Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!


Wow.....

First of all, thank you to everybody who participated! :) If I could, I would give you all something, honestly. :)

But anyway.... here's the two winners-- (I would have taken a screenshot but I totally forgot until it was too late-- whoops...)

Maybe I should invite you all over for cookies or something. Then I could feel better about picking only two winners.

Okay, sorry. I'll stop stalling.

Read on the see who won the goodies--


Winner of the Journal and Multi-Colored Pens is....




Winner of the EPIC Roman Britain Trilogy is....



*applause*

Okay, Jedi~Chick and Georgianna Penn, please shoot me an email with your addresses (if you happen to not want the prize you won, then email that information to me instead, 'kay?).

Be quick, though! If I don't get an email from the winners by THIS Saturday, April 2nd, the unclaimed prize(s) will go to another entrant of yours truly's choosing. 

Oh, and if you were bummed that you didn't win something, head over to Polka-Dot's blog, Josiah's blog, or Miss Raquel's blog :)

Thanks again to everyone who participated! :)

Oh, and since inviting you all over isn't possible at this time....



This should be enough for all my beautiful followers, right?
Here's another plate just in case. 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Post


Hello there.

I have been eaten by school.

Sorry.

I feel like this creature, running through the blogosphere so hurriedly like this.


Eh-hem.

Yeah.

Moving on....

A few pieces of news, and then I gotta run. 

Girls, PLEASE head over to Polka-Dot's blog for an amazing giveaway! Please!! You don't want to miss this! 

As well, Miss Raquel has a three-year blog anniversary giveaway, too. So, head over there too, please!

Okay, well....

*checks notes*

That's all for now, I guess. See ya ;)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Giveaway Closed!


Bigs hugs and "Thank you!" to everyone who participated in this giveaway! I'm so excited! I've met so many new bloggers and found so many amazing blogs-- it's been awesome :)

Anyway, here's the deal....

Two winners will be chosen and announced later this week

- keep an eye out for that!


Thanks again everyone!

And in the meantime, while we're waiting for the winners to be chosen, here's some Chicken Fettucine Alfredo :)

Bon appetite.


happy satisfaction



My dear Papa just brought in a homemade, white chocolate macadamia nut annihilator.

coffee.

the liquid of life.

Today, all five members of the family were able to sit at the table and eat breakfast together. No ballet class for my sister and me to rush off to. No soccer game for the little man.

I was going to go over to a friend's house, but we both decided to move the date to next week. Thank God for gracious friends. <3

We did a little school and have been cleaning the house, and eating the leftover Alfredo from last night's dinner. The house has been continually filled with five beautiful voices, the laundry machines and the dishwasher.


Best. Sounds. Ever.

Everybody has been randomly going over to other family members and hugging/kissing them and telling them how much they love them. Or, in the case of my dad, sister and brother, running around with wooden guns and.... I don't know, doing things that people do when they're playing at Minutemen or something =P

Seriously people. Quality family time = utter joy.

It's not like we've done anything particularly special. But just being together has made me super, super happy and bubbly inside.

I went next door to my Nana and Papa's (the grandparents )house a second ago to return some DVDs (we've got a blockbuster store right next door, I tell you!)

The sky was out and bright and the wind was blowing and the pink flowers on the trees were waving at me. I breathed this sigh of contentment, and stuck my hands in my pockets.



And I found a couple pieces of chocolate in my pocket.


Score.



(note: Spring + Flowers + Sun + Happy Family Time + Chocolate = Best Moment Ever)


Still walking down the sidewalk back to my house, I popped a chocolate in my mouth and looked around at the pretty, green, pink, springy world.

It's beautiful.

Thanks Lord for the awesome day. And it's not even over yet.



























Friday, March 25, 2011

I ♥...

Thanks to Lauren, I've been inspired to do an "I Heart" post. :) Here goes!

I ♥...

Pictures that make me melt.


Personally, I think it's the lighting.
And the castle. And the clouds.
Forget those two romantics standing there in the front... :P



Other pictures that make my heart want to sing.

(If you recognize what this is from, just know I absolutely do not endorse these books, but the cover illustration just stole my heart. NO idea why.....)
I don't know.... the sun, the mountains, the waterfall,
 the way the light hits on the rocks, the trees, oh, and the two 
people standing the middle.... ah, I love it. :]
Can't explain it....


