The World of Wattpad – a social media for writers.

The World of Wattpad – a social media for writers.

Hello lovely readers,

I wanted to talk about the reason I have been MIA lately. Besides school, work, and daily life, I’ve joined the social website called Wattpad. Have you ever heard of it?

Wattpad is a social platform that allows you to publish your stories daily (full books, short stories, poetry). You can update everyday, once a week, or whenever you feel like it, plus you get to interact with other writers and readers through club chats. Also, your story can be voted and commented on, some people even reach a million views and get deals to get published.

Since I was feeling a bit distant from the writing world, I decided to join in and publish my first completed book, and start writing a new one. It’s been a rocky road, since Wattpad has a lot, and I mean A LOT, of writers and books.

Sometimes you can get lost with comparison. Some books have millions of views while your still struggle to reach 1K. However, it’s a great way to put your work out there, get quick feedback on your story, and just force yourself to actually write.

Some people post their first draft chapter by chapter, while others post the whole thing at once. You can delete your story and start fresh or even edit as you go. It has many possibilities, besides you can create a fanbase for you as a writer.

It’s a great platform for beginners and even professional writers. Why don’t you give it a try? Perhaps you will find the motivation you needed to finish that story you’ve kept in the drawer.

Here is my Wattpad Profile

Have you tried Wattpad? What did you think of the platform?

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Heir of Fire – Review

Heir of Fire – Review

“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

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Book: Heir of Fire

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Rate: ❤❤❤

I’ve been waiting (and dragging) to read the third book in the Throne of Glass series: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. At first the book pace didn’t work for me. I had to force myself to keep reading it until I was finally in the right rhythm.

Heir of Fire was a long book, and one of the downsides was that not much happens until the second part of the book. I’m an objective reader and though I do enjoy some mystery and anticipation, when the story drags for too long, I tend to steer away from it. (Pretty Little Liars comes to mind).

So we begin the book with Celeana already in Verase (Wendlyn), and we learn she hasn’t done much besides getting drunk and starting fights. She is broken by Nehemia’s death and Chaol’s “betrayal.” I say “betrayal” because I’m still not sure she should feel so betrayed the way she does. Yes, if he told her about the threat she might have doubled up the defenses and protected Nehemia, but still he was kidnapped the night it happened, and she would still go after him and save him, and Nehemia would still die. For me, the reasons for her anger aren’t strong enough.

Moving on, she basically hates the world and herself. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories about being broken and mending yourself together, but she is in another level of that. At some point I just wanted to slap her and scream “pull yourself together woman!”

But allas, we learn about her true powers and the history of what happened the night her parents died. Towards the end of the book, things finally get steamy and that’s when I started flipping the pages.

I didn’t like the multiple POVs because it was just too many to keep up. In some chapters the author mixes up POVs and we don’t know exactly whose line of thought we are following. Also, for me it was a bucket of cold water because every time I was finally invested in a character’s POV, it switched to another.

With all that being said, I did enjoy the story (though it could be shorter and more direct), and I will keep reading the series because I have to find out what happens. (though it may take a while).

The world building is beautifully crafted as always, and I applaud the writer for her imagination.

 

Have you read the Heir of Fire? What were your thoughts on it? 

Goal or Dream?

Goal or Dream?

Do you know the difference between having a dream and a goal? A dream is something you wish to have or accomplish, while a goal is an objective, something you have a designed plan to accomplish.

See how the work differently? One might never come true, while the other you will work step by step, failure after failure, to achieve. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams that we don’t realize they can come true, if we work towards it. No they will not happen when you are fast asleep, or when you find the genie’s bottle. Which means, you have to get up, shake the negativity and go fight.

That’s what I’m doing here, if only to force me to keep writing and not give up on my goal (not dream) of becoming a published author. The only way of doing that is by what? Actually doing the work. My negativity has stopped me so far, but I say enough is enough. I can accomplish my goal, because I study, practice and work for it. Do you want to be a writer as well? Then you have to write, even if you feel like you are not good enough. Because guess what? You can improve. Writing is not just pure talent, it’s a craft, and like any craft you can learn, master and use it in your favor.

Maybe a writing course will help you (I’ve tried many, and yes they are very helpful), or a writing technique book, or perhaps even a writing club (if you are shy, you can try some online platfrom like wattpad). What matters is if you keep writing and are open to criticism.

When I think back on my first book, I see how much I have already improved. But I also know I have a lot to grow, and that’s why I won’t give up on learning. Because in the end what matters is the journey to get there.

So, will you wake up and work towards your goal, or just keep dreaming?

Are you a writer? Are you working towards your goal? Share with me your thoughts and tips.

 

Throne of Glass – Review

Throne of Glass – Review

Hello dearies,

This is the second review I’m writing, and just like the previous I won’t be rating the book from 1 to 5 stars. I don’t believe in rating because I think it’s super subjective. What might be a five for me, may be a three for you and you might have enjoyed it the same way, though your critics might be towards something else.

Therefore, I will only write how the book made me feel and the things I liked about it, instead of just writing a synopsis of it.

Here we go:

Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, since I’ve seen so many reviews and pictures of it (I love book instagrams). It was a fast read for me; I wouldn’t put the book down, and got really hooked in the story. We follow a young trained assassin, Celaena Sardothien,  through a life-death contest to become the King of Adarlan’s Champion, and with that winning her freedom (she’s been on a slave camp for a over year). I expected a lot more action from this book, since the real juice only started to appear on the second half of the story. I think the writer lost way too much time with love triangles that are poorly developed (I’m a little tired of love triangles) and frivolous conversations, instead of showing more of the assassins ability and strength (sometimes she came out a little too whiny making me wonder how did she became the best assassin of the Kingdom). For example, the contest is designed with many tests, but we only read a few of them, others are just skimmed through.

With that being said, I liked the character development, since we learn she is not just a cold hearted assassin, but more of a girl that was thrown into this world and had to do anything to survive. We see her starting to care for other people than herself, which shows that her soul is way more human than what people thought of her. The end leaves you wanting to understand more, since some important information lightly appears towards the final chapters. Who is she? Who is her family? How powerful is she? We start to learn that there is a big secret around her, and the author is pretty clever at giving bits and pieces of information throughout the story that the reader must connect. Instead of throwing everything at once, she kind of turns us into little detectives, trying to figure out what is actually going on, before the heroin does.

I definitely recommend reading it, it is a well-developed story, that catches your attention from beginning to end and definitely makes you want more. The author did a great job at creating this new universe, with different customs, religion and history. I loved the writing style and her POV choice. I’ve grow very accustomed to first person POV, so it was a nice break from it. The way she writes is smooth, simple, yet it fits the genre, setting, and atmosphere of the book perfectly. I’m already on my way to get the second book of the series, since I have to kill my curiosity.

Have you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?

My Top 5 80’s Movies

My Top 5 80’s Movies

Hello lovelies!

Recently I spent a really quiet weekend at home relaxing, and for my surprise The Princess Bride was on TV. I haven’t seen it in a while, so naturally I’ve stopped whatever else I was (not) doing and enjoyed the moment. The movie may be a few decades old, but it can still make me laugh. I love the romance, the sarcasm, the cinematography, and quick comebacks (I think the jokes are so clever!)

Then I started to make a mental list of all the 80’s movies I’ve seen that I would see again or recommend others to watch, even though I am a nineties’ baby.

Warning: spoiler alert!

So, without further ado, here are my top five 80’s movies of all time:

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1. Can’t Buy me Love

I’ve seen this movie for the first time a couple years ago, and boy, did I love it. It got me hooked from start to finish, and I thought that Patrick Dempsey’s acting, even though exaggerated at times, was extremely refreshing. I believed him to be that nerdy and bubbly character who just wants to be popular more than anything. I’ve seen a lot of movies with this actor, but overall (in my opinion) he plays the same type of character over and over again. So it was really nice to see how he started and how dynamic he was at a young age (when he wasn’t the sexy serious guy).

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2. Back to the Future

Oh Marty Mcfly, how much do I enjoy your adventures with time travel. But I must say, the first movie has always been my favorite. Him accidentally going back in the past, and almost ruining his parent’s entire relationship was so precious and fun to watch. The more he tried to make things right, the worse they got. But, thankfully everything turned out more than okay for him at the end. Go Marty! And I don’t even have to mention that one of my favorite’s band’s name comes from his last name Mcfly. That alone should make me love the movie (but honestly I liked way before I knew the band).

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3. The Breakfast Club

Well, not only the movie has an iconic ending that has been remade and celebrated through generations after it, but the depth and exploration of the angst of teenagers in High School was mind blowing. This entire movie happens during these five kids’ detention time (with only them and two school staff to support the story), and it is able to show you their distinct personalities and break cliches of people’s appearances. Who you seem to be in High School doesn’t necessarily is who you are. And sometimes someone who looks so different from you, may actually have more similarities than disparities. The movie makes you wonder whether these five kids will remain friends after this glorious and unique day. But who knows? Maybe they will go back to their daily lives. But for us, those hours were the truest and sincerest moments of these teenager’s High School years.

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4. The Princess Bride

But of course I wouldn’t miss the movie that started this whole post. The Princess Bride is one of those movies you must see. It’s light and quirky, and makes you laugh not only with the story, but about it (the movie constantly makes jokes about itself). You end up falling in love with Westley’s wit and his love for Buttercup (though I must admit, her character doesn’t agree with me much). Also, one of the most famous lines in movies’ history can’t be missed, when Inigo Montoya finally meets his father’s killer and says, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” STRIKE ONE! Fun fact: Ben Barnes was inspired by Inigo’s accent to create his Prince Caspian character.

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5. Just One of the Guys.

Ok, so I’ve seen She’s the Man with Amanda Bynes many times, where she pretends to be her brother in order to convince her ex-boyfriend, and her previous coach that girls are as good as guys on soccer. However, I didn’t know there was an 80’s movie with a similar plot (seems like they are both loosely based on the same play by Shakespeare). In Just One of The Guys, the main character pretends to be a guy just so she can prove that her article for the school newspaper was rejected because she was a girl. The plot twist is when she finds out that it actually was because it wasn’t good enough (even as a guy). She becomes friends with this loser guy and ta-da starts falling in love with him. The whole experience as a guy inspires her to write a new article that ends up being published. Oh, and the reveal scene (where people find out she is a girl) is very much like in She’s the Man. I quite liked the movie, it was amusing, smart, and ahead of its time.

 

Did your favorite 80’s movie made the cut? If not, leave a comment below sharing your top choices.

1/4 of a Century

1/4 of a Century

Hello guys,

So on April 18th I turned 25, which means I’m one quarter of a century old. That’s right, I’m not on my early twenties anymore.

But, I’m glad I’m aging because I have been learning and growing so much, and like I always say, change is good.

For this special age, I’ve decided to create a bucket list of 25 things I must do on the year of my 25th birthday.

I’ve written down a wide range of things, from doing hang-gliding, to learning how to drive stick shift, to getting a tattoo. So far I have seven things completed, but I still have many more to finish.

It’s been fun so far, and the best part is that I’ve shared my list with my friends, so not only they help me complete my list, but also I have a commitment of finishing it because other people beside me know about my challenge.

I’ve been reading a book called The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey, and he discusses how in order to be trusted we need to trust ourselves. And sometimes we mine our own trust by setting up goals and not accomplishing them, like for example when we set the alarm earlier to go workout but we wake up, turn it off, and just go back to sleep. This small act is making ourselves less trustworthy, and even worse, is making us stop trusting ourselves.

So, I encourage you to try doing the same thing. You know those things you always wanted to do but was always too lazy, too busy, or just forgot to do it? Write them down now and challenge yourself to complete them. See it as a mission and set a date for you to complete your list.

I bet you will feel more accomplished and empowered just like I have been feeling.

Peace always,

Artemis

“The One and Only” Girl

“The One and Only” Girl

Hi guys,

 

I’ve written many poems in my life, but never had the courage to show or post it for anyone to see, so in my new mantra of trying new things and taking risks, I’ve decided to share this little one.

It started coming to shape in my head in one of my many walks from the airplane to the baggage claim, while I was listening to Teddy Geiger’s song “For You I Will” and it sort of just came to life. Little by little I breathed more soul into it, and I was able to finish it tonight. So I hope you enjoy it and that maybe it touches you like it touched me.

“The Only One” Girl

By Artemis Moon

I’m the girl in a music video,

the one who walks around with distant eyes and a distracted smile.

A thousand worlds inhabit her mind,

but she can’t seem to fit into the one she lives in.

I’m the girl who people say should experience more of life,

but who, perhaps, just feels and sees life in a different perspective than everyone else.

I’m the girl in a portrait,

frozen in space and time as if she doesn’t belong here,

or there, or anywhere.

I’m the girl in an adventure book,

strong and fierce, but not quite real,

not quite tangible, and somehow quite damaged.

I’m the girl whose eyes can scare you,

because they carry the weight of all the expectations her mouth can’t pronounce.

I’m the girl that tries to pretend she doesn’t believe in love,

but who secretly hurts with how the world seems to have forgotten all about the magic of it.

I’m the girl that cries alone in her bedroom about her loss,

but who you will see smiling and pretending to be okay,

because she refuses to look weak.

I’m the girl who feels as if she wasn’t good enough,

when you were more than enough for her.

As if she lacked a secret ingredient,

always blend, always overlooked.

I’m this girl,

I’m that girl,

I’m any girl,

But I’m never “the one and only” girl.