something’s happening…

guess what, my minions?

I’ve got something very special coming your way next week.

like, really special.

and it’s not mine, so that should give you a hint into how special it really is.

one of my blogger friends, Rosey, is releasing a book!!!! *shoots confetti and glitter and shoves slices of cake and bowls of ice cream into everyone’s hands*

so that’s the best part, but the other really cool part is that I get to be a part of her release tour!! I’m so excited for this, since I’ve never done anything like it before, and I absolutely loved her story and now I get to share it with y’all 🙂

I will be posting a short scene from the book, which is called Blank Mastermind, on Thursday, December 13, which is also release day! I will also include the link to order it. the preorder link and the goodreads link are right here:

Blank Mastermind on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43090076-blank-mastermind
Ebook preorder: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KQNB889

here’s the rest of the blog tour, so you can check out all the rest of these awesome people:

December 9th
A Story Detective – Short scene
Books by S.R. – Author interview

December 10th
Novels, Dragons & Wardrobe Doors – Book review
Laurel Wreath – Cover reveal

December 11th
ReadingAnyone – Book review
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Book review and character quiz

December 12th
Kinsey @ Over the Withers – Author interview
The Artful Author – Book review
Julia Witmer – Short scene

December 13th
Jane Maree – Author interview and book review
Kate Flournoy – Liza Allister character interview
Write Owl [that’s me!!] – Short scene

keep up with the blog tour, preorder Rosey’s book, and I’ll see you all back here next Thursday for the short scene! allons-y!

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november 2k18

one of my favorite months of the year is still one of my favorite months of the year. things were good this month. I celebrated one of the best holidays with my family, made new friends, listened to awe-inspiring music…

events

11/08

two different friends asked if I wanted a ticket to the twenty one pilots concert that weekend and I had to say no both times for a myriad of reasons. and yeah, I’m still kind of upset about that.

11/11

missed out on the twenty one pilots concert (r.i.p. me), but went to a going-away party for some friends instead. I had fun, defending my family name from one who would attempt to deface it (long story), ate a lot of food, sang songs with some friends that I grew up with but haven’t seen in a long time … it was nice.

11/16

had a Starbucks meet-up with a new friend. she showed me all the videos she took from the twenty one pilots concert and we talked about the band almost the whole time. I also discovered my love for a drink called London Fog.

11/21

the first rain of the season! I was so happy, since we had been inundated with smoke for two weeks. most days the smoke looked like really dense fog. but the rain cleared the sky and the air and I was happy as a duck ^-^ I baked a cake for Thanksgiving and then went to the library to study with my friends. I didn’t get as much studying done as I would have liked, but I got more done than if I had been at home. and I bought Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte for $1. so that was cool.

11/22

Thanksgiving! one of my favorite holidays! we celebrated at my uncle and aunt’s house, only 11 of us with my grandparents. my cousin L made the best stuffing I have ever had. we watched some Little Dorritt, played the Game of Life, and then when L’s boyfriend came over, I helped them continue to build L’s Lego rocket that she got for her birthday while we listened to Christmas music. all in all, a very relaxing, lovely Thanksgiving. and it continued to rain that day, which made my day really cozy.

11/23

had plans to hang out with L, but ended up going to the mall with my aunt and L’s boyfriend and his family instead. there were so many people, but I managed to buy a sweater and a cardigan for myself at Hollister. I also popped into Hot Topic (t-shirts were only $10!!), but I didn’t buy anything, since none of the t-shirts I wanted were my size or looked like they would fit me 😦 they also had Lord of the Rings Funko Pops and some Doctor Who and Hufflepuff merch, but I wasn’t really interested in buying anything else for myself. I’ll probably go back to look for presents for friends.

11/25

went out to lunch after church with a friend and her family at a really cute café. then I went over her house for a little bit. we sang a few worship songs, played two songs from La La Land, but we spent most of our time figuring out how to play twenty one pilots songs on the piano. most of our conversations since we’ve known each other have been made up of that topic. no, I’m not obsessed. how dare you suggest…

11/28

drove in the rain for the first time. and survived. that’s the important part 😛

entertainment

listened: all links lead to spotify The Greatest Show // Panic! At The Disco | Cancer // Twenty One Pilots | Origins (Deluxe) // Imagine Dragons | JT // Jon Bellion | Stupid Deep // Jon Bellion | Take Me Home, Country Roads – Rerecorded // John Denver | Ghost Of You // 5 Seconds of Summer | Sad Songs // Kyd the Band | Alive // VAN HØF | When Christmas Comes To Town // Clark Anthony
both links lead to soundcloud Regional At Best // Twenty One Pilots | No Phun Intended // Tyler Joseph (do yourself a favor and go listen to these two albums. they have made such an impression on me. they are absolutely incredible.)

