Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Tolkien Party Tag!!!

Greetings, all!
Saturday, September 22nd was an important day for members of the Lord of the Rings fandom, being Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggin’s birthday. Many Happy Returns to them!!!

*confetti horns blow and cake is passed around*

(Shh, I know they’re fictional characters. It’s still awesome to celebrate their birthdays. XD)

In honor of this special holiday, I am participating in Hamlette's Annual Tolkien Blog Party!!! Many thanks to Hamlette for hosting this fun celebration and for creating the 2018 Tolkien Party Tag.

Shall we begin? :-D

1.  What's your favorite Middle-earth story/book?

I love The Hobbit best, I think; but the Tale of Beren and LĂșthien is also near and dear to me. <3 

2.  Do you have a favorite subplot?

Legolas and Gimli’s bromance. XD I also love Gimli and Galadriel’s friendship as well, and (even though it’s sad) Faramir, Boromir, and Denethor’s story. :’-( 

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3.  What's your favorite theme in Tolkien's books?  (Can be in one specific story, or overall.)

My favourite theme in the Lord of the Rings is the theme that it does not take great power to win your battles, but simple courage, faith, and love. :-)

4.  Do you have a favorite weapon from Middle-earth?

YES. I love Tauriel’s knives. They are so elegant and sharp and shiny. <333 

5.  Would you like to be a hobbit?

Not particularly. I don’t much enjoy gardening or going barefoot. I do like hobbit-holes though. :-D 

6.  Do you have a favorite romance/couple?

Weeeell…yeah…Tauriel and Kili…*coughs* <\3

7.  What's your favorite Middle-earth creature?  (Can be "real" or "imaginary.")

But aren’t they all real…ahem…I mean imaginary? I like Elves best and Dwarves second best. And Wizards third best.

8.  What character do you look the most like?

I’ve been told by several different people that I look like Tauriel. 

I don’t really see a resemblance, but I'm cool with that. XD

9.  Are there any books about Middle-earth or Professor Tolkien (but not written by him) you recommend?

The Gospel According to Tolkien by Ralph C. Wood and Master of Middle Earth by Paul H. Kocher are two that I enjoyed very much. :-)

10.  List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the Middle-earth books and/or movies.

Only ten????? 

This tag was so much fun to do!!! I hope you all had fun reading it. Go and check out Hamlette's Annual Tolkien Blog Party if you would like to do it yourself! It’s a ton of fun. ;-D

Your turn to talk! What is your favourite theme from LotR? Is there a character that you resemble? Who is your favourite couple?

Happy Tolkien Day!!! 
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Answers to The Ask Me Anything Post-A Vlog

Greetings, all! 

Here are the answers to all the questions that you guys asked a couple of weeks ago! And better yet, they're in the form of a vlog! I've never done a vlog before, so I have absolutely no idea if I did it right. XP Also, I didn't plan answers to any of the questions beforehand, so reading them on screen was the first time that I even looked at most of them. XD

So, without further ado, welcome to awkwardness, paper flying awayness, and forgetting of nameness! (shh, that is totally a word XD)

So...yeah...apparently I have a problem with remembering famous people's names while I am being filmed. :-Z It was James Newton Howard who wrote The Village Soundtrack and Isaac Newton who discovered the Law of Gravity. John Newton wrote the song Amazing Grace. Sorry about the confusion. XD

I hope you had fun watching that!!! 

So, your turn! How do you come up with names for your WIPs? What is the grossest thing you've ever eaten? And who's your favourite superhero? 


Friday, August 31, 2018

Wrap Up August\Hello, September!

Greetings, all!

I think I am actually on time with my wrap up post. There must be something wrong with me. :-Z XD

August’s Music

The Gravel Road by James Newton Howard
I love this movie, and the music is absolutely stunning with its violin parts.

A Hero Rides with Us by Epic Score 
Amazing. Epic. Soul-stirring. 

The Healing by James Newton Howard
 Gorgeous. This song is so beautiful. <333  

August’s Movies

(back to including pictures with the movie titles :-D)

Signs <333 

Jurassic Park 3 



August’s Books

Tales of Redwall: Salamandastron & Tales of Redwall: The Rogue Crew by Brian Jacques

Circle C Milestones: The Last Ride & Circle C Milestones: Thick as Thieves by Susan K Marlow

The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er by Jack Dublin

The Vienna Prelude by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Run Baby, Run by Nicky Cruz

Eyes on Jungle Doctor, Jungle Doctor Meets a Lion, Jungle Doctor Spots a Leopard & Jungle Doctor on the Hop by Paul White

August’s Events

Moving: We finally moved!!! We’re settling into our new house now, and even though we don’t have any curtains yet and the girl’s room door is painted a bright yellow and blue (why???); it is starting to feel like home.

Green Belt in Kung Fu: My brother and I earned our green belt! We are now halfway to a black belt. :-D My goal is to be able to do the full splits before I reach my purple belt, so we’ll see how that goes.

Family Camp: Every year our church has its annual family camp up in the mountains. We had worship around the campfire, ice cream, archery tag (which is SO MUCH FUN), long walks, and freezing by the lake (I was so cold it wasn’t even funny). I always enjoy it. :-)

August’s Writing

Eh…I finished my writing curriculum. That’s mostly it. My new goal is to finish my pirate novel before Christmas; so there will definitely be more words written in the next couple of months. :-D

Before I go: I have a few minor announcements: ONE, I promise I will get to the ask me anything post!!! I am planning on doing a vlog for it so it will be a little longer while I work on that BUT I PROMISE IT WILL COME. XD And TWO! I will be gone from the blogosphere for two\three weeks as my family and I are having some quiet relaxing family vacation time, which includes house work and camping. When I get back to blogging there should be a surplus of posts since ideas have been piling up for a while; so be prepared. XD

So, that’s my month. :-D How was yours? Did you get any writing done? Been listening to any good music? Is anyone else excited for a new school year?


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wrap Up July\Hello, August! + A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Greetings, all!

Welp, it’s once again the start of another month. Already. XD For me this month was actually fairly slow, and I got a ton of reading and writing done. I’ve been super tired though; my adrenaline must have been depleted from these last few months. XD I hope you all had an awesome July!!! Also hope that Camp Nano went well for you all. It was super fun for me.

July’s Music:
Shape of You Piano Cover by Niko Kotoulas
This guy is good. I really enjoy this cover of Shape of You by Ed Sheeran (this is the only version of that song I listen to…the original is not very appropriate. XD)

Ready Aim Fire by Imagine Dragons

Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City
This song is so sweet. I definitely like this acoustic version better than the original.  

July’s Movies
Jurassic World
 The Seeker
The Village (wow, just wow)
Peter Rabbit
Man of Steel
The Incredibles 2
Doctor Strange <3
 Star Trek (2009)
 The Clone Wars (yes, we are starting the TV series once again XD)

July’s Books
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Tales of Redwall: Marlfox by Brian Jacques
The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, When the Sleeper Wakes, The First Men on the Moon, The Sea Lady by H.G. Wells (well, that’s a lot of disturbing sci-fi books :-Z)

July Events
Camp Nano: Camp Nano was awesome this month!!! I had a lot of fun. Not as much happened in our cabin as last July, but there were one or two memorable occasions…including the name of our cabin being changed from The Fellowship of the Keyboards to The Frogship of the Keyboards (why “frogship” Jane??? XD) and Quinley's and my characters sort of…rebelled…I think they were fed up with our tortures. XD All in all it was a fantastic Camp. I completed my goal…after I lowered it…and I was very happy to get my certificate. (I’m official now XD) Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates has a wonderful head start. (And yes, you will be hearing more about it in the future, don’t you worry. XD)

Moving: YES WE OFFICIALLY MOVED!!! Not into our new house yet, but out of our old one and into my grandparent’s house. We have been painting our new house, and as soon as the new carpet gets laid we will move in. I’m excited!!! We’re only about a two-minute walk to the library, and it’s such a tiny town that we could pretty much bicycle or walk to everything else. :-D
Incredibles 2 in Theater: One of my best friends had a birthday this month, so to celebrate we went and saw Incredibles 2 in the theater. It was better than I was anticipating, and I enjoyed it. There were a couple of things in it that I did not care for, but all in all I’m glad I saw it. :-)

July Writing
I wrote 5,511 words this month in Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates. XD I also started working on a new song and possibly thinking about a short story. More updates on those in the future.

