I Miss This


I miss this.
Blogging.
Typing and rambling.
What is happening?

I'm constantly doing something.
3 AP classes haven't killed me yet.
There's dance, student council, and (attempting to revive) drama club.
And just when I think the weeks over, that I have a break.
90% of the time I'm working Friday through Sunday.

I'm not shallow enough to believe that people care enough to read the mundane ramblings of my life.
But blogging was something I used to do for me.
And then I realize that my last real post hasn't been in months.
I've only read three books since school has started.
I've still been writing whenever there's a moment to breathe.

I miss having the time to do what I love.
Don't get me wrong, I love dance and student council and life and I'm not trying to complain.
It's just it's all so time consuming.
I wish I could just relax.

I know the stress is going to build as the next to years go on.
And I guess it really is about finding balance.
And I have for the most part.
It's just sometimes I miss it.

Have you ever gotten to the point when you're working so hard and you don't even know what you're working toward?
Yeah, me too.


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Get Your Pitch On: The Last Knight






Name: N.S Dorrington
Email: nicola_dorrington@hotmail.com        
Country of Residence: Cayman Islands
Title: THE LAST KNIGHT
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Word-count: 79,000
Pitch: Cara Page has seen the future for five years. To her it’s normal. What isn’t normal is discovering she’s the heir to King Arthur. The barriers are crumbling between her world and Avalon, the world of the Fair Folk and Cara is the only one who can stop the destruction that will soon follow. The only way she can succeed is with the help of Lance Filwer, the last knight.



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Pitch On Submissions are OPEN!




Workshops for Get Your Pitch On will start on October 1, but you can send your pitches through now to secure your spot with a host blog. 

There is no date deadline for the workshops. Each blog has allocated a set number of pitches that they can host and once those spots are full then no more submissions will be taken. 

Important Rule: If you want to participate in a workshop, you must be prepared to comment on at least one other pitch. 

Also! For each critique you leave in the comments, you get an entry in the draw for one of eigh 10-page critique from me and workshop hosts Larissa HardestyStephanie DiazCatherine ScullyJodie AndrefskiPaula SangareTalynn Lynn and Kaitlin Adams. Please use the exact same names for all of your critiques. The opportunity ends October 14.      

How to submit: Email your draft pitch to pitchonws@gmail.com and include PitchOnWS and the title of the manuscript in the subject line. Pitches must follow the formatting as specified for the Get Your Pitch On contest. If you missed if before check out this post here and you can see the list of blogs participating here.

Draft pitches will be evenly distributed between host blogs. 

And interview with Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado, will be coming up soon on my blog so that you have an idea what she's looking for before she takes your pitches both here on Down Under Wonderings and on my group blog YAtopia on October 15th. The exact contest opening times will be included in that post.

Have fun honing your pitches!



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Get Your Pitch On Workshop!




Hey everyone! I know I've been AWOL lately (a separate post on that will come), but as a re-launch of sorts I'm a participating blog of the Get Your Pitch On Workshop. This workshop is hosted by the lovely Down Under Wonderings and YAtopia. I'm so excited to be a part of this and you all should be too!

Here are the details brought to you by Sharon of DUW & YAtopia!

Commissioning and Managing Editor of Hardie Grant Egmont, Marisa Pintado (fabulous name if I do say so myself ;D), will be poised and ready to take your pitches both here on Down Under Wonderings and on my group blog YAtopia on October 15th.  
Marisa is looking for YA in any genre and is accepting submissions from any where in the world. It's your chance to skip the slush pile and put your pitch right under the nose of a fantastic editor. There's even better news - there is no limit on how many requests Marisa will make from the contest. 
Here's the rules:
  • Your manuscript must be complete, polished and ready to query - this means no first drafts or almost finished manuscripts.
  • It must be YA.
  • When the contest goes live on October 15th, post your entry details in the comments section of either YAtopia or Down Under Wonderings - each blog is accepting 100 entries only.
  • Your entry detail needs to include a 50 - 70 word pitch.
  • You can enter more than once if you have more than one complete, polished, ready to query manuscript.
Your contest details should be formatted like this:
Name: Sharon Johnston
Email: smjohnston [ @ ] live.com.au
Country of residence: Australia
Title: SLEEPER
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word-count: 58,000 
Pitch: Seventeen-year-old Mishca Richardson is a sleeper soldier with a weak heart. She has no idea that a life saving heart transplant has accidentally triggered her programming. In the search for answers, she discovers the truth and that her creator, Wirth, has classified her remaining "sisters" from her experiment group as defective, scheduling them for termination. Mishca sets out to save them before they're eliminated.  
Just as it's important to get someone else to look over your manuscript before you query, it's a good idea to get feedback on your pitch before you post. We have about twenty blogs (that's me!) who are ready to help you hone your pitch. These workshops start on October 1 and you can find the list of blogs participating here.  
I'm so excited to bring this competition. So now it's time for you to Get Your Pitch On!


