Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beautiful People: March 2017| Pizza and Ballet + RAINBOWS!!!

What time is it (no, Jerry, it's not summertime or showtime)? It's time for another episode of "LOOK AT THESE CHARACTERS. LOOK AT HOW I LOVE THEM" aka Beautiful People. 

I'm going to be ranting about the most precious darling I've ever created. 

This is Melanie Marie Abeita (but imagine her with bright red streaks in her hair).

She's part of my novel: We Are (you know, the one that has literally no plot, but I adore the characters so much that I am determined to make it work). I've done a Beautiful People thingie for Lua. She and Mel are besties.

Quick Backstory: Melanie is a 17 yr old reincarnation of pure goodness. She lives with her Abuela because her parents died when she was very young. Her wardrobe is all ripped jeans and leather jackets and grungy flannels. She wears her eyeliner thick and sharp enough to kill someone, but she loves going to church with her Abuela and listening to the hymns. 

what’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.?

Favorite book: Winnie-the-Pooh. Hands down. That was the first book she read after her parents died, and it calmed her down. She's had the same copy for 14 years.
Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz or something Disney.
Favorite play: Romeo and Juliet. She laughs at it because she thinks the accidental death and drastically dysfunctional romance is hilarious. 

is there anything they regret doing?
She would regret not eating that piece of pizza last week...

if they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
She would immediately go to her Abuela who would make her a huge bowl of soup, and force feed her gross ginger and spinach drinks. And Russo (her bae, but like, she doesn't know it yet) would bring her chocolate or something sugary (he's an idiot, but an adorable idiot, so it's okay)

is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Nope. For the most part, she's pretty non-sentimental. She used to collect everything from books (a noble pursuit) to almost every grocery list her Abuela had written (a less noble pursuit, but hey, I'm not judging), but then she woke up one morning and realized that she quite literally couldn't get to her bedroom door, so she decided to purge hardcore.

what are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
  • pizza
  • if someone is pretending like she actually is hardcore
  • speaking Spanish. She gets so excited if someone knows Spanish.
  • if they own an animal of any kind
  • being kind 
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A direct quote from Mel (probably).
describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
Black. She always looks like she could be going to a funeral or a gang meeting (honestly #goals)

what’s their favorite type of weather?
RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE! If she sees a rainbow, nothing else matters (I mean, I understand. Rainbows are important).


what’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
She doesn't like fighting others. She'll threaten the socks off of you, but she won't throw a punch. She's too smol (literally. She's 5' 2")!!  Naw, if she wanted someone beat up, she would ask Belle (Belle is the boxing friend full of intelligence and bad feelings).

what names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?

Mel, mija, and a smattering of other pet names her Abuela insists on calling her despite her "rep" (she's accepted the nicknames, but if you ask her, she doesn't like 'em. Not one bit). 

what makes their heart feel alive?

Dancing. She loves ballet, and will chew out anyone who says that it's not punk rock. Because ballet is totally punk rock (her only complaint is the color of the tutus that they sometimes wear. She has been on the hunt for a while for a black tutu, preferably with skulls.). 

Ballet gives her peace and and a sense of structure and discipline amongst her Abuela's chaotic way of living. 
This is so M:

And that's a wrap on Mel! I love her to pieces.

What do you think of her? Isn't she great folks? Let's give her a big round of applause. Would you ever try ballet? Do you know any Spanish (I know taco, burrito, and nacho)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hamilton Tag| My Favorite Song + I Just Love Hamilton SO Much

I love Hamilton. 

I love blogging.

Hamilton + blogging = a perfect world. 

I was tagged by Kayla Marie to do the Hamilton tag! The blogging gods have smiled upon me this day. Let's go. 

How did you discover Hamilton?
I saw a couple mentions of it here and there in the blogosphere, and I was kind of curious, but also I am very picky about musicals. I proceeded to ignore it until finally, a friend was like "YOU HAVE TO LISTEN." and I was like "WHY ARE YOU YELLING ABOUT IT?" Then I listened to it and my life was changed. At first, I literally had no idea what was happening, and I was bored, but then I listened to it again just because, and I WAS HOOKED. 
Who is your favorite character?
Well that's a simple question. - said no one ever.


- Alexander - 
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*deep breath* Boi... He is his own worst enemy, and that fascinates me (in the way that watching a bird fly into a window repeatedly would fascinate me. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, you foolish fowl). He was his own downfall. 

- Eliza - 
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Eliza is simply the most pure, precious human in the world, and I wish that I could protect her from all the bad things in the world. I wish I could give her a hug (I know she's from the 1800s and technically "not alive", but I would still like to wrap her in a blanket and possibly some bubble-wrap...). 

