Monday, June 27, 2016

Millions That Will Never

Boy, I'm really loading you with blog posts this month, aren't I? Well, here's my excuses:
1) I've had these weird moments of inspiration late at night recently,
2) At least with this poem, it's something I've wanted to write a poem about for a long time, and
3) I've been trying to reach my quota of 100 words a day, and sometimes blog posts are easier to write than stories. Really.

But now onto why I wrote this particular poem.

Abortion. Millions of babies that are being killed every day. And so many people don't care.
I'm not one who will cry willy-nilly over movies or books who are trying to pull your emotional strings, but abortion gets me. Every. Single. Time.

So I wrote a poem to express what I feel when someone talks about Planned Parenthood or any other abortion system. Sure I feel angry at what they're doing, who wouldn't? But also I feel a sense of loss, and inexpressible sadness. So on that note now I give you:

Millions That Will Never:
Written by Rebekah Eddy

Millions of little eyes
That will never see
Dewdrops on roses
Or a giant tree.
 
Millions of little ears
That will never hear
Voices of loved ones
And those they hold dear.
 
Millions of little mouths
That will never speak
Sing, shout, and laugh,
Or cry when they're weak.
 
Millions of noses
That will never sniff
Home-baked, hot cookies
Or bleed from a biff.
 
Millions of little hands
That will never hold
Other precious babies
When they are old.
 
Millions of little lives
Are lost every day,
Murdered by humans
They don't have a say.
 
Those ones who kill them,
They all were born,
They too were babies
Small and forlorn.
 
Why aren't they grateful
For being alive,
And give all those babies
A chance to survive?
 
God cares for the millions,
He loves them all,
He carries those babies
Past heaven's wall.
 
Though millions won't see
What it's like here,
I can only imagine
Their life without fear.
 
It's tragic to see
Their precious lives lost,
But God's in control
And He knows the cost.
 
Those ones who take lives
And innocent souls
Will reap their reward
From all earthly goals.
 
God will not let
Their sins stay hid,
They'll surely pay
For all that they did.

But while we're here on earth
We speak for those
Who can't talk for themselves,
Who can't interpose.
 
We can fight for the millions,
We can stand strong,
We can tell all the others
That these babies belong!
 
So join in our battle,
For those millions need
People who love them
And who will intercede.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Novel Idea: Story Summeries

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Again, if you are interested in joining the link-up, go HERE for more information.

And now (drum-roll please)

*drum roll*

Thank you.

The Prompt:
What would the back cover of your novel say? Try to make it as intriguing as possible. Remember, this is all readers have when trying to decide if they’re going to read your book or not. Do the best you can to convince a hypothetical reader to pick up your book.
 
Actually, this prompt was a hard one for me. I have a hard time coming up with summaries. You may or may not have noticed that. ;) And again, I had a tough time narrowing down just WHICH book/story I would give you a summery of. So I ended up choosing three of my personal favorites that I'm working on right now.



 
Beyond the Galaxy:
Earth was a mess. After a nuclear World War III, the nations have finally united together under one ruler, but the population has dwindled down to mere thousands. However, the President of the United World had an idea. An idea to send hundreds of teens from around the world to planets who can support life. He and his space program ISEC (Intergalactic Space Exploration and Colonization) found enough planets to begin the idea and tests are taken to find teens who will keep the human race alive. These teens are called The Chosen.
Kyrin, a nineteen-year-old boy genius who has a head for figures and a natural leader to boot is one of The Chosen.
Laeli, a compassionate eighteen-year-old girl whose dream is to become a doctor and help everyone have better lives is also chosen.
Ovril, a fourteen-year-old girl who has a natural creative bend and loves making things beautiful and spicing up life with her crazy ideas is thrilled to be among The Chosen.
Destin and Fovil, brothers and boys who are used to having life on easy street, are not so thrilled to be chosen. Well, Destin isn't.
But, despite their various personalities and backgrounds, these teens are thrown together and have to learn how to live, work, and even fight together as they face an enemy to great for any one to take on alone.
And their enemy isn't going to make it easy.
 
