The 2017 Seton Spring Quarter Easter Short Story Contest

The 2017 Seton Spring Quarter Easter Short Story Contest

Congratulations to our Finalists!

After three rounds of review, our editors have narrowed down the pool of contestants to the top entries!

Below you’ll find our two winners, Leah Myers and Immanuel Portus. Please take a second and congratulate them below in the comments!

Both Leah and Immanuel showed an strong command of the story writing craft, and conveyed their concepts with great motion and dialog.

In ‘I Trust In You’, Leah was particularly attentive to including cultural detail, and research/familiarity with Hebrew culture. She showed excellent use of characterization, detail, and back-and-forth between the characters.

Immanuel’s story ‘My Victory’ riffed several concepts in a clever way, and literally ran with them. His pacing was intriguing and electrifying.

Only the Finest

As our contestants know, it’s hard work competing in Seton’s contests. Only the finest entries work their way to the top, and every contest entry must pass a three-fold examination on

  • adherence to the contest guidelines
  • attention to the provided prompts
  • quality and excellence of the writing craft

So stay tuned and subscribe to our weekly digest!

Thanks to all of our Round 3 contestants!

They stepped up their game, worked hard on their stories, and provided some excellent candidates.

We look forward to the strong possibility of sharing Round 3’s remaining entries as honorable mentions.

2017 Easter Short Story Finalists

Leah Myers

Grade 12 | First Place Winner | ‘I Trust In You’

Leah Myers is the youngest of three children, and has been homeschooled my whole life. English and writing—her most dreaded subjects—are now two of her favorites. She is a ballet dancer, and plays four different instruments (including voice). She hopes to start playing ukulele and the tin whistle. Aside from those activities, she loves doing all kinds of artwork and writing. She’s found that combining writing and art into graphic novels is excitingly fun. She hopes to teach ballet one day, along with being a part to full-time fiction author (and possibly doing the illustrations). She also loves mountain-biking, and will never be found sitting still for long periods of time.

Immanuel Portus

Grade 11 | First Place Winner | ‘My Victory’

He is 17, hilarious, and the oldest among his 3 siblings. He has attended the best high school and elementary school (aka homeschool) for 8 years. He loves acting, playing the guitar, Saint Philip Neri, and creative writing. He is a competitive runner, soccer player, and a “tree climber.” He spends most of his free time figuring out how to: do a backflip, bring back dinosaurs from the past, cook up a flying car, and build a real lightsaber. He lives near Taal Volcano (The World’s Smallest Active Volcano) in the Philippines. He hopes to be a filmmaker and an inventor one day soon.

Round 3 | Grade 12

Charles Foyle

Charles Foyle

They Became As Dead Men

Leah Myers

Leah Myers

I Trust in You

Round 3 | Grade 11

Immanuel Portus

Immanuel Portus

My Victory

Mary Clare Young

Mary Clare Young

Veritas Vos Liberabit

Round 3 | Grade 10

Olivia Shapic

Olivia Shapic

The Easter Triduum

Maria Pratt

Maria Pratt

Spear in Hand

Round 3 | Grade 9

Elodie Pierlot

Elodie Pierlot

Tomb Of A God

Giselle Faber

Giselle Faber

Guard of the Tomb

Round 2 | Grade 12

Natalie Pratt

Natalie Pratt

The Centurion

Charles Foyle

Charles Foyle

They Became As Dead Men

Leah Myers

Leah Myers

 Song of the Bird | I Trust in You

Round 2 | Grade 11

Immanuel Portus

Immanuel Portus

My Victory

Joey Barron

Joey Barron

Easter Miracle

Mary Clare Young

Mary Clare Young

Veritas Vos Liberabit

Round 2 | Grade 10

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

The Traveler

Olivia Shapic

Olivia Shapic

The Easter Triduum

Maria Pratt

Maria Pratt

Spear in Hand

Round 2 | Grade 9

Elodie Pierlot

Elodie Pierlot

Tomb Of A God

Amelia Coleman

Amelia Coleman

Soldier of the Truth

Lily Hoffarth

Lily Hoffarth

A Roman Soldier Finds His Savior

Giselle Faber

Giselle Faber

Guard of the Tomb

Round 1 | Grade 12

Natalie Pratt

Natalie Pratt

The Centurion

Emmalie Kernan

Emmalie Kernan

THE PURPOSE — The Story of Simon of Cyrene

Charles Foyle

Charles Foyle

They Became As Dead Men

Leah Myers

Leah Myers

 Song of the Bird | I Trust in You

Josephine Raphaelle Ng

Josephine Raphaelle Ng

“One Look” / “Faith Hanging on a Stranger’s Words

Round 1 | Grade 11

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier

A Tale of A Jew

Immanuel Portus

Immanuel Portus

My Victory

Joey Barron

Joey Barron

Easter Miracle

Mary Clare Young

Mary Clare Young

Veritas Vos Liberabit

Round 1 | Grade 10

Gabrielle Brounstein

Gabrielle Brounstein

I Shall Be Healed

Anna Regnier

Anna Regnier

 The Sparkling Eyes

Veronica Brown

Veronica Brown

A Long Night for a Soul

Chantal LaFortune

Chantal LaFortune

The Traveler

Paloma Landen

Paloma Landen

“Constructed Revelation Of A Roman Soldier”

Maria Pratt

Maria Pratt

Spear in Hand

Genevieve LaFosse

Genevieve LaFosse

The Guardian of the Tomb

Emily McKinnon

Emily McKinnon

One Mission / I Guarded The Body Which Rose

Olivia Shapic

Olivia Shapic

The Easter Triduum

Round 1 | Grade 9

Lily Hoffarth

Lily Hoffarth

A Roman Soldier Finds His Savior

Giselle Faber

Giselle Faber

Guard of the Tomb

Amelia Coleman

Amelia Coleman

Soldier of the Truth

Christopher Smyth

Christopher Smyth

Veritas. A Soldiers Conversion

Jillian Van Daele

Jillian Van Daele

To Follow or Not to Follow

Elodie Pierlot

Elodie Pierlot

Tomb Of A God

Contest Details

How to Enter

Register for free to enter the contest. All registrants will be part of a special emailing list to keep you updated and informed about the contest.

Prizes:

All submissions will be judged by grade level, with the potential for first and second place finalists for each grade – if submissions are of sufficient quality.

  • 1st place in each grade: $100
  • 2nd place in each grade: $50

If the judges decide that there are insufficient entries of note in a grade level, no finalist may be named. Do your best!

Contest Rules

Open to Seton high school students, grades 9-12.

These are your writing prompts for your Easter themed short story. Pick one, and submit one story.

  • Imagine you are a member of a zealot group who want to rescue Our Lord from being crucified. Perhaps Simon the Cyrene was a member who got close, but for some strange reason didn’t complete the mission.
  • Imagine you are one of the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb of Christ, and the pressure you are under to keep the Jews away. Perhaps your girlfriend is a Christ-follower, and you’re almost ready to convert. How do you handle the strange event of the Resurrection?
  • Imagine you are one of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and you’ve only heard about Christ’s miracles. Now that He’s dead, you’re deciding to stay as a Jew. That’s when a stranger joins you and takes you deeper over dinner.

If enough short stories of note are submitted, first and secondary finalists from each grade will be showcased online on the Bayley Bulletin. First place finalists will be featured in the upcoming Spring issue of the Bayley Bulletin. At the judges’ discretion, honorable mentions may be published here online.

Only submissions of the highest quality and care will make it into the contest.

Maximum Length: 5000 words.

Any questions? Ask away!

Guide to Writing a Short Story

Seton counselors have crafted a multi-part guide right here to help you write a short story. Take special note of the introduction, and read carefully through the 3 parts before sending in  your story.

1,256 Comments

  1. Emily McKinnon

    So, is it just a normal short story contest? Does it have to be on Easter in general? Can we write in any way? Or does it have to be written during the Easter time? Also, will there be one winner per grade? Or is it just all grades together? (I need details!!!) (:

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Emily, we’ll let you know. An update will go out via email – probably after Christmas – to invite students to start registration, and learn about the writing prompts. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Okay, thanks! Sorry, I’m just really excited. I love these contests! (:

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  2. Gratia

    Are you limited to one entry or can you write more than one?
    Thanks,
    Grace

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  3. Elodie Pierlot

    Are we allowed to write in any person? i.e first, second or third?
    Also will the prizes be separate for each grade? Like will ninth grade have a first and second separate from the others?
    Thanks!

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    • Kathleen O'Connor

      I am also wondering the same thing. Thank you!

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Elodie, you can write in any POV you like. :) And yes, each grade has the potential for first and second place.

      Reply
  4. Emily McKinnon

    So, question: is it just writing a short story? As in, can I write an “untold story”, per-say as one of the Roman soldiers. Like, his hidden “journal”, so to speak? Writing prompts, is that the same as just a short story? I’m a little confused with this contest…(still excited, though!) But, could someone please answer my questions?
    Thanks!

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Emily, great question. :) We’re looking for an actual short story, not a journal entry. The phrase ‘writing prompts’ means the same is ‘writing ideas’; basically pick one and have fun with it.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Okay, thanks. By “journal”, I just kinda meant his “life story”. Sorry about that.

        Verifying: it is a short story, *phew*. (: In other words, it’s just like any other short story contest, right? It just has to be off of one of the three writing prompts. But it is two winners per grade? As in, it’s separate winners per grade, right? Not just one winner out of all entries, correct?

        I’m so sorry, I’m the kind of person who likes to know all the details. Sorry! But, I really do appreciate your helping me out with my millions of questions! Thank you so much! And, thanks for the new contest! I’m super excited for it! (:

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        • Seton Home Study School

          So yes, a short story off one of the writing prompts. Students can only enter one story. No student can win both 1st and 2nd place in a single grade. :) Thanks for clarifying!

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Thank you so much! And, once again, I apologize for my numerous questions. Thanks!!!

  5. Noelle

    Oh can’t wait for the new contest to start!!

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  6. Noelle

    Is it just writing short stories?

    Reply
  7. Emily McKinnon

    The thing is, I wanna write from all three perspectives of the writing prompts. *argh*, I can’t stay focused on just one! I feel like when I get somewhere on one, I think of how much better it would sound as one of the other prompts. The good thing is I still got 25 days to write it…(: Am I the only one here who likes when we have even shorter timelines? I feel like when we do, it’s much more intriguing, you know? (Or, do I just sound ridiculous?)

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    • Seton Home Study School

      … you could always ignore it for two weeks, and then have a tighter deadline. ;)

      Try writing all three if you’re that inspired, and then get friends/family to help you decide which is the best to send in. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Yeah, sounds great. I’ll just write the entire thing the day of the deadline. I’m kidding, I may love writing and all, but not that much. (;
        But, that’s a good idea. I’ll write one story of each, then get my sister’s decision. Or maybe I’ll write five of each, or ten of each, or twelve….(: The good thing is 25 days gives me the opportunity to write to my hearts content! (:

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  8. Elodie Pierlot

    Hello again! (Sorry) but could we possibly have more options for the short story ideas? Or can we just make up a story related to Easter but not using the prompts?

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Elodie, the options provided are the ones the judges wish to see for this contest. A future contest may widen the parameters for creativity, but for this one, the scope has been narrowed to these three prompts on an Easter theme.

      Reply
  9. Emily McKinnon

    So, completely different question, but are there ever going to be any honorable story mentions for the last contest? Thanks!

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Emily, are you referring to the ‘2016 Seton Summer Quarter Story Contest’?

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Yes, I am…

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        • Seton Home Study School

          No, there are no more honorable mentions from that contest. The judges are actively considering responding to students beyond the contest to provide some little feedback about how they can improve for future contests. :)

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  10. Catherine

    Hi, I have never submitted a story here but have wanted to for the last few times. Never did though. Would it be okay if I altered whichever prompt I choose just slightly? For instance, instead of it being the Roman soldier’s girlfriend who is Christian, could it be his wife or sister?

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    • Dominic de Souza

      hi Catherine, great question. :) Of course; maintain the general theme as requested, but change it up as you wish. So for example, the soldier guarding the tomb could be sent off as a water boy, and missed everything.

      Reply
  11. Catherine

    Okay! Thank you so much! Looking forward to entering.

    Reply
  12. Emily McKinnon

    Question: the maximum length is 5000 words. So, if my story came out at only half that much, would I have a lesser chance of winning? I know I could easily write over 5000, but I am only curious if I write less, will it have a negative impact on the judges?

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Writing under 5000 is fine. :) Some stories can be told in few words, and some need more. It depends on how you execute the tale and the proficiency of your writing ability. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Alrighty, thanks a lot!

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  13. Noelle

    Good luck everyone! and do good!! :)

    Reply
  14. Joey Barron

    Is the story due by January 31st? :)

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      • Joey Barron

        Thank you. :)

        Reply
  15. Joe D

    This will be my first time submitting something. I don’t understand what the photo is all about.

    Reply
    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Joe, if you check one of our previous contests, you’ll see that we have a leaderboard of faces, showing which finalists progress through the rounds.

      Reply
  16. Elodie Pierlot

    Because I’m English, does it matter if I use words that we spell? For example: Colour instead of color, and neighbour instead of neighbor? If I used English spelt words, would it give me less of a chance of winning? Thanks :)

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Excellent question. It shouldn’t count against you at all, especially if you are consistent, and the editors know that you are British. :)

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        Thank you! :)

        Reply
  17. Emily McKinnon

    So, just to clarify, does it matter if I am extremely detailed in my writing? In other words, should I ease down and not describe things/people with full detail? Will it make a difference?–as in, slow down my chances of winning?

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Plenty of detail is fine, so long as it’s advancing the plot. Spending loads of time describing things that don’t establish tone, mood and further the story is a waste – because it’s a short story. As opposed to a novel, a short story is far more focused on an event, usually in a short time frame, than an extended series of events.

      So if you have some good detail to include, go to town. Just don’t be doing it solely to get your wordcount up. Try to stick to your character’s point of view as a great reference for what he/she might be paying attention to.

      Here’s a good article with practical suggestions: http://catholicauthor.us/dont-mention-it-using-your-senses-to-improve-your-description/

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Okay, thank you! I like to go into detail more with describing people and their appearances, so I just wanted to make sure it didn’t matter too much. I’m not overly descriptive, thank goodness, I just enjoy detailing events…(:

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  18. Immanuel Portus

    Hi! I’d like to know if adding epilogues to the short stories are allowed.
    Thanks!

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      • Immanuel Portus

        Thanks!

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  19. Giselle Faber

    Hey so I was wondering, is it OK if I don`t have my characters use terms and words that were common in Our Lord`s times. Because I honestly doubt I could write a story where they are using lingo like they do in the Bible. Thank you!!:)

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Of course, it’s not possible to completely replicate the speech from the old days, but you should certainly work to make them not completely modern, from say the Bronx. Find a medium that’s a little more formal, and at the same time using the spirit of their informal language. Hope that helps. :)

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thanks, it is!:)

        Reply
  20. Joey Barron

    When I upload, do I need to include a picture of myself, or can it be a picture of anything?

    Reply
    • Immanuel Portus

      Hi Joey,
      The pictures are used for the leader board where a contestant’s work could be seen as it progresses up through the ranks. (Rounds 3-1) Seton usually releases results in a week or more especially if they have a load of short stories to enjoy!

      Hope this helps!

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      • Joey Barron

        Thank you so much, it helped. :) This is my first time doing something like this, so I was confused. :)

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        • Immanuel Portus

          No problem! Glad you’re submitting. I had the same questions as you did back then. What grade are you in?
          Wish you all the best!

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          • Joey Barron

            Sorry for late response… I am in 11th grade. :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey, alright! That’s awesome. I’m also in the 11th.

          • Joey Barron

            Cool! :)

  21. Joey Barron

    When will we know the results? :)

    Reply
  22. Veronica

    I submitted my document but had a slight formatting error, is there any way I can fix it if the contest is closed? I had part of a sentence underlined by mistake :/

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Hey, Veronica. I’m just a student, don’t get me wrong. But, I know the judges go over and edit each and every entry. So, if there’s anything needing editing, it will be fixed. Trust me, I once submitted a story with quite a few grammatical errors, and it was still published. Plus, they fixed everything for me…

      Hope this helps! Good luck with the contest!

      Reply
  23. Elodie Pierlot

    When will we know our results? Just wondering! I can’t wait XD Thanks :)

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    • Joey Barron

      I was wondering the same thing yesterday, and Immanuel Portus answered my questions and said Seton usually posts results in about a week, maybe more. :)

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Elodie Pierlot

        Hi Joey! Thanks for answering, that’s great! Good luck with your entry :)))

        Reply
  24. Elodie Pierlot

    Hey guys, I have a brilliant idea for a competition type! How about photography??!

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    • Amelia Coleman

      I know!! We were just talking about it on the Basket of Cheer page! I hope they have a photography contest soon!!

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        Yep, maybe the photography could be about sunsets and using silhouettes, or maybe nature, capturing sunlight or something without editing it- that’d be so fun!

        And music competitions? That would be so awesome! Like composing one based on the resurrection of Our Lord, or maybe about the storm and when Jesus calmed it or something! That’s a fab idea, Emily! :))

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Ah, thanks, Elodie! What can I say? I just absolutely LOVE testing my musical abilities!!!! Because, teaching piano lessons once a week to my siblings isn’t enough…(: Oh, it would be even more amazing if we got to add lyrics!!! Now, I’m seriously wanting this to happen, y’all! (:

          Reply
          • Giselle Faber

            I have never tried composing music before. It would certainly be interesting to try!! Hopefully it can happen!!

    • Emily McKinnon

      Yes, yes, yes!!! That would be so much fun! Or, better yet, music compositions…? I LOVE writing music for piano, guitar, and so on…Therefore, I think it would be awesome!

      Reply
    • Giselle Faber

      I love photography!!! We should totally have a contest!!!

      Reply
  25. Emily McKinnon

    Good luck with the contest everyone!!!! And, may the odds be ever in your favor. (;

    Reply
  26. Giselle Faber

    lol, I am SOOO nervous!!! This is the first time I have entered one of these contests!!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      You got this, Giselle! The first time I did one of these contests, I was nervous too. It’s perfectly understandable to get a little scared when it’s your first time. What grade are you in?

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thanks!!! I am in 9th. What grade are you in? Well, I would be a little more confidant if I could have done my own idea instead of one of the prompts! I am not used to writing someone else’s way. And I didn`t find out about the contest till fairly late, so I didn`t have much of a chance to perfect my story. Have you ever won one of these contest before?

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        • Emily McKinnon

          I am almost finished with 10th grade–hoping to start 11th before or after summer. I know how you feel, I would much rather have done my own ideas as well. But, I enjoy the competition. I also know how you feel about not having much time. I started my story, and forgot about it(due to school). And, didn’t finish until the day before it ended. I have not won any of these contests, but I have gotten an ‘honorable mention’. I almost won. If they would have been doing 2nd places, I would have.

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          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I absolutely love writing, but I usually think about it for ages before actually writing it down!!! Lol, I finished my story a few hours before the deadline! And I still wasn`t satisfied with it!! That is too bad you didn`t win, but honorable mention is good!! I honestly don`t really think I will win……but oh well, it is fun to try.(: At least we will not be competing against each other sense we are not in the same grade!! You would probably beat me!

          • Amelia Coleman

            I doubt it…I finished mine ON the deadline and quite honestly I don’t think it was very well written (don’t tell the judges lol) good luck!!

          • Giselle Faber

            I wasn`t very happy with mine either. I usually take WAY more time to write something, and the prompt was not exactly what I would have liked to write. I wish it was a novel contest!!! I am not very good at writing short stories!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh my goodness: yes!!! We were discussing this during the last contest!!! I am completely all for a novel contest!!! It would be so intriguing, don’t you think?

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, I am so glad you agree!! Maybe someday along with photography……
            It would be so great to do one, that is for sure!! Though they might have to give you a bit more time to write it…..(:
            I am so proud of myself sense I finished a novel not too long ago. I don`t know if it is very good or not…….But I did put a lot of effort into it!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, photography and novels! Those are some of my favorites! (: Ah, that’s so amazing that you wrote a novel, Giselle! I’m in the process of writing a trilogy… Though, I have yet to finish it. I’m sure your novel is fantastic! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea, they are great! Well, I don`t know if it would be classified as a novel by experts, but I think it is close enough. I am actually working on a sequel right now, sense I ended the first book on a cliffhanger. It will probably end up being a trilogy. What is your trilogy about? Lol, I have hardly showed it to anyone. I do not usually show my scribblings to anyone, which is why I am so worried about this contest!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s so amazing with how far you’ve gotten! My trilogy is futuristic, and I’m sorry to say I cannot fully describe it, because it’s a secret(shh). I can tell you this, it is a seriously depressing/beautiful piece of writing, and quite possibly the only thing I have ever enjoyed of my own craft! I’m sure everyone will love your writing, Giselle! You’ll do great! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, you might not think so if you read the book!! But I really did enjoy writing it, so I guess that is all that matters! Lol, that is neat! I have always wanted to do something like that, or something with magic in it, but I dunno if I have the skill to!! It sounds great!!! Maybe someday you will have it published and I can read it!! Everyone keeps telling me that I will do great so much that I am almost beginning to believe it!! But there are still 27 days! Ahhhh!!! Lol!:) Thank you Emily!! Now you are boosting MY confidence!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’m sure I would still love your story! That’s true, as long as you enjoy creating it, that’s good enough! (: I am seriously hoping to publish it within the next couple of years, and I promise to let you know if I do! (: Yes, believe it! You WILL do great!!! I know, right? 27 days…my patience may wear out before then. (:

          • Amelia Coleman

            What theme did you choose? I did the soldier.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Hey Amelia. I did the soldier one too :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            …wow…I did the soldier too….Am I the only one feeling a kind of theme going on here? Haha, we probably all wrote the exact same thing…

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Nope, I think everyone went for the same solider one, Emily! Haha XD

          • Giselle Faber

            Soldier…..like everyone else, it would seem!! lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I adore writing with a passion!!! I know, I felt like my story was way too short! I have never ever won anything in my life, so I kind of assume I won’t now. I was surprised last year when I even got an honorable mention(best day ever! I could officially say I got a story published). That’s true; we won’t be competing against each other. But, even if we were, I’m positive you would beat me! I love writing, but I don’t know if I’m necessarily good at it…(:

          • Giselle Faber

            Same here!!! It is like totally my favorite thing in the world to do!!! Yea, I kept trying to think of things to add that would “further the plot” but I couldn`t! Oh well, I guess…… I bet you will win something!! (but then again, I am not know to have the gift of prophecy!:) I disagree, from what I have read of what you have written, you would probably beat me!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            If I could, I would write all day! Yeh, I kept trying to find ways to make my story longer, but I was out of time. I mean, really, I was just sitting in Barnes and Nobles, mac on my lap, and trying desperately to lengthen the plot. (: Ah, thanks, Giselle! But, I hardly think I’m good enough to win! But, I do think YOU are! You’ll do great, I’m sure! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh same here!!!!! I love thinking up new story ideas!! I know, I was trying to get at least a few more words, but I couldn`t think of anything else and I was worried I would ruin it if I kept trying!! Lol, I think you are good enough!! I have read some of the things you have written; whereas you have never read anything I have written. I am quite sure YOU will do great!! Lol!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I love thinking up new ideas and jotting them down on notebooks and various sheets of paper. Ah, I’m sure you couldn’t ruin it by more wording. If anything, I say more detail is great! (: Oh, you read some of my things, did you? I still don’t know if I’m very good, though…(: But, thanks for the lovely boost of confidence! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            I usually write down my idea, but I also think about them for a long time before actually turning them into anything. I also really like to write down names that I come across, to use in stories some day. I have pages and pages of weird and cool names!!! I like to have my stories detailed, but it is hard to do sometimes!! Especially if you just want to forge ahead and get it all down on paper while you are thinking of it!!! (which is what I tend to do!!:) Lol, yes I read some. But I couldn`t figure out how to read entries that didn`t place in previous contests. Do you know if there is some way you can do that? I would love to read the story you entered in the summer short story contest!! Well, if you got a honorable mention on your first contest, there doesn`t seem much doubt does there? You are welcome, any time!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I tend to do the same, lol. I have to think for a matter of days before it actually turns into something worth writing. I also have pages of names as well! Mainly, gaelic names with meanings! Names are just so beautiful sometimes! (: There is no way to read other’s entries online, really. Unless they get an ‘honorable mention’, and I have only gotten that once. So, one of my stories is readable! Thanks, Giselle! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            None of my friends are into writing so it is nice to find someone similar in that respect! Oh, I love Irish/Gaelic names!! And the meaning of names is so fascinating! I was so excited when I found out the meaning of my name a while ago.I was trying to find some good Roman names for my story and I found this really cool website which had names and their meanings, it is called “20,000 names.com” It is a really neat site, you should look it up. That is too bad that you can`t read those entries!:( Well, I will have to see if I can find a way to read it then!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I am definitely into writing! As a matter of fact, I’m so into it, that I got my siblings hooked on it too! Now my younger sister and I will have our ‘writing days’. You know those days when it’s really foggy/snowy outside(which is today for me), and it’s nice and warm inside? Those are our ‘writing days’. Wow! That website is really neat! If you would like to read my ‘honorable mention’, all you have to do is search my name, it’ll pop write up. It’s called: “To Have Faith.” (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that is funny that you got your sister into it, because I prob never would have done it if two of my older sister hadn`t been really into it!! Lol, yea!! Those are definitely the best days for writing!! Yea, it is a really handy place, I am sure I will be using it a lot! Thank you, I will definitely read it!! And I am sure I will love it!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, my older sisters were all into writing plays and stories, and I kind of started in that direction. And before I knew it, I was encouraging my older brother, younger brother, and little sis into it! (: We are very much into our story writing! (: Listen, that story is old…don’t judge…

          • Giselle Faber

            I only ever wrote a play once. I don`t think it was that great! I much prefer writing stories. But not short stories! I always want to totally describe my characters and the setting and everything!! I totally had this mental image of my main character for this story, but I couldn`t describe him! Lol, I wouldn`t judge! Besides, if that is an old story, and you have presumably become an even better writer, then the story you entered into this contest will logically be better and you will have a better chance of winning, right? I have no idea if that made sense to you….

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, I would never ever write a play! Goodness knows my little sis tries to influence me to, though. (:
            Yes, I am much more into long, detailed novels! like, Lord of the Rings, and such! (:
            Yes, it did make sense. So, in other words, I need to stop judging myself and leave it to the official judges, right? Makes total sense, trust me. (: Well, you seriously keep giving me hope! You are great at this! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, plays are just not my thing! I love Lord of the Rings!! And the Hobbit!! Both the movies and the books! Lol, yea! I am happy to help where I can! Lol, but I would feel really bad if I kept telling you you would win and then you didn`t!! But hopefully that won`t happen!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I am a total LOTR fan!!! The movies were so great! Though, the Hobbit movies were not as good.
            Hey, you know what, if I don’t win: whatever! There’s a reason for everything, right? (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yes, I agree!! I love the movies. Yea, I don`t like the hobbit movies as much. They overdramatize some things. You know, like when Legolas is running up the falling rocks in the third movie. Lol, yea! I will have to remember that when I lose if I am feeling badly!

          • Emily McKinnon

            The Hobbit movies were a HUGE disappointment! The first was great, but the next two…oh, don’t get me started. Haha! Yes! We always joke about Legolas being the most dramatic character in movie existence! That scene proved an answer! (:
            I’m sure you’ll win. Though, I hope you don’t lose and come back to blame me… :P :)

    • Elodie Pierlot

      You’ll do great! I bet you will. I’ve entered contests before, and I think we’ve all felt the butterflies XD good luck!

      PS I’m in ninth grade, what one are u in? :))

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thank you Elodie!! (that is such a cool name, btw.) I LOVE writing, but I don`t think I am too great at it. Lol, no kidding about butterflies. And I have to wait a week till I know if I made the first round!!!! Good luck to you too!!!
        I am in ninth too, so I guess we are competitors!! lol!:) Let me guess, did you choose the soldier prompt?

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        • Elodie Pierlot

          Haha thank you, I was thinking how I loved the name Giselle too! ;) I loooove writing too, I’ve even finished a book which I’m waiting for my nan to finish editing so I can (hopefully) publish it…. although it probably won’t be very good XD I bet you’re amazing at writing, -I hope I can read your story. And yes, I did choose the soldier’s one… the rest were a bit, idk, hard to come up with a good plot?
          Haha we are competitors… oh well! :))

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          • Giselle Faber

            Thank you! It is so cool that you live in England!! I would LOVE to go to Europe!! And your name sounds so British!! I know, writing is the best thing in the world!! I have finished a book and am working on the sequel right now. I don`t know if it is any good, though! I don`t usually show my scribblings to anyone, which is why I am so worried about this contest! Lol,friendly competitors though! But I bet you will win! Wow, the judges are going to be SOO tired of reading the same thing over and over! Yea, the other ones just weren`t as exciting, or as easy I suppose.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Is it cool? I don’t know… I’d love to live in America though! I go to France a lot cos I’m half french, but other than that I’ve not been anywhere else really. -Except in whales, which i climbed mt. Snowdon- DON’T DO IT! You can’t breath at the top!! XD Anyway my name does sound English, but the funny thing is it’s French :)) What country is Giselle from? And that’s so cool you’re writing a sequel, I am too! :) Ik, the judges will have a tough decision. I bet you’ll win! ;)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Giselle told me she’s from Montana! (: Lucky her! I’m still stuck in Colorado. (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, it is cool to me!! I seriously want to go to Europe sometime. Lol, yea I live in Montana, so I am used to high altitudes. The highest I have been is 11,500 feet above sea level, and I was having very little problem breathing. How high is Mt. Snowden? Lol, that is funny. So you are half French. What else? English or what? I am mostly German and Irish, with some Swedish, Danish, and Welsh. I just live in the boring U.S. of A. Lol, just kidding, it is pretty exciting. What is your book about? (If I may ask!:) Lol, I don`t think I will, but who knows?

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha, I guess- if you like it raining nearly all the time and it being around 5 degrees all the time XD And that’s so cool you live in Montana! And 11,500 ft above sea level? That’s crazy!! That makes me look pathetic climbing mt. Snowdon- it’s not even that high, lol! And yes, I am half french. I’m only quarter English (haha), quarter Irish, a little Algerian on my french half as well as Norwegian! What about you? My book’s about (yes you may ask :)) is about fantasy adventure in another world. It’s pretty complicated, but there’s a prophecy a girl is ‘destined’ to fulfil, which is avenging King Jacob IV in place of King Jacob II in place of the elves, who are cursed and are in hiding. What about yours? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea I guess that could be a bit irksome sometimes!! But seriously, as long as it isn`t humid!!!!! I really hate humidity! Yea, I am so happy I live here! It is so amazing!! At my Grandparent`s Ranch you can be in the middle of nowhere, with not a soul for miles around! I love the solitude!! Well, I didn`t climb the whole way up!! For one thing, the lowest elevation in MT is 1, 820, so you are always above sea level. Also, you can go pretty high up that mountain in a car, and then we went some of the way up on a ski lift. So we actually didn`t hike too far up it. It was still cool though!! The elevation I live at is only like 4,500 feet above sea level, so not that high. But yea, I have lived in MT all my life, so I am no stranger to heights! However, if you put me on a skyscraper I would probably freak out sense I have never been in one in my life! I am mostly German and Irish, with some Swedish, Danish, and Welsh. Wow, your book sounds cool!!!! Mine is not nearly so original sounding. It is in a made up country in Medieval ages. It is all about banished princes and evil kings and beautiful princess and duels and that sort of stuff. Isn`t it so much easier to make up your own countries and stuff? That way you don`t have to worry about some history dude coming up and saying “hey, your book is totally incorrect.” I am also doing a story about a World War 2 pilot (RAF!:)), but I am trying to be very historically correct on that one!!! I chose to do my research report on WW2 this year so that I could find info for my story while at the same time researching for my report!!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Well in England it isn’t at all dry- ever. In the summer, if it’s ever hot, there’s humidity. I mean it’s not crazy humid like some parts of America can be, or anything, it’s just a little humid. I’m no fan of humidity too XD. I really like the fact you are OK with heights- I wish I was! I mean I want to write a book about a girl with wings, but how can I get the descriptions right if I hate heights personally?! And yeah, skyscrapers? Haven’t been in one, and I don’t plan to! XD I really like the sound of your grandparent’s ranch- I mean a RANCH? That’s like a fantasy here in England! It must be so cool!!! And so you’re pretty European then, that’s awesome. I really like the sound of your Medieval story, it’s such a classic! Maybe we could share our stories sometime? And the idea of a RAF pilot sounds epic! Half of my family were in the RAF- plus I know all the officer ranks if you need help with that ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well as long as it isn`t as bad as say New York or Ohio!
            Well, that is a bit of a problem! But it is simple, really, you just need to conquer your fear of heights! JK, I now it is not as easy as that. I am lucky; as of yet, I have not run into anything that I am super afraid of. Heights, spiders, being alone, open spaces, there are lots of things that people are afraid of. But I have not run into something that totally freaks me out like that. But someday I prob will!!! Do you have any phobia besides heights? Yea, I don`t know if I could handle skyscrapers. Luckily, we don`t have any in MT. My Grandparents Ranch is awesome!!! I love it there!!! You can be sitting on top of a mountain there and be able to see around for miles and not catch a sight of manmade structures. You can be miles away from another human being, surrounded by the woods and the mountains and the sky! It is pretty epic! Unfortunately, we live a ways away from it and it is in the mountains, so not the greatest roads. So we don`t get to go there too often! Yea, I would love to be able to go to Europe, partly because that is where my ancestors came from, partly just because it is so pretty there! And there is so much history! That is one of the sad things about being in MT. Oh sure, we have plenty of history. But it doesn`t go back too far. Not like in Ireland, where there are ruins that are literally hundreds of years old! I would love to share stories with you!!:) Well, I would be nervous to share the RAF story, for fear that you would find a million things wrong with it! But I have been trying to be very accurate on it. I am doing my research report this year on some battles during WW2 (one of them the Battle of Britain) so I am using what information I get from doing research for that on my story. But I would love help with that!!:):) It is so cool that you have family in the RAF and that you are a Royal Marines Cadet!!!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Hey Giselle! I do have another fear other than heights… insects. and fish! lol! You can tell I’m very British… we have practically no bugs or dangerous fish like America I guess, yet I’m still terrified! Haha it’s kinda bad that I go sailing on a huge lake though with cadets, I mean I’m happy to capsize but the fish… lol! Your Grandparents ranch sounds like some sort of fairy-tale! I’d love to go there, it sounds so…. perfect and peaceful! I have my grandparents on my French half living in the La Reunion island off Madagascar, but I’ve never been there though I hope to go when I’m sixteen. And yes, there’s so much history in Europe. I’ve been to Stone Henge, Tintagel Castle (the one that Merlin and King Arthur is supposed to have lived at), the tower of London, and so many other places. I really would love to go and see Rome though- the Colosseum, the cathedrals, everything! Don’t worry, your RAF story would be fine… I barely know anything about the RAF, I was taught the Navy and RM history instead lol! I bet your story is fab, I mean who would have thought of an RAF one? I’ve thought about doing a story about the Navy, but the RAF? That’s so cool! It’s handy that your research report has info for it then- and the Battle of Britain? That’s one awesome research report! Do you have any military history in your family?

            And this is a really weird question… but ‘cos your American, does the word ‘Trousers’ sounds so weird? I mean my Aunt is American and she finds it hilarious! Lol! :))

  27. Emily McKinnon

    So, does anyone know when the First Rounders will be announced? You know, there’s always three rounds in these contests…. Because, I am seriously extremely anxious over here! (:

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    • Joey Barron

      Hopefully in a week or so. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Will it really necessarily take that long? For the last couple of contests, they had the rounds starting just a day or so after the deadline…I’m just not overly content with my opinion… Hence, why I was asking. But, thanks! (:

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    • Seton Home Study School

      Hi Emily and Joey, yes, Round 1 will most likely be announced in a week from now. We are working hard to announce the finalists the week after that.

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  28. Joey Barron

    After reading the comments, I think everyone chose the soldier prompt lol. :P

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    • Emily McKinnon

      It does seem like that… Well, I mean, let’s face it: it was the most intriguing of all the prompts! All the others seemed so…(don’t know how to say it…)…dull…? Can’t find a better word to describe it… Whereas, the soldier is a story everyone knows about and is more interested in–That is, I was. Can’t very well speak for everyone else…(:

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      • Joey Barron

        Yeah, that’s probably what it was. :) I thought it’d be cool to write about the rescue mission, but it just felt weird writing about recuing Jesus and escaping… IDK. :P

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        • Emily McKinnon

          I was gonna do the same thing! I just wasn’t sure at all with how to word it…It was almost awkward, you know? And since no one really knows the stories of the soldiers, it seemed so much more exciting/simple. Mainly, because I could write according to what I wanted…didn’t necessarily have to go off of a Bible story…you know? :/

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          • Joey Barron

            Exactly. :) That was exactly my thought process when I read about the contest. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! Yay! I’m not the only one! (; What grade are you in?

          • Joey Barron

            I just started 11th grade. :) You?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Finishing up 10th(that Research Report, though!). Hoping to start 11th soon! Kind of scared though, you know? I still feel like I just finished 5th grade, JK. Seriously, time has flown by so quickly…I still can’t believe it’s 2017, haha. (:

          • Joey Barron

            LOL, I had the same problem with a research report between 9th and 10th grade. :P Yeah, I remember first day of 1st grade, lol. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            There’s something about doing a Research Report and getting good grades that just scares me. I always have that fear that the report will come back with terrible scores, you know? Seriously, that first day, lol. (:

          • Joey Barron

            I know. And the Research Report is such a big assignment, so, the pressure can get rough. But, as long as you give it your best and work hard, there really isn’t anything to worry about. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, I need that. I’m actually preparing myself right now for my report. (: I keep telling myself the same thing, maybe someday I’ll believe it. (: But, you know, the good thing is, since we’re in different grades we’re not competing in this contest. (:

          • Joey Barron

            It is good. I’d feel bad, lol. :P So, how many of these contests have you been in? This is my first. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’ve been in four, I believe. I did the Christmas contest of 2015, a summer contest in 2016, the basket of cheer contest, I might have done a spring contest in 2016 too(not sure)and, I think that was it…? Good luck with it being your first! In my first, I got an honorable mention, so I basically don’t stop joining these now that I know I might have a chance of winning…(: So, I just have to say, I see that in your picture, you have a guitar…do you play it? I am a self-taught guitarist, and I love to play it now!!! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            you taught yourself guitar?! Was it hard? I have been thinking of getting either a ukulele or a guitar and teaching myself, I just can`t make up my mind which one to get……But I would like to be able to play an instrument slightly more portable than a piano or organ!!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, I did indeed! Well, I would watch my older sister, and I sort of just taught myself. Now, I love playing it! I fully support learning/getting the guitar! It’s such a beautiful instrument! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is cool!! Thank you for the advice!! I have always loved the guitar. My Dad has played it for years and I used to go to sleep listening to him playing it!! Hopefully I can learn it without too much difficulty!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, it’s not a very difficult instrument to learn, really. Yes, the guitar is a gorgeous musical instrument! I love acoustic music, and I would love someone to play it to me when I’m ready for sleep. My older sister and I were the only ones in my family to ever play guitar, and now my sister is married and moved out, so I am the sole guitarist of my family. Therefore, I would have to play myself to sleep…which is a bit difficult. (:

          • Giselle Faber

            I am glad to hear that!! I have my hands full (literally) with organ!! So how many people in your family play instruments? Yea, lol, I cannot imagine it would be very easy to play ANY instrument in your sleep!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I teach my two younger siblings piano once a week, and then ALL of my older siblings can play as well. My older sister and I play guitar as well. My Dad, younger brother and I play harmonica. And my younger sister and I can also play tambourine. Plus, I have a microphone and a super intense amplifier. I’ll have to start my own bands one of these days, lol. (:
            Agreed! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play myself to sleep, lol! (:

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Wow……….. that’s one musical family!! I used to play the piano, but I’m not really musical… except from dancing- that’s my passion. My sister plays piano but she teaches herself. She can hear a piece of music, then copy on the piano without reading it! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, Elodie! You know, it’s kind of funny. Whenever I hear someone say that to me, my ultimate answer is: “We’re homeschooled…we have plenty of free time.” (: As our family moved from place to place, the piano never left! We all had piano lessons for, at least, 6 years–except the two youngest. The two younger ones are my job; I get to teach them once a week! (: Yes, my sister and I can do the same thing! We listen to a song, and next thing you know, we’re playing it on the piano! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            We were at a garage sale last summer and bought a music stand. The lady asked what instruments we played, so my Mom listed all of them off. The lady said “oh, you must be homeschooled.” I guess public schooled kids don`t have the time and flexibility we do!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! That’s fantastic! Homeschoolers rule! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yup, definitely!!!!!:):):)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            It’s such a cool thing to be able to do! And wow, how many times HAVE you moved??! That’s so cool- I’ve moved four times in my life, but still in Bedfordshire in England :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            How many times have I moved?….oh, gosh….um….at least 8 or 9 times, if not more….But, we’re settled down in Colorado now. Although, there has been family discussions of moving back to Texas…(: I would absolutely LOVE to live in England. My older sister was born there, so we joke that she’s the Brit of the family. (:

          • Elodie Pierlot

            EIGHT OR NINE TIMES???????!!! Wow!! Yeah, living in England is pretty cool I guess- if you like spending days of around five degrees and having rain nearly all the time XD But I’d love to go and live in America, I was thinking about going to Christendom Collage there, but I’m not sure now. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Strike that…the family’s moved a total of twelve times(if we’re including where I live now). Is it really that weird? I wouldn’t know. I’m so used to it. (: I LOVE rainy days! Seriously, that is one of the reasons why I want to live in England! Then, I could enjoy a nice rainy/foggy day and sit inside writing to my hearts content! (: With my mug of fresh tea beside me. (:

          • Elodie Pierlot

            TWELVE???? Gosh, that’s crazy! I’ve only moved about three times in my entire life! (Sorry I didn’t see this reply, :)) And yes, I guess you’re right about rainy days when you put it that way. A perfect time to snuggle up and write and write. I’m reading Mud Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls at the moment, and he said ‘If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training!’ I guess rainy days are fun. Sometimes when it’s pouring I go on a long bike ride down muddy tracks and come home soaking and caked in mud XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            @elodiepierlot:disqus Yup, 12 times….ah, the good old days, lol. :) Sorry, I only JUST noticed this reply :( I think rainy days and snowy days are the best! When I lived in Germany, I loved taking long bike rides through a nearby forest, and cornfield! When it was raining it was even more fun! I think what I love/miss most about Germany would have to be the cobblestone streets. :) I know, I am weird. But, I have this really interesting love for cobblestone streets. They’re just so neat! I loved visiting England/living in Germany, and watching as the rain fell to the paved cobblestone streets. Haha, I sound like I’m writing a story, lol! :) That does sound like a load of fun though! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            That’s OK! I haven’t seen any replies either, because here in England it’s half term :)
            Cobblestone streets? I love that! I wish England was more cobbly I guess- although Cornwall kinda is. And yes, watching rain on cobblestones is so mesmerizing! It probably sounds weird, but I love watching it- oh and watching rain or snow falling on the roof tiles below my bedroom window. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            *phew* I don’t feel as guilty anymore, haha! :)
            Yes! I LOVE Cobblestone Streets! They’re just so gorgeous! I think in every single story I’ve ever written I at least mention rain on cobblestone streets once or twice! :) Ah, snow is so beautiful! It looks absolutely gorgeous on top of the Colorado Mountains! :) I love watching the snow fall and stick to the ground! :) *dreamy sigh* :) But, right now, it’s pushing 70 degrees here in CO… :/ Feels like Summer, haha! :)
            By the way, congratulations on the contest! :) I’m so happy for you! I bet your story is fantastic! I can’t wait to read it! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            I know, there has to be at least one cobble-street road at some point in a story! :D And 70 degrees? Whoa I wish I was out there! I’m getting a little fed up of the endless minus-five degrees here in England! Although I’m not as bad when it comes to cold as the rest of my family. My dad and I are quite immune to cold for some weird reason, but we do feel it every now and then.

            And thanks! I honestly had no idea I would make it even to round 1! Lol! I bet your story’s awesome too! :))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? Haha! :)
            No, trust me, you don’t want to be out here. Enjoy England for me, haha! :) I miss the cold weather! Granted just last Sunday we got some snow. CO weather out here is very funny sometimes. :) One day it’s -10, the next you know it’s pushing 60! :/ So weird, right? :) I do miss all the snow, but now with the weather slowly getting warmer, I can do more hiking up the mountains! :) Still, I prefer foggy, rainy, and snowy weather most! :) It’s just so beautiful, you know? :)
            My stories weren’t worth the time! :/ I didn’t really like them at all. I had one day for both stories, and let me just say, next time, I’ll be watching the deadline a bit better, haha! :)
            Are you doing the Art Contest? I already entered my entry for that! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is cool that you all are so musical!! There are five girls in my family and four of us play piano. One of my sisters plays violin, another plays cello and flute, and then another one and I play organ. And we all sing in choirs. And my Dad plays the guitar. That is neat that you play the tambourine!! Is it hard?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yay! Musical families are the best! (: There are four boys and six girls in our family, and we all play piano! We all had lessons(excepting the two youngest). My older sister had a violin too! Though, she never finished learning it. I always wanted to learn the cello! My sisters and I are in our Church choir too! The tambourine really is not difficult at all! But, I taught myself that instrument too. I have a habit of listening to others play something, and then doing it myself. The tambourine is actually my younger sisters, and we just sort of take turns messing around with it.

          • Giselle Faber

            Yes, they are cool!! Is there an instrument you have always wanted to learn? For some reason, I have always always wanted to learn the harp. Like, I can`t even remember how it started. It is such a beautiful instrument though!!! I love singing, even if I am not the best at it! That is cool that you have taught yourself all this stuff!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I have always wanted to learn cello or drums! Seriously, there’s something about drums that makes me really want to learn them! The harp would be really cool too! I love singing too! I’m sure you have a beautiful voice, Giselle! (:

          • Joey Barron

            Hi Giselle.
            I’m answering a little late, but yeah, like Emily said, it isn’t very hard to learn. It might be frustrating first starting out, but just keep going and don’t let yourself get discouraged. And before you know it, you’ll be playing stuff you had never dreamed of playing! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Hey Joey!! Thank you for the advice!! I love a challenge, so maybe it would be a good thing if it is hard!!

          • Joey Barron

            You’re welcome!

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hi Giselle, I love the ukulele!!! I taught myself to play in in a couple of months. It’s so fun and, since it’s tiny compared to the guitar, really easy to learn (at least for me). The guitar is also great, though, and may be a more useful instrument to know how to play (I don’t have any experience, so my advice is one sided:)

          • Giselle Faber

            Hey Amelia!! Thank you for the advice!! Wow, at this rate, I am going to have to get both instruments!!! I might get the ukulele now and if it is easy, then get a guitar……Lol, I might just have to flip a coin!!

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes! You should get both! Good luck!

          • Giselle Faber

            Thank you Amelia!!:)

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, that’s cool. :) Yes, I’ve been playing guitar for 5 years. I took lessons for the first two years, and then since then I’ve been self-teaching. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Awesome! I’ve only been teaching myself for the past 2 and a half years. Even now, I’m convinced I’m not that good still. I seriously play that instrument so daily though. There’s something about acoustic music that’s just so beautiful, you know? (:

          • Joey Barron

            Yeah, definitely. :) Do you normally do covers of songs, compose your own, or a little of both? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I kind of do both. Mainly, I’ll memorize covers of songs I really love, and then(when nobody’s around to hear) I’ll play my own songs. But, never will I play my own in front of someone else! I’ll do my own piano compositions in front of family, but not guitar…(: You?

          • Joey Barron

            Cool. :) I do a lot of covers. I have composed my own parts, but mainly covers. I composed my own parts when I was in a band, but we kinda stopped(Didn’t have enough time and all that stuff. :) )

          • Emily McKinnon

            I just feel like covers are so much better, because then, you don’t have curious siblings looking over your shoulder, and you don’t have to deal with writing out all the lyrics/tunes. You were in a band?! That’s awesome! I’m actually most likely going to be starting up my own solo channel on youtube–and constantly featuring my talented siblings. (:
            Tell me about it…Seriously, High School is a 24 hour job. (:

          • Joey Barron

            Covers are better, IMO. I’ve always felt that if you can cover many different songs,especially if they are different styles, it would be easier to compose originals, since you have experience playing other styles, you know? :) Yeah, I was in a band for a while. :) Oh, that’d be cool. I might do that sometime do, maybe when a little older. Let me know if you do, I’ll subscribe, lol. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, definitely covers! Exactly! That way, you can exercise your ability in the many different styles! That’s still so cool that you were in a band! Was it like a youtube band, or a neighborhood band, or what? Great! If you ever do, I’ll be sure to subscribe and feature you, lol. (: Yay! Subscribers! (: The funny thing is, I’ve actually been doing my music videos for a while now, I’m just terrified to start them on youtube and then realize how truly bad I am. :/ :)

          • Joey Barron

            Neighborhood band. :) We wanted to go onto youtube, but we didn’t make it that far.
            So, are these music videos you have originals, or covers, or both? If you did want to start out on youtube, but you’re too nervous to put out an original, you should start out by posting a cover. That way, it’s not like you made up your own thing and people don’t like it, you know? :) You can work your way up. Post a cover with no singing, and then post a cover with singing, and so on. You’ll boost your confidence that way, and soon, you won’t be nervous at all. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            So have you ever heard of the Piano Guys? They are SOOOOO amazing!! All your talk of covers and stuff made me think of them. You should definitely look them up if you haven`t!!

          • Joey Barron

            I have heard of them. I love some of their stuff. What are your favorite covers by them? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Have you ever heard their Jungle Book Theme?!?!? It’s so gorgeous! Seriously, I cannot stop listening to that one cover sometimes! Their music is so powerful! It’s like the ultimate HIgh School Test music! (:
            Have you ever heard of William Joseph? He’s a piano player, and a really good one at that! His cover called: “Nothing Else Matters” is so amazing! If you’ve never heard of him, I highly recommend listening to some of his stuff! (:

          • Joey Barron

            I love Jungle Book Theme!
            I have not heard of him, but I LOVE Nothing Else Matters(the original) :) I will totally check that out.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! My older sister and I are seriously hooked on the Piano Guys JUngle Book Theme! Can’t stop clicking the replay button sometimes! (:
            You should! His version is breathtaking!!! Seriously, this guy is so super talented!

          • Joey Barron

            Just watched it. Really awesome! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right?!?!? I love his stuff! He has such a powerful manner of playing! It just kind of mentally makes you feel like you can do whatever you put your mind to! I listen to his stuff, and I’m all: “that test doesn’t stand a chance against me.” LOL! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, I honestly can`t say, I have not come across one I didn`t like!! Lol, I love their Ants go marching/Ode to Joy though!!! It is so funny!!

          • Joey Barron

            Awesome! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Have you ever seen their Rochelbel`s Canon video? It is SOOO hilarious!!!

          • Joey Barron

            I have not, I’ll watch it. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            you definitely should!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I love that one!!! (: It’s so great!!! (: Have you ever heard of Brooklyn Duo? They do music covers(piano and cello) and they are really good too! I love their stuff! (: You should really check them out!

          • Giselle Faber

            I know, the video is so funny!! No I haven`t, I should look them up. Have you heard the Piano Guys Lord of the Rings theme? It is SOOO good! You wouldn`t think that soundtrack could be improved, but it was!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I know!!! I love their Lord of the Rings cover!!! So gorgeous!!! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, it is probably one of my favorites. I also love “Waterfall” by Jon Schmidt. He wrote it when he was like 18, and it is SOO pretty. Have you heard it?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! I LOVE “Waterfall”! It’s so so so gorgeous! Really, he is a superb pianist! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            t is definitely my favorite of the solos. Yea, it is on my bucket list to go to a Piano Guys concert!!! Unfortunately, they haven`t come to Montana and probably won`t! I think most of the summer they are going to be in Europe.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I want to see them live so badly! But I keep missing my chance! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, at least you have a chance!! I think the closest they have been to us is Minnesota! My aunt was actually able to go to one of their concerts in Minnesota! I am so jealous!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ugh!! So lucky! The only times they’ve been out here, I didn’t find out until last minute–you know, when the ticket prices are the worst and it’s their final night. (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I know. That is too bad!!! Maybe they will get the wild urge to come play in the mountains some time!! I hope so!!:)

          • Joey Barron

            I looked at their tour dates, and the closest they come to Montana is Utah… And it’s tomorrow night, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, lol, I guess that is out. I suppose I could probably get there if I drove all night……..Which might be tricky sense I don`t have a license yet! That is what I should use the prize money on if I win! A ticket to a Piano Guys concert!! Lol, what would you use it on if you won?:)

          • Joey Barron

            Hmm… Not sure yet. Probably save it and spend on it little stuff. Like, me and my friends go out to breakfast in town a lot, so, I need money for that. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that is neat! I would probably use mine on a guitar or music or books!! So is Joey short for Joseph?

          • Joey Barron

            That’s cool!
            Yes, it is. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Neat!:)
            So is this the first time you have entered one of these contests?

          • Joey Barron

            Yes, this is the first time. I hope I did somewhat okay…. :/ :P

          • Giselle Faber

            I am sure you did!!:) It is the first time for me too. Grrr, I hate waiting! Lol, I really need to work on my patience I guess!!:) So what grade are you in?:)

          • Joey Barron

            Thanks! :) LOL, me, too. :P
            I just started 11th grade. You? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            ugh, yea, I am not great at waiting. But they will be announcing soon right?
            I am in 9th grade. Yay, we don`t have to compete!! Lol!:) So what are some of your favorite things to do?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, if it’s mountains they want, they should go see the Alps!!! Because, they are AMAZING!!!! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, actually they are touring in Switzerland, Germany, France, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, and Hungary, so they probably will see plenty of the Alps!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Luck them….I miss the Alps sooooo much!!!!! I’d love to see them again!!!! And, i’d also love to see Piano Guys! (:

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh my gosh, yes! I LOVE the Piano Guys!!! Especially their Jungle Book theme! Because I teach my younger siblings piano, my little sister chose the Piano Guys version of “moonlight”. It’s so beautiful! Seriously, though, the Jungle Book Theme, What Are Words(featuring Peter Hollens–another one of my favorites), Arwen’s Vigil, and the Jurassic Park Theme are sooo gorgeous! I love the Piano Guys! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            I know, aren`t they just amazing!!!!! I love all of their songs!!!! I learned Arwen`s Vigil last year. It was SOOO fun to do!! Even though it was kinda hard.I have been planning on getting some more of their music to learn. I can`t wait to get their new CD!!!!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, they are fantastic! I learnt Arwen’s Vigil a few years ago, and now I got it memorized! I seriously LOVE their stuff! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Ikr! I would love to be able to memorize it, but I am SOOO horrible at memorizing music!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Really? I find memorizing the song fairly easy. Haha, you sound like my little pupil(my sister). She hates trying to memorize her piano. She’s convinced she’ll never be able to do it. (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, well I have always been horrible at memorizing music. I totally forgot what came next at my last recital…..I couldn`t finish the song. Which was kinda embarrassing!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh no!!!! I hate it when that happens! Well, either way, I’m sure your playing was still beautiful! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, it wasn`t cool! That was the first time it had happened to me, though. Oh well, I guess it could have been worse! Thank you!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s amazing that you were in a neighborhood band! That must have been really fun! Well, you know, when you make it to youtube, your former band partners will be jealous, lol. (:
            My music videos are almost all covers. I have a tendency of getting myself ready, telling myself I can do this, taking the video, looking it over and liking it, and then backing down again. (: Yeah, I already have done my own piano/guitar covers of Disney songs. So, maybe I’ll start with those. Thanks for the positive advice! I’m sure someday I’ll have my confidence back! (:

          • Joey Barron

            Thanks! It was fun. :)
            LOL, I know. :P
            Cool. :) Hey, you see we caught Seton’s attention in our other discussion? lol. :) Mission accomplished. :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I saw. *mentally begins rocking out to theme music* Mission completed! (: Now, I’m just hoping that they actually do the contest! Because, I am way too psyched for this now! I mean, I’m just saying, music contest? *brain storm* If they do this, I will seriously be so excited to see everyone else’s music techniques!
            So, do you play any other instruments? Or is it just guitar? Also, what kind of music do you play? Country, rock, hip-hop, Disney, Broadway, Christian…etc?

          • Joey Barron

            Mainly guitar. I’ve played a little keyboard, but not too much.
            Good question. I play different stuff. I play some rock, some Christian… Not into Country or hip-hop too much. IDK if you have heard of them, but I play a lot of Skillet songs(Just learned the acoustic version of “Stars” they just released. :) Beautiful song.
            Besides Disney, what do you play? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            We have a keyboard too! And our family piano. And a piano that’s over 100 years old–yes, we are music geeks. (:
            That’s awesome that you’re into rock and Christian! I have heard of Skillet, but I’ve never really listened to their stuff as of yet. I’ll add it to my never ending list of things to do! (:
            I play a lot of Broadway and movie scores on the piano, and country on the guitar. I’m not into hip-hop either, at all… I do enjoy most Country songs, though. But, that is probably because I lived in Texas the majority of my time, and I am a total Country girl at heart. Hard as I may try to deny it, I love Texas and Country. I’m also just sort of into playing my own covers of songs I hear on a daily basis. I’m also just into country because my Dad used to sing the old campfire songs to us as we fell asleep. (: Do you like any country songs? Or any country artists?

