Z Crew News: Episode 2 | Coverage You Can Count On (Featuring Clara from Clara and Co!)

Welcome back to ZCN! I’m Ziana Yang, the star reporter and anchorwoman for the series. In today’s episode, we’ve got some news, interviews, sneak peeks, and more for you to enjoy!


ZCN Episode 2 (3)This fan-favorite segment, Around the Blogosphere, highlights what’s been going on in the past few months around the blogosphere. Let’s take a look!

Tess from the awesome blog Steeplechase has achieved an amazing feat! For the entire month of October, she posted every single day with a fun and exciting topic. Some of my personal favorites include: Taking a Casual Stroll on a Wednesday {APADO 17}Everyday Miracles {APADO #12}, and Conversations With 13-Year-Old Me {APADO #4}. Congratulations, Tess! Don’t forget to check out her APADO recap and take her survey here. Thanks for the tip, Madi!

Madison from Delightful World of Dolls has been blogging for 6 years! The blog has become a blogosphere icon, filled with spectacular writing and gorgeous photos. As Madi states in her 6-year blogaversiary post, “Believe me, the moment I am sustainably healthy and have my skyrocketing energy back…*in Terminator voice* I’ll be back.”** Be praying for her!

With many bloggers banging out the next bestselling novel during NaNoWriMo, several bloggers are going on hiatus. However, we’re glad to see Bekah from Questionable Tourtise Couture back from her ‘Unexpected Hiatus‘! Don’t forget to enter her Q&A, too.

Eleanor from Pointe to Christ got hearing aids! “Due to repetitive ear infections, vertigo, and other damage to my ears, I lost a lot of my hearing,” she writes in a recent post. “I lost 80% in my right ear, and 50% in my left ear. I need hearing aids, and I got them about 2 1/2 weeks ago. It has been so, so, so, so, soooooooo amazing! I have heard so many beautiful things that I’ve never ever heard before (take flip-flops, WHO KNEW THEY MADE NOISE???) There are still some things I cannot even believe make noise.”*

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She’s also working on a world-changing project that shares God’s Word and spreads light into the universe, one letter at a time. Eleanor is inspiring you and people everywhere to write letters every day this month encouraging a random person and leave them in a place where someone could find it! Here at AGW, we’ve been trying our best to write one letter every day this November. Learn more and join in at the website, letterswithapurpose.wordpress.com!

Clara from Clara and Co. is hosting a giveaway and blog tour! You can check out her post here. Stay tuned for a special spotlight on her brand new business and AGW’s spot on the Blogger Box blog tour at the end of this post! Her little sister, Laura, is also hosting a giveaway of her own! Enter to win some awesome washi tape here.

Do you have news to share? Don’t hesitate to send your tips through the Contact Form for a chance to be featured in the next episode!

Now that you’re caught up on what’s going on in the blogosphere, let’s take a look at our other segment: What’s Up, AGW?


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This NaNoWriMo, Emmie’s doing something totally different than usual! “I recently got K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel and its accompanying workbook, and for the first few days of NaNo, I’ve been structuring!” Emmie states. “I have a separate goal of 139 words – each word represents a workbook page. When I finish a workbook page, I update my “word count” and watch as my completion percentage goes up a little. According to the NaNoWriMo YWP website’s progress tracker, I should be done on November 9!”

After completing the structure, she plans to skip the outlining part of her novel and dive straight into writing. “I’ve never really liked a super-long outlining process, but I hope to try it for the rewrite of my Huntress novel. For now, my structure is serving as an outline, so that way I know where I’m going and hopefully will get the timing right, while also having more creative freedom during the actual process of writing the novel itself.”

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The currently untitled novel is going to be a book about AGW’s newest doll, Paris. “It’s formatted like an AG Meet Book and follows the story of how she came to AG Academy,” Emmie says. I’m even one of the main characters!

Emmie plans to self-publish the book for her 3-year blogaversiary! “I wouldn’t be able to finish it in time for the upcoming 2-year blogaversiary,” she explains. “But, I do have some other exciting things planned.”

