Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Boxing Day Haul

Today was my boxing day shopping since yesterday my mom was hosting Christmas for my dad's side of the family. I managed to get FIVE, count 'em FIVE books for under $60 Cdn at Chapters. I bought The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Illusions by Aprilynne Pike, Evermore by Alyson Noel, The Necromancer by Michael Scott, and Tolkien's Ring by David Day. I also received a Kobo from my aunt this holiday. I can finally cross these books off of my list, except for Tokien's Ring, which was never on my list and turned out to be an impulse buy . . . However, they probably won't be read until May when school is finished.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
Evermore by Alyson Noel
The Necromancer by Michael Scott
Tolkien's Ring by David Day
Original Kobo
Quote of the day: In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through you. - Mortimer J. Adler


Thursday, 22 December 2011

More Hobbit-Stuff

"Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old

... The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light."

This is the song that is being sung in the trailer of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It's only part of it, the actual song contains ten verses. The words come right from Tolkien's The Hobbit, nothing was changed aside from the parts that were left out.

Quote of the day: "Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing? Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing? Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow; The days have gone down in the west behind the hills into shadow. Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning? Or behold the flowing years of the Sea returning?" - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Hobbit

I am so excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out December 14 2012. The first trailer is now out and looks EPIC. The book was super awesome and I really can't wait to see the movie! I reall love the song being sung in the trailer. I enjoyed how there was a song for each movie based on what had happened, so if this is being continued The Hobbit definitely seems like it will be a good movie.


Quote of the day: “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Gift Giving

Oh my gosh I cannot believe Christmas is only a week away!!! I am super pumped! I find I've gotten much more excited about how the people who I give gifts to are going to react. I know my brother will LOVE his present, as well as both of my parents. And I am certain my best friend will also greatly adore her gift. But it's not enought just to know that they'll enjoy it, but the looks on their faces when they tear open that wrapping paper! Ohmygosh!!! My heart thrills just thinking about it! I just realized that exclamation points were used in excess in this blog post, but I can't help it. I will not appologize for enthusiasm! Ahem. Super excited!!!! 



Quote of the day:  One rose says more than the dozen. - Wendy Craig

Friday, 16 December 2011

Vacation Time

My appologies for the lack of blogging. I have been super busy with my midyear exams. They are done now and I have three and a half weeks before I go back to school. Yesterday was the first day of vacation, but I was out most of the day doing errands so I'm counting today as the first day of vacation. I look forward to finishing Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and two other books one of my new friends lent me. I also plan on catching up on my readings and typing up all of my notes, not to mention working! Yup, it sounds like it's going to be a pretty busy holiday.

Unfortunately, my creative writing class has ended since it was only a half course. If I want to continue taking the course next year, I have to submit a protfolio by the end of February, which I intend to do! I got my final portfolio back from my professor and she had really good feedback for me. She said I should develop my characters a bit more and that my short stories sounded more like the beginnings of novels. I never was very good at writing short stories . . .

Anyway, happy holidays to all! I'll try to blog more this holiday. Eat lots of good food and enjoy time with family!

Quote of the day: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, 5 December 2011

Freefall Writing

Today was my last creative writing class this year. I really am going to miss it, it was tons and tons of fun! I will definitely be sending in a portfolio in order to continue taking it next year. I hope to have a minor in creative writing and a major in English language and literature. So, as a last exercise in my creative writing class, my professor had us do some freefall writing stuff. I wanted to post it here because it has stuff to do about writing and how I feel about it. I edited the grammar and spelling because that stuff bugs me a lot when it's incorrect. Each one has something to do with writing.

As a beginner I am nervous about what will happen in the future. Where will this take me? Will I enjoy it? Will I succeed? Of course I hopt to succeed, no one wants to fail, unless they're odd. But then, there is no such thing as normal so everyone is odd! But I still hope to succeed. I want to write large epic fantasy novels and become a household name, like Tolkien (my favourite author!)

As a writer I am very determined to enjoy what I write and read about. If I don't enjoy the topic then why should anyone else enjoy it? I want to be able to express myself and take my mind to other places. I want to enjoy the experience and feel as though it is real. That's what reading and writing are all about after all.

As I writer I want to become wealthy and well-known. But I know this probably won't happen. Most writers have a second job because writing alone doesn't make much money. So along with writing I want to become a publisher or an editor of novels. Everyone always thinks of magazines or newspapers when I say that, but I don't want to do that at all!


As a writer, what are you? As a beginner, what are you? As a writer, what do you want?

Quote of the day: Advice is like snow-the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friday, 11 November 2011

Happy Remembrance Day

Today, on 11/11/11, we celebrate Remembrance Day. I remember Remembrance Days past as being filled with poems, songs and "lest we forget." I am proud that I am the granddaughter of a veteran, as well as a citizen of Canada, a free country. Today I think of those who had died in war, those who have served and lived, and those who continue to serve and fight for freedom. To you veterans and soldiers alike, I thank you.

Quote of the day: But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument to-day, and for aye. - Thomas Dunn English

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Unfortunately, I'm an Un-Finisher

I really don't want to use the term "quitting". This vegan challenge was proving to be so difficult for me that I decided I had to stop. Meat and animal byproducts are such a huge part of my diet (they pretty much are my diet) that I was starting to feel sick after quitting meat and byproducts. I don't like to think of it as quitting, just as something I won't end up finishing. I find I now have a new-found respect for vegans and vegetarians alike. It was so difficult to switch and I understand how strong of a will-power they must posses! Anyone who is doing the vegan challenge, keep going at it! If you start feeling sick, then maybe you should allow yourself to break it once in a while just so your body isn't completely devoid of all the nutrients and vitamins you were obtaining through your normal, everyday diet before the challenge. Stay strong!

Quote of the day: Where there's a will, there's a way. - English Proverb

Monday, 31 October 2011

Challenge Yourself

Starting tomorrow I will be partaking in two events for the month of November. 1. Nanowrimo, which I am SUPER excited about. This is actually the first year I am participating (see my earlier post) and I hope to finish with the needed 50 000 words at the end of the month. And 2. 30-day Vegan East Challenge. This means that I will be cutting out any and all animal byproducts out of my diet. This will be kind of difficult since I am a major meat-eater. Both my parents and my brother laughed and said "Good luck" sarcastically. I hope to prove to them that just because I'm a meat-eater it doesn't mean I can't eat vegan foods.

Also, happy halloween! I went to a Halloween "intimate get-together" at a friend's house and we watched Bettlejuice and Rocky Horror Picture Show. I went as an owl since my owl obsession continues.

Quote of the day: And though you fight to stay alive/Your body starts to shiver/For no mere mortal can resist/The evil of the thriller - Thriller by Michael Jackson

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again writers! NaNoWriMo is coming up and I intend to participate this year. Last year I totally forgot about it and the year before I heard about it after it had taken place so I have resolved to do it this year. I'm still coming up with ideas for the novel I will write, but I have a pretty good idea of what it will be about.

Quote of the day: Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. - J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, 14 October 2011

The Witch

Unbeknownst to the farmers and villagers, a shadow flitted across the fields as the sun's warm rays gently touched their houses. Soft, silent steps took the figure from one bush to another, over walls and hedges on their journey. Nothing seemed to hinder the shadow.

            Finally, when most of the villagers were awake and beginning their day, the shadow stopped behind a weathered barn. One of the walls looked as if it was about to cave in and boards were missing from the walls. A woman's face was revealed when she pushed back the black hood of her woollen cloak. She was pale and her face drawn from travel. She crept into the barn for some much needed rest and to see if there might be any food worth eating.

            She had been fleeing for months. Her people had sent her out of the village and chased her away screaming names at her as she fled. Murderer. She hadn't meant to, it had all been an accident. It was a misunderstanding.

            As she lay herself down in the rotting hay she fell into a deep sleep. She dreamt of the day when her neighbours, family and friends had driven her away from the only place she had called home.

            They had always called her a witch, but not with fear. Being a witch was something to be proud of. It was she who healed the sick and wounded; it was she who save the crops numerous times so the village didn't starve; and it was she who had been practicing stronger magic and had killed her only brother while he helped her brew a potion to prevent illness from entering the village.

            She had been inconsolable. As soon as she had seen what she had done, tears streamed from her clear blue eyes. They had been clouded ever since.

            Her own mother had tried to beat her with a broom to make her leave her brother's side. "You killed him! You killed him!" she screeched hysterically. When she finally did leave his side she had been forced out of the house. The strong men threw her over the wall that surrounded the village.

            "A curse upon you! A curse upon you all!" she screamed back at them, intending the words for the entire village but looking only at her mother.

            She woke up in the barn, sweating and breathless, as if she had just ran a long distance. When she realized she had only been dreaming she cried bitterly. She had to learn that the past could not be changed. She had to move on.

            But how could she when there was so much pain in her life. She looked in the direction of the village she was in. She stood up and left the barn, stepping into the village. Everyone here seemed cheerful and kindly in their manner toward each other. She thought this was as good as any other village to start a new life in. She smiled for the first time in months.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Leftovers

Unfortunately, I can't post the video in my post but here's a link to Ross' Sandwich.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Thanksgiving

This weekend in Thanksgiving in Canada and there is so much to be thankful for! I am thankful for my friends, new and old, my family, my teachers who helped me graduate last year and my profs this year. There is so much to be thankful for this post would go on forever if I tried to list them all. I hope you all enjoy the weekend, whether it's your Thanksgiving or not, and I know everyone has so much to be thankful for. I know I'm especially thankful to be alive and healthy in Canada.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

October Colours

I absolutely love autumn! It's my favourite season of all because of the colours and the holidays. I've been way too busy recently to really enjoy the fact that the leaves are changing colours, but I try to take some time during the bus rides to and from school to look out the window at them.

I have my first university essay due tomorrow and it's an analytical one, so I'm not sure if I did everything exactly as she wanted (I prefer research papers). We had to analyze a poem from a literary journal and it was actually pretty hard to pick one out.

I also have a TON of reading for my courses. The history chapters are piling high, the philosophy text is finished and we're beginning a new one, a history book needs to be read for a book review, short stories need to be read for english, and chapters need to be read for writer's craft. Hopefully this all gets done soon!

In the mean time, I will try to enjoy those fall colours.

Quote of the day: October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. - Hal Borland Autumn is for Understanding - October 25, Sundial of the Seasons 1964

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Today's the Day!

"The sun is shining, the tank is clean . . . THE TANK IS CLEAN!!!" Oh Finding Nemo, you always make me smile.

Today I am (finally) turning 18! That means I can vote, I am legally an adult and that's just about it. BUT, I'm excited because there is a voting session coming up in October so I can vote this year! For my birthday I'm going to go see Lion King 3D in theatres (it's my childhood!) with my best friend Borris (her name isn't actually Borris) and then we're heading over to my house for dinner and cake and fun times with the famdamily. I'm really excited! I've loved Lion King ever since it came out, which was a year after I was born. It was the first Disney movie I ever saw and it's stuck with me ever since. We own Lion King on VHS and DVD, Lion King 2 on VHS and Lion King 1 1/2 on DVD. My family also saw Lion King the musical while it was playing in Toronto. I've decided I'm wearing the necklace I bought from that show today to the movie because I am that cool.

What do you like to do on your birthday?

Quote of the day: Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. - Jean Paul Richter

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Writing Workshops

I love my creative writing course! Everyone in the class is really nice and supportive! We've had only one workshop so far but everyone was really awesome! There were lots of supportive comments and no one said anything harsh or mean. I really can't wait until next monday for my micro-fiction workshop!

Quote of the day: Learning makes a man fit for himself as well as for others. - English Proverb

Friday, 16 September 2011

We are One


Seriously looking forward to watching this movie in 3D in theatres!!!

Quote of the day: "She's wrong. I can't go back. What would it prove anyway? You can't change the past. You said you'd always be there for me. But you're not. It's because of me. It's my fault." - Adult Simba, Lion King

Friday, 9 September 2011

New Beginnings

Ok, I'm officially beginning to feel old. I know I'm truly not that old, but still, I feel like it. I started my first day of class at King's yesterday and while riding the bus over I began thinking about my first day of grade 1, "real" school. That is how I began to feel old. Then I remembered how in grade 8 we had all felt better than the "little" kids because we were the ones in grade 8. Then I graduated and became a niner and it started all over again. I remember on my first day of grade 9 I was walking down a hallway to get to my second period class and turned around to go down another hallway because extraordinarily tall people were walking toward me and I was short. Then I eventually got to grade 12 and felt on top of the world once more because I was a "senior student". And now that I have graduated high school I am dropped to the bottom once more and am a Nervous Nelly.

However, the difference between first day of high school and first day of university is that there have been a week's worth of activites going on so that we can all meet new people and we already know people when we start classes, as opposed to one orientation day in high school.

I rather enjoy university, even though it's only been two days. Both the professors I've had have been really cool people and the courses seem very interesting. This year I am taking Forms of Fiction: Intro to Narrative, Modern Europe: 1715 to Present Day, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Geography, Creative Writing and Questions of the Day. I'm hoping Creative Writing can help me build my portfolio so I can apply for the second year class at King's and hopefully be accepted.

Do you remember your first day of school, any school?

Quote of the day: Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. - American Indian Proverb

Monday, 5 September 2011

Happy Labour Day

I hope you all are still enjoying your Labour Day and taking it easy. I for one spent the day at King's as the first day of frosh week. It was pretty tiring, and cold. Yesterday was 30 degrees Celsius and today was 14 degrees. That's a lot of temperature drop! There was an outdoor bbq, I met some new people and there were opening ceremonies for King's students. It was very fun and I can't wait to continue tomorrow!

Quote of the day: Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working. - Orville Dewey

Friday, 2 September 2011

Procrastination

I find I'm a really, really, really bad procrastinator. I don't necessarily put things off, I just tend to get distracted easily when I'm not fully invested in what I'm doing. This worries me for university because there will be a LOT of essays and tests and exams that I cannot afford to be distracted on.

