Overpromise and Underdeliver July 18, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, reviews and reviewing, school and other academic stuff, survey, writings, yearbook.
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I feel like I’m doing just that as far as blogging goes, especially since I’ve been so busy with class. I’ve been doing homework, studying, reading, tweeting…those are the MAIN things that I do.
I’m going to yearbook camp next weekend, but I may have Internet access daily there and may still be able to tweet. As far as blogging goes…well, it’ll be a little “sporadic”. 😛 Not that that’s uncommon, as most of you know, but I won’t even be trying to post weekly. I’m hoping to post at least three times a month until class slows, I get APUSH done, and my schedule isn’t so hectic and busy. That won’t be until probably the last week or two of August.
In the meantime, in between homework, studying, reading, and tweeting, I’m going to do some major blog maintenance (now that, I have been doing 🙂 , though it’s been pretty unnoticeable; it’s not anything dramatic, but I’ve been starting a different tag system, since tags have been bugging me for a bit now), writing stuff, making Survey Monkey surveys, and…
I’m going to ask you guys a favor.
This: speaking of surveys, what do you think I can improve while I “maintain” my blogs?
Okay. If you don’t want to answer that (and it’s perfectly fine if you don’t), is anyone here interested in doing a guest blog either on here or on Butterfly Forest? And if you’re thinking, “But Butterfly Forest is like…dead,” I must contradict you. I’m planning (and this, I also am not overpromising) on trying to expand my blog so that I don’t get “occasional” readers.
Speaking of which, stop on over at Butterfly Forest. I’m putting up some new posts, and they’re like update thingies. Quite fun, I must say, and decreases the massive space in between reviews. 😛
Blogging Hybernation…and Other News June 14, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, friends, holidays, music, reviews and reviewing, school and other academic stuff, writings, yearbook.
Tags: Harry Potter, inside jokes, Netflix
As much as I’d very much like to go right back into my blogging mojo, I just can’t. My conscience (which, you may care to know, is named Hermione Granger) is telling me that I have five finals coming up next week and I better get cracking on four of them. So I must undergo a blogging hybernation, but I would love to blog more than once a week. *glares angrily at Hermione* But I shall be back on Friday.
Actually, scratch that. I will, but I won’t. I’m going to private this blog–as well as Butterfly Forest–for some major blog maintenance (or at least, I hope to do so). Don’t freak out (like don’t think I’m blocking off my blog to the world or something, ha), just keep coming back and checking. When they do reopen, I should have several new sections, no new layout (because I love this layout; the header picture just totally fits in with the quote up top), but two new posts on here (one will be privated, the other will be explaining why it is privated) and a new review (with another following) on Butterfly Forest.
And then…SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, I just canNOT wait for that horrible, ear-tearing beautiful bell to ring at last (though it will be, I must admit, bittersweet). I already have a to-do list, and since this is my little corner of the net to ramble, I shall lay out my to-do list right here, right now.
- Blog maintenance (as just stated)
- Karoke (because I haven’t used my karoke machine in over a year now 😛 😦 )
- Write a TON of reviews
- Read the thirty-nine books that I’ve kept for years now and that have been patiently waiting on my shelf
- E-mail everyone I meant to e-mail (I’m so, so, so, so, so sorry to everyone who has been e-mailing me, but Hermione someone has been banning me from doing so)
- E-mail my portfolio project to everyone who helped (because, as I have previously stated in other posts, you all ROCK!!!!!!)
- Call all of my friends (and probably end up talking for hours on end) and finish up a video with animeactress (girly, we need to talk!! 😀 )
- After June 30, take a trip to the bookstore to “restock”, and try to figure out how to snag amazing ARCs (and if I don’t like them…well, maybe I will give them away on Goodreads or hold contests over at Butterfly Forest for anyone who wants them, haha)
- Netflix for the whole summer (w00t! w00t! My family and I NEED to finish I Dream of Jeannie!!)
- Figure out how to get to interview authors
- Manage my Goodreads to-read list
- Edit my stories so that they are at least somewhat presentable to all my friends who requested copies of them
- Make my “Portable Mini-Quote Wall” where I include inside jokes, quotes, and conversations from LRRH, Twitter, yearbook, and other random places (I will need your help on this one)
- Figure out more books I want to-read
- Do some amazingly cool picture editing stuff like what Delaney is PRO at
- Add lyrics to my iTunes library (because that would be AMAZING to have the lyrics to some of my songs on my iPod)
- Get back on the treadmill and bike over the weekends, since I am officially not sick anymore
- YEARBOOK CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀
So, as you can see, I will have an amazing summer. As long as these (see below) don’t spoil it.
- SAT Prep camp (which is three times a week, about five hours each session *already feels worn out*)
- Trig/PreCal tutoring
- Driver’s ed
- APUSH summer assignment of five chapters (which, thankfully, I’ve already read, back a few months ago) all HAND-WRITTEN 😮
Hm. I’m quite convinced there was more than that. Oh well. I’d like to think that’s all there is, when there is a whole bunch more fun stuff I will be doing this summer.
But first things first. Finals. Better get back to studying for them now. What finals are you all (or did you all, for those of you whose summer vacation already began, and phoo on you for your summer starting beforehand *is jealous*) take this year? Wish me luck! 😀
P.S. I know I said I would leave, but I just had to do this now. Reviewer X is having this fantastic giveaway of Lisa Mantchev’s debut novel, Eyes Like Stars. She just made a “Pub Story” about Lisa here, but you can enter in the fun here. Good luck! 😀
Happy Easter!! (And In Which Two Worlds Collide) April 12, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, contests, dreams, family, friends, holidays, religion, yearbook.
Happy Easter, everyone!! Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day! 😀
I woke up at five a.m. this morning to go really early to Mass (I’m Catholic, in case you didn’t know already) and sit at the front row. Then my parents and I went to IHOP for breakfast (I had some Nutella crepes–yum!), went home, and took a nap. I went to sleep at around noon, and woke up at six p.m. Go figure.
But anyway, the priest at the church I go to said something in his homily today that was really profound. People always say, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!” Today, he told us his favorite Easter saying: “Christ is risen, my life has meaning.” Even if you’re not Christian at all, or don’t even believe in God, Easter must have some meaning for you; it’s a renewal of your life that God gave you by His only Son’s death on the Cross. Our God is wonderful. 😀
So what’s up with the whole “And In Which Two Worlds Collide” thing? The “Two Worlds” are (1) my Internet social life (LRRH, Goodreads, Twitter, “The Swooning Board” started by the awesomely cool Faith 😀 , blogs, et cetera) and (2) my yearbook life. In a sense, they’ve already somewhat collided: a bunch of my yearbook friends are on Goodreads or Twitter or have a blog (my friend Olivia has a Twitter and a blog, and my Goodreads friends Chloe, Hailey, Aria, and Ms McCarty are all from yearbook, the first being an Editor-in-Training as I am, the two in the middle being Editors-in-Chief, and the latter being the advisor). But I had a dream today. (Not like a Martin Luther King, Junior type “I Had a Dream”. Just a dream-dream. Like when you fall asleep. 😛 😉 ) When I took a nap, I had this dream that I was e-mailing Aria (who is the head Editor-in-Chief) because she had asked Chloe and I about some little project she wanted to do to wrap up the year. Apparently, it was like a collage or video or something that contained every event that had happened in the year, and she was asking us for ideas for other things. Well, I responded with, “Hey, don’t forget that Celes got married to TG this year! And that hwalk is getting married!” Um…Aria may be on Goodreads, but there is no way that she knows Nerd Goddess or Heather. But she e-mailed back saying, “Oh yeah! I totally need to include them! I can’t believe I forgot!”
Um…wow. My dreams are usually crazier, but that was beyond weird because…it actually seemed normal. But in real life, that’s just weird. It’s awesome to think that if my two favorite worlds did collide, something awesome like that would happen. And as I stated earlier, they have, to a certain degree, “collided”. Not Collision, though. 😉
P.S. I may put up a post tomorrow about CoB April 2009! I haven’t done the random picking yet for what the category is this time, but I have a new idea for one, and I may put a link to another survey I have yet to make about my reviews! 😀
2008 and 2009 January 6, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, contests, family, friends, religion, school and other academic stuff, survey, yearbook.
Tags: LRRH, yearbook
**JUST A QUICK UPDATE ON CoB** Submission date is January 31! The judging system has been removed, but if nods roll on in like crazy, I’ll alert you guys for help counting the votes. Don’t forget to blog about Celebration of Blogs!!! C’mon guys, it’s not that hard, is it? And answer the poll!
I didn’t properly leave 2008 and move on to 2009 as far as my blog goes unlike everyone else. First, I’ll start with the chorus of a really cool song I kinda know how to play: “My, Oh My” by the Wreckers. I think I’ll make it my official New Year’s song.
My, oh my
Look how the time flies
Look how the world changes
in the blink of an eye
My, oh my
Look how the years have flown
Turnin around before you know it
Up and gone
Oh my, oh my, oh my
You guys will think I’m a freak. Seriously. But–ok, no laughing, I’m right out serious–I predicted 2008 a few years ago (I believe it was 2006). I predicted it would be a MAJOR year of changes (and don’t say every year brings many changes). I didn’t really think it’d change my life in the way that it did, but, well, it sure did change my life. Here’s just a quick look back:
1. LRRH – need I say more? I met the awesomest people ever, and they definitely changed my life…and my addiction to the Internet
2. Blogging/Goodreads – all because of LRRH
3. Schools – I had a tough time in the springtime at my old school, but I switched for my sophomore year fall 08, and I LOVE my new school. A definite big change from a small private school to a medium sized public one.
4. Yearbook – I was always in yearbook since 8th grade, but my new school redefined the artsy part of it.
(Now here comes the real stuff, even though I love LRRH and the computer and my new school *coughusuallycough*and yearbook and stuff, this is the SERIOUS part.)
5. Friends – I had to leave friends like anime and Maggs, and friends had to leave my old school like I did–friends like Tessa and Wisdom of Youth (the latter graduated). Then, I met awesome friends, friends who were just as bookish as the ones I mentioned above, like Olivia, ChesneyS (she’s on Goodreads), Vannessa (also on Goodreads), Hannah (Goodreads too!)…there are a ton more. I feel like in 2008, God guided my steps, especially in friends. The crazy part of all this? I think He knew how much I really like hanging out with bookish people, and, as an addition, very Christian (or, if they’re not Christian, Christian-like) people, and that’s exactly what He gave me. Even better, a lot of my friends turned out to be Catholic like me! And on top of all the friends I met at school, I have all of my online friends, who are always in my thoughts and prayers even when I get banned from the computer, even though I’ve never met any of you. Love y’all, and I mean it.
6. *deep breath* Family – we’ve all become so close-knit, ever since what happened to my aunt. And thank goodness she’s perfectly fine now, but that was some roller coaster. I won’t ramble like I did on the “Friends” paragraph.
Now, for my resolutions. I have quite a few.
1. Pray the Rosary daily.
2. Read XYZ amount of books. (I’m embarassed to say the amount; it’s SOOO low compared to how much everyone read in 2008 alone.)
3. Blog at least every three days. (Ok, so I already started failing this. But better a tad bit late than never, right?)
4. Write a review every two weeks or less.
5. Be more prompt on e-mails.
6. Participate in Script Frenzy, NaNoWriMo, and NaBloPoMo (at least once this year for this one).
7. Finish writing Part I of Heaven’s Stars, half of Pandora’s Box, and half of Secrets of a Royal Sorceress.
8. Do everything faster and, therefore, more efficiently. (A major problem for me.)
9. Learn five new songs on the piano and ten new songs on the guitar, then practice them until I get good enough to post myself playing my favorites on YouTube.
10. Try to find time to read the Bible often.
Last note: I copied these off from my cell. Yeah. While I was banned, I jotted down blog notes on my cell. Perty awesome, especially since I figured out how to use T9 mode. w00t! 😀
edit: Some of you might notice I changed my Jango jukebox. On my “Who I Am” page, I will later update it and explain why I did that. On careful examination, one might see how there are fewer artists. Can you guys let me know what song plays? I’m guessing Ashley Monroe plays first…
Protected: School Life: Vol. 1, Issue 1 – The Big Picture (also part of the Ditzy Chronicles) November 9, 2008Posted by bookbutterfly in Ditzy Chronicles, School Life, yearbook.
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