Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Sunshine Blogger + Early Writings {A Tag Collab}

Hello dears! 

Today I bring to you a bit of a tag collaboration. I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Tag (quite awhile ago, actually... *cough cough*) and then more recently, the Early Writings Tag. Because I don't have the time (or energy? xD) to do two posts within a decent time frame to when I was tagged, I'm combining them! 

Thank you to Lisa @ Inkwell for tagging me for the Sunshine Blogger Tag!

– Answer 11 questions

– Tag 11 bloggers
– Ask them 11 questions

1. Do you have favorite fictional families/siblings and who are they?
The Keiths from A Life of Faith: Millie Keith! Sweetest family, y'all. <33 

2. If you could reform one villain (book or movie) who would it be?
Hmm...I usually don't like the villains if they're, like, wicked evil. And the villains that I would like to reform usually end up getting reformed by the end of the book/movie. XD Maybe I need to read more villains? 

3. If you could work with/be the apprentice of/learn from one historical figure (hero or not) who would it be?
Maybe Benjamin Franklin. :D 

4. Have you ever dreamed (when you were asleep, of course) that you were in a book or movie? If so, which ones?
I probably have, but I can't think of anything right now. 

5. What are you favorite kinds of book titles (e.g. one word, a reference, symbolism, with a certain word in them...)?
Usually titles with a symbolism or reference to something in the book. I love it when I'm reading and go "so that's where the title idea came from!" 

6. If you could be the "sidekick" of one fictional character, who would it be?
I would love to hang out on the Circle C with Andi Carter...or roam around Pleasant Plains with Millie Keith...or explore Acktar with Leith Torren. *sneakily gave multiple answers*

7. If you were a superhero, what would be your power?
Creating stories and worlds and people and places with only the 26 letters of the English alphabet. *nods soberly* Also, speed reading. That would be epic. 

8. If you entered a fictional world, what is the worst thing that could happen to you?
I could die? I could never get back to my real world? The possibilities are endless, I believe. xD 

9. What kinds of book covers don't you like?
Uh....ones that aren't pretty? Okay, seriously. I don't like covers that have multiple little things on them and look crowded. I don't like covers that not match the rest of the series. I also don't like covers that have people kissing on them. A cute couple? Okay, fine. But actually like kissing on.the.cover? Not okay. Actually, kinda gross when you think about it. 

10. Which fictional character would you want as your sidekick?
Rafe Sullivan from A Question of CourageI would end up being more his sidekick, because he would be the one starting the trouble...but, ahh well. 

11. What fictional character would you want as your arch-nemesis?
...to be fair, I had to look up what 'arch-nemesis' even means. (I knew nemesis, but arch? Like, archangel? *didnt get it*) Okay, back to the question... Wait, why would I want anyone as my enemy? *makes face* *tries to think of an answer* *stares at bookshelf* I dunno, maybe Respen Felix? *pretends I haven't referenced TBoA 4697425 times already* 

Well, that was fun! I tag...anyone who's ate ice cream in the last 24 hours! *wink*

(I know, I know, I cheated. Forgive me if I tag people on the next one?) 


Eve @ Edge of Night tagged me for the Early Writings Tag. Thanks, Eve! :D

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Copy/paste and answer the following questions:
    • 1) What horrendous book did you write as a child?
    • 2) What did you learn from it?
  • Talk about as many books/writing projects as you like!
  • Tag 5 other bloggers.

1) What horrendous book did you write as a child? 
To be perfectly honest, I did not write a book as a wee child. I did, however, start writing a book in 8th grade. It was called The Letter in the Attic (wow, suspenseful, Faith *insert sarcasm*) and it was about two Amish girls who were cleaning one of them's attic and – surprise! – found a letter. They didn't know what the contents of the letter were and things kept happening to prohibit them from reading it. 

I never finished it, and I honestly don't know how it did/would've ended. At one time, I think I'd planned for there to be a map inside the envelope (maybe along with the letter?). The girls thought it would lead them to buried treasure, but it ended up leading them to a community cemetery. (See? I was warped from a young age.) And yeah, I don't know what that would have turned out as either. :P 

2) What did you learn from it? 
Heh. Good question. XD 

– That I can't write a mystery very well. 
– That I can't do 'pantsing' without having a general idea of where I'm headed. 
– That I can read and enjoy Amish fiction, but I can't write it to save my life. 
– That a story needs solid character, a believable plot, and a well developed setting to be worth spending anybody's time on. 
– That you should follow the saying of 'putting a bit of yourself into every story', but you also can't add random facts of your life into the book where they don't belong. (Example: one of the girls' family had two yellow labs. #shocker)
– That, chances are, you can always better your grammar... Did I mention this book was one big run-on? Or that there wasn't a single paragraph in the entire, 10-page, hand-written thing? *grimace* 


 "Missed a spot!" A voice from behind her said. 
 Thirteen year-old Rachel Miller spun around to find her best friend Beth Zook, standing at the top of the attic stairs. 
 "Oh, hi!" Rachel said with a sigh. "Mom had this great idea last night. 'Now that schools out for the summer' she said 'I'll expect all you kids to help with the cleaning, starting in the morning, bright and early.' And here I am." 
 "Enjoying every minute of it, I'll bet," Beth said. "I seen your mom already, she said you were up here." 
 "So what are you doing?" Rachel asked. 
 "Well, I thought I could help you clean up here and then we could head down to the creek and go in wading," Beth replied. "What do ya say?" 
 "I say yes! Absolutely!" Rachel grinned, "let's get to work!" 


