Week In Review – October 20

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

As you may know, I was on Fall Break last week, and I stayed on campus with a bunch of my friends for the long weekend. We went to a local animal shelter and spent time with the cats and dogs there, visited a corn maze, went on late night adventures to diners, and just had a great time in general. It was such an amazing break, and I’m so thankful for the time we got to spend together!

I also participated in my first readathon with my roommate, Charmaine – we spent Saturday trying to read as many pages as possible. I ended up finishing a book, which was relatively short, but it helped me catch up on my reading goal of the year. I think Charmaine’s planning on putting a video together for it eventually, so when she does, I’ll be sure to link to it.

And finally, I got to meet an author on Sunday! I went to Elizabeth Wein’s event at a bookstore near my school, and I was able to get two books signed by her. It was so cool to meet her in real life

This week I published two blog posts: On Monday, I shared my tips for visiting college campuses, and on Wednesday, I participated in the Beautiful Books linkup for NaNoWriMo. I’m really enjoyed putting both of these posts together, so if you missed them, feel free to take a look!

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Beautiful Books – October 2017

Another month, another linkup! This October, I’m participating in another one of Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In‘s linkups, but instead of Beautiful People, it’s Beautiful Books! Every year around NaNoWriMo, they forgo the typical character-based questions and instead focus on questions about writing projects. Since I’m actually participating in NaNoWriMo this year (cue internal screaming), I thought I’d use this chance to officially introduce my NaNo novel to you.

For those unfamiliar with it, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, a writing competition that takes place every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, giving you your first draft of a brand new novel. Although I participated in “choose your own goal” NaNoWriMo’s in the past, going for the full 50,000 is a new experience for me, and I’m really excited.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce to you my project for NaNoWriMo this year!

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College Tips: Visiting Campus

You’re in high school, or you finished it recently, and you’ve decided you want to pursue higher education. Congratulations! Get ready for a crazy but rewarding journey ahead.

But before you start your college adventure, you have some business to take care of: mainly, you need to pick a college to attend. And with there being thousands of 4-year schools in the United States alone, there’s a lot of narrowing down you need to do. Once you’ve done that, you might end up with a handful of schools you’re considering, but where do you go from there?

One of the things my family emphasized when I was looking at colleges was visiting them. I know for some people, this isn’t possible, especially if one or more of the schools you’re looking at are a long distance away. But if you can, visiting a college campus can definitely give you a better idea of the school as a whole – after all, there are some things that can’t be put into statistics and mission statements.

However, college visits can be overwhelming and confusing. When I was doing this, there were plenty of times when I felt like it was too much to take in. I know I’m probably not the only one, so today, I wanted to share some of my advice for visiting colleges, including things you might not hear as often.

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Week In Review – October 13

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

I had a pretty busy week this week, but now I’m happily enjoying my fall break, and things are pretty relaxed right now. This past weekend, I was home visiting my family and I had the opportunity to participate in the local AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. It was really an amazing event, and I was so glad I got to be a part of it. Thank you for your support!

This week, I wrote a blog post about why I don’t delete old posts on social media. It’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while, and I was finally able to put it into words this week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

As for the rest of the week…

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Why I Don’t Delete Old Social Media Posts

A few years ago, I was hanging out with my brother when he told me he was going through his Instagram profile and delete some old pictures he had posted. I thought this was strange, and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I don’t remember what his response was, but that was a question that has stuck with me for a while now. Why do people delete their old social media posts? What’s the purpose of it?

I suppose the reasoning might have to do with embarrassment in some ways. After all, my generation is the first to have grown up on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on, and for the most part, the profiles we created when we were thirteen are still active today. Because of that, the posts we made back when we were younger still exist on the internet, whether they be middle-school selfies or dumb things we wrote. They’re there, haunting us, so we delete them to avoid any future embarrassment.

Personally, however, I don’t like to do this. If you were to check my Instagram now and scroll through all 257 of my posts, you’ll still find things all the way back to 2013. And yeah, some of them are a little weird and embarrassing. So how come I never deleted them?

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Week In Review – October 6

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all having a good week! Mine has been kind of crazy, but I’m looking forward to what should hopefully be a relaxing weekend. This week I shared my favorite GameCube games of all time, which was a lot of fun – and actually a bit of a challenge – to put together! I always love talking about my favorite video games, especially ones that don’t get to be in the spotlight as often, like Chibi-Robo. If you’re looking for some “new” games to try, I can highly recommend all of these!

As for the rest of the week…

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My Top 5 GameCube Games

Today we’re going to talk about a purple box. And I don’t mean just any purple box – I mean the Nintendo GameCube, the first console I ever owned.

People have mixed feelings about the GameCube, but it’s one of my favorite gaming systems I’ve ever owned, right up there with the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. From its looks to its controllers, I’ve always really loved it, but the reason I still have mine is because it’s home to many of my favorite video games, even now, over ten years after Nintendo stopped manufacturing the console.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite games from the GameCube era. I know many of these are outdated now in terms of technology, but to me, they’ve held up over the years, and I still find myself playing them from time to time. Just a minor disclaimer: I didn’t duplicate franchises, so as much as I love MarioKart: Double Dash, I took it off in favor of another Mario game. In addition, games that I didn’t finish, like Metroid Prime, and ports/remakes, such as The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition, were not included in the running.

So without further ado, here are my top five GameCube games in no particular order.

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Week In Review – September 29

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but this week was kinda stressful for me. Fortunately, I still had a great week, I got to do some fun things, and there’s still some more great stuff on the horizon.

This week, I wrote about what blogging is really like and tried to share some encouragement with my fellow bloggers who might be feeling a little discouraged about their projects. I know it’s not always easy, but I’m rooting for you!

As for the rest of the week…

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Real Talk About Blogging

If you walked up to me (or sent me a message, since it’s unlikely we live in close proximity to each other) and asked me if I enjoyed blogging, I’d tell you of course I did! I mean, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t get some satisfaction from it. And if you followed that up by asking if you should start a blog, I’d say “Absolutely!” Blogging is great for sharing your ideas with the world, it’s a fun project, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment.

No matter where you go on the internet, there’s an idea that bloggers have great lives: they have hundreds of followers, their pictures are beautiful, and their posts are always well-written. Bloggers are perfect, aren’t they? They’re so well put-together.

But you want to know the truth?

Sometimes, blogging sucks.

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Week In Review – September 22

Welcome to Friday everyone!

I’m so sorry I missed last week’s WIR – I was bogged down with a lot of reading homework, and I was also at Uprise Fest last weekend, so that didn’t leave a lot of time for writing WIRs. Hopefully that won’t become a regular thing, but either way, I appreciate your patience and understanding with me!

Last week, I wrote a blog post for World Suicide Prevention Day, which is a very important day for me, and then this past Monday, I shared a post with Worldbuilding Lessons from The Legend of Zelda. Zelda is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to fantasy, so this was really a fun post to write.

Anyway, as for the rest of my week…

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