Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inspiration Thursday

Hey guys!  So my favorite writing blog, Go Teen Writers, has recently started in increase in their number of posts they've done this by writing little, small posts with inspirational writing quotes.  This has inspired me to do something of my own.

I've been thinking about posting about things that inspire me for a while now.  Today you get a song.  Who knows what you'll get next week.

What did you think of the song? Inspiring?  What's inspiring you right now? What do you think of this style blog post? Leave a comment and let me know. Also, I'd love to see some of the things at inspire you. Tweet me a link to  your post, leave the link in the comments, or get my attention in some other way!  And be sure to use the Inspiration Thursday picture in your post!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dear New Blogger Me

I've been meaning to write this post ever since my blog broke 100 followers, but I hadn't gotten around to it until today.  Here's a letter from current blogger Sarah to the Sarah of January 25, 2012.

Dear Past Sarah,
Guess what!  Two things. First, this blog reaches 100 followers within 30 months of being launched. So many bloggers don't make it that far, so way to go!
Second, you do finish that first draft of that first novel. And then you finish two other novels and almost finish the fourth.  You're writing has gotten a lot better, but it still has a lot of room for improvement.
Here are somethings I've learned in the last few years I feel it important to share with you.

1) Inklined gets a major make-over.  I've pretty happy with my blog right now, but looking back on what it used to be makes me toes curls. (If you'd like to see Inklined's old look, click here.)  Brighten up Inklined as soon as you can. Make it look less like something an 11 put together using Paint.

2) Pinterest is not just a website for DIY fanatics. Join it and join it as soon as you hear about it.

3) You follow a lot of blogs, but that doesn't mean you read a lot of them. If you find yourself skipping a blogs posts, unfollow it. You'll thank me later when you start to make real connections with cool teen bloggers you wouldn't have found otherwise.

4) Twitter is not just for celebrities and their fans. It's a fantastic website with lots of wonderful opportunities. If you can join and understand it now, you'll be so much better at it when you want to start using it for important things like breaking ice with awesome writers, bloggers, and agents.

5) If someone takes the time to comment, comment back. And don't just comment back, but also take the time to read a blog post or two of theirs.

6) Find 5-10 bloggers that you really love. At least skim every post they write, and comment on at least half of them. Give them shout outs on your blog. E-mail them and tell them you appreciate their blog. Connect with them on Twitter if possible. Be consistent and polite.

7) Start a blog as soon as possible.  The sooner you can claim the domain name you want, the better.  Plus, you can't improve a blank web page.

Also, keep blogging, keep writing, and keep following God. Be diligent in these things.

Sarah Faulkner
July 2014

If you do write your own post,
I'd love for you to be this
picture somewhere in it.
What would you say to yourself as a beginning blogger?  I'd love to see what you have to say in the comments, or better yet write up you own post. I'd love to read it if you leave the link in the comments!  Or, if you're a beginning blogger, what do you think of this advice? Have you heard it before?  Are you doing any of it already? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Monday, July 21, 2014

You Know That Book . . . A Story of Parallels

So . . . you know that series?  The one that's an international bestseller?  The one with a main character who is predestined to be the only one to defeat the Dark Lord?

The one who's family has to go into hiding to protect him?
The one who's family sometimes rejects him?

This character develops supernatural powers at a young age.

When he leaves his home, he immediately begins to draw people to him.

He faces and overcomes many trials presented to him by the Dark Lord.

He must not let pride get the best of him,
although many people worship the ground he walks on.

This series is really long.  It takes people a long time to read the whole thing.

In this series, the main character is often rejected and ridiculed.

Near the end, his closest friend abandons him.

But comes back in time for the climax.

He is betrayed by someone close to him. 

He ultimately faces death to keep others 
(some of whom he doesn't even know)
from dying.

But because he is pure, his death only kills the evil part of him.

He comes back to life, and saves the world from the Dark Lord.

But, of course, not everyone is saved.
Those who allied themselves with the Dark Lord are punished.

Do you think I'm talking about these books?

Nope. You'd be wrong.
And now you might be thinking:

Maybe it is.

But the book I'm talking about is this one.

I'd love to here your thoughts on this.  If you have any questions about what I said, feel free to ask.  In fact, I'd love to here what you say about this post!  Do you see the parallels between the story of Christ and the story of Harry Potter? Obviously I did.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sunshine Award

Thank you so much to Jillian at Covers and Ink for nominating me for The Sunshine Award!  

- Thank the person who nominated you. 
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Nominate a few other bloggers. 
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers on their blog. 
- Put the award button on your blog.

Jillian's Questions:
1. What was your favorite childhood book?
I insisted my Mom read Understood Betsy to me over and over again. It's a long chapter book, but anytime Mom didn't have a new chapter book for us to read, I would pull that one off the bookshelf.

2. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Either Kings and Queens by Audio Adrenaline or Gold by Brit Nicole.

3. If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would be and why?
Jesus Christ, because I feel like I would be a much stronger Christian because of it.

4. What is your spirit animal?
I'm not exactly sure what this means, but I think either a cat or an owl.

5. Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
Outside of the Bible, it's probably Ben Franklin, "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten either write things worth the reading or do things worth the writing."

6. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Gen, from the Queen's Thief Series!  I love him so much, and I'd love to know what he'd think of me.

7. What's something most people don't know about you?
I'm a pretty open person, but a lot of people might not know that I love to play ultimate frisbee and soccer. I'm not a very athletic person, so I don't play often and I'm not very good at it, but I do love to play.

8. What is your dream job and why?
I would love to run public relations for the President of the United States, while also being a multi-published author.  (I guess something that most of you guys might not know is that I love politics and would really love to work with them in some way.  I'd love to go to Law school after college.)  Short of that, I'd love to be a freelance social media consultant for companies trying to better engage with their audience.

9. What's at the top of your to-read list?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.  Unfortunately, it doesn't come out until September.

10. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to do a summer tour of Western Europe! The British Isles, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, all the awesome places of Europe!

I'll nominate:
Hannah Mary @ Alainn
Emily Cully @ Parchment Paths
Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
Grace M. @ Fictionally

Here are my questions:
1) What is your dream job and why?
2) What is a hobby you have that most people don't know about?
3) If given the choice, what dessert would you eat on your birthday?
4) What fiction book has most impacted your life?
5) Who are 5 of your favorite bloggers or blogs?
6) What is your current favorite song?
7) Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what?
8) If you could have the power of Invisibility, Flight, or Telekinesis, which would you pick?
9) If you could only have one social media site, what would you pick and why?
10) If you had to live somewhere outside your home state for 6 months, where would you chose to live?

That's it, guys!  But now I'm curious; What's your dream job? Why? And if you know what you want to major in at college, what is it? Tell me in comments.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

4-H Time+ Book Birthday

Hey guys! So, for the next two weeks my life will be pretty much totally consumed with 4-H. Posts will be short and to the point, if they happen at all.

There's a book that came out today!  It's Addicting by Laura L Smith.
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This is book 3 in the Status Update series. Here's a little about the book:
Obsessing over status, grades, exercise or a boyfriend could never become an addiction...could it? This third installment of the Status Updates series finds four college sophomore roommates finally getting comfy with the routines of dorm life. But Kat, Claire, Palmer, and Hannah soon begin to feel the nagging ache of innocent little addictions pulling them away from their true selves. Hang out with these four roomies to see if they can—or even want to—ditch these sneaky little hang-ups before they take over their lives.

This book released today and it would be great if it got a good bump in sales! Haven't heard of the book? Check out book 1, It's Complicated, on Goodreads and Amazon.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fiction Fast

So as I hope you know, I'm a Christian. I go to church twice a week, (although this week is VBS, so I'll be there every day this week but Saturday and twice on Wednesday.) My pastor has been doing a sermon series on Fasting for the last few weeks.  Starting today we have been challenged to give up something for a set period of time in order to use the time we normally spend on that thing, honoring God.

I was challenged to think about things that I prioritize higher than my relationships with God and my family, and the first thing that came to my mind was fiction. I love fiction in all forms, from radio dramas, to TV shows, to, of course, novels. But it's gotten to the point that the thing that I spend time on and thinking about, more than anything, is fiction. If I'm not reading a novel, I'm watching a book review on Booktube, or thinking about character artchtypes, or reading a blog post on how to create the perfect first act for your novel.

While fictitious worlds and stories should be important to me, it's not healthy for me to allow them to be as important as they currently are to me.  For that reason, I've decided to not participate in fiction for the rest of July. I won't be reading books, I won't be writing stories, I won't be watching TV shows, or listening to audio books. I've been doing this fast for less than 24 hours and you wouldn't believe the number of times I've already almost opened the Kindle app on my iPod or itched to scribble down a few character notes.

In addition to fiction, I'm trying to avoid reading things that are nonfiction about fiction, such as writing blogs, book reviews, or writing self help books like Writing the Breakout Novel.  This too has been seriously hard. I've already failed miserably, so it's a good thing this is a less strict part of my fast.

I'm curious to see how much I'll miss fiction in the next few weeks. Will the itch I felt for it now die down after a few days, or will the home-away-from-home sickness grow any worse?  Have you ever put all forms of fiction on hold before? Do you find yourself revolving as much around fiction as I seem to be lately? How did you cope with it?

If you have time tonight, I'm hosting a Twitter Chat tonight at 8:00 PM EDT about BookTubers. I know it's not exactly in line with my fast, but I scheduled it a month ago and had no idea I'd be fasting fiction now.  If you're interesting in chatting with us, you can find more info here: We have a great group of teen readers and writers who know their way beautifully around a twitter chat. We have a wonderful time!

Thanks for reading!