Seeking The Truth And Smallfoot

**If anyone throws out the Zendaya is Meechee meme. I will end you. :)**

**There are spoilers**

**sorry**

**not really**

**oh well**

Yes, I was so taken by the theme of a (good) animated film that I decided to do a blog post on it. Honestly, movies maybe not be the best kind of media, but there’s some seriously good things to get from them, just saying.

Family movie night has always been and will always be a thing in our family. Smallfoot was a recent  (*cough cough* like since January recent) watch, and I found myself commenting so much on the theme and characters and idjit humans (yes, I said that and if you watch the movie, you’ll get why) so much the first 30 minutes in my exasperated dad told me to sit down and just watch the movie. Which I did.

So glad I did. Because Smallfoot addresses something very important that people seem to forget- okay, scratch that, it address so many things that gives me some hope for animated films. And people should not forget these things. Not in the slightest. Le’ go.

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Theme 1, asking questions and being curious

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For those who haven’t seen the movie, basically yeti with very human cultures don’t believe in smallfoots (hint hint: humans) and are promptly shook when the MC, Migo, says he found one.

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Chaos ensues.

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Why? Because the stones (some weird rock thingies with pictures that are supposed to be translated into rules for living) say there are no smallfoot! *crowd gasps*

Anyway, the good citizens of yeti-land (not real name) are told time and time again not to question the stones- or question in general, because questions are bad. And Migo is fully heartedly behind that, no questions about it. Until he gets kicked out for defending what he knows is true and therefore has to ask a question which isn’t the ultimate question but which leads to the ultimate question: Questions are bad?

Meechee, the Stonekeeper’s daughter (more gasps) and her rag-tag bunch, the SES- Smallfoot Existence Society- think differently. That’s why everyone except Meechee was expelled, of course. Because they.. well. were thinking differently. And by differently, they believe that smallfoot exist and have evidence to prove it AND have actual working theories to show for their crazy (in Migo’s eyes, anyway) idea.

“All these questions that we always have/ all we are is curious/there’s nothing wrong with that” Meechee explains in song form (how original)to Migo a few minutes later. The SES soon convince Migo and later, everyone else, that asking questions is the way to knowing the truth. Which is 1. not very mentioned in stories, especially not a girl, let alone a princess, as her motive for science, and is therefore applauded by moi and 2. the next theme in this unusual mix of themes.

Theme 2, seeking the truth

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Truth is hardly ever mentioned in kids’ stories, let alone stories in general, so it was really refreshing to see it mentioned and portrayed. (Also, geek self insists on mentioning that I was studying the Age of Reason at the time, and was irritated that Smallfoot managed to compress and explain the concepts of the Enlightenment while my history teacher took like 4 hours. Which is my way of saying they taught some pretty weighty concepts)Anyway. Poor old Migo knows he saw a smallfoot, but according to the Stonekeeper, he didn’t. Why? The stones say there are no smallfoot, duh. And the stones never lie. Right? I mean, like, they’re the stones.

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It might pass by a little kid’s head, (which I am, but let’s ignore that) but Smallfoot’s message was wonderfully clear: Truth. is. important. Even if someone says it’s true, you must find out for yourself. You can’t just take it on someone’s word. Migo, our good yeti homie, has some problems with this because.. well, when you know the truth, it has consequences on everything else. Such as, what, the sun isn’t a giant snail that comes out when you ring a gong? Why do we need gong ringers then?

The truth is, the truth changes your life. And for these uninformed furries, that’s a rather drastic change. Why?

Theme 3, people are gullible and tend to believe whatever a higher trusted source says is true

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Smallfoot took a real life phenomenon in our culture and portrayed it for little kids so perfectly it’s a wonder that we “older and wiser” can’t see it for what it is: if you just get the right people an the right audience, people will believe anything you tell them. Case in point, the furries yeti. It’s shown in a humorous way (and even better, a great plot point), but it shows something that’s true: we humans tend to rush in headfirst toward opinions and things we believe are true, just because someone/thing/yeti says so. Which is terrible, because even though the yeti started asking questions, even though the truth was right in front of them, they were still persuaded by the Stonekeeper, simply because he was right. Right? Wrong. And it led to more chaos.

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Theme 4, Integrity

And here I must actually write a paragraph about the idjit humans.

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Well, just the one idjit human. This guy, who *used* to be a naturalist who was all about saving extinct animals by filming himself talking about them, but now just does it for the ratings- and money, of course. Which makes him so desperate he buys a yeti suit for the sake of one epic YT video.

Yeah, not much integrity. And his assistant leaves him because of it.

Aw, hand me a tissue, what a down-on-his-luck- charrie- not. And he knows it.

This character who shall go unnamed because I’m too lazy to actually google it grows a lot through the movie- and learns, as well as the audience, that integrity isn’t about making sure you’re on top. Sometimes you must put yourself out of the way for others. A good lesson for everyone to learn.

And thus concludes this ridiculously long post, for a movie that was as meaningful as it was ridiculous. And while I still have a bone to pick with some elements (such as the challenging of the stones, namely, that just like in the Age of Reason, people decided to question and eventually walk away from the Bible because, like the stones, it mighta just been a wonderfully concocted and too well trusted set of rules. Post for another time.) I popped the movie out of the dvd player surprisingly refreshed by the lessons Smallfoot teaches- and related to Fleem on a personal level.

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life is a highway, Jo

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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 of Brave, and two, because.. because Scotland. 😛

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’s  were pretty horrible.
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7. What time do you normally get up in the mornings?
 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! 😛
Here’s to another day, you guys- we’ll make this week. Somehow. *props to you all*
life is a highway, Jo

Because Star Wars Is Great And So Are My Characters (Writing, Stormtroopers, And Wacky-ness Included)

My smol obsession with Star Wars began the day my cousin Jon was left to watch us kids and decided to toss out Tangled for The Empire Strikes Back. Actually, I don’t remember which one, but here we are.

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However, this isn’t about my obsession with Star Wars, or the fact that latest SW was.. well…(COME ON THE LAST JEDI NEEDS BE RE-WRITTEN ALL OVER AGAIN LIKE WHY SW) interesting. This is about the fact that Penny Wood, wonderful crazy great Christian blogger writer bean, knowing full well how I love writing and Star Wars, tagged me for the creation of her writerly mildly fandomy taggy. So in honor of the occasion (and because the thrift store had a 50% off sale) I got some SW merch. Behold.

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This shirt, I like it!

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*gasp* ANOTHER.

XD References all around. Let’s get into this so I can go back into my comfy bottom bunk bed nest of oblivion and zero people so I can write and Pinterest my head off.

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Also, I’m no way actually following the rules, but they’re so creative they should be put in every tag:

1. THERE ARE NO RULES.

2. Refer To Number 1.

3. There is one absolute rule: You MUST use your own characters (OCs) for this tag. (Brownie points if you add pictures of your characters.)

4. The Sorta Rule: Scream a huge thank you to whoever tagged you for this whilst treating them to a pizza dinner at your favorite pizza chain.

5. The Kinda Rule: Include This Link In The Post So That The Penny Can Read Everyone’s Answers To This Smol Strange Tag: https://asouthernbellewithstoriestotell.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/the-star-wars-character-tag-i-made-my-own-tag-halp/

6. The Rule That’s Not Really A Rule But It Would Be Great: Include the graphic and tag at least three Jedi or Sith Lords.

Penny, you’re a queen. XD

(Also I was lowkey tempted to use people from real life but after speed writing for NaNo prep, that was tossed outta the window so here we are)

Who’s Your Obi Wan Kenobi? (sassy, a great mentor, but can be a bit strict)

Uh….

Horace Allister from Just Come Home.

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He’s not sassy per say, but he is a great mentor, and he’s strict. XD Horace is a pretty great granduncle kinda figure who likes to pretend he’s intimidating but is actually an either Scottish or Irish cinnamon roll.

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Who’s Your Leia Organa? (feisty, incredible comebacks, and does their own thing)

KATE.

