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Again and again

THE STAR WARS SAGA IS COMING TO 3-D! Whoohooo! Starting in 2012...aww, man. Also, a number of books are coming out for "anniversary editions." Makes me wonder-what's all this excitement with re-making the old? Why not write new ones? I'm not one for anniversary-edition things. I'd rather see the authors write NEW books and for NEW star wars movies to come out. (Although we know that's not happening anytime soon.) The next new book (that I'm interested in) is coming out in November-until then, reprints, reprints, reprints.


My favorite kind of music, hands down, are obscure alternative rock/Christian songs that you would never hear on the radio. I don't understand why people put pop songs on their iPods, when you can just turn on the radio and hear them playing all the time! 
Most pop songs I love, and then I get sick of them. (like Dynamite, Replay,  and Meet Me Halfway)
Some songs I hate them, love them, then get sick of them again.(Like Bulletproof.)

Those songs are good, but they're just played wayyy too many times. After the first million times, then it starts getting tiring. Second million, you don't listen to the song anymore. After that, you're covering your ears and running away so you don't have to hear it. 

My favorite bands are Paramore, Switchfoot, Pillar and Rise Against. Ever heard of them? Look them up on youtube, or maybe I'll post clips of them here.


Different Types of Blogs

This service has made it possible for many types of people to get "published", a way to get ideas out that is different from anything else. There are several main categories of blogs in my mind.
Complaining Blogs. This is one of the most popular kinds. It is exactly what it sounds like. On complaining blogs, you can hear people gripe about Apple, Crocs, Justin Bieber, and life in general. If you are funny, you might be able to get a fast following, but be careful, or you might just be seen as a whiner.

Photo Blogs: Photo blogs are a popular Blog Of Note choice. They aren't my favorite, though.  If you run with this type of blog, be sure to take pictures of something original, not just pictures of your pet dog. If the pictures aren't funny or beautiful, no one has any reason to look at them.

Inspirational: Some of my posts here are in this category. If you have something meaningful to say, you might get a bunch of followers who respect your view of life. Your posts might…
That's MUCH better!(for those of you who don't know, the area that was deleted is pretty much hilly desert with nothing in it.) That would make the trips up to HMB SO much shorter!

An(other) Encounter With Death

As many of you busy bloggers out there know, it can take a real effort to log on to blogger and actually write a post.  I was planning to do this earlier, but I had to think a while on what to say.

One of my neighbors died this weekend. We'll call him Liam. Liam and his family lived across the street from us. They lived on College Street as long as we have. Liam died last Sunday of a scuba diving accident. He got stuck in rocks and his air malfunctioned. That makes two widows on College Street. Liam wasn't the first person I knew who died. But you can never get "used" to it. I always can't believe it at first.  To me, death is something where one day they're there and the next day they're gone, and sometimes you forget and expect to see them and you don't. 
Whenever someone dies, I always think the same thing. Stars, this is America! People you know aren't supposed to die in America. This is only supposed to happen to people who live in dangerous place…


We all get jealous sometimes. Some people get jealous because of things,  like phones...or clothes...or things.  I do feel a little envy when I see them, but I get over it fast. (The two things I was not able to get over. A pair of boots, which I now have, and a budgie. Want!) 

But I get jealous over opportunities. Some people get all  the breaks.

For example, our church, Saddleback church, has reached their goal of sending a missions team to every country in the world! (cue applause)
I helped by going to the Dominican Republic(last year) and Mexico(this year, who remembers!)
My brother went to Costa Rica on his second mission trip last month.

So to celebrate, Saddleback is making a coffee table book and documentary titled "To Every Nation" And my brother is getting interviewed for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ooh. When I first heard it I was so jealous I could scream. C'mon, I'm a(admittedly spotlight-hogging) human. Come on! He's going to appear somewhere …

I Wanna Be Like The Atmosphere-

I occasionally post little writing compositions of mine here. Here's another(quite possibly far fetched) one. I dunno, these are just what goes on inside my head. It's my take on theology.

In school, I am taking Comprehensive Earth Science. Today we had a very interesting lesson, so interesting I took four pages of notes*(three and a half more pages then I normally take, folks:)). It was titled Earth System Interactions, and it was just cool. It was about the 5 "spheres" in earth science and how they relate.
And just in case you are not taking Comprehensive Earth Science, here's a refresher: Cryosphere(ice), Biosphere(life), geosphere(earth), hydrosphere(water) and atmosphere(air surrounding earth.)

The one I think is the most important is the atmosphere. Why? It's what stands between earth and space. It's the first to receive whatever enters earth from space and the last to encounter whatever comes out from earth. It's the boundary between abundant life…

Midichlorian Rhapsody

The last part made me tear up a bit. :) Both trilogies have a lot of action, but I, II, and III have a more personal and emotional level that is touching, though a bit creepy.


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One of my favorite things about writing is you are able to translate your feelings into words and you can always use your feelings and experiences.

Like for my novel, I've been having problems writing the introduction. The book starts out with the teenage main character feeling anxious, restless, irritated, bored, and lonely.

Just like the way I'm feeling now.

I'm having a rough time at school. I don't feel like I have any friends. And I don't feel like my life has any purpose right now. Rain pours on my head wherever I move and sad, synthesized music fills the hallway.(Kudos for anyone who gets that reference.)

Inside my wracked, miserable self, my inner writer is saying gleefully "Yess! This is perfect!
Now just put your feelings into the main character's words and that dreaded scene will be done!"
(I hate writing introductions. I really do. I know my characters already! Why can't the reader?)

Here I come, dreaded scene. I feel better already.

From Amusing Planet

Liu Bolin is a 35-year-old artist from Shandong, China, who has a special talent to blend himself into any surroundings by covering himself with paint. This human chameleon works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make sure he gets it just right. Sometimes passers-by don’t even realize he is there until he moves.

"Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it's what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story," Mr Bolin says. "I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world. Mr Liu says his work is also a protest against the government, who shut down his art studio in 2005.

Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
-William Jennings Bryan