Spotting the Light: Grace Anne || Creative Spotlight – 14

Hey everyone!! Today, we’re doing another Spotting the Light post, and it’s a very exciting one!! We’re interviewing Grace Anne, who was the first blogger I ever followed. Through her, I got to meet lots of other bloggers and get to know this awesome community!!

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IMG_0898-Edit - Totally Graced.jpgGrace Anne is a eighteen year old blogger from the southern US. She is an INFP/INFJ who is passionate about the performing arts, writing, people, and Jesus.

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What do you blog about?

I blog about a little bit of everything- life, writing, theatre, faith– whatever I’m passionate about at the moment. I have so many ideas and interests, and they all end up on my blog in one form or another.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Everywhere! I’m constantly inspired by life and the world around me.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Quality >>>>>> Quantity. Always. You don’t have to post every day- in fact, please, please don’t. I would also tell myself not to be scared of other bloggers just because they seem so much more professional or competent. I’ve met some of the best people on the planet through blogging, and I’m so thankful for all of them.

What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out?

I actually have two. Back in September, I shared a post in honor of Suicide Prevention Week entitled “Stay” that was really special to me. More recently, I shared a piece of fiction on the blog for the first time, which was exciting.

What made you decide to start writing?

I really don’t know of one specific moment that made me decide to start writing. It’s just always been a part of me. I distinctly remember being in first grade and writing stories with my friends during recess. All of my favorite games growing up involved telling stories in one capacity or another. It’s just always been a part of my life.

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What is your favorite part about writing?

I love creating characters. People are so complex, and getting to tell their stories is something that I love.

What makes a good story?

You have to have engaging, complex characters. A plot is nothing without good characters.

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Both. Having a good writing day is the best feeling in the world, and I love stepping away from my laptop feeling as though I can take on the world. But every day can’t be a good day, and writing can be an exhausting process. It’s all worth it in the end, though.

What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is working past my own perfectionism. I’m really hard on myself because I want everything that I do to be the best that it can possibly be, so it’s difficult knowing when to step away and finally say that something is “done”.

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Why do you do what you do?

I do it because I cannot imagine my life without it. Theatre and dance are two of my greatest passions, and there is no better feeling than stepping offstage and knowing that all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the piece were worth it.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve leanred from your art?

I’ve learned that I’m capable of doing a lot more than I ever would have thought that I could.

Where do you get inspiration?

I get inspiration from studying those who are better than I am and learning from them. Not copying – there’s a difference – but watching how they do things and and finding ways to incorporate those techniques into my own choreography and performances.

What is your favorite book?

Jane Eyre!

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What is/was your favorite childhood book?

SO MANY. Right off the top of my head, I’d have to say that Princess Academy was a definite favorite. I also loved anything having to do with fairies.

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

Anything by Sleeping At Last. I’m particularly obsessed with the enneagram series that he is sharing right now. It’s stunning.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate chip cookie dough. Or anything involving peanut butter. Or coffee. Honestly, ice cream is just never a bad idea in general.

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Spotting the Light: Joanna Sarah || Creative Spotlight – 12

Hello everyone! Today . . . you guessed it! It’s another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re featuring Joanna Sarah!

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Joanna Sarah is sixteen and an ambivert – she can be very social and other times she just wants to be herself. She’s a complete and total book nerd. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior when she was thirteen and she got baptized this past summer before she turned sixteen. She is an aspiring writer and fashionista. Her dream in life is to be a successful fashion entrepreneur living in New York, who inspires others to do great things.

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What do you post about?

I blog about fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and hair. I post vlogs and beauty and style videos on my YouTube channel.

What made you decide to start your blog and YouTube channel?

I’ve always wanted to be a blogger and the summer before my sophomore I started a blog! It was a writing and lifestyle blog, but than I outgrew it and put it on private. Than last April, I finally started a fashion and beauty blog, which I felt was more my style. After always wanting to start a YouTube channel, I decided that since I had a fashion blog I should just go ahead and start a YouTube channel.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Sometimes I come up with my own blog and video ideas. Than there are other times where I get inspiration from Pinterest and other bloggers/YouTubers.

If you could talk to yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

To not be afraid of doing what I love and just to always do my best.

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What does a typical day in your life look like?

I’m a very busy person. A typical day involves me going to school and than possibly staying after for a sport or one of my many after school activities. Than if I don’t have to cheer at a basketball game or perform at a football game, I go to work. I work at a library and it’s usually a three to four hour shift. In between all of that, I try to find the time to read, record videos, blog, and do my homework.

What made you decide to start writing?

I have always been a reader first and I believe that has inspired me to write books that I would personally read myself.

What is your favorite part about writing?

Reading the finish product after all of the grunt work.

What makes a good story?

A good story is something that you would read. If you as a writer wouldn’t read it, than it’s not a good story.

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Writing usually exhausts me, because I’m searching all the corners of my mind to produce a story that I can be proud of. I’m working out my mind for a period of time that is usually an hour or more.

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How much time do you spend doing research?

Research is a process and I’m honestly constantly doing research and making a backstory for my characters throughout me writing my book.

How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)

3

When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?

I started playing the flute in 5th grade in school. I have participated in marching band and concert band and a woodwind orchestra. I’ve been playing the flute for almost 8 years.

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Thank you, Joanna, for the lovely interview! Check her out here-

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Spotting the Light: Abi Leah|| Creative Spotlight – 11

Hey everyone! Today is another installation of Spotting the Light! We are interviewing Abi Leah today!

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abby - Abi LeahAbi Leah is an INFP with a love for anything floral and pink. She is also a Christian girl who loves books and music.

What do you blog about?

I blog about lifestyle but with a bit of everything!

What made you decide to start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing. When a couple of my friends starting blogging, I thought it was the perfect time to start my blog. While they have stopped blogging or moved on to bigger things, I kept my blog.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Most of what I post about comes from the ideas inside my head. I try to think about something interesting going on in my life and how I can blog about it. I keep things hopeful and encouraging, as I work to share God’s love in what I do.

If you could talk to yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Don’t get discouraged if your blog isn’t getting as many views as you’d like it to. Sometimes things come in phases and it takes time to find out what your main purpose is and how to make your blog unique. I’d also say to blog about things that you want to blog about, not trying to copy anyone else’s blog just because they are doing better.

What is the favorite piece of content that you’ve put out?

My favorite post so far was my March Memories post that I wrote last year. I felt that it really showed who I am. Plus, March was just a great month with travels and photography.

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Describe your process, from idea to post

My ideas for posts normally come either at night before I fall asleep or when I’m trying to write a different post that just isn’t working out. Posts normally take my three days to write. Day 1 consists of simple sentences outlining what I want to talk about. In Day 2, I write out paragraphs and arrange pictures if there are any. Day 3 is edit and preview day where I look through the post, at least three different times, to make sure that I like it and everything looks good. When everything’s done, I hit publish!

What does a typical day in your life look like?

School takes up a lot of my time so I’ll talk about that schedule. I normally get up around 6:00 and get ready for school. I have classes from 8 to 3:30 and then I get home. Every afternoon I have tea with my mom and sisters and we talk about our days. If I can, I try to work out for an hour and then start studying. I always have dinner with my family around the table (my favorite part of the day). After that, I have another cup of tea, check my blog, finish up some more homework, and I’m off to bed around 10:00. It’s a long day.

What is your favorite book?

Return To Me by Lynn Austin

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

Dick and Jane! (They were the books that taught me to read.)

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

Can I just say that the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman is just amazing!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


And that’s it! Go check out Abi’s blog and social media!

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Spotting the Light: Jameson Smith|| Creative Spotlight – 10

Hello everybody! Today, we’re featuring yet another creative for the 10th installment of Spotting the Light: Jameson! I met Jameson when I won a giveaway for her book The Assassin’s Daughter, and have kept up with her social media (mainly) since then. Today I get to interview her!

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JCS500 - Jameson C. Smith.jpgJameson is a twenty-something Christian in love with stories and nerdy things. She is a writer, bookworm, and introvert (INF/TJ). When she is not chasing after characters or getting lost in stories, she also likes to bake things and travel.

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What do you blog about?

