Here’s What “DD” Really Means | I’m Launching A Lifestyle Blog!

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It took months and months of planning. Writing. Designing. Brainstorming. Organizing. Changing. Creating. And now, DD is ready for the world to see.

But what does DD even mean? What’s this secret project, anyways? Well, you’re about to find out.

But first, here’s what DD doesn’t mean. 😂 (Awesome guesses on the survey, guys!)

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“I think that DD means uuuuuuuuuuum………*thinks for 10 minutes* something?”

“Nope 😝 maybe a new doll? I have no idea”

“No earthly idea lol”

“Either a book or an impressive video.”

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You’re releasing one of your books??? Nooo idea. XD

“DD… does it have Doll as one of the words?”

“Hmm, another doll??”

“You’re going to publish a book?”

“Videos of your dolls dressed as tap-dancing rainbow llamas? (no idea)”

(I’m 99% sure that last one was Natalie. 😂😂😂)

And here’s some guesses that came pretty close to what DD really means:

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“Is there a new blog or business?”

“Hmmm, a new blog maybe? A blog design service?”

“Giveaway?”

But, there’s only one guess that got it spot-on:

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“IT’S A PERSONAL BLOGGGYYYYYY”

Yup, you read that right! (You also read the title which completely gave this all away, but oh well 😂) I’m finally starting a lifestyle blog – an idea that’s been bouncing around in my brain ever since I first started AGW. It’s been my dream to have a lifestyle blog – and now that dream is coming true!

But wait – what does DD even mean? What does that have to with anything?

Here’s the deal: My new blog is called Diary of a Daydreamer, which is what DD stands for!

The name Diary of a Daydreamer came to me like a whisper in the middle of the night. I kept flipping back and forth between different names, trying to decide what fit DD the best. But then I came up with that name – and I knew it was perfect. I set up some polls to see which one my audience liked the best, and Diary of a Daydreamer won by a landslide!

This new blog is a place where I share my ideas, stories, tips, tutorials, life, songs, and daydreams. At Diary of a Daydreamer, every Saturday you’ll find posts on Blogging, Dance, Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, and Writing. Make sure to subscribe and follow on the new blog so you never miss another post!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT DIARY OF A DAYDREAMER!

But here’s the best part – to celebrate DD’s launch, we’re hosting an epic giveaway with amazing prizes! And here’s the best part – the giveaway is COMPLETELY virtual, meaning the only address you’ll have to give me is your email! 😉

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THESE AMAZING PRIZES! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

And don’t forget to follow the blog tour! This week, 6 different blogs and I are going to be posting some awesome content for you guys about Diary of a Daydreamer!

7th: Kickoff Post @ American Girl World
First Post @ Diary Of A Daydreamer

8th: Liz @ Home With The Hummingbirds

9th: Bekah Banister @ Questionable Tortoise Couture

10th: Natalie @ Taking the Cake
Emmie @ Standing Firm in My Faith

11th: Morgan McCartie @ Swingsets & Snapshots

12th: Enni @ On The Wings of a Dream

13th: Jo @ Pananaw
Wrapup Posts @ American Girl World & Diary Of A Daydreamer

I’m so excited for this new blog, and I can’t wait for all of the amazing opportunities! Thanks for reading this post, and I hope you’ll check out Diary of a Daydreamer!

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Camp Pineapple | Episode 1: Making New Memories (A Photostory)

Paris smiled widely, taking a deep breath of the fresh, woodsy air. Here she was, finally, at the place that was basically her second home: Camp Pineapple.

The past couple of months had been kind of hard for her, with so many new things and new people and places since moving to AGA. Being back here at Camp felt like everything would be back to normal, even if it was only for the summer.

Just then, Tenney came running, panting. “Ugh! It’s so hard to walk through the mud in my brand-new shoes! This stinks. Why did I have to come here, again?”

