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SOUR Album Review

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  Olivia Rodrigo recently released her debut album “SOUR” on May 21st. brutal: I really like this song because it captures exactly what many teenage singers are singing about, but it takes a very different route. From Olivia’s 3 singles “driver’s license,” “deja vu,” and “good 4 u” released before the full album, I didn’t imagine so many of the songs to be 70’s and 80’s rock style. In my opinion, the reason Olivia Rodrigo has become so famous with a debut album is how she writes what any teenager can relate to in such compelling styles.  traitor: This song is exceptional for a debut album, really for any album. Lyrically, it has great parallels like including the line in the first verse “ you talked to her” and then bringing it back with the same melody in the chorus. This song might also be one reason why people compare Olivia to Taylor Swift, I can see many similarities in their songwriting. driver’s license: Olivia’s first single for this album, first song ever, became a worldwide a

WandaVision TV Series Review

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You probably don't know this about me, but I'm a huge Marvel fan. If you've been keeping up with the franchise, you might know that they've released two series in 2021, with a third one coming! WandaVision is the first of these two, a 9-episode series about Wanda Maximoff resurrecting her husband and living with him in a town she bewitched and is fully in control of.  The idea of this show was one of the most notable things about it. It had a strong beginning and middle, but a weak ending. Marvel tried to fit a big plot into a 9 episode series, resulting in rushed pacing. What would have made this show perfect for me would be a much larger episode count, with the sit-com episodes in the first season, and then the problems with the town occurring in the second.  The characters were another big highlight of WandaVision . Wanda, Vision, Darcy, Agent Woo, and Monica were a diverse cast of characters, having individual personalities and backstories.  The ending was weak beca

Taylor Swift Album Reviews - Red

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Hello! Today I'll be reviewing Taylor Swift's 4th album, Red . This album is in bottom 3 in my ranking of her album, but I still find it to be a masterpiece. It starts out very strong, then strays a bit in the middle, ending strongly again.  State of Grace - Love this song, and I think it's a great opener to the album! I like the change in pace of the second verse the best. Red - One of my favorite title tracks, this song delivers in so many ways! It's definitely the country-pop feeling the album was going for. Treacherous - I don't really understand its placing on the album, but this song is really powerful! I think of it as a toned down version of All Too Well . The beginning is a bit slow to me, but once you get to the chorus it's beautiful :) I Knew You Were Trouble - This is one of my least favorite songs from Taylor, but it might be because of how overplayed it is. The only notable part of it would be the bridge. All Too Well - This is one of those songs t

Climate Action

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Like my past self, you probably don't care much about battling climate change. Yes, you think it's scary that it's happening, but the world will come to an end soon and any small actions that I take aren't going to help in the long run. Well, more is in your control than you realized. As of this year, we have 11 years left before climate change is irreversible. I heard about this through a peer's research project, and decided to do my own research on it as well.  What I learned was astounding. I'd always been sad about how climate change is happening, but I really didn't realize how much I could do to stop it-- and how it actually will make a difference.  It doesn't take a lot for you to do your part in climate action. I've accumulated a list of steps that you can take to help save the earth.  1.  Use Less Plastic               You've probably heard about this one a few times. But what can you actually do to help limit your usage of plastic? You&

NEW: Debut Picture Book!

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Welcome back to my blog! Today, I am introducing a picture book by a debut author, Nikki Beshkar.  This book, titled What Would I Be if I Were Not A Human? explores a little girl's conversation with her father about what animals she would be if she were not a human.  On asking her father, he responds, "You would be a dolphin, because you are smart!" The book continues with the conversation going back and forth.  Currently, you can get this book on Kindle for $2.99, or on Kindle Unlimited for free! The book will soon be available in paperback. It's a great choice for kids up to 5 or 6 years old. Something notable about this book is the artist, Fatemeh Moein! The artwork brings this picture book to life. You can find some of her other great artwork  here. Buy this book  HERE.

