The Mystery Blogger Award

I am so excited to be doing the Mystery Blogger Award today!

Blogging awards and tags are so fun, right? Many thanks to Rachel of Joyful Creations for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! Be sure to check out Rachel’s lovely blog, Joyful Creations. She has lots of great posts! Now, onto the award…

The Rules Of The Mystery Blogger Award

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog (broke this rule for aesthetic reasons, haha).
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (I’m afraid that I couldn’t find the creator’s blog).
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people (I mighttt be breaking this rule too xD).
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Now it’s time for the questions!

Are you an early bird, night owl, or neither?

I would say that I am neither an early bird or a night owl. I have a hard time waking up early and staying up sometimes. I need my sleep to say the least. xD

What’s your favorite YouTube channel or blog?

I have lots of favorite blogs, but my favorite YouTube channel is Abbie Emmons’ YouTube channel (her blog is also great!). Abbie posts lots of good videos about writing; I highly recommend her channel! Click here to watch some of Abbie’s amazing videos.

Would you rather eat 3 bowls of ice cream or an entire bag of potato chips?

Three bowls of ice cream for sure! Ice cream is one of the greatest things EVER. Right now, vanilla ice cream with fruit compote sounds AMAZING.

If you could be a professional sports player/Olympian, what sport would you chose?

Gymnastics! I would love to be able to do all of the things that gymnasts can do, from the flips to the jumps to the amazing feats of strength and balance. But realistically, I think I’ll stick to writing. xD

What’s your favorite season?

I love every season for different reasons, but I think that my favorite season is autumn. Crisp weather, pumpkins, colorful leaves, Chai lattes, apples, flannels, sweaters, boots, cozying up with a book, campfires… Oh, I love autumn!

3 Things About Me

  1. I love anything with salted caramel and/or chocolate.
  2. While we’re talking about sweet things, I love to bake! I’ve baked things from croissants to macarons to layer cake, and there is still so much more that I want to make!
  3. I have Sears typewriter from 1977.

My Most Popular Post

My review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is my most popular post.

My Five Questions

  1. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  2. What is your favorite Disney movie?
  3. When and why did you start blogging?
  4. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  5. Who is someone that inspires you?

I Tag…

Elizabeth Anne of Stories and Sketches, Jem Jones, Jeanette of Only by Grace, Penny of Jane Austen’s Lightsaber, and YOU!!!!!

Come back next week for a tag about blogs!

What is one random fun fact about you?

My Friday Favorite Five

I’m starting a new blog series today: My Friday Favorite Five!

Basically, every once in a while (and on a Friday, of course) I’ll be sharing five of my favorite thing, from quotes, songs, recipes, and books to random little things like mugs of cocoa and colored pencils. ❤ Here we go….

ONE: Little Women Anything and Everything

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite books of all time. My lola took my sisters and I to see the new movie in theaters, and we loved it! IT IS SO GOOD GO WATCH IT (especially since it is now on digital!). Also, the soundtrack is the greatest to turn on while studying, folding laundry, or really just doing anything.

And I can’t not mention The Little Women Cookbook by Wine Moranville that my sister got me for my birthday. ❤ So far, I’ve made Jo’s gingerbread cake, milk toast, and Hannah’s turnovers.

TWO: Cozy Socks

The cozy socks from Old Navy (which are now no longer available :() are my FAVE. I have a bunch of them that I have stocked up on over these last couple winters. I wear them all the time, and they are so cozy and comfy!

THREE: Mechanical Pencils

I don’t think that I would be able to get through high school or even WRITE without mechanical pencils.

FOUR: Chai Lattes

I have a new obsession y’all: CHAI LATTES. Chai lattes, hot or iced, are DIVINE. I’ve been trying to make them at home, and they’re not as good as some I’ve had at coffee shops, but they satisfy my craving.

FIVE: These bits of truth.

“I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I do know who holds tomorrow.” -Unknown

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, for he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7

What are some of your favorite things right now?

Musings: Outside a Georgia Chipotle

It was outside a Georgia Chipotle on a grey day–a heavy, humid, sad-feeling one.

Dad was inside a nearby store grabbing something, and Mom stayed in the car with us kids. Naturally, as a six year old girl, I had enough curiosity to kill nine cats and then some. I stared out my car window at a homeless man and his dog across the parking lot. The man held a cardboard sign. I don’t remember what it said.

I watched, fascinated, as a man in a nice outfit–if my foggy memory allows me, it was a blue button-down shirt, tie, and slacks–came out of the Chipotle with a drink and a bag. I assumed that it was his lunch.

It wasn’t his lunch.

He walked right over to the homeless man and gave him the drink and lunch sack. 

“Why did that man give him his lunch?” I asked. Mom gave some answer about loving others and asked if I wanted to give the homeless man something. Frightened at the thought of approaching a stranger, I said no. Besides, he and his dog had a nice lunch now… Right?

Soon, Dad came back to the car and we drove away from the homeless man and his dog. It was a small thing from a long time ago, and yet all these years later, I can still remember.

I will never forget the man that gave that lunch away, because ever since then, he has inspired me to be like him.

Hope that you all are inspired by these musings of mine. Stay stellar, my friends! ❤

I Failed… And That’s Okay

I failed…. And that’s okay.

I had so many plans for this blog for 2020, plans that I shared with you all in this post. Included in all of those plans were plans for some fun posts this February talking about romance in fiction, as well as lots of other plans and ideas for later. And guys, I failed. I haven’t been able to keep up with any of those plans.

A friend once shared this with me: You can do anything, but not everything.

I’ve been trying to do everything. Because I’ve been so busy with high school, preparing for college, work, and life, I haven’t prioritized time to do things that I love: Write, read, and blog. Not doing this has been another failure of mine.

Part of this is because of the pressure that I have put on myself and my blog.

My blog used to be something that I LOVED to do. I loved putting together a post, adding some pictures, and answering comments. But recently, I started putting pressure on myself to be more “professional” and “put together.” I went from sharing my ramblings to trying to create structured posts that people would actually find “interesting.”

All of this takes more time and energy, and honestly, it made blogging less enjoyable to me. I miss sharing my random thoughts and little stories with you all.

So from now on…. I’m going to share more of my stories and more of what I want to write on this blog, not just what I think other people want to see.

I’m not going to be a perfect blogger, and that’s okay. I’m not going to be perfect as I navigate trying to juggle all of these exciting new aspects of my life and trying to keep my priorities straight. I’m going to fail even more, even in my new endeavors. But you know what?

It’s okay to fail sometimes. We’re all human. We’re all bound to fail in some way.

When we do fail, let us remember to give ourselves grace, get back up, and try again (maybe even in a different and better way).

And let us also take comfort and rest in the fact that we serve a God who loves us no matter how we fail, a God who will never ever fail us.

Maybe this is random and scattered (who am I kidding, it is!). But it’s something that I want to share with you all, in case anyone else feels anything like this. If you do, you’re not alone.

Hello, 2020!

Hello, 2020!

I’m a little late to be saying that, but better late than never, right? 🙂

As you all can probably see, Notebooks and Novels has gone through a few changes. For one, the platform is new! I switched from to (more on that in a later post). That means that the blog has a new look too.

I’m so excited for all that 2020 is going to bring!

I have some fun things planned for this blog and my Instagram account, @micaiahsaldana, this year. Here are a few things coming your way…

In February, I’ll be talking about all things romance in fiction on my blog! I’ll be talking about romance in YA and Christian fiction, recommending some good, clean romance novels, and giving some tips on crafting a good romance in your own stories.

I’m going to be creating some resources for young writers ages 8-12. I plan on making writing worksheets and posts that focus on the craft of storytelling geared towards young writers starting out in their writing journey. I’m very excited to be sharing this content with you all!

I’m going to host my first bookstagram challenge on Instagram this year! I don’t know when I’ll launch it, but I’m hoping sometime this spring.

Other fun things coming up include some recipes, mini book reviews, and more posts about faith!

2020 is going to be amazing.

I’m so blessed to have you all along for the journey!