Announcements/Notifications/Updates

Your Thoughts and My Brother’s Channel

Before I start with the post’s main topics, I just want to say. . . my review on CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE) by NF is on it’s way! It’s just taking a lot longer than I thought. I’ve gotta be thorough with these things. Now, to the post!

Recently, I realized that I have never officially asked for your, my readers’, feedback about my blog. But I do want to know what you think of the Right Kind of Writer. So, I’ve prepared a simple, three-question survey to get your thoughts on the RKW! I’d really appreciate it if you’d take the time to fill it out. Thank you! Just click here.

Alright, about the ‘My Brother’s Channel’ part of the post. So, my younger brother Israel Amador (don’t know why he isn’t using his first name *shrugs*) started a YouTube channel a few days ago (I was his first subscriber 😎). I want to leave you in suspense, so if you want to know what his channel’s about, just check it out (and subscribe. . .)! Just click here.

Aaaaaaaaaaand that’s all I have for you today. See ya!

P.S. Sorry this is late! Technical difficulties.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Christian Living, Guest Posts

Tears, Testimonies, and Trust: a Guest Post

Hey, it’s me, Danny! Don’t worry I’m still totally alive! Hehe. I’ve just been very. . . busy. And that’s to anyone who was wondering why I’m posting so late and why it’s not even my post that I’m publishing. 

ANYWAY, I found someone on Ydubs (you’ve heard me talk about it before) who has a message I think some people may need to hear, especially during this pandemic, so I’m sharing it with you guys. I pray that this short but meaningful note will give you hope and peace. Alright, take it away, Eleyna Bennett!

***

It’s impossible to describe what it feels like for someone you love to die. Imagine your entire future, your plans for marriage, college, jobs, everything, just gone. Without that person in your life, nothing will ever be the same.

During those days my brother was in hospice, time slowed down. With family members and friends all around me, all here for him in his final moments. Nothing beyond the next minute, the next hour, the next day mattered.

I read a chapter of one of my favorite books to him. I had a mini sleepover with him one night. We watched a movie marathon together as a family. Every second was about him and his precious moments.

I walked into his bedroom, and saw my dad handing my brother to my grandpa. Grandpa was crying. For just a moment, I felt hope. “Is he going to be okay?” I asked. My aunt put her hand on my shoulder and said he was gone.

For weeks after that, and until the burial, I couldn’t find any peace. I fell asleep at night to his face, dreamt of it, and thought about it every waking moment. He had Leukemia, a brain issue. He never spoke or communicated, never ate or moved or did anything without help. So I had known somewhere in the back of my mind that he was living on borrowed time.

Up until that moment, I had relied on my parents’ testimonies to guide me spiritually. But with my brother gone, I now had a lot of personal searching to do. I was worried that I would never see my brother again.

I read my scriptures and said my prayers every day for a week. I didn’t find much relief or comfort. Eventually I had to search my own life for Him.

I learned that my parents were told that my brother would only live to be 2 years old. When he passed his second birthday, they said 4 at the most. When he died, he was 13, 2 years older than me. I was grateful for the time I had with him, and could thank Christ.

I knew that I couldn’t be happy for his death. Even though I knew I would see him again, I knew I would have to live without him. I could however celebrate his life, and long for when I could see him running and playing again.

I still do. I know that my brother is now with my Father, and he is happier than he was trapped in his broken body here on earth.

-Eleyna Bennett

***

To those who are or were struggling with something like Eleyna was, I hope that this message touched you, one way or another. I know many of you out there are dealing with similar things. Well, that’s all I have today. Thank you, Eleyna, for this touching message! Goodnight (or morning or whenever you’re reading this). *waves as large red curtain closes*

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Tags & Awards

My Life in Books Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog tag, hasn’t it? Well That is going to end right now! Not too long ago my good friend E. C. Colton tagged me for her blog tag, My Life in Books. Before I start, I just want to appologize for the inconsistent sizes of each of these book cover photos. I couldn’t figure out how to make them all the same size. WordPress is weird, and tech is weirder or should I say. . . wierder. . . hehehe. Now, let’s get started!

Find a book for each of your initials.

D.L.A? Alright, that shouldn’t be too hard.

D — Danny the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl

Book Reviews for Danny the Champion of the World By Roald Dahl and Quentin  Blake | Toppsta

That was a personal favorite of mine when I was younger, and it shouldn’t be too hard to guess why 😉. But Danny or no Danny, it was a really fun and heartwarming book.

L — Lysbeth, by H. Rider Haggard

I didn’t even know this book existed in our family bookshelf, or at all, for that matter. It was one of the few books in our entire fam bookshelf that started with an “L”. The few other “L” books I found I had never read either.

A — A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

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A very good book, however confusing. I’ve read the version above, as well the graphic novel, and LOVE the graphic novel version. I’ve watched a play of AWIT (before I had even read the book), and I thought it was very good. I watched the recent movie too, and it is the MOST INACCURATE THING EVER!!! I recommend never watching the modern movie, unless you just want to make fun of it or write a review on how inaccurate it is. I’m not sure about the old movie.

Count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?

Avengers, Age of Ultron, the Junior Novel

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Junior Novel by Chris Wyatt

This was a book that one of my sisters got me when I was younger (because, as you can tell, I’m no longer a junior. . . I think. I never really know what they mean by “junior”, unless it’s for high school or college). It basically says what happens in the Avengers Age of Ultron movie (or at least, about half of what happens).

Pick a book set in your city/country.

Simon B. Rhymin’, by Dwayne Reed

Jenny's review of Simon B. Rhymin'

I remember my dad reading, like, the first chapter of this book to me and some siblings, though I’ve never read it myself. It is set in Chicago, my city.

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White

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Part of this book is set in Canada, a place I would like to visit for several reasons. One being that I have friends up there, and another being that it is just such a beautiful country. Not to mention that I’m part Canadian. The Trumpet of the Swan was a very fun read, I have to admit.

Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

WHY THIS QUESTION, EM??? WHY?!?! That’s so vague!!! So many books have my favorite color, blue. You know what, I’m going to rebel and change the question a bit.

Pick a book that has one of your favorite color schemes.

Well, I do enjoy the color scheme of. . .

Elysium (the Tartarus Chronicles Book 1), by Keith A Robinson

(Agh, why is that photo so blurry?? Trust me, it looks so much better not blurry.)

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I don’t know. Define “fond”. Well, Google defines “fond” as “having an affection or liking for”. Well it can’t be any book in the Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson, because my love for those books is beyond “fond”, and I already mention Danny the Champion of the World, so probably. . .

Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Ah, I loved this book. It’s so fun, but that’s only one word to describe it.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Besides the Bible, there are several books that I found very difficult to read, among them was the Hobbit, but the hardest was. . .

The Eagle, by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

It was set a long time ago in Great Britain, during the rule of the Romans. It was just so boring, and the language and writing style was very confusing and draggy. I just gave up reading it, like, halfway through.

What book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

There are several, but the biggest is probably. . .

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring — "The Lord of the Rings" Series - Plugged In

I was reading it for school, and I probably would have been done reading it by now if a person who will remain anonymous hadn’t ripped several pages from our copy. So now I’ll have to find a different copy somehow. Hopefully our library has one.

Now it’s your turn!

Alright, time for the tags! The question is. . . how many people am I suppose to tag. . ? Eh, I’ll just do three.

Raegan @ Raegan’s Full Mind

Laurel @ Laurel Jean

Callie @ An Unfinished Story

And it’s not limited to those three. Anyone can take a stab at it if they want!

Note: This post was scheduled, because I am currently at a camp, so that’s why I won’t be responding to anything for several more days. 😉

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Announcements/Notifications/Updates

Changing My Posting Routine

Ah, the paradox that is summer. One often thinks they will find relaxation, peace, and good weather during it now that school is over, only to have it revealed to them that it can be almost as busy as the school year itself (but still prefer it over the school year), and that the weather goes from mostly cold during the school seasons to overly hot during the summer. Well, this is the case for me (maybe not necessarily the weather thing, but most definitely the busyness thing). Because of that, I must inform you all, my readers, that I will be changing my posting routine a bit. During the summer, at least, I’ll be posting once every other week (once every two weeks) more often than once ever week. There is the slight possibility, though, that I may take longer than two weeks to get a post published. Life is crazy, my friends.

To my slight embarrassment, I recently realized that I’ve never before asked which would be most convenient for all of you and which you would prefer, but that’ll change now, and I’ll do that with a poll (because they’re so easy and convenient).

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Book Reviews

Elysium (Tartarus Chronicles Book 1): a Book Review

Elysium (The Tartarus Chronicles #1) by Keith A. Robinson

Some of you, my readers, have probably noticed that I’ve been absent a day longer than I said I would be. It has been over two weeks, and on my home page I claimed that I would post once every week, or once every other week. My excuse is this: June has been a very, very busy month.

You and your puny excuses.

Hey, you don’t even know anything about my life outside of my blog, so. . . shush.

Hmph.

Anyway, today I’m doing a review on a book I recently finished: Elysium, book one of the Tartarus Chronicles by Keith A. Robinson!

Synopsis (taken from the back of my paperback version):

Gunther Leuschen, a particle physicist, gets pulled through a mysterious portal and transported two hundred years into the future to an exotic underground world inhabited by other humans from earth. Despite the society’s advanced technology, the people are unable to find a way to return home. But when Gunther himself develops the technology, it is taken from him by a malevolent force and modified to be a powerful weapon.

With the aid of an unlikely mix of companions, Gunther seeks to take back his invention and reopen the portals. Standing in his way are genetically altered soldiers, technologically enhanced humans, and corrupt government officials. Yet even greater than these obstacles are the questions that arise about the nature of truth—questions that challenge the very core of his beliefs.

My Opinion:

This was the first apologetics fiction book I have ever read. My mom got it for me at a homeschool conference (and it’s signed 😎). Apologetics fiction is fiction that seeks to defend a religion, in this case Christianity. Robinson’s reasoning for God’s existence and the Bible’s truthfulness in Elysium is very thorough, and incredibly thought provoking! Let me tell you, it was a very good book. The plot was excellent, I loved the characters, and Mr. Robinson did a good job deeply delving into just a few, but still making the side characters captivating. A beautiful mix of action, suspense, theological debates, and much more. However, it did annoy me to see a few typos, mostly relating to the misplacement of quotation marks. I’d give it a four-and-a-half star rating out of five (minus one half for typos).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(Trust me, if I could make those stars gold I would have.)

Stats (ya gotta love ’em):

Pages: 224

Reading age: 8–18.

Genre: Christian futuristic fiction.

Amazon rating [Below]:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Amazon link: Click here.

Author bio (taken from the back of my paperback version):

Keith A. Robinson has dedicated his life to teaching others how to defend the Christian faith. Since the release of Logic’s End, his first novel, he has been a featured speaker at Christian music festivals, homeschool conventions, apologetics seminars, and churches, as well as appearing as a guest on numerous radio shows. In addition, he is also the Extensions Director of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee.

When not writing or speaking, Mr. Robinson is the full-time public school orchestra director at Indian Trail High School & Academy. He currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Stephanie, their five children, and a Rottweiler.

P.S. Don’t forget about the poll on which music album I should do a review on! You can find it here.

Announcements/Notifications/Updates, Music

I’m Getting Back Into Writing + a Poll

Good morning -or noon, or evening, or whenever you’re reading this- everyone! Today there’s something I’d like to tell you all:

We’re getting there. . .

Just a little further. . .

Alright, just three more for the fun of it. . .

