Monday, September 15, 2014

Real Life Catching Up


As I may have mentioned, I'm a senior in high school. This means that I am writing college essays, filling out scholarship applications, and trying to get some real world experience now that I've decided what I want to do with my life.

I want to be a writer. There is no doubt in my mind when it comes to that fact.  I also want to be a lawyer, a soccer mom, a senator's wife, (admittedly, that one's a little hard to control) a great friend and consistent mentor.

Sadly, I'm having a hard time finding a balance between all these things in my life. Right now I'm volunteering on a congressional campaign and at my local courthouse while also participating in choir, speech, and debate. I co-lead a Bible study for young woman ages 8-13, I read books on famous people and political movements, I try to keep caught up on the NYT YA bestsellers (Heir of Fire was amazing by the way. Read it. (I'm looking at you, Cait @TheNotebookSisters.))  I'm also deeply in love with the show Scandal, having watched almost all 3 seasons in the last 5 weeks. Did I mention that I'm a newly licensed foster sister with some adorable but time-demanding foster kids?

I guess I could delete that paragraph and just write "Life is busy." So since the semester started, I've written pretty close to 0 words. I roughly outlined and worldbuilt a seven book series that I'm currently itching to start writing, but aside from that I haven't worked on any of my writing projects. I've been sadly lax in getting back to my writing accountability partner, Lily J and my critique partner Elizabeth. Like, I've written Lily one email and haven't even read a word of Elizabeth's novel since school started.

And the worse part? I don't even feel guilty. (Alright, I feel guilty about Elizabeth and Lily, but not about my own work.)  Right now, there is so little downtime in my life, that when I do have it, I'd rather watch Scandal than write 500 words.  And that seems awful to me.

You always see those quotations, "I write, because if I don't write, my soul will shrivel up and die." Or something along those lines.  That's not true for me. I write because writing makes me happy. I write because characters burn inside my imagination. And while it's fun to have them there, it's so much harder to share them with others when they only live inside my head.

So with all that being said, I'm taking a break from writing.  Before you gasp and throw rotten tomatoes at my head (here in my state everyone has lots of rotten tomatoes on their counters and in their gardens) know that I'm not quitting. In fact, I'm participating in a 100 for 100 contest. For those of you who don't know, that's when you pledge to write 100 words a day for 100 days in a row. But aside from those 10,000 words written for the 100 for 100 contest, I'm not putting any pressure on myself to write this semester. I do want to finish critiquing Elizabeth's novel. I do want to win the 100 for 100 contest. I do want to do NaNoWriMo, but from where life looks right now that's not going to happen. I do want to start writing the first draft of the first novel in that seven book series, but that's not going to happen either.

And I'm okay with all that.  I've poured a lot of my time in high school into learning how to write books. And this semester, I want to pour that time into other areas of my life, such as volunteering on campaigns, and spending some final months with fellow classmates who will be moving away next summer.  And I guess I just wanted to tell you that.

If you have something to say, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Inspiration Thursday: Pinterest Board of the Week

Hey guys! I hope you're having a fantastic week.
I know I missed Inspiration Thursday, but I'm back this week and ready for business. This week, instead of a photo, piece of music, or video, I have a Pinterest Board I want to introduce to you.

Click photo or here to visit board.

What do you think of the board? Inspiring?  I hope so! What's inspiring you lately?  What have you written in the past few weeks that you think was particularly 'inspired?'  Leave a comment and let me know, or better yet write up and Inspiration Thursday post of your own.

Have a great week, and thanks for reading!

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Fix a Broken Pin in 9 Steps

As a writer head over heals in love with Pinterest, I frequently find Pins that seem interesting to me, only to click them and find no source. Sometimes I want to know who a particular act is or what movie a character inspiration pin is from. Whatever the read, I used to always get annoyed and flustered when clicking a pin didn't lead me anywhere. Then, a few weeks ago I figured out the easiest way to find the source for a Pin on Pinterest, so here it is. Enjoy!

Step 1. Copy the Pin's image URL

Step 2: Go to Google Images and click Search by Image.

Step 3: Paste the URL into the empty field. Click Search by Image

Step 4: Read the website description and discover which one is the website you'd like your pin to link to.

Step 5: Copy the website URL.

Step 6: Return to your broken pin and click Edit.

Step 7: Find the Source field and erase previous source.

Step 8: Paste new URL into Source field.

Step 9: Click Save Changes and you're done!

Hope this post helped you. If you have any questions to confusion or helpful Pinterest tips,leave a comment and let me know!
Happy Pinning.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


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Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Things that Don't Happen Novels

I'm the past two months, I've talked with 7 different people named Sarah, and it got me thinking. They say novels are just life without the boring parts, and while you don't want books to be boring, the little things in life are what make it up.  So here are 5 Things that happen in real life that don't happen in novels.

1. People with the same name.  Like I said, I've had conversations with 7 Sarahs in the last few weeks.  I also know a large number of Emilys, Elizabeths, Rebeccas, and about a million Austens.  But in novels, each of these names is conveniently assigned to only one person.

2. Sneezes and Hiccups.  Unless it is to further a plot, when was the last time a character randomly sneezed?  Yet I sneeze all the time.  I'm likely yo sneeze once or twice a day for no apparent reason.

3. Owning pets.  I actually didn't think of this one, Emily Rachelle of Emily Rachelle Write actually thought of it and pointed it out.  Pets are normally only in a novel if they are important to the plot.  But in reality, almost everyone I know owns a pet in some way.

4. Normal Religious People. It seems like in non-religious novels, all the characters are either completely okay and in agreement with each others atheism, or they all enjoy making fun of that one cooky religious person who acts like an idiot living in the middle of nowhere.  In real life, there are more than a few people I know who believe in God, pray before meals, and talk about it, even with their non-Christian friends. Yet in novels no one seems to be casually religious. (Please forgive the term.)

5. Daily Chores. In real life, I have chores like feeding the dog and cat every day. I also mow the lawn, babysit my siblings, cook food, do dishes, and a plethora (bonus points for use of that word!) of other things.  Characters in contemporary novels seem to have a lot more time in their schedule than your typical 16 yo.  Contrary to popular belief, high schoolers are filling out scholarships, college and job applications. We're also thinking about internships, college majors, community service, on top of the family chores we are required to do each day.

What do you think of my list? What other items would you like to add?  Leave a comment and let me know, or better yet, write up a post of your own!

Thanks for reading and have a great week.