going on a kind of hiatus??

Hey marshmallows!

I’m looking at the calendar for April, and I’m totally overwhelmed. I’ve got school, Camp NaNoWriMo, dance, a ton of birthdays, holidays, events, trips, and a huge gala I’m being an ambassador for.

I thought, How on Earth am I going to do all that AND have time to upload a video and post a blog post every week?!

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I decided I needed to cut back…but I love blogging and making videos so much! I was torn. What should I do?

But then, I thought…What if I didn’t take a full-on blogging/YouTube break? What if I just went on…a consistency break?

Basically, for the month of April, I’m taking a break from posting every Monday and uploading every Friday. But! When I have the time and energy to create a blog post or a YouTube video, I’ll post!

So this means you’ll still be seeing posts from me: just not every single Monday or every single Friday.

Are you gonna miss me? 😛 Just kidding! Head on over to the AGW YouTube channel to watch the video version of this post. Thanks for supporting me in my blogging journey. Love you!

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Farewell Fall & Welcome Winter!

Hey marshmallows! If you’re wondering why I’m posting the day after the winter solstice (jk you’re probably not), it’s because yesterday was my 2-year blogaversiary! You can check out the post and an AGSM movie trailer here! Anyways, on to the post!

It’s officially winter, which means it’s time for another seasonal wrap-up! First, we’re going to look at some of the pros + cons about this fall.



cons

  • In September I got a bug bite that got infected, which made me anxious and kind of sick
  • The big surprise got canceled because there was only one person that sent in a photo story that didn’t have to be disqualified, which is REALLY disappointing because we worked super hard on it for half a year. 😭😭 BUT, Natalie & I hope to bring FPC back this summer.
  • We had to switch math teachers in the middle of the year, which was a little confusing, but I feel like with the new teacher I understood the lessons a lot better. And we’re going to have to get ANOTHER math teacher when we get back from winter break so that’ll be crazy.
  • I got sick during Thanksgiving break
  • Otherwise, I had an okay fall!

pros

  • MY BIRTHDAY
  • Halloween!
  • I got a new domain and redesigned American Girl World!
  • The first semester of 5th grade was AWESOME
  • Nutcracker!!!
  • I feel like I’ve really improved in ballet this fall, and I did great on the Christmas/winter recital!
  • I got Paris!
  •  Thanksgiving
  • I had an all-As report card
  • Christmas shopping/prep/traditions
  • SCHOOL 👏 GOT 👏 OUT 👏
  • Lots of filming for Flashback. A Christmas AGSM Movie
  • Fall was pretty good!


stats

Since I already shared all-time stats in my last post, I’m just going to be doing stats from this fall!

september

Most popular post: All three posts were tied with exactly 29 views each!

My favorite post: A Day in the Life of Jade Palmer

Likes: 61

Comments: 25

Views: 254

october

Most popular post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

My favorite post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

Likes: 77

Comments: 77

Views: 395

november

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

My favorite post: Isabel’s Bad Hair Day AGSM

Likes: 104

Comments: 89

Views: 570

I think that besides September, I did pretty well stats-wise this fall!



did i complete my goals?

  • NaNoWriMo! (which I may or may not be participating in. I’m still deciding.)

I finished the planning goal of 114 pages during the first 20 days of NaNo, and then on the last day crammed in 3,000 words so I could reach my goal of 3114 words! It was really hard to complete it, and I had to bring down my goal a few times on the last day, but I have most of the first chapter done!

  • I WILL finish the first draft of my novel!

Ummm…not really. Once again, I hit a block in my novel and wasn’t sure how to continue. I just now picked it up again, and I hope to finish it by the end of 2018!

  • THE BIG SURPRISE (for real this time!!)

Yup, but, it didn’t do as well as I thought it would. (See above cons)

  • I will gain core and foot strength from my pre-pointe classes!

Yeah, I think I’ve really improved!

  • LOTS of Nutcracker prep

We just BARELY made it up on the wheelbarrow (a giant stunt where ten of us hook our legs on to each other wheelbarrow style and have to hold it for two whole eight counts. It’s a lot harder than it sounds!) but Nutcracker went pretty well, and I got to be one of the lead polis!

  • My birthday!!!

You can check out my birthday post here!

  • And, just so I can annoy my future self…

Oh boy. 🤦

  • SO MUCH MORE! 😉 😉

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so you’ve been rambling about this fall…what happens in winter?

  • Christmas will be totally awesome!
  • 2019 will be the best year yet!
  • Some really cool post videos and posts I’ve got some ideas for!
  • Posts at least once a week, maybe even twice a week!
  • I will post more on and redesign my faith blog, Standing Firm in My Faith!
  • School will get back and I will do great!
  • I will finish my novel before the end of 2018 and then continue Paris Takes the Shot!
  • I will improve at ballet/contemporary/pre-pointe!

That’s it for the post! Thanks for reading, marshmallows!

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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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Braving the Backyard: A Photoshoot (Ft. My First Real Camera!)

Hey, marshmallows! Or should I say llamas? BECAUSE I GOT TO TAKE A SELFIE WITH A LLAMA TODAY. AHHHHH! *cuteness overload*

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IMG_0947You probably don’t know that I love llamas almost as much as marshmallows! It was so awesome to ACTUALLY. SEE. A. LLAMA. IN. PERSON.

Actually, I’m still in awe of how awesome today was – today was the JDRF OneWalk, an awesome charity event hosted by JDRF! The llama was at the petting zoo they had set up by the tents. It was so awesome to see all these people coming together, raising money and awareness for Type One Diabetes, and walking a 3k or 5k just so people like me can live as normal a life as possible. If you were there today, THANK YOU!!

The day kept getting better and better because I got to set up the Canon PowerShot SX530 my awesome grandma got me for my birthday! Thank you so much, GMa!

Once I got home from Nutcracker practice and my camera battery had charged, I grabbed Z and headed out into the backyard for a photoshoot.

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I liked how this picture turned out! With some editing, I brightened her eyes and added a watermark.

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This photo barely needed any editing! I love the scarf from her accessories set that she’s wearing.

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Her shoes from the 2018 spring mix-and-match collection are super cute, too.

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Me when I took this: PLEASEDON’TFALLPLEASEDON’TFALLPLEASEDON’TFALL

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Z: Woooohooooo! This picture was hard to take, but I like the end results!

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Can you believe it’s November already? I definitely can’t! I’ve been spending the first few days of NaNo structuring my book, and when I finish, I’ll actually write the book itself for the rest of the month.

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Z: Done with the slide! Time to get off.

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Z: Hey, what’s this?

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Z: Salutations, my loyal subjects! 

I love this one! It might be the best out of the whole photoshoot. It’s really cool how the fence made vignette-type shadows at the edges.

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Time for Z to conquer the swings! I had to get on the ground for this photo, but it was worth it!

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Isn’t Z so photogenic?

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Z: Hey, look at Chewy over there! Hi Chewy!

Bonus Photos!

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Aww, Chewy’s so adorable! He loves sniffing the grass for some reason. XD

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He looks like he’s in deep thought. XD Don’t look too closely at Z in the background

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For some reason, I think this picture of rotten wood looks cool. What do you think? Make sure to leave a comment!

I hope that you had a blessed day! I certainly did. Thanks for a great day, God!

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American Girl Live, Christmas Collection, and Contemporary Characters Retiring!

Hey marshmallows!

Oops, I haven’t been posting for a while! I’ve got some videos, surprises (including The Big Surprise) and new posts in the works, so keep a look out for those! Anyways, I’ve got some exciting news for you.

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Today, I was on the American Girl website, and I noticed something once I scrolled to the bottom:

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American Girl Live? Apparently, they’re going to do musicals of the dolls’ stories. Let’s head over to the AG Live Tickets website.

*gets distracted by Play games*

*comes back*

Oh yeah, I’m writing a post!

Anyways, in this video, several girls in different locations turn around and smile for some reason. A cheesy lady narrates about how awesome American Girl Live is. Then, they grab their dolls and smile in a theater, where they apparently are watching American Girl Live.2 Despite the weird add, I think this is a unique idea. The earliest show is on December 13, but they haven’t done very much advertising (besides maybe to awards members) – it took me 15 whole minutes of browsing the website before I came across this tiny logo. That’s it for the AG Live – now onto some of the Christmas releases!

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*Images credit to americangirl.com

And yes, I am aware they released these at the beginning of October. I’m a professional procrastinator.FVK48_Holiday_Dreams_Pajamas_18inch_Dolls_1

Holiday Dreams Pajamas for 18-inch Dolls – $24

The outfit’s colors scream Christmas duh, Emmie, they’re red, green, and blue and go together nicely. The slippers are cute and fuzzy, and the top looks comfy. There’s nothing really that special about these PJs, but I think they’re worth the price. There are also little girls, girls, and women’s versions of this outfit. I think it’s random for them to suddenly sell women’s sizes in this outfit, but at least they are expanding their size range.

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Tis the Season Party Dress for 18-inch Dolls – $36

This outfit is super cute! I love the velvety material and the rhinestone pattern. The shoes are gorgeous! I love how they wrap around the ankles/shins with ribbons. The purse is really cute too. The only problem is the headband – I feel like the rhinestones might come off easily.FVK40_Let_It_Snow_Outfit_18inch_Dolls_1

Winter Sparkles Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $36

This outfit is really cute, but the shawl kind of looks like it’s choking the doll. I think it would look a lot better without the indistinct designs and a furry sweater instead of the shawl. The leggings and shoes are adorable and have an awesome mix and match opportunities. Again, in the headband, I could do without the flower mandala cross snowflake designs.FVK85_Winter_Sparkles_Outfit_18inch_Dolls_1.jpeg

Winter Sparkles Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $36

I think this outfit is really cute! I love the trendy, blush/purple-pink colors. The beanie is very mix-and-matchable. I love the trench coat style. The only problem is that it’s fuzzy, so it looks like a bathrobe. But other than that, I love this outfit!06BUN35_Mix_and_Match_for_Dolls_1_Tank_Jacket_Silver_Skirt_Flats_FRJ60_FRK93_FRK87_FRK95_1.jpeg

City Sights Jacket & Silver Starlight Skirt Outfit for 18-inch Dolls – $10.00

(Since there are so many of these mix-and-match items, I’m only going to be reviewing this one.) I really like all the shimmery details on the skirt and the shoes, and the jacket is a nice color. The only thing wrong with this outfit is the shirt. It doesn’t match the rest of the outfit at all! And why is it a tank top? It’s supposed to be the winter release. Overall, this outfit is actually pretty cheap, so that’s nice. I just wish the shirt was black.FVK06_Care_and_Keeping_of_Your_Skin_and_Nails_1.jpeg

The Skin & Nails Book – $9.99

I’ve actually read this book, and it’s really good! I love all the tips they give you, and since I started washing my face the way they recommend it, my skin has been a bit clearer! (I’ve only been washing it for two days, though. 🙂

And that’s it for the reviews! I didn’t want this post to be super long, so I didn’t include all the items they released this winter.

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On American Girl’s website, several months ago they posted a notice that Tenney and Logan were retiring, but then it went away. (Read more about that on Jewel’s post!)

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It returned, but all the Contemporary Characters are going to be gone by the end of the year! I just wish they would’ve made these awesome, cute dolls (I say cute wayyyy too much) GOTYs instead of making a separate line that would come and go within a year.

I’m sad to see Z, Tenney, and Logan go, but I won’t really miss Gabby. She hasn’t sold well at all, and her display is a single cube with nothing but her doll and a few outfits in the old packaging.Untitled design (7) What do you think about the new releases? AG Live? Retiring dolls? This post being up so late everyone already knows what I shared? 🙂

Expect to see a Z Crew News, customization, and AGSM posts in the future! I might be going on a hiatus for NaNo, but I’ll see if I can finish my outline in time.Signoff
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5 Things You Never Knew About AGW

Hey, marshmallows! I haven’t posted on here in what feels like forever…I’ve been so busy with Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m having a blast working on my story.

Alright, back to the post. I’m going to be sharing 5 things you never knew about American Girl World that you never wanted to know in the first place.

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1. We have 2 unfinished/unposted photostory series

It’s true! You may have heard of Undercover, the series that has no plot and no photos and needs to be rewritten. However, nobody knows about Camp Celestial Falls, the abandoned summer camp series that was plotted and…that’s it.

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2. All of my dolls go to an imaginary boarding school called AG Academy

In my photostories / when my sister and I play American Girl Dolls, we pretend that our dolls go to AG Academy, an imaginary boarding school that focuses on a talent (like ballet) and gives a curriculum based on what your talent is (aka my dream school).

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3. Ashton was named after a character in my book

Ashton’s namesake is the can’t-say-what-his-character-role-is-for-the-sake-of-sparing-you from-spoilers from my book, The Huntress! The only thing left to make him exactly like Ash Wolfe is eye-swapping his eyes to be brown…

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4. I’ve had 9 signoffs

I keep changing them, (I’m very indecisive, okay?) resulting in a grand total of 9 signoffs.

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5. AGW was originally on Blogger

Yes, AGW was originally a Blogger blog! I sadly lost the link… When I tried Blogger, I didn’t like how I had to upload every photo to Google photos and then to Blogger, so I switched to WP!

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That’s it for today’s post! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! I might not be posting very consistently this month due to Camp NaNo.

With love and marshmallows,

emmie

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look who’s back! // nano summary, monthly recap-style goals, and a whole lot more

Look who’s back!

Hello people and dolls of the earth! After 1 month of a hiatus, I am finally…back! NaNoWriMo was super awesome, and I got to gain some writing experience, make some awesome friends (ok, they were all moderators who I emailed about bug reports, but they still count.), and I may have actually….won?

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This is a picture I took while I was outlining using this fabulous tutorial by Samantha.

Despite how much fun NaNoWriMo was, I missed you guys a lot! Its great to be back and I can’t wait for all that’s coming up in December.

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DISCLAIMER: In NO WAY I am trying to brag about winning AT ALL!

From my second NaNoWriMo and my first win, I learned a ton of new things about writing. I learned how to keep on top of your goals, create awesome characters, script witty dialogue, and throw in an evil, good-for-nothing antagonist. I spent half of my time procrastinating by reading posts on Madi Grace (who just recently changed her tagline: no more identity crisis for MG!), comics on NaNoToons, (my personal favorite: https://nanotoons.net/2017/11/26/2017-november-26th/), and reading all of your fabulous NaNoWriMo self-help posts. It was really difficult at times, but I was able to push through! (after a lot of pizza and chocolate though. Note how sad it is that that doesn’t include marshmallows. *sobs*)

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Me smack in the middle of writer’s block. ^

But december is going to be filled with some awesome things! A Christmas collab with Enni, for instance, (Enni, sorry I haven’t been e-mailing you about it! I have to get my dad to get me back in to my account…) and we have a fabulous new Christmas site design! Check out the site if you’re reading this in the reader to check it out!

Aaaaannnddd…the goals + events! (Since there was no November goals, I’m not going to be recapping those.)

  • Post every other day on AGW, and the other days on TRW! (Felicity will be posting once a week)
  • Memorize some Bible verses

That’s it!

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Snippet No. 1

Aspen’s POV

{From chapter 1}

“I’ll be back next summer.”

Those are the words that Aaron would whisper in my ear, right before he left to go back to Huntrex Academy, where he was learning to become a Hunter and join the Hunt.

I cherished the summertime, as a child. I would spend my days playing with him, stargazing with him. It was the time that I could spend with my favorite person in the world: my big brother. 

But one year he couldn’t keep that promise.

I remember the day it happened. The day we got the news. Those memories I tried to forget, but they haunt me. I can’t dream without it turning in to that scene. It makes me shudder to think about. 

But I’ll tell you. Just this once.

I was nine. That’s the one cold-hard fact. The complete truth. The rest is a haze. I’m not really sure what happened, but my nightmares and visions remind me if it constantly. 

I was just in my bedroom. Minding my own business. I wasn’t going anything but lying on my bed and missing Aaron when I heard a cry.

Hopping off my bed, I ran down the hall, towards the cry. The sound is a ghost of the past coming back to haunt me every waking–and sleeping–moment. I saw Mother crouched on the floor. 

“I lost Jacob. I can’t lose you too.”

At the sound of my father’s name, I questioned, “Lost who?” My dad was long dead, but Mother always talked about him fondly. Sometimes I feel as if I actually knew him, she described him so clearly. I can’t really miss him, though. I didn’t really know him.

