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The False Prince Tag Plus SUPER AWESOME Announcement at the End!

First, before we dive in to today’s post, note chapter 4 of What Lay Beyond the Woods went live yesterday! Our new system for notifications only works on posts and not pages, so I’ll just let y’all know when a new story is up. Onto the post!

Alright, I know I kind of almost disappeared off the face of the blogosphere but I’M BACK Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Soooo what have I been doing? You’re never gonna believe it but I was ACTUALLY WRITING!!!!!!!!!!! 😱 I joined this writing competition and it’s been LOADS of fun but has also taken up basically all of my free time. I’ll probably talk more about that later. Sooooo before we get into today’s post, I’ve got a few stats about what’s been going on with Into the Lamp and my new WIP, Heir to His Crown.

Number of query letters I’ve sent for Into the Lamp total: 3

Number of rejections received: 1

Number of manuscript requests: 0

Level of hope right now:  -28

Number of words written in my new WIP: 24,243 words Guys I started writing in my new WIP on TUESDAY! HOW HAVE I ALREADY WRITTEN THAT MUCH!!! #HelpMe 

So that’s my stats so far. I’ll probably do these stats at the beginning of all my posts as things progress with both Into the Lamp and Heir to His Crown. STAY TUNED! 

Alright for today’s post I have a tag that I am creating. THE FALSE PRINCE TAG!! You guys shoulda seen this coming eventually. Just saying. #ObsessedFan I’ll try to keep things spoiler free, but if there is gonna be a spoiler I’ll let y’all know before hand. 

THE RULES THAT YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY BREAK IF YOU’VE GOT A SAGE MOMENT GOING ON!!!!!! 

#1. Link back to the post of the person who tagged you.

#2. Link back to the creator’s post. (THAT’S THIS ONE RIGHT HERE!!!! I just kind of REALLY wanna read all of y’all’s lovely answers!)

#3. Answer the five questions (obsessive fangirling is optional).

Optional rule: Tag 3+ other bloggers. This step is ABSOLUTELY optional!!!!!!!!! 

THE QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

#1. What’s your favorite book in the series? Just ’cause I’m mean and have to make you pick a favorite. #NoRegrets 

THE SHADOW THRONE!!!!!!!!! That book is the only book to date that has EVER MADE ME ACTUALLY CRY!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!! That’s a SERIOUS accomplishment if an author can make me cry. 

#2. Between Sage, Tobias, and Roden who do you relate to the most?

I REALLY wanna say Sage! Sadly, I relate mostly to Roden. I’m in shock right now. Mainly because of how hard he tries to accomplish his goals and all his self-doubt. I really enjoy his character arc! Can we just admire Jennifer Nielsen’s AMAZING character development skills? 

#3. How did you first learn about this book series?

A friend at my church was telling me about it. I thought it sounded really awesome and checked the first book out of the library. I owe that dude sooooo much. 

#4. If you had to spend the whole day with either Conner or Cregan which would you choose?

Conner. I cannot stand Cregan. *shudders* 

#5. What, in your opinion, was Sage’s most sassiest moment?

Okay, I have what I think are Sage’s TWO BEST SASSY SCENES EVER!!!!!!!!! They’re all from The Shadow Throne. Also, if you haven’t read TSH yet, I recommend skipping over the quotes.

“I could send my nursemaids out here to fight those men.”
“I’m sorry you have such little value for your nursemaids. We invite them to become Carthyan citizens.”

AAANNDDD

The weight of my attention shifted to Vargan. “This is my offer. I’ll let you hang me twice. I won’t even put up a fuss the second time.”

#6. Which character do you think is the most underrated?

Amarinda. It’s pretty sad, ’cause she’s my FAVORITE female character in the series. Imogen’s still really cool, though, I just think I always related to and admired Amarinda more. She’s stronger than we all believe!!!! 

#7. Share any fun things you’ve made or seen or learned about The Ascendance Series. ANYTHING AT AL!!!

Here’s a couple of graphics I made ages ago. They’re not that great. I should probably make some new ones.

Also, y’all need to listen to this song called “More Than I Could Be” by Danny Gokey. I ALWAYS think of The False Prince when I listen to it. Y’all can find it here!  

Well, that’s all I have for that. Now for my tags!! I’m basically gonna tag just about everyone fan of The False Prince that I know.

JC at Joy Caroline

Mary at Wild Writing Dreams

Alexa at A Fangirl’s Hideaway

Ribbon Ash at Virtual Paper

JadeSky at Stepping Stones Book Reviews

Grace at GraceBought

Abilene at Forever Persuaded

Allie Jo at Allie Andersen

And Jennifer Nielsen 

*waits for you guys to do a double take*

Yes, I’m talking about The AUTHOR Jennifer Nielsen. Trust me, if I had a friend who’s name was Jennifer Nielsen, you’d be hearing me say I was best friends with her a LOT. Anyway, y’all don’t need to feel obligated to do it. Only if you wanna. 

