Patchworking & Apologies

5:08 PM

I got feedback for the approximately 1,000 word story beginning I entered in the Go Teen Writers! contest. I didn't make the top twenty (Anastasia Elizabeth K. who I'm pretty sure is Anastasia Elizabeth from Every Stinkin' Page made it! Her blog is so informative about all things writing. HUGE "OOPS" IF THEY'RE NOT THE SAME PERSON). Boo, but while I am going to take it and use it to improve my writing it was a little bummerish to find out that some of the same parts of my writing haven't improved. Good to know that I can write a killer premise though. ;)

I really want to do a lot of learning and improving this year, along with writing a whole novel for once. Hopefully it works out.

I wrote a guest review for The Maze Runner (by James Dashner) at Karoline's blog As a Teen Writer, along with Karoline herself and Drew of My Oddly-Shaped Thought Cloud (Some people are just blessed with coming-up-with-good-blog-names genes. I am not one of them.).

I'm really sorry for not posting more often recently. I'll try to make it up to you. I'm not going to say anything definite but you can expect quite a few reviews both on library books and review books.


Project 30 Days of Inspire: Days 15-20  

All of these quotes are going to be from books or by authors. Sorry for the delay! Here's to showing that almost every book has a bit of wisdom in it and laughing at my attempts to wax eloquent. It's just not a good sound for me. ;)

Day 15: "Nevermore." (from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe) Why did I choose this really simplistic seeming quote? Because it represents what you can do. If you decide that you don't want to do something or to say something or to hear something ever again, you don't have to. Things don't have to be the way they are. You are in charge. 

Day 16: "I am not human. I am a cyborg. I am a mechanic. That's all I am...right?" (from Cinder by Marissa Meyer) Do not let yourself be defined as one certain type of person. You are many things, an amazing rainbow of characteristics.

Day 17: "Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it." (from Divergent by Veronica Roth) Nobody is fearless no matter how much they appear to be so. And besides, that's not the point. Being able to work past your fears, and do things inspite of them is what matters. That's called courage. 

Day 18: "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear." (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) Never give up hope. Hope that things will get better, that tomorrow will be sunnier, that you will accomplish your dreams. Hope is the oil for your soul fire. Keep it burning. 

Day 19: "Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion." (Jane Austen) This one's hard for me. If I feel like someone is laughing at me or having fun at my expense, I tend to curl up in my shell. I hate it. And I've had a hard time trying to keep my opinions without letting fear of rejection or laughter take them away. Honestly, I still have a hard time with it. Don't be afraid to have your own opinion. That's why we're called individuals. Keep strong <3

Day 20: "Ready when you are." (from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier) Besides this possibly being the most adorable couple-y bookish phrase out there, this is your life. Try new things, turn your face up to the sun, stuff you're face with chocolate and marshmallows. Be ready for change and awesome new things.

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