Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

Whelp, it's almost 2016. Natalie and I are scrambling to finish those early-application college things because money is hard. Can you tell we're busy yet?

Something that took me a really long time to figure out was how to "describe myself" in 600 words. Dear colleges, we're scared and not all of us are fit to be authors. Dear soon-to-be applicants, don't freak out, admissions counselors understand. So, I'll start with CommonApp.

With CommonApp, it's kinda nice to not have to re-write a thousand essays for super similar prompts. But a big key for me was choosing which prompt. I even made a document on google docs and tried to write an essay for all of them and then pick the best one. In the end, I didn't use what I thought I would. I'll post the essay later, when I'm sure I'm going somewhere, for an example. The key to it all is just to know how you write. Assuming you understand how english works, go from there. Not everyone can make those super artsy essays that are all, "The house stands majestically on the hill..." Heaven knows I couldn't.

What a college wants from you is to see who you are and how open you can be about your life. You're not Einstein -- if you are, great. Don't judge the rest of us. But for the rest of us, the admissions counselors are real people too. And it breaks their hearts that they can't let everyone go to their dream schools. C'est la vie. Just say (in a more formal and constructed way) "Hey, I'm a prospective student and I want this and here's who the heck I am and I'm awesome." If that means writing a well-written essay about bacon, do it. Just make it you.

Now, I'm probably different from most of you in that I reeeeally want to go to a school for art. That means portfolio, portfolio, port-frickin-folio. I'm applying to 4 colleges. Each one of them has a place to upload, describe, and show off how awesome I am. And I hope I can give some tips as to how to be awesome (or at least look it and pretend) to you. :)

1. Plan your Pictures.
You know what's good. You know what's you, and what's just another sketchbook assignment or boring project. If you're taking art in school, make it yours. If that annoys your teacher and they don't try to work with you, how crappy of them. Also, if you're any good at enhancing photos on any platform, do it. It's not cheating to show that you know how to make your work shine. Don't plagiarize - that's stupid. just bump up the contrast, sharpen, fix the lighting, make it look like a scan rather than a crappy photo. Display is key.

2. Get ready to write.
Yes, you get to write just about as much as a math major on finals week. Each of your pieces will need to be described. What inspired it? Don't you dare say "I made this cause teacher person said so." I will personally find you and smack you upside the head. Was the assignment to draw something with lines? It's a study in lines. Describe it like that. act like everything you put in there is fantastic because you planned for it to be.

3. Have patience.
While it sounds extremely redundant to be told to have patience after you spent years- yes YEARS - trying to make that stupid pen and ink piece, just breathe. If you're anything like me, you're gonna be freaking out. Grab some tea, play some music of choice that relaxes and focuses you, turn off your phone, stay off of social media, and for an hour, just work on uploading pictures. Do that every day as soon as you get the Slideroom link and you're set!

I'm off to finish up portfolios! Anyone visiting this page, feel free to shoot us questions! It may be a little while, but we will get back to you!

Also, senior year is the actual worst for relationships. If you're like me, you'll just be avoiding people for as long as possible. So far anyone I wasn't friends with before this year hasn't been the best friend. Senior year changes people. Stay strong, friends.

Remember what you stand for and you'll end up alright.

Izzy out.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Update

Hey everyone, Natalie here.  I know it has been a while since I posted, but like Izzy I have been super busy. But hey, there is no time like the present, right? So there have been a bunch of stuff that has happened in the past couple of weeks that I just need to talk about.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Izzy - Off and Running

I should really keep up with this dumb blog..

Except I'm trying to keep up with 3 AP classes and 2 community college classes. And I'm turning into Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower and also trying to participate. Heh.

For all of my "pro tips" I'm awfully scattered. 7 months after the end of a rough relationship I just find myself searching for confidence. But hey, I'm not still trying to be a sociopath and not feel anything, so that's a good step forward. I actually feel ready for a healthy stable relationship, but I live in hillbilly hell.... I still feel something for Ross (my good ex that I blew it with) but hah.. Oops not gonna happen. And there's very few people I think I could handle being with here in this tiny slice of hell.

I try to keep my mind on the future. In a year's time I won't live in my mother's hoarder house and I'll be able to be myself without prior judgment.

Deep thoughts for so early. Probably hunger talking.

Aaaanyways. Senior year. Yeah. Yay... What the #%^%$# am I doing with my life....

Ross and I started talking a little bit more, and his advice was that I should just go for it and the rest will just work out. I'm not sure how much I believe him. In a year I could be anywhere. I could go to school in Chicago if I find the money. But considering I come from a family that's well off, financial help will probably not happen. Despite that I have two older sisters paying tuition. And my mother has mentioned taking my trust fund if I do something she dislikes... So continues the masquerade.

The more college apps I do, the more I wish my life was actually a struggle so I could flipping know what to write about. Ah the struggles of living a normal life? Hm.

Let's see, senior year... Only tip I've got right now is to keep a positive attitude. If you tell yourself everything sucks and that you just want to get out without doing any work, you're going to fail. You're subconsciously telling yourself to give up.

This message brought to you by Shia LeBeouf:
Izzy out!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lasting Impressions

Last night I saw a woman I haven't seen in over three years. She was the woman who ran the day care that my brother and I went to after school until our mother or father could come pick us up.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What's Coming Soon- Natalie

Guess what guys! It's almost September. And if you are anything like me, you already know what you want to read when it is published this month. However, if you don't, or you have lost track of which series normally publishes in this month, you have come to the right place. This month I will include 9 books that I want to read, (All of which have made it on to my Goodreads Want to Read list.)


1) Has To Be Love

By: Jolene Perry

Hits Shelves: September 1, 2015

Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She's used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she's got a secret that's both thrilling and terrifying--an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren't as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing--especially with the feelings she's starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?

 2) Queen of Shadows

By: Sarah J. Maas

Hits Shelves: September 1, 2015

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.




 3) Sweet Temptation

By: Windy Higgins

Hits Shelves: September 8, 2015

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai's life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.




4) Mirrored 

By: Alex Flinn

Hits Shelves: September 15, 2015

A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from "Snow White," who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into "the fairest one of all" but still cannot win Greg's heart, and Celine, Greg's daughter with Violet's high school rival, Jennifer.







5) Ash and Bramble

By: Sarah Prineas

Hits Shelves: September 15, 2015


When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.



6) Blood and Salt

By: Kim Liggett

Hits Shelves: September 22, 2015

When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.



 7) Library of Souls

By: Ransom Riggs

Hits Shelves: September 22, 2015

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs




 8) Walk on Earth a Stranger

By: Rae Carson

Hits Shelves: September 22, 2015

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.



9) A Mad Zombie Party

By: Gena Shawalter

Hits Shelves: September 29, 2015

Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.




That's it for this month. What do you think? Anything you have been dieing to read? Let me know in the comments section.

Peace Out

Natalie

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Beginning of the End

Oh my goodness gracious, I'll be graduating. (This realization will hit me constantly.)

So, the first two days of school came and went. So far it's uneventful, and I miss my friends that graduated.  Biggest event so far is having classes with people in my grade I don't know particularly well. Updates will happen with hopefully undramatic reflections.

Today I attended a webinar (web seminar) about SAIC (School of the Arts Institute of Chicago) which was fantastic. I really want to go to at least a big city school. Art Therapy right now sounds like what I want to go for.

Pro Tip #2: Be open to new Ideas.
I was sure from the age of 5 that I would be a veterinarian. Heh so done with dissecting things and watching weirdness be (literally) born.

Natalie is a lot better about consistently posting on here, but I'll try to make it more often and brief. I'm only always lost in my own head, so no promises!.

