December 19, 2013

TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY!

Hello everybody! I am in such a good mood right now because on Thursday, December 19, fifteen years ago, a life changing event happened. My bestie Seana J. Vixen was born. I am so blessed to have her in my life and honestly I probably wouldn't have made it out of middle school without her! Heehee! We've been best friends since about this time in 4th grade. I'm not even lying, but the second we spoke our first REAL words to each other, we were already stuck together like Bert and Ernie.

** I say first REAL words because in young fives (a grade between preschool and kindergarten) we had career day and all dressed up like what we wanted to be. Sea was a ballerina and she had what I thought was the MOST BEAUTIFUL TUTU EVER. During prayer or something when we were all sitting on the rug I reached out to touch it because I just couldn't resist. Well, I wasn't sneaky enough because she literally hissed at me to STOP IT. Not even kidding, she did.

Well, that's all I have for you today, and even though I could go on and on with embarrassing stories about her, I won't, because she would get furious at me ;)
But do me a huge favor and head on over to her BLOG and wish her a SUPER DUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 Heehee, couldn't resist putting this cute picture on here too <3



LOVE YOU SEANA!

December 10, 2013

Happy Tubesday!- In Summer ft. Olaf

Hello everybody! First off, Happy Tubesday! We'll get to the fun stuff later with that, but for right now, I have to ask a favor of you.
As some of you might know, Seana and I have a shared blog The Creative Clique. Every season, I try to make one new recipe, review it, and share the instructions for it on our blog and the way the recipe is selected is by you! I ask the followers to vote for which they would prefer. Now, I'm asking you to go and vote! I would appreciate that because most times, I don't get too many participators and that's what I count on. Click HERE! to vote or go to the latest post on The Creative Clique (link above).

That's it for that, so let's move on :)
Today's Tubesday is going to be a clip from Disney's Frozen which I've already seen it twice and this is one of my favorite songs. The snowman's name is Olaf and his is absolutely hilarious.
Ohhhhh! And guess what..... THIS IS A SING-ALONG! So enjoy!

Mischief Managed,
July


December 06, 2013

Random Friday: Quotes

Good afternoon everyone! Before I start this post, I just want to let you know that I'm working on a review of The Fault in Our Stars, so that will be out soon :)

Every Friday Emma from Awkwardly Emma hosts Random Fridays! Anyone can participate, so visit Emma's blog for details :)
This week's theme is quotes so I'm going to share a few quotes or sayings that I've pounced on throughout the years and others that I just found today!


I especailly love these from Nelson Mandela who went to his eternal home yesterday at age 95 in South Africa. He will always be remembered and studied by all in the future. 


















AND ALWAYS REMEMBER.....


December 03, 2013

Creeper in the Building....

Hello everyone! I have a slightly terrifying story to share with all y'alls. It doesn't sound that scary, however, the more you think about it, the more chilling it becomes.

It starts with a group project. In my 6th hour physics class, we were assigned to make a video about radioactivity, and in my group was Christine, AJ Ryan (you might remember that he has guest posted here before), and Jed. Before Thanksgiving break, we were given time to write the script and film. Yesterday (Monday), we were all planning on watching each group's videos and voting on which was most creative, funny, educational, etc., but there was a slight problem. Come Monday, AJ couldn't find his laptop and he recorded the video.

Ok, lemme back up a second. So, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we have a chapel after 1st hour. During chapel, which is in the auditorium, everyone leaves their backpacks out in the hall against the walls. It's been like that for years, and the teachers instruct us to drop them there. Completely safe!!...... Or not.....

Well, as I said, AJ's laptop was missing, and so was our video. He said he stuck it out in the hall during chapel and when he came out to get it, it was gone.
***Alright, I've got an interjection: If that was me, with the laptop missing, I would be freaking out so much, I would probably cry or something.***
Anyway, I could tell AJ was worried, but he was still trying to focus on class. I didn't really know what to think, and I just thought he might have left it somewhere or someone else took the wrong one accidentally, but I wasn't really that concerned. I was sure it would turn up.
I went home.

