Friday, December 1, 2017

Wrap Up November\Hello, December!

Greetings, all!





(Well, I'm alive! Can't say for sure how alive I am, but I'm here, AND just realizing that I haven't written a post since my last...wrap up...post...on November 7th....oookkkaaayyy, that's awkward.
Moving on.)

I'm actually on schedule with my wrap up post!!! Yay!!! I've been sick for about a week, so I wasn't sure I was going to be able to even write a post today, but thankfully I woke up feeling much better. Okay, I'm going to stop rambling now and start the post. XD

November's Songs:


Inception: Dream is Collapsing by Hans Zimmer 
I love this movie! This is one of the best songs in the soundtrack; so epic and intense sounding. 

Celtic Carol by Lindsey Stirling 
Yep, already getting into Christmas music. ;-D I love the mashups Lindsey does in this song.

November's Movies 

Lord of the Rings
The. Entire. Saga. XD
(Can we watch it again please?)

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
 (We're watching the whole Star Wars saga in preparation for EPISODE EIGHT!!! XD)

November's Books: 

Moonblood by Anne Elizabeth Stengl (LOVED this book)
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (really freaky to read at night)
Mission League: The New Recruit by Jill Williamson


November's Events

Kung Fu Show
My brother and I participated in a Kung Fu show with our Dojo at the beginning of November. It was so much fun showing off our forms, kicks, weapons, rolling, meeting new friends, and eating candy back stage. You always need candy in a Martial Art show. *nods*
Here is a video of us preforming our Bo staff form.



Annual Play
Our homeschool group does a Christian History play every year the week before Thanksgiving. This year, our play was on Martin Luther and I played his wife, Katharina von Bora. XD


Thanksgiving
We had a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving with my cousins. Ate traditional foods, pumpkin pie, and watched an old musical afterwards. :-)

Gif of the Month of November

See the source image
I died. XD XD XD

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This one was a close second.

And now, my dear friends; I have talked far too long about myself. Now I want to hear about you! How was your month? Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Watch any good movies? Is anyone else gearing up for Star Wars Episode Eight? XD
Namarie!




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wrap Up October\Hello, November!

Greetings, all! 

Well...this sounds familiar; Mem is late once again with her wrap up post and must (once again) title it "Wrap Up [insert name of past month]\Hello [insert name of current month]!"
Ahem, anyway...on with the post! XD

October's Songs:

Boulevard of Broken Dreams covered by Lindsey Stirling
I WANT TO LEARN IT!!! SO COOL!!!

Come Little Children and the Hanging Tree covered by Peter Hollens
A freaky, creepy, but super pretty medley. 

Piano Battle: John Williams Vs. Hans Zimmer 
Which composer is better? You decide ('cause I can't :-Z).

October's Movies: 

Serenity 



(Sorry, there wasn't really a great poster for this movie. :-Z)

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets


Captain America: Civil War


October Books: 
Eulalia by Brian Jacques
Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Showdown by Ted Dekker (still reading)

October Events:  
500th Anniversary of the Reformation party with my Church; awesome fun with games, bonfire, food, and a play put on by my siblings and I. :-D

Pumpkin patch with friends; perfect weather, hayrides, and a candy cannon. XP

Martial arts; my brother and I started Kung Fu lessons at the beginning of the month. We now have our second level belts (white with a yellow stripe down the middle) and are participating in the Kung Fu show on Saturday, November 11th. XD


Gif of the month of October: 


That's all for now! XD
Talk to me! How was your month? What movies did you watch? Does anyone else take Martial Art lessons? ;-D
Namarie!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Announcement: Mission: Metal Art Competition WINNER!!!

Greetings, all!

So, today I am going to announce the Mission: Metal Art Competition winner! I had two entries, one by Gray Marie and the other by Ralraymee. If you didn't see them, you should totally go check them out!!! They were both awesome. XD
(I don't think there were anymore entries, were there? If there was, my sincerest apologies, please give me the link so I can go look it up, and I will have another contest for you to enter yours. :-Z :-))
Anyway...my judge decided on a winner last week, and, it was a close one, but Ralraymee's entry won first place for being the most original and creative!


Congrats, Ral!!! *throws confetti*
Thanks so much to both of you guys for entering!!! I loved the pictures. *gives you pizza*
Did you have fun doing the contest? 
Namarie!




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reformation 500


Greetings, all!
On this day, October 31, in the year 1517, 500 years ago; Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenburg Chapel, paving the way for other reformers such as John Calvin, John Knox, and Ulrich Zwingli.
Luther Nailing the 95 Theses
Martin Luther
John Calvin

Ulrich Zwingli 

I’m so thankful that these men recovered the Gospel of Justification by Faith and courageously stood up for what they believed in.



May we all have the courage to stand for what is right.

