How To Remain Sane While Meeting Deadlines | guest post by Emily Chapman

Saturday, 30 May 2015

#Emily Chapman
I have the pleasure of having the lovely Emily Chapman (co-author with Emily Ann for "Ain't We Got Fun".) in a guest-post today! I hope you all enjoy :).

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein -

I'm going to go out on a limb here and state that I'm probably a pretty insane person. I can't think exactly of a specific situation where the above quote applies. However, it sorta sounds like me. (And my blog is titled "Entirely Bonkers" if that's any clue for you.)

All that to say, I tend to be a fireball of stress at times. Especially when there's a time restraint for me. "Get this done by this time," you say. "Don't do this when you should be doing this." A minor flaw of mine, I suppose, but how on earth am I supposed to do that when I am a creative bug who succumbs to spurts of creativity when the creativity spurts?

Unfortunately, this becomes an issue when you have a deadline to write a piece of your novel. I know we've mentioned it many times, but in case you haven't heard, Emily Ann and I wrote Ain't We Got Fun back in January. We posted a letter per day on our blogs all throughout the month of January, and it worked very well because we had written far ahead during the first half of the month. However, when we both got busy in the middle of January, deadlines slowly crept up to us until eventually it got to the point where we had only one day to write the letter for the next day. And for a girl juggling a job, schoolwork and dance classes ... that was rather difficult.

I'm going to go out on a limb again and guess that I'm not the only one who struggles with deadlines -- whether it be for writing, homework, blogging, et cetera. Therefore, I thought I would compile an Emily Approved list of Ways to Stay Sane While Meeting Deadlines.

1. Eat chocolate. And coffee.

Funny story, but ever since I met Emily Ann three years ago, her biggest piece of advice to me when I would have troubles with lack of inspiration was this: eat chocolate and drink coffee. There are countless times I've received this well-worn advice from her, and it's a good piece of advice. Whether it helps with inspiration or not, it does revive you a bit. Coffee = caffeine. Caffeine = a more awake author. Chocolate = happiness. Happiness = a more cheerful author. Both are rather necessary things for meeting deadlines.

2. Solitude.

During the time Em and I were writing the Ain't We Got Fun letters, I was living in a cramped little apartment with my large family. Needless to say, we were pretty sick of each other. Too many people and not enough space makes for a very hard place to focus. Solitude was a huge help in writing the letters. I distinctly remember sitting out in the tiny living space on the couch in the darkness while the rest of my family slept peacefully in the tiny bedrooms ... and that's where I got my best work done. In the quiet, or perhaps with soft music playing. And quite, quite alone.

3. Breathe.

It's okay to take a break for a minute to breathe, especially when you find yourself beginning to stress. Go take a brisk walk to clear your lungs! Grab a snack. Stretch. Do anything but surf the Internet or check Facebook. There is no return from places such as that. You have been warned.

4. Pray.

This helps too, and it's probably the only fool-proof option on this list. Pray! Ask God to take the stress from your back and help you get your job done well. He will do it. And whether the result is what you wished for or not, the result was already in His plan and in His plan, everything turns out alright in the end. Just remember that.

5. Comfy clothes, comfy environment.

I'm not sure if this will help you or not. Some people get their best work done in stiff environments with full attire of makeup, professional clothes, and heels. However, I don't work that way. I'm not a formal person. My family is very informal. And I feel better when I'm freshened up, for sure, and maybe with a touch of makeup ... but give me fuzzy socks and fuzzy pajama pants in the winter or a lightweight tank and workout shorts in the summer, and I guarantee you that I will feel much more relaxed and ready to work on whatever writing project is in store for me.

EMILY CHAPMAN, also known as Bess Rowland, is a young hobbit living in the dear old South, and she is entirely bonkers. She's a dreamer, an optimistic pessimist, and an introverted people person. Blue skies, dancing, Disney, and whipped cream make her happy, and she swears she's once been to Narnia. She's been a reader all her life, became a writer because of that, and published her first novel, Cry of Hope, in March of 2014. But without her Savior, all of this would mean nothing. It is in Him that she puts her hope.You can learn more about Emily Chapman and her books at www.emilychapmanauthor.com and www.facebook.com/emilychapmanauthor.