Paris rolled her eyes. “Because you really wanted to, remember? All of the other girls didn’t get to go, and now you’re here, complaining. Felicity or Z or even Isabel would’ve been super grateful.”

“Puh-LEASE don’t compare me to the other girls! I don’t care. I just care about getting to the cabin so I can wash off my shoes!”

Paris rolled her eyes again and sighed. “Hopefully we’re in Jade’s cabin! She won’t tell us what cabin we’re in, even though she knows.”

Just then, a little stand in the corner caught her eye. “OMG!” Paris ran over to the stand. “Lanie! What’s up?”

“Hi, Paris! This must be Tenney! Nice to see you girls again!” Lanie said. “You guys are in Phoenix Cabin.”

“Yay, I heard that one has a loft! I guess you’re not my counselor again this year?”

“Nope, sorry, I’m in Sundown this year,” Lanie shook her head. “You guys can write your names here to sign in. Phoenix is right behind the Sanctuary, next to Buckhorn and Sterling City.”

“Oh yeah! I was in Buckhorn the year before last year!” Paris exclaimed. She thought of all the memories from the four summers she’d spent so far at this camp, and felt even more excited. Not even Tenney’s complaining could ruin it!

They signed their names and Paris led Tenney over to Phoenix cabin. The door squeaked a little as they opened it and stepped inside.

“JADE!” Tenney and Paris squealed happily, running over to greet their sister/dormmate. “I’m so happy you’re our counselor!”

“Me too!” Jade smiled. “I wanted it to be a surprise! We spent all day yesterday getting ready for this session. Ahh, I’m so happy to be a counselor this year!”

“I’m definitely going to be a CIT when I’m in eighth grade,” Paris said. “And then, of course, a counselor!”

“Good plan!” Jade laughed. “Here’s y’alls bunks – we picked up most of your luggage, so your backpacks and trunks are already here.”

“I call top bunk!” Paris shouted, scrambling to the top to claim her spot. She lied down on the comfy bed, and closed her eyes, thinking about how awesome this summer was going to be.

But then she was interrupted. “Fine! Bottom bunk is more mature, anyways,” Tenney said snottily, pouting as she threw her bag onto the bottom bunk and crawled in.

“Tenney, please don’t be obnoxious! I had bottom bunk two years in a row, and it was awesome because I could make a fort and it’s super cozy.” Paris tried as hard as she could to show Tenney that the bottom bunk is fine.

“I guess.” Tenney propped up her pillows, pulled out her phone, and started texting.

“Tenney, you can’t have phones at camp, except for cell phone Sunday every other week,” Jade reminded her.

“NOOOOOO!!!!!!” Tenney wailed. “Every other WEEK?! But, but- YOU get to have one!”

“Only because I need to be able to call in case of emergency, and I use it to talk to my family, and NOT just to check social media,” Jade said firmly. “Hand it over.”

Reluctantly, Tenney gave up her phone. “But, couldn’t they make an exception for me? I am a CELEBRITY, after all.”

Jade said, “Tenney, it was your choice to come to this camp. You should’ve known you just have to be a regular kid for the summer here.” Tenney didn’t say anything. “I’ll go put this in my room. You guys can get settled in and chill for a little bit, and then we’re going to have a bonfire tonight! It’s a camp tradition.”

“I can’t wait!” Paris said. She closed her eyes again, picturing everything she loved about this place, and slowly drifted off into a light sleep. She dreamed of the best summer she could ever imagine.


The fire flickered before Paris, illuminating the smiling, laughing faces of her and her cabinmates. Tenney softly strummed her guitar, the sound echoing throughout the woods.

Tenney hummed softly, then started to sing. “Gather round, gather round, the campfire tonight; You and me, singing in the starlight.”

“This where our dreams come true, by the campfire, with me and you.”

“Oh, please don’t go away, summer, please just stay; So I can sing by the campfire, with you.”

Jade and Paris clapped, Tenney smiling as she strum the last note on her guitar. “That was…” Paris gushed in awe. “That was incredible.”

