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I spend the majority of my time on campus, either in class or busy with other things going on. In my spare time, I like to write short stories and novels. I'm majoring in Communications at the University of Delaware.

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December 30, 2011

New Music!!

So, I love He is We so much. They're original and different and so great. If you haven't heard of them yet, you just have to listen to one song, and I swear you'll be hooked. I love them! Here is one of their newer songs from their recently released EP album, Skip to the Good Part.
So, take a listen. Leave a comment, telling me what you think, or recommend a new artist for me to check out.

December 23, 2011

Holiday Cheer and a Happy New Year

I know it’s been a bit since my last post, and I greatly apologize. My English teacher swamped us with a Shakespeare project, and while I was desperately hoping for something like this:tumblr_lusawy33Fo1qhrjqn_large

I was left to fend for myself. I did manage to finish it and turn it in, though! I’m anxiously waiting for my grade, seeing as it decides whether or not I pass this quarter. In other good English news, I received an A on a vocab quiz today that I forgot to study for until this morning. (Don’t blame me; it’s the day before break!)

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My post isn’t to ramble about my life as a freshman though. It’s actually to bring up a picture I found today on the fabulous site, weheartit.com. This picture really got me thinking, and I think it’s good to think. If you don’t, your brain might just shut off and stop working. All right, that’s unlikely, but you never know, right?

So, yes, I know it’s technically not a picture. It’s more of a quote, but still. If you had the chance to redo this year, would you? Honestly, I don’t know my answer. I think it depends on the decisions we made this year, and how we feel about them. If I had been given the chance to redo 2010, I probably would have taken it in a heartbeat. Not to really redo everything, but just to see it  from a new perspective and see where everything changed.

I can’t say much on the quote, though, because it’s honestly just something to get you thinking. Though, I do want to wish you all a happy new year, whether the clock ticks over to 2012, 2011, or 2056. We can all hope for a better year, can’t we? Even if your year was great, the world could use a little bit of hope in general.

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On New Year’s Eve this year, go out and have fun. Live up the last few hours of your 2011 so that when 2012 does roll around, you’re ready. Accept this year for all that’s it been and whatever it lacked, and just let it go. Holding onto the past only keeps us from embracing the future.

Here’s to hope, happiness and a delicious Christmas! Happy Holidays, everyone!

December 13, 2011

Christmas is in the air!

DSC03840Christmas-Lights-Show-8Christmas is twelve days away, everyone, and I for one can not wait! Christmas is such a great time with all of the pretty lights and tall trees in the windows of all of the houses. If I weren’t battling a sore throat and a serious case of the sniffles, I’d love it all even more.

For those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, I understand where you’re coming from, but you can’t tell me that all of the decorations aren’t at least a little bit pretty. Holiday cheer is practically inescapable during this time of year. What are your views on it? Do you like all of the festive blow-ups and Christmas trees dancing alongside those blasted sugar plums?

In other unrelated-to-the-holidays, today is the lovely Taylor Swift’s twenty-second birthday. She He20Is20We_xlargehas told press that she is working on a new album already, and I am super-excited. She’s shooting for 2012 to be a big year, so I’m hoping the album will be coming out in mid 2012 and not in a year! There’s enough to keep me held over, though. Between Rascal Flatt’s tour with Hunter Hayes and He is We going on tour again, my music life is pretty much rocking right now. Make sure to check out tour schedules for the following bands/artists if you’re interested in them, because I know they’re on tour now and in the upcoming months.

Rascal Flatts/Hunter Hayes/Sara Evans

He is We/The Cab/Days Difference/Paradise Fears/The Summer Set

Also, if you’re a fan of He is We (if not, please go check them out! They deserve so much more recognition than they get now.) they have a new EP coming out on the twentieth of this month. One more week! So exciting, isn’t it?

Well, that’s all for now. Go check out those bands, tours, and have a great week! I can’t wait to see what all of those artists have coming up!

December 2, 2011

After the WriMo

Today is December second, and I’m sure most of you are just now emerging back into the human world. You’re rubbing your eyes and searching for that hamster you had at the start of November. Like you all, I have spent two days recuperating and working furiously (all right, not so furiously) on a project for English. Or, unlike most of you, I guess. You’re probably too lucky to have such a horrendous report and project due for the same class.Winner_180_180_white

Anyway, NaNoWriMo is over, and I’ve come out a bit wiser, a bit of an insomniac and . . . a girl who won that indefinable prize of happiness. On November 29th, I typed out the last few words of my twenty-fifth chapter and watched the word count box go up to 49,999 and then 50,000. My novel’s nowhere near done, in all honesty. I’ve still got another 40,000 words at least! I’m taking my time though. Breaks and patience Nanotoons-20111201are good when you can have them.

How many of you were successful this year? Was this your first NaNo? (It was my second) Make sure to check out the new things coming up on the nanowrimo.org site in the next few days if you did (or even if you didn’t) get to 50,000 words. There will be stuff to help you figure out where you go next.

By the way, if you haven’t already, go check out the NaNo toons! They’re on the NaNoWriMo site under the tab, Fun Stuff. I love these little comics, because I can actually relate! It’s a good laugh when you’re ready to claw out your eyes with the tip of your pen.

