July 2011 - further up and further in

Friday, July 29, 2011


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Dear blog world,

No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth. But, life is full swing, and so is summer. It's extremely hot, which means that now is the time for moving furniture, garage sales, painting rooms, getting your own bedroom, and acquiring fish named Flynn (whose alternate alias is Eugene Fishherbert. Just so you know).

It's also been filled with wasting time, chatting with friends, listening to Owl City, wearing gigantic sunglasses, hanging out with friends, wearing beautiful pink feather earrings, and, as of just tonight, sitting at a table listening to your grandpa tell stories about his life while you doodle on a napkin.

I got a new desk today, which has a piece of glass you can put pictures under. I'm calling it my Inspiration Station. Quotes, pictures, and other items of love will go there for when I sit there to write. I also hung up some hanging lights by my bed. They look like fireflies. "You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep..."

I've also been writing away, wondering whether red hair is a recessive gene, and contemplating going and doing the litter box instead of writing a blog post.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Beautiful People - July/August Edition

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Beautiful People - July/August Edition

Beautiful People is a little late this year, but better late than never, I always say! :)

If you want to find out more about Beautiful People and what it is, go ahead and head on over to this post.

As always, my partner-in-crime Georgie Penn said it better than I ever could, so I'm just going to quote her on this. For those participating, as you answer the questions, remember, they are not just a way to share what you already know about your character with others, but also to discover more about them yourself. If you don't know the answer to one of the questions, think about it for a little while. Some of the questions are hard, but finding the answer may just help you get to know them a little better.

Last, but not least, even though some of the questions seemed geared towards non-fantasy kind of characters, I still encourage fantasy authors to see if they can adapt the questions so it'll work for them. If you need to change the questions around a little bit, please feel free to do so. You could also imagine what the answer would be if your character wasn't fantasy. What would they be like in a modern world?

Otherwise, on to the questions! Thanks to Hannah Grace and Taylor Lynn for these questions.

  1. What is his/her biggest secret?
  2. Has he/she ever been in love?
  3. What is his/her comfort food?
  4. Does he/she play a musical instrument? If so, what?
  5. What colour are his/her eyes? Hair?
  6. Does he/she have any pets?
  7. What is his/her favorite place to be?
  8. What are some of his/her dreams or goals?
  9. Does he/she enjoy sports?
  10. What is his/her favorite flower or plant?

Also, please leave any and all questions you have for Beautiful People, since we're putting together a master list and you can never have too many questions. ;)

Don't forget to sign the linky!

Have fun! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Tale of Toenails

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A Tale of Toenails
(This story took place yesterday, July 18th, 2011, around 6 p.m. It is absolutely, painfully true. It's also a painful memory to recall, and I winced several times while writing this post.)

I pick up my plate and head into the kitchen after a yummy meal cooked by none other than my mother. My brother and my mom respectively are both in the kitchen. That's when disaster happens.

I don't know how it happens, but somehow I trip over my brother's foot. As it happens, I snag my fourth toenail on the top of his foot. This toenail has never grown in right and always sticks out awkwardly, so it's no surprise that I whacked it on something - again. I've done it many times before.

It hurts more than usual, but I don't really notice. I mean, I hit my brother's foot really hard, so why shouldn't it hurt? I return to my duties in the kitchen. 

"Who's bleeding?" My mom gasps and points to the tile below my feet.

There is blood on the floor.

Realization hits me. So that's why my foot hurts worse than usual!

My fourth toe is covered in blood. Why? I don't know, only that my brother must have a really hard foot. 

Long story short, we wrapped my foot in a rag, then went in to show it to my dad. After a long deliberation, we decided that yes, the toenail was coming off, and yes, we needed to get it taken care of, and no, I did not want to do it at home by ourselves. So we headed off to urgent care. That ended up being an adventure in and of itself...

Stay tuned for part 2.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blogger Fog And Celtic Tunes

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Blogger Fog And Celtic Tunes
Aside from my post two days ago, I haven't posted on my blog lately as much as I usually do. You may have noticed. That's because I'm having a fit of blogger fog.


I have tons of ideas to post, and no brainpower/motivation.

So, I decided to post about Irish reels - more specifically, Celtic music in general.

Along with Owl City, this is the current music that I've been fangirling over.

It's fairly often that you can find me going to YouTube, and then going to my favorites. There, I have a whole collection of inspiring, stirring Celtic music.

So, I decided to share it with you.

Enjoy. :D

Seven Wicked Reels by Barrage

I've listened to this song ever since I was younger and my dad was gifted with the Barrage CD (aptly self-titled Barrage). It's so energetic and always reminds me of pirates.

Allen's Bar, also by Barrage

This is where my fandom for Robin Hood comes into play. This song reminds me of Allan A Dale. Always.

Lochaber Badger / Glass of Beer / Trip To Herve's
by Seisiún

I found this on The Director's blog. (Thank you sooo much. :D) They're four very talented guys that like to play Celtic medleys. And I love how they incorporated the guitar into it. Pure genius.

He's a Pirate, by David Garrett

My friend Lonnie shared this link with me once. And though I have only seen the first POTC once, I listen to this on a daily basis. Why? I have no idea. The POTC soundtrack is simply brilliant.

The Blood of Chu Chulainn

This one I found on Malkah's blog, in her Beautiful People post. And despite its slightly weird name, it really is a beautiful song. It reminds me of valiant battles and the calm after the storm, and it makes me want to dance.

Celtique Irish Folk

And last, but not least, this is the song that was stuck in my dream from a couple of days ago - yeah, the one about Queen Elizabeth the I. I listened to this song right before bed and it got stuck in my dreams. And it was on repeat. >.< Other than that, it's a great song! ;)

I'm fully American, but my roots are Celtic. That's my heritage. These songs make me long to visit Scotland and Ireland. Because someday, I will.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Matters of Historical Importance

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Matters of Historical Importance
I've been reading about the Middle Ages and Renaissance time periods. We're doing a little school over the summer, and one of the subjects I esteem above all the others is history. I've been reading my history book like crazy, and in fact, I finished in this morning.

That's not the point, though. Yesterday, I read all the way from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther while hanging out with my sister in the basement that afternoon. Then, I climbed into bed at midnight and read some more.

Yes, I'm crazy.

I ended up having dreams about being Queen Elizabeth the I, plots from others who want to steal my throne, paint samples, and Irish jigs that go through my head over and over and over again.

Needless to say, I did not sleep very well.

Anyway, speaking of matters of historical importance...


Reese's Pieces is now in book form.

Thanks to flambeau, my fellow moderator on NarniaWeb, for making the awesome cover - and thanks to Tina for adding in my author name, even though it's blurred. ;)

Of course, now it needs editing. As in, a major plot face lift. My plot stinks.

But you'll never know what an AMAZING feeling it is to hold your own book in your hands until you actually do it. It makes me feel that yes, I am a writer. And yes, I can do this.

Now, onto the third draft. :P

Monday, July 4, 2011

There Was Another Time

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There Was Another Time

I know that I've come a long way
My heart's headed in the right place
But sometimes your past's hard to face
But now I know you

I sailed through the high winds and waves
I wondered if I could be saved
But I have emerged unscathed
Because I know you

Before I knew you
Before I could see
That you could take all my troubles from me
Before I knew you
I was so incomplete

There was another time in my life
Before I knew you

Before I knew you
I was incomplete.

-- There Was Another Time In My Life by Relient K

{Happy Independence Day!}