Twenty-Twelve in Word & Verse

With this new year coming just around the corner I've been thinking very hard about what my focus needs to be this coming year. I've also been thinking over what my one word and one bible verse should be for myself and for oh, restless bird in the new year. 

That said, I've decided that 2012 will be the year that I will seek to live a more peaceful life. This major worrier and restless soul will strive to live a life that is so greatly filled by my Jehovah-Shalom (God of Peace), and I will continue on my more-than-restless-in-all-the-right-ways-kind-of-a-woman lifestyle that I've discovered in 2011. 

My One Word:  Peace  

My One Bible Verse: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” john 14:27

In 2012 I will...

  • seek to learn what it means to live a life of peace
  • stay focused daily on living a more peace-filled life
  • study every scripture there is on peace
  • strive to keep peace in my relationships/friendships
  • spend as much time as possible with my Jehovah-Shalom
  • make a more conscious effort not to let worry consume me
  • remind myself to be content (at peace), but never complacent

                                                                                                                 ...and now it's your turn!

I'd love to hear what your one word and one Bible verse will be in 2012 if you chosen them already? Because I'm curious...What did you learn in 2011 that was a needed growing experience for you? 

Oh, and may you all have a very blessed and peaceful new year! ;)

daring to be restless

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What is this life of daring? 
I believe it's living life as a restless bird. One who's longing to be moreThis year God has been speaking to me over and over again about how I need to be a more daring young woman. Earlier on this year I was the proverbial "restless bird," but not in the right way. You see, I was restless in that I didn't dare to believe in myself and the gifts that God had given me. Instead I chose to let my fears and my worldly worries consume me. These negative restless behaviors were weighing me down, and they kept me from letting go and just flying. After much pruning by The Master Gardener, many whispers to my feathery heart and going through the stretching motions of my comfortable secure, the Lord has made me once again restless. But this time it's in all the right ways.

Over the past few months I've found myself longing to become that restless-daring-more-than kind of young woman. I've become the daring one who longs to do more, to be more, to inspire more, to love more, to minister more, to know Him more and to pen more words than ever before. These are the things that have made this life of mine a daring one...and the restless spirit within me is now starting to take it's hold. 

This kind of daring living requires us to live off of hope, to drink of the living waters constantly and to consume the bread of life, which fills our souls. Daring is found in the letting go, the releasing and living out of sweet dreams, and in the chasing after of everything moreA daring lifestyle will never be found in an overly complacent person, or the one who is too comfortably secure. We've got to realize that it's okay to live life daringly. In fact I'm pretty sure God would endorse it, don't you? We must let our fears perish, and decide to live a life uncaged. 

So, what are you chasing after? 
I'm chasing after my dreams of becoming an author. (Wow. I actually said it!) Though I may sit here in front of a blank computer screen some days, not a word of inspiration to be found within my muddled brain, I dare to write anyway. I chase this daring restless venture, this seeking of more and this release of living out a story not my own, so that I might be a clearer reflection of Christ. I choose to let God be the One to write my story, though He never needed my permission of course, every day. Then I sit down and I write a story all my own and posts for you to read about this heart that wanders hither and yon. It's in this everyday scrambling to chase after my word-filled watercolor dreams that I find myself, desperately daring to be more.

Will you choose to be daring too?
This everyday pursuit of my dreams, and my Jesus, is how I choose to live out this restless life of mine...daringly. I'll admit that the daring life isn't always an easy one. There are those days when it seems like it would be easier to just pull the covers over my head, and be content to only dream about the days I long for, instead of living them out. And I'm learning that anything worth living for will be hard to strive after. But living a daringeucharisteo filled, dreaming-every-second kind of life is one that satiates this hungry soul of mine, and it's the kind that calls this restless bird back home to nest, at the place where peace resides. My nest is found at the feet of Jesus.

So here's to the restless ones, the dreamers and to the worriers...
let's live a life of daring together!

