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January Report

My favorite book this month.
UPDATE: Wait, never mind..."Her Universe" is still ahead of "Just Be Yourself" with 111 pageviews. Grr. I'll post All-Time stats at the one year anniversary. In the spring
I'm going to start copying Peace Love and Books' Evie with this..

Yay! The first month of 2011 is over! It's been awesome!

First off....the traffic report for this month. Remember that the stat counter does not track my own visits.

Total Pageviews:1,929 Most Popular Post: "Just Be Yourself"(duh) with 103 post views. Which means someone clicked on the post title(either to read or post comments). It finally beat "Her Universe"!(with eighty something views)

Top Traffic Sources:
Storing Up Treasures: 94
Organa Major: 86 

Top Search Keywords:
"Nian Gao": 42 (how did that happen????)
"Nightsisters Review": 2
"overlords tcw review ": 2

"tcw overlords":2
Top Audiences:
United States: 1,599 non-unique views.

How can intelligent people believe in miracles?

I mean, like, those things can't really happen, right? Walking on water, bringing people back to life, that's impossible!

Well, one hot day there was a dog talking to a flower. The dog said: "Whew, it's so hot! I think I'm going over to sit in the nice shade of that tree." The flower said: "You can't do that! That's impossible! You have to stay right where you were planted, in the same spot."   "Oh, yeah?" countered the dog. "Watch me." So he trotted over to take a nap under the tree. "Wow!" said the flower. "That's a miracle!"
Soon, the dog's owner came to wake the dog up. "Yo", said the human. "Let's go hunting!" "All right!" said the dog, and wagged his tail.  "Wait!" said the human. "One sec. I have to check the newspaper for the weather first." "What?" said the dog, confused. "You can't do that! How can you get any informati…

TCW Review: Overlords

(deep breath)
Overlords was one of the most bizarre, disconcerting, and mystical Clone Wars episodes I have ever seen. What that means, we'll go into now.
The  bantha in the corner-the show's misguided, emphasized spirituality-will be addressed later.

The plot
WatchingTCW:Overlords was like watching a completely different show. The Nightsisters trilogy kicked off a new era of the Clone Wars, one apparently drenched in mysticism and "exploring the force." There could be a couple problems there.

Overlords was also a very different path from the general flow of in-universe Star Wars.. If a raised-on-the-movies adult fan who had never seen TCW before watched this, their expression would be along the lines of What. The. Sith. Is. This.

In other words, swipe in Kyp Durron for Obi Wan, Tahiri Veila for Ahsoka, and Jacen Solo for Anakin and you've got yourself a typical Expanded Universe plot.

Here it is:
So-Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano are cruisin al…

Gwenea's giveaway ends tomorrow

just so you all know. You can add two extra comments.

Today was a long day of mostly skiing. Clone wars in an hour!

Leia-I don't want you to do ANY research at all into Percy Jackson And The Olympians. Even I waited to read the wikipedia entry until i had finished reading the series. There are so many plot twists! you don't want to spoil it for yourself. Just pick up The Lightning Thief and read.

Luckily they are easy to find.

Oh, don't get me wrong

I'm having a lot of fun. XD I had to come back inside for my homeroom class. I'm waiting for it to start now. It's on a  program called Elluminate. Kinda like skype.

I love homeschooling.

I'm sorry for not responding to comments. I've been busy busy!

Here are some-
Migillicutty-I use the NIV and NLT  bible. However, in the post that you commented on, I was using the translation my pastor used. But I forgot which one. XD

The rest of you-Thanks for all your comments! I read them and they help me get through the day. :L)

I am in strong belief that

No one should have to stress out about school on vacation. The next semester begins today. Luckily, all the teachers mostly just twiddle their thumbs for the first week of every semester while they wait for everyone to get "acquainted with the system".

I'm really tired. *yawn*
 These people who rented us the cabin have a LOT of VHS tapes. Like, a lot.

I didn't sleep very well last night because of the time difference. I still don't know what time it is.

No,  Migillicutty, we drove through in the evening. :)

Remember, this is not my usual posting thing. :) Normal posting resumes when I get back.

Right now my brain is too fried to write anything of significance.

Good bye.

In Utah

Condo smelly.
Ride long.
Is tired.
Is hungry.
Camera broken.
Has lots of VHS tapes.
TV works-will be watching TCW on Friday!
Condo is cramped but cozy.

Good night.  We drove through Las Vegas, Migillicutty!

Going to Utah tomorrow

Please pray for a safe trip!
You know something's the matter with you when your first thought is which books you are going to pack. I'm really excited for snow and skiing. I know most of you get snow, but I took this picture of the outside yesterday-  That's pretty much year-round weather right there. 
Snow. I want SNOW.
We're going to be in Utah for Chinese New Year. But that's all right, because we celebrated already. The best part of Chinese New Year is this: Yummy!

Chinese New Year cake.  年糕, or "nian gao" as it says on the picture. It's not really cake.Well, it is, but not by the American definition of cake. It's steamed rice flour and sugar, and sticky, and it's delicious! I had a big plate this morning. I can eat it for the rest of my life. 
When I think of Mandalorian uj cake, I think of that.   There are many different kinds, but this is the kind I eat. You cut it into pieces and microwave it. <3
Now, we don't put anything inside the cak…

Quiet Time

Well well well. I go away for one weekend and look what happened!
There are sooooo many blog posts to catch up on. Luckily I have an Earth Science final to procrastinate for.

I was away celebrating an early Chinese New Year. Of course it's next week, but we'll be in Utah. On Saturday I went to a friend's Bat Mitzvah and in the evening I went to a Chinese New Year party at my church. Atina was there and we did a quick SW book swap. I gave her back Triple Zero and Battle of Teth and she lent me True Colors and a book from a series I have never heard of before(called Secret Missions or something like that.)

On Sunday, we went to LA for a day. And my grandma had all six Star Wars DVD's that she had never watched. So she gave them to us. :) They're the really nice special editions, too,

Okay, so on to the post.

I have always tried to have a constant quiet time with God. But it's always been so hard. I get distracted, or I don't know what to read, or…

TCW Review: Monster

Beware the spoiler monster.

What an episode. 

"Monster" continues the trilogy that started with "Nightsisters." It also continued the trend that has been going this season, shifting the focus off  "Clones vs. Droids" "Jedi vs. Sith" and even "Republic vs. Separatist." Indeed, Season 3 had us looking into the intricate details of this bizarre war.

And looking more into the Sith. What goes on in their minds? we ask. How do they train other Sith? How is it different from the way the Jedi turn others to their side?

"Monster" answers those questions in a way that is chilling and new and utterly unexpected.

The plot
Asajj Ventress, along with her mentor, Mother Talzin, plot to exact revenge on Count Dooku by giving him a new apprentice-one secretly controlled by them. They select the apprentice by putting a group of Zabrak men through a series of brutal gladiator-like elimination tests. The victor, Savage Oppre…

I am going

to Utah on Wednesday.
To ski.

I might post, or I might not. I will try to get some more writing done. I am also trying to save The Last Olympian to read when I get there, but I'm not sure how much longer I will hold up. 

That read-50-books thing is going well for me. I've already read five, and I'm in the middle of The Mysterious Benedict Society And The Perilous Journey now. Took me a while to get into, but I'm likin all the puzzles in it. 

So yeah. Utah. 
I like skiing, but the most advanced I can go is a blue square(very very very early intermediate). Anyone live in Utah? Anyone live in Nevada and/or Arizona? 


I hope I win that blog redesign. I need it.

Post About Giveaway

There is a giveaway at Faithfully Feminine. Although in my terminology, this sort of thing is called a "contest." The winner gets a blog redesign from a professional blog redesigner.  Which to me, is like "free gold".

You must write a post to be eligible.
This is it.

I have to answer these questions.

1: Why do you blog?

I at first wanted to blog to have fun and meet people. Then I decided I wanted to become famous. It's easy to do, if you have a blog. But then I realized that I would never become famous because my blog isn't "focused." Pssh. Now I'm back to having fun again.

2: What is your favorite meal?

Udon noodles in miso soup with sponge cake and ice cream. Or korean barbeque.

3: Name one thing you like about my blog
I like that your blog is having a giveaway. And I like that it tells girls about how to be Christian and cool at the same time,

4: Name one thing you dislike about my blog.

I don't like that your header is ginourm…

I've been caught. But don't worry, I didn't go down without a fight

And I was so close to being free.

I was tagged by Everyone's Favorite Composer And Apparently Tagger.

Normally I think tags are like email chain letters, but I'll do this one cause it's interesting.

5 things I learned in 2010:

1. I can accomplish anything with God's help. At the beginning of 2010 I made a list of goals, and almost every single one of them has been accomplished.
2. The future isn't always scary.
3. The world isn't very big at all.
4. I can find a happy medium between being a lonely unsocialized homeschooler and a bratty teenager.
5. I need to learn to lean on God. I always want to only depend on myself. But myself isn't enough.

5 things I want to accomplish this year:

Make some progress in dance class.
Not get nervous about piano any more and learn to improvise more in our band.
I want to set a blogging goal. How about...60 followers? It's scary, I couldn't imagine having 60. (But then, I couldn't imagine having 40 either at the…


..this should be the last thing you're worried about. 
Look! An albino peacock! Sorry, go on. However, I love names. I love collecting the best, prettiest, coolest fantasy names out there and scattering them all over my story like a cartload of feathers which tipped over because the horse slipped on a patch of ice.

Poor Mariella, she doesn't like naming characters. (sniff). Maybe it's because good names are hard to come by, hard to remember, and they change all the time.

I think I have a mind for names though. I'm always switching letters around, replacing them, adding new ones to create names. Unfortunately, that means I quickly get bored of them. Heck, I'm already bored with my own. Oh well.

Here are some links to some of the best random name generators on the web. Many names generated by these things are unusable, but these are. I almost never use the name exactly as it comes out. I tweak it most of the time.
The absolute best one. It's…

Random SW Tuesday

Quotes, lots of quotes. :) 

Pestage: "Such confidence in the face of overwhelming odds…if the Emperor had any idea of his foes' dedication…" Antilles: "We'd just have killed that many more Death Stars is all. There's no stopping freedom." ―Sate Pestage and Wedge Antilles[src]

Man: "These races bore me to death. I come here for just one thing." Qui-Gon: "What's that?" Man: "To get away from people like you!" ―Qui-Gon Jinn, encountering a rude man in Mos Espa[src]

Jacen: "I just feel—I don't know. I hated it. I wanted it out of me. I wanted it dead—but, you know, while it was in me…it made me part of something. Like in the Nursery. During the fight, it was almost like having the Force again. Now—" Vergere: "You feel empty. You feel alone. Lonely. Almost frightened, but also strong, yes?" Jacen: "How?..." Vergere: "The name for what you are feeling is freedom." Jacen: "Some fr…

I'm so paranoid....:(

Sometimes I feel like the whole world is conspiring against me. If you hear of one, warn me, okay?
b :)

What inspires me

Princess of Endor just posted about inspirations. So here his a list about what inspires me.
~Star Wars ~Star Wars music ~Books and movies. Any books and movies. Even cheesy, horrible ones. I just like stories in general. I like to think what made the author/screenwriter come up with the ideas? How did the original story look? How many plot twists were added? Is any of the storyline still intact? ~People who have been through hardships. ~The feeling when you get something you didn't even know(or forgot) that you wanted. ~The fact that some things are used and worn and half-broken, but we still use and love(and continually fix) them anyways. ~My parents. ~Looking back at a journal(or blog ;) and seeing how you've progressed.
Just came back from shooting a children's video for my church. Pictures from the set later! (My church is a bigchurch, so it's kind of a big deal for me. :) ) It was partly about my mission trip and partly about this guy stuck in an underwater city. More la…

I don't wanna post today...

I've been trying to get time to write for a LONG time, and Saturday's the perfect day to do it.

One of my biggest problems has been introducing way too many characters at the same time.

Here's an excerpt. The main character, Maran, is going through training. See what I mean by too many characters? When I'm done editing, I'll send a copy to Savannah and a copy to Abby. I'll see what they think....

Ptew! A bright crimson bolt lanced out from Maran's blaster pistol. It flew clear of its target, however. Maran groaned in defeat and laid the blaster down. "I think I should take a break now."
"Oh, don't worry." Dician stood from where she'd been sitting watching Maran's progress. "It wasn't that bad. Besides, you're tired. You were hitting more, earlier."
"I shouldn't be tired."
"Don't be too hard on yourself. It's understandable. C'mon, lets get something to eat."

"Look! He…

Wordless FRIDAY(because I'm just so unique. The first link is to an exclusive "Monster" clip.)

God in Entertainment

Is it okay for Christians to listen to music with bad words and bad content in it? Is it okay for us to watch R rated movies? This is something that I'm not sure about.

 So what do you think on this? As for the movies and TV, if I'm watching a good show and the characters are cursing in it, I don't turn it off. I don't watch a lot of TV or movies anyways.
Music is a little harder. For really violent, explicit songs, of course not. I wouldn't even breath on it. But what about Avril Lavigne's new song? It's really catchy. But even its title isn't appropriate for this place.

Speaking of which, Avril Lavigne is kinda weird. I like some of her songs, like "Gone." But she's in her twenties, and most of her music reminds you of a 15 year old. 

Anyways, so what's your policy on this? Not your parent's policy. (Some people are like "Oh, my parent's won't let me....." And I'm like "But what about you?")

And what a…

TCW Review: Nightsisters

I'm posting this review a day early because tomorrow I probably won't have much time to post. So here it is.
     I have to admit I was a little nervous about Nightsisters. The episode marked a new era of Season Three, and I was a bit afraid of where it would lead. Also, after a depiction of Mandalore that made many fans, including me, cringe, I was worried about what they'd do to Dathomir, my second favorite culture and planet. It was a lot better than I expected, and it brought the doldrums of TCW back to life. Here was adventure, mysticism, and an unusual story the midst of a bunch of episodes featuring Padme and bank deregulation.
     The part that drew me in was definitely the effects and visuals. The red clad Dathomiri looked completely awesome in a don't-mess-with-me. Ventress's Nightsister buddies looked and sounded exactly the way I imagined them. And that perhaps-inspired-by-Mario-party invisible thing looked amazing.
     It was great to get a peek into Ve…