Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ink and Page Book Reviews-2nd Year Anniversary!!!

Greetings, all!

So, my original planned post for this week was one about Nano and my current WIP, Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates...but since my word count this week was incredibly sad, I decided to postpone that update until next week.
So, instead, I'm going to give an announcement.

MY BOOK REVIEW BLOG IS TWO WHOLE YEARS OLD!!! 
*throws confetti* 

Now, I must admit; I don't think I've actually mentioned my other blogs on this one...so I don't know how many of you knew that I even had a book review blog. 
Well, now you do. XD 

In a span of two years, I have written 24 book reviews for books ranging from historical fiction to fantasy to superhero fiction to Christian fiction. In my reviews I share a little synopsis of the book, tell who it was written by, what year it was published in, how well it was written, and if there was anything objectionable in it. 

AND IT HAS MADE IT THROUGH TWO. WHOLE. YEARS. 

And only ONE makeover!!! *pats blog* Don't worry, you'll get another one someday. 

My most recent book review is a review on Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. 
And my first book review was on The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates.  

If you guys are looking for reviews on any books, I do accept requests. Just let me know in a comment and I will check out the book. :-D 

Have you read Fawkes or The Journeyman? Are there any books you would like me to review? 
Namarie! 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wrap Up October, Hello November!


Greetings All! 




(ssh I totally know it's November 10th) 

October has got to be my favorite month; the changing leaves, the crisp air, the gloomy days; and for us; school starting up again. There is something comforting in starting a new schedule and opening up a new school book. For me anyway. XP Not to metion the brand-new pencils…XD

October’s Music

The Flight of the Silverbird by Two Steps from Hell
This song is so much fun to listen to! I can totally imagine a bird with a long silver tail sweeping across the sky when I play it.

Darkness Keeps Chasing Me by Grace Vanderwaal 
I had never heard this song of Grace’s before, but when I borrowed her album from the library I instantly fell in love with it. The cello part and her voice mash perfectly together, and don’t even get me started on the lyrics. <333 

Waltz for Mary and John
This song. <333 



October’s Movies:

Sixth Sense
This movie was AMAZING. A little disturbing and creepy, but the story and characters and twists were so good!!! <333

The Lovebug
Big family hit. XD

 Herbie Rides Again 

Oliver Twist 
This movie was very well done. *thumbs up*

Captain America: Civil War
NOO MY HEART MARVEL WHY???



October’s Books

Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

The Rithamist by Brandon Sanderson

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

Dracula by Bram Stoker (‘cause it was October, okay guys? XD)

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Icebound Land by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony SNicket

The Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan



October’s Events

School Starting: Welp, I’m officially in 11th grade now (only one more year of schol, omw I’M NOT READY), and let me say, junior year is so far the easiest year I’ve had in high school so far. I only have Hebrew, Greek translating, French, American History, Chemistry, and some reading and writing to occupy my school hours. I just finished a crash-course Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing curriculum that was SO AMAZING AND HELPFUL. It’s making me so excited to start my sci-fi novel after Nano. :-D 

Reformation Day: We didn’t do a huge celebration this year for Reformation Day, just went over to a friend’s house to hang out and freeze to death outside. I should have worn my jacket…XD



So that was my month! Now tell me about yours! Did you watch any creepy movies? Listen to any good songs? How is Nano treating all you writerly types out there? :-D

(I promise I’ll fill you all in on what’s happening in my pirate story, Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates soon. Nano has opened some doors into my story that I didn’t see coming…XD)

Namarie! 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Get to Know Me Tag-Writer's Edition


Greetings, all!


I have finally gotten around to posting this tag!!! It has been one of my favorite tags to answer so far. Many thanks to Rachel and Danielle for tagging me!!!*

*(If anyone else tagged me, and I didn’t see it, my sincerest apologies to you, and let me know so I can add you to my list of people who have tagged me.)

The tag was started by Savannah and the rules are as follows:

• Link back to the person who created the tag. (check)
• Thank the person who tagged you. (double check)
• Share the tag graphic. (triple check)
• Tag eleven bloggers. (nope. I think everyone has done this tag already, and if you haven’t, then you are officially tagged now by me. XD)



Vital Stats and Appearance

Name: MiddleEarthMusician, aka Mem. XD (I can’t share my real name on the Internet, sorry.)

