Saturday, January 4, 2014

Savory Vegetable Bean Soup

I'm on one of those usual "new year new me" diets. I'm trying to go on a calorie deficit while also staying low carb.But overall i'm trying to be healthier. For breakfast I had a banana and some yogurt. By the time lunch rolled around I was starving (not really). So I wanted to make something filling ye low calorie and low carb. So I made a savory vegetable bean soup. My house smelt wonderful after I finished cooking it. It's vegan as well!

Makes maybe 5-8 servings, I'm not totally sure. I made a bunch for the week ahead.

Ingredients:
2 celery sticks
A handful of baby carrots
1 large mushroom
A quarter of a medium onion
Tomato paste
Diced Tomato
half a cup to a cup of Black eyed peas
tsp of Olive oil
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (I always buy mine at the African convenience sores, but I bet you can find it elsewhere...but it's hot...so beware).

Prep Time:
One to one and a half hours


Step 1
I put the black eyed peas into some boiling water for about an hour. It helps if you soak the beans over night!

Step 2
Pour the tsp of olive oil into a medium sized pot.
Quickly pour in the tomato and add in enough water so that you reach the consistency that you want (the vegies and beans and tomatoes will thicken it up quite a bit, keep that in mind). .
Put it on medium heat so that it begins to boil!

Step 3
After the tomato paste has begun to boil, throw in the diced tomatoes (fresh or canned).
Add in salt, black pepper, and Cayenne paper (according to your taste).

Step 4
Take out those veggies and chop them up into any size you want.
Throw into the pot.
Make sure that you're stirring every so often!
Leave it on at medium to low heat for about half an hour to an hour.

Step 5
When the beans are done cooking put them into the soup and mix well.
Leave the soup alone for 5 minutes.


Step 6 (Optional)
I needed some bread...so I added in two tbsp of croutons

Step 7
Eat and enjoy!!! :D

^^

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The 2014 List






At the end of every year I feel as if I haven't accomplish as much as I would have liked. In retrospect I do, but it would be awesome if I could just look at something and say "Hey, look at all of this stuff I wads able to do. I finished dream/goal/wish ABC!" Now that would be seriously cool. So for this year I have decided to create a list of things I want to accomplish by December 31st, 2014.

As I complete the things on my list i'll be posting them up online along with photos.



The 2014 List

  • Adventure
    • Go around Great Britain 
    • Visit Shakespeare's Globe theater
    • Visit Platform 9 3/4
    • Go to the beach (I have't gone to the beach for 7 years.)
    • Go hiking for a day
  • Knowledge
    • Be able to have a (minimum) novice level understanding and conversation in Korean
    • Read Fahrenheit 451
    • Read The Epic of Gilgamesh 
    • Read the Metamorphosis by Kafka
    • Read "Two stories and a memory" by Lampedusa 
    • You know what, I want to read all of Lampedusa's works. I love him. 
    • Finish all my MFA applications and have them submitted. 
    • Have senior credit status 
  • Fun
    • Finish Space Cadet
    • Get a faster serve in tennis
    • Blog more often (as in a minimum of 3 times a month) 
    • Knit scarves and hats for all the members of my immediate family.
    • Paint a rather large picture 
  • Body
    • Run a full mile at 7 mph without stopping. 
    • Grow my hair out to full B.S. length
    • Dye my hair red. Yes, a crazy vibrant red
    • Do 5 chin-ups. Yep, only 5. 
    • Be able to do 10 reps and 3 sets of a 30 lb bicep curl.
    • Lose like 40 lbs. Yes, 40.
  • Other
    • Get my driver's licence
    • Tutor more kids this summer, better yet, get a job as an assistant somewhere. 
    • Be happier and experience more of the awe

What's on your list?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Setting up a word count? Setting up to fail.

I don't believe in word counts. They are concrete symbols as to how much you are expected to think and say when in actuality you could complete your thoughts with far fewer (or more) words. However,
when it comes to writing a story there's nothing I hate more than daily, weekly, or monthly word counts. It's like saying to yourself "Hey, Brain! Even though the muse is not working right now, i'm still going to make you churn out 5K words for this novel i'm making, and you know what? Even if it stinks that's okay! Because i'm trying to finish novel X by next month!" The number of times I've seen things like this is absurd. *QUICK DISCLAIMER* As some of you may have noticed, this blog is over three years old. I use to give out writing advice when I was younger, I no longer do that simply because as I've grown older I've come to realize that I don't know it all, so anything I say is in reference to myself and may or may not be true for the rest of this magnificent blue and green and cloudy planet. *END OF QUICK DISCLAIMER* To have the mindset of "first draft=final draft" is a death statement to any body of work but on top of that to force down words that you yourself may or may not dislike is like burning your novel up before it's even typed out.

I'm only writing this because a) I've had a few blog tours in the past and I've encountered writers like that and no surprises but their novels never made it to this blog because I rated them so poorly. I'm a harsh critic, and I've often wondered what the causes bad work and good work. I've come to realize that the good writers don't force it. They allow their thoughts to flow naturally onto the page and then they edit, edit, edit (10 minutes later) edit, edit, edit (15 years later) and edit some more. They don't stop with just their thoughts, they go back and beef (as a vegetarian I feel bad using that word for some reason) up their work, they add subplots, and amazing twists and turns. Some of the worst books I've read have been what seem like first drafts and most of the time it's also been forced writing. There is a time and a place for deadlines. I once met a writer who told me that he waked up every morning, goes down into his basement and writes for at least 2 hours. Forced? Kind of. But he's also a best seller. What's the difference? He saw that forced writing as a time to think out loud, to muse over past thoughts, or to create new ones. He described it as if it was a purging of his mind, all the random thoughts were cleaned out and put on paper so that he could focus and write what was needed.  Some people force they're writing, but they also edit which makes a world of a difference.


My Current Word Count. 50,000 is not my goal

because my goal word count is what is right.
I also brought this up because b) i'm working on my second novel. There's an excerpt of the first draft under my novels tab (at the top of this blog). I was starting to think "golly gee, I should really write out some more words. I want to get this manuscript out there!" Well, first of all, anybody who has ever tried to get published knows it's not that easy and forcing something out of you and just sending it to the world does not mean that it's polished or ready. I finished my first novel when I was in high school, man, I had no idea of what editing was really about. I tried to send that manuscript to agents and was rejected left and right. Now that I look back at that manuscript, I realize that it wasn't perfect. Does that realization hurt? No. I'm my best critic, i'm much more critical towards my own work than I am to those that I review and read.

Anyways, since this is a journal entry for myself i'll just end by saying that, setting up a word count that you never plan on editing and that you think is a final draft is setting up for massive, dinosaur destruction levels of failure.


“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

(Casual Chance, 1964)” 
― Colette

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5 things I learnt this semester

I was truly blessed this semester, I had amazing professors, became rather close with some fellow classmates, and I grew a lot. I won't lie and say it was all fun, there were classes I struggled in, I was filled with a crazy amount of anxiety, my somewhat A-type personality pushed my further than I could handle at some points, but, thanks to the grace of God, I made it through! I learnt a lot about myself and about the subject material I care most about. I decided it might be fun to share the top 5 things I learnt this semester. Enjoy!



1. It's okay to slow down / I tend to rush, I like to get things done quickly and efficiently. I plan a lot to the point that I forget to enjoy the now, the moment i'm in.  This causes anxiety and sometimes shoddy work, that's why it's okay to slow down, savor the moment, feel the echoing vibrations of now within your soul. It's okay, close your eyes, breathe, slow down, think (or don't), and take your time. Time is precious, everybody knows that, but savor every second rather than running towards some invisible finish line.

2. Make sure to stay consistent / Nothing looks worse than being an amazing student at the start of the semester and then slowly fizzling out towards the end, yes, there's an end of the semester slump but that doesn't mean you (meaning I) should become this foggy minded sheeple towards the end. Keep your work strong, keep that smile flashing, put some makeup on those bags under your eyes, and keep the momentum going (and if need be, take a break, breaks are good).

3. Get out of your comfort zone / I'm starting to think that i'll be forced out of comfort zone for the rest of my life. This semester I was asked to attend an athletic leadership conference (I play tennis at my uni). I said okay, because it's always good to say okay to new opportunities but,  as some of you may have noticed from some of my past blogposts,  being around new people freaks me out. I'm really friendly, and i'm not really shy, it's just that going to a place with people I don't know really freaks me out. However, i'm so glad I got out of my comfort zone, I met amazing people and learnt a lot about myself as a student-athlete. I would have never gotten that chance if I hadn't chosen to get out of my comfort zone. The cool thing about college is that there are always new opportunists popping up all over the place, get out of your comfort zone, try something new, and you (may) never look back!

4. You want it? Fight for it! / No, please don't go out onto the streets looking for a fight. Don't bully your way to what you need. Sometimes in college you need to fight, ask, or even constantly pester people if you need something done; this applies to group projects, getting extra help in a class, getting your college.uni  office to finish filing paperwork and whatnot. This applies to all areas of life, sometimes if you need something done, need help, or need advice, you need to get up and find somebody who can help you. Nobody will spoon-feed you what you need, nobody will lay out a plan for you, however, you can find people who can help you, you can find the resources you need if you get up and fight (or ask) for it (as politely a possible).


5.  You can slack or you can try / When you're good you're good. If you can do an assignment without trying then good for you, you'll get A's, but will you learn? That's something I tried to work on a lot this semester. Over the past few years of my education, I've come to realize that I don't need to try very hard to do well. I can cruise through life sitting on my butt, but what would I gain out of that? I've decided to push myself and to work myself a bit harder (sometimes with negative results, but i'm working on pushing myself towards positive results). You can cruise through life, or you can attempt to climb a mountain, it's your choice as to how much you learn and gain from your college education.


For those of you who have who have been or are in college, what have you learnt? 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Let's become Aesthetics: The awe

Becoming an aesthetic.

That's a term I've been hearing a lot of this semester in both my literature and philosophy courses. How does somebody become an aesthetic? By being beautiful? Pleasing to the eye? There's religious and historical background to the term, but i'm not sure if I fully understand it except that to become an aesthetic one must appreciate all of the nature and beauty that is around them, they must fill up to the brim until their cup runs over with it all, that's the one thing I've understood. I've also learnt that some aesthetics live in the mountains, live off of the land and that some are hermits. But, can I become one without doing all of this?

My question for myself is, can I become an aesthetic?  Oprah spoke with Diana Nyad about being in the awe. Take a moment to watch it, i'll wait.

I'm not going to be discussing whether or not this lady is an atheist, as a Christian I believe in God, but I have also realized that I believe in the awe, not as a deity  but as a product of God that I can look at and be amazed by. You don't need to be religious to experience or appreciate the awe; it's all around us.

While walking around or being outside have you ever just stared up at the sky and marveled at it? Its vastness, the color, the clouds, their shapes? Have you ever looked at it and realized how large it is and how small we are? It's a humbling experience, and an awe invoking experience to say the least.

I'm starting to think that if I live in that constant state of awe then I can become an aesthetic, not in a physical way but in a spiritual way.

I currently live in the mountains, it's fall and all the trees are changing colors and the mountains look like an artist went over the green with orange, brown, red, and purple. Sometimes the sun peers through the clouds and kisses the mountains with a few rays, and trust me, there's nothing more beautiful. I don't really sleep with my curtains closed anymore, I just keep them open so that I fall asleep and wake up to nature; At night with the stars and in the morning with the sunshine dancing upon the mountains, it's an uplifting way to start each day.

