Thursday, November 19, 2009


So, it's been a LONG time since I last posted, the longest yet, but I've been very busy with NaNoWriMo, of course. School has kept me busy this year too.

I have virtually no free time anymore, because it is all spent writing. It really is crazy how much I've been writing.

Seriously, I'm already so attached to my characters, especially Melissa and Hayden that I know I won't want to leave them once the novel is complete. I might just have to write a sequel...or possibly even a prequel. That would be interesting...hmm, gives me ideas of what it would be, I can't think about that, I have to think about my current novel, or else it won't turn out right, although I could add a flashback...

Driving has certainly been an experience for me, it seems like I've been driving for a while now, but when I last posted, I hadn't even driven once. Now I have to try and learn how to drive in snow, since it snowed today, and I'm thinking that this time, it might actually stick.

In the last couple months, Sis. Wood (who was replaced Sis. Romero as YW President) has me playing the piano every second Sunday of each month, while other girls play on the other weeks. I've been learning the hymns, and it has gotten me actually practicing the piano every day again. I've started working on Fur Elise, by Beethoven, and it's coming along great, even though I've only been playing it for three days.

That reminded me though, that I have a talk in Sacrament Meeting next Sunday. I should probably work on that sometime so I don't end up writing it Saturday evening, but, of course, that would break tradition for me.

Funny how these days my mind always comes back to NaNoWriMo...What will possibly occupy all my time when it ends in a week and a half? Oh yes, getting back to my other stories that I was in the middle of and neglected when November started, that's what...and editing Involuntary Notions, I suppose. That could take awhile, since it is not my best writing since I've been striving for quantity rather than quality.

If only I could take my laptop everywhere I go. It is the times when I'm not able to type that I really get the urge to write, and then when I'm sitting at the computer, my mind usually goes blank. That's why I like using a notebook and pencil, but that gets tiring fast, and I would never get to 50,000 words in a month using that method.

I was really hoping to write 100,000 words in my novel, but since the end is quickly approaching, and I have yet to even pass the 50,000 word mark, I don't think it will happen. I'm thinking that after NaNoWriMo ends, I'm going to work on making it much longer though, try and double it in size as I edit it. It can't be too hard, after all, I was writing it so quickly, and there is a lot of things that I could definitely add. Perhaps some foreshadowing, since I hadn't planned the plot out at all when I began. I have some ideas right now, but when I very first started, I had no ideas of what was going to happen.

In Seminary, I've won both of the candy jars that Sis. Smiley has given us to guess on. It was great the first time, since the day before, Sis. Smiley was saying that never had two people guessed the exact amount of candy in it, then both Eric and I guessed the same amount and won. The second time, I guessed a very numbers off, but I was still closest. It would be funny if I won the third candy jar as well. If there is anything I've learned in my seminary experiences so far, it is that I'm a fairly lucky person, of course, now that I said that, my luck will probably change...

Anyway, I've written more than enough. Hopefully the wait won't be so long for the next post.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Late Night Update

So I guess it's been awhile since I last posted something on here but nothing much has happened...besides, I guess going to Oregon. Of course, that hasn't ended yet, but whatever.

It's really late, almost 2:00 in the morning. Imagine, if I were at home right now, I'd be getting up in three hours to go to Seminary. I'm going to miss the first three days of Seminary because we're here. We didn't know that Seminary was going to start early when we planned the trip.

The beach is usually so relaxing, but this trip, so far, I have spent a total of five minutes actually on the beach. Most of the time has been spent searching for geocach
es, which, I admit, are fun, but still. We only have two days left till we go home!

I'm very proud of myself for climbing Mt. Neah-Kah-Nie and finding the geocache at the top. It was pretty cool, if a little dizzying, being at the summit of a 1,600 foot mountain. Especially when you can see exactly how high that is since the ocean is pretty much below you.

I'm really not tired at all. I'm in a creative mood. I've already written another chapter of Lost, and I'll probably write another one, just because I'm up and I can. I have nothing other to do besides sleep anyway. And who needs sleep? I think it's just a conspiracy to make people buy pillows. Haha, or not...

I bought a whole load of stuff today. Three dolphin statue
things to decorate my room; they are all pretty small but still dolphins! An orca snowglobe; it's very cool. A stuffed animal seahorse which is blue and pink. I finally got a pair of dolphin earrings to match my watch and necklace. Oh, and I bought a mood ring, for pure kicks. Plus I got a couple pairs of socks. One has a bunch of orcas swimming all over them and the other, I think, fits me perfect. It has a picture of the orca then gives a whole bunch of facts about the orca. It's perfect for a wannbe Marine Biologist.

I was watching the TV the other day and we were watching Animal Planet. It was a show on Salmon and their lives or whatever. I saw a grizzly bear that was fishing and thought it looked completely adorable. Lydia thinks I'm strange and that they are ug
ly, but bears are very cute, I think. Or maybe I'm just strange to think a huge killing bea
st is cute...but anyway, it was adorable.

