Thursday, February 7, 2019

The 'Most Likely To.." Tag!

Okay so I have a teeeeeeny tiny, itty bitty, confession to make...

I stole this tag. 

*CUE GASPS OF HORROR*

Hehe okay, but really... I was introduced to this tag by Jane Maree and it just looked like a super fun thing to try out, so here we are! :D

*All images used in collages are not my own.

Most Likely to Be a Poet


Ellie Marie Harper is my most artsy character in the whole bunch. She focuses more on painting and photography, but there's no way she hasn't tried writing poetry at least once or twice.

The only other character who might come closer is needed elsewhere for this post. ^-^


Most Likely to Dance in the Rain


Mah lil angel Juniper would totally do this-- all while her ward, Simon, stood off to the side in a yellow raincoat, just watching her in utter confusion. Juniper very much enjoys finding ways to try and embarrass him, despite the fact that he's the only one who can actually see her.


Most Likely to Look Good in a Kilt


Ben Kit.

But wait! You might say. This character looks familiar! Well, haHaHA. You are very correct!

Literally none of my characters (every. single. one. of. them) would even get close to wearing a kilt let along look good in one. xD So mah amazing friend, Jane, was gracious enough (see also, found it absolutely hilarious-- 'cos he's also the boyfriend/later on husband of one of my characters xD) to let me borrow her character, Ben. Just for this question. :D

*throws confetti* Thanks Jane!


Most Likely to Get Punched in the Face


While I haven't gotten far enough into the story to know for certain, the only character I think would fit for this would have to be Asher Clifton. He happens to make quite a few bad decisions, and I would be very surprised if he made it through the story unscathed.


Most Likely to Drop Everything and Become a Sheep Herder


100% Cordelia Marin. She loves animals and not only would she make it easy for herself by being able to tell the sheep what to do and where to go, but she would get free wool to knit with! Win-win.

Leave her there long enough, and you'll find all the sheep wearing knitted jumpers and leg warmers.


Most Likely to Be Found in the Library


Brinley Ki-- I mean-- Taylor.

The library would probably be on her list of safe places to go if she really needed to get out of the house. Tis quiet, and very hard to bump into people. Perfect if she was tired of isolating herself and wanted to be around people again. With her power, she's just constantly worried about something going wrong and well... call her selfish, but there goes her plans to just chill out and study!


Most Likely to Sleep Through an Earthquake


Soren Halvorsen could very well manage it. Especially if she froze time for a period equivalent to an hour. She'd certainly try, regardless!


Most Likely to Steal Food from Other Peoples’ Plates


Alexander Lawson. It certainly helps when one is completely invisble and everyone except his twin sister tends to forget that he even exists. It's just his way of messing with them. ^-^


Most Likely to Cheat on a Test


Teagan Peres. She's pretty smart but... she just doesn't care. She'd cheat just so she could save an extra ten minutes to do whatever she wants-- and then she'd make it just obvious enough in the hopes that the school would finally expell her.

She has her reasons. :)


Most Likely to Say “Oops” After Setting Something on Fire


Isaac Ronan. Considering he's a lightning mage and only dabbles in fire manipulation, it's quite likely that he's done this numerous times.


Most Likely to Open an Orphanage


Zoe Peres (Teagan's older sister-- and the only one who can handle her shenanigans anymore ;P) would! A more likely thing would be that Zoe would become a foster carer, but she would definitely do this if the opportunity ever presented itself. :D


Most Likely to Run off with the Circus


Ember Bellucci. Aside from the fact that she is certainly no performer, her ability to manipulate light would certainly make her a valuable person to have-- even if she was standing off to the side and helping the special effects crew. She'd probably even enjoy it a bit more than her currently stressful job with A.I.R.D!


Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse


Valencia seems to be the only character I have that could even come close xD She's tough, can fight/shoot most guns, and is willing to make sacrifices if it ensures the survival of herself and occasionally other people if she likes them enough, or feels responsible for them. Kids get a free pass though, 'cos she's also a bit of a softie. (Whoops, sorry Valen. I just told the world your one weakness. *pats*)


Most Likely to Fake Their Own Death


From the collage, it may not look like it, but this one has to go to Tristan Phillips... he is immortal after all. Gets a bit awkward when your best friend's great grandchildren are starting to question why you still look like you're only twenty-one years old. xD


Most Likely to Die and Haunt Their Friends


Not that I plan to kill him off, (like... EVER *hugs him*) but if we're talking like the ghost-jedi type of 'haunting'... Then it'd most likely be my forest boy, Koen Ó Braonáin.