The Grey Havens!

*swoons*

Need I say anything?

The Guardians of Ga'Hoole was an amazing, and beautiful, movie.
(PS Review coming up soon!)

Another Ga'Hoole picture with gorgeous lighting. 

*sniffs*

*sighs*
Someday, Abby, someday....


Ships. I. Love. Ships.

 Yaargh... and I love nebulas.

They make me reeaaally happy.


*swoons again*



I wish I could live in a nebula. Not that's physically possible....

But I still wish I could live in a nebula.


Hm.... I had a little too much fun making this post.... heh heh.....


Musical Chairs!! *cough* er, TAG.



Thanks for the tag, Miss Raquel and Lauren!! :]


Here goes!!



List 10 artists you love, in no particular order {before looking at the questions below}.
1. Hans Zimmer
2. Lecrae
3. James Horner
4. TobyMac
5. Owl City
6.  Trevor Morris
7. Tenth Avenue North
8. Trip Lee
9. Superchick
10. 33Miles

And now.... questions galore!!


What was the first song you ever heard by 6? 
Main Titles (to The Pillars of the Earth sountrack), lol!

What is your favourite song of 8?

The Invasion (Hero) [feat. Jai]-- BOOYAH!


What kind of impact has 1 left on your life? 

Well.... his scores definitely boost my imagination while writing-- I might never have gotten some things written if not for, "Another Brick in Hadrian's Wall" or "Now We Are Free." :D

What is your favorite lyric of 5s? 


I bought a one-way ticket,
'Cause I knew I would never see the ground
Unless I was aboard a jet plane
And we were going down


(^ don't ask why....)

How many times have you seen 4 live?

 Once. It was awesome. 

What is your favorite song of 7? 

Ack, gosh, um..... ALL OF THEM?!?!?! *gacks*
If I had to choose ONE, it would be Times, but You Are More, Strong Enough to Save, Any Other Way, On and On, Beloved, You Are, Satisfy, Hold My Heart, Love is Here and Healing Begins are the runners up.

Told you.

Is there any song of 3 that makes you sad? 

YES. The song "Titanic Suite" from, obviously, Titanic, makes me want to cry. Always. 
(And NO. I have NOT seen Titanic XD)

What is your favorite song by 9?

Oh, gosh.... Stand in the Rain, Suddenly, or Wishes

How did you first get into 2? 

Through Trip Lee, and a few friends who are into Christian rap <3


How did you first get into 3?

 Um.... how does one "get into" movie scores? It started with John Williams, and then my collection of scores grew by the movie.... oh, I remember now!! First song was from Legends of the Fall, recommended by my violin teacher at the time! (I haven't seen THAT movie either. Great music though.)

What is your favorite song by 4? 

Hold On, Captured, or Getaway Car. Haha-- or Ill-M-I. *pumps fist*

How many times have you seen 9 live? 

Never.... *sniffs*

What is a good memory concerning 10? 

NaNoWriMo. (This post.)

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad? 

Nopee.

What is your fave song of 1's? 

Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho. (From POTC3)

How did you become a fan of 10?
An awesome friend had given us a CD of theirs, and I found the album in my iPod one time when I was exploring the vast expanse of 80GB. Loved them ever since!


I now tag:
EFC

Have fun! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mother Mags Hacks The Director

This is Mother Mags... The Director's "dear Mother" hacking into her blog while she is out with her Dad buying ingredients to make Chicken Fettucine Alfredo tomorrow.

I came across this tonight and knew she would love it and want to share it
(she is generous and thoughtful like that, y'know)

:)

Anyhoo, I thought this was pretty hipcool, sic!  You know, da bomb...

Oh.dear. I better go before I hurt myself.

Enjoy!


G.O.S.P.E.L. from Humble Beast Records on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inheritances and.... Nephews???



I have some itty-bitty tidly-bits of information, gathered from various sources :)



The fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini's The Inheritance Cycle is to be released near the end of this year: November 2011.


What do I have to say about this piece of news?

"Finally!"

