How to keep your brain sharp over the summer

Okay, so I find that my brain goes a bit fuzzy over the long summer when all I do is frolick with my friends, work, play sports, and go to the gym. Anyone else? I thought so. So here’s how I help beat it.

1. Read everyday for at least half an hour. Wake up a bit early and do it. Do it on your lunch break. Listen to an audiobook in the car. Or read before bedtime (real book only at night; kindles can keep you awake).

2. Write at least every other day. If you blog then it’s easy. If you’re a writer..shame on you. You should be writing everyday, even if it sucks, at least get into the habit of doing it. If you don’t write, then try doing creative story prompts just to keep your imagination sharp and your writing skills pristine. Also, hand write sometimes because you can’t let your penmanship go to the dogs either.

3. Try some math games on your phone or computer. Yes when you back to school no matter if your a high school student, a college kid, or still in grade school, the accursed math class is still waiting for you.

4. College kids: Try reviewing some material for your major! Make some flashcards, read a bit from your textbooks. Or just take some notes from your brain. Try to get what’s rattling around up there on paper. You may find that it will be helpful when it comes to exam time.

5. Exercise. This is the one that’s overlooked. Yes, it’s hot in the summer. But a healthy body can facilitate a healthy mind and clear thinking. Just do it. Go for that run. I promise you’ll survive the horrors of cardio even though sometimes I think I won’t. You’ll feel better after!

6. Limit alcohol intake. Especially if you are underage. It kills your brain cells, and believe me you will need every single one of them when you go back to school. Yes, once in a while if you are of age if fine, because everyone needs to let loose from time to time, but just keep it in check.

7. Enjoy your summer! Because this is the time where you shouldn’t stress about school related things, but just try to implement these tips as it will help you in the long run in the transition back to school! 🙂

The Problems of Being a Writer

I am currently trying to write a book and I am experiencing some very mixed emotions along the way. Some happy, some sad/frustrated, and others of just pure inconsolable depression because I think my ideas are rubbish. But I know they are just fine, I’m just being over-critical. Because four days ago I thought my writing was terrible, and this morning I thought I could give J.K. Rowling a run for her money. So here’s a glimpse into the sufferings and triumphs of writing my first book.

1. Getting started always seems to be like this…

                     

2. Then you get hit with some serious writer’s block 

3. The loss of confidence. Things are looking bleak. This sucks, this sucks, everything sucks…I may just throw out the whole thing. It’s never going to get published, and it will sit all alone in my documents collecting cyber dust. I QUIT

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4. Then you all of a sudden are on a roll

5. When someone interrupts your writing…

6. While editing you come across something so magnificent, you wonder if it was really you who wrote it 

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7. Research. It can turn into hours of internet fun, and a questionable search history.

8. Lollygagging on facebook, twitter, and random streams of youtube videos you find. Doesn’t matter. Any form of social media drives you to distraction.

9. Guilt sets in and you start to feel haunted by your mediocre word count of the day.

Siriusly, guys.

10. You can never find your notes. They are in different notebooks, computer documents, and you even have some scribbled on a napkin from Outback Steakhouse, but you can never organize your thoughts as well as you’d like.

11. Late night writing until 3 a.m. The eye strain is real! The next day you are completely disheveled. People think you are hungover, but if you tried to explain how the plot of your book was at stake they would think you’re still drunk. So you just nod and agree and avoid everyone.

.12. When you run out of coffee or tea…

13. That “I’m only 10,00 words away from finishing it” feeling. 

14. FINISHING IT

15. Here’s to hoping the editors and publishing companies don’t look like this when they read my manuscript! 

Confessions Rapid Fire

So sorry! Skipped a week, dreadfully busy, but here we go!

1. If I could eat guacamole and tostitos for every meal…I would. Without hesitation.

2. I can write with both hands.

3. I’m writing a book, and when I get ideas I write it furiously in a notebook, or on anything I can find.

4. I’m a bit of a homebody.

5. The green apple gatorade is my favorite.

6. I love classic and hard rock music to an extent that it’s unhealthy.

7. I listen to classical music when I’m trying to write. Bach, Chopin, and Beethoven are my best friends.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Hello Internet. Sorry for being a bad blogger. I’m so behind on reviews and reading as I’m coming close to finishing wwriting my own book. Anyway I finished the Goblet of Fire nearly two weeks ago. So I finally got a free moment to write the review. Here we go.

Loved the book, and I hate to admit it, but it’s right up there with my favorite, the Prisoner of the Azkaban. Still a bit unsure myself of which one comes out on top.

Anyway, lots of differences between the movie and the book, and now I understand why people say that the movie was the worst one in the series.

First of: Spoilers ahead!

1. Excuse me, where is Ludo Bagman. I mean he can be cut out of the story and not have a huge impact, but learning about characters whose roles were completely cut is a bit unsettling.

2. The finding of Mr. Crouch in the woods. Krum was supposed to be with Harry when he found him! This was a bit crucial as it helps reveal where Mr. Crouch has been.

3. In addition, there was NO mention of why Mr. Crouch hasn’t been attending to the Triwizard Tournament. This cut down Percy’s role significantly.

4.  The house elf, Winky, WHERE IS SHE IN THIS MIX. AND DOBBY. JEEZ.

5. Also, Rita Skeeter being an unregistered animagus and Hermione locking her in a jar stuck as a beetle. YOU GO HERMIONE.

6. Barty Crouch Jr’s fate being cut out of the movie. HOLD UP. *HUGE SPOILER* This guy’s soul was sucked out via demerntor’s kiss. That’s a bit important don’t you think? The last we see of him is Snape’s wand poking him in the cheek…crappy way to leave it.

Best scenes in the book that weren’t in the movie:

1. Dumbledore telling everyone in the hospital wing that this big black dog (SIrius) will accompany Harry as long as it wants with no explanation whatsoever. YES DUMBLEDORE SIR. NO ONE WILL QUESTION YOUR SANITY AT ALL.

2. Hermione locking Skeeter in a jar.

3. Harry falling through the vanishing step after seeing Crouch on the Marauder’s map, and Snape trying to catch him only to be saved by Moody.

4. Hagrid calling Madame Maxime a giant, and her trying to deny it and getting offended. Nice try woman, but big boned has nothing to do with it if you’re 7 feet tall. \

5. The Weasley family meeting Harry before the third task. We get to meet Bill, and Charlie again! YAY. And the idea of Fleur and Bill’s relationship is sparked.

In all, I loved the book, and loved how much darker the books are getting.

The awards go to: 

MVP: Moody (even though it was Barty Crouch Jr. he still turned Malfoy into a ferret)

Well acted in the movie: Cornelius Fudge

The pets the directors forgot to feed and include in the film: Dobby, Winky, and Ludo Bagman

Most annoying: Rita Skeeter

Side note: I’m halfway through Order of the Phoenix, but with all the loose ends I’m trying to tie up the review probably won’t be for at least another week. Sorry!

To Be Read List

Good gracious this is going to be a long list. I will work through it slowly granted I have my own book to finish writing! So without further ado here is a list of books I want to read in the future. I will cross them out as I go. They are in no particular order…

1. Sharp Objects

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

5. Stonebird

6. Red Dragon

7. The Silence of the Lambs

8. Hannibal

9. Hannibal Rising

10. The Dan Starkey series beginning with Divorcing Jack

11. Ghost Month

12. The Late Hector Kipling (just ordered this on amazon and am going to get it signed by David Thewlis himself! 🙂

13. Interview with a Vampire

14. Cat’s Cradle

15. Sherlock Holmes

16. The Adventures of Robin Hood

17. Kingdom of Scars

18. Ender’s Game series

19. Danny the Champion of the World

20. Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason

21. Fangirl

22. The Princess Bride

23. The Lord of the Rings

24. Never Let Me Go

25. Looking for Alaska

26. The Shack

27. The Martian

28. All The Bright Places

29. Paper Towns

30. Bobby Sands: Writings from Prison

31. White Oleander

32. I am the Messenger

33. The Night Circus

34. The Island of Dr. Moreau – FANTASTIC…LOVED IT

35. Memory Man

36. Some Boys

37. Those Girls

38. Express Yourself

39. Crown of Ice

40. Phantom of the Opera

41. Playing Beyond the Scoreboard

42. Ordinary Miracles

43. Dogs Don’t Lie

44. Dead Things

45. Hangman’s Curse

Food Rapid Fire

1. Favorite summer snack? The original cherry/orange/grape popsicles

2. Favorite breakfast? Eggs over medium on toast

3. Favorite snacks? tea biscuits, granola bars, goldfish

4. Food in the house that’s gone in record time? Biscoff Lotus tea biscuits, raspberries

5. Stuff you eat that stirs questions? I put chia seeds in my water or gatorade at sports practices. Often people think I’m drinking turf pellets.

A Day in my Life

So today I slept in late as I didn’t have work, but of course it slipped my mind where I was supposed to be at 9:50 a.m. on a beautiful day. I was supposed to be up and getting ready for a day at the beach with two friends. Instead of setting an alarm to be punctual like a normal person I was awoken by my dog pouncing on me. He then attempted to chew his bone on my pillow (he thinks we share)…then proceeded to drop it on my nose. I rolled over and shouted “wanna go see mom?” to get him out of my face. Naturally he did, so he wiggled his butt all excited and scurried out the door to my parents room to go pounce on them. I realized my phone had four messages from my friends wondering if I was awake. I threw together a beach bag and headed out.

We stopped at Bruegger’s and Dunkin Donuts. Now armed with a peanut butter bagel and an iced green tea we set out for the beach. We got there and tanned and read for a couple hours and even attempted to go in the water. We saw two guys pull a horseshoe crab out of the surf and decided that was enough for one day. We threw a football around and because it was slippery, I meant to throw it to Kaitlyn and I hit Veronica in the head and the fun ended there. We tanned for a bit longer until we got wind of a pool we could go to. So we decided to pack up and go somewhere where we could see the bottom of the water and wouldn’t get eaten by sharks because you know they are SO common in Long Island sound. (sarcasm) Anywho, before we left, Veronica managed to spill the rest of her now warm ice coffee all over her legs.

We headed up the path and stopped by a little girl’s lemonade stand. You can’t walk by an innocent child’s lemonade stand without buying a glass (even if it was a dollar per glass). It may have been powder lemonade but it tasted good just the same and that’s all that matters. It wasn’t even a dinky glass of lemonade…it was a full solo cup. SCORE.  And this little girl and her parents took the time to hand paint a sign for her stand. Can you say dedication? Then Veronica’s hand slipped and she spilled the rest of her lemonade on her legs adding to the coffee. We were just reek of clumsiness.

Moving on…when we finally got to the pool, we swam for a bit and then we packed up once again to go to whole foods to get some gelato because they apparently have a gelato stand in the store. Who knew? So I threw my shorts on the chair I was sitting on and began to pack up my backpack and throw on my shirt. When I went to retrieve my shorts they apparently landed in the puddle of water that occupied my chair. Just my luck. So Kaitlyn told me to hold my shorts out the window as we drove to dry them off. I’m a bit ashamed of doing it, but it worked. People wondered what sort of red neck flag I was trying to wave out the window of a car. I’m not sorry. I would rather not walk around looking like I peed myself. I mean your bathing suit top already soaks through your t-shirt so you look like your lactating so I wasn’t going to add to that.

When we got to whole foods I got my cup of gelato and managed to drop it within three minutes. Let me tell you…it was the most defeating sound I have ever heard in my life. Like all my hopes and dreams were crushed in that one splat. The woman behind the counter got me another one free of charge so it didn’t matter.

I got home and then we tried to dress up the poor dog in an american flag bandana for the fourth of July. After many unsuccessful attempts we got a nice picture.

So that’s a typical summer day when I’m off from work. In just 10 or so hours I managed to drop my gelato, hang my water drenched shorts out the window of a moving car in an attempt to dry them, and take basic white girl pictures of my dog in an american flag bandana.