My Favorite Fictional Couples Tropes – IN WHICH I RANT ABOUT MY INSANE SHIPS

Hello, lovelies! It’s practically spring. :D

I finally got my act together and got back to posting this after half a month of inactivity… so yeahhh. Hi.

Today’s post is pretty self-explanatory. I personally am a crazy shipper… I think it gets on my family’s nerves sometimes actually (it gets on my nerves too)… but I’ve developed valuable skills and can sense a romance coming from a mile away, sooo. In the end, it’s all been worth it. XD And today I go over a few tropes in fictional romance that are my favorites. Enjoy.


The “Childhood Love” Couple

Obviously the ones that have been best friends since they were small. This one makes me ridiculously happy. It’s just so perfect and pure. *squee*

My favorite examples:

  • Esperanza + Miguel (Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan) – This is still one of my favorite books. It’s such a happy book. You know what I mean, it just gives you this amazing nostalgic-y, uplifted feeling. Plus Esperanza and Miguel’s bond is so wholesome and strong. I like.
  • Anne + Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery) – CLASSIC. These two are a 100% excellent excellent example and I love them. The movies don’t do the books justice, but I still think their relationship is deliciously done in film as well.




Shy Girl + Charming Guy

This one seems pretty popular. The bashful protagonist with a kind, precious heart (we all love her), and the sweet, engaging guy who comes into her life with adorable smiles and kindness and takes her breath away (we just might love him even more). The best thing ever is to watch the girl get all awkward and even cuter because the guy is so captivating without even meaning to be… it’s super ultra sweet. Very enjoyable.

My favorite examples:

  • Aza + Ijori (Fairest, Gail Carson Levine) – I loved watching Aza fall for him, little bit by little bit. The way she tries to resist his irresistibleness, and the fact that he finds her beautiful when no one else does. All the heart eyes.
  • Ella + Kit (Disney’s Cinderella, 2015) – A lot of things about this movie were a little cheesy to me… sweetly cheesy, but cheesy nonetheless. But! But. Kit and Ella’s romance was precious. This much I will admit.
  • Catherine + Henry (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen) – In my opinion, one of the best examples. Especially in the movie (:P it’s truuue).


I mean pfft they share a love of books. #goals



Fiesty Gal + Stable, Quieter Guy

Here we have the fireball who has everything under control. She’s independent and spirited, and perhaps a little bit impetuous… And then we have this guy, this perfect character to balance her. Level-headed, with a determined but equable approach and a knack of calming her down and keeping her steady. THEY FIT TOGETHER LIKE A PUZZLE.

My favorite examples:

  • Enna + Finn (The Books of Bayern, Shannon Hale) – These two have, quite possibly, the best relationship in The Books of Bayern. They are each exactly what the other needs. Finn’s so good at calming Enna’s flinty temper, and she stimulates him in the best way, drawing out the strengths of his character and making us smile.
  • Scarlet + Wolf (The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer) – Yass. I loved how their romance developed over the course of the series; it started out meh and seriously improved. Amaright??



The Bantering Couple

When they have chemistry and sass together. This is one of the most enjoyable ships, in my humble opinion. Watching their mutual snappy dislike morph into true care for each other (though usually/hopefully they still continue the hilarious banter). It’s great.

My favorite examples:

  • Leo + Calypso (Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) – I didn’t get to see as much of them together as I would have liked, but what I got… <3 <3 We have sassy Leo, who is probably my favorite character in the entire series just so everybody’s aware. And then we have Calypso, who challenges him with her perfect sassy comebacks. They’re perfect for each other.
  • René + Sophia (Rook, Shannon Cameron) – Yesss muahaha. I’m going to apologize in advance here because I have no idea how many spheres of the internet I’ve roared about René’s perfection on now… if you’re following me anywhere else odds are you’ve heard all this before. But seriously, words fail me. They just – fail me. Tbh, a couple aspects of his and Sophia’s romance got on my nerves… but only a couple. The great majority of it was witty, hilarious perfection.
  • Declan O’Callaghan + Anna (Leap Year, 2010) – …Need I say more?? (I can’t believe I only saw this movie for the first time last month.)


