Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tagged Again!

I have been tagged again, this time by Scarlet Raptor. It's the same tag as last time, so I'll dispense with the instructions and get on with the random facts:
  1. The last book I read was Entwined by Heather Dixon, a 12 Dancing Princesses remake. 
  2. The next book I plan to read is Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, though I may decide to read Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl instead if I decide I'm still in a fairy-tale-ish mood.
  3. I like making up words.
  4. I once wrote a sonnet about procrastination. I'm thinking of posting it sometime, if I ever get around to it.
  5. My favorite poem is "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. 
  6. I'm currently knitting a coif.
  7. I'm currently listening to "The One" by Skillet. 
  8. I got new sandals last weekend. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to wear them yet. 
  9. As I type this, it's 1:04 PM.
  10. I'm thirsty.
And now for the people I'm going to tag:

Rob Thacker (or one of his characters)

And once again I seem to be out of people. Oh well. 
- Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


Friday, April 26, 2013

A Winning Week

This week has been a week of finishing things.

First of all, I won Camp NaNoWriMo on Tuesday, April 23rd, with a wordcount of 50,127 words! As a reward, I bought myself the Owl City album All Things Bright and Beautiful from iTunes, which I've listened to at least once a day every day since then. (In case you couldn't guess, I really like Owl City.) Please don't get my winning Camp NaNo confused with my having finished my Camp NaNo novel, though. I still have a long way to go before that will happen.

I've also been finishing up a lot of school subjects. I took my last science test yesterday, and my last history test today. (Huzzah!) I'm nearly done with literature as well; I only have the final left. 

Of course, since school is winding down, that means that it's time to start thinking about summer plans! I'm going to take a writing class this summer, which I'm quite excited about. I'm also hoping to do the second Camp NaNoWriMo session in July if I have time, though I'm not sure if I will, since the writing class runs through July, and I'm also helping a friend with a project during that month. Other than that, however, I'm hoping for a fairly quiet summer with plenty of reading, writing, and knitting.(We'll see how well that works out.) 

What about the rest of you? If you're doing Camp NaNoWriMo, how are your wordcounts? Do you have any summer plans you want to share?

Calo anor na ven!*
- Sarah

*May the sun shine upon your road!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tag! I'm it!

Hey'a, everyone! It seems that Hyperlinkzer tagged me on his blog. (My first tag on this blog- exciting, isn't it?) To perform the tag, I have to state ten random facts about myself and then tag ten other bloggers. To the ten other people, I apologize in advance. You'll probably all have been tagged before at least once.

So, anyway, on with the tag!
  1. The first fantasy books (other than fairy tales) that I can remember reading were The Chronicles of Narnia
  2. Currently, my favorite word is bumfuzzle, which means confuse, perplex, or fluster.
  3. I love Laser Tag (though I haven't played it much) and would happily spend an entire day playing it. 
  4. I own the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King
  5. I may or may not spend a good bit of this evening watching The Fellowship of the Ring. I want to, but it depends if I'm busy and if I decide I need to write and whether or not I have enough time to watch a decent amount of it.
  6. Two of my three favorite hairstyles are from the Hunger Games movies: Katniss's braid from The Hunger Games and Prim's braid from Catching Fire.
  7. I'm hoping to make a Lorien cape (like the ones in The Lord of the Rings) over the summer. I'm also thinking of trying to knit a cape at some point in my life.
  8. My Camp NaNoWriMo word count is 44,513 words, which means I have 5,487 words left to write before I complete my goal (though not my book).
  9. I used to always put Parmesan cheese on white rice.
  10. I have no idea what else to say here.
Now my random facts are done, and I just have to tag people. Once more, I apologize if the person I've tagged has been tagged before. So I tag . . .

Emma (a friend of mine from WI)

Um. I seem to be out of people to tag who I know haven't been tagged at least once or twice already. So . . . if you read this, you have a blog, and you feel like doing it, go for it!
- Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This one's for you, Rye.

Hello, everyone! I'm here with a very special announcement concerning this blog!

As you probably know if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, when I started Dreams and Dragons with my parents' help, it was a private blog. That meant that the only people who could view it were those my parents and I invited. We did this mostly because we didn't want to take any privacy risks. After all, creepy people aren't just in fantasy books.

Time passed. The novelty of blogging wore off slightly. I joined WI and the UG, two forums I'd been interested in for some time, and which now are a large part of my life. I was stepping past Dreams and Dragons, which remained private, into a bigger world. I still kept blogging, of course. But no one on those sites knew I had a blog.

Then, a week or two ago, we opened Dreams and Dragons up- temporarily, we thought- so some of the posts could be used as examples of my writing for a writing class I hoped to take. While it was opened, one of my friends from the UG found my blog, quite by accident. One friend turned into two. I'd like to say I took it calmly. I didn't. The truth is, I freaked out slightly. Even opened up as it had been, Dreams and Dragons was still supposed to be fairly private. I hastily explained things to those who had found it, and they were quite kind and understanding about the whole situation. I told Daddy about it. He was much calmer about it than I was. I still had plans to return the blog to its invite-only state as soon as possible.

However, the experience had gotten me thinking. I rather liked the idea of having a blog that my friends on the UG could read, and those on the UG who'd discovered Dreams and Dragons seemed to like it. I posed the idea of starting a new blog to Daddy. He suggested that, rather than doing that, I clear Dreams and Dragons of anything that could give away personal information and leave it open to the public. I liked this idea much more than my own, and I started work the very next day. Five days later, he approved the clean-up job as complete.

And now, with that backstory laid out, it's my pleasure to declare Dreams and Dragons officially open to my fellow elves of the UG and for any other friendly passerby who happen upon my humble blog. I hope you enjoy it!

And, Rye, if you read this, this post is for you.

Calo anor na ven!*
- Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)

*May the sun shine upon your road!