EDITED TO ADD: Okay, y’all I feel like SUPER TERRIBLE right now! This is why you don’t try to write a blog post after a week of crazy writing. I forgot one of the AMAZING gals I was gonna tag. I’m SUPER SORRY!!!!!!!!!! It’s got absolutely nothing to do with how AWESOME AND AMAZING this girl is and her blog and everything to do with my brain dying on me! So I’m also tagging the lovely Mahitha from her blog, Mahitha Reddy. I’m SUPER SORRY again!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE it slipped my mind!!! Just know, Mahitha, that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your blog and your AMAZINESS!!!!!!!!!!! And I’d LOVE to hear your answers to this tag if you wanna do it!!!! *hugs*

NOOOOOOWW!!!!!!!! THE SUPER AWESOME ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!! Remember that short story I wrote, Fairly Impish? And I submitted it for a contest? Well, I just heard back today and I’m actually one of the winners. *faints*

I’m honestly in shock right now. Like I really think I’m dreaming so don’t wake me up. But I just wanna say THANK ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!! This is the very first thing I’ve ever won with my writing!! I’m not sure how it happened except for God!! He gives me the strength and creativity to write!!! And I owe Him the biggest thanks of all!!! But I also need to say THANK YOU GUYS SOOO MUCH FOR ALL OFΒ  YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I would’ve given up on writing by now if it hadn’t been for all of you!!!!!!! YOU GUYS ARE JUST THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In celebration I’m gonna share some graphics I made for it!!!!!!!!Β 

That’s it for now! KEEP WRITING!!!!!!!!!!!

Sooo in the comments: If you’re a TFP fan, what’s your answers to my questions? Does Fairly Impish sound like a story you’d like? If you’ve never read The False Prince, my biggest question is WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD How’s things going in your writing? Let’s chat!!!

Issabelle is a publsihed author of YA fantasy. On the rare occasion when she's not plotting and pursuing her next story idea, she enjoys reading, blogging, and drawing. Currently, she is a little disappointed that she hasn’t found Narnia in her wardrobe, yet, despite all her searching. What she's probably doing right now is either fangirling about her favorite books to random people or scanning the pantries for chocolate.

61 Comments

  • Joy Caroline

    Hey and thanks so much for the tag! Unfortunately, I’m not able to do it since I have a lot of posts scheduled on my blog for the next weeks. I wrote them during winter break when I had a lot of time on my hands. Right now I don’t have much time even for blogging. I’m drowning in schoolwork and trying to make a lot of progress on TAS. But I really do appreciate the tag!!

    Oh my goodness, that is great news about the writing competition! I’m so happy for you. Being one of the winners is a HUGE accomplishment and shows your writing is definitely improving! And I’m blown away by your word count for your new WIP. HOW!? Last night I added 3 sentences to my second draft and it took me 40 minutes to write them. *cries* I am writing a really fun poem from Seth’s perspective, though. It’s not in the book, but the more I write about Seth the more he’s becoming my favorite secondary character from TAS, so the poem is both fun for me to write and helps me develop my characters a little more. And it’s always interesting to write about things from a child’s point of view.

    Anyways, hope you have a great day! Keep making that awesome progress, and keep trying with Into the Lamp! I know you can do it!

    • Issabelle

      Of course!! Oh, that’s TOTALLY fine!!!! Though, if the reason is time you can always push these tags back a few months. I have two different tags I’ve been tagged for that I probably won’t get to until Feb. (maybe even March). But don’t feel obligated to!!!! I feel ya there! I’m behind on soooo many blog posts to read it’s crazy!! Like I said, don’t worry about it!

      IKR!!!! I’m BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT over here!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!! Yes, you’re TOTALLY right about that!!! Haha, a huge part was this competition!! I was writing with other people and they helped motivate me! Haha, well that’s still AWESOME ’cause every word counts!!!! Wow, that is just SUPER COOL!!!!!!!!!! I think that is REALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! And a great idea!!!!!!!!!! That’s actually VERY true!!!!!!!!!!

      You too, girl!!!!!!!!! I will try my hardest!!! Oh, yes!!!! More queries are waiting to be sent out!!!! Aww, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • Addie

    YAAAAYYY! You’re back! XD
    That’s such a cool tag! Great answers! Thanks to you, I checked out the first book in that series and I can’t wait to read it! (It’s an audio book on my Kindle)
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!! Actually, I’m not really surprised that you’re one of the winners. You’re an aMaZiNg writer.
    Once again, congrats! You really deserved it!!!

    -Addie-

    • Issabelle

      YAAAYYY!!!!!!!! I’m BACK!!!! WHOOOOO *pumps fist in the air* XD
      THANK YOU!!!!!!! *bows dramatically* THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! *throws out party streamers* I can’t wait until you read it!!! Tell me when you’re done and what you thought about it. Please!!!!! #ObsessedFan
      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aww, girl, you’re just TOO SWEET!!!!! THANK YOU! πŸ™‚
      THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!!!! <33 <33 <33 Aww, girl, ALL THIS NICENESS!!!! I'm just smiling sooo hard over here right now!!!!!
      --Issa--

  • Jane

    It is FANTABULOUS that your one of the winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOOO HAPPY for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *throws confetti in celebration* Fairly Impish is 100% something I would like to read!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the title and your graphics BTW. πŸ™‚

    1. My favorite book in the series is The Runaway King. I really like it because Sage meets Fink in that one and its so sweet how they end up bonding in the end (Sorry for the spoiler)

    2. Hmm, I have definitely had my sage moments (hasn’t everyone?) but I think I’m most like Tobias because, I do have a reckless side (as you probably know by now) but its more of something that comes out when I’m alone or with someone I know, otherwise I am that person who had big ambitions but keeps them hidden.

    3. I found it while browsing an online library, it just popped up and I thought it looked like it would be good. Wow did it exceed my expectations. πŸ˜€

    4. Definitely Conner. He is at least a LITTLE bit better than Cregan.

    5. How do you expect us to choose just one? there are so many good ones! *browses through TRK* here’s one from The Runaway King,

    Lying on it were my knife, sword, and the satchel of coins I’d given to Fink.
    Erick motioned to the items. “Explain these.”
    I flashed a wry smile. “If you don’t know what these are, then you’er in the wrong business.

    6. I agree with you on this one, Amrainda could definitely use some more. . . I was going to say stage time but we’er talking about books sooo. . . I guess she could use more page time. (Dose that work?)

    7. I drew a picture a few months ago for TFP but I’m not sure how I can show it to you in the comments.

    What fun questions!!!!!
    I’ve kinda been taking a break from writing to figure out where I want my plot to go, so my writing isn’t going anywhere at the moment. πŸ˜›
    WOW!!! 24,243 words is a lot of words for a new WIP!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! *Throws more confetti* *wonders where its all coming from* XD
    You are doing a great job with your writing and I am still certain that your going to get Into The Lamp published!!!!!! It’s to good not to be!!!!!!!!! YOU. HAVE. GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe in you!!!!!!! <33 <33

    • Issabelle

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH, JANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *dances around crazy in the confetti* YESS!!! That is AmAzInG!!!!! Aww, girl, THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!

      Oooh, that’s a good point about TRK! I LOVE FINK!!!!!! YESSS!!! I think we ALL have our Sage moments!!! Oh, yeah, I’ve noticed it. XD I can see you a bit as Tobias mostly because of his strong loyalty and you seem like someone who is VERY loyal to your friends!!!!!!
      AWESOME!!! HANDS-DOWN!!! Conner is definitely a little bit better than Cregan. I really had figured everyone was gonna say Conner. I think that’s the big thing agreed among TFP fans – CREGAN IS THE WORST!

      AAHHH!!!!! I don’t know how!! They’re are sooo many good ones even I had a hard time!!!! XD Aaahh, SAGE!! HE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I LOVE that sassy moment too!!!! YESS!!!!! AMARINDA NEEDS MORE…PAGE TIME!!!!!!! (LOVE IT! Yes, that totally works!) Oof, I’m not sure how either, which stinks cause I’d LOVE TO SEE IT!!!!!!!!! Maybe you could copy and paste it into a comment??

      YESS!!! I’m glad you enjoyed them! Aah, yeah, I get that! Just hang in there and I know you’ll figure it out. You’re an AMAZING WRITER!! YOU’VE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!! Haha, yeah, let’s say I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to do that again. *wipes forehead* That was hard and I literally just threw everything out the window. Hence why I’ve been a little bit inactive in the blogosphere. THANK YOU!!!!!!! *bows* *dances in confetti and wonders where it’s all coming from too* XD It’s MAGIC, I guess!!! That’s what everyone said to Colin, remember? XD Awww, THANK YOU, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hope you’re right!! I REALLY want you to be able to read it SOOO BADLY!! I mean, you have been waiting longer than just about everyone. THANK YOU!!!!!!!! <33 <33 <33

      • Jane

        If you click on this, it MIGHT take you to the drawing, but I’m not sure. And just so you know, the drawing isn’t that good, so if the link doesn’t work, your not missing much. πŸ™‚

        Thank you!!!! (for everything) You are such an amazing friend and I’m so glad to have you in my writing journey!!!! <33
        I think you seem loyal to!!! I'm also like Tobias because I'm pretty sure that I would be really bad at swords-man-ship. Although, it might be neat to try it, you know, just for fun. . . *Reckless side kicks in* *everyone hides* XD

        • Issabelle

          It sadly didn’t work. *wipes tear away dramatically* Actually it was pretty weird what happened so I just removed the link. I’m sure the drawing was AWESOME though!!!!!!!!!! Now I shall spend the rest of my life wondering what it looked like. πŸ˜‰

          Aww, girl, OF COURSE!!!!!!! <33 Aww, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! You're one of the MOST AMAZING FRIENDS I HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm BEYOND HAPPY to have you in my writing journey!!!!!! <33 And I'm VERY happy to be in yours as well!!!! Especially, 'cause you're my favorite author, remember? XD
          Aww, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha, I think I'd be really bad as well. I'm gonna TOTALLY agree with you on that one!!! It'd be AMAZING to try it!!!!!!!! That's something I'd TOTALLY join you in on in a heartbeat!!!!!!!! *my not-seen-very-often reckless side kicking in also* XDD

          • Jane

            Oh, sorry. I wasn’t really sure it would work. Aw, thank you!!! I’m sure if you actually saw the drawing though, it would not live up to your expectations at all. πŸ˜›

            It would be so much fun to try swordsmanship with you!!! We can imagine Roden and Sage cringing at us together. XD

            • Issabelle

              That’s okay!!!!! Thanks for trying, though!!!!!!!! I’m absolutely certain that’s not true!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s MUCH BETTER than you think! πŸ™‚

              YESSS!!!!!!!! It’d be just SUPER AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I guess we’re both gonna have to add it to the bucket list and somehow figure out how to make it work. XD LOL!!!!! That’d be THE BEST!!!!!!! Roden and Sage would TOTALLY cringe at the two of us. XD It’d be HILARIOUS!!!! But then we’d need to go ask Mott to give us some extra lessons.

              • Jane

                Aw, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                Yes!!! Mott would definitely need to give us extra lessons!! I can just picture Tobias saying “See, I am not as bad at it as you think! Compared to them I look like master swordsman!”
                Maybe we can get Imogen and Amarinda to join us and we could challenge the Sage and Roden to a duel. . . Actually, they would probably still beat us. XD
                Just out of curiosity, what writing contest did you enter?

                • Issabelle

                  You’re welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  Haha YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!! That’s probably EXACTLY what Tobias would say!!!! He actually probably does compared to us. He’d be the first one I’d duel before trying Roden or Sage. XD Ooooh, YEA!!!! It could be the four of us gals against the three of them. I think it’s a fair tie, considering our sword skills. XD Haha, they might, but maybe *crossing fingers* Imogen is really awesome with a sword. We don’t actually know her sword skills, ’cause she’s never fought with one in the books. πŸ€” Hmmm…maybe she’s hiding some AMAZING skill. 🀞 If not, then we’re just gonna have to get the girl in my new WIP, ’cause she can fight well with a sword!!!! LOL!!

                  I probably shoulda explained all of it in the post, I’ve been realizing now. *face palm* Soooo Owl Hollow Press (A small publishing company in Utah) in partnership with Teen Author Boot Camp (which is a teen writing conference in Utah) always puts together a teen anthology every year to be released at TABC’s next conference (in March). This year’s anthology in called Change the World. And my short story is gonna be one of the stories in it. Which will actually be available to buy in March, I believe it’s March 3rd but I might be wrong.

                  • Jane

                    Ooh, it would be so cool if Imogen was good with a sword!!!
                    I can picture Sage asking her to have a duel with him and her refusing until the end of the book where she finally excepts and beats him.

                    Okay, thanks for for telling me!! It sounds really cool! You know, if you do it next year, you might have some competition.
                    I will definitely be buying it!! πŸ™‚

                    • Issabelle

                      YEA!!! THAT WOULD BE THE COOLEST!!!!!!!!!!!
                      LOL!!! YESS!!!! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN!!!!!!!! She’d totally beat him!!!! She’s goooood!!!!! Sage would absolutely not be expecting that. It’d be awesome!!!!! πŸ™‚

                      You’re very welcome!!!!!!!!! WHOOO!!!!! I think it’s actually super cool!!!!!! Uh-oh, hehehe YOU GO, JANE!!!!!!!!!
                      YESSS!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!! Ooooh, and if you do and read “Fairly Impish” I wanna hear ALL your thoughts!!!!!!!! <33

                    • Jane

                      I will definitely tell you my thoughts on it!!! I’m sure it will be fantabulous!!!!! Your work never disappoints!!!! <33

                      So, when you said that you had entered a short story writing contest, I thought it might be fun to enter one myself.
                      The only problem was that I had no idea on where there would be one. (a great way to start off XD) I ended up googling "short story writing contests" and found this blog (don't worry, I'm not leaving TWN) that gives you a weekly topic that you can write a short story about. It's called Reedsy if you want to check it out (I know you've been busy lately and probably don't have time to do it right now but I just thought I'd share it with you) πŸ™‚

                    • Issabelle

                      Aww, girl, THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!!!! I hope this one doesn’t disappoint!!!! <33 <33

                      Ooooh, YEA!!!!! That'd be SUPER FUN!!!!!!!! Oh, well, you shoulda asked me, 'cause I have lists of contests that I could've told you about!! Though, I don't think a lot of them are having contests right at this moment. Haha, oh, yeah, that's how I find a lot of contests is through Google!!! (Phew!! I was getting worried for a moment. XD) Ooooh, A W E S O M E!!!!!!!!!! I searched it and it looks SUPER AMAZING!!!!!! THANK YOU for sharing it with me!!!!! Actually, I didn't know there was a website but I've watched some YouTube writing tips videos done by Reedsy, so I'm very aware with the name. But that's sooooo cool there's a website too!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha, yeah, I've been SUPER BUSY, but I'm still VERY HAPPY you shared it with me!!! I'm definitely gonna take some times to explore the site!!!

  • Ribbon Ash

    So much to fangirl about here!
    The 4th chapter even though I still haven’t read the other chapters yet. πŸ™
    The tag!!!!!!!!! Thank you for tagging me!!!! I’ll wait to do it until I have read The Shadow Throne and The Captive Kingdom. Hopefully soon!
    YOU’RE ONE OF THE WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you!!! And, yes, Fairly Impish is so a story I want to read!!!!! Give me!!! XD
    I love your graphics for the False Prince series!!!! And the ones for Fairly Impish!!!!!!!!! I adore them all!!!!!
    Oooh, I really like the update section on your WIPs. Congrats on the impressive word count! And also *hug*. Rejections are so hard but you’re so brave in doing this!! *hands out a cookie*

    • Issabelle

      Oooh, AWESOME!!!! Well, fangirl away!!!!
      Haha, well, I’m just happy to hear the fourth chapter is still exciting even though you haven’t read the other chapters!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚
      Of course!!!!!!!!! That’s okay!!!! Whenever it’s best for you! I also know you just went on a hiatus so I’d already figured it’d be a little bit of a wait!!! YESSS!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL YOU READ TST AND TCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      YESS!!!!!!! I’M STILL SITTING OVER HERE IN DENIAL RIGHT NOW THOUGH!!!!!!!! XD THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH, GIRL!!!!!!!!! That’s always one of the best things someone could say to me!!!!!! <33
      AWESOME!!!!!!! I'm soooooooooooo glad! THANK YOU!!!!!!! Aww, Girl, just a million thanks yous for that!!!!!!!! I needed to hear it!!!! *happily takes cookie and eats it*

  • Ally M.J.

    #1. What’s your favorite book in the series?
    Gonna have to agree with you- Shadow Thrown is DEFINITELY the best. Sage is so unbelievably sassy and awesome all the time. Of course, so is everyone else. Except one certain evil mushroom who shall remain nameless.
    #2. Between Sage, Tobias, and Roden who do you relate to the most?
    I’m not really sure. I would guess Tobias, maybe? I like books, and according to pretty much anyone I ask I’m smart. But I am *maybe* bias because Tobias is one of my favorite characters.
    #3. How did you first learn about this book series?
    It’s all Issabelle’s fault.
    #4. If you had to spend the whole day with either Conner or Cregan which would you choose?
    Cregan is a creep, and I’m sure I’d find some fun ways to annoy Connor until his brain falls out of his ears.
    #5. What, in your opinion, was Sage’s most sassiest moment?
    HOW DO YOU EVEN ANSWER THIS QUESTION?
    Hmm, those two are pretty good… I also think the nursemaids one was the best. *plans on rereading all of the books and mark up all of Sage’s sass* *realizing that that would take literally forever* *continues planning anyway*
    #6. Which character do you think is the most underrated?
    I kind of wish we got more of Amarinda and Fink. Also Mott, even though I feel like we know his pretty well.
    #7. Share any fun things you’ve made or seen or learned about The Ascendance Series. ANYTHING AT AL!!!
    Sage. He exists.

    Ok, now that the questions are out of the way! Issabelle! CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU *GARBLED HAPPY NONSENSICAL NOISES*
    Ooh, I love that song. Do you have a playlist where you put your music, like on YouTube or Spotify?

    • Issabelle

      WHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! YESS!!!! Sage is AWESOME (And OH THE SASSS I LOVE IT!!!!! XD) and so are all the others in that book!!! Except for that evil mushroom of course. XD
      I totally believe that you’re really smart!!!!! TOBIAS IS ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE CHARACTERS TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      YESS!!! I will ABSOLUTELY take the blame for that with no regrets whatsoever!!!!!!!!! XD You’re actually very welcome. πŸ˜†
      Ooooh, YEAH!!!!!!! Annoying Conner would actually be really fun so make sure you invite me to all the action. XD
      I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! The nursemaids one was HILARIOUS!!!!! Ooooh *starts plotting with you*
      SAME!!!!!!! AND YES TO MORE MOTT ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!
      HANDS-DOWN!!!! I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Awww, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      IKR!!! IT’S AWESOME!!!!! No, I don’t. Though, that’d probably make listening to music waaaaaaaaaay easier than always have to go find my favorite songs listen to it and then go search for the next one. XD

      • Ally M.J.

        Hey, Issabelle? I have a request. Can you pretty please put Fairly Impish or at least a little bitty bit up somewhere? I REALLY wanna read it, and not being able to is literally killing me. *Puppy eyes* *Sad, pleading face*

        • Issabelle

          I ABSOLUTELY wished I could soooooo badly, but I actually can’t. I probably shoulda explained to everyone that now that I’m one of the winners it’s gonna go through a couple rounds of edits with an editor and be published in an anthology with other teens short stories that’ll be available to purchase on Amazon sometime in March (I think.) But I’m ABSOLUTELY SUPER happy to hear you wanna read. To maybe help the wait, I’ll share a snippet. β€œSaber.” He lifted his hand. I reached mine out, though uncertainty lingered in the back
          of my thoughts. As our fingers brushed against one another, I recalled the dream. I pulled away. I
          wasn’t giving my trust that easy.
          I REALLY WISHED SOOOOO BADLY I could share a little more with you!!!!!!

  • Alexa

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the tag! I have never been tagged before and I’m so grateful that I am now! (Lol, you must know how much I love TFP) This will be definitely an exciting tag!

    • Issabelle

      Of course, girl!!!! You’re SUPER WELCOME!!!!!!! I can’t wait to read your answers!!!!!!!!! I wasn’t sure which blog you wanted to be tagged on, but I thought A Fan Girl’s Hideaway would fit more so that’s what I went with. But you can TOTALLY do it on Teen Pulse!!!!!!!!! (Oh, YESS!!!! I’ve seen you talk about it on your blogs!!!!!!!! And I ABSOLUTELY share in your love!!!!! XD) WHOOOO!!!!!!!! I hope it is!!!!

      • Alexa

        Thanks! Yeah, I’m glad you tagged me on A Fangirl’s Hideaway because I think I might make that my main blog. πŸ˜‰ Yes, The False Prince is a GREAT series. Also again, congrats on winning the Teen Anthology contest. (I’m going to purchase your book on Amazon so you will have to let us know when it comes out.)

        • Issabelle

          That’s GREAT!!!!!! Aah, I see! Well, I still think Teen Pulse is an AMAZING site too!!!!!!!!! <33 πŸ™‚ IKR!!! I think more people should read it and all!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Aww, really? That's AWESOME!!!!!!! I will TOTALLY let you and everyone know when it's released!!!! I think it's gonna be March 3rd but don't hold me to that. πŸ˜‰ I hope if you read it that you'll enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Em Elizabeth

    Oh my gosh congrats on the contest!!!! That’s amazing! Also, nice work getting your word count up in your new WIP. And even though you got a rejection on one of your query letters, I’m still really impressed by the fact that you’re at the stage where you’re sending query letters! I’m currently a long ways off from that, so I APPLAUD the simple fact that you’re there. Take that rejection as a learning experience and know that you’re already way ahead of the curve in the writing world and you WILL get published as long as you keep at it. Best of luck to you moving forward!

