A Quicky Q&A and Random Updates

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I had a post coming on, but it wasn’t ready and I wasn’t ready and Enni, the brilliant genius she is, messaged me and asked for a post idea since she was a little low on creativity and since I was low on energy, I suggested a collab interview since those are fun and I was way too tired to think.

There’s an example run-on sentence for your grammar books kids. *thumbs up* On with this post. Although you should probably check out Enni’s answers to my questions over here since they’re much more fun than my answers. And she also posted my death threat on hers too. Cool stuff.

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1. If you could start life over, would ya?
If I could start life over… what. Uh. *sighs* *thinks deeply* No. Because the life I have right now is crazy enough. XD

2. How would you describe your sense of style?

I have no sense of style- it comes and goes.

3. What’s your favorite season?

WINTER FOREVER- snow, skates, CHRISTMAS, more snow, ice, winterrrr
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4. What are your life’s goals?

To live, obviously. And to publish a book, learn to drive, get a black belt, be on American Ninja Warrior, act in any kind of production, go to Bible Bee Nationals, and meet all of my blogger friends on a road trip around the world.

5. Which place in Europe would you most like to visit?

*waves hands wildly* Scotland! One, because ofย Brave, and two, because.. because Scotland.ย ๐Ÿ˜›

I’d also like to stop by Switzerland one time.

6. Which Marvel death broke your heart the most?

*sniffs* Thank you for asking about a fandom Enni I love you so- it would have to be Vision, because Wanda had to watch him die twice and she couldn’t do a thing to stop it and also because poor grey Vis’s lifeless self is heartbreaking. Also Spiderman and Bucky’sย  were pretty horrible.
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7. What time do you normally get up in the mornings?
ย I do my best to get up around 6 or 7- it sometimes happens. Sometimes.

8. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?

The worst book I ever read shall go nameless to protect the innocent, but it was a Western that was so bad I’d rather read Twilight and I hate Twilight. It was so horribly preachy, the characters were unrealistic, the bad guy wasn’t bad guy-y enough, and to top it all off, it was supposed to be good Christian fiction. Ugh.
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9. Cursive or print?

Cursive forever- what can you do with print anyway? Other than print? Legit nothing. Be-yuk.
10. Which of your fandoms is your favorite?
As if I can choose between any of them?? O_O I can’t! Probably AIO. Or the MCU. Or LOTR. It’s a tie between those three.
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Thus concludes the mini random interview. *sighs and slumps onto couch*
Now for the updates that nobody asked for.
I have 4 drafts in my Editor, waiting for me to publish them. Which, I probably won’t until much later when they’re completely faded from relevancy. It’s not like I’m tired of blogging- it’s just that I’m tired, period. It’s hard volunteering for something you didn’t volunteer to do it, y’know? But that’s over now and I’m just in the fallout, waiting for energy to come back and… yeah. I’m alive! *thumbs up* In case you were wondering. Heh.
Currently in the process of finishing my NaNoWriMo 2018 project so I can move on to April Camp 2019’s WIP.. which I’ll announce eventually. As well as the secret project that I totally missed the deadline for but refuse to ditch. I’ll get there. One day.
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That seems to be the mantra for all my days. That one day, it’ll be okay. That one day, I’ll have the willpower to make it today and not one day. That one day will come when I don’t have to remind myself one day is coming. So until that day comes, I’ll try to do the best I can today. Which wasn’t much, but it’s coming- it’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜›
Here’s to another day, you guys- we’ll make this week. Somehow. *props to you all*
life is a highway, Jo
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Why Willabeth is a power couple, mostly according to Enni :P

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Is this post late? Yes.

Am I sorry? No.

Should I be? Probably. But uh, I just finished watching Incredibles 2 with my family, and as I always try to say “life before blogging,” I don’t regret a thing. And trust me, I’ll be talking about that soon. TRUST me. But for now.. da post!

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Hey-lo! A happy mundane Wednesday to you.

I mean, you have school, don’t you? Mundane it is.

As such, here’s hoping this crazy unfortunately mushy post will crack a grin on your face, as I present the next part of mine and Enni’s duology! Which was in the title! Because I definitely gave it away with the jar of dirt gif! ๐Ÿ˜€

And ehhh, most of my reasons are actually Enni’s, because there’s no way I’m this mushy about aย ship,ย so if any of these appear to a. have CAPS LIKE THIS b. the word love, or c. an overall aura of hopeless mush, don’t blame me. Go check out Enni’s post, she has the cooler reasons XD

(Also E is Elizabeth, W is Will. But y’all know that already. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

1. THE WAY THAT W LOOKS AT E WITH PUPPY DOG EYES

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My fine mate, you’re looking at Elizabeth,ย  not the horiz- oH.

You hopeless romantic.

What is it with people looking into someone else’s eyes? I could write a whole paragraph about starting into someone’s eyes and it still wouldn’t be enough to describe it.

2. E isn’t some useless love interest whose purpose in the story is fulfilled once W comes in, she’s in every right her own character.ย 

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YES. YES. YES.

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when any character, girl or guy, exists solely as a love interest- when they could be developed and rounded out and deep and impactful and when they do not need another person to make them a good character, they’re good on their own. And that is Elizabeth.

I mean, have you noticed her arc? Elizabeth starts off as a girl in high society, tries to help kid Will Turner so he won’t be mistaken for a pirate, accidentally triggers a bunch of problems, has to deal with Norrington (at least I think that’s his name), has to get used to pirates and fighting and all that, and then finally becomes a pirate in her own right. And fights and leads an armada.

What an arc. And yet, she’s still in love, but still strong.

*mindblown*

3. W genuinely supports and cares for E without being creepy HE LOVES HER

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Unlike *cough coughs* Norrington and like a bunch of other people I could mention right now.ย  No offense to James. He’s a good guy- helped the right side in the end. It’s just that… do you remember that scene where Elizabeth’s fainted because her corset is so tight, and when she mentions it to Norrington, he mentions how nervous he is? Cause.. I do. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, Will is pretty great. He doesn’t assume Elizabeth can’t do anything by herself, he doesn’t feel the need to rush to her aid whenever fate would have her stumble, he fights with her and backs her up and I mean.. he said so himself, he’d die for her. He’s doesn’t hesitate to stand in harm’s way while knowing Elizabeth can protect herself. And that’s pretty nice. Scratch that, it’s really nice.

4. W and E are SO DEDICATED TO EACH OTHER IT’S NOT FUNNY
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So, uh, spoiler for those who haven’t watched it yet (but if you haven’t, well, this whole post is a spoiler) William and Elizabeth uh– get separated. And to top it off, they can’t see each other for 20 years.

20.

20.

I’m not sure I could handle not seeing my best friend for 20 months, let alone years. But they chose to do that. They knew it would be hard, and still, they decided being apart together was better than being apart period.

I don’t understand these weird people. But dedication. Wow.

5. Their wedding is the best wedding in history, and I will never take that back.
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Correction, Enni might never take it back, but I sure would. Because I’ve seen other– that spoils this section so nevermind. XD But while I wouldn’t go so far to say that it’s the best wedding in history, it’s one of the best fictional weddings.

They get married in a STORM.

With some creepy monster.

And people attacking them.

AND THEY SAY THEIR VOWS WHILE STABBING WEIRD CREEPY BAD GUYS.

oh, and need I mention they fight in sync— holding hands?? Now when’s the last time you saw a couple do that- much less fight, period? Hats off to these two. They have better fight choreography than my left feet. XD

But seriously. It’s pretty great.

So there you have it. My reasons for why Willabeth is a power couple. Is it kinda weird that this is coming from me? I guess. But I stand by it the same. While I can’t fully support everything in the POTC movies, I do want to point out the good parts it has- and Willabeth is one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

tl;dr:ย Willabeth is a great couple because they are equally strong characters, and their being in a relationship is tested over and over, yet they refuse to let go- even if it means they will hurt.

*bangs head* I’ve had it with mush for one day. Goodnight! ๐Ÿ˜€

Life is a highway,

ย Jo

 

A Collab With Enni About The 101’s of Captain Jack Sparrow-ing

 

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Surprised to see a title like that from a blog like this?

Me too, to be honest. Me too.

In all honesty, the idea of talking about a film series I haven’t watched in ages never crossed my mind until a few days ago, when Enni and I thought it be a good idea for a collab.

Speaking of Enni, if you haven’t followed her blog yet or at least checked it out WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE go, go, go! Enni’s one of my first and craziest blogger friends that I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and her take on everything is pure and simple INTP. Go on and ask her about MBTI- I personally guarantee she won’t stop talking. As far as personalities go, Enni is an old, good, crazy soul.

Who’s probably waiting for this post right now. Heh. hehe. hehe.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean. Pirates. Fights. Swords. Rum. An unhealthy amount of rum. Strange sea-monsters. Epic music. These are probably what comes to mind when thinking of one of the biggest pirates movies/stories around.

It’s not really one with the best morals, either, y’know? I mean, there’sย pirates. What more evidence do you need? It’s no Sherwood film, and to be honest, it’s probably on the same level as Guardians of the Galaxy. Entertaining, but more entertaining than wholesome.

So why am I writing a post about?

More importantly, why do I like it?

Well, I’m a writer. And this is like one of my favorite case studies: characters, plot, setting, SHIPS *hollers* villians, the whole bit. But the entire story in general has it’s good parts. And it has it’s hilarious parts. And the thing is, Jack- er,ย Captain Jack isn’t completely shallow.ย  I mean he is, but..

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No offense mate, but you stole this from Bilbo. *frowns* Good quote to steal though!
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Relatable.

I really took a hundred + words to say nothing? Wow. ๐Ÿ˜› Ahem.ย  Let’s go before I walk the plank. Enni had the first five rules or whatever they may be called, and I have the last ten.

(Also- psst: look carefully- this post has an Easter egg for what’s next in our POTC duology ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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6. After anything offensive you might’ve said, always tack on a “savvy”.

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Extremely important, mates! With the tacking on of savvy, one needn’t fear of looking like an awkward land-lubbering greenhorn. When saying the word savvy, open your jaw and let your tongue flap, it works much better that way. Tilt your head in the most smuggest position you can think of and flash your gold teeth as you do so.

This goes well in hand with, “did you see that? because I will NOT be doing it again” and I suggest practicing as often as possible to ensure a truly Captain Jack Sparrow flair. Because if you’re like me, which you are not, then you may want to find yourself saying savvy after every sentence, just in case you don’t want a sword in your face or say, having to walk the plank. It turns out to be quite useful at times.

7. Do your best to look suspiciously at any and all monkeys.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I didn't understand this until I watched till the end of the credits of Curse of the Black Pearl. Seriously, go watch it.

Don’t forget to hiss words like, “ooh, monkey” and “beast” as you flap your hand at a thieving little rasca- mammal with a handy tail. And make sure you squint especially hard at that monkey- for all we know, that sneak could’ve been related to that same one in Night At The Museum.. we’ll never know. *mysterious look*ย  Obviously, this means you must hate all monkeys, whether they’re shrunk up in bottles or snatching your jewelry. And look for a monkey if in desire to shoot something.

8. When in doubt run- preferably with your arms flailing and screaming never hurt.
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Much better!

Now, I honestly don’t think you’ll be stuck on an island full of cannibals trying to cook you for supper, but if that or something pretty equivalent to that befalls you (say, it’s your turn in the church nursery or perhaps you’re pulling up to your annual family reunion or you’ve accidentally taken an important locket or you’re playing a highly crazy game of tag) then, follow the captain and RUN FOR YOUR LIFEEEEEEE!!

It’s simple really. Move your feet really fast, lift your arms and wave them wildly, and scream like there’s no tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€ It takes a moment of extreme panic- which will come eventually!

9. Whenever you find large jars of dirt, raise them up in triumph and loudly proclaim, “I’ve got a jar of dirt!”

Yeah, you have NO idea how important this one is! I mean, you could be holding one of the Avengers, mate, so lift that jar high and proud as you dash past some very confused mates and confuse the enemy.

Just don’t drop it, of course, because you can’t vacuum a boat!

And yes I just mentioned another fandom. >:)

10. If a plan sounds mad and there’s an 80% chance you’re gonna die- DO IT.
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And this, of course, is the epitome of Jack Sparrow- doing everything that’s dangerous and risky and plain out DEATH INDUCING and somehow surviving anyway.

