Showing posts from December, 2016

Sunshine Blogger Award

Time for another delightful tag! This one is from Anna @ Swords and Quills. Thanks ever so much, Anna!

What is your favorite Christmas song?

"See Amid the Winter's Snow," I think. "Of the Father's Love Begotten" is exceedingly beautiful, too. I never heard of either of these until I got to be in a liturgical choir a few years ago. I think they're fairly obscure. You must needs listen to them if you haven't already! They're so, so lovely and reverent, and really made me think about how wonderful it is that God became man for us. (You can't really go wrong with O Holy Night, either. But don't get me started on Christmas songs. There's too many good ones...all the festive's too hard to pick one!)

What is one book that you have read more than twice?

Treasure Island. It's kinda funny, the first time I read it I didn't like it. (For shame, right?) But when I read it last year, I positively loved it, and read it out lo…

Let us Ponder

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

The third day of Christmas. The song is just beginning. We've hardly begun to feel the increasing quickness of the melody, to laugh at the rattled-off list of symbolic but ludicrous gifts, to grow at all weary of the partridge in the pear tree.

The third day of Christmas. The church is still decked in its yuletide finery. The brilliant crimson of the poinsettias clustered close around the altar has not begun to fade. According to the ecclesiastical calendar we are in the first half of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord.

The third day of Christmas. Advent has come to fruition, the wait is over; let the rejoicing commence! And yet...

How many people say "Merry Christmas" in the street? How many green and red decorations, so prominent in the city a week ago, are there in the city today? How many radio stations have packed away the Christmas music for ano…

Character Interview! Introducing Pep

Hullo, dear people! I've some pretty exciting news for you today. I'm teaming up with the marvelous Anna Deubell @ A Light From the Shadows in a interview-our-characters-on-each-other's-blogs-thingy. (And that.....was a brilliant way of putting it. That's the official term for this activity now, okay, Anna?)

Basically, Anna's character Carmen is going to interview my character Pep on her blog, and my character Lillian is going to interview her character Chase here at Tanglewebs and Fairy Rings.

At least, I think that's how it works.

Anyway! Before we can host the interviews, we have to have interview questions. And that, of course, is where you come in.

Here's Pep's bio. If you want to read more about her, I did a Beautiful People post on her in September. Ask her as many questions as you like, and we'll get ready to get this interview thingy started!


Pep is a fairy princess -- or rather, the Fairy Princess. As such, she lives with the Fairy Quee…

Infinity Dreams Award

Good gracious! Ever so long ago I was tagged for the Infinity Dreams Award by Blue @ To Be a Shennachie. (Which is a beautiful blog, by the way; you should absolutely check it out if you haven't already.) It's high time I finished and posted this post!

Eleven facts about myself:

1. I have a mild obsession with the old western Laramie. Okay....maybe more than a mild obsession...

2. There are four chickens in my garage right now, being sheltered from the bitter cold. Adorable ones for the most part, although the rooster, Alexander, is a feisty one. I have a love-hate relationship with that dear fellow.

3. I'm very very happy because I just came back from Half Price Books yesterday and got my hands on a copy of The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as Peter Pan. Also several books I plan to give away as Christmas presents, if I can muster up the courage to part with them. :)

4. One of my new favorite books is Enemy Brothers, by Constance Savery. It'…

Happy St. Lucy's Day! Scones, Anyone?

It's St. Lucy's feast day today! Yippee!

I've always loved virgin martyrs, and Lucy is one of my especial friends (I took her name in Confirmation, actually).

You can read more about St. Lucy here. Today, I'm going to talk about a Swedish St. Lucy's Day tradition we've adopted in our family. (Sadly, I didn't learn about this tradition because I'm from a Swedish family - we're actually German/French - but from reading the American Girl Kirsten books. I suppose being a bookworm has its benefits, eh?) 

So! According to Swedish tradition.....according to "Kirsten's Surprise".....the youngest girl in the family wakes up before anyone else, dresses in a white dress, puts a wreath with candles in it on her head, and makes coffee and scones for the whole family, waking them up with a "St. Lucy welcomes you to breakfast." I'm actually the oldest girl in my family, but there's no way I'm letting my younger sisters take over…

Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone! You thought I fell off the face of the earth, didn't you? Probably because I did. I fell into the black hole of NaNoWriMo and decided to go on a blogging hiatus without telling anyone. Which was very impolite of me, not?

Anyway! Seeing as how NaNoWriMo was the defining characteristic of last month, I though I might as well do a post on it. Overall, I'm glad I did it. I managed to get past 50,000 words and finish a rough draft of The Time Traveling League.'s an incredibly ugly first draft. But my first drafts are always hideous, so that makes little difference to me. :)

I learned lots of things from NaNo, and I'm slightly impatient to make a list of them and share them with you. :)

General Stuff about Being a Writer

1. It's not impossible.

Whenever I read anything about National Novel Writing Month and the wild craziness that November is for some writers, I got the impression that participants spend all their time divided between writing, sl…