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{December 28, 2011}   Happy Holidays!

I want to wish a belated Merry Christmas to everyone and I hope that a great holiday season was had by all. I was just browsing YouTube and I came across some videos I had previously “liked” that are not exactly Christmas-themed, but are still Jesus-themed. I wanted to share them with my readers.

It has annoyed me for ages that Christmas has a very different meaning to many than it has for me. I mean, the new Christmas has a jolly man in a red suit taking all the credit for presents bought by loving parents (or not-so-loving parents, but you get my point). Add to that the fact that the Christmas season is the most profitable time of year for stores, boutiques, supermarkets, malls… when the family should be celebrating the birth of God with each other – instead of potentially spending their retirement funds.

But I digress.

Here is a wonderful, heartfelt video from artist Britt Nicole, broadcasted on K-Love:

 

 

Peace always,

max4love



{October 29, 2011}   A Comeback

For my IB courses, it’s crunch time, which means less blog time. However, I still manage to waste a lot of time, or should I say that if you’re having fun then it’s not wasting time?

Researching myself recently, I found ‘me’ through Bing.com (Because It’s Not Google, but better):

1) The time I was a valedictorian of my high school

2) My YouTube channel with my video diaries

3) Since I was logged into Yahoo! Answers, I found some questions that I got picked best answer for:

4) And, My new educational website, SXM Civics, among others:

So, I’m still online, even though I haven’t been blogging as much as I love to. But have free reign to miss me, any one who enjoys Max4Love, but hasn’t seen her here lately.

With peace,

Maxine “max4love”.



{August 23, 2011}   My Adventure in Haiti

Hey! Long time no write!

Recently, actually for the first two weeks of July of this year, I went to Haiti as part of the Heart for Haiti programme!

The experience was memorable. I learned so much, and I feel like I’ve come away changed. Haiti has went through a lot the past years – but it has strength and faith and impossible beauty.

Moreover, I am impressed by the artistic talents of her people.

If you’d like to see the rest of my video diary series of the trip, simply visit my YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MaxineAndrew

Maxine “max4love”



{February 6, 2011}   My Psyche

I always get excited when I’m talking about my writing.

Due to a well-loved teacher at my high-school, I’ve come across the website of WD (writer’s digest shop), and there was an article talking about dialogue, action and narrative. Here is my take on it:

I don’t use a lot of dialogue, but when I do, it’s because I don’t feel that I have any other way of bringing across a particular character trait (cross, temperamental, curt) to my reader. The character of any person is based on the way she/he reacts, not the way she/he acts. Given a particular situation or someone saying something (be it antagonistic or not), the way a person reacts to that gives an insight – and the opportunity for me – to give the reader a look-see into the workings of a character’s mind.

Now about action: that’s practically my entire story. I sometimes consider narrative and action the same thing, up to an extent.

Inner mind theatre of Maxine: I find it the most boring thing in the world to describe the daily activity of a character. This is narrative truly, for me. To talk about simple things is exhaustive and takes up unnecessary word count. Unless there is something unusual happening when someone is brushing their teeth in the morning – like someone hiding in their shower stall behind them waiting to cut off their head – or walking home from school – like a demented stalker following the character – then I don’t bother doing it.

Well, being an enjoyer of all things Sims, I enjoy describing a character’s features, their clothing styles, their vehicles and personal belongings. I like to describe the layouts of houses, hotels, cabins and shacks. In truth, I don’t usually describe every detailing of a room, such as the intricacies of a specific window type. That is so not me…

Action – now therein lies my true love. There’s not much of anything else I do when I write. I love fast-paced, in-your-face scenes, where characters get into fights, get into arguments, reach a startling conclusion about something. If a novel could be made entirely out of action, I would do it. But an attractive short/long story or novel needs a plot, and that is where planning comes in. Balance is the key.

All three elements have to come together to produce a work someone wants to read. But more important, that I would want to read over. If I don’t like a story, if I can tell the plot is slow, the characters aren’t defined, that the scenes are unrealistic, shouldn’t I expect others to see these things?

On a lighter note, go with God, peace and Vampire Diaries!

P.S. -> If you’d like to see the article yourself, check it out at : http://tinyurl.com/4uzlhmo



{February 1, 2011}   A Dutch Memento

The oral part of the Cambridge Dutch Exam required that I talk about something (obviously), and it wasn’t difficult coming up with ideas. There’s hardly anything I enjoy more than writing, so I talked about the various stories I’m writing, among other things. This is part of my presentation:

“Ik ben gek op schrijven. Sins ik was een kleine kind ik had schrijven. Het is magisch; zetten worden op een bladzijde. Ik houd van scheppen de karakters en vertellen over hen. Ik houd van maken mensen lachen, huilen en denken met mijn verhalen. Ik vind de vertellen zijn meer dan amusement. Ik vind vetellen verhalen een manier van lezen. Ik houd van een goed verhalen waar mensen verdragen, verandering, ervaren en houden. Er zijn heel dingen een persoon kan doe met een verhaal. Een persoon kan geven verrijkijken en vreugde…

Ik heb (andere) boeken en korte verhalen. Zij zullen worden gepubliceerd in mijn Forever Algemene Brooke Collection.

Er zijn auteurs die mij hebben geïnspireerd en gevoed mijn dorst om te schrijven. Al hun boeken zijn de favorieten van mij. Zij zijn: J. D. Robb, J. A. Konrath, Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson en Ron Roy. Ik kan nooit genoeg krijgen van het lezen. Ik verzamel e-books. Ze nemen minder ruimte in dan romans, hoewel ik een paperback liever een computerscherm elke dag. Lezen is een krachtige en gedenkteken. Ik wil het lezen van mijn boeken impressionable als die ik gelezen heb.”

