Top Ten Tuesday: YouTubers I Love

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about our top ten favorite non-bookish related sites/blogs/etc. I was having a really hard time coming up with something because all I ever go on is social media and bookish websites, SO I decided to talk about some of the non-bookish YouTubers that I love! I follow a bunch of people, but there are certain ones that I watch more often than others.

  1. danisnotonfire – If you haven’t seen my posts that involve The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire, then this guy is one of the authors of said book, but he’s a funny, sarcastic British dude who tells it like it is with a heavy dose of sarcasm. I find him to be really funny and someone I watch to decrease my stress in a day because, let’s face it, Dan makes it really easy to laugh at him.
  2. AmazingPhil – And this guy is the other half of Dan and Phil. He’s amazingly awkward and tries so hard to make punny jokes that you just can’t help but laugh at. He’s also British and I love hearing the way he talks. Plus, he tells really funny life experience stories. And they have a gaming channel WHICH I LOVE BECAUSE SO MANY LAUGHS ARE HAD.
  3. Evan Edinger – He’s filled with so. Many. PUNS. Oh man, Evan just comes up with them on the fly and I just can’t help but smile when I hear them. He talks about living in the UK, about life things, about not so serious topics and serious things, and he even has a travel channel.
  4. BananaJamana – She’s one of the few artists I follow on YouTube simply because her art is AMAZING and cute and omg I want her to teach me all of her techniques. She’s super quiet and seems like a very sweet person, and I just want to hug her so much!
  5. Markiplier – He’s one of those famous gaming people on YouTube and he’s hilarious! And he’s also very sincere when it comes to his fans and when it comes to him thanking people for the subscribers and for understanding hard times in his life and stuff. Sure, he’s wicked funny in his gaming videos, but he’s got a great golden heart, too.
  6. 1MILLION Dance Studio – I love dancing! I don’t do it myself, but I love to dance and I love watching dancers. I believe this studio is based in Korea, and they all are amazing! They have a bunch of different choreographers and such talented dancers. I’d love to learn something by them! They do have a tutorial channel for that, too.
  7. WilldaBeast Adams – He’s one of the first choreographers I followed because, man, THEY KICK ASS. He and his crew of 4903248028409 people (seriously, that’s what it looks like sometimes) are all amazing dancers and they have awesome moves.
  8. Simon and Martina – I recently found them a couple of weeks ago, and OMG I LOVE THEM. I want to be their friend. They’re a married couple from Canada who lived in Korea for the last seven-ish years, but recently just moved to Japan, and they talk a lot about cultural things and music and fun topics. And they make them really fun and funny!
  9. WahlieTV – I found this channel through Weylie’s main channel, and I love them! They’re a couple and this is their vlogging channel, and I don’t know what it is but there’s just something about watching blogs that is very relaxing. They have great personalities and it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that they’re a couple years younger than me.
  10. Thingamavlogs – Of course I couldn’t leave this list without SOMETHING Disney related! These five YouTubers make up Thingamavlogs, where they bring out new topics each week about things Disney and Disneyland. I love watching them and seeing what they have to show because I’ve never been to Disneyland, plus I learn things about the movies and stuff I otherwise wouldn’t have known. Love them!

I could make this list go on forever, but these are definitely the ones I most frequent, I’d say. These content creators are all awesome and I highly suggest you check them out.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who are some of your favorite non-bookish YouTubers? Do you watch any of the people I listed? What kind of content are you into when you look for people to subscribe to?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Made You Think

Hey, it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday again! This week is all about books that made you think. Well, hmm, that seems a little vague. But I guess find the deeper meaning or made me think about something that reflected in my life? Sure! We’ll go with that!

houseofthescorpion5. “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer

I know I used this book in last week’s T5W, but this book was just so impactful on me as a teen. It made me think more about what if: what if we lived in a society like that? What if I was a clone and had to give my life to someone I didn’t even know (myself, essentially)? What if I hadn’t read this book; would I still love reading as much? (Yes, most definitely.)

thisstarwontgoout4. “This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl

This book was non-fiction and had many writings by Esther, as well as her parents and others. It was a true story about her life with cancer and how she ultimately died from that cancer. It just made me think what if I had cancer? Would I keep my faith like her? Would I have so much will to live and vitality as Esther? Would I blog about it? Start a charity around it for those with the same cancer?

acertainslantoflight3. “A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb

This was one of my favorite books as a teen (plus it was the only book I ever actually read for required summer reading) and it had a big impact on me and why I loved to read. It was beautifully written and was a great tale about love, loss, and dealing with being dead. It made me think about just how beautiful it would be to live the life the characters did and how they lived could affect others, ultimately making them better people. It’s amazing the power of a story, really.

trolls2. “Trolls” by Brian and Wendy Froud

I love their art and storytelling, I really do. This book is more art than story, but it still tells a great many tales about trolls that I had never known about. It made me think of how much of the magic we had as a kid gets lost as we grow older, dealing with “reality” rather than “unreality.” I love to think that there are things out there, special things, magical things. It makes the world just a little bit more interesting.

stardust1. “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

As my first Gaiman book, this was a beautiful piece of art. Seriously, art. I loved the way he wove the story and told it from so many perspectives, eventually linking them all together and having the story come together as one. It made me think of my own writing and how I want to become a published author one day. His style is definitely an influence on my own and I just think that his writing has its own life, breathing and alive. I want to strive to get my own words to be like that one day.

So that’s it for this T5W! Let me know what your top five picks would be for this topic!

Epic Reads Book Tag

This was a book tag created by Margot, one of the lovely ladies from Epic Reads, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity for this one because the questions are much more dynamic than the typical book tag you find floating around (or at least what I’ve seen).

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
    1. I’d invited Sarah J Maas to tea and her character Celeana because two badass ladies at tea is a freakin’ awesome party, right? And I’d probably serve, like… cheese and crackers because I doubt either one would care much. I’d have too many questions and fangirly moments for them to stop and chew things, anyway.
  2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
    1. Hmm… Well, if we’re basing this off of books I’ve read in the past 12-13 months, I’d say a prequel for either “Divergent” by Veronica Roth or any story from Harry Potter. I’d love to read about Harry’s parents in Hogwarts.
  3. Which two characters (NOT from the same book)  do you think would make a good couple?
    1. I think Cath from “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell and Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare would make a good couple because both of them are nerdy and geeky and could totally talk about a lot of things together. I’m sure Simon would jump on the fangirl bandwagon with Cath, right?
  4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
    1. If I saw Sarah J Maas on the subway, 1) I think I’d be too nervous to say anything, but 2) if I did it would probably be something like, “I love your books so much!” And a big smile plastered on my face.
  5. What book made you a reader and why?
    1. I can’t really pinpoint this as I’ve always loved to read and collect books (it started at an early age, man), but one book that stands out significantly to me as a child was “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. Every time I think back to my childhood I can always picture this book, along with “Verdi,” also by Cannon. I loved the art style and the stories to them. They were just very captivating to me as a little girl.
  6. Incendio! Your bookshelf caught on fire. Show us the one book you would save.
    1. 1) I’d cry. 2) I’d probably go after either one of two books: “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas or “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer. I’d go after Maas’s book because I love that one so much in the series, and I’d go after Meyer’s book because it’s signed and has “To Rayna” written in it. So yeah.
  7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
    1. As I haven’t read many dystopians yet, I’m going to have to go with “Divergent” and the faction system. I already know I’d be placed in Abnegation, so there’s that… And I guess I pick it because it seems like a nice system until, you know, people want to destroy and take over everything.
  8. What is your most epic read of all time?
    1. The “Fushigi Yuugi” manga series by Yuu Watase. This was one of the first manga series I ever read way back when I got into manga and anime in middle school. I love this series so much, it’s my absolute favorite and I’m beyond glad I read it. It’s magical, witty, funny, series, steamy, there’s romance… it’s got so many things I love wrapped up in one. Plus, Watase’s art style is amazing! Love, love, love!
  9. Also, tag some friends now to answer these questions.
    1. It’s not really a question, but there it is! I challenge anyone who reads this to do this tag, either on their own blog or in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed and found this engaging – I did!

NaNaWriMo 2014 Revision Plans

I never posted this here initially, or really kept up with updates, but I did win NaNoWriMo this year with over 50k words (50,281 to be exact)! I’m very proud of myself as I won on day 29, and I wrote my butt off to catch up when I fell behind.

If you want to read a synopsis and excerpt from my novel, you can go check out my page.

So let me talk about my revision plans. I’ve got a lot of them planned, I’m just not going to get them started until the new year because my brain needs time to recuperate after all that writing and other busy things going on, plus my husband and I are going on a honeymoon to Disney World over Christmas, so… I have no time to think about my story.

Anyway, now that I’ve rambled, let me get on with my revision plans:

  • I’m going to rewrite the entire novel in first person point of view present tense from the perspective of my main female character, Dahlia, whom I connected with much more than my main guy character, Jake.
  • After that second draft (since my first NaNo draft is… my first draft) I’m going to polish it up and have several people who were interested in reading it read it.
  • Upon feedback from them, I will revise more and start looking for/querying potential literary agents who might be able to help me get my book published.
  • Yes, my ultimate goal is to get my work published, and I do love the story very much and I believe it would be a great debut novel (at least I hope). That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to grow in my writing from doing multiple drafts or anything of the like. As many people say, it’s not about getting published, it’s about the writing process.
    • What I’ve learned from it is that I missed writing. I missed being creative and spewing out as much as possible to create a feasible, entertaining story.

So my revision plans are pretty standard, I think, for any aspiring writer. I love my story and want to share it with the world. I have many other story ideas and writing plans, I just need to implement them and begin writing. No one’s going to tell those stories but me, so I may as well get on it, right?

Did you participate in NaNo this year? How did you do? What are your revision plans, if any? Let me know in the comments below!