The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic: Dragons ~ In Which Rawr

I couldn’t find any good pictures of dragons on Unsplash, so, enjoy this lovely photograph of a dragonfruit, a true delicacy.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the fourth Science of Magic post!! Today, we shall be discussing dragons. They’re kind of a rare creature to see in a fantasy novel, these days. *shrugs* In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, dragons are giant lizards with wings that go flappy-flap. And sometimes they go rawr.

So yes, now that I have the ridiculous intro out of the way, let’s jump into some of the lore behind dragons.

It’s pretty much impossible to cover all the lore behind dragons, because they appear, not only in a variety of mythology, but also in plenty of modern day books. But, I shall do the best I can, and I’m very sorry in advance for anything I might have missed.

Dragons, or some form of a dragon, have been seen in mythologies from Egypt, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and the Norse region. The most well-known image of a dragon in Egyptian mythology is the ouroboros, a dragon who is eating his own tail.

The ouroboros

The ouroboros was believed to protect the corpse of Ra, the sun god, although how a god is dead, I will probably never know. In the Cartoon Network show, Lego Ninjago, there is an ancient city of snakes called the City of Ouroboros, as a nod to this ancient icon. (Did I just call an ancient Egyptian symbol an icon? Why yes I did, thank you for asking)

In Chinese mythology, dragons were closely associated to rain. When there was a drought, it was because of their dragon’s laziness. There were plenty of rituals to encourage a dragon to bring rain, including making a ring of little clay dragons and dancing inside the ring, and praying to the dragons in poetry and recitation. Dragons are still heavy influences in China today.

Korean and Japanese dragons were incredibly similar to Chinese dragons. The main difference between Chinese dragons and Korean dragons were that Korean dragons have longer beards. Japanese dragons were commonly associated with metal, and were thought to be the mounts of worthy individuals.

The stories of dragons from Mesopotamia were most likely based on sightings of dinosaurs, like many old-world dragon stories. They were described as having “horns, the body and the neck of a snake, the forelegs of a lion, and the hind-legs of a bird”. Babylonian and Assyrian goddesses were said to ride on dragons, and were the only ones who could win the respect of a dragon.

In Greek mythology (my personal favorite), creatures such as the Lernaean Hydra, Python, Ladon, and a multitude of others fought by Heracles, Jason, Cadmus, and the Olympians were classified as dragons. The Greek variant of dragons usually didn’t have wings, but many had multiple heads, and could breathe fire. The teeth of a dragon could supposedly grow a legion of skeletal warriors.

Nowadays, Western dragons usually have one head, the ability to breathe fire or some other element, powerful wings, hulking size, and, occasionally, the ability to speak. They’re the most recognizable creatures in fantasy (and non-fantasy) novels, and, in my opinion, are starting to become a little bit cliche. So, if you’re planning on writing a fantasy novel, consider NOT putting dragons in it. 😅

Now, I shall point out all the things that are wrong with the massive lizards we all know and love.

One of the biggest problems I have with dragons is the fact that, a lot of the time, their wings are not big enough or shaped correctly to carry them through the sky. The dragons in the GIF above have adequate wings, but all too often, I see dragons with shrimpy wings that couldn’t carry a bird. And, I mean, I understand small wings for comedy purposes, but, if you’re going to do something, might as well do it right.

Bird wings are usually more than twice their body length (not counting their tails), and, since dragons are so big and generally used for transportation, I feel like their wings and body should have a ratio slightly larger than that. It’s possible that, as a result of years of being used as a magic carpet, dragons’ wings might have adapted to carry extra weight.

Another thing to think about is how the wing moves in flight. Where the wing appears to have an “elbow”, is usually where the finger-like joints branch out. That “elbow” is usually the first thing that goes down as a dragon flaps, with the rest of the wing following. In that way, the dragon can propel itself forward. If the dragon flies backward, it would be really similar to when a human tries to swim backward. The “elbow” would be pushed forward, in order to push the dragon back. And, unless the dragon can move its wings in a figure eight pattern like a hummingbird, it would not be able to hover. Seeing a dragon hover in a movie or TV show really ticks me off for some reason.

An important thing to remember when writing, drawing, animating, etc. dragons is that they need some kind of balance at the end of their tails. It could be a fan of feathers, miniature wings, or just a really thick tail, but they’re going to need some kind of counterbalance to help them keep their balance in the sky and land without too much of a mishap.

Another thing that I worry about is if it’s possible for dragons to glide on updrafts. Updrafts work just fine for birds, but, if you haven’t noticed, dragons are a lot bigger than birds. I haven’t done a lot of research for this, but I’m not sure how feasible it is.

One thing that I have seen a lot in books and TV shows is a dragon picking up a person in their claw to take them somewhere and dropping them to reveal that the person is essentially unharmed. I’m not sure how realistic that is. Now, hear me out. If you were standing, sitting, or even laying on the ground and you were snatched up by a dragon without the dragon landing, I think you would have a broken bone or two. Dragons come in hot when they land, and, for a dragon to get close enough to the ground to snatch you up, they would need to be going through their landing protocol. Thus, as they reach out their claw, there would be quite a bit of weight on you for a few seconds before the dragon gained air. I think that would at least result in a sore neck. Plus, who’s the say that a dragon is gentle when holding something? It might squeeze you (whether on purpose or accident, nobody knows)! Or, you might get scratched on its rough, calloused pads.

Okay, I shall move on from all the talk about flight to talk about talk.

….that sounded kind of strange.

In a lot of stories, dragons are able to talk. But, that would require them having human features: human lips, human teeth, human tongue, human vocal chords. That is a disturbing image when you put it on a dragon. Being able to speak telepathically would make a lot more sense. But hey, if you want to ignore all of this and have a creepy human-esque dragon, go right ahead. I’m not stopping you XD

One last thing. Breath.

Breathing fire kind of makes sense. There could be several glands in the back of a dragon’s throat that secrete just the right amount of just the right chemicals to cause a fire to erupt from its mouth. But, what about the dragons that breathe other stuff? (Yes, I’m looking at you, dragons from Ninjago) There have been dragons that can breathe ice, lightning, earth, and more in that show (including wind, but that one actually makes the most sense out of all of them), and some of those make zero sense. How can a dragon breathe earth?

Unless it’s just magic.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post about dragons, and I hope it helps you write and draw dragons better in the future! If there are any fantasy creatures you want me to do a post about in the future, let me know!

Thanks for reading!!

Blog Tags, Music

Me and Music Tag ~ In Which MUSIC

If I had an official songwriting station, it would look like that. Or messier. Probably twice as messy.

Anyways, what’s up folks? As promised in my last post, here I am with a music post! I found this tag on Maya’s blog and then Liesl did it a couple of weeks ago and reminded me how badly I wanted to do it! I’ve been wanting to do it since the end of March, but, you know, awards come first.

I have a three-page-long list of some of my favorite songs (it’s impossible to have all of them. Like holiday songs. I don’t have any of those) that I have been stockpiling for a long time and I am going to attempt to cram them all into this one post.

Something tells me that putting 137 songs in one measly post is going to be a challenge. (And yes, I did just count all of them to get that figure) But, I am going to try my best!

Also, I put the graphics in rainbow order because I am set in the Moriah Elizabeth way of thinking, and plus, who doesn’t love rainbows?

So, let’s get started!!

WARNING: MUCH FANGIRLING AHEAD

The Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post so Sophie can see your answers and listen to the tunes. ✔
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs. (Sorry, but I love way too many songs to be able to stick to this XD)
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD! ✔

Aladdin 2019 || Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Alan Menken

Speechless sold me on this one. But also, Will Smith’s versions of the songs are just spot-on! And yes, I am not ashamed to say that I have almost the entire soundtrack memorized.

