February is fantasy month so I figured I’d do one fantasy post before the month ended XD (Unless we can count the Narnia tag as fantasy *shrugs*) Plus, the month of February is part of a drawing challenge called Februfairy, where you draw a fairy every day in the month of February. Fairies in February…..perfect!
Let’s get started!
I don’t have nearly as many problems with fairies as I do mermaids. It’s slightly more logical for fairies to exist than mermaids. Plus, who doesn’t love Tinker Bell?
Fairies (also known as fays, faes, feys, fair folk, or faeries) originated in the folklore of Ireland, Germany, England, and France. Stories of fairies (or fairy tales 😏) are diverse depending on the origin. Some people thought they were demoted angels (didja guys know that the official study of angels is called Angelology? It’s a real thing!!), some thought they were prehistoric humans (the Flintstones would be interesting as fairies XD), some thought they were spirits of the dead, and some thought they were beings of nature, like the nymphs from Greek mythology. In the olden days, “fairy” was used to describe any magical being, from elves to ogres. Humans had plenty of “charms” to keep fairies away, such as four-leaf clovers and wearing clothes inside-out. Fairies were thought of as witches, and were believed to cause illnesses like tuberculosis (by making someone dance till they wore themselves out) and birth deformities (by pretending to be the child and making it seem like an invalid). They could even shapeshift into Will-of-the-Wisps and lead people into danger. If someone died suddenly, it was said that a fairy kidnapped that person, and the corpse was instead a well-carved likeness made from wood.
In the old stories, fairies were commonly told as human-sized, but as the years passed, they shrank to the size that we see them as today. The human-sized fairies were able to change their size as easily as snapping their fingers. They could shrink down to be small, which gave them plenty of opportunities to play around with the humans. They didn’t have wings in the old stories, but instead used ravens and magic to fly, increasing their “witch” appeal. As impression artists took the stage, they painted fairies with dragonfly and butterfly wings, giving them the appearance we all know and love.
To protect against fairies kidnapping their child, the parents would wrap a piece of bread in the child’s clothes. They believed that woodland creatures were afraid of bread, and fairies would leave the child alone if it smelled like bread.
So, there’s a little bit of background about fairies. Some of that is just bizarre.
Can you imagine if the Darlings had had bread wrapped in their clothes? Peter Pan would have been a way more interesting story if Tink was scared of Wendy XD
Okay, now that we’ve gotten all those crazy backstories our of the way, here are the problems I have about fairies.
First, their wings. Modern-day fairies have light, delicate wings that flitter gracefully when they fly. The wings are about half their height, and are shaped like butterfly wings. They appear to be super thin, but powerful nonetheless. However, how on earth do they fly? Those wings couldn’t carry an acorn! (Worst analogy ever 😑) Seriously, though. How do those pithy wings lift a fairy? Let’s take a quick look at birds. Birds have hollow bones and powerful wings to help them fly. Most of the time (especially on the big birds like hawks and buzzards), the wing span is almost twice as long as the bird’s body. Plus, they fly high enough to hit the updrafts, giving them even more lift. How does this apply to fairies? They have dinky wings that are way too thin to lift anything. Their wings are not long, and they don’t have hollow bones. Since fairies are essentially humans, having hollow bones would mean death. The marrow in human bones makes red blood cells (which are kind of important, don’cha think?) For fairies to be able to get off the ground, they would need thick wings, with each wing being longer than their body.
Okay, yeah, Maleficent, you’ve got that covered.
Had that covered.
Okay, moving on.
The old stories about fairies had the right idea. Rather than using wings, they flew on the backs of birds and/or using magic.
And, yeah, that’s really the only problem I have with fairies. They’re so much more logical than mermaids, and it’s pretty easy to write around the whole “wing thing”, as Disney proved in Maleficent.
I hope this post gave you some inspiration for crafting half-decent fairies (😅)! Let me know if there’s a certain fantasy creature you want to see next!
Every night, my family tries to do family worship. It can be hard to corral eight kids around the dining room table to listen to my dad read the Bible, but we try our best, and a lot of great questions are asked. Tonight, we were talking about submission to authority, and what to do when you are being mistreated. After worship was over, my 12-year-old sister, Chloe, asked Dad about a verse. (I’m not sure what verse it was, but it was in the New Testament somewhere.) It talked about how wives should submit to their husbands, and sparked a conversation about abusive marriages and self-defense. My dad told a convicting story that I am going to share with you.
James Roscoe Harden was a good kid. He lived out in the country with his two sisters, two brothers, and two parents, and raised animals and crops to keep the family going. He was a hard worker, and he and his older brother, Willie, helped their father out with the chores. Unfortunately, when Roscoe was in 8th grade, his father passed away. Roscoe and Willie dropped out of school to keep the farm running, and worked hard to help their mother.
When Roscoe grew up, he joined the Navy, and served for four years. Have you ever heard the term “cuss like a sailor”? Well, it certainly applied to all the sailors Roscoe worked around. He was a good guy, but that didn’t stop him from picking up a word here and there. It was around this time he was also introduced to alcohol.
After serving in the Navy, Roscoe settled down with Betty, and they had a child, James Allan. It started out as a happy marriage, but Roscoe had a short temper, and more often than not, let loose a string of words in the heat of the moment. More than once, Betty was ready to take everything and leave, but by the grace of God, she stayed.
Six or seven years passed, and the couple had a daughter, Stephanie. Roscoe was still drinking, and, much to Betty’s chagrin, showed no sign of stopping.
Then, one day, he decided to go for a little drive.
Never mind that he’d been drinking before. He had stuff to do and places to go, and he wouldn’t let that slow him down.
Little did he know that his life was about to change drastically.
There was a crash. I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories of drunk drivers getting into or causing major wrecks that kill dozens. Something very similar happened. Roscoe crashed through a fence into a pecan orchard, and ran head-on into a pecan tree. The fender bent forward around the tree, throwing Roscoe into the floor of the car. (He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt since they weren’t a thing back then, and thank goodness, too.) The engine — yes, the ENGINE — came up through the dashboard, through the steering wheel shaft, and through the actual steering wheel into the driver’s seat, landing where Roscoe had been sitting just moments before.
That evening, he swore to never let alcohol touch his lips again. And he kept that vow to his dying day. He told my dad later that there was hardly a morning where he didn’t crave alcohol. In order to stay away, he had to change who he associated with, where he went, sometimes even what he did. The only way he was able to muster the will-power to do that was through God.
Thirty years later, in the year 2002, my dad and his mother, Betty, cleaned out the cabinet where the alcohol had sat all those years. My dad says that some of the bottles were never opened. They opened all those bottles and poured them down to drain. All in all, there were about 30 bottles, the same number as the years it had been since the crash. Roscoe died three years later, not too long before I was born.
By the time my dad finished telling this story, I was fighting back tears. For some people, God whispers ever so slightly in their lives, and they’ll listen. For other people, sometimes God has to shout to get their attention. If that wreck had killed my grandfather, I wouldn’t be here tonight, writing this blog post.
I hope this post convicted you in some way. Maybe it gave you the motivation to give up a bad habit, or it just brought tears to your eyes, or it just made your jaw drop. I pray that it helps you or someone in your life who might need it. Feel free to reblog, share, or save. I don’t care.
When I was younger, my mom read a chapter from the Narnia books every day as part of school. Sometimes she would let me or my brother read it so she could rest her voice. Those days were special because we learned a lot about C. S. Lewis’s world. It was fun to find the parallels between Narnia and the Bible! However, we started to get bored of that around the…..third book. In my opinion, the quality just started going down after The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. By the time we got to The Last Battle, my mom was just reading it by herself 😅😅
Still, we were still pretty big Narnia fans, and the whole “going to Narnia” by getting in a closet joke stands to this day XD
So, without further ado, I give you the Narnia Tag!!
