Relevant Updates, Writing, Young Adult Life

How the Ydubs Conference Went

They announced the ‘22 Conference sometime around Christmas, and I knew I wanted to go. I talked with my parents and signed up that February.

Greetings! I hope you’ve been enjoying August! I have.

In fact, At the beginning of the month, God blessed me with the opportunity to go somewhere amazing—the 2022 YDubs Conference! Their first was in 2019, and then the Corona Virus kept them from hosting any later in-person ones, but I can’t remember if they had one virtual conference, and for which year, or two.

They announced the ‘22 Conference sometime around Christmas, and I knew I wanted to go. I talked with my parents and signed up that February.

Really, this is one of those many blessings I don’t deserve but get anyway. Today I’m going to share with you some daily progressions, highlights, and thoughts.

The Speakers

We had six amazing speakers (and a Q&A with another), three of which were published, but all were definitely qualified. The five in order:

Chuck Black, author of nationally popular series such as the Kingdom Series and the Wars of the Realm Trilogy. He was supposed to be there in person, but I guess things didn’t work out, and he spoke virtually. He spoke about worldbuilding.

Juliet Artman, member of the Author Conservatory. She spoke on loving your writing journey (?).

Kellyn Roth, member of the Author Conservatory and author of the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, among others. She spoke on outlining (?).

Jenna Terese, author of Ignite! She shared thoughts on different aspects of writing, mostly trusting God, through sharing her writing testimony/journey.

Josiah DeGraaf, one of our very own Ydubs Instructors!! He spoke on story structure.

The Author Conservatory hosted a virtual Q&A with Christopher Paolini, author of the internationally bestselling book Eragon! Brett Harris was leading it and we got the chance to see the whole thing!

Charis Rae, member of the Author Conservatory, gave a convicting speech on writing habits.

Mr. Josiah spoke again, this time about fitting writing into your school schedule—or rather, fitting your school schedule around your writing. 😛

Day-to-Day Progressions

Pre-Conference Day. Earlier in the day when my dad and I began toward Tennessee, I had run my second half-marathon ever and he had preached, so we were both tired and got a late start.

Thankfully, the couple that hosted us that night was very generous and waited until around 12:30 am—when we arrived.

Day One. We started sometime during 9 am, I think. We ended up arriving just a few minutes before 3 pm, when the conference was to start (or at least, when sign-up was opened). Most people were there already, because of the short parental meeting, but that was alright.

I met some awesome friends from Ydubs! That was cool. We had a brainstorming session, which went kinda well, then Chuck Black spoke.

I wandered a lot with my dad, going down a stream path, which was fun.

Most of the evening was me wandering around by myself—I enjoyed that, though, and got to know the site a little better.

Day Two.

Ms. Artman and Ms. Roth spoke that day! It was a full day, and I spent a lot of my free time talking and hanging around in “awkward groups,” as we called ourselves.

I purchased some soup that the emcee and Ydubs Instructor Ms. Marita Wilson and others prepared, and had some fun, awkward conversations with friends!

The day concluded with Ceili dancing (an Irish dance Ms. Marita taught), which was better than I thought! I don’t like dancing, but it was alright. Despite me stepping on quite a few heels, I had some fun.

This was probably my favorite day!

Day Three. Mr. Josiah, Ms. Terese, Ms. Rae, and Christopher Paolini (via a Q&A) all spoke that day. *taps temple* I learned some really good stuff from them.

We also had a critique group session, and I got to give and receive thoughtful feedback. That helped a lot to get me out of my WIP’s writer’s block.

Day Four. *shakes head* Alas, all good times come to an end, and this was true of the conference as well. Mr. Josiah gave a wonderfully practical lesson, then we took a group picture, and most people went to eat lunch (that Ms. Marita prepared) in the cafeteria.

The “goodbyes” were a little awkward for me, but eventually, my dad and I were on the road again.


Now, I had a great time and learned indispensable lessons, but you may (or may not *shrugs*) be thinking, “is it worth the hassle of paying, getting there, and all that?” Er, well, I didn’t actually do any of the driving or paying (maybe next year?? Permit and job, here I come), but I believe a conference is invaluable for a serious writer!

Why Attend a Conference?

A couple years ago, my comfort zone was so much smaller. For the past year +, I’ve been trying hard to grow my horizon. Some ways of growth have been socializing more with adults and strangers (not in a creepy way), teaching kids the Gospel throughout the summer, speaking at church, speaking more boldly about my authorship plans, and taking a Speech Class.

Engaging with people in person and public speaking are super helpful skills for authors. Many writers (a whole lot of us are introverts) like to stay in our comfortable corners while we write our wild fantasies, engage on a blog with readers worldwide, and publish our writing whenever we get the chance.

But we can’t hide forever. Sure, the online world is big, but you’ll end up one lonely fellow, because you can’t (or, rather, shouldn’t) have your phone on you every time you step out of your door.

I know writers who are hardcore introverts. However, one of those writers in particular left their comfort corner and met new people for book signing events and other gatherings. This friend says that, though the experiences were extremely mentally draining and stirred up anxiety, they were worth it.

With conferences, you not only meet in person like-minded writer friends who you previously knew only by their online avatar, but you can meet published authors, hear inspiring lectures, and practice social skills.


The Ydubs Conference 2022 was amazing; I would share photos, but I don’t actually have any. 😛 I’m so thankful for the organizers and speakers who put in all that work! I can’t wait for next year.

Blogging Life, Relevant Updates, Tags & Awards, Writing

“What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag

Hello hello and welcome to August! Today I’m doing the “What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag that I saw my friend Kaley do! WIP stands for Work-in-Progress, which is what writers refer to as the main project they are working on.

Presently, I’m at the Ydubs Conference (hear more about that from me in a week or so!), and so I’m quite busy and probably won’t be responding much for a few days. Now, let’s carry on!

Rules:

– Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog (thanks, Kaley!)

-Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic.

-List the rules.

-Answer the questions.

-Feel free to add snippets.

-Tag as many or as few people as you wish & let them know they’re tagged.

-Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the tagged.

*ahem* I present to you. . .

The Questions

1. Has your WIP a working title?

*cough* No, not actually. I’ve had some ideas, like Search for Peace, A Blaze Worth Quenching, Pyromaniac’s Dream, Finding Peace, Seeking Peace, but I don’t like any of them. I’ll keep working on it, I guess.

2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

Yeah I actually don’t have a professional synopsis yet either. I will explain a bit of what it’s about, though.

There’s a 15-year-old boy named Pax living in the desert with his family (mother, uncle, and little sister Talia). They’re foreign to the northern deserts, but they moved there for two reasons:

Pax’s mama, her husband, has a rare condition: an addiction to blood. His son, Pax, has a different addiction: one to fire; he’s a pyromaniac. Eventually, the father’s condition forced his kids (Pax eight, Talia newborn) wife, and  her brother to flee for safety from him.

As for Pax’s pyromania, it earned him a permanent scar across his whole left side. With the northern deserts’ wilting heat and glorious glaring sun, Pax’s uncle and mama thought it could keep his emotionally-stimulated addiction at bay—if not extinguish [wordplay intended] it.

But with the appearance of a strange stalker, the army, and a large accident (the result of a pyromaniac session of Pax), the four are forced to move again.

After much travel, they find a lovely town. They begin to settle in, getting comfortable, making friends, finding jobs. But is everything really going to stay slow? Is it peaceful within Pax’s own mind? What happens when he runs straight into the thick of  inevitable religious and life questions? I’m glad you asked! 😉 I guess you’ll have to wait to find out.

3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

Not yet. I have several projects I’ve been working on, but again, I don’t like any of them. Some themes I’ve been working with are: desert, sun, fire, fleeing.

4. How did you get the idea for this story?

It sprung up from the thematic questions of peace. Where is it found? What does it mean? Is it acquirable? Also, I think the idea of Pax just popped into my head. I first called him Jarvis, but the sound and meaning of Pax is so much better.

For more, refer to #12!

5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

I’m planning for it to be a novella, maybe 30K words, but you know me. It’ll probably end up 60K or something. 😅

6. Who’s your favourite character so far?

Oh, that’s a good question. Maybe Talia, Pax’s 6-7 year old sister. Or Maia, one of the friends Pax makes at the aforementioned small town. Conley (another friend like Maia) is up there, and Pax is great too.

I’d tell you why, but I really haven’t gotten far, and without much being written in stone/on Docs, I can’t exactly word my thoughts just yet.

7. What’s your favorite memory related to this WIP?

I don’t have one.

8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Um, not really. Some characters are loosely based on friends and family, but I haven’t shared it with anyone just yet.

9. What’s your favorite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

I can’t. 😎

10. Can you give us a snippet?

Sure, why not.

I shivered as one of the last fresh breezes of the morning slipped through my clothing and pricked at my skin. Like with every day, soon the goosebumps on my limbs would be replaced with beads of sweat. This was weeks from the day I reached fifteen, and my work had been carrying on for some time.

Up ahead from the path I was meandering down lay a small lake, surrounded by bushes and plants. A few trees dotted the little oasis, and behind it spread several yards of farm, some, empty fields to be hoed, and others, crops to be sparingly watered and picked. Farther still were the herds of animals we watched.

Several men and women were already there, nursing the plants, working the fields, and tending to the animals.

11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

It’s generally what I’d thought it’d be, but to keep it that way, I have to overcome the few curveballs that are shooting at me 90 mph that want to mess things up.

12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, or quote that has helped shape this story?

Yes! Actually, the whole story is based on a verse in the Bible.

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68, NIV, emphasis mine.

I forgot where I first saw this verse, but it hit me hard. As for context, it occurred shortly after Jesus fed a whole lot of people/the 5,000. He was proclaiming Himself as the Bread of Life, and it was a hard message for a lot of his disciples. Many left Him. When they did, he turned to the Twelve and asked if they would leave. Simon Peter responded with the above. Find the whole section in John 6:60-71.

It’d take a while for me to explain the verse (I had thought about making a post on it), but essentially, it’s saying that Jesus is worth it. “Truly truly,” more worth it than any earthly pleasure, glory, or wealth.

Another huge inspiration for this WIP is the song You Got It by Trip Lee. It’s one of my all time favorite songs, and heavily based on John 6:68, I believe. Give it a listen!

13. When and where have you done the most of the writing so far?

At my cousin’s house, my own, and whenever. I have bad writing habits which I need to work on.

14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?

Refer to question 12.

15. Are you a plotter or a planster?

Plantster! I usually start with a light outline, then let it guide me but I end up going wherever I feel is best.

16. Do you have a little ritual you do before writing?

*cough* No. As in #13, I need to build writing habits.

17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Nope. I thought about it, but I’ve temporarily decided against that. I’m just not ready yet—time, knowledge, and skill-wise.

18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

That summer can be mean. It hardly allows me time to write. XD

But actually, I’m learning how to create fantasy cultures using the geographic knowledge I already have, more tips and tricks of map-making, and what makes characters interesting, compelling, and relatable! Those are a few things.


I’m not going to tag anyone—I’ll just leave it open—so feel free to do this yourself!

Here are the questions:

  • Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  • Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  • Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  • How did you get the idea for this story?
  • How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  • Who’s your favourite character so far?
  • What’s your favourite memory related to this WiP?
  • Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  • What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  • Can you give us a snippet?
  • Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  • Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  • When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  • Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  • Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  • Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  • Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  • What things have you learned while writing this story?

We have now come to the ending. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and also found my WIP idea interesting! Sorry for being so late! See you next week.

Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Young Adult Life

What I’ve Been Up To + Some Thoughts on Children’s Ministry

July has shot by like a rocket (and I’ve definitely been feeling the heat of the boosters! 😅). I’ve been doing a whole lot, as usual. That’s one reason this post is so late (sorry!). But even though things get overwhelming quick, I’m grateful to God for the opportunities he’s given me.


One such opportunity is CYIA. What’s that? First, let me explain what CEF is.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a worldwide organization, in nearly every country of the world. Its mission is to spread the Gospel to every child in the world. Their vision has been to do this through the youth (teenagers) of the world. They recruit young people to reach even younger people.

One such means of recruiting youth to reach children is CYIA—Christian Youth in Action. It is an intense, eleven-ten day training, where us youth (ages 12-18, generally) learn how to share the gospel with kids (ages 5-12, generally) through 5-Day-Clubs, specifically.