That is why I was very happy to find a post on Lora Rivera's blog called "Why don't I want to write?"

It's all about motivation and can be used for anything! I will definitely be using these methods this year in school and writing.

Quote of the day: Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. - Anon

Monday, 29 August 2011

Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes . . . Oh My!

Last tuesday we all heard about the earthquake in Virginia that was felt VERY far away. I looked at a map that had a bunch of dots locating where it had been felt. It was felt as far east as Fredericton, New Brunswick, as far north as Sault St. Marie, Michigan and as far south as some place in Florida. I felt it here in London, Ontario. It was actually the second earthquake I've felt in 1 1/2 years. The first one I felt in June 2010 while studying in the basement for an exam. It felt really weird, as if I was about to topple over, except that I was sitting down. The computer was shaking, it felt like someone was pushing the couch and the plants were shaking too. Once that was over I texted a friend and said "My house just moved!" and he said "I'm sure it's your imagination" We went on arguing whether or not it had been an earthquake when that night the newspeople said it had indeed been an earthquake and I had proved him wrong. Then there was the one on tuesday. I was above ground for that one. As soon as I felt it I knew what it was. The computer was shaking, the desk was moving and I was freaking out then too. I thought it was a delivery truck at first (I was at work), but then decided that if it was a delivery truck the computer should not be moving.

Last sunday there was a tornado in Goderich, Ontario that ripped through the downtown area and basically destroyed the city. People are still receiving aid and there are lots of volunteers helping out. A very, very old church (I forget the actual age) that has stood in Goderich for over a hundred years must be torn down due to the damages.

Now there's Hurricane Irene. This thing is just ravaging the eastern coastline. It's now up near Labrador, Canada but it has certainly left a trail of damage. Pouring rains and whipping winds. Flash floods, mudslides, and everything in between. When the newspeople say stay indoors, they mean it! Although, I'm not sure why they would have weather people standing in the pouring rain telling people to get inside and that it's too dangerous to be outside while they're clearly standing outside in the weather . . . A little pointless.

This seems to be the week for disasters. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by these events, and any other weather event that have ripped their way into our lives. For those in Goderich: keep faith. For those affected by Irene: keep safe. For those affected by the earthquake in Virginia: keep away from nuclear power plants.

Quote of the day: The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden. - Phillips Brooks

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Platform Building Campaign

There are so many cool writerly things in the blogosphere!!

I've decided to become a Campaigner for the first time! It's a wonderful place for writers/bloggers to get together and help each other build each other's platforms. It's a great way to meet new people, possibly some old friends, and get in touch with even more people in the blogosphere! Sign up ends August 31 so join now!!! . . . Please? It's being hosted by Rachel at Rach Writes.

Quote of the day: There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening. - Proverb

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Text Books

Yesterday I finally bought the text books I will be using for university this year. There are sixteen in total, and that's only for four courses. Two of my courses don't even have their booklists up yet so I don't know if I need to get anything yet. My text books include Emma by Jane Austen, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Odyssey of Homer by Homer, and others. I'm super excited to read these!! Also, there is an off-campus student barbecue on saturday with free food, live music and an info session so hopefully some of my questions will get answered before orientation (frosh) week. I'm looking forward to university more now that it's getting closer. Two weeks left!!!

Quote of the day: There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. - John Adams

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

From Amazon:
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. She's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the kings thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Pos friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Graceor about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

This is the debut novel of Kristin Cashore, one of my favourite authors. It has a very compelling story and a wonderful romance between the two main characters. The romance story easily beats out Twilight, in my opinion. Any romance that involves one of the people watching the other person sleep through a window, isn't a romance. And Graceling has none of that. The friendships are real and, most importantly, the characters are real. The beginning of the romance was a bit fast, although it started out as a friendship so it didn't just appear out of the blue. The plot is also very engaging. I found myself happy, sad and tense right along with the characters. There is a plot twist near the end of the book that always takes me by surprise, even though I've read it four times now. The epilogue is also very satisfying. All in all, it is a very good fantasy book and I highly suggest it to anyone who has a love of the genre, or anything historical.

Quote of the day: "I have no doubt that you are more than capable of bringing the Monsean queen and my son and the rest of my sons and a hundred Nanderan kittens through an onslaught of howling raiders if you chose to." - Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

From Amazon:
Sherlock Holmes is not only the most famous character in crime fiction, but arguably the most famous character in all fiction. In sixty adventures that pit his extraordinary wits and courage against foreign spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves, murderers, swindlers, policemen (both stupid and clever) and his arch-nemesis Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, together with his faithful sidekick Doctor John H. Watson, proves himself to be not only the quintessential detective but also the most engaging and entertaining company any reader could ask for.

Despite my love of nineteenth-century fiction this was the first time I ever read Sherlock Holmes. I had always thought it would be interesting to read but never really acted upon that curiosity. The new Sherlock Holmes movie that came out in 2009 (not so new now I suppose) rekindled that curiosity once again and I was even more curious about Holmes. I finally finished the complete collection by Penguin (there are over 1000 pages in total) and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I've always loved mysteries, especially since reading Nancy Drew, and this only fuelled that love. Holmes is a very interesting figure living in Victorian England. He's a very no-nonsense-stick-to-the-facts kind of guy. He is very intelligent (although he claims his brother Mycroft is even more intelligent) and has many interesting ways of getting his facts. All but two of the fifty six short stories and four novels are from Watson's point of view and he does his part spectacularly. I was really drawn in and was immersed in Victorian England. It's no wonder why Sherlock Holmes is one of the most celebrated detectives of fiction. I certainly recommend Holmes' adventures for any mystery lovers.

Quote of the day: "We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Feelings

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
This is how I feel right now with University being just under four weeks away. As you can see, I'm freaking out just a little bit. I'm scared to get lost, that I'll be late to any or all my classes, the classic "I won't make any friends" and that I'll get overwhelmed by the workload plus part-time job plus writing plus lack of social life.

BUT (and this is a HUGE but) I'm excited to move on, get away from highschool, learn some brand new things, expand my horizons and try out my new people skills!

Recap: Scared of just about EVERYTHING there is to be scared of and also excited to learn new things and meet new people.

Quote of the day: "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last." - Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Red Circle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Pottermore!

Today is the third day for registration at Pottermore! I heard the clue would appear on the site at 3:00 am my time, so I woke up at 3 am and waited. And waited. At 4:00 I checked. Nothing. I was a little cheesed off, I must admit. This morning at 6:08 am I checked the website and there was the clue! It was from the third book (clearly, third day) and I was freaking out as I flipped through the book. I was sent to this website where it was announcing the beginning of Pottermore and I was freaking out AGAIN because I couldn't find the magic quill! Then I DID find it! I had to make it levitate but putting the mouse underneath the feather. It was certainly much harder than it sounds! And so I signed up and received my registration e-mail after half an hour of more waiting. I am now AurorQueen77!! Now all I have to do is wait so more for my welcome e-mail allowing me to enter the website. SO PUMPED!

