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A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!

About Me
Columbus, OH
Political Score:
Temp @ JPMorgan Chase
Ohio State University
Political Science, International Studies
High School: Home Educated
Reading, standing in line for things, writing, research

About My Family
My mom is a
lawyer in Pickerington; my stepdad and dad are computer guys, and my stepmom (who works with my dad) is an engineer. My sisters are, in order of age, a photographer, an artist, and a person too young to have her own website. My brothers are, in order of age, living up north, and again, a person too young to have a website. At some point soon I'll be collecting links for my aunts, uncle, and cousins. ^_^

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Star Wars: Episode 3 Line (Hollywood)
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NaNoWriMo 2007:
My Novel: Cipere Lumen

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Winner

NaNoWriMo 2006:
My Novel: The Manatee Conspiracy

Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Winner

NaNoWriMo 2005:
My Novel: Beyond the Cliffs of Kefira

Official NaNoWriMo 2005 Participant

NaNoWriMo 2004:
My Novel: sul Okyar tir taTz'ileea

National Novel Writing Month

Friday, October 28, 2005
Disillusioned, Etc.  
[A]s a faltering/wavering member, the bloggernaccle is where I come to sincerely and earnestly try to work through some of my doubts. Even though I don’t always comment, I ALWAYS read. I find/found some strength here in the bloggernaccle. I went from reading View from the Foyer every day to reading Times and Seasons and feeling hopeful.

Of course, one wonders how exactly you can do that when at least two of the folks you were gaining strength from were complicit in a rather hefty conspiracy/hoax.

Everyone else already said good stuff at a blog I'm still pretty sure is real, in the comments.

My picks are...

Sue, who wrote that above quote, also wrote...
I just never thought the bloggernaccle was a place where I had to worry about getting punked.

[I]t isn’t even the fake BOH blog, it’s the fact that you lose faith in the whole idea of a bloggernaccle community of people whose “light” you might be able to borrow for a while, people who you might be able to trust a little not to deliberately lead you in the wrong direction, and ask occasional doctrinal advice from. You wouldn’t get advice from the folks from the Banner, obviously (because they were a little too strange), but the naccle in general - only it turns out you can’t trust any of them either - they’re all in on it - isn’t that hilarious? I feel like an idiot.

JKS, too:
[T]o find out that people are just screwing around, playing mind games, and snickering with their fellow in crowd naccle buddies - it’s disappointing.

And Maria, who sums the specific matter up well:
I read BoH on a pretty regular basis, but I never once posted. Nevertheless, I feel an extreme loss of respect for those involved and a general disillusionment with the bloggernacle as a whole.

My take? I put it in the comments there, but since everyone's already moved on, here you go again:

I've never been so glad to be a "personal"/"light extemporania"/"sooooo not a bloggernacle blogger" person. Even the jerks on slashdot live up to a minimal "reveal your real identity or be seen as an annonymous coward" structure. I can't really look down on them for being meaner or less considerate or less "real" than anyone in the bloggernacle now, now can I?

For the record, I'm a real person, and so is everyone else I know. I really did stand in line for Star Wars (twice!), I really do teach in Primary, I really am looking for a job, and yes, I really am a Mormon. As far as I'm aware, all of the sites I've linked to on my blogroll are, if annonymous, then obviously so -- and 20.7% are people I've met in person (one of them's my mom.) She really is my mom. Honest. I swear. No, really. Sigh. It was a lot easier when everyone else was telling the truth, too, you know?

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Thursday, October 27, 2005
BOM Blogging! part two  
So, I've gotten through 2 Nephi 11 -- which means that if I keep up at exactly this pace, I'll finish on New Year's Day. ^_^ I heart Excel spreadsheets. Today I started 2 Nephi in earnest, and ran across this, which had never really impacted me before (as far as I can remember):

2 Nephi 4:26 - 35
O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his
condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so
much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the
valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength
slacken, because of mine afflictions?

And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why
should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in
my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry
because of mine enemy?

Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my
heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.

Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken
my strength because of mine afflictions.

Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord,
I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my
God, and the rock of my salvation.

O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out
of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake
at the appearance of sin?

May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because
that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt
thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I
may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in
the plain road!

O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy
righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape
before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me!
Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way--but that thou
wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the
ways of mine enemy.

O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee
forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know
that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh.
Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh
his arm.

Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh.
Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will
lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God,
the rock of my righteousness.
Behold, my voice shall forever
ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.

I mean, wow. Exactly. You said it, Nephi. (emphasis was mine, though)

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Sunday, October 23, 2005
Happy Birthday to Me!  
I am now old enough to rent a car (if I ever get a credit card again - thanks for reminding me, Gene) and run for Congress and all kinds of fun stuff. Quarter of a century old, more than 1/3rd of the way to "there's no way you can deny you're an old person now" land. And I got to sleep in this morning. WOOT.

Now, one person telling me "you know, I have no idea what to get you for your birthday," you can easily dismiss. Two, and you might wonder if you're some kind of closed book. Three such comments, though, and it's time to take action.

After five years, I have finally updated my Amazon.Com wishlist. There shouldn't be any more VHS format stuff on there. There shouldn't be anything that sold out in mid-2002. There shouldn't be any comments apologizing for being a Harry Potter fan, any requests for my non-air conditioned dorm, etc. I deleted everything I didn't want or had bought for myself. There are 150 items, ranging in price from $5 to $200. Let's be clear, though. These are all things I'd love to get. I heart presents greatly. Don't think this is some kind of creepy "you must buy things for me you evil people" thing, though. I don't hold the universe under an obligation to get me stuff. This is just to fulfill a request. Three of them, actually. So, go forth and shop. Or not. ^_^

And have a happy My Birthday. Each and every one of you. Do it. Do it now!


Sunday, October 16, 2005
The Book of Mormon Challenge  
So... like, three months ago (four months ago? a long, long time ago...), President Hinckley said everyone should read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year. I was kind of in my soul-killing job at the time, and had ironically gotten about halfway through Helaman before that job started, and then totally (TOTALLY) slacked off. As in, I read up to Helaman 8 in 5 weeks, and didn't read at all after that.

I've spent the last three months (or whatever it was) debating whether to start over from the beginning or from where my old Seminary scripture mastery bookmark is sitting (which is where I left off.) Today I decided to enlist the assistance of Excel and determined that if I read 4 chapters a day, I'll be done before Christmas (even counting the testimony of the three and eight witnesses as separate chapters, 4 chapters a day gets you to December 14th if you started today.) Soooo... I'm starting over from the beginning. ^_^ Just finished 1 Nephi 4.

And, since I'm starting over, I'm also working on a project I thought up a while ago... I've long noticed those "study bibles" and "bible for teens" and whatnot, and decided I should create a personalized version of the scriptures for ME. I can make the font nice and readable, I can put whatever notes I want in the margins, etc. So I'm starting with the Book of Mormon (conveniently, one of the volumes NOT thoroughly covered in the "study bible" market;) I'm trying to do the initial formatting at the same rate I read it (four chapters per day,) which means that I'm actually reading each verse... well, at least 1.5 times, and more likely 2 or 3 times, each day.

We'll see if those promises (re: greater measure of faith, etc.) hold up. ^_^

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Anyone who thinks...  
That a Romney Presidential run would generate lots of fuzzy happy "Aww, shucks, Mormons are okay folks!" feelings in the American electorate... please see here. That is all, thank you.


Because only so many people can be eleventh in line.