          • Joey Barron

            Cool. When you do check out Skillet, you should listen to “Stars” or “Feel Invincible.”
            I actually take back not liking Country. I like some, I just don’t play it that much on guitar. I like the band Alabama, and I also like some Alan Jackson and George Strait. I like old country, not the new stuff. And it’s weird, because I’m from New Jersey, which is as far away from Country as there is. :P I guess moving to NC helped with getting into Country, though. But mostly, I’m into rock and Christian. Depends on the mood I’m in. :)
            What are some of your favorite country bands, or rock/christian bands? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I will be sure to do that!
            Oh, yay! You’re not against Country! Yeah, I prefer the old classic country, but I also like some of the new ones(very few though). I was born in SC! So yes, I am still into country! (: I’m mainly into Disney, and soft songs.
            My favorite country bands…rock/christian bands…? Oh, this is tough… Well, for country, I most definitely LOVE Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw! I also enjoy a few of Luke Bryan’s stuff, and all of the old, old bands my Dad would make us listen to. (: As for rock, I like Billy Joel(does that count as rock?), and I like Jon McLaughlin. Christian-wise, I don’t really know any bands names by heart. I just sort of hear them and like them. (:
            But, I meant to add, I also LOVE old classic jazz! Like, Sinatra, Bing Crosby–oh, and I absolutely love Michael Buble!!! (: Do you like any classic jazz?

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, cool. I was born in NJ, moved to NC when I was 8. Where do you live now?
            LOL, yeah, Billy Joel is like, soft rock. I like some of his songs. :)
            I like some Sinatra. :)
            So, besides music and writing, do you have any hobbies/interests? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Now, I live in Colorado. I’ll probably be moving back to TX in time, though. That’s where family is, and I would much rather be nearer to them. I’m also, most likely, going out to NC in November for my friend’s wedding! Which Church do you go to there?
            Oh, goody, Billy Joel counts. (: I love Billy Joel! Especially “Piano Man”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “Vienna.”
            I’m not as fond of Sinatra as I am Michael Buble, though. I mainly like Buble because he’s bringing back all the good old classics! (:
            Hobbies? Mainly, baking! I actually did a “Student Profile” on the Bayley Bulletin, and I think I may have kept going on about baking(oops). (: I also enjoy sketching, crocheting, painting, hiking the Colorado mountains, fishing, going to the gun range with my Dad and competing against him, going to the gym, swimming, and skiing! (: Though, I don’t have as much time as I used to to do this. What about you? (:

          • Joey Barron

            Cool. Where about in Colorado? Are you near Denver? I have a friend in Denver, that’s why I’m wondering. :)
            Piano Man is my favorite Billy Joel song! :)
            Those are cool hobbies! Let’s see…. I like exercising, fishing, hiking… I like to collect model sports cars… I also had a drone I enjoyed flying, but I kinda got it lost in a very big bush… Whoops! :P I also like collecting and polishing sea shells. I also like watching and playing sports. Last summer, I went zip-lining, and that was super. I want to do that again. And I’m also into swimming. Looks like we share some interests! That’s cool. :) Oh, and I’m also interested in getting into photography. I like to keep busy, lol! :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            I live in Colorado Springs. It’s about an hour and a half from Denver. But, we commute to Denver every Sunday for Mass. What Church does your friend go to?
            Yes! I LOVE “Piano Man”!!!! It used to be my ultimate road trip song! (:
            Awesome! I’ve always wanted to do zip-lining, but it’s so expensive out here! That is extremely coincidental hat we enjoy the same things! My sister is a pro at photography! Honestly, if she could have, she would’ve done the photos for her wedding! (: Yes, I love keeping myself busy as well. My brother has a drone that he loves using! He brings it to the park across the street, and basically doesn’t stop until it runs out of battery. (: I, myself, am looking into Culinary school. I love food, and baking, and I hope someday I’ll make it to owning my own bakery! (: You?
            Also, sea shells! They’re so beautiful! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            lol, my brother just got a drone for Christmas, and guess what….cats seem to think that drones are horrible flying monsters that are intent on killing them!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha!!!! That’s great!!! (:

          • Giselle Faber

            Yup! You should see how fast one of our fat cats can run when he has a mind to!!! LOL

          • Joey Barron

            My friend doesn’t go to church, actually. :) Just a friend I had who moved from here out there.
            You should definitely try to do it some time. It’s amazing! :)
            LOL, make sure your brother knows not to fly it near drones, or it will end up like mine. :P
            That’s cool. I must admit, though, my culinary knowledge doesn’t go too far past box Mac and cheese… :/ :P I’m insterested in going to law or medical school, something like that. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, okay.
            I really do want to try zip-lining. A part of me just says: “don’t do it, you’ll kill yourself.” LOL! I’m too much of a klutz. :)
            I’ll let him know. Though, he has a tendency to not listen to reason. :)
            Well, I mean, I’m not exactly a professional chef either! Though, I am famous at my Church for my banana muffins. And well-known at home for my frappes. (:
            That’s awesome! I have an older sister who’s still going through medical school. She’s doing great, so I’m told. (: That would be really cool! I used to want to be a nurse, and then, I had a sudden inclination to baking. I honestly don’t know how it even happened still, but I suddenly can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen! (: I’m planning on majoring in Culinary, and minoring in either filming or Botany. I know, interesting choice, eh? Are you planning on going to a University, of what? I’m probably gonna end up just doing a community college course.

          • Joey Barron

            Well, you’re harnessed in so tight there’s no way you’ll fall out. :)
            That’s cool. :) I’d probably have to end up going to university to major in medical or law. I’d either go to NC State or UNC. Not sure yet. I’m also interested in software developing, which I’d just do Community college for that… Still undecided on what I’ll do. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, I know that, and you know that, but the klutzy part of Emily doesn’t know that. LOL! :)
            That sounds awesome! I really don’t think I’d be able to afford a University. But, there is one in Denver that specializes in Culinary, and it is very well-known for it. That’s where I wanted to go to first, but I don’t really think I stand a chance. I’ll probably just stick to Community College. I mean, I really don’t plan on becoming a “career woman.” I’m more of an “at-home” person. For the main part, anyway. I love being out and about, but I also enjoy nice calm days in the house. Preferably when it’s snowing outside(so, today for instance). :)
            So, on a different note, where have you visited? Or have you? Like, have you been around the world, or have you just stayed put where you are?
            Also, what kind of movies or books are you into?–or are you? For example, movie-wise, do you like Marvel movies, Disney, sci-fi…etc..? Book-wise, do you like books like Lord of the Rings, Maze Runner, Hunger Games, A series of Unfortunate Events…etc…?

          • Joey Barron

            That’s cool. I know some Community colleges have great culinary courses. :)
            LOL, funny you mention you like calm days in the house, like when it’s snowing. Here in NC, we hardly ever get snow, so when we do, we get crazy! :P
            I haven’t been many places. I’ve been as far north as Boston, as far west as Tennessee, and as far south as SC. Grew up in NJ, then moved here to NC. So, I haven’t been many places. :)
            Ooh, good questions. Movies… I like some Marvel. I love LOTR and Star Wars. I also like some historic movies, like Gladiator. And, while I’m not crazy about Disney, I know all their movies thanks to a little sister, lol. :) And, I absolutely loved Marvel’s Daredevil TV series. Really cool. :)
            Books… IDK if you have read them, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend them, and they are the Michael Vey book series, by Richard Paul Evans. Absolutely FANTASTIC books. :) I also like the LOTR books and the Narnia books. :) I’m also into mystery books, and I have all 67 Hardy Boys books, lol. :)
            So, how about you?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, cool. See, I’ve only been millions of places because my Dad was in the Air Force, and we were stationed all around the world! (: So, when I lived in Germany, I had the options to tour Europe a LOT. It was amazing! (:
            Well, here in CO it’s snowing hard. Seriously, the trees are all frozen. (:
            Yes! I LOVE Marvel movies! I especially like the newest Captain America Movie(Civil War)! So, I am super excited for the new Spider Man movie! (: And, I am also a HUGE Star Wars fan!!! (: The new movie was so great! Also, LOTR, of course. I wasn’t a big fan of The Hobbit movies, but LOTR is seriously my childhood movie! (: My brothers watch the Daredevil series. I have yet to do so myself, but I’ll be sure to! As you already know, I’m a huge Disney enthusiast! So, I’m really, really excited for the Beauty and the Beast movie! (: I also like the Hunger Games movies. And, this really cheesy show called Once Upon A Time. I also like the new show A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix.
            As for books, I LOVE LOTR and The Hobbit! (: I also like the Maze Runner books, the Hunger Games, the Narnia books, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and some books written by my brother-in-law’s sister called: “The Rise of Aredor.” I have never read the Michael Vey book series, though. I’ll have to look into that. :)
            So, what’s your favorite Marvel movie? (:
            Also, I listen to the Skillet song “Stars.” Super catchy. (:

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, wow, that’s cool. I’ve always wanted to see the rest of the world. :)
            Hmm… My favorite Marvel movie was probably Captain America Civil War. I also like Thor, even though it seems most people don’t. :P But, my favorite film Marvel has put out is most definitely the Daredevil series. I also thought Rogue One(Star Wars) was incredible! The way the end led into New Hope was awesome. I’m anxiously looking forward to the next movie in the Force Awakens trilogy! Me and my friends are always arguing about who exactly Rey is, so, we need that movie to come out so we can settle it! lol. :P
            Oh, cool. SKillet is by far my favorite band, and Stars is a beautiful song. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            It was pretty cool to tour so much of the world. But, I have nine siblings, and the road trips were extremely noisy. :/ How many siblings do you have?–or do you?
            Captain America Civil War was definitely my favorite too! I haven’t seen the Thor movies. Only because I’ve been told they were fairly cheesy, and not overly good. But, I have wanted to see them. Mainly because I like Loki, though. The first Avengers was a really good movie too. It probably ranks 2nd for me.
            Rogue One was amazing! I loved it! I also cried at the end, though. I was seriously not expecting everyone to die. Casian was amazing! He was probably my favorite character in there! I’m already anticipating the next movie! (: I know how you feel. My siblings and I are always arguing about Rey! The Fore Awakens was a good movie too, though. I loved seeing Han again! (:
            Have you ever heard the song: “Ashes Like Snow” by Lily Kershaw? It’s one of the songs I have memorized for guitar, and it’s also just a beautiful song. I highly recommend it! (:

          • Joey Barron

            LOL, I know how noisy road trips are. I have 5 younger siblings(I’m the oldest)
            Thor was kinda cheesy, but I liked it.
            Oh, yeah, Rogue One was sooo amazing. Well, even though I didn’t like it, I kinda figured they all had to die, because none of them were in New Hope.
            So, who exactly do you think Rey is? My friends say she is Luke’s daughter, but I say that is impossible, because Jedi isn’t supposed to have kids, and Anakin only did it because he turned evil. Luke definitely wouldn’t. But she obviously has some kind of Jedi blood in her, the way she beat Kylo Ren, so, I think she is Han and Leia’s lost daughter, honestly. Leia has Jedi, being Vader’s daughter, so, that is who I think she is.
            I have not, but will totally check it out. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Lucky you! I have nine siblings–yes there are ten in the family(not including parents)–and I am the eighth. So, I also have one niece and two little nephews! I love them! :)
            Well, I assumed they were either going to die, or go into hiding. Honestly, I was hoping they would survive somehow or other.
            I thought I was the only one who assumed Rey to be Han’s daughter!!! Seriously, my siblings are all convinced that she can’t have been Leia’s and Han’s girl. I think I finally convinced my little sis that she is, but she’s the only one. :) My brother’s are all convinced that she is Luke’s. I’m still not sure, and I would absolutely love to see the movie that explains it! Really, I am in anticipation for the next movie!–As also I am for the new Avengers movie(Infinity Wars)!!!!–and the new Spider Man!!! :)
            Have you ever seen The Hunger Games movies?–or read the books? Or are you not into them?
            Oh! Have you ever seen the Jurassic Park movies? I literally just started them last night. But, I already love them! :)
            I love most of Lily Kershaw’s songs! Her songs are always really simple to learn on guitar! :)

          • Joey Barron

            Man, what’s it like with that much people in the house? Probably chaotic, lol. :P
            Oh, good, someone else that thinks she is Han and Leia’s! :) No matter how hard anyone tries, there’s no way I’ll be convinced that Luke broke Jedi order and had a kid. Only Anakin did that.
            I have really wanted to see the Hunger Games, but for some reason, I haven’t gotten around to it. I definitely will, though, as the storyline sounds interesting.
            I have seen I think the first one, but it was a while ago. I’ll add watching the rest t my list of things to do, lol. :)
            Cool. I’ll check her out!
            So, how old are you? I know you are in 10th grade, so I figure somewhere between 15-17. Also, when is your birthday?
            Oh, and have you ever heard of Studio C? They are a funny christian youtube comedy channel. IDK if you are into youtube…. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            The house is always super chaotic! We’ll have people going in and out for college, work, gym, hikes, and who knows where! :) i love having so many siblings, though! Really, they are amazing! :)
            The Hunger Games movies are great! There are some of my favorites of all time! :)
            I’m 15. My birthday is October 7th. Though, throughout the house I am known as the “mentally oldest.” Seriously, I once took the “what is your mental age quiz” and I got 46….Yup, I feel old now, lol. :) How old are you? When’s your birthday?
            Yes! Oh my gosh, I love Studio C!!!! I seriously watch them so often! :) I love them so much! They’re sooo funny! Who is your favorite Studio C actor and character? What’s your favorite video of theirs? :)

          • Joey Barron

            LOL, cool. Yeah, our house is, too. :)
            Seriously? My mom’s birthday is October 7th! :)
            I am 16, and my birthday is May 31st.
            Oh, awesome!! Yeah, I watch all their new episodes within an hour of them releasing them. My fav character is probably Matt and Jason, and one of my favorite sketches is Scott Sterling(obviously) but also, I LOVE the two Operation Breakup ones! :) How about you? :) And, are there any other youtube channels you like? I love Good Mythical Morning, which I watch every morning. I also like this vlogger named Roman Atwood. He has inspiring stuff. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh neat! Birthday sharers! :) Sometimes, I get confused with my birthday because out of us ten kids, five of our birthdays are in October. Crazy/expensive month for us, lol. :)
            My favorite Studio C actors are Matt, Stephen, and Jason. I love Stephen’s “kid” characters! Especially, his one in the video “A Kindergarten Fight For Love.” It’s so funny! :) I love the “Operation Breakup” ones too! They’re so great! :) And, I absolutely LOVE all of their Hunger Games songs! Seriously, I listen to the “Peeta’s Song” all the time! And, the “Avengers song.” Mainly, because I really like Peter Hollens. :) And I love Matt’s character “Kyle”!
            I keep up with Peter Hollens’ youtube channel, along with some Jimmy Fallon ones, Bad Lip Reading, movie trailers, Thomas Sanders, Cooking Fast and Fresh with West, Karaoke, and soft song artists–mainly, some Shawn Mendes songs, and Lily Kershaw. :) What about you?
            I’ll have to look those up! :)

    • Elodie Pierlot

      Yeah, the others did seem a bit hard to come up with a good plot. Anyway the soldier one suited me best :)

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  29. Immanuel Portus

    What if our SHORT stories become SHORT movies? I wonder what they’re going to look like and if they’ll become blockbusters…. :) Wishing all the best to everyone!

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    • Elodie Pierlot

      Wow that would be so awesome! Maybe Seton could make the winning one be a short movie? Haha a wild dream but hey :))

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      • Immanuel Portus

        Yes that would be epic! Setonians as future filmmakers?? I’m looking forward to it:) Awesome name by the way, Elodie.:)

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        • Elodie Pierlot

          Yeah, perhaps we’d be famous hollywood film-makers! XD
          And thanks, it’s french :) I love yours too :)

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          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes, Setonians in the movie industry;) You’re last name is French, isn’t it? It sounds familiar :) Thanks! Mine came from the Bible and it’s Hebrew. Call me Imman.:)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Yes, my last name’s French as well as my middle and first name XD. Everyone calls me ‘didi’ at home though, you get called Imman, then, right? :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes since my name is quite long:) That’s mighty cool. So which one would you prefer to be called, Didi or Elodie?

          • Elodie Pierlot

            OK, Imman! :) I don’t mind which one I get called to be honest, Didi’s OK! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Alright, Didi! That’s a cheery name haha!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha yup, it matches my height…. small XD

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hahaha you don’t look small. You look pretty smart in that military outfit!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha I am small, don’t worry. I’m five ft five… that’s still small for my age anyway- at least that’s what I know. And thanks, it’s Royal Marines :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey haha no worries! That height is quite good. Royal Marines? So you’re into army training? That’s unique! I saw from the comments that you’re from England so you must know who Bear Grylls is. I’d like to be an adventurer like him since I’m really athletic! He used to be in the SAS too. I spent the last summer in Florida but I’ve never been to the U.K. I’d like too see it someday!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha I wish girls could go in the Royal Marines! I’m a Royal Marines Cadet though, but when some girls have made it through the Commando training, maybe I’ll join! Yes, I am from England and I definitely know who Bear Grylls is. He’s so cool, and I read about the SAS he did and about climbing mount Everest- that’s such an amazing thing to achieve. I really wish girls could do the SAS because I might go for it when I’m old enough, but then again it’s quite good that it’s only men. Women shouldn’t really be on the front line.
            Anyway, I bet you could do the Bear Grylls stuff! What sort of sport do you do? :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hi Didi! Sorry late reply! Yes that would be cool haha. Girl warriors. I also have his book! Well, I’ve ridden a horse up an active volcano thrice! I’m a competitive runner and a soccer player.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            That’s OK! And ridden a horse up a volcano? That’s crazily cool! Which one/s have you ridden up? I’d love to ride horses. :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Taal Volcano( the smallest active volcano in the world). I’ve also been to the awesome volcanic parks in New Zealand. I must be Indiana Jones/ Jedi Master / ala Bear Grylls! I’ve ridden lots of horses since I was young. Do you know how? I’ll teach you haha

          • Elodie Pierlot

            I don’t think I’ve heard of the Taal Volcano before, well we learn something new every day! Haha. So you’re not scared of heights then, no? I’m terrified of them! You definitely are a mix of these awesome people! And no I don’t know how, only a very small bit of the ‘posh’ English way, but Western style sounds awesome! Yep, you should teach me one day! Haha

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes the a Taal Volcano is super awesome! It looks like it came right out of the time of dinosaurs. It’s on an island too. Volcano Island. No, I’m not scared of heights haha. I go on roller coasters and someday I’ll go skydiving in Australia haha! The English way? Do you mean fancy riding? I love the wild and adventurous type of riding. I rode this wild mountain horse in the Philippines and I almost got thrown off into a river! Good thing my Uncle was with me. He’s a cool caballero! (Spanish term for horseman) Yes Ill teach you one day! It would be an honor haha! Go Didi Go!

          • Immanuel Portus

            You should Google Taal Volcano. Trust me- It’s one of the best places in the world you have to see.

          • Immanuel Portus

            By the way, I’m a Jedi master if you’re wondering… I can swing a light saber… and cut cabbages and tomatoes in half.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            A Jedi master? Lol :) I guess I’m one too- I tend to cut up food a lot too, although I’d rather be a Sith (is that a bad thing?! XD)

            So you’re into Starwars? My family is crazy about it!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes! A Jedi! I can do some stunts haha. So if you want to dress up as a Sith, then you should impress people with some tricks up your sleeves. I know! If I ever meet you, then we could have a fruit ninja Battle with light sabers! I can jump from 15 feet high and land pretty cool haha.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Whoa that’s so cool! And what a good idea! I could be Darth Vader (or Kylo Ren) and you could be Luke Skywalker and we could have a epic battle! Haha!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Luke Skywalker….Hahaha! Alright, as long as you don’t cut me in half! Since you’re a marine, you’re bound to have a lot of terrific skills up your sleeve haha. I have adventures behind me and some cool stunts to back up my name Hahaha! Yes I’m sure you’ll look daunting in Vader’s armor.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Nah I wasn’t planning in cutting you in half, don’t worry! Haha. And no not really, I’m not exactly cunning when it comes to duels, so you’ll win anyway! My seven year old brother beats me at ‘lightsaber’ (sticks or our false sabers) most of the time, haha!

