[top ten tuesday] books i’d mash together GIVING CARAVAL

When I saw this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, I got really excited, but then fell into a sort of slump. It can be really difficult to think of two stories that would somehow compliment and enhance each other. I ended up going with The Giver & Caraval.



Jonas would still be the main character who somehow starts seeing the world in more color and seeing past the sameness of his world. When he escapes beyond the fog, he lands in Caraval territory and somehow enters the game. He is overwhelmed by the mix of real and imaginary at the mystical around him and he runs into Scarlet and everyone else as he tries to survive and figure out the game, his life, and what he is doing with his new freedom (he obviously doesn’t have Gabe with him during this part at least).


LET’S CHAT: WHAT DO YOU THINK? WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU MASH? LET ME KNOW BELOW! (feel free to link your ttt as well!)



[discussion] introduction 2018 DISCUSSION CHALLENGE

I have been following Shannon forever and when I saw (once again) the 2018 Discussion Challenge that Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction host, I knew I wanted to do it.

I love discussion posts. I love the interaction and getting to hear other people’s opinions and stances and having my worldview expanded or challenged or agreed upon. There are so many good things that come out of discussions.

I have posted many discussions in the past that have become my favorite posts I have written and since deleting my oldest blog, I may rework and repost some of them here because SOME THINGS JUST NEED TO BE DISCUSSED, ya know!?

ANYWAY, there are different levels of this challenge:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

Since I am joining a little late in the game and there are 22 Sunday’s (including today) left in 2018, I am going to aim for 11-20 “Creative Conversationalist”. It would be SO GREAT if I could do a discussion a week, but I am going to aim for every other week and see where that gets me. Hopefully I will be able to do more, but we will see.

If you would like to check out the original sign up post, here it is.


[INTRODUCTION] who am i?

hi! i’m danae.


i am just a girl who wants to travel more than i can. because of this, i tend to try to make up for it by reading every book i can get my hands on.

this is not my first blog (or second), but i cannot seem to give up having a little piece of the internet that i somehow consider my creative portfolio–and entirely (this is funny since i am now going back to a wordpress account instead of self hosting and am losing some of my freedom *sigh*) mine.

this one is going to be different, less structured, and not only about books. actually, quite the opposite. it will be about my adventures (travel), writing, reading, and other related fields (they will relate don’t worry i will follow the niche rules at least a little).

as a photography minor who hopes to study short film making when i am studying abroad next spring, i will also be exploring as i find my own aesthetic and style.

this is a place that will become a portfolio and a way for me to process art all in one.

when i do study abroad, i will probably use this site as a space to sign up for my newsletter if you want weekly updates, stories, and pictures, but i might share the most notable ones in blog posts as well.

ten random facts about me:

  1. i love Jesus and consider myself a kingdom worker
  2. most of the time, when i am reading a book, i will start talking like the author talks (i.e. if they have a british accent in their writing, i will talk in british slang in my own life)
  3. the perfect day involves hiking (actual bouldering and exploring preferred) with friends, picnics, and reading for hours
  4. i play bass guitar currently for the intervarsity band at my university and am really good at starting to learn instruments (piano, clarinet, ukulele, bass), but not as good at mastering them
  5. i am a major extravert (enfj)
  6. when i graduate from university, i don’t want to go straight into the work force, but want to go on a working holiday since i will be young and as stated earlier, I WANT TO TRAVEL A LOT
  7. i have a basic knowledge and understanding of french and am currently learning dutch for when i study abroad in the netherlands. however, i do wish to learn many more languages and to be able to have conversations with locals when i travel
  8. the creative writing class i took last semester is my favorite class i have ever taken in my entire life and made me question my entire major (since i cannot minor in creative writing if i am not an english major *double sigh*)
  9. i am majoring in strategic communications with an emphasis in public relations with minors in international communications and photography
  10. i went on a mission trip to northern ireland last summer, and it was the best experience i have ever had