Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, William Moseley!

Hello everybody!

Do you know what day it is?!!? That's right, it's the awesomesupercoolamazingsupercalafradgalisticexpealadocious William Moseley's 29th birthday!!!

So, I thought it was only fitting that I posted a bunch of pictures of him so you all can revel in his pure awesomness for a few minutes. Here you go:

In 2005 




Now O.o 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
*gives cake* ;D 

~Lydia~ <3 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Interview with Willowy Whisper

Hello everybody!

First it was just a letter, maybe a joke, a coincidence. Now it was more than that. Now it was a living nightmare, threatening everyone he loved, pulling his greatest fear into a reality....
As the letters keep coming, Brock Sumner watches his world shatter at his feet. Building a wall around his heart seemed like the only answer. Is there another way to protect the woman he loves?
A drunk, with no incentive to change; a runaway, with a price on his back; a young child, afraid in the dark...
Will the letters, perhaps, pull their lives together? Or will the killer find a way to destroy them all?

You might have heard that the book The Letter by Willowy Whisper has just come out. You also might have heard that it is going on a blog tour, and I will be participating! The author of the book was kind enough to answer a few questions that I asked her. My questions will be in bold and her answers will be in normal text. :)

1. How would you describe yourself in three sentences or less?
Probably the first thing people notice when they first talk to me is my unfailing obsession with romance. I am hopelessly dreamy, adventurous, and a little too daring for my own good (or at least that's what my mother says).

2. What inspired you to write The Letter
I can't really say there was anything specific that "inspired" this novel. I pretty much just brainstormed for the right plot and then started writing.

3. What was the most fun part of writing this book? 
The love story. The kisses - the tender moments - the quiet whispers - the heart break. It was all so exciting to bring to life, especially after the misfortune my character suffered in the last book. Bringing him true love was such a joy.

4. What was the most frustrating part? (Editing, plotting, etc)
I'll have to say that beginning this novel was probably the hardest. For some reason, I just could not get into their world, couldn't shape the characters, couldn't put feeling behind my words. It took a lot of writing, erasing, and rewriting (plus praying between all those) before I finally got the "good start" that I had hoped for.

5. Were there any major differences between the first draft and the final edit? 
Honestly, no. Besides a few small stuff and grammar fixings, The Letter pretty much stands the way it was when I first wrote it. I know a lot of writers rewrite a lot, but I basically go with whatever I put down the first time. I was never good at writing a scene I'd already written once.

6. How long does it usually take you to write one book? 
In the past, I pretty much averaged a novel a year. The Letter, however, is double the length of my other novels, so it took me a year and a half.

7. What is one thing you love about your main character(s) in The Letter?
If Brock Sumner existed in real life, I would probably marry him. He is masculine and godly - with a caring heart for others and an out-of-this-world voice. In a nutshell, he's everything I'm waiting for in my future husband.

8. What is your usual set-up for writing? (Do you always have coffee to sip on? Any music?)
I go in my room. Shut the door. Turn on the sound machine. And crash out on the bed. With four siblings in the house, I've found that this is the best way to drown out the noises and get peace. And as for coffee? No. Music? No. When I'm writing, silence is my best companion.

9. Would you believe me if I told you cookies grew on trees, were picked by a chipmunk, and sent to the supermarket in a tiny plastic rocket? ;) 
Trick question? *wink*

10. Finally, how do you think your faith in Jesus Christ reflects in your writing? 
My characters are stuck in the world I put them in, in the situation I put them in, with the people I put them with. Many times they undergo extreme trials, and during these times, my characters seek out "the rock that is higher than I". In The Letter, I had many different characters to work with: those who's faith is being tested, those who's faith never wavered, and those who finally accepted faith. My Savior is big in my life - and it only seems fitting that He should be in the lives of my characters.
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Thank you, Willowy Whisper! Your new book sounds awesome and I will totally be checking it out soon! If any of you want to read the book, you can check it out here.

~Lydia~ <3

Thursday, April 21, 2016

So, it's my birthday...

Woop WOOP!!! 

Everybody celebrate because it is THE Lydia Dyslin's 12th birthday! ;D I'm going to be eating cake, opening presents and on Saturday having a 1970's themed birthday party with my best friends in the world! :)

I also share a birthday with two people, as well. 
 Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II of England - and I would like to wish a happy birthday to anybody who likes American Girl and has a Felicity doll out there, because it is Felicity Merriman's birthday, too, according to the books. 

~Lydia~ <3 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Ten Villains Tag

Hey everybody!



I was nominated by Rebekah at Rebekah's Remarks  to do the Top Ten Villains tag! Thanks, Rebekah! Now, here are the rules;


  • POST THE BUTTON 
  • THANK THE BLOGGER WHO TAGGED YOU 
  • LIST YOUR TOP TEN FAVORITE VILLAINS AND WHY YOU CHOSE THEM (THEY CAN BE FROM MOVIES OR BOOKS) I will be using a few villains from TV shows, as well. ;)
  • TAG TEN OTHER BLOGGERS 

Here we go! These descriptions do contain spoilers. (Oh, and these are in no particular order.)


1). Khan from Star Trek: The Original Series - Khan is a reckless and powerful man with almost superhuman strength. He tries to take over the Enterprise and use it for bad. But Kirk defeats him and he and his people eventually beam off the starship onto another planet. But he returns in the movie Wrath of Khan. (Which is a very strange and disturbing movie with language, I'm going to tell you right now. I don't recommend it.)



2). Tash from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle - Tash was never in a movie, but that doesn't make him any less terrifying. This is Tash, the inexorable, the irresistible, haunting Narnia during its final days. 



3). King Sombra from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - King Sombra took over the Crystal Empire and made all the ponies living there slaves to him, and they served under him for years. After being banished for a hundred years, he made his return and tried to get the crystal heart and regain power once again. 



4). Tigerstar from Warriors: The Prophecy Begins - Tigerstar was originally a Thunderclan cat who was hungry for power, and ended up murdering both of the deputies before him in order to get the position of deputy. After this, he started plotting to kill Bluestar. When he carried out that plan, it failed and he was banished from Thunderclan. After this, he brought rouge cats into the forest, and it was his fault that a huge battle happened in which many, many cats were lost.

 

5). Dr. Loveless from The Wild Wild West - This guy is the only returning bad-guy in the original series. For some reason, he just really, really, really doesn't like Jim West and many times, attempts to kill him. (He fails. Obviously.) 



6). Jonesy from the Trixie Belden series - Jonesey is Jim Frayne's evil and abusive stepfather that Jim eventually runs away from. He comes after Jim, ready to hunt him down and claim the fortune that he has just inherited as his own. Fortunately, he believes that Jim has died in the fire in the mansion and doesn't bother Jim again until book #16, when he comes back to once again try to get the money that Jim's family is supposed to get for his own. 



7). Thomas Jackson from the Elsie Dinsmore series - Thomas Jackson is a fortune hunter who tries to get Elsie's inheritance by marrying her. He does not succeed, but when he finds out that Elsie has married Travilla, he seeks revenge - even going so far as to try to kill Travilla. 



8). The Stepmother from Cinderella 2015 - *rolls eyes* Nobody likes her, nobody ever will. XD 



9). IT from A Wrinkle in Time - It's funny how I keep choosing villains that are from books that don't have movies so I have to put book covers. :P Anyway, IT is a very strange a complex villain. IT is smart, but IT is also hard to figure out. 



10). Bilbo from The Hobbit - Kidding, kidding, kidding!! XD 

And now, I tag...

And anybody else who wants to do it! I'll tell everybody that they are tagged tomorrow, it's midnight and I'm exhausted. XD

~Lydia~ <3 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Things My Sister Says

Hey!

My sister, Jo, is a great person to watch Star Trek TOS with, if you ever want good theories or hilarious comments about it to repeat, watch one episode of it with her. Here are some of my favorites;

"Spock is like a walking Siri."

"Uhora is probably half Vulcan, as well. Look at how much emotion she shows." (Sarcastic).

"SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS" (Okay it wasn't that brilliant it was just funny because she pounced on me while saying that.)

~Lydia~ <3

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Love & Friendship

Hello everybody!

I heard about a new movie that is coming out based off of one of Jane Austen's works and I wanted to make a post about, just because. :) It's called Love & Friendship, and it's based off a book Jane Austen wrote when she was a teenager, Lady Susan. This movie looks hilarious and can't wait to check it out - first I'll be reading the book, though. ;) Here's the trailer and cover; 

So, what do you think? Will you be watching it? 

~Lydia~ <3

Friday, April 1, 2016

Recently - 5

I'M BACK!!

(There are wild screams and cheering, I hope...? No? Okay. xD)

I know, I know, it's been too long! It's just been really busy with Easter and all that.



I'm doing yet another recently, I'm sorry if you are getting bored of these, I try to do at least one of them at the end/beginning of every month, though, and I haven't been posting much lately so it seems like I'm doing a ton of them when I'm really not. But anyway, here we go!

Reading 
Once again, Trixie Belden. I just finished up the fifteenth book in the series, the last one published in Random House form, so at the moment I'm taking a break from the series and reading a few different books. I still want to read all the books in the series in 2016, though. 
Besides Trixie Belden, I just started reading the books Love's Unfolding Dream by Janette Oke and Blue Willow by Doris Gates. 

Writing 
Once again, I do have a new book idea. Still plotting it out and all that. Trying to really grasp what the book is actually about. I'm excited for it, though! 

Listening To 
"I Really Like You" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Don't judge, okay? I love the chorus. xD 

Watching 
I haven't really been watching any TV lately. I mean, if YouTube videos count, I always love a good Survival Games video by RealSquig. :)

That's it! Thanks for reading! 

~Lydia~ <3
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