Thursday, June 20, 2013 spree...

music is one of the things in life that I seriously think I couldn't cope without. Ever since I was little, we would have a CD playing in the background, or the radio turned onto a Christian music station. My whole family is constantly singing--though I'm of the personal opinion that half of us REALLY shouldn't sing at all...and I'm one of them... I try to be open-minded with my music--I'm always willing to try a new artist or style of music. Listening to my iPod is an interesting experience. One song will be Owl City, the next one, some sort of rap song, and then...Hilary Duff? (it was a phase...) I dabble in hip-hop, instrumental, rock, and musicals. It's a mixed bag--and often times, very entertaining.

lately, music has become a VERY big thing in my life. It can be encouraging when I'm down, help me thrive when I'm tired, or just make me happy for no reason at all. I love music--and I always will.

i'm not a very romantic girl (heh...that's an understatement...I find emotions to be rather confusing...) but this song is one of my favorites. I don't know why. It just makes me happy.

 i love this song. I love this movie. I love this band. Basically, it's one of my favorite songs in the world. ;)'s a love-hate relationship for me. I have to be in a certain mood to want to listen to it, and currently, I'm in that sort of a mood.

this is my graduation presentation song. I love it to death. It's kind of perfect for me, in my opinion. I'm leaving to go to college...but there's no need to say goodbye. I'm coming back to my friends and my family, no matter what.

i don't like Taylor Swift. At all. I am quite adament about this. But this might be the only exception. This song makes me think of so many makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Rather confusing, huh?

wow...I'm still not sure what to make of this band. I'm going to a concert where they are performing, so I wanted to see if they were any good. I like this song, but's not really like anything I've ever listened to. Which isn't bad. Just different.

happy place song. :)

beautiful...another song that fits Liberation quite well.

HA! you people who know me well, you thought you would get away without a TFK song? Nope! Thousand Foot Krutch has been my favorite band for a long time, and that's not changing. Ever. This is my 'get-rid-of-a-headache' song--is it weird that I listen to loud music to get rid of my headaches? My mom thinks it is.

ah, that's a little quieter. :) The thing I love most about this song isn't the words, but this dude's voice. He's amazing.

gives me the happies...

and now, what is perhaps my theme song for my Bible Quizzing team this year... I present you with this:

So that's a sampling of my musical tastes! What about you? What do you like to listen to? Drop a comment below, and share!

Have a great Thursday, guys!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


i try not to put my characters in boxes. I don't want to know every single detail about them. Yes, I do know all about them, but I want them to keep surprising me, even after I know all there is to know. Arkin and Brenant are very good at this. I know the nitty gritty details of their personalities, pasts, and pleasures, and yet, just moments ago, something surprised me again.

this is Brenant and Arkin's theme. It's Liberation's song. It's perfect. And it's a completely random song I found on YouTube. And yet it fits like it was made for them.

i love surprises.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

" know, Dad, when I was little, you never told me not to be afraid of the dark..."

dark vs. light. You hear that phrase a lot in Christian culture. It's kind of a catchphrase for us (and that kind of bugs me...but I'm not going address that here). For most people, light and dark are just things. One is...well, light, and the other is the absence of light.

for Will Stanton, light and dark are so much more.

i picked this movie off of the Books-To-Movies section at our library, thinking it sounded cool (and rather curious because at the age of 12, I wrote a novel called Seeker, which I am still rewriting to this day). I wanted to see if I had at all unintentionally ripped off any of the concepts in this movie.

luckily for me, my book is completely different than this Seeker.

Will Stanton is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him on par with the four Old Ones, guardians of some kind. Apparently, he's the Sign Seeker, the one who will use the signs to overcome Dark and help Light continue to exist. One problem, though. Dark is coming, and Will doesn't have any of the signs yet. He has five days before Dark's power is at it's peak, and if he doesn't have all six signs by then...Earth will fall into Darkness.

i genuinely liked Will. He wasn't a brat, he wasn't popular, he wasn't anything special. He was just Will. As he told one of the Old Ones, he was always the invisible one. No one ever noticed him. And now he's supposed to save the world? How does that work? I connected with him in the way that he was so real. He didn't seem like some kid playing a character. He was Will.

