I Compile A List Of Places To Visit

 
lonon

 

 

 

 

 

London. I really want to go there because seriously they have so many cool things there. Big Ben, triple decker buses, telephone booths that may or may not take you to the TARDIS or the Ministry of Magic, the giant ferris wheel, LEAVESDEN STUDIOS, Diagon Alley, etc etc etc. Okay, so maybe Leavesden Studios isn’t in London. I still want to go there, though.

 

 

bhamas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bahamas. Do I even need an explanation for this one?

galapagos

 

 

 

 

 

The Galapagos Islands. The scenery is super awesome and it comes with superawesomemegafoxyhot penguins and tortoises, so that pretty much seals the deal for me.

hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for pretty tropical places. This is Hawaii, by the way. I want to climb the volcano there, assuring it doesn’t explode of course, and sit on the beach and drink a maragarita  I’M KIDDING, OKAY? I’m definitely not old enough to legally drink. Also, I like leis.

northern lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

This isn’t a place, but it’s the Northern Lights and they’re AWESOME. Unfortunately, I live just a little south of where they tend to show themselves, which is disappointing. I’ve always wanted to see them though. They look fascinating. Just sit outside with a blanket and hot chocolate.

 

 

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It’s Almost World Book Night! (Well, Not Really.)

Hooray! It’s almost World Book Night! Well, not really. But still! I’m excited for it!

What is World Book Night? It’s AWESOME. But to provide a fuller explanation, this is basically what it is. World Book Night (WBN) is pretty much a day where people apply to receive 20 copies of this one book. Then, on the particular date (April 23) those people who got the books go hand them out to adults in their community! According to the website, there are a lot of programs to get kids to read, but not as many for adults. So they made one.

Even though it’s for adults, there are a lot of books on their booklist for this year that I know and lots of others of you probably will too. For instance, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Pretty much 95% of all Americans have heard of it.

But ANYWAYS. So then on April 23 they go out and give the books to the community. I know this thing has happened before, but I think this one is awfully cool in particular because it’s multi-country. (Is that a word? I don’t know.) Besides the U.S., it also takes place in the U.K., Germany, and Ireland. And the people who run this whole shabang want other countries involved as well.

But what really intrigues me is why they chose April 23. It seemed really close to Earth Day. But it was chosen because it’s the International Day Of The Book. Duh. And it’s Shakespeare’s birthday. And the day that Miguel De Cervantes (you know, the Don Quixote guy,), died. Well, now that makes sense.

You have to be 16 to participate, which made me sad because I am not yet 16, and therefore will be unable to do it. But don’t worry, when I’m 16, guess where I’ll be on April 23? Somewhere well populated handing out books.

Well, what do you think? Great idea? Terrible idea? You like? You not like? You do? You not do? Let me know below! 😀

I Try The 100 Word 100 Day Blog Challenge

I found this meme the other day and it was really interesting (I thought!) so I’ve decided to try it. Apparently what you do is write down a list of 100 random words and then in the next 100 days you write a post about one of the 100 words. This is going to be……interesting.

My list of 100 words for the next 100 days(I hope!):

  1. Pancakes
  2. Snowmen
  3. Australia
  4. Cereal
  5. Curtains
  6. Fish
  7. Jaws
  8. Hippos
  9. Balloons
  10. Peppermint
  11. Semi
  12. Fern
  13. Burrs
  14. Royalty
  15. Headphones
  16. Ketchup
  17. McGonagall
  18. Deer
  19. Plugs
  20. Beachball
  21. Pinecone
  22. Door
  23. Window
  24. Rootbeer
  25. Plates
  26. Floorboards
  27. Baskets
  28. Watercolors
  29. Cheese
  30. Packers
  31. Popcorn
  32. Lights
  33. Three
  34. Traditional
  35. Surgeon
  36. Knives
  37. Kitchen
  38. Wood
  39. Chicken
  40. Toenail
  41. Flint
  42. Lava
  43. Offices
  44. Blue
  45. Doorknobs
  46. Indonesia
  47. Radio
  48. Pickles
  49. Tissue
  50. Lotion
  51. Ice
  52. Milkshakes
  53. Garbage
  54. Driveway
  55. Porch
  56. Grass
  57. Happy
  58. Marbles
  59. Candle
  60. Barn
  61. T.V.
  62. Paint
  63. Peacocks
  64. Fuzzy
  65. Yuck
  66. Cardinal
  67. Pepsi
  68. Straw
  69. Envelope
  70. Island
  71. Cows
  72. Milk
  73. Fireplaces
  74. Trees
  75. Forks
  76. Orange
  77. Bread
  78. Square
  79. Frogs
  80. Tarp
  81. Leaves
  82. Tulips
  83. Submarine
  84. Pop
  85. Sticks
  86. Arrows
  87. Willow
  88. Ugly
  89. Fancy
  90. Stairs
  91. Knots
  92. Glasses
  93. Knuckles
  94. Sandwich
  95. Cupcakes
  96. Yellow
  97. Movies
  98. California
  99. Surfing
  100. Confetti