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Cocky, Intrepid Guy + Shy/Quiet Girl 

This one is so satisfying. Sophisticated, dashing dude meets vulnerable sweet roll with a big, compassionate heart, and romance happens. It’s really fun to watch the affection unfold between them; when the girl is able to bring out the guy’s flawed, broken side, and when he gives her courage. Much applause.

My favorite examples:

  • Cress + Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer) – Do we all agree that they were just perfect for each other? Absolutely perfect. I liked that Cress’s blind crush on Thorne developed into such a true love, and that she seemed to soften and make him a better person.
  • Luka + Yael (Wolf by Wolf, Ryan Graudin) – I feel like they fit more loosely into this category. But they fit nonetheless.* Yael is a lot more damaged than shy and vulnerable, given her past, but she does have that element of tenderheartedness. And then Luka is the ultimate in cocky jerkism… until of course she encourages him into becoming a better person.
*Do not question me. I have my own superior logic. Obvs.
  • Rapunzel + Flynn (Disney’s Tangled, 2010) – One of my favorite Disney couples. Despite having a very limited falling-in-love time frame, I feel like the attraction arc and overall chemistry between them was very realistically (and cutely?) done.


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The Adorable Best-Friends Couple 

This one makes me soooo happy. The two that just have this playful, chummy, and close relationship, and absolutely, honestly adore each other.

  • Ella + Char (Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine) – I cannot express how much I love love love these two. They are my favorite and my best. ;) I love that their ship is so middle-grade worthy and pure, but also romantic too?!? And how Ella is the one who stimulates Char and makes him laugh, but he’s the one who encourages her and admires her and gives her strength.
  • Valancy + Barney Snaith (The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery) – The bond they have melts my heart. L.M. Montgomery did a master’s job building the affection slowly but surely between them, from cozy companionship to real longing for each other.



Mutually Shy Beans

The couple that are both so shy that they won’t admit they love each other, so you’re dyinggg because 52% of you ships them so hard it physically hurts, and the other 48% wants to knock their heads together for being such adorable idiots. Like YOU LOVE EACH OTHER JUST ADMIT IT ALREADY. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.


  • Edward + Elinor (Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen) – Though can I just add, they were sooo much lovelier in both the movie adaptations than in the book.
  • Jane Bennett + Charles Bingley (Pride and Prejudice, also Jane Austen) – So these two were okay in the book, but sort of even more background characters. I didn’t really get to see their romance like I did in the movie. And I’m talking the 2005 version here. I know; go ahead and attack me for loving it, outraged book fans. I should be ashamed. BUT. HOW can you not love Jane and Bingley in it?? They are SO PRECIOUS. I CAN’T.


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Tough Girl + Awkward Guy With Hidden Depths

This girl is a hyper cannonball of courage and high spirits. She has grit and wit and she will fight you… she’s also possibly quite attractive as well?? The guy in question here is a little bit less demonstrative, a little bit undeveloped. To be honest, he’s quite awkward. But then it turns out (surprise!) this girl also has a softer, more vulnerable side. He brings it out, exposes her hidden sweetness. And she draws forth his strong points.

  • Aud + Halli (Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud) – Though it’s never outright stated that these two become a couple, it’s implied. Which I like. Because I ship them. :P Aud made some slightly coarse jokes here and there (I shouldn’t have laughed at her….. I did), but I thought her breezy bravery and overall good humor was an excellent match for Halli’s quieter personality.
  • Hiccup + Astrid (How to Train Your Dragon, 2010) I think these two are the ultimate example. I LOVVVVE their chemistry. The movie as a whole had its flaws (it was still pretty darn good tho), but the romance between them was one thing perfectly achieved. I mean. They’re adorable.


I know this is from HTTYD 2, but whatever. In my opinion it’s the best gif of them.



