The Shared WIP Tag {Week 3: Antagonist Questions}

Aaaand, we're back in week 3 of the Shared WIP Tag!!

Introduce the main antagonist of your book!

Now here's where we reach a slippery slope......Because I don't really have an antagonist??? Like, it shifts. Sometimes it may be Kile's parents, then Kile himself, then Kile's friends......but if I had to pick one person to be the "main" antagonist, I think it would be King Zephr of Ilia Couragis. Let me make it clear though: He's not evil xD

Anyways, Zephr is the 9th king of Ilia Couragis. He is married to Queen Yalia who was a noble lady in Ilia Couragis. They have three children: Yohn, and twins Zoe and Zelia.

And I imagine Zephr to look like Hugh Jackman (which may or may not be the reason I made him a lot more likable xD)

What do you (the writer) have in common with the antagonist?  What do you not have in common?

Hm....what do I have in common......I guess what we have in common is the fact that we both have a need to control things (ask my family :P).

What we don't have in common is that I'm not trying to hold my kingdom together and avoid civil war.

What does your antagonist do when he/she is mad?  Do they have a soft spot?

He blows up.

Like, he yells a lot (sheesh he isn't a human bomb guys....)

And his soft spot is his family.

Who is your antagonist’s worst enemy?  What is their greatest fear?

I would say that Zephr's greatest enemy is the unknown. He hates change, because it means he has to be a little less controlling, and with the unknown people could get hurt.

His greatest fear is that his family will get hurt. That if the people rise, they'll hurt his family.

What is your antagonist’s weapon of choice?

I think that his weapon of choice is the fact that he is king. Since he holds a lot of weight as king, he likes to use that before resorting to physical violence.

How would your antagonist surprise your reader?

Well.....he isn't actually bad.....but yeah he is the antagonist for the greater part of the book xD

Anyways, I think he would surprise them in the way that he is actually quite playful and funny with his family and very VERY close friends.

What is one thing your antagonist would never do?

He would never purposefully hurt his family *coughs*


Why are you looking at me like that?

What lie does your antagonist believe about the MC?

Zephr believes that Kile is just an inexperienced boy. That he should listen to his elders instead of offering them advice.

What is your favorite thing about your antagonist?

My favorite thing about Zephr (besides the fact that he looks like Hugh Jackman :PPP) is the way he is around his family.  He loves them so much that he doesn't know what to do with himself.

If your antagonist was your MC, what would your book look like? would look like.......

Gosh, I have no idea.


What I think the book would look like, if Zephr were my main character, is everything that Kile sees Zephr do that is "wrong" would look extremely different in Zephr's eyes. What Zephr would see his actions as is the last resort.

This ends week 3 of the Shared WIP Tag! Join me next week for questions on side characters and world building!

Also, check out the answers of the other people doing this tag!

Lisa @ Inkwell
Julia @ Lit Aflame
Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer
Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Keturah @ Keturah’s Korner

How's your Nano going? Are you still on top of your daily word count? What is your favorite thing about your antagonist? 

The Shared WIP Tag {Week 2: Protagonist Questions}

And we're back in week 2 of the Shared WIP Tag!!!!

Introduce your MC a little (name, maybe a description or picture, etc,) and tell us something quirky about them.

The MC of The Scroll of Wisdom is Polaris, Protector of Ilia Scriptura, Prince Royale (later Crown Prince) Kile of Ilia Scriptura.

In case his actual name got lost in his full title, it's Kile.

I imagine Kile to look like Douglas Booth:

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And something quirky about Kile is that he loves to read! That may not seem quirky to you, but people who know Kile are astounded when they learn that fact! (I one has ever learned that tbh)

What does your MC value the most?

He values family and familiar (is that the word???) love the most. Which is odd considering that there isn't a lot of love between Kile and his family. But he knows that the love of a family is one of the greatest out there, and he yearns soooo much for it.

What is your MC’s wildest dream? What is their greatest fear?

Kile's wildest dream is to see one of the Fairy Halls, which no mortal person has seen. Fairies tell humans that they can see them, but only if they are chosen.

