Thankfulness// Hiatus



Thanksgiving is next Thursday. Oh my goodness. This year is nearly over and I'm kind of freaking out. Where did 2017 go? I love this time of year because of the food, family, traditions, overload of sugar, and just everything that comes with the holidays.

Something that we need to remember is thankfulness. It often gets lost in our hearts as we focus on our day to day lives. We don't always remember to be grateful.

The saying, "There's someone out there that has it worse than you do," might be true, but I never liked that saying. I feel like its a bit demeaning to our own struggles. Yes, there will always be someone out there with a worse day, a worse problem, but our struggles are still big to us. We shouldn't demean that.

Being thankful is important. We have a lot. We have our freedom. We have faith. We have opportunity to grow in this amazing country.

And don't worry, I'm preaching to myself as well as all of y'all. I need to remember thankfulness, not just because Thanksgiving is coming, but because gratitude is important.

It seems Thanksgiving is overlooked too often. People focus on Christmas shopping and Black Friday. Black Friday has leaked over into Thanksgiving and I'm not okay with it. We should be spending time with family and eating turkey and stuffing. We shouldn't be out shopping. We should be thankful for what we have. We don't need those toys or those deals because those prices stay low after Black Friday. It isn't just for that day.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that its important to remember the true reason there is a Thanksgiving.

The pilgrims came here from England, seeking America. They wanted to colonize and flee religious persecution. They wanted to establish a place of their own. They befriended some Indians and made enemies of others. They suffered a hard winter, many of them dying.

They built their homes by hand because that's what they had to do. They built the colony. They survived. And they were thankful.

That, in a short version, is why we have Thanksgiving. The pilgrims wanted to thank God for their safety, for their new land. Despite all that they had lost and all that they had suffered, they thanked God for bringing them through this, for providing a meal. They thanked Him for the Indians that helped them.

Contrary to popular belief, the pilgrims and Indians were friends. Yes, some tribes of Indians were hostile, but some were friends. They liked the Englishmen.

So, I ask that you move forward from this post and find something to be thankful for everyday. I will aim to do the same because like I said, I'm talking about myself in this as well.

~ Small Announcement ~


So, I'm taking a little break. I want this coming week to be focused on my family. I won't be on goodreads and I won't be on here. I'm going to relax and enjoy the week because this is important. I won't be blogging and I have no posts scheduled. Just resting. Of course, I will write. I can't not write during this week because that's like not breathing. It can't happen.

But, I'll be back soon. I don't know if I'll come back next Saturday or the Wednesday after, but I will be back. I'll miss blogging, but I feel like a little break from the internet would be beneficial. And hey, if y'all want to do the same, go for it.

And if I'm gone and you want me to really read one of your posts when I'm back, just comment on one of my pages telling me to get on over there to see your post because I might not see it otherwise. I know I won't be able to catch up on everyone's posts. And I'm sorry for that, but it would take a long time. So, if there's something you want me to see, just drop a link and a smiley face. I'll be happy to check it out when I get back.

When I come back, I'll reply to every comment in this post.
So tell me, what are your Thanksgiving plans?
(Yes, I'm aware you'll have already done them when I read this.)
Are you excited for the holidays?
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Let's face it,
we're all still eating leftovers. 😁

God bless y'all and Happy Thanksgiving
With love,


Writing Advice//When You Should and Shouldn't Listen



(I know this post should have come Wednesday for Writing Wednesdays, but I couldn't come up with anything then. This post was inspired by the post Gray Cox wrote, which you can find here. I suggest you check it out.)

Have you ever seen or heard writing advice that seemed to actually hinder your writing process?
I've seen posts on writing advice and some of it is awesome stuff that will help you with your writing. But not all writing advice is equal and you should be aware that even what I say here should only be taken as it applies to you.