 Four hours worth of cleaning later, two dust-covered girls were almost finished. 
 "This is the last one," Beth said, glancing around. 
 "It's looking pretty good up here," Rachel smiled. "But I'm glad we're almost done. 

*points up* That's legit all I added to a document, because just typing the story up was making me gag. 

To endure this embarrassment (kidding – it was kinda fun), I tag... 

Until next time, 


  1. Thank you, Faith!
    I've already done the early writing tag and the sunshine blogger tag, but technically, the sunshine blogger one was stolen from Anna, so I'll do this one again. Are you using the same questions as Lisa?

    Thanks again for thinking of me!
    And thanks for following me. That means a lot. <3


    1. Oh, sorry about that! Maybe I shouldn't have tagged you without looking through your recent posts, eh? Yep, I was just going to pass on Lisa's questions. :)

      You're welcome! <3

    2. Its no problem. I usually try to so tags soon after I'm tagged in them, but sometimes I'm bad at that, lol. I will (hopefully) have the sunshine blogger tag part 2 up soon. :)
      Thanks again! <3

    3. Also thanks for putting me in your sidebar. :D :D

    4. Okiedoke! I look forward to seeing it. :)

      And you're welcome!

  2. Hey, thanks for the tag! And your story wasn't that bad. You should see my early writing tag, pt 1 :)

    1. You're welcome! Haha, I'll have to check that out. ;)

  3. I had a lot of fun reading all of your answers, Faith!
    Yes! The Keith family is just so sweet!
    I love your answer for number six. Millie and Andi, that would be so fun. :)
    It was quite fun to read a little about one of your very first writing projects. I love the idea actually, two young Amish girls? Sounds fun! ;)

    1. I'm so glad! :D
      They arreee. <3 *needs to get back to them*
      Hehe, wouldn't it?
      *grins* I think it could've been a pretty fun story, for a younger audience anyway. Maybe I'll pick it back up, so to speak, sometime... ;)

  4. I adore the Millie books!! And the story that you wrote wasn't that bad. You should have seen the ones I wrote as a child *shudders at the memory*
    The ramblings of a Bookworm

    1. They're AMAZING!! <3 Haha, well thanks. ;D

  5. Hehehe ... I know, sorry, the questions were hard - it took me days to be able to answer my own questions xD

    1. Nah, they were good and challenging. ;) Thanks again for tagging me!

  6. This was fun! Great post, Faith <3

  7. Nice post - reading your answers was fun and amusing. ^.^
    And I know, writings from when we were little - well, we can always grow! But yours really isn't that bad! :)

    1. I'm glad ya liked it, Raechel! :)
      Hehe, thank the Lord for improvement! *wink*

  8. This post was so much fun. I actually just finished reading Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. :) He was a pretty amazing guy!

    And as for all TBoA references...loved them!! So don't think I'm stealing your answers if Leith and Respen and the gang end up in a bunch of my answers too. ;) *sighs dreamily* Love that series so so so much!!!

    1. Ohh, cool! :D He was actually a side character in a fictional book I read recently. ;)

      Haha, I won't mind! I knnnooowwww. So good. <3 I legit need to re-read them. And I need Destroy to be available in paperback. :D

    2. Awesome! Have you ever read his autobiography?

      Yessssss! I want a paperback copy in my hands so badly! XD I'm hoping to reread the series sometime between now and the end of 2017. I loaned them to my best friend and he adores the series now too. :) The world should read these books!

      Oh and did you ever read the Ilyon Chronicles? Sorry if you have and I'm just blanking. :P

    3. Nope, I haven't. ;)

      Me tooooo!! I want to re-read them too, but I probably won't until 2018...for lack of time and others I need to read. :P Agreed!

      Haha, you're fine. And no...I haven't. I have both Resistance and Half-Blood on kindle, but I haven't started reading yet....I'm a bit intimated by the 500+ page thing, even though I've been told it's totally worth it. ;)

    4. You really need to read them. I know I'm just repeating myself and everyone else but don't be intimidated by the length! It is so amazing! It's my favorite series after TBoA. :)

    5. Haha, that's okay. xD I really do plan to start reading them soon! It may not be until the winter though. Right now I have a ton of review books to get caught up on. :P

    6. Let me know when you are able to read them so we can fangirl together. XD

  9. Fun tags, Faith! I always love reading other bloggers' answers and getting to know them better. :)
    Also, I'm going to consider myself tagged (thank you, Blue Bell chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream)! XD
    Who knows when the post will go up, though...life has been insane (hence me not commenting on any blog posts recently...)

    1. I'm so glad!! :)
      Awesome! (Haha, Blue Bell is epic. Can we please just crown them the official American I'ce cream? XD)
      Ahh, I understand that. Well, I'm sure I'll enjoy it whenever you get the time! ^_^