    • Issabelle

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aahh, yea, THANK YOU!!!!!! That was actually really hard writing all those words and I’m not sure I can do that again. πŸ˜‚ Awww, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! The most important thing I always tell myself is to keep writing!! Even when it’s hard, even in the rejections!!!!!!! Sooo, I’m trying to do just that!!! But also, even if you’re not at the query stage yet I think it’s AWESOME THAT YOU’RE A WRITER!!! THAT YOU WRITE WORDS!!!!!!!! No matter how slow the process goes just because you write that means you doing GREAT!!! And I APPLAUD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! But yes, I will take this rejection as a learning experience and keep on trying!!!! THANK YOU for these motivational words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really needed them!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! Best of luck to you in your writing!!!

  • Deami

    WOW!!!!! Congratulations, Issabelle!! I am SO happy for you!!!!!!!! (I honestly have happy tears right now! Which is unusual for me…like the last time it happened was when I got baby yoda for Christmas and when How to train your dragon 3 came out. XD I think the combination of my love for the False Prince, my immense excitement over your MAGNIFICENT achievement, and how happy I am to explore your awesome blog, is all exploding in my heart right now. Annnndd the fact that it’s 1:27am makes me even more emotionally vulnerable XD But SO SO HAPPY!!! <3) Did you post "Fairly Impish" on here?(/where can I read it?!)

    Awww, don't lose hope <3 And if those three don't take it, they'll just be missing out! You never know when a new opportunity will show itself. And WOW, 24,243 words!? That is INCREDIBLE. So glad CWW has been spurring you on! (and that I got to meet you <3)

    So about this tag challenge…(which sounds totally fun!) is it something you do on your individual blog, and then other people make a post replying to it on their blogs? Also, (total newb here XD) how do you tag people and how do they know that they've been tagged? Mostly just asking out of curiosity/future reference because, while I do technically have a blog, I couldn't figure it out for the life of me, and didn't have the time to try. (though that IS one of my goals for this year πŸ˜€ )

    And since I am currently blogless, am I allowed to spam you with my answers to all those questions here, or shall I save them for when I eventually have a suitable place to put them? πŸ™‚

    • Issabelle

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! Aww, I’m just SUPER HAPPY to hear all of this!!!!!! And I am SOOO HAPPY that you found TWN!!!!!! It’s gonna be just AWESOME having you around!!!!!!!!! Wow 1:27 A.M???? I was probably asleep at the time this comment came through. XD YESSSS!!!!!!!!! I’m EVEN MORE HAPPY now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33 No, I couldn't have it published on a blog to enter it! But the contest I won will actually be putting it into an anthology with other teens short stories that will be available on Amazon in I think March. (???) But I'm just OVERLY HAPPY to know you'd actually wanna read it!!!!!!!!!! That means a LOT!!!!!

      I shall try my absolute hardest not to. <33 I'm not entirely sure about that but I'm HAPPY to know you've got that much faith in my story!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! That's actually VERY true!!!!! I'm gonna try to remind myself of that!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!! But I think now I've lost all mental brain power. XD I'm gonna try to finish out CWW strong but I'm already slowing down a little bit! Me too!!!! CWW has been one of the best things that's happened this week (and getting to meet you of course!!!!!!!!!) I'm really happy I joined in and am TOTALLY gonna be joining in for the next round. Do you know when that is?

      YESS!!!! I'm happy to hear!!!!!! Yes, you do it on your individual blogs. I created it then I tagged bloggers who can make a post on their blog, link back to my post, and then tag other people and so forth and so forth!!! You can do that in one of two ways. Some people will comment on that person's blog telling them they've been tagged and giving them a link to the post. When I tagged these bloggers I gave the link to their latest post for them to get a pingback which lets them know they've been tagged. Does that make sense? Oooh, that's COOL that you have a blog!!!!!! When you get it all worked out, I'd LOVE to see it!!!!!!!!!!! (You go!!!!!!!!!!)

      Oh, YESS!!!!! Spam it all you want!!!!!! XD I'd LOVE to read your answers!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Katherine

    Awesome tag, Issabelle! I love it!❀️ And great questions! I love all the graphics!!!! Roden is a really cool character. And the quote you used on Saber’s graphic was amazing!!!!!! I really wanna read Fairly Impish!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait till it’s published in the anthology! Also that gif of Sulley is one of my favorite gifs EVER! πŸ™‚ Things are going good in my writing since I joined a writing competition last week.

    Okay, here’s my answers to the questions:
    1. I don’t have a favorite. Plz don’t make me choose.😁
    2. Maybe Tobias? Honestly. I don’t know I would have to really think about it.
    3. My answer here is similar to yours. Yes, he told me about it but I didn’t read the book until you went on and on about how much you loved it. Thank you, Is, for getting me to read TFP!πŸ˜ƒ
    4. Conner. I can handle that guy. (I think πŸ˜‰ )
    5. Sage has so many sassy moments it’s so hard to choose. But here’s one I just love:
    “‘One of our newer recruits got into some trouble near here. He told us about you.’ ‘He told us about you too. Though your recruit didn’t get the description of your odor quite right. He said it was similar to a skunk’s but I think that’s unkind to the skunk.'” 🀣
    And here’s another one:
    “‘And if you try to hide, we’ll take the people you love and punish them for your cowardice. I know exactly whose death would hurt you most.’ ‘Maybe that’s your death,’ I said. ‘Why don’t you go ahead and punish yourself right now?'” 🀣
    Annddd here’s another one:
    “I stared up at him through the parts of my hair. ‘What are you wanting me for, Conner?’ ‘You’ll address me as Sir or Master Conner.’ ‘What are you wanting me for Sir Master Conner?'” 🀣
    6. Amarinda. And I guess I do need more Mott.
    7. Uh . . . I know that there are short stories for The Ascendance Series on Jennifer Nielsen’s blog.