EMILY ANN PUTZKE and Gi Rowland have two big things in common: their love for God and coffee. Besides writing historical fiction, Emily enjoys being an aunty, photography, Irish dancing, spending time with family, attempting to play the guitar, reenacting, and reading. She loves polka dots, war movies, and all things vintage. Her first novella, It Took a War, was published in December of 2014. You can learn more about Emily Ann Putzke and her books at www.authoremilyannputzke.com and www.facebook.com/authoremilyannputzke.



You can purchase Ain't We Got Fun through:
Amazon (Paperback) 
Amazon (Kindle) 
Createspace (Paperback)
Smashwords (ebook)
About The Book:
It was never much of an issue for Bess: living contentedly on her family's farm, despite the Depression which loomed around them. But when her older sister Georgiana takes off to New York City to make a fortune and help Papa out, feelings of adventure and wanderlust strike Bess at home. Through their lively letter correspondence, the sisters recount to one another their adventures, surprises, and heartaches, leaving little room for depression. For in a world of such wonder, ain't we got fun?

The Writing Process of "Ain't We Got Fun" - a Guest Post by Emily Ann Putzke

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Hello, friends! Today I am thrilled to be featuring a guest post by one of the lovely Emily's (yes, they are two of them!) who wrote the newly released novel, "Ain't We Got Fun" - Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke! The two of them wrote together a fun novel about two sisters during the Depression, and shared their writing on their blogs before deciding to publish it this month. . . it sounds like the sweetest sort of story, and I am very excited about its publication. Emily Ann is a delightful young author who I am sure you'll all enjoy meeting through this post this morning (ahem. . . it is late in the evening for me, but anyways. You get the idea! :D)
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Towards the end of December my writing friend, Emily Chapman, suggested that we write a epistolary story about two sisters during the Great Depression. We had tried writing stories together before, but we both got too busy and our handwritten letters were soon forgotten. But this time, Emily suggested we post the letters on our blogs throughout the month of January. Our story was dubbed Ain’t We Got Fun, and it’s now available in paperback and kindle!
Many people are curious about how exactly we co-authored a book. I’m here to let you in on the process!
WRITING
Most of the letters contained new information that surprised the other writer! We really didn’t do a lot of plotting. We had vague ideas of where the story was headed, but we didn’t know how each other’s characters were going to get there. We really didn’t start plotting until the final letters. We had to make sure our endings were headed in the same direction. The writing was the best part! We were so excited to get an email from each other with the next installment! It was like opening a present … we had no idea what each other’s letters contained.
EDITING
We used Googledocs for all our letters. Googledocs is wonderful for editing! It has an option for suggested edits. When a person edits, it doesn’t change the original document … it’s more like a virtual red pen and you can accept the changes or deny them. If you accept them, Googledocs magically applies the changes. This makes it so easy on the writer’s part. They just click “accept” or “deny”.  My sister-in-law was our official editor. It was neat because all three of us – Emily, Maria, and I – could all access the same file at the same time while living in three different states.
PUBLISHING
Emily and I decided to independently publish Ain’t We Got Fun after all the positive comments and encouragement regarding our little story. We chose my publishing imprint, The White Rose Press. The publishing process was a little more difficult than the writing and editing process. We had to work out quite a few details, so we ended up talking on the phone to sort it out. We had cover and formatting ideas to collaborate on, release dates to plan, giveaway items to buy, and a plethora of other things to figure out. We hired Rachel Rossano to make a cover and format our book. She made a truly scrumptious cover which we both fell head over heels for! We’re both extremely happy that it’s finally published!

If you have any question regarding Ain’t We Got Fun or writing in general, you can send me an email at authoremilyannputzke or leave a comment on my blog, www.authoremilyannputzke.com


We hope you all enjoy the story!
Author Bios:



EMILY CHAPMAN, also known as Bess Rowland, is a young hobbit living in the dear old South, and she is entirely bonkers. She's a dreamer, an optimistic pessimist, and an introverted people person. Blue skies, dancing, Disney, and whipped cream make her happy, and she swears she's once been to Narnia. She's been a reader all her life, became a writer because of that, and published her first novel, Cry of Hope, in March of 2014. But without her Savior, all of this would mean nothing. It is in Him that she puts her hope.You can learn more about Emily Chapman and her books at www.emilychapmanauthor.com and www.facebook.com/emilychapmanauthor.

EMILY ANN PUTZKE and Gi Rowland have two big things in common: their love for God and coffee. Besides writing historical fiction, Emily enjoys being an aunty, photography, Irish dancing, spending time with family, attempting to play the guitar, reenacting, and reading. She loves polka dots, war movies, and all things vintage. Her first novella, It Took a War, was published in December of 2014. You can learn more about Emily Ann Putzke and her books at www.authoremilyannputzke.com and www.facebook.com/authoremilyannputzke.
You can purchase Ain't We Got Fun through:
Amazon (Paperback) 
Amazon (Kindle) 
Createspace (Paperback)
Smashwords (ebook)
About The Book:
It was never much of an issue for Bess: living contentedly on her family's farm, despite the Depression which loomed around them. But when her older sister Georgiana takes off to New York City to make a fortune and help Papa out, feelings of adventure and wanderlust strike Bess at home. Through their lively letter correspondence, the sisters recount to one another their adventures, surprises, and heartaches, leaving little room for depression. For in a world of such wonder, ain't we got fun?

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“If a book is well written...” | 1/2 Year Book Wrap-Up

Saturday, 16 May 2015

This photo was taken while we were staying in Canberra. . . 
". . .  I always find it too short." 
- Jane Austen
Hello, lovelies :). I hope you're all having a blessed weekend! It's all Autumn sunshine here these days, after a rather long week of rain and flooding. It is so lovely when the sun shines; the blades of grass sparkle with gossamer and the sky is a vivid blue against the tall green eucalyptus and all is golden, icy and beautiful.

(*chuckles* since writing this up last Tuesday we've had an all-round cloudy, windy rainy past two days; hmmm, okay. . . whatever!) 

I am learning how there is so much to rejoice and to be thankful for. So much beauty to take in. Wonder and joy. . . even in tears and trials, our Lord is faithful and powerful. He is always with us, even through the storm. He is worthy of all praise!  Even though some things are tough, like my studies and what not, and sometimes things are just so plain hard--the Valley of Humiliation, as Bunyan would put it-- yet I am deeply happy and thankful at this time. . . He is so good.

One of the things I am loving about this Autumn (and I mean there are many things I don't like during this season. . . the hey fever, unending grey-dappled rainy-days, chilly dampness in the walls, humidity, dust-mited cardigans causing allergies, Geometry. . . ), is that I have been reading some amazing books lately, and enjoying some reading hours throughout free moments in the day!

I was in a bit of a reading-slump earlier this year, with not being totally into the books I was reading, so I was definitely glad to get inspired by some of the recent books I picked up. Let me tell you about them, just a little bit :). 
The books I have so far read this year, minus three other books not in the photo ("A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis,  a copy belonging to my Dad; "The Moral Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ" by J.G. Ballet, another lovely little book that my Dad lent me; and "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen which I just finished reading this week.) 
Plenilune" was a chunky book that I started in December of 2014, and quite an intense one to step into the new year with, so I took my time and things got a bit rusty for a while. It was a rich fantasy with vivid characters and beautiful prose but sadly it contained too many moral grey areas for my liking, when it came to violence and magic. Also the way the theme of justice played out in this book disappointed me quite a bit, so I struggled with giving it a positive rating - I will try to come up with a full length review by and by for it though. "The Northern Light" was an interesting, fast-paced vintage read, but rather depressing. 3 stars again. Then I read "God's Tribesman", a school assigned biography for my English course, a reread but I really enjoyed it. I then finished the last few chapters of "The Princess and the Goblin" by George MacDonald which I had started last year - that was a charming tale! It was all in the midst of trudging along through tiny little bits and pieces from Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens (both I am still currently reading). 
I will get back into Dickens, I will! ;)
Because listening to "Cinderella" soundtrack while reading. . . or doing anything, is pure, sweet bliss!
I am excited to read the second book in the "Masterpieces" series, "A Sparrow in Terezin" by Kristy Cambron!
But it really started to get exciting after I picked up "The Butterfly and the Violin" by Kristy Cambron. Some books just capture one's attention, hurl one through time to the events and characters of their story and era, and just immerse you in the beauty of the prose. . . this novel was just like that for me! It was fantastic, and I was rather teary-eyed and emotional by the end of the read; also I had that crazy desire to pick up my pen and write--a sure sign of a good book for me ;). "A Cast of Stones" was an enjoyable start to a new medieval Christian fantasy trilogy, - a good dash of adventure to my reading diet! And then there was "Death by Living" by N.D. Wilson, the best dose of spiritual and devotional encouragement I had had in a long while. . . that book! (I will have to tell you about it another day, it was just so good). One of my most recent reads was "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - that book has been on my shelf for ages and ages, and one Thursday evening I had the desire to watch the film adaption with Gregory Peck; I loved the characters of Scout and Atticus Finch so much, I just had to pick up the book that weekend. I am so glad I did! I whizzed through it, and loved every minute of it. This book has become a favourite, as have Atticus and Scout Finch <3.

