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I can't believe that summer is almost over. There is really less than a month until school starts up again, and it seems like just yesterday I was getting out of school. I'm not ready for summer to be over, though, because I have loved this summer, and I don't want it to end.

It all started with the Friday after I got out of school. You see, I was invited to paint a Lord of the Rings mural for the teen room in my library. It took only about three weeks to finish. That was definitely a surprise, because we thought it would take much longer than that. We did all four walls, starting from Bag End (with Bilbo and Gandalf smoking) and going all the way around the room, ending with the Scourging of the Shire and Valinor. It was so much fun too, and though most of us kind of just hung around the room watching my best friend do everything, it took us less time than we thought.

After we finished the mural, I thought I would go back to being bored out of my mind, doing nothing, but I was very wrong. One of the guys from the mural seemed to like me, and so after the mural work ended, we started hanging out with each other. The Friday after we finished, he asked me to go out with him, and so we've been dating for about three weeks. It will be a month this coming Friday.

I also had my first kiss with this guy, which was... amazing, as I said in a post a few weeks ago. We both seem to really like each other. I just miss him a lot, because he's at his lakehouse with his cross country team and I can't see him until August 10. :( He is calling me tonight, though, luckily.

If that isn't enough, a couple weeks ago, I also participated in VBS at my church, taking pictures. Add onto that watching the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings with my friends, my cousins coming up, and getting into photography like my dad, brother and sister, and you can see why I have not updated much lately. I have just been swamped, doing things constantly.

So I thnk it's understandable that I haven't updated much lately because, while I have had a bit of time to do so, I've just been so exhausted that I didn't feel like updating. However, things are slowing down, so this next month should bring more updates -- and more book reviews!

I haven't finished a book for six weeks or so (ouch), but I do have four books finished that I haven't written reviews on yet and one book I am about halfway through at the moment. I'm thinking I'll finish The Naming by Alison Croggon, write short reviews on those five books, and then start up with my long reviews after I finish the next.

I will try to update more often!
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I have spent the whole day reading, and over the course of the past two days, I've gotten five hundred and eighty pages of Dragonfly in Amber under my belt. I won't spoil, but "get prepared to be taken through the wringer" is definitely a very accurate representation of what the book has been like so far. Just like the first one, I can't put it down, and expect to have it done by tomorrow.

As always, reviews will be forthcoming, just as soon as I can get myself off my butt and write them. I am so happy my reading has picked up and, along with that, the length of the books. It's so nice, to have a big healthy tome in your hands and just know that you have a whole day's worth of reading and sitting on the edge of your seat and laughing and just pure joy in the written word ahead of you.

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Also, youth group is getting better.

The music has grown drastically since the last week we had it, and I found myself enjoying it. Our youth group is small, but friendly, and I like the crazy atmosphere around it, almost like you can do anything and people will laugh with you about it. Unlike the year or so where we were lumped in with the younger kids, I feel that we are with more mature people, and that we are actually learning something, instead of watching people lick tape off the floor and a youth leader wrestle another kid to the ground. (Yes, that actually happened.)

I am also glad that we are starting work in a little book of sorts that goes along with our lessons, which is about spiritual emptiness and "refueling" when we feel spiritually dry. Considering I feel as though I have been going through a dry spell recently as well, with everything and not just God, I think that this is going to be good for me. It might help me get better with my self-consciousness, which is definitely something I need help with.

As I've said before, I'm sick and tired of it, but it will take a while to fix. But it's possible, so I'm going to try my hardest to do so. :)
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Yesterday was nice. For once I didn't spend the whole day in front of the computer, which is something I've been complaining about lately. Instead, I started playing games with my family around 12:30, and didn't stop until 4:30 or so. There was only a slight lull when my father went to put supper on (hot turkey soup), but then we went right back to playing.

It felt nice to do something with my family for once. Even though they annoy and frustrate me, they're still my family and I love them. We haven't played games in a while, so it was nice to play for four hours. I never even got bored!

My brother won most of the games (probably because he was the scorekeeper, wink wink), but my grandmother won a few. And I was so determined to win a game that I insisted on another round of Greed (a dice game), which I won by... more than a thousand points, I think.

I also went to youth group yesterday, and that was fun, even though I am still too much of a chicken to ever tell my crush that I like him. Regardless, I enjoyed it; my sister always does the best lessons and she really made me want to read my Bible more often. I am toying with the idea of starting my read-through of the entire Bible and posting my thoughts here as I go along. Would anyone be interested in that?

If so, comment here and I'll add you to a filter. The posts, however, probably won't start until January.

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Today, it was a typical Saturday. I went to the library, got four books, went to the store with my father, and then came home. I have already started one of my books, Red: The Next Generation of American Writers—Teenage GirlsOn What Fires Up Their Lives Today, edited by Amy Goldwasser, and I'm currently sixty pages into it.

It's amazing so far. I first heard of it from Bookslut's review, and it is just so empowering, to read all these tales by teenage girls, just like me, who are as passionate as I am and just have this utter realness about them that just bounds off the page. And it's nice to hear the opinions of real teenage girls, although I have to wonder: Would it be possible to give teenage guys the same opportunity to speak their minds? Now that would be interesting.

You know, though, I wish I could be like some of those girls. The problem is that I am shy. Crippingly so. And self-conscious. Crippingly so. And I have no clue what I can do about it. Maybe something in this book will help somewhat.
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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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Okay, I lied.

There's not going to be a very long post today, just because I am incredibly tired and want to fall asleep. However, leeway is coming along with the... boyfriend situation, so I'm fairly happy about that. It's hard, though. Am currently trying to figure out what I should do now.

But that'll come.

Just gotta hope in the Lord for that.

In other news, Up is the cutest movie and I wanna see it right NOW. I don't wanna wait until March to see it. *wails pitifully*

And I have 23K. Will get 30K tomorrow even if it kills me.

Which, you know, it might.

But until then, g'night. See y'all in the morning.
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I found out something about my former boyfriend yesterday. To sum it up, yes, it's bad, no, I can't discuss it, and yes, I never want to see him again.

I really have nothing else to say today.

I hit 20K earlier. I wanted to reach 22K, but I think I am just going to take a break and relax for the rest of today. Take an early night, go to bed at ten, and then wake up and write again. Tomorrow, I hope to break 25K and I will, so long as nothing goes wrong on the ex-boyfriend front. And I really, really, really hope it doesn't, because something needs to be done right away.

Hmm. Let's see.

I haven't done a book review in a while. I've finished three books during this time (I know, sad, but I just am not reading quickly lately). Those three books are No Plot, No Problem! by Chris Baty, Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I am currently reading Night by Elie Weisel (school) and God's Politics by Jim Wallis (entertainment).

I know, I'm weird if I read political books for entertainment. But hey, I have a book of Islam coming up, so... I don't think I can get any geekier than I already am.

Okay. This post is pointless.

I think I shall go listen to angry songs ("Picture to Burn," "Never Again," all the really nasty songs you listen to when you just really want to rub your newfound independence in your ex's face) and/or read a book. A better post will be coming tomorrow.
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I have entered into a high point of my life.

I'm not sure how or why. I just have. It's nothing I have done, that's for sure. I feel as if things are coming together. Although my social life is dreadful, my academic life couldn't be better, and my spiritual life bears improvement, but I promise—not to me but to God—that I will strengthen that. There's nothing that acts like a gray cloud hanging over my head, and for that I want to praise Him.

But let's start with my academics.

Recently, my grades have been great. I have all As in my classes. At the six week mark, my lowest grade was a 93 in Health. That's gone up since then, and my highest grade is now a 100 in French. English and Algebra are also quite easy, and I have upper-90s in both of those classes. Can I do better than that? Yes, but much better than that? No, and I'm exceedingly happy with my grades. If I keep them up, I could very well get valedictorian my senior year.

My favorite class, by far, is English. The teacher seems to enjoy my work, and he's even used some of it as examples in class. He also shows an interest in who I am as a person. He's noticed my passion for writing, and he cares. I brought up the subject of NaNoWriMo with him a few weeks ago, and he's talked to me about it in passing a few times. He also went to me about maybe starting a literary magazine—and mentioned how well it would look on my college app if I started it. And I'm still only a freshman at this point, not even a full two months into school yet. He already sees that much potential in me and, honestly, I respect my English teacher incredibly. It honors me that he sees that much potential in me, and you know what? I want to make him proud.

I want to make all of my previous English teachers proud, of course, but he is the only one that's really shown that much of an interest in my passion.

So... as you can see, my favorite teacher is my English teacher. Not that I don't like my other teachers, though, because they're all good in their own way. He just seems to take more interest in students themselves, not just their work, you know?

...okay, I'm blathering on and on. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. Maybe tomorrow I'll email my friend and see if she wants to just wander around and go into the boookstore for a bit, or I'll end up planning. Or possibly doing homework. Or praying and reading my Bible.

*sighs happily*

My life is going to be busy for the next month or so. I don't care, though, as long as this high point lasts. Don't you wish they lasted forever? I do. :)
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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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*yawns*

I'm tired. Even though I slept more than ten hours (I went to bed around 11:30, woke up around 9:45), I can't seem to stop yawning. All I want to do now—all I have the brain power to do at the moment—is to read my friends list, go to the library, and read. And post on LJ, of course. Can't go a day without posting on LJ, can I?

I really should be writing, though. My Camp Rock oneshot seems to be calling my name, but I'm ignoring it. I should be writing it, considering my readers over at FFnet will kill me if I don't write something sometime, but I can't bring myself to be bothered. I guess it's a combination of my writer's block (I can't seem to write more than a few paragraphs of story at a time) and my procrastination (I don't want to write more than a few paragraphs of a story at a time), and if I don't get rid of both of them at the same time, I probably won't be writing.

*sadface*

So does anyone have any quick ways to get over writer's block and procrastination at the same time? If you do, I'll love you forever!

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It seems like my post on abortion last night encouraged a few people to comment. I appreciate that more than you can imagine—although I'm a procrastinator and don't often comment back, I love it when you guys let me know your opinions on what I'm saying.

Abortion is a very controversial subject for a lot of people, but it's nice to see that people with vastly different views on the issue can debate civilly and intelligently with each other. I've gotten into some harsh, throwing-barbs-back-and-forth-at-each-other debates before, but this time, it wasn't like that. Once more, I appreciate you all so much, I can hardly believe it.

*hugs friends*

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I heard that Obama chose Biden for his running mate. Does anyone have any neutral information about Obama/Biden/McCain that I can read? Although I obviously can't vote, I'm interested in the whole race, and I want to look at things from both perspectives. I'm disillusioned with McCain at the moment, so I want to know more about him, to see if I want to continue "supporting" him. Also, is there any more information on Obama I can read? And Biden, 'cause he's the one I know the least about?

Thanks for any help on that—politics is muchly intriguing, and I wanna know more, more, more.

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And this is probably the last thing I'm going to ask you guys to do for me in this post, but do any of you have any quick, easy reads to recommend? When I go to the library, I want to get a few books that are quick and easy to read, but the only author that's coming to mind is Tamora Pierce, and I'm planning on taking out a few of her books when I go to the library.

Again, thanks for the help. :)

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A lot of things have happened so far today and, considering I have to head to youth group in about forty-five minutes, a lot more things are probably going to happen today. However, I might be so tired when I get back from youth group I might not have time to post, so I decided to try and get this one finished before I have to go. I might succeed, I might not.

Let's see.

The first thing I did today was get a bit more of my Camp Rock oneshot (tentatively titled I'm Sorry, named after the song "Sorry" by the Jonas Brothers) done, although I have a lot more to do. Then, I emailed my best friend and asked if she wanted to hang out today.

She did. Around 1:30, we headed out. We didn't have a set plan—it was more of a spontaneous hey, let's go out and wander around downtown since we haven't done anything this summer sort of deal, and it was fun. We caught up on a lot of things we'd missed during the summer and recced some books for each other to read (my best friend recommended all of the Tamora Pierce books, which I'll get to soon, and I recommended The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, the Twilight saga, and maybe a few more, I can't remember). We also ordered some ice cream, hung out downtown, and sat next to a giant anchor. It was fun, although probably not as "wild" as some other people in my grade's idea of a fun time might've been.

I also tried wheedling her into getting an LJ, so hopefully she'll email me with her URL so that we can friend each other. And if she friends me, I can urge her to post here, so that'll be fun. I'm interested to see how she'll react to my posting here pretty much every single day. *grin*

In a few days, I expect to have her on my F-list, so that'll be fun. We can't hang out during school anymore, sure, but who says we can't hang out over the Internet? (And outdoors, too!)

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And in case you didn't want to read all that, let me make a long story short:

If you want to make abortions less common, don't make them harder to get. Instead, make them less necessary. Teach abstinence and contraceptives in schools. Don't limit yourself to abstinence. Tell kids what they need if they don't want to have sex and what they need if they do.

In my opinion, that's the only way.

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