Welcome to the Future

Hello everybody, from the other side of 2015! This is my first post of the new year, so hello and welcome to all of you lovely people :)

To be honest, 2014 wasn’t my best year. There was both good and bad, but it definitely leaned more toward the bad. But either way, I’m incredibly grateful for a new start. And even though it’s just a calender year, and it doesn’t really mean anything, I want it to. I’m going to make it mean something. So happy 2015!

Of course, this was the faraway year that Marty Mcfly traveled to in the future in Back to the Future Part 2. And no, we don’t have flying cars or any of that. But we have the new T-Swift album, 1989, and that’s almost just as good. ;)

To welcome the New Year, and bring in all the good luck I can, I wrote a haiku. Hope you enjoy!

The New Year has come

The world has passed in moments

Fast as your heartbeat

Observe the mourning

But also, celebrate this

Great life of ours

Best wishes! x

National Novel Writing Month: 2014

For those of you that don’t know, this year I’m trying my hand at National Novel Writing Month for the first time. It’s very exciting, writing at such a capacity every day. It’s stretching my limits, both mentally and physically. I haven’t been sleeping well these last 17 days, but oh well. It’s so completely worth it, to see such progress. I was nervous about this whole deal, about the pressure, but things have been going well. I haven’t had a total mental break-down. I’m not completely addicted to coffee….yet. As of today, I am 62% finished with my novel. It is such a thrilling concept, and the words flowing from my fingers (I type, you see) are not all terrible. So that’s a plus.

Besides, the cold weather has arrived! Winter is my favorite season, and I love to feel the chill in my bones. The bitter wind in my hair. Also: Christmas socks. Because Christmas is the most amazing thing ever to happen to this world. 20141116_160902

So I’m just going to curl up by the fire and write. In a perfect world, I’ll meet my word-count and go above and beyond my goal. (FYI: this is not a perfect world.)

If you too are participating in National Novel Writing Month, for the first time or the fifteenth, I would tell you to believe in yourself. The words are inside of you, just waiting to come out and bleed onto the page. Don’t doubt yourself or your abilities–you are doing this because you need to be. Because you have a story that needs to be told. You are stronger than any obnoxious word-count, even if you’ve fallen behind. You’ve got this.

60 Little Tips That Can Change a Girl’s Life

Love this :)

SERENDIPITY AND CREATIVITY

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One small step for girls, one giant leap for womankind.
  1. Download a banking app.
  2. Drink more herbal tea. It will save your life.
  3. Making your own coffee/tea instead of buying it will make you a rich woman.
  4. Always have at least 6 chap sticks stocked up.
  5. Check out thrift stores. You may have to wash things three times before you get the old lady smell out, but it’s well worth it.
  6. Never buy cheap jeans.
  7. Buy cheap sunglasses instead.
  8. Don’t chase boys.
  9. Wrinkle spray and a hair dryer erase all need to ever use an iron for all of you lazy ironers like me.
  10. Wear slippers when you have to drive in heels.
  11. Wear slippers when you’re travelling.
  12. Wear slippers at all moments that it’s even slightly acceptable to wear slippers.
  13. Spend a little extra money on your make up; it’s so worth it.
  14. Get running sneakers that are actually…

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A Feeling

Participating in National Poetry Month (NaPoWriMo) has been such an exciting experience for me. I have enjoyed the challenge of writing a poem every day, and it has helped me grow as a writer. My greatest wish is to portray a feeling to my readers. I want them to live my poetry right along side me. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this as much as I have. :)

Grave Mercy, Brittany, and My Exciting Opinions

I’ll admit, when I started Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, I was skeptical. I mean, I had never read a book about female assassins before, so that made me wary, and I was even more concerned by the fact that it was set in Brittany. (In case you’re wondering, I know nothing at all about Brittany.) I looked up ‘Brittany’ on Wikipedia, and was sad to hear that it had become a part of France. After all poor Ismae went through!

The book was incredibly fast-paced, with only a few moments of dull travel. It was full of danger and mystery, laced with hints of romance and desire. Medieval Brittany is quite the place to be! LaFevers does an excellent job of portraying the characters’ emotions and feelings, telling the story through the fresh eyes of seventeen-year-old assassin Ismae. She is a complicated character, as are they all. It makes you wish you could prance around in a fancy silk dress sometime. (As long as the outfit was complete with daggers and a pearl hairnet laced with poison, of course.)

And just so we’re clear, nothing that I’ve said or shall say will give anything away. My lips are sealed.

I am excited to see a slew of books coming out that are both YA and adult-appropriate. If you get the chance, please go out and read this book!!

Aren’t you so glad you read this? Isn’t your life completed by my rambling? If not, I’m sure you’ll find some other way to go on about your life. Even if it will be sorely missing out on my awesomeness.

Stay tuned for a fabulous month of poetry and book reviews. :)

-Renee

The Many Reasons I Love the Irish

The Christmas Spot

Saint Patrick was such an inspirational, influential man. When he was only sixteen, he was taken from his home in Great Britain to become a slave in Ireland. He lived there for about six years before he was able to escape and return to his family. Can you imagine experiencing such a horrible ordeal? Being ripped away from your family and friends, being uprooted from your entire life, to become a slave in a place completely foreign to you. But what makes his story even more amazing is, after becoming a cleric, he returned to Ireland to teach the Gospel. 

Legend says that Saint Patrick taught the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by using a shamrock as an example. Because the shamrock is one plant with three leaves, it was an excellent illustration of the Christian teaching of three persons in one God. Another legend credits Saint…

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Love and Hate, War and Peace: Valentine’s Day

I feel like we focus on romance too much on Valentine’s Day. It’s all about the flowers and the chocolates and the romantic gestures. But there is so much more to love than romance! And besides, for the single people out there, it’s like a knife in the side that’s being twisted around and around. Love is NOT all about romance–it’s about all of these things, too. Things I think we tend to lose sight of a lot.

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What would we be without these things? We would be cold and inanimate. Life would be colorless! It’s these things that make the world a better place. By extending the hand of friendship, we establish bonds between us. By forgiving, we strengthen those bonds. By being devoted, we show our belief in those bonds. And by loving our friends and family no matter what they do, no matter what happens, we shine a little bit more light into the world.

“Love will carry you all lengths.” -Nancy from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens