News

News: I moved the keyboard to my room and now I feel strongly inclined to tell the world that I adore Phantom of the Opera. Everything is perfectly normal and no, I don't have access to any secret underground labyrinth...yet.

--12 August 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

July 30, 2010

Thought Provoking

I viewed this on Jessica's site and thought I should share it with you guys. It's a very thought provoking movie, but it's good.






















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Silversong's Journal: July 28, 2010

A letter to Sabien...




Sabien,

Times are hard at Woodnaught Castle. I find myself, sometimes, wondering what to do. I no longer have a swords teacher and, although I regret to say, my training has taken a serene dive. In fact, I feel terribly rusty.
My hopes are that, someday, I will become as trained a swordsman as you are. Of course, those are high hopes...I actually would prefer to lead a battalion or two. Not that there will be any wars, but for training. Again, my hopes are high.
I intend to travel in to the Village of the Misted Ones today, but I have an odd feeling that my Lady shall wish to postpone this trip. 
I should very much like to write more, my dear friend, but a short letter will have to do for now. Perhaps I shall see you at Braknebville afore too long.
Yours Truly,
Silversong

July 29, 2010

Blog Makeover!

Hey folks,

  I just gave my little sibling, Son of the King, a blog makeover. Check out his blog at "The Christian Writers Haven" :) He's looking forward to lots of comments!

Sincerely Yours,

Squeaks.

I Write Like...


I write like
Gertrude Stein
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

July 27, 2010

A Blogger of Interest: Derek W.

A fluffy fuzzy
After browsing Bloggosphere I came upon the most intriguing blog by a folk named Derek W.(that's his online alias). Derek W.'s blog is called Dwibble's Wordcrafting. Derek is an aspiring illustrator who will be attending college in the fall; he likes to write in his spare time.

Since Derek is new to this whole Bloggosphere thing, I would suggest for you to check out his very cool blog. Currently, the main feature of "Dwibble's Wordcrafting" is to make up words and pin definitions to them. For instance, if you saw the word queron would you think of a sea bird floating over the sky with a big belly full of fish? Perhaps not; Derek invented this word and added the following meaning to it: a query in the form of a debate.

Other words of intrigue include: cenueraughtscapi, pedipple, salleradious, and gobsmokkle. I dare say, some of these words would be brilliant additions to tales. Perhaps Derek will be the forerunner of a new thread in the English language!

As a lover of the odd, genius, and unexplainable, I conclude that Derek's blog is one of the most interesting I've come across during my stay in Bloggosphere. As a member of this community (however small or large, tiny or ginormous it be) I would like to recommend Derek's blog to my followers...

*hint hint* It might also be nice to check it out over there because...despite the amazing info pouring out from his blog, there are only two followers at the moment :P Although I am enjoying being one of the only folks to read this magnificent stuff. Makes me feel....oh...special. :)

Squeaks.

July 26, 2010

Jake's Tolkien Giveaway!!!

For those of you who don't already know Jake, author of Teenage Writer, here is your chance to follow his blog and possibly win a draw! Jake is giving away ... well, how about I just let him explain that :P I have copied and pasted his original post (he published it today) concerning the rules of the giveaway. Please make sure you check out his blog, even if you aren't interested :)

Squeaks.

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It's here. Finally.

The giveaway.

The Tolkienish Something.

The Whizz-Bang.

All of that. Teenage Writer's first giveaway begins NOW.

How do you try to win that Tolkienish Something? You get entries. As you know, I gave a chance to guess the prize earlier and so get an extra entry, but, unfortunately, no one guessed it. :D

Anyway, there are THREE ways to get entries.

1) You must follow. Automatic entry (although this requires a comment to claim your entry) to those who already follow. To those who don't, please comment if you do decide to follow. :)

2) You must blog about it. I'd appreciate if you'd either contact me via email (see the page titled 'Contact Me' below the title of the blog) or comment on here to tell me that you blogged about it and give me the link so I can make sure that it's legit. :)

3) And for those smart cookies out there who are thinking, "It wouldn't matter if I did both of those; so will everyone else, and I'd have the same chances as if there were only one way to get entries." So that's why I have this; every day, Tuesday through Friday, I will have a post with some sort of LOTR trivia. The first person who answers correctly gets an entry. But if that first person answers correctly without looking it up, he or she gets a BONUS entry. :D I'll be relying on you guys and gals to be truthful, though. :)

Just for clarification, if that first person who answers the question correctly looks the answer up, but someone else who hadn't looked it up answers correctly after that person, the bonus entry doesn't count. :)

But what's the Tolkienish Something?


It's a The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxed Set, 1977 Ballantine edition. With a golden box. :) The edition I own is a little more faded and slightly frayed around the edges than this Amazon picture, but the books are in great condition for their age.

But wait! If you're thinking it's just some old copies of LOTR, prepare to be amazed. Literally just a little bit ago, I found this page on Amazon.com. Turns out this edition is quite collectable--and expensive. :)

The funniest thing? I bought it at a Goodwill for a dollar. Literally a dollar.
Two more notes;

One, I am happy to announce I will be able to ship to Canada! :D So no worries, those of you who live in Canada.

And two, if you are closely related to me, you cannot participate. ;)

Let the Giveaway begin!

July 25, 2010

A Little Something to Ponder

Here are two Bible verses for you to think on. Enjoy!!

Psalm 27:4-5
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 41:9-13
Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.
But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;
raise me up, that I may repay them.
I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.
In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.




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A Blogger of Interest: Dakota Lynch

For those of you who love to browse the bloggosphere for interesting blogs (as I do) I decided to share my latest "findings" with you. Most of you might know Dakota Lynch from his amazing blog A Look at Life From a Deerstand. If you haven't already checked it out I encourage you to do so. Dakota offers great advice on the Christian faith and walk. Not only does he draw stories from the Bible, but he shares about his own life, which always makes the atmosphere personable and comfy. I want to encourage my followers to support Dakota's endeavors by pointing people to his blog.




It was a bit of a surprise for me, but just recently I found out that Dakota also has two other blogs (one of which he shares with two of his cousins). The first is a photography blog called Dakota's Nature Photos and the second is Sharpening the Sword. Both blogs are quite new; Sharpening the Sword will be updated only once a week.

Therefore, if you like learning about God, His Word, photography, and life in general, I suggest checking out what Dakota has to offer.



[More blog findings to come!]

Squeaks.

July 24, 2010

A Tag from Queen Lucy: Part 2

So apparently I missed the first part of the tag from Queen Lucy (see the second post below this one). Therefore, I've returned with my answers to another batch of odd questions :) Again, anyone who feels up to doing this tag is welcome to take it!



When was the last time you saw someone attractive?
Just a few seconds ago *wink wink* my mom is a beautiful mom :P

Where's your phone right now?
I don’t have a phone but my parents do…and it’s on the phone charger where it’s supposed to be :P

Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Given that this is the weekend my only plans are to go to church and bible study

Has someone ever made you a promise and broke it?
Sure thing…happens to everyone (hint hint: government)

Last movie/DVD watched?
F-Troop; description: amazingly hilarious!

Does anything hurt on your body?
Just my brain.

How are you?
What do you mean how am I? I’m me…God made me the way I am so I can’t exactly explain “how” I am…it’s just one of those things you know (note: in order to fully understand this you kinda have to twist the meaning of the question around from how are you to “how” are you…if you get what I mean)

Are you excited for next year?
No…I’m learning to love each second as it comes. There isn’t any use looking forward to the future when you have to live with the present.

Is your room clean?
Of course!

How many pillows do you sleep with?
Two…

What are you doing?
Uhh…that’s so easy to answer; I’m staring at my screen writing an answer to this question.

I bet you miss somebody right now?
Actually no, I’m quite happy with my companions at the moment (family is always the best!)

What are you planning on doing after this?
Probably write some more for my latest book project.

Have you ever read an entire book in one day?
Yes! I love reading!

Who did you push last?
O.o My sibling(s) of course! (who wouldn’t? XD)

Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?
Hmm…good question, well, I’d have to say I don’t remember. Kinda lame eh? Oh well.

Do you own any band t-shirts?
Yep. I have a TFK t-shirt and a Starfield one.

What does your hair look like right now?
What if I don’t have any hair? XD mine’ is messy enough as it is lol (glad I’m not bald lol!)

Has anyone ever told you that you were their best friend?
Yep.

Did you get hurt today?
Nope.

When was the last time you felt upset?
Two nights ago.

What are you looking forward to?
Nothing.

Do you currently want something?
Maybe another book??

What was the last thing you had to drink?
Water.

Who was the last person you said "i love you" to?
My dad.

Where are you?
In my school room in my family’s house.

Do you like to walk in the rain?
Of course, I love walking in the rain!

Do you like looking up at the stars?
Yes yes yes! The stars are so beautiful I can’t get my fill of gazing at them!

Do you think you are a nice person?
Why shouldn’t I? I have to live with myself therefore all my standards must be set so I can deal with myself…thus I must think of me as being nice otherwise I wouldn’t be able to live.

Do you like swimming?
Yep! Swimming is like flying (which is something I’ve always wanted to do)

Have you ever swam in the ocean?
Yes; it’s kind of nerve racking though…especially if you think of sharks and the never-ending bottom of the ocean.

Do you go to school?
Yeah…I do; I’m homeschooled. Going to school consists walking a hallway, a set of stairs, and across the living room. It’s quite easy actually.

Do you want to go to college?
Sorry, this answer is a secret.

What do you want to be?
Well, I have many ideas, some include: pastor, worship leader, news reporter, biologist, writer, cop specialized in the K9 division, and a bunch of other odd things.

Do you want kids?
Perhaps. But definitely not for a long while!

Do you like going to the beach?
Yes! Beaches are awesome!

Who is the last person you went to the mall with?
My mom and my sibling(s)

Have you ever had any x-rays?
Many.

Who do you hate right now?
Nobody. Err…I mean, I don’t hate anyone. Oh dear, this isn’t working…I don’t hate. (now go back and read that pretending “nobody” and “anyone” are people, lol, this is funny!)

Who is the last person you yelled at?
My sibling(s).

Who was the last to cook you food?
Someone at a restaurant.

Are you in a complicated relationship?
With myself, yes.

What did you do 2 nights ago?
I have short term memory, I can’t remember that far back!

Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
My dad.

Does a hug make you feel better?
Depends.

How long ago did you hug someone?
A couple of hours ago.

Anything good happening tomorrow?
Church!!

Have you kissed more than ten people this year?
No. The only people I kiss are my family members. *shivers with disgust*

Do you have unlimited texting?
Nope; no phone = no unlimited texting.

Will you keep your last name when you get married?
I’m afraid the answer to this question is secret as well!

You have to get a piercing, what do you get?
Probably upper ear cartilage piercing.

Have you ever felt like someone of the opposite sex truly cared about you?
Yes. My parents care for me.

Who was the last friend you got into a big argument with?
Again, the answer is secret.

Your phone is ringing. It's the person you fell hardest for, what do you say?
Huh?? What kind of quiz is this, exactly??

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

If you love medieval based books and if you're into classics then Ivanhoe is a must-read. I personally enjoyed this tale of love, war, and prejudice; I studied it in high school and immediately fell in love with all the characters (particularly the jester, Wamba XD ). Here is the synopsis directly from the back of the book:

Medieval England. King Richard the Lion-hearted, coming home from the Crusades, has been captured and imprisoned in Austria. His wicked brother, John, has seized the throne and refuses to pay Richard's ransom. Meanwhile, the conflict between Saxon and Norman threatens to turn into civil war.
Standing above it all is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the disinherited son of Cedric, a Saxon noble. Ivanhoe enraged his father by following the Norman Richard to the Crusades. Now back in England, he wants to help rescue Richard--and marry Cedric's ward, Rowena. But Cedric has pledged her to a highborn Saxon in hopes of creating a new Saxon royal line. To this mix Walter Scott adds several ferocious Norman villains; the legendary Robin Hood; a Shakespeare "wise fool" who constantly offers wryly sardonic comments on the action; and a sidelong look at English anti-Semitism, as a pair of Jewish characters, the beautiful Rebecca and her father, Isaac of York, alternately protect and garner protection from Ivanhoe.
With its clanging swords, burning castles, damsels in distress, and kings in disguise, Ivanhoe remains Scott's best-loved novel of historical romance.

 I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading history that has been intertwined with fiction.

Squeaks.

July 23, 2010

A Tag from Queen Lucy

I was tagged by Queen Lucy! Although this tag was very weird I did it anyways. Enjoy! :)


Will you be in a relationship in the next couple months?
With my family and Jesus :)

Did you have any unread text messages when you woke up today?
Absolutely not… as Queen Lucy said, no phone = no text messages :P

Do you want to see somebody right now?
Yes, I’m excited to see my aunt and uncle!

Do you think two people can last forever?
Of course…just look at Adam and Eve! They were together for over 700 years!

When was the last time you had a late night phone call?
Sometime in the winter.

If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Yes, I’d love to live in Scotland or Ireland.

Would you be able to date someone who doesn't make you laugh?
Sorry…no such thing as dating in my life :P Never has and never will be…

Has anyone ever sang to you?
Yes…my dad always sings these hilarious made-up tunes to me.

When was the last time you bit someone?
*blink blink* huh?

Do you think you can love someone without trusting them?
Nope. Love and trust go hand-in-hand.

Is there someone who you can spend every minute with and be happy?
Only Jesus. Everyone else starts to bug me with queer antiques over time.

Last person to make you smile?
Probably me; I do that lots XD

Have you ever wasted too much time on a certain boy?
uhh…how about I ask you this, who designed this quiz in the first place??? Hope it wasn't a guy XD

How was last night?
Access denied, access denied (apparently your code is wrong I can’t help you)

If you're being extremely quiet, what does it mean?
Probably I’m thinking (which I do lots of), reading, or listening.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Sure, why not? Anyone who digs deep enough will hit bedrock!

Do you have trust issues?
I suppose anyone would mistrusts their sibling(s) :P Especially when they prove to be pranksters!

Was this a good weekend?
…this is the middle of the week. But the weekend was good :)

Were you happy when you woke up today?
Of course!!



Now anyone who has the courage to complete this tag may freely take it :) By the way, thanks Lucy!


Squeaks.

July 23, 2010 Writing Tip: Never Stop Writing

There are times when, as writers, we want to take a break and stop writing...for several days, several weeks, or even several months. Today I'll deal with the issue of blogging and how to keep your posts coming.

One of the greatest incentives that pushes us to write is the understanding that people are waiting to read your work. I've been blogging for just over 1 year now and I have come to love the feeling of waking up in the morning and seeing that little blue link on my dashboard that says "-- comments". Over time I've realized that unless I publish something new every now and then, that little link will not come up.

Some days you feel terribly bland and don't feel like writing. If you've promised your readers you'll post every day, but then you skip out once in a while, not only will you feel a sense of dissatisfaction, but your readers might too. To help prevent such a calamity, here are a few tips:

  1. Write all your posts for the week during the weekend (or a quiet day); you'll only have to wake up in the morning and hit publish during for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, you don't get the thrill of writing every day with this option and, if you like to write on the spur of the moment, this is probably not for you. 
  2. Prepare for those days when you will feel bland and unimaginative by writing two or three "general" posts that you can publish when the need is great :)
  3. Set a deadline during the day and make sure your post is published by that time (e.g. 8 am or 8pm)

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.  ~Robert Brault

Squeaks.

    July 22, 2010

    July 22, 2010 Writing Tip: Make Your Character Laugh

    There are times in our stories where we need to lighten the situation a bit but we don't exactly want our book to be published under the "humour genre" title. If this is the case then the best option is to make your characters laugh. You've undoubtedly seen this occur many times, but how do you indicate a humorous situation more descriptively other than the common "he laughed" or "she laughed"?

    The first option that might come to mind is the use of onomatopoeia. For instance "words" like "Heh heh", "Ha ha", "Tee hee", and so on can indicate laughter. Unfortunately these word-sounds have several drawbacks: "Ha ha" is usually associated with an evil villain (With a victorious "Ha ha!" the villain finished securing the rope that bound the girl tightly across the train tracks), "Heh heh" can lead to pronunciation problems (e.g. is it "hay hay", "hee hee", or "huh huh"?), and finally, "Tee hee" is commonly associated with a giggly teenage girl.

    So what options do we have now? As a writer, I prefer to use descriptive phrases that tell the reader how my character is laughing. Terms like "chuckled", "snickered", "hooted", "howled", and "roared" often do the job better than the use of onomatopoeia.

    The final path to take is to stick with the plain "he laughed" "she laughed" terms and then describe to the reader what it is that makes your character laugh.

    Laughter is a highly addictive, positive, contagious: if somebody starts, it’s very difficult to stop.
    -Robert Holden

    Squeaks.

    July 20, 2010

    A Peculiar Thing...Indeed

    silhouette sunset sunrise music windThe standing title for my newest project is "A Peculiar Thing...Indeed". After outlining a little bit I dove into my project with renewed energy. Hopefully this fantasy idea will blossom into something more than just a few pages. One thing I've noticed about fantasy is how it captures the mind and spins a tapestry of multiple descriptions that are ultimately breathtaking. Many times I've read a section of a story and thought to myself, oh if only I could write like that! I guess it happens to all of us eh? But if we do learn to write poetic-like prose then we should share it with one another right? That's what I'm hoping to do with my latest project. Although I won't know for a long while if this project is going to go anywhere I can at least hope that my descriptive talent will be honed to a higher level than when I last wrote a paragraph. 
    Here is a short snippet from the end of my first chapter: 



    Wilshire brought the car to a halt at a red light and then eased through the gears once it turned green.
    “So, have you noticed anything different Sam?” Wilshire turned left, following the directions Sam had already given him.
    “Not really, other than the town name. What's so weird anyways?”
    Wilshire sighed and pulled up into her driveway.
    “I guess I’ll have to leave it for another time. We can always talk about it at school. You’d best be getting inside now.”
    Sam frowned but grabbed her bag without any further remarks and entered her house.  
    Cheerio!

    Squeaks.


    July 19, 2010

    Ready...Set...Go!!! {Nanananananana....somebody spilled the milk *Oops*}

    I'M OFFICIALLY BACK!! Are ya happy now? XD Oh good deer. I feel so relieved to be finished traveling for the month of July (at least I hope I'm done...I really do miss being home).

    {Note this post is random but I do have a question for you guys; it's the last paragraph of this post, so if you're not into the randomness stuff please please please read the last paragraph (at the least) and help me answer a question concerning word length; thanks so much!!}

    But...there is absolutely no time to spend dwadling on hello's (as, if you haven't yet read Jake's amazing post, which I will talk about in a moment, on randomness then you'll know what I mean when I say they are randomnless glop). I must get to the point of yet another random post. It's really the best thing to do when you get back from a trip and need to unwind your brain after sitting in a car for many hours.

