Wednesday, 21 November 2012

All About Elevensies

I've been tagged by Willa Nicole at Willa Nicole Scribblings. Thanks so much! And it's all about elevensies....

- If you are tagged/nominated, you must post eleven facts about yourself.
- Then, you must answer the eleven questions the tagger has given you and make eleven questions for the people you are going to tag.
- Next, tag eleven more bloggers.
- Tell the people you tagged that you have tagged them.
- No tagging back

Now for eleven facts about myself....

1. I am terrified of frogs (weird, I know!)

2. My favourite foods are pasta, pizza and pie!

3. I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy; the movies are awesome!

4. I am a middle child.

5. I got a haircut last week.

6. I have been blogging for over a year now.

7. I'm trying hard to think of other random facts.....

8. I LOVE anything chocolate-y

9. I ate seven crumpets on Sunday night! (I know, I'm quite greedy, aren't I?)

10. I love vintage or olden-day things

11. Saying 11 random things about myself required some thought.

Now for the questions Willa Nicole asked...

1). What's your favorite time of day/night? My favourite time of the day is just before sunset.
2). What's the favorite stuffed animal you've ever had? I think it was a soft, white monkey (and a stuffed Barney. Did I just put that on the internet?)
3). If you could choose one of the three following places to go, which would it be? Madagascar, Brazil, or Greenland? Brazil.
4). Fuzzy socks or slippers? Fuzzy socks.
5). Can you make up a rhyme right off the bat? If so, write it down here. Ummm......
6). If you could create a phoenix, what color would it's fire be? How big would it be? And would it have a voice, screech, or song? (That counts as one question, right?) Its fire would be blue, it would be big and have a song more than a voice.
7). What is your favorite mythical creature? A Centaur or a griffin.
8). What are four of your favorite books? Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of the Gables series (I’m counting that as one!) and Blink.
9). What is one not-commonly-used or BIG word that you know right off the top of your head? supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (does that count? ;) )
10). If your could have a dream birthday party, what would it be like? Awesomely unique ;)
11). Which one of the following trees would you like to grow from seed: An apple tree, weeping willow, or wisteria? Weeping willow.

11 questions for those I tag.....

1. What is your favourite flower?

2. If you could be any fantasy character from a book or movie, what/who would you be?

3. Would you rather go on a wild adventure (like to Narnia), become a super hero (like Spiderman), save a world from darkness (like Frodo), or become a pirate (like Jack Sparrow)?

4. What is your dream holiday?

5. If you could visit any country in the world what would it be?

6. What accent in the world do you like the most? (I love the British and Australian accent, by the way!)

7. What do you like best: chocolate, cookies or cake?

8. Cozy pyjamas or comfy jeans?

9. What is your idea of a relaxing day?

10. If you could do anything, anything at all (no limits), what would you do?

11. What are your three all-time favourite movies?

Tagging Time.....

Storyteller at Storyteller of Weston Country

Tangerine-Tane at Fifth Out of Ten

Katie at Whisperings of a Pen

Miss Hatcher at the sweet and the simple

Morgan at short sleeved pants

Sarah Jane at Pearls on a String

Britt at Encouragement For Everyday Struggles

Gina at Jars of Clay

Orla at Escape to Vanilla

Keaghan at Whisper Above the Thunder

Cindi at Cotton Candy Clouds

Friday, 16 November 2012

No Turning Back

Light danced across my closed eye-lids, beckoning me to wake up. I opened my eyes to see the first rays of the sun shining through the cracks between my curtains. It was raining gently outside; a strange mixture of rain and shine that gave me a delightful sense of peace. But then I looked around my room and saw the boxes that contained most of my earthly possessions, and suddenly I was reminded what day it was. My momentary peace shattered, I wanted to pull the covers over my head, close my eyes and rewind a few years, even as excitement, simultaneously with fear, flooded my heart. Today I was spreading my wings and leaving the nest.

I could hardly believe that I was leaving a life-time- even if eighteen years is not that much- of memories and my family and friends behind to go to University in another city. It seemed so surreal and, to be honest, I felt old. I wanted to travel back in time and enjoy my childhood of day dreams and imaginary adventures once again. But there was no turning back now; time was marching onwards, whether I felt like joining the ride or not.

Sighing, I pulled myself out of bed, got dressed and walked past the kitchen, where my mother was cooking something delicious for my last breakfast at home.  Noticing that she looked ready to burst into tears, I slipped quietly outside into the cool air and seated myself on the veranda’s steps. The rain and breeze teased my hair as I drank in the sights I would only see during the holidays. The tall oak tree I had climbed countless times, the soft green grass, honey-suckle bushes, tree house and flower-beds all held a wealth of memories. A smile played on my lips as I thought of all the times my brother and I had romped in that garden.

I was called in for breakfast some time later and it was such a dismal meal, despite the scrumptious food. I was the first child to leave home and we all somehow knew, or thought, that our close-knit family would not be quite the same again. Finally it was time to leave. We packed all the boxes we could into my small car and the rest would arrive in a truck. I had never seen my family so forlorn as they were when they hugged me goodbye, tears in their eyes. After all that needed to be said was said and a prayer was prayed, I climbed into my car and, with tears streaming down my cheeks, rode away. I couldn’t believe I was leaving them behind as this new chapter in my life began. I had finally flown away and left the nest; there was no turning back now.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Writing Tips- Literary Humour

First, I would like to apologize for neglecting my blog; I know I haven’t posted in a long time. I won’t be able to blog much anymore because our internet minutes are greatly reduced. However, here are rather amusing “tips” I found in a book on writing. I hope you enjoy it and notice the humour.

The Thirteen Gremlins of Grammar
1.        Correct speling is essential.
2.     Don’t use no double negatives.
3.      Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.
4.     Don’t write no run-on sentences they are hard to read.
5.     About them sentence fragments.
6.     Don’t use commas, that aren’t necessary.
7.      A preposition is not a good word to end a sentence with.
8.     Remember to not ever split infinitives.
9.     Writing carefully, dangling particles must be avoided.
10.   Always use apostrophe’s correctly.
11.      Make each singular pronoun agree with their antecedents.
12.   Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.
13.    Proofread your writing to make sure you don’t words out.
And, above all, avoid cliché’s like the plague.