Uninspired, Unfortunately 

I’ve been having a difficult time recently. It’s personal, and I’m working through it, but the prayers would be well appreciated right about now. I honestly don’t feel like I have anything worth posting, but I said I would post every Sunday and I don’t want to break that chain yet. So I guess I’ll just give you a few little updates.

I’m currently rereading the last Harry Potter book. I have seen the movies for the first six books, and I’m reading this one again before watching its adaptation. Harry Potter is such an awesome story and J.K. Rowling is a gifted writer. By the way, I’m a Ravenclaw, my wand is a hazel wood with a Phoenix feather core 10 ¬ĺ” and reasonably supple flexibility, and my patronus is an osprey. I got all that information from Pottermore. ūüôā Any of you reading this Potterheads?

I go to the doctor this week. That’s part of the reason why I’ve been having difficulties. Overall I’m doing okay, but I have a small surgery coming up and I’m praying nothing more will come of it. Hopefully everything else is in order.

The Super Bowl is happening right now and I really don’t care. Football is probably my least favorite sport in the world, and I’ve gotten a lot of hate for that but I don’t care about that either. The way I see it, there are many more important things to be doing than watching a football game. What’s your take on it?

Like listening to the Dear Evan Hansen cast album! It came out a few days ago and I finally listened to it today. It absolutely blew my mind, I highly suggest you listen to it. I laughed, I cried, I was deeply touched. I haven’t actually seen the show but maybe some day I will. It is something especially beautiful. Not to mention some of my favorite Broadway actors are in it! Has anyone else been obsessing over this show recently?

Now I have some homework I’ve been procrastinating terribly. I’m going to try to make myself do some of it, but we’ll see how it goes. I hope that you are all doing wonderfully this evening – or morning or whenever it is that you are reading this – and that you enjoyed this post even though there really is nothing super important in it. God bless you!

~TheHoudinian

Girl’s Profile Artwork

After the drawing I posted the other week, I got in the mood to draw more. I made three drawings and I’ll share them over the next few weeks. In this one I practiced drawing profiles. It’s not my absolute best, but I still think it turned out well.


~TheHoudinian

“The Raven” Drawing

I thought I’d do something a bit different today and share some of my artwork! I’ve always found drawing to be very relaxing but it occurred to me I’ve never really shown any of my work here. I don’t do it often and in the end I’m usually proud of my creation,  but this time I really was.

We had an assignment to make a post showing imagery and the main idea or some other special words about Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”.  I don’t remember any specifics of what it was supposed to have, but I immediately started picturing something and got to work on it.

It’s not perfect and not as good as I wanted it to be, but I think it turned out fairly well. I didn’t think I could draw a raven or a person from the side like that, but I just found a good picture and kind of went off of what I say. I just wish the shading if the sky could have been smoother and the word more bold.

Let me know what you think of it!


~TheHoudinian

Sherlock Finale!

After the fandom went through years of waiting, series four of BBC’s Sherlock finally came. And now has went. It was a great three episodes! I’ll never stop being upset it feels like we get so little, but it makes sense.

Each episode is that length of an entire movie. So, three movies in just a few years? That’s reasonable. And the episodes’ plots are always so complex and perfectly thought out that it makes perfect sense.

I waited so long for this to arrive and it did not disappoint! I was blown away by these new episodes. I’m still recovering from it all, so I’m not going to try to go into detail of what I thought. And no spoilers here either – for anyone! But please let me know if you liked it or not or if you have ever seen the show. And if not, why?!? It is one of my favorite TV shows of all time!

Alright, it also happens that I am sick right now and really should be getting some sleep. Hopefully next week’s post will be more well written and interesting.

~TheHoudinian

January Reading Plans

So I mentioned that I want to get back into reading, so I thought I would let you all know what I’m planning to read. Let me know what you’re planning to read or are currently reading or if you’ve read anything on my list!


Currently Reading: Harry Houdini On Deception

I’m sure you know I’m obsessed with Houdini! My uncle gave this book to me recently and it is very good so far. It’s so great to be reading something Houdini actually wrote after learning about him from dozens of other sources.

Next To Read: The Fever Code by James Dashner

I got some Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas, and I’ve already spent some of it. I’ve been wanting to read this next installment of The Maze Runner ever since I learned about it. I read the prologue while I was in the store and cried! This series has gotten to me in so many ways and it is one of my favorites of all time.

Always Reading: The Holy Bible

I’m a Christian. I love the Bible. And I want to be reading it more. Hopefully in the future I’ll prepare some posts on what books in it I’ve been reading or what verses have stuck with me or something I’ve learned. ūüôā

Hopefully I’ll make it through the first two before the end of the month. I’m not sure what I’ll read after them though.

So, what are you reading?

~TheHoudinian


A New Year, A New Plan

My priorities are clear to me, and I must be completely honest: blogging is not near the top. 

But I know there are people who read this blog, and I don’t want to completely give up on it. So, in 2017 I would like to produce one post per week, be it a life update, review, poem, short story, etc. That way I can keep this blog active, but I can let myself focus on other things that are more important to me right now.

I made a list of all I need to focus on. These are things that are important to me. They are what make me feel productive. I’ve been wasting far too much of my time recently, and I know I’ve said that before. For a while I got myself into that mood of being completely focused, but I’ve lost it again. Maybe this time I can actually stick with it.

God. I would like to spend more time praying and in the Bible. I was doing that for a while, and it helped so much. I’ve got to do it more.

School. I think I might have managed straight As last semester, and I would like to maintain those grades for the rest of the school year.

Writing. I want to be a published author by the end of high school, and it’s really hittin me that if I’m going to accomplish that that I need to be working a lot harder on my stories.

Music. I have been really slacking off. I haven’t picked up my trumpet in a few months and I’ve barely played piano at all and I want to start training my voice and not just casually singing. I know if I focus, I’ll be able to do some research and teach myself to better sing and play these instruments.

Magic. I really do love learning magic tricks, and I haven’t done it since summer vacation. My uncle gave me some more stuff on magic, and I’d like to really immerse myself in the art and become good at it.

Reading. Books are amazing, and I simply haven’t been reading enough of them.

So there we have it. Those six things will be taking up all my time. I hope to make a post every week, but if I miss I am not going to be hard on myself about it.

I’m sorry if it upsets you that I no longer am very motivated to write this blog, but this is the truth about how I want to be living my life. I may find new things to add to my priorities in the future once school is over, but as of now this is what I know I need to be doing, and I’m taking to the step to actually make myself do it.

~TheHoudinian

End of NaNoWriMo {I won!}

On the 26th of the month I won!!!


I finished with 50,150 since I became busy after that, but I am still very proud of my accomplishment. I love the novel I have in the works, and I still have a long way to go with it.

I hope you all have had a great NaNoWriMo! But there are still a few hours left, so for those of you still writing – keep at it!

~TheHoudinian

Days 96-100 {100 Happy Days} + NaNoWriMo Update

I only had two days of school this week! They went pretty well.

I had another rehearsal. I think it went really well on my part, but the overall show still has a lot of work to be done before we open.

Wednesday I did writing sprints with my sister and got several thousand words in for my novel.

I have had several family members over at our house for Thanksgiving. It has been good to have them all around. Thanksgiving was a very good day.

Today, rather than going out shopping, I tried to dedicate almost all of my time to writing. My current word count is now 44,265 words! Yes, I am finally ahead! It is a wonderful feeling to be so close to winning NaNoWriMo. The only thing is that I think I am only about half way through the first draft of this story… Hopefully I will be able to keep up the courage to finish it before the end of the year.

Christmas feels like it is already taking over. I am not ready to be moving on to that quite yet! I have a lot of things to be doing for the next three weeks, but after that I feel like I am going to really get into the Christmas spirit.

Well, that closes out this challenge. I can hardly believe I made it. Somehow I managed to review every single day of the past hundred. Wow. I deserve a piece of pie. Or sleep. Sleep would be good too. Anyway, for those of you reading this – thank you for sticking around for the end! I wish there was some sort of big finale I had for this, but I really didn’t plan anything.

I’m currently listening to Aaron Tveit sing. Anyone else obsessed with his voice? He is definitely one of my favorite Broadway actors of all time. Also, is anyone else freaking out that some of the Broadway cast of Something Rotten! will be going on the tour? And what about the Call Me Madame blogs starting on Broadway.com? And finally, I am so excited for Hairspray: Live!

I think that sums up my current main excitements in the theatre world. There is always something new going on, I can’t keep up with all of it!

Tomorrow I plan to write as much as possible until I win NaNoWriMo. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it, but I am going to try really hard.

Any questions or comments you have for me? Please let me know! I love hearing from my readers. It makes me feel that there are actually people out there reading these words and not just another notification on my iPad. 

I guess that closes out these 100 Happy Days. Stay happy, everyone. It is always good to count your blessings. God bless!

~TheHoudinian

Days 84-95 {100 Happy Days} + NaNoWriMo Update

Veterans Day my school had a ceremony. I really enjoyed it and got to speak with one of the veterans for about twenty minutes afterward.

I saw the movie Doctor Strange with my family. It was so amazing! Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favorite actors, as well, so that made it even better. 

My school had a fall retreat, so we got to spend a day and a half at a camp to have Bible studies and camp activities and games. It was so much fun and I can hardly wait to go there again!

School is going well, but there are just two classes that I can’t stand. I won’t have them next semester though, so I have that to be happy about. And this week I only have two days of school before Thanksgiving break! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

For a NaNoWriMo update: I am currently at 27,305 words. Not good. I’ve been so busy and have had writer’s block some days as well. I’m at a good plot point though, so hopefully I can catch up today.

Since I’ve been so busy, make posts here has not been a top priority. I really need to get this across! After 100 Happy Days is over, I will probably be taking a break from blogging for a while. I need to really focus on school to finish off the semester, and I am in a play that will be taking a lot of time. I just don’t want to feel guilty in case I end up disappearing from here for a while, so I’m letting you all know now.

~TheHoudinian