Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday Five (Writing's Back :D) [14]

1. Since Summer Began - Well, more like since after my writing class ended, I have been writing terribly... I forced myself to write, simply for the joy of writing, but it seemed like everything that came out was the stuff left over after a feast: simply the stuff nobody wants. But I rearranged it, figuring out how to fix some of that stuff; but last night I finally got over that. I wrote five entire pages! Woohoo, go me!

2. I'm...what? Out of books, you say? - I finished all the books I bought! What am I going to with myself? Oh, I know. Buy Sweep, Beautiful Darkness, Original Sin, and all the other books I have yet to get...what? The closest bookstore is a state away? Oh. ...Crap. Guess I'm just waiting for Iron Knight to come in at Wal-Mart...BUT WHAT? I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE TWENTY-FIFTH? AAAAAAAAAGH! Guess I'll just reread [even though I already reread Hunger Games]. ):

3. This is Strange. - Since the beginning of summer [like number one lol] I've had dreams, and they all involve this one guy who keeps reappearing. I've never met him, never seen him, never even imagined someone like him. He tells me his name is Cam and that he's a future character in one of my books. And, as any writer would do after having a dream like that, I wrote up something for him and slowly a story is building up in my mind for him. It's awesome, but at the same time so weird!

4. Archery! - Haha, usually I'm terrible at archery but these last two weeks in my PE class I've actually done pretty awesome. They call me...MISS ROBIN HOOD. Of all the girls, I had the highest score - yippee! Our goal was to reach 150, and I got to 175. It makes me feel awesome since one of my book's main characters is an archer, and to know that I actually do understand how to do it is great. (:

5. Song of the Week - Ezio's Family by Jesper Kyd

I'm not that big a fan of Assassin's Creed - I own the first one, but I haven't gotten too far. Killing people isn't my forte, lol. But I was listening to a ton of Kingdom Hearts music on YouTube and this was a strange oddball in the list of suggestions, so I clicked on it and found this masterpiece. I'm using it for the theme of Fortune, my third book's main character. LOVE it!


Reading: Divergent - Veronica Roth [rereading]
Watching: Finding Nemo
Listening to: Ezio's Family - Assassin's Creed
Quote: "Wake. Up. You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it." — Four | Divergent - Veronica Roth

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Review

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Number of Pages: 374
Published: September 14, 2008
Rating: 10/5!

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love. (goodreads)

“Here your dreams are sweet | and tomorrow brings them true | Here is the place where I love you.” - Katniss

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.” - Peeta

I remember the first time I saw this walking through the books in Wal-Mart, and stopping to pick it up. I skimmed through the plotline, flipped through a few pages, and shook my head. "I don't think I'd like it," I told Mom, set it back down, and walked away, content not to own it. If I really wanted it, I could just get it from the library and see if I liked it.

Not even a few months later, just about everyone I knew including probably my own book characters had to have this book. At my job in the library, I swear I saw this book get checked in and checked out like nobody's business. I got a blog, and just about every blogger I checked out LOVED this book. Finally, I caved. A few weeks ago when I went on my 'book shopping spree' I bought the book. It came as the fourth book I read out of seven.

I never thought I would love it.

I began to read it, skeptical, especially when I read about Katniss trying to drown poor Buttercup (helpless cat lover). But I kept reading—once I start a book, I must finish it. And by the end of the first chapter, I stopped reading, looked around the room, and kept reading until it was dark and I needed to get homework done. The next day at school I'm sure I lost a lot of valuable information because I was ignoring the teachers—guys, I was reading little parts of this book TO my teachers.

I have committed a sin: I have judged a book by its cover, and I have been proven wrong about this book. Now, I'll actually review this wonderful piece of literature that I'm actually going to reread once I finish Beautiful Creatures. Darn it, why won't the paperback of Catching Fire come out?!

The characters were likable, the story riveting, and Katniss's wry attitude toward anything that stands in her way prevented you from putting the book down. I was getting tired of the common perspective: dry humor. But Katniss was different, somehow—dry humor in the face of survival. When she first hears Peeta's name announced, and you had no clue why she was so concerned, she explains it in such a way you've completely forgotten that she was just announced to fight in the Hunger Games. The flashbacks were so beautiful, so smooth that you never thought of them as flashbacks! Or at least I didn't! (;

The description of Panem was 'flawless'—I thought of it as similar to a Native American walking into a [cleaner] New York City. Evil can be beautiful, and the ugly are good at putting on their makeup. This is what I thought of as Panem. But even within those mountains, there are people there who are kind and good, such as Cinna. Katniss and Peeta are already struggling, trying to get used to the idea of being enemies even though they have a private bond no one knows about, and you can feel the tension of it.

Haha. While Katniss was showing the judgeswhatever what she could do, and she fired the arrow at them, I started giggling. Totally owned! I think this was the point I forgave Katniss for trying to drown Buttercup.

Anyway, let the Games begin. The depiction of the landscape, the Tributes, the Careers, and Katniss's instinctual escape were amazing! Oh jeez, I really want to go grab the book and start reading it again now. And she didn't get the bow and arrow, grrr! But she got it later so it's all good. Guys, I seriously thought Rue was gonna stab Katniss in the back. But I WILL NOT SPOIL ANYTHING. No matter how much I want to.

Her defiance, her cunning, her bravery, and her intelligence led you through the story at such a pace you were struggling to keep up with her as she dodged through the fireballs, hid in the tree with the tracker jackers, and watched from the sidelines as she fired into the mines. At that point when she lost her hearing in her left ear, I really felt for her. Hearing is completely essential to me, and to know that one of my new favorite protagonists ever might have lost part of hers, made me ache.

Then the announcement is made—Tributes can get together. I think if I hadn't been sitting in a classroom I might have started cheering. But of course I felt sorry for Peeta. You could tell his feelings were genuine, and that hers weren't. It was fabulous. The grand finale with Cato versus Katniss and Peeta versus the wolf...things was AMAZING! There are too many things I want to say. Then after they win, and are expected to do the unthinkable, Katniss's decision just put the book near the top of my 'favorite books ever' list.

And the end of the book is just—I WANT CATCHING FIRE! NOW!! By the way I liked the mockingjays. (:

So those are all the for cons? I really think there was only one thing that irritated me...and it was so small I'm really trying to remember what it was. I'm pretty sure it was the fact Katniss was so instinctual with Peeta, pretending she knew exactly what he was going to do or what he was thinking. You can't predict people like that, as Peeta proved, but Katniss just got so upset about it that it sort of upset me too, for different reasons. But that was IT.

See how long this review is? See it?! That's how much I loved this book! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK, DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I DID - READ IT!


Reading: Beautiful Creatures
Listening to: ---
Watching: Football again ._.
Quote: Um... xD

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White | Review

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Number of Pages: 335
Published: August 31, 2010
Rating: 4/5

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal. (goodreads)

“Yes, I have a driver's license."
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."
"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.”

This book made me laugh out loud so many times I got embarrassed at school. A lot. Just sitting there, peacefully reading/doing homework, and then I start laughing and everyone turns to stare at me. I don't care, though—makes for a good book! The very first page of the book made me start cracking up, so I'm glad I grabbed it when I saw it.

Evie is definitely different from a lot of protagonists I've read for. She's one of the first who has been a total badass girly-girl who loves pink and high-heeled boots. And even though she doesn't take crap from anyone, she has sympathy for the paranormals she tags as well as a cute disposition that made me want to be best friends with her ("Look at me, aren't I cute?").

I adored the names of the chapters, how they're all puns and almost all humorous. It's almost reminiscent of dark humor that Markus Zusak uses, consoling the reader though there's nothing funny about the chapter. All of the characters are different and likeable (aside from Reth and Vivian, I mean) and they each have some sort of quality that makes you curious about them.

I'm not sure what to think about Lend. I honestly don't feel like I got a whole lot of information about him. I did later in the book, of course, but something about him just makes me feel like Evie's letting her feelings for him rush a little quickly. But I prefer Lend over Reth, just so we're clear. xD Lend's power is definitely unique, and left me curious for a while until we figured out what in the world it was.

Onto Reth's arc with Evie, now that was intriguing. But I did get kind of annoyed with Evie there—even it if was for the plot. "I need you!" Why would you yell that? Moment of panic, I assume, and since there was a past relationship between them, but she's always going on about how dangerous the faeries are and how they twist words all the time. The minute I read that, I knew she was in for trouble... But I'll let it slide. She was about to get sucked dry, I probably would have done something along the same lines.

I'll make a paragraph about why this got four stars instead of five, though. Evie went through a number of things in this book that she chose not to confide in Raquel about, and when she did confide to Raquel about it. Like after Reth's first 'attack' and he drained part of his soul into her (I assume it was his), and her wrist and chest were glowing? Raquel saw it happen, but she couldn't see the glow. But, still—why didn't Evie tell her? Maybe Raquel wouldn't have believed her, but come on!! I would have told her, no matter what it would've meant for me. Regarding a faerie like Reth, I wouldn't have minded a bit more protection.

But I keep putting this into what I would have done. Maybe that's just Evie, but I still think it was strange. That's pretty much the only reason this was four out of five stars.

Otherwise, the plot had me in for a loop and all of the characters caught my interest and concerns. Even Vivian, seeing how lonely she was, made me feel for her. Kiersten White did an amazing job of representing all the characters and keeping you curious, especially at the end of the book. I'm eagerly awaiting a chance to grab Supernaturally, because I really want to know what Reth meant by "the right door" and what he plans to do. It's concerning, and exciting.

I'll halt the review there. I loved Paranormalcy just as much as Evie loves pink! I hope Lish makes some sort of surprise appearances, somehow, in the next book. I liked the bleeping too much. ): It seems like 7-8 paragraphs is the normal length for any review I make, haha... anyway, loved this book! Now, I'll probably be waiting until Christmas to read Supernaturally. Darn.


Reading: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia
Watching: NCIS
Listening to: The Legend Comes to Life - Pokemon 2000 OST
No quote today :/

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Five (Dare to Dream!) [13]

Wow, so not much is happening in my life right now. xD Bear with meeeeee

1. A Tad Disappointed - I didn't win the DreamQuestOne contest—this is no surprise, but I let myself hope for just a little bit that Lady Suzanne and the other characters of my short story would get their moment of fame. ): Maybe I'll make that a little weekly story, I think it's long enough for that... ah well, there's always other contests. But I NEED CREDENTIAAAALS.

2. Five Years Later?! - Let me rant about my video games, just for a little bit, promise. Okay. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is coming out in January, and I'm not fazed with the trailers whatsoever. Yet Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a game everyone including pretty much God is waiting for, and they announced this game in 2006. I'm serious, 2006. It's 2011, and we've gotten like, three trailers as far as my knowledge goes. Yet a week ago or so, the producer JUST ANNOUNCED that they are working on it full time. Now. In 2011. Five years after the game was announced. ... -_-

3. Biology II is Disgusting! - This week has been torture in that class for me!! Our notes currently involve flatworm, ringworm, roundworm, worm and parasite galore... it's DISGUSTING. I shudder sitting here writing about it. The sad thing is that the movies we watch in there? My teacher finds me more entertaining than the movie! But come on, I don't want to watch someone eat fish with roundworm in it—EWWW! So disgusting!!

4. My Book List is FULL - Here are the books I want:
Perchance to Dream - Lisa Mantchev
Sweep Omnibus #3, 4, 5 - Cate Tiernan
Catching Fire & Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
If I Stay - Gayle Foreman
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
Supernaturally - Kiersten White
Original Sin - Lisa Desrochers
The Forest of Adventures - Katie M. John
Guys, I don't have enough room on my bookshelf for all of these wonderful books. ): And my book shopping spree earlier—I'm not my last book...what am I to do?!

5. Song of the Week - The Mother of All Battles - Immediate Music

Immediate Music is the first encounter I ever had with VGM and trailer music, so they're kind of the standard I go to for creativity and ideas. I went back to them and listened to his, and fell in L O V E. Truth is, though; I would have chosen another song if I didn't think it would annoy all of you... but we'll focus on this one. I just love it! There's so much action in it, so much tension and aaaaaaah it's great :D


Reading: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl [I can NEVER remember their names!]
Watching: Family Guy. Sorry if this is humiliating lol!
Listening to: Advent: One Winged Angel [ACC Long Version] - Nobuo Uematsu
Quote: "Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing." ~Heather Armstrong (This has SO described me lately ._.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore | Review

Title: The Power of Six
Author: Pittacus Lore
Published: August 23, 2011
Number of Pages: 406
Rating: 5/5

I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight. (goodreads)


“If you ever know a man who tries to drown his sorrows, kindly inform him his sorrows know how to swim.”


Wow! I am so happy to say this book impressed me, a lot. I grabbed this book the minute I saw it on the shelf (during my book-shopping-spree) and I didn't get to reading it until this week, but I completely devoured it. There are so many things to go over in this work, so little time...

Pittacus Lore chooses to tell the story in two completely different POVs: John's and Marina's. The instant I began reading, I liked Marina's character. She is strong, firm in her beliefs, and she doesn't take crap. Immediately you grow frustrated with her Cepan, Adelina, who seems to have given up on rescuing Lorien. You can tell the minute the story starts this isn't going to have a lot of happy-go-lucky attitude in it, though there are parts that will make you laugh out loud.

That makes a good book. John, Six, and Sam are fleeing the law and learning to train at the same time. Lore is amazing with this: normally, when characters are on the run, all you ever hear about is how they're running. The trio don't do this. You hear about the things in between, their training and their banter and the moments where they slow down. I loved it! And the love SQUARE is even better!! Though near the end of the book that square is ruined, and it WILL make you mad. (;

There were two things about this book that I had trouble with, though. Those two things are One: Marina, John, and Six know that the charm has been broken. How...did...that...happen? Did I miss it? Because I didn't read anywhere explaining how the heck the charm was broken. Two: Lore needs more vocabulary words than 'ash'. Like...dust. And alternate between them, because I got a little irked reading 'ash' 'ash' 'ash' 'ash' over and over again during the action scenes.

You see the Mogadorians so much this time around! And WTF CANNONS. So much more action-packed, so much more battles of the heart, so many battles of the minds and learning. How Lore packed so much into this book, I'll never know! I know I was on page 101 one day and the next I was on, like, 342.

Yay Bernie Kosar! Just as awesome as always! <3 And even Henri makes a small appearance, albeit through a letter; but you can still sense the Henri-ness of it! The writing was so smooth I didn't even know when I was turning the pages. I'm not the kind of person who likes to get committed to a series, so when I do, I am SERIOUS BUSINESS about it. Am I using too many caps? Oh well. But I'm so glad I kept with this series—I want MORE!!

Now, typically, I don't enjoy stories about aliens. That was why I was hesitant on reading I Am Number Four, and hesitant on continuing the series. But that's the thing: Pittacus Lore (I love this pseudonym omg) makes it a DRAMA more than a science fiction. An action/adventure. The story is completely its own, and if there are any other books it can be closely compared to, it is not in my library. Each character is down-to-earth, in every sense of the term; realistic, likeable, and every single one has their own mysteries to be solved either by you or by the protagonist.

I can't think of anything else to say about this book. The first fifty pages or so seemed slower to me, but of course I was busy the day I started the book, so that doesn't matter so much. I loved it, and I'm eager for the next book in the series. I'm curious to see how the story will progress, I want to know more about our new Mogadorian antagonist, and I want to know...everything!


Reading: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Watching: -
Listening to: Those For the Purge - Masashi Hamauzu
Quote: "There were only two kinds of people in our town. "The stupid and the stuck," my father had affectionately classified our neighborhood." — Ethan Wate

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

Never Forget. Never Surrender.

It's been ten years. I am seeing, everywhere, people posting what they remember from what they were doing when the Twin Towers were struck. So I will share two stories—mine, which is a little muddled (I was six years old, I mean)—and my mother's, which will be much more coherent. But I'm also going to post what my community did in remembrance of this tragic day.

In first grade, it had only been a year since I had a close brush with possibly not being here today; I went through a rare form of food poisoning and was hospitalized for a week. I was still recovering from that, that's one of the more tangible things I remember. But I also remember my teacher, my classmates, and our confusion. I honestly wish I remembered more, but I didn't understand half of it at the time. I don't even remember how our teachers found out. Were they called in the middle of class? Did the faculty announce it? Did they wait until our classes were over?

I don't know. But I do remember coming back from recess, being one of the first people in the classroom. A rare event: our classroom TV was on. I caught a glance at the screen, and saw two smoking towers. News bulletins rolling under it. I got ready to ask what it was, but the TV turned off, and class resumed. Once school got out, my mom turned to me in the car before we even left the parking lot.

"Kendra, something has happened today. The world has changed. I know you're hungry, but we're going to go get gas—the prices are probably going to go through the roof. I'll explain on the way."

Once we got home, my father was watching it on TV. More videos of the smoking towers. Mom and Dad talking about things I had no clue about. But that didn't mean I couldn't sense the tremors vibrating in the air. I said nothing, not wanting to break the tension.

My mom didn't work yet. She didn't work until I went into second grade. She told me, many years later, what she was doing at the time. When I finally understood the importance of the towers, what the heck terrorism was, and how important it was that a war had been declared upon terrorism: an idea. She explained to me that she was working out—in my early years, she had major periods of fitness routines—when my grandmother called her. The conversation went something like this:

"What are you doing?"
"I'm working out."
"Turn your TV on. A plane just flew into the towers in New York."

My mom turned the TV on, of course, and to her disbelief watched the smoking towers. My mother and her mother spoke for a while, and then my mom called my dad. I don't know as much there, but I know that they both cried. My father, a man of steel, had cried. I have only known my father to cry a few times, and never have I been present.

My history teacher gives a speech similar to this every year on 9/11.

"Our world was changed that day. So many innocent people died, and for what? Monuments of our history, monuments of our strength, were destroyed...and history was made. Terrorism is an idea, and our President was so bold as to declare war on terrorism. To declare war upon an idea. This has never happened before. Would you say we are winning? Would you say we are losing? What do you say?"

May 1st, 2011. It was late at night, and I logged onto the internet to look something up before I went to bed. Instead my mind was consumed by the name I had heard for so many years, but never paid much mind to—my only true link to his name was 9/11.


I jumped out of my seat and ran into my parents' bedroom, my mind reeling. Really? Could he truly be dead? But maybe he isn't. Maybe it's a fake...but why the heck would they broadcast it then? I shook both of my parents, and after I received groggy replies, said, "They're saying Osama bin Laden is dead."

"That's nice," my mom mumbled. Taken aback, I just walked out. But in the morning my mom apologized, having been watching news reports all morning. "I thought it was probably just a farce," she sighed. I glanced at the TV. People held signs up in New York, cheering the nation on over and over and over. I smiled.

All through the day after I went to school, I heard the chanting of New Yorkers: "U-S-A! U-S-A! U- S-A! U-S-A!"

We have reached the ten year anniversary of 9/11. I've heard so many mixed opinions about it. "Let it die down; let those people rest in peace." "Never forget. This is our history."

Our class walked out to our flagpole last Friday, since of course we're not at school on Sunday. Our chorus sang Star Spangled Banner. We had a moment of silence at 8:48, the minute the first plane struck. Our superintendent rang our school's bell eleven times, and we said a prayer. Then we went back inside, but already I felt like I had done something in commemoration of this day.

Today, my friends and I have been trading anxious words on whether we should worry or not. Surely bin Laden planned something? Sure, he did; we learned that after he died. But what if it happens? I've waited to post this because of those anxious wonders, but thankfully it hasn't happened. I have so many worries, but I won't put them into words. Anyway...

I'll stop there. This ended up much longer than what I expected!

Where and what were YOU doing on 9/11? How have you remembered its anniversary?
Listening to: Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
Watching: Football - thanks, Dad. I LOVE football. [/sarcasm]
Reading: The Power of Six - Pittacus Lore
REGARDING THAT: I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I feel like my reviews have been super lousy lately. Why? Because I've been reading three and four books at a time before I review them, so I barely remember the books by the time I review them. I apologize for this, and I will have more reviews up soon, hopefully more coherent that the last few.
Pending Reviews: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Treasure Keeper by Shana Abé, Looking for Alaska by John Green, SWEEP by Cate Tiernan, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Thank you for your patience!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Friday Five (Witness) [12]

1. Books, Books, Books - I've been thinking about it, and I have read more books in the past month than I have for probably the last year. It's a nice feeling, knowing how many stories I'm taking in and knowing almost all of them will stay with me for a long, long time. But the only thing is I have sooo many books to review. ): Oh well; it's always cool. Which leads to...

2. Madeleine Rex [Wordbird]'s Blog Post - Business in a Personal World - I always feel sort of bad after I make a review that I don't feel like I've done well on. Particularly ones that I have negative things to say about, such as my recent reviews of Wither or Fallen. I don't want to mean offense AT ALL when I make reviews for books I didn't like as much as I'd hoped, and I know how easily it is for a writer to take offense at something like that. So I'd kind of like to say now I never have and never will mean to hurt anyone who reads my blog posts, and if I have or ever do, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. Kudos to Wordbird for making a blog post devoted to this - it's something that doesn't seem all that acknowledged!

3. The London Riots - These happened a while ago, but I got to go over them and read a few articles around them in my current events class, and... what the heck? I could hardly believe what I was reading. I pity our world sometimes, truly I do. It's amazing how something so small as boredom can finally light the fuse that has been waiting for a while. I feel sorry for all the kids and people alike in London. From the articles I read, it makes me feel as though the kids have been oppressed and finally led up to this. But the people who have suffered due to these events acquire much more sympathy. I guess I mention this just because it's something that stuck with me for a little more than a week, and it just makes me kind of half sad, half awed.

4. Battle in the English Classroom - Not as dramatic as the fancy title as I gave it. My school had a field trip last Wednesday for those who take agriculture classes, and I suppose that a few people brought illegal items along with them and 'smoked' them on the bus. Two people were narrowed down as who told the teacher who had done it, and many people chose one of the kids in my class. We came into our English class and were waiting for class to start when a conversation began, very brief, and then suddenly someone was running across the room to the 'rat'. His brother got into it, and so did someone else who just didn't need involved. Three or four teachers had to come into it, and the whole event really sort of freaked me out. I've really been trying to avoid names just in case, so; yeah. I know it's vague, and I apologize for that; but I'm sure you get the gist. (;

5. Song of the Week - Kingdom Dance by Alan Menken "Tangled"

Love this song! I love the medieval feeling it gives, and it's just so innocent and catchy. The entire scene of the movie this plays for just makes me want to go back and participate in one of those dances (though I doubt there was EVER any point in history that happy/peaceful). It's a really magical song, and I love it! (:


Listening to: Kingdom Dance - Alan Menken
Reading: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Watching: Conan, I guess. I haven't changed the channel yet.
Quote: "Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread...and we weren't counting days or hours, but minutes." - Anatoly Gribkov during the Cuban Missile Crisis