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Tuesday’s with Jane

This is one of my favorite quotes!

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

April 30, 2008 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

Tuesday’s with Jane

This is one of my favorite quotes!

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

April 30, 2008 at 1:54 am 2 comments

My Review of Nobody’s Prize


As far as sequels go Nobody’s Prize was average. It didn’t wow me or make me go, oh my gosh that was amazing! Actually, it made me mad! The author completely and one hundred percent sets up the ending for a third book; yet chances are very slim that there will be one!

Nobody’s Prize continued where Nobody’s Princess left off. Helen and Milo travel from Delphi, following the trail of Helen’s brothers and the other warriors set to join the quest for the golden fleece. On the way they run into a few obstacles but nothing major.

Once on the quest there are of course many adventures. The problem I had with section of the book was the whole emphasis on Herkales and his issues. The book is supposed to be about Helen, not some overweight truth-twisting hero. The author portrays almost all of the heroes on the quest as being very arrogant and self centered. Even when we’re supposed to be supporting certain characters, because of previous backgrounds on the characters you can’t really love them as much as you fee like you ought too.

Another issue I had was the authors overall perspective on Helen. She establishes her as character that can defend herself perfectly well, is smart if not brilliant, and becoming more and more attractive; but it constantly finding herself in dangerous situations! Is it because Helen is smart or stupid? That was a major question that plagued me as I read this sequel…

With all the negative said, the book is very good. It’s interesting to the point of where I was reading it in my Art History class under the tables (bad, I know). I didn’t want to put it down, which is always a very enjoyable experience. I loved certain plot twists that allowed Helen to grow and expand as a character.

Ultimately, i’m stuck again on the possibility of another sequel. In the first two books the author focuses on what Helen’s life would have been life when she was growing up, as opposed to the famous story we all know. The problem is that Nobody’s Prize is absolutely begging for a sequel. It wants it so bad it makes poor innocent readers such as me almost distraught wondering how the author would have portrayed a well know story of Helen, when she’s a bit older, wiser, and has a face that launched a thousand ships. I can only hope that the author will decide to expand Helen’s story and satisfy readers curiosity!

Overall, 4 stars for being entertaining despite a few flaws! 🙂

April 28, 2008 at 4:39 am Leave a comment

My Review of Nobody’s Prize


As far as sequels go Nobody’s Prize was average. It didn’t wow me or make me go, oh my gosh that was amazing! Actually, it made me mad! The author completely and one hundred percent sets up the ending for a third book; yet chances are very slim that there will be one!

Nobody’s Prize continued where Nobody’s Princess left off. Helen and Milo travel from Delphi, following the trail of Helen’s brothers and the other warriors set to join the quest for the golden fleece. On the way they run into a few obstacles but nothing major.

Once on the quest there are of course many adventures. The problem I had with section of the book was the whole emphasis on Herkales and his issues. The book is supposed to be about Helen, not some overweight truth-twisting hero. The author portrays almost all of the heroes on the quest as being very arrogant and self centered. Even when we’re supposed to be supporting certain characters, because of previous backgrounds on the characters you can’t really love them as much as you fee like you ought too.

Another issue I had was the authors overall perspective on Helen. She establishes her as character that can defend herself perfectly well, is smart if not brilliant, and becoming more and more attractive; but it constantly finding herself in dangerous situations! Is it because Helen is smart or stupid? That was a major question that plagued me as I read this sequel…

With all the negative said, the book is very good. It’s interesting to the point of where I was reading it in my Art History class under the tables (bad, I know). I didn’t want to put it down, which is always a very enjoyable experience. I loved certain plot twists that allowed Helen to grow and expand as a character.

Ultimately, i’m stuck again on the possibility of another sequel. In the first two books the author focuses on what Helen’s life would have been life when she was growing up, as opposed to the famous story we all know. The problem is that Nobody’s Prize is absolutely begging for a sequel. It wants it so bad it makes poor innocent readers such as me almost distraught wondering how the author would have portrayed a well know story of Helen, when she’s a bit older, wiser, and has a face that launched a thousand ships. I can only hope that the author will decide to expand Helen’s story and satisfy readers curiosity!

Overall, 4 stars for being entertaining despite a few flaws! 🙂

April 28, 2008 at 4:39 am Leave a comment

VERY interesting article

Please check out this artcle. It’s kind of scary but it seems totally accurate to me. Sometimes I feel like Disney rules the world…

~Firefly~

April 28, 2008 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Start Spreading the News….

That I officially started driving today! Yeah! Super exciting! It’s totally awesome! Happy!

Reasons that today was such a good day:

1.) I did absolutely NO school work (which is very unlike me!)
2.) I got my permit
3.) I worked at the toy store for 5+ hours
4.) I drove all around town with my dad and mom (and when I say all around town, I mean literally all around town!)
4.) I ate loganberry pie with vanilla ice cream!
5.) I watched a movie with my brother
6.) I figured out the final arrangement for “Our Song” (for the talent show…)!
7.) I walked with my Dad, Brother, and Sister while my Mom was getting her nails done 🙂
8.) I went the library and checked out all the Betsy Tacy Books (to reread of course!)
9.) I got Jelly Bellies for my piano teacher 😛
10.) I’m going to go read my bible and write in my journal after i’m done typing this up!

All in all, it was an incredibly satisfying day! Don’t you just love those?

~Firefly~

April 27, 2008 at 5:29 am Leave a comment

I Live in a Place

This is a poem I wrote for an AAC assignment… It’s far from perfect, but I was attempting to vaguely reflect Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Walt Whitman. My beliefs are of course different from theirs, which I hope that I express in the poem. In particular, I’m addressing the lines “Man is his own Star” and “Our acts, our angels are”; but in a very different way. Anyways, hope you guys enjoy- and please post feedback!

I live in a place
Where to be yourself is a crime
If you care to speak out
Beware the undermined
Though it’s not an instant effect
It’s there all the same
You can see the release
In your mind
Like a chain of dominoes
An intake of breath
A gasp or a chuckle
So lightly dismissed
So secretly cruel
You care to speak out
And share your mind
Your thoughts and feelings…

No, don’t.
You can’t without fear
Confessions and truths
Silenced, and queered
You become an oddity
Something rather unusual
Never quite the same
It’s something irreversible
But I am not afraid
To challenge their lives
Unintentional malice
To the vulnerable minds
A certain pain to know
You failed for this time

It cannot be entertained
That we are invincible
Humans were made
An image of what’s real
The truths they wear
Hide certain falsehoods
Innocence made blind
For none are self-righteous
Casting off the masks
Which hide ourselves
Here we are.
This is us.
What we have become.

All right, that’s it!

~Firefly~

April 24, 2008 at 2:02 am Leave a comment

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