    Lemme see, oh right, that reminds me... Jake (whom most of you know to be the absolutely fantastic author of Teenage Writer) wrote an amazingly awesome (although hard to follow) post on his other blog Pen in my Hand. I highly suggest (for those of you interested in random things) to check it out ASAP :) I was greatly encouraged by his rant there :)

    So...on to the randomness. I was, several moments ago, considering a reply post to Jake's amazing random post but then I decided that wouldn't be random enough. So, I'm going to do something totally random. I'm going to talk about food.

    Now I'm a huge fan of smelling food. I love the taste, but there are times when you can't eat (or shouldn't eat) and so you are left to waft those deluxe particles of food through your nose. I, personally, could probably live for a while without eating so long as I was provided with a bountiful supply of fresh smells. How did I find this out in the first place? Haha...

    I was eating something...I can't remember if it was the quinoa cookies or cauliflower, but I found that if I plugged my nose (funny how I forgot the difference it makes even though I did it lots when I was really really really really really really really little) the food tasted way better. Oh right...and I also found that it was very useful to hold your breath while uhh...taking a trip to the most stinky of all bathrooms: the outhouse. *makes choking sound then groans* Indeed, I never was a big fan of those menacing booths that stand out in the forest like a splinter on a thumb. Or...even better, like a piece of cauliflower on a plate of dessert. Okay, I think I have to stop with this subject...because of two things: First, I have this gross feeling in my tum tum now that I've talked about unsanitary things *shivers*; second I see a cat walking; third I remembered what I wanted to tell Jake.

    {Yes, I know, that was three things even though I was only going to say two...see, it's random! You didn't expect it therefore it qualifies as being random...I think.)

    So, what I was going to say to Jake was this: amazing post amazing post, but you violated one of the most important rules of randomness!! :S :S :S (uh oh) :P No worries, I do it all the time. Oh right...the rule is: Never use a uhh...umm...pattern (right, that's the word, just forgot it there a moment). Never use a pattern in random writing otherwise the writing isn't truly random to its core. See, by outlining the five steps of randomness, you actually violated the rule because five steps is really a pattern (right?) and patterns are not random. People know what's coming next. If you get what I mean :P I do it all the time when I try to be random (I might even have done it in this post...WAIT A momENT!! I did! I violated it myself... :( I thought it was cool to use lots of these things () and these things ... but really I was setting myself into a pattern. Dang).

    Okay, that's definitely enough on that topic. I can't stand to think that writing is not truly random. No. I won't even speak of it now. I can't. *covers face with pillow and then throws pillow away upon noticing quinoa cookie crumbs smeared into the fabric*.

    *sigh* Good ol' days...good ol' days. The days when we could do the oddest things and the "oldies" would look on us and shake their heads and say "Kids." See! My life could be summed up in one word: kid. But now, it's oh-so-much-more-complicated :( Bah humbug.

    Well, I've finished my stretch of randomness, which I do suppose is for your benefit :P I did want to mention one last thing, it's actually a question for you folks. If you've been able to get far through this post be relieved that I hopefully won't go random for a while yet :) Now...for the question:

    I'm looking into writing children's books (just looking at the moment, mainly from curiosity but something might come of it). The age range I'm interested in is 7-12. Now the question: Do you know what the average word count is for those books? I'm thinking of writing something like "Hank the Cowdog" or similar to that. Probably the size between these two lines |      |. Or if you're not familiar with good ol' Hank then you might be familiar with the Seven Sleepers Series (I think Jake is; it's the one with the seven kids and Goel and the battles against the Dark Lord). Around that length anyways, so if you know the approximate word count for those kind of books then let me know please!! I'd be very very grateful!

    Blessings,

    Squeaks.

    July 14, 2010

    {Awesomeness}

    Guess what...okay, before I spill the beans, I must apologize for posting so many times today. :P I really am over excited and now I have even more news to tell that is about to cause me to literally burst with happiness!!

    1...

    2...

    3...

    I got a new computer! Yes yes, close your mouth, I'll give you a chance to stop gawking like that :P Indeed, the retailer had a sale on computers and so I was able to get one! It's beautiful...Vista, Windows 7, Sony (white interior and exterior)...I'm very thrilled! Unfortunately, the only thing dampening my enjoyment is the lump in my stomach. Yes...remember I said my mom was baking today? Well...the result of every baking ordeal usually is lots of goodies laid out across the counter. :P Being the way I am, I think I over-enjoyed the sweet goodness, and the flour's in the cookies were heavy flours...soooo, now I'm paying for it with a tummy ache XD

    Okay, the real reason I'm back (aside from telling you that I'm writing this from my new computer) is that I wanted to give my description story-telling a shot. I'm looking at a beautiful scene outside the window right now and I want to give a go at describing it (even if I do fail miserably).



