Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What I've been up to...

Hey guys! 

Wow, it's been a while. I never meant to stay away so long. Things just got busy and I had a hard time remembering to blog. SORRY!

First and foremost, I got a job at a local gun shop. I quite like the job and it has helped my fiancé and I really move forward in searching for an apartment/condo. We've found a few that we really like, but the realtor helping us is terrible at responding and planning a time to see each one. Hopefully we can see them soon to narrow down our choice and possibly moving in. We're both so impatient to move into a place of our own. We've had to postpone the wedding until next April due to both of our families being unable to plan for it financially. At least we have quite a bit of time to plan now, and April will be a great month for a wedding since it is at the end of our springtime and won't be too hot.

I tried Camp NaNoWrimo in April, and guess what!? I failed, of course. But, the ideas I have for my novels are still there, poking around in my brain and giving me new plot twists and character developments. I just need to really focus on writing things out.

My mom and I have been selling our jewelry at a local art festival each month. We've done really well and I love that we've been able to get our work out there. But, this last Friday killed us with the blistering heat. We're considering not doing it for a few months until the desert summer starts to cool down. 

In September, my mom and I are gonna be seeing the Backstreet Boys! When I was young, I never got the chance to see them in concert. But now I can! I'm so excited for it. Even though boy bands aren't a big thing anymore, I still love them. So that's something to look forward to.

Lately, a lot of family drama has surfaced that's made life really hard. I don't wanna go into specifics, but for those of you who pray: keep my family in your prayers. Keep my fiancé and I in your prayers so that we can move out sooner. Keep our jobs in your prayers. I'd really appreciate that. <3

For another update, I have two photos to share.... 

My favorite of my fiancé and I....

And then us with two members of the Ghost Adventures cast! :D

It was pretty awesome to get a photo with them. But unfortunately we couldn't stop and chat about the paranormal with them. :( 

I hope to hear from you guys soon! I'd really like to know how you've been and what you've been up to. Miss you guys! 
-Shelby W.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Hi everyone :)

I just thought I'd check in and see if maybe everyone could post a catch up blog this week? Maybe let us all know where you are and what you have been up to? 

Miss reading all your great posts.

Rach x

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I'm not dead... just really sorry.

Ok so, i don't know what's worse. The fact that I didn't come through on my promise to keep up with regular posts on this blog, or the fact that I've been gone for so long i don't even remember which day my day is...

I am so sorry.

So what has happened since my last post?

After a bit of tragedy and a very mutual break up with my gf of the time, i am now with someone else, and as a writer I hate to say it but there are just no words to describe how i feel about her.

My home derby team lost the gran finals but we had a ton of fun, and we came second in our competition so we were happy :)

My gridiron team finally won a game, but we still ended up coming third out of the three teams in our comp haha still had so much fun, and got so fit playing it :)

My parents moved out to a farm, and they have a creek and a horse and I'm loving having such a beautiful place to visit when the city becomes too much - as it often does.

I still work for my father, and still don't get paid to write, but I am making steps towards being a better author and writer in general :) I'm even thinking of heading back to uni to do a couple of creative writing classes.

Its a new year and i have a lot of goals that i want to accomplish, including keeping up with this blog. In fact i have so many goals i think I'm going to need to sit down and sort out my priorities. I might have to stop playing with gridiron or derby, choose whether or not i want to focus on my novels or my journalism, and decide where my money will be best spent.

Regardless of what i choose I'm so excited for this new year.

I'm sorry i have been gone for so long, but I am still alive and still writing :)

Looking forward to hearing how you all are doing xx

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013: Make it Awesome!

It's 2013 and I am not writing on Tuesday! Oh my! I totally forgot to post yesterday, so I'm just gonna steal Wednesday (since it's been alone recently) and use it.

I've been thinking about this new year and how it can be awesome and I'll most enjoy it. In 2012, I had been planning an awesome trip to Comic-Con and trying to figure out the dreadful business of wedding planning. The Comic-Con trip has been tossed aside due to financial issues, and the wedding planning hasn't really gone anywhere besides the murmuring comment of, "Hopefully it will take place in October 2013...?"

I know. This is sad.

So I've been trying to come up with things that will make 2013 worthwhile. A few things (resolutions, if you will) I have come up with are...

  1. Reading as many books as I can in 2013.
  2. Officially starting my novel (I failed at NaNoWriMo)
  3. Getting serious about school.
  4. Wedding.
Of course I hope there are other amazing things mixed in there... Maybe a trip to an awesome concert, Disneyland...etc. I hope that 2013 will be much more interesting than 2012. In the end, a year is what you choose to make it. I want it to be awesome... so it will be. I've already begun on number one. I'm currently reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It's awesome. ;)

Sorry for this silly post. I had so many better things to say... Oh well.

I hope 2013 is everything you want it to be and more! Reach for the stars and DFTBA!
Shelby W.

Friday, December 21, 2012

*insert another witty post-apocalypse joke here*

Well... Hello.

In honor of the failed attempt at our impending doom, I thought I would celebrate with a long overdue blog post. So... After Honduras, my life kind of kicked into overdrive. I was working two jobs, designing my first show (for which I got a nomination for our district's ACTF, which is pretty stellar), worked crew for another show, and still fought to get a 4.0 (which I failed at... I got my first C, which makes me incredibly sad, admittedly, but I also got an A in a class that was supposed to be impossible to redeem from where I was). Plus, there were friendships that had to be fit in somewhere, so all in all, I got stuck in the real world. I know that's not the best excuse, but it's true. Hopefully this will get me back in the game, no?

So... Today, instead of putting a new post, I'm going to post one I wrote a month or so ago in response to one of Hank's videos. I shared it with all my real-life Nerdfighter friends, so I thought I'd share it with you, too. Happy Apocalypse Day, guys, and congrats on survival!

To begin, you should probably watch this video (We’re All Scared, Hank Green):

Part of this is saying things he’s already said. Part of it’s my response. I’m not going to try to distinguish which is which, but so much of this stems from him. I don’t know. But I’m saying it anyway; I am going to create.

We are all creators. Beyond being artists or writers or builders or craftsmen, we are all in this insane process of creating ourselves. Rather than the idea that we find ourselves, Hank points out that we create ourselves - how we handle things, what we do, what we think, what we do about what we think. (This is not saying we choose everything; there are things about all of us we cannot control, but how we handle those things is just as much a part of the creation as the things themselves, no?) We are in this process of developing as a person. And it's not the creating that's scary. It's the fact that once you've created something, it must be shared. Obviously, you can choose not to; you can box up yourself, your ultimate creation. But- and I kind of wander away from the video for a moment- isn’t that the worst feeling in the world?

I have written for as long as I can remember. It’s part of who I am; using words to create is part of the person being created in my case, I guess. Thinking about it, I flash back to when I was something close to a freshman in high school. I was more of a writer then, really, and at the time, I was completely infatuated with poetry. I am not saying it was good poetry- it was off beat, didn’t flow well, and always followed the ABCBDEFE, etc, rhyme scheme. But it was mine. I made it.

I would always post my works on this blog I created, one that I wasn't even sure I wanted people to see. I was too nervous to put them out there where people I knew could see them, but I still needed to put them out there somewhere, even if it was in the depths of cyberspace where none (well, as it turns out, only three) would dare to look. It’s like something inside of me needed to show the world this combination of words and letters and syllables that had never all been strung together in quite the same way before simply because I was the person who was able to string them together to look just like that.

I think that’s the instinct of all creators and the instinct by which all creations are revealed; it is nothing more than that the creations need to be shared. But sometimes, people are terrified to create because they will one day want- no, need- to share that creation, and sharing a creation is utterly terrifying. And so, they take shortcuts. They decide that maybe if they don’t put in too much effort or if they create it to please their future viewers, the fear will go away. But it won’t, because they still have to reveal it. It is still theirs. Try as they might to not care about it, they do because it is tied to them just as much as the words they say or the people to whom they say them are. Except, now they are tied to a creation with which they aren’t even pleased.

But eventually, terrified, all creators- those who invested all and those who opted not to- may choose toss their art out into the void anyway. They may put it out there where people can dissect it, stomp on it, and attempt to invalidate it in every way, if they so choose. It’s inferior to another’s creation, the critics might say, or it’s too similar or, heaven forbid, too different. It is not good enough. They just don’t like it. Or maybe they do, but that’s not always what you’re thinking when you put it out for the world to see. Especially not when that creation is the one you have spent years developing, that you have put blood, sweat, and tears into. Especially not when that creation is you.

You cannot control people liking your creation. Sometimes they won’t. But the other things, well, they’re wrong. You have created something fragile and rare and beautiful, something that no scale can measure. So how can it ever be said it is not enough? And to call it inferior... Your creation is unlike anything else in the world; you have put together thoughts and ideas and likes and loves in a way no one else has ever dreamed to assemble them. To compare it to another’s creation is like comparing Beethoven to Dickens or Star Wars to Star Trek. While yes, they are two amazing things, they aren’t even in the same league or genre. There is no way to draw a comparison because they are simply too different in every way.