Ocean Mist:
Pastor's rarely are able to take time away from their congregation. Even rarer are they able to take their family with them. So when Nicole, Shawn, and Ray are able to join their dad and mom on a vacation to the ocean, they're thrilled.
But more than they reckoned for awaits. Vacations are supposed to be a time of rest, a time to relax and enjoy family time, right? Well, not if you're a pastor's family.
When a boy makes unwanted advances towards Nicole, they begin to suspect that this vacation is going to be anything but relaxing.
An old congregation member is dying, the gospel is taking a long time to make its way into someone's heart, and a brand new friend comes to them in a panic for their help.
All within one week. There's no way they'll be able to do it all. But how can they say no?
 
The Princess & I:
When Megan is asked by her brother if she would be willing to be the new lady-in-waiting for Princess Chrystal*, she jumps on the opportunity. At first, everything about her new job is fun and interesting. She teaches archery to Chrystal* while learning the art of swordsmanship from an excellent teacher. But soon a stubborn--not to mention devious--duke declares he will no longer pay tribute to his sovereign and King Frederick is forced to march against him. With the war taking her brother and comforter, not to mention last living relative, from her for an indefinite amount of time, Megan realizes she must stand strong or break from the pressure. When the princess is kidnapped from under her watchful care, Megan knows she has to smuggle her back from her captors or else the king will loose his war and possibly his kingdom.
Suddenly her job is no longer quite so easy.
And she doesn't know if she has what it takes to make everything fine in the end.
And she knows she can't do it alone.

*I'll probably be changing her name to Christine to be more historically accurate.

So...what do you think? Which one sounded the most interesting to you? Any way I could have made my summaries more tense? Or maybe a little LESS tense? Did the plots make sense? Was it all complete nonsense to you?
Hmm....maybe I don't want you to answer that last one. ;)

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by my blog! ^_^
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June Book Review: Worlds Unseen

Hey all, sorry its taken so long for this book review. Hopefully next month's choice will be easier to make...since sadly I haven't had as much time to read what with graduation and beginnings of summer activities and all. But I'm getting ahead of myself. ;) Without further ado, I give you:

Summery: (borrowed from Amazon)
The Council for Exploration Into Worlds Unseen believed there was more to reality than the Empire had taught them – but when they came a little too close to the truth, tragedy ended their work, leaving the terrifying and beautiful world behind their own still hidden.
Forty years later, one of the last Council members entrusts an ancient relic to the orphaned Maggie Sheffield: a scroll that reveals the truth at last. Along with Nicolas Fisher, a Gypsy who hears things that no one else can, Maggie sets out on a journey across the Seventh World to deliver the scroll to those who can use it.
But the price of truth may be too high: for Maggie and Nicolas are tearing at the Veil between the seen and unseen, between good and evil, between forgotten past and treacherous future.
Monstrous forces are already on their tail.
And when the Veil grows thin enough, it’s anyone’s guess what may come through.

My Review:
Wow. I couldn’t have summed up the book that good if someone was paying me.  Plus, there are minimal spoilers, which I would have, and will later, use a TON. This book definitely qualifies as an action packed page-turner; it kept me up late into the night a couple nights in a row. I would have read it through the night, except I knew that I would be in huge trouble, not to mention very tired, the following day. ;)
Worlds Unseen is a Christian fantasy book that contains hints of steam punk, but also depths of spiritual truth. I’m a sucker for memorable characters, and this book had quite a few. Soon you’ll be meeting some of my favorite when I get to that section of the book review.
This inspirational work of fiction confronts darkness and reveals breathtaking beauty along with helping your heart come closer to God.
World’s Unseen is the first book in the Seventh World Trilogy and I have high hopes that the other two books in the series are as well written and cleverly plotted as the first.
I had a few doubts when I started the book, but by the time I finished it, I loved it to pieces, and am looking forward to finishing the trilogy!  
And, just so you know, it’s currently free as an e-book on Amazon! So if you want to read it too, and give your review of the book, or are simply looking for an awesome story to wile away summer evenings, this book is the book for you! Check it out! I highly, HIGHLY recommend it…and not just because of its cool cover. ;P

 

The Characters: (Look out for spoilers…I may or may not warn you)
One of the strong points in this book were all the characters. I felt they were well written, unique, and some of them very deep. A few I didn’t totally understand, and a couple frankly creeped me out. But they were supposed too. So. Below are a few of my favorites…I could give you lots more, but I limited myself to four so as to make this review not go on forever. ;) (Which it would, trust me, if I gave you ALL the characters I liked.)

