Saturday, May 2, 2020

SECOND BLOG BIRTHDAY // answering your questions in my first q&a!

This is much later than I intended it to be, but HERE IT IS AT LAST. My answers to the questions you submitted for my very first Q&A!!! (Technically it's a celebration for this blog's second birthday, which was in January... but better late than never, right? XD) I had so much fun answering your epic inquiries - thank you for providing them! - and I hope you have just as much fun reading them.


from Nicole Dust:

Favorite kind of chocolate?

Dark! But I love milk chocolate almost as much, so I'm not too picky. XD

Favorite character in Rise of the Guardians?


JACK FROST ALL THE WAY. Animated or not, he's one of my top fictional crushes.

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If you haven't seen Rise of the Guardians, what have you been doing with your life?? It's my favorite movie EVER and (I like to think) for good reason.

What’s a book that was very overhyped, in your opinion?

Both Legendary and Finale by Stephanie Garber. ESPECIALLY Finale. I loved the first book, but the rest of the trilogy was suuuuch a disappointment.

What’s your current favorite song?

It's gotta be one of the new GAWVI songs. My favorite varies from day to day, seeing as his new album is all I've been listening to. XD Right now I'm loving So Alive the most.

from Florid Sword (aka Faith):

Who are some fictional characters who helped inspire Delmy, Hansel, and Gretel?

I don't really pay attention to this kind of thing, but maybe Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles for Hansel, Imogen from The Ascendance Trilogy for Gretel, and Cammie from Gallagher Girls for Delmy?

Do you watch pro soccer and if so, who's your favorite team?

I enjoy watching pro soccer once in a blue moon, so no, not really. Too rare an occurrence. I wouldn't say I have a favorite team either, but Messi is awesome. XD

Any tips for using an outline?

If you're not careful, an outline will hinder your story from going the direction it really wants to. If you're following a template, don't feel like you have to follow it to the T. Maybe combine different templates or come up with your own format entirely. Set it up however neatly or messily you want. Make it yours

Use outlines to inspire you, not restrict you.

Tell us your opinion about Dante ;)

Hoo boy. Well...

meme created by Faith

Dante is amazing.

Dante is wonderful.

Dante is beautiful.

Dante must be protected at all costs from his cruel author, Nicki Chapelway.

That is all.

from MovieCritic:

What was your first fandom?

Excluding cartoon TV shows I was into as a smol bean, I'd say my first book fandom was The Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson. It probably sparked my first deeply emotional attachment to fictional characters.

What was the first chapter book that you remember reading?

One of the Digby and Kate books by Barbara Baker, perhaps? Or maybe Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant? CUE THE NOSTALGIA.

The last movie that you saw in the theater?

Toy Story 4! I actually like that movie a lot, although the first and third movies are definitely better and I think we're most if not all agreed that Toy Story 3 had a better ending for the franchise.

Forky is amazing, though. XD

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Besides It's A Wonderful Life (which is one of the best movies ever!!! <3), have you seen any other James Stewart movies? ;)

*gasp* I have not!! This is unacceptable, because I LOVE James Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life. Please drop in the comments below any recs you have of other movies he's in. This must be remedied.

from Bree Dawn:

What classic book is overrated?

*deep breath* I despise the following book so much that it hurts me to say the title and I yell at my friends whenever they mention it in my presence. So just keep in mind that my experience with this book is still, one year later, a fresh wound.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Disclaimer: I am aware that many consider this a beloved classic, a work of literary genius, etc. You are free to love it, just don't expect me to ever understand why.

Do you watch baking shows??? If you don’t...WHY NOT?

I watch precisely one baking show, and that is The Great British Baking Show on PBS. It's absolutely fantastic - also stressful to watch because it's a "timed contest" kind of show. Gets your mouth watering AND your heart pounding.

Do you have a favorite color? If you don’t, that’s totally okay and don’t let anyone convince you it’s not. 💖

Awww I love that. <3 My favorite colors are teal and dark purple.

Do you remember the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

Hmmm. The aforementioned Viking Quest is a big one, but I'm not really sure.

Current favorite tv show?

Merlin and Psych. If by "current" you mean "currently in the middle of watching," then Psych for sure.

Fist Bump (Shawn & Gus) on We Heart It
via We Heart It

Do you like any weird food combinations?

Is it weird to put butter in a ham and cheese sandwich? Because that doesn't seem to be a common practice, but it's soooo good.

