Sometimes You Gotta Refocus…



Move Forward.


So I have some more guest posts coming in the next week or two but I thought I should pop in and share some thoughts with you as well as a verse of encouragment. As I’ve mentioned a little bit here and there, this year I really focused on upgrading some high school courses so I could attend college this fall and I have arrived! But with that, I want to talk about focus and priorities.

Reaching your goals takes a lot of doing what you don’t feel like doing and also hard times. And when that happens, sometimes you’ve gotta refocus. I really learned that over the last year as I had to buckle down and do work I didn’t want to do and meet deadlines that feel almost impossible to meet. As I sit here at college having survived the first week of classes I’m realizing that it’s all the same as before. Slightly harder work and lots of it but still the same. And in those moments of stress and frustration when I feel like I’m drowning in all I have to do I’ve had to learn to stop, take a minute or two to just breathe and then reflect about why I’m doing this all and what it’s for. – What the point is behind all this paperwork and daily readings for classes the next day.

Refocus on my goals then move forward knowing that this is not pointless. That there is a plan and final goal in mind.

A long-term plan.

So just remember that if you feel exhausted, or swamped with homework, studies, work or even just life to stop and take a minute to breathe and reflect on what will come from what you are doing right now.

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13



Loving People Like Jesus

Hello there!

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. My priorities have been to focus on my upgrades for college and now that those are done it’s a waiting process to get my marks back. Since that’s done I’m hoping to be able to put a bit more of a priority on my blogging and novel writing. But today I’m gonna work on writing up some posts and finishing up ones I started so today my friend Cori has written another guest post so I’ll let her share what she’s written.


Growing up I learned that people are not always the easiest to love all the time. I was taught that you have to love everyone, even if you don’t like them.

One of the most important commandments is to love your neighbors as yourself. God said that himself. Treat others the way you would want to be treated is something my youth pastor would say often. Although not always the easiest route, it is the way that Jesus lived himself.

Jesus hung out with people that you wouldn’t really expect. He made friends with the liars and cheats. The outcasts. The people nobody wanted to be. I think He did this to set an example for us today. He didn’t have to love on those people. But he chose to show them the love and respect every person needs.

Now that doesn’t mean that Jesus took crap from people either. He would correct them when they were wrong, in a very polite yet clever way most of the time.

Don’t think I’m telling you to hang around a murderer and be best friends with them. But I am telling you to love that person no matter the sins they struggle with because, in the end, his sin is the same as mine. Even if mine seems minuscule in comparison God sees all sin as the same.

When I was in grade school the teachers would always pair the new kids or the weird kids with me because In my house you treated everybody the way you would want to be treated, therefor I was always the nice one in class, even when I didn’t want to be I was paired with them. Now I was a very shy kid. It was pretty hard for me to do this. But I felt the call that God put on my life to follow him at a young age and I knew it was the right thing to do.

There was this one kid who nobody got along with. I’m not gonna share her name but she was a nice kid. Just a bit strange. Once one of my friends asked me why I hung out with her so much. I simply told them that she deserved to have friends too. At the end of the school year, we went our separate ways but her mom came up to me and thanked me for being so nice to this girl. She was a bit hyper and talked A LOT but I did enjoy her company and learned to love her very much.

I wish more kids would give each other a chance rather than judging a book by its cover. It’s so hard for me to see all the bullying and abuse that goes on In schools these days. It’s sad.

I learned pretty young that it’s honestly so rewarding and worth getting to know a person no matter how much they annoy you.

Now I know we aren’t all in grade school here. That was just one example. I have another. Take homeless people for example. I have worked and served homeless people for as long as I can remember. But some people won’t even look in their direction. Some Christians don’t even see them as people.

I’ll never forget the day that I went up to a homeless man and gave him some food and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He said nobody would even look at him that day. He searches in his bag for a ring he had made and he gave it to me saying that he wishes there were more people like me in this world.

I’ve given people on the streets Christmas presents that haven’t gotten anything for 25 years and they’ve broken down and asked me to watch them open it. It wasn’t much just some essentials and little things and a book but he was so thankful for his gift. He said that maybe there really is a God that loved him all because I treated him like a normal person for a few minutes.

I love these experiences. Ones with people who think they don’t even deserve it anymore. Broken people. I see them as a beautiful creation of God and it’s almost magical seeing these moments.

If people could just open their eyes and see them as people in a bad circumstance the world would be a much more beautiful place. But let’s move on to another example.