It’s best, of course, to be confident about it. Say something insightful and confusing, like, “the problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” And then solve the problem! ๐Ÿ˜€

Some good examples of mad, 80% risk of death plans include but are not limited to: doing all your homework on the last day, jumping off a cliff into water, saying hi in a different language to someone you’ve never met, figuring out if it’s yanny or laurel, writing 18k on the last day of NaNo, sneaking aboard a donut ship, solving riddles with a mangy ring loving bony raw fish eater, and going for the head.

If you follow these ten tips carefully, you should be on your way to being a great Captain Jack Sparrow! Just don’t drink rum- it ain’t good fer ya. Oh, andย 11. Spout advice when you have it. Example:

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I’m rather looking forward to the second part of this duology. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and check out Enni’s post here! Cause she’s way better at this stuff. XD

Life is a highway,

Jo

What Shapes Culture Is People (and why that’s important)

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Hey everyone!ย  Doing well?

I hope so- because I am shaking scared right now.ย  Fear has kept me from saying what I think. What I am about to say is not an easy topic.

But I have to say it. Even if I’m in no way qualified to say it.

You don’t have to agree, but I hope what I will say will make you stop and think.

There’s something I’ve noticed over the years. And that is culture -people-ย  are heavily influenced by media. The right ways to be healthy, smart,ย  to live, practically everything from A to Z is touched somewhat by media, by the internet, by what we see on our screens and hear. Whatever shows up on the media, people are quick to believe. And repeat. And follow. That’s how media works. That’s how culture works.

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And the people who run the media, the books, the TV shows, what people see online, those people have a big say on culture. They stress equality for all, and promote tolerance and acceptance for everyone. That’s a huge power. And it can do great things. It can break down barriers.

But it can also blur lines.

 

In recent times, there has been a big push for the mentality that you should do what’s true for you, and that anyone can be what they want to be. In a lot of ways, the latter’s true. Both guys and girls can do tons of jobs, and equally do well. In a lot of ways, the former has problems. If truth is up to you, then what defines truth?

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Putting that aside, the mentality of “be what you want to be” has begun to mean more that just that. Today, you can literally be who you want to be. How you identify is a thing now. And that’s begun to be given the spotlight in our media, it’s begun to be big, it’s in our books, and on our TV shows, and is everywhere on the internet. We hear it over

and over

and over

and over

and over

and over

and over.

You probably got tired of all those overs, didn’t you?

Well, I am. This “be what you wanna be” thing is everywhere. It’s one thing to talk about it on the news, or write about it, it’s another when it’s so present, like the goal is to get you to accept this. In some cases it has gone to the point of complete absurdity.

Am I mad that it’s everywhere? No. I’m mad that I’m expected to accept what the media shows as good.ย  It’s getting to where you can’t change the channel if you don’t like what’s on. Culture seems to be mad at Christians for not agreeing, for being different. . We don’t like what’s being shown, and they’re mad at us for it, calling us close-minded and judgemental. ย 

Well, we were never supposed to be part of this world, or its culture.

So am I one of those people who go around yelling, ” YOU’RE WICKED AND YOU’RE GONNA BURN” wherever I go? (Believe it or not, people who sadly call themselves Christian have said things to this extreme.) Is this why I’m making this post? NO! God hasn’t called Christians to go around saying things like that, and it’s just plain hurtful. We believe His Word that He made man and woman, and that’s it. Does that mean we stone or hate people who think differently? NO!

Why I’m making this post? Because I am not gonna stand by and watch idly as our culture demands that we accept what they promote as truth, even if the definition of truth isn’t a priority for them, and then they’ll get mad at Christians for being “preachy”.

What shapes people’s minds is culture. What shapes culture is media. And what shapes media is people. People shape people’s minds. People shape people. It’s only a matter of time before the things we deem wrong today will be applauded later on.

ย ย  Because we tolerate all, Christians have a right to say their thoughts too, am I right? Or does that not apply to certain people? Who decides that, and how do we know they’re judging fairly what should be in the media and what should not? Is there a line? And is that line blurred?ย And probably right now, you’re thinking that I don’t know what I’m saying. Whether or not you agree-

Those are my thoughts.

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This was what I was thinking about it, and Enni, an amazing insightful blogger, has also talked about this here. Go check it out! And if you agree or disagree, I’d still like to know what you think in the comments below. ๐Ÿ™‚