“Heartless” Word Crawl

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Yes. I drew that picture. Yes. I am proud of it.

In preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo I wrote a word craw to the story of “Heartless” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and I thought I’d share it all with you guys in the case that you’re a fan of the book and need something to help with motivation while you crank out however many words your project is this session.

Apologies, for it is a bit long, and do not read further if you have not finished this book, because there are spoilers ahead.


You and your brother go down to the Old Bridge nearly every day. Send your brother on a quest to find the Flowing Gold of Rudiobus. Sprint for ten minutes as he searches for the gold, giving you time to work on your poetry.

You decide you want to cross the bridge. Write 100 words before you see something golden on the other bank of the stream.

It’s a blind cat! Word war for five minutes as you and your brother argue over what to do with it.

Five years later, you are a princess of an age to be courted and married. Write 500 words as you wait for potential suitors to come calling.

They don’t seem to be anywhere in sight, so Nurse sends you off to your history lesson. Write for 20 minutes as you wait for the history lecture to be over.

Suddenly, you look out the window and what is it but the 12 year market? Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you race to the courtyard to escape your studies.

The market is amazing! There are extraordinary vendors selling wares out of this world. You try to see everything there is to see, but there is so little time! Choose something to observe closely:

The Unicorn Fry: write the last three digits of your word count

Malgril’s silver statues: sprint to the nearest thousand

The fabrics of the feather haired woman: finish the scene you are writing

Your brother tries on a pair of seven-league boots. Needless to say, one moment he’s there, another he’s gone. Write 200 words while sir Oeric goes off to find him.

You get bored after a few minutes, so you decide to explore some more. You meet a mysterious goblin who offers to show you your fortune. Write for 10 minutes as you enter the tent.

Torkom, the fortune teller, hands you a concave shield, a dragon’s scale, and urges you to look into it. Sprint to 500 words as you see terrible things.

Prince Aethelbald pulls you away from the fortune teller and you instantly forget everything you saw. Write for 15 minutes as you curse the red blotches that appear in abundance across your nose as you voice your disapproval to this remarkably unnoticeable man.

Next thing you know, the Prince of Farthestshore is coming to dinner. Write 300 words while you complain about him to your Nurse.

Your dress barely leaves you any room to breathe. Sprint to 100 words as you try to get comfortable amongst your many skirts and bothersome hair plumes.

Aethelbald comes to dinner and, before soup is served, proposes to you. Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you refuse his proposal of marriage, feeling more embarrassed by the minute.

You have a terrible dream that night. Write for ten minutes as you try to remember what happened in it.

Write to the nearest thousand as you embroider your best bean-men onto the tapestry of The Bane of Corrilond.

Give Monster a bath. Word War for 20 minutes as you fight a battle against your cat. If you lose: Write 100 words as you try to bandage the cut Monster leaves on your nose.

Prince Gervais has arrived to pay his respects! Sprint to 500 words as you quickly stuff yourself into your best dress.

Write for ten minutes as you listen to Gervais brag about his time hunting dragons.

You go for an early morning walk in the garden. Who comes and sings you a romantic song but Prince Gervais himself? Write as fast as you can for five minutes as your heart increases its pace.

Eanrin does some surreptitious research for his prince. Write 100 words as Felix eavesdrops on this conversation.

Your heart is crushed when Gervais is forced to leave because of his gambling habits. Write for 10 minutes as you blame it all on Aethelbald.

Eanrin gives Aethelbald some love advice. Sprint to 200 words as Aethelbald considers a career in mousing.

Summer begins and you go for a walk. Word war for 10 minutes as you watch the guards keep a Jester from entering the courtyard.

You follow the path into the woods and come to the old bridge. Write 300 words as you write a poem to the song of the thrush.

Aethelbald comes from the other side of the creek. Write for 5 minutes as he converses with you about your poetry.

As you’re walking home, a figure falls from the top of the wall right on top of you. Write 3% of your word count as you meet Leonard the jester.

Leonard performs for you and your family. Write 300 words as you are entertained.

Aethelbald lets you know he is leaving. Sprint to 100 words as you give him a piece of your mind.

The news comes of your newest suitor. The Duke of Shippening. He arrives five days later. Write the last three numbers of your word count as Leonard sings a song mocking the Duke.

Leonard reveals himself as Prince Lionheart of Southlands. Sprint to 500 words as he bids you farewell and you give him your heart.

