Beautiful People- July Edition|| In Which I Introduce You To Sleeping Beauty

Hello Readers!

Sorry for disappearing! I was going to put up a post on Friday night…and wordpress didn’t work… then I tried on Saturday and it still didn’t work! But, now it’s Monday, AND WORDPRESS WORKS! Yay!

So, I’m kicking things off with posts this month. (Finally got the weekend off school and work to set up fun tag posts and such but then WordPress was being a bum…)

Alright! So for this tag, I’m doing the July edition of The Beautiful People Link-Up hosted by Sky and Cait (links on the link up image) and today, I figured it was about time to introduce you to Sleeping Beauty…or MY Sleeping Beauty.

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I’m writing a YA CONTEMPORARY (yes, I said Contemporary) Sleeping Beauty Retelling for the Rooglewood Press’s Five Magic Spindles Contest and I’m pretty excited for it! So, with that said time to introduce you to my main character, Aster Young. So, it’s time to interview her!

 

Aster

Me: So, Aster, what’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Aster: Really? That’s the first question you ask? Here I thought this was going to be harder

Me: Just answer the question.

Aster: Fine then. Well…I really like this birthday cake frozen yogurt. That’s usually what I get over other kinda of Ice Cream.

Of course you would like the Birthday Cake frozen yogurt. For you lovely readers, you should know that Aster is kinda obssesed with cake.

I’m sorry, is there a problem with that?

No. No problem at all. So, you’re getting ready for a night out. Where are you going?

I don’t really go anywhere…

Why not?

You know this already!

But my readers don’t. 

*SIGH* I don’t go anywhere for…reasons.

Really?

Whaaaat? I answered the question!

Fine. But pretend you were going out for the night. Somewhere fun. Where would you go?

To the movies or something I guess.

Would you go with someone?

I would probably go with Daddy. Mom isn’t really into movies…Daddy and I call her a grumpy old lady for it…even though Daddy is older than Mom by five years.

Right. Okay. *looks down at list with questions* Moving on to talking about shoes…

Shoes?

As a girl, I know I love shoes so you must as well…right?

Uh, not right.

Well too bad. Do you often wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all?

If I could walk around barefoot I would…but I can’t. So I ususally go with Flip-Flops. Next best thing to cake.

 

Flip-Flops and Cake…Interesting. What shoes do you consider comfortable? What shoes do you consider agonizing to wear?

High heels are definitely agonizing to wear…and due to my-uh…Condition-

*interrupts* If you keep saying ‘condition’ I’m going to make you explain…

*Rolls eyes* Fine. Whatever. Anyways. Due to it, I don’t really wear heels just to avoid any mishaps. I consider Flip-Flops really comfortable.

Okay. So, we’ve established. Flip-Flops are your thing. Moving on. Do you have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did you get them?

I have a long scar underneath my eye from a tumble down a large set of cement stairs at a local park. Other than that no other scars or birthmarks.

Wait, what? I did not know that

Really? Hmm. Guess it doesn’t matter much then.

Actually it does! *scribbles down notes* What kind of music do you like to listen to, Aster? Does it change depending on your mood or is it always consistent?

I usually just listen to some Indie or Folk music…nothing that gets me too pumped up. Cause that would cause problems.

Why would it cause problems, Aster?

*glares at me* I don’t wanna say.

Too bad. You tell them, or I do.

*sighs in frustration* The reason I go with calmer music, don’t go out much and avoid high heels is because I have Narcolepsy. *turns and glares at me* Happy now?

Yes, quite. So, Aster. Do you play an instrument?

Nope…I mean I used to ‘play’ piano but that failed. I joined choir for a while, which I loved…but I sadly couldn’t really preform anymore. I plan to join again some day…

What kinds of book do you like to read?

I…don’t really read all that much. It will take me so long to finish a book so I don’t even try anymore.

That makes sense. So, how do you spend your summers?

My summers usually consist of many visits from my cousin, Gum…and my trying to leave the house as much as possible without my parents worrying I’m gonna fall asleep and die from it…
Riiiiight. They’re just worried for you, is all.

So?

Nevermind…Moving on. It’s Saturday at noon. What are you doing? 

Most of the time I’m just sitting around. Depends when I’ve ‘woke up’ from what I wish I could call a normal nights sleep.
Okay, Last question….

Finally!

Heyyy. Admit it. You enjoyed this and my company.

Not really.

*huffs* Fine. So, is there anything you want to be free of?

Really? Isn’t that obvious?

Don’t be snippy. Answer. The. Question.

I want to be free of Narcolepsy and not have to rely on pills to function somewhat normally…

 

So! That’s Aster for you. An absolute angel for her parents but a brat for me. Figures. Anyways! Hope you liked it! If you have any questions for Aster yourself, then feel free to ask them in the comments and I can answer them for Aster or make her answer them or something….

 

Anyways… Until Next Time.

Adriana Gabrielle

 

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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

Spotlight Saturday #5

Hello Readers!

Time for another spotlight saturday post! I’ve got Julia from Julia The Writer Girl here with me on the blog! 😀

 

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

Hey there! I’m Julia. I’m a rising senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Creative Writing & Literature with a minor in Global Media Studies (aka movies). I’m also currently an intern for the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency, an admin/writer for http://www.teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com, a blogger for the College section of The Huffington Post, and the founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Last year I interned for Folio Literary Management and studied literature abroad at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. In my free time, I read a lot of books and drink a lot of tea (aaand watch a lot of Netflix). Also write. That’s something I occasionally do too.

 

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 “Julia the Writer Girl.” I honestly can’t remember how I came up with the name, except it wasn’t the original one. For some reason when I started blogging about three and a half years ago, I made the URL “Julia the Writer Girl” but the actual blog title in the header “Ink to Paper.” Readers started calling it “Julia the Writer Girl” pretty quickly, so about half a year in I made that the official name to simplify things. (Also, I realized that I liked that way better than “Ink to Paper.” Because hello.) The meaning behind “Julia the Writer Girl” is pretty straightforward: My name is Julia, and I am a writer who is a girl.

 

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?

It was a combination of things. I’d heard from countless literary agents and authors that it was good for aspiring authors to blog, but I’d tried a couple times before and gotten nowhere with those attempts. Then it was senior year of high school and I got deferred from my dream university, and it was right before Christmas and my ancient, grouchy, lovely cat was dying, my other cat had died a couple weeks before, my novel had just been rejected off a full manuscript request for which I’d had really high hopes, I didn’t get cast in my high school theatre company’s winter competition show, and I was missing a Christmas party I’d really been looking forward to because, again, dying cat—so all of that combined kind of made me this bored, rage-ful seventeen-year-old ready to try anything to get the energy and emotions away from me. So I started a blog and never looked back.

Also, happy ending to the story: The cat ended up getting better and living for another year and a half before dying about as peacefully as a cat ever does, I ended up getting accepted to and attending the dream university after all (AND NOW I’M ABOUT TO BE A SENIOR WHAT EVEN), and I got a principle role in the spring musical. (And, of course, that otherwise kind of terrible period in my life led to my wonderful little blog.)

 

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?
My blog’s kind of a random mixture of whatever crosses my mind. I’ve written a lot of posts with writing tips lately, but I also share old pieces of writing and talk about clothes, movies, books, traveling, food, etc. So it’s kind of a writing blog crossed with a lifestyle blog.

My target audience is anyone who is willing to put up with me.

 
Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

I link to every post that goes up on Twitter and my Facebook page. So:
Twitter: @Julia_Byers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JuliaByersAuthor

 

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

Ooh. This is a fun one.

Okay, so this is a post I wrote a couple months back about crafting plot in reference to mysteries: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2015/02/11/wordy-wednesday-every-story-is-a-mystery/

This is a fashion post I wrote about mimicking Emma Stone’s style [a moment of silence for Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s relationship]: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2014/02/24/steal-emma-stones-casual-cute-style/

And this post is just me gushing about meeting JK Rowling: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2014/07/22/story-time-i-met-jk-rowling/
Thanks for having me, Adriana!

And Thank you for joining me, Julia! 

Spotlight Saturday #2

Hello Readers!

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It’s time for another Spotlight Saturday! We’re just gonna jump right into this post because I am excited!!!! Today, I’m going to be interviewing Justine Machin of Girl Gone Dreamer!

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Welcome Justine!! So, first off, what is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

Justine: The title of my blog is ‘girlgonedreamer’ which also seems to be the name I go by on all social media these days too! I ummed and ahhed for days before settling on it. Initially I had started a blog on WordPress under the name Just Captivates but it never felt just right somehow. So when I decided to go for something new and snazzy on blogger, I also wanted a name that I felt would best describe me. And I am by all means a dreamer. Always have been. Probably always will be!

 
Being a dreamer is probably one of the best possible things! 😀 So, 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?

Justine: To be completely honest, I had never heard of blogging until I read about Zoe Sugg aka Zoella in a magazine article last year. But as soon as I made the discovery of this wonderful world where a person can share their passions etc I was like ‘I HAVE to do this!’ I have loved writing since I was a child. (My dream has always been to complete and publish a novel.) Blogging sort of fits in with my love of everything creative! I get to write, take photos, put together features and it’s so much fun! And hopefully people enjoy what I post too! (Crosses fingers!)

 

 

I think your posts are wonderful! and I love Zoella! She is a fantastic YouTuber. Now, with that said, what can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

Justine: Girlgonedreamer is a bit of a mix. I have a huge passion for books, fashion, and anything beauty/makeup related so you’ll find my posts mostly reflect that. As for a target audience? I don’t write with a specific age range in mind. I hope people of all ages enjoy what they read, but that said, I’m aware a lot of blog readers are girls in their late teens and early twenties. Some posts will be written with them in mind.

 

 

Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

Justine: I update my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on a daily basis. All new posts will be announced on all three of these. And I genuinely love to hear from everyone! It’s so lovely to chat to like minded people!

 

 

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

All The Bright Places- Interview and Review

All The Bright Places- Interview Part Two

Spotlight Saturday #1

Hello Readers!

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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: http://adelethelaptop.blogspot.com/2015/04/strawberry-sadness-for-breakfast.html 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: http://adelethelaptop.blogspot.com/2015/02/superiority-complex.html

 

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

Thanks for interviewing me!

Forgotten Interviews

Hello Readers,

I have something quite saddening to mention to you and I do feel quite ashamed to be honest, but I went and asked my friends (un-published authors) to answer some interview questions about their WIP’s and such and I forgot to post them! Lately i’ve been getting tons of junk mail and have left it in my inbox so they got bumped down, but now that I have found them, I am here to tell you that starting on Saturday, I will be putting those up. Because these are such great people and y’all need to meet them and learn about their awesome WIP’s!

I figured I would give you that little update, and keep your eyes open for these awesome interviews!!

But, to start us off, I will post the first interview today 🙂 So, here is Joannah Zimmerman’s review!

 

Joannah Zimmermans Writer Interview:

My name is Joannah (Jo-âh-nâh) Zimmerman.  I am 16 years old, the oldest daughter of 8 children. I’m a writer, missionary, friend, sister, and daughter of the most high King.  I hope to bring God greater Glory with my life and work, can’t wait to see more of the world and beautiful people in it!

Welcome Joannah! So, Lets start with this, What’s the name of your current WIP (Work In Progress)?

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Can you tell us a bit about it and where you are at in the writing process? (First draft, rewrites, etc.)

I’m still gathering information and ideas for it!

Do you outline your novel or just write it?

I tend to just write it, I’ll write down the idea, and the name of characters and start working on their personalities, and what they look like. Then write down other ideas and where they could fit in, and then start writing and get inspiration along the way. 🙂

Sounds great! So, what Inspired you to write this story?

Seeing more and more about teens (AND ADULTS) that are hurting but feel like they have no one to talk to or encourage them so they either just hurt themselves or commit suicide!

Is there a message within your story you hope reader will grasp?

Yes, that there is people out there that care and just don’t know how to say they care! They really want to help but don’t know how to get close enough to be able to say I’ll listen and not judge you because I haven’t walked in your shoes!

Wow, thats great. Do you plan to pursue publication for this novel?

Yes, I don’t want to publish any of my other stories, but this one I want to share so people will know what’s happening!

That is so great! Definitely a message that needs to be shared! Do you relate to any of your characters in any way? If so which character(S) and why?

I can relate in different ways to almost all my characters!  Whether its them feeling stressed because they don’t want to fail the ones they love. Or the helpless feeling of not being able to reach out to people cause you don’t want to be intrusive or look like a stalker because you know so much about the person!

What is the genre of your novel? Have you written/do you write in solely this genre? (If not please specify which genre you have/do write in.)

I don’t know really, I guess it would have to go in Fiction. I’ve written in fiction before, but also historical fiction, fantasy fiction, I have a wide variety and can’t seem to stick in one genre. 😀

When did you decide you were going to be a writer?

I don’t know if there was a certain time, but I’ve always talked to myself, made imaginary friends (none of which came back twelve years later. ;)), and made-up worlds, but I started writing because of one my amazing friends told me about hers and how much she enjoyed writing and sharing her story!

What was your first ‘story’ and how old were you when you wrote it?

My first story I’m not even sure it got a name! All I remember of it was that it was poorly thought out, filled with female characters doing things not even possible for a man! I think I might have been eleven, not quite sure, because all my old stories kinda meld together in my memory!

Sounds like my old stories. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere right? Do you have a blog (or blogs) we can find you at?  

Yes I have three! (Can’t promise that I post that often! 😀 I’m horrible at finding things to write about on them!)

First is my personal blog: http://joannah-marie.blogspot.com/

Second is my writing blog: http://awrittershome.blogspot.com/

Third is my work blog that hasn’t really been finished or gotten posted on yet!: http://planonliving.blogspot.com/