plotwise, I didn't find anything too horrifically

gaping. There were a few tiny plot holes, and a couple more convenient circumstances, but not so bad that the writer in me wigged out. The whole Maggie thing did set my teeth on edge. Saw it coming a mile away, as well as the sixth sign. But I forgave that, because the speech that Will gives with the last sign is completely epic.  However, this movie is based on a book that I have not read--*gasp!* From what I've seen in other reviews, there are a fair amount of inconsistencies in the movie compared to the books. But how am I to know that? So in my opinion, it's a good movie plotwise. Until I read the books and go onto the other side. :)

this movie had no language in it. That was my favorite part. Apart from several dark (no pun intended) scenes that could've been scary to a younger child, I would have had no issue watching this with my younger sister and brother. There was also no rude humor, apart from a few innocent references to puberty (Will was feeling confused about his powers, and his parents and brothers took it to be adolescence kicking in).

so in the end, with a plot that drooped a little in places, and with a few dark moments (again, no pun intended..) I'd give The Seeker: Dark Is Rising a 4 out of 5 on my list. Appropriate for kids who can handle a little bit of unexpected creepiness (the security guards in the mall still give me the shivers, and I'm not easily scared by stuff like that!). Very enjoyable movie.

p.s. (I completely forget to mention this--shame on me--but Christopher Eccleston, the man who played the Ninth Doctor, is the villain. He's the Rider. He's the Dark. He's totally epic, and has shot high on my list of favorite actors after this movie. Just thought I'd share that. :D )

Sunday, June 2, 2013

...getting to know you...

1. What time did you get up this morning? Later than normal...about 6:30
2. How do you like your steak? Cooked. Like all the way.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Iron Man 3
4. What is your favorite TV show? Doctor Who/Sherlock
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? London, England
6. What did you have for breakfast? Cheerios
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Chinese
8. What foods do you dislike? Bread. Pasta. Eggplant. Meringue. Salmon
9. Favorite Place to Eat? HuHot or Hy-Vee Deli
10. Favorite dressing? Ranch (but only on cauliflower. On salad it's gross).
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Suburban
12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and t- shirts and b-ball shorts
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? England or Ireland
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 empty.
15. Where would you want to retire? Wherever my family and friends are.
16. Favorite time of day? From 6-10 pm
17. Where were you born? Mid-Missouri
18.What is your favourite sport to watch? Soccer
19. Who do you think will not tag you back? ...whatever...
20. Person you expect to tag you back first?? ...again, whatever...
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? getting the hang of this?...
22. Bird watcher? No
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Bit of both, I guess.
24. Pets? 2 dogs. One cat.
25. Any new and exciting news that you'd like to share? two of my best friends are finally back in the country after being in Haiti for two weeks. I missed them so freaking much!
26. What did you want to be when you were little? Ballerina, doctor, teacher, and construction worker.
27. What is your best childhood memory? playing with my childhood best friend Jake in Colorado when I was like 6. We played Superheroes and Castle and chased my little sister and had Cocoa Puffs. It was awesome.
28. Are you a cat or dog person? dog
29. Are you married? Nope
29. Are you sarcastic?  Does this need an answer?
30. Always wear your seat belt? Yeah 
31. Been in a car accident?  Yup...
32. Any pet peeves? Wrinkles in things. Patterns being disrupted. People chewing loudly.
33. Favorite pizza topping? Well, I can't eat pizza, but if I could, mushrooms and cheese. Lots of cheese.
34. Favorite Flower? Pansies.
35. Favorite ice cream? Cookies n Creme ice cream 
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Bell
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? 0
38. From whom did you get your last email? my father
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? ...Barnes and Noble...
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? made a pair of perfectly good jeans into cut-offs. Yes, I am naughty like that. :D
41. Love your job?Yup.
42. Broccoli? In broccoli and rice, awesome. Steamed, it's okay. Raw, let's not even go there.
43. What was your favorite vacation? Colorado.
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? dad, siblings, brother's fiance, grandmother, cousin, and aunt.
45. What are you listening to right now? Mackelmore's Can't Hold Us. I think I like the cover better than the original.

46. What is your favorite color?  Black, purple, green, and orange.
47. How many tattoos do you have? None.
48. Coffee drinker? Nope.
49. How many children do you have? None
50. What is your favorite memory/future dream?
      Memory- Getting on stage at Midland Regionals for Bible Quizzing
      Future Dream-Finishing Liberation.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 heart on a string...

you could tie
my heart on a string
but I can’t see the point
in that
since it would just fly off anyway

you could ask me to be levelheaded
And to put my feet back
on the steady ground
But I like it up here
with my head in the clouds

you could tell me that I’m nonsensical
and occasionally pointless
and I would agree with you
because that is
when I am at my finest

you could try to
 make me like you
but you would fail in a most epic way
i’m my own me and
 nothing can ever change that

you could hand me
all your cares and woes
and try to make me sad
but I would just try and
make you laugh

because I like the
smile on your face
and you and I both smile
the whole world is
shining brighter