St. Louis

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I finally have Internet! Woo-Hoo! So, here are all my pictures, I'll add any stories that I can remember. I miss all of you!

#1. This is the St. Louis arch. 630 feet high. *gulp*
#2. Looking up at the arch, directly below.
#3. This is a copy of what we rode up in. (FYI, we rode to the top of the arch) Remember, 630 ft. Mee-Mee and Mark were fine. (Are you kidding! They both had sore stomachs)



#4. The view of the Mississippi from the top of the arch.

#5. I like this picture-I think it's cool. It's a pic of the shadow of the arch, from the top of the arch





#6. This is the St. Louis Cardinal's stadium. From the top of the arch.









#7. This is what we rode up in. It doesn't look that small in the pic, but believe me, it was small. I was hunched over in it. Me.



#8& 9. The arch from the road.



When we were getting our tickets to go up into the arch, the cashier-person asked, "do any of you have problems with stairs, heights, or claustrophobia?" I suddenly didn't feel to well. The freaked me out a bit. But, I felt better after a little while, because after picturing myself barfing and fainting, I decided to gain my composure. In the end, though, it was Mark and Mee-Mee who got nervous. I didn't mind the heights at all--if anything worried me, it would have been the small space.

Well, that is all I have time for. I have more pics, but I will have to put them on later. The states we have been through are: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and we're in Missouri right now. Tomorrow we will be going through Oklahoma and finally be in Texas. By the way, while it is nine o'clock for you, it's eight o'clock for me. And, it was 41 degrees (I heard you had some warm weather, too) and the sky was blue and the sun was shining--beautiful. (Sorry, I couldn't help rubbing that it. Please forgive me.)

Hopefully I will be able to talk to you all again soon. Also, I plan on coming back the same, not like what Sarah said: cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and spitting. Haha.

My day (extended into the week)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Today was a very nice day. Sunny, warm...I was very pleased. The only bad thing about the weather today was that it made me want spring and summer even more. *Sigh* Oh well.

So, how has everyone's week gone? Mine's been pretty good; I wasn't too happy when it snowed, true, but for the most part it was a pretty good week. I was able to work on one of my stories and I looked through another--I think I'll work on it tonight. It's just a short story, so it shouldn't take too long (of course, you know me, and if I get a good idea then it could very possibly turn from a short story to a novel--a whole series!--I was just exaggerating, FYI).

Weeelll, I suppose I shall leave you now. Unbeknownst to you (don't ya just love that unbeknownst?), my mind has been wandering all over the place, instead of focusing on this post. So, my good people, you should know what that means--I must go and write. Farewell!

One week

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Guess where I'll be in only a week? I have no idea. Although, I do know that it will be somewhere heading to Texas. I've started packing. Only clothes, though. I'm going to throw in some of my books in there, too (the books I'm writing, not reading) a day or two before. I'm using them to much, right now, though.

So, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting pretty tired of snow. Ahhh!!! I want summer! I think that you can get depressed more in the winter; everything's dark, you can't go out as much....But in summer, you can go swimming, climbing trees, running barefoot, have your window wide open (my personal favorite)...I know, my mom says that I'm a romantic. Hey, I'm a writer, what'd'you expect? Dullness? I don't think so.

Well, I am guessing that I had better get off. We have church tonight and I have a strange feeling that I will soon be called to set the table (lol). Plus, I want to write some. I had to start over a book that I had started called, Ocean liner to Lifeboat. Can you guess what that's about? The Titanic, right. If you have any other name ideas, I'm open. I'm really quite glad that I started it over; at first it seemed like a burden, but now it's fun. I really like drama, so I guess that's why I'm writing a book about the Titanic. I know, some of you are thinking, "But a book about the Titanic won't be able to have a happy ending." I'm quite aware of that. But I have a story in mind and it's not going to fade away--it's write down the idea, or die! (There it is, my dramatic side--the actor in me)

And now, I shall leave you. Oops! I did it again! I said I was going to get off and I started another paragraph. (Isn't that bad of me, Andrea?) Haha. Goodbye! (P.S. if you want an explanation for all these "good-bye!" and then another paragraph incidents, you should know it by now; say it with me, "I'm a writer, and once I start writing, I can't stop."

Nerf Night!

Friday, February 12, 2010

So, tonight is Nerf Night with my Youth Group. It's going to be so fun! It's also going to be crazy (I like that!). It's the last Youth activity that I'll be at for a month. I'll be leaving for Texas in a week and six days. Believe me, I will miss you all, and I'll be posting and telling you all about my trip--don't forget the pictures! I'll have lots of them.

I'd like to thank you all for voting on the poll--I'm not sure who all voted, but I thank those of you who did. It's always nice to get honest input on my writing--I don't want people to tell me what they think I'd like to hear--you're not helping me at all when you do that.

Now I think that I'll get off. I can't wait to see you all! Happy Abraham Lincoln's birthday! (He's my favorite Pres. and he also would have been 201 year's old today.)

Poll

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

As most of you may have seen, I put a poll. If you go to the My Library page, you can read about two of my stories (one's a play). What I'm getting at is this: the poll is about which of the two books sound best to you. I'm just curious. If you want more specific details, just ask. I don't mind if you don't vote, 'cause I know that my books aren't that good; there's a very big chance that you don't think you'd like any of them. Just vote if you want to. Tip: Reading the My Library Page might help. Thanks!

Snow (blah), a new look, and good-bye

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's snowing! (Flurrying, actually) I didn't really want it to. Now, if we would get a nice old-fashioned blizzard with maybe four or five feet of snow (I don't think you could see me by the way. I'm only five foot one or something like that, so I'd almost be buried), I don't think I would mind so much. But, five feet of snow or not, I want summer!

As you can see, I've made a few changes. And I've also added a new page. Blogs are so cool! I was wondering when they would come out with the pages and they just did. I'm so excited.

Well, now I've got to go. I have to call one of my friends, maybe my one cousin, help Annie, do math, write, (okay, I want to, I don't really have to), and get ready for supper. Whew! I don't think I have enough energy to do all those things, now!

"14 Lives"

Monday, February 8, 2010

Well, today I started the second draft of my first novel. It took me one year to write my first draft and guess what--there are only forty-nine pages! I've been editing them too, so now there are even less. But, that's the way it goes.

Don't think I'm conceited when I say this, but the beginning of the second draft is so much better than the first one! In fact, the whole second draft will be better than the first one. This novel is in the first person, which I thought would be easy to do. Wrong! It's hard! In some ways, that is. There are two parts that would have been easier to write if the book wasn't in the first person. But I can't change that, now. And even though it is a little hard, it's also very fun.

I named this novel "14 Lives". It isn't the original title. The first one was--well, let's not get into that. I can't remember where I came up with the idea, but it sure could have been better. It's about this family of twelve (later on it becomes fourteen). They have life pretty good, but the don't fully realize it until something happens that makes them see--and it's not a good thing that happens, either. The girl who's telling it is the eighth child in the family, and throughout the book there's little "battles" with her older brother and cousin, who are both one year older. She also likes to play match-maker for her siblings. It's not the best story, but I'm hoping to make it better. I already have the sequel forming in my mind and I think that that will be better.

I suppose I'll get off now. Don't get stuck in the snow we're supposed to have tomorrow!

Working in beginners church

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tomorrow I get to work in beginners church. I really enjoy being around the little kiddies. It's usually very...um, exciting...and loud...and...interesting. And funny. I think we're talking about forgiveness tomorrow. That's something I will always struggle with. Some of the hardest things that I'll have to do in life will be to just let something go. I have problems just walking away sometimes. There's always this feeling that we need to get back at the person who did us wrong. What we really need to do, though, is just forgive the person. That doesn't mean you're supposed to walk up to whoever did you wrong and say, "I forgive you for being a jerk." That's not right. You need to inwardly forgive them; and, if they ask you, just say, "I forgive you." That's a problem that everyone struggles with at some time in their lives. Thankfully, I haven't had to deal with that problem lately because no one has done anything to me. But when we do struggle with forgiving someone, we need to remember that we nailed our Saviour to the cross and caused Him pain. Then--if you're saved, which I hope that most of you are--you at one time asked Him to forgive you for all your sins and wipe them away. And after we have asked Jesus to save us, we still do things that grieve Him. And He still forgives us. Again and again.

Wow. I really got a long way from working in beginners church. But hopefully writing this down will help me to remember it. And if any of you haven't ever asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart and save you from to sins, please, please, talk to me.

22 Days

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Well, just like my title said, in 22 days I will be leaving you all. I'm so excited (not about leaving you all) that I'm going to do and see so many things. I'm going to get to go places that I might not get another chance to see. I get to get away to a warm climate (!!!!!). I'm also excited about being able to try fried ice-cream. It's a Mexican food and this one person I know likes it. Ah, the food I'll get to try. Maybe I can to an IHOP. I've only ever been to one in my whole life (about fourteen years) except for once, and that was when I went to Washington D.C. in 2008. I had chocolate chocolate-chip pancakes and chocolate milk....(as you can see, I love chocolate. I also love pickles, and barbecue sauce--Bull's Eye brand, to be exact, but when that's not on hand I can cope with something else) Anyway, I'm getting off track.

The big news with me is that my brother ate chicken last night. CHICK-EN. Most of you who know my family probably knows what Mark eats: grilled cheese, grilled cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter, grilled cheese, peanut butter. I remember one time--some of you may have heard this--we were eating dinner and Mark actually decided to try it. After a small bite he said, "I don't like this chicken." "Well, Mark," said my dad, "that's because it's beef." We all laughed.

So, now I will get off. I think that I'm going to write (what else is new?). Good-bye, and thanks for reading!