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.

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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”

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How To Find Peace In Your Imperfections

Hello Loves!

This week has been super crazy with work and school and my boyfriend visiting and I forgot to post this guest post by the lovely Molly Shaffer. So I’ll step aside and let her take over the blog today.

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For over three decades, I’ve struggled with self-hate. So much so that I couldn’t stand to see the woman staring back at me in the mirror. The world said I had to change in order to be beautiful. My face, without makeup, was not beautiful. The stretch marks that etched across my body were not beautiful. The cellulite, pimples, smile lines, and God knows how many other countless flaws, were not beautiful. In fact, there was nothing redeeming about me, and beautiful was a word meant for other people, not someone as broken as me. Lies!

This past year, the infamous 2016, was my year of self-growth. My New Year’s Resolution was different from my past ones, the ones where a number defined my life. In 2016, I made the resolution to become healthy: mind, body, and soul. Little did I know that uttering those words would send me on the most gut-wrenching journey of my life. A year of pain, growth, and ultimately, the beginnings of self-love…truly, honestly, lasting self-love.

How did I do it? How did I go from an inability to stare at my own reflection to becoming my own champion? Faith, quiet time, and most importantly, banishing the negative thoughts that were at war in my head. It took a lifetime to hate myself, and a year to come to peace, but it will take a daily commitment to choose love, in order to make lasting changes in my life. This is how you begin the process. This is where change resides. Not in a miracle pill or fad diet, but in rewiring your brain. Realizing that weight is truly just a number, but health runs much deeper than beauty ever will.

 

Step 1: Recognize the lies

One morning, I woke up ready to start a brand new day. I had a song in my head and a smile on my lips, but one step in front of the mirror, and my entire mood changed. Like a light switch turning off in my head, I felt the negativity creep in. My hair was in disarray, and my mascara smeared under my eyes, creating dark circles that would make a raccoon envious. I sat at my vanity, my head in my hands, and I cried. What happened to that strong woman from a second ago? Where did the warriorNowherewhere. She was inside me at that very moment. I had silenced her with a lie.

I picked up my head, and forced myself to look in the mirror. My eyes watered, but I refused to look away. I stared until my face blurred, and I ignored the menacing voice in my head…the liar. Slowly, ever so slowly, I began to make out an image. A cute button nose and full lips. Finally, a positive thought. I liked my nose and my lips. I ran with these thoughts, and as soon as the liar emerged once again, I had a weapon. Sure my eyebrows need to be shaped, but have you seen my nose. Damn, that’s a good nose. I took that first step, which lead to two more, and then, I was running.

 

Step 2: Find a Mantra

The negativity had defined me for far too long. The time had come to find my life quote…the one I could use to defeat the enemy…my war cry. I read through scripture until I came across the verse that spoke to my soul. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ.” I had read this verse many times before, but for some reason it held a new meaning for me. I can do anything. Anything. Give up the bad habits. Strengthen my body and soul. Heck, I could even love myself. Why not? My life verse echoed…all things. The key word being all. I can do this. I will do this.

You may not be religious, and that is okay. Find your life verse. The verse that clings to you, or better yet, the verse you cling to. You’re going to need it, because the liar is strong in you. You’re going to need a mantra to defeat that cycle of abuse. Find your verse, memorize it, and repeat it until it sticks. Over and over again, like a song on repeat. You can do this.

 

Step 3: Phone a Friend

I have an accountability partner. Her name is Jessica, and she is my sister from a different mister. There are moments that I feel we are the same person in different bodies. Kindred souls thousands of miles apart. It’s kind of freaky how well we mesh. The best part, I can be real with this woman, and she doesn’t judge me. She pours truth into my life, refuses to sugar coat my failures, or accept my excuses. She isn’t harsh in her redirections. I don’t need a drill sergeant. I need a friend. Someone I can cry out to and laugh with. Jessica is that friend to me.

My journey will not work if I try it alone. I can talk myself into some stupid mistakes. “Go ahead, girl, you deserve a slice of that chocolate cake…no, you deserve the whole cake.” So, before I make a bad choice, I text Jessica. She either affirms my madness, or gently redirects me. Find your Jessica. She’s out there.

 

Step 4: Give Yourself Grace

You’re going to screw up. It’s inevitable. The best thing you can do when you muck everything up, is to realize you haven’t really mucked everything up. Stand up, dust off your bum, and get back on course. So you failed: who cares? That’s part of the process. Don’t slit your other three tires because you have a flat (I love that analogy). Give yourself the same grace you would give to your best friend, because after all, you need to begin seeing yourself as your best friend.

 

Step 5: Perfect isn’t Real

For most of my life, I sought perfection, until recently. I read this amazing book, Present Over Perfect, and I had an epiphany. Perfect is cold. Perfect is plastic. Perfect isn’t real. I want warm, comfortable, snuggly, and sometimes that comes with messy, flawed, and blemished…and that’s okay.

The price I paid for perfection is profuse. I spent countless hours inspecting my physique, holding myself to severe standards, and beating myself up when I didn’t reach the unattainable. Sound familiar? It’s the anthem of our world. Kill yourself so others will love you. Well, I say, love yourself and kill the negativity. Once you can see the lies you’ve believed about yourself are just that…lies…you can begin to speak truth into your soul. That’s where real transformation begins, and I’m here to tell you, life on the other side is great!

 
If you’d like to read more about my journey to self-love, visit my website: www.mollyshaffer.com. I’ll be the one with the love of words. The messy chick with a crooked grin. But guess what, I’ll be the one smiling!

Loving Who God Made You To Be

Hello there lovelies!

Today we have a guest post from my friend Cori. She was one of the first people to volunteer to write a blog post for this new blog post series I wanna do throughout the year and I LOVE what she has to say.

I hope you all receive some encouragement from this lovely gals words of wisdom.

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Well, it’s a new year again and our social media is filled with “New year new me” posts and new years resolutions that will last a couple of weeks.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with trying to better yourself, but when its all about me, me, me I think we might just be missing the point. My resolution is to grow closer to Christ and to love who He made me.
        The world tells us that it is all about you. You do you. You only live once. I agree to make the most of your life but when your life revolves around you and you only that isn’t exactly what God has planned. God tells us to live humbly and to always put your neighbor before yourself. He tells us to give a homeless man the clothes off our backs if he doesn’t have any. He tells us to pray for our enemies and love them no matter the harm they’ve caused you.  That may not be very easy, but that is what we are called to. There is a difference between loving who God made you and being a self centered jerk
        Now my life hasn’t been that easy. I was sexually abused, I’ve harmed myself and did for many years, and I even attempted suicide. Growing up I’ve had major self esteem problems.  I would look at myself in the mirror and hate everything about my reflection. I would cry at night because I wasn’t good enough for society or even myself. It wasn’t until recently, actually, that I realized  I wasn’t living how God had planned. It took a mental hospital being waved over my head for me to finally get my act together.  My point is this: God made you who you are for a reason and you are perfectly and wonderfully made. He planned out every inch of you, beautifully, inside of your mother and God, the God of the universe, does not make mistakes. (Psalms 139:13-18)
        Now I pray that in this new year you learn to love yourself for who God made you. Not for what the world wants you to be. Serve your Lord with all your heart soul and mind and love every bit of yourself because the creator of everything there ever was and is to come made you and that is pretty amazing if you think about it.
    Now I still deal with all of these things today. I am not saying that life is gonna be a bundle of joy on a sunny day. Life sucks, there’s no other way to put it, but it is so much easier to have hope and to love who God made you to be then to dwell on things and to try to be this perfect person society makes the standard out to be. You will never be perfect. You will never be “Good enough” , but you know what? That’s why Christ died for us. So that in Him we are good enough and always will be. God doesn’t look at us for all the bad things we have done.  He looks at us as perfect, just as He made us perfectly.

“Lord help me to love who You made me to be. Help me serve you in any way that i can in this new year. I pray that in the new year i grow spiritually and grow to love others more than myself, thank you for all these blessings, i pray that my self esteem will be high this year. In your name I pray , Amen.”

Yours Truly,
Cori Heck

Long Distance Relationships – The Real Thing ft. My Boyfriend

So fun fact about me: I’m in a long distance relationship. This is a collab post with my boyfriend to give you a little insight to what that might be like.

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Also by the way, so there is no confusion as to who is talking as it’s a collaborative post between Kolton and I, if you see colored text then it’s my boyfriend.

 

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So I figure I should start off this post telling you a bit about how Kolton and I met. We actually didn’t meet until almost a year after we met…if that makes any sense at all. (She means in person) Kolton and I first met through our school board. We were both in an online homeschooling program for high school and that’s how we ‘met.’

 

Okay. So Adriana didn’t tell the whole story here.

 

Well sorry. Was trying to give you the opportunity to do some storytelling here too…

 

Yeah yeah sure you were. Okay, so here is the real story about how we ‘met’. So one day after I was done my classes, one of my friends and I decided to see how many people we could invite to a group chat before the system crashed. (#thejoysofonlineschooling ) I’m fairly certain we had over 50 people in the chat. Nevertheless, Adriana was one of the people who got invited. The chat was complete chaos but someone mentioned Skyrim (a game both Adriana and I love) and we went onto a private chat and started talking and we have been talking every single day since then. THERE THAT IS THE STORY!!!!

