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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Reading List

Addicted to reading? Of course I am.
I hadn't read much until March 2012. My Sophomore English teacher gave us a challenge... if we read more book then her in that term, she would give us extra credit for every book more then her. Since I enjoyed reading I was going to take up the challenge. I knew I could do it! I read seven books that month... I really liked adding onto my list, it made me feel accomplished. I ended up reading sixty six books this year, 18,276 pages in total. I visited the library yesterday to get ready to start my reading list for 2013. I got: Pretty Little Secrets, Beautiful Chaos, Rules of Attraction, and Forever Summer. Now for my 2012 reading list... I recommend all!



2012 Reading list Started 3/5/12




                                                                                                                           pages date finished

1. Pretties................................................................................................................. 370 3/17

2. Chicken Soup for the Teenage School -School................................................... 272 3/17

3. Beautiful Creatures.............................................................................................. 563 3/21

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth............................................................................ 310 ?

5. My Girl 2............................................................................................................. 179 3/23

6. Amazing Gracie................................................................................................... 214 3/18

7. Walk Two Moons................................................................................................. 280 3/21

8. Wings................................................................................................................... 294 ?

9. The Dead Tossed Waves...................................................................................... 404 4/12

10. Spells................................................................................................................. 359 4/13

11. Night.................................................................................................................. 119 4/27

12. Beautiful Darkness............................................................................................ 503 4/23

13. Illusions............................................................................................................. 375 5/7

14. The Dark and Hallow Places............................................................................. 374 4/30

15. Sixth Grade Secrets........................................................................................... 201 4/30

16. Pretty Little Liars.............................................................................................. 286 5/9

17. 13 Little Blue Envelopes................................................................................... 317 5/11

18. The Choice......................................................................................................... 272 5/18

19. The Boy in The Striped Pajamas........................................................................ 216 5/21

20. Flawless.............................................................................................................. 303 6/6

21. The Orange Houses............................................................................................ 147 6/7

22. All The Broken Pieces........................................................................................ 219 6/8

23. The Butterfly Clues............................................................................................ 325 6/13

24. Last Night I Sang to the Monster....................................................................... 239 6/21

25. Wintergirls.......................................................................................................... 278 7/3

26. The City of Ember.............................................................................................. 270 7/5

27. The Demon's Lexicon.........................................................................................322 7/14

28. Leaving Paradise................................................................................................. 303 7/15

29. Darkhenge........................................................................................................... 340 7/20

30. Perfect................................................................................................................. 298 7/23

31. Twisted................................................................................................................. 250 7/25

32. Unbelievable........................................................................................................ 335 7/28

33. Thirteen Reasons Why......................................................................................... 288 7/30

34. Broken Soup......................................................................................................... 216 8/2

35. The People of Sparks............................................................................................. 338 8/3

36. Feed....................................................................................................................... 236 8/7

37. The Everafter......................................................................................................... 248 8/10

38. The Summer I Learned to Fly................................................................................ 216 8/11

39. Lost Voices............................................................................................................. 291 8/ 15

40. Alt Ed...................................................................................................................... 198 8/19

41. Just Like That.......................................................................................................... 233 8/25

42. Looking For Alaska................................................................................................. 221 9/4

43. Silhouetted by The Blue.......................................................................................... 200 9/7

44. Easy......................................................................................................................... 163 9/8

45. The Beginning of After........................................................................................... 425 9/14

46. The Good Girl......................................................................................................... 163 9/16

47. Saving June............................................................................................................ 322 9/26

48. If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period.............................................................................. 216 9/27

49. Wicked................................................................................................................... 310 9/30

50. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone............................................................................ 277 10/7

51. Stoner & Spaz........................................................................................................ 169 10/7

52. Killer...................................................................................................................... 321 10/13

53. Defining Dulcie...................................................................................................... 165 10/14

54. Heartless................................................................................................................. 274 10/24

55. Wanted.................................................................................................................... 259 10/28

56. Thirsted................................................................................................................... 305 11/9

57. Other Words for Love............................................................................................. 354 11/9

58. Ruthless................................................................................................................... 338 11/26

59. Faking 19................................................................................................................. 210 11/29

60. Jane........................................................................................................................... 365 12/2

61. Speak........................................................................................................................ 198 12/5

62. The Summer I Turned Pretty.................................................................................... 276 12/ 13

63. Mister Deaths Blue- Eyed girls................................................................................ 330 12/17

64. Under The Banyan Tree........................................................................................... 185 12/19

65. The Education of Hailey Kendrick.......................................................................... 256 12/25

66. Stoner & Spaz 2....................................................................................................... 209 12/29



TOTAL PAGES: 18,276

YouTubers I LOVE!

