“The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles” (Book Review)

“The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles” (Book Review)

This is the first book review I’m doing on my booktube channel. I decided for the first review to go with a book I’m familiar with. I hope you enjoy it!
<3 Maya

 

Join the conversation: In the comment section below, (1) What do you think makes a good book review, (2) What’s a book you loved as a child that you still love, and (3) What book should I review next?

“It’s a Long Story”: Book 2 Update

“It’s a Long Story”: Book 2 Update

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So, this is the part when I give you an update on my progress with Book two. As you probably guessed from the title, it’s kind of a long story, but I’m going to tell you the short version. When I self-published book one, I was not prepared for a few things and these things had an enormous effect on how I felt about book two. Let me explain:

  1. When you self-publish, you have to do all the work. Now that should’ve been obvious, but I didn’t foresee how stressful and overwhelming doing everything from formatting to marketing would be especially since I had no previous knowledge before embarking on this journey. I should’ve seen it coming, but unfortunately hadn’t and now, I’m not looking forward to doing this all again for book two.
  2. When you’ve written a first book, you get asked how the second book is coming. Great question, the first time. Stressful, the 25th because it reminds you of how little if any progress you’ve made.
  3. When you publish, the book is no longer yours. Because you published and you have this “gift” of writing, you are no longer allowed to keep your book to yourself which may have been the hardest thing for me to stomach because I never realized how personal my writing was and how much I write for me. Most times, I’m not writing because I want to, it’s because I have to to get everything out of my brain and feel better. But having to because it makes you feel better and having to because people are pressuring you to share your work are two different things.
  4. Writing is something I’m good at, but not something I like to do all the time.To be honest, it can be a tedious process and it’s not fun spending all of my time doing it.
  5. When working on a second book, you want the second book to compete with book one which inevitably changes your writing. You stop writing like you and try to write “better.” You write what you think people will prefer, but it doesn’t work and you end up hating everything.

So, what have I learned from all of this. I learned I need to take a break from this book. It’s been stressing me out and making me not love writing as much. I need to take back my book and get back to writing for me. I think I’m going to give myself the summer to have a little fun and read more. I’ll take notes on the book, and maybe I’ll start working on it again for Nanowrimo.  Or maybe I’ll have chilled out before then and will work on it sooner. I have no idea and it’s actually fun not knowing. I’m just going to run with it and hope for the best.

<3 Maya

Happy Birthday to me! | Birthday Haul

Happy Birthday to me! | Birthday Haul

In my last post, I shared my happiness at re-joining YouTube. As a result, I figured it was a prime time to start sharing my YouTube videos here just in case you aren’t subscribed to my channel. If you’d like to subscribe, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA
In this video, I share with you all of the awesome things I got myself for my birthday. I hope you enjoy the video!

<3 Maya

Yep, Still Happy…

Yep, Still Happy…

This happiness movement of mine is still going strong. I am still so very happy. I don’t think I ever knew that it was possible to be so happy. Of course, there have been those days that throw me off, but surprisingly, those days don’t last for long. I am able to bounce back quicker. It’s crazy how one little change in perspective can change everything. When I decided that no matter what, I was going to choose to be happy, I don’t think I anticipated how happy I would be. I love it! I love this feeling. Even with all of the horrible things happening in the world, I will still be happy. It’s taken me a while, but I choose happiness and I will always choose happiness above everything. I hope you all are happy as well and are taking the time to do what makes you happy.

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Choose to be happy.

I’m going to take this moment to share a few thing that have been making me happy:

My family: They’re my rock and they keep me going.

The little things: I always look for the little things, the things that most people wouldn’t notice from the butterfly that stops to say hello or the cloud that looks like a rhinoceros, it all makes me happy.

Reading: Reading is one of my most favorite things to do. It helps me explore places and ideas without leaving my home. I’ve been reading as long as I can remember and have always loved it. I’m also reading a lot more now which is making me very happy and has a lot to do with the next happiness-inducing item.