Frozen II || Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

How could you not love this one? Into the Unknown and Show Yourself topped Let It Go, which many of us (yes, me included) did not think was possible XD And honestly, Kristoff’s song Lost in the Woods was just…..a jam XD I love everything about this soundtrack and each and every song is on my piano music wishlist.

Hamilton || Lin-Manuel Miranda

Honestly, I just….if you know, you know.

Dear Evan Hansen || Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Same reasons as Hamilton XD

Annie || Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin

When I first listened to the Annie soundtrack, I didn’t think I was going to like it very much. But, it definitely exceeded my expectations, and yes, it’s the hard-knock life for me too, my peeps.

The Greatest Showman || Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

ASKEKKLAKEWLSZI YES JUST YES

Send Me || Lecrae
America ain’t Christian, they just practicin’ the ritual

The first time I ever heard this song, my dad was driving in our neighborhood towards our house. Nothing in the lyrics remind me of home, I’m just reminded of where we were when I heard this song. *shrugs* Brains are weird.

Shine || Newsboys
Shine. // Make ’em wonder whatcha got. // Make ’em wish that they were not // On the outside looking bored

Before I knew this was a Newsboys song, my dad would play it on the piano. I can remember him playing it before we moved to the house we’re at now, and I would jam out to it.

This turned out being a nostalgia section 😅

I don’t listen to any of the songs in the secular charts, so I looked up Billboard’s Christian Hits list.

Truth Be Told || Matthew West
But didn’t you say the church should look more like a hospital // A safe place for the sick, the sinner and the scarred and the prodigals

Truth is being told in this song, and I absolutely love it. Matthew West is a talented songwriter, and I should listen to his music more often.

Start Right Here || Casting Crowns
What if the church on Sunday // Was still the church on Monday too?

Another song that tells the truth in a hard but true way. This is one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs, just because it starts with a powerful punch to the Christian conscience.

Church Clap (feat. Trip Lee) || KB
Preach the gospel, and stand back // Look for changed lives not for hand claps

When I went to camp a couple of years ago, there were Church Clap flash mobs everywhere you turned XD I love this song, and honestly, it’s impossible to not dance when it comes on.

Move || MercyMe
I just might bend but I won’t break // As long as I can see Your face

Every time this song comes on, I cannot stop bopping my head up and down! When I’m in a decent place (aka not at my desk XD) I just have to bust a move or two or twelve.

More Doors For Me || elybeatmaker and Grian
A door // For me // Another door for me

Resource Gathering || elybeatmaker and Etho
Listen to my jabbering // About the resource gathering // My never-ending stammering // As I’m resource gathering

Yes, I listen to Hermitcraft remixes and I am not sorry at all XD If you don’t watch the Hermitcraft Minecraft videos you should, because they’re amazing and pretty funny!

More Doors For Me and Resource Gathering are my favorite Hermitcraft remixes and they’re such jams! I can’t help but tap my feet along to the beat!

Horizon || TobyMac
There’s coming a day, coming a day we gonna rise up // We won’t give up the fight

I have actually jumped up and danced along to this song before. In my bedroom where no one could see, but still XD This is my favorite song from TobyMac’s The Elements album, and…..I just love it so much.

Live Out Loud || Group 1 Crew
Give an autograph not because I’m a star // But ’cause a lil’ bit of nice goes far

The beat is just…..something on this song, and I love all the background stuff Manny added towards the end XD Sometimes, Group 1 Crew songs make me laugh, sometimes they make me jam, and sometimes they do both!

Start Somewhere || TobyMac
I said some things that I regret // And if I could, I’d take ’em back // If I could turn my words around // You wouldn’t hear a sound

What genre of music is this song? Whatever it is, I love it XD Toby’s always been good about having a diversity of genres for his albums. And the gunshot at the endddd XD

Brave || Moriah Peters
I know, I know I’m no superwoman // But impossible is possible with You

Moriah Peters’ voice is super strong in this song, and it just makes me want to rock out! Admittedly, this is the only Moriah Peters song I’ve heard so her voice might be strong in other songs, but I digress.

Ill-M-I || TobyMac
Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I and you // Illuminati comin’ thru

This is….definitely one of the stranger ones of TobyMac’s songs, but I can’t help but tap my toes along to the beat!

Stand By You || Rachel Platten
Oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes // And hurt, I know you’re hurting but so am I

Yes, I put this on my list instead of Fight Song, and no, you will not see Fight Song anywhere on this list XD I love Fight Song, but Stand By You is my favorite of the two. (Whoa, rhymes)

Concrete || Britt Nicole
‘Cause we found each other // We won’t buckle under // We’ll break the edge of the knife

WARNING: MORE HEAD BOPPING AHEAD (get it? 😂)

I just heard this one for the first time the other day, but it’s going on the list of favorites because I LIKE IT.

Well, that was long. Next category!

Um….😅

Yeah, I technically already did this one when I did the first category XD Here are some of my favorites:

Disappear || Dear Evan Hansen
No one should flicker out or have any doubt // That it matters that they are here

Requiem || Dear Evan Hansen
I gave you the world, you threw it away // Leaving these broken pieces behind you

Satisfied || Hamilton
I know my sister like I know my own mind // You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind

Burn || Hamilton
Your sentences border on senseless // And you are paranoid in every paragraph

Aaron Burr, Sir || Hamilton
If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?

You Will Be Found || Dear Evan Hansen
So let the sun come streaming in // ‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again

The Hard-Knock Life || Annie
‘Steada treated // We get tricked // ‘Steada kisses // We get kicked

Speechless || Aladdin 2019
I will take these broken wings // And watch me burn across the sky

Friend Like Me || Aladdin 2019
I got a powerful urge to help you out // So whatcha wish? // I really want to know

Rewrite the Stars || The Greatest Showman
All I want is to fly with you // All I want is to fall with you

Never Enough || The Greatest Showman
Towers of gold are still too little // These hands could hold the world but it’ll // Never be enough

The Other Side || The Greatest Showman
If I were mixed up with you, I’d be the talk of the town // Disgraced and disowned, another one of the clowns

From Now On || The Greatest Showman
Let this promise in me start // Like an anthem in my heart

Show Yourself || Frozen II
Something is familiar // Like a dream, I can reach but not quite hold

When I am Older || Frozen II
‘Cause when you’re older // Absolutely everything makes sense

All is Found || Frozen II
Yes, she will sing to those who’ll hear // And in her song, all magic flows

Made For Me || TobyMac
Well I got white skin and she got brown skin // But milk and coffee’s always been a beautiful blend

This is such a sweet song that Toby wrote for his wife, and I used to listen to it all the time when I was little. It’s still one of my favorites to this day.

Get Back Up || TobyMac
And there’s always scars // When you fall that far

I heard this one before I knew TobyMac’s name. The radio is a magical place when you’re nine-years-old (or younger), and my jaw never fails to drop when I hear a song from the ancient days of my childhood XD

Hall of Fame || The Script
Do it for your people, do it for your pride // How you ever gonna know if you never even try?

I heard a clip of this song in a Disney Jr. commercial (I have younger siblings, okay?), and I had no idea what it was called, and then, to my surprise, it was in a baseball commercial which actually cited the name of the song and the songwriters, so I looked it up and listened to it and promptly fell in love with it! (Plus, it’s so much fun to play on the piano)

Blessings || Laura Story
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

I first remember hearing this at my grandmother’s funeral. I was six or seven at the time, and my little mind thought that it was such a beautiful song.

My fifteen year old mind thinks the same thing 😅

Does this mean I haven’t matured much?

Probably.

