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    ‘Where Courage Calls’ – Lessons From Fiction

    I enjoyed this book. That came as a large surprise, to both me and my family. Generally, I’m rather skeptical of romance novels. I find their lack of battles, epic magic systems, and awesome weapons disturbing. But I must say that I truly enjoyed ‘Where Courage Calls’ by Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. The characters were intriguing, the plot drew me in, and I was delighted to discover that, although it is indeed a romance, this story has its own bits of mystery, intrigue, and adventure. I would recommend it to anyone looking to read an interesting, thoughtful, and well-crafted book. Now, as I explained in my…

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    Maturity vs Irresponsibility – Is Your Teen Smarter Than You Think?

    Chances Are,  Your Teenager Is Far More Mature Than You Think Yep. I said it. I just did. Your teenager may be far more mature, capable, responsible, intellectual, and smart than you give them credit for. This may, for some of you, solidify your belief that this blog series is simply a random teen trying to convince anyone she can that they should lighten up their expectations of teenagers. Actually, this is exactly the opposite! This post specifically is me saying you should push more and expect more of your teenagers, so keep reading to find out why! Not Just The Stereotype So often, in books, movies, surveys, and really…

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    Inside Their Heads – A Teen’s Perspective on Parenting

    Why A Teen’s Perspective On Parenting Is Worth Listening To The teen years are some of the hardest years, for both the teenager and the parent, as our lives go through dozens of changes. Modern society and media have not helped with this, as many teens and parents are led to expect arguments about the most trivial of things, and therefore immediately jump to the defensive. These arguments and misunderstandings between parents and teens generally lead to resentment, which leads to more arguments. However, many of them just are misunderstandings. Sometimes they’re the parent’s fault, other times, they’re the teen’s fault. Either way, many of them could be avoided if…

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    By the Book – Fiction Influencing Our Lives

    Books… More Than An Indulgence? I love books. This (hopefully) won’t come as a surprise, since one of my many goals is to become a published author. However, I feel that often books are simply regarded as pleasure. Something to fill up our spare time with, or to use as an escape from the craziness of the stranger-than-fiction thing we call ‘real life’. Yet this couldn’t be more incorrect! Books are so much more than a simple pleasure or escape from life. They are supposed to be beautifully crafted pieces of art written to both delight our sense of adventure as well as teach us valuable things about the world,…

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    Best Fiction Books I’ve Read

    Well, hello again peoples of the internet! I’m glad you decided to read this. For the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been quite random with my blog posts, posting something and then completely forgetting about it.  That’s all about to change. I’m working on a blog schedule, so you shall be getting weekly posts from me, along with occasional but random character art and fictional stories! Anyways, now that I’ve updated you, on to the post! This list is full of some of my favorite fiction books I’ve read over the past few years. They all teach wonderful lessons, and have been crafted incredibly well. Note that…

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    Art Gallery 1 – Characters!

    Well, here we go. Below you will find several drawings I’ve done of characters, both my own and from some friends’ imaginary worlds. They range from elves to superheroes to no one in particular. To get a better view of the pictures, just click on them, and you’ll be able to see them in detail. I hope you enjoy!

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    The Importance of Failure

    Failure. That’s probably one of the most feared words in our culture. Failure. Be it in the form of an ‘F’ on your test, a berating from someone you admire, or simply that disappointed look that you get when you let someone down. Failure is almost always dreaded and avoided. So, of course, I’m writing a blog post on it. Go figure. Today, or tomorrow, or whenever you read this, I’m going to elaborate on why failing is important, what we gain from failing, and how we can learn from it.

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    Funny Snippets – A Silly Short Story

      Yes! I’m actually alive! I know, it’s shocking. I’ve been gone forever. Sorry about that! I’ve got a great list of excuses, if you want to hear any of them! Though there’s really just one word that sums up why I was gone. And no, it’s not ‘Christmas.’ It also isn’t ‘holidays.’ Actually, it’s procrastination. (;  Yep,  that’s it. I’ve been procrastinating writing on here. But no fear! I shall be trying to write much more consistently on here, with one or two articles coming out a week. Now, on to the story that this post is supposed to be! I hope that you enjoy it. It’s just a…

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    Talented… or just persistent?

    Revealing the Popular Misconception known as ‘Talent.’ I sit at the table, sketching. My fingers smudge the graphite, turning the simple sketch into an actually somewhat acceptable drawing. Someone comes up behind me, looking over my shoulder at the picture. “Wow.” They say, admiring the horse I’ve drawn, awe and longing filling their voice. “You’re so talented.” I force myself to keep from facepalming and smile placidly. “Thanks.” They nod, continuing on down the table, and I sigh. Gritting my teeth in frustration, I grip my pencil, now wishing I’d thought to take the time to give them a lecture on my so-called ‘talent.’

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    Prologue ( which translates to “Teaser” which translates to “I am evil” )

    Well, here’s the first little bit from My-Story-That-Doesn’t-Currently-Have-A-Title. I hope you enjoy! Prologue A fire flickered in the grate, slowly dying, barely lighting the small room. The one window set in the wall let in no light, for its wooden shutters were closed against the impending dark. Although two chairs sat close to the fire, the only to occupants of the dim room stood. They faced each other, faces partially shadowed, neither speaking as a tense silence filled the room.