This Is The Moment You’ve Waited For (April’s HEREEEEEEEEEE!)

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Mm, I made two references to two pretty great musicals. 😀 Y’all should be proud a me. But guess what guys? It’s a new month- and it’s a new camp NaNoWriMo *cheers lustily* And I should also mention that pranks are present, roll your eyes and deal with it. (Like I don’t have one myself, eheh.) Quicky recap because those are fun, and we’ll get on with this. XD

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March was hard. Goodbye March. But some of the greatest stuff happened that I’m grateful for.

-My family saw Captain Marvel. Admittedly, it wasn’t the greatest- but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great movie! Really enjoyed it. 😀

-I wrote for my life even though it wasn’t NaNo, just to see if I could. 15k in 3 days!! 😀 That’s a record. I’m sure at least a quarter is junk, but I did it. I actually genuinely did it.

-I’ll be honest, a ton happened that I wish didn’t. A lot of times I just wanted to curl up into a ball and hop into the Pacific Ocean and drown away. Thank you to the friends who convinced me otherwise. (And for the memes. You know who you are. :P)

-us Audiosmithers released one of my favorite dramas. ❤

-I discovered Newsies (I think this one is obvious, you guys.)

-And Hamilton (that’s another post in itself)

-and the sweetest movie that ever was

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-Spring came before Winter crashed right back onto the scene so that was rather nice

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-Crushed Algebra (and in return, got crushed myself)

-late nights became my best friends

-as were snickers bites

-I may or may not have done something to my blog. I think I should fix it, but ah.

-Arya Stark is surprisingly like one of my characters, and now I’m having an existential crisis trying to figure out if GoT stole from me, or I stole from GoT O_O

-ended up with some rather interesting scenes and plotted for my new novel at church. On notebook paper. In smudged writing. For about 25 minutes. 🙂

March, you marched on. Good for you.

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Favorite Song

Ben Rector is a master of using common words to write priceless gems, and Brand New was probably one of his bests. (They’re all good though. XD) Up there with this is Winners Don’t Quit by Owl City, and Little Things by Maddie Poppe. 🙂

Favorite Book

Love to EveryoneAlso known as Love To Everyone, this book hit me right in the feels as I was reading it. Clarry is such a well written character, and the setting- the setting is just so real. And it’s sad. And heartbreaking. And just- ahh what do you say about a book that’s so good you can’t just say it?? *dies*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Quote

 

I WILL BREAK OUT INTO NEWSIES SONGS! BE PREPARED!

This.

Rend Collective - “Counting every blessing”

And this.

Listen to the song "Joy" by Rend Collective. Fits this quite perfectly

And most importantly this.

So all that to say,

LET’S GO, APRIL. 

Oh. That prank.

It’s actually not a prank.

It’s a parody. A NaNoWriMo parody.

Enjoy!

(yes, it’s cringey and bad and my voice sounds terrible but I had a ton of fun pretending to be a Broadway singer and altering the lyrics so please laugh as much as you want and I hope you enjoy 😀 )

 

 

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A Narrative

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There are too many assignments to finish. Wayy too much. *groans* Come winter break and save me!

Ahem. Anyway, one of the assignments is to write a narrative about a frightening experience from life… and publish it.

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By BJU definition, apparently, “publish” is to put it out so people can read it. not just show it to your teach- mom after you’re done.

D’oh!

This wouldn’t be one of the first “school” assignments to pop up here, and it won’t be the last, lemme tell ya. I gotta write a newspaper article- or at least a good mock copy. *facepalms* So. uh. Here goes nothing.

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It was my uncle’s church’s camping trip, and my family decided to take all five of us kids, a giant tent, and drive over to Ajax, I think it was. I’d thought it was the coolest thing ever. Being a city kid didn’t give one enough safety or space to explore, so camping was as rare as hot dogs on a Monday night. We’d eagerly set up the tent, jumped on the airbed til the air leaked out, and changed into our swimsuits when Dad told us about the camp pool.

I can still remember what it looked like, though my memory needs to be jump started with old pictures to properly see the place. The cabin had a nice, oak scent to its lacquered wooden walls, but the pool had a different scent of its own. It smelled nice and clean and.. inviting. The water most certainly was, with the light from the wide glass windows glinting off the shimmery water. My sister and brothers jumped into the water without a second thought, while I stayed right at the edge, the water lapping my feet.

See, I didn’t know how to swim.

To a five year old such as myself, however, it was exciting enough to lightly hop into the clear blue water and paddle. But for my dad, well, he was pretty sure I could do more than wave my arms while my feet were securely entwined around the railing.

“How ‘bout you swim over to me?” Dad called from where he was. To my tiny one foot tall self, it seemed he was a gazillion miles away, when in reality it was probably one stroke. Talk about pathetic.

“Um, no thanks!” I chirped from where I was, much preferring to float inside my little safety vest. Just then my sister and oldest brother swooped past me, engaged in some kind of race. I suddenly wanted to join them, and let my feet go from the railing, my hands paddling to the middle of the pool.

And then I dropped.

It was fast, sudden, dark . I somehow plunged down into the deep darkness below. Well, it wouldn’t have been so dark if I’d trusted my goggles and opened my eyes. But no, I didn’t. The water surrounded me as I sank deeper and deeper, my ears only hearing things muffled and my heart pounding.

It was just a game at first, and I could play it. I shut my eyes and held my breath as I headed deeper and deeper into the pool. I thought it was exciting, fun, that I could propel myself up like in the stories and break into the surface, that until then I could blow bubbles out like Captain Hook. But then it got scarier. I couldn’t hear Dad, or Joseph or Jacob, I was running out of air to blow bubbles, and no matter how hard I flapped my arms, I couldn’t get out of the that horrible, horrible dark water. The water engulfed me, just like the paralyzing fear that I was gonna drown. And I couldn’t scream. That was the worst part. Besides from the fact I couldn’t breathe.

Quickly, suddenly, someone, something plunged into the water and pulled me out, and everything reversed. I could see light again- light! And I could breathe, and feel air. And scream my head off as I clung to my sister’s shoulders.

“I want to go home! I want to go home!” I cried as Dad wrapped me up in a little towel and sat me on the side, far away from the water.

I was never gonna do that again. Ever.

Then my sister and all three brothers offered to carry me on their backs like baby otters do with their mothers.

I jumped back in, laughing like my near-death experience never happened.

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If you’re reading this, you just read like 500 words of drek! Congratulations! As a reward you get the link to the 4th carol and me leaving you alone until tomorrow. 🙂 A lovely day to ya!

When Swarmed By Homework, Follow Me (Ha!)

 

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Hello.

So I have no clue why I’m writing this post right now. But oh well. Call this randomness at its finest, cause I have no explanation for whatever you’ll read next. Or do I? 😈

Also, happy almost Thanksgiving! Hope you’re all enjoying a well deserved break, cause I am.. not.

Instead I got a ton of homework to finish last night. Yay. And me, being the weird person I am, thought it would be fun to stay up late and finish a chapter or two of work. Taking it even further, I thought you might like to read my somewhat sensical notes. Somewhat.

And pictures. I took pictures.

(You know what, I really have lost my mind.) So here you have it, me at 11 pm, doing homework. I hope you enjoy.

Disclaimer: DO NOT TRY THIS. AT ALL. YOU’LL DIE. ☠️

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11:36 PM: In light of the fact that I have like 130 pages of homework to finish, this is a futile attempt to try to knock out a great deal of homework. I shall endeavor to stay up til one am.

Don’t worry, it’ll be great! I’ve made tea, my MP3 is charging, I’ve cleaned my desk. I have to pull all-nighters anyway, why not make it fun? 

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Am I gonna regret this? Yes!

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Am I gonna enjoy myself? Here’s hoping.

11:44 PM: Math sounds like fun. Why don’t we try that and listen to some epic music? 

*searches for good music* 

AHA. How about some AIO? 

I seem to be making one crazy choice after another. 😂

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12:13 AM: This math problem makes zero sense. Like this whole thing. Eh.

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What I read in between math. This book is seriously good…

12:19 AM: Math is boring. I finished a lesson. Moving on.

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12:35 AM: Climax? Crisis? Inciting Incident? Okay, I get this stuff? Now we’re getting somewhere fun!

What’s with all the papers. Wah. 😑

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12:50 AM: Ahh, red ink’s so hard to wash off, argh!

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Behold, I did it! Actually, no, I just didn’t change my watch back after Daylight Saving Time.. XD

12:56 AM: 2 chapters done, not shabby! 

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1:00 AM: Okay, I finished an entire unit. I’m done, goodnight!

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12:13 PM: That was fun, I should try that again.

(*cough cough* Um, please don’t try this without permission and/or counselling, believe it or not, I got both!) Okay, I know pulling all-nighters is a bad idea, very bad. But if you ever were a student at one point in life (as I’m sure we all are/were) it’s necessary. So I figured why not try to make it enjoyable? 😛 That seems to be my default for a lot of things: if you can’t escape doing it, at least have fun while you’re at it.

It’s bound to fail me at some point in life.

But hey, it got me to finish a math lesson and a whole Lit unit. So I’d say I didn’t die in vain.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s more homework to be done. Seeya!