My goals for the upcoming year:

  • Make new friends/ get closer to the few I have 
    • I'm basically a social potato. 
    • I need to open up more with other people and stop using awkwardness and what I call "walls."
  • Focus on school work, and get organized. 
    • (As much as the idea of a relationship appeals to me, there are no guys right now and if there were I'm not sure I'd even go there. Also, I've had really bad anxiety in past years thanks to relationship drama and I don't even want to go there this year) 
  • Follow through! I always have issues with "Oh I'll do this" and I never get it done.
I'll leave the fashion to Natalie, but I may occasionally post a picture of a work of art that I appreciate/ hate and reasons why. I wore clothes and that's good enough for me. Well, I wore cute clothes. I might be a social potato but I try to be a cute one. There are days where I look like a dude and days where I want to be seen. 

I recognize myself (in the light of stereotypes) to appear to be the loner or geek, perhaps even band geek. Those who know me probably classify me in one of these categories if they had to. I dunno not a lot of people know me very well and I'm not sure that I want them to. Last time I got extremely close to another person they up and left after getting tired of me. I'm getting to the point where I'm just tired of people. 

Ahh to be as bitter as the exuberant amounts of coffee I consume. ^_^

Finally, just as Natalie has begun to sub-blog about books, I'll probably end up having a song of the week, starting this week! Feel free to share music with me or comment a favorite genre or anything! I'm open to literally everything. (Metal, Indie, Jazz, Screamo,, Country, Pop, Alternative, etc. literally - EVERYTHING)

Song of the week: Lonely Day - Phantom Planet (lyrics here)

Peace, potato peeps! 

-Izzy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

To Wear or Not To Wear


Sometimes the most daunting thing about the first day is the question, "What do I wear?" And right now, I am chasing my tail, attempting to figure out the answer to that question.

It sometimes seems that all people in high school care about is what other people are wearing. If one girls skirt is too short, that means she's either an attention seeker. If one of the popular girls are wearing the same shirt as another popular girl, they absolutely have to post a picture on Instagram.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Natalie's Summer Review

Hey everyone, Natalie here.

There are just a few days until summer ends and senior year starts. And I am counting down the days.  This past summer has been a blast, and I really have had a lot of experiences that have helped me grow as a person.

I held my first job this summer. I got turned down

Monday, August 10, 2015

Izzy - Senior Year

Hey guys-

So as the last week is coming up I'm honestly just thinking about graduation and getting way ahead of myself.

I've got so much summer work to finish it's actually comical. Ha. Ha ha...

But seriously. This will be my final year at this god-forsaken small town high school. Graduating class of 200-300. I seriously hope I get into a college across the country with lots of people. But then, people... Crowds scare the living daylights out of me. Don't go to Macy's in NYC on Black Friday

Sunday, August 9, 2015

What's Coming Soon- Natalie

Many of you do not know this, but I am a huge reader, and I am always look for a new book to indulge myself with. So here are some books that caught my eye this month as I was looking through the new releases. Some of these books have been on my "Want to Read" list for a couple of months, and I am so happy that they are finally being published.

Natalie

 

1) She Takes A Stand: 16 Fearless Activist Who Have Changed the World

By- Michael Elsohn Ross

Hits Shelves- August 1, 2015

A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, SHE TAKES A STAND highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace.



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Izzy's Introduction

Hey guys-

My name is Isabella, but everyone calls me Izzy. I'll be a senior in high school along with Natalie this coming year.

When I started high school I thought it was going to be a great time. Looking at my big sisters and how much fun they and their friends had, I was ready to escape middle school and start my path to becoming an adult. Since my freshman year, my world has been turned upside down. I'm writing on

Natalie's Introduction

Hi Everyone-

My name is Natalie, and this year, I am going to be a senior in high school.

Three years ago when I first started my high school experience, I was convinced that high school was the time that you were supposed to learn who you truly are. Now, three long years later, I have learned that is not true.

In those three years, I have lost many friends, gained new ones, and even had a classmate die. I have