“I just made it up,” Tenney shrugged, blushing. She smiled even wider now. She started to strum the tune to her song again. Softly, Paris joined in, harmonizing with her. Jade started singing, too.

Paris saw how happy and peaceful Tenney looked, and started to think that maybe Tenney really does want to be here. She just doesn’t want to show it because she feels out of place. Paris looked at Tenney, heard her beautiful voice and saw her joyful smile, and knew that she was right.

And together, they sung by the campfire, laughing and smiling as they welcomed what was going to be the best summer yet.

☆ ☆ ☆

I really hope you guys like this photo story! I worked so hard on it, and I’m really proud of how the photos turned out (especially the campfire ones, those were hard to do! 😉) I’m back from camp and I had the BEST TIME EVER. I miss it so much already! This series is going to be inspired by all of the adventures I had at camp. I’m really looking forward to this series!

Have you ever been to summer camp? Are you and your dolls going to be doing Camp Pineapple? Did you like this episode? What do you think of the campfire photos?

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e x p l o r e | a paris photoshoot

Hey guys! By the time you read this, I’ll be at camp! *excited squeals* Ahh, I literally cannot wait! I recently went to my grandma’s house, and she has the most amazing backyard ever! It’s super aesthetic, and even has this little secret passageway.

I’ve probably done three or four photoshoots here, but I’ve improved so much in my photography that I decided to do another one with Paris! I hope you guys enjoy these photos with summery, adventure vibes!

This photo turned out so gorgeous with the bokeh in the back and the beautiful sunstreaks! I really love Paris’s outfit, too. This might be my favorite photo if Paris was looking at the camera!

I’m starting to think that Paris might have the eye defect. I’ve never really noticed it before, but when I’m looking at all of these photos, she’s not looking at the camera, even though I’m at eye level – she’s looking down!

I love this photo! Her hair is a bit messy, but the lighting is perfect. It looks like there’s a filter or something! If only she was looking straight at the camera….

I love this photo, too! It’s my favorite out of this photoshoot, I think. The bird pool reminds me of the Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, because it looks like the wood between the worlds!

This picture is pretty similar to the last one, and I really like it too. I prefer the angle in the other one, but the lighting is amazing in this photo! Plus, the colors are so vibrant. I can’t believe this turned out so well, I’m really excited!

She’s kind of looking at the camera here! Yay! I don’t think I’m going to send her in to the AG hospital right away, since the eye defect doesn’t bother me too much. Maybe while I’m on vacation I’ll send her to the AGH? I’m not really sure. Plus, I don’t want to wait three weeks! I should probably finish filming/photographing/writing Camp Pineapple first.

I think this photo turned out pretty well! I love the woodsy vibes from this photoshoot, and it’s nice how her jacket matches the background without blending into it.

AHHHHHHHHH! I think this photo is HORRIBLE. It’s probably the worst out of all of the photoshoot. Her eyes are completely dark, her face is shadowy, the lighting is harsh, the angle is weird….not my best work! Ugh…

This photo took FOREVER to edit, but I think it turned out pretty well! I took a different approach to the photo and tried a really far way angle that still focused on Paris. I did a ton of editing – the background was too bright compared to the foreground, so I darkened it, but it still doesn’t look that right…oh well! I also blurred the background, which is why the blurring is a little inconsistent. Sorry about that!

I really love this picture! The filter I added looks really great with the rest of the picture, and I also brightened up her eyes. I like the angle! The one problem – SHE’S NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA!

I played around with the weird lighting on the porch and it ended up turning out really cool! The light filtered through wood on the porch roof, creating these cool shadows on Paris and the pots and plants behind her.

Did you know I took all of these pictures with an iPhone 6? I didn’t bring my camera with me, so I had to use my phone. They actually ended up being really great quality!

I hope you had fun e x p l o r i n g the beautiful summer scenery with me and Paris. I can’t wait for all of the amazing adventures coming this summer – there’s so much possibility!

