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News: If I could, I'd tie my hair up in dreds and live the life of adventure from the high seas to the mountain peaks, gathering gold and jewels and tales of mystery and action :) but for now, I'll just have to do with writing about these things as if they were truly real.

--12 December 2017 --

Quote: Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest of hearts. --Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

The Fellowship

May 21, 2010

Gaming = x.x

An excerpt of my writing from several months ago...

When was the last time you played a game on the internet? I can tell you the last time my brother played on his computer was a couple seconds ago. In fact, he still is. *sigh* Gaming makes me ill sometimes. You know, over the summer I played on my computer for hours because I was dumb enough to think that there was nothing else in the whole world to do. (my brains must have been on vacation over the summer)
So what on earth am I ranting about gaming then if I even enjoyed a bit myself (perhaps a bit too much)? I'll tell you what. When you game, your brain gets fuzzy...you forget about the reality around you and get thrown into your own little world of adventure. Sure, it might be fun once in a while, but when you do it too much then you get ill; and you don't even know that you get ill. The reason I found out that I got ill when playing games can be found under the following list of symptoms that I've come up with from my own experience:

- Sudden snappyness or irritability
- Long visits to washrooms
- Bug-eyed look, sometimes can result in staring into nothing
- Flinching...sometimes this cannot be cured easily and may result in a trip to the hospital
- Annoying humming; most often on the theme song of a favourite game
- A sudden sense of refreshment when you step out of doors
- Astonishment at how beautiful something/someone is

If you have experienced any of these symptoms and are currently in the act of regularly playing games, then you need to do one of two things...1) ignore my information and continue on gaming only to feel more depressed in the future or, 2) follow the next few steps.

So, if you took my information above seriously, then please commit to doing the following things:

- Stop gaming or limit your time to a certain time during the day (preferably 30min to 1hr max)
- Take time to go outside and romp around. Have fun with what God's provided you with
- Enjoy some down time by reading a book and/or listening to some calming music
- Get artistic

Pretty much, the point is that you spend your time doing something other than playing a game. Each of us have artistic abilities that can be unlocked through doing things. For me, I find those abilities when I write. You might be wondering whether this is very artistic writing, please don't go back into my archives to test me on this. My blog is just a place where I let loose my creative steam. In other words, I'm giving you the last of the fruit of my trees. The best goes into my school and my writing. Whenever I feel like "jetting" I just write. If I'm in a less creative mood then I'll usually just sit down and read a book. I love Christian fantasy, Christian fiction, poetry, and plays (yes, I love Shakespeare and other play-writers).

Overall, if you find yourself addicted to gaming, just go to God and he'll let you know what's the most important thing that you should be doing in your life. I'm gonna bet that gaming is at the bottom of your list!

Forgive the Past

My heart cries out, it calls aloud
A mystic jewel in mystery shroud.
I give you that which I would keep
Help me awake from dreamless sleep.

...portion omitted...

Open gateways from within,
No more sorrow, no more sin.
Intertwined by hand and ring
Given a new song to sing.

 

-From the Chronicles of Forgiveness, written in the 2nd year of King Torus's reign by Karis, a Chosen One-

Battle of the Dogs

  Woopeee! My computer is home *hugs computer*. 

  Well now, I was contemplating what to write to celebrate such a happy day and I came up with the most recent joke of the day! (hey...that kind of rhymed :P ) 

My family's Akita
Note: I didn't find the American/Russian battle to be too funny, but the dog part was good.

BATTLE OF THE DOGS

The Americans and Russians at the height of the arms race realized that if they continued in the usual manner they were going to blow up the whole world. One day they sat down and decided to settle the whole dispute with one dog fight. They would have five years to breed the best fighting dog in the world and which ever side's dog won would be entitled to dominate the world.

The Russians found the biggest meanest Doberman and Rottweiler female dogs in the world and bred them with the biggest meanest Siberian wolves. They selected only the biggest and strongest puppy from each litter, removed his siblings which gave him all the milk. After five years came up with the biggest meanest dog the world had ever seen.

