Harry Potter

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During the reprieve of no posting, I sat down with my family and watched the first movie of the Harry Potter series. For the longest time, I hesitated on whether it was worthy to be watched. Most of my friends had seen it and loved it, so I decided to give it a go with my family and see how I would enjoy it.

The premises is about a young boy by the name of Harry Potter who lives with his mother’s sister and her husband after both of his parents were killed. This family does not like Harry, so they mistreat him and make him do basically all the work around the house while they enjoyed large meals and watching television. When Harry turns eleven years old, however, he receives a letter (and this kid has never received letters before.), but his uncle snatches it away and tries to keep it from him, therefore making it so even more letters of the same kind are “flown” in. Finally, after some rather severe incidences, Harry discovers that this letter is an invitation to join Hogwarts, a school for magically talented children. Along the way to his new adventure, Harry meets some new friends and discovers a dark secret that could haunt him until the day he dies.

Personally, the first movie was rather cheesy, at least in effects, but I liked the overall theme and the characters’ developments. I have not seen any of the other movies, but I have finished almost all four books but from what I can tell, it seems pretty awesome.

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A lot of people say that Harry Potter is pretty much just like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. All three of these books teach important lessons that can be applied to life and Christianity today, such as choosing the right path wisely, realizing that evil has no place, and the importance of working hard. The reviews I had seen before starting Harry Potter was that the series encourages kids to lie, do wrong, and rebel against authorities and be rewarded for it. I am not quite sure where that comes from, since there are usually consequences in these actions. Like in most books, there are usually deeper meanings in the story than what is given away.

There is quite a bit of magic used in the books, but not magic in ways some think of it as. Like the old classics such as LOTR, these books hold a world where magic can be used freely and that using only the good magic is the correct path. There are a few curse words and a part I have run into that is rather inappropriate (it literally was one sentence though.), but I am very impressed with the morals teached in these books, and I hope to enjoy them even more as I progress through the series.

And here comes the ranking. For the morals displayed in this series, the admirable traits, timely characters, and important lessons, I give this series a thumbs up and an 8 out of 10!

Have a wonderful Friday!

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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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The Giver

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Hey, guys! It’s finally August 28! After a few weeks off of writing posts, I’ve come up with lots of new topics to review and blog about, such as more tips on characters in books and writing, reviews off books and movies, and study tips! I can’t wait to post about them!

Today, I’ll be discussing a book I read a few weeks ago called The Giver. The movie for it came out a while ago, and after hearing my brother talk about the book so long, I was curious to see what all the talk was about and I accepted the challenge of reading it.

Smaller than what I thought it was going to be and finishing it in a day and a half (I actually read a total of two books in the last four days.), it definitely was a shocker at the end. I was warned, at least, so I wasn’t quite that shocked.

The story takes place in a community of people arranged according to age, job, and family, and everyone is required to say canned phrases if something specific happens (such as turning up late for class or making a mistake.) Jonas, the oldest of his siblings, is now at the age where he is assigned a job and moved from school to his task. When he is chosen as Receiver of Memory, a rare rank for anybody, he becomes nervous and wonders if he’ll be cut out for the task, but all those thoughts are put aside when he is trained by the Giver, Jonas’ mentor. This task opens up a whole world to him, and Jonas must make a life-changing decision before it’s too late for him to back out.

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This book was actually written  90’s, which surprised me since I had always thought of it as one of the classics. The book had a good theme to it, and the suspense grew with every chapter that was written. Some of the characters seems to be a bit cheesy in their speech, ans that bothered me slightly until I figured out that was probably how they were suppose to be portrayed. Like I said, it’s a rather short book, and it took me not very long before I found myself looking at the back cover.

The book is pretty clean. There is one part that is awkward, however, but there is not detail and it just explains a dream Jonas had. There are no swear words, is easy to read, and is pretty entertaining. For the rank, I would say it would be a 7 out of 10.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Summer Is Done, Fall Has Come

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Since the beginning of creating this blog, I’ve had the chance to delve into topics I had never really thought about. From my very first blog post,’The Hobbit Movies’ to the latest post, ‘An Organization Guide for the Struggling, I’ve gotten to expand on opinions of books and movies, giving tips for writing and poetry, and share some of my latest inspirations. It’s been a great few months!

This month, though, I will not be posting anything for about a month. This will give me a chance to write on some new topics and catch up on some posts so I can create some new ideas! Don’t worry, though, I’m planning on coming back around August 28, so when that date comes, you’ll see some new book and movie reviews, more writing tips and advice, and other stuff!

I want to thank everyone who read through my posts and visited my site. I didn’t really imagine that anyone would read this, but I was proved wrong. Your visits, comments, basically anything you do on here mean a ton to me, so on account of everything that has happened in the past four months, thank you!

Hold on, ladies and gentleman, there’s another wave of topics coming soon!

See you on August 28!

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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Genres of the Ages

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There many genres people work with. Some reading classics, while others like some of the young adult books of today. Many books are written with a medieval air, while others may be futuristic. Whatever the setting is, it’s important to be aware of what kind of book you are writing as well as reading.

Similar to setting up a certain playlist for your music, (See ‘A Musical Writer’s Remedy’.) genre lets your imagination flow with the setting of things. Consider my book, set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s very futuristic, set in a time when technology can pretty much do anything anytime, but with a certain historical air, where the people of the day can hardly afford such items. Books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent are set up in similar ways, allowing much technology but little use for it by the poor.

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Unless it’s some random time jump, most books tend to keep into their designated environment. Most books mainly focus on the mannerisms, language, and philosophy of the time. Historical books, such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Withering Heights, do not have computers or any sort of device, but instead, they have to walk or ride a carriage if they wish to communicate with someone. The mannerisms of that time were quiet different as well, which is why sometimes it’s hard to understand a classical book’s style of writing.

If, however, you don’t want to stick to a certain time period, there are always options such as steampunk. Many times have I been asked what steampunk is, and my reply is,”A fiction, futuristic world with a style much like the Victorian age.” Steampunk allows writing the book to be futuristic while adding a touch of old age, as odd as that sounds.

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So how do you figure out what sort of genre you are reading? Many genres have a typical air to them. Does you book have dragons and knights in it? Chances are it might be fantasy. Or how about a book where a man and a woman meet against all odds? That could be considered romance. As my friend and I have found out, many books seem to be a bit too cliche, especially in the young adult genre. Vampires falling in love with mortals, girls falling in love with the most popular boy in school, and love triangles all over the place are rather typical, and those books can get rather tiresome after you read a number of them.

So, hopefully that helped a bit. Genres have developed much over the years, some for better, some for worst, and some have even been created only in the last few years. They help readers know what kind of book they are reading as well as providing information on what style they prefer.

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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!

 

 

Even If It Doesn’t Rhyme

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I’m coming up to exactly one year of writing poetry, and it’s been quite an interesting hobby for me. It’s made me see life in forms I never thought of before, it helped me think more creatively, and it really gave me inspiration for some of my books. I haven’t done many poetry posts here, so without further ado, I give you one of the most important aspects in poetry; how to write it!

Most people assume poetry is a flowery way to rhyme words to convey an emotion. Poets such as Longfellow, Poe, and Frost are some people we learn about in school. We memorize their works, we do biographies on them, we mention them in maybe a good line we find inspirational. Poetry to me is so much more. Poetry explains emotions when even the most complex words can’t.

How do we write poetry? It’s not exactly a simple task, let me tell you. Words have to flow, lines have to make sense, just the whole thing really needs to convey meaning. And it doesn’t even have to go off of rhymes. Some poets write brilliant works of poetry without using a single rhyme, and they’d never need to anyway. Just like on a painting, even the simplest of lines creates a beautiful masterpiece, and in writing and reading poetry,even the most simple words make the whole poem.

First of all, when I work on a poem, I search for the emotion. Is this a sad poem, trying to convey the feeling of helplessness or sorrow? Maybe it’s a nostalgic poem, one that remembers the happiest moments of life. Maybe it’s a dark poem about the anger and mixed emotions over losing someone dear to them. Whatever it is, it is important to find a certain emotion to give the poem a sense of meaning.

Next, once you find the emotion, it’s important to look for words that explain it. For instance, let’s look at one of my favorite poems:

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This poem gives a sense that the person they left after they have died is rather sorrowful, and this is a way for the dead person to give comfort. The words in this poem rhyme, but not only that, they give meaning. They do not sleep, but they are tiny fragments of memory.

Let’s look over a poem that doesn’t rhyme:

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Such poems, even though they do not have rhyming syllables, have meaning in simple words that will silently tell what the true meaning is. This is the art of poetry.

While poetry will remain to some as just some lost art, others are working to pick up on it- people like me. It’s not a lost art, it’s one that needs rediscovered, something that will remain powerful without trying to be powerful. Without the use of words, our feelings would never be spoken of, and poetry releases those emotions into a beautiful statement using only even the unpretentious words

Psych You Out In the End

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One of the few shows I have finished includes a running eight-year project with a storyline about a analytical yet slightly immature young man and his best friend. It was and is one of the most popular detective television shows and includes wit, humor, and a good plot. What am I talking about? None other than Psych.

Yep, this show is all about a young man’s spiral into the detective world. When Shawn Spencer is convicted of murdering someone, must find a way to figure out who the true murderer is before it’s too late, and he brings one of his childhood friend along to help him, Burton Guster (AKA Gus.) Throughout the show, Shawn and Gus make friends and create for themselves a job, using Shawn’s ability of observation.

f96ed2950a381fe818ede99727928d6dI finished this show just about two weeks ago, and I was sad to finish it. For the past three or four years, I had sat down with my family and watched this show together with them. Frankly, it’s a well-done show with interesting plotlines, creative characters, and a great place for shooting- California!

There are a few downsides to this show to watch out for, however. There is frequent use of swear words, and a few parts that need skipped. There are also some creepy and just rather odd episodes, so I’d say the age rating for this show would be around 13 and up.

For this show, I give it a thumbs up. Creative plotlines and well-made characters are created, giving the show a humorous twist. It’s most definitely on my list of favorite TV shows.

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The Musical Writer’s Remedy

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Lately, I have found myself delving back into the world of writing, and I have started a type of book I have never even considered before; post-apocalyptic. No, it’s not just about half-dead zombie people who are chasing people over creation just because they feel like it. It’s not one of those typical books you may find in the young adult section in a bookstore or some sort of survival, game-like storyline. I wanted to work around that without making it cliche, because normally I don’t like the typical young adult vampire books or the-end-of-the-world type of things.

A writing process involves many steps, such as finding a world to build the story off of, working with the characters’ personalities, and creating drama, but there are also steps that can help improve your skills. It may come from television or books, but most of my ideas sprout from music. It’s one of those things that can make you feel happy or sad, thrilled or relaxed, and that’s awesome for a writing process. There have been many times where I have searched for specific types of music as I worked on my novels, and through that, I have found many inspiring artists such as Two Steps From Hell. (I honestly don’t like the name, though.)

cfa9945070e1fbed77e4f9d74d6460e1It was proved many, many centuries ago that music affects brain waves and makes us feel a certain way, which is why it’s important to listen to music that does not prove to be unhealthy. When writing with music, it’s best to pick a certain type of music that will fit your world. Historical novels may usually involve classical music, steampunk and post-apocalyptic may involve futuristic and eerie music. Consider Sherlock‘s background music during the show. Even though they use more modern devices and technology than in the books, the music still gives the show a bit of a 1890’s feels.

Even though some people may say music throws them off when they write, it does help others. I can understand why music could make the story a bit confusing for the reader, especially if they are playing the wrong type of music. This has happened to me many times before, even when I began writing. When a certain dramatic song came on the radio, I was tempted to write a dramatic scene in to the storyline, even if it did not fit. The chapter seemed rushed and confusing, and that was when I learned that maybe a should take my time. (Haha!)

Not sure what kind of music you are looking for, though? Research on similar topics might help as well. A better understanding on what genre your book is or will become  helps immensely, and not just for music material. Knowledge of what kind of book you wrote will help editors, bookstores, the internet stores, and people.

Well, there you have it, one of most important topics for me in writing help. Music has helped spur new ideas when I am in a rut, as well as reading books and watching movies.

Have a lovely weekend!

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