I’m getting back into writing!!! I think a little explanation is needed. So, I’ve already informed you that I was taking two advanced classes, along with my regular other subjects. Because of that, I have hardly written anything this month, and not that much last month or even throughout all of 2021. For that reason, I haven’t written any posts on writing-centered advice, tips or suggestions. But this Friday I finished middle school for good (that means that I’m a freshman now and I’m not really sure what I’m going to do for high school, though that can wait)! Oh, and on another note, I completed my Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam on Friday so that’s relieving, and I’ll get results in July.

Anyway, now that summer vacation is here, I hope to do a lot more writing other than blog posts, and I hope I’ll be able to crank out some good writing-advice posts. Thanks for reading!

Now, you’re probably seeing this and wondering, “wait, what about the poll?” Well I’m glad you asked! This involves a future post.

Near the beginning of this year, two artists that I listen to and enjoy released an album. Christopher, by Hulvey, and CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE), by NF. Both artists are Christian, though Hulvey is a Christian Artist. Both albums have Christian messages, but Hulvey’s is officially Christian. Both are pretty good, but NF’s is much better quality (and to be honest I like it more). I really want to do a review for my blog of one of them, but. . . which one?? Christopher, or CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE)?

Since it would be for all of you, which one do you want a review on?

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Announcements/Notifications/Updates

Element Wolf Book #1: Stolen is Published!

Two days ago, on the 23rd of May, my Ydubs and blogging friend Jehanne J. Hendrick published her first ever book, Element Wolf Book #1: Stolen!!! *thundering applause*

The Blurb:

IN THE FACE OF EVIL, WILL FLIGHT FIND THE COURAGE TO DEFY THE DARKNESS?

Flight is first-born to the unbreakable alphas of Star Pack—the pack of wolves that rule the harshest territory in Yellowstone. The young pup is noticeably strong, and he’s full of potential no wolf can deny. On his first day outside the den, Flight is overcome with love and pride for his ice-locked land. 

     But after his entry into the world beyond the den, Flight’s perfect life in his beloved homeland is cut tragically short as everything the young pup loves is whisked away from him. Flight finds himself in an ominous land known as Avida, ruled by a vengeful wolf with a haunting past.

     The pup is astonished to learn that he is part of a mysterious prophecy which claims he holds unusual powers given only to him. However, the ruler of Avida wants Flight to use his abilities to help her destroy the pup’s entire pack so she can claim his homeland.

     Desperate to rescue everything he loves from destruction, Flight forms his own plans against the cruel alpha of Avida. For months, Flight works in secret with newfound allies, readying their plans before the ultimate bloodshed. But when the day comes, what happens is more shocking than Flight ever could have prepared for.

Now, being the ambitious type of boy I am, I jumped at the opportunity to post a book review on the day of the publication, but, obviously, that didn’t happen. School was much tougher on me than expected, and I haven’t finished the book yet. BUT, I am still planning on doing the book review when I do finish.

But don’t wait for my book review to buy it. Get it now! You can get the paperback and/or the ebook right here!

Stats:

Word Count: 478 pages.

Current Amazon rating: 4.8/5.

Weight (because Amazon offered the option): 1.54 lb.

Genre: Christian fantasy.

Stolen has such an epic cover, not to mention it comes with MAPS!!!!!

Now I just need a job because if I keep buying books at this rate I’m gonna be broke in a few months. -_-

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Christian Living, Guest Posts

When Pursuing God is Hard

Hello readers. Today I have the pleasure of announcing RKW (the Right Kind of Writer)’s very first guest post! Our guest today is CoCo Ashley. This post is longer than the usual, but reading it is so worth it! Now, take it away CoCo.

What do you do when life is hard? When God feels silent? When you’re discouraged in your faith?

For me, I used to look back on my “mountaintop” experiences–back to when life was good or when I experienced God in a fresh way–and wish I could go back. I would get frustrated because I knew God was fully capable of doing it again, and yet for some reason, He wasn’t. For some reason, He seemingly decided it was time to halt the forward momentum and growth.

It would lead me to think that God was withholding something from me, or that I was doing something wrong because it seemed I wasn’t growing anymore. 

For example, I would go to church camp and be surrounded by all the hype, and all the leaders would tell me that I could take the truths they had preached during the week home with me. But then I’d get home and stare at the ceiling, wondering where all the joy and excitement had gone. 

However, what I’ve come to learn is that, sometimes, God doesn’t want to do it again. He doesn’t want to give us the same experiences or feelings because He wants to give us something new. Something better. Something we never would have thought possible. And we’ll never discover something new if we are constantly holding on to the old. We shouldn’t place our security on the familiar.

In seasons when God feels distant, we must remember that He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and He will always keep His promises. Difficulties and discouragement test us to see where our true loyalties lie. Because for the one who is fully committed to Jesus, there simply is nowhere else to go. We must pursue Him with all that we are even if it feels like we’re shooting in the dark.

The Bible offers us many verses to combat the discouragement and I would highly suggest that you make Scripture your number one resource, but today I would like to share three truths that have helped me personally.

1. We Will Find What We Seek 

When I find myself growing discouraged in my pursuit of God, I love to return to Jeremiah 29:12-13.

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:12-13

It’s always a great reminder that my searching is not in vain. Despite my doubts, my prayers are being heard. Despite seemingly fruitless attempts to find Him in difficult situations, God does see my efforts.  

But we have to be committed to seeking Him with all of our heart. 

God will do His part regardless of our faithfulness (thank God for His grace!) but in my experience, life is so much better when we do our part as well.

There was one particular morning last summer I had planned to get up early to pray, but my alarm never went off and I woke up much later than I had anticipated. I was discouraged, but rather than calling it quits completely, I still decided to give God whatever time I had. And the devotional I read ended up being exactly what I needed… a reminder that God is worthy of my whole-hearted pursuit. 

Here’s what it said: “Do you find it hard to connect with God? Hard to hear his voice? Don’t worry, this is to be expected. God wants to see how much energy you’re gonna put into finding Him and getting to know Him. He’s interested in the chase.” ~Devotions for the God Girl by Hayley DiMarco

His “silence” toward us, or perhaps our own shortcomings, may make it hard to pray, but those are the very moments we ought to pray the hardest.

2. We Will Reap What We Sow

The Bible teaches the concept of reaping what we sow–whatever we plant is the kind of fruit we’ll grow. If we sow half-heartedly, we probably won’t have much fruit to enjoy.

If we spend our time appealing to our senses, feelings, and emotions, we are sowing to the flesh and will reap destruction. We can’t only be Christians when the hype is high. But if we spend our time reading our Bible, praying, and filling our minds with truth–even when it’s hard–we are sowing to the Spirit and will reap eternal blessings. 

We must keep in mind that what is done in secret now will one day be brought to the light. The things we do in private when people aren’t watching (or so we think) are a reflection of who we really are. 

Every year at awards ceremonies, I always wish I had done more. Worked harder. Really given my time and devotion throughout the year so I could feel as though I had made a difference, rather than barely doing the requirements just to earn my empty prizes. It may be easy to appeal to our flesh and skimp in the moment, but when judgment comes we won’t be able to go back and say, “Well, God, I was just waiting for life to get easier.”

I don’t want to find myself in front of God wishing I had done more or started sooner. I don’t want to find myself wishing I had spent more time chasing the things of God rather than the things of earth. I want to hear “well done, good and faithful servant,” so I will press on and keep sowing to the Spirit, even when it is hard.

“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”

Galatians 6:7-9

3. We Will Be Rewarded for Pressing On

If God has promised us something, we can be 100% sure it will come to pass. We just haven’t seen it yet, because God’s timing is different than ours. 

Perhaps God hasn’t opened a door for us because He knows we aren’t ready.

Perhaps He hasn’t come through like we had hoped because He is preparing something better.

Perhaps we haven’t received our answer to prayer because God knows something we don’t.

Whatever the case, we are instructed to live up to whatever truth we have attained (Philippians 3:16), pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and trust that God will work out all things for good, for those who love God (Romans 8:28). 

