Define That Word Poll

Hi everyone!

My Mom and I have been using this writing book for school called, “Writing From The Inner Self”. After reading a little bit, I wrote a small writing assignment Mom gave to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought I share it with you people, so here it is!

Question: How can writing touch and transform many different aspects of yourself?

Writing can expand my imagination, bringing me into new worlds. Writing can also help me to pour out my mind and my thoughts, helping me to see things in a somewhat imaginative and slightly different way.

For me, when I write, I feel so good about myself; I feel like I’m in my characters’ life. And that helps me when I write. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I write and just let my mind flow, it brings out my creative self and it helps me to see the little things differently, because every little thing as a story! ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot imagine (well maybe I can ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) what my life would beย  like if I never wrote; if I never even knew the art of writing. Writing is a thing where I can use every bit of my imagination even if it sounds silly.

Another aspect that could change about myself is my lack of courage and self assurance. That could happen once I’ve put a story out there for other people to see and critique. That could help me better in my future writings.

And something else that could change is the fact that I’m poor. ๐Ÿ˜› Money comes when publishing a book, I believe, and that’s certainly something I’m looking forward too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

DEFINE THAT WORD POLLS

I got a few entries to my Define That Word game, so here is the poll where you guys can vote for the best definition/s. ๐Ÿ™‚ Vote away! The results will be published within a near future post once I receive enough votes. Feel free to vote for your own doll if you think it is the best definition. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can vote more than once by clicking ‘return to poll’, but please don’t vote for your definition more than once.

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How do you feel about writing? How do you think it could change some aspects of yourself?

Do you think I should do more Define That Word games?

Do you think I post too much? I think maybe I do and if I keep doing it, readers won’t be able to see my later posts, even if they were just posted the day before or something like that. Do you think I should have a schedule when I post? Although I’m not really a fan of that, because when I think up something to write, I don’t like waiting to post it. I like to post it straight away. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Define That Word #1

Hi guys! (really sorry for the bad quality picture! I think it’s because of the size is picked.)

On my old blog I started this game like thing where I give you guys random made up words and you come up with your own made up defenitions of them. When I get a few defenitions, Iโ€™ll put a poll up for each word, and you guys can vote for the best definition. This was also in a page (and it still is) but I thought I’d put it in a regular post as well so that you guys can see it easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the first four words:

Pretans

Heshy

(I used this word in another Define That Word game on my old blog, but I wanted to use it again) Keezies

Aunseddour

Comment down below with your defenitions and Iโ€™ll let you know in another blog post when the poll is ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I have a few rules for you guys:

  • You may vote for yourself, but only if you think it actually is the best ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • You may submit up to three defenitions

Thatโ€™s it! Have fun!

Ready, set, define!

As you can see I added a backround to my header. I wanted to ask you guys if you liked it better than my old one with just the white backround. I think I liked the white backround better, but then I though maybe I should have some sort of notebook in my header (credit to Megan for making it) since my title is ‘My Homeschool Notebook’. And if I keep this in my header, should I also add some sort of notebook in one of my buttons as well? Comment below about what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Books/Book Series I Love

Hi everyone!

First off, don’t forget to check out a game I originally made on my old blog. You can find it if you hover over the ‘Fun And Games’ page. And you can find that page in ‘For Bloggers’ if you hover over that page. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today I’m sharing with you 5 books I LOVE. Our house is filled with bookshelves upon bookshelves of old books that we don’t have enough room in the house for all of them. So here is the list of books:

Family book series for advent by Arnold Ytreeide (pronounced Yeh-tree-dee) (Age range: for the family/9+)

This image does not belong to me. I found it online, but here is the place where is came from: via

Unfortunately, this doesn’t have Amon’s Adventure in this collage, which is one of the five books. The books are in this order:

  1. Jotham’s Journey
  2. Bartholemew’s Passage
  3. Tabitha’s Travels
  4. Amon’s Adventure
  5. Ishtar’s Odyssey

I love these books, as well as the rest of my family do. ๐Ÿ˜€ These books take place in the time of Jesus, like when he was born.

I might do a review on Ishtar’s Odyssey when I get the chance. I think I’d rate them all 5/5 stars because they are amazing! Actually, Amon’s Adventure and Tabitha’s Travels I would rate maybe 4/5. Or maybe Amon’s Adventure 4/5 only. ๐Ÿ˜› I love the wit of the characters in these books! They are family Advent books. Like for Christmas, Easter, etc. I HIGHLY recommend these books. They are filled with adventure and I just love them.

Janette Oke’s Children’s Books series (Age range: 9+)

The next book of my favorites is the Janette Oke children’s book series. Such as Maury Had A Little Lamb, Spunky’s Diary (I have read this book so many times and every time I’ve cried my little heart out ๐Ÿ˜› ), etc. These series are all about animals, but some of them include humans. Actually, most of them do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trailblazer Books (Age range: 8-12 but the books are goof for young adults or adults as well)

And then there is the Trailblazer series by Dave and Neta Jackson. They write historical fiction, somewhat like famous peoples biographies in story form and with different main characters. My favorites of the series would be Listen For The Whippoorwill, about a African slave girl traveling through the underground railroad with Harriet Tubman to find her Father, and maybe Kidnapped by River Rats.

Megsy’s Influence (Age range: 8-12?)

Then there is Megsy’s Influence, an old book about this little girl who, with her mother, goes to live with her step father and step siblings. After her mother dies and she is left to care for her little baby sister alone because no body else wants the baby, she runs away.

Beyond The Horizon (Age range: 12+ or 14+)

This is a newfound favorite of mind by Jesseca Wheaton which I recently did a review on. You’ll find out about it if you read my review, and then maybe if you read it for yourself, you’ll know why I love it so much! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the cover.

A Question of Honor (Age range: 14+)

Love this book! See this review by Kellyn for this book. The cover is amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€ See for yourself!

Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Age range: 8-12)

Image from Amazon.com

I also love the TV series for these ones as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fight For Kidsboro (Age range: 8-14 or 8-12)

I loved this book! I haven’t read it for so long, though. I need too! Eversince I read it, I wanted a little town for us kids to run all by ourselves. How cool would that be? I did a review for this book on my old blog. Another book in this series is The Risky Reunion. Do you listen to the Adventures in Odyssey podcasts? They are really good!

(last, but not least) In Grandma’s Attic series (Age range: 8-12)

The stories in these books are so funny, about this grandma who tells stories to her grand daughter of stories when she was a child. If you’re wondering why it’s called In Grandma’s Attic, it’s because the girl finds old things in her Grandma’s attic which lead to another story that her Grandma tells her. ๐Ÿ˜‰ One of my favorite stories in when Mable (the Grandma), when she was younger, along with her friend Sara-Jane found a magazine about skin care. In there they found a recipe for a cream to put on their faces so that they could get rid of wrinkles and freckles. After they made it, they tried to put it on and it stuck to their faces! XD Ouch. I know, it’s much funnier when you read the story itself. ๐Ÿ˜›

Have you read any of these books?

Which one did you think looked the best?

What are some of your favorite books/book series?

If you’ve read the Family Stories of Advent series, which ones were your favorites?

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Look forward to a review for Ishtar’s Odyssey! It might take a while because I only borrowed the book from my sister the first time I read it and I’ll need to borrow the book again to review it a little. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

What Showing And Not Telling Really Means

“Show, don’t tell!” you’ve probably heard that phrase over and over again you don’t know how many times you’ve heard it. Well, I’m going to throw it at you again. Show, don’t tell. I’m sorry, really, I am. XD You probably know what it means but that title was what I came up with first and I liked it so I kept it. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’ve read a lot of stories and books. Some stories say things like this: She said excitedly. Or, He went reluctantly.

I know it’s actually hard sometimes to show and not tell, take it from me, because I fail at it a lot of times. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I actually did a post with writing tips in it and one of them was about describing, but I sorta wanted to expand a little on the thought) But an example of showing and not telling goes something like this:

Telling: “Come on, Sara!” she said impatiently.

“Alright, I’m coming.” I said reluctantly.

I’m not saying it’s bad to do that, but it sorta makes the reading a hint more interesting (or a lot more) if you use different words. And showing and not telling also shows a little bit about your character too. There might be something about that character that shows when he/she is impatient, or angry, something unique like the tip of their nose turning white; or their lips twitching etc.

Showing: “Come on, Sara!” she yanked my hand towards the stall her eyebrows furrowing.

“Alright, I’m coming.” I rolled my eyes and heaved a sigh. I had better things to do.

Or something like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ There is such a thing as over describing, though. Like if you go on and on when it’s not necessary to. I don’t have an example for that, but I’m sure you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, another quick tip for your writing, a good way to get your readers to keep reading is if you end your chapters in suspense. For example, someone is about to fall of a cliff (classic ๐Ÿ˜› ) or their they’re (Zielle, c’mon! Put on a good show, you’re writing a writing post here! It’s ‘they’re’, not ‘their’!!!!) about to get caught, something like that. Something that will leave people saying, “I can’t wait to find out what happens next!” It doesn’t have to be so dramatic like someone dying, but you get my gist. ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, I hope this helped! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S Hey guys, when you have the time, don’t forget to check out the ‘For Bloggers‘ page (hover over it and you will see some fallout pages). Some of you may remember my Define That Word game, something I created on my old blog. I also moved my ‘Buttons‘ page to the ‘For Bloggers’ page, and there is an ‘Upcoming Bloggy Events‘ page there also, where you can check out the newest things happening on blogs (such as Wordcrafters, writing challenges, new blogs, etc.

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I know this is my 3rd post today. Sorry ๐Ÿ˜› Well, I made a new sign off! It’s not the best, but I made one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Told ya’ I would! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Introducing… WordCrafters 3!

AAAAHHH! Wordcrafters 3 is on! You must sign up. Read this post to know what to do. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sooooo overly and insanely excited. Especially since they announce something super exciting!

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*Dances around throwing confetti* YIPPEE ITโ€™S HERE! Guys, I am super excited for this round of WordCrafters! It feels like forever since I started the last one. And Iโ€™m especially excited for this one because Josie and I have some special plans for WordCrafters 3. ๐Ÿ˜€ AHHH I canโ€™t wait to tell youย guys about them! ๐Ÿ˜€

But firstโ€ฆ

What Is WordCrafters?

Basically, WordCrafters is a story-chain where youย collaborate withย other writers to createย aย uniqueย book.ย At the kick-off of WordCrafters, my blogger friend Josie and I will start the story by writing the first chapter, and then you guys take it from there. Each participant picks up where the last left off and writesย just one chapter, and then Josie and I will conclude the book. Chapter by chapter, writer by writer, weโ€™ve written a whole story!

I created WordCrafters last year with the excellent help and advice of the lovelyย Josie (otherwiseโ€ฆ

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Beyond The Horizon – Jesseca Wheaton (Book Review)

Hi everyone!

Yesterday I found this book via Reveries Reviews, Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton. And from Kellyn’s review, I immediately saw it as a great book. So enough of that, let’s get on with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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**UPDATE: WHAT??? WHAT WHAT WHAT? WHY DID I RATE THIS BOOK 4/5?! It is my all time favorite!! What was I thinking? This book is now officially rated 5/5. There. I am literally reading this book right now. Again. Any book that gets me to read it again for the third time has to be rated perfectly.**

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Amazon Kindle

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1930’s (WW2)

Beyond The Horizon

This cover!!

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.

Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed sheโ€™d never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth.

As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?

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Let’s just say first of all, the cover is amazing. I don’t usually pay attention to the covers of books, but I really like this one (and I LOVE the cover of A Question of Honor). It’s SO professional.

This story was fantastic. I saw that it was christmas story, a fairytale retelling of Cinderella, in Austria AND in WW2??! WOW! It’s so unique and interesting. I loved it. Jesseca Wheaton is a very talented young author and she’s inspired me to write more because she’s only 18 (I think) and she has published 3 or more books already, guys! ( :O )

This is a book I will certainly read more than once. ๐Ÿ™‚ (it’s because of Aron, believe me)

Characters:

Aron: Aron is this sweet, loving, amazing guy who befriends Eliana (Elly). I just – I loved him. Although, at the beginning, he is this young jolly boy and then it all changes. In the next chapter, he’s a man already and I feel as if his ‘youngness’ (that’s not a word is it) could have lasted longer. But of course, from the prologue to the first chapter, it skips to four years later so obviously I can understand that. ๐Ÿ˜› I think Jesseca developed his character really well.

Elly: Elly is a girl who’s been living with her cruel Mother and her two sisters, Annie and Dalia. I liked her character, strong yet timid I suppose.

Wilhelm: I loved his character as well, but I wished there was more scenes of him. But, after all, it is a short story and he’s supposed to be ‘suddenly discovered’. I’m not going to tell you who he is, though, because I don’t want to give you a spoiler. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Writing: I would have liked a bit more description, but other than that, the writing was great and I would definitely recommend more of Jesseca’s books (especially A Question of Honor. Can you tell how much I enjoyed it? XD ) . I’m not sure if this should be in writing section or the setting section, ( ๐Ÿ˜› ) but I would have liked more description or an occasional ‘reminder’ that it was Christmas. Well there was the Christmas party, but maybe more small things showing what it would have looked like in Christmas. (BUT AFTER ALL IT IS A SHORT STORY WHY DO I KEEP SAYING THIS) I also loved that there was a little mystery in the story.

Setting: It was hard for me to remember that the setting was in Austria in WW2, and not some fantasy world. I understand though because it is a short story and how much can you fit into a novella? But I liked how (SPOILER ALERT)ย they found out that Elly was really a Jew because it added more to the touch of what was happening during that era.

Overall, I loved this book. It was so heartwarming and sweet, and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christmas stories, or historical stories or fairy-tale retellings. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S I always have trouble writing boys who like a girl because I don’t want them to be too lovey dovey or mushy, but I still want it to show that he likes her. ๐Ÿ˜› Any ideas?

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Zielle

(I am currently without a signoff ๐Ÿ˜› )

Do you think you will read Beyond The Horizons?

I love Aron!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Of Toilet Paper And Mothers Day

Ok. I have a confession to make. I completely forgot about my May goals. I’m really sorry. But I do have a good explanation! I was too busy building my newest inventions of flying cars and a time travel machine, of course there was traveling across the world in my airplane I built from scratch and chatting with the President of the United States of America. I also published eleven of my books and wrote 50,000 words a day and blah blaah blaaah no, I was just too lazy and I forgot. I can’t believe I forgot about them! ARRGH. So obviously I didn’t get the crocheting goal or the Two Towers goal. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ BUT I did start a new story, actually, many new stories, but that’s for you to hear when I publish the post about my June goals so forget what I said. But there are still 5 more days till June, correct? Let’s see how many of my goals I can achieve within those days I will take hold of and savor. *sigh* I feel sooo bad…

Mothers day came and went so quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m part of a girls brigade and we had a Mother’s Day night with a competition to make a dolls dress out of toilet paper/crepe paper/tissue paper whatever. It was judged by people putting some coins in the dolls they liked best. I wasn’t going to make one, but then everyone else was, so on the day that it was to happen, I made my doll. Of course there first was the running around the room tearing up toilet paper part (which my brother executed) and then the part where I visualized my amazing gown which of course didn’t turn out that way, and then finally, just before leaving time, this is what I entered:

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Sorry for the bad quality pic!

I waited a whole week for the winners to be announced and then they said they would tell us the next week because they didn’t have the prizes yet. :/ XD

That was my first toilet paper doll and I’m pretty proud of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I have something important to tell you guys:

Do you know the ‘Describe The Days of The Week Tag’ that I created? I didn’t make myself very clear and I apologize. I said to tag back to me, but I forgot to mention to copy and paste the rules in your post if you do it. So if you were tagged but haven’t done the tag, pleaaassse put the rules in your post and tag back to me. I didn’t tag very many people in my tag, so I’m just going to tag a few more people now:

Grace@TheGirlUpstairs

Danielle@NearButFar

Mukta@BornFree

Hope@TheNerdNotebook

Angela@AWritingRose

If you’ve been tagged already, it’s ok, you don’t have to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever made a toilet paper doll? What was it like?

If you do monthly goals, have you ever forgotten about one?

Zielle

P.S I will make a signoff, btw! ๐Ÿ˜€