(this post was written for Rachelle Rea's Daring December blog event. please make sure to check out all of the other Daring December posts that are waiting to be read and savored and lived out over at Inspiring Daring!)

c'est noel

Merry Christmas Eve oh, restless bird readers! And now, a quizical tag...


eggnog or hot chocolate?

does santa wrap your presents or just sit them under the tree?
santa does not wrap my presents. my parents do.

colored lights or white lights?
i love sparkleh white lights!

do you hang mistletoe?
um, no.

when do you hang up your holiday decorations?
my family has never had a set time for decorating, but the tree usually gets put up sometime during the first week of december. (this year however we don't have a christmas tree.)

what is your favorite holiday dish?
our dishes change from year to year, but this evening we are having steak. I LOVE steak smothered with bernaise sauce! ooh, i so can't wait for dinner!

what is your favorite holiday memory from childhood?
probably the year i got a talking baby doll for christmas. oh, ho ho boy, and when i found out that it DID indeed talk i remember screaming in petrified horror, crying like crazy and then that poor baby doll sailed across the room, by my own hands. lol!

what is on your christmas wish list?

do you open gifts on christmas eve?
yes. my family and i have always spent christmas eve with my grandparents. we eat a lovely meal, sit by the fireplace (when it's cold enough), eat scrumptious desserts and then we exchange gifts with one another.

how do you decorate your tree?
with white lights and assorted ornaments. i have everything from a gandalf ornament to a corpse bride ornament. oh, and you can't forget the jack skellington ornament!

snow: love it or dread it?
i love snow! it snowed my very first christmas ever and now i am forever in love with christmastime snow. sigh. (it's like 61 degrees here so i am betting we are out of luck on a chance of snow. boo.)

real tree or fake tree?
i love the sight and scent of the  real deal, but my folks like their fake-o one. 

do you remember your favorite gift?
my first kiss. i got my first kiss in december, and that i believe cannot be topped (at least it hasn't been yet! ;)

what's the most important thing about christmas to you?
jesus. family. having a giving spirit. traditions.

what is your favorite holiday dessert?
i am infatuated with my grandma's new york style chocolate pecan cheesecake!

what is your favorite holiday tradition?
getting together with the family on christmas eve

what do you put on top of your tree?
we've always had an angel adorning the crown of our evergreen. :-)

do you prefer giving or receiving?
i love both. my second love language is definitely gifts! ;-)

what is/are your favorite christmas song(s)?
sing we now of christmas, carol of the bells, hallelujah (light has come)sussex carol, greensleeves, bring a torch jeanette, isabella, god rest ye merry gentlemen, petit papa noel

candy canes: yucky or yummy?
i like peppermint just fine, but not candy canes. i know, i'm weird.

favorite christmas movie{s}:
the grinch who stole christmas, elf, a christmas story, the nativity story, christmas with the kranks, christmas with a capital c, thomas kinkade's the christmas cottage, the santa claus, the santa claus 2, the santa claus 3

what do you leave for santa?
nothing now, but when i was a kiddo we left milk and cookies for santa clause and carrots for his reindeer.

do you have a christmas morning tradition?
my sister and i usually check to see what is hiding in our christmas stockings and then we wait for momma and daddy to wake up. then we open presents. then we make and eat either french toast and maple bacon, or fla{c}ky biscuits, eggs and maple bacon. then we watch a ton of christmas movies together. 

do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
 online most definitely.

christmas letter or christmas card?
christmas letters. i love to hear how God has worked in a person's life over the duration of a year and i like to receive a picture. oh, and i love sappy christmas love letters too! (wink wink)

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( i got the idea for this tag/post off of my bloggy friend annie's blog. i hope you don't mind, girl!?)

a fairytale manifesto

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     Fairytale's have always captivated me and held a very special place in my heart. I remember my grandmother, and my parents, reading many fairytales to me over the years as a little girl, and even if I'd heard them a million-and-one times over I always ached to hear them once more. Really I've always been the endless daydreamer, and even now as an adult I'm still a very consistent daydreamer and an Idealist to the extreme, which may account for my deep love for all sorts of fairytales. 

     In the many fairytales that I hold close to my heart I have always found myself searching within them. And along the way I've found hope and love and lessons to be learned, in these sometimes spooky and cold and yet more often than not just plain downright dreamy stories that inspire and set afire many ideas and words within me. It's because of these fairytales, these stories, that have been passed down to me from generation to generation and from weathered page to page before me, that I hope to also one day pen a novel that will inspire others as deeply as I have been. 

