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Dynamic December!

I honestly love this GIF because it made me laugh out loud today and I needed it. I came up with a few short stories on the spot about why Mr. Cruise is looking at the toilet sign in despair, but the GIF is taken from when TC made an appearance on The Late Night Show with James Corden. I think Corden lacks in the humor department so I don’t watch the show, but for some reason, this episode was recommended to me and I watched it and laughed my head off. It was a pretty good skit, but no, I still won’t be wasting my time watching his show.

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Anyway, doesn’t matter, because it’s December! 

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Can you believe this? It’s already December! The time is just getting shorter and shorter day by day. I mean, where did November go?

December Plans!

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Fresh from participating in NaNoWriMo, I am looking forward to catching up on some posts I drafted for this month and by the looks of it, we have much to talk about. I am looking forward to updating some categories (Yes, This Is Our World, English English! and Pretty Cool Fact especially) and I have something in store for Thankful Thursday which would involve the blogs that I follow. 

This month (if I stay on track), we’ll talk about stuff like:

^ Languages

^ Book Covers (might get push back to January, to be honest)

^ Blogging (this one is a maybe although I have many topics in drafts!)

^ Editing

^ Family

See, the blog is so random and I have so many ideas, that sometimes, I don’t know where to start.

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Over on Pinterest, I’ve pinned over 50 challenge ideas for the blog in the last few months, but I’ve decided on this one:

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Whoa, I better slow my roll there for this month looks like it’s going to be packed!

Blessed December to everyone, thank God that you have breath, and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:

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The significance of “I Am”

Jesus once had a heated discussion with the Jews of His time because of His usage of “I am”. The Jews were upset and they took up stones to stone Him for making Himself equal with God. They thought He was blaspheming. 

If you go back to Exodus 3:13-14, when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and told him to go to Egypt to free His people, Moses asked God what His name was, God replied, “I AM THAT I AM.” In John’s gospel, Jesus was simply equating Himself with the title that God had given Himself.

“Before Abraham was, I am.” simply lets us know that Abraham was brought into being, but Jesus existed eternally.

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Jesus used “I Am” in seven declarations of Himself:

1. I am the bread of life John 6:35. Jesus is our spiritual sustenance and He supports and maintains the life that He gives. 

2. I am the light of the world John 8:12. Through Him, we gain spiritual understanding and His judgments are true because of His relationship with the Father.

3. I am the door John 10:9. And because He is, we have unlimited access to His Kingdom.

4. I am the good Shepherd John 10:11. He paid our entrance fee with His life.

5. I am the resurrection and the life John 11:25. Our eternal life is guaranteed; Christ is able of Himself to raise men from death to life.

6. I am the way, the truth, and the life John 14:6. He is the ONLY MEANS through which men can approach the Father.

7. I am the true vine John 15:1. And we are the branches of this Vine. I want to explore more of this metaphor later on.

Perhaps if the Jews of Jesus’s days had ears to hear (His Word) and eyes to see (His miracles/signs), then they wouldn’t have missed the significance of “I AM”.

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57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8:57-58

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Fall Again

Short Story #21
A Fall Romance

I apologize in advance for the story cover being better than the actual story. Please proceed with caution.

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My Love,

I know we’ve been through a lot in the past two years and with us being separated for almost one, it brought me back to where I needed to be. I had the time to cleanse my system and re-purify my soul.

Dari, I know no one is perfect. No, not even I, but I’ve acted the hypocrite with you. For that, I apologize. I am writing this letter to make a promise to you that I am going to try as hard as I can for us this time. Also, it’s Fall.

The trees are shedding their old to make way for the new, the leaves sway, rushing against the many leaves on the floor, the wind blows a burst of fresh cold air, I can smell apple spice bread baking from Mrs Darcy’s shop down the hill and I know it’s your favorite…You know how Fall makes me sentimental! We first met in the Fall after all! I was biking through the park enjoying God’s grandeur when I almost knocked over a man in uniform! We laughed about it, chatted a bit, and then we went our own way. I did not expect to see you again, but I did, the very next day, at the same spot and what were the odds that you were riding a bike? As leaves softly fell to the ground making a blanket around us, you presented me with a flower and asked me out and of course, my answer was yes.

It didn’t take long for us to confess the most powerful words in the world to each other and we were married by the next Fall.

I hope this letter finds you well and that you’re in good spirits, Dari, for I never want to take our love for granted again. We’ve wasted too much time during this separation. However, if you go back on your promise on waiting for me, I’ll understand.

As long as you’ll have me, I am yours for the long haul.

 

Yours,

Candice

Sergeant Darius reread the letter once again with a goofy grin on his face. You can fall in love twice when second chances won’t leave you alone and he was determined this time to make things work until the rest of their lives. He folded the letter and placed it in the jacket near his heart. He had work to do in winning back his wife’s heart and he knew just the place to start; after all, the bikes were parked in the garage for way too long.

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***I was leaning towards a sad story, but there’s just something romantic about Fall! I also admit that I had quite a few story ideas before landing on this one and sticking with it. I wanted to write the story based on a soldier falling in love again with his wife, but I ended up with this cheesy thing.

And Michael Jackson’s ‘Fall Again’ set the mood right. This beautiful song tells the story of my story that I wanted to tell… if that makes sense. 🙂

I wanna spend, time to live in
I wanna fall with you again
Like we did, when we first met
I wanna fall with you again

Thursday Ten: reasons I like Jughead

Looks like it’s going to be all about Riverdale and Jughead today!

I actually had something else planned for today’s top ten, but there’s enough time in the world to talk about books. Since the start of the second season of Riverdale, I’ve been doing weekly reviews and most of them, if not all, centered around the best character from the show, Jughead.

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Today, I bring you ten reasons why I dig Forsythe Pendleton Jones III aka Jughead. This should’ve been done a long time ago, but now is also good so let’s talk about why I like this tall, dark, and brooding character. 🙂

Cole Sprouse plays him

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Cole Sprouse is the man. I remember watching him alongside his twin on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and I was team Cody all the way. Cole was the perfect candidate to portray Jughead Jones; I don’t see no other. 

He writes

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Call me bias if you want, but when I was younger, I loved and adored stories with characters who were librarians or writers. Jughead writes and he’s dedicated to his craft. When he isn’t writing, he’s eating; when he isn’t eating, he’s writing.

He’s also a cinephile.

He cares about the truth

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If it’s one thing I love about Jughead is the fact that he constantly searches for the truth. In season one, finding out what truly happened to Jason Blossom was his top priority. 

His sarcasm

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His sarcasm is off the radar and I love it for he’s a master at this wonderful art.

His relationship with Betty is goals

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Unlike his best friend Archie, Jughead knows what he wants and he has his eyes on one girl, the lucky Betty Cooper. Throughout the first season, I watched him devote his time and attention to her. He was there for her when she found out the truth about her sister Polly and always made time from his schedule to just be by her side. They’re soulmates.

His bromance with the redhead jock

When I read books, I look for that special friendship bond because I’m a sucker for a friendship with a strong bond and Jughead and Archie have that special chemistry that I love between friends. 

It also helps that KJ and Cole are great friends in real life.

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His love for food

He frequents Pop’s more than anyone else and would use any excuse to get food. Just about any excuse.

The boy sure loves his stomach just like I do!

His aesthetic and beanie

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Jughead’s aesthetic is totally skater boy meets brooding writer… that was my first thoughts when I first saw him. The crown beanie is special because it’s a part of him and without it, he wouldn’t be Jughead.

He isn’t afraid to be himself

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He isn’t afraid to be weird for he does not conform to society’s trend of the norm. This is my favorite thing about him. I have a character just like this and I enjoy writing him.

He’s perfection

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Character-wise that is. I wish I had written him! He is like a younger angsty version of Dr. Spencer Reid. He is flawed, but he embraces it without trying to be perfect for anyone. I love his quirks for it is very endearing. It’s okay to be different and he boldly makes this statement without attaching attention to himself.

That’s ten already? Time flies fast when you’re having fun!

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Riverdale: about Barchie and the Black Hood

Had to show up for the mid-season finale. 😛

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Duh!

S2 E9 Chapter 22: Silent Night, Deadly Night

This is most likely not going to be a review of last night’s mid-season finale. It’s most likely going to be a rant.

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Why I’m not getting aboard the Barchie ship

When the show opened back in the first episode, anyone could see that Betty was in love with her best friend, Archie. Yet, the ‘relationship’ was one-sided because Archie didn’t feel the same way and if I may go further, I’ll say that Archie does not like blonde studious girls who wear their hair in an iconic ponytail and is fiercely loyal when it comes to her friends.

But I like their friendship.

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Archie was into Miss Grundy, then there was Veronica, and then there was Valerie, then there was Veronica… It was only when Jughead and Betty got together that Archie realized he probably missed out on something with Betty and he was jealous, something I mentioned in one of my very early reviews of this show.

I just ain’t feeling them. Nope. Non. Plus, Archie does not look at Betty the way Jughead looks at her and the way she looks at Juggie.

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Then there was that heartbreakingly sweet scene in S1 E10 where Betty is talking about her problems and Jughead is sitting there like he could just cry for her. He doesn’t even judge her scars, but you can see that he is worry and scared for her at the same time. Then he does the sweetest thing: he kisses her hands. This was singlehandedly the best moment of the first season for it gave their relationship depth. 

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Even if Barchie is endgame, I won’t ship them. They’re on a different wavelength and they do not have my blessing. I don’t care if it was always Betty and Archie in the comics and I don’t care if Jughead was asexual in the comics, Riverdale is called a TV adaptation for a reason. It’s just stupid that Archie tells Veronica he loves her, but the second she dumps him, he realizes that he likes Betty. Riverdale writers, PLEASE! He had his chance in season one, he blew it. Jughead was there for her. 

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I don’t see Jughead running to Veronica for comfort (although he lost a few brownie points for turning to Toni a few episode back)! Or is that going to happen soon (though, this wouldn’t be a bad ship!)? Or would he realize that he likes Cheryl? The first time Bughead broke up, Betty was protecting Jughead; the second time they broke up, Jughead was protecting Betty. They love each other so much that they refuse to put each other in danger, therefore, I refuse to ship Barchie.

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I AM SHOOK!

*Gasps* The Black Hood was revealed and it was the school janitor Mr. Svenson, a suspect on my list, but for some reason, I now feel as if this was a setup and that the real Black Hood is still out there. He is someone intimately connected with the characters and the little town and Mr. Svenson was disconnected from the characters. It just doesn’t feel right.

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And who was that taking photos of Veronica and Archie? Was it you, Cheryl? Mr. Black Hood? Blackmail incoming!

Ending narrative

A truth that whispered, ‘This isn’t over’

Can Jughead write my life already?

This narrative was spoken while Betty was burning the items that she had gathered during her investigation. However, she can’t find it within herself to burn the black mask she found. This sets Betty up nicely as the Black Hood, but I just can’t see her as the masked idiot who might not be working alone. Maybe it’s her long-lost brother after all or Hal/Alice. I’ll just toss the Sheriff in there, too.

YEARBOOK NOTES:

^ So to recap: Betty and Archie solves the Black Hood mystery although I think that this is just the beginning, Veronica discovered a secret of her father’s but to be honest I was not paying attention so I don’t know what she discovered, I think Cheryl saw Betty kiss Archie, it looks like Archie and Veronica is back together after she finally said ‘I love you’ and they want us to believe that Betty is a serial killer. 🙄 Also, someone was taking photos of Archie and Veronica and I’ll like to believe that the Black Hood is still out there. *shrugging* Eh! 

Honestly, this show is so cringed, but I won’t stop until I find out who the Black Hood is…

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RATING (last night’s episode)

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Until January 18th God’s willing. {This may or may not be my last review of Riverdale.}

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December 14th: Festivus for the rest of us

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You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.

I wouldn’t want to be the supreme ruler of any universe and I wouldn’t want any holidays named after me for I don’t like being in any spotlights and I don’t like glorifying myself.

Book #87: Summer Camp Secrets #2: Prankster Queen

Book #46 2015: Summer Camp Secrets #2: Prankster Queen | Call me Ms. Bibliophile

“Yes! Another summer at camp! Me and my sister and brothers have been coming to Camp Lakeview for ever and I love it. But this year I wouldn’t mind being on my own for once. Having my family around used to be like a security blanket – but lately, I feel like I’m being smothered…”

Bubbly, mischievous Jenna is the prankster queen of Lakeview Summer Camp, famous for her fun-loving nature and wild stunts. But this year she’s getting seriously out of control and doesn’t seem to know when to stop. What’s bugging Bunk 3C’s favorite practical joker?

Author: Melissa J. Morgan
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd. (May 01st, 2007)
Chapters: 13
Pages: 173 plus an excerpt of Best Friends
Series: Summer Camp Secrets #2

Prankster Queen is a lighthearted camp adventure featuring Jenna Bloom and her twin, Adam and older sister, Stephanie. I like summer camp books! Unfortunately, this one was stuffed with unlikable and easily forgettable characters, but the author did a good job writing the vivid scenery.

As for the pranks, I was expecting better ones given that Jenna owns the Queen of Pranks title, but they were mainly minor ones. I don’t think Jenna would be out pranking the Dobre twins anytime soon.

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Next to them, she looks like an amateur. They could teach her a thing or two when it comes to pranks.

I liked Jenna’s twin, Adam. His personality simply shone throughout the story. I don’t think there was any big secret to actually reveal in the end. Jenna was only acting out because her parents were going through a divorce. It’s never easy for young children to suddenly accept the fact that they’ll be coming home to one parent after school and possibly visiting the other on a weekend. They deal with things in their own way, but I wasn’t getting this vibe from Jenna.

A good read but the author should reconsider renaming the book to Summer Camp Secrets: Annoying Jenna.

COVER:

I love the design and I think it’s one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen in a while and yes, I bought this book because of the cover. This cover is a 4/5.

VERDICT:

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