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+ I wrote about how simplicity and humans don't mix.

+ I wrote about how you aren't in my head anymore.

+ I shared a portion of my latest writing project.

+ I did a bunch of tags.

+ I shared a journal entry.

+ I talked about self-blame and self-worth.

+ I shared the four I's.

Thank you for reading.

7.21.14

interlocked fingers, hooked feet.
words exchanged, eyes that meet.
mind alerted, heart ignored.
smiles wide, oh praise the Lord.

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"you are my star bits. the good parts of me that twinkle."

An Abundance of Tags

Hello my lovely readers. No writing pieces today, just tags. XD First tag is the Tribute to Writers tag. The wonderful Bethan from Think. Read. Write. Dream. tagged me. Thanks girly. <3


Rules:

  1. Answer all the questions.
  2. Say what you love about writing (if you don't like writing, then there's no need for you to do this tag).
  3. Share one piece of your writing.
  4. Nominate 3 other writers/bloggers and make up 5 new questions for them to answer.
  5. Have fun!

Questions:

1. Your favorite author?

My favorite author is James Dashner, currently. I'm reading the Scorch Trials (ASDFGHJKL) and so far his books have just been so... GAH.

2. Would you like to write professionally?

YES. Please? Pretty please? I'd love that, like, seriously. It would be the best thing ever.

3. Your favorite book?

Oh, gosh. Don't make me answer this please. I love all books. <3

4. What is your favorite type of writing?

I've recently found that I have a love for prose (visit this link to more).

5. When did you start writing?

I've been writing my whole life, but I really got into writing after I got the idea to write my book, The Memory Keeper. This was right around the time I joined a dance class I felt very uncomfortable in, so I think this writing project was a sort of distraction that helped me feel better about the whole situation.

Why I like writing:

Writing is one of the only ways I can express myself thoroughly. I am well equipped with the right words and when I use them it's emotionally expressive, creative, and flowing. I always put part of myself into anything I write, so when I'm upset or angry or hurt, I can write away the pain until it's almost nonexistent...

A piece of my writing:

Here's something I've never shared with you guys. It's part of my current WIP. Enjoy. :}

7.28.14

I want to paint my skin with the colors provided by the world - autumn orange, spring green, sky blue. I want others to see the visions of what I see through my eyes reflected off my skin. I won’t care what they think they see, or what their opinions happen to be. It’ll just be me being my reflective self.

I tag:

Whoever would like to do this. :)

Your Questions:

  1. Is writing your passion, or hobby?
  2. Do you set daily writing goals for yourself (such as writing 1,000 words a day)?
  3. Do you like reading books or writing them?
  4. Have any helpful writing tips for your readers?
  5. What's your favorite word?

tagged by Bethan

If you're tagged, just answer these questions:

1. How tall are you?

I am 5'4". :)

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so what?

Yes. I can spend many of my hours mindlessly surfing the web, reblogging, or watching YouTube videos. It's like, my secret super power.

3. What's your biggest blog related pet-peeve?

When someone's blog has a design but it just doesn't look right...

4. What's your biggest non-blog related pet-peeve?

Hmm... I can't think of anything right.

5. What's your favorite song?

...music.

6. What's your favorite Etsy shop that isn't yours?

I don't do Etsy. Me have no money.

7. What's your favorite way to spend your free time when you're alone?

Here, on the computer. :)

8. What's your favorite junk food?

Anything that tastes good.

9. Do you have a pet or pets?

Yes. My family has a a dog named Monkey. o.O

10. What are your number one favorite non-fiction and fiction books?

Do not make me decide this. I can't tell you. I don't do favorites. Okay, well, at least not with books.

11. What's your favorite beauty product?

My foundation. Because that's all I use.

12. When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I can't think of the most recent time... hm. I do know that while we were playing a game at my church I tripped on a single step stair thing and made a lot of noise and embarrassed myself in front of this guy... I don't think he noticed though.

13. If you could drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hot chocolate.

14. What's your favorite movie?

Currently, The Fault In Our Stars. <3

15. What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Loner. Always have been, always will be.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

In Colorado, at the edge of the woods (or perhaps in the middle of the woods).

17. PC or Mac?

Mac.

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush/date/boyfriend/girlfriend?

