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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

places i like to hide

It has been approximately seven point three million years since we've last spoken, and so a mediocre amount of things have happened.

  • At the beginning of the month, I turned twenty-one. (I still instictually call myself a teenager. I'm having a hard time grasping the term adult.)
  • My favorite and most loved dog, Jasper, passed away in November last year. It may sound silly, but it's crazy how much I learned from a little Sheltie dog.
(I'm sure that in his doggy heaven there's constantly a nice cool breeze to blow through his fur. He was such a model.) *

  • I had my life altered by a music festival, of all things, and have since been encouraging others to attend. So, uh. You should attend. I'll even help you with your face paint.
  • I've transferred to a different college, one smaller and closer to home, where I feel more comfortable. Mizzou was a lovely school, but sadly, not for me. (I do miss its squirrels though.)
  • Speaking of college, I'm a junior now. Still a Creative Writing major. Still battling off the awkward and rudely pointed question: "What kind of work can you get with that major?"
I'm sure a ton of other things have happened, but since it has been approximately seven point three million years, I couldn't even begin to recall them.

And since I clearly am not disciplined enough to keep this blog going consistently, I've decided to go ahead and leave some links to places where I creep.
  1. twitter (my love affair with yelling out pointless information will never die)
  2. instagram (i don't post here often, but i do plan on trying to get into it again!)
  3. my email (like, duh)
  4. i also have a facebook and tumblr that you may have if you ask politely 
As far as my email goes, I'd love to hear from you, but I'm afraid I will not be accepting review requests. This includes interviews and promotions as well. I feel awful having to turn people down because I haven't thought to write here about it earlier. I simply don't have the time what with school and work and the naps that get me through the day. I apologize. I'm sure I'll come back to Juniper Breeze fully amped and will let you know when I will begin accepting them again, but until then, I'm officially closing up my review cabinet.

The matter is, I do miss blogging, but life right now is busy. It's something I've come to terms with. College basically owns me, and I do little writing outside of classes. Luckily enough, specializing in creative writing allows me some outlet outside of all the essays and nonfiction that are package-dealed with being an English major. I'm working on a short story--the byproduct of one of last semester's projects--that I might try my hand at publishing. I've lost the frantic need to publish early in life and on a grand scale and come to terms that being an author is a slow process kind of dream, at least for me.

But I'm still trying my had at one day fulfilling it.

Peace out, babes. I'll talk to you later.

*I didn't mean to depress anyone, it was just an important event in my life! Here is a very compelling video of dogs who don't know how to handle cats stealing their beds to make up for it. You're welcome.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Maggie's Monday Music (35)

A meme created by yours truly to share with the world good music, and hopefully make Mondays slightly less dreadful.

I'm almost a month into summer vacation and find myself in this really odd mix of both busy and lazy. I'm doing productive things, but most of them are in or around the house, so I don't leave it super often. It makes for a strange sensation. Anyways, I've found myself entertaining my free hours with hunting down new music, which is something I haven't been able to do in quite some time.

As I've been searching I've noticed that my taste has progressed to a mix of slightly depressing tracks and high-energy, dance tunes. I'm such a teenager sometimes I make myself sick. (It's weird thinking that I can only say that for a few more months. That'll be a subject for another time.)

(All I Want; Kodaline)

The official video for this song is cute, but it frustrates me for several reasons on a very inherent level, so I decided to go with this particular video. They're performing live, but I assure you it's haunting and raw and beautiful and I may almost prefer it to the recorded song. If you have any wonderful new music finds, be sure to leave them in the comments!

Have a great Monday, and I'll talk to you soon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

so this one time


This one time.

I met a bunch of authors and sort of almost died.

In my last post I had mentioned something about an RT Convention and that I was attending one. Well, I did attend, and I met a ton of my favorite authors.  In the process of meeting them, I made a complete fool of myself due to this thing where I get really star-struck and awkward and so I just stare and then blurt out, "I'm kind of in love with you," like a creep.

That's what happened when I met and got a photo with Stephanie Perkins. I'd post it but I am ashamed of the weird-happy-dazed look I had. Also my hair. The picture says I could have really used a brush. My hair always decides to act up before important things. Stupid hair.

(Needless to say, I'm framing it and hanging it on my wall.)

(The picture, I mean. Not my hair.)


It was the first convention that I've attended and I was surprised by the sheer amount of just... nice that radiated off of everyone there. Book people are so cool, you know? I had kind of forgotten that in the time that I was at school. Textbooks are not fictional YA novels.

And it sucks.

After the signings, I attended a few sessions of speakers. They had so many smart things to say about not only their writing processes, but just being an author in general, which was really nice. I'm continuously awed by how creative and interesting these people are. Like, I'm not that creative OR interesting. In fact, I could make you a pretty hefty list of things that authors are that I am not. And I witnessed these things in person, so I know. 

