Category: Fun Stuff That Doesn’t Fit Anywhere Else

No Pressure by Danny Gokey–Thoughts on the Song

No Pressure by Danny Gokey–Thoughts on the Song

I find it ironic that I’m writing about a song entitled “No Pressure” when I just started college and am dealing with all the pressures that come along with that.

In life, we are pressured continuously by friends, family, school, work, and our own expectations for ourselves. The weight of all of that can drag us down into discouragement and frustration.

What I love about this song is that it reminds us that we do not have to earn God’s grace. He gives it to us freely. We don’t receive grace because we were “good enough.” Before God awakened our hearts, we were all dead in our trespasses (Eph. 2:1).

Our salvation comes through God’s grace, through faith, not because of anything we did.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

We could not have earned salvation because Isaiah says that “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” in God’s sight (64:6).

Salvation is all of God!

Even after we are saved, God continues to shower us with His grace and forgiveness. That does not mean, however, that we can continue in sin because we will be forgiven.

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2 (ESV)

We are commanded to become more like Christ and seek to obey Him (1 Peter 1:14-17).

Next time you are struggling with all the pressures of life, take a moment to praise God that He gives you grace freely. We can always rejoice in our salvation, no matter our situation.

 

*A guy from church painted my hand for me. Isn’t it good?

 


 

Oliver’s Travels!

Oliver doing college
Oliver decided to help me get ahead with my college assignments. Thanks, buddy!
Pumpkins, Puppies, Pirates, and Professors!

Pumpkins, Puppies, Pirates, and Professors!

Fall has finally come! And with it come college classes!

You heard me right, I’m starting college. If you had told me a few months ago I would be going to college, I wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, I might have laughed. But after much prayer and discussion, my parents and I decided this would be the best route for me.

I’m getting a degree in English and Creative Writing through Liberty University Online. That means I get to stay at home and do all my class work on my laptop! No dorms! No cafeteria food!

I’m pretty excited about getting started! My first day is Monday, the 21st. Prayers would be appreciated!

Now onto the pumpkins, puppies, and pirates I promised…

 

Allison Grace the pirate

Let me explain the bandana. My brother and I are into Pirates of the Caribbean right now and his birthday theme was pirates. So I decided to “dress up.”

Simon with pumpkin

Simon tried to take a bite of my pumpkin.

Reese and pumpkin

Reese gave it a good spit shine.

Allison Grace with pumpkin

Then I got to carve it!

 

Allison Grace with pumpkin

I made Liberty University’s logo!

Oliver with pumpkin

 

Glowing pumpkins

What makes that photo so awesome are the phantom gnomes in the background. On the right is Jerome, on the left is Spurgeon.

Reese

We took Reese for a hike…

Berries

found some berries…

Woolly bear

and a woolly bear.

Oliver in tree

Oliver climbed a tree with gorgeous yellow leaves. This might be my favorite picture ever of him. 😍

 

Reese eating cake

We always share birthday cake with our dogs, and Reese has the funniest facial expressions ever. She loves to carry around paper plates. XD

 

And now, I have delivered pumpkins, puppies, pirates, and professors.


What do you like to do in fall? Have you carved a pumpkin yet? Does your dog like birthday cake? Have you ever seen The Pirates of the Caribbean?

Windsong: A Poem

Windsong: A Poem

The wind makes its music in the trees,

Rustling the branches,

Rattling the leaves.

 

It brushes its silvery fingers

Through the grass,

Across the colors, of stained window glass.

 

It whistles its soothing tones

Through the fields of green and yellow,

Across the shining surface of a pond.

 

Sometimes it turns into a lion,

Ripping, roaring, tearing,

Snarling, snapping, growling.

 

It bats paper bags,

Drives the rain,

Snarls the trees.

 

It swats crispy leaves,

Snatches hats,

Rips away homes.

 

It blows in the storm clouds,

Then brings in the sun.

 

The wind plays its music,

Sweet, wild tones

In the evening.

 

It kisses the sun,

Embraces the moon,

And blows the starlight down.

 

The wind blows its snaking tendrils

Across tear-stained faces,

Through the bars of a wind chime.

 

The wind has played its music,

Sweet, haunting, gentle, wild,

Through the ages.

 


 

Oliver’s Travels!

