Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Me - I

"I Don't Eat My Drumsticks":

This is the name of my little brother's blog, and though he doesn't post a lot, I always love reading the ones he writes! He especially loves writing about games, music, and photography.


I combined these two because I think they often go together. The inspiration for all of my artistic projects is often imaginative, and therefore tons of fun to create. I use my imagination daily, from the moment I get up and ponder my current novel in the shower to the minutes just before I fall asleep, when I tell myself stories in the hopes that my dreams will finish them for me. You can make any mundane project fun with a little imagination, which helps when I want to pass the time while folding laundry or washing the dishes.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This book was almost as good as its predecessor, Divergent, which I absolutely loved. A bunch of my friends and I are going to go out to dinner in March and then catch the movie afterwards. The trailers for it are amazing. I can't wait!

It's the End of the World As We Know It by Kate I. Foley

This is the short story I wrote for the Fauxpocalypse anthology. I had so much fun writing it and couldn't get the song out of my head for weeks. Plus, it's the first story I've ever had published!


I carry my iPod with me everywhere. It's such a handy tool when I'm out and want to look something up or write something down and my computer isn't nearby. It also has all my music on it, which is a necessity when I'm writing. I often use the mail app when I want to catch up on my e-mails whenever I have a few minutes, or check my Twitter and Pinterest accounts. (I also want to give a little shout-out to the song "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons, which was a huge inspiration to me while I was writing The Sorceress, and the band Imagine Dragons, which I listen to on a regular basis.)


This is the name of the homeschool group that my mom set up, and I'm so glad she did! Without it, I never would've met my best friend, Kirsten, let alone all of the other amazing friends I have today. Even though a lot of my friends who started out homeschooling have gone to public school, they often come to the park with us during the summer and make sure to keep in touch via text or e-mail.


Isabel is my (sort of) middle name, and I absolutely love it! There's actually a funny story as to why I have it. When I was little (maybe four or five), I was under the impression that since Max's middle name is Perry, mine was Perry, too. When my dad broke the news to me that I didn't have a middle name, and that Perry was only Max's, I started crying. A little bit later, my mom and dad told me that they had thought about giving me the middle name Isabel, and asked if I would like that. Of course I loved the idea, and the name, and have used it ever since, even though it's legally not my middle name (yet).

Isabel is also the name of the main character in my newest WIP, Sing a Song of Raindrops, which is a YA fantasy novel. She usually goes by the nickname Izzy, though. (Click HERE to see my Pinterest board for it, if you're interested. Lots of cool pictures there.)


(I totally stole this one from from Max. He couldn't believe I didn't think of it myself, but I couldn't resist using it once he'd mentioned it.)

The internet is pretty freaking amazing. We have instant access to all the knowledge in the world, and then some. We can communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime through a thousand different websites. We can create videos that go viral. We can download music with the click of a button. We can share ideas and inspire people to create their own, all with a few taps of the keyboard. I can't imagine a world without it.


Dr. Mark said...

I'm the only lame one who didn't think of the Internet. Maybe it's because I'm sick of dealing with the router/modem issues. Who knows?

Totally sweet that you included Max's blog. I loved that. For the record, I'm looking forward to accompanying you and all of those teens to see "Insurgent." Great recap of the great Isabel debacle of 2004 (or somewhere thereabout). Excellent song references. I can dig it.

Great use of your imagination/inspiration!

Boquinha said...

I love that you put your brother's blog there, too! So sweet. I really love your paragraph about inspiration and imagination. I love to hear how your mind works. I like how you snuck in a couple of other "I" words for a song and a band, too. :P

The Isabel Pinterest board looks a little dark. I blame Supernatural! also, thinking back on that story about your middle name, I can see that you have always been a feminist at heart. I grew up without a middle name, because the thinking was that women get married and take their husband's names and then their maiden names become their middle names. I love how forward thinking you are. :)

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Jimmy said...

I mentioned this on your mom's blog, but I love your choice of middle name!

And I'm so glad you appreciate your imagination. I've found as I get older, I seem to have less of it. The other day my older daughters were making fun of me and one of my younger daughters about a make believe game we'd play that always started with my younger daughter saying, "Pretend I'm an orphan, and your name is Jacob, and..." It made me miss the imagination of young children and the fun we'd have imagining we were on great adventures.

Emily Foley said...

You are the sweetest for putting your brother's blog on your list. Seriously.

I thought your parents had legally changed your name! I'm surprised it hasn't been done yet. Funny.

I feel like I might die without the internet every day. It's such an amazing thing.

Cait @ Paper Fury said...

Insurgent is AMAZING. I think it's my favourite of the three. Although, pfft, they're all like 5-stars so it's hard to pick favourites. XD INTERNET IS LIFE.
And Isabel is such a wonderful name!! SO many of my favourite characters are named Isabel, actually, from Isabelle Lightwood in City of Bones to Isabel from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. So clearly it is a name of pure awesome. ;-)

Taylor Lynn said...

What a great list! I think it's cool you've got your brother's blog on here, and iPods are certainly awesome. (Mine's an iPod NaNo, so it doesn't go online like yours does; however, it's full of awesome music perfectly tailored to my tastes, so obviously I love it!)

That's also an interesting story about your middle name, haha. And I know, it's weird to think of what my life would be like without the internet! It's become so much a part of our society, and a part of my life specifically. My life would be way different without it, that's for sure. (And just think--I probably would never have met you! *gasp* The horror!)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Dr. Mark Ha ha, that is definitely a valid reason to be sick of it. :P It hasn't been that bad recently (though I don't want to jinx it).

I'm excited, too! It looks totally action packed. I can't wait. :)

"The great Isabel debacle." XD That could be a chapter title in my memoir.

@Boquinha There were just too many things that started with "I" once I got thinking about it! I had to fit them in somewhere.

Hey, I've been writing dark stuff even before "Supernatural." Although that has been an inspiration for me for this particular novel. ;)

Ha, I guess you're right. I just didn't understand how come Max had a middle name and I didn't. I'm giving all my kids middle names when I grow up.

@Jimmy I like it, too. :)

That sounds like a great game! Max and I would have "stuffed animal adventures" all. the. time when we were younger. We'd play for hours and make up all sorts of personalities and new worlds and different jobs our animals had. We can still remember the name of each one to this day.

@Emily Thanks! :)

Up until a couple years ago, I thought it had been legally changed, too. ;)

I know, right?!

@Cait They're all so good (with the exception of like the first half of Allegiant but I don't like to focus on that). :) And I feel like movie adaptations are getting so much better as time goes on!

Ooh, Isabelle Lightwood! I hadn't even thought of her. Pfft, it's totally a name of pure awesome.

@Taylor Lynn Music is definitely the main thing I use it for. :) I love making playlists for my books. Doing that and naming my characters are two of my favorite things about starting new novels.

That's one of the most vivid memories I have as a little kid, strangely enough. XD

When we first moved to our house, we didn't have wifi for a few weeks. It was a little terrifying going back through all of my e-mails and unread blog posts. I'm so glad I can use it anytime I want now. ( :O That's so weird to think about! I'm just as close to my online friends as I am to my IRL friends. You guys make me smile every day.)

Taylor Lynn said...

Internet friends are lovely, aren't they? You're pretty fabulous yourself, and I'm glad we "met". :) Thanks for being awesome!

The Magic Violinist said...

@Taylor Lynn Aww, thanks! :) Right back at you!

Boquinha said...

I'm telling you. We are so behind on so many things. We've had this on our "To Do" list for a while!!