Miss 101!

So, Miss Alysia over here at this epic blog was follower number 101, and as I am still waiting for number 100 to reply on my guest blog offer, I asked her if she would like to contribute something, and boy did she deliver?!

Here is an amazing poem from the hands of Alysia!

Shadows Array
From the moonlight we see
Those who dwell within
Cross my heart and pray
It was just but him
I can see no more the light shining through
But feel the rain that bears I shall do
Standing there, just shadows array
Falling above from within the sky
From the sunshine we glimpse
Those that form the ray
Holding each breath
Hoping he would say
I can feel the heat burning right through
But sense him say that I did too
Standing there just shadows array
Falling above from within the sky
From the gathering we eye
Those that lie beneath
Placing what’s left
Nothing but wreath
I can hear the final words echoing through
But say to myself why is it you
Standing there just shadows array
Falling above from within the sky
written by alysia

Thank you, Alysia!!




I have 99 followers…

That’s epic! That’s more than I ever thought I would get.

And the next follower gets to do a blog post, on ANYTHING they choose, right here!!


Because 100 needs to be celebrated!!!

Celebrated by the person who is making it happen… =]

So now we wait for the next person to fall down the trap…

Bwahahahahahah (yes, I’ve had 3 cups of coffee already)


Interview with Kellie Elmore…

Hey there people of the blogging world!!

Today’s post is an interview! With the amazing Kellie Elmore!
A few of you would know (if you don’t know, now you do!) that recently Kellie released her first poetry book! How brilliant!

Here follows the interview:

Hey, madame! First things first… How did you start writing?

What inspired you to first put pen to paper and know something great will be the result?  Hi Marlize! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful blog! So, let me just jump in… I started writing when I was in Junior High and it was really just simple poems of a lovesick girl lol. I had a major crush and I was extremely shy and scared to tell anyone (especially him) so, all I could do was sit in my room and write poems about how much I “loved” him. I never imagined that one day my innocent love poems would lead to being published.

And what was your first published/shared poem??

Oh wow, let me see… I did not publish anything until about three years ago when I found this amazing poetry community at Allpoetry.com. I opened an account and found that everyone was so warm and helpful that I felt comfortable enough to post. That first poem was a little rhyme called  “Thunder” but, during the process of creating my manuscript, many of the poems were removed and revised for inclusion.

How do you feel about reaching NUMBER 1 on amazon.com (newcomers) in such a short time?

That was such an overwhelming feeling! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! My husband, my son and my brother stood in front of the monitor and was just in awe at seeing Magic in the Backyard so high up on the list. It was really so very sweet and felt so good after so much work I put into it. Truly a reward!

What advice would you give to other writers who wants to get published someday? (Like me :P)

First, you have to write daily! Never stop writing. If you can’t find something to write about, or find yourself un-inspired…write about being un-inspired, something will come from it. Second, polish your manuscript, make it the very best, with your very best work. Then, submit. Anywhere and everywhere (reputable), that accepts poetry and/or short fiction and do not give up! Some people will like your work and others won’t. Just be patient and it will come.

Now, for a few silly/quick fire questions…
Favourite poem ever? Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Favourite book ever? My Girl

Favourite quote ever? “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” So much meaning in that!

Favourite colour? Blue and pink and yellow… I love color! (except purple)

Favourite smell? Gain dryer sheets… love how it smells blowing from the vent lol

Favourite taste? at the moment, sweet cantaloupe

Favourite animal? my dog =)

Favourite food? southern, home cooked meals, which usually means it’s fried! =)

Favourite drink? Coke

If you were to get a tattoo, what and where would it be? I actually went to get a tattoo a month or so ago and when we went in there was someone there getting one and I chickened out and left…but, it was going to be a dandelion and the words “Hakuna Matata”

If you were to become a millionaire, what would you buy first?? A ticket! I would put off buying anything until I took time to travel and see the world. Italy would be my first stop! Then Greece, then Brazil, then Alaska…

What inspires you daily? Life, moments, the view when I’m out driving, memories… I am inspired by so much.

Anything else you feel you want to share with us, Miss Kellie?? Just a “thank you”. I am so touched by so many of my readers that continue to encourage me. It has many times been their words and comments that has kept me blogging. Knowing that I was able to reach someone in some way is really rewarding and I appreciate all of them, you, everyone who has followed me. I hope you guys enjoy my book and I am looking forward to sharing with you a new one very soon!

And that’s it! Please go have a look at Kellie’s site (http://kellieelmore.com/) , and while you’re at it, BUY HER BOOK!!!




Beware!!!! [a guest post]

Hello, my name is Mark. Many of you know me as “The Idiot” who writes the blog The Idiot Speaketh. Marlize has asked me to write a guest blog for her, for about the 12th time this year, which of course, I am always happy to do for her. [I am sure it is not THAT much, and if it is. Then it is his own fault for commenting so much . But don’t stop!!]

