Today, in honor of the return of one of my favorite TV shows, I'm giving you a list of my favorite TV shows that are on right now. Now, unlike movies, music, and books, I've never been seriously into TV. It's more something to do when I'm bored than anything else. Part of that is because I'm uncomfortable with a lot of the content I see on TV--which is also is why you're going to now be confronted with a lot of kid TV!
(An updated version of this post is available here.)
Young Justice (TV-PG)
Young Justice is a Cartoon Network superhero series following six main characters, all teenage superheros. Some were sidekicks at one point; others have different origins. They come together to form a younger Justice Team working under the original Justice League.
The six original characters are Aqualad (Aquaman's sidekick and the team leader), Kid Flash (Flash's nephew), Robin (Batman's sidekick), Superboy (a clone of Superman designed to kill him but freed from mind control by the other team members), Martian Girl (Martian Manhunter's niece), and Artemis (once worked as Green Arrow's sidekick). The main conflict is with a group of secretive villains. At this point, halfway through season two, which just returned, the secret group has still not been revealed, but they have been plotting unceasingly to reach their goal.
Young Justice is a phenomenal show, first off, because it's a superhero show! It focuses on younger characters, which is easier for a young adult to relate to, and the conflict, the plot, and the relationships are very well-written and intriguing. This is probably my favorite show at the moment. Sadly, it's only on Saturday mornings, before I'm willing to get up...
As I promised, we're flipping over to the fun side of things with my favorite YA series of all time: The Hunger Games! I've got a collection of funny images and videos to share. So sit back and enjoy!
I think it's time for me to share the story of my experience with fibromyalgia. I hope it will help more people understand what sufferers of this condition face. Keep in mind that the condition has a whole slew of symptoms, and each sufferer has their own tale.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, trouble with memory, digestive problems, and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature.
-- via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Even before I developed fibromyalgia, there were warning signs.
Before the diagnosis, it was easy to dismiss how ill at ease I've always been in my body. I crawled using my knees alone, no hands, as soon as I was able to, and I preferred this method of travel long after I started walking. My mother calls it "the Kira shuffle." When I did walk, I put all my weight on the balls of my feet. All of this, as I remember it, was to avoid pain in my heels. I did it until sixth grade, when. I retaught myself to walk in the hopes of looking more normal.
My mother put me in ballet at age three because of my toe-walking, but my clumsiness kept me from excelling in any physical area. Starting in elementary school, I had to undergo occupational therapy because my hands struggled so much with fine motor skills. Many teachers had me type so they wouldn't have to deal with the awfulness of my handwriting. Holding a pencil just didn't work well for my fingers.
I've run out of College 101 rules, so I guess we'll be leaving that installment behind for now. Instead, I'll be listing some people who inspire me.
I think it's pretty obvious why J.K. Rowling is my number one inspirational person. She's a fantasy children's writer who made millions and became a huge literary phenomenon. She changed the whole world. There are amusement parks, merchandise, video games, conferences, all sorts of stuff, all revolving around Harry Potter.
What children's fantasy writer doesn't want that?
But all the success and stuff is only part of the story. Yes. I want that. I want to be a phenomenon; I want to change the world. But what I'm really jealous of is her skill. There is no one who writes like J.K. Rowling. She is good at everything. She has great relationships, characters, and dialogue. She knows her way around language. She has the most incredible grasp of mythology and history ever, and it shows in her books. She makes incredible political, social, and religious points. Most of all, she is phenomenal at world-building.
World-building is really hard. You have to invent a whole system with social and political influences, with rules that define the magic, architecture, infrastructure, educational system, etc. I am not a detail person, so it's super hard to keep track of everything I've made up. I write factbooks, like mini encyclopedias, and I still do a terrible job.
Here's a special topic for today because I feel like having a bit of fun... word clouds!
What is a word cloud? Well, there are a number of sites out there you can use to create one. Just look up "word cloud" on Google and you'll find them. My favorite is Tagxedo because it's easy to create all kinds of pretty formats. What you do is submit either a big block of text from a document or a link to a website, and it'll create a design with words. The larger the word in the picture, the more often it's used in the text you submitted.
This is awesome not only because it's fun and cool-looking for t-shirts and other publicity stuff, but also because it's a useful tool for a writer. You can check and see which words you're using too much! My weakness for "looked" and "eyes" was revealed through this, which today you'll get to see. I'm going to give you a word cloud for each of my WIPs, just to demonstrate. Have fun, and don't shy away from making your own!
Hello, everyone, and welcome back! You can review last week's installment here.
Rule #21: You are generally permitted to just leave after an exam.
I had my first exam this week in psychology class. I'd heard that you get to leave after exams, but I wasn't sure if it was true. It was, and I was the first one to finish. So I had over an extra half hour of time to chill out. Yay!
Rule #22: Don't conform away from who you are.
I've mentioned before the dangers and benefits of being around your peers all day long. Sometimes it's good (getting rid of bad habits, Rule #12). Sometimes it's not (getting new bad habits, Rule #13). When it comes to full-out personality conformity, it is bad.
