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My Taylor Swift Song Opinions - 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

"Aster's Good, Right Things" Book Review

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Today I am reviewing a book that is set to be published on November 1st, 2020. I received this for free as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Netgalley, but all opinions are my own.  Aster's Good, Right Things  is a book about a girl named Aster who doesn't fit in. Ever since her mother left, she does a good thing every day to make herself feel like a good person, something that others benefit from. If she enjoys doing the good thing, then she feels bad about doing it.  Overall, I think I rate this book 2 stars. I didn't enjoy reading it. In general, books are sorted into two categories: character-centric or plot-centric. Character-centric stories focus on building the characters, using the plot as a device to move the character forward. Plot-centric does the opposite, using characters to move the plot forward.  This book was neither. It lacked in plot, but it lacked in character.  Starting with the plot, this book simply had none. If I am analysing the book correctly, the

The Ultimate Preptober Checklist

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 For those of you who don't know,  NaNoWriMo  is a writing event that happens every November where you try to write 50,000 words of a novel, all in one month! The October before that is called Preptober, because that's the month that you'll be outlining and preparing everything for the hectic and busy month, NaNoWriMo. This blog post is a checklist of things I am going to need going into NaNo. Feel free to grab some of these ideas to make this the best NaNoWriMo ever! Your Outline If you need one thing for November, it's going to be your outline. It doesn't matter if it's a 3 paragraph summary of your story or a 30 page scene-by-scene outline. But you need to have some sort of map to guide you, because even 2 days of writer's block is going to get you behind on your goal. Your Story Bible, Character Profiles, Worldbuilding, and Writing Related Notes  A collection of all your outlining notes.  Get Ahead on November Projects When I know I will have a busy week

Three Simple Steps to Waking Up Happy

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This isn't the type of blog post I usually write, but I hope you will find it useful. The past few weeks have been very stressful for me, and I recently thought of a few things I could to do instantly feel better. 1. Change Into Your Favorite Clothes During a pandemic, it's easy to put on a comfortable T-shirt and leggings and start working on your computer. You may not be dressing the same, because you think that there is nobody to dress for. After all, you are not going to work, right? Wrong. You are dressing for yourself. Do your hair and put on an outfit that you would wear to work. Wear makeup, if that's your thing. The idea is to get yourself into work mode. If you wear pajamas, your brain won't take work seriously.  2. Wake Up Earlier Sometimes it feels like you are out of control of your schedule. In fact, I didn't even know that this was the thing bothering me until I tried to solve it.  Wake up before everyone else in your household. If you live alone, wa

5k Words In 2 Days Challenge

Between the novel I am outlining, the novella I am revising, my blog posts and more, I have a lot of writing I can do, and I am feeling productive. So, today I am blogging my 5,000 words in 2 days challenge. Can I write 2,500 words per day for 2 days, when I normally write 1,000 words per day? We'll see! You can also go to the bottom of the post to see the recap.  THURSDAY, 3:51pm I am trying to write 5,000 words in 2 days, between today and Saturday. My goal for today is 2,500 words. So far, I have gotten 809 words on a blog post. I am going to write for 1 hour, before coming back to update you on my progress.  THURSDAY, 5:32pm After writing for 1 hour (in 20 minute periods) I wrote 1026 words on my novella and finished my second draft! The first draft was more of a fast draft, in the sense that it was only 7,000 words. The second draft turned out to be 14k. I rewrote about 50% of the novella in the second draft, editing the rest. I think that as this novella gets

The Ultimate Guide To Blogging

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Today I am blogging about how to blog. How do you start? How do you maintain a blog? What are my tips for blogging? How do you market a blog? Everything. Now, let's get started! Starting Out Choose Your Niche. This step is simple. If you want to be a blogger, you probably have something in mind to blog about. A big mistake I made was blogging about all sorts of things. I wrote about publishing, I wrote recipes, all sorts of things. Pick one thing and narrow down your idea.  If you don't know what to blog about, just think about your skills, passion, and what you like to do. If you love painting, start an art blog. Just make sure that your niche is something not too big, and not too small. You want to make tens and hundreds of blog posts centered around the same thing, so choose wisely.   Find a Blogging Platform. There are many popular platforms, such as blogger, wix, and wordpress. I have my blog on blogger, so I will be demonstrating with that. You can all of my b

A Guide to Outlining: Outlining Discussion

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  In this blog post I am answering various questions on outlining. Some of these are questions you have asked, and some are general questions that might help you outline your project. I hope this conclusion to this blog series helps you!  Can I outline with two protagonists, and two points of view?  Lucky Foster (she has a blog, go check out  Lucky Reviews !) asked if you can outline with two protagonists. When you are outlining, outline in third person. When you are drafting you can add the character's thoughts in first person. Just make sure it follows the story structure you want to use! Unfortunately, the book Save the Cat Writes a Novel is more geared towards one point of view, but you can definitely change it so it can work for you!  Should I outline in a chronological order? Mostafa asks, " Many stories have a nonlinear narrative, with a lot of flashbacks and fast back-and-forth movements in time. When you write your outline, do you write the events in a chronological o

Breathtaking Book Review

"Breathtaking" is the debut novel of Courtney Turcotte Bond which is set to be published on September1st. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Netgalley.com. I have many thoughts on this, so let's jump right in! Breathtaking is about Cara's life, from when she is 7 years old all the way through college. She is navigating her way through many struggles: her alcoholic father, her neglectful and stressed mother, and her complicated relationship with her best friend, Adam. Things are going from okay, to worse. Okay, to worse. Until a terrible incident leaves Cara petrified. Characters Here is a spoiler-free breakdown of three main characters in the book, and what I thought of them.  Cara 5/5 Our protagonist, Cara, certainly goes through many extreme events in her life, but stays a good person. After people broke her, she was able to get back together again.  The story is told in a believable way, not a cheesy or "happy ending" so

How To Work With Beta Readers

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In today's post, I will be talking about beta readers. (I wanted to give you guys a break from the outlining series, we will be back on track next week.) Beta readers are people who read the first draft of your book, who give you some insight and feedback on what needs change and what is good. Who are your beta readers? This all depends on you. It depends on what you want from them. If you want more writing things, such as arcs and structure, then ask a writer to read your book. If you want to see how a reader will consume your story, pick a non-writing friend. I personally like to choose a reader, and I will ask for writers to read my story after my second or third draft.  Pick 1-2 readers. You will have various readers for each draft/stage for of your story. Only pick 1 or 2 for each round so that you have enough to work with, but not too many. Prepare. Other than printing or sending the document, there are many things to be done. When you are  looking for readers y