...I'm not saying anything. •-•

19. Favorite celebrity?

All of them. Especially her.

20. What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

Bethan, Tane, Anna, Eve, Jenny, Kate, and tons more...

I tag:

Anyone who'd like to do this. ;)



tagged by Bethan

1. Dark Chocolate - A book that covers a dark topic

I, Monster: Serial Killers In Their Own Chilling Words by Tom Philbin

What goes through the dark minds of such notorious killers as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam"), John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Rader (the "BTK Killer"), and others? In this chilling book, you’ll read exactly what they were thinking in their own words as they committed horrible crimes. Using court transcripts and police interviews, veteran true-crime and crime-fiction writer Tom Philbin has compiled the testimony of twenty infamous serial killers—nineteen men and one woman.

For fans of crime stories who look for realism, this book is like no other. The descriptions couldn’t be more realistic since, in effect, the book is written by the serial killers themselves. Their words range from the bizarre and weirdly fascinating to the revolting and horrific.

In each case, Philbin provides a background profile to give readers a sense of the context from which these monsters emerged. Though they come from different backgrounds, nationalities, and generations, their words do reveal certain common elements. Not one evinces any sense of compassion or sensitivity in regard to their victims. They appear to be unable to control the impulses that lead them to kill. And in many cases, they derive a perverse sexual satisfaction from their deeds.

Taking true-crime reading to a new level of immediacy, this disturbing book offers a glimpse into the worst side of human nature.

^ Doesn't this sound scary? O_O Well it is. I'm not even halfway through the book and I'm terrified. I have nothing else to say about this - except, don't read it unless you want to be creeped out.

2. White Chocolate - Your favourite light-hearted, humorous read

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This book is PERF. Here's the blurb:

In Rainbow Rowell's "Fangirl," Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

^ If you haven't read this, go read it now. It's amazing, attention grabbing, time stealing - a genuine must read.

3. Milk Chocolate - A book that has lots of hype and that you are dying to read

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


'Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.' I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

'Stay,' he says.

Everybody has to make choices.

Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope.

But life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one.

As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

^ I really really really want to read this. The movie came out and I have this thing where I can't allow myself to see the movie until after I've read the book...

4. Chocolate with a caramel centre - A book that made you feel all gooey inside

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
^ The ending of this book murdered me, but I just... it made me feel so gooey. o.o

5. Wafer-free Kit Kat - A book that surprised you

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

^ This book very much surprised me. When I first got into it I internally groaned. I was like, "This book is going to hurt me." But in the end I couldn't put this book down. It so touching and heartfelt. Very beautiful. <3


6. Snickers - A book that you're going nuts for

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

^ This is the second book in the Maze Runner series and let me tell you: it's perf. I cannot get enough of this book.

7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshamllows - A book that you go to for a comfort read

Dear Whiskers by Ann Whitehead Nagda


Dear Whiskers

Jenny hates pretending to be a mouse, but that's exactly what she has to do for her school project. Every fourth grader is writing letters to a second grader--in mouse character. Most of her classmates think it's fun, but Jenny can't think of much to say. When she fails to get an answer from her second grader, Sameera, Jenny is embarrassed and angry.

Soon Jenny discovers the reason behind Sameera's silence: she doesn't speak English. At first Jenny is mad that her project is a flop. But later she sees how hard it is for Sameera in her new country. Will Jenny decide to use her project to help the new girl fit in? Or will she trade her in for another second grader?
^ I remember buying this book at a library book sale forever ago. I couldn't put it down - I'm pretty sure as soon as I finished it, I waited a day before reading it again. I stayed up late and read it in a day (I was so proud of myself).

8. A box of chocolates - Which series have you read that is great for everybody?

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare


This series is perfection. I finished the last book a few weeks back and I was almost tears. As you read these books you will develop a bond with the characters and even the author herself - something I always cherish, as well as hate dislike.

(All synopses and book images provided by the courteous Google)

I tag:

Anyone and everyone.

I hope you enjoyed this messy tag post! Thanks again to Bethan for tagging me. :)

I shall post something interesting soon!

xoxo,
Nicole Rose

Six Word Stories [#29]


the dangerous duo is at it (again).

Self-Blame. // Self-Worth.

Watching someone proceed to beat themselves up has shown me how ridiculous self-blame is. It’s just Satan’s way of getting his horrible messages out there. It’s scary how influenced we all are by him. Mistakes are made you’re stupid so you wallow in it. Sometimes, it’s okay. It’s understandable. But taking two, three months to drown youself in the horrible mental monstrosity - to be overcome by doubts, fears, and under confidence is...sad. So sad. It’s almost a waste of time. BUT, what if it’s needed? What if we must feel sad, and dumb, and stupid and forgetful and lame and awful about ourselves in order to make us realize that none of it is true?

Most of us, many of us, must make this discovery on our own. Yes, it has been express to you, but right now it’s only a thought. Once you make the discovery of self-worth on your own, that’s when you’ll be able to pull yourself out of your funk.

( A word of advice? Get over yourself. You can’t harbor all the disliked qualities. )

Six Word Stories [#28]

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We came. We saw. We loved.

(Veni. Vidi. Vici.)

you should:

Shake It Off

 
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift


"Hey, hey, hey,

just think while you've been

getting down and out about the liars

and dirty, dirty cheats in the world

you could have been getting

down to this sick beat"
 
 
I live for this song.

the four i's.


i wish.
i want.
i crave.
i need.

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when we were talking aggressively.

For if you look closely you can see Venus to the left of the moon, for she is the brightest light of the night sky and brings the sweetest dreams to those who follow her radiant beauty. Sweet dreams and good night

i looked to the sky last night, and all i could think was: "we could be looking at the same moon."

ps: happy anniversary, Kenzie.

a lesson I've learned recently.

moody

There are no rules when it comes to writing what you want to write. There are absolutely no boundaries. You're allowed to write what you want, for whoever you want to write it for. You can use your words for anything you'd like - good or bad, healing or dismantling, expressing or not. And it doesn't matter what anyone else says. They're your words. You control them.

(You think I would have learned this sooner.)

a portion of my latest writing project.

When you allow someone to see inside you, you’re exposing yourself as well as giving in to vulnerability - that’s why most people don’t do it. Or at least they try not to. Sometimes they unintentionally let go, opening up to the world and letting out their real, beautiful selves.

It’s just as amazing opening up as it is looking inside. It’s as though you’re watching a flower bloom or witnessing the growth of a special specimen - and you are. Because when they open up and you look in, that person whom you’re looking at is unshielding themselves just long enough to allow growth to ripple along their spine in a cascading domino effect. And growth is scary. It’s unpredictable and not always safe. But it’s also amazing, and freeing.

Six Word Stories [#27]

//

Between the trees, under the canopy.

you left a bad taste in my mouth.

Olivia Terrell

On the days we would talk, the air tasted of doughnuts and smiles. The mornings were sweet; you'd fill me with both and I'd exhale with content just to smell my breath. Afterwards though, when I woke up in the middle of the night to your absence, I tasted my tongue and knew that you left a bad taste in my mouth.

You're not in my head anymore.

Simple, but so effective. It's all about balancing space. #art #journal
I used to write your name in the margins of my notebook; the thought of you distracting me from my original task. I'd curl and twist the letters into a grand signature when you consumed my brain to the point of non-functioning return. Then the letters that conjured your label shrank, becoming tiny and squeezed, until they were gone - just like the thought of you. Now I doodle, putting hearts and stars and random sayings in the place where your name used to go.

Six Word Stories [#26]

In the story, the color black and white is represented in many different ways. This picture symbolizes white as knowledge. This can be related to the Night Circus when Celia and Marco finally came to the realization that they were opponents in the challenge and one of them was meant to die.

What is on the other side?

simplicity and humans don't mix.


simplicity is something human beings cannot be characterized by. we are anything but simple - in fact, we are one of the most complicated navigational terrains this world has come to see. there are so many factors to take into consideration when it comes to us - too many to name without excluding giving off the impression of generalization. but i will say there is an important one, one that should be acknowledged before you take that first step into the bodily territory of another being.

know that we are temporary in our ways, and that we all change without knowing. who you want to know now will not be who they were as the future becomes the present. so hold on to your days together because people change. memories don't.

thank you for reading. <3
xx Nicole Rose

Hello September

hello september

What does September mean?


School. // Birthday celebration(s). // Writing. // An anniversary. // Solitude.

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