read: The Selection // Kiera Cass {2.5/5} | Cinder // Marissa Meyer {3.5/5} | Paradise Lost // John Milton {3.5/5} | Scarlet // Marissa Meyer {4/5}

watched: Cliffhanger {2/5} | The BFG {3/5} | Pete’s Dragon {3/5}

blog posts

october 2k18

*clears throat* *taps microphone* I have a thing to say

and that’s about all I have for now! I’ll be going on a girls retreat tomorrow and I’m very excited. hopefully there will be snow, but rain is forecasted, which is also nice and cozy. I’ll be in touch with y’all when I get back! oh and don’t forget to comment about how your November was!

*clears throat* *taps microphone* I have a thing to say

hi, yes, hello. I’ve gone for a while, but I’ve been hard at work preparing this … post. it talks about something that I feel very strongly about and I’m still not sure my post addresses it well enough, but I’m having a go at it anyways. I’m especially interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

so I’ve seen this tumblr post quite a few times on Pinterest lately and I have something to say about it. something very important too, I think, because a lot of people who don’t take the time to actually investigate for themselves might take this as fact. before I say too much, here’s the post:

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okay. first of all, I am not doing this to debate the topic of homosexuality. that is a more specific topic that I wouldn’t mind talking about some other time if anyone is interested, but for now, I’m going to focus on the more general thought that the person stated above, that ‘your god and his son[‘s]…plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.’

alright.

this person was correct about some things. yes, we are now free from the Law set forth in the Pentateuch, we are beholden to it anymore,
it does not dictate whether we are saved.
only Jesus can do that now.
so far, so good.

however.
Jesus HIMSELF says in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 17:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
(italics added).

so Jesus is the only person who ever lived who can be that perfect sacrifice for us.
that means that we don’t have to sacrifice a perfect lamb at the temple (or anywhere),
because Jesus was the Lamb.
in that way, He fulfilled the Law.

okay, here’s the big shocker:
the Law (and the Prophets) are still relevant and important in our lives!
I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how the Bible is an old, archaic document that shouldn’t be taken seriously anymore because it’s so antiquated and doesn’t apply to our modern lives.
that is not true.

the Law does not now exist to condemn us, but rather to make us aware of our shortcomings and sins.
we don’t follow it because it gets us into heaven, but because we see it as God’s will for us living on earth until the perfect world comes,
because we love God and want to do what He tells us.
and He tells us these things (‘do not murder’ ‘do not commit adultery’ ‘do not steal’ etc.)
because He loves us and wants what’s best for us.

another important note:
Jesus may not have addressed the topic of homosexuality specifically anywhere in the gospels,
but being one with God, He makes ‘what He says’ very clear in the Law (a post for another time) and through Paul in Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,
to name a few passages.

some verses from the Bible on this topic:

Romans 3:28,31 – “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law…. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” (italics added)

Luke 16:17 – “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.” (Jesus’ words)

John 14:15 – “If you love Me, then you will keep My commandments.” (again, Jesus’ words. Jesus and God being the same person, and God having instated the Law, here Jesus is referring to that, as well as what He spoke through the prophets.)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (italics added; by ‘All Scripture’, the apostle Paul means the Old Testament)

this is just a sampling of many verses in the Bible that point back to the Law and how it is still relevant in both our faith and our lives.

I would like to reiterate the fact that the person in the thread at the beginning of this post was right about some things (specifically that we are not dependent on the Law for salvation anymore),
but not all.

I also want to encourage you to do your own research and really investigate claims that others make, especially when it comes to the Bible.
we should take claims like this seriously and make every effort to eradicate lies and false claims about the Word, since we as Christians believe that it is the infallible, unerring,
eternal Word of God and should be treated as such.
and just as Jesus did when He was being tempted, we have the ability
– I would say the obligation –
to know the Scriptures well enough to defend the truth.
Ephesians refers to the Bible as a sword (part of our spiritual armor)
and that being the case, we need to be well trained in the Scriptures in order to fight lies with the truth that is God’s Word.

let this verse be our motto and let us ‘understand… what [we] are saying [and] the things about which [we] make confident assertions’:

1 Timothy 1:5-7 – “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they made confident assertions.”

all Scripture quotations taken from the English Standard Version Bible, unless otherwise stated

I hope this all made sense and that I was able to correctly address the issue and make the Bible’s stance on this clear. tell me what you think in the comments, along with any additional Bible verses to support (or even refute – I’m open to healthy debates [emphasis on healthy]!) my statements. I can’t wait to engage in meaningful conversations with you all! 🙂

october 2k18

I had such a nice month and I think the little break I had from blogging (with the exception of this) was good for me. I’m ready to come back though haha.

some big things happened this month! keep reading to find out what they were:

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events

10/7 – lunch and afternoon with friends

I went out for lunch after church with a friend and tried a new restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. then we went back downtown later with two other girls and I made the mistake of getting gelato right before dinner, but it was alright. we had fun 🙂

10/11 – got my driver’s license

haha I was so freaked out, but I did it 😛

10/14 – hay maze

traffic was crazy since the pumpkin festival was the same weekend that we went, but we had fun. my cousin and I went through the maze four times. we went out to dinner after that.

