Why I Trust Science Over Religion

I had a conversation with my mother today on Skype, and she asked me why I believe in science as opposed to religion. Basically, she asked me why I choose atheism. See below for my five-part reply.

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KingsIsle’s Latest (Cute) Blog Post

Happy 452nd birthday, Mr. William Shakespeare! 🙂

Warning: The poem linked to below is, regrettably, very difficult to read (grammatically, I mean), and therefore, to understand, but the attempt at parody is, in itself, kinda cute. Gotta love all the Spiral references from Wizard101 and Pirate101, right? 😀 So, I figured I’d share this Shakespearean-style post from KingsIsle’s official blog, despite the nonsense aspect of it.

Did thou knowest William Shakespeare would arriveth at the ripe olde age of 452 years old today, April 23, 2016? Mayhaps in celebration of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, thou may enjoyest this ode to t…

Source: Talk Like Shakespeare Day 2016

What dost thou think of their cute but otherwise incomprehensible post? Lol, sorry. I’m just kinda frustrated with it… Don’t mind me… 😛

“KingsIsle, O KingsIsle, wherefore art thou so good at crafting thy glorious Spiral, and yet so poor at creating a legible parody? Alas, woe is me…”

Okay. I’m done being annoying now. I’m sorry for all the venting. 😛

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PS: If you understood the above-linked post, you have my respect. 🙂 I’m not the brightest when it comes to reading Shakespeare as it was originally written… Modern-day English is frustrating enough for me… And yes, I’m a native English-speaker. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though. Ugh, all those dreaded commas to grapple with… 😀 Heh.

Yeeeeah… Okies, time for me to cut the random chatter. I’m gonna post this post now. 😀

♥ Have a fun day, everyone! ☺

Pitch Imperfect: Why I never got a solo in my high school choir

I’ve always loved singing. When I was little, I used to want to sing on Broadway, or for Disney. And I’m not awful at it. But the truth is, I’m no rising star, either. Nor should I be. I like my private life much too dearly to sacrifice it for the chance of being on The Voice, let alone actually winning it. (Yeah, right! Like that’ll happen.) Read more

Chapter 5 is Posted!

In case any of you missed my recent social media posts and messages since Feb. 7th, I have updated Morganthe’s Apprentice with its fifth chapter. I know, right? About time!

I can’t pinpoint why I was able to finish this part in a sudden spurt of writing, but I’m grateful as ever for my friends, my beta readers (who are also my friends), and my VIP team for their tireless support and, dare I say it, their relentless patience! Firestorm Nauralagos, BuBuWinter, Jesse, Ammaarah, A Foolish Fool, Arnel, Waffles, Ian, and everyone else who has provided me with feedback on the story, THANK YOU so much! 😀 I love you awesome people!

Check out Morganthe’s Apprentice now – and don’t be afraid to leave constructive feedback when you’re done reading.

No Polaris for Me Yet… Why? :)

In my last post, I celebrated, among other things, getting my Life wizard, Rebecca Dreamhunter, to the once-coveted level 100. And now? Well, she’s still level 100. Yes – even now, after Polaris has been live for at least a month. Well, when I really start to think about it, there are several reasons why I haven’t reached levels 101+ yet. I shall explain here. Read more

Level 100 Life Wizard! Yep, That’s Me. FINALLY!

Check it out: My first-ever wizard has become my first level 100 wizard!

Goodbye, Tartarus… Hello, Darkmoor!

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I got my Hungry Caterpillar spell! 😀 Many warm thanks to Gwenni and Sam from our RaidCall group for helping me through Parts 1 & 2 of Darkmoor. I hugely appreciate it! 🙂 🙂 Next stop: Darkmoor’s Grand Finale!!!
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Thanks so much to Jesse from our RaidCall group for helping me quest through Khrysalis part 1. He took me from the beginning of Tyrian Gorge, all the way to the end of the Eclipse Tower! *** Now, when I say he “helped” me, what I mean is, he practically carried my Life wizard through that whole, dangerous place until she got her first Shadow spell, Shadow Seraph, pictured here. I am immensely grateful, both to Jesse for the mountains of help, and to the group for allowing me to meet and become friends with this awesome dude (as well as many other helpful individuals). GROUP HUG!!! ***
Nearly 1,000,000 Damage
When I soloed Hisser while questing in Fort Rachias, I ended up hitting him for almost one million damage points! Honestly, though, I wasn’t even trying to hit him that hard… I just got tired of the Efreet management (which consisted entirely of a bunch of Cleanse Charm treasure cards) and decided to over-boost instead, rather than have to reshuffle & hit again. 😀 I was like, “GRR! Efreet AGAIN?? Heck, I’ll just hit through it this time.” At the last moment, I changed my mind, and poor Hisser didn’t stand a chance either way, it appears. YAY for treasure card blades and traps, and yay again for Colossal! Of course, having Dyvim Whitehart along for the fight had absolutely nothing to do with this… *shifty eyes* OKAY, okay! His built-in 50% damage boost was pure awesomesauce. Satisfied? (Just kidding, of course! Thank you, Dyvim! It’s great to have you back!)

That’s all I’ve got to share right now. I’ll keep ya posted! Thanks for reading…

See ya in the Spiral!

Update: Life as a Wizard

Hello there, young wizards!

Since I last posted about my progress playing Wizard101, I’ve actually progressed quite a lot. My most advanced Wizard, a Life wiz named Rebecca Dreamhunter, is now level 97 and questing in the first part of Khrysalis! Moreover, she’s finished all her side quests up to the beginning of Avalon, with only one exception: the Marleybone Warehouse dungeon, which I am NEVER going back into. It’s not worth the trouble, in my opinion.