JENNA MARBLES

Jenna, Jenna, Jenna. Oh my how you make me laugh. I love Jenna Marbles because she will say what ever she wants to and she doesn't even care! She just lets it all out! She is so creative and  humorous and I love watching her videos. My favorites would have to be the "What girls do in the bathroom/ What boys do in the bathroom, What girls do while driving/ What boys do while driving." It just cracks me up! And if you haven't heard of her I promise you will love her. Just search JennaMarbles on YouTube! Do it! :D
Jenna


KINGSLEY

Ohhhhh my gosh. Kingsley... what can I say about Kingsley. I can watch his videos alllll day long and not get bored. Especially is question/answer videos. He is just so funny! I want to meet him and accidentally get locked in a room together so he would have no other choice but to entertain us with his humor! The best thing about him is his humor and the second best is that he is gay! I love gay guys, they are just the best to be around, they're always so funny with the best personalities! Go watch Kingsley, like, right now. You will love him forever.
Kingsley

PEWDIEPIE

Ohhh you don't play video games? Well neither do I and I still love watching Pewdie because he is just so hilarious and his cute little voices and face just keep me entertained. Pewdie has so many catch phrases I still don't know which one to say! "Barrels!" "Bro fist!" I just can't choose. But really. Pewdiepie records himself playing games like Amnesia, Happy Wheels, and a ton more. He is funny, If you like video games AND humor then watch his videos. Seriously. 
Pewdiepie! "Bro fist!"

CUTE POLISH

I have an addiction to painting my nails and CutePolish helps feed my addiction. The thing that bugs me the most about her is that she NEVER show her face in any of her videos. But she is way pro at doing nails and a lot of my ideas come from her. If you ever want to do your nails super cute look her up ;D
Hawt design!
GIANNY L

This chick is freakkin skilled. Like it's crazy. She can take a piece of fabric and turn it into an article of clothing within minutes. I want her to come and make all of my clothes. If any of you ladies out there really really want to make some of your own clothes I would definitely suggest subscribing to her page. She is sooo skilled it's not even funny. My mouth has hung open while watching a few of her videos. This chick would kick butt in any kind of clothing competition. And another plus is that her tutorials are easy to understand and follow! 

GiannyL


Any YouTubers you suggest? C:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Reccomendations

Beautiful Creatures
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
My Girl 2
Amazing Gracie
Walk Two Moons
Wings
Night
Pretty Little Liars series
13 Little Blue Envelopes
The Choice
The Boy in The Striped Pajamas
The Orange Houses
All The Broken Pieces
The Butterfly Clues
Last Night I Sang To The Monster
Wintergirls
Leaving Paradise
Thirteen Reasons Why
Broken Soup
Feed
The Everafter
The Summer I Learned to Fly
Lost Voices
Alt Ed
Just Like That
Looking For Alaska
Silhouetted By The Blue
Easy
The Beginning of After
The Good Girl
Saving June
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Stoner & Spaz
Defining Dulcie
Other Words for Love
Faking 19
Jane
Speak
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Mister Deaths Blue- Eyed Girls
Under The Banyan Tree
The Education of Hailey Kendrick
Stoner & Spaz 2

Le Post of Freaky, Fun Facts!!

I don't know about you, but I like reading facts... maybe you do too?

1. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
2. Natural gas has no smell. The smell is added for safety reasons.
3. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
4. Ninety percent of all extinct species are birds.
5. At birth, a giant panda is smaller than a mouse.
6. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink in quicksand.
7. Lobsters can regenerate their legs, claws and antennae if these parts are pulled off by a predator.
8. A jiffy is an actual unit of time. It is 1/100 of a second.
9. Statistically you are more likely to be attacked by a cow than a shark.
10. Raindrops are not really shaped like drops; they are perfectly round.
11. Every five seconds, a baby is born.
12. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood over 30 ft.
13. A dragonfly lives for one day.
14. Mickey Mouse received 800,000 pieces of fan mail in 1933.
15. There are 18 doctors in the USA called Dr. Doctor, and one called Dr. Surgeon.
16. The longest conga line had 119,986 people in it.
17. You shave your birthday with more than nine million people.
18. The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet.
19. Lightning is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
20. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
21. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
22. Leonardo Da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.
23. Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because Donald does not wear pants.
24. Athletes in the ancient Olympics competed in the nude.
25. Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
26. Cleopatra was Greek, not Egyptian.
27. Coca Cola was originally green.
28. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
29. The USA creates nearly 20 percent  of the world's garbage.
30. Bread was used as an eraser before rubber erasers were invented.

