Sunday, July 22, 2012

I've been awarded!

A quick post before I leave you for two weeks.

I have been awarded by Miss Jack! Firstly, thank you. Secondly, I hope to do this right. :P

Here are the awards:

Now, seven random things about myself ("But there is a problem, you must limit yourself to only seven!")

1. I like to draw (although I'm not very good at it....). My best drawing is probably the Mouth of Sauron.

Yup, still creepy. Although he was smiling for the drawing!

2. Everyone looks at me when they are asking questions.
Friend 1- "Have you seen -insert Anime movie I forget the name of -?"
Me- "I've heard of it."
Friend 2- "The only Anime movie I've seen is - insert name of different Anime movie that I can't remember the name of - "
Friend 1- "Ohh yeah! That's made by the same people as - Anime movie #1 -! I think....." *looks at me for the answer*
Me- "Why are you looking at me??? I don't know!!"
The really strange/annoying part is that when people DO talk to me about something I know and care about, they interrupt and/or ignore what I have to say.
That's why I blog. It's like I'm talking to an invisible audience and I can ramble on about whatever I want and I don't have to annoy anyone.

3. This is what I am walking down the isle to when I get married:

4. I love the names Varina and Lucy.

5. Eventually, I hope to have two Bedlington Terries named Julian (after Julian Bashir from Star Trek DS9) and Portia (Mom said Brutus wouldn't be a good name for a Bedlington.... So I choose the next best thing: Portia! {from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar}).

6. I long to be in a Shakespeare play again....

(ME {as Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing}, DO NOT STEAL!)

Specifically Hamlet. I want to play Hamlet. But as I am a girl, I don't think that's ever gonna happen. I will just sit and wait for Hamlet to come from Netflix.

(Yes, that is David Tennant {Hamlet} about to kill Patrick Stewart {Claudius}).

7. I just found out that both Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf!) and Judy Dench (great British actress) have backgrounds in Shakespeare! Ian McKellen was in the Royal Shakespeare Company at the same time Patrick Stewart was.

And now I am made to answer these questions:

What are your favorite song lyrics?
That is a hard question. I love music, but - aside from listening to the lyrics to see if the song is appropriate - I don't really remember song lyrics all that much.... I guess the lyrics to Stay Strong by Newsboys are pretty great - they've helped me before.
I also LOVE the lyrics to Hillsong's song Hosanna (especially verse 2):
Vs. 2
I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith.
I see a new revival
Staring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees, we're on our knees.
I also love the lyrics to the song Happy Day by Tim Hughes.
Vs. 2
When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am yours, Jesus, you are mine.
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain, finally will cease.
Celebrate, Jesus is alive.
He's alive.

What is your favorite book/book series?
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien (and anything else by Tolkien for that matter!), books by C.S. Lewis, Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, and The Freedom Factor by Gerald N. Lund.

What is your favorite movie/TV series?
Movies: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Emma (2009 version), White Christmas, Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls (with Frank Sinatra), The Great Race (staring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis), and the Tintin movie, of course!
TV shows: Star Trek, StarGate, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, The Muppet Show, The Cosby Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Carol Burnett Show.

Who inspires you?
I have never really thought about this question much before... But now that I do, I realize I have many people who inspire me.
My friend who underwent back surgery and brain surgery within 6 months of each other. She is very inspirational to me. She is so brave and so determined, and she really inspires me. Her mom is really great too. =)
I have another friend who inspires me. She is a pretty new believer and just watching her grow in God is inspiring - I think it's inspiring to be around any new Christian.
Dearest Highlight (Jessica for those in the blogger world) inspires me to read all the time. She's always reading and picking up new books... I'm always online when I should be reading. :P
Miss Jack inspires me to write. I wish I could pump out words with as much enthusiasm as she does! I think she's a really neat person and a great author, whether she is published or not!
My other, other friend's cousin. His Humvee plummeted 50 feet over an unprotected bridge into a riverbed January of 2011 while he was serving in Afghanistan. He is paralyzed from the elbows down, but he doesn't let it stop him. He has been in the hospital for the past year recovering and has recently returned home! He has made an incredible recovery and is able to do things (like feed himself) that the doctors never thought he would be able to do. Practically his whole town turned out to welcome him home. That sort of American Patriotism is pretty rare... Especially in our day and age where soldiers are disrespected and not treated with the respect they deserve.
All the teens around the world who are Doing Hard Things for God really inspire me. I absolutely love to know that there are other teens out there, like me, who don't care about clothes and being popular. That they care about getting good grades and doing the absolute best they can in all they do. Not to glorify themselves, but to glorify God and use the brains he has given every human being.
Finally, J.R.R. Tolkien inspires me as a writer. He created a whole world. There was no Middle Earth before ONE man created it. He created all the languages, the races, the history, the stories.... I think that's pretty amazing. I would love to see inside his brain to what he was thinking all those years (I also think it would be fun to take a visit into Herge and Steven Moffat's brains - if a content blocker would block all the inappropriate stuff!).

What is your dream job?
A youth leader.
This past school year, we haven't had a female youth leader in youth group. It has been SO hard. I feel like the focus has completely gone off of Jesus and on to in-youth-group-hanin'-with-my-friends mode. I hate that. Youth group should be a place where we learn more about God. You can hang with your friends later!
For the past few years I have been looking for someone to disciple me. Every where I turn I run into a wall. I have asked several people who have declined... I have thought of starting a youth girls Bible study but evidently we need an older woman to lead that.... I sometimes feel so alone, like I can't talk to anyone about the problems I'm having. I really want to grow in Christ but I honestly have no idea where to start.
Having people say that they are too busy with their own lives to disciple a young person makes my heart ache. One, it makes me feel like no one cares about me - that I'm alone. Two, I'm not the only one who is experiencing this in my church.
I get it, the women are busy. We all have our own lives. Small children. Work. But can't you spare one hour a week or so to meet with one of the girls in church? There are about 10 young women in my church and currently only one of us (to my knowledge) is getting discipleship. And that's from someone OUTSIDE of my church.
There is SUCH a need for female youth leadership in my church and I feel like no one is stepping up to take that. It makes me feel alone. I know that there are other girls in my church who need discipleship more than I do - girls who don't get out much as I do. I would gladly have them be discipled before me. I would prefer that they get picked first. I can handle myself. But for those quiet girls... who knows what's inside their heads? It's often the quiet ones that are the most distraught.
This need in my church has been pressing so much on my soul.... I don't want any teen girl to feel the way I do - that none of the women in church care enough about her to help her study the Bible. When I get older, I am going to become a youth leader. I am not going to let any girl in my future church go undicipled. I will disciple them all if I have to! Just so they feel like they have someone to talk to.
That is my dream job.
Along with that, I am also going to be a worship team leader and a full time homeschool mom and loving wife. I will write on the side when I can and I hope to publish some stuff eventually.
But who knows! God might have a completely different plan in mind for me! Or maybe Jesus will come back before I get out of college. Who knows, except God.

So there you have it. I was determined not make this post into a book but it turns out I have anyway. =)
I shall leave you now. I hope you have a great two weeks!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"I am leaving. I am going now. Goodbye!"

Our apple tree is nearly falling over because of the weight of apples it carries. The branches are being held up by sticks.

Some info on my new doll.... Linda is from England. She is the cousin of Kit (because I realized how similar their face molds are!) and has come to live in the United States. She is very artsy and, well, English! She loves musicals and she loves to sing. She loves to draw and she loves animals. Her passion is photography and she wishes to be a professional photographer when she grows up. She loves old movies, especially musicals. She is a huge fan of The Beatles and Paul McCartney. And also of Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson.
Kit and Linda: cousins.

And now the reason for this post. I'm going away. Not forever. I certainly won't be disappearing by ring anytime soon..... My family and I go on a yearly camping adventure with friends to see whales. Yes whales. This excursion will start Monday and since we'll be camping, I won't have access to a computer.
The day after we get back, my youth group is going to a conference and I will be without computer there as well! I will be back on either August 4th or 5th. Talk to you then!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A song for you

Sorry that occasionally you can't hear the B below Middle C.... The humidity is making the key stick!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Writing, writing, writing, procrastination, writing, and music.

This week I have been helping out at my church's VBS. The theme is Christmas In July. I am the song leader, while Mom accompanies me and the kids on piano.
All I can say is WOW. I love little kids... But trying to get 65 of them to all calm down enough to listen to you while you try to teach them a song is HARD! Dad says, "It's good practice for when you get older and are a worship team leader!" I replied by saying, "Yeah... sure Dad. But when I'm a worship team leader I won't be saying, 'ok guys, calm down now! I'm gonna teach you a song. I'm gonna sing a line and you repeat after me!'" At least I hope I won't be doing that....
Anyway, VBS has been tiring me out completely but it's SO fun! We have theme days. Tonight's theme is "favorite hat" (Grama, I'm wearing a red W+R Financial Services hat!).

I have taken a challenge from Jake at Teenage Writer (I'm too lazy to get the link.... If you go to my profile you can find his blog - which is full of great authorly advice and tips!) to finish a novel by August 15th.
I have been writing, writing, writing the past week! I have managed about 7,000 words since accepting the challenge and I finally got my characters off the island they've been stuck on for the past few months (both in the fictional timeline and the real timeline)! I am very happy with myself! The island scenes were the ones that needed the most re-writing. Now I move onto the castle scene and the climax.... Which also needs heavy re-writing to make the characters seem more diabolical and the plot not so rushed (hey, it was the end of NaNoWriMo, I was trying to cram everything in). Also, I have re-write this whole sub-plot thingy because I killed one of the characters that was going to be in it... Heh heh. I think he may have a replacement, though. I can't quite decide... I have this one character who is constantly worrying about everything. He has no home and family to go now that he is off the island, so should he stick with my main characters or should I just drop him off somewhere and never mention him again? I feel like that wouldn't be very nice, so I have a feeling he'll be sticking around for awhile... You are lucky William The Worrier.

While writing, I have mostly been listening to the Master and Commander movie soundtrack. I absolutely LOVE the music from that movie! It's so.... oceany! Which is perfect because my novel takes place on land, on a boat, on an island, on a boat, and on land! It's great music to novel by.

Today I have been very distracted from my writing, though. I started the day out by watching some Veggietales (who can go wrong with Veggietales??) and then I did some writing... then watched some more Veggietales... some writing.... some American Girl videos (go girloftheyearstudios!).... writing..... And then my friend called and we got talking about Warriors and How It Should Have Ended. I was telling her about How Tangled Should Have Ended.

So there you have it.... writing, procrastination, and music.... And it all combines to make a totally random blog post!

But it's not over yet....

BBC Sherlock was nominated for 13 Emmy awards! I may just have to watch the Emmy's this year.... I hope Benedict Cumberbatch wins something. I don't think he's ever won something for his performance as Sherlock Holmes and he totally deserves it as he is an incredible actor.
Speaking of... It's Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday today! He is 36. Happy birthday to one of my favorite actors!

Last night my mom and I started watching Cranford, a period drama set in the 1840's or 50's sometime. The industrial revolution is hitting England and the small, unchanged town of Cranford - run by the local ladies - is facing big changes, such as the impending railroad which is set to run just a few miles away from their town.
It's great so far! If you like period dramas, this one is a good one to watch. The characters are lovable (although not as well developed as some in Jane Austin's novels, I find) and I am looking forwards to finding out what happens tonight!

I should probably get back to writing now... So goodbye and happy writing! Or re-writing.... Or editing... Or whatever you happen to be doing right now whether it has anything to do with writing or not. And please pray that I survive the rest of VBS. =)

P.S. Mom signed me up for a driving class!! It starts in September and runs 8 weeks. Scary!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Meet Linda.

Today for my (actual) birthday, my parents and I went out to eat at the American Girl Doll bistro.
I got a doll.
My last.
I know... I say that every time. But this time I mean it.
I have wanted this doll since 2005. As far as I can remember, she has been the doll I have wanted the longest (except for Kaya, but since I have Kaya now, she doesn't count).
Originally I had planned to get this doll (because I also used to want her when I was younger) :

But then I saw the doll I got and remembered how much I loved her. Plus I had a PERFECT name picked out for her! Linda.
She is named after Linda McCartney. As my friends may know, I have been increasingly more and more fond of the Beatles since my friend Jen introduced me to them. My favorite Beatle is Paul McCartney and the more interviews I watched of him or the more things I learned about him, the more I thought he was a pretty cool guy. And his wife Linda is pretty cool to! So, my doll is named after Linda McCartney.
But that's not all. She's also named after Rose, the 9th Doctor's companion (1, because I have a new found love in the show. And 2, because Rose goes really well with the name Linda!). Her third name is Meagan because that is what I was originally going to name her. Her last name is Cohan after George M. Cohan, the vaudeville child star and "America's first actor." He wrote THE song of World War 1, Over There. He wrote hit Broadway musicals and songs from 1904-1925ish.

So, I present to you, Linda Rose Meagan Cohan.

The outfit is new as well! The Weekend Fun Outfit. I also got Kit's Reporter Accessories because Linda is a photographer, just like her namesake.
Linda also loves animals and is very sweet in spirit. She is good friends with Kirsten Larson.

And there you have it. My last doll.

Linda Rose Meagan Cohan.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Birthday Party!

My party yesterday was great! As I said before, I only had two friends and their families (brothers, moms, dads, and dogs) over. They've been my homeschool buddies for 8 years and we've been in co-ops practically that whole time together. We had been planning to get together sometime in April to watch the Tintin movie (because my friend hadn't seen it yet) but that kind of fell through.... So I decided to have a Tintin birthday party with them to play games, eat food, and watch the movie!

On Wednesday night my dad and I hurriedly made some pictures to decorate the house with.
Here is what I came up with:

My dad drew this one and I colored it in:

This is a picture I drew in 2010 that we hung up:

And one that I drew last year that we hung above the TV:

The first sight that people saw when they walked in, was this:

Nestor-doll greets you, with Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock.

In the background, all my Tintin books:

And Snowy (a beanie baby) with the XFLR-6 rocket:

We played Apples to Apples and Monopoly. Then it was time for dinner! Yummy bacon-cheeseburger pie (thanks for the recipe Grama! Everyone loved it!), potato salad, corn on the cob, and fruit!
Then the movie!

My friends liked the movie!
Then the cake!! My mom really outdid herself this year. Nearly every year for my birthday I have had a cake, made by my mother, that has some sort of shape to it. I've had a Daddy cake before and a Bichon cake. This year, I asked for a Tintin cake. This is what Mom came up with:

Isn't my mother amazing???!!
First, she baked a rectangle cake, then my dad drew Tintin on a thin piece of paper, mom cut out the face from the paper, stuck it on the cake, and cut out Tintin's face! This is definitely the best looking birthday cake I've ever had! It tasted pretty good too, =D The frosting was made with food coloring mixed to make the different colors.
I got to eat Tintin's quiff!!

Slowly, piece by piece, he disappeared....

One lucky guest got to eat Tintin's ear. Van Gogh anyone?

The dogs had fun as well.

Rosey and Davie love to play with the fox toy, while poor, destructive, lovable, lab puppy had to stay in the backyard.

A day full of family, friends, and fun. Not to mention Tintin! Now that's my kind of party!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin special features.

For those who don't own the blu-ray copy of the Adventures of Tintin, here are some short synopsis' of the special features:
(Although first I'm going to rant a bit and ask in a frustrated voice... why oh WHY didn't they put special features on the regular DVD's??? It's so annoying when that happens! I dread The Hobbit coming out on DVD for that reason.... Because they will put the special features on the Blu-ray copy and then they will come out with the special extended version and we'll all have to re-buy The Hobbit! Those marketing people are playing with our minds! And we're falling for it!
I'm done.)

Toasting Tintin: Part 1- Steven Speilberg, Peter Jackson, and the people of Tintin toasting the beginning of the production. Steven Speilberg reads a touching letter from Fanny, Herge's widow.

The Journey of Tintin- About how Speilberg found out about Tintin for the first time while filming Raiders of the Lost Ark and how he has retained the Tintin movie rights since 1983. How he called up Peter Jackson and asked if he would like to help with Tintin. Basically about the journey of how the Tintin film first came to be, and a bit about the books as well, I believe (I watched all "Over 90 minutes of special features!" in one pull so I may not remember exactly which ones are which....).

The World of Tintin- How they changed the book world into the movie world, I believe.

The Who's Who of Tintin- About the characters of Tintin and the actors who portrayed them. They even talk about Tom, Allan's sidekick guy! Did you know he is played by the pirate in Pirates of the Carrabean who always looses his fake eyeball? They also talk about the pilots from the seaplane that Tintin shoots down.... Probably because one of them was played by Westley from The Princess Bride! I liked this special feature but I wish they had talked a bit more about the woman who played Castafoire.... She's a professional oprah singer, not an actress, but they could have included her more.

Tintin: Conceptual Design- About the design of Tintin.... The animation and stuff. And the minatures they used.

Tintin: In the Volume- This is all about "the volume" which is the place where all the preformance capture is done! Once you step inside the box, with the funny suit with dots on, you are in "the volume." This is a pretty cool feature! The preformance capture just blows my mind.

Snow: From beginning to end- I love this feature. It starts out with the guy who plays Ben Salaad saying,"It's Milou, please, it's Milou! Not Snowy, Milou!" It also ends with this, which I think is hilariously sad in a funny way.
This feature is all about Snowy. From how they decided not to do a real dog, to how they did the first test of Snowy, to how they animated him to how they had a prop guy running around with a wire dog in "the volume." It's a great feature!

Animating Tintin- All about the animation of Tintin! Wow, it was impressive.... 1 frame of Tintin, took 4-5 hours to animate. There are 24 frames a second. The movie is about 110 minutes long. That's a LONG time to animate! They put so much into this movie... It really shows.

Tintin: The Score- All about John Williams score! It's pretty cool. He talks about how he wrote some of the music before the animation was done so, like the old movies, they could match the action with the music. Next time I watch the movie, I will have to see if some of the music ebbs and flows with some of the action.
P.S. John Williams is the man. If you don't know what that is, you need to watch this video NOW.

Collecting Tintin- A short clip on some of the collectors statue thingies for Tintin.

Toasting Tintin: Part 2- The movie has finished! Peter Jackson calls in from New Zeland and Steven Spielberg and the Tintin people toast the finished project.

And there are the special features. They are all very good and I say that if you can get a hold of them, watch them! I loved how they talked a lot about the books and how they influenced the movie. You can really tell that they wanted to honor the books and Herge. All those Tintin-movie-haters need to watch the special features. ;)

Perhaps I will do a more in-depth post on the special features when I watch them again...... Hee hee.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Just for Grama! (and new notebooks!)

This is just for you Grama:

We went to Walmart and found these great notebooks for $1 each in clearance!

The second one is a "color me in" notebook. Soon I will have to grab my markers and color in the picture! This takes "scribbling in my homework" to a whole new level.
We also bought to folders that I can color in.
This one (houses = adorable! They remind me of Holland, where Grama says the houses are near together) :

And this one!

Speech bubbles! How fun! I'm already filling them with quotes from Star Trek, Monty Python, StarGate, Sherlock Holmes, Tintin.... you name it! And I have a few Bible verses planned and some from Lord of the Rings.... I hope there is enough room for Doctor Who quotes (once I watch more of the series)!
I'm thinking of coloring the background blue or red or yellow.... Hmmmm....

Speaking of coloring.... This is hanging on our garage-into-the-house door:

Hmmmm, how did that get there? I have a feeling that Gandalf had something to do with it....
And who's party is it? Mine! =D Don't worry, I won't be disappearing with any magic rings. I doubt I'll even get to say a speech..... Oh well. I'm not inviting half the Shire (just the two friends I have known for the longest time) so I doubt I will have to go through the bother of saying, "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." Hey, that's a good quote for my folders!
Anyway, I will be having a Tintin themed birthday party on Thursday and that's all you are going to find out until after the party. Mwahahahahaaaa.....
Have a great week!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The One where we DON'T burn the house down.

To thank my mom for driving practically ALL the way to the east coast and back ON. HER. OWN! my dad and I cooked her a meal. =)
While in Colonial Williamsburg, my mom wanted to try out one of their restaurants. Unfortunately, 1 mean would have cost somewhere around $40 or $50.... So we left.
I happen to have this cookbook:

As those of you American Girl Doll fans will know, Felicity is from Colonial Williamsburg 1774.
Perfect! So my dad and I made my mom and invitation a week ago and have been planning our meal since.

I was kind of worried because this is my first time cooking an actual meal. And although my dad cooks..... it doesn't go much beyond Ramen noodles with lettuce in it, casadillas, soup, and bagels.
I was kind of afraid we would burn the house down. :P

Anyway, our meal consisted of:
Chicken pudding (chicken breasts with batter poured over top).
Sweet potatoes and apples (a layer of cooked sweet potato, a layer of apple, a layer of sweet potato, a layer of apple, drizzled with butter and maple syrup).
Green beans (green beans with cream mixed in).
Whipped syllabub (a whipped 'drink'. It was more like desert because it was so thick. Basically you mix heavy cream and fresh fruit juice together).
And for desert, raspberry flummery. But because we were all so full, the flummery will have to wait until tomorrow! (Basically it is like a raspberry sauce).

The finished product:

It was all very good and Mom enjoyed it to! She said, "I think you should do this once a month!"

Dad and I cooked a meal on our own and did not burn the house down.

Mission accomplished.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Because it HAD to happen sometime

It was perfect. I could not resist. Please blame it all on Monty Python.

Oh goodness..... I sense inspiration.

Please stop me....

On no, here are some Sherlock ones.

(I stole the following quote from Miss Jack Lewis Bailott because really, it was too good to resist)

Stop the madness!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I shall improve my mind with extensive reading.

My summer plan is to finish my science book, finish my math book, finish my novel, and read. Extensively.
I am going to try finish four books before the end of summer. The first is The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, which I am currently reading. The other four are the first four books in the Vancouver Sun books that I received from my aunt. The 32 classics include small books, like The Hound of Baskervilles and The Jungle Book, but also includes big volumes like Oliver Twist, Ivanhoe, and Moby Dick.

It would be impossible for me to choose which book to start with; luckily I won't have to. I believe that the books came out every month or so and you had to order them all separately. They are all numbered from 1-32. I will be reading them in order. Our of all 32 books, I have only read 4 1/2 of them! I am very excited to read so many great classics.

The first on the list is The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Next is The Secret Garden.
My plan is to read a big, hard to get through novel at the same time as reading one from the Vancouver Sun books.
I start now!
What about the rest of this blog post?
I start in 5 hours!

I'm gonna keep you guys updated as to my progress, partly because it gives me something to blog about and partly so you can hold me accountable! I'm not a good reader.... I love to read, but I'm not good at it. If I come to a paragraph heavy on description, I tend to stop reading, set the book down, and stare off into nothingness for awhile. If I get bored with a book, I tend to put it down and not pick up again until I've forgotten the storyline and have to start over at the beginning. I have a whole bunch of books on my "to read" list but they keep ending up back on the list because I never finished them the first time!
Well, I'm determined to do something to change that. I am going to read through this set of books whether I find the stories interesting, boring, or a mix of in between. I am going to call this part of my homeschooling. These books are required reading as of NOW!

Speaking of my "to read" list.... It is VERY long. I am going to write it down on this blog post so I can remember it, add to it, cross things off it, and hopefully get through these books before I am a little old lady!

In no particular order, my "to read" list:

1. Vancouver Sun books by various authors.
2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
4. Emma by Jane Austin.
5. Books by Charles Dickens.
6. Books by Jules Verne.
7. Books by H.G. Wells.
8. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
9. Re-read Watership Down by Richard (?) Adams.
10. Re-read The Freedom Factor by Gerald L. Lund.
11. Re-read The Alliance by same author.
12. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
13. Leviathan by Scott Westerfield.
14. I am Lavina Cumming by unknown author.
15. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
16. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.
17. Re-read Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.
18. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Arthur Conan Doyle.
19. A biography on J.R.R. Tolkien.
20. More of the Bible.
EDIT- I forgot one or two....
21. The Princess Bride by unknown author.
22. C.S. Lewis books (mainly, The Screwtape Letters and the space trilogy).

And there you have it. Altogether that is somewhere around 60 or 70 books (if you include the actual 32 books from the Vancouver Sun set and the individual books from Dickens, Verne, and Well).
So, I have a busy few years of reading in front of me. I'm looking forewards to it. If you have any of the books I mentioned above, please tell me what you thought of them! Also, if you have any specific Dickens, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells books you would recommend, please comment down below as well!

This afternoon I finally decided, since I'm re-writing so much of this particular part of my novel, why not just type it instead of handwriting it all? So that's what I did. And I probably got more done typing than writing the entire time I've been editing. I got a whooping 3500 words done! How exciting! I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to get the entire novel done by the end of August... Maybe. =)

Have a great week!