Nicolas Fisher: I know, he’s not the main character…but he is my favorite. I mean, not only can he hear amazing things (like nature talk and what people are thinking) but he also has a pet wild bear. Which is EPICALLY AWESOME. :)  Oh, he also lives in the woods, is a Gypsy, and rescues Maggie countless times. *SPOILER* (He also falls in love with her…but read about it for yourself!) *END OF SPOILER*

Pat: Maggie’s adopted sister, and a little bit of a wild thing. She lives a shady life outside of the Sheffield home, but she loves her adopted mother and sister to bits and wouldn’t hurt them for anything. She helps Maggie in her mission to bring the scroll to the remaining Council member who can read it, and is by Maggie’s side through the battle that comes after that…I won’t tell you when so as not to give away TOO much. ;)

Mrs. Cook: Maggie and Pat’s mother who adopted them. She’s a loving, worrying, and gentle mother figure for both girls, and loves them like only a mother can. She doesn’t stop there though: Mrs. Cook, along with Pat, follows Maggie and Nicolas when they take the scroll to the city and is there to help them through the trials they face there.

Maggie Sheffield: Of course the main character is going to be on the favorite characters list. After all, she is who you’re supposed to be feeling sorry for the entire story. And really, Maggie is a loveable character. There are times when I got a little frustrated with her…*SPOILER* like when she falls in love with someone other than Nicolas…I mean, really, he has a pet bear and he SAVED YOUR LIFE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! Not to mention he’s handsome and did I mention he has a pet bear?? How could you not love him!?!?!? *END OF SPOILER* but all in all, she’s a nice girl and is trying her hardest to pull the world she knows and loves back together again. After all, it wasn’t really her fault that *see…or don’t see the above spoiler* that happened. He was a nice young man too…ok, enough said or I’m going to get into trouble here. ;)

The Plot: (More spoilers…I’m warning you now. ;)
THE PLOT WAS AMAZING. I try to steer clear of books with a lot of spiritual forces fighting in it, simply because I don’t think it’s healthy to read a lot of that (outside of the Bible of course ;). Which, I might add, is the same for all genres…some more than others *cough, cough* Romance *cough, cough*. But I think Rachel did a fabulous job portraying the evil vs. good in her book, and her plot was very unique. The “bad guys” were very obviously evil, although some may have thought they weren’t, and the “good guys” were obviously good. Though Maggie sometimes wasn’t sure what she believed, she knew she didn’t like evil. I appreciated how Rachel made sure that even though her main character’s weren’t perfect, they knew where to stand when the time came, and they stood strong for what they knew was right.

The Setting(s): (Possibly more spoilers…be on the lookout)
Rachel is very good at describing settings. While reading I could see it all in my mind’s eye, which is something I totally judge a book by. No good settings, no good book…well ok, there are exceptions to that rule as there are with every rule, but I digress. Below are a few of my favorite settings:
The Gypsy camp/Forest journey:  I love this part. It’s so pretty, in a dark and mysterious way. I mean, sure you’re wondering when the evil thing that’s chasing them is going to show up, but with Nicolas and Bear protecting Maggie, what could possibly go wrong? ;)
Also the castle where Maggie and Nicolas go to deliver their scroll to John Huss, one of the last surviving Council members. This setting is also cool. Partially because I LOVE CASTLES, (who doesn’t?) but also because I felt is was well described and you, as a reader, could almost feel like you were there while reading about Maggie and Nicolas’s time there.

 

Enough said. I think this gives you a good picture of what I think about the book. ;) Now it’s your turn:
Have you ever read WORLDS UNSEEN?
If not, I think you should go check it out as an e-book on Amazon. Worst-case scenario, you “buy” a free book that you don’t ever read.
If so, what did you think of it? Which characters and/or settings were your favorites?

Tata for now! Hope you enjoyed the belated book review. ;)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Novel Idea: Character "Pictures"

To look at my first part, or to get more information about the link-up, go HERE.

The Prompt:  
This week we are asking you to describe your character without using a picture. What do they look like? What do they wear? What is their personality like? Help us get to know your character without using any pictures at all!

So first, when I saw this prompt, I was like, "Wait, WHICH character??" Then, after actually thinking about it, I was like, "Ok, so it probably doesn't matter which one..." Next, a gleam came into my eyes and I thought, "In fact, I bet I could do more than one..."

And so I'm going to give you five characters, favorites of mine, from different stories I've written. Three protagonists, one animal, and one villain. Sound good?

Let's get started! ^_^

My First Protagonist: Megan (from "The Princess & I")
>>What does she look like?
Megan is a lady from Medieval England during the reign of King Frederick, she has waist-long auburn hair, sparkling blue eyes, and tends to freckle during the hotter months of summer. (Much to her personal dismay and her brother's amusement.) She has a dimple in one cheek. She's a few inches over five feet, and wishes she was taller...since her brother has lorded over the fact that he was taller then her by the age of twelve. It would be rude to tell you how much she weighs, but for posterity I'll tell you she's not fat, nor is she thin...sort of in-the-middle-there. ;)
>>What does she wear?
Typical Medieval England stuff?? So mostly long dresses, leather shoes or boots, a cloak if it's cold outside, and sometimes a headdress. Megan prefers simple dresses that are more neutral colors because she hates being the center of attention. Brown, dark green, dark blue, and all shades of gray are some of her favorite colors to dress in. She prefers boots over shoes, even though they are less ladylike, because she believes they are easier to run in. Megan rarely wears jewelry or fancy headdresses, first off because they feel uncomfortable, and secondly because its really just not her style.
>>What is her personality?

She's an ISFJ to the core. To learn more about her personality type and what that entails, go HERE.

My Animal Character: Thistle (from "Thistle the Dragon" and "Thistle & Friends")
>>What does he look like?
Thistle is a red hermit dragon and looks much like dragons you might see pictured in a "Medieval Legends" book. His looks are a bit deceptive though, as you will find out when I get to his personality, and he's really a gentle creature...he lives on a strict diet of mountain goats and sheep (sheep are a Sunday delicacy only). His wingspan is a good thirty feet long, and his body is twenty feet long from his muzzle to where it tapers into a round square inch at the end of his tail. He weighs over a ton, but it's all muscle. His eyes are blue, and he loves basking in the sunlight outside his hermit cave in the middle of his hot valley.
>>What does he wear?
Scales? He's a dragon...so yeah, he doesn't WEAR clothes. He doesn't need to.
>>What is his personality?
He's an INFJ. To learn about this personality and why I think it's his, go HERE.


My Second Protagonist: Fovil (from "Beyond the Galaxy")
>>What does he look like?
Fovil is about six feet tall, and has brown hair that is in a constant state of semi-chaos because brushing it is too much work. He has blue eyes, two dimples, and loves to smile. He weighs about 130 pounds, and is a total computer and food nerd.
>>What does he wear?
He's definitely a jeans and tee-shirt person, though he sometimes adds a hoodie to the mix if it's cold outside. Fovil hates to "dress-up", preferring casual wear. His favorite shoe choice is sneakers, or sometimes flip-flops during summer months.
>>What is his personality?

Fovil is an ENFP and it certainly shows. If you're interested in finding more about his personality type, go HERE.

My Villain: Neil Ferric (from "Beyond the Galaxy")
>>What does he look like?
Neil is an older man, in his mid-forties, and though his hair was dark brown, it's now graying around the edges which gives him a distinguished air that can be a bit deceiving. He has green eyes which sometimes betray his deeper thoughts to others. Neil is a few inches over six feet, but he has ways of making people taller than him still feel small and insignificant. When up close, he can be very intimidating. He weighs almost 150 pounds, but wears it about him well and uses it to his advantage. Neil Ferric rarely smiles, but frequently frowns, so he has a permanent line between his somewhat bushy eyebrows.
>>What does he wear?
Neil is very conscientious about his appearance and makes sure he dresses perfectly for whatever role he fancies himself playing. Whether a distinguished ambassador between Earth's various nations, or as Civilization Authority on the planet Tridiom, he dresses for success: which ends up mostly being carefully groomed  and tailored suits with black dress shoes.
>What is his personality?

Neil is an ENTJ. Want to know more about how that makes him a good villain? Go HERE.


My Third (and last) Protagonist: Nicole (from "Ocean Mist")
>>What does she look like?
Nicole has shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair that never seems to behave itself. She has gray/green eyes and some freckles (as all red-heads do). She's about five feet, four inches, but both her brothers have her beat height-wise, which she's totally fine with. She's a little over 130 pounds, but both her brothers have her beat there too, which she also doesn't care about.
>>What does she wear?
She likes to dress comfortably and practically without drawing attention to herself. This usually meant either a jean skirt or pants, tee-shirts or plain blouses, simply designed skirts and nothing flashy.
>>What is her personality?
Funnily enough, Nicole has almost the same personality as Megan: an ISFJ-a, which is a close but not exact version of Megan's personality. I guess I like my girl characters to have that personality. ;) If you want to learn more about her personality type, you can check out the link to Megan's personality.

So...there's my characters. Which one is your favorite? Why? Would you be interested in more? Maybe voting for your favorite character that I didn't mention on here?


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lady Wisdom

Since the beginning of this year, our family has been reading through Proverbs on a (almost) daily basis. (Some mornings are just too busy to have our family all corralled in the living room, ACTUALLY SITTING DOWN, and quiet for a whole twenty minutes [sometimes more] while Dad reads a chapter, talks about it [because he's a pastor and that's what pastor's DO] and then we all pray around in a circle.)
As part of our tradition, we all ask for wisdom as part of our prayer at the end along with "please heal so-and-so" and "thank you for such-and-such" etc.
So wisdom has been on my mind on a regular basis. So I decided to write a poem about it. :) (Since that's what I do if something is on my mind on a regular basis...when it's not a story idea that is. ;)
Annnnnd, you wouldn't believe it, but I decided to share it with you all. (Go ahead, feel special. ;)
This poem is based on different passages in Proverbs, but especially the end of chapter six, chapter seven, and chapter eight.
As you might have guessed from the title of this blog post, I call this poem:

Lady Wisdom:
Written by Rebekah Eddy, PK

She calls out loud upon the street,
Begging us to hear
Her words of wisdom, oh so sweet
"The LORD is who to fear!"

She'll give us something greater
Than silver or fine gold
Don't put it off 'til later,
Or wait until you're old.

Her way is right and truthful
She'll never tell a lie.
Your life will then be fruitful
Up until you die.

But only if you listen
To her warning word,
Or the tears will glisten
If you are absurd.

"Listen please!" she calls,
"Do not leave just yet!
You might take a fall,
One you won't forget...

"For Lady Crooked also hopes
To trap you in her net
In her alleyway she mopes
And closer fools get.

"She flutters her dark eyes
And in sweet and silky voice
To help with her disguise
Says, 'You're my only choice.'

"Beware of her false way!
She lies through pretty teeth
And you will all soon pay,
For death is right beneath!

"She leads them in the dark
And like a stupid ox
They think that it's a lark
When taken by a fox.

"I beg you to avoid
The trouble that she makes
Don't become so paranoid
Lady Crooked only fakes.

"But I beg you hear me!
It will be for your best.
My wisdom to all is free,
In that you safely rest.

"Your chances are still good,
And if you apply
My wisdom will then could
Be a steadfast ally!

"And so to you I will say
Most blessed is he
Who won't start any day
Without asking for me."



For those of you wondering what's taking me so long for the book review: relax. I'm working on it. ;) Now that I know which book I'm going to be reviewing (Worlds Unseen is the one by the way, in case you didn't check the stats recently) I'll have the review up by next week.
Is it just me, or is this month going by every bit as fast as May did??

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Novel Idea Link-Up


I saw Lydia do this on her blog, and I thought it looked fun! The hosts' blogs are HERE (Ashley) and HERE (Sky) if you want to check out their blogs and join us in the link-up! 
But now...without further ado, here's the prompt they gave:

My Writing Style:
Hmm...I would say I have a very casual writing style. This is partially why it's hard for me to write historical fiction. I hate it when I open a book that's historical fiction only to realize "Wait, actual people in that era would NEVER act or talk like that", and so I tend to try avoiding being a hypocrite and writing characters who act like teens in the 20teens when they're SUPPOSED to act like teens in the 19 or 18 hundreds. I have to do a lot of research if I do end up writing historical fiction.
Some of you know I'm currently working on a Medieval historical fiction novel "The Princess & I". This is the perfect example of what I'm talking about. I've had to do a lot of research as well as asking myself every time a character says something "Would a person in that time period ACTUALLY say something like that?" or "How would a REAL princess act in that situation?" etc. It's hard work writing historical fiction and requires a LOT of research...like a totally insane amount. But the finished product is totally worth it. ;)

What I Like to Write:
I enjoy writing pretty much anything. In fact, since I homeschool, my mom finally declared that reading and writing no longer counted as school subjects because I would constantly use the excuse "but it's SCHOOL work" to get out of having to do math or science. English and Literature were the two easiest, most fun "school work" in all my school years.
I'm going to let you in on a secret: I actually enjoy writing essays. I know, crazy, right? Well, it can be fun depending on the subject. Some essay subjects can be depressing and sad to write about, but since my sister helped give me the prompts, I had way more fun ones than sad ones.
Non-fiction can be tedious at times, but you learn a lot while writing it. Though, considering most of the stuff I write on this blog is "non-fiction" I write it a lot. :)
Fiction: Ok, this stuff is easy. I could crank out fiction 24/7 and never run out of steam by simply working on different stories at different times. However, there are a few categories within fiction that are favorites of mine:
Fantasy: This is definitely number one on the list of stuff I write most often. Over half the stories I've written, whether short stories, novellas, or novels, are fantasy. Its fun, fascinating, and totally out of the imagination. No research needed folks! However, there are some drawbacks. Fiction tends to be inconsistent and authors can fall into ruts pretty easily. I speak, sadly, from experience. It's a problem. Yet I still enjoy writing it, and thanks to patient editors and family members, I'm slowly getting better and polishing my work.
Sci-Fi: Though I haven't written as much of this, I enjoy what I have written. Like fantasy, it's an easy genre to write because it's almost entirely out of your imagination. There is a bit more science involved behind sci-fi, but still it's fairly easy to build a story using the background of galaxies and space travel.
Historical Fiction: Like I mentioned above, this is probably the hardest genre for me to write. It takes patience, a lot of books from the library, and a ton of Googling. But after you see the finished project, and all that research pays off, it's totally worth every agonizing hour you spend trying to figure out how to tie in all the loose ends and straighten the bird's nest of plot details.
Modern: I'm not sure what the actual name for this genre is, but when I say "modern writing" or "modern fiction", I mean writing about people who could have lived today. Every day people with everyday lives who talk like us, act like us, and think like us. Up there with fantasy, it's an easy (at least for me) genre to write about. It's so much easier to write about people who wear the same things you do and live in the same place you live. It is. It just is.


So...do you want to join the link-up? If so, go ahead and click the links to Ashley and Sky's blog to learn how you can participate.

What are your favorite genres to write/read about?





Friday, June 10, 2016

Choices, Choices...

You guys are making this monthly book review idea really difficult. ;) There's currently a three-way tie on which book you want me to review, so I'm going to eliminate the other books, put up those three and do a re-vote. This time, you're only getting three days to vote, so hurry over and put in your choice!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's Show Time! (A Tag)

I know, I know...I'm REALLY late for this one. Rebekah tagged me last month, and I just now finally got around to doing it. My deepest apologies. ;)

The Rules:
>>Answer the questions
>>Tag 3 to 5 people
 
1.Who's your favorite actors?

Sean Astin better known as "Samwise" from LOTR. I also really liked him in "Mom's Night Out", though it was a little bit of a shock to see him in a different setting. ;)

Asa Butterfield from "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" (this movie is way better than the book btw).

2.Who's your favorite actresses?

Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood from "Sense and Sensibility".

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice".
 
3.What's your favorite animated movie?
Ooo...that's a tough one. Probably "Big Hero Six". But "Up", "Ice Age" (the first one), and "Wall-E" are a close three-way tie for second.
 
4. Do you like to have a snack while you watch a movie? If so, what's your favorite?
I'm going to make at least ONE person very happy when I say sour patch kids...(I think everyone knows who I'm talking about :P) but since those aren't on hand every time I usually don't have anything or settle on the second best which is usually ice cream or popcorn.
 
5.What's your favorite genre?
I like a wide variety, so I don't think it's possible to choose a favorite genre. That's like asking what my favorite genre of books to read are. :)
 
6.What's you're favorite TV shows?
Does Studio C count? If so, then definitely them and also the black and white Zorro TV show. Daniel Boone is pretty good too.
 
7.What's your top favorite movie?
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! YOU DID NOT JUST ASK THAT QUESTION!!!!! *runs around with hands in the air screaming hysterically*

*cricket noises*

I think I may have overreacted a little. My apologies.
Honestly, though, how do think I should react to a question like that?? I mean, my favorite movie changes like EVERY DAY. Well, not quite, but probably at least once a month.
CURRENTLY, my favorite movie is "The Giver". But that will probably change very soon. ;)
 
8.Are there any movies coming out soon you can't wait to see?
I don't really have my finger on the pulse of the current movie publications, but I've heard that a "How to Train Your Dragon 3" is coming out soonish...I've been disappointed in the past with sequels, so I can only hope that they don't ruin the characters. Also, there may or may not already be a "Kung Fu Panda 3" out. There's another one I'd like to eventually see...if it's worth seeing.
 