Mutually Protective, Save-the-World-Together Couple

The ones that always have each other’s back, throughout danger and adventures alike. There for each other, strengthening each other, protecting each other… otherwise being sweet.

  • Percy + Annabeth (Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) I think Percabeth are a pretty common example for literary dream couples. But. They’re awesome. A couple who battle mythological beasts and trek through Tartarus together, stay together. ;P Their relationship is my favorite; it makes me smile [and sometimes crack up laughing].
  • Elizabeth + Will (Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003) – They’re just lovely together. That is all.
  • Calvin + Meg (A Wrinkle in Time series, Madeleine L’Engle) – These two also fit well into the Childhood Love category, which makes me happy. But I think they fulfill this one too. They were honestly my favorite bookish couple ever when I was younger (part of the reason may or may not have been that I had a massive literary crush on Calvin) (“had”, ahahaha).



 Gruff/Socially Repressed Guy + The Girl He Can’t Resist

Here’s Dark and Withdrawn Guy who pushes people away and yet has a secret lonely side… then one particular girl appears, intrudes on his life, and rocks the foundations of his antisocial world. She draws him out of his shell. She makes him have feelings. WHY IS SHE MAKING HIM SMILE? WHY CAN’T HE RESIST HER PRECIOUSNESS?

  • Jane + Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë) – Their romance makes me want to cry. :’)
  • Elizabeth + Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – They’ve become a pretty much stereotypical couple, but I don’t care. They fit into this trope so well. Darcy is completely standoffish in the beginning, also a teensy bit arrogant (though not as much so as Elizabeth perceives him to be, of course). And she hates him. :) A good foundation for any romance. And then it turns out each of them completely captivates the other (over the course of a lot of humbling and self-sacrifice), and bang, Jane Austen has a classic.
  • Beauty + the Beast (the movie or the fairytale) – Ah yes.
  • Molly Hooper + Sherlock (BBC’s Sherlock) – These two are a difficult subject for me because…[spoilerish content ahead woop] they didn’t. end. up together. And I SHIPPED THEM. I NEEDED THEM TOGETHER. I – I can’t. My feels are broken. But I think they fit into this category pretty well, because Molly so uniquely brought out his emotions and his stifled compassionate half… (nope, i’m fine. i’m okay). Most people couldn’t do that. And don’t try to tell me he didn’t love her, really truly love her, because I will not listen to you.


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I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

Thank you for reading, and for your support! It really means a lot. :) Comment below with some examples that I’ve forgotten (or just left out, because I didn’t want to overwhelm you all and have a yard-long post ahaha). Or just your favorite ships. I will rant over them with you. I sympathize.





16 Facts You Didn’t Know About Me (also confetti because BLOGIVERSARY)


And spring is coming!!!

There’s been a lot of good life happening here lately, as always. Packed schedule + hardly getting any school done :P + we got sick and got well again + birthday in three days whoop + driving practice + planning on going to go get my learner’s permit finalllllly + so many books to read I’m drowning in it (a very nice kind of drowning) + I GOT A CUTE POLAROID CAMERA and now I’m totally going to be that friend who has to take annoying group photos at every event.

Okay. Now for the announcement. Ahem.

Today Important Nothings is celebrating ONE YEAR!!!


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Which is thrilling!! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging this long; I still feel so inexperienced and I’m still trying to figure a lot of things out. But much time and thought has gone into my little blog, and it’s undergone a lot of changes since I started. I kind of like it. :))

I’m still working on coming up with original, one-of-a-kind post ideas (it’s harder than it seems like it would be), and I want to post more often but I don’t know if I’ll ever work up the motivation. Tbh it’s amazing that I’ve actually managed to get into the consistent schedule I have…


On with it, then. This post was inspired by Ella Marie’s tag (which was fabulous), I’ve just tweaked the idea a bit. I’m doing it less like a tag and more like a stand-alone post, but anyone who wants to steal it it turn is completely welcome to.


16 Facts You Didn’t Know About Me *

*if you did know one or two of these, comment below. congratulations human, you know me well.



