My Future Plans

 

I really wanted to share with you guys what will be happening in the next couple years as things will be changing in my life as I am graduating from High School in a matter of months.

 

I’d like to start off bragging about myself. Throughout my high school experience, I was involved in just about every single club at my school save for National Honors Society and Gamer’s Club throughout the four years.

 

Additionally, I published two novels. The White Butterfly, which was published in 2016, and chronicles the life of a girl going through a break-up (and my mom’s personal favorite) and The Girl in the Cage, which was behind a lot of drama before finally being published in late 2017.

 

While my ACT score was not impressive and my grades were less than sub-par, I was indeed accepted into quite a few schools come my senior year. Out of the six schools that I applied to, I was accepted into four of them with three of them offering a scholarship of some sort.

 

However, the most important thing to note was that I was accepted into Queens University of Charlotte for the fall semester of 2018. This had been a school that I had fallen in love with in my Freshman year of high school and had basically been my soul school. Where, regardless of what scholarship I got or whatever else, I could not go to a different school if I was accepted into Queens.

 

If it isn’t obvious enough, I accepted and have since paid for their enrollment deposit.

 

I will be attended Queens University as I go after my Bachelors in Creative Writing with a plan to minor in European History. A fact that very few may know that follow this website actively is that I have a deep desire to one day write historical fiction. I plan on pursuing my interests while going after what I truly love to do.

 

I have received some backlash by members of my family, as I will not be pursing some high pay job of being a surgeon or some sort of business person but honestly, my ultimate goal at this point in my life is to follow my passion, my goals, and to make my dream come true. It has always been important to me to ensure that my happiness and well- being is put above the amount of money that I make on a monthly basis.

 

I will, obviously, find jobs that I believe to be appropriate for me until the day that I can write exclusively for a living. Ideally this would entail a job where I would write for a website or something like that.

 

For those of you who are wondering about Apple (my ferret) , I will be explaining his journey and his future soon but don’t worry, none of it is bad, it is simply something that I would like to share with you on a separate day. He will obviously continue being in my life, though. He is way too important to me for this not to be the case.

 

Beyond my future in regards to university, I honestly have no idea. I know that I plan on travelling a lot and that I plan on moving OUT of North Carolina but beyond that, I’m just not quite sure.

 

Check out posts regarding writing:

Why Do I Write Romantic Tragedies?

Why Do I Write?

What I Want From My Readers

 

Check out posts regarding Apple:

I Am a Proud Mother of Apple – My Ferret

Ferrets: Truth, Myths, and Stories Alike!

 

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Ingram’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die

So, a little while ago, I was searching for a book to read and I happen to have found BBC’s Top 100 Books You Need to Read Before You Die. Truth be told, I had not read every single book on the list but I had read quite a few such as Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I had read most of the Holy Bible (and I am not even religious), and even the His Dark Materials Trilogy. So while I was looking at this list, I wanted to create my own, completely under the basis that I had not read a single book on my list.

So I figured, since from what I have noticed many of my readers are bookworms themselves, I wanted to share my list with you. But don’t forget that after you read my list, to tell me what you thought of any of the books on my list and what was your score when you clicked on that link above?

I elected to not give an opinion of why I put each book on the list, most of them are simply because they are classics, some were political that fascinated me, and some of them had topics that were interesting to me.

Also, if you have your own list. I wanna see it so please send it to me! If you click on Contact then it will immediately take you to see some of the ways to contact me or you can message me on Twitter @ShesWritingMore.

 

1. All About Love by Bell Hooks.

 

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

 

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

 

 

4. Slaughterhouse- Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

 

 

5. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray.

 

 

6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

 

 

7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Why?

— I actually started writing this blog from like day one, originally planning it to be one of my first posts I ever published but in the time that I had been working on it, which was originally a lot more complicated, I had already read the novel but elected not to post a book review of it. Though, sometime I would like to go back and fix that, once I reread it.

 

8. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

 

9. The Secret Garden by Francis Hogdson Burnett.

 

10. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

 

11. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.

 

12. The Jungle Book by Ridyard Kipling.

 

13. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

 

14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

 

15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack.

— Clearly, I had already finished this one. I even posted a book review of it.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak : Book Review

 

16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

 

17. The Flowers in the Attic Series by V.C. Andrews.

 

18. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall.

 

19. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

 

20. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

 

21. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell.

 

22. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

 

23. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

 

24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

 

25. Persuasion by Jane Austen.

 

26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

 

— Another one of the books I have finished before posting this.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden : Book Review

 

27. Animal Farm by George Orwell.

 

28. Life of Pi by Yann Martu.

 

29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

 

30. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

— I randomly like picking up a book from this list when I’m in a reading slump. I actually posted this book review last month.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold : Book Review

 

31. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

 

32. Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri.