9.What's your favorite sport based movie?
Does fencing count as a sport? In that case, probably "Robin Hood" and the Zorro TV series.
If not, then definitely "Facing the Giants". That movie has been a family favorite FOREVER. Well, ever since we watched it. ;)
 
10.What was the last movie you watched in the theaters?
*whispers* I've never watched a movie in the theater before.
*in normal voice* Not that I would mind going to a theater and watching a good movie at some point, but our family usually just waits for whatever movie to come out on iTunes, then Dad and Mom will preview it and then us kids (all of us or sometimes just us older kids) will watch it if it's "parent approved".
Am I upset because my parents shelter our movie watching? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I'm SO glad they filter our movie watching, and it's something I hope to be able to do to help my future kids.
 
 
And now *drumroll* here are the five lucky persons who I tag!
 
 
 
Here's the questions in order to make it easier to copy and paste ;) :
 
1.Who's your favorite actor's?
2.Who's your favorite actress?
3.What's your favorite animated movie?
4. Do you like to have a snack while you watch a movie? If so, what's your favorite?
5.What's your favorite genre?
6.What's you're favorite TV shows?
7.What's your top favorite movie?
8.Are there any movies coming out soon you can't wait to see?
9.What's your favorite sport based movie?
10.What was the last movie you watched in the theaters?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Awesome Randomness

This is seriously what our sky looks like right now.

Hey all. Today I've been enjoying the coming of summer and basking in the afterglows of winning first place in the Writer's Unite contest.
Just a few minutes ago I was freezing my mouth off with a cherry-pineapple popsicle and getting a sunburn that will dissolve into freckles eventually while walking around outside with the temperature in the upper eighties. It's a reminder to me that summer is almost here. And I can hardly wait. ;) 
On top of that, I'm between books and taking a break from writing, so I had a somewhat lazy afternoon with nothing important to do.

So I thought I'd write a blog post. And here I am. :)

Update on my life:
My younger brother just got his wisdom teeth out, so I've been imparting my life experience on him. "Oh, I didn't bother taking pain medications after the first three days", "I watched all of 'Pride & Prejudice' when I was bed-ridden like you are now", "Whoa, you actually swelled...are swollen? Swollened? Aw, forget it, you know what I mean". Etc. Oh, and telling everyone about MY wisdom teeth extraction experience.
Dad put together a graduation slideshow for my ceremony next week, and we're working on getting it onto YouTube so that I can eventually post it here for you all!
Yesterday, even though Sunday's are usually busy for us, was more busy than usual. After the morning service, I went out with my parents and Dad's parents to celebrate my coming graduation. They gave me a beautiful pair of earrings and I had a great time just talking and spending a special time with them all. Then, that night, we had a bunch of church family come home with us after the evening service to play volleyball, basketball, football, and eat s'mores. It was SO FUN.
Today was our first normal day since the craziness of May, and I've been enjoying ironing while listening to podcasts and soundtrack music, getting our laundry under control, and free time. It's been great.

Besides all that, I've been reading, writing, checking fellow blogs, and trying to catch up on e-mails and letters to my poor, patient pen/e-mail pals.

Now, to keep this post strictly random, I'll give you favorite scenery pictures from Cannon Beach and a fun video.
Patrick + bare feet + sand = summer! :)


I just love the reflection!!


This will probably end up being
the cover picture for my story
"Ocean Mist". What do you think?


This picture didn't do the reality justice.
The rays of sun coming out of the
clouds was simply gorgeous.


Rocks and water. Because. ;)


Check out the birds flying in hundreds
above and around the rock.




"Silhouettes in the Sand"
If I was good enough to sell my photography,
that would be this picture's title.



And now for a video that has never ceased to give me amusement. I hope, if you aren't already smiling, you will now. :)
These siblings created a whole YouTube channel, and I highly recommend their content. Not only are they homeschoolers, but also Christians and very family oriented. Sit back and enjoy a laugh. ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Don't Miss Out!

My friend and fellow, or perhaps I should say SISTER blogger  Emily McConnell is hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate the fact that she has done 200 posts on her blog!!
Be sure to go check it out and enter to win up to three personalized key chains!!
Click anywhere in this sentence to go there now!