Five Things I Don’t Understand

I will admit, there are a lot of things about modern day that I don’t understand. Especially when it comes to pop culture and people my age. Here are ten such things that I don’t understand. Leave a comment if you can help me wrap my head around some of these things!

Five Things I Don't Understand

1: I don’t understand: Why capes and cloaks aren’t a good fashion statement any more.

In fact, why did these ever go out of fashion? They can be made of heavy fabric so they can keep you warm, they can be made of light fabric to be cooler, they have hoods so you won’t ever be caught without an umbrella, they’re great for camouflage should the need arise, they go with everything, and honestly…you just look freaking cool wearing them. I say we need to bring these amazing garments back into style!! Who’s with me?!?! No one?…ok 😦

 

2. I don’t understand: Messy hairstyles.

Why would you take 10+ minutes and at least three different styling products to make your hair look like you slept in the style? My hair always looks like that, and I spend 10+ minutes trying to fix it!

 

3. I don’t understand: Eyebrows.

Not their function; I understand that. I’m talking about why people draw them on. If you have thin brows, okay, I get you. But to everyone else; just why? People are  going to know that you don’t actually have rectangular eyebrows.

 

3. I don’t understand: Celebrities

Why to the people who get to be famous people who hold a political opinion (that happens to be held by a lot of other people), have minor talent, or dress half-naked all the time and act gross? Shouldn’t you be famous for the good things you do, the people you help, standing out from the crowd, and changing the things that matter? Or maybe that’s just me. And the Kardashians? Just why?

 

4. I don’t understand: Girls with long hair.

No, I’m not saying that I don’t understand long hair. As someone with really long hair, I totally get it. What I don’t understand is when girls wear their hair down in inconvenient situations. If you’re doing anything active, pull your hair up and out of the way. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look cute, heck it could look like you put a very unhappy bird’s nest on your head. But what matters is that you can focus on the task and you’re being safe. Yes, having your hair down can actually be dangerous. Just saying…

 

 

5. I don’t understand: What is wrong with being cheep?!

I love saving money. On everything. None of my clothes are name brand and a lot of them come from the thrift store. I think paying more than $5.00 for makeup is expensive. And I don’t normally buy stuff unless it’s on sale. But, apparently this is frowned upon…

However I will fully justify spending $25 on a brand new book series if it’s one I really enjoyed and I’ve been wanting it for a while. I’m weird 🙂

 

Anyway, there’s Five Things I Don’t Understand. I hope you could relate to some of them! Let me know what some modern stuff you don’t understand!

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You might be a book lover if…

To me, book lovers are the best kind of people. Rather than being obsessed with sports teams or celebrities, book lovers are obsessed with a new release or an old classic and are perfectly at home sitting quietly and absorbing a good book. Anyway, here are some ways that you might be a book lover…

You might be a book lover if...

You might be a book lover if…going into a library or bookstore feels like meeting old friends. Sometimes when I’m in the book store  I like to walk along the shelves and find the books that I’ve already read and pick them up and page through them. I’m not going to buy them or anything but holding the book and reminding myself of the story makes me happy and nostalgic.

 

You might be a book lover if…you can’t imagine that someone wouldn’t love reading. Every book lover has encountered that person who says they “don’t read.” And when we meet this person, we wonder how they can live. What else do they do all day?! How can they not enjoy reading? Reading is awesome! I can clearly see worlds and stories unfolding in my head, I can detach from the world I live in and be a hero in another, I can experience so many different things, just because I love to decipher ink written on flat trees. Reading is the best thing ever.

 

You might be a book lover if…Tolkien is who you aspire to be as an author. Now, maybe it’s just the lover of good fantasy or the author who understands this one, but to me Tolkien is the best author in the universe. Pouring the various books of his histories and extended stories is the perfect way to spend a day inside and I know characters inside and out. But try as I might, I can’t write as well as him for anything. And that thought makes me sad.

 

You might be a book lover if…you feel on the verge of tears when someone mistreats a book. Flipping a book on it’s face to mark your spot, dog earring a page, highlighting or writing in it, staining the pages, or (Lord forbid!!) ripping it!! When I see these monstrosities I have the urge to confiscate the book until the person promises to treat it better.

 

You might be a book lover if…you live for the smell of books. There is really nothing quite like the smell of a book. And all books smell different. Old books, new books, paperback, hardback, thrift store books, library books, etc. All of them have a different smell, but they all have one thing in common. The smell of books (any kind) conjures up images of sitting in a personal library curled up on a window seat with the rain outside and a good cup of tea. But that’s just for me 🙂

 

So, are you a book lover? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

“I simply walk into Mordor”

I simply Walk into Mordor

Having traveled Middle Earth more than I would have liked and seen a number of strange and terrifying things, I have taken the task upon myself to pen for you; dear readers, a guide that will hopefully keep you from falling into the same misfortune that I found myself in.

First things first, you will need a reason for your quest. A quest is a journey with a goal and if there is no reason to go questing, it is merely a holiday. Albeit a perhaps unpleasant one at times. I do not believe that all of you will be going to destroy a powerful ring or slaying a dragon to take back your mountain of treasure, but a quest can be anything so get creative.

Ring

Next, it will be good to have a group of companions to journey with you. Especially if you are a Hobbit like myself and have no background with a sword. I would consider you very lucky in your quest if you didn’t run into trouble of some kind. This is why I suggest a fellowship of your closest friends and those with good skill. Nine appears to be a good number for this, but should that fail one close friend will do the job. Quests are dangerous and many times you will desire to tun back. Should this situation arise, look to your faithful friend to build up your courage and help you carry on. Good friends are hard to come by, so make sure you have the best.

the fellowship

Now, it would also be helpful to have a wizard. But as there aren’t many of those around anymore, you might not be able to accomplish this one. But they do come in handy in times of trouble, especially when there is dark magic at play. However, the one I have made acquaintance of has a nasty habit of pulling us Bagginses into trouble we didn’t sign up for. So do be careful.

Lastly, have something of Elvish origin. The Elves have many magical artifacts and if you can acquire an Elvish cloak, sword, of some rope, you will be very well off. Also, Mithril is a life saver (quite literally) so if you can find some in a dragon hoard or troll cave, by all means take it.

That is all the advice I can think of for now. Whatever your business and whatever the outcome, do take care!

Skillet Unleashed Reaction and Review

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Skillet is a Christian rock band that is one of my all time favorite bands to listen to. I got the chance to see them in concert this past November at Winter Jam and they were amazing! Here’s a little spotlight on the band and their newest album Unleashed!

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Members:

John Cooper (bass, vocals) middle left

Korey Cooper (guitar, keys) middle right

Seth Morison (guitar) far right

Jen Ledger (drums, female vocals) far left

Skillet was started in 1996 by John and the only original members now are he and his wife, Korey.

They have released nine albums with their most recent one, “Unleashed” released the beginning of this month. Their albums are:

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Hey You, I Love Your Soul

Invincible

Ardent Worship

Alien Youth

Collide

Comatose

Awake

Rise

and Unleashed

Unleashed was released on August 5th and I listened to the whole thing that night. The whole album itself is amazing! It kind of tells a story that goes along with the previous album (Rise) which is that you can take charge, make a change, and Rise 🙂 Now you’re Unleashed. Get it? 🙂

Now, lets talk about the sound of the album as a whole. It has been described by many as having too much of a “pop-ish” sound that isn’t really Skillet. I happen to disagree with this slightly and I’ll explain why. Skillet still has their signature sound of “symphonic rock” come through in the album while at the same time incorporating a new sound to mix it up. Agreed, some of the songs do have slight pop and electronic sounds, but I don’t think it takes away from the album as a whole. Do I think this is their best album so far? No, my partiality still stands with Rise as my favorite. But Unleashed takes the #2 spot on the list of “Best Skillet Albums” in my mind 🙂

Let’s talk about the individual songs now.

Unleashed has 12 songs on the album and four were released as singles from June up until the time of the album coming out. The titles are:

Feel Invincible

Back from the Dead

Stars

I Want to Live

Undefeated

Famous

Lions

Out of Hell

Burn it Down

Watching for Comets

Saviors of the World

and The Resistance

 

My initial reaction to Feel Invincible (which was the first single released) was “This is perfection!” That was pretty much my reaction to all the other singles, to be honest 🙂

Feel Invincible hits you in the face with an intense start and I love that. It pulls you into the album and sets it up perfectly. It’s up there on the list of great first songs that Skillet has done with Rise, Hero, and Rebirthing.

Back from the Dead is awesome! Faster paced than most Skillet songs that I can think of, it’s the perfect paring to go after Feel Invincible. The sound of Skillet is very there while still sounding different and interesting. One of my favorite songs of the album 🙂

Stars is the softest song on the album and personally, I think this the single best song Skillet has ever written or could ever write. I mainly believe this because of the powerful lyrics. It is one of the most worshipful songs Skillet has done and is alongside my other all time favorite Skillet song, Battle Cry. It isn’t about the music so much for this song, the lyrics are where all the action is. One such amazing lyric goes, “If You can calm a raging sea then You can calm a storm in me. You’re never too far away, You never show up too late. So here I am, lifting up my heart to the One who holds the stars.” If more people could write heartfelt and beautiful lines like these, I might not be so opposed to secular musicians 🙂

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I Want to Live gets a 5 star rating from me right from the start simply because of the string opening. This is one of Skillet’s finest songs. It has everything they’re known for: strings, rock, Jen’s voice… In my opinion, it’s the best song of the album second to Stars.

Undefeated is very reminiscent of older Skillet songs such as songs from Comatose and Collide. It’s a kind of battle cry of empowerment and the music and lyrics mix perfectly. One of my favorites of all time.

Famous and Lions I’m going to review together simply because they’re not my favorites. The lyrics are good and meaningful, but they sound like songs any other contemporary christian artist could do.

Out of Hell is the hardest rock song on the album in my opinion. I love it, but at this point, I haven’t listened to it enough to have a very good idea of how to review it. The same goes for Watching for Comets and Saviors of the World. All three of these are really good songs (Watching for Comets is another slow song like Stars) but I haven’t listened to them enough to have a good review. So, maybe I’ll do a different post about them 😉

The Resistance is the perfect finisher for the album. It sounds very similar to Rise and I think the two would go beautifully together. The idea of The Resistance is a call to rise up, make a change, and resist those who put you down. The Resistance perfectly finishes off the album and wraps up the story that the album was telling. It gets the point across with a song that makes you want to flip tables and start a revolution.

To conclude and wrap everything up, Unleashed is a really great album to listen to, whether you’ve never heard Skillet’s music before, or if you’re a seasoned “Panhead.” Like I said at the beginning, my favorite album is still Rise, but Unleashed is a very close second.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of Unleashed and what other albums of songs you would like me to review! I’m up for anything (it doesn’t have to be Skillet)!  🙂 I’m also tagging Bella Morganthal to do this same post on her blog Worth it All!

 

Song of the Sword Blog Tour!!

Song of the Sword Blog Tour

Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

Song of the Sword August 5-7

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

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My Review:

Hi!! *waves* This is Bethany 🙂 Before I get started I want to congratulate Hope on the publishing of her second book!!! That’s so awesome! I’ll keep this short and sweet because when it comes to good stories, I could ramble on all day.

Song of the Sword is definitely worth the read. In my experience, it’s difficult to write fantasy while still making it somewhat believable, but Hope accomplished it better than most. The writing itself is beautiful and has a finesse about it that you would expect from a much older writer. I won’t lie though, the beginning was a little confusing and it took me a few chapters to fully understand exactly what was going on. But once I got a good grasp of the story, it was very enjoyable:) I would definitely suggest that you get this novella and give it a read. You won’t be sorry that you did 🙂

 

Spotlight:

Roinette:
(photo taken from Pinterest)

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Roinette never knew her family. As far as she knows, they abandoned her on the side of the road when she was only an infant. Perhaps they hadn’t wanted a girl. Perhaps they couldn’t care for another child. Or maybe they somehow knew of her abilities and wanted nothing to do with them.

If it was the latter, Roinette couldn’t disagree more heartily. It wasn’t every child who was able to walk in the alternate mirror dimension of melody and song. A realm of consciousness most Aslarians knew only through ancient stories. Stories that Roinette’s nurse, Roesia, delighted to tell her in a hushed voice at bedtime.

Life was good, if not a mite lonely, with only her nurse and Cyrillen, the man who’d taken her in for company. At least it was until the war began. Until the bandit attack which tore her from her nurse and her home, showing her the darker side of the Melody and leaving her on an island of ruins in the Shadowfen.

Punzel, a fen-hopper she healed not long after arriving, kept life from getting interminably dull, but Roinette still entered the mist drenched Melody as often as she could to escape the tedium of daily life. Slowly she grew content. Until the morning without mist. And the low voices which accompany the return of the shadows.

About the Author

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Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

Giveaway!!! (LINKS BELOW)

I’m giving away a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark. Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, I do have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one of the giveaways.

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International Giveaway

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Weird things I thought as a child

As kids, we’ve all thought some weird things were true that really weren’t. Here are a few such things that I thought. Comment and tell me what kinds of strange things you thought as a child!

 

I thought: You could get pregnant from a kiss.

It’s not that weird to think this because I think most kids have this idea. Growing up knowing that kissing is something married people do and also knowing that married people have children, it was safe to assume that the two were connected. What is probably a little weirder is that I thought that this was true until I was about 14…

 

I thought: Babies were born out of their mom’s bellybutton.

I actually have no idea why I thought this…

I also remember thinking that (because of the conception process mentioned above) that babies grew in the mom’s stomach and when they’re born, they would come out of the mom’s mouth.

Too much personal information about my thought process? Yeah? Okay, I’ll just leave now…

 

I thought: The couch from The Big Comfy Couch was real.

That is, you could buy a couch that’s bigger on the inside (confirmed, Loonette is a Time Lord…) and use it to store all your stuff in. Kind of a good idea though because then your house would always be clean. However, you also wouldn’t be able to find anything.

 

I thought: Credit/Debit cards had unlimited money on them.

I pretty sure that all little kids think this to be true. It seems like they these cards have a boundless source of money when your parents just swipe them and walk away. I often wondered why more people didn’t have mansions and other cool stuff. At one point I also thought it would be super cheep to buy an island…

 

I thought: Witchcraft was a craft show.

That’s right, I thought that witchcraft was a DIY craft show hosted by ladies with green skin and who wore tall, black hats. I also thought Harry Potter was a show that featured these crafty women.

 

I thought: All wardrobes led to Narnia.

Surprise! They don’t 😦 Much to my disappointment.

 

I thought: I was born knowing how to read.

I could never remember a time when I didn’t know how to read and because of this, I thought I had just always known how to.

 

I thought: Pepsi and Coffee were only for adults.

I was told that I couldn’t have these two drinks because they were only for adults. Because of this, I thought that it would make me grow up.

I was also told by my dad that coffee would put hair on your chest. And (being the smart girl I was) knew that girls didn’t have hair on their chest, and therefore girls couldn’t drink coffee. You can imagine my horror when my mom started drinking coffee.

 

I thought: Everyone got a present, regardless of who’s birthday it was.

On birthdays in our house, everyone gets a present (just something small if it isn’t your birthday). I thought for the longest time that that’s what every family did. Apparently, it doesn’t work like that.

 

That’s all I have for this post. Let me know if you want a part two and I’ll try and make it happen. I’m sure that if I thought hard enough, there are plenty of other weird things I thought as a kid.