Monday, August 30, 2010

Happily Ever After

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My favorite genre of all time is fantasy/adventure fiction. I am, unfortunately, a big fan of spoilers. Before I read a book or watch a movie, I'll always go online and look it up and read the summary. If it's not available, I'll bug other people who I know have read the book before. (This really annoys the heck out of my cousin. "Here, Amaranthine, read this book." "How is it?" "READ IT!")

When I bug people, I normally ask these questions. "Does [Main Character] survive? Does she? Does she? Does her mom/dad/sibling/cat die? Are they all happy at the end of the book? Basically, does this book have a happy ending? I mean, that's the main question!
 If they say, "Yes, it does," then somehow it makes what happens to the characters in the meantime more bearable to read.


Even in the books, it helps. Like if some one important, like Thomas Edison, is in prison for refusing to bow to a idol(I don't know!) and some kids time travel from the present and assure him that everything's going to be all right, it gives him hope. Right?

Well, we're the main characters in our own story right now. And sometimes it seems like the trials the characters in books go through can't compare to what we're facing right know.  Like, what's a charging rhino against a bratty sister? ???????( I don't have a sister, just an example.) Or having to survive a night in the desert versus having to survive the death of someone close to you?


Well let me say this: Our story has a happy ending. And knowing that should make today more bearable.

Go get your bible and read Mark chapter 13. It is filled with many horrible prophecies that could be right out of a Suzanne Collins novel. But I think it is one of the most hopeful chapters in the bible.  


"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and the leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door." "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never disappear."*


And we all live happily ever after.





 
*Mark 13:28, 29, 31.
However, as it is written:
   "No eye has seen,
      no ear has heard,
   no mind has conceived
   what God has prepared for those who love him" 1 Corinthians 2:9 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hey-

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I'm going to be camping in Half Moon Bay, starting tomorrow, so no new posts for about a week. Yah?

School starts ASAIGB(As Soon As I Get Back) Believe it or not, I'm excited!

Amaranthine

Friday, August 20, 2010

willanoid:

in—wonderland:

theworldkickedback:

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love this!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Profiles

Whenever I read, I pay specific attention to the things I like in the book. What separates good writers from bad writers? The things I like most are:
-Characters
-Description
-Humor
-Dialogue

Characters are some of the most important parts of a story. Dry, "cardboard", cliche characters could really ruin a story, which is why writers pay HUGE attention to them. How do I come up with character ideas? I observe the people around me(sorry, guys.) It gives me lots of ideas!
 Example:
I wrote this on the 7th, after an encounter with a girl named Lyric.

  
Lyric is a girl my age, and I have known her ever since elementary school. I became friends with her instantly because she is very friendly. Lately, now that we're in middle school, I've seen less and less of her. Talking to her recently gives me the impression that I'm talking to a robot who's been brainwashed. Schools where I live are very worldly, and Lyric, who used to be special, is becoming just "one of the crowd", pretending to be materialistic, carefree, and in-your-face. She's worked up an attitude that you can tell isn't real. She likes one thing one day, and hates it the next, depending on what's popular. She doesn't mind doing little sneaky things, like texting when she's not supposed to, that she didn't used to do. She is a technical Christian, but you can tell that Christ takes little to no place in her life.


See what I mean? If you've had an encounter with someone that leaves an impression on your mind, writing about it might be the perfect outlet, (and help get it out of your head.

PS. I am working on a novel, but I don't seem to have much time for it.


Friday, August 13, 2010

The Life Cycle of A Blog

Hey guys! I've made my first cartoon. I'm still not too good with the paint program, but see how I did. The purpose wasn't to point fingers or make fun of anybody, just a reminder that everything, including blogging, takes constant work, care and maintenance. Good blogs are hard to maintain, but worth it! (I'm still working on mine!)
Here's the cartoon.(click to make it bigger.)















Good work to all of you who work hard at blogging(though it IS boring sometimes, admit it, especially after the excitement fades) and thanks to all of my followers who encourage me through reading my stuff, and the occasional comment. Nothing is more encouraging than comments!

