Today, in honor of the return of one of my favorite TV shows, I'm giving you a list of my favorite TV shows. Now, me and TV have kind of a different relationship. Unlike movies, music, and books, I've never been seriously into TV. It's more of a side interest when I'm bored--except for when I have a favorite show obsession. That's pretty rare.
The thing about TV is that it tends to be less conservative overall. Movies, music, and books are easy to select without running into some of the content I'm not OK with. TV is less so. Which is why you're going to now be confronted with a lot of kid TV!
*Editor's Note 11/29/16: An updated version of this post is available here.*
Young Justice is a Cartoon Network superhero cartoon series, following, originally, 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 (the sidekick for Aquaman and the team leader), Kid Flash (Flash's nephew), Robin (obviously, Batman's sidekick), Superboy (a clone of Superman originally designed to kill Superman but freed from mind control by the other team members), Martian Girl (introduced as Martian Manhunter's niece), and Artemis (a bow shooter who briefly works as Green Arrow's sidekick). The main conflict here is with a group of very secret villains all working together. At this point, halfway through season two, which just returned, the secret group is still not revealed, but they have been working unceasingly with all kinds of plots and maneuvers to reach their goal.
Season Two, which just resumed, takes place a number of years after Season One, with an expanded Young Justice team and a number of new plans, plots, and relationships. Young Justice is a phenomenal show to me, first off, because it's a superhero show. I like that kind of stuff. Plus, it focuses on younger characters, which is easier for a young adult to relate to. Then, the conflict, the plot, and especially the relationships are very well done and intriguing.
True within the DC universe and well-done, this is probably my absolute favorite show at the moment. Sadly, it's only on during Saturday mornings, before I'm willing to get up... college is ruining my TV life.
As I promised, we're flipping over to the fun side of things, with my favorite YA series of all time, a series tied for my top favorite with Harry Potter. This is, of course, The Hunger Games! I've got a collection of funny images and videos related to The Hunger Games. So sit back, enjoy, and I'll see you on Saturday for a bit about my favorite TV shows. Thanks guys!
Today, it's time for something more serious. I've thought for a while that, since it's one of my causes and so vastly misunderstood, I should share my story about living with fibromyalgia. I hope it will help more people understand what we fibromyalgics face. Keep in mind that the condition has a whole slew of symptoms and causes, which means that its sufferers have different experiences. This one is mine.
*Read the continuation of this post, written 13 October 2018, here.*
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, what I call "pre-symptoms."
It's easy to dismiss how clumsy and ill at ease in my body I always was--that's true for many people. More significant is the weird way I learned to crawl: on my knees, but not using my hands. My mom called it "the Kira shuffle." I don't remember enough to know, but I imagine this choice of ambulation might have been caused by sensitivity in my hands and arms. Even after I learned to walk, I moved strangely, putting all my weight on the balls of my feet, because of walking in a regular fashion caused sharp pain in my heels. I walked on my toes all the way until sixth grade, when I retaught myself to walk normally.
Having my hair brushed or combed also caused severe pain all throughout my childhood. I wasn't old enough to take care of my own hair for a while, of course, so Mom had to struggle through me fighting and kicking and screaming at the top of my lungs. Once I could brush my own hair, and thus better control what pain I experienced, things improved somewhat.
Guess what? I've run out of College 101 rules! So I guess we'll be leaving that installment behind. If I get more, I may randomly add a post later. But today... we will be doing a list of people who inspire me, rather than getting more useful college rules. True story.
So, who inspires me?
I think it's pretty obvious why J.K. Rowling is my number one inspirational person/model in life. She's a writer. A fantasy children's writer. Who made millions and became the greatest literary phenomenon in history. She changed the whole freaking 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 I idolize her for way more than that. 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 pure skill. There is no one who writes like J.K. Rowling. She is good at everything. She has great relationships, characters, 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 through her work. It's fun to read. And most amazing of all is her world-building skill.
OK, so, here's your special topic for today, because I feel like having a bit of fun... Word Clouds!
What is and how do you make a word cloud? Well, there are a number of sites out there you can use to create a word cloud. 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 link in a website, and it'll create a design of words. The larger the word in the cloud design, the more often it's used in the text you submitted. Got it? Good.
This is awesome not only because it's severely fun and cool looking, and awesome if you want to use it for T-shirts and other publicity stuff, but also because it's a useful tool for a writer. Because 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, because the only book I've completely edited for this is ON THE DAWNING.
So in this post, I'm going to give you a word cloud for each of my currently completed and still on the table novels. Just to demonstrate. Have fun, and don't shy away from making your own! It's really fun.
First, a quick demo: Here's the word cloud that a different website created for my Facebook posts--I found it amusing.
This is theeeeee... fourth installment of this blog series! Hello everyone, and welcome back. :)
Rule #21: You are generally permitted to just leave after an exam.
Yeah, that's pretty straightforward. I had my first exam this week, you see, in Psych. I'd heard that you get to leave after exams, but I wasn't sure if it was true. But 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 yourself.
I've mentioned before the dangers and benefits of being around your peers all the day long. Conformity is a powerful force, my friends. And as I've said, sometimes it's good (getting rid of bad habits, Rule #12). Sometimes, it's not (getting new bad habits, Rule #13). Here, we're talking about full-out personality conformity.
Don't do it.
I'm serious. It's a horrible thing to do.
Okay, what I've discovered is that (as if this wasn't already explicitly clear) I'm really different from most people. Most people love sports, and actually know about how they work, and who plays in them. Most people actually do play sports. Most people party, instead of sitting in their room reading or writing or listening to music, or getting some actual sleep. 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. Partially because I can't, but also because in the end, that's not gonna make me happy. What makes me happy is sitting in my room reading books and listening to music. Or sitting to the side watching everyone else be crazy and laughing to myself because in my eyes, that's weird. Or singing at the top of my lungs, even though it annoys people.
Everyone's got something different about them. Sometimes, it may be a lot of things, like with me. But you have the right to do what makes you sincerely happy, and to be yourself.
Hello! As I promised, today I'm explaining the publishing process.
If you're a writer looking for publishing other types of writing besides novels, I won't really be covering that. Generally, though, it's a simple process. If it's nonfiction or a full book of smaller works, you follow the same kind of pattern. If you've written just one or two smaller pieces, look for contests and collections online and around.
Also note that this post is about traditional publishing, not self-publishing. Why? Personally, I'm not into self-publishing. I don't think it gives you any credibility, and it's just not the way I want to go. So you'll need to decide which route you're going, and then follow the process from there. If you've picked traditional, here's how to do it:
1) Write a novel.
Yes. Contrary to popular belief, you do have to have a completed work before you try and
publish it, haha. The only exception is for some nonfiction, which operates on proposals and a whole new kind of process. I'm sure I'll be sharing more advice on the writing process later on, so stay tuned to this blog for that! Writing tends to be the messiest and most personal part, I think, which means it's hard to break down to basics.
2) Edit your novel.
This may be the most key step. (It's definitely the one I've spent the most time on.) Believe me, you want your work to be as polished and awesome as possible. You are selling this to agents, and then to publishers. They want as great of a piece as they can get out of you. Yes, they're going to do some editing themselves. No, that does not mean you can let it slide. This is a business. So act like it!
Thus we begin the third installment of College 101. Hi! and welcome back. Quick apology--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. :)
Rule #16: Schools have secrets--sometimes good ones.
In my search for a new room to move to, I discovered something interesting--there are these special suites in one of the dorm halls. Probably my closest friend so far here (a sophomore) is in this suite, and invited me to move into one of the empty bedrooms there. The suite has three separate bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen area. And lots of space. 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.
The conclusion to this is schools have secrets, little things they don't tell you about, little gimmicks. You have to be in the in to find them. So don't be afraid to look!
Rule #17: If you're feeling depressed for no good reason, talk to a friend about their problems.
I've been pretty apathetic/depressed/lonely/ennuied since I got to college. There was no reason for it. I just felt out of place and totally done with life. But then I got into a conversation with one of my new friends, and she actually had real problems, boys and friends and public embarrassment and even a true tragedy from the past. 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. This is a good strategy. Use it.
As previously warned, today is a mini-post for the GUTGAA Blogfest. Hello to any GUTGAA peeps exploring over here! :) You're welcome to look around the website and my blog. 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 fantasy and sci-fi with a tendency towards Romantic styling. I'm known to some of the writing world as DolphinWriter and the rest as Kira. 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 ON THE DAWNING, then connected to sequel ON THE BRINK, 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 nowadays 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 will write in when going over the day or when I have no other choice. Such as during NaNoWriMo.
Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
Well, 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 was going to post about just any random music I like. But I decided to take the risk and post songs that I connect to my works instead. So this is the story of my writing and the way music connects into it. Hopefully this won't be too spoilerish. I just 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 honestly have no idea how it works, but I figured I'd try it out. The possibility of getting looked at by professionals is always good. The one thing I do know is that I'm going to be required to post some personal info on Monday, so, be expecting that. Also, you know juliathewritergirl, whom I've mentioned before? My writing buddy? She's in the blogfest too. And just cuz I want to, here's the link to her blog.
Moving on to the topic of the day. I'll be listing out my books and talking about the songs I associate to them. So you'll also get a chance to see the varied expanse of my work! Keep in mind, any or none of these could end up being published at any time in the future, although at the time of this blog post, I intend to attempt publication for all of the following works.
*Note: I do not own rights to this music except those mentioned specifically as my own work. The novels mentioned are all mine.*
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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