Monday, December 1, 2014

Clearing The Plate

Hello!

     You may be wondering why the title of this post is called "Clearing The Plate." Well, I feel kinda stressed nowadays- like there's "a lot on my plate." That's just a phrase. It might be popular, it might be uncommon. So if you don't know what it means, basically I just have a lot of stuff on my hands. [I hope that explaining a phrase with another phrase makes sense.]

     I'm going to be taking another break from Squishingly for now, similar to my previous "short" break. I have a long list of things to do and emails to respond to, so don't expect anything from any of my social media accounts.

     Anywho, I hope you all have a wonderful day! You can expect some improvements on Blogs By Kids, A Curious Pisces, Squisherwick, and [maybe] So Sophia in the far future. I say "far" future because it'll probably take some time. Even though Squishingly will be momentarily inactive, you are all still free to contact me about anything. Have a wonderful day [again].
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Appleseed Alpha: A Squishingly Review

Hello!

     I'm back from my long break, so I'm ready to dive back into the blogging world with a splash. My splash today is called Appleseed Alpha.


The Basics:


Title: Appleseed Alpha
Genre: Action/Science Fiction
Main Characters: Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Rating: PG-13
Summary: From the creator of Ghost in the Shell and the director of Appleseed comes the intense post-apocalyptic prequel, Appleseed: Alpha. Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers - Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts of their war-torn city. During the operation, they run into Iris and Olson, two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus, who might have a way to save the world. Unfortunately, the ruthless Talos and the scheming warlord Two Horns have their own plans. It’s up to Deunan and Briareos to safeguard their newfound contacts and help save humanity’s last hope.


Warning: Spoilers ahead!

The Characters:

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     Appleseed Alpha had interesting, understandable characters. The main characters Deunan and "Bri" are both strong and competent, who have no trouble kicking butt. What ties them together is their past, which means that understanding this gives any viewer a good perspective on their strong bond.

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     The characters in Appleseed Alpha grow and change in different ways, but the change that appealed most to me was how Iris opened up to Deunan and Briarieos after previously clamming up. Iris was adorable, and although her death wasn't that powerful, it still warmed my heart.

     Overall, the characters in this movie are effective and very powerful when it comes to changing the storyline. If their personalities had been any different, the plot would be completely divergent. The characters' attitudes and relationships also vary greatly, which adds variety to the movie. This part of the movie gets a 5/5.

The Story:


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     The story was a little dull, and a bit rushed. At some points it was difficult to understand what was going on, but I loved the suspense of not knowing who Olsen and Iris were. In my opinion, I feel that Two Horns switched sides too quickly, which lead me to believe he still wanted vengeance on Deunan and Briareos. The best part of the story was Iris' death, which was a truly heartbreaking moment. The story drops the rating down to 4/5.

The Design:

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     The design and rendering of the movie was extremely realistic. There were a few flaws, such as the "bounce" of the characters which made all the characters seem like all humans (and cyborgs) were more agile than they would be in real life. Overall, the design of the movie was great- Appleseed Alpha is the best movie in the series so far. This section gets a 5/5.

Conclusion:

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     Even though the characters and design were virtually flawless, the story is the biggest part of the movie- which drops the rating to 4 out of 5. Watching Appleseed Alpha was time well spent, but it could have been better.

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     Hello, readers. It's been a while- what do you think of my review? I could've done better, probably because most of you have never seen this movie. Oh well, I had a chance to introduce to you something new. Have a wonderful day, everyone. I'll be back. :)
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

One Lovely Blog Tag

Hello!

   I've been tagged for the One Lovely Blog Award by Noor from My Amazing Life Being 10. Thanks a bunch, girl! :)


Rules-

+ Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. 
+ List the rules and display the award. (Check) 
+ Add 7 facts about yourself.
+ Nominate 15 other bloggers. 
+ Follow on Blogger the person who nominated you.




7 Facts-

1. I'm easily jealous.

2. My favorite word is "create" [I stole the idea for this fact from Noor. :)]

3. I have an addiction to video games.

4. I have relatively low self-esteem in some areas and relatively high self-esteem in others.

5. I check my email every 5 minutes, though I'm usually too lazy to respond to them [I actually used to respond lightning-fast, but then I entered middle school. ;P]

6. My favorite movies/shows/forms of media/etc. are [in no specific order]-

I. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith [PG-13]

II. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King [PG-13]

III. After Earth [PG-13]

IV. Lucy [R]

V. Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan [R]

VI. A whole bunch of other movies I'm too lazy to find the names of..

7. I really like mocha frappuccinos. I wouldn't say I'm addicted, though.


Who I Tag-

+ Kim » Kim's Corner
+ Jubilee » Hello Strawberrie
+ Em » Lynde Avenue
+ Eve » Eve of Womanhood

Okay, I'm too tired to tag 15 people. Plus, most bloggers have already been tagged, so whatever. [I know, I'm awful. Haha.] So, have a wonderful day everyone!
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Updates, Introductions, and Explanations

Hello!

