October 25, 2011

A First

Well then.  This is the first time I've done two posts in one day!  You are very fortunate readers indeed, haha.  P&P is still quite good.  I still hold the same opinion as earlier.

But there is something else I wanted to tell you.  Once NaNoWriMo starts, there will be a special something on here by moi.  A giant post, a new blog, a story excerpt, hmmm....what could it be?  It may not even be one of those three.  I shall leave you guessing for six more days!

Oh. My. P&P

My small group leader loaned me the 1995 version of P&P. *faints* Colin Firth!  Oh, yes, I'm a full-on Janeite now.  It's fun to hear Colin Firth say "She smiles too much." and "She is tolerable."  And I loved how the opening P&P line was fit into the script.  But, IMO, the Jane Bennet in this version isn't that pretty.  Rosamund Pike is a much better Jane.  I prefer the 2005 version in the matter of characters, minus Mr. Darcy and this Lizzy.  I like both Elizabeths equally.  Well, that's for now.  We're only 35 minutes into the entire 6 hours.  I think I shall try what Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorne do in MDBC sometime.

October 20, 2011

Just Twelve Days

In just twelve days, National Novel Writing Month starts, and I officially signed up today on the young writer's website (so I can set my own word count goal)! :) They tell you that, ideally, you should start and finish a novel, but I'm using it to finish my second MDBC fanfiction (that's allowed), along with possibly two other books - one in my Life of Faith series and one in my "Diary of a Homeschooler" series.  The fanfiction is my first priority, however, because I've been writing this one since February 2011. :P

I'd love to have y'all join, if you're writers!  I'll update here occasionally during November on my progress.  And perhaps y'all will get an excerpt...? ;) 'Course, you would need to read the first MDBC fanfiction before, haha.

October 17, 2011

Be Proud of Me

I've finished - okay, MOSTLY finished - The Last of the Mohicans.  My mom is giving me until Wednesday to finish it (with tomorrow being the ideal deadline).  The book is slowly killing my appreciation of old lit, though.  I feel LotM is terribly written!  The style, the phrasing, GAH!  As soon as I finish it, I'm going to open up Home for the Holidays and enjoy some well-written descriptive writing.  Ahhh.  Just thinking about it makes me happier. :)

In other news, I've started volunteering at our local animal shelter, and guess who I saw last Tuesday?  Fern!  The kitty I rescued!  She is still as sweet as ever, but she growls and hisses at the other cats.  She's still fearful because of her time in the wild.  I've noticed she's very tentative about getting food and water.  But I don't spend all my time with her.  I've met some other tres adorable cats.  And I'll be seeing them all again tomorrow!  Hooray!

October 14, 2011

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

I'm surprised I'm so hyper.  After all, it's only 8:50 AM, and I'm exhausted!  But on Tuesday, I found out some amazing news. (No, unfortunately, I'm not getting a book published. :P) Shannon Hale is writing a sequel to Princess Academy!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I literally went "squeeeeeeeee!" (in my head) when I read the news on her blog.  PA is one of my fave books, ever since one of my besties gave it to me for my birthday last year.  Shannon Hale is an amazing author.  Her characters are vivid, her plotline is well-developed, and her stories feel extremely real.  I couldn't get into her Books of Bayern sequel, River Secrets (is it perhaps because a boy is the main character?), but I could still appreciate the beauty in her writing.  I also adore Shannon's website because she has so many tips for aspiring authors!  I don't know any other author who does that.  When I'm feeling down in my writing, I go and visit her website just to cheer me up. (Looking at past pictures of her twin baby daughters doesn't hurt, either.)

So, that's all for this chilly October Friday morn'!  TTFN, readers. ;) Off to go get ready for co-op.  It's picture day, eek!

October 11, 2011

My Blog

Hey, readers! :) If you look down at the very bottom of my blog, you'll see some new page elements.  Tell me what you think of them, please!  That's all for this lovely Tuesday morning.  I'm off to work on a math lesson.  Angles, yay.... haha. xD

October 10, 2011

Thought y'all might like to see more pics of my crazy dog. :)
Snoozing away in his crate.  Yet his ears are pricked...

Um, yeah, that's my crazy dog.....

And then a cute close-up. :)

Hope you enjoyed this little look into my dog's interesting life. ;D

October 9, 2011

Never Read...

The Last of the Mohicans.  I'm starting it right now for lit class and it's boring me out of my mind.  A lot of men just can't seem to write books that appeal to girls.  Well, back then.  Because a lot of girls love PJO, and the Chronicles of Narnia, and etc.  But I've noticed all the old lit I enjoy is written by women (Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Maud Hart Lovelace, and so forth).

Oh, and in other news, my friend loaned me The Son of Neptune.  And you want me to be honest (with some minor spoilers)?  Ella the harpy is sooo sweet.  I just want to hug her!  Frank got on my nerves.  And Percy did, too, a bit.  I miss funny Percy. :( In 3rd person, he can't be funny.  I also think the book was a waste of time.  They aren't even headed to Greece when it ends!

And finally, I've started The Call of the Wild, too.  It's better than The Last of the Mohicans, that's for sure. :P

October 4, 2011

I Now Have in My Possession....

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays, eep! :D I'm about halfway through it, page 161.  There's a lot of shocking stuff.  But last night, I re-read one of my favorite lines in Pies & Prejudice: "Sometimes maybe dreams really do come true."  It's at the end of Jess's summer chapter.  Last night through this morning have been a dream for me.  That includes H4H.  I'll re-read it a ton.  Probably two more times today.  I have too much free time on my hands, haha.  Well, not really.  I have science homework and schoolwork that I should work on, but I'll delay it for a book series that has influenced my writing.

I have an idea for Heather.  In book six (or book seven, if there's a book seven), in the summer chapters, the MDBC should rent two RVs and take a trip to the Midwest and visit all the high points!  Chicago and Navy Pier.  A Cubs game.  Mackinac Island in Michigan.  Door County, Wisconsin.  Duluth, Minnesota.  Mall of America.  Lake Okoboji, Iowa.  The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.  Ooh, and where Maud Hart Lovelace is from! (She's the author of the Betsy-Tacy series that the girls are reading in H4H).  I can't remember the exact name. :P

October 3, 2011

It's Official

What's official?  You're probably wondering.  Oh, nothing much.  Just my now extreme dislike for Rick Riordan.  I still enjoy his PJO series.  Thus far, I think his Heroes of Olympus series is just okay.  I don't like his Egyptian mythology series, as it is too mystical.  But now you've really done it, Rick Riordan.  How am I supposed to beat you in getting out a Norse mythology book by 2015???  That's just four short years away.  Yeah, it's official.  He announced he will have a Norse mythology series starting in the works in 2015.  And I've been working on my ideas since before I started reading PJO.  It was a fantasy in the back of my brain since 2009, I believe.  This past February, I started researching the Norse gods.  And then I was temporarily sidetracked by reading PJO.  But I've been officially writing my Norse mythology book since April!  APRIL!  And of course, being a lowly teenager, I have no chance of getting published.  Is it time for me to boycott PJO?  No, I don't think so.  You can appreciate a book and not like the author, right?  But I still strongly dislike Rick Riordan now. >:-( (Note that I don't use the word hate.  Hate is not a people-verb.  If you hate someone, you become a hateful person.  Hate should only be used for things.  Like spinach and brussel sprouts and Justin Bieber's music.)