Silently sobbing, Mother handed me a letter. With a black seal. I shrieked. That could only mean one thing.

Death. 

Shaking, I cut the black wax with a knife I found lying on the kitchen table. I unfolded the parchment. 

Dear Mrs. Wither,

We are terribly sorry to inform you that last night, something terrible occurred. Aaron Maximus Wither, Third Year, Level Three, is–

I couldn’t bear to read any longer.  A wail, worse than Mother’s, erupted from my lips. I dropped the letter in shock. 

No. 

No.

He can’t be.

The funeral I hardly remember. All I remember is some official–looking person from Huntrex carrying a casket–carrying Aaron–in to the woods where Aaron and I had played often. I had suggested that spot. Those were the only two words I spoke between his death and the funeral. Then he said words, and now somehow I have a scar. It’s on my left cheek, a huge slash that I have no idea what was from. All I know is I’m a scarred girl–both on the inside and out.

I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

People say I’m crazy. People say I’m delusional. I’ve been taken to so may doctors who have labeled me as “a chord away from insane.” People look down upon me, me with my “mental problems”. They say I need to let go. I need to forget. He’s gone. Forever. And there’s no way to bring him back. 

Or was there?

Snippet No. 2

Marc’s POV

Where is that name from? The question makes my head hurt. The name seems so familiar, but I just can’t remember why. The first name is a ghost of a memory, a small trace of a forgotten event that occurred long ago that clung on to my memory, but the last name is so familiar it’s intimidating. Wither, Wither, Wither, I chant silently to myself, tuning out Twilight’s lecturing. Wither, Wither, Wither. One small word can cause a lot of trouble. 

“Marc? Marc? Hellllooooo?” 

“Oh, sorry,” I say, snapping to attention. “What were you saying?”

“I was saying,” Twilight emphasizes the word mockingly, “that I wanted to know some of your strategies for getting students to pay attention. Very ironic, huh, Marc?” I blush. 

“Well,” I struggle to come up with a good answer. I haven’t taught anything before. “I try to make sure the students know that there will be consequences if they don’t behave, and quiz them constantly so you know their progress and how much they have been paying attention to.”

“Very good,” Twilight nods approvingly. “I should imply those to the meetings, yes?” Everyone laughs. I stare down at the desk, embarrassed. I make a mental note to pay very close attention from now on. Soon, the “staff training session & meeting” is over. Everyone rushes out of the conference room, probably to begin setting up their classrooms before the term starts. 

But just as I am about to leave, I hear Twilight call, “Wait.”

I turn around, nervous. Was he going to fire me for not paying attention?

“Yes, sir?” I squeak nervously. I fiddle with the cuff of my sleeve, a habit I do when I’m nervous. 

“You have potential,” he says. I relax a bit. “I can tell you are going to be a very good teacher.”

“Thank you?” I reply, unsure why he would pull me over just to compliment me. 

“But,” I knew there was a catch. “I think that you aren’t aware of the dangers that lay ahead. You’re one of the few teachers who hasn’t served in the Huntrex, and the only one who hasn’t attended this school their self. The Order could bomb this place and wipe out hundreds of our soldiers-in-training, plus the entire future of the Huntrex. I repeat what I said earlier–you CANNOT let down your guard. Ever.”

“Yes, sir.” I nod. He was freaking me out. 

He sits back down in his chair, paying to attention to me anymore. Evidently, this little talk is over. 

And last but not least, snippet No. 3!

Aspen’s POV

I take my sword out, pointing it towards the shadow. No. It can’t be. He was dead long ago. 

“Who are you?” I ask the shadow. “Show yourself.”

“I’m afraid I can’t do that, dear,” the voice says in a haughty, mocking tone, a tone I know Aaron would never use, ever.  

Then, everything starts to swirl around me. Reality is a hazy infinity, with no designated beginning or end. I feel like a strong hand is pushing against my lungs and squeezing my throat tight. I gasp for air, begging for this moment to be over…

Then everything went dark. 

Thank you so much for reading, marshmallow! Merry Christmas! Wait is it too early to ssatrt saying that

Most Writerly,

Emmie

P.S. Hopefully I’ll be posting a more in-depth NaNo recap on TRW tomorow!