1/29/18
My Life In Books

While perusing the lovely blog titled "Wonderland Creek" I found a tag*  that I found clever and interesting. I turn 18 today, so it seemed as good a time as any to do "My Life In Books". My life is books, books are my life, I put my life in books, I wish I was a book etc., so this seems appropriate.

Find a book for each of your initials.
Okay, well. MFO. Lets see. (this is not neccesarily "favourite book for each initial" just a book that I have read). 
M ~ Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
F ~ Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter 
O ~ Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton

Count your age along your bookshelf. What book is it?
An old children's book called Tim and Lucy go to Sea. 

Pick a book set in your country.
America. Easy. Um...... *stares at all the books set in other places*. Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.

Pick a book that represents a destination you'd love to travel to.
Oh this is hard. I want to go almost everywhere. Does it have to be a real destination? Because if not...I want to go to Middle Earth. Real destination. A book of Irish Folk Tales, because I am obsessed with Ireland, and currently making plans to go. 

Pick a book that is your favourite colour.
My favourite colour is black, which is sadly lacking in books. Fortunately, I happen to have an edition of my favourite book, that is also my favourite colour. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. 

Which book do you have fondest memories of?
Whoa, lets not run about using superlatives. It is impossible to figure out which book I have the fondest memories of, but I have VERY fond memories of the Little House on the Prairie books. As books, I don't actually like them all that much (they are lovely and enjoyable to be sure, but I probably won't reread them until it is time to introduce my kids to them). But my mother read them aloud to my siblings and I when we were little, and we brought them abroad with us, so I have a very fond memory of being in our little house in Germany, hearing about Laura and Mary. 

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Hmm. Currently I am having the most difficulty reading Ben Hur because it is BORING. But if we are rating difficulty by the amount of time spent reading it, Anna Karenina. It took me forever to read that book, and I put it off and restarted and forgot about it etc., until I finally just churned it out over a vacation. 

Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you read it?
Hmm. I expect to feel most accomplished when I finally read Christopher Tolkien's history series, but as for one single book.....maybe Ben Hur or Les Miserables....no that will be a sense of triumphant relief. I'm going with The Count of Monte Cristo



*I love that I call it a tag, as in tagging people, when really I am just stealing a list of questions to answer, and doing nothing to make it qualify as a tag.
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1/13/18
Winter Wonderland Tag



I have been tagged by Fawnabelle Baggins from Geeky, Nerdy, and Proud Of It , and it shall be quite fun. 

Firstly, there are always rules:

  • Link back to The Storybook Journal 
  • Answer the questions; think Winter-y thoughts! Include pictures, if you like.
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers, or more if you're feeling ambitious. :)


1. Name a few things you love about Winter, and a few things you don't love so much about it.

Hmm. I love MANY things about winter. The obvious, snow. I am one of the people who actually loves the cold. I like getting snowed in. I like hoarfrost. I like it when there is an ice storm and all the trees get covered and look gorgeous. Winter is also the time when my favourite clothing becomes fashionable, so that is always nice. 

Things I don't like....humm. Um. Oh! I don't like the cities in winter, because any snow is muddy and gross, and everywhere you walk is brown slushy. I very much do not like that. And I don't like that all the stores are heated to about 90ยบ so when you come in all bundled up like anyone would be, you must either suffocate or carry your coat and sweater and scarf around with you. 



2. When you were a child, did you "believe" in Santa Claus?

I did not believe in Santa Claus. Not only was it not a thing that my parents did, I was a rather skeptical child (a result of so many older siblings) and I doubt I could have been convinced without seeing him flying around. I was very imaginative (and still am), but if things wanted to be real, they had to prove it. 




3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?

Not really. There are some random Christmas movies that are confined to Christmas, which happens to be IN winter in this part of the world, but nothing cold-weather-specific. 


4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?

For so many years, my family watched A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, but then this last Christmas we didn't. So that tradition was killed. But we pretty much always watch We're No Angels...it isn't technically a tradition, but it happens every time, so it might as well be. 


5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who's in charge of decorating it at your house?

Real tree, ALWAYS. If there is going to be a tree, it has got to smell like a tree, and stab like a tree (my poor poor fingers). In the olden days of yore, the whole family decorated (ie. helped my mom and older sister). But the last five years or so, I have done it all myself. 


6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?

We all stay home. An older brother and an older sister are married (to other people) and have a few kidlets apiece, and they will typically come spend Christmas with us, though there have been a few exceptions. 



7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?

We have a casual party, and usually most of us stay up. For the last few years, I have had some friends come spend the night, so that has sort of become a tradition. Although one year we forgot that we were waiting for something. We were awake, we just didn't notice the time until five or so after midnight. 



8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?

Sometimes there is snow. I live in Kansas, and it is very off and on about its winters. Some are wild and freezing and snowy and wonderful, and others are warm and tame and boring. I have built many snowmen, but I never named them. 


9. If it's snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book?

That depends on the type of snow. If it is windy and snow is blowing all over the place, I like to curl up with some tea or hot cocoa (and a book). Now, if there is snow sticking to the ground, and the wind is calm, I will definitely go outside. 


10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?

Never? When the weather starts to get warmer, and there is no more snow and everything is just wet and brown, I look forward to spring. But I would be happy for things to stay crisp and cold and dry and often covered in snow.....forever. I prefer Autumn to Spring, because Spring heralds Summer, and I do not like Summer at all. 

Tadaa!! I did it. 


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1/1/18
Once More Unto The Breach!


Hello there, 2018. It is so weird to finally meet you, I have heard so much about you, and been thinking about you for so long. I turn 18 this year, an age I once thought to be very old and grown up. Ha. I already did a recap post of sorts (http://writeornotwrite.blogspot.com/2017/11/i-yet-live-what-i-have-been-up-to.html).... so to kick off a new year of virtuous living, I am going to be stealing. 
My Glorious-and-ever-fantastic Twin has just done a New Years Tag, and I am going to tag myself. I feel like I ought to do some sort of something for new years, so here goes. 
Oh wow, this is long. Um. I might need to cut some of these. 

What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?
Got an actual job, you know, the ones that pay you, and continue, and aren't just "oh can you do this one thing one time and get paid but also never again". 

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions, and will you make one this year?
I do not make New Year's Resolutions. I think about things I want to work on and try to keep them in view as I go about life, but no specific resolutions. I began 2017 as I begin every year and every month, week, and day. With a desire to be more kind and charitable. I am quick to judge, and I express my opinions forcefully. While I would never intentionally hurt anyone, I can always use a lot of help in the 'love your neighbor' department. I would say that I succeeded in that I have definitely improved a great deal, but things like that will always need work. I also want to read more books.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Why yes, in the beginning of November my sister had a little girl. 

What countries/states did you visit?
Um. Lesee. I didn't do much travelling this year. The only NEW states I visited were Pennsylvania and New Jersey (if my memory serves). And of course the annual return to Colorado.  I read lots of books while in those states. 

What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Well, I would LIKE to have a child, but as that is impossible, and I have already mentioned the desire for increased kindness, um..... More time? Also impossible, a year lasts as long as it lasts. More time for reading, specifically. But also more busyness......basically I want to have the best of all worlds and I have unrealistic and borderline impossible ideas of how things ought to go. More books. 

Did you move anywhere?
Nope. Still in my glorious room. With my books.

What was the best month?
2017 was a really nice year for me. Each month was full of its own loveliness (and unpleasantness). I'll say November, just because I got a baby that month, but they were all pretty awesome when all is said and done (and books).

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did not. I enjoyed excellent health all year round, and aside from the usually array of cuts and bruises (the origin of which is always mysterious) I received no bodily harm. I have been very blessed (also books). 

What was the best thing you bought?
Air-plants, and books. 

What did you want and get?
A job (and books). 

What did you want and not get?
Two more inches of hair (more books).

Where did most of your money go?
Books. 

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
New baby and going to the Penn Museum (and books). 

What was the best book you read?
Do re-reads count? Because I re-read The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Aside from that, I am going to make it a tie between Shakespeare's Hamlet and Flannery O'Connor's Mystery and Manners

What were your favourite films of the year?
Oh gosh, what did I even watch? Probably Murder on the Orient Express (book was better), Spiderman (2017), and I don't know what else I watched. Clearly nothing much worth remembering. 

Favourite TV show?
Victoria was pretty good. 

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
What is fashion? Comfort and the colour red (but like, dark red, not bright read). My "personal fashion concept" has always been dark colours. Books are my favourite accessory. 

What kept you sane?
Books. Guacamole. Tea. My dog. What keeps me sane is the knowledge that I don't have time to not be sane. 

Who did you miss?
Mah friendies. School made it hard to spend as much time with them. I also missed books. 

Who was the best person you met?
My boss-lady. She's the best (did I mention books?).

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading books. 

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating (not reading books). 

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 17. I was with my ever-lovely twin the two days before. I read a book. 

How did you spend Christmas?
With family, at home (reading books). 

How are you going to spend New Years?
Well, last night was New Years Eve, and I spent it with some friendlies who came to write (tiny books) and paint and eat and spend the night. 

Five personally significant events of 2017:
I got a job (and I got my boss a book). 
I got a niece (and finished a book the same day). 
I didn't drown in the ocean (I had a book to read afterwards). 
I also did not fall off a cliff (I did read a book on the edge of one). 
I got two Godchildren (one of them gave me a book).

Five things you want to do in 2018:
I just want to read books and travel. 
I want to travel....more (and buy books).  
I want to get a second job to fund my travel (and my book buying). 
I want to learn more Irish and Old English, so that I can use it in Ireland and read obscure original english texts (or books). 
I want to write. Books. And travel. And learn. 
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