    Sunlight dances down through the branches of the tall cedars. It caresses the leaves of the cherry tree, causing a warm brown glow to emanate from the bark. Birds chirp noisily; they perch on branches and sing songs of a melody so rich in tone even the deer stop to listen. Shadows fall softly behind the sentinels, the trees in their long watchmen adornment. A little brook bubbles cheerily in the background. Its blue, cold water foams and happily gurgles between the rocks as the pools fill and empty continuously with its freshness. Look! A warbler perches on a tiny branch, puffing out his chest with pride as he coos to his mate. His yellow breast reflects the sunlight; such a lovely pair they make, like king and queen. A cricket strums his strings behind some unknown bush, playing a ferociously fast harmony that adds colour to the opera of life. Softly, oh so softly, a wind brushes through the trees from the mountaintops. It stops at each guardian, cooling and calming only to rush off as silently as it had come. The forest calls Him, beckoning its Creator time and again to look down and smile.

    Squeaks.

    {And the cat came back, the very next day...}

    ...and all that jazz.

    Yes, you guessed it! It's another random post! I have so much on my poor brain right now that I think I might blow. If you haven't guessed from the activity so far, you can do so now...yes, I'm going away and I'm so very excited about it! The best part is, I'm going camping and I've never been camping before in my whole life! I can't believe my parents are going to take us (sibling(s) + me) lol! So...in order to pass time and get my mind off of the road trip tomorrow, I'm going to go random. Don't worry, I'm not insane {yet} I just want to ... blow off some steam.

    So as the title suggests, the cat came back the very next day. Have you ever heard that song? It's hilarious. But I can't remember any more than that first line and I'm too excited to take the time to open a new tab and search google up and down. Yeah, so that kind of was the first thing that came to mind.

    Darn...{epic mind blank} I think I ran out. And I was just getting started! Not fair *huff*. Okay...new approach.

    FLOWERS! *yuck*did you know that the biggest flower on the whole wide earth is a meter across and smells like rotting flesh? Gross eh? I learned about it in biology class. Made me feel a bit ill at first but then I recovered and admired the beauty (or at least creativity) of the ... uh... thing. :P

    So aside from that kind of stuff what else is there to talk about? Hmm...eggs? I just heard mom say something about eggs...you know, she made quinwa (sp?) cookies today. Quinwa (sp?) is a type of grass flower and it tastes absolutely disguisting (no offense mom); the batter nearly made me groan in dismay, but to my utter delight when I tried the resulting cookie (cooked, this time) it was delicious! So if any of you have tried this oddity before I encourage you to share your opinions! :)

    Now where was I before the detour...oh right, I was thinking about hot air. Yes, I know...I didn't tell you but I think I'll tell you now...hot air and I don't get along together at all. Nope. End of conversation.

    Well...now I guess that went quick. My ideas flee from me like sand running through a funnel, never to return.

    My agony is over! Dad is home and there is now official stuff to do :) :) :) Land of Mindless Whirring Excitement, here I come!!!!

    Squeaks.

    New Theme??

    How do you folks like my new theme? I spent quite some time trying to find something mysterious...but the options are few because I'm picky about how I want my sidebars and acquiring a blog template from the web doesn't give me what I desire :P I've set up another poll *gasp! Not again* yes...sorry :P But I really am trying to make things fit here. It's been a while since I've cleaned this place up and I feel like it deserves this makeover. If you guys ever see something while perusing the web and you think of Squeaks here, don't hesitate to let me know about it (I'm talking about templates lol).

    This should end my furious rage of morning postings. I have so much more to write about (including the fact that I'm probably going away camping from Thursday till Monday) but I'll have to elaborate later because I've got packing and work to do!


    God Bless,


    Squeaks.

    Broken Computer Screen!! :( :( :(

    This is the very last post I write on this blog from my dearly beloved computer. Even now it is in its death grip and I don't know whether this post will survive or not. The screen broke (I cannot disclose how at the moment) but I've got about 1/4 the screen space to see the computer, the rest is smashed and ruined. So, my dearly beloved computer, I bid thee farewell. May you rest in peace.

    Squeaks.

    [Note: this post was written yesterday in the evening, apparently the posting was unsucessful, as my computer now lies dead. Thankfully it's pain is over, but I shall mourn my dear little one...it served me well]

    July 13, 2010

    Really Quick Note

    Folks...folks...folks *mutters under breath* I'm quite disappointed. I put up a poll a couple days ago and I'm at a 3 way stand! :S Three people have voted three different ways and the poll is closing in just 4 days! [Poll is located on right hand side] If I may be so forward, I would really really really like it if all my followers voted on the poll so I know what to do about my background for Hidden Doorways. Currently I'm stuck wondering whether I should change the background or keep it...I want to know what you guys think because I'm a bit wishy-washy when it comes to things like decorating. So if you read this and feel compelled, please please vote on my poll so I can make a final decision about what to do!! 

    Signed in Great Fervor,

    Squeaks.

    July 12, 2010

    RANDOMNESS RULES!

    Note to audience: this post is terribly random, so if you're not in the mood to hear a normally down-to-earth individual splurge on words of nonsense, I suggest you avert your eyes. --Squeaks. [another note, the image below is from the following url: http://www.reconnections.net/words-1.jpg]

    So...I've been thinking about random things lately. For instance, my dearest mother baked a sweet potatoe and a yam. Yum! And then I started wondering...what if sweet potatoes were floating in a bath of acetaldehyde and grooming themselves with twigs? What would that look like? Do you think they'd blow bubbles? Or maybe they'd gargle and sing some cute little song like "We Three Mice" (or was that We Three Kings?).

    What if my piano could talk? Would it say "Keep yer sticky fingers of'n my buttons!" Errr....maybe not....perhaps it would be more like a cat and purrrrrr as I stroked the back board XD

    Now about those kitties slinking along my wooden floor...would they ever have a pirate accent and say something like "Arrr....the mice arrr out forrr theirrrr evening meal...*hiss*" Or maybe they boys would just say (in their effeminate voices, lol) "Mama, can I ssssssit on your lap and have a glassssss of milk pleasssssse?"

    What if your paper could TALK???? Now that is something I never thought of before. As my hand swirled and etched letters with delicate pencil lead upon my creamy page, the paper would cry out in vain "No no no no no! That's not how the plot should go!!" Or maybe it would just smile and yawn and do silly little meaningless things.

    What if ... what if there were no "what if's" in this world? What if (and I broke the idea again) people stopped saying "what if"? What if I stopped talking now? Perhaps your sick and tired of me already. But I've only started!

    Perhaps my computer would laugh at me as I punched the wrong letter in again and again, trying to spell some silly world like dessert....or was that desert? Depends what I'm talking about right? But what if I'm not talking about anything? Where do those words go? What do they do? Do they just randomly sit in your brain and wait to be selected by your consciousness or do they skip off and leave you dangling, chomping your jaw back and forth to wonder where that one word disappeared to. That bugs me. Where do words go?

    What happens when you put a word down on paper? Is it remembered for the rest of eternity or can you slaughter it mercilessly when you rip that page in half with your editorial skills and burn it with the fires of sensibility? How is it that a sentence can be comical one day and life threatening (or even depressing) the next? WHY ARE WORDS SO FICKLE!?

    How come my brain is bombarded by words day in and day out...and those simple little angels (or devils, if you may) change my life inside out? How can words be living (e.g. Bible) or dead? How can they be loving or hating? Do words have feelings? What's up with these strange dudes?

    What is a word? Has any philosopher ever given this question a good thinking? Have they ever torn the definition down past its sinews and to the bone marrow? Have they discovered what a word really is? Can they? Will they? Have you?

    Now shucks, looks like I've wasted my limit of question marks for the day. My mind is actually sombered quite a bit now that I've re-energized myself with questions and meaningless babble. Perhaps this means something to you....perhaps not. Either way, randomness is good for the brain, soul, and everything else, so long as it is used in the appropriate doses :)

    Squeaks.

    July 11, 2010

    Blue's the New Green

    Yes, some of you might be wondering "Why on earth did Squeaks choose blue...with hummingbirds!?" Don't fret my friends, it's quite a short story, but I'll tell it to you the long way :)

    Yesterday I was out and about studying and completing random missions around the base (aka. home). It was really hot outside (35 degrees C, although it can get up to 40 where I am); I dislike the heat, it seems we just don't go together, like oil and water. So there I was, disgruntled about the blistering weather when I decided to go on my blog and perhaps, if I was in a good mood, write something. Well...you can guess what happened next. I opened up my blog and sucked in a breath of air; it was green...not blue.

    If you're wondering why on earth I'd make a fuss over green and blue, hear me! Green is a spring colour...it's slightly warm and reminds me of sun filtering through rough branches in an overgrown forest. Unfortunately, during summer, green is not the colour of best option. Blue is my choice because it resembles cool water and clear skies. It feels refreshing and smells like Febreze (just kidding lol).

    Now the hummingbirds are cute, no doubt about that, but I am looking for a way to get rid of them. Of course, I might have to hold off until September (the yellow/brown/golden start of autumn) but in the mean time, fret not because blue's the new green :)
     
    Oh yeah...and before I move on, the short story is simply as follows: I was overwarm and decided to choose a blue blog background. End of story. :P


    So now for something a bit more interesting. Perhaps I'll clue you into who I've followed most recently. I found two more excellent blogs (that are apparently really really popular already): ~With Love And Kisses~ by Bleah Briann and Excelsior by Taylor. Also of current interest is Singing In The Rain by Guinevere (I've followed her for some time now; her blog is fun and I like to hang out there every now and then).

    I suppose that's all for now. I can't think of much more to say and I can't say much more about my thinking :P I'm just chipping time off the time-block until I get to pack up and go to church.

    Signed with Fervour,

    Squeaks.

    July 10, 2010

    The Interrogation Tag Game

    Here are a couple questions, some of which might just sound totally insane, to help pass time or amuse you. If you like, you can even post your answers on your blog and tag people with it :P If we're going to start a tag game, then I think I have to give this thing a proper name. How about...The Interrogation Game. Sounds grand to me :P (especially since I loooove interrogations!)

    The Interrogation Tag Game

    1. What colour is your floor?
      Brown; it's a wood floor.
    2. Look up. What's the first thing you see?
      A flower pot with a red breasted humming bird and colourful flowers (all fake of course).
    3. What is your favourite subject?
      English!
    4. Where would you like to live?
      Pluto; I've always felt bad for the poor revolving rock ever since it got ousted of its position as a planet. :(
    5. What is the wackiest hairdo you've ever given a character?
      Hmm...I'd have to say it was Mrs. Crabtree's updo. It was so tight and knotted I would conclude, without a doubt, that any human who wore that do would die from the pressure the knot put on their brain. *shiver*
    6. Can you remember the last thing your sibling told you?
      Uhh...frightfully I can't. I think it had something to do with treason and the parental unit of punishment. Aside from that I don't remember.
    7. Describe the closest plant (or living green thing) to you.
      A bouquet of dead red and yellow roses mixed with some mummified baby's breath (that's a plant, in case you didn't know).

    Now...you have to complete the chore adding the general idea of all those statements together to make some coherent conclusion (have fun!)

    Standing on a brown, wooden floor, I observed a beautiful flower pot with a red breasted humming bird and colourful flowers. Unfortunately, I found them to be fake; upon such a disappointment I began to wish for my home on Pluto where everything was alive with brilliant colours. Unfortunately, I had been removed from Pluto, although I can't quite remember why (I think my terrifyingly tight up-do might have something to do with this sudden onset of amnesia, or maybe my English wasn't good enough). The last thing I remember was my brother mumbling about treason and the parental unit of punishment. All I can do now is calm my jangled nerves by staring at a bouquet of dead red and yellow roses mixed with some mummified baby's breath.


    There! All done! Now folks, I know this is a tag in birth, but please bear with me. I'd like to pass it on to some of my readers ;) I'm tagging two people to the Interrogation Tag Game!


    Silver Angel
    &
    Guinevere


    All the Best and God Bless!

    Squeaks.

    Squeaks is...

    ...happy that winter is coming soon.
    ...excited for my cousin's wedding.
    ...tired from all this heat.
    ...stoked about wearing sandals and shorts.
    ...annoyed with my piano.
    ...sad that the cool weather is gone.
    ...miffed that the internet is working slowly.
    ...disturbed about how bored I am with my writing.
    ...confused with calculus.
    ...giddy from using white-out on my biology paper.
    ...sick from chemistry experiments that stank up the whole kitchen.
    ...charmed---for no reason at all.
    ...tired from the heat and the work.
    ...content with life.


    Sincerely yours,

    Squeaks.

    July 7, 2010

    What Happened to Earth?


    The goal of this study was to compare urban and rural bodies of water (--- Pond and --- Lake, respectively) to determine which are healthier. The term healthier refers to the stability of the aquatic ecosystem; this is defined by specimen diversity, interactions, and interconnections. A healthier lake has more variety and can support a more wide-spread food chain. 

    Hey folks, I'm back now! That strange language up there ^^ is a sample of what I've been doing with my time...turns out that my ecological field report (including data and report) is 17 pages and over 3,000 words. Fancy stuff for a simple program that tells you what an ecological system is composed of :P So I spent one week at my university discovering the beauty of ecosystems and microscopes...the other week was spent dissecting smelly rats and looking at kidneys. Lovely stuff eh? 
    I dare say I was quite intrigued by the dissections. I had a hard time digesting my food, let alone getting it down my throat; but over all I was good. 
    So what now? I've still got work to do at home (more school stuff; yes, being homeschooled means I don't get the summer off). I haven't had much time for writing lately *sheepish smile* but I have done some reading. The most recent book is called Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl (a Norwegian scientist). It's about a group of 6 men (including Thor) who set sail from Peru to Polynesia on a raft. They were testing the theory that the Polynesian people originated from Peru and not the oriental countries to the west. It's intriguing...particularly the parts about headhunters (aka. cannibals). As you might have already guessed, this is not a Christian book. Usually I wouldn't fill my head with this kind of stuff but since it is history (and I love history) I figured it would be a good read. I have yet to be disappointed! 
    Sorry this post is cut short early, but I've got work to do and a sibling to care for :) 

    Signed with fervour,

    Squeaks.
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