Now we’ve all had that one neighbor that everybody hates right? I have anyways. Those people are one of the hardest to love. Just the meanest most annoying people you’ve ever met right? Well God calls us to love even them. I know crazy right?! Well, I know for a fact that Jesus would have gone up to that guy and said: “I love you no matter what the sin you are struggling with.” So we are called to do the same. That’s not always the easy thing to do but sometimes the hard choice is the best choice.

So many times in the Bible the Pharisees would scold Jesus for hanging out with “that guy” like why would a guy like you hang out with a guy like them? Love, that’s the answer. Unconditional unfailing love.

I know these words aren’t really something easy to read but it’s very important. So next time you just can’t stand someone, pray for them. It not only changes them but it changes your heart towards them. I’m not saying you have to like them, but you must love them.

“Lord help me to love like you do. Help me to love my enemy’s and pray for them. Help me to go up to the weird kid and be their friend. I thank you for your love and grace on us. We don’t deserve it but you made us deserve it by dying on the cross for us. Help me to spread love through out the world and shine your light through me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen”


Hello lovelies!

Sorry I haven’t posted at all this month life has been crazy and all over the place but I’m hoping to explain some of that here and my post plans for the new year!



So the new year has come and gone and its almost February! Like what?! My apologies on the lack of posting. I’ll explain why, but hopefully there wont be so many apology posts this year due to lack of posting. Part of the reasons is I don’t feel like apologizing anymore.

Not that I don’t love you lovely readers or that I don’t care but in the past I’ve missed posting and torn myself down for it. I don’t want to be doing that anymore so my blogging is going to be a little more relaxed this year.

I have a goal to try and write one blog post a week on top of my busy schedule but at the same time I don’t want to beat myself up every time I don’t post! The reason being because I started blogging because I had (and have) things to say and it was fun to express it in that way. My passion and love for my blog hasn’t changed but with my more busy schedule this year, posting will be less frequent for sure as I have other things that (sadly) hold a higher priority over blogging.

WITH THAT SAID! I still have some exciting things for this blog. So lets talk about exciting things because I’m not stopping posting entirely! Just gotta adapt my blog schedule to my busy life.

On the blog this year I want to turn this around from a book review blog (as I started to do when I changed the name) to more of a personal, thought sharing, encouragement blog. There will still be book reviews or discussions on my writing and music and stuff every once in a while for sure but not as often.

I want to focus on not only encouraging and building up you guys but also growing myself in the process. I would argue that self-love and self-care for women is especially hard and I’m seeing that more and more each day. I personally am tired of looking in the mirror and calling myself ‘good enough’ or not liking what I see at all and I want to change that. This year I want to go on a journey to change how I feel about myself and my body and take time to grow closer to God.

Spend more time doing life. And I want to encourage others through this process.

To help me kick this off I have asked some wonderful people (girls and guys alike) on my Facebook page and twitter to help me out and guest post for me. (if you wanna join in too, contact me!) Speak whats on their hearts. Tell me about their struggles and what they are doing to turn those into positivity, self-love, and growth!

On top of that I already have a lot of exciting things in my life in 2017 that I can’t wait to share as they happen!


Hope to see you around and that you benefit from this journey as much as I.




Spotlight Saturday #12

Spotlight Saturday


So, first off, tell us a bit about you! 

I’m a 16-year-old student, blogger and researcher. I also enjoy reading and reviewing books, singing and playing the ukulele. I’m currently researching graphene-based sensors, but I’m fascinated by lots of areas of science, including space, disease mechanisms and ageing. I’m incessantly curious and nerdy, a bit of a grammar nut and love talking to passionate, geeky people. Journalists are endlessly creative when it comes to misspelling my name. I have unruly hair, three younger siblings and a long-standing and inexplicable aversion to eating fish.



What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

The title of my blog is its url, just stylized with brackets to Frizzy (Rose) Elle. My email address, which I created when I was about eight, is izzyroselle (an amalgam of my first and middle names: Elle, Isobelle and Rose). Then in August I was thinking of a name for this blog and my younger sister suggested frizzyroselle, a play on the email address and my crazy hair. I have a 3 year old book blog called darquessedreams, which is not a great name. I love the blog name Virtually Forever, but I think that’s already taken on Blogspot so I hold it over on WordPress on my empty blog there. I’m too committed to frizzyroselle now to change it though, I think.



What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea?

I started my book review blog three years ago (June 2012) after reading the sixth instalment of the amazing Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, Death Bringer. I loved it so much that I just had to create a blog to shout that to the world, even if no one was listening. They definitely weren’t professional posts – the first one was a detailed, earnest explanation of why you should ship two of the characters. The second and third posts were also about that book. Then I started reviewing everything I read. But I posted infrequently and felt stifled by not being able to post personal things about my life (according to the arbitrary rules of the blog). Also, it was summer and I was bored. Bam, personal blog. I started blogging daily rather than monthly in December, I don’t know why.

I’m the one who suggests the idea to everyone I meet. I’m the blog evangelist. The blog whisperer.

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

It’s very varied. Irish people are the biggest audience, followed by Americans. And since my friends often get mentioned, many of them read it. But so do lots of middle-aged people. It’s about my life – events, projects, thoughts, causes, hopes and dreams, commentary… It’s a very good way to get to know me.

Are there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? 

I tweet almost every time I publish a post @frizzyroselle and my Tumblr (unrelated to blog) is

And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

I love this question. Reading my posts about fun days out with friends makes me happy – whether it’s an account of going to town with a friend, going to a reunion, or the best day of my year so far. I like interviewing people – see my interview with a photographer, interview with the founder of the Digital Youth Council,and interviews with people from different countries. Successful days like this and this are also fun to share.

Blog Takeover- The Final Post || Writing Music

Hello Readers!

So, today is the last day of the takeover and I may or may not be out book shopping and such to celebrate the completion of my last Final Exam this morning….but I thought I should probably pop on and post this for you lovely people…Cause I’m nice like that.

So, today’s post is just a list of some of the current song/albums/soundtracks the bloggers/writers who took over my blog are listening to while writing 😀


So, first up….Cait Potter!

Soundtrack: The sucker punch soundtrack

The Lost boys soundtrack


Soundtrack/Artist: Hozier

Songs: Arsonist’s lullaby

To be alone

Take me to church

Into the woods.


Next up! Mariella Hunt

She’s been only listening to one album since November and that album is Coldplay’s MYLO XYLOTO album. (I was told to put it in caps cause it is a magical album XD) Here is the track list:

1. “Mylo Xyloto”

2. “Hurts Like Heaven”

3. “Paradise”

4. “Charlie Brown”

5. “Us Against the World”

6. “M.M.I.X.”

7. “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”

8. “Major Minus”

9. “U.F.O.”

10. “Princess of China”

11. “Up in Flames”

12. “A Hopeful Transmission”

13. “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart”

14. “Up with the Birds”


and last but not least, Rachel Lester!

This is her writing music:

The link for my current WIP playlist is here:

The link for my second book’s playlist is here:
Besides putting together songs that inspire me for certain characters/scenes/themes, I adore soundtracks.
– Pirates of the Caribbean is very upbeat and adventurous.
– How to Train Your Dragon soundtracks are amazing.
– Obviously the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit soundtracks.
– Anything Regency themed, ie: Pride and Prejudice (nice classical music with a little bit of a lilt)
– Jazz. I’d go with Duke Ellington. He has some amazing tracks. Especially on the Duke Ellington Presents… 2014 remastered album.
– Warhorse score
– The Book Thief score
– Superhero movie scores (especially The Winter Soldier!!) Definitely great for sci-fi, superheroes, dystopian, etc.

Spotlight Saturday #6

Hello Readers!

Sooooooo its Monday…and I only just realized now that I forgot to schedule my next Spotlight Saturday Post! It was done, but I forgot to schedule it. So, please, excuse my blonde moment, jump on in the TARDIS and lets time travel back to saturday for another SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY!

So, today I am joined by Alyssa from The Devil Orders Takeout! So lets do this thing.

The Devil Orders Takeout

Welcome to The Librarian Files, Alyssa! First off, tell us a bit about you! 

I’m Alyssa, a high school student in Hong Kong. I don’t have a day job, but at night I breathe ink and paper and Kindle. In between bouts of writing, I dabble with laboratory bacteria and post on my writing and book blog.



What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

My blog is called The Devil Orders Takeout, because takeout is awesome and I am evil. It’s also partially inspired by the importance of takeout in Hong Kong, a busy city even on its best days. It took me a while to come up with this so my URL doesn’t match it, but I like the iambic meter in it. Go on, read it. I’m totally the next Shakespeare.



What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea?