Marlize, like most 19yr old women, is having a few issues in the “guy” department at the moment.

While Johan is her physical father…

I am her online Father… [he truly is…]

And if you are a living and breathing South African male in the 18-23 [one of them is 24, does that include him in the hit list?] yr old range, and you happen to hurt my online daughter Marlize…. I WILL hunt you down and will HURT you!!

Marlize is one of the happiest, upbeat, and most positive women you will ever hope to encounter. [awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww]She loves to laugh and giggle. If you are unable to make her laugh, you might as well leave now. You will never be worthy of her, and if you truly do not make her laugh, I WILL hunt you down and will HURT you.

She is very devoted to her family. She has a loving Mother, Father, and older Sister. All are excellent rugby players. I have it on good authority that the sister and Mother both crippled men in the past during particularly rough rugby matches. Translation: If you hurt Marlize, her family WILL hunt you down and will HURT you.

She has an office full of co-workers that all love and adore Marlize. Marlize is way too professional to get tangled in a relationship with a co-worker, so if you are a co-worker, and you have any dreams along that line, you might as well give up now. If not, you know the drill, I WILL hunt you down and will HURT you!

Marlize will make one of you an excellent girlfriend. She will probably be the best girlfriend you will ever have. But just know this…..

She chats with me often…

and will tell me everything….

yes…everything…. [LOL, this is true…]

I have many friends and have many resources at my disposal.

Even though I am thousands of miles away…

I WILL hunt you down and will HURT you.

Make my little girl happy!

Or else!!


The Idiot  (Marlize’s Online Dad) [I love this post soooo much!]


[Thanks Mark! This post was accounted to the fact that Mark was my 950th commenter, which means the next one is BIG!!! A 1000 comments… =] All remarks in THIS colour is my opinion]

Pictures Galore! Holly The Strange

Once again… I SUCK!!!! You see her saying 550th comment? I am now at 800! So you know how much I suck….

Hey guys and girliez! Holly [The Strange] here, Marliz3e invited me to do a guest post to celebrate her 550th comment (which was mine!)

So what I’ve done here is Ten Things That Make Me Happy. Some are going to be incredibly obvious, but I’m just that type of person. To make this a bit different I’m including photographs to illustrate this list. Enjoy!

First one (and only one that’s in order) is *My Chemical Romance* (I said I’m obvious!) They have been my favorite band for what is coming up to 3 years now (at time of posting.) In those few years they went from being a band that make music that I love, to something that I now almost worship… the “almost” part might be officially omitted at some point.


Next up is *Books/Reading.* This has always been one of my favorite hobbies since I was really young. What really got me started was when my Dad read me the Harry Potter series, then I wanted to read it for myself.



Something that has always made me happy is *dogs!* I don’t have my own, but when I’m older I intend to get two. Instead of finding a real dog to photograph I’ve decided to take a photo of a few of my stuffed toy dogs. The Chihuahua at the back I call “Mega-Death,” because if I had a real one that’s what I’d call it.


Another thing that makes me happy is how I dress. You can probably blame my favorite band for turning me to the “dark-side” but after discovering alternative music I developed a love of *alternative clothing* to go with it. The brand “Emily the Strange” is where I took my blog name from.


Another fairly obvious one is *The Sims.* I’ve been playing ever since I was seven when I played Sims 1 at an old friends house. It is how I first bonded with my best friend and I plan to get a Sims tattoo when I’m older. What’s not to love about making then controlling the lives of virtual people? Especially when you know that there’s a whole community of other people who share your love and are just as willing to show it!


This next one I share with my Dad, one thing we can both agree on is that *New York* is the best city we’ve been to! He’s been a lot more times than me, but from what I’ve seen I’m pretty convinced. It really is as good as it’s made out to be.


You might think I’m a bit of girly girl when I say that I love jewelry, however my favorite kind is *jewelry that looks like weapons.* Creepy I know, but I’m such a sucker for razor blade earrings!


One that’s displayed here and on my blog is *photography.* I really enjoy taking photos, it’s like capturing created art. My photos are displayed on both of my blogs.


Another one that’s displayed on my blog is *drawing.* I’m no good, but I love that feeling of being inspired and creating the amazing idea that I’ve come up with. My collection is displayed on my main blog, (HollyTheStrange.)


This last one is the only time I’m proud of myself, I’m not the best writer in the world, but I’m probably the second worst. I love *knowing that I write better than Stephenie Meyer!* That woman can’t write. For anyone wondering how the photo is linked to this, it’s the front cover of the book I’m currently writing.

So that’s it for now guys! It’s been fun making this guest post and I hope you all like reading it.

Thank you Holly!! I truly am sorry to only get it up now!!! If I own any one a response to anything, please let me know, cause I forget so easily!!!

Kellie- a Musical top 10!!


I am such a scatterbrain!! This guest post was sent almost 13 days ago!!! What is wrong with me????