     One day when my novel has been fully penned, it will be then that I pray that those words, my fairytales, will become the stories that grandmothers and grandfathers and mothers and fathers will pass down to their children, and them to their children as well.

     Yes, indeed I am in love with stories that inspire and stretch the imagination to grow to new depths...until it tells the whole world! 


     Recently a dear writer friend of mine (Rachelle of Inspiring Daring) and I have been talking a lot about fairytales, so I sent her this really looong list (seen below) of my ever growing list of favourite fairytales. I thought you also might enjoy a chance to read my fairytale favourites, and perhaps you could share some of your favorites with us in the comments section below as well?

My favourite fairy-tale (and fairytale-ish) books

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (of course!)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen
anything written by The Brother's Grimm
La Belle et la Bete by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont
At The Back of North Wind by George MacDonald
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Time Quintet by Madeleine L'Engle
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Door Within trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson

My favourite fairy-tale (and fairytale-ish) movies

Hugo Cabret
Beauty & The Beast
La Belle et la Bete
The Phantom of The Opera (Joel Schumacher version)
Alice In Wonderland (Tim Burton version)
The Little Mermaid
Howl's Moving Castle
Spirited Away
My Neighbor Totoro
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Tales From Earthsea (tv version, as well as Miyazaki's version)
Ella Enchanted
Ever After 
The Polar Bear King
The Chronicles of Narnia (original BBC versions)
The Golden Compass
Bridge To Terabithia
The Neverending Story Trilogy
The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
The Princess Bride
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All
The Swan Princess
Quest For Camelot
How To Train Your Dragon
The Frog Prince
A Knight's Tale
The Secret of Roan Inish
A Cinderella Story
The Thief Lord
The Princess & The Goblin
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
The Brothers Grimm
A Wrinkle In Time (tv version)
Princess: A Modern Day Fairytale (abc family/tv movie)
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton versions)
Edward Scissorhands

My favourite fairytale (and fairytale-ish) TV shows

Doctor Who
The Legend of the Seeker

*note: all of these films are not flawless and some of them are definitely not intended for younger viewers

isn't he sweet?

(((My love brought me beautiful roses today!!!)))

 "Two years with you, Sixty three million seconds each better than the last
    I am aching for you, for my mistakes in my past
    Memories of laughs, roses and tears
    Not for all riches would I trade these years"

((these are a few lines from a poem my love wrote for me))

meltdowns and anchored souls

i have a confession to make. i had a meltdown yesterday. i feel so much better now that i told you all. yes, i of all people i had a meltdown. and i don't mean the normal it's-that-time-of-the-month meltdown, i mean like a BIG TIME MELTDOWN! i nearly started having a panic attack and then i started crying uncontrollably and i couldn't stop. i literally crumbled under the weight of my own heart-thoughts. i guess having too much down time to think and dwell on your life's stresses can be a horrible thing sometimes.

why did i have a meltdown? well, i finally broke down because life has just been too much for me to handle lately. at least it's been too much for me to handle all on my own (which i found out later. it was through my meltdown that i realized that i can't be an island unto myself any longer.) but yesterday i totally snapped. i slid down to my knees, landing abruptly on the floor under my desk, and i just wept. i was tired of being the strong one. the one who doesn't cry and who doesn't seem like she has any problems to the world around her. i was tired of feeling like i was lying to everyone, myself included, by telling myself over and over again that i was okay and saying that i was when i wasn't to those around me.

honestly, work has been really stressful lately (what with numbers-to-crunch-me and the shortage of hours.) my relationships between my parents and my boyfriend have been a bit rocky and strained recently, and it seems as if adult life is swallowing me whole. right now i don't feel whole. i feel like there's a giant hole that's ripped it's way into my life. that hole, i believe, is having a lack of trust in others. ashamedly i've not gone to God enough with my heart cries, my many questions and my petitions.

i've not trusted God with the deepest parts of me as much as i should. i mean, i pray and read my bible, but really trusting that my God is BIGGER and believing that HE will lead me out of all of this chaos is something i've not done enough of lately. and yesterday was a result of those many stifled and chaotic feelings and lack of trust in HIM and my loved ones. and it all just crumpled together into a giant mess-of-me-meltdown. words and prayer with my king were all that kept me sane after my insane meltdown.

and i'm happy to say that after much prayer time with my king i feel much better. and of course talking to my love on the phone helped too. (poor guy. i think i stressed him out BIG TIME. i'm sorry honey!)  i even talked to my mother this morning about some things that were bothering me, and now that i have i feel so much more at ease! whew. lord, thank you for breakdowns and new morning mercies!

i feel like my breakdown was a beautiful thing after all, albeit chaotic and unneeded in some ways, too. i'm ashamed to say that i even had a mini panic attack and a huge meltdown. i'm afraid to let you see this more flawed part of me. especially when i'm the young woman who prides herself on being the strong one, the one who longs to inspire others and who searches for the answers to her many questions with a passion that is unmatched. and half the time, i admit, that these inspiring words that you read here on my blog are not only for you, they are written for my soul's release and sanity too. these words that i write, painful though they may be at times, are my anchor. they are an anchor that tethers my soul to God.

i'm learning through this meltdown that i had yesterday, and this reflection of jumbled thoughts that i am releasing here right now, for you and i both to ponder and savor.

this was my prayer yesterday to my Jesus; that which calmed and anchored my soul:

Dear Lord, thank you for breakdowns, the releasing of tears and wounds, joys to be found and for my love who listens graciously. Please help me to remember to remain patient, to grow stronger and to listen for your voice resounding amongst the whir of unstable emotions and feelings. Help me to become a woman who lives daringly for you, in the harder times and in easier times. In Jesus' name amen.

with love, 

sarah elizabeth

growing pains, they become us

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it is pained, this act of growing.
and yet life is this complicated gift given.
her times are just stressful now. 
back and forth, a major contradiction.

she wears the mask of the thin, the confused.
over and over and over, she prays
there are more questions than answers.
what and where and who?
to give, or not to give?

and yet she tries to be daring still.
she's learning to remain restless all the while.
while giving heart and body and mind.

she remembers five things to thank her king for.
she tries to love and let go, as best she can. 
she constantly lives and learns and yearns.
wanting more, more and more.

then she flies and fails and wakes once more.
only to find there are small triumphs daily.
and she is held safely within her nest.
her peace, her all, her "Him."

many arguments now left trailing behind her.
fights not won, but nonetheless we move on.
hopes they had for her, do they die? 
has she died or just taken a different flight?

she's pained to disappoint them.
then with disagreement, we all are crushed.
and she scratches at the surface, for something to grasp.
is she truly a disappointment to them?

can she ever move, from this place of  mind-heart restraint?
her wonderment begins to grow wilder. 
...will he have the faith to just move?
questions are mounting.
and she becomes more restless.

growing pains, they commence and encompass.
and their circling breaths... oh, their stretching pains...
they become shortened and lame.
as she chooses to dare anyway.

growing restless, daring more. 
letting go and feeling again.
these pains, they become us...
unless they are all given over to Him.

(life is imperfect, these words are those of an imperfect restless soul. linking up with emily today.)

there you'll find me {book review}

I just finished reading the book There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones on Thanksgiving day and I LOVED it! Thank you so much for sending me a copy to review, Jenny! I really really appreciate it.

Summary: Finley Sinclair is not just your average 18 year old. She's that seemingly perfect driven girl who's been through a world of hurt since the death of her older brother, Will. While learning how to deal with a life that no longer holds her brother, Finley sets out to study abroad in Ireland. While there she spends much of her time working on her audition piece for the Manhattan Music Conservatory, which she hopes she'll get into. But the piece she is working on, a music piece for Will, isn't quite right yet. Hoping to find the pieces that will make her brother's song whole, she follows Will's travel journal, traveling to the places he ventured to where he felt closest to God when he was there, in the hopes that she herself will find God and the rest of her song too.

