Thursday, May 31, 2012

How Much Can You Fit On Your Plate?

I know, I know! I'm the worst! My gurrrls and I have been slacking so much with our posts but I am undoubtedly the greatest offender. It's been a couple months, at the least, since I posted and I just realized that it's Thursday so I decided to just blog. Once I made this decision, it struck me how many things I need to do that I neglect, just like this blog, and that's what I'm going to talk about today.

I'm sure I'm not the only one this happens to. Someone close to you asks you to be a part of something and you don't want to say no and let them down. Not only that but you really want to be a part of the project, whatever it may be. Or maybe, you underestimate the time commitment. Stuff like this happens to me all the time, until I realize that I have way more going on than I can handle and it makes me want to do none of it. Right now I'm on summer break but usually I've got school, work on Hogwarts Radio, work on, editing and recording the podcast for, this blog, possibly two new podcasts, writing, and then of course, life.

The point of this is to show that you have to know what you can handle and when to say no. I find that even though I enjoy all of these things, the sheer amount of things I have to do overwhelms me and prevents me from  doing any of it. I need to learn when to say no and what I can handle. This is the only way that the important things will get done. I think everyone deals with this at some point on some scale, maybe more or less than I do. So let's all try to balance our workloads a little better! And I'll try to post more regularly!

Until next time! xoxo

Author: Cory Doctorow ( I should probably read this guy's stuff since I get him every time.)

(Reading this post back, I realize that in my quest to get my thoughts out, my post turned out  very rambly and my point is poorly made. Oh, well. Sorry!)

For a long while...

Today I will take my Spanish 102 final and I will be DONE with college for this semester. Needless to say, I am very excited because this means my summer break can finally start! Summer finally starting means a few things for me. 1) I have a couple of vacations coming up, and I am quite excited to be able to get out of the miserable dry patch of land that I must call home. 2) I will have a lot of free time, both for reading and writing, and hopefully even a little bit of transcribing for the lovely Hogwarts Radio. I really have missed being able to wake up and read from the time I wake up all the way through til the wee hours of the night, with interruptions only for eating and bathroom breaks. Reading marathons are a staple of my summer agenda. 3) I don't have to wake up early every morning to go to a school where I don't particularly learn anything of the utmost importance.

I know that school is important and all, that it helps us to become who we are, blah blah blah. But I've been ready for summer break since... oh about February. I've had so-called "senioritis" (the sickness when you're a senior and you don't have the motivation to do anything related to school because you're so ready for it to be over) for about three months, and I'm not even a senior yet! I can only imagine how bad it'll get next year.

After I walk out of my college class tonight, I will officially be a senior in high school. It is so weird to think that in just a year, I will be graduating from high school. In a little over 4 months, I will begin applying to colleges. Everything just seems to be crashing down all at once, and I'll be honest, things are a little bit overwhelming. But I'm going to just take things one day at a time.

Until next time! DFTBA!

(P.S. I hope to be much more regular with my posts now that it is summer break! Although I can make no promises whilst I am on vacation; I won't have access to a computer!)

My Author: Stephen King

Friday, May 25, 2012


This post has nothing to  do with I just love saying that. But, it does have to do with HYPE! HYPE! They way things are hyped up. Do we sometimes hype things up too much and kill them? Is the hype ever worth it? Yes. And a thousand times yes!

An example of too much hype: this blog. It was more of a personal hype. I was very excited because it is Summer so I figured there would be a ton of times for posts and writing and mermaids (hint hint!!) and so many other things. No. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything you need to. Today happens to be an anomaly for me. I am guessing my other gurrrls feel the same seeing as how I am posting twice in a row and they are about 2 weeks apart (another hint!). I digress.

An example of hype worth: Potter. No one can tell me that the hype leading up to a Potter release is unworthy. The midnight parties, the long debates and discussions, the many hours of speculation. All are memories I will never forget. It made the experience more of a journey than a staccato interruption of life. It was a life. Even if we were let down by something in the movie or saddened by an event in the book, the hype was worth it.

Without hype there would be no anticipation, no excitement, nothing to look forward to in life. We need hype to make life exciting once in a while and to give us something to do and to look forward to when needed. Sometimes we go a little overboard. All the hype surrounding Pottermore it what killed it in my opinion. It was fun to get the news, to wait for it, to be excited, but when the time came and we were disappointed then the hype just became annoying. Don't get me wrong, I am a proud Ravenclaw in Pottermore and I love that JKR gave it to us out of love and released the new material, but a little more organization would have been spectacular. We are a demanding fandom after all. Again, I digress.

My closing thought is that even though hype sometimes can ruin something in the end, it is the beginning that is always the fun part. And I don't know about you but personally I don't have the capability of hindsight needed to distinguish the good hype from the bad. I just believe that we need hype, but maybe sometimes just in smaller quantities.

Author: Harry Harrison

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Inky Imagination

Do you read?
Read what?
Books dear. Fiction. Beautiful scrawls on paper landscapes.

This was a legitimate conversation I had earlier today. It was one of those moments when you say something the immediately look around for the person who said it. It couldn't have been you! You would never think to string those words together in a line like that. It's was one of those moments. I love those moments. Sometimes the words simply tumble out of the dictionary and fall in together in a way you can't avoid. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they are nonsense. Sometimes they build cities or worlds, sometimes they knock walls down. Anytime I am caught off guard with words, my own or overheard, I write them down. I actually keep a small notebook in my bag to do so. If I do not have my notebook I am fortunate enough to own a smart phone and I keep a running note full of wonderful things on it. I love those moments when they happen and some should be loved forever. Maybe one day I'll use them in my own writing, maybe I'll decorate my home in them, maybe I'll just read them when I need a smile.They are everywhere in my life and to have a catalog of them keeps them safe.

Author: Stephen King

Monday, May 14, 2012

So although I said I would never do it...

So as I am sitting here in class, bored to death watching people present their mindless topics about historical people, I figured that I would hop on here and write a post, because none of my other gurrrls seem to be doing that as of late... (cough cough!) I have not had nearly enough time to write lately, due to an endless amount of projects from my teachers (two history projects, and English project, two papers in my music class and studying for a written and oral final in Spanish). However, I have been doing a lot of thinking about where I want to go to college, my major, etc. And I have come to the conclusion that I want to change my major, despite the fact that I claimed (years ago) that I would never change my major!

As much as I tried to deny the reality that my original choice was not the right option for me, I decided to give in and change it, because I don't want to live the rest of my life with regret for not doing what I wanted. My original major choice was a double major in Business Administration and English. I wanted to open my own bakery, and write on the side, just for myself. But being a baker just isn't realistic for me: I have scoliosis, and though it doesn't look like it affects me, standing for long amounts of time puts me in loads of pain. Sooooo, long story short, I have decided to change my major from Business Administration/English to a major in Journalism and a minor in English. And I feel like I will be able to enjoy that a ton more that I could have with my prior choice.

There's just one small problem: I have to tell my mom. I feel like she is going to be really judgmental about this. She's always been the one to support whatever I want to do, but I think she'll just question my decision. "Are you sure that's what you want to do?", etc. So hopefully this won't turn out bad. If I don't post ever again... you know something bad happened. Just kidding... or not.

My author: David Foster Wallace