It's time for this year's speedlinking post, where I share a bunch of cool stuff I found on the Internet for you to check out! Here we go.
Here are some awesome things that various libraries let you check out! And here are some more great ideas that librarians have come up with. Similarly, here are some fantastic ideas from various schools.
I recently got into podcasts, though I mostly read the transcripts, since I have a much better comprehension level with text. This list from Buzzfeed about spooky podcasts, and the comments on the list, started me out. I had them Halloween feels! I'm also looking into these true crime podcast recommendations.
Turning now to social justice, this article talks about bias in the healthcare industry, especially against women. For those who want to know more, I highly recommend the book Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery. This comic talks about the problem with women being the "managers" of household tasks and always taking on the "mental load." Meanwhile, these comics look at the ridiculous behavior expectations for women in the workplace. This article talks about how stereotyping women as "complicated" causes problems.
Author Laurie Halse Anderson is well-known for her phenomenal novel Speak, a YA contemporary about sexual assault. In this article, she discusses her experiences with teenage boys who don't understand the concept of consent. It is so important that we educate everyone about sex, consent, boundaries, and respect for others!
This post talks about racial bias in the news media, and this one looks at how racial "colorblindness" doesn't help things.
Hello! It seems like a good time to post an update on my life as told through "-ing" verbs.
Eating: almond butter and pretzel crisps
Drinking: ye old water
Wearing: a black sheath dress
Smelling: my current favorite perfume, Secrets to Keep
All right, everyone! Today I have a post from Marie Miguel about using online therapy to help treat mental health conditions like OCD.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of online mental health resources with BetterHelp.com. With an interest in and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that can affect anyone of any age, race, gender, and culture. In other words, it can happen to anyone at any time or any place. But what is it exactly? Basically what it sounds like! If you have OCD, you have certain obsessions or compulsions. There are various types and different severities of OCD, which means each person with OCD has their own set of symptoms.
If you have persistent distressing impulses, thoughts, or images that you cannot control, you may be suffering from OCD. In many cases, the obsessions are irrational, figments of your imagination, but you cannot convince yourself of this even if you logically know it to be true. For example, you may obsess about being contaminated if you go out in public, or you may think something bad will happen if you do not line up your shoes in order of color. Logically, you know this doesn't make sense, but there's enough doubt that your brain is able to continue obsessing about it.
Though I chose to quit my MLIS after five classes, I learned quite a lot during my time in grad school. For example, I learned:
Most of all, I learned to appreciate libraries and librarians more than ever before. Though I've always loved libraries, and I've always known that libraries are for more than books, I never really understood the true purpose and scope of the library as an institution. And I never respected librarians the way that I do now.
I've decided to do something a little different for my TV/movie review this year, and instead of reviewing all of the new TV and movies I saw in 2018, I'm going to just share the ones that I recommend. So here they are! My list of the best movies and TV of 2018. As with my best YA lists of each year (and even more so here), please note that I have not seen all of the movies and TV released in 2018!
Here we go.
Christmas is coming up pretty soon, so it's a good time to talk about shopping for gifts! And since I'm a book person myself, of course this post is all about the book lovers, especially YA fans. If you've got a book lover on your gift list, there are a lot of options for what to buy. Below are some recommendations, including a long list of stores and shops you can turn to.
Obviously, the most important thing you can get for a book lover is a book! If you ask, they can probably give you a list of which ones they want. If you're familiar with their tastes and with what they already own, you can also look at recommendation lists online, such as the one I'll be sharing next week. (You can find more of my recommendations on my "on my blog," "best YA of the year," and "recommended" Goodreads shelves.)
Your Local Bookstore
Once you know what to buy, you should turn first to your local bookstore. Local bookstores are struggling nowadays, and, as community centers that offer writers a lot of support, they deserve your support!
Book Depository or Barnes & Noble
If, like me, you don't have a local bookstore, or if your bookstore doesn't have the book you're looking for, Book Depository is the ideal next choice. It's an online bookstore that has a wide selection of books as well as free shipping! If you can't find the book you want to buy there, I'd turn next to Barnes & Noble online. Is Amazon also a choice? Yes. Is it the most ethical and economically friendly choice? Nooooo. 😬
Okay, well, some kind of weirdness is going on with my bout of strep. I guess the antibiotics aren't working? IDK, though. I'm planning to call urgent care again on Monday and see what's up. In the meantime, here's an update on my life, as told through a series of "-ing" verbs!
Eating: a waffle with maple syrup and scrambled eggs, courtesy of my mom
Drinking: water with Miralax (yay IBS)
Wearing: a teal half-sleeve dress
Smelling: nothing in particular
Reading: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Writing: this blog post, and not a whole lot else
Listening: to my brother's cat yowling at anyone who walks by
Earworming: (not a verb? too bad, it is now) "Havana" by Camilla Cabello
Watching: Star Trek: Voyager, among other shows
It's been quite a week for me. I spent most of it working (probably over-enthusiastically) on the big project for what will likely be my final class. I finished on Thursday. It's a guide to Internet resources for teens regarding mental health, and you can check it out here! (I learned a ton doing it.)
