Showing posts from November, 2016

Three Tips to Make Stronger Friendships

Note: I'm very busy with Christmas stuff, school, church, and a million other things.  Even NaNoWriMo has gotten pushed to the sideline.  So this will be a quick, last-minute blog post.  Hopefully I can have something a little more substantial for you next week!

Okay, everyone, I am completely straying from my usual writing-based posts, and tackling a completely unrelated topic: friendships.

Now, if you didn't already know this, friendships are very important.  Very important.  I'm a very social person, and I really need to have relationships with people I enjoy and get along with.

The tips I am about to give are not for how to make new friends.  These tips should be used once you know the person a little bit, but aren't close in any way.

1.  Be open, be honest, be vulnerable.  In relationships, honesty is SO IMPORTANT.  Be vulnerable to your friends, let them see your faults and your weaknesses.  Because it's actually strong of you to show that.  When people see yo…

Sunshine Blogger Award

I'm so excited because I got nominated by the amazing Benita J. Prins.  I love her blog, it's a lot about LOtR, which is reason enough for you to follow her. =)  Go check out her blog, everyone, and thanks, Benita, for this tag!!

The rules: –Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
–Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
–Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
–List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Benita asked me these questions:

1. Who is your favourite actor/actress and why?  Oh, my...I can't choose just one.  Sean Astin, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Scarlett Johansson, Billie Piper, and David Tennant are a few of my favorites.

2. How many languages do you speak well enough to hold a conversation?  Just one, and that's English.  I do know a bit of Latin, but really, who am I going to speak Latin with?

3. What is the last …

Writing When You Don't Want To (Guest Post)

Hey there guys! My name is Sarah. Luke is one of my oldest friends and always a great encouragement when it comes to writing, so I was thrilled when he asked if I would write a post for his blog! And by thrilled I mean I thought it was really cool… But in the midst of life's craziness, this task kinda got lost in the pile of other things that I need or want to do. Now it's down to the night I have to send it in to Luke. It's now or never. Do I want to write it? Yes! Do I want to write it now? No… It's a Friday night. I want to curl up on a couch and watch a movie and drink hot chocolate. But instead, I need to write a blog post and I haven't even picked a topic. Hmmmm how about “How to write when you don't want to?” That seems applicable. I can't be the only one with this problem. The constant paradox of wanting to write but not wanting to write in that moment… What do you do in that situation?
Tip #1: Write SOMETHING. How many articles/blog posts have this…

The Best Online Ambient Noise Generators

Not all of us enjoy music when writing.  But some of us don't like absolute silence either.  Sometimes, an ambient sound mixer is exactly what we need. :)

Basically, an ambient sound mixer or background noise generator is an online tool that plays an ordinary ambient sound, usually one long track or a few tracks playing together.  You can usually mix these yourself, with simple sliders to adjust the sound volume of each track playing.  I find these sound mixers extremely calming, stress-relieving, and (most importantly) they help me concentrate when writing.  Here's a list of my absolute favorite online ambient sound mixers:

#1: Rainy Mood.  Rainy Mood might be the most popular on this list, but in all truthfulness, it's probably my least personal favorite.  This is mainly because I find the sound of a thunderstorm rather depressing, and also rather out-of-place if it's sunny outside.  But this is a very popular and high-quality ambient sound mixer, so I had to include …