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28 May 2013 @ 03:43 pm

Last Saturday I attended my high school principal’s retirement party. Mr. Satarino was pretty much the fearless leader and defender of our little magnet school, TAG Magnet (or the School for the Talented and Gifted). I can easily say that he is the best principal in the world, and not because he was mine. Mr. Satarino knew the name of every student. On the first day of school he could greet the new freshmen by name. Hell, the man new my school ID number. Every morning he stood at the top of the stairs at the entrance of our part of the school building and greeted all of us by name and hit us with his red whiffle bat if he could.


He loved his school, and he loved his students. And his leaving is like the end of this fantastic era in TAG history. Under his leadership, TAG has been named the #1 public school in America six times since 2006, and the two years we weren’t we were still in the top 3. All of that can be in no small part contributed to the atmosphere he helped cultivate – one of love of self, others, and learning. It may not seem like a lot, being greeted by your principal every morning when you arrive, but it made us feel welcome and comfortable, like home. The school was also under attack by the Dallas School District. They wanted to shut our program down, cut our funding, and Satarino rallied the troops and staunchly defended our school to make sure that it stayed open because he believed in what it was, or rather in us.

I know TAG won’t be the same without him, and I cried like a baby at the party and I’m liable to start crying now just thinking about him leaving because I can’t picture TAG without him.

So that is part of the end portion of this post. As for beginnings, that was also kind of triggered at Mr. Satarino’s party. I was talking to my old English teacher, Mr. Correa, about the short story I posted on figment.com for the Throne of Glass contest…

OH MY GOD! I never posted about that!


figment win announcementmalfoy dance

The Westerlies campnano bannerIt was so awesome because they announced it during the second week of Nanowrimo and my confidence and word count skyrocketed with that news! And my ultimate goal in entering was achieved - Sarah read my work, and then loved it too! I just... I can't even... I CAN'T EVEN. The prizes meant nothing to me next to her judgment.

The Westerlies is still posted along with a little snippet from my mermaid story on figment here.

And that brings me back to my talk with Correa. While I was trying to be nominated, I pretty much begged him to read and heart my story, and he did. I was also pretty desperate for his opinion of it, and during our chat I got it and his high praise was so wonderful to hear. He said he was shocked because in high school... I was a really bad writer. Like REALLY bad. Granted, he mostly saw essays and lots of non-fiction stuff... but still. I was bad and didn't really care that I was bad and failed the English AP. So five years later when I sent him a link to The Westerlies, he was pleasantly shocked, and now I'm just bouncing on cloud nine because his opinion means a LOT to me.

I don't know, I think I really needed to hear all of that from him, specifically him. Maybe because Correa is not my usual audience and I know he doesn't talk bullshit just to make people feel good. Now I just feel so much better about my goals, that I can actually do this. I can do more than post my work online and get just plain good reviews. I can publish my work and people other than me can love it too. I mean, I knew all of this, but a part of me really needed it reaffirmed.

Especially since my WIP is giving me so much trouble. I was almost finished with the first draft when I realized I couldn't write the end without revising the beginning and middle. SO that is what I'm doing now.

redcampnanoFor those who don't know, I am currently working on a Young Adult high fantasy novel that is a very VERY loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. And by very loose I mean that the only similarities are my heroine wearing a red cloak and being chased by a predator of sorts. Mine has magic and faeries and awesome stuff like that. I don't want to talk too much about it until I have a solid draft complete and I'm ready to query. BUT for anyone who is interested in learning more about it, you can check out my pinterest board! I can say that it will be a series of either three or four books. The details of the later books are still fuzzy, but what I have so far points to four books total.

All of this has got me thinking what else I need to do before getting published, and part of that is setting up a writing/reading blog. I've used this blog for way too many personal things in addition to writing, so I really want to create a fresh blog. The only reason I've been sticking with LJ for so long is for The Write Away, but I've made my decision about my future in that community. I'm going to leave as soon as my beepbeep (Kait) finishes posting her story Detwiller Pavilion. I'm going to take down all of my writing, including everything that is still up on fictionpress, and concentrate on my WIP and a couple of my other less ambitious projects.

That was a hard decision to make. TWA felt like a home during the best two years of my life, and when the worst year set in all of what I loved about TWA just... it's not the same place for me anymore. It's time to move on, get away from online posting and concentrate on finding an agent and getting published. Those two goals would include taking all of my writing down anyway, so might as well do it now.

So that is my ending and beginning rolled up into one.

My more immediate goal is setting up a new website/blog that will be more representative of me as a professional writer.


15 August 2012 @ 01:57 pm
I just finished writing a scene of The Westerlies for a contest on figment.com

I really, really, REALLY want to get nominated, and win of course, but at LEAST nominated. To do that, my story has the top 10 number of hearts. There are already tons of stories with 100s of hearts, so I could use some help here!

Naturally, only heart if you like it, but PLEASE read!!

The Westerlies on figment

THANK YOU! love all around <3<3<3
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Shake Your Grove Thing - Alvin and the Chipmunks
09 August 2012 @ 01:13 pm
*spazzes out* This has been years coming, but I finally got to read Throne of Glass by the lovely, amazing Sarah Maas, and let me tell you - all those years were worth it.


Okay, down to business.

First, there are spoilers, so all have been warned!
Second, there will be fangirling at the end.

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Oh dear, I have issues.
Current Mood: rejuvenatedeeeee
27 March 2012 @ 06:00 pm
I found and spiffed up this awesome Articuno icon

and am now making a post

dedicated to it

and its awesomeness

Current Mood: crushedcrushed
21 June 2011 @ 10:56 pm
I'm kind of really excited about this!

So... for an ENTIRE YEAR I will be documenting every single movie I watch, just for the hell of it... and because I watch an obscene amount and would like to know how obscene it really is :D

Prediction given 6/21/2010: 300ish, give or take 10.

See you when I turn 22!

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(monthly count: 23; total: 416)

Wow! I can't believe this is over! Well, it's been a fun ride. Now it's time for some statistics!
Most watched movie of the year:
  • Tangled - by far with 11 views
  • [TBC]
Current Location: cozy in my bed
Current Mood: crazyinsane
Current Music: a snoring puppy, aka the best sound in the world
21 June 2009 @ 03:31 pm