May 2011

linked to Short Story Slam

Laying on that grass, looking at the sky, along comes a balloon way up high.

It was covered with dots, of all sorts of colors, flown by kids, probably brought by their mothers.

If you look to the left, maybe a yard or two, you’ll see a horse, along with its shoe.

Down on the ground families watch, a sparkle of awe in the children’s eyes.

The balloons take their journey, up in the sky, they float across the park, and every one waves good-bye.

They land gracefully, maybe with a thump.

These balloons will stay grounded until it is again, time to fly.


This book was very interesting. It was good enough to keep me on my behind for two hours reading it at the library. It had magic, and drama, a few of my favorite things.

In this family, every one is born with magic powers. Once you get to the right age you can choose to accept the powers, or reject them. This book is about the story of a girl names Millicent. She has to find ways to help without lying or else she looses her powers. It becomes really tricky when one of her friends Dad is shot dead by her brother. Will everything be all right in the end? I don’t, well i do, but your going to have to read it yourself to find out.

Here is the thing they put in the book, telling you a little bit what it’s about.

Millicent has been waiting all her life for this moment to arrive — her fourteenth birthday and the receiving of her Gift: the power to have one wish come true. For one time in her life, she can change absolutely anything she wants.

But as her birthday draws near, Millicent gets glimpses of just how much her Gift will change her life, and she begins to have doubts. She begins to wonder if such an awesome power is a gift or a burden.

Then, on a moonlit night, in the time it takes one bullet to travel twenty feet, Millicent’s world comes crashing down around her, and she is forced to face the full responsibility of her Gift.

Review by Goodreads

It started out as an ordinary summer. But the minute thirteen-year-old Zinny covered the old, overgrown trail that ran through the woods behind her family’s house, she realized that things were about to change.

Right from the start, Zinny knew that uncovering the trail would be more than just a summer project. It was her chance to finally make people notice her, and to have a place she could call her very own. But more than that, Zinny knew that the trail somehow held the key to all kinds of questions. And that — the only way to understand her family, her Aunt Jessie’s death, and herself, was to find out where it went.

From the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, here is an intricately woven tale of a young girl who sets out in search of her place in the world — and discovers it in her own backyard.

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i saw a DIY video for a fringe skirt and decided i wanted to make a fringe shirt.

November 2010

“The Seer of Shadows” is about a young boy who gets into some trouble, with the help of his mentor, of course.  The story takes place in New York City in 1872.  The main characters of the story are Horace Carpetine and Pegg.  Other characters that are highlighted in the book are Enoch Middleditch and the Von Matchs.

Horace Carpetine is  the apprentice of Enoch Middleditch who is a photographer.  Horace is kind of shy in the book.  Through out the story he doesn’t really change at all i think.  Pegg is the unpaid servant of the Von Matchs’.  She is the one who later in the story is befriended by Horace, and helps him.  Through out the story Pegg becomes less shy as she gets to know Horace.  Enoch Middleditch is Horaces mentor.  In the story he tries to scam the Von Matchs’ for more money by making it look like their dead daughter was in the photograph with Ms Von Match.  The Von Matchs’ are the wealthy clients in the book.  Eleanora Von Match is the deceased daughter, otherwise known as the ghost bent on revenge.

In the book the Von Matchs’ come to Enoch Middleditch to have Ms Von Matchs’ photograph taken to put on Eleanora’s grave.  It was supposed to calm her soul.  The actual purpose of the photo of Ms Von Match was the scare away Eleanora’s ghost, and keep her from coming back.  Enoch has the idea to make it look like Eleanora was in the photo also, and that way the Von Matchs’ would pay to have another photo taken, just to make sure.  But what Enoch didn’t know was that Eleanora really was back. And she was out to kill.