So anyway… At this point, I’ve got a total of 20 characters over 6 accounts. Of course, only two of those accounts currently have a paid membership, though. I’ve recently started a Khrysalis series on YouTube, starting with Xibalba (the finale to Azteca), and so far, I’ve gotten all the way to Pepper Grass Nook in the Last Wood. I’ll keep recording as long as people keep watching. 🙂 It’s a lot of fun! Meanwhile, my Balance wizard, Madison Bright, is level 25 and quested past the Ironworks in Marleybone not too long ago. Here’s a link to that playlist.

Also, I’ve been working hard on my newest fanfiction, Morganthe’s Apprentice, which is about Rebecca Dreamhunter and her adventures in Khrysalis. I should note, however, that her “fanfictional” journey there is very different (AU) from the canon, in-game story for Khrysalis. I hope that if you decide to read it, you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it so far. Here’s a link to the story on FFN. Feel free to leave a review there to let me know what you think of it! 🙂 Anonymous (a.k.a. “guest”) reviews are welcome.

I tried to start a Wizard101 website, but that didn’t work out too well. Ah, well. Never mind. The above links will do for the time being, hehe…

It’s Not Your Fault

As an individual on the autistic spectrum, I can relate to most of these. Not all, but most. Either way, it’s so beautifully written, and it’s definitely worth a read, whether you’re on the spectrum or not.

Musings of an Aspie

It’s not your fault.


Some days I feel like I should get this tattooed on my forehead.


When I withdraw into myself and fall silent, it’s not because of anything you did.

When I blow up over some inconsequential thing you’ve said, know that the real trigger happened hours ago.

When you do something that unexpectedly makes me feel trapped or panicked, there was no way you could have known until I told you.

When I zone out in the middle of a conversation, it has nothing to do with how interesting the conversation is.

When I ignore you because I’m engrossed in writing or reading, it’s not a reflection on how I feel about our relationship.

When I twist out of your embrace or push your hand away, it doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong.

When I forget to call you, it’s not because I’ve forgotten you.

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Three YouTube Comments, One Ripplistically Long Reply

Hey, folks! I need your opinions on something… Can you spare a moment to lend an ear?

First, for your convenience, here’s a link to the YouTube video being discussed below: “You could Die laughing, watch it why”

Here’s another link, leading directly to the comment thread.

Hopefully, when he/she sees the reply I left him/her, Chase won’t think I’m “uneducated” just for standing by the opinion that the above-linked video is, indeed, funny… I’m sure you’ll all see what I mean when you watch it, whether you agree with me or not. 😛



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+Letanca do you know me? sure not! when you speak with with strangers respect your self first and then respect the others, this is totally stupid Video and it’s just Mockery of the Church! it’s funny for the uneducated people

Rebecca Ripple:
+chase0case Okay, that’s just… not right. *rolls eyes* Please read through what I’m about to say, because I, for one, feel strongly about this issue.

First off, religious kids in a choir can have harmless, musical fun if they want to, can’t they? Or is that honestly against your religion, sir or ma’am? (Sorry, but I can’t really tell which gender you are from your username…) I don’t want to sound condescending at all, especially since I don’t know you any more closely than +Letanca does. But patience, please; just hear me out.

I agree that Letanca’s choice to insult your / a total stranger’s intelligence is pretty unreasonable since you only called the video stupid, and not an actual person or group of people. At the same time, though, if you so thoroughly dislike this video, I’d suggest that it’s better to leave it alone and find another one that’s better suited to your interests. Having been trolled on the internet myself, I am of the firm belief that if you don’t like something here on the web, why bother continuing to watch, read or participate in it? There are better ways to spend your time than calling videos “stupid” just because you don’t like them, especially when those videos weren’t intended to incite, or to use your word, “mock” anyone.

I can’t imagine that the performance in this video was not an actual part of a genuine choral concert, either at a religious school or at a church. Why would a Christian school or a church want to mock The Church? With all due respect, I think you took this video a tad too personally. If you don’t want to see it again, that’s fine; you don’t have to, and I wouldn’t recommend it. However, if you want to continue labeling as “stupid” a video of talented young vocalists singing fun, humorous lyrics in a classical-style format before an audience, I hope you’ll have the common decency to decide against that as well.

In conclusion, as the person voicing this opinion, I feel I should add that I’m not immune to regret. Everyone who is old enough to legally comment on YouTube videos (in other words, ages 13 and up) has said something to someone that they later feel remorseful about (or at least, they should), myself included. Every teenager and adult has acted irrationally out of uncontrolled/poorly-controlled emotion — again, myself included. But I hope that after reading my full comment, you’ll make the choice not to be judgmental in the same way again. After all, not every video worth posting will please you as an individual. However, as a member of YouTube/Google, it’s your responsibility to choose your reaction with an open, clear mind.

Thank you for reading my admittedly lengthy reply. I hope it will mean something to you for the future.


So, what do you think? Did I totally overdo it with that huge buncha words, or did I make a decent point? I hope I made my point after all that, but let me know either way.

And by the way, how do you like the video? 🙂 Did you smile and/or laugh, like I did — or did you have a hard time enjoying it, like Chase and a few other commenters did? Please feel free to leave a comment on this post and let me know how you feel about it. I promise to always reply to comments on my blog, even if it’s just to say, “thanks for sharing your opinion.” 🙂

Thank you for reading, and have an amazing day, week, or however long it’ll be before I figure out what to post next… LOL.

Until then, stay awesome!