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A Whole Year

Haaaap-py Birthday!!! 😀 Today is this blog’s first birthday!

I was planning on saying something super eloquent but… well, instead, I’m just going to leave you with a hilarious clip from the movie Courageous. Enjoy. And laugh. Very, very funny.

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The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award

Thanks so much to Katheline Hansen for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! Here are the rules:

  • Give 5 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the blogger’s five questions, and create your own.
  • Nominate five other bloggers.

Five Facts (Trying not to use ones I’ve used before)

  1. I’m a Holmie. Which is technically the same thing as a Sherlockian, but it sounds cooler.
  2. I’m learning how to drive… and trying to stay off curbs. Yes, I rode on the curb the other day… 😛
  3. I get character names for my stories off of headstones sometimes. (Yeah…)
  4. I LOVE taking pictures… once I start, I find it hard to stop. 😉
  5. I don’t have a smart phone. (And you can tell I’m running out of facts. :D)

Katheline’s five questions:

  1. Beach or mountains?  – Mountains. But I love the beach too. 😉
  2. What’s your favorite book? (Yes I’m evil like that. XD) – Argh, very evil! Non-fiction, the Bible. Fiction… The Chronicles of Narnia and Sherlock Holmes. That’s as close as I can get to one book. 😉 There are plenty more books out there that I absolutely love, too.
  3. Which book character do you think you’re most like? – What? I haven’t thought about that concerning books. I have no idea. Good question. Wow… I’m stalling. I guess I’d be like Dr. Watson (female version, of course), maybe a little like Stevie from the Saddle Club series. 😉
  4. What animal do you think you’re most like? – Heh heh, that’s hard. Which animal seems quiet, and then, BOOM, it’s not anymore? That would be me.
  5. What places would you most want to visit, or would you want to travel at all? – England. London. Definitely. Australia, or maybe a continental European country, would also be cool.

Five Questions for my Nominees

  1. You’ve got one day left of your life. What would you want to do?
  2. Pirates or ninjas, and why?
  3. If you were turned into one of the Avengers, which one would you be most like?
  4. What are your top three favorite Bible characters, and why?
  5. (I’m going to be evil, too) What is your favorite book?

My Nominees

  1. icedmocha34
  2. The Ink Stain
  3. booklovers1
  4. The Upstairs Archives
  5. The Comeback Kids Blog

I hope all of those that I nominate will accept and I hope that you have enjoyed this! 🙂

The World of the Writer

Hey guys!

I’m so excited! I just got a new blog called The World of the Writer! From now on, most of my stories and thoughts on writing will be posted over there, so please check it out! I’d love feedback on it, and definitely be expecting the theme to change. I’m still looking for the perfect (free) one, so hang in there! Thank you guys so much! 😀

Vote on the Interviews!

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately working on a set of stories. They’re really fun to write, and I’m not sure if anyone would like to read them, but I was thinking of posting them here, as a series.

Basically, it’s me (with a different name 😉 ) interviewing characters from my stories. I was thinking that it also might be fun to interview other people’s characters, too, most likely famous ones, like Sherlock Holmes or Narnian characters. My only problem is finding a name for the series. If you have a suggestion, please comment or suggest it in the poll. Thanks! 😀

After Buckling My Seat Belt

I feel really old right now. And excited. And nervous.

I can now legally drive.

WHAAATTT?????

As long as I have an adult in the car with me. And my learner’s permit.

I know, I’ll probably have trouble reaching the pedals. I know, I’ll probably have trouble seeing over the steering wheel. (Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit… but not much) I know, I’ll probably have trouble breathing the first time I get behind the wheel. The first time I turn the key in the ignition. The first time I put my foot on the gas pedal. And whatever else I have to do. All after buckling my seat belt. Always.

But I’m excited. I’ll be able to go places myself. As soon as I get my own car. I’ll be able to… do I don’t know what. Whatever God wants me to do. With a car. While driving.

Stop laughing.

I know I’m rambling, so I’ll just stop.

Post summary: I got my learner’s permit. Yeah.