- Angelica - 
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Giiiirl, you keep being amazing. Angelica is so sacrificial for Eliza, and she's my fav big sis (sorry, Bethany).  The line "I love my sister more than anything in this life, I will choose her happiness over mine every time" GETS ME EVERY TIME. 

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What’s your absolute favorite song?
Oh good, I'm glad that you're asking questions like this. It kind of reminds me of that question: "What's your favorite book?" or "Who is your favorite child?"

I've been listening to The Schuyler Sisters, Non-Stop, and The World Was Wide Enough.
I honestly can't pick a favorite (I know, I'm one of those people) because every time I re-listen to the music, I find something new about each song that I love.

How I Listen To Music:
  1. Find a song that catches my fancy (because the standards are sooo high).
  2. Listen to said song.
  3. Listen again.
  4. again.
  5. AGAIN
  6. Listen to it until I've heard it enough times that it has started playing in my dreams.
  7. aaand maybe one more time for good measure.
  8. That's enough times because now I can't stand it.
  9. Ooo, new song. 
  10. Repeat steps 1-8
So as you can see, finding an absolute favorite is difficult for me. 
Music wise, which is better, Act I or Act II?
Pshh, I don't know. 

I like Act I because I know every word to it, and it's happy!
I like Act II because FAST RAPPING and also heartbreaking stuff is fun, too. Lots of death. Betrayal. Sadness. You know, the good stuff. 

Okay, I have officially decided that Act II is my favorite. There's always something going on because we can count on good ol' Alex to mess something up. 

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What’s your dream role?
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Obvi King George... Who else?
What’s your favorite quote?

 "There's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait."
This line inspires me to write all the things and be super productive and never give up on my dreams!! 
Describe what Hamilton means to you using only 3 words.
Inspiring cautionary tale.
Idiot with pen.

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Who do you consider your “Hamilton Buddy” (someone who you can ramble, fangirl, or sing Hamilton with)? 
I don't think I really have one specific buddy. I have quite a few friends who have all been dragged down into the musical addiction listened to Hamilton, and we talk about it at times. Shoutout to Lilly though. Without her I would never have listened to this great musical. I would have thrown away my shot.
How has Hamilton impacted your life?
I mean, every day I rap about our founding fathers... So that's a pretty big impact.

Now to get all serious (I know it's not as fun, but shh, it's a part of life): Hamilton constantly reminds me of how little time we have to make a difference and to do all that we can. Death doesn't discriminate (YES I'M USING A DIRECT QUOTE. WHATCHA GONNA DO 'BOUT IT). Hamilton never fails to remind me of how much potential people have, but how easy it is to get sidetracked and waste that potential. Listen up, kids, this is applicable to your life (there's gonna be some major wisdom here, right about....now): DON'T WASTE YOUR GOSH-DARN POTENTIAL! #wiseadviceiswise

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What is the best thing about Hamilton?
Um, how about all of it? Yeah, definitely all of it. 

(I'm not quite sure of the rules, but I'm assuming I'm supposed to tag people for this thing, right?) 

Well this is awkward because I actually don't really know bloggers who love Hamilton. But I will try my hardest. 
and YOU!! (because I can't think of anyone else) If you have a blog, love Hamilton, and are dying to be tagged for something, here is the solution. Go forth, Do the thing. 

Have you listened to Hamilton? If you have: what's your favorite song? If you haven't: what's wrong with you?? (kidding, you live your life any way you want to) What have you been listening to recently?


Monday, March 20, 2017

Never Stop Wondering

Sorry for the late post. I've been gone for the past couple of days, and for some reason Blogger wasn't letting me do a scheduled post. So here we are. 

I am always amazed at the world around me. There is always something new to see, something that we can learn from, something we can marvel at. One of my favorite things is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Take a spiderweb, spiderwebs are everywhere. They are common. Now take a spiderweb and put it in front of a sunset. The spiderweb is immediately transformed to golden thread that shines with light.

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. - Psalm 95:4-5
All of the beauties of the world belong to Him. He created so much for us to see, learn, and wonder at. 

One of my goals in life is to see the world. All of it. I want to see every corner. I believe that it is our duty as Children of God to marvel at His creation, to recognize just how truly beautiful it is. There is so much hidden around us that we don't notice. The brilliant greens of trees leafing out, the soft smell of summer on the breeze, flowers touched by dew in the morning. 

