Blogalicious

2:31 PM

First of all, I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have actually been writing posts. I just haven't had the chance to put them up. :( So here are the posts of three days, including today. Needless to say, this post is going to be very long.

9/20/'13

I feel like I should document my "dual-enrollment journey" (geeze that sounds fancy) for you all, because I don't know....I would probably find it an interesting thing to read about on someone else's blog, but I'm weird. So I'm conflicted about this.


First of all, I'm am one of the quietest people in my class. One of them. Not the quietest. Please note that fact on a piece of paper. I'm just joking, you don't have to. *stares into your eyes evilly* But I would like it if you did. 

Second of all, I have actually talked to the teacher (thrice), answered a question in class (twice), and interacted with one or more fellow students. I have bravely tried to work past my introvert-ness and try to interact the tiniest bit more. Because my grade includes class interaction, and I want a good grade. Haha, you thought I was going to say I wanted to be more social or have friends. Ha, jokes on you. :P

Thirdly, I felt like a total boss when I backed out of the driveway and zoomed to my college class in my own Mustang, thank you very much. Except my mom was in the passenger seat, because I'm taking an abnormally long time to get my driver's license. Ahem. But I was a total boss while doing it, okay?

Fourthly (is that a word?), I handed in the intro and first paragraph of my first-ever college essay and the teacher said it was great. Eeeek!!! I'm so excited! I was one of the last ones to hand my paper in (because my teacher was doing an in-class workshop), and I had watched almost everybody else go up to "the table" and get constructive criticism and suggestions and comments like "Well, your thesis needs to be arguable, okay?", so I was legit freaked out. 

Then it was my turn and I went up there and gave her the paper. And I waited. She read the paper really quietly, so I was like "Oh my word, I did something wrong, didn't I?" But then she looked at me and said, "Girl, you don't need any help with that! You're good to go." 

So happy right now.

9/27/'13

I think my blogger homepage is malfunctioning because I opened it today and all the blogs I had had on my reading list were gone. Nothing. So I added in my favorites again, left the page, came back, and they were gone again. I gave the empty reading list a death glare.

Seriously. Not cool.

So today, I am going to put a small list of my absolute favorite blogs that I read on a regular basis. Maybe you will like them too. :)

1. Notebook Sisters (notebooksisters.com)
This blog is run by two sisters who are very sarcastic and dry-humored. They use incredible GIFs. They're introverts (yay for the introvert club). And they love chocolate. What more could I or you want? Chocolate is the food for the writer's soul (or any person's soul really).
On the practical side *sigh*, they give awesome book reviews (and read in awesome genres) and give me a lot of great books to add to my reading list. And they do loads of other things like add book excerpts from books they're working on. The site is just awesome in general, okay?

2. Fresh Modesty (freshmodesty.blogspot.com)
This blog is about dressing modestly in mostly skirts and stuff. Not completely my style, but some of the ideas are really neat and I love the author's "Awes+Awks" ...meaning Awesomes & Awkwards of the week.

3. Go Teen Writers (goteenwriters.blogpost.com)
This is Stephanie Morril's site for all things teenage writer. And it. is. totally. wicked. (which movie is that from? come on, guys, you can do it) There are so many really great tips on getting published, plots, characters, etc., etc. It's just an endless source of solid info that all teenage writers need to read. And she's already published so that makes her advice a lot more credible (to some people).

4. Rachel Coker (rachelcoker.com)
Rachel is also a published author (her first book was published when she was sixteen!!). She's eighteen now and has two book spublished (one on the way), and a photography business. She also gives great writing & life advice..and she's easy to relate to because she's still a teenager. She also loves vintage stuff for those of you interested.

5. She Said, She Wore (shesaidshewore.blogpost.com)
This blog is also by Rachel Coker, but her sister Hannah blogs with her on this one too. It's basically pictures of a cute outfit with different funny comments and stuff. Even though it hasn't been updated in a while, you should totally check out the posts already up. They're really fun!

Those are pretty much my "go-to" blogs, even though I'm always looking for new ones to stalk.

P.S. I found out that I needlessly freaked out about the reading list, and now it's back. What's up with that though? Weird. It really said my whole reading list was gone. *shrugs* Meh, it made for a good blog post.

TODAY aka 9/29/'13

I just wanted to announce that I won my first ever blog give away!!! I am so excited. :) It was a give-away on Notebook Sisters (let's be real, I enter almost all of their give-aways) for and e-copy of "Enter the Bluebird" by Brendan Halpin. It sounds really cool, because it's about a teenage girl superhero/crime-fighter. Yes. I just think there isn't enough YA fiction that has teens dealing with problems without needing a lot of adult help. At least not that I've read. If you have suggestions, please give them to me. Immediately.

Here's the Amazon summary:
Julie Rouge, who's nearly 16 and can't wait to join her mother, the masked crimefighter Red Talon, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of New Edinburgh. Unfortunately, Julie's mom has disappeared, and, while searching for her, Julie is going to discover that the city she calls home is even nastier, more corrupt, and riddled with toxic secrets than she ever knew. With brutality and betrayal around every corner, Julie will need the help of some unlikely friends and strength she never knew she had in order to become the hero she was born to be.

Doesn't that sound intriguing? I thought so, thus why I entered the give-away in the first place. Sorry for the rambling. :) My point is (FINALLY)-- I am just so darn excited about winning. And there were only two winners.

I even took a screenshot.

                                                     Laugh out loud today,
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Book Imagine

10:14 PM

I started this post a couple days ago and have been working on it little by little, so it's gonna be a mix of thoughts from at least two different days. Hope it's not confusing :) On a COMPLETELY different note, the weather is so gorgeous today! It's sunny, but there's a cool breeze. And *sigh*, it's days like these that make me want to hug the universe. Sorry, weird I know. Lol.

First of all, I just counted how many books(fiction) I have in my bookcase right now-- 125. And that's not even counting extras that I don't really like or don't want to read for a while. I think I'm well I'm my way to the home "library" I've always wanted, huh. ;)

UPDATE: I NOW HAVE 131 BOOKS DUE TO A RECENT BOOK STORE VISIT ;) WHAT CAN I SAY? THEY CALL TO ME. AND THEY'RE CHEAP. THERE'S THAT TOO.

Looking at the rows of books in my bookcase, I thought, "How the heck would I decide which ones to bring if I had to live overseas for a year or so?" (it's a legitimate question for me because my mom has family overseas) And let me tell you, international flights don't exactly accommodate heavy packers. You're allowed one piece of luggage, one carry-on, and a personal item(a purse, small backpack,...an umbrella. yes, that example was on a website). Soooo...you can imagine that you probably wouldn't be able to take all your favorite books.

My question/imagine for you (and myself) is this: If you had to live overseas (and just for fun, imagine that the first language there is not English) for a year or two, what 15 books (I tried to do ten, but I just couldn't) would you absolutely take with you?

Here are mine:

First book in the Heist Society series. Love the team!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (in case you couldn't see the picture too well). It is one of the best, I think, time-travel books I have ever read. And I actually haven't read that many so you might not wanna take my word for it. It's still a great book though :)

I don't know why, but I don't really like all the "Anne" books. My favorites, though, are the first one and this one. 

One of the reasons I love this book is because  it has a unique view point (a Chinese girl coming to America to study in college in the "olden days" when that was very rare) and because my mom is Chinese.
The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi. I like it pretty well. Probably because I have a weakness for historical fiction. Also, this book centers around the Boston Massacre for those of you interested.
Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi. Yes, another Rinaldi book :D The girl main character is seriously kick-butt. She runs away from home (from an almost forced-marriage) and joins the Union Army (think civil war) disguised as a boy. This story is really sad, but worth it.
Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton. This is an amazing story about a young girl in Germany during Hitler's reign. She has absolute faith in God and his ability to guide her and provide for her. It's a real eye-opener.
If you haven't read this series (Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter), then you should. Immediately. I don't care if you borrow it from the library, buy it, borrow it from a friend, steal it (although that option might have negative consequences). You have to read it. The whole series is awesome because it's about GIRL SPIES. Can it get any cooler? I think not.
Refer to the explanation above. 
Can you tell I like this series? I wouldn't want it to be too obvious or anything.
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren. This is book from another time-traveling  series I discovered, only it has a few twists. 1) It's Christian (only little hints though), 2) you get healed of wounds when you time travel, and 3) I can't tell you because it would be more of a spoiler than the other two. Sorry not sorry. 
This is also Christian fiction. (Catwalk by Melody Carlson if you can't read the tiny type) It's also part of a series (I'm sensing a pattern here). What I like about it is that it shows how a Christian teenaged girl copes with different real-world situations, although they might be in a slightly not-gonna-happen-to-regular-teenagers scenario. 
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding (she's british by the way). It targets a somewhat younger audience than what I usually read (around 13 yrs.), but the main character is spunky and she has loads of out-of-this-world adventures.
I had this "stage" where I read all things Amish fiction. Lots of times the only books I borrowed from the library were those Amish fictions that often had very similar plots and romance. Ooooh. I still like a good Amish fiction, I'm just not as infatuated as before. Why you ask? (I don't care if you didn't actually ask) Because there's something about horses and carriages and straw hats that fascinates me. 
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. This book  has a fairy tale feel, but I don't think it was based on any known fairy tales. At least not any that I have heard of. And what I liked about it was that it was un-cliche in every way. The shy girl is brunette, the fierce girl is blonde. The main character doesn't even fall in love with a handsome prince. 
And that, my readers, is my "Fifteen Books I Would Take If I Had To Move To Timbuktu" aka the fifteen books I would most likely take out of my bookcase if I were going somewhere where books were limited. The horror. 

                                              Hope you enjoyed,
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20 Tips For Teenage Girls (Pt. 2)

10:31 AM

I realize that some of these can apply to teens/people in general, but I like the title. Okay? Great. Now we've got that settled. :D

1. Things-You-Must-Have-In-Your-Purse-At-All-Times: chap stick, a pen, a little notepad (or something like that), and extra hair things (hair ties...whatever you wanna call them. Am I the only one who hates using rubber-bands on my hair? It just feels like strands of my hair are pulling off one by one when I try to take it out). Of course, some of these essentials change as the seasons do, but these are the very basic.

2. Always make sure you have at least ten bucks in your wallet. I hardly ever use my "stash cash" because I have no social life and I spend loads of time with my sister and parents and they have a credit card ;). But it can come in handy. Like if you run into a store with a cash/check-only policy.

3. This is not completely necessary, but you've got to have at least one pair of boots in your closet. Seriously. How can you not? My go-to pair is a pair of black (simple, but elegant I think) ankle boots which I wear all. the. time. If you don't like boots that much ( shame on you!) then I would suggest your one pair of boots to be black and a style that goes with pretty much everything.

4. Tank tops are very nice things to have. You can layer them under cute shirts that cut to low on the top and loads of other things as well.

5. If you're getting bored with the haircut you have, but don't feel like spending major dollars getting a new look, then just experiment with different ways of parting your hair or give yourself a little trim in the front if you're not too scared. Even just parting your hair differently can change how you look, trust me.

I just realized that this post is very fashion/hair/purse-oriented. Oh, well. I was trying to make it girl specific, but maybe I can come up with something even more awesomer next time. Yes, awesomer is a word.

Soooo, hope you enjoyed. If you have any suggestions, like what area of "teenage-girl life" you would like me to give tips on, please comment because I would absolutely love to get a comment. Seriously. Comment right now.

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First College Class

5:46 PM

I think the title pretty much explains itself. I was extremely nervous. I didn't just have butterflies in my stomach, I had a whole herd of buffalo or something. Buuut, it went alright. I acted like I thought I would, translation-- a total introvert. The teacher was good, she explained things clearly and she was funny. There are a total of 20 students in my class, varying from older middle-aged to just a little older than me. I'm pretty sure I'm the youngest there, and having not gone to any local schools, knew nobody. Yeah. But I'm actually okay with that.

So I'm just gonna let you look at my day (or night. It was an evening class) through pictures and funny(hopefully) explanations. Here's what I took to class:

My books- duh (I am very freaked out about a possible essay I might have to write for the whole book of Ender's Game)
Some other things I took were: A couple pens and pencils, a bottle of water, and a notebook. I never opened the bottle of water. The class I'm going to is Composition I, so I'd say it's the grammar and writing side of English. More cut and dry.

I wore a big, loose red t-shirt with the American flag on it, grey skinny jeans, and black ankle boots. I thought it was appropriately nice/casual. I don't know. One of the reasons, I was so nervous is because I didn't know what to expect. I've never been to any public school (state testing doesn't count) in my whole entire life. Jumping from homeschooled high school to college is a big deal for me. Also, I'm gonna maybe put something up every Friday (the day after my weekly class) of the outfit I wore. Maybe. It seems like good filler content if I run out of things to talk about.

P.S. And OH MY WORD I'm so sorry for not posting as much. Please, please, please forgive me. Until next time. Ahem. Just saying.

                                                     Later peeps,
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