 

Well…That’s the story (basically) of how we met summed up. We didn’t meet in person until May 2015 (a little over 6 months after we first started talking) at a youth conference called YC and the rest is history basically. You will kinda figure out a little bit more as this post goes on but today, Kolton and I wanted to talk to you about what (for us) a long distance relationship looks like.

 

 

So one thing we wanted to discuss is: What does our relationship looks like on a daily basis?

  • Lots and lots of text messages and lovey dovey emoji 
  • Random and spontaneous video chats.
  • Constantly missing the other person and hoping that they are doing well.
  • Wondering if the other person misses you as much as you miss them.
  • Days we do get together are either meticulously planned or consist of no planning what so ever there is no in between.

 

 

What have you learned from being in a long distance relationship?

Well in all honesty, Kolton and I have only been dating since June but I mean we have known each other for about two years now and have liked each other for a fair chunk of that time. We both just decided not to rush into a relationship as when we met he lived 16 hours north of where I lived.

Here is a list of Pros and Cons we put together to show what we have learned from a LDR.

Pro:

  • The time we spend together is special and greatly cherished as it is few and far between whereas if we lived a lot closer we would spend more time together and it wouldn’t be as big of a thing when we spend time together (if that makes sense)

Con:

  • The amount of times we see each other is very little compared to seeing each other all the time if we lived in the same place. In result it makes things very difficult. (since we started dating we have seen each other twice once near the end of summer and once in the middle october)

 

 

Pro:

  • You talk a lot and communicate very well. In that sense you’re able to build a stronger relationship with each other over time because of the distance and the constant communication.

Con:

  • Sometimes you just really don’t care about the ‘stronger’ relationship aspect of distance because you just want your boyfriend/girlfriend right here, right now and you wanted them here yesterday

 

 

 

Pro:

  • As many of you probably know Adriana is a Christian, and no one probably knows that I am a Christian as well. This is something that we both were looking for in a partner and something I would not have been able to find without going into a Long distance relationship.

Con:

  • The only con for that one ( ^^) is really just ‘Long Distance’ HAHA

 

 

Something I get asked often (I can’t speak for Kolton) is that people have asked me why I chose to be in a long distance relationship and how I manage it… So before we end this post I just wanna highlight that aspect. 🙂

 

 

So how do you do it? It must be sooooooooooooooo hard.

I honestly love when I get asked if I have a boyfriend. Why?

      1. Because I get to brag about my boyfriend and how awesome he is

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  1. I get to watch the shock and horror on their face when I tell them I’m in a long distance relationship…. Especially when Kolton and I lived 16 hours from each other. People’s reactions were priceless! They literally resemble something like this GIF I posted below:

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I choose a long distance relationship because to me it’s not about where the person you love is to me it’s about who you love and my girlfriend has the qualities that I have found to be extraordinarily attractive and ones that in this world are found few and far between. I have fallen in love with her and she is one in which i see myself to have a future with beyond dating (which should be the real true reason you date someone
(truth)) and to be it’s a huge bonus that she is super attractive. *winky face*

Long distance may be hard but if you find the right person at the end of the day it is totally worth it. No matter if you are 2 hours apart or 20 however much you put into the relationship that is what you are going to get out of it. If you truly like or love this person and you truly see a future with them you will make it work similar to people in a ‘normal’ relationship. You cherish the time you spend together and you await the next visit. The final thing you do is hope for the day when you never have to be a part again. That’s what Adriana and I do. Isn’t that right, babe?   

Totally true. Also I know that I personally get the question a ton about how we make it work and really it’s the same as what any relationship should be like. You put in what you get out of it. (I already made that point you nugget) With the long distance, he and I have to make that extra effort to communicate and just make our relationship work BUT I feel like it should be the same in any relationship no matter the difference. Really the only difference between a LDR is just the long distance. Really everything else is and should be the same as any other relationship.

Time To Fall Into Things

So.

Summer has come to an end and fall begins.

Its my first semester where I’m a graduated human being and so far things have been weird and uncomfortable. I feel I should be doing something but I don’t know what.

 

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So in this post, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. My blog has changed! The change might seem sudden and maybe I should have warned you all considering I knew about this for a while…but I didn’t. Honestly the reason I didn’t warn anyone was because I was on the fence about it all.

Do I change the blog? or do I leave it? I even entertained the idea of starting a new blog. But then I decided, I have some lovely and wonderful followers here so why leave them behind and hope they find my new blog? and who wants to go back and forth between two blogs? YUCK.

 

Please know that I still love books and writing and will continue to post about those things! But I also want to branch out. Personally I feel that God has put a lot on my heart lately with things going on in our world and I wanna speak up and talk about them. Part of the reason things keep getting worse and worse is because people don’t take action against that ever-growing thing. Talking about an issue won’t fix it…but it can start a movement.

So thats kind of where I’m at with the new blog at this moment but know that all my bookish love and craziness will still continue. There will just be more posts like THIS and THIS.

 

Also if you have something on your heart you want to blog about, let me know! I don’t care if you are a writer or not or have a blog. You can guest post on my blog, no problem. If you’ve got something you want to say then say it. Let me help you get your words out there 🙂

 

Comment below or fill out the contact form on my contact page if you wish. And if you don’t wanna guest post and just read stuff, then by all means go ahead!

 

See you around the blog!

 

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Creating your Characters || Guest Post by Cait Potter

So, here it is! The official start of The Librarian Files Blog Takeover! You can keep up to date on what posts you can expect in this next week by taking a quick look at this post. (It is still being updated but all the info will be up later today)

 

Hey! I’m Cait I’m going to be guest posting while the lovely owner of this blog, Adriana, is away.

My magical topic of this post is how I go about creating and developing my characters which for me is usually a process that takes months.

A lot of the time my stories sit with me for months, sometimes years. During this time they evolve from single cells, they grow and they become almost like living, breathing creatures for me.  My characters are much the same.

 

Pinterest is my tool of choice and the images allow me to ‘build’ a character in a more visual way. The images, while making it easier to translate the scenes happening in my head also makes me feel like i’m connecting the dots easier. It’s my visual sounding board. Other tools I use are Tumblr and 8tracks and as much criticism as social media gets they’re actually wonderful tools for the modern writer/artist. Why? Because where else am I going to find large groups of unique people from all over the world in one place all throwing in their own brand of creativity.

 

I like to think of it as a skeleton, each idea that I expand on, be it the character’s job or a hobby or some special traits, adds a new layer of flesh, A slightly morbid comparison but let’s ignore that ;).

aa7c5156ed493f7eb6afa15358ce8ee1For my more recent stories the characters have been my own versions of Frankenstein’s monster. I’m constantly finding parts to stitch to the whole, hoping that finger (personality trait) or that kidney (Physical feature) will juxtapose with all the other body parts i’ve dug up from Pinterest.

 

I like to think of my stories as character driven so the story wraps itself around the characters and works with them rather than being something my characters are put into.  If that makes sense outside of my brain? The only thing that completely overrides the wishes of my characters are the worlds in my stories. They’re not stopping for anyone least of all my characters.

 

I’m always looking out for interesting things. I have a list of tastes, smells, bad habits, words that have power in them. Everything little thing I find interesting either ends up in my room as something i’ve found or it’s a scribble in the current notebook or it’s a doodle on a sticky note that won’t stay on the wall.

These are the things I base my characters on.

 

For example:  Smoking. Smoking is something i’ve been concentrating on at the moment because a lot of my characters do it.  It seems kind of boring until you realise that there are many different ways people smoke and many more reasons why.

One of my characters smokes because he feels like it could kill him even though he can’t die. Another does it because he wants to piss off his brother and even again, another smokes because the love of his life does and he doesn’t have anything else to remind him of her.

I apply this to everything, I expand and I describe it. Even the simplest details can make a character unique.

 

For me, the process or writing, worldbuilding and character creation isn’t something I want to rush. It’s my time to experiment, develop my style further and push myself to become a better writer. So my tips are;

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when it comes to your writing. All of your writing.
  • Spend some time getting to know your characters, you’ll be better for it.
  • If you’re stuck with them try putting them in a different setting or put yourself in a different setting.
  • Talk to people, don’t just stare at them. Lol. People are infinite sources of information and experience don’t be hesitant to use that.
  • Research!! I couldn’t stress this enough. Research everything and research doesn’t just have to be a trip to the library or searches on google it could be for eg. going into a forest and walking through taking note of things that you can later put into your own work.

Ok so this is me signing off, hoping this hasn’t been as confusing as I think it is. Thank you for this opportunity Adriana and thank you for reading guys!

Looking Back || May 2015 In Review

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Hello Readers!

So first off, I want to apologize for my lack of posts this last week (and even just lately on a whole) I want to just say that things might be a little slow around here for a while, as finals are in a couple weeks and therefore a lot of my free time is now being used for studying purposes. Then I am free for the summer! Freeeeeeeeeee!

*cough cough* Anyways. On with the post in which I share all the lovely things that went on this last month! Yay!

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New Things!

So, as some of you might have noticed, I have something floating around my blog called ‘Spotlight Saturday’ and so far, it’s going very well! I’ve put up 5 posts so far and have about 6 more lined up at the moment with a few more coming in. Now, what is Spotlight Saturday?

Well, It’s a linkup where I interview other bloggers, asking them about their blog, and every Saturday I will post that interview. The purpose behind this is to be able to spread the word about some amazing blogs you may or may not have read before therefore helping you discover new blogs to read and meet other amazing people!

Interested in being interviewed for this? Know someone who will? Send me an email from the contact form on my Contact Page ( <– Click there ) and I will get back to you with the questions and the day your post will be up on the blog!

 

Book Reviews

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven —> Quick little fangirl moment for me, but I posted the link to said review on my Twitter and Jennifer Niven retweeted the link to my book review and I’m kinda excited about that, okay?

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The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 

Top 3 Posts (besides Book Reviews)

Post Title: What’s your personality type?  -Want to know which of my characters share the same personality type with you? You can do that by clicking the Post Title.

Post Title: May The 4th Be With You -Pretty Self Explanatory 😉 You like Star Wars? then check out this post.

Post Title: Creating Diversity in the Fantasy Genre || Collaboration with Cait Potter – The lovely Cait Potter did a guest post/collaboration with me and she may one day make another appearance! Do you want to collaborate a post or guest post on The Librarian Files? You can contact me if you are interested 🙂 But either way, check out this post. It’s awesome.

 

How Did My Writing Go?

My writing the last month had been basically non-existent but, I am working on getting going on that once more (Summer, I love you) When summer comes around, I  will be working on a bunch of writing stuff. BUT The question is how my writing went in the month of May, So I will answer that.

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Despite not being able to write much I did make a lot of headway on More At Home With Stangers. What was that headway made? Well, I completed Part 1 of MAHWS yesterday and fully outlined Part 2. Consdiering I have the third and final part mostly written I only expect another 30k or so. So, over all. Things went quite well.

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How Was Life?

Life these last couple weeks has been absolutely glorious! Busy mind you, but still just SO amazing! For example: These last couple weeks, I’ve been prepping for my 18th Birthday and sort of rebelling my being an adult in what is now two days.

Another thing was: On May 22 to the 24th, I was able to go to such a wonderful Youth Conference known as YC where I not only fullfiled a childhood dream, heard many many speakers and bands, but I got to meet up with a friend of mine from school. A great kickoff for the summer of 2015 I must say!

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What’s the Plan for June?

June still holds a lot of busy stuff for me relating to school for the first couple weeks, meaning book reviews and writing posts might be a tad bit scarce for the first couple weeks, but I still have some fun things ahead!

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1st thing! (Which is quite important)

Summer Approaches Post <– If you want a say in what appears on my blog this summer you might wanna jump on over to that post and fill in a tiny little survey I set up. I want to know what you lovely people want to see this summer on The Librarian Files and for that to happen you need to tell me! You can do so by clicking the link above.

 

2nd thing!

Kinda adding to the first thing…I will be editing my novel ‘Lucy’ through the summer in which I will be sharing my editing process with you lovely readers aaaaaand maybe be on the look out for some Beta Readers 😉

 

3rd thing!

I’m assiting a lovely author named Rachelle Rea with the blog tour for her book. You do not want to miss both posts I’ll be doing which will be here, on the blog, on Wednesday, June 3rd and Monday, June 15th.

 

So, that’s my May 2015 Review post!

 

Until Next time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Creating Diversity in the Fantasy Genre || Collaboration with Cait Potter

Hello Readers!

Adriana here with a collaboration post I am SUPER excited for! Today I have the lovely Cait Potter joining me for a post on the topic of writing more diverse fantasy novels and characters.

So, Welcome Cait! Before we get started, I’ll let you introduce yourself a bit.

 

Cait:  Hey guys! I’m honoured to be a guest poster especially for this particular topic.  I’ll jump right in and elaborate on what Adriana meant by writing more diverse fantasy novels and characters.  It’s my personal belief that, in a genre that allows you infinite use of your imagination,  if you can’t write past the white characters, dragons and elves (My way of summing up the fantasy tropes) then you should reconsider the genre you’re writing in. This appears brutally honest but…honestly, that is the way I write especially about topics I’m passionate about.  What do you think Adriana?

 

Adriana: I definitely agree with you on how Fantasy seems to be limited to certain things that do revolve mostly around cliches. I know that, when I write a fantasy novel, I usually spend the longest time outlining and planning so as to avoid cliches and just let my imagination take over. Though, I have found (as I am writing a novel that has mermaids/sirens in it) that there seem to be so many cliches related to them (or other fantasy creatures) that make it hard to let your imagination take over and actually achieve that diversity. How do you go about achieving that diversity? I know I have a few ways of going about it but I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Cait:  I find that when it comes to cliches you don’t have to avoid them just change them to make them less the cliches they are to something perhaps a little different.  Hmmm…How do I got about achieving diversity?  Good question.

I feel I go about it in a few different ways;

The first, is understanding that there are more people in the world than just me. That there are billions of ways a human can look, sound, dress, etc as well as the amazingly different ways we perceive the world according to memory, experience and emotion. Now imagine all the different ways you could have your characters, human or not, experience each other and the world around them. Why would you want to just stick to the usual?

Second, The world doesn’t wait for you so why should it wait for your character.  There is so much going on in this world let alone all the others you could imagine. You don’t have to go for an ordinary waltz through the woods, your character doesn’t just have to deal with dragons. There is so much more to explore.

Third and last, Experiment! You have worlds inside your head my dear writers, give yourself room to experiment with them. Go wild. Is there a type of music in your world? Learn to play it on an instrument. Same goes for anything else (Cooking is always fun), But if you don’t want to get this adventurous maybe consider experiencing the things you want to write about in more ways than just watching a documentary or reading a guide book about it.  Learn to not copy and paste your world, learn to create it yourself.  

Over to you Adriana!

 

Adriana: Those are some awesome points! I will have to file those away for my own personal use haha. Your first point was outstanding I must say. When writing my fantasy novels I’m always trying to make sure I’m not just sticking to the usual appearances of the characters and such. Though I often find myself turning back to it in fear of offending people or something haha. Usually for my approaches to get diversity in my characters (if based off mythical creatures like mermaids and such) is by actually referring back to how they appear in the original myths themselves and from there I base a character off the myth and add my own twists and changes from there. I seem to get characters pretty well but it’s plot and world building that get me. It seems that, for plot, a lot has been done and I feel it dulls down the creativity (for me) as I come up with something and go: ‘Oh wait. Thats from so-and-so’s novel’

Is there a way you approach coming up with a unique plot or world that kinda helps you from not getting that ‘I feel like I’m copying this person’s novel’ feeling?

 

Cait: For your first concern when it comes to character appearances, you only have to worry about that if it concerns human characters. Then I would suggest research. Otherwise, on any other characters you will have free reign.  Go ahead and make that minotaur have pink horns, who is it going to offend? (OK probably someone but I have no idea why and you should ignore them because having pink horns is awesome) Anyways…

On plot, I think simplifying it might be your answer. Think of your plot as what your character wants/needs and how they have to go about it getting it…or there.  The rest is up to what you’ve got happening in the world that your character is involved in, the character’s situation, your character’s perception.  

For eg:  Your character wants to avoid being eaten by that angry mermaid. What things could stop that from happening? What could complicate that? Maybe the character can’t swim? Why is the character even in that situation? Maybe they got ship wrecked?  PLOT..No? Experiment with it. You don’t have to follow one idea, one plot.

For world building, That’s a tough one. My best advice is to build it from the ground up. Start with the land, the sea, the mountains, etc.  Come up with a few funny names for them, then rename them later. Build a house in each place, what is different about living in those places? How are the people changed? Add the things you want but justify them being there.

Well, you don’t have to do that but the idea is all the same. Your characters will be affected by where they live. It’s a good place to start at least.  

Seriously, you’re limited only by your imagination, Experiment!!!

 

Adriana: Yeah, for me its more the human characters I worry about. I’m very careful and don’t want to accidentally offend someone but your point makes complete sense. (I now want a novel where a minotaur has pink horns haha 😛 ) As for the world-building approach, I thank you as one of my struggles is world-building. That’s how I’ve been going about this all for my one novel but it is definitely not easy. Though, my main struggle with world-building is naming the places and locations and such. (Unlike my super complex questions this one should me a lot more simple.) How do you come up with names for places? Do you agree that all the names should have similar sounds and pronunciations? (I’ve been told many times they should all sound similar)

 

b10750dafa0b0cf1fcc0e09649fbcc91Cait:  Names. Oh names. I think this is one of my biggest peeves in fantasy. I can’t pronounce the names. I end up making up some random jibberish to replace that character’s name and then the horror of having to pronounce it to someone and feeling the light slowly leaving your eyes as you get to your fourth attempt.

Ok that was dramatic but I feel like it’s a fair point. Feel free to disagree.

Names can be weird, wacky, interesting and unique but as a person who struggles with pronunciation, can we try and consider this point? Please be kind to me!

I don’t agree that they have to sound the same, what’s the fun in that. Though maybe in a place where in the accent things are easier to say or it’s just the way things are spoken?  I don’t know.

Name things, scratch the names out, mix them around, rename things.  Names aren’t the only thing about a place, object or character so you should just do what feels natural.

 

Adriana: Oh I totally agree! I find it very frustrating (and kind of embarrassing) when I cannot pronounce a name of a place or character. I love quirky names for places and such as well….as long as I can actually say it without stumbling over my words. I agree that names aren’t the only aspect about a place but I do think that a name of a place can really sell it to your readers. I think that naming things does have to be a somewhat major consideration as I feel that that can also set the tone too. Like if I want something to be taken seriously as the characters are about to go somewhere dangerous I don’t think ‘The Black Forest’ is a really good name and I might take it more as a joke. (Unless of course that name actually has some sort of fitting meaning to it… Does that make sense? What are your thoughts?

 

Cait: I agree!

Words definitely have substance, the way a word sounds can make you feel different things. A name doubly so.  A name has a personality and can easily sway a reader’s first impression over a place or character to what you want them to think or feel about it.

But like I said, a name isn’t the only thing so you shouldn’t have to stress about it. If you’re having trouble putting a name to something or someone, keep working on that thing or person until your name comes to you.  Let your naming be natural, you know like ritual sacrifice. What’s the point if it feels all stiff.

 

Adriana: Very good point. (as you can see I still have a lot to learn about writing fantasy 😛 )

Now, kind of jumping back a bit here to character development a bit before we finish up here. (Cause I just came up with something) Do you have any examples from some of your novels where you have taken a common fantasy creature (like mermaids, fairies, and dragons) and added some sort of twist to make them more your own creation?  I’ll share some of mine in a moment but I would love to know if you have any twists/changes you’ve added to make them seem more original/special.

 

Cait: I certainly do!

Let’s go for the wackiest first….I had a werewolf that was a roman slave until he time traveled to the future.

I have angels that aren’t actually angels but still angsty and on too many drugs all the same.  

I have a mermaid myself but she threatens to eat her friends (tries to on several occasions)  and broods in the local pool.  

I think when it comes to making your fantasy creatures a bit more strange than they already are, personality is key!

On the subject, there was something I would mention. Destroying the stereotypes of the average fantasy creature.

For eg:  Why are all the ‘ugly’ creatures considered evil? Give me orcs, trolls, big nosed, boily ffef6c3d4887bf72e49bb78352ebe537witches, goblins and all the like, working for the good of the world. Hey why not? Why are all your dragons knock offs of the medieval western serpents?  Give me some dragon diversity. What could an egyptian dragon look like? What about all those asian dragons we only see in parades? (How to train your dragon is an excellent source and not to promote or anything but you should seriously watch it for dragon reference.) Your elves don’t have to be pretty, graceful creatures that are good a shooting arrows. They could be unattractive, whiny and good with a gun.

My point is, you don’t have to set boundaries when it comes to fantasy creatures. The possibilities are endless. Don’t insult your intelligence and creativity by setting limitations to either.  Don’t insult your readers by copying and pasting your fantasy creatures straight from the textbook.

 

Adriana: That is fantastic! I must say I’m quite happy the dragons thing was brought up. While planning out different kinds of dragons for my WIP ‘The Tale of Fojan Ryo’ I took the difference between the dragons from How To Train Your Dragon into consideration when planning it all out.

For example: I have a dragon called a Northwest Windskimmer and this dragon is very long, very large and sleek and flies through the sky softly as it surfs on the breeze sort of like a ribbon. They are harder to find but great when learning to fly a dragon.

Another one of my favourite dragon types (out of 7 so far) is one called the ‘Southern SkySnake’ It has a small, sleek body, large wings and big head. Its uneven weight/size makes it rather clumsy (due to its really big head) but it is very very friendly and an amazing flyer.

It was definitely a blast doing that for sure. I know I have other twists for other types of creatures but those are the main ones, really. I seriously love it when people take many different approaches to common fantasy creatures and make them more unique. Always love hearing about all the fun twists!

So, Cait. Anything else you wanna add quick before we wrap up this post?

 


Cait:  There are a few other things I would discuss but maybe that could be saved for a sequel to this lovely conversation?

To sum up my points in a few key sentences. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t stress out if your world isn’t working. Fantasy takes time and it takes effort. There is a lot going on and it’s a lot to work with; that can be scary sometimes. But there is a good side to that, you have so much to work with and so many possibilities. Let your story draw you in as much as it might your readers.  

 

Adriana: A sequel might have to be arranged, for sure! Those are some awesome points, Cait! I want to thank you so much for collaborating with me on this post. I certainly had a blast! 😀 (and I have learned a lot about world-building here for my own uses)

 

Cait: Thank you for this opportunity! I’ve had great fun discussing this with you and I hope it is as informative for your readers as it was for me. As it is, if you have any direct or follow up questions for me personally you can contact me at geometricmoths@gmail.com  

It was great having writing this with you Adriana and I hope I get the chance again. Thanks!

 

and thank YOU for joining me, Cait! 😀

So, now readers, do you have anymore questions about worldbuilding and/or Diversity in Fantasy novels? I would love to hear your thoughts or maybe some unique twists you’ve added to common fantasy characters.