So everyone get your pitches ready as the workshops begin October 1st! In the meantime spread the word about Get Your Pitch On--included is a button to spread the word and get involved! I can't wait to read everyone's pitches :D

                                                                              

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Center of the Universe



Sharing some moments from my trip to New York City.
One of my favorite places in the world. 
I love the fast paced, the energy, all the culture that surrounds me. 


We did a harbor cruise, where I was able to get this fabulous shot of the Statue of Liberty.

I absolutely adore all the Broadway advertisements in Times Square.


RENT was absolutely incredible. I've talked before about how much I love it, I've been a fan for years now. But seeing it live is a whole other story. It was phenomenal. The cast was amazing, the music was perfect, and I was in the third row. It was Perfect.

Yep, that's so Raven.
Raven Symone. I saw Sister Act (it was excellent as well) and little did we know that she'd come out the stage door and do a little meet and greet. It was pretty cool.


GMA. 'Nuff said :D

I cannot get over how much I love this city. It's a little overwhelming at first, but it sweeps you in. Sure, I don't appreciate some of the people, the smell, and the crazy taxis. Seriously, even if you aren't J-Walking you could get killed. It's crazy! But so much fun.


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(Bonus Points to anyone who knows where my title came from)

Finishing A Novel & The Derping Afterward


I finished my third novel.
This post is a little delayed, but I've been derping around for weeks now, trying to comprehend the reality of the situation.
July 27, 2012 I finished a draft of Miles To Go

I've been pretty quiet about this WIP around here. But now I'm ready to talk about it. Because I really think there might be something with this one. It's the first novel that even thought bubbles of querying have formed for. I feel so connected to these characters and this story, and it was such a great feeling typing the last words and being able to say I've finished something. I've finished two other manuscripts in the past, but this one has just felt different, you know?

Here is some details:

It’s hard enough living in the shadow of a sibling. But it’s a thousand times worse when they’re dead in the ground. 
Leila’s entire life is one big reminder that she’s not Rose. Her mother is still living and grieving eighteen years in the past. Her father spends life in the office and her brother Drew is off earning his MD on the east coast. Alone and longing to understand, Leila takes a leap of faith and opens the door at the end the hall- the door that hasn’t been opened in nearly eighteen years. 
Inside, she finds Rose’s journals. For the first time, she can see into her sister’s mind. Inside the pages, there’s a list of. Destinations are scattered across the country. The Bucket List she never got to fulfill. With nothing and no one to hold her back, Leila decides to trace the path Rose left for her.
 
With the ex-best friend, the current best friend, and a minivan loaded with snacks and tunes, Leila sets out to see her sister’s world, hitting road blocks, making memories and mistakes, and hoping to somehow make a mark. Not only for Rose, but also for herself.




Yep. That's it. Maybe I'll post an excerpt or two if you guys want. It's also up on Wattpad.

First off, before I get to the derping, let's talk about the actual FINISHING. Because I know how difficult that is for a lot of people. I've been lucky, because if I set my mind to finishing something, I can usually eventually make that happen. Here's some of the most important advice I can offer to you.

1) JUST KEEP WRITING. JUST KEEP WRITING WRITING WRITING. 
Push through. Write, even if it sucks. Once you have a finished product then there's something to work with. Don't be afraid that it'll be horrible or it's now worth it or whatever.

2) Don't edit while writing. 
Keep moving forward and please resist the urge to go back and edit the beginning when you don't even have an ending yet.

So, now that I'm finished with this and waiting on my beta editors, I've realized how much time there is to waste now. So here's some suggestions during the post-novel derp stages.