Oliver and the coffee maker
Sometimes you just need coffee.
Liebster Award and Tell the Story Challenge!

Liebster Award and Tell the Story Challenge!

Two of my friends from The Young Writer’s Workshop, Eliana and Caleb, tagged me for some fun blog tags!

Eliana tagged me for the Liebster Award, so without further ado, here it is:

Liebster Award

 

The rules:

#1: Acknowledge the blogger who gave it to you and display the award.

#2: Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.

#3: Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.

#4: Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.

#5: Ask your nominees 11 questions.

 

Thank you Eliana for the Liebster Award! Check out her blog here!

Her questions are in bold and my answers are in normal text.

 

Who are your top two favorite book characters?

  1. Jace from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
  2. For number two, it’s a tie between Prince Caspian and Reepicheep the mouse.

What is the yummiest candy in your opinion?

Chocolate. I also really love jelly beans and Peeps. (the marshmallows covered in sugar that come out around holidays)

Have you looked at clouds much? What is your type (e.g. nimbocumuli)?

I haven’t looked at the clouds very much. I’d have to say cumulonimbus. They’re just so cool!

Do you wear hats much? Why or why not? And what kind of hat?

I wear baseball hats all the time. (Go Indians!) Usually to keep the sun out of my eyes, or just to hide underneath of them. 😉

Is your head in the clouds a lot or are you sensitive to the real world around you?

Totally in the clouds.

Where do you get photos for your blog?

Most of them I get off of Pexels.com but a few of them are my own. The Glendale pictures I take myself, but my mom has taken a few for me.

What is your favorite bird?

I love birds! Maybe chickadees or peacocks. Or falcons.

What is your favorite number?

I like number 3.

What did you want to be “when you grow up” when you were younger?

My friend and I were just talking about this the other day! I wanted to be basically everything—firefighter, police officer, veterinarian, Jedi, etc. I never wanted to be a doctor, though. I hate all things medical. XD

What do you want to do “when you grow up” now?

Write and work at the library! I’m doing both right now. Well, I only volunteer at the library, but working there is my dream job.

Favorite school subject?

Either writing or reading.

 

And now for eleven random thoughts about myself:

  1. I hate seafood.
  2. I love baseball.
  3. I’m afraid of butterflies.
  4. I have eleven plants that are currently alive.
  5. I don’t know how to swim.
  6. I want to go somewhere like Montana to look at the stars.
  7. I’ve never been overseas.
  8. I almost always have my hair in a braid.
  9. I rode my first major inverted coaster this year.
  10. I want to learn to play cello.
  11. I’ve never been to Boston in the fall. 😉

 

I don’t know eleven bloggers, so if you haven’t done the Liebster Award before, I hereby nominate you. 😃

The 11 questions for you to answer:

  1. Do you enjoy yard work?
  2. If you could re-paint your bedroom, what color would it be?
  3. Have you ever been to the Pacific Ocean?
  4. What is your favorite Narnia book (or movie)?
  5. In general, do you like books or movies better?
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. Why did you start blogging?
  8. Have you ever been skiing?
  9. Do you have any autographed books? If so, which one(s)?
  10. Are you afraid of spiders?
  11. Would you rather eat shrimp ice cream or a bacon milkshake? Why?

 

Tell The Story Challenge!

The rules:

Pick an image out of the choices.

Write a short story, poem, or whatever that applies to that image.

Choose some other bloggers to do the same challenge.

Give your nominees a few more images to choose from.

 

I haven’t seen a blog tag like this one before, so I’m super excited about this! Thank you, Caleb, for tagging me! You can read his blog here!

Out of the choices, I picked this image, and wrote a poem about it.

Tell The Story Challenge

 

Let the misty fog roll over me,

Let it cover me in dew,

For on the broken mountain path,

I will rejoice.

For God is my rock,

My unshakable foundation,

And I will wait for Him.

 

As I tread the stony path,

I will never be alone,

For Thou art with me.

 

Until I reach the golden streets,

I’ll draw each breath with thankfulness,

For the grass

The flowers,

The sunrise,

The great misty mountains,

And Your ever greater grace.

 

I tag:

Eliana at: https://elianathewriter.blogspot.com/

Cheyenne at: https://thedancingbardess.wordpress.com/

Here are your three images. Choose one and write a poem or short story about it!

Tell The Story Challenge!

Tell The Story Challenge!

Tell The Story Challenge!

Allison Grace blogs at allisongracewrites.com


Where’s Glendale?

 

Glendale the Gardener
Glendale practices his green thumb with some of my plants. Then I proceeded to pry him off of the cactus in the lower right with a pencil. XD
Hope Prose Podcast Launch!

Hope Prose Podcast Launch!

 

The Hope Prose podcast is dedicated YA Christian books – the authors who write them and the readers they inspire. We upload new episodes once every two weeks and hope to leave our listens with sparks that ignite their own stories–whether their own or fictional. We want our podcast to be a place that inspires you to live a life of creative purpose through reading, writing or maybe even singing. Words are kinda our thing, and communication is one of the most powerful gifts God has given us and we want to stoke the fire in your own faith and creative journey.

 

About the host(s):

Tara K Ross Hope Prose Podcast

 

Tara K. Ross is a perpetual Toronto suburbanite, despite her best efforts to escape. She works as a school speech-language pathologist and mentors with local youth programs. She is blessed with a ridiculously supportive family that grants her time to create stories which tackle the interplay of faith and mental health. Her debut novel, FADE TO WHITE, will be published in the spring 2020. When Tara is not writing or reading all things YA, you can find her rock climbing the Ontario escarpment, planning her family’s next jungle trek or blogging.

 

Rebekah Black Hope Prose Podcast

Rebekah Black is a young writer from Southern California who is a lover of all things bacon and books. She is the co-founder of The Wilting Rose Project, an online girls’ ministry, contributor to The Rebelution, Fervr, Top Christian Books, and is a staff writer for TheLife.com. Her love for books borders on an obsession, but she regrets nothing. When she is not reading you’ll most likely find her either playing piano or guitar, working on her next novel, baking up healthy treats for her insanely supportive family, or fangirling over her favorite band, BTS

 


I know Rebekah Black through The Young Writer’s Workshop and I’m super excited about this podcast! I love listening to podcasts (or audiobooks) while crocheting and with this one being about Christian YA books, what could be better? I’ll definitely be tuning in for new episodes when it launches on July 8th!

Listen on iHeart Radio!

Hope Prose Podcast

 

Habakkuk: Everyone’s Favorite Minor Prophet!

Habakkuk: Everyone’s Favorite Minor Prophet!

Nestled between Nahum and Zephaniah, there is a little book called Habakkuk. It’s only three chapters long (56 verses), but very powerful. My dad once called it “everyone’s favorite minor prophet,” but it’s actually my favorite!

Our church just finished a four week series on Habakkuk. I’d like to share three things I learned with you.

1. There’s conflict between what we see happening in the world and our beliefs about God’s character.

When God told Habakkuk He was going to use the Chaldeans (the Babylonians) to judge Israel, the prophet was shocked. How could God use an evil and wicked nation to judge His people? Habakkuk said:

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Why do You look with favor
On those who deal treacherously [the Chaldeans]?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up
Those more righteous than they?
1:13

But God’s ways are often mysterious to us. We can’t always see how He’s working. But He still is.

Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Isaiah 40:13-14

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,”
declares the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8

2. God welcomes our questions.

Never once in the book of Habakkuk is the prophet rebuked for questioning what God was doing. In fact, the name “Habakkuk” actually means “to wrestle.”

The prophet never tells God what He should be doing, he simply asks why God is doing what He is because of what Habakkuk knew of His character. Habakkuk wasn’t trying to take control, he was seeking to understand what God was doing.

 

3. Remember God’s faithfulness in times past.

The Bible isn’t just a book of stories, it’s a record of God’s work. When we worry that things won’t work out for our good, we need only to open the Scriptures to remember what God has done.

Chapter three of Habakkuk is a song written by the prophet, remembering what God had done for Israel in the past.

We can also look to our own lives for examples of God’s work. We’ve all experienced it–God’s providence, answered prayer, His blessing upon us, etc.

 

Finally, my favorite passage in Habakkuk are the closing verses:

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
and there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ [type of mountain deer] feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
3:17-19

All Scripture references taken from NASB.

Allison Grace blogs at allisongracewrites.com

Big News+Sneak Peek into Checkmate!

Big News+Sneak Peek into Checkmate!

On June 22, 2019, I officially graduated high school.

