I have always been a big reader. And subsequently, always had an adventurous spirit. Whenever I read a book, I am jealous of the characters. The adventures they have, and the relationships that developed because of it. However, one can only get so far lusting away at fictional character’s expeditions. I’ve had one too many book hangover that resulted in weeks of wanderlust inspired depression. It comes to a point where one must take it into their own hands. And for me, that is today. Hopefully.
That’s where my European backpacking trip comes into play. It’d be a trip of a lifetime. Trying exotic foods, hopping onto last minute train rides across the continent, the all around foreign romance of travel. I’m in the process of trying to make my ideal adventure a reality. More than likely, I’m being entirely foolish, filling the ever cliche role of the teen going on a trip to ‘find myself.’ But it’s something that I feel like I need to do. Must be my destiny calling. Maybe I’ll meet a dragon or unicorn on the way there. What is your adventure, and how will that make it happen?
I think that is one of the key aspects to a happy life. Figure out what your adventure is, and make it a reality. For those of you who are muted, introverted spirits like myself, I highly recommend NerdFitness and LevelUpYourLife. Steve Kamb offers a wonderful resource to get you on your journey towards finding that adventure in your life. I also highly reccomebd the films Maidentrip and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. They should both send you well on your way to figure out what your adventure should be.
I would love to hear about your ideal adventures in the comments. What inspired them, and how will you attain them?
I have found the YA book community to be a wonderful sanctuary. I have made many friends (authors and bloggers alike) who have stuck with me since the beginning. However, I find that there is a huge lack of interest from the non-blogging YA readers. One does not have to be a blogger/author/etc to reap the benefits of the online society. It’s not a secret club. I’m going to list a few of the techniques I used at the beginning to get involved.
- Twitter. I cannot stress enough how interactive the YA community is on Twitter. This is a great way to start communicating with authors. In fact, I got to know two of my favorite authors (Susan Dennard and Leigh Bardugo) when they were first starting out on twitter. And now they are both NYT Bestsellers, and I still have a contact link with them. Pretty cool! Plus, if you do want to start a blog, Twitter will get you readership. Just tag the author you’re writing about, and they may give you a retweet. famous author retweets you – new readers.
- Fan mail – Do not be afraid to send your favorite author fan mail. Chances are, you’ll make their day. Fewer people than you’d expect send authors fanmail, so you have a good chance of a response. I cringe to look bad at some of the fangirly emails I wrote in my early days, but I did get to have conversations with some pretty cool people.
- Book conventions – This one is a little harder for some people to attain, but definitely worth it. Book conventions are where a bunch of amazing authors are all in one place for the day, and you typically get to interact with them on a really personal level. Typically book conventions are sponsored by a book store or library. My favorite conventions are TeenBookCon and TweenBookCon both sponsored by the amazing Blue Willow Bookstore in Houston, TX. Just last year I got to spend an entire day with Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) at TweenBookCon (Best day EVER).
- Independent Book Stores. Now, I could gush about independent bookstores (Again, Blue Willow Books is the BEST) all day but that can be an entirely different post. Just, go to your indie bookstores. It actually helps out the authors a lot more (as those are the sales that contribute to their NYT Bestselling ranks) and small businesses. Plus, they bring in authors a lot of signings, and are just generally cool people.
Overall, the YA Community is amazing, and easy to get involved in. I recommend checking it out, even if only a little, if you have any interest in reading. Which, if you’re reading this blog, you probably are. Feel free to contact me with any and all questions – I’d love be your first friend in the YA sphere.
Today marks the three year anniversary of Maddie.TV! Over the past few years, Maddie.TV has evolved from a personal blog, to a wanna be book to movie news site, to a book review blog! I have tried many formats and themes on this site, and I’ve finally the right thing to do with it!
I can’t thank you guys so much for you support, I am excited for all the wonderful new books this year!
*I was thinking about doing a giveaway in honor of my blogiversary with one big swag pack (I have a ton of book swag (i.e. bookmarks,stickers, etc.)) would you guys be interested in that?
I have been accepted as an admin on the amazing site The Fandom.Net. If you have never heard of the Fandom.Net, should go there now. Like, right this second. This post can wait. Okay, now that you have all seen this incredibly epic website, I shall continue my post.
I will be posting on the Fandom site for the Matched Trilogy and The Maze Runner trilogy. Which. Is. Awesome.
Just thought I’d let you know!
Just thought I’d let you guys know that MyHungerGames.com is having a give-a-way. They are giving away a Comic-con Mockingjay pin, a T-Shirt and two magazines with Hunger Games articles…. May the odds be in your favor.;)
Further up and Further in,
Today is Tom Riddle’s (A.K.A You Know Who, He who must not be named, Lord Voldemort) Birthday… I don’t really want to wish him a happy birthday…:P
May the odds be ever in your favor,
I recently found out that Lionsgate is partnering With CHINAGLAZE. They are releasing a Hunger Games nail polish line on March 1st 2012. Lionsgate is also making Hunger Games bottled(Which can be pre-ordered HERE) What do you think about this rather odd tie in merchindise? Let me know in the comments!:)
Today is C.S.Lewis’s (A.K.A Jack) Birthday! He was born on this day in 1898. It makes me think, how would he feel about the Narnia movies/franchise? Leave your opinion in the comments!:)
Happy Birthday Jack!
The first Hunger Games full length trailer came out today. I just have to say, it’s pretty epic. It does contain spoilers but very minor ones. I will post it tomorrow.:)
Thanks for reading,