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Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Ahh what a lovely book cover that is. I just recently finished this book written by my favorite and most inspiring author, Cassandra Clare. She also wrote the Mortal Instrument series which I may rave about on occasion. And with this series, it's set in the same type of world with similar characters, but this one is set back far in the past. I absolutely adore the idea of using the same structures of a story, according to its world and whatnot, but with different characters that tie into the other book.
I will rate this book based on a few categories, such as writing, characters, and storyline. (Caution: This book review is done out my own good heart, and nobody has persuaded me to do this!)
First of all, the writing: Cassandra Clare has a wonderful, unique way of writing that has followed into this series. As it was in the Mortal Instrument Series, she continues to choose the third person POV. I am usually not a fan of this type of POV, but Clare has a way of capturing every detail …

How to Beat Constipation For Good

Remember how I said that I haven't been able to cure my constipation no matter what I tried? Well, I've finally figured out how to cure it! But there's an interesting story that goes along with it. And keep in mind, that these events happened to me just today.

Well, I did say to you guys before that tea had been a pretty big help, right? Right. Well, I did some research, and came across some interesting information. It is said that your digestive system is at its peak in the morning when you are no longer digesting food. In order to get things flowing, you need liquid.

Here's where my story begins. I woke up today, and my stomach was extremely bloated. So I ended up not going to school cause my stomach felt so uncomfortable all day. I brewed myself a cup of hot Twinnings English Breakfast Tea, and guess what? About ten minutes later I was running to the bathroom, and I was no longer backed up anymore!

But my stomach was still bloated, and my tummy still felt unfortable…

Weight Gain Update.

Okay, so maybe this isn't necessarily a weight gain update, since I have stayed the same weight since the last time I posted. But I wanted to venture into this topic more.

You know how society is always saying you must eat more calories to gain weight? Well, I'm starting to believe it's all a bunch of bullshit. A calorie is a calorie, is not just a freaking calorie. There are good calories and with processed foods there are dead calories. Which means both will affect your body quite differently.

And after eating high calorie meals every single day for a few weeks and feeling like complete utter shit, I gave up. I mean if it's not making me gain even a pound now, how would it make me gain weight later? And I've read many cases like mine, but where they've even taken excess calories like up to 3thousand.

I mean, hell, these past few days I've eaten considerably way less than I used to and have still kept my weight. Why would I rather eat tons and tons of food…

Digestive Problems: More Common than thought?

Ever since I was a young girl, my stomach has always given me such horrible problems. I would eat a slight amount in the morning and be in tremendous pain a few minutes later. So eating breakfast wasn't my thing.

Present day. I thought my digestive system was pretty good for a long time until recently my bowel movements have almost disappeared. I've tried lots of things, like adding more fruits. Eating less. Drinking more water. Drinking chia/flax mixtures for added fiber. However I have yet to try psyllium; it's just too expensive for me right now.

Every once in a while, a nice cup of hot tea does the trick and pushes things out. On a good day though. I thought being a vegetarian had fixed so many problems I once had, but now life is turning back on me.

I do have to admit that I don't eat the best of all vegetarians. I still eat slight amounts of dairy. I eat processed junk foods. I get angry with myself for it, too. I'm always feeling like crap, and I know it'…

Where is the Light?

Have you ever wondered when life will ever get better? I don't know about you, but for me, I have asked this question all my life. And things have been getting worse over the past week.

First of all, high school is my number one cause of depression. I wish I would have graduated early because I literally hate it. I don't know how kids worship their senior year because I want it to be over with right now. All it does is cause me stress, and the school itself screws me over.

I had so many plans this year to kick-start my future. I only need two classes to graduate, so I wanted to leave really early every day and go to work and be done early with my day. But no, the school won't let me because of "legal" reasons. So I'm forced to stay and take classes I don't want to be in and don't feel like doing sh!t in. It's completely unfair. They do let you leave an hour or two early, but there's strings attached like: you must work Mon-Fridays. I can't p…

Microwave Cookie & Pictures of Proactiv Effected Skin.

Okay, first of all, I absolutely hate using microwaves. With a huge passion. So why the hell am I using a microwave? Because I don't always follow my own rules. And because I was craving chocolate chip cookies to the extreme in the middle of the night and didn't want to bake a huge batch and wait forever.

So I was determined to find a simple recipe to suit my cravings that night. I searched and searched through the web until I finally stumbled across this recipe I'm about to give you. And I'll also provide a vegan version below because I hate using eggs, and using one egg for a measly little recipe seems like wasting, IMO.

So here's the original recipe, provided by http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup.html

1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Granulated White Sugar
1 Tablespoon of firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
3 Drops of Vanilla Extract
Small Pinch of Kosher Salt
1 Egg Yolk (discard the egg white)
Scant 1/4 of All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons of …

GMOs: GM What?

Genetically. Modified. Foods.

Are you possibly eating any types of fruits or vegetables right now, possibly a tomato? Well, I'd take another look at that tomato, or wait, is that even a real tomato after all? How can one possibly tell?

In the year, 1994 (when I was born!), scientists had the stupidest idea ever. They decided to mutate a tomato. Now I don't believe in God, but that's totally ruining His creations, and I don't believe in ruining God's creations (or in my case, mother nature's creations). They took genes from other species and implanted them with in the tomato, with endless possibilities of a new tomato.

Do your tomatoes rot too fast? Don't worry, scientists can fix that!
Do your tomatoes attract too many bugs? Don't worry, scientists can make them have their own gene for that too!
Do your tomatoes taste sorta bland? Don't worry, scientists can fix that, too!

Am I the only one seeing a problem here? If they can do any of the three abov…

My Fight Against Being Skinny

What? Skinny, you say? But...but everyone wants to be thin.
Well, I have a confession. I feel too skinny, and it's a battle I try to fight every single day. Yes, being overweight is hard; so is being skinny. Each require daily commitments. I will never bash on anyone who is trying to lose weight because I know how you feel in a way. It's an impossible struggle; well, gaining weight is the same exact way.
Here's where it all started: Three years ago, I randomly lost weight, not exactly sure why it happened. It was not because of my vegetarianism because this happened before I turned into one. I actually lost 15 pounds, and let me tell you, I'm quite a skinny minnie to begin with. I didn't realize it at first; I thought everyone was crazy when they said I looked too skinny.
Okay. Maybe not everyone said so, but my own mom did. But she did so in a bad way. She made me feel like crap every day of my life. She threatened me to gain weight and would weigh me every single mo…

Beginning of a Random Story

So I started on a new story a while back, which I realized has too similar of a plot to another book that's published called, The Selection, and it's written by Kiera Cass.


I have not read it, but here's the cover, pulled from Amazon.           



But I might as well share what I've written since I won't be publishing this or anything spectacular with it. It's in it's first form, so I didn't edit it or anything like that.



The Secrets to Health Begin with the Colon

Okay, I know, I know. I missed today's post. Today was the second day of my job, so that's kinda why.

But to make it up to you, I really want to dive into the topic of colon health.

I've been reading about it for quite a good while, so my opinions are all made up and good to go.

Well, all of you should know that the colon is part of the digestive tract, right? I hope you do cause I didn't. But that's beside the point.

But let me ask you a few questions first. They may be kind of personal, but they're important, and you only have to answer them in your head.

Do you have bowel movements at least 3 times a day? Do you often have constipation? Do you take in the daily requirements for fiber? Is your diet filled with meat? Do you drink lots of (purified/filtered/distilled) water throughout the day?

Well if you answer, no, yes, no, yes, no, then let me tell you, your colon is probably bad.

Let me explain it for you. We eat to live, and what our bodies cannot benefit …

Crocheting: The Lost Skill

Now, let me tell you the complete, honest truth: I have no idea how to crochet, none. But I am determined to learn how once I actually get the materials and a good book.

It really makes me wonder what happened to these type of skills. Are we really that sucked into society that we have lost all the important trades and skills our ancestors once honed? Yet now we live in a world where children are obsessed with technology, mostly their "precious" cell phones. Now don't get me wrong; cell phones are wonderful, but kids these days take it to the extreme. When you begin sending over 8k texts in one month, something is completely wrong with you, and you're likely to develop Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I, for one, do not want to grow up like this.

I really wish my grandmother would've taught my mom all these skills such as crocheting, sewing, knitting, and so on because I'd love to actually do something good with my life. And you can actually make money off this stuff …

My Experience With Proactiv: Rosacea & Acne

Do those Proactiv comercials tempt you? Have you considered more than once on trying it? Are you on the borderline of giving into that temptation?

Well, please STOP, and read my story first.

I've used Proactiv, I have experience with the product, and I want to share my story with you guys. But I must backtrack almost 4 years ago to when I actually used it.

Actually, I'm going to backtrack a little farther back than that...

Well, here it goes:

When I was twelve-years-old, I had the most perfect, flawless skin a girl would die for, literally. I rarely had to use makeup because my skin was seriously that perfect. And it stayed that way for a good long time. I was selfish back then, not realizing how damn lucky I was. I can't imagine how many girls envied me.

But then, I got sucked into the world of society and started to feel the need to wear makeup, constantly. That was my first mistake. After I began wearing makeup as a need to feel "pretty," I started to develop a…

Time for Change

Okay. I have seriously been a really, really bad blogger. Shame on me!

Although we did have a huge storm that knocked our power for a week, but that doesn't explain my negligence for the other two weeks.

So...I think I'm gonna change things up and have a new schedule for each and every week. I'm not quite sure what it'll be yet, but I promise it will be worth it.

Maybe something similar to this:
Monday-What's New
Tues.-My Crocheting Journey
Wed-My Cooking Journey
Thurs.-My Writing Journey
Friday-StoryTime!

What do you think of the new schedule? Does this sound appealing to you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

~Kai

An Odd Week

Sorry that I have not been posting like I promised. This week has been truly frustrating for me, and my emotions have been like a major roller coaster. I will resume with my regular posting next week.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of a sand-sculpture!


Short Story!

My first short story post! And it's an omitted scene from my finished book, told in the main guy's perspective. If you don't know anything about my book, it's told in two perspectives, Rusty(a girl) and Vaan(the guy). Maybe if you guys end up like this omitted scene, I could post the 1st chapter to the real thing, maybe. I am very protective over my story, so it depends on if I receive enough comments on this snippet from it.
Now, let's remember, I omitted this scene before I ever went into the revising/editing stages, but I tried my best to spice it up just for you guys.
And here it is:
The dream started out like any other—the ones that keep haunting me. I stand on the dirt plateau millions of miles high above the ocean as she holds my hand, and we gaze out into the peach colored horizon armed with millions of black clouds.
     “Forever?” she asks as we stand on the edge, staring out into the depths of the deep blue sea. Waves crash, perilously, against the plateau’s…

Book Review: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

To be honest, I've never done a book review, but this book has tempted me to do it (with its beautiful cover and all). It's so magical that I just had to do as it asked.

Since I've never done a book review before, I'll make up some guidelines for myself. I will rate this book based on the writing, characters, and storyline. Plus, I'll give an overall rating, too.

First off, I should give you a summary of the book which comes from the back cover:
Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her (now ex) boyfriend, she's happy to be spending the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.

On the lush, beautiful island, Miranda finds new friends and a community with a mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about …

Oil Better Than Water?

Oil is better than water? Are you kidding me?

No, siree, I am not kidding you.

Over the past few months, I've had a horrible time trying to get my makeup off, and every time I wore, I'd break out the next day. Every single time I tried to wash off all my makeup, it just wouldn't come off, ever! I have never been so frustrated trying to take up off makeup. I even tried scrubbing, scrubbing with a towel, using those towelette things,basically everything.