:P

After reading the first three at lightning speed, all within two weeks, I've been fidgeting like a child in a doctor's waiting room, waiting for concrete news on the fourth book. I'm not what I'd label a "fan," but I enjoyed the books and eagerly await the final one. 

By the way, are any of YOU fans? Love the series? Hate it? Don't know what I'm talking about?? Anyone leaping out their seat for joy?? :P

Moving on.....






This was gathered from The Christian Post and Cinematical, the news breaking only yesterday, I believe.

The next Narnia movie in line for production? (And they are planning on making all seven.)

According to Walden Media's president, Michael Flaherty, the next is line is the first.






Yes, boys and girls. The Magician's Nephew.

Here's what Flaherty and The CP had to say:

Flaherty: I love “The Magician's Nephew” because it's a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from and hopefully we'll get everything together and make that our next one..... We're talking to the estate and to Fox and if those three parties, if we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years.

CP: What was your analysis of this and in what ways was the approach to “Voyage of Dawn Treader” different?



Flaherty: ...these books have been out now for over half a century and it gives us a really interesting idea of which stories are really loved. People who love Narnia love all seven stories -I'm one of those kinds of people. But what's interesting is that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over this period of time sold twice as many books as Prince Caspian and it did twice as much box office. Prince Caspian sold a third of the books as Dawn Treader and did a third of the box office. So while it's not always correlative of books to film, so far with these first three films, it has been. It directly mimics what people's interest has been in the books.
That's another reason beyond the fact that we all think it's a more interesting story and lends itself to a better film.
I'm all for it. Even though Dawn Treader was a minor disappointment for me, I can never stay mad about decent movies for long. 
So, The Magician's Nephew?? Bring it on, man!

Your thoughts, dear friends??


Inspiring Words...

"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."


"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 to us."







Sunday, March 20, 2011

Beautiful People

Well well!

Georgianna Penn and a friend have teamed up to create a monthly bloggy meme for writers! Frankly, I love my characters, so of course I had to join this!

So basically, there's a new set of questions each month about your characters, and you can use a different character for each month or use the same- whatever you want!

This month, I'll answer the questions for William, the father of my MC.




  • What is your character's full name? His names are Sir William the son of Sir George, or William the Blacksmith, later in life.







  • Does his/her name of a special meaning? Well, of course, his parents gave it to him, so it's special in and of itself there. But the specific name "William" has no real significance. Boring, right? :P







  • Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality? He's actually a rather methodical person, if I'm reading the question right. He's not an enigma, I guess is what I mean. He's very... well, not necessarily organized, but his personality is pretty consistent :)







  • Does he/she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he/she actually have friends?) Well, he's got friends, but I wouldn't say that he has more friends than acquaintances. He's a pretty likable person, but he's rather quiet, and does a LOT of thinking..... seriously. Suppertime at home is completely silent because he uses that time at the table to think and only think. It's sort of a form of coping, maybe. 







  • Is there something he/she is afraid of? I could say he was afraid of failure back when he was younger, but it was more that he was afraid of disappointing people. But now, he's afraid of his past life which holds many, many regrets. 







  • Does he/she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph? Good heavens, no! He doesn't write if he doesn't have to, photography wasn't invented yet, and I can hardly say he likes to dance or sing..... he might dream, but it's not something that changes his life :]







  • What is his/her favorite book? (or genre of book) History. What else was there to read in the Middle Ages :P (Don't take me seriously there.....)







  • Who is his/her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him/her? The castle's blacksmith was the one person he truly admired and was inspired by.







  • Favorite flavor of ice cream? Not invented yet. 







  • Favorite season of the year? He enjoys spring, actually. (Haha, I didn't know until I did this post! Whooppee! Something new about him :) He also likes winter, but not as much. 





  • Well, thanks to Georgianna and Sky for thinking this up! It's brilliant :)

    Fellow writer/bloggers, I would invite you to join this, too-- it's really awesome :D


    Saturday, March 19, 2011

    Spring Break Giveaway!

    **Update: This giveaway is now closed**

    Because I'm random and like to give things to people :)

    Hey, this is my first giveaway, whaddyaknow? Cool!