God created life to be full of small pleasures. I don't have to leave my own backyard to find His hand. Science shows us just how complex and unrepeatable the world is. We were created to be curious and thoughtful towards life around us. Throughout my life, I'm going to keep my eyes open for the wonder all around us, because I don't want to miss a single spiderweb that is waiting for me out there. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Reasons Why I Write| POWER (oh, and inspiring people or whatever)

I am a writer.
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This is not an unknown fact. I shout about it to the internet, my family, and strangers on the street. I love writing. Ever since I told my first story (We use the term "story" here very loosely. I was about 4, and I'm pretty sure it was 85% plagiarism), I have been in love with writing and stories. Can I get an amen from all my writer friends?? (come on, fam, don't leave me hanging)

The other day, someone (We use the term "someone" here loosely. It was someone I have never met, but I talk to over the internet. #safetyfirstkids) asked me something that made me think really hard (or as hard as I can think, which is probably comparable to your average semi-aquatic mammal). 

Someone-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Hey, you know how you're internally screaming all the time because you have too many writing projects going on?
Me: Um...
Someone-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named: And how you're so frustrated with editing/plotting/basically every area of writing a book? 
Me: Do you have a point to this other than reminding me of my pain? 
Someone-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Why do you do it? What makes you love writing so much that you go through all of that? 
Me: Well obviously, I have a non-fatal brain disease that just sucks away all common sense.

But seriously. Why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through endless hours of work, tears, research about things that should probably land us in jail, and sometimes blood (depending on how prone to paper cuts you are...). 

I have spent some time thinking about the question, and I have come up with a few answers.

Because words have power.
And who doesn't love power? My long-term goal is definitely to harness any literary power I possess and conquer a small island to retire to (I know I should probably dream bigger and go for world domination, but that seems like it won't fit with my schedule. I only have Fridays open, and that doesn't leave time for conquering the whole world. Plus, a lot of the world is really hot or really cold. Pass.), but until then, I'm talking about a more subtle-power. 

It's amazing what the written word can do. It can reduce people to tears, it can change their mind about something, it can validate a whole generation, it can make the impossible seem real. The list goes on for miles. Words are a dangerous and powerful thing, and when used correctly, they can shape people. 
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Because I have stories to tell.
Storytime: When I was a tiny human and couldn't read, I would pick up a book and "read". I would look at the pictures and make a guess of what was going on. My favorite to "read" was Little House in the Big Wood. 
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This picture inspired hours of storytelling. That's how I occupied my days, making up tales of epic proportions and telling them over and over until I was happy with them. I have so many stories to write even now (25 to be exact).  Storytelling has always been a part of who I am, and I can't imagine myself without it.

Because I want to make others dream.
You know that moment when you're reading an amazing book and you picture yourself right beside the heroes, tagging along in all the shenanigans. Maybe you don't actually picture yourself there, but you wish that you could go on an adventure as grand as that with friends as hilarious (or psychotic, depending on what book you're reading).  

I want others to imagine what would have happened if something had changed; what would have happened if someone died (who am I kidding, everyone dies), what about if a meteor crashed into the main characters and now they have Spidey Senses. 
When readers do that, they care enough about the story to spend their precious brain cells imagining the story further.

Because we need better books to read.
I am a normal, rational teenager (oh stop laughing, Jerry). I don't think I am alone in the fact that almost all of YA fiction makes me want to put all the books in one big pile and set them on fire.
  • Plot twists are basically just a random fact thrown into the story, and a closeup of the audience gasping. 
  • Foreshadowing is more like a-page-beForeshadowing.
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YA foreshadowing 
  • Every dystopian novel seems to follow the same formula. I understand that the formula works and that's what people buy, but what about originality, people.
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Basically any bestselling dystopian novel. 
I want to write a book that I want to read. I want to write a book where the main character sees a semi-attractive boy and is not immediately convinced that they are soulmates (I understand that he has the cheekbones of a British man. Heck, he may even be British, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HIM).
We need:
  • Books that challenge us.
  • Books that promote all that is good in the world. 
  • Books that don't promote feasting on fries at 3 am like the rebellious teen you think you are (honestly, you'll ruin your breakfast if you do that). 
  • Books that have a cast of characters that aren't all super attractive in a cute and quirky way (only 1% of the population looked adorable when they were a teen). 
  • Books that don't promote teen crime.
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Because if I didn't, I would die.
If I did not write, my mind would go on hyperdrive from all the ideas bouncing around all the time, and then it would get tired and crash, and boom, I'm dead. This is a fact. A group of scientists just confirmed it.

And there you have it: 5 reasons why I love writing. I can finally answer Someone-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named (or better yet, just send them this post because dang, I do not want to write this twice).

Why do you love (insert your profession or hobby here)?? What was one of the first books you ever read? And does anyone want to help me conquer a small island? It turns out I am not very threatening (I'm like...5'1") and I need someone to back me up.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Tag| My Favorite Genre, Cooking Skills, + WHO IS TOM #realtalk

Let me paint you a picture: I click Publish on my hiatus announcement post, then I pop over to Meanwhile, In Rivendell to read the latest post. Lo and behold, I was tagged. 

I am here to fulfill said tag (don't want to be thrown out of the Blogging Association, and I have an obsession with tags). Thank you so much to Olivia for tagging me! 

Is there a particular fictional genre to which you keep returning? (i.e. period drama, action, fantasy, etc.)
It didn't even take me a second to think of the answer. Fantasy is ma jam. It just has so much more than all the others, though I do think that sci-fi is a close second. In everything that I read, write, watch, and talk about, fantasy is #1. The definition of fantasy is something that is produced by the imagination (so technically, wouldn't all fiction be considered fantasy? Hmm, food for thought). 
There are so many possibilities. 

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Fantasy -- really good, dragon-filled fantasy -- is all that I live for. If I haven't read soul-feeding fantasy in a while, I start to get grumpy. For me, fantasy is like a vitamin. It is essential. 
(To be honest, I hadn't realized how greatly I adore fantasy until answering this question. Everything makes so much more sense now)

What type of toothpaste do you use? ('Cause I'm weird like that.)
Tom's of Maine (I'm not actually sure if it's "Toms" or "Tom's". Because one way, it's like an army of people named Tom run the company. But if it's "Tom's" then that's declaring that "Tom is of Maine" which no one really cares about. Who is Tom? Why does he matter? No offense, Tom, I'm sure you're a great guy, but who let you name the business??). 

In general -- can be for yourself or for others or for both -- do you prefer straight, curly, or wavy hair?
I like either straight hair or really curly hair. I have had the curse of hair that is indecisive. Yes, I myself am indecisive, so I know where my hair gets it from, but I expected more from my hair. I'm very disappointed in it. It likes to be not quite straight and not quite curly, but this really awkward in-between where it's kind of frizzy, but also not??? I don't even know. 

Do you like musicals?
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*ahem* Yes. Yes, I do. 

What is your third favorite season?
Of what TV show? 

(Jerry, hush, I am trying to read all the questions. Wait, what? It means of the weather? Like...the outside? .....I see. Thank you, Jerry, you may go)

Haha, what a fun little joke I was playing earlier. Of course I knew what the question was really asking (oh, hush Jerry). 
I would say that fall is my third favorite season. Now, I change my mind every day on that, but today, the order is: winter, summer, fall, spring. 

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Aren't these the coolest?
Jewelry -- yea or nay?
Meh. It depends on how I'm feeling. I have a few pieces of jewelry that I do wear, but for the most part, I do without. I don't have my ears pierced (not for any reason, just because I'm too lazy to take care of them), I don't wear any rings or bracelets. I will wear a necklace sometimes, though. 

Have you seen any of the live-action remakes of the classic Disney movies (MaleficentCinderellaAlice in WonderlandThe Jungle Book, etc.)?  If so, what are your thoughts on them?
Um, yes. All of them. More than once (except for The Jungle Book). 

I adore Maleficent and Cinderella very much. They both have a special memory attached to them (but I also think they're just fantastic movies in general). I like Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was fun, but I don't think it's a favorite, or one that I would just love to own. I wouldn't brave Black Friday for it, whereas with Cinderella, I would forgo a feast of pie and turkey just to beat away 5 year olds with an umbrella so I could take home that beloved movie (just kidding, I wouldn't give up food. Let's not be silly)  
Are you adept at cookery?
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Storytime: Little Me (aka this was literally yesterday) didn't know that I had to cut potatoes in half when boiling them to make mashed potatoes (two hours later, we still had no dinner thanks to yours truly).
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Actually me.
Little Me (once again, this was very recent) almost blew up someone's oven trying to simply turn it on. To say I am adept at cooking would be quite the generous statement. Most others would use words such as: catastrophe, hazard, and "stay away at all costs".

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Is there anybody you really wish would start a blog?  
  • Emma Watson
  • Joan of Arc
  • Hermione Granger
  • God
  • BILBO BAGGINS (don't look at me like that. I know I'm a nerd. I've embraced it).
  • Legolas (because we need updates on how his hair is doing, and his hair routine, and his homemade shampoo recipes)
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Do you know what your Myers-Briggs personality is?  If so, do share.
INFP. I took it three times, and all three times I got INFP. There is no doubt. 
Though I'm sure not just INFPs can relate to this because these are all awesome things. 

