Fire Dragon ~ Hermitcraft AU, My Writing

Stuff ~ In Which There Are Announcements and the Prologue to My Hermitcraft AU!!

Hi guys!

It’s Saturday. Not Friday. I forgot. My hiatus really messed up my groove.

Oh well. This post is not for ranting! Well, it could be. There’s a lot of potential. But….nah. We have more important things to talk about!

I have decided that I’m going to change my blogging schedule.

Yeah, yeah, not that groundbreaking, but I thought I’d let you guys know. After all, you’re the ones taking the time out of your day to read this post, and all the others that I post, so *shrugs*

I’ll be switching from posting on a set day (Friday) to posting whenever I feel like it. Of course, I will try to post at least once every week for consistency’s sake, but that’s the gist of it. Plus, my posting style will change slightly. I plan to be posting more artwork (because I’ve been fanarting like crazy!), talking more about my fandoms, maybe talking more about my writing as well?, and writing about my life more, kind of like an online journal, since I haven’t been keeping up with my IRL journal lately. *glares at self*

Oh, I will be discontinuing the Science of Magic series, as a lot of research goes into those posts and I really don’t have the time or patience for that kind of thing anymore. I’m so sorry! I know a lot of people enjoyed those posts and I really enjoyed writing them, but a lot happened over the summer and my circumstances are a little different now.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I can share the prologue to my Hermitcraft AU! I’m calling it Fire Dragon, and I’m very excited for that title to be deciphered, but it’ll be a little while before there are enough clues to figure it out.

So, without further ado, the Prologue of Fire Dragon!

“Sire….They are arriving.”

“Wonderful. I’ve been expecting Them.”

“I can’t understand why you have such a fascination with Them.”

“What do you mean?”

“You’ve been keeping careful track of Them. Watching Them. Listening to Them. Exploiting the weak links. Strengthening the strong ones. And staying away from the Undecided. May I ask why?”

“They….could be powerful. Useful.”

“I don’t understand.”

“Of course you don’t. It is not your plan. You are not a wise one.”

He stiffens. “I suppose not.”

“Now, don’t get angry. Look, the Masked One is preparing to send Them to a new world, as he does every so often.”

“I do not understand why he does this.”

“He is afraid.”

“Afraid, my lord?”

“Afraid of Them becoming too powerful. He knows things even we do not know. Even I do not know.”

“Is….is he an Undecided?”

“….I am unsure. He shows no sign of it. But the Undecided come from mysterious places. Out of nowhere, even.”

“Where is he sending Them?”

“A new universe. My scientists call it Caviclif-8. They are going to start Their lives over.”

“And only the Masked One knows?”

“Yes. Only the Masked One knows.”

“They are all fools.”

“Hush. It is starting. And we will be here to watch it.”

Well? What did you think? Can you guess who is in the prologue? (It’s just two people.) Any guesses as to where the story might go from here?

Alright, that’s all I had. Thanks for reading! ❤

My Writing

Random Informatory Post ~ In Which You Shall All Be Informatoried (Is that a word? No? Well, it is now.)

Guess who’s back!!

It’s me, I’m back.

Didja guys miss me? I missed you guys. My hiatus lasted a little longer than I expected. What with burnout from Drama and Music Camp, no inspiration or motivation to write, pain after becoming a metal-mouth (sigh), and some family stuff going on, I haven’t managed to write a new post.

However, last night (or this morning. It was after midnight), I was struck with a smack of inspiration!

*SMACK!!*

Ow.

I have possibly maybe hopefully found a way to share some of my writing on my blog!!

*insert party here*

I know several people were interested in seeing something that I typed out with my own two fingers (WHOA TYPO I meant three fingers), so I decided to start an AU!! I’ve never written an AU, but I’m super excited about this one because it’s going to end up being super dramatic, if I did my calculations correctly. (But let’s be honest, when have I ever done my calculations correctly?)

My AU is going to be about Hermitcraft!! I’ve been obsessed with Hermitcraft lore lately, and I think this would be a fun way to do my own take on all that lore.

If you don’t know what Hermitcraft is, I recommend checking it out right now! It’s an amazing Minecraft SMP (Survival Multiplayer Server) with some of the most talented Minecraft YouTubers on the planet, including, but not limited to, Grian, Mumbo Jumbo, BDoubleO100, Ethoslab, and the two newest members, GeminiTay and PearlescentMoon. Several of the members have a little bit of lore they like to include in their videos, which really adds to the viewing experience. Their videos are 98% clean, with them mostly focusing on building incredible things, hanging with their friends, and starting the occasional war. (If you know what I’m talking about….put a Turf War reference in the comments XD)

I might include an illustration or two with each chapter. I’ve been on a fanart craze for about a week now, mostly because I haven’t drawn several of the hermits and they all have such fun designs!!

Anyways, I thought I’d let you guys know about my AU and see what you think! If you’re not interested, that’s totally okay! Don’t feel bad about saying so in the comments. If you are interested, then yay! Please let me know so I can make a tally!

Alright, I think I’ll shut up now. There won’t be a post this Friday since there’s been some stuff happening in my life and I think it’s fine to stay on hiatus a little longer. I thought I’d just drop a post letting y’all know I did fall off the face of the earth but don’t worry the earth is round.

Thanks for reading!!

Top Fives

Hello Summer! ~ Five of My Favorite Things About Summer

Happy Father’s Day, everybody! As you’re reading this, I am probably packing furiously for music camp tomorrow. (I’m so excited, because I get to spend a week at camp with my cousin!!)

But, besides being a day to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, and uncles, it’s also the first day of summer! Woop-woop!

To be fair, I live in the South, so it’s been summer since March, but it’s the thought that counts!

Today, I am going to be covering five of my favorite things about summer! So let’s jump in!

5. Swimming

There’s nothing quite like being immersed in water and waggling your arms and legs around until you’re so hungry, you could eat a whole pig. I love swimming! We’ve already been to the pool around three or four times this summer (although I only went once because reasons), and I remembered why it’s not higher on my list. My ears are freaking water magnets. If I go underwater once, there is water stuck in my ear for a week or longer. It’s kind of annoying.

And no! Don’t go down to the comments like, “Mia, you could just wear ear plugs when you go swimming. Problem solved!” Ear plugs hurt my ears like no other.

Okay anyways. Next!

4. Vacations

We used to go to the beach every summer with my dad’s side of the family and it was a blast! The last time we went was when I was eight or nine, and we haven’t been there since. Of course, it’s hard (not to mention expensive!) to go to the beach with eight kids, so that’s understandable.

Another thing we do is go camping up in the mountains! With my dad’s side of the family!! XD We’ve been to Cloudland Canyon, High Falls, and Fort Mountain. (Fun fact: Fort Mountain was where I lost my first tooth, caught my first butterfly, and saw my first [and only] bear! No seriously, a bear walked through our camp.) And it seems that, every time we go camping, my mom is pregnant. We always joke that we can’t go camping unless she’s pregnant XD

Last year, since we were in the midst of COVID, we weren’t really able to do anything. But, Dad surprised us one day with a trip to his sister’s house, so we spent a day with cousins and had a good time!

3. Writing and Song-Writing

Since it’s summer, I always have a lot of free time (after June. June is always busy.), so I use that free time to work on my novel(s), play scripts, and, now, blog posts! I also write songs, since I always seem to have more inspiration in the summer.

2. No School

I don’t think this one needs any explanation.

1. Drama Camp

I. Love. Drama Camp. So. Much!! It was started in 2019 by on of our co-op friends, Linda. (That’s not her real name. I changed it because privacy.) The arts council agreed to give her a chance at directing a show for kids, and she texted my mom about it, since we’d participated in a Drama Club she’d offered for a few weeks. We were so excited! We signed up immediately. I have never had so much fun in my entire life. Throughout the whole month of June, 27 kids, ranging from ages 6 to 18, put on a production of Into the Woods, Jr.!

(I played “Little” Red Ridinghood, if you were curious.)

They weren’t able to do it last year because COVID, but this year, it returned with a production of Godspell, Jr.! We just finished the second week of rehearsals, and I am, unfortunately, going to miss the entire third week, because I have music camp. And the third week is choreography week. And I have to learn all the choreography during tech week. Thankfully, I have friends who will show me where to go.

(If anyone is curious, I sing the “All Good Gifts” solo, one of the “Light of the World” solos, and a solo that the directors added in “Finale”. I also play the Shy Child, one of the Masters, and a goat.)

I absolutely love Drama Camp, and it helped me finally figure out what I want to do when I grow up! Be a carpenter!

Just kidding! I want to do musical theater when I grow up.

