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Thursday Tag Catch-Up | Ten Suggestions

Happy Thursday everyone

I was tagged to do this one a while back, and I’ve finally made time to do it. Thank you Al for tagging me 😉 You should definitely go check out his blog where he posts amazing short stories and fantastic interviews with other writers. Oh, and he’s a published author. You should check out his dystopian novel Siblings too.

hmm… was that a sneaky way to add two extra suggestions? Perhaps 😉


Discover an urban fantasy series: Infernal Hunt by Holly Evans

Infernal Hunt (3 Book Series) by  Holly Evans


Discover an epic fantasy: Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer

Rise of the Sparrows (Relics of Ar'Zac Book 1) by [Langer, Sarina]


Discover a Sci-Fi series: EVO Nation by KJ Chapman

EVO Nation: EVO Nation Series: Book One (science fiction/ urban fantasy) by [CHAPMAN, K.J.]EVO Shift: EVO Nation Series: Book Two by [Chapman, K.J]


Discover a graphic novel series: Sandman by Neil Gaiman



Discover (one of) the book(s) that inspired me to want to write: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin



Discover the brilliant book blog of Claire Huston at Art and Soul



Discover the insightful & delightful writing blog of Sara Letourneau



Discover the brilliant Kristen Kieffer and her extensive worksheets for writers at She’s Novel



Discover the writing community of #storycrafter, hosted by the inspiring Faye Kirwin

Join us every Sunday, 8 p.m. GMT, for an hour of writerly chat and wordy shenanigans. Just search #storycrafter. | Writerology.net


Discover a blog that feels more like home with the kind & caring Mollie Wallace at Mollie’s Musings

SundayFunday Final

Well, that’s ten…er, twelve… suggestions for you 😉 I’m not sure who has or hasn’t been tagged at this point, but if you’d like to give this a try please do and just let me know when you do so I can check it out!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,


Tagged Tuesday | Pokemon GO Book Tag

Happy Tuesday everyone,

Most of you know that I’m terrible when it comes to tags, but Holly tagged me in this one and as today marks the release of the third book in her Infernal Hunt series, I figured it would be a good opportunity to fulfill this one 😉

I have been avoiding PokemonGO because the last time I played Pokemon, my life passed before my eyes. I know better than to begin temptation. Still, I love the idea of this tag ❤

So here we go!


How can I possible be expected to remember this? I distinctly remember reading The Monster at the End of this Book — I think it might have been the first one I read completely on my own, but then again, I was three or four so my memory probably isn’t the best 😛



But my parents were always reading to me, and books surrounded me from the day I was born…


How can you just pick one? Jane Eyre is definitely at the top of that list — I just finished my annual reread of it yesterday. Besides that, Harry Potter and The Westing Game are iconic classics for me because they compelled me to want to write.


Ooph! I remember when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies first came out and it was all over the place and people were loving it and I just kept thinking: why would anyone throw zombies into PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! And then write a prequel and a sequel! That might just be me being prejudiced, but I’m not a fan 😛


Pirate Eyes… oh that’s shameless, Faith…

In all seriousness,  I think I’d have to put Susanna Kearsley’s books on this list. She’s an author whose stories often center on women who have ties to a past life. They are always unique, but the premise is always based on the same trope. And I love it. Mariana and The Winter Sea are my favourite of hers!


Quite a few high fantasy series fall under this category. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth, Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. I have the first book for each of these on my bookshelf at home, but I keep avoiding them because I don’t have the time to dive into another large series.


So many books. I used to read under the covers as a child. Actually Dracula was one of those that I couldn’t put down. And then it actually did keep me up because at 10 I was pretty freaked out by the idea of a vampire ;P More recently, I stayed up to finish The Book Thief–I dare you to get to the last part and not read to the end!


Harry Potter spoilers follow! You’ve been warned!

Severus & Lily. Of course, this is all non-canon, but I can’t help myself. The foundation is there. And my heart breaks everytime I read Chapter 33 of HP & the Deathly Hallows. (The Prince’s Tale). ALWAYS!

