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Dove’s Question and Answer Week!

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Hey! This week, I decided to have a bit of a Q&A for my blog, so I asked my followers on Tumblr if they had any questions this week! I want to give a huge thank you to girlinblackconverse, youvegothatonering, coolguitargirl, and anonymous for sending me questions! You guys are awesome!

 

Favorite color/colors and why? 

I’ve been trying to figure this out for some time, but I think I have it. As a child, I loved lilac purple, and I think it’s just stuck with me throughout the years. Blue is also one of my favorites, as it represents some of the different colors of blue in the sky.

 

Have you ever been to a concert? If so who? 

I have been to a Clay Aiken concert and the Getty’s concert, which was hosted at a  church. Hopefully in the near future, I will also be able to see Twenty One Pilots!

 

What is your all time favorite song?

I really enjoy the song ‘What I Believe’ by Skillet! Fantastic song with a cool message!

 

If you could transport to any fictional world, which one would you travel to?

Probably Middle Earth! I would fit right in with those Hobbits!

 

Do you prefer dogs or cats, and why?

I enjoy both animals immensely. I have always liked cats, but dogs are just lovable creatures!

 

Are you a closet fan of anything?

I’m pretty outspoken about what I enjoy, so there is not a whole lot of things I do not like to talk about. Everyone pretty much knows what all of my favorite movies and shows are.

 

What is your all time favorite band?

Impossible to choose! Maybe Twenty One Pilots, but I can’t leave Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Skillet out!

 

What is your favorite number? 

I have always liked the number 2. Don’t ask why; it’s just fun to say.

 

What is your favorite actor or actress?

This one is a rather hard one for me, but I think it’s probably Karen Gillan. She’s a rather funny person, and sometimes she’s a bit awkward, but she knows how to pull it off as a bit of a joke. That’s admirable to me!

 

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I think my favorite part is being able to witness about Christ through my words. I think that’s the coolest part about the Internet, actually.

 

What is something you really want to write about on your blog, but haven’t done yet?

Eventually, I’d like to do reviews on the different series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I think I’d also like to do some more of the Free! anime.

 

Why did you start blogging?

When I first came up with the idea that I wanted to do a blog, I was thinking along the lines of doing honest entertainment (such as movies and TV) reviews, but I think the true reason I have blogged is to witness about Christ through what I write. I may not get a chance to see the people that I meet online, but perhaps I can speak about Christ through what I blog about.

 

Do you have any goals in blogging?

This is a good question, and I’m not really quite sure yet. I guess what I want is this: if a person is having trouble trying to find a show or movie appropriate for them or their children, or they’re looking for a different view on a topic, they may find my blog. And if they find it, I want to be able to tell them honest answers about my views. They don’t have to agree with them, of course, but, by God’s will, maybe it might be a witness to them.

 

Do you write blog stuff when you feel like it, i.e. also, not in a steady way, or do you have a schedule with blogging?

Usually I have a schedule, which ranges from Friday to Sunday. When I first started out, it was more of a when-I-felt-like-it schedule, just so I could get some more posts up on the newly created site, but I try to stay consistent, although that doesn’t always happen.

 

How do you usually make your posts? What process do you enjoy the most for the post’s outcome?

Well, typically I like to start planning a topic to write about around Monday or so. That day, or the day after, I begin writing out some of my thoughts on the topic. Around Friday and Saturday, I then finish it, add in some interesting pictures, then I choose a category and post it. My favorite part has to be choosing the pictures for the post. I’m always trying to find the best one I can find!

 

Thanks for all the questions everyone! Man, I really appreciate it! It’s been a fun week!

Have a great weekend!

 

The American Girl Scoop

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Earlier this week, I was hit with some sad news. After reading a blog post concerning one of my favorite childhood things, I was filled with remorse, anger, and nostalgia, all hitting me at the same time. American Girl, a popular company which produces dolls, magazines, and books for girls, has declared themselves supporters of gays through their ‘American Girl’ magazine, something I spent a lot of time reading as a child.

Even though I’m not quite as avid of a fan as I was back then, I still enjoy the dolls and books today as sort of a nostalgic memory for me. I used to go crazy for that stuff; for all the dolls, the horses you could buy, the books, everything! One of my favorite stories was about a girl named Samantha and her best friend Nelly, both who lived during the 1900s. Those stories taught me many lessons and brought me lots of fun entertainment.

Therefore, you can see why I was upset over the fact that American Girl had decided that were supporting something I was totally against; gay actions and abortion. This realization all started out the day I received my monthly magazine in the mail. As my custom, I paged through the magazine, skimming over articles and looking at the different quizzes and activities in it. As I got towards the middle of the magazine, I suddenly stopped at an article about a young girl. Something didn’t seem quite right to me. I didn’t read through it all (which was part of the problem here.) but I did read small bits of it, and almost immediately, something had made me uncomfortable. However, I pushed the feeling down, set the magazine aside, and forgot about it.

a73560e354c0b365bd11e05b8d0201e6Sunday night, though, I was looking at an article on the Peculiar Messenger’s blog and I noticed something regarding American Girl. I read through it and instantly froze. In it, it basically talked about American Girl’s support of Planned Parenthood and of the gays. My stomach clenched and I quickly picked up the magazine I had read only a few days ago, landing on the exact page they were talking about.

I’m still both sad and upset about this. Please do not misunderstand me; I do not hate gays. Don’t think that at all! My job as a Christian is to love everyone, no matter what. I do not support the world’s beliefs and choices, however. Does this make Christians haters? Not at all. Christians are called by God Himself to love people just as He loved them, but not to love the world itself.

Also, I do not support Planned Parenthood. The other day, I wrote about some arguments about why I do not agree with it, which you can read here, but basically, I pointed out one scenario: Suppose your parents decided they wanted to have an abortion for you. Would you be here today, impacting others as you are? No. Not at all, because you would not be alive. And because you would not be alive, you would not be doing what you are today. Does life seem tough and maybe sometimes we wonder why we are alive? Yes, of course! That’s normal; human, in fact! But believe it or not, you’re impacting someone!

be08536a72ca2934e094fac644f97295This is why I do not agree with abortion. Scientists are now saying that because the baby has not been born yet, the child is not even a child at all, but merely a clump of cells. And each time I hear that, I will say the same thing: Really?! Then how come it contains DNA? Why does it contain the genetics from both parents? Why isn’t this coming out? Is it because they want all this hidden to support their statement?

Like I have said before, I am called to love everyone, just not to follow in the world’s footsteps. Some mistake that for hatred. It’s not hatred, it’s called obedience to the One who made us all.  The news about American Girl’s decision hit me hard, and I will no longer be supporting them. As much as it pains me to see this world slowly folding in on itself and becoming so ungodly, I know Christ has a plan, just like He always does, and I’ll keep believing.

Have a great weekend!

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P.S. Please pray for Paris! Yesterday, terrorists killed 153 people and took 100 people hostage. Though, the threat is over, Paris, and France itself, is suffering from the loss, hurt, and shock they faced last night! Now, more than ever, Paris needs our prayers and support.

 

Twenty One Pilots

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Happy Halloween! I’m so excited for it! This year has seemed to fly, and I just can’t believe it’s almost November already! I’ve decided this year for Halloween, I’m either dressing up as a Ravenclaw student from Harry Potter or the Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who. I can’t wait!

Also….

I decided that my review will be a little different this week, because I am going to do a review on one of my favorite bands, Twenty One Pilots!

I discovered these guys this summer when I was playing around on Tumblr. A bunch of my followers were posting the band members (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.) and the lyrics to their songs, so I decided to go check a song out. One of the very first songs I played from them was called ‘The Judge,’ which is now on the list of my favorite Twenty One Pilots songs, but, at the time, I was in total shock when I heard it and I wondered what sort of genre it was. The song didn’t appeal to me at all.50c3b1a6f06f2886bd0a0da9ceaaa373

I came back a while later, after a girl at drama camp had mentioned she was a fan of them. Again, I was curious as to see why so many people were interested in this band, so I listened to bits of ‘The Judge’ again, then I moved on to ‘Stressed Out.’ The song was so creative, I began to research more of their songs. Pretty soon, I was listening to almost all of their songs on one of their most recent release and I was loving it!

I also have done bits of research on the band and I came across this from Wikipedia:

Twenty One Pilots bring a mix of piano (sometimes an electronic keyboard or a keytar), synthesizer, drums (also mixed with electronic drums some parts), vocals, and occasionally ukulele. Their songs are poetry-based (written by Tyler and Josh), and when his poetry is too long he stated that he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in.

People typically have trouble affiliating the band to a specific genre to describe them, since they bridge so many.However, many fans (and themselves to a degree) have labeled them “Schizophrenic pop” (also known as Schizoid pop), a technically unofficial subgenre of pop.

Although many of their songs contain allusions to Christian theology and have messages (even if implied) about God, and all members of the band (past and present) are Christians, Twenty One Pilots is not considered a Christian band.

 Twenty One Pilots official band logo as of 2015.

In regards to their logo, Tyler Joseph stated in an interview that:

“It means Twenty One Pilots, the logo does. Why it means Twenty One Pilots, is it really goes along with one of our songs called “Kitchen Sink.” The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling all the time when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence. A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me. The meaning of purpose for me, is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art if it’s photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you. When you’re in the room by yourself trying to decide whether to stay alive, you can tell yourself “I should probably stay alive because I’m the only one who knows the meaning of that thing,” so the logo is an encouragement for people to create. That’s what it means.”
— Tyler Joseph explaining the band’s logo.

According to the band, their purpose for making music is “to make people think”, as well as encourage them to find joy in what they come to believe in life.

When I found out these guys were Christians, it all made sense to me. As I listened to some of their songs, especially ‘The Judge’, it all clicked! They weren’t just singing random lyrics; it was implying God! To me, that was pretty awesome to hear that even though they weren’t necessarily a Christian band, they were still singing about God. It’s cool when bands do that.

2f9ba1aae8112935f25311d010604cc0Tyler Joseph is also correct in his comment about people struggling about the point in life. I’ve seen and heard a lot of stories about people giving up hope and killing themselves. It’s sad to hear, because even though they had so much potential, they didn’t see it. Without God, we suffer under questions about why we exist, and even as Christians, we sometimes wonder why we are alive. The great thing about Twenty One Pilots is that they’re not afraid to sing about God. They want to encourage people, motivate them, inspire them, and cause them to think about their worth. People struggle, and that’s okay, but the important thing is that we get back on our feet and continue on.

I personally find this band the most inspiring out of all my other favorite bands. These dudes are out to encourage others through the songs, and since their songs are relatable, it’s amazing how many people have become fans of this band. Even though I wasn’t a fan at first, I’ve got to say, this is probably one of the most powerful bands right now!

Also, the most awesome thing about them right now is that next year, 2016, they will touring all over! In ‘Emotional Roadshow’, they’ll be traveling to all kinds of places, giving almost everyone a chance to go see them in concert!

Thanks for reading! If you have topic you’d like to see me possibly right about in the future, comment below one of my posts! Ideas are much appreciated, just please keep clean if you do comment!

Have a wonderful weekend!

An Organization Guide for the Struggling (Updated)

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About a month ago, I did a post on organization. After a bit of research and inspiration, Ive found a system that works well for me even though I find it difficult to be organized. In the top picture are a number of things I use for studying. It looks like a ton now but I’ll break it up for y’all so you can see the individual items.

Before starting your study, you may want to grab some kind of drink or snack item, such as coffee (if you drink it.), tea, or hot chocolate. I usually make a drink that combines water, milk, honey, and cinnamon. (It’s actually really good.) Food will give you energy, especially if it’s in the morning, and will give you something to munch on when working.

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1.) I use two notebooks for my studies. To be quite honest, this does take a bit of work and time, but it’s actually a wonderful way to memorize easier. Not every notebook is the same, so whatever you decide to put in them is your idea. The bottom notebook under the pens is what I call my ‘general notebook.’ This is just information I gather from the reading and then put down on paper for later. After all the information is written and revised, I then move on to the second notebook. The pens pictured above are a great tool to make the notes fancier and easier to memorize. Colors are suppose to help this, so I use red (the color that helps me memorize the most) and I use this to outline the most important details. Purple is for the chapter title, blue is for the section(s) title, black is just for general information, and red is for the most important details. Once I get to the end of the chapter, I like to spice everything up with different colors instead of just staying strictly to the colors during the chapter.

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2.) These are actually sticky notes I found in the store the other day. They had a wonderful selection of colors, shapes, and sizes of sticky notes, but because my notebook isn’t very big, I picked the smaller versions. I haven’t really thought much of sticky notes until I saw some pictures of people using them and adding color to an otherwise black and white page. I use these specifically for small charts, dates, or some other source of data that I need to have collected. I also use these for reminders on dates.

3.) Some stuff I have seen has suggested that all electronics should be turned off when studying. You don’t have to do this, though! I usually use three or four different sites for my motivation before or during study time. Pinterest is used for motivation by looking at other people’s ideas for great study periods, and I use Youtube, and Coffitivity for some background noise during the study. Youtube is usually a Twenty-one Pilots song or a Hogwarts ambience, something that doesn’t distract, and Coffitivity, a site that offers some cafe and university ambiances, is also a great motivation. Remember, though, instrumentals and ambiance noise is probably better to choose so that you don’t lose your train of thought.

Also, I would recommend getting some time of filing folder or portfolio. This way, any random papers that will need to be studied later on can be filed away until future use. I also have a pencil holder to hold my pencil, eraser and pens. It’s important to keep clean and organized, that way you know where everything is when you need them.

Hopefully some of those tips helped you! Organization is key, even if it’s something that is struggled with. Using creativity in something that you may dislike can actually help inspire you, and that’s an important key.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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An Organization Guide for the Struggling

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With summer coming to an end and school getting ready to start (sorry, kids!), there are more and more sales of notebooks, pencils, backpacks, and folders being sold. The stores are packed with people buying back-to-school outfits for their kids and snacks and other food items are being bought for the beginning of the year. Organizing all these items can be tough, but today, I am here to give a few tips for the struggling.

I can’t say that I’m exactly an organizer, though. As much as I would like to say I’m great it, I think that wouldn’t be entirely true. Luckily, after doing a little research on ways people stay organized and therefore giving me the inspiration to come up with new ideas, I have devised several ways to stay organized and clean. Don’t just take my word on it, though! You can even create your own ideas.

Tip #1: It is always a bit disheartening when a giant pile of books are waiting for you.  All those pages you have to study, all those words you have to memorize! Sometimes, it just seems like a real pain to do this much work. To help solve this situation, it’s best to organize those books. Some people like do start with their favorite subject and work their way to their least favorite subject and other people enjoy going from the least-liked to their best subject. I would advise that it’s best to start with the least enjoyed subject, because of you start from your favorite to hated, chances are you’ll lose focus after you finish that first, most-liked subject. Going from least to greatest will most likely help you focus. (Just make sure you don’t rush through your subjects to get to that favorite subject. That’s another problem you’ll have to face.)

Tip #2: Along with those books, there are those study notes you wrote during your class or lecture. What do those scribbles say? What was meant when that was written down? Not everything has to be black and white when it comes to notes; adding a little color will help spruce up those pages! A colorful highlighter can be used to highlight the most important parts of the notes as well as getting your attention on what needs it most. Studies have actually shown that certain colors help us remember things as well and make us feel a certain way. That boring, uninteresting feel doesn’t have to last like that!

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Tip #4: Speaking of labeling, it’s important to label what belongs to you. Many times have I heard stories of items being stolen, either taking it because they were confused or because they were being a bully. Labeling items doesn’t always prevent bullies fro stealing, but if a person is confused with what item belongs to them, they’ll see the name.  It won’t take long to figure out if it’s the bully or the confused student.

Tip #5: The most important of all these tips is to make sure that you yourself are focused. It’s so very important for us to be focused on goals so that we can achieve them and never give up on what we dream. Even though it seems the goals of today may be pointless, there are endless possibilities for you in the future.

Well, I hope these tips were helpful! Organization is key to pretty much everything, which is why it’s so important! As students enter into a new year or yet another year of school or college, we should focus  on the now so that we can get to where we are lead when the time comes!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Inspirational Compilation

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This week, I don’t really have any book or movie reviews, so I will go over some of this week’s inspirational song lyrics and poems. If anyone at all has a suggestion for what I should write about next or for another oncoming post, comment below on one of my posts!

So this week, I ran into a bunch of inspirational quotes and lyrics on Pinterest, which really inspired me for some of my writing and poetry. Usually, I just run into them randomly, which is actually quite funny because I am always trying to look for some but never see any particularly appealing. Sometimes I’ll get hooked to a song for hours, and that’s when I discover some pretty good lines in them that may inspire me. Here are a few I found this week:

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1. I ran into this one by total accident the other day. All of a sudden, this is a recommended pin on my feed, but I soon remembered that this is one of my favorite lines from a Mumford and Songs. I liked the fact that they mentioned using their head with their heart because both are important. It’s using logic and feeling to grasp onto the situation. I really found that interesting.

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2. Too often we found ourselves hating and complaining about things in our lives, but what good does it do really? This short poem explains that we should love what loves us but hate exhausts us, and there’s no reason we should hate for no reason. Loving something is so much more calming and relaxing than complaints and hate.

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3. I’ve found myself listening to ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit on repeat this week, and I really have no idea why. Maybe it’s because of the positivity in the song, plus it has a nice tune. This line in the song is especially positive, because it talks about going through a rough experience but not breaking from it.

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4. I really wish I knew who wrote this because it’s so true! Half truth is the same as lying, because the whole story is being stated and only part of it is being said. Noone reads and writes half a story, because what happened to the other half? It might as well be a lie if not everything is being told.

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5. This actually reminded me of one of my characters from my book I am writing. She’s a bit of a dreamer even though she’s basically seen everything. When I saw this quote, it was an inspiration for my writing.

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6. Yes, I had to add this! I like the truth in it though. Hanging out with the wrong people (the crows) will confuse ourselves and cause us to become like them. This doesn’t mean all crows are evil (though they are usually the bad guy’s pet in movies) but the main point is that who we hang out with will influence us, which is why it’s important to choose our friends carefully.

And there you have it folks; some of the main quotes and lyrics of this week! There are a ton more that I found (you can check out my ‘ Quotes and Lyrics’ board on my Pinterest account (see ‘About This Blog’ for the link.)) but those are the ones I found touching, important, and true.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Because Independence Rings

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Today marks yet another celebration of our nation, the Fourth of July, or otherwise known as Independence Day! From parades to barbeques and fireworks, Americans enjoy the tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence! They even enjoy celebrating before the date (countless numbers of fireworks have been fired off already.)

Even down to the beginning of America’s history, when the pilgrims first landed in their New World, they were brave and hardy folks. They trusted God to lead them to their destination, and when their families, friends, and even themselves got ill, they still believed in God’s will. When they were forced to fight many wars to protect their land and beliefs, they stayed loyal to what they believed and kept their word. Godly leaders like George Washington led the nation fearlessly. America has become one of the most powerful nations in the world.

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However, even though America’s morals are slowly declining, God still has plans everyone and loves them. America was blessed by God and they have his love. And even though America did not care for God in their decision, God still loves them and calls them His children, because we were made in His image. We are not flawless and sinless, but God still wants the best for us.

As we enter into another year of celebration for America’s independence, I realize that there is a bright future for us one day, when we meet God face to face. There will be a day when we will all have to give an account for what we have done, and then, at last, Christians will be with God forever and ever.

Happy Independence Day!

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Tumblr Just Got Pinteresting

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I have been on Pinterest for about a year and a half now, and all I see on there are links to Tumblr. Have a relatable pin? It’s probably from Tumblr. What about that quote you found the other day? It might be from Tumblr. Or how about that seemingly obscure photo shoot of your favorite celebrity? Chances are, it came from Tumblr. Why is Tumblr that popular on Pinterest, and how is it similar?

Well, today I’m here to answer those questions. I have been on Tumblr for about four weeks, but from what I’ve seen, it’s understandable why this site is so popular. There’s an endless amount of posts and other things from there. Stretching from the hipster side all the way to the fandoms, Tumblr is an endless amount of posts. The one thing that got me, though, was this question: So why is this different from Pinterest?

Well, for one thing, Tumblr is set up like a blog with the option to ‘reblog’ other people’s media and texts, not like that long essay type things you see on other blogging sites. Tumblr also gives you the option to create your own page, complete with themes, icons, and texts specifically for you and to you. Have a fandom blog? Websites even outside Tumblr give you themes and HTML codes (as long as you understand how to use them), and you can even add music to your page!

For Pinterest, you have the option to ‘curate’ your own page. While you can’t design your own theme for it, you can create boards and pin or repin media to your page, sort of like bookmarking links. You also have the option to tell about yourself and link your own site or page to Pinterest.

Okay, I’ll cut to the chase. You’re probably saying,”Tumblr seems to have more options then. So why are you even comparing?”

Good question.

Sort of…

Not really.

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Actually, I believe Pinterest has a few more options than Tumblr. So you can’t create your own page or add music to it or even make your cursor into some cute icon. Tumblr does not have the option to report or hide media or text as Pinterest does, and you can not follow individual things. Pinterest lets you have boards which you design for yourself, perfected with your own topic and profile picture, while Tumblr……there are no no such thing as boards people can follow and, well, you use hashtags instead of boards, which may often combine with other people’s things.

Not that I’m dissing Tumblr. Actually, I do not mind it much besides free use of speech (way too free at times.) and people trying to force their liberal beliefs on others (seriously, lay off, man!) and I love the option of coding your page to make it unique and fun. Pinterest seems to be a little bit more restricted though, and, even though there are not options quite like Tumblr has, it still allows creativity.

So which would I prefer?

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I dunno, take a wild guess, I suppose.

 

If you want to check out my Tumblr page, feel free to browse around on here: http://deducingdoveinthetardis.tumblr.com/

Or if you want to check out my Pinterest, click here: https://www.pinterest.com/Louise803/

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic Friday!

The Infinity Dreams Award

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I was nominated by https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com! Thanks a billion, Angela!

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Rules:

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

 

Okay, so let’s see how many of these questions I can answer!

 

Fact#1: I’m actually a pretty big geek and have multiple fandoms!

Fact#2: I love all things medieval, Scottish, and Victorian.

Fact#3: I speak a little bit of Japanese.

Fact#4: I do the drums.

Fact#5: I love hats! Stetsons are cool!

Fact#6: I love all animals, but I especially like birds (specifically mourning doves, owls, and ravens), wolves, and cats!

Fact#7: I absolutely love the bands Paramore and Fall Out Boy! Their music is so awesome and have a ton of truth in them.

Fact#8: My favorite authors are Erin Hunter, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Donita K. Paul, Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and probably others that I can’t think of right now.

Fact#9: I have eaten squid, crawfish, and frogs. (Random fact for ya’ll.)

Fact#10: I love pie.

Fact#11: Get me in a bookstore or library and you will never see me again.

And now it’s time for Angela’s questions!

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1. What movie/show/etc has had your mind lately?

Doctor Who, without a doubt. I just finished 11 and now I’m sitting back and wondering why I sped through him so quickly. I love Doctor Who and all the lessons it teaches us.

 

2. Do you watch anime? If so, your top 3 favorites?

I do watch anime! My top three would most likely be Death Note, Vampire Knight, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

3.Choose one album to be your life’s theme soundtrack. Which one is it?

Riot by Paramore. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to a song on that album and have been like,”Hey! I can relate to this song!”

 

4. Cats or dogs?

Both. Both is good. I love cats, but I also love the playfulness of dogs.

 

5. Thoughts on small talk/chat?

Small talk sometimes bores me to death, but I do like hearing how people’s lives are going. Chatting is good, too! It helps you get to know someone.

 

6. Its a sunny, perfect weather day- not too hot nor too cold, just right! What do you do?

I would go outside and read, do photography, or play around on my device.

 

7. Fictional/real character/person that means a lot to you. (Come. *gestures* Go. Explain.)

A fictional person that means a lot to me…The Doctor, John Watson, and Bilbo Baggins, and a real person(s) would be my family and friends. Without their support, I don’t know where I would be today, and I love them all deeply.

 

8. You had a bad day, so what’s the first book in the Bible you turn to?

I think Matthew or John would be what I would turn to. Jesus has quite a bit of wisdom to teach us in every situation, so I would go there.

 

9. Do you fast forward theme songs or listen to them each time?

I tend to fast forward them, although, if I love it enough, I’ll just sit back and listen each time.

 

10. Why did you first make your blog? What has it turned into? Do you enjoy it?

I made my blog as just a place I can write down all my thoughts and feelings on certain topics. I think my blog has turned into a place where people can go if they are looking for some writing inspiration or for some help on if a show is good or not. I enjoy my blog immensely!

 

11.Recent favorite quote? From real or fictional person.

I have a ton of recent favorite quotes, but one that really struck me was by Thomas Merton. “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire if they are worthy.”

 

Blogs? 11 blogs? Wha?! *starts panicking* I don’t know that many people! Uhm…..*looks around*

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For now, I nominate:

Melody’s Musings

 

Time for my trivia!

1. What or who inspires you in your hobbies?

2. What genres do you find yourself watching?

3. What fandoms are you in?

4. Your favorite authors?

5. If you had to choose your life quote, what would it be?

6. Favorite song(s)?

7.What character from a show or movie do you think you are similar to?

8. What interested you in making a blog?

9.If you had to choose between the city or the country, what would you pick?

10.Favorite season?

11.Cake or pie?

 

Well, I hope this post wasn’t boring! Thanks again to Angela at https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com for nominating me!

This is AC C signing off!

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Magic: Considered Pure or Evil?

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One of the most debatable topics for books and movies today is the use (or abuse) of magic in our society. Really, it’s become just a normal thing for us to see, but parents are raising the question everywhere,”Is it okay if I let my child watch a show with magic in it?”

No, I’m not talking about magical princesses and unicorns. That’s a different sort of magic (which I’ll explain here in a minute.) and frankly, I see nothing wrong with that, but what’s with wizardry and witches today? Shows like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter as well as other numerous books and movies exhibit the use of magic, but is society just trying to make us conform to magic as some type of religious works? Are we being sucked into a world where magic is used for evil?

Well, that depends on how it’s used, I think. Wizardry in the olden days was almost considered a religion, and people built cults around this type of stuff. Violence was typical of them, and frankly, pretty much everything about it was just plain evil, from the devil himself, I’m afraid. Are we any different from that today? To some degree, we are not.

Consider the great writers C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, the creators of Narnia and Middle Earth. Both were devout Christians, and both were writers. If you have ever read their books, you already know magic is used in them. Gandalf is a wizard, and in Narnia, all the animals have an ability to talk. This is not evil. This is a different sort of magic. Not like the crap that happened long ago. This is used for innocent purposes to display a truth or fact to the reader, and is therefore, in no way, as harmful as some would like to think.

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However, there are multiple levels where I struggle with  series like Harry Potter, though. For many years, I have gone back and forth, trying to decide whether or not this would be considered an evil use of magic. I have never read the books, but I have done extensive research on them. I wasn’t looking for the bias,”It’s so good. Why would anyone hesitate to read it?” types. Sorry, I do not like that attitude. I am searching for other people who look at this from a Christian standpoint. I want their opinions based on what the Bible alone says.

So what’s my answer to whether magic is good or bad? It depends on the type of book and the author. Magic today is still used in an evil form, and it’s also used for good, so my answer would be both a yes and a no. I write about some magic in my books, but there is a clear understanding that I have that too much goes too far. Be careful what you watch or read, because it can corrupt even the most innocent of minds.

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