I’m excited for our show in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it goes! And I may or may not be planning a very special post after it’s all over……😁

So yeah, those are my top five favorite things about summer! I’m so excited to find out what other fun activities we’ll do in the next couple of months! What are some of your favorite things about summer?

Thanks for reading!

The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic: Griffins ~ In Which I Have an Announcement

What’s up, y’all? Welcome to yet another Science of Magic post! Today we will be talking about the lovely, winged, four-legged creature known as the griffin! Or gryphon, if we’re going by ancient Greek spellings.

So, let’s jump in!!

Some of the earliest artwork of griffins date back to ancient Egyptian and ancient Iranian days. Griffins were carved on cosmetic palettes in Egypt as fancy decoration. (The Egyptians sure must have liked their fancy decoration XD) The ancient Iranians called griffins “Shirdals”, and let me just say that that is fabulous. ShiRdALs. YeS.

According to Medieval Lore, griffins mate for life. If their mate dies, they continue through life alone, and never re-mate. Ostrich eggs were thought to be griffin eggs, and antelope horns were thought to be griffin claws. They were highly prized in royal courts.

In Greek mythology, griffins were charged with guarding the golden land of Hyperborea. Hyperborea was a place where the sun never stopped shining, and the home of Leto, the mother of Apollo and Artemis.

The most commonplace design for griffins is the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. However, more modern designs can include various types of birds and/or various types of cats. (Honestly, mixing and matching is so much fun XD)

Alright, and now to the criticizing!

Let’s see how nit-picky I can be over one of my favorite creatures in mythology….

First off, the eagle talons. Most griffins have eagle talons as their front feet and lion’s paws as their hind feet. But why? Why can’t it just have lion’s paws in front, too? Are the talons supposed to help with landing or aerodynamics? And if so, how?

I have done absolutely no research on this, whatsoever (besides some random stuff that I’ve learned in science XD), but I really don’t think there’s much of a purpose. Two talons don’t do much good when landing in a tree, and they surely don’t help with ground landings and just regular walking. So why on earth can’t the griffin just have four lion’s paws??

And then, of course, there’s the same issue that I had with dragons last month. Wings. Wingspan, wing power, wing structure, and so on and so forth. Wings are just…..complicated!

I feel like I should also make a remark about the fact that birds can’t chew, and lions don’t have gizards…..so what on earth does the digestive system of a griffin look like, and what exactly does it eat? Does it have a gizard in the bird part and a stomach in the lion part, or some kind of crazy hybrid/specifically tailored digestive system?

*throws hands up* CREATURE MASHUPS ARE HARD, Y’ALL!!

*clears throat*

Y’know, this series has turned into me just yelling about the things I hate with no scientific backing at all….😅

Before I go, I want to announce the hiatus I am taking next month! I’ve got quite a few summer camps happening in June, so I thought it best that I take a little bit (or a lotta bit) of time off! I do have one post planned for the 20th, but, other than that, no posts until July. When I get back from my hiatus, we shall have the fifty followers celebration I’ve been planning! (Wouldn’t want to forget that!)

Thank y’all for reading and I’ll see you in July!!

Celebration!

Fifty?!! ~ In Which AHHH FIFTY FOLLOWERS!!!!

Now THAT PICTURE–

That’s really cool. I wanna know how they made it.

Anyways, yes, you read the title right!! I have achieved fifty followers!! (Technically 54, but y’know) This post is running late, so nothing exciting today, other than a massive thank you to all of my followers!! I’ve been blogging for six months now, and it’s crazy that I got 50 followers in just six months! Y’all are all amazing and I’m so thankful!!

Before I end this very short post, I just want to ask if anyone has any fun ideas I could do to celebrate? I was thinking answering your questions, but I’ve already been tagged for a lot of awards and I’ve been answering a lot of questions in those posts. So, cool ideas? If I see one that I especially like, I’ll announce it in next week’s post!

Well, I’m going to go cry happy tears about reaching 50 followers!! Thank y’all so much, and I’ll see you next time!!

Thanks for reading!

Blog Tags, God's Providence, The Olden Days

The Reflections Tag ~ In Which 2020 is a Hero

2020 was a rough year for everyone. It had its fair share of ups and downs (and lefts and rights, too). However, we are not focusing on the lefts and rights today. This tag is all about the good things about 2020.

So, let’s be optimistic!!

Rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you (Thanks Essie!)

2. Share 8 of the things God blessed you with or taught you in 2020

3. Tag 5+ bloggers

Questions:

Can I call this “Questions”, even if there are no questions? Yes, yes I can.

1. I Joined the Young Writers’ Workshop (aka YDubs)

It was 9:30 on a Thursday night. I was in my room doing who-knows-what (probably reading), when I heard Mom call my name. To be honest, I thought I was in trouble, but I wasn’t sure why. However, I was not in trouble! Mom handed me her phone, which was on a page called “The Young Writers’ Workshop“. Curious, I scrolled through the page, taking in all the information. The lessons looked exciting, the instructors seemed pretty cool, and the unity and community that the website offered was very appealing. After scrolling through twice, I said, “This looks awesome!”

And so began my time on YDubs! I have learned so much about how to improve my writing. After all, if it wasn’t for YDubs, this blog probably wouldn’t exist! I am now plotting a novel (something I wouldn’t have ever thought to do before YDubs), blogging consistently (which is also because of y’all!), and I’m in a better place spiritually and emotionally!

(If anyone is interested in joining YDubs, registration is open!)

2. My Friend Group Grew

This is technically an extension of the first one, but I made so many wonderful friends in just a couple of months after I joined YDubs! And they were all like me!! Crazy, weird, and sarcastic writers who were chock-full of ideas!

Of course, I’ve also made great friends from blogging, which has been awesome too!

3. I Met My Best Friend

And this one is an extension of the first two XD

I remember the first time I started chatting with Liesl. We were a little bit stiff at first, because, after all, we didn’t know each other very well. We talked about the stuff writers talk about, and told about our siblings and their crazy antics.

And suddenly, it happened. We just…..became best friends! I seriously don’t remember when or how it happened. We just went from stiff and slightly formal to literally SCREAMING at each other about various things.

And that’s the best kind of friendship there is.

4. Construction Finished on Our House

Back in 2019 (that ancient year of bliss and happiness 😅), we hired someone to add two bedrooms and a bathroom on to our house. They started in October, and finally finished in January, just a couple of months before the craziness happened.

Let me tell you, it was so much fun to watch the construction process. From the bare bones, to the unpainted walls, to the wooden floors and the finished product, we had such a good time looking around the rooms each evening after they finished for the day. (Our favorite thing to do was hide in the closets and go to Narnia.)

And we didn’t run into any problems, like they always do on HGTV!

Until after they were all finished and the floor started leaking. They came back and fixed it though, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.

5. I Got to See My Cousin More Than Once

Under normal circumstances, I usually just see my cousin, Lizi, once or twice a year. But, in 2020, I saw her four times!! And she got to sleep over at our house, which never happens! It was the best!

6. I Had the Best Birthday I’ve Ever Had

It didn’t matter that my Dad tested positive for COVID on my birthday, it was still the very best!

I got to have donuts, croissants, and pigs-in-a-blanket for breakfast, which are usually things that we only have on Christmas Day. The decorations were absolutely beautiful (which makes sense, because my mother and my sister went all-out for me), and the presents were all things that had been on my list!

After lunch, I went to town with my mom so I could get my learner’s license. I was absolutely terrified that I was going to fail the test, but I actually only missed one question! I wasn’t quite ready to drive yet, so I let Mom do all that fun stuff XD

We visited my Dad at his office and then got ice cream from the best (well, second best. Brewster’s is the best) ice cream shop in the world: Dairy Queen!

After we ate our ice cream, Mom let me go on a controlled shopping spree in Wal-Mart, which was fun! I love shopping in Wal-Mart! Because I’m basic.

And literally, when we got to our car after shopping, Mom got a text from Dad saying that his COVID test had come back positive, and we had to quarantine. So, we picked up some pizza for supper and went home, where I sorted through all my birthday wishes on YDubs, had a Zoom call with some friends, and played MarioKart with my siblings, and dominated as always. 😇

I haven’t had as wonderful of a birthday since.

I also haven’t had a birthday since, but that doesn’t matter.

7. I Started Driving

I didn’t actually start driving until a whole month after I’d gotten my permit, but I still started driving! And let me tell you, learning to drive a 12-passenger van is no easy task. I wasn’t brave enough to go any faster than 45 MPH (60 KPH, yes, Canadians, you are welcome), but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Driving is fun! Now, I’m literally driving everywhere. My mom isn’t allowed to drive unless she’s going somewhere without me XD

8. I Joined a Band Class

Okay, technically this didn’t officially happen until 2021, but I visited the class in October, so I’ll count it. The class was meeting on Zoom, so, even though they was based in Michigan, I was still able to join! And, the teacher allowed me to write a song for the class to play, which was pretty awesome. I cried. A lot.