I have a weird condition called Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS); it basically means I am unable to eat any raw fruits, vegetables, or nuts. None.

It’s fine. It’s not like I wanted to be healthy anyway.


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I have six siblings. Five brothers (ages eleven, ten, eight, six, and four), and the most adorable of sisters (she’s one). We’re all homeschooled.



Eyes and hands are my favorite body parts. I have a fascination with both… that sounds weird… But I am weird, heh. The first thing I’ll notice about you is your eyes, and then I’ll usually look at your hands. They’re the parts I find most attractive about humans (besides cute smiles. ahhhh). I love how everyones’ are so profoundly unique. You can tell a lot about someone by their eyes and their hands.



Speaking of eyes, I can’t stand anything gross related to eyes. Ugh. Even the concept of contacts is weird to me. Which is great because I think I’ll need them eventually.



I am officially that dog dork. I will unashamedly [squeal and] run over to pet dogs I see in public.



I cannot math. The brain – it does not work that way. Cannot.

(And believe it or not that deficiency is especially fun now that I’m in advanced arithmetic. Everyday mental breakdown yesss.)



I’m neither Team Pancake nor Team Waffle because I love all breakfasty foods and can’t choose between them. *drools on computer keyboard*



Apparently I LOVE to embarrass myself. Though for some reason I wasn’t informed about this??? Stupid mistakes/blunders and conversational trip-ups. Awkward moments to end all awkward moments. The occasional massively clumsy incident (i’m usually of the pretty graceful variety, except when lots of people are watching of course. OF COURSE).



I’m not afraid of many things, but spiders really trip me out. They look evil. C’mon, WE ALL KNOW THEY’RE EVIL.



And then I’m a bit claustrophobic. But I think those are my only serious fears.



This is sad, but two of the funniest things to me are 1) seeing people fall down stairs, and 2) the look on peoples’ faces when they realize they’re falling out of a chair.

Also making sure they’re okay is good. I also do that.



I’m a ridiculous grammar freak. Just ask my family. Three mistakes in particular that make me grit my teeth:

  • “Emily’s and I’s” – UGH.
  • “There’s a lot of them” – THERE’RE, people. Nobody uses there’re anymore. I mean??
  • “Your sweet” – ……. screams into the abyss.



I grew up for the most part in Georgia, then we moved to Greenville SC when I was thirteen. And here we are. I love it a lot. :)



I have this weird ability to pick things up with my toes. Anything narrow enough to fit between them, really. I use it when I’m cleaning a lot, and I’ve gotten pretty skilled.


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Please don’t judge.



I may or may not be slightly obsessed with Myers-Briggs typing. But you should take the test. Seriously. Right now. Go on, go do that.



If you compliment me (not even a phenomenal compliment, just something sweet and random like about my personality or my face), I will melt into a small happy puddle on the spot and I promise I’ll remember it for years.




What does your February look like? Did you know any of the facts (seriously, I’m curious)?? Leave a comment below!


I Do The Nameless Book Tag (and it’s the new year whaaat)

Can you believe it’s 2018?!?!


Life has been pretty wonderful lately. 2017’s had its ups and downs like every year, but altogether God has amazingly blessed us. Looking back over the year I can see so many times He was answering prayer, building me up, strengthening my faith, and I never noticed before. It’s enough to blow your tiny human mind. And the prospect of a full new year ahead is thrilling. There are sunsets to watch. People to meet. Books to read. Words to write. Adventures to take. Friends to spend time with. Dogs to pet. Potatoes to eat. Every day is a beautiful new chance. There are a thousand exciting things I’m looking forward to. What about you??

Lisa @ Inkwell tagged me for The Nameless Book Tag. I had another post idea scheduled, but I think I’ll save it for next month because I’m feeling lazy and this looks like fun. xD Thanks, Lisa!

I present

The Nameless Book Tag


What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Anne of Green Gables, and A Wrinkle in Time are all about tied. They’re, understandably, old favorites.


