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Published December 20, 2013 by sophiachandler

I was reading a Tips and Tricks on Wattpad book (I try to read every single one I come across nowadays) when I noticed that one of the tips was to keep a journal/notebook close by so that you could write down all your ideas that would pop up randomly when you least expected it. Especially, the narrator went on to explain, by your bedside, so that you could scribble down something just when an idea struck you before bed and you didn’t want to try and remember in the morning. Or you could use it to record down your dreams too, before you forgot them.

And that got me thinking about my dreams. I have weird dreams. Doesn’t everyone? There’s always this recurring dream that I have of some guy that looks suspiciously like Tarzan wearing nothing but a thong, freefalling with his arms reaching out towards the light at the end of the long rock tunnel he’s falling through. Like Alice In Wonderland. I used to keep having that when I was about six, and it freaked me out.

There’s also another dream that I’ve had recently.

The dream is really. Freaky. I think I must be reading too many Battle Royale wiki pages already. My mind is being possessed by some bloodthirsty spirit.

Anyway, in my dream our entire grade was in a war. And by war I mean soldiers and guns and killing and blood. I saw a lot of blood. I can’t be sure about dead bodies.

I don’t remember the war part, only the post-war stuff. And there was one very vivid part, towards the end of the scene, that I remember really clearly. That part is the freakiest.

So what happened is that towards the end of the war, our side won, and we started collecting bodies and everything, for some reason. The war was taking place in this swampy place, with a river, I think, but there was land on one side and a river and on the other side of the rover, a thick, dense jungle. Bodies that for some reason looked brown and lumpy and human-shaped poop were being fished out of the river and stuff. And then I heard someone call, “Pierre’s (not his real name) dead!”

(Pierre: what I am currently calling the grade genius because of his capability to be amazing in every single freaking subject in class.)

And then we saw him laid out with glasses intact (somehow) and everything. And then we were all shocked, and grieved over his loss for a long time. Then someone cremated his body and made an altar to him.

That’s when I woke up.

At first I went, “Whoa.” And then, because in the morning my brain tends not to work, “why do I hate Pierre so much that I decided to kill him off in my dreams?”

That’s just one small example of how idiotic my brain is during the morning, after an especially mind-numbing class, et cetera. Then there was this other one time after an especially mind-numbing extra lesson (told you!) when I spotted a colleague of my dad, and waved to him. When he didn’t recognize me, I went, “Unh… unh… I’m my father’s… daughter?”

Ahahaha soooo funny.

I sound like Prince Charming in this video clip right here – but I digress.

That aside, my dream would make a very good story. I remember this other ‘group contribution’ story that someone created. But anyways the plot was based on a dream of an alien attack or something, but that was years back. And people had to die, but when we asked the whole grade to contribute no one wanted to offer themselves up for sacrifice. Everyone wanted to write from their perspective. I think I tried to voice the perspective of one of my fashion-obsessed, clean-freak friends, Willow, and mimicked her in the form of a cliche shallow popular teenage girl. And when we were eleven, these two other girls Tori and Harlow (not their real names!) and I wrote a story that was in the form of one of those cliche teen high school novels, with us being the popular clique and the main characters. The novel was basically all about our shallow love lives and partying and teenage awkwardness.

Don’t judge, ‘kay? I mean, we were only eleven and young and naive at the time.

I think now I’ll keep a notebook next to my bed to jot down my story ideas before bed.


P.S. If you want to read a teen fiction novel that will leave you, literally, rolling on the floor in fits of laughter, please check out Not All Blondes Do Backflips by CrayonChomper! I think she’s amazing!


Painting The Town Red

Published December 19, 2013 by sophiachandler

This is my last day before all the partying begins.

On Friday, a classmate of mine has organized a class-only gathering. Hooray. It’s a BBQ. I don’t think the barbecue will last that much longer since the weather forecast for the past few weeks have been rain, rain, and more rain. But it’ll be fun though, because I heard there’s a pool. Hopefully I won’t get pushed into the water, like last time.

On Saturday, after all my extra lessons, I’ll have to attend another gathering! This time it’s not a class-only gathering. Two of my close friends are organizing it! There’s also a pool in that house… and apparently an elevator?

On Sunday I’ll be forced to get into a dress for the Christmas brunch my extended family will be having together in one big bunch. The only reason I’m looking forward to the brunch is the food. It’s a buffet. I love buffets to heaven and back. It’s a wonder why I’m still so amazingly skinny (ask Kia)… apparently I have a black hole in my stomach.

On Monday I don’t have another party to attend, but I have Orientation Day at my new high school! I believe that will be exciting. I really want to know the girls who will be in the same class as me! It’s always so exciting to meet new people… but also a little daunting at times.

Looks like my weekend’ll be pretty packed.

Thank god I’ve already done all the gifts I’ll be giving out on Friday! I found a pack of gift tags hidden away somewhere in the corners of my cupboard, and I wrote individual messages on each of them. To all my friends who are reading my blog… hint, hint: check the messages on your gift tags. 😉 (I tried to be funny but I’m not)

While I’m waiting for Thursday to end and Friday to come around, I’m:

  • Writing this post
  • watching Lifesimmer videos (I swear, whenever a new video pops up I’m like a kid on Christmas Day)
  • Skyping friends. Especially Kia. Gommenasai for all the name spam ><
  • Browsing Nameberry. Like I said, addicted
  • Browsing the Internet, mostly celebrity gossip –

when I see this poster of The Fault In Our Stars on the Internet. Guys. Guys. It’s a friggin’ movie poster of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Woods. Starring Shailene Woodley!


Okay, I came back and I’ve checked all the websites to make sure that they’re turning this into a movie. Apparently they’d announced that they were going to film it a while ago AND I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE. I feel so dense right now…. How could I not have noticed that oen of my favorite books of all time was being turned into a freaking movie?


I think it’s funny that Ansel Elgort is acting as Caleb Prior in Divergent and Augustus Woods in TFIOS. For those not familiar with the series of Divergent and TFIOS, Shailene Woodley is acting as Beatrice Prior, Caleb’s sister in Divergent, and Hazel Grace Lancaster, the love interest of Augustus Woods in TFIOS. Not complaining though! Both of them are lovely actors.

And because I’ve started listening to really good songs lately, I’d like to present you guys with one of my favorite X Factor auditions of all time!



Published December 5, 2013 by sophiachandler

Sorry for neglecting the blog guys…. it’s just that I’ve been busy lately with all sorts of activities, like outings with friends and the like. But now I finally have access to the Internet… and this time round, my post will feature a number of different topics!

1. Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
I’ve finishing reading this book only yesterday evening, and I have to say that it is brillianto. Kudos to Allyse Near, the twenty-four-year-old university student who wrote this ‘bubblegum gothic’ dark fantasy which I love immensely! It’s so magical and dark… when you start reading it you’ll never stop until you finish the book. I especially loved Isola, the sixteen-year-old main character who had blonde hair with rainbow streaks. And in the end there’s a lovely plot twist involving Isola’s sickly mother who is suffering from a mental illness… but I won’t be giving away any spoilers! 😉

2. Ingrid
I wrote this just yesterday, after finishing the book above:


Katherine wanted to be an Ingrid.

Names created images in Katherine’s mind. Mostly color images. Bruno was ochre. Natalie was cyan. Malcolm was a brown, very much like the color made when rain fell into the already-wet soil in Katherine’s backyard and turned it into mud.

Ingrid was a beautiful, deep green. It was the color of sparkling emeralds, of dew that shone on fresh spring leaves,

Katherine was grey.

She couldn’t think of a far less plain-Jane, boring name other than Katherine. Katherine was the very epitome of a bad name choice. Even being called Jane was so much better than being called a dreary, longish name like Katherine. She held this grudge against her late father, dead before she was born. Lesley said he’d picked out this name for her to honor his mother, who too had passed away long before she had been conceived. Other than that, she didn’t hold any other grudges against him.

Yeah… I know. But I just wanted to share it for the sake of doing it.

3. Rejection
My Skype status:
How do you let go?

It’s not what I’m feeling, actually. Let me admit something…. someone recently confessed to me, and because he told some other people, now everyone in our grade knows about it. Well, not everyone, but anyone who is anyone to me knows about it. The result? On a group chat online, everyone’s spamming it with ship names…. ._.

I didn’t want to reject him, because he was a pretty nice guy, and one of my best guy friends, but I kinda had no choice, because I wanted to stop all the madness in the group chat and protect myself too… okay maybe that kinda sounds selfish, but it’s true. I didn’t want either of us to get hurt if it got out of hand.

So I friendzoned him.

I’m changing his name to Jason here. This is how our conversation went:

Me: Jason… to be truthful, I don’t see you as a crush… but I hope we can still be friends. 🙂
Him: Mmhmm.

And then his status turned to something horrendous: Rejection is painful.

UGGGGGGGGGH I don’t know if what I did was wrong…..

4. In Which She Sounds Like A Stereotypical MTV Teenager
MTV Teenager is my term for girls with fake blonde hair, false eyelashes and a faux way of speaking that uses terms like, “Like, OMG, totally, LOL…” Sorry but I am SICK of those people popping up on my Facebook news feed.

And now I’m going to sound like one of them, because I have a ginormous zit on my left cheek and it’s taking forever to disappear! If you guys have any solutions to help it go away…. I’d be very much grateful. And yes I have been using up a lot of pimple cream which smells awful… I don’t know who was the one who said that puberty was the door to a whole new magical world or something, because I am soooo enjoying the ride on the puberty train. *sarcasm* (I’m not very good at it.)

And thus marks the end of this short post!


P.S. Oh the falling snow the falling snow~ I might change my background to something a little more Christmas-themed!

Fairytales: Once Upon A Modern Time

Published November 29, 2013 by sophiachandler

This is yet another subject that I am currently interested in. I don’t know how it started, but I love reading books that have anything to do with fairytales. I used to read The Sisters Grimm and Half Upon A Time last year, all the time. The Sisters Grimm is especially fun to read – it’s a series of nine books featuring an eleven-year-old girl named Sabrina Grimm and her younger sister, Daphne, whose parents have mysteriously vanished. They are adopted by a woman who claims she is their grandmother, Granny Relda, and go to live with her in a strange town called Ferryport Landing. There, they discover that they are the descendants of the Grimm brothers, and the inhabitants in the town are all characters from fairytales.

The series was nice. I was sad when it ended 😦 Something else I’d like to read is the comic Fables, apparently about the characters of fairytales who are now living in the modern world. I’ve read the Wiki pages… some of the themes seem kind of…. I don’t know, gruesome? Not fairytales for kids if you ask me.

Fairytales don’t necessarily have to come in book form…

(image taken from TV Film News)

Once Upon A Time is an absolutely amazing TV show. It’s my absolute favorite. Ever. To ensure that no one in Fairytale Land – especially Snow White – had anymore “happily ever afters,” Evil Queen Regina cast a curse which trapped the fairytale characters, frozen in time, and brought them into the modern world. Although still alive, they had no knowledge of their former selves and were sleepwalking through life – ageless—for 28 years, until their savior arrived in the form of Emma Swan, who, unbeknownst to her, is actually Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter.

Fun fact: in real life, Jennifer Morrison, who plays Emma, is best friends with Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White. Plus, Ginnifer Goodwin is engaged and expecting a baby with her fiance, Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming. Congratulations to the both of them! (Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas Expecting First Child)

Speaking of fairytale-themed books, I’ve just joined Goodreads! I love that website as much as I love Nameberry (which is saying a lot) and I can’t believe it took so long for me to click the Sign Up button. I’ve also recently discovered Shannon Hale, who wrote Princess Academy…. and I love the series.

If you want to recommend any other good fairytale-related reads to me, feel free to leave a recommendation in the comments! That would be greatly appreciated, because I’m running out of good reading material (although I am currently reading The Book Thief).

(Please excuse me for the lame title. I couldn’t think of anything else better to write at that point of time.)