This morning I came to school and in my 1st hour Spanish class, people were talking about "that guy who was in school yesterday" and I was like, "what?"
Turns out, a random guy came in our school at the beginning of the day with the rest of us and during chapel (which is an hour later), he stole two purses and a laptop. That laptop was AJ's.
At that point, I was like "Ok, that's not good," but I wasn't freaked out. Then I realized how serious that was and could have been.
The guy actually asked our janitor for directions (idk where to) but the janitor helped him out and he left. When the principal and all those people figured out what happened (I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY MANAGED TO FIGURE THAT OUT), they checked all the security cameras and got pictures and video footage of the guy. They then sent out his picture to all the staff. Somehow, one staff member realized that she had seen him at the gas station on her way home and the guy was arrested at that gas station on Monday night at 5:00pm. The stolen goods were returned, but my trust in the school is not.

This guy got into our school so easily, and NO ONE NOTICED that he wasn't supposed to be there. He was just walking around for just under an hour and wasn't stopped? How? Judging from the picture, he did look out of place, so why wasn't he caught? Someone came in our school yesterday to steal something and we are very lucky that he didn't intend more. There have been so many school shootings, think of Newton. That was just last year! It just really bothers me that this happened. It SHOULD NOT have happened. I live in a very safe city, but anything could happen.

In brighter news, I got One Direction tickets! I shall fill you in more later :)
Love you all!
July


December 01, 2013

Happy December!!

Hey!! We are now well on our way towards Christmas, and I don't know about you, but I'm excited! This post is probably going to be another short one, so sorry about that, but I promise I'll get some book reviews written soon! 

First of all, I finished my NaNo novel with a day to spare!! I reached my goal of 15,000 declaring me a winner. This year it's been a little more rocky for me because I've had the busiest November of my life, but I did manage to pull it out, and I'm proud of what I did. I continued on something I've already started called "Galaxy's World." Since I was so rushed to get it done, I know I will have to go back and make some major changes later, but for now, I'm just glad a finished! 
Thanks to all the guest posters this year :)

Secondly, there is this writing "competition" at my school called Scripta and I'm entering it, I think. I have a poem written and I was wondering if there was anyone who is a great editor that would volunteer to help me edit! Let me know if you're interested. It would really appreciate it!

Love you all! 
July

November 26, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Emma (and what's coming up!)

Hey everyone! I am in a fantastic mood because it's snowing!! I'm hoping and praying for a snow day tomorrow (well I guess that's today since this post has been written the night before), but I doubt that will happen :( 
News flash: It's almost Thanksgiving :) I am thankful because I think I might just complete my NaNo goal after all! Or if I don't, I'll be this close *holds up arms to show you how close.* Now that musical is done, I'll have a little more time to write and I'm really optimistic about it. 
I haven't really had time to post much this month, but I do have some fun things in store! 
I'm hoping to get a few more entries in my writing contest in which you can find the requirements for HERE so I can carry on with the whole judging process soon. 
Also, I just finished The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and I'm planning on reviewing that soon. 
In addition to that, I wanted to write a post about my whole Fiddler on the Roof experience :) Our performances were last week Wednesday-Saturday. 

After that slight delay, I am finally here to introduce our guest poster today! Her name is Emma from Bookworm/Future Author and she was the very first blog I ever followed! I don't know how I even stumbled across her little space on the internet, but I did, and I've been reading it ever since. She posts things like excerpts from her writing and reviews, plus every Friday she hosts "Random Friday's" at her blog! You can find her blog HERE!
~July

Hi, everyone, I'm Emma from Bookworm/Future Author.  This is my third year of doing NaNoWriMo.  One thing I've learned, especially this year, is that's it's okay to lower your word count and not write 50k in a month.  The other 11 months matter more because you have to keep writing.  You can't just write during November, especially if you want to become a published author.

Last year, I wrote about 35-40k specifically in my NaNo novel and then 10-15k in a side project.  By February 20 at 10:30 PM, I finished that novel.  Because I edit as I write, I had read over that manuscript so many times, I was almost sick of it.  So I shoved it aside until about April or May and then began revisions.  I had a really good friend read it and give me feedback, and then finally, in September, I let my mom read the project.  She had a LOT of suggestions to improve it, and I'm so thankful for her.  But I also need to find real critique partners because, although my mom is great, she can't be my sole critic.
By the end of October, I felt like my novel was finished.  I mean, obviously, I could probably reread it a thousand times and rewrite every scene, but then that would be a never-ending cycle.  So once the holiday season is past, I'll start querying agents.  I've been working on my query letter lately and getting it just right.  A fellow young author (who's actually going to be published next year!) gave me advice on how to write a query, and what she did when she was querying, and even shared the letter that got her an agent.  She's been a big help and a huge inspiration.
What's important, though, while you're revising, querying, and then submitting to publishers, is that you keep writing.  You need to have other projects to keep those brain juices flowing and in case your current WIP doesn't work out.  I have about three books in progress right now.  It really helps if I get stuck on one; I can just switch to another.  Since they're all so different (contemporary, futuristic mixed with historical fiction, and a retelling), I can separate them easily.  I know that my novel ready for querying may not be good enough for agents or it's just not what they're looking for, so I want to be ready in a few months to start querying again with a different book, if things with this one don't work out.
Good luck with all your writing endeavors, and if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments below. :)

November 24, 2013

NaNo Guest Post- Annanya

Hello everyone! I apologize for not posting lately, it seems like I end up saying that on every post, but I really have been busy. Hopefully I can write a couple of good posts during Thanksgiving break this week (well, we don't have the whole week off, just Thursday and Friday). Anyway, here's one of this week's guest posts! 
Today it is written by Annanya who is from India! I just started talking to her about a month and a half ago and she is a very sweet girl with an interest in learning languages and writing! I don't know much about her yet because we are just starting to get to know each other, but she gladly volunteered for a guest post to review a book she's read :) Click HERE to visit her blog! 

Room by Emma Donoghue

Summary- A five year old boy, lives in a locked room with his Ma. His name is Jack, he has a TV in the room and he thinks the things in the TV are fictional like other people, cars, airplanes etc. Things change when Ma tells there is a world outside and they try to escape.

Good- the book is quite nice and engrossing I could not put it down easily! The book is written from the view of Jack, so there is a pinch of innocence in every line he says.
The book leaves you wondering what might've happened next. The sarcasm in the antagonist makes you wish you could go inside the book and beat him!

Bad-Nothing in the book was bad, this book was short listed for Man booker prize! There is no major adult content and when there is, its from an innocent view of Jack. 

Rating- 4.5 
A definite recommendation from my side!:)

Love,
Annanya/Anya

November 13, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Seana J. Vixen (and my NaNo update)

Hey! First off on this post, is going to be a NaNo update. My word goal was 20,000 words and I was very confident I could write that this year, however I did not think I would be as busy as I am with the musical. (Our shows are next week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday!! we still have so much to do!) The first few days of NaNo I was writing like crazy. I got up to around 10,000 which seems really far along, but it took me a long time. I really haven't made any progress at all after that though, because I have musical every day after school, except today, until 6:00-6:30. I don't get home until 7:00. Then I still have to do all my homework to do, plus showering, and all my normal chores such as dishes, cleaning up, etc. Let's just say NaNo is not going well right now and I think I might have to lower my word goal. *dismay*

Now let me introduce this week's guest poster!! Her name is Seana J. Vixen.... you guys may have heard of her ;) Anyway, Sea is one of my best friends <3 and thankfully she was kind enough to come back this year to do another guest post (she did one last year during NaNoWriMo too)! Sea loves to read, write, draw, sing, all the fun stuff! She writes some book reviews, writing tips, and other hilarious posts on her blog which you can find HERE

Imagine a dragon. Imagine this dragon with a pink tiara, when out of nowhere, BAM here comes Prince Charming coming to save the princess from the dragon in the pink tiara. What does this make you think of? Chicago? Of course not. Unless you live in some part of Chicago that I've never heard of that houses dragons, it's probably part of a fantasy world.

I've always been a bit of a fantasy nut, and I've found a few ways to boost up your fictional (and possibly fantastical) world so that you not only tell the readers how amazing it is, but you suck them into an amazing place that takes all of their senses to explore.

- GIVE IT A NAME

Give your fantasy world a name. It doesn't matter if you simply call it Earth, Utopia, or Land of the Frozen Ducks, giving your world a name will make it stick with the readers. Without it, it just doesn't have the same impact. When choosing a name, think about what's in it. If you name it Land of the Frozen Ducks, make sure that there's are reason behind it. Maybe the guy who discovered it lost his pet duck in an ice storm and that's why it's called that. Having a reason for the name of the town, city, or entire world will show that you put a lot of thought into it.

- GET TO KNOW IT

If you're planning on showing your readers this magical world, you should know what's in it beforehand. Ever tried to describe somewhere you've never been to someone else? It's really hard. You can't say what you smelled, heard, or tasted. Your description falls flat. What I like to do is create a map of my world. It doesn't even have to be detailed. Mine consists of a purple blob called "The Mountains" and a giant orange splotch that represents the castle. Get to know your world's little nooks and crannies, and it'll be much easier to bring it to life.

