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Entering a World of Magical, Multicolored Storytelling with @maggie_stiefvater

For more haunting portraits from Maggie’s work, including her upcoming novel “Blue Lily, Lily Blue,” follow @maggie_stiefvater.

Nature, great music, high places and fire: these are among the inspirations Maggie Stiefvater (@maggie_stiefvater) draws upon in and around her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Though best known as the author of popular young adult books like the Shiver series, Maggie uses Instagram to showcase her talents as a visual artist. Her feed is filled with illustrations and paintings of colorful, otherworldly faces, many of which are familiar characters from her fantasy novels.

“I like to write and draw the same things that I like to read: the everyday world with magic and adventure slyly hidden in the corners,” she says. “My stories are like melodies, and writing, art and music are my instruments. Sometimes it’s obvious which instrument the tune will sound best on, but sometimes I have to try it across all three to figure it out. So I draw my characters, compose music for scenes playing in my head and write stories for paintings that I complete in the small hours of the morning.”

Cobalt Blue Druze… The 2015 Wedding Color. Do you love it or not?

LOVE SUCKS!

Bare and Me

Ladies, sometimes relationships aren’t meant to work out.

Sometimes, you deserve more.

Sometimes, you overanalyze too much.

And sometimes, its just not meant to be.

Do not force something that isn’t supposed to happen.

What so many women (me included) fail to understand is that we should not be with someone who does not want to be with us. It really really sucks to know that someone isn’t as into you as you are into them, but why would you want to fake love? Yeah, it sucks.

Having said that. Stop wallowing in your heartbreak, Stop sleeping all day, and please please please…. STOP CRYING. Don’t waste those tears. The more you think about how hurt you are, the longer you remain damaged.

What to do instead? Have fun!

Go out with the friends that make you the happiest. Think about all the other things in your life that make…

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Dream Job

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Growing up, every little kid has their ultimate dream job of being a police officer and saving lives or in my case, being a princess and living in a castle. Every time my family ordered out from the local chinese food restaurant we each would open our fortune cookies together. My dad would always read mine because I had yet to learn how to read. Each time he read my fortune, it was always the same.

“You will be a beautiful princess and live in a huge castle”

Every time.

Finally, when I learned how to read for myself, I had the opportunity to read my own fortune cookie. Everyone lingered around to see my reaction when I read

“The fortune you seek is in the next cookie!!”

I mean really…come on. That is the ultimate buzz kill. Here I was walking around school like the ultimate diva because my fortune cookie said I was going to be a princess, and little did I know my dad was joshing me the whole entire time!

Kidding, I was not that bad…maybe.

But back to the point. Everyone has this dream job and some of those dream jobs, like man, are not as accessible as most. Now, my dream is to do PR for a non profit dealing with children, and somehow, make someones life a little brighter. I have always had this idea that if I can help other people, then I truly have lived my life to the fullest. Now that I am 21, I can finally pursue this dream, and I am just freaking out.

A good freaking out, obviously, but seriously..growing up is insane! Sometimes I wish I could go back to being 5 and wearing my tiara and bossing my family around because I was the princess of the house. Now, I have responsibilities and school and the thought of graduation is crazy to me. It all has become so surreal, and I cannot believe how the time did fly. Can’t we just slow it all down and be a little more carefree? I wish.

I will fulfill my dream one day, whether it be tomorrow, a month from now, or years from now. My dream of being a princess, and a PR agent on the side. LOL

Keep that dream alive, and always strive to pursue what you want so that in the end you are happy.

MOVIE DAY!

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Today is a prime day to have a movie day. It is cloudy and a little rainy, and I just want to cuddle up, watch Halloween movies, and drink some hot chocolate. There are so many awful scary movies out there that I cannot help but watch.

I am such a scary movie guru, and love watching the ones that are not as popular as others. In my opinion, the older movies that are not as high tech as the newer ones have the better story lines. I sometimes wish that they were re done so that they weren’t as corny and had better special effects, but then I get scared that they will lose the awesome background stories.

I feel that the newer movies get so wrapped up in the special effects and gory details that they lose the reality of what can be so scary.

Some of my favorite scenes from some scary movies are at the end of Carrie when the final catastrophe at the dance occurs. When the pigs blood is spilled on top of her, and she has her final freak out, killing everyone who has ever hurt her in some way. The other is, well every scene from the Exorcist. I love those movies so much and wish they would just keep going. When I first watched those movies I couldn’t sleep alone for what seemed like forever. I was always having nightmares about the movie, but I ALWAYS went back for more.

I would love to hear about some of your favorite movies, and why you love them. Maybe I will hear about some new movies and will have a movie day this weekend!! WOOHHOO. Movie days are the best.