December 11, 2015

The Train

Hello everybody! Sooo I'm in a creative writing class this semester in school, so lately I've been sharing pieces from there. I'm not really sure how I feel about this one, but I thought I might as well share it and see what you think. Feel free to leave constructive criticism. Thanks for stopping by!
-Mischief Managed,

The Train
The first thing Leander noticed about Maeve was the crimson colored stain that hung on her lips. They mesmerized him, her lips, and whenever she laughed, he would watch them curl up at the ends and tighten over her teeth in a happy grin.
The first thing Maeve noticed about Leander were his eyes. They were strange and didn’t seem to match anything else about him. Maeve later described them as bold African deserts, unforgettable and entangling, but always somehow changing.
Their paths crossed purely by coincidence the first time-- a crowded city train, people together like clothes in an overstuffed suitcase, and only one seat left. A puff of smoke escaped from a fat man’s cigarette and filled the dim compartment as both Maeve and Leander weaved their way from opposite sides through briefcases, legs, and shopping bags. Leander reached the last seat first, but Maeve was not too far behind. Her eyes searched for a remaining seat, and upon finding none, her lips parted halfway in tiredness, and she adjusted her standing position into a more comfortable one.
“Oh, here,” Leander, being a gentleman, quickly noticed Maeve and stood up, offering his seat politely to her.
“Thank you,” Maeve nodded to him, and their eyes locked for one dangerous, life-altering second.
The two spent the remainder of the 20 minute train ride next to each other but avoiding the other’s gaze, only starting when they were sure they wouldn’t be caught. Leander may have now forgotten how on that day, Maeve wore an off-white button up blouse with a wine colored skirt, and how her golden brown hair sat pinned up in their classic curls, but he will never forget the call of her perfectly delicious lips. Everything about them, shape, color, everything, made him fall in love with her that day. And even Maeve may have now forgotten Leander’s dark brown slacks paired with a clashing striped sweater that fit a little too tightly, but she will never forget the way his eyes had appeared that day. Their warmness seemed to invite her into his intense depth, and she had never seen anything like his eyes before.
When the train stopped at Maeve’s station she rose quickly to exit. In a final thanks to Leander, she handed him a wrinkled receipt with a number on the back, and strode away. Leander looked up in confusion.
“What’s this?” he asked, but Maeve was already gone. He sank down into her seat and unfolded the glossy paper which revealed a delicately scrawled phone number. His mystical eyes stayed locked onto the number, memorizing every curve of the ink, until the train pulled up at his station and he neatly folded the paper and placed it into his side pocket.
And that was 65 years ago. You can probably guess what happened after the train. Leander waited a few weeks, then just as Maeve was beginning to think he would never call, he called and asked to meet her at Bryant Park for a walk. She did, of course. And not long after that, when their times together became more and more frequent, Leander asked if they could officially “go together”, to which he received answer by a delicate, lovely kiss on the mouth that made his whole body jingle. They fell absolutely in love, married, and had three kids, all of whom are grown now. Whenever they were excited, happy, joyful, scared, or anxious, they would clasp hands and give each other a reassuring squeeze. Even through difficult times, their love maintained a special flame that only burned stronger after each test; it was a beautiful thing-- never ending, unconditional, passion-filled, and they were more in love than anyone else.
Today, Maeve was taken to the hospital, her fierce fight with cancer drawing to a close. When Leander squeezed her grey hand with tears leaking out of his face, he was only answered with a frail bit of pressure back. She lay slightly propped up on the sickly white sheets, her eyes scrunched closed to avoid the intense hospital lights above her. All three children and eleven grandchildren were gathered around the room singing Maeve’s favorite hymns and retelling their favorite memories of her.
Maeve’s breathing slowed to a whisper. Her wonderful life was being stolen, ripped right out of her hands, and her time on earth was coming to an end. Her lips had become chapped and dry, but for once, Leander was not paying attention to them.
“Dad?” their oldest daughter said.
“Mae…” he called quietly to his wife, his voice breaking. “Open your eyes,” he pleaded. “Please.”
Maeve fought to keep her spirit anchored in the hospital room; she could feel it trying to peeling away from her body, and she wasn’t ready to go just yet. With one last exertion of energy, she lifted her ten pound eyelids and gazed lovingly into Leander’s stormy eyes. It probably lasted only a few seconds, but it was long enough for comfort to flood into both Leander and Maeve. Their fused gaze was a beautiful last goodbye.

Long after death, they were remembered for the special relationship they held. It was their legacy-- a beautiful legacy to have.

October 27, 2015

I Stink At Poetry

So I haven't posted in a while, and you definitely deserve some words from me, so here are two fresh, unrevised poems that I wrote for a class in school. To be honest, I really struggle with poetry. My problem with it is that I feel as poetry is an extremely personal writing experience and so the readers cannot connect and relate to the words very easily. Maybe it's just me, but poetry is extremely hard to understand unless I was the one who wrote it.

I would definitely appreciate some constructive feedback! Also let me know what ideas you can get out of my poems. Enjoy!

Neverending floatation condemns the people of Cannonsville:
The cold surrounds each and every one, but you barely feel a chill
Marit’s head is stuck in the clouds, yours is nearly in space
Left of the real you, there is scarcely a trace.

Reality grasps your heel to force you back to earth,
But it’s been far too long and your feet don’t know how
Of gravity, there is a certain and noticeable dearth.

The people live constantly in the danger zone,
Each one reaching for his distant throne
Almost all gone from the present
For nothing will they relent.

But below them in the clouds reality truly exists
Salvation from the sky may be a lost cause, but reality persists.

Silent and Loud
Not a breath, not a voice, not a single word.
Your mind.
Rushing, screaming, processing, filling.
Wild, random, chilling, confusing.
Warmth enters your soul, purifying your heart.
Demons fill your head, tearing at your insides.
This is SILENCE.

A million breaths, a million voices, a million words.
Your ears.
Cold, beating drums, attentive, active.
Music, people, wind, echoes.
Your head is filled with stimulation, challenging your brain.
Your heart is screaming for quiet to hear yourself think.

Two seemingly opposite sensations,
maybe not so different after all.

Mischief Managed,

September 24, 2015

A Memoir: Killing the Pablo Picasso Inside

Killing the Pablo Picasso Inside
When I was young, I had apparently had aspirations to be an artist. Rain was leaking from the sky in a slight drizzle, and I had no appointments on my extremely (not) busy schedule as a five year old, so I decided to lug up the giant art box, or treasure chest as is more easily compared to and do something productive. My brother helped me set up the red, blue, and yellow Fischer Price easel while I tore giant pages out of a pad of paper meant just for projects like the one I was about to embark on. After I had slaved away creating seven or eight masterpieces, I began to think about what I should do with my artwork. Just like any normal five year old, I came up with the perfect plan. I drew and advertisement poster, slid into my rain jacket, and hauled all of my things (plus my brother) out to the driveway because I had decided to sell my pictures. They were on sale for 25 cents each, and as soon as I sold them all, I knew I was going to be rich. My brother and I jumped around and waved our signs each time a car splashed by, but not a single soul stopped to satisfy the dreams of a five year old "starving artist" and her trusty sidekick. Maybe it was because the sky was still sending a mist down from the heavens and my artwork was damp.  Maybe it was because my street was a dead end road that was pretty deserted as far as cars go. Or, maybe it was because my art was the actually worst. Whatever the reason was, the fact that I wasn't able to sell even one of my pieces kind of ruined any hope for ever creating anything worth buying. If I had to assign a color to that day, it would have to be gray because the hope (or color) vanished in my soul. That is why whenever I see a lemonade stand, pet rock stand, etc. that is being hosted by little kids, I try to stop if possible. I don't want others' hopes to be flushed down the storm sewer as mine were on that fatefully rainy day. 

Mischief Managed,

*note* pictured art is by various artists displayed at ArtPrize 2015. 

September 14, 2015

A Memoir: What the Heck??