10/16 – senior night

we won! I got to play the whole game (something I haven’t done yet this season!) and I think I did really well! I was glad that some of friends and my little brother came to watch, since they hadn’t seen me play yet.

some of my teammates made a poster for me and I’m definitely biased, but I think it was the nicest one of all the seniors’. I also got a small bouquet of flowers 🙂 after the game, we had dinner in one of the school buildings. I sat at a table with the other three seniors and we got to wear feather boas and butterfly wings. we played some games and had a nice time. then my cousin drove me and another friend home … in my car, which she had never driven before, and which is a little … not temperamental exactly. maybe finicky? but it was fine haha.

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10/18 – another senior night

our next game was an away game at another school on their senior night. and they gave me and my fellow senior teammates a bigger bouquet of flowers than our school gave us! we ended up winning that game 3-0, which was great since the last time we played them, they beat us 3-2. I felt a little bad for beating them on their senior night, but I was also really happy to have won haha.

10/23 – last game

we lost, but I had fun and I almost cried at the end. it was a good end to the season.

10/24 – team dinner

we all went out for dinner as a last hurrah as a team. our coach talked about each of us (he called it ‘roasting’, but it was very nice) and he gave certificates for MVP and other awards. some girls gave out little gifts, we signed cards for our coaches, and I got to take home balloons! so now I have all this little visual reminders of my wonderful team. from posters to balloons to flowers, they’re scattered all over my room 🙂

10/29 – joined Story Embers!

I’m so excited to be a part of this writing community and grow my craft!

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entertainment

listened: trench // twenty one pilots | 22 // taylor swift | we are never ever getting back together // taylor swift | I knew you were trouble. // taylor swift | divine/sailing/time/hymn – acoustic // phil wickham | twenty one pilots // twenty one pilots | vessel // twenty one pilots | blurryface // twenty one pilots | wake up // eden | impossible year // panic! at the disco

read: the faerie queene // edmund spenser {3.5/5} (I had to move my goodreads goal down again, since I haven’t read much lately :P)

watched: a couple new doctor who episodes 🙂

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blog posts

september 2k18

trench

caramel apples

I hope y’all had a nice October too. I had such a wonderful month, but I’m glad I have a little more leisure time now. at least until finals haha.

what was the best thing about this month for you? let me know in the comments!

trench

jumpsuit

felt it in my youth, feel it when I’m old
|-/
dusting off my (jumpsuit)

levitate

cowards only come through when the hour’s late and everyone’s asleep
|-/
you can levitate with just a little help

morph

“if” is purely panic and “when” is solemn sorrow and one invades today while the other spies tomorrow
|-/
“above” is blind belief and “under” is sword to sleeve and “around” is scientific miracle
|-/
the question still remains: are we still in love and is it possible we feel the same?

truth

my blood

you’re facing down a dark hall, I’ll grab my light and go with you

chlorine

I’ve been tested like the end of a weathered flag that’s by the sea
|-/
can you build my house with pieces?

smithereens

for you, I’d go step to a dude much bigger than me – for you, I know I would get messed up, weigh 153

art >
neon gravestones

keep your wits about you while you got ’em ’cause your wits are first to go while you’re problem-solving
|-/
I’ll mourn for a kid, but won’t cry for a king
|-/
I’m not disrespecting what was left behind, just pleading that “it” does not get glorified
|-/
to life, they were dedicated; now, that should be celebrated

the hype

you don’t get thick skin without getting burnt

nico and the niners

I’m careless when I wear my rebel clothes
|/
we’ll win but not everyone will get out

nico&9

cut my lip

though I am bruised, face of contusions, know I’ll keep moving

bandito

begin with bullet, now add fire to the proof – but I’m still not sure if fear’s a rival or a close relative to truth
|-/
the softest echo could be enough for me to make it through

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pet cheetah

no, I move slow; I wanna stop time, I’ll sit here ’till I find the problem

legend

I’m sorry I did not visit, did not know how to take it when your eyes did not know me like I know you

leave the city

it’s glowingembers barely showingproof of life in the shadows
|-/
it’s only time before they show me why no one ever comes back with details from beyond
|-/
in time, I will leave the city. for now, I will stay alive.

