Guestbook


Hi! Here it is. The new Guestbook page. This is going to be an interesting, exciting experiment for me, as I ultimately stink at communicating with the blogging community on a day-to-day basis since fifty things demand for my attention every day when twenty-four is the doable, maximum number.

This is the experiment: for the entire year of 2017, just leave comments here. Talk about what your favorite ice cream flavor is, why you like snail mail, how being sock-free is liberating, just anything, as long as it is appropriate. On the bottom right hand corner, please click on the checkbox labeled, "Notify me." My challenge is to reply within a day since your comment. If there is a string of comments already started between another individual and myself and you have something to contribute to that tangent of the conversation, then don't hesitate to add to the conversation.

Now, sometimes I won't be able to reply right away because an actual reason came up, like finals or I'm at a softball game and lack access to my phone-- if that is the case, then the time span for replying will be extended to three days. I'll leave a note on this page notifying everyone if that's the case.

Stumped on what to comment on here, exactly? I've left a couple of questions below. Just start off and choose one. I love to have deep, one-on-one discussions with people.

// What is one art piece, from book down to a painting, that speaks out of you and why?
// Fog, mist, sunshine, meteor shower-- tell me a story from your youth that associates with one of these weather / sky phenomenon.
// Describe the one (or several) thing(s) that keep you grounded and not fly away in the midst of life swirling around us.
// What is art? How do you define art, and how can you differentiate those who make art to those who create pale examples in comparison?
// "Fine." "Okay." These are two responses that people prompt whenever asked the question, "How are you?" How are you feeling today? Elaborate more. There are always stories.
// Sometimes, we aspire to be the characters we read and watch. Which fictional character is most like you?

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  1. Sky phenomenon? Ooh, that one's easy - on the night of the Blood Moon (a Red moon that appears ... every twenty-ish years, I think?) my family and I went down to a lake to take pictures and watch the sky. Turns out a TON of other people had the same idea, and it was really fun to sit out there and watch the Blood Moon appear with a bunch of other people ;).

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. Yup, sky phenomenon! You're so lucky that you got to see the Blood Moon! It was one of those phenomenons which sadly grazed over our heads over here. Twenty years is such a long time to wait!

      That's really cool that you got to meet a ton of people during that gathering! Do you still keep in touch with some of them? For you to be at a lake while the Blood Moon appeared... that's got to look beautiful, especially with the lake's reflection.

      Also, you're my first comment on here, yay! <3 You get the first pick at whatever cookies or breakfast foods you want to eat. This is going to be a par-yay! Whoo! We shall plan this party and the details of it ASAP.

      I'm kind of in debate on whether to sign off the way I usually do, but if this is a convo... well, I'll sign off with my reply the same and any further responses I'll just plainly comment. I don't know, what do you think?

      xoxo Morning

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    2. No, seeing as we didn't officially "meet" any of the people there - but some of them let us use their giant telescope to see the moon as it was turning red ;). My sisters and I had a lot of fun lying on the roof of our car and watching the stars :D.

      YES I AM *promptly devours all the Cake Mix cookies within sight*. LOVE your idea for this Guestbook thing, it's really cool!

      Eh, I wouldn't sign off - make it feel like more of a conversation that way (*has no room to talk because I signed off out of habit in my comment* xD). Have you ever seen any sky/weather phenomenon stuff?

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    3. The roof of your car??? Oh my shish kebabs, your Blood Moon sighting just keeps get better. *squeals* Giant telescopes are so expensive! I'm too afraid to even touch one because I feel that if I do, I'll break it. *hides under the bed*

      Luckily, there's another batch of Cake Mix cookies. *offers up ten more* I really hope this guestbook thing takes off-- I was actually inspired to do this by a much older blogger from back in 2012, when she did this. Her name is Anna, and she was probably one of the best bloggers around until she disappeared from the community. :(

      Oh, true, you do make a good point about signing off. I'm usually unlucky when it comes to seeing sky/weather phenomenon stuff. The three most notable ones were an eclipse (which I missed since I was nine and a movie was blaring too loud for us to hear our mom from downstairs), a fog that occurred for several months every day (which are super infrequent around here). The last thing that we do have a lot often of are northern lights, which are the most goregous things ever! Have you seen them in real life before? They wave a bit slowly in the air, but it's a mesmerizing sight. They're some of my favorite things in the world.

