Two in One: Poll + Short Story

Hullo, I’m back. *grins*  Miss me?  Of course you did. *winks*

Ahem.  First things first.  This is my FIFTIETH POST ON THIS BLOG!  I mean, wow.  Fifty posts.

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A special thank you to all followers/commenters/likers (I made that word up).  You guys rock (and please check out their blogs because they’re pretty awesome!).

I figured, since this is my fiftieth blog post, that I should probably ask for some feedback on this blog.  What posts do you enjoy reading the most?  Are there certain kinds of posts you would like to see more of (for example, book reviews)?  Just click on the pretty little link below to give me your feedback (I love feedback, so please…*innocent puppy eyes*).

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And you can see the results at the link below, in case you’re curious.  If you’re not curious, then don’t click the link.

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And now…dun, dun, DUNNNNN!

My short story was published on Kingdom Pen.  Just click this pretty little link to read the short story.  By the way, check out Kingdom Pen!  If you subscribe, you’ll get to read a bunch of helpful writing articles, awesome short stories, amazing poems, and watch some pretty cool videos about writing (they’re hilarious as well as informative).  If you join the forum (click here to join the bestistest place on the internet), you’ll get to be a part of a great Christian community of writers.  I mean it; if you’re serious about writing and want to be part of an encouraging Christian writing community, join Kingdom Pen.  I’ve grown so much as a writer since I joined.  Everyone there is so encouraging, but everyone will also challenge you to grow as a writer.  Join, join, JOIN!

There’s the surprise promo for the day (SURPRISE!).  And I’d love it if you’d give my short story a read. 🙂

Again, thank you to all followers, commenters, and likers for actually being interested in what I have to say!  You are very much appreciated, and I hope this blog has been a blessing (or at the very least, informative) to some of you.  That’s the goal, anyway. 😉

Keep writing for the Kingdom!

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Also, I love this verse…

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

~ Romans 12:2

With that, go write and live for HIM!

 

 

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Character Personality Types

I’m kind of obsessed with personality types.  I don’t know if you knew that or not…so I figured I would write an article about personality types!  [cue “Hooray” from followers]   Writing is actually what got me interested in Myer’s Brigg Personality, since personality types can be a great way to characterize your characters (not to mention a fun way, if you’re a geek like me)!  Of course, it’s also fascinating to try to figure out what personality types your friends and family are.

For a long time I couldn’t figure my personality type out.  Every time I took a test the results didn’t seem quite right.  But I think I finally did figure it out.  I’m an extroverted introvert (or an ambivert), and I’m a mix between an INFP and an ENFP.  The tests didn’t work for me, so I read the personality type descriptions, and I figured it out. 😉

 

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So when you’re deciding your protagonist’s personality type (for characterization purposes, of course), don’t just take a personality type test as if you are that character.  It didn’t work for my characters.  Choose his/her personality type based on what you know about your character.  For example, with my main character (MC), Alvin, I didn’t take the test as if I were him.  I chose his personality type.  Using the image above, I figured out that he is an extrovert (E), a sensor (S), a thinker (T), and a perceiver (P).  Therefore, my character is an ESTP, the “Activist” personality type, and the descriptions from the images below seem to fit him.   If you’re having trouble with this, try using the images above and below.  They might help you.

Descriptions of the personality types to help you figure out which personality type your character is…or what personality type you are. 🙂

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Descriptions of the sixteen personality types and the percentage of the population each type is…

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But here’s the real question: why use personality types for characterization?  Answer: knowing your character’s personality type can help you better get to know your character.  If you read about your character’s personality type, you can figure out your character’s strengths and weaknesses.  To read up on the personality types, go to this website.  Perhaps your MC’s weaknesses are that he or she is extremely shy and sensitive.  Or perhaps your MC is overly confident.  Personality types can help you figure out important information about your characters.

And, just for fun and a bit of perspective, personality types for characters from some awesome books and movies…

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Harry Potter Characters…if you didn’t figure that out on your own. 😉  So my MC Alvin is like Sirius, and I’m a mix of Luna and Tonks.  Hmm…interesting.

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Alvin is like Han Solo, and I’m between Luke Skywalker and Qui-Gon Jinn.  Yes!  I love Qui-Gon. 😛

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Alvin is Gimli, and I’m either Frodo or Arwen.  Yay!  Both awesome characters.

