Greeting the Dawn of A New Year (2015)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's New Year's Eve... 

Some people celebrate by hosting a huge party... Others go to the said party... Some people go out on dates... Eat crazy 'new year's meals'...

And then there are people like me... Those who are hiding out in their Hobbit-Hole of a room tonight, watching Doctor Who & eating cheesecake. 

Oh, how I love living on the edge!! :P

But seriously, props to you guys out there who are like me and don't really feel up to partying tonight.  There's nothing wrong with that! You are not alone. 

I have no problem with having some fun on the Eve of the New Year or anything! But to be honest, this year I am tired... I just want to kick back & take things slowly. I want to greet the New Year gently, like the sun rising. 

I think that is one thing that I want to do differently this next year. I want to take life slowly. I don't want to rush unless it is absolutely necessary. I want to experience things as they come, and learn to just go with the flow.

I think all-too-often we rush through life, wishing we were somewhere else, doing something else, and being someone else... We do this when I think GOD wants us to take time to learn to be content with our situations & learn to enjoy the little things. 

Now, there is no problem with getting in a hurry once-and-a-while! But I also think that taking time to do new things, to do the things that you never have the time to do, is a healthy thing.

{Write that book. Read that story. Talk to that new kid in your class. Spend some much-needed time with your parents. Take your siblings out to a movie. Play a song for your grandparents. Take that mission trip. Do that bible study. Fill in the blank...}

Stop putting things off if you know that it is something GOD has told you to do! We are never guarantied tomorrow. 

I am going to write a book this year.
I am gonna loose that extra weight this year. Haha! 
I am going to draw closer to GOD this year.
I am going to continue & hopefully grow this blog this year.
The list is endless...

So... What about you? What are you going to take the time to do this year? HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS!!! I cannot wait to see what this new year brings... 

And to close this post, I will quote a certain Angus Tuck as a beautiful reminder: "Don't be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life."

H.M. Wilson

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Well, the festivities are finally over... The food has been consumed, the carols have been sung, gifts have been opened, and the general rush of things has slowly abated. Usually this is when the "post-Christmas-depression" sets in, but not for me!!

I feel so very blessed this year. As I reflect on everything that has taken place over the passed 12 months, I feel dizzy & amazed. How GOD could do so much in such a short amount of time, my finite human mind cannot comprehend! (I've traveled back to America, from living in Kenya for 6 months. {If you want to read a bit more on that, check out this post: Blogger Recognition Award (My Blogging Story) } I've moved a total of 4 different times, just this year. I've started writing a book. I started looking at colleges. I partially participated in NaNoWriMo. I got a summer job. I started driving. I started playing/singing in a band at our church. I began writing at Crown of Beauty Magazine. I started this blog...) Where has all of the time gone??

And on top of all of this, I was given some lovely gifts from friends & family. I'm not going to post all of them! Just the ones that have something to do with reading/writing... <3

"As You Wish" by Cary Elwes

If you have read my "Favorite Flicks" Page, or know me personally, you know I am a HUGE Princess Bride fan! I love this movie sooooo much!! And this book is a kind of behind-the-scenes look from Cary Elwes (Westley's) POV. He gathered up funny & interesting stories from the cast & crew during the filming of this charming tale and compiled all of them into one book!! 
I had heard about this book, and my dad had mentioned it in passing, and it sounded like an amazing read. Little did I know that my lovely parents were scheming to buy if for me!! I cannot wait to read this book, and will definitely be posting a review when I'm done... 

"Sense & Sensibility" by Jane Austen

If you were to know ANYTHING about my reading/writing life, you would know that Jane Austen is my hero!! Both Pride & Prejudice and Mansfield Park were phenomenal reads, and I have been dying to read this once ever since. And I absolutely adore the cover!! It's so prettily bound, and I know it will be one that will decorate my shelves for years to come... 

Bluedio Turbine Headphones

These headphones are so cool! And they are certainly the nicest pair I have ever owned... These are really comfortable & one of my favorite colors!! I am going to love listening to music while I read or write. 

Beautiful Pen

A very pretty purple-ink pen for scribbling down notes during school or a writing session. I

A Soft, Snuggly Blanket

If I ever go missing from the blog-world someday, it will probably be because I am curled up deep inside this pile of soft plushiness!! I love this blanket so much already! With this little thing & a cup of tea, I will be able to face the fictional world anytime...

