Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Music 26

Do you ever get scared of change?

I've been thinking about that a lot lately, what with this summer coming up and things (hopefully) changing for the better. My best friend has applied to University of Las Vegas for fall 2014 and I'm transferring to Virginia spring 2015. It will be the first time either of us has been away from our families and each other for a long period of time--and believe me, this is going to be a long time. What we both want out of life are in far different spectra of the world.

This summer, we wanted to hang out a LOT because, as stated above, we won't be able to anymore once we transfer, depending on how future summers turn out to be. But I've applied to out of state summer jobs that I'm praying I get, and they would keep me away from home from May to September, maybe even October. Now, for those who may not be sure, most colleges and universities start their semester in mid to late August. That would mean by the time I come back, my best friend would be gone.

Isn't that scary to think about? The person who's been there through thick and thin (excluding my family, but please don't think they haven't been there, because they have) will no longer be a mere short drive away. She won't be able to come over for cookie dough and James Bond marathons. Sure, we can call, but we'll be in entirely different time zones. Most of the year, I'd be three hours ahead.

But something I've realized and am holding onto as tightly as possible is this: Change brings about new normals. So sure, I won't have the same things I used to, but I'll make new friends and new memories and discover new things I didn't even know were available to me. And that's what's most important.

Now, without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Tocs the Wanderer by Applauzium. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Music 25

Hi, everyone!

There isn't much new to report. I've started applying to out of state summer jobs, which I really hope I'll be hired for. I've started plotting a new WIP--finally--because something finally clicked and I feel like I can actually start working on it. Like I finally have room for more characters in my head and in my heart.

Also, I've decided to undergo some minor revisions on HEARTS. You may/may not remember what it was like back in January, for Pitch Wars, so to give you a little recap: I decided the manuscript needed an entire overhaul, and that's exactly what happened. The plot changed, characters were removed, characters were added, stakes were raised, and the end result was so.much.better than I could ever have imagined.

This time, it's only minor things. An added scene here or there, stronger world-building to really solidify it, minor edits to make sure what I have down is what needs to be down. I refuse to give up on these nutty pirates and their crazy adventures, because they mean too much to me. I'm excited to see what the end result is.

And now, onto your Monday Music! This week's selection is called Legendary Quest by PostHaste Music. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Music 24

Hi, y'all!

Last week was spring break and it was nuts. Busy, busy, busy, with lots of new things. For the first time ever, I went skiing and discovered I'm terrible at it. I will say, however, that I'm fantastic at falling down. It's a real art, let me tell you. Also, I got a cartilage piercing in my left ear. A pretty diamond that my hair loves to get caught in, so it hurts. A lot.

On the writing front, I don't have any new WIPs to report, but I am now a part of the Write for Apples blog! Dee asked me to contribute by writing a series called "Teen Speak," wherein I help Young Adult authors hone their teen protagonists' language, thought, what have you.

"But wait," you may say. "You're nineteen, Katie! You turn twenty this year! You're in college! How could you give advice on Young Adult?"

Just kidding. It does make a lot of sense. I am in college, but that doesn't mean I don't remember what it's like to be in high school. That doesn't mean I don't have plenty to say on the subject. I also have two teenage sisters, one in eighth grade and another a sophomore.

So don't worry. I'd like to say I know what I'm talking about. And if you want to take a look at my first post to clear your mind of any doubts of my competence, click here. You won't regret it. Really.

Now, onto your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Reversal by Alexander Lo Lacono and Andries De Haan. Hope you enjoy.

Happy Monday!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Music 23

Hi, everyone.

So I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and I think it's finally time I decided to do so. And the thing I've been thinking about is taking a break from social media--all of it.

Don't get me wrong, I like Twitter and I'm a little obsessive about my email (even though my inbox scares me right now), but I've begun to notice something. The more time I spend on it, the more stressed out and depressed I feel. Weird, right? I mean, we go on social media to connect with people. I've met some AMAZING friends through Twitter and stay in contact with my critique partners and writer buddies through email.

But there has to come a time where I learn to draw a line, and I think this is finally it. So for the next week, I'm planning on staying off Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook (though I'm hardly ever on there to begin with), and email. (Although, since I'm still a querying writer, I'll check my email in the evenings only).

And I think this comes at a perfect time. I'm currently doing Lent (and if you don't know what that is, a quick Google search will clear up any confusion) so it seems like the perfect time to step back from social media. I want to get some writing done, some critiquing done, some for-fun reading done! My TBR pile is monstrous!

So this is my sayonara! My hasta la vista, baby. My adieu to you, and you, and you (at least for a week). I hope, after this hiatus, I'll come back feeling refreshed and relaxed and ready to keep going with writing and all school-related things.

And now, without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Eidolon by Fired Earth Music. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Music 22

Hi, everyone.

This is late in coming, and I apologize. An illness I thought had gone away came back a week later--a week before my spring break! So this is just awesome, because it leaves me scatterbrained and exhausted. Perfect for midterms, right?

Anyway, on to your Monday Music! This week's selection is called Take Me Away by Globus. I love the variety of the piece, and if you pay careful attention to the lyrics, they're a story in themselves (as all the best songs should be). Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday,