An Explanation :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Do you know that November is National Novel Writing month? That means that you shouldn't expect me be be posting much. I'm going to be super busy! When I'm not writing, I'm going to be working on Ashlyn Sound's Christmas album. I'll try to get on here as often as I can. But please don't think that I have deserted you! I'll be back soon!


A Few Excerpts

Friday, October 21, 2011

I've been in a writing mood lately. Maybe it's the crisp October air...maybe it's the rain... either way, I'm in the mood just the same. Which is good. I love this mood. Absolutely. Love. It.

Here's a few excerpts. Sometimes, when I read over them, I wonder how I could have written such monstrosities.

Things seemed to be moving fast. Then, Jack’s letters suddenly stopped coming. On July 22nd, the newspapers were all about the battle the day before, in Manassas, Virginia. A letter came from Jack a week later.
“It was all confusion; some forgot to fire their rifles; others shot the fellow soldiers by accident.      And the southerners let out such yells as to chill the blood in your veins. I’m starting to think that no one has any idea what they’re doing.”

Andrew went back across the room and sat down. Elsie eventually finished her letter and stopped to think over what she was doing. For the second time, she was doing something that might be wrong. But it couldn’t be; she was helping so many people. It wasn’t selfish.
     An eternity later, Elsie glanced outside. It was pitch black, and only enough moonlight to see a few feet ahead. Perfect.A quick nod of the head told Andrew it was time to go. Elsie checked to make sure Peter was asleep; then she and Andrew saddled their horses and flew into the darkness.

Ten miles away lay the Maryland border. As they urged their horses on, Elsie couldn’t believe what she and her brother were doing.

She then looked towards Lee. Lee, her oldest cousin, a lieutenant, a gentleman; at least, he had been. Elsie felt like she was sitting behind a perfect stranger. Lee had once been her favorite cousin; he had been the biggest influence in her life. She still loved him, of course. But Lee used to be a laughing, loving boy. Days with Lee were filled with picnics and singing; a smile was always on his face. What had happened to Lee? Elsie wondered. The face she saw now was full of bitterness; his eyes were full of mocking hatred.

Elsie gave up. She didn’t understand what had happened to Lee. He would usually have asked her for each dance. So many things confused her. Nothing confused her more, though, than what had happened at West Point. Lee was a brilliant leader; he always had been. A fierce fighter, an intelligent strategist. But not only was Lee ahead academically, he had been a great human being. Then, something happened. Lee started to slide backwards in his grades; he broke the rules. He was caught gambling—and worst of all, he had struck an officer. That was Lee’s last chance. He was discharged from West Point and sent home. That had hurt Lee’s boundless pride.

I can't wait to get to the climax. And yet I'm scared to. It's a confusing mix of feelings. I hope you enjoyed this post :)

Dear [Miscellaneous Items]

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dear Nutella,
You're so delicious. You make breakfast more enjoyable.

Dear Josh Groban,
You're voice is amazing. Your music is beautiful.

Dear Sgt. Shultz
You make me laugh.

Dear Cassandra,
I miss you. So much.

Dear music,
I love you. I can't imagine life without you.

Dear Dutch Blitz,
I wish I were better at playing you. I really need to step up my game.

Dear Life, 
I'm in love with you. You're amazing. Really, Life, you are wonderful. And I'm quite happy with you.

So Amazing

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Youth Group is awesome. It's true. And anyone who argues with me is wasting their breath. Because the Teens are so cool.


(Sorry, the picture quality isn't that great)

(P.S. this is only the senior high!)

Life as of Late

Saturday, October 8, 2011

While I am terribly missing summer, I am enjoying autumn. A lot. It's been beautiful this week. The temperature is in the 60's, we have a perfect blue sky--with no clouds!--and the sun has been shining. This is probably the most beautiful week of the whole year.

My maple tree turned a stunning red last week. Now, there are hardly any leaves left.

 Ashlyn Sound had a photo-shoot recently--it was fun, to say the least. Didn't my brother do a good job as photographer?

There is no doubt it--this is my favorite picture of them all (there's like... 100...).

 I had to edit this one--we were being our goofy selves without even meaning to. I must say, though: you have ten times more fun when you're goofing off :))))

 Living where I do is a big blessing. I personally think that it's the most beautiful place on earth. Right now, I'm looking out my window and sitting in awe of the pure-blue sky. It couldn't get any more perfect.

 Really, I feel like I'm living in a dream world. It's easy to imagine that I am, what with all this beauty.

Plaid + blue jeans= awesomeness.

My days have been filled with sunlight and laughter. The grass is green, the air is fresh, and everything is literally perfect. I feel like I'm wearing out the words "awesome" and "beautiful"; but there is no other way to describe this week. There are no words whatsoever to describe it. So I'm stuck with saying that,
This week has been awesomely beautiful.

My New Love

Monday, October 3, 2011

My new favorite TV show is Baa Baa Black Sheep. It was inspired by the book of the same title, written by Greg "Pappy" Boyington. I just love this show ^-^

Starring Robert Conrad as "Pappy"
Don't even get me started with him ;)

There's also Lt. T.J. Wylie, another of my favorites....
He's the only Japanese ace in the American air-force :)))

left to right: Don French, Bob Anderson, Robert Boyle, "Pappy", T.J. Wylie, Jerry Bragg, Larry Casey, Jim Gutterman
Seriously, it's a great tv show. Everyone in our family loves it. I can't wait until night time so we can watch re-runs---sadly, the 3rd volume isn't out in the U.S. yet :( just France. So have to wait to see the other episodes. But until then, I'm gonna have to keep memorizing the episodes we already have :)))