Just in case you’re one of those people who reads the rules XD
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Describe the rate of your Narnia fanatic (nostalgic, serious, or maniacal) ✔
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The Rate of Narnia Fanatics:
Nostalgic Fanatic—You read the books and/or watched the movies as a child and the word Narnia gives you a warm feeling.
Serious Fanatic—You rediscovered the wonder of Narnia after you were older and have read the books and watched the movies.
Maniacal Fanatic—You have lived Narnia from childhood, hid in closets on more accounts than is healthy, have read and watched all the movies including the BBC version.
I’m…actually a blend of all three. I read the books when I was younger, and watched the movies after I got older. I still read the books every now and then. And then, of course, I’ve hid in plenty of closets. (I remember once, I was mad at one of my friends, and told her to go to Narnia XP I wonder if she remembers that XD) I didn’t know there were BBC movies though. *shrugs* You learn something new every day.
1. Who Is Your Favorite Pevensie Sibling?
From the beginning of Narnia, Susan has always been my favorite. The amount of fanart I drew for her, the amount of time I spent fangirling over her, the amount of OneNote spreads I dedicated to her (I was strange)……she was my favorite, and honestly still is. I think it’s her bow. *nods*
2. What Is the Most Underrated Book in the Series?
*blushes* Um….I wouldn’t know. Although not a lot of people seem to have heard of The Magician’s Nephew (which is my favoriteeeeee). If you haven’t read it GO READ IT. It’s the start of Narnia! The creation of the world we all know and love!
Okay, moving on.
3. Who Is Your Favorite Narnian King?
Hooboy. There’s a lot to choose from.
*sits here for 20 minutes trying to remember all the kings*
*is about to say Aslan*
The cabby guy!! He’s from The Magician’s Nephew. He becomes the first king of Narnia, after Aslan. Love that guy.
4. Who Is Your Favorite Narnian Queen?
Well, the cabby’s wife, obviously! She seems like a nice person!
5. Which Non-Human Narnian Do You Like?
Oof. There’s a lot to choose from.
I like the beavers from The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. They make me laugh every time XD
6. Which Book Deserves a Movie?
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW
7. What Is One Thing You Did As a Narnia Fanatic That You Do Not Regret?
Commanding my friend to get in the closet, as I’ve mentioned before.
Man, I’m a nut XD
I’m not sure who’s done this and who hasn’t and who’s already been tagged, so I’m just not going to tag anyone.
I’m a rebel.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know your thoughts down below!!
Also, let me know if you’ve ever commanded a friend to go to Narnia so I know I’m not alone in this XD
Yeah, I know, I know. It’s February. I’m running a little late.
Better late than never, right? 😅
Let me know what you guys think about some of these goals!
(I’m writing these here so I’ll have something to keep me accountable)
1. Reach 50 followers on my blog
I am currently at 32 (I’m a baby blogger uwu) but I want to hit a pretty big number before the year ends. Y’all are welcome to help with that! 😁
2. Complete at least one of my unfinished novels/novellas
I’m so tired of having unfinished books lying around, so I’m going to try to complete one of them.
Won’t be too hard…..right?
3. Post some of my writing on my blog
Would you guys be interested in reading some of my writing? Let me know!
4. Get back to writing in my journal
I miss writing in my journal, I just haven’t really had the time or patience to sit down and write. So, I want to get back to doing that, mainly because my life is just so interesting, I have to write an entry! (I’m joking. My life is not that exciting XD)
1. Read all the books on my TBR list
It’s been growing, but I have it mostly written down in one place, so hopefully I can start hacking away at it!
2. Start taking more book suggestions
Yeah, I don’t usually take that many. But, if you guys have a book or two you want me to read, let me know, and I’ll add it to my list!
