Archive | November, 2012

Website Wonders: I Write Like

30 Nov

So I was randomly searching the web when I found this website: I Write Like.

Basically, click on the link, and you can paste any kind of text that you have written into the box. After that, click analyze, and it shows what famous writer you write like. I pasted in the most current novel I have written, even though it was a “just-for-personal-fun” piece.

Check out this website yourself, and see who your inner-famous-writer is.  

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!


Movie Mention: Lawless

27 Nov

I saw this bootlegging gang movie when it came out in theaters, so I’m very excited the DVD is released today!

Living during the Depression, the three Bondurant brothers run Franklin County, Virginia with their illegal alcohol sales. But when corrupt eyes fall on their successful money, Forrest, Howard, and Jack must rely on one another in order to fight off a mob willing to kill. Soon, one is severely wounded and another must prove his bravery or lose everything, including his family.

Lawless is a movie that will keep you guessing, drinking, and loving your family in the most difficult times.

Watch the trailer here.




26 Nov

So this Sunday, I checked my favorite site (read what I said about it here), and I found this little gem:

I think this is FANTASTIC, because it gives me the chance to ask you this question:

Are there any novels, poems, or plays which make you feel closer to someone in or out of your life? Why do they make you feel that way, and how do you think you could incorporate it into your writing?

Reading and writing makes me feel closer to my late mother every time, because we shared a passion for it. However, she loved Star Trek and cheesy romance novels the most. I remember staring at the covers while she read, wishing I could read too. When I write, I try to incorporate that passion.

Your turn!




TV Time: Alaska Marshals

25 Nov

Hey all!

I’ve been enjoying the family time at home recently, but I thought I would share some cool information with you.

During my family reunion (not the ENTIRE family, but more than I normally get to see), I saw family from Pennsylvania and Alaska. We caught up, ate a lot of food, and, most importantly, spent quality time together. During our talks, however, we all sat back, turned on the television, and watched one of our own on the tube.

My cousin is a U.S. Marshal (great guy who deserves a lot of praise for his hard work and dedication), and he is now on the Discovery Channel show, “Alaska Marshals.” These marshals do what they do, chase down the bad guys, and arrest them, but they also do it in the Alaskan elements.

I’ve seen the first episode. It’s intense ! Watch a clip via YouTube here.

So cuddle up on your warm couch, and watch these brave marshals partake in hunting down some seasoned criminals in the cold. Get more information here & an episode guide here.

Hope the holidays have been wonderful for everyone, and here’s a picture of my reunion: my grandma, three uncles, two aunts, four cousins, brother, dad, and a great time! 



22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving !! 

As cliche as it sounds, be sure to take a moment today and remember what you’re thankful for. I know I am thankful for my loved ones and living.

But I have another challenge for readers and writers! 

Think of your favorite novels and why you are grateful for them. What made you fall in love with the characters? How were you transported there? Why did you read past the first page? 

Maybe, when you REALLY think about it, you will surprise yourself with the elements of writing you truly appreciate. 

Again, Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels,


Movie Mention: Skyfall

19 Nov

Last night I didn’t get out of the theatre until 11:30 p.m. because I went and saw Skyfall, even though I’ve been slightly ill. (Hopefully that goes away in time for Thanksgiving!) But was it worth it?


I’m not a HUGE action-movie fan, or a fan of James Bond being blonde-haired and blue-eyed, BUT I did like this movie. The villain reminded me of the Joker, and the movie wasn’t short of classic James Bond lines (or cheesy lines either). But, all in all, it was really entertaining.

I definitely recommend this flick for family movie night (since it is PG-13) or even date night (since not all lovers necessarily want to see Breaking Dawn.) Plus, who doesn’t like Daniel Craig??

Go to the official site here.

P.S If you REALLY love spies, and you want a YA novel to read: check out Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls Series. Check out the first book, I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You here.


Relax & Read: Beautiful Creatures

16 Nov

I was going to save this post for the future, but I couldn’t stop myself today, because I somehow just found out that this YA novel is ALSO being made into a movie. (Comes out in February of 2013)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will transport you into the magical south the moment Lena Duchannes moves into the small town of Gatlin. Once she is there, Ethan Wate, a boy who’s always wanted to leave, suddenly wants to stay, because he is tortured by reoccurring dreams of a past he couldn’t possibly have lived–with a girl who couldn’t possibly be Lena.

Cursed by her sixteenth birthday, Lena will be chosen to either be of the light or the dark, and Ethan is dangerously standing by her side through all of it.

This novel is fantastic! And it is a series.

So check it out if you love the southern mystery of magic, love, and secrets held in darkness.

Check out the book series here.

Watch the movie trailer here.


Movie Mention: City of Bones

15 Nov

So…I’ve written about how much I LOVE Cassandra Clare’s YA series, The Mortal Instruments (read about what I said here), and a movie adaptation comes out August 23, 2013. So, yes, I know this is WAYYY early, but I couldn’t help myself.

The teaser trailer came out last night, and here it is.

Watch it! Maybe you’ll be just as excited as me or you’ll pick up City of Bones next time you’re at the store.

Happy reading, watching, writing, and entertaining!


Relax & Read: A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics

13 Nov

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts–I’m in my last month of this semester, so I’m swamped with final tests and projects. Thank you for understanding!

Second–”A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics” by CA Conrad!

One of the perks of being here at the University of Kansas, is getting to meet wonderful and inspiring authors (and poets) such as CA Conrad. That’s right. CA Conrad came to my Poetry II class and sat down with us. During the session, we talked about writing, themes, theories, history, crystals, volcanoes, and just about anything you were willing to open your mind up to–WHICH is exactly what this collection of poetry and (soma)tic assignments  encourages readers to do.

This collection is not for the closed-minded.

In this daring collection, you will find yourself reading challenges you never expected, words that tempt you to redefine your relationship and understanding of your own body–That being said, I really encourage readers to pick up this book and flip through it. Since there are many writing prompts within the somatic assignments, maybe you–as a reader and writer–go beyond your usual spectrum of reality, break out of that writer’s block, and build yourself into something more with the artistically thriving self.

Click here to read more.


Website Wonders:

8 Nov

Today marks one week since NaNoWriMo began, yet most of you (my readers) know by now that, although I am an author, I don’t participate. Again, I’d like to clarify that I think NaNoWriMo is a WONDERFUL concept and event for writers to challenge themselves while also coming together. But today I wanted to open your eyes to another event you may not have heard of.

NaJoWriMo: National Journal Writing Month.

It’s real among journalists–I promise.

I’m a HUGE advocate of journaling. I think we can all learn a lot about ourselves and others through taking the time to slow down and truly let your words take over your conscience. I journal every day–and every day, I learn something new about myself. In fact, I surprise myself on a regular basis, especially when I sit down to write about one topic and end up writing about something else all together.

SO…I was thinking–how can I encourage bloggers and writers to not only journal (if they don’t already) but to share their words and to connect with others that share their words? is a FANTASTIC website.

Basically, you can keep an online diary, anonymously or not, and post entries where other writers can read and/or comment on your everyday life. There are plenty of websites like this, but, as I looked around, I found that seemed to have the biggest community and easiest format.

So check it out by clicking one of the links above! (You can even type a private one, so it is just for you).

Happy NaNoWriMo and NaJoWriMo!

A small collection of my journals I’ve kept and completed throughout the years.

P.S. As an extra, here are some of my favorite lessons that I wrote which surprised me as they formed on my pages:

…It’s hard to say, but the time of darkness held me in a formed thought of emotion so raw that I had no choice but to feel what I was feeling.

…A part of me wishes I was that strong. Another part of me knows I am. Another PIECE of me is afraid to accept that.

…Maybe I just tell myself I loved you or that we loved one another so that I know I’m capable of loving someone and being loved.

…the consistent flow of water makes me envy the steady stream in a sense that I, too, wish that my words were like rain—constant—consistent—refreshing.



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