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Hi! It's the last day of my family reunion. The past couple days have been pretty much playing games, eating, and sleeping, with no work. It's been awesome.

Today we're going to the beach. We're almost done listening to the Sea of Monsters on Audiobook, but half of us have read it already and we keep accidentally blurting out spoilers. Oops.





I read The Son of Neptune and LOVED it. Now I'm back into Percy Jackson again. :D I was so happy Nico and Percy were back, both as awesome as ever. The book was hilarious and sad, Rick Riordan style. I liked the new characters, and I'm really excited for the next one! Hopefully Piper and Jason die/lose their memory(again)/leave/join the Hunters and stop tainting the series with their lameness.

We also went to motorcycle riding class on Tuesday. The class was from 10-3:30, and it was so much fun! I like dirt-bike riding a lot now.

Hopefully talk to you soon!

most of you have already figured this from the lack of posts

but I'm officially on Christmas break, starting...like last week or so. XD Merry Christmas! Love ya!


Today we spent the day rabidly cleaning our house XD. Then my cousins, the awesomest people in the world got here and it's been nothing but fun since. XD Our family reunions are the highlight of my year. We spent a lot of time singing songs from "A Very Potter Musical", PPP, and playing games and nerf guns. :D


I better get back to it!

PS. I found a new favorite font. Cambria! Unfortunately, Blogger doesn't use it >.>


Top 10 releases I'm looking forward to in 2012

1. Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian(book) BOOYAH The last in the series! It's going to be brilliant, but I'll be so sad it's over.



2. MARCH 23rd (movie) THE HUNGER GAMES  <-Going to be amazing as well. Read Kate the Parchment Girl's excellent review of the book.



3.Maximum Ride: NEVERMORE(book)(February)<-Last in the series as well! There are so many plot threads to be tied up in this last book but it's probably going to slither out of half of them, typical. >.>



4. Pottermore for the plebians!(website) 8D (crossing fingers)




5. Dance Moms Season 2!(TV show) January 10th!



6. The Kane Chronicles final book! (May) This should go higher up on the list! It's going to be epic, because there is plenty of suspense left in me from the last book, and I know RR's going to be AMAZING pulling it all together.





7. A VERY POTTER THREEQUEL WHO'S WITH ME? OH YEAH(MUSICAL) (SUMMER)




8. Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse-March 13th 8D 8D




9.  The Great Gatsby(Movie)(Dec.…

Woah, you can keep a journal on the internet? WHAT?!(journal post)

unrelated picture is unrelated, Kawaielli on deviantart, not a picture of me(haha I wish) For the past couple years, I've kept a journal on and off, and one of my favorite things is to look through them and see how my life was many years ago. It's amazing to think and reflect...the only problem is, journals are hard to keep up XD.
So I was reading my journal from fifth grade(maybe I'll post pictures a little later..heh heh embarrassing), and I was thinking maybe I should start keeping a journal again, of my high school years..and I was just thinking that a journal would be hard to keep up with, along with my blog..wait, a blog IS supposed to be a journal!
So then I looked back at my posts and I realized that most of my posts are for you guys and not very journal like at all. And then I decided that I should use my blog for journal ling more often and write about my personal life. The only problem is that you might not want to read it and I might lose all my followers, and a…

update

hey-

just logging in to apologize and to ask you guys to pray for me <3. Today has been one long stress-fest XD. My brain hurts from exploding so many times.




Also, I just watched the new Potter Puppet Pals episode. I think each episode is purposely in competition to be the weirdest things I have ever seen.


the four stages of santa claus

1. You believe in Santa Claus
2. You don't believe in Santa Claus
3. You are Santa Claus
4. You look like Santa Claus




irregular webcomic FTW <3



call me insecure

I need your guys's reassurance right now.




I get attached very easily. I love people easily. I'm always willing to be someone's friend, to hang out, to give them the benefit of the doubt even if I don't like them much. I'll listen to them, help them out, whatever.



I just wish for once someone would do the same for me.


Maybe it's from being an unsocialized scary homeschooler. But I always read in the books where people would have friends that they always hung out with and would do anything for. And I've never had that.


People always have other friends. I know people and am able to get on an acquaintance level with almost everyone. I can always walk up and start a conversation with people. They tolerate me.


But they always have their own people that they sort of "target" out. They always gravitate to a specific group of people, and they talk about their school, their activities, whatever they have in common, I do try to sort of wiggle my way in, but…

Howl's Moving Castle book analysis

“I feel ill. I'm going to bed, where I may die.”
― Howl, upon having a cold. I've decided to call them "book analysis" because they're not really reviews that tell you how much I liked the book, rather,  me taking the book apart and looking at different aspects of it for my own entertainment. Read on. Also, read Howl's Moving Castle.







This is the original cover of Howl's Moving Castle and I have got to say it is the UGLIEST thing I have ever seen. I like the new one much better.

Ahem.


First of all, I should point out that Howl's Moving Castle is a children's book. However, I like to hold all books I read to the same standard, after all, they're written by adults.

I had biased expectations of Howl's Moving Castle from the start, because I kept hearing from several sources how amazing, how fantastic, how hilarious and how romantic the book was, and hearing the perfectly gorgeous soundtrack by Joe Hizazi(something or other.)

Howl's Movi…

A post where I just talk.

Perhaps you do not know about the Amaranthine Forever post process. I love to write blog posts, but I need something to kickstart it. It is usually an event, but can also be an idea. The problem with getting ideas for posts is that I have a lot of ideas, but they need to be extremely good, so good that they're just begging me to write them and I can't ignore them.


I still have a lot of post ideas. They are good, but they are not putting the urgency on my soul that they normally have.


So here's a post where I just talk.




Hi.


Some days I just feel so clumsy and awkward, like I'm always saying the wrong thing to everybody, and making mistakes and being stupid and stubborn and causing everyone to hate me. I'm also very opinionated(headdesk). I like to believe that I'm the right one, my opinion is the only one that makes sense, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it's just that their opinions are stupid",  which makes me a good blogger but a ter…

The Proper Care and Feeding of a NaNoWriMo Participant(aka how to not annoy us)

This post is for people who don't do NaNoWriMo but know a participant. And yes, this post is a bit late.

With the end of NaNoWriMo approaching, you may be wondering "What can I do to help my Wrimo be more comfortable as they emerge from their writing dens/caves, smelling like coffee and blinking in the bright sunlight?"

I'm not trying to be mean or to tell people off, but if you want to avoid irking your Wrimo friends, and help them along their journey, some things to do and not do. This will also endear you to your Wrimo friends, and they will thank you and love you.

I know some people are just curious and interested, and that's okay. When in doubt, just be polite and nice and don't make us do any work we don't have to.(Hey, we're tired.)

Do not ask why we would want to spend a month frantically writing if we get nothing out of it.  Don't ask "what do you get out of it?" I get a novel out of it. I get to stretch my writing skills and take…

I won I won! :D :D 8D

I hit 50K just now!


Yay yay party whooohooo! (jumps up and down, staggers around room)

My novel is about 4/5ths of the way done, but that doesn't matter, yay! Second NaNoWriMo done! Now I have to paste it into the word validator (gulp) My computer will not take too kindly to that....


happy thanksgiving! :D :D

yay for turkey and pumpkin pie and stuffing!

It's really surreal celebrating Thanksgiving, since it feels like it was JUST Thanksgiving yesterday.


This is my second Thanksgiving with my blog and it seems like it was just yesterday that I was looking through all of your Thanksgiving posts at my grandparents house, huddled with my laptop. It's really, really freaky how fast time passes. And to think that my blog has documented it all.



The holidays aren't just more occasions to eat good food. They're really, really like placemarkers so we can look back and see where we were last year and be thankful for all the growth, experiences, and friends we've had since then.




Thank you :)


yeah, it's so cool, yeah, it's totally awesome(NaNoWriMo update)

Hey everybody! Thanks for the awesome comments on my earlier post.



NaNoWriMo has been good to me. I can't believe it's almost over! So far, I've never been ahead, but yesterday I managed to catch up at 36,755 words.


As for plot and stuff, it's good! I'm afraid my novel might not flow as well as I like, but I haven't got that "AUGH EVERYTHING I WRITE IS CRAP" feeling yet.



In other news, LEIA AND JC WHERE ARE YOU??? We need to plan the you-know-what!!!!! >.>

Thanksgiving's tomorrow! I have not had any pumpkin pie yet and I hope not to be disappointed.

I might do yet another Hunger Games post, basically on the series as a whole. I'm still excited for the movie. Hopefully I may get one of my friends to come and see it with me.

Also, I might do a Star Wars post. Hey, did you know this was originally a Star Wars blog? Yeah, crazy, right? But I've gotten back into it over the last couple days.

Oh, and seriously, when are they going to make …

Problems plaguing young Christians today, part 1

I beg you to hear me out. This is one of the most important post series I have ever done. If you never read anything else I write again, please read these next couple posts..

This post is for Christians. I don't care if you're liberal, conservative, whatever, whether or not you agree with what I've done in the past, if you define yourself as a Christian, no matter what else, please read this post. 


I have felt put upon to do this post for a long time, by the holy spirit. I don't have an outline, or a degree, or anything else. I just have what I've seen in my personal experience and what I have read in the Bible.

We, the next generation of Christians, are the next generation of lights in this broken world. We are the next generation of warriors. You, straight-B you, off-key-singer you, behind-par-on NaNoWriMo you, average height, average weight, seemingly untalented Christian you, are going to have to learn to stand up for your God in a world that is more vicious, …

Writing Tips(Guest post by Ashley)

I've been blogging for over a year, and I've never ever had a guest post. Ashley has the honor of being my first one! Note that the opinions in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of moi. -Amaranthine
Hi! Ashley here. I'm guest posting, which, I think is simply loverly.  (BTW, isn't loverly a great word?).

So, Amaranthine here asked me to do a post on Writing.  I'll profess, I'm not a professional.  I'm still learning how to write a lasting novel.  But, I'll share what I've learned, and maybe it will be something you don't know yet, and I can aid you  on your journey!

Tip 1: Know your characters
I can't emphasize this enough.  When I started out writing when I was about 8, I controlled my characters to such an extent that they had no life of their own. (If you're not a writer, you will think the rest of this tip really weird, but, if you're not a writer, why are you reading this?).  I almost gave up writin…

so i am pretty excited( rambly post)

the legit trailer for THG is out...I know what I said about the books and I still stand to what I said but the movie still looks like it will be pretty good. I know it will turn more people to the books, and that's good because the first book at least carries extremely important messages about violence, poverty, and wealth. but it's also bad because those messages are wrapped up in a disturbing and slightly freakish package that's not for young eyes, and the risks might be more than the rewards.


(get off your soapbox amaranthine. You're being a hypocrite, telling people that they shouldn't read them when you're being excited about them and promoting them yourself.)

I know what it looks like, but those people who read THG and feel the same way i did about them are still a little excited for the movie, and those who really liked it are pretty much in a frenzy about it.

also the movie will probably be not as bad as the books, because the reason the books were so d…

Who's insane? I'm insane!

NaNoWriMo is kind of a break from this blog. I'm sorry  I haven't been posting much, I even lost a follower yesterday.(cries) I'm sorry!


Life has been ridiculous this past couple of days, with Honors Projects due right and left, a piano competition coming up, and pressure to stay on track for NaNoWriMo. I haven't done today's writing yet...which reminds me. XD I also have to get to Chinese homework....gahh.. XD


In other circles of optimism, I got to meet Abby aka The Director from Castles Quills and Cameras + family on Monday, and it was the epicest thing ever! She's so awesome and funny and giggly in real life, and I can't wait for her to come back. You rock, Abby! <33 I wish you mucho chocolate chip cookies and Artemis Fowl and books and Taylor Swift songs and A Very Potter Musical forever <333

Oh yeah and I got an offer to do  a guest post from one of you...I'd love for you to, but I have yet to email you back even though you commented like tw…