(Oh. Speaking of creative, interesting people, I'm just gonna mention really quickly that Myra McEntire recognized me from twitter. I almost passed out and died. Her accent is perfect and she's gorgeous and god, she's funny. I LOVE YOU, MYRA.)

The good news is classes are out for the summer and the only thing that's going to be taking up my time these days is a job. Which means I'll have many an hour for writing. To say I'm excited would be putting it lightly.

How about you? Have you been doing any cool bookish things lately?

Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who freezes up in front of authors. Even if I do ever make it to be one, I'll never be able to go anywhere because my creepiness will ALWAYS BE KILLING THE VIBE.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

author-y college break

If you've seen any of my social media lately, you'll have noticed that finals are coming up in a couple of weeks. Everyone always makes a big fuss about them, but I think it's actually the two or so weeks before that are the most stressful. Last exams, quizzes, and projects are all handed out at the same time, which, if you ask me, is kind of ridiculous.
Side effects of the end of a school year include, but are not limited to: hissy fits, meltdowns, rants, television marathons brought on by avoidance, head-to-pillow contact, and an over consumption of ice cream. Also, twitter.

In one of my many maneuvers of avoidance, me and my mother (accompanied by Samantha and her mother) are trekking up to Kansas City to attend the RT Convention this weekend. It's this really cool convention where a bunch of authors--Stephanie Perkins! Myra McEntire! Tessa Gratton! and so many others!!--are going to be doing a bunch of stuff (including speed dating)(kind of) and it's just going to be a rad time all around, y'all.

I just used "rad" and "y'all" in the same sentence. I don't even know who I am anymore.

Anyways, there's the full convention and then Teen Day, which is what we'll be going to. It's last minute, but you guys should check it out! The website says they'll be selling tickets at the door, so if you're feeling like a road trip to Missouri, I'd definitely come up and attend.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Maggie's Monday Music (34)

A meme created by yours truly to share with the world good music, and hopefully make Mondays slightly less dreadful.

Hello, lovelies.

I am an English major, and any time I spend reading anymore is all for class, which is seriously starting to get depressing. I did read Just One Day by Gayle Forman recently though, and I think I'm going to put a review up of that here soon. I quite loved it.

Anyways, I'm here with a Monday Music! I've recently really gotten into the band Bastille, so their songs have been on repeat a lot lately. I hope you enjoy!

(Pompeii; Bastille)

What have you guys been listening to? Finals are coming up and I'm going to need some new jams to get me through; be sure to comment if you have any suggestions. Have an awesome Monday!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

updates or something similarish

Since I last posted I:
  • Passed my first semester!
  • And that's basically it.
Life, man. It's cray.

I like to think that I was taking those first few months to get in the swing of things, you know? Nothing hard. Lots of napping to make up for lots of not sleeping. A lot of ramen noodles and soup. A lot of tshirts and leggings. All things that I think were totally necessary for a beginning college student.

I've been home for about a month now for break and will be returning back for semester nombre deux in a little less than a week, which I am not looking forward to. Here I've been able to sleep until 2pm (no judgement), have a pantry full of food at almost all times, catch up on my reading, and watch television until my body hurts because it's been so long since I moved. There I have to scurry a mile in the cold to classes and share space with a number of other girls. I don't know about you, but I think Here is a crap ton happier than There.

Not that I'm not enjoying myself at school. I'm just most content in bed with my dogs and Supernatural reruns. It's whatever.

Don't think I haven't kept my eye on what's been going on with you guys though. I am ALL OVER yo blahgs. Just because I'm slacking doesn't mean you get to! (Unless you're like me, in which case I totes understand and offer you some ice cream and a spot on my couch.)


Sunday, September 2, 2012

hello, my sweetcakes

I've been gone from blogger long enough for the entire layout of everything to be janky and confusing. I don't like it.

Hi, guys.

So, let's get real with each other: Blogging is hard, and I'm terrible at time management. Obviously I haven't posted in quite some time and I apologize for that. I'm not going to lie and say that my posting will get any better either, because I really doubt it will. I still love the literary world, and reading and books and writing and authors and all of those beautiful and wonderful things, but I just don't have the time to talk about them or delve into them as deeply as I used to.

I like to think that as an English major, I'm allowed to be given some slack.

That's right, I've made it. I graduated high school and embraced college life about a month ago. It's still crazy and I still can't believe it most of the time, but here I am. My new home is at the University of Missouri, or more commonly, Mizzou. It's nice here. We have lots of rabbits and squirrels running around. But that really has nothing to do with anything.

I'm back. I'm hoping to slowly begin posting again. I doubt I'll have many reviews up, but if I read anything new and exciting, I'll be sure to share it here. You guys are all still on my mind, and I hope you're doing good things with yourselves.

Speaking of, is that a new haircut? Because I dig it. Cutie.