He's mute, but if his death had anything to do with someone else being an idiot and/or needing rescuing, he'd just follow them everywhere in ghost form, just constantly giving them exaperated/annoyed looks whenever they did--or said-- something else stupid. Which would be all the time to get Koen to bother haunting them in the first place. He has better things to do, in his opinion. ;)


I gotta admit, this was waaaaaay more difficult than I expected! The collages were basically 50% of the difficultness, since I don't often make them for my characters... I had to also shuffle some characters around a few times before I was completely certain they were in the right place. xD

Kinda wish there was an extended version of this list (I'd love to see what other prompts they could come up with!) so I could include a few other OCs, but it was also a fun challenge to only be able to pick a select few of my kids-- I mean... characters.

*ahem*

If you haven't done it yet and want to, I definitely recommend it!

(Also here's the full list of questions for easy copy-pasting ^-^)

Most Likely to Be a Poet
Most Likely to Dance in the Rain
Most Likely to Look Good in a Kilt
Most Likely to Get Punched in the Face
Most Likely to Drop Everything and Become a Sheep Herder
Most Likely to Be Found in the Library
Most Likely to Sleep Through an Earthquake
Most Likely to Steal Food from Other Peoples’ Plates
Most Likely to Cheat on a Test
Most Likely to Say “Oops” After Setting Something on Fire
Most Likely to Open an Orphanage
Most Likely to Run off with the Circus
Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Most Likely to Fake Their Own Death
Most Likely to Die and Haunt Their Friends

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 20 Questions Book Tag!

OKAY, I'M ACTUALLY BACK NOW FOR REAL THIS TIME.

Oh happy days when the first tag I get after my hiatus, just happens to be a book tag! *heart eyes*

Thanks Kendra! (Also, sorry that this is so late </3 Super excited to do it still though!)


How many books are too many books in a book series?

Once it hits the double digits... I try to steer clear. I'm lookin' at you, The Rangers Apprentice series. What happened to you!? *cries* 

Nowadays, I prefer trilogies (I rarely ever manage to read a standalone book... most of the time the trilogy part sneaks up on me with a cliffhanger), and five books is probably the highest I'd ever go willingly anymore. While more books in a series means you get to hang out with the characters more often (a definite plus!) it's kinda frustrating when things become predictable and/or take too slow. Sometimes ya gotta let it go and move on.


How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Depends whether the cliffhanger is at the end of a chapter, or rather the end of the book.

End of the chapter: I bounce excitedly and keep reading. (unless it's a situation in which I can't read the next chapter because the writer is still writing it.. in which case I just keep mentally screaming until she uploads the next one xD) 

End of the book:

Also screaming.

So to answer the question, they work perfectly and, in all honestly, make reading the next installment all the more satisfying.

But I also hate them. :D


Hardback or paperback?

Either! But there's something super special about a hardback copy. The only thing I don't like about hardbacks would be the dustjacket. (Which, granted is probably the most beautiful part since it holds the front cover art) I'm just always worried about how I'm holding the book, and it makes the reading experience rather umcomfortable in my opinion. 


Favorite book?

Awk. How dare you make me choose out of all my precious bebes! D:

I don't think I can have just one favourite? There's tons of books I've thoroughly enjoyed and would totally read again, yes. But I just can't decide on one to give the super-awesome title of 'favourite'.

But! A few honourable mentions would be... (In no particular order!)


A. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I had to read it for school, and loved it so much that I had to watch all the well-known movie versions. Including Pride and Prejudice + Zombies xD Best decision ever. 


B. 100 Cupboards by N.D Wilson. (The series)
 
Most memorable impulse read, thanks to a good friend's suggestion. It was so good I had to read the next two books in the series and always make sure my wardrobe's doors were shut whenever I went to bed. ;D



C. God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew with Elizabeth and John L. Sherrill.
I'm not usually a fan of biographies, but I think I chose to read this one on whim and aCK IT WAS SO GOOD. Seriously. If you ever see this book: read it. It's awesome.

T'was a sad day indeed on my third read-through, when I accidentally left the book in the sun and all the glue holding the pages together melted... </3


Least favorite book?

