Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #8: On the Road (Trip!)

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

Well, it’s the last mini-challenge for the Love-a-thon and I’ve gotta say, I’m sad to see it come to a close. But it was so fun participating in this event again! I’ll have my wrap up post tomorrow, but for the last mini-challenge, it’s a road trip!

The objective is to bring along three to four people – characters, fellow bloggers/grammers/etc, or authors – along with you on a roadtrip. You pick the destination and then talk about what you’d do on this road trip, such as discussion topics, who’s driving, who’s in charge of the music, who made the lunches, etc. So here we go!

I’d take some of my fellow blogger friends along with me because I think it would be really fun to be on a road trip together! They are:

Okay, now that I’ve got my road trip buddies, where will we be going? Well, we’d have to get Cait over from the other side of the world, but once that’s settled, I think we’ll road trip to Walt Disney World! (Because if you don’t know me, Hi, I’m Rayna, and I love all things Disney.)

Destination: Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL

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Photo taken by me

Who would be driving? Honestly, I don’t trust anyone to drive, so I’d be the driver. I mean, I’m fine when other people are driving, I would just prefer to be the one in control.

Person in charge of music: Sarah because she always makes cool book trailers and I think she’d know just what we’d need to listen to at the right times.

Person in charge of lunches: Cait, because I know she’d also bring the cake so, duh. Obviously.

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Topics of Discussion: I’d leave Austine to come up with some fun topics and such, but I’m sure we’d talk about recent books we’ve read, why we’re excited to go to Disney, what we plan to do there, if we should make a few sight seeing pit stops along the way, our current favorite TV shows, and more. Lots of room for discussion and it would be super fun, too!

I think this would be a really fun road trip. Too bad none of us live near each other, but oh well, that’s what makes it fun! xD

And that’s it for the mini-challenges! Thanks for joining me these last two days and I’ll see you tomorrow with the wrap up!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you take with you on a road trip? Would you be able to relinquish control over anything, or do you have to be the one to decide? What kind of music would you listen to? What about lunches?

Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #6: Valentines Care Package

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

So we all love to receive care packages, right? I mean, who doesn’t love presents? This mini-challenge is all about the care package we would send to one of our favorite characters.

I think I would send a care package to Scarlet and Wolf from the Lunar Chronicles! I’d probably send one big box since they’re practically attached at the hip and I’m sure they’d like some of the same things. But I’m going to separate what would be in the box by who would receive what:

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  • A big bag of M&Ms candy because she just seems like the kind of girl that would like this kind of candy.
  • This is My Too Tired to Function sweatshirt because… yeah.
  • A scrapbook for all of her memories, past and present. I think Scarlet would enjoy this one the most and it’s the most sentimental.

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  • Texas Roadhouse Giftcard. Because the boy likes to EAT. He’d be in heaven there, I’m sure. I’d probably get two or three gift cards just so they wouldn’t have to pay for the amount I know they’d buy.
  • This Rothco flannel shirt because he just seems like a flannel kind of guy.

I think they’d like their care package, don’t you? I mean, it’s comfy things and comfort food. Why not?

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who would you send a care package to? Would it be a single character or a couple? What would be the biggest or most expensive thing you would send? How about the smallest?

Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #3: Fancy Yourself a Poet?

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

This was a crowd favorite last year and I’m so excited to be doing it again this year: it’s book spine poetry time! Pretty much you make a poem out of the spines of books, so it can be as abstract as you want it, or maybe you’re magical and can make a beautiful poem that’s insightful and enlightening out of it. Who knows!?

Anyway, let’s jump right into the poems (which I’ve also posted on my Instragram and used #loveathon as one of the tags).

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Tell me three things;
every. last. word.

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The girl of Fire and Thorns:
ensnared, splintered, unhinged.
Untamed.
Hidden.
V a n i s h …e d.

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[An] Empire of Storms;
a Court of Thorns,
and Roses.
A crooked kingdom.
But, within:
a torch against the
night,
ever the
hunted.


Oooh, what nice poems. I love this challenge and I want to do more spine poetry outside of the Love-a-thon. I think I’ll have to do just that!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Which one was your favorite poem? Would you have chosen something different? What kinds of poems do you like? Romantic, tragic, funny, abstract, larger than life concepts. Tell me all the things!

Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #2: Mix & Match

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

So this mini-challenge is all about combining your love of books with another hobby/passion/fandom/talent that you might have. We can do this through photos, artwork, videos, collages, whatever we’d like and t just have fun and be creative with it.

So, as I stated before, I love to draw. I’m doing my own 365 Days of Art Challenge where I’m going to draw something – anything – no matter how big or small, complex or simple, every day for the next 365 days. I started this back on February 5th, so I’m a couple of weeks into it now, and I’ve been keeping up with it pretty well.

I’ve done fanart before of characters, but I’m doing these pieces in a traditional fashion rather than digitally. So here are some of my favorite characters and how I view them in my mind (except one which is from a manga, so I kind of already know what he looks like). Can you guess who they are and what book they’re from?

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I’ve always found drawing to be a very relaxing activity from the time I was a child. Like reading, I’ve always loved to draw, and of course I improved greatly from the time I was a child, and I’m going to continue to improve the more I do draw. I find that drawing is a way to escape, it’s a way to really let the mind go and dream and be free from the rest of the world.

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Of course, that’s not to say that reading doesn’t have the same effect, but drawing is just something that really takes my mind away from the present and really allows me to be unique, to show myself what I can do, and to truly be me.

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I think that combining two of the things I love most – art and books – to be a very natural thing for me. Of course I have to rely on the descriptions that the authors provide, but I also love that because it allows for so much creative freedom. You can make them look how you envision them, which may or may not match what the author had in mind. And I think that that is so cool.

I hope you guys liked this and that you’ll be inspired to maybe pick up a pen or pencil and draw some of your favorite characters! Can’t wait to see you in the next post!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

If you’re into drawing and art, what’s your favorite medium to work with? Do you prefer more traditional works, or digital ones? Who’s your favorite book character that you’d want to draw out yourself? Tell me all the things!

Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytales Edition

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Hello lovely people and welcome to Love-a-thon 2017, hosted by these lovely ladies: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Kristin @ Super Space Chick, and Mel @ The Daily Prophecy.

The first mini-challenge we have here is the Mad Libs: Fairytales Edition! If you don’t know what Mad Libs is, are you living under a rock? Pretty much there’s a set of words with prompts, such as “location,” “adjective,” “verb,” etc, and you choose any random word that fits that prompt that comes to mind to fill in the blanks in the story afterward. It’s usually really hilarious, so let’s just right into this.

*Mad Libs I choose will be bolded and pink in the story to find them easily.

  1. LOCATION: Erilea
  2. CHARACTER: Dragon Knight
  3. TYPE OF STORE: Clothing
  4. BODY PART (plural): Feet
  5. ITEM: Necklace
  6. ROYALTY: Queen
  7. REPEAT ITEM FROM #5.: Necklace
  8. ACTIVE VERB (example: running): Skipping
  9. ANOTHER LOCATION: Cliffside by the ocean
  10. AN EMOTION: Perplexed
  11. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: Xylophone
  12. PIECE OF FOOD: Pizza crust
  13. NUMBER: 42
  14. TYPE OF HOUSE: Bungalow
  15. VOICE ADJECTIVE: grating
  16. DESCRIBE A SOUND (ending with –ing): Muttering
  17. ROOM IN A HOUSE: Playroom
  18. OBJECTS: Lamps
  19. DESCRIBE AN OUTFIT: Delicate lace with a touch of Gothic garments
  20. INFINITIVE VERB, activity: to play
  21. REPEAT MUSICAL INSTRUMENT from #11: Xylophone
  22. A JOB: Bounty hunter

Okay, now that I have my random words, let’s read this glorious story!

Once upon a time, in a far away Erilea, there lived a smart Dragon Knight. She lived alone in a clothing store, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful feet, and she was known for her shiny red necklace, the only thing she had left of her parents.

Alas, the Queen of the country became jealous and wanted to own this necklaceSo, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After skipping around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a cliffside by the ocean. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at her with perplexity and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my xylophone back. Here is a magical pizza crust, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have 42 days to return before the stalk withers.”
She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge bungalow. She walked to the door and knocked. A grating voice said: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?” She was not afraid and said: “My name is Jamie and I’ve come to collect an item.”
The door made a muttering sound when it opened and revealed a large playroom filled with golden lamps She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness.

“Who are you? Step into the light, so I can see your face.”
The beast growled angry. “Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone.” Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore delicate lace with a touch of Gothic garments.
“What happened to you?” She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. “Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to play so I can break the spell, but I’m not brave enough.”
“If you give me the xylophoneI will help you.”
In keeping her promise, the beast and her worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. “I can’t wait to return to my job as a bounty hunter in the normal world. Can I come with you?” Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.
“My husband, you have returned!” They hugged and looked at Jamie.
“We have to tell you something,” the old lady said. “You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!” From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.


Aww, how sweet was that story? I think it was cute. Also, I want that magical pizza crust because that sounds amazing.

I hope to see you in the next mini-challenge post for Love-a-thon and thanks for stopping by! c:

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kinds of funny words did you have for the mad lib? Would you be willing to go get the instrument to help the old lady?