I think it's time for another "taking stock of my life" post! Here's what's up in my life right now, as described through various -ing verbs.
Making: myself very tired with all the work I'm doing.
Eating: Chick-Fil-A, because it's always open on campus.
Drinking: hot chocolate. Always.
Reading: Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie, as well as a bunch of other things for school.
Writing: essays for classes, mostly.
Editing: old blog posts on here, hopefully soon to be editing COCA.
Wanting: a facial cleanser that doesn't have sulfates in it.
Looking: for friends. I'd like to make some more friends.
Playing: Candy Crush Saga. A lot. Also, the Doctor Who matchy game thing.
Deciding: what new makeup looks best on me. (Shh, it's a thing right now.)
Welcome to part two of my updated blog roll! Last time, I shared all the blogs I follow by e-mail. Today I'm sharing all the blogs on Tumblr that I love, which I can't follow by email, so I just manually check them every couple of weeks. Here's the original, if you'd like to see it. Now for the updated version!
*News note: We at Ch1Con just announced a new speaker! Kaye M., aka @gildedspine on Twitter, and I AM SO EXCITED I CAN'T EVEN.*
Dating Tips from the Doctor and Friendship Tips from Sherlock
The Doctor from Doctor Who and Sherlock from BBC's Sherlock offer convoluted tips on the areas in which they seem to struggle most: dating and friendship.
Ruined Hipster Posts
In which various fandoms hijack Tumblr posts that were meant to be serious.
Funny Book Related Tumblrs
One-Star Book Reviews
Famous books and classic literature get some classy one-star reviews.
An agent shares the worst query letters they get. Sarcastic, sometimes horrifying, and full of pure gold.
Kindle Cover Disasters
Some of the worst covers from self-published Kindle books. Warning: some of these images have sexual content.
John Green's Tumblr
Because John Green.
Since it's been a while since I last posted a list of blogs I follow, and it's really outdated at this point, I figured I'd give y'all an update! I follow even more than before now, so hold on to your horses.
Blogs I'm a Part Of
Chapter One Young Writers Conference
Teens Can Write, Too!
Also duh. Super glad that I'm on this team!
Blogs by Friends
Julia the Writer Girl
My best writing friend and critique partner.
Ariel Kalati, Writer
Another glorious and wonderful writing friend of mine from Write It! and Ch1Con.
To Journey Toward
Hannah doesn't really write that much anymore, but she's another friend I met through Write It! and is seriously sassy and wonderful and into classic literature.
The Spastic Writer
A writing friend I met online through Julia.
To the Barricade
A new writing friend I met just recently at a Ch1Con chat! Her blog looks really cool.
Life is So Simply Beautiful
My best friend IRL, LaPriel, has herself a personal blog. Right now, because she's on her LDS mission, I'm the one running it and all the posts are focused around her adventures as a missionary.
Hi guys! Last week, my dear Julia nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award, so that's what I'm doing today! (Thank you kindly, Jules.)
~ Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
~ Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
~ Share 5 facts about yourself with your readers
Wow. Few friends. Much sad.
Time for another book recommendation post! Today I'm recommending some paranormal YA books. For this post, the definition of paranormal is books with a fantastical species as a central focus (excluding aliens, which goes into sci-fi territory, but including witches, although they're questionably not another species) and set at least partially in the "real" world. Hope you enjoy!
It's been a while since I've done a music post, so how about another round of the Facebook song game? In this game, there are a bunch of predetermined questions, I put my iTunes library on shuffle, and we see what the "answers" are via song. I'll include any comments in italics. Proceed!
IF SOMEONE SAYS, "IS THIS OKAY?" YOU SAY?
"March" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
"In My Remains" Linkin Park
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY?
"Bleeding Out" Imagine Dragons
Like.... bleeding heart, maybe?
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"Trepak (The Russian Dance)" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
"O Come, All Ye Faithful" Josh Groban, feat. the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Hi guys! Today I'm participating in the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, which spans a number of writing-related blogs and includes a ton of original content from the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team. I put together this little shindig almost completely on my own and I'm pretty proud of my work. I'M SO GOOD AT ADULTY THINGS!
Founded in 2012, the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con) took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: Could a group of teenagers from across North America really get together and run their own conference? The answer soon became apparent: Yes. And so the conference was born!
Because the teen writing community is a particularly vibrant one, Ch1Con is proud to say they are the only writing conference by young writers, for young writers. Their team comprises a number of high school and college age writers at different experience levels in the industry, eager to create a unique experience for others like them. The conference, which has a subset focus on the young adult novel, brings teens together to hear from accomplished speakers of their own age, participate in professional workshops, and celebrate the influence young writers have on the world. With an atmosphere combining professional conference aspects with the fun social feel of a teen hangout, Ch1Con is a true no-miss experience.
When you've got a chronic illness, it is highly likely you're going to have a run-in with alternative medicine. This is especially likely to happen if said chronic illness is not very well understood by medical science.
Now, as a disclaimer, I don't mean to say here that alternative medicine doesn't work at all. I'm just giving fair warning: as a disabled/ill person, do be careful about alternative medicine. People are diverse, treatments are diverse, and medical conditions are quite diverse, even between different people with the same condition. But there are a lot of scams out there. If someone says they have a cure to a disorder that is not known to be curable, definitely be wary. Furthermore, please realize that if you ignore what your traditionally trained doctors say, you might miss out on some really great treatments.
Finally, to non-disabled people who know people with conditions like this: please don't recommend treatments to us. We know you're trying to help, but when you do this, you participate in what's known as "othering"--pointing out the things that are different about us and making them an exclusive topic of conversation, which keeps us from being seen as, y'know, regular human beings who can and should be empathized with. Further, it indicates that you think we don't have any idea what we're doing about our own health, and it often comes off as a lack of acceptance of our reality. So yes, however enthusiastic you are, just please don't share these things unless we've specifically asked for it. It helps spare us extra frustration. <3
All of that to say that today I thought, to illustrate these ideas, I'd share some of my own experiences with alternative medicine.
It's May, which means a special video humor post! For a lot of you, school is ending this month; for me, we only just begun a couple of weeks ago! The wonders of the trimester system at BYU-I.
A couple of news notes before we move forward: First, I recently made the decision to switch from a Creative Writing emphasis to a Literary Studies emphasis, because I finally realized that I was never going to get to work on YA stuff as a Creative Writing student, and being forced to write literary fiction does not work for me. Second, I recently retitled SAMMI as COCA. This, of course, is not a guaranteed final title, but when I refer to COCA in the future, now you know what it means. Yay!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these videos, and I'll see you next time for a post on alternative medicine.
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