Busy, Busy, Busy: A Tale of Excuses

Hey there! I’m sorry I haven’t bee posting as much since this semester began, but things have been crazy. One of my classes is ending in the next couple weeks, because it’s a mini course, so hopefully that’ll free up a little more of my time, but what time it does free up will probably have to go towards school work, because I’ve been falling ridiculously behind (especially in my science classes) (because science).

I’m sorry the blog isn’t seeing as much love as it usually does, but as of now, Wordy Wednesdays should continue as scheduled, and hopefully soon life will magically calm down enough for me to start posting other things again too. Because I really miss talking to you.

Thanks for sticking with me. Love you!

 

~Julia

 

The Big News Post

So, I’ve been hinting and promising at news for a few weeks now, and it’s kind of crazy because what started out as one announcement I needed to make has now stacked up to several. I keep waiting for someone to tell me that all this has been a mistake, because there’s no way it’s happening to me, but sure enough, every morning when I wake up it’s still true. (So unless I’m in some insane Inception universe, I’m going to assume this is real. Which is nuts.)

In no particular order…

Work on This is a Book Too has begun!

After lots of conflicts with too many classes and far too much homework last semester, Mel and I have finally begun work on This is a Book Too, the sequel to our multi-genre, crazy beauty of a blog novel from last school year (remember this?). Watch for the first chapter and other updates coming soon on the blog dedicated to the This is a Book series, here.

Girl Rising is featuring Hannah and me on their blog!

After Hannah and I made our Youtube video supporting Girl Rising for Project for Awesome last month, we got into contact with the organization, and they decided to absolutely MAKE OUR DAY by interviewing us on their blog. Make sure to check out and support Girl Rising here, and you can read the post about us here. (If you don’t already know, Girl Rising is an organization out to change the world by educating one girl at a time.)

The 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection is now available!

I’m pretty sure I already mentioned this a couple weeks ago when they released the anthology, but now I’ve got PICTURES of me posing with a BOOK that has MY SHORT STORY IN IT! (WHEEEEEE!)

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(Five points to anyone who notices the word I managed to mess up twice in “The Things I Leave Behind.” How that thing made it through all the rounds of critique and revision on the story, I will never know.)

This semester I’m completing a remote internship with a literary agent!

I am SO PSYCHED to announce that this semester I’ll be working as a remote intern (aka: from the comfort of my futon) for a literary agent superstar who is AWESOME. I can’t wait to learn from her.

And last but SERIOUSLY NOT AT ALL least: I won a Hopwood Underclassmen Fiction Award!!!

Few outside of the University of Michigan probably know what the Hopwood Awards are, but they’re a really huge deal here. You can read the Wikipedia page here or an article about them here. Basically: winning a Hopwood is like winning an Oscar (except, you know, for student writers at U of M). I’m still kind of numb about it all, because OHMYGOSH A HOPWOOD AWARD WHAT IN THE WORLD HOW DID I DO THAT. But I’m also elated, obviously, and so thankful, and whoa: I WON. A HOPWOOD.

And now, with that, I bid you good night (or morning or afternoon or whatever). Byeee!

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~Julia

Wordy Wednesday (“Trying to Breathe”)

This week’s Wordy Wednesday is a song called “Trying to Breathe.” My allergies, as usual, are going a little nuts right now, so my throat’s pretty gnarly. But if I can get a decent recording of it sometime today, I’ll update the post with that. I had a lot of fun writing this one. 🙂

Reminder, after reading this post, to go vote in the character creation polling for This Is a Book, if you haven’t already.

And also: watch out for the new option you can vote for in the Wordy Wednesday poll. If that one wins, I’ll do a post on something involving the publishing industry/the writing process/etc. Because how much fun would that be, right? (I guess we’ll find out if it wins.)

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[Intro: Bm, G, Bm, A]

VERSE1 [Bm, G, Bm, A]

The door’s there before me

I can see it with my eyes shut

Against the sunshine that’s always streaming down

But the steps are so hard to take

To make it I will have to break

Every bone inside my heart

TRANSITION1 [Em, G, D, A]

And it’s not fair

When you don’t know where you’re going

And the map keeps spinning you around and ’round

And I am just

CHORUS [Bm, G, Bm, A]

Trying to breathe

Finding the strength inside of me

To push on ahead

Trying to breathe

Finding the piece of me

That tells me who I am

[Em, G, D, A]

Trying to breathe, breathe, breathe

Trying to breathe

Trying to breathe, breathe, breathe

Trying to breathe

VERSE2 [Bm, G, Bm, A]

The truth is none of us know what we’re doing

Ain’t that grand

And the truth is sometimes things,

They get out of hand

I don’t know what I’m doing now, but

It looks like I did in the past

So I try to be that person

Only the mirage cannot last

TRANSITION2 [Em, G, D, A]

And I’m so tired of feeling lost

When people say I’m found

And I am so tired of

Feeling like I’m flying straight into the ground

And I am just

[Repeat CHORUS]

BRIDGE [Em, G, D, A]

And you don’t know how you’re breaking down

’Cause you always cut yourself so low

And you can’t tell true from false anymore,

at the end of the show

Either go up in flames or in the rains you drown

Either give up your name, or become a part of the crowd

Or you can reach above and do what’s never done before

You can write a new song instead of settling the score

[Repeat CHORUS]

ENDING [Em, G, D, A]

Trying to breathe, breathe, breathe

Trying to breathe

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~Julia

New Summer Blog Theme!

I know it’s only April, but my summer vacation begins in a week, so I figured I’d get myself in the mood with a new, more summery look. Let me know what you think!

Also, a reminder to fill out the character form to help Mel and me with developing new characters for This Is a Book! You have until Thursday. Thanks!

happy almost-summer

~Julia

Wordy Wednesday (“It Begins Again”)

Before anything else, I want to send a shout out to a couple of the bestest friends a writer girl could ask for–Kira and Hero have been helping me a ton with editing my novel and query letter into shape in a very small period of time (I think Kira just revised Cadence in three minutes flat), and I don’t know what I’d be doing without them right now. So if you wouldn’t mind checking out their blogs, I’d really appreciate it:

Kira

Hero

This week’s Wordy Wednesday is a song I wrote called “It Begins Again.” I’ll see if I maybe, possibly can get a video of it up this weekend, because it’s really fun to sing, but once again I can’t make any promises on that. My guitar’s in the middle of a prepubescent meltdown of sorts, and I think I need to go buy new strings, porque la guitarra no es feliz ahorarita.

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Am, C, Em, D

VERSE1

It started out the same

As it always does

With a touch

On the shoulder

Then it spread like wildfire

And it left your life

In a smolder

And you don’t know how it happened

But it always does

The same as the sun rises in the sky above

And now they won’t talk to you

But they say your name

Don’t know a thing about you

But still they exclaim

CHORUS

Look at that girl walking by, walking by

Doesn’t even know a thing, doesn’t even bat her eye

And it’s so easy to imagine the things

That you don’t know

Getting closer, getting closer, closer

To their lies

Until you don’t know the truth

From their eyes

And that’s when they win

When you fall apart, and it begins again

VERSE2

You sit alone

And they crowd around

You are the only smile

In a frowning crowd

And you say

Walk on, walk on

Walk on by

And you tell yourself

They won’t see you break

Not with their prying eyes

And those words so fake

And you sit at home

With those dreams so big

’Cause they think that they can break you

But no one ever did, saying

[Repeat CHORUS]

BRIDGE

Getting closer, getting closer, closer

To the truth that lies behind the lies

The truth is they got nothing,

And you’re going to do it all

So they can try to break you

With every word they say

They tap you on the arm

And then look away

But you know so much more

Than they ever will

That life ain’t one long battle

But the best parts are uphill

[Repeat CHORUS]

ENDING

Getting closer, getting closer, closer

And it begins again.

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~Julia

PS. One more link for ya–Mel now has a nifty page on her blog that has all the links to all the chapters of This Is a Book ever, so if you want to start reading the novel or need to catch up or anything else like that, follow this link!