VIPKID Vibes: 1000 Classes!

I hit a milestone today. Behold:

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Actually, I’m up to 1005 now, but that title didn’t have quite the oomph I wanted.

Despite having taught so many classes, I still feel very much like a newbie. I learn something new every day.

I’m here to share my top 3 tips for being a successful VIPKID teacher.

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Christmas Songs I Didn’t Know Existed

I like classic Christmas music as much as the next gal–Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Brenda Lee, you know the ones–but I hunt for new Christmas songs every year. Thanks to Spotify, I’ve discovered these beauties. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jethro Tull – Ring Out Solstice Bells

Obsessing over this one. Everyone needs a little Ian Anderson for the holidays.


MxPx – Another Christmas

The Christmas song I didn’t know I needed. Mike Herrera ๐Ÿ™‚


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Here’s To the Songs That Helped Me Survive Teaching Middle School

Are you new here? This is all you need to know:

  1. Music is life.
  2. Teaching middle school was…well…it was like being underwater. And still being expected to do everything someone with air can do. Good times.

These songs were in heavy rotation while I found my way to higher ground. It’s pretty much a mixture of “I’m angry” and “I’m hopeful.”

Perhaps these can help you too?

Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚




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Thank You, Followers!

I’m deeming today #thankfulthursday.

(Today’s gifs brought to you by my many husbands, fyi.)

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So I have no idea how this happened, but I have 100 followers. Like, what?

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When I started this blog, I had very low expectations–and I still do. Every view, like, comment, or follower I get surprises me. The content I post here is primarily for me. I see this platform as almost a journal. I’m pretty much documenting what’s going on in my life and the things I’m into at the time. So if someone gets anything out of what I post, I’m stoked about it.

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Whether you’re here for VIPKID info, writing updates, random music rants, pics of my cat, or lots of gifs, I’m glad you’re here.

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So thank you for clicking Follow. That’s super awesome. Have a good one!


Thanks for spending some time here. If you’re reading this, you rock. And don’t you forget it.

Bonus gif ๐Ÿ™‚

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I found a new gif for Mark Peterson, and I’m happier than I should be about it. I’m posting it here so I don’t lose it. ๐Ÿ™‚

“Music” for Writers

Think of this as a Music Monday/Writing Wednesday mash-up.

I’m sure you’re already aware of these ambient sound videos, but I figured I’d share anyway. Somehow–honestly, sometimes I have no clue how YouTube recommends videos to me–the video below showed up on my YouTube home page thing. And while a tavern isn’t my go-to writing location, it’s still a cool idea.

*There are so many of these kind of videos, but all of these are from the same YouTube channel:ย The Guild of Ambience

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If You Want an Agent, Write YA?

Any underlying snark you may pick up on while reading is completely unintentional.

Listen. There’s something that’s been bothering me, and now’s the time to talk about it.

Why is it that every person who shares a “How I Got My Agent” story is a YA writer???

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Before you think I’m exaggerating, I did a simple google search: how I got an agent. Nine out of the first ten results were from YA/MG writers. NINE! (Not to mention, one of those results was a post highlighting the agent stories of 10 YA/MG authors. So, yeah.)

The only result that offered any hope to me was a Writer’s Digest article with a list of author stories. You know how many of those were YA/MG? Guess. Out of the first thirteen I read (I had to stop out of frustration), eight, one of which being a picture book.

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VIPKID Vibes: Will VIPKID Make Me a Morning Person?

In short…

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I’ve been with VIPKID for 216 days now, and let me tell you, it’s still a struggle every day. Every. Day.

I’ve always hated getting up in the morning. It’s painful in every sense of the word. You’d think after a certain period of time, my body would adjust and it wouldn’t be so bad, but that has yet to happen. Why not go to sleep earlier? Seems simple enough. But it doesn’t matter. I can get 8 hours of sleep and I feel the same as I do with 5 hours. I don’t understand it.

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My Favorite Female Vocalists

Happy Music Monday! It’s been established how much I like music–more than most people (and I don’t mean “more than most people like music”)–but I listen to primarily male vocalists. 98%, I’d say. I don’t know why this is, and I hadn’t really realized it until I was listing all my favorite songs…and they were all guys.

So I thought I’d feature the few female singers I like. I’ve kept things current-ish, so no Aretha or anything. But, of course, that lady can sang!

In no particular order, here we go!

Imogen Heap

I have to start with Imogen. She was the first name I thought of. I’ve mentioned Imogen before, but she is awesome. She plays all kinds of instruments, does strange vocal mixing, is pretty quirky, and I really like her voice. She is so underrated, it hurts.

Amy Lee

Hopefully, we can all agree, Amy Lee has an amazing voice. She sounds the same live as recorded–the mark of a true singer.

Christina Perri

I’ve always liked this song, and this live performance has so much emotion. I’d hate to be the poor soul she’s singing about.

Lacey Strum

One of my favorite voices, male or female. This chick is otherworldly. I read a YouTube comment about her that it’s like she gets high off her own voice. Accurate. I don’t know what else to say. Moving on. Continue reading

For the Procrastinating Writer: Font Match

Yes, fonts.

I’m assuming since you’re here, you’re already procrastinating and most likely avoiding your NaNaWriMo project, right? Well, I’m here to help give you something to do, which, in the long run, will benefit your novel and make your characters rounder. At the very least, it’s something to do that’s actually related to the world of your novel.

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I was online–shocking–and I came across a particular font and thought Whoa, that’s exactly how Tyler would write!

And just like that, my afternoon was shot.

You may know of this website, but it was new to me:

www.dafonts.com

a magical place with a gazillion fonts to download

So many fonts, people! I decided I’d try to match a font to each one of my characters. Why? Why not?! Listen, my characters in particular are more real to me than actual people, but if that’s not the case with yours, you may want to try this out. A person’s handwriting says something about them.

Do they write in all caps? Do they use a dark, thin line or a skinny one? Does it have loopy, swirly letters? Does it slant one way or the other? How large are the letters–in relation to each other? Is it neat or sloppy? Do they dot their i’s with hearts?

I managed to find fonts that match my characters pretty well. I actually mention two of my characters’ handwritings in the novel itself, so for Mark and Tyler, I already knew what to look for.

Here’s what I’ve found:

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So if you need something to procrastinate with, there you go! Or if you think knowing how your characters write could flesh them out, there you go! Either way, have fun! It’s strangely addicting.

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy font matching!

VIPKID Vibes: The Moment When, Part 2

The moment when…the kiddo comes to class ten or more minutes late.

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The moment when…you’re having class with a new student and one of your regulars appears in the background.

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The moment when…you miss an incentive by two hours. I don’t want to talk about it.

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