Creeper Rap || Dan Bull
Darling, oh, what you crying for? // Did somebody break your diamond sword?

Yes, I’m sorry, another Minecraft song. I love almost all of Dan Bull’s Minecraft raps, but this one was the first I heard.

Sometimes having Minecraft-obsessed friends is a good thing.

Now that I’ve listened all of the raps, Creeper Rap is probably my least favorite, but still. Memories.

Thrive || Casting Crowns
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable // Love unstoppable, anything is possible

We sang this at the end of a homeschool group end-of-the-year program, and I totally forgot about that until my brother reminded me a few weeks ago. I didn’t know this song at all, but I think I managed to do a pretty good job learning as we went XD

Eye of the Storm || Ryan Stevenson
And when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face // I find my peace in Jesus’ Name

Back during Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Michael, we had to go hide in the hallway. Whenever that happens, this song is always playing in the back of my mind and helps me be strong for my younger siblings.

In the Light || DC Talk
This only serves to confirm my suspicions // I’m still a man in need of a Savior

Yeah, this song is kind of maybe possibly dated just a little, but, I mean….DC Talk!

DC Talk was definitely before my time and I don’t usually listen to music that old, but there are some songs that I really like for whatever reason. This was the first song that I ever heard by them (Jesus Freak followed soon after), and…..um….I’ve kind of forgotten how to sing anything besides the harmony part XD

Priceless || for KING & COUNTRY
Sisters, we can start again // Give honor to the end, love // We can start again

FOR KING & COUNTRY

City on Our Knees || TobyMac
Tonight’s the night // For the sinners and the saints // Two worlds collide in a beautiful display

Another TobyMac song that I heard on the radio when I was little. There are quite a few of these. Don’t worry, I won’t list all of them XD

But….isn’t this all these songs? I….I don’t understand this one…XD

Yeah, I sing or hum along to every song I know. And I don’t sing terribly, thank you very much XD (I have actually found it very different to sing badly, whether accidentally or on purpose 😅 Is that a good thing?)

Here are some of the ones I love to sing along to:

Undeniable || TobyMac
Your work doesn’t stop with me // Your signature’s on everything we see // From the hills of Negril, Jamaica // To the kid that the doctor said would never make it

This song is just so beautiful. It’s a reminder that God is in control of everything, and it’s impossible to deny that He exists. I love singing it so much!

iContact || Group 1 Crew
I can’t explain it, the lovely things that You do // Whatever it takes, gotta make eye contact with You

I don’t know too many of the lyrics to this song, but what I do know, I sing along to because of the clever wordplay in places XD I love Group 1 Crew, if you couldn’t tell.

Favorite Song || TobyMac
I’ma leave my selfish melodies // Wanna be in Your beautiful symphony

When I first heard this song, it was stuck in my head for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS. It’s very catchy, and fun to sing!

With You || Jamie Grace
See I misplaced my master plan // Courtesy of my attention span

This song is just a sweet reminder of what’s it’s like to spend some time with God, and it’s catchy, like most of Jamie’s songs.

Alligator Sky (No Rap Version) || Owl City
Remember to live, because you’re gonna be thrilled to death

I loooooove the melody on this one!! Owl City’s songs are always so beautifully written!

Believer || Imagine Dragons
I was chokin’ in the crowd // Building my rain up in the cloud // Falling like ashes to the ground // Hoping my feelings, they would drown

I don’t like the lyrics on this one as much as the rest of the song. (Maybe it’s the songwriter in me, but I rarely pay attention to the lyrics of a song when I first hear it) I do love the chord progression, and this song gets stuck in my head every time I hear it 😅

Demons || Imagine Dragons
Don’t get too close, it’s dark inside // It’s where my demons hide, it’s where my demons hide

Content Warning: Mentions of demons, as obviously proved from the title of the song

I love how this song starts with piano and then switches to the dynamic that all of Imagine Dragons’ songs have. And the melody!! Ahh, so pretty!!

Enemy || Newsboys
Who was I to sit and judge? // Always pointing my crooked finger

The melody of the chorus makes this song my absolute favorite Newsboys song! *turns on song and hums along*

He Knows My Name || Francesca Battistelli
I’m not living for applause // I’m already so adored

This is one of the few songs that I paid attention to the lyrics when I first heard it. I think it’s a good reminder that we don’t need to be loved by everyone, because God already loves us.

He Said || Group 1 Crew
Who you are ain’t what your going through // So don’t let it get the best of you

When I first heard this song, I didn’t know who Group 1 Crew was, then I found out and fell in love with their music, and it made me happy to discover that this song was theirs. I love Group 1 Crew so much!!

If We’re Honest || Francesca Battistelli
There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross

I heard clips of this song in various places until I listened to the whole thing. This is one of my favorite Francesca Battistelli songs.

One Song at a Time || Jamie Grace
We be passin’ out love like the offering’ plates // And we be spreadin’ this joy like it’s jelly or jam

This is one of Jamie Grace’s debut songs and it’s really pretty. I think it also reflects every musician: If you hand them their instrument, they’ll play a tune and sing and dance the whole night through.

Warriors || Imagine Dragons
Here we are, don’t turn away now // We are the warriors that built this town // From dust.

Honestly…..the amount of shouting in this song is ridiculous. I feel like you could kill your voice singing like that.

I still like it though XD

We Live || Superchic(k)
Waking up to another dark morning // People are mourning // The weather in life outside is storming

Content Warning: Death, cancer, general sad things

I think this genre is called Urban Pop? Maybe? Whatever it is, it’s one of my favorites.

Made to Love || TobyMac
I feel a breeze cover me called Jehovah // And Daddy, I’m on my way

This has always been my favorite TobyMac song, and it always will be. Probably. He’s not retired yet XD

It’s a great reminder that we’re here to love and show God’s light.

Hermitgang || Rendog, MajesticTaco, Xisumavoid, Welsknight, ImpulseSV, Docm77, Skellythekid and MumboJumbo
You’re guilty of getting murdered with words // Y’all are out-gunned, go home nerds

Content Warning: This is a diss track, so lots of roasts, mentions of death, and gruesome Minecraft references (that aren’t technically gruesome in the game)

Yes, another Hermitcraft song. This one is not a remix, actually. It’s a song that several of the YouTubers put together themselves, and it’s very well-done. I love rapping along XD

Mumbo AFK || elybeatmaker and Grian
Mumbo Jumbo you are AFK // I’m gonna take that mustache away!

This one is a Hermitcraft remix. Technically, it was just a little ditty that was sung by Grian, a YouTuber, and his fanbase went nuts with it!

It’s a total jam!

Arch-Illager Rap || Dan Bull
You can try assembling a rebellion of adventurers // It’s never gonna bother me, my friend, so don’t pretend it does

Content Warning: This is technically a Minecraft song so there’s a little bit of Minecraft lingo, hypnosis, shunning, burning, and mentions of liquor (but they’re referring to potions. Rhymes are a thing). I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Minecraft Dungeons is such an awesome game, and Dan Bull made sure to make a rap for the boss, the Arch-Illager. This is my favorite out of all his raps, and singing and rapping along is so much fun!

Greater || MercyMe
Bring your doubts // And bring your fears // Bring your hurt // And bring your tears

NOSTALGIA

I don’t remember where I heard this song for the first time, how old I was or anything, but it still sends me on such a nostalgia trip when I hear it!

Go || Hollyn
You must have some magnet in your soul // Pullin’ me away from what I know

Content Warning: This song implies a very unhealthy relationship so interpret that as you will.

It’s the prechorus that sold me on this one. MINOR CHORDS

Work of Art || Britt Nicole
Comparing is poison // That’s killing you and me // The lies of perfection // We ain’t gonna believe

I love Britt Nicole’s voice so much, and she doesn’t disappoint on this song. The melody is absolutely beautiful!!

Normal || Jamie Grace
And I know it’s a little bit 1991 pop song, to say, “Just be yourself” // So call me a 1991 pop song, don’t wanna be nobody else

This is one of Jamie’s more recent songs and OH MY GOODNESS I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH

If you listen, you’ll understand.

True Colors (Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake version) || Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Kendrick
Show me a smile then // Don’t be unhappy // Can’t remember when // I last saw you laughing

When we first watched Trolls, we were obsessed with the soundtrack and listened to it all the time! My dad and I used to duet on this song, and it’s so beautiful!

Um….I don’t really listen to old music all that often. I prefer songs with a more modern feel to them. I think the oldest songs I’ve listened to are Disney songs 😅

Irene || TobyMac (2001)
You got to reach up to touch rock bottom // The powers that be keep you downtrodden

Content Warning: Implications of a woman pregnant outside of wedlock

This song is from Toby’s first solo album, and it’s my favorite on the album. The Hebrew feel to the chorus is so perfect and I love it so much!

My Friend || DC Talk (1998)
And I remember when you used to say // “Jesus is the way” // I never thought I’d see your light begin to fade

I love the melody of the verses! Up and down and back again, and the guitar adds a lot to it.

River Flows in You (Piano Version) || Yiruma (2001)

I honestly didn’t know this song was this old, because I’ve only been aware of its existence for a couple of years. It’s so pretty and it makes a perfect lullaby!

Yeah, these are the oldest songs on my list 😅 They’re before my time, so I count them as old XD

God Girl || Jamie Grace
I’m a God girl that’s who I’ll be // From the top of my head to the soles of my feet

I have known this song for quite some time, and I love the message of it. When my sister heard it for the first time, I sang along and she gave me weird looks.

Although, she does that often.

Pigstep || Lena Raine

Yes, this is a real song and don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise.

I’ve been playing Minecraft for almost seven years, and the music never really suited my tastes. I mean, sure, it was nice, and it fit the atmosphere, but it wasn’t the kind of music that I like to listen to. And then, last summer, Mojang added the Pigstep music disc and my world exploded. I love it so much.

Keys to the Kingdom || Group 1 Crew
So many promises You gave // And we just turned and walked away // But now I see the price You paid // Was enough for us to live victorious

I was riding home with my dad after Wednesday night church and we were listening to the TobyMac radio on Pandora. This song came on, and my dad went, “I like me some Group 1 Crew.” I was surprised because I’d never heard any of their songs and yet my dad seemed to know who they were. Curious, I listened to the song and promptly fell in love. I love Group 1 Crew so much.

Beloved || Jordan Feliz
Sometimes a heart can feel like a heavy weight // It pulls you under and you just fall away

I loved this song because of the beat and it was one of my favorites. I listened to it all the time. Then, we left our homeschool group, which was where some of my best friends were, and suddenly, I found myself pretty friendless. My sister was being invited to sleepovers and playdates all the time but my friends never invited me over. I was really disappointed, and I was starting to slip into depression a little bit.

And then, this song came on and took a whole new meaning for me.

Whenever I feel bad, I listen to this song. It doesn’t always cheer me up 100% of the time, but it does chase away some of the storm clouds of life.

Love Feels Like || TobyMac
But in the depths of the trenches // Is the richest of riches // Love is calling us to more

In the aforementioned homeschool group, every week one of the families would do a “family presentation” where they told a little bit about themselves so everyone could get to know them better. Well, one of the families consisted of some massive TobyMac fans, and, for their family presentation, they did a lip sync of this song! It was honestly very well done, and ridiculously funny XD

While You Were Sleeping (Original Christmas Version) || Casting Crowns
United States of America // Looks like another silent night // As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies // That save the trees and kill the children

That line hits hard, doesn’t it? I remember when our church choir performed this song in the Christmas program. I cried.

Thunder || Imagine Dragons

Me and my sisters were playing on our trampoline once, and I was playing a very dramatic character who liked to call lightning from the sky at random times and shout, “LIGHTNING CRACKABOOM THUNDER FIRE DEATH CRACKABOOM” and my sister sang this song whenever I did that XD

Sixteen || Jamie Grace
Bear with me // I’m only sixteen

I’m fifteen but I know what it feels like to have so much pressure on your shoulders as you grow. This song reminds me that I’m only a teenager and I’m blessed to have a family that will take care of me as I learn what it means to live in the real world.

Still That Girl || Britt Nicole
Sometimes life don’t go the way you planned // And we all have days when we just don’t understand

Every time this song comes on, I imagine a “music video” in my head for it. (That’s one of my favorite things to do. You should try it! Imagine characters doing whatever the song says.) I don’t know why, but my “music video” just kind of calms me down.

*shrugs* I’m a strange child.

Better || Britt Nicole
Paper planes in the sky crashing one at a time // Praying that they don’t land where you hide

This song doesn’t have Britt’s usual feel. The accompaniment only has a couple of instruments and it’s really simple, which I love.

Only Jesus || Casting Crowns
But all an empty world can sell is empty dreams

I heard this song in a few TikToks (no, I’m not on TikTok, I watch YouTubers react to TikToks. I will probably never join TikTok *shivers*). I could only hear bits and pieces in the TikToks, and I was kind of curious as to what song it was. And then, this song came on my Pandora radio and I almost fell out of my chair XD

Not the End of Me || Group 1 Crew
Now I’m sitting here feeling so defeated // It’s like you punched my heart, call that a heart beating.

This song is technically about breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend, but it also can apply to losing someone you love, whether by argument, car crash, or something else. The chorus is very calming.

Heaven (Fix Things) || Jamie Grace
And I believe, everything that is broken is in Your hands // And You hold the power to turn mountains into sand and You can make a river out of dry land

God won’t always fix things here on earth, but when we get to Heaven, all the pain and hurting will disappear. It’s a good reminder in every scenario.

Live About It (lo-fi) || Jamie Grace
You could call it opposites attract // For a king to live among the pack // Or just call it like it is // The way we need to live

This song squeezed a tear or two out when I first heard it. It’s so pretty and Jamie Grace’s vocals really bring it to life.

You’ll Never Be Alone || Capital Kings
Last week you were sayin’ that somethin’ just ain’t right // Layin’ in your bed stayin’ up all night

This is another song that I’ve come up with a “music video” for. Not going into details, but my “music video” makes me cry sometimes.

I’m Sorry || TobyMac
We overlook the broken // The homeless // And discard the poor // While we celebrate the rich and beautiful // With a wide-open door

Content Warning: This song is about current events soooo…..

*wails*

If you know, you know.

Remember Me (Lullaby Version) || Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Know that I’m with you the only way that I can be // Until you’re in my arms again // Remember me

*wails again*

This song is so beautiful, and the context makes it 1000x better.

Giants Fall || Francesca Battistelli
The stones inside your hand might be small // But watch the giants fall

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Dream Big || Jamie Grace
Just give me a shot, just put me on your stage // I’ll sing, then clean up, and put the chairs away

This song is a reminder to trust the Lord and work hard to make your dreams come true.

Stronger || Mandisa
Hold on and let Him hold your hand // Go on and fall into the arms of Jesus

I don’t listen to Mandisa all that often, but I do like this song. The pain isn’t going to last forever and God is holding you in the palm of His hand. It’s motivation to stay strong and push through the pain and know that God is caring for you every step of the way.

Hero (Red Pill Remix) || Superchic(k)
If we make a choice and be the voice for those who won’t speak up for themselves // How many lives would be saved, changed, and rearranged?

Content Warning: Mentions of suicide, guns, pills, self-harm, and bullying.

The content warnings might turn people off, but this is a great song about standing up for the people who are harming and killing themselves because of the way they’re treated. I prefer the remixed version than the original solely because of the beat.

Believer || Capital Kings
I’m never hidin’ this light away // I am more than a dreamer // I’m a believer

The beat is great on this song, and the lyrics are too. It reminds me to shine for God and bring His light into other people’s lives.

Welcome to the category where Mia dumped everything that didn’t fit in other categories! Enjoy!!

Safe || Britt Nicole
You keep trying to get inside my head // While I keep trying to lose the words you said

Honestly, my favorite part of this song is when the strings slide into the chorus at the end. Chills, every time!!

I am Second || Newsboys
I’m second to One // Redeemer, The Way, The Light

This song is a good reminder that human beings aren’t the ones in charge, and that God is Lord over our lives. Plus, it just sounds so good.

Write Your Story || Francesca Battistelli
I’m an empty page // I’m an open book // Write Your story on my heart

As a writer, these lyrics appeal to me so much XD

Burn for You || TobyMac
I’d rather burn for You than fade away // I’d rather burn for You than go my way!

We should all prefer burning for our Lord and Savior, than going our own way. Light that FIRE in our hearts, Lord!!

Forsaken || Group 1 Crew
But here I stand unbroken // Here with an open heart // And in Your hands I give You all of me // Forgiven with a brand new start

I love the entire chorus on this song, but it’s a little too long to fit 😅 The lyrics are fantastic and the melody is even better!

Goin Down || Group 1 Crew
The night’s young, you can call it underage.

Maybe it’s just me, but this line is so clever XD Young, underage….metaphors, am I right?

Superheroes || The Script
When you’ve been fighting for it all your life // You’ve been struggling to make things right // That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Not all superheroes get their powers from a nuclear blast. Some get their powers by pushing through the pain and hard times.

Dangerous || Group 1 Crew
I want to live dangerous // Risk it all for You, Lord // I need You to wake me up from // The life I’ve known before

We should all be willing to risk everything for the Lord.

Catchafire (White Rabbit Remix) || TobyMac
Catch a fire let it burn within // Catch a fire let it burn for Him

BURN FOR GOD!! 🔥

Higher || Unspoken
Leave me in rags and ruins and I’ll praise You through it // Clothe me in glory and riches, I’ll praise You just the same

Whether God blesses us with more than we could have ever hoped for, or takes everything away, we should always praise Him through it because one day, the things of earth will fall away.

My Life Be Like (feat. TobyMac) || GRITS
I believe there’s a bride that’s stunning // And, I believe in the kingdom coming

God’s kingdom is coming. Whether we like it or not.

Games || Jamie Grace
What’s the deal with us? // Why don’t we show more love? // I don’t understand it // Why we seem so tough? // This ain’t a battleground

This song is about saying no to the drama and games and standing up for what’s right. Love is one of the greatest things we can show for someone.

Hello Future || TobyMac
Hello Jesus // I hope You understand // My last departure was never planned

Sometimes we drift away from Jesus, and it can be hard to come back to Him and apologize. But, once you get it over with, it feels like there’s been a massive load lifted off of your shoulders.

The River || Jordan Feliz
All of my dirt // All of my shame // Drowned in the streams that have made me born again

MORE METAPHORS

Obvious? || Hollyn
Isn’t it obvious? // Lose the disguise, look me in the eyes // Isn’t it obvious?

I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved this line. *shrugs*

Satellites || Capital Kings
Light up a torch // Burning on forever // One flame reborn // Our worlds collide

BURN FOR THE LORD!!!

Ready for Home || Capital Kings
Walkin’ these circles got me comin’ unglued // Gave You my heart and then I stole it from You

Circular reasoning is enough to bring anyone unglued XD

Prayin for You || Lecrae
And matter of fact there’s somethin’ else he’s concealin’ // See, the person that I’ve been prayin’ about is really me

Content Warning: Implication of lust

Yeah, I’ve done this before. Pretended I was praying for someone else when, in reality, I was praying for myself. Sometimes, it helps.

Let’s Go (feat. TobyMac) || Group 1 Crew
And make time // To turn someone’s day bright // And change how we live life (Andale, andale) // The future’s what we make it // So let’s go

The “andales” are my favorite part.

On Your Own || TobyMac
Sometimes you gotta go through // What you gotta go through // Just to think it right through // But you’ll never be // On your own

God will put us through things for unknown reasons, but it’s always a part of His overarching plan.

Stand in the Rain || Superchic(k)
The only way out is through everything she’s running from

Sometimes, the only way to get out of what you’re stuck in is to face it head on.

I don’t usually watch music videos, but here are some that I found in my YouTube history.

21 Years || TobyMac
21 years makes a man full-grown // 21 years, what a beautiful loan // 21 years, I love everyone // Thank you Lord for my beautiful son

Toby wrote this song for his son, Truett, after Tru’s death back in 2019, and I CRY EVERY TIME I HEAR IT!!! This is my favorite music video and when it came to the end and had clips of Tru *sobs*

Gobble Gobble (Official Lyric Video) || Matthew West
Oh my my get that turkey in my belly // Oh my my with the cranberry jelly

Hey, like he says in the song, there aren’t that many songs about Thanksgiving, and this one is fantastic XD My sister was complaining about that last year and I showed her this song and it made her happy XD

Diabolical || Welsknight
You say I’m not the real deal, but what good have you done? // You barely said a thing, and then you claim the battle’s won?

Content Warning: Another diss track. Mentions of murder, arson, and demons kind of? It’s mostly MInecraft speak though.

Having a rap battle with yourself is an interesting idea. *applauds Welknight’s brilliance* And yes, this is another Hermitcraft song. What can I say? I’m obsessed!

Help is on the Way (Maybe Midnight) || TobyMac
Sometimes it’s days // Sometimes it’s years // Some face a lifetime of falling tears

Okay but the story in this three minute video is incredible! I love the way it ends. I love happy endings XD

The Worship Song Song || Random Action Verb Worship
With no instruments // Just the voices // With no instruments // With a key change

Honestly, none of the lyrics make sense without context XD Just watch the video XD

The Wellerman TikTok Sea Chanty Mashup
As far as I’ve heard, the fight’s still on // The line’s not cut, and the whale’s not gone // The Wellerman makes his regular call // To encourage the captain, crew and all 

I don’t do sea shanties, but this one is so good!! Occasionally there are these gorgeous gems on TikTok that spill over to YouTube.

I literally cannot get this song out of my head.

Born Again || Newsboys
I didn’t wanna fall // But I don’t have to crawl // I met the One with two scarred hands

When this song first came on, I didn’t like the verses too much. Then, the chorus exploded onto the scene and I fell hard! 😍

Heart of Stone || Britt Nicole
Crash like broken glass shattered on the floor // Finally a victory I’ve never felt before

The beginning of this song was pretty strange, but the more I listen, the more it grows on me.

Dance Monkey || Tones and I
Just like a monkey I’ve been dancing my whole life // But you just beg to see me dance just one more time

The title caught me off guard, but I do really enjoy this song. So many fantastic remixes!!

Headphones || Britt Nicole
Her mom says she’s great // The kids think she’s weird // Honestly she wish she could disappear

One of my friends said she didn’t really enjoy this song, so I listened to it to see why she didn’t like it. I’m still not sure why she doesn’t like it.

Holiday (MyKidBrother Remix) || Britt Nicole
No more drama to mess up my flow // No more questions to answer, no

The siren sounds at the beginning are….odd to say the least, but I like the tune XD

Ignition (Hot Wired Remix) || TobyMac
So don’t blink when you wanna come cross the border // Take a look around or come test the water

The original Ignition wasn’t my favorite but I absolutely love the differences in this one!! Plus, that piano in the last chorus is gorgeous!!

