Friday, April 13, 2018

Wrap Up March\Hello, April!

Greetings, all!

(My apologies that this is so late; we had a little family vacation for a couple of weeks so I wasn’t able to blog during that time.)

How are you all doing? I’m doing okay; I am recovering from a cold, but otherwise doing fine. Things at our house have been a little crazy as we’re trying to get some work done, piles of books everywhere, furniture being moved, and all sorts of electrical work being completed (which involves the electricity being turned off in random times during the day…). I will be glad when it’s all over. :-Z XD

March Music:

Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman
I haven’t seen this movie yet (not sure if I’m allowed to), but the music is AMAZING. This song is one of my favorites from the album.

Burned by Grace Vanderwaal
This song is so pretty with Grace’s beautiful voice and the minor key.

The Emperor’s March
Sometimes you just need a little good old-fashioned Star Wars music. :-P

March Movies:

(there were too many to find pictures for them all)

Parent Trap

LEGO Ninjago Movie

Marvel: Black Panther

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Les Misérables

National Treasure 1

March Books:

Tales of Goldstone Wood: Shadow Hand by Anne Elizabeth Stengl

Tales of Goldstone Wood: Golden Daughter by Anne Elizabeth Stengl

Goddess Tithe by Anne Elizabeth Stengl

Draven’s Light by Anne Elizabeth Stengl

Ranger’s Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan

 The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Night Journeys by Avi

Smuggling Light by Esther Chan

Frankenstein by Mary Sheller 

March Events:

Roadshow Concert: I went to the Roadshow Concert for the first time! It was my second real concert. My favorite group was definitely For King and Country, although I did also enjoy Zach Williams a lot.

New Job: I got my first job last month! I’m a receptionist for my martial arts dojo. It’s been fun learning the behind the desk work and getting to meet new people.

Starting Track: Here we go once again. I don’t enjoy track, but at least I get to see friends several times a week. Long jump is pretty fun as well.

Black Panther in the Theater: I loved this movie! It was my first Marvel movie I’ve ever seen in the theater, and although in order to go I had to pay for both my dad’s ticket and my own, it was still worth it. It’s probably on my top shelf of Marvel movies: the story was so good and the characters were awesome. And the end credits scene people…*freaks out about up-coming Avengers: Infinity War*

Vacation to CA: Yep, I took a trip to California. I hope to have some pictures for a more in-depth blog post later, so for now I will just say that the beach is amazing, sea lions are adorable, underground caves are cool, and we may-or-may-not have seen the blowhole of a whale. :-D

(I think some more things happened too but I’m too tired to remember them all so that’s all I’m going to write. XD)

March Writing:

I wrote 1,780 words last month, and only have about two more chapters left in my WIP, Mission: Metal!!! My goal is to finish it in the month of April and then leave it until Camp Nano in July when I will start rewriting. I’m so excited! I’m also working on a new song that I might post sometime in the near future…;-D

Now that I am finally done, tell me: how was your month of March? Did anyone else see Black Panther? How is your writing going? And has anyone seen a real whale out in the ocean? (The whole of a whale, not just the blowhole like I did?)

Happy April!


Friday, March 23, 2018

The Cake Book Tag\Small Announcement

Greetings, all!

I got tagged for the Cake Book Tag by the lovely Lady Awdur! Thanks so much!

Chocolate Cake: a dark book you absolutely love-Well, I don’t know what qualifies as a “dark” book, but I suppose I could say Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas or Saint by Ted Dekker.

Vanilla cake: a light read-The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbitt. That was a cute book.

Red Velvet: a book that gave you mixed emotions-The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. It’s an amazing book with an outwardly light storyline, but as you continue to read it it gets deep and more intense. I was thoughtful and maybe even a little sad after reading it, but at times it made me laugh. I highly recommend it!

Cheesecake: a book you would recommend to anyone-The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. <3

Coffee cake: a book you started but did not finish-The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I didn’t dislike it, but it was a long book and I had to give it back to the library. :-(

Carrot cake: a book with great writing-The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Need I say more? ;-D

Cup-cake: a series with 4+ books-The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elizabeth Stengl. There are 7 novels, 2 novellas, and one short story. This series is amazing. Read it.

Fruit cake: a book that wasn't what you anticipated-Redwall by Brian Jacques. When I first read it, I thought it was going to be some cheesy little kid’s animal story. Never have I been more wrong. XD

New Recipe: a current read you didn't know much about-Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. I’d heard about it before but had never read it. I’m on book 2 now, and it’s been pretty good. I’m enjoying it. :-D

And now, I shall tag all of you book lovers!!! XD Hope you enjoyed reading my answers! What are some of your favorite light-hearted reads? Has anyone else read the Screwtape Letters or Ranger’s Apprentice? And do you think The Count of Monte Cristo counts as a dark read?

Before I go, I have a little announcement: I am taking a break from computer activities for a couple of weeks, about 2 or 3 during Spring Break. Just F.Y.I. ;-D I will respond to comments, emails, and blog posts as soon as my break is over!

So, until then:

Namarie, Friends!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wrap Up February; Hello March!

Greetings, all!

Well; I had a pretty good month. I didn’t get very much writing or reading done, but did get a ton of physical exercise in. XD Our February weather was very unusual; for much of the month we had clear skies and beautiful 50-degree days; and then…we got snow last week. XP Finally it’s March though; Spring is coming! (Well, for some of us anyway; for you Australians it’s the other way around. XD)

February Songs:

Shut Up and Dance covered by Simply Three

This cover is awesome. I love Simply Three.

London Calling-Star Trek: Into Darkness by Michael Giacchino

I LOVE this song. The piano part is SO pretty.

