Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lost

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling lost.

As in literally lost.

Last night my family got lost on vacation. We didn't remember where we parked, so we spent an hour looking. Turns out there's a ton of Central Parking Lots in a huge city.

At least I got back. Thank God for miracles.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Well...

Your eating disorder self-assessment score is 34

You scored 38 or less

Strong tendencies toward anorexia nervosa.

I clicked on a bulimia ad and then got here. Well, that just shows how badly anorexics are portrayed. I'm not even anorexic! People are terribly misled about anorexia.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Pro-Ana

Should I change this to a pro-ana-ish blog?

I mean, I talk about a bunch of topics. So I guess I shouldn't categorize it.

But still.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mememememememememememe

Hey.

I'm back home.

I slept fourteen hours last night.

Enough about me!

CW released a Carrie Diaries episode and the penultimate episode of Nikita.
The Nikita episode, Bubble, killed me and all the other viewers. It's just too good and too sad. How will life go on now?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Wampires (not a typo)

Created by yours truly.
Ribbet.com is amazing as usual.

This is my interpretation of The Vamps' "Can We Dance."

Which is basically another One Direction before they get famous.

Which is basically mainstream.

Vegan

I'm being totally legit. Maybe all those ana blogs inspired me. Maybe this is me trying to be ana. Maybe I'm just sick of meat. I'm trying. Not eating meat is super easy. It's the avoiding butter part and eggs and dairy that scares me a little. It's hard. But hey, soon I'll be vegan Valerie. Valiant Valerie.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Help?

Fudge. Fudge. Fudge. FU--.

I messed up so badly.

Please pray for me.

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE. I need some support.

Mono so far

did 2 days apple mono and on an egg mono today.

I'm sick of peanut butter from Friday's incident. Let's just say I'm quickly getting over my past cravings.

I should try a gelato mono.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Peanut Butter

is so dead and gone to me.

Don't try a mono diet if you actually want to LIKE the food after a day or a week. Yesterday I only ate peanut butter for experimentation purposes. I'm SICK of peanut butter. This is to be expected though. Honestly, you have it for a long time, you get annoyed with it.

On the bright side, the cafeteria will no longer be missing its peanut butter.

There'll be plenty for everyone but me to share!


Friday, December 13, 2013

MONO

diets.

Are really fun. So far.

Honestly, basically unlimited peanut butter. Too good to be true? We'll see. I don't think so though.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ribbet... no not a frog

Fun with editing. I use Ribbet. It's great, and no this post isn't sponsored. It's just what I've been doing lately. Screw homework. Let's do something real.



Sunday, December 8, 2013

ana. ana. ana. ana. ana. ana. ana.


Choose what to write: Guest Post

Hey peeps! Here's a guest post by the wonderful Melinda Brasher! Please buy her books. She's fantastic.

You hear a lot about how you should "write what you know, write what you know."  I take issue with that.  I think you should write what you love.  Obviously, if you're going to write a thriller that takes place on a nuclear sub, and you don't know anything about nuclear subs, you have to do your research.  But if that's what you love, go ahead and do the research, write your story, and then bake some brownies to bribe a sailor into reading your manuscript for technical flaws.

I've never cast a spell or met a king or ridden a horse all night through the dark, yet I write about these things a lot.  That's the beauty of the human imagination.  So write what stirs you, what you can't sleep at night thinking about.  Write the kind of story you would like to read.

If you need inspiration, here are some strategies: 

-Watch people.  A writer I know has a T-shirt that says, "Be careful;  you might end up in my novel." 

-Listen to people's stories.  I once met a British brother and sister on a train in Europe.  They told me about how their train had broken down once in the middle of a snowstorm.  A couple of years later, when I decided I wanted to try to write a short story for a local contest, I remembered them, and wove a story around it, straying wildly from what really happened, peopling it with my own characters with their own motivations and back stories.  I won the contest. 

-Look for story prompts or interesting pictures to start you off.  The internet is full of them.  Search for "creative writing prompts" or "story prompts" or use Writer's Digest's Some magazines base entire issues around certain ideas or even first lines.  Here are a couple I have fun with:  THEMA Literary Journal, The First Line.

-Check out NaNoWriMo's "dares."  In the genre lounges of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) forums, look for threads like "Fantasy Dares" where people dare you to write a story with a certain character or premise.  An example:  "Have a non-rebellious princess who WANTS to go through with the politically-important arranged marriage."  A lot of these dares give you extra points for including other twists or details:  "Your princess really likes her princessing lessons."  Some are silly, but others are fantastic ideas, many of which turn clich├ęs on their heads.   

-Read fiction.  I get inspiration from little things in books—a minor character, a comment, a bit of politics.  I look at a fantasy world and think, "but what if it were this way?"  "What if a character did this instead?"  Just be careful not to borrow too much.  Take a little thread of something you read and twist it into your own unique tale.

-Read non fiction.  I once read a book about strange animal habits and abilities and anatomy, and it gave me so many ideas for science fiction aliens that I had to keep stopping to take notes. 

-Go out and gather experiences.  Try new things.  Meet new people.  Travel.  It's research for future ideas. 

-Write, write, write, write.  The more you write, the more things you'll think of to write.  If you're completely blank, just start writing something.  Anything.  You'll probably have to throw away a few pages of garbage, but soon something will form out of the chaos.

No matter where you get your inspiration, the most important thing is to write.  The best idea is nothing until you put pen to paper. 


Bio: 

Melinda Brasher is the author of Far-Knowing, a YA fantasy about two young mage apprentices—one the hard-working and blindly loyal daughter of the High Commander, the other a baker's daughter with undisciplined power bubbling cheerfully inside her.  Their task is simple:  track down a man no one has ever been able to find, convince the ruthless and powerful mage that they're no threat, and capture him without becoming the next in his long string of victims.  Simple. 

She has also published Leaving Home, a collection of short stories, flash fiction, and travel essays.  Her writing appears in Ellipsis Literature and Art, Enchanted Conversation, Go Nomad, and International Living, among others. 


Melinda Brasher has lived in Poland, Mexico, and the Czech Republic, teaching English as a second language and traveling every chance she gets.  She loves hikes, season changes, games that require more skill than luck, grammar debates, and shelves stuffed with books.  Connect with her online at http://www.melindabrasher.com.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

In Which I Can Edit Photos

Found background online.
Added my caption. Recognize it? Guess whose song it's from.



Answer: Taylor Swift's The Moment I knew




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chrome Apps

AKA how I customized my Chrome experience so much that it's completely Valerie-fied.

1. AdBlock
This extension isn't particularly unique, but it is lifechanging. Basically all ads are gone- Youtube ads, my blog's ads (LOL), ads on AOL....

Never again will you be distracted by that Amazon ad.

2. Disconnect
Fact: Valerie is super paranoid when it comes to the internet. I've tried to stop my internet provider from tracking my ISP address and my browsing history. Unfortunately, that feat has not been completed. However, I've accomplished a different mission, to stop websites and companies from tracking me. Hey Disconnect, thank you so much!

3. Ghostery
This app does what Disconnect does except that you can actually see the companies tracking you. There's also an automatic setting that automatically disables tracking.

My parents would call using two extensions for the same thing overkill, but I call it being cautious.

4. Google Dictionary
One of those convenient things so you'll always have a dictionary without opening a new tab.

5. HTTPS Everywhere
For security purposes.

6. Invisible Hand
Make sure you have the best deals on the internet!

7. Momentum
My new tabs always say "Good morning, Valerie." It's so pretty and clean.
MOMENTUM, I LOVE YOU. Momentum= mv.

8. Pocket
Save all your favorite websites for later!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SO

life's hard.

and i can't stop. (cue Miley Cyrus reference here)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekend Worship with The Fu

Please support them. If I were about ten years older, I'd want to marry them.

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