What are 5-Day-Clubs, though? They are clubs, or gatherings, of kids, once every day, Monday through Friday. We teach the Gospel through games, missionary stories, Bible lessons, and more.

So those are the main activities I’ve been doing this summer! If you’re still confused, comment. 🙃

CYIA Has Had a Big Impact on My Life

It’s strengthened me mentally, physically, spiritually, and more. I’ve become bolder in public speaking, I’ve grown a stronger love for children, and I’ve gotten better at memorization.

But those are only a few things! From building friendships to learning how to avoid drama, and beyond, the lessons and skills I’ve acquired are truly something only God can give me.

I’ve also learned so much more about the importance of children’s ministry.

Friends, Children’s Ministry is SO Important!

Here Are Some Reasons Why.

1. They are the next generation. So are we teens. The more who know the truth of the world and the love of Jesus, the better. The more we teens are challenged in many things, the stronger we become if we persevere.

2. Jesus had a special connection with children. He said, “let the little children come to me.” Who knows how many of those children he had just met, when he was teaching somewhere in the Middle East? He accepted every one of them.

When others rejected them, even the disciples of Jesus, he went and talked with them, taught them in ways only the Creator of all beings could do. We can’t connect with children quite like Jesus can, but we can try, can’t we?

3. They’re unwritten stories. As a writer, I think about peoples’ lives as stories often. I sometimes try to imagine them as people with backstories, fears, desires, and goals, similar to the characters I fantasize about in my mind.

Most children’s lives are just beginning. They could either have a villain’s backstory that forms them to be unforgiving cold people. . . or we could help give them the right kind of childhood, however we can. From asking how their day was to playing tag with them.

Childhood is vital to the growth and chapters of someone’s life story.

4. The Bible talks about how only a child’s heart can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Mathew 19:14, NIV.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” -Matthew 18:3-5, NIV.

So what do these verses mean? That only kids can enter Heaven? No, of course not! It could take me a whole post to explain these (read more about kids and Heaven in last week’s post!), but the point is. . . little children have some things that most older people do not. Free imagination, simple trust, such as that.

Children have a special place in most people’s hearts, but especially in Jesus’. They must be reached.

So. . . What Can You Do?

Kids need the Good News—the Gospel—and like Jesus once said, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Most people reading this are probably youth: young people, hopefully with a love of Jesus.

Thus, I encourage you to find a way to serve Jesus and spread the News through children’s ministry. Here are two ways:

1. Research your local CYIA! Get in touch, text, or call the leaders. I guarantee you—if this blog is available to you, so is a CEF group. At https://www.cefonline.com/, you can find the information you need for where you’re at. It takes just a little research.

2. See how you can get involved in children’s ministry in your church. I’ve served only a few times in Sunday school. It’s not for everyone. However, I’m not going to say that it’s not for me—though as of now I’m in the church’s tech team (composed of only youth 😉) and a regular volunteer wherever. See what you can do!

 But do more than just preach at kids—though we kinda do that with 5 Day Clubs, we get very involved with the kids. Try getting involved in the lives of the kids in your church, neighborhood, or apartment! Then step by step, share the Gospel.

Have a good, God-filled rest of the week! See you in August.

Christian Living, Reviews (songs & books)

Yellow Balloons: an Album Review

Morning, I trust you are being productive this July! I have not been! I don’t know. Life’s crazy, kids. Now back to our topic, which was. . ? Oh yeah, I was going to share with you an album review!

I’m sorry this post is so long (1,300+ words), but it’s divided into sections, and I hope that makes it more skimmable while still allowing you to catch the message!

Side note: each link is to a Spotify page. Sorry, I don’t really do YouTube.


David Dunn is the most underrated artist I listen to. He crosses Christian pop, contemporary, and electro-ish (don’t quote me). He’s in my top ten, and for good reason, I think.

Dunn has four albums: For the Life of Me (2012), Crystal Clear (2015), Yellow Balloons (2017), and Perspectives (2020), along with a few EPs and singles. Yellow Balloons is my favorite, and was masterfully written, organized, and created. Let me explain why.

It’s a short 10-track, 37 min 57 sec album, but it packs a powerful punch. Here’s the tracklist, along with the duration time in parenthesis:

1. Kingdom (3:06)

2. Open Arms (3:48)

3. Grace Will Lead Me Home (4:11)

4. I Don’t Have to Worry (3:17)

5. I Wanna Go Back (3:50)

6. Ruins (3:05)

7. History (3:11)

8. Masterpiece (3:37)

9. Vacation (5:59)

10. Yellow Balloons (3:49)

Looking at the cover, I thought this would be a fun, lighthearted, thoughtful, electro album.

The cover, copyright to David Dunn, I assume. In other words: don’t steal.

But oh was I wrong! With most albums, even Dunn’s others, there are a few themes and overarching messages, usually tying into the album’s cover and title. However, sometimes the connections are loose, or there’s no connection at all. Yellow Balloons differs dramatically.

No song in the album is random. They all align—very strongly. The cover itself, with the yellow lines and picture of Dunn, doesn’t relate too much. But the album title, which is the title of the last track as well, is incredibly fitting.

I’ll just spoil the themes now—according to David Dunn in one interview, most of the songs are about Heaven and little kids/childhood; a third and fourth theme I noticed is the security we have in God (which I’ll call “security”) and restoration. But we’re not done yet on the depth.

I’ll explain further, but right now, I’m going to go song by song, name the themes present, and offer a short explanation! Also, say whether the song is slow/bittersweet or upbeat/profound, and provide some lines.


1. Kingdom

Theme(s): Heaven. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. This song reaffirms some important theologies of Heaven. So many people have this image of Heaven in their minds, and a lot of the time it’s faulty. Heaven as the afterlife is better than we can ever imagine.

The song says: “Not Just a set of pearly gates and angels with wings, no it’s more / Heaven is here, Heaven is now / Heaven is a thing that is coming down / Lives in the hearts of those who believe / The Kingdom of God that’s living in me.

2. Open Arms

Theme(s): security, restoration. Sound: slow/bittersweet. It talks about how God is strong enough to handle our messy life and broken hearts. How He’s always waiting for us to turn to Him.

The song says: When we find ourselves inside the darkness / And confusion is hiding where the light is / He is always there, with open arms.

3. Grace Will Lead Me Home

Theme(s): Heaven, restoration. Sound: slow/bittersweet. This song talks about a place of rest; the Christian’s true home—Heaven. Only through God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness can we have access to Heaven. Some parts are based on John Newton’s Amazing Grace, I believe.

The song says: Through every trial I have come / Only Your grace will lead me home.

4. I Don’t Have to Worry

Theme(s): Security, childhood. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. This song gives examples of popular radical Bible stories, like David beating Goliath. These are things we hear as little kids, but when you think about it. . . our God is so powerful. So, with Him watching over us, we don’t have to worry.

The song says: I know; You split the sea / And You held it there; for the world to see / I-I know; that deadly flames / Were made powerless; when they Heard Your Name / So what am I so afraid of?

5. I Wanna Go Back

Theme(s): childhood. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. The most popular track on the album, this song is about returning and being reminded of the simple, strong faith many have in their childhood—before adult and teenage struggles poisoned our faith.

The song says: And then I grew up / And then I got older / And my life got tough/ And we grew apart / Oooh, I wanna go back / To “Jesus loves me, this I know” / “For the Bible tells me / “For the Bible tells me so.”

6. Ruins

Theme(s): restoration. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. This song is an imagery of the ruins and rubble of your life, and the truth that God can use those broken pieces to build something new in and for you.

The song says: Tomorrow’s hard to see when, you’re not there / The broken, the busted, the world that you trusted / Is gone / What if the rubble that you stand in / Are the perfect pieces that the Builder needs?

7. History

Theme(s): Security, restoration. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. This song ponders the “what ifs” in the scenario of a perfect world (Adam and Eve not sinning), then decides that God has history in His hands.

The song says: What God did with history / To me it’s just a mystery / And I don’t know, that’s ok / Oh cause faith is just a funny thing / I believe, He knows better than me.

8. Masterpiece

Theme(s): restoration. Sound: upbeat/thoughtful. We are His masterpieces. God doesn’t make mistakes, and he has a plan for each of us.

The song says: You, make, a symphony / From broken melodies / You do it beautifully / You, take, the mess of me / Make it a masterpiece / You make a masterpiece

9. Vacation

Theme(s): Security, restoration. Sound: slow/bittersweet. This song is a cry to God for rest. He, David Dunn, wants “a vacation” from the stresses of time and life, to be with Jesus.

The song says: I wanna go where the clocks all stand still / To get away from the heat and the uphill / Where all the work is through / And all I need is You / I wanna take a vacation, just to be with You.

10. Yellow Balloons

Theme(s): Heaven, childhood. It ponders security and restoration. Sound: slow/bittersweet. This one changes everything. . . the deep truths you notice in those upbeat songs that turn them from “boppy” to heart-breakingly bittersweet.

See, this whole album was almost a therapy, let’s say, for Dunn. A storm of thoughts and emotions as he processed the tragic death of his two-year-old niece, Moriah. Her death was a medical mystery, and it struck the family hard.

The song says: So we cry on her birthdays / And wish that we knew / Why You took her to Heaven / So soon / And we beg for Your presence / We beg for more of You / ‘Cause our beautiful girl / Left the world.


The album was released in 2017, and she died in 2015. The song Yellow Balloons is achingly raw and honest, as Dunn struggled to find hope and trust in God. Unlike most tracks in the album, this one I’m careful to not listen to whenever.

Why? It’s personal and deep. A lot of people listen to songs just because they sound good, and Dunn’s voice alone with a sad guitar is beautiful. . . but the lyrics mean just as much to me.

In Conclusion. . .

Releasing yellow balloons into the sky at a memorial is a practice that a lot of people do, including David Dunn’s family. They’re a symbol of hope, a bright ‘glow’ in a dark time.

Each theme alone seems regular at first for a Christian artist, but when you put them all together, the pieces start to fit together, and then you get to the last song. . . this album just wows me.

The album Yellow Balloons has catchy tunes and mesmerizing sounds, but it’s also plenty full of depth. That is why this is one of my favorite albums ever. I hope you’ll give it a listen, and also take a minute or two to pray for families that are hurting because of similar tragic losses.

Short Stories

Kingstorms: a Flash Fiction

Well hello! I hope you’ve had some time to rest, relax, and read some great books this summer. Today I’d like to share with you a flash fiction of mine! 😀


I clung to the porch railing, tears streaming down my cheeks, spilling from my shut eyes. Wild wisps of my long, sandy hair whipped at my face as the dusty wind howled and sailed through the afternoon sky. The swirling currents were like spatulas churning batter—but the gale speeding across the prairie was no flapjack.

“JONAS, WHERE ARE YOU?!” I screamed, squinting just a bit to gaze over the plains. But to no avail; my watery eyes didn’t catch any sign of him. No rhythmic hoofbeats of his horse, no scattering of gravel, no jovial shouting from down the road.

He’d been gone for over a week. Jonas had never left me alone for so long. It was just supposed to be a short trip for supplies to a town a little ways off. He needed me to watch over the farm, and we both knew I was mature enough to handle it. I was eleven, after all, and no longer just a little girl. Or at least, that’s what we thought.

Jonas had been dedicated to being there for me, and he swore to never leave for more than four days. Five days was how long it took before the bodies were found and deaths were announced, nine years ago—my parents listed among the names.

That week he broke his promise. Days five and six were hard enough. During the loss of my mother and father, he took up the role of parenting instantly. His absence left only fear, which led to a vile sickness in my stomach.

By the seventh day, I couldn’t eat a bite of food or even walk from my bedroom to the kitchen. So I crawled to the porch and laid there, leaning against the wood pole. I remained in that one position until early afternoon, just waiting for my brother.

That’s when the overwhelming signs of a kingstorm flooded the atmosphere.

In the past, people solely heard rumors about kingstorms: phenomena known only because of bedtime stories. They were tempest brought on when the sky giants—massive behemoths who resided in the clouds—were hungry and reached down to take a piece of the planet. Fingers like tornados and palms like hurricanes would descend down slowly and tear apart the earth. After days of chaos, they would give a final jerk on a chunk of nature and drag it up with them to the skies.

