Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Back + Improvements + Writing

Hey guys!

It's been two weeks and I'm back from my break. It was nice to think about what has been wrong with my posts lately and what has been keeping the quality down. Here are some things I have thought about during the past couple weeks. I just realized it kind of sounds like I'm whining and telling my readers to buck up and get used to my blogging style, but I'm not. I'm just sorting out my thoughts on paper. This is me thinking to myself.


  • I'm not part of a specific community. I have lots of friends from different blogging communities, but I don't feel like a part of any of them. I don't live in Missouri and have 10 siblings, but I'm not a squealy fangirl who only gets an hour of sleep every night and only wears black and fedoras. But I don't post a bunch of pictures about my life every single day, or post a bunch of photos of me wearing different pieces of clothing and makeup products either. And the blog isn't one to go with my YouTube channel, it's vice-versa. So I feel like I'm not even close to any "niche". I post whatever I would like to post, and if people want to read it they read it. If people like it they follow. 
  • Lack of comments. I'm not trying to whine here and complain that nobody has been leaving comments. But no comments at all on posts doesn't motivate me to create quality posts because I feel like nobody is reading them. 
  • I need to know what my readers like. What kind of posts will YOU GUYS read?? What kind of posts on my blog do you enjoy the most? I've made a survey, so pleeease click here and give your input. Thank you. :D 
Also, I've been doing a lot of editing on my book The Mystery on the Train (the name will probably change). I need motivation! I need a writing buddy! If you don't know what that is it's basically two people who encourage each-other, maybe have word wars, email back-and-forth about the struggles of writing a book. If you are interested shoot me an email (the10awesomeags.m@gmail.com) 

Thanks for reading guys! :)

~Lydia~ <3 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I Need a Break

Hello!

Yeah, I know, I'm taking yet another break. I feel like the quality of my posts has gone down and hardly anybody seems to be reading them. Idk, I feel like they are filler posts and I haven't really be putting a ton of work into them. I just need to figure myself out. See you again in a couple weeks. I'll still get on social media/Gmail so if you want to talk to me feel free to do so there.

Baiii

~Lydia~ <3

Monday, September 12, 2016

Beautiful People - September 2016

Hello!

I am going to be participating in the linkup Beautiful People, hosted by Sky at Further up and Further In and Cait at Paper Fury. If you want to learn more about the linkup and do it for yourself, you can click the picture below! As always I will be using my character Olivia from my Star Trek fanfiction. :)




1). How did you come up with this character? 
Well actually Olivia has existed for 2 years now. She's undergone a lot of changes. :P The plotline, where she lives, where she came from, her last name, etc. Originally she was created for a series of short-stories taking place on the Enterprise in an online newspaper I wrote for. When I quit writing for it I still used Olivia for roleplay purposes, and then I finally just decided to write a novella with her for fun.

2). Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast? 
Probably. If she was taken hostage by aliens or something and their form of torture was starvation. I'm not sure if that actually happened though, you'll have to ask her about it. ;)

3). Do they have a talent or skill that they are proud of? 
Not really, unless a sarcastic and warped sense of humor counts as a talent...she's very proud of how "funny" she is...

4). List 3 things that would make them lose their temper. 
People brushing her off because she's a kid, Klingons (ugh), people thinking she has a perfect life because she's the daughter of a starship captain.

5). What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite? 
She loves rain. Gloomy days. Thunderstorms. That's one of the things she misses about earth, it never rains in space. Least favorite is probably Winter.

6). What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality? 
Olivia is a Gryffindor and ESFP-T.

7). Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future? 
Olivia has learned throughout her years in space that you need to learn to take things in stride and not worry about tomorrow. Because no matter how many times you try to guess what will happen, it never does. It's always something unexpected. It's more beneficial to worry about current problems.

8). What is their favorite thing to drink? 
She loves the Pumpkin Spice Mocha from Starbucks...sadly Starbucks is long gone 200 years from now and historians believe it was actually a mind-control headquarters/attempt to take over the world, making teenagers go crazy obsessed for this specific coffee...but nobody knows for sure. ;)

9). What is their favorite color? Least favorite? 
Her favorite color is a goldish yellow. She doesn't really have a least favorite color.