What’s your comfort book?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Nothing gives me warm fuzzies and a feeling of true bookworm content like Anne. Come to think of it, I'm loooong overdue for a reread.

from Merie Shen:

Favorite underrated Disney hero, heroine, and villain?

Hero: Nigel from Finding Nemo (the pelican) (you can't tell me he doesn't qualify)

Heroine: Sadness from
Inside Out

Villain: Cruella De Vil from the LIVE-ACTION 101 Dalmations 

What's your favorite fairytale?

Probably Hansel & Gretel!

Do you like Oreos?

Certainly. :D They're not my favorite cookies, per se, but I do love them.

What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

Tacos made with cinnamon instead of chili powder. Not intentional. XD

If you could visit anywhere out of your home country, where would you go?

England. I REALLY want to visit England.

What's your favorite food?

Pastaaaaa. Even better if the pasta has cheese.

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Do you support the Oxford comma?


from Emily Grant:

What was the last five-star book you read?

Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

What was the worst movie you've ever seen?

I'm not sure, but possibly The Santa Clause 3.

Out of all your own characters, which one do you think would be your best friend in real life and why?

Hansel. *sobs* Pleeeease, I need my darling Hansel to exist in real life. He would readily accept me for who I am, ALWAYS be down for a deep conversation (critical for my survival XD), and just be the most gentle, most attentive, most encouraging friend you could ask for.

One of your favorite Bible verses?

"God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns."

Psalm 46:5

from Lia:

If you could choose, would you like to be born on Leap Day?

Not particularly, no. XD I'd rather have my birthday every single year.

What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Whether they're outgoing/socially confident or quiet/socially awkward.

Which character from any fairytale would you want to switch lives with?

Snow-White from Snow White & Rose Red. This fairy tale is pretty chill, which appeals to me because I tend to crumple under stress. And I'd get to marry a prince at the end sooooo... XD

Are you happy with the person that you are right now?

Short answer? No.

I should be, though. I should be fully embracing my identity in Christ, but to be honest my prayer life has been suffering lately. I'm striving to make it a primary focus again, and God is already helping me so much.

What is your seventh favorite color?

I LOVE this question. XD After some contemplation of the rainbow spectrum, I'd say orange.

from Sarah Rodecker:

What's a class you thought you would hate, but ended up sort of enjoying?

Electronics. XD It's a branch of my physics course that I wasn't thrilled about at first, but it's turned out to be less frustrating than I thought it would be.

An "irrational" fear of yours?

Annoying my friends. Being a burden, a nuisance. Maybe it's an INFP thing? *shrug* Definitely an anxiety thing.

What's the next book on your TBR?

How We Rise by Brooke Riley!

from Ash Ronnel:

How do you manage stress?

PRAYER. I use external forms of escapism like YouTube, books, and even school (unless school is what I'm stressing about) to distract myself from the stress, but it doesn't actually take it away. Prayer and time in the Bible takes it away. It's amazing how effectively even just ten seconds of prayer can wash away the panic and replace it with peace.

What is the most beautiful place you have ever traveled to?

Honduras. It's a gorgeous island, and the Caribbean is a beautiful sea. <3

What's your favorite or most used emoji?

I feel like this is a pretty generic answer, but probably the cry-laughing emoji: 😂

from Mary Kate:

What is your favorite vegetable?

CUCUMBER. I know that's technically a fruit, but it's my final answer. XD

What is the last movie you saw in theaters?

Toy Story 4!

If you could learn one skill (ballroom dancing, knitting, open heart surgery...) overnight, what would you pick?

Freestyle dancing. Watching everybody dance their hearts out at weddings is entertaining, but I always wish I could comfortably get out there myself. Without, ya know, tripping and falling on my face - or being too shy.

from Skye Hoffert:

Your favorite character that you wrote?

Hansel from Dusted Red. That boy's softness and complexity grip my heart like no other. <3

Elves or Fae?

Fae! Elves are cool, but fae - especially the lighter, brighter, good-guy depictions of them - are the best kind of magical. 

Favorite fairytale?

Another of my favorites, besides Hansel & Gretel, is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The magical elements in this one are breathtaking and make for some truly epic retelling opportunities. It was actually an amazing retelling (Entwined by Heather Dixon) that made me fall in love with the original tale in the first place.


You made it to the end! Congratulations! XD And congrats to my little blog for surviving two years and putting up with my constant negligence.

To my lovely readers: Thank you for sticking around and taking the time to read my words. I love all of you. <3 If there's a type of post you'd like me to use or use more of, let me know! I want to be posting stuff that YOU want to see.