9. We Got a Puppy!

Some of you might remember my post where I introduced our puppy, Cookie. He was such a sweet and cuddly ball of fur and love, and he was absolutely precious!! Now, he is ten times the size he was when we first got him, and bites everything XD He’s still so sweet though!

Okay, yeah, I went one over, but so many wonderful things happened, it was impossible to choose just eight!!

Taggees:

Liesl

Chloe

Bea

Emily

Laurel Jean

What are some awesome things that happened to you in 2020? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading!

Art

A Showcase of My Art ~ In Which Some of It Is Recent and Some of It Is Not

What do you do when you have a hole in your posting schedule and tons of original art saved on your computer? You shove all that art into a blog post, of course!!

Today, I am going to give a little bit of a sketchbook tour of random drawings and paintings from different sketchbooks from the past three or four years.

Disclaimer: I am not a photographer and all of these pictures were taken with an iPad, so the quality is not fantastic. Sorry!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Let’s start with some Minecraft fanart because I am a nerd.

This was a character from a Minecraft fanfiction that I started writing almost a year ago. Her full name is ValleyFlower455 but everyone calls her Lily for short. I used a reference photo when I drew her so this pose is not completely mine, but this is still one of my favorite drawings!

This is an illustration that I drew for my friend’s Minecraft fanfiction. The story is, the characters were exploring a dungeon, and Arrow (the one in the drawing) screamed. When the others rushed in, they found her “perched on the spawner” which was such a wonderful image I just had to draw it. I think this is the first time I’d ever drawn someone sitting cross-legged, so that was a fun challenge.

Now we’re getting into the drawings I did of various Greek gods and goddesses. This is a drawing of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. She was fun to draw, but I’m not sure what happened to her hand *facepalm*. Hands are hard.

This is a drawing of Hestia, goddess of the hearth. I love her robe so much, but I’m not sure why she has such a weird expression. (You can also see Demeter ghosting through the other side XD)

I gave myself a challenge awhile back to draw a chibi character every day for a whole month, and this one is by far my favorite. It’s chibi Mulan! I don’t know what it is about her, but she’s absolutely adorable. (Ignore the smudges. The eraser was being naughty)

This was the second chibi drawing I did, and you can see the difference between this one and chibi Mulan, who I did much later in the month. I’m so proud of the rose garland in the ballerina’s hair.

Not sure why this cute little goat is shrugging, but she is. This was the last drawing I did that month, and I haven’t drawn anything chibi since 😅

And this is a self portrait! I don’t have green eyes anymore, but other than that, this is pretty accurate XD

The picture quality on this is terrible, but this is one of my favorite drawings that I’ve ever done. I have a gigantic pad of sketch paper and one evening, I thought, “Let’s try sketching!” so, I took my BIC mechanical pencil (0.7 lead, of course) and drew this. The lips and the nose and the hand….I am still sooooo proud of this drawing. (Oh, and, fun fact, the Uno reverse card is actual size because I traced an Uno reverse card to draw the picture!)

This looked a lot better in my head. It’s supposed to be a drawing of a sad girl with a mask that makes her look gorgeous and happy. I could probably redraw it fifty different ways now, but this is what I have. I am still really proud of it though.

This is another drawing from my ginormous sketchbook. It’s supposed to be a crying fairy. Not sure how convincing it is. Also, I don’t know why I remember this, but I drew this picture when I listened to Les Miz for the first time.

I went through a phase where I was obsessed with painting watercolor unicorns, pegasi, and alicorns. This is the most recent one I did (back in 2018). I call it the Fruit Stripes unicorn because the colors on the mane remind me of Fruit Stripes gum XD

This is one of my all-time favorites. I copied this more or less from Pinterest and it turned out so good!! I’m definitely very proud of it!

This was the very first watercolor unicorn that I did. As you can see, my attempts at making it an appaloosa did not go very well. The figure is really off, too. I adore the mane and tail though.

This one isn’t that great either (and incredibly blurry, what on earth happened?). I was still trying to figure out 1. How to make the appaloosa spots look right and 2. How to shape the wings correctly. She still has a really pretty design though. I should re-paint her sometime.

This one is similar to the one I copied off of Pinterest, except done with MECHANICAL PENCIL!!!!! I’m really proud of that braid, y’all.

I copied this girl from some embroidery my grandmother did. The picture does not look nearly as good as the original embroidery, but I’m so proud of it! It turned out so pretty!

This is just a quick sketch of my dreamcatcher (which is actual size because I traced the dreamcatcher the get that circle 😂) with my little garden girl ghosting through. *facepalm* I didn’t think it looked very good when I did it, but, looking back now, it’s almost exactly like the real thing!

This is a drawing that I did for Februfairy last year. Februfairy is an art challenge where you draw a fairy every day in the month of February. I’m incredibly proud of that koi fish. It was very fun to color.

ALL HAIL QUEEN ALICE, RULER OF…..my bedroom, I guess? I drew this off of the doll that my grandmother made. I need to get more red markers so I can color her in…..

I love this one. It’s just a quick little drawing of a character that appeared in one of my dreams that I planned to write a story about. That was awhile back, but now, I am revisiting her design for my novel! Her name is Silence and, in my original design, she got fire power from her amulet, but now, she can manipulate sound.

This is a drawing I did for my sister of one of her characters. Her name is Eleanor and she is British and loves animals. I love the velvet look her dress has, especially since I made it using two shades of green XD

This is another drawing I did for my sister. This adorable winged baby panda is called a pandita, and can fly. Because it has wings. IT’S SO CUTE!!!

These are the same character, but drawn two years apart. The top one was done in 2020, and the bottom one was done in 2018. This fairy is another one of my sister’s characters. Her name is Harmony and she has healing powers.

(Suddenly realizes I also have a Harmony with healing powers) Hmm……

Some Ninjago fanart! This is Jay, the lightning ninja! I love his expression XD

I drew this to practice drawing something other than humans XD Her name is Sophia and she is very fuzzy!

These were the only things I managed to produce during Smaugust. Smaugust is a challenge where you draw a dragon every day in the month of August. Their names, in order, are Volco, Sanalay, Weedy, Flora, and Queen Azema. My favorite is either Weedy or Sanalay.

Funny story: This girl went through two different phases before I landed on this one, and I’m still not satisfied. She was colored with watercolor pencils, so yeah, not the highest quality. I love this idea though, so I’m definitely going to revisit it. I call this picture Butterfly Maiden.

These two lovely ladies are cosplayers of slimes from the game Slime Rancher. I’ve drawn six so far, but I only took pictures of these two.

Attempting to draw a fairy from behind. I think this one turned out pretty good!

*squeals* This one is adorable!! It took my several hours to paint, but it’s so sweet and precious!! (Also, none of the smudges were intentional *facepalm*)

Well, that’s all the artwork that I could find on my computer, but is not all the artwork I have! I had so much fun compiling this post! If y’all want to see another post like this in the future, let me know!!

Now, because I know some of y’all are going to ask, I shall now list my art supplies.

Canson XL Watercolor pad. The paper is super thick and very high-quality!

Canson XL Drawing pad. This paper is also very high-quality, and it’s really smooth which is fantastic for my markers.

COPIC Sketch markers. These markers are pretty expensive, but they’re refillable and easy to blend. I am slowly growing my collection and I love them a lot!! They do bleed quite a bit, but that’s easily fixed with a couple of pieces of scrap paper.

Sakura Microns. (To outline, I used the 01 size) These pens don’t smudge with the COPICs, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors.

BIC Star Wars Mechanical Pencil 0.7 lead size. I looove mechanical pencils, and the BIC brand is fantastic!

Very cheap watercolors from the Dollar Tree. They’re great for when you want a watery look or a vibrant look to your painting!

Prismacolor color pencils. Super high quality.

Prismacolor watercolor pencils. Not as high as the regular pencils, but still very well made.

Thanks for reading!!

Miscellaneous

Crazy Writing Week! ~ In Which Craziness Ensues

Hey guys! Just a quick note to let you know that Crazy Writing Week is open!

What is Crazy Writing Week?

Crazy Writing Week (or CWW or CDubs) is a program given by the Young Writers Workshop to help writers make a significant amount of progress on their writing projects by friendly competition. CWW is really similar to YWW, but does have a few differences as explained on the website. This is my third time participating and I really enjoy seeing my friends and meeting new people!

Why do I need to join Crazy Writing Week?

I mean, you don’t need to, but most, if not all, of the participants have written more words in a week than they thought possible! It’s completely free and tons of fun! Plus, there are places for you to ask questions about your projects and it’s really easy to connect with other writers your age because….well…..the whole community is made up of young writers!

Why is it a competition and what if I don’t like competing?

CWW is a competition to help writers have incentive to write as many words as possible. The teams this year are the Forks and Spoons. (I am a proud Fork 😁🍴) There are prizes for the amount of words written by both teams. For example, if we write 2 million words, we will win a secret lesson to help us improve in our writing. If we write 4 million words, we will win a music video of one of the instructors singing a VeggieTales song! (VeggieTales is a running tradition at this point XD)

If you don’t want to compete your tail off for a specific team, you can join the Sporks team! The Sporks are a neutral team that can submit points for either team. They’ll still get to partake in the prizes and they still have to compete, but it’s not for a set team.

This sounds awesome! How do I sign up?

Head over to the website to create an account!

https://theyoungwriter.com/challenge?vgo_ee=JazdiposoWrJlGcf1cd5pQA3SuMkJhmkGexv49sZvNU%3D

I hope to see you there! My name on the community is Mia Harden, so if you see me, don’t be afraid to say hi!! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I will be glad to answer!

Thanks for reading!!

The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic: Dragons ~ In Which Rawr

I couldn’t find any good pictures of dragons on Unsplash, so, enjoy this lovely photograph of a dragonfruit, a true delicacy.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the fourth Science of Magic post!! Today, we shall be discussing dragons. They’re kind of a rare creature to see in a fantasy novel, these days. *shrugs* In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, dragons are giant lizards with wings that go flappy-flap. And sometimes they go rawr.

So yes, now that I have the ridiculous intro out of the way, let’s jump into some of the lore behind dragons.

It’s pretty much impossible to cover all the lore behind dragons, because they appear, not only in a variety of mythology, but also in plenty of modern day books. But, I shall do the best I can, and I’m very sorry in advance for anything I might have missed.

Dragons, or some form of a dragon, have been seen in mythologies from Egypt, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and the Norse region. The most well-known image of a dragon in Egyptian mythology is the ouroboros, a dragon who is eating his own tail.

The ouroboros

The ouroboros was believed to protect the corpse of Ra, the sun god, although how a god is dead, I will probably never know. In the Cartoon Network show, Lego Ninjago, there is an ancient city of snakes called the City of Ouroboros, as a nod to this ancient icon. (Did I just call an ancient Egyptian symbol an icon? Why yes I did, thank you for asking)

In Chinese mythology, dragons were closely associated to rain. When there was a drought, it was because of their dragon’s laziness. There were plenty of rituals to encourage a dragon to bring rain, including making a ring of little clay dragons and dancing inside the ring, and praying to the dragons in poetry and recitation. Dragons are still heavy influences in China today.

Korean and Japanese dragons were incredibly similar to Chinese dragons. The main difference between Chinese dragons and Korean dragons were that Korean dragons have longer beards. Japanese dragons were commonly associated with metal, and were thought to be the mounts of worthy individuals.

The stories of dragons from Mesopotamia were most likely based on sightings of dinosaurs, like many old-world dragon stories. They were described as having “horns, the body and the neck of a snake, the forelegs of a lion, and the hind-legs of a bird”. Babylonian and Assyrian goddesses were said to ride on dragons, and were the only ones who could win the respect of a dragon.

In Greek mythology (my personal favorite), creatures such as the Lernaean Hydra, Python, Ladon, and a multitude of others fought by Heracles, Jason, Cadmus, and the Olympians were classified as dragons. The Greek variant of dragons usually didn’t have wings, but many had multiple heads, and could breathe fire. The teeth of a dragon could supposedly grow a legion of skeletal warriors.

Nowadays, Western dragons usually have one head, the ability to breathe fire or some other element, powerful wings, hulking size, and, occasionally, the ability to speak. They’re the most recognizable creatures in fantasy (and non-fantasy) novels, and, in my opinion, are starting to become a little bit cliche. So, if you’re planning on writing a fantasy novel, consider NOT putting dragons in it. 😅

Now, I shall point out all the things that are wrong with the massive lizards we all know and love.

One of the biggest problems I have with dragons is the fact that, a lot of the time, their wings are not big enough or shaped correctly to carry them through the sky. The dragons in the GIF above have adequate wings, but all too often, I see dragons with shrimpy wings that couldn’t carry a bird. And, I mean, I understand small wings for comedy purposes, but, if you’re going to do something, might as well do it right.

Bird wings are usually more than twice their body length (not counting their tails), and, since dragons are so big and generally used for transportation, I feel like their wings and body should have a ratio slightly larger than that. It’s possible that, as a result of years of being used as a magic carpet, dragons’ wings might have adapted to carry extra weight.

Another thing to think about is how the wing moves in flight. Where the wing appears to have an “elbow”, is usually where the finger-like joints branch out. That “elbow” is usually the first thing that goes down as a dragon flaps, with the rest of the wing following. In that way, the dragon can propel itself forward. If the dragon flies backward, it would be really similar to when a human tries to swim backward. The “elbow” would be pushed forward, in order to push the dragon back. And, unless the dragon can move its wings in a figure eight pattern like a hummingbird, it would not be able to hover. Seeing a dragon hover in a movie or TV show really ticks me off for some reason.

An important thing to remember when writing, drawing, animating, etc. dragons is that they need some kind of balance at the end of their tails. It could be a fan of feathers, miniature wings, or just a really thick tail, but they’re going to need some kind of counterbalance to help them keep their balance in the sky and land without too much of a mishap.

Another thing that I worry about is if it’s possible for dragons to glide on updrafts. Updrafts work just fine for birds, but, if you haven’t noticed, dragons are a lot bigger than birds. I haven’t done a lot of research for this, but I’m not sure how feasible it is.

One thing that I have seen a lot in books and TV shows is a dragon picking up a person in their claw to take them somewhere and dropping them to reveal that the person is essentially unharmed. I’m not sure how realistic that is. Now, hear me out. If you were standing, sitting, or even laying on the ground and you were snatched up by a dragon without the dragon landing, I think you would have a broken bone or two. Dragons come in hot when they land, and, for a dragon to get close enough to the ground to snatch you up, they would need to be going through their landing protocol. Thus, as they reach out their claw, there would be quite a bit of weight on you for a few seconds before the dragon gained air. I think that would at least result in a sore neck. Plus, who’s the say that a dragon is gentle when holding something? It might squeeze you (whether on purpose or accident, nobody knows)! Or, you might get scratched on its rough, calloused pads.

Okay, I shall move on from all the talk about flight to talk about talk.

….that sounded kind of strange.

In a lot of stories, dragons are able to talk. But, that would require them having human features: human lips, human teeth, human tongue, human vocal chords. That is a disturbing image when you put it on a dragon. Being able to speak telepathically would make a lot more sense. But hey, if you want to ignore all of this and have a creepy human-esque dragon, go right ahead. I’m not stopping you XD

One last thing. Breath.

Breathing fire kind of makes sense. There could be several glands in the back of a dragon’s throat that secrete just the right amount of just the right chemicals to cause a fire to erupt from its mouth. But, what about the dragons that breathe other stuff? (Yes, I’m looking at you, dragons from Ninjago) There have been dragons that can breathe ice, lightning, earth, and more in that show (including wind, but that one actually makes the most sense out of all of them), and some of those make zero sense. How can a dragon breathe earth?

Unless it’s just magic.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post about dragons, and I hope it helps you write and draw dragons better in the future! If there are any fantasy creatures you want me to do a post about in the future, let me know!

Thanks for reading!!

Blog Tags, Music

Me and Music Tag ~ In Which MUSIC

If I had an official songwriting station, it would look like that. Or messier. Probably twice as messy.

Anyways, what’s up folks? As promised in my last post, here I am with a music post! I found this tag on Maya’s blog and then Liesl did it a couple of weeks ago and reminded me how badly I wanted to do it! I’ve been wanting to do it since the end of March, but, you know, awards come first.

I have a three-page-long list of some of my favorite songs (it’s impossible to have all of them. Like holiday songs. I don’t have any of those) that I have been stockpiling for a long time and I am going to attempt to cram them all into this one post.

Something tells me that putting 137 songs in one measly post is going to be a challenge. (And yes, I did just count all of them to get that figure) But, I am going to try my best!

Also, I put the graphics in rainbow order because I am set in the Moriah Elizabeth way of thinking, and plus, who doesn’t love rainbows?

So, let’s get started!!

WARNING: MUCH FANGIRLING AHEAD

The Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post so Sophie can see your answers and listen to the tunes. ✔
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs. (Sorry, but I love way too many songs to be able to stick to this XD)
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD! ✔

Aladdin 2019 || Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Alan Menken

Speechless sold me on this one. But also, Will Smith’s versions of the songs are just spot-on! And yes, I am not ashamed to say that I have almost the entire soundtrack memorized.

Frozen II || Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

How could you not love this one? Into the Unknown and Show Yourself topped Let It Go, which many of us (yes, me included) did not think was possible XD And honestly, Kristoff’s song Lost in the Woods was just…..a jam XD I love everything about this soundtrack and each and every song is on my piano music wishlist.

Hamilton || Lin-Manuel Miranda

Honestly, I just….if you know, you know.

Dear Evan Hansen || Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Same reasons as Hamilton XD

Annie || Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin

When I first listened to the Annie soundtrack, I didn’t think I was going to like it very much. But, it definitely exceeded my expectations, and yes, it’s the hard-knock life for me too, my peeps.

The Greatest Showman || Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

ASKEKKLAKEWLSZI YES JUST YES

Send Me || Lecrae
America ain’t Christian, they just practicin’ the ritual

The first time I ever heard this song, my dad was driving in our neighborhood towards our house. Nothing in the lyrics remind me of home, I’m just reminded of where we were when I heard this song. *shrugs* Brains are weird.

Shine || Newsboys
Shine. // Make ’em wonder whatcha got. // Make ’em wish that they were not // On the outside looking bored

Before I knew this was a Newsboys song, my dad would play it on the piano. I can remember him playing it before we moved to the house we’re at now, and I would jam out to it.

This turned out being a nostalgia section 😅

I don’t listen to any of the songs in the secular charts, so I looked up Billboard’s Christian Hits list.

Truth Be Told || Matthew West
But didn’t you say the church should look more like a hospital // A safe place for the sick, the sinner and the scarred and the prodigals

Truth is being told in this song, and I absolutely love it. Matthew West is a talented songwriter, and I should listen to his music more often.

Start Right Here || Casting Crowns
What if the church on Sunday // Was still the church on Monday too?

Another song that tells the truth in a hard but true way. This is one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs, just because it starts with a powerful punch to the Christian conscience.

Church Clap (feat. Trip Lee) || KB
Preach the gospel, and stand back // Look for changed lives not for hand claps

When I went to camp a couple of years ago, there were Church Clap flash mobs everywhere you turned XD I love this song, and honestly, it’s impossible to not dance when it comes on.

Move || MercyMe
I just might bend but I won’t break // As long as I can see Your face

Every time this song comes on, I cannot stop bopping my head up and down! When I’m in a decent place (aka not at my desk XD) I just have to bust a move or two or twelve.

More Doors For Me || elybeatmaker and Grian
A door // For me // Another door for me

Resource Gathering || elybeatmaker and Etho
Listen to my jabbering // About the resource gathering // My never-ending stammering // As I’m resource gathering

Yes, I listen to Hermitcraft remixes and I am not sorry at all XD If you don’t watch the Hermitcraft Minecraft videos you should, because they’re amazing and pretty funny!

More Doors For Me and Resource Gathering are my favorite Hermitcraft remixes and they’re such jams! I can’t help but tap my feet along to the beat!

Horizon || TobyMac
There’s coming a day, coming a day we gonna rise up // We won’t give up the fight

I have actually jumped up and danced along to this song before. In my bedroom where no one could see, but still XD This is my favorite song from TobyMac’s The Elements album, and…..I just love it so much.

Live Out Loud || Group 1 Crew
Give an autograph not because I’m a star // But ’cause a lil’ bit of nice goes far

The beat is just…..something on this song, and I love all the background stuff Manny added towards the end XD Sometimes, Group 1 Crew songs make me laugh, sometimes they make me jam, and sometimes they do both!

Start Somewhere || TobyMac
I said some things that I regret // And if I could, I’d take ’em back // If I could turn my words around // You wouldn’t hear a sound

What genre of music is this song? Whatever it is, I love it XD Toby’s always been good about having a diversity of genres for his albums. And the gunshot at the endddd XD

Brave || Moriah Peters
I know, I know I’m no superwoman // But impossible is possible with You

Moriah Peters’ voice is super strong in this song, and it just makes me want to rock out! Admittedly, this is the only Moriah Peters song I’ve heard so her voice might be strong in other songs, but I digress.

Ill-M-I || TobyMac
Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I, Ill-M-I and you // Illuminati comin’ thru

This is….definitely one of the stranger ones of TobyMac’s songs, but I can’t help but tap my toes along to the beat!

Stand By You || Rachel Platten
Oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes // And hurt, I know you’re hurting but so am I

Yes, I put this on my list instead of Fight Song, and no, you will not see Fight Song anywhere on this list XD I love Fight Song, but Stand By You is my favorite of the two. (Whoa, rhymes)

Concrete || Britt Nicole
‘Cause we found each other // We won’t buckle under // We’ll break the edge of the knife

WARNING: MORE HEAD BOPPING AHEAD (get it? 😂)

I just heard this one for the first time the other day, but it’s going on the list of favorites because I LIKE IT.

Well, that was long. Next category!

Um….😅

Yeah, I technically already did this one when I did the first category XD Here are some of my favorites:

Disappear || Dear Evan Hansen
No one should flicker out or have any doubt // That it matters that they are here

Requiem || Dear Evan Hansen
I gave you the world, you threw it away // Leaving these broken pieces behind you

Satisfied || Hamilton
I know my sister like I know my own mind // You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind

Burn || Hamilton
Your sentences border on senseless // And you are paranoid in every paragraph

Aaron Burr, Sir || Hamilton
If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?

You Will Be Found || Dear Evan Hansen
So let the sun come streaming in // ‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again

The Hard-Knock Life || Annie
‘Steada treated // We get tricked // ‘Steada kisses // We get kicked

Speechless || Aladdin 2019
I will take these broken wings // And watch me burn across the sky

Friend Like Me || Aladdin 2019
I got a powerful urge to help you out // So whatcha wish? // I really want to know

Rewrite the Stars || The Greatest Showman
All I want is to fly with you // All I want is to fall with you

Never Enough || The Greatest Showman
Towers of gold are still too little // These hands could hold the world but it’ll // Never be enough

The Other Side || The Greatest Showman
If I were mixed up with you, I’d be the talk of the town // Disgraced and disowned, another one of the clowns

From Now On || The Greatest Showman
Let this promise in me start // Like an anthem in my heart

Show Yourself || Frozen II
Something is familiar // Like a dream, I can reach but not quite hold

When I am Older || Frozen II
‘Cause when you’re older // Absolutely everything makes sense

All is Found || Frozen II
Yes, she will sing to those who’ll hear // And in her song, all magic flows

Made For Me || TobyMac
Well I got white skin and she got brown skin // But milk and coffee’s always been a beautiful blend

This is such a sweet song that Toby wrote for his wife, and I used to listen to it all the time when I was little. It’s still one of my favorites to this day.

Get Back Up || TobyMac
And there’s always scars // When you fall that far

I heard this one before I knew TobyMac’s name. The radio is a magical place when you’re nine-years-old (or younger), and my jaw never fails to drop when I hear a song from the ancient days of my childhood XD

Hall of Fame || The Script
Do it for your people, do it for your pride // How you ever gonna know if you never even try?

I heard a clip of this song in a Disney Jr. commercial (I have younger siblings, okay?), and I had no idea what it was called, and then, to my surprise, it was in a baseball commercial which actually cited the name of the song and the songwriters, so I looked it up and listened to it and promptly fell in love with it! (Plus, it’s so much fun to play on the piano)

Blessings || Laura Story
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

I first remember hearing this at my grandmother’s funeral. I was six or seven at the time, and my little mind thought that it was such a beautiful song.

My fifteen year old mind thinks the same thing 😅

Does this mean I haven’t matured much?

Probably.

Creeper Rap || Dan Bull
Darling, oh, what you crying for? // Did somebody break your diamond sword?

Yes, I’m sorry, another Minecraft song. I love almost all of Dan Bull’s Minecraft raps, but this one was the first I heard.

Sometimes having Minecraft-obsessed friends is a good thing.

Now that I’ve listened all of the raps, Creeper Rap is probably my least favorite, but still. Memories.

Thrive || Casting Crowns
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable // Love unstoppable, anything is possible

We sang this at the end of a homeschool group end-of-the-year program, and I totally forgot about that until my brother reminded me a few weeks ago. I didn’t know this song at all, but I think I managed to do a pretty good job learning as we went XD

Eye of the Storm || Ryan Stevenson
And when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face // I find my peace in Jesus’ Name

Back during Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Michael, we had to go hide in the hallway. Whenever that happens, this song is always playing in the back of my mind and helps me be strong for my younger siblings.

In the Light || DC Talk
This only serves to confirm my suspicions // I’m still a man in need of a Savior

Yeah, this song is kind of maybe possibly dated just a little, but, I mean….DC Talk!

DC Talk was definitely before my time and I don’t usually listen to music that old, but there are some songs that I really like for whatever reason. This was the first song that I ever heard by them (Jesus Freak followed soon after), and…..um….I’ve kind of forgotten how to sing anything besides the harmony part XD

Priceless || for KING & COUNTRY
Sisters, we can start again // Give honor to the end, love // We can start again

FOR KING & COUNTRY

City on Our Knees || TobyMac
Tonight’s the night // For the sinners and the saints // Two worlds collide in a beautiful display

Another TobyMac song that I heard on the radio when I was little. There are quite a few of these. Don’t worry, I won’t list all of them XD

But….isn’t this all these songs? I….I don’t understand this one…XD

Yeah, I sing or hum along to every song I know. And I don’t sing terribly, thank you very much XD (I have actually found it very different to sing badly, whether accidentally or on purpose 😅 Is that a good thing?)

Here are some of the ones I love to sing along to:

Undeniable || TobyMac
Your work doesn’t stop with me // Your signature’s on everything we see // From the hills of Negril, Jamaica // To the kid that the doctor said would never make it

This song is just so beautiful. It’s a reminder that God is in control of everything, and it’s impossible to deny that He exists. I love singing it so much!

iContact || Group 1 Crew
I can’t explain it, the lovely things that You do // Whatever it takes, gotta make eye contact with You

I don’t know too many of the lyrics to this song, but what I do know, I sing along to because of the clever wordplay in places XD I love Group 1 Crew, if you couldn’t tell.

Favorite Song || TobyMac
I’ma leave my selfish melodies // Wanna be in Your beautiful symphony

When I first heard this song, it was stuck in my head for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS. It’s very catchy, and fun to sing!

With You || Jamie Grace
See I misplaced my master plan // Courtesy of my attention span

This song is just a sweet reminder of what’s it’s like to spend some time with God, and it’s catchy, like most of Jamie’s songs.

Alligator Sky (No Rap Version) || Owl City
Remember to live, because you’re gonna be thrilled to death

I loooooove the melody on this one!! Owl City’s songs are always so beautifully written!

Believer || Imagine Dragons
I was chokin’ in the crowd // Building my rain up in the cloud // Falling like ashes to the ground // Hoping my feelings, they would drown

I don’t like the lyrics on this one as much as the rest of the song. (Maybe it’s the songwriter in me, but I rarely pay attention to the lyrics of a song when I first hear it) I do love the chord progression, and this song gets stuck in my head every time I hear it 😅

Demons || Imagine Dragons
Don’t get too close, it’s dark inside // It’s where my demons hide, it’s where my demons hide

Content Warning: Mentions of demons, as obviously proved from the title of the song

I love how this song starts with piano and then switches to the dynamic that all of Imagine Dragons’ songs have. And the melody!! Ahh, so pretty!!

Enemy || Newsboys
Who was I to sit and judge? // Always pointing my crooked finger

The melody of the chorus makes this song my absolute favorite Newsboys song! *turns on song and hums along*

He Knows My Name || Francesca Battistelli
I’m not living for applause // I’m already so adored

This is one of the few songs that I paid attention to the lyrics when I first heard it. I think it’s a good reminder that we don’t need to be loved by everyone, because God already loves us.

He Said || Group 1 Crew
Who you are ain’t what your going through // So don’t let it get the best of you

When I first heard this song, I didn’t know who Group 1 Crew was, then I found out and fell in love with their music, and it made me happy to discover that this song was theirs. I love Group 1 Crew so much!!

If We’re Honest || Francesca Battistelli
There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross

I heard clips of this song in various places until I listened to the whole thing. This is one of my favorite Francesca Battistelli songs.

One Song at a Time || Jamie Grace
We be passin’ out love like the offering’ plates // And we be spreadin’ this joy like it’s jelly or jam

This is one of Jamie Grace’s debut songs and it’s really pretty. I think it also reflects every musician: If you hand them their instrument, they’ll play a tune and sing and dance the whole night through.

Warriors || Imagine Dragons
Here we are, don’t turn away now // We are the warriors that built this town // From dust.

Honestly…..the amount of shouting in this song is ridiculous. I feel like you could kill your voice singing like that.

I still like it though XD

We Live || Superchic(k)
Waking up to another dark morning // People are mourning // The weather in life outside is storming

Content Warning: Death, cancer, general sad things

I think this genre is called Urban Pop? Maybe? Whatever it is, it’s one of my favorites.

Made to Love || TobyMac
I feel a breeze cover me called Jehovah // And Daddy, I’m on my way

This has always been my favorite TobyMac song, and it always will be. Probably. He’s not retired yet XD

It’s a great reminder that we’re here to love and show God’s light.

Hermitgang || Rendog, MajesticTaco, Xisumavoid, Welsknight, ImpulseSV, Docm77, Skellythekid and MumboJumbo
You’re guilty of getting murdered with words // Y’all are out-gunned, go home nerds

Content Warning: This is a diss track, so lots of roasts, mentions of death, and gruesome Minecraft references (that aren’t technically gruesome in the game)

Yes, another Hermitcraft song. This one is not a remix, actually. It’s a song that several of the YouTubers put together themselves, and it’s very well-done. I love rapping along XD

Mumbo AFK || elybeatmaker and Grian
Mumbo Jumbo you are AFK // I’m gonna take that mustache away!

This one is a Hermitcraft remix. Technically, it was just a little ditty that was sung by Grian, a YouTuber, and his fanbase went nuts with it!

It’s a total jam!

Arch-Illager Rap || Dan Bull
You can try assembling a rebellion of adventurers // It’s never gonna bother me, my friend, so don’t pretend it does

Content Warning: This is technically a Minecraft song so there’s a little bit of Minecraft lingo, hypnosis, shunning, burning, and mentions of liquor (but they’re referring to potions. Rhymes are a thing). I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Minecraft Dungeons is such an awesome game, and Dan Bull made sure to make a rap for the boss, the Arch-Illager. This is my favorite out of all his raps, and singing and rapping along is so much fun!

Greater || MercyMe
Bring your doubts // And bring your fears // Bring your hurt // And bring your tears

NOSTALGIA

I don’t remember where I heard this song for the first time, how old I was or anything, but it still sends me on such a nostalgia trip when I hear it!

Go || Hollyn
You must have some magnet in your soul // Pullin’ me away from what I know

Content Warning: This song implies a very unhealthy relationship so interpret that as you will.

It’s the prechorus that sold me on this one. MINOR CHORDS

Work of Art || Britt Nicole
Comparing is poison // That’s killing you and me // The lies of perfection // We ain’t gonna believe

I love Britt Nicole’s voice so much, and she doesn’t disappoint on this song. The melody is absolutely beautiful!!

Normal || Jamie Grace
And I know it’s a little bit 1991 pop song, to say, “Just be yourself” // So call me a 1991 pop song, don’t wanna be nobody else

This is one of Jamie’s more recent songs and OH MY GOODNESS I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH

If you listen, you’ll understand.

True Colors (Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake version) || Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Kendrick
Show me a smile then // Don’t be unhappy // Can’t remember when // I last saw you laughing

When we first watched Trolls, we were obsessed with the soundtrack and listened to it all the time! My dad and I used to duet on this song, and it’s so beautiful!

Um….I don’t really listen to old music all that often. I prefer songs with a more modern feel to them. I think the oldest songs I’ve listened to are Disney songs 😅

Irene || TobyMac (2001)
You got to reach up to touch rock bottom // The powers that be keep you downtrodden

Content Warning: Implications of a woman pregnant outside of wedlock

This song is from Toby’s first solo album, and it’s my favorite on the album. The Hebrew feel to the chorus is so perfect and I love it so much!

My Friend || DC Talk (1998)
And I remember when you used to say // “Jesus is the way” // I never thought I’d see your light begin to fade

I love the melody of the verses! Up and down and back again, and the guitar adds a lot to it.

River Flows in You (Piano Version) || Yiruma (2001)

I honestly didn’t know this song was this old, because I’ve only been aware of its existence for a couple of years. It’s so pretty and it makes a perfect lullaby!

Yeah, these are the oldest songs on my list 😅 They’re before my time, so I count them as old XD

God Girl || Jamie Grace
I’m a God girl that’s who I’ll be // From the top of my head to the soles of my feet

I have known this song for quite some time, and I love the message of it. When my sister heard it for the first time, I sang along and she gave me weird looks.

Although, she does that often.

Pigstep || Lena Raine

Yes, this is a real song and don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise.

I’ve been playing Minecraft for almost seven years, and the music never really suited my tastes. I mean, sure, it was nice, and it fit the atmosphere, but it wasn’t the kind of music that I like to listen to. And then, last summer, Mojang added the Pigstep music disc and my world exploded. I love it so much.

Keys to the Kingdom || Group 1 Crew
So many promises You gave // And we just turned and walked away // But now I see the price You paid // Was enough for us to live victorious

I was riding home with my dad after Wednesday night church and we were listening to the TobyMac radio on Pandora. This song came on, and my dad went, “I like me some Group 1 Crew.” I was surprised because I’d never heard any of their songs and yet my dad seemed to know who they were. Curious, I listened to the song and promptly fell in love. I love Group 1 Crew so much.

Beloved || Jordan Feliz
Sometimes a heart can feel like a heavy weight // It pulls you under and you just fall away

I loved this song because of the beat and it was one of my favorites. I listened to it all the time. Then, we left our homeschool group, which was where some of my best friends were, and suddenly, I found myself pretty friendless. My sister was being invited to sleepovers and playdates all the time but my friends never invited me over. I was really disappointed, and I was starting to slip into depression a little bit.

And then, this song came on and took a whole new meaning for me.

Whenever I feel bad, I listen to this song. It doesn’t always cheer me up 100% of the time, but it does chase away some of the storm clouds of life.

Love Feels Like || TobyMac
But in the depths of the trenches // Is the richest of riches // Love is calling us to more

In the aforementioned homeschool group, every week one of the families would do a “family presentation” where they told a little bit about themselves so everyone could get to know them better. Well, one of the families consisted of some massive TobyMac fans, and, for their family presentation, they did a lip sync of this song! It was honestly very well done, and ridiculously funny XD

While You Were Sleeping (Original Christmas Version) || Casting Crowns
United States of America // Looks like another silent night // As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies // That save the trees and kill the children

That line hits hard, doesn’t it? I remember when our church choir performed this song in the Christmas program. I cried.

Thunder || Imagine Dragons

Me and my sisters were playing on our trampoline once, and I was playing a very dramatic character who liked to call lightning from the sky at random times and shout, “LIGHTNING CRACKABOOM THUNDER FIRE DEATH CRACKABOOM” and my sister sang this song whenever I did that XD

Sixteen || Jamie Grace
Bear with me // I’m only sixteen

I’m fifteen but I know what it feels like to have so much pressure on your shoulders as you grow. This song reminds me that I’m only a teenager and I’m blessed to have a family that will take care of me as I learn what it means to live in the real world.

Still That Girl || Britt Nicole
Sometimes life don’t go the way you planned // And we all have days when we just don’t understand

Every time this song comes on, I imagine a “music video” in my head for it. (That’s one of my favorite things to do. You should try it! Imagine characters doing whatever the song says.) I don’t know why, but my “music video” just kind of calms me down.

*shrugs* I’m a strange child.

Better || Britt Nicole
Paper planes in the sky crashing one at a time // Praying that they don’t land where you hide

This song doesn’t have Britt’s usual feel. The accompaniment only has a couple of instruments and it’s really simple, which I love.

Only Jesus || Casting Crowns
But all an empty world can sell is empty dreams

I heard this song in a few TikToks (no, I’m not on TikTok, I watch YouTubers react to TikToks. I will probably never join TikTok *shivers*). I could only hear bits and pieces in the TikToks, and I was kind of curious as to what song it was. And then, this song came on my Pandora radio and I almost fell out of my chair XD

Not the End of Me || Group 1 Crew
Now I’m sitting here feeling so defeated // It’s like you punched my heart, call that a heart beating.

This song is technically about breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend, but it also can apply to losing someone you love, whether by argument, car crash, or something else. The chorus is very calming.

Heaven (Fix Things) || Jamie Grace
And I believe, everything that is broken is in Your hands // And You hold the power to turn mountains into sand and You can make a river out of dry land

God won’t always fix things here on earth, but when we get to Heaven, all the pain and hurting will disappear. It’s a good reminder in every scenario.

Live About It (lo-fi) || Jamie Grace
You could call it opposites attract // For a king to live among the pack // Or just call it like it is // The way we need to live

This song squeezed a tear or two out when I first heard it. It’s so pretty and Jamie Grace’s vocals really bring it to life.

You’ll Never Be Alone || Capital Kings
Last week you were sayin’ that somethin’ just ain’t right // Layin’ in your bed stayin’ up all night

This is another song that I’ve come up with a “music video” for. Not going into details, but my “music video” makes me cry sometimes.

I’m Sorry || TobyMac
We overlook the broken // The homeless // And discard the poor // While we celebrate the rich and beautiful // With a wide-open door

Content Warning: This song is about current events soooo…..

*wails*

If you know, you know.

Remember Me (Lullaby Version) || Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Know that I’m with you the only way that I can be // Until you’re in my arms again // Remember me

*wails again*

This song is so beautiful, and the context makes it 1000x better.

Giants Fall || Francesca Battistelli
The stones inside your hand might be small // But watch the giants fall

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Dream Big || Jamie Grace
Just give me a shot, just put me on your stage // I’ll sing, then clean up, and put the chairs away

This song is a reminder to trust the Lord and work hard to make your dreams come true.

Stronger || Mandisa
Hold on and let Him hold your hand // Go on and fall into the arms of Jesus

I don’t listen to Mandisa all that often, but I do like this song. The pain isn’t going to last forever and God is holding you in the palm of His hand. It’s motivation to stay strong and push through the pain and know that God is caring for you every step of the way.

Hero (Red Pill Remix) || Superchic(k)
If we make a choice and be the voice for those who won’t speak up for themselves // How many lives would be saved, changed, and rearranged?

Content Warning: Mentions of suicide, guns, pills, self-harm, and bullying.

The content warnings might turn people off, but this is a great song about standing up for the people who are harming and killing themselves because of the way they’re treated. I prefer the remixed version than the original solely because of the beat.

Believer || Capital Kings
I’m never hidin’ this light away // I am more than a dreamer // I’m a believer

The beat is great on this song, and the lyrics are too. It reminds me to shine for God and bring His light into other people’s lives.

Welcome to the category where Mia dumped everything that didn’t fit in other categories! Enjoy!!

Safe || Britt Nicole
You keep trying to get inside my head // While I keep trying to lose the words you said

Honestly, my favorite part of this song is when the strings slide into the chorus at the end. Chills, every time!!

I am Second || Newsboys
I’m second to One // Redeemer, The Way, The Light

This song is a good reminder that human beings aren’t the ones in charge, and that God is Lord over our lives. Plus, it just sounds so good.

Write Your Story || Francesca Battistelli
I’m an empty page // I’m an open book // Write Your story on my heart

As a writer, these lyrics appeal to me so much XD

Burn for You || TobyMac
I’d rather burn for You than fade away // I’d rather burn for You than go my way!

We should all prefer burning for our Lord and Savior, than going our own way. Light that FIRE in our hearts, Lord!!

Forsaken || Group 1 Crew
But here I stand unbroken // Here with an open heart // And in Your hands I give You all of me // Forgiven with a brand new start

I love the entire chorus on this song, but it’s a little too long to fit 😅 The lyrics are fantastic and the melody is even better!

Goin Down || Group 1 Crew
The night’s young, you can call it underage.

Maybe it’s just me, but this line is so clever XD Young, underage….metaphors, am I right?

Superheroes || The Script
When you’ve been fighting for it all your life // You’ve been struggling to make things right // That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Not all superheroes get their powers from a nuclear blast. Some get their powers by pushing through the pain and hard times.

Dangerous || Group 1 Crew
I want to live dangerous // Risk it all for You, Lord // I need You to wake me up from // The life I’ve known before

We should all be willing to risk everything for the Lord.

Catchafire (White Rabbit Remix) || TobyMac
Catch a fire let it burn within // Catch a fire let it burn for Him

BURN FOR GOD!! 🔥

Higher || Unspoken
Leave me in rags and ruins and I’ll praise You through it // Clothe me in glory and riches, I’ll praise You just the same

Whether God blesses us with more than we could have ever hoped for, or takes everything away, we should always praise Him through it because one day, the things of earth will fall away.

My Life Be Like (feat. TobyMac) || GRITS
I believe there’s a bride that’s stunning // And, I believe in the kingdom coming

God’s kingdom is coming. Whether we like it or not.

Games || Jamie Grace
What’s the deal with us? // Why don’t we show more love? // I don’t understand it // Why we seem so tough? // This ain’t a battleground

This song is about saying no to the drama and games and standing up for what’s right. Love is one of the greatest things we can show for someone.

Hello Future || TobyMac
Hello Jesus // I hope You understand // My last departure was never planned

Sometimes we drift away from Jesus, and it can be hard to come back to Him and apologize. But, once you get it over with, it feels like there’s been a massive load lifted off of your shoulders.

The River || Jordan Feliz
All of my dirt // All of my shame // Drowned in the streams that have made me born again

MORE METAPHORS

Obvious? || Hollyn
Isn’t it obvious? // Lose the disguise, look me in the eyes // Isn’t it obvious?

I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved this line. *shrugs*

Satellites || Capital Kings
Light up a torch // Burning on forever // One flame reborn // Our worlds collide

BURN FOR THE LORD!!!

Ready for Home || Capital Kings
Walkin’ these circles got me comin’ unglued // Gave You my heart and then I stole it from You

Circular reasoning is enough to bring anyone unglued XD

Prayin for You || Lecrae
And matter of fact there’s somethin’ else he’s concealin’ // See, the person that I’ve been prayin’ about is really me

Content Warning: Implication of lust

Yeah, I’ve done this before. Pretended I was praying for someone else when, in reality, I was praying for myself. Sometimes, it helps.

Let’s Go (feat. TobyMac) || Group 1 Crew
And make time // To turn someone’s day bright // And change how we live life (Andale, andale) // The future’s what we make it // So let’s go

The “andales” are my favorite part.

On Your Own || TobyMac
Sometimes you gotta go through // What you gotta go through // Just to think it right through // But you’ll never be // On your own

God will put us through things for unknown reasons, but it’s always a part of His overarching plan.

Stand in the Rain || Superchic(k)
The only way out is through everything she’s running from

Sometimes, the only way to get out of what you’re stuck in is to face it head on.

I don’t usually watch music videos, but here are some that I found in my YouTube history.

21 Years || TobyMac
21 years makes a man full-grown // 21 years, what a beautiful loan // 21 years, I love everyone // Thank you Lord for my beautiful son

Toby wrote this song for his son, Truett, after Tru’s death back in 2019, and I CRY EVERY TIME I HEAR IT!!! This is my favorite music video and when it came to the end and had clips of Tru *sobs*

Gobble Gobble (Official Lyric Video) || Matthew West
Oh my my get that turkey in my belly // Oh my my with the cranberry jelly

Hey, like he says in the song, there aren’t that many songs about Thanksgiving, and this one is fantastic XD My sister was complaining about that last year and I showed her this song and it made her happy XD

Diabolical || Welsknight
You say I’m not the real deal, but what good have you done? // You barely said a thing, and then you claim the battle’s won?

Content Warning: Another diss track. Mentions of murder, arson, and demons kind of? It’s mostly MInecraft speak though.

Having a rap battle with yourself is an interesting idea. *applauds Welknight’s brilliance* And yes, this is another Hermitcraft song. What can I say? I’m obsessed!

Help is on the Way (Maybe Midnight) || TobyMac
Sometimes it’s days // Sometimes it’s years // Some face a lifetime of falling tears

Okay but the story in this three minute video is incredible! I love the way it ends. I love happy endings XD

The Worship Song Song || Random Action Verb Worship
With no instruments // Just the voices // With no instruments // With a key change

Honestly, none of the lyrics make sense without context XD Just watch the video XD

The Wellerman TikTok Sea Chanty Mashup
As far as I’ve heard, the fight’s still on // The line’s not cut, and the whale’s not gone // The Wellerman makes his regular call // To encourage the captain, crew and all 

I don’t do sea shanties, but this one is so good!! Occasionally there are these gorgeous gems on TikTok that spill over to YouTube.

I literally cannot get this song out of my head.

Born Again || Newsboys
I didn’t wanna fall // But I don’t have to crawl // I met the One with two scarred hands

When this song first came on, I didn’t like the verses too much. Then, the chorus exploded onto the scene and I fell hard! 😍

Heart of Stone || Britt Nicole
Crash like broken glass shattered on the floor // Finally a victory I’ve never felt before

The beginning of this song was pretty strange, but the more I listen, the more it grows on me.

Dance Monkey || Tones and I
Just like a monkey I’ve been dancing my whole life // But you just beg to see me dance just one more time

The title caught me off guard, but I do really enjoy this song. So many fantastic remixes!!

Headphones || Britt Nicole
Her mom says she’s great // The kids think she’s weird // Honestly she wish she could disappear

One of my friends said she didn’t really enjoy this song, so I listened to it to see why she didn’t like it. I’m still not sure why she doesn’t like it.

Holiday (MyKidBrother Remix) || Britt Nicole
No more drama to mess up my flow // No more questions to answer, no

The siren sounds at the beginning are….odd to say the least, but I like the tune XD

Ignition (Hot Wired Remix) || TobyMac
So don’t blink when you wanna come cross the border // Take a look around or come test the water

The original Ignition wasn’t my favorite but I absolutely love the differences in this one!! Plus, that piano in the last chorus is gorgeous!!

Gotta Go || TobyMac
Tobymac can’t get to the phone // Please leave a message after the tone

I didn’t like this song at first, but it’s growing on me. Plus, little Tru!! So precious!!

Keep Goin’ (feat. Capital Kings) || Group 1 Crew
Goin’ goin’ goin’ goin’ // I recommend, don’t follow no trend

This is one of the newer Group 1 Crew songs, written after Blanca left the group. I wasn’t sure if it would be that great, but I was not disappointed!! Ahh, I love Group 1 Crew so much!!!

Gold || Owl City
I don’t need the stars in the night // I found my treasure

Guys. I am so obsessed with this song. I’ve been listening to it for the majority of this blog post. It matches two of my characters so well and GAH I love it so much!! Plus, Adam Young’s voice is really unique. It adds a beautiful color to the tune.

The Bees are Coming || elybeatmaker and Cubfan
The bees are coming // The bees!

Dibby Dibby Diamonds || elybeatmaker and Grian
Dibby dibby diamonds // Good luck remixing that one!

Dragon Bros || elybeatmaker and Iskall85
Chick-chica chica chica dragon bros!

Guinea Pig Dance || elybeatmaker and Grian
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo // Guinea Pig Dance!

Okay, may as well dump the last of these songs here XD Seriously, Hermitcraft remixes are the best!!

Way Beyond Myself || Newsboys
Like the wind that moves the leaves // Lord, You move me to my knees // Even into something way beyond myself

This one reminds me of Born Again, but….better. Don’t question me. I’m weird.

Stories (Down to the Bottom) || TobyMac
We’ve been down to the bottom // Stories we got ’em, when we hit rock bottom

The tune is the main reason I love this song.

Let it Roll || Group 1 Crew
Feel the rhythm in your soul // And all your worries, let them go

This song is so unbelievably upbeat, and always energizes me!! Plus, it feels so different in several places. It really adds to the song!

This category is a mix of Christian love, God’s love and romantic love.

His Kind of Love (Capital Kings Remix) || Group 1 Crew
Tell me what kind of God would choose to save // The bruised, the broken, the sinners, the runaways

What kind of God would choose to save such horrible sinners? God’s love is incredible.

I prefer the remixed version of this song to the original because I really enjoy Capital Kings’ songwriting style.

Nothin’ on You || Hollyn
Might have a million dollars in the bank // Thirty cars with the yacht on the lake // Just ’cause you got it don’t mean you gotta flaunt it // He’s the one who paid the price, yeah, He got it

The love of Jesus trumps the love of any guy here on earth. *shakes finger* Remember that, you little whippersnappers.

😂 I’m such a nut!

Bella || Jamie Grace
When You call me Your bella // I know I’m Your mija

Spanish! I love Spanish, and it fits so well in this song!!

Only Love || Jordan Feliz
Someone say amen // If you know what I’m talking about

AMEN

One of a Kind || Jamie Grace
To You I’m not as crazy as I think

I am as crazy as I think, but God loves me anyway! (Thank goodness!)

I’ll Wait || The Strumbellas
I’ll wait, I’ll wait to be the one // To catch you when you’re falling

Liesl just introduced me to this song today, and I love it!! The tune and the lyrics work together so well!!

Is….is that really the end?

*wipes brow* Guys, this post took me four days to write. I loved every second, but….yeesh XD

If you want to take on this tag for yourself, I’d love to see it! I really enjoyed raving about all of these songs!!

Do you know any of these songs? Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks for sitting through this entire post 😅