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Changes are Afoot!

Hello October. The month of change. When the blistering hot of summer turns into the crisp of Fall. Oh how I've missed you.

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting here on the first day of October, typing a little post welcoming the season. Oh how time flies. And oh how we can change over the course of a year.

I've been thinking a lot about this blog... even though it seems like I haven't, what with no posts like ever... but I have.

During my absence, I have gained a vision for this blog.

We are all like clay aren't we? We form and change shape as time goes by... and I have realized that having a blog has changed me. And it's time for the blog to take a new form along with me.

The long and short of it is, I want to be a professional blogger. And that means a lot of work and dedication on my part, but I am willing to do it!

First things first I'm going to have to move to I don't know what you think of Wordpress, or if you don't like it when your favourite blogger blogs move to it. A year ago, I would've sworn I wouldn't ever leave Blogger... and while I still love Blogger, moving to Wordpress is something I'm just going to have to do in order to pursue professional blogging.

You might also notice I put, instead of is the more websitey of the two, and, yes, costs a bit of money. But I'm so willing to do all of this.

I'm planning on posting more... at least twice a week. Which means lot's of posty goodies for you. :)

Also, I'm hoping to do monthly vlogs. Key word: hoping. It may take awhile before I can actually figure out vlogging. :P

And  many other fun surprises shall be in store with the new website. But it shall take some time before I'll have it ready for public display. So keep an eye out.

What I really need is support, from all of you. This is a project I can't complete by myself, and support would be just amazing!

Thank you, and see you soon. :)


First Line: My mother thinks I'm dead.

About: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. (Goodreads)

Author: Marie Lu

Pages: 320

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Review: I don't know. I just don't know. That is what I was thinking throughout the whole of this book. My feelings were just all confused. Is this good, is it not-so-good? What? #mixedemotions

When I first started it, and got to meet Day, I thought, hummmm, this is an interesting character, I kinda like him. Buuutttt.... then I met June, and it kindd of went downhill from there.

It's not that I didn't like the book. I did. But emphasis on the eh like.

For one, it's a dytopian, and since The Hunger Games hit the big time, dystopians have been so overdone. If you want to write a dystopian nowadays, you're going to have to make it super different. And there was just nothing that really stood out to me in this book. It was all pretty much cliche dystopian stuff.

If I had read this before The Hunger Games, or even Divergent, which I only just read a couple months ago, it would probably have a better slot on my bookshelf of honor. But, since I have read several UH-MAY-ZING dystopians, it just kind of leaves this one in the dust... sorry. 

As for the story in general. It was pretty predictable for me (the freak of nature that can guess any ending in any book, movie, etc.), nothing really jumped out and surprised the noodles out of me. I was just reading with a blank expression on my face.

And the characters... I did start liking Day (even though I absolutely hated his name... until I learned it wasn't his real name at all... *spoilers*) but soon, he got old, and both his voice and June's voice melded together into one voice that sounded exactly. the. same! If Day's chapters hadn't had the fancy gold font, I would've gotten really confused about who was talking when.

I also got really confused about their age. I kept thinking that they were 18 or older, but nope. They were both 15!

The whole thing felt pretty far fetched. June, a 15 year old, and has graduated college, a lead agent in the government whatever, and is pursuing a (very serious) relationship. Wha? It just didn't feel realistic. And I'm 15!

And another thing I feel inclined to talk about is the romance. It's all romance! Without all the ick romance this book would have nothing.

This book was just so-so for me. I liked it, but not as much as I had originally hoped.

Romance: Kissing, and maybe touching, I don't remember. But this book was just chuck full of gooshy romantic stuff.

Violence: Every chapter either June or Day has to beat someone up. Pretty much.

Recommended Age: 13+


I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore

I have noticed I have a very bad habit. Whenever I go on a trip, or anything that involves pictures in the blog post, I stall the post for as long as I possibly can. It's not something I'm  proud of.

I know that my camera is not by any means the best camera in the world, so I try not to put my own photos in posts. Plus there's just something about running upstairs to pull my camera cord from my room, and plug it in to download the pictures so that I can actually post sounds like so much work, and I'm lazy. I don't like to leave my perch at the computer for any reason... but I guess I'll do it for you all.

(I apologize for the ickiness of some of these pictures. I was in a salt mine, and my camera didn't like the dim lighting.)

I've done it again, I went on a vacation without telling you about it... Okay I guess I did mention that I was going to Kansas, but didn't really talk in great detail about it.

so, yes. I went to Kansas... and it was fun... I guess.

I survived the long drive with a van full of cousins, and stayed at the cutest motel with kittens roaming about outside (I am serious! We would wake up and see kittens out the window.) 

I went to a salt mine, and a flour mill, and took a walk around the loverly town of St. John Kansas. 

We also went to the park, and Chauncea and I got to go see Monsters University with strangers in a small town movie theater. :)

Then I got sick.

Yes I got the worst cold in history in Kansas. It was miserable.

That's probably why I didn't feel like taking pictures of anything (except the salt mine).

It was a nice trip, but I am glad for the comforts of sleeping in my own bed... especially after being sick.

So yeah. Imma back!

and all at once, summer collapsed into fall

                         Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
I glanced out my window the other day, and noticed something... something curious and exciting.

The leaves on the trees were brown, and a huge pile of them had heaped itself on the ground.

Fall is coming!

I can feel her sneaking up ever so quietly, putting summer to sleep.

With every little breeze in the air, she's letting us know she is here.

And I'm ready.

I have been waiting to break in my plaid shirts and blue jeans since Fall ended last year!

I can't wait for the rest of Fall to cover up the world in her warmness.

Fall, I love you. :)

i'm talking to myself here, don't worry

I have noticed that it is around this time of year that I really get into what I like to call a "blogging slump." I don't really know why. School's just started and there really isn't much else to post about.

I'm not doing choir this year (it's complicated), and my whole family isn't doing co-op. This first semester is pretty much nothing except staying at home doing school.

Which does sound nice. 

It will really help for me to get a head start before drama starts in the spring. But if I'm stuck at home too much for too long, I do believe I go slightly mad.

Sometimes it's just me and my thoughts. 

And when I'm stuck doing school with no other company other than me, I really start to think about things. 

I think I've mentioned before how much it bugs me that I don't have any plans for the future. And it's around now that it's bothering me more than ever.

Because while doing school and trying to get enough credits to pass highschool (I still don't understand credits by the way) I'm trying to think of what I want to do after high school.

What do I want to be known for forever and ever and ever and ever and ever?

The thought of eternity scares me just a little bit. I am going to be me forever and ever and ever, even in heaven I shall still be me. So I guess I feel like I'm limited. I can't do everything I want to, or meet the people I want to because I can't do this or that when I grow up. If that makes sense.

Like if I decided to be a writer, I won't be able to do this other thing that I would also really like to do with my life. 

I'm also indecisive, so that helps... not so much.

Which brings me back to the blogging slump. You must understand, with all of this ^ running around in my mind, all inspiration for interesting post ideas are all fogged over.

I'm trying to fight through this, but it might take awhile. So if you don't here from me in a long time... yeah. Now you know what's going on, so don't assume I've died until I haven't been posting for ten years or so. :)