I am always reminded of the story of Daniel, when the angel finally shows up and tells him he came because of his prayers. Let that be an encouragement to us to not give up hope, because help is on the way.

“‘Don’t be afraid, Daniel,’ he said to me, ‘for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers.”

Daniel 10:12

God doesn’t call us to be Christians only when it’s easy, nor does He want us to seek Him only when we feel like it. He definitely doesn’t promise we will escape hardship; in fact, He guarantees we will have trouble in this world. 

That’s why the path is called narrow, and why few find it. Unfortunately, it’s also a big reason why people walk away.

But I don’t want to be the Christian who hangs around just long enough for the blessings and feel-good experiences. Instead, I want to be the Christian who will return time and again, even when life doesn’t feel good. Especially when life doesn’t feel good. 

I want to follow Jesus rain or shine.

If God seems far away, or if you’re questioning why He has allowed something to happen, take it to Him. All too often we retreat and try to figure out God on our own, but apart from Him we will never find true understanding. God can handle our questions, and He can handle our doubts.

Even when life is hard, we can press into God and press on to victory, keeping our eyes on Jesus.

We are promised it will be worth it. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

CoCo Ashley is a young writer devoted to using her words for the glory of God. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and dreams of one day publishing both fiction and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her talking with her friends, reading a book, or simply being an introvert with music in her headphones. Connect with her on her blog at cocoschitchat.com.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Tags & Awards

The Outstanding Original Blogger Award

Creator of image is unknown.

If you’re like me when I saw the title to my friend’s post and then my name near the bottom, you might be thinking, “oooh, an awwaaaarrd!” Yes. It is true. This is my first blogging award *awkward, short clap*! Thank you, Mia, for tagging me.

The Rules:

  • Provide the link to the creator’s original post (Here)
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (noooo too much! Too much! *sigh*) Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you may be nominated.
  • At the end of 2021, every blog that pingbacks the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2021 Outstanding Blogger award.

There. We are done with that.

Let’s move on to the questions!

  1. If You Had an Unlimited Amount of Candy For a Day, How Much Would You Eat?

Honestly, I’d only eat a few candies. I’ve never been a HUGE fan of candy, not to mention it is super unhealthy. I honestly don’t know the exact number. Probably less than 11.

  1. Does Anyone in Your Family Scrapbook?

I don’t know. I should probably ask.

*Asks* Yes.

-Wow, such an in-depth answer!

-Wait, you’re back?

Yessirrr. You can lock me up for a bit, but never forever.

-Clearly.

-. . .

-What, you’re not gonna yell at me?

-Cut me some slack. I’m tired right now and don’t have the energy to yell.

-Okayyy. . .

Anyway. . .

  1. Do You Like to Sing?

Hehehe. . . good question. . .

I enjoy singing to myself. I prefer rapping. I’m not sure if that would be considered singing or not. I’m fine if it is a small group of friends or family. I don’t like singing in public. Though, if I’m being honest, I would like to rap professionally someday.

  1. Do You Know Your Vocal Range?

*Scoff* No.

  1. Are You Homeschooled, or Have You Been? What Did You Take Away From it?

Yes, I am homeschooled. I also go to a co-op, which is basically school, but we ‘meet up’ once a week, and do homework for it throughout the week.

One thing I took away is that homeschool with a co-op can be just as stressful, if not more, than public or private school. It honestly depends on the classes one takes. A lot of people have the misconception that homeschoolers have little to no homework and can do whatever. That can be true, but most definitely not in all cases.

  1. What is Your Dream Job?

Several things. A professional -isn’t it ironic how I misspelled the word professional at first, writing “porffecional”- author and blogger, as well as having a side community-serving occupation. And as we’re talking about dream jobs. . . it’d be awesome if I were able to be a rapper.

  1. What Was Your Favorite TV Show When You Were Younger?

Hm. Probably either Phineas and Ferb or Avatar the Last Airbender.

My Questions:

  1. What Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of Doing?
  2. If You Could Go to Any Country for Free and for A Week, Where Would You Go?
  3. What is Your Least Favorite Food?
  4. If You Could Meet Anyone in All of History, Who Would You Meet?
  5. Do You Collect Anything? If So, What Do You Collect?
  6. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
  7. What is Your Favorite Sport?

Finally, the tags!

  1. Laurel over at Laurel Jean
  2. Raegan over at Reagan’s Full Mind
  3. Meg over at Heyo It’s Meg
  4. Olivia over at Olivia’s Pen
  5. Emilie over at Emilie Violets Essays
  6. Alabama over at Alabama Rose
  7. Callie over at An Unfinished Story
  8. Callie (another one) over at Callie’s Corner
  9. Josie over at Apple Blossoms
  10. Aaand last but not least, Caleb over at Caleb E King

Whew, that took a while! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading! See you next week (unless something occurs making me see you sooner, or later . . .)!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Change of Environment = Increased Productivity

Maybe you are sitting at the living room table doing homework. Maybe you’ve been working for an hour but have hardly gotten anything done. Maybe you are procrastinating. Getting distracted. Maybe you’re getting the icky feeling that comes from being behind in schoolwork and being in a noisy environment (or maybe you’re not like me in that way). And maybe you need a solution to this problem of procrastination and getting distracted.

I may have one. I may want to procrastinate giving it to you for the fun of it. I may not. I won’t. I will now tell you.

If all that I said in the first paragraph relates to you, there’s a good possibility you need a…

Change of environment.

Think about it. It’s easier to get distracted when there are more distractions around you. Possibly your talking siblings. The movie your other siblings are watching. The sizzling of the food your parents are cooking. You might be hearing this and thinking, “Isn’t it a bit obvious that that person should move somewhere else?” Likely. But sometimes people don’t realize something obvious until it’s pointed out to them… and a solution is provided. I’ve pointed out the obvious. Now for a solution. Multiple solutions, actually.

  1. Go to a cafe. Whenever I go to a cafe, I can concentrate much better. Cafes are nice, fancy, and offer yummy stuff too (for a price, of course). For me, whenever I tell friends that I can’t concentrate, they always suggest a cafe.
  2. Just move to another room. If there is another quieter room you can go to, go there! The quieter, the better.
  3. Build a desk, or buy one. “What do you mean?” you might be asking. Well, this is the solution I went with. My brother, dad, and I have been renovating my brother’s and my room. A cool feature we thought we’d add was a desk *“ooh”s and “aah”s are heard from the crowd*. Concentrating is easier here than in my living room, where all family members living in this house (6 of my siblings and my parents) work, pass through, and just be. (Being honest, I didn’t actually do too much for the desk… mostly my dad and brother. They like carpentry and are much better at it than me.)
  4. Clean up! From what I observed, the cleaner your surroundings are, the better you can concentrate, because the cleaner it is, the more comfortable you feel, the more productive you become. If you’re like me and you share a room with someone else, and while you are always very tidy they are not, just have a conversation with them. Try to get them to understand. Figure out a resolution.
  5. Talk to those you live with. This goes beyond the person you share a room with, to everyone in your household. Explain to them the problem, and offer a solution. Don’t be too nit-picky or impatient, though. The kinder you are, the more likely it is that they will listen.
  6. Spruce things up a bit. If you work in your living room and your table is always dirty, your chair is chipped, the painting on the wall is ripped, there’s toilet paper on the floor left by the dog, the picture frame is crooked, the plant in the corner is dying, and so on, your going to get the icky feeling that comes from being uncomfortable, and comfort can help you concentrate. Clean the table. Get a new chair. Trash or mend the painting. Sweep the floor. Straighten the picture frame. Get a new plant (and don’t let it die!). Buy a nice candle. Then take a moment to admire the nice vibe.

And there are 6 tips and suggestions! I hope they helped, and increased your productivity. If you have any other suggestions, comment them below, and I might add them to this post!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor have I put significant time into studying these things. The above are simply advice from one teen to another (even if you are not a teen, this post can still apply to you).

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador