Rebellion of the Meek

I wrote poetry! Which usually only happens when I’m overwhelmed with emotion, so it may have clouded some of the execution, but I just wanted to put it up in case anyone relates. This is for anyone with a frenemy, a mean leader in your group, or for anyone who likes poetry with allusions to fairy tales.

Comments and criticism always welcome, but please be gentle. 🙂

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I swear, I’m working on it

Hello my small band of followers who probably didn’t notice my lack of posts the last…probably year and a half. I wish I could say I’ve been incredibly busy, but that would be a lie. I’ve just been really lazy.

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But I’m going to try turning over a new leaf! I’ve even created an instagram account! It’s going to be so fun. (Please follow me so I look less pathetic.)

You may get bombarded then with posts the next few weeks because I’m going to do my best to catch up on what I’ve read so you can read the good ones and avoid the ones that were not worth your time and I’m feeling really guilty so I may post original writing that is open for honest (but please be gentle) critiques!

So basically this is my apology for doing awful at blogging and my apology for all the notifications you may be receiving.

Okay, let’s do this! Happy Tuesday!

Love,

Nicole

Sorry (again)!

I’m one of the worst bloggers in the history of bloggers and I recognize this and I deeply apologize. I got incredibly busy trying to transition into the life of a working adult (it’s very difficult to break yourself of your Netflix binging habits post-college) and working on some projects that will hopefully see the light some day.

I will catch back up as soon as I can, but until then I can leave you with a quick update.

  1. I finished up my best summer ever as a publications intern at EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Truly an amazing experience and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the friends I made there. Paul Poberezny wasn’t kidding when he said the people are what keep you coming back around.
  2. I got hired as a freelance verification consultant at Kohl’s Corporate. Basically it’s a fancy way of saying I edit stuff. Still new to it and going through the frustrations of not knowing everything and asking tons of questions. (Anyone else really hate the training stages of jobs and just want to jump in and know everything right away? Worst part about a new job, hands down.) BUT still dreaming about working as a book editor/publisher, so if any of you know of any openings, feel free to let me know…
  3. Still obsessing over Colleen Hoover. She has a new book out November 10th! The reviews are saying it’s her best one yet, which is hard to believe since they’re all so good. How do you even top Hopeless? But there’s this contest where you can get written into one of her books! How cool is that?? The link is here. You should enter even if you don’t really care, because I care, and your votes also help me out. 🙂
  4. I also have big dreams to be an author someday, and as all authors do, I’ve been dabbling with a story. It’s been a good four or five years that I’ve played around with this one and I finally got to write the end on it this summer. Is it completely done then? Absolutely not. Is it the next great American novel? Probably not, but the point is I FINISHED IT. Giving myself a short break from the characters before I go for another round of edits.
  5. I am in the process of binge watching The Originals on Netflix. Season 2 goes up October 8, which is the same day as the season 3 premiere. Just seems stupid, right? But you should all go watch it, like now. (Four just felt like a weird number to stop at, so I wanted to add a fifth bullet point. There was really no purpose in it.)

Well, I guess that’s all for now. I promise to check back in with a list of books I read that were good and a list of books that I couldn’t even finish. (I know, I’m ashamed.) Take care everyone!

Sorry again!

Friends, dedicated followers, I sincerely apologize for my blatant lie in March. I clearly did not get to catching you all up over my spring break because I suck. I wish I could say I was busy with school, which is partially true, but I also got busy reading because I had spare time.

BUT Saturday, May 16, 2015, I GRADUATED COLLEGE.IMG_3862 Whoa. My schooling career is officially over. It’s actually kind of heart breaking. I spent my entire life building up for this very moment and you know what, it’s kind of anti-climactic. It’s also incredibly stressful. I have an internship at EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the summer, but once that ends I have no idea where I’ll be. Well, I’ll probably be living back home with mom and dad, but I don’t know where I’ll be career wise because my sights are set too high to get my dream job right out of college.

ANYWAYS,

Now I have some free time so I’ll quick catch ya up on what I’ve read and whether or not you should, too. Here is the short version.

In August I started reading the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was REALLY good. I highly recommend it for any supernatural, sci-fi, fallen angel book-type lovers out there. The dialogue was witty, there were some plot twists, and, because I don’t read anything without it, there was romance. Seriously, you’ll love them.

After that I read The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I had been seeing previews of it and then found a Buzzfeed article that had said it was a book first. So I went to read the book only to find the plot was extremely different than the movie plot. I still haven’t seen the movie, but based on the preview it looked different.For starters, the mom is not around in the book because they’re divorced and in the preview it shows what I assume is the mom riding a lawn mower crying. Bianca doesn’t ask Wesley for help to not be a duff anymore and Bella Thorne’s character doesn’t even exist in the book. It was okay, but I was a little let down because I was expecting something completely different.

After that I read Never, Never by the amazingly talented Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. These awesome ladies co-wrote the book and it was PHENOMENAL. My only complaint is that it was only PART ONE of THREE. I didn’t know it was in parts when I bought it. All of a sudden it just stopped and said “catch part 2 May 19!” and I was like WHAT?! NOT HAPPY. So I’ll put out a complete review once I have demolished all three parts. But part one was spectacular. Also, I love the name Charlie (Charlotte) for a girl. That is all.

After that I read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead based on a recommendation from a friend in my college’s English department. I LOVED IT. It follows guardian in training Rose Hathaway as she returns to a boarding school in Montana for vampires and the half vampires who protect them. Rose has a sort of psychic bond with her best friend, royal vampire Lissa. Rose was badass and sarcastic and Dimitri was badass and Russian and there were vampires and magic and a love story and a couple of plot twists. It was perfect. I fell in love with every character so much that when I read that there was a spin-off series with the same characters, I bought that shit so quick.

The Bloodlines series was okay, but not nearly as good as its original. The series follows Sydney Sage, the Alchemist who was helping Rose in the last half of the series. Sydney’s character is a know-it-all, vampire hating, magic wielding, boring person. She’s sometimes funny, but she’s fact driven so she was really boring. I was more interested in following Jill, the half-sister of Queen Lissa from the first series. Maybe it was just reading twelve books in the same world back to back that got to me, because let’s be honest, after some time in one world you kind of need a change of pace. Or maybe that’s just me. There were a couple of plot twists, and I loved her when she was involved in the witch stuff, but otherwise I was like wow, this series could have been three books long and it would have been perfect. The last few I kind of rushed through. So read the Vampire Academy series because it’s amazing and if you think you’ll have withdrawals, try Bloodlines. But you have been warned, nothing can top the life of Rose Hathaway, badass guardian.

Next on my list if Colleen’s (in my head we’re best friends and on a first name basis. Hey, Colleen!) Confess. I’ve had this book since March and I NEED TO READ IT NOW. And now that I have a big girl job that leaves my nights free, I can totally do that. Expect to hear from me again soon, friends! I’m working on being around more.

Get to know the blogger!

Hey anyone who decides to read this!
If you are reading, I feel extremely honored that you managed to find my tiny little blog. This is my very first blog post ever, so it’s just going to cover some basics.
Like I said, I’m just getting started. My name is Nicole, I’m only nineteen years old, therefore I am still a student. I am studying at UW Oshkosh, which is in Wisconsin in case you did not know what the  UW stood for.
I am majoring in Journalism and English because I LOVE reading and I LOVE writing. I can literally buy a book and finish it in no time. I believe my record was twelve hours. But I wasn’t really watching a clock. I did take a few breaks for eating and socializing with my family so they didn’t think I was completely anti-social. Otherwise I locked myself in my room or I would find a quiet hidden place in my backyard and just lose myself in the other world with different people and places.

My favorite thing about reading is being able to take yourself to other places. I love jumping into a book and I’m just completely lost in it. What I love about writing is similar; you can be in a different world, but when you’re writing you can control that world. You can make the character you with talents you want or people you want to know or dreams you don’t know if you can achieve.

I also love watching movies, but who doesn’t? I will watch mostly anything except for ghost movies. I don’t know why, but that kinda stuff freaks me out. Kidnapping movies? Fine. Crazy stalker murderers? I can handle that. Paranormal Activity? I woke up every day at 2 am for two weeks and freaked out like no other. I wish I could explain this weird fear to you, but I cannot.

I’m also a sucker for dance movies. The Step Up movies totally have my attention. I love them so much. Maybe it’s because I am such an awkward dancer and wish I was more talented, but it totally captivates me. Also, the show Dance Moms on lifetime. The moms are insane, I will literally yell at the tv because they get me so worked up, but I love watching those little girls dance.

So in this blog, I have yet to decide on a single topic. I don’t even know how often I will post yet. But it will probably be all over the place. Books I’m reading, books I liked or disliked, maybe a review of a movie I saw, or reviews on episodes of TV shows I love. I may even get into clothes and how some fashions lately are terrible or I could give secret tips for hair or makeup because I also enjoy doing that kind of stuff.

So some of these posts may interest you, some you may hate. Maybe this entire blog will not be your cup of tea, but I hope with the variety I may find at least ONE person who likes it.

Feel free to leave your opinions, of my writing, of my posts, of my reviews, of your reviews of the things I’m reviewing. Any feedback is good feedback. Negative feedback may suck, but how are you supposed to improve when you don’t know what’s wrong? But if you have a negative comment, don’t be harsh, just helpful please. And if it’s a good comment, well that would just make me feel awesome.

Thanks for taking your time to read a little about me and I hope I will see you soon!

Sincerely,

Nicole.