   My, my. It sure has been a while since I last updated my blog (how unfortunate!). I've been super lazy, and somewhat busy. Sure, school's been a burden. The main reason for my absence was my lack of motivation.. The past month I've been too tired to do anything productive besides my homework, but I'm back at it now.

   Anywho, I'd like to introduce you all to the newest Squishingly mascot- Yuki!


   I've made Yuki an official part of Squishingly, if you can't tell by the new-and-improved header. Also, some of you who follow me on- or have at least looked at -my Instagram account might recognize Yuki from an earlier drawing of him. Now for some other random news I'd like to announce-

1. I'm going to be designing Sophia and June's blogs soon! Woo. :)
2. I got a new graphic tablet! (How else would I make Yuki? :P)
3. I went to my local Comic-Con! Yay.
4. Other stuff I did, but am too tired at the moment to remember.

   If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Another thing, I made a DeviantArt account to display my okay-ish masterpieces! Click here to visit my profile.

   On a completely unrelated note, I have a long list of things I need to do and haven't started. [That sucks, doesn't it?]

   Thanks for being so patient, everyone! The blogging world is like a current, and it's really hard to catch up if you lag behind! I hope I'll be more active from here on out, so have a wonderful day everyone. :)
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

GIF Quest

Hello!

 I know I'm late, I'm sorry! Yesterday was hectic, so I didn't have an opportunity to start my birthday bash. So without further ado, I present to you..


 Basically, it's a blog tag. With a twist. Here are the rules and guidelines-

RULES
+ Wish me happy birthday! (optional)
+ Include my tag image (above)
+ Tag 2 or more people when you're finished
+ Try not to use GIFs that other people have already used. If you do, it's still okay!
+ Come up with your OWN, UNIQUE 10 scenarios
+ Scenarios must be consecutive or relate to each other in some way


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 It's a little confusing to understand at first, but here's how it works-

1. Get tagged

2. Person who tagged you will include 10 scenarios (e.g. you find an awesome pair of shoes, you get grounded, you lose your favorite pen, etc.)

3. Find a GIF online to represent what you would do or how you would react in that scenario (e.g. you buy the shoes, you sneak out of the house anyway, you find a new pen, etc.)

4. Come up with your own 10 scenarios

5. Tag others

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My (not-so-creative) 10 Scenarios:

1. Your best friend says something hilarious

2. You laugh so hard, milk shoots out of your nose

3. Someone attractive walks by

4. Your arch-enemy walks by

5. You discover that your best friend has a bad taste in music

6. You think you see ____. (for this one, you can fill in whatever you want)

7. Your teacher gives you a packet of homework over the weekend

8. Just as you grab the last ___, someone else takes it

9. Looking down at your phone, you notice that your blog got a negative comment

10. You get an F in your best subject


My (not-so-creative) Reactions:

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3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8. 

9.

10.

Who I Tag:

Noor » My Amazing Life Being 10

June » A Curious Pisces

June » The Journeys of my Beating Heart

Chloe » A Little Birdy Blog

Amelia » Amelia Grace

Eve » Eve of Womanhood

Em » Lynde Avenue

Juju » Hello Strawberrie

Jollygirl » Reflections of a Jollygirl

Rose » Truly. Madly. Deeply.

Morning » The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life

Radiance » A Life Full of Radiance


Format (feel free to change):



 Thanks for tagging me, ____! Here are the rules-

RULES
+ Wish me happy birthday! (optional)
+ Include my tag image (above)
+ Tag 2 or more people when you're finished
+ Try not to use GIFs that other people have already used. If you do, it's still okay!
+ Come up with your OWNUNIQUE 10 scenarios
+ Scenarios must be consecutive or relate to each other in some way

Scenario Reactions:

1. Your best friend says something hilarious
[insert GIF]

2. You laugh so hard, milk shoots out of your nose
[insert GIF]

3. Someone attractive walks by
[insert GIF]

4. Your arch-enemy walks by
[insert GIF]

5. You discover that your best friend has a bad taste in music
[insert GIF]

6. You think you see ____. (for this one, you can fill in whatever you want)
[insert GIF]

7. Your teacher gives you a packet of homework over the weekend
[insert GIF]

8. Just as you grab the last ___, someone else takes it
[insert GIF]

9. Looking down at your phone, you notice that your blog got a negative comment
[insert GIF]

10. You get an F in your best subject
[insert GIF]


My 10 Scenarios:

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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.


Who I Tag:

1.
2.

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 This took me A LONG TIME to type up. Oh well, haha. Have a wonderful day, everyone.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Update #6

Hello!

 My, it's been quite a while since I last posted. My apologies, everyone. There has been SO much going on, and I've been busy with preparations, school, and the like. I would like to announce that my birthday is this Saturday

 Woo. I'm turning 13, so I'll have to update my G+ profile and my blog's about page. In celebration of my birthday, I'm going to post something on October 11, 2014 with something special planned. (I have a general idea, but I'm positive it will be something so unique and creative, that NO ONE has ever done it! Well, I hope.)

 Onto other things, I'll be removing my portfolio from Strikingly and remaking it on Blogger, so it's more interactive and frequently updated. 

 It's called Squisherwick, and you can check it out daily to see my progress. And as you can see, it starts with "Squish." I'm starting a trend now, and I will be adding Squish to everything I say that is mine. (Hehehehe. This will be fun.)

 Thanks for reading! I know that reading a bunch of paragraphs is boring, so here's a picture of baby Pooh Bear sleeping on the ground (probably dreaming about honey)-
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

100 Pageviews Blog Tag

Hello!


 Noor tagged me for the 100 Pageviews Tag (thank you!) so without further ado, here it is..


Rules:

+ Thank the blogger who tagged you. (I did that above.)

+ Answer the 10 questions below:

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Q: How many page views have you had (you can round this to nearest 100)?
A: I have 1103 pageviews exactly, and 1100 pageviews when rounded. I know it's not a lot, but I'm working on that. :) 

Q: How did you feel when you hit 100 page views?
A: Just like Noor, I don't remember when that was. (It was so long ago, and my memory has betrayed me!)

Q: Who was your first commenter (that you didn't know)?
A: My first comment was from MorningTime4 from The Ups and Downs of my Not-So-Average Life! It was pretty exciting to see a comment from her.

Q: What blog post of yours has had the most views?
A: My entry to Emily's contest and my social media icon tutorial post are the 2 most popular so far, both with 21 pageviews. 

Q: What traffic source has given you the most views?
A: Of course, it's Blogs By Kids. The site brought me a total of 139 pageviews!

Q: Why did you start your blog?
A: I wanted to be able to firmly shake my college interviewer's hand, look them in the eye confidently, and proudly say, "Squishingly is the biggest collection of my best work. Take a look, you might be very impressed." I always wanted to be able to have a portfolio that I can look back on any day I wanted, so it inspired me to start Squishingly.

Q: What are your favourite 3-10 blogs?
A: Here they are, in no particular order-


Q: What type of the blog do you like the most?
A: Here are my personal favorites-

+ Craft Blog
+ Design Blog
+ Directory Blog (like BBK)
+ Technology Blog
+ Gaming Blog
+ Geek/Nerd Blog
+ Humorous Blog
+ GIF Blog

Q: Who inspired you to start your blog? Could be a friend, family member or another blogger?
A: I always loved blogging, but I had no idea what to blog about. When I stumbled upon Chloe's blog, she gave me the inspiration to start Squishingly and blog about the thing I love most- technology! (So thank you, Chloe!)

Q: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
A: I love sharing my thoughts, ideas, and creativity with people that I can relate to!


Who I Tag:

Emily » Lynde Avenue
Jubilee » Hello Strawberrie
Sarah Grace » ImSarahGrace
Kat » Warrior Cat




 Woo, this post took a little while. (I got distracted while looking at other blogs..) Aywho, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag

Hello!

 I'd like to send out a big thank you to June from A Curious Pisces for tagging me! Let's begin with the rules (that apply to me)..

+ Copy and paste the questions below, then answer and turn them into a blog post.

+ At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions.

+ Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag.

And here are my answers to the 20 Questions..

Q1: How tall are you?
A: I'm 5'1 or 5'2 I think..

Q2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
A:
 I have a knack for scrapbooking, but I don't share that with people. I also like writing, although I'm not good at it. I don't share these things with people, so consider yourself lucky..

Q3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
A:
 I don't like when people show things off about how much better their life is than anyone else's- talk about rude!

Q4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
A:
 I really don't like when people act superior, but don't live up to what they claim.

Q5: What’s your favorite song?
A:
 I love, love, love Edge of Night by Billy Boyd.


Q6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?
A: I'm in love with YYKawaii's products.. [click.] I'm secretly a fan of cute things.

Q7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
A:
 I like blogging, designing, coding, drawing, or anything creative. 

Q8: What’s your 
favorite junk food?

A:
 I love anything sweet!

Q9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
A:
 I have two Pomeranian-Chihuahua mixes. Their names are Zack and Cody (hehe) and this is what they look like-


Zack

Cody

Q10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
A:
 I'm not that big of a reader (much to your dismay) so my favorite nonfiction book has to be Bulu by Dick Houston and my favorite fiction book is 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.


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Q11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
A:
 I don't wear any makeup.

Q12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
A:
 I'd rather not share that, but here goes..

 BRRRRRING. I have 5 minutes to get to class, but my stupid locker won't open! I kick it a few times, trying to see if my anger will open it. People rush to class, and I'm left alone in the hallway. All of a sudden, a classmate walks by and whispers to me, "You can do it!" in a teasing tone. I roll my eyes and hurry to open my locker, when it finally opens. When I get to class, I have to explain in front of the whole class why I'm late. Yes, I had locker trouble after over a month of school.

Q13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A:
 Oo, hot chocolate sounds nice. But, that's for winter only. I'd have to say Coke. Not because I like it that much, but because it's scientifically proven that the flavor never gets old.

Q14: What’s your favorite movie?
A:
 I AM IN LOVE WITH THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND STAR WARS SERIES. They're so perfect, I may just up and cry. (I would've added more pictures, but I got lazy. Sorry.)

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 Q15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
A:
 I'm about 2 years from high-school, so I would be a mix of the following-

 Artistic yet intelligent valedictorian who spends a large amount of her free time alone at a computer. (Artist, loner, valedictorian, & nerd)
 
Q16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
A:
 I want to live in New Zealand! Here's why-

• Lowest crime-rates in the world
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed there
• It's beautiful, and peaceful
• Free hospital system
• Richest people in the world

Q17: PC or Mac?
A:
 I like both, to be honest. The Mac is a beautiful, sleek, and relatively fast operating system. Although, it can't handle my favorite video games. That's why I turn to the PC! It's usually fast for the first couple of years, but I manage to slow it down with the many games I download. I don't like the style of PC's, but they can run a lot of video games.

Q18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
A:
 None. First, people don't like me. Haha. Second, I'm not interested in romance. My laptop is all I need..

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Q19: Favorite celebrity?
A:
 I love..
Tom Hiddleston (via.)
Tom plays Loki (via.)
Natalie Portman (via.)
Natalie plays Padme Amidala (via.)
Scarlett Johansson (via.)
Scarlett plays the Black Widow (via.)
Orlando Bloom (via.)
Orlando plays Legolas (via.)
Orlando also plays Will Turner (via.)
Q20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?
A: Hmm. I don't actually want to be best friends with anyone but the people I know in real life. If one of my real best friends could be a blogger, I would love that!

Who I Tag..

Jo » Jotting It Down
Libbie » The Middlest Sister
June » The Journeys' of my Beating Heart
Emily » Lynde Avenue
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lynde Avenue's Black & White Photography/Writing Contest

Hello!



Rules


✓ Submit an original black-and-white photograph. It can be of anything you like; there are no guidelines or categories.

✓ Also submit a piece of work telling me what story your photograph is telling you. It can be a poem, short story, chapter, vignette, or even a simple sentence.

✓ Please keep both pieces of work clean and appropriate.

✓ You can publish your entry as a post on your blog or email it to me, whichever you're more comfortable with! Just be sure to leave a link on *this post* to your entry if it's on your blog. (Click here to check it out!)

✓ I'm not expecting that many entries as of now, so there will be a first and second place only. But things may change as the contest gets going!

Prizes


 Your button on my sidebar for a month, and then moved permanently onto my Button Exchanges page.

ⓧ You can write a guest post for my blog if you wish.

 I will also interview you for my blog if you wish.
 Your entry will be published here on Lynde Avenue.
 You'll get a mention on social media, as well as a Bloglovin' and Twitter follow from me!

Here we go..


 The rain beats my window like a drum, at a fast and steady rhythm. I sigh as I gaze down at my hand, noticing a band-aid gripping my ring finger as if it were going to fall at any moment.

 I didn't cut myself, but I put the band-aid there as a symbol.

 Long ago, the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians all believed that a vein ran from your ring finger to your heart. And because a circle never ended, they used a gold band to represent everlasting love. They put that gold band on the third finger of the left hand, to symbolise a couple's prosperity.

 But I put there in place of a gold band, a band-aid. Because a band-aid, my friend, is used to keep germs and infectious things out of an open wound. So no matter how tough I may seem on the outside, I will never heal from the emotional cut of my past.

 So, I'm not really good at writing. But I thought I'd give this contest a shot anyway. Hope you like it, and I hope I win! Thanks, Emily!

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