1) Make a playlist for your book
Miles to Go is a road trip, so the playlist was natural. Still, it has everything from RENT to Led Zeppelin to Elton John to Gavin DeGraw. The more into it you get, the more hours that will be wasted.

2) Make a Pinterest Board 
I've tried to avoid Pinterest, but I've at last succumbed! And finding images that match your words is so much fun. Literally hours can be spent on this website. HOURS.

Basically, if you're working on a WIP.... don't stop writing. And if you're derping like me, find distractions!


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The YouTube & Free Stuff


The Sleepless Writer's, the YouTube group of which I am a member, if you have not noticed, has been shut down and all videos put on private. The reason being is we've gotten some feedback and realize that we need to take a step back and organize. We want to create the best possible experience for our followers and we don't feel as though we're doing it with the current set up.

So we're revamping EVERYTHING. Stay tuned for a more professional look & feel from The Sleepless Writers!

While we're on hiatus, though, we have something for our followers.
FREEBIES.

Up for grabs is books, Barnes and Noble vouchers, critiques if you're a writer, and more!

All you have to do is follow The Sleepless Writers. And you can earn extra points by spreading the word via social media. Winners will be announced on the day of the relaunch.

Here is the video with the lovely Lithia, one who explains all:


The link to the giveaway form is: http://www.facebook.com/TheSleeplessWriters/app_228910107186452
(Don't forget to like the facebook page while you're there!)

So subscribe & spread the word. I can guarantee that it will be worth it once we relaunch.
Also, if you watched The Sleepless Writers, let us know what you liked and what changes we can make to improve upon.

Thanks everyone!

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What Not to Write #1: Dialogue


What Not to Write is a series I'm starting in which I post my opinions on the no-can-do's in writing. A new one will be posted every Monday. Please remember that these posts are completely my opinion and totally subjective. There are always exceptions to the rule. This is just meant to be a fun way to share writing tips.

Today's topic is dialogue. 

Now, to me, dialogue is one of the most important aspects of a novel. It's not only your main character's voice, but even more importantly it's every other character's voice, the minor ones that you don't get to see inside their head. If I read novels with unbelievable, unrealistic dialogue that no one would say, then I automatically just cannot love the book as much, even if everything else is fantastic. 

DON'T
-Excessively use character's names in dialogue 
-Use text speak in dialogue
-Use language that's too formal

Names
So the whole name bit. Nothing gets on my nerves more than when character's feel the need to almost never say there names out loud. It's redundant. Now, I understand if the characters are in a large group, are looking for each other, it's a personal scene, etc. But just in basic conversation, I don't understand the purpose or reason.

In my book, Miles To Go, I am guilty of using the names more than I'd like to admit. I don't know why we writers are such suckers for this one! It's like we think it sounds good. And it usually does sound fine. It's just one of those things that when you start thinking about it, it makes no sense.

Text Speak
Just please don't. The ocasional OMG is okay if it's tasteful and the situation calls for it. But no LOL or ROFL or LMAO or BRB or whatever other text speak there is that I probably don't even know about. It just makes your writing seem immature. 

Words that I do approve of and think make the writing sound more realistic are works like gonna and wanna. Because, let's face it, who actually says they're going to do something?

Formality
You don't want your sixteen-year-old main character to sound forty. And this tends to be a problem I've noticed with adult writers, where their main characters are super mature sounding. And it is such a fine line, because you can't make us sound like that, but you can't dumb teenagers down either.

So those are just a few tips I have for you. If you want a more audio/visual, this topic is one I basically covered in my last Sleepless Writers video. So check it out, and stay tuned for another What Not To Write coming at you next Monday!

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Waiting on Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts


 “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Rage Within
by Jeyn Roberts
Release Date:September 4, 2012


In this apocalyptic sequel to Dark Inside"'s "well-balanced, realistic suspense" (Kirkus Reviews"), four teens continue the struggle for survival as they face a world gone mad. Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world's population and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now they're hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of fellow teen survivors, trying to figure out their next move.

Aries is trying to lead, but it's hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it's impossible to know where he'd be, assuming he's alive. Michael is haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends.

As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, these four teens will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.

I'm just so excited for the sequel to Jeyn's crazy series. If you haven't read Dark Inside, definitely check it out. You will not be disappointed!



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In Honor by Jessi Kirby


Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

I've been excited about this book since I've heard about it. And I was not disappointed! In Honor is a quick summer read that balances both the fun and heaviness of the topics wonderfully.

