The First Draft of Anything

Welcome to my literary adventures!

Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson

This is the second book in the series about Disney world l inherited from my new husband. l apologize that it has taken so long for me to update my blog with an actual book review. Hopefully you enjoy my review, and I should be back to posting fairly regularly now that the school semester is nearly over. If you want to check out Disney at Dawn, you can do so here.

Rating: [3/5]

Summary: The Kingdom Keepers are back to save Disney World from the evil Overtakers. Having recently escaped, Maleficent has copied the DHI server in order to make her own army of holograms, in addition to kidnapping Jez. Finn and the crew must find and destroy the second server and save Jez, or else they’ll be trapped as holograms in the park forever.

Likes: I love all of the Disney references and how packed the book is with information. You can definitely tell how much research the author put into the book. I also liked the plot, as I feel that it was always moving. Even though it seems predictable at times, it always twists right at the end in a surprising way.

Dislikes: The author changed or contradicted character information from the previous book. I think that’s because he wasn’t expecting turning it into a series, but it was still jarring for me as a reader. Some of the dialogue felt a little forced or too childish. I felt like the author was a little flat in regards to character development, especially his female characters.

TL;DR: This book is a fun read if you’re looking for something fast-paced and action-packed and has a lot of neat Disney facts and references, even if the writing leaves a little to be desired. I would recommend it to people interested in Disney or who like plot-driven books.

Writing Wisdom

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

Writing Wisdom

“If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.”

~Elaine Liner

Writing Wisdom

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”

~Joseph Heller

Writing Wisdom

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

~Kurt Vonnegut

Writing Wisdom

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

~Frank Herbert

Writing Wisdom

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”

~Neil Gaiman

Writing Wisdom

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

~Jack London

Writing Wisdom

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wedding Bells (A Little Late…)


My bouquet. My grandmother’s brooch is pinned to it as my Something Old.

So, as I have mentioned before in previous posts, I got married back in November. I can say with all honesty that my husband is my best friend. In fact, we’ve been best friends essentially since the first day we met, back in August of 2012. Let me just say that it is basically the most fun thing in the world to be married to your best friend.


The cake.


We had a really small ceremony of around 30 people. We didn’t even have a wedding party. Our officiant was actually my old pastor from when I was growing up. He and his family moved to Africa when I was around 16 to become missionaries, and he just happened to be back in town fundraising when we were planning on getting married.


His ring.


My ring.

I wore my mom’s wedding dress and we got a little Italian place down the street to cater. Our cake was two tiers, red velvet and lemon. They’re my and his favorite flavors, respectively. The flowers were very important to me, since I used to be a florist. I got a bouquet of red gerberas, white roses, hypericum, and various sorts of greenery. And, since my name is Saffyre, both of our rings have sapphires in them. It’s cheesy, I know. And, believe it or not, that was my husband’s idea.


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