Then, yesterday, a new story for the chronic illness annals: I went to the dentist. I've been having trouble with bleeding gums and such, which I suspect is the result of my very restricted diet (which just keeps getting worse because my digestive system keeps deciding it's bothered by new things), so the hygienist was examining my gums. Suddenly she said, "Can I look at your throat?"
As she looked, pressing my tongue down with the little mirror tool, her expression went very serious and a little alarmed. "You've got pus spots on your tonsils," she said. "I think you have strep."
I was just as surprised as her. My throat had been hurting for about a week, and I was a bit more tired and headachy than usual, but it hadn't been enough to warrant concern for me. The pain was mild, at least for me, and of course I'm accustomed to feeling sick. The dentist looked and confirmed the spots, and I went to urgent care. I didn't really think it would turn out to be strep, but the doctor there tested and confirmed it. I have strep, and I didn't know it until the dental hygienist looked at my throat.
I had strep a lot when I was younger. I remember having a hard time with the pain even the one time I got strep after my fibro first developed. I suppose after everything I've been through with interstitial cystitis since then (it's an honestly torturous condition), my entire definition of pain has shifted. My tolerance has gone up enough that I perceive pain on a different scale. It happened with the fibro, and I suppose it happened with the IC, too.
I can't believe it's November already! September felt so slow, but October just sped past me.
Last week, I shared some internet tools that could be of use to just about anyone. This week, I wanted to share some tools that writers can use, tools that I, in fact, do use in my writing career. Almost all of these are free, with the exception of the writing conferences and the programs mentioned in the "Writing" section. Check 'em out!
One thing every author needs is people supporting them. Writing communities can be incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. Here are some good resources for a writer looking for their community.
Yeah, yeah, y'all know I'm a big fan. But the first rule of social media is that you shouldn't do it unless you enjoy it! As such, I recommend you give all the big social media sites a try, but then adjust or end your membership if you don't find yourself having fun. Twitter in particular I'd recommend for finding and talking with other writers, but any of them have a writing/bookish community you can be a part of!
Hey everyone! In the past I've shared some useful Internet tools for writers (and I'll be sharing an update on that next week, followed by a post about fun websites and apps), but today I thought I'd share some great tools for anyone to use. So here we go!
Pixlr Photo Editor
This is my photo editor of choice, a free online program that has a fair amount of options and complexity, but is also easy enough to navigate. I'm not terribly experienced in photo-editing for commercial purposes, but this works for me in editing my personal photos. (There's also an app.)
Giphy Gif Editor
This website allows you to easily create gifs out of image slideshows or videos, and the gifs are public, which means you can search a trove to find the gif you want. I use this website the most for my gif-y needs.
Genius Song Lyrics
I know a lot of people don't pay much attention to song lyrics, but they're an important piece of the art and the message, and as a writer, I do care! So I always look up songs before I buy them for myself, and I've found that this website is the best in terms of lyric accuracy and analysis. (It also has a music news aspect, but I don't usually pay attention to that.)
Sometimes, I need to make a choice, but I don't have any real preference. In the case of my long list of library books to read, I also like to mix things up. So I use this tool to help me decide which part of the list to start on and whether to go up or down as I go through the list. So if you need to make that kind of choice, try this out!
As I said in my What's In My Memory Box post, I've already done a post looking at what's in my makeup bag. But the contents of said bag (and the bag itself) have changed since then. I feel like I spent all of my teens trying to figure out what makeup I liked and what products to use and what worked best for me--and now that I'm in my twenties, I've figured most of it out. So here are the products that really do work for me, taken from my makeup bag.
Hey everybody! Today I wanted to talk about social media, which is one of my favorite things. I spend a lot of time on social media websites, and although there are drawbacks (as with any technology), I feel like on the whole it really enhances my life. When people get all negative about it, it hurts my soul a little bit.
After all, social media allows me, as a disabled person, to have a richer social life. It allows me to stay in contact with people who have moved away. It connects me to other people with disabilities and illnesses like mine, which is useful both for treatment and lifestyle help and just for commiseration.
Social media also grants me access to a lot of information about the world. Honestly, my favorite thing about social media isn't posting things myself, it's reading other people's posts. I've learned so much from the people I follow online. My Ravenclaw self is thrilled by the way social media and the Internet as a whole allow us to access and share knowledge!
So here are the social media tools that I use along with the ways that I use each one.
Facebook has become something of a "staple" in the social media world. If you want to be accessible to the people in your life, you need to have one, but it's not very new or exciting anymore.
On Facebook, I have a personal profile where I'm friends with people I know IRL, along with a few trusted Internet friends. I also like a lot of pages about topics I'm interested in As such, each day as I go through my feed, I see a wide variety of information about all kinds of things. I don't post very much on my personal profile anymore, but every once in a while I'll share an article or a quiz that I liked or a personal update.
My personal profile isn't widely accessible. However, I also have a Facebook page where I post links to all my blog posts as well as various book recommendations. This page is open for anyone to like!
It's time for another life update as told through this list of "-ing" verbs! Here we go.