I will not say there is no reason to be afraid. There is every reason to be afraid, but that’s what makes it worth it. That is what creating is about. It is about going into uncharted territory; it is about taking things that thousands of others have used before but putting them together in a way that no one else can even fathom. Then it is about genuinely loving and honoring that creation by sharing it with the world because it is worth sharing. You are worth sharing. Will there be people that don’t like you? Probably. But that doesn’t mean your creation is not valuable. It does not mean that you have failed to create beauty. It just means that the other person hasn’t been able to see that yet.

Create a you that makes you happy, one that you are comfortable with. Create a you that is the you you want to be, or as Hank says, “Make the you that you feel best inside of.” Then find people that can see the beauty of that creation and delight in their creations as well. Draw them close to you; make them your friends. And never- never, nevernever- forget that that creation, that you, are beautiful and rare.

Writing this, there have been two quotes floating through my head, so tie them in where you will, because they’re related:
  • “You’re arguing that the fragile, rare thing is beautiful simply because it is fragile and rare. But that’s a lie, and you know it.” -John Green
  • "Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it...It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more." -Erica Jong  (This one may not make sense, but think of it in the sense of loving your creation, I guess?
And on that note, I think I'm done. Good night! DFTBA. (And DFTCA, don't forget to create awesome.) 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nerdfighter Quote App and NaNoWriMo

Hey everyone! It's Tuesday again! I'm beginning to feel very lonely writing for this blog by myself. But, I wanna keep doing it regardless.

First of all, I'd like to let everyone know that there will be a third-party presidential debate tonight moderated by Larry King! This is going to be awesome. And if you're still unsure who to vote for, perhaps you will be inspired to cast a "protest vote." :P For more information about the debate, go here. Also, if you'd like to understand why some people prefer to vote for a third-party, check out this Youtube video. I think it's really important to consider every option, especially when our current mainstream media only focuses on Democrats and Republicans. As a nation, we should be exposed to every possible candidate, not just those with the most money.

Now, going away from the evil land of politics, I'd like to promote an awesome project I am a part of with a whole bunch of other nerdfighters. We're creating a quote app featuring quotes from both John and Hank Green. But compiling that many quotes is a momentous task, so we need lots of help!! Also, if you know a foreign language and feel you could translate the quotes accurately, that would also be of great help! If you'd like to join our project, join our facebook group!

Now on to this big thing that has got me worrying... NaNoWriMo!!! (National Novel Writing Month)

I signed up for it for the first time. *sigh* Last year, I considered it, but I was busy writing short stories for school and critiquing all of my classmates' stories that I felt I was too busy to do it. But this year, I am totally free to write. But, with my frustrating lack of inspiration and my obsession with so many other things, I'm wondering if I'll be able to create a story worth telling (or even if I could get words out at all). I guess I should quit over-thinking it and just outline as much as I can. Either way, the story I plan on writing is something that I'm really excited about... So hopefully it'll turn out all right.

Well, that's it for today. I hope to hear from my fellow bloggers soon. ;)
Don't forget to vote in this election! Join the quote app group! And...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Politics vs. Friendships

Hey everyone! It's Tuesday again! This time around, my post is gonna be a bit more serious. 

Yesterday at the dinner table, my mother brought up something very troubling that we've been seeing on Facebook. We all know that Election Day is almost upon us and that we'll be deciding who will run this nation for the next four years. Facebook has become a battleground of political propaganda photos and ranting status updates about why the opposing side needs to fall off the face of the earth. To be honest, it's all ridiculous to me. But my mom brought up something a lot worse than these things. 

"What pisses me off is how people, who've been friends for years, are now attacking each other because they are voting for different people."

She's right. I've seen friends attack one another because one supports Obama while the other supports Romney. But if you look back a few months before, they were friendly with one another.

The biggest issue here is: nothing changed in anyone simply because they are openly supporting a candidate. They are still good people who work hard, treated others with decency and respect, and enjoy the same things. They are still great students, parents, bosses, artists and workers. But now, these people belittle one another for their political opinions and think it's okay. It isn't. In any other situation, you'd be decent to one another. Political opinion should not change that. 

We live in the United States of America. We have the freedom to choose. We have the right to think freely and not feel persecuted for it. 

When this election is over, I suspect that many people will find they've lost friends over their political spam. Either they argued their way into losing friends, or they've annoyed those who are indifferent to politics, resulting in a loss. I feel bad for those who've put politics over friendship in such a way. 

I hope we can all continue on toward Election Day with a mindfulness of how to treat those with differing opinions. Show respect. Don't get angry. Remember that their opinions didn't change them. And for crying out loud, fact check!!!

Until next time, 
Shelby W.