Is anyone else excited for Pottermore?

Quote of the day: "I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me." - Harry Potter

Sunday, 31 July 2011

I'm Still Here

Wow has it been a long time since I've blogged! Sorry readers, it's been rather busy and I can be a little forgetful at times. I couldn't blog for the third week of the Blogfest because I was not ready to query, so I thought I'd take a week off from blogging. I was going to be working for six hours straight for six days in a row for TWO weeks so I knew I wouldn't have much time. Then, I meant to blog this past week because I could blog for the Blogfest! And then I forgot. Big surprise there!

ANYWHO! I got back from a wonderful trip to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in Michigan this afternoon and I miss the island! It is positively gorgeous and completely awesome, especially if you're into biking and history. It's basically an island where you cannot take any motorized thing. You bike. Or ride horses. No skateboards, no roller blades, just bikes. It's kind of awesome like that. And the scenery is beautiful!!!! (Sorry for all the italics, just want to put an emphasis on all this awesome stuff :) ) I highly suggest going to this island. And it is pronounced Mack-in-aw Island, just so nobody gives you a weird look and whispers "tourist" under their breath. I've been twice now and learned the first time that the locals will give you weird looks and will correct you to your face. Be prepared.

Quote of the day: My favourite thing is to go where I have never been. - Diane Arbus

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Contingent Wednesday

I just wanted to take this time to say, "Curse you global warming!!!!" Right now in London, ON, CAN it is 32 degrees Celsius and feels more like 40. (89.6 Fahrenheit and 104). At Grand Bend it is 52 degrees Celsius in the sun (125.6). This is crazy! I remember when I was younger (a lot younger than I am now) and my friends and I would all freak out because it had reached 30 degrees Celsius! Now, we're all freaking out because it's 40 degrees out. Seriously, this is not the weather I was expecting this summer.

In other news, I finally started reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have decided that I want to finish all books previously started and unread books by the end of the summer.

This leads me to say, I have finally chosen my courses for next year! I will be attending King's University College and have obtained my schedule. It consists of History (Modern Europe: 1715 to Modern Day), English (Forms of Fiction: Intro to Narrative), Geography (Introduction to Geography), Philosophy (Introduction to Philosophy, Questions of the Day), and Writing (The Writer's Craft). Writing and Questions of the Day are half courses so they count as one course. I am very much excited! But also very much scared . . . Which emotion shall win out? Stay tuned!

Quote of the day: One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are. - Gail Godwin.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blogfest Week 2

This is week two of the blogfest and we are writing a story chain! The part before mine is here: http://www.andrea-mack.blogspot.com/ These are the requirements for my part of the story:

Fill us in on some back story if you could, but try to weave it in instead of just telling us.
Your words are: scrumptious, bed, grass

Dio scrambled to close the book. It had already consumed most of her childhood. Maybe she didn't need it this time . . . Memories of past diastrous events with the book nagged at her. She shoved the book back on the shelf and ran up the stairs to her bedroom. She fell down on her bed, feeling its softness and enjoying the moment. The breeze blew in, bringing with it the scent of grass. For a moment she was overtaken by nostalgia of a simpler childhood, before the book. Her childhood had been rather happy, cheerful even, despite her odd name. Summers had been full of scrumptious popsicles and days at the beach, winters full of hot chocolate and snow days. It had all changed when she had stumbled upon the book one day. Dio cringed at the memory of the day. She had found it one day when she was seven. She had been poking through her dad's bookcase and it had fallen open to a blank page. The scent of rotten eggs had been so strong that she could smell it even now.

That's all! Please check out Writing with Shelly for the next part! http://writingwithshelly.blogspot.com/

Friday, 8 July 2011

Atlantis

Right now, currently RIGHT NOW, my brother and I are watching the NASA channel and witnessing the teams prepare for the last manned launch into space. For those with Rogers cable it's channel 254. The crew in the white room (I have no idea what that is) has descended to the pavement and the time is holding at T minus NINE minutes. They're going to launch, despite worries that a thunderstorm could move into the area. Everything seems good to go and they will be docking at the International Space Station on Sunday morning. Everyone is waiting and watching.

UPDATE: The launch is still scheduled for 11:26 am

Quote of the Day: The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become. - James Allen

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thank You

I just wanted to thank everyone for posting their advice on my blog. It was very encouraging and helpful to hear what everyone does in order to leap over that obstacle. It was also interesting to read everyone else's questions and I hope that when I commented on them it helped.

Good luck to everyone for the rest of the blogfest!

Quote of the Day: The counsel you would have another keep, first keep yourself. - Proverb

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blog-o-Rama Week 1

This is week one of a blogfest being hosted by Deana Barnhart.






My question is:

How do you really get inside the head of your character to understand how they would react to a situation, what they would say/do?

I've been having a bit of trouble with this lately and it would be wonderful to get some feedback on how other people get inside the heads of their characters!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Summer Song

Here's a song to get summer started right!


Quote of the Day: Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January. - Hal Borland

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Happy Belated Canada Day!

Yesterday was Canada's 144th birthday and, like most other Canadians, I was celebrating it with family and friends at a barbecue with fireworks. I hope everyone enjoys their Canada Day long weekend and, for my American readers, I hope you enjoy a very happy Fourth of July!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Quote of the Day: The only thing bad about a holiday is it is followed by a non-holiday. - Anonymous

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Good News

I finally got my G1! I could've gotten it last year but I didn't feel the need to, so I went this morning! Hooray for procrastination!

Quote of the Day: One of these days, is none of these days. - Proverb

Monday, 27 June 2011

I'd Like To Get More Sleep But My Mind Just Keeps Me Up

Exams and school is over so maybe I will be able to!


Quote of the Day: Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. - Joseph Addison

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Shopping

Oh my gosh I am such a bad spender! Actually, I spend my money well by buying lots of stuff on sale :) But still, spending money before university is BAAAAAAAAAD!!!! I bought this uber awesome dress at Aerie which I LOOOOVE and a necklace as a bday gift for my friend and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien! My dad says he has it, which I believe since he has just about every other book by Tolien, but he never gets it out for me when I ask. SO I bought my own! It's tiny and has original cover art by Tolkien himself and even though I have one more exam left I've started to read it! GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

In other news, today I thought it was snowing, but then realized it was simply the white fluff that has been invading our air for the past month. Also it is June.

Good day people! Enjoy summer while it lasts!

Quote of the Day: In youth, you easily fall in love with words, written and spoken. You come, like other lovers, to feel an unreased sensuous thrill of joy at a word because it is just what it is - the sound of it and the look of it on the page - as a child's mind thrills at the touch of fur because it's sleek and that of a file because it is not. - C.E. Montagne "Words, Words, Words"

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Bullying

For all those who feel that they are being bullied or ostracized, it gets better. Pass it on.



Quote of the Day: He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything. - Arabic Proverb

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Father's Day

First and foremost, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL OF THE FATHER'S OF THE WORLD, NO MATTER WHO/WHERE YOU ARE!

Secondly, I have a short poem I would like to share. It was written about a chihuahua.

There once was a dog name Willy,
He was often very chilly.
His friends thought him very silly
That poor little dog Willy.

Quote of the Day: A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. - Enid Bagnold

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Randoms

I am very obsessed with this new headscarf I bought at Aerie for $7.95 Thursday night. I've worn it for the past two days in two different styles: a head band and a turban. I love both styles. It was inspired by this website that I now love for DIYs!


Also, here are the pictures from the art show this past week!













The last two are my artwork that I included in the show.

Quote of the Day: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. - Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, 17 June 2011

I Wonder Why . . .

I wonder why he smiles. It's not that I don't like it, I rather do, it's just that I'm curious about WHY he smiles. What goes through his head as he parts his lips to reval his teeth? Is it an anecdote as he pushes back the corners of his mouth? Is it a joke as his eyes sparkle and laugh? I often wonder if it was something I did. Was it an action or a spoken word that prompted this smile? I do hope it was me. Even if it wasn't, I just want to enjoy that smile. If it is directed at me, that's great! I will still be curious about why he is smiling though.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

An Overwhelming Amount of News

Sorry for such a delayed post! Prom was FANTASTIC!!! I had tons of fun, as did everyone else. We all went to Grand Bend for after prom and enjoyed a wonderful day at the beach (sober, I might add! Though not everyone at the beach was . . . ). The art show at South started Monday night at 7:30. The opening night was a big success, a TON of people came to see all the art! I took pictures of everyone with their art and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

(I will post these up later since I am being denied currently)

Quote of the day: Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? - E. C. Bentley

Monday, 30 May 2011

Prom

The count down has begun. Prom is coming up THIS FRIDAY! I'll be picking up my dress tomorrow from the dry cleaners (where it was getting hemmed) and going to an aesthetician on wednesday for eyebrow waxing, because every girl wants pretty eyebrows on her big night. Right? Right?! Anyway, I also have a date! It's actually one of my other girl friends who didn't have a date so I suggested we go "together" even though, technically, we're all going together. It's going to be awesome fun time!!! SO PUMPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quote of the day: Drink, and dance and laugh and lie, love the reeling midnight through, for tomorrow we shall die! (But, alas, we never do.) - Dorothy Parker

Friday, 27 May 2011

Art Work


These are two variations of one my minor works for an art show coming up in June in two weeks at South. I'm trying to figure out which one to use. I'm leaning toward the second one, which was the first one I had drawn. This is using charcoal.

P.S. Our rugby team won our game against Clark R.S.S. yesterday! We won 15-0 scoring three tries (worth 5 points each) and received minimal injuries, except for one girl who was kicked in the head and received a concussion.

Quote of the day: Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem. - Lindsay Anderson

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Strange Faces


Quote of the day: It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put on the troubled seas of thought. - John Kenneth Galbraith

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Insults and Compliments

1. antediluvian: very old, old-fashioned or out of date; antiquated
2. bromidic: pertaining or proper to a platitude; being a bromide; trite
3. concupiscent: eagerly desirous
4. loquacious: characterized by excessive talk; wordy
5. pecksniffian: hypocritcally or unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles
6. perspicacious: having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning
7. pulchritudinous: physically beautiful; comely

Words from Dictionary.com. Thought the post was cool so posted it here.

Some Remarkable Verbs

1. absquatulate: to flee; abscond
2. bowdlerise: to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable
3. fletcherise: to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly
4. hornswaggle: to swindle, cheat, hoodwink or hoax
5. lollygag: to to spend time idly; loaf
6. peculate: to steal or take dishonestly; embezzle
7. skedaddle: to run away hurriedly, flee
8. subtilize: to introduce subtleties into or argue subtly about
9. yaff: to bark; yelp
10. kibitz: chat, to converse

Quote of the day: A wise man man hears one word and understands two. - Yiddish Proverb

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Should a Writer Need a Dictionary?

Yes. But here is what Ernest Hemingway thinks about it.

Quote of the day: Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similies (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time). - Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Rugby Tournament at St. George's

Tomorrow is a very special rugby tournament. It's pretty much the city finals of rugby tournaments. Yes, I'm pretty much hiding in a corner of room rocking back and forth in fear and nerves. HOWEVER! I am also pretty gosh darn excited! It's supposed to be really nice tomorrow and my mom, dad and grandma are going to try to come and see some games so that's exciting too! In a nutshell: I'm more excited than I am nervous because this game is so gosh darn fun!

If anyone wants to come see the tournament and is in London tomorrow (pretty much all day) it's at St. George's, which is just outside of London on the veeeeeery outskirts. Actually it's just beyond the border of London . . .

Quote of the day: Rise and rise again until lambs become lions. - Robin Hood

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

Today is the day that we all take the time to celebrate those women who are closest to us. Those women who have picked us up when we fell down, baked cakes only to watch them disappear in our mouths without getting a bite, helped us with our homework and chased away the bad monsters under the bed/in the closet. These women are caretakers, working women, stay at home ladies, single women and every other woman in between. They are, the mother. Take some time today to call your mother, give her a hug, say "I love you" or give her a gift. After all, she picked out your clothes, washed your dirty underwear and had to deal with you tracking mud through the house after she had just finished cleaning.

To all mothers today, no matter where or who you are, Happy Mothers Day!

Quote of the day: A mother is a lady who, up to her eyes in the washing can be compiling a grocery list, explaining the causes of the Hundred Years War, mixing an authentic grass green from a worn-out paint box, finding a lost ballet shoe, rubbing down a saturated dog, watching a batch of cakes and dealing with a Jehovah's Witness. - Pam Brown, b. 1928

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

May the Fourth Be With You!

Apparently, somewhere off in Europe, during a census enough people checked the "Other" box for religion and put in "Jedi" so now it's an actual box on the census. I kinda want to go live there now, where ever this happened. But alas! all I can do is wish you all a happy May for now!

May the Fourth be with you!!

Quote of the Day: The bird let loose in Eastern skies,
Returning fondly home,
Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies
Where idle warblers roam;
But high she shoots through air and light,
Above all low delay,
Where nothing earthly bounds her flight,
Nor shadow dims her way.

- Thomas Moore, "Oh That I had Wings"

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Letter to the Editor

Last week my writer's craft class was given an assignment. It was pretty self-explanatory, write a letter to the editor of a newspaper in response to any article. Mine was in response to an article that was talking about the members of a community in the north end of the city were complaining about and against a possible apartment complex going up in the middle of their residential community. We were asked to send these into the newspaper (London Free Press) and if they got printed we would receive four bonus points. Mine was printed in the paper today, one of four that were printed in the newspaper last week and this week from our class.

Wrong place for complex

After reading the article Development opponents optimistic, determined (April 18) I agreed with the members of the Old Stoneybrook Community Association. Putting an apartment complex in an already developed residential community poses many problems. Where would the tenants park? How would the complex be entered and where? Would the sewage system have to be adjusted for this? When there are so many abandoned buildings in the city, it would be cimple just to refurbish one of those buildings since the above mentioned problems are already taken care of. A large city requires apartments, but placing a complex in an already developedcommunity is not the answer to urban sprawl. No one wants people looking in their backyard. Before building new buildings, all of the options should be explored.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Illusions

I have read two amazing books by the author Aprilynne Pike. They are Wings and Spells. The books are very intriguing and, as you probably already guessed, they are about fairies! They focus around one fairy, Laurel, and her struggles with who she is and what she has to do. There's a third book coming out very, very soon!! In 8 days, in fact. I discovered the trailer for the book on Aprilynne's blog, Apparently! and wanted to share it with you all.

*WARNING SPOILER ALERT* The trailer does cover the basic plots and events of both Wings and Spells so if you haven't read those books yet beware!!


Enjoy!

Quote of the day: Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words. - Italo Calvino

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Tournament Update

My first rugby tournament was yesterday. I'm not going to lie, it was cold. It was rainy, muddy, chilly and we were outside for pretty much the entire day. It was originally supposed to be at Canner's Field, Exeter but it got moved to South Huron District High School because of the craptastic weather. We were actually the second game so we were warming up and stretching while the first game was being played. Let me get this out of the way: A lot of people say that hockey, or football have a lot of contact and complain about that. Let me tell you from experience that the contact in those sports is nothing like in rugby. There's a tackle every minute and when we're not tackling we're scrumming down. When we're not scrumming we're sprinting and when we're not sprinting we're trying to wrap tackle someone. But it was fun! I survived my first tackle and tried to help out in the rucks, but I know I could've done better. We lost all of our games but I think we still had fun. We were hauling butt across the field and screaming and getting tight and getting flat and sprinting fast. We did pretty well for our second tournament. A lot of the other coaches and referees said that we were doing really well for the amount of experience we had and that we had a lot of potential. We have an entire week to practice hard and practice well before our next tournament. The next tournament is in Stratford (yes, Justin Bieber's hometown) and then we have our last one in London at St. George's. I know we will do incredibly well in those tournaments. Gooooooo South! Fight, fight, fight!

Quote of the day: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Rugby Tournament

Tomorrow is my very first rugby tournament in Exeter!! I am very, very, very, very nervous about this tournament BUT I am also very, very, very, very, very excited to be going. It would be incredible to experience the game first-hand instead of watching it or practicing unopposed. My mom is rather against the sport because she thinks I'm going to break all my bones (knock on wood!) because one of my team mates broke their wristin two places at the Saturday tournament. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be rainy and cold tomorrow (a high of six degrees!!) so I will definitely be dressing warm and snuggly. I do believe we will do incredibly well though because we are just that awesome. Even if we don't win any games I will be extremely proud of my team and how well we did.

Quote of the day: The ambitious will always be the first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance. - Akhenaton

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Multitude of News

Today in writer's craft we have started our blogging unit!! As you can tell, I am very excited about this since I do blog. I really hope that we have a test on this because I think I would rock it. We have taken a note on blogs, blogging terms (bloggers, blogosphere) and some legal issues with blogs. We have also looked at some Twitter terms, which I also have and rarely use. It was interesting to read the website about legal issues with blogs. People really have to watch what they say to each other, in person, on text or via Internet. We are being watched by everyone. Yeah, a little creeped out right now.

IN OTHER NEWS: After prom is a go for me and my friends!! It feels like this giant weight has just been lifted off my shoulders and I can breath again. We were all really stressing about it, but now that's done and over with.

Also, I have a rugby tournament coming up on saturday!! But I won't be there because I commited to doing a 30hr famine sleepover at my church and it wouldn't be right to bail on them after I commited to them first. Hopefully the team does well in the tournament.

All in all, it's getting pretty busy since the end of the year is drawing near. This also means I need to make a decision for university . . . And I am a pretty indecisive person sooooo . . .

Anyway, that's all. A lot is going on, and the craziness is piling up.

Quote of the day: Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. - Swedish Proverb

Saturday, 9 April 2011

A Script

In writer's craft we were working on script writing and this is what I came up with. Let me know what you think!

A green forest. It has just recently rained. Water glistens on trees and falls from the canopy above. Birds can be heard overhead. A red fox steps out from the foliage and moves cautiously into view. A sudden crash is heard from far away. The fox is startled and hurries away. The crashing sound continues. Zoom into the forest, in the direction of the sound. The camera bursts into a clearing. Stumps litter the ground and trees lie fallen. Machines pick up the trees and drag them away. Men’s voices are shouting over the sound of the machinery. Machinery drones on. Trees keep falling.


Scott: How many more acres?

George: I don’t know. You’d have to ask Bobby.

Scott: Bobby!

Bobby: Turns to see who called his name. Sees Scott, waves and walks over, carefully picking his way through the tree wreckage. Hey Scott, George, what’s up? Looks at each of them in turn.

Scott: How many more acres?

Bobby: Cups his ear. What?

Scott: Cups his mouth. How many more acres for today?

Bobby: Two more and then we can start cleaning this crap up. Head office called and we also need to start replanting some of these trees.

George: Laughs boisterously. They want us to replant this shit? Kicks a fallen tree.

A loud creaking sound is heard in the forest. The workers stop and listen. Machinery is still running.

George: Leans over to Scott. Whispers while staring at the forest in front of them. Did you hear that?

Bobby: Pulls out his walkie talkie. Tell everyone to shut off their engines!

Greg: Voice crackles over. We still have two acres to cut . . .

Bobby: I don’t care how many acres are left! I said, tell everyone to cut their fucking engines! I want all machinery to stop running!

Greg: Yes sir!

Scott: Turns to Bobby and stares at him wide-eyed. What are you going to do?

Bobby: Mutters a few swear words before turning to look at his co-workers. I don’t know, probably have everyone evacuate the area. Shakes head.

Scott: Voice rises as he waves his arms wildly. You can’t have everyone leave just because a forest creaks! It was probably the wind!

George: Watches the two of them yelling at each other.

Another loud creaking sound is heard, making everyone stop and listen again. Machinery is shut off.

Bobby: Pulls out his walkie talkie again. Greg, you there?

Greg: Yeah Bobby?

Bobby: Hesitates and looks at the forest before speaking. Get me head office.

Scott and George both look at Bobby like he’s crazy.

Greg: Voice crackles over after a few seconds. You sure about that Bobby?

A loud crashing sound is heard not far away.

Bobby: Holds the walkie talkie up to his mouth. Don’t test me, Greg! Just get me head office!

A few seconds pass.

Greg: Patching you in Bobby.

Mr. Johnson: What is it Bobby?

Bobby: Mr. Johnson, it appears we have a problem . . .

All is quiet as everyone looks around uneasily.

Mr. Johnson: Gruff voice breaks the silence. What is it Bobby?

Bobby: You know that situation they had in BC last year?

Mr. Johnson: In the Delta sector?

Bobby: Dragging out the “a” sound in “that”. That’s the one.

Mr. Johnson: What about it?

Bobby: Swallows. Adam’s apple bobs. We are experiencing it right now sir.

Mr. Johnson: A string of curses is heard over the walkie talkie. Get your men out of there right now! I want your men and machinery gone by sundown! Do you understand me?

Bobby: Yes sir! Turns to look at his co-workers. You heard what Johnson said! I want every single person and piece of machinery out of here before sun set!

Everyone begins talking again and the machines are started up again. Everyone is in reverse as they leave the clearing and start heading back to the town just beyond the forest. Bobby climbs onto his tractor and starts it up. George begins to walk back with everyone else. Scott is standing still, looking at everyone with disbelief.

Scott: Bull shit!

Bobby: Brakes and looks at Scott.

Scott: Pointing wildly at the forest behind him. There’s nothing in there! It’s just trees! Glares at Bobby for a moment. I’m going in there. I was paid to do twenty acres so I’m going to do twenty acres!

Bobby: Are you insane? Do you know what’s in there?

Scott: Using arms dramatically, voice rising. There’s nothing in there! There’s nothing to be afraid of!

Bobby: Turns more comfortably in his seat. Did you hear what happened in BC Scott?

Scott: No.

Bobby: Those same sounds were heard in Bella Coola, BC. They thought nothing of it and so continued their work. The deeper they went the louder and close the sounds. One morning, the workers returned to their site to find all of their machinery destroyed and their security guards killed. All over the clearing were footprints too large to belong to any person . . . or animal.

Scott: You seriously think I’m going to believe that air quotes “big foot” attacked one of our sites in BC?

Bobby: Shrugs shoulder and turns to drive away again. Suit yourself. He begins to drive away and Scott turns to head into the forest alone with his saw.

Cut to where his co-workers have gathered beyond the forest’s borders. The sun is setting. Machinery surrounds a diner where they’re all inside eating. Laughter and talk can be heard. A scream pierces the still night. Camera pans quickly to the forest. An aerial shot of birds flying out of trees cawing. Cut to the clearing where two red eyes are blinking in the shadows of the trees. They’re too high off the ground to belong to anything human.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Time

It's terribly frightening to realize that in three months I will be writing my highschool exams for the last time. Prom is two months away and we are furiously e-mailing and calling places, trying to find a place where we can go after prom. In less than two months I will be accepting and/or denying university acceptances and in five months I will be attending that university that I have decided to go to. It's all terribly, terribly frightening. Life seems to go by waaaaay too quickly and sometimes I think we all need to take a look around and be grateful for what we have, who we have and where we are. The other night I was thinking to myself, There is no purpose in life. Our purpose it to be. Be alive, be grateful, be-lieve (see what I did there?) We need to thank the universe we are alive. We need to take care of this wonderful planet we live on because it's the only one we've got. And we need to cherish our relationships with others. Our purpose in life is to live. It's as simple as that. Life goes by too quickly not to.

Quote of the day: What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Anonymous

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Energy

This past Friday was the first meeting of a new club at school that was started by my grade 10 French teacher. It's an "Energy" club where you can go to meditate, do palmistry, numerology, tarot cards, etc. We meditated for about fifteen minutes (which went by REALLY fast) and then did some numerology. Basically you spell out your full name (Meghan Victoria Kirkland) and for each letter there is a number (457815 49326991 29923154). You then add up these numbers and you should get either a double or triple digit number (108). You want to add that together as well (9). So nine would be my DESTINY number. Quality: Consciousness, Universal Awareness, Finality, Completion, The Higher Law. Personality: Selflessness, Courage, Humanitarian, Impulsive, Compassion, or Jealous, Emotional. Planet Stone: Mars, Ruby, Garnet, Bloodstone. Health: Kidney, Muscles, Uro-Genital. Career: Educator, Writer, Healer, Painter, Doctor, Philanthropist, Counselor, Ecologist. Location: Excellent employement opportunities. Daily Vibration: Don't be disrupted. Enjoy nature. Deep thought.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

If you want your FATE numbers you take your birthday and add it up. You can change your destiny (by changing your name) but you can't change your fate.

September 24 1993
9+2+4+1+9+9+3 = 3+7 = 10 = 1

Quality: God's #, Masculine (yang), Will, Spirit, Creation, The Point of Light, Energy, Unity. Personality: Success, Power, Ego, Leader, Pioneer, Dominant, Original, or Lazy, Bossy. Planet Stone: Sun, Topaz, Amber. Health: Heart, Blood, Circulation. Career: Manager, Editor, Military, Executive, Owner, Inventor, Actor/Actrss. Location: New ventures and better opportunities. Daily Vibration: Don't break engagements. Be frank. Assert individuality.

Add up your numbers and look up what your number means. I dare you to.

Quote of the Day: The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. - Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Rugby

A week before a week before March break (three weeks ago) I decided I would join the girl's rugby team here at South. I was pretty excited about it and wanted to get some exercise (I'm pretty lazy . . .). Soooo . . . I joined up and learned quite a few things already. I've learned how to pass the ball and make it spin, what a ruck (formed when any combination of three players from both teams bind together over the ball to try and push over and gain possession), a maul (when the player with the ball is wrapped up, but not taken to the ground and players from both sides bind together to push the ball forward [or backwards in the defenses case]), and a scrum (each team's forwards lock together in a set manner, trying to position the scrum so that each team's hooker can kick or "hook" the ball back to the number 8 and gain possession for their team). One of my dad's co-workers lent me DVD that has some Six Nations games on it and I've been watching it a bit to understand what's going on. He said that however many times you work out or go to the gym or whatever, it's not enough. Already my muscles are beginning to hurt from some of the practices. Today we actually got to hit one of our coaches and practice a bit of rucking. It was pretty cool.

Quote of the day: Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. - William Barclay

For anyone who wants to understand better what the terms are that I listed in this blog or just wants to know more about rugby, here's a good site.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Back at Last!!!

I have finally returned home from a trip to Orlando, Fla with my family (mom, dad, brother). We stayed at this AMAZING hotel and had TONS OF FUN. We drove down from London (two day drive) and arrived in Orlando at around noon on Sunday March 13. We went shopping, hung out at the pool for two days, went to Epcot (Flower and Garden Festival: incredible!), went to Downtown Disney, Cocoa Beach and did more shopping. We went biking (there were trails all over the hotel land), swimming, tanning and just relaxed. I had soooo much fun!! I LOVED the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. It was fantastic. The topiaries were incredibly done and the gardens were positively beautiful! I congratulate everyone who worked on those; it must've taken a long time to do.

And of course, while in Florida there was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My heart goes out to those people. It was terrible to see how those people's houses were washed away, their lives were turned upside down and shaken. I sincerely hope that they receive the help they need, that more people are found alive than dead and that Japan can get back on its feet and rebuild itself eventually. Those people have suffered a great loss and it most definitely humbles me and makes me look at my life and appreciate what I've got. Japan, stay strong. You will get through this and survive.

