I Am Now (Officially) a Senior

    I promised you a giant graduation post, so here it is :)
    Graduation for the class of 2013 was last night, and with their graduation to the next stage of life, this makes me now a senior. Is this a frightening thought to me? Mm, yes and no. I am super excited to get a bigger dose of independence this year (I'm finally learning to drive this summer) and sometimes I wish I could just skip senior year and go straight to college. But I'm also relieved I have senior year to prepare myself for the huge dose of independence that will come with college. 

PG13 and me. Best friends!!

  But enough about me. Some of my best friends graduated last night, most notably PG13, who has been at my school for 6 years now and is definitely one of my closest friends. God has blessed me so much by bringing her to BCS, and I am so grateful I got to have 6 wonderful years with her. I have also been hugely blessed by her family, the G's, who have taken me in like one of their own and become my second family. We've had so many amazing adventures at the lake, at track meets, at birthday parties, and at school. I know I can always count on them, and I love them all so much!! 

J.L. and me

Some of my other great friends are J.L. and C.A., whom I haven't known as long as PG13 but am glad I got to be friends with. J.L. and I became friends through a mutual friend of ours, A.S., and we survived AP Bio together. She's an amazing softball player, and she never fails to make me laugh and feel better when I'm sad. And she came all the way from Vietnam to be with us!! Tôi yêu bạn, Phương Lê!

C.A. and me

C.A. and I have known each other for a while, but I think we've only become good friends this year, since we've had study hall together every other day. C.A. is one of the sweetest girls I know; she's always kind and compassionate and ready to give advice and a smile. She loves God dearly, and it shows in everything she does. I will miss her so much, and I hope to be able to visit her when she's at Belmont and I'm at Liberty in a few years!! :) Both these girls are super amazing, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for their beautiful lives. And please don't forget to come back and visit me if you're ever in town, guys!! I love you both!!

N.M. and me

N.M. is one of my favourite seniors. Though I don't know her as well as I would like, I am so glad I got to know her a little bit better this year. She's quirky, fun, and adorable, and you won't meet a single person at BCS that doesn't have something great to say about her. She's a great actress (she won Best Actress at TCSIT and got several other awards) and an even better friend. She lights up the room with her bubbly personality, and I know she will have no problem amassing a host of friends at college. 

A.M. and me

My lab partner! This guy is great, and I'm so glad I got to be his friend this year. I only had one class with him, so he's another I didn't get to know very well, but he was one of the leaders of our school's Spiritual Life Committee and was involved in pretty much everything, so I still saw him quite a bit. If anyone at BCS has a heart for God, it's A.M. I think he was probably one of the few seniors that really tried to live his life for the glory of God, and it was so good to see that somebody was making that effort. I learned a lot from him this year, and I'm very glad we got to be lab partners :)

Me, D.R., and G.C.

I literally became friends with D.R. because we stood outside the building in the mornings, waiting for the doors to open. Strange way to acquire a friend, but apparently effective. Haha! D.R.'s great, and I'm so glad we became friends. He has a great sense of humor, and he's just fun to be around. He also has a heart for God, and I think he has a great future ahead of him. 

Me, Ms. McB, and G.C.

And even though she's not a high school graduate, my AP English III teacher is leaving BCS after a very fun year, and we're all going to miss her. She was SO much fun, and she made English one of the best classes this year (and I usually hate English class). She's very quirky and is an amazing seamstress and costumer, and I wish her all the best as she leaves to pursue a design degree. She has promised to come back and visit us, so I'm hoping she'll be good on that promise! :) 

And there's not much I can say to the seniors that they haven't already heard. All that 'follow your dreams,' 'be strong,' 'dare to be different' stuff, they've heard a thousand times by now. I don't really know what to say, except that I love them all, and they have each blessed my life in amazing ways. I hope God always sends them the people they need, blesses their lives, and showers them with grace and love. Congratulations, class of 2013. 

Some Authorific Quotes

Here are some quote that appropriately sum up what exactly being a writer means to me :)

I write for the same reason I breathe -- because if I didn't, I would die.
- Isaac Asimov
I write because I like to make things, and the only things I am good at making things with are words.
- P.J. O'Rourke
I write to understand as much as to be understood.
- Elie Wiesel
I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.
- Michel de Montaigne
Why do I write? Because I find life unsatisfactory.

- Tennessee Williams
 I hope those quotes give some insight into the mind of a writer, for those of you who aren't so keen on trying to sit down and bang a story out of your keyboard. We didn't ask to see stories everywhere we look, or to read people like books, or to know immediately the difference between a great masterpiece and a lame attempt. But know what? Ask any one of us, and we'd all resoundingly say that it's worth it. All the things we see that no one else does; all the things we feel that other people don't; all the thousands of stories and half-formed novels and wistful dreams floating around in our heads that we have to write down so we don't explode. All definitely worth it. We change the world with places and people and events that others would never get to experience without our imagination and creativity, and we are facets of the ultimate Author, who penned this story for us long before Earth was even a twinkle in His eye. We don't write because we want to, or because we can -- we write because we are filled with some mysterious aspect of a creative and beautiful God, and all we can do is breathe out that mystery within us onto paper.  
       So now you know why I write. 
       Because I must :) 
      Have an amazing week, and hug an author next time you see one :)


6 Days Left ...

... Of regular school. The seniors finish regular school tomorrow. Oh mah goodness. Where has the time gone? Next thing I know, my class will be seniors and getting our green caps and gowns ... That's quite a frightening thought. When I was in elementary school, I remember thinking the seniors were so old and adult-like, but now ... they seem so young >.
    Wow. May 31st (graduation) is going to be so hard. I can't believe it's almost here already. 
    Well ... I hope you all have a great week, and enjoy the time you have with the people you love :)

The End Approacheth

We have about 3 weeks of school left. How is this even possible? I honestly don't know. I seems like I literally just started my junior year. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. These next few weeks will be INSANE. I take the SAT tomorrow, and I have two AP tests rapidly approaching -- and I'll be spending lots of quality time with my AP Bio class reviewing for that exam >.

     Which is also slightly horrifying, because that means my senior friends will  be gone, and I don't know how I will survive without them (I'm only partially joking here). There is, of course, my best friend PG13, and about 4 others that I will dearly miss. Is it possible that they'll be college freshman later this year? Oh my. 
    For me, the older kids are the ones I've always looked up to for inspiration and guidance. Next year, my class will be 'the older kids,' and I'm not sure how I'm going to handle not having any older friends :/  It will be very odd and very hard to adjust to, methinks. I'll try and blog about how next year goes as often as I remember I have a blog ;) But no worries, I will blog a gigantic 'seniors-I-will-miss-you-so-much' post after graduation and after I have pictures and everything. So that will be coming up in the next few weeks :)
     Hope you all are having a great week!!!

Happy Easter 2013

Hello, world! It's Easter today, and I don't think I've ever been more grateful for Jesus' incredible sacrifice to ransom humanity.  How glorious and amazing is it that the God and Creator of the universe saw fit to lay down His life for His lowly and ungrateful creations?
 יהוה הוא אדיר וראוי לשבח
Jesus is alive and working, everyone! He is mighty and worthy to be praised!!Tell Him how grateful you are for His priceless gift, and have a WONDERFUL Easter 2013!! :)

Fun at My Old School

I had a book signing at my old school today, which I hadn't revisited in the 9 years since I left. It was very odd going back there. Everything was exactly the same -- except things looked smaller -- and I felt like I ought to be about 7 again. Anyway, the book signing was so much fun, and the kids were adorable. I sold more in less than an hour than I sold from 9-4 at Harker Heights! Yayyy!! God is faithful!! My friend T.H., with whom I attended that school as a kid, came too, and it was so much fun for both of us to go back :)

So Happy!

So, as you may know, I've been having a lot of trouble working on Book Two. Not because it's hard to write—just because I'd lost most of my passion for that particularly story and was enjoying working on a different one with a friend. But my best friend, PG13, asked me to edit her book (which I hope she publishes!) and I've been working on that my first day of Spring Break. Reading and editing it made me realize how much I missed my own books and how important my story is to me. So I started rereading Book Two and Book Three, and I have totally fallen in love with my story again, which is an amazing feeling. I am genuinely excited to keep working on it now! Praise God—and thanks to PG13 :) 
    Here is a snippet for you in conjunction with my happiness:

“Zoser will want me to keep him as a hostage, and I’m sure Roman will as well. My only problem with that is that Elysia will probably try to rescue him, and that could be disastrous if Roman finds her first. I don’t want her to get hurt—”
    “Lliam, Zoser had waged war against this place!” Namarii interrupted, her eyes full of warning. “People are going to get hurt, especially when Zoser’s got anything to do with it. You can’t protect Elysia forever; don’t try.” She nudged Efroy with the toe of her boot, and he recoiled, reacting the way many others had upon first encountering the strange woman. “Take him as a hostage,” Namarii advised, paying no attention to Efroy’s response. “Maybe Elysia will listen to you and stay away from him. Zoser will be extremely displeased if you let him go now.” She took a step closer and lowered her voice so that the men would not hear: “And you and I both know Roman will suffer greatly for this failure if he can’t find Elysia … Don’t add to his suffering.”
    He grimaced, well aware of what she meant. Zoser often punished Roman for Lliam’s failings, few though they were, because he well knew that it was more excruciating for Lliam to be forced to watch Roman being beaten than it was to suffer the beating himself.
Lliam started to reply, but Efroy broke the silence so abruptly that it startled him. “Elysia’s got the egg, and she’s safe. Why would she come after me?” he said in a low, discouraged voice.
    He frowned, knowing the answer: “She probably considers you her friend, and she will think it was her fault you were captured. Elysia will come after you,” he assured Efroy, hating the fact that he knew that it was true.
    “What if Roman finds her?” Efroy asked then, keeping his eyes down.
    Lliam sighed shakily, not wanting to think about situation. Roman wanted so desperately to prove himself to Zoser and was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate to his master that he could be as trusted a leader as Lliam.  Lliam was unsure how extraordinary those lengths would be when it came to Elysia and the egg. Roman was the most competitive person he knew; he saw everything Lliam did as a challenge, whether Lliam intended it to be so or not. He did not know why Roman felt such a strong need to prove himself to Zoser, of all people, but Roman was stubborn in his beliefs. He would literally do anything to capture Elysia and thus prove his worth to Zoser.
 “I’ll just have to make sure he doesn’t,” Lliam replied softly.