          • Immanuel Portus

            I also fight with plastic sabers haha! It’s a fun way to play with brothers!

          • Elodie Pierlot

            I know, tell me about it!

          • Immanuel Portus

            I even have a Jedi robe! Haha

    • Joey Barron

      You know what we would be cool? If there was a short film contest Seton put out. Me and my friends acted out a short movie(5 minutes) out once. It was a whole lot of fun. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Well, they kind of did that. Didn’t you see the Vlog Challenge? It sort of was making movies, but more of a short video. I didn’t do it myself, but I’m sure it would’ve been fun! But, you know what would be a better contest? Musical compositions/songs! Am I right?

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        • Joey Barron

          Oops, I missed the vlog challenge. :/ :P

          Yeah, that would be cool! I’d be all for that. :)

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          • Emily McKinnon

            The thing is, there probably aren’t enough Seton musicians for a contest. :( But, I still want it to happen! Seriously, I have been waiting for a Musical contest ever since they began these contests! It would just be so awesome to see everybody else’s musical talents, you know?

          • Joey Barron

            It would be awesome, but you are probably right. Besides, they’d have a hard time deciding on a winner, because everyone has their own style, you know? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That is true. But, what if they had different options? As in, acoustic, covers, etc. That would be awesome! Plus, it would be so interesting to see who would win, you know? (:

          • Joey Barron

            Yeah, they could have different options/styles. Well, let’s hope Seton sees this and considers it, LOL. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            *coughs to get attention* Yeah, let’s hope Seton sees this,*cough cough*. LOL! (:

          • Dominic de Souza

            This is a great discussion, Setonians. :) We’re bearing it in mind. We have some interesting ideas for the next year that we want to open up and explore with you. If you have suggestions and ideas, send them to us!

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, cool! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oops…I promise I wasn’t attention-seeking! But, it’s great to know that you like our ideas! Thanks! (:

      • Immanuel Portus

        Hey, that sounds awesome! A short film contest would be exciting!

        Reply
      • Elodie Pierlot

        I think that would be epic! I mean what if we had to do one about something in history? Maybe when Columbus sighted land, or something? :)

        Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      That would be epic! I’m all for that! Though, I can’t say my short story would sound as good on film…(:

      Reply
      • Immanuel Portus

        Yes it would be. You’re one of the veteran writers here so your story must be terrific!

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Veteran writer? Me? Thanks. Though, I fail to see it myself, lol. :) I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “terrific”. I mean, my story came out fairly short….I was sitting in Barnes and Noble for a solid three hours trying hard to finish it correctly. My stories are always much better if I give myself more time. Unfortunately I couldn’t this time… :(

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          • Amelia Coleman

            I so agree about the time! I actually finished at 6:02, but as they didn’t take down the entry-thingy until a couple days after, I made some revisions and entered it again:) lol I hope I don’t win because I still think mine is super bad XD I bet you will win!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Lol, I have never EVER won anything in my entire life! :) So, why would I now?
            Yes! The timing! Ugh, I’m still convinced I could have done better.

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey, that’s some kind of inspiration! Writing a story among books! Two thumbs up!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, Immanuel. So sorry, I didn’t notice your comment until now. :/ It was so difficult to not start reading! I can’t begin to say how much will it took to turn away from all the books and write instead! :) Didn’t know I could ever inspire anyone, lol. :)

  30. christopher smyth

    hi guys

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    • Joey Barron

      Hey. :)

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        hey! :))

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Hello! (:

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    • Giselle Faber

      Hey Christopher, what prompt did you do?

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      • christopher smyth

        The one about the roman soldier, but I tweaked it a bit! :)

        Reply
        • Emily McKinnon

          Welcome to the club, Christopher! (: I think, everyone else here did the soldier too! (:

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          • christopher smyth

            thanks

          • Emily McKinnon

            You’re very welcome! :) So, what grade are you in? :)

          • christopher smyth

            im actually in grade 9

          • Emily McKinnon

            Awesome! happy birthday! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Happy Birthday! Hey, wouldn`t it be a cool b-day present to win the contest?! (Why am I saying that?! We are competitors!) Lol, jk, I would want you to win if your story was better of course!:):)

          • christopher smyth

            Yea, it would but may the best story win!!!

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, well there is your birthday present!!!!

        • Giselle Faber

          Lol, seriously, the judges are going to be sooo sick of reading the same thing over and over! Yea, I tried to do mine a little different too.

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    • Elodie Pierlot

      Heyo! How are you? I read the comments, and so you’re doing the soldier one? I think everyone’s doing that one! XD What grade are you in, then? :)

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      • christopher smyth

        grade 9

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        • Elodie Pierlot

          Nine? I me too. I guess we’re competitors then… ;) good luck! :))

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Same;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yay, we all four made it!!:)

  31. Amelia Coleman

    Did you guys name your soldier? It’s hard to find a good Roman name. What did y’all choose?

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    • Emily McKinnon

      I actually didn’t name him. I kept it in the first person, therefore I wouldn’t necessarily have to use a name. What’d you choose? (:

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      • Amelia Coleman

        I did Valerian, but I’m not sure I love it. Good idea doing first person; that does save trouble:)

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    • Giselle Faber

      yes I did! Titanius Renatus Vulcan! What about you?

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Wow, nice. :) I did Valerian

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        • Giselle Faber

          Neat name!:) There is this really cool website called 20000-names .com that has all sorts of names and their meanings. Roman, Greek, Gailic, Hebrew and Native American are some of the races they have. It is a good place to find names for people in stories.

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Hmm I tried to reply but sink I included a link so I’m not sure they allowed it. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion! I google names a lot:) I am kind of a fanatic about names, and I have lists and lists of character names:) lol

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, I was having the same problem. If you try putting spaces in between (like site .com) that might work, that was the only way I could make it work. Lol, I know! I love finding new names! I like doing stories in the Medieval age, so I love finding names that would work for that. And sometimes I make up my own! Whenever I read a book, I try to have a piece of paper and a pen nearby, so if I find a name I like I can write it down. I have SOO many random scraps of paper with weird names on them!!:) What are some of your favorite books?

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok I don’t know why there was a random “sink” in my post above (I edited it out)…autocorrect…:) Anyhoo, yeah that would probably work:) I like writing stories in all sorts of ages…but I like to write in no age or a made up age a lot, if you know what I mean (like Middle-earth). Oh man I have like a million notebooks filled was names and drawings and story ideas and stray chapters (but I always write better on the computer) – I think I must have a notebook obsession lol. My favorite books…oh boy. Books. The thousands I’ve read… :) Tolkien is #1 (so LotR, then The Hobbit). Next I love Waking Rose by Regina Doman (and others), and Where the Red Fern Grows. The Mysterious Benedict Society books are good, and the Penderwicks books are so fun to read, as are John Flanagan books (especially the Brotherband Chronicles) – but quite honestly I don’t think he’s that great of a writer…sometimes all that dry humor can get a little wearing. Sorry to go on and on! But those are probably my top choices. What about you?

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, autocorrect can be so annoying sometimes!!:)
            Yea, it is neat in your own made up world! That way you don`t have to worry about being correct about anything! Same here! I have a stack of notebooks, and a TON of Microsoft word documents! I like writing my stories on the computer better too. I love small notebooks! And those marble cover composition notebooks! Oh I know! It is so hard to decide which could be called your favorite! And sometimes it depends on your mood. I really like Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery, Frank L. Packard(!!), C.S. Lewis, John Flanagan, the Sherlock Holmes books, and that is all I can think of at the moment! Oh I really like Regina Doman`s books! Well, I have not read all of them. I have read the first Penderwicks book, it was pretty good. Yea, I really like John Flanagan. But yea, you kinda have to be in the right mood for him. Lol, that is OK! I enjoy talking to you!:)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I enjoy talking to you too! It’s too bad that we live so far away:) That’s, like, the trouble with home schooling:) I love all those authors too, except for Packard (I’ll have to look him up). Same about the Word documents! Except I like to use text edit more because it’s a more simple layout (and for some reason that helps me write). My favorite notebooks are the yoobi brand ones, but little notebooks are fun to write in, too:) Who are you cheering to win the Super Bowl? I’m for the Falcons, because I like them and I do not like the Patriots.

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, it is sad!:(
            Oh, he is seriously one of the best authors! I love his books! You should read “Greater Love Hath No Man”, that is my favorite.
            Lol, I was not really cheering for anyone in particular. My Dad is a Patriot`s fan, but he wasn`t here. I guess I don`t really care who wins. My team is the Broncos!:) And they didn`t even make the playoffs!:( So where do you live?

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok, I will read that for sure! Wow, that was a crazy game! I guess I’m glad that the Patriots made such a great come back ;) Sort of:) We all have different favorite teams in our family, and mine is the Chargers. So, division rivals, huh:) I live in Wisconsin, close to Milwaukee. You live in Montana, right?

          • Joey Barron

            That was an awesome game. At first, I didn’t care who won, as I’m a huge Eagles fan, but when Brady started that improbable comeback, I started rooting for the Pats. That was amazing! :) I see you live in Wisconsin, and I gotta ask… How are you not a Packers fan? :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            No! I hate Patriots! I’m so angry that they won! I was rooting for the Falcons! I was so convinced they would win, judging by the first half of the game. Then, boom! Somehow or other, they won?!?! Ugh!!!

          • Joey Barron

            LOL!! I didn’t know you despised them so much. :P You want to know how the Pats won? Because they have the greatest QB of all time(drum roll) TOM BRADY! :P BTW, who is your favorite NFL team? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ick, Tom Brady. Not my fav.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I do like Tom Brady, for the main part. I just hate the Patriots. Mainly, ’cause I have this friend who is SO OVERLY into them! Yeah, it kind of annoys me. I like the Broncos–yes, because I live in Colorado–but still not that much. As for Baseball(world’s best sport ever), I’m all for the Boston Red Sox!!! :) What about you? :)

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, ok. :P
            I like the New York Mets… You know, that team that beat your team on a miracle in the 1986 World Series? :P At least we both probably hate the Yankees, though. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yep, total Yankees hater! Always will be! :) I love the Boston Red Sox above all other sports teams! :) I was introduced to them from the very beginning, and so I always will root for them. :) I also just plain old love playing baseball! Swimming, gymnastics, and baseball are the tops on my list of fav sports. What are yours? :)

          • Joey Barron

            Good, I hate them, too. :)
            My top sports are Hockey, football, and baseball. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Even though my brother has a Yankees hat… :) What an embarrassment. LOL! :)
            Baseball is definitely the most interesting in my opinion. I’ll yell at the top of my lungs then, but I’ve never been much into football–except the Super Bowls. I watch the Super Bowls. :)

          • Joey Barron

            Have you ever been to an MLB Baseball game? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Possibly…? I remember once being in Boston and watching the Red Sox play against the Angels. But, I don’t know if that was mlb or not. Have you?

          • Joey Barron

            Ok, cool. Yeah, that’s MLB.
            Yes, I’ve been to two Mets games in New York. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s so cool! When I went to that game, I was like 7 years old, okay? I remember standing up in the bleachers with my sister and we started doing the “Angel Signal.” Have you seen “Angels in the Outfield”?–that’s what we were doing. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            I do feel bad for the Falcons. They thought they had it, and then they lost! But you have to admit, that was an amazing come back. The most points a team has ever come back from at the Super Bowl is ten, and they managed, what was it, 20?! Pretty sweet.

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok…yeah…that comeback…but still wish the Falcons could have hung on

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh well, they put up a valiant fight.
            I wish the rest of the results for the contest would come out!!! *says to herself “Patience!!!”*

          • Joey Barron

            They came back from 25! (28-3)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, really?! I thought it was only like 20! Wow, you`re right, Brady is pretty impressive!!

          • Joey Barron

            He is AMAZING. Watching him lead that comeback was simply incredible. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            yup!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Y’all are too easily impressed. :) lol!

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol!!:)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Same with me! I hate the Pats too. So sad for Matt Ryan, especially

          • Giselle Faber

            Yup it was! I wasn`t caring too much one way or the other, but that was awesome! I had given up hope for the Patriots, but they still managed to make it! Can you believe it took 50 Super Bowl games for there to be one that went into overtime?! Crazy!

          • Amelia Coleman

            ikr!

          • Joey Barron

            It was so awesome!
            I know, I couldn’t believe that. I was shocked when they showed that fact. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            @ Joey – I agree! My family doesn’t really like the Patriots, so we were all for the Falcons. Then, as the Pats made their comeback, they all deserted me XD About the Packers…I do like them, and they’re my Mom and one of my brothers’ favorite team, but for some reason almost everyone in my family has a different team, including me (Chargers fan). Lol

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, it is the same in my family. There is a Patriots fan, a Colts fan, a Cowboys fan, and a Broncos fan!!!
            So how many siblings do you have?

          • Joey Barron

            Cowboys? Ugh!! :P (From an Eagles fan)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea that is my brother. But I guess, we don`t have any NFL team too near us, but we do have real cowboys in MT!! (But then again, we have plenty of eagles here too!!:))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Cowboys! Woo-hoo!
            …what can I say? I’m a Texan at heart. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh right, I guess that makes sense!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sure it does. It’s just like how we have a Longhorns ball cap. :) Do y’all have something against my teams, or something? ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, no of course not!!:)

          • Joey Barron

            I kinda like the Longhorns. But, since I’m in NC, I like NC State. :) But, I actually have a Longhorns football hat form when I won a football contest. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s awesome! I love the Longhorns! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ah, let’s see, ummm…Saints, Packers, Chargers, Cowboys, Packers, Dolphins, Broncos, Cowboys, and Cowboys (the 6 and 4 year olds followed in their big bro’s footsteps:)) I have eight siblings. You?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Eight siblings! Yay! I have nine! Big families are the best, am I right? :) How many are boys and how many girls? We have six girls, four boys. Yeah, the girls win! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha- we have 4 girls and 5 boys. It was tied…but the boys always pull out because we have two boys in a row. Otherwise, it goes boy girl boy girl. Too bad:( lol

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is quite a lot of different teams!! No too many people in my house are into football.
            There are six of us, five girls and a boy. I am the youngest. Where do you rank in your family?

          • Joey Barron

            That’s cool. :) LOL, well, it was hard not to get excited and into it for the Patriots. Watching Tom Brady in those final 20 minutes was incredible. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea it was pretty cool! I wasn`t exactly rooting for either team. My Dad is a Patriots fan, but he wasn`t here, so I was just sorta watching. That was pretty impressive! Lol, yea! I am sad the Broncos didn`t make it to the playoffs, but they did win last year (and got me $70 in the money pool I was in!!) so I guess it is OK. Yea, I live in Helena, MT. I love it here! I have never been to Wisconsin I don`t think….Where all have you been?

    • Elodie Pierlot

      I chose Marius, what about you? :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        That’s really cool. Mine is Valerian.

        Reply
        • Elodie Pierlot

          I like that, where did you get it from?

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          • Amelia Coleman

            It’s actually the name of St. Cecilia’s husband, lol. It’s like the only name I could think of.

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Is it??! I didn’t know that…. oh wait hang on yeah I did XD I like that name Valerian. :)

  32. Emily McKinnon

    Seriously in anticipation for Round 1! *she writes as she taps her impatient foot* LOL! :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      You’re not alone! Now that we know some of each other’s names and story paths, it’s just making me more and more curious!

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Same here! The anxiousness is real. :)

        Reply
    • Giselle Faber

      Lol, no kidding!!:) But they should be announcing soon, right? I mean, the deadline was last Tuesday and they said it would take a week, so day after tomorrow? I hope!!!

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Yes, hopefully! It shouldn’t take too much longer. Especially, seeing as how they’re just reading the same things over and over. :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          hahaha that’s a good one:) I hope at least someone choose one of the other story paths:) But, I am so excited to get to know the other soldiers lol:)

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        • Giselle Faber

          Yup, hopefully. Lol, yea, they are going to be so sick of the same storyline! I wonder if anyone chose another prompt!

          Reply
  33. christopher smyth

    to be honest this is the 1st time ive ever entered a contest{as i hate writing } so i’d be glad if ye guys could give me a hand

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      What do you need a hand in? Happy to help! :)

      Reply
  34. Emily McKinnon

    *le sigh”….didn’t make it…at all. Were there not enough entries? Or, were we all just so bad that we didn’t even make it to Round 1? This stinks…. There goes my confidence boost, lol….

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    • Joey Barron

      Um….wow….not what I was expecting. Well, maybe they only released grade 12 round 1 finalists. I don’t think they have made it down to us yet… I mean, we can hope. :)

      Reply
      • Dominic de Souza

        Exactly; another couple of hours, and we’ll have more faces, and more grades, for everyone. :)

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        • Joey Barron

          Ok, great. Thank you! :)

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    • Dominic de Souza

      haha, wow – you kids are fast. :D We’re still working on listing everyone who made it into the rounds. Give us another couple of hours and we’ll have more details on Round 1.

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry if I sounded rude!!! Didn’t mean to at all, I promise! But, correct me if I’m wrong, the girl listed in grade 11(Bernadette Rowe), isn’t that the same title she used for her art in the last contest? Isn’t it just her art picture? :)

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        • Dominic de Souza

          Don’t worry about it, you weren’t rude. We’re all excited to see who’s made it into the rounds.

          Bernadette’s details are also being updated as get publish the new names and titles.

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks goodness! Sorry again! Thanks! :)

    • Giselle Faber

      don`t give up hope yet Emily! Besides, just because you might not have made it doesn`t mean your story wasn`t any good or that you aren`t a good author, it just means that there were a lot of talented authors entering this. Congrats to everyone who made it!

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  35. Amelia Coleman

    So excited!!! Congrats to those who made it so far!

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  36. Amelia Coleman

    Yay! We all made it!!!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Hooray! Way to go, all! :)

      Reply
  37. christopher smyth

    this is a really good birthday present as this being my first ever writing contest to find that I am In to round one!!!!!!!! yay!!!!! roll on march 1st and may the best story win!

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      Way to go, Christopher! So happy for you! Must be a pretty great birthday! :)

      Reply
      • christopher smyth

        tis indeed!
        btw when do they judge the stories again?

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        • Emily McKinnon

          It takes about a week or so. Sometimes less. There are a total of three rounds. The third round is the final winners! I bet you’ll make it! :)

          Reply
          • christopher smyth

            fingers crossed

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’m sure you are a great writer! And, I’m sure you’ll at least come in 2nd. (If you don’t, please don’t blame me.) :)

          • christopher smyth

            thanks

    • Immanuel Portus

      Happy Birthday to you! Great job!

      Reply
      • christopher smyth

        thanks

        Reply
  38. Joey Barron

    Congrats everyone who made it!!!! :)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks Joey! Congrats to you too! :) So glad we all made it. I was gonna feel so bad if we didn’t. Especially, after raising everyone’s hopes. :)

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      • Joey Barron

        Congrats to you, too, Emily! :) I’m so glad you made it! :)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Yeah, you too! :) Let’s see how long this lasts. I totally don’t expect to be in the next round. I didn’t write well enough, in my opinion(I’m a total optimist, right?). If they do a music contest, I might expect to! :)

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          • Joey Barron

            Well, you never know. Anything can happen. But, as long as you gave it your best and enjoyed it, that is what matters the most. :) Obviously, I’d love to win, but even if I don’t(which I won’t) I had fun being part of a contest, and also talking to you and everyone else here. :) This is my first time really doing this(still can’t believe I haven’t come here before) and I am really enjoying it! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Truth! Anything can happen-but Emily cannot win! LOL! :)
            Well, aren’t you Mr. Optimistic? Lol.
            I enjoyed talking with you and everyone else too! Really, this has been fantastic! I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! Don’t worry, this isn’t the end of me!–’cause, I’ll still be watching for the next rounds. :) I will most likely be joining all other contests as well! Particularly the Music Compositions. :)

          • Joey Barron

            Nah, I wouldn’t be surprised if you won. :)
            LOL. :P Well, it’s hard to be optimistic about your own work… Easier to be about others’ work, lol. :)
            Yeah, it has been great. lol, that’s good. I’ll be around, too, and I’ll take part in any new contests that are out out. It’s been a blast! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I would. As said before: I have never EVER won anything in my entire life, so why would I now?
            That is so true. But, I’m sure you’ll win. After all, there were only three people in your grade. :)
            Truly has been! It’s been so great to get to my fellow Setonions! :)

          • Joey Barron

            Well, there’s always time for a first, right? :)
            Well, we’ll see… I hope for at least second place. That’d be cool. :)
            It has been! It’s cool to have friends here to chat with. Especially fellow Seton homeschoolers. It’s cool to see how similar a lot of us are in interests and hobbies, such as music and writing.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I guess so. If want to look at the bright side. Lol. :)
            I’ll bet you’ll get First Place. Second is kind of pushing it….I’m kidding. :) Either way, I’m sure you’ll get farther than me! :)
            Yes, definitely. It was cool to get to know one another. I know! I loved hearing everyone’s different opinions on music and stuff! It was all so interesting. :)

          • Joey Barron

            LOL. :)
            Yeah, it was interesting. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I have an extremely random question for you: do you do much writing? Like, are you writing a novel, or anything? Or do you only write for school assignments and these contests? :)

          • Joey Barron

            I don’t write a ton. I haven’t ever written a novel or anything. I mainly write just for school, with the exception of song lyrics. I love writing song lyrics. I have notebooks full of song lyrics and verses. They are just dying to be put to music, lol. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I love to write! :) I’m still in the process of writing a futuristic-based trilogy. Plus, multiple stories here and there. :)
            I know what you mean about the song lyrics! I have notebooks and notebooks full of lyrics and poems! Seriously, my shelves are FULL of various notebooks! Seriously, I just bought another notebook yesterday for more writing and more song ideas! The thing is, I do put most of my lyrics to music. I just always forget to write it down, and then, I forget the tune! :) Though, I do have one completely finished song! :)

  39. Giselle Faber

    Wow! I really didn`t think I would make it!! Congrats Elodie, Joey, Amelia, Immanuel, Christopher, and Emily!! (I told you you would make it, Emily!!:))

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks, Giselle! You’re awesome. Congrats to you too! :) (How much do you wanna bet I won’t make it to round two?… I just reread my story, *shakes head*, could’ve done so much better….) :)

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thank you Emily!!:) Lol, well, you didn`t think you would make it to this one, did you? I`d say you still have a chance!
        I am not so sure about myself…..
        Lol, no kidding!! I am not even daring to reread my story because I know I will burst into tears and wonder how I got this far!!!:)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Same! I looked it over, and realized why I made it to Round 1. When I first subscribed to the contest, I got an email back saying that it wasn’t accepted because there was a bug in the system, and they told me if I used a code name, I could write another story. Guess they really felt bad, lol. So, I wrote my 2nd story on the first prompt. That’s the one they chose to make it this far! I’m so surprised, really! :)

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          • Giselle Faber

            Yea I had the same problem and got the same email. I didn`t really have time to write a second story, and I wanted to focus everything I had on the one story. That is neat that you made it though!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I took more time on the one about Simon. Mainly, because I was busy exercising a new writing technique. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, got it. That is cool that you did a different one!! Looking at the titles up there, it does seem like more people did the other prompts then I thought.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, seems that way. I guess it was only us that were into the soldier prompt. :) Granted, my story that went some place was on a different prompt. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, guess so. I saw a few other soldier prompts I guess….
            I wonder how many people entered more then one story?

          • Emily McKinnon

            At least half of the entries, I’m guessing. It seems an approximate number. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hey that’s funny, I got the same email but hadn’t entered mine yet:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Really? I’m still in shock that they chose the one about Simon. I guess it did come out much better than my soldier one. But, I still don’t like either of my stories very much. Yes, I criticize my own writing. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Are you sure both of them aren’t in?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Pretty positive….I mean, the only one in there is the title of my story about Simon. I don’t blame them if that’s the one they like more, though. I kind of spent most of my time on that one. I also just know I’m not gonna win, because I thought it would be fun to try out a new writing technique, and I am not sure with how I feel about it. Next time, I’m gonna stick to what I know is good! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Scratch that! They just updated the page. Both my stories ARE in! :) I’m still surprised. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hooray! I knew you could do it:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Y’all are too nice to me. I’m gonna start feeling bad about all the things I said about my story pretty soon here. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Good for you!! I am glad both of them made it!!:) Best of luck!!:)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, who doesn`t criticize their own writings?!?!

          • Emily McKinnon

            My older sis. She writes everyday and keeps her comments silent. Except about other things, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, she is probably one of a kind!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Something like that… :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Did you enter two stories?

          • Amelia Coleman

            No, just one.

          • Giselle Faber

            Same here. I could have entered two, but I didn`t find out about the contest till late, and I wanted to focus everything on the one story.

          • Amelia Coleman

            same…and I barely got that in XD

          • Giselle Faber

            Hey Emily, it looks like they have both of your stories up there underneath you name!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I know, it took a while for me to realize it. Well, I guess we’ll see if either get anywhere further. Though I doubt they will. :)
            BTW, you can call me Em or Emi. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, ok Emi!! (though it might feel like I am talking to my brother! And if you like you can call me Zell, or Zelie (does that sound French?) or GG, or whatever!!:) I have a lot of nicknames, though some of them (that I have NOT mentioned here) are rather embarrassing/strange!:) Wow, you really aren`t terribly optimistic about this!:) lol, I guess, that is your choice!:0 So what does your name mean/stand for? I am really into the meaning of names and such!! And does your last name have a meaning?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Okey-dokey, Zelie! :) Yes, out of all of your nicknames, I like that one the most! :) It kind of does sound a little French–haha, maybe that’s why I like it so much! :)
            My name does have a meaning actually, it means: “Industrious.” :) As for my last name, I am not entirely sure. It kind of means “Of Scottish Ancestry.” But, that’s as much I know. :) Does your name have a meaning? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Haha, I thought you might go for that one!!:) Ah, that is cool!! Industrious Emily!:) Hmmm, not sure if I would like it to be mine, though, everyone might be expecting me to actually be industrious!! Lol, jk!:) Giselle means pledge in one language and hostage in another. And yea, it is French. Faber means blacksmith, I believe, or someone who works at a forge.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Cool. Your new nickname can be: The Hostage of a Blacksmith. :)
            …..you don’t like it? ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            LOL, you are SO weird!!:) It sounds like a book title!! Lol, I should write a story about it! Or I know! We could both write a story that would fit that title and then show them to each other!! Wouldn`t that be fun?!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I know I am. I get it from my Dad’s side of the family. ;)
            Yes! That’s sounds fantastic!–and dramatic! With a title like that, I’d have to go all out “drama”. :) That would be a lot of fun, though! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, ok, whatever you say!:)
            It does sound great!:) We should totally do it!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Definitely! :)

    • Joey Barron

      Congrats to you, too, Giselle! :)

      Reply
      • Giselle Faber

        Thanks Joey! I am so excited for the next round!:)

        Reply
        • Joey Barron

          I am, too! :)

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    • Immanuel Portus

      Congratulations Giselle!

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thanks Immanuel! (cool name btw!:))

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        • Immanuel Portus

          Hi! You’re welcome! You can call me Imman haha

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          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, I was wondering what a nickname for that name would be! Imman is neat!:) So is this the first time you have entered one of these contests?

          • Immanuel Portus

            Hey Giselle! Yes haha almost everyone calls me that name as well as superman…… Xd This is my second one. What about you? Do you have a nickname as well?

          • Giselle Faber

            Hi Imman!:) Ummm, I have a bunch of nicknames, but some of them are rather embarrassing/weird. But mostly I am jus Zelie, Zell, or GG. And my nieces and nephew call me Giggy (pronounced like piggy. Perhaps not the most flattering nickname, but they are so cute when they say it and they really do struggle to pronounce Giselle!!:))

          • Immanuel Portus

            Alright haha! I’ll call you Zelie then. That sounds funny xd. That must be awesome, having nieces and a nephew…;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, ok!:) I know, it is kind of a weird nickname! It is!!:) They are so funny and cute!:) One of the good things about being youngest!:) I can`t remember if I asked already, but do you have siblings?

          • Immanuel Portus

            I’m the oldest haha. I have 3 siblings and they’re all homeschooled!

          • Giselle Faber

            Are they all boys or girls or what? Lol, yea I am at the bottom of the totem pole. I have four older sisters and one older brother. We are all homeschooled and have always been homeschooled. And almost the whole time by Seton. It has been nice!:) So where do you live?

          • Immanuel Portus

            The two are girls and yes haha the other is a boy. Youngest? Well, that’s cool haha. I don’t have any idea what being youngest feels like. I live near the smallest active volcano in the world… Ever heard of Taal Volcano?

          • Giselle Faber

            Nice!:) Well, it can be annoying lots of the time!:)
            Wow!!! that sounds sooo cool!!!:) And kinda scary…..so you live on the Philippines? That is awesome!:)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Well, it last erupted devastatingly back in the 1960’s. It’s still active haha. Yes, it’s awesome here. There are lots of things to do such as diving with whale sharks, hiking up volcanoes, swimming in world-class beaches, etc. Yes it’s awesome, thanks! Why, where did you think I was from ?hahahaha

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is still neat though! Well, I guess not for the people there…..It does sound awesome!!:) Wow, that sounds cool!!:) Well, I was assuming somewhere normal like Wisconsin or Colorado or Florida or something!!:) Lol, not right next to a super cool volcano!!:) So random question; do you have any super big fear? (one of my sisters is super terrified/fascinated by sharks, so I don`t think she would really like to do the whole diving with sharks thing!!:)) Oh, and congrats for making it into the third round!!:):)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes it’s super near. Thanks! Haha I was in FL last summer. Where are you from? Well, a big fear of mine would be getting cooked by the volcano! Hahahaha

          • Giselle Faber

            I have never been terribly far South, though I have been East and West pretty far. (well, and North!:)) But I hope to visit all fifty states someday. Florida sounds like an interesting place. Where else have you been? Just Florida or anywhere else?

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes I hope you do! Florida is amazing! I love it there! I even made lots of friends over the summer. I’ve been to a lot of states and countries haha! Do you love traveling?

          • Giselle Faber

            I hope so too!:) Lol, well then I will definitely add it to the list! *puts Florida on the ten page list.
            Yes! I love to travel! And to see new places. I have never been on a commercial plane though. Have you?

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes haha I love planes. The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands so riding a plane to different islands is pretty neat.

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, yea I bet!! That sounds really neat! My brother-in-law has a pilot`s license and a Cessna, so it is pretty cool when I get to ride in that. But he is a pretty busy guy, so that hasn`t happened very often. But t is super cool to ride over Montana. The Rocky mountains look pretty cool from above!! and there is this place in MT called the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is really cool to fly over because there are no buildings and no roads. It is almost totally free of any signs of people. And it is really gorgeous there.

          • Immanuel Portus

            That’s so cool! I’d love to have my own plane!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes FL was super. I was there last summer. Thanks, I love that volcano haha. Congratulations to you too! You made it along with Didi! Well, let’s see…. One big fear would be getting cooked by the volcano!! Hahaha What about you? Where are you from?

          • Giselle Faber

            Thank you!!:) I can`t wait to see the magazine! (though I am also terrified!!:)) Lol, yea, that would be a bit of a worry. Has it ever erupted when you have been there? I am from and live in Montana. I love it here!! It may not be a terribly exotic place (no volcanoes here!) but I would hate to live somewhere else. However, I would love to travel! I hope to make it to Europe someday. Is there anywhere you really really want to visit/live?

          • Immanuel Portus

            Montana? I’ve heard about it! Do you have dinosaur dig sites and eagles there? Yes, I’d love to see the U.K. and the Vatican!

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yes to both!! I see eagles all the time and we certainly have tons of dinosaur stuff. Heck, we have this big dinosaur foot just sitting on a table in our library. Don`t know why there is a dinosaur foot in our library, but it`s there! Me too!! but I especially want to go to Ireland!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Really? I love dinosaurs! Someday I’ll dig up fossils and maybe star in a Jurassic World film Hahaha. We have eagles here too. Different kinds. Our most famous is the Philippine monkey-eating eagle. I’d love to see your dino stuff!

          • Giselle Faber

            They are very interesting. But yea, we have lots of dino stuff around here. Just a bit ago one of the largest and most complete T-Rex skulls in Montana was found in Montana. There are only like 15 T-Rex skulls that are that complete in the world, so that is pretty cool! You should totally move to MT. The Museum of the Rockies has a ton of dino stuff. Lol, yea, that would be cool. I think a scene or two in some of those movies has been done in MT. Like one where they were on a archeological dig or something. At least I though I heard that. I think we mostly just have Bald Eagles. They are pretty cool though. Uh, Philippine monkey-eating eagles?? Can`t say I have ever heard of them. They don`t sound very friendly!!

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes someday… I’d like to see Montana and the dig sites. Our eagles? Well, they’re nice to humans but they pack a whirlwind when they decide to have monkeys for lunch. They’re quite big and beautiful to look at. They live in the island of Davao which is about three hours away by plane.

          • Immanuel Portus

            I’ve got a scientific query. Do you think dinosaurs can be brought back through technology? Haha I’ll just ask God about His amazing creatures someday.

    • Amelia Coleman

      Congrats! Our titles are similar :)

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      • Giselle Faber

        Thanks Amelia!:) Yea they are….though not as similar as my title and one of the girl`s title from 10th grade! It kinda looks, from the titles, like all of the 9th graders did the soldier prompt. That should make it more difficult for the judges!

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        • Amelia Coleman

          Haha! That’s funny! Yeah, I can’t wait to get to know all the other Valerians (or Titanius’s) out there lol

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          • Giselle Faber

            Yup me too!!:) I hope we can read all of the story entries!! (But then again, I don`t know if I want everyone reading my story if it didn`t place! Or even if it did!!:)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol, same!!

  40. Giselle Faber

    So when will we know about the next round? (Lol, I know, I only just found out about this one and I want to know about the next one!!:))

    Reply
    • Emily McKinnon

      About another week, Giselle! Sometimes, it takes less. I know, same here. :)

      Reply
      • Giselle Faber

        AHHH a week?! Lol, jk, it won`t be as bad as this time!!

        Reply
        • Emily McKinnon

          Truth! :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          Won’t it be?!?!? AGH I hate waiting…

          Reply
          • Giselle Faber

            Well, it won`t be as bad for me. I honestly didn`t think I would even make it into the first round, so that first week was the worst. Now, I can give myself a little pep talk “C`mon Giselle, you made it this far, you don`t need to freak out now…..” lol, or maybe I am just crazy!

          • Amelia Coleman

            I don’t know…I think almost everyone makes it into round 1 (because if not I would be out lol). The further the contest gets the more nervous I am…but I actually hope I don’t win because I don’t want anyone to read my terrible entry XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I’m pretty positive the first round is just all the entries. The second round, is the ones they all liked a bit more than others, and obviously the third is the best! :) I’m sure you’ll make it there, Amelia! Your story can’t be any worse than mine! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha…I don’t know about that! I spend way too much time on the events leading up to the resurrection, and it wasn’t as well-written as I could have done. I bet that you will win!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Nah, I won’t. I know it all too well. I’m not one to be a pessimist, but I’m also not an optimist. I just kind of look at the truth: I CAN’T WIN!!!!!! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            well, if you take that attitude……lol, I guess you probably know your own skills best, but who knows? you might be surprised!

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) I can almost guarantee you that I will not make it to Round 2! If I do, I owe you an apology, but if I don’t it just goes to prove that Emily was right for once in her life. Deal? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            lol, you are weird!!:) Ok, deal. (lol, maybe we should bet money on it? JK, I wouldn`t want you to lose your money!:)) Besides, you were right about one thing at least, you said I would make it to round 1 and I have.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ha! So true! It’s a deal then! *mentally shakes hands with you* :)
            I don’t know about money. Firstly, how would you get it to me? Secondly, you’d just be wasting your money. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, Ok, but you might want to be careful about making deals with people from the “wild west”!!! Well, at least you don`t live in Germany anymore! Or else that might cause a bit of a problem! And I don`t believe I would be wasting my money!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! I’ll keep that in mind! :) Yes, tis a good thing, huh? :) I mean, you don’t want to make bets with a Southerner/Texan either! :) I think you would. I know I’m going to lose. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Ok, so we are both dangerous people to make bets with! We are even steven then! Lol, for people who only started talking a few days ago we argue a lot!!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            True that. :)
            Yeah, but you know, it’s a good argue. We mean it in the kindest, funniest way–or at least, I do. :) That’s what friends do, right? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, we both mean it in the funniest kindest way!:) I enjoy a good “argue”!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Same! That’s just how I am! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, we really are similar!:) Well, except for Milk!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yay! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea, you are probably right. Still, it doesn`t hurt to hope! Yea, I don`t know if I want my story in a magazine, I am beginning to feel that it is really quite awful!

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’m sure your story is great!

          • Giselle Faber

            Thanks!!:) I can`t wait to hear the results!! (and I am also most definitely dreading it!!)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Dreading is the word:)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea!

  41. Emily McKinnon

    Hey! Did y’all see the thing near the bottom of the page asking about votes for the next contest! i just gave my votes! :)

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    • Amelia Coleman

      Oh YES!!! Photography and music! Our voices have been heard!!! :)

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        I like photography, but not that much–not since, my sis moved out and took the intense camera with her. :) As for music, I am like hyperventilating over here! :) This MUST happen! If it falls through, I will be SO disappointed!

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        • Amelia Coleman

          I can’t do music…sorry;) still, I hope they have both

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          • Emily McKinnon

            I mean, I can’t really do photography either. I’m not bad at it, but I’m also not great, you know? Same! I hope they do both too! :)

          • Joey Barron

            Oh, man, music would be soooo great! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Did you vote for the next challenge? The thing at the end of this page? I was all for the music! And, if they do it, I sincerely hope they give us different options! :)

          • Joey Barron

            Yes, I voted. If they do a music challenge, I will be SUPER excited! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, if they do: the competition is on! :)

          • Joey Barron

            It’ll be great. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            The thing is, I hope they give more instrument options. As in, separate entries for guitar, piano, and so on. That would be even more interesting, I think. :)

          • Joey Barron

            Same here. I wonder if we can cover a song or do an original… Man, I’m so excited about this one! :) I really hope it happens. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I really hope it does too! I’m sure I cold make it further in a contest like that! Seriously, I’ll be much more optimistic then. :) It’s easier to be optimistic about something that I’ve been practicing for years. Really, I had piano lessons for a good 5-6 years, and since then I still cannot stop playing it. Same with guitar–except, I didn’t learn that, I taught myself. Still convinced I’m fairly good at it, though! :)

          • Immanuel Portus

            Yes it would be! I also play guitar! What songs can you play?

          • Joey Barron

            I cover a lot of Skillet songs. I also write some original stuff. :) You?

          • Immanuel Portus

            Original stuff? Hey, that’s fantastic! Maybe we could do a collaboration on songs haha. I play a lot of pop and rock.

          • Joey Barron

            Cool! What kind of pop and and rock bands do you like? :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            I’ve never tried to compose music. I’m not a very musically-inclined person. On the other hand, I never leave the house without a camera in my hand!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I never used to either!—until my sis got married, moved out, and took the only decent camera with her. :) I mean, to be completely fair, it was hers. My mom and I are still shopping for a better Camera now. And, thankfully, I think we’re almost decided on one! :) Maybe I’ll be able to do this contest after all! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yay!

        • Giselle Faber

          I like photography, but I don`t have my own decent camera. Thankfully, my mom got a super good camera a bit ago!

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Yay! Now you have a good camera! Still, it really doesn’t matter if you have a good camera, a bad camera, or an iPhone…good photos depends on the person behind the camera (sorry, I’m quoting a class I took. A little obsessed?) ;)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Nice, Amelia. :) Your obsession is a little obvious. I’m kidding! It must be nice to have photography talent! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Okay, I’ll stop. Maybe. :) And…I didn’t say I’m a talented photographer, I just like it. I’m not trying to brag!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Don’t worry! You don’t sound like you are! Sorry, I am just a very sarcastic human being. I get it from my dad. :)
            I’m sure you are super talented! And, I’m sure you would win the contest! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, everyone in my family always says we talk three languages; English, movie quotes, and sarcasm!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha!!!!! That’s great! Our family basically does too. We do a LOT of movie quotes–I mean, a LOT. Seriously, not a day goes by without someone quoting something. Have you ever seen “Angels In the Outfield?” There is this one quote from that movie that is used constantly when someone is taking too long, it goes like this: “All I can say is it’s about time.”–emphasis on the three last words. :) Really, it’ll never stop. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, all of us kids really do! But my Mom can never figure out what movie we are quoting! It drives her nuts!:) We can go from General Lee in Gettysburg “There is no time! *boom” to that quote from Jurassic World “Something`s wrong…they`re communicating” to whatever. It is rather funny actually! Lol, that sounds like a good quote, I should remember it. (Yea, not having seen a movie doesn`t stop us from quoting it!)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! Hooray, we’re aren’t the only ones! It’s kind of the same with my mom too! She doesn’t understand half of the quotes we use! :) I love Jurassic Park! Though, I haven’t gotten very far with it yet… :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea, Mom just kinda stares blankly at us and shakes her head. But honestly, we quote EVERYTHING!!:) It is kind of ridiculous, but fun! Yea, the Jurassic Park movies are pretty good. There are usually some good quotes in them, though for the most part, the it is just “Run!!!!!!!!!” and “*chomp chomp” and “*scream”

          • Emily McKinnon

            Same! My Mom and my little brother are always saying: “What is that from?”! :) But, yes, we literally quote every movie we have ever seen at least once! We are a bunch of dorks. :) I know! I love those movies! :)

          • Joey Barron

            LOL! We are like this too. My little brothers are alays quoting the Kung Fu Panda movies.(which btw are awesome)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, no!!! The Kung Fu Panda movies? Oh…I thought they were sooo bad!!! They’re sooo dumb!!! :/ I can’t watch those movies without claiming I just wasted two hours of my life, lol. I mean, the first wasn’t too bad..ugh, it’s just so dumb, IMO. Sorry to say, I definitely do not think they’re awesome at all. But, I am excited for the new “Lego Batman Movie”!!!! I want to go to the midnight premier for that! :)

          • Joey Barron

            LOL. :P Well, I thought they were really funny.
            Yes, I am looking forward to that. I loved Batman in the Lego Movie. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I guess they were sort of funny. It was just one of those movies that I watch and get embarrassed for the makers on their job. I guess it’s because the movies were SO cheesy. I used to like them when I was younger, but then I re-watched some, and just lost the reason to.
            Yes, Batman was so great! I used that one quote of his almost daily: “First Try!” LOL! You know those times when the grades come back for your tests and it’s much better than you thought it would be?–that’s when I cue the quote! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, they are not so bad. I didn`t like them at first either (mostly because my brother would go ON and On about them) but I like them fine now. The little short movie, the “Legends of Awesomeness” are better then in full length movies IMO. Mainly because I love the crocs!! Talk about good quotes, they are so fun to quote!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Mmmmm….nope, still don’t like ’em. Not even kidding. I don’t know what it is about those movies, I just really loathe them.

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, ok. Let`s see. Kung Fu Panda and Milk. You dislike them both for no apparent reason. I am starting to see a connection….!….Nope, no connection. I have simply come to the brilliant conclusion that you are both weird and random!!:) Or maybe it is just a Southern thing…..

          • Emily McKinnon

            You know what, being a Southerner isn’t a bad thing!…….is it?….. :) Well, I can’t do milk because of the taste–yuck, it’s so gross!!!! And I can’t do Kung Fu Panda because it was so dumb that I can’t abide it. You know what’s even better about me, is that since I’m an Aunt, I am known as Auntie Em…..Yeah, I am random/weird. You better get used to it! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, of course it isn`t a bad thing!:) You are funny!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            @gisellefaber:disqus You know, I’m technically not even Southern. I was just born in South Carolina. I’m really more Irish/Scottish/French-Canadian/German/and a little Indian. :?
            At least I’m funny to someone! Lol, my sisters get annoyed with me when I speak like a Southerner–I can’t imagine why, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, whatever you say Emi!:)
            I don`t have anything against Southerners of course!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Of course not! :) Haha! :) It is true, though. I was the only kid in the family born in the South. :) Then, we moved back to TX for, like, the 10th time! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, you really have moved around a ton!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I know….I think we’ve moved a total of 11 times, if I’m correct, haha! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Wow, that is a lot!! I have moved a grand total of once!! And that was when I was four!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s cute. :) Yeah, we only moved a lot because my dad was in the military, and so we were stationed all over the place! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            That must be exciting though!:) But I bet you are glad to be in one place for a bit!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I guess so. To tell the truth, I liked moving! It was a lot of fun! Granted, it was terribly chaotic. But, it was still fun! I miss those days, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, it would certainly be interesting! I can`t see my family doing that. For one thing, road trips are not my family`s forte. For another, we are all too choleric!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I don’t get that. I’ve moved too often, haha! I LOVE road trips! They are teh Best!!!!! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, I guess I just need to make more of them!!:) I am sure driving around Europe will do the trick!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes, it will certainly help you! :) After a while with me, you’ll get sick of it too. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea, they are pretty good movies. My brother is always doing the kung fu moves from them, which can be slightly annoying! But they are good for movie quotes! So how many siblings do you have?

          • Joey Barron

            I love those movies, lol. I just think they are so funny. :P
            I have 5 siblings; 4 brothers and 1 sister. I’m the oldest. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            They are good for a laugh!:)
            I have five sibling as well! It is the opposite in our family, though, there is five girls and one boy. I am the youngest!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            @JoeyBarron00:disqus The poor girl, lol. :) Well, my brother-in-law has 7(or 6, I can’t remember) sisters. The poor guy, haha. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            I wonder what movies we both quote…..though I gotta ask, do you ever quote Bugs Bunny? ( like “Nea…What`s up doc?” (I know, we are weird!!:))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes!!! Oh my goodness, all the time! I’ll quote sooo many Loney Tunes characters, Merlin characters, Hogan’s Heroes, Andy Griffith, Full House…I could keep going on really! I don’t think I have ever watched a movie and not quoted it later. :)
            Question: do you quote any Muppets movies? :) My family and I can’t quote enough of those! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea we can quote soooo many movies! My brother and I like to quote the trolls from the Hobbit. “Mutton yesterday, mutton today, and blimey, if it don`t look like mutton again tomorrow.” Except for I change “mutton” to leftovers. Which, sense I am the one doing the cooking…..I guess I can`t complain!:)
            Lol, not much, but yea occasionally!:) Haha, we are so weird!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! My family and I quote more of the LOTR movies than the Hobbit though. :) That’s good. I change a lot of them to fit in with whatever it is I’m talking about too! :)
            My siblings and I hardly ever stop quoting those movies! :) Yeah, we are really weird! But, we’re so alike! Maybe we’re long-lost sisters or something! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that sounds cool!!:) Long lost sisters, lol, could be!! I wish!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I’ll mentally adopt you, okay? Now, we can be sisters, haha! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, OK, that sounds great!!:):) The closest sister in age I have is like five years, so it will be nice to have someone a bit less mature!:) lol!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Funny you should say that, ’cause around my family I am known as the “Mentally oldest.” Only because everyone else in the family is a little TOO immature, I guess. Or, it’s just because I am more mature than my 19-year-old sis, lol. I tend to take the part of “oldest sister” in the family. Though, not lately. :) I have my moments of being the better, more mature person, and then I have my moments of being immature silly Emily. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea it can be the same for me around here. I am the youngest, but sometimes my two next oldest siblings are really hyper and immature so I seem older. And my next oldest sister isn`t really into picking up after herself, so I do that a lot. Random question: do you like wearing your hair up or down?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Both. I’m still trying to grow my hair back out right now. :) It’s about shoulder-length. :) Right now, I almost always have it pulled up during school time and cleaning and all that. But normally, when I go out, I take it down. :) You? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            I have super long hair, but I am not very good at it doing anything with it. That is due I guess to not having younger siblings to practice on! Yea, same here. I like wearing it down, but it can get sooo in the way! And naturally I have it pulled back when I am cooking!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! :) I love to mess with other people’s hair. I used to practice different things on my older sisters head. But, now I only two sisters of mine still living at home. One is my younger sis who has thin, but REALLY long hair! :) I’ll mess with hers on occasion, but she doesn’t like having stuff done to her hair most of the time. She prefers to have it up in a ponytail, or down and curled. I curl her hair very often for Mass and stuff, but otherwise she doesn’t like stuff done to it. :) My older sister still living at home has a short bob-cut, so I can’t do anything to her hair! :) But, I do enjoy trying new stuff to mine and my little sister’s hair! :) I also used to practice on my dolls. I was a little weird, I know. But, whenever I visit with my other family, I love to do my niece’s hair! :) She’s got a HUGE amount of hair, let me tell you! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea so do I. But both of my sisters still at home have work and boyfriends, so they don`t have a lot of time for me to mess with their hair. I enjoy doing stuff with my own hair and trying new things, but it doesn`t normally turn out well. My hair is also layered, which adds to the difficulty. It isn`t very thick, though, which is good. Is your hair thick, thin, or in between? I love doing my nieces hair, but they all have such thin hair! And very little of it. But I guess, the oldest is only three, so I should give it time. And most of the time when I see them, it is at Mass and their hair is already in pigtails or whatever, so I can`t do anything with it then. One of my nieces is so funny, she hates it when someone messes up her hair or dress!! Sometimes she won`t let me hug her because she doesn`t want to mess up her dress! It is rather funny cause she will come running towards me and then give a huge dramatic gasp and say “Don`t mess my dwess, Aunty Giggy!” Ah, I wish you could see them! They are so cute!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Ah, no. Those boyfriends *shakes head*, LOL! :) My hair is layered too, so it is a tad difficult to mess with it at times. But, it’s also short, so that adds to the difficulty. :) My hair is actually fairly thick. My older sis and I got the thick hair of the family, lol! :) Is your hair super thin? Or just fairly thin?
            Ah, that’s a shame! I only get to see my niece and nephews when I visit Texas! So, you got it easier than me, LOL! :) That’s TOO CUTE!!!! Your niece sounds ADORABLE! :) Okay, be prepared, I’m getting on my Auntie brags—lol! :) My niece LOVES to have her hair messed with! It’s so long and luscious too! :) Whenever I visit, I like to braid her hair when it’s wet, then when she gets up in the morning I take it down, and she just has the most gorgeous curly hair! I miss her so much! That’s why I want to move back down to TX! :( :) I wish I could see them too! :) Well, when I drive through there to pick you up for our France road trip, right? LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, well I guess one of them is a fiancé now, not a boyfriend! But they both talk on the phone a TON!! (one guy is near St. Louis, the other in Chicago) Lol, yea, that sounds difficult!:) Well, I guess it is just medium thin. I mean, it isn`t thick, but it isn`t thin like some people`s. I don`t know if that made sense….
            Lol, yea I do!:) They are only four hours away, but it is super bad roads in between. So I get to see them for a little bit like once a month, and other then that just occasionally when we go up there or they come down here, which doesn`t happen very often. But it could be worse. She is!!:) Lol, that is ok, we can Auntie Brag together!!:) ohhh, that is so nice!:) I bet it is great to play with!!:) Yea, I can totally understand why you want to live near them! They sound great!:0 Umm, lol, yea, if you want to swing up to Glacier National Park, they don`t live too far away. Wow, we really need to start planning this thing!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, that’s so neat! Congrats to your sis and her fiancé! :) Well, of course they do. My older sis would do the same when she was dating–all of them would. It’s only natural, really. :) Though, none of my sisters living at home currently have boyfriends, so I’m not used to it anymore. I mean, I only have two sisters left at home now! :) The others got married! :)
            Yes, it does make sense, no worries. :) Your hair sounds beautiful! Tell you what, when we go on this trip, I’ll make sure to do something really gorgeous to your hair, and you can do whatever you want to mine, deal? :) Oops, I forgot we aren’t supposed to be making deals, haha! :) ;)
            Yay! Time to get my Auntie brag on! :) They are the cutest little kids ever! :) I really do wish I lived nearer to them! :( My niece, Zoey, needs me! :) How about on this extra fun/extra long road trip we’re planning, we start at Texas so I can revisit family? :) ZoBear(Zoey) would love you! :) Sounds perfect! :) Yes, I must get my planner out! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Thank you!!:) I am pretty excited for the wedding. Lol, yea, some day I might do it too!! (scary thought though it is!)
            Lol, thanks!:) Well, that is one deal I would be more then willing to make!!:)
            Yes, I am sure she need you!! Well, we could either start in Texas or finish there. Or both!!! Aww, she sounds sweet. Lol, yea Zoey and Zelie….sounds great!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! You’re funny, Zelie. :)
            Great! Tis a deal, then? :)
            Truth! I’m sure they need all the help they can get, lol. :) We could always start in Texas and end in Colorado. :) Sound good? :) Wow, your names do go great together. Ha! I never really realized that! :) It’s perfect! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yup, tis a deal!:)
            That sounds like a good idea. I always wanted to go to Texas. This sounds like a good time to. Lol, yup!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Goody! :) Yay! You’re gonna love all the rednecks and their thick country accents, LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            ummmm, maybe I will bring my earbuds. And keep them on. All the time!! Lol, jk!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, you might wanna, seeing as how I’m gonna be singing my head off all day! LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, as long as you don`t do in a TOO terribly redneckish voice, it`ll be fine!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Country songs, girl! I’ll be the redneck of the car that everybody hates! LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, I don`t mind country too much. Just don`t make it TOO twangy and we should be good!!:) And sense you are also being our mommy, driver, translator, chaperone, chef, etc. etc. I think we will just grin and bear it!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Too twangy? Never! I don’t like that kind of country, haha! :) Yeah, y’all should! I mean, look at all I’m doing for ya! LOL! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea, we will be very tolerant!! Well, I can`t speak for you friend and sister, but I will be a perfect angel. *adjust halo.:)
            Oh, and we should also really go to New Zealand!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, Chrisann(friend) and Audrey(sis)…yes, I seem to have forgotten them… LOL! :) They will be when I set the rules down! LOL! :)
            Haha! Great! At least, I know for sure one person who will be!0–well, I mean, aside from me. *looks up at her innocent halo* LOL! :)
            Yes, yes, yes! Definitely New Zealand! :) I got to visit there! I’ve wanted to ever since I saw LOTR as a little girl! My older sis and her husband almost went there for their honeymoon, then they decided that might have been a little too immature of them—they only wanted to go there for all the LOTR scenes, haha! :) So, instead they went to Ireland! :) But, yes, we should totally go there! I would love that! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Ok, sounds great then.
            Oh, I am sure we will all be perfect angels!! *Guardian Angel rolls his eyes
            Yea me too!! LOTR and the Hobbit have inspired in me a great desire to go there!! I would love to visit Hobbiton!! It would be great!! *adds New Zealand to ever growing list
            They should have gone! But then again, I would probably pick Ireland over New Zealand too. So should we go to New Zealand after we hit France surrounding area and before Australia?

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! :) Alrighty then! So long as y’all are angels for me! :)
            Right? I’ll add New Zealand to my five paged list. LOL! :)
            I think we should stick New Zealand right in between Spain and Australia… Your thoughts? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, naturally!!:)
            Sound good!! New Zealand here we come!!:) Hmm, sounds good to me. But you are the world traveler, so you can decide. Ohhh, and let`s swing down and hit Hawaii too. Just for the heck of it!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            :) Oh, goody, some nice, innocent angels. :/ Let’s see how long that lasts. :)
            Yepers! Hobbiton get ready for an invasion of LOTR fans! Haha! :) Yes, I shall create the plan, y’all are just along for he ride, haha! :)
            Sounds good! I’ve never actually been to Hawaii, I don’t think…? I think my mom was still pregnant with me when we lived there. Either that, or I was still a “wee little babe.” :) So, I’m all for Hawaii! Here we come, Honolulu! ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Of course!!:) *quickly stops strangling brother
            Lol, well, I am sure they are quite used to it!! Still, that would be awesome!! (just don`t tell my brother we are going there or we might have a stowaway on our hands!)
            Sounds good!! I am pretty choleric, but I don`t mind other people doing the work as long as they do it well!!:)
            Oh, ok then!! *goes slightly less green with envy
            We shall definitely have to swing by there. And while we are at it, let`s stop by the Philippines and visit Imman!!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! :) You’re too funny for me, Zelie! :)
            Well, let’s not tell him why you’re gonna be gone for like, a year, then. LOL! :) What? No, who said we’re going to Hawaii? Don’t know what you’re talking about. C’mon, girls, let’s get to that plane. Haha! :)
            Alrighty, then! It’ settled! :)
            Haha, no need to be envious. I really don’t think I was even alive then. :/ So, now I really need to get there! :)
            Okay, sounds great! Guess we’re going to the Philippines now! I’ll add it to my list! :) Guess we’re picking people up along the way, then. We’ll take Elodie with us so that she can visit America, and then we’ll stop by the Philippines and get Imman! :) This road trip is gonn take, like, a year and a half to get through it all, haha! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            haha that’s funny:) We have a bunch of family-joke-lines we use constantly:)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh please I’m not that talented. But thanks anyway:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’m sure you are, and you’re just being modest! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            No I’m not. I am mediocre.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Still convinced you’re greatly talented! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            On what grounds? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            On the grounds of your missing optimism. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh. Ummm. Yeah.

            Well, even though I’m horrible, you know, one can always win things! SOoOo, never give up! Just take a million pictures, and hey! One of them’s bound to be decent! WHOO HOO!!!

          • Emily McKinnon

            @ameliacoleman:disqus
            Sure can! And you will win, Amelia!—It’s me who won’t! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Why are you such a pessimist? lol I’ve never one any of these contests before.

          • Emily McKinnon

            I’m not really a pessimist, per-say. It’s just that I’ve done so many of these contests that I know what they do and don’t accept, and I also know that the stories I sent in could’ve been much better. :) I just look at the truthful side. I can be extremely optimistic!–But, you would get annoyed with me if I was. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yeah, I don’t know what I am. Sometimes I’m pessimistic, sometimes I’m optimistic. It depends on the mood I’m in, you know?

          • Emily McKinnon

            So true! That’s more of how I am. I can be very optimistic about others work, but not about my own… :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha yeah that sounds right

          • Emily McKinnon

            Goody, I was hoping it would make sense. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that sounds very wise! I just took a really cool picture the other day, there was this big snowy owl in one of our trees and the sun was setting behind him and he was staring at me kinda like he though I looked tasty. The picture turned out pretty good. In fact, it is almost creepy sense he has that look on his face!

          • Amelia Coleman

            Wow, that’s awesome! I have a picture of a hawk staring down its beak at me. Creepy! (And really cool)

          • Giselle Faber

            Cool!!:) We have eagles around here too, so we can sometimes get cool pictures with them! Talk about creepy…eagles are pretty creepy! But also very cool!!:)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Yes! Especially the talons gleaming in the sun… shivers…

          • Emily McKinnon

            It’s kind of funny that y’all are talking about this. Just the other day, two of my siblings went to the gym, and when they were coming out, a huge owl came swooping towards them! My siblings ran for the car, laughed, came home and wouldn’t stop telling the story! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha sounds like siblings:) And kinda scary too

          • Emily McKinnon

            A little bit for them, I’m sure. I just laughed. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            lol, yea, that is slightly disturbing! But they are also so majestic….

          • Amelia Coleman

            True that

  42. Emily McKinnon

    My little sis just said there needs to be a “Cooking Show Challenge.” I mean, y’all wanted a “film challenge,” right? LOL! :)

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    • Giselle Faber

      umm, somehow it seems like you would win that one, Emily. I mean, I dunno, how many of us are planning on going to Culinary school besides you?!:) But it does look like they are considering doing photography and music composing challenges!!:)

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Tee-hee-hee. :) ;) Little sisters, am I right? :)
        I know! I was all out for the music compositions! :) I’m way too psyched for this! :)
        Some other Seton Student out there is wanting to do Culinary school, right? C’mon, don’t let me down! :)

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        • Giselle Faber

          Well, I prob wouldn`t do too great for either of those contests. I enjoy cooking and everything, but I am not that great. And I love to play music, but I have never done much composing.
          Lol, I am sure there is someone, they just probably aren`t on here!

          Reply
          • Emily McKinnon

            True. They’re probably all in college already. :) I’m sure you could do great in both! :) Don’t give up that easily–don’t be like me, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, I dunno about that, but it never hurts to try! I didn`t think I would even make it into the first round on this and I did!

          • Emily McKinnon

            I knew you would! And, I am still convinced you will win! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            lol, we will see…Soon I hope!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Le sigh…I seriously just had a dream last night that I won. I was so surprised but so excited because I’ve never won a thing in my life. Then I woke up. :) Ugh, reality. ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, well isn`t there a song that goes “some day your dreams will come true”? Lol, maybe it will happen! though, hopefully not for me. I have the most bizarre and creepy dreams!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Truth! Yeah, I now how you feel. I have some of the craziest dreams! Especially ’cause so many are in French. I wake up, and I’m all: “Oh, I hope no one heard me speaking French in my sleep.”!!! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that is true, at least I don`t have to worry about having a differnet language mixed up in my dreams! and at least nobody could tell what you were saying if it was in French!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Truth! No one else in my family can speak French. :) So, if I do say anything embarrassing, at least they don’t know what it is. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Precisely. Now me, I don`t know if I am smart enough to speak a different language when I am awake, much less asleep! You have many talents my friend!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Me? Talented? You must be tired, Zelie. ;)

          • Giselle Faber

            Not t`all Emi, I am always quite logical, even when asleep. Though I do tend to get hyper…..
            And sure you are talented!:) I know it!!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! :) Okay, fine, I guess you’re not tired. :)
            Sure, I’m talented at Gin Rummy, Chess, and playing Piano. That’s about as far as my talent goes, lol. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Oh, don`t be silly!!:) You have tons more talents then that!!:) I know that and I have never even met you!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            @gisellefaber:disqus I don’t really think so…Oh, wait! Yeah, I’m good at writing poems, songs, and fair at writing music compositions. Well, that’s as far as it goes, I think. :)
            Oh! I’m sorry, I’m supposed to be optimistic, I forgot! I’m so talented! I can do anything I put my mind to! And, I’m going to win that Art Contest! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, so you say! But I guess I wouldn`t want you to brag….
            Lol, yea we are supposed to be working on optimism, remember?!
            There see, that was a good start. And I believe you!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks, Zelie! I’m trying so hard for y’all, haha! :)
            I mean, if I have to brag… :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, you are funny Emi!!:):)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Good to know that someone thinks I am, lol. :)

    • Amelia Coleman

      I would love to watch that but I am a terrible chef. Ask anyone (or actually, please don’t!) :))

      Reply
      • Emily McKinnon

        Lol. Please, you can’t be as bad as my older sis. She once put a frozen pizza in the oven, and forgot to take it off of the cardboard. Then, she once set our microwave on fire. Don’t think you could do much worse. :)
        But, if they did this, I could say everything in French! Or in my Russian accent, or my British accent, or my Batman accent(yes, I can speak like Batman, and yes, it scares my family.)! :)
        Come on guys! Y’all are breaking my little sis’s heart! Jk! :)

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        • Amelia Coleman

          Um…maybe…once I ruined like four dozen cookies because put in baking powder and baking soda (or the other way around i don’t even know lol) Another time i added too much water to a just add water scone thingy

          Reply
          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, once I accidently used this egg substitute that was expired (and I mean really expired!) on chocolate chip cookies and I had to throw them all away or risk poisoning my whole family. And they were the nicest looking cookies I ever made!!:(
            Lol, I do have to laugh though……

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s pretty good. I laughed too. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Aw, that stinks:( But it is really funny:)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea. It did make me pretty sad to drop all of those beautiful cookies in the garbage!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, that’s pretty original though. I mean, I once used Bread Flour in cookies, and had to go back and throw it all out. :/

          • Amelia Coleman

            Ok I guess I can make good things, too. It’s just that sometimes I get a little scatter brained XD

          • Emily McKinnon

            So am I. I once almost made Banana Muffins without the Bananas…..You can’t get much more scatter brained than that. :)

          • Joey Barron

            One time, I had a donut, and I just wanted to warm it a little bit so it would be warm and soft. Well, I forget about it, and the next thing I know, the smoke detectors are going off, and I got my first lesson in fighting fires…so, yeah… :/ :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! That’s good. I mean, once I wanted to warm up some frozen pancakes(my mom had made them the day before, and we put any leftovers in the freezer sometimes.), and I accidentally set them on fire. The bad thing is, I was up earlier then everyone else because it seemed like such a great/productive day! Then, when I attempted to warm my pancakes in the microwave…well, let’s just say, the house was up not long after. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Hahaha:)

          • Giselle Faber

            lol, that is hilarious!! At least you caught the mistake in time!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, it is good. Especially because the muffins were for a family at my Church! (and the bad thing is that was only a month or so ago…)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that is funny!!:) Well, we all make mistakes….

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, I just felt bad about mine. Because I had to put the bananas in well after they were already supposed to be in. The good thing is, the family never noticed the difference. :)

        • Giselle Faber

          Uh oh, that sounds bad!! Once I used like way too much buttermilk on some cupcakes and no one could eat them…..
          Lol, I love accents!!!! Especially Irish, Australian, and Russian!!! (And Batman is cool too!!:))

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh no!!! :)
            Yes! So do I! You know the Russian character from Hogan’s Heroes?–the annoying girl? Well, one day when we were watching that episode, I kind of starting speaking like her. Now my little sis never stops talking in a Russian accent. :) She claims that if there were a “Cooking Challenge,” she would have to be in it. She told me she would speak with the Russian accent, and that I could be the Brit…thanks, sis.. :) I love Australian accents! They’re so cool! :) Irish is pretty amazing too. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea she is so annoying!! But you kinda have to like her a little too! Yea, sometimes I talk like that too. It is a cool accent to do. Yea, accents are super cool!! (Except Texas accents….LOL, jk!!:):))

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yay! Somehow I do like her though. She’s so annoying that it’s funny!
            Hey, now, I’m a Country girl. JK. Well, partly. Technically, I’m a Southerner, I’m just Texan at heart! :) But, it’s okay, I think Texan accents are annoying too! :) I only use it when I want to bother someone! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, yea.
            Haha, that is funny that you think don`t like Texan accents!!:) I honestly don`t mind them too much, they can just be kinda irksome sometimes! Honestly, it is Georgian accents that bug me! Lol, but that isn`t very nice of me!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yeah, Georgian accents are a little bothersome at times… Well, I like Texan accents kind of, just not super strong ones–you know, like super “rednecks”? :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Yea, lol, the ones that sound like totally totally SO Texas?! Yea, those ones kinda bug me too!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yep, definitely. Those ones are a little overbearing. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, I always joke that I am a redneck because I have a red birthmark on my neck….so I literally have a red neck!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Hahaha! That’s okay, I probably seem like one anyway–especially when I revisit Texas. :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Well, I guess there is nothing wrong with being a little Redneck!!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            @gisellefaber:disqus Guess not. My brother-in-law would hate me for saying that I didn’t like Rednecks, lol. He is a total Texan! :)

          • Giselle Faber

            Lol, that is funny!:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Something along those lines. lol! :)

    • Elodie Pierlot

      That’s so cute! Although it’d better be cooking and not baking- I can’t bake to save myself! XD

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Well, my sis was going more for a Baking Show, really. She loves helping me out with Birthday Cakes, cookies, muffins, and so on. :/
        But, baking is so easy! And fun!

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        • Elodie Pierlot

          Haha, you’re making my mouth water! I’m expecting you to make me a triple rich chocolate cake with silver sprinkles now, you know that?! Lol XD

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          • Emily McKinnon

            Well, I will. But, you either gotta come out here, or I gotta move to England. Make your choice. :)
            Also, I just have to add, your name is beautiful! How do you pronounce the last name? Just asking, ’cause I learned French, and from my opinion it would be pronounced “peer-low”. Am I right? :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha it’s OK I’ll move out there! :)
            Thank you, my whole name including my middle is French- Elodie Marie Pierlot. And how do I pronounce Pierlot? If I’m honest, I have absolutely no idea! Only my dad can pronounce it well, but yes, I think you’re right XD Where does your last name originate? Is it a clan from Scotland or something? :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sounds great! Oo! Or better yet: my Church, St. Isidore the Farmer, has an annual Mother Cabrini 50-mile pilgrimage in August. So, if you come out then, I can make you the cake! :)
            Haha, okay. Well, I’ll just hope that I pronounced something French correctly! :)
            My name does come down from Scotland, yes. It actually means: “Of Scottish Ancestry.” Though, we’re mostly Irish! :)
            Marie is such a beautiful name! My middle name is Anne–it’s been passed down from generation to generation in our family. :) What is your confirmation name? Mine is (St.) Zita. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Yep OK! Sounds like a plan XD
            You probably did pronounce it correctly, I just can’t confirm it because I don’t speak French :)
            And your last name is awesome! My last name means ‘rock’, so my dad thinks our ancestry has something to do with a quarry.
            Thank you! Love the name Anne, I want it for one of my children :) And I haven’t had my confirmation yet, although it’s soon- I’m hoping to have two saints: St. Ketari Teckatwitha (I can’t exactly spell that just yet) and St. Elizabeth of Portugal. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Sounds great, haha! :) See you in August, right? LOL! :)
            Okay, well, I’ll just keep pronouncing it that way just because it sounds like I know how to speak French. :)
            Oh wow! That’s so cool! Your last name is better than mine. :) Ah, yay. One of your future kids may have my middle name. :) I love St. Kateri Tekawitha! I once wrote a LONG paragraph on her for school. I had to go back and read all about her. She had such an interesting story. :) Those are good ones to choose. :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            XD
            And yep, let’s say that’s how you pronounce it :) Your last name is awesome too- did you know that the ‘scots’ actually came from Ireland? :)
            And I love the saint you’ve chosen- I often pray to St. Zita when I’m in the kitchen using knives or the hob or something :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s cool, I didn’t actually know that. :)
            That’s actually why I chose her. At first, I was going to do St. Theresa of Avila, then I came across this little paragraph on St. Zita, and immediately changed to her. :) Because, I love to cook, and I’m hoping to get to Culinary school, and St. Zita just seemed the perfect saint to help me out with that! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            That’s so cool. Both of those saints are amazing. I always pray to St. Zita when I’m in the kitchen cooking or baking- I’m terrified I’m going to hurt myself but St. Zita always takes care of me. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, no. :) I’m sure you do great in the kitchen! Yeah, I’m still not sure how I came about to choose St. Zita. I guess she kind of just called to me! :) After all, she is a very inspiring Saint for me! :) Since, I’m hoping to go to culinary and all that! :) What do you hope to do in the future?
            By the way, you can call me Em, Emi, Vixie, or Em&M. Those are my most common nicknames! :) Do you have a nickname? :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Haha I hope so :) I think that you have chosen a good saint, and it was probably meant to be ;) And culinary? That’s such a good idea… I bet you’re very talented at cooking/baking then :)
            And I love those nicknames! I’ll call you whichever comes into my head first XD By the way, where did ‘Vixie’ come from? I’m a bit nosey… :P

            And I have so many nicknames too: Didi, Eddie (my younger siblings and cousins call me that) Ella, Smelodie (my fellow cadets love calling me this because they are so… kind lol :)) Froglet (my other cadet name, because I’m French)… I could go on forever! I don’t mind which one you call me :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Oh and I hope to be a published author and maybe an actual royal marine or police woman :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            I wouldn’t say I’m very talented at all, haha. But, I try to get better. :)
            Sounds good, haha. I got the name Vixie from my little sis. We were sitting about our room and laughing about how our three oldest sisters had some of the random-est nicknames, when my sis suddenly decided that we needed some! :) So, she got nicknamed Pixie, but I call her PixieDust! :) Then, our older sis became Dixie-commonly called Dixie Land! :) Then, she figured my nickname better rhyme with theirs, so I became Vixie–though, my little sis calls me Frisky Vixie. :) And, that’s how it started. *phew* long story…? :)
            Oh, goody, you don’t mind? So, could I give you a new nickname? Could I call you Elsie or Elie? :) But, I kinda like Smelodie, haha! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Whoa that’s a cool story! I love how they all rhyme!
            For a while, one of my sisters called me Rice and I called her Pasta, but that didn’t last :D
            My other sister is called Lucia, but we call her Chia, Cheese, Cheescake, Chica, Monkey, Chia-monkey, Chi, etc! My brother’s guitar teacher, Nick, calls her Cheese as well, and so we needed a nickname for him- so I came up with Nickname! (Come on, it had to be that! XD)

            And no, I don’t mind at all- you can give a new nickname! Yes, I like Smelodie too XD

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Although don’t tell the cadets I do!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Thanks! I think that they’re some pretty interesting nicknames… I used to be SecretlyWendy. Mainly, because I love Peter Pan and I signed all of my “secret stories” like that. No one really knew that it was me at first, but my little sis figured it out pretty soon, haha! :)
            Wow! Those are a lot of nicknames for one girl! :) I LOVE that Nickname! :) Haha! That’s original! :) Still laughing over here! :)
            Okay, so I can call you Elsie? :) Gotta use it now: Hey, Elsie! What do you wanna do in the future? I wanna open up my own Bakery and call it: “Em&M’s Bakery”! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Secretlywendy? Loving it! And yes, Lucia does- we rarely call her by her real name! XD And haha I know, Nickname! :)
            And sure you can, I like that :) It might be easier for other people to remember my name when I go away with cadets! :) And I’m gonna call you Em&M, I love that! Your bakery sounds so cool! I will come and buy some hot cross buns from you (I love hot cross buns!) I wanna write and write and write til my heart’s content (I’ll do that anyway), although I probably won’t get J.K Rowling style squillions to spend on travelling the world- that’s what I would like to do. I want to go to Argentina to my mum’s friend’s place, where they have children my age- hopefully we could go horse riding bareback in the Andes like my mum did! Although I’m terrified of heights :D lol!

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! Thanks, Elsie! :) Nickname is pretty great! :)
            Haha, okay! I love it when people call me Em&M! It’s one of my favorite nicknames! :) Sounds like a plan! You can come out to the Bakery and I’ll reserve a table for you and your many writing notebooks! :) Granted,I might join you! I LOVE to write! If I could, I would write all day! :) I am actually in the process of writing a trilogy! Plus, many many more story ideas that pop into my head! :)
            Horse back riding is SO FUN!!!! I did it years and years ago, but I still love it! Horse are such beautiful creatures! :)
            Terrified of heights? So, you probably can’t do planes? I LOVE to fly! I love long drives though, too! I love traveling the world, what can I say? :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            That’s a brilliant plan, Em&M! Certainly you could join me! But I have a laptop with my stories on, rather than paper- with the amount of writing I do my wrist would get so tired! :) But anyway for some reason I can’t capture the story if it’s on paper :/ But what do you write on? :) And a trilogy?!! Wow that’s epic! I’m planning to write a four book thingy, I can’t remember the name for it though! Lol! I’ve written the first book, and half way through the second but I’m facing writers block at the moment… :(
            And yes, it is! Although I’ve never done Western riding, I would love to though!
            And yes… unfortunately! I can’t do planes, no, although I wish I could. Maybe I will conquer my fear- I hope so!
            And yes, long drives are so fun! You get to spend quality time with family! :) And I’d love to travel the world! Maybe after the bakery, we could go travelling together?!! Haha we’re planning our whole lives, here! :P

          • Emily McKinnon

            I use my mac(laptop) to write on. ? But, i also write millions of little ideas in my MANY notebooks!
            Thanks! I’m actually fairly impressed with it myself, haha!
            Ugh, isn’t writers block the worst?! ?
            I don’t understand those who have fears of height, so unfortunately you won’t get much sympathy from me, haha! ?
            Yes! After some college maybe? Then, we can go exploring together! And go to all the places I haven’t been….wait, do any of those exist? Haha!?

          • Elodie Pierlot

            Really? So you’re not scared of heights? Lucky! :)
            I know, I hate writers block- it’s annoying when you’re getting so far into a book and then can’t go on anymore? I’ve done that so many times!
            Haha I think there are still places that haven’t been explored yet- somewhere! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Not at all, haha! :) Probably because I’ve done so much flying from place to place in the AF, haha! :) I LOVE it! :)
            For Christmas, I got this (adorable) little notebook–but, get this: it looks like a square block of wood! And it has the words written on it: WRITERS BLOCK!!! :) But, it’s a notebook!!! I love it! Whenever I get stuck, I just turn to my Writer’s Block Notebook! :) Perfect inspiration, am I right? :)
            Yes! I get that ALL the time!!! It’s the worst! ;)
            Alrighty then! Let’s go find that unexplored island! Sound good? Haha! :)

          • Elodie Pierlot

            A writers block notebook?? That is such a BRILLIANT idea!! I think I might steal that idea…. haha! :) It is perfect inspiration alright!
            Yes, deffo! Sounds good! Haha! :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Yes! It’s fantastic! Honestly, you get it on Amazon .com It’s only about 11 dollars! :) You should get it! Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a purse, handbag, so on. So, whenever you get that brainstorm, you just turn to your Writer’s Block! Haha! :)
            I’ll get you pass your fear of heights, no worries! :) If I have my Pilot’s License by then, I’ll take you for a few flights! :) Until you get the hang of it at least! :) Oh, this is sounding better and better! :)
            Random question: what’s your favorite kind of music? :)