These tips should help you decide if the advice you're reading applies to you and your writing. Every writer is different. That's why we have such beautiful works of literature stocking shelves, unique and magical in their own ways. When you try to copy the style of another author, that's when you lose sight of your own style.

So, here are three things to consider before following the advice you see.

1. Does it apply to your writing?


This may seem self-explanatory, but we all need the reminder. Ever heard the saying "Write what you know?" Well, sometimes, that's just not applicable. I'm writing a dystopian about the government taking over the country and trying to shut down all resistance. I don't like in a time live that. I live a pretty normal life. So, how could I write what I know if I don't know that type of life?

I'm writing using my imagination and that's something a lot of writers need to use. Take The Blood Race, for example. I'm pretty sure the author doesn't live in an alternate world for people with special abilities. She might considering her awesome writing ability, but in all seriousness, the world she wrote was imaginative.

Some advice just won't apply to your writing. 

2. Is the source reliable?


Okay, yes, this is probably also self-explanatory. We can get carried away with the idea of  writing that all advice seems helpful, no matter the source. The blog, Go Teen Writers has been a huge blessing in my life in terms of writing advice and just help with writing in general. But, they have some stuff on there that I don't agree with. That doesn't necessarily make them wrong. It means that piece of advice doesn't help me.

They have said most cases of self-publishing won't be successful, which I did believe for a while. (I have a post coming soon about this topic.) But, I've seen plenty of success for self-published authors. And I think its a great alternative for certain people. No, its not for everyone, but you should keep that option open. 

Go Teen Writers is pretty reliable for information and if you're a beginning writer, or even a seasoned writer, I recommend them. Other sources may not be so reliable, especially if the person doesn't have much experience writing. 

3. Is it encouraging?


What? Why should writing advice be encouraging, you ask? Well, I recently read a free book about writing on my kindle. Some of the advice was definitely helpful. But, I couldn't ignore the way the author made writing sound kind of selfish. She made it seem writing comes above family. No. Just no. Your family should understand that you have a dream, a passion. They will work with you to have time to write.

(Of course this is assuming your family supports your dream. If they don't, I have no idea what to say. This probably won't apply to you in the same way.)

The book made me feel like writing is something you have to do and its a chore. No. Writing is a passion we, as writers, have. Sometimes, it will feel like a chore, but it should never be something you have to do. There's a difference between needing a break and not enjoying yourself at all. If you don't enjoy any part in the process of writing a book, you shouldn't do it. 

If the advice weighs you down or makes you feel less passionate about writing, then don't use that advice. It's not good advice for you.

Hopefully this helps you the next time you see a post about writing advice. And hey, even my posts might not be a fit for you. That's okay. You have to write with your style. Just make sure you don't confuse advice with sound judgement. Some things are important, not necessarily to incorporate into your book, but to actually get to the point of publishing.

So, what advice have you heard that has helped? Or 
maybe hasn't helped? Share advice in the comments
and don't be afraid to have discussions with other people.
I feel like some blogs make it feel like others can't comment
with each other, but not here. 
Feel free to make conversations and share tips you've learned.
As always, God bless y'all.
With love,






My Blogging Process//How I Write Posts//Blogging Tips



I thought today, I would talk about my system of writing up a post for my blog. In my last post (which you can find here), someone asked how I make my posts so good. I wasn't sure if my posts were good or not, so that question really made my day. I had asked if any of y'all wanted me to write a separate post on how I write up a blog post. No one really answered, but because I couldn't come up with a good post for today, I decided I would just do it anyway. This is my blog, so I can write what I want. *does sassy head-roll*

In all seriousness, I needed a post for today. I decided to go with this one, so we're rolling with it. 

 

Brainstorm Ideas

This one is probably pretty self-explanatory, but you have to have an idea of what you want to post. Once you have that idea, you move on to step two.

 


Open Post Document

Wow, can I get anymore obvious? Anyway, you'll open the document and figure out a nifty title. At this point, I put this where my header and other images will go: (IMAGE HERE). I work on graphics at a later time. My first goal is just getting out all my thoughts for the post. So write like the wind.