1. Keep up with my reading journal
I tried bullet journaling last year, but I didn’t really succeed. So, I made a reading journal instead! I’m supposed to record all the books I read and what I liked about the book and that kind of thing. I want to keep up with it so I can post pictures when I get done!
2. Draw my characters
I have a ton of charries, so this is an undertaking, but I think it’ll be fun!
3. Do more canvas painting
I don’t paint that often. I feel more confident with markers. But, painting on canvases is fun, so I want to do more of that. Wall hangings!
1. Learn ten new songs on the piano
I love to play the piano, but I haven’t been playing it as often. So, I want to learn ten new songs to the point of performance-worthy. I’ve already done one, but I’m not going to count it, since I had it learned before the making of this list. (It’s While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns, if you were wondering)
2. Compose an orchestral piece
I’m not the best at orchestral pieces. I composed one for my band, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever written! So, I want to compose another one to get more practice. I’m best at songs with lyrics.
3. Write 20 lyrical songs
Like I said, I’m better at these! Actually, this goal may be too low. I write a lot of songs.
Nah, it should be fine XD
4. FINALLY master Canon in D
Pachelbel’s Canon is so harrrdddddd. So, I’m hoping I can master it. I’ve been playing different versions for several years, but I still don’t have it down. So, up on the list it goes!
5. Learn guitar
I have a ukulele, and I can play it pretty well, but guitar is just so much harder. So, I want to learn it. I’ve always wanted to, to be honest.
1. Not fail school
This is a good one, don’t you think?
2. Get a job
I have two, but they’re not that well-paying. So, let’s start making a regular income!!
3. Become less articulate
This is where the goals start becoming ridiculous XD But seriously, talking is hard.
4. Get my driver’s license
I have my learner’s permit, so now all I have to do is turn 16 and get my license!!
5. Have better relationships with my friends and family
This is a good one to end on!
Those are all my goals for 2021! If I think of more I might add them to the list later.
What do you guys think about my goals? What are some of your goals? Are there any that you think I should have?
1. Thank the person who nominated you, include a link to their blog, and add the Liebster Award badge to your blog and/or post. ✔
2. Answer the eleven questions from the person who nominated you. ✔
3. Give eleven random facts about yourself. ✔
4. Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers. ✔
5. Notify your nominees that you nominated them for the Liebster Award. ✔
6. Ask your nominees eleven questions. ✔
1. What Was the First Story You Wrote About?
I was five when I wrote my first story, so it was a little rough.
Actually, before I tell you what the story was about, some context.
My cousin, who has always been one of my very best friends, was over at my house (which didn’t doesn’t happen often) and we were watching Blue’s Clues, because that was my brother’s thing, and we were pretty bored. In the episode, Blue and Magenta were writing secret letters to each other, and I really liked that for some reason. After the episode finished, I dragged my cousin to my room, grabbed a stack of paper, and started writing a secret letter. She did the same. It was a story about her and Blue. She worked at a dog “fram” (farm) and Blue was one of the dogs there. She really liked Blue, and hid her whenever people came to get a dog. And then, at the end of the book, “she got Blue, her favorite dog”.
Unfortunately, she had to leave before I finished, but I finished it anyway and kept it. I still have it to this day, although it’s in pretty sad shape. After that, I don’t really remember how the rest of the stories I wrote came about, but I remember that one vividly.
*shrugs* My memory is strange.
2. What Is the Weirdest Thing You’ve Had To Research For a Book?
I’m not sure. I’ve researched a lot of things. Let me go browse my search history.
So, my search history won’t let me scroll any further than a week ago, so I’ll just go off the top of my head.
I had to research pregnancy symptoms and stomach size and other random pregnancy stuff for a segment in my NaNo novel, which was about Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Google staff must have thought I was pregnant 😅 (I’m not XP)
3. Do You Enjoy Math?
4. Do You Like Grammar?
I am a grammar Nazi that doesn’t pay that much attention to grammar, if that makes any sense at all.