      (Nearly missed the date deadline, ack! Day two of this and I'm already slipping. >.<)

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  2. Oooh! I'm going to talk about why I like snail mail :). Also this idea is very cool :) Ever since I was a kid I always used to be excited whenever I got a mail addressed to me. Whether it be a Toys r Us ad, or an invitation from a friend, mail for me made me excited. Earlier this year, one of my best friends who lives where I used to live (that sounds so confusing) and I decided we wanted to write each other letters. Ever since we started doing that, I realized something about snail mail and why it's so special. Snail mail is very personalized and takes a lot of thought. It's different from a text or email, it's handwritten, has a personal touch and is much more interesting. My friend and I learned so much about each other even though we are so far away. I have always wanted a pen pal, though putting out your address isn't safe now, it's awesome to do it with your friends.

    xx Bubbles

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    1. I forgot to click notify me so I am going to do that now :)

      xx Bubbles

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    2. Hi, Bubbles! It stinks that I wasn't able to reply sooner. >.< I just sent my first snail mail later a little over a week ago and let me tell you that the feeling is sensational.

      I got one of those Toys R Us ads too! Actually, it was more of a birthday coupon they'd send in the mail to greet you, but as a kid, that was the neatest thing ever. Sadly, I never really got to spend my coupons. :(

      It's okay-- the word choice isn't confusing at all! So basically, when you moved away, you ended up sending snail mail to a friend from where you used to live at. What's the weirdest or more decorated thing that you've sent to one another?

      We live in such a digital age that sometimes texting and emailing are very commonplace and lack the personal touch which snail mail letters have, I agree. And you do get to learn so much from one another, too! The person I'm sending snail mail to is a former mentor of mine, but I send her notes about musicals to listen to, as she was my dance instructor who loved musicals.

      Yeah, putting your address out there isn't safe; personal identity on the internet is kind of scary, and even though I'm at that age where most bloggers reveal their name or face, I still go by a nom de plume, but there's nothing bad about that! Other bloggers just use a very common name (like Autumn from Autumn's Readings and Writings, that's not her actual name but we still call her that). Nethertheless, snail mail is awesome, and it'd be so cool to send out snail mail to all of my blogging friends.

      And oops, yup, you can't forget the "Notify Me" button. xD

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  3. This is a great idea Abigail, and I shall display my love for this idea by participating ^_^

    Fog, mist, sunshine, meteor shower-- tell me a story from your youth that associates with one of these weather/sky phenomenon.
    "sunshine". a poem.
    she lay
    out on the poolside
    back against the pavement
    face to the sky
    ready for her suntan.
    and yet later
    her mother cried,
    "Olivia, you already have brown skin
    you don't need to tan!

    (true story)

    Describe the one (or several) thing(s) that keep you grounded and not fly away in the midst of life swirling around us. Jesus is the only One who can keep me grounded. When I remember Him--really remember Him and His Words and promises and all He has done for me--then I feel a peace that literally passes my understanding.

    "Fine." "Okay." These are two responses that people prompt whenever asked the question, "How are you?" How are you feeling today? Elaborate more. There are always stories. Today I'm feeling...blessed. Inspired. Motivated. I had a great conversation about planning for my future earlier, and I just felt God with me. I felt like "wow, I can actually do this; I can do big things for Him and I can change myself and be better" and that felt very freeing and empowering and magnificent (hey look mom, no thesaurus! :P)

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    1. I FEEL BAD BECAUSE I HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THIS PAGE AT ALL since I last commented two months ago. *face palm* But I'm here and back and I'm going to be consistent over the summer about this.

      I love your weather phenomenon story! I have tan skin already, so I don't need to sit out in the sun either, but my parents are all about getting SPF 70 sunscreen when it's like, "But... but we're not in the sun for that long." Whenever I travel down to sunny states, that's when the situation gets complicated. Do you ever get really bad tan lines? I went to Disney World for one week once and the tan lines from my sandals didn't go away for three. Stinking. Months!

      PREACH, GIRL. I just got Confirmed, and even though the adults say that I should feel the Holy Spirit come down upon me, I don't feel any different per say. But that may be because I'm either surrounded by His presence already or I'll feel those gifts bestowed during the time I'll actually need them. I'm so glad that you've reconnected with God! You have a stronger relationship in faith than before, and that's incredible. <3

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    Phoenix
    Pheonixamericangirlworld.wordpress.com

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    1. But it is rather pretty. It'd be super cool to learn how to do hand lettering one day, wouldn't you think? Then you can write what you want, scan it, and then feature it on your blog if you wanted it as a design aspect! That's something I'd like to learn to do someday.

      Yes, this is a bit of a repost because I accidentally deleted the comment earlier while trying to reply to something, whoops!

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  5. Once upon a time, Allie Taylor (from the mountains and glenns of The Depth of my Faith,) was here. Her stay was long, as she gracefully wondered throughout the corners of this blog and flipped the pages of it's history. She delighted in spending an hour here, as it was the most enjoyable feeling; reading through the kind and fun comments. the blog's design caught her eyes, as the sky shifted from blues and greens and yellows to summer colors like pink and yellow and pineapples.

    But her favorite thing of all, was her dear friend Abby, who kindly began this blog. Many thanks to her, and many rounds of sparkling apple cider to her friends. But as time passed, she realised it was getting late... and she must return to her writing; where her friends waited.

    What am I, the narrator, trying to poetically state? Well, Allie has hardly ever said a word while she was caught up in the sights of this beautiful land. So, it is my job as her narrator to say that Abby did a grand job with creating this land. And Allie enjoys every moment here. Thank you for this amazing place to be. Thank you for your skills and peices of excellence.

    Goodbye, to all the amazing people and hobbits alike.

    Allie Taylor / Hebrews 11:1 / thedepthofmyfaith7.blogspot.com

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    1. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Abigail Lennah, and about a month ago, she read your comment but did terrible at reply. The horrors of life jumped out and tried to detract her attention away, almost to the rhythm of Dorothy and the traveling crew chanting, "Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!" She feels absolutely terrible she couldn't reply to her dear friend Allie's letter right away, but feels blessed to have received such a heartwarming letter.

      The hobbits and people of this humble abode love you (and are sending you off with brownies, whoo)! Next time, thinks Abby, we shall have a have a grand party and indeed it will be splendid.

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    2. And when she returned, she felt great sorrow of hard times for her friend, Abby. but reminds her to not feel sorry, for life is only priorities, passion, and the whirlwind, is there's only room for two.

      The oddlings and elves from thine own blog send you with hot muffins and handsom archers. :)

      Allie

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  6. What a lovely idea, Abby!

    I think art is self-expression - communicating personal perceptions. But the next question is, what is the purpose of art? Do you think art should have a purpose besides self-expression?

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    1. Thanks, Jessica!

      Oooh, that is a pretty hard question that you're asking. On one hand, some people enjoy creating art solely for the joy that they receive when engaged in that medium, whether it may be in the performing arts or something including watercolor or clay. I think why certain works of art are noticeable than others is because the piece elicits a response somehow, whether it may be positive or negative, and the creator has drawn out an expression communicated what they wanted to evoke well. And sometimes what's being communicated sparks questions. While I think that art does have a purpose besides self-expression, I can't put a finger down on other purposes.

      I'll come back to this and think about it some more; you really have me thinking!

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  7. Great idea! I love being barefoot, cookie dough ice cream, letters from penpals, and the shadows the clouds cast on the mountains!

    Laura @ flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh yes to all four! Who else loves cookie dough ice cream? Anyone?

      And who on here is a writer/reader?

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    2. *raises hand* I'm definitely a reader/writer :D.

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

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    3. What are your favorite genres to read and write?

      Bethany @ bethanyr4Him.blogspot.com

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    4. Reader, bigger writer. Cookie dough ice cream is my life. And... that's it. XD

      Allie Taylor / Hebrews 11:1 / thedepthofmyfaith7.blogspot.com

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    5. I'm also a huge reader and writers! What are your guys' favorite genres to dabble in?

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    6. I both read and write fantasy. Not sci-fi as much, but I still find that interesting. My second favorite genre to READ is historical fiction, then mystery, but I'm not the best at writing either. I also enjoy certain apocalyptic books. My biggest criteria is that whatever I read and write is Christian. Not to say that I don't read some that's not, but there's plenty of great Christian fiction that I love. :) What about you?

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    7. I also write a ton of fantasy! Our second and third most favored genres are switched-- I love reading sci-fi, but I'm super picky as to what novels I read in regards to historical fiction (most books don't deviate away from the World War II era). Finding good Christian novels are hard. I don't mind them, per say, but it would be nice if there was variety in the setting and plot... Hanne did a really great post about the Christian genre recently!

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    8. I like to write, but not so much read :p abigail lennah: I just saw your comment on my blog, and accidentally deleted it! Sorry. I'm not sure if I can un-delete.

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    9. I get that! I have friends who don't mind reading, but they're slow readers and prefer to write their own stories instead to keep up at the pace they want. And Laura-- I just checked back at your Cape May post-- I'm glad to see that the comment is okay and all in order! :D

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    10. Anything that falls under the speculative fiction is something you'll probably find me writing/have written. I've dabbled in a gazillion things, but my current WIP (Killing Snow) is dystopian xD.

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

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    11. Dystopian is SO GOOD. I have a dystopian plot bunny that's picking up some dust since I haven't delved much into it, but it's super good and something I want to understand more... maybe after I finish drafting my second draft for another WIP I can work in this one more. :D What other WIPs do you have?

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    12. I like writing historical fiction. What's dystopian mean?

      Laura @ flowersinmybasket.blogspot.com

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    13. I'd love write more historical fiction! What eras / events in time do you like to focus on, Laura?

      Dystopia is a future, post-apocalyptic (not necessarily like zombies or the typical things that come to mind, but others, like countries perishing or natural disasters creating new territories). Despite it being good, it's grim at times.

      The Hunger Games is crowned dystopia-- it's the most well-known. If you want to open to more dystopia, Legend by Marie Lu is a good way to enter in because it subdues some of the grimness. The series gets more mature as it progresses, but the first book is mostly okay content-wise, as it was a competition book for middle schoolers a few years back.

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    14. @ Abigail I'd agree that dystopian can be very grim, as you put it. But I have read a few good ones. And in reference to your earlier comment, it would be nice to see a bit more variety in Christian fiction. There are some extraordinary ones out there though!

      @ Laura What time frame in historical fic do you mostly write?

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    15. Bethany, do you have any good Christian fiction recommendations? I have to delve more into the genre, but some of the ones I've read are just okay...

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    16. Okay, so that probably includes "The Giver," right? My sister read the Left Behind books (the teen ones), I wonder if they are dystopian too...I like the 1880's because that's when Laura Ingalls was my age (:
      This guestbook is such a great idea to get to know your readers, and also to get them to engage in your blog more! Would it be okay if I made one too? I could even link back to here and say this is where I got the idea from?
      Have a great day!

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    17. I'm so glad you asked. ;) My all-time favorite series is The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink. It's a fantasy, but not an all out fantasy. It's an amazing series. Another Christian fantasy I love is the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight.

      A good mystery series that's aimed for ages oh maybe 11-14 is the Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry.

      As for historical fiction, anything by Susan K. Marlow (she writes set in the 1880s), or Jesseca Wheaton (WWII era) is excellent.

      And I'm just going to throw the Left Behind series out there. It's a bit graphic but very good!

      Any that I mentioned here are among the best I've read, so I'm sure you'll enjoy them. If you ever want more idea . . . let's just say that my room is full of marvelous books. :)

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    18. @Laura: It does include The Giver, although towards the end of the series it feels like it's reverting towards fantasy because of what happens in Son. I haven't heard of the Left Behind books, so I couldn't say! Who's it by? Laura Ingalls Wilder, YAAAAAASSSSS! I loved her series as a kid. "Little House on the Prarie" brings back good memories of the hour long session we had each day to read in fourth grade. And I wouldn't mind you making your own guestbook page! Make your own questions and such. It'll be fun. Be sure to let me know once you have one up and running so I can write over there! You have a great day too!