And one last note: Remember that "short stories based off a music album" election I hosted a while back? Well, my next post should be the first story for that!! I'll hold off on telling you which album won (because, as a writer, I thrive off creating suspense XD), but just know that I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

Until then, tally ho. ;)

The Lord's Truly,
What's a weird food combination you like? Do you watch The Great British Baking Show? What's your favorite vegetable?? Spill some thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Aww yessss I love Q&A's, I'm sorry I missed adding my own questions cause I was on hiatus BUT I'm sure you are glad you dodged that bullet am I right?

    Messi is amazing although he is only my third favorite professional soccer player XD

    Oh ho ho so I'm cruel am I?

    Dante: yes

    All of my characters: yes

    my readers: oh absolutely

    NEVER MIND THAT IS A CONSENSUS DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT IS TRUE (also your love for Dante is legendary I should draw you another one tbh)

    My fae are most certainly not the lighter brighter kind whoops XD

    Awesome answers though! And this reminds me that I still owe my blog a blogoversary celebration so thanks a lot for that XD

    1. Oh it's no problem at all. I probably AM glad I evaded that. XD

      Ahhhh really?? I've gotta figure out your first- and second-favorite hmmmm.

      YOU CAN DENY IT ALL YOU WANT, BUT WE KNOW THE TRUTH. (Yessssss please do draw me another one!!!)

      They aren't, but I definitely appreciate some well-done dark fae too. XD

      Thank you! And you're very welcome, please get on that. XD

  2. I have not seen Rise of the Guardians, but you have fully convinced me now! ;)

    *cracks knuckles* I've seen 14 James Stewart movies so this should be good. ;) I won't swamp you with all of them XD and I love them all but I absolutely recommend: Harvey (1950), You Can't Take It with You (1938), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).

    Anne of Green Gables is the perfect comfort book! I love it!! <333

    Tacos with cinnamon actually sounds right up my alley. XD I can totally see myself doing that by accident, too.

    Eeeep! I'm excited to learn which music album you chose! :D Happy blogoversary!


      *takes notes* THANK YOU, I'll definitely have to watch these sometime!!

      Same, it's the loveliest book ever. <333

      They actually weren't even that bad?? My family still ate them, even if they tasted a bit different. XD

      YAYYYYY. It's taking me forever to write the story, but progress is being made... slowly but surely. XD Thank you!!!

  3. yay i LOVED reading your answers to all these questions, Lila! i totally agree that Legendary and Finale were extremely overhyped, and i think we both didn't even end up liking them. 😅 i use the tearing/laughing emoji a lot too haha!

    happy late blogiversary!! i'm so excited for the story based off an album asdfghjkl!!!! ❤

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed, Ash!! Yeah those books were suuuuuch a disappointment. The first one was SO good - why did she have to mess up the sequels? :P

      Thank you so much!!! LKDJGLKEJ I can't wait to share those stories! (The first one is being very slowly but surely written. :D)

  4. AAAAHHHH MY BOOK *sobs*

    AND HANSEL!! I can't wait to meet him! <3 <3

    OKAY INFP THINGS ARE RELATABLE!!!! I totally get that so much. <3

    Love you, girl!!

    stay amazing!


      I can't wait for you to meet him either!!! <333


      Love you too!!! You're the best <33

  5. UGH I LOVE Q&AS LIKE THIS. Getting to know bloggers even more deeply is so great, that's why I love this community so much. AND LILA I HAVE THOUGHTS.
    - Ahhhh goshdarn, I've read Caraval but not the sequels yet. Why didn't you enjoy them?
    - D A N T E
    - I agree with your assessment of the color orange. It is not very high-quality. 2/10.
    - I was about to be like "omg I love 12DP too!!" but then I actually thought about it and realized my only exposure to that fairytale is from the Barbie movie. XD I have a really positive feeling associated with 12DP tho, so I must have liked it a lot?? My favorite fairytale is probably Beauty and the Beast--I know, very basic answer, but it was my childhood. I also like Rapunzel and East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
    - Ugh I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Brooke's book! For some reason I feel like 2020 has been the Year for Blogger Books so far; so many people I know are finally beta-requesting, querying, and publishing. IT'S SO EXCITING.

    ok that is all thx for reading my nonsense

    1. YES YES YES. That's a huge reason why I love blogging (and Q&A's) so much too! AND YAY I LOVE THOUGHTS!!!

      Okay, so first of all, I don't like Tella and she's the main character in the sequels. The romance was also a bit more than I was comfortable with? The plot was underwhelming too. I have the same complaints for book 3 except x10. XD So yeah...