Eating: nothing, since it's after dinner, but I'm craving more Nilla wafers
Drinking: water (what did you expect?)
Wearing: a black dress, cuz it's easy to put on
Smelling: the fact that I need to do the kitty litter, which will probably not happen for another week
Reading: Carrie by Stephen King
Writing: this blog post!
Editing: CUCUY, where I can in between class projects (ergh)
Making: hardboiled eggs every week so I can eat more protein
Listening: to lots of different songs as I try to figure out what my jam is right now
Watching: Lost in Space with my brother a couple episodes at a time
Bookmarking: Global Voices, most recently
Playing: Dungeons & Dragons and "the creepy house game" at church young adult game nights
Today's bonus Wednesday post is, unsurprisingly, 4th of July themed! Taking the idea from the ongoing Top Ten Tuesday tag, I'm going to post some (but not all) of my favorite book covers in the colors of red, white, and blue. They're placed in order of publication, coming from my "love the cover" shelf on Goodreads. Enjoy!
My apologies for forgetting last week's post!
I think it's time yet again to look at the top 25 most played songs in my library and compare them with the 25 top-selling songs right now according to iTunes. Explicit songs will be marked with a red "E."
Top 25 Songs on My iPod
1) "Save the World/Don't You Worry, Child" Pentatonix
2) "River" Bishop Briggs
3) "The Avengers" Alan Silvestri, from The Avengers
4) "Young and Menace" Fall Out Boy
5) "Uncharted" The Piano Guys
6) "So Tied Up" Cold War Kids, feat. Bishop Briggs
7) "Centuries" Fall Out Boy
8) "Human" Rag'n'Bone Man
9) "Champion" Fall Out Boy
10) "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Lorde
11) "Moonlight" The Piano Guys
12) "River Lea" Adele
13) "Conrad" SOHN
14) "Dangerous Woman" Ariana Grande
15) "Michael Meets Mozart" The Piano Guys
16) "The Fire" Bishop Briggs
17) "Wherever I Go" OneRepublic
Ever since I discovered I can wear skirts again (though it's still uncomfortable--it sets off my heartburn for some reason), I've been compiling a t-shirt wishlist. After all, I have to replace the shirts I got rid of while I was too sick to wear anything other than dresses. It's been super fun, so I wanted to share my finds with you! I doubt I'll end up getting all of these shirts, but I would be happy to wear any of them. Check it out!
This post idea comes from Top Ten Tuesday, where bloggers have been prompted to post their favorite book covers in their favorite color! My favorite color is purple, so here are some awesome purple book covers for you to enjoy. These are all taken from my "love the cover" bookshelf on Goodreads, in order of publication.
Once again, apologies for missing the previous week. I had another bout of illness, because I'm lucky like that. In any case, today I thought I'd give y'all an update on my life via "-ing" verbs, in another Taking Stock of My Life.
Eating: green cookies!
Wearing: a long black bubble dress and a long-sleeve plaid purple and green shirt
Reading: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
My apologies for missing last week! I had to take a sick day. :P
Now it's time for another round of speedlinking, where I share some cool stuff from across the Internet for you to enjoy!
First off, I added the two Avengers: Infinity War trailers to my Speedlinking playlist on YouTube (#23 and 24), because THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT THAT I'M NOT SURE MY FEELINGS WILL SURVIVE. (Can you believe it now has an April 27 release worldwide?) *Language warning on that link*
Next, a few links that may be useful to you writers out there. A lot of people online have been talking about the Notebook.ai, a worldbuilding program online that has both a free and a paid version. It looks really awesome, and I'm sure a lot of you would enjoy using it. Me, I've found that I do better freeform, using Word--even my one go at the ever-popular Scrivener didn't work out. Nevertheless, this looks like something a lot of people will find very useful.
There's also a random last name generator, for those less-important characters who you just need to name, darnit. It's got a great variety of names from every culture, at least from what I've seen so far, and it's a little less awkward than going through your Twitter feed. :)
Then there's the Atlas Obscura, a website where you can look up basically any location to find its most interesting attractions. I think this could be useful for real-world worldbuilding, as one of many pieces of research you'll have to do when including a real city in your stories.
As this very difficult year comes to a close, it's time to review the TV shows and movies that came out! Here are my thoughts on the ones that I viewed from 2017. There are a lot of them--I've gotten more involved in TV and movies since 2015, when I last did this kind of post. (Major spoilers are marked and hidden.)
*Long post ahoy*
Supergirl Season 2, Part 2 (TV-PG)
I've been a reluctant viewer of Supergirl ever since the show started. To me, it's always seemed clunky--I'm especially bothered by their excessive focus on Supergirl being a girl and by Kara's lack of journalistic skills. I also honestly don't like any of the characters, except for Lena Luthor. Martian Manhunter is one of my fave DC heroes, so I'm really saddened by my dislike for him in this show. Ultimately, this season of Supergirl, with all its focus on Mon-El, just didn't click with me. I ended up deciding not to continue watching Supergirl. A clear thumbs down for me. I didn't really enjoy any of the episodes.
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