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Slipping Into School Stress-Free

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It's the last day of August. I always preferred autumn to summer. However, I believe autumn has a disadvantage in this respect: the beginning of the school year. 
(I have similar posts to this here and here)

Not that I have anything against education (hehehe)! But the school year carries a whole variety of things to stress out about. (Especially if you're about to graduate...)

What classes should I be taking? Will I have any time to write? What if I can't keep up with the homework? What if I need to put my writing aside ALL YEAR?How am I going to have enough time to do all I want to do? Will I be able to get a job? What if I fail all my tests? What if I fail the SAT? Where should I go to college? WHAT IF I FAIL AT LIFE?!?

Here are 10 tips on how to slip into the school year stress-free (and how to balance writing on the side).

(Disclaimer: I am not a professional. I speak from experience. However, what works for me might not work for you. :)  )

1. Scheduling. I absolutely 100%…

Book Review: "All The Wrong Questions" Book 2 by Lemony Snicket

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As you may have seen in the title, this is the second book in Mr. Snicket's four-book series, All The Wrong Questions. After finishing the second book (and, yes...IT ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER!), I was pretty desperate to get my hands on the second. 

This review is spoiler free and based on personal opinion.  Summary  Following the events at the end of the first book, we continue to follow the almost-thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket through his adventures. The mystery of the Bombinating Beast remains unsolved, and now the plot thickens! A girl goes missing and it is up to Snicket to find her. He comes across many strange things including, a creepy apothecary, no root beer, a brilliant chemist, laudanum, honeydew melons, a mess of hair and a woman who is good with knives. 
Author: Lemony Snicket  Genre: Fiction/Mystery   Ages: 12+ (reading level) Rating: 5/5 
I am rarely disappointed with Lemony Snicket's books, and All The Wrong Questions, Book 2 is no exception. I was almost positive I wou…

Is Writing Stressing You Out?

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I recently had a post suggestion/request on life and happiness and how to tie that in with writing. As a writer this was something I just kind of assumed or felt but never really thought out. After all, we all expect to be happy when we're pursuing a passion.

This is a little different than my usual posts.

So here's the thing: 

If you are a writer, or a dancer, a content creator or artist of any kind, chances are you probably derive a certain joy in pursuing that art. 

And LIKELY you've experienced certain times/situations where what you're doing is not fulfilling the joy you're expecting to get from something that you love to do. 

This is frustrating. 1) Because something you love is not working out for you and 2) You begin to doubt whether you truly love it or not. 

What follows? Your happiness or contentedness gets disrupted. 

I went through a writing bump awhile ago. A LONG writing bump. It began to make me question whether I TRULY enjoyed what I was doing, and if not…

20 Weird and Wonderful Words

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As a writer, I have a fondness for weird and whacky words. There's just something interesting about a funny-sounding wonderful word. 
Of course, narrative cannot be built off of weird words. It's usually advisable to go simpler. But every once in awhile it's fun to throw in a whacky word to give it a pop of color.
Here are twenty weird and wonderful words: 
(The list is not in alphabetical order.)
1. Effervescent: a liquid/substance that is fizzy or gives off bubbles. (Ex: He never will have suspected that effervescent liquid is an acidic poison.)
2.  Compendium: collection of detailed information on something. (Ex: She offered him a large compendium packed to the brim with scribbled notes...)
3. Constabulary: a term for all the constables in an area. :D (Ex: "If you're going to go, then you'd better do it! We've upturned the constabulary!!") 
4. Calaboose: a weird, Victorian slang term for "jail"--particularly a local jail. (Ex.: We haven't s…