Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pageviews and Other things!

                           My stats update!(Note, I was tempted to change the stats. I didn't!):

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
844
Malaysia
151
Germany
35
Serbia
25
Canada
7
China
4
Russia
4
United Kingdom
2
Israel
2
France
1

   Hi, RT. Anyway, it's not You Decide Friday or Suggestion Sunday YET...But any reccomendations for book reviews, features, questions. Hmm? I love hearing your opinions :D
                                           
 -Just a small post, thanks for reading!
                                               Jane Blogger 

New Excerpt from my book!

                            Hey everyone! I'm here with my new story, "Worth more than a Penny"! Read more below.

         "Worth more than a Penny" is a story about a slave named Penny, who works on a plantation with her mother.  When her mother isn't doing so well, she must go find the white friend she rejected some time ago.  But people change. They must set aside their differences and prove that an "interracial" friendhsip really CAN work.
Genre: Historical Fiction
(Still working on getting the historical years right. :[ I'm not good with that so my dad's helping me)
       Here's the excerpt(do not copy, this website is copyrighted):
It's lengthy:

                                 Prologue 

         If God wanted you to have peachy cream skin and golden curls he would’ve given you the looks you have anyway because he knew you’d be absolutely beautiful without them.
                                                                                                             -Georgia D., Mother of author
 Hi. My name is Penny. If you can imagine what I look like, imagine it.
Done yet?
  Okay, good. Well if ya’ll must know, I have dark hair and penny colored complexion. My mama and I are slaves.    My mama is in a field about 50 yards away from where I’m relaxing. I scramble to get up because the man with the whip might come any moment right now. I gotta work work work.
  I look at my aching, callused hands. I’m picking cotton. It’s not all fluffy(like ya'll have it) when it constantly scrubs against your hands.
v                                                                      
Being seventeen, I wish I could have nice blonde hair with peachy-cream skin.
Whenever I tell my mama that, though, she says I need to be proud of my ‘nice colored’ skin. Every time she says that I get aggravated.
   I sit down and lean against the tree, and a tear leaks down my cheek.  I rub my hands on my face to get it away.
“You better get working, or else they’ll see you,” My mother whispers to me, and I get startled. I don’t scream. I woulda gotten a beating.
“Mama, go! They’ll see you talking to me.”
She runs away and I get up reluctantly. I’m thinking, it’s 1862 and they still haven’t abolished slavery? Four years have gone, people.
   A faint voice whispers my name. I turn around. It’s someone….not like me. She has (I notice envyingly) blonde hair and peachy skin. Her blue eyes beckon me. I turn my back to whoever it is. Probably another trick. No person other than my mother has been a true friend. I’m not about to give up my dignity now.
“Penny.” It comes again.  I turn around to her.
“Be quiet,” I say icily. “It’s not you who is picking cotton. Go choose your dress for wherever you’re going to.”
She gulps, but looks confident. “I’m not saying for you to work. I need to show you something.”

“Yeah? Like your pretty pink dress? I don’t want to hear about it.”
She gives a sigh and backs away, and then disappears. I don’t care. I don’t need to be associating with her.
“Ma’m are you workin’?” A deep voice says.
“Yes, sir. Very hard, in fact. I’ll have it in a lil’ bit.” I answer quickly, knowing he’d take my word for it.
v   
“Mama,” I whispered, in the middle of the night when we were admiring the stars secretly.
“Yes, honey girl?”
“Will I ever be as beautiful as the star in the sky?”
 She looked me in the eye. “You gleam like a just-shined penny. You shine like a star in the night. You sparkle and glitter with every blink of an eye. Your smile gives the world light.”
 I start to tear up at her poem, and she squeezes me tighter. “Mama?” I ask, my voice trembling.
“Yes?”
“Will people ever be like a constellation—all together and making something beautiful?”
 She looked me in the eye again, and I dug my face in her shoulder. I looked up at her for one last moment, and realized she was crying, too.

   In the morning, she and I’s chore was to wash the master’s son’s shirts. They were dirty, and Mama and I went out to the field(grass this time) to wash them. There was a river nearby.
    We took the clothes and went where we were going to.
“Mama, I am going to go to the river. I need a break.”
She gives me a forlorn look. “You know we can’t be takin’ breaks ‘round here.”
“Please, Mama? Please? I’ll hurry.”
“I’m going to ‘get more water’ when you need to hurry, okay?”
   I run off to the river and lay down on the shore; arms sprawled out in front of me. I put my hands near the water then dip them in.
   It’s cool and relaxing. I hear a noise—it’s a splash. Suppose my master was here, waiting for me to come. Then…….crack! He would whip me.  I looked around nervously, and saw who it was.

Dreams DO come true!

         Dreams DO come true!

You all know, that I am a REALLY big fan of HVF and especially her books, right? Particularly the Mother-Daughter Book Club Series.
Well.....
  There's been an announcement made.
THERE'S GOING TO BE A SEVENTH ONE!!!!!
       Can you believe it? All those desperate pleas from readers begging for her to do it, and now, come summer of 2015, it'll be done! I'll be counting down the days!!  As soon as I know the cover I'll put a little timer on the bottom of each new post.
 :) Are you excited or WHAT?
                                               - Thanks for reading!
                                                Jane Blogger <3

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

So busy

                   I'm so busy!!

I have dance, schoolwork, extracurricular things like chorus, dance, and then there's the.....
Spellling bee.
 Do you know how much I've learned to DESPISE spelling bees? I't's a hassle to study when you have other things to do. When that happens, your mom yells at you.
We all know the aftermath of that.
       I guess(Hi, Alicia) this is kind of like Musing Mondays, on Spelling Bees. It's like, they give you a list of words and expect you to know them while everyone's cheering you on. When you don't win, you feel like a complete and utter loser. Does ANYONE else out there understand how I feel???
                                               

The Wonder of Charlie Anne Book Review

  Jane here! Since it's getting closer to Black History month and I've recently read a book on that topic, I'm going to review it now.

Title: The Wonder Of Charlie Anne
Author: Kimberly Newton Fusco
Genre: Historyical Fiction (children's literature)
Grade: B

           Okay, so as you know this is my first book review, and I'm very excited about it. So anyway, I'm a big sucker for cool covers. This cover disappointed me a bit:
  Yeah. You can see why. I mean, it's nice, but something was missing. I don't know what--that indescribable quality that makes a cover look 'good.'  The book was about a white girl living with her cousin Mirabel and her sisters and brother. Mirabel wants her to be a proper lady, Charlie Anne doesn't see the point. Now, there was something in the book that I really liked. It was that this girl liked to 'listen.' Her passed mother used to say everything makes a beautiful noise, if only you could listen.
How poetic is that?
After that, a coloured girl comes into town and moves into the house of their neighboor, and Charlie learns to become friends with her, even if she's different. Mirabel (in the beginning) doesn't want her to befriend her, but 

Author's Craft: 

  It was okay, but some things really annoyed me. Like when she said something like this(this was not in the book):
 I am holding on to Birdie and off in the distance I hear the river rushing and I hear Anna May saying what the dickens are you doing.
   You can see why, because all of those I AMs. Like, why not use an apostrophe? All through the book I was thinking of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  That book was so sad it did make me cry.

Ending( Some Spoilers, nothing major):

 I expected the ending to be better, but there were some things I really liked. Like how when Pheobe(the coloured girl Charlie befriends) gets injured when she's hit by a rock a boy threw at her, Charlie Anne helps her(Minor amount of blood in that scene. No other violence.) get better. I also liked how in the beginning Charlie can't read for beans and in the end.....you'll find out!
  Overall, minimal violence, but you have to expect some when you're reading a book that involves some conflict with race. Some things about the grammar bothered me, but also the plot was a little hard to follow. Look forward to a re-review coming up, maybe you can compare.
   Thanks for reading, everybody! I'm sorry if I was a little harsh, but it's my first review! Thanks, everyone!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Blog Deprived

                            Hello, it's Jane here!

 Have you ever felt blog deprived? 
That's exactly what I'm feeling right now.
 No, I'm serious! I mean, normally I do like 2 posts a day. I haven't posted ANYTHING in 3 days!!!!! THREE DAYS!! I tried on mobile, but it wouldn't work. So, since I'm stalling now, I'm going to give ya'll a chance to give me suggestions. On?
Anything.
 For once I'm going to use the meaning of what's in the name. You can give me suggestions on posts, writing, blog style, books I should review, even complaints about my blog. It's Suggestion Sunday!
(Give me a moment to chuckle...Okay, done)
    Yeah, so I'm really not sure what to post about. I can't believe it! What does this mean........
                                                                                                       - Confused,

                                                                                           Jane

                                                                    

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Results...of......You'll see!

    A super, hyper, VERY excited Jane here.

I heard back from a publishing company! Mr. Richard Roma emailed me back complimenting me on my manuscript "Curse on Ocean Waters" and asking me to get permission from my parents. I have to say, Page Publishing did it in only a week! Pretty fast service. I was thinking months, here.
              My career as a budding writer has begun.
This hardly means anything, though. He has to send it to a editor who will fix all my typos and the areas I need to work on. Apart from that, it's all good!!!  I'm SO excited.
Thanks everyone for reading, and as I promised I'll post results of him sending it to an editor :),
  Yours Truly,
Jane Blogger



  Continued....
I'm not going to share it here, but that moment when I first saw that Mr.Roma even ANSWERED me was pretty priceless. When I opened it, now...I was bouncing out of my skin. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interview with Rose Tyler of Searching the Clouds!

  The one and the only, the Bloggeress(Hi, R.T.)......

Rose Tyler of Searching the Clouds!
 As you know, this year was the year I started the anything blog. Along the way I found a few blogging buddies, one who goes by the name of Rose Tyler. She did an interview with me--Proud to say I have my own tag!--(Visit it by looking up: http://searchingtheclouds.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/fellow-blogger-interview-with-jane-blogger/[or you can paste and go]), and I haven't yet posted it. I've decided to, because I would really like to have more views and readers. I only have a few faithful readers.....Few.
So here it is: My interview with her.
1. I've had my blog since September 11 (four-month-aversary!)
2. I have quite a few (which can be seen on my blog) but my main three are:
-Know what you're getting into. Blogging can be a lot at times.
-Where there are no posts there are no readers. This is the truth.
-Don't be discouraged. You WILL get there. Just keep the posts going and the creative juices flowing ;)
3. I really love to do book reviews and blog features. Besides those two things, my posts can be a little random.
4. I'm just starting Two Are Better Than One by Carol Ryrie Brink. Too early to tell if I like it or not :)
5. I'm...not. I know, I know. My book for NaNoWriMo sort of flopped, so I've neglected my other books too. Why? No idea. I just can't get back into my writing groove. However, I am writing some poems here and there.
6. Maud Hart Lovelace, Kiera Cass, HVF...oh wait! ;) Maud Hart Lovelace because not only are the Betsy-Tacy series amazing, she is so amazing herself. Kiera Cass because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Selection Series. And HVF...well, I can check her off my list!
7. First stop: everywhere. -Doctor Who
I want to travel the world desperately, and when I say the world, I mean the world. Europe would probably be the first place though.
8. This year was my first year participating in NaNo. It did not go well, hah. I will do it again next year, but I feel like November is a really busy month for me so it's hard to find time to write.
You're too lovely, Jane! 



Thanks, Rose! Anyway, If you didn't see the questions here they are:
1. How long have you had your blog?

2. Any tips for beginning bloggers?

3. What is your favorite thing to write about on your blog?

4. What are you currently reading?

5. What are you currently writing?

6. If you could meet one famous author, who would it be and why?

7. Where is your dream destination?


8. Did you participate in NaNoWriMo (ever)? If yes, how did it go? If no, do you think you will in the future?

Thanks for reading, everyone! Be sure to check out her blog. Very cool. I must say.
-Jane B.

[P.S.]
For you, Rose, I'll be posting my stats. Just to satisfy ya'.
Here:

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
93
Malaysia
28
Germany
3
Israel
2
Russia
1

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Even though it's not Father's Day

  Even though it's not Father's Day

I decided to do a feature on father-daughter love songs. Of course, you all know I'm a girl. But do you know I'm a Daddy's Girl? Yes. All the way.
     On M.L.K. Day, I was scrolling through songs on Youtube and found a special one. My daddy personally is the BEST. My quote was "my prince already came and his name is daddy." Anyway,  I told my mom I was going to show my dad these particular songs and she said he used to listen to it all the time(and I quote, she said "God bless him if he remembers."). So we were sitting on the computer listening to this song and on a particular line I started to tear up. Then bawl. It just reminded my so much of him and I. My mother is always nagging him to spend more time with me. So when he heard it, he told me,, "You know I used to listen to this song all the time."
    Then he started singing along with it and that's when I bawled.
Okay, I know, I know, enough of being sentimental about that moment(how can I help it? I'm the kind of person who could use up hours leafing through albums). You want to hear the song.There are two . One of which I haven't showed him. These are all by some of my favorite Christian singers(here i go again,stalling).

Song: Butterfly Kisses (my dad and I used to do these before bedtime. Half the reason I cried.)
Singer: Bob Carlsile 
 
Song Two: Cinderella
Singer: Steven Curtis Chapman


I found both of these on youtube. They're such beautiful songs. So my message to readers today is that appreciate your dad if you have one. Spend time with him. Like in the song, before you know it you'll be walking down the aisle. Believe me, that won't be easy for him.
  Thanks for reading--be sure at the end of each night you thank God for him. If you don't have a father, it's hard for you, I understand. Hang in there!
- Jane Blogger
(be sure to comment!)

Winter Poem

   Jane here! I'm in NYC and it's a-snowing out there!

 No really, it's CRAZY. So, of course, it put me in the mood for curling up and writing poems. Well, virtually :)
                                The wind danced around her head.
                                 The snow rested on her hair.
                              Her breath came out in frosty puffs, forming in the air.
                               Her eyes looked up at the sky happily
                             A snow day was such bliss
                               She thought of warm bread
                              And her cozy, cozy bed.
                          And she had never been as happy as this.

   I love poetry, especially children's poetry. I couldn't help but think the girl in the poem was myself. She knows how to enjoy winter. 
 Thanks for reading, ya'll(I feel funny saying that, as a city girl)! I'll be back hopefully next week with the publisher results! Be sure to comment!
-Jane Blogger

Monday, January 20, 2014

GIF-Calling all the bookish ones!

     Hi everybody! I was scrolling along on google+ and saw this gif:


                                 

 Isn't it pretty! I'm trying to make it my profile pic. Courtesy of:

Philomina minj

  Thanks for reading everyone! Bye!
-Jane Blogger

Friday, January 17, 2014

Interview with Heather Vogel Frederick!

                Hi everyone, it's your Jane here!

I am super excited to bring you an interview with the one....the only.....the author....
*Drumroll*
"Heather Vogel Frederick!"
   I did a quick comment with a long list of questions. She answered them, very quickly. But well!
Now join me as we get to know her.
 My questions:
1. What’s your favorite book?(You can have more than 1)
2. Were the MDBC books originally planned to be a series?
3. Who inspired you the most to write? If not anybody, what made you a writer?
4. Words that can describe the feeling you get when you see your words in print?
5. I’m trying to get something published. Can you explain the process a little?
6. Do you get tired of fan mail?
7. What’s your pet peeve?
8. Favourite TV show?
9. The hardest thing about being a writer is….
10. New Year’s goal(s)?

 HVF's answers:
1. Charlotte’s Web and Pride and Prejudice.
2. Nope! I thought there would just be one book. Surprise! 
3. My dad was my early inspiration — he read to me every night as a kid (actually, until my sisters and I were in college), and took my first attempts at stories seriously, offering feedback and praise.
4.Euphoric. Surreal.
5.Too long to go into here — check out THE WRITER’S MARKET at the library, as this will give you a complete overview of the publishing process.
6. Ha! Never! 
7. I don’t think I have one.
8. Downton Abbey. 
9. writing.
10.More balance in my life.

   Now everyone, wasn't that DANDY? I know, right! Super fun. Be sure to read all of HVF'S books(One coming out this year!),she's phenomenal. 
 

My Next Post Should Be On?

 My next post will be on.....

You decide! It's You Decide Friday, and I'm giving you the oppurtunity to tell me what you would like me to post on! :) Sorry for the short posts recently--I've been really busy. Oh, and guess what? I sent out my story to a publisher yesterday. Un-tweaked. I'm sure that  if they don't like it because of grammar, they'll tell me.
   I'm really trying not to get my hopes up for this, but I can't really help it. How exciting is it that you might have your dreams come true? I mean, come on! It's a really big deal.
               Have you ever had a dream(when I say dream I mean audition, contest, whatever it is--a step towards your goal) and you know that the step towards your goal has a fifty-fifty chance of good or bad? But you don't what to get your hopes up, right?   Write in a comment below about this topic. Whether you got in, you got rejected, whatever! Also, I'm going to need a lot on rejection. I have a feeling it's coming .
              On that happy not, ready, set, type! As Ii said yesterday, I love hearing all your DAAAHHHLING opinions. So type type type!
                                                                                    - Jane Blogger :) 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Words from an Author on Rejection

One of my FAVORITE Author's Words onn Rejection


1. Seperate yourself from the story: Just because they reject a story, it does not mean they are rejecting YOU. Pretend the story is a fruit cake. You are sending the fruit cake out to people to see if they like it. You KNOW some people don't like fruit cake. But obviously, some do, or fruit cakes wouldn't even exist. You are trying to find the person who likes fruit cake. When you get the fruit cake back in the mail, saying, "No thanks," it's not about YOU. The person simply does not like fruit cake. No big deal.

   Thiswas really touching because as you all know I'm trying to get something published. Of course, that fruit cake was a bit iffy....I mean, It wasn't my best. At least I came up with a decent title. It's a short story, a short fictional story. I'll be posting an excerpt soon!

I can't believe this!

                             I can't believe this!!!!

I might actually get published. I contacted Page Publishing and yesterday I got a whole Author's Submission Kit. Basically what I can submit, royalties, payments, etc. It was really cool to see that. So now my aspiring author status starts today! We're(my mother and I) going to call them and send them a letter with the story I wrote, so I'm really excited! And it's so quick, too. 5-7 Business days.

                                   Blogging Going Slow

 Blogging is going slow. No Dear Jane entries. Nothing to really write about. But I can tell you about the process of publishing--If you want. Am I being too braggy about it? Post your opinion in a comment below. Thanks, everyone!

                                                           -Jane Blogger             

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sadly, I'm switching over

Sadly, I'm switching over. I'm currently using someone else's account for this. She said I could make my own account, my own gmail, etc. :( Can someone explain to me how I can do that? If I can't I'll just stay here. Thanks, everyone. Comment+Follow! (Just added a follow button :) )
- Jane B.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I've Put A Vote Up!

     So, If you look to the right, you'll see a small scroll box with four(or is it 5) options to vote. I think they're these: The Bloggeress, Words From The Heart, Jane Blogger's View on the World, None of the Above.
Yeah, those. So please vote! It's the only way I know if you want to help me change the name! C'mon, guys, there's only one more day left to vote so PLEASE do it!!! Oh, and don't be afraid to put your input on another option in a comment. I LOVE COMMENTS. Seriously(I mean, do ya' know how much fun it is to approve them, then reply to them?)!
 Oh, and I'll be giving you an excerpt from my new novel, Inspired By A Snowy Day.
It's about a pale girl growing up--mom doesn't really think she's pretty so they try to bond over something.
It's not that good so far.
“I,” Cecelia started. She searched through the bunch of words jumbled in her brain but every time she tried to grab one it moved. She took another deep breath as Flora’s brow puckered. “I am sorry. I love you.”
Cecelia looked at her mother, whose cheeks flushed just a little bit, but eyes were teary. Cecelia wasn’t sure if she was happy or sad.
 Cecelia suddenly rushed toward her mother and hugged her. She never had done it before. It felt awkward and crazy so she decided she would stick to something else.
“Thank you,” Flora said with an almost nonexistent smile.
Cecelia stiffened. Thank you? In all the movies she had seen, not once was there a scene where a daughter hugged her mother and the mother said “thank you.” She pulled away fast and glared at her mother. She sighed, then grabbed her lunch.
“I’m going, mom. The bus is here.”
Flora had that dumb expression most people get when they want to say more on her face. Cecelia felt like slapping her, just as she had done to Edward . Of course, she didn’t.
    Cecelia grabbed her coat and her lunch and opened the door. This time, she looked behind. She said the words in her head: I love you mama ,even if you don’t love me.


    Please post a comment with your opinion! If this was a book review on this excerpt, what would you say? What grade? Please post! I love hearing all your  DAHHHLING opinions ;).

                                                                 -Jane Blogger


Thursday, January 9, 2014

So excited!

   Jane here. As you know, this is a big part of my life. It's the year I tried a lot of new things.
And(Thank God) one of those new things is getting serious with my writing! I've written a short story
http://www.heathervogelfrederick.com/blog/2013/11/saturday-story-starter-3/
And at first it was just...well, a Saturday Story Starter. I never thought I would continue it. Then, I looked back and had second thoughts. Suddenly, it was all about publishing it. So now, I'm writing to publishing companies. Hopefully, you'll be able to see a short story of mine on a next test or on a website!
 * Since I'm really busy I might not blog for a couple of days. But still, comment!*

                                                                -Jane Blogger

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dear Jane....

   Dear Jane,

I actually do have a big problem with getting up in the morning. I am nocturnal, so I prefer staying up all night and sleeping in, but with school, it's impossible because I have to get up at 5 in the morning. And I can't get to sleep early at night because I'm nocturnal and I physically cannot fall asleep early (nor do I particularly want to. I'm the most awake at night). Also, coffee has no effect on me. 
During the weekend it takes me literally hours to get up, and then only when someone wakes me. If I set a timer I just ignore it (but not during the week because of school) and go back to sleep for hours. I usually get up at 11 or 12 but one day I wasn't woken up until 4 in the afternoon, and I would have kept going otherwise. I'm just addicted to sleep.
Can you help me?

-Alicia the Awesome


Dear Alicia the Awesome,
   A lot of people have this problem--sleeping in, not getting to school on time. For a question, what time do you go to bed? Let's see. You're addicted to sleep, so try to get an even MORE annoying timer. I mean, if you just sleep through it/ignore it you obviously need something more loud, and annoying. Alicia, this is a hard one.  If it takes you hours to get up, then set aside time to get ready, do your  hair, etc. I'm not sure if this is good advice, but check your schedule. What's making you addicted to sleep? Maybe it's too many things going on or late bedtime. Try pushing it up, even if you are nocturnal. Go to bed at like 10:00? Try going at 9:00. Do whatever you can to find out why you need the sleep--make a change!
- Jane Blogger
Good luck with your problem!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Dear Jane.....

 Jane here.

So, as you know, I have been blogging for a few years, and I used to have an advice coloumn. Of course, that wasn't very good. Nobody sent in ANY entries. I'm thinking of re-starting it, here on the Anything Blog.
 So here's what the format will be(to submit a dear Jane entry.)
You can either email it to me, like this:
You: Can I email a dear Jane Entry?
Me: Sure, I'll give you my email.

  And then I'll give you my email in the comment section. My email used by readers are for blogging purposes only.  I want to be cyber safe, here.
 Or, you could  do it this way:
You:  I have a dear Jane entry that I would like you to answer(*= in the comment section. # = In a blog entry with all the other Dear Jane entries that people want to be on my blog.
Me: Sure.

And then I'll either tell you it'll be on my blog ( It doesn't only count if you put the * or # on it, I still need to choose, but if it's clean and you want it to be public I'll put it in my blog post :] ), or i'll answer it in the comment section. 
      And people, don't be shy! Dear Jane is supposed to be fun.
-Jane Blogger
NOTE: *I will not be publishing anything that is very personal, or I feel needs to be in the comment section privately. Please do not be offended. Also, please do not use real names. Use code names, such as , if you have a problem with being late, you could say 'alwayslate05' or something. But if I know you, (RoseTyler01, Alicia The Awesome) you can put your blog name. Dear Jane is supposed to be a fun, helpful coloumn.*
   

Pageviews!

Jane here!

Hello, everyone! So I've recently been trying extremely hard to balance blogging and writing. So blogging has become a big part of my life, and I've been trying to get known. I mean--who doesn't want to be known? I'm normally really shy but blogging has helped me in big ways....anyway, I just recently added a pageview counter! Now it may not be as big of a number like Awkwordly Emma's (47244) or Searching The Cloud's blogger, R.T.(860), but it's a big number to me and I'm counting on you[~insert dry not funny pun laugh~literally!] to get more :) No pressure, though. Plus, I'm really focused on not abandoning my blog, because I'm scared I will. Anyway, that's all for now! Thanks :D
- Jane Blogger

Friday, January 3, 2014

Changing the name?

The Anything Blog

Has always been known as such. But I think it's becoming more centered on seperate thing from 'anything.'
Anyway, I'm thinking of changing it to 'Words From The Heart' like my first blog was called. That was a long time ago and it was a flop, but I like the title a lot. What do you think?

Getting to Know Us: Alicia and Jane

Hey everyone! It’s Alicia from Awesome Book Assessment, and today I’m doing a guest post here on Jane’s blog. It’s going to take the form of an interview. I’m going to ask a set of questions, and both Jane and I will answer them.
1.    When and why did you start blogging?
2.    What are your favorite books (at the moment), and why?
3.    What are some of your hobbies, besides reading?
4.    Dogs or cats?
5.    Physical copies or eBooks?
6.    If you could live forever, would you? Why?
7.    If you could be anywhere in the world right now, doing anything, where/what would it be?
8.    What book character do you wish you could be?
9.    Do you like re-reading books?
10. What are your top 3 2014 goals, bookish or non-bookish?
Here are my answers:
1.    I started blogging in August 2013 because I was browsing Goodreads and came across Small Review, who had an amazing book blog and introduced me to the world of book blogging. I thought, hey, I read, why not post reviews on them? It’s a great way to discuss things, making reading a community thing instead of a solitary activity.
2.    I have a Favorites Friday post on my top 6 favorite books of all time. They are the Seven Kingdoms series (Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, and of course Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
3.    I write, I sculpt, I am a jewelry artist and sometimes draw, I play the piano and compose, I have a job as a cashier at my local grocery store, and a lot of other things. I also speak some French.
4.    Cats for sure. I hate dogs. And I’m allergic to them.
5.    Physical copies- I have a Kindle and it’s okay, but I prefer reading physical copies.
6.    I wouldn’t because frankly, I’d get bored.
7.    I would be in Thoreau’s little house at Walden Pond, reading a book I’m trying to finish. I like Thoreau. He is a great writer and thinker.
8.    I wish I could be Hermione from Harry Potter. She basically is me.
9.    Yes; in fact, half of the books I read these days are re-reads.

10. My top three goals would be staying awesome, blogging more, and reading more. See the rest of my goals here.
Jane’s answers:
1. I started blogging in maybe 2012, because my mother used to have a blog and I was inspired by her. Also I read a series about bloggers.
2.  My favorite books are by far: One, The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather V. Frederick, 'It's Raining Cupcakes' by Lisa Schroeder, The Chronicles of Narnia bye C.S. Lewis, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Why? Well, there's something about a really good book that makes you want to put a replay button on them, and start pressing it over, and over again.
3. Writing, acting, singing, and dancing ballet and tap.
4. Not sure--I've never had a cat because my mother hates/is scared of them, and dad&brother are allergic.
5. Physical--I love the beautiful feel of turning the page.
6. No, I wouldn't. As appealing as it sounds, I think God would want me to live the amount of days he intended me to have. 
7.   This is a toughie--I would want to be in several places:
-Paris, France, writing about what I see
- Corozal, Belize ( my mother's hometown), munching on delicious Tortillas
-  On Broadway, dancing, singing, or acting.
- Barnes & Nobles, digesting one book after the other.
8. This is very tough, too. Cassidy from the MDBC, since she's so firey. Anybody, really from the MDBC, since I love them all.
9. Yes, LOVE! I could spend all of my days re-reading and re-reading.( But it depends what book[s])
10. Top ten...Hmm:
1. Become more 'known' in the book-blogging world.
2. Read more books ( 15 a month if possible), write more of my own.
3. Attend dance more. I've been skipping way too much, lately.
         I’d like to give a big thank-you to Jane for letting me post on her blog! If you want to check out mine, head on over to Awesome Book Assessment and follow me via GFC, email, or whatever you want. I also have a Twitter account: @Firefox9799. Have a great day, readers!









( Sorry, I couldn't copy & paste the icon with your name, Alicia. Also, you're welcome!)


                                                                     

2013 Quote

So I know it's a little late, but......

Firstly, Jane here. Secondly, I have a 2013 quote.*
         “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
Isn't that so very 'poetical?' I know, right?
    As a book lover, reader, and blogger, I thought this was the perfect one for me.
Oh, and bye the way since this is also for the giveaway, thank you, Heather V. Frederick and congrats to whoever wins!
-- Happy Late 2014,
Jane B.
#mdbcgiveaway 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Picture

Jane here :) This is my first post of 2014,wow! Soanyway, remember back in 2013when I said I would post a pic of the signed book? Here it is! It's kind of slanted but whatever.
-Jane Blogger

If I Were

                    I saw this on one of my fellow-blogger-friend's blog*, and thought it would be really cool to do.
If I Were A Gemstone, I'd be.........A deep pink rose quartz. A fun color, but not too bright. I'm normally neon, but on the inside I'm lighter.
If I Were A Scent......I'd be something fruity.....a fragrance, perhaps, strawberry flavored.
If I Were A Pair Of Shoes............I'd be comfortable yet pretty ballet flats that're easy to slip on&off.
If I Were The Weather.....I'd be a Spring or Summer day that's slightly cloudy but blue. When I'm mad I'm a lightning storm. Or possibly a hurricane(Jk.).
If I Were A Facial Expression.......I'd be that teary-eyed look when you're so happy about something you read or what someone did. That look where your eyes are misty and there's a small smile lingering on your lips.
If I Were A Car....I'd be a a bright pink mini cooper.
If I Were A Time Of Day......I'd be around 2:00 PM or 7:00 AM
If I Were A Month.....I'd be June or Early July
If I Were A Place.....I'd be somewhere chilly but peaceful near a river or body of water of some sort.
If I Were A Liquid.......I'd be fruit punch, Sprite, or strawberry seltzer.
If I Were A Taste......I'd be something with too much sugar, or that bubbly feeling you get in your mouth before soda goes to your nose.
If I Were A Food.....I'd be Vanilla ice cream. Plain but nice.
If I Were A Color.....I'd be bright pink, sparkly purple, or sparkly/un-sparkly black.
If I Were A Musical Instrument.....I'd be a flute
If I Were A Flower.....I'd be a wilted lavender
If I Were A Song.....I'd be something classical or ''I Knew I loved You,'' by Savage Garden, or''If I could,'' By Celine Dion(one of my FAVORITE singers)
If I Were A Planet.....I'd be Neptune.
If I Were An Object.....I'd be a pencil, notebook,or book.
If I Were A Fruit.......I'd be a strawberry
If I Were A Sound.....I'd be the soft tap of point shoes on a stage, sound of theatre shoes on a stage, or a page turning in a book.
If I Were A Day Of The Week........... I'd be Wednesday.

   That's it, folks :) Thanks for reading.
-Jane Blogger



Happy 2014

 There's really nothing for me to look back at. I mean, until I got HVF to read my blog, I was practically a ghost. Anyway, what's up with blogger's app?I tried to publish something and it didn't publish it and I tried like 10 times. :P So now I'm not going to be able to post pics.
   I found that I'm actually really good at writing out a synopsis for my stories. For Example:

                    Clarabelle Tenall is 16, bouncing, and full of energy. She can't wait to get out of boring Pennsylvania. But when tragedy strikes and Clarabelle winds down, she realizes that her 15 candles on the cake weren't that bad after all.

So what do you think?