Featured Creator - Janurary // ABBIE EMMONS

January 21, 2018

   So I've got some surprises for y'all today. Surprise No. 1 = I'm starting a new blog series! I'll be featuring a new and EPIC creator of music/art/stories/etc (can you see why I'm calling this featured CREATOR instead of something more restrictive? xD), each month, and it's going to be OODLES of fun.

   Surprise No. 2 = today I'm interviewing the lovely singer/songwriter/blogger/writer/MULTI-TALENTED WONDER-HUMAN Abbie Emmons! Lets have a round of applause for this lovely human bean and get right on to the post ;).

Featured Creator - Janurary // ABBIE EMMONS [post title image]

   A few epic Abbie-things you should check out:

her YouTube channel, Abbiee Emmons

her epic blog and website, Abbiee.com

her beautimous Instagram, @abbieeoffical 

   Now, onto the interview...

Savannah Grace: Thanks for being here today, Abbie! For those of you who don't know, Abbie is an EPIC musician (*points up at the YouTube video for proof*), whether she's covering songs or singing originals. When did you first start writing your own music, Abbie?

Instagram image by @abbieeoffical
photo credit Abbie
Abbie Emmons: Hi, Savannah! I'm so stoked and honored to be here. Thank you for featuring me on your lovely blog today! Alright, I'll just jump right in. I think I first started writing music when I was about 10 years old. I've played piano since I was 8 years old, but I didn't take lessons for very long. I just learned the basics and decided that was enough. I've always been kind of a rebel, and I think it's important to mention how few piano lessons I actually took because I feel that was a BIG part of my creative beginnings. I had free time + some knowledge of how to play an instrument…and with that combination, I just started making things. It wasn't until I was 13 years old that I started taking songwriting seriously. Granted, most of my songs had no meaning to me — but that's when I started to think: "I could make a career out of this." OBVIOUSLY THAT IS A BIG DREAM. Music is one of the hardest industries to get into, but my parents are incredibly supportive and always told me that if I love something, I can find a way to do it. And, I'm happy to report, several years later, that I'm now a published indie artist! :)

Grace: Since you were 10? WOW - that's dedication, even without lessons xD. I think it's super cool that you're kind of a "musical rebel" though - and I can definitely relate to the fact that not playing by the rules can help your creativity along. Speaking of piano, do you play all the instruments for your own music videos? (and what's your favorite instrument?)

Emmons: Ahh, thank you! I've always loved being a musical rebel — even if it means I have to explain why I don't read sheet music or take voice lessons. I think creativity is stifled when you put yourself in a box…so I try to think outside the box whenever I can :).

As for the instruments, yes! I play piano, ukulele, and some guitar — any other sounds you hear in my music is either generated from my stage piano (which is basically an electric keyboard with every instrument sound imaginable) or everyday objects (like a light switch clicking in the beginning of Back To Normal.) In special cases, I'll hire someone to play an instrument for one of my songs, such as the drums in You Only Die Once, played by a professional drummer…although I would love to learn the drums in future!

Grace: Ha, I don't read sheet music simply because I CAN'T - my musical sister is always trying to convince me to start lessons again, but I guess I'll have to tell her that I'm a rebel, too xD. It's so epic that you like thinking outside the box like that. But now I'm getting off topic, haha xD.  

Ooh, a stage piano - very cool! Back To Normal was an awesome music video, it's neat that you've figured out how to use everyday objects in your videos sometime. Which of your music videos did you have the most fun creating?

Hello/Alive cover by Abbie Emmons [cover image]
Emmons: That's a good question! The video that was the most fun to create was probably my mashup cover of Hello / Alive. Me and my dad built a room out of black material, and we shot the whole video in the dark, with only a backlight, a soft box, and a smoke machine. It was also a blizzard that day, so it was super cold in my garage! But it was so much fun to create that video.

Grace: I LOVE THAT VIDEO <3 . Honestly, I think it's one of your very best, so all your hard work on it paid off. And shooting a video in the dark sounds like a ton of fun ;D πŸ˜‚. Okay, tricky question now - who are three of your favorite lesser-known artists?

Emmons: Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun. Oooh, that is a tricky question! Especially since most of my favorite artists are lesser-known. (not to sound like a snobby hipster lol) I would have to say: Zayde WΓΈlf, Royal Deluxe, and Built By Titan. Some of my favorite music right there!

Grace: Ooh, cool - I haven't heard of those three before (Zayde Wolf is an epic name though xD), but I might have to check them out now!

So anyone who's read your blog has probably heard how passionate you are about people being multi-talented - and they probably also know that YOU are multi-talented! What are some of the other creative things that you like to do besides singing/songwriting?