If you have your own "dead" blog(I have one, too) then I would like to encourage you to keep at it! If you haven't blogged recently, then no worries, no one expects you to blog everyday. Just keep your mind open for ideas, and even if you think no one's reading what you write, keep at it! If you have a "baby" blog(in it's first few stages of life) then feel free to give me the address and I'll follow you and encourage you!  

Tuesday, August 10, 2010



 It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Friday, August 6, 2010

School, My Life, and Other Miscellanea: Updates

Current updates from various parts of my life. Kind of an introduction. Bold means Very Important Person
 
As (some) of you know, I'm homeschooled. Well not really, I belong to a charter school called CAVA. It is a public school, and I've been in it since kindergarten. I'm just about to start my first year of high school in CAVA, and I'm really excited. My school materials came in the mail. I'm taking Geometry, Earth Science, Psychology, and Honors English. I haven't gotten my computer and printers.

SWIM TEAM
Swim season is almost ending. Championships are next Saturday, and so is the championship party! I'm excited. I hope my friends Theresa and Alyssa are going.




Still taking Jazz I and Hip Hop I. Jazz is more focused on technique, while Hip Hop is good, old fashioned, fun. Ms. Kellie(Hip Hop) will be back next week, and Ms. Sophia(Jazz) was already back. Tiffany and Shiloan are my Hip Hop/Jazz friends at Pacific Dance.
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I'm helping at the 4th and 5th grade Lock-In on Wednesday. Too little room to list all of my friends here-you know who you are! 


Those of you who don't feel like reading about my life: here you go.


Please do NOT point at the flowers!



Not many roads are open when under water.

Not many roads are open when under water.

















Signspotting.com is great!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

wookiekisses:

My guess is that snowball is destined for the back of Harrison Ford’s head.


My guess is that snowball is destined for the back of Harrison Ford's head.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The End




















Well, its' been a long trip. Thanks for following me through it! I started with one follower(myself) and I now have 9. I have the wonderful challenge of keeping you all entertained. :) Some side notes.

When you're on a mission trip, nothing refreshes you more than a nice cold Coke. That's why I asked Barbara to (please) buy me one at the gas station, since I was broke. Barbara, good soul, kindly brought it to me just as our cars were pulling out.
Little did I know that we would be stuck in the worst traffic jam of my life....we took about 4 hours to cross the border, moving at the lovely rate of about an inch a minute..on the highway.


Let's just say that I really regretted that Coke...
If you've been following from the beginning, you'd remember that I told you that our San Diego-Tijuana crossing border is the busiest in the world. Yup.  What was entertaining was watching the street vendors try to sell you everything from statues to ponchos to ice cream.























The pace was really frustrating, because we'd see something interesting(Look! A Staples store!) And then, an hour later, we'd look back and see it, right behind us. (Hey! Didn't we pass that an hour ago! Darn...) So we inched by, and when we finally saw the immigration thing it was like the prettiest sight in the world.
















My dad, looked out the window and began taking photos of the border. A guy came up to us and told us to stop or he would take our camera away, no time wasted on politeness. I'm glad he didn't make us delete the photo. Here it is.
















One side says Mexico, the other says US. I love visible borders! (turns and looks over my shoulder at Janelle, who is sitting in the back. "How's it like back in Mexico?")



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Sawyer and Andrew(nicknamed Ponchito by me, because he bought the poncho from the street vendors.)
I want to thank all my loyal followers for following me through my trip. Without you I would surely have been discouraged from blogging. This is not the end, and I hope to keep you as I blog about other things. Thank you for all the wonderful comments.
I want to thank in particular:
Madeline(aka AIOfreak): You were my first (real) follower. I love your comments, your blog, and your heart to serve Jesus. God Bless!
Ali: You're my writing(and life) friend and mentor. Thanks for being a great friend.
Ira, Jemimah: I love your blogs and your spirits. Let us walk through life(and Blogspot) together.
Migillicuty: Someone who I have pretty much EVERYTHING in common with. May the Force be With You
Yu and His teaching. H_T, I love your blog. Guys, I don't really know either of you very well, but unknown followers are just as loved as known ones. (Look! Someone likes what I write and isn't following just to be nice! (no offense)).
I also thank all of you who read but don't have a Blogspot to follow me. Get a blog!

God bless you all,
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Everybody loves ice cream

legoexpress:

pipius:

starwarspwns:

aw XD