So…what’s your personality type?  What’s your MC’s personality type and how did you decide what it was?  Did the images above help you decide?  Comment below!

Hullo, I’m Not Dead…

Hello, followers!  I’m actually not dead.  Yeah, I know I haven’t posted in forever.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been gone for 19 days out of the country (originally, that was supposed to be 18 days, but airport and airplane problems happen…).  So getting back home was quite an adventure.  I got to sleep in the airport.  If anyone ever tells you that sleeping in the airport is fun (I don’t think anyone ever will, but just in case), they’re lying.  You don’t go to “bed” until 1 in the morning, get 4 hours of sleep at most, and wake up at 4 or 5 am, not to actually fly home until 6:45.  And then when you actually do arrive at your hometown airport, you find out that there was only one bag put on the plane, and that one bag isn’t yours.

But the trip was well worth the airport problems.  This was the trip of a lifetime, and God has blessed me immensely.  I learned so much on this trip, while having loads of fun at the same time.

1.  I learned that I love listening to British accents.  I may or may not be a too little obsessed with British accents.  But on a more serious note…

2.  I learned that life is all about the people.  Our “stuff” doesn’t matter.  Only the people matter.  When you look at someone, think of that’s person’s soul.  The only thing in this life that matters (besides God) is people.

3.  I learned that America, with all its problems, is still a wonderful place to live.  Multiple times on the trip, I heard people, “Ohh, you’re from America?  I’ve always wanted to go to America.”  America, despite all its issues, is still the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  I’m so blessed to live here.

4.  I learned that no matter where you’re from, we can still be friends.  It’s really amazing that you can live across the OCEAN from a person a still be friends.  I now have friends in England and Japan.  I mean WOW!

5.  I learned that History (His-Story) is essential.  How are we supposed to be effective witnesses for Christ if we don’t know the beginning of the story?  How can we begin to understand our part in God’s story if we don’t know the beginning of the story?

6.  I learned that we are all created in God’s image.  Having friends all over the world really taught me this lesson, especially on this trip.  It doesn’t matter what’s different between you; only the similarities between you and others matter.  And the number one similarity is that everyone is created in God’s image.

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But enough about the trip and my horrible blogging habits!  I’ve been reading and *clears throat* writing.  Yeah, my goals for the summer are nowhere near completed.  But at least that’s something.  I just finished Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and the NEWEST HARRY POTTER BOOK (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the good news doesn’t stop there.  I have a poem for you.  *happy dance*  Sometimes I need to be reminded why I write.  …Scratch that.  A LOT of times I need to be reminded why I write.  So that’s what I wrote this poem about.  Hope it’s encouraging to you, too! 🙂

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Words of Life

Words are nothing,

Unless I make them something.

Words speak love or hate,

Bring people together or isolate.

Words hold the power,

To help people stand or cause them to cower.

Words force some into a hole of depression,

And leave them alone in this cruel condition.

Too many works of words

Speak death, hopelessness, and darkness.

They rip hearts to shreds,

Give nightmares in beds.

Where are the words of life and hope?

Who will write words of truth?

Who will bring life and hope to the youth?

I could write these words.

The words started coming to me,

They poured from my heart onto the page freely.

I can write these words.

My poems have become more numerous,

As I seek to write words that are luminous.

I WILL write these words.

Have I been called to spark,

The imaginations of those in the dark?

I accept the challenge to be a light to those hurting,

I WILL be the one who writes hope for those yearning.

 

Book Review: The Wingfeather Saga

What the Books Are About:

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (summary from Goodreads)

Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.

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North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (summary from Goodreads)

In order to survive, the Igibys [Janner, Tink, and Leeli] must flee to the safety of the Ice Prairies, where the lizardlike Fangs of Dang cannot follow. First, however, they have to escape the monsters of Glipwood Forest, the thieving Stranders of the East Bend, and the dreaded Fork Factory.
But even more dangerous are the jealousies and bitterness that threaten to tear them apart, and Janner and his siblings must learn the hard way that the love of a family is more important than anything else.

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The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson (summary from Goodreads)

Janner Wingfeather’s father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows–a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang…Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There’s a monster on the loose and the truth lurks in the shadows.

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The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson (summary from Goodreads)

All winter long, people in the Green Hollows have prepared for a final battle with Gnag the Nameless and the Fangs of Dang. Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli—Throne Warden, Wolf King, and Song Maiden of Anniera—are ready and willing to fight alongside the Hollowsfolk, but when the Fangs make the first move and invade Ban Rona, the children are separated. Janner is alone and lost in the hills; Leeli is fighting the Fangs from the rooftops of the city; and Kalmar, who carries a terrible secret, is on a course for the Deeps of Throg. Meanwhile in Skree, Sara Cobbler and Maraly Weaver care for the broken Artham Wingfeather as Fangs muster for battle across the MightyRiver Blapp.
Sea dragons lurk in the waters. Wicked Stranders crawl through the burrows. Ridgerunners and trolls prowl the land. Cloven haunt the forest. Monsters and Fangs and villains lie between the children and their only hope of victory—in the epic conclusion of The Wingfeather Saga.

What I Liked:

I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now, but I like fantasy (yes, that was sarcasm).  The Wingfeather Saga is not only fantasy: it’s fantasy done well.  It’s got it all: fantastical creatures (such as toothy cows), magic, and a different world.  What’s not to like?

One thing I especially liked about this series is that the reader can really relate to the characters.  Each character has his or her own personal struggles.  Janner, the main character, struggles with jealously and bitterness, and he is a much more relatable character because his struggles and faults are so evident to the reader.  We all have probably struggled with jealousy at some point in time, so the reader can not only relate to how Janner feels but also really empathize and understand how Janner feels in the story.  And although the reader can admit that Janner is being selfish, Andrew Peterson somehow still manages to make Janner likable.

Andrew Peterson also does a wonderful job world-building.  He creates a world that is so original, it’s realistic in the reader’s mind.  He pictures it so clearly that the reader has no doubt about what this mysterious world is like.  The most important thing in creating a realistic world is picturing it your own mind so that you can convey this picture to your readers, and Andrew Peterson does this brilliantly.

Another thing I loved about this series was the creativity and originality of the story.  It was refreshing to read a fantasy series that is so creative and original and like none other I’ve ever read.

If anything I said above about this series sounds appealing to you, you need to read this series.  Even if what I said doesn’t sound appealing, still read it, okay?  When you read this series, you make life-long friends of the characters, friends you will never forget.

What I Didn’t Like:

Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this series.  There isn’t any inappropriate or objectionable material.  If you like fantasy, you need to read this series!

Who I Would Recommend This Series For:

I would recommend this series for almost all ages.  This would be a great family read-aloud.

Underlying Themes and Messages {SPOILER ALERT}:

The two main themes throughout this series are good vs. evil (which every good fantasy series should have) and brotherly love.  In the series, Janner, the main character, is the Throne Warden, whose job it is to protect his brother Kalmar, the king.  Janner has to make many sacrifices along the way to keep his brother safe, including the ultimate sacrifice at the end of the series.  At first, Janner is bitter about his responsibilities, but as the series progresses, he willingly protects and even *MAJOR SPOILER* sacrifices himself for his brother. *END OF MAJOR SPOILER*  This message is so powerfully portrayed throughout the series, as well as good triumphing over evil.

Rating (Goodreads):

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga #1): 4.22 out of 5 stars

North! Or Be Eaten (The Wingfeather Saga #2): 4.47 out of 5 stars

The Monster in the Hollows (The Wingfeather Saga #3): 4.63 out of 5 stars

The Warden and the Wolf King (The Wingfeather Saga #4): 4.69 out of 5 stars

My Rating:

I would give this series a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Quotable Quotes:

And guess what?  I’m adding a section: the quotable quotes section!

“Blood was shed that you three might breathe the good air of life, and if that means you have to miss out on a Zibzy game, then so be it. Part of being a man is putting others’ needs before your own.”  ~ Andrew Peterson, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

“Here I sit in the presence of queens and heroes and magic. Yes, magic. It is only when we have grown too old that we fail to see that the Maker’s world is swollen with magic – it hides in plain sight in music and water and even bumblebees.”  ~ Andrew Peterson, North! Or Be Eaten

“When children say it’s time to leave, they mean, “It’s time to leave.” When grownups say so, they really mean, “It’s time to begin thinking about leaving sometime in the near future.”  ~ Andrew Peterson, North! Or Be Eaten

“‘But I don’t want to be the Throne Warden,’ Janner said with all the bitterness he could muster.
‘I understand,’ Nia said. Janner had planned to send her over the edge with that comment, but she didn’t seem surprised.
‘Sometimes I don’t want to be queen. But what I want doesn’t change what I am.'”  ~ Andrew Peterson, The Monster in the Hollows

“Love runs stronger than blood. Deeper than any name you could give me.” ~ Andrew Peterson, The Warden and the Wolf King

“When you run out of hope, everything is backwards. Your heart wants the opposite of what it needs.” ~ Andrew Peterson, The Warden and the Wolf King

 

Have you ever read the Wingfeather Saga?  Did you like it?

