Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This year

Not that. Although it's pretty exciting.
First year spent blogging long
First time I drove legally
First time I drove alone
First time I made youtube videos
First time I stayed up long enough to see the sunrise all alone
First time I had a stupid idea that other people liked (no, Shakespeare makes no sense after 2 AM)
First time I wrote a novel (I'm still excited when I think of that)
First time I painted something that was pretty permanent
First time I realized that I feel more at home at camp than at...home
First kiss

All in all, it was an exciting year, and I have no idea what to expect in 2009. Should be fun.
What I'm reading- A History Of Warfare. Pretty cool. It's the third nonfiction book I've read.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I was thinking last night, and it occurred to me that I had to write another novel before the end of this year because NaNoWriMo was last year and I haven't written anything at all this year. Clearly, I was not thinking straight.
But I still have to write a novel next month.
I want it to feel like A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think this is the only series with more than 10 books that I've read all of. Just that sort of feeling with the narrator and it happens a long time ago, but...not.
That made so little sense.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Your questions, answered

Andrea! asked:
What is the meaning of life in a maxium of 5 words? 42, happiness, finding meaning
Which brand of rootbeer is the best? I like mug, but I know you like that one brand, Frostie
How many empty cans of rootbeer do I have on my desk? About a million
What is your favorite color? Let's go with purple. Dark purple, although I like dark red too.
Did you know I have a coupon for 55 cents off Mentos Gum? You're really lucky, Andrea
Why 55? 55 sounds nicer. Sort of like making things cost 4.99 instead of 5.00
Why not 50? Didn't you hear me the first time
That's pretty stupid, isn't it? I don't really see the point in coupons for gum, but whatever.
Oh, it's 55 cents off any two pocket bottles. That's not as exciting
I bet you wished you had that coupon. Not really. I'm not a big fan of mentos gum
Did you want me to be more serious? Nah. These questions are so much easier to answer
Are you excited for Christmas?! I was terribly excited for Christmas. It went relatively well, and even though one of my cousins was rather surprised by my religious views and got a little converty on me, I was much less annoyed by this than my mom was.

fiberfiend6891 asked:
If you could change your name to anything, what would it be? Something less popular. Did you know that Samantha was the fourth most popular name in the 90's? How sad is that? See here. For 1993, the top four for girls are Jessica, Ashley, Sarah, and Samantha.
Why do bad habits die hard? That depends so much on how you define bad habits and dying hard. I guess all habits die hard, but the only ones you're really trying to get rid of are the bad ones, so that's the only time you really notice it.
What's a soul? A soul is you. When you die, your soul goes into the bucket o' souls (not bucket of souls. O') and gets mixed in with all the other souls and that's where new souls come from. It's not like you can actually, like, touch it or something. Souls change and grow as you get life experience. Does that make sense?

Bianka asked:
why do some things seem so obvious to me and not other people? (and vice versa) Because everyone thinks differently. For instance, I recognize cars and tables and chairs when I see them, but many people do not. However, I suck at memorizing things.
why can't i be as good at quiz bowl as robert?? Because you are a human, not a superhero. It's okay. I'm just human too.
why do some things have to be complicated? Because people are complicated, because life is complicated. It would get annoying if it was more shallow.
why do people get offended so easily? Who did you offend? Because people are touchy about certain things. For instance, if you called someone around me a retard, I would be offended because I'm touchy about that, my life experiences have shaped that. Other people might not be offended because they don't have the same life experiences.
why is it not racist to call me white? I don't think it's racist to call someone brown either. I would prefer white to "Caucasian" where the hell is Caucasia? Does that mean that I'm not German and Lebanese and Irish and Dutch and English if I'm just "Caucasian"?
why am i so frustrated with this thing that's happening??? actually i already know the answer. I don't know what's happening. Email me about it, kay?

Zoopsia asked:
what the hell is water? H2O. It can be found in lakes and rivers and oceans and underground and in bottles by evil people who feel the need to steal our water and charge outrageous amounts for their wasteful containers.
who knows less: two people who know nothing about a subject or a lone person who knows nothing about said subject? One person. Assuming that all people have basic human knowlege, the two people have 2basichumanknowlege, but the lone person only has 1basichumanknowlege.
why does bianka have the impression that it's not racist to call her white? I'm not sure. Race seems to be one of those things that we just aren't allowed to talk about, and that's a problem. If we could just start a conversation and make sure that no one's going to get offended, then that would solve a lot of our issues.
why are womens feet shorter than mens? They aren't always. I have relatively large feet for a woman. It usually relates to height, and men are generally taller than women.
why are fire engines red? You do realize that the fire engines here are green, not red, right? I suppose that's the majority because red is visible no matter what season it is, along with the fact that if you see a giant red vehicle (the squad, my dad calls it) you are going to move. It's hard to confuse a giant red thing with much else.

Thanks for all the questions! It was buckets of fun to answer all of them. Buckets of fun is my new "thing", just like tragic and no shit were. I'm not sure how long it's going to last.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


There are three main reasons that I blog about what I blog about. Confusion, anger, and excitement.
Today's the second one.
I wasn't planning on blogging today. I figured I would take the day off, spend it with family, get presents, eat food, whatever. However, I went to church last night, and one thing that I will never fail to blog about is church. Mostly how much I disagree with everything that they're saying, but whatever. One thing that happened tonight was that my pastor said something that I would consider to be very much against my beliefs. My pastor said that the only place where you'll be told to love your enemies is church. That wasn't the whole sermon, just one small part of it, but it's the part that hit me the most. I'm not affiliated with the church. I'm not a member, and I don't share many of their views. However, I try to forgive people. I try not to be hateful. I'm not perfect, I don't always forgive, but I do my best. It's true that I've been going to church for a while, so maybe that's why I try to forgive. It's also true that my parents have tried to teach me to be forgiving. It's also true that all sorts of factors go into something like that. It's also true that Christianity is not the only religion in the world, and religions in general teach similar things.
I feel like I haven't really gotten anywhere with this post, but it made me less angry, which is good.
Have a very merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


What do a handwarmer, five books, my Euro binder, my camera, my mp3 player, a ruler, several pencils, my algebra book, my geometry notebook, and several magazines have in common? They were all in a giant pile on my desk.
Why do I think that Concord Free Press is so amazing?
There's something that is missing from our way of doing things. We've been turning more and more into consumers who are completly uninvolved in the creation of everything. This is different. It's the sort of different that I connect with knitting and writing and youtube. It's the idea that things are more entertaining if you had something to do with making them. I suppose this was all started by something I heard on NPR a few days ago about copyright and how it makes us all consumers of culture instead of creators.
Concord Free Press gives out books. Not just giving free books to poor kids in Bangladesh, giving free books to everyone who wants one, only asking that you donate to charity and give the book to someone else. They don't make money. I wish I'd thought of this idea first. Maybe this isn't creating, but it's impacting who gets things and how publishing works and how books are read, and that's something important.
I had this idea. It involved you, my readers. You know how I ask a lot of questions? You don't. You comment every once in a while, remind me that you're alive by the three followers blogger tells me that I have. I want you to be involved. I want to answer your questions. Any questions that are in the comments on this post by Saturday will be answered. They don't have to be about me or my blog or ApartmentTherapy, they can be anything. I will answer all of them to the best of my abilities.
I am unreasonably excited about all of this, so you best have some questions.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ten kinds of Awesome

Can anyone say that this isn't awesome/hilarious/nerdfightastic?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Love Love Love

I've been singing this song for the past three days. The video's not great, but I love the song. So. Much.

I read The Dead and the Gone yesterday. It was interesting, but not particularly well written. I also read Skipping Christmas, which was neither interesting nor well written. The Dead and the Gone got me thinking about survival skills and the lack of them. Which, of course, led my thoughts to the post apocalyptic commune thread. That is pretty much the most interesting thing I've thought about in the past two days. The basic premise of the book is that an asteroid hits the moon and fcks with the tides, causing large portions of New York to flood. And then since the gravity is different, volcanoes start errupting (this part doesn't seem quite possible) and basically, the shit hits the fan. I disagreed with the lack of emotion in the books. It seems like most people would be freaking out about the fact that both of their parents are dead a little bit more than he was. I also thought that it was weird how he wasn't comfortable going through his parent's stuff to find the money and papers he needed. It was okay overall.
I want to read Wicked.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Creepy, hopefully

I wrote this story for English a month or two ago, and I knew that you would want to read it. Just knew with my sixth sense like that. Actually, with all my extra senses obtained at quiz bowl, I think it's like my ninth sense. Something like that. Consider it a Christmas present of sorts.

He walked out of the barn, staring down, his boots making the dust swirl up and disappear. There was an eerie calm around, like a twister just passed through. There never was that calm without the storm first, but he wished there could be. He never really regretted it, he only wished that he could be calm without hurting someone first. The calm never lasted either. It was a momentary thing, a momentary break from the constant anger that engulfed his life. He'd never been truly happy since he was a kid, he thought. Never that feeling that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, that feeling that everything is going to be alright.
He put his paw on the door handle and turned it slowly. He pushed and walked in. The others were there, playing cards and talking. He pulled up a chair, the legs screeching on the rough floor. They were talking about something and he was pretending to be interested. He had gotten good at pretending lately. Too good, really. He just sat for a few minutes, listening and contemplating. There was a high-pitched scream from the barn. Now was the time to look surprised, he told himself, and did so in such a false way it made him feel sick. He followed the other men out to the barn to see what was the matter. They were standing there in shock, trying to find who they could blame for the body hanging, just hanging there. This couldn't have been the first time that someone had been found dead, no one was shocked enough. It wasn't a regular occurrence, but this couldn't have been the first time.
"She did it herself." One of the men said definitively.
"No, there's no way she could have gotten up there. Someone tied her up and then hung her."
They kept on talking amongst themselves, and he realized that he had to get out of there. How could he do it though, without anyone noticing that he had gone and getting suspicious? He could start a fire to distract everyone, but someone would see him doing it. This was the problem. The calm ended so soon and the panic set in again. This was what he got for taking his anger out on other people. This was what he kept on doing, letting himself get out of control again and again.
"You know that new guy, the big one who's a little dim?" Reality crashed back in.
"He's not here, is he?"
"I think he said he was goin' to see someone."
"Right." He said. Everyone knew what the man meant. "He did it. He must've done it." "We'll go north, you four go south. There's no reason to go to town, nobody with sense would run to a town where they might be recognized. They'd go off somewhere, the wilderness, you know. That's where we'll find 'em." He said. He had a plan now, it was going to be okay. He headed his group out, south. After a while he got far enough away, out of sight and earshot that he could just go in the river. Just into the river and disappear.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Dance

We have a snow day today. I got up and hoped for this at two, when my mom told me that there wasn't a snow day yet, and I needed to do my homework. And then I went back to bed. And now we have a snow day.
Thanks Chris!
I think today shall be spent reading my NaNo and maybe baking cookies. Baking lots of cookies.
Merry Christmas! Happy 17 day long Christmas break!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ahh! Books!

