Monday, December 28, 2009
My two favorite quotes about the Bible are these:
Sin will keep you from this book,
but this book will keep you from sin
Show me a Bible that's falling apart,
and I'll show you a life that isn't.
They're amazing and a 100% true.
I don't know if any of you have ever gotten in a slump like that, where you've just needed something to pull you out. And for me, it's God's Word.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So enough about my amazement, here's an update on how my mom's doing: She went into surgery Monday and stayed in the hospital overnight. Then late in the afternoon Tuesday, she came back with my dad. She was extremely nauseous and in reasonable pain. On Wednesday, she was feeling a little better, but still just laid in bed and slept most of the day. And today, she's starting to be her normal self again. Although still tired and achy, she's feeling a lot better. Want to know what's awesome though? The doctor's who extracted half of her thyroid said that when they took it out, it didn't look cancerous! I'm so happy about that, but still, it's not a final judgement. The complete report comes Monday I think, so yeah... My family just has to wait and see.
By the way, does anyone know anything about the Bartimaeus trilogy? I'm starting the first book, and I want to hear other people's opinion on it before engross myself in it. Is it bad? Okay? Good? Great? Outstanding?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I haven't posted forever so here's a brief update on how Thanksgiving went:
One word, AWESOME. I attended three thanksgiving dinners: One at one of my best friend's (Hunter) house, one with my mom's side of the family, and one with my dad's side of the family. It was a blast and very satisfying devouring so much food. (contented sigh) :D It's crazy cause now Christmas is in less than THREE WEEKS!!!!!!!! I can't wait. My whole house has already been adorned in Christmas accouterments, and our Christmas tree is up in our family room. *rubs hands together in anticipation* It's going to be great.
But amidst all the awesomeness, there's one thing that's troubling me... My mom has been lately having numerous doctor appointments concerning a growth on a section of her neck called the thyroid. Although scanned and scrutinized, the doctors can't distinguish wether the growth is harmful or not. Two days ago, they informed my mom that there's a fifteen percent chance it's cancer. So... It has to be removed. Luckily, they're only removing half of her thyroid and leaving the other half so she won't have to use medications for the rest of her life to perform tasks completed by the thyroid. She's going in Monday for surgery to get the growth extracted to be examined more closely to discover what is causing it. I'm praying it's not cancer... I'd appreciate if you'd keep her in your prayers too. It's pretty scary for her and my family having to wait to find out about something so serious...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Philippians 1: 9-10. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
1 John 4:1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Even though we are confronted by so many spirits, deceptions, temptations, our own evil nature, and even Satan himself; we must be able to discern the one true path. The one true decision that will deliver us safely through any opponent and into God's compassionate, protective embrace.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I was speechless. Me? Prideful? I'm beating myself up for missing two layups! How am I being prideful?
I asked her how, and she replied, "You're only thinking about yourself. How you did. How your game went." In other words, it was all about me. Nothing else mattered. I sulked cause I didn't do great, I didn't impress everyone, I didn't make the shots and win the game. It was all about how I did. It really got me thinking and I realized that I'm like that a lot. Countless times I only contemplate how I'm doing and how I look doing it. And I don't spend one second thinking about anything else. How others are feeling. How others are doing. I'm completely oblivious to everybody else while locked away in my own little bubble where everything is about ME.
18: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
19: Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
I like what it says in Psalms 16:19. It pretty much says: It's better to not do great but be humble and have humility. Then to do great and be prideful. *sighs* I really messed up. Hopefully I won't be as susceptible to pride and selfishness next time but instead, have a humble attitude and be considerate to how others are feeling and not just myself.
Just thought I'd share that...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Ugh, I knew I'd regret not doing NaNoWriMo!!! argh... Everyones having a blast (or tearing their hair out) conjuring up awesome stories while I'm sitting around doing nothing... *slaps forehead* Oh well... I hope all your novels are coming along smoothly!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The thing that aggravated me was that I didn't look through the thesaurus until I'd already purchased it, and that's when I found out it didn't have the words: ameliorate, halcyon, gregarious, abscond, ebullient, voluminous, and a bunch of other really good ones. What kind of thesaurus doesn't have those incredible words? *groans* Oh well, I guess it's still an okay thesaurus. On the way back from the sale, I was thinking how awesome it would be to collect thesauruses. Wouldn't that be cool?
Right now I'm reading This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti: It's awesome. Totally, absolutely, completely awe-some. I'm not far enough yet to give a good report of it but if you're looking for something to read, get it!!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
1. Switchfoot (utterly awesome and amazing)
2. Tenth Avenue North (really, really good Christian music)
3. Kutlass (Awe-some. Check out there song: What Faith Can Do)
4. Hawk Nelson (cool band, :D)
5. Tie between Run Kid Run (I know, weird name but check out my playlist and you'll see their amazing song, Freedom. In fact, it's probably playing right now for you) and Matthew West.
I tag anyone who would put in their top five, favorite bands one of these five.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Something absolutely awesome happened today. It *drumroll* SNOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But there was one thing bad about that: at eight o'clock in the morning I was scheduled to run a 5k (3.2 miles I think) and now, I had to run it in the freezing cold. I managed to survive and finished 41st out of about 250 people although unfortunately, I failed to make it into the top rank of my age group, meaning I didn't get a medal. *shrugs* It was still fun though and I had a blast. :D
I can't wait for tomorrow! In my church, I'm an assistant small-group leader for the kindergartners and it's a lot of fun. The best part is the beginning where the kids come in and I pretty much just have the job of playing with them and making sure they all have fun. *grins* I can't wait.
Also, I'm now in a homeschool co-op called ROCK, and what's so cool about it is that the kids get to do everything. Plan awesome event, create cool websites, and pretty much just take charge of everything we do. One of the coolest things we've done so far is started up a writing and reading club where we're going to post writings, do writing contests, vote on books to read as a group, and then once we have, discuss them. :D It's awesome.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Alright, there's a girl in the blogger world who goes by the name of Sunstar and she has recently decided to deny and reject God. For the last two days debate has been raging in her blog about her announcement and many bloggers have been trying to witness to her and show her the truth. But she hasn't faltered in her choice. Right now, I'm asking all of you to please pray for her. I don't know what else to tell her, but I know even if we don't know the words to say: God does. Here's her blog: http://tangleshadowsunclan.blogspot.com/ Check through the first four or five posts and their comments and you'll be able to see the debate.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Although the last three weeks have consisted mosly of school, I've also had time for a lot of reading, a plethora of writing (I've been working on a novel of my own for a while. I think it's about a hundred and thirty pages double-spaced so far), and this year my uncle convinced me to try out fantasy football and I have to say: It's awesome. The competition is just really fun and exhilerating. :D
Sorry to cut this entry short, but I've got to go start working on my writing class draft before my dad edits it tonight... *groan*
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Secondly, my math is looking a lot more fun this year as I'm moving into more interesting sections of it.
Last of all, science is looking more enjoyable as well, so yeah. I'm really excited to begin! :D
So what have I been doing lately? Well... a lot of writing. I just figured out the book I'm working on has reached a hundred some pages (double-spaced). A lot of reading... And mostly just relaxing until school starts on September eighth. Once it starts I probably wont' be able to post much though, so yeah, just a little heads up if I'm absent from the blogging world for a while.
Well, that's pretty much it. Hope you guys all have an awesome start to school!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Right now I'm typing from the cabin my family rented for the week. It's been sooooo awesome so far. I've swam countless times, written a little on my story, read a ton, played track ball (extremely addicting) and have made time in the morning for an hour of devotions and just sitting and marveling at God's beauty. Every night so far my family and the Frasers (the family that came with us to the cabin) have been doing kind of mini sermons around the campfire and everyone gets one night to do one. Mines tomorrow and I'm doing mine off Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. It's probably my favorite verse. :D
I can't believe school is starting up so soon!!! Ugh, summer went by so fast. But I'm kind of anticipating school also. Especially the writing class I'm doing up at WEST (a homeschooler education place that teaches various classes). Well, I better wrap this post up.
Cya guys later,
Monday, August 17, 2009
After Church, my youth group, along with my friend Hunter from Travel of a Teen, attended the Rock the River concert. It was incredible. The crowd gathered was absolutely HUGE and I had a great time. The only bad thing was that their was only one rather small cluster of concession stands to feed all the people. Unfortunately, over half of my time at the concert was spent standing in line to get supper. One time while I stood in line to get one little bowl of deep-fried oreoes, I had to patiently wait for THREE hours!!! That was a little crazy but overall the bands were great and it was a really fun time. :D
Alright, now for the tag:
Who is your favorite male character and what book is he in? (Pick only one!!!)
Wow... This is a REALLY tough one. I have to say Aidan from the Door Within Trilogy.
Who is your favorite female character and what book is she in? (Pick only one!!!)
Ugh... Another hard one. It's a tie between Arya from the Eragon Series and Gwenne from Door Within.
Who is your favorite author favorite book/series by him?
Nope. There's no possible way I can name only one favorite author. Here's a list of my faves and their novels. Wayne Thomas Batson: The Door Within. Christopher Paolini: The Inheritance Cycle. Bryan Davis: The Echoes from the Edge Trilogy. Brandon Mull: Fablehaven Series. Rick Riordan: The Olympians Series. C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of Narnia. And John Flanagan: Ranger's Apprentice Series.
If you are writing a book, answer this question: Who is your favorite character in the book/series you are writing?
Mine's probably the main character of Eggbearer (the title of the novel I'm working on) named Cadyn.
If you are not writing a book, answer this question: Who is your favorite character in a book you know someone else is writing?
Any other favorites you want to mention?
Yeah, four more male characters I really like are Eragon (Inheritance Cycle) Nathan Shepherd (Echoes from the Edge) Percy Jackson (Olympians Series) and Will Treaty (Ranger's Apprentice Series).
Least favorite characters in a book you've read?
Daryl (Echoes from the Edge) and Rachel Elizabeth Dare (Olympians Series)
I tag: Seth (Musings of a Levite), Caleb (Ballin with God), Saerwen (Baking with a Red-headed Halfling) and any others who really want to do this tag. :D
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I told her I bet I was going to do terrible tomorrow playing guitar with the worship band on Youth Day.
And she said, "When you go up and play for Church, Jake, it is not about you. It is about God. No matter how it goes, the only reason you should play is to glorify God."
That really hit me and I saw so much truth in it because the whole time I had been thinking all about me. Would I do good? Would I look cool strumming my guitar up front? Would I make a fool of myself? I ignored the true reason people even play music in worship bands and praise in Church. It's to honor God! To praise Him! Not me. Not to make myself to look good. It's to point people through my actions to God.
So lately, I've been praying that however things go tomorrow with the worship band, that I'll do it to honor and worship God and not for any other selfish reason.
I just thought I'd share that with you guys...
PS: My friend, Seth, just made a blog. Here's the URL: http://sjskogerboe.blogspot.com/
It's really awesome, so check it out!!! :D
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Hmmm, tough one. I have to say New Zealand...
If you could go to any fictional place where would you go? The Realm in The Door Within Trilogy or Rivendell
Do you love to write or do you just like writing? or do you write at all? Writing-is-AWESOME!!! I love it. I'm currently writing my own story, so yeah. Writing rocks. :D
What do you want to be when your a grown up? My biggest goal would to be a published Fantasy novelist.
Favorite animal? Horses!!!
Favorite song? As of now, my two favorite songs are "Ocean Wide," by The Afters and "Beautiful Ending," by Barlow Girl.
Do you like school? Sometimes... depends on the subject
Are you a people person because I'm getting the idea that you are? I don't know!
Do you like to talk? Yeah, I guess so.
Favorite food? Chinese and Pizza
Hobbies? Check out my profile.
Favorite Author? Author as in ONE author? No way, that is impossible to decide. I think I can narrow it down to four though. Wayne Thomas Batson, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, and Bryan Davis.
Favorite weapon? Broadsword.
Is this a fun tag or are you getting bored? I'm having fun. :D
Do you like Hannah Montana and all those girly people and movies like High School Musical? Well, I have to admit: I used to really like High School Musical. But don't worry, I don't anymore. :D
What are you scared of? Confined spaces
Favorite flower? Uh, I must confess I don't really know many flower names. But I'll just say... Roses I guess.
Do you always use the same password or do you use different ones? Confidential information. *grins*
Do you like blogs? Yes
What is the expression on your face? Ummm, normal?
Color of your eyes? Blue
Second tag: The question is: Who is your favorite Character in history, Why, and can you give a little history about that Character?
Wow... This is a difficult question... Y'know what, I'm going to pick Martin Luther. Although I don't have much time to give a summary on him, I can say that he trusted deeply in the Lord and fearlessly and eloquently preached the Word. Not to mention that he's probably one of the best Christian role-models of all time.
And with that, I conclude my two tags.
Alex and Ryan
So yeah! Oh, and anyone else who wants to do them, feel free. :D
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Anyways, now I have the time to summarize it:
AWESOME. I could wrap it up with that one word but that would make this post pretty ridiculous so here's the rundown. I arrived early Monday morning extremely nervous (cause I hadn't been at camp for a year and because this year I was also taking a step up into the intermediate camp for more experianced riders). I was astonished because there were about a billion girls and only... 3 boys. Yes, you heard me right. T-H-R-E-E-!!!!! It was crazy. I already knew one of them (Hunter from Travels of a Teen) and the other was named Toemose. He was really cool and we became friends fast.
Entering the stables, I was estatic as I saw all the horses I'd become so well acquainted with over my years of going. The one in particular that caught my eye though, was the tall, large, American Quarter Horse called Champ. I'd ridden him my last two years and he was by far my favorite horse. This year though, we were told we would not be riding one, single horse. We'd be riding a wide variety of different ones, which was a prospect that greatly excited me. Luckily, we would still be choosing a horse to groom every morning so I immediately chose Champ. :D
Now, to get to the riding. Honestly, this had to be one of the most beneficial years for me in developing the skill. I received the oppertunity to ride bareback, Western saddled, and English saddled on all sorts of horses. On bareback, I practiced trotting, lopping, and tandem (two people on one horse). Hunter and I teemed up for this part and it was so much fun. We took turns riding in the front and back, and when in the back, we occasionally were instructed to close our eyes while the person in the front turned the horse in all sorts of disorientating angles, making the person behind develop a good sense of balance while bareback. English saddle was pretty fun too, but not as fun as I thought it would be, so I won't dwell on it. Western Saddle: Amazing. I love it. I got to practice barrels, keyhole, four-in-a-row, and poles in a lope and tons of other awesome things.
Friday, the final day of camp, came all to soon for me, but I had anticipated it since it was the day of the show: when all the parents came and watched while all of us displayed techniques and skills we'd learned throughout the week. I loved it. The best thing was that I got to ride Champ!!! There were alot of people requesting him to ride for the show and I was SO lucky I got him. :D The show was awesome. I rode and didn't make any serious mistakes besides knocking down a pole while demonstrating four-in-a-row. So yeah, I really enjoyed it.
Man, I wish I had pictures! I was supposed to get some e-mailed to me so I could post them on my blog but I guess Roselawn's administrator must have forgotten. I'll post the pics if I get them though.
Just a quick update. I finished "The Echoes from the Edge," series by Bryan Davis a little while ago... And it was so good. Very well written. If any of you are searching for a novel series to read, check them out!!! :D
By the way, thank you Elrania for the award! And also, thanks Marian for the tag! I'll do it as soon as I can. :D
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I was placed in charge of the "Golfing Range." An area where kids paid a dollar to putt and chip golf balls to win candy bars, sodas, ect. At first it was extremely tedious because we had absolutely no customers for about an hour. And then suddenly, people just started showing up. Soon, there was a crowd of kids just huddled around, sipping the pops and eating the candy they'd won while watching the numerous participants lined up test their luck at the golfing as well. Our church's goal was to earn 1,000 dollars at the fair. In the end, it was estimated we had gained 2,000 dollars, so everyone was pretty pleased by the outcome. :D
Also, my horse camp begins on Monday! Since I've been attending it for four years, I've qualified to go to the "Intermediate Camp" for more experianced equestrians. I'm so excited. The camp runs from Monday to Friday and is incredible. The horses are awesome, and the people there are really cool, so yeah, I can't wait!!!
Quick shout out to Josh and Bekah: WELCOME BACK!!! :D The missions trip sounded so AWESOME!!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
First of all, my old friend Jackson who moved to Pennsylvania a couple years ago and his family went camping with us also, as well as some other awesome friends. We spent the time exploring the various rivers and creeks, swimming at Whitewater's FREEZING cold beach, biking, and just lounging around camp having fun. :D There, I was also introduced to the game, Bannagrams, and it's awesome. I'm totally addicted. It's alot like scrabble and me and my bro, Alex, had some pretty intense matches piecing words together in an effort to win our best-out-of-five wins competition. It stunk cause he won in the final game... but oh well. :D
One of the highlights of the trip was climbing this massive, abandon fire tower atop this giant hill. I thought it would be a piece of cake at first, but once I had only climbed the first flight of stairs leading to the top of the tower, my stomach told me otherwise. But anyways, I made it to the top, and the view was incredible. It was so much fun.
So yeah, the camping trip was amazing! :D
Also, thank you Elrania for following my blog! :D :D :D
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
What was the last, outdoor activity you did? A game of basketball with my cousin, Joe
Do you have an e-mail adress? Yes
How many followers do you have? 16 :D
How long have you been on the computer today? Ummm... Maybe thirty minutes?
Who was the last person you talked on the phone with? This librarian who informed me the book I'd ordered had finished being transfered to my local library. :D
Are you happy right now? Yeah. But I'm also really tired cause I've been outside pretty much all day.
Do you want to get a horse someday? Yes! That would rock! I've been taking a horsecamp at this ranch up in Northern Minnesota for the past four years and it's been really awesome. It would be really cool if I could have my own horse. :D
How many pets do you have? Well... My family used to have an awesome dog named Casey, but he died about a year ago because of cancer... So all we have now is a little baita fish. :(
Do you have a playlist? Yes, it's at the bottom of this page.
Are you having a fun summer? Yeah, it's been busy but fun, so yeah, I'm enjoying it.
What books are you reading now? Eternity's Edge, book 2 in Bryan Davis' Echoes from the Edge trilogy, and book four of the Fablehaven series.
What is the most advanced book you've read? I don't really know...
Do you like your blog? Yeah
How many tags have you gotten? Ummm... 3 I think
What is the most recent award you've gotten? The C for Contagious Blog Award and the Smiley Award :D
Who gave you your first tag? Wow, I can't even remember...
Who gave you this tag? Abby from Contemplations
Do you have a three column template? Yeah, I think so
What are you doing tomorrow? Well, my aunt and uncle with their three kids have been missionaries in Uganda, Africa for about three years now, and they just returned to Minnesota for a six month stay back in the states. So they're coming over to my house tomorrow to hang out. :D
How long have you been on blogger? Umm... I think since December or January. Can't remember which one.
How many times have you changed your profile pic? About four times
What is the most comments you've gotten on a post (not including yourself) ? I think 8 comments
Are you having fun on this tag? Yep
What is the one thing you want right now? Followers! Oh, and a laptop! :D :D :D
Is your profile name your real name? Yes
What is your favorite animals? Horses
What is your favorite movie (chose only one) ? Ugh, this is tough... I have to say the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I mean seriously, what can beat it?
Have you seen Star Treck? Nope
What are you favorite fictional characters?
Aragorn from LoTR
Aidan Thomas from Door Within
Percy Jackson from the Olympians
Will Treaty from Ranger's Apprentice
Eragon from Eragon
Are you hungry? No
Should you get off the computer right now? Yeah, probably. :D
I tag anyone who wants to do it!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The rest of the week was awesome as well. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. all the youth received free-time to spend as they chose. So during this period I had the oppertunity of climbing a massive mountain called Emerald Peak (or something like that), playing tons of basketball, competeing against my friends on this minigolf course FLY has and in ping-pong, and pretty much just hanging out. Oh, and me and Ryan signed up for this archery session the convention provided using recurve bows which was lots of fun. :D
So after going to FLY, I can tell you one thing. If you ever have the chance to go, GO!!! It was utterly incredible and you will NOT be disappointed. I can promise you that.
Well, that's my overview of FLY.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Since I depart for the convention at 2:20 p.m. tomorrow, this is probably going to be my final post until I return from the trip... So I guess this is goodbye... *sobs* jk, lol. But yeah, I hope you all have a fantastic Fourth of July and I'll cya y'all later!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Gimli vs. Trumpkin?
Gandalf vs. Professor Cornelius?
The White Witch vs. Saruman?
Hmmm, that's a tough one... Probably the White Witch
Gandalf vs. Aslan?
Aragorn vs. Aslan?
Narnia vs. Middle Earth?
I have to say Middle Earth
Prince Caspian vs. Frodo?
Susan vs. Arwen?
Edmund vs. Merry?
Edmund cause he's more heroic and valorous
Lucy vs. Pippin?
Peter vs. Haldir?
The Dancing Lawn vs. Lothlorien?
Centaurs vs. elves?
Elves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D
Peter's sword vs. Anduril?
*thinks really hard* probably Peter's blade, Rhindon...
Susan's magic bow and arrows vs. Legolas's bow of Galadrim?
Wargs vs. Werewolves?
The Witch's castle vs. The Tower of Barad-dur?
The Witch's caste
Gryphons vs. Eagles?
Uruk-hai vs. Telemarines?
Catapults vs. Oliphaunts?
Oliphaunts!!! They're awesome!!!
Cair Paravel vs. Rivendell?
Oh, this is the toughtest Q yet... Ugh... Cair Paravel
Alright, I tag anyone who wants to do this tag, although I think pretty much everyones already done it. :)
First of all, the book poll: The Door Within Trilogy vs. The Dragonkeeper Chronicles... The Door Within recieved 8 votes. The Dragonkeeper Chronicles received 3 votes. And there were also 3 votes for Tie. The Door Within Trilogy is victorious!!!
Now for the Lord of the Rings character poll: Aragorn: 5 votes, Legolas: 6 votes, Gimli: 2 votes, Frodo: 0 votes, Haldir: o votes, Gandalf: 0 votes, Eomer: 0 votes, Arwen: 1 vote, Boromir: 0 votes, Eowyn: 2 votes, Faramir: 0 votes.
First place with 6 votes: Legolas
Second place with 5 votes: Aragorn
Both tied for third with 2 votes: Gimli and Eowyn
What!? Legolas beat Aragorn???!!! *groan* NOOOOOOOO!!! :-( Grrrr, why does everyone think Legolas is better? Aragorn is just so AWESOME!!! Well, at least Aragorn only lost by one vote...
And finally, the name poll. The top two titles are Saerlin and Beltor. Hmmmm, interesting... very interesting. I'll use those names in my story. :D
Thanks for voting!
Monday, June 22, 2009
After two days of driving, my family arrived back in Minnesota and I have to say I was thankful to be home. Right now I'm still a little under the weather with a case of pneumonia (I luckily caught it quick enough that I can deal with so it doesn't become serious) and the hives so if you guys could pray for me that would be greatly appreciated. :D
Also, I've been lately reading the novels by the christian author, Ted Dekker, and they are awesome! So if you're looking around for something to read, you might want to try out his Lost Books of History chronicles or his Circle Trilogy. They are all very well-written.
Monday, June 1, 2009
1. My first favorite place on Middle-Earth is Gondor, where Aragorn (my fave LoTR character) and Arwen reign.
2. My second favorite location on Middle-Earth is Rivendell.
3. My third favorite place in Middle-Earth is Rohan, home of Eomer, Eowyn, and the Riders of Rohan.
4. The Shire, the home of the ring-bearer Frodo and his companion Sam, is my fourth favorite site on Middle-Earth.
5. And lastly, Isengard is my fifth favorite location in Middle-Earth. I don't know why I like it.... I guess maybe because of the massive battle waged there between the Orks and the Ents.
And those, are my five favorite Middle-Earth locations!!! I tag any LoTR fan who wants to do the tag!!!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hmmm, so what else is new with me... Last weekend me, my dad, my brothers, and some friends of ours from church went on our annual Boundary Waters trip. We had a blast canoeing, exploring, skirmishing with wooden blades, slingshotting, and just relaxing in the quiet, peaceful terrain of northern Minnesota.
I've also got a bunch of awards lately, so for all you guys who've awarded me, thanks!!!
Well, I think I'm going to go read more of "The Lightning Thief" (first book in the Olympians Series written by Rick Riordan). The series is so good, that I'm rereading it.
Jake or Neurion (Nur-ee-on) in elvish
Monday, May 18, 2009
I just got confirmed yesterday and it was one of the best days of my life. Half-way through the church sermon on Sunday about seven confirmation students and I were called down to be obviously, comfirmed. All the student's parents came as well and we stood in front of the entire church congregation while our pastor and parents prayed for us and then let us participate in communion. I broke down while the church leaders were praying for us. I just felt so... I don't know, loved? It was just very cool and I felt a really deep connection with God as I confessed that He is my Lord and partook in communion. After doing communion, the confirmation students and I watched our testimonies (which we wrote and then said on camera earlier) were played in front of the church.
The results for the Eragon vs. Harry Potter poll are in: Eragon: 13-Harry Potter 0
Wow... That was a total blowout. I haven't actually read the Harry Potter books but they are talked about so much, I wanted to see how it would compare with one of my favorite series: The Inheritance Series. From looking at the poll, I guess Harry Potter can't really compare with Eragon at all!!! :-D
There were also 8 votes for Don't like Either, 2 for Tie, and 0 for Never heard of them.
Well, since that poll is over, I've created a new LoTR character poll, a name poll, and a book poll comparing two different series. The book poll is comparing the two series:
The Door Within Trilogy
The DragonKeeper Chronicles
Until next post, Namarie!!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Anyway, I saw this free tag on a blog and I thought I'd try it out...
Candy? Twix or Airheads
Main Dish? Hmmmm... idk
Desert? Death By Chocolate: This amazing cake blended with whip-cream, heath bars, chocolate fudge, and a bunch of other unhealthy ingrediants...
Drink? Grape Soda's
Veggie? Brocolli and Red Peppers (Not the Spicy Kind!!!)
Go to Starbuck's Coffee Shop? Occasionally... The only things I ever order their are smoothies and chocolate mocha's though...
Go to the mall alot? No!
Talk on the phone everyday to someone who is not family? No
Read your Bible everyday? Yes, mostly everyday, but sometimes I forget
Do lots of reading? YES!!!
See your grandparents everyday? Yeah, most days I do
Bake a lot? NO! I'm probably the worst chef on the planet. Pretty much the only thing I can make kind of well are fried eggs.
Clean your room everyday? No, not usually...
Have to say you're sorry to someone everday? Sometimes
~A Certain Thing You Dislike Of Each Category~
Drink? Can't think of one I dislike at the moment
Animal? Snakes and Lizards...
~Do You Have A?~
Pet? No, I used to have a dog but it died from cancer...
Gift Card At The Moment? No
Sewing Machine? No
Big Mess Under Your Bed? No
Back of Gum in your Bag or Purse? Yeah...
Computer in Your Room? No, but I really want one!!!!!!!!!!!
~Have You Ever?~
Been on a Plane? Yes
Been Out of State? Yeah
Out of the Country? Yeah, I spent four years of my childhood in Saudi Arabia (my parent's were missionaries there) and I've visited England
Been in an Eighteen Wheeler? No
Been in a Car Accident? Thankfully No!
Read about a hundred and fifty page book in an hour? Depends on if the books good or not... But yeah, I've read some books with 150 pages in an hour...
~Your Favorite Place To?~
Go Shopping? Ummm, probably Aeropostale
Eat Out? P.F.Changs, but it's pretty expensive so I don't eat there very often... Oh, Subways really good too!!!
Read a good book at? Shut up somewhere like in a closet or small room where it's quiet...
What color is your room? Yellow
Do you share a room with anyone? Yeah, my bro
Have you ever gone swimming in a pond? Don't think so...
How old are you? 12
What year were you born? 1997
Are you related to anyone important or famous? Queen Victoria I think.
Have you ever met a vice president? No
Are you getting bored yet? Nope
What are you thinking? ...
Who will you tag next? This tag is for anyone who wants to do it!!!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Another highlight of the this week has been reading. I'm currently rereading the Door Within Trilogy, and I'm constantly amazed by the author's (Wayne Thomas Batson) skill. He's incredibly talented at writing and his books are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! If any of you haven't already devoured his Door Within Trilogy, I strongly recommend reading it!!!
Well... I don't really have anything else to say so I think I'm going to end this post.
Until next time! Namarie! (I think that word means Good-Bye in elvish but I'm not certain) :-)
Friday, April 17, 2009
I was born in Minnesota, and then when I hadn't even turned one yet, my parents decided to become missionaries in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia). So my whole family (My dad, mom, brother, and me) set out for our destination. When we arrived, my family settled into a beautiful house in Dubai (this place in the Middle East). Once there, my mom and dad recieved teaching jobs at schools, planning to try introducing christianity to fellow teachers and the kids. During my mom and dad's work hours, I stayed in the care of an Irish nanny named, "Mrs. Kay." She was soooo cool!!! After four years of Middle Eastern missionary work, my parents decided it was time to return to the Untited States.
Boarding a plane after saying many difficult goodbyes, my family left the Middle East, both saddened by the thought of leaving so many good friends, and excited to return to so many others.
When I arrived at the states, I was four years old and completely mystified by how strange it was here. No desert. No camels. None of that. Only beautiful woods, fields, and massive buildings. My family then purchased a house in Minnesota near our relatives, and almost immediately afterwards I met TONS of spectacular friends.
Well... That was pretty much the most interesting stage of my life... I'm still living in Minnesota: A Homeschooler, Book & Writing Lover, Guitarist, Pianist, Sport Participant, E-mailer, Gamer, Blogger and most importantly... A follower of Jesus Christ!
I wish I could say more but I gtg... I hope I did a good job with these tags!!!
PS: My friend just made a blog. Here's the link: travelsofateen.blogspot.com
It's really cool and I think you'd all like it, so check it out!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Aside from getting a new blog title, I've also been tagged twice now by Earwen and Hannah... So just to let you guys know, I'll try to do those as soon as I can when I have enough time.
Alright, I gtg, cya y'all later!!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Alright, so lately, I've been wondering wether or not I should change the title of my blog... I mean, doesn't it sound kind of lame??? "Jake's Auspicious Blog." I'm making a poll right now so I can see what you all think so please vote so I know what to do!!! Thanks!!!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Anyway, I just recieved my first award!!! Alright, so it is kind of girly, but hey, I've been really wanting an award lately so thank you Hannah for awarding my blog!!!
Hmmm, what else to say... Well, I really want more followers so don't hesitate to follow my blog if you aren't already doing so. Thanks!!!
I'm going to go write now so cya y'all later and God bless!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Anyway, last month I published a post in which I was talking about a story I was planning out... Well, I've been working on it the last couple of days and I wanted to show you guys the prologue for it... PLEASE comment and tell me if it's good or not!!! Thanks!
“I will make you an offer,” Saurilin rasped, crossing his arms and lowering his head, letting his midnight black hair veil one of his dark blue eyes. “You do your share of the work, and I will give you whatever you and your kin desires: gold, land, power ... anything you seek. Just promise me you will do everything in your strength to ensure the end of them.”
A deep laugh echoed through the candlelit room and a voice answered, “We will do this work. But you must promise me that you will hold to your offer. We are not fools. When this is over and if you have your way, you will betray us.”
“If you trick me,” the figure said pressing his scimitar against Saurilin’s neck, drawing a trickle of blood, “You. Will. Die.”
Mustering up his composure, Saurilin responded, “There will be no trickery from me, I assure you.”
The dark figure hesitantly removed his sword from Saurilin’s neck and slid it back into its sheath.
“What are your orders?” the creature questioned. A malicious grin flashed across Saurilin’s face and he replied, “For your first task, you will go to the realm of Bel’trake, and once there, to Awlen. Destroy the village… Show no mercy… Let no one live…”
Sunday, February 8, 2009
What's Going Down??? jk
I'm soooo tired right now!!! But the cause of my weariness was awesome!!! I got to spend the weekend at the ARK (a christian organization). The ARK, used to be a USA army base, but now it's been transformed into a marvelous, christian, retreat center. While I was there I got to bunk in this dorm room called Shunem Dan with some of my friends. We got to play basketball, go tubing on this massive ramp connected to a water tower, and learn about and worship God, the King of kings. So yeah, now I'm just sitting here, typing on a keyboard, staring at a computer screen, and killing my brain cells.
I've been planning out a story lately and I like how it's turning out. The main character (I know you think this is "name stealing" blah blah blah) is called, Aedan. He's a fifteen year old elf who lives in Eslandor, the Elfin Kingdom in some city with a name I can't remember...
His village resting on the boundaries of Eslandor is attacked by Vorgouls (these bad creatures I made up) causing an urgent need for evacuation. His parents are killed in the vorgoul incursion so Aedan doesn't know what to do. Is friend Cadeyn joins the elven army while is other friend Nyara leads an evacuation into the southern mountains. Gazing into a clear river, Aedan contemplates what he should do with his now broken future. Then he sees a glimmering object in the river, grabs it, and then discovers its a dragon egg. I could tell you more but I think I'd be typing here for another hour if I did...
Alright, I have to go...
I'm going to see what my brother's doing... (Dun Dun Dun!) jk
See Y'all Later,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tomorrow I'm out of the house immediately for a piano lesson and a writing class session (I take this writing class in Plymoth). My bones are aching, and my heads starting to... spin...
Alright I've really quickly composed a poem about my weariness... (It's kind choppy (terrible!) but bear with me). :-) :-) :-)
I played basketball from evening to nightfall my harms now feel like lead...
I feel so tired and weary, I'm now considering going to bed...
My heart beat is dull and I almost can't breath, I'm gasping for every breath...
I weakly turn my head sideways and see a picture with a person on it called Jeff...
With a cough I know i must stay strong
With a shake I know I must stay awake
With a punch and lunch and a piece of pie I finally sigh... "I will SURVIVE!!!"
Okay, my poetic impulse had gone away now... *yawn*
I'm going to bed, to rest my weary head... *sigh* I'm a tired guy
WHYYYYYY, I can't stop this RYHME!!!
I'll be stuck like this for a very long time!!!
This should be a crime!!!
The person responsible for this should get fined!!!
I feel so resigned...
Okay, NOW i'm done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This isn't any fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't like puns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, what a... a... nothing ryhmes!!! the spells broken!!! haha!!!
Okay, sorry, I can be that way sometimes, off in crazy cool land... *distant look*
Alright this is getting to long, and in this message there was to much song!!!
That was so wrong, uhhh MON!!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
After working late on school for the past two days, I think I've competed my Nero assignment!!! O'yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *sigh* I'm so glad I'm done!!! The assignment was to collect five sources about Nero, reading through all of them thoroughly, then create a page filled with all five source's biographies... So yeah
Wow, Nero was a ruthless tyrant!!! He killed a lot of his family to get to the Roman Throne, including his mother, wife, and his trusted mentor, Seneca!!! YIKES!!!!!!!!! I don't believe that Nero was playing his lyre while Rome burned in the Great Roman Fire, but I think he did set it deliberately so he could clear out space for his magnificent palace, "The Golden House."
Sorry, you guys probably have no idea what I'm talking about... Wow, I ramble on alot!!! lol
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I have this dread lingering on my shoulders cause tomorrow school starts, thus singaling the start of another tedious, laborious (sometimes interesting) 5 days of school... To make it all the worse, I have to complete an assignment for an essay about Nero, the Roman Emperor next week!!!
gasp I know I said I like writing but not the kind where I'm writing a report or essay about a historical person... I'm more of a fiction writer person!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Basketball is soo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
If there's one thing you should know about me is that I love writing and reading. Writing is my all-time favorite subject! Anything that has to do with words, letters, sentences, grammary, ect!!! I've many times attempted creating stories, but abrupt changes in my imagination cause me to start over numerous times to get a story that I can sink right into. My role-model authors would definantly be, Christopher Paolini, John Flanagan, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Rick Riordan. They're all fantastic writers, that I'd recommend very highly!!!