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guuyyyyss I had this post planned for autumn and it's only November 9th but we're in like full blown snow days up here and I can'tttt *cries*

Here it is anyways. I've seen something like this on pinterest about different "kinds" of the seasons and I really liked it. So here goes. This is a super short, low-brain power kind of post, just for fun. :)

hazy autumn
•golden fields
Dr Quinn Medicine Woman
mid morning walks
•a babbling brook in the woods
•pale cloudy skies
•still-green trees
•sweaters in the mornings, t shirts in the afternoon
•crisp breezes
•mellow sunshine

last leaves of november

dark autumn
•rain and thunder
•eerie wind
Harry Potter
•hot cocoa
•coats and boots
•bare branches
•black cats
Once Upon a Time

Fall leaves!!!
spicy autumn
•red crunchy leaves
•chai tea (I tried a pumpkin spice latte for the FIRST TIME this fall and I was like "meh")
•bright blue skies and fluffy clouds
•thanksgiving dinner
•coffee mugs
Lord of the Rings
•plaid scarves
•hiking in the woods
•doughnuts and apple cider
Forest Home
purple autumn
•long shadows in the afternoon and evening
•walking at twilight
•sunsets behind bare trees
•long gray dirt roads
• The Witch of Blackbird Pond
•hot tea and a good book
•frost on the windows


Happy November, friends. ♥
Have anything to add to my "lists"? Do share!!

*photos not mine; they're from pinterest

Know the Novel || part one

Happy October 31st! Currently, I am cozied away from the wet, cold world outside. Which would be great, except that I'm fighting a sinus infection or a cold or something else equally bothersome. And I'm really not thrilled that it's been spitting snow today. It's not even November. But hey, that's Michigan for ya. (Seriously, does someone want to go to Florida with me? Soon? Tomorrow? Hit me up.)

Anyways, back to today. October 31st. Which, to some people, means Halloween, but to me it means...
the last day before NaNoWriMo begins.
When I heard that two prisoners escaped from the prison thirty minutes from my house

I have done no prepwork, but am here today with a fun list of questions part of the "Know the Novel" linkup hosted by Christine at christinesmithauthor.com!!

I'm hoping it will help me solidify some things about my novel, and give you guys a fun peek at it since I really didn't say anything about it in my last post.

(Problem is...since that last post, I've actually been getting back into writing more of my 2017 NaNo project, aka my Snow White retelling....

So. Things may still take a U-turn somewhere in November and "Robin Hood" may fall into the ditch..... but I am excited about my "Robin Hood" story so it's still officially my NaNo project for 2019.) 

Does that make any sense? Oh well.


1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
The song Secrets by One Republic was a BIG factor for my inspiration, if not the original, deciding inspiration. Something within the lyrics started getting me thinking, and my Robin Hood retelling was born. 

2. Share a blurb!
Oh boy. I hate writing these things.

"Years and years before the events of [my Princess and the Pea retelling] take place, there is a corrupt government, a band of outlaws, and one who rattled the stars above their heads.

His story has become a legend, passed down from generation to generation, but at the heart of the story there is no extraordinary hero.

Just a boy, his bow, and his friends.

His name was Robin Hood.

This is his story."

Okay. I literally just wrote that out, and I kind of stole one line from a Pinterest quote and it seems a little melodramatic, but......
it works. *shrugs*

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?
Well, I have thought about setting it in the classic, no-brainer place: medeival England. But, as you can see above ^^ it's going to be part of my fairytale retelling series. More specifically, years and years earlier than the events of my princess and the pea retelling, but in the same country.

Favorite aspects of the setting? Getting to have these characters live and walk and basically be the ancestors to Alethea and her family. *smiles*

4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
*grins* Gladly! There is quite a handful of "main" characters I want to tell you about, but of course I must stick with the man himself.

In my story, Robin is a young man, still in his teens. He's idealistic and passionate, but a little prone to brooding and depression. He doesn't believe in himself very much, though he's the first to stand up and actually fight. But it's the support and encouragement of those behind him,his "gang", his friends and family, that keep him going.
They all need each other. ♥

5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
I haven't thought this one through much yet, but I'm guessing it will be the Sheriff?? xD There's also a Guy of Gisbourne character that is a little shadowy in my mind, but I'm rather excited about.

6. What excites you the most about this novel?
1) The characters and their relationships with one another. My idea for my gang of "merry men" is somewhat of a cross between Peter Pan's lost boys and the newsies. So that makes me happy.

2) The autumn/winter aesthetic. Stars and falling leaves and firelight.

3) The ship (s). *squees*

7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?
Standalone. At least I pray it will be. *is nervous* Of course, as I said above, it will be part of my fairy tale retelling series, but it won't become a series within itself.

I sincerely, truly hope, anyways. 

8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?
Apparently pantsing because some "warm up" writing and this blog post has been the extent of my "planning". xD (help...)

9. Name a few things that makes this story unique.
Well, the biggest one is probably the age of Robin Hood and his counterparts. They're all going to be teenagers, or in their early twenties. 

Secondly, I think this retelling will be much more family oriented. Robin Hood stories generally have Robin on his own, and his merry men all individuals from far and wide. My Robin has parents and a sister. Most of his "partners in crime" are old childhood friends and some of them are even related to one another. So that'll be fun.

Also, the fact that this retelling of Robin Hood isn't actually, y'know, set in England. That's a biggie.

Starlight - Taylor Swift  Ok just realized most of the lyrics I have in this board are Taylor Swift song lyrics!! Hah what can I say?

10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).

Here's my original inspiration song. Plus all the pictures in this post are off my (secret) pinterest board for this story.

Are you doing NaNo 2019?
What are you writing?
Go forth and conquer!

I don't know what I'm doing + 2019 NaNoWriMo Project??

NaNoWriMo begins in five days and I haven't done any planning for it.

Hello all and how is your October treating you? Mine has been full of unexpected ups and downs, but today I want to talk about one thing in particular. And I already mentioned it. It's NaNoWriMo.

The Fantastical and Felicitous Character Blog Tag

What-ho, all. How is your Friday*? Mine is brown and rainy, and has been altogether a little muddled and slow feeling, but I did accomplish a few nit-picky tasks so I suppose that's something. At the moment I'm fighting the yawns and having a cup of tea (licorice spice, in case you were wondering) before going to babysit "my children" (aka the two little girls I nannied regularly for awhile, one of which was only 3 months old when I started so I feel a very special kinship to her. ♥). 

But anyways. Enough about my sleepy Friday. Let's talk about some characters, courtesy of this fun tag Olivia tagged me with a while back...and I only discovered today.

Music Recs? (+AMA!!!)

Hello dear friends!

#Vsco #Grids #Autumn #Fallen #Aesthetic #Autumnal #Season #Photography