Browsing Category: blogging

5 Things–Old School Blogging

So, I was tagged by Kristen at 31 Million Seconds to participate in a link-up called Old School Blogging. And I thought…some of y’all might want to get to know Justin a bit more. Thus, we both will be answering these questions!
This was one of our engagement pictures in May 2012. Awkward. The photographer asked me to have a serious face for this picture. I can’t do serious faces on command…awkward. So, it’s representative of a lot of situations in our life–us laughing at my awkwardness! =)
5 Things I Have a Passion For
Tayler:
1) My husband–He is my everything.
2) My religion–I am a Mormon.
3) Books–I love to read.
4) Wales–Cymru am byth!!
5) Teaching–It has always been my dream job, now it really is my job!
Justin:
1) Tayler. 
3) Food. I really like food. Especially good tasting ones. And free ones.
4) Numbers. You can say as little or as much as you want with numbers.
5) Video games. Sometimes you just need to smash.
5 Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die
Tayler:
1) Have either a short story, poem, or novel of mine published. Speaking of which, I really should find time to work on them! x_x
2) I would love to go either hangliding, para-sailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping…something exhilarating that has the connotation of flying. I would love to be able to fly.
3) Go back to Wales and England. I miss it so much, and seeing pictures of this year’s study abroad on my Welsh professor’s facebook and Instagram does not help the ever-growing yearning I am feeling. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been there.
4) I would like to become fluent in Welsh. I’m “proficient” but there is still quite a lot more I need to learn and still quite a few grammar concepts and a ton of vocab! I should get a Welsh Book of Mormon to study!
5) Be elected teacher of the month/year/county/state/school district. Something like that. Teaching is my life, it’s my calling. I see all these movies about inspiring teachers and it inspires me to try my best!
Justin:
1) Have one of my children publicly announce how good of an influence I was without me hearing it.
2) Get a chain restaurant to name a meal after me. (Already partially done)
3) Coach a highschool JV volleyball team.
4) Run a 10k.
5) Dunk!
5 Things I Say A Lot:
Tayler: 
1) “So”…I’ve noticed that, especially in blogging and journaling, I start too many sentences with “so.” So, I’ve got to stop that poor habit.
2) “Exacerbated”… I love the word! I need to write a post on it, like I have my other favorite words.
3) “Do I look cute?”…I always ask Justin this, and I think it gets on his nerves…
4) “Are you proud of me?” Can be used seriously, or playfully/silly-ly. This definitely gets on Justin’s nerves.
5) “What do you want for dinner?” Aka…Justin, you decide what you want me to cook or we will go out to eat and you are still deciding that. Also, gets on Justin’s nerves.
Justin:
1) “Flip a coin”…more often I don’t care of the outcome, so you may as well flip a coin. Get’s on Tayler’s nerves.
2) “I’ll tell you what”…Used when answering a question. Taken from my father. Slightly annoyed that I do it.
3) “Hmmm, yeeesss” (pronounced exactly how you think it should be)
4) “Mrph”…used when moving from a comfortable spot.
5) “Don’t ruin my story with your logic.”…seriously! I tell it way better!
5 Books/Magazines I Have Read Lately:
Tayler:
1) Currently reading With the Heart of A King by Benton Rain Patterson (on the Spanish Armada issue between Elizabeth I and Phillip II)
4) The Secret History of the World 
5) The Bro Code (made for the sitcom: How I Met Your Mother)

Justin: 
1) Haha. 
2) Nice.
3) Try.
4) Tayler.
5) I don’t read.
5 Favorite Movies:
Tayler: (super hard! It changes every day)
1) Lord of the Rings trilogy
2) Pirates of the Caribbean series
3) Secret of Kells
4) Narnia (lion, witch and wardrobe)
5) Titanic (I know, I know, but I do love it!)
Justin:
1) Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves
2) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
3) Hook
4) Aladdin
5) Remember the Titans
5 Places I Would Love To:
Tayler: 
1) Wales
2) Wales…via England and Scotland
3) Japan
4) Italy–Venice, specifically
5) Patagonia, Argentina–it’s a Welsh colony! No lie!
Justin: 
1) New Zealand
2) Tonga
3) Spain 
4) Japan
5) Antartica
I now tag….
3) Ginny from Buttergirl Diaries
4) Elizabeth from The Bradleys
5) Diedre from Love, the Skinnys
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

What Goes Around Comes Around (Another Liebster Award Nomination)

So remember back when I was nominated for the Liebster Award? I nominated a couple other people, as well as my friend, Natashya.
Well, what goes around, comes around, because she nominated me again! Yaay! 
So, I think I’ll answer her questions because I love answering questions, and I have a few new readers around here, so it should help ya’ll to get a better picture of who I am.

1. What is your favorite color?
Orange! Green! Purple! I was actually able to have all three of these incorporated into my August wedding…a perfect month for this color scheme.

2. What is your favorite time of the year?
Fall. I love the colors, the crunch of the leaves, the picturesque blue sky hitting the horizon, the smell of rain, pumpkins, and burning leaves, the cool chill that allows you to drink hot cocoa but wear shorts at the same time. I love fall.
3. Do you have a Disney princess with whom you identify? Why?
Well, I actually identify with two: Tiana from Princess and the Frog and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. And, I already wrote about it here!
4. What is your favorite genre of reading material?
Fantasy and historical fiction. For my goodreads, click here. To see book reviews I’ve done on the blog, click here.

5. What is your favorite thing to make (be it food, craft, drink, music, or whatnot)?
Food. And writing.

6. What do you think is your best feature?
It really depends on the day…sometimes my legs, sometimes my eyes, sometimes my hair, sometimes my nose, sometimes my smile…somedays I don’t like any of these.

7. What luxury item do you most want?
My dream home. Check out some ideas I have on pinterest.

8. Why do you enjoy blogging?
I enjoy writing and sharing. I also enjoy being able to get others opinions on what I write.

9. Who is your hero, past or present?
My dad and my mom, Queen Elizabeth II, King Arthur, my husband.

10. What is your favorite thing to wear and why?
Pajamas because they are so comfy. There were a lot of days during the school year, that when I immediately got home (around 4ish), I would change straight away into my pajamas. 

11. If you could be in any book, which would it be?
Natashya!!! That’s such a hard question! I expect you to answer it as well, either on the comments or make your own post about it! See how it feels to be put on the spot like that and go through the miles-long list of books you have read to see what book you would like to be in….(love you though)
Ummm….
Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Any historical fiction that has to do with the British royalty and nobility…such intrigue!
Any of the books and series written by Tamora Pierce.
Well, I hope ya’ll have gotten to know me better! If you have any other questions you are dying to have answered about me, tweet them to me @Our_Fairy_Tale or post them in the comments.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Kristen from 31 Million Seconds.

“Liebster” means dearest in German, and it’s awarded, blogger to blogger, to up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.  The rules for accepting and giving the award are pretty simple.  Once you accept the award, you just have to do the following in a blog entry:
Answer the 11 questions posted by the nominator on her blog
Give 11 facts about yourself
Nominate 5-11 other new, up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers
Make up 11 more questions to pass on to the bloggers you choose to nominate
Thank your nominator by linking back to her blog
Upon your post going live, contact your nominees about your nomination for them

So, my 11 questions:

If you could only have one food for every single meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta. I could eat any type of pasta and never get full. I love noodles, cheese, and sauce. We just had tortellini yesterday for dinner! Check out my list of recipes for a bunch of pasta dishes!
Baths or showers?
I can’t remember the last time I had a bath. But, I do love super hot showers. I could stand there and let time just pass me by, enjoying the steam. Since I have super fair, white, PALE skin, whenever I come out, it is bright red!
What’s the last movie you saw?
Gone With the Wind…I’m watching it right now with my students…check out why
Who do you admire and why?
I admire my church leaders, I admire my parents, I admire those teachers who overcome adversity and help their students change their lives.
What do you normally have for breakfast?
One of four things: chocolate slimfast, grits with cheese, oatmeal in a cup, or cereal.
What’s your favorite scent?
Orange, citrus-y stuff! Love it!
When was the last time you cried?
Um…probably last time I had a migraine. I get those so badly that I feel like I’m going to throw-up. I can’t get out of bed…terrible.
Are you going anywhere for a summer vacation?
Summer is really to be determined. I stop teaching tomorrow, but I’m looking for a summer job. Justin is taking classes over the summer an working, so we don’t know. We do know we want to do something for our 1 year anniversary in the beginning of August, but we don’t know what yet.
Cats or dogs?
Either, but I’m allergic to fur, so I don’t spend a lot of time around them. =( =( =(
What’s your favorite kind of fruit?
Strawberries! Mangos!
What’s the one song that you can’t help but sing along to?
Any Disney song! I know a bazillion of them by heart! Read here about why I love Disney songs.