Nine years ago was the first appearance of a kingstorm in over a century. They took my parents. Clearly, they didn’t get enough to eat last time. This time, they might take Jonas too. It was all I could do to not faint right there.

I pulled myself up and stood on shaky legs. Musty air filtered through the cloth I wrapped around my head as I inhaled. Grasping at any courage I had left, I sprinted up the road.

JONAAAS!” I shrieked. “Where- where are you?!

Something nearing me in the distance caused me to slow down. Dread choked my throat, and my eyes grew wide despite the flying currents of sand swirling in the air. There was my big brother’s horse, Rune, galloping madly down the dirt path. Riderless.

I crumpled to the ground, clutching my chest. “Oh, no, no. . .”

Rune reached me and trotted to a stop. She kneeled down and nudged me. Impulsively, I reached to stroke her. I held her head in my hands, tears streaming freely, when I stopped dead-still. A parchment was tucked tightly into Rune’s bridle. I snatched it—relieving Rune—and rolled it open, soaking in every word.

The national army led everyone to safety in deep bunkers, forcing me to join them. You need to come now because they’re not going over there! Directions are below.

I love you, Irene. Be safe.

~ Jonas


Thanks for reading! I know it’s not very good, but hope you enjoyed it anyway. Now, go do something fun this summer day. 😁

Christian Living, Guest Posts & Collabs, Specials

A Father’s Day Collab (With Anna & Joelle)

Hello-hello! Happy Father’s Day! Well, actually, I doubt many fathers are reading this, so, um, children, do something nice for your dad today. (:

Last month I decided to do my Mother’s Day post solo; today, Father’s Day, I have the honor of writing with Anna and Joelle! This blog collaboration is different from my last collab, where we posted each other’s pieces as well as our own.

For this, we three will each publish our posts individually, and link to each other’s blogs. Find Joelle’s post here, and Anna’s here!

We have each decided to pick a song, and write a note to/about our fathers based on it.

The Song

I chose Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City. (Spotify link: here.) Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City (of Adam Young) has been a classic for Father’s Day in my family for years. My family’s been a big fan of Owl City for most of my life. It’s only fitting, I think, that this song takes the stage now.

Adam Young is a master at making songs that sound and feel reminiscent, soft, and bittersweet, and that especially plays true in Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The song is explicitly about his dad, who, as Adam sings, is his hero.

Before you continue, listen to the song.

Verse 3: My dad isn’t a mechanic, but in the yard with treehouses and stone paths, with our house full of home-made beds, desks, shelves. . . “he can [build] just about anything.”

Verse 2: He’s a pastor, and thus not quite “a man of few words,” but he uses them incredibly. I’ve always had mixed thoughts about his career, and what that means for us Amadors. It has its benefits and trials, but I have this final conclusion. . . I’m so glad to have a dad after God’s own heart.

The Chorus: I mentioned above that “he built [his kids] a house in the arms of a tree,” a treehouse. He’s always done so much for us, and you can see just a sample of that by looking at our full backyard. Really, just look at his playlists! From what I know, he loves U2 (and Coldplay?) best, but his Apple Music is full of songs he added just because he knew we loved them, or we asked. Rap, hip-hop, country, Contemporary Christian, pop, rock, instrumental, you name it.

He’s not perfect, but I see my dad try hard to invest in all his eight kids’ lives and dreams. If you’re wondering—yeah, that definitely means he’s often encouraging me in my writing.

“He[’s teaching] me how to drive, fight, and dream.” I mentioned dreams above. As for fighting, literally speaking: all throughout my childhood, we kids (my brothers and I, often our sisters too) spent time wrestling throughout the upstairs bedrooms. I’ll always treasure those memories.

Figuratively, he’s been teaching me to fight through life. Fight through the difficulties, do hard things. I’d be much more of a coward without him firmly pushing me forward.

He’s taken me out to learn to drive only a few times, but we do plan on going out more often.

“When he looks in my eyes, I hope he can see that / my dad’s a hero to me.” Funny thing, the looking-in-eyes, thing. I can be shy, and I’m short, so often I would not look into adults’ eyes when talking to them. He’d always instruct me to look directly into their eyes; I’ve been practicing, and I’m much better at eye contact now, onstage and one-on-one. *nods*

My dad and I don’t have a perfect relationship. We disagree, get frustrated, and I often struggle to communicate certain things with him. But, papá, you are an inspiration, and I know that I’m so blessed to have a dad like you. Thanks for all you do, and happy Father’s Day! 😄

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Randoms, Young Adult Life

Quantity vs. Quality: a Question of Ethics

Hello, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday! Today I want to talk about quantity versus quality. Have you heard the debate before? It’s a big question—even if it’s not incredibly vital—and I’d love to explore it with you today! Oh, sorry, what was that? What do those two q-words mean, you inquire? And why do they matter at all? I’m glad you asked! 😉

What Do “Quantity (Qty)” and “Quality (Qlty)” Mean?

Quantity concerns the number and/or magnitude of a product, service, or other.

Synonyms: amount; total. Used in a sentence: He was shocked by the great quantity of sand on the seashore.

Quality concerns the state of a product, service, or other. If you purchase a brand-new shirt, but it comes with holes and stains, the quality is really low. If the fabric is perfect, it looks just right, and it’s durable, the quality is really high.

Synonyms: state; standard. Used in a sentence: She slammed the door of her car as she turned the ignition. Feeling like she was going to throw up, she pressed down on the pedal hard. That restaurant served the poorest quality sub-sandwiches ever.

What’s the Difference Between the Two?

The biggest comparison I can think of between quantity versus quality is McDonald’s versus Culver’s (you had to bring up the restaurant rivalry, didn’t you, Danny-boy?). Side Note: Another very similar comparison is KFC vs. Chick-Fil-A.

McDonald’s is HUGE. There are around 35,000 McDonald’s sites worldwide, in over 100 countries. Culver’s, however, has roughly only 800 sites, all of them in the US, and most in the Midwest.

Everyday, McDonald’s has to make thousands upon thousands of burgers—that is mass production, right there. Culver’s daily demand is much less. Culver’s can spend more on making their burgers more tasty and healthy, while McDonald’s is just grinding out as much as it can for mass appeal.