I'm different from most people. Most people love sports and actually know about how they work and who plays them and stuff. Most people party instead of sitting in their room reading or writing or listening to music. Most people are not disabled; most people are not as religious as I am; most people do not have emotional issues (hahaha). But you know what? I don't have to conform, and I won't. In the end, trying to change who I am as a person is not gonna make me happy. What makes me happy is sitting in my room reading books and listening to music.
Everyone's got something different about them. You have the right to be yourself.
As I promised, I'm giving you an overview of the novel publishing process. If you're a writer looking to self-publish, note that this post will not be for you. Personally, I'm not into self-publishing. I've chosen instead to put in the effort for the traditional route, and that's what I'm sharing here today!
1) Write a novel.
Contrary to popular belief, you do have to have a completed book before you try and
publish it, haha. Nonfiction operates on proposals and is a whole other kind of process, but for fiction, you want to have the manuscript ready first.
2) Edit your novel.
Most of writing is, in fact, editing. You want your work to be as polished and awesome as possible before you start putting it out there. You are selling this to the industry, and they want as great of a piece as they can get. Yes, they're going to do some editing themselves. No, that does not mean you can let it slide. Make the best product you can on your own.
Start by stepping away from your work once you've finished your first draft. It's important to get some space to improve your perspective. You won't be able to see your mistakes until you've had some time away from them. Come back later to get the job done.
Once you've done some editing, get it to some readers who can offer even more perspective. Be sure to get a lot of varied views from people with different skill areas. It helps to start with a less critical reader who can pump your ego up before you face the crushing blow of critique. Then look over the responses and figure out what you need to change.
Hi! and welcome back. There are going to be less rules today because I was at home for Labor Day weekend, but hopefully you'll still enjoy what I've got. (You can review last week's post here.)
Rule #16: Schools have secrets.
In my search for a new room to move to, I discovered that there are these special suites in one of the dorm halls. My closest friend so far here (a sophomore) is in one and invited me to move into one of the empty bedrooms. The suite has three separate bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen area. It's wonderful.
And guess what? The school doesn't advertise these SuperSuites. It's really hard to find on the website (I couldn't find it; my SuperMom did), and they never show it on tours. The only way in is if you know someone in the suites already.
So schools have secrets, little things they don't tell you about You have to be in the in to find them. Don't be afraid to look!
Rule #17: If you're feeling down, talk to a friend about their problems.
I've been pretty depressed since I got to college. I felt out of place and totally done with life. But then I got into a conversation with one of my new friends, and she had actual normal problems: boys and friends and public embarrassment and even a true past tragedy. And it made me feel better for a while, first, because I had something to focus on, second, because her problems made sense and were things I thought I could help with, and third, because it reminded me I had no real reason to be so apathetically antipathic. I recommend giving it a go yourself if you need to.
As previously warned, today I'm doing a mini-post for the GUTGAA Blogfest. Hello to any GUTGAA people! You're welcome to look around the website, and good luck to you! These are my answers to the introductory questions for the Meet and Greet:
I'm Kira Brighton! I'm a college freshman who has written novels since I was eleven. I've completed sixteen thus far and have attempted to publish three, with one attempt ongoing. My focus is YA speculative with a tendency towards romance. I'm known to some of the writing world as DolphinWriter. I also sing and play cello.
My official credits are as follows: I have had many short pieces (poetry and short non-fiction) published and awarded by varied groups. I have also won many titles in the annual Write It Awards, such as “Best Writer,” and in the 2009 awards, an early draft of #ChosenFour1 won “Best Novel.” I am a well-regarded member of the Figment and NaNoWriMo communities, and an honored alumni of the Write It boards.
Where do you write?
I have been known to write anywhere and everywhere. I prefer to write on my little laptop whilst lying on my bed at home. I guess now that'll have to become my bed in my dorm. But no matter what, a writer must be versatile. I also have a diary (my 58th, currently) that I write in when away from my laptop.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down, and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
At home, the first thing I just saw was a bag of kitty litter sitting on my dresser. How amusing.
Welcome to September! Today, I've decided to take a risk and share the songs that I associate with my WIPs. Hopefully, this won't be too spoilerish. I thought you might find it interesting!
On another note, I just joined a publishing-related blogfest. The badge is on the blog sidebar right now! I'm not sure how it works, but I figured I'd try it out. The possibility of getting looked at by professionals is always good. As part of it, I'm going to post some personal info on Monday. My best writing friend (BWF?) juliathewritergirl is also participating, and you can check out her blog here.
This is the earliest novel I wrote (in sixth grade) that I'm still working on today. It's an MG epic portal fantasy about a gifted young girl who goes on a journey to save her family. The music I associate with this is solely from the classical genre--in fact, it's all from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
"Trepak" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Mother Gigone & the Clowns" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Pas de Deux" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Trepak" and "Mother Gigone & the Clowns" are songs of celebration for the end of the novel. A final balcony scene focuses around "Pas de Deux," which is also my favorite classical piece. It's very lush and romantic in an intense, almost tragic way.
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