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Lyric Medley Tag (Guest Post By My Sister)

Hello Readers!

So, my sister Erilyn saw this tag I did and wanted to give it a try also! So, here is my sister ‘Erilyn Wendy’ and her tag!

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| 5 Second of Summer | Fall Out Boy | Lecrae | Skillet | Paramore | forKING&COUNTRY |

 

 

 

Song that makes me want to cry:

The Last Night by Skillet

 

Song that I play on repeat:

Still Into You by Paramore!

This is my jam!

 

Song that makes me feel calm:

Wherever You Are by 5 Seconds of Summer!

P.S Check out the end of the video for a good laugh!

 

Song that I love solely for the Music Video:

Ain’t It Fun by Paramore

 

Song that makes me feel rebellious:

Immortals by Fall Out Boy

I don’t know why this song makes me feel rebellious, but it does. Like: “We could be immortals! Boom!”

Song that makes me want to dance around like a crazy person:

Lip Gloss by Lil Mama


Song that makes me feel battle-ready:

No More by Beckah Shae

Nuff Said.


Song that lifts my spirits:

Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae


Song that reminds me of well…Me:

Gold by Britt Nicole


Song that makes me feel sad:

Kiss It All Better by He Is We

 

Song that makes me think of summer:

Jealous by Chromeo

My sisters and I spend the summer with my Uncle and Aunty and every summer we have a summer song. ‘Jealous’ was it.


So that it for my post! Hope you liked it!

Erilyn Wendy

Resolutions For The NEW Year!

Hello Readers!

I am back once again! Sorry for just leaving you all hanging. Why did I do such a terrible thing? Well…I /planned/ to do posts all last week but Christmas things and Teen Wolf Season 1 kind of got in the way of that…Anyways! Over the course of this week (when I can find time between Teen Wolf and Doctor Who Marathons and studying for finals for Math) I will kinda be doing some fun recap type posts (from the year and the holidays and such) AND also do a peek into plans for the blog and my reading list for 2015!! WOOH!

So to start for today, I am going to be doing a 2015 New Years Writing and Blog Resolution Post! Sound good?

Alright! Let’s do this!

1. Write at least 4 of the 6 novels I plan to write this year.

So yes, I have six novels planned that I would like to complete this year (Need some way to catch up on all the ideas building up in my idea bank) but my goal is to at least finish four of them. So we will see what happens there, but with Camp NaNoWriMo and regular NaNoWriMo I think I could probably pull it off.

2. Do some fun Blog Giveaways

Always wanted to do one! Just…needed something to giveaway.

3. More Guest Posts!!

WOOH! That would be tons of fun. Now I don’t mean guest posts from authors or anything but also just from you lovely readers*. Or I at least want to engage with my readers more in my posts and maybe get your ideas and opinions and such and compile it into a guest post. We shall see.

4. Interview everyday teenage and young adult writers who are still working hard on their manuscripts.

I was gonna do this series where I interviewed all my writer friends back in the fall/early November but that just didn’t happen BUT I do still have the interviews meaning I’m going to do them.**

* Note: If you want to guest post, you can send me a message in the form I’ve put at the bottom of my post OR in my book review page.

** Refer back to #3’s note 😉

Now for more writing resolutions… 5. Write my own mini movie/book trailer script. (And film it)

A lot of you may not know this but I have ALWAYS wanted to be a movie director of sorts and to also write a movie script of some sort. I think it’s a great skill to have and would be fun to do so I am adding that to my list.

6. Compile a small book of my own poetry.

I’ve recently picked up poetry again and  am absolutely loving it! I think it would be fun to write a small little book of sorts and compile a book.

7. Work (throughout the year) on gathering info and stories from a family member so I can write a story.

I have wanted to do this for about a year now and this year, I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna approach a family member and just hear more about their life and childhood and get it all set to write the story in the New Years of 2016 (yeah I’m thinking really far ahead)

8. Find an Agent.

Still working on touching up my Contemporary novel ‘Holding On To Grace’ but soon I’m gonna be on the hunt for an agent! Here is to hoping that goes well! *fingers crossed*

 

9. Have a full novel published on Wattpad

So, you know that Sci-Fi I was gonna post on Wattpad over Christmas? Yeah well that didn’t happen so, over the course of the year (so I have time to edit like crazy) I will be uploading it. When I will start to upload it I don’t know but once I start I can assure you I will be on a roll!

 

10. Go to a writers conference!

Never been to one, but I would like to go to one so that is definitely on my New Years Resolution list thingy…I WILL go to one this year!

 

So, those are my writing and blog resolutions for the New Year! What are yours? I would LOVE to hear them in the comments! 😀

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana