April 29, 2017

My Summer Writing Goals, 2017

   
            I haven't posted in FOREVER. And I'm sorry about that. But school. School. SCHOOL. I don't think my teachers at co-op realize that I have other subjects than their class! And even this week I have a ton of schoolwork to do, so I might not post again this week either... :'(
After this week it should get easier, though...hopefully...And I can get back to my regular posting routine!



          BUT school, It's ALMOST over!!! Almost. Soooo close. I hate school.

Literally how I feel when I'm in class...



BUT IT'S SO CLOSE TO OVER!!!!!!

Which means summer is almost here.

Like, summer? Um, yes, please!

       

         Which means I'll start junior guard and become a lobster because I'm part ginger. *sighs* But after that I'll get a killer tan, so, yay! And summer also means no more school, which means more time, which means I can finally spend a whole day in my room just writing! My parents always complain about me spending too much time in my room, but if they really wanted me out of it, they would get me a smaller laptop that can actually fit nicely in my lap, right? Mom, if you're reading this, consider it a hint!! (Jk. Jk)!

         Okay, that was off subject...where was I? Oh, yeah! Summer is almost here (it's so close I can almost taste the strawberry Popsicles mixed with chlorine and sweat)! And that means I'll actually have time to write!!! Which means I should have some writing goals, so here they are:


1. Write a book.

2. Publish said book.

3. Begin brainstorming for my next book.


          Yeah, I don't have very many goals, at least not very detailed goals. But I'm young! And I write for fun and my love of it, so who cares if I'm not über prepared for summer?!
         After school ends I plan on burning my notebooks for school! Whoo-hoo!!! And for all you people who love notebooks like me, please note that my school notebooks only have like three pages left and they are falling apart from being carelessly stuffed into my backpack as I ran down the hallway to my next class, since ALL of my teachers this year let their classes run late!

Are you excited about summer?! (I mean, who isn't)?!?! What are your writing goals?

Happy Writing,



P.S.

It has come to my attention that I have 23 followers! I know for some of you that's not a big deal, but when I started blogging (February 13, 2017), I only knew Lilly, Elena, and Anne! I never even thought I'd reach double digits on this tiny blog, but look at that >>
Like, how is that even possible?! xD
So THANK YOU, to ALL of my followers, new and old!








April 18, 2017

In Order to Write Better...







          Hey, guys! If you write or if you are a writer, this situation has most likely happened to you:

         Person: So you write?
         You: Yep.
         Person: Awesome! I write, too!!
         You: Oh, cool. Who are your favorite authors?!
         Person: I don't really read...that much...
         You: ....


        If I have that conversation one more time I might go insane (I mean, I'm already sorta insane, but that's besides the point). I don't think people that say that understand that reading is the second most important thing to writing better besides, well, writing!

       If anyone is reading this and is a writer and doesn't really read, I have one question for you: WHY?

       How do you even become a writer if you don't really like books?! The love of books and stories is what drives most of us teens to become authors. When writers walk into bookstores or libraries you can tell them apart because they look so joyful as they browse the shelves.




         I get it if you're too busy to read, read, read 24/7. I haven't been reading as much as I use to because of life (well, I mean, I use to read around thirty books a week but now I read around ten. So by most standards I still read a lot).

        BUT GUYS. READING IS ESSENTIAL TO WRITING.

        How else are you suppose to find new ways to create characters, build worlds, and make relationships? The books that you read will influence your writing the most, not your emotions, not your experiences (even though I wrote about that, too), but the books.
         The genres.
           The characters.
              The plot twists.

         You learn so much by reading. So I am going to state something that I know a few will think harsh, but trust me I found this to be true:

          IF YOU DON'T READ, YOUR WRITING WILL STINK.


 Are you one of those writers? Or do you know people like this? How much do you think people should read if they want to write well???


Happy Writing,






Oh, and also: I might not post for a while after this.
1. I am going camping on Friday.
2. I have a ten paragraph thesis paper I really feel like I need to focus primarily on.

       So if y'all comment on here late, like on the weekend, I most likely won't answer you right away because I will be sitting on a folding chair in front of a smoky fire while being eaten alive by varmints. Oh, the joys of camping trips! (SAVE ME. SOMEONE SAVE ME.) I actually kinda sorta like camping though, it's just the first hour of being there that I hate... I'm going with friends though, so I will have stuff to do!

April 12, 2017

I LOVE Grammar, Okay?




        Last Sunday I was at youth group and we were playing Hang Man, and it wasn't just the one word Hang Man, it was the full sentence version. Anyways, this kid got up there and he wrote this one the board: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

        In the end it translated to this (we didn't die, btw,):  
Andrew said it is raining and there is a hole in my umbrella.

       When the fellow was writing that on the board, I said that since the sentence was longer there should be at least one comma, that got me a bunch of eye rolls and sighs. Then, when we realized that the first two words were “Andrew said” I informed the guy that there should be quotations marks. This got me even more eye rolls, a girl jokingly told me to “shut up”, and a guy muttered under his breath “Grammar Nazi”.
       This got me thinking… Okay, maybe I was being a bit annoying, maybe. But punctuation is important, all of the kids there were above six grade, so you'd think they would at least use quotation marks occasionally.



          
       I also don't like the term “Grammar Nazi”. Nazis were these horrible people who imprisoned, tortured, and murdered so many innocent Jews. Why do we use that title so lightly? Since when do people get compared to a Nazi for loving grammar? How does this make any sense?! Why can't people just call me a “crazy grammar lovin' writer” and move on? Why is it always “Grammar Nazi”?!?!? I don't hail Hitler or anything, so labeling me anything with “Nazi” in front of it is incorrect.
          I remember when I was in six grade in T&T, this kid in class would always get there early and write Tom (fake name), was here. But instead of writing: Tom was here.
         Like an intelligent well-learned six grader, he would always write: Tom wuz har.
        And it wasn't like he was stupid or anything, he's actually very smart, but he just didn't want to write correctly, because he thought that was cool or something… And I don't mind abbreviations, I mean, I use them all the time. But writing incorrectly when it's the same amount of letters, it doesn't make sense… Anyways, I remember sneaking into the classroom early, getting a red marker, and correcting his grammar. We were sort of friends at the time, so I'm pretty sure he knew it was me, which just made him do it more.




           I can't stand when people put “kool” instead of “cool”, or “K” instead of “Okay”. When they put “K” it makes me confused, I thought we were talking about something else...not Potassium! If you want to annoy me, that's how you do it...
         I actually don't mind lingo like: “A lila fasta when runnin'” instead of: “A little faster when running”. I think it can be fun or cute, but if that's how that person always writes 24/7, yeah… it won't take long before my eye starts twitching, my fists start curling, and my eyes start watering. Just please, no.
          
         Well, guys this has turned out to be more of a rant than a discussion...sorry! Wait, who am I kidding? I'm not sorry!


                 Are you what they call a "Grammar Nazi"? Why or why not?

Happy Writing,












April 9, 2017

Covers I Most Likely Won't Use...Ever



     Yesterday I was going through my computer deleting stories that I started and forgot about a hundred words in or so, pictures that I no longer needed, and useless apps. That's when I found a bunch of covers I made for a bunch of my "never to be finished" manuscripts. Some were recent, others were so old I temporarily forgot that they existed. 
      So today I am going to be showing a few! I put a copyright on most of them, but honestly the only one I actually care about not being posted elsewhere is the one of my littles sister's face. If any of you want one of these pictures for actual covers (without the words for my books on them of course), I would be happy to give them to you! Except for the one with my baby sister's face.


         I'm actually on the third chapter in this one, but I haven't worked on it in months. It's a dystopian book about what the world would be like if it was run by socialist and terrorists, so it was kind of political...
      This was my little brother's hand. I melted sharpie, got him to lay his hand on the floor, and poured some of it on his palm. There is now a small pink stain on my bedroom floor, but it was worth it!



         I started writing this story when I was eleven, it was about this girl, Emily, who had a mad scientist for a father. And her father is obsessed with the way the brain can remember things and unravel puzzles. So he starts testing his daughter's memory and street smarts when she's young by "forgetting" her at parks and stores. But when Emily turns twelve he puts her in the ultimate survival game..  
       I took that picture recently and I wanted to use it for a cover and I thought this unfinished story was perfect.



          I started writing this... a long time ago. Basically, it's about a nine year old who's secretly a spy. I was super happy about this story idea, until I realized how overused and cliché the whole kid spy thing was.
         Aannndddd that's my little sis! She's a stinker, but she's adorable (don't tell her I said that, she'll murder me).



          There was never a storyline for this one, I got bored, took a picture of a brush patch, and made up a random title.



       This one's about a young girl who is kidnapped and sailed across the sea to be sold. I started writing this when I was thirteen, and I got three hundred words in and gave it up. I'm kinda a quitter, can't you tell?

        That's it! I hope y'all enjoyed my random book covers that I probably won't ever use, which is a little sad, but whatever. Sometimes the story isn't the right one.



                 Which one was your favorite cover? What are your unfinished works about?  



Happy Writing,
 




April 4, 2017

Anything Novel Society



       Well, here I am, with another post that isn't really about writing. I'm sorry. BUT it is about books, YA books....




       As some of y'all may know, I am a part of another blog. This blog is a book reviewing blog for teens! And we just started out like two months ago and we're trying to make our way into the world of blogging. Unfortunately, we don't have a ton of readers, so we would really appreciate it if you check us out and tell some of your book lovin' friends and acquaintances! We are called the Anything Novel Society, and we post three or four times a week usually. So if you're looking for a good book to read, check us out! We also just got a bunch of new titles that have either just been published or are about to be published, so if you want to read a teenager's review on the newest books, head over there! And we also are looking for more teens wanting to review books for us, so if any of y'all is interested in writing a guest review, email me at readinggirlcox@gmail.com, and we'll post your review! You can review books anonymously or we can put your name on it if you want.
         So please check us out at anythingnovelsociety.blogspot.com! It's a great place to read reviews, review books, and meet fellow booknerds!!!

April 3, 2017

Changes Made

       Ayo, ladies and gentlemen! As y'all may have noticed I changed my blog...AGAIN. Sorry if this is getting annoying, but I felt like I needed a more simplistic looking blog, so here we are! I hope all of you will be able to find your way around now!!
       And just because I feel weird posting this itsy bitsy post about barely anything, I'm leaving y'all with a video from one of my favorite YouTube channels, I would encourage you to check them out! Since I really am hoping to go to the movies soon, I thought this was relevant!!



People like these the most for some strange reason...