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  Hello! As promised, I'm back with a very important announcement: I'm going on my very first hiatus. I've been keeping this blog running without much pause every month since March 2019 and have decided that maybe it would be a good time to take a break. So, effective immediately, I am going on hiatus for most of next month, coming back on the twenty-seventh of October for  Christine Smith's  "Know the Novel" blog tag. I'm hoping to take the month of October to brainstorm and outline my NaNoWriMo novel and to work on edits for my current one.  What does this mean? Well, for starters, it means that next month there will be no introductory post, and it also means there will be no "Poetry 15th" poem or prompt. I'm hoping to take a much-needed look at how I'm doing things on here and come back on a regular posting schedule in November.  I Need Your Help This means I need your help. If there is something that you'd like to see me cover, a

Poetry 15th, September 2021

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  Hello! Today's prompt comes from a poem that I've been working on for about a year now. Most of the time my poems come to me in snatches of inspiration, starting out with an image or a line, and then I just follow the idea until the end. Here is this month's prompt: For some reason, the word, "herald" always comes to mind when I think of this season. A picture that comes to mind is an autumn herald with a crown of colored leaves, riding through a carpet of stained-glass leaves on a horse. Anyway, musings aside, here is my response to the prompt. The poem itself was so long that I couldn't fit it on a quote graphic. Autumn Soul by Julia Garcia I am an Autumn Soul, A bright, eternal fire, A will-o'-the-wisp, in the lantern light. I'm a crown of red and green, A fairy amidst the evergreens, I'm a spire of smoke, Twisting to heavenly heights, A pumpkin patch, in a carpet of gold. I'm a sheet of diamond rain, A blanket of fog. I am a ghost on the

Book Spotlight: The Goblin and the Dancer by Allison Tebo

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  Hello! Today, I'm  participating in The Goblin and the Dancer Blog Tour by spotlighting my friend, Allison Tebo's book, The Goblin and the Dancer.               About The Book Grik the goblin spends his days as a janitor cleaning the Metropolitan Dance Hall, drawn to the Elvish world and tired of the darkness of his underground home. He secretly pines for the ballet company’s lead dancer, Rosanna, but his own ugliness and shyness stand in the way of confessing his love. When a handsome soldier named Paul appears on the scene to make a bid for Rosanna's affections, Grik’s jealousy bubbles over and he commits the unthinkable, plunging all of them into the river and down into the depths of the earth. Determined to redeem himself, Grik leads Rosanna and Paul through the place he calls home: but even a goblin can’t be prepared for everything that is found underground. Trapped in the dark, nightmares both within and without rise to the surface, threatening to destroy them all.

Autumn Musings

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  Hello! Halfway through this month, autumn starts, and I am ready! Ready for the crisp, cool air, the changing of the trees, the smell of pies and cider floating down the main street of my hometown, marshmallows over the fire pit, hot cocoa piled high with mini marshmallows, layers and lots of blankets, and of course, pumpkin pies! When I was a kid, summer used to be my favorite season because then I was out of school and could relax. As I grew older, winter became my favorite season because of Christmas, but trying to drive on icy roads and getting snowed in before work quickly drove that away. Now, autumn is my favorite season. There's such a sense of nostalgia and timelessness about this season that makes it attractive.  I've decided to take off school for various reasons this semester, but that doesn't mean that I'm not involved in school. I'm tutoring a couple of subjects for both my brothers and a couple of other people (writing, Latin, Spanish, and piano). I

My Top 5 Reads of the Summer (2021 edition)

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      Hello! As promised, I'm back with my top 5 reads of the summer. At least one of these is a children's book, because I decided over the last year to start reading them again. It's been a nostalgic ride as I'm re-reading some of them that I either personally read as a child, or that my mom read to me as a child. The clear, concise writing with the beautiful pictures have been inspirational. Without further ado, here are my top 5 summer reads in no particular order. Hidden Current by Sharon Hinck Here is my review pulled from Goodreads.com : One thing I have learned about Sharon Hinck's books is that they inevitably move me to praise God. This one was no different. I loved the incredibly unique world-building, admirable characters and thrilling plot. I spent a few nights reading until late and waking up in the middle of the night sometimes to read just a bit more. You know how a good book seems a little more full after you've finished it? Well, that was this

Poetry 15th, August 2021

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  Hello! It's been a month since I last posted, but there has been a reason for that. (Actually, a lot of reasons, but let's not get too off topic.) The main reason why I didn't post at the beginning of this month was because I was facing some scary health issues which have mostly resolved at this point. With that being said, a hiatus is probably way overdue, but I'll save that for another month. Today's poetry prompt is: I've been thinking a lot about exploration. It's always been a sort of regret of mine that I was born in an age where most of the world has already been explored. I love reading books about explorers, real or fictional. The unknown both terrifies and fascinates me.  As always, feel free to use the above prompt to generate your own creativity. Here is my response to the prompt: I'll be back later this month with an end-of-summer post sharing my top five summer reads. I'm doing it a bit early even if summer officially ends in Septembe

Poetry 15th, July 2021

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  Hello! We are more than halfway through 2021! *slumps over, exhausted* Honestly, what happened to the year? I'm pretty sure it was April just yesterday. Oh well... If the year is more than halfway over, then that just means we are closer to Christmas! *breaks out Christmas carols and throws a party* Okay. Okay. It may be a tad bit early to do that, but you can never start too early. I love Christmas! But that is not why we are here. (Get back on topic, Julia.) Ahem... Today's topic is the halfway point. The idea of being in between something. So, this month's poetry prompt will reflect that idea. Hm... You know, for someone that is as terrified of the ocean as I am, I sure do write a lot of ocean-based things. The wonderful thing about the ocean is that it's a place of both fear and wonder. A place of in-betweenness. A place where you can have one foot on land, and the other in the sea. As always, please feel free to use the prompt to generate your own creativeness. U