Sunday, 26 April 2015

Music, And How It Impacts My Life.

I've given up on the post schedule I used to have at the bottom of my posts. It wasn't working for me. The inspiration I had for the posts I said we're going to be coming up soon died before I had the chance to write them. I love spontaneous posts because that's when my burst of energy and inspiration is strongest, when the words can flow easily and smoothly. It's my favorite part of blogging. And since there's been a lot of recent buzz on the blogosphere about writing for yourself, being the raw you, and doing what you want instead of what others expect, I've decided to write what I want. I'll eventually do the posts I said I was, but right now, I have something more important I'd like to share.

Today, I listened to a ton of music while doing an essay I had for English. I love music, because it's a door opening for you to explore a new world. A world full of rhymes and patterns and beats... and beauty. Music is beautiful.

Music effects the way I look at life, and love, and the world around me. It tells me that everything's going to be okay. It lets me release negative emotions and just let all the words wash over me and engulf me in something spectacular and wonderful.

If I'm feeling sad, I can turn to my favorite songs, the songs that move me in an inexplicable way. The emotions that are portrayed through the words and the beats are what help me feel better, or just comfort me sometimes. I can forget about my sadness for a little while and remember the things I love and treasure the most.

I'm not a terribly emotional person. But sometimes, singing, and the voices of some singers, move me to tears. The stories they tell through the songs are so raw and pure and golden. I respect good singers, because I can see the real emotions that come onto their face while singing. It's happiness.

Listening to music makes me happy. It sounds like a childish way to describe it, but that's what it does. It lifts me up into the clouds. It lets me know that I'm okay.

I love singing. I'm not good at it at all, but it makes me feel free and alive. I'm able to let go through singing, and that's what matters most to me. But one day, what I'd like to be able to do is move people with my voice like I get moved when I listen to certain people sing.

Some of the songs that I thought of while writing this:

Glorious- One Voice Children's Choir Cover

Glorious- Working With Lemons Cover

Alive- Meatloaf

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri


What songs have changed your life? Tell me in the comments!

-Oakstar

Monday, 20 April 2015

Group Blog Announcement!

Hey bloggers!

So, I haven't quite been following my post schedule, but that's okay. I'll eventually get back on track with my next few posts.

Sneha over at Nerd Glasses and Wanderlust (ha! another wanderluster!) had an idea recently about starting a group blog. I had been hoping for something like this to come up, so I immediately said yes.

So far, we have Sneha and me as well as Amelie from Contented Perfectionist on board.

We were thinking about doing something with book reviews, but since that's already been done, it's shaping up to be something bigger. If you want in (and we'd LOVE more people), e-mail one of us!

Sneha: nerdglassesandwanderlust@gmail.com
Oakstar: amazingcaseofwanderlust@gmail.com

We're looking for a few more people, so please, let us know if you want to!!

-Oakstar

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Book Review: Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality

Hi bloggers!

Today, I'm going to do a book review. This is my first review, and I'm excited to see how it turns out.

The Book in General:

Title: Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Number of Pages:272


Here's the link to it on GoodReads: Click me!


Summary (copied from GoodReads, only writing that is mine is the notes in red)

Don't mess with a girl with a great personality!

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
 Yep, Mackenzie is a book incarnation of one of the girls from Toddlers and Tiaras. 

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan (who believe it or not she likes for both personality and looks). She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.



Good things about the book:

1. The characters and their relationships. I absolutely love Lexi and Cam and Benny, and their relationship. I also enjoy Logan's character as well as Taylor's. My favourite character, though, is Mackenzie. Her multi-dimensional personality is really revealed later on in the book.

2. Everyone can relate to Lexi's high school situation. 

3. Lexi isn't a perfect character. She blows off her best friend in exchange for a date with a hot guy. She thinks only looks can get her to the top, until later on she realizes that her personality is the most important. 

4. It LGBT supportive. Lexi's best friend Benny is gay, and he isn't a stereotype. 

5. The messages at the end are not told in a preachy way. They're just perfectly true. 


Not so good things about the book:

1. Couple of cliches. There were some cringe-worthy cliches in the book. Like... she's sixteen. CLICHE. 

2. At the climax of the book, when something is happening, I kind of wanted to slap Lexi.

3. I got more emotional than Lexi when something that happened to her nearly tore her apart. I wanted to punch someone in the face, really, really hard. 

4. It wasn't really a revenge. 

5. Near the middle of the book, you think maybe the positive messages aren't so positive. But keep reading and see. 


My Opinion in General

I really loved this book. Lexi is so relatable, and I can really connect to her. The characters and their relationships are great, and there are some really positive messages in it. In GoodReads, you might see the reviews saying that all Lexi wants to do is be pretty, that she wants guys to think she's hot and blah blah blah, that it objectifies girls... blah blah blah. GUESS WHAT? SHE'S A TEENAGER. And the WHOLE POINT OF THE BOOK is that she OVERCOMES this desire to be pretty and that she realizes that she's PRETTY FREAKING AWESOME WITHOUT THE LOOKS. So can I please ask you to not use those Debbie downer reviews while making your choice to read this or not. They all don't realize that this is how some teenagers think, and the MAIN POINT IS THAT SHE OUTGROWS THESE THOUGHTS. All in all, this is an amazing book with a great main character, and I hope you consider it.

Rating: 8.7/10


-Oakstar

coming up: Public Speaking,  Random People/Things/Sayings I Just Get A Kick Out Of

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Shared Experiences Can Connect People

Hey bloggers! Today I've decided to share with you a piece of writing- a speech- I wrote for school. I was pretty proud of it, so here you go! I hope you enjoy!


Shared Experiences Can Connect People
     Have you ever been jealous of someone on your soccer team? Or the kid in your class who never fights with his parents? Or your pretty much perfect friend with perfect hair and perfect teeth and perfect grades while you… just don’t? I  have.
     Good day Ms. Burn , friends and people I don’t really know yet. I’d like to be friends with all of you, but we’re not there yet....
     How are strong friendships made? Here’s my story, and later on, see if you can relate to it.
     Last year, I had applied for a leadership summit in California. It was run by a magazine for tween girls. Discovery Girls, unlike most magazines, is not about celebrities and fashion, but the challenges that come with being a tween girl. It inspires and motivates girls to be the best that they can be.
     We’ve all had difficult times in our lives, dealing with jealousy, when we’ve fought with our parents, or had to deal with backstabbing friends. In my application I had to write about those types of insecurities and feelings. They said they were looking for 36 real girl leaders with bright personalities, so I gave it my all.  When I finally hit “send”, (three hours before the deadline), I was having a panic attack, but I felt confident.
     It took weeks, BUT... I got in, and I was going to be featured in an international magazine! Yet that wasn’t the main reason people from a mile away could hear me screaming!
     You see, last year’s girls never stopped talking about the friendships they had made. I had never really had a best friend before and I was thrilled, I was going to meet 35 potential new ones.
     August… Finally, my mom and I were off to California! I had time between finding out and going to the summit to connect with the girls online, and they seemed amazing. And when I finally met them? It wasn’t awkward at all. We talked about everything. It turns out, we all had similar experiences; crushes, feuding friends, fighting parents, bullying… and good stuff too, like fun times with friends that have always got your back. Everyone can connect over those things. 
     I believe the reason we all became best friends was that we shared so much in that long weekend... Modeling, jumping over waves, and being silly making unforgettable memories. Sure, there were mishaps, such as the disorganised schedule, but they brought us closer. They connected us because we all had to deal with them.
     It was heart-wrenching when I said goodbye, but I knew I had made some forever friends. Now, I miss them like crazy, but I know they’ll always be there.
     Now that you’ve heard my story, think about some of your close friends and what connected you.
     Perhaps it was when you won (or lost!) a game. You had spent hours perfecting your skills, and you grew closer through the experience. Maybe it was a theater performance you worked on for months and had built so many anecdotes to last you a lifetime.
     Maybe it was something smaller, like your class’s killer algebra test, or when you set foot in your new high school, when everyone had to adjust and make new friends. You all went through it, and more importantly, you all adventured it together.

     Experiences, and even things that people (STRANGERS!!) have in common, create bonds, and bonds turn into lifelong friendships. If you’re ever faced with a bad time, look back at your craziest, best memories, and see who was there making them with you. Thank you.


I didn't win the speech contest, but I was proud of what I had done. I hope you enjoyed reading it!

-Oakstar

coming up: Book Review: Revenge of the Girl With a Great Personality, Public Speaking

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Surprise Post- My Trombone!

Hey bloggers!

This is just a quick post- I originally wasn't going to do this post but I decided to live in the moment and just write. I've started playing the trombone!

At my school, my grade gets the slightly shabbier instruments because we are younger and the new ones cost an exorbitant amount of money if broken. My case and the trombone itself are pretty banged up, but that just adds to the character of the lovely instrument.

I've played the trombone before, but that was only in elementary school and now I'm willing to expand my knowledge and learn how to advance on my instrument. I love the fact that nearly no one else plays it, just me and a few other kids. It makes such a lovely sound, and even though it is huge it is not that heavy. I do admit to having some difficulties getting it in my locker, but it's all part of the high school experience.





I took this picture outside of my school today.

Thanks for reading!

-Oakstar

Thursday, 9 April 2015

My Favourite Everything

Hello bloggers!

Today, I'll be doing just a fun little post about my favourite everything.

Subjects are: books, tv shows, colour, candy, type of food, song, youtuber/ channel, holiday


Books

The Harry Potter series. It's just amazing. This is followed closely by these stand-alone books: The Big Summer by Jamie B. Laurie (this is one of my fandoms but sadly not a ton of people know about this book so I'm stuck alone fangirling all by myself), and Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg.

T.V. Shows

First: Doctor Who. It's Doctor Who! Absolutely everything about it is WONDERFUL, and I love it so much!  Second: Survivor. It's a huge dream of mine to get on and compete. The only problem is that I'm Canadian and kind of need United States citizenship to compete. 

Colour

White, followed by purple. They're appealing to me. 

Candy

Gummy bears. They're so colourful, and joyful, and chewy and juicy and perfect.

Type of Food

Indian food! I love how spicy it is. It offers a variety of mouth-watering flavours that I just LOVE. 

Song

Alive by Meatloaf. I love classic Rock 'n' Roll, and the song offers just that. And I really like mouthing the lyrics too.

Youtuber/ Channel

It's a tie between Vsauce and Superwoman. Vsauce is fascinating and educational, and answers all my bizzare questions, but Superwoman is just so funny that I have trouble containing my laughter watching her videos. (by the way, is anyone else terrified of Miranda Sings?) 

Holiday

Christmas! Everything is just so colourful and snowy and happy. Traditions are precious, and I have a ton of those. It's just a magical holiday. Christmas is followed by April Fool's, because I just love pranking my friends and family.


Did you like that? I'm thinking of doing some more stuff like this in the near future. Tell me what you think in the comments!

-Oakstar

coming up: Shared Experiences Can Connect People, Book Review: Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality

 

Monday, 6 April 2015

May I present to you: Cheer all Year 2015!

Hello, ladies and gentlemen bloggers! Well, actually, mostly ladies.

I am SO SORRY for the lack of posts. But today I have one for you, and it's the presentation of my new tag, Cheer all Year 2015!

Basically, the idea of the tag is to spread cheer (Christmas cheer, cheerleading, or just cheer in general) all year round. I started thisbeause I've realized that during the Christmas season, everyone is really really cheery and so excited about the holidays and they're all so grateful for the happiness they have. But during the regular year, no one seems to be as happy or cheerful or grateful for what they have.




    The Rules 

  • give answers to all questions and be detailed in them
  • nominate one person and thank the person who nominated you
  • comment on the blog post of the person you nominated
1. What is something that cheers you up when you're blue and why? 
Writing. It satisfies me. Usually what I do is that I make something equally horrible to one of my characters, or, if I'm feeling generous, I'll make something super happy happen to them so I can feel their cheer. Otherwise, I'll call one of Discovery Girls friends and just hearing their voice makes me feel a little bit better.

2. What are the objects that make you feel cheery (if you don't get this, think of the song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music and imagine your own lyrics)
kittens, brightly coloured post- it notes, highlighters, gummy bears, easter egg chocolate, the smell of fall, the smell of spring, pools, barbecues, unicorns

3. What do you do to cheer others up?
I usually talk some sense into them, put on some music, or give them a gummy bear. Or all three at the same time.

4. Who cheers you up the most in your life?
My friends and family! They are always there for me and help me get through all sorts of bad times. 

5. For you, what is the most cheerful time of year?
The fall! My birthday is in the fall, I just LOVE autumn smells, there's Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and at this point, I actually enjoy school. Everything is new and fresh and wonderful and damp. 

6. What is something that has happened in the recent past that has made you feel cheery and why? 
April Fool's Day went amazing! I played a few pranks on my friends and family, and the laughs we all got from them made me feel really good. 

7. What is a book or movie that makes you feel cheery?
The Harry Potter series. I have such fond memories reading it, and I love reading them all over again.

And finally, at this part of the tag, I want you to write THE ONE, TOPMOST THING that makes you feel cheery, and keep the ones before it. (it should end up looking like this: writing and reading and colorful dresses and...)
writing

I nominate: Star Girl from A Night Full of Riots, because she is one of the cheeriest bloggers I know and she's working on her Project Happiness.

And that is the tag! Make sure you link back to the person who nominated you! I hope you enjoy this, and maybe (just maybe) one day, while answering this tag you might cheer yourself up if you're feeling down.

-Oakstar

coming up: My Favourite Everything, Shared Experiences Can Connect People