    • Issabelle

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roden is pretty great! He’s not one of my top five favs but I do REALLY like him!!!!! Me neither! It’s gonna be EPIC!! Haha, it’s a pretty great GIF!! YESS!!!!!!!!! WRITERS UNITE!!!! I’m gonna ignore the fact that I already knew that ’cause we’re in the same writing competition.

      GREAT ANSWERS!!!!!!! I LOVED your sassy moments of Sage!!! He’s a LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!! XD AND YESSS TO MORE AMARINDA AND MOTT!!!!!! I’m sooo glad I got you into reading the series too!!!!!!

  • Mary

    ISSABELLLLEEEEEEEE!!! YOU DID IT. YOU MADE THE TAG *dies of happiness*
    I love these questions!!!! Ahh thanks for tagging me, I will most definitely be doing this!!
    Also CONGRATS on winning with your writing!!! *showers you with lots of chocolate* Also your collages are GORGEOUS! 😱 😍

    • Issabelle

      MARYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESS!!!!! I TOTALLY DID IT!!!!!! *pumps fist in the air* *dies of happiness with you* XD WHOOOOO!!!!! I’m SOOOOO HAPPY to hear that!!!!!! You’re VERY WELCOME!!!!! *tips top hat* WHOOO!!!! That’s AWESOME!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR ANSWERS!!! Aww, THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!!! *grabs ALL the chocolate and hides it from my family* XD Aww, THANK YOU!!!!!!! I’m happy to know you think so!!!! 😍

  • Kristianne

    I’ve never heard of The False Prince before, but now I want to read it!! And that’s awesome that your story won in the contest! I’m so happy for you! It sounds really interesting, and I would love to read it!!

    • Issabelle

      *gasp* YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF IT!!!!!???? 😱 Nah, I’m just messing with you!!! I get a little crazy when we’re talking about it. XD 🀣 YESSS!!!!!! Now that you wanna read it I’d say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH, KRISTIANNE!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’m SOOOOOOOO HAPPY to hear that!!!!!! THANK YOU for commenting!!!!!!! <33 <33

  • Trixie

    <3 <3
    I would definitely like to read fairly impish!!
    As soon as I am done typing this comment I will add the shadow throne and the false prince and the highest spots on my TBR!!!
    <3 <3

    • Issabelle

      <33 <33
      WHOOOO!!!!!!!!! That's AWESOME!!!!!! I'm SUPER HAPPY to hear this!!!!! *tosses out confetti* <33
      AWESOME!!! You go, girl!!!! Add those books to the very top of your TBR!!! You won't regret reading them!!!!! Though, just so ya know, The Shadow Throne is the third book in the series! I recommend reading The Runaway King first, it's the second after The False Prince. Wow, that came out really confusing. XD Anyway, if you read them and enjoy it TOTALLY LEMME KNOW!!!!!!!!! I LOVE fangirling about this series with others!!!!! <33

  • Lily

    Hi Issabelle!! (Happy *late* New Years!) Sorry if I’m late; been busy too πŸ™‚ How have you been? How were your holidays? (Christmas and New Year’s?)

    CONGRATS on your short story!!! That’s so exciting! Did you scream and jump up and down with excitement when you got the news? It’s piqued my interest.

    And over 24,000 words?! That’s impressive.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tag with us! It’s super fun (and as for me, I think all four books have to be Sage’s sassiest moments; I mean, it’s so hard to pick just one…. or a hundred XD). And I’d totally be up for spending the day with Connor instead of Cregan (in fact, could I skip both and just hang out with Mott? ….please?)

    Alright, I’m off to check out Ch. Four of What Lay Beyond the Woods; so I’ll be seeing you soon πŸ˜‰

    • Issabelle

      HEEEELLLLLOOOOOOO, LILY!!!!!!!!!! (HAPPY *late* NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO!!!!!!!!!) Nah, you’re good!!! I’ve been doing REALLY GREAT!!!! Busy writing, but it’s all been fun!! How ’bout you? Any interesting writing news? They were AWESOME!!!!! I wrote and read a bit!!!! I hope yours were AMAZING also!!!!!!!! Also, remember when you were telling me about Kingdom’s Pen? Well, I joined their forum over Christmas break!!! That was actually AWESOME!! So, THANK YOU again for telling me about it!!!!!!! (Or well, you actually told Colin, but you get the point! XD)

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!! I honestly thought I would, but instead I just stared at the email, completely speechless. I had to reread it to make sure it said what I thought it said. And then I tried to tell everyone but all that came out was like “Guys – guys” You know?! I really didn’t think I’d win!!!!!!!!

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!! My brain’s basically shut down! I’m gonna take a day or two to rest and then try to get more written in my new story!!!!

      Aww, you’re welcome!!! THANK YOU For reading!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! Haha, I have to agree with you on that one!!!! He’s just DA BEST IN EVERY SINGLE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESS!!!! SAME!!!!!1 Conner I can handle! Cregan? Eh, we don’t go there. XD (YESS A HUNDRED TIMES!!!!!! Let’s skip both of them and just go hang with Mott!!!!!!!!!!!)

      WHOOOO!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alrighty!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

      • Lily

        Yay! I’ve been doing good; holidays were low key and perfect. I’m close to graduating from college writing courses (double yay!). I’m so glad you enjoy Kingdom Pen! (I also recently signed up for their forum; I know, you’re thinking *really? what took so long?!* Long story short, I was involved in a different forum, because they had an MG writing group; since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to give Kingdom Pen a try next.) So, I’ll probably see you around there too.

