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