I’ve been homeschooled since kindergarten, so this is a big change for me.

Allison Grace Graduates

You might be wondering, “What’s next? Are you going to college? Getting a job?”

Well, my plan is to get a part-time job and focus on more writing. I’m really hoping there will be an opening at my local library when I start applying places.

Don’t worry, my blog isn’t going anywhere. In fact, I’m working on honing the vision and purpose of this blog. (Something I learned about at the 2019 YDubs Conference.) I’ll be posting more about this in a few weeks.

 

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

The Sneak Peak Into Checkmate!

For those of you who don’t know, Checkmate is my YA fantasy novel that I’ve been working on for just over two years. You can read more about it here.

Last Thursday, I finished the third draft!

*cue confetti*

Before upcoming edits, the word count stands at 83,421. That’s 249 Word doc pages (8″x11″).

I’m pretty happy with how this draft came out. It’s a million times better than the previous one. My family still teases me about the ending of Draft 2.

To celebrate, I tried very hard to find some non-spoiler snippets to share with you. Enjoy!

 


He stared at the bodies for a minute, moisture welling in his eyes and a lump creeping up his throat. He swallowed hard as he knelt beside his mother.

He ran a hand gently over her flaxen hair as he had done many a time as a child, brushing it away from her face. A tear slipped unchecked down his cheek. She always had a smile for him, no matter what. Her blue eyes would twinkle and her lips quirk in the most delightful way that made everything seem okay. But now her eyes were closed and her pale lips slightly parted, as if she were sleeping.

He squeezed his eyes shut for a second, pressing his fingers to the bridge of his nose again. Then he reached for her right hand and carefully removed the white opal ring she always wore. Apa had given it to her one year on their anniversary. She never took it off except on wash days. Then she wore it on a chain around her neck until the clothes were on the lines and the dirty water dumped.

He held it tightly in his hand, the gold fittings that held the stone digging into his palm.

***

“You hungry? I haven’t eaten dinner yet.”

Aris smiled. Leave it to Trev to think of food.

***

“We have gathered here to celebrate another year of peace. But, alas, Avendor is not at rest. Rebels attack and burn our villages. They kill innocent children.”

The crowd murmured. Kare grabbed the hilt of his sword. Liar.

“I have reason to believe that rebels are here, right now.”

Everyone gasped, then stared at each other, as if their neighbor’s mask hid a killer.

“Rest assured,” Dargrin said, raising his voice and motioning for silence with a hand, “there will be no incidents tonight. My men are prepared for any attack the rebels might have planned.” His gaze swept over the crowd and lingered on Kare for a second.

***

One word echoed above them all.

Run.

***

Brenson reached for his cloak, but it wasn’t there. Strange.

Then he noticed what the horse was eating.

“Give that back!” He snatched his black cloak away and eyed the gaping hole. “I have a mind to leave you alone over here.” He waved the fabric in front of the horse’s nose.

The stallion tried to eat it again.

***

So, why did you come? 

Because they needed hope. 

It hurt to admit it, even silently to himself. He was living a lie, pretending to be someone he was not. He was no king. He never would be.


Allison Grace blogs at allisongracewrites.com

 

Where’s Glendale?

Glendale learns piano
Inspired by the music at the YDubs Conference, Glendale has decided to take up piano.

 

Glendale playing piano
Though I’ve never seen it done this way before.

 

A Silence in the Shadows Book Release! Reviews and Author Interview!

A Silence in the Shadows Book Release! Reviews and Author Interview!

On Monday, Caleb E. King’s debut novel, A Silence in the Shadows, released!

Since I’m on Caleb’s street team, I go to read an ARC (advanced reader copy) before it was published. My younger brother also read it and wrote a review of his own.

Now I have several things to share in this post, so let’s start with the interview! As usual, my questions are in bold and Caleb’s responses are in regular text.

Caleb E. King
Caleb E. King

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Sure! I’m a homeschooled teen and a grateful child of God. I started writing when I was eight and haven’t stopped since. Besides writing I love reading, drawing, and hanging out with my friends.

You’ve been writing much longer than I have! When did you start writing A Silence in the Shadows?

July 23rd, 2016

Wow! It’s impressive you remember the exact date! What inspired it?