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Kate Smith (Just Come Home) is a master of wit and snarky comebacks, and is completely chill with almost anything coming her way. She calls out everyone on whatever they’re up to (usually Gale) and is almost annoyingly unruffled by anyone. Which makes interrogating her nearly impossible. She’d just roll her eyes at you. Also, she has probably watched Star Wars more than once and connects with Leia the most.

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Who’s Your Finn? (overeager, adorable, a cinnamon roll)

Awww, Ricky, from my April 2019 WIP! She’s the walking description of overeager adorable cinnamon roll.

You don’t know her.

But you will. >:)

Do know that she would probably be best buds with Finn.

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Who’s Your Padmé? (kind, loving, but also kick butt)

Oof, Dareine Penner from Mirages.

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Sadly, Dareine hasn’t exactly had a chance to show the softer sides of her (maybe because she doesn’t have one? Nobody ever really knows) thanks to life and everything in it, but if you really get to know her, she’s kind and loving- and if anyone crosses her, they’re dead.

You’ve been warned.

Don’t mess with Dare.

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Who’s Your Count Dooku? (deliciously evil, extra, and sick burns)

*glares at Alex*

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Alex is infuriating, terrible, horrible, evil, JUST UGh. no nice words for him. He thrives on being chaotic evil, and has a warped sense of truth that isn’t even truth. (WHICH IS THE WHOLE BOOK OF MIRAGES WOW XD)

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Who’s Your BB-8? (too cute, everyone loves them, can do no wrong)

Awww, Callie from Mirages!

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Callie is a bumpity umpity run aroundity happy precious little bean in a world full of guns and swords and people fighting to the death and everyone’s okay with that. She’s still a toddler at the ripe old age of 6, and like BB-8, she can handle herself really well. And she’s adorable.

Very adorable.

Fight her, and if she doesn’t defend herself, Dareine will handle you.

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Who’s Your Yoda? (underestimated, extra, and wise)

Jake Darn, from Just Come Home. Because he’s a little on the quiet side, doesn’t socialize that much, but if you get to know him, he has way more to him than meets the eye. Also he feels the need to go around passing advice to his siblings because seriously, you guys, stop going around doing crazy things and getting yourself killed please thank you.

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Jake’s pretty underestimated, but that’s okay with him. Taking people by surprise is what he likes doing (take a hint, any colleges out there, pleaseee)

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Who’s Your Anakin Skywalker? (bratty, rebellious, whiny)

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Bella Worth, from Just Come Home is the breathing Anakin Skywalker but a girl, less skilled with a lightsaber (i.e. legit no clue how to do anything of that sort), and way more petty. She’s just horrible and thinks the entire world revolves around her, and I have no nice words to say about her so I’m just stop right here. UGh.

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Who’s Your C3-PO? (always worrying, gives depressing information, constantly wailing)

Lute. Lute. Definitely Lute from my April Camp WIP. He spouts unnecessary, useless old information at the wrong time and whines about everything ever  to exist. But there’s a reason for that. He’s still loveable, if still very annoyingly despairing 24/7.

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Who’s Your Luke Skywalker? (hero, has been through a lot, has their share of flaws)

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Gale, my good charrie, is a Luke Skywalker in so many ways it’s not even funny. She’s seriously flawed and it shows, but somehow she sees it through and does her best and yeah. She’s had some Luke Skywalker moments, and she messes up a lot, so her hero qualifications are rather unusual. But they’re there. Somewhere.

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And there you have it. My charries, ‘ccording to Star Wars. *bows*  I really need to get back to plotting. Camp starts next month!

(And Penny, this is just for you, you wonderful Jedi master, you. 😀 )
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life is a highway, Jo

One Year Of This Lens

I am a bad blogger, and that’s the absolute tea. XD I *had* posts coming out last week, but I only published the lone roasting of posts because.. life. School. YouTube. You know what it’s like. 😛  Makes me wonder how I actually made it to a whole year of blogging.

*record scratches*

It’s been a year? 

I’ve been blogging for apparently an entire year? O_O Mindblown.