I was looking through the archives today and I realized that it's been almost a year since I posted the list of the books I like. How sad is that?
Last year's picks were Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The View From Saturday, My Sister's Keeper, Anne Frank, and Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes.
Harry Potter, The View From Saturday, and Anne Frank are still on the list. I don't see them ever coming off the list, honestly. I love those books, I can read them again and again and never get bored. New for this year are Paper Towns and Catcher in the Rye.
I read Paper Towns in October and Catcher in August and November. I was just wondering what happened to the first half of the year, reading wise, and then I realized. Jodi Picoult stole it. I really like her books, my current favourite is probably The Pact. It's at least in the top 20, along with Nineteen Minutes. Another good book that I read this year was The Bell Jar. I think it belongs in the top ten. I'm reading Conversations With God and The Secret Life of Octavian Nothing right now. They're interesting. Conversations With God deserves another three posts.
Remember when I wanted to read like, 75 books this year? I don't know if I made it or not. I've totally lost track of the books I've read, and I don't really care. I guess it matters more what books than how many. Is realizing this some sign of personal growth? It better be.
The books that I want to read next year fall into the Deep category. Deep and old.
The books I really should read: The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, Lord of the Flies, The Koran (at least some portion of it), and As You Wish.
Maybe we should call this deepish and oldish. Can the oldness in The Koran compensate for the newness of As You Wish? If you know of any books that I should read, put them in the comments. I just might read them. Wouldn't that make you feel so influential and special and shiny and wonderful? Yes. Yes it should.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I love quotes.

With the kind of obsession usually reserved for Apartment Therapy.
Some of these have been reposted. You are not losing you mind. It is okay. Several of these are last words. I think they're cool, in a die the way you lived sort of way.

To hold a pen is to be at war. -Voltaire

I don't know about you, but I practice a disorganized religion. I belong to an unholy disorder. We call ourselves "Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment." -Kurt Vonnegut

So it goes. –Kurt Vonnegut

Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one. –Quentin

It's very beautiful over there.-Thomas Edison

Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. - Che Guevara

You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper. - Robert Alton Harris

They understood things of the spirit in Japan. They disemboweled themselves when anything went wrong. - Sylvia Plath

We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel —”Yes, that’s the way it is or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought. – John Steinbeck

I don't know. Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions. - J. D. Salinger

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. - Dali Lama


How inconvenient! Always before it had been like snuffing a candle. The police went first and adhesive-taped the victim's mouth and bandaged him off into their glittering beetle cars, so when you arrived you found an empty house. You weren't hurting anyone, you were hurting only things! And since things really couldn't be hurt, since things felt nothing, and things don't scream or whimper, as this woman might begin to scream and cry out, there was nothing to tease your conscience later. You were simply cleaning up. Janitorial work, essentially. Everything to its proper place. Quick with the kerosene! Who's got a match! - Ray Bradbury

The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.-Erich Maria Remarque

I'm just scared of ghosts, and home is full of them.-Alaska Young

All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.-Kurt Vonnegut

We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.-Philip Pullman

Religion is not "doctrinal knowledge," but wisdom born of personal experience. - Martin Luther

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Tip of the Iceberg

Everyone knows about my Apartment Therapy obsession, right? Here are just a few things that I thought were awesome. More than average awesome. New heights of awesome.I love these stairs. Same black floors look, only so glossy. So, so glossy.Is it weird that the first thing I thought when I saw these stairs was "That's the same wallpaper as in Door Sixteen's bathroom"?I love these stairs. I love these stairs so much.This is sort of the same concept as the stairs above, only more realistic. This is a pretty good floating shelf thing. Me like.Same room, different view.I wish I had that many books. And I lived there.We all know how amazing the Seattle Public Library is, right? That is a library. Love.We're not going to discuss how giddy I was when I saw that faucet. Isn't is so awesome?
And this room. It's calm and empty and blue. I like calm and empty and blue quite a bit.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Telling the truth

I feel like it's time to tell everyone something that I've been thinking about for a while. It has to do with politics, it has to do with morals, it has to do with religion.
I'm pro-life.
Let's think about it. I'm against the war, against capital punnishment, for healthcare for everyone, and vegetarian.
I'm also a Christian.
It seems like there is a certian brand of Christian, a certian brand of pro-life that has decided that they should be the ones representing all of us. They seem to think that Christians should have a certian set of political beliefs, ones that I don't share with them.
Labels sure are fun.
I guess I'm pro-choice too. Pro-choice in the way that I don't think that anyone's beliefs should influence anyone else's actions unless those actions are affecting them.
Basically, do your own thing. My religion shouldn't have anything to do with it.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Everyone wants to be remembered. It's the new popular, the new famous. Memoirs are some weird form of that, like we write something that was significant to us because we have some crazy belief that someone else may care what was significant to us. It may get remembered, it may not. The important part is not being remembered, you're dead and you don't care. The important part is feeling like you will. In the end, we're just bugs in amber.
So I'm posting it. I'm posting my memoir that feels to personal to read to the class. This is one of those things that seems like you can do it until you're just about to. That's the point when you say that you can't and you freak out and you run away.
My cousin Steven had downs syndrome. When you know someone with a mental disability like that, it changes the things you value. It’s not a sudden thing, more of a gradual realization that the things you once held at an utmost importance don’t really matter. Steven died when he was three, when I was in fifth grade. I sometimes wonder if he would have affected me differently if I had been older, if he had lived longer. I guess it’s impossible to ever figure out exactly how I would have changed. I know that it made me the person I am today and that’s probably a good thing. Since he died so young, I think it gave me a better appreciation of my own life and a better understanding of the fact that I will die someday, and I’m okay with that. When I think about all of it, his affects on me didn’t have anything to do with him. It had more to do with me and the fact that I had never thought about that kind of thing, dying, before. I didn’t need him to die, I needed anyone to die, just enough to wake me up. It made me the person I am. It made me able to tell people that they’re going to die and not make it feel weird for me. The thing that really makes you grow up is accepting your eventual demise, and it seems like I’ve accepted that earlier in life than some people.
I remember when I heard that Steven had a stroke. It was Monday, and I was staying home sick, standing in the short hallway between my bedroom and the family room when my dad, who was sitting at his computer, working, said that he had a stroke. My mom thought it was Steven, one of my uncle’s brothers, but my dad said it was my cousin. That night was a blur, I don’t think that any of us really remember what we did. The next day I went to school and the school physiologist talked to me. I’m not quite sure why, it didn’t really help me deal with things, but she asked me about my cousins. Over the next few days, we would occasionally hear something about his condition. They were drilling holes in his head, it was the hole in his heart that caused it, they’re taking him off life support. It happened too fast to realize. I didn’t know what to feel when he finally died. It was sad, but it was different from anyone else who had died. I was angry at something, I don’t know what or why. It was weird, then next few days. The funeral was on Good Friday, sort of ironic. I don’t think anyone appreciated the irony. I don’t really remember much about the funeral. I remember playing BS with all my cousins. Looking back, that probably helped more than anything else. It got my mind off of everything, at least.
The thing that was so bad about Steven dying was that he was young. If you can avoid it, never go to a funeral for anyone under the age of sixty. They’re so much worse than old people funerals. Old people are allowed to die, and some of them are freakishly morbid because they and everyone around them has accepted the fact that they will die one day. No one expects kids to die, it’s just not allowed.
The thing that I learned from this, the thing I’ve learned from everything in my live, was that the only experiences that really shape us into who we are now are the really tragic ones. No one learns anything from being happy. You learn things from having bad things happen to you. You learn how to deal with it, you learn how to move on. That’s one of the most important things you can learn, and I’m thankful I learned it when I did.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

These are the moments

That just hit you.
I went to the DIA today. Apart from causing me to miss the majority of the school day, this means that I saw a lot of paintings today. I've blogged about my love for the dia before, and this exhibit didn't change anything about that. Part of the reason that art is art is the way that it impacts you and the response it ilicits. I'm not usually a person who feels connected. Connected to paintings and everything else, it just doesn't happen much. There was this painting, Self Portrait with Hat and Coat, that I really liked.
It's not really that exciting, but the combonation of that and Conversations With God, and just the stuff I've been thinking about lately, it sort of made me realize something. I want my writing to feel like that painting. That painting looks like everyone has felt at one point or another. If you peel back the outside, I think more people feel like that than would care to admit. If I can capture that, I'm good.
Also, this is embarassing

Monday, December 8, 2008


Responsibility is one of those things that make me curious. Where do you draw the line between letting people do their own thing and butting in because you feel like you should be responsible. If someone was going to kill themselves, are you supposed to tell someone? Because this sounds like I'm going to do something I shouldn't, I'm going to remind you that this was inspired by a story that we read in English. Johnny Bear, by Steinbeck. What if it doesn't seem like a big deal or anything that would turn into a big deal later? If you see someone shoplift, are you supposed to tell the people who work at the store? How much duty does the government have to protect us before they turn into big brother? Is it ever okay to steal things? What would happen if you never talked to anyone? Would people think you're crazy? Is there anything wrong with being crazy?
These are the exciting things that keep me up at night.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

When has it gone too far?

Man killed at Walmart
What's Christmas about? Something like this happens every year, someone gets killed over a TV or a Wii or a DVD player. How many people have to die before we really get it?
Why is it so hard to stop with all the useless foreign made crap? When will we, as humans, realize that experiences always seem to mean more than the crap? It's just ridiculous that, according to the demonstrated morals we see here, getting a good deal is more important than someone's life. How can that be justified? I understand that the people who were in the crowd would be crushed if they tried to stop, because people were pushing from behind them, but still. This isn't the first time someone's died for crap.
An interesting website

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Another post about NaNoWriMo

Yet again. I feel like there was just something missing from the OMG I WON post.
NaNoWriMo taught me things that I could've never learned in school. The primary goal of NaNo is just to get words down, no matter how bad they are. There's really now way I would have learned that I should be able to write 2000 words in an hour and a half without NaNo. This will come in very usefull in life at some point. I'm not quite sure when, but I know it will. Write or Die is an invaluable tool when it comes to writing fast.
The biggest thing that I got out of NaNo was a huge sense of accomplishment that I haven't had in a long time. I feel like that novel represents something that I've been wanting for a long time, probably since I was in eighth grade. It means that my dreams, they have a chance. This is, in a way, the beginning of everything I want. It changes your future. Not in the same sense that something huge and crazy does, it's more of a worldview sort of thing.
It's amazing.From Post Secret, clearly.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I was tagged. 7 random, unknown things.

1.I was getting a B- in Euro (and I was ridiculously excited about that), but the grades were miscalculated.
2.I think I'm more proud of NaNoWriMo than anything I've done in Hi! School so far.
3.I believe that English teachers are the only human beings capable of making a book that I love (The Giver) boring. Particularly my 8th grade English teacher.
4.I don't really hang out with my friends outside of school. Which sucks.
5.I'm a hypocrite.
6.I want to be a minister, but I know I would be a really bad one. If I could afford to go to college for a field I would never work in, I would go to seminary.
7.I have an obsession with furniture design. You already knew that though. Well... let's think. I have a Pandora radio addiction, but you knew that too. Huh. I like cars? That's obvious. I want to move to a big city. That's good. I don't think I've talked about that before on the blog, only that I can't live in this town my whole life. I want to move to the city.

I'm not going to tag anyone. Deal with it.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I WON!!!!!!

I won I won I won I won I won.
I think I may be the happiest person in the whole entire world right this minute.


And done. I'm out of plot. The big thing that was supposed to happen at the end happened and it was depressing in the way it was supposed to be, but I don't have enough words. What's next? Excessive adjectives? Dreams? Song lyrics?
Probably all of the above.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I'm here. But I'm so behind.
But really, only another 20,000. In two days.

Friday, November 28, 2008


I figure that if I hit 35000 tonight, I can write 7500 for the next two days and win.
So really, today is what will make or break this novel. It's pressure, and I work well under pressure. I have this crazy crazy need to win this year, to prove something to the world. I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to prove, but it must be something important.
I have 27025 words right now. I need another 8475 if we're going to do this thing.
I may be a little bit crazy, but in the best of ways.


I am so behind, but I'm happy. This is why I'm so happy.
"ghosts is one of those plays that is not really that significant, but so many people know the plot of it just because it's a hilarious concept." William paused and grinned. "It's about a syphillis family

The school play this year is ghosts. Heh.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving, yet again.

Remember last year how on thanksgiving eve I blogged about the interfaith service that I went to and how warm and fuzzy it made me feel? Well, I'm not going this year. Apparently this year, it's on Hubbel and West Outer Drive, which is like...dangerous. So no warm fuzzy feelings. Instead, we shall have a rant. Who doesn't love a good rant now and then?
The biggest issue that I have with the world right now is the war. I personally believe that war is never excusable. It's never okay, especially not this one. From what I can tell, the united states invaded Iraq because we were told that there were WMDs. Which there weren't. When we found out that there weren't wmds, we stayed there. I know that this is super oversimplified, but this isn't really about that. This is about religion. I don't understand how war can be okay from the views of any religion. Every religion that I know of says that it's bad to kill people. If it's bad to kill people, then how doe religious wars start? Why can't we just let each other be? Why do we keep on using religion to divide instead of unite? I think that the real cure for the problem of religion dividing would be education. Just teach people how much their different religions have in common, and then they might stop fighting, just for a second. How hard would it be to get all the world leaders to just talk. Not threaten each other with war and whatnot, but just sit their butts down and talk to each other. Maybe the real issue is that no one knows how to listen. None of us have a clue how to really pay attention to what the other countries and the other religions are saying to us. We need to change the conversation from us talking with them to us talking to an extension of us. What's the difference between us and us? Nothing. And when there's no difference between us and us, we all realize that it's not okay to kill each other over the little things.
Have a good Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Oh my god. Oh my god. I feel like I've won something huge.
I think I'm going to go do homework or something, then write another 3000 words. FUNNNNN.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to mess with people's heads

Well, as proven by all day yesterday, the way to mess with my head is to tell me that I'm an underachiever. That was a really big way to mess with my head. If you're looking for little ways, here are a few good ideas:
Take my pencils out of my bag and put them all in my locker
Move my shoes from their honorary place by the front door
Get me into states, even if I didn't get to supersession at a turnoment that I got into supersession at last year
Give me coal for christmas
Tell me that I'm ahead on my wordcount

How could I mess with your head? In the comments.

Friday, November 21, 2008


I started blogging because I don’t understand the world around me. I didn’t think of it that way at the time. At the time I was a bored kid looking for something to do. I don’t think I’d trade my experiences for the world. The one thing that blogging has given me was a reason that I had to think of something to say a couple times a month. When I didn’t have any cool pictures or stories or inside jokes or anything, I asked questions. I sat my ass down in the computer chair and asked whatever questions came to my mind. I don’t know how it took me a year and a half to figure out my real motives, but that doesn’t matter. What does is the fact that I’m not going to run out of questions. No one runs out of questions, they run out of need to know. Here are some questions for today.
I don’t understand why this, this whole little world of achievements and measures of success and such that we’ve constructed around ourselves can be so damn important. Why does it matter? Why does it matter how you do in school? Why does that translate to how successful you are in life? Will it permentatly effect you if you don’t have any work ethic? Is work ethic more important than, say, intelligence? Why do we need to measure that kind of stuff? Why are we fixated on getting into U of M? What makes an education from U of M better than one from reading books you like? How does one really ruin one’s own life? How can we define ruin? Why can’t I just have time to figure life out? Will we ever need to figure life out? How smart do you have to be? How come I’m not “driven”? Where do you get this drive thing? In a world where no one would judge you for wasting your intellect, what would you want to do? Would that world be more or less advanced than our own? Maybe if everyone just did whatever they liked best, whatever they would do even if they didn’t get paid, we would be more productive. Are we all waiting for Friday? Is that a bad thing? Is it bad that it’s so hard to live in the present? Why do looks matter so much to us? Is it a choice between looks and intellect? Why would anyone want to have it all? If we didn’t have this crazy need for so much crap, would we work so much? What’s the most important thing in the world?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Curiosity killed the cat

Knowing brought him back.
Anybody know how hard it would be to camp out on the roof of walmart?
Also, Novice QB? Check this out. My Ikea identification skills are so helpful. What would you do without them?

Thursday, November 13, 2008


And so dead. I am going to go to sleep forever and ever.
Thank God the PLAN test doesn't actually count for anything, because I'm taking it tomorrow morning. Yay. Room 257.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Quotes...the quotes are why you are so behind.

The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.-Erich Maria Remarque
I'm just scared of ghosts, and home is full of them.-Alaska Young
Well then you haven't been hugged properly. It's like an emotional Heimlich. Someone puts their arms around you and gives you a squeeze and all your fear and anxiety comes shooting out of your mouth in a big wet wad and you can breathe again.-Chuck
It would never rain in Dog River if I could squeegee the sky...-Brent
All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.-Kurt Vonnegut
The wizards represent all that the true 'muggle' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!-J.K.Rowling
We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.-Philip Pullman
Religion is not "doctrinal knowledge," but wisdom born of personal experience. - Martin Luther

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Why are we so obsessed with the little things?
What's important?
How can we be sure that any of this is real?
Is it okay to lie to make someone feel better?
Why do people kill people?
Are there really any new ideas left?
Whose side is God on?
Is racism over?
Why am I such a slacker?
Why can't God bless everybody?
What's wrong with being number two?
How can we measure "goodness" of a book?
Does being illegal make something wrong?
Should I have gotten confirmed?
Is there something wrong with being different?
Why does everyone target people who are different?
Is pot worse than alcohol?
Would it be morally wrong for a school to search people's bags?
Why is image such a big deal?
Does poverty directly cause crime?
Does money make us happy?
Is art any different than other types of work?
Why is this song stuck in my head?

Sunday, November 9, 2008


12000 words. Thank God. Not caught up all the way, but a hell of a lot closer.

That's the word cloud of a very...interesting scene about 3/4 through the book.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Smart and Responsible.

According to a survey conducted by me, I can be described as both of these (about some things, according to one individual). Now, since I was doing this survey, there is a (very large) chance that people were just saying yes because it's the answear that they thought I wanted to hear.
On Friday, I did two things that do not fall into either catagory. I forgot the permission slip for something that I had known about for quite some time and I did really badly on my AP Euro test.
When one of my friends found out that I'm in regular English, he said it shattered his idea of me. I guess I seem like someone who's smart and responsible. My mom says that I seem like the kind of person who "Goes home and hits the books" Now, before we point out how ridiculous that sentence sounds, I'm going to say that it's nor true. You know this because of the amount of time I spend blogging and writing and looking at wonderful cars that they won't sell in America (who knew that the new Fiesta was so...cute?) and looking at ApartmentTherapy. O ApartmentTherapy, you are my downfall. I just check it once, and I'm on there for hours. Not a responsible move.
Smart? I don't feel smart. My grades don't feel smart. The amount I study doesn't feel smart. I guess we could relate this to the issue of responsiblity and time managment and the fact that for a good part of my school carrear, I was the smart kid who didn't have to work, and that change is alarming.

The main point: Your idea of me is different than the real me and my idea of me.

So. Far. Behind.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shiny and Wonderful.

I feel like that anyways. See the new layout? Like it? Andrea made it. She used to have websites, but now she has no web presence, not even a Facebook. Sigh. I think it's very cool.
Current wordcount-8550. So behind, right? Need more words. Anybody want to donate some?
Apart from the wordcount woes, I'm doing okay with my NaNo right now. One of my friends thinks that it feels like a Twilight rip off. I really don't think it does, because Eia's cynical and has a fabulous friend who may or may not be based off of the individual who pointed out the Twilight thing. Existing near me? It comes back to bite you.

Eia walked until the sun started to turn beautiful shades of red and pink and purple and orange with the sunset. She turned around and headed home, cutting through a few backyards of people who wouldn’t mind so that she could get home before it was pitch black outside.

Also, officially six months until I can get my license!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama...

winning is the best early half birthday present ever. Yay!
Why McCain lost: I think John McCain lost because of a ton of factors, some of which were not his fault. First off, he's from the same party as George Bush, right after him, so it was ridiculously easy to make him seem like four more years of the same, which the democrats did very well. I guess his comeback to this was the maverick thing, but that just didn't all. It seemed like Sarah Palin was also part of this "I'm not from Washington. I'm an outsider. I'm not an ass." idea that he was trying to get across, but that didn't really work either. Also, Obama's really charismatic, and he probably could have won against someone who didn't have some of the disadvantages that McCain does.

Also, what? How does stuff like this not get changed like...30 years ago?
Also, hey Rachel! My word count,880 now. Supposed to be...8333? I need to write some more.
Also, tomorrow is GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS DAY. This is a real holiday in Sweden. If you were in AP Euro you would understand how significant this is.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Titles are for suckers.

Okay, I don't have a ton of time to write this. I got to 5,000 yesterday and I was quite possibly the happiest girl in the world for the next hour.
This is the last thing I wrote.

Eia kind of tuned out for the rest of the discussion. She would probably just skim through the book, except for the fact that the teacher was the type who would be deeply offended if someone was reading instead of paying attention to her. Since this teacher didn’t hate eia yet, there was no reason to piss her off.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Day Two

Is going pretty well so far. I have 2,664 words right now. I'll need to get 3,334 words to make the goal, but I'd really like to get to 5,000 today. I'm going to be pretty busy tomorrow and Tuesday, so I might only be able to get 1,000 words for those days. I don't think I'm doing anything Wednesday, but I'll have to see about the homework situation. I'm uber proud that I got 2,412 words yesterday. That's like 3 times as many as I had on the first last year. Yay!
Here's my first paragraph.
Eia walked into the classroom, quiet, observant. She was just taking in everything around her, the white cinderblock walls, the carpet that was the same in every school she’d gone to. The other kids, already in their comfortable routines, staring at her, the outsider. This was the problem with coming in after class had already started, she thought. She should have just skipped this class, waited for the next one.
Super duper exciting, right? I've found that the Plain White T's station on my Pandora is for optimal writing. Right now Flavor of the Weak is on.
Yeppers. Let's all hope that I can stay ahead for the rest of NaNo.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


I really like the idea of this company. If only their shoes were cheaper! Well, at least they have some on sale. Also, contest for free shoes. When you blog about them.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Is five days away.
Say it with me

That was intelligent.

Friday, October 24, 2008

20 Things.

I'm not going to tell you if you are one. Deal with it. I'm not going to write any comments on this note Enjoy.

1.I love you.
2.Shut the fuck up.
3.Stop being so weird.
4.Can we be friends or something? 'Cause I think you're really awesome and you don't even know who I am.
5.Stop being such a slacker, asshole.
6.I want to have a three and a half hour conversation with you.
7.I hate this, but I would give so much to look like you.
8.I finally feel like I've succeeded at something that I'm not naturally good at. Congratulate me.
9.I am lying to you. I never act like that normally.
10.You're awesome.
11.I like thinking about stuff like that. I like blogging about it. Apparently I'm the only one who does so.
12.You kind of freak me out.
13.I want to be you if I grow up.
14.I'm scared I'll be you if I grow up.
15.I'm a weirdo.
16.How can you stand to be so damn shallow?
17.Hah...You are probably my favourite person at church.
18.I'm the stupid kid. I know.
19.Well. We just drifted apart.
20.What's up?

Friday, October 10, 2008


First order of business: My same-sex civil unions bill passed unanimously in class today, which made me very very happy. I was a little bit sad that no one got mad at me though. I love pissing people off with politics. The creepy thing was that I got home from school, checked USA Today because I loves them a lot. There was something about how Vladamir Putin got a baby tiger for his birthday, and then saw this. Freaky, eh? I like to think I had some sort of input on this.
The real topic: NaNoWriMo. I'm actually really excited about NaNo this year. My plot seems way better this year, and I actually have an outline. Super awesome, right? It's sort of like Tuck Everlasting in High School and breaking into abandoned buildings. I need to break into an abandoned building sometime. Wanna come?
Paper Towns? Well, THE LIBRARY HAD IT. And then I tried to check it out and someone else had a hold on it *dies inside*. Then I went to Borders and tried to get it, but it's still in transit. How sad is that?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Optimist? Pessimist? Paper Townsist? Obamist?

Do you consider yourself an optimist or a realist or a pessimist? We've been talking about philosophers in AP Euro and this one guy was talking about the reasons that people have to invade and make peace and such. It seemed pretty applicable to today's society even though it was from the 1600's. Is that one of the universal human truths or something?
Also, Paper Towns isn't supposed to come out until the 16th, but some people have it already?!?! Why didn't anyone tell me this? I need it nowww! I am so confused. Must go to Borders tomorrow. Maybe I can persuade my mom to take me when she gets home. I think it closes I should be able to. I hope.
I made a video about the debates last night. They weren't nearly as funny as the vice presidential ones though. Tragic, right?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Who needs a title?

I went to church today. I thought there was Sunday school, but then I forgot that it was the first Sunday of the month, so there wasn't. Which meant that when i was done realizing that it wasn't happening and talking to people about it, I went and sat down in church with my mom and grandpa. The sermon was something about giving time and money, that's what this part of the year is all about. It was about being rich in relationships and experiences rather than stuff and money, I think. There was something in the bulletin about the Nooma video series and how people need real faith more than they need to dress up and go to church on Sunday.
And then it struck me.
This is so full of bullshit. No one needs this crap. No one in that sanctuary was being themselves. That sermon wasn't helping anyone.
None of us need to hear it, we need to do it. We don't want to have religion, we want to have faith. My church isn't giving anyone faith. My church gives religion and youth group and a sermon and cookies when it's over. It's just so fake. There's so much that isn't meaningfull or personal, you expect church to be the exemption. That's how church is supposed to be. It's supposed to be about God and about loving people. It just seems like religion is used for making money and starting wars. It's not helping anyone.
God doesn't care if you go to church. God doesn't care what religion you are. God doesn't even care if you spend all day writing children's books about killing him. If your God can be killed by a children's book, that's not a very big God.
It's not about the little stuff. What matters? What matters is how hard you tried to help the world around you.
Good night.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Oh! Politics.

Did I mention that I love election year?
I probably did.
YA for Obama seems to contain all of the awesome authors in the whole entire world. At least the ones who are still alive.
Living Room Candidate? It's all the fabulous old political commercials.
I really love that this commercial was only shown once, yet it's one of the best known political commercials ever. I really want to be the kind of person who can do something only once, but have it make a really lasting impact.

The Michigan Youth Political Alliance is pretty much made of awesome.
And on a completly random-it-was-on-BID-in-Ravelry note, PETA is making all vegetarians look insane again. Thanks PETA! I've always wanted to seem like a total nutter!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

She still blogs, apparently.

Yeah, I haven't been blogging lately. This post will be a jumble of whatever I've been doing instead of blogging.

  • Videos! I've started a project called FiveVloggingGirls. We each vlog once a week. I'm Monday. It's awesome.
  • Songs From a Hat is my new favourite channel on YouTube. Apart from the VlogBrothers. No one will ever replace the vlogbrothers in my heart.
  • Do I sound like a stalker?
  • HANK AND JOHN ARE COMING TO ME. This made my week when I found out. You should come see them too!
  • Algebra 2 is a pain in the ass. The homework is easy, the tests are hard. The class is not that exciting. Even though my teacher is in the rodeo.
  • NaNoWriMo is coming up! Yay! And the other vlogging girls do nano. It's going to be so freeking awesome this year!
  • Especially because I have Plot. A real plot. It's Romeo and Juliet if everyone's personalities were much more extreme than they are. And if they used common sense.
  • Student Congress! I need to...research some point...soonish...shit
  • Research Writing (debate class) is absolutely amazing!!! I love having a clue when no one else does! I love kicking ass!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I'm losing my mind

Apparently it is very possible to go from having mountains of free time to falling asleep while doing homework in one week. It is absolutely tragic. I cannot wait to get out of here.
So when I get out of this place, I'm supposed to be eager to spend another four years in school? Seriously? Wtf?
And why is it so hard for me to remember to bring research to school? Twice I've forgotten it and been marked down.

Friday, August 29, 2008

And my vice presedential candidate will be...

Biden, and Palin. Who on Earth has ever heard of Sarah Palin before? Not most of Washington, apparently. The trend seems to be that you choose a vice president who is the exact opposite of you. You're a young, black senator? Choose the old white dude. You're an ancient man who's been in Washington since Lincoln? Choose the Alaskan woman who's been in office since... less than two years ago.
I really love that Obama's speech was watched more than the Olympic opening ceremonies. Is it okay to call the Democratic ticket Obiden? Or does that sound really stupid?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I have no idea what has come over me

But YouTube! It's so addictive!
Reading Wednesday!

And Samantha Talking About Herself

And Yes, I did get the Grammar Fairy song wrong. It's in Annoyances 16-20. The song about apostrophes is in the first Annoyances.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Videos out the Wazoo.

What's a wazoo anyways?
My first video is for Five Vlogging Girls. It's the first. I'm Monday.

The second video is me just thinking out loud. And in my head, I'm saying "God, why couldn't I have natural talent like everyone else on YouTube? They're all funny or really good at music or just plain awesome"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This is one of the better ones

Ideas, that is. I was just thinking about the end of that last post, and wondering about some stuff. What if we actually did that? What if everyone went outside for an hour and just talked and tried to get to know people more? Could we do that? Could that work? Could that eventually change the world?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

No, the topics aren't supposed to be relevant

First, design. I've been thinking a lot more about design and houses and such lately. I really have no idea why this is happening, but I've been frequenting a few new websites/blogs on the topic.

Chez Larsson- Her house is unnaturally organized. It's sort of scary, sort of inspiring. The latest entries are about...uhh...scones, but check the archives.
Design*Sponge- You get to look at people's pretty houses and DIY projects. I want this desk, but have nowhere to put it. Tragic.
Door Sixteen- Making house pretty and sometimes random pictures.
Decor8- Random cool stuff, mostly interior designey.
Living Small- Focuses on how living a smaller, more sustainable lifestyle.
The Cool Hunter- Okay, this is just one page, but OHMIGAWD, I LOVE THE SECOND ATTIC!!!!!!!
White Furniture- Awesome furniture, but I think my grandparents have the originals in their basement. It's a little too retro.

Second, making the world a better place to be. What would happen if we all went outside and talked to each other for an hour (all at the same time) every week? What would happen if we all decided to change the world? What would happen if we stopped worrying about what other people thought of us?
I'm not really great at anything. I have accepted this. I'm never going to be in the Olympics, or be the President, or whatever. What I can do is change the world in a few small ways and make it a better place to be.
No Impact Man blogged about this once. He's pretty awesome.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Quick Question

Do you think it's really possible for me to survive a weekend with my notebooks and Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut? Should I go to the library or learn to deal?
I finished Catcher in the Rye. The ending is pretty lame. He's just like "Hey. I'm gonna go home, then stay at the neighbor's house, then...I'll go shopping with my sister or something." Seriously, I spent all that time reading the book to get to the end, and it was just blah.
I am annoyed. And also, I need to pack. My mom gets some kind of insane pleasure out of over packing me. Am I going to need five pairs of pants when I'm going away for two days? No. No, I will not.