Its cage needed steel bars that were five inches thick and nobody could get near it.

When the day came for the dog fight, the Americans showed up with a strange animal. It was a nine foot long Dachshund. Everyone felt sorry for the Americans because they knew there was no way that this dog could possibly last ten seconds with the Russian dog.

When the cages were opened up, the Dachshund came out of it's cage and slowly waddled over towards the Russian dog. The Russian dog snarled and leaped out of it's cage and charged the American dachshund. But, when it got close enough to bite the Dachshund's neck, the Dachshund opened it's mouth and consumed the Russian dog in one bite.

There was nothing left at all of the Russian dog.

The Russians came up to the Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. "We don't understand how this could have happened. We had our best people working for five years with the meanest Doberman and Rottweiler female dogs in the world and the biggest meanest Siberian wolves."

"That's nothing", an American replied. "We had our best plastic surgeons working for five years to make an alligator look like a Dachshund."  

May 17, 2010

Ooh Bother...

As Winney the Pooh would say.."Oh bother..." That's just what I feel like saying right now. My computer is quite sick...actually, I think it's more like comatose. According to the techies at London Drugs, it has "malfunctioned". Curious? Indeed, this is the second time in less than 6 months that my computer has been in to the doctor. So for the time being, I will not be able to post regularly on my dear blog. At the moment I'm borrowing my mom's computer to write this update :P Thanks mom!

So no...I have not deserted you and I don't intend to; just keep holdin' yer horses!

God Bless!


Squeaks.

May 12, 2010

15 Random Things To Muse On

  • Creamy peanut butter mixed with honey all in a bowl makes a delicious snack
  • If my mom sends me 7 more emails she'll have sent me 900 emails since I first opened up my email account!
  • Human conversation is rated at 60 decibels
  • Children under the age of 6 months don't have depth perception but can recognize the difference between objects of varying complexity
  • Deer have really long tongues
  • Ice cream only tastes good when it's vanilla (note: biased opinion)
  • Postage stamps taste gross (note: biased opinion again)
  • The 5 second rule (or 10 second in some especially lenient locations) doesn't exist
  • McDonald's is called McDogfood by individuals who dislike the restaurant
  • Raisins are actually dried grapes
  • The best sauce in the world is sweet chili sauce (note: biased opinion here)
  • Cats really do get hairballs...just like Puss in Boots in Shrek 2
  • Gravol, a sleeping pill for travelers, has a warning stating that some children may be affected in the opposite manner and get really really hyper
  • Skinner, the scientist who created the Skinner box, did an experiment where he actually made pigeons become superstitious!
  • Yawning is psychologically contagious

Israel Marks Jerusalem Day, Defends Claim to City | Middle East | English

Israel Marks Jerusalem Day, Defends Claim to City | Middle East | English

WINNER of The Ring Draw!

I entered all the names into a randomizer gadget today and I'm pleased to announce that the winner is...


Nicole White

Congratulations Nicole! Please write up a comment with your email address and I will contact you concerning your prize (note: I won't publish your comment so as to keep your mailing address private, if this is your wish).

The prize is as follows: you can write up a page about yourself, your writing, and anything that involves your blog/book/writing (kind of like an ad lol!), this page will be up with the rest of my pages (which include Home, About Me, and Awesome Blogs); you may write a maximum of two posts that will be published on my blog (must have either Christian or writing context); your blog will be given the top spot on my news page once it is up and running again!

I also want to thank all the rest of you who have followed my blog and have been an encouragement to me! I especially want to thank my most frequent commenter, Jake, as well as my family and first five followers. You guys have made blogging a fun experience for me :)

God Bless,

Squeaks.

May 11, 2010

"Healing Hand of God" by Jeremy Camp

I have seen the many faces,
I fear in the pain.
I have watched the tears fall plenty,
From heart ache and strength.
So if life's journey,
Has you weary and afraid.
There's rest in the shadow of his wings.
I have walked through the valleys,
The mountains and plains.
I have held the hand of freedom,
It washes all my stains.
If you feel the weight of many trials,
And burdens from this world.
There's freedom in the shelter of the Lord.

Chorus:
I have seen,
The healing hand of God,
Reaching out and mending broken hearts.
Taste and see the fullness of His peace,
And hold on to what's being held out.
The healing hand of God.

I have touched the scars upon His hands,
To see if they were real.
He has walked the road before me,
He knows just how I feel.
When you feel there is not anyone,
Who understands your pain,
Just remember all of Jesus' suffering.

(Chorus)

Cast all your cares on Him,
For He cares for you.
He's near to the broken and confused.
By His stripes,
Our spirit is renewed.
So enter in the joy prepared for you.

(Chorus)

The healing hand of God (x2)
And hold on to what's being held out (x2)
The healing hand of God
Oh Oh Oh Oh


The Dark King


Hey folks, just a quick update today to get us started. Jake, over at Teenage Writer, is partway through his short story series of the Dark King (he's on Part 4 today). The tale has proven to be somewhat chilling yet exciting and definitely has left me on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what happens next! I encourage you to join Jake on his journey through the tale of The Dark King to find out what happens to Jarz and Szifa, two strangers who have literally fallen into another world.

Jake is a seventh grader who has, in my opinion, an excellent writing style for his level! Not only is this series an intriguing one, but throughout his blog he offers a lot of exceptionally good tips to writers. Let's give Jake a hand *applause* as he continues to show excellence in his blogging! Keep up the good work! :)

Squeaks.

May 10, 2010

If You Need Water...

A Look at Life From a Deerstand is a blog I stumbled upon a little while ago. The author has undoubtedly had his words blessed by the Holy Spirit because his writing has truly spoken to my heart.

Mugwump: Dictionary.com

Word of the Day for Monday, May 10, 2010

mugwump \MUHG-wuhmp\, noun:
1. A person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.
2. A Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
Twain declared that people arrive at their religion and politics "Second-hand and without examination," and proclaimed himself a Mugwump and anti-Imperialist. Those of all political persuasions quote and misquote him and claim him as a spokesman for their opposing views.
-- Cindy Lovell, Mark Twain's legacy worth preserving, Kansas City Star
It was his boast that he took his liquor and his politics "straight," and it was his creed that if anything was worse than a mugwump it was a bolter.
-- "If I were a man;": the story of a new-southerner, Volume 1889
Mugwump originates in the 19th century as a term for a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884. It is a rough adoption from the Algonquian (tribe native to the Massachusetts region) word muggumquomp, "war leader". In his 1959 novel "Naked Lunch" American author William S. Burroughs uses mugwump as the name of a bizarre creature.

May 9, 2010

Awards!

Jessica from safirewriter has given me two lovely tags/awards. Thank you!! I am now passing these on to my acquaintances/friends so keep a look out for your name below :)


Stylish Blogger Award


The rules of this lovely award are to list five random things and then award five other bloggers!

- Clouds are beautiful
- My youngest cousins are adorable
- My mom rocks! (don't know if that's so random, lol! I say it to myself nearly every day)
- Blue is not as interesting as green (green is my favourite colour)
- Ring a round the rosy, pocket full of posies. Husha, husha, we all fall down (never knew that referred to the Black Plague :S )

This Stylish Blogger Award is officially going to...Jake, Shaynie, SOTK, Autumn, and Galadriel!



Aspiring Author Award

This next award is going to three of my aspiring author acquaintances! SOTK, Jake, and Isaac; God bless you all on your journey :) Send this on to any of your friends/acquaintances who are writers (doesn't have to be just three)!


Squeaks.

May 8, 2010

The Ring!!!

Wow! *drum roll* *lightning clap*

I was away to write exams today and when I come back "wham!" I'm hit with 20 followers! Good news for you folks...that means the countdown for The Ring draw is now upon us. Here is how it's going to work.

THE RING

The prize for the winner is as follows:

- Your latest stories will be advertised at the top of my news section (note that I might not be super fast on updates because this month is busy; this will only occur for 1 month).

- You'll get an entire page dedicated and written up about you (if you want to write it that's cool too). It will portray your blog, a bit about you, and if you want a blip from one of your stories. This will stay up for max 1 month.

- You'll be given the chance to write a maximum of two posts on my blog. I'll have authority over whether they get published or not, so keep things clean and God-centered :) The time-line for writing is 1 month from the draw date.



THE JOURNEY

Here is how you get to be entered into the draw...

  1. 1 entry for joining my blog and commenting [edit: if you're one of the 20, this doesn't count for you]
  2. 1 entry for being one of the 20 followers
  3. 1 entry for announcing this draw on your blog (please write a comment to this post letting me know if you've done this)
  4. 1 entry for having participated (before this date) on any of the writing games


So for those of you who've been with me the longest and have participated the most, you'll have the best chance of winning the draw. If you're not among the first 20 followers then you can obtain an entry to this draw by observing step 3.

Thank you all for your help and encouragement! You've made this blog become what it is and I'm thankful for your support.


Count-down

The Ring draw will occur on May 12!


Signed with Fervor,

Squeaks.

May 7, 2010

Writing Game #2

Yes, I can see you're so very exuberant! It's the writing game and it's back! This time, I'm hoping to give you a bit of a test...it'll be harder because you only have one choice; the writing style is a bit harder and you have to start off writing where it'll feel everything should end. Don't give up just yet! Your efforts might be worth more than you think ;)


Danny shrugged and slid his sword back into its old sheath. By the word old, he meant more like ancient. The thick leather had cracked and the metal gave a dull gleam. He would have appeared to be a lost boy looking for his mother in the woods, had any stranger come upon him at that moment. They would never realize his status with the Dark King. They would never leave that grove of trees alive. Assassin for evil, the words tickled his mind. Did he care? Right now, he struggled with his own life. His soul. My path is so wrong, he thought to himself. He knew of the blood that lapped in his wake; usually he couldn't care less, but now, for some odd reason, he cared.

He looked up at the sky, which peeked through the branches of the trees. He curled into a ball, wanting to hide under the roots of the trees. It's after me, he thought, the light is after me and it's going to get me. He could do nothing. It's my destiny. He broke down and sobbed. Everyone had to face the light and now his turn had come.

Squeaks.

Writing Exercise #2

I'm not giving any examples this time, so here is your writing exercise of the moment that you can complete either online at my blog or at home on your paper. Again, the goal of writing exercises is to get your mind rolling towards ideas for your novel.



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Write a paragraph or two on the most intense scene you can imagine. Make sure you end off with a cliffhanger that will leave even yourself wanting more!



Cleopatra Storms the Fort!

Yeah, the title means totally nothing. I'm just in a very creative happy mood right now! My beautiful home is turning all green and lush and I feel like celebrating. Thus the green blog background :) I was looking for something more stylish and epic (like Cleopatra storming a fort), but green just really seemed to suit me. It resembles life, breath, and good health. In fact...it makes me want to write a poem! But...not just any poem, I'll use Emily Dickinson's poem:

Part Three: Love

XXXVII

LOVE is anterior to life,

Posterior to death,

Initial of creation, and

The exponent of breath.

So blissful eh? I memorized that poem when I was 10. Why? Because I got a fancy dandy-like book of Dickinson's poems and felt quite uppityish (you know how young kids feel when they get to do something that "only adults do", lol). Anyways, so I haven't settled for the green background just yet. In fact, I was considering changing the title of my blog but I couldn't decide what sounded better (I might put up a poll for it later). The choices that I had come up against a wall with included: The Empire, Hidden Doorways, and Realm of the Skyking. Epic, charming, and definitely fantasy. My brother told me that The Empire sounded to Star War's, but then again who's ever had a book based on an empire? Lots of people! Therefore, it is applicable. If you want, you can comment on what you prefer, but do keep in mind that I'll probably have a poll up.

I want my blog to be a place where I can come and get into a writing mood. Something that will not only inspire others, but myself too. That's the reason why I wanted to change the title and background to something more relevant to my story I'm writing. Anyways, it's all just talk at the moment, we'll see if it actually comes to something.

I also wanted to remind you that The Ring contest is coming very soon!! Have you noticed that there are now 19 followers? Yep, that means 1 more to go and then the draws start! I'm so excited :) and I hope you are too!

Well, just like the title says (yes, I'm trying to give it some meaning, as you can see) I hope to be storming my own fort (although I cannot relate to Cleopatra in any way). It's the fort of sanity. I hope to get back inside my own brain for once and run things the way I want them to run instead of letting everything go on standby. Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go.

Cheerio folks!


Squeaks.

May 6, 2010

Good Guys: Part 1

What do you think of when you hear the term "hero" or "good guy"? Do you see a picture of a regular dude in jeans and a t-shirt with a small smile on his face and blonde hair? Do you see a muscular man with a muscle t-shirt and a jock kind of look? Or do you see a calm, collected, and clean agent-type who has a Blackberry and maybe even a sword?

Whatever your opinion on "good guys" is, we all have come to the conclusion that philosophers have inserted the word "good" into the title for a reason, right? Sure, our good characters struggle with fleshly desires and perhaps even are bad at a turn in our stories, but overall they exhibit good morals, good grooming, and good manners.

This first part of "Good Guys" focuses on character. What type of character does it take to make your good guy likable or even lovable by the general audience?

There are several examples I must first go through:

  1. Frodo Baggins.

    Frodo is my absolute most favourite character in all of fantasy (not to mention I really liked the actor in the movie XD, but even before that he was my favourite). What was it about Frodo that drew my attention? It was undoubtedly his character. If you've read all of the LOTR series, you'll remember that Frodo was a very kind-hearted, forgiving, compassionate individual who sometimes fell into a trap because of his character. The Ring changed that character...which caused agony for both the individuals in the story and us readers, out of the story.
  2. Lucy Pevensie

    Lucy, from CON (Chronicles of Narnia), was a different type of "good guy" (actually, she was a good girl). She dealt with doubt and envy once in a while, but overall she was a perfect princess who didn't seem too uppity for readers to become annoyed with. Her purity seeped through the pages...from mind to hand to ink to eye. How can we capture her "goodness"? Let me ask you a question first. How can you create a character like Lucy without having experienced her character yourself? How is it that some authors (good Christians ones at that) are able to come up with such heavenly characters? It starts with their own character first.

Let's assume that you've been a perfect individual all your life. Would you be able to write about evil men? Would you be able to comprehend how it feels when anger bubbles up from the middle of your chest and pours out through your eyes and hands...and you feel like you want to squish someone? Uh uh. No way. In fact, when C.S. Lewis wrote the Screwtape Letters, he had such a hard time trying to capture the character of a demon (and his writings aren't even as monstrous as some of the ones currently published!) that he wanted to quite writing because of the stress it was placing on his spirit.

Now think about good guys/gals. How is it that some people are able to make these characters come alive with a meaning that bangs on the bell inside of us that makes our spirits resound? Although this is just a theory, I believe it has to do with their character. So, if you want your good characters to exit the paper and charm the nations, you have to write from your heart and pour your own character into your book. It cannot be meaningless nonsense that you yourself cannot connect with, rather it must be something that you can understand and therefore write from the bottom of your soul. That is how you capture people with your characters...let your character mirror yourself.

Squeaks.
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