Beautiful People #23 – March 2017

We’re back for another round of Beautiful People! If you don’t know what that is, Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In. Each month, they make a list of questions for you to ask your characters. I’ve done a few in the past, so go ahead and check them out below! For more information about the linkup, click here.

BP #17 – May 2016 (Riley Taylor)
BP #18 – June 2016 (Leslie Summers)
BP #20 – August 2016 (Chey Cooper)
BP #21 – September 2016 (Trevor Johnson)
BP #22 – February 2017 (Leslie Summers and Riley Taylor)

This month, I’m writing about a character from a collaborative story I did with a group in high school during my senior year. The character’s name is Eden Hunter, she’s 26, and she’s a Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), also known as the Mounties.

Since the world Eden’s from has a bit of a complicated background, I’ll explain it briefly. In Eden’s world, werewolves exist, but they only transform using a drug called Wolfsboon. Controlling the manufacturing and distribution of this illegal drug is a family called the Graysons, based in Anchorage, Alaska. Eden’s mother, Helen Grayson, was a part of the gang for her entire life until she escaped with Eden and fled to Vancouver, Canada. Since then, Eden grew up in Canada with her mom.

That’s all the background I think you need, so on to the questions!

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Extroverts for Introverts

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the first part of the Introverts & Extroverts series! Before I get started, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped me out by participating in the survey I put out a few weeks ago. All of your responses were extremely helpful, no matter which end of the spectrum you fell on. I really enjoyed reading all of your responses, and I think I learned a thing or two myself! Thank you for all of your help and feedback!

Today, I want to cover the extroverts, since I feel like they often get overlooked. I think the internet especially needs to hear the extroverts’ side of the story, so I thought it fitting that they got to go first in this series.

Before starting, I want to say that because I received so many wonderful responses, it was hard to incorporate everything in this blog post. With that in mind, some responses are only quoted in part (though I took care to make sure nothing was taken out of context). I have also included at least one response from every participant.

So, introverts, are you ready to dive into the world of extroverts and learn something new?

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Week In Review – March 17

Welcome to Friday! I hope that everyone had a good week this week. Me? I’ve been enjoying Spring Break at home (though it’s more like winter break here with all the snow we got this week).

This week, I wrote a tutorial for how I make the title images for my blog posts, so if you’re a fellow blogger, check it out! Of course, you can deviate from my methods – I just wanted to use it as a starting point.

And as for the rest of the week…

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Blogging How-To: Title Images

The other day, a friend of mine approached me about how I make the title images for my blog posts. It’s actually a part of blogging I find very enjoyable, so I figured why not share my methods with the world? After all, it was quite the process to teach this so myself and I thought I’d save you the trouble.

The program I use to create my images is GIMP, and so that’s what I’ll be using in this tutorial. You can download the program for free here. If you don’t like GIMP, I’m sure you could use something like Pixlr, which I’ve heard is a very good online program, though I can’t say from experience.

Why create title images? For one, they look good on your page. But the larger reason is that it makes your posts look more appealing when you share them. Using title images makes your posts easy to share on Pinterest, which is great especially if you’re a blog that talks about writing, crafting, or other Pinterest-worthy things. Adding images also makes your links look more appealing when you share them on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you like to use.

How do I make one? Well, buckle your seatbelts friends, because I’m about to teach you almost everything I know about making title images in (hopefully) fifteen minutes or less.

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Week In Review – March 10

Welcome to Friday!

In case you missed it, I blogged about a Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock on Monday, and I also participated in the Freestyle Writing Challenge on Wednesday, so check it out if you have time!

Also, I’m still collecting responses for my Introverts and Extroverts survey. If you want to find out more, check out this post!

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Freestyle Writing Challenge

Hey, look who got tagged in something! My friend Faith at Genuine Perplexities tagged me in the Freestyle Writing Challenge, and I’m very excited about it!

Basically, this challenge involves taking a prompt, setting a timer for 5 to 10 minutes, and writing as much as you can without editing. Then, you’ll put it in your own blog post for all to see! It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, it’s more about the practice of writing.

Want to see how it works? Faith gave me the prompt if “Laughter,” so you can read what I wrote by reading on!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock

Or, “Another Excuse for Me to Talk About My Favorite Bands.”

Want to start listening to Christian rock, but don’t know where to start? Well, I’m here to help.

But let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not the biggest fan of the term “Christian rock,” or whatever genre you feel like shoving in there. First off “Christian” isn’t a genre, no matter what your local Christian bookstore tries to tell you, and second, bands can’t actually be Christian. To quote Blimey Cow for the second time in the past week: “Bands don’t have souls! DC Talk didn’t go to Heaven when it died!”

However, musicians can be Christian, and lyrics can have themes related to Christianity. Musicians and bands use their platform to share the Good News, which I think is wonderful! That’s really what I mean when I use the term “Christian rock” – a rock band that’s using their music and their platform to spread the Gospel.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll explain this list: I know from experience that discovering Christian rock is both incredibly exciting and very overwhelming, so I decided to come up with a reference for those new to this “genre.” I’ve included the bands I think are pretty accessible to everyone up to metalcore and heavier artists. There’s a place for everyone, so read on!

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Week In Review – March 3

Welcome to Friday, and welcome to March!

I hope your week’s gone well. Mine was pretty good. Busy, but good.

By the way, in case you missed it, I blogged about Geek Girl Hate on Monday. It’s one of my favorite blog posts that I’ve written in a while, so I hope you enjoy it too! I’m also running a survey about Introverts and Extroverts, and I’d love your input! You can check that out here if you’d like.

Now for the week in review!

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Introverts & Extroverts Survey & Post Series

Hello readers! Today I want to tell you about something I’m really excited about that’s coming up later this month.

I’m putting together a two-part blog post series in March about introverts and extroverts. On the internet, I see a lot of articles about introverts, everything from “What Introverts are REALLY Thinking!” to “Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Introvert in Your Life.” As Blimey Cow puts it in their video, “Extroverts Are People, Too,” there was a time in the world when being an introvert suddenly became “cool,” while being an extrovert made you the antagonist.

Let’s be real: both sides are misunderstood. As an introvert, there are a lot of things that I feel are misunderstood about me and my personality, but there are also a lot of things that I don’t understand about extroverts too. That’s why I want to put this together. I want to give introverts and extroverts a chance to explain themselves to the other side so that we can better understand each other and support each other.

But since I’m an introvert, it wouldn’t really be fair or right for just me to talk about this. Instead, I want to hear from you! I’ve created a survey using Google Forms in order to hear from introverts and extroverts alike. It’s split into two sections, one for introverts and one for extroverts. Each section has the same questions, just worded slightly differently to address each group (basically, I exchange “introvert” and “extrovert” where applicable).

I’ll be using your responses in my upcoming blog posts, and I’d love to have your thoughts and feedback! If you have a few moments today, you can fill out the survey using this link (https://goo.gl/forms/SSp2BKsmbnBfNdD93). You can also click the “read more” button below to view the survey right here on the blog!

If you have any questions about this survey, feel free to comment on this post. Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to help me out with this. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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Stop the Geek Girl Hate

Yesterday, I was procrastinating on Pinterest when I came across this pin:

nerd-girl-problem

(Yes, I did go all the way back through my browser history to find that. Also, we’re going to ignore the poor text editing.)

Of course, this is just one of many pictures just like this. If you searched “nerd girl problem” on the internet, you’d end up with a plethora of images very similar to the one above. I’ve seen them dozens of times, and to be honest, I think they’re ridiculous and usually ignore them. However, I came across this one in particular, and something about it rubbed me the wrong way.

But before I talk about this, let’s talk about gatekeeping.

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