Nicknames: I have one nickname that is in relation to my name, and I can’t share it. XP The nicknames I have that are not in relation to my name are “Mem” (Jane's fault XD), “Bug” (family nickname), and “Shoo” (don’t even ask).  

Birthday: April 25th

Hair Color and Length: Brown with red and gold highlights, and about 6 inches below my shoulders.

Eye Color: Erm…green is the closest color I can compare my eye color to. :-Z

Braces\Piercings\Tattoos: I have a piercing on each ear for earrings, as well as braces. (I am hoping to get another ear-piercing right above my current one…we’ll see what my parents say. XD) 

Righty or Lefty: Righthanded, but was born left-handed. (It’s a long story. :-D But I can do multiple things with both hands that most people can’t do with their non-dominate hand.)

Ethnicity: Caucasian and Native American



Firsts

First Novel Written: The first novel I ever wrote was one called “The Adventure of the Missing Will”, and it was about seven orphaned siblings who live in 19th century London and witness a stranger stealing their parent’s will from the attic. There was an alleyway showdown, a lightening storm in the attic, and a piano recital in my story. Little 11-year-old me was bored and needed a project. XD

First Novel Completed: The one mentioned above. It took me one month to write, and was 5,966 words long. :-D

First Award for Writing: My 2017 Camp Nano certificate. I don’t know if that counts, but I was pretty happy with it. XP

First Publication: When I was 13 I entered a short story contest for a book series that I really enjoy. I won fourth place, and as a result was published in the book that they put out featuring the winners of the contest. (It was my first short story ever, so I was pretty shocked. Still am, as a matter of fact. XD)

First Conference: I HAVEN’T BEEN TO ONE YET. *cries*

First Query\Pitch: Unless you count all the stories I’ve pitched to the lovely IdahoReader, then N\A. 



Favorites

Novel (that you’ve written): Mission: Metal is my absolute favorite novel that I’ve written. Although Of Seas, Silver, and Shipmates is getting pretty close…:-)

Genre: You aren’t just asking me to pick one, are you??? I can’t do that! XD I enjoy writing Fantasy (especially Dark Fantasy), Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Super Hero, and Pirate\Sea Faring Adventures.

Author: I cannot just pick one! J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, N.D. Wilson, Douglas Bond, S.D. Smith, Anne Elizabeth Stengl, Eoin Colfer, Jules Verne, and Brian Jacques are my favorites. <333

Writing Music: Epic Score and Two Steps from Hell.

Time to Write: Late Evening

Writing Snack\Drink: Gum and chocolate. Ooh, and lemonade. XD

Movie: NOOO!!! NOT ONE!!! I suppose I will just pick my current favorite one (LotR, The Hobbit, Narnia, Star Wars, and Marvel movies don’t count XD). Probably Lady in the Water or The Village. M. Night Shyamalan is an amazing director. <333

Writing Memory: When my character, Liam, from Mission: Metal decided to put himself in my story. That was an interesting day in my writing career. XD

Childhood Book: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.



Currently

Reading: Dracula by Bran Stoker and The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Icebound Land by John Flanagan.


Listening To: Nothing at the moment, but the last song I listened to was Something Wild by Lindsey Stirling.

Watching: Not any series, but the movie I last watched was Disney’s Oliver Twist starring Alex Trench and Elijah Wood. It was really cute. :-)

Learning: To loosen up and not think too much about everything. :-Z I am a very intense person, and since both my violin teacher and my Kung Fu master told me on the same day to loosen up, relax, not to think too hard about what I was doing; I suppose I probably should listen. XD



Future

Want to be Published: ABSOLUTELY. WITHOUT A DOUBT.  

Indie or Traditional: Traditional I think…I don’t even know what Indie publishing is…(isn’t Indie a type of music???)

Wildest Goal: I would love to get a book published, a music album released, and to make it to AGT with my Martial Arts dojo. :-D 



Well, that’s over. Your turn to talk!!! What are you currently reading? What is your favorite childhood book? And what is a wild goal that you have? :-D
Namarie!


Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Account of My Camping Adventures



Greetings, all!


Here is the account of my travels, as promised. XD Enjoy!
NOTE: All of the pictures in this post were either taken by me or my mom. I own the copyrights. Even if they were taken by my mom. XD


Day 1-2

Salt Lake City

Sunset over the Great Salt Lake


Loveland Aquarium
This aquarium was AMAZING, with a shark tube, different biomes, and a 4D movie theater.





The Red Butte Gardens
There were art displays throughout the garden made with nothing but Legos. Wow. 



In-N-Out (no pictures, sorry. we were too busy eating. XD)

Day 3-4

Quail Creek Park and Zion’s National Park

Wildlife at Quail Creek Reservoir 
This crayfish was promptly dubbed “Craig”. XD


Breathtaking Red Layers and Mile-Long Tunnels at Zion’s National Park  




This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. It was so beautiful. <333

Day 5-7

The Grand Canyon

Wow. Just wow. :-O 






Day 8-10

Mesa Verde

Seeing all the amazing houses that were built into the side of the cliffs made me want to live in one myself. Aren’t they so cool? 





And I also got some pictures of the local flora and fauna. XD



 CACTUS IS AMAZING. <333



Day 11-13

Dinosaur National Monument 
All the dinosaur fossils were so cool to see. We even got to touch some. XD





Welp, that's our trip! We intended to also go to Yellowstone National Park on our way home, but our car sort of broke down, and so after we got it fixed (which, praise the Lord, only took us about two hours) we decided just to head home. Yellowstone will have to wait until next year. :-D 

Your turn to talk! Have you been to any of these places? Would you like to live in a stone house built into the side of a cliff? And aren't cactus amazing??? XD
Namarie! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Wrap Up September, Hello October!


Greetings, all! 


Welp, it’s officially autumn here where I live! The leaves are changing colours, the air is getting crisp, and we have graduated to wearing sweaters at my house. I had a great September! We went on a two-week long camping trip (details to follow), and then came home and relaxed for a blissful few weeks before starting school. Now we’re in October, which happens to be my favourite month, and things are settling down to normal with school and schedules. :-D



September’s Music:

Avengers: Assemble-A Promise by Alan Silvestri 


Ahhh, one of the most nostalgic pieces of music for me. I love the guitar part at the beginning. 

Wanderer’s Lullaby by Adriana Figueroa 

I absolutely adore this song. Her voice is a little high at times for my liking, but the words and music are lovely. Not to mention the title…<333


Fur Elise: Epic Trailer Version by Hidden Citizens


This song. Wow. One of the most famous classical pieces turned into one of the most epic songs I’ve ever heard. Amazing.


September’s Movies:

The Last Airbender 


Rogue One <\3


Solo

(How come so many people dislike this movie??? I loved it!!!)


The Jungle Book 


After Earth

Lady in the Water <333


September’s Books:

Tales of Redwall: Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie,

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


September’s Events:

Camping Trip: My family has never gone on a real camping trip with all of us kids, so we bought a tent trailer and decided to hit the road to go to Salt Lake City, Zions National Park, THE GRAND CANYON, Mesa Verde, Dinosaur National Monument, and Four Corners. Yep, we visited all those places in two weeks. XD It was AMAZING. I have now decided that I LOVE camping. <333 Next week I am going to be posting a blog post with pictures and memories from that trip, so you all can see where we went. :-) It was so much fun.

Star Wars in Theater with a Live Orchestra: Yes, you read that right! We bought tickets for my dad and us three older kids to go see Star Wars: A New Hope on the big screen with the Philharmonic Orchestra of our state playing all the music LIVE. IT WAS BREATHTAKING. You don’t truly realize how ASTOUNDING the music of SW is until you hear it live. It was also a big treat for me, because I have never gone to any classical music event and I was SO EXCITED to actually see a live orchestra. I’m trying to persuade my dad to take me to one of their Pop-Hits performances next year…we’ll see how that goes…XD

LotR Day: September the 22nd ACTUALLY CAME and a WHOLE lot sooner than I was anticipating. :-Z I participated in Hamlette's 2018 Tolkien Blog Party, which was just as much fun as last year’s was, and listened to a TON of LotR music. I really have to prepare for it better next year…and I even wrote it on my calendar…XD



September’s Writing:

N\A. Travelling has a way of doing that to your WIPs…:-Z



Your turn to talk! How was your September? Did you watch any good movies? Has anyone else ever been to a movie with live music event? And does anyone else forget things that are written on their calendars? XD

Namarie! 

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