I aced that exam! Not being a native Dutch speaker, I was very happy with my results. Does anyone know what I said here, concerning the writers I like?

God bless, from max4love



{January 11, 2011}   2011 is here!

Happy New Year, one and all!

I haven’t blogged in quite a while, but it’s a good feeling to be back. For the new year, I have added a new chapter post to my blog: “Would It Change?” It’s a fresh twist that I hadn’t predicted. Originally, Yan was just a smelly, loser of a character. But enough of personal plot spoilers, I’ve got news!

Over the Christmas vacation, I have gotten the opportunity to watch even more television than usual, and I am proud to admit that I am freshly addicted to the CW show “Vampire Diaries”. I eagerly await every Thursday night for a new hour-long episode. Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (among others) bring life to L.J. Smith’s “Vampire Diaries” book series. I reserve this saying for very special occasions, and I will use it now. “Vampire Diaries” is Ultimate Awesomeness.

To the Harry Potter fans, I am sincerely sorry that the final flick is completed. This is the end of a long and illustrious journey for the movie make of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series. I’ve read them from the age of ten, and instantly fell in love with the characters. I feel your pain. Watch “Vampire Diaries”; it’ll make you feel better.

Always remember: peace and love, and “Vampire Diaries” makes the world a better place.
Maxine “max4love”



{December 14, 2010}   Exhilaration

  Last night was momentous for me! I got through writing the bad guy monologue and yet another escape scene in “Okay”.

  Current standing:

Word Count: 40412    Main/Secondary Characters Count: 35    Chapter Count: 25

  I don’t know why writing is so powerful. Those times when the ideas flow out of me effortlessly, like running water form a new faucet, is absolutely awe-inspiring. And when I experience the magic that is writing, I find myself closer to God when I am finished putting it all on paper – regardless of the subject matter of the writing piece.

  I am so happy. Of course, it is the season to be jolly, so I want to wish all my readers the best Christmas season you’ve ever had. Just in case we don’t talk again before the Big Birthday, Happy Holidays!
      Maxine “max4love”



{November 20, 2010}   Reminiscing

I haven’t been writing much lately, bombarded as I am with schoolwork and new television shows. I am, however, thinking a lot and reading quite a bit. Right now, I’m reading about Job and his friends and their views on why he is in the poor situation he is in right now. I find myself agreeing with the various sides and unable to decide who is in the right.

Last night, I planned out my third home edition board game, named after my experiences as the daughter of professional educators. Teachers are the professions most heavily taxed in the Caribbean, and my board game was inspired by that. However, the games are more comedy-oriented and related much to me and my experiences. I made most of the items myself; the dice, the bills of money, the bank holding the money, the squares of the board games, the designs and names.

I haven’t made a board game in over 3 years. I’m feeling very nostalgic right now. So fitting, I’m ending this with a recent observation: flies mate in the same position chickens do. Always with peace,

max4love

P.S. → Keep a lookout for an article page entitled “Differences” coming up soon.



{October 29, 2010}   Thoughts

Latest Post

“Battle”, my long story with Magdalena Price, is proceeding beautifically. I’m on my second fight scene. Price is faced off with five individuals. This should be fun, with ample blood loss, pain and interesting fight moves. Yay!

Word Count: 6799    Main/Secondary Characters Count: 35    Chapter Count: 7

“When You Don’t Know Something” — on this site
Word Count: 9848    Main/Secondary Characters Count: 16    Chapter Count: 6

“The Religion of Romance” — on this site
Word Count: 7523     Main/Secondary Characters Count: 18    Chapter Count: 5

My song list is on shuffle – something I don’t do often – so I’ve been hit with some random lyrics. My current favourite line from an unexpected song is “Temporary happiness is like waiting for the knife / As I’m always watching for someone to show their darker side”. It’s featured in Pink’s “Heartbreaker”. I can take this several ways. For me, though, my first thought fit the circumstances aspect. I can’t ever completely enjoy an experience because I’m waiting for something to go wrong.

I’m waiting for the happiness to end.

Because everything ends, eventually. With books, I can have tears streaming down my face at intervals, burst out into laughter at several points and be so compeltely involved with the plot that I can’t put down the novel – or close the e-book, as is often the case. I feel so empty and lost after I finish a book that has been so great. The end of anything brings me infinite sadness. I hate conclusions.

Peace always,
       Maxine “max4love”



{October 13, 2010}   New Approach

I have to say to my family often enough that I’m not interested in certain things. With peer pressure and media exposure and the internet, they get worried about me. I still collect dolls and talk about shows like “Imagination Movers” and “Dora the Explorer“. I desperately miss Blues Clues, and was super-surprised when I found out that Blue was a girl! So many things aren’t on my radar as yet – and I’m far closer to twenty years than five.

Keep checking back here, because I have a surprise! Okay, before you get too excited, it’s an essay of sorts about the “depressingly” low level of naughtiness on my radar. (I use quotations because I don’t agree with the term.) Of course, I’m also called a sexist on a regular basis, as my criticism of guys sometimes falls on reluctant ears… but back to the topic! The page will be entitled “Unclean Questions” and its already written. I’m just not putting it up yet – it’ll help build up suspense!

Below is an update on my progress on a brand-new story I started just this week. It stars Magdalena, a girl after my own heart. The book is in the theme of darkness, and very different from my usual writing.

“Battle”

Word Count    5,848    Main/Secondary Characters Count    27    Chapter Count    5 

Peace always,

       max4love



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