Taylor Swift Album Reviews - Speak Now

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Today I'm back to review Taylor Swift's third album, written completely by herself at the age of 19. This album is really mystifying, magical, and emotional, and it's one of my favorite albums of all time. As always, I'll be giving my opinions on each song in Speak Now.  Note that none of my song reviews are based on lyrical or instrumental value, rather based on my own feeling about them.  Mine - I love this album with all my heart, but this song is not a favorite of mine. It was a commercial hit and definitely promoted Speak Now, but I always skip it and it feels like a weak album opener.  Sparks Fly - This song is absolutely magical. It's definitely the second best song on this album that really captures the mystifying and magical feel of Speak Now (the first being "Enchanted").  Back to December - You don't often see many songs about a singer regretting their own mistakes in a relationship-- I think this song is really unique in that aspect. I also

May Wrap-Up and June Goals 2021

 Just like I did a  January Wrap-Up  and a  February Goals , I've decided to do a May Wrap-Up and June Goals which will focus on monthly writing, reading, and blogging achievements.  Reading Achievements (May) I've been in a bit of a reading slump for a few months now, and one of my accomplishments this month was getting out of that! I only read one book this month, but I started a few books that I'm hoping to carry into the next month.  Reading Goals (June)  I plan on reading 7 books in June 2021. This should be a reachable goal since school recently ended and I'll have more time for reading. I only have a few books planned out, however, because I want to be as flexible as possible with my reading list.  ✧  Firekeeper's Daughter ✧  Good Girl, Bad Blood Writing Achievements (May) I've been in a bit of a writing slump since January, and this month I laid out a plan for writing that will hopefully take me out of that slump. This is for my science fiction novel.  W

Taylor Swift Album Reviews - Fearless (Taylor's Version)

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 Welcome back to my blog! It's been about 3 months since I've posted. I've been pretty busy with schoolwork and writing, but I'm back and hoping to sustain a schedule of two blog posts per week, one about writing or reading, and the other miscellaneous! Note: If possible, please take a brief moment to fill out  this quick survey  about content you'd like to see on my blog, to help improve the site. I will not collect any information (like an email address or google account) with this survey.  Today, I'll be continuing the Taylor Swift song opinions series that I've been working on. This post's album is Fearless (Taylor's Version). Fearless is originally Taylor's 2nd album of 2008, but she re-recorded the album for copyright reasons just a month ago, and I will be reviewing that!  Fearless (Taylor's Version) is actually my favorite album from this singer, my top three following with Reputation and Evermore.  Fearless (Taylor's Version): I

Taylor Swift Album Reviews - Self Titled Album (Taylor Swift)

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 Hello! As many of you know, I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan. I've memorized pretty much all of her songs and albums, so I decided to make a blog series with all my Swiftie album reactions! This will be a 9-post series, with each post covering every song from an individual album.  Today I'll be reviewing "Taylor Swift," Taylor's first album and her self titled one! She wrote and released the songs in 2006, when she was still in high school. This is not my favorite album, but it's very nostalgic for me which definitely gives it points. Now I'll be giving my opinions for each song in the album! Tim McGraw - This is one of my favorite songs from the album! It really captures the mood of the album and it's very fitting as the first song. It's also one of the most famous from this album.  Picture to Burn -  This is a fun song! I can't really find myself relating to it and it's not very catchy, which is why I don't listen to it often.  Teardr

Recent Reads #2

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 Hello and welcome back to my "recent reads" blog series, where I talk about 3-5 books that I've been reading!  This  is recent reads #1. Today I'll be sharing some books that I've enjoyed from January to February of 2021!  1. Six of Crows This gorgeous book, written by Leigh Bardugo, is about 6 thieves that come together to pull an impossible heist. This book is the first of a duology, the second book named "Crooked Kingdom." I haven't read that one yet, but I'm excited to get to it. This book has become one of my all-time favorites. Why? I'm a big sucker for amazing writing, and this had the most flow-y and poetic writing as well as an incredibly executed plot.  This book needs your undivided attention. You won't understand it if you don't pay attention to every little detail mentioned, which really just adds to the genius crafting of this book if you ask me. 2. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder This book was a brilliantly crafted m

February Goals 2021

Good morning, or afternoon depending on where you live! Today I'm going to be sharing some of my February reading and writing/blogging goals. Reading February TBR:  ✧ upside of unrequited  ✧ plot and structure ✧ six of crows  ✧ marvel-verse: captain marvel ✧ the penderwicks  ✧ nevermoor ✧ what beauty there is This is a total of 6 books, although my goal for February is 1o. The last book is an arc I just got approved on netgalley, so it's a top priority next month! I do want to finish Six of Crows, Captain Marvel, and Nevermoor first because they're books I'm currently reading.  Blogging and Writing  Though this is ambitious, I'm actually hoping to write and publish 5 posts during the month of February! I have them all planned and scheduled, so I'm confident that it will happen. I'm also reaching for 3 more followers and 600 views this month. I'm hoping to write a 5,000 word short story this month about my cast of 4 characters (in my novel) to get me back