But in the realm of reality, my OTPs include Jane & Rochester, Margaret & Thornton, and most of Jane Austen’s main pairings. When it comes to true love, I defer to the classics 😉


The first two installments of Holly’s Infernal Hunt series fits well here 🙂 Infernal Ties & Infernal Bonds were incredibly gripping reads. With a fierce protagonist, a vivid setting and an entertaining cast of characters, they were easy to get lost in!


A week ago, I would have said Harry Potter, but then there was The Cursed Child…. Don’t get me wrong, the nostalgic sentiment hasn’t gone, but expectations have diminished. Still, I do love Harry and I do have hope that JK can pull off some magic yet.


Hmm… I’ll have to say KJ Chapman’s EVO Nation series and not because I expected it not to be awesome. I just went in with no real expectations at all and was completely blown away by it! It’s a dystopian sci-fi led by Teddie, a tough female protagonist with special powers who is hunted by the government and her own kind. A brilliant read I highly recommend you check out 🙂


Last week, I would have said V.E. Schawb’s Shades of Magic series, but now I’ve read the first book and I know it’s fantastic 😀 So, the next series that people keep extolling that I’m still excited to discover is Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle (though I have been warned to be skeptical of the last book).


Jane Eyre. My classical go-to, I already have about four copies of it. I need that to grow. Extensively. I’d love a first edition ❤


My own! Shameless, Faith. Shameless ;P

In all honesty, I have so many friends on this blog who’s debuts I am excited for, especially Sara Letourneau’s The Keeper’s Curse. She’s posted so many amazing teasers on her blog, building character and setting. I can’t wait for it to be published one day 😀


I have a few. Despite The Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling remains high on that last. V.E. Schwab has earned her spot there. Neil Gaiman has always been on that list too. He is definitely one of my favourite authors, each story so unique and magical. A true genius!


And will probably BE waiting on forever: The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin.

Coincidentally, one of my anticipated releases was finally delivered today. That is Holly’s Witch Infernal which you can buy HERE! But make sure to read Infernal Ties & Infernal Bonds first 😉

So there we go! That was a rather long tag, but so much fun 🙂 I’m not sure who has been tagged and who hasn’t, so there’s an open invite to anyone who wants to!

If you do decide to participate, or if you already have, please leave a comment so I can check it out 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

20 Things About Me | Tuesday Tag Catch-Up

Hi all!

I’m terrible with tags. This truth has been long ago determined. I think I might have missed quite a few, truth be told, but I’m trying not to let that stand! Trying being our key word here, of course 😉

Anyways… Holly tagged me a while back for this and I’ve finally gotten around to it. The task: share 20 things about yourself. Easier said then done.

You can check out here original post here! And I recommend you just hang around her blog for a bit and discover how amazing she is!

So here goes, in reverse order, organized by like things, 20 things about me 🙂

Some of my favourite things…

20. I am big fan of seafood and fish! My mom makes a delicious meal with mussels and cream sauce that I absolutely adore! And if a restaurant is serving calamari, you can be sure some of it will end up on my plate! Fish ‘n’ chips are my usual go-to meals when I’m out as well.

19. My colour is blue. It’s been my colour for a long time. And it hasn’t changed. Just take a look at my room:File 2016-06-24, 9 54 24 AM.jpeg

18. One of my greatest fascinations and loves is mythology. And fascination might just be a kinder word for ‘obsession’…

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17. History is another one of my fascinations. I’ve studied so many periods in time, so many civilizations and each one is fascinating!  I have a B.A. in History but I’m hoping to get a Masters one day! Of particular interest to me are the Tudors’ reign over Britain and les filles du roi in New France. The Enlightenment is also one of my favourite movements to study!

16. Whenever I’m sad, there are three movies I can always turn to to turn my frown upside down: Beauty and the Beast, The Princess Bride and Anastasia.

