Wednesday, November 15, 2017

All About Avi

Now, personally I cannot stand most of the music Penatonix does. However, I do LOVE Avi Kaplain and his solo stuff (which probably makes me one of the few people excited that he left Penatonix). As I love music, being one of the many things I am extremly passionate about, I just wanted to share some of Avi's solo work that I have enjoyed. I hove you like these tunes as much as I do!

Hey Ya! This song just sounds so happy!

Quarter Past Four: A tribute to night owls or anyone who has struggled with depression!

Sweet Adeline! So upbeat and catchy! :D

Sunday, November 12, 2017

It's Been a Long Road

Hello, y'all! Guess who is back?

You know when you have all these grand plans for your blog at the beginning of the year, then you turn around and realize the year is almost over?

It has been a year full of trials, to say the least.

I have been suffering emotionally under the new job I have had since college graduation. Let me just say that dealing with difficult customers is extremely trying if you are a SEVERE introvert and are EXTREMELY self-critical. Yet, God has been teaching me a lot through this job, and it has led me to get a position that will be more beneficial to me emotionally.

I also fell into a pretty bad depression over the summer. I guess you could say it was a combination of hating my job and hating the idea of being out of school (as much as I was initially excited about it, HA!). Needless to say, it was not a very fun summer for me, but thanks to new medication, I finally feel as though as if I am starting to get better!

Now, the holiday season is just around the corner yet again, and I am super excited for it! I have decided to revamp this blog, though I honestly do not know what is gonna come of it. I really want to become more dedicated to my writing, as well as read all the books I have sitting on my bookshelf that I have yet to read, too!

So, I guess that I am thinking, or hoping that this blog will hold me more accountable to the goals I have. Most of you reading this are probably in the middle of NaNo like me, and those of you who are are probably thinking I am crazy to even try revamping this blog in the middle of it ;)

Like I said, I don't know what is gonna become of this blog, but feel free to buckle in, and come along for the ride!

My current favorite Home Free song for your enjoyment!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Blog Tour: Racing for Time

Hello, my fine friends and writers. Today I am part of a blog tour for Olivia Nickerson's new book, Racing for Time!

About the book:

After a frightening car crash that lands Janefer and her best friend Melanie in the hospital, Janefer is set on bringing the culprit to justice. When Melanie is found to be missing, Janefer is even more determined to discover the person behind it all.

Through a maze of lies and deceit, spiritual questions arise, leaving her confused and troubled. As Janefer races to gather clues leading to Melanie, she gradually learns to trust God with her life, no matter what the outcome.

Can Janefer find out the truth before Melanie is hurt--or worse?

Time is ticking.

My review: Four stars

I LOVE crime shows and mystery novels. If you are anything like me, then this book will be a treat for you.

First and foremost, I found myself really connecting with the protagonist Janefer. While I am a Christian, as I have recently wound up in the hospital two times in less than a month, I also have found myself questioning the goodness of God much like the main character.

Plus, like Janefer, I also have a parent with cancer, so the ending was a real heart breaker for me.

I also have to take a step back here and applaud her best friend Mel for having the courage she did when faced with a seemingly hopeless situation. I can only hope that I can be as strong as she was whenever I am faced with daunting odds.

The only problem I had with this book was that I guessed who the culprits were early on. Sure, it is a short novella and a fast-paced mystery, but I felt like there could have been more twists and turns to make things not so obvious in the beginning.

Overall, this is a very well written Christan mystery novella that has a great theme of salvation, as well as trusting God even when bad things happen.

You can pick up your copy here!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Story Ideas

Hello everyone! Hope your first two days of 2017 went well! I go back to school today *sighs*. Oh well, such is life.

Today I will be giving a general overview on some of the story ideas I would like to have written by the end of the year.

First and foremost, is Saving Camelot. I know, I know, some of you might be thinking, was she not going to finish that story last month? Unfortunately, life happened, and that ended up not being the case. My goal is to finish it this month though, hopefully starting next week!

Then, there is my book from NaNo, Surviving the Odds. For details on that little project of mine, please click here to go back to my beautiful books post from October.

Now, you guys got a certain peek at a Finn and his sweetheart in A Finnish Christmas. Armo and Adeline are going to ride to tell more of their adventures! Some of their tales will include (feel free to guess what some of these stories will be about in the comments):

  • A Wacky Proposal
  • The World Series
  • Their Shadow
  • Science Fiction Nutcase
  • Hard Choices
  • The Frights of Life
  • True Beauty
This is my hopeful project for Camp NaNo in April. I may do another beautiful books post towards the end of March to go into detail about this set of stories.

My next project is tentatively titled the Councillor and the Cowgirl, which I believe I detailed in an earlier post but will go ahead and reiterate here, so that everything is in one place.

A young lawyer meets a young woman who just moved into a sort of backwards town to take a job train horses. He immediately gets caught up in shenanigans with his two brothers as he tries to woo this lady's affections. Later, shortly after they are married, the councillor is threatened for a case he took on, and begins to withdraw from his new wife and brothers because of it, fearing for his life and the lives of those he loves.

Then there is the case of my two sisters featured in Saving Camelot, Jasmine and Victoria. I really want to write a sort of thriller with both of these sisters at the center of the action. It will involve international abductions, shootings, mystery, and intrigue at every turn!

There you have it! Some of the writing ideas I have for 2017. Saving Camelot is a priority right now, along with finishing the first draft of Surviving the Odds. By the end of the year, my hope is to have at least the first  draft of all of these stories done, along with the SECOND draft of Surviving the Odds finished.

What are some of your writing goals for 2017? Feel free to comment below!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Reading Challange

Below is a list of categories and books I will be reading as part of the 2017 reading challenge I am participating in!

       A new year. A new challenge.
  • A classic
    • Jane Austen: Seven Novels
    • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
    • Star Trek: The Classic Episodes (I know it is not a classic but still)
  • A book with a main character whose name you really like.
    • Waning Moon (This has a lawyer named Jarrod in it! For those of you who like the Big Valley, you will understand!)
  • A trilogy
    • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • Amish County Crossroads
    • Inkheart Trilogy
    • Lee’s Lieutenants: A Lesson in Command
    • The Civil War Trilogy
    • The Civil War: A Narrative
  • A biography about a person you respect/admire/want to learn more about.
    • No Higher Honor: A Tribute to My Years in Washington
    • Lee Considered
  • A book about or including a Biblical figure you admire.
    • A Reluctant Queen
  • One of your favorite books in the Bible.
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs
  • A book over 400 pages long.
    • The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
  • A reread.
    • Rescuing Hope
    • Ahsoka
    • Circles in the Snow
    • The Tamarack Murders
    • The Hobbit
    • Horses Never Lie About Love
    • The Mustang Who Loved Me

  • A book set in your favorite time period.
    • Team of Rivals
    • Battle Cry for Freedom
    • For Cause and Comrades
    • The Civil War in the American West
    • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
  • A history book.
    • Undaunted Courage
    • We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers
    • Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich
    • Crazy Horse and Custer
    • D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
    • Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
    • Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
    • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45
    • The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
    • JFK and the Reagan Revolution
    • All Quiet on the Western Front
    • In Flanders Fields
    • Pearl Harbor
    • Undaunted Courage - Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, And The Opening Of The American West
    • Americans at War
  • A book about a hobby or career you want to pursue.
    • Confederates in the Attic
    • To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
  • A book in your favorite genre.
    • A Home For My Hear
    • The Bluebird and the Sparrow
    • Carve The Mark
    • Underworld
  • A book by an author you’ve never read any other works by.
    • Adam
    • The McKinleys Trilogy
  • A book with a title you really like.
    • Fear Fighting
    • Chosen By a Horse
  • A book a family member or friend chooses for you. (No options!) P.S.-Two of these are books I borrowed upon recommendation from friends last year that I feel like I need to read XD
    • Agent 146
    • Big Valley
    • Cold Comfort Farm
  • A book that you buy at the bookstore – one that you haven’t had on your TBR list and haven’t decided on buying (a.k.a. spontaneous purchase!).
    • Three Rivers Ranch Romance Box Set
  • A book you’ve seen the movie-version of (but haven’t read before).
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Lonesome Dove

Sunday, January 1, 2017

In With The New

Happy 2017 one and all! Let's hope this year is better than the last one.

Now, for my New Years planning I do a combination of setting goals and picking out one word to be sort of my word of the year.

I suppose I shall start with the goals first, as that would help me to explain my overall reasoning for picking the word I did for this year.

1. Spend more time in the Bible and praying. This has been such a big thing I have struggled with since about halfway through high school. I really want to spend this year focusing on growing in my relationship with God and therefore, have a more fulfilling life living out His will and purpose for me. The more fulfilled you are in your walk with God, the more fulfilled by this life you will be.

2. Jornal more. Journaling, especially my prayers or thoughts and reflections during quiet time, helps me to be more calm and focused. I will actually have a post about the benefits journaling has had for me and the different ways you might be able to go about journaling in the coming days.

3. Read for FUN. Emphasis on the word FUN here. I used to read for fun all the time, and still like to do so. The trouble is, I lack the time and the motivation to do so as a college student. I am graduating this coming May though, and anticipate having quite a bit of free time during this summer. So, hopefully, I will succeed in this goal and complete a reading challenge I have decided to take part in, which I will describe at a later post.

4. Write more consistently. Doing NaNo this last November really
helped me in a sense to get a jump start on this goal. It also helped me to realize I could keep up with my schoolwork and write at the same time. Even if it is only a few hundred words a day, that is still making progress on a story, as well as making writing everyday a habit. A later post I have planned will also describe some of the story ideas I have that I want to potentially try and write this year.

5. Become more focused on my studies for my last semester of college and (eventually) grad school. I have been slacking in this area of my life in particular as I have been so beyond ready to be done with school. Due to this, I have been focusing on my future, and not on my studies here and now as they should be.

6. Manage my money better. I don't think this one in particular needs much elaboration. I am going to be graduating soon, so this is even more important of a skill for me to learn.

7. This goal is slightly more silly and more fun than the others. I want to rewatch the entire series of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager. Part of the reasoning behind this is that I have not seen either of these series in a while. The other part of this is that I have an idea for a massive fanfiction that pretty much crosses Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, and I want to re-watch these two series in particular to come up with some ideas.

So there you have it, my goals for 2017. This leads me to the next part of the post, which is my word for the year.

My word for 2017 is *drumroll*...


Which is defined as to devote (time, effort, or oneself) to a particular task or purpose.

I suppose I chose this word as I wanted to show more dedication in the activities in my life, starting most importantly in my relationship with God, and trailing down from there. I feel as though I need to be more focused and dedicated here and now to the task currently assigned to me by God, and not always be wishing for the next stage in life thinking it will be better.

So there you have it my fellow readers! My 2017 goals and word of the year. Comment below on what some of your goals are for the coming year. I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Out With the Old

This is it people! As of the publishing time of this post there is officially only 24 hours left of 2016 *cheers*.

I think I can agree with social media's general consensus when I say that this year really was not a great one. It was a year of growth, to be sure, but also a year full of many ups and downs.

I dealt with some growing pains when it comes to learning to be grateful where I am at, no matter how bored I get of something and how much I desire to move on to the next level. This is going to be something I will probably continue to struggle with into the New Year, as I am very tired of school and my job right now.

My family and I were also forced to move AGAIN! We have moved around the same city four times now. This is all because we either rent from missionaries, or in the last scenario, rent from a retired pastor who had to have his house back due to unforeseeable circumstances. God is good though, and we ended up finding a house both closer to the college my brother and I attend (like, within walking distance) as well as almost within walking distance of my dad's work as well. We even had help from a dear friend of mine and her family, when my dad was "lucky" enough to sprain his ankle during the move. We never would have gotten it done without their help, which just goes to show that God is always a provider when things seem bleak.

I also have a bigger bedroom, and a new full size bed, (not new per se, but new to me at least). Sometime this coming month I will be sure to take you on the long-promised bedroom tour.

Do I dare even mention the election on here? With me being a political science minor, and with as much of a drama and upset as this last, I feel as if I sort of have to. I just want to say though, that if you could vote, or whatever preference you had, our country needs to have a time of peace during this transition. Pray for President-Elect Trump and Governor Pence as they and their advisors take office, and pray that all this strife, division, and turmoil in our country can be healed.

Christmas was a fun time. It was great getting together to celebrate the Savior's birth, and to spend time with friends and family. My Uncle and Aunt got a new dog named Spencer (seen sitting on my lap in the image below). The crazy thing is, he liked to bark and growl at me for like the first half hour we were at my Uncle and Aunt's. Then, he suddenly hopped up on my lap, tail wagging, and refused to really move for the rest of the afternoon as he kept licking my hands to death. He was super sweet, and that probably ended up being the highlight of my Christmas.

However, around the Monday before Christmas, things ended up being not so fun. I had my first hospital stay, as I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my right arm. Pretty scary to go through, especially if you hate Doctors and hospitals to begin with.  I am fine now though. The clot is gone and I am on blood thinners until further notice. Thank you to all who prayed for me during this time!

I also have started to write more consistently, all thanks to NaNoWriMo. My goal is to hit 45-50k before I go back to school on the third of the month. I still have NOT quite gotten to the point where I am writing consistently on a daily basis, but that is something to work on. I am hoping to have my first book TOTALLY finished by the time Camp NaNo rolls around in April. *Crosses fingers*

Well, there you have it guys, a kinda sorta recap to my year! Stay tuned, as in 24 hours my New Years Goals post is going live!