Heyyy guys,
So I wrote this little memoir for my Creative Writing class in school, and I just wanted to share it with you to hopefully pass on little bit of wisdom that I learned this past year. 
The prompt was to write about a moment of awesomeness in your life. Let's go :)

It's hard to pick just one moment of awesomeness from my life, but the one I feel compelled to write about is what I would consider bittersweet, both positive and negative. It started out completely positive for me and those who knew about it, but just recently, I learned something about it that shattered the proud feelings I had gotten from it. Let me explain. 
Last robotics season,  I was put in charge of writing an essay for a prestigious award that crowned a leader as one other leaders should strive to be like. This award is called the Woodie Flowers Award. I chose my school's head mentor, Randy. In the past, one of my friends and I had written a different essay about Randy, and he won mentor of the year because of it. Anyway, I spent a lot of time gathering information about him and recording quotes from my other team members about why Randy is so special and important, and from that data, I constructed a heartfelt essay that I'd have to say was pretty darn good. However, I soon discovered that my essay was 2,000 characters over the required length, so I had a lot of editing to do. After a lot of reworking to get my essay back under the limit, I showed it to another one of the mentors (stay tuned for more about her later) and one of my friends on the team who helped me edit further and polish the essay. As I pushed the blue "submit" button, I felt happy about what I had written and really, truly believed that the mentor I had written the essay about had a chance at winning.  
Now, let's flash forward a few months. We were at the state robotics competition where my essay was against all other essays to finalize a winner who would move on to be the World Championship's Woodie Flowers nominee for our state. It was time. They began to introduce the award, saying stuff like "this mentor has been working with the FIRST organization for over 20 years.... this mentor.... this mentor...." and listing many other achievements... My heart was in my throat. That sounded familiar..... They quoted my essay!  "The winner of the Woodie Flowers Award who will move on to represent our state at the World Championship is Randy ----- from FIRST Team 10218!" Let's just say lots of hugs and high fives were shared at that time, and I was super proud of what I had achieved. So did I win the award? No, not really. Randy and his actions won, with the help of me and my essay. You are probably wondering how my essay did at Worlds, and unfortunately Randy did not win there, but everyone agreed that winning state was awesome too. For real though, how many people can say that an essay they wrote won an award at the state level??? This felt awesome. 
Now, if I stop the story there, you will probably wonder why this is also negative. I'm getting to that. A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my brother's best friend who I consider a second brother, and he told something that made him mad and really hurt me. It was at the World Competition that he overheard the mentor that had taken part in helping me edit the piece say to other people when asked if I had written it, "Well she had help," in a really snotty tone of voice, implying that she was the one who the credit should really go to for the win. Wow, hearing this hurt a lot. It's not like she went out saying that she wrote the article herself... but by saying what she did, she basically discredited my hard work and took the credit for putting it all together when really all she did was help me edit and submit it on the website. Understandably, that made me really upset. I felt that the award was pretty much all I worked on and contributed to the team, and that she was trying to take that away from me. 
I hope what I've written here has correctly portrayed my emotions towards the subject and that you as a reader can understand why I can't ever feel completely happy about my accomplishment again. So, please, whoever reads this.... Never try to take credit for somebody else's work. It will only end up hurting your relationship with them. Just let people have their moments of awesomeness! Even if you did help in some way on their road to accomplishing whatever it is they accomplish, remember, it's their time in the light. Don't wreck it. Let it stay awesome. 

*names and team #'s are fake for privacy reasons* 

Anyway, I just wanted to share that little piece with you today. If you would like to see more of my creative writing work (in other genres) let me know by commenting down below! And also let me know what one of your greatest moments of awesomeness has been. 
Mischeif Managed,

September 01, 2015

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Heyyyya friends! So I've seen this tag floating around on the blogosphere lately, and I decided to do it myself! Happy reading! 


I found this book terribly boring and was quite disappointed considering all of the hype it had. I couldn't relate to the main character, had trouble feeling any sense of sympathy for her, and frankly, I didn't care whether she decided to stay or go.