Well, I remember wanting to make a story with the main characters cool ninja-like people, and have them infiltrating castles and fighting their enemies. That’s basically what it sparked from, and then the story just unfolded from there!

Do you have a favorite memory from writing A Silence in the Shadows?

Hmm, I actually don’t remember a lot of the writing process of it…some of the dialogue was really fun to write though.

Dialogue is always fun to write! Which authors have inspired you the most?

J. R. R. Tolkien, Chuck Black, and Andrew Peterson!

I’ve read at least one thing by all of those authors! Do you like to listen to music while you write?

I used too, but not so much anymore. I haven’t tried it in a while though…I may try it again.

What is your favorite Bible passage (or verse)?

I don’t think I really have a certain favorite, but I like Psalms 100 and 111 a lot!

I know! It’s so hard to choose! Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Yep! I enjoy reading, drawing, making my own comic books, and creating 2-D animations! I also make films with my friends!

That’s awesome! What’s next on your writing journey?

TAKE A BREAK. Then I think I’m going to re-write a couple short stories I wrote a while ago. After that, it’ll be on to the next book!

Enjoy your break, Caleb! Thank you for letting me interview you!

 

Want to know more about Caleb? Follow him on his blog! www.calebeking.wordpress.com

Order A Silence in the Shadows here!

(Keep scrolling for book reviews!)

A Silence In The Shadows

 

Book Review Time!

 

My Thoughts

When the Willii brothers, Jered and Faal, discover a close friend is actually a wizard in disguise, they are thrown into a conflict bigger than they ever imagined. Sure, they knew the tax collectors were evil, but they didn’t know they oppressed more than just the Willii’s village.

They also didn’t know their friend’s ex-apprentice is the man behind it all.

And they are the only two people who can stop him.

After the tax collectors burn the brother’s village, the two boys join the Silents—masters of stealth and hand-to-hand combat—in order to find a way to defeat the tyrannical reign of the rouge wizard.

***

Overall, I thought this was a good story. I haven’t read middle-grade in a while, so please note my comments come from the perspective of a YA author and reader. 😊

I enjoyed the relationship between the two brothers, Jered and Faal. It felt realistic—they neither hated each other nor got along all the time. I can’t decide which brother I like better—serious Jered or mischievous Faal.

My favorite character was actually Belak. He seemed to have an interesting backstory and I would have liked to learn a bit more about him.

I really liked all the fantasy creatures Caleb created. I could picture them really well.

If I could be in this book, I’d be a Silent. They’re basically like ninjas and ninjas are cool. And magical ninjas are even cooler. 🐱‍👤

The ending was really good. I didn’t expect it, but it was awesome!

A few things I didn’t like:

  • There were too many fight scenes. Every few pages it seemed like the characters were fighting the tax collectors.
  • The point-of-view character shifted a bunch. It made it hard to follow, particularly during action scenes.
  • The side characters were a bit hard to tell apart and flat.

 

Content

There was a lot of fighting, but I don’t think there was anything graphic. A few mentions of blood. Lots of bad guys die. (Someone explodes at the end.)

Since Jered and Faal have wizard powers, there is magic. They don’t use it very much and it’s more like “using the Force” than spell and potion magic. It’s not anywhere close to witchcraft. The main villain did cast a spell on his minions, but that’s all.

There was no romance whatsoever, which was nice, so the reader can focus more on the brothers’ relationship.

It was completely free of language!

 

Book Review Two!

This review was written by my brother!

In “A Silence In the Shadows” by Caleb E. King, Jered and Faal Willii are plunged into a desperate battle against the evil rejected wizard apprentice, Ath, after their old friend Flogii tells them that they have the potential to become wizards.

They will meet and receive powers from an old hermit wizard in the mountains, and will discover who the so-called “tax collectors” really are.  When the odds become too great for the two boys, they are rescued by a masked warrior…  and plunged into the world of the resistance fighters, the Silents.

They train hard and become fast friends with members of the Silents such as Crater, Belak, and Angela.  They race in a desperate rush to stop Ath from being able to control everyone with the Melker stone.  It comes down to a final battle between the boys and Ath to determine whether the world is broken or saved.  But you have to read the book to find out who wins!