    It's Spring Break this coming week for most of the schools here in the US, and I figure that's occasion enough for a giveaway. Any objections? =D

    Anyway, so here's the goodies:

    1)

    Detail:




    A sturdy, lined notebook- has a blue cover with an awesome compass-star design on the front.


    Plus-- a pack of colored pens! I personally use these pens, and they're my current fave. They work great, and the more colors the better when it come to editing, right?

    or 2)

    The Roman Britain Trilogy by Rosemary Sutcliff. Includes The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers. (They're the newest versions of the books as well!)

    My favorite book ever, plus two. Seriously though, The Eagle of the Ninth is one of the greatest books I've ever read.





    So, how do you enter??  Read on:

    Mandatory entry: 
    -Comment and tell me your favorite book, or favorite writing medium (pen & paper, computer, dirty windows....).

    Extra Entries: 
    -Follow me if you feel so inclined :) {worth 1 more entry} (if you're already a follower, that counts as well.)
    -Follow one of my followers/people I follow, and tell me who in the comment. {worth 2 more entries!} (Those you are already following don't count.)
    -Blog about the giveaway. {worth 1 entry}
    -Posting on FB or Twitter or stuff like that. {worth 1 entry each}
    -Or lastly...

    Put this button in your sidebar. Haha, I don't think I really needed a button, but I was so excited to have a giveaway that I couldn't resist :P

    Castles, Quills, and Cameras



    {worth 2 entries}

    The entry time will run for exactly a week. The giveaway will close on March 26th at 11:59 PM.

    Hee hee hee!!

    Hee hee.... I'm sorry, I think I like this whole giveaway business. I'm giggling...  oh dear... *giggles some more*

    I feel like this seal... sort of....


    Book Review: Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

    Artemis was propped on his elbows. "You hit me," he said in disbelief. 
    Holly strapped on a pair of Hummingbirds.
    "That's right, Fowl. And there's plenty more where that came from. So you stay right where you are, if you know what's good for you."
    For once in his life, Artemis realized that he didn't have a snappy answer. He opened his mouth, waiting for his brain to supply the customary pithy comeback. But nothing arrived.
    Holly slipped the Neutrino 2000 into its holster.
    "That's right, Mud Boy. Playtime's over. Time for the professionals to take over. If you're a good boy, I'll buy you a lollipop when I come back."
    And when Holly was long gone, soaring beneath the hallway's ancient oak beams, Artemis said, "I don't like lollipops."
    It was a woefully inadequate response, and Artemis was instantly appalled with himself. Pathetic, really: I don't like lollipops. No self-repsecting criminal mastermind would even be caught dead using the word lollipops. He really would have to put together a database of witty responses for occasions such as this.

    And such, like that dry-humoured excerpt above, is what I encountered when I opened up the first book in the Artemis Fowl series.

    If you can get over the fact that the main character is a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind with the same name as a Greek goddess, then you can appreciate this book.
    (Honestly, I don't understand the name, but if you can forget who else shares it, Artemis totally fits him.)

    And if you can get over the fact that it's about said criminal mastermind in a conflict with fairies, LEPrechauns to be precise, then you just might like this book.

    And if you can appreciate the mastermind and the fairies, centaurs, and dwarves, and enjoy a rip-roaring tale with plenty of wit, sarcastic  narrative and dry humor, then you might just love this book enough to read it more than once, and maybe even write a review on it.

    I must say, I spotted this book at the library and picked it up just because I had heard the name a lot around that time. I knew nothing about the story until I picked it up.

    The unusual hero, and really, the unusual and original premise is attractive in and of itself. I mean, who doesn't find a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, millionaire, genius intriguing??

    The conflict is with fairies, who are not exactly the kind you'd find in a bedtime story. Rather, these fairies are even more technologically advanced than we are, they're armed.... and dangerous.

    After extensive research, Artemis is convinced that fairies exist and decides to kidnap one for a ransom of gold. He happens to kidnap one named Captain Holly Short, who is the only female member of the Lower Elements Police.... or, LEPrechauns. The story is being told from both sides: after Artemis and his sidekick named Butler kidnap Holly, a rescue group is sent out by the LEP to get her back.
    What happens afterward consists of negotiations, strategy, and playing outside the rules-- and scattered across the story is chuckle-inducing, sometimes laugh-out-loud jokes and humor.

    Eoin Colfer thrusts you straight into the action, or rather the calm before the action, and the jumps between backstory/explanations and the action are seamless.

    Talk about a variety of characters! If there's one thing to make a story that has a good plot and good writing better, it's a myriad of characters with drastically different personalities and goals. The primary characters in the book are:

    Artemis Fowl: calm, cool, and calculating, who's after the fairy gold.
    Butler: the stoic, bodyguard type who's mostly muscle but has a good dose of brains too, who's Artemis' sidekick.
    Holly Short: the impulsive, brilliant LEP captain who is trying to escape from the Fowl manor.
    Foaly: the cheeky "computer geek" centaur who is the technological brains behind the LEP.
    Commander Root: the red-faced, no-nonsense leader of the LEP who's voice is never under 115 decibels.
    Mulch Diggums: the bad-boy dwarf who will work for the highest bidder-- and may even switch loyalties smack in the middle just to get some extra dough.

    That's not quite the whole list, but it's a start. They're the primary characters, I think.

    As well, what's sweet is as we try and puzzle out Artemis' family life, we do see his mom who's very ill, and criminal though he may be, we still see him wanting to get his mom better and do the best things for her.

    ***
    While there are fairies, and they do use a whole lot of technology, there is a small bit of magic, which is absolutely not weird and enchantment-y and... I don't know, spiritually weird, I guess. Think of their magic as superpowers, or special abilities that just need to get re-charged like batteries sometimes. I guess that's how I would put it.

    See, if there's one thing I never tolerate in books or movies, or real life for that matter, it's anything that even remotely deals with the occult, and dark magic and stuff like that: I will have none of it.
    So it's practically a guarantee that the magic isn't icky in Artemis Fowl if I read the whole thing. (Yes, I will do the impossible if there's dark magic in a book-- I'll stop reading it completely. Yup.... breaks my heart to put down a book for something like that though.)

    Also, as long as you don't mind the occasional h-word, or the fairy profanity word D'Arvit in the midst of the action, and you can deal with a little bit of potty humor (which I promise is there if Mulch Diggums is on the scene), then you'll probably enjoy the book.

    Oh and also, there's a slightly environmentalist message that came up whenever the fairies are grumbling about how people are destroying natural resources and what have you, (not that I'm against environmentalist people, but those sort of implications jerked me out of the story a wee bit). As well, this didn't bug me, but it might bug someone else: the fairies call humans Mud People, and either I can't remember the explanation for that or there wasn't one, but if there wasn't some sort of reasoning, some people might see that as coming from an evolutionary point of view. Of course, this is a secular book, and I didn't mind personally. It didn't distract from the story.

    So, those are just some things to consider.
    ***

    But I thoroughly enjoyed Artemis Fowl, and I've read the second book and am planning on checking out the third sometime soon. Full of action, extremely clever, three-dimensional characters, and a great take on fairies/trolls/centaurs/et. cetera, anyone up for fast-paced adventure should definitely check out Artemis Fowl.

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    I have NO idea what these are called, but they're really, really fun.


    These little... things... where you take stills from movies and stuff and stick funny captions over them......

    Like this:




    You're not laughing? I thought it was funny, anyway.

    (You may have seen one or two of these in my sidebar, too.)

    I found a great way to amuse myself the other day... I made a bunch....





    ^ This one is a slight reference to my own neighborhood's movie, Pirates in the Suburbs. But  yeah.... pirates, cookies, they just go together. 


    C-3PO is having a bad day, losing to Chewie at.... er, whatever Star-Wars universe game this is.... like a holographic, animated version of round-table chess or something....

    Of course, nothing beats classic quotes though.




     So, have you ever done one of these? Have you found any super-good ones? Do you know what they are called????


    Ah, don't mind my insanity. Just thought I'd spread the nuttiness, *cough* I mean show you how I waste my time..... ;)

    Speaking of nuttiness, check out this hilarious video advertisement for Hollywood Video- it's....

    Lord of the Rings in 60 Seconds!

    Good heavens. I died laughing for the first 2.4 million times I watched this. Me and my siblings have memorized it.....