      @Bethany: Oooh, these sounds like such good book suggestions! It's good to be exposed to books and series that aren't as well know. If you diversify what you read, it helps you maybe take in different ideas which helps a person see a world at a different angle, if that makes sense. There are a ton of "classics" like Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, books like that which I haven't read and gotten along okay, although I'd love to read those in the future to just see what other people have taken from the book.

      Speaking of books, do any of you have Goodreads? I'd love to befriend you there!

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    19. Okay, I think I will! And Left Behind (teen ones) are written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. I've never read them myself, so I'm not exactly sure what they're like.

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    20. @Abigail: I absolutely agree. And I technically have goodreads but I don't use it. When I start using it more actively though I'll try to remember to let you know! XD Actually, if you send me a friend request I'll friend you so you can see the books that I enjoy. Just don't expect me to do anything on there, lol. My account is just under Bethany R.

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    21. @Bethany: I'll send you a friend request tomorrow; it's getting late here. My name on Goodreads is the same as on here-- in fact, if you click on the last social media button under my sidebar photo, it'll send you straight towards my profile, which is on private.

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    22. I sent you a friend request. :)

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  8. Seeing as it looks like several of us are readers . . . care to recommend some of your favorite books/authors? Do you have any friends who have self-published books?

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    1. Some of my favorite authors are as follows: J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Marie Lu, Marrissa Meyer, and Rebecca Stead. As for books by authors not aforementioned, I love All the Light We Cannot See, The Snow Child, All the Bright Places, Fangirl, First and Then, Wonder, and When You Reach Me.

      Some of my friends have published books, although one of them (her name is Kate) has her work published in an anthology! What are some of your favorite authors?

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    2. YES to J.K. Rowling and Marissa Meyer! They're amazing. Nadine Brandes is amazing-ly epic, as well. And I've got a lot of friends that have self-published their books. Abigayle Claire, who wrote Martin Hospitality, did a really good job with her's, and Kara Swanson's (though I don't really know her, I know she self-published) The Girl Who Could See has one of THE MOST incredible covers of any self-published book I've ever seen.

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

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    3. True. Abi's cover for Martin Hospitality is just beautiful; I love all the watercolor!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    4. I haven't read most of those authors, but I guess I should! :) My top two favorite authors are Tricia Mingerink and Jaye L. Knight. Both write extraordinary fantasy!

      I did read Martin Hospitality though, that was really good! I can't wait for Andora's Folly. :)

      It seems like The Girl Who Could See is getting some publicity right now as it's releasing. I'll have to read that too. :)

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    5. The Girl Who Could See is a book I want to read, as well. ^.^

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    6. It is! It's overwhelming my Blogger feed to the point where every time I see a post about it, I scream, "Ahh!"

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  9. WHAT?! This is so cool!!! I am slowly falling in love with your blog, seriously.

    I love The Graces by Laure Eve! I literally can't shut up about it. It's an amazing book filled with everything I love: witchcraft, morally twisted characters, small towns, and all that. It's like a huge inspiration to me to write a book half as good as it.

    About weather?! Frankly, I just love, love, love rain.

    SCHOOL. It reminds me that while in my head I'm a ninth grader who writes books when most people wouldn't think of ever writing anything beyond 10,000 words, it grounds me. I do well on tests, fail in others. It's a pendulum that swings back and fourth, grounding me because while in my head I think I'm super cool or whatever, I'm just a regular student in the regular world.

    Art is freaking important. Art is the unconventional road, the lesser and ignored most times, but without art, I don't think we'd be here today.

    Well today has been pretty decent! School starts in a few days which definitely sucks but... I'll survive. I hope.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS SET OF QUESTIONS! Do you love rain too? What's your favorite book of ever?

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. I actually got the Guestbook idea from one of my favorite bloggers who stopped blogging a few years ago and allowed me to go up and create this page. You should make one, Andrea! It's super fun, and plus, not only do you get to know more of the community one on one, but the community gets closer, and it's just beautiful to watch.

      OH MY GOSH I just realized that you answered every single question!!! Just, props. *thunderous applause*

      I've never heard of The Graces before! Supernatural stuff scares me (horror scares me, just in general for reasons, thus why The Raven Boys, while a good book, freaked me out) but I've been meaning to delve into both genres more. I'll give this one a go. Thank you so much for the recommendation! xD

      OOOOOHHHHH rain. Funny story: so we hardly ever get thunder storms where I live, and while on a trip to Atlanta, apparently one happened in my home town. So, I told my friends, "Lucky! I want to experience a thunder storm!" Only several days later, on the day set for my family to go zip lining, did that wish come true. *sigh* I love rain, but not too much to the point of raining weeks on end-- it gets dark enough in the winter as is, so we try to get as much sunlight as we can! Do you ever get up early or stay up late to watch the sunrise and / or sunset?

      SCHOOL. I agree with you on this so much. In elementary school, we were all placed in the same level and weren't challenged as much, but the moment that middle and high school hit, the playing field got grounded. There really isn't such a thing as one way of being smart-- intellect is highly appreciated, of course, but it really irks me when people push aside any other forms of smartness: the kinds in areas like art, sports, etc. Does that ever irk you?

      ART IS SO FREAKING IMPORTANT YES. Art has transformed so much of our world and has relayed important messages and catalyzed change. We need art to keep ourselves reflecting and going. What's your favorite medium of art (i.e. poetry, sketches, etc.)?

      Wait, school starts in several days? That does suck. It's hard for me to think about school (I'm still extremely burnt out from the past semester) but I do wish you luck on entering the new semester! Tell me how your first day went once it happens!

      As for my favorite book: AHHHHHH this is so hard!!! There are books that have definitely transformed me as a reader and writer, and there are others that I enjoy a ton. Hmm... I'm just going to list four that I can name off the bat: Wonder by R.J. Palacio (which is such a beautiful book I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE YAY), The Princess Bride (to make up that I haven't seen the movie but it's still good by itself), The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ft. gorgeous writing about Alaska, and The School of Possibilities, which is dark, kind of creepy, and eccentric but had me very much intrigued as I read it. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    2. OH MY GOODNESS! I LOVE WONDER! For a few years I'd been ignoring the book, but my brother is reading it for school and I just got bored one day. I pretty much fell in love and finished the book in a few hours! (AND THEN I WATCHED THE TRAILER. I made my grandmother watch it and she just started crying because yes, it. is. beautiful.)

      Well school usually starts at seven so I'm up at around five... so I do get to see the sunrise a lot :)

      Oh yes! I completely agree. It's very important that the school system is considerate towards other kinds of smart! After all, aren't there like seven / nine different kinds of smart?

      - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    3. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE TRAILER UNTIL I SAW THIS COMMENT AND WENT TO GO WATCH IT. That made my cry so much and is by far one of the purest things that is out right now. The book came to my attention four years ago because it was placed on a reading recommendation list. The main thing I remember is staying up until two in the morning and just bawling at the ending because Auggie is there smiling, and he doesn't care how he looks in the photos-- he's just happy. THIS IS MAKING ME WANT TO REREAD THE BOOK AGAIN. We should reread the book together.

      Lucky! In the winter the sun doesn't rise until ten and it will set sometimes as early as four. :( When it's winter, the sun doesn't set until eleven or midnight.

      Oh, the nine types of intelligence! I remember taking a quiz about that for fifth grade, but I don't remember it that much. Which of the types are you? Speaking of personality types, I enjoy reading through the MBTI types (which are so ridiculously accurate reading into your personality that it's kind of scary)-- I'm an INFP. xD What about you?

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    4. *whispers* I'm ISTP, but I was ESTJ for awhile before I apparently became an ISTP? xD I should take the test again at some point ...

      ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

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    5. I'm an INFP! It was like a huge calling out to me that I wasn't alone (but it also felt like someone stalked me my entire life and can read me like a book....) The test is super weird, but also remember that it doesn't make up everything about you-- like, you may be introverted or extroverted, but that doesn't mean you're not capable of drawing back or being sociable.

      What's one aspect about your personality type that describes you but also kind of freaks you out that the typing gets? For me, it's the philosophical / finding meaning / asking "What is the meaning of life" part-- I'm too afraid to talk to anyone about it because no one gets me on that level often. ^.^'

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    6. What sites do you guys use to do the personality test? I've done a few different ones but I'm not sure which is best.

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    7. I originally took the test on Human Metrics because we had to take the test for eighth grade (we were doing a career exploration unit) but I think unless you buy the actual Myers-Briggs test, 16Personalities is the best place because of the amount of questions they ask you.

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    8. Okay thank you. That one seems to be pretty popular. I'll try it. :)

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    9. @Bethany I used 16Personalities too!
      @Abigail hmm. I'm not sure, it was a while ago...maybe about getting overly excited over things, which I definitely do!😜

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    10. @Bethany: What did you get as your personality result?

      @Laura: Getting excited about things doesn't seem so bad! xD I love getting excited over things, although it stinks of disappointment comes around the corner.

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    11. I'm an INFJ, an "advocate" which they say supposedly makes up only 1% of the world's population. :) So that's pretty cool.

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    12. YAAASSS! I love INFJs-- I have a ton of friends that have that personality type, and honestly, it's super cool to see such a large concentration of them in the blogging community! Literally everyone is either an INFx or INTJ, pretty much, though we do have some ISxx and ENFx lurking about!

      (Just a head's up: The x means that they're either one of the two signs in that place-- it'd be tiring to keep typing in INFJ, INFP, ENFP, etc. >.<)

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    13. Yeah it's always fun to develop friendships with people of a similar personality. I did a different personality site and I got INTJ. :) So still pretty close.

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  10. What keeps me grounded? That would have to be things like friends and family. This is a really cool idea by the way. :)

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    1. Friends and family are quitessential. <3 They're super important indeed for keeping grounded-- in fact, without them, I'd probably drift off the ground. How do they each keep you grounded?

      Nabila, it'd be super cool to see this on your blog, by the way! <3

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    2. It's the same for me with my friends and family. ♥ They're the best at encouraging me while still being honest. That's SO helpful to have! :) How do they keep you grounded, Abigail?

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    3. One of the main ways that my friends keep me grounded is being my main source of moral support. Another way that they help keep me grounded is due to my personality. Most of my friends and family are very down-to-earth and grounded and without them, my brain would probably be in the clouds the entire time and I'd probably be off planning pranks (as that's also what happens when one's head is in the clouds-- pulling off pranks are fun). Sometimes, I'm also incredibly busy and they help me feel less worn out. For example, there was one point where I had a book competition team meeting, school (with homework done during lunch and other free periods), the talent show, and tech rehearsal and I wouldn't get home until ten. But I became less exhausted and overwhelmed as I just ran around.

      Okay, at this point, I went off tangent, but what can I say? Friends and family are amazing. <3

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    4. They are the best! Just yesterday I sent everything I have written on one of my stories to my best friend to alpha read for me. #panicking XD

      But they are truly amazing!

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    5. @Bethany: Gah! You're so brave! I'm terrified to show my writing after finishing that particular draft because it's so jagged. It's really only once I'm editing and revising that I allow peeps into my novel, so I do understand #panicking. ^.^'

      I don't know what I'd do without them!

      Sorry if I'd asked you this before (I can't recall) but what's your WIP about? If you don't have a coherent plot, that's okay; just state elements of the novel.

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    6. It's a fantasy about a group of young adults who venture into a forbidden land of evil dragons seeking to invade their country, so they are on a mission to find out the dragon's plan before its too late. My synopsis says it better. Here's the link to that and a few excerpts on my blog:
      http://bethanyr4him.blogspot.com/p/dragon-chronicles.html

      I'd love for you (any anyone else who wants to) to check it out!

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    7. I love stories about dragons!!! xD Your blurb sounds super intriguing-- I'll check out the link! Are you planning on doing Camp NaNo?

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    8. Awesome, thanks! Stories about dragons seem to be pretty popular lately. Yes! I am doing NaNo, are you?

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    9. @Bethany: I am doing NaNo, although my plans have changed. Originally I was planning on writing the second installment of my series but then realized that I needed time to get pieces for a writing portfolio done by a certain deadline, so NaNo is literally just going to be composed of twelve different writing pieces of all genres. Stressful, but I have ideas on what to write about so it's going to be okay! I'm making a cabin and announcing it on my next blog post, whenever that may be (hopefully soon?).

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    10. Wow, that's super cool! Did you do that blog post yet and I just missed it or . . . ?

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    11. I totally missed the deadline to make a private cabin, so no, you didn't miss it. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  11. This guestbook really seems to be getting a lot of participation! It's super fun! I'm getting to know people better. Thanks. :)

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    1. I'd love for more participation-- the more people that join in on the conversation, the better, but chatting consistently with a small group of people is very endearing and tight-knit. You're welcome. :D

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  12. Okay here's another random thing: Who's read Anne of Green Gables? I saw that you [Abigail] had the "Kindred Spirits" for your followers. ;)

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    1. I've never read the whole book, but I've watched to first 4 movie and started the Netflix series.... it's funny I came on here and saw this (and the new post that mentions Anne with an E!) because me and my sister were just wondering what L.M. stood for in L.M. Montgomery so I just looked it up! 😋

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    2. What DOES the "L.M." stand for?? I haven't watched the movies and I've only read the book, but my middle name is Anne with the "E" for that reason. :)

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    3. "L.M." stands for the first two initials of the author, as her actual name is Lucy Maud Montgomery! It's fortunate to have an intro to the classical books that gives insight into the author's life and time period (and possible inspiration as to why they wrote it).

      @Laura: How are you liking (or disliking? I don't know) the series so far?

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    4. Hmm. Well I liked the first two episodes, but the third one was kinda strange... 😝 So I'm not sure if we're gonna keep watching it. My family was watching it together, but in episode 3 it got pretty weird because Anne was talking about how she thought people "made babies" involving a mouse...anyway it was just pretty weird and my parents ended up fast forwarding it 😜

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    5. @abigail I hope I'm not being too nosy... I noticed in one of your older posts you mentioned you're not aloud to take pictures of faces. Why?

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    6. @Laura: I can tell you that the mouse reference is the only mature thing within the show so far-- the scene where Diana and Anne drink the wrong thing is the only other thing people may no understand. Nothing goes even so close to that extreme in the following episodes.

      You're not being nosy at all! As for posting photos of faces-- it's more of a privacy reason. My parents wanted me to protect my identity, and while they didn't explicitly tell me to do this either, I cropped away the chance for any other person's face to be recognized. I have posted videos of me talking (more like mumbling) and even filmed a q&a without showing my face. It's also a comfort thing-- I'm uncomfortable showing my face online. In the future, when I'm older, I may post the occasional photo of myself, but until that day, I won't be able to. Most people can guess what I look like, if they look through past photos on my blog (the recent Change post is probably the most telling). ^.^

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  13. That's good!
    And thanks, I understand :)

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    1. ^.^ Actually, you gave me an idea! I'll need to think about it for some time to grow on it-- it's about photography. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  14. So I had some free time and I went to your "writings" page. I read through every single piece you have on there and ABIGAIL LENNAH. You are so inexplicably talented at writing - if you don't become a published author in the next few years, I think I'll faint in shock because GIRL. Your gift with words is so incredible, I can't decide whether to be jealous or run around the room shrieking with glee because OH MY. Your stories are just SO GOOD. I need MORE! Please please post some more at some point? *begs* xD

    Seriously though - your writing prowess is AH-MAZING. Never stop, k?

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. I'm going to start off by saying this: a ton of people have been swarming through my writings page (Jollygirl literally commented something on one of my past projects a day after you commented). I was wondering how my old writings matched up and OHHHHHH MY SHISH KEBABS I just cannot because one, I'm cringing at my own writing styles (darn young me! They were just really... awkward *cowers under the doughnuts*) but two, YOUR COMMENT LITERALLY LIT UP MY DAY. <3 <3 <3

      I haven't really done anything special with my writing except... write? I haven't been to any writing camps or conferences and the only feedback received is through competitions, but girl, I swear I will try to get published in the next several years. Writing is the most important thing to do (which is also why I won't get Twitter any time soon-- why write Tweets when you can write your novel?). I may share with everyone this five-hundred word piece I've been working on for three hours so far soon... xD Maybe. I need to see how it ends up. In the meantime, it's off to editing we go!

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    2. On the flip side though: what was your favorite piece out of all of them?

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