When Can I See You Again by Owl City

I don’t normally listen to this type of music; but this song came on one of my radio stations and now it’s one of my favs. 

February Movies:

Star Trek (2009)
One of my favs. :-D

Back to the Future 3
 My family loved this one.

The Star

This movie was so cute! <3

February Books:

Andrea Carter and the Dangerous Decision by Susan K. Marlow

Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure by Susan K. Marlow

A Raider’s Promise by Lois Walfrid Duncan

Saint by Ted Dekker

February Events:

Super Bowl: For the Super Bowl we had friends over to play, eat snacks, and watch Star Trek. XD

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day was fun at our house; we made a heart cake, had shrimp pasta, my siblings and I made cards for each other, and my mom and dad surprised us with Star Wars Valentine’s at breakfast. :-D

 Passing out Door Hangers: My brother and I passed out door hangers for hours this month. We’re being paid to advertise for our Martial Arts Dojo; and I prefer passing out door hangers over flyers (because you don’t have to talk to people when you do door hangers XP).

 Board Break-a-Thon: I had to recruit sponsors to pay for boards for me to break at our Dojo’s Board Break-A-Thon. I got five boards paid for; and broke them in front of my family. It was fun (and it didn’t hurt!). XD

Arcade with Friends: On Tuesday, we went to an arcade with a group of friends. It was so much fun; laser tag, video games, rock climbing, ball shooting, and a 3D shooting ride (it’s the only thing I actually won XD).

February Writing:

I only wrote about 1,562 words this month; unfortunately. :-( I am nearing the completion of Mission: Metal though!!! XD I can’t wait to finish it and start the rewriting process.

I don’t have a February Gif; so instead I have these adorable short videos about Lucas the Spider that you must watch. :-D <3

So, tell me; how was your month? Did you do anything fun and exciting? Did you all have a good Valentine’s day? Has anyone else seen The Star? And how do you like my new blog design and header?


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Again: a song written by Middle Earth Musician

I am wondering 
You’ll be back
I’ve been so long
Without your voice
In my ears 
I’ve almost forgotten how it sounds.

I know why you left.
Why you picked up that gun
And boarded that ship
And left me.
But I still miss you.
I’m thinking ‘bout the time
When you’ll come back
And I’ll see you again.

I wonder how you’re doing
Over there.
Have you gotten my letters? 
I write to you often. 
One day this war’ll be over 
And we can talk face to face again.  
Oh, I’m thinking ‘bout the time
When you’ll come back 
And I’ll see you then
We’ll be together again.

I just heard the news
About that bomb
I heard that you saved the life
Of your best friend
By shielding him from the blast.
There’s no greater love
Than that.
I know I’ll see you again
But it’s hard, and I’ll miss you
Here on Earth.
War tears families apart.

Oh, I’m thinking ‘bout the time
When you’ll come back 
And I’ll see you then
We’ll be together again.
And I’m thinking ‘bout the time
When you’ll come back 
And I’ll see you again.
We’ll be together again.
We’ll be together again.
~Middle Earth Musician~

I wrote that song last year and haven't shown in to anyone outside of my parents. I hope you all liked it! :-)
Happy Valentine's Day! <3

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wrap Up January\Hello, February!

Greetings, all!

(Guys, I’m actually on time with my wrap-up post. Something must be wrong with me.)

It seems like January just started!!! And now it’s February!!! Where does time go? Can you believe it’s already one month into 2018? I can’t. I’m still in 2017. Probably by the time it’s almost 2019 my mind will be caught up.

January’s Songs:

Mad World covered by Peter Hollens
So beautiful, and so sad.

Wonder Woman’s Wrath by Rupert Gregson-Williams

This song is amazing. I haven’t seen the movie, but I LOVE the soundtrack.

Barbossa is Hungry by Hans Zimmer

Mildly disturbing title, but awesome song. I love the rhythm.

January’s Movies:

(We watched a ton of movies this month because I had to babysit my siblings more than usual. Not that I’m complaining…)

[Disclaimer: I am not recommending all of these movies; I watched some of them on a video filtering service as there was some content involved. Just F.Y.I]

Spider-Man Homecoming – Loved this movie. Peter Parker is awesome, and the plot was really good.

Inkheart – This is a great movie for any writers, readers, and book lovers…because in it the characters of different books come alive. How cool is that?

LEGO Ninjago Movie – Not as good as the LEGO Movie, but still great. 


Rise of the Guardians – This is a sweet movie.

LotR: RotK - <3 <3 <3 Need I say more?


January’s Books:

(I unfortunately didn’t read as much as I would have liked to this month, as we didn’t go to the library at all.)

Tales of Redwall: Doomwhyte by Brian Jacques

Saint by Ted Dekker (still reading)

LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring (still reading)

January’s Events:

(To read about some more exciting things that happened this month, check out this post from last week.)

New Belt in Kung Fu: My brother and I earned our yellow\black stripe belt in Kung Fu last Monday. The belt tests just keep getting harder…

GIF of the Month of January:

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Wish I felt this good after doing only three jumping jacks…

January’s Writing:

(This is a new section of my wrap-up posts. I’m hoping to have something new written every month.)

I wrote about 816 words this month. Not exactly the WC I was hoping for, but at least it’s something. I’m continuing my blog serial story, Mission: Metal; as well as writing a screen-play for a movie that my dad and I are hopefully going to make this year. Starting next week, I will be writing my new WIP, Of Silver, Shipmates, and Strange Tides, that I introduced in last week's post.

Okay, now that that’s over with, tell me; how was your month? Did you watch any good movies or read any good books? How is your writing going? Do you like The LEGO Movie or The LEGO Ninjago Movie better? And does anyone else think that time goes by too quickly?


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