Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Blog's Moving Out!

I don't know how many people still read this blog (seeing as I never post and all), but part of the reason I've been absent is...


I started a YouTube channel!

I'll be doing booktalks and fun tags over there from now on, so if you want to subscribe here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLh0NATAnA_h3Z3LmQywMZQ

Thank you, everyone who stuck with me during all my ups and downs of blogging <3 and now, a new adventure!

-Lily (aka Emberly)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Reading!

Hello hello hello!

*Ahem* I''m not even going to apologize for not blogging, because that's all I seem to be doing lately... Apologizing for not doing things I have promised to do...

Alright, now that we've got that out of the way, let's get down to business.

I'm going to talk a little bit about my summer reading and then (hopefully) in the next post I'll discuss Camp NaNo and how I've been doing with all that jazz.

So far, I've read over 5,000 pages toward my library's summer reading program and there's only ONE WEEK LEEFFFFTTTT....

What have I been reading? These are some titles that I've read (or are currently reading) and am hoping to write reviews on at some point.

currently reading



currently reading




And what is still on my shelf?? Well...

My hope is that by posting this, I'll have a reference for later on when I'm wallowing in self pity and beating myself up for not blogging about anything. This week is going to be pretty busy for me, seeing as it's the last week of Camp NaNo, I have geometry to finish, and a cake to make for a partaaayyyyy.

But maybe I'll blog this week.

We'll see.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shhh... I'm reading.

Or, at least I will be. Soon.

We've established that I'm a terribly inconsistent blogger, right? Good. We'll skip the apologies then, because I'm sure you're all tired of that by now.

I'll take that as a yes

Breaking News:

My NaNoWriMo class has come to an end and now I am left on my own. I no longer have a teacher holding a grade over my head - now it's completely up to me to continue writing and editing my novel. Prayers are appreciated.

In other news, I have a shelf full of books to read (and maybe review), so if you need me, I'll be procrastinating from my math and taking a dark and twisted trip to Oz.

Oh, and Wonderland.

And several other places, but these are my most anticipated. I'm finally going to read (or try to read) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. We'll see how many of these I actually get to before I am forced to return them to the library.

AND in other, other news, I have big plans coming up and multiple decisions to make that will alter my summer immensely depending on what I end up doing. I may me a camp counselor. I may audition for a play. I may be seeing Taylor Swift on tour...


*heavy breathing*

Also, closing in fast is my trip to Key West. I've never been to Florida and this trip is going to be UH-MAYZ-ING because I'm going with two besties and staying in a fancy house with a pool and hammock garden.

Paradise? I'm imagining so.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time and Time Again

Time. Management.

These two words trike fear in the heart and mind of every writer. (Just like a red pen)

...At least, that's what I hope. I seriously doubt I'm the only one.

If you follow my blog (THANK YOU, by the way) then you know I've been M.I.A. for almost two months. The blame for this could be cast in many directions: School, Social Life, Reading, and...you know, WRITING my own book.

But the real culprit here is me. Or, more specifically, my inadequacy to use my time wisely. The blame - the fault - is All. On. Me.

I'm someone who likes to be footloose and fancy-free, but I also enjoy a functioning plan (as long as it doesn't involve stress). These two qualities push against each other, creating friction until I'm left with a lifestyle I'm not happy with. I hate schedules because they become too repetitive, and I get strained from doing the same exact process every single day.

(If any of you have tips for me or want to share your own time management hacks, please do!)

For now, I'm just working on waking up earlier.


(probably not)

I know most people could care less...

BUT the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate hate and I'm just gonna share a bit about it anyway, anyway! Oh!

When people outside of the internet ask what my novel is about, I go blank.

(How do I tell them without giving away the major plot twist?)

And, surprisingly, *people* ask me this A LOT.


Person: "What's your book about?"
Lily: "Um, well...There's two girls. And it's sci-fi-"
Person: "Oh, sci-fi! That must be tricky!"
Lily: "Yeah..."
Person: "So, what's it about?"
Lily: "Uh, a rebellion. But that's not what it's about actually!"
Person: "Okay..."
Lily: "It's sort of about humanity. What makes a human, human? What is right and wrong? It also dives into a deeper message of not believing everything you read or what someone tells you on the internet. But, you know, that's not even really what it's about. There's so much more and I don't even know where to start."
Person: "That's...nice" *walk away. walk away*


You see, I have a hard time sharing my story (with anyone). I just let my mom read my first chapter a few weeks ago, and it was almost painful to sit there and wait while she read. It's not ready. It's not the best I can make it. 

So NO, I'm not going to let you read it. 

I'm truly sorry.

This story is my first actual novel, and I hope to have it published one day. That is why I'm not sharing my characters, or my plot, or my thoughts. The story is in a very vulnerable stage right now and if something were to stunt my excitement for it I might never finish it. I don't want your opinion. I don't want you to see my frail soul until I can shape it into something strong enough to be touched and loved and disliked and thrown at walls. It's not ready for that yet.


It kills me sometimes not to share my story. I love it so much, and I want others to as well. 

I just also know that it needs some TLC before being thrust out into the world.

So, until then, you probably won't hear anymore from me on that subject. I long for the day I can share with EVERYONE the story I've come to adore. 

And I hope you will adore it too. 

(Book reviews coming soon...probably)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Young and Sweet, Only Seventeen...

(Prepare for numerous Taylor Swift gifs...)

Today I am seventeen. Big whoop, right? Seventeen is the ordinary middleman in between Sweet Sixteen and Legal Adult Eighteen, so whats so special about it? Some would probably say nothing. Some might even groan at the thought of just ANOTHER year before they're finally 18 and can do what they want.

"Eighteen" isn't about that for me (right now, at least). Sure, I'll be a legal adult - but I'm still going to be living under my parents roof, in my senior year of high school, and I'm pretty sure I won't be able to sustain myself on my own by then.

Anyway. Seventeen.

I think this is going to be the best year ever.

I feel like Sixteen was a major year for me. I changed A LOT from the girl I was at fifteen. I'm more confident in who I am and my personality. Sixteen was such an important year for me.

Seventeen, I predict, will be even better. I'm still growing up; changing; learning - but I have a feeling this year will be a little different. Maybe I have this impression from all the people saying "Seventeen was their favorite age ever". Maybe I'm just optimistic. Maybe I'm psychic. Yes, we'll go with that. I'm definitely psychic.

So, I guess we'll see. Goodbye Sixteen, and HELLO SEVENTEEN!


Seventeen Slightly Secret Facts About Me

1) I keep a small stash of food/candy hidden in my room. (Shhhh....)

2) I've never read The Lord of the Rings trilogy

3) I do most of my schoolwork on my bed, even though there is a perfectly good desk in my room.

4) If I had a perfect replica of Anna's coronation dress (from Frozen), I'd wear it EVERYWHERE.


6) Lavender, Vanilla, and Lemon are some of my favorite scents.

7) I love to wear jewelry, but have a hard time knowing what to wear.

8) There is more than one teddy bear on my bed and more than five pillows.

9) Fancy desserts are delicious, but I can never have enough plain cheesecake and vanilla bean ice cream.

10) I'm considering going to beauty school after I graduate.

11) New Girl is my new friend.

12) My mom met my dad at seventeen.

Let the AWWW's ensue 

13) I wish I was more musically talented.

14) I love wearing eye shadow.

15) I tried to steal an Archie comic from Walmart when I was about six.

16) A dream of mine is to be a Disney princess at Disney World, even though I've never been there.

17) I'm seeing Taylor in concert this summer! (Just found that out today, after I started working on this blog post. HAPPY B-DAY TO ME!)


(P.S. Thank you to all who read my blog - it makes me so happy! <3 I've had a wonderful birthday and the day isn't even finished yet!)
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