So yeah, I like grammar, but it depends on what kind of mood I’m in. More often than not, my friends have corrected my grammar, to which I respond, “I’m Southern. Grammar don’t matter down here.”
I mean, it kind of does. But who talks properly anymore?
5. If You Had To Stop Writing, What Would You Do Instead?
Well, actually, I figured that out about a year and a half ago. I’m going to do musical theatre!!
*glances at your stunned faces*
What, you couldn’t already figure that out?
I do love writing, but it’s not my passion. I’ve been acting almost as long as I’ve been writing. (I started acting nine months after I wrote my first story) I love acting, singing, playing instruments etc. so I decided that this is what I want to do. With God’s allowance, of course!
But, writing is definitely something I want to do as well. After all, I have several great ideas that just need to be fleshed out a little! The publishing world will eat them up!
Heaven help us all
6. What Is the Most Random Thing You Have Witnessed In This Crazy World of Ours?
Now why on earth would you go and ask this question?!! I have a hard time remembering this kind of thing. I know there’s some kind of bizarre thing that has happened, but now I can’t think of anything.
I got chased by a flock of chickens once.
Oh! Wait! Our cats like to sit in the cat bowls. Just chill in their bowls. They’re so weird.
Yeah, those aren’t that great.
My memory doesn’t want to listen to me right now.
7. Would You Rather Write With a Cup of Tea And Cozy Blankets or Outside With a Light Breeze And Sunshine?
I’m an inside kind of person, so…..cozy blanket, although I don’t do tea. Maybe……Kool-Aid? Sure, Kool-Aid sounds good. Then, the Kool-Aid man would bust through my wall and we’d do a little dance, then I’d have to spend thousands of dollars getting my wall fixed.
It’s worth it for the little dance, though, right?
8. Give Us One Random Blog Post or Story Idea You’ve Had For a While, But It Probably Won’t Turn Into Anything.
Ooh! I like this question!
For awhile, I’ve been wanting to write a short story series about wolves, and I started it several months ago, but from the beginning, it seemed a lot like the Warriors series, so I gave up pretty quickly. I might revisit it, I don’t know.
9. What Is a Random Quirk Your Sibling/Family Has?
I have three sisters and four brothers and they all have random quirks.
*chooses random sibling*
My sister is horse OBSESSED. She pretends almost everything is a horse. The arm of the couch, her bed, her camping chair, nothingness…..literally EVERYTHING. Thank goodness she’s taking riding lessons. Otherwise, the CEILING FAN would be a horse, I’m sure.
Also, when we’re sleep-deprived, we laugh about almost everything.
Sometimes we get in trouble for laughing XD
10. If You Could Learn Any Musical Instrument Right Now, What Instrument Would You Choose?
Just….right now? No endless practicing, no injured fingers, no bursted lungs, none of that? I just know it without the painful stuff that comes with learning it?
Well, I play piano, ukulele, and flute, but not very well. I would like to be able to play ukulele a lot better, since I can only play, like, eight chords. And for flute, I need a lot more lung power. I’m pretty good at piano, but I’m not exceptional.
If I have to choose a completely new instrument, I’d like to know how to play cello. It’s so pretty! The sax is cool, though. Clarinet is pretty special to me, even though I can’t play it one bit.
Wait, how could I forget guitar? That’s something I’ve wanted to learn for awhile, but it hurtssssss and it’s so hardddddd.
11. What Is One Hobby You Want to Try?
Well, I like bullet journaling but I just can’t get into the habit of doing it every day. But, I’ve already done it before, so I guess that doesn’t count.
Cross-stitch looks like fun, and I’ve done a tiny bit. I really want to do it more, but my mom doesn’t have to time to teach me. Still, the feeling of pulling a needle through the fabric is pretty cool.
1. What Is Your Favorite Summertime Drink?
A nice cold cup of water. No ice, though. Ice makes it too cold.
2. Have You Ever Met Someone Whose First Language Was Not English (Or Was Your First Language Not English)? What Was That Like?
Okay, I really like this question.
My sister’s friend, Rebecca, is half-Mexican. Her dad is the pastor for Spanish church, and I’m pretty sure his first language is Spanish. He’s preached at our church a couple of times, and if he gets too excited, he starts preaching in Spanish! Most of the people in his family don’t speak any English, so he has to translate for them, which is pretty cool! Spanish is such a pretty language!
3. Do You Fluently Speak Any Language Other Than Your First? Which One? How’d You Learn It?
I do indeed. It is the language of sarcasm, that I picked up from various places. *nods*
LOL, I’m just kidding, although I’m great at being sarcastic. I can more or less speak (or…not?) American Sign Language. I’m learning it for school, and it’s so much fun! Sign language has always been one of my favorite languages.
This talk of speaking ASL is confusing me. Let’s move on.
4. Have You Ever Made Up a Language, Or Do You Want To?
Let me tell you, the ability to speak in a language that literally no one else knows would be amazing. I actually started making a language for one of my books, and it kind of died. *is now inspired to pick it back up*
5. Is It Snowy Where You Live?
6. What Song Did You Last Listen To? Did You Like It?
Well, Supernatural by DC Talk just went off. And now I’m listening to an ad. Fun stuff.
I’d say I liked it. It has a thumbs-up, so….most likely? XD
7. Would You Rather Be Lizzy Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) Or Peter Parker (Spider-Man)? (Ignore Whether You’re the Same Gender For This Question And Just Think About the Situation/Personality.)
Is this question a sign that I need to finish my school assignment of reading Pride and Prejudice? 😉 Just kidding!
Spider-Man definitely. I’ve always loved him, and having his abilities would be SICK, YO!!
8. Have You Ever Been to Michigan? If So, What Did You Think of It?
*sobs* I have not been to Michigan, but several of my friends live there, so I’m going up there one day! For sure!
9. Favorite Non-Official Holiday? (For Example, Mine Is Maple Sugar Fest.)
National Donut Day, which is sometime in November, I think. I didn’t hear about it until last year, and I love donuts, so this should have been in my life sooner.
10. Does Your Church Follow the Liturgical Calendar?
The….the what? Hold on.
Ah, the calendar for all the feasts and stuff.
No. No we do not.
11. Do You Like Being Asked About Your Future Plans? Why or Why Not?
Are people supposed to be asking me about my future plans? I don’t think anyone’s asked me about my plans for awhile, besides my mom, who just wanted to know if I was still interested in musical theatre.
Eleven Random Facts About Myself
I own a newspaper
I’ve been writing songs since 2018 and have almost 70 finished and unfinished
I’m pretty quiet if you meet me IRL, but if you catch me online, I’ll talk your ear off
I have around five different art styles
When I was around six or seven, I plagiarized a book a really liked called Ballet Swan, and turned it into a pretty cool series that has eleven books so far
I can French-braid my own hair
On the topic of braids, I taught myself how to braid, French-braid, and fishtail braid on dolls
I have way more art supplies than I should
Mechanical pencils rock
I participated in the adult choir at my old church when I was twelve
I have memorized almost every single Greek myth I’ve heard
If You Could Go Anywhere In the World, Where Would You Go?
Excluding Any Instruments That You Might Play, What Is Your Favorite Instrument?
What Is the Funniest Thing That Has Ever Happened to You?
What Is Your Favorite Day of the Week?
What Is Something Random That You Like to Do?
Early Bird or Night Owl?
On a Scale of One To Ten, How Excited Were You For This Nomination?
You Have the Opportunity to Go on an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to See Your Favorite Singer Perform, But It Happens At the Same Time As Something Else You’ve Always Wanted to Do. What is The Other Thing, And Which Would You Choose?
When Did You Decide You Wanted to Start a Blog?
And the Question For the Win, How Many Other Blogs Are You Following?