12 Things I’m Thankful For This Year…


I’m thankful, in no particular order, of course ;) :

For music; for the songs that help me write, feel, and think, for the music that makes me feel understood, for it driving me towards both peace and insanity and adventure.

For wonderful comedies; for discovering the joy that is Frasier and watching the series straight through twice, for rewatching The Office when I feel down, and for Modern Family being so rewatchable!

For my brother Nathan; for his hugs and kisses and for his thoughtful remarks and nearly nine-year-old type teasing.

For achieving my GED after just over a year of studying; for it teaching me to work hard and for the school that gave me a social life and personal encouragement.

For my sister finding her life’s calling; for her courage and inner determination that inspires me.

For anime; for the companionship of characters, for the power of stories, for the beauty of animation, and for its general amazing magic.

For continued personal exploration; for growth and pain, for further learning my natural strengths and inner ticking, for learning I’m both weaker than I thought but stronger than I knew.

For my best friend, James; for our continued, growing friendship, for the year of many laughter fits over Skype calls, for our many anime adventures, and for all his thoughtful care for me.

For good Chinese comfort food; enough said. ;)

For my Mom; for all her love, for her trying so hard to help and understand me, for her example of fighting for one’s mental and emotional safety.

For the struggle that is a writer’s life; for the books that died this year, for the books that are simmering on the back burner, and for the books that unexpectedly took control when I happened to blink that one time. XD


For heart emojis; just for how cute and expressive they can be, and for the many meanings that can be behind them. <3 <3 <3


A huge thank you to S at A Free Mind for tagging me to do the Twelve Days of Thanksgiving Tag! That was just the push I needed to write this post up! XD

I hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving! This is probably the most nontraditional one for me EVER, as Mom and I decided we didn’t want turkey this year. XD I did make my cranberry orange bread though, and I hope to watch that one Frasier episode that happens on Thanksgiving. Because I’m still obsessed with Frasier, guys. XD

Talk to you all again soon! Enjoy your holiday! <3


5 Favorite Lindsey Stirling Songs

Lindsey_StirlingI’ve been on a funny kick of revisiting music lately, music I used to overplay on my MP3 player till I grew tired of it. Its fun revisiting songs that made me feel certain emotions or brought my book’s scenes to life. Today I decided to revisit a long time favorite YouTuber and musician of mine, Lindsey Stirling.

Lindsey Stirling has come a very long way in her musician’s career and I’ve loved every moment that I’ve followed her: She’s quirky but genuine and her violin makes awesome dubstep even more awesome. :) I know many of you are also fans, so I thought I share my revisiting journey with you. :) These aren’t in order, though, I just can’t pick a favorite. ;)

Electric Daisy Violin

I love the vocal track in this song, along with the upbeat tempo and melody. I listened to this on repeat a lot because I couldn’t get enough of it way back in 2011. :D A true classic to me!

Song of the Caged Bird

This song fights really hard to be my most favorite of Lindsey’s songs. The violin’s melody has always provoked a very strong sense of sadness and longing that clicked with my heart on the first listen. Plus the beat of this song is incredibly on point.

Beyond the Veil

Wow, ok, I remember hearing this for the first time last year and just being blown away. Not only is the song completely captivating, but music video is easily one of my all time favorites my her. So incredibly beautiful!

Take Flight

This song takes me on mental adventures, to put it briefly. I feel like I could fly when I hear the violin’s cry and rhythm on the percussion. No wonder she can take so many flying leaps to her song. <3

Shatter Me

And I can’t end without her gorgeous, heart-gripping song “Shatter Me”. Lzzy Hale sings Lindsey’s lyrics with a raw intensity of power; I often felt like she took my voice from my throat and screamed in pain for me. This will always stay one of my favorite songs, even if I don’t listen to it all the time like I used to. :)

Are you a Lindsey Stirling fan?! Which of her songs are your favorite (I won’t ask you to pick just one; that’s impossible, isn’t it)?


For My Fellow Writers /// 04


This Sunday will be the mid-way point for NaNoWriMo, guys! How is everyone’s books going? Today I’m sharing a post I wrote last November about my methods for beating the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word challenge. I’ve won this challenge the three times I’ve joined and I can credit the wins to many of these methods. And, not to brag, but I did mange to do it each year without a lick of coffee. :D

Fifteen Tips for Conquering NaNoWriMo (one day at a time!)

Numbers 6, 10, and 12 are big ones for me to remember especially. And 9 and 14 are hard to do, but worth the effort for sure! So, what are a few of your personal tricks for “beating NaNoWriMo with a stick”?


Changing Seasons

compassI’m incredibly distracted right now; the seasons are changing, goodbyes have been said to special people, future hellos are approaching out of nowhere, I have a school project I’m slowly working my way towards beginning XD, and…just a lot of things are shifting. Quickly, anxiously, happily…it’s all very distracting. XD

My baby sister left this week for Army Basic Training and it was one of the worst goodbyes I ever had to say. The last time I cried that hard was four years ago when my family first crumbled apart, and the time before that was probably never. I’m incredibly proud of my sister and I know military life will really suit her, but the letting go was brutal. I survived, though. :'( I can’t wait to see her again in a few months! <3

I’m not ready for it to be November already. The year seemed to have slipped by so fast. Its weird to look back and realize so many of my priorities changed over the year from my original 2015 bucket list. I’m not ready for it to be Christmas again. I’m not ready for 2016. And meanwhile, the rest of the country is up in arms over the Starbucks coffee cup designs. Just, why.

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My college class on career exploration continues to be wonderful and I’ve been attempting to explore the effectiveness of some of the things I’ve learned about myself, especially the Seven Intelligence test. I tested highly in Musical Intelligence, so I’ve been listening to my music outside at night; to really feel the melodies, emotions, pitches, and beats, to see what my mind might find on the journey. I pace a lot and let myself move with the lyrics and swells. There’s something about being in the darkness in the cold with my music that really helps my mind feel more secure and open to delve deep inside myself. It’s been intriguing…plus, it gives me time to tease the cat with his laser toy. I love that part too. XD

A lot of other exciting things are going on, but those will have to wait for another day when they’re more set in stone. I will mention that I’m REALLY looking forward to the last Hunger Games film next week! All my spoiler-avoiding for this ending is going to pay off!

I hope you all are doing well; anyone else a little depressed the year is coming to an end?!


For My Fellow Writers /// 03

My mind has been very preoccupied the past couple weeks, but thankfully I have this series to remind me to come back and post something. XD So far I’m glad I decided to pass on NaNo this year, since the first week is always important when it comes to starting a consistent habit of writing everyday. However I’ve been much too distracted by family to have much mental energy left. So…I’m glad I avoided all the unnecessary guilt, lol. XD

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My link for you all today is for ambiance atmospheres from a website called Tabletop Audio. The site was made for tabletop players, but I use this to disappear into my book’s world! I’ve used many of these for my most current book, using the sounds I hear to trigger smells, sounds, and possible sights to describe. It also just helps me get lost in the world and write more. The ambiences are about ten minutes long, so it sounds pretty natural without a bunch of ten second loops.

While most of the ambiences are fantasy/sci-fi related, there are several historical tracks as well, and you can make others work for real life situations too. So hopefully there is something for everyone. :)


I hope everyone who’s doing NaNo has had a good first week! What are your word counts so far? Is everything going as planned so far, or are some of your characters already taking you down unexpected plot twist trails? XD Mine are like that; they always smack me upside the head with big bricks of writers block and say “you idiot, why don’t you know that we don’t want to do that. We’re not going to let you write anything till you follow us down the rabbit hole.” It’s a blessing…and a curse. XD