Most of my blog focus is on writing and books, but I also enjoy blogging about faith and general life things.

What made you decide to start bloging?

I started blogging as an extra credit project for school. Though my blogging focuses have varied over the years with different blogs, it’s still one of my favorite things to do!

Describe your process, from idea to post

Usually I start with a few notes or the idea for a title, then build the post around those. Once I’ve chosen a title, I make a title graphic, gather any additional photos, and finalize formatting and content.

What made you decide to start writing?

During a moment of boredom, I started typing out a short story. While I enjoyed writing for school, it wasn’t something I thought much about until after that moment—especially when developing my own characters and plots! From there, the hobby grew to be something I loved and wanted to pursue seriously.

How long does it take for you to write a book?

On average, I’d say it takes about one to three months for me to complete a first draft.

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What is your favorite part about writing?

Getting to know characters and figuring out what their stories are.

What makes a good story?

Characters and plot are my two favorite parts of stories, and I enjoy stories that balance both of those while also being entertaining. I love to be swept up in a character’s journey and see where it takes them.

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

I usually find it to be energizing, especially when I’ve really hit the core of the story and can focus on it. On the other hand, if I’m wrestling with a difficult character or scene, it can be really tiring.

How much time do you spend doing research?

Probably a few hours per draft? It’s easier for me to do in-depth research after I’ve written a first draft, so I can focus on what needs the most research.

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How many books have you written?

18

What was the most interesting part about your publishing journey?

Pretty early on, I’d considered indie publishing for TAD. It’s been fun to learn about the process and figure out which options were the best for the book. Being able to finally look at TAD as a completed project, instead of a constant work-in-progress, was really cool too (and a bit surprising, to be honest)!

Why do you do what you do?

Noveling and blogging are some of my favorite ways to write because they’re fun and honestly, I just love it. 🙂 The writing and blogging communities are awesome, and I’ve “met” so many great people because of them!


Thank you, Jameson, for your interview today! Go check her out!

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Spotting the Light: Audrey Caylin|| Creative Spotlight – 9

Hello everyone! Today, it’s time for the NINTH installment of Spotting the Light! Today, we are interviewing writer/author Audrey Caylin!

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Audrey Caylin is a full-time dreamer and aspiring independent author, living on words and the wild beauty of life. Somewhere along the way, she began searching for green flashes during sunsets and embraced a mission to bring hope to the world through her writing. When she’s not delving into fantastical or futuristic worlds via writing or reading, she’ll probably be blogging, driving along the west coast with the windows rolled down, or with her face tilted to the sky on a rainy day.

What made you decide to start writing?

I started writing because I wanted to read a good book, actually! I could never find the “perfect book,” so eleven-year-old me decided to write one. However, I quickly forgot about the perfect book and was drawn more and more to the excitement that comes from exploring strange and unique worlds on paper. Only in the past few years did I see the power that stories hold to impact us and strive to have mine do that for other people.

How long does it take for you to write a book?

It takes me a month or two to outline, then around thirty days to complete the first draft. After that, it depends on the story. Most often, I’ll do a major rewrite and then plenty of edits over several months.

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What makes a good story?

For me, it’s three things: engaging plot, relatable characters, and a powerful theme. Take one of those out, and the story feels unbalanced or lacking something needed to be at its full potential.
And just for good measure, I love fascinating worlds!

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Writing definitely energizes me! It gives me a rush that I can’t get from anything else. It makes my heart pound and my mind whirl with ideas as I try to keep up with my pen or my fingers on the keyboard. It’s like I’m flying when I’m writing; I’m totally free. There are times when I feel exhausted after writing, mainly because I was exhausted before I began, so maybe it’s the idea of writing that energizes me the most.

How much time do you spend doing research?

Not enough, haha! I love to jump right in to drafts or editing, so I look things up as I need them…and still probably don’t spend enough time on it 😉

How many books have you written so far?

I’ve written ten books so far. However, I’ve rewritten half of them several times and the others were simply first drafts I never edited.

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What is your favorite book?

