Welcome to the U.K.M.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Last night was spent with some of my favorite people: my friends! Our youth group had a campfire and it was amazing. We sangs hymns around the campfire, played capture the flag---and of course, we roasted marsh mellows. I made the perfect smore (for me at least)--I caught it on fire twice, and then when it was black, I ate it. Smores are best burnt to a crisp ; )

I know that no matter what--even if it's the last thing I do--I am going to write the My Meadows series (but hopefully with a different name). I made my mind up about this a while ago, but I got a new zeal for it when I drove down the backroads of our tiny town.

Maybe I'm prejudiced, but I think I had the best childhood ever. I can remember eight kids in the backyard having a picnic at the Campsite, or discovering paths over at the Miner's Hole (aka The Stepping Stones). We played house--and I was always the youngest--we told secrets, made jokes, argued, staged a wedding...but the biggest fad was U.K.M.

Talking about the U.K.M. is kind of hard because it was a major part of my life and in a way it's still very dear to me (at this current point in time, you're probably shouting "what is U.K.M.?!") U.K.M. was a child's dream come to life. I still have no idea how the U.K.M. came to be. Each of us eight kids picked a "house". I lived at the Miner's Hole with one of my best childhood friends, my little sister, and another friend's little sister--you may as well know that the Miner's Hole was a hotel, restaurant, and store that had everything. So, sometimes we had three other kids living there, too. I owned it.

My brother lived under a tree along our driveway. He "rented out" the trees beside him and the Miner's Hole soon lost some business. Our cars were our bikes; money was rocks (we eventually became more civilized and made paper money)--and ice in the winter. I once found a huge rock that was worth $500 and used it to buy a see-saw that my brother made--it was a board of wood on top of a log, and it actually worked.

How did we come up with the name U.K.M. and what does it stand for? you ask. Well, we had already been playing U.K.M. for a long time when my brother asked, "What is it that we play?" I didn't know. He said, "Let's call it U.K.M." I had no idea what that meant, so he explained it. "U.K.M. stands for United Kids of Meadows." Simple enough.

So, our little country moved right along the next year. We elected a President--half the time it was my brother. He started an army and every now and then the U.K.M. government and the country folk (me and my friend) would have a war. They were pretty fun, too. I'll never forget when my brother and my friend's brother through rotten tomatoes at us. I still remember how my friend and I were covered in tomato juice--we didn't smell too good, either.

When there weren't wars going on, my brother worked on training the U.K.M. police (I think they pulled me over for speeding once). There was the time we tied one kid up to a tree for stealing and I was going to make him eat leaves. Really, little kids are vicious.

We had a mall, and plays--even a school: Meadows High, of course! What else could it be? There were sad times, happy times...but I remember everything like I was watching it on a video--it's so clear, so vivid. The U.K.M. ceased to be a year or two ago; we still laugh over our memories, though, and talk about everything we did--both crazy and genius; mostly crazy. So maybe the U.K.M. is still around. The original eight still live in the same houses. And I'll bet the old U.K.M. patriotism still lives in the hearts of everyone.     
        I know that the United Kids of Meadows are still around here. Somewhere.

I see ghosts of the past
A bunch of little kids
I thought that they were dead....
~Ghosts of the Past by Ashlyn Sound

Tag, Tag, Tag

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Do you have an email address?
Nope. I text.

How many followers do you have? 

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone with?
Let's see. I called my dad but I got his voicemail, so I guess that doesn't count. Before him? I have no idea. My pappy?

Are you happy right now?
Yes. Not extremely happy, but I feel content.

What book are you reading now?
Pride and Prejudice--it's pretty good. Woo-hoo Mr. Darcy! : )

What is the most advanced book you've read?
That depends on what you consider advanced.

Do you like your blog?
Yes. I'll probably get tired of it in a few weeks. Hehe.

How long have you been on blogger for?
Two years.

Is your profile name your real name?
Nope. My real name is Bobbie. Just kiddin'. My name is Emily.

What is your favorite movie? (Choose ONE and ONLY one)
Okay, this is really hard : (   Um.....uh...At this current point in time, I think that it might possibly be Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Have you seen the new Star Trek?
I've never even seen the old one (wasn't it a TV series?)

Who is your favorite fictional character? (Yes, you may say more than one for this :))
Emily of New Moon!!! Teddy Kent! Betsy Ray, Joe Willard....Mr. Darcy is pretty cool : ) And there are so much more that I can't think of right now.
Ok I tag
Anyone who plays an instrument
Anyone who loves historical fiction
Anyone who has ever driven a car

Everyone Loves Love

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I just wrote a part in my book that I never thought I would get to write. Sad thing is, it's at the beginning.

People disagree whether or not love makes the world go round. I'm not sure, but I'm leaning towards agreeing that it does. Not necessarily the romantic kind of love--but just love in general. People do the things they do for love; love of them self, love of someone close, love of material possession, love of country, or love of faith. I write because I love it; I obey my parents because I love them and God. Love is pretty much always a motivation. Even people consumed with hate love something--themselves, or their hatred.

So everyone would do or give up something for love, right? People who love others give up their own lives; people who love themselves betray their so-called friends. But the biggest love story I can remember takes place a long time ago, and you can read about it in the Bible.

God loved us so much, He sent His only Son to earth as a baby to die for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16
Jesus died on the cross. The Bible tells us that Jesus said, "It is finished" and then He gave up the Ghost--that means that Jesus died.

                                                               But it didn't end there.

Jesus rose again on the third day. That's why we celebrate Easter. Not to wait for the Easter bunny to leave us some candy.

We can't save ourselves. No one is righteous. I know that I'm not good enough to go to Heaven. And no one else is. And if no one is good enough to go to Heaven on their own, then we are all doomed, and on our way to Hell.

But Christ died for us so we wouldn't have to die. He took our place. Think of a man in the secret service. He sees an assassin and jumps in front of the President, taking the bullet in the heart. It should have been the President who got shot--but instead, the secret service man took the Presidents place.
     I should have been the one on that cross. But Jesus took my place because He loved me. The Bible tells us that Jesus could have asked thousands of angels to take Him off the cross--but He stayed there for me. And it was me who nailed Jesus to that cross.

How does Jesus dying on the cross save us? His blood washes away all our sins. If we believe that Jesus Christ died for us, even though we are sinners, and then rose again to save us, we can be saved from living in Hell for the rest of eternity. If we die without accepting Jesus as our Saviour, then we will go to Hell. And the truth is, we have no idea when we will die, or when Jesus is coming back--did you know Jesus is coming back? When He does, He will take all the people who believe in Him to Heaven--we will meet Him in the air.
     In my favorite book of the Bible, James, it says that,

"...we know not what shall be on the morrow; for what is your life? It is even a vapour which appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away." ~ James 4:13-14

You know how on a cold morning you can see your breath for a few seconds? That's what the verse means when it says, "as a vapour"; you could die of a heart attack in the next minute or less--no matter what your age. Driving to the store or home from work, you could be in a car accident. Someone could break into your house and shoot you down in cold blood. Or Jesus could come back.

Jesus will save anyone--and He can and will save you. No matter who you are, or what you've done, Jesus loves you. Why else would He die for you? Death on the cross was extremely painful--but He went through it for you. Don't wait another minute. This Easter, come to know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Just admit you're a sinner. Believe that Jesus died for you and rose again. Then call upon Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins. He will save you. If there are any questions, just give me a call or email me.

For those of you who are already saved, what have you been doing lately? We are called to be the light of the world. We have to spread the amazing news of Jesus to people around us. Ask your friends and family if they're saved. Even if you think they are, ask anyway--if they're saved, I'm sure they would appreciate that you care about them. We've got an awesome job--a wonderful calling: we have to spread the Word. What are doing about it?

Some exciting news for all Christians: three people have been saved this week! This is the best Easter of my life!

Just Me Again

Friday, April 22, 2011

Well, it's official. My brother is now taller than me and my mom. How depressing.

I'm pretty sure of where my novel is going. I solved my problem and I'm ready to get writing. Once again though, I need a name. One that means disappointed would do nice, I think. Anyway, I'm so glad that I finally figured out what the problem was--this has been going on for a week at least! But it's all over now and I can get back to writing again.

Well, yesterday was pretty fun. We went outside with the neighbors and flew a kite. Actually, we spent most of the time trying to get the kite up in the air. One of us got a mouthful of kite trying to get it up. Hehe. It was pretty funny. After that, my brother had baseball practice. So, Ashlyn Sound gathered together in our band studio--my basement. We sang songs, played guitar and piano--and of course, we talked. Mostly funny stories and weird dreams we've had. Morgan looked over my newest song; I'm not going to put it on my blog, because it's not completely finished yet. We're not even sure if we'll put it on the market someday. It's just one of those funny songs that you laugh at. Bethanie says it's violent. Maybe...

I guess that's all for now. There's not much too tell about my life at this current point in time, other than how excited I am about different things in my book. And you probably are tired of hearing about my book. So I'll let you go know. Have a grrrreat week!

Life in the Day of Me (I'm so Mixed Up.....)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Life is so crazy. At least, mine is. I think I feel a headache coming on. Seriously.

After getting over my writing trouble, I was happy. Until I realized that nothing had changed; I was still in a rut. And there I remain. I have a new name for my once-nameless-character, so that isn't the problem. It's what to do next. I have to make a big decision that--well, I don't want to make. But I must make the choice because a lot of the story depends on this decision. That kind of stinks.

Other than that, my life is pretty nice. I just wrote another song and I'm working on one that one of my friends doesn't like because--and I quote--"It's so prejudiced against city girls!" Then she went on to say what a hillbilly I am. Maybe it's true; but I'm working on the song anyway. Morgan and I want to make it sound really hillbilly-like. And eventually, a video will be in order. It should be pretty fun--and country people--at least in my area--will be able to relate to it. Although city people might scowl at me (I'm not mean to city people in the song, I just poke fun at them).

The latest news in my house is that when my bff came over for our birthday, she brought Star Wars Episode II and III. Long story short, my sister fell in love with the movies. So I bought them. Her new nickname is Padawan (that's a Jedi in training). She calls me Yoda because I'm "short like him". Star Wars is pretty cool. And you can't help but love Yoda, and how he puts the verb at the end.

So, until next time--and in the words of Yoda-- Miss you, I will.

Name, Please?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

150 years ago today, the Civil War started when the southern states fired on the Union held Fort Sumter. Because of this, I feel in focus for my book. I am trying to put myself in my main characters place. The story is coming along just fine. I'm still uncertain of a few things--and I feel a little dizzy because of it. By the way, I need a new name for one of my guy characters. Does anybody have any ideas? It would be nice if it was something that meant "hidden". I'd be happy to hear any other names, too.

I'm anxious for summer. It is so much easier to write in the summer--for me, at least. The summer air jolts my senses and I start to think more. So I can't wait.

Well, it's off to make peanut butter Easter eggs. And then, I have piano lessons. Tomorrow, I have a surprise for you. Thanks for reading!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Selah means to stop and meditate. I've been doing that a lot. I guess I have to.  Just when I thought that I had gotten past the roadblock in my story, I come to an intersection--and I don't know which way to turn. I think I'm getting a headache...

I try to think about what it would be like to live through the Civil War. How would I feel if I was fighting against my cousins? I'd probably be dying inside. Old friendships would be torn apart. I would have to choose sides--you just can't go through something as big as a war and not take sides. Can you? This is something I need to sit down and ponder. I need to get completely focused. I need to eat, breathe, and dream my book. I have to imagine that I am my characters, imagine that a war is raging outside my window.

That's all for now. It's time for supper. Thanks for listening.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

I think I'm past my roadblock. But some major changes may be in store for Rebel Yell. I'm really anxious to see what will happen to one of my favorite characters; a small realization has hit me between the eyes, and so some things are going to change--in a good way.

Well, on Thursday, my friend came over so we could celebrate our birthday (we have the same b-day and are only a few hours apart). Unlike most normal teen girls who would go to the mall, or get a manicure--we decided to watch Episodes 1 and 2 of Star Wars (The Clone Wars and Revenge Of The Sith). I am not a big Sci-Fi or fantasy person. But Star Wars and Narnia are exceptions. Star Wars  is just awesome. If you don't like it, fine. You're entitled to your own opinion. But I love it. I'm always humming Darth Vader music. My little sister points two fingers at me in the Darth Vader gesture and says, "May the force be with you". And after watching the first 3 episodes, I understand things so much better. *dreamy sigh* Star Wars is awesome....

I have a lot of the music for the theme song to Rebel Yell. If you would of told me a year ago that composing was hard--I would have laughed at you. But I have changed my mind. Definitely. So yes, I am writing a song to go with my book. But I have heard a few songs that also go with the story. And my favorite of them all is Josh Groban's song, To Where You Are. It's so beautiful (it's on my blogs music player, if you want to listen to it). Every time I listen to it, I feel like I need to sit down and cry. And cry. And cry. It's so bittersweet. And if you know me, then you know that
                                                          I love bittersweet things.
Everything in this post is bittersweet; writing, Star Wars--yes, that is soooo bittersweet!--music...I can't help it....

Thanks to this post, I have realized just how extremely much I love bittersweet things. A lot. But I'm okay with that. Cuz it's who I am.

Uh-Oh (Roadblock)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I was working on my novel today; I was looking forward to what I was going to write next. But I decided to take a break. I quickly looked over the last line I had written, so I could keep it in my mind all day. Then, I was stopped. A quick change in the plot came into my mind. I would never in a million years have thought that I would consider this change (what it is, I can't tell you). It seems so simple--and yet so confusing. I keep telling myself to just go with my gut feeling, to let the story write itself. But the problem is, I don't know what my gut feeling is. I have to make a decision--I have to choose between two things that I love dearly; I just can't make my mind up. So what do I do? I can't move on, because the scene that comes next depends on what decision I make. I can tell you what: I'm going to be doing a lot of serious thinking tonight.

P.S. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I had a great day, and got a lot of great stuff, including books, the new Narnia movie, flip-flops, and three CD's--a Josh Groban, and two Keith and Kristyn Getty Cds (they are the couple who wrote/sing In Christ Alone). Thanks for a great day, for all involved!

Tangeled in...well, Tangled

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I just wanted to tell you all about Tangled. I really loved it. More so than the rest of my family did. Which is kind of weird. But I love it just the same, and it is definitely one of my favorite movies.

The story of Rapunzel was changed a little for this movie, and that kind of disappointed my mom. I really like it, though. My all time favorite character in the movie, is none other than

Flynn Rider!!!
Yes, he's a bandit...but I really like him. Flynn is just so funny. And as the movie progresses, you start to like him even more. He is so comical. Seriously.

Rapunzel, is awesome, too. I love how I can relate to her. For example, the part where she yells, "This is the best day EVER!!" Then five minutes later, "I'm a despicable human being." And the frying pan--that's just awesome.

Of course, who could ever forget Pascal?! He is the coolest little green dude ever. He is a frog camillion (right, Flynn?) with a lot of personality. You can't help but love him!!!

The movie is really good. I recommend it. It's out on DVD--go get it!

So Cool!

So today is my birthday... And it has been really great so far. When I woke up, my mom and dad said happy birthday and then--they said that I was getting a texting package! Yay!! So, I grabbed my cell phone and sent one of my best friends, Sarah, a happy birthday text--we share a birthday. I'm only a few hours older. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the day. I have a piano lesson (which I always enjoy) and then a yummy birthday dinner of Kentucky Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cole slaw, and sweet tea (really northerners don't know how to make sweet tea). After dinner, my grandparents are coming over for chocolate cake and ice cream. Plus, my little sister has been practicing happy birthday for a long time, and she played it for me. Then my brother played the theme song of one of the TV shows we watch as a joke (long story). It's been a really great day--even the rain.

To be totally random, I want to let you know that I watched the movie Tangled the other night, and I must say, for an animated movie, it was quite good. One of my favorite movies. The main guy character Flynn is super funny; and Rapunzel reminded me of myself a little bit.

That's all for now. How's your day going?

Just Random Me...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Remember how I said I lost one of my songs? Well, I never did find it. But I rewrote it. And I pretty much have all of the music finished *smiles proudly*. That means I've almost completed one of my goals for this year--completely finish at least two of my songs. And I have one done. That. Is. Sweeet. Just sayin'.

It's thunderstorming. But it's beautiful. I like to look for beauty in everything--it makes life so much more pleasant. If you always look for the bad in something, then your life is going to stink. Seriously. I'm not saying that we should ignore bad stuff, and pretend that everything is perfect. But I think to look for something beautiful, because beauty makes the painful times happy, and the happy times awesome. And I like awesome stuff.

Well, I am super excited because the Rebelution tour is coming to my town! I'm going--definitely. Anyone who is interested in going, let me know--I think it would be awesome to get a group together.

Some other new is that I have 21 pages in Rebel Yell. It's not much and looking at it right now seems like a puny number (because it is *sniff sniff*). I'm happy with the 21 though, and I am so excited about my book. It is so...cool to watch how the plot has changed. It used to be a play called Two Little Boys and my! is it different! I decided that the story wasn't too bad and I wanted to rewrite it. But writing in play format is kind of difficult (at least for me) and the play would probably never get performed anyway. So, I changed it into a book. And now, I have Rebel Yell.

That concludes my random post of the day. I promise that I will try to post tomorrow.

Before I Die...part 3

Saturday, April 2, 2011

#7. Graduate from High School. At times I wonder if I ever will. Haha.

#8. Taste a creme bru le (spelling?). Our neighbor makes them, and she says that they are awesome. They sound amazing.

#9. Design my own house. I can't wait until I'm older and can get my own house. I have the color themes all planned out; and I know a place nearby where I want to live. My kitchen is going to look so cool; red and chrome....