Proofread

Hitting the preview button will will help make the proofreading easier because you see it how others will see it. Since looking at your document for so long to write the post has conditioned your mind, it will also help change the look of the post so you can focus.


Graphics

Canva and Ipiccy are the two places I use for graphics with Canva being the main one. You can uses websites like Pexels and Unsplash for free photos. They have a lot of pictures for blog posts. 


Last Overview

One final overview of the post will make sure everything is sized and written to your liking. 


Post/Schedule

You can schedule your post for a later date and hit publish, or just publish it when you finish. If you schedule posts, always try to schedule the post for the same time. Even if you publish a post when you finish, try to stay uniform in what time you publish.

Now, to be completely honest, I don't always follow each of these steps, but its a good guide for any blogger. 


Advice and Tips


  1. Never post something you aren't proud of.
  2. Always check your facts if its something that requires you to.
  3. Always be kind.
  4. Reply to comments. This will bring people back to your blog.
  5. Be safe. The internet isn't always a safe place.  Use discernment when it comes to who you talk to. 
  6. Theme. When you use different font colors, like I do for headings, use colors that pertain to your blog theme. Try to stick with graphics that have similar color scheme's, too. 
  7. Change it up. Experiment with your theme. If you don't like using the same color scheme you've been using, experiment with it. Figure out what two or three colors fit your personality best. Then use them in graphics and text. My theme is peach and teal because those are my two favorite colors. So, figure out what your favorite colors are. 
  8. Gaining followers. If you want someone to check out your blog because you like their blog, be subtle. Whenever I see a blog I like, I always read through some posts and see what that person's interests are. For me, its building meaningful conversation with people. Its not about promoting my blog. When I go to comment, I comment pertaining to the post. Then, I sign off like this:
~Ivie
iviewrites.blogspot.com

And leave it at that. You don't want to be pushy for someone to come to your blog. That is a big turn off for other bloggers. Instead, just be kind and subtle. Don't be in it for the followers. Do it because you love it.

And with that, we are done. 
Are you a blogger? What's your system of writing a post?
Let's talk in the comments.
As always, God bless y'all
With Love,

 




I Reached 10,000 Views// Your Questions Answered


*This is super late, but we're going to go with it because life happens and this post took forever to write, so y'all will love it. I command you. Just kidding, but not really.
*rant over*

Y'all. Honestly, I'm just so excited that I'm even at this point. When I started this blog, I never thought I'd get any views. I thought I'd have one or two regular readers. I didn't think I'd have such meaningful conversations and that I would get to talk to some really awesome people.

So thank you!
Just the fact that y'all still come here twice a week is so amazing!

A special thanks to Catherine, Lisa, and Lila for liking my posts on Google+ regularly.

Now, on to the Q&A!



I got a ton of questions. Some were repeats, so I'll only answer them once. 
Thanks to everyone who asked me questions. It was a blast answering them.

1. What made you want to start blogging?

My mom encouraged me to start a blog because I have a lot to say. I'm very
opinionated if y'all haven't picked up on that yet.

2. How did you get your love for reading?

I think I was born with it. It probably came from my mom. Of course, my dad
likes reading, too. I just love to read.

3. Do you ever worry that you're going to 
get a nasty comment on your blog? And do
you ever hesitate before hitting the post button?

When I was doing more political posts, I did worry about that.
I knew my opinions were controversial. Actually, in my first political
related post, I worried I would lose the small following I had
at the time. But I've grown and realized that there are a lot of people
who either hold the same opinions or at least respect mine.

I don't think I hesitate now because in the end, I know its something I have to get say.

4. What's your favorite Bible verse?

Just one? There are so many that inspire me.
I'll go with Isaiah 41:10
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

5. What's your favorite book of all time?
(Not counting the Bible because that's a given)

Of all time? Even though I don't read them now,
Sisters Grimm will always hold a special
spot in my heart.