One of those adventures is going to be camp tomorrow…which reminds me, I better go pack. Bye!

What adventures are you going on this summer? Which photo is your favorite? Do you think Paris has the defect? Should I send her to the doll hospital?

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Hola! | A Summer AGMV (Cover)

Hey guys! It’s Emmie here with a brand-new AGMV with a summery vibe! I absolutely LOVE this song and I was super excited to cover it for an AGMV!

Lately I’ve been taking summery snapshots with my polaroid camera for my scrapbook, so I decided to go with a polaroid theme for the AGMV.

I added a fun called called Bristol, and hopefully it went with the summery, aesthetic theme of this AGMV! I also put in some clipart and graphics, along with a paint splash for the lyrics in Canva.

I spent all morning dressing dolls, fixing lighting, brushing hair, creating outfits, posing dolls, and snapping photos! The rest of the day I spent editing everything together.

It took a ton of hard work, but I’m really happy about how it turned out!


☆ CREDITS ☆

☆ INTRO TEMPLATE: HeyIt’sMya | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8l3… ☆

☆ END SCREEN: editing by matthieu | His channel: http://bit.ly/editingbymatthieu

☆ BACKGROUND TRACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUDv-… BY SOL CHRISTIAN BACKDROP KARAOKE | SONG ORIGINALLY BY HOLLYN, PERFORMED BY EMMIE ☆


Did you like the video? Do you like the song? What did you think about the post format?

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BIG Things Are Coming to American Girl World This Summer…{PLEASE READ}

American Girl World has been a huge part of my life ever since I started it two and a half years ago. It’s grown so, so much, even more than I ever imagined.

But I’ve grown too. While I haven’t grown out of dolls, I’ve been noticing some things about this blog really don’t fit me anymore. Like the design, the cluttered categories, the types of posts, formats, writing style – a lot of things like that.

So, I’ve decided to start fresh. No, this isn’t goodbye. I’ve just decided to reinvent AGW, and change some things up that aren’t working for me – and add some new things that are going to be absolutely AMAZING!

School actually got out for me last week, so it’s officially summer for me and the AGW dolls! That means I’m going to have a TON of time to post – and since I have a schedule this year, I won’t get burned out and post like once a month. 😂

So what things are changing, leaving, or coming to American Girl World and the AGW YouTube channel? Well, you’re about to find out!

» New Design

I’ve had the current design for quite a while, and it’s not exactly my favorite. The sidebar is cluttered, the fonts are boring, the arrow is totally overused, and everything isn’t as cohesive as I want it to be.

Recently, I got two amazing clipart packs from PrettyLittleLines.Com, and they are absolutely gorgeous and high-quality! I’m going to be using one of my packs for the new design, and I’m saving the other one for a secret project.

(Because I’m Emmie. I always have a big surprise or secret project. 😂)

Here’s a little sneak peak at the brand-new header/channel art! I’m so excited, this is going to look amazing!

» New Categories

My categories have been cluttered since FOREVER. There are probably over a hundred of them, and when I was nine and first started blogging I used to make a new category for EVERY SINGLE POST.

So, I know this isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but I plan to narrow down each category so I only have a few, so everything is super neat and organized. For the other categories, I’ll probably move them as tags.

(Seriously, I’m scrolling through my categories right now, and there’s some for RainBowWriter, #fall, Austin, Jayla, Antique, and Mini. Just…just why??)

» The AGW YouTube Channel

The AGW YouTube channel has been growing and growing, and I’m so excited! (We just hit 50 subscribers, and there’s going to be a HUGE surprise for the celebration!)

But the way it’s integrated with this blog, I’m not super happy about. The actual posts where I embed the videos are super awkward and boring, I literally just paste the description into the body of the post.

I’m still thinking about how I can make these posts better, so do you guys have any ideas? There’s going to be a survey at the bottom of this post, so make sure to leave us some ideas in the survey or the comments.

I’ve been thinking about having some updates below the video like I used to do, or maybe I might talk a little bit about how I made the video. Honestly, I don’t want to take away or distract from the video, but I don’t want the post going along with it to be super boring. This is something I’m still working on, so make sure to give me some ideas!

» TOGETHER (AKA Forever Season 2)

This one I’m probably the most excited about – hence why I’m screaming in all caps! I’m super excited to say that a new series called Together, the sequel to Forever, is coming to AGW this summer!

I’ve already started planning the script, and there’s a TON of drama and awesomeness that you won’t want to miss, so stay tuned! I was originally just going to call it Forever Season 2, but I thought about how different and better it’s going to be, and I decided to change the name.

Plus, the name REALLY fits the theme of the series, and everything that happens is about family and sticking together (but it’s not cheesy). I absolutely CANNOT wait!

I just need to finish planning, write the script, plan the shoot, build the sets, make costumes, film, edit, record voices, and then release stuff. *Dies because that’s going to take like all summer*

» Brand-New Dollhouse?!

My dad, my sister, and I have been talking about doing a summer project! We want to build an all-new dollhouse kind of like this one:

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Ours would have two floors, with three rooms on each floor. There would be a living room (we haven’t come up with a theme yet), a kitchen, and a bathroom (probably with an ocean theme). There would also be a unicorn-themed girls’ room, a galaxy-themed girls’ room, and a sports-themed boys’ room.

It’s always been my dream to have this dollhouse, and I really hope we can make it happen this summer! That would be absolutely incredible, and I’m so excited!

» And a huge surprise (of course)!

You didn’t see this coming, did you? 😉 My latest big surprise is kinda the exact same thing as the secret project mentioned somewhere above. And…it’s going to be BIG.

Remember those initials from the latest ZCN episode? DD stands for something special that involves this project. But, I’m not giving anything away until the official release!

Wait, did I just say release? Hmm, what kind of surprise would need a release? 😉


I mentioned there was going to be a survey, so here it is! It’s basically asking your opinion on all of the new things coming and how we can improve even more.

Please CLICK HERE to take the survey!

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Z Crew News Episode 4 | Coverage You Can Count On (Ft. Julia Herkel & Jo @ Pananaw)

Welcome back to Z Crew News, here for our fourth episode in the hit series! I’m your host, Ziana Yang, here with coverage you can count on. In this episode, you’ll find the usual Around the Blogsphere (now hosted by Paris Elliot) and What’s Up, AGW? segments, along with two super-special spotlights with Julia and Jo!

Now, onto Paris for the fan-favorite segment, Around the Blogsphere!


Hey, everyone! Paris here with the latest scoop from around the blogging world. In this segment, we feature awesome blogs that we love who are accomplishing some awesome things, going on hiatus, hosting a giveaway or contest, reaching a milestone, and more!

thedolljournalist from Little Doll Journals is hosting an American Girl course! The six week course may not have any actual educational value, but you will learn a ton of awesome new things about American Girl that you never knew before, including hairstyling and dressing your dolls, AG’s history, and all about AG. The course will launch on (insert date), and you can check it out here.

Natalie from The AG Spot is creating an AG Blogger’s Club! Members of the bloggers club will be able to reblog their posts, get publicity, have their site listed, make friends, do collabs, and more. The official site will launch soon, and you can sign up to become a member here. AGW is super excited to be apart of Natalie’s AG Blogger’s Club!**

Hannah from The Striped Plaid has started aesthetic blog where she posts quotes, aesthetics, photos, and more! You can check out SP Aesthetic here.**

Arabella from Sparks of Ara created an aesthetic blog also, titled Arasthetic. However, it was mysteriously deleted, without any notice, about a week ago! We contacted Ara, and she says, “I deleted Arasthetic because although it was a fun blog, it didn’t have much purpose and I could have been posting that stuff on my main blog, Sparks of Ara…I also knew I probably wouldn’t end up posting a lot. I think at some point in the future I will start a similar blog to Arasthetic. It’ll be focused more towards my life, with aesthetics and photos as well. I’m hoping to start it as summer comes, because I can share things from the summer!”

AG’s in Alaska, whose doll blog is titled the same as her original username, has started a brand new personal blog, called Swingsets and Snapshots, and changed to the pen name Morgan McCartie! “…as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I feel quite limited in what I can post about on my doll blog,” she said in a recent post announcing the news. “I’m sure many of you feel the same. I don’t want to be limited by only being able to post about dolls, so on my personal blog, I’ll be posting about photography, traveling, reading, writing, Alaskan life, my pets, and maybe even cooking!”* Why Morgan McCartie? She explains in the post that a long time ago her family’s last name got changed from McCartie, and her parents thought about naming her Morgan. Morgan thinks the two names go together perfectly, and the AGW crew and I couldn’t agree more!**

Mary from Middle Mary, Just Around the Corner, and Forever American Girl is celebrating one year of blogging with a stationary-themed giveaway! The prize package includes stickers, washi tape, clips, scrapbook paper, and more. You can enter here.

Ariana Evans from Ariana’s Archives recently changed her blog name from Ariana’s Flying Life to Ariana’s Archives! She also is now hosting weekly challenges on her blog and started a theology podcast, also called Ariana’s Archives.

Following the footsteps of many other bloggers who recently started podcasts (including Christina’s Convos, Blogging 101, and Ariana’s Archives), Heaven from Glorify Christ and her sister started an Adventures of Odyssey -themed podcast called Raspberry Ripples! Check out the podcast at their new site, Raspberry Ripples.

Also, Sam from Happily Ever After Dolls started a new personal blog! Don’t forget to follow Cherry on Top! Sam’s gorgeous graphic design and short and sweet posts are so amazing!**

Dozens of bloggers are back from Camp NaNo hiatuses, and even more joined the winner’s circle this year! “Over 70% of my cabin finished their projects this year!” Emmie says. “I’m so proud of everybody! We all worked so hard and did such a great job!”

And that’s it for the latest news from Around the Blogosphere! Back to you, Z!

*Post excerpt used with permission.

**None of these mentions are part of a blog tour.


Now for our next segment, What’s Up, AGW?, where we chat with Emmie and the other AGW dolls to find out the latest happenings and what’s coming up on the blog!

“I won Camp this year!” Emmie says excitedly. “I can’t believe it! Before Camp, I re-outlined Paris Takes The Shot, and renamed it Trying for the Sky. I recreated all the characters except Paris and Alexandra for copyright reasons, and restarted the actual writing part of the book. And now I’m at the first pinch point and almost 26k! I’m so happy and proud of myself!”

And what’s coming up on AGW this summer? “My school gets out on May 9th! I have a TON of things planned for this summer (including Forever Season 2)! There’s also going to be some BIG changes and BIG things coming to American Girl World (expect a post on that soon)! And, as usual, I’m planning a HUGE surprise.”

Emmie gave the ZCN Crew one cryptic hint of her surprise. She revealed the letters “DD” in her interview, and we’re puzzled at all of the possibilities!


We’re so excited to have TWO blogs spotlighted in our Spotlight segment this episode! First, please welcome Julia Herkel of Julia’s Creative Corner!

“I’m the third of seven girls, a reader, writer, singer, blogger, and dreamer. I homeschool, and love my coffee,” Julia says. Her friends would describe her as “Funny, writer, loyal. [And,] I love to sing and draw. I don’t call myself and artist yet in the drawing category, since I’m not that good yet. But I really want to get better, and in the future, get a drawing tablet.”

“I began blogging from a mixture of motives: I wanted other writers to learn from my mistakes, so they wouldn’t do the same (sometimes dumb) things as me. 😝 The other part was that I wanted to start growing an audience for my writing,” Julia says. She’s been blogging at JCC for just over a year and a half.

Her main goal for her blog is to help other writers. “My readers are basically what keep me going. I love knowing that I’ve helped someone with a problem, or to learn something new!”

She’s also working on growing her audience and making everything better for them. “I want my blog posts to be easier for them to understand, and fun to read. I’ve been putting in clear, followable steps at the end of my posts recently so that they can implement what they’ve learned from my post in their own writing.”

“I’ve written all types of posts in the past: interviews, tags, book reviews, cover making reviews, and writing posts. The majority of my posts are all writing-related, and I have to say, those are actually my favorite to write!” she says about the different posts on JCC. “They help me understand the subject better myself when I’m trying to put it into words for others, and I know that, somewhere out there, there’s a writer who needs this post exactly in their life right now. Feels pretty great!”

“I have one book available for purchase at the moment. It’s on Amazon, and it’s called The Storm Inside. At this time, though, I am actually rewriting that book to make it even better! 😃 Once it’s ready, I’m going to also put up a print copy to buy, instead of just an e-book format,” Julia says.

Her favorite genre to write is fantasy adventure, and her favorite part of the writing process is rewriting. “I love to see everything become better than it previously was. But I think this part is the easiest because I’m pretty good at seeing what’s bad about my own writing and what I should change in it. With the first draft already written, I can just work with it and rewrite it to be better,” she says.

Julia recalls her first ever novel. “Oh man, it was really bad! 😂 I called it The Changelings Six, unaware that mythical creatures [were already a thing]. These six kids were brought to another world, and are supposed to defeat the evil president there: Evan Evansan. (as you can see, I’m super with those last names) I cringe every time I think of that book!…As far as first books go, I think that I did okay. I tried to give everyone different personalities, and everyone was supposed to have their own motives. It all went crazy, though, when I threw in about sixty more main characters in book 2. It was nuts.”

The hardest part of writing for Julia is the end of each part, whether it’s writing the first draft, editing, revising, planning, or something else. “I love to make up new books, see them build before me, become better, and then perfected. But toward the end of each phase, I start to hate the current one I’m in, and wishing that I was in the next one already. I have to admit, that’s where I’m currently at in my writing right now. 😅”

We were so happy to have Julia on ZCN! Thank you so much, Julia! We enjoyed learning new things about you and your writing and blog! Don’t forget to check out Julia’s Creative Corner and subscribe to her email list!


For the next spotlight of this episode of ZCN, please welcome Jo from Pananaw and formerly The Lens and the Hard Drive as part of a blog tour!

“I’m Jo, I’m weird, and I can tell stories. XD I try to do everything I can get my hands on, and I try to do everything for God’s glory, and I’m a hopeless fanperson. Hopeless, I tell you!” Jo describes herself.

Her favorite part of homeschooling is “Getting to try things I could’ve have if I was in regular school. Because of homeschooling I am able to blog, to write, to join Bible Bee and NaNo, and I have a much more flexible schedule…it’s pretty neat! Also no social interaction. It’s both a pro and a con.”

In a few words, her friends would describe her as “IDEK. I. don’t. even. Know. It’s an inside joke about MBTI and how I get different results when I take the test. XD Pretty accurate, I gotta say!”

“People often think I’m Chinese because the corners of my eyes are turned up just slightly,” she shares a random fun fact about herself. “But honestly, I couldn’t look any more different- even if I am part, part part part Chinese.. ehhe. XD It’s kinda hard to label someone who’s a lotta things, I guess.”

And according to all of the activities Jo loves to do besides blogging, she certainly is a lotta things! “AOLKGGNOLJGNOGLKNG EHEH YES YES YES—so I’m an amateur acting enthusiast as well as a martial arts enthusiast- which is my way of saying that I love these things and do them but I’m not very good at them. XD I also like audio and video editing… and memes. Ice skating. Violin. You know. Things. Analyzing Marvel, LOTR, Naria, Wingfeather Saga, and the books I alpha. Fun stuff. “

Jo, an Emmie Award winner for best new blogger, blogged at The Lens and The Hard Drive for one year and a few months. “Which, as we all know in blogging years, is pretty long, all things considered,” Jo says. “It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened within the course of a year.”

Jo was inspired to create The Lens and the Hard Drive by “…my sister, who, before she left for college, ran this beautiful and deep, and sadly, archived blog. My sister inspired a ton of stuff 😂 and blogging was one of them…I wanted to [create TLHD] because I thought that, hey, maybe it would be fun to share thoughts with the world, make people smile, and y’know- I don’t think much. 😂”

But soon, Jo decided it was time for a fresh start with a new blog. “I kept trying to change The Lens & The Hard Drive’s theme and look, and y’know, stuff like that, but (as I believe Tess says) sometime last year was the end of a chapter in my life, and a new one was already being written down. Pananaw [her new blog] is a result of that change affecting everything in my life, blog included.”

Pananaw means Vision in the Tagalog language, and Jo wanted to reflect that on her new blog. “Originally I was going to name my blog Viewfinder, keeping in with my camera theme, and playing on the words “view” and “finder” to kinda show how I was trying to find that view for myself. But since that name was taken, I had to think of something unique, still meaningful, and hopefully one word…Pananaw is what happened after relying on my culture and some creativity.”

She blogs “to glorify God, make people smile (and think and laugh) and to have a blast. That’s it. XD What keeps me going is the fact that apparently, people do smile and laugh and think because of reading my posts, and that’s motivation to keep blogging.”

The types of posts Jo loves to write and the type of content that will be on Pananaw is “anything that lets me be sassy. And have GIFs. And memes. Oh the memes. And have a ton of references, cause, y’know, they’re pretty great. I usually write those, but I also tend to write about a lot of topics that I think about, such as well, movie themes and how they compare to real life, to the Bible; about how shutting your emotions down can be damaging, and how fast food workers are really important. That mix is what I’m hoping to bring to Pananaw, as well as a hint of Filipino culture- just a little bit. 😉”

We’re so thankful to have the chance to chat with Jo as part of the Pananaw blog launch! The link to the Pananaw blog is hidden in some of the different blogs in the tour – so you’ll have to check out every post to find the link to the blog! Follow the tour here:

May 5:

Character Interview with Ava @ https://elysianartiste.com

Combo with Enni @ https://onthewingsofadreamblog.wordpress.com

Interview with Rose @ https://apurposeofwingeddogs.wordpress.com/

May 6:

Combo with Grace @ https://www.gracefullyinthemoment.wordpress.com

ZCN News Interview + Spotlight with Emmie @ https://americangirlworld.blog

Interview + Blog Spotlight with Isabel @ https://chasingfantasia.wordpress.com

May 7:

Interview (aka squealing) with Tess @ http://steeplechase-blog.com

Isa @https://www.artofbeingisa.wordpress.com

Charrie Interview + Spotlight with Merie Shen @ https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

May 8:

Interview with Allison Grace @ https://allisongracewrites.com/

Blog Spotlight with Meredith @ https://artsyarrow.wordpress.com

Combo with Christina @ https://christinaandcamera.wordpress.com

May 9:

Character Interview with Chloë Mali @ https://chloemali.wordpress.com/

Blog Spotlight with Maya J.T @ https://mayajt.wordpress.com/

Combo with Amie @ https://crazya.blog

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight! Penny Wood @ https://asouthernbellewithstoriestotell.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Bayance @ https://bayance.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Starling @ https://starling7.wordpress.com

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight with Liz @http://www.homewithhummingbirds.com


That’s it for this episode of Z Crew News, where there’s Coverage You Can Count On! We’d love to hear from you – don’t forget to leave us a tip through the contact form or the comments! (Plus, you could even get spotlighted if you do!) Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time on ZCN! Z Crew, Out!


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