My Trip

So this is week 8 of the Student Blogging Challenge, and I guess this time I’m planning a trip to a few different countries. Three of the countries that I would visit are the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. Of course, I am assuming that I’d already know Japanese by the time that I’m 18 (when I would be leaving on my trip). In total, (according to my parents) the cost would be about $10,000. I would be going during the summer so I would pack a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve shirts just in case of weather changes.

Time

According to this time calculator (on a plane) it should take about 9 hours to get from the USA to the UK, and then 12 hours from the UK to Japan, and from Japan to New Zealand it’s about 12 hours– not to mention the time to get back to the USA which would be about 16 hours. In total I would be flying on a plane for about 49 hours, which is about 2 whole days. I would also be staying at each country for a week or so, depending on what is most convenient. Instead of calling my friends and family back in the USA I would email or text them, this would wipe out the time zone problem.

Visiting

While in the UK I would visit London and go visit some of the Sherlock and Doctor Who filming locations and take some tours there. I might also go to a comic con if there’s one going on at the time that I’m there. In Japan I might wander around and go on a few tours, and in New Zealand I would visit some of The Hobbit filming areas, including Hobbiton in Matamata.

 

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I would love to go on a trip like this– it would be so much fun! After I get back home I would probably start planning my next trip around the world.

Count Out Three!

Hey people! This post is for week 7 of the student blogging challenge; I chose to play the “Count Out Three” game.

   My Comment on Dia’s Blog:

Hi Dia! I love books and for a year or so the Harry Potter series was at the top of my list of favorites. Although, if I had to choose one person to sit at a table with and talk about books, I would choose John Flanagan. He is not exactly a “celebrity”, but he is the writer of both the Ranger’s Apprentice series and the Brotherband Chronicles (I totally recommend both series if you haven’t read them).

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Dia’s blog post caught my eye because she says that if she where to talk about a book to a celebrity it would be Emma Watson and talking about the Harry Potter series. As you can tell from my comment, Harry Potter was my favorite series, but then I found the Ranger’s Apprentice series and that stole the position on the top of my list. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Harry Potter is awesome.

     My comment on Conner’s Blog:

Hi Conner! My family would also be at the top of my list, and friends as a close second. I would also put fandoms (not sure if you know what those are) as third and (of course) chocolate/ candy as forth. Gotta have chocolate. *insert smiley face here*

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Conner was writing about his favorite thing is: his family. Family is very important, they are almost always there for you and will help you through hard times if given the chance.

     My comment on Colby’s Blog:

Hi Colby! That puzzle is really awesome– I solved it in 6 minutes and 18 seconds. I started off really well, but the background slowed me down because it’s almost the same color, not to mention that on this puzzle I started from the middle and didn’t try to put the background pieces together until the very end.

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 Colby posted an awesome Five Nights at Freddy’s puzzle. Puzzles aren’t really my thing, but solving one every once in a while is fun– especially when it’s Five Nights at Freddy’s!

Don’t forget to visit their blogs and check out there posts!

 

How To Join A Fandom

 By the way if you don’t know what a fandom or fangirling is then I suggest looking at some of my earlier posts.

Yes, I know there isn’t one special way to join a fandom. However, some people find a TV show or something and they just stay at the level of “really liking” the show. Lets just say you are one of those people who watch the first episode of a show and sort of like it, but you just can’t see yourself watching the show for hours on end. For example, when I started watching Supernatural I wasn’t on that level of fangirling over it; (luckily?) I looked it up on the internet and spoiled the whole series for myself, and now I’m trying to get to season 4 so I can see Castiel. So what is my favorite way to join a fandom?

Here are the steps I take before/while joining a fandom:

Step 1

Do a less than 10 minute search on the internet and get somewhat familiar with some of the characters and/or plot.

Step 2

Watch the first few episodes; maybe like 3 to 6.

Step 3

Pick your favorite character(s), but if you have found a character that you really like on step 1, then I guess just stick with that. You might find an awesome character later, but it depends on the show.

Step 4 (optional, remember this is what I do)

Spoil a lot of the series for yourself so that you know if your favorite charaters will/won’t die. If you skip this step then good luck trying not to drown in your tears.

Step 5

Watch a few more episodes (3-7 more). By now if you don’t like the show then I would just quit watching it– don’t waste your time sleeping through the whole show.

Step 6 (optional)

If you completed step 5 then by now you might start wishing that you had some friends to watch the show with you, so get some people to watch it. I’ve actually only succeeded in this step a few times.

Step 7

Make some popcorn and get comfortable.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SuperWhoLock

 

SUPERWHOLOCK

 

Blogging challenge activity 2!

  If you don’t know what Supernatural, Doctor Who, or Sherlock are about, then click the links. Thanks!

The first fandom that I had ever joined was the Doctor Who fandom. Before then, I had no idea what the word “fandom” meant. While watching Doctor Who I looked up “fandom” on the Internet and one of the first things that popped up was SuperWhoLock pictures– a combination of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.

Before I knew it I had finished watching all 8 seasons (the most recent seasons) of Doctor Who, and I then started watching Sherlock. After Sherlock I joined a bunch of other fandoms including Merlin and Death Note. Eventually my friends started to say to watch Supernatural, so here I am now: watching Supernatural.

Just a few days ago the question arose: which TV show between Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock was most popular? I haven’t finished Supernatural yet (I’m on season 3), so I can’t really say. My favorite TV show out of  SuperWhoLock  so far is Sherlock because of all of the mysteries involved *cough* and how insane the fandom is. *cough*

 

So what do you think? Supernatural? Doctor WhoSherlock? If you have only watched one or two of the three, then feel free to vote for your favorite so far!

 

 


Brotherband Chronicles: A Review

At the moment, I am reading the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan. As of now, I am on the 5th book and am almost done with it. The events of the Brotherband Chronicles actually happens right around the time of John Flanagan’s other series, Ranger’s ApprenticeBrotherband Chronicles takes place in the same world as the Ranger’s Apprentice series does, but it’s from someone else’s perspective. As far as I know, there haven’t been any repeats in events from Ranger’s Apprentice in the Brotherband Chronicles. That’s because (for those of you who haven’t read the series) most of the Brotherband Chronicles takes place in Scandinavia. When it doesn’t take place there, it generally takes place somewhere else way far away from wherever Will and Halt (the Ranger’s Apprentice main characters) are located. Hope that wasn’t confusing.

Anyway, SPOILER ALERT from here on out.

Visit this website for a full summary of each book.

Book order:

1. The Outcasts

2. The Invaders

3. The Hunters

4. Slaves of Socorro

5. Scorpion Mountain

( As far as I know, the series has not ended yet)

In the Brotherband Chronicles there is a lot of character development. For example, almost all the main characters go from being outcasts to being heroes. Yes, I have proof, just look on the back of any of books in the Brotherband series, it says, “Outcasts for a moment. Heroes for life.”

The first 3 books are all practically about Hal and his crew trying to get the Andomal (see Wikipedia’s definition bellow) back because it was stolen and it was sort of their fault.  In the 3rd book they get the Andomal back and then they are considered heroes.

Here’s what Wiki said about the Andomal:

  • “The Andomal — This is a huge amber sphere (about 25 centimeters in diameter) with a reptilian claw in the middle believed to come from a dragon. This artifact has been treasured by Skandians for centuries and is kept in a shrine (the Tabernacle) on a hill close to Hallasholm. It is then stolen by Zavac and his crew while the Heron Brotherband is guarding it.”

The next 2 books have their own plot. Slaves of Socorro (4th book) is about some Araluens that where kidnapped and taken to Socorro to be sold at the slave market there. Hal (the main character) and his crew then go to Socorro and try and rescue all the Araluen slaves. With the help of Gilan (character/ranger from Ranger’s Apprentice) they eventually do rescue all 12 of the Araluens and bring them all back to Araluen.

In the next book, Scorpion Mountain, Hal and his crew embark on a mission to stop  the assassins that are  trying to kill Princess Cassandra (another character from Ranger’s Apprentice). Since at the moment I am reading this book and haven’t gotten to the end, I won’t spoil it for myself, so if you want to know what happens you should look it up.

I really like this series and think that everyone should read it, including you! I personally think that the Ranger’s Apprentice series is better, but that’s just me.

My favorite book ever:

 

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Writer’s Block

Ah, writers block my old friend enemy. For those of you who don’t know, writer’s block is something that someone (most likely a writer) suffers from when they don’t know what to write about. Today, I am suffering from a case of writer’s block, but not anymore! I’m writing about writer’s block.

 

I actually have a lot of good ideas for books (mostly fan fictions), but I never have any motivation to write them. That’s my main problem, no motivation. Sometimes though, I really want to write a fan fiction, so I start on the first few chapters but then I just lose all of my motivation to write it.

 

For example, I was once really motivated to write a FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fan fiction, and I had even written the first seven chapters (which in total took me around 12-ish hours). Then I moved on to a different fandom and sort of forgot about that fan fiction. Every once in a while I really want to continue writing that fan fiction, but then I think about the fact that I would have to re-write the first seven chapters because of all my grammar mistakes and how I just did a really bad job explaining things (the reader would have gotten bored). Now that I am a better writer than I was at the start of the year, I might start re-writing the chapters and continuing the story.

 

Let’s just say you’re writing a story that’s not a fan fiction. Well, first I would start out imaging the whole story (or at least what would be the first few chapters). That includes the characters, how you would start the book (what event), or even how the book would end. You might also want to have a goal about how many pages you write per day.

 

Need more tips about how to over come writer’s block? Visit this website.

FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood: A Review

     So, FullMetal Alchemist is a anime which consists of 2 different series, each series has most the same characters, but has a different plot, although the same main problem. But I’m going to focus on the 2nd series, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, because I think it’s better.
SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT
Plot
    2 brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who are both alchemists, attempt human transmutation on their dead mother to try and bring her back. Human transmutation is forbidden among alchemists, and has never been successfully done. Well, of course there attempt fails, therefor resulting in Edward losing his leg and arm, and his brother losing his whole body. Edward (of course) saves his brother by binding his soul to a suit of armor nearby.
   Their whole quest, or main problem, is to “get their body’s back” to how they where. A bunch of stuff happens and they eventually (after about 60 episodes) succeed in doing so.
What I Think
    The Homunculi ( artificially created humans, AKA the bad guys) are my favorite characters. The creators of this series did a great job on them and I haven’t seen any better bad guys In any series or movie. It was also unique that they named all the homunculi after the the 7 sins (envy, greed, lust, pride, sloth, gluttony, and wrath).
    Some of the episodes are rated TV-14 for the violence, but I would recommend it to almost anyone. Also, each episode is about 20 to 30 minutes, but action packed and totally awesome. The series is a bit slow starting (in my opinion) but gets ALOT better as it goes on (not that I’m saying that it has a bad beginning). A bunch of 100% unpredictable events happen, I didn’t even see it coming, so it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. The opening theme songs are really good (of course, it gets better as the series goes on), but it’s in Japanese so unless you know it, you don’t know what there saying.
    WARNING: if you get attached to the antagonists, prepare for the worst day of your life!
SECOND SPOILER ALERT: ThE HoMuNculi aLL diE NoOoOOoO!$!&@$$!
    Anyway…… the series is really good and you should watch it!
This is my second favorite theme song, the first I couldn’t find. 

The first person to guess my top 3 characters (in order) I will comment 1 time on your blog! If you don’t have a blog, then you will get my congratulations!  If you already know them please don’t guess. YOU CAN ONLY GUESS ONCE.
Hint: 1st favorite character shows up 3 times in the above theme song
           2nd favorite shows up zero times because he wasn’t introduced as a important enough character in the above theme song
           3rd favorite shows up once  in the above theme song
And, yes, there are in fact hints through out this post, you just have to look carefully (if at all).
 

Fandom Terms

About a week ago I went to get a Halloween costume at Party City (its a place for party/Halloween stuff), and I asked if there where any cosplay costumes. Well of course the staff-person had no idea what I was talking about, so I had to explain it. I know some people don’t know these fandom terms, so this post is to explain them.

These are some of the most used terms I’ve heard so far.

Fandom– Fan kingdom/ Fanatic Domain

Cosplay– dressing up as someone or something from a TV show, book etc. and acting like that person.

Fangirling– The state someone is in while over reacting about something fandom related

Fangirl/Fanboy– refering to someone in a fandom

Feels– A term used while fangirling

 

These are only a few of the many, and most people, sometimes even the ones not in a fandom, already know this stuff.

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If there is anything I got wrong please tell me so I can change it!

So, are there any terms that I didn’t explain that you would like defined? 

 

 

Fandoms

 So some of you have no idea what a fandom is or what it’s about, and you need to know because I might be talking about fandoms in later posts. A fandom is (as I like to think of it) a fan kingdom, you might have a different definition, but that’s mine. Fandoms are usually for bands, TV Shows, movies, and books. The people in the fandom are called either a fanboy or fangirl and are obsessed with it.

There are also different types of fans, ranging from the type that think about it constantly and talk about it allllllll the time,  to the type that are quiet and don’t usually say much on the topic. I fall under the category of thinking almost it 24/7 😉 but not exactly talking about it much unless I meet another fan.  I have been in fandoms since about 6th grade (although not many know that), starting with Doctor Who.

Also, this has never been my case, but some fans get bullied for talking about a fandom, I’ve never seen It happen, but I know it happens. But also, if you are not in a fandom and think you are going to start watching a TV show or something, BEWARE, and be prepared (by means of having time to be on your phone or whatever 24/7)! Also there is a difference between watching a show and being in that fandom. I will leave it up to you to decide if you are or are not in one!

 

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If you disagree with anything or have questions please tell me 🙂

If you are in a fandom, then which fandom are you in?