Culver’s products taste so much better than McDonald’s ones, in my opinion.  Culver’s triumphs in quality. McDonald’s is the sure winner of quantity, feeding thousands of people every day, all day. Shoot, even Culver’s website and buildings look much nicer! (Honestly, I’m much more of a Chick-Fil-A fan myself. My stomach can’t even handle McDonald’s. 😅)

Make sense?

Funny thing, McDonald’s basically started out as your local burger place. Their food probably tasted better then than they do now, since they could focus harder on smaller amounts.

A more abstract definition of qty vs. qlty is the stars vs. the moon. Sure, plenty of stars are actually bigger and brighter than the moon, but I’m talking about the perspective here on Earth. The moon appears much brighter and bigger than every star in the sky.

On a clear, country night, however, all the stars together are roughly the size of the moon. [Disclaimer: that was an assumption. I live in Chicago where planes outnumber the few stars visible, so I don’t know much about the real night sky. 😛] There is a great quantity of stars, but the shine of the moon provides much more useful light (greater quality).

Pros and Cons of Qty and Qlty

Pros of Quantity:

  • Lots of products for lots of people.
  • A single product is made (therefore available) very quickly.
  • A single product is cheap to make and buy—especially when bought in bulk.

Cons of Quantity:

  • Being made so hastily, a product might easily not last long or be very effective.

Pros of Quality:

  • A single product does what it’s meant to do efficiently.

Cons of Quality:

  • A product costs quite a bit.
  • A product is not as quickly made or available.
  • There are often not enough products for every person.

Now, this makes it seem like quantity is the better option. Yet really, I think the con of qty and the pro of qlty are significant enough to match up with their reverses. Plus, it’s 10 pm and my brain can’t come up with anything better. 😆 If yours can, please, let me know in a comment!

Why Do They Even Matter?

It’s in the every-day decision. When you’re driving through town, choosing between the expensive but tasty and healthy restaurant or the quick, cheap one. When you have a cut, and have to choose between a few less sustainable band-aids or the last one of the durable bandages.

For readers, it’s the decision between that single, really great book or the lasting, decent series. For authors, though it’s not their choice: would they rather have written several fairly popular books or that one ground-breaking, globally popular novel?

The clothes you have could be made via unjust means, but the fair-trade attire may be too expensive for you. It’s not a life or death thing, I don’t think. But it still matters. It’s just another one of those questions of ethics that define how our daily lives look like.

Which will you choose?


Thanks so much for reading this very random post! Consider it my non-fiction pleasure writing of the month. 😁 Hope it was thought-provoking!

What do you think of this little graphic of mine?
Relevant Updates, Writing Advice

I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

Friends, it’s been almost two years. Imagine me there, a little 13-year-old in early July 2020, having only just decided to pursue writing seriously in April, and joining the Young Writer’s Workshop only about a month after that. I was quickly scribbling down a new WIP (work-in-progress) idea in my journal, not wanting to forget it.

I liked it and was planning to outline the project to write it out during National Novel Writing Month, November. I first titled it, A Wolf’s Call. (I love how that title had no real involvement with anything. 😏) Some plan. I gave in to pantsing and ditched outlining after four chapters.

I first planned it to be 60,000 words, then dropped it down to 50K. The words just didn’t stop, and my end word count goal kept growing. 60K, 65, 70, 75, 80. . . now, the final tally is 100,901 words. O-0 I finished it Saturday, the 4th.

Isn’t it epic?! If I remember correctly, the friend who made this stand-in cover for me also suggested the name of this book. If you are here reading this, thank you!! I am indebted. (:

I did not expect it to reach that at all! Beyond the Wolf—the new and current name of this project—is my first WIP full 1st draft. I’ve learned SO MUCH from writing it. It sometimes takes grinding out a lot of trash before you learn what gold actually looks like. (; If that makes any sense.

Some of what I’ve learned. . .

How outlining saved me from further insanity.

You know now that I pantsed basically the whole book. Only near the end did I scribble a general outline—on the map I made for Beyond the Wolf (BtW). It was basic, but it was enough. I finished it after all, didn’t I?

That’s not all, however. There were two more novella projects I began in the long BtW process. The first I called Finding Home. The second, which I mentioned in January, was called Heirs of Guinn. Both were meant to be pretty short.

For Finding Home, I wrote a fairly efficient outline, from beginning to end. When I got about 3K words in the actual first draft, however, I noticed that FH wasn’t working. I dwelled on the ending a bit, then decided it wasn’t worth my time, writing FH.

I was SO excited for Heirs of Guinn (HoG). I got pretty far in the outline for HoG. I focused a lot on planning out character development but then noticed that there was no meat to it. HoG was a really shallow concept, and the ending I started planning just didn’t work. I quit that one too.

I have no regrets on stopping both these novellas. They were shallow and boring, I now see. Outlining those both saved me so much sanity! I would have wasted plenty of time with little reward.

Why did I continue Beyond the Wolf, then?

BECAUSE. If I quit BtW after putting SO MUCH work into it, my mental health would go down the drain. And now? I feel so accomplished after finishing this! And I’ve learned a lot.

In case you didn’t know, I don’t plan on continuing any further with BtW. It is really, really bad. It lacks quality in its entirety. But now I know what trash really is, right? I have no regrets.

3 tips for you that BtW taught me.

1. Never have too many main characters, or characters in general! I had over 20 main characters, and it exhausted me. Most shifted from side characters to main ones. There were so many of them that they all ended up having zero real development (except for one little dude, Bolt; I’m a bit proud of his character arc).

Keep your characters at a minimum. Too many characters confuses both you and your reader. What no author wants is for the reader to give up reading—and because there are too many characters, of all things!

2. Concept matters! Concept is the whole idea of your book; the plot put in a few sentences.

The concept for BtW is not great: “a bunch of rebel wolves are attacked by armies of the emperor wolf. They band together and travel to take down the ‘big bad wolf’ emperor. They gain allies in moose, coyotes, and more along the way.”

It sounds so silly. So work on your concept! You’ll need it for yourself, and when friends ask what your book’s about. 😀

3. Themes are vital!! Halfway through BtW, I tried adding them in when I learned about them. It doesn’t work like that. You need your themes to resonate throughout it all.

They are the virtues or skills that you dissect throughout the story and what your characters are challenged to grow in. Forgiveness, self-control, caring, contentment, peace. . . whatever it is, they are super important!

So, what’s next for me?

I’m definitely not going to work anymore on anything involving BtW. But I’ve been plotting in my head a new writing project, and I’m really excited to start writing it down! Balancing out my perfectionism and impulsion by making a full but simple outline, and allowing myself to write down important scenes that pop into my head.

I’m also going to keep blogging consistently throughout the summer. Honestly, I will be very busy with writing, math, science, and other summer activities and events.

Right now, though, I’m just so relieved that I’m done with Beyond the Wolf. 😅 It’s been a long journey, and I’m thankful to the Maker for carrying me through it all.

Just trying something new. . . hehe.
Christian Living, Specials

When the Day of Roses & Hugs for Mothers Ends, Don’t Forget

Here’s a regular conversation:

“Hey, Simon! How’s life? How did that History presentation go?” asked Lily.

“Wassup! Life’s alright. The History thing was better than I thought, but now I have a big Math test coming up. How’ve you been?”

“Oof, Math sucks. Hope it goes well. I’ve been pretty great, actually! My cousins flew in the day before yesterday, so hanging out with them has been fun. What about- oh, are those new shoes? They look great!” exclaimed Lily.

“Thanks! Yeah, my mom saw that my old shoes were kinda beat up, so she bought these ones. I really like them. They’re my favorite color, too.” said Simon.

“Yeah, they’re nice. So, how’s. . . .”


Hope that was entertaining. 😎 Just kidding, that wasn’t the point of this (I promise to get to the point—later). A little over a week ago was Mother’s Day. (Actually, it was supposed to be a week ago, but with finals and everything, I wasn’t able to work on this or publish it last Sunday as planned. Hence, a random Wednesday. In June. Hehe, sorry.)

Honestly, I didn’t do as much as I could’ve and should’ve to honor my mom. For some reason, it was kind of weird. Usually, I do more. This is a shift that many teens go through.

We sometimes use the excuse that our creativity is burnt, and so we just don’t write any cards or organize anything special. And while in some cases burnt imagination does happen, it can also be us teenagers thinking, “I’m too old for little kid cards and pretend spas.” After years of making Valentine’s Day cards for my four older sisters, I’ve learned to just go with the grind. . . even if I get hand cramps.

And I know, sometimes there are things you do when you’re a kid. But even you can be creative. I’m sure of this. The Author of Everything knows this. Simply searching, “things a teenager can do for mother’s day,” Google gave me dozens of options and ideas.

Mother’s Day, however, has already passed. So why would I post this a good deal after Mother’s Day?

We as humans tend to forget the past: one of the main reasons history seems to repeat itself. It’s the same with Mother’s Day. On that day, we remember the love, patience, and selflessness our dear mothers display, and the day after we snap at them for accidentally calling us our dog’s name instead of ours. Why is this?

The answer: life goes on, and we go with it. One day we’re stressing horribly over school, and the next year we completely forget how miserable it was. It’s the same with Mother’s Day.

Now let me answer the question I ignored above: Why would I intend to post this a week after Mother’s Day? As a reminder to not forget to love, honor, and respect our moms.

I can say that, and you can agree, but that doesn’t take us very far, does it? So let me stress one fault that keeps many from seeing how they mistreat their mothers: it is mental blindness. Not being able to hear one’s own tone, see one’s own actions, and maybe even understand the argument of another. Mental blindness is also a form of pride, and pride is powerful.

I’m guilty of this. You may be too. But since we are too blind to see it, how can we fix it?? The answer is simple, but a little difficult.

Suck up your pride, put on some humility, and ask trusted ones. Now, now, before you start exclaiming, “I don’t have the courage to ask my parents that!” That’s not the end of my point. If you don’t have a whole lot of courage yet or struggle with pride, start with friends or mentors—trusted, respectful, hopefully faith-filled friends, especially those who are strong with introspection. The older, the better.

Ask them, “Am I mentally blind? Do I tend to have big faults that I don’t notice? What are they?” And then begin a conversation about this.

From there, either move to siblings or parents (depending on who you’re more comfortable with).

Now here, I got stumped—for several days. “What advice should I provide? What other thoughts should I share?” In all transparency, I didn’t feel qualified to write this. That’s the dilemma I’ve faced with several posts on Christianity, too. Because I’m not even close to perfection in being a Christian and a son, and that’s brought about Writer’s Block.

Wow, that spiel did help. Let’s keep going. I’ll refer back to the conversation at the top. It was a small act of kindness from Simon’s mother. I wanted it to be as random as possible, just to represent day-to-day mother’s intuition.

Now, we don’t know much else about Simon’s mother. I know she’s not perfect. She could be one of those mothers who leaves you thinking, “Wow, he does not deserve a mom like that,” or maybe Simon and she don’t agree or get along. Maybe she’s treated him poorly; maybe she’s neglected him.

However, she’s his mother, and that’s something significant. She did much more than buy him shoes. She gave birth to him, nursed him, and raised him. That is still more than any guy I know could comprehend.

Some mothers are wonderful; some try; some are. . . difficult; some almost completely leave you alone when you become independent—but I haven’t met many of the latter. Whether she deserves it or not (and I’m sure she deserves it), love your mother, and show it.


Now, I’m not saying to walk up to your mother and shout, “Happy belated Mother’s Day!” That’s not what I’m trying to communicate here. It’s a day-by-day thing, and not easy for our imperfect human brains, but do your best to acknowledge her. Reveal your love through quality time, gifts, words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, etc.

Start with what you do best, and go from there.

(I hope you enjoyed this and know I love you, Mamá. 🙃)

Farewell, and have a good day! I love how this post is several days closer to Father’s Day than Mother’s Day. Guys, life is radical. ‘Least I’m done with “official” school.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Tags & Awards

The Liebster Award! (2 Times)

(NOTE: With finals and all, my posting and writing schedules have been a bit whack. Because of that, this Random post is on the second-to-last Monday of May, and the Christianity post should be next week. 🙂 )

Back in January, I was tagged by both Tasha Van Kesteren and Alicia Marantette for the Liebster Award! (For those who don’t know—it’s not an actual award, more like a tag; I’m actually not sure why it’s called an award.) Thank you both!

Funny thing. . . both posts were published on the same day, and if you know Tasha and Alicia, you know that they’re quite good friends too. . . hm. . . I believe there were other victims that were tagged by the two. *rubs chin curiously* I wonder if they were in cahoots just to make us answer more questions. You never know. . . . . . just kidding.

But what does this mean for you? Well, it may mean a longer read, so I’ll try to be super brief with each answer! If you know me, that’ll be difficult, but I’ve gotta try anyway.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 [22] questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 [4] other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions [fine].
  • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

Tasha’s Questions

1. Are you a mom’s kid or a dad’s kid?

That honestly all depends on what you mean by that. If you mean which of my parents is my favorite, then I’d say neither. I love them both equally, and overall I don’t prefer one over the other.

If you mean which I like more, ‘indoor activities’ or ‘outdoor activities,’ again I’d have to say neither. I spend lots of time indoors writing, reading, drawing… I also love being outdoors! Running, soccer, biking, frisbee, etc.

2. What is your favourite book?

My favorite (hehe, the great ‘u’ dispute continues) book. . . I don’t think I have a favorite standalone. Though Maniac Magee is one of my favorites. My favorite series is the Wingfeather Saga, by Andrew Peterson.

3. What is your dream pet?

A moose. Seriously, if I could own a moose that would be amazing. I’d have to live in rural land and colder climates, though, and I prefer neither. . . so I suppose a dream it will remain. My second choice would be a wolf!

4. What are your 2022 goals?

I have plenty. Learn to drive, get decent at guitar, run a marathon. . . I list more in this post here (though that’s outdated). Here is another post of mine with some more goals.

5. Why do you blog?

Several reasons. 1. A starting platform for my career as an author. 2. To share my thoughts on topics that interest me. 3. To provide readers with sound advice I’ve found helpful, mainly in areas of Christianity, writing, and young adult life.

There are more reasons, I’m sure, but those are the ones off the top of my head.

6. Favourite music genre?

Christian rap and hip hop, for sure! I do enjoy some good Contemporary Christian Music and Christian rock and pop as well!

7. Favourite book genre?

To write in, or read in? No matter. It remains the same in both: Christian fantasy and contemporary.

8. Hawaiian pizza, yes or no?

I don’t prefer Hawaiian pizza, but I don’t hate it either. If it’s the only style available, I’ll gladly eat it.

9. Favourite memory?

I don’t think I have one. . .

I’ll think about it.

I don’t know. Maybe playing with my cousins in some park, or something?? I’m not sure.

10. Are you introverted or extroverted?

Neither. I’m an ambivert. I have signs of both extrovert and introvert.

11. Do you like traveling? Why or why not?

Ah, I love traveling! Seeing the world, experiencing new great environments, and learning more about the world, culture, and geography.

Alicia’s Questions

1. What is your favorite and/or least favorite part of your blog?

That’s a tough one. I mean, I really love the graphics and design I’ve made for my blog. I don’t love how I get so long and ranty with my posts. It’s something I’ve been working on—being concise and clear.

2. What would be a book you’d recommend to anyone for any age?

(You mean besides the Bible?)

I don’t know. . . probably the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

3. What do you dream your future job would look like?

My dream job would be to be an author and work with my church’s non-profit community center, with the youth. So lots of running, writing, reading, teaching, and relationship-building (mentoring).

4. Do you play sports? What’s your favorite sport to play?

Well, officially I ‘play’ running. My favorite sport to play is probably either ga-ga ball, soccer, or dodgeball, though.

5. What’s something you are passionate about (just anything)?

Chicago deep-dish pizza. It is AMAZING. (Lou Malnati’s is the best, and Giordano’s is a close second).

6. Who’s your favorite author?

I don’t actually have one. Well, except for the Author of Life. He’s my favorite. His works are just… incredible; beautiful; deep and complex. I hope to really love Him wholeheartedly.

7. What’s your top hobby/project right now?

Writing, reading, running, and playing with my four-year-old sister. I know it’s four, but I don’t have one.

8. How do you celebrate Christmas?

Well, that’s maybe an inappropriate question right now. But one thing is that my cousins in Chicago sleepover from Eve to Day.

9. What kind of movie watcher are you more? (Hiding under the blankets, enjoying all the ups and downs, or just sitting there being like “why am I here?” 😂 etc)

Several of my siblings and I are very ‘interactive’ with the movie, me in particular, so I engage vividly, making comments, jokes, expressions, all that.

10. Why are you a blogger/writer/whatever-you-classify-yourself-as?

What’d you say?? That’s quite a question. Check my About and Home pages for kind of why I blog and write, and for why I blog, scroll up to Tasha’s question #5.

11. What kind of music do you listen to the most?

Scroll up to Tasha’s question #6 for the answer to that one!

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That was quite long, wasn’t it! I do believe almost every blogger I follow has done this before, but I’ll tag four people just in case…

Annabelle Batie @ Pen & Ink

Lissie @ Lissie’s Ramblings

Lilly @ Lilly Bug’s Not-So-Secret Diary

Kaley @ Words (congrats on the launch, Kaley!)

Here are my questions. I hope no one else gives you more. 😅

1. Where do you find the most inspiration for writing?

2. What is at the top of your bucket list?

3. Who or what introduced you to the bloggiverse/bloggisphere/blogging world?

4. Pens, pencils, or mechanical pencils?

5. Would you rather have one majorly famous book published, or several minorly famous books published? (Disclaimer: you’d have the same overall fame and income with either one.)

6. Hardcover, paperback, or e-book?

7. Is this question true or false? (*confusion*)

8. What is one activity that completely exhausts you?

9. What is one activity that makes you feel super energized?

10. What would you say to your favorite author or artist? (Be careful not to idolize them!)

11. If you didn’t have these questions to answer, what would you be doing instead?

I hope they stimulate your brain and are fun to answer!

To all my readers: thank you very much for reading all the way through! 😅 You may be more perseverant than I.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador