The Pursuit of Friendliness

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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I've been reading like a wildfire lately, which doesn't leave much time for blogging, unfortunately. But I finished the book I was previously glued to last night (which isn't to say I don't have more books to follow) and thought it was about time I put something up here. This isn't much of a post - and for that, I do apologize - simply because of its nature. I hope to make for that sufficiently with what will follow.

It was Rachel Heffington who started a trend this time, I'm afraid. She mentioned, very truthfully, that as writers and bloggers we spend so much time discussing our current works-in-progress and the tips/tricks of the writing trade that we don't get so much time to knew each other as we would in person. The internet is tricksy like that. 

It's very hard to get to know a person through a blog alone (though I will say her writing should at least let you glimpse her heart). So, (hoping I don't trespass on your generosity here, Rachel!) here is the gist of things: instead of asking me questions on my books and writing processes, I'm opening up the forums for any sort of question. Let's get to know each other! Ask me whatever you will and I'll do my best to answer in the following post. I hope this will give you a much more realistic view of me: because to be honest, I am a good bit different in person than I let on here on the blog. Hopefully this will bridge that gap nicely.

And when we are finished, I would quite like if you would follow the trend! I'm a curious person in nature.


  1. Ooh, what are some of your favorite TV shows and movies? Do you like period dramas?

  2. So, do we get to ask our questions here in the comments?

  3. And as I did over on Rachel's blog, I shall give you a questionnaire for a comment. ;) Here goes...

    :: How long have you been dancing?

    :: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

    :: Do you attend a small, large, or somewhere-in-between dance school?

    :: What have you learned about yourself through blogging?

    :: Suppose you were offered a trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?

    :: Would you rather be a hobbit or an elf?

    :: How often do you have dance classes during a week? Do you take just ballet or another sort of dance as well?

    (So apparently lots of these questions concern dancing...)

    :: How often do you wear dresses/skirts rather than shorts/jeans?

    :: Is Bree Holloway your pen name or your real name?

    :: What made you decide to start blogging?

    :: Are you a competitive person?

    :: Do you wear glasses?

    (I'm asking rather random questions, aren't I?)

    :: If you could time travel to one previous point in history, where (or, I guess that question should be *when*) would you go?

    :: Your favorite childhood pastime?

    :: How often do you paint your nails?

    :: Have you ever played a sport (not speaking of ballet here)?

    Alright, I'm done. ;) Have a beautiful day!
    - emily

  4. :)) Hm....let's see.
    1. How many kids are there in your family and where are in the order?
    2. What's your favorite playlist/genre of music?
    3. Which country would be your first to visit?
    4. Are you a lots-of-best-friends person, or do you have only a select few who are real close?
    5. City or country? (I'm guessing city?....)

  5. ooh fun!

    1) ever been to NYC?

    2) if someone handed you a plane ticket to anywhere in the States, where would you go?
    (and I just realized that Emily and Sarah asked similar things....but mine is specific to the States, so it's special ;))

    3) do you sing?

    4) tea or coffee?

    5) what's your favorite item of clothing that you own?

    6) cats or dogs?

    7) If dogs are a man's best friend, what is girl's best friend?

    8) would you go skydiving?

    9) have you ever ridden on a boat?

    10) can you speak in a different accent than the one you have?

  6. 1. If you could have any classic/custom vehicle, what would it be? Do you prefer cars or trucks?

    2. Do you fish at all?

    3. In the Civil War, would you have backed the North or the South?

    4. Have you ever read Louis L'Amour?

    5. If you could run the U.S., what would be the first law you would pass/repeal?

  7. Okay, Bree. I'm sorry to ask you a question since there is so many listed above but I only have one.

    Who is older you or Lizzy? I was guessing you but in your last post you said you were 15 so I'm not as sure.


    and don't think you have to answer this if you think this is too personal but I think you said you live in the south, are you anywhere remotely close to TN? I'm just asking because its my home state!

  8. I am way behind all these posts, but late is better than never. So okay, here are a few questions I have for you, Bree darling! (I am copying out those questions with Rachel and Jenny too - I crave your pardon!)... time these days is of the essence ;).

    Have you read many biographies about the modern persecuted church and Christians in restricted nations? When I mean 'modern' I am referring to Christians throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first in classic biographies such as, 'Tortured for Christ' by Richard Wrumbrand, 'Pastor's Wife' by Sabina Wrumbrand, 'Through the Gates of Splendor' by Elizabeth Elliot, 'Selected to Live' by Johanna Ruth Dobschiner, 'Vanya: A True Story' by Myrna Grant, 'Elena, Strengthened Through Trials' by Harvey Yoder, 'The Hiding Place', 'Secret Believers' by Brother Andrew, etc? I was wondering because I personally have found great inspiration through the accounts of Christians in great sufferings in their fortitude and courage, and perhaps more than any other books, have had the greatest influence on my writing.

    How did you start blogging?

    Do you like being an early bird, or a night owl?

    Favorite YouTube channels?

    What do you do for daily Bible reading? What's your favorite Bible translation?

    If you had the chance to teleport yourself into one of your stories, which one would you pick?

    Are you claustrophobic or do you have a Fear of Heights?

    What are your favourite colours and colour combinations?

    Are you left-handed or right-handed?

    What are your music standards?

    What is your favourite novel by an author of the 1900s?

    Do you have a distinct time-frame memory of your Spiritual Conversion, or was it more of a gradual 'coming to the faith' and understanding of God's grace and salvation in Scripture from a young age like Titus?

    Did you watch The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and if so, how did you enjoy it?

    If you were to study at college, what would your choice of degree be: English Literature, History, Drama/Theatre, Creative Writing, Music, (or something completely different!)

    1. (I'll answer these here since the post is already up)
      1. I haven't read much modern theology, but this is something I'm working on remedying. I've read several intriguing accounts of Richard Wurmbrand (namely from The Voice of The Martyrs itself), but haven't fixated on any of his works yet. I hope to read some Dorothy Sayers sometime soon, so hopefully that counts for something.
      2. I started blogging because Elizabeth started blogging. My first blog was a cooking blog, then it morphed to fashion, and finally writing. I've had several adventures down the road...
      3. I prefer to get up early than stay up late, if that's what you mean. But often I find myself burning the candle at both ends.
      4. I don't use YouTube for much more than music, but there are a few beauty channels that I enjoy. (MissGlamourazzi, Tanya Burr, etc.) I also think Jim Chapman is a funny chap. ;)
      5. I am using an online devotional called "She Reads Truth." You can check it out here: As for Bible translations, I find NIV to be the most comfortable to read, though favorite translations really vary depending on the verse.
      6. Gumusservi, probably because it's the newest.
      7. Claustrophobic, most definitely. I have no fear of heights, though.
      8. Blue and yellow make a fun punch, as well as gold and black. Olive and baby pink are also nice together.
      9. I'm a lefty, and proud of the fact. ^_^
      10. Any music I enjoy and that does not contain language or anything I'd be uncomfortable with fits within the mark. And if I like the lyrics to the song, I won't necessarily like the song unless the music catches me as well.
      11. I've read few books written in that period; I did enjoy the Great Gatsby a good deal, though.
      12. I've been taught the Scriptures since childhood; therefore it was a gradual growing of faith more than anything.
      13. I have yet to see The Desolation of Smaug.
      14. If I went to college, it would be for the purpose of studying Graphic Design and Dance. Otherwise, I don't see myself heading that direction.


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