Ingrid: A Timeless Tale

You know how, every now and then, there’s a spectacular something that catches your eye and you have to have it? It doesn’t happen very often. Generally,  I can wave my hand and say “I’ll get it from the library,” or “It’s neat, but I’m not that interested.” Well, Ingrid is not one of those things. Ingrid grabbed my hand and pulled me along, and I’m still chasing behind her, waiting for her completion so I can really hold her and look at her and listen to her.


What – or who – is Ingrid, exactly? Ingrid is something completely unique – hence, the reason it caught my eye. It’s a beautiful fantasy tale of loss and love, but it’s more than that. It’s not only a novel – gorgeous illustrations decorate the inside, and it comes complete with its own novel soundtrack; gorgeous, stirring pieces of music.


What this project needs to get kickstarted (it’s getting there, it’s getting there, but it can’t get there without help, little by little) is for you to back it. Any amount of money you can give (it’s easy!) will help push this project through to its release date, set for January/February of 2014. (Only a few months away!) If you’re interested in pledging, you haven’t got much time to think about it – the Kickstart fundraiser ends October 10th. Can you give a dollar? Every little bit counts. Can you give $10 or more? You’ll get some dazzling things in return.

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know I don’t really do this. Ever. Why? Simply because I can’t be 100% sure of what I’m backing, in most cases. However, I personally know the Krafts, and when I heard of their project, I got so excited I squealed out loud. Are you interested in checking into this amazing endeavor? Then click the word Ingrid to find out more!


If you have absolutely no money to give, you can still help by spreading the word! Mention it to other readers (or musicians, or artists!) and post about it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, your blog – wherever you feel like it! If you DO back this project, and pledge at least $1 to creating the project Ingrid, let me know!


IMPORTANT!!! And some more pictures

Well, my good people – for the month of August, I’m going to be taking a hiatus of sorts. I’ll be using the computer only for writing and emailing – so I won’t be cut off completely from the outside world 🙂 but hopefully I’ll be on the computer less than I ordinarily am.

HOWEVER – I *am* scheduling posts to go up throughout August, so my blog will not be dead. I WILL be receiving your comments and I WILL be moderating them, but you won’t see them until the end of the month – so PLEASE *DO* COMMENT. I will get them and love them and give them cookies.

FURTHERMORE –  if you want to stay in contact with me through August (and I hope that you do!) you will have to email me! My email is the-shieldmaiden(at)hotmail(dot)com. I am going to be using August to finish up art commissions, finish Monster, and get letter-writing done, but I will most definitely have time to email my friends and I’d love to stay caught up with you.

AND ONE MORE THING: I will be attending the NextGen Young Writer’s Conference August 2-5, so look for me there!

And as promised, here are the rest of the pictures from the medieval-gothic-strangeness photo shoot!

The photo shoot was a blast, but afterwards I was like “Can I smile now?” I’m not used to glaring for that long!

So, now that you’ve had your fill of me for the day… I’ll be around my email! And I’ll ‘see’ you in September (ye gads, that sounds like such a long way away…) Much love to you all!

Credendo Vides,


In which I talk about a fantastic time, a strange photo shoot, and fun

This weekend was a BLAST. I went to North Carolina for my best friend’s eighteenth birthday, which we had planned to celebrate together since the last time I was at her house – years ago! Mom and Dad were so amazing to let me go and spend the weekend – thank you, guys!!!!! I was there fora day and a half before the actual party on Saturday, and we had a blast. There was so much to talk about and do that we were never bored even for a second!

The theme of the birthday was originally Korean, but it switched to be basically Asian. The food was mainly Korean – we made bulgogi (fire beef – it. was. AMAZINGLY delicious. Machesoyo!) bibimbap (mixed rice. We fried it, but I could’t eat any because I’m quite allergic to rice), kimchi (we didn’t make the kimchi, but it was disgusting and I cracked Hannah and her brother Nathan up when I had a bit. Apparently, the look on my face said it all. It’s really, really nasty) and japchae (sweet potato noodles. I made the japchae; the noodles looked gray and were sticky like the little strips of glue that hold packages together. They came apart more once I mixed soy sauce and sesame oil in, then the girls added vegetables). Here’s the finished product on a plate –

Delicious, no?

For dessert, there were two cakes. A Japanese strawberry sponge cake –

And a chocolate cake with frosting, which I made –

After we ate, it was time to open presents – she is a new Princess Bride fan, so we gave her the movie. (It’s about time!!)

I also attempted to squish her head with chopsticks. #fail

This is Caroline, the maknae (youngest). She and her two brothers Elliot and Avery spent the night, along with a friend of everyone, Christopher. That evening, we girls decided have a medieval photoshoot outside. The theme was the dead and/or abandoned bride with her faithful guardian (me) and her lady-in-waiting (Caroline). I did our makeup – Hannah wore silver contacts of which I was very, very jealous (in a friendly way. I wasn’t about to grab them out of her eyes or anything. Not that I didn’t try). Hannah’s makeup was darker, more ghoulis; my makeup was… well, scary, since I was supposed to be the guardian and all, and Caroline was more pixie-like.  I’m going to have more pictures to show you of the photoshoot, but here’s what we have for now.

Me prepping them both with makeup (lots of makeup).

Here is Hannah; isn’t she beautiful? (Even looking as ghostly as she does?)

Me being… I don’t know… strange. I felt like I was in Narnia; akin to the Lady of the Green Kirtle. Except my hair felt extremely un-medieval-ish and there was nothing I could do with it. Alas.

And Caroline and her adorable lost pixie-ness… we joked that my makeup made it look as if she drowned. Oh dear.

And there we all are, looking very sad/lost/fantasy-ish/dreamlike/disturbing. Oh, it was fun. Tromping around barefoot amongst briars and poison ivy (though I have no rash! I discovered I was immune to poison ivy a few years ago at VBS).

We had SO much fun. I can’t even begin to describe it. I love you, Hannah! Watching you grow in Christ is amazing to see. I love being silly and fun and epic and serious with you, thank you for being my friend and soul sister.

NOTE: There is a GIVEAWAY!!! A friend of mine, Jon Maiocco by name, just released his EP on iTunes! He writes epic soundtrack music, and I listen to it while I write – it’s inspiring, amazing, and done by an insanely talented eighteen-year-old Christian. I highly recommend you run over to Jessica’s blog and enter the giveaway to win some of this fantastic music!