        You’re so welcome! Hope you get some rest! πŸ™‚

        • Issabelle

          THAT’S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Same here for the most part!!!! Ooooh, really? THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!! WHOOOO!!!! You go, gurl!!!!!! *pumps fist in the air* *throws out party streamers* *hands you chocolate* Me too!!! It has been just AWESOME!!!!!! (Ooooh, that’s cool!!! LOL!!! Yea, I was wondering that! XD Aaah, that makes sense!) Yep!!! I’ll be keeping my eye out for a Lily!!!! <33

          <33 THANK YOU!!!!!! Me too!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Alexa

    Ooh! Last night, I was thinking about how awesome it was that you had already written queries and sent in your manuscript for Into the Lamp and I had a suggestion for a post that you could do! Could you do a post on your journey a bit through that? I feel like it would help a lot of teen writers who are a bit puzzled about that part, but this is totally just a suggestion!

    • Issabelle

      Ooooh, that is a G E N I U S post idea!!!!!!!! I think that would TOTALLY help a lot of teens who are wondering how that process goes!!! I will ABSOLUTELY look into doing a post on that one!!!!! I’ll try to get to it in Feb!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for the idea!!!!!!!!!! <33 <33

  • JadeSky

    Ooh, thanks for the tag! I read up to Book 2 in the False Prince series but will definitely consider checking the rest out again. Ahhh, that’s so great. Congrats on your win! (Is there any place where I might be able to read this winning short story, by any chance?) Awesome post.

    • Issabelle

      You’re welcome!!!!!! AAAHHH, Girl, you’ve gotta at least read #3, IT’S MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33 THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!! Yea, I shoulda explained all of this in the post. *facepalm* Actually, what's SUPER AWESOME is that it's gonna be published in an anthology with other teens short stories! I'm getting ready to start going through about 2-3 rounds of edits with an editor and then in March (I'm thinking the 3rd) it'll be available to purchase on Amazon!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Allie Jo Andersen

    Thank you so much for the tag, Issabelle!!! This is going to be so fun!!! πŸ˜€ I love your answers!! Your graphics are awesome!!! πŸ™‚

    Oh my word!!!!!! CONGRATS on being one of the winners!!!!!! I will be emailing you with all the questions about this very shortly haha!!! πŸ˜‰ XD Woohoo, I am just so excited for you, Issabelle!!!!!

    • Issabelle

      You’re VERY welcome, Allie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOO!!!!!! YESSS!!!!! I hope so!!! <33 Aww, that's AWESOME!!!!! THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!! <33 <33 You wouldn't believe how many hours it can take me to make one. πŸ˜‰

      THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haha, oh, yes, please do!!!!! πŸ˜‰ YAY!!! I'm sooo happy with how excited you are!!!! It makes me even more excited! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! <33

      • Allie Jo Andersen

        Yes I can tell it will!! πŸ˜‰

        You’re so very welcome!!! Haha, yay I’m glad to hear that made you more excited!!! Haha, honestly when I read that you were one of the winners I got as excited about it as if I had won! πŸ˜‚ Actually, I think I’m more excited for you than if I had won. πŸ˜ƒ Your hard work had paid off, Issabelle!!!! Awesome job!!!! I definitely would want to read the story!!!

        • Issabelle

          WHOOOO!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

          YEA!!!!! Haha, really? Wow, that’s AWESOME!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness, girl, you’re just TOO SWEET!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! Aww, I hope so!!!! I seriously can’t believe I won and all, it’s the first time ever my writing has ever won anything besides a bunch of rejections. XD THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOO!!!!!!!! That’s AWESOME especially ’cause I kind of left out the part that it’s gonna be published. *facepalm*

  • Jen

    Awesome tag!!! And I have something super exciting to tell you, I JUST PUT ALL FOUR BOOKS ON HOLD AT MY LIBRARY!!!

    Oh my goodness, Issabelle! You won? CONGRATS!!!!!!!! *sets of Gandalf worthy fireworks that explode in a cloud of confetti and gives you ginormous celebration cake* And awk! Those graphics! So pretty and I’m dying to read this story! I am SO excited for you! YOU WON!!! <333

    Ooohhh, writing, eheheh…. heh…. yeah, I took a tiny break…. that has now lasted longer than intended. XD I think I'll make The Ascendance Series my reward for writing a few chapters. πŸ˜‰ Oh! But Feyden, (from Roses, Thorns, and Curses) he is very quickly stealing the spotlight, and I'm loving it! XD

    • Issabelle

      THANK YOU! WHAT??!! *gasp* THAT IS LITERALLY THE BEST NEWS I’VE HEARD ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’m soooo excited for you to read them! Oh, you’ve gotta tell me EVERYTHING you think when you finish!!! EEEKK!!!! *jumping up and down*

      Yea, I’ve been pretty much in denial since I’ve found out. XD THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! *gazes at the Gandalf worth fireworks, dances in the confetti, and eats all of the cake* THANK YOU!!!!! I’m smiling sooo hard right now!!!! Really? WHOOO!!!!!! That’s AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, GIRL!!!!!!!!! And THANKS A TON for all of your encouraging support!! I probably wouldn’t be here right now without you!! <33

      Haha, that's okay, though! Sometimes we need those kinds of breaks! I was supposed to only take a couple days off in writing which has started to become an entire week. Oooh, YEA!!!! That'd be the GREATEST REWARD EVER!!!!!!! Now I'm gonna end up making sure you write so you can read the Ascendance Series!! *chanting* WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!! *waving pom poms* *gasp* He IS!! WHOOOO!!! Goooo Feyden!!! I've always liked that character, so this is EPIC news!!!!

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