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. 

 The Author
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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?

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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I Yet Live
~ What I Have Been Up To ~

Hello all, I thought I would pop on here to give a quick update about my life, since it is so gloriously commonplace, and reading about other people's lives is strangely soothing (ie. boring). Mostly, these sorts of posts are really an attempt to make myself sound FAR FAR too busy to have posted, so that maybe no one will realize that I was just lazy and forgetful. Anyhoo....

Blog Update: 
Yes I am still planning on finishing those reviews I promised (wasn't it smart of me to avoid setting any kind of deadline or time frame?) And no, I will not end this post by saying "I will do my best to post regularly in future". I shall save myself the trouble of failing. 

Me Update: 


If you have poked about much on this blog, you may have discovered that I am rather obsessed with Ancient Egypt, specifically the 18th dynasty. Well, at the end of July, my lovely mother took me to the Penn Museum, which has one of the largest collections of egyptian artifacts and the largest sphinx in the US. I also touched the sphinx. Just a light tap. I'm sorry museum. You aren't supposed to touch it, but I did. I made sure my hand was nice and clean first. Another thing I touched (again, very lightly with one very clean finger) was a statue that may have been touched by the main-ish character in my book. So that was cool. 

I also got to chat for a little bit with the conservationists in the artifact lab (their blog is most interesting: https://www.penn.museum/sites/artifactlab/) which was enlightening. The backdrop of this conversation was a skeleton just casually laying on a table nearby. 


Two days after returning from Philly, I headed off to the mountains of Colorado. I love mountains, and high up places, and cold places, and rainy places, and places with thin air, and walking, and cold mountain lakes, and hot tea on a freezing morning. And did I mention that I love mountains? Something about being able to just walk right up out of the world. 

At the end of August, I began working as a Nanny for a wonderful family. Four adorable children, and two awesome parents. I am practising for my ideal future. 


With September came drama rehearsals. And this time, I was a director (so fancy). I adapted a PG Wodehouse short story, cast some lovely people, and annoyed them for two months leading up to an excellent performance. More on that later.

On the 22nd of the month, my wonderful twin and I attended a Hobbit Day dance. We curled our lengthy locks, donned our hobbit garb, shed our silly shoes, and had a lovely time.


October was a rather exciting month. It began with a fun mother-daughter trip with myself and my mother, and my twin and her mother. A good time was had all round.
I began learning Irish (because commonly used languages are far less interesting to me), and towards the end of the month was awakened by the news that my brother had been in a car accident. All is well, he is well, but it definitely made for a crazy couple of weeks. And this all brings me to....


So far...

Most importantly, mah sistah had a baby. Takes the cake for best event of the year. With that said...on to drama.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been directing a play this year. I was also in a play (which happened to also be an adaptation of a story by Wodehouse), but that is much less interesting. Directing a play.....has been.....interesting. I knew going in that I would enjoy it, as long as I got the right cast. And I did get the right cast. The problem is, I am bad with people, and I am 90% certain that my cast kind of hated me in the beginning. To be fair, I was REALLY annoying. I was super picky, and I directed line by line. I stopped them constantly, and had them move a few inches in various directions. I micro-managed the angles at which furniture was placed on the stage. I was horrid. Would I do it differently in the future? Yes and no. There are a lot of things I would go back and change if I could, but that fact that I can't does not annoy me in the least. I should certainly have been a little more encouraging earlier on, but at the beginning, I didn't know yet that my cast was going to be so wonderful. I was pretty hard on them, and I don't think they 'thank me for it', but I also think they have come to understand my reasons, and they don't dislike me for it.  So yes, in future, I would change the WAY I managed it, but I would not be any less exacting. I will say I have learned a lot about how to interact with people. I am still bad at it, but I am slightly better than I was a few months ago. This month was performance month. And they did a frabjous job.

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The picture of the Sphinx is the property of the Penn Museum. All the other pictures are my own.

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