Emmons: Lots of things! I'm so glad you brought that up because it's a huge part of what I do and who I am… the whole multitalented thing is a movement that I hope to create though my art and blog. I think it's really important to remember that we are all talented in our own special ways, and there is so much untapped potential and creativity in all of us!

In addition to music, I LOVE LOVE LOVE writing. It's probably the other single-most important thing in my life. I've been making up stories since I was 7 years old, and the fascination has only grown since then. I also love Karate, videography, and blogging (of course) among lots of other things!

Grace: And you're doing a fantastic job with spreading the multitalented movement - you and your blog + art say it so well! It's so, so cool that you do so many other creative things besides your singing and songwriting. Hey, speaking of your writing, what novel are you currently working on?

Emmons: Thank you so much! That means a lot to me.  I'm currently working on editing lots of first drafts — three books which I wrote last year. It's been going surprisingly well so far!

Worlds Beneath by K.A. Emmons [cover image] Grace: Ooh, first draft editing. Either you love it or you hate it xD. I'm glad that its been going well for you so far! I can't wait to read one of your masterpieces πŸ˜‰. And you also created the book trailer and covers for K. A. Emmons' books, didn't you? They're GORGEOUS - how long did it take you to design them?

Emmons: Thank you!! Yes, I made the trailer for Kate's book, as well as the cover for the second book in the series, Worlds Beneath. The first book's cover was designed by someone else, but I tried to keep with the same theme so that all the books look similar in design. (And of course I had lots of direction from my sister. We make a good team! Haha.)

It took several days to put together both the trailer and the cover. For the cover, I was only trying to make a "concept" to show the other designer… but by the time I was finished with it, Kate decided to use my concept as the real thing. So it worked out perfectly!

Grace: You did an EPIC job with the cover for the second book, it makes me want to pick it up so bad xD. Kate's books look like they're amazing, I really need to get my hands on them ;)πŸ˜‰. What's the last five-star book you read, Abbie, and why did you enjoy it so much? 

Instagram image by @abbieeoffical
photo credit Abbie
Emmons: Thank you! Yes, you should definitely grab a copy of Kate's book! It is AMAZING, in my totally unbiased opinion ;). πŸ˜‰

Oooh, that's a good question. The last five-star book I read would have to be Messenger by Lois Lowry. It's the third book in The Giver series and it totally blew me away! I'm still reading the last book in the series and super intrigued and inspired by the hidden depths in Lowry's writing. I hope to discover many more five-star reads in 2018!!

Grace: Ooh, I've heard of Messenger. I think I read a little of The Giver, but I never finished it. Now I might have to!

Now, about your blog (which you guys NEED TO CHECK OUT, her blog is goals, and her posts are always inspirational) - how do you come up with content for your blog? And how did you chose the design that you currently have? (it's beautiful, by the way)

Emmons: That's a great question! The inspiration for my blog content comes from lots of things, actually. Most of the time, I write about what I experience and learn. I've started writing more posts about creativity, productivity, and self-development. So most of the inspiration comes out of things that happen to me… like habits that boost my confidence or tricks that help me edit a novel. My goal is always to help the reader in some way — so I try to ask myself: "what would I be interested in reading on someone else's blog?" and I write posts from that perspective :).

Aw, thank you so much! I love the clean, minimalist look! And teal + coral pink is my favorite color scheme so…yeah! That's kind of how I decided what my blog should look like.

Grace: Creativity, productivity, and self-development are some of the best words to describe what your blog is about. And you do such a good job with your posts! They're always make me want to get up and DO something xD. (and I agree that a clean, minimalist look is great. It makes your blog so pretty and easy to read ;)πŸ˜‰)

Okay, ONE last question before we wrap this thing up. Who are three of your greatest inspirations, and why?

Emmons: I agree!! And, if I do say so myself, your blog design is BEAUTIFUL. I love the new header! :)

Wow, that's a great question. I would have to say that my three greatest inspirations are the amazing people I live with: my mom, my dad, and my sister. They always uplift me, encourage me, and push me to be better. But outside of my family, I would have to say that my biggest inspiration is Martin Luther King, Jr. I aspire to be even half as loving, forgiving, and brave as he was. Also, I have an obsession with writing his quotes on sticky notes and putting them all over my room — something everyone should do! It's so inspiring to surround yourself with the words of your greatest hero. 10/10 recommend.

Grace: Aw, thank you so much! And Alea Harper did the header for me, so I can't take credit for that beautiful thing. <3 . <3

It's so cool that, outside of your family, Martin Luther King,  Jr. is one of your biggest inspirations. And oh gracious, surrounding yourself with the words of your greatest hero sounds EPIC. And my bookshelf space is pretty blank right now, so I might have to start gathering some quotes of my own xD.

And that was the last question! Thank you so much for being here today, Abbie, this was a lot of fun. You're an epic creator and human bean! ;) πŸ˜‰

Emmons: Thank you so much for inviting me, Savannah!! It's been an honor and a pleasure to be interviewed by you! :)

 My name is Abbie Emmons and I help creative, multi-talented people chase their dreams by making a living doing something they love. My blog focuses on inspiration, productivity, and the tools you will need to be a free spirit in a world that wants to put you in a box. I'm also a musician, writer, traveler, dreamer, YouTuber, and professional waffle-eater.

   So I hope you guys had a ton of fun with that - I had a blast interviewing Abbie, she's such a fun, inspiring person! And you guys can look forward to more posts like this every month. It's going to be a blast ;).

~ Savannah Grace

who are some of your favorite music artists?
feel free to chat with Abbie in the comments!

Book Review - Renegades by Marissa Meyer

January 15, 2018

   Guess which book my lovely sisters picked to get me for Christmas? RENEGADES <3. I've been waiting to read this book since it came out, but now that I've finished it ... I have some mixed feelings.

Book Review - Renegades by Marissa Meyer [post title image]

3 Stars

   And I was so looking forward to having Renegades be a four or five star book, because Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series was incredible. But sadly, that didn't happen. I think it definitely could have been a four or five star book, except for that fact that there was some content in the book I didn't enjoy.

From The Back Cover

Renegades by Marissa Meyer [cover image]

    Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

   The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

   Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

the epic stuff

-   The superpowers. So CONFESSION: I have never seen any superhero movies (*sobs because I want to*), which means I won't know if anything in Renegades was terribly cliche. But that aside - I loved the superpowers in this book! They were so unique, and I especially loved Adrian's. It was really fun to read a book with some many different powers.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Bookshelf Picture
-   The size. I can't help it - I love massive books! And Renegades is a whopping 556 pages, good gracious. My sisters told me to guess my gift when they gave it to me on Christmas morning, and I guessed it pretty much by size alone! They were surprised - but DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE my book-guessing powers, y'all xD.

-   Adrian and Nova (and Max!). Again, I couldn't help it! The characters are my favorite part every time! xD But Adrian, Nova, and Max were especially good. Adrian broke out of quite a few cliches that I expected him to fit into, that was quite a pleasant surprise. And feisty Nova was lots of fun! Max was great, too. I really wish he'd been focused on more, I liked him a lot. But Marissa Meyer always writes great characters, so I wasn't surprised in the least about how much I enjoyed reading about the cast of the Renegades.

the disliked stuff

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Bookshelf Picture
   - There was content that I didn't need. The kind of relationship Adrian's parents had was what bothered me the most as far as content goes (not mentioning it in so many words as I do have some pretty young readers on my blog). If I'd known about it beforehand, I might not have chosen to read Renegades, but I kind of jumped in blind for how much hype this book got xD. Anyways - as Adrian's parents weren't focused on a lot, I chose to continue reading Renegades, so that I could at least review it for you guys. If it hadn't been for that content, Renegades probably would have gotten four or even five stars from me ... but since there was a conflict of belief in there for me, I can only give it three.

   - The language. So, it wasn't really the fact that there was language that bugged me - I'm used to books having language (I don't condone it, but I've learned to expect it sometimes) - but I was surprised by it, because the rest of Marissa's books have been a little cleaner language-wise.

   ... yeah, so that explains why Renegades only got three stars. All in all, it was an engaging story that I really enjoyed, and I wish I could give it a better rating. I'm really curious to see what Renegades's sequel will be like, and I'm hoping I'll be able to give it a higher rating than I gave this one ;).  

~ Savannah Grace

have you read Renegades?
what's your favorite Marissa Meyer book?

7 Best Books I Read In 2017 + 7 Books I Can't Wait For In 2018

January 13, 2018

   If you read my 2017 Recap post, you probably know that I read a lot of books in 2017 (136, if you were wondering). I've done two posts that are kinda like this before - a 7 books for your summer tbr, and 7 for your fall tbr - and now I'll be showing you my 7 favorite five-star reads from 2017 that should be on your tbr.

7 Best Books I Read in 2017 + 7 Books I Can't Wait For In 2018 [post title image]

   I read 136 books in 2017, and 14 of them more five-star reads. So (with lots of screaming and pulling my hair out and flopping on the ground), I managed to wittle it down to my seven favorite five-star books I read in 2017 for the sake of this post.