15. The ten most played songs on my iTunes are (ascending): Chandelier by Sia, Girl in the War by Josh Ritter, Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran, Medicine by Daughter, Sea of Lovers by Christina Perri, At the Beginning by Richard Marx & Donna Lewis, Take Me to Church by Hozier, The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd, Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde & Lost Stars by Adam Levine.

My Past Self…

14. wrote the script of, composed the music & lyrics for, and directed a Christmas musical, performed by the children at her Parish.

13. tried to balance on a tennis ball at the age of 6, just like an elephant at a circus, and broke her tibia.

12. once lost 16 hours of a day playing Pokemon Silver on her Gameboy. The Gameboy was laid to rest the next day.

11. then lost a good 16 hours of a day a few years later playing God. The Sims was subsequently laid to rest beside the Gameboy in the Graveyard of Gripping Games.

10. used to make fan videos on YouTube, mostly of Disney films, and wrote tons of fanfiction, also mostly of Disney films. But she wasn’t obsessed. She also lived by the Nile.

My Present Self…

9. still lives at home with her parents and sister. I am especially blessed for my sister. She’s my rock, my wisdom, my reason. She keeps me sane. She’s the reason I believe in love. I also have the four most beautiful cats. They were watching a squirrel disappear at this moment…


8. eats apple cinnamon oatmeal every morning for breakfast. And loves it!

7. is the choir director at her Parish and plays guitar there every Sunday.

6. just made the most impulsive buy of her life. EEK! More to come in a post next Monday!

Random Reveals…

5. I have my learner’s permit (and have had it for the past 8 years) but I am afraid to drive. My worse fear is that a car will be a weapon in my hand. I am frightened of its power, frightened that I could kill someone (creature or human) even accidentally. I have to get over it.

4. I am twenty-five years old and I have never been on a date. I have never had a boyfriend (unless you count the ones in my head). It’s one of those reasons why I believe I might never marry…

Okay, these are becoming a little depressing. Time for more uplifting tunes!

3. I am a loud & proud shower singer. I also love singing while I excerise, mostly show tunes that I can’t pull off at all! I’m also the person who walks down the streets of town with her headphones in and dances and sings along like no one’s watching (even though they are). This might explain point no. 4….

2. I do believe that there is more goodness in the world than not. I believe that people’s better natures will always speak out against their worst. I believe that, though we face struggles and obstacles, there is enough love in the world and that, if it came to it, we would be able to protect it from the threat of hatred, fear and oppression.


1.  I figure it’s been long enough. Thanks Holly for the opportunity! This is me:


I hope I haven’t scared you away with these truths 😛

I know many of you were tagged by Holly to do this, but if you haven’t done this tag and you would like to share 20 facts about yourself, please feel free to! Just share the link in the comments so I can check it out 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

The Author’s Oracle Part One

Hi everyone,

A lot has happened since last week! First, I finally finished this large edit of Divided Draft! I capped off the revision at 134k. I’m working on a post to talk more about this on Thursday.

In the meantime, I thought it would be a good idea to catch up on blog posts and tags so I’m turning to this one that the truly inspirational Holly tagged me in a while back – a month ago… -!

You should check out her original post HERE!

And then peruse the rest of her site, because Holly is one of those talented writers who is also full of great insight and wisdom. She has so much experience and she has much knowledge to impart if you’re willing to learn 🙂

Now to the Author’s Oracle Part One 😀

0. The Fool: Which of your characters is the most intuitive?  The worst decision-maker?

Red is definitely the most intuitive. He’s the voice of reason on a ship filled with hotheads. Sean and Keira both have a tendency to be terrible decision-makers. Stubborn fools that they are 😉

I. The Magician: What character, location, or object has the most positive influence in your story?

That would be Tomrin. He’s a real optimist and always looks for ways to make light of really tense situations. He also has some of the best lines, in my humble opinion:

“How have I deserved such friendship?”
“It helps that you’re a pretty thing.” Tom suggested with a wink.

II . The High Priestess:  Do any of your characters have very strong beliefs?

