October 2009

I just started an entry about how I loved coffee…but the more I wrote, the more I sounded like an addict…so I decided to write something less incriminating.

I’ve discovered a LOT of new artists that I like recently, all due to the site  http:/www.lastfm.com/  . The list includes:

Sonya Kitchell
Kate Walsh
Mindy Smith
Catherine Feeny
The Weepies
Over the Rhine
Erin McKeown
Ray LaMontagne
Vienna Teng
Holly Brook
Patty Griffin
Derek Webb
Maria Taylor
Luara Gibson?
Rachael Yamagata
Sufjan Stevens
Brandi Carlile
Schuyler Fisk!!
The Innocence Mission
Leigh Nash
Nina Nastasia
Tristan Prettyman!!
William Fitzsimmons
Priscilla Ahn
Sandra McCracken
Ben Harper
AND THAT’S JUST FROM THE ROSIE THOMAS CHANNEL! My goodness. I’m so happy. I was getting stuck in a musical rut.
I’m getting really pumped for NaNoWriMo. I’ve planned much more than I did last year, which I’m really hoping will help me through the barren wasteland known as weeks two and three of NaNoWriMo, where you have no idea what’s supposed to get you to the end of the novel, and so try to weave the lyrics to John Mayer songs into the plot to eat up that looming word-count.
Actually, last year I literally GAVE UP two weeks into NaNo, then decided to do it again in the last week — so I’m pretty confident that no matter what happens, I’ll finish…
…and I’m telling you this so I’ll have absolutely no excuses to give up. Haha. I expect all of you to do anything neccessary to shame me into finishing.
Thank you in advance.
Alright. Time to go vacuum.


I’m planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year! I love NaNo for several reasons, and since I seem to have an affinity for making lists on this blog, I’ll list the reasons why I like NaNo.

1. It’s motivation to write.
   I’ve been having problems writing recently. I’ve talked about this to my writing…buddy? associate? partner? hah, and we both agree that we’ve reached a point where we’re frightened. Frightened that we’re not good enough. Frightened that we don’t have the talent, frightened that it’s not worth it…frightened of failing. With NaNoWriMo, however, the only pressure is to reach a certain word count goal. It’s not focusing on how good your writing is, it’s focusing on just sitting down and DOING IT, which is a HUGE part of the battle.

2. It’s stinkin’ FUN
   Since there’s no pressure to make it perfect (it’s just a first draft after all) you’re free to write anything you like, whether it be cliche, cheesy, or just…boring. Someone said once that you have to get the million words of crud out of your system before you can write anything good, and I’m inclined to agree with them! So if you’ve always wanted to write that zombie sci-fi thriller, but knew it wouldn’t sell, this is your perfect opportunity.

3. It creates good writing habits
   Since you’re forced to write everyday, you get into the habit of writing frequently. This is what EVERY SINGLE author recommends — writing everyday. If you want to be a writer, you have to practice. It’s not neccessarily a talent, although that helps — it’s mostly a skill.

4. Through all the crud there’s a few nuggets of gold
   Seriously, if you’re writing 50,000 words, there’s going to be some sentences that you look back on later and go “oh…that was pretty good!”. That’s got to be one of the most satisfying things. Sometimes you can’t recognize if something’s good until you wait a week or two then look back. Otherwise you’re just reading what you THINK you’ve written vs. what’s actually on the page. And that’s the remnant that stays in the second draft, where you can try to make things perfect.

5. Solidarity
   Writing buddies are one of the best parts about NaNoWriMo. Word Wars, guilt monkeys, plot bunnies, creating a character that has a cameo in both of your stories…it’s awesome!


Check it out. Think about it. 50,000 words, one month, and you can boast that you’ve written a novel!


I’m updating TWO DAYS IN A ROW!? Crazy, I know.

Today I did something I wouldn’t recommend.  After brief comment my sister made at the dinner table last night, I googled Karin Hutson. I didn’t expect to find what I did. I expected to find something on GotQuestions.org, where Kari has written answers to many questions, specifically about Muslims. What I found was a list Evolutionist blogs ripping apart her essay “Evolution of Ethics” apart.

My first reaction, if I’m honest, was anger. Not anger that they disbelieved the content of the essay; of course they do! My anger was directed toward the hateful way they portrayed Kari herself. For example:

“This piece of unadulterated crap is the opening of a prize-winning but badly-researched essay by one Karin Hutson, “Evolution of Ethics: How Evolution Undermines Morality 101.” Replete with irrelevant Bible quotations and a bibliography whose only respectable contributor is John Horgan (who finds himself in company with the likes of Ken (Tyrannosaurs ate coconuts) Ham, Chuck (Watergate) Colson, and the whole crowd of Answers in Genesis liars), this piece of idiocy slanders generations of scientists and researchers without giving a single piece of evidence to make the case. Of course the “prize” in this case is a scholarship to Liberty University, so Karin probably deserves it. I personally hope that she wakes up soon, and realizes that the people who are bamboozling her are not her friends. But maybe she doesn’t care. What’s a whopper or two matter if the cause is lofty enough, right? Of course she and the people who gave her this “prize” end up looking like first-class idiots–but then, they’re probably used to that.” http://fakehistory.wordpress.com/category/christian/ (the last paragraph on the page)
When I stop and think about it, I shouldn’t be surprised at all. Jesus promised us that we would be hated by the world, and where is the animosity stronger than in the debate of Evolutionism vs. Creationism?
What the articles concreted in my mind, however, is that there is a belief in nearly everyone’s mind that they themselves are the only source of unbiased, uncomprimised truth. Everyone else is either stupid, deluded, or insane.
This is why I shake my (admittedly young, naive, inexperienced, 18-year-old) head at the all the debates, arguments, and biting commentaries people of differing beliefs have with those who oppose them. What good do these approaches have? They simply prod the other party to more firmly believe in their theory. 
My sister, however, Karin Hutson, presented the truth, as she understands it, in a clear, non-offensive, non-threatening way. It explains why what she believes and presents the evidence behind it.
The problem is that there is evidence to support nearly anything. And as unbiased as you say you are, what you believe in relation to science (or any matter) is almost certainly dependent on which side you are viewing it from. I’m not sure we can avoid viewing all of life through the lens of our belief system.
We all have belief systems, religious or not. And those belief systems dictate the way we see the world. I’m not suggesting we tear down these world views, I’m suggesting that we recognize that everyone is convinced of their beliefs, true or not. We need to address these individual beliefs and understand why a person believes what they do. Once we understand this, we can discern whether or not they are right or wrong. It’s possible to move on from there. But treating the symptoms is never going to solve the root problem. If we try to argue our case by making the other party look foolish, we succeed at nothing. If, however, we present our worldview and why we believe it’s truth, everything else falls into place.
The real debate should never be about Evolution and Creation. It should only be about believing in a God who loved you and sent His Son. Otherwise, Creationism could be about an alien creating the Earth!
Evolutionists are just as persuaded that they alone are correct as we Creationists are. And, what’s more, they always will be convinced of that fact so long as we exclusively attack Evolution. We are not called to preach that Evolution is wrong. We are called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything else is a side issue that can be addressed later.
I think this applies to MANY things, not just issues of science. I think it applies to doctrinal debates within the church, and even arguments between friends.
Sigh. I’m done ranting for today, sorry for the break from my normal blog, hah. I just had to write that out, if only to understand it myself…knowing me, I’ll probably come back years from now and completely disagree with this, haha, but it’s how I feel right now.

Every time I open my browser my “Blogger Dashboard” shows up, and every time I see it, I close it quickly to avoid the guilt of not updating this blog in…let’s see…about a month. Consistancy is not one of my strong points. Sorry.

A few weeks ago I was bragging to one of my friends about how I haven’t had any drama in my life for a significant length of time, and how this proved that once you graduated from highschool the drama just disapears.

My naiveté is endearing, is it not?

The past two weeks has been JAM PACKED full of drama which would be pointless to reiterate, as I’ve already spilled my guts to several different friends, and simply don’t…care anymore. Another friend of mine and I were talking about how the drama may not go away, but it isn’t as earth-shattering as it is when you’re 15. People like people. People don’t like people. People get angry and people move on. Such is life, people. Such is life.

Coming to terms with the fact that life and people stink sometimes is really freeing, though. And it really makes you appreciate the times that DON’T stink. It also forces you to get rid of petty grudges…and reminds you that it’s really not worth getting all worked up about things. Life carries on, and you should too. Don’t get caught up in the gossip, don’t try to get involved in other people’s problems just because it makes you feel important, just let things happen. If someone offends you, go to them! Don’t stew over it or make yourself a martyr, wallowing in self pity.

If this sounds offensive or preachy, I’m sorry…I’m talking to myself, haha. It takes me awhile to learn these lessons.

Anyway, I guess I’m saying that it’s not important that everyone around you is mature, it’s being mature yourself that takes the bite out of drama.

Now if you’ll excuse me…I’m going to go play with the remote-control jeep my little sister got for her birthday.

Shut up. It’s cool. :]


Have you ever seen those movies? I grew up with Laurel and Hardy, I was recently looking up kid’s games for Sparks, and I ran across this Wikipedia article —

Earsy-kneesy-nosey is a game of coordination and dexterity, which is particularly played by Stan Laurel in the movie Fra Diavolo, to the great despair of Oliver Hardy.
It quickly became a fad shortly after this film was released.
This game consists in clapping the knees with both hands, and then alternatively grab the left ear with right hand while grab the nose with the left hand, clap again the knees, and then grab the right ear with left hand while grab the nose with the right hand. Then you proceed to do it increasingly faster.

The process seems extremely easy to acquire, but it requires in fact lots of time and training, since it requires constant shifting of coordination before left and right control areas of the brain. But once the right coordination has been acquired, it is possible to do it extremely fast, and it can be redone after years of hiatus.

Try this — SO much harder than you would expect! I feel like such a klutz when I try. But it’s hilarious!