Alex Hefner and Beats! Happy Music Monday!

A 2-Parter. Here we go!

Part 1: Alex Hefner reacted to “This is the Time” by Nothing More and it made my whole week.

There’s something so entertaining about seeing someone genuinely loving a song you love–especially the first time they hear it. So this reaction in particular was awesome. I enjoyed this video so much that I decided to include it in a post.

The whole idea of watching someone watch a music video is a bizarre concept, but there are countless reactions channels that prove bizarre works.

I love to see Nothing More getting some attention. This song is just…ah. Love it! Love every second of it.

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How Cats Say Thank You: Mocha’s Latest Video

Here’s Mocha’s latest video. This is what I go through every time I refill the cat food container: pure adoration. Now I know I’m biased, but I have the best cat ever.

Thanks for watching! Please help me reach 100 subs! You know, if you want…


Thanks for spending some time here! #tabbycatsrule

VIPKID Vibes: Newbie Teacher Essentials (and Wishlist Items!)

I haven’t posted in a while, so I wanted to return with something epic.

This may fall short of epic, but perhaps it will be interesting at the very least.

Below are some items you should have if you want to make the most of your VIPKID-ness. If you click on the picture, it will take you straight to Amazon. Consider me your middleman. You’re welcome.

*I may add to this list, so check back for more cool stuff.

Essentials

1) Heaphones

You need headphones. This is a must. If you’re in this for the long-haul, I recommend using something with an attached microphone as opposed to earbuds. Don’t think you have to go out and buy expensive gaming headphones. I’ve been using the same pair since April 2018, and I only spent about twenty-two bucks. Below are the Logitech H340 headphones. If you don’t want to spend a little more for a mute button, I’d go with these. For either kind, make sure you have an extra USB available to plug it in.

Logitech USB Headset H340, Stereo, USB Headset for Windows and Mac

2) Camera

I consider this an essential–but not right away. The camera on your computer works just fine to start out. As you start teaching more classes and decide you want to invest a bit more into this business, consider a camera upgrade. Think of it as something to work towards. I bought one after about 3 months. Tech quality is important. You want good audio, video, and lighting. If you read on Facebook groups, most people recommend this camera. It’s awesome!

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam

3) Magnetic Letters

I swear by these. Again, you can start out with basic items to get you through the interview process, but I highly recommend upgrading. Unlike some other letters I’ve seen, the back of each letter is completely magnetized, so you don’t have to worry about them sliding down or falling off. I use these every day. Love them! You get a set of uppercase and lower case, and 2 sets of numbers 0-9. A must-have, for sure.

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Capstar for Cats: A Video Review

A few weeks ago, a decided I wanted to make YouTube videos again, so I made this little teaser.

Then, Mocha got fleas. I don’t know how an indoor cats gets fleas, but Mocha managed to find some. So, seeing this as an opportunity, I filmed the flea massacre.

This is Mocha’s second time using Capstar. When I first got her, she had an extended family of fleas. A family reunion. The vet recommended these pills and I couldn’t believe how well they worked. When World War Flea happened, I knew exactly what to buy.

Here’s what happened:

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Finding My Story a New Home: Part 3

I got accepted!

Just kidding.

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Look. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions today. I guess I’m at the sarcastic stage.

I’ve been devastated (when I first saw the email), disappointed (when I read the email), bitter (when I vented for some comfort and found little–Thanks, Twitter), confused (when I couldn’t understand why I was rejected), resilient (when I spent four hours trying to find a new place to submit), and now sarcastic (when I realized it’s pretty hopeless and there’s nothing I can do about it).

I saw the email last night actually, but I didn’t want to open it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep–or teach in the morning–so I waited. I knew it was a rejection though, because it was way too soon.

Maybe I was crazy to even entertain the idea I could get in, but, you know what, I thought I had a fighting chance. I really did. And that’s why I’m going to keep fighting for this story, because I love it so much.

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As a side note, I can’t help but feel my novel will have a similar, albeit more devastating, fate as this doomed short story.

Basically, I have one long shot, an even longer shot, and a “why did you send us this” shot left. Then, I’ll… start my own magazine? I don’t know.

Posts like this one really show off my newbie status in the literary mag submission world. Rejections happen all the time. To everyone. Lots of rejections. I get that. It doesn’t make it sting any less. What would be different is if I had a list of alternative places to submit. As it is… it’s bleaker than bleak.

Part Four of this riveting series will be how I had to CUT ANOTHER 3k WORDS for these new submissions. Man, I wish I was joking. I mean, are kids incapable of reading anything longer than a tweet?! What’s with these word counts?

My brain hurts.

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To add insult to injury, my washing machine broke, so my clothes have been sitting in sudsy water all day because I just don’t want to deal with it. And I was finally hooking up a hand-me-down dvd player to an old TV I had. But it’s so old, it doesn’t even have the option of connecting anything to it, aside from a cable. So, nevermind. *sigh*

I hope tomorrow turns out better. And I hope your day was a good one. 🙂


The Saga:

Finding My Story a New Home

Finding My Story a New Home: Part 2


Thanks for spending some time here. Staying hopeful is insanely difficult. Please send me your tips. #forevergrateful

Character Collages

Author Confession: I only started an Instagram page to post my character collages. Well, those and all the other pics I’ve made on Adobe Spark.

I wanted to post all of the collages together in one place, so I can include these pics in the I’m Only Me tab above. I’ll be adding to this as I upload all the characters to Instagram. You can check out my Instagram page: @laurenseewrites

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Meowing Mocha is Coming Back to YouTube

Because my priorities as an adult are seriously flawed, I’ve decided to start making YouTube videos again. Before I started with VIPKID, I spent a lot of my free time on creating a YouTube channel for my cat–which seeing it typed out like this makes my life look sad and pathetic. But while that make be somewhat true, it was fun and my cat is awesome, so deal with it.

Anyway, the time I used to spend on Mocha’s videos is now spent teaching, which is much less sad, not to mention more profitable and healthy. To be honest, I miss making videos. Mocha probably does not.

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However, I’ve decided to make some new ones. I can’t promise this is something I’m going to keep up with, but I made a short video last week to dust off my editing skills a bit.

Keep in mind, “soon” is relative.

Before the new videos actually get here, you can check out some of my favorites in the meantime.

Thanks for supporting Mocha’s channel, if you so choose. If you have a YouTube channel, post a link below! 🙂


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My Favorite Play-Along Piano Songs

Last week, I played the piano for the first time in probably four years. It was sort of like riding a bike–if you tend to crash frequently.

But the longer I played, it came back to me. Strange. Anyway, I was reminded of all the songs I learned to play just so I could play along.

After All These Years – Silverchair

To continue with my bike analogy, I crashed horribly last week. Like, blood everywhere when I tried to play this. But the further into the song I got, it started to come back. Woo! There are like 45 flats and sharps and ten key changes in this one. I tend to round up.

Existentialism on Prom Night – Straylight Run

It’s been years, but I think this is the first song I tried to “play along” to. I’m sure it was an epic fail.

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

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Creating Novel Aesthetics

Happy Writing Wednesday, all!

If I haven’t mentioned this before, I’m obsessed with Adobe Spark. I’ve made an unhealthy amount of pictures for I’m Only Me (and everything else I write). It’s strangely addicting, and I may have a problem. I’ll be posting my novel pics on my Instagram in the coming weeks. I have a schedule and everything. Try to contain your excitement.

Ha!

Well, I’m excited about it. I don’t know how to convey this without sounding like I’ve officially lost it. There’s something literally magical about seeing fictional characters that you’ve created come to life in a picture.

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My Currents: May 2019

Wow, I’m late. These particular updates aren’t that high on my priority list, which is actually a pretty good confession to make, I’d say.

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Ember Breaking Benjamin

Yep. #noshame

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Current Album in My Stereo

Saturate Breaking Benjamin

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Last Song Played on Spotify

I’m listening to Mark’s playlist as I type this. Currently:

“You Won’t Be Mine” Matchbox 20

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Last Netflix Binge

Waiting for OITNB…

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Current YouTube Obsession

Kitboga

Love. So this guy calls scammers and wastes their time. That’s pretty much it. While this doesn’t sound entertaining, I’m obsessed. He has a voice changer of some kind, and his granny voice is perfection. I love him. And his eyebrows are awesome.

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Last Movie Watched

Captain America: Civil War

I think…

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Current Read

*crickets*

I really need to read something. #forshame


Thanks for spending some time here!