My New Blog Exists!

an audacious ambition!
I just made my first post on my new blog – “an audacious ambition” – for you all! I just created the site, so it doesn’t look very nice yet but the content is there to be read. I’m so excited to get to work on this blog.

So I guess this is the end of this blog. TheHoudinian blog is officially retiring. It was fun, but it’s time to be moving on. See you on the other side – God bless!


A New Blog – Coming Soon!

My plan is for this Sunday to be the very first post of my new blog. It will also be the final post of this blog, in which I will give you the link to the new one. The official title is still in the works, so you’ll find that out Sunday. But here is the format/schedule I have:

Sunday: Random post that will be nonfictional, like the retelling of an experience I recently had or a book review or top ten list. These posts will also be sporadic since I know I won’t always feeling like writing something like this, but I know I’m going to need a place for it.

Tuesday: Photography or something I drew. I love taking photos, but the majority of the time they will be from my iPad so I can’t guarantee the best quality, but I’ll see if I can figure out how to upload photos from an actual camera. I also draw infrequently, so that may show up every once in a while too.

Thursday: A poem or short story. This is what I see being the focus of this new blog because I have so many poems to share and hopefully a few short stories eventually. I really look forward to you getting to read them.

And that will be it! So every week you are guaranteed a photograph and some of my writing, and might also get a miscellaneous post as well. I’m very excited to be working on this and I hope you will all enjoy it. It will feel great for me to start fresh and knowing exactly what I want to do on the blog.

God bless!


Retiring TheHoudinian?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’m honestly not sure if anyone still reads this blog. But I’m letting you all know. I’ve posted some great stuff on this site, and I have enjoyed doing it for the most part. But then it became work and I stopped doing it all together.

I have a new vision for a blog. I want it to be more personal at times, post more poetry and stories, and probably some photography as well. I’m still in the brainstorming process, I’d like to have a firm plan of what I will do with it once I start so it won’t die after a few weeks.

If you’d be interested in this new blog, let me know! And thank you for reading, I’m honestly not expecting anyone to see this. This is more so for my own remembrance.

God bless!


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 ¾” and reasonably supple flexibility, and my patronus is an osprey. I got all that information from Pottermore. 🙂 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!


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.


“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!


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.


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. 🙂

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?


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.