Monday, December 31, 2012

At first, I thought, "okay, nothing big happened in 2012. It was just another year."
But it wasn't.
2012 held so many things for me. I feel like I really grew this year--like I know who I am and what I want to do. Don't get me wrong--I still have a lot to learn, still have a lot of growing up to do. But this year, I can see a big change in myself. I'm so much more confident than I used to be. Best of all, though, I feel like I'm closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. 
And I love that.

And I've done so much this year--so much has happened. My grandparents got a puppy. I had my Sweet 16, got a car(!!!!) and learned to drive.  

I've read amazing books that I know I will remember (and quote) forever. Books that have changed my outlook on life. Books that made me think.

I enjoyed the summer. I probably had one too many Cokes. 
I discovered Downton Abbey and fell in love with it. 
I discovered One Direction.
And I also discovered that I love guys with Irish accents.
Moving on...

I saw the most spectacular firework display that I've EVER seen in my sixteen years of life. 

I realized what amazing friends I have--I realized that they aren't just friends. 
They are family. 

My aunt decided to adopt a baby girl from Haiti. The adoption is still going through, and I don't know who my cousin is. But I love her already. I can't wait to meet her. 
2013 is going to be one of THE BEST years of my life.
I love you so much, Cara!

One of my New Year resolutions for 2012 was completed--I promised myself & two of my best friends that I would sing with them sometime. And in September, I did. 
It's still a little unclear to me how in the world I did it. But it was amazing.
My love of music has grown, too. I can't keep from writing songs, from singing, from playing the piano. 
I can't imagine life without music.

One of the biggest miracles of 2012 was the birth of my cousin's baby Oliver. I'm so thankful for him. He is seriously the most adorable little boy. I love him so much.

For the first time, I wrote a book that I actually felt happy with--and still feel happy about it months later. Sure, it needs a lot of work. But I feel differently about this book (Beginning of the End) than I feel about my other books. And I think that's a good sign.

I have no idea what 2013 holds. Part of me worries that it will be a terrible year, that it won't be as good as the last year of my life. 
But I've worried that for the past 16 New Years.
And you know what?
Each year... Life gets better.
I'm sad to say goodbye to 2012. It has so many wonderful memories. But there are thousands, maybe millions of memories for 2013, too--I just haven't made them yet. 
So goodbye 2012. You've been a good friend. I've learned so much, and I'm sad to see you go. I'll never forget you.

Helllloo 2013.
I'm pleased to meet you.

So This Is Christmas

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas was wonderful. For me, it started on Sunday night, at our church's candlelight service. The next day, two of my best friends came over for a few hours. Then it was time to head to my grandparent's, where we ate, read the Christmas story, opened presents, and ate some more. Let me tell you, brownie sundaes are A.Maz.Ing.

While we were opening presents, we looked outside and.... It was snowing. Actually snowing. On Christmas Eve. This is the stuff that dreams are made out of, my friends. It doesn't get much better than snow on Christmas Eve. There wasn't a lot of snow, but just to see the soft white flakes come floating to the ground is enough. 

Christmas night, I went to spend Christmas with all my cousins at my other grandparent's house. There was tons of good food (seriously. tons.), lots of laughs, and the two best little kids in the whole wide world (one of which is learning to walk!). 

My Christmas was amazing, so say the least. Why? Because it was with the people that I care most about (and the snow helped a lot too). My favorite presents? A leather jacket and a cookbook (everything I got was amazing, though). And to top off my great Christmas--it's snowing like crazy right now :) 

Yes, my Christmas was is wonderful. How was yours?

xoxo, Emily

Christmas Love

Friday, December 21, 2012

I love making Christmas cookies.
Eating Christmas cookies and a ton of other goodies that I probably shouldn't be eating. 
Watching Christmas movies that I've always watched with my family, and feeling memories start to surface.

I love listening to Christmas music.
Hearing it play in all the stores.
Rushing around, trying to find presents that my family & friends will love. 

I love spending time with family and friends.
Remembering all the Christmases that I've spent with them.
Singing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" with my best friend every time I see her.

I love the mystery of Christmas. 
Wanting to know what is under the tree--but not truly wanting to know.

And I even love getting wrapped up by my friends--and nearly suffocating.
And the green bow that they put on my nose.
And how it looks in my room, stuck on my dresser.
And how I will look at that green bow year after year, remembering the great Christmases with great people.
And how much love I feel at Christmas.

Merry Christmas
xoxo, Emily

December Nights... And Days...

Monday, December 17, 2012


It's December already. And I haven't posted in a long time. Life has been super crazy. Christmas is always that way. But I love Christmas anyway.

Two of my good friends are home from college, so I had a wonderful time getting to see them again. And last night was the Christmas cantata at my church. One of my best friends and I were the narrators. It went really well. We had a lot of fun working on the cantata, but I'm glad that it's over. I also got my ears pierced today-- and it actually didn't hurt too bad.

Whew. December is a busy month.

Hopefully I'll be able to write a real post sometime this week. Until then, I'd like to share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you.

Happy December :)

Concerning Editing

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NaNoWriMo didn't go so well for me. I guess I just wasn't ready to start writing my novel yet. I'll pick it up again once I've planned a few things out. But right now, I need to take a short break. So I decided to pull out my novel from last year and edit a little.

My NaNo novel last year was about the Civil War (historical fiction is my favorite genre--especially when it takes place during the Civil War). I knew that it definitely needed more work on the plot, but other than that, I thought editing would be pretty easy.

It wasn't.

Well, not completely. The editing process was going pretty smoothly, until I looked back over my first draft. A certain character--who wasn't supposed to play a big role--seemed to completely take over the story. I realized that I liked him much better than the hero. That isn't such a big problem--but the fact that he was taking over the story really bothered me.

Now I'm stuck. This problem character will definitely have a much bigger part in the story now--but I can't decide if I should make him the hero or not. Major plot twists always scare me a little bit. I have to learn to trust my instincts, though... Don't I??

Anyway... Writing is so stressful, I'm sure that I'll probably go prematurely gray... But writing is so worth all the crazy worrying, isn't it? Even if I never get published, writing will be worth all the trouble it causes me. Nothing worth while is ever easy.

The Next Big Thing

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hey everyone :) I was tagged in a writing tag by Jamie over at Through Two Blue Eyes. Since I love writing and tags.... It should be really fun! :)

What is the working title of your book? Right now, it's called Blood Red and it is book 2 in the Rebel Trilogy. I probably won't keep the title, but it will have to do for now.
Where did the idea for the book come from? I started to think about where our country could be in 50 years. What could happen? What has happened to other countries in the past? I decided to write about what the future could bring.
What genre does your book fall under? YA Fiction.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This is a tough question. There are some characters that I can't find the right actor for. But I do have actors for others.

Hayden Christensen as Riley Kale.

Alexander Ludwig as Seth Bowen

Diego Boneta as Vince Mason

Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Aaralyn Scott

Jake Abel as Jay Murry

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? Haha, one sentence doesn't seem long enough... After war is declared, the Rebels realize that all their secrets have fallen into the hands of the Government, and it is only a matter of time before the worst happens--but there is no possible way to prevent it.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Once I'm done with Blood Red, I plan on sending it to some publishing houses and *hopefully* it will get accepted. Of course, the first book in the trilogy will have to be accepted first :)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I haven't finished it yet, but I'm guessing it shouldn't take too much longer.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Haha, I have no idea.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? Nothing really inspired me to do it. I just got the idea for it and thought... "Hmm, I should write a book about this."
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Like I said before, this book is the second book in a trilogy and takes place after... well, after the first book :p (Six months after the first book, to be exact)  The trilogy is set about 70 years from now in a country that is totally corrupt. A group a Rebels decides to rebel against the Government and take back their country. This is the continuing story of their struggle.

And since I'm really hungry and need to go eat... I'm just going to say that anyone who wants to do this tag can :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2012

An Anthology of Thanks | Hannah NicoleHappy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm off to spend the day with my wonderful family (and eat some turkey :D) Before I do, though, I wanted to take some time to make a list of things I'm thankful for. So, I'm going to link up to Hannah's A to Z anthology of thanks.

a--apple sauce. the super-sugary kind
b--brand new Christmas cds for me to listen to
c--cousins. some of my best friends in the world
d--driver's permit. yes, I've been waiting so long to have it
e--evenings spent with my family
f--favorite sweatshirts
g--godly friends who I can be myself with
h--hot chocolate. sprinkled with cinnamon
i--icicles. the long kind that sparkle in the light
j--Jesus. I'm so thankful that He came to die on the cross for my sins
k--keeping in touch with my cousins. 
l--laughter. the kind that makes your sides hurt
m--making new friends
n--nice people who make you feel at home
o--opening a letter from a good friend that moved away
p--photo albums. looking at how everyone has changed
q--quiet afternoons in the woods
r--reading through old original songs with my band
s--spending a whole saturday in the mall trying on dresses with friends
t--teachers who see all that you can be (thanks, momma)
u--understanding math more than I did (or at least feeling like I do)
v--visiting my grandparents
w--watching movies with the cousins after Thanksgiving dinner
x--extra chessy lasanga
y--youth leaders. and the nine years that they were at our church. I miss them
z--zeal. having a strong passion for something

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone :)

Just Because

Saturday, November 17, 2012

For all you Avenger-loving NaNos:

If this doesn't motivate me to write... Well, then I don't know what will!!

The NaNo Craze

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It seems like I've been off the blogsphere for ages. I guess that I have, thanks to NaNo.

The first week, things went pretty rough. My novel gave me lots of trouble, and my characters decided be stubborn in just about every way imaginable. But this week has been better. I stayed up past midnight a few times and finally boosted my word count up--I'm still behind, but not as badly as before.

So, since I'm still in writing mode, I thought that I'd raid the Beautiful People archives and work on some character development for my main character, Brynn (in case you didn't know, my NaNo novel is actually the sequel to my last novel, Beginning of the End--which I finished last month! Yay!) Anyway... Without further delay, here's a little bit about my character,

Brynn Mason

What is their biggest accomplishment? 
 Brynn feels like every act of defiance against the Government is a huge accomplishment--there isn't any single moment that she considers more spectacular than the others.

What is one of their strongest childhood memories?
The day when her best friend's father was killed.

What is their favorite food?
Brynn adores anything with coffee in it. Especially if there's chocolate in the coffee.

Do they believe in love at first sight?

No. Brynn scorns people who believe in love at first sight.

What kind of home do they live in?

Brynn lives on the second floor of a two story house. The first floor is the Headquarters for the Rebel leaders, and sometimes Brynn has a hard time falling asleep because of all the noise below. Home life isn't much of a life. Brynn's older cousins and guardians, Erik and Vince, are never around--and when they are, it isn't for very long.

What do they like to wear?

Light brown leggings, boots, a green tank-top and a black leather jacket. Brynn usually ties her hair up in a knot on her hand, to keep it out of the way.

What would they do if they discov
ered they were dying?
Considering that Brynn is a soldier, and faces the possibility of dying everyday, she probably wouldn't do a whole lot differently. Except maybe go into the Government an attempt to assassinate the Dictator.

What kind of holidays, or traditions do they celebrate?
The most celebrated holiday in the Rebel camp is Independence Day. Every July 4th, Brynn joins her brothers-in-arms to remember their country's independence--and what they're really fighting for. Other than that, the only traditions that Brynn practices are little things that only she and Riley value--like going hunting, or sharing a cotton-candy every 4th of July.

What do your other characters have to say about them?

People only ever have good things to say about Brynn--mostly because they tend to overlook her faults. The only person who says anything critical or judgmental of Brynn is her cousin, Erik.

If they could change one thing in their world, what would it be?
The Government. If the Government wasn't so corrupt, then all of Brynn's problems would disappear--she might even have both of her parents with her. All of the horror in Brynn's life is due to the Government, and she would give anything to change it.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? How's your novel going?

Dear NaNoWriMo...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dear NaNoWriMo,

It seems that you and I have gotten off to a bad start. I wasn't able to write Thursday (I forget why), I didn't write a lot of words on Friday, and on Saturday, I had to go to the store. Don't even mention today. Between church, taking family pictures and Christmas cantata practice, I barely have time to write this (as it is, I just realized that I have to leave in 20 minutes... Prepare for a short post).

I feel a little better when I remember that last year, I hadn't even heard of NaNo until it had been going on a week--I just jumped in. And I still won.

But I've been planning for NaNo 2012 for weeks. So why is everything happening at once? I guess that I'll just have to accept the craziness and work along as best that I can.

This week is going to be different, though. I'm going to make it different. Hopefully.

              A Frustrated Writer.

Are you doing NaNo? If you are, how is it going?

A Parade... And Randomness

Saturday, October 20, 2012

There's just something about parades. Don't ask me what it is. Maybe I love getting candy, so I can eat it until I get sick. Maybe I love the firetruck horns that make me jump ten feet.

Seriously, though, I really enjoyed going to a local parade today with my aunt, cousin, cousin-in-law, little sister, and--of course--my cousin's two adorable little kiddos, Londan and Oliver (should I just have said "family" and saved a lot of time?...)

Oliver does not like cotton-candy. Crazy kid... 

Londan: "Annie was like THIS!"

My girl :)

He's my little Dude.

I can't get enough of those kids. Goodness...

Anyway... To end this post, I just have to share some funnies with y'all. Because I love humor, don'tcha know? 
{All below photos via pinterest}

haha, I totally know what this is like :p

Yes. If only Peeta were real...And on a side-note--you can't not agree that he's nice on the eyes.*ahem* Moving on...

And this isn't funny, but the song is amazing, so... I wanted to post it :p

So how's your life going? Because mine is insane and amazing :p

Music Makes the World Go Round

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I know that some people might argue with the title of this post, but I love music. If I could, I would spend half of my day playing the piano (the other half would be spent writing).

There's just something great about finding a new piece of music that moves you and... Well, to say the least, is amazing.

So, I thought I would share with you my own personal challenge for this winter--for my piano recital in the spring, I will be playing a sonata by Beethoven. I heard this song and knew right away that it was the song for me. 

[This is only the first movement]

So what are your thoughts?

Take This Down...

Monday, October 15, 2012

November is only a few weeks away.


What's so important about November? NaNoWriMo. I'm really excited--but I also have the tendency to get really stressed out. It's all worth it, though.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I probably won't be posting much in the next few weeks--don't worry, I won't drop off the face of the blogosphere forever. I'll make sure to keep you updated with how the novel is coming along. But just don't expect a post everyday :)

Thank you for your patience :p

(Okay, so I just realized that I sounded like a telemarketer.... :p)

We Went Camping

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My weekend was spent camping--complete with playing cards, campfires, and freezing (freezing wasn't very fun... But I tried to deal with it). I was also reminded that my family really knows how to cook. The food was oh-so yummy :) What I really enjoyed, though, was the beauty. One morning I rode my bike down to the lake. A chilly wind made ripples on the lake and blew wisps of hair in my eyes. The air was so clean and fresh. Water lapped against the docks. I was surrounded by bright mountains. And I wondered how there could ever be a more beautiful picture.

But then, I've said that before.

How was your weekend?