Weekend Words #11

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule.  Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

I’m back! Just like in my 2016 goals post, I’m starting Weekend Words again! I hope you like these quotes (maybe even decide to join in on the feature…? :)) and that you’re having a great weekend!

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

take these verbs

“Ski. Sled. Play basketball. Jog. Run. Run. Run. Run home. Run home and enjoy. Enjoy. Take these verbs and enjoy them..” — Nez Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

IKOAFS is a book that’s been on my mind a lot this week, ever since I finished it. This quote, some of the last words of the book, inspire me to live my life, not just survive it.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

new years resolution

“Let our New Year’s Resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” — Goran Persson

Since it’s the first week of the New Year, I thought that a quote dealing with New Years Resolutions would be apropos. I love the solemn note of this quote, and the fact that it is definitely achievable for everyone this year.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

What with school starting up again, I’ve been hit with a feeling like the new year changed nothing, making me forget all the good times I had over the holidays—and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was happening to anyone else. I hope everyone has a great new year, and that we’re able to remember the little things that make us happy, even if the big things in life don’t always. 


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #10

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

quote full of signs

“Maybe the world isn’t  full of signs so much as it’s full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true.” — Jennifer E. Smith, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

quote leave yourself behind

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.” — Dodinsky

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

I kind of already said this here, but Thanksgiving is simultaneously screwed up and really important. We should all try to be thankful for little things more often in our lives, but we should also take some time out of our busy lives to educate ourselves about the darker parts of America’s history.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #9

Hey guys! Before I get to WW, I want to apologize for my impromptu break from blogging this week. I only had one post, and I didn’t do a lot of blog hopping. I just wasn’t motivated to finish any of the half-started posts I had, and I decided that a little break might help get my head back in the game. And guess what? It worked, because I totally miss all of you guys and I remember why I started this blog in the first place. Without further ado, here’s the ninth installment of my original weekly feature, Weekend Words.

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

eating soot

“I don’t know if I’d want to be comforted, if I’m being honest. If I’m being forced to eat soot, I want to know that somewhere else in the world, someone else has to eat soot as well. I want to know that soot tastes terrible. I don’t want to be told that soot’s good for the digestion.” — Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

I love the shamelessness of this quote. Sometimes, comfort and consolation are not what I need. Sometimes I don’t want to be told about all the different silver linings to my problems. And I think that this quote does a great job of expressing that frustration.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

autum is a second spring

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

It’s finally getting cold in Southern California! I got to break out my sweaters and boots this week, and I am enjoying the fall spirit. This is a gorgeous quote that captures my current mood.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

Taking a break isn’t always a bad thing. It isn’t giving up, not if you go back. Sometimes taking a break is exactly what you need to remind you how much you would hate to quit.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #8

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

quote growing up

“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.” — Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

I want so many of my friends to believe this quote. I’m not exactly planning on disappointing the people around me, but I love this quote for reminding me (and everyone else) that it is allowed.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

ignorance and growth

“How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?” — Thore

Confession time: I got this quote from an SAT prep essay that my English teacher made us write. While I didn’t love the essay that I wrote, I do think that this quote is important. Getting answers wrong or messing up on a test isn’t the end of the world; in fact, academic perfection can actually get in the way of personal growth. Something I wish everyone at my school believed.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

I know it sounds cheesy, but forcing yourself to focus on the small things that make you smile each day can go a long way toward staying positive. I’ve been keeping a “Happy List” in my locker each week of funny and/or uplifting moments that happen, and it has definitely helped.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #7

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

depth fill in boyfriend quote

“We rarely find a depth by looking inside of ourselves for it. Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story…When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.” — Kasie West, The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend didn’t have a lot of deep moments, but I loved this quote so much. So much of high school is trying to figure out who you are, but this quote makes you stop and realize that the answer isn’t something you can find by sitting around and thinking about yourself.

2. A Quote that Inspired Me This Week

“The problems we face did not come down from the heavens. They are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.” — Bernie Sanders

I love the down-to-earth honesty of this quote. After this week, I think we all need a reminder that things can always get better, but only if we actually try to fix them.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

I understand a lot of different types of desperation, and I know that not everyone has home lives as positive and compassionate as mine. But I will never be able to get over academic cheating. 

Being a straight-A student isn’t a prerequisite for mattering in this world. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and none of us are good at everything–no matter what it looks like on paper. To people who feel pressured into cheating out there, remember that you aren’t just hurting yourself, you’re dragging down the level of the entire classroom, and you’re probably crushing someone else’s spirit in the process.

And to schools that think the answer to an epidemic of cheating is to lower the punishments for cheating? There aren’t even words for how completely you are screwing your remaining honest students.

Can you tell what my school did this week? :/


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #6

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

rattle trap streetcar

“Desire!–the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another…

“Haven’t you ever ridden on that street-car?

“It brought me here.–Where I’m not wanted and where I’m ashamed to be…” — Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

This play is so powerful! We haven’t finished reading it in my English class yet, but each scene adds more drama and suspense to the plot. I’m fairly certain that my heart will have been destroyed by the time this play ends.

I chose this quote because it captures the mood of the story well, and because of the SUBTEXT. That’s how you write a double-meaning, people.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

screw up a few times watson

“I think I’ve earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.” — Emma Watson

This quote. Seriously, I don’t think there will ever be a week when this quote doesn’t help me remember where my priorities lie and stop beating myself up for little mistakes.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

I usually say something really philosophical here, but this week didn’t inspire any earth-shattering thoughts. Instead, I’ll simply give a round of applause to Trevor Noah for rocking his first week of The Daily Show. I was so afraid that the show was going to lose its amazingness without Jon Stewart, but Trevor is doing an incredible job, and I can’t wait to watch countless more episodes.

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I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #5

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

artificial intelligence

“The Alexander’s artificial intelligence isn’t capable of lying. Sure, it can think for itself, but no neurogrammer is stupid enough to make a computer capable of conceptualizing deceit. These things are so smart now; the ability to spin bullshit is all that separates us from them.” — Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Illuminae (The Illuminae Files _01)

HOW CREEPY IS THAT QUOTE?!

Wow I didn’t know that this book would be this dark and creepy and aaahhhhh. Seriously, this book is incredible.

(Illuminae publishes October 20)

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

feel like quitting
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“When you feel like quitting, remember why I started.”

This quote has always inspired me, but it was prevalent on my mind this week. I have my first Speech and Debate competition this weekend (that’s where I am right now!), and it’s a ton of stress and excitement. I know that I love it, but sometimes the exhaustion makes me want to quit…

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

Being sick sucks, but it ends up happening to me basically once a semester. Schools don’t want sick people to come to school–it’s my biggest pet peeve–but at the same time, most teachers have strict absent policies that make missing more than a few days of school hurt your grade. Since I was almost sick this week, and my sister actually was, this ridiculous paradox has been on my mind.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #4

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

live for tomorrow

“Living for the day is beautiful–too many of us don’t do it often enough–but to live life fully, we must life for today and tomorrow…People miss out on so much if they stop living for tomorrow.” — C.C. Hunter, Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4)

Rereading the Shadow Falls series has been pretty fun these last few weeks (review to come, once I write them). Though the books are usually pretty light-hearted and casual, this quote stood out to me. I love how it counters the popular notion that living for the present will improve our lives, while also making sure that people don’t live only for the future.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

as mysterious as a cat

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” — Edgar Allan Poe

I love Poe’s writing, especially his poetry, and if anyone gets close to writing like a cat, he is in the top ten. I love the simplicity of this quote, and after writing a horror-esque story this week, this quote felt apropos.

(Also, that’s my cat, Muzgle! Isn’t she adorable?)

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

Though I definitely have introverted tendencies, I’m finally getting better at going outside of my comfort zone socially at school. I’m not about to become Mrs. Social Butterfly, but in these recent weeks, I’ve realized just how far I’ve come since the beginning of high school. For other introverts out there, I guess I just want to say that it’s possible to still be “you” while breaking out of your shell a little.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

If you don’t wish for feline writing skills, what animal would you want to write like?

Weekend Words #3

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote ground of happiness

“She assured them, too, of her firm belief, that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it…a new truth would be revealed in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.” — Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Yep, another The Scarlet Letter quote. What can I say, I’m not in love with the plot, but it’s super quotable.

I love this quote, not because of its place in the book, but because of its implications for modern feminism. At the time of this book’s writing, feminism was a far off concept, barely glimpsed in this quote, but I believe that now, today, the “world is ripe” for more equal and positive gender relations.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything.

quote crowded with angels

“They ran into the fire to help get people out. Ran in to the fire. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They’re our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes.” — “20 Hours in America: Part 1,” Aaron Sorkin

This quote is from one of the most moving The West Wing episodes ever. With the 9/11 anniversary, I couldn’t help but think that this quote–while it wasn’t written about the tragedy–is especially relevant this weekend.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

It’s the little joys that make long weeks bearable. Feeling self-conscious about those little joys (such as okay-ly written paranormal books that I first read as a freshman), is just plain stupid…so I’m trying to avoid that.


Since this feature is still very new, I’d love some feedback on how to format it to make it as user friendly as possible. Do you guys like the quote written out under the image (or is annoyingly repetitive)? What about the images I’ve been making for each quote–do you like them?

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #2

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote to the untrue man

“To the untrue man, the whole universe is false–it is impalpable–it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as she shows himself in false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.” — Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Yep, I’m reading The Scarlet Letter for school. We’re about halfway through and the story is starting to pick up (read: there is finally dialogue). I love this quote, both because it ties in nicely to annotations I’ve made throughout the book, but also because I feel that it connects directly to modern life. (And it shows off Hawthrone’s love of commas.)

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything.

quote vacation escape

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

Honestly, in a different week this quote might piss me off, mainly because I often feel like the things that make me need vacations from school/life are out of my control. However, I’m trying to stay positive, and I’m going on vacation this Labor Day weekend anyway.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

Public schools seem to be one of the only institutions where the “HR” department (the counselors or administrators) turns you away and tells you to talk to your boss (teacher) about any issues you have with them, with no intention of cleaning up the mess that such a confrontation would make. (At least at my school…) Is it ridiculous to think this is a problem?


Since this feature is still very new, I’d love some feedback on how to format it to make it the most user friendly. Do you guys like the quote written out under the image (or is annoyingly repetitive)? Do you guys like the images I’ve been making for each quote? (By the way, I’m using 100% free stock photos and fonts, mainly from Unsplash and Dafont–if you don’t know those websites, they are life savers!–with some mild Photoshopping.)

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?