   If you are not prepared for your tbr to grow (*cough* me *cough*), please leave now xD.

   In no particular order, here are my 7 favorite books from 2017!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

   I was very excited when I heard that Marissa Meyer was going to do a retelling of the Queen of Hearts, but I wasn't sure how she was going to pull it off? I mean, to give the Queen of Hearts a realistic backstory = #HARD. But she pulled it off splendidly! I was drowning in all the feels (and I may have had more fun with this book than I normally would have, because I read it with my sister xD), and the whole thing was very epic. Loved it.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

   Do you want to know how long I've been hearing hype for Stiefvater's books? FOREVER. So when I found a gorgeous, like-new copy of The Scorpio Races at a thrift store, of course I bought it xD. And I've been hooked ever since I read that line on the back of the book - "it is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die". Epicness. I can see why some writers call Stiefvater Queen xD. I haven't read any of her other books, but this one was magic.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

So do I have a book that I randomly picked up on a whim on this list of my 7 best reads from 2017? YES I DO. I was at a book sale with my mom and sister (and gathering so many books that a lady came up to me and asked if I wanted a bag xD), and found this one. The cover looked really cool, and I thought I might have recognized it, so I added it to the pile. And GRACIOUS, am I ever glad I did that. This book is a gem, I loved it so very much. And the characters are GOLDEN, so of course that helps xD.

A Time To Rise by Nadine Brandes

   Can I just say that I don't know WHY it took me so long to get onto the Out Of Time bandwagon? I didn't read A Time To Die until I reviewed it for the Time To Rise blog tour, but after that first book, I was HOOKED - and now A Time To Rise (the last book in the trilogy) has made it into my top 7 from 2017! I love this series, so, so much, you have no idea (honestly, if anyone ever asks me for book recommendations, this is always one of the first series I will mention), and its ending didn't disappoint (even though I was sad that it was over *cries*). It definitely deserves to be on this list.

The Warden And The Wolf King by Andrew Peterson

   So Jonathan and Faith were the ones who convinced me to give The Wingfeather Saga a shot, and WHAT WAS I DOING before this series entered my life? (being a smol pathetic bookdragon, that's what) It's such an epic, epic series, and every book is better than the last. And this book (the finale) is INCREDIBLE and full of feels and I just love it. Obviously, it had to be on this list xD.

Some Kind of Happiness and A Branch Of Silver, A Branch Of Gold

   And we're squeezing these two in together, just because I don't own them, and thus was not able to take pictures of them (#sadness). But that doesn't make them any less worthy of this list! Anne Elisabeth's A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold is a stunning MASTERPIECE, it's so beautiful <3. And the same can be said of Some Kind Of Happiness, I love that book so much. And both of these two were rereads, so they must be pretty good to make it onto this list when I was reading them for the second/third time.

   So there are my best five-star reads from 2017! But that year is behind us, isn't it? I can't read any more good books and credit them to the lovely 2017 ... but I CAN start looking forward to the epic books that are coming to us in 2018! SO here are 7 books that I'm waiting (very impatiently) for in 2018 ...

Reclaiming Shilo Snow, Unbreakable, and Fawkes - 2018 YA releases

  Can we just mention how beautiful those three covers look together? Stunning <3.  BUT that's besides the point (or is it? *cough* #shallowbookdragon) - I'm beyond excited for Unbreakable, Reclaiming Shilo Snow, and Fawkes! Especially Fawkes. I've been waiting for another Nadine Brandes book since I finished the Out Of Time Series xD. So I'm counting down the days until I can purchase these beauties. 

The Traitor's Game, Legendary, Tess of The Road, and A Thosaund Perfect Notes COVERS - 2018 YA releases

   Again, THE COVERS <3. I can't with covers. And I hope the insides of these books live up to their beautiful outsides! I'm super excited for each of these books (beacuse CARAVAL SEQUEL and our own lovely CAIT DREWS and then there is a GORGEOUS DRAGON on Tess of The Road), but I'm especially excited for The Traitor's Game.  Jennifer Nielsen has not managed to disappoint me yet, so I'm extremely excited to see what she does with this beautiful book.

   *squints* AND ... none of those books come out for multiple weeks. HOW EVER shall I survive??


   If I never come back, you can rest assured that I died of suspense. We'll see what happens xD.

~ Savannah Grace 

what's the best book (or three!) that you read in 2017? 
what's a book that you can't wait for that's coming out in 2018? 

2017: RECAP

January 9, 2018

   Guess who's late  to posting their 2017 recap post?

   ... who, me? Of course not, why thinketh you such things xD.

2017: RECAP [post title image]



136 books read --- 80 new-to-me --- 14 five-star reads
Five-Star books from 2017
All the GORGEOUS five-star reads of 2017!

(my aesthetic heart is not pleased by the garish Anne Of Green Gables cover in the top corner, but we'll all have to roll with it, because that was a good book xD) Not a bad amount at all, if I do say so myself! I got roughly one five-star read a month, and I found TONS of new stories that I love. I'd ramble about them all here, BUT I have a 'best books of 2017' type post coming, so y'all will just have to wait until then xD.

But I do have to mention that only five of those five-star books are rereads, and I'm really glad about that - I'm so happy about the new authors/series/books I discovered this year! I can't wait to ramble all about it in my soon-to-come bookish post (trust me, it's gonna be a big one xD).   

writerly things

I worked some on Killing Snow, but my biggest accomplishment was completely finishing my Snow White retelling, Forgotten! It's honestly been one of the most fun stories I've ever written, but also one of the hardest. If it doesn't win the Rooglewood writing contest that I entered it in, I'll definitely start thinking about getting it traditionally/self-published. But I won't know that until April 2nd, so you guys will have to wait until then to hear what my future plans are.

And this next year looks like it's going to be another epic one! I'm REALLY hoping to get Killing Snow finished in time for Realm Makers, but as it's still in first draft mode, that's probably not going to happen xD. But I'm going to shoot for it anyways! Between the two Camp NaNo's that are coming up (which I'm super excited for), I might just make it ;).

NaNoWriMo Collage
thank you to Katie Grace for the Christmas gift, and to FaithSong and Athelas for the Mitchtam pin! You guys are the best <3

   And these are only four OF my favorite posts from 2017 xD.





     ...wherein I tell you how I did with my 2017 goals, and what I'm going to be shooting for in 2018...

Goals from 2017:

- Read 100 books + read/review one new release each month

   HAHA the new releases thing didn't happen, but I read 136 books! I read very few books that were actually published in 2017 (maybe ten or fifteen?), so I'm going to try and do better with that in 2018 xD.

- Create a tag and/or linkup + be diligent in my blog series

   NOPE, and ... sort of. It took me awhile to get through the series, but I did end up doing it :D.

- Be more diligent in journaling

   Yes and no. I did really well at the beginning of the year, but it kinda trailed off. But I'm letting it count, because I did a lot more art in my journal after the writing trailed off ;D.

- Start (and keep up with!) a 2017 memory jar

   Wow, I was just shooting to be an overachiever, wasn't I? This didn't happen, either xD.

- Write a _________ draft of a novel or novella 

   I'm literally fine with letting all my other goals slide because I CONQUERED THIS ONE. I wrote so, so many drafts of my Asher Grey novella, and I did a good deal of work on my Killing Snow novel. So I'm happy <3.


   So this year is gearing up to be an insane one, but I'm still going to give myself a few goals to shoot for...

- Comment on blogs more often + post more consistently

   Yeah, you guys have probably noticed that I don't do very well with this xD. But I'm working on it! I'll try to do better in 2018 ;).  

- Read 150 books 

   If I read 136 in 2017, I can (hopefully) read more this year! But we shall see whether this happens or not, because 2018 is gearing up to be an INSANELY busy year. If I die, you'll know why. (*cough* I got buried under my tbr pile *cough*)

- Publish something

   Whether it be an actual novel/novella, or just a piece of flash fiction in a magazine, I'd love to actual put something out there for you guys in 2018. Hopefully this will happen!

- Pitch a project at Realm Makers

   Somebody kill me now. This is probably the most terrifying goal I have xD. And I'm not entirely sure it's going to happen, because there's only a 50/50 chance I'll have a manuscript done when I go to Realm Makers in July. But we'll see! ;)

   ... yeah, I'm not setting too many goals for 2018, just because 1) I don't do goals very well, I normally just go with the flow and, 2) 2018 is gearing up to be pretty crazy. But I'm excited to see how much gets done in 2018!

   ALRIGHTY, there's the end of my 2017 recap! One more thing before I go scuttling off to work on that bookish post - I'd be much obliged if you guys could take a few minutes to fill out this survey. I'm working on planning out what's coming for Scattered Scribblings in 2018, and I'd love your input on it! You guys are the best ;). 


~ Savannah Grace

how many five-star books did you read in 2017? 
what's one of your goals for 2018? 
and link to one of your favorite posts that you wrote in 2017 in the comments!