Personally, my favorite person was Jered.  I thought the relationship between the two boys was interesting, and Flogii being a wizard was very surprising.   My favorite parts were the battles , and that the Silents were basically ninjas (of course, being a boy, I’m more prone to like things like that than others).  Something I really appreciated was that there wasn’t any romance (barf!).  Overall I’d give this a 5-star rating.

 

Want to buy A Silence in the Shadows? Click here! 

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog. (Thank you for tagging me, Fe! https://theunshaken.blog/)
  2. Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you (11 maximum).
  3. Nominate new bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger logo in your post.

 

Fe’s questions are in bold and my answers are in regular text.

 

  1. What’s your favorite book of all time? (Yes, I just went there.)

This is actually an easy question for me. Of course, now that I said that, a million different books flew into my mind declaring they are my favorites.

But my most favorite book is either Resistance or Samara’s Peril both books from Jaye L. Knight’s The Ilyon Chronicles.

 

  1. Do you play sports? If so, which one?

I don’t play any sports, but I love watching baseball.

 

  1. What’s your favorite type of music?

I like soundtracks, almost anything by The Piano Guys, and Casting Crowns. It depends on the day, and what I’m trying to do when I’m listening to it.

 

  1. What is your favorite Bible Verse?

My favorite passage is Romans 8:38-39.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

  1. Do you have any siblings?

Yup! I have one younger brother.

 

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to work really fast. I tend to commit to too many things, so being able to fly through my projects, while still doing a good job, would be super helpful. 😉

 

  1. What is your favorite joke? (I hope you have one. I love jokes. Especially corny ones with puns.)

It’s more of a riddle, but here you go:

Paul’s parents have four children: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. What is the name of the fourth child?

 

  1. What’s your favorite quote?

I don’t have one, I’m afraid.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for all of us Christian teens?

Yes! I just read something in one of Chapel Library’s “Free Grace Broadcasters” (Thoughts for Young People, Issue 212, page 21) that hit me. “There is not one duty of true godliness binding upon you in future years that does not rest with all its authority upon you [now]. Is youth the season for sinful pleasure then? Is this best and most influential portion of your existence to be deliberately given up to vice? That is a dreadful idea, repugnant alike to reason and revelation.” ~John Angell James

 

  1. If you could go back in time, what would you change?

This is hard. Because there are so many things I’d like to change, but if I changed them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So I guess I wouldn’t change anything.

 

  1. And now for the MOST PROFOUND QUESTION IN THE BOOK OF SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS… Drum roll please… what is your favorite color? XD

Blue. Particularly very dark navy blue. =D

 

 

My 11 questions for you!

  1. Christmas candy or Easter candy?
  2. Do you like to read non-fiction or fiction better?
  3. Have you ever seen the ocean? If so, which one(s)?
  4. Ice cream in a bowl or on a cone?
  5. What’s your favorite movie?
  6. Can you whistle?
  7. At an amusement park, are you the cautious type or the reckless type?
  8. Do you like butterflies?
  9. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
  10. Flip-flops, yea or nay?
  11. What is the first thing you remember yourself as a kid wanting “to do when I grow up”?

 

I don’t know very many bloggers, and I just did a blog tag not that long ago, so if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged. 😀

 

Where’s Glendale?

Glendale the troll
Meet Glendale the troll. I hope you don’t have nightmares. ;D

 

 

 

 

Pananaw Blog Launch Tour!

Pananaw Blog Launch Tour!

Some of you may know Jo from her old blog, The Lens & The Hard Drive. I found her blog through several other blogs. And she is also part of The Young Writer’s Workshop!

Now, she is launching a new blog, entitled, well, I’ll just show you the graphics.

And this is Jo, the author of Pananaw!

I had the opportunity to interview Jo. (I like interviewing people, okay?) I was warned it probably wouldn’t be interesting, but we both had fun!

My questions are in bold and her answers are in italics.

 

To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! I’m Jo, and I’m a Christian Filipina writer, photographer, musician, athlete, amateur acting enthusiast, bookdragon, (I refuse to be labelled by a mere worm *sniffs*) and overall crazy.

I’m a lot of things. 😝

Bookdragons for the win!

 

How did you come up with the name Pananaw?

Well, in the beginning I always wanted to change my blog name, and at first settled on the name Viewfinder (after that important part of a camera!). But since that name was already taken, I had to rack my brain for something nobody else would think about. Since I’m Filipino, the word pananaw, which means “the way one sees things” and practically means the same thing as “viewfinder” came to mind. And stuck.

