Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Name Book Tag

I found this tag on Madi’s blog. The purpose of this book tag is to spell out our name with book titles. I will use my name, Sunny Houk.

 

S- Songs in our Memories by R.A. Rooney

Songs In Our Memories (a novelette)

 

U- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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N-Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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N- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Y- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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H- Halt’s Peril by John Flanagan

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O-Olympus at War by Kate O’Hearn

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U- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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K– Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan

Kristian's War (The Searchers Series, #1)

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Liebster Award

Welcome Back. Hope you are having a great day so far.

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by  Emmaline.

Thanks, Emmaline, for the nomination.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3. Name 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know you nominated them.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

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  1. What is the main topic of your blog {or category?} Lifestyle/Books
  2. What is one thing you learned that will stick with you? That no one should be judged by their appearance.  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
  3. What is one hobby of yours? Photography
  4. What is your favorite season of the year? Fall
  5. Do you have any siblings? Yes.
  6. What is one thing you never tell people about yourself that you’d like to? I am one of the few girls in my family that didn’t take ballet.
  7. What {or who} inspires you? Jesus, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Daigle
  8. Do you like chocolate? {if so, what kind?} Dark Chocolate or anything with peanut butter in it.
  9. What’s your favorite candy? Milky Way
  10. What is your dream job? World photographer and author.
  11. Tell me one random thing about the room you’re in right now.  I have Christmas lights dangling in my closet.

11 Random Facts about me:

  1. My favorite time period to read is the Salem Witch Trials or the gothic era.
  2. I enjoy listening to depressing music.
  3. I can play a little bit of piano.
  4. I love wearing black and blue.
  5. My favorite poet is Edgar Allan Poe.
  6. I love the Classics.
  7. I want to be an archaeologist until I saw all the requirements for it.
  8. I did karate and softball when I was younger.
  9. My element would be fire.
  10. I am a mixture of a tomboy/bookworm.
  11. Writing calms me down.

 

I Nominate:

@bookish beginnings

@Justwriting

@AverageTessa

Kate Flournoy

11 Questions

  1. What came first the chicken or egg?
  2. What is your superpower?
  3. What is your favorite drink?
  4. Any allergies?
  5. Favorite TV Show?
  6. Favorite childhood book?
  7. Love or hate makeup?
  8. Junky or Healthy?
  9. Homeschool, Private, or Public Schooled?
  10. Favorite holiday? Why?
  11. Favorite book genre(s)?

 

Thanks for reading

 

 

 

 

The Writer’s Tag

  1. What genres, styles, and topics do you write about? I write fantasy, contemporary, romance, dystopia, science fiction, and poetry. I can write in first POV and third POV. Some of my stories reflect the world’s problems: abortion and human tracking.
  2. How long have you been writing? I honestly don’t remember. Strange enough. I know the first story, I ever wrote was a mouse and squirrel and they get married at the end.
  3. Why do you write? To glorify God and to express the real problems of the world when everyone refuses to believe that they don’t exist.
  4. When is the best time to write?
    I can write anytime but I am most active when the sun goes down.
  5. What parts of writing do you love and hate?
    Love: Dialogue, character development, world building Hate: Feedback, the wait in between drafts, deleting your favorite scenes when they don’t even flow with the story, editing
  6. How do you overcome writer’s block? Usually, I listen to music before writing. I also read what I have written. Check out my blog post on breaking any creative block.
  7. Are you working on something at the moment?  I have several stories. Lynn, a contemporary story. Synopsis:
    When one of Lynn’s friends disappears, she begins to track down her. Soon to discover a scandalous organization is behind all of it. Slowly killing each leader of the pack, she discovers her life is more threated. Will she protect her friends or will she be the next victim?
    Also, I am writing a contemporary short story called A Memory.
    Synopsis:  After becoming a world photographer, Roxy feels alone inside. From poverty to fame, Roxy still feels like she hasn’t found her true potential. When she hears news from home, she feels like her world could split in two. Is this news trying to tell her something? Or will she still be lost in a world of her own?
  8. What are your writing goals this year? Publish a fictional book, I have been working on since forever. Publish a collection of poems on Kindle. Finish another story of mine and sent to my beta readers.
     I tag anyone who loves to write

    Thanks for Reading!

 

 

The Prologue of Lynn

So, I give you the prologue of my newest writing project, Lynn. Enjoy. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

With black long hair and thin almond blue eyes, and a complexion of tanned camel, I sat alone in the shadows. Hoping for something better. Lynn was my name. I had no family to call my own. Society was my wristwatch. I wrote this story not to show my accomplishments or to be famous. I wrote this to show that everyone is broken and ripped by the tide.

It was a shallow day. Clouded by the eternal darkness within. Overcome by the past thoughts of my selfish acts. Acts of wickedness flying back at me. Scars were my only comfort. Reminding me that everything will be ok. I slept once again on the pillar of salt that my ancestors created for themselves.

My rotting body laid waste for every bird to devour. It felt best to die in the darkness than the light. Darkness was the home of my soul. It felt as though I lived there for eternity. I can remember the first day I became part of society. Lost in the light. Persuaded soon by keepers of the gate. I hoped for a better life but I only found regret.

I hoped that being part of this world would make me a better person. Instead I was cursed of my birth, my rights, and my being. I was forced to play the part. Just imagining the part made me sick. I felt out of the place. I was distinguished before becoming my true flame. I was barren before I was fruitful.

I ran for dear life down the maze of confusion. Out of nowhere, men pulled my hair. My own flesh could feel the misery coming. I tried to jerk free but my own determination failed me. They rubbed their hands on my face. They looked at their hands. Their hands were fifthly by the sins of my life. They cursed at me. Cursing me of my existence. Tears fell from my face. I was ashamed. I was bounded by chains of shame. Beaten by the mistakes of the past.

By daybreak, I was tied to a chair. I tried to cry for help but they constrained by mouth with a cloth. My body ached for the grave. They spat at me. Hoping to break the bonds of my rights. They tore my clothing. I felt naked in defeat. I hoped for someone or something to save me but none came.

My own soul hated me. My body began to wither away. My mind became a pit of despair. My thoughts swallowed me up. Falling deeper and deeper into a bottomless pit. Screams of hatred broke my eardrums. My skin became bruised by the drums of false love. I despised the words of love. How could they leave me alone? Not a flicker of light couldn’t save me.

One by one they left me. Shattered by truth and lies. Hopeless and cursed for the days ahead.

Thanks for reading!

The plague of wanderlust

Have you experienced that great urge to travel? Imagining your toes between the sands of a foreign beach? Ziplining through the forbidden jungle? I know I can’t be the only one. The only problem is that you are broke. Or have no idea where to begin? Me, too.

Since I have no idea where to begin. Let me explain. One of my dreams is to become a world traveler. A very unrealistic dream, I know. Even a travel blogger would be nice but still clueless about what God’s plan for me is; I just had to be content with what I have right in front of me.

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^ .^ this picture is so cool. It would make a cool travel tattoo. But enough of that. I am getting off topic.

I have decided to mention several places where I hope to travel to since visiting every country is unrealistic. Unless somehow, I become a bestseller author which still seems impossible.

Readers: Its still off topic.

Me: Fine.

One of the first travel experiences, I hope to have is to go to Nashville, Tennessee. If you know me, I love country music. The Grand Old Opry, Country Hall of Fame, Parthenon,  Music City Tiny House etc. You get the idea.

The Grand Ole Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.  The Grand Ole Opry promotes the music of everyone from senior citizens Jimmy Dickens and Jean Shepard to hotshot youngsters Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins and Brad Paisley. This multi-generational approach has served the show well for more than 80 years. It is one reason why the Opry can say with pride that it is "Th(image from Pinterest)

 

I really want to go to the Redwood forest. Its another dream of mine. I actually got a brochure from them after doing an assignment from my English textbook, Rod, and Staff.

Forest Floor, The Redwoods, California(image from Pinterest)

 

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Indonesia: The culture, animals, and landscape Everything, really. I love it. I really want to see Komodo dragons up close. I know its really dangerous but I really want to.

Bali, Indonesia (want to go) www.villapantaibali.com  Don't forget when traveling that electronic pickpockets are everywhere. Always stay protected with an Rfid Blocking travel wallet. https://igogeer.com for more information. #igogeer(image from Pinterest)

Of course, I pick one of most expensive places to go, Japan and no its not because of Pokemon. Ok, maybe it is.

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To this. Love the landscape and Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan(image from Pinterest)

Beautiful Fields in Hillside Hokkaido, Japan

Beautiful Fields in Hillside Hokkaido, Japan

Life got even better. Owl Cafes exist in Japan. I LOVE OWLS.

Owl Cafes Exist In Japan, Which Is Yet Another Reason To Move There Immediately/ A number have sprung up over the past year, in Tokyo and Osaka.

My heritage is in Scotland and Ireland. So of course, I want to go my ancestor’s land.

Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Clare, Ireland

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Edinburgh Library, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Library, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kilchurn Castle in Scotland

Kilchurn Castle in Scotland.(image from Pinterest)

I continue this list forever. To see other places I hope to travel to, Check out my Pinterest board, Be Adventurous.

Where do you hope to travel to? Where have you been?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

How to impress a girl

Since Valentine’s day is just around the corner, I decided to give you advice on how to impress a girl. Share this with all dudes.  It’s for your safety,men.

1) Please don’t call a girl hot. She is not a temperature. She is human. Show some respect.

2) Girls have to be modest. Doesn’t mean you have to be immodest. Be modest in your clothing choices.

3) When talking to a girl, don’t talk about yourself. Let her know that you care about her needs too.

4) Don’t be afraid to talk with the girl’s friends. Even if what they are talking about makes no sense.

5) Be respectful to other people.

6) Don’t be ugly to other people in front of her.

7) Use common sense.

8) If you think you are going to have a future with a girl, show her that you can handle kids. Hang out with kids.