YouTube: You all know how much I love YouTube. I could go on and on about who my favorite YouTubers are. Recently, I decided to not just watch videos, but make some of my own. I’ve joined YouTube (again.) I tried YouTube in the past and it didn’t quite work out because I was trying to do it everyone else’s way instead of doing it my way and I never really knew what I was doing. Now,  I do and I know what I want. I want to be a BookTuber which is the corner of YouTube devoted entirely to books, book reviews and book topics. For someone who loves books so much, it’s surprising I haven’t joined sooner. Here’s my channel if you’d like to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA It’d make me very happy if you did.

Inspirational quotes: You all should know how much I love quotes and inspirational quotes have really been helping me stay motivated and happy. I have a lot of favorites but at the moment, this one has been really speaking to me.

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What if you fly?

Sometimes we fear taking the leap because we’re scared we’ll fall, but we could just as easily fly. We won’t know which until we take the leap. The same thing goes for when we don’t try something because we’re scared we’ll fail, but there’s an equal chance that we’ll succeed. We just have to go for it and we just might fly.

<3 Maya

P.S. I know you all probably think I forgot, but I still owe you all a post updating you all on the progress I may or may not have made on book 2 of my book Last Look Back. That post will either come out later this week or next Monday. Keep your eyes open for it.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Today’s my birthday! I am now 23 years old. I am so happy to be another year older and to have learned all of the things I’ve learned over the course of this year.
In honor of my 23rd Birthday, I’m going to share my 10 favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. I re-read it recently and I totally understand why I loved it so much.

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My Favorite Quotes
1.

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?” The man’s voice was suddenly irritable. “Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.” (Edwards pg. 11)

2.

“The more knowledge man gained, the more self-conscious he became about believing in fanciful creatures.” (Edwards pg. 34)

3.

“That’s because I am different. Some people consider me an eccentric. I specialize in imagination. I imagine things most people wouldn’t even dream of.” (Edwards pg. 37)

4.

“There aren’t many people in this world who really know how to look. Usually one glance is enough to register that grass is green and the sky is blue and so on. They can tell you if the sun is shining or if it looks like rain, but that’s about all. It’s such a pity, for there is texture to everything we see, and everything we hear.” (Edwards pg. 47)

5.

“My point is this: I don’t want you ever again to take something at face value– to take things for granted. Let your curiosity run away with you. Know that beyond every ordinary explanation there is a deeper and more exciting discover to be made.” (Edwards pg. 53)

6.

“What’s your favorite word?” Lindy asked.
“Good heavens. There are thousands that I like.”
“Choose one.”
The professor thought for a moment. “Papilionaceous,” he said. “From Latin, meaning resembling a butterfly, or shaped like a butterfly.” (Edwards pg. 63)

7.

“…Did you know that in ancient Greece students wore rosemary twined in their hair while studying for their examinations? It is supposed to strengthen memory, and is thought to bring success to any undertaking.” (Edwards pg. 76)

8.

“What’s the writing on the desk in the cabin?” Tom inquired.
“It is the Whangdoodle’s motto. Pax amor et lepos in iocando. Latin for Peace, love and a sense of fun.” (Edwards pg. 114)

9.

“Miracles, contrary to popular belief, do not just happen. A miracle is the achievement of the impossible, and it is only when we put aside our greed , anger, pride and prejudice so that our minds are open and ready to accept it, that a miracle can occur.” (Edwards pg. 166)

10.

“Yes. This is definitely what I am. I’m an Oinck.”
The professor was excited. “I thought that you probably were, but I wasn’t sure. It’s a great pleasure to meet you.”
“Is it?” said the creature. “I’ve never met me, so I wouldn’t know.” (Edwards pg. 178)

These quotes probably don’t make much sense out of context, but that only means you’ll have to go read the whole book to get a complete understanding (see what I did there :-)). It’s a classic, a favorite I’ll love forever, so it’ll definitely be worth your time.

<3 Maya

Favorites of the Moment: August Edition

Favorites of the Moment: August Edition

It’s been about 4 months since my last Favorites of the Moment post and I think it’s about time I did another. I’m also wondering if I should do these types of posts more frequently, so they won’t be as long. Maybe, maybe not. I’ll have to think about it. (That may have been the shortest introduction in the history of this blog. I am so proud of myself.)

And now to the Favorites:

Favorite movie

Tomorrowland

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I loved the message of this movie and the idea of a futuristic world. I also loved that they stressed the fact that the power to change the future/world is in all of our hands.

Favorite Food

Coldstone’s Ice Cream

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It’s summer. It’s ice cream. I doubt this needs much explanation as to why it’s a favorite. I don’t remember ever trying Coldstone’s before and I must say, It’s so good! It’s french vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone. The ice cream was amazing and the cone tasted graham-crackery and was the best cone I’ve had ever!

Favorite Book

Dreamland Social Club

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Plain Jane tries to find her identity among the freaks and normals at her new school (which just so happens to be her mother’s old school) while at the same time tries to figure out the type of person her mother was. I love the mystery aspect of the book as Jane unearthed things about her mother that she never knew.

Favorite Song

On my Own by Ross Lynch (Teen Beach Movie 2 Soundtrack)

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Don’t judge me, but this song rocks out so hard. You can feel every emotion he’s singing and it’s basically the best breakup song ever.

Favorite YouTubers

DudePerfect

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I recently discovered this group of dudes on YouTube. They perform amazing trick shots and are hilarious and I’m surprised I haven’t saw any of their videos before now. To add to an already awesome group, they’re all Christians and create content that appeals to the whole family. They’re the best.

Favorite Place

My Bookshelf

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I love books. Do I really need to explain this one?

Favorite Random Item

A Pocket Watch

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I needed a watch the other day and realized I don’t actually own a wrist watch. I remembered that I got a pocket watch when I went to London in 2011. I went searching for it and I have been using it ever since. Yes, I’m probably the only person under 50 that owns a pocket watch, but hey, it looks cool and has a dragon on it. That’s all that matters.

Favorite Day

August 14th

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Why, Maya, is that your favorite day and it hasn’t even happened yet. It’s because my friends, this Friday, August 14th is MY BIRTHDAY!!! I’ll be turning 23 and I’m so happy to be another year older. I thank God I’m still here and I’m looking forward to many more years to come.

If you’d like, feel free to Wish me a Happy Birthday on Twitter, @luv2rite1922. I’d love the Birthday Wishes!

Join the conversation: Is there anything in my list that you also love, too? Let me know below.

<3 Maya

Happiness According to…Me

Happiness According to…Me

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For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been doing my best to focus on happiness. I’d like to continue this happiness movement with a new blog post series entitled Happiness according to… I’d like to start a conversation on happiness and see how different people view it. To do this, I’ll be asking a few questions.
1.What about you makes you happy?
2. How do you define happiness?
3.What makes you happy when you’re feeling sad?
4. What advice would you give you someone who isn’t happy, but wants to be?

I’ll be looking all over the blogosphere asking bloggers and other happy folk (yes, I just said happy folk) for answers to these questions and will feature my favorite answers here. If you’d like to answer the questions and be featured here, feel free to fill out the contact form below. You can answer one question or all four and you can be as vague or as detailed as you like.

I’ll answer the questions first, just so you can see what I mean.
1. What about you makes you happy? My positive outlook on life. My relentless optimism, even to the point of being kind of annoying. My choosing to smile and being happy. Being a sunshine and a positive ray of hope for others.
2.How do you define happiness? A state of unexplainable joy and peace. Being with people that I love and that love me and doing what I love just because I love it.
3.What makes you happy when you’re feeling sad? My family, God, reading, being by myself and watching funny videos on YouTube.
4.What advice would you give you someone who isn’t happy, but wants to be? Don’t keep it in. If you’re sad, don’t keep it to yourself, talk to someone. Acknowledge the fact that you’re not happy and don’t try to repress it or ignore it. Get around happy people because it’s contagious. And try doing something nice for someone else. Selfless acts of kindness go a long way.

Good Luck answering these questions! I’m very interested in reading your responses.
<3 Maya