forever young (adult) i want to be forever young (adult)

2 06 2010

Meg Cabot once said, somewhere, (this is not a direct quote because I can’t remember where I read it or what it actually said), but the JIST of it was:

“If you are an author who blogs, don’t use your best stuff on the blog, because you might want to just write it down, save it, and throw it in a Princess Diaries book one day.”

And while I do think this is good advice for any author (except maybe not the Princess Diaries part. Take that out), all this really tells me is that I could never be an author. Because I use ALL my good stuff on my blog. And, yeah, I know what you are thinking, buddy. Really? That’s her good stuff? There is more than ONE reason why she could never be an author… YES YES I KNOW. But the point is that I love blogging. I love the instant feedback, where immediately everyone knows what you wrote 20 minutes ago, and I love the way you can just throw your best stuff out there and just be you. The blog is such a lovely medium for writing, because it allows anyone to be a writer, a reviewer, a journalist, or whatever they want. The freedom is exhilarating. But, as with any type of thing where everyone can do it, the field gets a little, um, crowded. Thankfully, the good ones rise to the top. Because some people are just better at blogging than others. Some people just can get there and hold your attention. It’s the same with any kind of online writing. You have to be really good to stand out. It’s the same even when you are reviewing something. TV blogs learned real fast that online, snark and style gets you everywhere. Book review sites… meh. YA book review sites were a dime a dozen. So, you liked the book, so you didn’t. Great. Who cares. And then I found Forever Young Adult. Which is pretty much effing amazing.

Hello. Seriously. Let’s first start with how they evaluate books.

BFF CHARMS? BONUS FACTORS (ie the jordan catalano factor)? SWOONWORTHY SCALE? (I’d like to also add that “swoonworthy scale” has inched its way into my daily vocabulary. YES I TALK ABOUT SWOONWORTHY SCALES DAILY, GOT A PROBLEM?) and my personal favorite:

relationship status

rather than using stars or a numerical system, neither of which really captures how we *feel* about a book, we’ve decided to sum up our judgement in typical teenage fashion: do we *like* this book? do we like LIKE this book? do we actually want to spend all of eternity with this book because OMG LOVE? or will we totally avoid it in the hallways cos it’s really pesky and annoying and we wish we’d never said hi to it in the first place?!!

so yeah, relationship status… speaks volumes.

So basically stars and the like can just jump out the window now, kthx.

If this isn’t your favorite YA book review site by now, you are clearly deranged.

So a week or so ago, two of the FYA ladies announced that they would be going to BEA (Book Expo America).

DUDE REALLY? I’LL BE AT BEA TOO! LET’S MEET UP! That’s basically how the conversation went. With a little less “dude” and a little more Jellicoe Road.


HEY-O yeah that’s a picture of me with Sarah and Jenny of FOREVER YOUNG ADULT. SO FREAKING AWESOME.

Also, they included ME in their post about day one of the zoo that is BEA. FREAKING AWESOME.

ALSO, FYA is starting a book club, and the first book is none other than BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver. Which is the best book I’ve read. In a LONG time. So there’s a summer reading assignment if I’ve ever heard one. A summer reading assignment. From Summer. HAHAHAHAHA!

Hokay, let’s wrap this one up before I kill you all with my hilarity.


the inspiring truffle

3 12 2009

When I was in college, I decided to take Mandarin Chinese on a whim. My dorm neighbor at the time was taking it, and I would always look at her homework and wish I knew Chinese because the characters looked so cool. As a result of this class, I ended up making Chinese my minor, and going to Taiwan for a semester of study abroad. During study abroad, I met the girl who is currently my roommate/partner in crime/Aly to my AJ. If I didn’t have someone so badass and cool to live with here, would I have moved at all? I have no idea. So basically, suffice to say that I owe my entire life after age 18 to said dorm neighbor (who in the real world, is called Lauren).

ANYWAY, said Lauren recently started a food blog that TheRoommate and I helped her design, and I’d like to brag about it for a hot second:

I mean look at that header! (Okay, admittedly, the header DESIGN was all roommate, while the ideas came from yours truly). Oh man… and a THREE COLUMN BLOGGER LAYOUT! We actually tweaked html to do that, since blogger templates are only 2 column.

Anyway, The Inspiring Truffle reviews restaurants in NYC, Hong Kong, Taipei and anywhere else she happens to be! She’s just starting out, but already has quite a few posts and you all should go check it out if you get the chance or will be visiting any of those areas! Or just go comment to thank to her for changing my life.

Speaking of changing my life.

Holy crap Park Bom. This song is now number SIX on my iTunes Top 25 Most Played. I’ve only had it for like 2 days. It’s SO GOOD. And the music video is absolutely adorable.

Look how gorgeous her kitchen is!
She’s wearing a crown!
She’s frosting cupcakes!
I want to die it’s all so awesome!

beda day #27: in which i am late

28 04 2009

So just now I put my blog into this personality thing, and got this:

The analysis indicates that the author of
is of the type:
ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

A couple of things about this…

1. Entertaining and friendly… sure? I hope that’s just because I overuse the word “like.”

2. “Soft fabrics,” ewwww. No. I am super weird about really soft things. I hate them. You know those blankets that are like… just fleece? Ugh I’m getting grossed out just THINKING about them. Cashmere is okay… until it starts pilling. Once it starts to feel even a LITTLE fuzzy, no. Jersey sheets… the thought makes me want to gag.

3. Bright colors? I would say yes DEFINITELY a couple of years ago. Not so much now, but I’ll still go with it.

4. Sweet smells? Like… BROWNIES?

5. Planning… I think I am a bit of a planner. Actually, I don’t like to plan, I like people to tell me the plan. A day in advance. And then I show up. As far as exhausting myself, when you are as cool as I am… it’s hard not to.

6. “They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way” This sentence seems odd to me. How do you help people INVISIBLY? Are OTHER PEOPLE DOING THAT? SHOWMESHOWMESHOWME!

But all of that was just so I could highlight this last line:
7. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Hello, summation of my life.

lazy sunday much?

29 03 2009
This is about as artistic as I get.

This is about as artistic as I get.

I am not a very artistic person. Creative, yes. Artistic… no. So today I found this site that makes really cool Jackson Pollock-esque graphics for you like the one above, except you make them! And it’s really easy! You just go to the site, click “Enter Jackson” and move your mouse around! If you move quickly, the lines will be thinner, and if you move slowly, or hover your mouse in one spot, the color will show up in a blob. Click the mouse and the color changes… and you can’t even choose the color! It chooses it for you. If you absolutely hate your drawing, you can hit space, and your drawing disappears, and if you want to stop to say, take a screencap, you can just move your mouse out of the window.

It’s really fun and really relaxing since you don’t really have that much control over it, you just move!



This sounds like an ad for the site or something, but it’s not, I swear, I just think it’s really cool.