1. When I was in second grade and I could swim perfectly well, I had a friend who couldn't swim and my mother signed me up to take swimming lessons with her. The water was so freezing that I had a phobia of water for the rest of second grade and would act sick to get out of swimming lessons.
2. I am very organized... except I have to work super hard to keep my room clean even as an adult.
3. I used to pronounce my name as "pin" when I was a toddler.
4. My family is gigantic. I'll draw you a family tree sometime. I'm not even exaggerating. It's huge.
5. When I was child, I was the girl who constantly had bruises all over her legs and also scratches and cuts and bandages. At one point, it was so bad that one of my teachers suspected I was getting abused and talked to my parents, who didn't let me go outside and play for weeks.
6. I have never owned a cat, a fish, or a guinea pig, only dogs.
7. I am obsessed with photography.
8. I constantly cry at the movies. I cry at almost every movie I go to. I even cry when I'm watching a movie at a friend's house or my own watching a movie.
9. I've never been stung by a bee.
10. Once when I was sick, my dad took me to the doctor, who prescribed me some medication, which caused my entire body to be covered in hives, and I had that awful rash for three weeks. I have a phobia of being prescribed that medication again.
11. I have broken my right arm twice and my left leg once.
12. When I was 11 years old, I had my first cup of tea and I despised it. When I was 15, I befriended a girl who was obsessed with tea and made me retry it, and to this day it is my favorite drink.
13. I hate jelly.
14. I hate roller coasters.
15. As a kid, there was a girl at my school who I hated, but all the teachers loved her and they thought it was adorable that she had an imaginary friend, so I made one up named Ariki, but I didn't actually believe in him. They thought it was disgusting when I introduced them to Ariki, but they loved Jill and her friend Dolly.
16. I LOVE to eat.
17. I love running and exercising.
18. I am majoring in Social Work with a minor in Anthropology.
19. I am named Wren because my mother had a dream that a little wren bird came to her and told her she was pregnant. The next day, she took a test and the wren was right.
20. If I were a boy I would be named Ben.
21. I believe in love.
22. I like beards on certain guys, but mustaches turn me off.
23. When I was in fourth grade, I shared a room with one of my sisters and I used to say really weird stuff and talk really fast in my sleep.
24. I don't really like a book that's just romance, but I love romantic movies.
Finals suck. Sorry for absence!!!!!! Let's just get into this tag, cuz it's a long one.
Tagged by readingisamazingyoushouldtry!
1. What are your wearing?
I am wearing a boyfriend tank from Target along with some white jean shorts from American Eagle and mint green combat boots that a friend got me. That makes me seem really girly and dressed up. I'm not. Yesterday, I was wearing $5 leggings from Target and a Quidditch shirt.
2. Ever been in love?
Yes, with my current boyfriend (and some fictional characters). Speaking of my boyfriend, a lot of you have been asking questions about him, so comment if you want a boyfriend tag!
3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
4. How tall are you?
I am 5'7.
5. How much do you weigh?
I don't weigh myself, so I don't really know... I would say about 110?
6. Any tattoos?
No, and I don't know if I'm going to get any or not. I'm kind of debating it in my brain.
7. Any piercings?
My ears are pierced, and my right ear has two piercings.
Four and Tris, Hazel Grace and Augustus, Lena and Alex, Captain Hook and Emma, Temperance and Seeley... THERE ARE SO MANY I CAN'T EVEN
9. Favorite shows?
Bones, Switched At Birth, 60 Minutes, Law and Order SVU, Dateline, 20/20, Castle, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Resurrection, Criminal Minds, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family...
10. Favorite bands?
The Beatles, Coldplay, Lifehouse, One Direction, One Republic, The Four Tops, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, and Diana Ross and the Supremes.
11. Something you miss?
I miss my grandmother, who recently passed away. I miss my parents and my four siblings, because I don't get to see them a lot right now. I miss my dogs back home with my family, my Emma and my Pepper. I miss Tori, another one of my dogs at home who recently passed away at age 14.
12. Favorite song?
I have a lot, but my current favorites are Find You by Zedd, Matthew Koma, and Miriam Bryant, Hey Brother by Avicii, Viva La Vida by Coldplay, every song Ed Sheeran has ever sung, and Skin by Shere Khan.
13. How old are you?
I am 21 years old.
14. Zodiac sign?
I am a Libra.
15. Quality you look for in a partner?
I like him to be kind, humorous, sweet, honest, preferably British...
16. Favorite quote?
I love so many quotes that it's unbelievable, but my favorite is... "I solemnly swear I am up to no good."
17. Favorite actor?
Robert Downey Jr, Jason Isaacs, Bradley Cooper, Theo James, Katherine Heigl, Emily Deschanel, Leslie Mann, Jason Seigel, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. (and those last three are not just for hunger games)
18. Favorite color?
19. Loud music or soft?
Somewhere in between.
20. Where do you go when you're sad?
My bedroom...or the kitchen...THIS IS A NO JUDGEMENT CIRCLE!
21. How long does it take you to shower?
10 to 15 minutes.
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
A little less than an hour.
23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes, with my siblings.
24. Turn on?
British, funny, sweet, and loves books.
25. Turn off?
Selfish, TOO muscular, hates books, rude.
26. Reason for joining YouTube?
I am not a YouTuber. I've only made a couple of videos on there, but I originally made the channel and this blog to share my love of books with the world and get in touch with other book lovers!
Drowning, not being loved by anyone, being locked in a small space...
28. Last thing that made you cry?
I rewatched Toy Story 3 with my boyfriend today.
29. Last time you said you loved someone?
Today to my boyfriend and also to my parents and my dogs.
30. Meaning behind your YouTube name?
My blog and YouTube name is Book Chirp, because my name, Wren, is a bird, and I love "chirping" about books.
31. Last book you read? Summer of the Geek by Piper Banks.
32. Currently reading? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
33. Last show you watched?
I watched a Castle marathon last night.
34. Last person you talked to?
My best friend Katie.
35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?
My friend Annie.
36. Favorite food?
37. Place you want to visit?
I want to travel all over the world, but particularly England and Thailand.
38. Last place you were?
My apartment, where I am now.
39. Do you have a crush?
40. Last time you kissed someone?
I kissed my boyfriend earlier today.
41. Last time you were insulted?
42. Favorite flavor of sweet?
Strawberry and watermelon.
43. What instruments do you play?
Drums, piano, guitar, bass, viola, and cello.
44. Favorite piece of jewelry?
A ring that my grandmother gave me before she died.
45. Last sport you played?
I played soccer with friends yesterday.
46. Last song you sang?
This song that I heard on the radio but IT'S STUCK IN MY HEAD...something about American Apparel underwear...
47. Favorite chat up line?
48. Ever used it?
49. Last time you hung out with someone?
50. Who should answer these questions next?
YOU. YES, YOU!
I created my own tag!!! This is based on the Beauty Scenario Tag. I changed the questions so they applied to books!
1. You have to get rid of all of your fantasy, dystopian, and sci-fi books (YA or not). You can only keep one expensive book and one cheap book. What do you keep??
For my expensive book, I choose Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I know it wasn't super expensive, but I bought the hardcover and the collector's edition, so... For my cheap book, I choose Shatter Me by Taherah Mahfi. I got it for $3.75. HARDCOVER...
2. You go for an interview. The lady interviewer is reading your favorite contemporary book. What is it?
Looking For Alaska by John Green.
3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick-me-up. Which book do you reread to make yourself feel great?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I LOVE THAT BOOK.
4. You go back in time to your elementary, middle school, or high school years. What would you change about your reading "style"?
I would start reading YA and teenage books earlier.
5. Your most highly anticipated release this year (what is it?) is available for pre-order at the bookstore. it comes out a few days early, but when you go to get it, the bookstore has accidentally reserved another one of your highly anticipated releases (what is it?). Do you just take the book and don't complain to the store, take the book but also reserve the book you originally wanted, or give the book back and demand a free copy of the book you ordered?
I would take the book, but reserve the one I originally wanted. My two top releases this year are The One by Kiera Cass and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.
6. A friend surprises you with a 4-day break to your dream destination. You can only pack one book. What do you pack????
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. You can't get tired of this book, even if you're reading it over and over and over.
7. Your house has been robbed. Everything is safe except for your books. What is the book that you really hope is safe?
Dorothy's Dream. It originally belonged to my grandmother, who gave it to my mother, who gave it to me.
8. Your friend borrows a book and returns it in horrible condition. Do you a) pretend not to notice, b) ask them to repurchase it, or c) do the same to one of their books?
I would ask them to repurchase it, because I wouldn't want to ruin one of their books, but i'm a sucker for condition.
I don't feel like explaining. Raeleen will explain it!
My five books are Cinder, Delirium, Catching Fire, The Fault In Our Stars, and Looking For Alaska. Le go.
The first book out of the hat is Catching Fire, so let's flip to a random page.
1. The first to die
Gale. Sad face. He probably died protecting his family, because that's what a beautiful person Gale is. I'm depressed.
2. The person I trip to get away from the zombies
Haymitch. I wouldn't trip Haymitch! He's awesome.
The next book is Cinder.
3. The first person to turn into a zombie
4. The person who trips me to get away from the zombies
Torin. I never liked him.
Next is Looking For Alaska.
5. The idiot of the team
The Colonel. Well...umm...I...but...I don't know what to think of that.
6. The brains of the team
Takumi. We're in deep trouble.
Our next book is Delirium.
7. The team medic
Hana....I think I want to quit this team.
8. The weapons expert
Alex. Okay, that's good with me.
And lastly, The Fault In Our Stars.
9. The brawler
10. The team captain
The father of Gus.
For today's blog, I decided to talk about books, both fiction and nonfiction, that really represent girl power and women's rights. This is a really important cause to me! Please feel free to talk about the books you want to read or have read that represent the power of us ladies. So, let's get started! (these are books I haven't read)
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lizzie Bennett is a really strong character who sticks it to the man, so I really want to read about her.
2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I REALLY want to read about Anne Frank. I've read a ton of books about her, but I haven't read her diary. She was so courageous and sweet.
3. Esperanza Rising by Pan Munez Ryan
Esperanza reinvents herself and is very compassionate and brave in the story.
4. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
This is a book about a girl living in Pakistan who must make a choice: freedom or family honor.
5. Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out by Hillary Carlip
Girls from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives write letters, poems, stories, and notes about their worries, hopes, dreams, and experiences.
6. Sold by Patricia McCormick
Lakshimi leaves her home in Nepal thinking she's going to work in the city as a maid. Instead, the thirteen year-old discovers she's been sold into India's sex slave trade.
7. The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell
Rowell writes about her time in the foster-care system and how she rose out of it.
8. The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas
This book tells of how media and pop culture affects women today.
9. Growing Up With Girl Power by Rebecca C. Hains
The ultimate girl power guide.
10. Fight Like A Girl by Lisa Bevere
How should a woman define herself?
Thank you SO much for reading! There will be a post about YA Fiction girl power books coming up soon, so stay tuned for that, and don't forget to enter my giveaway on YouTube!! Bye!
I'm SO, SO, SO sorry for the brief hiatus this month. I've been extremely busy with school and some other stuff, but I am back!! And, for today, I'm going to be doing the Bookish Spiderman Tag. I was tagged by abookadaykeepsthelibrarianaway, so, if you haven't already, please check her out.
This tag was created by TheReading Rhodes, so click the video on the right to watch it! So, let's get into it!
So, the premise of the tag is you have to choose a book character to fit the character from Spiderman, and then, at the end, they are all put together for a description of the story you've created. Let's get started!!!!!
1. Peter Parker (favorite male character/main character/hero)
This one is a little obvious, but I choose Harry Potter. He's a wizard and he's kind, funny, sweet, cute, and just a great character. He's very brave as well.
2. Harry Osborn (male character/best friend that turns against hero)
I choose Al from Divergent. I know that's a little iffy, but I love Al, even after the horrible things he did. He was battling demons, and, in that rush, he turned against Tris because he was so hurt.
3. Gwen Stacy (female character/love interest)
For Gwen, I am copying the booktuber Bekah AwesoemBookNut (she is AMAZING, check her out). She said that Gwen Stacy dies, so she chose a character who she likes but isn't so attached to them. And I choose the same character Bekah chose- America from The Selection. I like America, but I just hated her in The Elite, so I would choose her. Plus, she has red hair, like Gwen.
4. Mary Jane Watson (female character/love interest/hero)
For Mary Jane, I choose Phoebe from Oh. My. Gods. Phoebe is very independent and kind. She's brave and witty. She's smart and she is such an amazing character. She's kind of different from America, which is probobably good for Harry.
5. Uncle Ben (father figure/uncle who eventually dies)
I choose Mr. Today from The Unwanteds. Mr. Todayis like the dad to all of the kids and even teachers and guardians in Artime, so he is an amazing father figure, and I think he would be a great dad for Harry.
6. Aunt May (mother figure/aunt who raises hero)
I choose Amma from Beautiful Creatures. Even though you get a little upset with her at times, Amma is an amazing surrogate mother to Ethan after his mother dies...and before that, really.
7. Green Goblin (villain/arch enemy)
I choose Jeanine from Divergent. She is very ruthless and power-hungry, so it's very difficult to defeat her, which makes her a great villain. She thinks things out, and her last-minute moves are rare.\
8. New York City (place/location)
I choose Paris! Paris is the setting in Anna and the French Kiss and Getting A Life, Even If You're Dead. Paris just makes everything so amazing.
9. Stan Lee (author/creator)
I choose Lauren Oliver, who wrote Before I Fall, the Delirium trilogy, and Liesel and Po. She is a great author and I love her writing style and her character development.
Here's the description!
A brand new story by Lauren Oliver, featuring a hero named Harry Potter. He is raised by his Aunt Amma and his Uncle Today. His uncle eventually dies when killed by a random criminal. This inspires Harry to avenge his uncle and fight evil in Paris, their hometown. He falls in love with America Singer, who is killed by arch enemy Jeanine. Harry kills Jeanine in the fight that ensues after the tragic event. Jeanine's son, Al, who also happens to be Harry's best friend, takes his mother's place as arch enemy, seeking revenge. Soon after all of this occurs, Harry falls in love with Phoebe Castro, who joins him in his fight against evil by becoming a hero herself.
I hope you enjoyed this! Please do this tag! I tag YOU! Yes, YOU!!!!
1. Favorite basic romance plot
I like it to be a subplot. I normally don't read books where the main plot is romance.
2. Favorite classic romance Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
3. Favorite feel-good romance
Amber and Pierre from Getting A Life, Even If You're Dead.
4. Favorite sad romance
Tris and Four from Divergent.
5. Favorite genre to add romance to
6. Least favorite romance of all time
Ron and Lavendar from Harry Potter.
7. Favorite literary couple in general
America and Maxon from The Selection.
8. If you could have one literary significant other, who would it be?
Maxon from The Selection.
Not book related
9. Do you have a special someone this Valentines Day?
Yes, I do.
10. Favorite V-Day candy
11. Will you wear white, red, pink or none of those on V-Day?
None. I'm wearing blue and black.
12. Favorite romance movie
The Notebook or P.S. I Love You.
13. Favorite love song- may have up to five
Love Song by Sara Barielles, Diana by One Direction, She Loves You by the Beatles, I Want You Back by the Jackson Five, and Sugar Pie (Honey Bunch) by the Four Tops.
14. Favorite thing about V-Day
Expressing your love!
15. Least favorite thing about V-Day
16. What are you doing this V-Day?
Hanging out with my friends, family, and boyfriend.
Hey everyone! So, in honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, I am going to be sharing with you my top ten literary couples. These are in no particular order, because I couldn't decide on my favorites out of this list. And, I didn't want to have EVERY couple on this list be super popular, so I did six populars and four that are a little lesser-known. So, without further ado, let's get started:
1. America and Maxon (The Selection)
Despite my negative feelings toward America, I love this couple. They are so real, and they seem like they're in love with each other. I enjoy reading their love story, and they are just so amazing.
2. Tris and Four (Divergent)
Do I really have to explain this? I love Tris and Four. They really belong together, and I see the "real couple" aspect in them that I see in America and Maxon as well. One problem with YA books these days is that it's hard to find romance in books that just doesn't seem fake to me, and they are real.
3. Hazel and Augustus (The Fault In Our Stars)
Once again, I really don't think I need to explain this. Okay? Okay. *Teardrop* They just have their own little infinity. *More teardrops*
4. June and Day (Legend)
The fact that such opposites and enemies, really, could fall in love with each other really tugs at the heartstrings and shows us that the heart wants what the heart wants.
5. Annie and Finnick (The Hunger Games)
Poor Annie and Finnick. I should probably stop talking, because I'll say some spoilers. They're just meant to be. And that's that.
6. Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter)
I mean, come on, guys. Duh!
7. Janie and Benjamin (The Apothecary)
I highly recommend that you pick up this series by Maile Meloy. I absolutely love Janie and Benjamin as a couple. They fit together so well, and nothing can separate them in these two books, and they have faced a lot of challenges and obstacles.
8. Kendra and Loic (Getting a Life, Even if You're Dead)
Oh, the feels. I just- ok, I'm speechless. I was amazed at how much I was obsessed with Kendra and Loic. I cannot wait for the next book in this series to see what happens with them. They are very emotional and just...I love them, ok? I love them.
9. Paige and Ryan (Erased)
Despite my mixed feelings about this book by Margaret Chatwin, I really love this couple and how much they go through, yet they're still together at the end of the book. They are very strong and I think they have so much in common.
10. Cleopatra Selene and Juba (Cleopatra's Moon)
Oh, how I loved this book. It was pretty amazing. And, this relationship actually took place. The two got married, but this book fictionally (or possibly not) filling in the gaps with what we don't know about them. The book isn't just about the romance, but it is a key factor, especially toward the end. And this is my historical ship after reading this book.
And those are my top ten! Thank you so much for reading. It means the world to me! Please follow and comment. It would mean a lot. Happy Valentine's Day!
What would the title of your book be?
I choose It's Kind of a Funny Story. This book was originally written by Ned Vizzini, who recently passed away, but the title really defines my life. I have an amazing life that's been very sad and stressful, but it's kind of a funny story to tell.
What author would write your story?
Lauren Oliver would write my story, because she is just so talented and she can extraordinarily write any genre or mood.
What book cover would you choose?
I would choose the cover of Scumble by Ingrid Law. Not only is the cover really colorful and creative, it goes really well with the title.
Would your book be a paperback or a hardcover?
It would be a hardcover.
How long would it be?
It would be about 400 pages, because I think that's a really good length so it's not too small so that the story (because it's so complex) can't be told effectively, but it's not so long that it's just stretching the story out dramatically.
What genre would it be and why?
It would be dystopian, because I would want to share the loose ends of my story in a more dramatical and exciting way, and I think placing it in a dystopian world, maybe like the Divergent trilogy, would really make it interesting.
Whose review would you want printed on the back of your book?
I would want John Green's review on the back of my book. I think that would be such a huge honor.
Thanks for reading, and PLEASE do this tag and leave the link in the comments. Bye!
Christine Tyler, also known as C, is leading a pretty exciting life. She vlogs, is a book tuber, an illustrator, a writer, a mom, and a wife! Read on to discover more about her works and her life.
So, tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Christine Tyler. I'm 27 years old. I was born in and raised in Washington State. I met my husband as a pen pal. My sister set us up and we wrote each other (snail mail) for a year and a half before meeting. We now live in Yokosuka, Japan, with our 2-year-old son and a bun in the oven.
How long have you known that you wanted to be a writer and an illustrator?
I have always loved to write, and I have always loved to draw. People can identify me as a writer or illustrator as they will. I'm not published in either of those mediums.
Which writers inspire you?
Off the top of my head, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, JRR Tolkien, Brian Jaques and Bruce Coville. They're all very different, but they've played important roles at different points in my life.
What are you currently working on?
An adult fantasy novel. It's about a harem wife who joins an underground society bent on overthrowing her husband, only to find they're planning to sacrifice her in order to do it. There are a number of cultural influences, including: Mongolian, French, Islamic Spain, Brazilian and African.
What genre(s) do you normally write in?
Tell us a little bit about your family and why you chose to live in Japan.
My husband is an engineer and works for the Navy. My son really digs trains and birds right now. I made friends with a Japanese foreign exchange student when I was in high school, and she actually ended up moving in for a while with my family. When she went back home I came to Japan to visit her. I also studied Japanese for about three years. My husband and I really wanted to take advantage of being stationed overseas, so when we were given the option of living/working in Japan, we snatched it up. We'll be here until late 2015. Then, who knows?
Are you planning on publishing?
Yes, I plan on pursuing traditional publishing. I'll start querying agents later this year.
You have two YouTube channels.
Yup. I found that people would unfollow me when I jumped back and forth from bookish things to travel/family things, so I split the channels so people could just follow what they wanted.
How can readers discover more about you and your works?
I recently wrote a short story for a project hosted by Gina Denny: http://ginadenny.blogspot.jp/2014/02/how-long-is-tail-of-zong.html Other than that, I keep most of my writing under wraps. I don't have any of my art currently online, but I have plans to organize my website later this year and put some up. As far as my book goes, curious readers will just have to wait, or watch for some treats on my book channel ;)
Where do you get ideas?
I pursue and retain a lot of interesting information. My husband is amazed by how many totally random facts I have stored in my head. I am an intense analytic when it comes to emotional experiences. I like to understand things. All of this comes out naturally as I write and reach for ideas.
You've said that you love to read nonfiction. Why do you love it and why is it essential to being a writer?
Non-fiction is so broad. It's like saying you like Fiction. I mostly enjoy learning about other cultures, particularly Mongolia and Arabia. I like astrology and folktales from other countries. I'm very interested in geology and biology, so I have some quality reference books in the physical sciences. I love it because I love making myself smarter. I like understanding things. For writers, I think the greatest benefit of researching other cultures is learning to think outside their own social norms and assumptive views. Researching technical details helps give your imaginary world credibility.
How do you balance writing, illustrating, family, and YouTube?
While I'm not published, I still treat writing as a career. I write every weekday. I write when I don't want to. I do it because if I want it to be my job, I have to treat it like it is my job. Illustration is a hobby. I only do it for fun. I only do it when I feel like it, and I only draw what I feel like drawing, so it's always a joy. YouTube is a form of journaling for me. It's social, because I make friends with it, but my extended family in the US really values it because it gives them a peek into my life. It's also a bit of a study in online platform. It's a pet project, and while I'm excited about what I'll learn from it, I don't worry about it. Differentiating between my career, hobbies, and exploratory projects keeps them in perspective. Family is ever-present and, simply put, the most important thing in my life. I constantly adjust my approach to satisfy my family's needs while addressing my own. I see that readjustment as success in itself.
Do you write whenever you can or set a strict schedule for yourself?
I set weekly goals for myself, and then each day I look at my goals and decide what I'm going to work on. I get bored with daily schedules very quickly, but I am ridiculously goal-oriented, so the flexibility within a plan works very well for me.
Do you like writing short stories, novellas, and snippets or full books?
I've written the occasional short story, especially for classes (I'm currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Creative Writing), but I prefer long-narrative.
Name some stuff you've illustrated.
I've only done personal projects, and I usually draw my own characters from my own story.
Why did you decide to be an illustrator?
The illustrations for Beth Revis are my first commission, and they won't be released for another year or so. I follow her on Twitter and she asked if anyone knew an artist who could do character illustrations in an Alphonse Mucha style. I knew I could do that. Because I didn't have any of my art online, or anything in that style, I immediately set to work creating a sample for her. I sent it to her and it was exactly what she wanted, so she hired me. Art is simply a passion of mine, and sometimes preparation meets opportunity.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm in the final revision stages of my novel, so I'll query that soon. Whether it gets published or not, I have three more books planned. They take place in the same world but have different protagonists, so I will write and query each of them. If I haven't acquired an agent at that point, then I will reassess my goals. I want to get my website together and share more of my art, maybe open myself to commissions, but it will still take the backseat to writing. I'm traveling to New Zealand in March, and have a baby due in September. My husband and I can't decide between living overseas or moving back to the states when our shore duty is up, so I have no idea where I'll be in 2016. I do know I'll still be hot on the trail of my goals, and enjoying every minute of it. Especially the challenging minutes, because those are the ones that make it fun.