That took a while to write, but I think it was worth it. It’ll be interesting to see if I remember to do this every day. I probably won’t but who cares? This proves to be a very…….. interesting……meme.

Looking Back On 2012!

So the WordPress stat helper monkeys prepared me a 2012 stat report, and this was my first full year of blogging so it’s my first stat report. Yay! I’m excited.

In it, it lists the five top commenters and the top three countries, so if you’re any of those, give me a shout out 😀

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)


Hi there! It’s been ages, I know, but I’m back now. So, then, without further ado…….

The movie poster..

The movie poster..(Well, one of them. There seem to be an awful lot of them.)

Last Friday, my grade went to the zoo’s IMAX theater to see The Hobbit, apparently because we had been studying “great battles” or “epic stories” or whatever they said, and nobody really remembered because we just wanted to see the movie. In 3-D, no less. The movie was really interesting. It was a little confusing at times, but I attributed that to not having read the book yet. Yet. I am still trying to get that book in my hands and in my brain. Apparently all of the library’s copies are checked out, last time I checked. But it was also really good. But there were still some times where I would pause and think…Wait….What?

For those of you who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, here’s a short summary of the movie:

Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit is one day unexpectedly approached by the wizard, Gandalf. Gandalf adds Bilbo as the final member of his 13-dwarf company led by the fearsome warrior, Thorin. Their journey encounters scary Orcs, giant spiders, goblins, shapeshifters and more as they set out to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the nasty dragon Smaug who has taken over it. As they pass through the Wild in Middle Earth, they must escape the goblin tunnels, there Bilbo meets the creature named Gollum. Bilbo takes Gollum’s “precious” ring that seems innocent and helpful at the time……a simple golden ring that it tied to the fate of all Middle Earth.

I’ll start with the good.

They do look very much alike....still not the same person though.

They do look very much alike….still not the same person though.

The casting was excellent. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins was very good. He was perfect to play Bilbo, I think. Ian McKellen was also very good as Gandalf, too. The only thing that bugged me was how much he looked like Michael-Gambon-Dumbledore. He didn’t look like Richard Harris, and besides, he’s dead. Funnily enough, my schoolmates seem to regard me as the one who knows everything about Harry Potter, so at least three of them asked me, “Was that Dumbledore?” “No, no, no,” I replied to every single one, “it’s a different actor.” I only knew that because I sat in my seat and watched the credits up until they announced that Gandalf was played by Ian McKellen.

I like it better that way, as it fits better in my nerdy brain that Dumbledore and Gandalf are long-lost twin brothers or something, and how could they be twins if they were the same person? I’d also like to thank whoever made this chart.

I would also like to mention that the sets were amazing. Riverdell and the Shire were especially good, in my opinion. I was wearing my special 3-D glasses so they seemed especially intricate and big. I ended up tuning the action out a few times and looking at the sets, some of which had to be CG because otherwise it would have taken up an area the size of  Russia.

There’s also strange bits of humor in the films, and they’re very well placed. Personally, I liked the part at the beginning where Balin and Dwalin greet each other in Bilbo’s house and then just bang their heads together. Strange? Yes. Funny? Yes.

Now for the not-so-good. It’s not that the movie is bad or anything, there are just some things that I think ought to be changed.

hobbit #4

First off, they seemed to have an awful lot of problems with monsters. Orcs, goblins, trolls, and the mountain rock people. Just to name a few. The mountain rock people didn’t bug me too much and neither did the trolls, but the goblins were nasty and I’ll elaborate on them later. The Orcs are what I mostly had a problem with, as they popped up entirely too much during the movie and according to people who have actually read the book too, they don’t pop up nearly as much in the book. I suppose all Peter Jackson (the director) wanted to do was just throw in more danger. I still don’t like them very much, though. They’re UG-LEE.

Don’t even get me started on the goblins, they’re just nasty and that’s the goblin king over there. Trust me when I say you do NOT want to see the rest of him. It’s just more warts and hair and snot and more who knows what. I guess, since he’s easily the ugliest of the lot that the ugliest goblin is the king.

hobbit #5

And as I’m seguing into the ugly, one word. Gollum/Smeagol. Gollum is one bang out of order hobbit, just to say. So apparently Gollum was once a hobbit like Bilbo, but he had the ring too long and according to J.R.R. Tolkien you go all crazy and evil if you have it too long. So Bilbo and Gollum have a riddle-contest and Bilbo steals the ring from Gollum and Gollum FREAKS OUT. It’s actually kind of funny if you’re not that scared, because he runs around going “my precious!” I don’t know. I thought it was funny from a nerdy point of view. I’m weird in the way that I like it.

Well, I think I’ve run through the good, the bad and the ugly. Overall, it was a really good movie and I liked it a lot, it was just weird like Gollum sometimes. But I’d watch it again, and you should if you haven’t already.

Rating: 4/5

The Sad Story Of Fluffy The Frog: Book #1

In Creative Writing in school last week, yours truly wrote a book that is surpassing all expectation. This book? None other than….

The Sad Story Of Fluffy The Frog.

I’ve decided to tell you about it, one, because I totally love it, two, because I want to hear what you think about it, and three, a good many of you are doing NaNoWriMo, so you’ll enjoy this.

So here goes. Because I can’t find out how to scan the pages onto the computer, (such a smarty-pants I am), I’ve just redrawn the pictures in Microsoft Word and uploaded them here. I hope you love it to pieces!

Title: The Sad Story of Fluffy The Frog.

Page 1: One day Fluffy was sitting outside in the rain.

Page 2: Then a lightning bolt hit him and he died.

The end!

 

 

I’m so sadistic, cruel and uncaring, yes, I know.

P.S. It’s a trilogy, so that means there’s two more to come! Mwahahaha! >:)

So what did you think? Please let me know! I MUST HEAR YOUR REACTION! 🙂

Halloween Is Over, NaNoWriMo Is Here

*Thankfully, I’m nowhere near Hurricane Sandy, so I am still here with all of my power and blogging capabilities. *

Yesterday was Halloween, and it was fun. Today is NaNoWriMo, and that’s fun too!

Halloween was pretty good for me, except for the fact that it’s probably my last year actually dressing up and getting candy, instead of giving candy. Which stinks.I was a painter, so I had a bucket and a paint stick and brush and hat, and it was cool!

I also got a load of candy, and the exciting news there is that I actually like most of it this year, so that was great and now I get to keep most of it….mwa hahaha….

Some more exciting news is that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, please tell me you’ve heard of it) started today, and a lot of the bloggers I follow/read/etc have been pretty excited about it. Hey, I would be too, except for the fact that I’m not doing it.

Wait. What did tomte say?

Yes, I’m not doing it this year. Although, I am seriously considering doing it next year. But anyways, NaNo is a really cool thing, and so is YWP. I really like it. But I’m not doing it. (Really.)

NaNo is where you write a novel in thirty days, but I can write a novel in about ten years, so if I do it next year, it’s sure to be an interesting challenge. Maybe I’ll start with YWP, just to gain some experience. I really have no clue what I’m doing, so luckily it’s somewhat normal if I totally crash and burn.

But back to reality.

I find NaNo quite interesting, purely from a teenager’s view. I mean, it is somewhat crazy to think that you could write a novel in thirty days, but at the same time it seems lucridiously fun. I like the wordcount widgets, I like the website, I like pretty much everything about it.

As a matter of fact, I joined a while ago so that I would be ready for next year. My name is fuzzysockgirl, if you want to add me.

I’m quite excited for you guys. I’ve heard a lot about the novels you plan on writing/writing a second book. It seems quite exciting.(Did I say that already?)

So I hope you had a good Halloween, and happy NaNoWriMo to you NanoWriMoers! (Hmm, that sounds like a type of lawn mowers. I’ll just call you NaNo’s from now on.)