Word war for 15 minutes as you and your father have a conversation about two completely different people.

Leonard-Lionheart has been gone for a long time and every day you long for his return. You take a trip down to the old bridge and there on the far side of the bridge is the Dragon. Write furiously for 10 minutes before he forces you to invite him over for dinner.

You are now a prisoner inside your own home. Everything is grey and covered in ash. Write 100 words as you bemoan your fate.

The Duke of Shippening comes and asks the Dragon for you on the grounds of a promise. Sprint to 200 words as you anxiously listen to their conversation.

The Dragon tells you that Leonard forgot all about you and is now settling down with his childhood friend. Write for 10 minutes as you insist it isn’t true.

Felix, on the run from the armies of the Duke, is attacked by a dragon. Attempt a 50 headed hydra as he fights back. If you fail: Write 200 words as Aethelbald fights off the dragon.

The Dragon speaks to you. You come to him one day and he gives you a kiss. Sprint to the nearest thousand as you are changed into a dragon.

Roll a die and write 100 times what you roll. You fly through many cities, burning.

In a town, you see Prince Gervais. He does not recognize you. Word war for 10 minutes as you burn once again.

Felix is safe in the Prince’s Haven in the care of Dame Imraldera. Take a 10 minute break as he recuperates.

You come to Southlands and a Veiled girl comes to you. Write 300 words as you accept her help.

You see Leonard standing next to his bride-to-be. He sees you in the crowd. Write for 10 minutes as you wait for him to come to you.

You call him a coward for not having killed the dragon and burn once again. Sprint to 200 as you flee.

Flying across the desert, you soon come to the home of dragons. A yellow-eyed boy takes you under his wing and gives you a tour. Write for 20 minutes.

Aethelbald comes to Lionheart for help. Write 120 words, 10 for each man who Lionheart sent.

Aethelbald is captured by the dragons. Sprint for 15 minutes as you listen to Diarmid’s tale.

Attempt a 50 headed hydra as you steal the key to Aethelbald’s cage from the Bane of Corriond. If you fail, the key falls out of your hand and sprint to 400 words as you pick it up before she can see it.

Felix is determined to leave the Haven. Write 300 words as Imraldera tries to keep him back.

Write for 20 minutes as Aethelbald convinces you to come with him.

Diarmid finds you escaping. Word war for 10 minutes as you fight.

You fly away, and wake up on a beach. Write for 30 minutes as you have a conversation with someone you cannot see.

Aethelbald offers to change you back from a dragon, and you accept. Write 200 words as his sword pierces your chest and you lose your fire.

The dragon begins looting your father’s storehouses. Roll a die and try to write 200 words in that number of minutes.

Aethelbald gives you his heart and you free your father and brother from the Dragon. Sprint to 300 words. Aethelbald goes to fight the dragon.

In the form of a thrush, Aethelbald enters the Dragon’s mouth and in man form stabs his sword into the dragon’s brain, killing him. Write for 10 minutes to release the tension you felt throughout the battle.

You and Aethelbald get engaged. Write 500 words in 15 minutes as you plan your wedding. If you fail, write 100 words while Felix is stuffed into the latest Parumvir fashion.

Your wedding is held by the sea, and you begin to see the faeries all around you. Sprint to 200 words as you look at them, then have a well earned rest, as Aethelbald takes you to his country.


Have fun at camp!

See ya ’round!

Catherine

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Shadows of the Hersweald: Book Review

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Welcome to the launch of Shadows of the Hersweald, the third novella in the Legends of Light series! If you enjoy Christian fantasy and fairy tale retellings, you’ll want to check out this Hansel and Gretel novella.


Review

I do not think I could recommend this book enough! Shadows of the Hersweald wowed me with nearly everything from the writing to the characters and themes woven through it. I love fantasy and fairy-tale retellings, so naturally this is the kind of story I would read, but it also has elements of allegory woven throughout (which I usually don’t like) but it was brilliantly handled in this story and I did not find the allegorical parts too overbearing or preachy.

I don’t know if I’ve said it yet, but I love Hope’s writing. Every word throughout this tale is important. Sentences flow together seamlessly to make a quick and easy read that isn’t lacking in vocabulary or stylistic techniques. Hope has a few writing quirks that I’ve begun to pick up on after reading most of her works, such as certain phrases she uses or unique sentence structures. It’s not often that I’m able to find the author’s fingerprint in a book so easily, so that definitely made the writing more special, at least to me.

In this story, Haydn is the main character and he is intent on rejecting the Prince’s pardon. He thinks some people are not deserving of mercy, and that people need to be punished for what they’ve done. He’s now one of the few characters to receive the honor of joining my list known as “Main Characters Whom I Actually Like”. He is an interesting character in the fact that he is not perfect, he is probably suffering from PTSD, and…well, don’t let me spoil things for you ;). Even the secondary characters–whether it be Gorawen, Traveon, or their parents–are detailed, original, and interesting in their own way with hidden motives and differing personalities.

As I began this book, I began asking questions. Why is Haydn against the pardon? Why does he think he doesn’t deserve mercy? Why doesn’t he think others deserve it? Most of my questions regarding Haydn and the central theme of the book were answered by the end of the tale, leaving me satisfied in that area (although I would like to know more about what happens to the characters in the future). The advertised theme for this book is peace, and this is woven through the story in a subtle way, just like the storyline of Hansel and Gretel and the allegorical plot points. However, I found that redemption was a more obvious theme, although the two go hand in hand in a way.

There were very few things I did not like about this book, and one of them was the fact that it was too short. There was no language, and barely any romance, although there definitely is violence. The only thing that could be considered inappropriate was a comment that someone made after finding Haydn and Gorawen alone in the woods, and it was very subtle.

So, if you like fairy tale rewritings with a dash of allegory and Christian themes, you will definitely enjoy this book. And even if you don’t enjoy reading what I just listed, you could still give it a try. And really, what’s not tempting about the cover? You know we all judge books by their covers to some extent…

In summary: Get this book! It’s definitely worth it!

Have a great day, and don’t forget to follow the blog tour! (links below) 🙂


Shadows of the Hersweald CoverThey would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

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Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

Buy now on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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About the Author:

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Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration. You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 27

Brie Donning – Review, sneak peak

Erudessa Aranduriel – Interview, quotes

Tuesday, March 28

Catherine Regitz (me!)– Book review

Raechel – Quotes

S. F. – Review, interview, quotes

Wednesday, March 29

Audrey Caylin – sneak peek

Ivy Rose – Quotes

Thursday, March 30

Marrok Macintyre – Interview

Rebekah – sneak peek

Friday, March 31

Elle – Review, interview

Hannah Whatley – Review, interview, quotes

Saturday, April 1

Sarah – Review, interview, sneak peek

Wysteria Campion – Review, interview, quotes

Rebeca Morgan – Interview, quotes

The Perks of Working at Chick-fil-A

Well hello everyone! I know I have not been blogging regularly, and I blame that on my new job which involves me woking 20-some hours a week, and with at least ten hours to go to sleep every night (I am an insomniac so I need more time than most people to get in my eight hours), it leaves me 70 or so hours in which to get my eating, writing, schoolwork, reading, binge-watching, and procrastinating done.

So I have been working at Chick-fil-A , for a little over a week, having started last Thursday, and I am here to tell you why it is an awesome place to work!

Note: this list is in no particular order, and is not completely serious. Just for fun 🙂

  • It’s a job! It’s better than sitting at home
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    everyday spending many hours hours a week staring at the computer screen… And it also means I’m able to afford certain things I’ve been wanting to get;)

  • Extroversion practice! If you’re a hardcore introvert like me who can go days without talking to their best friends and not feel withdrawn or anything, you will definitely be astounded at the amount of extroversion you have to exhibit on a daily basis.
  • It’s a small world! Even though I do not live in the south, the phrase “Everyone works at Chick-fil-A” still applies. Really. Two people who I am graduating with work there, a guy who teaches at my co-op, and my horse riding teacher from when I was twelve. Also, a lot of familiar people come to the restaurant. I’ve seen people from my co-op, LBC, and other people I recognize.
  • Everyone who works there is incredibly nice. They seem happy to have me around. Maybe it’s because my social anxiety has disappeared, but I think it’s also because everyone there is very kind and patient.
  • Development of upper body strength! No kidding. It takes a lot of arm strength to refill the lemonade and tea cannisters, and to bring the buckets full of those beverages out to the front of the store, not to mention scooping ice…
  • A new vocabulary! Now, on a daily basis, whenever someone says “thank you” I will automatically reply with “my pleasure”. Not to mention a repeated use of “I can serve the next guest”, “May I refresh your beverage?”, and “thank you”.
  • Lip reading. There are a ton of people in the restaurant on a daily basis (especially saturdays. Yikes!), and therefore there is a lot of noise, which means you have to speak louder, and for some reason, the guest doesn’t get the memo, so you have to interpret what they’re saying by reading their lips.
  • Time-management becomes a new priority. Needless to say, I no longer have time to procrastinate on pinterest, so instead I spend that time reading or catching up on my science. And it’s also forcing me to realise that I can’t really have spontaneous get-togethers with my friends. They need to be planned out at least a week in advance so I can ask for time off of work.
  • Discounted food!!!! Although the one downside of this is that my sister is craving Chick-fil-A on a daily basis, and is constantly demanding me bring her home everything from a chicken sandwich to a frosted strawberry lemonade (which is amazing). Between a pregnant woman and my sister craving food, I know who would win.
  • Seriously though. Try the frosted strawberry lemonade. It is to die for.

And this concludes my list :). Have a great day!

*quickly reads over post one time before publishing because Sundays are precious to the Chick-fil-A employee and I relish all the free time I can get*

God bless!

Catherine

Mercy of Fate: A Free Short Story!

Before the unveiling of Tauscher’s rebellion…

Before war descended on the village of Nerthach…

Before loyalties split and friendships shattered…

Haydn is determined to put his stealthmanship to the test. With Traveon’s help, and a gift for Gorawen as his goal, he is careless of any risk. As he gazes at the Governor’s Keep, he has two thoughts: he can’t allow himself to be caught, and this will be an adventure worth remembering.

A Shadows of the Hersweald short story.

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Hello everyone! I am here to tell you of an amazing short story that is available for free!!

Hope Ann is a phenomenal writer, and this story is no exception. Set several years before her newest novella, Shadows of the Hersweald, it’s a small insight into the background of the main character, Haydn, and it might give you incentive to buy the book. 😉

So you might as well go and get this story for free. Just click on the picture and it should take you where it’s supposed to go:

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Have a wonderful day!

Catherine

 

Just what I’ve been up to :)

So I realised I haven’t written anything in two weeks….whoops.

What have I been doing in this absence?

Well, not writing for one.

I spent a good amount of time stressing about my exam for my psychology class, but I passed my exam with an A. Yay! First college exam passed, umpteen more to go…

Then, I started orientation for my new job at Chick-fil-A, which was a week long process, and tomorrow I go in for my first day of work where I will be trained on service. Also, I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out how to hem my uniform pants which came a little too long for me. I spent nearly all afternoon accomplishing that task because my sister (who is the sewing expert) is in Oklahoma right now visiting our cousins.

Speaking of Vick, it’s very nice to have our room all to myself so I can make a mess and not get yelled at. 🙂

Okay, okay. I’m not making that big of a mess. Currently, most of the mess is me rearranging my closet. It’s a very time consuming process involving me rereading old writing (which includes explosive laughter*, embarrassment, and a lot of nostalgia), throwing bucket loads of stuff away (literally), and making “coming of the closet” jokes every time I have to leave to stretch my legs.

Cleaning the closet also gave the opportunity to listen to a lot of music. I tend to listen to it as an album since James (my iPod) doesn’t have an auto play feature on YouTube and can’t download Pandora or Spotify. So far I have listened to: “No Sound Without Silence” by The Script (10/10. Fav song: Superheroes), “How to Save a Life” by The Fray (8/10. Fav song: How to Save a Life), “Blurryface” by Twenty One Pilots (11/10. Fav Song: all of them), “Vessel” by Twenty One Pilots (12/10. Fav song: Guns For Hands and basically all of them), “Vices and Virtues” by Panic! at the Disco (9/10. I’m a P!atD fan by osmosis**. Fav song: House of Memories or Always You (or whatever it’s called))

I also happened to rearrange my bookshelf and discovered I own over 100 books (but I want more…), which makes me feel accomplished as a bookworm. 😀

Yesterday was Pi Day, renamed by me as Pie Day. So, I made Pie. I spent the evening on monday making an apple and lemon merengue pie (I also learned how to spell merengue as I texted my sister for the recipe), and know why I’m in service and not in culinary for my new job because I have terrible cooking habits. We had the apple pie for breakfast, then went outside to shovel the ten inches or so of snow we got the night before. Then for lunch we had chicken pot pie, and supper consisted of shepherd’s pie and the lemon merengue pie. And nobody celebrated pi. We just celebrated pie for it is worthy.

Also, an interesting realisation I had: so this week is spring break at the college I am taking my psychology class at, and it also happens to be the only week it really snows in our area. Confusing much?

Yep. So that is what I have been up to. Nothing too important. Just rambling. I’m hoping on posting some writing in the next week, but no promises.

See ya’ll later!

Catherine

*I accidentally tore a page out of a notebook by laughing so hard. **It happens when you are stuck in a car with your Panic! obsessed friend and they just got four of their albums for christmas and therefore that’s the soundtrack for the entire car ride.

February Books

My goal for the year of 2017 is to read 100 books. So, hey? Why don’t I talk about all the books I read last month which went towards the goal? This won’t really be a collection of reviews (because I read a lot this month) but more or less my opinions and my suggestions.

The Abolition of Man. I started reading this book months back, but then I found it again and finished it this month. It was good, with some very deep concepts that actually made sense to me (I usually hate nonfiction like this because it never makes any sense). However, the Chronicles of Narnia will always be my favorite C. S. Lewis books.

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman With a Box. This book was awesome! I read a review

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on another book in this series and discovered there was a Doctor Who version. After a little bit of thought, I bought the book and a few days later, I started reading it. It was a nice
reward for me after finishing my psychology class reading, and I kinda did a little happy squeal every time they mentioned one of the subjects I was learning about in my class. They covered many aspects of psychology, focusing mainly on personality which is the topic that made me interested in psychology in the first place. However, this was not written from a Christian worldview, so there is a bit of evolutionary thought, but not a whole bunch.

The Shakespeare Stealer Shakespeare’s Scribe. The first one was a reread, and I loved it as much the second time as I did the first, even though I remembered almost everything that happened. However, it was my first time reading the second one. It was faster in pace than the first, but I liked it a lot less, although Widge’s character development is to be applauded, but the author tore out my heart, ate it, stabbed it, then lit it on fire. Not certain if I’m going to read the third book.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. This. Was. Amazing!!! I had seen the trailers a hundred times and seen all the gif sets on pinterest (and read all the reviews that should have been marked as spoilers), therefore I knew more or less what was going to happen. But I still fell in love with the characters, fell in love with the story, and nearly cried at the end. Also this was the first screenplay I read other than my own (which I have never finished. hehe). Also, two days after finishing this, I went and watched the movie 😀

I am the Great Horse. This was a source of nostlagia for me because I read this book at least four times when I was a kid within months of each other (note that this is a very rare treatment because I usually cannot reread books). I rediscovered characters I had forgotten about (and one who might have become a bit of an inspiration for one of my own) and once again was reminded why I absolutely love historical fiction.

The Secret Series (books #1, #2, #3, &4). This was nostalgia again. I read the first two books once before on my cousin’s kindle and really really liked them, then reread them because I told my mom they would make great books for my younger brothers to read. They’re humorous, and full of fun facts about things like synesthesia and alchemy, although slightly dark for being a children’s book. Then I read books 3 and 4 for the first time. I love the author’s sense of humor.

Stars Above. I read the Lunar Chronicles a while ago and liked them a lot, so I was excited when I found out there was this collection of short stories. I didn’t really have a particular favorite, although I nearly cried over “the Little Android”, and was making happy squeals and everything over “Something Old, Something New.”

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Heartless. This was a reread, and boy am I glad I reread it. Tales of Goldstone Wood is the best series ever and you had better go out now and buy a copy of all eight books and novellas. If you want a reason, it is because Anne Elisabeth Stengl has put the series on hiatus and buying more of them will give her incentive to change her mind.

Rapunzel Let Down. This was a fast paced book (sort of) and I stayed up until two o’clock in the morning finishing it. Word of warning though, do not read this if you are a younger child. It’s got some pretty heavy subject matter, and almost too much for my taste. It stuck close to the original fairy tale, and that at least made me happy. And the fact that my favorite character didn’t die either, although I was really scared at the end that he would be killed. My favorite characters tend to meet those kinds of ends.

Counts:

13 books

4.30 average rating (They were all pretty good)

2 favorite character death ( not counting the death of my third and fourth favorite characters in I am The Great Horse) 

Have you ever read any of these books? What are your opinions on them?

Thanks for reading!

Catherine