6. What's your favorite color and why?

Peach. There's no explanation really. Purple was my favorite color when
I started this blog and then suddenly, I was into everything peach.
The fruit, slushies, the color, the scent. I have peach perfume
and lotion.

7. Why do you write?

Because there's a need for good fiction. The books these days are too
politically correct. Its time to just forget politics and go on an
adventure. I write because my voice needs to be heard.
I write because its like breathing.

8. Can you tell us anything about your WIP
if you have one?

My WIP is a dystopian/contemporary about a dictator government
in America. It started as one thing and morphed into another.
I have more information on my Writing Adventures page.

9. What is your favorite movie?

Look. I know y'all think you know what my favorite movie is.
You might have even said it out loud as you read the question.
Don't deny that you have a movie in your head that you think
is my favorite movie. Just because I talk about dragons all the time
doesn't mean anything. I mean, it means everything, but still.
You might want to sit down for this.
My favorite movie is
*drumroll*
The Wizard of Oz.

10. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I combined these into two questions because the answer
is the same for both.
I don't have any. 

11. What is your least favorite movie?

The Giant King. Its a cartoon movie from
another country and it stinks. Its horrible.

12. How do you make your posts so good?

That is such a sweet question. Thank you, so much!
I think the fact that I never post anything I'm not proud of is partly why people like them.
I always try and make sure I've made the post perfect.
I feel like it would take a whole other post to talk
about how I write my posts. If y'all would like a bit
more detail, comment below. 

13. What sort of things do you enjoy in your free time?

Writing. Reading. Exercising. Baking. Painting. Drawing. Cleaning. Minecraft.
(And by cleaning, I meant my room, so don't get any fancy ideas, Mom and Dad.)
XD

14. What was the toughest subject for you in school?

Science. I didn't even hesitate on that one. It was Science. 

15. What was something that surprised you about blogging?

Probably that the technical aspect can actually be really fun.
Also, the amazing support I've received. I didn't think I'd have this many followers or
views. 

16. What is one book that is popular and it seems everyone loves it, 
but you don't.

The Selection by Kiera Cass. I do not like this book.

17. What was one of your biggest victories as a writer?

I entered a short story into a contest Anna had a while back.
I first let my mom read it and that was the first time I let anyone
read my writing. I actually had to leave the room and I was
pacing in my room. I was nervous and that would probably be
my biggest victory. It was because it was more of a personal
short story.
You can find it on my Writing Adventures page as well.

18. What is your favorite place to write?

My room. I can really only write in my room.

19. What is one of the weirdest dreams you've had that you 
can remember?

I don't really remember a weird dream. I've had them, trust me, but nothing notable now. 

20. As a child, what is a game you always played with your
friends?

We did something that is unheard of now. We played outside.
Yeah, I'm just that old. *sarcasm*
We played tag, hide and seek, red rover, all that stuff that
kids should be doing now instead of having their
faces jammed into their devices.

21. What are your favorite and least favorite foods?

Favorite: Hamburger.
Least Favorite: Hummus.

22. Favorite song?

Breathe by Fleurie

23. What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

My purple hoodie. Summer is hard for me because during the fall and winter, I live
in my purple hoodie.
My second favorite would be yoga pants because I like comfort.

24. What would your perfect room look like?

Bookshelves on every wall. A writing desk centered by a window. A gray lounge chair with
an ottoman. Books would fill the shelves. The floors would be a dark wood. The walls would be a soft brown. The shelves would be a salt oak color. The desk would match the shelves. The desk would have an opening for a storage bin where I can store all my notebooks.
On the desk would be a pencil holder, my laptop, a lamp, and a sharpener. Also a printer.

I've thought a lot about this. 

25. What fictional place would you most like to go?

Either the world of The Blood Race
or
the world of Sisters Grimm

26. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

This is pretty basic, but going on a hike would be fun.

27. What songs have you completely memorized?

I don't. I'm weird. I can hear a song and know the lyrics while I listen,
but the song will either stick or it won't.

28. What are some small things that make your day better?

Peach slushies and a corn dog from Sonic.
Reading a good book.
Getting a lot of writing done.

29. Where is the most interesting place you've been?

We went on vacation to a beach and there was a store where the entrance was a giant (fake) shark head.

30. What movie title best describes your life?

There is no movie title that describes my life.

31. What is your most favorite post you've ever written?

WIPs and Side Projects

This is my favorite post because its one of the first posts
I did with a more professional writing style and graphics.

32. What is the weirdest story idea you've ever come up with?

I had one about super heroes despite the fact I'm not really into super heroes. It didn't get
very far. Super hero stories aren't weird, but for me to write one was.

33. What is your Meyers-Briggs personality type?

In case you don't know, there is a personality test you can take that
tells you a bit more about yourself. It doesn't ask anything super personal
and its free.

I'm ISTJ. Here's a description of an ISTJ
http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/istj
And here's the test if you'd like to take it.
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp


In case any of y'all thought I was extroverted, you can put that idea to rest because I am most definitely not extroverted.

34. What could you give a forty minute presentation on with no preparation?

Truth, politics, and Jesus.

35. Favorite season?

Autumn. I love the leaves turning, warm blankets, fuzzy socks, Thanksgiving, Halloween, all of it.

36. Favorite Disney movie?

Big Hero 6.

37. C.S Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien?

I haven't read anything from either of them, but I like quotes from C.S Lewis.

38. What fictional character are you most like?

I don't know. I've been trying to figure that out. Maybe Little Red Riding Hood because I'm attached to my hoodie.

39. If God came right now, would you want Him to or would you want more time?

I would want more time, as would anyone, but I think its up to God, not me.

40. What's your favorite genre to write?

Contemporary/dystopian.

41. Who's your favorite character that you've written?

I love all my characters equally.

42. Have you been a Christian your whole life?

Yes, I was raised Christian.

43. If you had to be in a movie, what character would you be?

That's a good question because I have no clue. I'd be myself in a movie, riding a dragon and being a ninja.

44. Have you ever had a fictional book/movie/cartoon crush?

Um, not judging if any of y'all have, but I just look at it like they're fictional.

45. Your favorite Blimey Cow video ever?



And This one.



This video makes me think of my mom.


46. Something you waste your time doing?

Internet usage. 😁

47. What books need to be written? Do you want to write them?

Clean books that are amazing and display life in a realistic manner.
And yes, I will write them.

48. What makes a good book?

1. When the characters are realistic and you can relate to them.
2. When you feel bad for whatever the character is going through.
3. When the setting is a place you would totally want to go.
4. When the plot is pretty solid.
5. NO LOVE TRIANGLES. Oh my gosh, why does every YA book have
love triangles?

49. Would you rather read a good book or watch and equally good movie?

It would depend on the book or movie.

50. What's your favorite Studio C video?

Since they gave in and removed two videos that were deemed "racist," I don't
watch Studio C anymore. But, it used to be the crayon box one.

51. What is your favorite vacation destination?

I don't really like going on vacation because I like being at home. I'm a homebody. But, as long as I'm still in Texas, I'd be fine.

52. You have a chance to meet a dead author from any time period. Who would it be?

This is a hard question to answer. I haven't read that many books from dead authors.
When I was really little, I loved the Junie B. Jones books. I think I would like
to meet the author, Barbara Parks. She died a few years ago.

Okay, y'all. This is a late post that was meant to go up as soon as I hit 10,000 views. I got a lot of questions and I know this post was super long. Thanks for all the support y'all have given me. I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Did you like the answers? What was your favorite question?
Let's talk! I love hearing from y'all!
God bless y'all
With love,







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