(fun fact: A.A. Milne (the author of Winnie the Pooh aka the best books ever) was INFP. As was J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Or at least that's what I read on the internet which makes it 100% true.)

That was so fun! Now comes the hard part...

The Questions:

What do you think are the 3 best things about yourself?
Who are the 5 people that have influenced you the most (good or bad)?
How would you describe yourself (personality or appearance)?
How would a family member or friend describe you? 
What's your favorite childhood book?
Who would play you in a movie of your life?
If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?
What TV show or movie feels like a favorite old sweater (you know what I mean. It's all cozy and familier. You get a happy little smile whenever you wear it)?
Night-owl or Morning-Human?
Which of the seven dwarves do you most relate to (this is the most important question of them all)?

I tag: Jonathan, Savannah, and Ivy Miranda


Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Swirling Void That Is the Future|| I Don't Have A "Pla"

For the first time ever. EVER. I have no idea what to do with my life.

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Yes, you read that right. I, the planner, the hardworker, the "I have a life plan"er, have lost any idea of what career I want.

I know that no matter what I end up doing, I will always be writing, but in the real world, making enough to survive off of writing alone is very hard, so I need a second job. A money maker. BUT I ALSO WANT TO BE HAPPY. For the past few years, I've been pretty sure that I was going to be a creative writing teacher, but PLOT TWIST, I don't like people or teaching, I just like creative writing. Then I settled on being a travel-writer, because HELLO traveling and writing in one. #dreamjob

But now???

I don't know. I don't know what I want to do. Which is really strange and kind of freaking me out. I feel like this is almost a rite of passage as a teenager, unsure if one wants to be the President of the United States or a chopstick architect, but to be honest, I never thought I'd be here, wondering what the void of darkness (aka my future) holds for me.

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I have to trust God's plan for my life instead of my own, which is hard...but in the end, good...I guess. He knows what's up. 

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." - Jeremiah 29:11

1. Properly, that which the mind thinks.
2. Idea; 
3. Opinion; judgment.
4. Meditation; serious consideration.
→5. Design; purpose←
6. Silent contemplation.
Hear that? He knows the purpose that he has for us; a purpose, a design, of peace. That is reassuring. He has me in His hands, and I know that no matter what my future will be amazing BUT IT'S STILL KIND OF SCARY (I've kind of been clinging this song).

Luckily I'm still young so I have time to figure out what cardboard box I'm going to live in. I mean, there are so many choices.

Do you have your life figured out? Or are you, too, wondering what exactly your life is going to throw at you? Did you ever have outrageous career goals as a small human (aka child)? I wanted to be a tap dancer. I had actual tap dancing shoes and everything. I rocked those shoes. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Guess Who's Back? Back Again...(Shady's Back. Tell a Friend)

As you may or may not have gathered by my last post, I left you all for less than a month. It was so strange to not be blogging and reading comments and interacting with you guys, but it was much needed. Also, it gave me some time to finally catch up on LIFE, which is always a plus.

All this to say: I'm back. 

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February was the first month in almost two years that I have not written a Favorites post. WHAT? Each night towards the end of the month, I would mentally run through every item I was going to list, what music I was listening to, what books I had adored, etc, then I realized it didn't matter because I wasn't writing a Favorites. Man, that was strange. 

We here at An Odd Blog are very excited to be back in the blogosphere (which took me longer than it should have to figure out how to spell it. It's a difficult word, okay? Don't look at me like that). Since I took the hiatus, you may find yourself asking things like "Why did you do it? Why did you leave us?" or "You took a random hiatus. How do I know what to expect now?" or possibly even "How do I know an alien race hasn't taken over your mind and is slowly taking over more minds through blogging?"

These are all fantastic questions. I will answer them the best I can. 

What to Expect 
  • Bookish flailing. 
  • Some photography??? 
  • maybe. 
  • no promises. 
  • More writing updates. 
  • Favorites posts (unless y'all hate them. If so, please let me know.)
  • A vlog someday (probs not this year because I am shy). 
  • Another bookshelf tour. 
  • Movie reviews. 
  • You know, normal stuff. 
What's that? You want to know if you can give me chocolate and cupcakes because you're so happy I'm back? *blushes* Oh stop (hand 'em over). 


P.S. I have to do the mandatory blogging gif that everyone who goes on a hiatus uses. Guys. I have to, otherwise I'll be kicked out of the Blogging Association (it's totally real). 

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There we go. Now I won't be kicked out.