The Warrior and The Writer

The Life of a Teenage Writer

4 Comedies You Need in Your Life

I expect a lot from a comedy. The first one is a given, but it can sometimes be hard to do. That’s to actually make me laugh. I have a weird sense of humor. Like, I won’t laugh at a comedy routine, but I will laugh for ten minutes over saying “goat” in a weird voice. Or something. I dunno.

I also expect them to be clean. I don’t like suggestive or bathroom humor. In fact, I find it incredibly awkward.

Anyway, why am I saying all this?

Well, I thought it would be fun to recommend some clean comedies that you totally need to watch. Most of these are on Netflix, so you should totally check these out.

4. Nacho Libre

Ah, Nacho Libre. This movie is honestly so weird. It’s about a monk who secretly becomes a luchador. Strange, right. But it’s hilarious. Nacho picks up this homeless dude as a companion and they quickly become frenemies.

Asking the real questions

See? Honestly, they are the worst luchadors ever, but it’s hilarious to watch them fail. That and it’s just hilarious to watch Nacho try to lead this secret double life. The big reveal is one of the best parts of the movie.

There are tons of quotable scenes and inside joke material. If you need a quirky movie to watch, pick this one.

3. The Truman Show

I have never heard anyone talk about this movie. It’s so funny, guys!

This movie is a little confusing if you don’t know what it’s about first. (That’s how I watched it cause my dad refused to tell me ANYTHING.)

The Truman Show is about this average guy named Truman who doesn’t know that he’s the main character of this hit TV show. They have cameras set up all around his town and he’s been secretly filmed since his birth. Yeah, creepy. Then he starts to figure out what’s really happening and it gets way better.

2. Clue

Yes, Clue. As in the board game. Weird concept, I know, but it’s hilarious. There is a little innuendo in this movie and there are murders (like someone is stabbed in the back and someone else is clobbered with a candlestick) and a little cussing, but it’s AMAZING.

This movie is about seven people (Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, etc) who are stuck in this huge drafty old house with a murderer. Then the murders keep piling up and it’s great.

There are so many funny lines in this movie. There are several pertaining to grammar and it just made my writer heart happy.


1. The Princess Bride

This movie is one of my favorite movies ever. I can’t praise it enough. It’s hilarious, romantic, action-packed, and eclectic. Now, I know this movie is uber popular amongst homeschoolers (shout out to my peeps), but I think this movie should be even more popular.

This movie follows a young farm girl named Buttercup. She falls in love with one of her errand boys named Wesley. Unfortunately, Wesley dies after going off to try to make his fortune. Then Prince Humperdink falls in love with Buttercup, thieves kidnap her to get to the Prince, and this man in black is pursuing the kidnappers. There’s a fire swamp, shrieking eels, a castle storming moment and way more. This movie is a must watch. It’s on Netflix, people.

There is a torture scene that literally sucks away an hour of someone’s life (#daylightsavingstime #shotsfired) so you may wanna skip over that while watching with young children. Oh, and there’s one curse word towards the end. But otherwise, it’s a fantastic, cheesy 80s movie.

NaNoWriMo Recap

(This post is a day late, but whatevs.)


This is actual footage of me realizing I had won. Except I had ice cream.

This is actual footage of me realizing I had won. Except I had ice cream.

What is this strange combination of letters, you may ask?

NaNoWriMo is basically this insane, exhilarating month where writers around the world write 50,000 words in the month of November. Sound crazy to you? Well it is. And I did it.

Last year I wrote my superhero story and this year I wrote my Revolutionary War in space story. (Check out my Pinterest board, my inspirational playlist that I have listened to about 1000 times, and my stats for it on NaNoWriMo. )

I actually wasn’t sure I would win this year.

About a week ago, I was waaaaaaay behind. I was supposed to hit 30k a few days before and I hadn’t hit 25k. I had pretty much never hit the daily word count in the entire month and I was loosing confidence in my story.

I loved the concept and the characters and everything, but I just really . . . didn’t want to write.

Then I pushed myself to write actually win this year. I knew it would be tough and I wouldn’t have free time outside of writing. AND I WROTE ROUGHLY 5000 WORDS A DAY. YES. On Saturday, I WROTE 7K. That is the most I have written in one day in my life. (Next year, I intend to push that record. *sly smile*)

And I wouldn’t have done it without a few people. So here are the people I would like to thank.

1. My family

Yup. These amazing people didn’t object if I brought my laptop into the room and generally ignored the movie we were all watching while I wrote another thousand words. I was gone a ton this month, so I had to take advantage of every moment I had.

2. Sam 

(You may recognize her as Saphira, but that’s the same epic person.)

She was my word sprint companion. We would stay up way to late sprinting. Thanks so much for keeping me awake and pushing me to write a couple hundred words more.

3. The Thread

Yup. You know who you are. Y’all are fantastic. Thanks so much for motivating me and pushing me to write more. And the word wars. XD

4. The Mibbit Group (What exactly shall I call you?? Previous cabinmates? Okay, sounds legit.)

Thanks so much for introducing me to Write Deck, word sprinting with me, and doing that crazy 10k a day challenge (I’m looking at you, FaithSong).

5. November Ninjas 

I’m sorry I wasn’t that active, guys, but y’all were amazing as well. Thanks for motivating me and helping me plan and just being there for a chat.

Now it’s time for a little section I like to call . . . what else happened in November? (actually this is the fist time I’ve done this but whatever)


I had way too much fun making this.

1.  I got a job at Chick-fil-A!

2. I started watching Downton Abbey. Annnnnd this is one of the reasons I wasn’t writing at the beginning of November. *sheepish smile*

3. I’ve officially read 100 books this year! I finished my 100th book (Twelve Years a Slave) this month, and I am looking forward to reading some more this month before 2016 ends (what???? already??)

Alrighty. I think that’s about it. I guess this gargantuan post makes up for the lack of posts in November (or maybe that picture above does, Idk).

NaNoWriMo and Novel Updates

Two days ago, NaNoWriMo began.

Actual footage of me writing

Actual footage of me writing

If you aren’t aware of this momentous event, it’s a writing competition (of sorts) that happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. (Hence the gif above. Just look at the panic in his eyes.)

Remember that steampunkish, Revolutionary War novel that I told you about earlier? (Consult this post if you don’t remember.) I’m writing that story and IT’S A BLAST. I have seriously fallen for my characters , and I love writing about them. ^-^

But the problem is, I have written a whopping 2,000. *screaming* Yeah, I’m panicking.


Anyway, I’m sure I’ll pull through, but say a prayer for this helpless writer.

I didn’t mean for this post to be so desperate . . . *shrugs* Oh well.

If you’re doing NaNo, do these gifs describe you?

Or maybe this describes you better:

I just really love gifs, okay?

I just really love gifs, okay?

Tell me below and we can sob (or do that funky dance) together.

Interesting Encounters

Since I’m actually in the world now (up until recently, I was a hermit [jk, but that statement does hold some truth]), I’ve had quite a few interesting encounters with the general public. Here are some of the most notable ones.

1. The Newsie

Now, I’m not actually sure if this guy was trying to dress like a Newsie, but he sure looked like that to me. He had this epic bag and hat and everything. I was so tempted to yell, “Hey, you sellin’ papes?” but then I thought that would be too weird so I didn’t. I regret that action.

2. The Skeleton

I was stopped at a stoplight on the way home from an educational day at college and I looked over at the car next to me. The dude in the passenger seat was wearing a skeleton mask, and it made me jump. I could tell he was cracking up cause his shoulders were shaking and he turned to look at the driver. I was like, “What the heck??” and he kept on laughing.

3. This Is Not a Driveway

So I was driving my aunt and two sisters home from my grandmother’s house and suddenly, as I was turning onto the next street, my car jolted then started to sound like a Harley Davidson. I immediately pulled over, called my dad, and popped the hood. As we were waiting for my dad to come and help us figure out what happened, this guy comes out of the building we had parked in front of. “This is not a driveway” was all he said. He blew cigarette smoke out of his mouth and looked at all of us. My aunt quickly explained that we were having car trouble and wouldn’t be able to move the car. He persisted, saying that this “is not a driveway” and that we should park somewhere else. I don’t know if he was ignoring the popped hood, but whatever. It turns out one of the spark plugs kinda jumped out of the engine and punched a dent in my car’s hood. I still drive that car, so everything’s good.

4. The Honking Man

I was driving home from campus (Again. It was actually the same stretch of road as The Skeleton. Weird.) and this dude starts honking at me. I look over in confusion and see this older man looking at me with a smile on his face and making a circular motion with his finger. I assume he wants me to roll down my window, but I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to hear what he had to say, so I ignored him. This encounter happened three times before he turned off the road, but it left me wondering “What’s wrong??” Maybe the dude was being helpful and telling me that my tire was wonky or my break light was out or something. Or maybe he was remarking about my bumper sticker. Who knows. But I didn’t want to find out.

5. The Police

I only have one class at my high school this year. So, to save on gas and my time, I take my sister to school at 9. My class starts at 1. That leaves me with quite a lot of time on my hands. Usually I hang out at the library, which doesn’t open until 10. So I sometimes chill in my car at the shady park or go to Chick-Fil-A and buy sweet tea and hang out. This particular day, I had about 45 minutes until the library opened and I decided not to spend money at Chick-Fil-A on sweet tea and just chill in my car at the shady park until the library opened. So I locked my doors, climbed into the backseat, and read. Then the Sheriff showed up. He was just on his rounds and saw this ghetto car parked shadily (a legit word) in the park’s parking lot. And there was a teenage girl inside. Perfect shadiness. (I do admit. I was acting reaaaally suspicious.) So he walked up to me, knocked on my window, and asked if I was okay. I turned beet red and nodded. He just stared at me for a moment and hopped back in his car and rode away. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again.

Do you have any weird stories? Which one was your favorite?

Of Adulting, Birthdays, and College

This past weekend, I turned eighteen.

Mrs. Hudson is basically me.

Mrs. Hudson is basically me.

Scary, I know. Now I have to do adulty things like fill out tax forms and fix my own food. *horrified face*

Along with that frightening revelation, my duel enrollment classes at the local college start tomorrow.

I’m not sure if I’m ready, but I kinda have to be ready. Ehe. *curls up into fetal position*

I’m on the brink of a new, exciting life, and I’m a bit freaked out by it all. I’ll be stepping out into the unknown.

Along with this fear, I also have a teeny sense of excitement. I just crossed the threshold to adulthood. I have my whole, exciting life in front of me. There are so many possibilities and new experiences that I’m looking forward to. I may be a bit freaked out now, but I think God’s going to do something crazy awesome really soon.

I’ll be sure to tell you guys how my college classes go. Until next time. Hope out.

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