Sheesh, I’m terrible at updating my website. I have a few things half-written and saved in my drafts that I should find time to finish and publish soon! I’ve been so very busy, but hey—aren’t we all. I have so many exciting things happening right now and I can’t wait to tell you about them! Soon, soon.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve had a thick interest in psychology since I was about thirteen years old. I was lucky enough to live a five minute walk from the local library, and so when I had free time, I’d head over, grab a psychology book from the shelf, and bury my nose in it. Some things never change. I’m still absolutely fascinated by the human mind, and understanding human interaction.
I think that an understanding of psychology helps authors tremendously with their writing, too. If you don’t understand the human mind, how are you to write it, create it, over and over again? I always get asked for writing tips, and something I cannot express enough is that you must not only understand yourself, but understand the people around you as well. Try to figure out why the people you know are the way they are. You will write the same character over and over again if you only learn about the basic parts of the human mind, or only about yourself. You want to write fully expressed, three-dimensional characters in order to engage your readers. So expand your knowledge of all different types of people (introverts, extroverts, positive people, negative people, people with addictions, health nuts, the heartbroken, the heartbreakers, artistic folks, leaders, followers, etc.). Sure, we’re all the same—we’re all human!—but we’re all so very different, too.
Anyway, I’m excited to see what Malcolm Gladwell has to say in this book! Here’s to hoping I learn something new!
I took a picture of this quote a few days ago while reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I really love it! I feel like a lot of the people I’ve encountered lately do tell themselves whatever will make them feel better about themselves, even if it’s at the expense of another human or completely fallacious.
But I think it’s so important to never convince yourself of something, or fabricate something, just because it will make you feel better for that moment. The lies we tell ourselves can be extremely detrimental to our mental health, and with enough convincing, you might even start to believe your own tales, and consequently begin to view yourself as something you’re not, and others as something they most definitely aren’t.
Understand, love, respect, and appreciate who you really are. And if there are things you don’t particularly like about yourself, alter them. But don’t bury them beneath lies, and don’t pick others apart simply so you never have to look inward. Focusing outward, at others, might make you feel better for about sixty seconds, but you can’t outrun yourself and will always be forced to look inward, anyway. Just keep who you are honest, so that when you do have to look at yourself, you like what you see.
The 1975, ‘Falling For You.’ This band is pure sex. They drip talent and style. They ooze creativity and originality. They’re honest about who they are and who they aren’t, and they are gentlemanly to their fans. If you have the chance to catch them live, please do. Their North American tour just went on sale here!
Had to share this! The breathtaking video below was shot by Benjamin Scot, a photographer, filmmaker, and father of the beautiful baby in the film, Ward. This video is just so powerful in so many ways. I wouldn’t watch this at work or out in public because there may be tears. Happy tears, but tears nonetheless.
A year from yesterday Ward came home
32 years from today his mother was born
I made this for both of these special days as a surprise for his mother, Lyndsey
I’ve been so very busy lately, but am trying to get through Veronica Roth’s Allegiant.
I loved the other books, so naturally I picked the final one up. So far, so good! I love Veronica’s writing. This book is a little different in that it gives a lot of backstory and that it goes back and forth between Tobias and Tris’s POV’s . . . but it’s still a great and unique read. Can’t wait to see how it all ends!
Some of you might know me as Krystal McLean, and others as Autumn Indie. Why the two names? I was born Krystal McLean, but then one day I thought, Why not change my name to something I absolutely love? You only live once!
So I did.
I anxiously filled out the paper work and sent it in. About 1.5 months later I received my official, legal name change certificate! And here we are. So, from now on I would appreciate so much if everyone would develop a mild case of selective amnesia and forget the name Krystal McLean. From now on, I only answer to Autumn Indie, Hey You, Free Food This Way, and Here Is A Million Dollars For You To Have! Those are the only names you can call me that’ll make me turn around.
“I didn’t want to die, because I had finally found something to live for. They say that the two most profound moments in a person’s life are the day they are born, and the day they discover why they were born. This was my second moment. This was me realizing why I was born. I was born for him. I was born to complete Thomas, and he had died so he could live forever and complete me. I believed that. And this wasn’t how things were supposed to be. I wasn’t supposed to die so soon after meeting the being who nourished and revived my soul.
Frustration spilling out with my tears, I began to scream. Robust, guttural, hate-filled screams. I screamed and screamed until my temples throbbed and my throat grew raw. I screamed until I could not scream any longer.
I started to feel angry at Thomas. Why didn’t he just turn me, I thought. If he would have turned me into a vampire, then I’d be with him right now. Safe.
My thoughts finally wore me down, and off, off, off I drifted into a dream-filled sleep.
He was with me in the dream. Thomas and I were together.”