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I Wrote A Book (!!)

Yesterday, just before 9 PM, I wrote the final words of my novel.

!!!

To you guys who write like a book every NaNo + another every year, this may seem like, okay... cool? But I've never finished writing a book before so I am much proud.

Yes, it's messy. It's inconsistent and I don't know all the characters' names and the writing in the beginning occasionally makes me want to throw it off a bridge. Yes, it's the roughest of rough drafts. But I wrote it, and I will edit it, and it is my very own book.

For those of you who are curious, yes, it's the one with Emma and Hester and Dandelion and James that I did some Beautiful People posts on (I'm too scared to read my old posts to link them). If you're wondering what it's about: it's really just a Raven Cycle homage disguised as a Lunar Chronicles homage disguised as an homage to the book of Grimm's fairy tales I checked out from the library and read 8 million times as a child.

So yeah! I'…

Write Me A Letter

Hey, y'all. I wrote a poem today and I thought I'd share it with you guys.

Write Me A Letter
Hey you, across the wide, wide sea. You who I wish were close to me. Hey you, who's miles and miles away. I'm thinking of you today.
Hey you, our souls are shaped alike. You who had a basket on your bike. Hey you, who makes me feel okay. I'm thinking of you today.
Write me a letter, write it long.  Write it the way you would write a song. Write me a letter, write it with care. Send it to my mailbox, I'll be waiting there.
Write me a letter, write it right now. Set your homework and your housework down. Write me a letter, from a friend to a friend. I'll read it every day, again and again.
I don't want an e-mail, I don't want a voicemail, I don't want a phone call, any kind of home call, I don't want a text or a Skype or a fax, Reading those things doesn't make me relax.
I don't  want an IM, a DM, a PM A video, a picture, a post, a Pin, A packag…

Bookstores and Book Sales

//before I begin: I just tried roasted chickpeas for the first time and I highly recommend.//

Today my school had a used book sale. 50 cents apiece, except travel or cooking, which were a dollar. I drifted through boxes of donations, recognizing some titles that had once graced our shelves before moving on. My final purchases were 1960 reproductions of the original editions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz, and a book of essays by Robert James Waller (Old Songs in a New Cafe, generally about life and highly recommended so far). I love grazing the shelves and piles at used book stores, sales, and fairs. It is in a different way that I peruse shops for new books with pristine paper covers, perfect rectangular prisms, unfolded by time and use. I rather think that both have their time and place.

New books are for foreign cities and when you know what you want. They're for afternoons fading to evening and full wallets. Old books are for mornings and nostalgia.…

Learning to Live Part 3

Hey, guys. As you may have noticed, I have not posted in forever! For that, I apologize. I'm trying to get back on track, but it may not last because I'm moving soon. If my posts fade out, sorry, but I should be back by late summer.
Except... my life is going to get a lot busier come fall, so we'll see.
However it goes, here's part three of my short story, Learning to Live.
Part 1 Part 2
“I got a new job,” said Meg, “by the way. It was better, and better was good enough, which was also important. At this next place, could I buy you lunch? I won’t keep you out too much longer.” “That would be great, thanks,” said Anna. She wasn’t hungry, though, for anything but these new ideas coursing through her mind. They arrived at a diner. The employee showing them a table welcomed Meg by name, chatting with her about someone named Rachel. When the waiter arrived, he exclaimed, “Meg!” Like everyone else, he seemed to be a good friend. While they waited for their food, Meg asked, “Know w…

10 Interesting Things About Life in Germany

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So, I live in Germany. It's a really great place to be, and a lot of life here is quite similar to life in the US. However, there are some interesting differences. I will be expounding ten of them because clearly I love lists.
1. Mineral Water is Super Common If you order water at a restaurant in the US, you'll get, well, water. Here, you'll get water with minerals but most noticeably, bubbles. It's like soda without any sugar. If you're wondering, that doesn't taste good... unless you're used to it. It only took me four years to like it! I believe this is because Europe didn't have reliable, clean water sources for a long time, but I'm not sure on that.
2. Fountain Pens = School Supplies People still use fountain pens here! I love this.  To clarify: it's usually not fountain pens like  It's more like
Which is still awesome.
3. Playgrounds are Better German playgrounds are sooo much more fun than American ones. This is generally because it&…

Learning to Live Part 2

Here's the next installment of a short story I wrote. Enjoy!
Part 1

Anna left Amanda on the porch. Ms. Gracechurch led her down to her house, a cheerful building fronted by an untamable garden. She called over her shoulder, “Will your parents mind if I take you on a little trip? To Adamsville and thereabouts?” “No,” Anna replied truthfully, because her parents were probably asleep, and because they trusted Ms. Gracechurch with their lives. Or, more pertinently, her life. Besides, she had her phone. “Will you mind?” “No,” Anna said again. She was interested in what Ms. Gracechurch had to show her. “Then let’s go!” They got in a car that smelled strongly of pine and Ms. Gracechurch drove. “This is where it started,” Ms. Gracechurch said, checking her mirror. “What, Ms. Gracechurch?” “Call me Meg,” Meg said. “And learning to live.” They were silent. Anna wasn’t sure how to follow up something like that. She pressed her forehead against the window, watching the trees go by. I’d like to be a tree, …

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

Hello, folks! In this post, I will be a total rebel and do a Top Ten Tuesday... early.

Gasp!

Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging link-up that shockingly occurs every Tuesday. It is run by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Check it out!

This week's topic-- or rather, next week's-- is Favorite Book Quotes. I am delighted!

1. "'Fate,' Blue replied, glowering at her mother, 'is a very weighty word to throw around before breakfast.'" -The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

P.S. Read the Raven Cycle right now.

2. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Note the ordinary font.
This might not seem like the best quote to choose from Harry Potter. Like, we have “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light," and "It is our choices, Harry, …