Yeah. I have. One year ago today, I flipped open a laptop, found WordPress, and started this whole thing. I have no insightful words to say about this, other than MAN MY BLOG DESIGN WAS BLEH. *shudders*

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Thank you for one whole crazy year of blogging- to be honest, I never expected to make it this far, and I had zero clue what was gonna happen. It takes readers for a blog to be a blog, so thank you so much. 🙂

I was gonna announce my secret project for release, but since life made me push that behind for a while *humph* I guess I can announce my other secret! XD Which is….

I answered your questions on a podcast of sorts. 

If you’ve followed Welcome To Odyssey, then you might’ve heard my horrible covers of AIO songs, and probably cringed at the sound of my voice in general. So what better thing to do to celebrate a year than to ruin it entirely with almost 45 minutes of my squeakly squeaky voice? 😀 But yeah, here you can find out if I actually have ships, the truth about my OTP, and how I got into photography! *nodnod*

Also, I’m awkward, and yes, I used Sleeping At Last’s music in the background, and yes, I may or may not have said stuff like, “How could youuuu” and “whyy” very dramatically. 😛 So, sorry in advance for that, and I don’t mean to offend anyone. Truly.

I think this is the last time I’m doing something like this.

Maybe I’ll let you know my other plan sometime soon. *thumbs up*

life is a highway, Jo

What This Blogger Was Up To In The Past (And what she’s up to in the present…)

 

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(Also known as roasting my first posts..)

Was I gonna post this early and be all nice and productive? Yes.

Did I accidentally spend a bit too much time trying to figure out a schedule for life and having “I’m Not Here” playing on repeat because it’s like the exact representation of a charrie but in music form? Yes. (Don’t get me started on this because the song fits this scene I’m writing to the minute details. And it’s a sad song. And this scene is heartbreaking. *dead*)

Did I post this early and be all nice and productive? no. But time’s a constrict, so.. XD

Hiya and welcome to another couple hundred words with the absolute waster of words, me.

It’s kinda funny how time just goes by. You blink and it’s New Year’s Day, blink again and Home Improvement is having its occasional marathon, blink again and the kids are taller now, and they can talk, and blink again and you’re writing this very post.

2 person POV was never my strong suit. XD Anyway, in an odd celebration of sorts that my blogsiversary is next week (and that has yet another mundane celebration of its own) I’m rounded up only the best of my worst first posts, and well.. roasting them to a nice crisp black. 😀

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What you’ll see here

Are words. That’s pretty obvious. Sometimes it will be in essay, or maybe I’ll write a short story, or a poem.  What ever is typed will go either here or In Another World Much Like This One.

Pictures will go here too. It depends on what pictures I take. One day it might be close-ups of a flowers, or a beautiful  landscape. You never know!

So take a scroll through The Lens & The Hard Drive.

*smh* Jo, dear, have you not read the definition of the word, “rant”? You’re listed under the example section of the word in the dictionary. Also In Another World Much Like This One is gone XD I’m much more comfortable saying what I need to say without the pretense of fiction. XD
At least you got one thing right! You’ll never know what I put up here. 😛

LOTR Rant: Books For the Win!

Is your interest peaked yet? Those are just portions from one part of the book! How about characters? Farmer Maggot, Elbereth, Gil-galad aren’t there either.

Perhaps you’ll want to take a peek into the books as well as the movies now?

All I’m saying is, for the avid fans, the books are just as thrilling. Of course, you’ll have to use your imagination…

 I’m actually proud of this. My first real post was a fandom post! 😀 Honestly though, everything else is terrible. Who uses exclamation points like that anymore? Also, “Perhaps you’ll want to take a peek into the books as well as the movies now” assumes they watched the movies, and then who’s in a pickle if they don’t know of the fandom? You. Very smart, kid. Very smart. Also, thanks to you, LOTR hardly sounds barely interesting. Step up your persuasive speech game.

Also, after this it’s like I shut up and posted nothing but pictures. *facesmacks*

Life: An Update (Once More)

Folks, friends, countrymen, this week has been a blustery, windy week– weather-wise, of course.  Here we go!

April 4, so far, was the windiest day of the year. Trees were swaying, lampposts were shaking, signs were knocked down. The wind was whistling past the windows, throughout the street, and practically everywhere.

 

Jo, honestly, there’s no need to sound so dramatic. Is this an opening to a mystery novel? (not like you know how to write one) No. For goodness sake lighten up! 😛

Also, in one post I take pictures of the sun’s rays hitting a mirror. -_- smh

Last night, very late, my entire neighborhood had a blackout. All electricity was shut off for all of 15 minutes.

Let me give you a small piece of advice. Nobody cares. It’s boring hearing about you for a thousand words on end. (even though that’s what I’m doing right now… :P) Come up with something more original.

Here is a picture of night driving gone wrong. The picture, that is, not the night driving. The camera shook just when it took the picture and led to this atrocity. Somehow, it looked pretty interesting, so I kept it.

*snorts* Ain’t that the truth.

 ” “You know, if they do show up, that means they completely disregarded my talk about trespassing.” he noted. “What about us?” I mischievously asked Mr. Horace. “We must do what’s necessary to prevent possible danger.” he said as solemnly as he could, popping some popcorn into his mouth.

What’s happening? Why? Sorry, you can’t find out! The novel, however is going quite nicely. *rabbit trails* To you who are doing Camp NaNo, don’t stress! We can do it! To the rest of us who aren’t doing Camp NaNo, we can still do it! *ends rabbit trail*

You NAIVE child. Don’t stress? That was legit your first time doing NaNo, how can you go and tell seasoned pros “Don’t stress”? You have zero clue what on earth you’re talking about. Hush.

But that snippet. Yes. I’ll forgive you. Barely. 😛

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I’m happy to say that I’ve grown. Minimally. Barely. But I’ve grown.

What better way to grow than you soundly bash myself for being so cringey? 😀

So now that you’ve survived dying of second hand embarrassment, on with the present part of this post!

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I’m doing a Q&A for the 19th of February!

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*crickets*

Yeah, no biggie, I know. 😛 I *wanted* to do a giveaway, but what I have to giveaway is not quite ready 😉 so well, here we are. Hit the comments with every question under the sun! (except personal stuff such as home phone, place of birth, do I ship Jasonnie. If it’s a question used by the NSA, don’t. ask. it. >:) )

I’m kinda actually looking forward to the Q&A! hopefully it won’t be as bad as my first posts. Because it would be hard to roast a Q&A.

The more I say Q&A the more it sounds weird.

life is a highway, Jo

Even The Sky Cries

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She couldn’t stop herself, and truth be told, she was glad for it. Even if they looked at the one tear rolling down her cheek with disdain. “You can cry all you want, but it doesn’t really matter,” they said.

Her eyes narrowed, and the light from above glinted  like fire. “One tear is all I want? really? You underestimate me. I don’t cry. ” she replied, her voice both steely and breaking.

Even if she wanted to. Even if she felt her heart being stabbed over and over by a mindless sword that didn’t care if it was beating and feeling still. 

Well. It would feel no more. 

Excuse her for breathing. 

Storytime: Once upon a time, a long long time ago, my siblings and I watched this movie called Song of The Sea.

See the source imageThis amazing beautiful sweet story, which I’d love to talk about another time, is about a great many things. But in it, the MC meets an old owl (the bad guy) who takes away emotions so that they don’t feel. Consequently turning the people whose emotions are suddenly drained, into rocks.

Bad right? But it turns out the bird’s just trying to help. See, her son lost a lover (or something like that, don’t ask me) and he cried so much he filled an ocean with his tears. (Again, don’t ask me, it’s animation, anything’s possible.) So to relieve his pain, his mom, who happens to be the weird owl, took away his ability to feel. She offers that same choice to the MC, saying that feelings are baggage and they hurt and stuff like that. But the obvious problem is that when you don’t feel, you become hard and well, very similar to a rock. Dead. Cold. Unfeeling. You know the type.

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Next case in point:

If you’ve ever watched Inside Out, and seen those very confusing little animated emotions try to manage their human, there’s always one who’s trying to manage everyone else, isn’t there? And that would be.. Joy.

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This bean. 

 

She’s kinda a lot like the owl from the first movie, except instead of locking up all emotions and bottling it away, Joy (the sweet naïve personified emotion) tries to make sure her human only feels happiness. All of her coworkers agree- except maybe Sadness. Because she’s too busy being sad. And in Joy’s little head, NOBODY needs Sadness. Sadness is a burden, the emotion you need to push away. Right?

Mm…no. Just no.

I know Song Of The Sea and Inside Out are only movies, but the thing is they kinda have a point. The same point this post has (*gasp* it actually does!): Happiness is not the only emotion you have to feel, and you can’t just bottle up your emotions, neither.

You need to let yourself feel Sadness sometimes. Or Fear. Or Anger. And hey, this isn’t just movie characters- (going preachy, sorry about that) a ton of people from the Bible are recorded to have more emotions that just happiness.

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Read the Psalms. Some of David’s writings are brimming with sadness and pain and guilt.

Elijah had to run for his life from Jezebel and wanted to die on a number of occasions.

Paul mentions the Corinthians being in sorrow because of what he said.

Jesus was so mad at the priests turning the temple into a marketplace, He overthrew the tables.

Also, Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb.

Want me to say it again?

The Son of Man, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the KING, wept at the tomb of his friend.

Wept.

Down with that “big boys don’t cry” now, okay? It’s wrong and not true. Thanky ‘ou.

Why did Jesus cry? Weep? Even though he knew that he would raise Lazarus from the grave? I don’t really know. And if anyone does know, please tell me. XD My point is, Jesus Himself felt sadness.

Which is weird, considering Paul (at least I think it was, those NT writers sometimes sound similar) told us, “Rejoice, and again I say rejoice!”

How can you have joy when you feel sadness?

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Maybe…  because joy does not equal happiness.

People have written books about it, and songs and plays and have spent their whole lives trying to find it, but the actual working definition seems to be elusive. Sometimes you can find joy even in the hardest circumstances. Sometimes it’s easy to find it. Sometimes you can’t be brought down because you have it, and sometimes the world comes crashing down and you can still have it.

Joy comes from the only true and lasting source: God. Everything else fades eventually. And God isn’t just there for your joy, He comforts in sorrow and in grief, He forgives you and helps your guilt, it’s not like once you’re a Christian you’ll be a hundred percent happy. Just that whatever you’re going through, you can draw your strength from Him. 🙂

I could be wrong (well, not about where joy comes from). Don’t ask me for advice on anything, and don’t take whatever you read here as truth. But that’s what it seems to be like. And I’d know.

See, I’m one of those rock people. Many times I’ve wished that I couldn’t feel, it hurt too much and I didn’t like it. I forced myself to be dead to anything remotely sad, just because I couldn’t handle it.

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Still kinda struggling with it, to be honest. By the time my wish came true, I’d already had a thick shell I didn’t want anyone to touch. A tough face. A comeback for every insult.

Yeah, don’t try that.. it’s just… kinda..don’t.

What I eventually learned? Those walls only keep you in. Sadness hurts. And sometimes letting it out can help. If you keep it in, it’ll fester.. kinda like a nasty blister. It hurts to feel. But it hurts more to not feel. Even if it’s only joy you’re trying to feel.

Why did I take almost a thousands words to say this, I don’t know. But I guess what I’m trying to say is: It’s okay to cry. No, you shouldn’t be driven by your emotions and have a sobbing party every other Wednesday afterevening because someone hurt your feelings, but you can’t go to the other extreme and bottle all those feelings up and toss ’em away.  Reach out to someone who might really need a friend. Let your heart beat again. Let go of the idea that you’re not strong if you cry. It takes great strength for a person to share their feelings. Even Jesus cried.

Even the sky cries.

life is a highway, Jo

 

 

*gasp* A Blog Tour! You Don’t Say! The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace blog tour: interview with the author!

 Happy last day of January, everyone! It’s the 31st day of the year. Can you believe that? Cause, no, I can’t. It seriously feels like I was still binging on The Two Towers ridiculously late at night, and now, here we are. Doing a blog post.

I’m honored to be one of the last in a long line of bloggers for The Daily Life of Hailey Grace blog tour- huge thanks to Livy Jarmusch for reaching out! Livy’s a YA author herself, and she’s organized a group of people to help promote a newly published author, Beloved..

Beloved is a ministry leader and Christian Romance Author born and raised in Miami, FL. She spends much of her time studying the scriptures and has a gift for sharing the Gospel. Through her debut novel, Beloved hopes to inspire youth to seek God whole-heartily, knowing there is nothing impossible with Him on their side! 

And her novel!

For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.

· Now, if you’ve seen the whole schedule, you might be expecting a book review as well as an interview. Due to some (technical) difficulties, and some confusion with links, I wasn’t able to get a copy to review in time for the post. 😦 But I’m looking forward to reading it nonetheless!

And now, please welcome Beloved up to the imaginary stage! 😀


So, to start things off..What’s the best thing about being a writer so far?

The best thing about writing is creating a world that readers can escape into to make their life that much more enjoyable.

·  That’s so true! I think that’s the joy of fiction, escaping. Uh, anyway..Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

The inspiration for The Daily Life of Hailey Grace came from Jesus. I remembered Him giving me this image of this little girl and the name to call her. I fell in love with the story, and the setting. There’s so much more behind that, but overall I just had to tell Hailey’s story.

·  That is so awesomely cool! I’ve heard people gain inspiration from like, looking at  random people, but never one like that. So what do you hope your readers will take away from this novel?

I hope readers will take hope away with them. I know everyone is coming from different walks of life, and we’re not all in the same place. But I believe everyone can use a little bit more of hope to get them through every day. I pray readers will draw such hope from The Daily Life of Hailey Grace.

· Amen. everyone can use hope. 🙂  Favorite ever writing snack? 

My writing snack is potato chips! All kinds.

· Ooohhh, chips! I’m hungry now. 😛 Who was your hardest character to develop?

My hardest character to develop was Prince, because of who he represents.

· Sounds like a character I can’t wait to read about! Are you planning on publishing any more novels?

Oh yes! I plan on publishing many novels. There will be two more in the Hailey Grace Series. And I have quite a few things in the works that will follow afterwards.

·  Eep! Looking forward to it! How’d this writing journey start? When did you know you wanted to write a book?

I knew I wanted to write books for years now. Probably since I was a teenager, but only seriously pursue it about three years ago.

·  Ooh, that’s great! I’m glad you got to achieve that goal! 😀 Alright, was wondering, if you had an audience full of people and you could only tell them one thing, what would it be?

I would tell that audience that Jesus loves them and there’s nothing they could do to ever change that.

·  And that’s probably one of the best things you can say. 🙂 What did you do when you were so tired of writing (if you were)?

When moments of weariness occur, I would take a little break and pray and read my bible. It never fails to ignite my passion again to write and lose myself in the story.

·  *claps* Wow. It’s kinda funny, I don’t remember to do that until like, editing. XD But you do it throughout writing too. That’s.. pretty inspiring. 🙂 Finally, what’s the first birthday you remember? 

I would say my 17th birthday, when my mom surprised me with having balloons delivered to my high school with gold fish crackers inside the gift bag. That was like one of my favorite snacks in high school and one of my favorite memories.

DID SOMEONE SAY GOLDFISH YUM.  That is a pretty sweet birthday! Well, thanks for letting me interview you, and I can’t wait to see where writing will take you! 😀

Concluding remarks:

Check out Beloved’s weblinks here!

Website: www.belovedauthor.com

Facebook: belovedchrist

Instagram: @belovedforever2018

Twitter: beloved4jesus

And if you’re interested in The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace, you should get the book from Amazon, and mark it on Goodreads if you can. 😉

Ooh, oh, there’s also a giveaway for an autographed copy of The Daily Life of Hailey Grace, as well as a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! There will be 3 book winners, and one Grand Prize Winner will receive the Gift Card in addition to their copy.  Excited yet?

*****ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE :D*****

Go. and.  join. and read! ‘Nuff said. 🙂

Life is a highway,

 Jo

 

 

 

Letter to my future self

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So a while back, I saw Bayance do a post like this, and I thought it was a really great idea. Since I’m young and impressionable (I’m being sarcastic) and the idea of writing something that I’ll answer later on seems pretty neat.

Because the truth is, I’m terrified, yet eager for the future. I’m nervous and excited. Nervouscited. Sometimes I’m grateful I’m not driving my life and God is, but other times I wanna poke my head out from the back and ask, “Where are we going? And can we stop for a break?”

And then there’ve been times when I was so, so tired of the road, of life and- I guess you could call this letter thing.. a reminder to keep going? 😛 I don’t know. But here goes.

(I just realized how silly this might sound, especially when I just did a letter to my past self. I have put my hands to the keyboard and there’s no pressing backspace. XD)

Dear future Jo,

Are you getting enough sleep or are you still staying up ridiculously late for “writing research”? Or are you forgetting that because you’re writing too much fanfiction?

I wonder if you’ll remember me? The kid that was you just a year ago? Maybe just shorter than you by a couple inches- speaking of, did you get taller yet? XD If you don’t.. well, I guess your old journals should remind you. Wait, you’re still writing a page a day, right? 😀

I have so, so many questions but I won’t know the answers til later. Whyy- so this won’t take too much of your time.

How are you? Really? and not just “good”. How are you? Are you still the same weird crazy writer photographer lover of God bacon crumble enthusiast person? Do you still love reading? Ooh, did you find any new books? Did any of your alphas publish?? 😀

How’s your family? Did we change in any way? Did we get to go to Minnesota and meet up with Uncle Danny, or did work get in the way again? Speaking of work, do you have a job now? Tell Mom and Dad I say hi. XD That’s kinda funny.

Did you finally publish your book? or more importantly, did you finally FINISH your book? 😛 As well as memorize all of Galatians, or did you slack on that too?

Have you met anyone new? People that became close friends? 😀 Ooh- did you ever have a meetup or anything great like that?

Was this summer as crazy as you thought it would be? As last as last year? As rich and good and growing-y?

I kinda wonder.

I wonder about what you will be.

If you’ll be different.

The thought’s scary.

But kinda cool, too. 🙂

Have you joined any writing contests- oh, oh, oh, and how’s the Audiosmiths? Is that still going? And did Buck Oliver get adopted yet? please tell me Jason didn’t end up with Jillian. Even better, tell me Jillian left town- pleeeease. I begst of thee! Did AIO have anything new up its sleeve?

How many words did you girls write in your fanfiction? 😉 It was at 57k when last I checked, and we’re starting a new book soon. Where you at?

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Also, can you do a backflip yet? You still wanna join American Ninja Warrior or something great like that, right? And how’s Bible Bee going- assuming you joined and studied and did the work. Did they let Canadians compete in semi-finals yet?

Or like finals?

Because I’ve been wondering.

I wonder a lot, and I wonder if you will wonder too.

Are you still blogging, or did you give that up after your first year? And did you change your theme and actually put effort into your blog design, or were you lazy like I am?

Is your prayer life stronger than it is now? 😀 And your walk with God in general? Hopefully that got stronger over time.

How much did you laugh at St. John In Exile? XD Or in general? And is your favorite movie still CA:TWS? And is you favorite hero still TWS? 😛 Oh.

He didn’t die right?

I mean, he can’t.

I sure hope not.

Ahhhh if you find the answer, please lemme know.

Of course, I won’t receive it in time. XD But that’s okay.

Did anything change?

And are you okay with that now?

Because I’m still trying to figure stuff out.

I think that’s it for now. See you…. soon, I guess?

With all the questions my brain finds no trouble in mustering,

Jo

P.S Will you even still answer this- or remember you wrote it?

P.P.S. Now I got nothing.

P.P.P.S. Byeeeeee!

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Y’know, I still wonder.

But I guess time will tell. 🙂

Life is a highway,

Jo