Month in Review | July 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hello, blogging world and friends. How has July been for you? We're a full month into summer (in terms of the calendar's official proclamation) and hours away from welcoming August 2016. Goodness. Back to school sales are headlining the flyers and with it another round of hot and humid air is promised in the Midwest. Needless to say, most of us are poised to soak up those final days and rays of summer. 
Thanks to you all, Finding Wonderland enjoyed another great month (shout-out to everyone who visited this past Wednesday when we had a really good day... thank you), and with another month’s close, another “month in review” is ready.
Let’s take a look. 
…..Favorites from July 2016…..

1. Blogging 101 | The series finally got started. If you have any feedback, questions or want to read the posts, you can find a handy "landing" page located in the site's menu (above) or you can search the 'Blogging 101' tag.
2. Finding Wonderland | August marks a blogoversary for this space, so we're celebrating this year. Though this is unusual, I thought it'd be fun plus giveaways are in the works. Stay tuned. One or two of them might pop up later in the week.
3. Gilmore Girls | YAY! Gilmore Girls news. November, here we come.
4. Instagram #BookChallenge | Participated in my first Instagram  (@Rissi006)#Bookstagram challenge, and how much fun was it!? Thanks to Emilie of Create Explore Read for the creative challenge. I enjoyed it not only as a creative outlet, but a chance to see some beautiful new IG accounts. Also, all I have to say is, thank goodness for editing software! Otherwise, my hand would have crept into a few too many of these shots. *wink*
Have you ever joined an IG challenge?
5. Sherlock | That's right, the four season teaser dropped at Comic-Con this past month. Who else is beyond excited!? It looks amazing. Enough said.
6. Zootopia | Finally saw Disney's latest animated gem. #CutenessOverload
…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, were fun to write)
1. Five Magic Spindles - Sleeping Beauty, Re-Told | I had the pleasure of reviewing this novella collection thanks to one of the five authors (Rachel Koviciny) and each story was a delight from opening page to ending word.
Rachel's novella (The Man on the Buckskin Horse) was especially inventive and every page was precisely her; the love she has for westerns and vintage things was perfectly driven home in each plot and word. Well done, Rachel. 
…..Monthly Popular Posts (July 2016)…..
…..Popular Posts the Week of July 24th - July 31st…..
…..Books Read | July 2016…..
…..Around the Interwebs….. 
Silver Petticoat:  As usual, another fun month was had over on Silver Petticoat. It was a slower month in terms of the amount contributed, but no matter. I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As I always do. Let’s take a quick look at what I’ve reviewed or contributed.
Articles and Lists | I was able to preview Summer (July-September) at the box office - lots of period drama bliss on the list. My most recent contribution was a list of 10 Memorable and Romantic Film Proposals (period drama list to come) and of course, I loved every second of this "work" related task.
Film and TV Reviews | Aussie mystery series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries are as clever as they are well acted and produced; The 40s classic romcom is on full display in Deanna Durbin's (if you like classic film, and have never seen any of her films, they're worth the extra effort to track down) His Butler's Sister; If you can believe it, I'd never seen Serendipity, so I turned that into an opportunity to review it; finally I also reviewed Kerstin Gier's popular novel, Ruby Red in Silver Petticoat's YA Tower.
TV Recaps | None this month! We'll see what the fall TV season brings. What would you most list to see recapped?
As always, thanks to the editors of Silver Petticoat and my fellow contributors! Working with you all is always fun.
That’s an end to the month here at #FindingWonderlandBlog. What was your bookish, blogging or life like this past month? Did you discover any new (and amazing) authors or reads? How about new bloggers? Or must-try new finds? Comment down below with your thoughts! As always, I’d love to chat with you.  
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

Zootopia (2016) – Disney’s Colorful Gang of Lovable Characters

Friday, July 29, 2016

Spying a review of an animated motion picture here is unusual to say the least. However I recently watched the much raved about Disney Studios film, Zootopia and as I couldn’t resist an opportunity to chat it up, today’s review happened. 

Being anything you want is Judy Hopp’s motto. She believes no matter your heritage with a little moxy and determination, you can become anything. This is why, despite her family being gardeners (specifically carrot farmers), Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) let’s nothing deter her from the police academy. She wants to help people, and being a cop is the way she chooses to do this. Graduating at the top of her class, Judy becomes the first rabbit to wear a badge, and with an idealistic attitude, she leaves for the great unknown: Zootopia.

The large metropolitan world of Zootopia isn’t kind to Judy. Her excitement quickly deflates when she’s belittled by her boss who assigns her to parking duty. Eventually two things happen that change Judy’s life. First she meets Nick (voiced by Jason Bateman), a fox who is all about the “hustle” and second, she stumbles onto a kidnapping case with grave ramifications. 

No matter your personal feelings on Disney’s conglomerate, one thing they do well is the business of movie magic. This recent gem is no different. Zootopia is the kind of film that’s a delight from opening credits to closing titles. Its target age may be the younger crowd although I was anything except bored during its colorful 90+ minutes. I was giggling over the adorableness and (appropriate) dramatics before ten minutes were gone. This said, there are some “issues” I would argue with it about.  
Unfortunately, I felt like the writer’s pushed their PC agenda overmuch. Politics were subtly woven into the script which for me, lessened what otherwise might be been the perfect animated film. (To say nothing of the fact I felt they didn't have a place in this film.) As a viewer, I understand this was the story’s message however it came across as overstated and therefor lacked being endearing. Let me be clear, I don’t necessarily disagree with the smaller scope of this film’s message. What I do disagree with is the way in which they try to impress it upon society. Explaining it more thoroughly might not be something I have the words for and would likely not come across as I’d like it too, so I’ll leave it at that.

Beyond these complaints, minor though they are in comparison to the larger picture, Zootopia is 100% pure sunshine. I loved its characters, its whodunit mystery and the sleuthing that results from this as well as the entire look of the film (one of my favorite scenes involves Judy riding the subway into Zootopia). It goes from sweet and innocent child-like to intelligent storytelling that somehow remains charming in its innocent bubble of joy. The vocal talents are wonderful and also include Bonnie Hunt, Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, and cameos from Kristen Bell and Josh Dallas (Ginnifer's husband). Plus its theme song (recorded by Shakira) is a toe-tapping delight that’s a story onto itself. 
The comedy of the story is brilliant. I liked the tongue-in-cheek fragments, the nuances of which were added for the delight of adults (though the humor isn’t tawdry). I loved Judy’s optimism and ensconced beliefs to do whatever it takes to right a wrong. The strong (and playful) friendship between its lead characters is also endearing. At the end of the day if animated films are your jam, watching this darling film is something you shouldn’t miss out on experiencing. Zootopia is quite surprisingly a spot of magic in its own way. Or in other words, hashtag cuteness overload!  
Content: There’s a few instances of innuendo in the script including an instance when Judy is embarrassed to discover her investigation led her to a nude society. (The scene depicts animals of varying size and species “in the nude.”) The film earned a PG rating.

Romantic Comedy Bliss | 10 Memorable Proposals in Cinema

Thursday, July 28, 2016

No matter the genre, cinematic kryptonite for me are the swoony romantic nuances that accompany a story. Or at least this is true if you’re a romantic such as myself (when it comes to my fictional pursuits). This is why I began pondering the romantic proposals in the films that sweep us off our feet, although not all of these proposals end in happily ever after.

LIST Period Drama Bliss | 14 Memorable and Swoony Proposals in Costume Drama

Today, we’re looking only at memorable film proposals from the box office. This means that while research went into putting this together, this list isn’t all-inclusive for the following reason: My scattered brain has plans for a period drama list which excludes (for the time being) any of the swoon-worthy proposals reenacted from classic literature (Pride and Prejudice) will come later…

Read the list in its entirety on Silver Petticoat →

PS: In the meantime, enjoy the following photos as a tease of what's on this list!

Curious about the final four on this list? Head over to Silver Petticoat to read the list in its entirety! Continue Reading ➔

How many of these can you identify by their photo alone? What film proposals rank as your favorites? I’d love to chat with you all about these scenes (or films): Agree? Disagree? Share in the comment section! 

Blogging 101 | Of Memes and Widgets, Helpful Tips and Tools

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last week, I published an introduction to what I hoped would be a fun collaborative series. I had hopes of this being a series that allowed me to work with some of the blogger’s I admire most and also give you, the reader, a chance to ask any queries you might be curious to know more about or offer your feedback as a reader in this blogging world.
(If you read the introduction post, feel free to refer to it and ask your questions.)
Today, the first post from that series is here. In getting started, I’m going for easy considering the post is more about simple tools or helpful ideas you might use or benefit from in the blogging world. One of the questions a reader asked was whether or not we had any helpful widget tools or tips about a new link up series they have in-the-words.
This leads me to today’s useful tool option a blogger can make use of: a link-up widget.
Helpful Blogging Tool, the Link-up Widget | One of the most convenient and easiest ways to encourage participation in a new series is to make it a link-up series (which we’ll discuss more about later down the page). One of the best ways for you as the organizer and the participants to enjoy organization is making use of a link-up widget tool. Here are three options.
Inlinkz | Although it’s super user-friendly (yay for user friendly interfaces!), sadly many of this widgets features are primarily only for those of us willing to put a little money into our blog. There is a free trial period, and after that, it gets a bit pricey. It can be as low as $3 a month, which is relatively inexpensive or for a “business” blog, 20/month.

If you don’t plan on hosting a meme every month or weekly, the costs will add up. If this is the case, perhaps making use of the service on an as-needed basis is an option. Unless I’m missing something, nearly everything outside of the trial period will cost.
Mister Linky | This link up tool is super simple. There is a free option, but from my research, you’re limited to only one option unless you upgrade. The least expensive upgrade is the “silver” package that’s 5/year, which isn’t bad. The gold prices at 10/year and platinum at 20/year.
You can read more about the specifics of the upgrades on the website. The Mister Linky code would look something like this:
Simply Linked | This is a free tool for bloggers, but for some reason the widget hates me. I used it with success once or twice in my early blogging days and since then have been unable to successfully master its intricacies.
How about you: Have you discovered a helpful widget tool for those of us looking for a link-up option? Share your thoughts down below if you have!
Memes | Creating and joining Memes While we’re on the subject of link-up widgets, let’s move into “part two” of this post. Typically link-up widgets are required for memes.
What is a meme? In the blogging world, a meme is a series that a blogger hosts monthly, bi-weekly or weekly. Some of the more popular book blogger memes is Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Broke and Bookish and Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. If you have a fun or clever idea for a meme, go for it. It’s definitely a fun way to create a stir in the blogging world.
Bonus tip (we’ll talk more about stats and readership at a later date if there's interest): a meme's  purpose is multi-fold. It also brings you new readers and allows you to interact with bloggers you might not have otherwise met.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland
Disclosure: this series was created with you, the reader, in mind. The tips myself and the contributing bloggers have shared aren’t the only methods on “how to” blog. They’re simply a collection of helpful ideas and tips that we’ve found useful. We’re still learning to, and look forward to learning more through this series.

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof - An Authentic Fairytale

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

About the Book:
Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Mason Jar Books
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
Find the Review elsewhere:
Amazon ǀ Goodreads | Wordpress
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Amazon ǀ Barnes & Noble ǀ Goodreads
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sometimes a novel comes along that delights, enchants and entertains. Sometimes a novel comes along that disappoints and ends in disaster. And then, sometimes, a book comes along that couples only good things and leaves its readers speechless. One such novel is The Lady and the Lionheart. This is the kind of novel that left me nervous to attempt a review because it’s that good. But as I sit down to write out my thoughts in what I hope is a coherent manner, I am again flooded with memories (these few days later) of how memorable this story is.
Inside its pages we meet Ella Beckley, a young nurse caring for everyone save for the wounds scarring her own past. Into her life, the bigger-than-life Charlie Lionheart walks. Guarding not only secrets of his own – and eventually, his heart against Ella, Charlie has more than himself to protect against the threat physically scarring his life. Having traveled with the Big Top for as long as he can remember, meeting Ella opens Charlie’s eyes to their being more to life. But with their bruised hearts, first they have to discover healing and hope before each other. 
She swallowed the burn of tears, consumed with her love for him and the way it mixed with the heaviness of loss. Of shock and broken hopes. - Joanne Bischof
Each of the novels I have been privileged to read by Joanne has been like an intricate step into yesteryear. She has a beautiful way of spinning a tale that isn’t just about the narration it’s about telling a story. Believe me, there’s a difference. The Lady and the Lionheart is brimming with greater complexity than I anticipated probably because I didn’t read a description before I opened my Kindle app and simply began reading. The journey is all the more rewarding because of this. We’re not only invited into Ella and Charlie’s story but are beckoned inside their world which is full of wonder and mythical things. Set in the circus scene circa 1890, the enchantment of the setting is only the beginning. 

Within the author’s rich tapestry, a stage is set that gently prods out the best (and worst) of these characters. The result of this is always beautiful.  Fairytale enthusiasts will also be pleased to discover this is, at its heart, a romance that looks deeper and in many ways revisions the beloved Beauty and the Beast. Ella and Charlie’s journey is not only about the romance of their growing feelings, it’s about them becoming whole people as individuals, and seeking healing. Ella is searching for forgiveness she didn’t know she needed to give, and Charlie is searching for redemption he shouldn't have to seek. 
If you like historical fiction, they don’t come any more sincere or genuine than those penned by Joanne Bischof. The Lady and the Lionheart is a superb example of what it means to artfully craft fiction. It’s messy in its imperfections and allows its characters to breathe before they are reunited. Believe me, this heartbreak is worth it. Not only does this novel reward its characters, it rewards its readers, which is the greatest gift we can ask for. ❤ 

Synopsis: Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own. - Goodreads

Coming Next from Joanne Bischof, A Boy and Wild Horses: With his black and white landscapes celebrated beside those of the famous Ansel Adams, 21-year-old Ramsey Moss has more professional drive than most of his college classmates. Faring better behind the lens than in relationships, the west coaster believes it’s easier to capture the still earth than living things. But when a New York editor wants to contract him for a book of Southwest images—including the elusive wild mustang—Ramsey signs on the dotted line.

Having only spring break to complete the project, Ramsey is in over his head. Enter Sienna Walsh. The teen conservationist who skips prom to write articles on wildlife. With stage one Cerebral Palsy, exploring the California desert with the adventurer places Sienna face to face with her greatest limits. Yet it’s the very place she finds strength…and through that strength, Ramsey
will discover a horizon he would have otherwise missed.
– 2017   

Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

Review text is © Copyright 2011-2016 Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon),

Book Giveaway | Joanne Bischof's The Lady and the Lionheart

Hello, happy readers! Welcome to Finding Wonderland. If you're new here and stumbled across this blog through this giveaway, thanks so much for visiting. Next month marks five years in the blogging world for this blog. We're celebrating with some fun things like posts that offer some helpful tips on blogging, personal reflections on why I blog as I do, and of course, there are some fun giveaways in the works. (At least I hope they'll be fun!) Today, we're kicking off the string of giveaways early because I read the featured novel a week ago and haven't stopped thinking about it since.

Before we get the specific book giveaway stats (the details of the book, the perpetual pesky rules, etc.), let me just say this: if you like romantic, atmospheric historical novels that dig deeper, you'll want to read Joanne's latest novel. It's a stunner.


Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging fe 
at yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.
. – Goodreads
And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaways around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)

The giveaway(s) is open to all readers. The prize will be a Kindle copy, unless otherwise noted (U.S. readers might have a paperback option). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.
To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends August 1 (release day). Happy Rafflecopter-ing.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Let’s Learn Things

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hello, fellow book nerdigans and friends. Another week of blogging is kicking off with another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is an interesting one for sure. Figuring out which books to put on the list wasn’t the easiest of tasks because there are so many books out there, and so many I haven’t read. This means that trying to come up with titles that don’t repeat themselves (from prior Top Ten Tuesday topics) is a challenge.  

Some of these will be familiar from my earlier posts, but when one loves a book that much, do we really mind overhyping them? That’s the life of a book blogger, am I right? 
Broke and Bookish July 26th Topic 

 Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Let’s have a look at those books, shall we? 

Books Have Made Me Want to Learn 

1. Archery (inspired by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Avengers Hawkeye) | Books like The Hunger Games and The Avengers’ Hawkeye have made archery seem a skill that is as much about precision as it is control. Even Miramax’s 90s adaptation of Emma boasts a hilarious scene involved bows and arrows with Emma and Knightley.  

2. Code Breaking (inspired by Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown) | Would this be a practical skill? No, but it sure seemed interesting as seen through the eyes of Samantha Donaldson!  

3. Kick-Butt Lizzy Bennet and Col. Darcy Style (inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith) | The stylized fighting in this re-spun classic tale of love and misunderstandings wouldn’t be practical to my life, but it LOOKED cool. Who wouldn’t want to learn the art of sword wielding as practiced by Lizzy Bennet?  

4. Learn all things Parisian (inspired by Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) | Between Stephanie Perkins popular YA novel and the more recent One Paris Summer (which I’m only just starting), Paris is a fascinating fictional journey.  

Books Have Made Me Want to 

1. Own a Closest Full of Pretty Dresses (inspired by Once Upon a Prince or Kiera Cass’ ‘The Selection’ series) | Raiding the closet of a princess-in-the-making is on my bookish bucket list.

2. Own a Cozy Bookstore | This is inspired by dozens of stories. Everything from Hallmark Channel’s darling romcom Love By the Book to the “classic,” Beauty and the Beast. (Ok, I know Belle didn’t OWN a bookstore, but well, Beast has one heck of a library.) 

3. Solve a Mystery (inspired by Sarah Sundin’s ‘Waves of Freedom’ series) | It seems odd to say these novels feature “fun” mysteries to solve since the timeframe (WWII) was anything but a happy time. Nonetheless, Sarah someone makes them so while still honoring those who fought for our freedoms. Who wouldn’t want to play Nancy Drew for a day? 

4. Visit a Film or TV Set (inspired by Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan) | Since reading the adorable novel by Amy Finnegan, it seemed like it might be a fun idea to visit a film or TV set. Would I want to be a part of the world? Um, no. But visiting? Sure! I could enjoy that. 

5. Visit the Circus circa 1890 (inspired by The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof) | This novel is absolutely stunning. It’s not only a visually stunning story, the depth with which the author plunges into these characters lives is breathtaking. PS: if this sounds like a book you might enjoy, return later this week because there will be a review PLUS giveaway.| 

6. Visit 1920s England (inspired by the Drew Farthering Novels or Downton Abbey) | Who wouldn't want to visit England in this era? Especially if it'd involve meeting Drew Farthering or Lady Mary.

That’s it for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. What books, stories or films have inspired you to want to learn or do something? Are they exciting tasks or practical? Share your thoughts on this random collection of things or let me know what you’d like to learn or do after being inspired by a novel. I’d love to chat with you. 

As always, you’re welcome to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links. I make every effort to visit your blogs during the week, and love visiting old blogging friends and meeting new ones.  

Thank you so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

TV Teaser | He's Back

In looking through my Twitter feed (last night) and my dashboard this afternoon, I realize I am woefully behind among the Sherlock groupies. But, since a comic-con trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Sherlock (BBC TV show) is now out in the world, I couldn't resist sharing it here. Just in case you haven't expressed enough fangirl moments. Because if not, feel free to share them here.

Or if you simply want to relive the epicness of this fourth season (What!? Mrs. Hudson telling a person in her house to GET OUT!? Um, sassy) trailer, feel free. We all no this is a teaser worth reliving. Over and over.

We need something Sherlock related to keep us curious until 2017!

Blogging 101 | An Introduction and Ask the Blogger

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I’ve had an idea bubbling for a while now. The problem was I hadn’t sat down to put words to paper sharing said idea. My idea isn’t so much inventive as it is an event that will hopefully offer interested readers a chance to ask some questions, and my fellow blogging friends a chance to offer their expertise (and more importantly to me) while also allowing me to advertise their amazing creativeness. This leads us straight into the topic.  


Are you a new blogger? Are you considering blogging? Have you been away from blogging for an extended hiatus? What would you like to know or learn more about? I want to hear from you about blogging. Do you have any specific questions, thoughts or have you been looking for a how-to guide on something?  

Please, don’t be shy! Let us know.  

Is there a blogger you’d like to see featured or introduced to the world? You can share that too! Maybe they can be featured in our “Meet the Blogger” series.
Along with myself, I've asked some bloggers to join this series, which will hopefully allow for varying opinions (perspectives new to this blog), thoughts and tips on the blogger life.

Below I’ve created a form where you can comment and share anything you’d like to know about. The purpose of this is twofold. One being to open the conversation to those of you who might be curious about the behind-the-scenes helpful-hints-and-tips for would-be bloggers. The second because I would love to try and fill in some gaps if there's anything you're looking to see more of or learn about in this blogging world. It's because of you, the readers that Finding Wonderland is still in existence, and I'm grateful you continue to return.

The form will ask for your name/email, but this will only be used in the event we need to clarify what you’d like us to write about. 


As written about above, I’d like to open some sort of series that allows Finding Wonderland to collaborate with some of the bloggers I’ve met through this journey. One way that can happen is by gathering our collective advice and tips which we've learned through the (painful) exercise of "trial and error" in this thing called blogging.    

Some of you have already been contacted and are willing to join this series. To you, I say thank you. I’m anxious to see the interest/response, and hopefully the result will allow me to showcase your talents through this series.  

In short, this is an introduction/exploratory post. I’d love feedback, to see bloggers/readers share their ideas/pitch their article requests (below or in the form) and as a fellow blogger, if you have any thoughts, please don’t hesitate to share them. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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