Yeahhhhhhh hi guys
Julia reminded me I haven’t posted on this in over a year so that’s what I’m doing
-I don’t think I’ll be doing the Bible thing anymore because commitment is difficult, but I’ll try and make an update post at least once a week because blogging is great.
-I’m halfway doing NaNo this year. I’m writing more fanfiction and short stories and stuff without a word goal, but I’m still writing a lot more than usual. I haven’t really written anything in about a year because last year was pretty sucky in terms of life quality in general and I didn’t have that much of a passion to write so I’m still kind of getting back into the game
-Fibro’s fine-ish. It’s gotten a bit better since I went to physical therapy last January, which is good. It might go away permanently, it might relapse, it might get a little better but not totally el gone-o, who knows?
-I’m 15 now. Oooh. That’s scary.
-Also I got my glasses and braces off so that is interesting life fact
-As I said before, last year was pretty not that great, but I did make a lot of great friends last year and we’re getting a lot closer this year, so I think this year will be a really good year and I can get back to writing 🙂
-I’m kind of sort of scrapping the other novels I wrote, though. I don’t think I’m going to continue editing them or writing them because I was in a way different place in life at the time and I just don’t really have the inspiration to keep going with those. I think I might start writing another novel in January or February, though, because I’ll be done with a whole bunch of fanfictions that I started and never finished and it’ll be right after midterms so I’ll be able to focus more and get back into a good writing zone, and something kind of personal-y that I’d rather not talk about is happening in late December and I’d rather start after that so I can start writing with less anxiety and things
-I don’t remember if I told y’all this, but my real name is Madelynn and you can know it now because I’ve kind of given up on people on the internet not knowing my name and stuff. So yeah (Besides Molls, Julia was the first person to find out and that was only a few months ago, so besides Molly knowing it for the past year because emailing and her stalker-ness, people across the internet knowing my name is relatively new. Except on my tumblr. My name is on my tumblr. And I have almost 200 followers so I guess it really isn’t that new. By the way, my tumblr is andifeelfiiine.tumblr.com if you want to check it out or something)
-A LOT OF STUFF IN MY LIFE HAS CHANGED. UH. I WENT TO 2 CTY SESSIONS AND I KIND OF SORT OF MET A REALLY NICE BOY THAT I WANT TO KISS ON THE FACE AND CUDDLE WITH AND THINGS AND I’M GOING TO SEE HIM 2 WEEKS FROM NOW AND I’M REALLY EXCITED
-Yeah okay I can’t think of anything else so goodbye
Haha, first one for a while… XP Enjoy!!
(once again stolen from biblegateway.com)
12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 “This is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Tradition is a big thing in families, and is familiar to everyone; and familiarity is what you want when you’re writing a story. The tradition of using the Last Supper in each Mass, using the bread and wine as the body and blood is familiar with all Catholics. Connecting with the reader is a good way of making your book much more loveable, much better to the public because they can relate to it. Try having your character hav a special tradition in your short story or novel. See the difference when you read over the two drafts, with or without the tradition. See which one you prefer 🙂
-After another visit to my doctor, he gave me the test results back, and my spleen is normal, and I don’t have mono or the other thing that he test me for (I think he said it was PHP???) I’m going to see another doctor at CHOP (children’s hospital of Philadelphia). Also, I’m going to get a special massage thing-y to try and see if it helps relieve my pain; it has something to do with connective tissues, that’s all I know. It’s something like reke.
-I’m super super behind on Camp NaNo (writing a novel in a month, specifically the month of june for now; there are 3 different nano’s, nanowrimo (november) camp nano (june) or the 2nd camp nano (august). I’m doing all 3, but am currently in camp nano…and I’m only written 6,000 words. I’m super-de-dupery behind XP)
-NO MORE SCHOOL WOO-HOOOOOOO!!!! I graduated from 8th grade, so I’m going to a whole new school now 😛 It’s super egg-citing
-I’m going to a 3 week overnight camp starting on the 24th, so I’ll be missing for a while after that 😛 (Jules: this is the camp with the game where you stalk people carrying spoons!!! :P)
-DID I MENTION IT’S SUMMER TIME?!?!?!?!? WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO
(and apparently, according to my friend Stephanie, I have a “bun of steel”)
Sorry I haven’t updated in a while! I’ve been at a Destination Imagination competition for a week, and then when I got home I found out that our internet was broken XP We just fixed it yesterday, so I’ve been slowly replying to stuff. 🙂 I’ll try and post another bible from an author’s point of view on sunday! 🙂
I went back to see my doctor again yesterday, and he said I have an enlarged spleen. I have to go get an ultrasound to check it out. I also got some MORE bloodwork done (I just got some done on friday XP) because my doctor thinks I might have mono. (ewwww. The kissing disease.)
Also hating the internet because looking up enlarged spleens makes me a nervous person XP STUPID INTERNET.
Hopefully this whole spleen thing will either be a big clue to whatever I have or just be nothing. Either way works.
I should probably get back to my homework now. Cheers, y’all. (this is what happens when I have 2 tests and a book report the net day. WOOOO HOOOO INSANITYYYYY)
Sorry I haven’t been able to post the bible author stuff lately. 😦 A whole bunch of stressful stuff’s been happening lately and I’ve just had no time to do…stuff 😛 Yesterday I had a bad medical problem/thing/whatever where when I went for a walk, I got super light-headed and dizzy and almost passed out, and then for the rest of the day I had a killer headache, and my body pains were so bad I couldn’t do my therapy exercises 😦 Then this morning my grandmother fell down the stairs and hit her head. Something’s wrong with her hearing, and her head hurts lot; pray for her if you can, it’d mean a lot 🙂
I promise I’ll get back to posting and stuff next week. See you guys later 🙂
Ughhh…I stayed home sick again today. My legs felt like they were on fire today (thanks, mom, for making me go to swimming yesterday :P) and when you touch them it feels super…hurtful 😛 So I’m at home sulking all by myself. Fuuuuun… (actually, technically I’m not by myself, I’m sort of talking to Julia the magnificent who is also sick, but unlike me, is at school anyway :P)
I went to the doctor about an hour ago, and she’s referring me to a virus specialist, because I went to Ecuador two summers ago (she says it’s highly unlikely, but she’s just checking). BUT….she said that I’m showing fibromyalgia symptoms, so if it’s not a virus, she says I should go see a neurologist and get examined to see if I have fibromyaglia. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR….
So that was my adventure for the day. ENJOYYYY…
Sorry I haven’t done this in a month or so XP I’ve just gotten super busy and stuff. But I’m BACK now, so you better be excited 🙂
(gospel once again “borrowed” from biblegateway.com)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Seeing without believing…that’s hard for anyone to do, even a disciple. A lot of authors try to use this kind of thing in their novels; challenging one of the characters to believe in something without knowing it’s really there. Some authors have a common “doubting” character; someone who doesn’t believe unless they have proof. Some characters are the complete opposite of this; they believe everything without seeing. Sometimes there are characters that are in the middle; they believe some things without seeing, but others they need proof for.
What kind of characters do you know that fit these descriptions? What description do YOU fit into??? 🙂
I knew from the beginning that Julia (who hails from the mighty land the the UNITED STATES) was reading my blog, and after a while, I learned that johnlmalone (who hails from the mighty land of AUSTRALIA) was reading my blog but I looked at my country reaching places thing and somehow a person from Canada has seen this, as well as someone from the UK (which has been my DREAM PLACE TO GO TO because of a certain rock band called Chameleon Circuit and a certain band player called Liam Dryden… :P) (and Doctor Who, of course…) So, people from the magical land of the UK and Canada…..WHO ARE YOU???? 😛
On another note, I recently went back to the doctor and had yet ANOTHER blood test (with a BIGGER NEEDLE. YAY) so they can double check to make sure I don’t have lyme disease, and then check to make sure I’m not Vitamin D deficient, don’t have any thyroid problems, etc…(oh, BTW, I don’t have arthritis like I was worrying about earlier! Apparently, they found that out in my LAST blood test and just didn’t tell me XP) I’m going to get an MRI next next week (as in somewhere between the 16th and 22nd, it’s either monday, tuesday, or wednesday, though, I don’t remember which XP) because I’ve been having headaches, so they want to make sure there’s nothing weird up there and stuff…I’ve always wondered what having and MRI is like because of House XP I’m also on antibiotics, just in case it’s an infection. (so far, the anti biotics have done NADA to help me) THEN, if nothing happens, I’ll go see a neurologist. Which is also leading in the direction of fibromyalgia. AKHFDSJKFBCUDSAGFHXJGFHDQSVFHAV ANGERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Sorry I haven’t posted any of “The Bible From A Writer’s Point of View” or any other updates on my life and stuff recently, I’ve been super busy with tests and life and…yeah XP I started physical therapy (which was actually not very good today, she kept pushing on the “pain points”, basically, they hurt more when you press them, and she kept stretching out my legs to the point where I was almost crying, and it was just….blech.), so if I haven’t improved by mid april/the end of april, then I’ll have to go see a neurologist XP Mleh.
But onto a more fun subject; to make up for me not posting for about 2 weeks, I’m posting the first 2 chapters of my novel for my creative writing class. You guys are the first to see it, this is just a project for fun (but who knows, I might end up trying to publish it eventually) so….yeah. The chapters are short, the total for both chapters combined is about 900 words, so…..yeah. It’s called “Chosen”. Enjoy!!!
I sit, waiting silently for an answer. One that can change my life for the better, send me into the utopia above, or destroy my dreams and send me plummeting into the dystopia below.
My fingers strum across the computer desk in front of me. The light of the monitor glows dimly in the pitch black room, and I refuse to close my eyes and submit to the sleep that threatens the decision. Falling asleep now, in the most crucial of moments, would show a definite weakness.
I run through the hopelessness of the situation in my mind. The unfairness of it all seems to bubble inside me; but the choice is standard. You’re watched your entire life; analyzed to the smallest detail. When you turn sixteen, you are shown the results of your examination. If you had just the right attributes, you were chosen to live in the beautiful, perfect utopia above, in the Grand City. But if you had to littlest bit of wrong doing in your soul, if you showed the slightest hesitation at doing the right thing, then you were taken to the dystopia below. The portions were never filling, the work not stopping, the torture never ending.
I already know what will happen to me. I’ve shown disrespect for the society so many times in my childhood that it was a miracle they hadn’t taken me when I was younger to the underground, directly below the dystopia. There, I would have been locked up, only to have a substantial amount of children and then given a lethal injection. My life would have been nothing. This was the true meaning of failure.
Suddenly, a window pops up on the computer. “Results Waiting”, it reads. I hastily click on it and close my eyes, waiting to feel the rush of the chair falling, and feel myself hand on the hard, bitter ground below in the dystopia. I grip onto the sides of the chair and prepare for the drop.
Only it doesn’t come.
After a few moments, I open my eyes slowly, examining the words on the screen that I thought would never come.
“Congratulations!” a voice booms from the speakers above, reading aloud the words on the screen. “You have been selected to live in the Great City. Your attributes and appearance are flawless.” I absent-mindedly stroke the scar that formed after I had popped a pimple last year.
“Abigail Laugdrin,” the voice continues, calling me by my full name, which I despise. All of my friends call me Abby.
Slowly, my chair begins to rise, and the ceiling above me separates, leaving space for my chair to take me into the Grand City. I feel warmth against my skin, and something bright blinds me briefly. The word sunlight comes to wind, a word that the teachers had taught us; something exotic and only found in the Grand City.
“You have been chosen.” The voice finishes, and I examine the world around me. Words pop out at me; trees, grass, flowers…as I gaze at the beautiful world around me, I form a single thought.
They made a mistake.
I slowly adjust to the sunlight that surrounds me, knowing that this must be a mistake. I was one of the most unruly people in my age group; even Charlotte, one of the most kind and beautiful girls that I knew, was sent to the dystopia two weeks ago on her birthday.
This is…unreal. I think, looking at the nature around me. I shouldn’t be here…but they never make mistakes, never! I watch as a small, colorful butterfly flutters past my head, and I am mesmerized for a moment. Disoriented, a part of my mind corrects. I roll my eyes, ignoring it. I forget, sometimes, about the computer chip that they installed in my brain when I was a baby. Everyone gets one when they’re born, and all they do is correct our mistakes. “Like an extreme conscience”, my teacher used to tell us.
Suddenly, my chair propels forward, and I feel the wind whip against my face. In the distance, I see a building that seems to shine. As I get closer, I realize that the entire building is made of glass, and that the sun is reflecting off of it. The doors open as my chair approaches them, and my chair begins to slow. I enter a large room, and my chair stops. I feel a light buzz underneath me, signaling that I should stand. I ignore it for a moment, taking in the scene.
The room is made of glass, and I can see the wildlife through the walls. Deer prance around the fields, and rabbits dig small holes for their home. I vaguely remember everything that my teacher taught us about the utopia in hopes that we would need it one day. Unfamiliar words graze my mind as I watch their meaning dance before me. Trees, grass, rabbits, forest…they all remind me of this world, and what was not in the world that I had left.
The chair buzzes even more furiously, and my computer chip begins to buzz as well, giving me a slight discomfort as it always does when I make a mistake. Get up, it orders. I stand, and the chair hurries away, the doors closing behind me.
And I am left in the silence.
Weeeeeeell??? Did you like it???? 🙂
So I got my test results back and I do NOT have Lyme disease. However, I do have minor scoliosis, but that’s not causing my pain. (it doesn’t need surgery or anything, it’s just a baby thang. My mom has minor scoliosis, too, and she doesn’t need surgery or a brace or anything like that.) I was out of school on thursday and monday due to my pain being worse, though. 😦 So my mom called the orthopedist, and she said that if I have to go home/stay home from school again due to my pain, then she’ll send me to a neurologist. (which means I might have fibro. RAR.) Until then, they think it might be a muscle thing (which I honestly doubt) so I have to go to physical therapy tons of times a week to strengthen my muscles to try and fix this evil pain thing. If it were muscles, I think it would have gone away a while ago, especially since I took tons of anti-flammatory stuff (advil) and didn’t exercise for a week or two in case it was that, and there was absolutely no improvement.
In good news, though, my friend and I are on good terms again, so things at school are better 🙂
I should REALLY be doing my homework right now because I have 4 tests tomorrow and I haven’t studied for a single one yet, so….yeah. See ya later!! 🙂