Monday, September 15, 2014

Let The Games... Begin!

Hello there Wizards and Pirates alike.

Blaze Shadowhorn here and as many of you know, September 12th was my fourth blogaversary! This has been such a huge milestone and I wanted to share this special time with all of you! As you keep reading, I will be clarifying details regarding my party and giving you all tons of information about contests and raffles I'm doing this week leading up to the party where you can win tons of amazing prizes. Let the games begin!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

"Started from the bottom now we're here. Started from the bottom now my whole team here." Yes... I just quoted Drake... >.<

Hey everyone!!!!

Do you know what yesterday was? You're all smart cookies so you can probably tell from the title but it was my Fourth Blogaversary! I can't believe it has been four years (and a day) since I started Tales of the Spiral or as it used to be known as, Mywizard101site. That's like 1,460 days (and today)... Crazy right? I would just like to say thank you to all of you because without you, where would I be? What would I gain motivation from? You guys inspire me to keep blogging so thank you for giving me your ears.

When thinking about what to do for this post, I had a few ideas. I'm going to give you an inside look at the progression of TotS and how it evolved graphics wise (you can make fun of my artistic abilities here) and than I will tell you all about an awesome surprise I have in store to celebrate this milestone. So, let's get to it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Four incredible years...

It's crazy how time flies.... One day you are creating a new website on Webs.com hoping that someone will read it. Next day you are creating graphic art and coding for your website to make it appeal to your 150 followers. Before you know it, you are at 223 Followers that come along with a crazy 135,000 page views. Four years. It has been four years since I started Tales of the Spiral or as it used to be known as, Mywizard101site.

As many of you know from my tweeting today and over the past few days, I have been ridiculously busy with school, job interviews, and studying for the ACT. I have had no time at all this week to work on my blogaversary post so I am making this quick one to just say how much I appreciate all of the support you have given me these past four years. I wouldn't be here without you guys and your support truly means the world to me. I will be going much more in depth with this all tomorrow as I make my official blogaversary post so check back then because I've got lots of amazing news to tell you!

Hope you all had an amazing week and I will see you.... tomorrow!
-Blaze

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget the Fallen

Every year, I try finding a new angle to talk about this day, September 11th, and what it means to myself and our nation.

Thirteen years ago, two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, one went into the side of the Pentagon and one into a field in Pennsylvania. My father was driving to the Pentagon that day for a meeting he had and it was supposed to be a regular day. I was in Pre-School, 5 years old to be exact, and my mom suddenly came and got me from school. I had no idea why or what was going on. Next thing I know, I was at home and I saw my mom sitting in front of the TV screen, watching what I would later know as the first two planes hitting the World Trade Center. My mom wasn't sure what was going on and so she called my father who was already driving to the Pentagon and she told him to come home. She had a weird feeling and was preferring that he came home immediately during this time. This call from my mom may have saved his life. What felt like a half hour later, the next plane hit the Pentagon and my mom let out a sad sigh of relief. It was a tragedy knowing that so many people were losing their lives yet by a chance of luck, my father was able to avoid this and arrive home safely.

To be completely honest, I never know how to write posts such as this. What am I supposed to talk about when it deals with a national tragedy? It's always a difficult topic to write about, yet sometimes the best things to say require the least effort.

I found this prayer by a Navy Chaplain in regards to 9/11 and I feel like it is well worth the share.


"Almighty God, the past year will be indelibly inscribed in our memories.

We looked with horror on the terrorist attacks of last September 11th. But we looked with honor on acts of courage by ordinary people who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction.


We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost. We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope. You have turned our grief into determination. We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.

Help us to remember what it means to be Americans— a people endowed with abundant blessings. Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy and inspire us to stand with courage, united as one Nation in the midst of any adversity.

Lord, hear this prayer for our Nation. Amen." -A Navy Chaplain

We shall never forget the horrors of this day and all the lives that were lost. We as a Nation will only get stronger and will always be there for one another during these tough times.


Keep those who have fallen in your hearts.
Have a nice day,
-Blaze

Previous 9/11 posts:
September 11th post from 2011
September 11th post from 2012

Monday, September 1, 2014

Six years... Time flies when you're having fun!


Happy (almost) birthday to Wizard101! Just one more day until it is official. September 2nd is on it's way! Before I get started, I just wanted to say that since my last post, I have finally gotten my new laptop and am working on getting back up to speed with posting. I have a long list of topics to write about and not to mention wanting to start thinking about new blog aesthetic changes. Wizards, have no fear. Things will be up, and than you can cheer! Now on to what you're reading this for, the Wizard101 Sixth Birthday Extravaganza!!!