Wendy-Pan goes to church!

Yes, I wore my Wendy-pan outfit to Church today. I actually got several compliments on it! This time, however, I wore it with my black riding boots, which completed the outfit =)

I am reading Seamus Heaney’s multi-lingual translation of Beowulf, and am seeing that the creators of the movie The 13th Warrior, but they combined the three monsters – Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon – into tons of Canniballistic humans instead of one Grendel, and a ‘mother’ figure which the Beowulf figure kills, and they put the dragon in there when the viking villagers insist that what is really the far-away crowd of cannibals approaching with torches is the ‘fire wyrm.’ 


also, I finished the book that my friend Morgan gave me for my birthday, Blue Like Jazz. I had forgotten that I hadn’t QUITE finished it, and so did today after a great church service that got me SO excited!! Anyway, Blue Like Jazz was a GREAT book, and I highly recommend it to anyone over 16 years of age! Really, really good. Give it to your non-Christian friends, too!


Answers to Giveaway Questions (or, no better subject line)

The Questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging? Um, I started November 2008. So – hey! A year and a half!
  2. What is your favorite color scheme/group of colors? Blue/green/silver/white… that sort. =)
  3. What is your all time favorite blog? WHAT!? Um… I really couldn’t say. I know tons of cool people with awesome blogs – I honestly couldn’t pick if I wanted to!
  4. Why do you blog? …um, because I like to! It’s either that, or because I love all you guys. (Or both.)
  5. If you were described by being a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be? Why? Mint chocolate chip! (I should hope – it’s my favorite, anyway. You guys got any suggestions?) Because I’m cool and chocolatey. (O_o) And because it’s my favorite flavor.
  6. What is your blogiversary (or the day you started blogging)? OH great. Well, I WOULD have the exact date, but I deleted THAT blog… I believe it was November 20-something.
  7. What is your favorite book/series of books? *facepalm* Oh great… another I-honestly-could-not-pick-if-my-life-depended-on-it question. I’m sorry. If you want to know some favorites, go to my book blog and click ‘favorites.’ There you’ll see. Oh, wait – probably The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy… that’s one of my all-time favorites, anyway =)
  8. What is your favorite birthday memory? This sixteenth… everything was so wonderful =)
  9. What is your favorite type of cake? Chocolate Mint (can you see a mint/chocolate pattern forming here?)
  10. How long have you known Melian? …!! I don’t know! Probably close to half a year, anyway!


Okay, this was an absolute ball! I love answering blogger questions. If you want to do these yourself, go to http://melainvala.wordpress.com and enter the blog giveaway!!

Sweet 16 Things About Me


Note: YOU GUYS ARE ALL AWESOME! And DON’T YOU FORGET IT!! Without you, blogging wouldn’t be worth it! You guys put so much joy and laughter in my life that I sometimes convulse in hysterics! So if you ever feel as if you have no purpose, just know that you make my life a lot brighter. So Live Long and Prosper!


Sixteen things about me! =) Enjoy! 

1. I hate cliffhangers. I mean, hate. If I am reading a book in the series and don’t own the next book, I have KILLER ants in my pants until I can read the next one. (Have you ever had those? It’s not a pleasant experience. It makes it kind of hard to sleep at night.) Or if it’s a movie, we have to watch it right away. I can’t stand not knowing. 

2. If I’m reading a book that has a particularly beautiful, imaginative, or interesting cover, I’ll take much longer to read the book because I’m continually closing it to gaze at the artwork. Very distracting. If you want to be distracted yourself, some really cool covers are on Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Pegasus by Robin McKinley, (I haven’t read them yet, but can’t wait to!) the King Raven trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, and The Victor by Marlayne Giron. I could name dozens of others, but don’t have that much time. 

3. Sixteen has always been, since I can remember, the ‘perfect’ age. Sixteen was the age of the Disney Princesses, lipstick, red nail polish, Gypsy-hoop earrings, cars, and watching chick flicks with Mom. It’s been the age where you’re not an adult, but nobody thinks of you as a ‘kid’ anymore. You’re an official YA. 

4. I haven’t seen all the Disney Princess movies. I’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast, but have never seen Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White, or the Princess and the Frog (I only added that because Tiana has been made an official DP.) 

5. If I watch a movie and like it, I’ll watch it more than once in a very short time. The first time I saw Beauty and the Beast when I was nine, I watched it three times in one day. The first time I saw Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, about two years ago, I watched it three times in two days. The first time I saw Inkheart, when it first came out, I watched it two times in one day, and again about a month later. You’ll be glad to know I’ve matured. I saw Star Trek for the first time a few weeks after it came out. I’ve seen it four times since. (And in case you were interested, in a little over two years, I’ve seen the Lord of the Rings ten times. Not that I like it or anything.)

6. Until about 6 months – 1 year ago, I got majorly obsessed over stuff I liked. Take Lord of the Rings. You diehard ToaS followers who slogged with me through that two-month period of Middle-Earthean bliss remember that. I’m doing better now, though. I only get mildly euphoric. 

7. The first time I heard the Weird Al song ‘White n’ Nerdy’ I nearly fell out of my seat. Why? There is a particular line in that song that goes like this – “Only question I/ Ever thought was hard/Was do I like Kirk/Or do I like Piccard.’ Well, during that period in time, I had been trying to figure out just that. I listened to that song all the way through several times and realized – I’m half geek, half elf. I’m a Gelf! (Which, by the way, is better than half doe, half buck.) 

8. I’m one of those weird people who would actually name my kids elvish names or names of fictional characters. Here are a few I want to name my kids: Ëarwen (keep the legacy going) Rowan, Mérian, Mira, and Kirk. (Don’t look at me like that, it’s for a boy!) 

9. I never like the main character in a story, be it book or movie. Never (except in Silverado. And maybe Star Trek). It’s always the minor characters or the Antihero I like best. Take Dustfinger, Eomer, Murtagh, Alan a Dale, Murdoc, Reilly, Snake Eyes, Uncas, Harry Osborne, or the Silver Surfer. The support characters are usually so much more interesting than the MC’s! 

10. I find the saying ‘write what you know’ to be so useless that it ought to be torn into little bitty pieces, burned, and the ashes should be drowned and then sent to Tibet to have the process repeated. In other words, it ought to be killed, buried, dug up, and killed again, to quote Allan a Dale. I mean, honestly. I seriously doubt that we’d have any fantasy books if authors wrote what they knew. 

11. As a rule of pinkie, (or is that thumb?) I dislike historical fiction books (movies are different). I detest Dickens. I hate Henty. I even mildly dislike Austen, although her books make great movies. If you want some good, readable, enjoyable historical fiction, try Anne Rinaldi. 

12. I’m a sucker for notebooks and writing utensils. I have been ever since I was little (Writing’s in the blood)! I love thick, colorful, pretty Mead brand notebooks the best, I think. It’s sort of a ‘if I die in Target, drag my body to Barnes and Noble’ scenario. 

13. I am inspired to write by different types of weather. None of which are hot or particularly sunny. I like to write on a day just like this one – gray, cloud, wet, where everything seems greener because the sky is so dark. Or crisp, cold, cloudy days. Or those days that make you think ‘I bet the garden of Eden was a lot like this!’ But hot, sunny days? UGH. I am NOT a heat lover. 

14. I sometimes listen to Miley Cyrus, the Jonas brothers, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift (a lot of her) Justin Bieber, and Demi Lovato. I don’t get the people who are ‘anti-Miley’ or ‘NoJoBro’. And I also don’t get the people who obsess over them. They’re just people – some songs are great! I happen to really like rock and pop music. But I like Enya, too! My favorite artists are Owl City, Taylor Swift, X-ray Dog, Immediate Music, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, and good soundtracks like the Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Star Trek. 

15. You know Indie’s problem with snakes? I have the same problem with insects. Particularly the ones with more than their fair share of legs. Centipedes, spiders, etc. give me the shivers! I HATE them. Ew, ew, ew. (Did you know I once had a scorpion on my wall, in Florida when I was about seven? Here’s how the conversation went. Me: MAC! THERE’S A SCORPION ON MY WALL! Mac: No, there isn’t. There aren’t scorpions here. Me: THERE’S A SCORPION ON MY WALL! Mac: No, there isn’t. Just kill it. Me: *runs to Mom and Dad* MOM! DAD! THERE’S A SCORPION ON MY WALL! *I take off* Mom and Dad: *follow me into my room, where, sure enough, there is an inch-long, orangy-colored scorpion clinging to my wall* Yeah. Talk about yuck.) I have a serious problem with them. I mean, if Spock walked up to me and told me I had a multi-legged creature on my shoulder I’d probably faint. But I don’t feel that way about watching them in movies or reading about them in books. That’s fine. It’s the real ones that get to me. 

16.  I hate getting sand in my clothes. I don’t mind if it’s on my feet, but I don’t really like going to the beach because – *gasp* – there’s SAND there! And somehow or another, it’s bound to get in my clothes. I used to rinse off in the beach shower every half-hour when we lived in Florida and frequented the beach. I do not like being dirty. If it’s just my clothes and I can change them, it’s not a big deal (unless, of course, it’s something like a ruined shirt). But if I have, say, greasy hair, I have to wash it. Or if I get a dab of honey on my elbow, I scrub until it comes off. I like being clean. 

And well, there you have it! Sixteen things about me that you probably didn’t know. I hope you enjoyed reading it, and now that I’ve taken up a good seven minutes of your time, I must depart. It is, after all, my sixteenth birthday. 

 And if you got bored with the post, just remember…