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{ 2015 }

Happy 2015 :) And, no, I do not believe in New Year's resolutions. I believe in everyday resolutions - the kind that you can actually complete. Why have new lists to fail? January 1 is no different than August 1. Live each day like a new day!

Unbroken [ movie review ]

PG-13: War, violence, brief language and some disturbing images. My rating: 5 stars. World War II is all around Louis Zamperini, former star Olympian Athlete. In the air, surviving multiple times, witnessing death, and more, he just wants it to be over. His memories of the past come to him, reminding him of the struggles he had over come, and the good times that were no more. But the words of his older brother keep him going. "If you can take it, you can make it." After surviving a dangerous plane landing, Louis and his team embark on another mission only to crash out on the ocean. The survivors stay alive on a raft, praying to be rescued. For days, they go through many harrowing, near-death encounters only to be rescued by something even worse. The torture, humiliation, starvation and horror that follow test him to his limits. No one should survive. Most would give in. But Louis remembers "If I can take it, I can make it." Even if he doesn

What Thou Need'st by Bethany Canaan [ book review ]

Thank you, Bethany for letting me read this wonderful story!!!!! Prince Bartholomew is just about the most selfish human you could ever meet. And being the Prince, no one can stop him. Poor Kendall Thatcher finds it is his "honor" to become the squire for the prince. Being mute, Kendall is the perfect candidate - he can't talk back. But as Bartholomew will find out, those that look out for themselves reap only havoc. Overnight the prince finds himself in an unusual predicament. The two boys must set out on a journey to discover how to right this, and bring every thing back to normal. The only clue are the words of a scorched paper "What Thou Need'st: A Pr". What "Pr" stands for, the boys guess with much disaster. New people come on the scene and make it more complicated, as this unlikely fairy tale comes to a close, the Prince and Kendall wonder if it will have a fairy tale ending after all? Thoughts: This is the second time

100 Words For 100 Days Challenge

I finished the challenge writing every day for 100 days! My word count for that time is 17,980 words, which isn't that much, but more than I would have had. I've discovered writing 100 words a day is really easy, and plan to continue doing it forever! And my book, Silent Thoughts, is coming along very nice! Ready to start chapter 5 of the second draft.

The Battle of the Five Armies { movie review with spoilers }

Warning: -For those of you that have watched the movie, you may not like this review. -For those of you that have not watched the movie and plan to, there are several major spoilers ahead. -For those of you that have not watched the movie and do not plan to, proceed and learn. You are missing out on nothing. Read the book and be satisfied. Getting ready to see the movie. I went with some friends, Tuesday night, to see The Battle of The Five Armies (the last installment of The Hobbit). The best part was that it was IMAX 3D - I'd never seen one before, and it is totally awesome!!! Very expensive though. I loved how the fire and snow seemed real, and to be coming towards you, and quite often logs, rocks, and arrows would be "coming" straight for you. The movie had a glitch, and we had to wait like 45+ minutes for it to work, so pretty much every one was given back their money. To the movie itself. If you like movies and have read the Hobbit bo

Always Wearing A Spider { an update on life }

First to the title. Yesterday I took a phone-order. After completing it, the lady said that with her last order she received a thank you letter for her donation. Now with every donation we get, we send the person a typed, highlighted letter. Nancy Campbell signs it, then one of us Above Ruby girls write a little note at the bottom of the page, date it, and address the letter with a word starting out with the same letter as the person's name. Example: Dear Sarah, Serving Jesus everyday. Well, this lady's line said, Dear Amy, Always wearing a spider. The first image that comes to my mind is Spider-man :) I laugh, of course, and so does this lady named Amy. I mean, it was funny. She said that when the girl was writing the letter they probably meant to write smile but saw a spider on the wall and wrote spider without even knowing it. Since I'm on the topic of phone calls, I'll tell you about two other's that have stood out. The one was also yesterda

Beautiful Books #3

1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how well do you think this book turned out? It's my book, so of course it's awesome ;). But, no really, I do feel like I have written a great story here. Since it is still in mostly first draft form, I'll give it a six - I doubt most others could understand it yet :b. 2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan? I have completed several short stories before. I don't exactly know what you mean.... plenty of rewriting, lots of work, an aching hand, and just wait to see what ever the characters decide to say. :D 3. What’s your final word count? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? 13,864. Just look at that number. Yup, I'll try to lengthen it. Something I don't have much luck with ever. 4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing? All of it! I have some very unique characters, some great plot

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Spear

I was so excited to find this book at Goodwill! I love this author's books. She writes so amazing. Her other books are Bronze Bow, The Sign of the Beaver and The Witch of Blackbird Pond . That last one is not about a witch, but Puritans :b . Calico Captive 5 stars. Appropriate for all ages. Buy at Amazon. Based on actual events and people. Amazon Review: In the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day that had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War. It is a harrowing march north. Miriam can only force herself to the next stopping place, the next small portion of food, the next icy stream to be crossed. At the end of the trail waits a life of hard work and, perhaps, even a life of slavery. Mingled with her thoughts of Phineas Whitney, her sweetheart on his way to Harvard, i