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On a completely unrelated note, sorry I haven’t posted in a long time.  I’ve been really busy lately…I’m sure you all can relate. 🙂

 

 

What I’ve Been Learning About Prayer

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I mentioned in another post that two weeks ago, I stayed for a week in Tennessee at a Christian camp (TeenPact National Convention).  It was a life-changing experience.  The theme for the week was “prayer.” Little did I know at the time how much I needed that message.  God taught me so much that week, and I wanted to share what God’s been teaching me with you all. 🙂

Prayer is powerful. 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

~ James 5:16
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”  Our prayers are not just words said to ourselves in private during our morning quiet times.  Our prayers have “great power.”
God demonstrated the power of prayer for me firsthand when I was gone two weeks ago.  It wasn’t a coincidence that the theme for the week was prayer.  I needed to hear every single session that week.  After sessions, we had a small group time, where we (you guessed it) broke up into small groups and prayed for each other.  One of the girls in my small group was late, so we started without her.  When she finally came to our small group spot, she told us that a lady from her church had had a stroke and wasn’t expected to be alive much longer.  We prayed for comfort for this girl’s family, and we prayed that if it was God’s will, He would heal this lady.
Fastforward a few days.  I was home, and I heard the bing of an incoming text message.  It was from the girl I’d met at camp.  She told me that the lady from her church came out of her coma and would be released from the hospital after some physical therapy.  I got chills just thinking about it.  Now, the easy thing to do would be to say “That’s great!” and forget about it.  But I didn’t blow it off.  God used this story to teach me how powerful prayer is, if we only have faith.

Prayer involves faith.  This was something that God taught me, something that really struck me hard.  Prayer involves faith.  Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this:

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

~ James 5:15

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

~ Mark 11:24

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

~ James 1:5-8

Ouch.  When I pray, though I know that God can do anything, I doubt whether He actually will.  I doubt.  And what does the verse above say?  “That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”  God convicted me that I need to believe, I need to have faith that God will answer my prayers, that God wants to do what I ask Him to do.

Prayers are always answered.  God always, always answers our prayers.  Yes, sometimes the answer is “no.”  Sometimes the answer is “yes” or “wait a while.”  But God always answers our prayers.

Prayer is not just a one-sided conversation.  God not only hears our prayers: He takes the time to listen to them.  Are we listening for God’s answers, though?  I have a hard time listening for God’s answers.  I believe that God listens to my prayers, but sometimes it seems like I’m just talking to myself.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

~ 1 John 5:14-15

Can I get an “amen?”

Now think about this for a minute: God listens to our prayers, our sob-stories, but we don’t want to listen to God’s answers.  Pretend for a minute that God is a person you are talking to face-to-face.  Wouldn’t it be considered rude to go on and on about your struggles but not listen when the other person wants to share theirs or comfort you in your distress?  It’s the same thing with God; it’s rude not to listen to God’s response to our prayers.

Prayer is just you talking to God.  You don’t have to be put together to talk to God.  City Harbor says in their song Come However You Are, “Come however you are.  Come with all the heartaches.  Come with all the mistakes you’ve made.  Lay them down at the cross.  Give them to the God who loves you.  Hurt, scarred, fallin’ apart, come however you are.”  That’s how you should be approaching prayer.  We don’t need to pull ourselves together.  We don’t need to come to God perfect.  God wants us to cry out to HIM.  He wants us to ASK, even though He already knows what we need.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

~ Matthew 7:7

Prayer should be continuous.  We should be praying throughout the day.  Prayer should just be us talking to God, having a conversation with God.  The conversation shouldn’t end until we hit the pillow at the end of the day.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

You knew this verse was coming, didn’t you?  We are to “pray continually.”  Not “pray when you feel like it” or “pray when you’re in trouble.”  Pray continually.