Some do. Mostly those who will aid Keira on her journey. I would name names, but that might spoil. There are some whose faith is so strong, they’re willing to sacrifice their own lives to ensure Keira’s success.

III.  The Empress:  Who is your biggest supporter?  Give them a little love, here.

I have too many! My sister is one. She encourages me every day & knows how to fuel my confidence when I’m down.

Then I have so many blogging & Twitter friends: Al, Kayleigh, Mollie, Holly, Sarina, Kristi, Sara Beth. I am blessed to have their support ❤

There are so many others too, and I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. If I have, please forgive me. Honestly, you are all inspirations ❤

IV.  The Emperor:  Do you outline or plan?  (You know … plotter or pantser…)

Oh I am a big plotter now! The first draft of my WIP was one written when I was 16 without any knowledge of what it means to write a story other than that it must have a beginning, middle & end. Ten years later and that book has now been divided in 2 and still has 1 good edit left in it before it’s ready to be published.

So yes, I plan ahead:)

V.  The Hierophant:  What do you feel is your most valuable piece of writing advice?

That the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. Actually, scratch that. It SHOULDN’T be perfect, unless you are a true prodigy! The first draft is just meant to be you telling the story in your heart. The editing is when the magic happens, when the strongest story comes out of the tangled mess of ideas. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

VI.  The Lovers:  Which of your characters follow their heart?  Is it for the right reasons?

I like to think that most of my characters follow their heart. Of course, that makes some of them selfish, some of them stubborn, some of them foolish, and some of them compassionate. Of everyone, I think that Red follows his heart the closest. He’s really the heart of the ship as I mentioned before.

VII.  The Chariot:  Tell us about the first “darling” you ever “killed”.

The first darling I ever killed was a woman named Narca. She was in my original draft and somewhere around the fifth edit, I decided that there was no place for her in my story. So she disappeared as if she had never been there.

Funny story: in this latest revision, she came back. How’s that for resurrection? 😉

VIII.  Strength:   What do you feel your greatest creative strength is?

The premise. I come up with great ideas. Delivering on them… well, it takes times.

IX.  The Hermit:  Can you write in coffee shops or other busy places, or do you need quiet?

I can write anywhere. Anytime. I actually love going to coffee shops to write. A lot of this draft was worked out at a Starbucks near my house. I can’t do perfect quiet either. I always need music or something in my ear. Or so I tell myself.

X.  The Wheel of Fortune:  Do you have a set routine or schedule?

Most days, my writing happens at night, only because I work from 7:00am to 4:00pm-ish. But I have no set schedule as it is. Except Mondays when I go to a coffee shop to write from 9:00am to 1:00pm. That’s the only set routine I have.

XI.  Justice:  What’s the biggest consequence that your main character will have to face?  (If it spoils the plot, feel free to be vague.)

She’ll have to do something to someone to achieve something else.

I don’t think that’s vague 🙂

XII.  The Hanged Man:  What sacrifices do you make for writing time?  Or, what must your main character be willing to choose between?

I don’t like to think of it as a sacrifice. Writing is my passion; when I don’t do my writing, that’s what I’m sacrificing. Is that wrong? ;P

To the second part: she must choose between [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]

XIII.  Death:  What do you do after you’ve finished a project?

As I’m currently in this state, I can answer honestly: catch up on social media, especially my fairly abandoned blog 😛

XIV. Temperance:  Please share your best tested & proven tip for balancing writing and “the rest”:

This doesn’t exist in my life.Oh how I wish it did.

Any advice would be warmly welcomed. At the moment, I just go with the flow. Don’t fight it. Accept that some things are out of your control.

I guess that’s my tip.

XV.  The Devil:  Everyone has a nasty habit they can’t shake.  What’s your main character’s?

Making rash decisions in a flash. She’s fairly stubborn and acts impulsively.

XVI.  The Tower:  Have you ever had to scrap an entire project and start over?  How did it feel?  Were you frustrated, sad … relieved?

This divided draft is about as close as I’ve come to scrapping a project. Fortunately, it was more like dividing to conquer, building on foundations. It was intimidating at the start and many times I almost broke away, but now that I’m here and it’s done… well, I feel elated!

XVII.  The Star:  What is your favorite part of starting a new project?  New notebook smell?  Getting to know the characters? Building the plot?

All of the above 🙂 But especially discovering new characters and the story that they have to share.

XVIII.   The Moon:  What’s the biggest lie that your main character is telling themselves?

The biggest lie Keira keeps telling herself is that she has to prove to Sean that she is capable of more than he gives her credit for. The truth is [SPOILER].

XIX.  The Sun:  Do you have any themes, symbols or objects which come full circle in your work?

Many. Keira’s eyes are a recurring theme especially. I’m actually really proud of how I’ve framed my narrative from beginning to end. But that’s all I’ll say on that.

XX.  Judgement: Do your characters get what they deserve?  Why or why not?

At the end of this book, some are more fortunate than they should be. And one person met a fate that they did not fully deserve. To tell you more would be to spoil a major plot point.

I think it all evens itself out by the end 🙂

XXI.   The World: At what point did you know that you had to write this project?

When I first sat down to write it at 16, I was excited to be working on this project. I had written an assignment and was so inspired. I knew I had to write it then. And I did!

It was my first full written novel — I’d tried unsuccessfully twice before to do it. That final success just cemented it and it’s what has kept me from giving up on it in the past ten years. Because it was then that I realized it was a story that had to be told!

I hope that makes sense!

I really loved answering these questions and if you haven’t been tagged to do it yet, please do! Just let me know in the comments once you have so I can check out your answers 🙂

In the meantime, please go check out HollyYou’ll be better off for it, promise 😉

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,


Faith quill-ink

New Years Resolution Book Tag

Hi all!

So I’m slowly making my way through these tags. I figured today would be a great day to do another one.

It’s been a busy couple of days, trying to finalize my revision. I didn’t count on how many new scenes I’d have to write and in the past month I’ve written over 27,000 words. My current word count is 95, 196. And I’m pretty sure I still have another 20k to go. The next round of edits is going to be loads of fun! ;P


This tag comes courtesy of Jasmine at Ecrits du Coeur!

She’s a great blogger and you should definitely check her out. She has amazing stories to tell and a beautiful personality 🙂

You can check her post here:

Now to the tag 🙂



On my TBR bookshelf, all my books fit excellently well, but my ‘read’bookshelf is another story. There’s not one specifically; they all have to be rather flexible.


Every book I read is good for me — that’s what I like to believe. I’m going to especially point out The Summer Tree (book 1 of the Fionavar Tapestry) by Guy Gavrial Kay. I had never realized just how beautiful a book could be written before then. It left me so inspired and now shapes my own way of approaching writing.


So many, but really it’s because I have too many to read. One though that I’ve been prolonging for some time is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, only because it’s a massive read and I  have so many series going already. I need to finish those before I turn to it. And I want to enjoy it.


Considering that I’ve read Harry Potter sixteen times and keep going back to each every year if time allows… I already reread the first one this year. I’m trying to fit in the second this month.

Jane Eyre is the other annual read 🙂


I have quite a few books that I got for a really good price. About thirty on my shelf came courtesy of a book fair where most were priced either at 2.00 or 3.00. Notably of those: Ysabel by Guy Gavrial Kay, The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough &


Alphabetically by author. Always and forevermore. I really can’t conceive of any other way. I could of course add in subcategories, but I like to have an eclectic range on each shelf.


I’ve read a lot of books in less than an hour. The last Harry Potter took me a grand total of five hours to read. And I devoured it 🙂

Longest time was probably Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin. It took me nearly a month to go through it, only because I was in the middle of a busy school schedule and was stealing minutes to read. It was a travesty.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had me holed up in my room for an afternoon reading it. I always got the books the day they came out because I had to read them! I refused to leave until I was done. And when I came out…I was leaking. Honestly, I couldn’t stop crying. And I couldn’t tell anyone why because I was the only one who had read it at that time. Boy, did I go on a fanfic binge that day!


Difficult to choose. I think that I have to go with The Darkest Road by Guy Gavrial Kay. The last book in the Fionavar Tapestry it was such a beautiful piece of work. So poetic, so gorgeous. It truly inspired me and touched my heart in a way that only the rarest books do. I will never forget it.


I am looking forward to reading a few books, some I’ve already gotten to, but here are ones to come:

  1. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz: the final book in the Odd Thomas series. I can’t wait to see how Koontz concludes this astounding work. But I’m also anxious to be done. I don’t know how to fill the void.
  2. The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavrial Kay. How many times have I mentioned Kay now?? Apparently this is one of his best works. I don’t know what that means considering that the others are so stupendous!


So many! In a perfect world, all the boos on my TBR shelf (that’s my actual shelf, not my Goodreads one). Here are some major ones:

  1. The King Without a Kingdom by Maurice Druon – the seventh & final book in the Accursed Kings series.
  2. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – The 1st book in a trilogy.
  4. Finish Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series (I think I have another four to go)
  5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – first in the Mistborn series – I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while. This year, I’ll finally start it

I’ll stop there for now. I could keep going on!


If you haven’t been tagged yet and would like to do this tag for yourself, please do and just let me know once it’s done so I can check out your answers 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink


7 Deadly Sins Tag | Guess I’m It…

Hi everyone,

I’ve slowly been creeping out of self-imposed isolation. It was my best intention to work on my WIP and get ‘er done, but, well, best intentions lead to some place as I’ve heard.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights I was occupied with attending a lecture on God’s mercy given by our diocese’s bishop. It was a truly inspiring event and I was pleased to attend so I’m not too upset that it cut into my necessary writing time.

Anyway, this week I’m going to retreat yet again with the  hope of finally being done with this draft! Let’s see what comes out of it…

In the meantime, I’ve realized how many posts I’ve been tagged in and I figured I should start trying to catch up. This one comes from the very talented Holly Evans whom you should check out HERE! She is one of my inspirations. Please go follow her and discover her wonderful stories 🙂

Now onto the tag:


Pride. Share a line or small scene that you’re really proud to have written. 

“Our destinies aren’t written in the ever-changing sands. They are etched into the very heart of the land.”

Envy. Tell us about the book you wish that’d you written. 

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. This book jumps into my head because it’s one of the first books I read that truly inspired me to start writing. I just adore the eclectic cast of characters and the way the story unfolds with its many twists. Beautifully written, it is one of my inspirations.

Jane Eyre is a close second 🙂

Wrath. Tell us about a trope or cliche that makes you furious.

Love triangles, especially in young adult novels can really annoy me, especially when they include the same three: protagonist female, dangerous bad boy, sweet friend who never stands a chance.

Gluttony. Tell us about a trope you just can’t get enough of.

I really do love a classic hero plot in fantasy especially when that hero is supported by a large, eclectic group of supporting characters.

Lust. Tell us about a character you’d do unspeakable things to. 

Well, I don’t know about unspeakable things, but I’d love to get intimate with Morpheus from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. He’s a profound character, deeply layered and mysterious and the god of dreams 🙂

Sloth. Tell us about your favourite form of procrastination. 

Goodreads is one of the top ones. I also can get sucked into perusing Twitter at times. Most of my procrastination though is writing based. I search writing blogs for inspiration and information.

Greed. Tell us which authors top of your auto-buy list. 

Neil Gaiman is up there. I love everything he’s ever written – graphic novel or novel or short story collection. Guy Gavriel Kay is another one I hold in the highest esteem.

And of course there’s JK Rowling 🙂


Thanks for taking the time to read and if you haven’t been tagged — and I know most of you have — please feel free to take part and then let me know once you have!

In the meantime, I promise I’ll be catching up later tonight and tomorrow with blog posts & comments.

Stay well and talk soon 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink