Mocha’s New Video: Cat vs. Bee

Happy Caturday! Here’s Mocha’s latest video:

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Lauren’s Writing Space

Where do I write?

Behold! 

 

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Not pictured:

  • Coke Zero
  • Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • Phone
  • Cat*
  • Frustrated Writer

 

*Mocha is usually behind me in her pod, offering moral support in her sleep.

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Breaking Benjamin is Back!

I’m sure this is obvious, but I’m saying it anyway: I love Breaking Benjamin. They rock my socks clear off my feet and straight into the washing machine. I love them.

Disclaimer: When I discuss rant about music, I get hyper. I lose my dignity. I turn into a thirteen-year-old girl. There will be gushing praise and general, amped excitement. If you’re expecting a review highlighting lyrical content, chord structure, etc. you’ll be disappointed. I’m just a girl who loves this band.

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About a week ago, BB released–nay, unveiled!–their new single on YouTube. I’ll get to that, but first, let’s take a look at their entire discography, shall we?


1) Saturate is easily my least favorite Breaking Benjamin album. On its own, it stands up as a solid album, but in comparison to their later material, this one just doesn’t hold up for me. Their first single “Polyamorous”, though awesome, isn’t even my favorite of the album. I actually prefer the acoustic version. Go figure.

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My favorite track from Saturate is…

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Shameless-Self-Promotion Sunday

I’d like to take a moment and direct your attention to…well…me. Essentially. 

This is Mocha.

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This is Mocha’s most liked photo to date.

For some unknown reason, which I am equal parts whatever and ashamed, I’ve created an Instagram account for my cat. While initially I thought I had finally full-on lost my mind, my life had no direction, and I was accepting cat lady status, I soon discovered plenty of cat accounts on Instagram. It’s a friendly community, full of like-minded cat obsessed people. The best kind of people.

And you know what? Life is too short not to have an Instagram account for your cat. Come on.

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So, if you’d care to check it out…https://www.instagram.com/meowingmocha/

But wait! There’s more.

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Lauren’s Writing Essentials

 

1) Something with Keys

Maybe I’m just old and my fingers don’t move as they once did. But writing by hand takes forever, and it’s totally unnecessary. I don’t know how people can write longhand. Typing is faster, more efficient,Related image and hitting backspace is a helluva lot easier than crossing out or erasing.

Wait, erasing? You don’t actually write with a pencil, do you? Tell me you’re at least using a mechanical pencil so I can sleep at night.

I used to have a desktop computer for all my writing needs. Now, I strictly use a laptop, because I like the portability. And my desktop died, so.

2) Background Noise

There’s a lovely space somewhere between the clacking of keys (or scrawling pens, if you’re one of those people) and a full-on desk concert. Yes, that’s a thing. Now, in this space, I live and thrive.

I highly recommend Rainy Mood, and I’ve recently discovered Soundrown, thanks to BookTuber Alexa Donne. In addition to rain, Soundrown has sounds of a coffee shop, birds, fire, and more. I love how you can overlap sounds to create your own atmosphere. My personal favorite is a mixture of Rain, Night, Train. Because what could be a more natural writing setting? Uh, nothing.

You can’t go wrong with instrumentals either. I’ve actually talked about this in a previous post, so click here for a list of some of my favorites. Go ahead. I’ll wait…

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Goodbye 2017!

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How to Make 2018 Suck Less than 2017

with a little help from Michael Scott

This list is tailored to me, but some of these might just apply to you as well.

1) WRITE MORE!

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Seriously. I need to write something. I miss that feeling of creating something out of nothing. Since I’ve finished my novel I’m Only Me (it’s about time!), I hope to start a new novel in 2018. While I do have the opening few chapters of one, I’m not sure if it has novel potential. Maybe I’ll write some short stories.

My January writing goal is to edit my YA short story, decide on a title, and find it a forever home.

Writing used to be my outlet, and I’d like to utilize it again.

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Twas the Day Before #PitMad…

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I’m not a poet. Sue me.

So tomorrow is the big day. #PitMad! For those who don’t know, #PitMad is a Twitter pitching event. You can tweet up to three different pitches throughout the day (8 AM – 8 PM). Now that Twitter has expanded its characters, it gives you a little more wiggle room to explain yourself. Thank God. “Likes” from agents equal query requests. Boom, baby!

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For more info, click here!

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NaNOWhytheEFF

Let me preface this by saying, do whatever works for you, OK? No hate and no disrespect here.

But I do not and will not understand this NaNoWriMo BS that is basically inescapable for an entire month.

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My #NaNoWriMo face.

I don’t force myself to write. I just don’t. Which is probably why I haven’t written anything new in almost two months. Not the point.

I just don’t get this. At all. Why would you stress yourself out to write x number of words in a given span of time that you ALREADY KNOW aren’t going to be any good? Is that too pessimistic? To me, if I’m “on the clock” I’m likely to churn out a bunch of shit just to reach a certain word count. A word count that I’ve preset for some effing reason. And if I’m the one to set the word count…can’t I just make it whatever I want? 500k? 5k? 5? It doesn’t matter, does it? What’s the limit?

If you know anything about me, you might recall I used to be a teacher. I hated giving a length requirement for essays. Because I KNEW if I said the essay had to be 500 words, let’s say, I’d get 250 of quality material, followed by 250 of the same thoughts reworded. Or 250 words of extraneous detail. Or 250 words of “I think” “I feel” “I believe”. MAKE IT STOP. As a student it was the same thing. Like how I can pad this thing to get to the right number of words? Let me undo all my contractions!

Writers, why do this to yourself?

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Why spend an entire month writing something you ALREADY KNOW you’re going to spend the next month rewriting? December shall be DecDoOver. Yeah, the name ain’t catchy. But it’s about as catchy as NaNoWhyAmIDoingThis?

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Put a Little Ze in Your Day

First of all, I apologize for the lame title. It’s really lame, isn’t it.

Now, maybe you can relate to this, but do you ever like something, like really like something, and you binge on it? Then, something happens and you either forget about it, or move on, or find something else that replaces it? Well, my God. I forgot how awesome Ze Frank is. Shame on me, I know.

I found one of his videos that I hadn’t seen–hooray! And I wanted to post it, because, as usual, the man is a freaking genius. While I don’t believe in fate, at all, I think I was meant to find this today. I’m calling it a happy accident.

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