Hello, and welcome back to On This Day in My History! We'll take a peek through my old diaries to see what was going on in my life through the years on June the 28th, starting with 2004! Here we go.
June 28th, 2004, Ten Years Old
I had a decent meeting for the arts and crafts club I decided to found this summer.
No June 28th entry in 2005.
June 28th, 2006, Twelve Years Old
This was the end of our vacation in Hawaii in honor of my grandparents' 50th anniversary. We did a brief tour of the area and then got on "a horrid plane ride." I peed my pants because of the extra humidity in Hawaii, and then had to sit by strangers and couldn't sleep. Whoo!
Today, I've got a couple of guest posts up on other people's blogs! First, Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew, who guest posted on my blog once, kindly gave me the opportunity to do the same on hers! Then, Julia (who is currently on her way to Oxford, the Oxford, in England Oxford, much jealous) posted an interview with me on her blog. I'll be putting a preview of each post below with a link to the full post at the end. Thank you to you guys for reading, and an extra special thanks to both Julia and Ellana for hosting me! Come back next time for a "on this day" post.
Guest Blog: Disability on Ellana's Blog
"When I read this post by Ellana, it really resonated with me, as I know it did with many of you. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disabling but largely invisible chronic pain and fatigue syndrome, when I was sixteen years old. (Read my story here.) I was already somewhat integrated in the disability community because my youngest brother is autistic, but once I had a personal stake in it, my understanding of the situation grew greatly. Recently, I was also diagnosed with OCD (the reveal post is here), making me both mentally ill and physically disabled..."
Read more here.
Wordy Wednesday: Interview with Kira Budge on Julia's Blog
"Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a sophomore at BYU-Idaho studying English: Creative Writing and a novelist, primarily of YA fantasy. Additionally, I’m the Associate Online Administrator of Ch1Con, a writing conference for teens. I play cello, foster kittens, and obsess over British TV in my spare time.
What kind of writing do you do?
Mostly YA fantasy novels, though they tend to straddle the line towards sci-fi. I write other stuff too, but nothing as seriously as that..."
Read more here.
Image via sunrisegroup.org.
I got this idea off the Internet to write a little "map" of what would be considered "success" in my field. Success is very subjective, but I think I can give you sort of a basic outline of what my goal map is as a writer and where I want to go in my career. I'll do it in slideshow format, for the fun of it.
So there you have it! My general dream career path, as expressed via slideshow. Thanks for checking in, and I'll see you next time for some guest posts!
What's your dream career path?
Images via zazzle.com, blog.bookbaby.com, wheelerstudio.com, firstmonday.org, blogs.library.jhu.edu, tasteofcinema.com, and milcorp.com.
Whoo! Time for a recap of my experience with Ch1Con this year! I've got so much to say about all of this, and I am so excited about it all.
Let's begin way back, at the very beginning. Some of you know that, from the age of 12 until I was 18, I was a member of the Scholastic Write It! boards, a heavily moderated community for young writers where we could share our writing and discuss the writing/editing/publishing process. At the time I was a member, the boards were extremely populated and had a really great regular membership, especially in the Novel section. Through them, I made a number of incredible friends whom I love more than I can express, including Julia Byers, who is my best writing friend and critique partner to this day. I got the chance to experience a real camaraderie as part of a writing group. I also learned a whole lot about writing, editing, and publishing, which carries me on to this day. Without the Write It! boards and the members thereof, I would not be at the point I am today, and I would be missing out on what bloomed into a beautiful set of friendships.
Hey, readers! Currently I'm in Chicago, at the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, which takes place today and tomorrow! I'm super excited about this opportunity and, hopefully, I'll be seeing some of you there too! I'll be giving a workshop on Sunday, among other things. If you're a young writer (ages 12-22, approx.) unable to go this year, why not give it a go next time? You can follow Ch1Con on Facebook and Twitter, as mentioned in this post, to get updates. The website linked above should also have photos and handouts from this year's sessions coming soon!
Wednesday, I'll give you a post summarizing my experience. Until then, carpe litteratum! And if you're disappointed not to be hearing more from me today, you can check out my official Ch1Con interview, posted earlier this week, at this link. Julia and I also were part of a podcast yesterday, from NewbieWriters, talking about Ch1Con. You can listen to us have our awkward first podcasting experience here!
Thanks so much guys!
One of my recommended blog posts on this site, for the past little while, has been this post, which rounds up a bunch of old posts about my favorites for books, movies, etc. At this point, I'm realizing that recommended post is outdated, and so I'm creating a new one, with updates on my (new) favorite things and additional favorites posts linked in. So here you go!
*Updated posts available 6/27/17 on Recommended Posts page.*
Original "My Favorites" Posts
My Very Most Favorite Books
On the Classics
Good Books Despite the Odds
My Favorite Fictional Characters
My Favorite Quotes
Quotes About Writing
Favorite Music: Soundtrack Edition
The Art of Music Videos
My Favorite Movies
TV Shows I Like
Ayyy-o, I got nominated for another tag! This one is called the Liebster Award, no idea why. I was nominated, as usual, by Julia, who is a wonderful friend and in charge of the Ch1Con conference which, for the last week, you can register for at a crazy reduced price. Thank you. Julia! And here we go.
Le Rules of the Liebster Award
11 Random Facts About Me
1) At the moment, I have fallen into another of my temporary linguistic habits, as I call them, meaning I am currently adding the word "yeah?" to the end of statements to which I want confirmation. This should wear off after a few weeks, like most my linguistic habits. The only ones that stay are my habit of using the word "Anyway" all the time, and my love of the word "potato." Also, run-ons.
2) I cannot for the life of me find a job here. Disabled people have it hard, yo. I can't stand behind a Smith's register and check you out, or make nasty food at fast food places while standing up, or stand for extended periods of time. Ever.
Hi guys, and welcome to June! I've got a nice humor post here for you, as usual, so please enjoy! Come back next time for another award tag. Also, for any young writers out there, this month is Ch1Con! If you're interested, please register ASAP. Registration closes on the 11th.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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