How I Got Into Writing

If you’ll remember a few months back, I talked about how I got into reading and how it became such a huge part of my life. Well, today’s discussion/talk/thing is going to be along the same lines as that, but about how I got into writing.

Now I’ve been into writing for a long time. But more than that, I’ve been into story making my entire life. For just about as long as I’ve been reading, I’ve also been making stories. Whether it be in my head or on paper, I always had a story to tell.

As children, we often play with toys or outside or wherever and we create stories for when we’re in those moments. Even during my playtimes I was creating, and I recognize that now, but at the time it was just play. Even when I’d play video games I would create whole other stories and scenarios from what I was playing in that moment to something completely different.

My first real writing experience that I can remember was back in the fifth grade when I was around ten or eleven years old. We had to create a story for an assignment (I don’t remember the specifics) and it had to also include pictures. So in this small, fifteen page blue booklet (if it even has that many pages), I wrote a story about how the sun came to be in the sky. I wrote about two children who were playing with a yellow and orange ball and when one of them threw it up too high, it never came back down and it stayed in the sky, creating the sun.

It was very simple, but it was my first story that I had written down. And I loved it.

Fast forward a year into sixth grade when I rekindled my friendship with a friend I hadn’t seen since kindergarten (who’s still my best friend today) and how we, along with another friend, got into manga. My first manga was Tokyo Mew Mew and it sparked a love for magical girls and Japan.

So, during one of our classes that took place in the school’s library, I began to write. And write and write. I wrote about my own magical girls in Japan (which, of course, I knew nothing of save for what could be read in manga), and I wrote a villain and a romance and friendship and it was my first real story. I wrote 19,876 words before  I stopped and, as an eleven year old, I think that’s pretty impressive.

I went on to write other short stories and poems after that, never writing as much as I had before, but still writing. I wouldn’t do it consistently, but there’d be something new every once in a while for a few years.

And then I got into role playing online. My skills in the beginning were terrible, but as I RPed more and I got more comfortable with it and learned from others, I soon developed my own RP style and would come up with stories for each of my characters. On one website that I was also an admin on at one point, I had over 50 or 60 characters, each with their own unique story, personality, etc.

I had never considered writing to be a career or where I hope my career path would go, but as I got older and was in college struggling with my majors and where I belonged, I was advised to look at my classes, my passions, and what did I find?

My best classes were writing and literature classes.

When I decided that that would be my major, I flew by with flying colors in all of my English classes. Some were more challenging than others, but then there were some that allowed me to write and create and those were my absolute favorite classes. Of course, toward the end of my college career I stopped caring as much because HELLO SENIORITIS, but I still wrote and created.

In the fall of 2014 is when I participated in my first NaNoWriMo and completed my first story over 50k words long. It was an accomplishment for me because it was a full story that I had written from beginning to end. Sure, it’s got a lot of problems and whatnot, but what first draft doesn’t?

I’ve found as I got older and went through school that I’m much better at communicating my thoughts through writing than I am verbally and I think a large part of that has to do with my creative mind and imagination.

So what’s happened since then? Well, I’ve participated in a few NaNoWriMos throughout the year and I still haven’t made much progress on anything. I blame work and life and stuff getting in the way, but if I want to make an actual living off of it, then I have no one and nothing to blame but myself for giving these excuses.

So that’s how I got into writing. I’ve always been more of a creative mind than a scientific mind, and I’m happy with that. I find that being creative is a way to relax and discover so many things about yourself and the world around you.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you a writer, and if so, how did you get into writing? Were you always into writing from a young age, or did it come later in life? If you’re not a writer, then what’s stopping you? Are you even interested? What kind of writing style would you do (poetry, fiction, children’s books, etc)?

Uppercase Box August Unboxing

Hey peeps, I’m here with another Uppercase Box unboxing for you! If you don’t know what Uppercase is, as it says on the website, it’s “a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a recently published YA book and awesome book-related items every month! Plus you’ll access exclusive book content and a one-of-a-kind reading experience to dive deeper into each story.”

So I actually got this the day before my birthday last week (my birthday was August 18th) and so it was like I got a present from Uppercase! (Well, I mean, it IS a present, kind of…)

I’ve heard good things about the book that came in this month’s box and so I’m definitely excited to read it. It seems like it’s right up my alley with the lovey dovey stuff.

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What came included was:

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – SIGNED
-P.S. I Like You quote print
-Once Upon a Time necklace (Uppercase exclusive)
-Bookish Thoughts Notepad designed by Simini Blocker (Uppercase exclusive)

All of the items are very adorable and I really can’t wait to read the book because it sounds so CUTE. And what with my slump, I think that’s just what I need.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you read the book yet? What were your thoughts? What kind of song would you write?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Your TBR From Before You Began Blogging

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about the books that have been on your TBR for forever and a day before you began blogging. I actually find this really interesting because before I began blogging and joined the book community, I didn’t have a huge pile of books that were waiting for me to read them.

But here are some of the books that WERE on my TBR and may or not be anymore.

1 . The Hunger Games. Yup, that’s right, I still haven’t read this hugely popular series. It’s been on my TBR since the movie was announced and, well… I’ll get to it someday. I really enjoy the movies, and I know the books are awesome, I just need to read them.

2. Vampire Academy. I’ve given up on reading this series. It was a series I went to right after Twilight back in the day, and I only got up through part of book three before I stopped. I don’t plan on picking this one back up so sorry to those who loved this series.

3. Pride and Prejudice. Despite loving this story, I still haven’t read it! Blasphemy, I know, but when I read Sense and Sensibility (several months before I started blogging), I just felt like the language was difficult and the styles were just so different from what I was used to that I was nervous to pick up this one. But I will!

4. Harry Potter. FIVE THOUSAND YEARS IN THE DUNGEON. I know. But I’m working on it! I’m on Goblet of Fire, and it’s a beast of a book, but I find that when I’m reading it goes by quick? Magic, man.

5. The Mortal Instruments. AGAIN, THE DUNGEON. I’m on book five now, but I’m reading TMI and TID in order of publication, so I’m on Clockwork Prince… It’s confusing, I know, but I’ll finish it one day!

6. The Chronicles of Narnia. In my defense, the bind up of all of the stories is ginormous, and I just couldn’t bring myself to read all of them. And again, the language and style of the books are so different from what I’m used to that I find it hard to adjust sometimes. One day I’ll read these! I have read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe back in school and I really liked it (back when I was eleven or something), but I haven’t read any others.


These are the big ones that I started or wanted to start pre-blogging days, and as you can see, I’ve finished none of them. It’s been two years since I first started blogging and I haven’t even touched any of these books. So sad.

(Also, did you notice the color scheme for the second group of books? Green and yellow are really pretty together!)

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What books did you start back in the day and never finished? Are you joining me in the dungeon? How high up on your TBR have you placed these books or are you like me and just say, “I’ll read them one day?”

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That I’d Name My Children After

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. I know that this isn’t this week’s topic, but it was last week’s topic (August 9th), BUT I DON’T CARE. I really wanted to do this topic and I missed it and it’s just been a weird week, SO I’m going to do the rewind option from last week!

For this week’s topic I chose characters that I’d name my children after, which was a topic from February 2011! I find that this is very fun and something I would totally do, so let’s just get right into it. And to make it fair, I’m going to separate it into categories.

Boy Names

  1. JACE. And, the funny thing is, this actually IS going to be our first son’s name if/when my husband and I have children. Not only is it the name of the main dude from The Mortal Instruments, but it’s also the name of my husband’s favorite character from Magic: The Gathering. So it works!
  2. SIMON. Again, from TMI, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF SIMON VS. I love that book so much and I really like the name Simon and I think it would fit a nerdy kind of son. Ah, dreams.
  3. FLYNN. I just really like this name and think that it kind of fits an adventurer type of kid. This is from the Starbound trilogy and he’s probably the top guy from that trilogy that I love.
  4. RONAN. I just. Yes. I think I would need this one in my life. I mean, who wouldn’t want their own Ronan from The Raven Boys in their life? If I could name my child after him? Perfect.
  5. MAGNUS. Yup, another TMI name because I JUST LOVE THE NAMES, OKAY? I feel like this is such a strong name, a very regal one, too, and I think it’s really cool. My husband just gave me a funny look when I suggested it a while ago, but maybe I’ll win one day.