Initially, I wanted to share my writing and just started posting. Like most everyone else, I was shouting into the void then. I picked up blogging later thanks to the incomparably lovely Christina’s influence, this time with more of a focus on writing tips. When I started reaching out into the blogosphere, I started to incorporate readerly love in my takeout too.



What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

First of all, you’d find my posts, basically the flailings of a writer and reader with an emphasis on Chinese culture. You can also sign up for my newsletter, where you can receive exclusive updates on my writing and even take part in my creation process. I didn’t start out with my target audience in mind, which was a mistake, but most of my readers are in a similar demographic to myself: YA-NA book or writing bloggers, mostly ladies, liberal, opinionated, just a little on the evil side ;P



Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? 

I’m on Bloglovin’, which is my favourite way of following blogs. I also feature new blog posts on Twitter (@AlyssaC__HK) and Pinterest (HKAlyssa).



And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

I’ve debated the legitimacy of literature teachers and the usefulness of eBooks before. I’m also a supporter of diverse representation in the media, so I’ve also advocated a Black Widow movie and explained the ins and outs of the original Mulan.

Thanks for having me, Adriana!

Spotlight Saturday #1

Hello Readers!


So, I have started something new called ‘Spotlight Saturday’s’ and the idea of said post series is shining a spotlight on some of my favourite blogs and asking the bloggers some questions! Fun stuff right? If you would like your blog to be featured on here or you know someone whose blog you want to see featured, you can use the contact form on this page: Contact Page and Review Policy

Now let’s get this thing started!


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Today I am so happy to interview the lovely Liz Brooks! Welcome, Liz 😀 So, first off, tell us a little bit about yourself!  

Liz: When I was a kid, I lived in Ivory Coast, West Africa for about two and a half years (that’s where I learned to love writing). That time was broken up into two stays due to civil war. We were evacuated after a coup d’état in the early 2000s, and then a second time after French peacekeepers bombed the military helicopters at the presidential palace, less than a mile from our own home. Since we were white, we had to leave; otherwise the angry Ivoirians might very well have killed us. Now that I live in America, I can’t say anything nearly that big has happened, but I still have lots of interesting stuff to write about. Other assorted facts about myself: I’m a Christian, I’ll be going for my black belt in Karate in a few weeks, I am very fond of rats, and I’m an adult but I still listen to One Direction.



Not gonna lie that is all pretty dang cool! So, what is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

Liz: Well, initially I named my blog “Confessions of a Caffeine Addict”, but when I showed my sister, she told me it was a terrible idea. Eventually I saw her point and began throwing around other options. I knew I wanted something coffee-related because a writer friend and I have a running competition about who likes/needs coffee more. So at some point I hit on “Out of Coffee, Out of Mind”, which I hope is more creative than the original.



I love your blog title! Super creative 🙂  What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea?

Liz: I’m not sure anyone ever suggested the idea to me directly, but it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision either. From when I was way too young to be considering publication, I spent tons of time researching agents and writing advice, and various sources suggested it might be good to start a blog and build a platform of sorts. Honestly, I was a little intimidated, so I delayed until I started querying my first novel several months ago. Of course, now I really enjoy it, and I wish I’d taken the leap sooner.



What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

Liz: Visitors to my blog will find a random hodge-podge, mostly. I try to keep a pretty constant writing theme, but I do branch out every few posts or so because I want room for a wider audience. I know some of my readers aren’t writers themselves, and I like to give them a little something too. And from time to time, I’m in a goofy mood and I prefer writing something that reflects that mood. That said, my main target audience would be writers and readers, but I welcome everyone else.



Sounds absolutely wonderful! Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts?

Liz: I struggle to promote my blog because I know there are so many out there, and I don’t want to act like mine is the only one worth reading. That said, I do tweet every time I post (my handle is @adelethelaptop), and occasionally I’ll add a link to my Facebook profile.


Oh, I know how that is! Too many social media websites to chose from. ( I got tired of just picking one and went for a couple haha) And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

Liz: Thanks. I’d have to say this one is my top favorite: It ties into my bio (which I still intend to write at some point). I also like this one because it’s something I need to keep reminding myself of:


Thank you so much for helping me kick off this post series, Liz! Wonderful to have you 🙂

Thanks for interviewing me!

Liebster Award!




Wowza! Thanks to Ciera @ The Write Things for the Liebster Award nomination for The Write Things! Ciera does many book and movie reviews and writing posts 🙂 Totally awesome posts! Go check it out!

Okay! So on with the post!