*sneakily listens to AIO while figuring out how to measure the long side of a triangle*

*grabs a ruler*

Fauxthors Prepare For NaNoWriMo

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Hey everyone! Having a great day? I sure hope so! If not, well, maybe this will make you cheer up. I’m doing a collab with Tess, from Steeplechase (that kinda sounds dumb since there’s only one Tess and Jo on the blogosphere as far as I know but yeah XDD ) And we’re the fauxthors (faux authors) who’s getting together to talk about NaNoWriMo. After some late late laaaaaaaaaate night planning, we got enough questions for both of us to answer. So now, please welcome Tess! (Or you’ll wish you did…)

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One more thing. What Tess doesn’t know is that I am not going to be interviewing her. Gale Darn, one of my charries is! (Her name before has been Durnham, but I changed it) Being the doublecrossing sneaky writer I am, I kept it a secret til now. Take it away Gale!

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Gale: Heeya, people reading Jo’s blog! *waves* This is the first time she’s ever invited a charrie by special request, especially after my brothers hacked her blog.. twice. I guess I’m the good child. Anyway, let’s start before Jo changes her mind!

Gale: Bold

Tess: Italics

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What’s a writing snack you refuse to part with?
Cookies. And cheese sticks.

Yumm! I love whatever’s in the fridge XD Mostly cookies.

Where is the place you feel safe to write in?
I feel safe to write wherever people are not looking over my shoulder? And I love to write in public. #extraverted

*shudders* You’re brave. I can’t do anything without crazy Zeke yapping me about it. I hope Jo kills him off. 

What’s your #1 writing music?
DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE probably Adam Young Scores BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE

Ooh! 😀 I like Country Hymn, it’s awesome!

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When is peak writing hour for you?
I would love to say that it’s first thing in the morning. Because that’s when I have time. But I really write best at night. So….11pm?

That explains a lot of things… hm.. all my cool photoshoot ideas are at 11 too! I have no clue why. 

Biggest distraction from prep/pep?
Youtube. Chatting people. Little Alchemy. Literally anything but writing. OH LOOK A DOG

Oh, that’s Lola! Come here! Ak! HELP SHE’S ON MEEEEE *is squashed* *comes back*

Have you ever handwritten something sizable?
I wrote…some essays. I haven’t.

I haven’t even written any essays if I can help it they’re terrible.

What’s something you wouldn’t normally do but did anyway merely because that’s what a charrie did?

I started saying “Sweet cheese and crackers!” simply because I made Sasha say it once. No regrets tho.

Hee, that’s funny. I remember someone told me I should stay in the kitchen and bake cookies cause I’ma  girl, so I took a cue from Connie Kendall, baked bad cookies, and gave it to him.. where was I going with this?

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When do you sleep during Nanowrimo?
In four-hour bursts, especially toward the end of the month.

O_O That’s long naps. Then again, I go in five hours per day cause that’s life. Can’t judge.

How important is worldbuilding?
Ummmm worldbuilding is EVERYTHING. What good is a play without any set? Seriously tho.

You should totally come to Rocky Road, we’ve got the craziest world! Like we have a bookstore/diner, an old barn that’s a lab, and this weird shop I haven’t snooped in since I was 7. I dunno what Jo was thinking..

Who’s your favorite charrie you’ve ever created?
This is SUCH a hard question! If I had to pick just one, then probably Sasha Sokolovsky. She’s really unique, in my opinion.

Aw, I’d love to meet her! I think we’d be good friends. I think I know Jo’s favorite charrie… anyone other than Zeke Darn. *glowers*

Have you ever made yourself cry with your own writing?
Once, when I was a little writing potato. It was the first time I killed a character. And it was sad at the time, but it really isn’t that sad anymore.

That’s sad. Deaths hurt.

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Have you ever written a bilingual charrie?
This is a tough question, because my characters tend to sprinkle in foreign words in their dialouge. (It makes it richer.) But technically, the race of wolves I was writing about were Russian (and spoke it) so…Kseniya, Sanya, Pyotr, Nikita, and all the others. I haven’t thought about that in so long, wow.

Ooh, that’s fascinating! I have a neighbor who’ll whip out the most confusing Gaelic I’ve ever heard. He keeps trying to teach me but I can’t get it. Anyway..

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What’s the stupidest/most annoying character you’ve ever written?

Oh boy. There was this character in my noveldraft Brother Robin named Clive Clithertoe. You know it’s bad when I hate him. And I’m writing him. And supposedly sympathetic toward him. Spoiler alert: I hated his very soul.

I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL I HATE THIS GUY’S VERY SOUL.

Zeke: Are you talkin’ trash about me, Gale?

Nonsense get lost! Anyhoo, it was nice interviewing ya, Tess! Bring Sasha next time!

And hey, you can see Jo’s interview part on Tess’s blog Steeplechase. Catchy, Tess! Though I’ve never ridden anything but Western. 😛 See ya!

Zeke: *muttering dark threats*

Well, that went well. See ya here next time.

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Summer + Camp NaNo = Memories to Treasure

It is just me, or does anybody else think the summer is flying waay too fast? But, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

Let’s change that: time flies when you’re doing things you love with loved ones, because that’s been my summer. 🙂

Which is interesting, because before I used to lament the fact that we couldn’t do as much as we used to. I’ve learned to take any opportunity that comes my way, and it’s been a blast.

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Niagara Falls is probably the ultimate place for anyone in Canada to see, and as it is, we visited the falls last week. Let’s just say, that in the few years since our last visit, it hasn’t changed a bit.

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Before actually seeing the falls, we usually stop at the Dufferin Islands. Or at least I think they’re called the Dufferin Islands. It’s either much smaller than I remember or I grew up since the last visit. Hm..

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There’s always a mass of people at the falls, and that day was no exception. it was pretty hard to keep up, since I kept stopping to take pictures. XD

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No matter how many times I visit this place, I always have to stop and marvel at this beauty, only one example of God’s creation.

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After dodging tourists other people taking pictures, I started changing up the perspective. Again. 😛 What can I say, I notice different things!

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Not to toot my own horn, but I do like the pictures of the falls through the railing. It was fun to look down- if you’re not scared of heights, and I’m not. Much.

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I took so many pictures of the buildings, but I think I’ll leave you one from an ice cream shop. It reminds me a lot of Whit’s End! (Uh, if you’re not an AIO fan, just scroll past- random fandom thing. XD )

Later in the evening, we went to Niagara-On-The-Lake, a small little town on the edge of Lake Ontario. It was really fun to wade in the lake and throw rocks. Fun story about the fort you see in the picture: some say that fort is on the U.S side. *nods* One day, I’d love to visit that.

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Yep, Niagara was fun, little tiring, and very nostalgic to visit again. I took a lot more pictures, but those will have to do.

*writer’s block*

I’m having writer’s block talking about writer’s block. Ayayay, what shall we do?

In all honesty, I’m really enjoying the miniscule amount of writing I’m doing. The characters, the setting, everything lines up except for the timeline. *facepalm* I’m getting there, and while I’m at it, I got awesome cabinmates who don’t give up. At all. 🙂

Shall I leave you with flowers? Yes, I shall, because I really need to write some more! And go clear up some challenges for Summer Bored Games. 😉 I’ll be seeing ya.

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It Started With A Bang

Hello world. I am dying.

Of writer’s block, for one. And of laughter.

It’s only been 4 days and already this month has been so rich.

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 My bell peppers are showing signs of fruit!

July the first was the start of one of the funnest, stress-giving ideas ever conceived: Camp NaNoWriMo.

Lemme just say the girls in my cabin are awesome, and wacky, and it is great.

I forgot just who I wordsprinted with. I know I stayed up late and laughed and laughed some more. I also ate a teaspoon of bacon crumbles. Watched the fireworks.

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 Some bad pictures of the fireworks. 

July the second: The air conditioning died. And I died, of pushing around writer’s block.  So I gave it up for a few hours and helped my sister with the dreaded.. summer cleaning.

Actually, even that wasn’t too bad, because I found this book of speeches from the 1900s and they were so old, and ancient, and I found I can pull off a British accent. My sister and I died laughing. We also have boxes of old notebooks from back when I was in kindergarden. I did not have very good grammar back then.

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For some reason, I thought this angle was interesting.

And I burned the midnight oil wordsprinting. Again. That helped plenty! And also met a very cool character- whom I’m not allowed to talk about, says the author. Very well. And the fireworks were beautiful.

July the third- Summer cleaning is equivalent to torture!! Pained torture!! We had boxes and boxes of junk, books (not junk), and old videotapes from when I was one. I was one a long time ago. Goodbye, Bambi!

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Pictures of flowers because they’re much nicer than boxes. XD

Spent time in the cabin with Tess and Enni, and we were….. well…. Staying up til 12 writing can do things to you. XD Enni, you are the queen of wordsprinting, and ain’t nobody gonna take that away from you!

Exchanged wild comments and tantalizing snippets, and argued over another character. *facepalm*

July the 4th: Happy Independence day, y’all!

We’re almost out of bacon crumbles.

Summer cleaning has reached maximum pressure.

Wordsprinted with Liz and Enni,  and Enni just blew us away, again.

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Also did I mention I died of laughter? I did- again.

Probably the best thing of the month (so far) is being able to connect with people. My family, crazy cabinmates, connecting with them has really been a huge highlight for me/

And that’s a recap of life! Just so you know that I’m alive. XD If you need me, I’ll be typing furiously at my laptop, throwing out ancient toys, or wordsprinting with Enni and losing. See ya!

Don’t worry! I’ll be around.. *chuckles ominously*