      *high-five* Orange is just...iIt's just not as good. Glad you get me lol!

      Ooooh yes I remember the Barbie movie. XD B&tB is amazing!! And RAPUNZEL. <3 I don't think I've read East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

      I'll be posting my review soon!!! THE YEAR FOR BLOGGER BOOKS YESSSSS. IT'S SUPER EXCITING.


      I loved it. XD Thank you for sharing your epic thoughts!

  6. Sis, this made me laugh out loud at least twice and smiled the whole way through. You did a great job, I could really feel you in all your answers. Love you!!!!! Keep praying!!!

    1. Heidiiiii this comment. :') :') Love you too!!! <333


    *coughs* also look it's my meme

    I loves you baby and will NEVER get tired of you because you're AMAZING ;)


    *coughs* nice Fae? What...what are those

    Awesome post and CONGRATS <3 <3


      *cough* *cough* I hope you don't mind me using it. XD

      Awwww Faith you gonna make me cry. :') :') You're amazing too. I love you SO much. <3


      They exist, I swear. XD

      THANK YOU!!! <3

  8. aww i love this post! <3 ♥️

  9. YES, YES, AND YES-- for the Oxford comma, Hansel & Gretel, and pasta with CHEESE <3

    I loved reading your answers to all these questions! (Swapping places with Snow White in Snow White & Rose Red sounds like a good idea. Less stress = good) Also remember by adoration for your character Hansel? Did you say something about Wolf from TLC? *cries happy tears*

    Always be a happy camper! xD

    1. YAAASSSS I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE. Pasta with cheese is absolutely essential. XD

      Thank you, Merie!! (I'm glad you agree, we should swap together since there are too girls *nodnod*) Ummmm YES OF COURSE I REMEMBER. <3 :D Wolf is amazing and reminds me of Hansel for sureeee.

      Likewise! ;D

  10. Pasta is so good xD

    I also tend towards being afraid I'm annoying my friends! (I alternate it with fearing I'm emotionally distant and need to be more outgoing?? xD) So you're not alone, and I'd say there's a few of us out there...

    Congratulations on two years, Lila, and I look forward to that short stories post! (It's such a cool idea :)

    1. It's amazinggggg. :D

      Ahhhh yes the struggle is real. I'm glad I'm not alone, although I do wish we didn't have this problem... :P

      Thank you, Jem!!! :D


    Teal and dark purple is such a beautiful combo!! I love it.

    PSYCH!!!! One of my top favorite shows of all time.

    Congrats on two years! So awesome! I hope you have many more to come!


      Me too, it's so lovely <33


      Thank youuuuu!! That means so much to me <3

  12. AHH YAY I'M SO EXCITED IT'S HERE!! Happy blogiversary again, even if it is late. XD <3

    Would you believe that I've never seen Rise of the Guardians?? My best friend has tried to get me to watch it and I really want to, I just... never have. o.o

    YES IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE! My family watches it every year on Christmas Eve. <3

    "You are free to love it, just don't expect me to ever understand why." XD I've never read Moby Dick but I did read part of it in school... I don't really remember much about it but I would like to read the whole thing eventually. Who knows, maybe I'll agree with you. :P

    Okay but I want to know how the accidental cinnamon-tacos tasted. xD

    OH NOO that's so sad that you didn't like The Santa Clause 3!! It's my favorite out of all the Santa Clause movies, actually. But I guess I can forgive you. xD

    Yess Psalm 46 is so good! I memorized the whole thing recently and it's such a good one to carry with you. <3

    AHHHH YES TALLY HO!! *fangirls way too hard* Have you finished A Time to Die yet?? I want to know what you thought! :D

    1. YAYYYYY!!!! Thank you, Emily <3

      You MUST watch it! ASAP! Jack Frost and the whole gang await you! O_o


      You can try it, but I'm warning you... It's like a science textbook about sperm whales with a LITTLE bit of (underwhelming) adventure mixed in? It's weird, but I do hope you enjoy it a lot more than I did lol.

      They actually weren't that bad. My family ate them just fine. XD

      Sorry! Thank you for forgiving me. ;D

      I should memorize the whole thing tooooo. That's awesome <3

      You reminded me to write a review, so thank you! It's up on Goodreads now!! *flails*

  13. Loved reading all your answers! Merlin and Psych are fantastic!!
    You picked Fae, good choice. XD

    1. Thank youuuu!! Those shows are AMAZING.

      Yay! XD


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