*drum roll*
Music, Mystery, Middle Earth, and Mitochondria is ONE YEAR OLD!!!
*confetti horns blow*
It technically was one year old last week…but I sort of forgot…so oops. XD
ANYWAY. In celebration I will be posting an Ask Me Anything post next week. You can ask your questions in the comment section below and I will answer them (providing they are not inappropriate. If they are I reserve the right to refuse to answer them. :-))
I hope you all have an AWESOME August!!!
Talk to me in the comments! How was your July? How was Camp Nano (if you participated)? Have you been reading any good books? Who has seen The Incredibles 2?


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

My Camp Nano Project: Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates.

Greetings, all! 

Since Camp Nano is almost over...HOW IS IT ALREADY ALMOST THE END OF JULY???...ahem, I decided to share a little of what I've been working on this month. 

Eden Claire is an orphaned serving girl in England. Living her lonely life working in the library of a boarding school, she begins to think that she must always settle for less, and that her dreams of comradeship, adventure, and sailing to unknown lands must slowly dwindle away to nothing.
However, when an old forgotten acquaintance shows up on her doorstep with a note left to Eden by her father, those dreams might just become rekindled; dreams that will take Eden to wild escapades on the high seas.
Eden must outwit the notorious Damian the Black Hearted and his gang of pirates in her quest for her father’s treasure, but she cannot do it alone-she will need the help of others. Can she learn how important true friendship is, even at the cost of losing the treasure…and possibly her own life?


^ Eden Claire Gray, my 16 year old protagonist. She's loyal, very smart, has a phonographic memory, and is disabled in her right hand. 

^ Elani, my mentor. She's an amazing fighter and is incredibly skilled with weapons and athletics. 

^ Freja, my ally. She's a mischievous gypsy girl that is fierce and street-smart. 

 ^ Damian the Black Hearted, my villain. 'Nuff said. 

7-7-7 Tag 

Jane Maree, our Most Honorable Cabin Leader, tagged all of us in her cabin with this lovely 7-7-7 tag, which involves going to the seventh page, count down seven lines, and share the next seven paragraphs. So, here goes!   

My heart dropped into my stomach and I let go of the little girl’s hand I was holding. I stepped in front of Mrs. Greenbury and wiped some of the soot off my face. “Who are you?” I demanded.
He smiled, his cheekbones jutting out sharply out of his face and casting dark shadows around his mouth. “Damian is my name.” When I showed no recognition, he cocked his head a little. “I’m surprised your father never spoke of me.”
I spat. “I’m glad he didn’t.” This was now two people who had claimed to know my father today. It was becoming a pattern I hoped wouldn’t continue.  
He nodded. “You have your father’s spirit.” He took a few steps forwards. “I think you have something that I need.”
I shook my head. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Out of the corner of my eye I saw Mrs. Greenbury shooing the other children away. I turned my attention back on the pirate. “I own very little, and I don’t think any of my belongings could help you in any way.”
“No letters, or papers of any kind?” He took another step forward. I held my ground.

I hope you enjoyed that!!! 

I also wanted to share with you a sea shanty that I wrote for the first chapter. 

                One dark night, the thunder rolled;
                The waves crashed on the sailors bold;
                That heaved the oars and on ropes pulled;
                To make it through the waters cold,
                Before their souls to Death were sold.

                So listen my child, and from fear be set free
                Of the salty depths of the mighty sea.  

                They rowed for hours, admidst the spray
                Of salty sea, and the thunderous fray
                Of breaking waves upon their ship.
But God above had heard their cry,
                And though their strength had all been spent,
 He brought them safe to sandy shore.

                So listen my child, and from fear be set free
                Of the salty depths of the mighty sea.   

I had a lot of fun writing that. :-) 

And no WIP post for me would be complete without sharing an few aesthetics that I made for my story! 

And finally, here is the playlist that I made for my story! 

That's all from me! Tell me, how are you WIPs going? Are you doing Camp Nano? Can you believe that it's almost the end of July??? And what do you think about my story?


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