My parents came to visit me last week and my dad told me that there are three things in life you can't buy: Family, (something I can't remember >__<), and contentment. Being in the awe, in my opinion, creates a sense of contentment. A new i-phone, a new tv, clothes or whatever really can't compete with what's going on all around us: the changing of the seasons, the sun rising and setting in the mountains, birds chirping on the naked branches of a tree, squirrels with their black orb like eyes staring at you as the turn an acorn over and over again in their hands...there's something amazing about all of that, and the exhilarating yet calming sense of awe you can feel when you take the time out of your day to notice these details is an amazing feeling, and I think that to experience that awe over and over again is what can create a human aesthetic.


Tell me, do you believe in the awe?
Taken by my friend Nellie.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Taliesin Ascendant *Book Review/ Giveaway*

Synopsis:

The war isn't over.

And new enemies await. 

Life on the run hasn't been easy, but so far, Ashe has survived. But now Carter has ordered her to leave the Hunters and find her family's people – an order she can't refuse, no matter how much she wants to stay. 

Following his command will bring her into an unknown world, however – a world filled with new enemies and old prejudices that will demand more of her than she can imagine, at a cost higher than she'll ever be willing to pay. 

(Book Two of The Children and The Blood)



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A Writing Junkies Perspective


       Megan Joel Peterson has done it again; with her second novel, Taliesin Ascendant, from her, The Children and the Blood series coming out soon, fans of hers will be left crying, shouting, and rooting for their favorite characters as they embark on new adventures in the secret world that Peterson has created.
Taliesin Ascendant picks up where The Children and the Blood left off. Ashe is still on the run and The Blood are still going after her and killing countless people. There’s an invisible war going on and most, if not all, humans have no idea of what’s going on— it doesn’t help that nobody believes her when she tells them about the Blood and their distrustful antics.  Cole and Lily are still on the move, trying to escape the Blood and the Taliesin who are going after them.  There are new enemies and old foes return again.

Peterson’s second novel is even more action packed than her first one and it starts off where her cliffhanger left us; and her ability to open up a new scene and transport the reader there is amazing. I would advise that potential readers read the first novel first so that you can understand the premise of the second novel.  Peterson is probably one of my favorite authors at this point in time, simply because her story telling and character building skills are above par, and her editing skills leave you wanting for nothing.  However, there was one terms that confused me a bit, but I quickly understood it and was back to reading the novel smoothly.

Taliesin Ascendant is and pulse pounding novel that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, gripping the pages as your mind twists along with the plot, and as your spine tingles with the suspense and action. 

This book gets 4 out of 5 Writing Junkies*!






About the Author

Megan Joel PetersonMegan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.





* 4/5
4 – Great Story: These include books that are very enjoyable for me to read but have some very minor issues with the writing, such as characters that are missing something or maybe were way over written, or if the language confused me at one point in time. 



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Friday, October 4, 2013

My First Huge Give Away

This is a giveaway to thank all of my new and old fans for liking my page. I am also trying to give exposure to my blog and many other ones as well. Thank you all for checking out my blog over the past 3 years and for following my antics and reading my stuff. Enter this contest as a thank you from me to you! :)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Fall Essentials




Do you feel that chill in the air? Is the world around you bursting into color as fall begins? Well, it is for me. When I think of fall, I imagine a few wonderful things that are essential; they are the essentials of fall that must exist for me to get the most out of this pre-winter season.
I'll be honest, i'm a spring girl, but with fall comes a few fun things like books, pumpkin picking, and, my favorite, sweaters!

1) Sweaters!

There is nothing that exclaims fall is coming like a nice warm colored, striped sweater. When I go shopping, I really like the sweaters in the men's section because they seem so much chunkier and they also seem a lot warmer, however, Brooks Brothers also carried super nice sweaters. The quality is first rate, and you know that when you buy something from them it will last a long time.

Do you have a fall clothing essential?


2) Fall 2013 books


I'm a reader and every season requires reading, this season there's a new books coming out that is by Ramsey Beyer. I don't buy a ton of books, in all honesty, I haven't bought a book for myself in years. I get a lot of them for free or I borrow them, but I digress. I'm interested in this book and I hope to purchase it for the coming months. I'm all about self-discovery and finding new things about the world and oneself; This seems like a good book that will touch upon those topics, and it will be nice to curl up with a good book and a hot drink,

Please tell me, what books are you reading this fall and what books should I review?


3) The Noms (food)
This is an actual image from the place I wish to
volunteer at. This image is not my own. 

I love food as much as the next person, and fall is a season for family and food. However, there are a lot of people out there that get neither of those things.  It would mean a lot to me if I could volunteer at a soup kitchen; there's one within walking distance of my school, and I've fixed my schedule so that I can go and volunteer there. When I think of fall, I think of Thanksgiving which causes me to think about food and family, but it would mean a lot to me if I could give somebody else good food and (hopefully) some good company.

Do you volunteer and what do you do? Do you have any cool fall food ideas?


4) Pumpkins!



I hate eating pumpkins. I don't find it appealing and I don't think that they taste good baked, eaten, drunk, cooked or anything. However, I do find the carving and decorating process to be fun! It's messy and creative and it's a great way to pass time with friends.

What do you do to decorate for the fall?




This post is an overview of some of the topics i'll be chatting about on this blog besides the usual reviews and "writer-y" stuff. So this is what you can all look forward to for this month and the next! I hope you enjoyed it! Leave a a comment!


What are your fall essentials?


Thursday, September 12, 2013

You're Not Creating Art

Every semester I take a philosophy class. I'm not a philosophy major and I don't have any real interest in what Plato, Socrates or any other white bearded old man had to say. However, I do enjoy the conversations that are created because of these classes. I'm currently taking a class called Art and Philosophy and it's caused me to question my idea of what art is, specifically poetry.

With art, true art, there is a sense of elitism about it; An elitism that is necessary for the preservation of the craft (I use the term craft loosely). There are authors who send me their books to review, and I kindly deny to review the book. I use to take anything that was handed to me and I no longer do that. Otherwise, to be frank, I would be reviewing some pretty bad books and that's not fair to you or me and especially not the author. I prefer not to give a bad review. Agents and publishers have a higher sense of elitism (which is not negative). Art is art if there is an intent to create art. So you are writing a story or poem if you have created something believing that it is poetry or prose. This says nothing about the quality, however, elitism brings  quality into the conversation.

Here's the question on my mind, when can people kindly yet firmly tell another person that they're not creating art?
Picasso created a world known sculpture out of a bicycle seat and steering handles. Marcel Duchamp signed a white urinal with a black sharpie and called it art, and it's pretty famous.  The intent was obviously there as well as creativity. In writing people can sometimes lack technique, style, or any sort of idea yet it's still called writing, not good writing but writing nonetheless.  Some people write out their feelings i.e.
Today, I was as angry as the storm that came in.
Upset from long nights doing homework
and my fingers were as still as a branch.
The cars are getting wet from the rain and i'm distracted.

This was obviously a pretty bad attempt at a poem, but that may be the elitist within me speaking. As most of you know from my reviews, when something is good I say so and when something stinks I just don't post it up. However, if there's something I can't stand it's bad poetry.But is bad subjective?My idea of bad could your idea of great. I once went to a museum and saw a mop and bucket leaning against the wall, I was confused as to whether o not it was art. I decided that it was not, but others thought it was until we asked and were told that no, it was indeed just a mop and a bucket. However, we questioned it because we were told that anything could be art and we had previously seen a mop and a bucket being portrayed as a sculpture. 

At this point, is a person just putting together ideas/images/objects etc and calling it art? Is that truly art?

I was ranting about this on twitter and one of my schoolmates attacked me for it and quite rudely. I was deemed as closed-minded and mean. Both of my parents are artists, but only one of them continues to create art. I was brought up looking at art and most of what I saw at a young age was classical. When I saw these things, I thought to myself "they are creating art!". Just by looking at the work you could see the time and devotion that was put in. I can read some poems and see the masterful thought and work that went into them. However, now people can slap things together (there are apps to make poems), and they call it art. You're not creating art; that's my opinion. If it shows no mastery or time put into it, or even technique then I can not call it art. It's a thing. The person is trying to make art and is not there yet. I even create things that I call poems only to realize that it's garbage and I go back to fix it later on in the hopes that it becomes art.


All of us people who are attempting to create art should keep trying. Perhaps we're making something new, but I am firm believer in the idea that until we learn the rules we can't break them. So that's why college is so much fun. I'm constantly learning and getting critiqued. Learning how to create art is as much fun as attempting to create it and with enough practice we can all become good enough to feel confident and call our work art. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Amusement Days




I am the Doctor lol



And here was my outfit!


My sister was wearing a really adorable outfit. She dresses
nicely with so much ease.



I went on this ride and cried like a baby. I don't like the
sensation of falling and this had a 90 ft. drop D:

Ignore my face but look into my glasses and see the rides!

Sexist much, Sis Flags? Why did you have to put up such
a description for the one female character on your ride that is meant for CHILDREN?
SMH

Food, Oreo ice-cream!





Me doing that half smile that I've been trying to get rid of








Friday, August 23, 2013

Flower Power



















This is a post from one of my other blogs that I am not longer using. I just wanted to transfer the pictures over :)



Shirt: Areopostle. I bought it a year or two ago when they were having a sale

Skirt: Forever 21. I bought it during the summer of 2012.

Shoes: Dexters. These are really old

Bracelets: One of them is a collection of Pandora beads that my mother and father have bought for me, the other one is a gift from my mother.  The cloth ones are handmade friendship bracelets  I bought one to support a charity and the other is from a friend.

Belt: I have no clue.

Purse: Chaps. A gift from a few years ago. 

Glasses: Versace

Camera used:  Canon PowerShot A4000 IS HD

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

College: Round II



A whole summer has passed away and i'm now entering my sophomore year of college. In four days I'll be moving in!
I'm slightly anxious to the point that I yell out "I'm nervous" at random points during the day. I think that i'm mistaking my excitement for being anxious. I did really well academically last year and I hope to do even better this year, I met really amazing individuals who i'm pleased to call my friends, and I took some amazing classes with amazing professors.
 However, there are always the little blemishes that occur that you don't want to ever happen again. That's why I feel as if becoming a sophomore is like a second round in the ring, you'll win some and lose some but at least you get a second chance.

Here are my top 5 tips for surviving my second year


5 Focus on a Few Things Rather Than Taking on a Ton of Stuff
Are you a member of like 20 different organizations yet nobody has ever noticed your inconsistent presence there? Then you might be a "jack of all trades" in the school realm. 
Last year I participated in a lot of things. Some of them i'm a part of because I did them in high school and I can't imagine life without them, like Student Government ,and the Writer's Guild. I also floated into some club meetings once or twice a year, like the yoga club and the anime club. I was also a member of some committees, was a member of the tennis team, Alpha Epsilon Rho, and I attempted to be as social as possible. Here's the thing, when you try to take on everything you end up not being good at anything because you can't spend enough time on them. Say yes to new opportunities but don't stick with them when you realize they are draining and you don't have the heart or time for them. 

4 Get Rid of Those Ridiculous Prerequisites 
I honestly wish that I had taken care of my pre-req's last year, but I did not. I was far too excited by the opportunity to take poetry classes, literature classes, a history of poetry class, a journalism course....you get what i'm saying. You don't want to be that senior who has to take an intro to math class, or at least I don't. I still need to take a math class and another science class (cries in a corner). Get those out of the way early so that you can focus on your major and make sure that everything is in order.

3 Be Presentable!
This was never an issue for me, but this issue is a deadly virus that makes me ill to see.
Please, this is not only for college but for life. Do NOT walk around campus, town, city or whatever in your pajamas. Please, just don't do it. At any moment you could meet somebody important (a professor, a future and potential employer), and you could lose out on opportunities dressing in a sloppy, unconcerned manner. Life is like one big interview, you are constantly being judged so put a good foot first! A professor even said during an academic panel at my school that she thinks those students are less serious. So dress nicely, even jeans and a nice shirt are fine.

2 Start Right
During my first year in college I went through a period of time when I wanted to transfer and go home. I was tired of working, tired of people, tired of the environment, and I was just frustrated. Thank God that I never did transfer, because I love my school. I realized that I wasn't starting my day off right. I was falling asleep around 2 or 3 am, I was hanging out with people I really didn't want to be around, I was frustrated with one of my classes,  I was eating chips, salsa, smoothies and kit kat bars everyday (serious) and I wasn't taking care of myself. I found ways to relax and start my day on the right note. I would wake up and read for a few minutes, this was extremely calming. I stayed away from my laptop and just checked my phone for the weather. I would then make tea or hot chocolate (coffee makes me ill), and I would take a nice warm shower. I started picking my outfits the night before so that my morning was less hectic. I went to the gym once or twice a week, joined the yoga group, made a daily and weekly to-do list that was flexible, and got really involved in my school's Christian Fellowship. Find out what relaxes you and cut out unhealthy relationships and activities.

1 You're in College to do College Work
I did really well last year, however, even I got lazy. Sometimes my multiple alarms wouldn't go off on time and I would just look at the time and then roll back over to sleep. Sometimes I would joke around with some of my coursework and put in a halfhearted attempt. Get the most bang for your buck by working hard and putting 100% into your work, nothing more and nothing less. I forgot for a while, in the midst of fun and friend, that i'm here to do work. I've decided to implement a work before fun rule. I always ended up finishing my work, 10 minutes before class or a day before. I'm a good student but I could be better. There's always room for improvement!



So have fun, do your work, stay healthy (mentally and physically), get those pre-req's out of the way, be presentable, and know your limits. Simple, right?

What would you add to this list?

~Ama~ 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Anime Show of the Summer




Anime is this ama-zing, crazy, awesome thing that tons of people around the world watch on a daily (or at least weekly) bases. You've probably heard of Naruto, Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ), One Piece, and Bleach; all of these are anime shows that are, for the most part, accompanied by manga (what the Japanese call the comic book style). This summer I've salivated over one show inparticuler known as 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin) also known as Attack on Titan. I've been counting down for each episode on Crunchyroll. People have been calling this show the anime of the summer. It's become popular faster than most shows. It must be because of the giants that eat people and how they're destroying humanity, and it's probably because it's so gory, yet mysterious, funny, and action filled. 

I have a few favorite character but Levi is probably the most mysterious and awesome. Eren is the main character and his crew creates a wonderful trio. 

Have any of you watched this show? Do any of you watch anime or read manga?


Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's the same blog...but newer!



Hey everybody,

You may have just noticed that I didn't call you "Writing Junkies", that's because I am no longer The Writing Junkie on this blog, i'm just Ama (my real life name). Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I've been complaining about how i'm different. I'm not the person who started this blog 4 years ago, i'm no longer W.J. King (yes, king) of all things writing. I've grown up, I've realized that i'm not the best (yet), and that I still have a lot to learn. I have new interests, fashion, travel, people, places, things, etc etc etc. So there's no way that i'm The Writing Junkie. Having that as my sign-off name and as the URL for this blog was totally deceiving, not only to you but also to me.
I tried starting new blogs, at the most I would get 5 posts and maybe 1 new follower. I just wasn't feeling that. I didn't want to start all over and I didn't want to pretend that I had a singular interest on different blogs. So this blog is here to stay but under a different name.

Imma Be, what does that mean? Why have you exchanged The Writing Junkie for this?

Well, Imma Be is a nickname given to me by a friend from high school. My name is Ama B. and the song by the Black Eyes Peas sounded close to my name, so I was called Imma Be by my friends and teachers and even by my family. When I went to college I thought that Imma Be would die, but people called me that almost automatically, it's pretty funny to be honest.



But, what about the old content? Will you do book tours and reviews and will you still write?

No. I hate books.
Gosh, that even hurt to write. I'm kidding! I love books and writing, i'm even going to college for it (English major all the way!!). I will be reviewing books on here, however, i'll also have more things on here besides writing related posts. That is why i'm removing all my sponsors. If they wish to sponsor me even with all the changes then they can email me.



Do you have any questions, comments or ideas? I'm open for anything.

Kudos,
Ama (the ex writing junkie, but the original Ama)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Keeper of Reign- Excerpt

Title: Keeper of the Reign
Author: Emma Right
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? 

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. 

Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.



Buy this book






Excerpt


They took a swig from their water pouches and were about to set off except that a glow from another shaft next to the one they had emerged from alerted Jules.

“Shh!” he motioned for the others to stay behind him. Gophers didn’t carry lamps.

After some seconds the glow brightened. Jules glanced from one tunnel opening to another. Which one should they rush into to escape from whatever was heading their way? A part of him was curious to see who could be traveling in these parts with lamps. But if he stayed behind and it was an enemy, would he endanger his siblings? He shoved Tippy behind him and determined the direction to take. Hopefully toward the river. Hurry!
“Jules!” a whisper echoed in the chamber.

Jules swiveled toward the speaker.

It was a gopher, all right! With his back to the tunnel he’d edged out from, Holden stood, a crude jar lantern in hand and with a stunned face. Even in the dim light it was obvious Holden had bruises and cuts on his arms and face.

“Who pummeled you?” Jules rushed toward his neighbor, eyes wide.

“We must get away.” Holden was still panting. His green cloak was in shreds.

“What happened? Did you see my mom?”


“Your mom?” Holden shook his head, eyes dazed. “But my mom….” He hung his head and slumped to the ground.



About the Author
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also enjoys reading aloud to her children and often has her nose in a book. Right was a copywriter for a major advertising agency during her B.C. years. B.C.meaning “Before Children,” which may as well have been in the B.C.era, as she always says. Please feel free to contact Emma. She’s always happy to hear from her readers.
Or follow her on twitter @emmbeliever.
You can also see the world and characters of Reign on pinterest.com/emmaright/.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Summer Reading List 2013

Hey there Writing Junkies!

It's summer, the sun is out (most of the time), it's hot and most people either want to be sitting in front of a fan or enjoying their day outside; Some people are taking marvelous trips, vacations or are going to resorts and theme parks; what better way is there to spend your travel time, driving time, or outside park bench time than to read?

My little sister (she's 16 so not so little) and I compiled a list of books for people to read during the summer. The obvious English major within me has come out for this list and my sister has some pretty good picks as well!

Here's the list in no specific order.



  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

      Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. (Amazon description)


  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
    • Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.(amazon description)





  • Anthem by Ayn Rand 
    • "Anthem" is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (the use of the word "I" or "Ego" is punishable by death). ( Amazon description) 





  • The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak
    • Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. (amazon description) 




  • Thirteen Reason Why by by Jay Asher
    • Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. (goodreads description) 




  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing. (Goodreads description) 



  • The Children and The Blood by Megan Joel Peterson
    • A forgotten life.
      A secret war.
      Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.
      Until that past comes looking for her.
      Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again. (amazon description)


  • The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers 
    •  All that matters for Cadi Forbes is finding the one man who can set her free from the sin that
      plagues her, the sin that has stolen her mother's love from her and made her wish she could flee life and its terrible injustice. But Cadi doesn't know that the "sin eater" is seeking as well. Before their journeys are over, Cadi and the sin eater must face themselves, each other, and the One who will demand everything from them in exchange for the answers they seek. A captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and (google books description)








  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathen Stroud
    • Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion. (amazon description)



  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here
      everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come. (amazon description) 




So did you like the books that my sister and I picked? What would you add to this list?
Have fun and READ during these hot months!

Kudos,
The Writing Junkie

p.s. follow my sister on tumblr!