Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I went to my first school dance this past weekend! :) I'm homeschooled, so I don't normally have the opportunity to go to prom or anything like that unless someone invites me to their school, but my friend TJ asked me to go with him to his Homecoming at the beginning of the month.

My parents were awesome and helped me pull together everything I needed. My dad and I spent the entire afternoon going to every single shoe store within an hour from our house to find shoes that were preferably not heels (because ew, who would be able to dance in those for more than like ten minutes), and my mom arranged for a friend to do my hair and makeup. We even did a trial run two nights before the dance just to make sure everything went smoothly.

I guess in my area of Pennsylvania, Homecoming dresses are traditionally short, but I found this long blue gown that I loved, so I said to heck with it and made it work. It's TARDIS blue with silvery sequins in the middle. My mom and I were looking for shoe/purse/wrap color ideas, and bright red looked great with the dress. Then I realized that someone else looked fantastic in TARDIS blue and bright red.

So not only did I end up going with red accents, but then I fell in love with the idea of doing hair and makeup like Peggy Carter.

And the theme was classic Hollywood, so the vintage look totally worked!

This was from the trial run.
And this is from the night of! Desiree did an awesome job with hair and makeup.
You can see the curls in the back here.
Scout was fascinated by my makeup. She kept trying to lick the lipstick off.
We took approximately a bazillion* pictures before we left.
With Max.
With my (probably extremely tired from tons of shopping) parents.
With TJ. He almost wore suspenders to complete his eleventh Doctor look, but apparently they were against the dress code at his school (???). Once we got there we counted at least a dozen guys wearing suspenders though, so he was really mad for not just going with it.
With TJ and his friends.
With TJ's parents.
With my parents again!
TJ got me a wrist corsage that was super pretty and totally went with the dress.
The tickets looked awesome, too.
TJ hates this picture because we caught him mid-laugh, but I'm never letting him forget that it exists.
At the dance.
The dance was LOUD. I was losing my voice by the end of it trying to talk over the music. But the decorations were cool because there were old-fashioned movie posters up everywhere along with gold stars. They even had a station with Polaroid cameras so you could take pictures. I got to meet a bunch of TJ's friends from band, and we all danced lots (like dorks, of course). We ate marshmallows dipped in chocolate and managed not to get any on ourselves.

We even survived the "grinding circle" (which is apparently a thing now and is exactly how it sounds). We didn't go through it on purpose, but there was a conga line going by, so we joined the train, and whoever was leading it thought it would be a good idea to go DIRECTLY THROUGH HELL. And then everyone proceeded to DISPERSE into the crowd of people grinding on each other. So of course after TJ and I managed to escape, we both at the same time said, "It's like the maze in Harry Potter four when it's closing in on them!"

'Cause we're nerds.

So yeah, it was tons of fun. :) I'd totally go again if I could!

*a totally real and valid number.

What were your school dances like? Any crazy stories? Leave a comment!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time Lady Fashion

Posting about anything even remotely related to fashion or clothing is a first for me, but I was inspired by Loot Crate to post something involving geeky fashion. Which is the best kind, obviously. ;)

Loot Crate is a company that sells subscription boxes of geeky goodies with different themes. Want something fangirl based? They have a crate for that. How about something for your dog? If I had all the money in the world, I'd be buying several of these.

Anyways, onto the outfit! It's "Doctor Who" themed (surprise surprise).

This "Doctor Who" dress has to be one of my favorite finds from Hot Topic.

And this poster is just awesome!!! I found it at a local Comicon. How cool would a tenth Doctor movie be?!

You can see the designs a lot better here. Cybermen, Daleks, the TARDIS, 3-D glasses, various catchphrases, and more are patterned on the dress.

Because you totally wanted a picture of my face this close. Here you can see my TARDIS blue eye shadow and (sort of) glittery blue mascara.

I wear my "don't blink" earrings on a near daily basis.

One of my best friends got this necklace for me, and it's so cute! It has the TARDIS, a TARDIS key, and a sonic screwdriver on it.

And a TARDIS blue bracelet to match.

So that's my go-to cute/casual "Doctor Who" outfit. :)

What geeky/fangirl attire do you have? I'd love to hear about them!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Wrap-Up

Books I Read

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


The concept for this was soooo good. But it could have been executed better. I liked the unique take on time travel, but I was confused on it for most of the book. The beginning was pretty good, then it got slow, then it rushed through the end. I'm not sure I'll go to the sequel. And I liked Nicholas and Etta mostly, but Etta felt kind of bland, and for some reason I just didn't ship them together? I felt like I was supposed to! I was too apathetic about it in general to give it a higher rating.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson


THIS WAS SO GOOD. I'm sad I didn't read it the year everyone was raving over it because now I'm late to the party. I didn't really know what I was getting into except that everyone was saying the writing was amazing, and that is spot on. The whole time I was reading it I was caught somewhere between OMG-I-want-to-make-beautiful-art and I-need-to-quit-writing-because-I'll-never-be-this-good. Apparently Jandy Nelson studied poetry in college, which totally makes sense. The whole book oozes poetry. And the characters are super quirky and messed up and fantastic to read. It also made me crave doughnuts.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Look at me finally reading a book I said I was going to read for like four years! I really, really liked it. I needed something fluffy, so this was the perfect fix. The characters felt real and flawed, and I shipped it hard. I do think it could've been a little shorter toward the end. They had some nice twists, but the last hundred pages or so felt like it was the same problems being presented all over again. I could've done with a little less "will-they-won't-they" at that point. But a cute romance set in Paris? I was so happy.

Movies I Watched

"Florence Foster Jenkins"


Considering this movie was based on a true story, it's a very odd, unconventional situation with eccentric characters. It was really funny and not at all your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Simon Helberg was really great in his role, even though he wasn't one of the protagonists. There were a few times when I was confused on what was going on mostly because it seemed like they were expecting you to know the characters' backstories because they were real people, even though I had no clue who they were when I was watching it. That could have been handled a little better.

Quotes I Wrote

No one can possibly explain the depths of Lila's heart that filled with love, overflowing with it until it consumed her whole being. Magic was nothing, compared to this. She was on fire, and for once, she liked the heat.
-'Til the Last Star Dies

Maybe it was the fact that the girl who had every reason to be in pieces was doing her best to hold Lila up. Maybe it was knowing that this, Melody's smooth skin sliding against Lila's, was fleeting. Maybe it was hundreds upon thousands of years of exhaustion finally causing her creaking bones to start cracking.
She finally had reason to work up the courage to let go.
Maybe this was an eternity worth giving up forever for.
-'Til the Last Star Dies

Lila wiggled her fingers, though the chains didn't allow for much more motion than that. “You have to make me drink it, no matter how much I squirm and protest. It'll get worse as it goes on, but I have to drink all of them.”
Nodding, Melody bent down a little beside her. “Okay. And—if this doesn't work, I just want you to know—”
“Nu uh,” Lila cut her off, and to Melody's surprise she actually smiled. A genuine smile. “None of that. We're not gonna do a cheesy YA romance scene, all right? Nothing's gonna happen to me, you said so yourself. Let's just get this done.”
-'Til the Last Star Dies

Obsessions I Acquired

"Waitress" - If you haven't heard this musical yet, you're missing out. Sara Bareilles wrote some of the songs, and the whole album totally sounds like her style. It's upbeat and hopeful and funny in some of the songs. It's also super catchy. "When He Sees Me" is constantly in my head.

"This Is Us" - Holy plot twists, Batman!! From the very first episode, you're hooked. This was one of the new TV shows my family decided to try, and with it only being two episodes in, it's remarkable how obsessed I am with it. Their pilot should be the definition of a good one.

Picture of the Month 

Can we take a moment to appreciate how adorable my dog is as BB-8? She loves her new Halloween costume!

How was your September?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

7 "Facts" About YA Novels that are as Accurate as Ron Weasley's Divination Predictions

YA novels get a bad rap. There are certain people who will raise an eyebrow and tilt their chin up like they've just gotten a big whiff of garbage that's been stewing under the August sun when you mention that you like to read young adult novels. Most of these people are adults who are sadly misinformed about the nature of YA, but there are some teens who will avoid it at all costs and only dive into dusty classics* in an attempt to appear more sophisticated.

This is really unfortunate. There might be some hesitant YA readers who blow off the entire genre simply because they read yet another article or blog post talking about how YA is XYZ (x, y, and z all being negative descriptors). And 99% of the time, those wild claims about the young adult genre are just blatantly untrue. Remember Ron Weasley's divination predictions? The ones he plucked out of thin air and tried to pass off as true proclamations? Yeah, that's about as accurate as these "facts" I've heard about YA.

*I don't have anything against classics. Classics are wonderful. But if you only read classics, you run the risk of speaking like Elizabeth Bennet in everyday conversation, and some people might not take that so well. Or should I say, "Certain persons may not be so kind as to accept that sort of evolved speech when speaking to your peers in the modern day."

1. YA novels aren't well written.

YA novels are written in a different style than most adult books, but that doesn't make them poorly written. Are some of them bad? Absolutely. But are all adult books well written? Not by a long shot. I think most of us can agree that while James Patterson sure can tell a good story, he isn't the best writer in the world.

Some of the most beautiful books I've ever read have been YA novels. Let me share a few quotes from those books to further prove my point:

"Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves." - Cress by Marissa Meyer

"I know a thousand different smiles, each with its own nuanced shade of meaning, but I don't know how to reach the few feet away to touch this person next to me. I don't know how to talk to him. Not when it's real." - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

"'Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,' I say. 'Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.' Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things." - I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

"Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something." - Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

"Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you." - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Shall I go on?

2. YA novels are just about the romance.

First of all, so what if they were? If you like romance, you know where to go. If you don't like romance, avoid them without trashing them. Everyone deserves to like what they like without shame.

Second of all, I beg to differ. Lots of YA novels may be romances or have romantic subplots, but that's not all they are. For example, I can't remember there being a lick of romance in Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, or Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

There are lots of options within the YA genre: science-fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopian, mystery, thriller, contemporary, gothic, coming-of-age, magical-realism, paranormal, steampunk, and romance. Etc. 

3. YA novels are for lazy readers.

I'm sorry, what? Please explain to me how this is true. Because they're simple? Some are and some aren't. There are still aspects of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare that continue to boggle my mind. Her world building was so complex, I sometimes had to reread certain sections

Maybe it's because they're quick to get through? Again, this isn't always true. Let's take a look at the 800+ page novel that is Winter by Marissa Meyer.

And even if a "lazy reader" did pick up a YA novel, isn't that fantastic? Isn't reading something better than nothing?

4. YA novels aren't really books.

Do YA novels have pages? Are there words on those pages? Are they glued together in a way that you can turn said pages? Do they have covers and spines? Are you able to read them? Are they available at bookstores and libraries? Oh, so they do check all those boxes. Okay then.

5. YA novels are predictable.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Allow me to name a few YA novels containing plot twists that almost made me gasp aloud: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Just to name a few.

Again, some YA novels are predictable, but it's not fair to say all of them are!

6. YA novels don't deal with real world problems.

I'd like to start by saying that just because a problem portrayed in a YA novel doesn't specifically relate to you, it doesn't mean that it won't relate to other readers. Everyone has different issues they have to work out through their teenage years. This might vary based on your family dynamics, culture, demographic, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, age, school, or any other number of things. One of the wonderful parts about books is that there's always something for everyone!

So YA novels absolutely deal with real world problems. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green deals with love, disease, and mortality. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli handles identity, social dynamics at school, and anonymity on the internet. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins tackles corrupt governments, family, manipulation, war, privacy, PTSD, reality TV, freedom of speech, and rebellion.

And maybe a certain issue doesn't seem like a big deal or even "real" to you, but it could be very real for others.

7. YA novels are just for kids.

When a comment like this is clearly meant to be mocking or demeaning, I find this extremely offensive to children and teenagers. We're not "less than" adults, nor are adults "less than" teens. No matter our age, we're equals as human beings, and we all have positive attributes to bring to the table.

Adults have wisdom that teens and kids can't even begin to fathom, because we haven't had those adult experiences yet. We're still learning, and adults can help us along the way.

That being said, teenagers often have revolutionary ideas that older generations don't always take the time to acknowledge as being valid. Just because something is new or presented by a younger person doesn't mean that it's bad.

Children are creative, innocent, and open-minded. They haven't be exposed to all the prejudice and hate that there is in the world. We could all learn something about kindness from four-year-olds.

So when YA novels are portrayed as being "just for kids," it's rude and untrue. YA introduces tough topics in accessible ways and provides unique entertainment that can be just as enjoyable to adults as it is to teens.


Bottom line, nobody should have to defend YA novels in the first place, because you don't see anybody doing that with adult novels. Feeling guilty for loving something is a terrible thing. Just remember for every person who looks down their nose at YA, there are dozens of bloggers who are raving about it from the rooftops.

As always, I want to hear what you think! Do you agree with the points I made? Disagree? Leave a comment! :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Sense-ational Blog Tag

I'm sorry, I had to make that pun.

I was tagged by Engie at "Musings From Neville's Navel" for the Five Senses Tag. For each sense, I write down five things I love (five things I love to see, hear smell, etc.).

Here we go:


1. The color yellow
2. Falling snow/the untouched blanket of snow in a yard that makes you want to run through it and leave footprints
3. Fall leaves
4. Adorable animals
5. A full, colorful bookshelf


1. Campfire/smoke
2. Baking cookies
3. My Sherlock candle
4. The pages of books (especially old, mass market paperback ones)
5. Coffee

Now I'm hungry . . .

1. Sushi
2. Peanut butter cups
3. S'mores
4. Anything with cheese
5. Portuguese shrimp turnovers


1. Theme songs from my favorite TV shows
2. A group of violins all playing different parts of the same song so it harmonizes and just sounds all around amazing
3. Laughter
4. Frantic typing because someone's just been hit with inspiration
5. Thunderstorms


1. My dog's fur after she's just had a bath
2. Fuzzy socks
3. Someone when you're hugging them
4. Flour
5. Stuffed animals

Tag, you're it! Do the tag in the comments or steal it for your own blog. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Super-Secret-Special-Summer Project

I launched something today that I've been planning for months now, and I'm so excited about it.

You and me both.
Click here to find out all about it!

Was all of this a little mysterious? Good, it was supposed to be. What do you think about my super-secret-special-summer project? Leave a comment! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Beautiful People Linkup--September

It's time for one of my favorite posts again! That's right, Beautiful People! It was created by Cait at "Paper Fury" and Sky at "Further Up and Further In" for the purpose of writers getting to know their characters better through a series of questions each month.

For September, I'll be answering the questions for the three protagonists of my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, The Family Business. The three characters are Angelica (the oldest sibling), Theodore (the middle child, who goes by Teddy), and Sloane Cooper (the youngest). The Cooper kids are part of an extended family who run an interesting business. Assassins for hire.

Here we go!

1. How did you come up with this character?

When I was planning my next NaNo novel, I knew I wanted it to have two things: family dynamics (specifically with siblings) and food. The food part was easy, but creating an entire extended family took a little more time and effort. I started with my main three siblings and made sure that each of them had unique, compelling personalities.


2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

None of them have ever been truly starving, though money does get a little tight at times. Usually they all eat together for dinner (yep, all fourteen of them), which is a big meal of something simple and filling. Very much meat and potatoes.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

Angelica is an excellent, new, full-time assassin, if she does say so herself. She's stealthy, quick, and neat, the perfect combination.

Teddy is an artist. He can sketch or paint beautiful, creative portraits of people with ease. However, his family doesn't approve of such things. Art distracts him from the assassin business too much, which he has no intention of going into.

Sloane is the best orchestrator of Graveyards & Ghouls, which is a roleplaying game she's been obsessed with ever since she was old enough to understand words. There's hope for her yet in her family's eyes, but she's disinterested in the business, as well. She's not against it like Teddy is, but she can't seem to muster up the motivation to train to be part of it.

4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

For Angelica: Her siblings' irresponsibility, people who don't take her seriously, losing something of hers.

For Teddy: His family's cavalier attitude towards life and what it means to take someone else's, constant noise, art being dismissed.

For Sloane: Broken promises, being ignored, not being able to get a pet dragon.

5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favourite?

Angelica likes overcast weather because the darkness helps to conceal her. Springtime is best, because the weather is cool enough to make her assassin gear bearable to wear and there aren't any leaves on the ground or snow to worry about making loud crunching noises.

Teddy has always been a fan of fall, when the weather is mild and the colors are bursting. It makes for great inspiration.

Sloane loves winter. Everybody is cooped up inside anyways, so no one can get mad at her for not getting out enough.

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

Angelica would pride herself on being Gryffindor for her bravery and daring, but she's actually a Slytherin. She's more ambitious than most in her family, and the cunning it takes to be an assassin can't be ignored.

Teddy is a Hufflepuff, through and through. Patient, loyal, and dedicated to his principles, he really couldn't be in any other house.

Sloane is a Ravenclaw. She may not be as motivated in certain areas as her family is, but she's unbelievably smart and witty. When there's a problem, she's the first to offer a logical solution.

7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

Angelica is all about the future, all about the next step, the next job. She barely takes a second to breathe and allow herself a victory before moving on.

Teddy also worries about the future, but in different ways. He doesn't like the direction things are going with his cousins and siblings. Having so many people in his own family obsessed with such a gruesome career scares him.

Sloane's young, only thirteen, so all of her present problems seem gigantic, even when they're really not that big of a deal.

8. What is their favourite thing to drink?

Wine for Angelica. It makes her feel more grownup.

Tea for Teddy. It calms him.

Whatever's closest for Sloane. She's not picky and it's the quickest.

9. What is their favourite color? Least favourite?

Bright, bold red for Angelica. When she deals with so much of her life in blacks and grays, it's a nice change.

Teddy likes blue, because it's calming and peaceful. Blue skies are his favorite.

Greens and purples are Sloane's favorite. Something about the colors are a little offbeat, like she is, and fun.

10. What is a book that changed their life?

Angelica doesn't have time to read with her job, but on those rare occasions when she does pick up a book, it's something related to assassin training.

Teddy reads journals and essays by other pacifists urging rulers to end unnecessary wars and trying to persuade assassins to go into different careers that give more to the community.

Sloane has a worn copy of The Encyclopedia of Dragons tucked beneath her bed that she reads almost nightly. It has beautiful illustrations, detailed instructions on how to care for a dragon, safety tips, descriptions of the dragons, etc. She's always wanted a pet dragon, but her mother forbade it as having one is dangerous, and Angelica is extremely allergic.

What sorts of things would you like to see more of in books? What are your favorite stories with sibling dynamics? And if you get the chance, go link up with Cait and Sky for Beautiful People!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

I (ever so politely) stole the Coffee Book Tag from Lara over at "Another Teen Reader." If you haven't yet read her blog, do so now. It's fantastic.

And now, as I sip my own coffee, let's get on with the tag.

Black: Name a series that's tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Two come to mind right away: A Song of Ice and Fire and The Mortal Instruments. Just look at how big and intimidating those books are! And there's so many of them! Not to mention the first book of each can be preeeetty slow with all that set up. But man, there are diehard fans. And some slightly defensive fans for TMI. Well, I say slightly . . . You so much as mention not having a 5-star opinion of one of the books and prepare for the possibility of being cornered by a very angry Shadowhunter. I feel like each day that passes where the next Game of Thrones book hasn't come out yet results in rising anger for fans of the series. I'm surprised no one's trying to break down his door to pull a Misery.

Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

Definitely Shiver. You feel cold when you're reading it, and everything about it just screams winter. I mean, look at that cover!

Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children's book?

I won't say Harry Potter, because everyone knows that already. Books that especially stand out from my childhood are the Magic Treehouse series and the Thoroughbred series. I could read a book from each series in one night, and sometimes I'd devour four before bed. Each series easily has 70+ books, and I know I read tons of each before I outgrew them. It got to the point with Thoroughbred that I'd already read every copy the library had, so I started buying the next books online and donating them.

Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Non. Stop. Action. So much time travel and mystery and aoisdjglkjd I can't rave about this book enough. I'm pretty sure I've bought copies for at least two of my friends' birthdays.

Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

I'm pretty sure I'm a horrible bookworm for even admitting to not having read this book yet. Every book blogger I know has either read it or heard of it. Why haven't I picked it up? I DON'T KNOW. I need to, that much I know.

That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.

Eep. I'm not sure I even know of any indie authors . . .

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

I was super excited for this book because, hello, it's Supernatural. But it was basically really bad fan-fiction that couldn't even get the facts about how Sam and Dean looked right. #Disappointed

The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

Let's talk about If I Stay here for a second and ALL THE FEELS it gave me. I would be laughing one second and crying the next, but I loved every minute of it, even when I closed the book as a blubbering mess. The movie was fantastic, too.

Tag, you're it! Comment a few responses or steal this tag for your own blog. How do you like your coffee? (I like creamer in mine, preferably a flavored kind.) If you don't like coffee, what's your hot drink of choice? Tea? Hot chocolate? Cider? (Because cider should only ever be hot. Otherwise it's just apple juice.)