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Huh, interesting fact I found out on the news today:

Apparently there are many people in Maine that are saying they're going to push for a constitutional amendment legalizing gay marriage.  They want Maine to be the fourth (I'm counting California) state to actually legalize it. Of course, most every state agrees with this sentiment, but I just found it interesting to catch that fact, seeing as I live in Maine and all.

In other news:

Ugh. I reached 35K (not yesterday, but a while ago), and am pushing for 36K tonight. I was originally looking for 40K, but that's not about to happen.

Oh well.

I hope to get at least that amount by tomorrow, though, and finish by Thursday or Friday. Hopefully Thursday, because I'll be gone on Friday. I'm going to an overnight at one of the biggest youth groups in Maine, with Seventh Day Slumber (a really, really amazing Christian rock band) as a performer there. It's going to be so much fun. I just thank God for providing the thirty dollars necessary to pay for me to go.

All right, I think it's time for me to get that last 500 words out of the way. Sorry for all the pointless posts lately; I'll definitely write more posts of substance after NaNo is over.
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See my shiny new layout?

Isn't it pretty? And a bit unique?

*goes yay*

I like it. And maybe my newfound layout will inspire me to post more often. Can you believe it's been four days since I last posted? It definitely doesn't seem like that. But anyway. It's time for youth group. Will write a much longer post once I get back, because a lot of things have happened to me lately, and what better place to talk about them than here?
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I'm not going to get the part in the skit.

I didn't practice, they're going to think that I don't care, and they'll give it to the pastor's daughter instead. And then I'll probably have to be the drunk girl.

Me = fail. Massive fail.
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I finished His Majesty's Dragon and enjoyed it. A review will probably be coming shortly, probably whenever I can stop being laaaaazy when it comes to LJ things and post. I also went to the library and got the three books I requested, as well as Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I'm currently reading The Case for Faith, and it's incredibly good.

As for the skit, though... I am panicking a bit now. I only have tomorrow, maybe a bit of Friday, until I have to audition, and I have barely practiced so far. I know what I have to do, but it's just I don't know how. I understand how suicidal people think as best as I can (obviously I can't know exactly how they feel, but I can certainly understand it a bit), and I can write it amazingly (I just wrote a short piece inspired by the movie about suicide we watched in health today), but acting it is just... hard. And it's because of my shell, I know it is, but I can't seem to get out of it.

I promise I will, though. I don't care if I have to practice nonstop tomorrow. I will get the part and I will rock at the auditions. I want to do this so badly.

I'll practice, but in the end, I have to put it in God's hands and hope that he'll pull me through. It's not up to me, after all. I believe it's His will for me to have this part, but I could be wrong. (Of course, I hope I'm not!)

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Meme.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Let's see...

District of Columbia vs. Keller (2008): The Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed.

United States vs. Williams (2008): Federal statute prohibiting the pandering of child pornography was not unconstitutionally overbroad. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed.

Van Orden vs. Perry (2005): A Ten Commandments monument erected on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol did not violate the Establishment Clause, because the monument, when considered in context, conveyed a historic and social meaning rather than an intrusive religious endorsement.

Elk Grove Unified School District vs. Newdow
 (2004): A noncustodial parent did not have standing in federal court to allege that his child's school violated the Establishment Clause by leading students in the recital of the phrase "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Bush vs. Gore (2000): In the circumstances of this case, any manual recount of votes seeking to meet the December 12 “safe harbor” deadline would be unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale (2000): A private organization is allowed, under certain criteria, to exclude a person from membership through their First Amendment right to freedom of association in spite of state antidiscrimination laws.

Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe (2000): Student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games violates the Establishment Clause.

Wow, I could just go on and on and on, copying down notable cases, but I'll stop now. Most of the above cases I agree with, but the last one, I don't see why people can't led prayer in schools so long as no one is offended by it.  But that's just me.

And, yes, I did more than one case. But I couldn't help it.

Linkspam

Sep. 29th, 2008 07:15 pm
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Since I don't have any good ideas for a post, this will just be a conglomeration of links that have stood out to me lately and my thoughts on them. And there might be some substance after all, but you'll have to wade through the linkspam in order to get to it, unfortunately.

First of all, this terrifies me. Fellow Republicans, I have to say that I'm disappointed in your judgment. The bail-out plan might not have been perfect, but... if your house was on fire and you had water, would you try and find a fire extinguisher because it worked better? No. This is just... I can't believe it. I don't know what's going to happen to America now. All I can do is hope and pray that things will work together for good. But the clock is ticking. The stock market is thisclose from crashing... not good, not good, not good.

More links:

Maine was spared rare hit by hurricane. Pity, really. I was all excited for this big storm and nothing happened. *sigh* But maybe it's for the best.

Palin, Biden: a lively pairing for veep debate
. I am very excited for the debate. I'm very worried about Palin, just because of the fact that she's not been doing very well in interviews lately and the press is tearing her apart, but I think she may rise to the occasion. As for Biden... he's experienced. He could take this debate. It'll surely be interesting to watch.

This is interesting. So is this. And this. Oh, and don't forget these. It's certainly interesting to see all the different perspectives on pretty much the same issues, don't you think? Politics may be messy, but it sure does fascinate me.

Disney Store Reveals Exclusive Line of Camp Rock and Hannah Montana Costumes
. Ew. Just... ew. Disney is really getting on my nerves, with their incessant need to milk their most successful shows for all they're worth. They're popular enough already, please don't push it.

Project Runway's new Lifetime hits snag
. Oh no.

And I really don't think there are any more links. However, I've been trying to practice for that skit, and... it's hard. I can do it, but only if I have a few minutes to get in the right state of mind. I'm just... wondering, how I'm going to be able to exercise enough control over it by Friday. I know I don't have to be perfect... but I want to be impressive. I'm definitely trying, but it's harder than I thought it would be.

Also. Books.

Yesterday, I requested three books from the library—The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch by Donald W. Patten, The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel, and The Battle For the Beginning by John F. MacArthur—via the awesome interlibrary loan. They are in transit right now, so they should be here by... Wednesday, at the latest. That gives me a chance to maybe finish two books.

I find myself in a "must read everything I can about creation vs. evolution debate" mood, so expect lots of book reviews dealing with that subject—with books from both sides. I always find this research so much fun, so I can't wait.
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I really need help.

Do anyone of you happen to have any experience with acting and, if so, how do you act out emotionally-charged scenes? You see, for my audition next Friday, I was assigned the scene in the Lifehouse skit where the girl is on her knees, about to kill herself, and I just ... need to figure out how I can express all that emotion. I need some way to ... lead into it, to get myself charged before I practice, and I don't know how.

So do anyone of you have any ideas or any sites you can link me to that have pointers on how to do something like this?

I'll be incredibly grateful for any help at all.
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I guess getting the lead role in that skit isn't going to be as easy as I thought it would. Today, at youth group, my brother-in-law (and youth leader) told the high schoolers that they would have to practice and be ready to audition for their parts by next week. He wants me to do the part, I know he does, but it's just that ... he thinks I'm too shy to do it.

And there's definitely truth in that. I am shy, I do have a shell, but he's forgetting something. I'm passionate, more passionate about this play than I've been passionate about anything in the recent weeks, and I want to do this. I want to show my emotion, I can't wait to show my emotion, and I want showing my emotion to impact someone else's life.

As someone at youth group said, everyone has something they can relate to in that skit, even if it's only the struggle they have to stay close to the core values—values that might not necessarily be Christian. On some level, it symbolizes teenage life, and that's one of the reasons why I like it so much. Obviously I like it because of its Christian message, but there are so many other messages in there.

This skit ... there's a lot of emotion in it, admittedly. I don't always show my emotion. It's going to be hard for me to do this. I'm going to have to practice constantly.

But I think they're underestimating me.

I'm determined. I'm determined to get the part in this skit. I'm determined to show emotion. I'm determined to be the main girl in this skit, and I will not let them psych me out. A lot of things are against me (my shyness, my shell, my lack of ... gracefulness, the fact that I know little to no one in the church), but ... that's life.

And I will do this.

Honestly, I feel there's no way I can't.

So ... please, please pray for me. Pray that I can do this. If you're not religious, just keep me in your thoughts. Thank you.

Skits

Sep. 25th, 2008 07:25 pm
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My sister came by today. It's a long story as to why, but on the whole, it was a great visit. My sister's baby, Sapphire, was so adorable—when she looked at me when they first came in, she smiled and giggled at me. It was so cute.

Other than that, she also showed me this skit. Apparently, our youth group is going to put it on at the end of November or the beginning of December, and guess what? I'm going to be the main female role! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it.

Normally, I am too shy to do main roles like that, but that skit just spoke to me. The way the girl was made by Christ, was brought up by his teachings, then was drawn away from him by the world out there, further and further until she didn't know if she could come back, and then when the song swelled and she ran back to him and the world pulled her down and Jesus came to her rescue and protected her and things all turned out right and she went back to him...

That is me.

I mean, I obviously don't do drugs or things like that, but the struggle, the wavering between "good" and "evil," is just something I relate to so much. During that skit, I almost cry. During the performance, I will surely cry.  It affects me that much.

It's such a powerful skit, and I am so glad I'm going to do it. I'll need to practice a lot, but I can do it. And who knows, maybe I'll be able to bring my (unsaved) friends as well!

I am so excited for this. I can't wait to start practicing.

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