(Facts gotten from Giant Book of Cool Stuff)


Friday, December 28, 2012

Blog Hop!


Week 28: THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

There are the books everyone had heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Rebecca Lamoreaux. You can learn more about Rebecca on her blog, http://rebeccalamoreaux-anauthorinprogress.blogspot.com/

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book?

A: The Children of Eliza: Unearthed.

2: Where did the idea come for the book:

A:  I just stared writing and as I kept writing the ideas just popped into my head. It's weird to think of it like that, ideas just coming to you. People are always like: How can you do that? I am not creative enough to do that! Yeah... so pretty much it just came to me. I was inspired!

3: What genre does your book fall under?

A: Sci-fi/ fantasy. It takes place in the 1600s but objects from the future are brought into the past C:

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

A: That is a hard one to answer. Since my main character has bright red, curly hair it would be hard to find someone that looks like that. Someone will have to dye their hair!  This is really really hard... I don't know many teen actors. I want a teen actor since my main character is 16, I hate when a actor/actress in their 20's plays a character that is in his/her teens. So I have no idea how to answer this question.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A: After Ruby Reddings brings her sister back to life her whole world turns upside down.

6: Will your be self-published, represented by an agency, or published through an indie publisher? (Or How do you plan to have your book published?)

A: My book was self published, in an earlier blog post I posted the information about that :) 

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A: Started in September 2011 and finished in July 2012 so 11 months :)

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A: I started writing the first page after I had started reading the book Saphyre Snow by Marcia Lynn McClure. The description on the first page inspired me to start writing. Saphyre Snow was the whole reason this book was written.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: This book is aimed towards the YA audience and I myself am a young adult. A YA book coming from a YA is pretty unique I would say :) My book is extremely awesome so you should read it ;DD Heh ^-^  But really for this question I don't really have anything ._. 

I tagged Lexie Miller... She's a young aspiring writer, her writing is GREAT btw ;DD Check out her answers here ----> :D http://penandchocolate.blogspot.com/

No Regrets

No Regrets is a book idea I came up with around August-October. I had started reading a lot of book about life. About people who have a hard time but in the end things always turn out ok. For example: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Broken Soup, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Summer I Learned to Fly, Defining Dulcie, Other Words for Love and Speak. Those kind of books are the only kind I read now.
I love reading books that can relate to people more, books about things that could really happen. I loved finishing a book like that and being totally blown away with how amazing it was. So I decided to write a book like it. But of course when I write a book I just write with out much of a plan and the story changes. No Regrets is something that could actually happen with twists and a bit of mystery. Even before I started writing it I knew the main character would look like my sister, Jalyssa, so I did a photo shoot with her and only the best got picked as the cover photo! I want to try and traditionally publish this one, so hopefully I  can keep the cover art!
No Regrets is about a sixteen-seventeen year old girl named Capri Duvall, in the beginning of the book she finds out her best friend, Adalia Bay, has just committed suicide. Capri knows the reason why Adalia did it but she is afraid to tell anyone, especially Adalia's family, because Capri doesn't want to ruin anything between Adalia's mother and step dad. Adalia's brother has a lot to do with the suicide, when Capri starts to decide to tell Adalia's mother Adalia's step brother, Joshua, threatens her. To add to all that, Capri's little sister, Naiara, has cancer AND Capri's long lost brother, Daniel, starts entering her mind again. Capri has to put aside her fears and tell Adalia's family about what happened. She has so much weighing on her shoulders and just has to get through it all.
I have loved writing No Regrets, the writing has gotten farther then I thought it would. I am on page... 80 I think. It was written fast too. Maybe it just seems like that because I struggled on my first book. But yeah! Just thought I would write about No Regrets so you could get more of an idea about what it is about :) Now for just a little more information I think I will answer Blog-Hop questions :)

1. What is the working title for your book?

A: No Regrets. I titled it No Regrets because when Adalia would talk Capri into thing she would always say, "Capri, I am not going to make you do this, but think to the future when we are ninety years old and rotting and you think back and say 'that was the best memory ever.' No regrets, Capri, no regrets." Adalia didn't want any regrets in her life and Capri doesn't either. Since Adalia can no longer live the rest of her life Capri has to break free all of Adalia's regrets.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

A: Like I said earlier, other books I have read.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

A: Non- fiction. 

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

A: I imagine my characters as real people I know and I don't know of any actors/actresses that could play the parts perfectly. Look like the people the characters are based of are not only in a book they will be in a movie too xD

5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

A: I don't think I can explain it in one sentence. Refer to the first paragraph xD

6 .Will your be self-published, represented by an agency, or published through an indie publisher? (Or How do you plan to have your book published?)

A: Like I said, I want it to be represented by an agency :)

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A: I have no idea because it's not done being written :D

8. What other books would you compare this story to with in your genre?

A: Oh gosh, I don't know it's not like any other book I have ever read. Each book is unique in its own way!

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A: Like I said before, I just really like these kind of books so I decided I would finally write one!

11. What else about your book might grab the readers attention?

A: I would have to say how its written. Not meaning to brag, but I think this book has pretty darn good description :D Haha 

If you would like to check No Regrets out click here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/2441687-no-regrets







Thursday, December 27, 2012

Omgeee I Wrote a Book??

http://www.jessalynadamson.com/
http://www.facebook.com/JessalynAdamsonAuthor?ref=hl
http://www.wattpad.com/user/JeSsAlYn88
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Jessalyn-adamson?keyword=Jessalyn+adamson&store=allproducts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bAIFsv41Qc

On a night not long after the boy who had taken her heart left her without warning, Ruby Reddings, a poor peasant girl who knew of life only in her small, peaceful village, discovers that she has the ability to heal the mortally wounded.  In olden times and modern times, this ability is something beyond anyone’s comprehension or belief – more often than not they are persecuted.  The Children of Eliza, a tale of preternaturally gifted beings such as Ruby, is an absorbing tale of how such rare beings gather together to survive and discover the uses of their powers.


About the book: Ruby Reddings, a fey young woman who has a gift for befriending creatures of the wild, newly-bereft as her beau, discovers the extent of a supernatural gift on the night she brings a badly injured wolf back on its feet.  She believes that it was the Beast of village.  She never really believed in those legends until that night.  Soon, the Beast attacks the village, killing her beloved sister Trixie.  In a moment of extreme emotion, the power flowed out of Ruby’s lips as she kissed her dead sister on the forehead.  Trixie rises from the dead and paves the way to her unearthing the secrets of The Children of ElizaRuby also discovers a company of nine other people with abilities no one else possesses.  Seemingly, she has found a haven of people with the same type of abilities she has.  And Leonard, the boy who left her, her once and future beau, is counted among them.  When one of their number betrays them, they discover that they need to call on the matriarch Eliza to save the present and the future.  The adventures of Ruby have only begun – will she and her gifted mates survive their powers and be able to use them for the common good?


About the Author: The Children Of Eliza: Unearthed is Jessalyn Adamson’s first novel.  She unearthed the plot at the age of fourteen and continued on until it was published at the age of sixteen.  She often chose to work on the story during school hours, surprisingly she never got caught.  She currently resides in Utah with her parents and siblings and enjoys writing and reading. She plans on majoring in English and getting her degree in creative writing.


Things I Want To Do In Life

1. Write lots of novels and get many of them published!
2. Be an inspiration to aspiring authors and even people who don't write!
3. Travel the world.
4. Help someone become the person they want to be.
5. Donate to a charity.
6. Find true love and get married and have children!
7. Correct every grammatical & spelling error on Facebook.
Book I am working on
Signing my book
My book













 8. Eat lots of food with out having to worry about gaining weight.
9. Be a model for something at least once.
10. Publicly humiliate myself on purpose.
11. Participate in a dancing flash mob.
12. Spend a day with someone famous
13. Write a play









14. Be faced with a life or death situation and survive.
15. Be at "body Peace."
16. Well before all that publishing stuff I said up there I really want to find an agent! That is my current goal.
17. Draw something really awesome.
18. I really really really really want to be in the zombie apocalypse.
19. Go on an adventure, like a full on adventure where I have no idea where I am going or what I am doing.
20. Write a song.
21. Be homeless for a month... The hobo life ahhh :)
22. Write a really long, meaningful post on my blog.
23. I want to be a creative writing teacher... not a English teacher... just a creative writing teacher. c:
24. Kiss someone in the rain!
25. And finally, I want be able to look back on my life and say, "No regrets, man, no regrets."








Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The World is Gone.

The crying in the night,
The purple bruise on the flesh,
The silent sound of skin breaking.
Judgment on the top of every tongue.
Wanting, wishing, envy, jealousy.
What has this world come to?
One breath stops,
One is born.
Seven billion wails,
All crying to our God,
Begging for help.
Begging for mercy.
The world is falling apart.
Women used.
Children abused.
What should we make of this world?
Hide in the dark,
remain untouched
From the slime of the world.
Smiling humans,
Telling you how to look.
Skin and bone.
Clear and fresh.
Healthy and strong.
Fake and stiff.
Walking dolls.
One image.
Acceptance.
The world is being destroyed.
Personalities gone,
Individualism vanished.
False smiles. 
False friends.
Truth in this world is blurring.
Cut into next deep cut,
Scar traced to scar. 
People smirking,
Laughing in your face.
Blood falling,
Freezing on your fingers in the mid of the night.
Secrets kept,
Whispers swept,
Rumors passed.
Things reversed.
The battle against the world is hiding.
Fear is tears,
Faith is scathed,
Happiness is fake,
So many wrongs.
JUDGED into eternity.
Needing something more,
Dwelling in the past,
Looking to the future.
Just cry.
Breakdown.
Done.
The world is gone.

My sister and I

This is my sister and I... she is on the left I am on the right. My sister and I are 14 months apart. She turned 15 in November and I turned 16 in August. She is my best friend. We are never separated .. except that she is in 9th grade at the junior high and I am a junior at the high school. She will be with me when I am a senior!
Jalyssa and I have shared a room since we were little kids... I always complained about having my own room but last year I moved into my little brothers room with him for two weeks and I greatly missed my sister. Things were not the same! We have so many great memories together I would not be able to write all of them down. But I will share a few. When I was in Junior High a new girl moved in next door. My sister and I became good friends with her, I was bored one day when I wrote a letter on my moms computer and signed it "From Hogwarts" I addressed the letter to me and printed one for my sister and put it in my mailbox. Later on in the day our friend came over and we went to get the mail... my sister and I start freaking out and acting excited. She asked us what was wrong and we told her if we told her she could never tell anyone. Then we told her we are witches and we finally got our letters to Hogwarts. She was a big Harry Potter fan and was so excited. She asked us if she was a witch and we said she wouldn't know until she got a letter in the mail... well that night I typed her a letter and put it in her mail box. She found it the next morning. Well we went on for a couple more weeks pretending we were going to Hogwarts then we finally told her the truth... she was pretty bummed. We are dream ruiners.
We also used to have soccer games after mom went to bed. Those were the best. Our room isn't exactly the size of a soccer field but we made it work. We would play soccer then when we heard our mom coming we would jump back into bed and act like we didn't do anything, we were master minds.
I love having her as my sister, our fights only last about an hour or maybe even minutes. Then we say something funny and just laugh. My sister and I together are absoluteness crazy... we are unstoppable! I love you Jalyssa xD

FOREVER ALONE!?


Some times I just hate watching romance movies, they make me feel sad and forever alone. Does anyone else feel this way? Like seriously!
No guys talk to me at school unless its forced... or unless I have known them for a long time. Am I just so ugly guys can't even bare talking to me? That must be it :D
But I am totally ok with being forever alone because then that means I can start my cat hoarding sooner then I had planned. I am going to get lots of kittens and raise them then let them have babies then let them have babies and so on. I am going to be on one of those hoarding shows. No just kidding, I will
actually take care of the cats I hoard.
Maybe I should add in some rats because I really
like rats too. You know,  rats are not as bad as you think. I had rats and mice for many years of my life. At one point I had 15 rats living in my room! My rat Sophie got preggers and had 13 babies. Yup. I would really like to have the rats back because really, they are just like dogs. Sophie and her babies; Klaudiaa, Jasper and Maggie would come when their names were called. They also licked you. You make kissy noises and they would lick you... the kissy noises also summoned them. Yeah, I am going to be a rat hoarder too.
I like rats more then mice, the mice were just a little bit more mean. Minnie was always biting Jalyssa and Ava was always attacking Minnie! Plus they are smaller and just not as smart as the rats were.
The cats and the rats will get alone just fine. After all, my cat from two... three years ago, Jezebel, would sit in a bird cage on my bed and watch the rats run around. She would much rather be in a cage then see the rats in one. Jeze got ran over by a car two Christmases ago :( Poor baby girl will forever be in my heart! She was also the first cat in my hoarding collection. She still is the first! Her collar hangs on our Christmas tree every year.
So yup, that's my life plan. Then my cousin, Nicole, is going to hoard goldfish and our animals will be our children. Fantastic idea huh? Yup :) Have a good day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Write From Your Heart