In conclusion, don’t underestimate the “prayer of a righteous man.”  Believe that God will do what you ask of Him–have faith.  Believe that our prayers are always answered and that prayer is not a one-sided conversation.  When you pray, just talk to God.  “Come however you are.”  And “pray continually.”

Oh, and if you haven’t seen War Room yet, watch it.  Hope this post was a blessing to you all. 🙂

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Quote Challenge: Day 3

Now, ladies and gentlemen, for the final day of the quote challenge.  Let’s have a quick rules recap…

  • Thank the person who nominated you (I am indebted to you forever, Zoe Wingfeather 😛  and her blog is here)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday
  • Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days

Here is the quote  are the quotes I have chosen for today:

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I love this one!  Words of truth from Audrey Hepburn. 🙂

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Amen!  Love your enemies.

I tag the following wonderful bloggers:

And, since I couldn’t think of another blogger, I tag…you!  Yes, you.  If you want to do this tag, go for it!  And have fun.  You must have fun.

 

Quote Challenge: Day 2

Good morning, blog followers!  Guess what?  I’m planning lots of wonderful posts after this Three Day Quote Challenge, so if you’re bored, bear with me.  Plus, quotes are awesome, so there is no reason to be bored.  Even if you are bored, please pretend you aren’t.

Rules, again:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you (I am indebted to you forever, Zoe Wingfeather 😛 and her blog is here).
  2. Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday.
  3. Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days.

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This quote is like a punch in the gut.  It’s amazing how much truth is packed into…*counts on fingers*…twelve words.

And because I couldn’t just choose one…

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I love this quote because it reminds me how important true friends are.  True friends are people you can tell anything–your deepest thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, and struggles–and they won’t judge you.  True friends are not just people whom you simply go and have fun with, although you do have fun with your true friends.  They are people who understand you and who love you.  A true friendship is built on “love thy neighbor as thyself.”  True friends care more about their friends than themselves.

And now, I tag the following wonderful bloggers:

What are some of your favorite quotes?  Did either of the quotes I chose strike you?

Have a nice day, guys!

Quote Challenge: Day 1

The lovely Zoe Wingfeather (check out her blog at http://afangirlsfantasy.blogspot.com) recently tagged me for the Three Day Quote Challenge.  Of course, there are rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (I am indebted to you forever, Zoe Wingfeather 😛 )
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday
  • Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days

So.  The quote.

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I love this quote! ❤ ❤ ❤  First of all, it’s so true.  Second, it’s by J. K. Rowling.  Third,……….see above reasons. 😉

I’m going to include a writing quote, too, because this is a writing blog.

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, for the tagging of the other bloggers! *trumpets play*

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Hannah A. Krynicki

Hope Ann at Writing in the Light

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On another completely unrelated note, sorry I haven’t posted for a while!  I was at a camp all of last week.  God has been doing so many amazing things in my life lately, and I’d love to share them with you all in another post, but I don’t have time right now, unfortunately. Just one really quick thing: something that God has been teaching me lately is the importance of prayer.  I’d love to share what He’s taught me with all of you in another post sometime. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all folks (*in Porky Pig voice, of course*)!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another awesome quote.

 

 

Little Brothers

I wrote a poem recently (ish) about little brothers…

If you have any younger brothers, you can probably relate to this poem.  Enjoy!

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When my little brother runs around,

I think I need a brother pound!

He steals my stuff and tears it up,

Is it time yet for his nap?

Next thing I know he’s shooting me,

With a gun in hand and kicking my knee.

Then he’s playing with figurines,

Killing them all with war machines.

When he’s finally done with that,

He runs outside and chickens scat.

Off somewhere to make more trouble,

He smashes rocks, creating rubble.

Then he finds a stick and pretends

That it’s a sword until it bends.

He’s back inside, racing through the door,

His next idea is mushing Play-Doh into the floor.

I try to tell him not to do that,

Immediately after I wish I hadn’t.

He’s so angry with me that he hits

Me as hard as he can with his little fist.

How can a little guy hit so hard?

I think for life my arm is marred.

He’s spanked for the fourth time that day,

“No spankings if you’re good,” I hear Mom say.

Ten spankings and he cries just a little,

So little, in fact, it’s actually pitiful.

I race upstairs to my room and find,

His name all over the wall is signed.

When I run back down to tell my mother,

There I find another bother.

The toilet is clogged in the bathroom,

And from his room I hear a BOOM!

When I clean up every mess,

I wonder how my day became a stress.

But on the couch I see my brother,

Listening to a book read by my mother.

I realize he’s not a monster after all,

And I don’t wish that he lived in a stall.

Even if you annoy me a bunch,

I love you so very much.

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What about you?  Do you ever wish your brother lived in a stall (kidding)? 😛

5 Great Novels For Fantasy-Lovers

I love fantasy.  Don’t know if I’ve ever told you that, but I do.  I love it so much that I’m going to write a fantasy novel this summer.  I love fantasy a lot.  The images below pretty much sum up my attitude about fantasy:

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What is fantasy, anyway?  I think we would all agree that it is a genre of literature, but what makes it different from the rest of the literary genres?  What makes it a unique genre?  Here are some elements of the fantasy genre from this article:

  • Events occur outside the ordinary laws that operate within the universe.
  • Magic is central to the fantasy genre.
  • Fantasy stories often involve journeys and quests.

According to this article (which you can find here), fantasy is…

Fantasy is a form of literary genre in which a plot cannot occur in the real world. Its plot usually involves witchcraft or magic taking place on an undiscovered planet of an unknown world. Its overall theme and setting is a combination of technology, architecture, and language resembling European medieval ages. The most interesting thing about fantasies is that their plot involves witches, sorcerers, mythical and animal creatures talking like humans, which never happens in the real life.\

Guess what?  After this post, I’m going to write a[nother] post about why Christians can write fantasy, even though some may object to the idea of magic in their novels. {Hint: You’re the author; you control what you write!}

Anyway, I’ve created a list of fantasy novels which I really enjoyed, so if you love fantasy, you should definitely try reading these books:

1.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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If you haven’t heard of the Lord of the Rings, you might just live in a hole in the ground.  You also might be a hobbit.  The hole probably isn’t a nasty, dirty, wet hole.  It’s a hobbit hole.  Okay, I’ll stop.  {For those of you who haven’t read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, that was a Hobbit reference. 😉 }  This is probably one of the best fantasy series of all time.  It’s that good.  J. R. R. Tolkien is a master world-builder.  He creates a world–Middle Earth–that is realistic.  This world he created is so complex that he even wrote entire books about the lore and legends and history of this world.  It’s incredible.  The books in the series are as follows:

  • The Hobbit (which is not technically part of the Lord of the Rings series, but anyway…)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

2.  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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Yes, I’ve read Harry Potter.  Now before you start screaming at me, let me tell you something: these books are some of the most brilliant novels I’ve ever read–and I’ve read a lot of novels.  J. K. Rowling creates a world of magic so vivid, the reader can picture it quite clearly in his or her mind.  Another post coming on why Harry Potter is not a bad series for a Christian to read.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about reading Harry Potter, too. *winks mysteriously*

These are the books in the series (they’re pretty long [the longest is 800 some pages], but they aren’t hard reads, and they’re so action-packed and suspenseful that you won’t be able to put them down):

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix 
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

3.  The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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Although the first book, Eragon, was not my favorite, I loved the rest of the books in this series.  Christopher Paolini creates yet another realistic world of his own.  His world has a Tolkien-ish feel to it, but it is his own and unique.  The way he uses magic in his series is also unique and fascinating (after all, to be considered a fantasy book, it must contain magic).  The books in this series are:

  • Eragon
  • Eldest
  • Brisingr
  • Inheritance

4.  The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

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This series is one of my all-time favorites (okay, all the books on this list are some of my all-time favorites).  In the series, the Greek gods are real, and therefore, there are demigods who must fight monsters like in the myths.  If you’re a mythology geek (I almost typed greek XD ) like me, you’ll love this series.  And if you’re not (I pity you), you’ll still love this series.  The books in the series are as follows:

  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labryinth
  • The Last Olympian

{There is also a second series, and I believe the author is writing a third.  I can’t recommend the second series because I haven’t read all of it, and I’ve heard some bad things about it.}

5.  The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

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Okay, I’ve still only read the first three books (I’m finishing the last one this summer), but I can tell you from what I’ve read these books are amazing.  Andrew Peterson really creates another realistic world of his own, with its own feel and its own culture.  It’s amazing that so many authors can create worlds that are so different, isn’t it?  Anway, read these books!

  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
  • North! Or Be Eaten
  • The Monster in the Hollows
  • The Warden and the Wolf King

Have you read any of these books?   What did you think of them?  Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a full review on any of the books above!