What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Well to start with, my currently reading list is usually like five books st a time. But I’ll focus on one and pretend I’m a responsible person. So, I’m currently reading All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)…

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Just finished reading Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship (Joshua Harris)…

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And the next one I really [REALLY REALLY] want to read is Blood for Blood (Ryan Graudin). I am much hyped for this book.

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What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I’m gonna go ahead and use Eliza and her Monsters here, even though I’m not going to go so far as to say I HATED it. But there was just so much disappointment. I kept hearing a ton of positive stuff about this book, and though I don’t usually read a lot of trending YA books, I thought what the heck. I’ll give it a try. Pfft noooo.

Some reasons I was disappointed:

  • Firstly, Eliza is a jerk. She’s your archtypical teenager: moody, antisocial, angsty, face-in-a-screen-at-all-times,* joy-to-be-around, joy-to-read-about. She does change a lot by the end of the book, but I was annoyed enough by her already that she wasn’t really redeemed in my eyes.
  • Language.
  • The fact that her parents were not only condoning, but quite seriously ENCOURAGING Eliza to take her relationship with Wallace to a COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE LEVEL. What?? (???)
  • I’m not going to go into details but that was lovely.
  • Pretty sure they DIDN’T, for those of you wondering.
  • But idk.
  • The time that Eliza almost commits suicide. Um. Just so you know, she decides not to… but.
  • There were LOTS of other problems I had with the book that I’m not going to mention because spoilers.

Overall, it was nicely written and the characters (except for possibly Eliza) were fabulously done. I adored her brothers… and Walt was a precious awkward hedgehog. But in the end I had too many objections, dear.

*I’m serious. AT ALL TIMES.


What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Great Expectations. I actually started it a few months ago, and then life caught up with me and that didn’t happen. I haven’t touched it since. :P


What book are you saving for retirement?

I guess Mere Christianity. I have it and I need to read it but I keep putting it off.


Last page: read it first, or wait till the end?

What. What is this. NEVERRR. I don’t think I’ve ever in my life read the last page first. It ruins the book, guys?!?


Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Meh. I don’t mind the acknowledgements, but I usually don’t read them unless I’m in a specific type of mood. Leaning towards a waste of paper and ink.


Which book character would you switch places with?

Ahh, challenging. Let’s go ahead and establish this: I pretty much like my life and would be reluctant to switch places with anybody. But that aside, I have heaps of ideas here. :P I’ll limit myself to three.

  • Hattie, from Hattie Big Sky. Because she has her own little house on the prairie and I love her time period and world.
  • Sam, from My Side of the Mountain. Since I was eight I’ve always wanted to run away and live in the wild for a week or two.
  • Aravis, from The Horse and His Boy. I sort of have a thing for the independent/adventurous characters. Plus the book’s a favorite of mine.


Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (place, time, person)?

Little House in the Big Woods (really the whole Little House series) reminds me of the period in life that I’d just started reading. I started the series when I was four or five, and I’ve loved it ever since.


Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

My copy of The Midwife’s Apprentice was originally a library book. Yep. Hang on, I want to emphasize here that I usually take wonderful care of the books I borrow – I am not an irresponsible monster. But it so happened that on our way to return books to the library, my dog got ahold of The Midwife’s Apprentice, and we didn’t realize she was chewing the cover up until we were halfway to the library. Only a corner was ruined, but it was enough. :/ $$$


Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Hmm. I don’t give my books away often… I hoard them like a small angry dragon instead I actually can’t remember the last time I gave one away.


Which book has been with you most places?

My bible’s been more places than any other book has.


Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad later?

Hittite Warrior (Joanne Williamson). Again, I didn’t technically hate it, just was a little bored at the beginning. And then it got really good. I didn’t read this one in high school either; more like when I was twelve. I’m breaking all the rules here.


Used or brand new?

Image result for both both is good gifBOTH. BOTH IS GOOD.

I love the crisp good smell and flawless cover of a brand new book. But then used ones are wonderful, with the cover well-worn and the pages creased… you can tell other people have enjoyed it.


Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope. Never heard of them.


Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yes, The Princess Bride. In the grand scheme of things it was much, much better.


Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry (cookbooks included)?

Pie (Sarah Weeks), and Heartless (Marissa Meyer). Lots of baking in these ones.


Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I have quite a lot of bookish friends whose recommendations I’ll always listen to. Whether or not I’ll like the book is another matter entirely.


Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I’d probably say the entire Percy Jackson series. They’re not the kind of books I read a ton of, but I absolutely loved them. The characters. The good writing and plot twists. The humor. PERCY. Basically everything.

I tag Jem @ Jem Jones, Writer. Enjoy! :)


Here’s to a fabulous 2018!!


Do you have high hopes for the new year? Resolutions? What has God been doing in your life?? I’d love to hear from you!


2017 Liebster Award

Happy December, all! I’m baaacckkk!!

How were Thanksgivings? It was hectic here, but still amazing. I mean, #food. Lots of it. I’ve been up to everything. Family time. Photography. School in spurts. Reading quite a bit. Life.

So down to the subject matter. This is just a small post today, but an exciting one. Important Nothings was nominated by Julian Daventry at Saver of Memories for the 2017 Liebster Award and I’m crying because she’s so sweet (seriously. you should go follow her). Thanks again, friend! :)



To start with, one of my favorite blogs is Katie Grace’s nook, A Writer’s Faith.

Katie Grace was one of the first bloggers I followed once I’d been sucked into the dark blogging vortex. :P The first thing about A Writer’s Faith that caught my eye was the header. It’s so pretty… the faded autumnish aesthetic pleased me first thing.

Then Katie’s writing style is amazing. Her enthusiastic personality really comes out in her blog posts, and they’re always so enjoyable to read – upbeat, inspirational, and funny. She’s a Christian, a pizza lover, and obsesses over books just like all the rest of us. The photography she incorporates into her posts is honestly lovely. All in all, she’s a very cool human and her blog deserves many more followers.

So. Go on, go do that.



I hereby nominate

Lisa @ Inkwell

Zane @ Simple Impossibilities

Gray @ Writing is Life

Jonathan @ Fishing for Ideas

Ella Marie @ February Fairy

Grace @ Totally Graced


If you’ve already been nominated, no problem. You all have thoroughly awesome blogs, and you deserve it. :)



  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it, and those whom you nominate will also help you out as well.
  • Display the award on your blog – by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  • Write a 150-300 word post on your favorite blog that is not your own (don’t know why i find that condition so funny, but i do). Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  • Post a comment in the comments of the award post so your post and blog can be viewed.


I’ll be posting again mid-December, so see ya’ll then. Have a blessed month!





November Bucket List

November cheer!! :) How has everyone’s autumn been going?

I’ve had quite a successful season so far… and overall I’m a happy, blessed person right now. But also inwardly crying because yesterday was the last of October.

We’ve been to a bonfire and an apple barn and eaten cider doughnuts and stargazed (not technically with a telescope, just… lowkey). All fabulous goals, and checks off the list. But we have November and part of December still to go. Here’s my small bucket list of remaining goals for the remainder of autumn.




I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year (um, again), but I’m going to set slightly more intense goals for myself and CRACK DOWN on the WIP (with God’s help) (and a lot of coffee and cider and other toasty creativity-fueling drinks). Insane amounts of writing. Like I needed more stress in my life right now hahahah. Also just realized that this paragraph is nothing but parentheses.

My daily word goal just in case you’re wondering:

Starting today, I’m gonna say about 800 – 1,000 words per day. So that I can fail miserably and disappoint myself. I am also completely unprepared and panicking.




I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to find myself a snuggly, big-knit sweater. It’s a perfect goal for this time of year. There are many reasons.

  • cozy to curl up in
  • a fantastic place to hibernate
  • they’re a well-known bookworm thing
  • they can be found in delicious colors like cream and coffee and heather
  • you can slap people with the floppy sleeves

All the good reasons.