Thank you, the marvelous Marlize for inviting me to guest post! I am thrilled that you asked me to be a part of your awesomely entertaining blog! 🙂

I LoVe reading your top ten’s so I decided to do one myself 🙂

I am currently running a series of posts called The Treadmill Diaries, to keep everyone posted on my weight loss… or lack thereof lol … and music is of course, a major player in my motivation. If the D.J. is spinning some good tunes, then I am kicking some serious booty on the “beast” (that’s my treadmills name)!

But there are some times when my station slacks and doesn’t offer me up some booty kickin sounds to walk to. So, I have made this top ten playlist for my workout:
Eminem – I’m Not Afraid – This is my warm up song… nice steady beat, and it has officially become my fight song! 🙂
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias– because I LiKe Enrique! this one gets the heart pumping! Well, HE gets my heart pumping!
Baby – Justin Bieber – This is just a fun song, period.
Sexy Bitch – David Guetta – How can you not wana walk off the cellulite when your listening to this one?
Tik Tok – Kesha – Again, another fun song and great beat for steppin’!
Just Dance – Lady Gaga – Do-do-n-do just dance! LoVe it!
California Girls – Katy Perry – Well, if you follow my blog, then u know y this one is on the list!
3 – Britney Spears – Britney, like Katy has a body I want! So, if she’s sweating to this, so am I!
OMG – Usher– and this is because right about now, I’m saying “Oh my god, is it over yet?”
Disturbia – Rihanna – this one is just a must!
Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back – and just when im bout to give up, I have to remind myself that in order to bring sexy back… I must…. keep… walking!

Thanks Marlize! I hope this was even a tad bit as entertaining as your top-tens! You rock girlie!

Thank you Kellie from Magic in the Backyard! Please do go check her out!!

Top 10 Halloween Facts! [a guest blog!]

Hey Bloggers!! Tony over at All Phun and Games won a guest blog post!! [#650, keep up!] and he sent me the COOLEST Halloween fact post! Enjoy it!

My wife came back in the bedroom this morning to wake me up, and just when she was at my side of the bed I decided to wake up and swung my legs around almost kicking her in the face in the process. It was not a good start to the morning. I though I was doomed after that. But, since I didn’t kick her in the face, I guess that was a good sign. So, I go sit on our computer chair and drink some juice.  I turned on the computer to check my email, only because I forgot my iPhone in the bedroom. Much like Marlize, I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from the magnificent Marlize saying that I was the 650th commenter and I was selected to be a guest blogger. WOO HOO! So I thought to myself, WWMBA(What would marlize blog about)? A Top 10 Thursday it is. I realized coming into this post that it had to be one of epic proportions. Without further ado, I give you:


Top 10 Interesting Facts About Halloween
(If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know that I go a little more in-depth with my Top 10’s, but that’s just my style.)

10. There are 16 days until Halloween!
This one actually could be number 1, but I decided it to be best at number 10 this way you can see it first 😀

9. Halloween has many names.
It is most often referred to as All Hallow’s Eve though. Halloween originated as a Pagan holiday in which they honored the dead.

8.Hershey’s Krackel and Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins rank 1st and second among the most popular candy on Halloween. At least my favorite(Reese’s Cups) made second place. I dunno what it is about chocolate and peanut butter that is so good!

7. Spiders on Halloween.
If you see an actual spider on Halloween, it is said to be the spirit of a loved one watching over you. I’ll definitely have to look out for any spiders. I have quite a few that have passed away in the past 10 years.

6. 86% of American’s decorate their houses for Halloween.
Wow, I didn’t realize the percentage was that high. I need to find a statistic for Average Length Halloween decorations are left up. Some people in my area Decorate for Halloween as early as October 1st and sometimes leave them up until Thanks Giving. (Note to Marlize: How many people on average decorate in South Africa for Halloween? Is Halloween as big where you live as it is in America?) In South Africa Halloween is celebrated by the select few. I dunno why as it RULES, but I rarely get the chance to dress up, let alone go trick-or-treating! Very, very sad!! But I really don’t have an average!!

5. The colors Orange and Black
Orange represents the Fall Harvest, while Black represents the color of Darkness.

4. Halloween is the 3rd Biggest Party day, behind New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.
(This is funny because where I work, Halloween is our busiest day, followed by Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve.)

Jack-o'-lantern on Halloween
Image via Wikipedia

3. About 99% of all pumpkins are used for carving Jack-o-Lanterns.


2. The origins of Collecting Candy.
Back in the 1930’s, the tradition of playing

pranks on Halloween went to an extreme and a movement began to substitute playing pranks for going door to door collecting candy. (I always thought playing pranks was just one Mischief Night, which is the night before Halloween.)

1. Halloween in Ireland is known as Samhain. (I’m Irish, what do you expect?)
Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”. It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels* believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because some animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living.

*The term “Gael” is sometimes used for modern Irish or Scottish Celts regardless of their language.


Thanx Tony!! I really didn’t know half this stuff! SO cool…