Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Purpose

 Every person longs for a purpose. No matter who they are, no matter what they do, they long for something... more. Some may scoff at this thought, but it is the honest truth. That feeling of something missing in your life, that longing for something else, that is you wishing for a purpose.

 In books, a character must have a purpose for the story to mean something. It can be such a great purpose as Frodo traveling to Mordor to destroy an evil item, or such a simple thing as a person having something they want to do before their death.

 What is my purpose?

 There is only one way to find out your purpose. Prayer. God is the one who has created your purpose, whatever it may be, and He is the one who will reveal your purpose. I'm still not entirely sure what my purpose is, but there are a few things I really get joy from that I feel the Lord has really put a desire in my heart to do.

 Acting and singing When I get on stage, something sparks inside me. I love it. I also love to sing, and praise the Lord.

Writing This is the main thing that I think could be used as a blessing and outreach to others. Ever since a young age, I loved to write little stories, and now I'm attempting large books. So many messages can be spread through the written word, but I also just love it for the writing. I love to have a pen, or keyboard at my disposal, and to let the story flow out. Everywhere I go I get ideas for a new story, every day I have to write at least a little bit. I love to share my writing, even if I get nervous that others won't love it like I do. Because I do love my stories. I believe that God gave me the ideas, and even if all the sentences aren't written in a flourish, the underlying story is what matters.

 I don't really know the purpose God has prepared me for. But for now, I'll continue pursuing the things I feel He has placed a desire in me to do. I love to act. And I love to write. But most of all, I love to write for the glory of the Greatest Storyteller of them all.

 What about you?

~ a rambling author

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ah La Surgery.

 Some of you might be aware that a week ago I had wisdom teeth surgery.  Yes, exactly one week. And it was not a pretty week, I'm telling you. And for those of you, my lovely readers, not familiar with the extraction of these pesky teeth, and what happens, allow me to shed a little light on the subject.

 Wisdom teeth are basically teeth that grow in when you reach the supposed age of wisdom- eighteen. Yeah, I don't think that's the age of wisdom either, but that's what the introductory video says. These teeth grow in the back, beside your latest molars. That is, if they grow in at all. Often, they become impacted, because of how they are turned, and are unable to grow in. Which isn't good. So in wisdom tooth surgery they cut into your mouth, and remove the teeth. Ouch!

 And I had a special case. Not only were my wisdom teeth going to be impacted when they grew in, but one of my twelve year molars never grew in because of one of them. It seemed that the edge of the molar was hooked to the wisdom tooth, which prevented it coming in. We had a long, drawn out near two years where we would go to the dentist, and the orthodontist, and they would tell us time and time again that we needed to have the wisdom tooth removed. But the thing was, oral surgeon we went to, who had removed all four of my siblings wisdom teeth, took a look at my x-rays and decided he couldn't decide if my wisdom tooth and molar were fused or not. *Gulp.* He said he'd have to take out both teeth. My mom was NOT pleased with this, so we didn't do it. Finally, we arranged to have another appointment with a different hospital. They said that the two were separate, so we finally set our appointment.

 That morning, I was a little worried (all those stories I read about kids dying...) but I prayed, and trusted my Lord and Savior to take care of me. We sat in the waiting room for almost an hour... maybe even longer until they finally called us back. We were taken to a little room where I had to wait a while longer. A guy came in to do my IV. I only had an IV when I was little so I wasn't sure how it was going to be. He had this long needle, and a plastic straw thing to stick up my arm. Fun! I held my mom's hand (WHAT, it's allowed!) while he stuck it right in the crease of my arm. He had to wiggle the thing around for a little bit to be able to get it in because I was dehydrated (not allowed to eat since the day before.) It wasn't exactly a comfortable experience. He left, and I had to wait again. I couldn't even bend my arm much now. A woman came in, took the IV bag down, and led me to another room. The awful torture chamber. Okay, just the surgery room. And I had to wait some more. *Taps fingers*

 The lady came back and prepped me for surgery- hooked me up to all kinds of beeping machines, and put all kinds of monitors on my heart etc. I waited a little more, (there was an awful lot of waiting involved) and the doctor's came in. They put a mask over my nose which was blowing oxygen in my nose, and told me they would tell me when the drugs started coming in. (For the record, they never did tell me. If I hadn't tasted it I wouldn't have ever known.) Then he just started a random conversation with me about schools, and some teenagers who'd gotten drunk. Yeah, weird conversation, right? o.O It was during this conversation that I started tasting this sickening sweet taste which I guessed was the medicine. Pretty soon my arms began to feel weird and like they were tingling and just... strange.

Then, something happened. I'm not exactly clear on what, but I had the distinct impression that something went wrong, so I started praying. The nurse sounded worried, and they started checking all my monitors, and talking to each other, and that was the last thing I knew... I was asleep.

 I woke up in the same chair I went to sleep in. I felt a bit out of it, but I was aware of what was happening. The doctor told the nurse to get my mom. Mom came in and talked a bit, listened to instructions, then they told her to get the car pulled up. The nurse fetched a wheelchair, and helped me in it. Then she wheeled through the hospital, to the elevators and down into the parking garage. They helped me get into the car and get my seatbelt on.

One of the first things I said, I think, was about how I didn't like the gauze in my mouth, or something of that nature. Mom helped me switch out and it was all nasty and bloody. Mom had to go to Sam's club to pick up my subscription, and on the way we changed the gauze yet again. By the time we got there I needed to use the restroom. We put in the subscription, then headed to the bathroom. Mom told me to wait til there weren't people around so I wouldn't freak them out with my blood before I rinsed my mouth out. ;P She also told me to stop staring at the floor because people were starting to stare at me weird. Haha! I got rid of the gauze, and mom bought me an ice cream. It took me a bit to get my mouth open, but when I did, and just let the ice cream sit there it felt so good!

 We got the subscription, and went home, I slept in the car.

 That day I didn't have much pain. Half my face was numb, and most people sleep the whole day, but I didn't. I had maybe one fifteen minute nap when I got home. I stayed in bed, but I watched shows or something to pass the time. Mom would give me Popsicles and stuff now and again.

 It wasn't until the next day until the pain came. I swelled up really badly. Some advice: do not apply heat to your face unless you want to swell up. No matter who tells you to. ;) I also would get pretty nauseous if I sat up too long. Once I got so sick I thought I was going to puke, but I didn't, and it calmed down after some prayer. Thank the Lord.

 So, now a week later, the swelling has almost completely disappeared, and the stitches are loosening, but I still have a bit of pain. It's all coming along though.

 I thank the Lord for keeping me safe in the procedure and all that's come after it. Thursday I'll be blogging at Randomosity Writers about writing from experience- thank you wisdom teeth! See you later!

~ a rambling author

Monday, February 18, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Liebster Award

 Thank you Victoria at Stori Tori's Blog and Katelyn at The Life of a Teenage Writer for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It's pretty. ;) This looks like so much fun! :)
The Liebster award is where Bloggers nominate other bloggers they like with 200 followers or less. Any type of blog can be nominated. It's a way to get to know new bloggers and to network with them. Here's how it works:
 1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you left.
3. Ask 11 new questions for those who you nominate.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate.
5. Go to each blogger's page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.  (I didn't realize this rule until after I wrote the above intro.)
11 facts about yours truly:
1. I LOVE theater.
2. I've been to Canada several times.
3. I'm not good at sports except for being tolerably good at volley ball and soft ball.
4.The Phantom of The Opera is one of my favorite musicals.
5. The most important thing to me is Jesus.
6. I'm obsessed with all things Peter Pan.
7. I'm a klutz.
8. I love smiling and making others laugh.
9. I love Korean television shows AKA K-drama.
10. I have the cutest niece ever!
11.I love rice.

Victoria's 11 questions:
1. What's your favorite TV series? Once Upon a Time (Revolution, maybe?)
2. Favorite superhero? Batman!
3. If you could have any pet whether it is mythical or real, what would it be? a pegasus. :D
4. If you could live in the world of a book or movie, which one? Narnia!
5. Favorite music artist? The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Legacy 5.
6. What is your favorite scent? I like vanilla, pumpkin...
7. Hunger Games or Twilight? Uh... Hunger Games.
8. Motorcycle or car? Car.
9. Favorite cookie? Oatmeal chocolate chip.
10. What is a quirk about yourself? If I'm watching a movie and there's something in my vision annoying me, I have to move it before I can enjoy the movie. :P
11. Do you have a favorite blog? I love Go Teen Writers!

 EDIT! I was also nominated by Katelyn, so here are her questions.

  1. Sunrises or Sunset, why? Both. They're both so pretty. I guess I should say sunsets, since I see more of them. I love the colors!
  2. Favorite book/series (if you read)? The Berinfell Prophecies, Replication, The Viking Quest Series, The Last Sin Eater.
  3. Do you have a routine, or more spontaneous? I need a routine. I'm planning on having one. I guess it depends. I'm a mix of both.
  4. What is your favorite board game? Clue. :)
  5. What's your dream car? Uh. I'm not into cars that much. I guess a van of some sort is fine. :)
  6. What is a TV show that you hate? The New Normal (Don't watch it)
  7. Favorite food? Beef stroganoff. (I have this question too, but I wasn't copying! :P)
  8. What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh? At rehearsal. Those kids crack me up.
  9. What is your quirkiest habit and how long have you had it? As said in Victoria's question, when I'm watching something, and an item in my vision bothers me, it has to be moved before I can enjoy the movie. Several years now.
  10.  If you could take a one month trip anywhere and money was not a consideration, where would you go? (This may have already been asked) I would love to go to England to visit my friend, Korea, Ireland, Australia...
  11.  What song always makes you happy when you hear it? He'd Still Been God

 My 11 questions:

 1. Do you have siblings? How many?
 2. Checkered or plaid?
 3. Favorite food?
 4. How much wood did the woodchuck chuck?
 5. Favorite fantasy world?
 6. Hot chocolate or coffee? 
 7. What is your favorite musical?
 8. Would you rather eat a raw squirrel, or moldy doughnuts? :P
 9. On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy reading?
 10. Favorite book?
 11. Cold weather or hot weather?
 I nominate...
1. Sienna - Of Faerie and Faith
3. Rachelle - Inspiring Daring 
5. Anna - For His Glory
6. Diamond - A Dreamer's Dream
7. Sarah - The Destiny of One
8. Heather - My Writing Desk
10. Rosie - Writings of Rosie

 I hope you guys enjoyed the post! Thanks for reading!

~ a rambling author.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


 I promised I would write SOMETHING even if it is a little something every Tuesday. The reason I have not written before now, is because I had my wisdom teeth taken out this morning. It's going pretty well, so far, though I think I'm swelling some. Tomorrow I may write out the entire experience for you to read- I know really interesting right? Anyway, I'm not going to write much more tonight, but I just wanted to let you know I have not forgotten my promise. :)

~ a rambling author

Friday, February 8, 2013

Characters in Costume

 Today,  I get the pleasure of taking part in Gillian Adams' Characters in Costume Challenge. I'm excited about this, because it's fun to become your character for a few moments. Check out the link to see other amazing costumes, and learn about some stories being written.

 The character I will be using today is not the main character from my story. Elric is the main character from Prince's Quest, but I will be using Anya, a girl who is incremental to the story.

 Here's the blurb for Prince's Quest to start off: Living as Crown Prince of Linaeus isn’t so bad. Elric can live with the whispers behind his back, and the obvious dislike the servants hold for him. But, without warning, his situation changes when King Rath decides to test his son’s loyalty, and see if he really can be a great king one day.
Elric is on a quest, a quest he would rather avoid. Someone in the small village of Redge is publishing false information about the king. It’s Elric’s job to find the perpetrator and bring him- and anyone involved- to justice.
The prince is plunged into a moral dilemma as he evades bandits intent on his capture, searches for truth, and meets a girl who could change his view on everything.
Life is filled with choices. The problem is, making the right one.

 Virtual cookies to the person who can figure out which part of the synopsis' was a reference to Anya. ;)

 Anya is a sixteen  year old girl. I've written her as having honey colored hair, and brown eyes, so I don't look much like her. Also, I didn't have a nice long brown dress, and full apron to wear as Anya would, so bear with me. ;)

Finally, in an almost inaudible whisper, he spoke one word, one name. "Anya?"


Her eyes brightened. "A lot of people named their children after the king's three songs. Back in the good days." Ignore the badly blurred background. We live in front of a house, and a bank...
"Great one, I thank Thee today. Thank you for the creation
you've given us. Thank you for bringing me a new friend."
" There's just something about you. I feel I can trust you."

"Anya's a very nice girl."
The moonlight caught her brown eyes, and as they shined, Elric saw something he didn't want to see: fear.

       I know that's a lot of photos, but my brother did such a wonderful job of taking the pictures, and I liked so many of them. These aren't even the entire set. It was so much fun to dress up as a character, and get pictures taken. If you're a writer, or just a reader who loves a character from a book, you should dress up sometime. It's a great experience, and only takes a few minutes to shoot.

 Thanks for hosting Gillian! I enjoyed it. :)

~ a rambling author

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I just had the most exhausting four hours trying to edit a mock-up cover for Chasing Shadows on Gimp. Now I'm tired, and need to go to bed. I have a dentist appointment in the morning. I might post the cover later. Sorry for the shortness of this post, I will definitely post tomorrow or sometime this week to make up for it!

 Sleep well, my lovely friends.


 ~a rambling author