Friday, September 30, 2011

Evanna Lynch is Amazing


These clips are both from a long time ago but I love them.

I would love to be Evanna Lynch.. Her voice is so sweet and soothing and I love her accent. Just listening to it makes me happy...I don't know what I'd do if I had it XD. And she's gorgeous...



My Desk

 Today I decided to take pictures of my desk, since I just cleaned it. The Lakehouse is the website in these pictures.




You can see where I drew a little lightning bolt on the "HP" logo. XD


 My other desk/paper holder, along with the DVD I sold my soul for two days ago.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

when you mess up

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Hello! I feel like crap today.
Why? Because I deleted my signature? Well, that too.


But I also lied to the librarian.... :( Well, I was in a hurry to get a dvd, and in our library system, they don't let you check out DVDs unless you're 18. What I normally do is grab my mom's library card and go through self-checkout, but here they had a security feature on the DVD that prevents you from going through self-checkout.


And so at the checkout desk, the librarian asked if I was 18 and if it was my card, and my brain was not switched on very hard and I said yes to both questions. Then she checked the card and said "It's not really your card, is it?" And I was like "um... not really" And she said "Don't lie to me."(Well, she said "fib", but it's really the same thing. And so I got my mom to come in and get the DVD for me.


On the way home I started crying because I felt so bad. I'm not all that used to lying. And now I feel all messed up  and hypocritical, because I come on here and offer life advice to you people and then I go and mess up. And I'm on the church worship team and church leadership team and everyone is like "Aww, you're so nice." "Aww, you're a good Christian" and I'm not. And today was the day Qui had the really nice post about me...and I felt like I was going to cry because I felt fake.


And now non-Christians are going to look at me and cock their heads(well, at their computer screen) and think twice about me.


I did apologize to the librarian, but now I feel like I can never go back into the library :(. When I got home I read my Bible and asked for forgiveness, which is still the right thing to do. But I still feel sort of bad.


Psalm 130 3-4


3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
   Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
   so that we can, with reverence, serve you.



I know that we all mess up sometimes. Even the best Christians aren't perfect. God doesn't call for perfection. And sometimes, our sins are completely irreversible. There's just no way to make up some things.  


2 Samuel 14: 14 
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him 


God knows that there's no way to diminish the consequences of sins, "take back" the sins,  or stop sinning. He didn't take away the price of sin. Instead, he paid  for our sins so we can still go to heaven. I asked God to take away the guilt and replace it with his freedom, and I know he will. God already paid for this sin and all the sins I still have yet to make. But I still feel bad.


The signatureless Amaranthine.
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

owww

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I came back from Acro today. I pulled muscles I didn't even know I have. In other news, I've been feeling I-need-some-purpose-in-my-purposeless-life recently. And I also feel sort of overwhelmed with:

-School
-Piano Competiton
-Planning the Newsletter
-Research paper due
-Rip Van Winkle essay due
-and I need to write some more decent blog posts.




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I'm working on these right now(front limber.) I can do it, but I come down early and hit my head on the floor before pressing back up >.>


Can you pray for me right now? I know a lot of people are going through lows in life as well, but pray for me too! :D Thanks!

This is such a gorgeous song.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Be sure to vote on my poll!

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Other than that, I have not much to post about.

 Here are some modern proverbs that are reposted from a long time ago.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

Was learning cursive really necessary?

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the Person died.

Bad decisions make good stories.

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I didn't make any changes to.

"Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.


So I was on Tumblr looking up stuff...here is some random stuff that I found XD

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It is totally NOT FAIR how The Hunger Games gets it's movie made in like two years, while books like Artemis Fowl have been waiting since 2011 for their movies.

I found this, which pretty much sums up my feelings. XD

"also artemis fowl i can’t even artemis fowl LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT ARTEMIS FOWL. it is irish and feminist and balls out awesome and queer friendly and hilarious and just the best thing young adult literature can offer kids, teens, and adults. it’s so moving and beautiful and i stan the characters (and oh gosh don’t even get me started on artemis/holly) so much. it’s been an unbelievably huge part of my childhood and eoin colfer will have my literary heart for it forever."


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Maximum Ride is one of the only series I recommend for EVERYBODY in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
How I feel about the world.










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"Huh - why is Max in the kitchen?"
"We're cooking."
 "She's just keeping you company, right?" Nudge, Fang, Iggy, Angel, and Total all crammed into the kitchen and stared at the wooden spoon in my hand.
"No. She's cooking."
Quick, alarmed glances were exchanged among the flock.
 "Cooking... food?" I heard someone murmur something about ordering a pizza.
"Yes, I'm cooking food, and it's great, and you're going to eat it, you twerps!"

Monday, September 19, 2011

thoughts about The Hunger Games(to take the place of a legit review)(no spoilers)

This is just one of those messy posts that I felt like I had to write. You can skip it if you want. I've pretty much given up on book reviews, because I usually can't detach myself enough from books enough to write an unbiased review. So this will just be my interpretation.

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The Hunger Games was not an enjoyable book for me. To me, reading the book was an intense, gripping, thrilling, experience that I found rather unsettling.  

Suzanne Collins, is, as Ron would say, "bloody brilliant". Her writing isn't my favorite, but she is incredibly talented. Her books are extremely suspenseful and forcefully grab you and make you not stop reading until the end, often in one sitting. Her writing is haunting, poignant, and darkly humorous, and her plot seems so real it's hard to believe that a mere mortal could have thought it up.

The Hunger Games have a seemingly simple premise. An oppressive government, that rules what used to be North America, forces each of its twelve slavish districts to send one boy and one girl each year to the gladiatorial Hunger Games, a competition in which they fight to the death. Whoever is left standing receives fame and fortune.

This all sounds very fine and well on paper. It has the potential to be just like any other book you've ever read(although a bit more violent).

But when you actually get to that part, you're not just reading about it. You're in the arena, watching innocent people your age kill each other in violent ways. You're being oppressed along with Katniss, and seeing what happens when rage and poverty and desperation go to extreme lengths. You're in Katniss's world, a world with no hope, no mercy, and  virtually no hope of improvement.

And no matter how disturbed or how unsettled you are, you can't stop reading, until you get to the end. And when you're finished reading, your experience doesn't stop there. You just keep thinking..and thinking..and thinking.

I read The Hunger Games last Tuesday, and stayed up till three in the morning thinking about it. It's been a week, and I'm still unsettled. I know I won't be the same for a long time, and I'll never forget this book.

And is that a bad thing?
The Hunger Games carries several extremely important themes on its shoulders, themes that a lesser author might be overwhelmed by. The story punctuates and emphasizes every one of them. The book, like many other dystopians, highlights and satirizes important issues in modern society.

Despite all the violence in the book, none of it is gratuitous. It's always used to highlight something. Some values in The Hunger Games-

Desensitization of violence-This is one of the more disturbing themes in the novel. The fluffy, naive, shallow, silly Capitol people love fashion and are seemingly harmless, but they don’t bat an eyelash when children are mauled by animals, impaled, or beaten to death for their entertainment. SC mercilessly demonstrates this again and again, and you can’t help but think of the similarly violent video games and movies that are gobbled up by children young enough to not be able to ride a bike.  Sure, they’re not real, but the message is the same:  Human life is not valuable-just another form of entertainment.

Value of human life: Sort of like the previous point. I’m not going to get all controversial here, but can you think of ways our society is objectifying and devaluing innocent lives?

Extreme poverty-Poverty is more than just not being healthy. Extreme poverty can drive people to desperate lengths. The Capitol’s oblivion to the districts’ plight(In a memorable scene, a Capitol citizen criticizes starving children's’ table manners) can be an exaggerated nod to most Americans’ views toward starving, third world countries today, where people still starve to death and children are still enslaved.(Most know about it , but few do anything about it).   

Courage and hope- People have mixed opinions on the main character, Katniss. I feel that she carries an important message about courage and mental strength. Her world is one, that at first glance, seems devoid of hope. But Katniss never gives up, even when things seem like they’ll never change, because she knows her sister and mother depend on her. At first, she doesn’t feel like she can change anything, and is absorbed with just surviving from day to day. At the end of The Hunger Games, she realizes that The Hunger Games have given her the potential to change things, and she starts to rebel(this is continued in the other books).

Trust-Katniss has been critisized for not making her own decisions. But she does make the decision that helps her win-the decision to trust Haymitch and Cinna and not stray from what they told her to do. Even though she does not come up with her own strategy, the decision to trust Haymitch’s strategy was probably one of the hardest ones she ever made, especially since she is used to being independent.

So would I recommend The Hunger Games?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. -Phillipians 4:8

The Hunger Games kind of dominates your mind for a while. You just keep thinking about it, sort of like The Game(haha. I just lost it.) It’s not that I want to think about it-actually, some parts I’d rather forget-it’s that The Hunger Games has that sticking quality which worms its ways into your thoughts.

What goes in in the Hunger Games is not true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy, but the grim themes and lines of thought it leads you to are.

I can barely understand how people can be all “The Hunger Games were AWESOME! They’re my favorite books ever! Yay!” They are so grim and jarring, but they have this unmistakable otherworldly quality that makes them worth reading. They are so absorbing and realistic. Liking The Hunger Games isn’t like liking Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl. You just sort of have to like them, you have to be obsessed with them, because somehow you don’t feel you have a choice.

Case in point: Even though I just wanted to sort of forget about The Hunger Games, I still spent an hour on Tumblr on Saturday, looking through THG pictures and memes and listening to different versions of Rue’s Lullaby. Here's my favorite one:
 


So, the verdict: Would I recommend the Hunger Games? Yes to those who really want to read it. But not to anyone a month under the age of 12.

Friday, September 16, 2011

NaNoWriMo in three minutes

This video is hilarious. Please watch it. It also explains NaNoWriMo a little bit. XD


To confuse your friends. XD

"What rewards do you get? A freaking novel! Sure, you don't want anybody you to read it, but it's done! how many other people can say they've written a novel? (besides the other 20,000 people who do NaNo each year XD)"


XD XD



Ready, Set Plot!(How to Win NaNoWriMo, part 1)

You will never write an excellent, ready for publication, first draft in a month. No matter how hard or how careful you are, you'll never do it.

And that's what NaNoWriMo's all about! NaNo focuses on "quantity, not quality."  The philosophy is that too many people get caught up in editing, trying to hard to make it perfect the first time, and they never finish. With NaNoWriMo, you don't have to worry about that!

Oh, and by the way, I'm not going to explain what NaNoWriMo is or the rules. You can find that in their own website down below, which is written much more wittily than mine.

And that's the key to NaNoWriMo, which starts in November. Sign up at www.nanowrimo.com.

As NaNo comes around, the blogosphere will be swamped with posts about it, and I'll have to try to make my posts different from other people. I think a good tip for beginning Wrimos is: read up on all the different tips the former winners post about!  Different things work for different people, and you'll be able to form your own custom arsenal of tips!

You might think "what is that crazy woman doing posting about NaNoWriMo in September!?" Well, September is a great time to start thinking about what you want to write about, the style you'll be writing in, and beginning to plot.

Tips for stage one of winning NaNoWriMo:

1. Maintain a winning attitude. The people who say “Hmm, I’ll try to write a novel in a month. I’ve never tried it though. I dunno.” are almost always the ones who lose. It’s vital that you start out saying “I’m going to win this.” Say it. Come on.

2. Think about your idea. Most prior winners have had their basic ideas since July XD.  Don’t worry about what’s publishable. Write about something that makes YOU excited!

3. This kind of segues from question two.  Don’t even think about publication, at any stage of your writing.  Not when you’re plotting, not when you’re characterizing, never.  Whatever you write, no matter how awesome you think it is, will always need extreme editing before even thinking about publication. That’s the only time I’m going to mention publication at this stage of NaNo. Don’t think about it.

4. Plot. All winners do this.  This is how we do it. Start with a blank piece of paper, and make a timeline.  Make blank spots for the parts you don’t have filled in yet. There ain’t no way around it.  And be aware that this is most likely not going to be the way your story turns out.  I have at least five outlines lying around for my last NaNoNovel.

5. Pick a person/tense to write in. (First? Second? Past or present?) If you don’t know what this is, look it up, because it has a huge impact on the way your novel turns out. Most people turn to either first or third person past.

6. Characters: I don’t advise making character sheets or coming up with characters first, then coming up with a plot based around your characters. No matter how interesting you think your characters are, most characters are incredibly boring when they’re not being used for something in the plot. I suggest coming up with the plot first, then pulling characters out when you need them. Don’t insert characters just for the sake of having them there.

It would also be a good idea to start carving out time to write, and figure out what time you write best.

I haven’t started on my outline yet, but I have a general plot.  

More NaNo tips soon!



PS. This is a given. Don’t co-write for NaNoWriMo. Just don’t.
PPS. If you've done my tips already, congrats! you deserve a break! Get stocked up on food and sleep! XD


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ashley Eckstein mentioned us!

I was a little ahem ahem dubious about Her Universe when it just started up, but now I take back every word I said.




Because Ashley Eckstein mentioned The Lakehouse in an interview! This is so awesome I could just cry.



"But because of that, this is a story that actually really touched my heart, there was a group of homeschool girls that, you know, obviously when you’re homeschooled you don’t necessarily get to always interact with other girls at school who you might find that have similar interests. Well, they all met on our message boards, and they found, that they all like Star Wars , and they couldn’t believe that there were other girls out there their age that liked Star Wars – it was like a complete shock to them. Last I heard there was over 38 of them. And they gave themselves their own name, and now it’s like this sorority of girls that all met on HerUniverse.com and they now have their own separate board that’s private. But they’re planning meet-ups, you know, some of them have never met, with their mothers. I mean literally they are going to get together like a little mini-convention. That’s why we’re starting a community because now you have these 14 year old girls that thought they were alone, now they realize they’re not, and now there are 38 of them and they are getting ready to come together and meet."



Gaah!



This is so awesome. I remember when Ley and JC and I were picking out the layout for The Lakehouse, and how we started setting up and opening new threads. It was around Christmastime and I was at my grandma's house all day almost every day, and I would bring my laptop and work on TLF there. And now we got mentioned! We're going to take over the world! Yay!




(Just a clarification: the number of girls on there has grown to 71. Not all of us are homeschooled and we have girls that are 11 and girls that are over 20. We didn't all meet on HU, but most of the founding members did. The board isn't private-anybody can join. And we don't have anything solid on the miniconvention yet. :) )

I love you Ashley! I feel honored. Thank you so much!





Monday, September 12, 2011

Randomosity

I usually don't like the word random, because it's so overabused in everyday culture, but the word randomosity,  I like better, mainly because it's from ARTEMIS FOWL! :D


So here's some random stuff about my life.


Since my work is all caught up I'm not stressed out and in a better mood today.



I'm both happy and nervous because Girl Scouts is starting and I'm one of the officers. It can be really hard, however, to tame a bunch of highschoolers enough to get anything done. It has nothing to do with maturity, it's just that we've known each other for so long no one gives each other much respect while talking XD. So pray that the meeting will go well today and we'll accomplish stuff! XD




Why does Jedi~Chick hate Harry Potter! D; I wrote "The Computer Who Lived" on a post it note and stuck it next to the HP on my Hewlett-Packard monitor.



I'm borrowing The Hunger Games trilogy from a friend today! Yay!

Look! I have friends in real life too. Some of my best Girl Scout friends goofing around :) Lauren is in color guard and Rae is in dance, which is why they can do back bends. I'm the one filming.

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 I got an idea for my NaNoWriMo novel! The best ideas should make you excited for NaNo and make you not want to wait. I shall tell you later!





Friday, September 9, 2011

perfect people do exist (an angsty poem by Amaranthine)

 


Perfect People Do Exist




"Nobody's perfect", the self help books, the media, they try to say.



But they're wrong
You know they're wrong.


Perfect people do exist, they do
living their perfect lives in perfect houses, a three car garage that actually fits three cars.


And somehow, you always knew they were there-
-taunting that you'll never reach their level
-tempting you to try.


Make no mistake. They're real. You've read about them-

-the thirteen year old in college, who played piano in Carnegie Hall
-the dancer with the national title and 20 pirouettes

-the one training for the Olympics-what was her name? Doesn't matter, it'll never be you or me.


The well dressed working mom, toting a briefcase in one hand and a diaper bag in the other, perfectly balanced.

The novelist whose brilliance moves people to tears.

And the singer whose notes and artist whose art
                              you swear
                                      could have simply fallen
                                                                 down
                                                                        from
                                                                             heaven.


And you're sure
that if they aren't the ones who

-invent the flying car
-become America's Next Top Model
-star in a classic movie

 --their children will be.

Never angry or stressed
Always patient
Always hopeful

They live their own worldly version of perfect every day, in their boots and designer sunglasses.

The world's version of perfect is flawed, but it sometimes doesn't matter.
The world's "perfect" leaves no room for God's BEST, but it sometimes doesn't matter.

God's BEST is better than a thousand PERFECTS, but it sometimes doesn't matter.

Because sometimes I'd rather be perfect.

Perfect people do exist
but I have yet to meet one
Real in our minds they do exist
I know I'll never be one.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm starting a tag!

Find one song that reminds you of your blog(or you think summarizes your blog) and post it!
I pick this song because I used to always listen to it while always blogging, and now it reminds me of the early days of my blog.







I tag everybody!









PS. This post is procrastination for my real post XD

Saturday, September 3, 2011

haha

Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus/The Kane Chronicles is coming to my city. I'm wondering if I should go or not. Tickets are $22 and include a copy of The Son of Neptune.

 I finished The Red Pyramid two days ago and loved it. The sign above refers to Anubis(guess who? XD) Got the sign from JC.



And Rachel at Dramatic Elegance is having a giveaway! Check it out. :D