Monday, November 16, 2009

Catching Up

So...I've been gone for just shy of forever. It became very obvious to me that before I start posting like I used to, I should probably find out what has been going on with everyone this past year. So, without further ado, I present

THE QUESTIONNAIRE OF DOOM!!!!!!

I will put my answers in parentheses, but in the comment section, I would like you all to answer for yourselves. I know it's just a start, but I've been gone for so long we can't possibly cover everything in one post! =3

1. How old did you turn on your last birthday? What grade/year of high school/college are you in this school year? (I turned 15 back in March, and I'm a sophomore in high school this year.)

2. What did you do over this past summer? (I went to Outer Banks, NC with my mom and brother, went up to Northern Virginia to visit my boyfriend, spent 12 days living on the campus of UVA for a gifted learning camp [my favorite part of summer!], moved, and did some writing.)

3. If you are a writer, what project/goal are you currently working on? Are you working on more than one thing? (I'm working on three things at once. My original novel is finished but still needs a little editing, I have a trilogy started, and I also started another standalone novel. Lots of work but very worth it!!)

4. How is the YCF doing? If you are a new member, tell me a little about yourself! I'd love to get to know you! (I can't answer this question for myself...)

5. Read any good books lately? (I've been a little short on things to read lately. Recently read the Gemma Doyle Trilogy...good but a little strange. I read this book called Daughter of the Forest awhile back...that one is now on my favorites list. It's really, really great! Well written, excellent plot yet unpredictable. Props to the author of that one!)

6. What has God been doing in your life in the past year? (Well, I don't know how many of you I've told about the trouble I'd been having with my dad since my parents divorced, but God at last delivered me from that dark valley on December 5th, 2008. Almost a year later, I am so humbly happy to say that he has healed me up from a lot of that and I am now in a place where I'm starting to forgive him. Now that I don't have to focus primarily on just staying emotionally stable enough to live another day, I have been able to look at my life in a whole new way. With God's help, I have become a better person...I now take the expression "trial by fire" very literally. If you are in a hard time in your life, remember that God's ways are always better than ours and that we experience trials to refine our faith like gold! Coming out of this trial, I feel like someone who has been trapped in a cave all their life and is being led outside into the light for the first time--it's a little overwhelming, but it's so beautiful. I have been able to make new friends, get more involved in church, grow closer to the Lord, and devote more of myself to my family. Thank you Jesus for my freedom!!)

7. What is the best thing that has happened to you in the past year? (Aside from being granted my freedom, I met (summer '08) and fell in love with (summer '09) the most loving, caring, brilliant, selfless, pure young man on the face of the earth. [Okay, so I might be a little biased, but he is in my opinion =)] The Lord has really given me a blessing in my boyfriend. He has been really, really good to me and for me, and has done nothing but build me up, encourage me, and be there for me no matter what. I thank God for him every single day.)

8. What is the most interesting/insane thing you've done in the past year? (I climbed a 150 foot lighthouse!!!! It was breathtaking, and I'm not just talking about the 214 stairs!)

9. Anybody moved in the past year? Moved schools? Moved into a new house? Moved out of state? (I moved into a new house this past summer. I didn't move very far though, just 20 minutes or so. We moved the day after I got back from my twelve day camp at UVA. I have two words to describe that experience. Utter. Torture. Imagine getting home after being away for that long only to find out that you can't even sleep in your own bed! We made it through though, and the new house is great.)

10. What would be the first thing to pop into your head if I said, "Say something random!" (colored ink cartridges are headache-inducing!)


Well, there you have my questionnaire of doom! Enjoy!
Never Alone,
Shelby Marie

7 comments:

Araken said...

She's back! Welcome!

I went to Brazil over the summer, I am working on a crossover novel (I shall leave that standing in all its lovely ambiguity), I have no idea how the YCF is doing, I am reading through a collection of stories that inspired Tolkien during his childhood, life is somewhat bumpy but WILL get better, I clipped a hangnail, I threw the hangnail away, no, and...life is not all fricasseed frog and eel pie...

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

1. How old did you turn on your last birthday? What grade/year of high school/college are you in this school year? *I turned 17, and I am a junior.*

2. What did you do over this past summer? *I did a lot of sword fighting and preparing for a play. ;D*

3. If you are a writer, what project/goal are you currently working on? Are you working on more than one thing? *Right now I am writing a book on my experiences in our swords group, set in the Middle Ages.*

4. How is the YCF doing? *I too haven't been on in a decade. lol*

5. Read any good books lately? *Inkheart and I'm in the middle of the Trophy Chase Trilogy.*

6. What has God been doing in your life in the past year? *He has shown me that I am free in Him, has helped me up as I fell down, has shown me how amazing good friends are, and has begun preparing me for marriage someday.*

7. What is the best thing that has happened to you in the past year? *Made an amazing best friend*

8. What is the most interesting/insane thing you've done in the past year? *I met the director of The Clone Wars, along with the people that voice Anakin, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, the Clones, Ventress, Yoda, and Padme. Ahsoka was the SWEETEST thing. *

9. Anybody moved in the past year? Moved schools? Moved into a new house? Moved out of state? *I'm in the same old place. ;D*

10. What would be the first thing to pop into your head if I said, "Say something random!" Love! lol

Ian said...

Hmmmm....i was never too keen on questionnaires...:P

I went to Mexico last summer, I currently have two novels underway (which refuse to end), I don't really know how the ycf is doing (its kind of...different now, at least to me), I have read all my books already, I have been trying (and thus far failing) to get a job, I sprained/broke my elbow about six weeks ago which will apparently take a few months to fully heal (fortunately I'll be able to play hockey still)...

And when you say that, my head goes blank. Really.

See ya!

:)Ian(:

Shelby Marie said...

Hey guys!
So good to hear from you!
Will be posting again soon.

In Christ,
Shelby Marie

Sapphira Adi said...

Welcome back! I'm just now back myself from like a four month disappearance. But I am back. :D and it feels awesome :D

Scott Appleton said...

I've been looking through blogs of readers who enjoyed Dragons In Our Midst. I'm a Christian author and the same publisher (AMG) is going to release my first three books. Check out my blog www.FlamingPen.blogspot.com

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Hilarious Scott! I was doing the same thing ;)

I'm giving away his latest book "Starlighter" on my blog. Mwhahahaha. lol If you think about it, stop by and enter! :)

Take care!

Nathan
http://whisperedroars.blogspot.com/