First off--road trip. HELL. YES. Like I've said before, road trips are so underused in YA and it's one of my all time favorite settings, so when I find one I just eat it up. I think it's the perfect setting to capture that emotional journey that YA readers crave--while simultaneously pairing it with the physical journey. With In Honor, Honor and Rusty are on a trip from Texas to California. Along the way, they end up at a campground in New Mexico and Sedona. I loved the detours and roadblocks and honestly just the time spent in the car. I just love road trips.

While I loved the plot, parts of it seemed a little too well contrived, and that's the only reason I bumped off half a star. Like, I absolutely adored the whole Finn plot. It was so sad, but so well done. Honor's brother Finn died in the military. I could feel how much Honor missed Finn and how much she loved him, and throughout I could tell how much he loved her too. Once you throw in the whole Kyra Kelley thing though, everything just seemed to fall into place too well. In the last letter Finn sent Honor, he included tickets to singer Kyra Kelley's farewell show. So Honor goes on this trip in the first place to see and hopefully meet Kyra Kelley and talk to her about Finn. I don't want to give too much away, but certain things happened along the way that just seemed too perfect. 

So much character love though. Honor was so complex. Jessi Kirby did the irrational behavior due to grief so well with her. And how memories of Finn kept popping up. But Honor wasn't depressing all the time either. She was funny and sarcastic and smart, and just all together a well developed character. I felt with her, but I never thought she was too whiny or felt sorry for her either. So that was good.

And then there's Rusty. Oh my goodness Rusty. So much Rusty love. He's the guy I always fall for in books. The sexy, tortured soul who acts like an ass but is sweet underneath. *Sigh*. And then there's the fact that he's freaking based off of Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, so I basically have Taylor Kitsch sexiness in my head throughout the whole book which only made me love Rusty more. And I loved seeing the relationship development between Rusty and Honor. Because it was a slow, ongoing process. One that went from hate to dislike to maybe like to super like. It was adorable.

So overall this book was fantastic. Definitely recommend.
4.5 Stars.


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Giveaway Winner!


First off, hi to all my new followers!
I saw when I got home from camp that I broke 400, which is so awesome! Ah!
So hi everyone, and welcome to The Write Words

The winner of the launch giveaway is...
PAIGE

I'll be sending you an email.
You have 48 hours to respond :)

Thanks again to everyone who entered and I hope to see you around the blog!


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Waiting On Speechless by Hannah Harrington





“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Speechless 
by Hannah Harrington
Release Date: August 28, 2012





The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences… 
Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough.













I'm a huge fan of Hannah Harrington! Her debut Saving June blew me away and is forever one of my favorite books. so I cannot wait to see what else she has in store!

What are you waiting on?






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Teens Should Sound Like Teens!



Hey Everyone! My sleepless writers video for this week is all on the importance of making sure your teenage main characters actually sound like teenagers. Enjoy!


Be sure to subscribe to the Sleepless Writers channel and check out the other videos! We have a hilarious variety of vloggers including a Brit, two Aussies, a moose, and a dude. Mucho accents all around! And just a lot of hilarity and insight to writing. I'm learning a lot from my fellow sleepless writers and friends, and it's such a fun project, so be sure to check out us sommies!


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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen


Old Cover Love Forever
 

a long, hot summer...
That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.  
But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

The Truth About Forever is probably my all-time favorite Sarah Dessen book. The first time I read it was the summer after seventh grade. I was thirteen, and on a full-out Sarah Dessen kick. Three summers later, and like four or five re-reads later, I can still say with confidence that this is one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, the older I get, the more I love and appreciate The Truth About Forever and every aspect in it. Every word. Every scene. Every moment. 

Macy's dad died. A year and a half later, everyone is still coping with the loss in different ways. Caroline, Macy's older sister has grieved and is ready to remember. Her mother throws herself into her work in order to feel in control. And Macy just keeps everything in, trying so desperately hard to be perfect, or at least her definition of it. She's built a wall, and on some levels can't everyone relate to that. How people feel that maintaining perfect on the outside will hide the less-than-perfect inside. Watching Macy start working at Wish, and taking risks, and see her change as the novel progresses is so wonderful. You root for Macy from the start, and even when she pisses you off, you continue to root for her until the end.