 This, my friends, is my cousin Alexa c: She, like I, is a writer. Did I mention she is an AMAZING writer? Shes waayyy better then me, I don't deserve to be published! She does!!! I wish I could trade with her. Her writing lets out her emotions... its... so... amazing!! If I had an agent or a publisher right now I would recommend looking at her work! So talented!
Read her work here: http://www.wattpad.com/user/Alexa00ish

Alexa has so much potential! She is going to be a world famous author I just know it! She is going to be the next J.K Rowling!

Alexa,

Come live with me, please? Remember that summer you came and visited and stayed for like 2 weeks... those were the best two weeks ever!! Every time we see each other it's like a big party! I miss you and Traessa and your siblings and my aunt and uncle! Move back please please please then we can write books together and become famous! And babe, don't stop writing. You really are amazing at it. Like way super talented. Not many people have that natural born talent. I LOVE YOU!!! <333


BoRn FrOm A BoOm BoX

This is my beautiful cousin Katraessa C: She and her sister, Alexa, used to live right next to me... then they moved to Oregon... then eventually Hawaii where it is impossible for me to see them! I miss them so much I want to write about my lovely cousins, but first I am going to write about Katraessa and her amazing skills.

Not only is Katraessa EXTREMELY beautiful but Katraessa is a dancer, not a dancer who has been trained all her life to make her extra good! But she is natural at it. Katraessa is born from a boom box. She has got some amazing skill!!

Traessa in her ballet class!


Unfortunately since Katraessa lives in
Hawaii and I live in Utah I have never seen her dance in person. Although I would love to see one of her performances! I do love watching the two videos she has up on YouTube though ;D Those were posted like, two years ago and she is still way pro!

A picture that was drawn of her by a friend C:




In her Facebook posts she is always talking about how much she loves dancing and how she loves all of her friends that dance with her and I am like "Wow, my cousin has found something that she loves and is good at and she will not be giving up on it any time soon." She inspires me! Although our talents are very different... she uses her body to tell a story and to express her feelings while I use a pencil or a pen, she still inspires me. She has found something she loves! I support her in anything she does c: (Even if she wants to become a stripper!)


Katraessa,

Thanks for letting me post about my amazing cousin! You are beautiful and you inspire me with your dancing. I will not be surprised to see you on a Step Up movie in the future! You my dear, are going to be famous! I love you and I hope to see you soon (although that is not likely) But I miss your face :) I LOVE YOU GIRL!! Keep dancing and don't get up!  Don't listen to anything anyone says that is rude... unless it helps you dance better... because you are an amazing dancer and you are going to be like Abby Lee Miller and have your own show ;D Just don't be mean like her. I LOVE YOUUUUU!!!
Katraessa and some friends!

First Chapter of No Regrets


Chapter One
      “Take a deep breath.” I told myself after zoning out. My mouth was dry, my joints stiff, and my voice seemed to have turned off. Was I imagining things? This could not be real, she would never do anything like this, would she? No. She wouldn't. This had to be a joke, all those prank calls I have received from Joshua just seemed like jokes. But maybe this one was real, his voice almost sounded like he didn't care. He kept telling me over and over again to believe him and that I should iron my funeral dress like it was a joke.        
“Capri? Are you there? I am not kidding.” Joshua said into the phone. I was surprised I was still holding it to my ear, my fingers were frozen in place.
  “You're lying.” I manage to spit out, my tongue a giant lump in my mouth.
“I am not. She really did it, Capri.”
I licked my lips, the taste of thin mints girl scout cookies chap stick tingled on my tongue. This wasn't happening. Adalia's face danced in my head, laughing, her mouth opened to speak but then she vanished.
“She told me she was going to...that you...she did it.” I couldn't quite get the words out, they got stuck in my throat and I sputtered out what got through the clog.
“Yup. So iron your funeral dress. Adalia is gone.”
“You are sick.” I said before hanging up on him. I texted Adalia.
You say: Adalia, please tell me Joshua is joking around, you are still there...right?
It seemed like I waited an eternity for an answer, but nothing came. My phone was silent, everything was silent like the world had stopped turning. I felt like I was going to throw up, I wanted to escape, run away to somewhere far away where nobody could see or talk to me again. I ran straight for the bathroom and vomited into the toilet. So much for the steak I had for dinner that night.
“Capri? Are you ok?” My mom called from downstairs. When I didn't answer mom ran up stairs, when she saw me hunched over the toilet she immediately started to freak out. “What happened? Are you sick? Do you need to see a doctor? Maybe its the flu...or pneumonia...what side effects come with pneumonia?” I stared up at my mom with watery eyes then threw up again, tears and food making a nasty mix in the toilet.
“Adalia...” Was all I could get out. My phone started ringing again. Joshua. I answered. “What? Are you going to torture me more about what happened? You didn't get enough? She was my best friend and here you are making fun of it...” a sob escaped and my phone clattered to the ground.
“Capri, whats going on?” My mom asked with that concerned motherly tone. I held my knees to my chest and stared at the phone as the call ended and Joshua hung up.
“Adalia mom. She's gone. Shes...dead.” I whispered the last word.
“What? How? What happened...oh Capri... I am so sorry.”
“It's not your fault mom. You didn't do anything...” Mom wrapped me in a tight hug. Tears spilled onto her shoulder from my eyes. We were silent for a long time before mom spoke again.
“What happened?” She asked calmly, still holding onto me. She ran her fingers through my hair. I licked my lips again, the smell of mint stuffing up my nose.
“She took her life, mom.” I muttered. I could feel mom holding her breath. Her smiling face was still in my head, sparkling eyes, perfect auburn hair. If my life were a movie I knew what song would be playing right now. Angels On the Moon by Thriving Ivory. And the camera would circle us, expressions displaying everything. The story written on my face. Lyrics running through my head. Mom pulled back, looked me in the face and wiped a tear from my cheek.
“Capri, I have never been in a situation like this, but if you need anything, I am always here for you. Maybe you want to talk to someone professional. I don't know. I am here for you, Honey.” I wanted to smile at her and tell her how much I appreciate her and how much I am happy she is my mom but I just can't open my mouth. Soft tears caressed my lips and landed on my shirt. I sat on the toilet and stared at the picture on the wall. A picture of a boy and a girl sitting on a log staring out onto a lake with a large summer house on the other side. The girl wore a white dress and the boy wore a suit. I couldn't see their faces but whenever I looked at the picture I wondered what the artist was thinking when they drew this. Maybe it was someone old, close to death and trying to find a peaceful place. Maybe it was someone dreaming to escape. A small signature was in the right bottom corner but no matter how long I studied it I couldn't make out what it said.
Mom sat beside the toilet, holding my hand. She stayed like that with me for what seemed like hours. Staring at that picture, wondering who painted that picture and what they were thinking at the time. Everything froze around me, my phone bleating out, me ignoring it, the world turning slowly, the sun going down and rising in array of pinks and oranges.
The left side of my face was cold and numb, my legs were pressed against the hard tile and my body was covered in sweat. I blinked rapidly before I could see clearly that I had fallen asleep in the bathroom. Naiara stood silently at the door staring at me.
“What are you doing, Capri? Your bed is not in there silly.” A pink wig sat on her head and spilled over her shoulders. I kept my head on the toilet seat, I just stared back with nothing to say. She walked in and sat next to me, her princess dress poofing above the floor.
“Are you sad?” She asked playing with her fake hair. My eyes traced down her arm to the Dora The Explorer Band-aid. She covered it with her hand. “You aren't crying about me are you? I don't like it when you do that.” Naiara stood up and left but soon returned with a mirror, putting it in my face. “Your eyes are all puffy and your hair is a mess. Will you play princess with me and I can make you pretty?” Her small voice echoed. I stared back at my reflection. Naiara's hint that I look like crap was quite accurate.
“Not right now, Nai.”
She shrugged her shoulders and left the bathroom and I was alone again. I stood up and stared at my reflection, touching my hip bones I thought of what Adalia would be saying right now, “We need to fatten you up! Eat lots of hamburgers with me?” She would repeatedly ask until I agreed to one. I climbed up onto the counter, so close the mirror fogged up from my breath. A tear fell. Then another. And one more. I could fill a cup with tears and sell them to an actress who really had no reason to cry. I wish I was an actress with no reason to cry. I pulled my hair up into a pony tail, put on some sneakers and still dressed in my pajamas went down to the garage. The morning Utah air was crisp and dry. I powered on the treadmill and started at a full run. Soon blood was pounding in my ears and a soft sweet song slipped out of my lips. My Immortal by Evanescence.
“I'm so tired of being here, Suppressed by all my childish fears, And if you have to leave, I wish that you would just leave, 'Cause your presence still lingers here, And it won't leave me alone, These wounds won't seem to heal, This pain is just too real, There's just too much that time cannot erase. When you cried I wiped away all of your tears, when you screamed I'd fight away all of your fears, I held your hand through all of these years.” I jumped off the treadmill, curled on the floor and let her sweet voice haunt me. Let her sweet voice remind me of what I had lost. Her singing stung me all over, cut into my soft skin and left me bleeding on the floor. Cold sweat trickled down my face and made a home on my chest. Adalia's face danced in my head, smiling, happy, alive. This was not real, this had to be a joke, Joshua was lying, he was joking. This was not real. My phone rang breaking me from my denial. The caller ID said Adalia Bay.
“Hello?” I said into the phone trying to hide the hints of my crying, hoping it was my best friend reassuring me that Joshua was just joking and that she is still here and that she would never leave me.
“Hello. This is Mrs. Christofferson, I just wanted to see how you are doing?” It was Adalia's mom. I was silent, the last of the song was playing a piano solo as if I was in a movie.
“Is it true?” I blurt out.
“I am afraid so, dear.”
Another song started playing. Everybody's Fool by Evanescence. Perfect, just perfect. A sob came from the other side of the phone.
“How is someone supposed to feel?” I asked studying my nails.
“Hurt maybe. I have to go, Capri. Good bye.” Mrs. Christofferson hung up and I just sat there staring at the puddle of tears on the floor. Would an actress still buy tears that had been lying on a garage floor?
 To read more go here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/2441687-no-regrets

JUST DO IT (New Years resolution for you)

       Um... the picture up above pretty much explains everything. If you think reading is boring, you are definitely doing it wrong! Reading is the most amazing thing in this world. When I was going through some hard times at the beginning of this year (2012) I decided I would read. It had been a long time since I had done any real reading, I was actually pretty excited. I started getting one or two books a week and my reading skills got better! Not to mention my writing skills! Now by the end of year I get up to six books a week and finish them faster then I even knew I could! I have read 64 books this year (I started reading in February.)
      Reading has definitively made my writing skills MUCH better. After seeing the writing done professionally I was just like "O: wow my writing sucks." READING IS HEAVEN. Everyone... if you don't read I just want to say... go pick up a book this very second. Just do it, you will not regret it. In fact, I will be posting a list of some books I have read this year and loved. Just close your eyes, use your pointer finger and pick one! Actually it doesn't matter what finger you use. Just pick one :'D
The reason you very much dislike reading (I don't use the word hate) is probably because you aren't choosing the right kind of books to read! I feel like a book preacher c': Just call me Reverend Jessalyn (If that is all the same religion) Who knows!? o:
So, um, yeah, for your New Years resolution promise me you will pick up a book and read it. Just one. And  make sure it is from the genre you like or you may never pick up a book again. Just do it! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

New Book Idea- Self Image

So just the other night I was thinking about how insecure girls are, and how we would love to switch bodies with a model. Then I started thinking, "What if everyone could do that, switch bodies any time you wanted to." Then I thought of it as futuristic. A time in the future that we could be anyone we wanted, of course at a price.
My idea for this book is exactly that... We can switch bodies at will but the body must be uninhabited. If nobody lives in the body long enough that body dies but can be brought back to life once someone inhabits it. I don't want to turn this into an action/adventure story so I will just write about how self image and esteem really ruin society. No matter what society it is. Past, present or future.
Self esteem affects everyone no matter who you are. I have had problems with it myself and I just want the idea to be noticed by turning it into a story that will steal the readers attention.

Good book idea... yes or no?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why do I write?

Why do I write?
Not a question I have thought about much, but I might as well answer it so I can have a concrete answer if anybody ever asks.

I write because it's who I am. Writing may not define who I am in other people's eyes but to me, it does. I express so much through writing... My music choices, my emotions, my opinions, etc. Writing lets you do so much more then just write down a story. It lets yous get out important messages. I will never stop writing! I will always push myself and try my best because I am not one to give up.