I’ve been tagged!!! Writer’s Book Tag

Well well well. *grins evilly*

 

Mwah’s first tag. Ha HAAA. Brianna, you have unknowningly unleashed a maniac. BOOKS MWAHAHAHAHA.

 

 

So.  Brianna tagged me in this writer’s book tag. YAY GO YOU BRIANNA. Rule #1 finished.

And, oh, in case you’re wondering….

 

RULE ONE: Shout out to the blogger who tagged you

RULE TWO: Tag three people

RULE THREE: Use the graphic

 

The people I’m tagging: (tagees, maybe?)

Caroline from Of Stars and Ink Stained Things

Brittney from Daughter of the King

Jane from Author Jane L. Knight

 

Now let’s start, shall we?

 

First Draft: A Book Or Series You Have NEVER Read Before:

Ummmmm, so there are LITERALLY MILLIONS? Not counting the gazillions on my to-read list?? I’m going with an easy one which I’ve been wanting to read after I watched the movie again last year….

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (The Academy Award winning movie "Hugo" is based on this book!)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I’m gonna read this at some point. I have no idea when, but the movie was EPIC, and the books are always better, as every bookworm knows.

 

Second Draft: A Book Or Series You Didn’t Like As Much The Second Time You Read It:
Oh man, that one’s heavy!!! *thinks for an eternity*. O.O
[Jenkins, Jerry B. and Tim LaHaye.  Left Behind,The Kids: The Vanishings.  Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998.  Print.]    Jenkins and LaHayes teen series based on their Left Behind books focuses on the teens left behind during the first wave of the biblical apocalypse, after all the true believers disappear from the earth.  Following the biblical story of Revelations, this suspenseful teen story may appeal to readers of apocalyptic fiction.
Left Behind The Kids Book One: The Vanishings by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
So, I loved loved LOVED this book the first time I read it, and I still do. But the second (or third, I can’t remember) time I did, I noticed the writing more and…well, it just wasn’t so great like the first time. The first time I got so wrapped in the storyline I didn’t notice the writing….anyway, you get the picture.
Final Draft: A Book Or Series You’ve Liked For A Really Long Time:
Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849
Tucket’s Travels by Gary Paulsen
I think the official name of this series is the Tucket Adventures, though I’ve only ever known it as Tucket’s Travels. This has been one of my favorites since I was, oh, seven? Eight, maybe? Nearly a decade.

Killing Off Your Characters: A Book Or Series That Made You Cry:
This one is kind of tough because I don’t normally cry for books. I tear up a lot soley because I’m very excited about what’s happening in the book but don’t often actually cry.
Hero by Mike Lupica  http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees
Hero by Mike Lupica
I did cry at the end of this one, which I read during the summer of 2016. I actually sort of threw it…across my room…and kinda yelled a little bit….
Plot Holes: A Book Or Series That Disappointed You:
Hmmm.
1963
Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a full-fledged devotee of this series. It is so much better than all the movies, including Weissmuller’s and Disney’s. (Note also that I haven’t completely finished this series…there are twenty-four lengthy novels, not including Burroughs’ related works….at some point I’m going to read the ones I’ve read already and finish the series.) Anyway, after about book seven (pictured above), the plot becomes the same and is extremely predictable, which, at age twelve, I found to be dull. Apparently Burroughs didn’t have the time or the energy to come up with a new plot for each novel and instead placed same-type characters in different areas of Africa in closely related scenarios. It got old, as you can imagine.
Writer’s Block: A Book Or Series That You Haven’t Finished:
This is kind of a rude question, don’t you think???
[ The 39 Clues Series, by Various ]
The Thirty-Nine Clues: The Clue Hunt by assorted authors
Jussst kidding. But truly, I haven’t finished this series, The Clue Hunt, yet. Or any of the other series’ in this franchise. I’m terrible, I know.
Feedback: A Book Or Series That You Would Recommend To Anyone:
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson - This inspires me to write a Christian allegory.
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson
Now, granted, I’m a little biased. I just finished this series (like literally this week) and….WOW. It’s just amazing, let me tell you. Great dynamic characters, an interesting plot, fascinating allegorical content…this book has it all. Technically it is a Christian allegory, but I would recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike.  It does have several battle/war scenes and the weensiest bit of romance (it ends in a wedding scene and directly after the wedding they go to war) but I would read it to younger children and it’s definitely good enough for adults to enjoy, too. GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Well, that wraps it up. What are y’all’s thoughts???
Have you read any of these?
If so, what did you think? 
As always,
Abby
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Original Poetry: Winter 2015

I’m just a girl who believes in Jesus

I’m just a nerd who follows Christ

You can’t change me. I’ll follow Him anyway

For He had the love to die

 

He is my Savior

My Kinsman Redeemer

My Master, my King, my Friend

I will serve Him

And I will trust Him

For He had the love to die

 

I’m just a girl who loves her Jesus

I’m just a nerd who worships Christ

Though you can’t change me, He can change you

For He had the love to die

Abby’s Top Ten Movie Picks

So, as you may have guessed from the title, I’m *finally* making a list of my all time top ten favorite movies. This was not a very hard list to figure out….just hard to narrow it down to ten. These aren’t in any specific order, either, but I’ll make comments about why I love each particular movie.

 

1. The Patriot

the patriot

I’ve loved, loved, loved this movie ever since I saw it when I was twelve. I love the plot, the storyline, the action, the history…. I’m a big history geek, if you couldn’t tell, and the American War for Independence is one of my favorite wars to study. I loved everything about this movie, and cried thoroughly when *gulp* significant people in the movie died. That’s all, I won’t say anymore and spoil it for you.

 

2. An Affair to Remember

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Oh. My. Soul. This is the movie that broke it. I loved this movie until halfway through and then hated it until the ending. I cried. Oh, I cried. But then it became my favorite.

 

3. McClintock

 

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Ok, so this poster stinks, but whatever. Anyway, I’ve watched this probably several times a year since I was two. It’s a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew but staring John Wayne on a cattle ranch. What’s not to love.

(In all seriousness, I can quote half of this movie. Probably more, I haven’t tried lately)

 

4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

star trek ii the wrath of kahn

“At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance” GAAAH. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I fell in love with the original series of Star Trek when I was eight and later saw this on Christmas. I love how it revives Kahn’s story without making it too familiar. And I love all of the cast, of course. I love the plot twist at the end…sniff sniff. No I’m not tearing up what are you talking about.

 

5. The Princess Bride

the princess bride

I saw this movie while I was snowed in and spent the night at my friend’s house under eighteen inches of snow in January of 2010. It amazed me. My sister and I went on the hunt for our own copy of it shortly thereafter. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched it. I can quote it fluently, however, so if you love this movie too, comment below and we shall engage in a battle of wits…for the princess…to the death…

 

6. Rocky

rocky

DADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAADADADAAAAAAAAAA

IT’S THE EYE OF THE TIGER IT’S THE THRILL OF THE FIGHT RISING UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF OUR RIVALS AND THE LAST KNOWN SURVIVOR STALKS HIS PREY IN THE NIGHT AND HE’S WATCHING US ALL IN THE EYYYYEEEEEE OF THE TIGER.

no, i did not have to google those lyrics. incidentally, they’re actually from the second or third movie. just so you know.

 

7. Return of the Jedi

return of the jedi

In all honesty, I hate having to pick a favorite from this ongoing saga because a) I’m a nerd and b) I love them all. Except for maybe the prequels. (I’m kind of sorry…but not really) When I first watched the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi really stuck out to me, so I’m picking it. But, of course, I also looveed The Empire Strikes Back…it’s a hard decision, you know?

*NOTE: Yes, I know the poster says “Revenge of the Jedi”, Google it.

 

8. It’s a Wonderful Life

wonderful life

In December I’m going to do a list of my favorite Xmas movies, but for now, this one will suffice.

 

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” And people who hate on this movie are not angels. (Yes, Lizzie, I’m talking to you)

 

9. The Pride of the Yankees

the pride of the yankees

So, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a baseball fan (go ROYALS!) and history is kind of my thing….it makes sense that I love this movie. Gary Cooper’s portrayal of Lou Gehrig became an inspiration to me, and the real-life Iron Horse has become one of my favorite non-current players.

 

10. Superman II

supermanii

I’ve been watching his cartoons since I was too young to remember and reading his comics when I was five….when I was eleven, I saw his second movie, and loved it. The part where Lois finds out who Clark is is the best….such a good movie!!!

 

 

As a disclaimer, I obviously do not condone everything done in these movies. Some of them are completely clean while others had scenes that needed to be skipped, etc. I just love the plot and characters and what they mean to me and don’t necessarily condone every character’s actions. Just so that’s straight 😉

 

–the one and only abby

It’s the Little Things in Life

It’s the little things in life.

 

A few weeks ago, our church had its annual Jubilee (revival meeting), which was amazing, by the way. We had a singing tour group come through and I told Kenzie, my cousin, that I was excited to hear the group because when I had heard them sing during previous years they had sang one of my favorite songs. I don’t know the song on CD or anything so I was super excited because I thought they were going to sing it. I was disappointed when they had an entirely new lineup of songs and it wasn’t on the list.

 

Then, yesterday, we were sitting in church and our pastor asked for the special music. The man got up to sing and as he was playing his guitar and going through the first verse I thought “Hmmm, this sounds familiar. I know this song.” He got a little bit farther into the verse and it hit me. This was my song. I glanced over at Kenzie and she beamed at me. She had noticed, too. I was finally going to get to hear my favorite song again, this time sung Bluegrass style. I loved it.

 

It really is the little things.

 

–Abby

One With The Sun

Summer Field
By A.F. Moritz
Child
one with the sun
in trackless fields
of yellow grass and thistle, scent
of humid heavy air and the wing music
of bees and flies.
Child, slender
nakedness to itself unknown,
true colour of the light
dispersed invisibly
or glowing around the black hulls
of distant thunderheads, around
the grasshopper’s countenance,
solemn, vigilant and wise.
Green apples, poured full
of density, of crispness, float unmoved
under leaves on the slope. Brown
fallen apples nest
in secret whorls of grass. The apple tree:
alone in so much space. And below
in the woods by the water
a sweet dead branch
cracks lightly
in the shadow in the wind.
But here is an old track
through the grass head-high
to a child: who
made it? They must have
passed and passed by this one tree,
by the abandoned, tireless car
where rabbits peer out, and the circle
of black embers,
cans, springs, skeletons
of furniture. They too
passed here many times
on their way from the street’s end
to the oaks that screen
the river. There
the sun is nesting now, night
rises with pale flutterings
of white wings from roots
of plants and the black water.
–Abby

Twelve Days

I have twelve days.

Twelve days of school.

Twelve days until freedom.

Technically, it could be less, because if I play my cards right and use my time wisely, I could be done in nine or ten. But then I would miss spirit week. :/

Actually, I’m homeschooled. My mother, however, teaches at our church’s school, Old Paths Baptist Academy. I’m not enrolled, but I go there every day and hangout and do my schoolwork.

Anyway, everybody in my school is counting the days.  There’s even a bulletin board with the ‘Days Left’. 
Bet you can’t tell I’m looking forward to summer. 😉

–Abby

Not An Average ‘Welcome’ Post

Just kidding. 

What can I say? I mean, considering this is my bloggy debut, I feel pretty proud of myself for coming up with that title. Hey, it’s better than “There’s no need to fear, Abby is here!” That would have bad.

A little about me: 

I’m a fourteen-year-old Christian, scholar, reader, writer, dog walker, nerd, musician, geek, and now *cheers* blogger! I love history and science (particularly astronomy). Fashion is not one of my strong suits. I can play the piano. The question is which piano. (You can laugh. I’m hilarious.)

I am the youngest in a family of four/six…I have two extra “cousins.” One is twenty-one and is staying with us so she can teach in our church’s school. The other is nineteen and is living with us because of a bad family situation. Having extra siblings is kinda fun. I have more people to tease. 😉 

I also have a sister who is two years older than me. If you want to check out her Etsy shop, comment below. She’ll appreciate the views. She also plays the piano (she’s waaaay better than me) and also knits, crochets, makes necklaces and does all sorts of crafty stuff. Me? I do what I know–duct tape. Blah.

If you have known me for any period of time, you might have noticed something–well, different about me. I have an obsession with a comic strip. Not just any comic strip, mind you. A particular one that’s over fifty years old. A comic strip known for a dog with a big black nose and a melancholy boy with a striped shirt. Yes, you guessed it. I love Peanuts. I have Peanuts tins, shirts, toys, pins, comic books, movies, calendars, at least one picture frame, signs, etc. It started when I was six and decided to see what those old comic books my dad had on his book shelf were all about. I quickly fell in love with the round-headed kid, his flying ace hound, and blanket-dragging friend.

I love old sci-fi as long as it isn’t corny, which doesn’t give me much to work with. 

For some reason, I have two jobs walking dogs, which doesn’t even make sense, considering I’m allergic to most breeds. Oh well.

I randomly collect marbles and Beatrix Potter items. 

I’m tomboyish. Big-time. When I was nine, I’d go days without brushing my hair. It was bad.

I’ve been a pastor’s kid, a deacon’s kid, and now am an assistant pastor’s kid. 

Chocolate is my weakness. I have a small addiction.

I was saved by the blood of Jesus at age seven. I go to a small, home-towny Baptist church in Iowa. It’s amazing. If you’re reading this and you’re from OPBC, you made my day. Comment below.

OK, well, I’m tired and have tests tomorrow so I’m gonna hit the hay. That was a long post. Congrats, random person, for reading through all of that. You win the “Person of the Minute” award. Go you. 😀
–Abby