Quote of the day: One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, set out illuminations, to replay the old bad scenes and get the Treppenworte said -- the words one didn't have the strength or ripeness to say when those words were necessary for one's dignity or survival. - Cynthia Ozik

Friday, 11 March 2011

A Little Late, But Here Nonetheless

Here is my short story. I did just end up keeping the original title "Take a Swim" instead of changing it. I couldn't think of anything else and it would've just been a hassle. Anyway, post any comments you readers may have. I like feedback, especially constructive criticism. Remember that theme was loss so it will seem depressing. So without further ado, here is my first short story!

Take a Swim


by Meghan Kirkland

Eloise gazed blankly at Justin as he ate his dinner. She had been babysitting him for two hours now but time seemed to lag. She had been checking her reflection repeatedly in the bathroom mirror to make sure her hair and makeup still looked good for that night. She began fidgeting with the hem of her blouse while she waited for Justin to finish.

“Eloise?” She looked up and began to panic, thinking about everything that could go wrong with a disabled boy before his parents came home.

“Yes?”

“What’s wrong?” He looked genuinely worried with a frown on his face and a strange look in his eyes; concern.

Eloise smiled. “Nothing’s wrong, Justin. I’m just thinking,” she said standing up. “All done your dinner? Your parents should be home soon.” She checked her watch to be sure of the time. Four thirty. They would be home soon and Justin would be put to bed.

“Make sure you have fun tonight,” he said as he wheeled himself into the small family room in the bungalow.

“I’ll be with Selma, Bernice, Troy, Thomas and Jane. I don’t know how I’d not be able to have fun,” Eloise said as she turned on the TV for him.

“Remember the last time you hung out with your friends?” he asked with raised eyebrows. She shrugged off the memory before she could let it take hold of her.

“They were drunk,” she said stubbornly. “I still had fun.”

There was a knock on the door. Eloise peered through the curtains of the front window and saw Justin’s parents on the step, his mom searching for the house key in her purse. Eloise unlocked and opened the door before Justin could say anything else. “Hello Mr. and Mrs. Watson,” she said pleasantly.

“Hey mom, hey dad,” Justin said as he wheeled himself over to the front door.

“Hello, Justin,” Mrs. Watson said as she and her husband stepped inside. “How was your afternoon with Eloise?”

Justin looked up at his babysitter. “It went well,” he said.

His parents moved into the kitchen and began putting away groceries.

Eloise went into the family room to get her purse. Justin followed her in his wheelchair and sat in front of the entrance to the room. “I never let anyone hold me back, especially myself. I push past the barriers and emerge victorious. You should try it some time.” She forced herself to meet his gaze and then quickly looked back at her bag.

“Thanks for the advice,” she said quietly. “Any time,” he said.

“Eloise, here’s your money,” Mrs. Watson said as she gave Eloise a twenty dollar bill.

“See you later Justin. Bye Mr. and Mrs. Watson,” Eloise said over her shoulder walking down the porch steps.

She put her key in the ignition and started the car. The small car spluttered to life and she backed out of the driveway onto the road. As she drove toward Selma’s house she blasted the radio. Pulling into her friend’s driveway, she checked to make sure her dress and bag were still sitting on the back seat.

Eloise paused outside Selma’s door before knocking.

Selma pulled open the door before she could do anything. Her caramel blonde hair was piled up on top of her head and her make up was caked on. Typical Selma. “Eloise!” she shrieked. “Come on in!”

Eloise carried her bag and dress into the house. “You can bring your stuff upstairs,” Selma said as she led the way.

After changing into their dresses they touched up their make up and made sure their hair still looked good.

“Perfecto,” Selma said when they were satisfied with the results.

They rushed down the stairs and into Selma’s car. While en route they sang loudly and danced in their seats. Prom was going to be a night to remember.

Inside the school they waited for their other friends to arrive.

“I see Troy and Bernice!” Eloise said excitedly. As soon as she spotted Troy she began to feel strange. Butterflies flew around in her stomach. She started fidgeting with her dress, hoping he would notice it and maybe drop Bernice. As soon as she thought it she began to feel bad. Bernice was a good friend of Eloise’s and didn’t deserve anything bad.

“I see Thomas and Jane,” Selma said as she searched for her friends on tip toe. Eloise began to feel funny again. She had admitted to herself a few weeks ago that she had a small crush on both Troy and Thomas. Unfortunately they were dating two of her good friends so she couldn’t hate the girls.

Throughout dinner the group of friends laughed, joked and reminisced about the good times they had together. Music began playing and everyone started dancing. Troy, Bernice, Thomas and Jane went out onto the dance floor. Selma and talked and laughed as they sat back and watched.

A boy, Henri, walked over to their table and asked Selma to dance. “You don’t mind, do you?” she asked Eloise. Eloise pasted a smile on her face.

“You go have fun,” she said. As her best friend walked away Eloise’s smile disappeared. Dark thoughts seeped into her mind and tried to take over.

She wrestled with these thoughts and forced them to leave her mind. She wanted to live in the moment, to remember prom. This was supposed to be something wonderful. No one danced with Eloise all night.

At ten o’clock Bernice drove everyone to a camp site near the city in her van. They were all laughing and talking simultaneously. The climbed out of the van and piled into the cabin they rented for the night. It sat next to a deep blue lake that glittered in the moon light. Eloise lingered outside just to stare at the moon before going inside.

Half an hour later everyone was wasted, except Eloise. She was too depressed to drink. She pretended to laugh and pasted a smile on her face whenever someone looked at her but when she looked at Troy or Thomas her heart broke a little.

She finally left the room to use the washroom. It was tucked away in a back corner of the cabin. She heard something in the bathroom but ignored it. It was probably just the cabin creaking anyway. She opened the door and gasped. There on the floor was Thomas and Jane naked. Eloise covered her eyes and slammed the door shut.

“I thought you said you had locked the door,” she heard Jane say behind the door.

“I did,” said Troy.

Eloise raced out into the front room and past her friends. “Eloise,” Selma called out as she saw her friend rush past.

Eloise didn’t stop until she was at the water’s edge. She finally let all the dark thoughts she had been repressing all night overwhelm her. A tear fell down her cheek and she sat down, sobbing. Her sobs wracked her thin body and shook her from head to foot. She looked at the lake, wondering what it would be like to drown. To go swimming and never come up for air, just sink to the bottom and never be seen again . . .

A familiar voice broke through her thoughts. “I never let anyone hold me back, especially myself. I push past the barriers and emerge victorious. You should try it some time.” It was what Justin had told her before she had left.

Eloise stood up and looked out over the water. She suddenly stripped off her clothes and stood naked on the beach. After looking at the water again she dove in, leaving only a ripple behind.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Editing

Currently I am editing/retyping my short story. I gave it a title, "Take a Swim", but I don't think I like it anymore and may change that. It's been edited by about five people. I really wanted to make sure that all grammar and spelling was correct. I think it's turned out very well. Once I'm finished with the editing I will post it here, hopefully with a new title.

Quote of the Day: If you don't know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life. - Anonymous Siberian Elder