I hate his characters, his plots, the way his books are written, and basically everything about them. Granted, I haven't read all of his books but in my opinion, John Green novels are highly overrated and not worth the time or money. 


I was not happy with how this love triangle turned out. Of course I can't explain much (because spoilers!) but in the end, one boy "won" Katniss and the other was made out to look like a bad person. Even if the two I wanted together couldn't be together, the author should have resolved it in a different way where they could still be friends. 


I rarely read mystery books because I can never wait to figure out "who did it" so I always turn to the last pages and read those first..... And that kind of ruins the suspense for the rest of the book! Oops. 


I'll keep this one brief because I know I've ranted about Hazel more than once on this blog.... In short, I think she's whiny, hypocritical, and overall not a good representation of someone battling cancer.


I've heard great things about these books from a few of my friends, but I honestly think they look kind of cheesy in a completely dark way (does that even make sense???? Lol). So just no. 


I think The Giver movie is the ONLY movie I have ever liked better than the book. They honestly changed a whole ton in the movie, but the changes made it more exciting while still getting the lessons from the book across. The movie was just so well done, I couldn't help but love it! 


Twilight gets so much animosity, but I honestly don't understand why. I thought it was well written, intriguing, and easy to read. I considered it to be a good story with lovable characters, and was actually kind of hard to put down and stop reading! Of course it isn't my favorite book of all time, but I just don't think people should hate on it so much. 


Nearly every YA book contains a love triangle these days, and it's been getting old for a while now. Need I explain more?? I don't think so. 


Especially in classics, I like my original covers. Why would you even try to change these??

Okayyyyy, well that's all I have for you tonight. Let me know what unpopular book opinions you have in the comments below, and if you would like to do this tag on your blog, go right ahead! Make sure you let me know so I can read your post :)

On a side note, I get to see the Stanley Cup tomorrow, so that's pretty exciting.... :D
Mischief Managed,

August 30, 2015


Heyaaa! July here again, and I think this is the closest that I've posted two things here on my blog in a LONGGG time (visit my previous post HERE). I know, I'm such a failure at blogging! Well, good news is that I'm getting back on track :)

Anyway, I'm going to get straight to the point of this post. So many of you probably don't know that I actually have a Facebook, Tumblr, and a Twitter page, all of which you should go and take a look at. The reason I'm telling you this is because lately, I've been feeling like my blog is going rapidly down the hill as I don't get near as many views or comments as I used to, so I made these pages in order to promote my blog and get new viewers while reminding old ones to come for a visit.
I know that sounds terrible, like I'm only blogging for attention, but blogging is honestly one of my favorite things. To me, it's very therapeutic to put my thoughts and parts of my life out there and have people to talk with about it. Some of my greatest friends are people who I met through blogging! I love having discussions with my readers and getting to know about them as well, so I want to get my blog up and running again.
That being said, I need your help to do it! I want to invite you to visit my various pages and share them with your friends or viewers so that this blog becomes a hopping place once again! And, I always follow/like back :)

  • Give MY PAGE a like on Facebook, and even add me as a friend if you're feeling brave. You'll find out when I have a new post us up and see other great stuff I post. Facebook is also a great way to chat with me!

  • Follow me on TWITTER to be in the know when I have a new blog post, get brief updates on my fail of a life, and occasionally see pictures of my every day occurrences. 

  • Follow MY TUMBLR to see funny pictures, vines, beautiful scenic photos, and once in a blue moon,  funny stuff in my life. 
It would be amazing if you could hit my sites up and if you do, makes sure you say hi :)

Okay, that's all I have for you guys right now.
I'll talk to y'all later and be looking out for a great post later this week! 
Mischief Managed,

August 25, 2015

My Unexplained Summer Hiatus Explained!

Hey hey hey! Let me just start out by saying I'm really sorry that I've been ignoring my blog AND all your blogs this summer. You guys probably don't even remember who I am anymore!!
Summer's been busy and fun, and I've been using the past three months to unplug, take a break from the internet, and recharge and become inspired again for my blog.

Anyway, because of my hiatus, I feel as if we should start over.

Let me reintroduce myself.... Hello! My name is July A. Emmance, but you can call me July, or really whatever else floats your boat. Let me tell you about my summer. I live in a very culturally proud little town the borders beautiful beaches giving us fun for both summer and winter such as swimming, tanning, boating, skiing, ice-fishing, iceberg walking, and gorgeous sunsets on the beach year-round. I spent a lot of time at my local beach this summer.....

Michigan also has an abundance of fresh fruits to pick in the summer, so I picked a lot of blueberries!! 

And hammocking has been all the rage lately, so I hammocked. 

I went to summer camp (of which I didn't not get any pictures because we weren't allowed to bring cameras, but that was extremely fun as well. Some highlights include lazy river tubing, horseback riding, canoeing, eating ice cream, making crafts, and getting to know the counselors there. 

I also spent an afternoon doing a nature photo shoot in my backyard.....

I went to the zoo! 

And last but not least, I went up to Northern Michigan to Mackinac Island. This was my little vacation for the summer and it was extremely fun because we spent a lot of time on the island doing touristy things (just like you're supposed to because it is a touristy island).  If you haven't had a chance to go there, you definitely should if you ever make it to Michigan. The island is famous for making fudge, so if that doesn't make you want to go, I don't know what will! No, but for real though.... there are no cars on the island so people get around by bike or horse and there's such a nice charm to the island that it's irresistible. My favorite part was when my family biked around the outside of the island :) Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I didn't get pictures the day we went there but I have a few from the main land.

Don't these fire pictures look like horses?!?!?!?!

So those are a few highlights from my summer! Now I want to here about yours. Let me know what you've been up to lately in the comments below.
Also be looking out for my next post coming out in the following week on unpopular book opinions :)

Love y'all!
Mischief Managed,

June 04, 2015

Can You Survive the Battle of Hogwarts??

HAIIII! I have been ignoring my blog. It's true. It's been shoved to the side and kicked around on the ground for some time now, and it's time I change that again. There has been quite a lot going on in my life since I blogged last, butttt the highlight was probably going to the robotics WORLD competition in St. Louis.... I'll probably share more about that with you later, but since it's exam week at my school, I need to focus on that right now. This blog post is my allotted study break lol. Also, the promised Q and A will be coming first thing this summer! I didn't forget ;P

Anyway, this post is going to be Harry Potter themed, so have fun and read on! 

First of all, take this QUIZ to see if you can survive the battle of Hogwarts!! It's like a choose your own adventure story, so let me know who you played as and how you died (or if you survived!!). 

I got Mad-Eye, Professor Trelawney, and Buckbeak....

SORRY SORRY SORRY about the language!! Usually I would
take it out but I can't find the original picture anymore...

Tell me you sang this... Please tell me you did.

Mean Girls, anyone??

Mischief Managed,

April 02, 2015

It's Time to Ask July!

Hey y'all! My school is officially on spring break (WHOOOWHOOOO), so I'm finally free! My family is sticking around Michigan during this week and a half that I don't have school because the robotics state competition is coming up next weekend. I am super, super excited for that for two reasons- 1) because I think--and hope-- we're going to do really well and 2) because we get to play with teams that we haven't seen this year and I get to see my robot friends from those teams.
Two weekends ago, we played our "home competition" which is considered the toughest in Michigan, and we ended up in second place. I had a super fun weekend there because I presented my team's Chairman's presentation to the judges for the last time, hung out with friends from other teams, and caught up with some alumni who came to see how we were doing.

My edit :)
Anyway, while I've got nothing to do this spring break, I thought I'd try to make an "Ask July" post or video for you all.... But first, I need you to get asking some questions in the comments below! Or you can email me (
These questions can be completely random, and about anything, and I mean ANYTHING, you want. They can be things about me, about life, about books, movies, robotics, friends, or just whatever you want to know. My only rule is that you try to keep your questions clean. If you want to keep your person anonymous when asking, just comment as anonymous! 
I can't wait to put this all together, so ask away! 

Mischief Managed,

March 10, 2015

The Library of the Future

Heyyyy guysssss,
Quick life update before the real post:
Sooooo I've been SUPPPPPERRRR busy with robotics lately. Basically every weekend I'm booked with something to do with robots. Two weekends ago, my team went to an event (I HAVE STORIES FOR YOU! I'm in the process of writing that post....), last weekend, I volunteered at an event, and this coming weekend and the weekend after my team goes to two more events. Then I think I get one week off, and then we'll head off to state (assuming/hoping we make it!) and then hopefully we'll be on our way to the world competition after that. Whew.... BUSY-NESS! So I apologize to you all for ignoring you guys on this blog, and yours'. I'll try to do better!

Anyway, the main topic of discussion today is "the library of the future."
"What in the world is that?" you ask?
I'll tell you. A while back, I read an article about how Katie Paterson, a Scottish artist, came up with a project called The Future Library. She has planted 1,000 trees so that in 2114 (approximately 100 years from now) the trees can be cut down and used to print books. For the next 100 years, 100 writers will have the opportunity to add their book on the theme of imagination and time to the future library. Until 2114, their books will not be published, printed, or even read. One of Paterson's goals in this project is to show the future readers something about how people (we) are living right now, in this moment.

This is all interesting, right? I sure think so. I love the idea as a whole because it's awesome to think that as an author, your writing won't be touched by your generation. Also, it's like you are able to send a message about anything you want to the future through writing. It would just be cool to say that you wrote a book for the times ahead, that only you know the details of.
However, it also makes me kind of sad in a way. Because of the fact that these 100 books won't be published for 100 years, it means that very, very, very few (probably none) of us reading this right now will ever have the chance to read them. I wonder what we could be missing? What if an extremely iconic or life changing book is written, but none of us will even know? Gahh, this majorly frustrates me that there is no way I'll ever find out.

What are your thoughts? Is this a good idea? Bad? Or is it a mix of both?
Anyway, that's all I have for you today, and thanks again for sticking with me through robotics (AKA no time for blogging) season.

PS: enter my contest by clicking HERE for info!

Mischeif Managed!

February 20, 2015

July, Andre, and the "Most Likely To" Challenge!

Hello everyone! It's been so long since I've done a post on here, so today, I thought I'd share with you guys a video that my friend Andre and I made. 
Who is Andre? I'm glad you asked. Andre is a good friend of mine from school, who is also a new blogger here in the blogosphere! Her blog is full of poetry, thoughts about life, and other random things that will just make you laugh. I know it would really mean a lot to her if you followed her blog, Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust, and you can find that if you click HERE. Tell her I sent you!

Also, make sure you watch our video! Hopefully you get to know us a little better, and I hope that we were able to make you laugh a little bit too. As you can probably tell after watching the video, our friendship is pretty dysfunctional, but I love it!

And for those of you who can't see the video embedded into this post, HERE's a link that will take you to YouTube. 

Thank you all so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed it! Also, I am still accepting entries for my contest, so click HERE for information on that.
Mischief Managed,

February 01, 2015

Whose Brainchild Are You?

Hey guys! I haven't done a post like this for a while, so one is long overdue!

Anywho, I found a quiz on the internet that explains why you act in certain ways in terms of your brain, and then tells you what famous people you are the brainchild of and why. When I saw this quiz I was kind of like "this is really weird but I'll try it," and after taking it and reading what it had to say about me, I was like "oh my word, this is totally me!"
I don't know if this is interesting to you guys or not, but it kind of amazed me how well it could describe me. I think it's cool to find out what famous minds are similar to mine.

I got Ludwig Mozart (a mixture of Mozart and Beethoven) as my brain-parents which I thought was kind of awesome because both of them were very famous musicians and I am very musically influenced in life.

If you guys want to take the quiz, click HERE, but don't forget to come back and tell me in a comment who your brain-parents are and whether or not you agree with what the website said about you and your brain!

That's all I have for tonight guys, and I'm sorry this is such a short post. I literally have 14 unfinished posts in my drafts that I'll hopefully be putting up soon.
Also, if you want to enter my contest (which I would REALLY appreciate), click HERE for information.

Mischief Managed!

January 19, 2015

Fictional World Writing Contest

Hello lovely people of the internet! I was thinking the other day about what to bring back on my blog that I haven't done in a while, and thought why not have another writing contest!? It's been nearly two years since I've done one (oh wow, how the time flies!), so a contest way overdue.

"Tell us the juicy details!" you say? Sure thing.
The prompt of this contest will be to create a story snippet about yourself set in your favorite fictional world, from either books, movies, other media, or even your own imagination. Since the word count is so small (200-350 words), your goal is to write something that will leave us wanting to read more, and show off your fictional world.
What do you say? Please give it a try!

There are a few rules that your entry must comply too... They are the following
- One entry only please
- You must be following me to enter
- It must be between 200 and 350 words, give or take some
- Must be about the given topic
- Must be edited to your ability (please don't submit your piece without looking over it first for basic editing)
- Please keep it age appropriate and clean! Preferably no cursing either

*Note* If I feel that your entry isn't appropriate for this contest, I will not except it, sorry!

Submission process and due date:

- Send your entry to my email (
- In your email, please include your name, blog link (or other link), and entry
- I will send you an email confirming that I received it within 48 hours
- I will collect the entries and as soon as I get four submissions, I will post a due date for all other entries. The reason I am doing it that was is because I don't want to set a due date right away and get only one or two entries. Please enter! It would make my day :)

Judging Info:
I will not be judging this contest! When the time comes, I will post each piece with credit to the author (and a link to the author's blog for free promo) on my blog and readers will comment which one they want to vote for. I am not planning to publish the voting comments so the result will be a complete surprise at the end. More info will be released about voting when the time comes :)

I'm not sure about this yet guys... I always struggle to decide on a good award that people would actually want. I was thinking a guest post on my blog and/or a voice chat with me on Google Hangouts. Suggestions would be much appreciated!

More details?
I will be updating details about this contest, such as when entries are due, when voting opens, when voting closes, and who the grand winner is periodically throughout the course of the contest. You can find those details by clicking HERE or by finding the "Contests" link under my blog title on the right. 

It would really mean a lot to me if y'all would enter my contest, and please know that if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask. Either email me, or comment down below on this post :)
Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Mischief Managed,

January 16, 2015

8 2015 Books That I Plan On Reading

Hi guys! I've been in the process of putting this post together for a while now, and I've just now finished it. You see, I was planning to post it this past week, but we had exams and my life was probably the most stressful it's ever been because of studying, studying, sleeping, and then some more studying. It was crazy. Trust me. I was even so freaked out about my chemistry exam that I moved it to today instead of Wednesday, giving me a two extra days to prepare, which definitely payed off because I got a 95% on the exam, letting me pass the class with a 98%. So yay! I think I got all A's in all my classes, but not all of the exam grades have been put in yet. Ok, enough rambling now. Sorry, it's late, and my brain has been overloaded all week. 

Anyway, I thought I'd concoct a post about a whole bunch of books that come out this year that I want to read! I basically looked through a Goodreads list with tons and tons of books and picked out the ones that sounded most interesting to me, so if you want to check that list out, click HERE.  

And, sorry that the first three are about death.... They just sounded interesting.....  
And with that brief announcement, let's get started!

1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Expected publication date: January 7, 2015

2. I Was Here by Gale Forman
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Expected publication date: January 27, 2015

3. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

Expected publication date: February 10, 2015

4. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail. This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
Expected publication date: March 17, 2015

5. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?
 Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

Expected publication date: March 24, 2015

6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Expected publication date: June 16, 2015

7. Those Above by Daniel Polansky
They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the centre of the world. They are called Those Above by their subjects. They enforce their will with fire and sword.
Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.

Expected publication date: February 26, 2015

8. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, conspiring goddesses, underwater boats, magical books, as a streetfighter-cum-general who takes her place as the greatest tactitian of the age. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Expected publication date: April 7, 2015

Let me know if any of these sound interesting to you, and what books you're excited to read in 2015!
Mischief Managed,