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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A Scribble Scrabble On Life: Laughed At A License Plate (And Other Mundane Things)

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Well this one time we were driving and some black sedan whizzed by and the license plate read something along the lines of GANDALF.

You won’t believe how disappointed I was. There was no pointy gray hat. SACRILEGE.

I’ve always been interested in license plates. I even had a collection of the weirdest ones. I think my favorite was FLYAKITE. Mom didn’t get the reference.

Welcome back to another post of the mundane with your not favorite mundane person. ๐Ÿ˜€

The past two posts have been unusually deep, for some strange reason.ย  Not sure why. My brain is funny sometimes. Anyway, I’m breaking that streak because I couldn’t post stuff like that on a regular basis if my life depended on it. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I dunno what I was doing here, but I definitely thought it was funny. XD

How are you, huh?

Ooh, looky- it’s SNOWING.ย  The sun was shining a few minutes ago. I wish I had my camera, but there’s no way I’m stepping out in in 10 degree weather. And that’s in Farenheit, too. It’s cold. It’s beautiful. It’s cold. I’m shivering. XD

Library stuff. The other day Dad was free from work, so the reprobates that were us kids drove to the library to “work”.

HA.

Work.

*dies* That’s kinda funny. XD As if I could actually get work done in a library. Leaving me in a place of books is like taking a two year old to a candy shop- you won’t emerge unscathed.

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I actually did get some homework done though- the nice librarian who knows me as “The girl who’s almost always asking for the obscure American titles” showed me to the encyclopedias, and I think I walked back and forth from my desk to the shelf like…. 20 times? Per hour? SCHOOL. WHY.

Came back home with…. um.. tenish books? Does one count comics? And I owe 2.80 to the library now. Oops. And my card expires in 30 days. *sobs* The injustice.

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I’m not sure whose blog I saw it on, but the bookย Because You’ll Never Meet Me caught my eye, and I spent an hour or so reading it. Mini review- the POVs are really great, the characterization is well done, the concepts are seriously cool, but as for the other elements, I’m still deciding. XD It’s a pretty good read though! I also read Girls Can’t Hit and it’s a surprisingly good read as well. *nodnod* Makes me wanna pick up a set of boxing gloves.ย 

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Speaking of comics, I screamed unnaturally when the A4 TV spot came on during the Super Bowl. I didn’t even bother to stick around for the game. XD It’s coming and I shouldn’t be this excited, but I am. ENDGAME. AH. I’m too excited. ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe also because I kinda get to nerd my family out with everything Marvel connect with my family a little more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’m not lying about the family part. I got my brother reading 2 comics simply by leaving them out on the shelf. He hates reading. XD I’m counting this as a score. It’s been decided that we’re now pronouncing Tony Stark “Sony Tark.”

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Spiderman can’t be more relatable.

Anyway.

Brief birthday related paragraph. My other brother, also known as the Very Loud And Unusual One Who Plays Electric Guitar And Drives Me Crazy went and decided to get older. Being the good sister I’m not, I ate a slice off his birthday cake. What, he won’t miss it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weather Intrusion. Wait, wait, THE SUN’S SHINING IN THE SNOW STORM *pokes head out window*

*freezes*

*dies*

*wakes up in Budapest*

Well, that was a mistake. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m dying it’sย cold.ย Sent hot cocoa over here! ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve been desperately trying to catch up school-wise, which isn’t too bad if I just got my homework actually done, it feels like I live at this get up:

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Break down: Tiny black laptop balancing precariously on the edge of the abstract art couch is actually a DVD player. Main laptop is the thing I can’t live without due to its can’tlivewithoutqualites. Papers over there are the evil fatale assignments I had to go overtime to barely finish.ย 

Which, I gotta say, is really, really nice, but it gets tiring over time. So what better way to switch things up than to say, do the art tutorials on The Art Lab?

Art Dump. *facepalm* Sometimes I question my sanity.

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I spent so long at that paintiiiing- and the marker bled through. ๐Ÿ˜กย  Oh well. It was rather fun trying to be artistic- and my other brother said he liked it. But still. those clouds look terrible.

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See, the marker bled straight through to the next page! (Also, very sorry for the terrible lighting) But I actually kinda like this one. My first decent drawing in a while. I just might redo and frame that one.

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And then I had to go and waste all my ink on trying the spaghetti mountain thing. It was HARD. And I ran outta marker. But it kinda looks like I actually tried! Which is good, because I actually did try. Art is hard.

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*gags* WHAT. EVEN. IS. THIS. ATROCITY.ย  YUK. My eyes hurt right now. I was trying Buttercup’s hair tutorial and thought, “ooh, this isn’t too bad, let’s try the face!”
What was I even thinking?

This offends everything in me that has an inkling of art sense. Why. Be-yuk. I suppose I’ll have to keep practicing to be remotely good. But that’s okay. Nobody’s an expert at first try. Take this as proof what whatever you’re doing is ten times better than whatever I could conjure.

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Conversations.ย I kinda wish people would take this mug at their words. Lately I’ve discovered that many times a lot of hurt can be avoided if someone just takes the time to listen. Many of the hurt’s been caused by myself too, which I hope to end. Tea doesn’t hurt. ๐Ÿ™‚

Audiosmiths’ Release!ย We’ve been working very, very hard on this, and it’s finally out! Big thanks to Rebekah for taking on the editing work โค (also: was it hard getting an annoying Scottish accent that was probably incorrect? Answer: YES. VERY. ARGH.)

To sum up. Sometimes, random posts are really just random. They don’t make an ounce of sense, and honestly, you gotta ask yourself what’s the point.

I guess I don’t have any other than that after a long hard week,ย  people need a reason to smile again. If my recaps of an otherwise mundane life can do that, than I’ll consider this successful. XD It’s easy to look at the news and have your heart sink. But as Thor said:

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I’m telling ya, these comics have more insight then they let on. Maybe go read one sometime. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  So here’s your funnies for the week. It made zero sense, but hopefully.. I dunno, maybe it got you to smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Have a good one, okay? ๐Ÿ˜€

life is a highway, Jo

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..

Use as a quote for a treasure chest filled with golden rocks with "treasures" written about the person..
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

Invincible (BIBPC Cat. 7, A Wee Post, And An Explanation)

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I’ve committed the unforgiveable sin of posting twice a day and for that, I must apologize. XD But sinceย technicallyย this is a BIBPC post, it doesn’t count, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, sorry anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

And now for my final picture for Megan’s awesome contest!

It’s weird, I know.

For the prompt invincible…

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An.. ant.

And not in the best lighting too.

Way to go, Jo.

(If any of you makes a joke out of the words “go” and “Jo” I will find you and you shall feel my wrath.)

(ish.)

Anyway, I *wanted* to take a picture of my mom, since she’s the living embodiment of invincible, but Mom didn’t agree and told me to think of something else. So oh well. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Antonio will have to do.

I’m always surprised by how strong these little guys and gals are. They carry stuff more than a hundred times their size with little to no problem. And they’re seriously hard-working. No wonder we’re supposed to “go to the ant, sluggards.” XD And props to Antonio. If I was that small and some giant girl with some weird black box kept poking me around and large clicky sounds came out of the weird big black box, I’d scream my head off. Remind me to save up and buy a micro lens.

Moving on. Here’s my poster for the seventh round of BIBPC- one I hope to join again, because BIBPC is awesome!

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And now the explanation to cap off the second post of the day, which I’ll try not to let happen again! ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve kinda been posting a lot this week. O_O

And I blame that midnight bloggie brainstorming session a week ago. -_- Too many ideas.

As a result, my schedule’s outta whack, but I’m working on it! So thank you for putting up with post after post. XD I’m cutting it down to every other day, which hopefully will be better for you and for moi.

So yeah, to sum up, I’ve been posting on a weird scheduley, I’m gonna try to fix it, and thank you all for putting up with me! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend!

Life is a highway,

Jo

An Cringey Interview With An Unusually Calm Child, Plus Aesthetic Snow Pictures (not)

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For a second there I thought I was on the new editor and I panicked a bit. I HATE the new editor. ๐Ÿ˜› Happy Sunday fellow friends, countryfolks, and bloggers and nonbloggers!

Anyway, last night I couldn’t sleep, so I used the surefire way to make anyone sleepy: brainstorming blogging ideas. You can guess how effectual that was. The result was 8ish hours of sleep and more blog post ideas than I know what to do with.

I’m actually planning ahead. For my blog. *mindblown*

So if you maybe are interested in new content, it’s coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, on to this post. I had fun with it.

Once in a blog, you’ll see those interview-with-younger-siblings posts. Those adorable transcripted babbles and hilarious comments and they’re just really fun. Who doesn’t love a 5 year old’s opinions on mac and cheese? I can’t really say I don’t, so. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you think you know where I’m getting at, I don’t have younger siblings. I’m the youngest. XD No point in interviewing myself right? But I do babysit. More like keepthekidsaliiiiiiveforanhourwhiletheirparentsarebusy. And not die myself in the process. These kids are crazy. But I love ’em. And it might be fun to showcase them on this blog. (And I may or may not be planning ahead for a school project, so heh.) Without further ado, Selse (name changed to protect the innocent- me, for one)! *thumbs up*

(And yes, I did get permission just so we’re clear.)

