What I’m Doing 6/4/2015


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. One of my Mom’s favorite childhood books that I have never read. There are very few of those, however, and I think this may be one of only two left…

Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amana Grange. An attempt at retelling Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr. Darcy as recorded in his diary. A rather poor attempt I think , but it’s an easy read and I loathe quitting a book unless I am really having a hard time sympathizing with the characters or getting into the story. Obviously I have never had that problem with an Austen theme book. Yet…

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: I will finish this book! And Oliver Twist! And a Tale of Two Cities! Basically, I want to finish all except the Christmas stories this summer.


Doctor Who: Erin’s got me rewatching the first couple seasons of Doctor Who. I’d forgotten how wonderful Ten is… *sigh*

Phineas and Ferb: Yes, I am watching a children’s cartoon. I’m on a cartoon kick because the series will be ending soon, don’t judge me!

Mockingjay Part 1: My sister’s birthday just passed and she got Mockingjay Part 1 on Bluray and DVD. For her birthday I agreed to stay up until 1am to watch it with her even though we’d both been up 11pm – 1am for the past week because of play stuff.


Shut Up And Dance by Walk the Moon. This song is addicting! I love it!

Bad Blood remix by Taylor Swift.

Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor

Select songs by Bruno Mars

What I Should Be/Need to Be Doing

Study for SAT this Saturday.

Work on Novel.

Pack for Vacation.

Work on nostalgic story for Erin.

Work on story pieces for Erin’s nostalgic story (I’ve started them! I promise!)

Prepare to leave for New Mexico in 8 weeks.


TCWT February: Music For the Pen


The topic for this month is AWESOME!

It is basically about life.

Well, alright, technically Music, but for me a great deal of life is music.

The question is “How does music relate to your writing?”

Music inspires my writing a great deal, and I use it in different ways.

Sometimes I’ll listen to a creepy song for no particular reason, and write a short story. If I’m writing a nice long novel then I’ll like to mix it up. Constantly.

I have been working on my novel for three years. Each year it’s something new.

Every April – May I tend to get sucked into a Scottish or celtic playlist for my writing.

During July and late summer/early fall I get more into scifi soundtracks.

November, movie soundtracks (hunger games, LOTR, Divergent, things like that.)

Around December – March I am more into the modern pop and pop/rock. Recently I’ve been listening to Meghan Trainer, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Avicci, Taylor Swift, and all that fun stuff.

Basically, my writing music has to do at least two of the following four things.

1. Reflect the Season

2. Connect to the level of action what I am writing contains.

3. Connect my to the original idea for the story/scene/whatever.

4. Drown out any annoying siblings, so I typically avoid quiet whisper acoustic stuff.

Example time!

When I was in the basic story development/writing stage I listened to a lot of Scottish/Celtic music. It reflected the feel and natural landscape I wanted my novel to have

When I was trying to get in touch with my inner romantic I listened to the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie adaption soundtrack (all scenes written during that time have been recently eliminated do to reversal of story. The scenes were good though. Cheesy, but with editing could have been quite good… ).

Then I think I just started listening to whatever was new that I liked to drown out siblings, and of course during December it was a lot of Christmas Carols.

During editing it almost always is whatever is new. if i’m writing something for the rifts time, the music has to reflect the story and natural background, but if all I’m doing  is tweaking and proofreading I’ll listen to something bouncy and upbeat and most certainly not classical.

When I write, I attempt to stir up all the emotions I want my readers to feel (though I doubt they feel as exhilarated as I do when a group of bandits burn down a farm house and murder a family while one MC holds back other from racing in without a plan.).

So music relates to my writing in every way. i don’t think i could accomplish half the writing I do without music. It connects me to my fantasy worlds, and help me disconnect myself from reality.

How do you use music in your writing? Doe sit bring your ideas roaring, or close the floodgate of your imagination? Is music even necessary to drown out crazy siblings?

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts, likes, and dislikes about this post, or music in general.

Also remember to check out the rest of the posts in this month’s chain!








13th and




17th < You Are Here


18th and




22nd and






28th – (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)

7 Days Until 1989

What? is the world about to turn into a huge time machine? I wish!
But no, we are not actually going back to 1989.
This is the title of Taylor Swift’s new album that will be coming out in exactly 7 days.

I am super excited for this!

Taylor Swift’s music has been a constant companion of mine since I was 12 and first heard Fearless.
No matter what it is that gets me down, I’ve always been able to find a Taylor Swift song that hits the heart of whatever problem I’ve been facing recently.

Her music is inspirational.

I am a singer. I love to sing, I love music, I’m a naturally musical person (yet i don’t play any instruments.. odd right?).

In all the genres of music I’ve ever listened to (quite a wide spread to be honest) Taylor Swift is the only artist who’s music i must memorize and sing over and over again. I have never gotten sick of any of her music ever (though the radios were pushing it with I Knew you Were Trouble every hour two years ago).

There is something about Taylor’s music that is magical.

Every single one of her albums has a sound all it’s own! Not one song on any of them sounds like it came from another album. All To Well could only be from Red, and Sparks Fly is the perfect example of the feel of Speak Now.
It takes her two years to write out the last bits of her last album, and move on to finish a new one, but I don’t think anyone would complain after hearing the finished product.
If it takes two years to make that, then take another two, and do it again!

What’s also important about Taylor Swift is the message in her songs.

How many artists these days sing of Prince Charmings and true love and that feeling of being swept off your feet and into something new with just a hello? Not many, and it’s most often Disney (though most recently they’ve been shying away and patronizing the feminists… On that note, I retract the statement that it’s mostly Disney. Even they’re falling flat… but that’s for another post!).

This is a fact: Very few people any more believe in marriage, family, and love of the purest kind.

This is almost singularly a Christian viewpoint now a days, and that’s truly sad.

Taylor Swift has at least one song on every album dedicated to a happy ending, and true love.

Taylor Swift: Mary’s Song (Oh my my my…)

Fearless: Change, Love Story,

Speak Now: Mine, Ours,

Red: Stay Stay Stay, Everything Has Changed, Begin Again

Now, these songs alone would single her out from every other artist today. Her every album though breaks the typical mold of “popular music”. her albums have songs on family, and growing up, and I’ve yet to hear her bow down to political correctness, and playing to the minorities, and I pray she never does.
After her true love and happy ending songs, there are the family and growing up songs.
These describe the fear of growing out of childhood, and the comfort and love of family and friends.

Taylor Swift: A Place in This World

Fearless: The Best Day

Speak Now: Mean, Never grow Up

Red: 22, The Lucky One

And of course, we have the break up songs and temporary Red loves.

A word on these; most people claim all Taylor writes is break up songs.

Looking back at the past lists, do you think that’s true?
And even in the songs that are left on each album, about 50% of them are temporary loves that were happy and good while they lasted, and the songs reflect that. They didn’t end tragically because with someone cheating and getting caught, or anything similar. They just weren’t meant to be, and that was good. They were happy and full of good memories.

I really don’t like it when people accuse Taylor Swift of filling her music with sad break up songs based on her own life. It’s ridiculous, and quite rude to be honest.

Why I think Taylor Swift’s music is so special above all is she’s honest in it. She never writes anything unless she truly means every word of it, and it has some meaning to her, because you can feel that in the music! You can feel how much this song means because she poured herself into it, just like authors pour themselves into their novels.

To accuse her of only writing break up songs and being really depressing is rude because you aren’t insulting her music, you are insulting her personally.

So please, take this into consideration. You may remark that you don’t care for a specific song, and that’s fine! It may not be in the style you really like. If you’re a hard core country fan, you probably aren’t big on her latest albums, and if you’re a pop fan, you probably have never even heard her early stuff, and that’s fine! But don’t start calling her traitor to your genre of music, and start making personal attacks.

Note: I am mostly referring to people who’ve renounced all of Taylor Swift’s music, and started insulting it as a whole, not those who are critical of one or a few songs. There is a big difference, believe me, and I don’t want to insult anyone. I am not trying to force you to like Taylor. Just if you don’t, please do not insult her.

Okay, that is way more then enough doom and gloom!

Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 comes out next Monday! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can not wait!

Also, seeing as I get my SAT scores that day, I may or may not hope to convince my Mom of getting me to the store pronto after learning what they are, so I can either celebrate a victory, or mourn my further death in January.

Okay, this was a rather choppy post, and I apologize. I didn’t have much time to put it together. 😛
Also, when i get onto a topic I’m really patient about, my writing tends to break out of a nice mold and do exactly what we’re warned not to do when writing essays.

What I Am Doing 10/10/14

Ooohhh… I should really remember to do these, especially when I have nothing else to post.

What I Am reading:

The Book Thief by Marc Zusak: I got this for my Birthday almost a year ago and am only just reading it. I know, not very polite of me, but I’ve been busy. Very good so far.

Hitler by Albert Marrin: An excellent biography on the creepiest creep the human race has ever produced. Note, this is a school book, not something I’m reading because I’m some kind of weird modern day Nazi. I am quite possibly the farthest thing from that.

Divergent by Veronica Roth: I love this book. This a re-read for me. One of the things I find when i read this is that I connect with Tris on a very deep level. Her own journey reminds me of my own, in a way, and gives me a kind of mental boost to pursue what I want.

Up Your Score: Yep, SAT prep book. This one is good though, trust me. It is awesome, and I’ve really enjoyed it.

What I’ve just finished:

House of Hades by Rick Riordan: The worst book he has ever written, and yet I confess I’ve read it twice, sort of. The first time I kind of skimmed every part except for Annabeth and Percy. This was technically my first time reading it all the way through. Still the worst book he’s ever written. Its only redeeming qualities is Frank’s character growth, Leo’s time in Oogia, and Percabeth in Tartarus. Everything else, the sloppy writing, nonsensical character changes (obviously frank’s is not included among those) and over all unorganized time line. The only reason I reread it was to prepare for Blood of Olympus which, alas, I will be reading. I must find out what happens to the characters I DO care about, sloppy writing or no!

Memories of Anne Frank: This one I read for school. Rather short, but a good read. I finished it in a cold tent in 4 hours.

Saint John Paul the Great by John Evert: I love this book! A must read!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Epicness! I couldn’t believe that people were saying it was better then Cinder, especially since it was mostly following this new character Scarlet. Then I read it, and was blown away!

What I’m listening to:

Taylor Swift Shake it Off: I am a die hard Taylor Swift fan. I have been since Fearless, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. I love it that each of her albums has a different sound, and I love how her music has progressed through the years. Sue me, but she is the only artist who I can listen to over and over again and never get tired of any of her music ever.

Thomas Bergeson: His music is great for Plotting and Noveling, not necessarily in that order. 🙂

Maddie and Tae Girl in a Country Song: I love country music 🙂

What I am Watching:

Doctor Who: Re-watching Ten with younger siblings, and some Eleven. It makes me feel much better about the pain this show brings me when i can go back and share it with my younger siblings. 😀

Revolution: Season Two is finally on netflix!

Percy Jackson Seas of Monsters: If they don’t make a third movie I will be really mad. They came back really well after the first one was a semi-flop, so to leave it there is just wrong. i really liked this movie, and they did a much better adaption of the book (and Stanley Tucci as Dionysus and Anthony Head as Chiron!) so they better not decide to drop the ball now!
Also, I really liked Clarisse after all. I was kind of worried about how they’d portray her since they got a skinny beauty queen to play her, but she wasn’t bad.


Crew: yep, still rowing in the dropping temperature. I hope to find my lovely field jacket (read, military coat) before my next regatta.

Civil Air Patrol: Just joined a new squadron.. sort of? Still doesn’t show on my CAP account, and I still haven’t gotten confirmation of the transfer. This is my first transfer, so i don’t know what’s up.

SAT: Oh the glorious Slimy and Atrocious Torture. I shall be enduring this tomorrow morning, oh joy.

What I Am Doing 8/24/14

Okay! Time for a What I Am Doing post!
This will be brief.
I was just to the library so I am suddenly inspired to share what I have been reading/watching/listening to.

What I’m Reading:

Surrender by Carmen Marcoux: This is a very Christian book about romance, and how to have a good, healthy, clean relationship in today’s world while following the journeys of several characters. It mainly circulates around the Collins family, a large catholic homeschooling family who live in Saskatoon Canada, and includes a lot of their friends.

A Soldier’s Secret by Marissa Moss: This is a book based on the true story of Sarah Edmonds, a young girl who dressed as a man and fought in the Civil War. Incredibly interesting.

Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley : I just got this one from the library. It’s about a young girl during World War II who lies about her age to become a British spy and is sent into the heart of enemy territory in France to help train rebels.

The Life of Faustina Kowalska by Sister Sophia Michalenko : A biography of St. Faustina. It includes a lot of passages from her diary, and is very interesting.

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy: This is an alternate world story that sounded supper cool. It’s about this boy who enlisted in the Idaho National Guard. His whole life changes when he receives to different orders. one from the Idaho governor to kill the president, the other from the president to kill the Idaho governor. I haven’t started it yet, but I will as soon as I finish Violins of Autumn.

What I’m Watching:

Doctor Who: You just had to know that one was coming. 🙂 Just finished season 7 and I am pretty sure I traumatized my younger siblings I pulled down into this black hole of love and misery with me.

Pride and Prejudice 2005: I don’t care what people say, I love this movie. I like the music, the costumes, the actors, and the acting. I also love the BBC series, though I regret to say I have yet to sit down and watch it all the way through, because my Mom likes to watch it without me. I just happen to love the 2005 version just as much.

Atonement: I have only seen the last half of this, and my Mom and I have been dying to see the rest. I finally got it from the library, and will be watching it some time this week.

Desolation of Smaug: Just got this from the library, and I haven’t seen it since December 1 So excited to watch this again!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green: Another library movie. I’ve wanted to watch it for a while, but haven’t yet.

What I’m Listening To:

Frozen Soundtrack
Doctor Who Soundtrack
Pride and Prejudice 2005 soundtrack
Linkin Park
Another Cinderella Story Soundtrack
Lent at Ephesus (It was the only Benedictines CD we had in the car this morning… for the record I do not like listening to Lenten CDs outside of lent)

That is all. Have a blessed Sunday!