Writing Inspiration: Rain ♥

Have you ever woken up to the bright morning sun shining in your eyes coaxing you into waking up, but yet a sense of calm and the world not needing you at the moment washes over you and just makes you wanna stay put? That’s the calm I feel when it begins to rain.  When most people just become more tired and moody and I become more alive and full of creativity. From the first drop hitting the hard pavement to the last drop following all the others away with the wind, I am writing to my hearts content. Something about the way the rain keeps people inside makes me feel more solitary when I walk down the sidewalk hearing nothing but the rain, seeing nothing but the rain, and smelling nothing but the fresh rain. The fact that the rain keeps me in one place just makes me feel more at ease, like I’m not needed at the moment and can just be me for a little.

I don’t know if this makes sense to you, but I know one time or another a writer feels this way when something happens. Whether you find your inspiration on chilly morning walks, or you find it dancing in the rain. I think you should take advantage of this moments, because you’ll never know when they will come again.

-Lydia ♥

Writing Favorite: Scriptito ♥

Sorry for my lack of writing a post this week, but it’s because I had been spending so much time with my new obsession Scriptito. I’ve been wasting away hours of my life just writing, and writing, and writing, and writing in this program. Of course I’m a writer, so I write half the time anyways but what this program did was inspire me to want to write more.

Scriptito is a website I stumbled upon while wasting away my hours in the Google Chrome Web store. At first glance it looks like your average website to share documents through, but after deciding to give it a try I will never again go back to other writing and publishing sites. In previous posts I have written about sites like Figment.com which trust me that site is also worth your time, but what’s different about Scriptito is the privacy. Unlike sites like Figment you can choose the exact audience you wish to share your writings with. Once you have finished writing in your latest “Project” you have the option of keeping it private, sharing it with select people, or sharing it with the world. Being as paranoid about sharing as I am, these options are awesome when I only want certain people reading my stories.

Another extremely useful feature is the folders in your “Projects”. The folders help you to organize information thats important to your project. The folders pre-set to appear in your project are things like Research, Characters, and Draft. You can also make your own folders to keep whatever you want in them. Personally, I love uploading all of the photos I collect to inspire that story and the graphics I make for the project in the “Research” folder. For someone who likes everything in one place this is the perfect online writing tool. You might be wondering what I mean when I say “Online writing tool”. Well pretty much the main feature of Scriptito is to write your documents in it (or just copy and paste them in).

All in all, this is an amazing website for writers and project managers alike who need a neat and easy to use work space. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to organize their writing projects, and get more inspired to write. I wish I could explain further how awesome I think Scriptito is, but it’s best you find out on your own 🙂

-Lydia ♥

Apologies ♥

I’d like to apologize for my sudden absence on my blog. In the past couple weeks I have been finishing up some college work, catching up on my math, editing my novel, and of course going to school so my life hasn’t really slowed down for me to blog yet. But alas, I apologize and promise you I will get back to writing 4-5 posts a week this week 🙂 I’ve missed writing for yall’ and can’t wait to share with you some favorites I’ve picked up this week…

Thanks for understanding and I’m glad to be back *woot woot*!

-Lydia ♥

Graphics Favorite: PicMonkey ♥

So as y’all may or may not know I love designing graphics and novel covers. Well I always have my favorites and today I am writing about my favorite image editing website, PicMonkey. Now, I will admit that PicMonkey is not my absolute favorite for image editing but ever since Picnik closed down their site I have been using this one. It serves all the purposes graphic artists need and it has some pretty cool features.

The first stop on our little tour of pic monkey is the place where you actually do the image editing. There are of course three sample images they give you to optionally edit, but I always use my own. When you go in to edit your picture it can be a little confusing as to where certain options are but once you get the hang of it you’ll like the program. The first screen you will come to once you choose the picture you want to edit will be one with your picture on the right and effects buttons on the left.

The above is what I will refer to as the “task bar” since I am too lazy to see if it has an actual name 😉 My two favorite and most used features on the site are the ones I circled above. The “Touch Up” feature is circled in red and the “Text” feature is obviously the one circled in blue. These are my two favorite features because, 1. They are easy to use, and 2. They are just plain awesome.

I like using the touch up feature when I want to do things with photos of myself. Say I wake up early in the morning and have a sudden urge to take a picture of my messy face (not likely). Well I would use the touch up feature to cover any acne, blotchiness, whiten my teeth, and take the bags out from under my eyes. You may be a little worried that all those tasks will be difficult for you but it’s so easy a monkey could do it (Maybe that’s why they call it PicMonkey?). A side comment on the acne coverup is that I don’t think their blemish fixer works THAT well so instead I use the wrinkle remover tool. It may sound weird but once you get the hang of it, it works like a charm.

The text feature is the one I use most when designing covers for my own pieces of writing or for people who request them via my figment page. Though the selection of fonts is very limited compared to Picnik, I still think they have a good variety for a majority of projects you might be handling with this program.

So…that was my little review on a very cool image editing website. I hope you all check out my little nerd heaven and I hope to see you soon!

-Lydia ♥

Hello world!

“Never be bullied into silence.

Never allow yourself to be made a victim.

Accept no one’s definition  of your life;

Define yourself.”

                                       -Robert Frost

My purpose of this blog is not only to inform people of the newest trends and tips that I adore, but also to define myself. I’ll be writing about books, movies, fashion trends, and posting cool pictures but in the process of it all you will also be standing by watching me grow into a young adult (creepy yet fascinating). Come along with me as I journey through the crazy mixed up torture we all call high school, and I’ll try to humor you along the way 😉

Now a little bit about me…

I am a hopeless romantic.

I am a passionate writer.

I  absolutely love poetry.

The Hunger Games will forever be my favorite book in the world.

I hate my school, but mostly because of the people in it.

I like cool quotes (I even put one in this post).

I still haven’t the foggiest as to who I am as a person (just who my parents want me to be).

I am working towards getting my degree in Contemporary Journalism.

My pen name is Lydia D. Sharpe, and I am only 14 years old.

So now that a bunch of people know about me how about I learn about you? Comment on my post 🙂

I hope I’ll be seeing you soon,

Lydia ♥