11 Facts About Me:


1. I love the color orange. (Surprise, surprise.)

2. I was raised on Spider-Man and X-Men Comics (hence my love for superheroes.)

3. I’m waiting for the day my powers show themselves. (linking to #2)

4. I love blogging just as much as I do writing and reading (which is a TON)

5. I’m addicted to Earl Grey Tea. (I drink more tea than a friend of mine who lives in London and drinks a lot of tea herself. According to my friend I am extremely addicted)

6. I simply cannot do one thing at a time. (Even when it comes to writing a novel. I have to write more than one at a time. It has something to do with my ability that I have developed to multitask. (Being a big sister of 7 younger siblings is to blame for that)

7. I love everyone just the same despite disabilities or other things that might make someone different.

8. I dream of being a foster mom to many teens who need a good home with loving parents. (as well as adopting and having as many kids as I can)

9. I don’t date

10. I want to spend one to two years traveling the world and writing.

11. I love God (My Lord and Savior) and that is the most important of all!!


My 11 Answers to Ciera’s Questions!

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Oh my goodness? Really? I want to go everywhere…Though I will say that most of all I probably want to go to Italy (but yesterday it was London so it varies)
2. Would you rather have the starring role in a movie only ten people see, or be an extra in a huge blockbuster hit? An extra in a huge blockbuster hit. I’ve always wanted to be an actress but I’m just no good so an extra it is!
3. If you could relive any day from the past year, what would it be and why?
Hmm. That’s a hard one. I would say one of the three days I spent in Disneyland last year. and why is because I would get to see my sister and her choir preform there again 🙂 (yeah, my sister is pretty much famous)
4. What famous movie or book character do you identify with?
Oh my goodness…So many characters to choose. I identify with so many! I’m really not sure, honestly.
5. How would you describe your personality as a fashion accessory?
My personality as a fashion accessory? Hmm. Never thought of this before. I’m not sure…My personality would probably be a something like that of a bracelet with a unique quote on it. (but a special one that mean’t something important)
6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Well…According to this test I took. (I told you guys I’m a nerd waiting for her powers to show up.) I would be a pyrokinetic and an empath. I know, technically thats two powers but those would be mine. I’m already empathic as is and the Pyrokinesis (ability to control/manipulate fire) just makes sense! I’m calm and controlled but I have a fiery temper and can be easily disturbed.
7. If you had only one day left to live, what would you do?
Gather all my friends and family from all over the world (even ones I haven’t met) and re-live old memories and make new ones. Either that or go visit some children in a childrens hospital. (the last one seems more possible but…)
8. What’s a secret talent you have that most people don’t know about?
I’m a really good singer (according to my voice teacher who only ever gave me three lessons before I had to quit 😦 but she just naturally assumed I couldn’t sing (she was a good friend as well as teacher) and was very surprised) So I guess that is my ‘secret’ talent.
9. Are you a morning or night person?
Morning person, totally…I’m up at 5 every morning, y’all
10. Why did you start blogging?
Because I want to share my reading/writing/life experiences with everyone so they might possibly learn from it or at least see that I enjoy what I do.
11. What’s something you hope to accomplish or work towards this year?
Reach the goal of being fully prepared to query for an agent in the New Year 🙂



Alright! Now that I have answered those questions, I am going to nominate my bloggers now! (Yay!) Though sadly I don’t know many bloggers so I will just nominate all the bloggers I deem worthy! ( 😛 )


Joannah @ Writers Who Need To Talk To Other Writers

Mariella @ Author Mariella Hunt|Baiting a Musetrap

Leah @ Apassionata For The King

All The Gals @ A Pinch Of Classy

Emily @ Emily Rachelle Writes

Natalie @ Reading, Writing and Somewhat Profound Thoughts


Now here are my 11 questions for those bloggers!

1. Which year do you prefer? The 1970s or the 1980s? Why?

2. Italy or Russia?

3. What does the word ‘Magic’ mean to you?

4. If you were a book what would your cover be?

5. Pick one. Would you rather find the cure for cancer or stop world hunger?

6. If you were to live in a different era, which would it be and why?

7. What is your favorite holiday? List 3 reasons why.

8. What is one genre of book you completely despise. Why is that?

9. A day at the library or a day at the beach?

10. How many books (on average) can you read in a week?

11. Where is the most exotic place you have ever visited?


Thank you, once again to Ciera for nominating me!


Until Next Time (book review coming soon!)

Adriana Gabrielle