Since it's almost 2014, I thought this would be a good time to put up a post on the best YA books of 2013! These are new releases from this past year, obviously, that I read and loved, and shall recommend to ye. If this goes well, I think I'll make it a yearly thing.
Do keep in mind that though I am a voracious reader, there is no way I could have read every YA release this past year, and, as would seem obvious, I didn't like all the new releases I came across. The books are categorized, as seen below, in broad genre groups.
Contemporary + Historical Fiction
Since this post actually falls on the very day, I'm going to keep it nice and short.
I wish you a merry one, and I'll see you next time for a pre-New Year's post on the best YA books of 2013!
Because people have wondered a bit, I'm going to talk some about the two (non-writing) projects I've been doing this summer. Or, "summer." I'm not actually sure what to call it, lol. BYU-Idaho, where I'm transferring to, put me on the Winter/Spring block, which means I start at school at the beginning of next month, January, and for the rest of my school career I will be going to college from January through July. So my new "summer" is August through December. Perhaps I should call it fall instead, except that doesn't have the same significance as "summer." Suggestions for names for my "summer" are welcome, dear readers.
Anyway, there were two significant things I did during the past "summer" to spend my time: freelance editing and fostering kittens. I'll address my freelance editing situation first.
To give you a basic explanation: because I'm really bad at job searching and generally being okay with any job that involves anything boring/not related to my niche, I did not have a job this summer. I mean, I applied to the library and stuff, but they didn't have anything open. After a bit, my mom brought up this one girl from church and the work she's been doing freelance editing. So I asked her what was up, and she directed me to this site, Fiverr.
Basically, Fiverr is a "gig" website, where sellers can put up gigs for any skill they have, and buyers come in to check things out. The gigs all start from $5, which is why it's so named, but the amount you can charge goes up with your seller rating. So I got on Fiverr and put up five gigs, four for editing, one for writing, and set to work.
I actually did this for quite a long time, the freelance editing. And it was nice, to get money for something that I'm pretty good at. The problem is, there are a lot of cons to the way gig websites work. Fiverr got 20% of my earnings, which were pretty unfair in the first place because of the $5 thing. I was putting a lot of work into stuff that I didn't get a fair return for, and putting myself under a lot of stress to deal with customers that sometimes weren't kind. I thought it was worth it, for the money, and to be able to say I had a job.
So today, because I had so much fun with the reaction post to Catching Fire/Doctor Who 50th, I thought I'd do a similar thing as a novel-writing tutorial, with the selfies but this time, with other pictures as well. I'm planning on making this pretty much uselessly humorous, but if you pick up a couple of things anyway, good on you. Here we go!
Step One: Decide to Write a Novel
Step Two: Look for an Idea
Today, I'm going to do another day in the life post, but I'm going to step it up a notch and do it through video! This is like a big thing for me because I've never done videos before, so, be happy for me. This covers Tuesday, yesterday, the 10th, in case you wanted to know.
I had a lot of issues with the audio, as you'll see, because it turns out computers don't record audio when you have your headphones in, and I had them in for the entire middle stretch. So I dubbed over with summaries of what I was basically saying, and it's all a bit awkward. But hey, my first try!
So enjoy, I suppose.
Come back next time for a post on what's in my wallet! I'd do a purse but I don't use purses. Like, ever. *Post removed*
Thoughts? Should I grow out my hair for Locks of (for?) Love? Is Jean Valjean reading this today?
So today, as promised, I'm going to take you through some important occurrences in writing history. I'm going to do this post in a gallery format to see how that goes down. As you go through the gallery (click on each picture), you should be able to see the captions with the proper information. Let me know if it works or not!
Enjoy, and I'll see you next time for a post in which I shall attempt to show you a day in my life using video clips. I have rarely made videos before. Wish me luck!
Images via beforeitsnews.com, Amazon.com, deviantart.com, openlibrary.org, books.google.ca, answers.com, Goodreads, and harrypotter.wikia.com.
Here we are, December already! Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo's finally over. I didn't make quite as much progress as I intended to, I'll admit, but I both technically won and made progress on two novels, so that's something.
Now it's time for the humor post! I hope you enjoy, thanks for checking in, and come back next time for a post on important dates in writing history.
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. More than anything, stories are my life.
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