Oh man... I think this one is even harder! If I'm not enjoying a book, I tend to just stop reading, and so I don't really remember much about them.


Love triangles, yes or no?

Honestly? Only if it's done well. I don't normally like seeing love triangles in anything unless it's the least important thing and doesn't suffocate the plot. I usually avoid any book that mentions it on the back cover, just out of habit.



The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.

Don't get me wrong, I really wanted to finish it! But as I had bought the book for my younger sister's birthday--and because I am a super slow reader-- I had kinda ran out of time and had to hand it over. *sad sniff*

I figure if she's willing, I can always borrow it and finish reading it another time. :P


A book you’re currently reading?

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. It's really cool so far, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the movie at somepoint!


Last book you recommended to someone?

God's Smuggler. xD


Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

I'm suuuuuure there's an older one in my bookcase, but off the top of my head (and after doubling checking on google xD) it'd have to be Pride and Prejudice. Having been published in 1813.


Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Most likely Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. Published only just last year! ^-^


Favorite author?

Oooh probably Jackie French and Nadine Brandes. Coming in close with awesome writing style and characters, we also have Rick Riordan.

See? I can't do just one favourite... xD


Buying books or borrowing books?

So far, buying. Just since we don't managed to make it to the library very often anymore, and borrowing books from friends kinda stresses me out since I don't want to accidentally damage any of their precious babies. o-o


A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Erm, well, I wouldn't say "dislike" so much... Kinda more like "couldn't care to read beyond the first five chapters" because I either;

a) had a short attention span at the time.

or

b) had a massive pile from the library to get through and more interesting looking books were calling out to me.

But yeah, it was this one:

Click picture to be transported through Magic Portal to the Goodreads page.

Going by the reviews, it does sound awesome and exciting and I started reading the book with high hopes, but I gave up pretty quickly when I found myself bored within the first five chapters. With more time spent, I suppose I probably could've gotten into it a bit more, but I highly doubt I'll revisit this book again in the future. </3


Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I used to dog-ear my place a lot when I was younger, but nowadays I just use an clean tissue...

Sounds kinda blargh and boring, but trust me when I say it's much easier than constantly being worried about misplacing a fancier bookmark. (Something I tend to do a lot).


A book you can always reread?

I think it would be pretty much any of the books in the Percy Jackson universe. Heroes Of Olympus or his debut series.

I just adore the writing style and the characters, and while there are a few things that I'm not fond of in the series, I often like to pick out one of the books from my shelf and just start reading from wherever.

....Now I want to read them from start to finish again. o-o


Can you read while hearing music?

Yep!

Is it helpful?

Nope!

If I listen with music, I find it harder to imagine the scenes as a movie in my head and I tend to forget what I've read a lot quicker... But 'tis possible.


One POV or multiple POVs?

More often than not, I prefer just the one POV. Unless I really don't like that character. xD

Multiple POVs can work really nicely. But for me, it has to be super obvious whenever there's a switch, otherwise I just don't notice... Could be done well with either with 3rd person, or a giant flashing sign on the page before the switch that says; "CHARACTER POV CHANGE AHEAD, HOLD ONTO YOUR SOCKS."


Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I used to be able to read books in one sitting. 'Winnie The Horse Gentler' I believe, was the peak of my reading obsession, and due to the next book somehow always arriving in the mail the very next day (Thanks Grandparents!), I was constantly hooked on the series.

Nowadays I tend to take a few months of on and off reading, before finally reaching the climactic point of the story. It's terrible, I know.


Who do you tag?

Ralraymee! @ The Art of Life.

And also, anyone else who is interested in doing it! Sorry I can't be more specific. I haven't exactly been able to pay attention to what's been going on in the blogosphere lately, so I didn't want to accidentally tag anyone who might be sick of doing it over and over... xD

Here are the Questions:

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. Hardback or paperback?
4. Gavorite book?
5. Least favorite book?
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
7.The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
8. A book you’re currently reading?
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)
11. Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)
12. Favorite author?
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. A book you can always reread?
17. Can you read while hearing music?
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. Who do you tag?

So I guess that brings us to the end of this post! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a happy New Years. ^-^

I'm gonna try and go back to my old goal of managing at least one blog post per month. Should be achievable, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. xD

Thanks for reading!

-Sarah