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*Cool Intro- just roll with it okay*

Me: Okay, I’m gonna ask you ten questions, just ten, kay? (Liar, Jo, liar) One. What is your favorite thing to do? (Wow, so original)

(basically Selse answers the Liebster Award)

Selse: *half-chewing on pizza* um.. do gymnastics.

Me: Do gymnastics? okay, that’s cool. What’s your favorite thing about gymnastics? (Jooo shut up)

Selse: *thinks* I like to do the bars flip.

*Edit side questions because cringe!*

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Me: What do you think about American Girl dolls? (Finally, Jo, a semi decent question)

Selse: Um.. I think they’re kinda creepy because I watched a video at night *sniffs nose* of, um, American dolls like, move around, and *laughs* take up knives and like, chop tomatoes with blood.

(I’m dying XD XD Stopmotion gone wrong? I guess we’ll never know)

Me: Okay, that is kinda creepy. So you watch these on YouTube?

Selse: Yeah.

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Me: What’s your favorite YouTube channel?

Selse: *waits* *mumbles something I didn’t catch* ..and I like slime videos because I like slimes.

(I had no clue slimes or slime videos were a thing until a year ago. Huh.)

Me: You like slimes? (Selse JUST said that Jo, stop repeating things to make yourself sound less awkward)

Selse: Yeah.

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Me: What kind of slime do you like? Butter slime, or… (halp I don’t know what I’m saying right now, obviously)

Selse: I like all slimes. That’s the… uh *plays with fingers* fluffy slime, fancy slime, butter slime, crunchy slime, and just regular slime.

Me: So any kind of slime?

Selse: Yes.

Me: That’s really cool. (I stand by this- do you know how much of a kid’s attention a glop of this glue mixture can capture? Where has this been all my life??) Okay, next question. What’s your favorite book?

Selse: Fairy books.

Me: Any fairy books?

Selse: I read like lots of them.

(And now I wanna write a fairy book XD)

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Me: Who’s your favorite Disney princess? (random, I know)

Selse: *deep in thought* I like Moana. *grins*

Me: How come?

Selse: Because that’s my favorite movie.

(forward thinking on Selse’s part!)

Me: That’s awesome! Let’s see… do you have any pets?

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Selse: I got like, a puppy.

Me: Really?

Selse: A really small puppy.

(it’s as big as you, child! I don’t think so! XD)

Me: Does it have a name? (cringe- I hate calling animals “it”.)

Selse: *smiles* Bailey.

Me: *nods* She’s the chocolate lab, the *chokes* little black dog?

Selse: Yes.

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Me: *after chuckling because our friend was dramatically smushing her nose in the glass door* Okay, uh, um, if you could be with anyone in the world, who would you be with?

Selse: Ooh, my sister.

(aawww kid- me, too, me too.)

Me: Aww, that’s great! *hurries a bit* Do you or do you not like Ariel’s sisters? (I only hear the girls I watch sing “Part Of Your World” for like an hour on end, kay? I really wanna know!)

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Selse: *shakes head* I don’t like them.

Me: *a dumb interviewer* How come?

Selse: I don’t really like mermaids.

(Ehh, welp, sorry Ariel.)

Me: Okay, gotcha. *grins goofily, which is my permanent look* What do you think of unicorns? (Where did THAT come from?)

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Selse: They’re good.

Me: Would you ever wanna touch one?

Selse: *sighs* Yes!

(can’t tell if this is a happy sigh or an exasperated sigh, but here’s hoping for the former. ๐Ÿ˜› )

Me: Alright, do you like roller coaster rides, and what’s your favorite?

Selse: *gasps* Oh, in Canada’s Wonderland, those rides are SO good, I go on ALL *bangs fists on table* of them. *tilts head and smiles*

(Even…. BEHEMOTH?? Okay, this is truly a brave girl. How??)

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Me: Wow. Uh… what’s your favorite holiday, like, ever? (Yep, I said “like”.ย  I’m groaning now)

Selse: *looks back and forth and adorably props up her chin on her hands* *sighs* uh… Halloween and Easter!

Selse: And Valentine’s Day.

Me: Because of the candy?

Selse: *giggles* yes.

Me: And your favorite candy is….?

Selse: *thinks and drums her fingers on her table* Skittles, Kit-Kats, and pop rocks.

Me: Okay, cool! Okay, what do you think of pumpkin spice?

Selse: *dead serious* NO. No-o. *shakes head and pouts*

Me: *chuckling internally* Youย dont like pumpkin spice?

Selse: NO- and *gets excited* I also like Twix!

Me: *mishears* Twinkies?

Selse: *matter of factly* TWIX.

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*we laugh a little about my terrible hearing*

Me: Okay, okay, what do you think of millennial pink? (this.. wow. How do I even know what that is?)

Selse: Like this color? *touches her hairband, which has millennial pink written all over it)

Me: Yup!

Selse: It’s a just good color. *waves her hands like she’s patting someone for emphasis*

Me: cool. So: Hawaiian pizza. Evil or really good? (There have beenย debates about this for a while now XD)

Selse: *firmly* Good.

Me: Alright. Second to late question. Last question. Second question (make up your mind Jo): If you could go anywhere in the world, but you had to bring your brother, where would you go?

(Those two fight like cats and dogs)

(And then they love each other a lot too)

(Kids)

Selse: Canada’s Wonderland. (I ain’t trying to sponsor anyone, but they do have awesome rides :P) Or Disneyland!

Me: Nice! (also just appreciating how Selse picks the best places for her brother and her to go- and she’s just like that. Remind me to tell you about the time she was almost 5 and made up a song on the spot about their adventures) okay. Last question: If you could give any piece of advice, what would it be?

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The transcript ends here because of too much laughing and things which I have sworn to keep secret- only select friends can know. ๐Ÿ˜Ž But, as messy and random as that was, I hope you enjoyed it! Top thanks to Selse for putting up with her weird babysitter and to her parents for still letting me keep an eye on her when they need me too. XD

Go out and talk to a younger kid today- maybe you’ll have better questions than I did! ๐Ÿ˜› One thing’s for sure: every kid, no matter who they are, have insights and sometimes downright funny answers- if someone just listens to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Life’s a highway,ย 

Jo

(I’m still trying to find my signoff, okay, so sorry for the cringe)

 

 

 

Wanted: Help For My Book Addiction (Or, how I keep adding to my TBR list without even trying)

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I swear, just like moths are attracted to candles, I am unnaturally attracted to books. I can’t walk into a library and leave without a novel or something, anything.ย  It doesn’t help that the skate rink’s right next to the library, or that I’m walking distance of both fine establishments. *sighs*

So anyway, you know this picture I took last month of my book haul?

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Yeah, this is the new and improved version of it.

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It’s hopeless. I walk into a library for any random reason, waiting for a ride home, studying, accidentally triggering the apocalypse, and behold, there’s another cover begging me to pick it up. If books were cats, my room would have more mews than a pet shop.

But behold. New books to read!

A Wrinkle In Time was interesting, weird, slightly confusing,ย  and made me miss Loki whenever it mentioned the word tesseract.

Neil Flambe was a pretty good mystery, but not exactly well done or to my taste.

Soar was an awesome small town first person POV narrative, and I appreciate baseball now more than ever.

Tuck Everlasting was the saddest thing I’ve read in forever, and I’m super sad Jesse and Winnie didn’t- oh never mind, just read the book. I’ll be the kid at the librarian’s desk sobbing. I have no clue why this book was banned at all. It’s… wow.

And the rest? Uhhhh.. I haven’t read them yet? I’m reading Because Of Winn-Dixie right now, and so far, like all the other books I’ve read this year, it’s really good.

The other three I picked up purely because of the cover. The Other Side of Summer’s cover was of a girl with a guitar, Iย had to get that one. And Wolf Hollow was so cool how could youย not read it?ย  I need a life.
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Some days I wonder if adding my own story to the massive amount of stories already out there is worth it. There are literally thousands of them out there, and I can name 12 from the top of my head that are like the one I’m writing. Why do I even try?

I have no clue. But I do anyway. When I’m not reading, that is.

Y’all, drag me to counselling, because from the weird looks people give me when I’m walking down the street with a book in hand, it’s not normal. But I was never normal to begin with, not with my stories and all. But maybe that’s a good thing.

I’ll leave you to this carol now. Go and read a book sometime, why don’t you? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

A Confession (Or OH MAN I MESSED UP)

 

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Me right now.

*facepalms repeatedly*

I am so extremely sorry you guys.

It was bound to happen, me messing up on a post and not noticing til the day after.

So for the book of the month. Um, it wasnโ€™t Anne Of Ingleside. I mean, most of you guessed but I really think I should clear that up. It was Wonder. XD

See, I was writing a second draft and I forgot to delete everything. Iโ€™m really sorry!

Blame NaNoWriMo. Which I should probably get back to.

Yes, thatโ€™s it and I have zero excuse for this sham of a post.

None. Whatsoever.

*backs out and hits metal bar*