The Wisteria Writer Tag + the By the Book Tag

Hello! I hope you've had a great week getting used to August! :)
 In the last month or so, I've been nominated for a couple of tags that I'm doing today. I have decided that I will be limiting the number of tags that I do from now on (unless they're related to what I normally blog about, such as books, writing or photography). So please don't be offended if you happen to tag me for something, and I don't do it for some reason! But I do have a couple here that I really enjoyed doing.

Both Anika from Anika's Avenue and Allie from Sincerely Allie  nominated me for the Wisteria Writer Tag. Thank you, Anika and Allie! ( Who else loves that picture? <3)

1. thank the blogger who nominated you
2. answer the ten questions
3. add ten (writing or book) questions of your own
4. nominate ten people

~Allie's Questions~
are you writing anything at the moment? if so, what?
Yes! I'm currently working on a story/novella that I finally thought had a good enough storyline. It's a historical/allegorical type story. (If you've read the Terrestria Chronicles series, you know what I mean. ;)

who inspires you to write?
I'm not trying to cheat, or anything, but honestly, Jesus is the one who inspires me the most in my writing! One of my main goals in writing is to point readers to Him. I also get  inspiration from my family and friends in real life, and my lovely blogger friends. :)

what is your favorite book?

what resources do you typically use when writing?
It depends. I use a lot of different things, from Wikipedia to random other things, such as browsing Unsplash photos of certain subjects. ;)

what is your favorite genre of writing?
Probably historical fiction, but I do like to try other genres sometimes.

what are your favorite characters to write about?
Um, ones that cooperate? :P I like to write stories with characters that seem real and relatable to those who I'm aiming the story at.

when did you start writing?
I've always liked writing and reading, but I do remember the first story that I wrote, when I was about 7. I was quite proud of it  because it had chapters and illustrations! :D  

what is a writing pet peeve that you have?
It's rare when I have bursts of inspiration when writing anything (contrary to how I read, I'm not a speed-writer), so I really hate to be interrupted during those times! 

what is your favorite thing to write? (stories, books, poems, skits, etc.)
Probably my favorites are short stories and poems.

have you ever designed a book cover? if so, can we see a picture?
Yes and no. I haven't done a cover for a book that's actually been written, but I have played around with making some before. 

~Anika's Questions~
When did you start taking writing seriously?
Probably in the last year or so.

 Have you ever taken writing classes?
No, not officially, but I am doing a writing course this year.

Have you ever gotten published?
Not yet, although I'd love to some day! =)

Favorite book(s)?
AHH! See my answer to #3 above!

Favorite book(s) you've written?
Not books......I do have a few favorite short stories I've written, but I haven't shared them anywhere yet.

How's your grammar?
Umm, what am I supposed to say to that? Hopefully my grammar isn't too bad...I have more issues with proofreading before I publish a post. (What do you  think? How is my grammar? Please enlighten me in the comments! :D)

Who inspired you to start writing?
I've always liked writing... see my answer to #2 above.

What is your worst writing pet peeve?
Again, see the answer to the 8th question above!

Reading pet peeve?
I hate to be interrupted while reading, so I suppose that's one!

Favorite place to write?   
My room, usually on my bed or at my desk.

My Questions
Are you writing anything at the moment? If so, what?
Who inspires you to write?
What resources do you typically use when writing?
Writing pet peeve?
Reading pet peeve?
Have you ever designed a book cover? If so, can we see a picture?
What's your favorite thing about writing? 
Have you ever taken writing classes?
 Favorite place to write?
Are you a planner or a pantser, when it comes to writing?

I Tag...

I was also nominated by Faith for the By the Book Tag. Thanks, Faith!

1. Answer the questions
2. Tag 3 others 

What book(s) are on your nightstand now? 
Right now, I'm reading Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

What was the last truly great book you read? 
Oh goodness, I've read so many good ones recently! But I'd have to say that Do Hard Things still ranks pretty high on that list, along with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

If you could meet any writer - dead or alive - who would it be? And what would you want to know?
Another hard question! I think it would be interesting to meet L.M.Montgomery, and see what kind of personality she had. There's so many others though! C.S.Lewis and Amy Carmichael are probably my next picks.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves? 
Maybe the Boxcar Children books? I've read almost all of the ones published, old and new (there's over 100!), and I own at least 30 of them. I loved those when I was younger, and by now I have quite the collection saved for my younger siblings. The original ones were my favorites, though!

How do you organize your personal library? 
I have a small bookcase plus another long shelf. All of my Life of Faith books are on the long shelf, and then the others are arranged by topic and size on my bookshelf. (Sorry, no picture!)

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? 
Emily of the New Moon by L. M. Montgomery. I've been wanting to read this one forever (and not just because it has my name in it,lol!)

Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read? 
I just have started on The Chronicles of Narnia (See #1 above ^--^) So I guess that's one classic that I felt I should have read before now.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but
I'm going to say The Princess Bride, even though I actually haven't read the book.The movie wasn't quite what I was expecting, although I did like it, so we'll see about the book!

Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing? 
I stopped and put down Stepping Heavenward several times before I actually finished it.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of? 
I love historical fiction, as well as the older classics and good mysteries. I typically try to avoid  romance books, and I usually don't read much of the YA stuff that's out there now...

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? 
The Bible!

What do you plan to read next?
The rest of the Chronicles of Narnia series, and The Birthright by Janette Oke.

And I tag... 

I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did answering them! =) 



  1. Wow, the Wisteria Writer Tag has gotten really far! (Bella via Book Sweet first created it on our collab blog, The Elven Realm of Writing. We're very pleased it's made it this far!)
    These tags are super fun! I loved reading. :) And as for your grammar, it is very good...I absolutely detest incorrect grammar, haha!
    Thanks for sharing, Emily!
    ~Grace <3

    1. Wow, that's awesome! I didn't know that you guys created it. I had a lot of fun doing it! :)
      Hehe, thank you! I hate incorrect grammar as well, so even though I'm no pro, I do try to write well. xD
      Thanks for your super-sweet comments, Grace! <3

    2. I'm glad! :)
      You're welcome! Same here.
      No problem! I love your blog. :)
      ~Grace <3

  2. this looks like a supeerrr fun tag. Thanks for tagging me--I totally have to do this <3

    sarah » the introverted extrovert

    1. It is a really fun tag! You should totally do it- and I can't wait to read your answers when you do. :)
      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

  3. Emily! Thanks for tagging me! So excited and eager to do this!

    1. You're welcome!! I can't wait to read your answers. =)
      Thanks for leaving a comment! <3

  4. Hey.... I tagged you in the My Day in Selfies tag!! Thanks for tagging me in this one by the way. I'll post it in a couple of weeks. :) http://blessingsofbonnie.blogspot.co.nz/2016/08/my-day-in-selfies.html

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! I'll check it out. :)
      And you're welcome- I can't wait to see your answers! Thanks for commenting! =)

  5. I love your answers! :)

    Allie D.

    1. Thanks, Allie! I know it took me forever to post it, but I had fun. :D

  6. These are cool tags, Emily! =) I also have been decreasing the number of tags I do...so I hope it's okay if I pass on this one. =) I have waaaay too many posts already lined up to be posted! Lol! =)

    I was disappointed by The Princess Bride too...everyone says it's so great, but I don't really enjoy it. =/

    I think you know what I'm currently working on. ;) But I also designed a cover for it...and I might share it one of these days. (after it's perfected, of course!) I can't wait until my first historical fiction book is finished being written! =) (though I am so lazy at writing. *sigh*) And I can't wait until you can read it. =) hehe


    1. Thanks, Hosanna! That's perfectly okay- I never want to push tags on anyone! I have the same problem,lol! xD

      Everyone else I know seems to adore The Princess Bride! Not that I hated it, it just wasn't my favorite. I'm glad to know what you thought of it!

      Yes! That's awesome that you made a cover- I can't wait to see it! And of course, read the book, too. It sounds amazing! =)

      Thanks so much for your comments, Hosanna! :)

  7. Fun post, Emily! Thanks for doing the book tag :) Do Hard Things was recommended in our Sunday School lesson this week, so I might have to read it. ;)

    1. Thank you, Faith! I'm sorry that I took so long to post it. *blushes* lol!

      Yes, you should definitely read Do Hard Things if you can- it's amazing!!

      Thanks for your comments! =)

  8. Thank you for the nomination!! I'll be doing that tag soon! :) Lovely blog!! ♥


    1. Thank YOU, Megan, for doing it! I look forward to seeing your answers. :) Aw, thanks so much! <3

  9. Haha, I like your opening sentence. :) Yes, it has been a good week getting used to August. I completely understand your refusal to name a favourite book too. And don't worry, I haven't noticed any poor grammar in your posts. :)

    1. lol, thank you! I'm glad you've gotten adjusted to August! :)
      Yes, I can never pick my favorite book, so I refuse to answer that question. :P
      Haha, thank you! I hope it will stay that way.:D Thanks for all your comments, Jessica! I appreciate them. <3

  10. GASP, you haven't read Narnia? This needs to change. :P Have you watched the movies?

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

    1. *GASPS back* I know, I know! But I'm reading them now, and I'm practically in love! <3 xD No, I haven't watched the movies yet- I wanted to read the books first. ;)
      Thanks for your comment, Katie Grace!

    2. That's smart. I read the books first as well. What order are you reading them in?

    3. Yeah..... :D I started with The Magician's Nephew.

  11. Thank you for tagging me, Emily! :) I'm going to enjoy answering your questions! :D

    Your grammar? I'd say it's really good! Funny story; I've loved grammar since I was little and was/am kinda known as a grammar freak. But for sometime, I used to tell people in emails "I love grammer."
    Little grammar lover didn't even know how to spell the word xD

    I really liked the movie, 'The Princess Bride' but was rather disappointed with the book. The actual story part was ok, but then the author had these comments littered throughout the book; and I didn't really enjoy those parts. There were quite a few swear words and some rudeness that made it a little uncomfortable :/

    Really enjoyed reading your post, Emily! :)

    1. You're welcome! I didn't know you had just been tagged, though- sorry!

      Why thank you! Haha, that's so funny- I could see myself doing that too. xD

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book! I'll have to see what I think when I read it soon- that's too bad there's some not-so-great parts in it. :(

      Thank you so much for your comment! =)

  12. What a few really fun tags!! I always think tags are the funnest and good back-up posts too. ;D

    1. Yes! LOL...grammar alert! xD

      Thanks for your comments, Hannah! <3

  13. Characters that cooperate XD. Oh yes, those are definitely nice to write about!

    1. Yes, definitely! Non-writers must think that's so strange, as this excerpt from "Anne of the Island" says:
      "Now Anne would be jubilant over a brilliant idea, now despairing because some contrary character would NOT behave properly. Diana could not understand this."MAKE them do as you want them to," she said.
      "I can't," mourned Anne. "Averil is such an unmanageable heroine. She WILL do and say things I never meant her to. Then that spoils everything that went before and I have to write it all over again."

      Lol! :) Thanks for your comments, Savannah!

    2. That quote is perfection! I really should read Anne of the Island *nods*. You're welcome!

    3. It is, isn't it? *gasp* You've never read Anne of the Island? Have you read the other Anne books? They're the best. *nods*

  14. I loved reading your answers! And thank you for the tag - I really appreciate it and look forward to doing it over on Saved by Grace. ♥

    1. Thank you! And you're most welcome- I look forward to seeing your answers. =)


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