Wicked Gingersnaps

Technically this was a family gift, but I still love them!! (As you can see, the tin is nearly half empty already...) The funny thing about these particular gingersnaps is the fact that this size tin can only be found during the holidays at a certain Market, which my grandmother likes to shop at. So anytime these little things show up, we enjoy them while we can, because we know it will be a year until we see them again... A handful of these delectable goodies will go marvelously with my cuddly blanket & tea. 

So, there you go!! These were a few of my favorite cuddly-snuggly-cozy-bookish things I received from some special people this year... But the greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ, who came to this earth as a child. (Which is totally amazing, if you think about it at all!) 

I hope you all had an amazing holiday season!! Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing about this Christmas was... (Favorite gift, favorite memory, etc...) Cannot wait to hear from you!! <3

H.M. Wilson 

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever (Book Review)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today, in the name of Christmas spirit, I have decided to share (quite possibly) my most favorite Christmas story ever. Part of the reason I love it so much is because of the nostalia connected with it... My family reads this book every single year on the week leading up to Christmas. But I also love the author's way of explaining the true meaning of Christmas in such a sweet and simple way. Even though it is technically a kid's book, adults and children alike can be touched by this adorable tale.

Here it is...

(The Best Christmas Pageant Ever)

Basic Overview

"The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

None of the Herdmans have ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever."

What I Liked:
Where do I begin?? The hilarious, side-splitting humor weaved throughout this story is untouchable. This is one of the few books that makes me laugh out loud every. single. timeWhen she shows the adult side of the world from a child's point of view, it is truly eye-opening. The reality that Robinson is able to put into words concerning members of a tiny town who all go to church together still amazes me. And I love the precious message that shines through; Christmas is meant to bring the best out of us. This charming little book is a perfect mixture of funny imagination and reality. 

What I Didn't Like:
There is absolutely nothing about this book that I do not like! I love every page of every chapter... 

My Rating:
I will always give this story a 10 out 10 stars!! In my opinion, it is perfect, and nothing could be changed to improve it at all. It's child and adult friendly, has ageless humor, many laughable moments, and an amazing message for everyone.

My Favorite Character
I think my favorite character would have to be Beth, the narrator. The story is told from her point of view, and she doesn't sugar-coat anything! Her truthfulness sometimes gets her into trouble, but she is able to understand things in a way that her friends cannot. I think we all connect with Beth, because she says the things we have all felt at one time or another. But I also love her character development, as she learns about the true meaning of Christmas from the meanest kids in the world... 

What is your favorite Christmas story? Leave a comment down below, and make a post about your favorite Christmas traditions... <3

H.M. Wilson

Gift Guide For A Booklover + Crazy Christmas Header

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welp... I got the fever! Christmas fever, that is. (As you can probably tell by my new crazy header... lol!)

And along with this fun-loving frenzy, comes the frantic search for gifts! Now, I know that Christmas isn't about the gifts, decorations, and food... But I still love it all!! Sharing gifts and smiles with the people I love is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. It's a beautiful representation of GOD's love for me & sending His Son as the ultimate gift! I just love it...

So, speaking of gifts... How does one shop for a crazy Booklover like me? Just to give you some ideas, here is my Gift Guide For A Booklover!!

1) Cozy up, Coffee-Cup! 

Coffee, Tea, Cider, and any other hot drink is the perfect companion for a reader &/or writer! Find a cup that reminds you of that special someone and fill it with goodies you are sure they will love. (A good idea would be a gift card to their favorite coffee-shop, candies, hot chocolate&marshmallows, a pair of fingerless gloves, and a copy of their favorite book.)

2) Simply Organized

For the writer who lives at the laptop, this would be a perfect gift to help them stay in order while they work. Fill it up with helpful items like Sticky-Notes, washi tape, new pens & pencils, and maybe  sneak a candy bar in there somewhere... 

3) Cool Covers!

Is it a book, is it a case, or maybe it's a... BOOKCASE!! Add a bit of bookish flair to their laptop and cellphone with these cool cases. Look studious while you check your Instagram! haha! ;)

4) Big Book Totes

"You other readers can't deny..." that you can never go wrong with a big book bag. Find one with an awesome quote, picture, or pattern that will carry big books forever.

5) Shopping Spree!

The thing about booklovers is...we love books. But which books should you buy? Which books do they already own? What if they have already read the book you bought them? Never fear, Gift-Cards are here! Buy a gift card to an amazing bookstore & they will love you forever. 

6) Tee-shirt Love

Tee-shirts are comfy... And you can find some with awesome pictures and quotes! Just find out your friend's size, hop on Amazon, and go crazy!! You never know what you will find. :)

So that's my basic Gift Guide!! But these certainly aren't the only things I would consider buying for someone. I'm sure I will add to it as the years go on. What is on your must-buy list for booklovers? Let me know in the comments & make your own Gift Guide Post!! 

H.M. Wilson

Blogger Recognition Award

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I was nominated by Rachel W for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks, dear!! <3

 The Rules:
♥ Thank the person who nominated you.
♥ Leave a link to their page.
♥ Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips.
♥ Nominate 15 other bloggers
♥ Notify your nominees by email or comment

Okay, here's my little story...

I originally started blogging on "" as just an online diary while my dad went on a mission trip to Kenya for 2 weeks. He and I both blogged what was going on on our sides of the world, and it helped us feel closer.
After that, I just blogged everyday life for awhile. (Getting my braces, getting them off, new haircut, favorite new foods, birthday parties, etc...)
But when my family felt called to move to Kenya together, it became my way to journal what was going on in the mission field. I still go back & read my thoughts from the first weeks of our stay. When 6 months had passed, and GOD told us it was time to come home, that season of my blogging ended.

And now, I rarely update that old blog. I still do sometimes, just for the distant family members who really liked hearing from me. Because, to be honest, my life isn't that interesting to write about anymore. I do school, chores, hang out with my friends, and just live. This type of blogging is a lot more fun & interesting to me! I can write about books, movies, story ideas, dialog, & everything else!

So that is my blogging story. <3

My tips... (#WritingAdvice)

 Be consistent! You don't have to post every day, but you ought to post at least once a month. I know, I am not the most consistent poster, but I try to post around once a week. That way, you will continue to draw people with the same interests as you & you will gain more followers and comments.

Be real! Post about what you love. If you aren't into what you are writing about, it will come through your writing. It's equivalent to dressing a certain way just so a certain group of people with hang out with you; they will find out & you will be uncomfortable the whole time. So it's a no-win situation. Just be yourself, and the right crowd will come!

Be honest! If you liked the book, then good for you! But if you hated it, then that's okay too! Explain what you didn't like. I'm not saying to bash other people's work, but try to give specific reasons you dislike something & be honest about it. If someone gets upset that you didn't like their favorite book, it's not your problem!

 Use pictures! I know this is an odd one, but pictures DO help to draw people in. When there are 2 posts, one with a picture & one without, I am more likely to click on the one with a picture. Visuals help to get your point across too. Pinterest is an excellent place to scavenge cool eye-catching pics. 

I nominate...

I know it's not 15, but I honestly can't think of many more people at the moment. So, if you are reading this right now, I NOMINATE YOU!!! <3

Hahaha!! Too late, you can't run from it, you are nominated. Go jump on your blog & share the love! :)

H.M. Wilson

Misbehaving Characters & Writer's Block

Friday, December 5, 2014

November has come and gone, along with NaNoWriMo.

My novel has not been completed.

My characters have not been behaving.

I caught the dreaded disease of Writer's Block that has lasted for the whole month.

And to be honest, my schedule went nuts!

Anytime I sat down to write, I just...

Soooooo... Yeah, that's what my issue is! My characters won't behave for me & do what I want them to. But I'm sure that I am not the only writer with this problem. Everyone goes through it at some point.

That doesn't change the fact that I don't like it!!

Anyway, I put my characters into a figurative "time out corner" until they deside they want to listen to me, for now. Soon I will backtrck and see if I can muddle through the areas I was struggling with and get some more accomplished.

Thanks, Ryan... <3

Do you have a specific character who gives you a hard time? Comment down below and tell me how you deal with Writer's Block!

H.M. Wilson

Crown of Beauty Magazine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I have mentioned before that I write for a magazine... Well, not that long ago we released our newest Issue!! I thought that I would share it with my lovely followers today so you can experience the awesomeness too!!

Here you go!! <3

I was so very excited for this issue to be released!! It was my first time to work with the different ladies, Email them, have deep conversations, and just share our hearts with each other. I have nothing but nice things to say about each of members, the ministry, and the good reads!! 

The girls at the magazine, (along with my closest friends at home,) are always so encouraging about following your GOD-given dreams and hopes. When I tell them that I dream of writing a novel, they support me and tell me to get to work!! :)

We are currently discussing our next Issue & will hopefully have some news on it soon. I adore working with these ladies and cannot wait to see what else GOD is going to do with the ministry!! Check out our website, leave comments, and follow our numerous accounts on social media. 

Here is the Home Page... It has all kinds of fun articles and quizzes to check out. 

Let me know what you think!

H.M. Wilson 

Best Blogging Buddies Award!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Eeeepp!! Sorry, but this is my first time to be nominated for a Blog Award!! I'm kind of excited. 
Thanks to Katheline at for nominatating me.

The rules are fairly simple.

1. You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.
2. You must tag the person who nominated you in your post.
3. You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award.
4. You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
5. You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you. On your post.

Okay... Well, here I go!! :)

1. Summer or winter?
     Winter, Winter, Winter!!! I love chilly weather!! 

2. Favorite candy?
    Snickers. I love the amazing chocolate/caramel/peanut/cookie mixture!! 

3. Travel to Australia or France?
    Oooohh... Um... Austr-no-Fr-eh-mmmmm... Australia? Yes, I think Australia. Tough decision, though.

4. Favorite subject?
   English/Creative Writing. I love it so much, I want to go to college for it!

5. Favorite Disney movie?
   Ugh... why did you have to make me choose?? I would have to go with Tangled, though. Rapunzel & Flynn are the best!!

6. Harry Potter or Hunger Games?
   Hunger Games. I've never watched or read anything Harry Potter. 

7. What is your favorite book in the series you chose above?
   Mockingjay would have to be my favorite book. Even though I was miserably sad after reading it, I felt like it was the best one because everything finally tied together.

8. Ice cream or cookies?
   Oh, come on!! I guess cookies. I can sit down and loose track of how many cookies I have eaten and not suffer from a brain-freeze.

9. Favorite type of food?
   Chinese Food is probably my favorite. I love the crazy combinations and sauces they can come up with!! And stir-fry is my favorite way to eat veggies.

10. Biology or chemistry?
   I'm not a science person--at all. But I did enjoy studying Biology.

11. Chocolate or vanilla?
   Not fair... If it's cake, I will always go with vanilla. And homemade vanilla icecream is to die for. So I'm going with Vanilla.

12. Dog or cat?
   Dog... Every single time.

13. Skydiving or paragliding?
   Uhhh... I hate heights. But if I was held at gunpoint & forced to choose, I would take paragliding.

14. Rock climbing or ziplining?
   I have done rock-climbing before & hated it. I would zipline because... I am Dauntless!!

15. Morning person or night owl?
   I hate waking up. I love staying up late. I'm a night owl.

There you go!! I hope you enjoyed reading the randomness. And now for the lucky nominees...
I'm nominating these lovely ladies:
 Sunny from
 Elizabeth from
 Rachel from
 Sky from
 Katie from
 Christine from

Here are my fifteen questions.
1. What would your pen-name be if you chose to publish under one?
2. If you could travel into any book of your choice, which one would it be & why?
3. If you could become any character, who would it be?
4. Who is your favorite author?
5. Favorite Writing Quote?
6. Fantasy or Sci-Fi?
7. Fiction or NonFiction?
8. Favorite time period?
9. Contemporary or Classic?
10. Best hero?
11. Best villain?
12. Best soundtrack?
13. Favorite writing song?
14. A word you wish was said more often?
15. Favorite blog?

Thanks, lovelies!! <3

(Pass this cute little owl on with the Award!!)

H.M. Wilson

How To Procrastinate...The Right Way!

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Hello, I am a Writer and I like to Procrastinate!

I might as well introduce myself this way, because that's pretty much the truth right now. I signed up for NaNoWriMo with every confidence that I would write 2,000 words every day, not once have Writer's Block, feel like my writing is fabulous, AND complete everything else that must happen in life.

Needless to say, it has not.

I have had major Writer's Block from the beginning. I have put off opening up that Word File. I have opened my old notebook to read the scribbles I had made for the original story several months ago and ended up reading something else. I have found so many other things to do besides writing. I have even put off updating my little Word-Count-Thingy on the NaNo Website!!

But... I am not complaining! Things have happened this month that have prevented me from meeting my daily word-count, but at the same time, has given me memories and experience that I would not otherwise have had.

How many times do you get to lead worship at your youth group? How often do you get to see that friend who moved out-of-state 6 months ago? How many times do you get to babysit kids at your church? How often are you able to just go shopping with your mom? How much are you able to support and comfort your family during a difficult time? These are moments that you may never experience if you are only concerned with meeting a word-count.

Now, I'm not saying that NaNo is not a cool thing!! I think it is a really great program to help people with quickly getting a rough draft of their book finished. I think it's awesome to connect with other writers who have ideas and dreams just like you do. But just because it is cool does not mean I am only concerned with that one thing and nothing more.

Besides, if we don't experience anything, how can we write at all? You are supposed to "write what you know," right? If you don't live, you don't learn. If you don't learn, then you will know nothing at all.

I am still going to participate in the whole NaNo process, but it's a fact that I won't reach 50,000 by December 1st. And to be honest, that's okay! I would rather enjoy my time spent with the people I love than any amount of scribbling I could ever do in my room all alone.

 Whether it is with work, school, hobbies, sports, or nearly anything else in life, make time for your loved ones. If you think about it, they are the ones who will love you down the line, not your --(fill in the blank.) Yes, it is important to you and might continue to be so in the future. But it shouldn't be so overwhelmingly important that it damages your relationships with your family, church, and friends.

Yes, the draft needs to be written. But the same can be said about your life and your relationship with GOD and others.


Hello, I am a Writer and I love to Procrastinate Live.

H.M. Wilson

My Desk for NaNoWriMo

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's October 31st!! Which means that tomorrow is...(drumroll, please...) November 1st!! In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I cleaned off my desk. Needless to say, it's the best it has looked in a long time.

Here are a few pictures of my desk for this month.

 (My cute little desk...)

 (I use my iPad & a keyboard attachment for practically everything, including my writing. I downloaded the Microsoft Word app & I can share the file to any computer.)

 (My pencil jar... Look at my cute little Dalek pencil topper!!)

 (My special Jane Austen Novel Journal... Just in case I need to take notes.)

 (My addiction... Coke Zero. I love this stuff too much.)

 (My Piano Guys tunes... They are the best!!)

Well, there you go!! This is my little setup for writing. I cannot wait for November to start!!! :)

H.M. Wilson

Everyday Adventure

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I don't know why, but the word adventure fills me with a sense of wonder like nothing else can. What is adventure, and why does it stir up that exciting sensation inside each of us? If I'm being completely honest with myself, I know that when I read the word, I just want to jump up and take off down the road to who-knows-where!!

(Yes, that would be me...)

So what does this mysterious word mean??

ADVENTURE: "an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity."

Adventure is just something doing different and out of the ordinary. We like routines, but we also like to change things up a bit every once and a while. In moderation, I personally think that it is a fairly healthy desire.

Let's be honest, we all crave adventure of some sort. That's why we have roadtrips, vacations, and... (here it comes...) BOOKS. We read books for adventure, right? I know I do. I am addicted to the burst of excitement when my favorite character expresses their love for another, to the rush of adrenaline when the protagonist is being chased by the "bad-guys," and to the sigh of relief when the protagonist declares victory. 

I think you will find that most book-lovers are this way. We go on adventures without even leaving our front door. We live a thousand lives in a space of a day. We experience beauty that exists only in our imaginations. It's amazing.

("There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away..."--Emily Dickinson)

I understand, of course, that there is much more to life than just reading. I realize that one cannot just hide away and live a life found in a fairytale. You must experience the richness of life for yourself, not through someone's words, but in your body and mind and soul.

GOD calls us to "get out of our comfort-zone" on a regular basis. That's what life's all about! So live life to the fullest!! Don't just rely on an author's point of view to tell you how things are; go find out for yourself.

"So how do I find Adventure in my everyday life? What is Everyday Adventure?"

Look at ordinary life through a different point of view... You might just be surprised at what you discover.

Sometimes something as simple as saying hello to a new person can be an adventure, only if you have the courage to do so... 

Understand that facing the future is an adventure all by itself... Keep walking, because you never know what you might find just around the corner.

Your life won't be perfect. But it must be lived. You can't hide from who GOD made you to be. ANd your can't hide from what HE has called you to do. 

Live your Everyday Adventure.

 H.M. Wilson

Character Sketch: Professor Howard Greer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This is the LAST Character Sketch for my NaNo Novel, Emma's File... And he is an odd one if you know what I mean. But, nevertheless, he is Emma's favorite teacher at her new school, Professor Greer!! He teaches in the Science department and knows practically everything about each student there. Though the strangest thing is, he doesn't have a power other than being smart... Or does he? Here is his rough sketch.

"Professor Howard Greer

(age 57)

Glasses, Crazy hair, Stubble on chin&cheeks, Big nose, Wrinkled forehead, Bushy eyebrows.

Likes&Interests: Teaching, Experiments, Studying Powers, Science, Inventing

Pros/Cons: Intelligent/No power, Teacher/Cluttered, Light-hearted/Disorganized, Understanding/Matter-of-fact, Busy/Absentminded"

As you can see here, he is going to be quite a puzzle!! And like everyone else, he has flaws and secrets. But that is what brings depth to your characters! I looked for some Pinterest pictures of him, but for some odd reason I keep imagining him like Stanley Tucci!!! Here are the ones that reminded me of the Professor...

I don't know why, but his face is what I see when I imagine Professor Greer!! (If my book gets published and then made into a movie, I guess I'll request for him to play Greer?? Lol!) 
I realize that with a few of my characters I haven't gone into too much detail... But there are reasons!! I have a few interesting secrets for the end, so I have to keep a few secrets. All in good time... 
However, I still wish for you to meet each character one-by-one, so here is Professor Greer, everyone! :)

(Let me know in the Poll at the very bottom of the site what type of posts you would like to see from me, now that I've finished my Sketches. Or you can leave a comment! Hope you have enjoyed this little series!!)

H.M. Wilson

Character Sketch: Hudson Elliott

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
He is tall, handsome, and dreamy... And he is Emma's biggest *love interest*!! Hudson comes and goes throughout the story because he isn't really close to Emma's friends. He has a big heart, and part of that heart belongs to Emma. He gives her the attention she craves, talks to her, and puts forth an effort to know her better. His power is similar to hers, so they have that common ground. Here is his sketch...

  • "Hudson Elliott
  • (age 17)

  • Manipulate Thoughts

  • Blond, Green eyes, Tall, Broad shoulders, Thick eyebrows

  • Likes&Interests: Running, Hiking, Sports, Reading, Emma

  • Pros/Cons: Manipulate Thinking/Spoiled, Protective/Bossy, Kind/Secretive"

  • Hudson is basically Emma's dream-guy... But, like all people, he does some bad things. Yet deep down he has a great heart. I think Hudson will be an interesting character to write because he is going to be much more complex than his sketch. (And FYI, his power makes it possible for him to send ideas and/or thoughts into people's minds. The whole "Manipulate Thoughts" sounds really weird, but that was the best name for it...) I found a few Pinterest Pictures that look kind of like him...

(Blond, not Brown...)

I can't tell you too much more about Hudson!! The reason for this is, he is a part of a secret-special-something at the end of the book... In fact, I'm probably telling you too much right now. But anywho, meet Hudson, everyone!! <3

H.M. Wilson

Saving Mr. Banks-- Movie Review

Monday, October 27, 2014

I have wanted to see this movie for I-don't-know-how-long. (I mean, come on, it has Emma Thompson, Tome Hanks, Paul Giamatti, and so many more! And plus, it's all about Mary Poppins!!) 
Well, last night my wish came true. I curled up in the rocking chair with a bowl of chips & salsa and watched this magical movie...

(Saving Mr. Banks)

{Basic Summery}
Mrs. P.L. Travers, a British author, is in financial trouble and must sell the rights of her book to Walt Disney in order to make ends meet. The only problem is she despises the idea of her book becoming a film. She and Mr. Disney do their best to come to an understanding that Mary Poppins will become an amazing movie that all people will love. Faced with the problems of her dislike for musicals, cartoons, and her childhood, Mrs. P.L. Travers has to come to terms with the fact that everyone has things from their past that they wish they could forget, but that those very things can be used in ways to change the world.

{What Did I Like?}
I loved hearing the backstory of one of my favorite Disney films!! After you watch it, you will never see Mary Poppins in the same light. I liked seeing how an author considers their characters family, and want to protect them as such. I loved the cast!! They did an excellent job of choosing amazing actors and actresses to pull this off. I also liked how they swapped Points of View throughout the film to tie everything together. The character development was fairly nice as well. And I laughed at the hints of comedy that popped up throughout the story.

{What Did I Not Like?}
There was a little bit of cursing off-and-on, but not to the point that it took away from the storyline. There was some drinking & smoking, but once again not so frequent that it took away meaning from the story. The Main Character is rather rude, but from what I understand, that was what the woman from the real story was actually like! 

{What Is My Rating?}
Out of 10 stars, I would give this an 8! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and felt like it gave a depth that many other films do not. I did not give this a 10 because it can be a little dry to kids who are used to more "exciting" entertainment. But on the whole, I loved it, and I would love to watch it again!

{My Favorite Character?}
That would have to be Ralph, the chauffeur, (played by Paul Giamatti.) He made me laugh, smile, and cry. His character was just great, and I can't tell you why without spoiling the whole thing!

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this movie!! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! And yes, I posted twice today... I just couldn't help myself. <3

H.M. Wilson