelf.


Phew!  That was fun!  Thanks again, Micaiah!  And now I’d like to tag:

Katie from kdbug.com

I would also like to tag my readers Skylar and Jaidyn, but unfortunately their blogs are private so I can’t link to them.

Happy writing, writers, and happy Wednesday to everybody! 🙂

Stopping In

Hey, guys!  Just wanted to stop in and say that I am thisclose to finishing The Sacrifice, and if I’m a little sparse around here for a while, it’s because I’m writing and editing as much as I can!

I’m really excited about how it’s going, and I’m hoping to get it up here soon!  I think I can realistically say I could start posting it before March, but I also thought I could start posting it at the new year, so. . .  Just goes to show that stories aren’t quite as tame as some people think.  I’ll do my best.

What about my dog?” he added, noticing Cyrus hesitating between his master and the horse he had followed all day.  “You can take him in with you, if you want.” The boy shrugged despondently. “They don’t mind.”  Sir Richard whistled to Cyrus and walked inside, wondering why everyone here was so downcast.

It’s Saturday

Sorry about my long absence around here, dear friends.  We just got back to school from Christmas break this week, so I have been a bit busy!  Most of my spare hours have been spent trying to memorize songs on the piano or desperately working on The Sacrifice.

It’s been going. . . slow.  I don’t really like the second half that much, but the first half is turning out lovely, if I do say so myself.  And there happen to be a hundred little details that I can’t quite decide if I like, or if they belong in the City or the Valley (or my surrounding mountain-range) at all.  Also, I’m just sure that there’s a perfect ending for it waiting just around some corner for me to find and write, but I have yet to figure out which corner that happens to be.  If you run into any happy endings, they may belong to me, so if you wouldn’t mind letting me know. . .

Anyway, I’m working on it, and doing my best to get it out “in front of your eyeballs” as soon as possible! 🙂

It’s good to be back, and I’ll try to come around again before another whole week!

Happy Saturday!

Blessings and Stories: Eternity

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, so I decided to today when I couldn’t think of anything to post.  And I found quite a few things I had forgotten about writing while I was flipping through my “Blessings and Stories” notebook, so there may be some more posts like this in the future!


For a long time I have believed that I will go to heaven when I die.

(Once when I was little, I decided that heaven didn’t exist, and you just sat in the dark after you died.  I’m not sure if I would have come to that conclusion if I had really thought about it, but I didn’t think too hard.)

Anyway, for a long time I have believed that I will go to heaven when I die.

But just recently it really occurred to me: heaven is something that is real, and it’s going to happen to me.

I once had a friend ask me, “Do you get dizzy when you think about forever?”  I had never gotten dizzy when I thought about forever, and I thought it was kind-of a weird question.

But at that moment, as I began to think about what heaven really meant–of seeing Christ’s face, and of spending eternity with the One who died for me–I was dizzy!

I think of taking my last breath, and knowing that everlasting joy, peace, hope, and comfort lay ahead!

And I think of Jesus, hanging on the cross, taking His last breath, and knowing that IT WAS FINISHED.  And I thought that I had had a sense of accomplishment before!


Click here to read some random things about my blog and who visited it in 2015!

Thank you, and congratulations to the top five commenters mentioned (except myself–I can’t believe I commented on my own blog more than almost anyone else!)

And thanks to all of you for sticking around and reading my blog!


P.S. If you click on the link, you have to scroll down to see anything real.  Totally threw me off at first, so I thought I’d mention it! 🙂

A Gift

It’s Christmas!!!  The greatest gift in the world was given today!

And that’s why Christmas is a time of giving.

So I thought I would post these now, as a present to all my faithful readers.  These are three pictures I drew of things in The Sacrifice, and I thought I would post them to tide you guys over.






Unfortunately, I wasn’t considering the Christmastime busyness when I planned our fall/winter schedule, and I haven’t been getting in as much writing and editing as I had hoped.  And editing is turning out to be a bigger job than I had expected, and I’m considering leaving out a character because he doesn’t play a very major role.  So. . . The Sacrifice might be a little later than I thought.  I’m very sorry, and I’ll get it up here as soon as I can.

Thank you all for your patience and your enthusiasm!

★ ★ ★  Merry Christmas!!★ ★ ★

A little bit of my life and the fall schedule


A praying mantis we found at our porch light the other day.


We do seem to find the most interesting things at our porch light, don’t we?


Some of us built my grandma a new deck over Labor Day weekend.  It was quite the adventure. . .


The jade circle is from China, but I made the other necklace recently.  Xie xie is thank-you in Chinese.


Our church had a grand opening at our new building this Sunday and served cupcakes to celebrate.  Don’t ask how this little guy snagged one with bright blue frosting.  I have now decided that cupcakes are indisputably the messiest dessert in the world.  Still like them though.


Mom and the littles are making apple sauce today with the apples from the apple orchard!





Remind me to tell you guys how it turned out. . .

And now: the schedule.

There was no dispute in any of the comments of my last post: everyone wanted to do “Mystery Quote” again, and wanted me to hurry up and get The Sacrifice up here.

So that’s precisely what I’m doing: tomorrow we will start “Mystery Quote” back up, and we’ll will do that on Tuesdays this fall.  To avoid confusion, I will call the next one #19, picking up where we left off.  That way we won’t have two #1 posts on my blog, two #2’s, two #3’s, and so on.  If anyone ever looks for “Mystery Quote #5” in the search bar, that could be kinda’ confusing.  I don’t know if anyone ever will search for it, but it will be fun to see how many we’ve done all together anyway!

Like I said, we’ll do this through the fall.  In November we’ll at least take a break, while I post several things I want to put up during the anniversary of our China-trip.  Then, sometime before, during, or slightly after the Christmas-bash of some sorts that will inevitably come*, I will start The Sacrifice;  trusting I will be done writing, editing, and over-thinking it by then.

*Can anyone explain to me my deal with holidays?

In the meantime, I am writing as fast as I can.  I’ve found that because I usually have the story-line all mapped out before I start writing, I can make myself write, whether I feel like it or not.  Which is a good thing for you all, since I would usually rather go read a book or browse blogs than sit down and write.  Thinking up stories is the fun part for me, while actually getting them written is proving to be the challenge.

Which part of the process is your favorite, all writers who read my blog (I know there’s some)?  The writing, or the musing?