My 11 random facts:
#1 I have a major case of blogger jealousy that’s been ongoing for quite some time.

#2 I feel that everyday I’m becoming more and more of a Morrell…Justin told me his family is just about obsessed with Sonic. Yesterday, we drove past a Sonic and I said I was thirsty so pull in. We both got huge strawberry lemonades.
#3 I am uber baby hungry.
#4 My right ring finger doesn’t straighten all the way. I have no idea why. I discovered it sometime in high school.
#5 I would love to own a bustle gown from either the mid 1800s
#6 I like to think I’m fashionable, but I don’t like spending money on clothes…so I pretend.
#7 I actually like haggis. I hate the look and the smell, but the taste is very good!
#8 Coming up with random facts that people don’t already know about me is very difficult to do.
#9 I hate pictures of myself. I hate taking pictures period. I feel that I must for the sake of Instagram, Facebook, and my blog. 
#10 Contacts don’t sit still on my eyes anymore because I have astigmatism in both, and I hate wearing glasses.
#11 I am an adrenaline junkie. I love rollercoasters and want to go skydiving/bunjee jumping.

That was very hard. Well, I now nominate

1. Natashya from Those Weird Heims
4. Josh Cotton from The Art of Josh Cotton
5. Allison from Lawfully Lost
My 11 questions:

1) What made you start blogging?

2) What is your blogging dream?
3) What is your dream job, and do you have it/are you working toward it?
4) What are you a junkie of?
5) Since I’m a teacher, what was your favorite subject in school? Why?
6) What is your favorite book? Why?
7) Name a country you want to visit from every continent.
8) What are all the languages you speak (real or fake, fluent or not)
9) What is the most annoying thing people do?
10) What are three interesting things in your house?
11) What is your favorite post that you’ve done in the past year?

I’ll be excited to see everyone’s posts!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Still Just a Novice

I have always considered myself to be a writer. A daydreamer. A believer. Connected with quintessence…to a degree.

That is why I created this blog in the first place–to allow my thoughts to become words, and to allow those words to decorate some space in the world wide web.

Then I thought to myself, “I’m a writer. I write poetry. I hope to have my novel published one day. This blog will be great to get a reading audience!” That thought was even lectured to me at a Life, the Universe, and Everything Conference (a huge fantasy writing conference in Utah). They said if you ever hope to be published as a writer, you have to have a reading base first.

Thus, I tried to commercialize my blog–write to the reader.

Well, teachers know what happens when you teach to the test…you start losing yourself. Losing the goal in mind, losing the personal aspect of it all, losing your creativity, your style, your imagination, your soul. The same goes for blog writing.

I’ve realized that, especially thanks to Danica’s post on the whole “Competition” aspect of blogging. I lost track of why I really wanted to blog in the first place. All for more page views and more followers. I guess it was mainly because my friends like Danica, or Sierra who are my age, just starting to teach like me, relatively newlywed, etc. But they have waaaaaaaaay more followers than me. It’s true, the green monster has decided to occupy my mind.

Why can’t I have as many followers or as awesome blog posts as them? Is it because I am a teaching intern? No, they both teach too, and one of them is an English teacher and has to read a lot more than I do. Is it because I am married? Well, they were both married long before I was.Is it because they have instagram and probably Macs and Iphones? Possibly. Is it because they are just better writers than me? ………………..maybe……… Is it because they know a lot more about fashion than I do? Probably. Is it because I am still a novice in the blogging world even though I have had my blog for 3 years and 2 weeks? Yes.

So, I have a few things to work on:

  • Learn more about Mormon fashion (or use what I have and become more creative) as well as break out of my bubble of self-consciousness and post maybe a few teaching outfits?
  • Write more often (I can start by doing creative history writing assignments along with my students). No, write every day. Become dedicated with this!
  • Carry my iPod around with me more and finally figure out how to set up Instagram.
  • Find a niche. I like that I am very widespread with my posts, but I want to find a series of something that is consistent and that I enjoy. 
  • Research. History or English is fine. But technology? Blech. I’m going to have to swallow that fear and resistance. 
If you have any suggestions, please, please, please comment and let me know!
I want to keep my personality intact, but I still do want more followers. I want to grow and expand, else I will die! (I’m a historian…it’s a quote.)
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

…A Fairy Tale

Hanging above my bed is a poster that reads, “Every life is a Fairy Tale written by God’s fingers.” This is my favorite quote. It is also what I try to live my life as. It also named this blog.

This summer, my life was a fairy tale. I was where I had always wanted to go. I was where my imagination lived, where my heart lived, where my muse lives.

It is snowing right now, pretty heavily. But, I am listening to the last song on Braveheart – the one where he dies – it is called, “Freedom.” Braveheart is James Horner’s opus.  Now, is Adiemus by Karl Jenkins. This new genre of music was creating by Welshman Jenkins. He wanted to create a mystical tribal sounding music, one that lifts and allows the listener to soar through the skies. Now you can hear it in many fantasy movies, such as Disney’s Atlantis, Avatar, Star Wars, etc.

I worry too much about money and school. I don’t have enough money to support myself, I don’t have enough scholarship to make much difference. I hardly ever get scholarships…true, I have half tuition, but every sinlge other scholarship or writing contest I enter, I don’t ever succeed. What does that tell me about my writing? School is the same. I can’t take as many classes as I want – I have to finish my major, which restricts my choices for history and writing classes I want.

My novel has been in my head for over 7 years now. Just a bare rough, hand written draft exists. I never have time to write it. But that is just my opus. What about all the other books I have in mind? What about the historical fictions I want to write – when can I ever research them. To be a better writer, you need to be a better reader. I don’t have time to read for myself. I haven’t read a fictional book since I was in Wales over the summer – that’s six months ago.

I am Mormon, yes, but I am strange. Although I would never practice it, Celtic paganism intrigues me. I love the culture and atmosphere of it all – wizards, dragons, magic. The knowledge that you and nature are connected, and thus, you have greater power. Nature allows you to achieve things only though impossible by others – the power of magic. I truly believe humans have capabilities far beyond their potential. We are all sons and daughters of God, so we have His power, although we have not yet grown into our inheritance. No, I don’t think this God-like power is magic or superpowers, but I do believe it is something similar in nature – it is more than we are. Maybe that is why I am pulled so hard into Celtic culture.

I want my life to be a fairy-tale. I don’t want to worry about whether or not my next paycheck will be enough to pay rent. I don’t want to worry if the class I am I in will allow me to get a scholarship or be useful in my career. True, I want to teach, but I also want to live. My friend Jonathon posted on facebook the other day that he feels like he wants to just move to Europe and live with the gypsies. Jonathon, I can tell you now, you aren’t the only one. Sometimes, especially this year, I would sometimes imagine what would it be like if I could just have a “temporary” break from college, “temporary” break from life – from bills and essays. What would it be like if I moved to England, lived in a small flat, and just traveled? I would read all I wanted: classics, fantasy, adventure, romance, history. I would write all I wanted; all my novels and ideas would actually form on paper. I would travel all I wanted to; I would see castles, I would visit battlefields, explore forests, cross islands, climb mountains, tour cities. I would truly then be living a Fairy Tale.

Then, I come back to reality and I realize, I am still either in the preface, author’s note, or even introduction to my Fairy Tale. These sticky, analytical, hard to write pieces of the book are times I just have to push through until my life can actually begin. Not only do I want to create fantasy for others to read, but I also want to start my own Fairy Tale.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.