One of those exciting things is The Emmie Awards! Last year’s Emmie Awards celebrated all kinds of bloggers and their achievements, and this year, we plan to take it up a notch. There’s going to be red-carpet photos, a blog party, and possibly even a real-life prize for the Blog of the Year award! Of course, this year Z Crew News will be covering the whole event.

Emmie’s also been working on a top-secret Christmas AGSM, too. More information and a trailer are coming your way this December!

Isabel got her wig replaced! A post and AGSM are coming up about the (super long) process and results.

Speaking of surprises, the Big Surprise is almost ready to go! Expect to see it this weekend.


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Let’s turn our attention towards an awesome blogger for our stop on an awesome blog tour. Today, I’m going to be spotlighting Clara from Clara and Co. with a special article!

“What first inspired me to create The Blogger Box was the lack of [subscription] boxes designed specifically for bloggers. After spending a while trying to find a blogger-specific box with no results, I decided to make one myself!” Clara says in a recent interview with me.

The young entrepreneur says that “The first people to know [about my idea for the Blogger Box] were my parents! When I came up with the idea, I quickly typed it up in a Google Doc and shared it with them. They both seemed excited about the idea, and it just grew from there.”

From start to finish, it’s taken Clara six months to make this a reality. “The hardest part for me was finding the best prices on everything I wanted to include in the boxes. My favorite part has been promoting and marketing the box by designing logos, a website, etc.”

“My hope for the future of the Blogger Box is that I will inspire as many bloggers as I can!” Clara says. “The Blogger Box will be launched on November 12th and can be purchased through the website, which will also be revealed on the 12th!”

You can follow the rest of the tour through these blogs:

Julia’s Creative Corner – November 3rd

The Lens and the Hard Drive – November 4th

Wild Writing Dreams – November 5th

American Girl World – November 6th

Cleverly Chic – November 7th

Christina & Camera – November 8th

A Purpose of Winged Dogs – November 9th

Home With the Hummingbirds – November 10th


Thank you so much for reading this episode of ZCN! As always, I had a ton of fun bringing you guys Coverage You Can Count On. Remember to be praying for today’s election! Z Crew, Out!

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{Double Character Interview // Julia Rose & Tunes of my Heart Blog Tour}

I had the awesome privilege of being able to participate in not one, but two blog tours! Be sure to check out Rebekah’s new blog, Tunes of My Heart, and Light4theLord’s new blog, Julia Rose!

So, to promote both blogs, I’m doing a double character interveiw with characters from Light4theLord and Rebekah’s book! So, here it is!

(I will be in italics)

 

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1. What are three words to describe you?
KARAH: Three words? Well.. people say I’m quiet and responsible, so I suppose those count… and my sisters say I’m a storyteller… I would say quiet, storyteller, and responsible.
DAISY: Adventurous, tomboyish, saucy. *flips hair*
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2. What is your dream job?
KARAH:  *laughs quietly* Anything that supplies enough to feed my family. I don’t have very big dreams. I’ve been disappointed too many times to try anymore.
DAISY: Hmm, I’m not sure; ambitious is not a word to describe me, and I hardly ever think about my future (I’m too preoccupied with daydreams and fancies). But really, I would love any job that involved variety, versatility, unpredictability, and adventure! Anything that’s exciting (I can’t stand boredom) and where my daring spirit would be a good fit.
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3. If you could go anywhere in the/your world, where would you go?
KARAH: Home. I don’t really like traveling, and I love my home – even if it’s small, and not very fancy, it’s where I can be me.
DAISY: Lemme think for a second. This is in the book – my best friend Karah Vedier’s house. You would think I’m kidding. I’m the daughter of one of the most powerful dukes in Ireland; I live in a manor sprawling acres and acres with several rooms all to myself and all the luxurious extravagance any twelve-year-old girl could wish for, and yet…honestly, I would rather be in Karah’s home. It’s a wee little cottage half the size of my bedroom, and truly it’s the most rundown and dilapidated place I’ve ever seen, but there’s something there that can’t be felt when I’m back at the manor. Maybe the manor is just too big and fancy for me, I guess. But Karah and her father and mother and her four little siblings just seem to be so happy. Despite how poor they are and how they don’t even know where their next meal is coming from. And for whatever reason, every time I get to go there (I got to go to her little sister Rebekah’s birthday party, guys, you can read about that when the book is released for beta reading), I’m strangely infected with their happiness as well. Yeah, all that to answer one question. (Sorry about the lengthiness of my answers. I’ve never been in a “character interview” before so all this is quite new to me).
Wow, same answer, completely different lengths!
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4. What is your favorite food?

