Shadowhunters

2:18 PM

I discovered the world of the Shadowhunters (I'm sorry but am I the only one, out of all you who have watched the movie trailer, who imagines Madame Dorothea's voice saying it every time?) after I saw the trailer for the movie (City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments). And boy did I get into something. Reading these books are like stepping into a whole nother world for me where Nephilim teenage girls and guys my age fight to protect humans (or mundanes) from demons and mundanes discover hidden gifts and ancient runes drawn on skin protect and heal. Gahh! I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is.

And then when I reach the last page (and read it twice, by the way), I sort of absent-mindedly flip through the rest of the pages: the acknowledgements, the historical notes, the author's note. And I'm in a daze for the rest of the day just running over the events again and again.

I've read books 1-3 in the Mortal Instruments series and book 1 of the Infernal Devices series. All of them were awesome. Staggeringly, breathtakingly...awesome. Seriously, I may not be tripping around and fumbling for my balance physically but my mind is still reeling from my adventure. Because today, dear friends, I finished Clockwork Angel (aforementioned book 1 of Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare.

The characters are awesomely varied and realistic. The humor is cutting and dry (the best kind, in my ever so humble opinion). And the author has this annoying habit of ending the book right when something excruciatingly important is about to happen. You may blame her if someone finds me ripping out my hair in a lonely, dark corner, whilst wailing in despair.

I have also visited the website for the movie many times (gone through the cast many times, watched all four of the movie trailers many times...I think you get the picture) and taken a quiz that's supposed to tell you what you are. A vampire, werewolf, fairy, warlock, or shadowhunter. I got shadowhunter, yay!

And, now that I've finished my awful long speech... you need to go read all of Cassandra Clare's books. Pronto!

                                                    Adios,
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Library Visits

12:57 PM

I don't know what's happened, but recently it seems like the library has a lot more new books in the young adult section. Or maybe I just didn't read the same genres. I can't really remember, but ever since I discovered *jazz hands* dystopian and fantasy....it's been great!!! I never really loved contemporary fiction anyways.

As you can probably guess, I paid another visit to the library. ;) This time I got a GIGANTIC pile of books. I'm talking like ten or so (i still have some from last time). Yeah. It's a disease.

I'm gonna keep posting these types of posts once in a while because I've discovered a lot of great books that way on other blogs. My dream for a while has been to have my own personal library. And something I do (which might sound stupid) is I think about which books I would take with me if the world was ending like that black guy (the scientist) from the movie 2012. It's a pretty tough question, at least to me, because these books I saved would be the books that people read.

Anyways, those are my thoughts on that particular subject.



Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Chosen (Bk. 1, The Lost Books) by Ted Dekker
Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston
City of Glass (Bk. 3, The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (Bk. 2, The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare


And, this is off topic, but my little brother loves Alvin and the Chipmunks and he's watching the first movie. And while he was listening to one of their songs, he was shaking his little booty and rocking out. Made me grin so hard!

                                                        Later Mah Peeps,
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Weekend Thoughts

2:05 PM


So I watched the movie Hiding in Plain Sight with my family today. It's about different families who are having a rough time financially and about different people who help them. I'm not talking a little rough, I'm talking homeless rough. When I watch movies like these, I look around at my house and think "I am SO lucky to have everything that I have." 

Isn't it funny how we judge people by how they look? 

Yeah.

On another topic, I've been reading and lately I've discovered The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and I'm really excited about reading everything and watching the movie. Also, I'm reworking characters and plot for a story idea I have. 

I am not good with coming up with action. Or a plot. I usually start a book with a character. It's just hard to find something original that's all you and tell the story you want to tell without accidently copying another book that's already been published. Maybe sometime soon I'll post an excerpt. Maybe. No promises. 

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Big News

11:28 AM

Result of an experiment :)

The picture above is the result of me following @lifehacks on twitter. Best decision I've ever made (just kidding, but it's really neat). They have lots of other cool tips and stuff to check out. I took this picture by cutting a tiny heart out of a circle of cardboard and taping the cardboard circle to the camera lens. I think I should cut the heart smaller next time... but it turned out pretty well. :)

Also, I have some great news for you!! For all of you who've been reading my blog since it started, you know that I've been going through the process of completing the admissions process into a local community college for dual-enrollment. Today I opened my email and... *drumroll* I've been accepted!!! I'm really happy that that part is done and I can start worrying about other things, lol.

How 'bout a list today?

1. My little brother is the noisiest toy player in the world. I'm pretty sure people on the other side of the world can hear his *boom-boom's* and *toot-toot's*. In fact, now that I think about it, he does everything loudly.

2. He has currently just plopped a wad of orange Play-Doh on each of three of his toy cars. For no apparent reason. In fact, one glob is blocking the windshield of the car. I can imagine the driver screaming.

3. My sister is on Facebook for the first time in about a month and every few minutes she's been updating me on the family and friends. And I'm just sitting here smugly like a boss and saying, "Oh, you didn't know that?" because I check my Facebook every day.

4. There is a vicious wasp that lives by our only working gate to our backyard that guards its nest. I am scared of that wasp. Because it stings. And it's by the gate. Which I had to go through multiple times yesterday when I was mowing the yard.

5. This morning my mom yelled at me excitedly to grab the camera. I was like "What?! What is it?!", thinking that it might be a bird or flower or something.

I came outside and asked, "Where is it?" still having no clue what "it" was. My mom pointed to the corner of the garden, where regally standing all by itself-- was a mushroom. A mushroom.

I said, "A mushroom?"

My mom said, "Yes! It looks like someone just planted it there!"

I looked at her carefully for a few minutes (checking to see if there was some sign of lunacy that I had missed somehow). I shook my head. I smiled. I took a few pictures of the mushroom for her.

I am a good daughter.

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Reserved List

10:59 AM

I have read many books, and I have always been a total bookworm from the time I started reading. Proof: six years ago my family and I lived in a different state and I easily read 100 books each year of the almost two we lived there. Easily.

Now I've finally caught on to the Goodreads trend and made an account. It's so handy! I can add different books to my read, to-read, or customized bookshelf. It's a reader's/list-maker's paradise. There are several dystopian/fantasy books I've wanted to read for a long time and I'm getting some of that reading done this summer. I just got another pile of books I reserved at the library today.


City of Bones (Bk. 1, The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Insurgent (Bk. 2, Divergent Trilogy) by Veronica Roth
Scarlet  (Bk. 2, The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I've already read Divergent (Bk.1) by Veronica Roth and Cinder (Bk.1) by Marissa Meyer. Both of them were beyond great! I found out about City of Bones by seeing a trailer for the movie that's apparently based on the book and I found Throne of Glass on Amazon while scoping potential new reads. 

I think you can agree that they all sound like amazing adventures. :) 

You may look at the books again. 


What's on your summer reading list? Any chance you have suggestions for me? ;) I'm open to almost any genera, except I don't like dark novels, so. Not too dark anyways. 

Happy reading,
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Blue Nail Polish, The Host, and Redecorating

4:00 PM

A while ago there was a sale on nail polish at a Walgreen's my sister was going to get shots at. Turns out she never got her shots there, but I did score a couple bottles of nail polish (blue & silver) for a good deal. And I am totally loving the blue polish...

just had to show you :)


I make sure that all my nail polish has a sort of sparkly sheen, but not like glitter, more subtle. Lacquer shine, or something, I believe it's called.



Yesterday, I watched The Host (which is based on the book by Stephanie Meyer) and it was totally wicked! I haven't read the book, but I plan to try it out. If that isn't an indication of how good the movie was I don't know what is.

At first, I wasn't really sure because the trailer seemed slightly creepy... and when the main menu of the DVD came up there were two guys and one girl, so I though "oh, great. just great. another love triangle" but no it wasn't that at all it was something entirely different and unexpected and awesome.

*SPOILER ALERT*
Basically, the movie is about planet earth after an invasion of an alien species which use the humans' bodies as hosts for their souls. The alien takes over the host's body and controls its actions and what it says; however, there are a few scattered humans, called the Resistance, who are fighting the alien invasion (hiding away and killing themselves rather than getting taken). The story is focused on a Resistance girl who tries to kill herself when she is cornered, but doesn't die. So an alien gets put into her body in order to lead the others to the Resistance. This alien and the girl are two separate personalities. And the movie is so different and weird and amazing at the same time that I just sat on the couch staring into space listening to the credits music, contemplating what I had just seen. Yep.

I would recommend watching it.

Another awesome movie I watched recently online is The Croods which is animation and I love animation.  :D


I laughed so hard at the humor!! Oh my word, too funny. There is a caveman family (the Croods), who are the last caveman family left, and a handsome stranger. The Croods have only survived this long because of the Dad's extreme paranoia. 

His bedtime stories run a little something like this: "There was once a little bear who didn't understand that the rules her parents gave her were for her own safety, so one day she left the cave and climbed to the top of a tree, saw something new, and DIED!" 

I almost died laughing. 

I'm starting to smile right now just imagining it. 

Ahem, well, I moved my desk today! I might have switched my bed around if I had the same twin size frame, but now I have a double-sized bed and the double-sized bed is unmoveable. It has a hefty wooden frame. 

That's all for now. (Yes, you read right. No lists today.)

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Drawing

10:46 AM

                                

Recently my sister introduced me to manga art... I didn't really want to try at first because I'm more into realistic drawing, but then I was like "Why not?". I mean, if it is a way to draw reasonably nice people faces instead of the sharp-chinned, tiny-mouthed, mangled-nosed people I usually draw than I need to give it a shot.

Even if it's only to know that I have drawn at least one good person (face). Because usually the only thing that comes out right is their hair. I'm serious.

Here are the products of my toiling:



Sorry for the bad quality, I took them on my phone. I'm pretty happy with the results! :) I shall be doing more manga that's for sure. 

I don't know why I keep putting lists but here are some things I learned:

1. Eyes are not that hard to draw. In fact, they are pretty easy *gasp*. 
2. I have conquered the dreaded nose. Because in Manga the nose is just a strategically placed dot or dash. Anything more complicated than that would strain my drawing skills. 
3. I love drawing hair! (Erm...that came out sounding a lot creepier than I intended.)
4. Manga people have huge eyes (With the eyes again. I'm sorry. But really!!) and no eyelashes by the way. At least, not that I've noticed. 

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Fantasy (part 3): Music

5:53 PM

If you are like me then music is a BIG part of your life. Music is such an expressive way of showing emotion. It can be sad, angry, powerful, gentle, happy, haunting... anything. And that's why it's such an important part of fantasy. Actually, I think it should be a more important part than it is. Many different countries have different types of music (and singing), and this music defines their cultures. 

When we write fantasy, we are building new worlds and, therefore, the music that is a really important part of it. It can really change perspective when you imagine a certain style of music for different things your fictional people do. Like what music they play at the local bonfire or what they play for the ceremony that welcomes their young people to adulthood. 

Music is the language of the soul. 

So enjoy the different types of music below. Right now I only have four areas up, but let me know if you would like to see more. 

 ASIA (China area)




AMERICAS (Native American)



CELTIC (Scotland)



AFRICA 

A few more questions to ask yourself about your world's music are:

1. What type of instrument is the most common?
2. Are the people required to play it or is it optional?
3. Who plays the instruments at the local gatherings (or wherever you decided to put lots of music)? Is it made up of the elders or do the young people play the music? Or does it matter?
4. Are your people very musical in the instrument area only or are they singers? Both?
5. What is their style of singing (if they sing)? Do they chant?


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Divergent and Other Book Related Things

4:08 PM

I just visited the Notebook Sisters blog, which I love. It's so fun and random and basically reminds me a lot of me and my sister... :) Anyways, on today's post (which was titled-- "Turn to Page 45") Cait mentioned something she found on pinterest and decided to do. I am gonna have to copy her amazing idea here on my blog.

Ok, here goes:


Well, I finished reading "Divergent" by Veronica Roth and it was every bit as awesome as I heard. I mean whoa talk about mind-blowing, puts-all-kinds-of-questions-in-your-head! As I said. Awesome. 
And the sentence is... drumroll please....

Marcus offers him the knife.

No thanks, Marcus, I'm not hungry. For butter. By itself. Okay, that's not actually what it's talking about and this definitely doesn't describe my life. Knife has the connotation of violence which I do not participate in. Ever. Except when there's only one brownie left. That baby's mine. 

Let me try a few more. 


"Tut, tut!"
(haha...oh, wow, I love this. It is not at all accurate, but I love it. So funny!)


"Stars," she muttered when she was able to look up into its belly.

(I often mutter this to myself when I look up at the night sky. I mean who knew that those sparkling points of light were stars? Ugh, mind-boggling. And in a belly no less. The wonders of the world will never cease.)


"That doesn't matter right now."

(I like to think I don't procrastinate...too often. Well *shrugs* it might be pretty accurate.)

And that's all for now. I might be able to persuade Tansie Gray from Tansie Gray (blog) to do a guest post some time. Oh, and for those of you who were wondering, her comment on one of my posts was all in fun. We talk to each other like that all the time. 

                                                      Later Gators,
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Travels

7:02 PM

First of all, you all should know that I absolutely love traveling, and I've actually done quite a bit. For the fourth of July weekend me and my family headed out west. The best part was the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. The one word to describe it? Breath-taking. That's if I could describe it with one word.

View from Wichita Mountains

There was a huge lake that we could see all the way up the road that took us to the top of the tallest mountain there. As we were driving up, there were birds flying around right next to us. Like soaring birds (if you know what I mean). It just made me feel like taking deep breaths of beautiful, clean air and spreading my arms out and letting the wind totally mess up my already messy hair. And that's exactly what I did once we got to the top. 

I think I took about five pictures of the same view because it was so beautiful, and when you think something's beautiful you take pictures. I also saw some animals in their natural habitat...I saw two buffalo, loads of prairie dogs, loads of longhorn cattle (which are not owned by anyone), and a tarantula. It was seriously awesome!! 

And I learned some facts about my family members:

1. My sister often tunes out and listens to music on long, boring roads. 

2. My baby brother (well, he's a baby to me) is very loud on road trips and tends to sing the same song over and over again. Like, seriously. There are only so many times I can listen to "The Wheels on the Bus" being sung. Off key. 

3. I (okay, not actually my family member, but...it's me.So...) do not read books on road trips (or any type of vacation). I have tried to and I bring a couple every time we go somewhere, but I literally cannot sit down and read. At all. But, at all other times, I am a total bookworm. Strange. 

                                                       Happy Late July 4th,
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Fantasy (part 2): Magic

3:08 PM

If you look at 'magic' logically, it's usually just a power or powers that people don't usually have. Changing a man into a frog, healing wounds instantly, controlling water,... they're all impossible according to the laws of science. But, if you look at it logically, so was Jesus' walking on water, multiplying fish and bread, and Moses dividing the Red Sea with God's power.

Of course, all things have the ability to be either good or bad. There are good movies and bad movies. Good books, bad books. Holy power, evil power.

So while magic (in the normal sense of the word)--the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or of the forces of nature--is considered evil or dark, and otherwise forbidden, it can be said that it's not good or bad by nature. It becomes good or bad according to the person who wields the power. In this case, don't blame the magic, blame the magician.

Of course, there is one small alteration to the definition that has to be made if we're not just using our highly developed (and over-active) imaginations. Humans do not have this power, but God can channel it through people like it's demonstrated in many bible stories. Let's be honest, if some random guy showed up around your neighborhood and started healing people by laying his hands on their wounds, walked on water, and multiplied loaves of bread, would you automatically think "Hmmm...this guy's gotta be good. I mean, look at how he's helping these people!"? I know I wouldn't. I would be suspicious...and afraid. Just like the people in Israel were when Jesus dropped by on friendly neighborhood visits. 

My point (finally) is that 'magic' is a word that has, through the centuries, received a bad connotation. It's not usually associated with good things. I'm not saying magic as it's defined is definitely good. The ability to do these things that go against nature is not good or bad, it's not black and white. After all, both God (along with Jesus and other chosen) and Satan (or people with bad intentions) have used it. 

Now that my totally long-winded lecture is over (I am not long-winded at all in real life, by the way), I'm going to list some common abilities that magical people (or things) are able to wield. 

   1. The ability to change form of themselves and others.
   2. The ability to heal instantly. 
   3. The ability to form fire or weapons with some sort of inner power. 
   4. The ability to see the future and the past. 
   5. The ability to mix up potions that can do almost anything. 
   6. The ability to hear a person's thoughts or know what the person knows.
   7. The ability to be invisible.

There are loads more with many little differences that make them unique. There are loads of magic abilities. 

Here are some books that have a lot of magic in them:
                         
         

Both by Vivian Vande Velde. Although sometimes her books tend to lean towards the creepy and unusual, these two don't and(at least not the creepy) and are some of her best in my opinion.

    
    


     
This one is actually not a book you can borrow or buy. It's uploaded onto Wattpad.com, but it's really good (it's book 1 in the Dragon of Legend series by voif1d). 

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