Sunday, August 26, 2012

College Life Recap #1

Yay. It's only been the first week but I can already tell you that I've made a lot of changes in my writing routine (i.e. I'm actually writing).
Baby steps.
This happened. Little did he know I stole his Lucky Charms.
Classes are good. I've already dropped a class after one day and swapped it for a new one. I also had to drop a really fun class because I thought it counted as a GenEd but it didn't. Boo. But I did a required class for my minor so that's fun. I have homework. I'm totally doing my homework early (okay I'm lying, but I am actually turning it in). Yeah. Big change for me.
I have a lot of required reading and since I'm actually doing homework this year, I'm doing the readings. So reading for fun time is limited. What's new. Usually it's the internet keeps me from reading, now it's reading. Weird right?
If you missed my deceptive room tour video, here it is. 
I'm still Vlogging. Morphinominal Mondays will resume. So stay tuned. I'll also be making other videos. If any of you have suggestions leave a comment below or on one of my videos. Or you can tweet me.
So what's new with you? For those of you who started school (high school or college) how is adjusting to the changes. Don't you just miss summer?
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

YA Highway RTW: Love List

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic is: Inspired by Stephanie Perkins' post on Natalie Whipple's blog, what is your novel's "Love List"?

Since my novel is a WIP I have a very short list. These are the first few things I thought of when I started.
missed phone calls and texts
Cheerleading (I just really wanted a collapsing pyramid scene)
making fun of cliches

Then I had an idea for my NaNo novel for this year. I haven't started it's just a few ideas I have. But I made a love list for it too.
A not so mild mannered secret identity
a dramatic origin story
An evil pool playing shark mob boss

What's on your "Love List"? 

Happy Reading!

Friday, August 17, 2012

And So It Begins

I'm back at school. Another year of balancing classes, theatre, a social life and trying to write. In the last couple years I slacked on one or two of those, mostly it was writing. I want to do so much this year, but the question that keeps running through my head is "can I have it all?"
Classes and theatre are set in stone. Without classes, I technically wouldn't be in college. Also theatre and classes sort of mix. Theatre is my major and it's what I want to do in the future (and writing of course). So I can't give that up.
My new desk!
I just got a social life. Seriously. It took a long time to get one, but I got it and I'm not letting it go. I've only been to a hand full of parties. Technically I've only been to cast parties. But those still count. Right? Anyway I also have a few circles of friends I hang out with at during the day or in the evening. It's fun just being around people. If I become a hermit again I would miss so many of my friends and the opportunity to make new ones.
 Then there's writing, which for two years got the short end of the stick. I've tried so hard over the summer to get my first draft finished. But life decided to be a douche and punch me in the stomach saying "Not on my watch." So now I have a first draft that is halfway to my goal and I start classes and the crazy madness of college in the next few days.
So what am I going to do? Well at WriteOnCon I found a whole group of college students in my predicament. Some were further than me, like on their third and fourth draft others were in the same boat. They all shared how they find time to write and trying to be well rounded in school. Honestly I don't know how these kids do it, but I know it can be done.
It will be. I'll have it all. Maybe not at the same time. I'm positive I can do it this year.
Bookshelf. I could only bring unread books.
Now usually with the new school year I fail at blogging. This will not be the case this year. I'll be doing YA Highway Road Trip Wednesdays and I'll attempt to get in a few post a month. Also the vlog is still a thing. 30 Days of Vlogging might have ended but I'll have "Morphinominal Monday" and maybe another video in the week. I might cheat and put the video up on the blog. Vlog on the blog. That's fun to say.
This has been a great summer and I'm thrilled to start the school year.
Happy Reading!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Excited for WriteOnCon

So if you watch my vlog you know a few days ago I did a video on WriteOnCon. I ramble. What's new.

I am beyond excited that it starts TOMORROW. I'm on the forums constantly. I'm not submitting anything because nothing is done but I am looking for a Critique Partner...hint hint.
I also started a few threads and a group for YA writers in college.
I'm most excited for the Live Chats and the blogs and vlogs from authors. I've learned so much in the past couple years from all the advice.
If you love Kidlit (YA, MG, PB) check it out.
And most importantly

Check out these links
YouTube Channel:

Happy Writing!

PS this is the welcome video. You might see a familiar face at 1:42...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

YA Highway RTW Sounds of the Summer

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic is: What music has been your summer soundtrack?

I'm not that into music when I write. I know I'm lame. I just haven't found the right sound yet. But there have been a few songs I've listened to on a daily basis.

The first song is "All That Really Matters (Poor Paul Theme Song) by Kendall Schmidt & Sean Michael Beyer. It's from this really awesome web series called Poor Paul and it's about hanging with your best friends. 

The next song is Girl Power from Cheetah Girls. I know it's childish but I worked on a dance with some girls for this program I volunteered this summer so it played constantly.  

With the release of my favorite video game franchise seventh installment. I've been obsessed with this song. The Japanese version and English version. This video is the opening for the first game. It's a remix. I like the original better but I couldn't find one with vocals.


Then there's this. My best friend and I danced to this a while back and on occasion I'd do this on my own...

Oh and this I've been obsessed with this song. Seriously who isn't?

Lastly I couldn't resist. Who doesn't like Gravity Falls?

These are the songs I've been obsessed with this summer. Not really a summer soundtrack. Anyway what do you like to listen too? What kind of music do you write too. Leave some suggestions in the comments.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

YA Highway RTW: It's Kind of a Funny Story

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This weeks topic: what is the best book you read in July?

Embarrassing story time. At the beginning of the month I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It was an audiobook, but I like reading along and seeing words so I bought the ebook as well. Sorry, I'm weird like that. I listened and read all night long and well into the morning. That's right I had no sleep. And it was a Sunday. Yeah... I finally finished sometime that day. HOLY CLIFFHANGER BATMAN! I could not stop thinking about it. What was I supposed to do until next year when Scarlet come out.
If you couldn't tell by my lack of sleep and plunge into despair, I loved that book. Every chapter there were twist and turns, I fell in love with the characters. And the plot, I love fairy tale retelling, but this was more than just a fairy tale. It was something deeper than "once upon a time" and "happily every after." You're just going to have to read it to understand. Check out the summery here if my words intrigued you. 
I basically described Cinder to my family like this. "IT'S CINDERELLA WITH ROBOTS!!!" And yes, I shouted it every time. But it's not really Cinderella with "robots" Cinder is actually a cyborg  and they have androids. But still. 
Now here's the embarrassing part. I wrote an email. A fan email. Am I ashamed of it? No. Will this come back to haunt me one day? Possibly. The email was kind of insane. I wrote it at one in the morning. Twenty Four hours with no sleep is one thing, I mean I'm in college so I do it all the time. But going twenty-four hours without sleep because of a book. It does something to you.. 
A couple weeks later she responded. I had a total fangirl moment and then went back to read the email. Yeah, it was really crazy. Seriously, I questioned my own sanity.  I did however give her several chances to stop reading. But she read it and her response was super nice and not totally creeped out. 

All right the story's out. Now it's your turn. Have you every written a crazy fan letter to an author or celebrity? Did they respond? Let me know in the comments.

Here are the links to Marissa's website and twitter.

Happy reading!