KARAH: I haven’t tried a lot of foods. Food in general is nice to have, and even then I don’t always have it, so I just appreciate what I can get. But.. in all honesty, when I was younger, we had a few cherry trees (before the drought destroyed the orchards everywhere) and I loved them.
DAISY: Foooood! I really like the lentil/barley stew that Juliette (one of the cooks) makes all the time. Despite the fact that she puts CORIANDER in it. How dare she. XD
Can I just say YUM! But how dare you guys not mention marshmallows. *GASP* KARAH HASN’T TRIED MARSHMALLOWS!!!!! *rushes her to the marshmallow deprivation hospital*
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5. What is the most interesting thing about you?
KARAH: *smiles* I don’t find myself very interesting. I mean, if anything, I suppose my storytelling would count as interesting. Rebekah and Sarah, my little sisters, love it when we sit on the banks of the river and I weave tales for them.
DAISY: This isn’t very interesting, but I have an older sister: Coraleigh (Cora for short). AND GUYS SHE’S SO ANNOYING. (she says the same of me, but whatever). She’s super prim and proper and perfect, and always criticizing how “unladylike” I am: once she even shouted after me, “Don’t get the grass muddy!” when I was walking across the lawn. I had a good laugh over that. *SPOILER ALERT!* but at least her life got ruined in the end when Robert got stripped of his lands. *evil laugh*
AHH DAISY I FEEL YOU. Oh, and Karah, please tell me a story!!!
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6. What’s your biggest fear?
KARAH: * falls silent* I-I don’t like talking about things like that, if you don’t mind.
DAISY: I don’t have that many fears, actually. Mother says I’m fearless, and Father calls me his brave little soldier. But I do HATE getting embarassed. I’m really outspoken, so I tend to embarass myself all the time when I get mad (because I’ll put up a fight in public) or when I stand up for people.
Ummm…AWKWARD. Sorry, Karah.
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7. Who is your bestest friend in the whole wide world?
KARAH:*brightens* Daisy! She’s the only friend I’ve ever had, and she’s not like anyone else I’ve ever met. She doesn’t look down on me just because of our social statuses. And… you never know what’ll happen with Daisy around.
DAISY: Karah Vedier! She’s actually my lady’s maid, but she’s also my bestest friend in the whole wide world and I wouldn’t trade her for any other. {Karah’s the other protagonist in our story, whom Julia writes from the POV of. Rebekah’s stuck with me. *evil grin*
If only you knew who you were interviewing with, Daisy. *chuckles*
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8. What is your favorite book?
KARAH:  I don’t get to read very much, but sometimes, when Daisy is having music lessons, she lets me read her books. My favorite will always be the Bible – Daisy has a lovely illustrated copy that has all the pages (unlike the one I have at home)!
DAISY: Books?! Ewwwwww, nasty things. I don’t have a favorite. I do have a least favorite, though: ALL OF THEM. Actually, I’m finding the Bible to be quite interesting, though I don’t really believe in it *yet*.
Great choice! *GASP* DAISY HOW DARE YOU INSULT BOOKS.
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9. If you were forced to spend the rest of your life on an island and could only take three things with you, what would you pick?
KARAH: Why would I be forced to live on an island? Three things? Why only three? But, if I must: matches, water, and a knife. Survival, of course, is reliant upon those things.
DAISY: Ooh, stranded on an island? That means ADVENTURE! I’d bring…food, water, and my journal.
Uhhh…no idea why. Umm….you got kidnapped and they dumped you on an island and you only had time to grab three things?? 
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10. (Last question!) Would you be considered an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?
KARAH: Introvert, most definitely.
DAISY: I can never figure this one out. Technically, I’d classify myself as a crazy extrovert. But when I’m with super regal/fancy/aristocratic people, I don’t do that much talking (probably ’cause I’m bored out of my wits).
Interesting….very interesting…
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11. Thank you so much for letting me interview you guys! I had a lot of fun!
KARAH: You’re most welcome!
DAISY: I had a lot of fun too!
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Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check out both blogs!
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50 Followers Q&A + NTTMN VOTING! + An Announcement

Greetings, Earthlings.

 

Hello everybody! Thanks everybody who entered the Q and A! Let’s get started!

The questions will be in bold.

Rachel’s Questions

How long have you been blogging?

Well, I started last December, so about 10 months! 😮 That’s crazy!
Izzy, what’s your fave color?

Izzy: Pink! Purple and teal are a close second. (Hence my color!)
Where do you see yourself in 10 months?

Hmm, I’m not sure! I would be almost 11, so probably…hmm…editing my novel?
What’s your favorite candy?

TWIX TWIX TWIX

EnniMorgan’s Questions

How high do you rate exit signs?

ummm…. 10?
Do you like plane rides?

I love plane rides! I’ve only been on an airplane twice, though. It’s really cool to look out the window and see clouds!
Movie theater or movie at home?

I like watching movies at the theater, but watching movies at home is fun because you can make fun of it/be loud/pause.
If you could get any doll in AG existence which would it be?

Either Nikki or Molly. I really like how Nikki trains service dogs and she’s the GOTY of my birth year!
Who’s your favorite doll?

Out of the ones I have? Don’t tell the other dolls, but probably Lexi or Z…

Izzy: Hey!

AG’s In Alaska’s Questions

I want to know about how you got into AG and the story of your first doll.

When I was 5 or 6, I met my best friend (we’ll call her Kate) who had like, 7 AG Dolls. I really, really, wanted a doll of my own! So, Kate let me borrow her AG Catalogue and I was hooked. I really wanted Caroline (there’s a funny story about how I thought Marie Grace’s crinoline was for Caroline and I was so confused why it was on Marie Grace’s page!) so for Christmas, I asked for an AG doll! My parents gave me an Our Generation Doll (her name was Lily Anna) who looked like Caroline, and I loved her. Then, I saved up for Izzy! I don’t have Lily Anna anymore, but I’ll remember her as my first doll.

Kaylin’sWorldBlog’s Questions

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

My dolls and flowers!

Z: I love taking pictures of the iconic landmarks back in Seattle!
What do you like about AG?

I love how they inspire girls to shine in every way!

Z: I like how I can take pictures of the dolls–they’re like my own little actresses! Plus, AG is responsible for my existence, so…
Would you work at AG?

Definitely! We always go to the Houston one in Memorial City mall, and there’s this nice lady that gives us little gift packages. THE BEST. EVAH.

Z: Yes! 

How would you describe yourself in 2 words?

weird, creative

Z: Smart, obsessive 
What is your favorite clothing item?

Chokers.

I like shrugs and jackets. BUT IT’S SO HOT HERE IN TEXAS *sobs*

You’ll get used to it, Z.
Do you read Emily Windsnap books?

I used to! My favorite was the third one! I SHIP AMILY SO HARDDDD

Z: No, I haven’t heard of those! 

Hannah’s Questions

Z’ why do you like taking pictures?

Z: I love being able to capture the moment to be able to look back at it later!
Emmie why did you start a blog?

I had been reading Lissie’s blog for a while, when I finally asked my parents to help me set up a blog! I really wanted a place to share my writing and photography, so I made myself a Blogger Blog! But, it had personal information on it, so my parents freaked out and made me delete it. So, I started a new one! (Did you know AGW was originally on Blogger?)  Then, my dad researched better blogging platforms and fond WordPress!
Emmie what is your favorite color?

Teal!

kaitlynrh1’s Questions

What’s your favorite season?

Summer!
Do you like hot chocolate or tea?

TEA TEA TEA

But hot chocolate is good too…it involves marshmallows…hmm…

What’s your favorite song?

Probably Are You Ready For It? By Taylor Swift!
What’s your favorite animal?

HORSES.

RebCake’s Questions

For Emmie: How would your friends describe you?

Crazy, creative, fun
For Jade: Which of your sisters gets on your nerves the most?

Jade: MARYELLEN. SHE’S LIKE, THE WORSTTTT

Maryellen: You’re very welcome.
For Izzy: On the scale of 1-10, how responsible are you?

Izzy: Probably 7. 
For Felicity: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Felicity: I like coffee!
For Lexi: What’s the last book you read, and what rating (1-5 stars) would you give it?

Lexi: I most recently read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett! It was super good! I rate it 41/2 stars!
For Maryellen: If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Maryellen: Chocolate, pizza, and bacon. Hey, If I’m gonna have three foods, then they better be good!
For Z: What’s your dream job?

Z: Definitely a professional film director or producer!

Rose’s Questions

If you could start another blog, what would it be about?

Probably a personal blog or a music blog!
Why did you decide to get Z?

I thought she was a really great doll and I love how she makes AGSMs like me!
What dolls are next on your to be bought list?

Nikki, #55, Molly, Gabriela, or GOTY 2018 Luciana Vega.
What is your favorite post you have done?

I really liked my post Playing With Tucker!

Laura Beth’s Questions

1. How did you discover AG?

I answered this with Ag’s in Alaska’s questions.
2. What do you want to be when you grow up?

An Authoress!
3. Have you ever been to summer camp?

Yes! I actually went to Summer Camp last summer!

4. What do you want Z to shoot or film next?

A room tour would be cool!
5. What is your dream AG doll?

As in custom? Then, caramel hair w/ pink streaks, brown eyes, Marie Grace mold, freckles, and lip gloss!
6. If you could go on a $500 AG shopping spree, what would you buy?

Hmm…

A Create Your Own Doll ($200)

Grand Hotel ($200)

Trundle Bed and Bedding set ($100)

And that’s it for the Q and A!

AMERICAN GIRL W-2

NTTMN voting time!

Charity (Submitted by Rachel)

Ariadne (Submitted by Barkley)

You can vote between them by taking our poll!

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So, due to NaNoWriMo, I will be going on a hiatus for November. *cue gasps* We won’t be replying to comments or checking out your posts, but sometimes I might check in and comment on ya’ll’s blogs occasionally!

Emmie

 

 

Anya’s Blog Tour: My Contribution!

Hello, people of earth!

Welcome to my contribution to Anya’s Blog Tour! She’s the fabulous author on The Unique Squad and former Blogger blogger (pun ((??)) not intended) and now she’s switching to WordPress! Her new blog is:

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CLICK ME FOR FREE TRANSPORTATION TO MY LIFE IN WORDS!

I guess I’ll write an acrostic??

Awesome.

Never has N fit in an acrostic.

must nothing start with Y.

Amazing and loyal marshmallow.

SO CLICK THIS HANDY LINKEDY LINK AND FOLLOW HEROr else.*

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I WANT YOU TO GO FOLLOW ANYA’S FABULICOUS NEW BLOG. 
the marshmallow empress also demands you to follow the tour.
{23rd September}
Mirra @ ColoursBeyondDreams
Mukta @ BornFree
Angela @ AWritingRose
Maryam @InfinitelyDaydreamer
Saanvi @ A Notebook, One Pen, & Me
Emmie @ AmericanGirlWorld (OMIGOSH GUYS ITS MEEE)
Hannah @ CraftsofallSeasons
{24th September}
Zielle @ MyHomeschoolNotebook
Arunima @ Dreamer’sDreams
Hazel @ ZellaBooks&Blog
Saanika @ SaanisDiy
Eliza @ WritingWonderland
Danielle @ AutumnSongs and NearbutFar
Tanisha @ BothSidesoftheEquation
{25th September}
Starling @ Starling7
Enni @ HoovesandPens
Neria @ Writing4Fun
Rachel @ NancyDrew and MessyBun
Yashvi @ BornFree
*Or else a marshmallow famine will fall upon you and you shall be deprived of pure happiness forever.
Most writerly,
Emmie