Finally, this week I just finished "Sense and Sensibility" :). I was especially excited about reading this particular novel for Jane Austen (I have only "Mansfield Park" left to read for her main novels) as I had recently ordered one of the Vintage Classic editions for S&S, and it had just arrived in the mail! I think Vintage Classics are my favourite editions for literature; I just love their format and covers so much. . .  (excuse the rather obsessive amount of pictures, I just had to gush a little over the beautifulness of this little book!)
“Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.” 
― Jane AustenSense and Sensibility
Look, look! Inside the jacket of the book, it has these lovely zig-zag stripes ;)
“It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...” 
― Jane AustenSense and Sensibility
"Sense and Sensibility" was lovely. . . I love Elinor very much, and Colonal Brandon, and the relationship between Elinor and Marianne, her sister. I really connected with this story, and with its characters, but most especially I loved it because of the nature of the novel, and its focus on the ways in which two sisters view love, life and trials. I loved that! Of Jane Austen, my admiration of her is growing, I think. True, I am not always in the mood to read a book for her, but  I have been finding that when I am, it almost always is during Autumn. I am wondering why. I suppose it has something to do with the subject of her novels, but they generally make me smile at how classic, domestic, and witty they are, in all of Austen's old-fashioned, autumnal charm! 


Well, that is it, dear friends; I am glad I caught up with my reading in the past few weeks, and it has just been wonderful digging into some lovely new gems! "Death by Living", "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Sense and Sensibility" are I think my tops three favourites so far. Also "The Butterfly and the Violin" by Kristy Cambron *sniff sniff* that was such a beautiful book, and a definite favourite too. (You can check out some of my reviews for these books on my Goodreads account here: Sense and Sensibility, Death by Living, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Cast of Stones , The Northern Light)

What have you all been reading lately, and what are some recent favourite reads? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

The Liebster Award | A Fun Tag

Sunday, 3 May 2015

via Pinterest #dailyjoyfulness
A few weeks back I was incredibly honoured and delighted to get nominated by a friend, the lovely Dani Fisher from "A Vapor in the Wind" in a "Liebster Award" to answer a few fun questions! I believe I may have done this tag a really long time ago before, but with different questions, and since it has been a while since I have shared a fun tag/post about my daily life--also I know there have been a few new faces around my blog these past months (Hello and welcome!)-- I thought it would be a fun thing to participate in. Just a quick note, I am not sure how much I will be blogging in the coming weeks as I have a huge overload of studies and tests/exams for a good while, but I will try to keep you updated when I can. I would definitely appreciate your prayers too, as I am starting to stress-out a bit with all the stuff that needs doing. . . (but I am also trying to remember the verse that says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippines 4:13. With God's help, I can do it!) 

. . . Ohh, but the rules for this tag are as follows:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 new questions.
3. Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you'd like).
4. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominated.
5. Notify the new nominees of their award.

Thank you so much, Dani, for nominating me! Now, shall we dig right in?
Reading Seven Little Australians in the sunshine,
next to Mama's mandarin bushes
1. What is the driving passion of your life? 
By God's grace, my faith in Christ is the driving passion of my life. To love, fear, and serve the Lord Jesus all my life. That is my greatest longing and passion! Through this passion for Christ, He has given me a love of my family and my friends; my writing and interest in books (as well as all things literary!) are things that I am deeply passionate about. 
2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
That is something I try not to think too much about, because truly the future belongs to the Lord, and I am happy to leave it to His planning :). Also when I try to worry and plan it out too much, I start getting panicky and un-able to trust in what God wants to do in my life! However, I do have a few dreams for the future, if it were the Lord's will :). One of them would be to be happily married to a loving, godly man and hopefully have my own little ones by and by <3. I would truly love to be a published author, though I would be just as happy to have simply written one or two full-length novels and some short-stories/articles. But frankly, in five years time (realistically) I see myself mostly studying and plowing through a University degree!
a photo of Big Ben taken on my phone while
we visited London last year! 

3. What is one thing you believe God has been teaching you this last year?
Oh, so many things! It is truly hard to put them all down to one thing. Things like learning to trust even when I don't understand the things happening in my life; feeling the call to draw closer to the Lord in repentance and prayer; to be diligent/persevering and courageous in the calling God has given me at this time (and not chaff at the "waiting"); learning to live my life wisely and fully to the glory of God; to love selflessly and without hypocrisy, and be thankful in all the blessings of the Lord, thinking positively of every circumstance - always giving thanks. If I could steal a line from the live-action Cinderella-film, it is to "Have courage, and be kind"!
4. How do you deal with Mondays or off-days?
Mondays can be tough, can't they? And they usually shine with so much promise during the weekend! Well, if I am motivated, I try to study and work hard (PACEWORK!); also since my violin lessons are usually on Tuesdays, I like to fill in a good practice on that day. However, being that they are Mondays, they can often be "off-days". How do I deal? I am not sure that I really do. I try not to procrastinate, though I frequently fail at that; I have a nice hot cup of tea, like Forest Fruit flavour, with a fresh fruit and some nuts. . . I might sneak up a little bit of reading time after lunch, and have a plan for the evening in relation to emails, blogging, and any writing I hypothetically hope to work on. . . (again, I often miserably fail at that too, as this blog is a testament to my remarkable planning skills). 
5. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type? Do you think this type accurately summarizes your personality?
I have never taken the Myers-Briggs personality test online, and am unfamiliar with the different acronyms, so I actually don't know. I was thinking about it this morning, and I guess you could say I am an an introverted, shy extrovert ;). I am somewhat out-going and sociable, I think. I laugh and cry and talk a lot; I love being with people and going on exciting adventures - hanging out with my dear family and friends is always such a joy! Yet I have the other side of me that just loves staying at home so much, that appreciates being alone and quiet. I can be incredibly shy sometimes and at a total loss for words in public, stumbling and fumbling over my words :P. I am happiest when I have that time to be alone at least a few days of the week, though it can be really refreshing if it is spent with my family, or in fellowship through email or chat with a dear friend. By nature I am quite laid-back and sentimental, taking it easy and then allowing myself to panic and stress at the last minute (yeah, that type!). I work best under deadlines, though I hate them. I don't necessarily like to please people always, but I do definitely like making them happy and laugh! 
a bay not too far from home
6. If someone made a movie of your life, what actor/actress would you cast to play you?
Oh, that's hard. I don't know. Do any of you have any ideas? My first thought was Felicity Jones who played Catherine Moreland in the film Northanger Abbey (2007). She is dark-haired, for a thing. I haven't seen her play anywhere else, but she played Catherine, and I think Catherine and I have many traits in common. Maybe Anna Popplewell or Georgie Henley? :P
7. What is something that makes you cry (a book, song, movie, etc.) and why? 
I cry a lot in movies and in songs! The themes of sacrifice, love, faith, courage and friendship are all ones that move me deeply; also a scene, a theme or a passage that speaks about the longing for a lasting and true home is one that can get me quite teary-eyed. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, (both the books and the films) are definitely ones that move me that way through their stories and characters and the themes; there will have to be some-place in those tales that I just sob every single time! Some other stories that pull on my heart-strings and have made me cry on several occasions would be North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff. For music, I can think of the Les Miserables musical tracks that are just so beautiful and sad, and never fail to make me cry (just go and listen to Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, or Bring Him Home). 
8. What is one blog/blogger that inspires you to write? Please share why and provide a link!
Jolly, I have several favourite bloggers, it seems hard to pin it down to just one or two, so be sure to check out my "Kindred Spirits" page for several links! My Lady Bibliophile by Schuyler and Living on Literary Lane by Chloe are the two blogs that most inspire me to blog, both through their reviews and in their honest, in-sightful and mature writing styles - they are really good. :). I also really enjoy Dani's blog, A Vapor in the Wind - that is just such a lovely blog! But for a blogger who inspires me in my creative fiction writing, I think I would definitely say Jenny's blog, The Penslayer, has inspired me the most. I just get away from reading her blog ignited with a sense of burden to fill my writing with colour and high-beauty, and I also love how thought-provoking her blog-posts are (yes, sometimes, I don't agree with all that she shares, but that is great, because her posts definitely make me think!); if I had the whit and time to do so, I would be writing "inspired by The Penslayer" posts quicker than you could say "Jack!" :). Coming as close-seconds would be Rachel Coker's, Rachel Heffinton's and Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blogs :)
One of our favourite spots to go for a picnic, very close to home!
9. Why did you start blogging and what is the goal of your blog?
I started blogging half-by accident really (not that there are accidents in God's world!). I just created a blogger account in 2011, and started to post privately about little things of my life for several months; when I first read Rachel Law's blog "Covenant Maiden" and Chloe's blog "Living on Literary Lane", and then bumped into Abigail Hartman's blog "Scribbles and Ink Stains" I got hooked, and knew I wanted to have my blog just like those girls, and to be able to write like them! Even more, I hoped I could one day be good friends with these wonderful young writers. The years have gone by, and while I can't vouch for the brilliance of my writing or this blog (though they both have matured and grown in wonderful ways), I can definitely vouch for the friendships I have found through blogging, and the sweet fellowship of dear young ladies who love the Lord Jesus. That has been the greatest joy of blogging! What is my goal in it, however? It is two-fold: it is to have a medium of sharing my thoughts in writing with other people who share like-minded interests and passions, to grow as a writer and reader, and be able to have a place to write non-fictionally about my life and experiences :)). But also it is to connect with sisters in Christ, and have the opportunity to open-my-heart and share the things the Lord is doing and working in my life, in the hope that these posts can encourage others in the smallest way to live closer to the Lord in love and fear of Him, and to be passionate about the calling He has given you. . . and to be encouraged by the words, advice and wisdom of others.
10. What are some of your favorite hobbies (if any) besides blogging and writing?
Ooh, I love music! I love to play the violin, and sing with my sisters. . . speaking of which, I have a violin exam coming up pretty soon; prayers would definitely be appreciated, friends! Music is definitely a big passion of mine (not as committedly or deeply as my sister Mary, but it is still there :). I love playing hymns, classical music and movie-soundtracks as well as folk/Celtic tunes.

I also like to cook, bake, clean-house and decorate (eh, sometimes, anyway :), and I like to imagine myself a whiz homemaker when I grow up ;). I enjoy crafts, and creative stuff, like drawing (though I am not very good at it), and learning how to sew/cross-stitch. I also simply love hanging out with my parents and sisters, and my closest friends - :D. . . a movie-night, or going out to the park is so much fun with them!


I love history, and learning about the past always deeply fascinates me. Did I mention I love to read? Goodness, that should have been first. That is my favourite hobby.
11. What is your biggest fear and why?
Hm. Oh, I do have my fears, but I am asking God to help me lay them all at His feet and not be afraid, for He is with me! 

I am a little paranoid of spiders. Just saying.
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So that is it, friends! I hope you enjoyed this fun little tag :). Also share your thoughts in the comments below, if you have any you'd like to share, and maybe what your response would be to some of those questions. I would love to get to know you all, and connect! Thank you again Dani for nominating me! I nominate the following bloggers to answer the questions listed below:

Schuyler McConkey from My Lady Bibliophile
Emily Dempster from Amity 
Cait from Paper Fury
Jenelle from Jenelle Schmidt
Carmel Elisabeth from Carmel
Sarah C from Of Simple Things
Rachel from The Inkpen Authoress
Danielle from Danielle Carey

The Questions: (I borrowed these questions from Dani and other Liebster Award tag-questions. I know. . . I have no creativity to-night. Ho hum! Also, I got totally carried away and put in 14 instead of 11 questions.)

1. What is the driving passion of your life? 
2. What is your favourite subject of study?
3. When you're having an "off-day", what are some of the things that help you snap out of it, or just help you relax and take the rest of the day in your stride? 
4. If someone made a movie of your life, what actor/actress would you cast to play you?
5. If you could go back in time and meet any authors of the past, who would your top 4 be?
6. What is the biggest lesson you have learned during the past year?
7. Do you have any exciting adventures in your life that bring back special, fond memories?
8. What is your favourite non-fiction book? Why do you like it?
9. Do you play an instrument (may include voice)?
10. Have you lived all your life in one country? If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you wish to live?
11. What is something that makes you cry (a book, song, movie, etc) and why?
12. What is one blog/blogger that inspires you to write? Please share why and provide a link!
13. Why did you start blogging and what is the goal of your blog?
14. What are some of your favourite hobbies (if any) besides blogging and writing?