Friday, January 5, 2018

Wrapping Up 2017: Welcoming 2018

Greetings, all!


Well, everyone else is doing posts about wrapping up 2017, so I guess I’m doing one as well. ;-D

I personally also had a good year, overall. I deepened my relationships with my family and friends, rediscovered my love of writing, and discovered blogging. I joined OYAN, became a Nano-er, read tons of new books, watched awesome movies, listened to great music, and became more physically fit. Not everything was perfect this year; I’ve had to work through some responsibilities and relationship problems and they were definitely not easy; I also became pretty sick around October. However; God is faithful and has helped get me through those times. I’m incredibly grateful to Him for His unfailing love.

I thought I’d share some events that happened this year with you all, as well as some of my favorite movies, books, and musicians from 2017.

Events that Happened in 2017:

(March) Track- I started track in Spring of 2017. It’s definitely not my favorite sport; but I did do very well in long jump and sprinting.

(April) 15th Birthday-I turned 15 on April 25th, 2017. I feel like I’m getting old. :-Z ;-D Just kidding.

(June) Bible Bee-Every year we participate in the National Bible Bee. I was a senior this year for the first time, and we studied Genesis 1-3, the theme this year being “Created”. I always learn so much about God during this time of study.

(July) Camp Nano-I did Camp Nanowrimo for the first time! Being in Jane’s cabin Fellowship of the Keyboards was so much fun, and I even succeeded with my word goal! I also met a ton of new friends through Nano. XD *hugs you all*

(July) Starting Music, Mystery, Middle Earth and Mitochondria- I started this blog! I hope you have been having as much fun reading my posts as I’ve had writing them. I’ve also met several wonderful friends through this blog. *more hugs*

(August) Piano Guys Concert- I went to the Piano Guys concert!!! It was absolutely amazing, especially because it was my very first concert. Thanks for bringing me, Dad! <3

(September) Family Camp- I went to our Church’s family camp and had a blast with my friends and family. Nothing beats fresh mountain air, freezing lake water, campfires and staying up late. ;-D

(October) Kung Fu- My brother and I started Kung Fu. We are now yellow belts and have had so much fun learning how to defend ourselves, use weapons, and meeting new friends.

(December) Christmas- My family went up to a cabin in the mountains with my grandparents and cousins for Christmas. We skied, watched Princess Bride (inconceivable!), and opened presents. It was a lot of fun.



Movies I Watched for the First Time:

Jurassic Park movies 1-3

Jurassic World

Arrival

The Giver

Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek: Out of Darkness

Ironman 1

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Megamind

Star Wars: The Last Jedi



Books and Series I read for the First Time:

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Prisoner and Yet by Corrie Ten Boom

The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson-3 books

The Baker Street Mysteries by Jake and Luke Thoene-4 books

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer-8 books

Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson-only read 4 books

Tales of Goldstone Wood books by Anne Elizabeth Stengl-only read 5 books

Showdown by Ted Dekker

Hardy Boys books by Franklin W. Dixon-only read 5 books



Music I Listened to:

Acapella Pop i.e. Peter Hollens, Pentatonix   

Epic Instrumental Music i.e. TSfH, Audiomachine

Instrumental Pop and Hip-Hop i.e. Lindsey Stirling, Simply Three, Piano Guys

Movie Scores i.e. PotC Soundtracks, LotR Soundtracks, Star Wars Soundtracks

Video Game Scores i.e. Assassin’s Creed Soundtracks, Legend of Zelda Soundtracks

New Age Piano Music i.e. Helen Jane Long, Michele McLaughlin

(I don’t know what genre these musicians fit into) i.e. Rich Mullins, Caedmon’s Call



I am super excited for 2018 and all the wonderful things God has in store for my family and I. I’m looking forward to turning 16, watching the new Han Solo movie, and possibly going to California for a vacation. XD XD XD

So, tell me; how was your 2017? Did you do anything particularly fun or memorable? Watch any good movies or read any good books? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2018? Talk to me!

Have a Blessed New Year!

Namarie,

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Versatile Blogger Award + Little Announcement + Star Wars Fangirling

Greetings, all!



I'm so excited!!! XD I just got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!!! 
I quote:

So, for those who don’t know what the Versatile Blogger Award is, let me tell you. It has been created to feature and recognize blogs/bloggers that have unique content.
The Versatile Blogger says;
“Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the VBA.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Thank you so much Kendra Lynne for nominating me!!! *hugs you and gives you kit kats*

Um, I don't think I could do 15 bloggers...but I'll do my best. ;-D 


Okay, never mind, geez; that's over 15 bloggers. I didn't even do all the ones I follow. XD
If you've already been nominated, don't worry about doing it again. That's fine. ;-D

Okay, now 7 facts about myself...

(I'm going to try and find facts you may not already know, Kendra. ;-D)

  1. I love the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". 
  2. I hate sneezing. 
  3. I used to be ambidextrous.
  4. I love cats. 
  5. I do not like mashed potatoes. 
  6. I don't really like musicals. 
  7. I think that Anakin Skywalker is awesome. 
So, that's done! XD Thanks again, Kendra, for nominating me! <3

And I have a little announcement: 
I WILL NOT BE POSTING ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS. 
(Just F.Y.I.)
Right before Christmas is CRAZY, and I have a Kung Fu camp for eight hours a day for two days next week. :-Z XD So I have no blogging time. 

Oh, one more thing...
I WENT AND SAW STAR WARS EPISODE EIGHT THE LAST JEDI TODAY!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!! XD XD XD *screams*

These are the cutest Star Wars creatures ever. <3


Ahem, so: Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you have a great Christmas. 
Has anyone else seen Episode Eight of Star Wars? If so, did you like it? What are you doing for Christmas? And come on guys; someone else has to not like mashed potatoes. ;-D

Merry Christmas!!!

Namarie!


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

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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!




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