Macy starts working at Wish, a catering business run by a frazzled--and pregnant--Delia. Wish is the chaos that Macy unexplainably needs in her life, and she finds herself loving the disorganization of working there. Along with Wish we get an array of lovable characters. Kristy is one of my all time favorite characters. Just her whole attitude about forever, how it's both short and long and how it's all in the few. Also, she has made the word "tragical" a part of my vocabulary. And then there's her sister Monica, and her "mmhmm" and "donnevens." And then there's Bert, the adorable in you just want to pinch his cheek kind of way, Armageddon obsessed one. And then there's Wes.

Wes. Wesley. Just, like, let me love you. Okay? The thing about Wes, is that he's so much more than just a pretty face. And it's so refreshing, the depth there is to that boy. Him and Macy's interactions were always so adorable, watching their friendship develop through playing Truth, Macy realizing that they might have more in common than she thought. And the thing about Wes is that while he's not perfect by any means, he has a past, but he doesn't even know how fantastic he is. He's so humble and honest and just sa Kristy says it best, how he's one of those extraordinary boys. "Quiet and incredible." 

Of course, the writing itself is amazing as well. Sarah Dessen has this way of taking simple words--the words we think but don't say--and making them beautiful. Her prose is something to be jealous of, the dialogue witty and fun and so realistic. God, sometimes I wish I could just BE Sarah Dessen. *bows down*

So yeah. Please do yourselves a favor and read this book. Even if you've read other Dessen books and they weren't your favorite. Or if you've been wanting to read it, but have been putting it off. Read it now, please God I'm begging you. 



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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson


From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. 

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. 

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. 

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

I was already a huge fan of Morgan Matson from the get-go. Her debut Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is one of my all-time favorite books ever. I loved the adventure, seeing the country through Amy and Roger's eyes, and watching their relationship develop. Second Chance Summer goes in a totally different direction. It's consistent with gorgeous writing and a fantastic cast of characters. But this story is grounded in family, and is such a beautiful heart wrenching book about love and loss.

Let me just say this first. I KNEW it was coming. She tells you it's coming. Yet--when it happened, I was still sobbing like a baby. 

Taylor Edwards runs when things get tough. That is so, so relatable for so many people. But Taylor runs in a literal sense as well as metaphorical, avoiding confrontation at all costs. And as a result, one small problem accumulates over years and years, becoming so much bigger than it ever needed to be. Who can't relate to that? I loved watching Taylor develop throughout the novel and become a better friend, sister, and daughter, and seeing her realize that it's worth sticking around.

Matson's ability to develop relationships and simultaneously weave them all together always amazes me. Watching Taylor re-form old friendships--and showing how it wasn't easy to do so. I adored Taylor's childhood best friend, Lucy. And Henry. Such a sweetheart. He was a little TOO nice for my personal taste, but I still loved him. AND THANK YOU for being pissed with Taylor at first. But yes, so many feels with them. And the tree house. There's a tree house. That is all I'm saying.

Okay, Marisa. Stop talking about the cuteness. Because the root of the this story is so emotional. And horribly tragic. Because it's not a story that just revolves around Taylor's summer and fixing all the relationships she broke. It's also a story about cancer, and dealing with it's effects. And I should've learned what they do to me after The Fault in our Stars, but of course it didn't. Watching the decline of Taylor's father, seeing how the different family members reacted to it. But mostly, seeing how Taylor reacted to it, because she was closest to her father. Just thinking about it as I'm typing this is making me emotional. 

Taking a turn away from the emotion... *wipes tear*... Thank you Morgan Matson for well written flashbacks! I already knew you were awesome at this from Amy and Roger's, but these flashbacks were even better! Usually, I dread flashbacks because when they're bad they can take away from the story. But these totally added to the story in every possible way. So much love.

I am continually impressed with Morgan Matson, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! I could rave on and on about her and her books for pages, I swear!


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Where's Marisa Been? (Shown Through Instagram)


A Brief Update of Happenings in my Life:

1) Writing Like a Fool (& eating Chex Mix)
I'm so close to finishing my current work in progress, titled Miles to Go. I'll talk more about it in another post. But it's a road trip story leading to New York with an interesting set of characters, and emotional subplots. It's been my favorite story to write, and honestly the easiest.

