Sunday, June 28, 2015

June Favorites

Yeah, I'm going to make this a thing. It's fun. :) The first one was kind of abrupt and out of the blue, but you can start expecting it.

                                                                        Book
As some of you may already know, I've recently been reading quite a few books on writing. In the back of each of these books there is a list of novels mentioned. One novel in particular caught my eye. Airborn. I was curious about it because it was listed as YA Fiction, yet it looked like those adult books that you find crammed in the back of a run down bookshop. See what I mean?
It's like a dwarf, all short and tiny, but fat. Anyway, when I first started it, I was struck by how simple yet poetic it was. It was such a good book. I mean, it had a touch of futuristic steam-punk, fantasy, and adventure, not to mention pirates, beaches, and caves. It's a great book, and that's been my favorite for the month of June. :)

                                                                        Music
A friend re-introduced me to Imagine Dragons. And one song in particular is my favorite. "Warriors". It was quite helpful in establishing my first playlist for my upcoming novel War Games. For each novel I have an individual playlist with songs that fit the mood, genre, etc. and "Warriors" fit the mood of the novel perfectly. Plus, it's just an epic song.

                                                                   Character 
My favorite character of the month is from Airborn. Kate. She's extremely spunky and independent, but she doesn't have the typical feminist/don't-need-no-one attitude. She brought a good element to the story, and she balanced out the more timid and content attitude of the main character.

                                                                    Drink 
The other day I got a craving for a smoothie. I tore through our freezer, looking for frozen fruit. Alas, we were out of everything except for frozen strawberries and pineapple. Usually I don't think that pineapple and strawberry should mix, but I was desperate. I added a little bit of agave (it's a natural sweetener), and I blended it together. The results were wonderful.like rainbows and everything wonderful really good, especially since it was a hot day and the drink was cool and slushy.
It felt like I was drinking a summer day. It was like a strawberry lemonade...except better.
                                                                    Food
EVERYTHING!!!  I think that this month, the food that wins out is...OREOS!!! Okay, I don't have oreos very often, but the other day my brother brought home mint oreos. I love mint, so I had a couple...and by a couple I mean five. They were just so good! I felt a little guilty afterwords, so I did two crunches and then called it good. I know, I know, I'm really bad at this whole fitness thing.
Ahh, cardio. The bane of my existence.

                                                                       TV Show
Now that H2O is over again, my sister and I wanted a show to watch together. We watch shows together because when we don't want to play a game or talk, it's really nice to be able to sit down and watch a show that we both enjoy while still hanging out. So we scoured the wonderful world of the Netflix and found Gilmore Girls. We had both heard a lot about it, but never actually seen it. Now we're on Season 3, and we love it. It's so clever, and the main characters are quick as a whip, not to mention there are so many references to things outside of the show.

                                                                       Movie

This movie was a surprise, to be honest. I expected it to be a typical, E.T.-like movie, and in a way it was, but what set it apart, what made it good, was the way it stood out. It took the usual way of shooting a movie and threw it out the door. They instead shot it as if the kids were using cameras and phones. The ending was also surprising; it wasn't like everything was exactly how they wanted it to be. Peace was restored, but real life happened anyway. This was a very entertaining movie. If I could change one thing about it, I would introduce the conflict a bit sooner. I mean, sure, they raised a lot of questions so that you wanted to keep watching, but they didn't really introduce the conflict until a little bit later. So yeah! Earth to Echo. 

Toodlepip

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.

All day I have had a song stuck in my head, and it's not even a proper song. It's from Studio C. It's called Bad Boy Rap, and it is so funny! I know the entire thing by heart, and today has been a blur of humming it and randomly having someone join in (my entire family knows it).

I'm finally finished with "I am the Doctor". As fun as it was to learn, I'm excited to move on to "Across the Stars". When we were watching Star Wars: II, I was listening extra closely to the soundtrack, and even though all the songs on the soundtrack are epic and awesome, I always came back to "Across the Stars" as the one that I wanted to learn on piano. It's so full of emotion, and it really is a gorgeous piano piece.

Okay, what I am about to say might shock you to your very core. I know it shocked me.
Yesterday my sister was gone, I don't remember why, but she was gone for the entire day. I didn't know what to do because it was the last day of my "Summer Break" and I didn't want to do anything academic. I got on Netflix and scoured the movies for something that looked good. One movie in particular caught my eye. Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. 
 I've always thought that those Tinkerbell movies were childish, and I wouldn't be caught dead watching one. Part of this was from my own conclusion, but the other part was from being made fun of for watching the first one when it came out. I felt stupid for watching it after that and vowed not to touch those movies ever again. Well, I clicked on it. I decided to watch a Tinkerbell movie. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, to some it may seem childish, but it was fun! There wasn't anything that I had to cringe at or feel awkward about watching. It was just plain old fun. It brought back a lot of memories of me, playing in the backyard, and pretending that fairies were real. What little girl wasn't at one point obsessed with fairies?
So yeah, I liked the movie. Fawn in such a bouncy, happy character that really loves adventure and has such a big heart.
Plus, she was voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin (aka Snow White). It's funny, right away I recognized her voice without even looking it up. I also couldn't help but fall in love with the soundtrack. It is so fantasy/adventure/dramatic/epic. The Scout fairies are pretty cool, too. It was a little odd with the lightning monster thing, but hey, I've watched weirder, and it was kind of cool.
Spoiler: When the Neverbeast restarted Fawn's heart, the first thing that came to mind was a whole Frankenstein zombie thing.

I mean, he restarted her heart with electricity (or magic),
So something has to have been affected. I'm waiting for the sequel, Attack of the Dead Not-Dead Electricity Fairies. Overall this was an adorable movie. I give it five stars! Five thumbs up!! Five...? It was great.

Anywho,
Toodlepip. :)


Monday, June 22, 2015

My Confession.

I have a confession. I am going to begin to do tags that maybe I haven't been tagged in. I just want to answer these questions. Tags are fun, but when one doesn't know an abundance of bloggers who will tag them then waiting for said tags is a bit...arduous.
Therefore I have decided to become a blogger outlaw, answering when I wasn't even asked with unabashed volume. Anywho, this is my confession. Soon, this blog will be overrun with untagged tags. I know, it's shocking.

Toodlepip

P.S. I put on some new music, so check it out!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My New Hair

I just got back from the hair place that was cutting my hair. I am standing here with a lot of hair missing from my head, and I feel a million pounds lighter. But maybe that's the nerves still going strong. As the hair was falling from my head, I was about to jump up and run outta there  really nervous.
Story Time: As the hairdresser asked me for my info (phone-number, name, age), I started off okay. I calmly gave my age and phone-number, but when I started spelling my name for the person, my mind went blank. I got about halfway through, and then I panicked. My mind was screaming, "SAY LETTERS!!!" So I said a letter...it was the wrong letter. The last three letters were the wrong letters to say. The person had no idea, and she seemed pretty happy with the name I had just given her, but my sister and mother were trying so hard to not burst out laughing. Thankfully, they didn't correct me because they wanted to save my already wounded dignity. It was horrible.
So that's it! Looking back I can see that it's humorous, but in the moment, if someone popped up and slipped me a cyanide pill,   and put me out of my misery, I wouldn't have complained.

I had roughly eleven inches taken off. Take a look.

 


I have been growing my hair for two and a half years. I know, my hair grows slow. My sister was really sad that I was going to be cutting my hair because she thinks it's so pretty. I agree that it is cool to have super long hair, but as someone who is afraid of spiders, long hairs drifting onto one's arm and feeling like a spider crawling along is NOT fun. Plus. it takes a lot of time to brush it, and I rarely do because it's such a pain. Not to mention I've just been craving something new. I want to change something up. SO I thought, why not cut my hair? My brother wanted me to shave part of my head and get a tattoo there. I mean, he was joking...half-joking. He thinks I would look good with this hairstyle.

But that is obviously never happening. I mean, I don't think I would look bad, but it's a little too...punk rocker  rebellious  drastic for my taste. I think I'll just stick with shorter hair. 
Well, there you have it! My new hair.
Toodlepip

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DC, H20, and POTO

I am super nervous but also really excited. I just finished the most cripplingly awkward conversation of all time I just got off the phone with a hair place. I am going to get my hair cut. For most people that might not be a big deal, but I haven't cut my hair in over two years. I'm excited to dye it though. It's going to be fun playing around with the different colors. I'm honestly really nervous that I won't like it, but at the same time I'm always too timid about these kinds of things. I'm telling myself that I'll love it when I don't actually know if I will.

Bethany is reading my first manuscript right now, and so far she likes it. She's only on Chapter 6. Already she has given awesome feedback and insight on the writing and characters. I kind of modeled one of the characters after her a little bit, so I'm excited to see what she thinks of the character. :)

I just watched the DC Legends of Tomorrow trailer. And may I say, IT LOOKS AWESOME!!! I am so excited for it to start though I wish it was airing sooner. I mean, they're bringing in Hawkgirl and even Arthur Duvall is going to be in it!! I can't wait to see how it turns out. :)

So my sister and I have been re-watching H2O: Just Add Water. She and I one day just looked at each other and thought, "You know what we haven't seen in ages?!" Now we're 3/4ths of the way through Season 3. This is such a fun, awesome show. When Bethany and I started re-watching it, my mother was convinced that it was a ridiculous, little girl show that wasn't worth our time. But now, after we've been watching it a lot, and she's seen a bit more of it, she's been asking questions and watching most of each episode. I think that's hilarious.
When Bethany and I watched the show for the first time (when I was around ten), I wanted to be like this one character (Rikki). Rikki was headstrong, short tempered, and unfailingly blunt, but as I'm re-watching this show with a better grasp on what I want to be and what makes good character, I'm realizing just how much I no longer want to be like that. She's more bratty now, and I realize that her quick temper is actually extremely stupid. I mean, most of the problems could be solved with better communication, understanding, and a bit of grace. But even through all that, it's a fun show.

A friend is having her graduation party as a Phantom of the Opera masquerade. I, for one, am over the moon with jovial and glorious merriment  excited. As soon as I heard the news, I started planning my costume. Now it's all planned out (no sewing or skirts required), and I am happy. I can't wait for the graduation to come. :) And no, I will not be sharing my costume details until the week of the party.

Toodlepip

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Graduation.

Have I ever mentioned how excited I get when people tag me? It's only happened twice, but it's really cool to be scrolling through a blog, minding your own business when all of a sudden you see your name! It was awesome to be tagged once, but twice! It feels as if I have graduated from that of a small, sad blogger existence and moved on to greater things. Okay, enough messing around.
This song is going to be stuck in my head.


Rules
1.  Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you, linking back to [their] blogs.
The wonderful Olivia nominated me. Thanks!
2.  Put the Award logo on your blog.
Check.
3.  Answer the ten questions sent to you.
Easy. I was born ready to answer these questions.
4.  Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
I will think of something. ;)
5.  Nominate ten blogs.
Okay, I'm going to be honest. I almost laughed when it said nominate ten blogs. I'll do my best.

1.  What is one movie/tv dwelling place in which you would like to live?
Ooo, this is hard. I would say...Once Upon a Time or Doctor Who. 
Once Upon a Time because I am naturally drawn to the fantasy, white knight and dragon kind of thing. I love good ol' fairytales, and I would love to be part of one. 
Doctor Who because of #1 The Doctor. Getting to spend my life with a zany, hilarious, and irresponsible alien would be paradise. #2 Because of the TARDIS. I could go anywhere, and that would be amazing.
2.  One character from a musical whom you really love?


Eric aka le fantome de l'Opera. Or the Angel of Music, Ghost of Box 5, etc. There was a time where I would have said my reason for liking him was because I could relate, and not in the disfigured, creepy stalker way, but the rejected, can't fit in kind of way, but that was when I was in my ultra dramatic phase. Now I like him because of his convoluted character. I think that instead of seeing him as either someone who should've gotten the girl or someone who 'got what was coming to him', he should be seen as someone to pity. I mean, his entire young life was spent being pointed at and feared and when you're taught that you should be feared and not loved, you get messed up. I actually wrote a paper on Eric, so I could go on and on for two and a half pages.

3.  Is there a particular wardrobe item you find yourself wearing over and over?
Do jeans count? Because I have six pairs of pants (Capri pants, shorts, jeans all included), and I don't even mean to, but of those six I only ever wear two. With summer coming, that'll narrow it down to one, but if we're talking about a recurring fashion choice that I make consciously then I would have to say either my I'd Rather Be Reading shirt that I love with all my heart or a green-plaid, longsleeve, button-up that is technically too big for me and technically my brother's, but it's so comfortable.
4.  What is your favorite fruit?
I think this changes every day. One day my favorite fruit is watermelon then it's kiwi then it's pineapple and then if I'm in an adventurous mood, it's dragonfruit. Since I'm in a summery mood, it's watermelon. 
5.  Top five TV shows?
Not in order, because that would be mayhem.
1. Doctor Who.
2. The Flash or Agents of Shield.
3. Sherlock.
4. Arrow.
5. BBC Robin Hood

6.  Do you like to listen to the radio?
Radio Status: It's complicated. 
There was a summer where I made over $70 from weeding (5 bucks an hour), and all I did was listen to the radio on my iPod. At the time I had very few songs on my iPod, and the only station that wasn't pure static was 100.7 The Wolf. aka the most generic country station that ever was. All the cliche and same old songs were played over and over. I can now sing most of the country songs from the past five years word for word or at least the chorus. No joke. So I did listen to the radio only because I was desperate. Now, if I ever do switch on the good ol' radio, it's to listen to Spirit 105.3. It's a Christian station that actually has good music.

7.  How many pets do you have, if any, and if you don't have any, would you like one?
Yes! I do have a pet! 
This is a West Highland White Terrier more commonly known as a Westie. His name is Finlay which means White Warrior in Scottish. I have to say that I could not ask for a better pet, though I have always wanted a cat.
He is the sweetest, toughest, and adorable dog that I have ever met/seen. He has such a personality for a dog that it's hilarious to watch him. He's part cat because he will chase any bright light or laser pointer; it is the funniest thing to watch. He also bats at things. I love this dog with all my heart, and we've had him for over four years.
8.  Do you like school?
I am very lucky to say that yes, I do like school. I am homeschooled, so my entire day is my school. It is full of learning and obtaining life skills. I am so lucky to be homeschooled. :) 

9.  Are you more inspired by the mountains, the seaside, or the country?
Hmm, that's hard to answer. I love the mountains, and they inspire me greatly, but...I would have to go with the seaside. Something about the sand, the water, and the sounds just really gets my creativity going. 

10.  Do you enjoy poetry?
It depends. I like writing poetry, and I like reading a certain style of poetry, but stuff that is dull, dry, and goes on forever...I do not enjoy. I read stuff like Shel Silverstein. I know that some people don't consider Shel Silverstein a real poet, but I do. He's what got me dabbling in poetry.
I also actually have a poem published. It was about a year ago that this poem was published.

Each season has its song, and the voice is always strong,
Whether it be birds, a brook, or rustling leaves,
Soft sunlight, crashing waves,or a dancing breeze,
There is one song that is whispered across the land,
When the ground is brushed with winters hand,
The water is frozen and all is still,
There is one voice that echoes across the hill,
A giggling girl, a running boy,
Both shrieking out with the song of joy,
That is the best melody I hear,
of fallen snow and a child's cheer.
So yeah, I guess I do enjoy poetry. :)

Now for making up my own questions. Oh bother. I never know what questions to do. :)

1. Have you ever been in a car accident?
2. Have you ever danced in the rain?
3. Do you trust anyone with your life?
4. What is your perfect pizza?
5. If the TARDIS landed on your front step, where would you go first?
6. What cheers you up when you're having a bad day?
7. (I know I shouldn't ask this one, but I'm evil) What is your favorite book? ;)
8. What is your favorite and least favorite word in the English language?
9. What is the weirdest thing about yourself?
10. If you could do anything anywhere, what would you do? 
and a bonus question: How do you pronounce Gif?

Turns out I can think of ten questions. I just hope they're not boring. 

I tag...
Honor. ;)
Rosie.

Uhh, I think that's all the bloggers I really follow. 

And with that, this glorious post draws to an end. Once again, thank you Olivia for tagging me. It's been a pleasure. 

Toodlepip

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Narnia Obsession

For as long as I can remember, I've always had a Narnia obsession. The movies were my favorite for a long time. I loved the idea of being able to go to a different world at random, a world that seemed perfect at first and then was soon discovered to be much more dangerous. I think that's the root of the inspiration for my Mirror trilogy. It was that and the first episode where we meet Captain Hook on OUAT that really sparked the idea.
Lucy was my favorite when I was younger because I could relate to her the most. She was the youngest and was viewed as just that, the youngest, the weakest, the smallest, and she wanted more than anything to prove herself to her siblings.

But as time went on, Edmund became my favorite. He was the one who messed up, who made a big mistake, and was changed for the better because of it. He became such a great person, and he forgave himself, letting himself grow into an even stronger person. Not to mention he is a sass master.

Susan then became my favorite for a while because I was obsessed with archery at the time. I still like it, but I am no longer living and breathing it.

When Voyage of the Dawn Treader came out, I saw it in theaters, and it was awesome. Honestly, a lot of people say that they don't like the movies or that they ruined the books, but I will always love them. 
They were my favorite stories for a long time, and to this day I am hoping that one day I'll find Narnia. I know deep down that it isn't practical or real, but why the heck do I have to stop looking? Where's the harm? :)

Toodlepip

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Psych: The Musical Thoughts.

Well, I finally watched the musical. And I loved it. Let's begin.
                                                       
A criminally insane man by the name of Z is a playwright locked up in the loony bin for murdering a critic and torching the theater about to premiere his new play, Ripper!  Well, he escapes! And it's up to the Santa Barbara police department to find him before he kills anyone else.

That is what people think at least. Anywho, I'm not here to talk plot, I'm here to talk my favorite parts. Let's start with characters. My favorite character in this wonderful episode was..(drumroll please) Yang!!  Gosh, I just love Yang. I know she's a psychopath, but as I have mentioned in previous posts, I love psychopaths, and no, that's not because I am one (though I have wondered) but because they're so unpredictable, they're so changeable, they're so adaptable, and most of all, they're just plain, good ol' villains. Most of them are evil for the heck of it and that is sometimes a nice break from the complex motives (though I do love those too). And just look at that face.
She is pure gold. I mean, she looks so sweet and innocent, but she's actually super sadistic, and obsessive, and creepy. Ahh, but she is one of my favorites. Moving on.

Shawn
Seeing him sing was the funniest thing ever. I mean, him and Gus did a great job, but it was still hilarious seeing them sing

Gus
I love Gus. I relate to Gus the most on this show. He is the one that is always crying, always eating, always being awkward, and always being nerdy. That Harry Potter episode ("Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels, and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire.") was just another testimony of how I relate to Gus. Except I am slightly less obsessed. I'm not to the point of where I would fight a security guard for my 'potions'. Yet. Anywho, back to this episode. Gus was wonderful. 
Look at how awkward he is. Now I'm going to do some random Gus gifs because...reasons.
Anywho, overall the episode was a lot of fun and insanely catchy. 
Toodlepip


Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Nine Random Questions Tag.

Okay, I would like to start off by saying that I kind of sort of maybe wasn't tagged by anyone. This tag was brought to my attention by the wonderful Olivia, and I kind of stole it. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Alright, with that out of the way, let's go!

Pick the main character from the last book you read -- he/she is now your best friend.  Who is it, which book is he/she from, and what is one similar thing - something odd or unusual - about the both of you that makes you best friends?
Well, the last book I read was The Last Olympian. I was just really in a Percy Jackson mood, missing the old series and all. So that's super easy. Annabeth. We have quite a bit in common. We're both bookworms, we're both blondes, etc. There's a lot to pick from.

Spring, summer, autumn, or winter?
Ooo, that one's hard. I change my mind every day about this one.
Sometimes I love the harsher climates, the one that's either really cold or really hot, and the next moment, I'm loving the in-between weather. Fall and spring with their mild temperatures and bright colors are absolutely lovely. I can never choose. One moment I'm all pools, lemonade, and mowed grass, and the next I'm all falling leaves, big sweaters, and lots of tea. I don't know how to answer that, except...I would go with winter or fall. I like the cold weather better than hot.

Would you rather spend the afternoon on Pinterest or reading a good book?
Well that is super easy. As much as I love spending a relaxing afternoon surfing Pinterest, the book will always win out. Stories are my life and Pinterest just doesn't measure up quite yet. Give me a book and a sunny day, that is my paradise. :)

Coffee or Tea?
Hmm, tea. Because the quality of coffee can really sometimes affect the taste, and sometimes people can make it too bitter or too weak. Making coffee is a science. Whereas tea is more of, pick a flavor you want, boil the water, and pour. And tea seems a bit more picturesque. :) 

Do you tend to be shy or loud?
Well, in my heart of hearts I am really loud and outgoing, but I find that I'm more outgoing and bold when I'm alone. That's a bit odd. Usually when I first meet someone, I'm pretty quiet though, especially if I'm going to be seeing the person again. I know, it's really weird. I'm a quiet person in front of people I don't know very well, but I'm not shy. I don't get embarrassed easily, and I don't feel a lack of confidence, I'm just quiet. But if I'm weird around you, that means that I am super comfortable. 
So I guess that I am generally quiet, but I'm not shy.

Would you rather be the photographer, or the subject?
This one is super easy. I would much rather be behind the camera. I don't like having my picture taken. I feel like I'm super awkward and weird when someone is taking a picture of me. But I am...not the best at photography, though what that has to do with the question, I know not.

Did you have fun with this tag?
Of course. I love answering these kinds of random questions, even though I technically wasn't tagged. See, this is what happens when one doesn't know a lot of bloggers, one resorts to stealing  resourcefulness. ;)

Closest object to your right?
A book called Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. It's very helpful, check it out. 

Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, or Great Wall of China?
BIG BEN!! Because that would mean I was in London and that's one of my top four places that I want to go. And I've never really had a huge interest in good ol' Paris or China. I feel like Paris is overdone, and China... I don't know a whole lot about it, though I have always wanted to go, but not as bad as I want to go to London. 

Welp, that's all for this tag. 

I tag anyone reading this. Tags are fun, go for it! 

Toodlepip.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Death in the Family

It finally happened. Three of our chickens were gotten to by a coyote. It's sad, but I knew this would happen sooner or later. I mean, we've always had coyotes in our area, and with a large plot of forest behind our backyard, adding chickens made it a recipe for disaster. Luckily we have fifteen chickens left, but it's still too bad. At least now we're more alert for this kind of thing.

Wow! I've reached over 100,000 views! I'm not the type of blogger to be constantly checking the stats or comments or anything like that obsessively waiting for the count to go higher, I just kinda think it's cool. To be honest, I'm sure that most of those views are from me, but hey, no matter. At least I have a pretty cool blog. :) Or at least I think so. I've had so much fun writing on here and playing with different backgrounds and headers and the like. It's been a blast.

My test results came through! I was Significantly Above Average in Reading and Language. 30 out of 31, and 26 out of 27.Then I got an Above Average in Math. I'm excited.

I watched The Pink Panther for the first time. It is so ridicules. There were two parts that were a bit awkward with everyone there, but luckily they were over soon.  It's the kind of movie that the hero is so...stupid? Nah. Clueless. The hero is so clueless, yet he get's lucky and is actually kind of smart. I couldn't stop laughing because I have the sense of humor of a five year old because reasons.
I can finally say that I have seen the Pink Panther. 

For the past two weeks I have been in a major writing rut. When I sit down, I couldn't. I just couldn't. I mean, sure, I've had writer's block before. Every writer has, but usually, I just force myself through it. I write horrid stuff until the good stuff eventually comes. But this time I couldn't even force myself to write horrid stuff. I was just stuck, and it was killing me because I usually write every day. Then finally, I was able to just sit down and write. These times are very frustrating for me, but they are all part of the learning experience. 

I am the Doctor is going brilliantly. I never thought that I would be able to play piano somewhat okay, and here I am, comfortably playing all these songs. I'm glad that I decided to stick with piano. 

Toodlepip