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september 2k18

okay!! I apologize for being gone for so long, but I’ve been really busy. don’t expect a lot of content for me until after my volleyball season ends and/or after finals. while you’re here, enjoy this post! it’ll probably be the last one for a while 😛

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9/1 – party 

I planned and organized it and it didn’t turn out perfect, but it was fun! I taught my friends a game and it seemed like they had fun 🙂

9/2 – party

a joint birthday for my cousins! I was at their house almost all day and had so much fun.

9/7 – senior portraits

ya girl’s getting closer to graduation. she also got her friend to do makeup for her; her mom curled her hair and she looked smoking’, I can tell ya that. the photographers were really nice and then my mom and I got lunch after 🙂

9/13 – first win of the season!

9/15 – first tournament of the season

we didn’t win any of our games, but I had fun and played pretty well

9/15 – fondue w/ friends

cheese fondue. not Howard Stark fondue.
I was all sweaty and funky-looking from my tournament, but I had fun.

9/29 – worked at a party

helped a friend at her party and met some girls my age who also didn’t know anyone there. we had some great conversations… and a lot of food.

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entertainment

listened to: mamma mia medley // anthem lights | dear evan hansen medley // chad graham, joey stamper | hosanna // hillsong united | dancing queen // abba | levitate // twenty one pilots | everglow // coldplay | speechless // dan + shay | mercy // brett young | female // keith urban

read: sir quinlan and the swords of valor (the knights of arrethtrae #5) // chuck black {5/5} | map of fates // maggie hall {2/5} | sir gawain and the green knight // unknown, marie borroff (translator) {3.5/5}

watched: in the heart of the sea {4/5} | les misérables {4.5/5} | love on safari {3/5}

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blog posts

august reviews

august 2k18

eclipse

oh autumn

learned

my confidence has been pretty shot lately. there are a few factors that can be at fault, but I’m just trying to get to a place where I can be confident in myself and my abilities again. life isn’t a straight upward shot. you go up and then fall back down again. and that’s okay.

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thank you to all of you who’ve stuck around! I’ll be back before you know it! ❤

eclipse

hey, y’all! it’s been a hot minute since I was last heard of. a sweltering hot minute, as it turns out…

anyways, I’ve been working on something that I think is important, but it turns out, as with most important things, it’s taking longer than I thought it would to get right.

but thanks to writefury, I now have some content for you, my poor starved little underlings 😥 {I was listening to some good music as I read Rosey’s post (female by keith urban), so that was how I qualified (or else y’all would still be starving :P).}

voila! le eclipse tag!

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Rules:
  • Thank the person that nominated you for this tag (thank you Rosey!)
  • List the rules so the next nominees will know them (*jazz hands*)
  • Include the ‘Eclipse’ image somewhere in your post (ta-da!! ^^^)
  • Answer the 3 questions, and ask 3 questions for the next people.
  • Nominate 3 people, and make sure they find out that they have been nominated.

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What’s one weird name that you really like?

I think a easier question for me to answer would be ‘what normal name do you really dislike?’ those seem to be more common for me haha.

but I have to answer this question, so… I like the name Bronwyn. it’s kinda old-fashioned, but I like it *shrugs*

I also like the names Idris, Treffen, Veren, Thea, Yarrow, and Siobhan (pronounced Shi-von / Shi-van). I’m really attracted to French and Irish names, interestingly enough.

If you had a theme song that would play when you walked in the room, what would it be?

haha, I could pick so many. maybe the Avengers theme song? that would be pretty cool. Bohemian Rhapsody would be cool too. it’s a little all over the place, kinda like me 😀

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What’s one very small, random memory you have from when you were little?

I mostly remember this one thanks to pictures. I was probably around 3 or 4 years old, and my older brother (5 or 6) got sent to ‘the corner’ for punishment for something. so he’s kneeling there, crying, and I walk up, thinking ‘oh, maybe he’s lonely. I’ll keep him company.’ so I kneel down next to him, and my mom apparently thought it was hilarious, so she took a picture.

okay, my questions!

would you rather explore space or the ocean?
what is your favorite interaction with a stranger that you have ever had?
what current trend do you hope will go on for a long time?

creds to Pinterest for that last question 😛

my nominees

anyone who is a senior in high school (shoutout to my fellows), anyone who is a Hufflepuff/Pukwudgie/some hybrid of Hufflepuff/Pukwudgie (probably more complicated than it should have been :P), and, taking a page out of Rosey’s book, anyone listening to good music right now… cause I am 😀

have fun, y’all! ❤