2) Working
Yes, I am employed. At TJ Maxx. Not a bad job, to be honest. And it's nice making money.

3) Going to the beach
This is the moment where I brag that I live 5 minutes away from the beach.

4) Spending Time With Family
This is my cousin, Olivia. Ignore my face and stare at her adorable-ness

5) Youtube. Mostly vlogbrothers
 So, John Green favorited my tweet of this screen cap. It pretty much made my life. See the tweet here.

6) Watching Netflix
 Thank God for Netflix. Right now it's Friday Night Lights, and it's so good. Can I just say TIM RIGGINS LET ME LOVE YOU?

Apart from that of course there's reading and spending time with friends and the works.
There's also mucho summer work.
I'm taking three AP classes in the fall. Shoot me now.

The majority of these pictures were taken with Instagram. I am obsessed! If you have one you can follow me here. And be sure to leave yours so I can follow you!

So, how've you guys been spending your summer?

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A Transformation and a GIVEAWAY


Hi everyone! The huge major changes are here.
Notice anything different?
A LOT to different.

Change is good my friends, and I hope you like these changes.

1) Title Change
This blog is now The Write Words

2) Blog Address Change
Note that the new address is marisaloveswords.blogspot.com

3) UM THE ENTIRE LAYOUT
Thanks again to my fabulous friend and blog designer Laura over at Howdy Girl Designs, I have a crisp new layout. It definitely has the more calm sophisticated look I was going for. I love it and I hope you do too. So if you ever need a layout, go to Laura!

One thing to note is that page navigation is no longer at the top.
Instead it's to the right under my short bio --->

WHAT'S TO COME:
Book reviews are back! And since I'm going to student council camp, look forward to an entire week of reviews next week to make up from the lack of.

More writing series are to come:
1) What Not To Write: My opinion on some of the no-no's of writing
2) Snip-its of my Writing
3) I would also love to start featuring some of YOUR writing

So yeah. Sorry for the big hiatus, but life happend. I'm back now and (hopefully) better than ever!
Let me know what else you'd like to see on The Write Words

GIVEAWAY:
Of course a giveaway comes along with the new layout.
A pre-order of a book of your choice from The Book Depository.
So spread the word!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hope you like the layout, and be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think/what you'd like to see!

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Things are a'changing

Hi followers! (If you still exist)
*waves*

Stay tuned for some major changes.

You're probably like

But I promise they're like


What makes us human? (Help needed!)

Hey everyone! So for my final english project of the year, we have to define what makes us human.
My answer? Asking questions and seeking answers, and how everyone has a different opinion.
For my actually project, I decided to do a video blog expressing this definition.
But I need your help.
I'm going to ask three questions. Starting off basic, and then getting more complicated.

1) What's your favorite color and why?
2) If you can go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
3) Define humanity. What does being human mean to you?

I need answers from a variety of answers, and the responses will all be compiled into a video blog I'm making. I just need a first name, your age, and then your answers. I'd like to collect as much data as possible, so taking a few moments to fill this out would be fantastic.

And I promise to post the video when it's done.
Thank you so much!




Introducing The Sleepless Writers

Hey everyone! I'd like to introduce you all to a group vlog that I'm a part of that just launched yesterday, called The Sleepless Writers. We are fourteen writers who met on InkPop and became friends, and we are officially bringing madness to the internet. Prepare yourselves.

We will be talking about all things YA, from writing, to reading, to simply being young adults. A brand new video is coming at you everyday, Monday through Friday. The fourteen of us are located not only all throughout the United States, but we also have two Australian vloggers as well. So automatic bonus for the epic accents!

There are six full timers: Alexia, Lexie, Jelsa, Deena, Lithia, and Molly.
The full timers post Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, alternating so they each post twice a month.

There are also eight part timers. I am one of the part timers. We will be posting once a month, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also with potential special visits if someone can't make a video. The eight of us include myself, Jenna, Michelle, Sharon, Tegan, Heather, Hannah, and Olivia.

These first few weeks of the vlog will be the introduction videos for everyone.
Mine went up today.





Make sure to check out and subscribe to our channel! We have a wide range of personalities and preferences, so I'm sure that there will be something for every writer and reading.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SleeplessWriters/featured

Hope you guys join in on the madness! And make sure to check out Alexia's introduction video,
which introduces the entire lot and the basis of the vlog.