I miss my kitties. I've been making up for it by playing with my virtual cat, Maggi, on FooPets. Here's a picture of her:
Too bad I can't really pet her. I have a couple dogs too, and another cat as well.
In order: Raphael, Jack, Lydia's dog Cocoa, Emma, and Maggi. Anyway, I guess I'm a little obsessed with them, but they are so stinking lifelike and adorable!

˙ʇuɐʇɹodɯı ƃuıɥʇou sı ʇı ˙sıɥʇ dıʞs oʇ ʇuɐʍ noʎ ɟı 'ʎɹɹoʍ ʇ,uop ˙uʍop ǝpıs dn ƃuıdʎʇ ɯɐ ı 'sǝʎ os 'ʍou ʇɥƃıɹ pǝɹoq ʎןǝʇǝןdɯoɔ os ɯ,ı 'ʎɐʍʎuɐ


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Daddy/ Daughter Campout

Early Friday morning, dad, Lydia, and I went up to Skookum for the daddy/daughter campout. We arrived there around 11:00 to reserve the camp and set up the signs and then we went geocaching.

When we went to find the geocache, we parked at the bottom of a hill and hiked up through harsh brush. When we got nearly to the top of the hill, we found another road that we could have parked on. I decided not to go on when I saw the last stretch since it was so steep.

I waited for dad while he climbed up to search for the cache. He didn't find it. Coming back down later, we made our way down the hill, following the road. On our way down, it started pouring. It was freezing, so we decided not to find the other ones. Altogether, I've decided that the cache was definitely the worst cache ever.

We got back to camp and the others soon arrived. We had chili dogs for dinner and sat around the campfire to dry off.

That night was freezing. I think part of the problem was that we were all wet from the rain that fell.

The next day, it was dry most of the time. Dad and I took three of the younger girls around the lake to find a geocache. We found this one.

Before most people left, we had a shoot off with a BB gun. I got second place with a time of 21.12 seconds to knock over four cans. The person who got first was only half a second faster than me.

After we packed up and left, we went geocaching again. These both involved a bunch of hiking. The second one dad and I hiked up was exhausting, and it started to rain as we hiked up the road.

On top of the mountain, we found patches of snow, and it was raining more slush than actual water.

I found the geocache by chance and it was full of smokey the bear stuff. There was one amusing thing though. The geocache had a small bag of marbles and on the bag there was a note that said "For those who have lost their marbles". It was pretty funny since with all the hiking up in the rain and looking for the well hidden geocache, a person could easily loose their marbles.

In other news, in the past week, I have seen a total of five rainbows, one a double rainbow. I wonder if that is significant in some way?

We had the potluck at our house this month and we had steak. It was really good, especially since I've been craving steak since Friday night when we had some streak roasted over the campfire. That streak was better than I expected and I think it makes a much better roasting expereince than marshmallows or hotdogs.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thoughts About Writing

Easy reading is very hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. ~James Michener

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. ~Graycie Harmon

Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite. ~Laurie Wordholt

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one. ~Baltasar Gracián

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. ~Enrique Jardiel Poncela

What no spouse of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when they're staring out of the window. ~Burton Rascoe

Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. ~E.L. Doctorow

If I'm trying to sleep, the ideas won't stop. If I'm trying to write, there appears a barren nothingness. ~Carrie Latet

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. ~Gustave Flaubert

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. ~Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947

Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear - and devils, too. ~Graycie Harmon

Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all. ~Franklin P. Adams, Half a Loaf, 1927

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax. ~Alfred Kazin, Think, February 1963

I keep little notepads all over the place to write down ideas as soon as they strike, but the ones that fill up the quickest are always the ones at my nightstand. ~Emily Logan Decens

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. ~Chateaubriand, Le Génie du Christianisme, 1802

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. ~George Orwell, "Why I Write," 1947

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such. ~Samuel Butler

My stories run up and bite me in the leg -- I respond by writing them down - everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
-Ray Bradbury

"Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him." -Mel Brooks

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. -Cyril Connolly

Monday, August 10, 2009

Treasure Hunt and Thoughts About Writing

Today was interesting. Mom and dad hid a can when then went on their walk this morning and Lydia and I were sent to find it using the GPS. It was fun. We found it after only a few minutes of searching but then we hung around the cabin for awhile.

Simba, Lily, and Sandy had followed us down to the driveway, so they were exploring the area. Simba was pretty freaked out, though, because that is out of his territory.

Lydia was talking about how when she moves out she should move into the cabin, just put electricity, carpet, and furniture in and it would be great for a one person apartment. She said she was even willing to pay mom and dad rent. She thinks that there's a great meadow behind it for a horse even.

I think it would take a lot more work than she's thinking but whatever suits her.

I've been thinking that since my 'Marauders reading...' story got taken off of, I'm going to post it up in blog form so that the author of the story that the marauders are reading actually gets to read the finished thing. I think she'd like that since she was pretty disappointed when it had to be taken down.

I had the story half written too, thirty chapters of story, which is by far my longest story, even if most of it wasn't even mine, but still.

I'm surprised Lost is still coming along as well as it is. I've written at least a chapter a day for the last week, which is more than I've worked on any story. Hopefully, I can keep it going and finish this one.

It's been a year since I first had the idea of my Haley Potter fanfiction, and I'm only three chapters into it. It's kind of sad. I had it written up to third year at one point, but then decided that it needed to be rewritten. I have a lot of scenes written for it, but they're all later scenes. I have years four through seven planned out nearly completely. I just have to get years one through three written and it'll flow perfectly how I want it.

I had another fanfiction that was completely written, all the way up to seventh year and beyond, but then I changed a detail in the very first chapter and it ruined the whole story so I had to rewrite the whole thing.

I really should attempt to pre-write before I actually start a story so things like that don't happen.

I have a sort of pre-write for Lost, but I've changed so many things that it's pretty much worthless now, I hope I don't end up having to rewrite the whole thing.

I had a plot-bunny attack awhile back and wrote a whole bunch of ideas down, or perhaps wrote just the first chapter, and then never got back to them. Now I can't remember what the brilliant idea was. It's sad when a good idea for a story just gets abandoned because you forget it.

Then again, Lost has been wandering my brain collecting dust since fourth grade and it's finally being written. I guess it just takes time to process everything I want to include in the story to actually get it written. Or perhaps enough motivation to actually get what I want down on paper...

Anyway, that's all,


Sunday, August 9, 2009

A New Language!

I just found this language I had invented saved on my computer from awhile ago. It isn't really a new language, more of a code, but when you type it out, it does look like a whole different language, and I think it might be possible to speak as well...

1. Take any two syllable word.
2. Take the first syllable and put it at the end.
3. Next, add an -re to the end of the new word. That is two syllable words.
4. A one syllable word...
5. Write the word backwards.
6. Add an -as to the end. That is one syllable words.
7. Take a three or more syllable word.
8. Take the first syllable and put it at the end.
9. Add -asi to the end. That is three or more syllable words.

1. Tiger
2. Gerti
3. Gertire
4. Same
5. Emas
6. Emasas
7. Animal
8. Imalan
9. Imalanasi

1. Names don't change.
2. There are no double vowels. If there is, take it out (except in names).

Let's try it out...

Osas, tahwas odas uoyas knihtas foas ymas edocas? Erehas sias as domranre tencesenre tahtas sias nas cellantexasi amplexasi foas llas eerhtas epytas foas drowas. Ecnoas uoyas tegas ehtas gnahas foas tias, tias sias tuallyacasi typretre plesimre.

You definitely wouldn't be able to translate that without knowing how.



Today was going to be a relaxed day. I didn't have anything I had to do, just go to classes and sit through them and maybe nod off during Sacrament meeting since I got very little sleep last night...or not.

I was asked, a few minutes before the meeting started, to give a short talk about girl's camp. So I had to think of what I wanted to share and without any notes at all, speak in front of the whole ward. Not fun. Lydia was asked too do it as well as Kati and Anne but it was still really nervewracking. Seriously, I've been expecting to have to give a talk anytime now, but like that was insane. I appearantly did very well though.

Then classes today were kind of boring since I've had the same Sunday School lesson the last three weeks and the same YW lesson twice in a row. All well, I knew all the answers.

Lydia made me go in the office and try out her new tablet the second we walked in the door after church. It wasn't very exciting or new and I think until you got used to it, drawing with the mouse would be easier, but whatever.

For dinner we're having hamburgers and mashed potatoes and it sounds so good since I'm starving. I think some of my problem with not being able to sleep last night was that my stomach was growling, and I never ate breakfast this morning.

I think I'm going to write at least two more chapters for my story, and then I'm going to take a nap, because I am wiped out.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sleeping In and Lydia's Birthday

I slept in until noon today. It was fun.

I was thinking a lot about my story and I can't wait to get into the third book of the series I'm planning, but of course, I have to wait, since I'm still only on the first book.

For her birthday, Lydia got a tablet, something she's been wanting forever. Now she can draw for real instead of attmepting to draw on paint. It's pretty cool. It's quite amusing watching Lydia try to install it onto the computer.

I'm officially bored now, so I'm going to get off and find something else to do, perhaps write a few more chapters of my story.

Farewell for now,

Friday, August 7, 2009

So Much Stuff

It has been a LONG time since I last posted. Whoops, I got so busy, I didn't even think about it.

Anyway, a lot has happened. MusicFest, the piano recital, school getting out, the family reunion, girls camp, tons of kittens being born, etc.

Let's go down the list. MusicFest was...exciting. I've done it once, though, I'm never doing it again! I got a silver medal in one class I did...but then again, there was only two of us in the class, so I still lost, but it's nice to have a medal.

The piano recital, I messed up my song completely, but nobody could tell.

School getting out, really nice. I have a lot of free time now.

The family reunion was great. I spent a lot of time geocaching with dad. We found every one of those geocaches, and I get to brag that I found the very first one we ever found. That was pretty cool.

Girls camp was a lot of fun. The canoe trip was exciting. Kati and I were the only people to tip our canoe...and we tipped it 20 yards away from the starting dock. Then, our canoe was leaking. Oh, and I got hit in the head by a flying watermelon. Yep.

We have too many kittens to count right now. I'm thinking we really have to get rid of some. Although I'm attached to the older ones now, the younger ones can go. Except one. He's all black and we named him Voldemort. He needs to stay to rule over the rest of the kittens. Haha.

I recently got really pumped up about my story I've been attempting to write for about three months now. I wrote 53 pages in 3 days and now the story is 53 pages long. Yea, I hadn't gotten very far before, but now it's looking great! It already has nine chapters, and I'm just barely getting into the plot. I'm thinking that it is going to be a long book since I have a lot planned for the plot.

I started reading a horror novel. I got four chapters in and had to stop reading because it was creeping me out, but then again, it was the middle of the night so you can't really blame me.

Lydia's birthday was today. We went into town and watched "Aliens in the Attic." It was pretty cute and funny but I found it kind of disturbing how half the time there was a police man in the house talking to the parents, and they never suspected something big like an alien invasion was going on in their attic. Seriously, the little girl even told them it was happening, and they didn't believe her at all. Crazyness, I tell you.

Wow, it's almost Saturday. I should stop writing and go to bed, but I won't because there is still a lot to say.

I posted up another Harry Potter fanfic today. I found it in one of my old notebooks and thought it was pretty good. I have no idea where I'm going with it though, since the idea I started with has seemingly slipped from my mind. It should be interesting just going with the flow with no real ideas but all well, I seem to do that a lot.

I think I've practiced the piano maybe four times since school ended. It's sad and I'm really itching to go play the piano, but I don't want to start anything new and the only songs I know are the ones I've been playing for musicfest, which means mom and Lydia, and even me, are throughly annoyed with them. Once school starts up again, I'll probably practice more often, even though I'm not going to have a teacher.

So, in the last post I mentioned something about joining Student Council. I really got into it with writing the school constitution and everything. It was exciting and I even got a trip to Ellensburg out of it.

I joined the Key Club. It's starting new at WAVA next year and I signed up to be one of the starting members. The meetings for it have been going on since the first week of July and I haven't attended a single meeting. I always miss them for one reason or another, but I did vote on the presidency and stuff. I really need to start going to those meetings...

I think I'm just rambling now, but that's okay because there's really nothing else to do...except sleep. It is pretty much midnight.

Okay, more about girl's camp then. (Sorry, kind of talking to myself there...or typing to myself?) Since I arrived there halfway through the second day, I missed the exciting happenings of the first night. I heard some strange things went on. Something about a girl eating a moth and freaking out another girl who peed her pants? It sounded crazy. The rest of the week was about the same crazyness level. Since the theme was indians, each ward made totem poles. Our was made of duck tape (my idea, haha) because it was the only way we could think to make it.

I'm totally excited about being a YCL next year at camp. I want to be a fourth year YCL, so I can go on the canoe trip again. Unless, of course, they decide not to do it at Camp Neighborly since there was a lot of talk about changing the location.

I wonder if anyone is actually still reading this, or if they all stopped a long time ago...hmm, I should probably stop writing then.

Farewell till next time,

Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm Stressed


A huge scream is at least one good way I've heard to get rid of stress. Too bad it doesn't work so well.

It's been quite awhile since I last posted and a lot has happened. Starting at last time I wrote...Spring break. Mom, Lydia, and I all went over to grandma's house where we had a relaxing and fun break...oh and I bought my laptop at Sam's Club.

We got back and went back to schoolwork and normalcy.

Some other Main events...Last stake activity, Meagan and I were the only ones from our ward to attend...and we wore dresses because dad messed up. We did skits of primary songs.

I got my hair cut April 18th, I think it was. It's not really cut, just trimmed with some layers cut.

I've sung the last three Sundays in a row with the choir. First was Easter, then Stake Conference, then yesterday was High-Councilman Sunday, which the choir always sings in.

Last Friday I went to the Mock-Musicfest and learned that I really don't know my musicfest pieces as well as I thought I did, so I have a lot to work on for piano.

Also, I joined the Student Council, for some reason now unknown to me. Tonight I have to turn in a "Brick and Mortar" school(as us WAVAians call most public schools)Constitution with a presentation about how that could be adapted into a virtual school, like WAVA. I found three constitutions of schools outside the state but I'm having trouble trying to put together a presentation for them.

I'm behind in schoolwork as well...well not so much behind as having to make stuff up because I messed them up the first time. I'm gone from an A- average to a B average which doesn't really seem like that much of a fall, but it is. At least I'm not failing any of my classes like I was at this time last Semester.

I don't think I've written anything structural on any of my stories since before spring break. I have some ideas, but I just don't have the time to write lately. It's driving me crazy. Either I'm busy or I have writer's block.

I want to go camping. Spending some time around a camp fire in the middle of the woods sounds so good right now. I got excited because we had to pay the fee to go to girlscamp yesterday. It means girlscamp is getting closer...even if it is still three months into the future. Girlscamp will be fun. I'm going on the canoe trip this year and then will get to dress up for the mock disaster. It'll be, Meagan's a YCL and Sis. Mann is the Ward Camp Director so that'll definitely add some crazyness to everything this year.

~The Big Dreamer~

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spokane Stake Dance

Saturday was very fun. I got to sleep in late, which was nice. We missed the Fire Station Service Project because mom didn't want to take us, but that was okay. Around two I went to Meagan's house. I helped her write her talk for Sacrament Meeting today.

Meagan took me to the Spokane Stake dance later that night and she was very right in saying that it was so much better than the Colville Stake dances. I didn't sit down the whole dance. They guys I danced with actually talked with me instead of staring off into space. I got asked some strange questions though. Some guy, I think his name was Nathan, asked me what color my toothbrush was. It was kind of strange telling him I had two, a green and a blue. Another guy asked me what kind of toothpaste I used, and then we got into a debate about which kind was best. That was a little weird. And then there was another guy who went on and on about dirt biking...I didn't get a single word in. I think he just liked the sound of his voice, personally. Oh, and I met three guys named must be a popular name in their stake.

Anyway, everyone was dancing nearly the whole time. Despite the fact that I only knew two people at this dance, Meagan and Jake, the people were a lot more friendly and comfortable to be around than the people I do know in my own Stake.

After the dance we went back to the Kelley's. Meagan's dad had picked up Twilight while we were at the dance, so we wanted to watch that but we were so tired when we got home that we just crashed. It was around midnight though and since Meagan had a talk we didn't want to stay up too late. The dance was definitely worth being so tired today for.

Church was good, I guess. It was pretty normal. After church, we barely had time to eat dinner before me and dad left to go to Stake choir practice. After that we attended a baptism and then went to the fireside, which we got to late. Bro. Terry spoke about his mission that he just got back from. That was fun. He had a ton of pictures that he showed us.

Okay, I'm tired now so I'm gonna go to bed. Until next time,
~The Big Dreamer~

Friday, March 20, 2009


Today I'm really happy. It's the first day of Spring and the sun is out!

This morning we didn't have a lesson or anything for Seminary. We ate pancakes, sausages, and hot cocoa while working on scripture masteries...of course, since I'm finished with mine, I didn't really do anything except talk with people. It was fun though.

Last Wednesday at mutual we did 'Hold to the Iron Rod Chef'...or Iron Chef. Each class brought an appetizer, then we decorated cakes to see who was the best. Our appetizer got third place and our cake got second. It was fun, even if we didn't win anything.

Yesterday was the usual go into town and piano lessons and stuff. I'm in the middle of three book series right now and I picked up the next book of all three of them at the library least I'll have plenty to read for a few days.

I've got the Sonatina I'm playing for music fest almost memorized...or one third of it anyway. Since it has three different movements it might as well be three different songs. I've pretty much got the first movement memorized, which I'm pretty excited about. It's an awesome song.

Here's some links to a person playing the different movements of the song if you want to hear what it's gonna sound like when I'm finished.
YouTube - Clementi Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Movement 1
YouTube - Clementi Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Movement 2
YouTube - Clementi Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Movement 3

Tonight mom is taking us to the church to go babysit...that'll probably be boring. I'll probably bring one of my books and read the whole time unless I'm really needed.

Oh, and I wrote my research paper on Muzio Clementi...the composer who wrote the sonatina mentioned before...he's probably my favorite composer at the moment. I like him better than Mozart, Beethoven, or Haydn, the other famous composers in his time.

Yea, so I guess that's it for now,
~The Big Dreamer~

Monday, March 16, 2009

Writer's Block

The only reason I'm really updating this is because I'm bored and I can't write anything because I have really bad writer's block. It's miserable not being able to write, I tell you.

Yesterday was the family potluck and we all gathered at Ginanne's house to feast on spaghetti. Justin brought Heather and Heather's brother. Michael, Jaspenelle, and Damien didn't show up though. Emily was being especially cute and twirling in circles giggling. She was really hyper for some reason.

There is no elluminate sessions at all this week because all the teachers are supervising the poor WASL takers. I'm glad I'm in ninth grade this year so I don't have to take it. That'll definitely make this school week boring, but what can I do?

The WAVE (The WAVA Newspaper) was supposed to come out today, but I don't think it's going to happen, since we didn't have a meeting last Thursday to get everything finalized. Of course, it could be published already and I just haven't noticed it...I don't think so though.

I finished my book last night and so I now have nothing to read once more. Although, I'm hoping to get several books from the library on Thursday, including the next book in the series of the one I just finished, so that should be good. Until then, I'll just have to go book-less, I suppose.

I suppose I could write about the dance last Saturday. I brought Neva and Theda to it. It was pretty boring, not dancing very much, but that's only because the guys won't ask anyone to dance. I need a few more boys I know and are comfortable around to be there so I can ask them to dance. Maybe then I'd actually dance more.

Next Saturday, I'm planning to go with Meagan to the Spokane Stake dance because she says those dances are a lot more fun. The boys are willing to dance with people in stead of just sitting around. Maybe it'll be better and I'll see that our Stake dances really are just boring.

I don't really know what else to write, so farewell for now,
~The Big Dreamer~

Friday, March 13, 2009

Finally, an Update!

It's been a month since I last posted but I've been busy. Starting on what has happened since February 12th...

There was the valentine's dance on February got pulled over twice during the trip there. Me and Meagan were the only girls there from our ward, which was kind of upsetting, but I got the piano music for Bella's Lullaby from one of Meagan's friends, so I've been working on that since then. It's coming along great. I've got the first two pages down pretty well. It's a beautiful song and I can't wait until it's memorized.

I started another Music Fest piece because the other one was too long. I'm still doing the other one though, so I am now working on memorizing three pieces. Well, actually one of them is memorized as of now, but the other two still have a ways to go before they are finished. One of the songs take around four or five minutes to play and is a Sonatina, so it is like completely different rhythms and stuff during the song. There are no patterns to help memorize or anything. That'll be my hardest to memorize.

School is definitely in full swing again, and I'm already sick of it once more. My grades are still pretty good though, nothing below a B. In Biology I have a grade of 102.95% right now which is an A+...I'm pretty excited about that. I'm attending regular elluminate for each class per week, except PE class.

Last Sunday the Mia Maids finally got a new YW women. Sis. Wood. She seems like she'll be a lot of fun. At mutual, we kind of got to know her a little and she seems like a person who'll do a lot of outdoor activities; camping, hiking, stuff like that. It should be fun.

Snow has been falling rapidly here and is not melting very fast. I was hoping that Spring was almost here...

I've started putting more of an effort into actually working on my stories instead of just starting new ones, so there is some definite improvement on the length of several of the stories that I've been working on.

I finished cleaning my room awhile ago, and its already messy again...but not so bad that it'll take days to get clean again, like it was before. I need to organize the room though, as it is very cluttered in other ways then just on the floor.

Seminary is going great, as usual. We're working through 1st Corinthians right now. There wasn't any Seminary today, as Riverside decided not to have school today.

Oh, I joined the debate club, but mostly just because Mrs. Pleasant is the club leader, and also the WAVA newspaper. I'm the advice guru for that. Well, actually, I'm paired with this other girl, Morgan, who is awesome. The newspaper is coming out for the first time on Monday and I'm super excited for that.

There's another dance tomorrow night, and I invited several friends that aren't members but that I knew from ISP. That should be fun. I haven't talked to them face to face for several years, but we kept in contact through email and now through facebook, so its all good. It'll be interesting seeing them again after so long though.

I'll try not to be so long next time. Until then,

~The Big Dreamer~

Thursday, February 12, 2009

School, Piano, Friends, and Seminary

A lot has happened since ten days ago. For one, I started school again. I have a new subject. WA state History. It's fun...okay not so much, but the teacher for it is my newest favorite teacher. Mrs. Pleasant. Her name fits her personality. There are several field trips to the Capital of the state or museums of history that she has planned. I'm still trying to convince mom to let me attend those since it'll probably be an overnight trip if I do go.

Wednesday, the fourth, I attended New Beginning's. It was spiritual. The theme was "Worth of a Soul." All the young women brought a pair of shoes that meant something to us to represent our "soles." I brought mom's temple shoes, because they were the ones she got sealed to dad in and made our family sealed together.

I have, so far, avoided being the young womans official piano player, but I fear that is coming to an end. Last dance, I accidentally let it out that I've been playing the piano for nine years now, and Bro. McKinney gave me a few weeks to learn some hymns. Last week I got out of it because of New's Beginning's and yesterday we got there a little bit late, so there was no need for me to play. Unfortunately, next week, I'm pretty sure I'll be playing. The last month I've been trying to learn as many hymns as possible, but I have only four down, out of the twelve I've been practicing. Only two of those, I might feel safe accompanying someone singing. I don't mind accompanying them once, but I know that once I play the first time, they'll get me to play for church and mutual until I graduate from Young Womans, something I really don't want to do. All well, at least I'm getting some hymns down.

In other piano news, my music fest pieces are coming along well, I'm pretty excited to play at music fest in a few months. Just today at lessons, my teacher gave me a new book of Disney songs, but they are like rewrites of them, making them different. That'll just add another thing to practice during the week, making my practice time go up to 90 minutes a day...maybe more. I don't mind though, I love playing the piano. It's one of those things I can do while letting my mind wander, on the songs I've got down well anyway.

I'm really excited for the dance Saturday night, I'm not really sure why, I don't usually get so excited about dances. Maybe it's the fact that's it's on Valentine's Day? Or perhaps that I'm just excited to be around people I can actually talk to face to face. I have friends from school, but I only know names and personalities, not faces. It's kind of frustrating sometimes. I did find a couple of them on facebook though...

I am currently working on a new story...LOST. I actually wrote it a few years ago, and just recently found it again. I rewrote it and Part One is posted on my site if you want to read it.

I'm really tired lately...staying up late (though not on purpose. I try to go up to bed at around 9:30, but then Lydia comes up at around 10:00 and wakes me from my dozing to chatter about her pets on chickensmoothie or kugyay. And then after that, we are both too hyper and talking about random nonsense until I finally get sick of her and start reading around 11:30 to calm myself down again. Then, I usually get caught up in the book and don't get to sleep until around 1:00 :P ) and getting up at 5:15 in the morning for seminary just doesn't seem to agree with me.

On the subject on Seminary, Sis.Smiley hands out a lot of fake money for prizes...and she seems to like me a lot. At the moment, I am the richest fake money holder in the class at $1,186. Everyone else is down around $500 at average. I win the daily prizes and get there early every day, which gets me about double the amount of everyone else by itself. My fellow students have unofficially banned me from saying prayer, reading scriptures, giving devotional, winning games, answering questions, or anything else that will give me any money. It's kind of hard, as I am a good reader, so Sis. Smiley calls on me often to read verses out loud.

Anyway, that's all I can think to write for now. Until next time,
~The Big Dreamer~

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bedroom Cleaning

I worked on cleaning my room today. Notice I said worked, not completed it. Yea, I'm still only about half done with my room and I've already spent three hours on it. It looks like a construction zone since I got fed up with it and ditched it for now. I'll finish it tomorrow and Wednesday, since I have both of those days off of school as well.

So far, in my bedroom, I have found: A slinky I hadn't seen in years, two and a half loads of laundry, a bunch of school projects from when I was still in public school (they almost made me cry. I do miss all my old friends sometimes), two bags of unidentifiable goop (I think one might have been trail mix at one time because it was squishy and brown. The other was blue. Don't ask me how that came to be), four separate uncompleted decks of cards, two packets of bubble gum, three cat toys, five candy canes, two more unfinished stories, a lot of broken toys, and a ton of garbage. That is only about half the stuff in my room that I've attempted to pick up. How did my room get that messy without me knowing?

Anyway, my room is going to look better than it ever has before once I'm finished with it. The closet will finally be cleaned out completely(I don't think that's happened since I was a toddler), the walls will be decorated (maybe I can get mom to repaint them a better color than they are now) the room will be organized and neat. Then, I'm going to see how long it will stay that way. I'm guessing a month, at the very most.

Anyway, me and my very unorganized self are going to sign out.
See ya,
~The Big Dreamer~

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Well my birthday was fun. They completely forgot about it in Seminary, but I was sung to on Thursday, so it was all good. We went to see Inkheart. It was pretty good but a lot was changed from the book. That was disappointing, but they pretty much do that with every movie so what can I say?

I finally got a facebook account, because Meagan insisted. It was also because the Payne family moved away and with several members of their family with facebook accounts, I might be able to keep in touch.

Today I searched through the house looking for some old stories that I had written a while ago. I found a couple, although not the one I was searching for in the first place, but all well. Anyway, so I'll work on getting those typed up and edited and they'll soon be posted on my site.

I guess that's all that is new. Till next time,
~The Big Dreamer~

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Busy Week

So, this week is finals. I've been studying so hard and it's driving me nuts! Tomorrow is my birthday, but there's no break. I have my English final that day. That one is going to be long and exhausting for me.

It's funny, while I was taking the review today in English, I kept getting things wrong, because I was thinking of Spanish while doing it. It's not a good thing to be taking two languages at a time, even if one is your first language.

Sister Payne, my Mia Maids leader, took me and Meagan out to breakfast last Saturday for a planning meeting. We didn't actually get much planning done though. After we ate, we went across the street and she paid for us to get manicures. That was pretty cool. On the way home we got milkshakes.

The day after, Sunday, at church, Kati showed up with a fractured wrist. She had gone snow boarding instead of attending the planning meeting. I just kind of thought of something to do with that. When you attend what your supposed to attend, you get rewards, but when you do something else, bad things can happen. I just thought that fit with what happened, even though I do feel sorry for Kati breaking her arm. She's going to miss out on several things that she wants to do.

Oh, but I found out that Sister Payne and her family is moving back to California. I just found out this morning and they are moving Friday. It seems like they are trying to get away without any attention or something.

Okay, my website is up and running. The link is Make sure you spell that right. I've changed it quite a bit and I love it now.

Alright, that's it,
~The Big Dreamer~

Friday, January 23, 2009


Today while riding home from Katie's baby shower, mom, Lydia, and I got into a conversation about falling into books, and I was thinking about which book I'd like to fall into, but I can't think of one. I think It'd be a cool idea though and I'm going to try and find a book that I would want to show up in.

At piano lessons last week, I finally got my music fest piece. It's pretty cool, although it looks really complicated at first, it's actually easy, if you catch the pattern.

Anyway, I decided I didn't like my website, so I'm redoing it, so if you go to that previous link, the site won't be there. I'll post the new link up when I'm finished with it.

I started a story that I actually might finish, an original one instead of a fanfic. I have it all planned out, rather than just writing as I go, so that might change the fact that it'll get finished or not. I'm not releasing it to the public until it's finished though, so you'll have to wait. It might be awhile. I have like 30 chapters planned, give or take a few. I'll tell you a couple things. It's set in the land of Abecedaria( my land I've created that all my original stories take place in) and it's main character is named Izabella Jade Trimmor. It has magic and romance and evil peoples and adventures, all mixed into one. Your average fairy tale. It is sort of modern, but different too,. in a weird sort of way.

Anyway, that's all about my story.

My birthday is next Wednesday, and I'm kind of excited, kind of not. Nothing big is really happening, except that we're going to see Inkheart, which is one of my favorite books ever.

Anyway, that's it,
~The Big Dreamer~

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Stories

Wow, it's been a long time since I last posted. Not a lot has happened though.

In mutual, I started knitting a scarf. It's made of yarn that is blue and green. It'll look interesting when it's finished, if it ever does get finished. I don't have very much time when I can be knitting, so it'll take a while to get finished.

Schoolwork is going much better. I have an A in Spanish at the moment. Funny enough, I have a B in English. Is it weird that I'm better at Spanish than English? Because English is the language I learned first and all, it should probably be better.

I received one on the two pieces that I'm might be playing for music fest. It's a little weird and I'm having some trouble with it. Good thing it's not the piece I am assigned to play. I can always exchange it for one that is better for me.

I've written several Harry Potter Fanfiction One shots. One is about Crookshanks, Hermione's cat, and his view of their third year at Hogwarts. I also wrote one, by the request of Lydia, about Harry getting abducted by aliens. There's also one, when I was in a crazy mood, about oompa loompas attacking Hogwarts. And then the last one I wrote, is about writer's block, because I had writer's block so I came up with something crazy. In fact, I still have writer's block. I write stories such as the before listed when I get writer's block and can't work on my main stories. I've tried everything to get back into the stories, but nothing will come to me! It's frustrating.

I finally got Inkdeath, the third Inkheart book, at the library and I'm currently enjoying it, when I have the time to read anyway. I've spent a lot of time lately just working on schoolwork and trying to work on my stories.

Semester finals are coming up for me, next week. Mostly all my school work right now is reviewing. It's getting pretty annoying. I can't wait until the tests are over and I'll be into next semester's classes. For electives I'll be taking two of these four: Journalism, photography, video graphics, or personal finance. The personal finance isn't really one I want to take, but mom made me sign up for it, so if I get it, I get it.

I guess that's it for now,
~The Big Dreamer~

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hello all, I want to announce that I created a website and you should all go check it out. The link is, and it is brand new but I think it's awesome. You can become a member or if you don't want to, please just sign the guestbook. Thanks a lot, everyone,

~The Big Dreamer~

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Plain Old Update

School was canceled the last three days, due to snow. So, I've still been doing school work, but there hasn't been seminary. Also, there isn't mutual tonight. So the snow is causing troubles.

I'm getting sick of it now, especially since I just shoveled a bunch of snow and ice off the porch.

There hasn't been much going on, other than school work, so this'll probably be boring.

I've finally got back on track with my fanfiction I've been writing. It's been a while since I actually put some progress on it, but I've gotten eight chapters up in the last two weeks, which is pretty good. Of course, I'm still way behind, so it's going to take some major writing to catch up to where I'm supposed to be with it.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up in like three weeks, exactly. It's not really a big deal, because it's my fifteenth birthday so nothing big is changing. We're planing on going to see Inkheart for it, which is one of my many favorite books. I'm excited for the movie.

That's it,
~The Big Dreamer~

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Years Everyone! It it now officially 2009! YAY!

Actually, I think 2008 was a great year, and I'm going to miss it.

~The Big Dreamer~