The Big Villain Party

Loki Picture - The Avengers

Several posts lately have got me thinking about villains.

We live in a crazy, crazy age. The kind of age where people (and, yes, this is mostly directed to girls) don’t mind ooh-ing and aah-ing over how “adorable” the bad guys are.

Think Loki, from The Avengers and Thor. Think Morairty, from BBC’s Sherlock (although I don’t personally think… never mind. I don’t want to anger any fangirls. 😉 ) I’m pretty sure there’s plenty of others, too, that it wouldn’t take long to think of.

Why is that? I just don’t get it that much. I know that villains can’t be completely bad. But, seriously?

Anyway, this whole post/rant came out because of my own writing. My villain (maybe you’ll get to meet him soon!!!) has got the evil part down pretty good. In fact, I’m worried that he doesn’t have enough human-ish like-ability to him. (Here I go, making up my own words…) Or whatever bad guys are supposed to have. I keep thinking that “if I could get people to like him (and my main character) as much as Loki…”

Ooh, brainstorm! You can meet Raltan!!!! My villain. Here’s a short scene, from the beginning of Chapter Two (Yep, I’m that far already):

“What is it?” Raltan snapped as a guard cautiously entered the room. He shoved a loose strand of his long black hair behind his ear. The man quivered as he worked up the courage to speak. Raltan smiled, relishing the picture before him. Fear. It was such a wonderful emotion, especially when he was the one inspiring it. “What is it?” heasked again.

The man took a deep breath. Raltan wondered how the man had even made it into the Elite Guard. He’d have to talk to General Shineholtz about it later. “We have a man, a captain from the army here to see you,” the man finally blurted out.

Raltan raised an eyebrow. “Oh?” He paused thoughtfully. “Well, make him wait for at least twenty minutes, and if he’s still here after that he may come in.” The man nodded and bowed before turning to leave. “Oh, and, guard?” Raltan said. The guard stopped and turned around. “Send Shineholtz here immediately. I would appreciate his assistance.” The man bowed again and left the room, leaving Raltan alone with his thoughts.

So, whaddya think? I know it’s hard to form an opinion about him from that small section, but that’s my main scene with him so far, non-spoiler scene, at least. I’ll add a link to the prologue at the end of the post if you’d like to read that, which may help. Enjoy! I’d love opinions on Raltan, on my writing, and anything in particular, and just what you think!!!!! 😀 Thanks guys!

Novel Prologue

I Need A Mattress

The title basically says it all. I’m looking for ideas for a futuristic bed/mattress for my story. It shouldn’t be too elaborate, since I need it for my army headquarters. For a HUGE army. 😉 Please let me know if you have ideas!

Hallmark Channel’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered

This was such an awesome episode of Hallmark Channel’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. If you ever get a chance to watch this episode… WATCH IT! 😀

A Big Stick

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Loki and his "Glow Stick of Destiny"; he's got part of this down!

Loki and his “Glow Stick of Destiny”; he’s got part of this down!

Book Review: I Was There by Chris Martin

I’ve finally gotten around to typing up this book review for the latest book from fellow blogger and writer Chris Martin. I hope you’ll buy his book and check out his blog after you finish reading this! 🙂

This was a great book. It told those same stories from the Bible in a new and interesting way. The first-person viewpoint is definitely a great asset in this book, helping the stories provoke emotion. The way Chris Martin develops the characters and draws us near to them makes you want to know them even better. I love how he uses the characters’ back stories to help us identify with them. It’s difficult to develop characters in the small amount of space available in short stories, and Chris does this wonderfully. His descriptions of the actions and emotions of the characters are also done very well. He tells the stories in such an emotional and thought-provoking way that you can’t help but feel for the characters. I love the way that Chris brings a new perspective to the stories he retells. I believe that these stories would even be interesting for non-believers. The only negative point of the book are a few small grammatical errors, which could easily be fixed with some extra proofreading and editing. Chris Martin certainly has a talent for writing that makes the stories and characters seem even more relatable. This book is definitely worth the read.