His greatest fear is that no one will love him. He may seem like a very self-confident and secure person on the outside, but Kile is actually terrified of being unloved.

What is your MC’s favorite food? Can they cook?

Kile's favorite food is this dessert which is like a dumpling but has caramelized strawberries on the inside (and now I'm hungry...)

And, being a prince, no, Kile can't cook xD

What do you (the writer) have in common with the MC? What do you not have in common?

Well, Kile has a habit of acting likely he's perfectly fine when sometimes he really isn't. I also find myself doing that, because it seems easier to act like your happy when you're really not.

What I don't have in common with Kile is that he does some really reckless things a lot. People who know me in real life know that I am a VERY CAUTIOUS PERSON (I think I get it from my dad....)

What lie does your MC believe about himself/the world?

A lie that Kile believes about himself is that his parents don't love him, and that his brother is more important than he is. This is a huge thing and drives (I think) a lot of Kile's internal conflict.

Who is their best friend and why? Kile had these friends who weren't the BEST people, but I think once some things *some* start to settle, his brother Cipta is his best friends. Kile and Cipta were never really close as children and when things go down they almost hate each other. But after they both accept their roles and their family gets closer, they really start depending on each other and form a strong bond.

What song best describes them in this book?


*scrolls through Spotify*

Okay I think one that describes Kile pretty well and his character arc is Remember by Lauren Daigle

What is their personality type?

I took a quiz for him and it said ENFP-T. Looking at the explanation that does really look like Kile!

Why should your readers care about this person?

Because he's a cinnamon roll (AND I AM JUST NOW REALIZING THIS WUT). Kile may seem messed up and tough on the outside, but on the inside, he just wants to be loved. He also wants to become a better person and once he's on the right path, he won't easily stray.

This ends week 2 of the Shared WIP Tag! Join me next week for antagonist questions!

Also, check out the answers of the other people doing this tag!

Lisa @ Inkwell
Julia @ Lit Aflame
Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

How's your Nano going? Are you still alive? What has been your favorite thing so far?

Hidden Peril {Book Review}

Image result for hidden peril book coverAs teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly, scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?

Three-time RITA Award-winner and "queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) Irene Hannon doesn't disappoint in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have readers up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion.

I'll admit that I've never read anything in this genre before! It's never really appealed to me but I still asked for a copy when the Revell email showed up in my inbox. AND BOY AM I GLAD THAT I SAID YES. The plot of this story was spot on! All the small details made it really believable and gave it a really authentic feel.

The characters were all very well done! I loved the "Treehouse Gang"'s camaraderie. I love it when childhood friends banter. The protectiveness Rick and Colin had for Kristen is addooorabbllle. And then Luke's sister was amazing.  The rest of the characters, main characters included, were very realistic and fleshed out.

I love mystery and this one was no exception! I was not expecting the bad guy to be who it was. It was very elaborate and I applaud Hannon from making this such a complex mystery!

Very well, fine, yes, I loved the romance (don't I always?). It takes a while for it to get off the floor and then they have to wait a while because of stuff (#spoilers). But when it gets off, it's going.

The only thing I could have done without is a few things I'll mention in the content section. But they weren't so bad that they ruined the book for me.

There are a few kisses towards the end (this is not the problem part) and there are a few comments that I really could have done without. But the comments are somewhat vague.

Yet another enjoyable read from Revell!

5 Stars

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Just a warning, I'm going to have a few book reviews this month along with the Shared WIP Tag xD Have you read A Hidden Peril? Do you want to? What was the last thing you read? 

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest opinion.  

The Shared WIP Tag {Week 1: General Questions}

I am so stinkin' excited to do this!! I missed it when they did it in March (?) 'cause I was gone for lent and when Julian said  that she was doing it again I was like

Introduce the story: blurb, maybe a cover or anything else!

This Nano, I'm working on The Scroll of Wisdom. It's the first book in the Kingdoms of Ilia series. Here are the blurb and cover! (taken from my WIP page)

Prince Kile of Ilia Scriptura knows that he will never be king, that boring job is left to his brother. But when a strange turn of events happens and Kile is made the Crown Prince, how will the prince who has lived in frivolity all his life govern the wisest kingdom in Ilia?

Where did you get the idea for your story?  What came to you first: your theme, character, premise, setting, etc?

So the story goes, I originally started The Crown of Light (which I did last year) and I was also working on another book called Courage For Those Who Have None. I decided to link the two books, even though Courage For Those Who Have None came several hundred years before the Crown of Light. I then changed some stuff in the worldbuilding and added a WHOLE buncha things. Turns out, Myragi and Zirrith (the two countries in Courage For Those Who Have None) used to be one country, Ilia Couragis. I didn't give much thought to it but I did keep thinking this: Why? Why did they split? How did other countries influence them? At the same time, I had decided that I wanted to make a series, each book about one country. And then BOOM it all fell into place (sorta)

As too what came first......Setting, because I already had the world, then premise, then theme, and then characters.

What have you done to get experience for your story (like watching knitting YouTube videos)?  What did you put into the book because it’s something you know about (like if you’re a martial artist, and put that in)?


I watched a video on how women would dress in the 12th century.......

Besides that.....

I gotta admit that I did nothin'

What made you decide to write this particular book for NaNoWriMo?

I think it was because I knew that this book was gonna be long, and decided to use Nano as a motivator


Do you research before, after, or during your first draft writing process? Have you done any research for this particular book? How do you usually research?

If I'm writing a historical fiction, then I'll usually research before. Going on a complete tangent here, when I was researching for Colm, I had to research what it was like to live in Ireland at that time, how the immigration journey/process was, what the wages were like, and other stuff. All that I researched before. Sometimes though, I'll come across a small detail that I'll need to research for.

Since this book is fantasy, I haven't really researched......But I did look up what different biomes there were (worldbuilding) and what people wore in the 12th century.

And I norrrrmally use Google (but I always try to find more than 2 sites that say the same thing)

Do you plot or plan your book in any way before you start writing? What methods do you usually use and what did you do this time?

I do! Or else I'll end up with a major roadblock in the middle of Nano. And we all know that THAT is lots of fun...

I outline in three steps: General Synopsis, Bare Bones Outline, Outline

So the general synopsis is where I write basically all the major plot twists and some other little things down. If the book is broken up into sections I make sure to do that too here to see which section of the book falls under which section. The bare bones outline is basically how many chapters there gonna be, with around one sentence per chapter. Then the outline is where I go back and fill in all the details in each chapter.

Do you hand write or type your first draft?

It really depends. For the Scroll of Wisdom, I'm typing my first draft. I usually do that for stories I'm "more serious" about and handwrite stories that are not that serious.

Do you have a brainstorming buddy and if you do, who was it this time and how did they help?

Um....sortanotreally. I have this one friend and we just sit and talk about our books. That helps a lot cause she understands when I go off on tangents and confuse myself and honestly nothing is better than going, "SADHAODFHDFDFASD I KNOW WHY THEY DID *blank*"

How did you come up with your characters’ names?

It varies really. None of the characters names really mean anything, and I just picked names that I like. I knew I wanted to use the name Kile, and it's pronounced exactly the same as Kyle, but Kile seems more "magical" than Kyle. And I found Zoe's name first and wanted her twin to have a somewhat similar name so I named her twin Zelia.






So each person of royalty has a special name. And if they're male, then they are a "Protector" and if they're female, they are a "Jewel". For example, Kile's full title is: "Polaris, Protector of Ilia Scriptura, Prince Royale Kile of Ilia Scriptura", and Zoe's full title is: "Tamara, Jewel of Ilia Couragis, Princess Royale Zoe of Ilia Couragis".

Do you know what your story's theme is? If you do, how did you find it, and if you don't, how do you plan to find it?

I think I do. I'm pretty sure my theme is that you can change for the better. For example, Kile goes through a very low moment where he thinks he can never change, but then he is shown that he can.

I love the novels that show the struggle of a character who wants to be a better person and doesn't believe that he can be but then becomes a better person slowly yet surely.

This ends week 1 of the Shared WIP Tag!! Be sure to join me next week for protagonist questions!!

Also, check out the answers of the other people doing this tag!

How is your Nano going? Have you fallen behind yet? What are you most excited for this Nano? 

~ October Wrap Up ~

How is it already (almost) November?? WHERE HAS TIME GONE????

Anyways, October was TONS of fun!!

I took the PSAT and ACT within 3 days of each other :))

No, I am not dead (yet)

(literally guys my dance teacher asked me if I had gone crazy when I told her)


On more "fun" subjects, I went to Homecoming and that was SOOOOO much fun! I accomplished my mission and got my brother dancing by the end xD

I have a HUGE violin competition this Friday and my dad and I have been working together a lot.

And my wrist has been doing worse so that's not good.



- Enchanted, Taylor Swift -

- Poldark Soundtrack -

- Love Like This, Lauren Daigle -

- Mine, Taylor Swift -

- Speak Now, Taylor Swift -

HAHAHAHA I ACTUALLY READ A LOT THIS MONTH. And finished my Goodreads Reading Challenge of reading 50 books I never had before :D

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Shelter of the Most High, Connilyn Cossette;  Hidden Peril, Irene Hannon; The Ranchero's Love, Nancy J. Farrier; Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell; Victoria, Daisy Goodwin; An Inconvenient Beauty, Kristi Ann Hunter; A Lady of Esteem, Kristi Ann Hunter; Mark of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse


Shelter of the Most High: I loved the writing style and the credibility of this book! Plus the roooomance! You can find my review here!

Hidden Peril: Not gonna lie, I have never read a book in this genre (mystery, murder, terrorist). BUT I LOVED THIS BOOK. Review coming sooooon!

An Inconvenient Beauty: The 4th and final (*sniff*) book in the Hawthorns House Series. So I love the first book of this series....and this one is my second favorite xDD I laughed so much and plus - SAVFKASHDJDFUG MIRANDA IS HAVING A BABY??? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH WHY CAN'T WE HAVE ANOTHER BOOK WHERE WE SEE MIRANDA AND RYLAN AS PARENTS????? -  yeah I love this book xD

A Lady of Esteem: The novella prequel to the Hawthorne House Series. Hehe.....I laughed a lot during this one too and yeah xD



The Ranchero's Love: This was a very sweet book that sorta surprised me! I didn't really have any expectations but this was a really nice book! Review coming soon

Wives and Daughters: Yeah, I still want to hit Roger Hamley with a frying pan but I love Gaskell's writing style!

Victoria: I enjoyed this one but sadjksfahd fsdcdsc no. Victoria and Lord Melbourne. Just no. Thank you. Victoria and Albert. *dies*


I didn't dislike any books this month so that's good xD

Books I Hope To Read This Month:

This Big House On Adam's Street, Alberta Sparks; Amish Celebrations, Beth Wiseman; The Centurions Wife, Janette Oke & Davis Bunn; A Murder is Announced, Agatha Christie; 'Tis, Frank McCourt; Teacher Man, Frank McCourt; Junia, Michael E. Giesler; Grain of Wheat, Michael E. Giesler


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Finished season 3 of this! I procrastinated on season 2 cause I knew what happened at the end....


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Yep, I started watching this and O_O DANG IS IT GOOD


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I just like watching random episodes of this show xD

The Crown

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Still haven't finished season 2 of this

Alexa & Katie

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Nano is soon and I'm almost done plotting xD I'll have to finish worldbuilding and character sheets later cause soon it's gonna be time to WRITE WRITE WRITE


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~ September Wrap Up ~

Let's Meet Some Peoples! {The Language of Worlds Link-Up}

100th Blog Post + Some Inspiration

Know the Novel {Part One: Introductory}

Shelter of the Most High {Book Review}

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How was your October? Are you doing Nano? Are you ready for Nano? (the answer is no...) What are you most looking forward to this month?