Just one?!? That’s such an impossible question for a bookworm like me! I guess if I had to choose, I’d pick A Time To Die, by Nadine Brandes. It’s my favorite dystopian novel ever and had a huge spiritual impact on me.
But Bones of Makaidos (Bryan Davis) and Resistance (Jaye L. Knight) are also pretty amazing 😉

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

Misty of Chincoteague was my very favorite; I read it over a dozen times! I also loved the Little House books and the Warrior cats series.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and cream, with really, really big chunks of Oreo cookies in there!


And that’s it! Go follow Audrey! She is amazing.

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Spotting the Light: Sumedha || Creative Spotlight – 8

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re interviewing Sumedha!

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Sumedha is a 19 year old Indian studying Computer Science and Engineering in college. Usually in her down time she’s blogging, reading or hanging out with her best friends. She does pretty much everything with her best friends. She loves looking at aesthetic pictures and basically gush about it to everyone.

What do you blog about? (books, lifestyle, etc)

I blog mostly about books, music and bullet journalling. Overall, though, I try not to keep a niche because I love the freedom to blog about anything I want.

What made you decide to start blogging?

I love taking up new projects and trying new things, especially online, so I randomly made a blog one day. I never planned anything but it actually got a lot of views and so I made an effort to do better at it. I recently changed my blog name because the old one was too long and no one could remember it.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

For my discussion posts, basically anything that I feel ranting about. Once I actually wrote a blog post on a poster I saw at a bank. So basically anything, to be honest. I also DID make a blog post about this so you can check it out to know more.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

DO SOME RESEARCH. And choose a good, easy name!

What is your favourite piece of content that you’ve put out?

This is always hard to answer! I always feel like I could have done better with my posts. But there ARE posts I’ve loved writing. The most recent has to be my review of the movie Fallen based on the book by Lauren Kate. I’m not salty very often in my reviews but when I am, I totally let go.

Describe your progress, from idea to post

The brainstorming ideas post was the first of my blog posts to share exactly this in detail.
I usually write down my blog post ideas in my bullet journal. If there’s any planning for the content, I write that down as well. I usually don’t have the time to immediately type the post so it sits for a while and when I get the time, I come up with way more things to say. I usually frequently switch between the normal and html screens in my post editor because lately I’ve been doing a LOT of formatting. After I’ve typed it out, I add the images and schedule it. I plan my scheduling dates so that consecutive posts aren’t the same, so as to give a little variety. For example, I’ll do a book review followed by blogging tips and then a discussion post.
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What does a day in your life look like?

I’ve tried to pen down a routine but to be honest, I don’t have one. On the days I have classes, I wake up at 6am and get ready in a rush to catch the bus at 7. I’m at college until 4pm and get back home around 5:30pm, following which I chill for a bit. I start my assignments/work around 7pm or I sit down to plan things if I don’t go out with my friends. I don’t socialise very much but I hang out as much as possible with the friends I’m close to.
I blog on Sundays, typing up multiple posts at a time to utilize time better and be productive. Sunday mornings are for this. Since I have classes six days a week, Sundays are my only down time days so I use it to get things done as much as possible.

What is your favourite book?

This is HARD. My all-time favourite books are Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My latest favourites are Warcross by Marie Lu and the Shades of Magic series by VE Schwab.

What is/was your favourite childhood book?

I read mostly Indian comics until 6th grade because we didn’t have a proper library near my place. My mom used to bring home comics when she went to other cities for work. The first absolute favourite book of mine is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

What is your favourite song/artist the the moment?

I haven’t listened to any new music lately but what I HAVE been listening to on repeat is the Dusk till Dawn sing-off by Conor Maynard and Anna Maynard. I’m not a fan of Conor Maynard but I like Anna Maynard and make sure to watch the videos she’s in. I was blown away by her voice! I haven’t heard her singing before, so I really like it.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Chocolate. Whatever chocolate. I’m not a fan of actual chocolates but I love anything chocolate flavoured.

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Spotting the Light: Ashley Tahg || Creative Spotlight – 7

Hello everybody! I’m here again today with YET ANOTHER interview! Today, we’re talking with the oh-so-lovely Ashley Tahg!

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IMG_5402 - Ashley HunterAshley is a developing writer, a part time poet, a still life photographer, as well as an avid journalist, and occasional scrapbooker. When she is not doing any of those things, she can probably be found reading or playing video games (she has an obsession with games that give both a beautiful art style and an immersive story world). She’s a strange Slytherin, an introvert who can masquerade as an extrovert, and an INFJ. Also, while not at all connected (currently), she also has a passion for Korean people, media and music and would love to eventually see her life headed in that direction.

What do you blog about?

I blog mainly about lifestyle and books. For me, blogging is a mix between media journalism (book and movie reviews) and a documented, online journal.

What made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging in 2008, and honestly, it was a place to practice typing (I was homeschooled, and my mom got creative for typing class). All my friends had blogs, and I wanted one. Through the years, my blogging has been mainly a ‘just for fun’ experience, but this year, my tenth year of blogging, honestly feels like a ‘rebirth’ of my blogging experience. I’ve decided to return to blogging and set a new course. I decided, I have words to say and I want them to be heard and aside from my twitter, this is the best place to do so

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Oh boy…well, that is something I always struggle with. Mainly, I draw from my life, my personal interests, but sometimes that fails me and leaves me creatively dried out still, in which case I can often find ideas in blogging prompts. No shame, folks, no shame.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Well, I was 11 years old back then, so…there’s an awful lot I would give in the way of advice, but, honestly, there’s not much I would listen to myself on. There was a very heightened period, about three years ago, when I became very successful in book blogging. I had three or four book publishers sending me books almost monthly for me to read and review on my blog. I got distracted, busy with finding and holding a job, and the book reviewing got cut out of my life (and blog). I see that as a massive mistake and, if I could go back to 18/17 year old me, I would encourage her to not be so job-driven, and focus more on her love of reading and sharing books.

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What made you decide to start writing?

I don’t think I ever made the conscious decision to start writing. I remember being five, six years old and putting together stories from the pictures I drew. Then, being eight or nine and writing stories full of animals and mischief. Storytelling is a part of who I am, just as strongly as any DNA-bound part of me is.

What is your favorite part about writing?

The creation, definitely! I am a world-builder after Tolkien’s own heart and I have often found myself getting so carried away in creating the world, the people, the setting and society of my book, rather than doing any actual writing. There’s just something relaxing about making a new land and new cultures and immersing yourself in it.

What makes a good story?

Strong relationships between characters. It doesn’t need to be a romance, or even a friendship, exactly, but having that chemistry even between nemeses really propels a story forward. Where would Lord of the Rings be without Sam’s selfless friendship for Frodo? Or where would Star Wars be if Han’s begrudged loyalty couldn’t always be counted on? I could go on and on, but whenever a story has characters who fiercely love, trust or hate each other, I always find it enthralling. Also, food. I write so much food in my books because, we humans are obsessed with eating and yet you try and tell me that on a Hero’s mission NO ONE is concerned about food? Nooo, I write so much food and when I find authors who invest in writing and describing food, I instantly know they are a kindred spirit.

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Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Both, honestly. I go through sprints where I could write all day and never tire, but more often than not, writing is like pulling weeds. I love the worldbuilding, as I mentioned, but writing does not come as easily as creating. I think, honestly, it is because I have this massive, immersive view of how everything is, and sometimes trying to get everything out in word form can tire me.

How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)

10

What is your biggest challenge?

Lighting. Lighting is always the challenge. But also remembering your self worth. Everybody and their aunt is a photographer, it can easy to look at your photos and think ‘someone else could do this better’. And, it’s true, most of the time. But I also think of the second Mona Lisa painting (done by what historians believe might have been da Vinci’s pupil or lover). It is a gorgeous painting and I prefer it over Leonardo’s original. But it will never be as costly or as precious as the Master’s. While my photography may never be the talk of society, while I may never be remembered as anything more than a student of my art, there will be someone out there, somewhere, who finds it beautiful, and that, and the fact that I do truly enjoy capturing still life, propel me to never give up.

What is the most surprising lesson you’ve learned from your art?

Your favorite image may not be the client’s favorite image. Once, I held a photoshoot for a family where the mother was diagnosed with stage three cancer for the third time in her life. When I showed them the pictures, I showed the artistically prefered ones, the one where everything was flawless, where the wind was perfect, the lighting was optimal, and I was proud. But then I got to a picture that I had included just on a whim, it was far from perfect and honestly, I was a bit self-conscious about it. They loved it. It was their favorite and when I stepped out of my artist’s circle, I saw why. It captured them, in all their imperfect, dysfunctional glory. Sometimes, we photographers get so caught up in the perfect image, that we risk losing the right image.

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Where do you get inspiration?

Mostly, photography comes without needing inspiration for me. But theres this guy on twitter (and instagram), Brandon Woelfel (@brandonwoelfel) who is a wizard and photography. His command of light is absolutely magical. He is my greatest inspiration and photography role-model.

What do you want your legacy to be?

“She captured people; their soul, their laugh, their heart.”

What is your favorite book?

Chalice by Robin McKinley (or anything else by McKinley, for that matter)

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques was my obsession (and possibly why I am so infatuated with food in books).

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

Absolutely anything that Sleeping At Last puts out is going to get heart-eyes from me. He isn’t just a musician, he’s a real legit artist.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Halo Top’s Mint Chocolate Chip is to DIE for.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I’ve had so much fun with this interview! I’d love to find more people to connect to and share passions with (I’m legit the friendliest Slytherin you will ever meet). Thank you so much, Hanne, for hosting me!! I’ll have to return the favor sometime. 🙂

Go check out Ashley here!

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Spotting the Light: Hannah Marie || Creative Spotlight – 6

Hello everyone!! You already know what’s coming . . . another Spotting the Light post! Today, we are highlighting Hannah Marie! She is a YouTuber, blogger, and social media strategist. (Seriously. Check out her twitter. It’s adorable and cheery and I love it!). Let’s get started!

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Hannah Marie is, firstly, quirky & dorky, but that’s the way she likes it! She is an INFJ, a proud Ravenclaw, an anime addict, a YouTube junkie, a pastel princess, a wanderlost child, a total Tweeter, a novelist, a guitar/ukulele player, a song-writer, a wannabe photographer, and an occasional blogger… (RANDOM FUN FACT: She actually lived in Kenya, Africa for part of her life & have had a yearning to keep traveling ever since!)

What do you blog (youtube etc) about?

My blog & YouTube both cover a wide variety of subjects, but they all end up stemming back to my life/lifestyle… I discuss reading, writing, share personal stories, and sprinkle positivity whenever I can! I feel that social media & platforms like Blogger and YouTube (and our lives in general) are all about connections and building relationships with others! That’s what I strive for in my media presence.

What made you decide to start blogging/youtubing?

I started blogging when I started writing seriously, because I wanted to connect with other readers/writers! YouTube happened just recently for me because I wanted to try expressing myself in a new way, and video seemed to be the way to go.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

I get my ideas from everywhere, honestly! From conversations with my friends to a funny meme I see on the internet, to the books I read… There’s inspiration to be had EVERYWHERE.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Consistency and perseverance are the two words I would tell myself. Because I am truly consistent with uploading videos on my YouTube channel every week, I have gained several followers in a shorter amount of time. When I blog, it’s much more sporadic & I don’t have a clear schedule.

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What is your favorite piece of content that you’ve put out so far?

On YouTube, my most favorite piece of content was my “Death of 2017” video, as I was truly able to express my heart on a rather controversial topic.

On my blog, however, my favorite post was probably “My Thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series” post… Again, it was me expressing my heart on a traditionally controversial topic & I had a good response to it from my readers!

Describe your progress, from idea to post.

I occasionally have ideas at random moments during my day, but typically I just end up having sit-down “brainstorming sessions” in order to come up with ideas for my posts/videos. Whenever an idea comes to mind, I write it out in my Notes app on my phone, where I keep all of my ideas for future content.

Whenever it comes time for me to write/film a new post/video, I delve into the lengthy list of random ideas and try to select one that works for me. What I find acceptable for production at the time usually depends on what’s going on in my life/in the world at the time (relevancy) or what kind of mood I’m in at the moment.

The actual filming/writing process is the most awkward part (but it’s not super hard), because it requires me having to put my thoughts into words that other people can understand/relate to… and that’s what I love best!

From there, I go to editing. This is the most time-consuming & involved part of the process, but it’s extremely rewarding. I feel super accomplished when I’m done, and there’s a sense of pride in finishing a project when I hit that “save” button.

Uploading a project always makes me super nervous, but getting kind feedback always makes those nerves go away! I remind myself that nothing is perfect & that we are all learning how to improve ourselves, so I shouldn’t be nervous or embarrassed of my current work-in-progress.

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What does a typical day in your life look like?

Honestly, I am a very chill, laid-back person when it comes to my lifestyle. At this point of my life, I am an online college/uni student, so a typical day requires some decent amounts of studying & note-taking & reading. But besides that, I end up squeezing in some social-media time and some YouTube-watching time. I might do a tad of light cleaning, some light exercise, eat a couple of snacks and some ramen, and try to write some if I feel up to it. If it’s a filming-day, I set aside some time (hopefully when the sun is out!!) to film my weekly YouTube video. And if it’s a Livestream Day (Tuesday) I carve out some time around my lunch to do a quick liveshow on YouTube!

That’s about it! It’s quiet and cozy & I love it ❤

What made you decide to start writing?

I LOVED reading as a child, and I had sooo many stories of my own that I created, and I wanted to share them with the world! So, it only made sense that I become a writer.

How long does it take for you to write a book?

Up to date, I haven’t completely “finished” a book… but I would say that with my very laid-back schedule with my writing, perhaps a year or two?

What is your favorite part about writing?

I love being able to share my heart on important topics & weave in beautiful messages into my stories!

What makes a good story?

A good story needs 1) Good Characters/Character development 2) An Interesting Plot 3) A Good Message/Theme
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Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Both, simultaneously… It’s energizing because writing is the one time that I feel that I am able to effectively communicate my feelings & express who I am. But it’s exhausting because it takes a lot of thought for me to focus on what I’m doing & write the way I want to.

 

How much time do you spend doing research?

It honestly depends on the situation/topic… In some cases, I’ve spent hours studying and researching different types of middle-age weapons! And other times, it’s a simple Google search to see how warm it typically is in London in June! Lol!

How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)

12

Do you have a published work?

I actually DO have an article that was published in an anthology/devotional book. The title of the book is Beauty, Boys, and Ball Gowns.

What was the most interesting part about your publishing journey?

Honestly, the most interesting part was the way it happened! I met an editor of a Christian magazine via Twitter one day several years ago & we started chatting. Then she invited me to go through her special training bootcamp, where I learned all about how to share my message, how to interview celebrities, and how to compose a good article. She instantly recognized my affinity for writing & had me join her team of journalists & bloggers. Eventually, I wrote an article for an issue of the magazine & was blessed enough to have it accepted. And later on down the road, when the editor was planning an anthology of her favorite articles–she asked if I would be alright with having mine in the book, along with a blog post I had written previously.

It was an amazing experience.

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What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is carving out time for doing art. Life gets in the way sometimes, so it can be challenging to make time for yourself.

Why do you do what you do?

There is nothing more satisfying than creating something that you are proud of…

What is the most surprising lesson you’ve learned from your art?

Art is simply an expression of your feelings. It’s a form of therapy. It doesn’t have to “look” good to anyone else. Just as long as you express yourself & get those feelings out, it is art.

Where do you get inspiration? (may include your favorite artists, etc)

Again, anywhere and everywhere…

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want my legacy to be one of smiles, laughter, and noticing the little things. Whismy and quirkiness… Soft and sweet… Gentle and soulful… Unique…

When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?

I started playing music originally when I was 8… I played piano & I HATED IT. So I quit. And when I was 13, I picked up guitar and LOVED IT. From there, I started singing, I picked up the mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and some piano again. Now that I’m 20, I laugh because I haven’t taken music lessons since I was 8, but that hasn’t hurt me one bit! I’m self-taught! However, I give music lessons to little kids as a side-job & love it.
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What is your favorite book?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

Lord Huron

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Butter Pecan

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I WANT, WHAT I REALLY REALLY WANT

And that’s it! Go give Hannah a follow!

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