My 13 Somethings for the Month of June

SUPRISE! I’m alive! Sorry ’bout the delay folks.

Ahh, June, what shall I say about thee?

Something Fun

Every June our church hosts VBS and every year my younger cousins stay at my grandma’s house, which is conveniently next door. They’re all around ten and eleven, which is the perfect age to pretend and oh did I have fun pretending with them. After a few days of playing, they may or may not have been yelling FOR NARNIA!
I am a great influence.



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Picture Post #1: Because I Can

Hey everyone!

I was planning on starting another Sam story series today, but the story is now officially longer than any I’ve written, so it’s not ready (story of my life, right?). In its place I have brought you pictures.

In the words of me, behold . 🙂

A smoke pipe thing on the top of my roof

Every so often I enjoy clambering through Hannah’s window onto the roof to do some writing.

One afternoon I was sitting up there with my laptop and thought to myself, “That smoke pipe thing would make a good subject! And the epic storm clouds would make a great background!”

The clouds started spitting on me a few minutes after I took my pictures, and, as you can imagine, the top of a house isn’t the best place to weather a storm.

I refused to leave and got an umbrella instead because I’m stubborn like that.Read More »

The Day My Sister (Accidently) Punched Me in the Face

Before you get the wrong impression, I have a fantastic sister.

She’s like a lost baby lion. She’s soft, loving, adorable, and innocent. She gives me hugs when I don’t want them and laughs at my antics. She’s willing to tell me the truth about pretty much anything and lets me rant to her about storytelling (which means a lot to a writer). In the end she’s the best older sister ever.

But baby lions, no matter how cute and lovable they are, still have claws.

My sister would never hurt me on purpose.

I take that back. She’d never hurt me outside of karate practice. During karate….

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You know You’re a Fiction Writer….

Good morning!

I’ve compiled a list of, well, I’m not sure what these are called.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

You know you’re a fiction writer…

1. When you either write so much you don’t read, or you read so much you don’t write. There is no in-between.

2. When you finish a book with terrible writing and must find someone who’ll listen to you rant about all its mistakes. This person often has no idea what you’re talking about, but listens anyway,

3. When you take pride in your weird Google searches,

4. When you passionately discuss character arcs, plot, story structure, etc. with just about anyone who asks (or doesn’t ask),

5. When you fangirl over good storytelling and (again) rant about it to that one immensely kind person who has no idea what you’re talking about but still listens,

6. When you have nightly internal  arguments discussing whether you should write down an idea you thought of or go to sleep and hope you remember it when you wake up,

7. When you forget that idea you told yourself you’d remember in the morning

8. When you’re addicted to online writing communities,

9. When half your Pinterest boards are story boards and the other half are fandom boards,

10. When you listen to obscure instrumentals,

11. When you write down snippets of conversations and consider stealing names from headstones,

12. When you write better than you speak,

14. When you really want to tell someone about the book you’re writing, but then don’t want to risk failing to communicate its full awesomeness to them,

15. When your own plot confuses you,

16. When you make random facial expressions while imagining a scene in your book,

17. When, after you make those facial expressions, you look around to make sure no one saw them,

18. When you can think about your book while doing anything (eating, driving, working, walking, and occasionally sleeping),

19. When you evaluate your reactions to strange, exciting, and even dangerous experiences because they could apply to your book,


20. When you’re accused of spending more time in a fake world than the real one, you know you’re a fiction writer.

I hope you enjoyed my list! Do you relate to any of them? If so, which ones?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Gabrielle Pollack (A.K.A. The Great Rising Puzzlement)


My 10 Somethings for the Month of May

May was a month of beginnings and ends, of surprises and new experiences. Out of all the months I’ve covered in my Somethings posts, this one might be the most filled with important happenings.

Something New

I was formally interviewed for a job for the first time! I was pretty nervous, to be honest, but it went well. Did I get the job? No, only because I would be missing orientation.

Something Fun

I had a graduation party! At first I was anxious about being a host (no, not to an alien parasite), but in the end I had a blast! I was overwhelmed with gratefulness at everyone’s support. My introverted self wanted to curl up in some obscure corner for a year after the party, but I still enjoyed myself.

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Hanging out with friends at the partyme

Something Achieved

I graduated High School! It’s strange; a huge part of my life is over, for good. Time to move on and be an adult! *less enthusiastically* Yay.Read More »

I Was Not Eaten By Whales (My Trip to New Hampshire)

Hey guys!

My family likes to travel. We’ve visited almost all fifty states. Now that my sister and I are older, however, our epic journeys are coming to a close, thanks to college and adulting. My family wanted to fit in at least one last hurrah, so we decided to head out to New Hampshire.
Mind you, I didn’t remember New Hampshire from our previous trip, excluding a few details. I didn’t know where we were going. I didn’t know what we’d be doing, other than whale watching and hiking. Despite my lack of knowledge, I gladly jumped in the car for the fifteen (and a half) hour drive, ready for an adventure with my family.

Get ready for a flood of pictures.

Day 1 (Sunday): Five Hours of Parvin Blackwater

After church and two grad parties, my family packed the car and headed out.Read More »