10.). What is the book that changed their life? 
I guess you could say Emma by Jane Austen...it was a signed copy she found in her stepfather's attic, and it led her to explore more and find the time-travel device she used to get to the Enterprise.

There we go! Hope you all enjoyed! :)

~Lydia~ <3

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Movie Review - Now You See Me (2013)

Hello everyone!

Recently I went to a sleepover and my friends and I all watched the movie Now You See Me together. I thought it would be a good movie to review, so here we go!


Charismatic magician Atlas leads a team of talented illusionists called the Four Horsemen. Atlas and his comrades mesmerize audiences with a pair of amazing magic shows that drain the bank accounts of the corrupt and funnel the money to audience members. A federal agent and an Interpol detective intend to rein in the Horsemen before their next caper, and they turn to Thaddeus, a famous debunker, for help. 

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Now, let me just start by saying, this movie is rated PG-13, and mostly for language. The s-word and a-word are in abundance, and a couple other worse ones used less often. Surprisingly, there wasn't much actual violence. There were chase scenes, and there was the classic car-blow-up scene, plenty of guns and fist-fights, but nothing extremely gory and not a lot of blood. 
And...yes...there was one sexual part right at the beginning (talk about making a good first impression, Now You See Me. Ugh) where the guy takes the girl to his apartment, but then he kicks her out because he has super important spy business. :P The scene was about two or three minutes long. I would have preferred not to have seen that part, but it wasn't as bad as other movies. 

Anywho, now that we've gotten that stuff out of the way...I actually really liked the movie itself. I hate the swearing and that one part, obviously, but the plot and the magic tricks and the entire scheme was really cool. 
I think my favorite part was the ending, with the carousel and the colors on the building...that's all I can say without spoiling it. xD AND THAT PLOT TWIST AT THE END, THOUGH. I felt really bad for Thaddeus...:P 
My friends were also spewing out facts throughout the entire movie (they had all seen it before except me) about how a lot of the tricks were the real thing. I thought that was pretty cool, too. 
It was hard to follow the storyline at some points (that might be partly due to the fact that we were a little distracted...talking and doing slumber party stuff...and seeing who could stuff their faces with the most chocolate sprinkles...) and it was very fast-paced, but I could follow it well enough to understand what what happening. 
There was too much swearing for it to be on my top favorites list), but it was an enjoyable movie for me. 3.5 stars out of 5. 

~Lydia~ <3 
And in case you were wondering, I got four hours of sleep. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Screen Free Week

Hello!

I'm going to be the first to admit that I was very addicted to the computer. (And still am, sort of.) I have tried to gradually cut back on it, but it didn't really work. So, I decided I was going to be doing screen free week. No computer, iPads, phones, Wii, or anything like that.
Sooo...while I was having dinner with my family I told them what I was going to do this week and not to tempt me. :P Surprisingly, they all joined up with me. My mom could check her email once-in-awhile, and I was allowed to look at Etsy sometimes with Jo (we both like looking at vintage clothing together xD), but that was it. And we could also watch TV, but only after 6:00 at night. Also during the end of the week Jo and I allowed ourselves to make goofy musical.lys. xD

So, here are some things I did and observations I made during the week.

I kept almost going to the computer by habit during the first couple days if I found myself bored with nothing to do. 
Jo and I are pretty good at doing tricks on our bikes. 
We went "fishing"...really we just swam but it was still fun. 
I got into basketball and am looking into joining a team.
Jo and I finally watched DokiDoki Precure together (something we've been meaning to do for FOREVER) 
Cure Sword is my favorite. 
We made some really, really weird musical.lys. xD 
I discovered embroidery!
I shopped for fabric for a new dress I want to make at JoAnn's. 
I spent lots of time with my family. 
I watched The Twilight Zone with my dad for the first time and it's so creepy but awesome at the same time. 
I got a lot of math done (which is good, I'm so behind it's not even funny)


All of that because I wasn't sitting on my behind staring at a screen! Half of these things I never would have done if I was able to the use the computer. Not using it gives you a strange feeling of freedom...
*cue Pink Sheep Illuminati music* 

ANYWAY! That was my week without screens. Hope you guys enjoyed! And I seriously recommend trying this for yourself, it's so worth it. :D 

~Lydia~ <3 
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