Namarie!

Friday, October 27, 2017

I Get To Play Catch Up On Tags: Part Two

(Quick Announcement before I start the post: the Mission: Metal Art Competition winner will be revealed next week! If you submitted an entry, please alert me in a comment so I can make sure your on the list for my judge. Thanks!!!)

So, does this picture look familiar? ;-D If not, you should check out last weeks post to read my first set of tag catch ups. XD
Here goes, 
I Get To Play Catch Up On Tags Again!!! Yay!!! 

Of Rising Authors Tag (I think???)

Rules:
No tagging back. (Darn.)
Tag Four People. (Ain't doing that, sorry.)
Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks, Ral!)

1)      What genre of books is your favorite (to read or to write)?
Sci-Fi to write (I also really like Post-Apocalyptic) and Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Mystery to read.
2)      What would happen if your MC Loses?
The Four Brothers will take over the U.S.B. base and kill the families that take shelter there.
3)      What would happen if a secondary character becomes the MC?
Ian kind of already took the spotlight from Shae, so…yeah; I don’t really need to answer this question. ;-D
4)       How do you get your ideas? 
Pinterest, music videos, and talking to friends.
5)      What do you like to do to your characters (That's NOT torturing them. I literally have asked this before and TWO PEOPLE have said they torture their characters)?
Torture them. Oh, wait, *reads question again* ooops, I mean give them terrible backstories and great personalities. XD
6)      What would happen if your villain had a change of heart?
He wouldn’t try take over the world?
7)      Would you rather: never write again OR write for the rest of eternity. Never stopping. (I know, I'm evil >:D)
Never write again, because (I’m totally taking what other people have said on this tag), I can just dictate my stories to other people. ;-D
8)      (If you do Indigo's challenge, you don't have to answer from here on. :D) What's your favorite style to write in? (First-person, third-person, etc.)
I’m doing Indigo’s challenge, but I’ll still answer the question. ;-D Third person, as I prefer seeing the big picture of the story and the viewpoints of all the characters.  
9)      Any tips for writing? If so, please share.
Uh, well...no. 
10)  What is the hardest thing for you to write?
Emotional scenes and romance. 

Okay, that one's done! Now, for Tag Number Two!




Of Rising Authors Tag (Surprise, surprise!) XD



-No tagging back. (Okie-day.)
-Tag four people. (Ain't doing that; I think we've all gotten this tag. XD)
-Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks, Indigo! :-D) 







1.       What is the reason you write?

To have fun, to share my stories with the world, and to glorify God.

2.       When did you write your first story? How old were you and what was it about? (Prepare to cringe, mwahaha.)

I think I was about seven, and it was about a little leaf bug that I had to let go outside. I remember it being very sad.

3.       Do you have one particular word that, no matter how hard you try, you can't learn the spelling of?

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?  Just kidding. ;-D Um, science and school. I know, those are kind of easy; but I am a terrible speller. Thank goodness for autocorrect!

4.       Do you sometimes feel that your characters take on a life of their own and start doing whatever they want?

YES!!! Meet Liam. A character who threw himself into my story of Mission: Metal and does whatever he wants. Good thing I like him, or he would have met the chopping block long ago.

5. Would you date one of your characters? (SORRY NOT SORRY)

Well, I don’t date; but if I did, maybe Ian Eden? I also like Malcolm, my super hero character.

6. Imagine you could pick four fictional characters to invite to a dinner party, who would they be and why would you invite them? (They don’t have to be book characters, they can be TV show or movie characters too.)

1.       Sherlock Holmes because he’s my favorite fictional character and I want to learn how he observes people and deduces things from them.
2.       Gandalf the Grey because he’s wise and I could learn a lot from him. (And I would ask him if he could take me on an adventure? Please?)
3.       Doctor Strange because I would like to learn how to create a portal and travel the multiverse.
4.       Ezra Bridger because…he’s Ezra.

Can you just imagine that dinner party? XD XD XD XD XD XD

7. If you could only read books of ONE genre for the rest of your life, what genre would that be?

WHY??? Dang. Well, probably fantasy because according to some people Star Wars and Star Trek are technically fantasy since true Sci-Fi doesn’t have aliens or any mystical powers, so I could still read LoTR and Narnia as well as some Sci-Fi that incudes aliens. XD But then that means I couldn’t read Sherlock. *gulp* :-Z

8. What would happen if you switched places with your MC? Or if your MC switched places with you, and had to live in your world? Explain.

She would be on edge all the time, expecting something to happen that never would; and I would be losing my head. Literally.

9. Do you sometimes come up with perfect characters, a perfect fictional world, and a perfect subplot, but you have no actual story to put them in? (I can’t be the only one….)

Not yet. :-D

10. Are you sick of answering questions by now? (Come on, be honest.)

Yes, thanks for asking. XD

Now, last tag!!! This one is not a writing tag. XD


Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks, Zella!)
Answer their 11 questions.
Tag 11 people. (You don't have to tag 11 people.)
Give them 11 new questions.




1.                   What is your ambition?

To glorify God in everything I do.

2.                   Would you like to be famous? Why or why not?

No. I like to keep a low profile. *cue ninja pose* I don't really know why. 

3.                   Is it morning, afternoon, or evening there right now?

Afternoon.
4.                   What are you thankful for?
Right now? Or in general? I’ll do right now; it’s easier. ;-D Right this second, I’m thankful for silence, biscuits, and friendly people.
5.                   What is your favorite playground equipment?
Monkey bars or swings. Yes, I know I’m fifteen. Playgrounds are still fun. ;-D
6.                   What is your favorite fruit?
Pears. Really, really soft yellow and green pears. (I’ve never had a red pear.)
7.                   Do you like gifs?
Yes!
I could not stop laughing when I saw this. Especially because I like chocolate truffles. Thought you'd enjoy it. Hugs Ivet
Community Post: 80 Signs You're An INTJ : "There are times...with misinformed moralizers..."
Thank you for being there during the good, the bad, the really bad, and the ugly (especially the ugly - I mean, who looks good in the mo
8.                   On a scale of 1-10, rate ovens.
1 being negative and 10 being positive? 5. I’m neutral towards them.
9.                   Favorite sport?
Kung Fu. Yes, it’s a sport. (I don’t like other kinds of sports.)
10.               What is your favorite quote?
I have a few, not just one; so I’ll put them all down right here. XD








I probably have more, but I forgot them. I'm also not including Bible verses; I have too many of those. Maybe I'll make a blog post of them...;-D
11.               What is the reason behind your blog name?
I like music, mysteries (Sherlock!), Middle Earth, and A Wrinkle in Time, so I thought it was appropriate. I also like the letter “m” because that’s the letter my name starts with. ;-D

Now, I'm tagging Tes, Indigo, and Sarah.
Here are your questions! They're super random and probably won't make much sense in context, so have fun!!! :-D
1. Do you like chocolate?
2. If you had to choose between being a ninja or a super hero, which one would you pick?
3. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest): rate fireplaces.
4. What is your favorite time of day?
5. Are you more introverted or extroverted?
6. If you had to choose between going to Paris or Cairo, where would you go?
7. What is your favorite drink? (No, you may not choose water. ;-D)
8. Black or White?
9. If you had to choose to either write for the rest of your life, or draw for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
10. Dogs or cats?

11. Favorite current song. 


Now, if anyone else tags me before next week, my reaction is going to be this:



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Ahem, so yeah...;-D
Anyway, talk to me in the comments! Anybody else like gifs? What fictional characters would you like to have at a dinner party?

Namarie!




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Get To Play Catch Up On Tags: Part One



Well…yeah; I get to play catch up on tags today! Yay! XD And this is only part one… :-Z

WIP IN PROGRESS TAG
(My aesthetic for Shae Lia from Mission: Metal.)

Rules:
1. Make or find an image for this tag. (I cheated on this one, sorry Ral.)

2. Answer the five questions asked. (Did that!)
3. Tag at least one other person. (Any guesses on who that'll be? ;-D)

4. Come up with five other questions. (Okie-day.)
5. Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks, Ral!)
6. Choose ONE of your WIP's to use in the following questions. (Mission: Metal)
7. You /may/ do Tag-me-backs. (Tag the person who tagged you.)

WIP Tag

1. Describe you and your MC.

Um…hi! I am Mem and I am weird, introverted, intense, quirky, love music and writing, and am a nerd. XD If I left anything out, check in my About Me page.

My MC is Shae Eden Lia and she’s pretty much exactly like me. :-D (Only she’s slightly more logical.)

2. Tell us about the plot.

My WIP is a dystopian novella about a family fighting to protect their home and lives from a gang called the Four Brothers. It may or may not have a sequel in the works… ;-D

3. Any plot twists? (Don't tell us what they are, though.)

Yep, sure is!!! Ask any of my readers.

4. How would your story go if you were the MC?

Um…not good. Seeing as I don’t have Shae’s marital art prowess. :-Z

5. Would you rather: Be friends with the antagonist OR Be enemies with the MC?

Be enemies with the MC. Shae can be awesomely scary.

Okay, I'm going to tag Catherine and Kendra Lynne . Here are your questions!

1. What's the name of your WIP and of your MC?
2. What gave you the inspiration for your MC?
3. What genre is your WIP?
4. Is this your favorite WIP so far? If not, which one is?
5. How would your story go if you were the antagonist?

Have fun!!! ;-)

Of Rising Author's Tag (AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you. (Thanks, Ral!)

Make a picture for the tag-post. (Did that.)

Tag three people. (Ain't doing that.) 



Of Rising Authors Tag

1. Who's your favorite Author?

J.R.R. Tolkien. Definitely.

2. What's your favorite book? (I know I'm mean; I'm only letting you choose one
😛)

WHY?!?! Why why why why why??? Darn.

 Well, either LoTR, or if you count that as three books, then…maybe the Hounds of the Baskerville?

3. What's your favorite writing quote?

Currently it’s this one by Benjamin Franklin.



4. What do you do when you've run out of ideas at a crucial moment?

I brainstorm with friends or I eat chocolate. Sometimes I do both.

5. What do you do when you get Writer's block?

Watch movies, read books, go outside, scour Pinterest, and make aesthetics. Sometimes I also play my violin or our piano.

6. What does writing mean for you?

It means putting all the ideas and thoughts in my head on paper for others to read, as well as to glorify God.

7. What makes you continue to write, even when things get hard?

If I don’t share these stories in my head with the world, no one else will.

8. How would you cope in your MC's toughest moments?

Not particularly well, but I could probably make it. :-Z

9. Can you give us any snippety snippets? 
😀

Sure! *scrambles to find ones I haven’t used before* Okie, here you are!



Shae leaned over her father-in-law’s shoulder, and gasped. What was on the screen in front of her was the last thing she’d been expecting. 

*

“What is the plan? I’ll do all I can to help.”

Archer pulled out his comdev. “I’m sending it to you right now.”

Shae’s comdev buzzed and she pulled it out. She read the information, then looked at Archer in disbelief. “That’s your plan?”

Archer nodded. “Yep! You like it?”

Shae gave him a dirty look. “There’s a 43% chance of failure.”

Archer grinned. “Never tell me the odds!”   

*

No one was going to hurt his family. Not again.

So he had agreed.

The memory still sickened him.

*
10. What do you do when you've (finally) finished your book?

I will scream internally, then…start another one? 


Of Rising Author's Tag (AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!) (AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!)

This one didn’t have rules, so, thanks Jess!!! XD

1.       What do you struggle most in your writing with?

Emotional scenes and themes (Jane I need your help!!!).

2.       What inspired you to write your WIP?

I finally remembered! It was a music video called Radioactive, performed by Lindsey Stirling and the Pentatonix. :-Z

3.       What is the theme of your WIP?

I DON’T KNOW!!! Probably betrayal and trust? Or family?

4.       Which do you enjoy more; planning out your character development or your world?

Character development. Definitely. XD

5.       Do you have a set genre that you write to?

No…but I tend towards Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Super Hero, and Modern. :-D

6.       What would be your most dreaded genre to have to write?

ROMANCE.

7.       Do you have a favorite character?

Is that a fictional character I’ve written, or one I read about?

If it’s one I’ve written…probably either Malcolm (my super hero kid in Defying Gravity which is scheduled for release somewhere around May of next year maybe?) or Ian (my protagonist’s younger brother from Mission: Metal). I also really like Arjen Lanus (my main character from my Sci-Fi novel [unnamed as of yet]).

If we’re doing fictional characters from other books or movies, Sherlock Holmes from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one and Tauriel from The Hobbit is another.

8.       If so, why are they your favorite? (If not, why don’t you have a favorite?)

Um…well, Malcolm and Ian are my favorites because they’re young and naïve kids that are thrust into tough situations (and they’re so sweet and funny).  I like Arjen because he’s a natural leader. (I also like them because I created them. ;-P)

9.       Are you a nice writer or an evil one?

EVIL, my friend, DELICIOUSLY EVIL! *maniacal laugh* (But I kind of feel bad for it afterwards.)

10.   If you could insert yourself into any part of your WIP in the place of your MC, what would it be and why?

I would insert myself into the part when Ian is sitting in the communications room because he just needs a hug.


YAY!!! I’m DONE!!! XD If you’ve made it this far CONGRATULATIONS!!! *hands you pizza*

So, want to talk WIP? How’s yours going? Do you have a favorite of your characters? Are you an evil author or a nice one?

Namarie! (Until next tag post!!!)



P.S. If you've tagged me and I haven't got around to it yet, please let me know in case I've forgotten about that tag. I'll include it in my next catch up on tags post. Thanks!!! XD



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hamlette's LoTR Read Along


Greetings, all!

Hamlette wants to host a LoTR read-along this fall\winter on her blog, The Edge of the Precipice! Her only stipulation is, she needs at least five people to be interested to make it worthwhile.

So, I get to recruit people! XD

 If it sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the blog post here and if you decide you want to join, leave a comment there letting her know! :-D

Hope you can join us!!!

Namarie!


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