 

33. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint- Exupery.

 

34. Watership Down by Richard Adams.

 

35. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

 

36. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

 

37. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

38. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

 

39. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

 

40. Fahrenheit- 451 by Ray Bradbury.

 

41. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

 

42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

 

43. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

 

44. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

45. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frank.

 

46. Valley of the Dolls by Jacquelin Susann.

 

47. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

 

48. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

 

49. The Plague by Albert Camus.

 

50. The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

 

51. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

 

52. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.

 

53. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan.

 

54. 10 Things I Hate About You by David Levithan.

 

55. The Legends of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

 

56. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.

 

57. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.

 

58. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron.

 

59. The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot.

 

60. The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

 

61. Number of Stars by Lois Lowery.

 

62. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

 

63. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

 

64. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

 

65. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

 

66. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.

 

67. The Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

 

68. Night to Remember by Walter Lord.

 

69. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

 

70. Futility by Morgan Robertson.

 

71. 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

 

72. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.

 

73. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.

 

74. The Once and Future King by T.H. White.

 

75. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White.

 

76. Avalon High by Meg Cabot.

 

77. The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White.

 

78. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

 

79. Utopia by Sir Thomas More.

 

80. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

81. Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

 

82. Beowulf by Anonymous.

 

83. The Aenid by Vergil.

 

84. The Metamorphoses by Ovid.

 

85. White Fang by Jack London.

 

86. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

87. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

 

88. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

89. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

 

90. Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

 

91. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

 

92. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.

 

93. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff.

 

94. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

 

95. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson.

 

96. Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle- Suzanne Barbot.

— I was really disappointed by this story but I’m glad that I got the opportunity to read it.

Beauty and the Beast (1740) : Book Review

 

97. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Stories by the Grimm’s Brothers.

 

98. The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix.

 

99. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf.

 

100. The Odyssey by Homer.

 

 

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden : Book Review

Book Title: Memoirs of a Geisha.

Author: Arthur Golden.

Publication Date:

Rating (Out of Five Stars): 3.5.

Book Review

My original interest towards this book actually stems from a random buy and I had actually never heard of the story beforehand until I was doing some research for a blog post (that I have yet to post… Sorry!) I thought it was so funny that I had found the book that I had literally just bought.

 

My attraction towards the book was kind of random, I was walking through the store when I saw the title from the corner of my eye and I continued to walk without even thinking about it. I had no idea what a geisha was and the story didn’t sound familiar to me but I kept noticing it out of the corner of my eye so I finally picked it up.

 

When I read the back of the book and how a geisha’s virginity was auctioned off, I was fascinated and quickly looked up the book on my phone to read more about what the story was about which is surprisingly hard to explain without giving up what the story is about.

 

Basically though, a geisha is a girl who is trained at a fairly young age in the art of dance, shamisen, and a few other things. She is given heavy amounts of makeup and is paid to entertain a man but this is nothing like prostitution as sex is typically not involved unless they are your Danna.

 

Unfortunately, you basically loose all control of yourself while you live in Okiya and still paying off the debts from school expenses, medical, and actually living in the Okiya. The aspect where you learned about this time period which focuses on girls is so fascinating that I couldn’t put the story down.

 

This follows the story of a popular and well known Geisha from before she even began training, to being sold to the Okiya for a sizable amount and more. The story follows her life through World War II.

 

But enough about what the story is about! Sorry, I really loved the mini history lesson that was ingrained throughout the entire story.

 

The writing, while at times long- winded and worthy of a good yawn, still had this ability to captivate you as it spoke, specifically if you were interested in the historical aspect of the story and learning more about being a geisha.

 

Of the many “famous” novels that I have written, this one definitely had the most personality and contained the ability to captivate somebody who wouldn’t typically enjoy reading.

 

If you enjoy historical fiction or have no idea what a geisha is, I would highly recommend this book but be aware that at times, it is long winded and hard to follow. I had to walk away quite a few times because I would get bored from the same talk as for quite a few chapters, it is fairly repetitive.

 

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Favorite Apps on My Phone!

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Twitter is quite easily my favorite social media platform. I believe Twitter to be easiest platform to find information out about the world, stay connected to those around you, and even do some major social media stalking (WHERE YOU GET NOTICED!!) I love a lot of things about it and it’s one of those social media platforms that you can grow as a person and as a writer which is something that I absolutely adore. Follow me on Twitter!

 

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Good Reads, for obvious reasons, is one of my favorite apps out there when it comes to reading. It is because of this app that I can keep up with what books that I have read, what books that I haven’t read, and what books that I want to read. It’s an amazing way to keep updated and have a reminder of what books that I still want to read and a reminder as to what I have read. Follow me on Goodreads!

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I have always loved this site/app and having the app on my phone allows me to write as I feel the need to do so and to read the works of others on here whenever I want!

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Spotify allows me to listen to music, included music that I have downloaded myself and even radio stations such as Feminist Friday and whatever else that you may be interested in!

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Innocent is actually the only game on my entire phone which is a detective story where you play games so that you can unlock different things and uses real time as you uncover the mystery!

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Recently, I have been interested in having a healthier life style and losing weight as I do weigh more than I ought to which has recently become a concern of mine. Lifesum allows me to keep up with how many calories I have eaten, how many more glasses of water that I need, how many calories that I have burned off, and healthy recipes for me to try!

 

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7 MINUTES allows me to create and use their 7 MINUTES workout that last for 7 minutes as they talk to me and encourage me as I do them. This ensures that I do exactly what I am supposed to do as I am supposed to do them.

 

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Finally, but definitely not least, I have recently downloaded an app simply called “Bible” which was originally simply so I could use the Bible however this would not have made the list if that is all that it did. This app gives me a bible verse a day, has various versions of the bible for you to use, and allows to have plans so that you can strengthen your relationship with God whether you are new to your faith (like I am), dealing with Mental Health, relationships, or anything else which can help you feel better about the situations that you are involved in. It’s an amazing app if you are a religious person and I highly suggest it!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak : Book Review

Book Title: The Book Thief.

Author: Markus Zusak.

Publication Date: 2005.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars) : 2.5.

BOOK REVIEW

 

** This review contains spoilers that the BOOK spoils anyways**

 

When I first bought this book, I was incredibly excited. I had heard about the hype and how there was a movie coming out (or did it already come out?) On top of that, it was a story set in the WW2 era which meant a lot to me because I have always been fascinated about that time period.

 

Unfortunately though, I was incredibly disappointed. Perhaps it was the hype behind the story that got me so excited but honestly, throughout the entire story, I felt like I wasn’t allowed to get emotionally invested or worried about any of the characters.

 

When I first finished the story, I really wanted to write the review right there however, I knew that the review would be incredibly negative and I would have struggled having a coherent thought so I decided to wait a bit and get over my initial reaction so that I come onto the story with a clear mind.

 

At first, I thought my originally issue was narrator who was supposed to be death and while this still isn’t my favorite thing, it’s not why my rating is so low however, I did want to address it.

 

Because of the fact that we had a named character that is so well known in the literary and culture of our community, we have a belief of how he is supposed to be. We typically know death as this very emotionally cold and distant character that goes through a lot of death, an aspect that partially excited me about reading the story.

 

“I do wish that the narrator had been somebody less well known in the world.”

 

However, I found Death to be emotionally vulnerable towards a story that, while interesting, seemed to be a common occurrence. Plenty of people during that time had been surrounded by death and surely, some of them even have emotional backgrounds but this story didn’t seem to be particularly special enough for such a strong emotion.

 

While I am perfectly happy that Liesel was not the narrator, I do wish that the narrator had been somebody less well known in the world such as an anonymous person or even somebody that just wanted to tell a story that he had heard from a family member. I think had it been taken with that route, the emotional vulnerability would have made a lot more sense.

 

Despite this, my biggest issue was actually the tiny notes that were written throughout the story. These notes, I found, often ruined the entire story for me. The narrator was so emotional through the story, reminiscing so much of the story and aspects that you wanted to care about the characters however it would give away the ending far before it ever happened.

 

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This aspect of the book kept me emotionally distant from the characters, not allowing me to care enough about the characters and then stabbing me in the heart because after one of the first scenes that we truly get to know him, we immediately find out he’s going to die.

 

“The writing style just simply left something to be desired…”

 

With stories that had the ability to easily force me to buy a box of tissues, I enjoy the ability to become emotionally invested as it makes me want to curl in a ball and cry but this story never allows you to do so. Which is primarily why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I would have liked to.

 

The story and the characters were marvelous but I do wish that Markus Zusak had taken a better approach into writing the story and sometimes, I even find myself wanting to ask him why he ruined such an emotional plot point. He never let us worry about the lives of characters because he would tell us even though it would be covered later in the book anyways.

 

I, however, would still suggest this book to anybody who enjoys reading WW2 era books as it does allow for a new point of view of the story. Instead of seeing the characters being involved in the Holocaust, we see a character helping a Jewish man and still being involved in the Nazi party.

 

The book does allow you to fall in love with many characters and the creativity of the author was exorbitant as well as the historical facts of the time period that the book was centered around. The writing style just simply left something to be desired and I am personally under the belief that the writing style does matter a lot.

 

I do know that many, many people disagree with me which is why I wanted to be careful about this book review and I would love to hear some of your personal opinions about this book! I didn’t want to go into the political talk of the book or go further into depth because I didn’t want to spoil the book but if you want to talk to me about the book in depth, please feel free to contact me or message me on Twitter!

 

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What I Want From My Readers

You know, my goal in writing was never to please the entire world. I did not want millions of fans that read every single thing I published. I did not want my fans to read every book I love just for the sake of reading something I had written. Fans that copied my quotes on their hands was never anything I ever wanted.

 

I have a tattoo that says, “Write with the Breathings of Your Own Heart,” on my right thigh and I want to talk to you about what I want from a reader. When I had begun to write, I did it for myself and to share with my mother to entertain her. It wasn’t even something you could read without me being there because of dyslexia. My attempts at writing was nothing more than scribbles and horrible drawings.

 

But I still told stories, I told my mother of two long lost sisters coming together and I told my mother the story of the train tracks and I did it for no other reason but for her enjoyment. But here’s the thing about all of that, I was a kid who just wanted her mom to be happy and I never took it as something serious.

 

The fact of my dyslexia was that it slowed down my learning as I did have to overcome my inability to read and struggling to write but the second I learned, I flourished and I went from not being able to read at the end of second grade to being a 12th grade reading level at the end of third grade, one of my proudest accomplishments.

 

But as I grew older, my desires and interests in writing became so much more than just wanting to please my mother as I began to read books on my own. Books that would have an impact on my heart and the way I viewed the world. A desire and thirst to read more and more and I became a Literature Nerd on epic proportions. Case in point: My Personal Library.

 

Because of my love for reading and my interest in books and reading as much as I could, I began to learn about the world around me. I was horrified read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I was fascinated by Anthem by Ayn Rand, I related to 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, I understood Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, I loved A Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, and was entranced by Sex and Sunsets by Tim Sandlin.

 

Reading had become a life preserver, I went into stories and I learned things and I had my own adventure. I want a reader to feel the same way about my own book, I want them to consider the topics and relate to them. I want them to see the depression, the messages, and the violence. I want them to understand and I want them to cherish an individual book because it touched their soul. I don’t care if you like one book and hate the other, I care if it touched your soul.

 

That’s my goal as a writer, to touch a reader’s soul like so many others had touched mine and on this topic, what book has touched your soul? #BookThatTouchedMySoul

Beauty and the Beast Book Review

Book Title: Beauty and the Beast

Adapted By: Elizabeth Rudnick.

Screenplay By: Evan Spiliotopoulod, Steven Chobsky, and Bill Condon.

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017.

Rate (Out of Five Stars) : 3.5.

I read Beauty and the Beast after I had already seen the movie, a movie that I found to be absolutely amazing despite my general distaste for musicals however with the nostalgia factor that the movie definitely granted, I found myself absolutely adoring the movie.

But I’m not here to talk about the amazing movie, I am talking about the book that came along with the movie, one of which I believe to be so much better than the movie itself. The book allows for a nostalgic atmosphere that anything Disney related is basically promised but not only that, the book allows for you to relate to a Disney princess, something I never got beforehand.

Disney Princess’ before reading this book seemed like an unattainable dream of beautiful clothing and dream boyfriends however this book allows you an entrance in the mind of various characters such as the Beast, Gaston, and Belle though the most notable would have to be Belle as you able to see the inner working thoughts of one of the most beloved princess’ in the Disney Princess franchise.

Not only that but if you hate the musical portion of the movie but you never have to deal with any of the music, no lyrics, or even music belting from the pages and instead you are able to see what the character’s thoughts actually are during what would have been the song.

Have you ever thought about what Gaston was thinking when LeFou was singing? Have you ever wondered what Belle was thinking as she walked down the road? Yes? Well, this is your answer!

Not only that but the many plot holes throughout the movie are pretty well explained such as what book Belle was reading at the beginning and why Gaston was still wearing a military uniform years after any war had transpired.

While I do suggest reading the movie, there are a few complaints that will make such as the lack of description within the book, something that I would have loved had they taken more care in the description of the castle or even the mirror. They allow the separate movie do a lot of the talking which I’m not the biggest fan of considering in school you are taught to act as though you don’t know anything when writing and this book totally ignores the golden writing rule however it is made up by giving the writing it does have a magical, fantasy vibe as well as taking great care in making it relatively accurate to the movie (or vice versa? Which came first?)

Basically, if you’re a child, Disney lover, or a genuine fan of Beauty and the Beast then I highly suggest it! But please be aware that despite the lack of music and the more in depth analysis of the character’s thoughts, it is incredibly similar to the movie and you might feel like you wasted your money so please take extra thought before you buy the book but otherwise it is amazing!

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