9) Be honest. Please if you like her, tell her. Please. I am begging you.

10) Whatever you do, don’t respond negatively if a girl asks you, “Do I look fat in his dress?” or “Do I look pretty” or whatever. Unless you really want your eyeballs to be scratched out.

11) Never compare women with other women. If you do, you can say goodbye to that girl.

12) Never ever talk about your ex, or girls you used to like. Just don’t go there.

13) Finally never, ever, never, ever, etc. Tell a girl that she dresses like your mom. Not to be rude but just don’t do it. Or you can say goodbye forever.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Valentines Day

The dreaded month is here. February, the month of love. February 14th where single people hide in the shadows avoiding all stores, restaurants, movies, and any place really. Where people get engaged, where weddings happen, where relationships begin. Oh, this thing we call love. We honestly hate that day. Why? It really is a holiday to separate the singles and couples.

Me: Just another day…

Person: Happy Valentine’s day!

Me: *facepalm* Dang it. I forgot its Valentine’s day.

 

Person: So how are you celebrating Valentine’s day?

Me: At home

Person: With your boyfriend?

Me: No.

Person: I thought you had a boyfriend.

Me: Nope, rocking that single life.

That example was cliche but I am sure someone has been asked this.

This video just made my day.

My plan for Valentine’s day is to avoid all human interaction. Stay at home and do normal stuff. (writing, reading, Netflix)

Do you like Valentine’s Day and what are you going to do to celebrate the day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I know its been awhile since I did a book tag. A very long time. Here you go, hopefully I will posting more on books soon.

Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book?

It really depends. If the ebook is free or under five dollars. I will buy it. If not, I will read a physical book.

Question 2: Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback since Hardback is too expensive. Unless I find them a cheaper price at a thift store.

Question 3: Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online is safer since I can see how much it actually cost before I check out.

Question 4: Trilogies or Series?

I read more trilogies than series. So trilogies all the way!

Question 5: Heroes or Villains?

Both. It really depends if I like them or not.

Question 6: A book you want everyone to read?

THE BIBLE.

The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien or The Odyssey by Homer.

Question 7: Recommend an underrated book?

The Crucible by Arthur Miller or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Question 8: The last book you finished?

Journey by Accident by R.A. Rooney

Question 9: The Last Book(s) You Bought?

Enjoy the Poddle Skirt by Kate Willis

Question 10: Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

Gum wrapper, candy wrapper, hair tie, or a rock

Question 11: Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, the cheaper the better.

Question 12: Top Three Favourite Genres?

Real Classics, Fanasty, Poetry

Question 13: Borrow or Buy?

Borrowed by Library. Buy if I have already read it or I have enough confidence it won’t be a waste of my money.

Question 14: Characters or Plot?

Plot. I read books because the plot interests me. Don’t really care for the characters until half way through the book.

Question 15: Long or Short Books?

It really depends if I am committed to read the book or not.

Question 16: Long or Short Chapters?

Short Chapters!

Question 17: Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire,  King Arthur and the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green, The Odessey by Homer

Question 18: Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Almost made me cry and I never cry while reading books.

Question 19: Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional!

Question 20: Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I never tried. So I would not know.

Question 21:

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Sometimes. Its really the plot that gets me to read something.

Question 22: Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to Movie. I haven’t watched any book to TV adaptations

Question 23: A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

UHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, idk..

Question 24: Series or Standalone?

Both. It depends….

 

Thanks for reading! What book tag or tags should I do next?

 

A Reminder (A poem of mine)

People call me weird.
People judge

When one shouldn’t judge others.
Like a mannequin on display
I stand there
Waiting, hoping for their approval.
Where there should be none.

Your life should not be surrounded by the world.

Your life is your life.

Given by God.

Don’t wait for someone to let you live.

Live for yourself.

Don’t change your body

So that you are loved by others.

Be yourself.

Rock your style.

You are worthy.

Don’t be afraid of the wolves

Hidden in the crowds.

Be fearless.

Stand tall.

You are worthy.

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

 

 

 

New Writing Project

So the last few posts, I have mentioned I was working on the second book of a series I am writing. But currently, I have closed that writing project since difficulties I have occurred.  Mainly because I want to write in a different genre. Or really because I might have to rewrite the story all over again.

Either way, I started a new book. I plan on publishing as an ebook. It’s a contemporary mystery. The story is for an older audience since there is mentioning of tattoos, drinking, and human tracking.  If you are interested in reviewing it, let me know.

This story was actually based on a short story I wrote called Cursed. It is mainly about how society destroys a woman’s perspective of herself. Sometimes leading to self-harm and on occasion, suicidal thoughts.

Lynn

 Lynn, the main protagonist is a high school drop out. After suffering from self-harm, self-abuse, and suicidal thoughts.  The story begins ten months later, after coming out of rehab.
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The synopsis of the story is:
When one of Lynn’s friends disappears, she begins to track down her. Soon to discover a scandalous organization is behind all of it. Slowly killing each leader of the pack, she discovers her life is more threated. Will she protect her friends or will she be the next victim?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments down below.
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