Annabelle: Creation

Wassup my readers!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you are having a¬†wonderful Monday ūüėÄ


Alright. A l r i g h t.

I’m a huge horror movie buff (go figure) and seeing horror movies in theaters is like, my favorite thing ever. Bad or good, I’m down to watch a horror movie surrounded by other horror-movie buffs who laugh at the cheesy parts, and jump at the scary parts.

So I saw Annabelle: Creation last night. And after watching all the of Conjuring movies (plus Annabelle), I was ready for this one. I honestly feel like the Conjuring series isn’t the worst horror movie series around. I find it creepy that the stories are based on real-life instances, and I think that they’ve done an alright job with the movies in the past.

When I watched the first Annabelle, I was more or less impressed. I found that there were some good parts, a lot of okay parts, but overall was a good movie if you’re into jumpscares and a little laugh here and there.

For the second one, I wasn’t expecting much more. I mean, c’mon. Mainstream horror movies are meant to make you laugh, right? No? Well, they make¬†me laugh.

I first want to start out that I HATE the doll. I hate its face, I hate the size of the doll, and everything about it. I mean, those cheek bones? The fuck? Why does that doll look like that, and WHY oh WHY does a child want that? I mean, c’mon. It’s terrifying. And I’m not saying that because I’m afraid of porcelain dolls. I mean, I had a doll as a kid. Mine was not nearly as frightening as that thing.

Side note, in the first Annabelle, I have NO IDEA why that grown woman wants that doll in her nursery. I mean, again, it’s TERRIFYING. And I get that it’s meant to be terrifying, but realistically, no one would buy that doll in the store.

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Like, look at her. WHAT IS HER CHEEK BONES. WHAT IS HER SMILE. THOSE EYES???? C’MON, NO ONE WOULD BUY THAT THING.

Now, in the second movie, technically the man made the doll, but even then, why would he make that and be like, “this looks cute. My daughter will love it.”

If my dad made that for me, I would not want it. No thanks, dad.

So, fast forward to the premise of the movie. For those who don’t know, it’s about a bunch of girls who are orphans, and they move into this house that will be their new orphanage. Pretty innocent, right?

Well, the people who live there are hiding something: oh right, they live in a HAUNTED HOUSE with a HAUNTED DOLL. But, yeah, lets let kids live there, and lets NOT tell them. Sounds good, right?

So, here is where SPOILERS begin. if you haven’t seen the movie and wish to not read spoilers, skip to the end. If you’ve seen the movie, keep reading!


SPOILERS AHEAD

So. Things I thought the movie did well:

  • The creepy scarecrow as a bad guy. I¬†liked¬†that a lot. First, the scarecrows look like real people, with the way the bag is pressed against the face. And when the scarecrow came to life, I was living for it. Good Job, scary movie. I did enjoy that.
  • The scene where Annabelle (the girl) was having tea with the doll, and her body becomes the demon, and how the transformation looks. I like the bones cracking, the awkward angles of the body parts, and when she walks towards the mom, how her ankles break. I found that creepy, and I really liked how it looked.
  • When Mr. Mullin’s fingers break while he’s holding the cross as the demon. I’m here for that kind of disturbing, gross-looking stuff.
  • The fact that the main girl (Janice) couldn’t walk. I loved her sitting on the staircase seat, and how they did the scene with the girl in the room beside her. (you know what I’m talking about). Her character not being able to run away made it suspenseful, and I enjoyed that.
  • How Janice found the doll. The dollhouse closet opening with the key? Genius. I liked how they did that a lot. And, how they lured her into the room, although I wish that had been a bigger part of the movie. It’s how the movie started… I wish it had been bigger in presence first.
  • The two older girls under the sheet. That’s creepy to watch, making you want to look away, but you can’t. And the use of the bell in that scene.
  • Mrs. Mullin’s bell in general. I thought that was a creepy addition, even if it really didn’t mean much in the whole scheme of things. The bell was only creepy in that one scene.
  • The whole nun picture scene, and how that ties into the last Conjuring movie. Mr. Mullen’s sees the nun in the dark of the picture, and I liked that contingency. Good way to tie everything together.
  • At the end, when Janice is adopted, and given a Raggedy Anne doll. (In the real-life conjuring movies, the girl is given a Raggedy Anne, not a homemade, creepy looking porcelain doll. So this was a good easter egg in the movie for those who knew this little fact.
  • How the movie tied in with the first Annabelle. When Janice is adopted, and 12 years later comes back to kill her adoptive parents (cue one of the first scenes in the first Annabelle movie) and how it flowed together nicely. Also, the number 12 years has importance. The little girl (Annabelle) died and 12 years later the orphan girls show up. Janice is adopted, and 12 years later she kills her parents. Idk if there is a correlation… but I like it.
  • When Janice tells Linda (her friend) that she liked her doll because it looks like her on the bus to the house, and then when Janice tells Linda the same thing when Linda’s doll has a knife in its eye… that part was good. I liked how the two scenes were similar, but so very different.
  • When Linda is under the staircase and sees the doll… we all knew that was going to be creepy, and it definitely was.
  • The fact that the doll appears and reappears in so many different places. One minute Annabelle the doll is in her bedroom… the next moment she’s somewhere else.

Things I think the movie did horribly:

  • When Janice sees Annabelle, the girl, for the first time. When Annabelle turns around, her face isn’t scary at all… it’s actually laughable. And the dark mist that flows from the door is horrible CGI… like c’mon… it could have been done better than that. Everyone in the theater laughed *cue eyeroll*
  • When Janice is brought to the barn in her wheelchair. She was screaming, and the other girls were outside with her. How didn’t they hear her? Why didn’t they see her? They came to her rescue way after she was possessed in the barn. Like, just how?
  • What was Mr. Mullin’s doing in the barn all that time? Multiple times, he was coming out of the barn at night. He doesn’t make dolls anymore, so why was he in there? The movie never really explained this.
  • The scene where the older girl in the barn was about to die with the scarecrow, but she didn’t. Now way would she have survived that. I liked the bulbs breaking, and I liked the scarecrow coming to life, but c’mon. She should have died.
  • The scene where you first see Mrs. Mullins. She isn’t all that scary… they could have hyped that up more, or made her entire face a porcelain mask to make it creepier. Instead, she was relatively normal and kind of pointless.
  • The fact that Mr. Mullins didn’t properly explain why Janice couldn’t go in his daughter’s room, or the fact that he didn’t say that to any of the other girls. If he had calmly said “Don’t go in her room. It’s off limits”, it would have been better. But, instead he only told Janice, and when he yelled at her, it made her all the more curious.
  • When Mr. Mullins figured out that the doll has escaped, why didn’t he call a priest? Why did he try to handle it head on? Obviously he would die. He knew that was coming.
  • HOW did Janice escape from the room at the end of the movie? Like, she completely disappeared, and the police told the nun he would look for the girl, but that was it. No one was surprised she had escaped, or that she was gone from the closet. The police should have been more skeptical.
  • How come Janice felt an evil presence, but their nun didn’t? I feel like she should have immediately felt the evil presence before the girls. That didn’t make sense to me at all.
  • How come Mrs. Mullins room was so gross looking? I understand it’s for the movie and the creepiness factor, but the walls were corroding and stuff. That wouldn’t be realistic. That room should have looked like all the other rooms, but rather it was dark, creepy, and the walls were basically crumbling.

SPOILERS OVER

I felt like my dislikes of the movie were basically questions. Like… things didn’t add up together. But, overall, I enjoyed it. I laughed at parts, I rolled my eyes at parts, but I was also freaked at some parts. Left sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation for what was to come.

For those who watched the movie, did you feel the same?

That’s really all I have for this post. I just wanted to see if you guys watched the movie too, or if you stay far away from horror.

 

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Writing like me??

Welcome back to my blog!

Take a seat, grab a warm mug of coffee (or tea), and relax


 

A lot of people on Wattpad always message me things like “I want to write like you!!” or, “I wish my style of writing was like yours!” and it always gets me thinking: why is that?

Of course, I understand why people would be inspired by a writer they enjoy, but sometimes reading those things makes me think about what is so special about my writing. What about The Skeleton Boy makes people want to achieve my style of writing?

Well, here’s a big ol’ secret: if you practice enough, you’ll achieve your own style of writing, unique to you.

Another big ol’ secret: often times, your writing naturally mimics that of someone who writes in a style that you find enjoyable. But, your writing style is you, completely. And I think when you reach that moment of being someone people look up to,¬†that’s when you’ve found your style.

It took me years to even find a style. I didn’t think I had one, until people commented about it.

But, to those who wish they wrote like me, here’s some advice. Focus less on being like your fave author, and more on your writing. Practice, find that voice, and write like a maniac. I write a lot, and it’s taken me forever to find a rhythm and style that could potentially change.

I think a lot about how it’s like drawing. When you first start, you don’t have a unique style. But after you’ve drawn for a while, people can see your style, and can recognize your art just on that particular style. Now, these artists just draw, draw, draw until their style develops. It’s the same with writing.

Also, you want your own style, not someone else’s!! Aspiring to write like someone else is okay, but in the end, you want your own style to show off and inspire others. I mean, we’ve all been there. I’ve certainly wanted to write like other people, and I wished that I was better, more descriptive, an overall better writer. But, where I am right now is where my style is beginning.

Aspire to be yourself. Aspire to be your own inspiration.


 

Thanks for sticking around!

And thanks for thinking I’m an inspiration, or someone you want to be like. It can be hard to find a style, but trust me, it’s possible and it’s worth it.

I love you all, XOXO

Character sheets!!

Wassup my readers

Behold… today, I’m showing off my character sheets!

let’s get into it


 

Hey guys!

It’s tuesday, and I thought that today is the day that I’ll be releasing my Character Sheets! Keep in mind, this is what I use to create my characters, and I’m not always correct in doing things. IF MY WAY ISN’T YOUR WAY, THAT’S FINE. This is what I do.

 

This is just a preview of what it looks like when you download the PDF file. (that circle on the cover is where you can put/draw a portrait of what YOU think your character looks like)

I have it set up so that some questions, you just HIGHLIGHT or CIRCLE the answer rather than typing it out. you could also underline it 

This is the very document I used to create Elliott and crew! Sometimes, my favorite part of writing is making characters, designing them, etc. Also… this makes everything SO easy. You can’t forget your character when you fill out a sheet like this… and we all know, realistic characters are what the readers want, so I def have some in-depth questions on there (;

I made this file so that people can print it out, or download the word version so that they can edit it on the computer.

If you WANT to show me the finished products of your designed characters, feel free to send them in an email! I’d love to see my sheets put to good use. Also, if you see things that should be added, or you think would be beneficial, LET ME KNOW! I’m all about catering to what others would like to see.

IF YOU CAN’T DOWNLOAD THE PDF OR THE WORD DOCUMENT VERSION, EMAIL ME.¬†My email is: unaccompaniedwriterbooks@gmail.com

WICKEDPROMISES character sheet PDF

WICKEDPROMISES character sheet word doc


That’s all I have for today! I hope you all have a lovely rest of your Tuesday!

Happy Character Creating, and I LOVE YOU ALL

XOXO

HOW I BECAME SEMI-POPULAR

Hi everyone!!

Yes, today I’m writing about a frequently asked question:

HOW DID I GET SO MANY READS/FOLLOWERS??


 

Alrighty. This isn’t really a step-by-step guide on how to do this. This is what I did to get so many readers, and it worked for me. Also, this is somewhat-kinda my story. story-time bitches

So. Let’s bring it WAYYYYYYYY back. I joined Wattpad in 2013, and I was a pretty experienced writer. In 2013, I was (about) 17 years old, and had been writing since I was a little kid. And I mean, I was a writer as soon as I could read.

When I first joined, it was to read stories. I’d heard about Wattpad from someone, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about, and since I loved reading, I gave it a try. At first, I was underwhelmed; the stories were okay. But, I started finding better stories, and saw the support, and immediately wanted to put my own work on there.

My first ever story on Wattpad some of you may remember it was not very good. I had no views, no followers, and no one EVER commented on any chapters. I posted for myself more than anyone else, just so I could have a place to put my work. When I finished Frostbitten Past my first ever book on wattpad I immediately followed with a sequel that never saw completion because of the lack of views.

But moving on to what’s MOST important, The Skeleton Boy.

I posted TSB in 2014, and I wasn’t expecting anything. Literally had like, five followers, and no one read my stuff. Again, I was writing for myself and not for anyone else. But, around 10 chapters, I began to feel like nothing was worth it anymore.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: I almost quit Wattpad in 2014.

TSB had ten chapters, but only 50 views overall. It had NO votes. It had NO comments. It had 5 views per chapter. And I imagined that there was something wrong with me, with my writing, or with the topic I chose. I was reading story after story on Wattpad, and those stories had millions of views, but the writing was HORRIBLE.

I thought that I was pretty good at writing, but just couldn’t understand why every single story about a good girl/bad boy had like, the most views, and the writing was subpar. The plot was the same in every book.

I literally felt like I wanted to stop writing all together. I thought, if no one online liked my stuff, then I clearly wasn’t meant to write at all.

But, here we are, in 2017, and The Skeleton Boy has almost 1 million views. And everyone always asks me: HOW DID YOU GET THERE?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any good answer for this question. Everyone on Wattpad wants to be popular, and to have their books get views. Everyone on Wattpad wants readers and fans and to have a great time with their writing, but that just doesn’t happen.

After The Skeleton Boy hit 10 chapters, I¬†knew things needed to change. I was feeling sad, down in the dumps, and I knew this was the turning point of my writing. Either I put everything into it, or I gave up. And honestly? I’m not one to give up.

So, I got involved in Wattpad. I went into the community, went onto the forums, and tried to make some friends. I went into horror-related forums and talked to others writing about similar topics. I talked to some wattpaders on Skype, and my reads spiked.

The more active you are in the community, the more reads you’ll get. And I don’t mean posting everywhere about your story, or asking people to read. I’m talking about making friends and talking to them enough to generate their interest.

Around this time, Wattpad was changing their format (for the better) and dedications became a thing. When I first joined wattpad, there were no dedications, that I could find, and I never really thought about dedicating a chapter to anyone. But, I’d read a story that I enjoyed, and I dedicated a chapter to them. Suddenly, they voted on the chapter, and some of their readers jumped onto my story to see what was up.

And, literally from there, things TOOK OFF faster than I could ever imagine.

I went from having 50 views to suddenly having 1,000 views in less than a month, and it didn’t stop there. People kept coming, and coming, and coming. People were recommending my story to their friends, and people were TALKING ABOUT ME AND MY STORY.

THAT’S RIGHT. LITTLE MISS NOBODY HAD FANS. I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT.

And I was SO overwhelmed that people were voting and commenting that I literally messaged EVERY SINGLE PERSON who voted to thank them. How extra is that? But seriously, I try my best to treat my readers with respect and the love they deserve. I reply to as many comments as I can, and I ALWAYS respond to private messages. If someone posts on my page wall (what is that called lmao) I respond. If people dedicate chapters to me, I try my best to read their story and vote and say thank you. Sometimes I miss the notification, though. Whoops.

When my readers need help, I try and help. if they need motivation, I try to give it. One of the most important things to me since the beginning was to treat my readers like they’re the most important part of Wattpad, because they are.¬†You are. I used to comment on stories all the time, but never got a response from the author. I used to message them to tell them how they inspired me, and I NEVER got a response. After a while, I began to stop commenting all together. Why did it matter, if the author never read them?

So, when I got big, I vowed to myself that I’d be different: I’d comment back to my readers, and I would message them back, and I would try my best to give them advice when they asked.

So, here’s my advice to you: Make friends, treat your readers right, and NEVER give up. Because if I gave up in 2014, I would¬†not be where I am today. TSB would have never been finished. TSG and TDC would have never been born. The support and motivation I give my readers would have never happened.

Believe in yourself and great things will happen. Keep trying, keep writing, and keep posting. It may seem like no one cares about what you write, but somewhere out there, someone cares.

Every time someone tells me that I’m their favorite author, or that they love my stories, or that what I write is inspiring to them, I remember when I had 50 views and I’m FLOORED with the support from my readers. I’m FLOORED that i’m ANYONE’S favorite author. That someone reads my stuff and actually¬†likes it.

I’m beyond thankful for my readers, and I’ll always strive for the big 1 MIL. And even when I reach 1 MIL, I’ll still respond to comments, to messages, and to the love and support from everyone.

And even now, on this blog, I have like no followers. But, maybe one day, I’ll have thousands and remember this moment: the moment where no one read my stuff, but I kept putting myself out there¬†anyway.


 

Thank you for being here and reading this!! You rock!

If you have any questions, COMMENT THEM! If you have any ideas for another blogpost/story time, COMMENT THEM!

If you want to see more story-time content like this, let me know ūüėÄ

 

 

 

July 2017 book haul!

Hello! Come see what I’m reading next month!


 

July is RIGHT around the corner, and you know what that means: a whole new month of reading! (or at least, this is what¬†I think it means!). IN order to prepare for this coming month, here are a few books I’ll be reading in July!

Spot me on a beach towel with one of these bad boys (;

I’m a¬†huge advocate for buying books in bookstores. I almost never order books online from amazon. Something about going into a bookstore and touching the books, smelling the pages please tell me I’m not the only one who does this, and getting to thumb through the pages. I love going into bookstores.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, or are planning to! We could start our own little book reading club!

And follow me on Goodreads!

I don’t always update what I’m currently reading, or when I’ve finished a book, but it’ll get up there eventually!


 


 

Alright, so here’s the list of books I’ll be burying my nose into this coming July:

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

The Flipside by Shawn Johnson

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Fly by Night by Francis Hardinge

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

 

Hopefully I won’t be the only one reading these this coming July (;

Writing in a male POV?

Happy Monday everyone!

 

Today I’m talking about something I’m asked ALL the time: how do I write in a male POV.

I’m a girl. I have¬†girl thoughts. I do¬†girl things. How on EARTH am I supposed to understand the male mind in order to write in their POV?¬†

I see this question all over Wattpad, and people ask me about it frequently. And, I’m here to shed some light on this subject. Of course, I’m not a guy, I do

n’t know what happens in a guy’s mind. But, guess what: you don’t have to be a guy to understand them or write male characters.

Step one: TRASH THE IDEA THAT GUYS AND GIRLS ARE WILDLY DIFFERENT.

Yes, you heard me. Get rid of this idea. To be honest, guys and girls think a lot alike. They¬†are a lot alike. We’re all humans, and guess what friends? Gender is a construct!! That being said, forget everything you’ve ever learned about writing the male POV, because writing about guys is just as easy as writing about girls.

Step two: TRASH THE STEREOTYPES!!

Often times, people write in the male POV and make it obvious by falling back on stereotypes. making their males only think about sports, or cars, or getting some in the backseats of their cars. Now,¬†c’mon, that’s boring. Boys don’t just like sports and cars. Guys like other things, too, so stop falling back on these. I hate reading stories that feature male POV and all he thinks about is sports.

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

However, it’s okay to write about guy struggles, because they have them too. Just like how someone may write a girl character struggling with her period, or her weight, or fitting in with the popular crowd. Guys also have struggles, and it’s okay to write about them.¬†Please do! Talk about how his family doesn’t let him show emotions. Talk about how he feels about hearing girls being afraid to walk near him at night because he’s a tall and buff guy. You can talk about these issues. And, that type of character dialogue is so much more interesting than having your guy character talk about football, like every other male character on Wattpad.

Step three: Write your character’s POV how YOU want.¬†

If you want a guy character who likes to paint, then yeah. Have him thinking about art. But, think about who he is as a person. Does he care about what he wears? If not, leave that mirror scene alone. (in fact, just leave that scene alone period). Does he care about cars? If not, don’t have him talking about his car. I know, this seems self explanatory, but it’s just so tedious to read stories about guys who like stereotypical guy things.

Don’t focus on getting into a guy’s head. Just write your character how you usually would write your female characters. Just focus on what your character likes, and go from there.¬†You design your character.¬†You decide what they think about, how they act, what they like to do, etc.

That’s literally all there is to writing in a male POV. As long as you design your character and what he likes/dislikes, then it isn’t hard. Stop thinking that these two types of humans are like, wildly different from each other.

Obviously, me and my brother think differently, but SO DO ALL PEOPLE. Guys get self conscious. Guys care about how they look. Guys cry. Guys can spend a long time in the shower/getting ready/getting dressed. Guys can like getting coffee in the morning before school. Guys can like baking, they can like cooking, they can like whatever the FUCK they want to like. Don’t put genders in boxes, and don’t limit your character to masculine and feminine traits.

This is my writing tip/inspiration of the day. I hope you guys liked it, and I hope I don’t sound TOO cynical here. I want you guys to write ALL the male characters, because there aren’t enough of them around tbh. Write your stories with a male POV. Write your stories with the characters you want to write!

I love you all! XOXO

What I do in a day during the summer! (aka… why I never update)

Hello everyone!!

I’m OBSESSED with those “Get-ready-with-me” vids on Youtube, and even though this isn’t a youtube channel and I can’t fake my morning, I thought I’d write down how my summer days USUALLY look like, since people are always asking me why I never have time to write.

Well, here is why!!

On a TYPICAL summer day, this is what I do from the moment I wake up, to the moment I go to bed.

 

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6:30AM:¬†My phone alarm goes off, and I immediately get out of bed (on a good day). I head right to the bathroom to go pee, wash my teeth, and force myself out of bed. Then, I’ll go back into my room, pull on workout clothes, and rub deodorant under my arms.

Downstairs, I drink a glass of water while I stretch my legs. Usually I do toe-touches, pull my feet to my butt, etc. After I finish the large glass of water, I fill up my Nalgene water bottle (you can get it here for like, $11. it’s huge, and amazing, and I bring it everywhere) and pull on my running shoes and grab my car keys.

Between 6:45AM & 7:00AM:¬†I drive to the beach to run, since I live on the coast. I try to leave the house by 6:45, but c’mon, we’re not all perfect. Then I’ll run for about a mile or two, depending on the day, how much time I have, and what the weather is like. The run is actually pretty decent and quiet during this time of the morning.

7:20AM: I usually get back from my run around this time, sometimes earlier. I shower at night, so I usually go and only wash my face from the run and reapply deodorant. Then I  go straight to the coffee machine and make myself a cup of hazelnut coffee.

My dad usually leaves around this time for work, so I say goodbye and hug him before he leaves. Yes, I live with my dad during the summers. I’m a broke college student who can’t afford NOT to live with my family during the summer.

7:30AM:¬†I can’t go to work in my running clothes, so I go and get changed into my work clothes. I work in a place where my outfits get messy/ripped, so I wear t-shirts and shorts (and leggings!) most of the time. So I’ll grab whatever is around, and decide it’s good enough.

7:40AM:¬†Usually this is when I take out my breakfast and hunker down in the kitchen to eat it with my laptop open. I love overnight oats, so I make those at night and eat them in the morning, and it’s my fave meal. It’s SO easy and quick to make. It’s literally oats, milk, honey, and whatever else you want to add.

  1. THE NIGHT BEFORE, grab a mason jar (or any container, I like mason jars) and fill it with equal parts oatmeal and milk. I use 2%, but you can use whatever you like (almond milk, whole milk, 1%, coconut milk, whatever)
  2. Add honey!! (or don’t. this is what I like)
  3. Put it in the fridge
  4. THE NEXT MORNING, pull it out. Shake it around, then add whatever you want. I add granola and banana in the morning, but get CRAZY. Add some berries. Add some fruit. Add none of that and just eat the oats! I don’t care ūüėÄ

Alright. Dumb recipe, but there you go. You’ll thank me later.

While I’m eating, I’ll go on my laptop and reply to messages on Wattpad, reply to comments on my stories, mess around on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, really whatever I want to do for the next 40 minutes. Sometimes, I turn on the news and watch that. Sometimes, I even WRITE, but I try not to (40 minutes sounds like a lot of time… but when you get into it, stopping mid-chapter can be hard and I try to avoid writing when I don’t have a lot of time).

8:15AM:¬†I leave my house to pick up a co-worker, and we head to Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee run before work. Yes, I’m addicted to dunks. And yes, I get it like, every morning before work. And YES, I drink a cup of hot coffee and then get an iced coffee.

9:00AM – 6:00PM:¬†I’m in work!! I work an 8 hour shift, with an hour lunch break at 1PM, which sounds luxurious, but usually it’s about enough time for my co-worker and myself to go into town, get something to eat, and return. We don’t do this every day (in fact, we usually go to her house and I bring a sandwich)

6:00PM: I’m out of work, and it’s time to chill. This is when I have the MOST free time of the day.

Some nights, I go out with friends to get ice cream, or to go to the movies, or to go late afternoon shopping at our fave stores. If I’m not going out with friends, I get changed out of my clothes and put on lounge clothes (usually sweatpants). Then, I’ll join my dad in the living room and we’ll talk about our days at work. We’ll swap funny stories. Watch the evening news. I’ll mess around on my laptop and probably play Sims (I love sims… I just bought the city life expansion pack to add to my collection)

7:00PM: Usually this is when I eat dinner, which my dad cooks. It’s typically some type of meat and salad. We’ll eat together in the kitchen usually, and talk about whatever comes up in conversation. I’m very close with my father, and spend a lot of time with him because of it. He’s def one of my best friends.

After dinner, I go upstairs and start the shower. I’ll light a candle in my room (i’m obsessed with bath and body works!!) and then I’ll get into the shower. I usually listen to Chill Nation songs in the shower (lol, don’t judge me. I’m into the Blackbear remixes right now cause i love him)

When I get out of the shower, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around in my mouth for 20 minutes. While I do that, I get into my robe, sit in bed, and try to write. Or, I’ll get stuff done that HAS to be done (like budgeting… yikes).

After the 20 minutes are up, I spit out the oil and brush my teeth. Then I lotion up my body and put on pajamas. By this time, it’s usually 8:00, or 8:30. I’ll go downstairs, and my dad and I will try to watch a movie, if we’re feeling it. If not, I’ll write on my laptop.

9:30PM/10:00PM: This is about the time I try to go to bed. Right before sleeping, I read a few chapters from a book, set my alarms, and say goodnight to my dad. My hair is definitely still wet (I don’t blow dry my hair, I let it air-dry) but I don’t really do anything to stop it from getting the pillow wet. I also have to put Argon oil on my face, cause I have ¬†CRAZY dry skin, and I’ll put in a leave-in conditioner in my hair, because it can always use more moisturizer.

 

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So. That’s a typical day in my life. I work five days a week, so this schedule is what most of my week looks like. It’s repetitive as shit, and I don’t get a lot of variation from working and what not, but I try to have as much fun as I can. I go out with friends every chance I get, including on my days off, and so that leaves little time to write and update, as you can see.

But I still try!!

Comment how your days go. Does your mornings and nights look like mine??? (and keep in mind, I don’t run every morning. Right now, my ankle is sprained, so I’m really not running)

What is your favorite candle right now? AND, do you drink as much coffee as I do??

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

 

Top 50 Summer Playlist

Hi friends!!

I love music. I love playlists. And I love summer. And I wanted to share my summer playlist with you guys! I’ve been listening to this when I run, when I write, and even when I’m packaging baked goods at my place of work.

Now, of course, this isn’t a COMPLETE list (hello, summer is just beginning) but it’s a mix of some oldies (but goodies) and some newer stuff. Idk what everyone’s fave music genre is, but mine is definitely mixed. So, without further ado…

 

  1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  2. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  3. Changes – David Bowie
  4. I Love It – Icona Pop
  5. Ruby – Twenty One Pilots
  6. Runaway (U & I) – Galantis
  7. Kiss Me – Sixpense None the Richer
  8. All Night Longer – Sammy Adams
  9. iSpy – Little Yachty
  10. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
  11. Issues – Julia Michaels
  12. Despacito – Justin Bieber
  13. Not Your Way – MisterWives
  14. No Problem – Chance The Rapper
  15. I Don’t Fuck With You – Big Sean
  16. Kitchen Sink – Twenty One Pilots
  17. Panda – Desiigner
  18. Shake it Out – Florence + The Machine
  19. Harlem – New Politics
  20. Clumsy – Fergie
  21. Pop Princess – The Click Five
  22. Wasted – Tiesto
  23. There She Goes – Sixpense None the Richer
  24. Rollercoaster – Bean
  25. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande
  26. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  27. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar
  28. 1985 – Bowling for Soup
  29. Lovely – Twenty One Pilots
  30. Rather Be – Clean Bandit
  31. BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
  32. Worry About You – 2AM Club
  33. Something Big – Shawn Mendes
  34. Hide Away – Daya
  35. Roses – The Chainsmokers
  36. Gibberish – MAX
  37. Sit Still Look Pretty – Daya
  38. You Don’t Own Me – Grace
  39. Toxic – Brittany Spears
  40. Guys My Age – Hey Violet
  41. Lady Killers – G-Easy
  42. Hair – Little Mix
  43. That’s my Girl – Fifth Harmony
  44. I’m The One – Justin Bieber
  45. Congratulations – Post Malone
  46. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
  47. Johnny Boy – Twenty One Pilots
  48. She’s So High – Tal Bachmen
  49. Soak Up the Sun – Cheryl Crow
  50. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

 

Feel free to listen, poke around, see what you like (if anything). This is what really gets me in the summer mood (though not all are high pumpin bangers). Let me know in the comments below what YOUR favorite summer 2017 song is!! And maybe I’ll give it a listen (;

It’s summer!

Hi guys!

I know, I¬†know, I’ve been nonexistent. But, honestly, school is such a soul sucker sometimes. I’m super busy during the school year that this part of my life takes a back seat to everything else.

But, it’s summer! And that means more reading, more writing, and more blogging.¬†Hopefully.

Now that it’s summer, I thought I’d give an update on my life. Not that anyone reads this blog anyway

Returning to that resolutions list (the one I wrote in January), I’m going to talk about how I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and all that jazz. Now that it’s summer, I’m back to running before work. I go into work at 9:00am most mornings (sometimes 8:00am) and I tend to fit in a quick run in the morning. So I’m doing that resolution. For those interested, I usually run about a mile in the mornings, which is horrible for me. Last summer, I was running up to 4 miles in the morning. Hopefully we’ll get back to that point! I’ve started using the couch-to-5K app on my iPhone, which helps runners prepare to run 3.1 miles in 5 weeks. Of course, I want to back to my 4 mile runs in 5 weeks, but i’ve been loosely following that. If you’re interested in learning more, just leave a comment!

I also wanted to finish my spring semester with a 3.8 GPA… which I was close to achieving. My semester GPA was a 3.7. Shucks. But, college is hard, friends.

I haven’t gotten into journaling.¬†Yet. But I bought a journal, and that’s the first step right? Do any of you journal? I’m interested to know what you do/journal about.

I’m not anywhere close to getting an apartment, but that’s going to happen soon. I graduate from college next year… and that’s certainly scary. Once I graduate, I’ll¬†have to get an apartment. Yikes. Also, my money situation is poor, despite how much I work. But, we’ll get there. If I stop buying books and candles and clothes.

For those who don’t know, I go camping on the weekends in the summer as well. I’m pretty outdoorsy, and active. Who else likes camping? Leave a comment if you do, or if you’d like to start camping! Camping is honestly one of the reasons my family is so close. We’ve spend weekends together crammed in a camper for over 14 years… how can’t you be close? (that’s right folks. my family has been camping on the weekends for over 14 years. Every. single. weekend. in the summer. wow.)

Do you have any topics you want me to write about in another blog post? Just let me know with a  comment below!

My 2017

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the year again: resolutions! Only, I don’t like calling it that, because resolutions imply that the only thing that matters is the end goal, which isn’t true. What matters is the journey and how you get to the end.

So, where do I want to be at the end of 2017?

  • I want to read at¬†least 100 books this year. I’m going to make a goodreads account and list every single book I read
  • I want to start a journal, and get into journaling.
  • I want to finish The Devil Child, which is a story I’m currently writing on Wattpad
  • I want to finish The Burning Prince, which is¬†another story I’ve just begun on Wattpad
  • I want to complete this upcoming spring semester with at least a 3.8 GPA, and the following fall semester with the same.
  • I want to start running and exercising.
  • I want to save enough money where I can begin to look into buying an apartment and not feel overwhelmed about the price
  • I want to improve my description skills

These are just a few things I want to work on this year. Every year, I hope that it will be¬†my year! but then it never is. This year, I’m not looking for that. This year, I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, I want to be proud of my writing skills, I want to dominate school, and I want to drown in books.

Enough with resolutions that never get achieved. I’m ready to be the best me I can, and I’m ready to kill it this year, writing wise.

Feel free to leave a comment about what YOU want to achieve this year!