Congrats to everyone who won, an I hope to see you all back again next year. I’ll probably post some info about my NaNo novel, if you’re interested. Just check my blog when you get a chance. It’ll be up soon.

November 20, 2011

Nostalgia is a funny thing, isn’t it?

Lately, I’ve been looking through pictures on weheartit, reliving memories and such. It makes me think of the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or when I picked up my first camera. I miss those days when I was little and could blame everything on the fact that I didn’t know, or no one told me not to do it.

We all grow up a little bit too fast, don’t we? Either we’re forced to, or we believe it’ll solve all of our problems. It really doesn’t though. Just because we grew up doesn’t mean everyone else did. It doesn’t mean life will make sense, and everything will be perfect. It just means we’re stuck wishing we could go back a little bit more than before.

What is this nonsense rambling about? It’s just my way of saying to take your time. Be wild and free, laugh more than you should, and just let yourself live. The other day, I went to the mall with my friends, and we did the things regular people didn’t. We went in this Hurricane Simulator, took our picture in a cardboard cutout and just had fun. It was the happiest I’ve been in awhile.

People tell you to grow up, but then they’re saying how you shouldn’t rush these things. Life gives you so many years. Do you really want to spend more of them being mature and grown-up? Or would you rather build one more fort out of blankets and pillows? (And by the way, the picture below is just an example that I found funny)

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November 19, 2011

Breaking Dawn :]

So, I went tonight to see the fourth Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn. I was expecting a lot of different things, <<enter caption here>> on June 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.but when it comes down to it, I was impressed. It was definitely the best film of the series, in my opinion.

I’m not the biggest fan of Kristen Stewart (Sorry!) but I think she did a decent job. The make-up artists and special-effects people did a magnificent job, too! Everything looked so real and not edited. The only down fall was that Taylor Lautner was shirtless for less than a minute in the whole two hours. I was expecting a bit more in that department. Winking smile

The actors were all good, and I loved the way they tied everything in. Of course, parts were left out or skipped over. Reneesme was shown in such a detailed way. . . I love Jacob’s imprint!!! Yeah, it’s disturbing, but the way they show it in the movie, it makes sense.

Over all, I’m giving this movie 4 out of 5 stars. Mainly, it was a good movie, but a bit too graphic for my taste. If you’re squeamish about blood or the sound of breaking bones, make sure you have someone with you to shield yourself with in the last ten minutes of the movie.

Coincidence that as I type this the Breaking Dawn trailer is on my TV? Oh, how funny. Well, I recommend that you go see the movie, because I have no idea what I’m going to do until November for part two!

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November 7, 2011

Tumblr, my friends?

So, today I was talking to a friend of mine and she told me that she has a Tumblr that she loves. I started thinking about my lonesome Tumblr account that I made months ago. I’m going to try it out and see how it goes. Honestly, I’ll probably come back to blogspot in less than a week because I already have my followers and I know how to operate this site a lot better.

Do any of you have a Tumblr? Would you follow me if I switched? (Don’t worry, I won’t judge you if you say no)

Otherwise, have fun with November, guys! NaNoWriMo has begun and is in full speed. I just wanted to post and let you know about my Tumblr experiment and get feedback Open-mouthed smile

October 30, 2011

‘Mazin Music Sundays!! :D

Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? While I battle the cold and too-soon snow, I get to bundle up inside and watch Once Upon a Time, on ABC. It’s really a great show; you should check it out if you haven’t already.

Anyway, I’m here to post some music for all of you. It’s an older song by All Time Low, but it has a good beat. The lyrics sound mean, in a way, but I think it’s something people can relate to.

You probably think I’m crazy . . . well, happy Halloween everyone!

 

October 27, 2011

Surprised I Haven’t Posted About It, Yet?

Yeah, me too. Honestly, I’m a little shocked, if I do say so myself. What is she rambling about, you may be asking. Well, NaNoWriMo, of course! If you don’t know what National Novel Writing Month, here’s a cute little comic that will explain while I sigh and rub my temples at your lack of needed knowledge. nanowrimo_comic

I wish I had great friends like that. I mean, my friends are great. Probably some of the best friends out there, but they just don’t have that ‘let’s drop everything and lock ourselves in a room with only a laptop and a pack of saltines for a month’ kind of attitude I’m prepared to take on full-heartedly. Of course, I have high school honor classes, numerous family functions and other random nonsense activities, but I’m willing to try this NaNo ride again.

Last year was not successful for me at all. I was so fed up with the book I was writing that I gave up on it. (Shh, don’t tell anyone!) What are some things I learned about NaNo? Well, here are five tips from little ol’ me.

1. You need to write a story you like. It can’t be an off-the-wall idea you thought of at midnight on Halloween. You have to really believe in your story and trust that it’ll go far. You and your novel need to be connected!

2. Rid yourself of drama this week. Last year, November was filled with drama for me. I lost my lifelong friend to the popular girls, and it ended with an explosion that could rival The Final Battle of Harry Potter. So, this week, get the drama out and over with. Don’t let it boil till mid-November. It’s better to fix things now, instead of later. (I’ve realized if you leave your characters alone for too long, they’ll do naughty things with each other, then argue and complain before resorting to cannibalism.)

3. Stock up on good snacks. Really, who doesn’t like to munch while they’re thinking? My personal favorites are Goldfish, Kellogg Fruit Crisps, and soft pretzels (preferably from Philly’s Pretzels, but any are good!). Great drinks to wash down all that salt? Arnold Palmer’s Half Lemonade and Half Iced Tea from your nearest Wawa or old-fashioned Stewart’s root beer.

4. Throw all editing techniques out the window. Go right now and open your window and toss out all the knowledge of commas, semicolons, and adjective usage. Make sure it lands somewhere comfy, though, because you’ll need it for December, when you’re clawing at your eyes over what you’ve written.

5. Make a playlist of your favorite songs. Let the music be your literal soundtrack for the next month. No need to listen to the washer running or the telephone ringing upstairs (leave it, Sally’s saving the world right now. She wouldn’t stop for a telemarketer.) Music makes me feel happy and energetic. If you don’t have an iPod, use the program ‘Spotify’. It’s so great! I’m using it right now actually . . . Smile

 

What else can you do? Go online and look up ‘write or die’! Better yet, I’ll give you a link: http://writeordie.com/

On the right-hand column, you’ll see a little box where you can enter info such as a word goal, grace period, etc. It’s a program that lets you type, but if you stop, noises and alarms go off. I find it helpful, especially for English essays.

Until November starts, we have a few days. To get prepared, use these sites/forms:

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/nano-prep-planning-your-novels.html

http://vampisthenewblack.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/planning-for-nano-11/

http://novelnovice.com/2011/10/25/nanowrimo-prep-week-4-make-a-plan/

 

I wish you all good luck on this NaNo journey! I’ll try and post again before November, but once NaNo starts, I’ll either be too busy to write or you’ll be too busy to read my useless posts of rambling. In love  Talk to you all again soon!

October 26, 2011

The Son of Neptune

I promised a review, didn’t I? Well, here it is! My book review for the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Enjoy!

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Summary:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name.Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

 
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes od Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Stars: 5

Rate: 9.5

Pros: Well, I love Greek mythology. It’s just so interesting and exciting. There are so many back-stories and secret tales. Rick Riordan crafts such a unique blend of the mortal world and both Roman and Greek mythology. The characters in this novel really come to life, and I love how Riordan didn’t wait on the romance this time around. I love a little bit of romance mixed in, if it’s done right, and here, it definitely was.

Cons: It ended! I have to wait another year for the next book. Realistic cons? I think Riordan did open up a lot of loose ends that he left opened. Of course, there’s another sequel, so I can’t be too picky.

Overall Recommendation: This book was well-written and it reminded me why I love Rick Riordan’s books so much! If you like mythology or have read any of the Percy Jackson books, you’ll love this series. It’s got the components of Percy’s series – including him! – with more added to flesh it out.

I know I’ll be buying the next book as soon as it comes out. Here’s a little bit of the prophecy from ‘The Son of Neptune’ about the third book, ‘The Mark of Athena’.

Wisdom's daughter walks alone,

The mark of Athena burns through Rome.

October 25, 2011

Another day in paradise . . .

So, I’m currently reading ‘The Son of Neptune’ by Rick Riordan and loving it! I’m seriously in love with this book. It has such a rich storyline and the most unique characters. My obsession with Greek mythology may deserve some credit for my love of this book, too, though.

I’m hoping to have a review for you guys on Thursday, seeing as I’m almost done reading and I have a half-day on Thursday. I’ll have a bit more time to just relax and chill Smile

Some things you should know . . .

  • Hunter Hayes’ new album is golden. I’m in love with him and his music. No questions asked.
  • Rascal Flatts is going on tour this winter, and their opening acts are Hunter Hayes and Sara Evans, so you know it’ll be a great show. Get your tickets, and you may see me!
  • Read ‘The Son of Neptune’! Right now! Go buy it!
  • You obviously have problems if you haven’t gone to Barnes and Noble or ticketmaster yet. Go! Now!

If for some outlandish reason, you can’t do any of my orders . . . erm, I mean, suggestions, then enjoy some music from The Maine below. Listen to the lyrics and find the meaning. Hint: It’s really not about a simple girl in a simple world.

She could be money, cars, fear of the dark . . .

 

Stay happy, live free, don’t regret anything.

~The Writer

October 20, 2011

Freeeeeee, free as we’ll ever be . . .

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Hey guys! I know it’s been a few days, and you’re probably starting to think I only blog ever few million centuries when the moon is full and that certain shade of blue that isn’t quite gray, but certainly not cerulean.

Or you think I’m crazy, which I will fully agree to, but don’t expect me to try and change that. I’m stuck like this till my very last breath!

So, my volleyball season is ending quick, and I’m finding my schedule’s a bit more freed up. I’ll have time to blog, write more, and occasionally get more than seven hours of sleep per night. (I’m sorry, but it’s just not cutting it anymore!)

I recently started another blog of sorts, but it’s not like this one. It’s letters from people to others. It’s a chance for everyone to say what they have to say and not care who reads it, because it’s anonymous. Interested? Go to http://www.dearyou---sincerelyme.blogspot.com to learn more! I’d love for my followers to follow and view that site, too! Smile

That’s all for today. I’ll have some sort of inspirational post for all of you tomorrow night, hopefully. For now, stay hopeful, keep smiling and rock on Winking smile

October 14, 2011

Oh, high school girls . . .

Yes, I have fallen prey to the down sides of high school. The elbow-juts in the hallways, the insane number of assignments and homework (wait, you mean that’s due next Friday, right? Oh, this Friday? As in, two days from now? Oh, all right. I see.) If the awkward side-steps and eternally dislocated shoulders weren’t making themselves loud and clear, the smack in the face today definitely did.

It was a run-of-the-mill volleyball practice. Or, no, not really. We had to start practice late so the JV/Varsity girls could get their gym set up and ready to go after the assemblies that had taken it over for the day. It was already raining outside, sending breezes of water into our gym and making it awfully chilly, if I do say so myself.

So, for those of you who think volleyball is just an intense version of ‘keep-it-up’, it’s really not. I wish so. To give you the jist, there are three positions. Outside, middle and setter. The ball goes to an outside or middle, is passed to the setter who then hits it to an outside or middle and they (hopefully) smack it down over the net.

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There’s a rough picture for you. To practice, we split into two groups for hitting drills. The middles go on one side and the outsides on the other. Setters set us the ball, we hit it over. Simple, right? Yeah, if only it could be a tad bit more easy.

Anyway, that long, rambling explanation probably wasn’t needed, but you’ll understand why I was practicing with girls I really don’t like that much and not my friends on the team. I am a middle, along with four other girls out of our twenty-person team, so there’s a difference. While I was making my approach (running to the net with fancy footwork) I felt the ball hit the back of my 0511-0902-0418-3910_Black_and_White_Cartoon_of_a_Kid_Getting_Hit_in_the_Face_with_a_Volleyball_clipart_imagehead. It happens. I was like, ‘eh, whatever’.

And then it hit my neck.

And my shoulder.

And then a voice said, “Crap, I missed.”

Then, it hit my head in the back. Yeah, she didn’t miss that time.

It’s one thing for your friend to be funny and toss the ball at you, but to have a girl you know doesn’t like you throw the ball at your head repeatedly . . . not the best feeling in the world. I tend to have trouble controlling my anger, too. Honestly, get me started and I won’t stop. Being a writer gives me quick and easy access to thousands of metaphors and similes that I can throw out for hours on end. I just won’t stop.

So, this post isn’t to bash the bully. It isn’t to make you feel sorry for me and run over with a box of tissues. It’s just to show that we all have bad days or people that annoy the crap out of us. In case my post wasn’t as lighthearted as you expected and now you’re feeling depressed, enjoy this picture of a psychotic kitty!

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Still not feeling lighthearted and fluffy? This kitty’s head sure does.

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Bye for now, bloggers! I’ll see you all next week! By the way, check out my new site, http://www.dearyou---sincerelyme.blogspot.com!!

October 7, 2011

Oh my gosh. Why didn’t someone tell me?

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I was just on Facebook, looking at awkward pictures and reading stupid statuses when I saw a post from my boy, Hunter Hayes. HE'S RELEASING HIS ALBUM EARLY ON HIS WEBSITE! A 72 HOUR LISTENING PARTY! This boy is gorgeous (just look at him), genius . . . I'm hopelessly in love with him :) So, go to http://www.hunterhayes.com and start listening. hunterhayes04-x600Embed the words into your brain. Remember the glory, because this kid is going to go far. He's going to take the world by storm, I'm promising you.

That's it for now! I've got to go listen to Hunter and breathe in his music!! Open-mouthed smile

A Letter to a “Bio Buddy”

Dear Seth,

You’ve completely changed all of my expectations for high school. Do you realize that? On that first day, you were a brief brush.

iwasenchantedtomeetyouLiterally. We were in biology, just the freshmen that day. You had to stand next to me to see the fish tank, and your skin was like fire against mine. It was a butterfly feeling, really. When you turned to face me, we were only a centimeter apart. You blushed and whispered, “Sorry.”

I didn’t know you were in my study hall block, Seth. I didn’t know I’d be counting the moments until I’d see you again. Every study hall was a game of laughter and secret smiles. You’re such a golden boy. You ask how the teacher’s day is going, compliment everyone and do what you’re told. To top it off, you’re a wrestler and have the muscle to show it, and you’re brilliant.

Do you have any flaws, Seth? Or is this all just an act? Walls you put up to keep people from really seeing you? I’ve been trying to figure you out for weeks now. You’re always so happy, so carefree. I wish I could be like that.

I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I like you, Seth. I mean, obviously, you’re sweet, caring and cute. Liking someone though . . . liking them to the point where it could become love . . . I don’t know if I’m ready to join your fan club. You’ve got girls blushing and giggling around every corner. You’ve even got poor Miss Rivera tongue-tied.

If I only saw you, I wouldn’t have these feelings. You’d just be another boy in my classes. It’s more though. In biology, you lean your chair back and let your head fall on my desk while I read, watching me with your light grey eyes. Once I reached out and ran my finger over the top of your head while you sat thee. Your hair was so soft, Seth.

When we were in study hall, the juniors and seniors were giving you a tough time for talking to me. They weren’t being mean, really, just annoying. They kept asking if we were friends, and I wanted to know the answer as much as they did. Maybe more.

You gave me a smile and said, “We’re bio buddies.”

Maybe you were only thinking about biology class and how we sit so close to each other, but I started to think of more. Bio means life, Seth. You basically said we were buddies for life.

Of course, you probably didn’t even realize that. Still, I wouldn’t mind being bio buddies with you.

Seth, you’re this whirlwind of a boy. I know you’ll be voted ‘Most Popular’ and ‘Nicest’ in the yearbook. I know you’ll have the whole graduating class on their feet when you walk across the stage in four years. I know you’re going to go far, Seth.

Why am I hesitant then? Why don’t I just accept that I like you and be done with it?

Because I’m not ready to be a follower. I see the way girls look at you. Even the sophomores in our biology class trip over their feet to see you. There’s already so many girls chasing after you.

Then there’s the small fact of my friend, Nathan. We’ve been friends for years now and I really started to like him. It doesn’t matter that his last relationship ended in flames or that he doesn’t even recognize my feelings. . . I can’t give up on him, Seth. I just can’t.

I’m giving you the choice. Either let me in and know the real you or just let me go. I’m not ready to add my name to your fan club, Seth. I’m sorry, but I can’t. I’ll need more of a reason to.

Love,

The girl who can’t love you

October 6, 2011

The Son of Neptune!!

So, in case you haven’t heard, don’t know or just really don’t care . . . I wanted to let you all know that Rick Riordan released the second book in the ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ series! It’s titled ‘The Son of Neptune’ and focuses on Percy Jackson and two new characters, Frank and Hazel.

I haven’t gotten the chance to buy the book yet. It came out on October 4, but I’ve been too busy to even think about it until now. This four day weekend is going to be spent catching up on me-time and reading the books my teachers detest.

Have you read ‘The Son of Neptune’ yet? Want to read it? Comment and let me know your thoughts on Rick Riordan and the books he’s written. If you haven’t read any, I really advise you to read ‘The Lost Hero’! It was definitely my favorite, and if you need more reason to read, check out my review. (Just scroll down the right side of my blog and click on the little link that says ‘book review’)

Happy Columbus Day weekend, everyone! Stay happy, live free.

September 19, 2011

Blogging with Windows Live!

So, this is my first time to try and blog with Windows Live on my new laptop. I’ve never used the program before so I’m hoping it works and posts correctly and all that. This is mainly just a test post, but feel free to comment with your feelings about Windows Live if you’ve ever used it! Smile

September 18, 2011

'Mazin Music Sundays . . . LADY ANTEBELLUM

So, while I wait for my homework to download to my computer (why are all of my teachers so internet-obsessed these days?) I decided I should at least keep up this daily bit of music for all of you.

This song is called 'Dancin' Away With My Heart by the wonderful Lady Antebellum. It's a song of young love and the one who got away, or at least that's how I saw it. It's such a sweet song, and from such a great, new album.



Go buy yourself their newest album, Own the Night, and listen to the other wonderful songs! Hope you all have a good week, and I'll see you next weekend when the smoke clears!

September 15, 2011

I'm still alive . . . somewhat




High school is tiring. It's that tired that clings to your eyelids from the second you wake up to the moment you lay your head down that night. With my alarm clock going off at six every morning and volleyball ending at five, it's a long, nonstop eleven hours in between. Then there's homework, dinner and of course, I've got to socialize with my family at the very least.



It's not all bad, though, I guess. I feel a lot more freedom in high school than I did previous years. It's just a long day, you know? You can feel the past changing and the future looming ahead a lot more. People change, and so does life. It's one of those things that happened to sneak up on me.



This post is mainly to let you guys know that I won't be posting as often. I'm really sorry, but it's just not possible. Once things calm down, I'll be back to my usual schedule and I'll make sure to get my "Dear Friend" letter up and going and keep the "Mazin' Music Sundays" alive!



For now, you can expect a post per week, at best. Comment on my posts to let me know you care if you read this, by the way! I'd love support from fellow high-school go-ers. Until next week, though, I must say ciao!




By the way, check out Lady Antebellum's newest album "Own the Night"! My personal favorite off the album is "Cold as Stone", especially the musical bit at the end!

September 11, 2011

I'm back!

I realized today that I've been missing since August 27 . . . so sorry about that guys! I started high school on the sixth of September and it's been a whirlwind week since then. In my four days of school, I managed to get only one late so far! I'm hoping that's an achievement on my part.
So, today is September 11. I'm sure that, wherever you are, whoever you may be, you know what happened on this day ten years ago. A terrorist attack on the United States led to the falling of the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) and ended so many lives too soon. Even in those moments of sorrow, our country came together to save those that were still breathing, mourn for those who weren't.



When I see videos of the towers collapsing and burning, my heart breaks. Those tiny dots you see hurtling out of windows and to the ground below? God, it's just so, so sad.

We all have different views on 9/11. Maybe you lost someone, maybe you didn't. I didn't lose anyone I knew, but I was only in kindergarten. What about you? Where were you the day the Earth stood still?

While you dwell on the past for just a few moments, here's a favorite song of mine by the wonderful Toby Keith.




Stay free, Americans. Live happy.

August 27, 2011

A Letter to a Friend

I just made the decision that once a week, I'll write a letter to someone and post it on this blog. Of course, I'll change names and such. The letter may not always be to a friend, too. This week, I'm writing to someone I met and can't seem to get out of my head . . . if you know what I mean.


Dear Nathan,


Remember when everyone thought I liked your best friend? At first, I did. It wore off, though. He could be annoying, in all honesty. The time I spent with both of you . . . people thought I was trying to get close to him, but I wasn't.

I started to love your quirky little facts and gorgeous eyes. You made me laugh and smile more than I had in awhile. We started hanging out more and more, with our friends, of course. Still, though, you made me feel like we were in our own little world. It was a magical feeling.

When we went to that camp at the end of the school year, everyone was having fun. We played tag in the pool, snuck off to the gazebo and spent the day together. When you risked detention to sit next to me on the bus (boy-girl seating was frowned upon!) my heart fluttered.

Was I just a speed bump? Something to stop at and pay attention to, but only for a moment? I really thought we were going somewhere, thought we were becoming something.

And then, a week later, my friend was texting me to tell me you asked her out. I played the role of a good friend, patching up your arguments and letting you two be happy. It broke me inside. It broke my heart into pieces that nothing could put back together. When she broke up with you, I waited. I gave you time.



We were at your friend's house the other day, and I thought of telling you. It's been months since you dated her. Would it be too soon for me to tell you how I really felt? We were talking when you looked at your friend and then at me. You pointed to me, made a heart and then to your friend.

Can't you forget about him? I don't love him, and I never will. I want you to be my friend again, Nathan. Can't we please be friends, like we were before I liked your friend and you dated my best friend?


Please,


Ashley



August 26, 2011

It's Friday, Friday, Friday!

Yeah, who would've guessed? I'm a closet Rebecca Black fan.

No, not really. Although, her songs are catchy.

Anyway, I decided to post today about what's been going on. The blog's been updated. I took away a few widgets, changed the template and switched a few things. What do you think? Does it look better now than before? If you have a scroller along the bottom of your screen, you can view my whole blog by changing your zoom percentage to 80% in the bottom right-hand corner. It won't let me change it, so sorry for that.

I'm glad that my twenty followers are nice enough to check in on my blog every now and then. Tell other people about this random blog of ramblings, too, guys! I'll be reviewing books, giving advice and showing you the latest in the music world.

School's starting soon for me, but I hope to be on often. Don't forget to stop by and tell me how your first days are going, no matter what grade you're going into.

It's time for me to go, but I wish you a good last weeks of summer and the best of luck in school!

August 25, 2011

And the storm rolls in . . .


Isn't that picture gorgeous? I like to think so, seeing as I took it. The sunset was really pretty that night in Jamaica and I just couldn't resist capturing it.

Well, that's pretty much the happiest part of this post. These last few days have been eventful and chaotic in my house. I started volleyball on Monday and had a good time, but during practice yesterday I got my foot caught in someone's open duffel bag and twisted my ankle.

It was a lovely trip to the doctor and then to get x-rays done. Turns out, my ankle was sprained, and now I get to wear a lovely little ankle brace for the next week or so. I guess I really shouldn't be running without looking down every few seconds, right?

My sister had to go to the doctor today for what looked like a tick bite. She was diagnosed with lyme disease, but she'll be all right. It just needs a good dose of medicine every day for the next two weeks. She doesn't seem to mind too much, so I'm guessing she's feeling the same as she usually does.

The icing on this wonderful cake of pessimism? There's a hurricane heading for my state, and it's supposed to be pretty bad. I hope it's a little better than expected. I'm crossing my fingers and the toes I can!

Hope all of you are having a better week than me, but hey . . . after every storm comes a rainbow!

By the way, what comes after a hurricane? A firework/rainbow/unicorn explosion? I hope so!


August 21, 2011

I promised pictures . . . .


Here are pictures from my trip to Jamaica. I think the little captions and pictures themself will do a better job of explaining and showing you guys what my week was like. (And yes, I know this is my third post today . . . don't judge me!)



Here's me, my dad and my little sister playing volleyball in the pool. I practically lived in that pool all week!

A heart I drew in the sand on the beach. I tried to get a picture when the water washed up, but it just looked like half the heart was missing. :(


They have these super pretty bright flowers in Jamaica. I saw one outside of our room and took a picture. It's brighter in real life, but still so pretty!



Glass bottom boat! We went out and got to look down at all the fishies swimming around out in the ocean. It was really cool!




There was a Sesame Street parade, with tons of costumes, drummers and cool stuff. You can see Elmo on the left side of the picture!



One of the instructors jumped off the boat when we went on the Glass Bottom Boat and picked up prickly starfish and put them on his head. Eeekk!



Another picture of the boat and the beautiful beach!


I'll have some pictures of the sunset and whatnot later. They're on my dad's camera, because I forgot to bring mine the night we walked on the beach. Check back tomorrow to see some really pretty sunsets!



'Mazin Music Sundays . . . HUNTER HAYES

Listen to the boy who's currently on tour with Taylor Swift. He can play over thirty instruments, started performing at age four and has the cutest songs.



If you like him, go buy his four songs on iTunes! He really deserves any fame and publicity he can get. He's so sweet!

Back in the States!

Yes, I have survived Jamaica and made it home in one piece. It's an awful big accomplishment if I do say so myself. My trip was good, but not excellent. It was pretty, yes. There were pools, yes. The ocean was clear, yes.

Was there internet access? No. Was the hotel service magnificent? No. Was snorkeling awesome? No.

That last one is mainly for all of the people that told me to go snorkeling.
"You'll have fun!"
"Don't be a wuss; go and snorkel!"
"So, you're just going to be lazy and sit on the beach all day?"

I went snorkeling to please those people, you know. It was terrifying. The water was rough, I couldn't see a thing and, the icing on the cake . . . I cut my foot on the coral! Three pretty little pieces of purple coral were lodged in my foot, and I had to go to the hospital nurse to get one removed. The other two are still in my foot.

All in all, though, it was a good trip. It was really nice to just get away from everything, you know? You're probably wondering what else I did. (Did she really get coral in her foot and that was it?) I did a ton of stuff, and I'll be posting pictures soon.

Have a good Sunday, guys! I'll post some music for y'all later!! :)

August 8, 2011

The friends we make, the lives we shake

After reading Tangled by Carolyn Mackler (check out the review, guys!) I realized that our lives are all based on a million chance meetings . . . like the people I met at the Taylor Swift concert a few nights ago. Or the friend I went with. Maybe I'll never see those new people again, or maybe, one day they'll replace that friend I went with. It's all so random . . . this life, this world.


Without friends, we wouldn't be the people we are, right? We all have friends, different kinds with their own little quirks. I decided to write a post about those friends, or, about my friends. Maybe you'll be able to relate, maybe not.



My Best Friend:


We love the same music, books, snacks . . . we're practically twins in some aspects. Despite that fact, we do have our differences.


She loves softball, I'll always be a die-hard volleyball fan. She goes to a personal trainer, I go to the gym. She doesn't like to write short stories, I live off of them.


So, we have our differences. The key to our friendship though: we let things be. There's no arguments over stupid things, no begging for sleepovers, no persistent text-messaging and calling. We talk when we want, say what we want to say and do what we feel like. Friendship should come easily (that's not to say it's all butterflies and rainbows, you've gotta make an effort); if you've gotta really work at it, it's time to leave it.



The Know-It-All:

We all have that friend, right? Either they're always getting top grades or they know about the latest gossip, and they flaunt it. It can get annoying sometimes.

My friend is super-smart, and she doesn't let me forget. While, sometimes, I want to narrow my eyes and stick my tongue out at her, I just remind myself that she might know all about math and reading, but there's stuff she doesn't know.

Keeping things light lets us stay friends with each other. We don't argue and we don't get annoyed when the other wins (whether that be a geometry final or a writing contest). Friends shouldn't argue over the little things. So stop yourself if you find yourself bickering without reason.


The Butterfly:


I once heard about a girl being described as a butterfly, no faster was she tacked down than she was escaping and running off. My friend reminds me of Bridget from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She can't be tied down.


Not by a boyfriend. Not by a friend. Not by anyone.


I used to try and keep a leash on her, but there's no point. Friends like these come and go, and you just have to let yourself have a good time while it lasts. They come quickly, but they leave oh so soon.


So, enjoy them. Let them in, but know they will go. Butterflies can never stay forever, you know.


Here Tomorrow, Gone Today:




She laughs at your jokes, agrees with your decisions and makes you feel like you could be friends forever. Then, suddenly, you're realizing she wasn't always like this. She used to be mean, used to be evil.


People change in the blink of an eye. One second, they're an enemy and then . . . they're an ally, standing beside you. It all changes so much, though. I once had a friend who promised me forever. When the tide shifted and the sun stopped shining. . . friendship's a fickle thing. It comes and it goes. It rains and it snows.



Here's a poem I wrote after the fallout of a really, really long friendship:



Our Friendship’s Fall

Friendship is built from
Love, hope and trust.
When we’re little, it’s formed
From faith and pixie dust.

It’s supposed
To be strong.
It supposed to
Last long.

So why didn’t ours?
One day, it was there.
Now it’s gone.
This doesn’t seem fair.

We were so close;
I knew your dreams.
You knew my wishes,
But nothing is as it seems.

Was I just a toy?
Something to be thrown away?
Is it because I changed;
Stood up for myself that day?

You promised that we would
Be best friends forever,
So why has our friendship
Suddenly been severed?

We’re both at fault;
We can both be blamed.
Honestly, though,
I’m not ashamed.

Our friendship was rocky,
Before this whole mess.
All because you started
To care about it less.

Our texts were short,
And you stopped calling.
When I wanted to make plans,
You were always stalling.

I backed up,
And I stepped away.
I promised myself my emotions
Would no longer sway.

I’m sorry I really saw you,
For what you truly are.
You were no longer my friend;
No longer a shining star.

Friendship is built from
Love, hope and trust.
When we’re little, it’s formed
From faith and pixie dust.

None of that matters, though,
When you’re only acting.
Your lies and the stories you wove,
They’re all so impacting.

I’m turning away,
And ending it now.
I can’t do it any longer,
So go ahead and take a bow.

Don’t bother calling.
It’s over, once and for all.
I’ll try not to remember
Our friendship’s fall.



It hurts, doesn't it? When suddenly your 'best friend forever' is defriending
you and deleting your phone number from their contacts. It comes down to one
question though: Do you really want to be friends with someone who can erase you
so quickly?



The Friend of the Opposite Sex:


that you almost always wind up falling for. Yeah, I've got one of those. Actually, you know what? I've got two of them. I let myself fall in love with one of my closet guy friends and it was a really big screw-up on my part.


But you know what? I don't care anymore. I like him somewhat now, not as much as before. Call me all the names you'd like, but I even find myself leaning closer to my other guy friend. The thing is, I know nothing will ever happen between us. It makes me feel risky and confident to lean in and brush an eyelash from his cheek.


Let yourself fall in love with that guy you hang out with all the time. If you fall, he might just catch you.


Or he might stay a friend and put a trampoline where you're going to fall.




Tangled . . . .



I realized it's been a bit since I've done a book review, so I thought . . . Hey, why not review Tangled by Carolyn Mackler? I got it at the Borders closing sale *tear tear* and read it a week or so ago.

Title: Tangled

Author: Carolyn Mackler

Summary: Paradise wasn’t supposed to suck.

Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.

It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting. It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn’t have to be a jerk just because people think he’s one. It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences. And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise….

From confused to confident and back again, one thing’s certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.


Stars: 4

Rate: 7.5

Pros: I love when books switch POVs which is what Tangled did. The book was split into four parts, each told from a different character. The twists and turns in this novel were what kept me reading. The characters were all unique, too. Definitely a good book to read when you want some juicy storylines.

Cons: I felt like just as I really began to saw who a character was, the book switched to another POV. It was somewhat annoying, I must admit. Some of the scenes in the book could've been fleshed out more, but Mackler did a decent job of describing things and whatnot.




Overall Recommendation: Read it. It can be kind of weird with the switching point of views, but it did have a strong story. It wasn't all sugar-coated gum-drops, either. All in all, a well-written book that I recommend to you.





"Whether it is clear or unclear to you the universe is folding as it should."
— Carolyn Mackler (Tangled)

August 5, 2011

Taylor Swift and Pottermore :D



It's been over a week since my last post. I didn't even realize until today! Sorry, guys. It's been a busy few days. I've been finishing up summer work for next year, catching up with friends and planning for tomorrow night. What is tomorrow night, you ask?





Why, the Taylor Swift concert, of course! I'm going with my best friend to see Taylor Swift perform in Philly tomorrow night, so if you're there . . . comment on this post, I guess, and let me know what you thought of the show afterwards!





While Taylor is my favorite singer, I must say I'm nearly as excited for the opening act, Hunter Hayes. The boy who can play over thirty instruments, had an album at 7 years old and can write the cutest songs I've heard. Think Hunter's cute?



Yeah, I know. He's such a cutie! If only I had the money to get the V.I.P. access and actually meet him before the show . . . I can wait, though. He'll be such a star that he'll have his own tour soon enough.









In other news, J. K. Rowling's newest Potter addition, Pottermore.com was opened nearly a week ago. Anyone who was hoping for early registration could go on Pottermore at certain times of the day and unlock clues where you'd have to answer a question and find the Magic Quill. I was lucky enough to get on yesterday, so if you will be joining me on Pottermore before it's public release in October, look for LightScale212!



If you're sitting there, panicking about how you forgot to register . . . you have one more day! Clue 7 is said to be the easiest of the clues, seeing as they went down in difficulty through the week. I wish you luck and hope to see you on the site when I get on! :D



Hope to see some of you at the concert or on Pottermore! I bid you farewell for now!


July 28, 2011

WE THE KINGS =D

Yep, I'm a shameless fan-girl. Bite me.




Or, you know, please don't. I don't like to be bitten by strangers. Rabies scare me.



Anyway, the title of my blog post is due to the fact that I am going to see We The Kings, Hot Chelle Rae, Downtown Fiction and a few other bands in concert tonight with two of my friends. I'm super excited.


So, I'm going to the concert, yadda yadda ya. I decided that even though it's a Thursday, I'll post a music video for you. This way you can see the band that I love so much! Here is We The King's song, Skyway Avenue.



So, that's all for now. I better go get ready for tonight! Have a great Thursday night and Friday, guys!