Gotta Go || TobyMac
Tobymac can’t get to the phone // Please leave a message after the tone

I didn’t like this song at first, but it’s growing on me. Plus, little Tru!! So precious!!

Keep Goin’ (feat. Capital Kings) || Group 1 Crew
Goin’ goin’ goin’ goin’ // I recommend, don’t follow no trend

This is one of the newer Group 1 Crew songs, written after Blanca left the group. I wasn’t sure if it would be that great, but I was not disappointed!! Ahh, I love Group 1 Crew so much!!!

Gold || Owl City
I don’t need the stars in the night // I found my treasure

Guys. I am so obsessed with this song. I’ve been listening to it for the majority of this blog post. It matches two of my characters so well and GAH I love it so much!! Plus, Adam Young’s voice is really unique. It adds a beautiful color to the tune.

The Bees are Coming || elybeatmaker and Cubfan
The bees are coming // The bees!

Dibby Dibby Diamonds || elybeatmaker and Grian
Dibby dibby diamonds // Good luck remixing that one!

Dragon Bros || elybeatmaker and Iskall85
Chick-chica chica chica dragon bros!

Guinea Pig Dance || elybeatmaker and Grian
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo // Guinea Pig Dance!

Okay, may as well dump the last of these songs here XD Seriously, Hermitcraft remixes are the best!!

Way Beyond Myself || Newsboys
Like the wind that moves the leaves // Lord, You move me to my knees // Even into something way beyond myself

This one reminds me of Born Again, but….better. Don’t question me. I’m weird.

Stories (Down to the Bottom) || TobyMac
We’ve been down to the bottom // Stories we got ’em, when we hit rock bottom

The tune is the main reason I love this song.

Let it Roll || Group 1 Crew
Feel the rhythm in your soul // And all your worries, let them go

This song is so unbelievably upbeat, and always energizes me!! Plus, it feels so different in several places. It really adds to the song!

This category is a mix of Christian love, God’s love and romantic love.

His Kind of Love (Capital Kings Remix) || Group 1 Crew
Tell me what kind of God would choose to save // The bruised, the broken, the sinners, the runaways

What kind of God would choose to save such horrible sinners? God’s love is incredible.

I prefer the remixed version of this song to the original because I really enjoy Capital Kings’ songwriting style.

Nothin’ on You || Hollyn
Might have a million dollars in the bank // Thirty cars with the yacht on the lake // Just ’cause you got it don’t mean you gotta flaunt it // He’s the one who paid the price, yeah, He got it

The love of Jesus trumps the love of any guy here on earth. *shakes finger* Remember that, you little whippersnappers.

😂 I’m such a nut!

Bella || Jamie Grace
When You call me Your bella // I know I’m Your mija

Spanish! I love Spanish, and it fits so well in this song!!

Only Love || Jordan Feliz
Someone say amen // If you know what I’m talking about

AMEN

One of a Kind || Jamie Grace
To You I’m not as crazy as I think

I am as crazy as I think, but God loves me anyway! (Thank goodness!)

I’ll Wait || The Strumbellas
I’ll wait, I’ll wait to be the one // To catch you when you’re falling

Liesl just introduced me to this song today, and I love it!! The tune and the lyrics work together so well!!

Is….is that really the end?

*wipes brow* Guys, this post took me four days to write. I loved every second, but….yeesh XD

If you want to take on this tag for yourself, I’d love to see it! I really enjoyed raving about all of these songs!!

Do you know any of these songs? Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks for sitting through this entire post 😅

Awards, Blog Tags

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~ In Which I Answer More Questions About Myself

Guess what guys! I got tagged for another award! This is my *checks papers* third award?!! Wow! I never expected to be tagged for three awards so early on in blogging!

The wonderful Ananya tagged me for this award and I can’t wait to answer her questions! So, without further ado, let’s get started!!

The Rules Boring Stuffs

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. ✔

2. Answer all the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you. ✔

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. ✔

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post. ✔

Now, on to the questions!!

Questions:

1. What’s Your Pet Peeve?

OH DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED

I have so many pet peeves over so many random things.

I really hate when people spell words wrong. That just….really gets on my nerves for some reason. I can also be pretty OCD about things. Like, take a Christmas tree. If the ornaments aren’t spread equally over the tree, I just….*inhales deeply*…..I have to leave the room for a bit XD

2. Name Your Favorite Music Artists (Any Genre).

Oh, now you’re asking for it!

TobyMac, Hollyn, Jamie Grace, Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole, Jordan Feliz, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Owl City, Imagine Dragons, for KING & COUNTRY, Superchic(k), The Script, elybeatmaker (I am not sorry), Casting Crowns, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Capital Kings, and a sprinkle of others that I’ve only heard one or two songs from.

There’s probably others that I can’t think of right now.

I’ll post more about songs and songwriters next week, so yeah, stay tuned for that if you want to hear me ramble about my favorite subject EVER.

3. Describe Yourself in Three Words.

Just three? Why not twelve paragraphs plus footnotes?

Just kidding!

Optimisticcrazywriterperson, Kindofgetsdepressedsometimes, Togetherslapperofwords

There. Three words.

*bows*

4. What’s Your Favorite Book?

GOOD GRIEF, ANANYA JUST SEEMS DETERMINED TO ASK THE HARDEST QUESTIONS EVER

Percy Jackson.

No specific book, just PERCY JACKSON

5. Tea or Coffee?

NEITHER!!

6. Who’s Your Role Model?

For what field of life? Because I have several.

Writing: Rick Riordan and Andrew Peterson

I look up to Rick Riordan because of his incredible writing voice. The way he describes things is amazing! I’ve been kind of studying his descriptions so I can improve. This is how I learn things. I study on my own time 😅

I look up to Andrew Peterson because of the story development he did before he started writing The Wingfeather Saga. He wrote the history of his fantasy land, Aerwiar, before he started writing the actual books so that he could understand how to write about it. That’s dedication right there, and I can appreciate dedication like that.

Songwriting: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, TobyMac, and Francesca Battistelli

I look up to Benj Pasek and Justin Paul because OH MY GOODNESS THEIR MUSIC IS AMAZING!!!! But, they are also so incredibly talented at writing inspirational songs. Music has incredible power when used right, and having an understanding of that power is what makes a talented songwriter.

I look up to TobyMac because he is one of the oldest artists I can remember listening to on a regular basis. My dad has listened to his music as far back as I can remember, and there’s just something about Toby’s music. Some of the genres he sings in I wouldn’t listen to but because they’re TobyMac songs that just makes them…..better, I guess. Considering what he’s been through in the past couple of years, the fact that he is still singing songs that are Biblically correct is impressive, especially when several artists are now turning away from the doctrine that they’ve been preaching for years.

I look up to Francesca Battistelli because of the way her songs are written. They’re so pretty and they have such great lyrics! Not to mention, her voice is beautiful!!

I also look up to several other artists, but this might get kind of long if I keep going. 😅

Acting: Phillipa Soo and Tom Hiddleston

I look up to Phillipa Soo because, ever since I started listening to Hamilton, she’s always been one of my favorite actresses. They way she conveys emotion is amazing. Putting full passion into sadness can be hard sometimes, but she does it so beautifully and gracefully.

I look up to Tom Hiddleston for some of the same reasons I look up to Phillipa Soo. I’ve only seen one Thor movie, but I could see the depth behind Loki’s character that Tom Hiddleston portrayed so delicately. It only took all that feeling to turn Loki into my favorite Marvel character. No, I’m not a Loki fangirl, what are you talking about?

And then, of course, I look up to the wonderful friends and family that I’ve been blessed with. I take influence from waaaay too many places to list here, but this is just a choice few.

7. What’s Your Favorite Quote?

It’s on the home page of my blog:

Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

I don’t know what it is about this quote, but it is so beautiful.

I also like this one:

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Bil Keane

And yes, before you start typing, I already know that this quote is also from Kung Fu Panda. Let’s just ignore that, please.

8. Who’s Your Favorite Blogger?(You Can’t Name YOURSELF Like I Did Last Time)

Ha, even if I could name myself, I wouldn’t, even though I do enjoy my posts XD

No, my favorite blogger is Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life. Her photography is incredible and I love reading her posts!

9. What Are Those Things Which Will Never Change in Your Lifetime?

What do you mean by this question? Do you mean things about me or things about the world around me?

*waits for answer*

Oh right, she can’t hear me.

I’ll just list things about myself.

I know that my silliness and love of singing will never change. I will always love my family, no matter what happens. I will always have crazy, random ideas popping into my head. And of course, most importantly, I will always love and trust in the Lord, because I know He will always take care of me.

10. Choose One: Hollywood or Bollywood

NEITHER!!

11. What’s the Color of Your Soul?

Uh…..what?

Is this a personality quiz thing?

*searches Google* Ooh, it is! I love personality quizzes!

*takes quiz*

Chartreuse

Your soul is both serene and radiant. Its lovely green and golden hues make it the perfect shade of chartreuse. When you are with your friends, they can feel your inner warmth encompassing them, and they always feel more enlightened when they leave. You are a true gem in the soul department, and you should flaunt your soul’s color every chance you get.

That’s what I got. Yeah, sure, that’s definitely me. 😂 I took another test and it gave me Indigo, but that definitely didn’t suit me.

Eh, personality quizzes rarely ever label me correctly. I think the only personality quizzes to label me correctly was the Official Godly Parent Quiz on the Percy Jackson website, and the MBTI quiz.

That was fun though!

Nominees:

Maya @ Maya Joelle

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

Diamond @ I Have 12% of a Plan

Bea @ The Beahive

Emily @ Emily Bianchini

Aaaand….yeah, that’s it 😅 I really don’t feel like tagging eleven bloggers. So, five it is!

My Questions:

1. If you had to talk for fifteen minutes about something, what would it be?

2. Are you more of a girly-girl or a tomboy?

3. What are your favorite girl or boy names?

4. Do you have any hidden talents?

5. What are your thoughts on social media?

6. Do you prefer real books, e-books, or audiobooks?

7. What is one unpopular opinion you have?

8. What is your love language?

9. Do you put water on your toothbrush before or after the toothpaste?

10. Do you imagine shapes, numbers, days of the week to have colors or personalities?

11. What is the view out the nearest window?

Hope you guys enjoyed this award!

Thanks for reading!!

Collabs

Shards of Sky Blog Tour ~ In Which I Interrogate E. C. Colton (And Try to Figure Out How to Advertise Without Sounding Pushy)

If you didn’t know, I am friends with many writers of all ages. Some of them are published, some of them have blogs, and some of them possess neither attribute. One of those friends is Emeline Colton, better known as E. C. Colton. She is the talented author behind A Change of Heart, and has been writing for about nine years. Her new novella, Shards of Sky, is available for preorder, and I had the opportunity to interview her about her book!!

Will hope prove itself worth fighting for?

Nestled within the mountains of Colorado, life is anything but perfect for two children and their negligent aunt. Yet it becomes even more of a disaster when a mysterious accident leaves Aryon mute and Jenn terrified for their futures. Battling her own sorrow, bitterness, and distant memories, Jenn journeys through the mountains of Colorado in search of their father, who may only be as real as a wisp of mist. The biggest things standing in her way are the miles of seemingly endless forest, her shattered memories, and a mysterious woman trailing her.

As she journeys on, Jenn is forced to confront her past. Has time changed her memories? What will it take to be strong and unhindered by the darkness around her? And does this woman hold the key to her past—her real past?

But no matter where Jenn goes, a shard of sky shines bright overhead as a distant reminder of the hope she’s fighting to hold onto—and the person she could become. 

Heart-wrenching and emotionally moving, this story delivers a powerful message of courage and the wonder of hope. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started!!

1. How long did it take you to write Shards of Sky?

To be honest, when I get asked this question, my mind can’t help but blank. 😅 I’d say the first draft took one or two months, but the whole editing process took a lot longer.

2. Where did the initial inspiration for the story come from?

Well, first and foremost, I believe all inspiration comes from God. And quite frankly, I have no idea where the story idea came from. I was doing house cleanup one day, when the idea popped into my mind. Later that day, I sat down and wrote the first chapter of Shards of Sky — and I loved it so much, I just had to keep writing.

3. Who is your favorite character, and why?

Ooh, good question. I love all my characters, but I’d say Jenn. She’s extremely real to me, and though she’s really weak physically, she proves her strength in unexpected ways. I think if she was a real person, we’d get along fairly well — not that we’re alike at all, though!

Marisa would be a close second. She’s really fun-loving and quirky, and she and Jenn are like, complete opposites. I think we’d also get along pretty well, too, if she was a real person. If only… 😂

4. Did you base any of the characters on a real-life person? If so, why?

I don’t really base my characters off of people in real life, for some reason. I find it’s easier for me to picture them in their situations when I can take liberty with their personalities and little quirks — though if I ever met someone like my main characters, I’d be positively thrilled.

5. What is your favorite scene?

I have two. Here are both of them!

Jenn turned and walked away in open defiance, out onto the porch. Her rebelliousness crumbled and she sucked in a breath, then let it out slowly.

Slowly.

She looked up at the sky, the sea of endless bright blue. Somewhere out there was her Dad. Her Dad. Not any other girl’s — but hers.

She was just waiting. Waiting for him to come, because that was what mattered. Standing right there on the deck and staring into a sea of blue, she felt her hopes soaring again, the eight years of waiting shattering into insignificance. He seemed so close — so close that she could reach out and step into his hug.

Who knew? Any minute, he could appear. And change their lives.

Dad, when are you coming?

~

Jenn sat up.

Around her, a blaze of color ignited with a spark of life. A bluebird fluttered by, wings a flashing pinwheel of blue that reflected the sky. The shrill song of a warbler made its way through the maze in her mind.

Her hands were scarred by brambles — scars from her journey. Her soul felt heavy enough that she could barely resist the imagined downward pull of the earth.

Jenn felt as though a butterfly often does when it emerges from a cocoon — different and odd, as though she wasn’t the same person anymore. She almost felt as though she had been transformed — but in a way that was no longer remarkable, no longer beautiful, no longer whole.

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I love the first scene, because it displays what Jenn wants most in life — to be loved, and wanted, and cared for by her father. As for the second, I loved writing that scene and the description.

6. What are some of your favorite quotes?

And then the people who had taken them away and driven them to a cold, stark white building. The kind woman at the front desk had given them lollipops — Jenn could still remember the flavored sugar melting against her tongue. 

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Closing her eyes and letting the warmth of the blanket calm the storm raging in her mind, she sunk into the depths of sleep. 

But even sleep wouldn’t erase her memories.

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The hawk was still calling in sharp, peaked tones.

It was screaming. Screaming at the world and everything in it. At that moment, Jenn wished she could be a hawk, releasing all that pent-up frustration and fear that burdened her.

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She could only hope that she wouldn’t explode with all the confusion and tension that were whirling in her mind like shards of broken glass.

Those are a few of my favorites, because I love the feeling each of them conveys.

7. Out of all your published works, where does Shards of Sky rank?

I’ve only published two books, but in my personal opinion, Shards of Sky is definitely better than my other novelette (after all, I wrote that one when I was nine!). I love it because it basically represents the type of stories I’ve always wanted to write — the tear-jerking, soul-searching, thought-provoking ones for young adult readers.

Shards of Sky was originally titled Voiceless, and it was a story about a girl who was trying to restore her mute brother’s voice. It’s changed drastically over the months of editing, though, so after I finished major plotline edits, I decided to change it because the old title wasn’t as fitting. I was re-reading my old drafts, when I stumbled upon a quote where Jenn, the MC, looked up at a piece of the sky through the branches and it inspired her to keep going. I incorporated more of that into the storyline, and eventually retitled the story after that aspect. I love the title, because it conveys an image of hope–but it doesn’t make much sense until you read the book.

8. Where did the title come from?

Shards of Sky was originally titled Voiceless, and it was a story about a girl who was trying to restore her mute brother’s voice. It’s changed drastically over the months of editing, though, so after I finished major plotline edits, I decided to change it because the old title wasn’t as fitting. I was re-reading my old drafts, when I stumbled upon a quote where Jenn, the MC, looked up at a piece of the sky through the branches and it inspired her to keep going. I incorporated more of that into the storyline, and eventually retitled the story after that aspect. I love the title, because it conveys an image of hope–but it doesn’t make much sense until you read the book.

9. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you enjoy breaking readers’ hearts?

Hands down, a ten, though that does sound pretty cruel. I’ve always wanted to write tear-jerkers, the type that make readers emotional. And honestly, it never happened until I wrote Shards of Sky — and I when my beta readers started crying, was quite proud of myself. 

10. Do you have any advice for young writers struggling with the publishing and/or marketing process?

Write down your battle plan in advance, and take your time. When figuring out the publishing and marketing process, learning in advance and knowing exactly what you have to do when is super important. Refer to the reason you wanted to publish in the first place, and let that fuel you to keep going.

And most of all–pray. God will strengthen you to do what seems humanly impossible. I’ve seen this time and time again during my publication and marketing processes. I think that’s one of the most important aspects of writing — co-authoring with God.

I really enjoyed interviewing E. C. Colton, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on her book!

Shards of Sky is available for preorder, and if you preorder it, you will be sent several digital gifts (or goodies, as Em put it XD) such as:

  • Digital artwork
  • Desktop and mobile wallpapers
  • An exclusive letter from the author
  • A free e-copy to give to a friend
  • AND a printable Shards of Sky bookmark!

Go here to preorder this beautiful book, and go here to fill out the form for the preorder goodies! The submission deadline is April 18th, so if you want to get your preorder goodies, make sure you fill out the form before then! You can also find this book on Goodreads here!

Here is the blog tour schedule, if anyone wants to see whose posts are coming up:

April 8 – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (intro), Cynthia at Achinty (interview) 

April 9 – Mia Harden at Windows to Mia (interview)

April 10 – Daniel L. Amador at The Right Kind of Writer (review)

April 11 – J. S. Clingman at My Little Hole in the Ground (interview)

April 12 – Allie Jo Anderson at Allie Jo Anderson (review)

April 13 – Althea Truth at Apple Blossoms (interview)

April 14 – Liesl Brunner at Quote, Unquote (interview), Ryan Elizabeth at Ryan Elizabeth Writes (interview), Hannah E. M. at Precarious Book Stacks (review)

April 15 – Allyson Jamison at Shay’s Scribbles (interview)

April 16  – Addison Vallier at Story Well (interview)

April 17 – Cara from Paper Strider (review)

April 18 (launch day) – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (finale), Samantha Hopper at Stuck in a Story (review & interview)

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this interview!

E. C. Colton is a Christian, entrepreneur, cat mom, and author of A Change of Heart. She strives to write stories that illustrate deep truths through realistic characters. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her drawing, designing graphics, and scribbling away in a vintage notebook with a cup of tea. 

Awards, Blog Tags

The Outstanding Original Blogger Award ~ In Which I am Apparently Outstanding

I don’t know why, but the size and shape of that banner thingy is really annoying me

Not too long ago, I was scrolling through a post on one of the blogs I follow, when I saw my name. Intrigued, I scrolled back up, and realized that I was tagged. Now that I was a little more invested in the post, I went back through and read the whole thing. That was when I realized that not only had I been tagged for a blog tag, it was an award!

So, thank you, Bea, for tagging me for this award! Let’s get started!!

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post (Here it is)
  2. Answer the questions provided
  3. Create 7 unique questions
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2021, every blog that pingbacks the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2021 Outstanding Blogger award.

Alright, now that all that boring stuff is out of the way, let’s move on to the fun stuff: the questions!!

1. What Is Your Favorite Hobby?

Oh boy.

If anyone knows me, they know that this is a loaded question XD The amount of hobbies I have is ridiculous.

I love scrapbooking, because putting pictures and journaling on a page to preserve memories is so much fun. My family has been scrapbooking for almost my whole life, and I love looking at all the pictures.

I also enjoy writing songs, because there’s nothing quite like putting melodies and harmonies and stories and accompaniments together to make something that might touch someone’s life.

And I love to write and sing and act and a bunch of other stuff.

I guess I really don’t have a “favorite” hobby. I love them all!

2. Have You Ever Dyed Your Hair?

No, I haven’t, but I would like to one day. Maybe highlights or tips?

If I were to dye it, I’m not sure what color I would get. Literally everyone says purple (including the personality quizzes I took!) but I would also love to have blue.

3. What Is an Abnormal Fear You Have?

I used to be paranoid of bugs crawling into my ears. Still am, to be honest, although not quite as much. I was a strange child.

4. Do You Like Asparagus?

Yeah, I love asparagus!! Archibald, Junior, and them. They’re great!

*director rushes in*

*whispers*

Oh yeah, okay.

*whispers again*

WHAT?!!!

*director nods, rushes off again*

No, I hate asparagus. It tastes nasty. And the texture….*shivers*

5. Scrunchies, Yay or Nay?

Yay!

I used to have a scrunchie that I wore on my wrist for no reason whatsoever.

Then the rubber band snapped, and I was very sadz.

6. What, In Your Opinion, Is the Point of Life?

*exhales* Um….okay.

I think the purpose of life is to love and serve God. No one knows the real reason He put us on this earth, but our existence is not pointless, and never will be. It’s up to God to decide what we are here for. He loves all of his children and wants them to love Him back.

*wipes brow*

That was an unexpected question. Is the next one more lighthearted?

7. Do You Use Text Abbreviations While Actually Texting?

Yeah, this is definitely a lot more lighthearted.

I don’t text, mainly because I don’t have a phone, but if I did text, there would be little to no abbreviations. I prefer proper grammar 98% of the time.

So yeah.

My Questions:

  1. If You Had an Unlimited Amount of Candy For a Day, How Much Would You Eat?
  2. Does Anyone in Your Family Scrapbook?
  3. Do You Like to Sing?
  4. Do You Know Your Vocal Range?
  5. Are You Homeschooled, or Have You Been? What Did You Take From it?
  6. What is Your Dream Job?
  7. What Was Your Favorite TV Show When You Were Younger?

My Nominees:

Liesl @ Quote, Unquote

Maya @ Maya Joelle

Chloe @ Chloe Mali

Essie @ Esther Josephine Writes

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

Diamond @ I Have 12% of a Plan

Mary @ Wild Writing Dreams

Sarah @ The Sarcastic Elf

Meredith @ Artsy Arrow

Danny @ The Right Kind of Writer

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my answers to Bea’s questions!

Thanks for reading!!