And of course every good story has to have a hunky vampire movie teen heartthrob in it, right? Well, TYFM has one indeed! Beckett Rush is Hollywood's "bad boy," and he's also the guy that Finley happens to sit next to on the plane on her way to Ireland. (Oh, circumstance you are good aren't you?) To Beckett's dismay Finley is completely immuned to his charm, unlike most of the girls he meets. Out of this uncanny meeting an unlikely friendship is born and an unlikely deal is struck. Beckett convinces Finley to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.

With Beckett as her guide, Will's journal at hand for inspiration, Ireland as the backdrop and a heart that is full of grievance for a loss and a lack of communication with God, we wonder alongside Finley if she will ever find her way in life and hear HIS voice again.

...and I think I'll leave you hanging HERE! SO... GO READ THIS BOOK!

Final Thoughts: Jenny B. Jones has done it again. Her unique writing style possesses wit, sass, humor and in the case of TYFM a BIG ol' dose of life's shadier realities. While this particular novel is a bit darker in the themes that it deals with (compared to Save The Date) it stands up there right alongside all of Jenny's other works in a beautiful contrast, and proudly so. This book was deep and insightful and emotive, in a way that stirs the soul and cuts the kite strings all at the same time. This story of finding God and learning to let go is beautiful and I'm so glad that I was able to read it!

(Disclaimer: I received this book from Jenny B. Jones/Thomas Nelson for FREE for the purpose of reviewing. This review is of my own words.)

oh, restless bird

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i'm so happy that everyone has loved the name change of my blog so far. "oh, restless bird" has really been my life message right now...this restlessness in all it's vast definitions. so, i guess i owe you all a little further explanation as to why i went from 'daughter of the king' to 'oh, restless bird,' huh?

Why The Name Change
it all started when i found a passage of scripture that said: "people who won't settle down, wandering hither and yon, are like the restless birds, flitting to and fro (Proverbs 27:8.)" it really spoke to me about who i was at the time. i was the daughter who was struggling to reside at the feet of rest. the one who always stressed herself out to no end. it was after reading that scripture that i knew i was a restless person...a very restless bird...but in not in such a good way at the time.

then in nothing short of a miracle i learned that with the extreme generosity of a very lovely novelist and her family that i would be attending She Speaks over the Summer (which was a dream come true!), which started setting the wheels in motion for me to start living a more restless and daring life, as a writer and as a woman of God. knowing that i was going to need to write something for the writer's peer critique group class that i had signed up for at She Speaks i started preparing an article that had a subject that was very close to my heart. the article/devo i wrote was entitled 'just relax restless bird.' the article spoke to the women in the group, and spoke to my own heart more than i even knew at the time.

since arriving home from She Speaks life has been an up and down roller coaster ride. work has never been always fun or easy all the time (actually work is rather trying at times), and neither has trying to maintain healthy relationships with loved ones while not hurting others and stepping on toes. needless to say i had been stressed out and super restless. i was the proverbial wandering bird, trying desperately to make nest. i've found that nest. that nest is Him. not that i didn't know that before, but that message of restlessness, in black and white before my very eyes, started to become more clear to me as the months dragged onward.

this year i've learned that being the restless bird is both a good thing and a bad thing. this untamed restless feeling began somewhere in the hot and hazy summer days of this year and has started to mean something deeper to me this autumn.

i've learned that it's okay to feel restless, ultimately, as long as it's not a restless spirit that drives a wedge between yourself and God. if you are restless in your insecurities, self doubts and fears, then it's not such a good thing. but if you, like me, are restless to write more, to love more, to minister more and to strengthen your relationship with God more, than being that restless bird is a wonderful thing!

needless to say God's been stirring some BIG things in my heart this year and i can't help but to feel restless about it all. so i will continue to pour out words from these ruffled feathers, not just as a daughter of the king, but as a daughter of the king who restlessly longs for more.

What God's Said Specifically To This Restless Bird
just relax RESTLESS BIRD << that's me proverbially (post soon to come)
you are MORE << my thoughts on identity crisis resolved (find my post on More To Be)
you are not your OWN << the Great Author writes my life (post found HERE)
you have a MISSION FIELD << words, devoid eyes and city streets (post found HERE)
you can be CONTENT << don't be complacent (post soon to come)
you can be DARING, dear heart << a daring life (post soon to come)

What Are Your Restless Struggles & Triumphs?
i would love more than anything for you to continue following me here on my blog, so that you and i can share our hearts, our Jesus and our journeys together. i pray that you will boldly embrace your good restlessness and cast aside the not so good restlessness that keeps you from making nest at the feet of Jesus. remain restless for Him, always, dear heart. ...and fly on.

Research: It's What Writer's Do

I will admit that I have not kept up with my writing goal of 1,667 words per day. No, I'm not giving up on NaNoWriMo, but I am gonna go out on a limb here and let myself, the usual idealist, be a realist for a moment and reveal to you that I believe that I won't be able to finish writing 50,000 words of The Water Bringer in only a month. I knew that was a crazy word goal when I started this, and I still believe it is.

All that said, sadly sickness and work at the bookstore and plot-holes have taken over my life this past week and I've not written one single word since the fourth of November. (I cannot believe I just said that on here, albeit truthful!)

Instead of panicking about the words which I have yet to write though I've decided to just not worry about it and keep on pressing forward. I'm going to take my time with this story. I'll be working on the plot outlines, my characters and some serious world building as I continue on and hopefully along the way I can still manage to get my word count up.

Since I've not been writing research is what I've been doing in the absence of crafting together words...

While I was sick I watched a TON of movies, and I must say that as a writer watching worlds come to life before your very eyes that were once a pool of words too is a brilliant place to find inspiration. It's like movies house inspiration for me or something! So, I thought I'd share with you about what I've been doing for research for 'The Water Bringer' since I haven't been writing on the actual novel as of late.

My Research Materials & Inspiration Found

The Polar Bear King, Doctor Who, Merlin, Snow White: A Tale of Terror [don't let the kiddos watch this was a really good adaptation and I learned a lot about story building from this one though], Beauty & The Beast

The Village Soundtrack

The Lord of The Rings Sountracks

Illuminations by Josh Groban

Plenty of Books

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

A Novel Idea by various authors

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson 

My Heart's in the Lowlands by Liz Curtis Higgs

Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brother's Grimm 

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John & Caitlin Matthews

The Frog Princess and Other Tales Illustrated by Nikolai Ustinov

The Ice Dragon by E. Nesbit

This site has proven to be the biggest and best resource I've used so far for my novel. They have excellent resources on Celtic myths as well as every other mythology that you can possibly imagine. Really you CAN wiki anything! 

There are a bazillion-and-one ideas and loads of inspiration on this site if you'll only look. Just type in Scotland for instance, or whatever else strikes your fancy, into the search bar and your off! I have a WHOLE NaNoWriMo board for my novel ideas. Check out my inspiration for TWB HERE

( <<< This is one of Jared's characters called "Voice" and it is also his original art piece. You can find his art gallery HERE


Now I doodle occasionally and will sketch out maps for my worlds sometimes, but admittedly I'm no great artist. My awesome boyfriend is though, PTL! Jared actually helped me conceptualize a scene in my novel and then being the sweet 'n' handsome 'n' artsy man that he is he sketched out the whole scene for me. It is brilliant and hilarious and I adore the sketch to pieces! I can't wait to go see him again soon so we can work on some more scenes and sketches of my characters together (of course I'll be the mega author brain and he'll be the awesome artist guy brain on the case!)

Chats with Writer Friends
This I think has been the most important thing on my writing journey so far: Writing Friends. They are there to ping ideas off of and to bring encouragement and they are truly invaluable. The talks and e-mails and chats that I've shared with my fellow writing companions have proven to be such a blessing to me. I'm so glad to have as many nerdy and fairy tale loving writer friends as I do who are willing to talk myths and story and dialogue and books with me all day long. Thank you for letting me share my pieces of my novel-world with you and for sharing yours with me! (YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE)

I really want to know... 
  • How do you research for your writing projects/novels? 
  • What kind of music do you listen to while writing? 
  • What is your NaNo (or non nano) novel about? 
  • What are some great reads that I should be reading? 
  • What is your favorite fairy tale of all time? 

So why not pick a question to answer or be uber daring and answer them all, but PLEASE don't be shy!