That Spoiled Booknerd

It's time for me to burst out of my usual professional "voice" and introduce to you... my inner fangirl.

As you may or may not know, I like to read. You know... like, books. With young adults. Stuff like that. So, last year (I don't know if you remember this) I volunteered at a teen book festival this college holds every year. It's a huge event that consists of the following: Famous authors. Books. Food. Books. Giggles. And, books.

Last year, I had the privilege to be an 'author's assistant' for the day. Pretty cool, right? That year, I was chosen to follow Jennifer Niven (author of All the Bright Places (totally recommending it to you as we speak)) around for the day. And let's just say it was ah-mazing. And to this day, we're practically best friends. ;) ...Nah, I'm just kidding. But she does reply to my emails and I'm actually in a group dm with her on instagram which is so nice, because she's just so sweet and actually replies back. She also sent my sister and I an advanced reader's copy of her new book (which doesn't come out until October) and let me just say... I FEEL SO SPECIAL. I mean... look. 


*breathes heavily* ...isn't it so purdy? It's basically a stack of paper! How awesome is that? And I get to read it before you. ;) ...that was not nice. I'm sorry. I apologize for bragging. But you guys... How cool is that? As you can see, it's called Holding Up the Universe and the real cover was just released which is oh-so-gorgeous. Please, go check it out. 
I was thinking of doing a review on it once I've finished. What do you think? It would be spoiler free of course. And Jennifer wants us (me and a few other girls who received this copy-- yes, I'm not that special. But Jennifer may or may not have mentioned naming characters after us for her third book which is like HOLY POOP, WHAT IS AIR?! Okay, back to what I was saying...) to write a little blurp about the book. So, we're basically her little promotion team. ;)


Ugh, this author. She just keeps surprising us and feeding us more. Which, I don't know if that is a good or bad thing for my poor fangirling heart. But, who cares!

Also, did I mentioned that on the same day that I received that package, I also received a book I won from a goodreads giveaway. This is big news, everyone. Do you have any idea how many giveaways I enter on there and I finally won one! I don't know about you... but my luck was extremely high that week. 


And here is the lovely book I won (isn't my succulent so cute?). Eep, I can't wait to start it! The movie looks so good. *insert heart eyes emoji*

So, where was I before I went into full blown fangirl mode on you? Oh yes! So, this year I was assigned to be an author's assistant with my sister again. And guess who we got? Come on, take a lucky guess... Oh my gosh, how did you know!? Yes, we were Jesse Andrew (author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)'s assistant for the day! 

I'm just going to take you through the day really quick. I don't want to make this post too long... I'm sure you have far more important things to do with your time.

Alright, so the week before the festival I came down with this really awful flu. I was laying in bed most of the day, from Tuesday to all day Friday. However, thank goodness, I was starting to feel better Saturday-- the day of the festival. It was as if my immune system just had enough and was like: "Alright Kenzie, I'll let it slide for today... but only if you bring me back a signed copy of the book. Also, can you please get that gourmet mac and cheese again? That was delicious."

Thank you, immune system. I owe you one. 

Once we made it to the college campus, a couple minutes after 8am, we (my sister and I) went inside to pick up our special name tags, like the one below. 


Name tags make me feel important.

Then we watched the author parade, where one of the featured authors threw starbursts into the air. Ashamed, I did not catch any... I was too busy taking pictures, like this one!


*whispers* I don't even know who she is, but I like her. o-o

After that it was time to meet our author! This part always made me nervous. #introvertlife


But thank goodness there was zero awkward silence. My sister and I, plus two other volunteers, ate breakfast with Jesse where we talked about his books and food, and a lot of stray topics... (he gave us candy). After breakfast, we departed with our author and moved on to the gym for a "Truth or Talent". I was able to talk with our fellow author assistant volunteers, and we all agreed that we were thankful we got a cool author. Hey, don't get me wrong... All authors are amazing. But there's always that very small fear in which you are secretly hoping you don't get an author who you simply cannot relate to, even if you read their book. 

So, just allow me to say that Jesse Andrews was awesome and hilarious and just amazing to be around. He had us laughing the entire time. 

Once Truth or Talent was over (that's where authors either perform a talent or tell a truth-- it's fun to watch), we headed to the first panel session. Last year, Jennifer Niven's panels were a good size for attendance. Her book had just come out and she was new to the YA genre, so her crowd was a good size. However, for Jesse, when we entered the room, it was already filled with eager teens and parents. I had a slight culture shock for a moment (I don't know if you've ever heard of that reference but I'm just going to leave it). There was about 40 to 50 people, plus people waiting outside. As volunteers, it was our job to make sure that the maximum audience was at ease and that every teen had a seat, even if that meant kicking out the adults. Thank goodness we had some help from an adult volunteer to be the "bad guy" and do the dirty work for us. 

There were a total of three sessions, each lasting about 45 minutes. So, we had to keep track of time, and made sure we weren't late for lunch.



Here is a lovely photo of my sister and I enjoying free pizza and soda on the floor of a hallway. It was yummy. Although, my stomach was still feeling a bit woozy from being sick, so I didn't dare to eat too much... I, however, am regretting that at the moment because there is nothing better than free pizza. 'Nuff said.


Each of Jesse's sessions were very similar to each other. He would introduce himself, talk about his new book, The Haters , and occasionally the movie to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Which was really sad, you guys. Actually, it was funny but the ending was sad. 

He talked about when he went to Harvard, how he had a band (which, according to him, was not as good as 5SOS), and his love for origami. He talked about how he tried to write two books but they were rejected because they had no plots. Literally. He said "that was the point, though! NO plots, isn't that great?!" I think he has a thing against plots, given that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl didn't have much of a plot, more like character growth, which is different but still good. 

He also talked about how he disposed of garbage illegally... o.O Like, I had no idea there was such a profession that could be illegal. Anyways, he talked about these topics all while throwing himself onto the floor, waving his arms wildly in the air, and shouting so loud the entire campus could probably hear him. 

So, that was Jesse.



 He also gave me a high five after I introduced him in the beginning of his last session, where I totally made a fool of myself and mentioned something we talked about over breakfast that was funny, but the 50,000 teens in the room that day did not find it humorous. It was embarrassing to say the least, but I'll let it go.

Once the sessions were all over, it was time to head to the gym for autograph signing. And may I just say, it was crowded. Jesse probably had the longest line because it was split into two. He still managed to smile at every fan, even though his hand must have been killing him.

I managed to slip away towards the end to get Suzanne Young (author of The Program) to sign my books. She was so cute!


Sorry the picture is so fuzzy, my hand was shaking. o-o But I got my books signed and she drew cute little hearts around "For James's Ladies", which I had her write on there. I wanted something creative and different, but at first she thought my name was James. o.O 



Not her fault though, I'm just a given when it comes to awkwardness. 

Then, at the way end of the autographing session, I slipped away again to get my book signed by A.S King. I was waiting what seemed like ages (even though the line was short?) and I was not able to say bye to our fellow author assistants, which made me feel bad because I didn't want them to think I was rude or anything. I made my sister save my spot in line so I could say bye to Jesse because he was finally done autographing. I made him sign my shirt. I feel bad about that too, but hey... What's one more signature? ;)


Here I am with A.S King. I always heard really good things about her and how funny she is, but I had never officially met her before. But now I have! Even though it was for, like, a minute, and she wasn't even sure if I read her book (Ask the Passengers) or not (I DID, I DID! AND I LOVED IT!), but I was being awkward again and didn't say anything besides "Can I have a picture?". She was great though, just like everyone said. When I held up my phone she was squealing "Ohh! A selfie!"

Anywho, that was pretty much my day on May 14th. 



My sister and I were able to walk around the campus a little while we waited for our mom to pick us up. Actually, we got lost trying to find the building she was picking us up at. But I was able to capture this picture! It was super windy out, and my balloon Jesse gave us kept flopping all about. 

Well, you made it to the end! I hope you enjoyed that post/story about my day. ;)

 
Look at dem lovely books with lovely signatures on the inside. 

Oh! Oh! I almost forgot...




My sister and I found out that JENNY HAN was at one of the festivals a few years ago. Ugh, if only she wrote To All The Boys I've Loved Before sooner and I was into reading at the time, then maybe I could have told her how much I love Peter Kavinsky. o-o

That's all for now, lovely humanoids. I'm sorry for such a long post, but I hope it was worth it. 


Don't forget to feed and water yourself. 

xx

Meet The Blogger: A Guest Post (013)

MEET THE BLOGGER: 

I am not very good at describing myself at all, but if I were told to tell someone something about myself this is what they'd get: I'm a very tall, socially awkward dancer, authoress, photographer, theatre geek, music lover, and intense fangirl.



MEET THE BLOG:

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I started blogging in late 2012, but it never took off or fit right until halfway through July of 2013, when I started my blog Thinking, Laughing, Living. I've recently taken a new wind of inspiration, and changed some things around. So I am now the writer of "Scripturient". 


 I've blogged about a very large range of topics: but have settled to writing, a little itty bit of lifestyle/personal life posts, and what I refer to as "deep philosophical conversations", where if I have any topic on my mind, I sit down, write about it, and we have a mini conversation about it via comments. 

MEET THE BLOGS WHO INSPIRED:


I was and still am greatly inspired by: 
Jessie at "My thoughtful Spot" http://americangirlphotographer.blogspot.com/
Tane at "Fith out of Ten" http://tangerinetane.blogspot.com/
and most especially, everyone's favorite Rose from Self Known http://www.selfknownblog.com/

MEET THE FANDOMS:

I have a "fandom shrine" with about 8 different fandom posters (that include but are not limited to: Sherlock, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, the Maze Runner, Lord of the Rings, and Supernatural) complete with fairy lights in my bedroom. I always have music on my mind; whether I'm dancing, have a song in my head, am actually listening to music, or composing a song. Writing is a very, very important thing to me; as someone who feels awkward talking to people, written words are my greatest weapon. I also am in love with dance and any kind of movement to music. I love it. 

SOME BLOGGER-TO-BLOGGER ADVICE:


I'd say something I'm very passionate about is self expression. I think it's so important that everyone has a voice and a place where they feel 100% comfortable using it!  That's one of the reasons I have my blog in the first place. It's my voice, it's my chance to maybe make an impact, however small, on the world. It's my creative outlet and a channel for my absolute love for writing! 


When I feel the need for an inspiration boost, I tend to do one of three things:
-I go outside. No music, no distractions, just sitting in quiet and observing the world. It's very peaceful, and when I'm alone with my thoughts, things sometimes develop or appear that weren;t there before.
-I go on Pinterest. Seriously, it's an amazing place. I have a board dedicated to inspiring things, so it's one nice collective bank for little inspiration "seeds" as I call them.
-I make a conscious decision to go about everyday life with an open mind. Things like listening to music, reading books of any kind, and conversing with people (*gasp* scary, I know.) can bring inspiration where I least expected it!

Thank you so very much for this guest posting opportunity, Mackenzie! :) This was so much fun to write up! 
Y'all can come visit me at my blog here: http://a-burning-scripturient.blogspot.com/

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Thank you so much, Felicia, for your wonderful guest post and letting us to get to know more about you! Please click the link and check out her blog- she's definitely someone you do not want to miss out on. :) 


A Strong Woman vs A Woman of Strength

Today is a very special day, you want to know why? Well, allow me to explain it to you. So, remember that day in which you celebrate only once a year? You know, the one where you receive money just for coming into existence? You know... Your birthday. Yeah yeah! Well, that day is the very reason why we are celebrating today. Yes, Mother's Day!

(guysss... I took this picture of the tulips with my iphone. o-o)

Okay, but first allow me to correct myself. Mother's Day is not just about celebrating the person who gave birth to you. It's about someone who has been there for you your whole life. The person who made the boo boos better. The person who took care of you while you had the flu. The person who encourages you to do your best everyday. She is your mother. That is who you should be celebrating today.

This reminds me of a passage I read at my grandma's funeral last year. It's a spitting image of my grandma and I would like to share it with you all on Mother's Day.

A strong woman vs. a woman of strength

"A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape... a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.
A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything... a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.
A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her... a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future... a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be blessings and capitalizes on them.
A strong woman walks sure footedly... but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face... a woman of strength wears grace.
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey... a woman of strength has faith that it is her journey she will become strong."

Gosh, I can't even begin to tell you how much of my grandma is in that writing. Perhaps there is someone you've thought of after reading it, whether she is your mom, your grandma, your aunt, or even a friend, celebrate those beautiful woman in your life.

I believe that all women are hidden in this passage. I believe they have the capabilities to become not only a strong woman but a woman of strength. It is not about how you handle things, but how you continue to carry your faith right along with you. Live in grace, carry your faith with you as if it were your weights to help you get stronger (because we all need to stay toned, especially myself).

Sometimes I think my mom forgets that she is capable of becoming a woman of strength. I believe she is capable because she has the effort and the will to do anything she is passionate about, and I love her for that. Thus, I think it is our job to remind all of the mothers out there that they are strong and they are capable. Am I right?

Let's do it!

... *shouts from the tallest building* HEY! MOMS! YOU GUYS ROCK, OKAY? YOU'RE STRONG, AND YOU ARE CAPABLE! WHOO! GO MOMS!

Okay, now you guys do it. ;) And make sure to tell them that you love them, because they have done a lot for us.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone. I hope you all have a blessed time with the ones you love. <3

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