I about had it with makeup altogether. And my skin has some pretty bad issues after using Proactiv three years ago. I ended up developing rosacea which causes the skin around my nose and chin to look inflamed. But don't worry, it's been getting much better over the last three years to the point where it doesn't even look there. If anyone else has it, I'll do another post soon to tell you how I've made it get better.

I'm digressing...Anyways, I used my lavender oil the other day because it helps with my su…

Minestrone Soup!

My most favorite recipe I’ve ever made has to be Minestrone Soup. It was actually one of the first soups I’ve ever made in my life. I had it once at Olive Garden, and from the on out, I was hooked! I knew I had to make it myself, so I searched and searched online for a good enough recipe, and finally I found one, but I changed it up quite a bit. And this is what you can do too once I give you the recipe.

Now here’s what you’re going to need:

Vegetable Broth (Enough to to make it soupy and cover all veggies, about 5-6 cans)
4-5 (or more, if you wish) large Potatoes (Skins removed, or kept, and chopped into small, not too small, pieces)
Okra (A handful perhaps, canned or fresh, though fresh is better)
Garlic (4-5 cloves, more or less if you want. I like more.)
Onions (1 medium)
Shredded Carrots
Diced Tomatoes (Omit, if you want OR use as much as you’d like.)
1-2 cups pasta (Shells or small pasta, pick your favorite. Whole wheat ones are good too, especially Ronzoni Whole Wheat egg noodles)
1/2 ca…

Egg Alternatives

Sorry about the messed up schedule, guys. I know I haven't been keeping up with my regular posting but that will change after next week, since next week is the last week of school. It's been hectic lately, but I'm trying to make it up to you guys as best as I can. And if I haven't viewed any of your blogs lately, I'm also sorry.
Anyways, I have an interesting topic I'd like to share with you guys. As you probably already figured out, I'm a huge health freak, so anytime I can find ways to be healthier, I want to share my knowledge. So lately, I've been trying to find alternatives to eggs since eggs have never been my favorite thing to eat. And I know lots of you out in the world are conscientious when it comes to cholesterol (same here). There are a lot of egg alternatives out there that I never imagined existed. Well, maybe not a lot, but a few which is better than nothing.
The first thing I ever came across was grinding up one table spoon of flax seed up…

The Truth about Distilled Water

It came to my attention awhile ago why everyone made such a fuss about distilled water. I read a lot about how bad it is for you, but if you're taking out all chemicals and whatnot, how can it be bad for you?

Many people have it wrong when it comes to distilled water. Yes, it is taking out minerals, but nobody realizes that these minerals are inorganic. There are two categories of minerals: inorganic and organic.

Organic is inorganic minerals processed through fruits and vegetables and turned into organic minerals. Remember how fruits and veggies are vital for our body? Just think about it for a moment.

Inorganic minerals are found in the dirt, similar to lets say iron found in nails. Would you eat a nail just to get your daily dose of iron? I don't think so. But this is what the society wants us to believe.

Well, when you drink distilled water, it actually goes through your body and picks up all those inorganic minerals accumulating in your body. Yes, those minerals just pile…

Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

I'm sorry to all my viewers who were looking forward to new posts. Our computer crashed, and we were without it for a while. I hope none of you are too disappointed.

To make it up to you guys, I have a new recipe I developed yesterday.

Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients:
Kale
Green Beans
Garlic
Onions
Tomato
Can of Black Beans (or whatever you prefer)
Dry Seasonings (Garlic Powder, Sugar, Salt, Basil leaves, and Pepper)
Apple Cider Vinegar (Can be ommited)
About 2 tbsp. Olive oil (Or vegetable oil, but olive oil tastes best)

Make sure your vegetable are fresh, not canned!

Directions:

First, put your olive oil in a skillet. Then, add seasonings and apple cider vinegar, as much as you prefer, depending on your taste. Add your green beans and saute on medium heat, covered, (make sure to stir every once in a while) until golden. Lower the heat and add your kale, then cover. If skillet looks dry, add more olive oil at this time. Now cut up your garlic, onions, & tomato and add them once kale wilts. R…

Writer's Block: An Author's Worst Enemy

First of all, I'm sorry that I haven't been keeping up-to-date with my blog. With Easter and whatnot, I kinda forgot I had one.

Lately, I've been coming up with amazing ideas for stories, but every time I try to start one, I can't get past the first page. It's like I can't get myself into the writing mode. I mean, I just completely finished my Sci-Fi novel not too long ago; everything about it is done. But now I can't get into the rhythm of writing another story. I'm not sure whether to start the next one or start on something completely new.

And every time I do get to the end of that first page, I get writer's block. I never believed in writer's block because if you do, you'll end up with it all the time. But now it's like I'm cursed. Every single story I write, I end up unable to move forward through it. It's like I'm so focused on the one I finished that I can't start up anything new.

I've never had trouble startin…

Lentil Burgers.

Since I missed yesterday's post, I'm deciding to link to this recipe that looks amazing. I'm going to try it sometime in the next few days when I get the chance. But with all the great reviews, I think it'll be good.


Here it is. If you get the chance to try it before me, tell me how it is. I love lentils so I'm definitely mouth-watering over these right now!
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/vegetarian-lentil-burgers-recipe.html

Will update when I fix it!

Next Big Genre?

I've been thinking lately about what the new next big bestseller will be, but quite frankly, I don't see how in the world anyone can figure that out. I know agents always say to look at what's selling in the market, but how am I, as a reader, supposed to know this? I don't have the stats to say what's selling and what's not.

I mean, we went from Harry Potter to Twilight to the Hunger Games. For all I know the next big thing could be about a boy and his dog. Who knows.

I think this is the hardest thing about the business. Not knowing whether the book you have written is good enough to fit in the market and trying to market it. I find it hard enough to put a genre on a novel when not knowing exactly what each thing means. I marketed mine as a Sci-Fi but now I'm thinking I should've went with Sci-Fi romance. I mean, does it even really matter? I guess it does in their world, but how are we supposed to know our novels exact genre? And aren't they going …

The Query Process

Yesterday, I began querying my novel which I fully completed Friday. Some of you whom have been following for a while already know a little about it. Well, it's a young adult science fiction, but that's all you get to know for now unless I post my query.

Well, anyways, I haven't queried a novel since summer, and I forgot how nerve-wrecking this truly is! I just received my first rejection (not a big deal since there's millions of agents out there), and it made me sick to my stomach. It's weird. I wonder how many agents I will truly have to go through before I find the one. (I'll try and keep records for those of you, like me, who like to know stats of queries.)

So far, since yesterday, I have sent out 5 queries and received a rejection within one day. I'm just happy they got back to me fast. It's better than waiting weeks on end before receiving a rejection.

I just hate the thought that my query isn't good enough or my writing isn't up to par. …

Hectic Week.

Sorry for not updating guys. This week has been pretty hectic at school. We had a tragedy at school (nobody I knew) but it's kept me from doing my normal things. Will update next week though.

The Jersey Shore

Fist Pump!
Okay. Okay. That was a joke. I swear. Well, unless some of you are Jersey Shore fans. *Begins to slowly creep away*

I don't know how many of you truly watch the Jersey Shore, but I have watched it a few times. And quite frankly, I think it's ridiculous. Why would anyone want to watch a bunch of idiots get drunk? Plus, they're getting paid to do so. I bet that's just a great life they have *sarcasm, if you didn't catch it*.


And to think every kid in my high school loves that show. It makes me sick. What great models they have. OH, hey let's all get drunk like the Jersey Shore. Fist Pump! They even have a day dedicated to them which is on Thursday, and the girls all scrunch their hair and wear slutty clothes. Yay! We're teenagers, but we don't care about how others think because we're all stupid.

Figures. And it's sad that most of the girls in my school are obsessed with tanning. It makes me sick to see how much money they spend on destr…

Lucky 7

Since I've seen so many of these posts lingering around on my friend's blogs, I decided to do this post since I failed to come up with another short story for Friday. I'm hoping this makes up for it since I am taking an excerpt from my current novel, The Wanted Rose. It's a young adult science fiction romance which is still in the editing stages. I've been editing this thing for over 4 months, and I'm still not done!


The rules for the Lucky Seven Meme are:

1. Go to the 77th page of your current manuscript.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraph, and post them as they are written.
4. Tag 7 others and let them know.

From The Wanted Rose:

     Finally, I found something to take my thoughts off Kinset: my ship. The engine roared to life as I turned on the ignition and off I went, humming to the sound of the revving, wishing I had someone to race with. The galaxy sparkled with thousands of dots, twinkling in a pattern like a cadence to the e…

The Hunger Games

Who's excited for the Hunger Games movie? I know I am!

I also finished the book in 3 days and was highly surprised by it. I had low expectations about it, but they were exceeded. The movie will most likely kick butt, especially during the games.

I'm so darn afraid that I'll start bursting out in tears in the movie though for those of you who know what happens. I hope I can contain myself!

For those of you debating on reading the book, I say go for it. I doubted myself many times, and then decided to push myself to read it. I couldn't put it down. Even though the choppy sentences annoyed me, the plot amazed me. Two scenes highly impressed me.



**SPOILER ALERT**
My Favorite scenes were with Rue and on top of the Cornucopia.


**SPOILER OVER**



Anyways, I highly enjoyed the first one and plan to read the second. Suzanne Collins is wonderful at emotional/dramatic scenes, and I can't help but admire that.

Am I Team Gale or Team Peeta? I'm definitely Team Gale. He suits…

Alternatives to Feminine Products

Guys you should just leave this post immediately, if you haven't already figured that out.

Anyways, for all you ladies, I know what your reaction to the words alternatives to feminine products must be. You're cringing, aren't you?

Well, if I educated you a bit, maybe you wouldn't be cringing so much. And by the way, your face might stay like that forever so stop the hideous faces! I command you to stop!

Whew! Now that that's done, let's get on with some understanding here. Do you really know what's in your feminine products? Do you honestly, truly, full-heartedly know what's in them? Have you ever checked? Have you ever researched it?

I bet you not. Well let me tell you something. Wait a minute. I better take this slow because this will be hard for you to take in all at once. Let's just say feminine products could be harming you more than helping you.

And now you're saying, "But what am I supposed to do? Alternatives are gross!"
Well, …

Vegetarian Foods

The best thing about being a vegetarian in my opinion is learning about a whole new spectrum of foods(ones my family never really ate b4). And vegetarian foods can be eaten by all! Well, except vegans, considering they can't eat everything we can.

Some of my favorite foods I've come across have been:

Chia Seeds. These are extremely nutritious seeds containing lots of amino acids.

Coconut Milk. I think I'm addicted to anything coconut now, except for coconut shreds. Yuck!

Minnestrone Soup. The best soup I've ever had! You can even order it at Olive Garden!

Spicy Burrito Recipe. I concocted it all on my own and have uploaded the recipe.

Guacamole. Super nutritious and high in calories if made to be.



Now I now some of you have seen most of these foods before, but I just can't help but mention how great these foods are. I can't live without my coconut milk nor my Madagascan vanilla ice cream!

So what are some of your favorite foods?

The Slender Man

There's a man out in the distance, but you disregard him. Then suddenly, you glance back to take another look. This time you look at the man more clearly. Is it a man? But it can't be! It just can't! He's slender as a stick, and his arms...They're multiplying?! This can't be more than a mirage, but may your ignorance not be bliss because you might have just encountered...The Slender Man.


The Slender who? You think I'm kidding, right? I'm a madman gone on the loose, but what about Big Foot or the Moth Man. Were they real? Do they exist? Will anyone ever know the answer to these darn questions!?


Well, I'm here to inform you of another mythical/urban legend creature, and he goes by the name Slender Man. If you've never heard of him before, you might just want to stop reading now because others are scared sh!tless of him. And while he may or may not be real, what he's capable of is pretty scary, if true.


Oh Slender Man. He's known to be very sl…