I Am Sixteen (Goin’ On Seventeen)
Last year I did a post on my birthday which was mostly excited and random and unintelligible. I did some blog tags and then spouted a bunch of random ‘facts.’
However, there was also a ranty section at the bottom where I discussed how my birthday was going awry, how depressed I was, etc. And yes, it didn’t turn out like I’d planned, which was really sad.
However, I’ve decided not to be so pouty
(spellcheck says that’s not a word …) about my birthday this year.
This year, the DMV has decided to delay me getting my license until September 6th because it’s “busy.” (And yes, it probably actually is, but I’m pretending that the DMV is doing this on purpose just to break my heart.) And my dog is dying*.
*Which is true, but totally unrelated to my birthday.
However, I really need to stop whining when things go wrong. It’s a bad habit of mine. So … today I’m going to be positive.
AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT!
Even though the DMV is going all crazy on me, that’s okay. I’m chill with it.* I mean, at first I was furiously angry (I’m still a little peeved), but I feel like if I’m mature enough to get a license I need to be mature enough to not let this ruin my special day.**
**What? You thought a girl’s “special day” was her wedding? Well, not for me. I actually dislike weddings with all their emotions and dysfunctional AC units.
What matters is that awesome stuff is going down*. Right here. Right now.
*And, y’know, cake + presents + awesome party with friends + cool party with family + etc.
First item on the list …
Before they realized I was talking about my birthday, not my blog’s birthday, some friends of mine suggested I talk my favorite blog posts.
And even though it’s not Reveries’s birthday, I’m going to go ahead and talk about some of my faves. Because I’m a #rebel
(And … these aren’t necessarily my all-time favorites. They’re just a couple posts that I remembered being proud of in these last couple months.)
- The Dos and Donts of Naming Characters
- How to Use Pinterest as an Author
- When You Feel Like Giving Up
- Ten Things You Need to do to Survive as an Author
Those aren’t really my all-time favorite posts. I don’t even know how many of them make the top ten. But … I’m on a bit of a time-rush. And it’s my blog. I can post links to random posts if I want …
|Things I’ve Learned|
I thought I should share some of the awesome things I’ve learned in my sixteen years I’ve existed on this earth. Granted, I haven’t learned a lot … but I feel like I need to share my little bits of wisdom with y’all.
- Cartoons should not contain lessons. Unless that lesson is that if you shoot someone it won’t really hurt them. *nods*
- Six-year-olds are sometimes better conversationalists than sixteen-year-olds. Like, seriously. They’re smarter and generally don’t talk about boys.
- Accepting every review copy* sent to you is probably a bad idea. AAAAAH!!!
*I just came up with a great idea for a story! Picture this: an evil website collects ARCs from faithless bloggers and sells them to exorbitant prices to smitten fangirls!
- Unless challenged, you probably should avoid shouting your opinions/beliefs. Even then, you should be gracious and kind, not shoving your own thoughts and feelings on certain subjects on other people.
- Crying is totally underrated. I used to think crying was for weaklings only. But I was wrong. Teen girls should learn to cry to get their way. I haven’t mastered it yet, but someday … *wistful expression*
- Border collies are so awesome that their awesomeness is just overwhelming awesome. #redundant
- No one really deserves anything from anyone else except life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I just call it like I see it …
- By the way, it was originally ‘life, liberty, and property.’ WHY COULDN’T THEY JUST LEAVE IT THAT WAY!?! You can’t define ‘the pursuit of happiness.’ Property, however? Yep. Pretty definable.
- Boys just aren’t worth it until you’re older. Because I felt like I had to have some sort of an opinion on dating. I do want to date someday, but just not yet, y’know?
(Ho, that’s not at all ’cause I just don’t know any boys who I’m remotely interested in … why do you ask such a silly question?)
- A spanked child is a happy child. And I won’t hear your silly opinions about ‘violence not solving anything.’ It’s not violence. It’s a parent delivering due consequences to the little person they’ve been given the care of.
And yeah, that’s all I’ve learned except school stuff and things that aren’t that excited and have been said fifty times, like religious convictions and such.
And … yep. That’s all I’ve learned.*
*Okay, maybe it isn’t. Though I am pretty dumb sometimes … okay, most of the time …
Although I know you don’t believe me, I’ve accomplished lots of things in my sixteen years.* And I’m going to tell you about them.
*Lots may be a teensy-weensy bit of an exaggeration …
- Written three 50K+ novels (TDS, IvIn, and AFOP), a novella (TLOTV), and a novelette (Flowers; I’m editing it, and it got longer!) as well as several short stories (I think six or seven, though I’m not going to give it serious thought) and dozens of poems.
- Half-written a novel (Once a Stratton, 40K so far) and many, many, many other novels (which have been trashed/put away for later).
- Published two novels and a novella.
- Read at least 551 books; reviewed over 300 of those on Goodreads.
- Published two blogs. Am still writing in them.
- Kinda-sorta have a vlog? At least I tried, haha.
- Survived 3 NaNoWriMos and 4 Camp NaNoWriMos.
- Fluent in Looney Tunes.
- Actually, fluent in a lot of different things that have no meaning …
- Watched waaaay too much Rhett&Link, Studio C, and Film Theory.
- Is just a little obsessed with the following fandoms:
- Gone with the Wind (I can’t help it, okay? And I swear Scarlett O’Hara is me as an evil selfish brat who needs Jesus …)
- Jane Austen (although … I don’t know, am I the only one who doesn’t like Sense and Sensibility as much?)
- Downton Abbey (am I the only one who feels like Mary sometimes? Like an awesome ice queen?)
- The Paradise (I actually am a little irritated with Moray and feeling bad for Katherine at the minute, though.)
- Psych (*maintains eye-contact* *refuses to be ashamed*)
- Gilmore Girls (^^)
- How to Train Your Dragon (movies and TV shows … yep …)
- Phineas and Ferb (I CAN’T HELP IT OKAY IT’S SO CLEVER!)
- John Wayne (I don’t want as many of his movies as I used to, but darn, he’s good!)
- Most old movies (some of my favorites include Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday, Rebecca, The Philadelphia Story, Notorious, The Thin Man …)
- The Marx Brothers. I’m not appologizing.
- Cary Grant (what?)
- Keira Knightley (I’m sorry; she’s just so good! And Pride and Prejudice 2003 is soooo awesome! I’m sorry; I don’t get 1995. The Elizabeth isn’t nearly as good …)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (I AM NOT ASHAMED! Especially the first and last one …)
- Most old musicals (Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, High Society, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, GiGi, Singin’ in the Rain … shall I go on?)
- Hitchcock thrillers (Vertigo is my all-time favorite, but I like Rear Window, Charade, and To Catch a Thief, too … and Rope, oh my word …)
- Practically all the music in the world except the songs I don’t like.
- And I have yet to back down about my love of country music. So that’s something.
- And a lot of other things. Because I’m pretty well-balanced. (Okay, I’m not at all, but whatever … #AllIDoIsWrite)
- Has gone through two years of high school. (Only one to go!)
- And eight years of school before that + kindergarten + preschool.
- Has two little brothers. Neither are dead yet.
- Just kidding. I would never kill my brothers.
Or would I?
- Faced down three bees, multiple spiders, two snakes, and an angry momma cow.
- Never really played video or computer games. Just wasn’t into it. *shrugs*
- Hasn’t exploded from all the plot bunnies + character whispers.
- Ooh, I got my food-handler’s certificate Wednesday! I can now handle your sandwiches and smoothies. Legally.
- Won three or four first prize ribbons for knitting. Because it’s not hard at all and basically anyone can get a first prize ribbon by not making mistakes.
- I did have my slippers sent to state fair and win first prize again, though. So there’s that.
- I’ve been riding a horse these last couple weeks! I swear I’m going to remember to take pictures soon. He’s such a dear. The lady has me off the lead now, weaving in and out of cones and that kind of thing. It’s super fun!
- World Champion Chocolate Eater.
- Well, World Champion Sugared-Food Consumer, at least.
- I have half a dozen amazing friends in real life who are so incredibly sweet and supportive.
Wow, I sure listed a lot of fandoms up there … but to be honest, I’ve just been waiting to tell you all that, soooo …
Gosh, we’re already at 15 hundred words! Unbelieveable. Well, let’s add some more words to that rapidly-growing number!
That’s right! I decided to do a giveaway. It’s a somewhat boring giveaway, but you can enter anyway. Basically, the winner gets an ebook copy of each of my published novels, The Dressmaker’s Secret, Ivy Introspective, and The Lady of the Vineyard. You can view these books here.
By the way, my books are now on expanded distribution which means they’re available on quite a few sales channels. Check them out!
See? Now you can get on practically any sales channel and grab a copy. Wouldn’t that be a great birthday present? 😉 Okay, yes, I’m not really doing this, but if you do want a copy, you can now get it somewhere other than Amazon.
And … that’s about it! I can’t think of anything else to do in this post, and so …
Was this post too long? Did you actually read all of it? (No, I don’t expect you to.) Do we share any fandoms or accomplishments? Did you enjoy my favorite posts? Did you learn any amazing facts that will benefit your life? Did you enter the giveaway? (It’s up until tomorrow evening.)