Girl Names

  1. TESSA. I think these characters will forever haunt me, but this name is from The Infernal Devices and I think it’s very lovely.
  2. LILAC. Again, from the Starbound trilogy, this name is very elegant and pretty, yet I think it’s definitely befitting of someone who has more depth than what she lets on. I’d hope to have a strong daughter like that.
  3. CATH. Yup, I’d do this to my child and not give her the full name, but just half of it. I love the awkward, book loving girl that Cath is, so maybe by giving my daughter her name, she’ll be like that, too?
  4. ISABELLA. From my Twilight days, yes, I would name my child this. I think that it’s really pretty, and the nickname Bella is also nice. So… yeah.
  5. MORRIGHAN. Okay, hear my out on this one. Not only is this character from ACOMAF, but she’s also from The Kiss of Deception as a goddess, I believe, in the lore. From reading the novella, I’d definitely want to name my daughter Mor because both characters are very strong and not afraid to take a stand for themselves before anyone else.

And that’s that! It was actually really hard to pick the girl names because I’ve had two of my girl names picked out since I was thirteen and I’m sticking with them 100000000%. But I do think that all of these names are lovely and would definitely fit into the modern world.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What names would you choose for your children? If you have children, are they named after anyone in particular? What’s the craziest name you think you could get away with naming your child?

Saga & Rat Queens Comics Reviews

Today I’m going to be reviewing three comic books! I didn’t want to keep them in their own posts because the reviews are kind of short.

sagavol6Title: Saga, Volume 6
Series: Saga vol. 6
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 152
Format: Purchased Paperback

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

Compiles issues #31-36

In this volume we got to see Hazel grown up a little bit as she enters kindergarten. And it’s not exactly a picnic for her either considering all of the crap she’s been through and the fact that even though she’s with her grandmother, they’re still in jail, pretty much.

I enjoyed this volume because we got to see progress of Alana and Marko coming together to rescue their child, of Hazel’s teacher wanting to help Hazel when she reveals her wings to the teacher, and more on other side characters.

I thought that this volume really started to pique my interest again because I’m excited to see where the story goes next with all of the fun surprises that happened at the end, plus a little bit of happiness for the family.

It wasn’t the best volume, but I still enjoyed it and give it 4/5 stars.


ratqueen1Title: Rat Queens, Vol 1 Sass & Sorcery
Series: Rat Queens vol 1
Author: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrator: Roc Upchurch
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel – Fantasy
Pages: 128
Format: Purchased Paperback

Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!

This comic had a lot of buzz floating around it and I can definitely see why. The illustrations are absolutely lovely and detailed, even if the story in this first volume felt very jumbled to me.

There are four women who are part of the Rat Queens, a group of people who kill others for a living protecting the town: Hannah, Dee, Betty, and Violet. Each one has their own distinct personality, which I picked up on right away and appreciated, and each one brings their own abilities to the group. I found that, as a group, they all worked well together and did what was necessary to achieve their goals.

Despite that, I wasn’t super comfortable with the amount of profanities in this novel. It’s actually really obnoxious because for almost all of the characters they have some profane word to say almost every other word and definitely in every sentence, which I felt took away from the main point of the story.

I also felt that the story was kind of jumbled and hard to follow at times, because the sequences didn’t really fade out smoothly all that often, but when they did I found that I liked it more.

Other than that, I really did enjoy it. I thought that this volume was definitely more of an introduction into who the characters are and just what they’re meant to do.

I rate this volume 4/5 stars.

ratqueens2Title: Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth
Series: Rat Queens vol 2
Publication Date: May 6, 2015
Pages: 128
Format: Purchased Paperback

This booze-soaked second volume of RAT QUEENS reveals a growing menace within the very walls of Palisade. And while Dee may have run from her past, the bloated, blood-feasting sky god N’rygoth never really lets his children stray too far.

Collects RAT QUEENS #6-10

I’m going to admit: I definitely liked this volume a lot more. The plot really picked up and I didn’t feel that it was as jumbled and all over the place as the last one, plus we got to see a bit of back story for some of the characters due to an evil squid. Yeah. Seriously.

The characters are all trying to figure out just who was really behind their attempted assassinations, and even though they’re given a name, they didn’t know the severity of their situation. This volume packed in a lot of story and action, and though a few sequences had me confused, I felt that it was all very smooth and much easier to follow.

I really like that we got to have a little bit more of an in depth look at Dee, who ran away from her home and religion to find answers in the world, and how what is happening in this volume encompasses her religion entirely. It was interesting to see how she dealt with the issue and that she used logic and a sound mind to go through with it all.

Again, there were a few things in the story that I didn’t appreciate, but it’s more of a preference and whatnot (drug use and the profanities again), but I really did appreciate getting to see a bit more of where Hannah and Violet came from before they were in the Rat Queens.

I rate this volume 4/5 stars.