Showing posts from October, 2016

Dual Character Inquisition Tag

Much to my delight, I have been tagged for the brand-new Dual Character Inquisition Tag by Anna @ Swords and Quills! Thanks, Anna!

The idea of this tag is to take two characters from your NaNo project (or any project!) and answer 10 random questions about them.

Now, it may have been the word "Inquisition" in the tag title, but for some reason I got the idea that it would be really fun to interrogate my characters themselves in this tag. So. In this post I intend to, not only tell you about, but introduce you personally to, my characters Ricky Hartford and Michael Mulligan, from my NaNo project The Time Traveling League.

Me: So, you guys have been friends for awhile. How did you meet?

Ricky: It's a funny story, actually. We both stumbled into the Time Tunnel at the same time.

Me: Time, in the Time Tunnel? I thought it was a kinda timeless place.

Ricky: No way am I explaining that right now. Besides, you understand it as well as I do. Anyway. No sooner did I start explorin…

Totally Should've Book Tag

Well! "When it rains, it pours" can apparently be applied to tags as well as to life in general. A couple of weeks ago I was tagged for the Totally Should've Book Tag by Anna @ Light From the Shadows, and now suddenly I'm drowning in tags. Tags that stare me down from my list of drafts with glaring eyes and mutter, "Finish us or we will finish you..."

Ahem. I'm apparently very dramatic today. (But then, when am I not?) Also I don't think three tags are really capable of drowning me.

And besides, tags are really fun! Thanks so much for this one, Anna!

Totally should've gotten a sequel:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIM. I need to see whether it was Justin or not...

I also would've liked to see a sequel to Enemy Brothers. But only because I loved the characters so much. The story itself ended perfectly, and I wouldn't want to mar that perfection by adding another book.

Totally should've had a spin-off series:
The Chronicles of Narnia. That…

Catholicism Explained - Saints

I can't believe I got around to doing a Catholicism Explained post today! I'd been neglecting it sorely. :'(

So, I've been playing with a few ideas for making this feature better, and I'm curious what you think. For one thing, I'd like each CE post to be less of a defense and more of an introduction. That way each post could be shorter (and probably, in all honesty, much more consistent) and act primarily as a spark for discussion in the comments section. If a conversation in the comments section got in-depth enough, we could take that conversation as a jumping-off point for the next CE post. What do you think? Tell me in the comments!

And now let's get on to our discussion. :) I thought that since we just finished left off a month or two ago with the end of our Marian posts, moving on to saints would be a logical transition.

I'm super excited! Today, October 16, 2016, Ble…

Allegory in The Gingerbread Man

Today I thought it'd be fun to do a little allegorical study on the old Gingerbread Man story.

I'm a big believer in the deeper meanings of fairy tales. But when I think "fairy tales," I usually think "Cinderella" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" and other stories that can be easily imagined as a full-length fantasy novel, a novel complete with breathtaking word-craft, lovable characters, and a well-developed storyworld.

"The Gingerbread Man" never struck me as anything much deeper than a kinda cute and very simple story to amuse little kids - more nursery rhyme than fairy tale.

Until I thought about it.

We all know the story. A little old couple wants a child, so the wife bakes a gingerbread man. As soon as he comes out of the oven, the little stinker jumps up and runs away. The couple calls for him to come back but he responds with the cheeky little rhyme, "Run, run, as fast as you can -- you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbrea…

Beautiful Books - October

To quote Sam Gamgee, "Well, I'm back."

And it is now the beautiful month of October! Beautiful, not only because of changing leaves and crisp cool air, but because it hails the beginning of the Beautiful Books link-up, hosted by Cait and Sky as an aid to writers participating in the adventure known as National Novel Writing Month. (Or any writers, really, since you don't have to be doing NaNo to join in.)

Since this is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo, I'm super excited!

(I am also super annoyed at the formatting of this post. Because look at how the lower section of questions and answers are all disgustingly highlighted with white on my normal beige background. It is not at all pretty, dear readers. And I don't know how to fix it without retyping my entire post. *whimpers at own pathetic technological skills*)

Anyway! To get on with it, today I am going to rant to you about my 2016 NaNo project, The Time-Traveling League

What inspired the idea for …