Currently: (while watching a ocean adventure)


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Happy Easter, everybody, btw.:)

Currently listening: to the film “Ponyo” run in the background with the family watching. Oh, and pirate music all last week.😄 I’m building myself a pirate instrumental YouTube playlist! I’ll be fully prepared the day I start a pirate novel.😄

Currently sitting: in the living room at a card table. Just chillin’, stuffed from Easter lunch.😄

Currently liking: THE COOL WEATHER. It’s lasted all week but it will probably become unbearably hot soon. But that sounds about right; a week of spring in AZ.😄

Currently drinking: homemade lemonade with crushed fresh strawberries and blueberries! I HAVE BEEN DRINKING LEMONADE WRONG MY WHOLE LIFE.😄

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Currently reading: my Arizona Driver License Manual. Gotta do this sometime.

Currently writing: *cricket noises*

Currently watching: BREAKING BAD. I’m at the beginning of season 2. It’s some good TV, you guys. Jesse is my fave, he’s an adorable punk who shouldn’t be allowed to be so lovable.❤❤ I’m also watching a lot of Cutthroat Kitchen with the family lately, too. But all my winter anime shows are ENDING. The spring selection looks great though, so I can’t wait for them to begin. Especially the newest season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: I caught up with the last three seasons in about two months flat to watch it simulcast.😄

Currently obsessed with: anime soundtracks; OSTs from the previous Fall season like ONE PUNCH MAN, which is full of rad guitar riffs and hype, and Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon which I’VE BEEN WAITING DESPERATELY FOR, ARE OUT. So, yep, totally obsessed with the new wave of anime soundtracks out on Youtube!

Currently excited: about my school semester being close to over. Need I say more.😄

Currently failing: ^^ did you hear the crickets up there. That’s where I’m failing. @_@ = face of exasperation with myself.

Currently tired: of getting bruised up. I was in a minor car collision on my bike a few weeks ago, which left my knees decently bruised up and just now starting to more normal again. So that sucked. Then I managed to badly bruise the outside of my left thigh this past week too. How I did that remains a mystery.

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Currently scaring myself with: crossing big intersections on my bike again. I’m mean, I’m not too terrified, I’ve done it a few times since the accident already, but that was scary as f***, you guys.😯 I had the light and everything when the car suddenly creeped forward, knocking me off-balance to the street. I for real thought it was going to keep creeping right over me and my bike for the four seconds that it lasted. It shook me up bad but I got myself home and everything afterwards without freaking out in public. Thankfully my injuries were minor, being only my bruised knees, and the bike’s damage was an easily fixed gear problem. But still: WAKE UP, DRIVERS. PEOPLE USE THE CROSSWALKS YOU KNOW.

Currently stuck in my head: the chorus from Sia’s song Broken Glass.😀

Currently wishing: that the library would hurry up in finding A Gathering Of Shadows for me so I can start reading it ASAP! I’VE BEEN WAITING.

Currently praying: that my upcoming math test goes smoothly and I remember everything I’ve studied. *fingers crossed*

And Happy Easter everybody! How was your holiday? What are you currently up to?

~Jamie

Touring My Whiteboard


As a teenager I always wanted my own large whiteboard for my bedroom wall. To scrawl story ideas and things I needed to remember quickly in place that was hard to miss. And just under two years ago, I finally bought one, with enough space to write lots of keywords for memory and extra space left to spare…well, you know. If I didn’t write words so gosh darn big.😄 It’s honestly been a great addition to my life, and I thought I’d do a little tour of my whiteboard just for fun!

This is a legit look at my whiteboard you guys; I didn’t clean it up for you, or rearrange a bunch of stuff, or even try to make this look symmetrical. I’m honestly a big slob by nature and I really only care when I can’t find something.😄 (but ask my mom, I’ve improved greatly since 2001.😉 )

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Now, for a simple size comparison, here it is above my little desk and surrounded by my words of inspiration. xD

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Firstly, I have several colored pens that I use. I think some people assign meanings to colors, but honestly if my board is simply lacking color, I just grab one to write my current thought. I bought a magnetic little mesh container that I keep my cleaner, fine-tipped pens, and all my story-inspiration dice in. Extra magnets not in use are pushed to side near the pens as well.

The main use, of course, for my whiteboard is to write stuff on. If you can’t tell, I have some super random stuff scribbled out. Right now, I have a note to remind me to practice Amazing Grace on the piano, and “battery” circled to remind myself I DESPERATELY need to buy a new laptop battery. I also wrote out a reminder to scrub the bathroom floors and the shower when my knees feel better. I didn’t get a good picture of it, but I also have a list of blog post ideas formed in blue too.😄

1 My white board also holds things I get from friends. My dear friend Robyn in Canada sent me this cute Halloween print she created last October and I still have it up above my laptop.❤
2. My best friend’s mom made me the cutest stationary for my birthday last year and I’ve used many of them! But I keep one up here because A) it’s so adorable, colors pop, and I just really like looking at it, and B) so I don’t accidentally mail them all away. xD I want to keep at least one!
3. And then from last semester I still have my note card of words my fellow students had said were things they thought of when they think of me. My professor told us all to put our cards where we’d see them and be reminded of our strengths and affirmative words that people tell us.  So of course, mine goes on my whiteboard. I still feel really happy when I remember them all telling me they could see I was very upbeat and smart and passionate and out of the box.❤

Next up to highlight are my many magnets! I have a ton of Kuroko’s Basketball magnets that I fawn over.😄 I have a wonderful Doctor Who magnet from my dear girl friend Ashley, and then I’ve bought my Hogwarts, Totoro, and Cruella De Ville magnets at comic-cons! Sometimes these guys keep stickers and trading cards in place, but I don’t have any of those up right now.

These aren’t on my actual whiteboard, but they are a part of my workstation. I especially likethe two on dreaming, “Don’t Wait for Sleep to Start Dreaming” followed by “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do.”❤

And that’s all the pictures I snapped with my iPod Touch.😄 I love my whiteboard, and I highly recommend getting one if you’re a writer or if you’re like me with a beautiful scatter brain.❤ Do you have a whiteboard? What do you use it for?

~Jamie

 

Currently: (it’s a leap day!)


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Currently listening: “Remember The Time” by the king of pop.

Currently sitting: NOT in a magical swing-set at the top of a pirate ship or a throne of ice cream cones and fudge, so that sucks.😛😉 No, I’m in my room at the moment.😄

Currently liking: that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD WON SIX OSCARS LAST NIGHT. YEEEAAAAS, IT TOTALLY DESERVED ALL THE WINS. *climbs on roof and sprays fire from electric guitar.* ;)

Currently drinking: nothing, but what I SHOULD be drinking is water because I didn’t drink enough yesterday.

Currently reading: shame on me, nothing at the moment. I have two books and a manga from the library sitting beside my bed. But I’ve started none of them.

Currently writing: blog posts (specifically a post about The Force Awakens.) I fell out of the habit of blogging and I’m trying to begin more drafts now. I’m revisiting some old novel drafts as well but I haven’t actually written more for them.

Currently watching: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. After putting it on hold for basically a year, I’m going to finish that show soon! I’m also following the Winter seasonal anime shows too, like ErasedShouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, KonoSuba, Grimgar of Fantasy and AshMyriad Colors Phantom World, Gate, and Osomatsu-san. And all the shorts.😄

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“Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash”

Currently obsessed with: music…but more specifically, learning about Michael Jackson.  ‘Cause I knew crap about his music. XD After accidentally becoming obsessed with Smooth Criminal last week, I started exploring for more. In turn that led me to reading Wikipedia and watching interviews and his super bowl performance.
I do this every so often: I enjoy learning about parts of pop culture I was completely ignorant about before. It’s fun, especially for musicians who create music I actually like.😀

Currently tired: from painting the downstairs guest bathroom. While I always like painting, I forget how heavy the paint rollers get after a while. XD  But the bathroom is now a sunshine-y yellow instead of the previous deep blackish-blue!❤

Currently excited: that I bought my plane ticket for my trip to Georgia this summer! That was actually last week, but I’m still excited! Although the reality of the visit has honestly not quite sunk in yet for me or my best friend.😄

Currently failing: well, actually, I feel pretty good about myself today. I’m not majorly sucking at anything for now.😄 I’m still doing good biking to school, I’m keeping on top of my laundry piles and my room, and getting math homework done on time. So yay for me!

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Currently scaring myself with: the idea of using the bus to get myself down to the big mall.😄 I still haven’t gone on any big trips that’s off my normal school bus route yet. The idea is scary, but I totally need to visit the mall for errands and to try to see Deadpool if I can. Maybe I’ll do that this month.😄

Currently wishing: that I could rearrange my room. But alas, I don’t want to spare the extra time or energy. So for now I’m just wishing. LOL😄

Currently praying: for my sister to continue to do be excellent in the military. So proud of her!❤

So, what’s up with you?! And today’s a leap day, isn’t that awesome!❤ I want to watch the Modern Family leap day episode today.😄

~Jamie

The Happy Tag!


My blogging pal SW tagged me to do the happy tag (and do check out her blog A Free Mind, it’s one of my favorites! <3) So I complied just a few things below that make me happy!

BOOKS:

“The Night Circus” ( ’cause magic) // Sherlock Holmes original novels and short stories  // “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (THE NOSTALGIA.) // Treasure Island” (pirates, hello?! XD) // Dracula”  //

WORDS

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Twitterpated (“Love-struck.”) // Serendipity (“Finding something good without looking for it.”) // Wanderlust (“a great desire to travel or rove about.”) // Collywobbles (“butterflies in stomach.” // Kawaii (“something super stupid cute.” pst, my own definition.😄 ) //

MOVIES/TV:

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Movies/TV:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (because Ellen equals happy LOL) // Clue (my fave!😄 ) // The Office US (I credit it as saving my life with joy.) // Frasier (my life was not complete before I saw Frasier.) // Murder by Death (mystery parodies FTW) // Erased (tears. so many tears, but most of them happy.) // Harry Potter (#ObviousReasons) // KonoSuba (happy feels happy feels happy feels.) //

SCENTS:

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the air before it rains // pizza // pool water // freshly baked brownies // white citrus Bath and Body foam soap // hotel rooms// the smell of mint when you open the floss container // and that speCIAL SMELL NEWBORNS HAVE ON THEIR HEADS THAT YOU JUST WANT KEEP YOUR NOSE BURIED IN FOREVER, BECAUSE SWEET MAMACITA.

SONGS:

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“Sh-Boom”  by The Chords // “Clean” by Taylor Swift // “Sing” by Pentatonix // “Rise” by Selena Gomez // “Female President” by Girl’s Day // “Spy” by Super Junior // “Fireflies” by Owl City // “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles // “Sleigh Ride”  by Leroy Anderson //

MISC:

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balloons // aquarium trips // Hercule Poirot // fairy tales // CASUAL CAPSLOCK CONVERSATIONS😄 // Encyclopedia Brown // jellyfish // candles // anime marathons // bubble baths //  Mickey Mouse // color // bubble gum chewing //


 

I tag anyone who hasn’t ALREADY been tagged to do this…is there anyone left who hasn’t? Everyone in my circles seems to have done it.😄 But if you want to do it, I’ll come comment on your post if you leave me the link!❤ Because comments and commenting also make me happy!❤

~Jamie

Highlights of My 2015


Today I thought I’d write out some highlights of 2015 for myself while it still doesn’t quite feel like “2016” yet: the big highlights, the ones that really stand out.😄 I’m going to jump right in and will go in chronological order.😄

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I Created an Anime Blog.

My introduction to anime in 2014 led to a full obsession at the beginning of 2015, and I created my second blog “Jamie Talks Anime”. I’ve started second blogs before but they’ve never gone anywhere, but “Jamie Talks Anime” was very different. I actually had things to say about the stories and characters and music that came out of anime. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new people through that blog and it gained 85 followers in its first year! As long as I keep watching and loving anime, I’ll continue to blog over there. But that was definitely a big change to my blogging habits and highlight of 2015.

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The Great Divorce Ended.

After almost four years of turmoil, with a two-year divorce process for my parents, it all finally ended in April. We celebrated. That was all a huge deal for me and my family, like breaking the surface of the sea to breathe. It was nice to hear words like “lawyer” disappear from our vocabulary after April but new routines left me spiraling like crazy all summer. I’m finding my footing now.

It’s relieving but crazy that it’s all over. I remember being eighteen thinking… “I’ll be twenty when this will be all over. No way.” But here I am, at 21 and it’s all over and time is crazy. I can already easily say my family is better off now by having my dad go his own way. And a lot personal growth and good things has come out of the whole awful experience.

And I’m incredibly proud of my mom. She’s a fighter to have made it the end of it without changing her mind. She’s very brave.

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I wish I could write to eighteen year old me and tell her that twenty-one me is doing ok, near the end of the dark tunnel where the light is. Or at least, there’s enough light to cast my shadow on the tunnel wall to groove with me and my music. Things are getting better, baby steps at a time!

My 21st Birthday.

Yep, 2015 was the big year that I officially became an adult. But not much happened LOL. I saw Ant-Man in theaters, had my favorite sandwiches, and made the day a quiet one. I didn’t do very much but I felt very loved from the many messages and notes I received that day. Really though, not much happened in regards to my birthday.

The biggest thing that DID happen that day ended up being completely unrelated: my dad decided to get remarried at the courthouse before bringing my brother home to me. And I’m still baffled about why it was on my birthday (or why he decided to get remarried three months after going through divorce he *said* he didn’t want.) I don’t know, I try very hard not to criticize my dad on here as I’m just not really ready go into how he’s made me feel…but that’s not normal, is it?

So, yep, turning 21 was quiet but the day was bizarrely memorable.

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I Passed My GED Tests.

I never blogged about it, but I did get my GED in 2015! After just over a year of studying at a GED tutoring school, and knocking each test out one at a time, I passed the math test in September for my certificate! The math test was a huge deal for me when I passed it as I’m horrific in math. Horrific. Please don’t ask me to do your taxes. Don’t even ask me to find the total cost of three Big Macs in the drive thru, unless you’re handing me a calculator.😄

Mathematical intelligence is my lowest intelligence, so math is my immortal enemy. It was a VERY happy day when I stumbled out of that two-hour test, my brain fried, and became informed I’d passed. So now I have my GED, which will be extremely helpful when I begin job hunting! And studying for it filled in a lot of missing information I didn’t have since I really lacked a high school education.

So, hip hip horray! But screw you, math. I’d say “stay out of my life”, but I’m in a college math class now, so it seems I can’t get away from you just yet.😄

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Speaking of college.

That was another big deal for me at the end of 2015. Just before I got my GED, I began a class at my community college during the fall semester. It was for creatively geared people struggling to figure out what type of career would fit them. That class changed my perspective in positive ways for so many things and I ended up really loving it! And my plans for college took a 180 turn between September and Dec. I want to start working towards an associates degree of some kind!

And I have actual career ideas in mind that I know would fit me. Besides strengthening my writing skills, I became very aware of how much joy and personal strength I have in helping and cheering on people. I like helping people feel heard and understood and empowered to be their very best selves. And I know I’d love to have a career the field of helping people someday! It was amazing to learn that about myself thanks to college!

I have much more to say on this subject that will go into another post, but 2015 was the year that I tried college and liked it!❤

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I Get to Meet my Best Friend!

This is the last big thing that fell into motion during 2015 for me! After being friends through blogging for five years, with 2014/2015 being full of weekly skype chats, anime marathoning, and just getting to be best friends, James and I began the initial stage of planning our first visit! That stage is basically completed at this point; all that’s left is for my plane ticket to be bought for the visit this upcoming summer!

AND I’M INCREDIBLY THRILLED. You guys! I’ve always wanted to meet my different blogging buddies, several of you reading this included; but I’m so glad James will be the first because we’re such good friends and have known each other for a long time! The two of us marvel that once upon a time the extent of our friendship was merely in the comment section of our blogs talking about Star Wars and The Avengers!😄

But he’s the best, you guys! James is truly my best friend and he’s one of the kindest people I know. He encourages me everyday to keep my chin up and be the best me I can be. He’s also incredibly smart; he has excellent taste in stories; and he’s hilarious as heck! So I’m really excited that before 2015 was over we got to talk about meeting! Now it’s just a countdown to May!


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2015:

was the year that I had blue hair for twelve months. The year my sister joined the military. The year I failed to do yoga. The year I began writing stories for myself again. It was also the year I lost a book in a hard drive crash. The year I realized I really liked lime slices in my water. The year I saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time. The year when on social media I stopped trying to be something I wasn’t. The year a family pet died. The year I rode the bus by myself for the first time. The year I finally confessed a hard secret and was still loved despite it. The year the shadows broke all over.

I don’t know how 2015 was for you, but I’m excited to have survived it! I’m desperately looking forward to what’s in store for me in 2016!

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~Jamie