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Um this is kind of a classic. And something of a given, yes. One of the best things about autumn is flopping in a huge, crackling pile of brittle, crimson-stained leaves. We all agree on that one. But it’s a little trickier for me because we don’t get a ton of fallen leaves in our yard… pines and magnolias seriously spoil the fun. I just need to go borrow a neighbor’s yard and leaf pile, I guess.




Alll the candles. There’s nothing that says seasonal like a pumpkin spice candle burning. Or another scent, for those of us who are not pumpkin spice appreciators. I personally go back and forth. Does burning a candle put anyone else in a motivated, cleaning mood? For some reason it does me.





Or through a convenient park. I still have not done this. (?!) I’ve been meaning to – what better chance to do a family photo shoot? Why don’t I have time for anything in my life? There’s just something about taking walks this time of year. The temperature. The crisp, musty scent. The susseration of the deadened leaves still clinging to their trees (just discovered that word last year and it’s been one of my favorites since). It’s a thing that needs to happen.




So apparently I’ve only done this one other time in my life?? Plus I can’t remember because I think I was eight years old at the time. I’ve never tried my hand at it again, though I’ve been wanting to. Because I mean. Cinnamon rolls are the most amazing thing. Making them yourself sounds like happiness (though my experience will more likely be along the lines of painful efforts, messy countertops, spilled cinnamon, and questionable results. but let’s not be realistic here). If anyone has an amazing recipe or link to a recipe you’d like to share, please do. It would make my day (and my cinnamon rolls, haha). Really bad joke, sorry.





Hahaha. Ha. That’s as far as I’m gonna take this one. Some people set the goal of taking early morning autumn walks… every morning… which in theory sounds like poetry and refreshingly frosty morning air, but in reality is a whole lot more like bleary sleep eyes and misery and hypothermia.





And of course go tromping in them. I love the way these look – like, they’d be excellent for nut foraging. Leaf collecting. Apple picking. Many things. They’re boots that look made for adventure. And they’re stylish, too. :)




We’re not planning on making it to a pumpkin patch this year, which is sad, yes. But the grocery stores have lovely pumpkins. It’s not the experience you’d get otherwise – yeah, choosing a pumpkin from a jumble of them in a cardboard box isn’t quite the same – but I still love the challenge of finding the perfect one. The really round, smooth one-and-only with no spots and a creamy skin.




A very happy goal. Sparklers have become a well-known summer thing… people who skip 4th of July and save these things till autumn are cooler (another really, really bad joke. i’m so sorry). Imagine it – drawing sizzling designs on the air with clouded breath and chilled fingertips rather than with sweaty hands in the midst of a mosquito cloud. Sounds appealing, no?


Have a wonderful rest of the season, ya’ll.



Is anyone else in shock that Thanksgiving is almost upon us? Comment below to chat (or if you have a cinnamon roll recipe to share XD). I’d love to hear from you.


Of the Sea (a photography post)

Hello, all.

Today I smash the pleasant, almost-autumn theme I had going here. With pictures from our beach vacation. I was originally planning on posting September 30th (and getting all this belated beachiness hashed out before October), but that was the day we got back from the beach… the thought of sitting down to write a blog post brought nothing but stress.

So I ignored it, like I usually do my problems.

We accomplished much. We collected shells and waded in the sea and tracked in a ton of sand. We saw a hammerhead shark, which was beyond cool.

I found one flawless sand dollar. Which just does not happen to me.

But then none of us – and I mean none of us – got anything like a tan. We’re so white; at best we freckle and burn (those pesky Irish genes). Practically everyone I know has these attractive end-of-September suntans… and I’m like


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Enjoy. :)


yes, I tried the dorky shells-along-the-arm thing. it came out surprisingly well.



Have a wonderful October, ya’ll.





Character Profiles: in which I basically bare my heart for you all

Greetings, fellow earthens.


Today I’m going to take on a dark, daunting post subject. I’m going to spill my heart and guts and share some of my creations with you. That is, introduce some of the main characters from my current WIP. Which is a terrifying prospect for me. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be traumatizing.

It’s also going to be really fun.

These lovelies are still undergoing MASSIVE changes… in the finished work they’re likely to look quite a bit different than they do now. But for the time being this is how far their personalities have evolved, and I can honestly say I’m *sniff* proud of them *wipes away tear*. They are some of my most precious characters. They’ve been through a lot with me. And as a result they’re all wrapped up in my heartstrings.

As a side note, I found these characteristic photos via Pinterest. They aren’t mine. I take no credit. The clothing (from what you can see) is all modern and wrong… but who cares. :P


the Protagonist

wind-flung brown hair / one blue eye and one hazel / nimble hands / pointed chin

   Taryn is a wanderer. A loner. An outcast. She has an independent streak she got from her father, and loves wild places. She’s perceptive and generally relates well to others’ emotions, but can also be pretty cynical of people, which comes of being treated the way she has her entire life (you won’t understand that but #spoilers). Insecurity is one of her many struggles. She hates sharing her feelings and has the tendency to push away her loved ones when she’s in pain; she’s also terrible at comforting others. Sarcastic wit comes easily for this one.

She loves the wind and the scent of freedom. Rock/hill climbing (she has the flat feet geared for it, and she’s proud of that). People who judge by anothers’ attributes and the way they treat others, not by appearances.




the Sidekick

freckled / blue-eyed / crooked limp / wide smile / small wrists and ankles

   Ree is homier than her sister. She’s empathetic and slightly more centered; is calmly optimistic and laughs a lot. Her limp (she was born with a minor deformity, one leg slightly shorter than the other) keeps her from doing a lot of things she’d like, but as a general rule she’s pretty philosophical about it. In arguments she’s likely to go on the defensive… but she doesn’t lose her temper much.

She loves murkbrew (their world’s kind of thicker version of hot tea) with honey. Rain. And the productive feeling of keeping busy – especially when she’s worried or stressed.





the Logic/Voice of Reason

light brown-dark blond hair / grey eyes / medium-tall / a slight cowlick that irritates him

   Matt is a strong shoulder to lean on. A hard worker with calloused hands. He just might be my favorite character besides Taryn… because except for her he’s been the character to undergo the most changes, yet has remained his dependable, stubborn self through it all. He’s quick-witted. Diplomatic in most disagreements. But other times he can be blunt to the point of pain. He and Taryn are alike in that most of the time they’re relatively mild people, but both are fiercely protective of the people they’re close to.

He loves carving; bringing form and shape out of dead wood. His young siblings. And fried rabbit well-done.



the Emotional

blonde / pale blue eyes / small-proportioned and slim / an odd laugh

   Lisi is the soft-spoken one. Invariably gentle, ceaselessly compassionate. A little wistful. She’s quiet and unobtrusive in most things, and her cautious nature sometimes comes across as timid… but still waters run deep. She’s a lot stronger of a person than she seems at first sight. Despite having very few similarities at first, she and Taryn form a strong bond throughout the course of the novel.

She loves sunlight through the fog. Long walks along the dusty Village paths. Strong, beautiful personalities.



the Tempter

thick reddish hair / curvy / face mottled with freckles / dark brown eyes / vivid full lips

   Magda is beautiful. Incendiary. Malicious. She loves deeply, hates with abandon, and is passionate in every emotion between. Her deepest aversions are to the deformed and those she sees as hideous or weak. Her hurts are remembered and she’s pretty darn vengeful, while we’re at it. She takes on hard labor grudgingly but well.

She loves good seasoned mutton and strong mead. The thrill of autumn in the blood. And followers who allow themselves to be dominated without question.





Sooo. Those are my lovelies (that is, five of them). And that wasn’t so bad. The others are still in slightly earlier stages of development. The Antagonist, the Mentor, the Skeptic, and lotsa other extras who kind of came out of nowhere and (in the course of headaches, blood and tears) have grown into beloved characters. I might share a bit about them some other time. :)


Thanks for reading! Can you believe it’s the 1st of September, and are you excited for autumn?? Chat with me in the comments below!