Goodbye to 2013; Hello to 2014

The year of 2013 is coming to a close.

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I have to admit, I am going to miss a lot of this year. I met lots of new friends along the way, and have been through many wonderful experiences—a very eventful year, if you ask me. The people that I've gotten to meet and know this year have never failed to astound me with their uniqueness and individuality. I got to experience my first youth retreat, learn to play the ukulele, and take a chance to retry some things that I have definitely wanted to get the swing back into.

One of the things that I am going to miss this of this year? The moments I had with my friends on Team S.A.B.E.R., all because of a book idea that I just created one school day, and we're still trying to make it into a reality. Team S.A.B.E.R. is, in fact, the working title I have for this book. Some of my friends in our group have moved or will be moving, and next school year, my friends and I will be in all different types of classes. My friends are basically my family, the family at school that I really appreciate. 

In fact, even before the book idea was born, I still hung out with these people, even if they were in my alternating classes. I got to know them in social studies, science and our school's open house. I preferred those classes periods with my friends rather than my two other core subjects, algebra and language arts—whether it was because the people in my social studies and science classes were more outgoing than the ones in my other subjects, I'm not sure.

One of the things that I really love about 2013 is that I have improved my novel-writing skills. In 2012, I still had a lot to learn about how to perfect the art of writing a decent novel, and I had to make up eleven days of procrastination. In 2013, I was able to get into the habit of writing consecutively and keeping track of my schedule and such. Blogging also helped me improve my writing style! Now, I am able to write almost every day, whether it is blog writing or jolting down ideas.

I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish this year. For one, I want to get to editing simultaneously for two of my novels and, hopefully, at the end of the 2014, I'll be able to send them off to agents. I am really excited and nervous for this to happen—I'm getting butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it! I'm also getting back into acting and singing. In a couple of days, I am auditioning for either Anne of Green Gables or a Camelot/Merlin related play! 

I bet that many of you have many resolutions for the year of 2014; I do, too. Some of us may be having a second attempt on our resolutions that we tried to accomplish in 2013. Before we venture into this New Year, let's look back at the past year and see how we are going to succeed with our goals this year.
The reason why we create resolutions is to improve ourselves, as a person. Before we go and try to accomplish them, we should first see why we want these resolutions to be accomplished, and then put the efforts to try to make those resolutions work. If you are ready to give up on your resolution, remember that you are trying to accomplish this because you want to change and improve yourself.

Some of my resolutions? Well, I want to be myself. I sort of accomplished this in 2013, but honestly, I think I could do better. Another thing I want to do is grow taller. I'm dreaming of that growth spurt, but until then, milk and sleep is the way I am going to grow! My third one is to get back into singing and acting. Singing and acting are two things that I love doing, but I'm really passive to do those activities. My final resolution is to be able to write, write, write, and take the first steps to accomplishing my dreams as a published author! You can reach your dreams, so why wait until you are an adult to accomplish them? Take the first steps to making them into reality!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2014, everyone. I know that there will be ups and downs going into this New Year, but that is how life is.

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(P.S. I'll start up 2014 with the meme inspired by the book Wonder; keep our eyes peeled, and don't forget to choose kind.)

Mini Book Reviews

Hi! Morning here. Here are some of the book review I promised to do (for the record, I am horrible at writing book reviews, so... yup. *runs*).

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The novel is told by Tris and Tobias, who venture out to the world that laid outside of the fence. The books picks up several days after Insurgent, with the city ran by factionless and Evelyn putting people on trial. The switching viewpoints seem to have caught me off guard, because Divergent and Insurgent both were only told by the viewpoints of Tris only.
I was a little disappointing how the novel came out. There was no plot development. The idea with GPs (genetically pure) and GDs (genetically damaged) just went around in circles. It seemed pointless. It seemed like Veronica Roth was busy trying to put lots of information in one book (the Bureau? Tobias not being Divergent?) I almost just went around in my room ranting.
Then came the ending. That was the one good thing that came out of the novel. I've read reviews by a lot of fans saying that they were disappointed by how it came out, but I have to disagree. Tris was Divergent, with an aptitude for Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. She wanted to make her parents proud. Even if she sacrificed herself for Caleb, who she acted cold to, it felt like she did what the Abnegation and the Dauntless would do in that situation. With her seeing her mother and reaching for her embrace… that was just… wow. I bawled my eyes out.
Tobias' chapters once he finds out that Tris died…. That was painful to read. It seemed sad that a lot of the characters ended up dying in this book and their companions who were still alive mourned, but it mad the book seem more realistic.
Overall, I rate this book five stars. I recommend it to fans of the series, but take it with a grain of salt.

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Champion by Marie Lu
Champion is the third novel in the Legend trilogy, by Marie Lu. The Republic and the Colonies have signed a peace treaty to from fighting against each other. That peace treaty is soon threatened when a new plague rises from the Colonies, and the Republic is taking the blame. Great ending there! Marie Lu wrapped things up quite nicely with the final book in the series. I could not stop fan girling until the end of the book (I stayed up all night to finish the book); now the end was amazing, and not disappointing! Rating it five stars, and recommending it to fans of the series (once again) and to those who are looking for YA dystopia books. Hats to you, Marie Lu.

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Sunshine Award

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Thank you to Les of Beaute Imparfait, who has awarded me with the Sunshine Blog Award! 

"For bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

The rules are:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated her and link to her blog
2. Nominate other bloggers and let them know on their blogs
3. Answer a list of ten questions
4. The Sunshine Award button must be posted on the blog

The Questions (you can answer my ten or make up your own; I'm doing a mix)

1. What is your favorite Bible verse?
A: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." –John 8:32

2. Something you are going to try to accomplish next year?
A: I am probably going to try to extend my writing and singing careers. I want to get published before eighteen, and I'm really striving for that. The writing industry is hard to get into, and you have to learn to be thick-skinned and get ready for anything that happens. People also are telling me to try to sing out more in public… I'm still afraid of being on stage, but I'm trying to overcome that fear.

3. Do you have a sweet tooth?
A: Haha, this question just cracks me up. Yes, I do have a sweet tooth. I just love sugar. 

4. One of your best memories?
A: Team S.A.B.E.R. meetings, I suppose. (You hear me talk about these guys a lot.) It may be crazy because of our utter randomness, but seriously, I had a good time with the nine of my friends that I made over the past two years at school. Also, performing my group's choreographed dance for gym. Now that was a fun time, I admit.

5. What are you doing at this moment?
A: Typing this up, while listening to Sara Bareilles' "Gonna Get Over You." For some strange reason, that was the song that was in my mind before I went to sleep and the song that I remembered when I woke up this morning. 

6. Something that made you happy today?
A: Finding out I got the award, listening to music, receiving The Last Present, no pun intended, and this (it's a reference to a nickname I'm also called at school):

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7. Things that you discovered about this year?
A: Blogging, many good books and movies, and meeting awesome people.

8. Can you speak with a different accent?
A: Oh, lovely question! Yes, I love speaking in a British accent. During Home Economics in February, the people at my table group and I had accent speaking competitions. I'm trying to master Irish, Scottish, Australian (it sounds different than British), Southern USA and Jersey accents!

9. Do you play an instrument?
A: The violin and vocals. I can play a bit of piano, guitar, ukulele, recorder and…. Harmonica!

10. Lesson you learned this year?
A: "Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out…" – from the song Brave, by Sara Bareilles.
(If you haven't noticed yet, I listen to her music a lot.)

The Nominees
1. Maiya from Willowy and Wispy
2. kiwiyoungwriter from Aspire
3. Helena from Crafts, Pictures, and All That Craziness
4. TheMusicMe22 from The Best Guide To Being Me

(If you've been nominated, I'll comment it on your blogs a little later.)

Stay strong and wonderful! 
xoxo Morning

Simbang Gabi 2013 Moments.

I just have to share some Simbang Gabi moments with you. In case you do not know what Simbang Gabi is, it means "Evening Mass" in Filipino. What happens is that you go to mass for nine consecutive days in the morning, as early as four, and if you finish those nine days, then a wish that you make will be granted. I don't live in the Philippines anymore, but where I live now, we attend mass in the evenings, and then afterwards, we attend a huge potluck and eat! Here are two of my favorite moments from this year's evening masses.
A tradition my brother's friends have that began two years ago is that they went downstairs earlier than everyone else to get in line first. Anyways, when my church was hosting, I decided (as I did along with them and some other kids the two previous years) to go down and get in line. There were some adults that my parents knew, and they said, "It's time to do the karaoke!" Well, my brother and his friends told these two girls that I should sing with them. For at least fifteen minutes, the three of us girls were belting Christmas carols at the top of our lungs with no one else around. 
The second memory that I have occurred yesterday. There were so many people at the potluck I went to last night that as soon I was finished eating my food, I had to give up my chair for my aunt and uncle. I sat on the low steps of the stage and just wrote inside my notebook. No one noticed me, and that was all right. I did not mind being the wallflower.
Out of all of the people that noticed me, a little girl about the age of seven came up and plopped down next to me on my right, looking at me with her big brown eyes. I turned to my left and saw several other kids sit down near the steps where I sat. I didn't know what to do. I loved the solitude and the solidarity of these kids. The little girl began to look through my notebook, curious, and so I was left with one option: "Want to draw in my notebook with me?"
I got a highlighter from my mom and we drew. "Jill," she introduced herself in a quiet voice.
"What?" I asked. The area was filled with noise, and it was hard to hear.
"Jill. J-I-L-L."
We drew on the stage, and by my side was my little cousin, whispering in my ear, "I got a new friend." Can I just say that Jill can draw, a lot more talented than what I drew at her age? Here is what she and I drew.

The first picture we drew. It's a rainy day with butterflies and fairies.

The second picture we drew! It's the opposite of the first picture, a sunny day.
From left to right: there's a cat, a dog, and a nurse. :)

We're getting into the Christmas spirit! It's nightfall. There is a trail of hearts leading to the sky. The moon above the house has a Christmas hat, if you haven't noticed it yet.

          Once I had to leave, I told her it was nice to draw with her.
          Her response? "Jill. J-I-L-L."
          If everyone was nice and sweet as this girl, then this world would just be a better place. :) Merry Christmas, everyone!

Stay strong and wonderful!
xoxo Morning

The 2013 End-Of-The-Year Recap

1. Favorite Game From 2013?The most favorite game that I discovered in 2013 is Human Knot. What you do is you stand in a circle with at least five or six people, and you grab two different hands from someone in the group. Then, you try to untangle the "knot" without letting go of their hands. During the day of finals in May, my friends and I played this game along with shooting volleyballs through the baskets and singing… though that, my friends, is a completely different story that is irrelevant to this question right now.

2. Best Song You Have Discovered This Year? The best song I have discovered that was created in this year is the song "Brave" by Sara Bareilles. This song is about being able to speak your mind, and just "let the words fall out." This is a song that definitely relates to me, because I'm shy, but I often have a lot of thoughts in my mind. Often times, I'm just too afraid to try to speak my mind verbally, and this song has really helped me go through this school year being able to contribute to discussions and such. If you haven't heard of this song, I suggest listening to it and listening to the rest of her album, "The Blessed Unrest." Very good choice of songs.

3. Movie/Movie Series You've Watched That You Love The Hobbit movies are just absolutely outstanding! When I was at a hotel, I decided to watch this over Joyful Noise. I'm planning to read the book soon (I know, I know, I've done the evil deed of watching the movie first before reading the book), because my friends have recommended it.

4. Book/Book Series You Read? That's a tie between the Divergent series, by Veronica Roth, and the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. When I read these books, I wasn't much a huge fan over dystopia fiction, but these books have definitely sparked my interest in them. I'll recommend these books to fans of The Maze Runner series, or to newcomers of this genre. Shug, by Jenny Han (great contemporary book for tween girls becoming teens) and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey are books I have read this year that I would also recommend.

5. YouTube Channels You've Found Out About? The YouTube channels that I have discovered in 2013 that are just downright amazing are the channels "itswaypastmybedtime" and "Blimey Cow." I never had any interest on YouTube channels until I found Bubzbeauty in 2012. Those two channels I discovered this year that I seriously love never fail to crack me up.

6. Show You Watch?
Legend of Korra
. When I was younger, I used to be really interested in The Last Airbender. I never became interested in Korra until I watched AMVs and the Season 2 trailer on YouTube, and I've been interested ever since. XD

7. Blog You Have Discovered? Feed Me Books Now is an outstanding book review blog created by Ruby, and I found her blog while searching kid and teen bloggers on the internet. This girl knows how to write book reviews and create graphics. I suggest to go and check it out!

8. 2013 Memory You Would Want To Relive Again My best memory from this year are basically the Team S.A.B.E.R. meetings. Team S.A.B.E.R. is a novel idea I had one day, but I got input from my friends, who most of the characters are based on. Those meetings, which were supposed to be serious, turned into pure chaos. Arguments about chocolate pudding and trying to get the marbles in the Talking Pikachu to stay (now that is a long story). During that time, I just could not stop laughing. Sadly, I laughed so hard chocolate milk came out of my nose.

9. Field Trip From This Year?
The best field trip I have gone to is the youth retreat I had for my church. I loved my time being outdoors and running around in four in the morning. What happened with that was my cabin decided to wake up at four in the morning to have enough time to do their "morning routine". Breakfast was at six, but our cabin was up until two. A girl from my cabin and I basically ran around the campground for two hours, swinging on the swings and playing Uno in the morning.

10. Favorite Person You Met? My favorite person I have met this year is Rivers! Oh my goodness, this girl is simply amazing. I met her at construction camp. At first, I was surprised with her outgoing personality and extending her hand out to introduce herself, but we soon began to run around camp. We sang songs out loud at the top of our lungs, talked about video games, and laughed our heads off. I don't get to see her much anymore because she lives in another town, but we still text each other often. 


I see it.
So now it is
the Christmas Season.
Waving to people you know,
giving Christmas cards to your friends,
scarfing down Christmas cookies and candy canes,
reading comfortably in your room the cards that you have been 
receiving of your friends, where your depicted as Despicable Me minions and Pikachu.

(P.S. I won't be able to post the book reviews until either Friday or Saturday, because it is the final days of school and I have to finish off strong. Plus, Simbang Gabi, which I will try to get some pictures of.)

Christmas Wishlist

Well, this is the time of year when we, to those who celebrate this holiday season, celebrate Christmas!
I've been thinking about what I want for Christmas. Most people would be asking for electronic gifts: "I want an iPad, I want the new brand of that phone, etc." Those aren't bad gift, truth be told, and that comes from someone who wishes for some musical albums.
All I really want though, is to have a pen pal who has the same interests and such to send snail mail to and give/receive little mementos from. I'm not even kidding; that's all I want for Christmas. 
               I think I wanted a pen pal all of a sudden because, one, I missed my pen pal from fourth grade, and two, sending snail mail is a lot more meaningful that a quick text or snapshot that people can send to their contacts on Snapchat. (Um, that is what you do if you have Snapchat, right? I don't have one, but I think that is what you do with the app, according to the people who have one.)
It's also pretty strange though. This is the first in five years I didn't ask for a book.
The only books I'd ask is The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Gone by Michael Grant, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I've read a lot of good series this year, and my friends have been recommending it to me many good books.
Speaking of books right now, I am planning to do some mini reviews and a meme inspired by the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio!

Until then, stay strong and wonderful!


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Cranky Days

Today, I have been feeling pretty grumpy. Whenever I am online, I try to sound positive because if good vibes sends good vibes to others, then the same affect happens with bad vibes. I don't want to spread bad vibes to others, but today, I felt like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. So, today, I am going to write about how my day went. I am just like everyone else, but, as the title of my blog says, it's, well, not-so-average!

7:45-8:15 AM: I spent my time trying to finish up typing up my short story for Language Arts, when, during this time, I wait patiently to go and grab a lunch pass. I was feeling super cranky when I got there, so I isolated myself from everyone else. I didn't want to explode at them.

8:15-9:00 AM: I had orchestra. I forgot my music, so the people sitting next to me and I, the three of us had to work out a system to play out the pieces. Plus, we had a concert in a couple of days!

9:05-9:50 AM: In gym we were working on our dance unit. Our group originally had nine members, but it got down to five members because the group was split between two over what the chorography was and what song we were going to dance to. At the end, this was super fun, because we got to create poses that were incorporated at the end of our dance.

9:55-10:50 AM: The lesson plan for the day was canceled. I got busy on working on an assignment, which was drawing a comic strip about the Boston Tea Party through the eyes of the colonists and the eyes of the British soldiers. I had a lot of fun trying to make it as straight-forward as possible, but fun at the same time.

10:55-11:40 AM: In class, after the teacher taught the lesson for Geometry, we got to decorate the tree for the door decorating contest! I wish they had agreed to let me bring glitter, though…

11:45-12:15 PM: Lunch. Today was supposed to be a meeting day about a project (Not school related, but just for fun). Then, I was feeling a lot crankier than ever because the lunch line was slow. Now, there is a quote on Goodreads that says this: "My life has a superb cast, but I cannot figure out the plot." This applied to this. My friends and I, got from the subject about book characters to whether Bing or Google was better.

12:20-1:05 PM: Science! As usual, Team Huddle Time occurred, something that my friends and I do before class starts. We have a project before, but I did not expect to have one two weeks prior to the end of school. The project was to write a volcano resume, working in the library. I chose Mount Vesuvius. My friends were—sadly—searching up everyone in our circle friend group's houses.

1:10-1:55 PM: Language arts. The usual—if you count writing a five page narrative essay that we can play around with as normal.

2:00-2:45 PM: Yearbook was the same as normal. I finally got a TIFF down, though! TIFFs are hard things to do.

3:00-6:00: Working on card-making operation!

I didn't expect this to turn out in a diary format of the sort (I can't stand diaries and journals; I don't know why. Blogging is a lot better for me, personally.)

So, what did you guys do today? 

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Like Lucy here, I've been pretty cranky.

Light In the Dark

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In case you haven't noticed, I am an avid Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra fan. I love both shows. I grew up with The Last Airbender, while I found out about Legend of Korra by YouTube, when I found a funny video showing the funny parts of the first season of the LoK. And no, I did not name this after the episode in the same series; I named this after the quote in the picture.

So, in this little screenshot on the second season of Legend of Korra, it is showing Uncle Iroh talking to the kid version of Korra. She is in the spirit world, looking for her teacher's daughter, and she bumps into Uncle Iroh--er, General Iroh. He's one of my favorite characters, because he often gives advice and learns to enjoy the simple things in life!

He tells Korra, "If you look in the light, you can often find it. But if you look in the dark, that is all you will ever see."

This is true. Looking in the light and dark is different for everyone. For me, personally, I'm an optimist, and I look often into the light for things. Also, even if my mood is dampened, I normally keep on smiling-- a reason why my friends keep saying to me, "Keep smiling!" Some who are realists and pessimists-- it can be hard to look light.

It depends on how you look at your situation and the problem you're facing. The reason why you can find light, unlike the dark, is because of one thing: hope. Hope is light. If you watched or read the Hunger Games, then you will know what I am talking about. In the movie, President Snow wants to kill Katniss because she is the beacon of hope that is causing the Districts to begin an uprising against the Capitol. If you look in the dark, it's nearly impossible to find that ignited spark of hope.

Stay strong and wonderful, everyone!


"Who Am I" Linkup (Orignally from j'adore)

Hello! This link up was originally created by Lilly Jackson of j'adore, and I decided to do it! Basically, what you do, is "in which we link up our Pinterest board which describes us, or a picture off google for crying out loud that describes you in a quote or just a picture." Here it goes!

I chose this for several reasons. I love nature, and it shows a girl
with a camera, and I love photography. <3

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It's good to have friends for life, and I wish that the group of friends
I will know for the rest of my life will be from middle school.

I love quotes. Everyday, I go on Goodreads and look at the quote of the day.
Wise words from the people of our past, I like to view them as.

If you have met my friends, they'll tell you that I smile. Especially Brynn.
She'll tell you I smile as I bump the ball into the air during volleyball.

Writing is my escape, and it helps me find my voice! Someday, I'm going to become a
famous best-selling author, and I'm working toward it! You'll see!

This is what I am, most of all. Still finding my identity. :)

Beginning of December!

Guess what, everyone? I've won NaNoWriMo and wrote a 50,000 word novel all in 30 days! I feel so proud. To celebrate, I have been busy watching Legend of Korra AMVs and watching the season finale of the show. To show the proof, I have my lovely web badge shown below.

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I can't wait until December 7th, because I may be going to a "thank goodness NaNoWriMo is over" party with my old writing group! It's been forever since I've last seen them; I have been too busy with school to go nowadays. I am super excited! We may be doing a couple of Word Wars.... hehehe....

Also, today, I saw one of my friends. She and I go to the same school now, but we rarely see each other because we don't have the same classes and we revolve around different circles.

During Black Friday, I received Just Dance 2014, a USB drive, and a new laptop. I am going to miss my old laptop dearly, but at least I know it is going into good hands: I'm giving it to my grandmother. I know Just Dance 2014 may seem dorky, but it is a really fun way to bond with your friends and family! The USB drive is to save my files.

Oh, and did I mention I also got a Starbucks frappe, in six in the morning? I know it seems odd for me to be exciting over something as simple as that, but I

Well, it is December, and there is 24 days until Christmas! I am super excited. Our house is under construction, meaning that we are decking the halls. The Christmas tree is up, but all we have to do is put up parols, which is like a Christmas lantern with very elaborate designs. If I have time, I'll try to post a picture!

Read aloud about the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in the various classrooms to some of my friends is one of the things I am looking forward to. I based a lot of my character's personalities on them. I can't wait! Which, reminds me, my friends and I should be planning a going-away-we'll-miss-you-and-Merry-Christmas gift for one of my friends, who is moving.

I will try to post a lot more! Don't worry. Stay strong and wonderful!


Thanksgiving of 2013!

Happy Turkey Day, everyone, for those who live in US! Or Thanksgiving, as it is normally called.

Yes, I am back! All of the problems that I had I have gotten all sorted out. :) I wasn't planning on doing a post until after NaNoWriMo is over, but I couldn't leave you all hanging and wondering for the last couple of days!

What I am thankful for this year is mainly all of the people that I have met over 2012 and 2013. Honestly, every single person that I have met has been just absolutely amazing, especially my Team Huddle time friends. It's something that my friends and I do right after lunch and before our next class. These are the same people who are helping me with my novel construction idea! I have to finish it because someone from our group is moving soon.

There are also the people that I have met during my times during construction camp; miss you, Rivers! She was my bestie during camp.

Sorry if this is one of my unprofessional posts; I'm just stopping by really quick and giving and update about Thanksgiving. You'll hear a lot more from me in December, also known as the month of revising! I have a meme coming up.... stay tuned!

Stay strong and wonderful!


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My Voice Will Be Heard

Okay, for quite awhile now I have been thinking about what to title this post. "Goodbye"? Too depressing. "The Last Words From Your Friend?" Still very sad. This has been going on through my head sometime, but I have decided that I really must write this post.

I may, or may not, leave the blogging world. I love blogging, I seriously do. For about quite some time now, nine months (wow, has it already been that long?) I have been writing my thoughts and the ups and downs of my life. But things have changed.

I really don't want to leave the blogging world, I really don't. This has been a "positive outlet" for me, just as Helen Parr from The Incredibles says. I want to continue spreading my thoughts about things in this world and share it with others! 

I want my voice to be heard. Not verbally, but read by actual people. Speaking aloud is not my strong suit; I tend to stutter. Words, though, they have always been my strong suit. But like I said before, things have changed. 

The first thing that I intended for this blog to let me do was to really, as I said before, write my thoughts about the world and what has happened throughout my life. I don't want it to be taken away for me.

Funny, my pen name... ever since I have began blogging nine months ago, in February,  I've been feeling like I've been living up to that nickname. I feel more stronger, optimistic and confident (let me tell you, though, that I get super nervous when the teachers suddenly call me up in the front of class to represent my work. They expect so much for me, and they have high expectations because they know what I am capable of doing. O.O In fact, I got a letter in the mail about it. More surprising!)

Since I want to go off with a bang, I suppose I should tell you about my day! Well, I went to a volleyball party, and sat with Audrey, Kylie, Autumn, Destiny and Ally, who I know from gym, my classes, last year's volleyball team and elementary school. We ate lots of pizza! It was so much fun. Also, with my volleyball team (go team Green! Woot-woo!) we posed for one last picture together. I am going to miss this year's volleyball team. :( I'm going to miss you guys! :'(

I also got two pieces of mail today! I love receiving mail! One was an American Girl catalog. It was always one of those things that I wished for Christmas. I may be too old for dolls, but I still love reading through the magazines and the catalogs. The other was a letter about how I got accepted into this program! Whoo-hoo!

But anyways, if I leave, I just want to say something to you all. You have been some of the most amazing followers and readers EVER. I cannot express my gratitude enough for how much reading my words just means to me. From the bottom of my heart, I saw, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, a thousand, no, a million, thanks! Kudos to all of you!

Finally, stay strong and wonderful! I say this a lot. If you are going through a hard time, just do that. Stay strong, stay wonderful. You will get through that rough time, and become a better, stronger person and you will grow.

Thank you guys all so much. If you don't hear from me from my blog again, it's okay. You will hear my speak again. Whether through vlogging when I am older or maybe through international news or my books when I become an international New York Times bestseller, like Christopher Paolini, you will hear from me. (I am such a big, avid dreamer. XD)

Because I am not the sort of person who likes to quiet down easily.

My voice must be heard.


So, here I am, at my school library! Right now, because it is NaNoWriMo, I wouldn't be procrastinating, and instead would be writing, I am writing a blog post! I don't, after all, want you leave you guys hanging and saying to yourselves, "Now where is Morning?"

So, anyways, what is current word count? I didn't type up anything (yet) for today, so I have 17,035 words. I didn't even start writing the story I am currently working on until the second of NaNoWriMo! Now, I have to say, that is a pretty risky move.

What am I working on? Well, I can't exactly say. But since you are all my lovely blog readers, I supposed I can tell you. I am rewriting the same novel that I did last year, but this time in first-person.

I have many other ideas, but this novel idea has been in my mind for almost four years now. Four years. That's a long, long time, and it is an idea I am serious about working on and bringing it to publication.

Hopefully, on the upcoming days, I will be able to write a post on how to deal with procrastination and the newest book releases! I've been reading some of them, and trust me, the books of 2013 are really, really good.

Like this:

Ta-da! The final book in the Legend Trilogy: Champion!
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(If you have read the Divergent Trilogy, "The Maze Runner",
or "The Hunger Games", go and read the "Legend" Trilogy by Marie Lu.
Amazing person.)

I have to go and leave for science! Bye now!

Where You Come From Doesn't Matter

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For the past couple of days, I have been thinking about what to blog about.
I'm posting a lot during this month because, during November, I won't be able to blog as much as I want to.

On Wednesday, I found out that I was placed on JV1 for volleyball at school, and to be honest with you, I was doing my happy dance; volleyball is one of my favorite sports. Last year, I was on a C team, and I told myself I would try and practice to be on JV next year.  Training is pretty hard and exhausting; our team has to train with the varsity team.

Most of us were on C teams last year, us who are on JV.

During seventh grade and even at the writing conference I went to today, when I was first starting off, there would always be one question that would be heard around the halls that everyone would ask. And no, it is not, "Do you have any gum?", as funny as it is. The question that's always asked is, "What elementary did you go to?" Often they asked that because our elementary schools have different reputations and such.

At first, we were scattered, all from different schools. Now, we are all united, saying, "Oh, I go to this school."

What I am trying to say is, it doesn't matter where you come from. I know it sounds cheesy, but seriously, you can still achieve to do amazing things and reach your dreams.There are very successful people who, before they were successful, that were like us. Like Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb.

There are examples in novels, too. Harry Potter was a wizard who lived among Muggles, and he has faced things that many wouldn't face in their life time, like going face-to-face against Voldemort (I said his name!), He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Katniss Everdeen, from the Hunger Games, was a girl from District 12 who defeated President Snow, the dictator of the Capitol. Beatrice "Tris" Prior is my final example, from the Divergent Trilogy. She was an Abnegation girl who became Dauntless.

So yes. Where you come from doesn't matter; where you go and what you do matters.

Ups and Downs

My life has been like this lately.

  1. School is tomorrow, meaning I see my friends.
  2. NaNoWriMo is in eleven days!
  3. I'm going to a writing conference this week, on Saturday!
  4. Parent-teacher conferences went well!
  5. I'm listening to lots of songs right now ("Skinny Love" is stuck in my head!)
  6. Allegiant comes out tomorrow!

  1. My friends are fighting.
  2. My friend's mom died. (Please pray for her.)
  3. I'm still getting bullied about my height.
  4. It hurts to see my friends fighting like this.
  5. I still have no idea what to write for my NaNoWriMo novel.
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50 Facts About Me: A Tag

I've been tagged by Ruby to do this, so... here it goes!
  1. I have never watched Doctor Who or Sherlock before!
  2. I am pretty strange like that.
  3. Right now, I am listening to Birdy's cover of "Skinny Love". 
  4. At the same time, I am writing two guest posts.
  5. I've received a small booklet with Allegiant quotes from Barnes and Nobles.
  6. I can't wait for the movie version of Divergent to come out!
  7. Barnes and Nobles, the book store, is one of my favorite places to visit.
  8. Michaels, the arts store, is also one of my favorite places to visit.
  9. I think this may take awhile.
  10. I was tagged by Ruby to do this, so here I am to do this!
  11. I love Barnes and Nobles and Michaels more than any clothes stores. 
  12. I have no idea what to write in November for NaNoWriMo.
  13. I am replaying Skinny Love and singing it out loud.
  14. Did I mention it's suck in my head?
  15. I love music from movies than any songs that are on the radio.
  16. "But it will be a different kind. Because I'll be holding all the tickets…"
  17. I'm super tired.
  18. I didn't do anything exhausting, though.
  19. I finally got the House of Hades!
  20. Back to Divergent: I have no idea what faction I'd be in!
  21. I'd probably end up in Abnegation, though.
  22. I am laughing at this picture I found on Tumblr.
  23. It's about Will and Tessa from "The Infernal Devices" series.
  24. It mentions Will Herondale not liking ducks, and its cracking me up.
  25. Spell check says that "Herondale" is not a really word.
  26. I just watched "Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets" earlier!
  27. I wonder what House I would be in at Hogwarts.
  28. Definitely, I would not be in Slytherin.
  29. I might be in Hufflepuff.
  30. I might be in Ravenclaw.
  31. I might be in Gryffindor.
  32. If I'm in those three, then I must be a Hogwarts Divergent!
  33. …Is there such a thing?
  34. I am currently reading three books at once.
  35. I also love pitas.
  36. Which reminds me, I have not eaten dinner left.
  37. This is my first tag, and it feels weird.
  38. I am watching my real life friends roleplay online.
  39. We're kind of an odd bunch.
  40. Last Monday, we were trying to be serious, but we just couldn't!
  41. This is tiring. I am slowing down. So, just let me take a breather.
  42. Alright?
  43. Alright.
  44. Geez, it's almost the end of the post?
  45. I don't want this to end.
  46. Sigh. But don't all good things come to an end?
  47. Well, I must go watch the Forbidden Kingdom with my brother.
  48. Okay?
  49. I'm at the end. Bye!
  50. Wow, this took me only twenty minutes!
I tag anyone who hasn't done this yet!

A Not-So-Typical Friday

Yesterday was an in-service no school day, but it was one of the best
things that ever happened.
Now, my brother had a structural project to present in his class,
and he chose to do Cape Hatteras, a lighthouse that is located
somewhere on the East Coast. One of the things he had to do was build
his structure. In order to do that, we had to buy materials.
Now, my mom asked if I had wanted to come. I said yes, because
one, I normally don't do anything at my house except read and write,
aNd two, I loved getting out of the house often. We left sometime
around eleven-thirty.
To look for materials, we had to go to the various art stores
around town and a party store for the light at the top of the
lighthouse. We first went to Michaels-- one of my favorite stores--
and spent about an hour look at birdhouses for the top.! Not only do
they have lots of fun art supplies that I buy to create DIY projects,
but I also love the smell of the store-- it normally smells like pines
with a hint of cinnamon. Ironically, we only go there once a year
during the holiday season.
Yup, I notced the smell. I'm kind of odd in that way.
Since we didn't find anything there, we went over to Jo-ann's,
another art store that was in our town but rarely went to because it
was just too far from where I lived in town.
Then we went over to the party store. My brother and I looked for
strobe lights. We didn't fin anything except for blacklights and light
sabers for Halloween, plus fake mustaches. For about thirty minutes,
we were watching people larping-- basically what you call a pretend
After that, we headed over to Barnes and Nobles. Since the other
book store closed down, Barnes and Nobles was the one place in town to
by all of your books, movies and music. I rarely go to book stores
nowdays, so going to this one was just mind-blowing for me. I was
light on my feet and going through the booksheleves, nearly jumping up
and crying for joy when I saw many of thebooks I wanted to read. There
was also a freebie booklet with Allegiant quotes with it! (Now then I
let out a little shriek.)
Soon, we were starving and went to a Chinese restaurant. Mmm, man
was their food good, especially their egg tarts and fried rice!
The next place we went to were the two warehouse stores--Sam's
Club and Costco! You see, I didn't recieve a birthday present yet, so
my parents were trying to get me the newest book in the Heroes of
Olympus series, House of Hades. At Costco, we didn't find it--we went
around eating the various food sampls laid out. At Sam's Club, we did
find it and now I have the book! It also has limited edition stickers.
And yes, I will fangirl over limited edition SPQR and Camp
Half-Blood stickers.
We had to go back to Michaels to chat with my mom's friend, but
as soon as we got home, I felt happy.
Now, you're probably wondering, "Why did Abby post
this? I'm happy that she is happy, but what is the darn point? People
do things like this all the time, everyday."
The reason why I'm blogging about this is because we all move
fast through our day. Even yesterday, that day went by fast. We all
have places to go, places to be. I am blogging about this because I
took the time to slow down and be grateful to do this and simply just
enjoy life. This was not a typical Friday for me. I would be at
school, probably having another milk chugging contest. That's the
reason why I loved yesterday. No two days are the same, so savor the
memories and be in the moment.


I feel so lucky to have such amazing friends.
     A lot of times, they feel a lot more like the brothers and sisters that I never had. We laugh, cry, cheer each other up, tease and all make up again. Without them, I would have been lost basically at school, camps, the YMCA and even during my vacation, where I meet a lot of people.
     My first friends were Sophia and Toby, a guy and a girl who I met in preschool. I got sent to preschool when I was about three or four years old, but back then I still wasn't good at English, since I moved to the US from the Philippines. I knew only a couple of words in English. The two of them invited me to play "pretend" with them, and soon, I was fluent at speaking in English and (sadly!) forgot how to speak in Filipino.
     Over the years, I met a lot more people and they became my friends. Some of them were my best friends. Jasmine. Jacob. Joevan. Wendy. Joshua. Even now, I still keep in touch with these people, although I am busy with school and everything else in my life. 
     Middle school was probably the time when I made the most friends, and honestly, they are just amazing. A lot of times, we can be serious, but other times, we'll just be a little bit random and crazy. Like a couple of days back, for example. One minute, we were trying to have a serious meeting about something, and the next minute, I kid you not, we were having a milk chugging contest. We even had to go grab Lily's talking stuffed animal to make everyone silence down, yet still we went rambling on about how her stuffed animal can sing "Yankee Doodle Dandee."
     Even my online friends made a big impact on me, too. Chloe, Jada, Anora, Helena, Moriah, Emma and YBM, all of you lovelies, I cannot express how much you've all made me welcome to the online community in November, when I first set foot on this journey. And look where I am!
     If you want to contact me or chat with me, just leave a comment on my blog and I will try to reply ASAP. I love meeting and chatting with new people! Also, as Thanksgiving approaches, make sure to be thankful for the friends that you have. 

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Ten Random Facts About Me

These are ten random facts about me!

1. I am a Libra.
2. My favorite type of music comes from various movies and television shows.
3. If I could be any literary character, I would be Annemarie Wilcox from Jenny Han's Shug.
4. Georgie Henley is my favorite actor/actress.
5. I love the color orange!
6. My favorite fast food meal is a pita!
7. The last book I read is "Prodigy" by Marie Lu.
8. I'm optimistic, yet na├»ve. 
9. Last person I chatted to was Emma from simply inspired (
10. I am mostly myself around my friends during lunch, when we chat about really random things that just pop up.

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"If The World's All A Stage," A Ballad

I am not good at writing poetry.

Ever since fifth grade, I have tried, I've tried and tried to write a decent poem.

It's never really worked. Sigh.

This week, before the quarter ends (time flies!), we're working on our poetry unit in language arts. We had to write a ballad, and this is what I turned in. My piece is called, "If the World's All A Stage".

Sometimes I sit and ponder
if all the world's a stage
where people come and wander 'round
to laugh and cry with rage.

Camera's flash in our faces
people in our lives come and go.
Whether all the world's a stage
--or not, I still honestly don't know.

If the world was an enormous stage
then who would see the act?
The people, penguins, or koalas?
The dogs sharks, or my cat?

The act would go in order
All the credits will scroll,
the audience would applaud
maybe the red carpets will roll!

If the world was all a stage
I wonder how others will react
after they go and watch the movie of me
the long wonderful life, my own "act".

Friendly Chat

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Fall and winter are the two seasons that many people strive to stay warm. During this time of year, many people greet friends happy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
      Yesterday, I accidentally bumped into two people that I knew at the orthodontist, one who I knew from my days going to Sunday school, and the other I haven't seen in months from the writing society at the local library. 
      The two other people did not know each other, but for thirty minutes in the lobby, we chattered nonstop. We would not quiet down. We talked about what's happening in our lives. To be honest, I don't think I've ever chattered like that ever outside of the lobby.
      Some days, it's nice to meet up with old friends or people you haven't seen in awhile and just spend time to chat.

My Utopia

I love this time of year.
     No, really. I actually do love this time of the year, when everything begins to settle down and our lives become and morph into their normal routine after the hectic school rush for all of us going back to school, when autumn turns into winter (a couple days back, it snowed already!), when, like in the middle—the center—of a cyclone, there is a sense of calmness within the storm. For me, this state of calmness lasts until the end of the year, really.
     What do I love and do during this time of year? Well, many things happen.
     Mornings of the aroma of toast popping out of the toaster,
      Lunch periods filled with books, Photobooth effects, many rounds of UNO and calm read alouds of written stories, read in various classrooms,
     Endless school hours of laughing, jokes and playful bickering with my friends,
     Afternoons with writing while munching on a snack, sipping coca, and after-school volleyball,
     Late nights of reading books.
     This is as close to a utopia as it gets for me, personally.
     So, if you're stressed out, just take a step back from life and relax, because you deserve it.
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Making snowmen

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Sipping cocca

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Lanterns and ice skates.

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And Christmas!

Leadership Calls (Which Is Hard)

I have such lovely friends. I'd love to list all of their names out, but of course, there are privacy reasons involved, so I can't. They crack me up every single day, and never fail to amuse me. Maybe that's one of the reasons why I don't like summer vacation much; I miss them over the summer. We're all like a family who, though they bicker a lot, they get along a lot too. They're like the brothers and sisters I will never have.
     Anyways, why am talking about them?
     Today, I am going to let you have a peek at my crazy hectic life that I have, through my words and the experience I had today.
     So, about last week, around September 21st, I had an idea for a project that involved all of my friends and I. The project is kind of top secret (I sound like a little kid: "It's our top secret project!" I'm cracking up). Anyways, I told my friends online through PM, and they all agreed. PM is really the way that I can contact them; I'm only allowed to send text messages once in awhile.
     There was a lot of planning put into this. During my spare time, I was busy replying to text messages, PMs and emails, staying up until 10:30 in the evening as I wrote in many notebooks everyone's ideas. Even now, I'm still pretty tired! Finally, we finally decided to meet as a group to discuss the project during lunch inside of a classroom.
     As soon as I arrived inside of the classroom, all I saw was pure craziness. There was people playing patty cake with each other and having debates. I had to munch down my lunch rather quickly and begin the meeting.
    Now, I know what teachers have to endure every day.
    Let me just tell you right away, I am not one who likes public speaking. I'd rather be one of the people listening to the speaker, but sometimes, when I have to step up to take on the leadership role, I would calmly take the position. I didn't get why people said I had natural leadership skills; now I am beginning to understand. We had to use our binders as mallets to settle everyone down. That's how loud everyone was.
     We began to discuss the topics. It was hard, even with the "Talking Block" that my friend--who nicknamed himself Tony Stark, being such a large fan of the Iron Man movies--offered us to use. There was a lot of people being off topic, and for a good five minutes, there was debating about our characters, apple sauce and chocolate pudding. Finally, after the bell, we all left.
     There's going to be another meeting on Friday, probably. I'm nervous, in a way. After all, leadership calls.

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My Birthday!

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I have received:

Ten hugs, 
60+ greetings of happy birthday (verbally),
My homeroom class singing "Happy Birthday", featuring the virtually infamous boy band/group, The Unwanted,
Five glomps,
13 greetings of happy birthday (written),
a bouquet of white roses, 
a balloon,
and yet not one materialistic present, while is fine by me. :)
Apparently, I am getting more presents tomorrow. More to come!

Being greeting happy birthday
is enough for me
and even as I turn into a teenager
which are, supposedly, "emotional and kicks a lot of people",
I don't feel like a teen.
But this morning,
I felt
As if I can see things in a different way.
I am not longer a kid,
or a teen, 
I am a 
Happy Birthday to my friend and I.
We share birthdays. xD
I feel
and flying. 
Funny I feel this way.
I feel a lot like the girl in the picture above.
Make a wish.

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love this girl. <3

(P.S. sorry for the bad format and making this sound unprofessional; I have to go out to dinner!)

One-On-One Chat: Getting To Know Each Other

A: Hello, everyone to this lovely one-on-one chat with the lovely Chloe from Rainbow of Words, who has also published the book "Totally Spaced Out". How are you today, Chloe?

Chloe: I'm pretty good, still a little shaken from the sudden change from summer's blissful nothingness to fall's sudden business. And yourself?

A: I am doing quiet well, thank you very much.

Chloe: So, A, how did you begin blogging? What inspired you to start your blog, The Ups and Downs of my Not-so-Average Life?

A: Blogging? Ah, this is a very good question. On NaNoWriMo, I saw that a lot of writers on the forums had blogs. But then, around January this year, I had a resolution to be myself and find out who I am as a person. So I started the blog, The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life. I wanted my voice to be heard. Another reason why I began blogging was because there's this lovely blog author going by the name Perfectly Imperfect, and she was the first person who awed me by her words.

Chloe, your blog, Rainbow of Words, has been growing with readers and followers. I know you have many blogs, but this one has been the one that has been rapidly growing. Tell us what you blog about, and why. 

Chloe: Well, a lot of my blogs are random, I-ate-an-apple-so-I-should-post-about-an-apple-named-Phineas type blogs, nothing very serious, but Rainbow of Words is different. Despite the fact that my blog really doesn't have any theme, most of my posts are longer, deeper. They show more of what I think about. Rainbow of Words began as a writing blog, for me to share my work. nd ended up as a collection of what I think about. I post about my life, and life in general. About inspiration, and art. Really, my blog is nothing special, just this and that. But I like it that way. And, in a way, this blog has changed who I am. 

Speaking of change, has blogging changed or affected your life in any way?

A: Blogging has changed my life in both a positive and negative way. Because of blogging I have became a more positive, confident and outgoing person. I've also gained a lot of online friends. The negative thing that blogging impacted is that some people that discovered by blog and are saying hateful things about it, but honestly, I'm not going to stop blogging because of some haters. I'm going to express myself with my words and blogging and that's just how it is. 

Anyways, Chloe, who is someone who inspires you in life?

One of my role models has always been the country pop artist Taylor Swift. Ever since I first got one of her albums in my stocking at age nine, I've been hooked to her songs. But in the last year or so, I've noticed how inspiring she is as a person. She's always saying kind and amazing things, and she's not afraid to be herself. I admire  that in a person.  Another person I admire is my close friend, Selah. I first met her when I was six, and since then, she's inspired me to work hard and dream big. Just seeing the smile on her face is enough to help me keep on going when it is tough. She means everything to me. She's such a treasure to have. A, I know the majority of your posts about  are lessons you have learned. Which one of these lessons written about on your blog do you think influenced your life the most?

A: I've heard many times stories of people that they were finding themselves and such. Many times people have told me that I would have to go on my own path to finding myself, and that post has had such an impact on me because honestly, finding yourself takes time, unlike in books, in only takes a matter of months or weeks. What I mean by a long time, I mean years, maybe ten or fifteen. And even then, we are still trying to find who we are as people. The post were my honest thoughts on that matter and I have to say I'm proud writing about it. 

Chloe, I know that you're a creative person. Do you do and work on any personal projects that matter to you?

Chloe:  I do have a few projects going on at the moment. The first one is the charity I created with the money I have earned from selling my published novel, Totally Spaced Out. Basically, I sell books, and put the money in a special jar. Once I get to my goal (five hundred dollars), I will use it to donate to an endangered species (such as... penguins). This is meaningful to me, because not only is it a way for me to share my work with the world, but I also get to help a cause I believe in. I currently have one book for sale as part of my charity, and am brainstorming on a second one. Speaking of books, I hear that you are an author, and we all know that writers need their inspiration.What are some ways you use to get inspired?

A: The ways that I use to get inspired is that I just open all five of my senses up to the world. I listen. I see. I smell. I touch. I taste. I always try to have a notepad with a pencil or a pen so that way, whenever something that I hear and see or any of the other senses that I say, "I have to have that as a story idea!", I can write it down. Like yesterday, for example. Someone that I know while I was taking pictures for my yearbook class complimented me on my shoes and said something about them. I thought, "Bing bing bing, idea alert!" Now, I am planning to use it for my novel this November. 

A: Well, thank you so much Chloe for chatting with me!

Chloe: The pleasure is all mine, A!

Like this? Then please comment! I haven't gotten that many comments lately (and I would try to reply to all of your amazing comments; my computer just keeps on crashing). Also, if you want to do a one-on-one chat with me, just send me a comment with a link with your email and I'll reply ASAP!

Future Choices.

Hello, all of you lovely blog readers and friends!

I was trying to make a vlog for you all, but because it was taken at my school because of the camera troubles I have at my house and due to the number of times that it was photobombed by my lovely friends, I can not post it. However, I can tell you that it talked a lot about my friends and that my friends and I argued about pie a lot because I still owed my friends some. I also mentioned RPing with my real life friends on Goodreads. Some of you lovely readers got the chance to watch the video.

But lately, things have been popping up. I don't know whether to consider them good or bad things, but it will have an impact on my future.

So, I can go to a regular high school, which, all my life, I said, I'm going to that high school. I've always cheered for their football team, I took swimming lessons there, and my parents introduced me to some of their friends that teach at the high school nearby.

There's also another high school here, but it's not just a high school, it's K-12, which teaches life values (be brave, be kind, be nice, do nice acts of community service) and they do a lot more community service work. They also have individualized teaching, meaning they teach in smaller classes for people with different skill levels. Apparently, if I went to the K-12 one, I'll have a bigger chance into getting into an Ivy League college because Ivy League college always come around and visit the school. Plus, it may help me with my writing career.

I got offered to go and study at the K-12 school. Which, is scary. Because to be offered to go there is rare, and the only way you can get in is through invitation that says that you're eligible to get in. Afterwards, you have to send in the application forms and, if they do choose you, they have to go through the long process of interviewing and signing more papers. 

But if I go to a regular high school, I'll have a so-so chance of getting into a Ivy League college as everyone else here in the country.

The next problem is that if I go through K-12 school, I'd end up having to cut my connections to my friends here, because the K-12 school doesn't have connections to the other high schools, meaning that they don't do sports. If I wanted to do sports, I would have to go to another high school. But I also have some friends at the K-12 school I haven't seen in a long, long time.

I really, honestly, do not know what to think. I want to go there, but at the same time, I don 't want to leave my friends. An understatement, really; some of my friends are moving out of state, some, because of where they live, are going to another high school. One of my friends is even going to go to a boarding school down south.

Some of the writers on NaNoWriMo that I met I had asked the same question whether to go or not, and they really said that I should go to the K-12 school. Some said to go to a regular school.

Now that I think about it, this reminds me a lot like the decision Jane Arrowood makes in  Formerly Shark Girl has to make about what to major in college, whether it was art or nursing. I don't wish to spoil the story for anyone who wants to read it, but do you know what she chooses?

She chooses the choice that would make her the happiest.

Now, I have to decide this before September. I hope that if I do have to choose, and when you have to choose a choice that would change your life, like accepting which college or school to go to, that it would somehow be the choice that makes us happiest, and that are, according to us, will be our preferable choice, the choice that we want, not the choice of that someone else wants. It should also be the choice that will lead you to the right direction.

After all, the choices that we make do impact us.

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The 365 Days of Novel Writing

So, I am starting a new project. It's called "The 365 Days of Novel Writing". What I am doing is I am writing a log in one of my many notebooks I use for projects. For 365 days, starting on September 1st, I will be working on one of my novels that I really want to publish, and by next year, I will begin to send my novels off to agents. Publishing and becoming a successful author is one of my dreams, and to even think of publishing before I become an adult would just be wonderful. Right now, I am going to type up the first entry in my log. This is what it says:

"Day One--Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Okay, so I am embarking on a year-long journey (365 days, this year isn't a leap year) journey. This is one of the many projects I've attempt to accomplish, which many of my plans have failed due to my lack of motivation.
     But I hope that this one succeeds.
     Being a published and successful author is one of my many dreams I have. To become published before I turn eighteen would be absolutely AMAZING! Yup-- I am a dreamer-- and make many of my wishes come true. Starting today. I mean, you're dreams won't come true unless you start working up to them, right?
     The writing and publishing business is a tough one, just by hearing about the deadlines, schedules, and rejections from many, even Linda Sue Park, who wrote Trust No One, and who I also got to meet at a writing workshop at my library. No lie. I even have her autograph to prove it.
    Do these facts faze me? Yes, a bit. Writers, in order to survive, need to not just have talent, but patience. One who will rewrite their manuscripts and takes every piece of criticism with a grain of salt. One who can wait, for "Good things come to those who wait."
    This is not a journal. This is not a dairy. This is a log about a girl who is making her dreams become a reality. She is like many, but of course, there are differences and she is original. This is my log about my book.
    My plan to write daily in this log may fail, but again:
     I am an avid dreamer. And I do not intend to fail."

August 30th: Field Trip To The Park

Friday. The field trip.

     Well, let me tell you, I did not know what to think of this. Last year, in seventh, everyone was signed up to go to the field trip to the same place, but then the rain poured and we got to stay in watching homemade videos and movies and run around the lunch room.

     This field trip had its ups and downs, to be honest (and no pun intended)!

     On the permission slip, it said that we would be walking, as the place was a park and it was in walking distance. What I and everyone did not know is that we would be walking through the trail in the woods, sill damp and muddy from the rain that was pouring a couple of days back. I had (luckily) decided to wearing hiking shoes. The next thing we knew, many from our team were jumping, complaining and groaning.

     Once we entered the field, we saw lots of paper plates taped onto skewers that were in the ground. At first, I thought that they were plates that we already set for us, since it was a barbecue. Later, as the teachers told us to line up by height and paired everyone up in groups of three, tying our feet together like they do in three-legged races, did we realize that we had to go around and answer questions that were taped on them! The top three groups with the highest amount of answers correct got prizes!

    After around thirty minutes of walking around with two others from my team, we ate lunch. Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, chips, soda and cookies! Three awesome people that shall be named nameless (because of privacy reasons) braided my hair into this really beautiful braid as we waited in line. I even took a photo of it. 

    As soon as lunch was done, I got to go around more and take pictures of people, being one of the students in the yearbook class. I got to take an entire group picture of all of my friends that I made last year, which is neat. One of the things that I got to take pictures of people running around holding blankets behind their heads, which I also got to do (which, trust me, is amazing).

    At the end, I found out that my group won the race, which was amazing. I won a pen! To some, that may not seem like much, but I love any sort of writing related utensils and objects. :)

    On the way back, I bumped into one of my old friends from the Shakespeare theater club last year which lasted for three weeks. I didn't expect that we would talk so much about so many things, but again, it has been awhile.

    Well, what's happened to all of you these past couple of days? Post in the comments below!

"'Who am I?'"

"You are what you say you are, not what other people think you should be." This is what one of the moderators of a site that I love said. 

This is true. A lot of people judge me from the first glance; I'm short, timid and love books. People have that impression of me in their heads. After all, that's what I seem like from far away. But when people get to know me more and I open up, they find a lot more about my personality and I. Behind that cloak of shyness, there lies a girl who is adventurous, outgoing, lover of the arts and sports, and someone who is a bit of a tomboy.

Some people will look at me and be all like, "What? No, you're quiet. You're short. That's who you are." Some won't even talk to me just because they judge me of at a glance. And that's one of the things that I strongly despise (hate is a strong word). 

Though I do have a general idea about who I am, I still don't know who I am. I know, my name is Abigail, and I'm a school girl with aspiring dreams to become a full-published author, that sort of stuff. But I'm talking about the deeper meaning. When I was younger, I believed that once we turned thirteen, then who we are at that age and how we act will stick like that for the rest of our lives. That fact turns out to be not true.

When I read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot for the first time when I was eleven, there was this word that always struck fancy in my head: "self-actualization." Fancy word, I thought. Until a couple weeks ago, when I broke down the word into pieces, did I realize what it meant. "Self", obviously, means yourself, you.  The suffix "-tion" means the action, or result, of doing something, leaving it with the root, "actual".  So, when you look at the entire meaning, it means, "To develop or achieve one's full potential."

In other words, it means finding the answer to the very same question that we all ask ourselves and that my main character, Addie, for one of my novels, says:

"Who am I?"

It's the age old question, isn't it? In my novel, it takes Addie quite awhile to realize who she is—and yet she is only thirteen. In the book Formerly Shark Girl, by Kelly Bingham, the main character, Jane Arrowood, does, in a way, tries to find out who she is and make the big decisions for college and her life ahead of her. It takes her about a year.

For some, finding out who they are is quite easy. Some, it only takes about a month or an entire summer break. Others take a year or longer. Whatever the case is, it is a long process, and the answer does not come that easily.

So how exactly do we know who we are, when we know who we are? How do we, as the song "Some Nights" by Fun says, find out "what do I stand for?" Does it come like a wave over us? Do we say, "Oh, I am this, and that, and that, and that, ex certa, ex certa"? Where do we look or what shows who we are? I'll give you a hint: it is happening at this very moment, at this very second. Yup, this is happening live even while you're reading this.

It's our life. I bet you're all looking at me as if I am crazy, thinking, "What? How can my life—I'm talking about my life here—tells who I am?" 

The reason is quite simple. Let's take up all our personality. Then, let's take up our experiences, our behavior, our reactions, our memories, our dreams and goals and dislikes. Even the little things, some that seem unimportant, shape us, like if we like cheese or love Polaroids. Mash them together, and there! Our outcome ends up as ourselves. All of these things shape us into who we are.

 Next time, when you have a writing prompt with the question "Who am I?" or run along someone who asks the question, what would you say? Would you say, "I'm a comedian," or say, "My name is Dawn"? All of these may be true. There is one answer, though, and this may be biased on my part, that is the best to reply.

The best answer to this question is very simple, but many may not say this as their first answer.

"I am, first and foremost, myself."