January Wrap-Up 2021

 Hello, welcome back to my blog! Today I'll be writing about my monthly goals for January and what I achieved. These are reading goals, blogging goals, and life goals in general! Reading Goals  These were the books I wanted to read in January:  ✧ Opposite of Always  ✧ Carry On  ✧ Sadie  ✧ A Good Girl's Guide to Murder  ✧ Radio Silence ✧ Plot and Structure ✧ Nevermoor ✧ Thunderhead The books I finished in January:  ✓ Opposite of Always ✓ Carry On ✓ Sadie ✓ A Good Girl's Guide to Murder ✓ Wayward Son ✓ American Royals ✓ Sophie's World ✓ 100 days of Sunlight ✓ Majesty ✓ Fangirl Manga I dnfed 4 books this month, but I still counted them because I got about 200 pages into all of the ones I didn't finish. My goal was to read 8 books, and I read 10! I'm super happy with my reading this month because I found a lot of great books like Carry On and  A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.  Blogging Statistics I've decided to share my blogging statistics this month! ✧ three

More About Me: Music, Movies, and TV Shows!

 Hello, all! It's been about a month since I last posted, because I was taking a break from blogging for the new semester of school.  Update on my writing life: I'm currently in the planning stage of act 3 (for my science fiction book) and I made a huge breakthrough, so I'm planning on writing 30k words and finishing my draft in February. As for this post, I thought I would share more about myself, including what music, movies, and tv shows I like! Movies My top 3 animated movies are: - The Bee Movie - Ratatouille  - Frozen  The bee movie is a movie I watch whenever I want to comfort-watch something, because it's really cute and I love the idea. Ratatouille also has a nice story and I love the animation. As for Frozen, I basically grew up watching this so many times that the characters and the settings are all ingrained into me, it's an all-time favorite. Recently, I've been getting into the marvel movies, and my favorite so far (and my favorite movie in genera

2021 New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! One of my favorite things about the new year is setting goals! Something I've wanted to do with this blog ever since I started it was to share my goals, and share how I followed through with them.  Blogging Goals Let's start with my blogging goals. I started this blog about 7 months ago and I've already made so much more progress than I imagined.  get 40 followers  I currently have 14 followers, which means I'd need 26 more to get there. post once a week consistently on Thursdays In the last few months, I've been posting on any day and time that I desired, which hasn't let me form a good blogging habit.  get better at planning and writing content  Some days, I write my posts just hours before I post them. Besides posting, I want to write consistently and have a backlog of 2-3 posts that I can update my blog with if I don't write that week. be way more active on Pinterest As many of you know, Pinterest is one of the greatest ways for bloggers

Post-Nano Writer's Block!

NaNoWriMo ended more than 2 weeks ago, and I have the dreaded post-nano writer's block. In the last two weeks, I have written exactly 343 words in my project. If you've ever had a challenge like this where you've speed-written and then had a hangover of sorts, I hope you find this advice helpful. I'm going through this right now, so my guess on this advice is as good as yours. However, these tricks have been helping me in the past few days!  Don't Stop Writing, But Don't Write Too Much Taking a 3-day break from December 1-3 was probably the worst mistake I could've made in my writing month. Getting out of that habit was such a terrible step for me. You heard me right- don't take a break after your writing challenge. But you do deserve a break, after all. So what will you do?  Something that's been helping me in the last few days is to just challenge myself to write 500 words a day, focusing on making those the best words they can be. This could be

2021 TBR Tag (Original!)

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Here is a general layout of some books I want to read in 2021! This is an original tag I made, and I'm here are the rules if you are going to be doing this tag on your blog: tag at least 2 people link back to the original post (this one) I'm tagging these people:  Em @Tea for Teens Aarja @Groovy Thoughts A book or series to re-read:   The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer     In second and third grade, this book series was my absolute favorite. I absolutely adored it, and it was essentially the series that introduced me to fantasy. I'm excited to re-read this and see what I remember, as well as how my opinions changed. A book with a pretty cover: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer Marissa Meyer is a pretty well-known author, with Heartless and the Lunar Chronicles. This is her newest book, which came out in November 2020, and it will be the first book that I read by her. It's a light fantasy romance, which is a genre I haven't really read much of. (Also, the cover