- KNOW WHO LIVES THERE

You also gotta figure out which of your characters calls this place home. If Susan lives next to Bob, but Jerry lives next to the giant lake full of squids half a mile away, you have a visual of how long it will take Susan and Bob to run to Jerry's house and save him from the squids. Knowing who lives in the area will help you to get to know what customs that town or world might have that's different from people who live in another part of the country.

- HAVE FUN WITH IT

This is your baby. This is the world that you're creating from the ground up and building. Don't feel like you have to keep it low key so that readers aren't scared away by the frozen ducks. Make it yours. Don't be afraid to just spend some time coming up with as many wacky and unusual things that will make your world yours. Play with those little details that will paint the reader a picture of the sights, the sounds, the smells, and everything else that goes along with the Land of Frozen Ducks.

That is all.

Cheers,
Seana

November 06, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Hilda Leticia Dominguez

It's July! Since it's November, I am going to have one or two guest posts every week for the month. 
I shall quickly introduce today's guest poster and then I must get back to writing! Hilda is my "sister" and an awesome supporter of people's blogs, writings, ideas, etc. She speaks Spanish and English (which is the coolest thing ever!) and has a very strong faith. Visit her blog HERE! Also, buy her book, The Invisible Spy, HERE! I will be reviewing it after NaNo is done so watch for that :) Thanks so much Hilda <3 
*sorry about the lack of sentence length variation, I've been writing for a long time and I'm a little exhausted at the moment.....
Love,
July

"Hey guys, Hilda here. July is busy expanding her cranium on NaNoWriMo and letting her creative juices flow. Good luck to you Sis! Let's help her out by saying a little prayer for her.


     Since this month of November lots of busy writers and authors will be doing the NaNoWriMo, I thought, "hey,why not write about something relating to writing, OR about the story of the creepy cabin guy who likes to kidnap kids to his cabin and show them video after video of Sesame Street?" :P

     Okay, writing it is. :)

     Tip #1: When writing a story during it's rough draft, don't worry about spelling and grammar errors at this stage. Just keep writing your story. Dream away.

     Tip #2: If you get stuck on how to write the story, pretend you are telling the story to a friend or family member.

     Tip #3: if you can't decide which way you want to tell a story, whether first-person point of view, 3rd person, narrator, etc., Think how will your story would sound in each way. Which one sounds better to you?

     Tip #4: Remember not to let others' negative feedback get to you. The truth is, not everyone is going to like a story you write, but there will be others who will LOVE IT! Why? Because everyone has different tastes. There's no right or wrong stories. Each writer has their own "voice." Don't be afraid to use it. By voice, I mean your "voice" on how you tell the story. So dream and write away. 

     Tip #5: If you are not good at grammar, spelling and punctuation, you can ask someone who knows to correct it for you. Just be cautious because some get carried away and end up adding their "voice" into your story and changing it somehow. Remember, it's your story, and you just want someone to correct your spelling,etc. Reminding them would be a good idea. Here's how:

     "I like where my story is going, but I need help with my punctuation and grammar. Can you help me? I just need someone to correct my punctuation and grammar."


     Tip #6: Remember that there are lots of jealous and insane writers out there, so if you read a negative comment or feedback, don't take it personally. It's just that they have a problem. I've heard and read once a poll on a writer's magazine that the majority of authors/writers are ... Let's just say, crazy. But of course not every one. So don't be surprised if you get a stupid feedback on your story. They are just jealous. Don't believe me? Have you heard of Stephen King? He had bought the van who almost runned him over and pound it with a hammer. No joke. Talk about insane in the membrane. Look it up and you will see. You don't hardly hear this fact but it's true.


Tip #7: Just get an idea for a story or one you have in progress and write on. Enjoy what you are doing. Remember, it's YOUR story. Good luck! ;D "

October 31, 2013

I Got a Rock.... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hellooooooo! Happy Halloween everybody! What silly character are you imitating this year? I'm either going as a princess or a Harry Potter character :) You may think I'm a little too old for trick or treating, but I beg to differ! It doesn't matter how old you are when you go as long as you still have the spirit of a youngster in your heart. I couldn't resist making this post and adding this video to it.... This has got to be my favorite clip ever from all the Charlie Brown movies!



I sure hope you have better luck than good ol' Chuck (hey that rhymed :D) and Happy Halloween!
Mischief Managed!
July

October 29, 2013

Tubesday: Special Halloween Edition

Since this week is Halloween..... I am sharing Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
This video is quite interesting, and if you scare easily, please don't watch it! It's a Halloween themed video and song, so obviously it's a bit creepy. My dad said this was the "big video" when he was a kid and it was the thing his generation talked about.
I had mixed feelings about using this as a Tubesday video because I don't believe in werewolves, skeletons coming up from the grave to haunt people, or any of those things and I don't want you to get the idea that I do! Honestly, the only reason I'm sharing this is because the dancing is cool and I like the Michael Jackson's teeth when he smiles at his girl! Haha.

Ok, this next part is going to be one MINOR spoiler for the video so if you don't want to read that, scroll down a ways until you find the normal font color again!
















**SPOILER ALERT**


In the video things are a paradox. First, Michael and his girlfriend are watching a movie in the theater until they walk out, but then you find out that she's actually sleeping. You have to wait for the end for the real plot twist!  


Scroll down for the rest of the post and the video!



















Enjoy the video and Happy Early Halloween :)




Mischief managed,
July

October 28, 2013

Question of the Day!

Hey everyone! How have your Mondays been? Mine's been normal, and thankfully I wasn't pounded with homework like I expected to be!

IMPORTANT!!!
I need at least four guest posters for November while I do NaNoWriMo! Please comment below ASAP if you are interested, and if you are, I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER! You can post about whatever you want, as long as you run the topic by me first! Please help me! :)



Time for a random story that leads up to the question of the day, haha :P
Every morning in choir class, we have a "question of the day" where someone volunteers to pick out a folded index card and reveal the question that both the teachers would have to answer. On the first day of school we all wrote one and passed them forward to go to the bowl. Questions range from "What was your first concert?" to "Most embarrassing moment" to "Scariest experience?" and today's question was "If every day of the week was a specific color, what would they be, and why?"
I think that is such an interesting question! It's so out of the box.... :P


  • Sunday is a pastel yellow because when I think of Sunday, for some really odd reason, I think of Easter, and then I think of baby chicks.... Haha, don't ask me why. 
  • I think Monday is a dark navy blue..... Many people were saying gray, but I really disagree. Dark blue just felt right to me! I have no idea why.
  • Tuesday is probably green, no particular shade, just green. It's a little bit better than Monday, but still not great.
  • Wednesday is a orange color because it's the middle of the week. Not good but not bad. 
  • Thursday is rainbow colored. You're almost done with the week. One day left.
  • To me, Friday is pink because WHY WOULDN'T IT BE???
  • Saturday is grey because it's just a comfy day where you can sit around and watch movies while sporting a insanely warm sweatshirt. 


What do you guys think?? If every day of the week was a specific color, what would it be, and why?

Mischief managed,
July

October 25, 2013

Random Fridays: Costumes

Welcome to Random Fridays!

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This is an event hosted every week by Emma!
This week it's about cool costumes and you can click HERE to visit her post!

I decided to take this post a bit of a strange way, but I couldn't resist :)

Starting off the doggie costume show we have Batdog. 
Then Porky the dog struts down the stage. 

Next up is a crowd of ghosts, modeling their pumpkin candy buckets.
This little dog is rocking the green dinosaur costume..... 

.....And right behind him is the triceratops.....
.....Who is followed by the t-rex.

This elegant peacock is strutting his stuff down the aisle. 
As slow as a snail, this turtle makes his way across. 

I saved the best two for last!

A Harry Potter impersonator has caught the golden snitch!   
And finally, we have Fluffy, being restrained by his human, Harry Potter. 

Hope you enjoyed! 
Mischief Managed,
July 

October 15, 2013

Tubesday- Disney Medley

你好 (Nǐ hǎo)! This is July :) Well, who else would it be? I'm here to wish you a very happy Tubesday with this wonderful a cappella Disney Medley! I love this and it definitely gets better as it goes along. The guys are really funny and obviously they don't care at all what others think :) If you love Disney as much as me, I know you'll love this clip!

October 07, 2013

Writing Contest!! Please enter :)

Hey guys! I think I shall be holding a writing contest!
So basically if you choose to enter you will be writing the best beginning of a story that you can. I will be giving you the topic, and your goal will be to write a quick snippet (200 words or less) that will leave the readers wanting more!
The topic for this one is "disastrous" so whatever that word makes you think of, write about! And be creative!

NOT MY PICTURE
Ok now the rules:
- It must be under 200 words
- One entry only please
- Must be about whatever you think of when you think "disastrous"
- Must be edited to your ability (please don't leave your writing trashy with no corrections at all, but don't worry, I don't expect it to be perfect! haha)
- Please keep it age appropriate and clean! No language will be tolerated!
- Send your entry to julya.emmance@gmail.com

*Note* If I feel that your entry isn't appropriate for this contest, I will not except it, sorry!

Judging Info:
I will not be judging this contest! Your piece will be posted on this blog with credit to you and I will set up a poll for people to vote for their favorite :)
I will collect the entries and as soon as I get four submissions, I will post a due date for all other entries.
The reason I am doing it that was is because I don't want to set a due date right away and get only one or two entries. Please enter! It would make my day :)

Prizes!:
Don't get too excited here..... Buckle your seat belts ladies and gentlemen.....
The person with the most votes wins a guest post on my blog and a lifetime supply of air! There could possibly be something else too but I can't think of another reward right now. Any suggestions?

PLEASE ENTER MY CONTEST I'M BEGGING YOU ALL! And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
Mischief Managed,
July

October 04, 2013

Random Fridays: Best Movies of 2013

Hey guys! Welcome to Random Fridays!



This is a thing every week hosted by Emma!
This week it's about the best movies this year. I had quite a few similar ones to Emma, but I also have quite a few that she does have so let's do this! (click HERE to view her post)


Movie: The Hobbit
Release date: December 14, 2012 (Sorry I'm cheating a little..... oops)
My reaction: This was a well filmed movie and I liked the actors but I really didn't get into the plot. LOTR has never been my thing but I tried this and it was better than I thought, but still not great. Just thought it was worth mentioning.




Movie: Les Miserables
Release date: December 25, 2012 (seriously it's close enough to 2013.... cut me some slack, haha)
My reaction: this movie was amazing! When I finally convinced my mom to let me see it, I got together with Sea and Christine and I didn't really know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised at how well it was done! All the actors/actresses did an amazing job with everything! Sadly, I have to say I didn't cry.



Movie: The Croods
Release date: March 22, 2013
My reaction: I thought this was a super cute movie, it even made me cry at the end. Sadly, it wasn't Disney Pixar..... Then it would definitely be going in my collection :)



Movie: Monster's University
Release date: June 21, 2013
My reaction: I LOVED this movie!! Probably one of the very best I saw this year..... I thought it was better than Monster's Inc. even though there was no Boo. I loved that it gave the whole back story of Monster's Inc as well. If you haven't seen it, please go rent it from your library and watch it. 


Movie: This Is Us
Release Date: Technically August 30, but I saw it on August 29, 2013
My reaction: FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR! Enough said. 



Now these are some movies I'm looking forward to that haven't come out yet!


Movie: The Book Theif
Release date: November 15, 2013
My reaction: I honestly just recently found out there was going to be a movie of this..... I have mixed feelings because I loved the book, I just don't know if I'm ready to see it visually yet. We'll have to see! I'm so glad that they are making this into a film though because it may get people to read the book which I highly recommend!



Movie: The Hunger Games- Catching Fire
Release date: November 22, 2013
My reaction: I was super excited for the first one but it was a letdown, so I'm not expecting much out of this one. They did get a new director for this, but I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Hopefully good! Also, I'm not appreciating the title, they should have just left it "Catching Fire". I realllllllyyyyyyy hope this one is better than the first!! 



Movie: Frozen
Release date: November 27, 2013
My reaction: I am SOOOO excited for this new Disney princess movie!! The princess's name is Princess Anna and her sister is Princess Elsa. I'm just way to excited. Watch this, it's the cutest thing EVER!



And that's it for me folks! Have a great day :)
Jul

October 01, 2013

Tubesday: "What Does the Fox Say?"

Hey! Happy Tuesday. I miss you guys commenting on my blog, so if you are reading this, comment the word "Spaghetti" down below :)

Anyway, this video by a couple of Norwegians (that's what I was told) is really quite popular in my school right now.... I don't know if you guys have ever heard of it or seen the video, but apparently everyone loves it!
My English teacher told us that it was a parody to all rock music videos about how seriously they take themselves or something, but I'm not into rock and roll that much, so I wouldn't know.
Personally, I think it's kinda weird and it creeps me out a bit but it's also really amusing to me! Haha.
Mischief Managed!
July

Here is "What Does the Fox Say" by Ylvis.


September 27, 2013

WARNING! THIS POST CONTAINS THE RAMBLINGS OF A FANGIRL..... My Ed Sheeran Experience

Welcome! As I said, this post is going to be filled with fangirling. This post is basically just rambling on about how good he is but hey, I'm a fangirl. So watch out ;)
I wrote this for English class about my Ed experience:



The whole place exploded into a piercing chorus of screams. Ed Sheeran was walking over from the dugout to the moderate sized stage located on second base.

The crowd burst into a powerful chant, “ED! ED! ED! ED! ED!” and, of course, my voice joined in because this was the moment I had been awaiting for weeks and my heart was nearly bursting open with happiness.
It all started one day when I was listening to the radio in the car with my mom and heard the announcement about a concert that was going to happen featuring “The Action Figures”, “Classified”, “Drop City Yacht Club”, “Ed Sheeran”, and “Jason Derulo”. Right then and there I told my mom I wanted to be there, but I wasn’t expecting it to really happen. When I got home, I googled details and found out that general admission tickets (basically that means not floor seats) were only $10.45 (or 7.746 Euros for all my European friends out there), which is an outstanding price for concert tickets.
“Can I go?” I begged my mom.
Three out of five of the bands were foreign to me, but I idolized the talented, British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, who was also recently on tour with Taylor Swift, and I had heard Jason DeRulo on the radio a few times before.
When it was all settled that my dad would take my friend Christine and me (I asked Seana too but she had tennis and couldn't go), I called the venue where the event was going to be held and inquired about when their box office was open for my dad to go buy tickets. I was told the correct times and my dad was planning on picking up the precious merchandise on Friday, the end of the sluggishly slow week. I was also told that after a couple weeks the prices would change and double, but Friday was way less than two weeks away, so we’d be fine.
The week snailed by, and just to make sure of everything, I called again on Friday and was advised not to come that day because Lou Whitaker was coming to speak and it would be challenging to come in because of all the insane fans.
“I’m not exactly sure when we’ll be able to make it in next,” I said. “I was told that the prices were going to change in a couple weeks, do you know when we have to come by to get the cheaper prices?”
“Hmm,” the lady on the phone said. “The prices actually don’t change until the night of the event, I don’t know where whoever you talked to before got their information!”
“Thank you so much,” I said, pressure taken off my shoulders.
That weekend, I was my ears were tuned to the radio again and the broadcaster started talking about the concert so I piped down and listened. My heart dropped in my chest when I heard that ticket prices were going up on Monday, meaning that I was too late to get the cheaper prices and the chance had slipped out of my fingertips because of one lady’s negligence. I knew my parents wouldn’t be so keen about the concert knowing that it was more expensive, and I didn’t want to let that money out of my hands either. My hopes were smashed into a thousand pieces. If I had just told my dad to brave the insane Lou Whitaker fans on Friday, we would be going to the concert of my dreams.
My disappointment turned into sadness, then the sadness morphed into anger. I couldn’t believe that all this was happening to me after my hopes had blown through the roof.
That Monday as soon as the box office was open again, with a knot in my stomach, I called and explained my situation, what happened, and why I believed I should get tickets for the original price. The guy on the phone was very helpful to me and asked his manager what they could do about it.
His manager was very sympathetic to our circumstances I nearly screamed into the phone with delight as he told me that they could grant my wish. I was going to the concert! We got everything figured out on the phone and my dad picked up the tickets later that day when I didn’t know he had gone. I was super surprised when he came home with them and of course I couldn’t resist tweeting, instagramming, and telling everybody that I had them in my hands.
On July 17, 2013, Christine, my dad, and I piled into the car and drove to my happiness. That day happened to be the hottest day of the summer at one hundred degrees, but with a humidity that made it feel seven degrees hotter. We stood, our skin being scorched by the hot sun, for over an hour. People starting roaring when Jason DeRulo came up on the hill by the line and conversed with a few people, but he never came around our area.
Finally they removed the barriers and let us into the park. The stampede for good seats plowed forward but we were one step ahead which allowed us to get second row seats on the bleachers, which is amazingly good for how many people were there.
To be honest, the concert was a bit of a letdown at first because the first three acts to come out were rap or hiphop. Plus, they used a ton of very colorful language and many of the girls were wearing clothes that revealed a ton more than necessary. The people a few rows in front of us kept guzzling beers pretty much nonstop all night and they needed a room. Let's just say it wasn't a family friendly concert. We all agreed that there were way to many kids in attendance who should not have been there and they were swearing. It really gave me an insight to how messed up some young people are these days and how parents just aren't doing enough to correct their behaviors. Or maybe they just don't care.
Despite all that, finally it was time. The DJ made a huge show and played on the suspense before Ed emerged and we got our first glance. The whole place exploded into a piercing chorus of screams. Ed Sheeran was walking over from the dugout, dressed in a blue plaid shirt to compliment his flaming ginger hair, to the moderate sized stage located on second base.
The crowd burst into a powerful chant, “ED! ED! ED! ED! ED!” and, of course, my voice joined in because this was the moment I had been awaiting for weeks and my heart nearly busting open with happiness.
He reached his destination, grabbed his guitar from backstage, and began making beautiful music, so diverse from the earlier, where he was the only person on stage, creating all his own music, including guitar, percussion, singing, as well as guitar and singing harmonies with a loop pedal, whereas everyone else had an obnoxious DJ to press a button and start the track.
He really has an insane amount of God-given talent.
“Give a little time to me,” Ed’s voice cracked as he sang, “or burn this out. We’ll play hide and seek to turn it around, all I want is the taste that your lips allow….”
The song was done and yet again the whole place went berserk. Ed’s accent floated around the stadium and everyone was captured with the warmth of his British voice. Cracking jokes about his ginger hair, he seemed completely comfortable with who he is on that stage.
“This is Lego House,” Ed announced.
Everyone screamed and held up their “Lego” themed signs.
“Sing along, loves,” Ed’s voice smoothly and sweetly came through the microphone like French vanilla.
“I’m gonna pick up the pieces and build a Lego house, if things go wrong we can knock it down. And three words have two meanings but there’s one thing on my mind, and it’s all for you, mmmhhh. And it’s dark in a cold December, but I’ve got you to keep me warm, and if you’re broken I will mend ya, and I’ll keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on now….”
Ed’s voice resonated in my head as he finished his last notes.
Jason DeRulo came out and performed but no one was too impressed until he stripped off his shirt, revealing abs soaked with shiny sweat. Also for him it was the very first time every he ever live streamed a performance.
As we drove home I wondered how a concert I’d been waiting for for weeks could be over with in a heartbeat? I always want to go back but I know that it was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity and the best way to satisfy my hunger is to lose myself in the warmth of his voice on iTunes.



On this video (below) if you don't wanna watch the whole thing, go to 4:30 and that is an example of how he made his own music. There is no track being played in the background, he is creating everything with a loop pedal. Oh and this is not my video and I have no idea who filmed it. All I know is I WAS AT THAT CONCERT AND JUST WATCHING THIS MAKES ME WANT TO SOB! Watch the whole thing.... If you're a fan, you'll get goosebumps like I always do. 
Actually you can stop at 7:26 because at that point he said a bad word and had everyone else chanting it, plus there isn't really much else to the video. I was super mad at him for that but other than that, his performance was clean. I'm really sorry that I have to share this video with the swear word, but it's my favorite performance of the night and I couldn't find any other videos of it :(



This was a great performance too :) The video (below) is uploaded by the same person I think but as I said before it wasn't my filming. Wish it was cause she had an insanely good spot..... I didn't have floor seats because they costed $40 (or 29.652 Euros) and I didn't wanna pay that much when I could have seats that were just fine for a ton cheaper. And as I said, I was a little jealous, but they had to stand in the sun braving over 100 degree weather for over four hours. But AHHHH THAT FALSETTO! And I tell you: I had no voice. Ed achieved his goal. CRYING right now.



These videos are of the very first and last performance of the night..... the memories! *sniff, sniff* *grabs a Kleenex to dab away the stray tears that managed to escape out of the eyes while watching these videos*

If you like what you see, look up Small Bump on iTunes and buy it. Makes me sob every stinkin' time. Just wait till the end of that song. Also watch his music video for "Lego House" because the actor for Ron Weasley is the main person in it :) But watch for Ed at the end!
I couldn't find the one where there is a Lego animation right next to it which is super cool, but oh well.



Alright, well sorry that you had to go through reading my fangirling.... When I fall, I fall hard haha. 

My final thought to leave you with is that I felt so honored and surprised that such an amazing British musician who doesn't come to the USA often chose to come to a small concert in a somewhat small (small as in not as big as Detroit) city when he could have spent his night somewhere else doing the things he loved on such a bigger sized stage. Like literally there weren't that many people there, 1500- 2000 when Soldier Field's capacity is 61,500 and it was sold out. 

Ed, if you ever google yourself and land on this blog post written with love from a teenage girl, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for an amazing night that I will never forget. 
Mischeif Managed!
Love, July