Top Fives from 2015

I’m taking a break from the usual world-building info, book reviews, and story bits to summarize this year. A ton has happened to this little blog, and even though I’m one of those perfectionists who are always striving to be better, sometimes it’s good to look back and rejoice in the past as well.

Top Fives in 2015

Media (books, movies, television shows – purely personal taste, please check out my book reviews for many other worthy reads)

  • Jupiter Ascending – yes, it’s a mess. But it is a creative mess that dared to use a female main character and nailed her motivations (and side-stepped the typical tough-girl or super-shrieky damsel in distress).
  • Zero World – definitely some flaws, but I loved reading a strong male and female dual-protagonist story.
  • Beggar Magic – entirely, perfectly charming – I’m a huge sucker for fairy tales told with simplicity and intelligence.
  • Inside Out – Pixar, you did it again. And I cried. Two tears. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, pigs will fly next.
  • Wayward Pines – proof that as long as you let M. Night Shyamalan behind the camera, but have someone else write the script, things do work out.



  • How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle
  • Ghost – Ella Henderson
  • Wexford Carol – Traditional Irish Carol
  • Hope of Morning – Icon for Hire
  • Fight Song/Amazing Grace – The Piano Guys

Places Visited


Food Eaten

  • Sheetz tator tots with garlic sauce (tator tots are one of my favorite food groups)
  • Roast duck (awesome Christmas dinner)
  • Cheese curds (we need to have these more in the US)
  • Brussel sprouts (roasted in bacon fat, and once roasted in duck fat)
  • Taco spring rolls (seriously, you need to make these sometime, if possible)
From “A Dash of Sanity”

Writing Landmarks


Praise God for an awesome year! There were definitely some steep learning curves and some low points, but I’m grateful for the time. Please feel free to comment below with any of your “Fives” from the year — or link to your blog post of year-end highlights! I love reading them!


5 thoughts on “Top Fives from 2015

  1. Sounds awesome! Probably my top writing-related highlight was going to a writing conference and getting positive feedback from Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), an author I hugely admire. At that same conference getting a request for my book proposal from a top-rated agent also rates high on the list….low-light being that she hasn’t asked to see more.

    1. That is awesome! What an encouraging experience. Sadness about the agent not getting back to you, but that seems to be par for the course sometimes. Gotta keep trying in 2016. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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