That’s very cool! 

 

Now we’re all wondering, what will you be writing about on Pananaw?

I will be writing about… exactly what I was writing about on my old blog. Everything and anything my mind comes up with. That part will probably never change. XD I might start focusing more on my culture- maybe more about weighty topics, but for the most part, the same randomness that I’ve heard some people know and love won’t change.

I’m looking forward to it!

 

What is your favorite part of blogging?

COMMENTS. I love, love, love writing, reading and answering comments! It’s lots of fun to talk to other bloggers and see what they think, share what I think, and use a lot of “XD” ‘s. Honestly, comments probably are more meaningful than likes, and that’s more than one reason they’re my favorite part.

Same here! Though I haven’t been able to figure out how to get the like button on my site. XD

 

Can you tell us about your current writing project?

Most certainly! The A’s & B’s of Normal (working title) is a story about Ricky, a young girl with ADD who would just like to be normal- but with her dad being a college professor, her mom a researcher and teacher, her brothers autistic, and none of them ever stepping foot into public school, that’s impossible- more so when she finds herself going to college. It’s one of my favorites, writing Ricky’s mind and getting to do a ton of researching about autism and ADD. 😃 And it’s driving me crazy.

Sounds cool! I like doing research. (totally hasn’t spent a whole morning researching what to do if a bear or wolf attacked you)

 

What’s your favorite Bible passage?  

I love this question! Most people just ask about verses- which is torture to answer. XD I really love Romans 8- it has helped me go through a lot of tough times and, probably of all the passages I know, has really helped me grow in my faith, and I just love it.

I love Romans 8 too! 

 

If you could bring any fictional character (your’s or someone else’s, it doesn’t matter) to life for a day, who would it be and why?

For a day? Any character? NO HELP THAT’S HARD WAH- I can’t decide on any of mine, so I would definitely bring   back … um.. Maraly Weaver from The Wingfeather Saga. Because she is really something else.

I haven’t read all of The Wingfeather Saga. *hides under a rock* But I have read the first one! 

 

What are your top three favorite:

Books?

*cries* TORTURE!

  1. Wolf Hollow
  2. Beautiful Blue World
  3. And….. Out Of The Silent Planet

 

Movies?

Clearly, I’m dying by having to pick. XD

  1. Avengers Endgame (which, I haven’t seen yet, but at the time of this release I most definitely will have and honestly, it’s already a favorite 😝 )
  2. The Case for Christ (why haven’t more people seen this?? It’s WONDERFUL!)
  3. The Lord Of The Rings (needs no further explanation for its amazingness.)

 

Snacks?

!!

  1. Bacon crumbles!!
  2. And gummy bears!
  3. And last and most importantly, ice cream. 🙂

 

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Allison! It was fun (and torturous XD) answering these questions!

My pleasure!

 

Don’t Miss a Post on the Blog Tour!

May 5:

Character Interview with Ava @ https://elysianartiste.com

Combo with Jemima Puddleduck @ https://onthewingsofadreamblog.wordpress.com

Interview with Rose @ https://apurposeofwingeddogs.wordpress.com/

 

May 6:

Combo with Grace @ https://www.gracefullyinthemoment.wordpress.com

ZCN News Interview + Spotlight with Emmie @ https://americangirlworld.blog

Interview + Blog Spotlight with Isabel @ https://chasingfantasia.wordpress.com

 

May 7:

Interview (aka squealing) with Tess @ http://steeplechase-blog.com

Charrie Interview + Spotlight with Merie Shen @ https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

 

May 8:

Interview with Allison Grace @ https://allisongracewrites.com/ (you are here)

Blog Spotlight with Meredith @ https://artsyarrow.wordpress.com

Combo with Christina @ https://christinaandcamera.wordpress.com

 

May 9:

Character Interview with Chloë Mali @ https://chloemali.wordpress.com/

Blog Spotlight with Maya J.T @ https://mayajt.wordpress.com/

Combo with Amie @ https://crazya.blog

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight! Penny Wood @ https://asouthernbellewithstoriestotell.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Bayance @ https://bayance.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Starling @ https://starling7.wordpress.com

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight with Liz @http://www.homewithhummingbirds.com