December Bullet Journal Setup

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December is "the most wonderful time of year" with Christmas and the new year right around the corner. This is my rather festive bullet journal spread for the month of December. This is the cover page for the month. s The next spread I used for the month is a "Christmas Wish List" spread and a "Gift Ideas" page, for things I want to receive for Christmas and things I want to give to others for the holiday. I'm not going to include them in this post, but those are the spreads that fill up the next 3 pages.  This is my spread for the days 15-22 of December. (I do this for every day of December, however, this is the only page I'm picturing.) It serves as a calendar and each month I switch the layout a bit to spice it up. It's a very simple type of spread, and I do make mistakes sometimes but I don't worry about it unless it changes something fundamental in my journal.  I hope you all enjoyed this bullet journal set-up. Let me know in the comme

I WON!//NaNoWriMo Week 4

Welcome back to my blog! These are some of my writing updates for week 4 of NaNo. Make sure to check out my new  about me  page, which went up a few weeks ago. This is one of my most lengthy Nano posts because I updated almost every day this week :) November 22  I just passed 30,000 words! 🥳🎉 But, I also realized that I need to write 20,000 more words in the next 8 days to win NaNoWriMo.  Something I've been having trouble with recently is setting goals. I want to give myself something to look forward to every time I reach a small milestone and something to look forward to at the end of November, but I keep getting stuck. (If you have any suggestions on rewards I could do, or want to share what rewards you use, please share in the comments!)  I've written 1,700 words so far today. That may not sound like much, but it was a hard scene to write because my characters were very emotional after a tragic plot twist. It's currently 12:02am, and I've written 3,500 words today

NaNoWriMo Week 3 {NOVEMBER 16-19}

This is a recap of my experience for 3 days of Week 3 NaNoWriMo. November 16 Wow! It's hard to believe that week 3 of NaNoWriMo is already here. I'm currently at 22,000 words, and I'm going to need about 4,000 to catch up to the recommended spot. I don't think I'll be able to write that much today, but my goal is 2,000.  I wrote 1,700 words today. That's close enough to 2k for me, so I'll stop. I'm still behind on my goal, but that's fine. I'll hit 25k tomorrow, most likely, because I'm less than 1,000 away.  November 17 Today's a big day for everything, pretty much! A book from a series I'm reading comes out, I've got 3 big school projects, a birthday zoom call to attend, and some other things to do. I'd be surprised if I got even 1,000, but hopefully, I can get more. It's 9:50pm, and I've just written my first 700 words of the day. Even though it's one of my lowest WCs of NaNoWriMo, I'll have to stop because

Recent Reads #1 (All my 2020 Favorites!)

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 Hello, everyone! With NaNoWriMo, I haven't gotten a chance to write a non-NaNo post. Just so you know, there won't be a Week 2 wrap up, because I didn't have the time to update daily. However, a week 3 post should be coming up next week!   Today I'll be sharing some books I read in the past few months that I loved and recommend. I hope you find some good books to add to your to-read list!  1. A book I really found myself enjoying was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia .  Eliza and Her Monsters was a book about a teenager named Eliza Mirk who posts her webcomic, Monstrous Sea  online with millions of fans who love to read it. She meets a fan at her very own school, and that's when things get out of hand. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The main plot was enjoyable and gripping. I loved many of the characters and their stories, and I found myself relating to Eliza a lot. Throughout the book, Eliza struggles with a lot of anxiety and fe

NaNoWriMo Week 1 [NOVEMBER 1-7]

  Sunday, November 1st, 2020 Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! I'm so excited to get started and (hopefully) get to 50,000 words by the end of the month. I have a very deep scene-by-scene outline, and my goal is to write 3,000 words today.  I've currently passed 800 words in my project, and it's 10:40am. I'm confident that I will reach my goal by the end of the day. I've written 1.5 scenes so far, and I think my biggest problem is pacing. However, I'm trying not to worry about it much and continue on with the story. I just passed 1.4k words and I'm feeling great! I think I'll be able to accomplish my goal. I have a lot of other work today that I need to set aside time for, and I'll get back to writing once I finish.  I just passed 2200 words. I have completed chapters 1 and 2 (they are short chapters) and I just got to introduce two new characters. I'm getting a hold of my pacing a little better with this chapter. Monday, November 2nd, 2020 Go