Simone Read What? – January ’19

Simone Read What? – January ’19

For 2019, I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 48 books, up by 12 from last year. I have faith in myself that I can do it, but it still seems like a lot to read—to me at least!

While end of the year round-ups are fun, I figured I’d do monthly ones too. So if you’re interested in seeing what I’ve read this month and what I thought about them, please do read on!

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Origin Stories: Turnpike

Origin Stories: Turnpike

Welcome back for another installment of Origin Stories, where I talk about the origins of my stories! In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about turnpike, a dark short-story of mine.

I’ve previously discussed Once Upon a One Night Stand and All That is Gold, which you should check out first for some extra background and context!

Timeline wise, we’re still in the Plagiarism Haven days, though that era was slowly coming to an end…

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Q&A – January ’19

Q&A – January ’19

Hi, friends! ✨

Whether through comments, PMs, emails, or the various other ways there are to contact me on This Here Internet, I get a lot of questions. Some of those questions are things that I’ve been asked many times before, and while I really don’t mind answering everyone individually, I figured there were people out there who would like to know some of these things but were too hesitant to ask.

So, that’s why I’m going to start this series of Q&A posts where I publicly answer questions that I think others would want the answer to as well. I’ll answer things here that have brief answers—as in, things that don’t require a whole post of their own.

I’ll probably post these every few months or so, or whenever I have enough questions to justify a whole post.

Hope you find it useful!

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Why I’m Taking a Break from Wattpad

Why I’m Taking a Break from Wattpad

I’m burned out.

It’s taken me a while to truly understand and acknowledge that, but there’s no ignoring it now. I’m burned out and have been for about a year now. 

I’m feeling the same way I did when I took about a two year break from writing a while back. And you know what? Those two years were some of the best of my life. I don’t regret taking a break from writing because I needed it. I had to recharge. I needed to live my life so that I could come back and put those experiences down on the page.

At the moment, I don’t have the luxury of completely cutting out writing like I did back then. There are contracts and promises I have to fulfill first, but it’s past time that I started taking a few things off my extremely full plate.

Another thing it comes down to is this: I don’t currently have any content I want to share on Wattpad. 

That’s not to say I don’t have ideas. Believe me, there are so many things I want to write, so many ideas I want to pursue. But at this point, the pressure I put on myself to post new stories and chapters as often as possible has contributed to the way I’m currently feeling.

So I’m taking a break from Wattpad and using that time to focus on and remember why I enjoy writing in the first place, without the added pressure of being expected to update regularly. Because right now, writing feels like some terrible obligation that fills me with dread instead of excitement. I don’t like that.

All of that said, these are the steps I’m going to take to help get myself back on track.

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My Favorite Makeup Tutorials

My Favorite Makeup Tutorials

If you’ve read my skincare routine post, you’ll know I LOVE makeup… I just never wear it.

Working from home, there’s really no need for me to get dolled up in order to sit in front of my computer all day, take my dog for a walk, or say hi to the UPS truck driver. I consider my work attire to be a messy bun, a bare face, and a nice matching pajama set. (I mean, it’s a jacket and pants! Might as well be a full suit!)

Even though I don’t wear makeup often, I sure do watch a lot of makeup tutorials. I find them soothing, and I love watching people change up their look with some perfectly placed pigments. Plus, when the time comes for me to put on makeup, I already have some inspiration in my back pocket.

Most of the tutorials here are featured on medium to medium-tan skintones, mainly because those are all pretty close to my shade, depending on the season. The first four are all definitely brown-skin friendly, but I’m sure would work on a variety of other skintones as well, even if it takes a little tweaking! And number five on the list… well, we all need a little fun in our lives.

I’m pretty big into soft, relatively neutral makeup, so most of these looks fall under that category. Bright colors and I have a tumultuous history (looking at you, electric blue eyeshadow from sixth grade) but one day I’d like to try something bright and fun. I’m not there yet… but one day.

Also, even though a lot of these tutorials use high end products, you can find a much more affordable dupe for just about everything these days!

So here we go, my top five favorite makeup tutorials!

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Origin Stories: All That is Gold

Origin Stories: All That is Gold

Welcome back to another edition of Origin Stories where I talk about—you guessed it—the origins of the stories I’ve written so far! In today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about All That is Gold.

I suggest reading the first post in this blog series before this one, which was about Once Upon a One Night Stand. Timeline wise, we’re picking back up at the Plagiarism Haven days, which I talk about a little bit there.

If you haven’t read this story, don’t worry! I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. But believe me, it’s a wild ride!

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My Physical TBR List

My Physical TBR List

Here’s the deal: I like books. I really like books. I like books so much that I keep buying them. 

Unfortunately, I don’t read them all in a very timely manner. No, there are books on my shelves that I bought years ago and still haven’t cracked open just yet. It’s not that I don’t want to read them—I do, I really do—it’s just that the stack has grown so large that I feel like I’ll never get through them all.

(Of course, I don’t make my life any easier by buying more books every single month, both physical and ebooks, but that’s a story for another day!)

One of my goals for this year is to try to tackle this ever-growing TBR pile, and I figured the best way to hold myself accountable (and generally help myself stay organized) was to list them all here.

So if you want to know what’s in my physical TBR pile, read on!

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