Figment Friday | Gemina and Coffee

It’s been a long  time since I’ve done a figment friday so here goes. Let’s try and make it happen again. Mainly because when I find a really interesting piece on Figment I need to tell someone about it soooo here goes everything.

  1. Gemina by Lindsey Stell.

This story was created a while back for the Good Vs. Evil contest on Figment. The rules were that the characters had to be twins and one of them had to be good while the other had to be evil. You were left to create the story. So what Lindsey did which I personally really enjoyed was that one sister was basically a good angel that gives life and the other took life. It’s an interesting concept in my opinion and I think it was well-written and I hope you guys do too.

2. Coffee by Coolio Dash

This story goes through the motions in the Westwood Diner, there are customers that through small narratives you get to know, and possibly relate to. A man sits there pondering his day after his recent breakup. A young woman does the same wondering about her life as it currently stands, maybe she would be better off if she were still as young as the waitress? Read it and find out what happens. It’s a short and sweet story that deals with life through alternating character points of view.

So there’s somethings for you guys to look into I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I know they’re pretty short but if you’re like me and your attention span lately only goes for so long then this is a good way to get started again, right?

 

Love Arrows!

I like to get my hands messy, I love using glue and scissors and paint and craftying. I also love making things for other people. So I borrowed this idea from my friend Jess, who made me an arrow last year. Much to the amusement of my French Professor who thought it was a gesture from a secret admirer using my friends…it wasn’t. My friends are just that great.

So here is a quick and easy way to express your love…or you know give some cheesy pick-up line like I did on them.

The things you need are simple:

glue, craft paper, scissors, Popsicle sticks, pencil, and sharpies.

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What you have to start with is creating a template for your hearts, I folded a piece of plain paper and cut half of the heart on that, it was even. Also cut out a triangle template.

Next assemble! I folded over the heart for the fletching or end of my arrow and cut up a few slits to serve as the “feathers”. Then with two triangles to work as the point. That’s seriously it. That’s all, and if you want to add a quote or note on the shaft of the arrow go right ahead.

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I wrote “you’re the Beta to my Alpha” on one of them and sent it to my friend Camille who loves Teen Wolf. I also wrote, “you’re the Doctor to my Companion” for Marissa, and “haveee ya met Mandy?” because How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who are fun for us all. Have a great  Valentine’s Day!

Best,

Gissel

p.s. I totally mailed those out and the recipients should be getting them tomorrow afternoon! 

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Hi there,

I’m sure you’re planning your special Valentine’s Day and you probably have lots of great ideas so far. However, if you’re like me and it just hit you…or you know…you’re very much like me and you hit a brick wall up until now, I have your back. Here are some ideas on dates, sweet things to do and just plain simple things to do to show that you care.

  1. Twelve Days of Love challenge just for you love-bugs.
  2. Love Yourself Challenge because you should really love you, and remember it.

Now onto (Simple) Date Ideas:

  1.  Have an indoor picnic (or outdoor depending on your weather and preferences). Use tea lights, candles, whatever suits your fancy and enjoy each other’s company.
  2. Make dinner together
  3. Movie night! Seriously, watch a movie, pop some corn eat some whip cream.
  4. Visit a planetarium!
  5. Set up a blanket outside, get a projector and screen or use a white blanket and have your own outdoor movie.
  6. Coffee date! Seriously, it’s great you get coffee you get to talk and you get some kind of pastry because who has a full meal on a coffee date?
  7. Game night just for the two of you! You have some fun and get competitive, which can entail lots of laughter it’s great!
  8. Get dressed up and have a walk or drive, stop somewhere new and inviting.
  9. Desserts! All of the desserts; buy them or make them, add some whip cream or not (i would), and enjoy! Splurge it’s okay to take advantage of the day and eat sweets!
  10. Music: listen to it, dance to it. Hold each other close and enjoy the company.

Dessert Ideas: 

I may have a problem people, I can only seem to picture small foods and lots of chocolate and whip cream and everything that’s sweet for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Chocolate Brownie Cherry Cheesecake tell me this doesn’t make you think of romance. Some picture strawberries I think cherries.
  2. Three Ingredient Nutella Truffles Nutella is always a good idea people
  3. Cream Puffs because they look adorable and romantic
  4. Whip Cream I had to. I just had to, just add to everything.
  5. Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake I did say all I pictured was chocolate, right? Here’s more on that.

If you’re not great at meals, or just want simple things that aren’t too sweet and quick and easy there’s also these treats from Bethany Mota.

Other:

Remember to be present during whatever it is that you and your significant other decide to do on Valentine’s Day. Listen, cuddle, talk, enjoy the company of that person. If you’re doing something, have a blast tune out everything and everyone else and be with your significant other.

If you’re like me and have no plans, do any or all of the above anyways. Pamper yourself because that’s acceptable too. Have a movie marathon, read a great book, write some poems. Just remember to be happy and enjoy your day!

Best,

Gissel

 

Valentine’s Day Themed Prompts

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and of course I felt the odd need to make a prompt…or two…or ten. It was ten I can’t lie. Anyways, here go the Valentine’s Day inspired Prompts, enjoy!

  1. What was the greatest date you ever had?
  2. Write about the worse Valentine’s Day so far.
  3. “He laced his fingers in mine and I knew that it was going to be okay.”
  4. Who do you love? Why?
  5. A day in the life of Cupid himself.
  6. We kissed, we kissed softly, as if savoring the moment itself. We kissed softly, we kissed to remember each other; taste, feeling, everything.
  7. A letter to “the one that got away” or “the love that never was”
  8. Red is the color of love, of passion, of lust. That’s how the people that come into the restaurant think anyways. Our walls are covered in red; red, black, the lights, the decor. Everything combines for these “passionate” people to fall deeper and deeper in “love”.
  9. Tell the story of the kindergartners that everyone thought would end up together.
  10. “She gave everyone a Valentine’s Day card so that no one would feel alone, and this is how she gets thanked.”

So those are the  prompts for now, I hope you all have an amazing day and Valentine’s. Also, bonus prompt /challenge here in a Love Letter to “Me”. Have a safe and lovely Valentine’s Day!

Best,

Gissel

A Love Letter to “Me”

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed and have come to terms with the fact that many of us love things and people. We love to express and tell the objects of our affection what it is that makes us all tingly inside about them.

No really, follow me here.

We love to tell other people that they are amazing and kind and cuddly and adorable and perfect. Or that maybe they do something that is amazing and wonderful and perfect and you just can’t contain the overwhelming feeling of joy that comes along with the thought of it. You know, like how I have a super not secret crush on Gilbert Blythe to the point of creepy over protection of him and Anne and their lovely babies… BUT that’s a whole other story.

Anyways, I have a challenge for you. Yes, you. Don’t turn away, don’t scroll, don’t go away. Just hear me out.

I want you to join me in this month of “Valentine’s Day” and love and all that great stuff that comes along with it and write a love letter. That’s write I want you guys to write a love letter to YOU! I want you to pretend (if you have to) that you are your lover/ spouse/ boyfriend/ fictional crush/ celebrity crush/ whatever you need to be in order to get started. I want you to start out your letter the way you write letters, (or your loving other persona). Write a letter and describe why you love yourself. Do you have eyes that glimmer in sunlight? Write it! Do you have a way with words and make other people happy when they look at you? Write it! Tell yourself that you love the way you interact with babies, that your passion for whatever it is that you do is commendable and something to be applauded. Tell yourself that you love yourself. Maybe you give everything you do 100%. Do you always approach those around you with open ears and absolutely no judgement? Are you cautious? Do you make a mean cocktail? Are you so infatuated with your own laughter that you love your own smile and sense of humor? Tell yourself that. Right now!

I am not asking you to share with me if you do choose to write this letter. I am merely asking you to at least attempt to write it. Why? Because sometimes we do focus on other things and people. Sometimes we focus on everything and everyone BUT ourselves. Which is fine, it is entirely okay to be focused on those around us. However, we can’t lose sight of ourselves. We need to remind ourselves why we are lovable, wonderful people that are worthy of other people seeing our greatness.

I myself, don’t tell myself what I do well often enough. Most days I am more likely telling myself quite the opposite. Even when I know my own criticism is far-fetched, even when I know I’m being too hard on myself. I get very anxious, and I get very upset, and it takes so long to get those thoughts out of my head by the time ‘I feel okay again I am drained and have to bring myself up from square one. It’s sad, it’s irritating, but it is what it is. So if you are like me. Or if you are just in need of a quick boost, please do this exercise. Please remember to love yourself. Even if it’s for the little things. Go ahead, write it. Share it or don’t. But remind yourself of why you’re amazing.

Best,

Gissel

Things I am Enjoying, January 2016

Products:
Aloha Protein Pouches:
I received an e-mail a few weeks ago to try this free sample of two Aloha protein pouches. I read the e-mail and figured that JustFab couldn’t lead me to anything I wouldn’t at least consider. I read the Aloha descriptions about their organic, and healthy products and figured why the hell not. I received these free samples within less than a week and absolutely loved them. I had my aunt try the vanilla flavored one with me and it was actually really good, even when mixed with spinach. So if you are at all interested in giving them a try check out their website here they have a wide variety of products from proteins to tea, sweets and more.

Wet n’ Wild Cherry Bomb Lipstick

I have a sliiight obsession with lipsticks lately and Wet n Wild is one of my absolute favorite brands. As a Christmas/ you would enjoy this present my friend Sierra sent me over some new make-up products to try out and one that I absolutely enjoyed is the Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb 918D lipstick. It’s dark and deep red and I absolutely love it! I’m obsessed with this brand, they’re durable and great for those of us on a tight budget. It’s a great color for winter in my opinion and I can’t seem to get enough of it. Plus the name just makes me think of Guardians of the Galaxy ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Okay, I’m good, it’s out of my system.
Blogs:
hugsandcookiesxoxo
Danielle has so many amazing looking recipes I just love when I receive e-mails with something new. Within the last weeks she has made me want to make a delicious Quiche Supreme and a variety of cheesecakes, and Cheesecake Bars <3! Not to mention how adorable her blog is, it’s one of the girliest places I’ve visited online lately.
itstartswithcoffee
Neely’s blog makes me happy. It just does. Maybe I’m just extremely vain or I am probably a goldfish and am attracted to pretty things but I find her blog very pretty to look at. It’s organized and just adorable. Her posts which are probably more important are a fun read, she talks in a way that makes you visualize what she’s talking about and puts you right there in conversation with her. So you may or may not feel like you’re sitting with her over a cup of coffee having a casual conversation with her. I totally feel that way. Some of my favorite January posts from her are: Dear 18 year old Neely, Winter Workout Motivation, and Ten Things to do for yourself Every Day.

Videos:

Vlogbrothers
Why Are Vegetarians Annoying?
A video in which Hank Green tries to understand why some people find vegetarians so darn annoying. It’s a good video that expresses what we all know, or should know. We don’t like being told that the things we do are wrong.
Who Am I?!- Some thoughts on Personal Identity

Nigahiga
How to be Edgy
In this video Ryan Higa tries to teach us how to be edgy…in his very own Ryan-esque way. I’m a huge fan of Ryan Higa and I couldn’t stop laughing the entire time.

Tessa Netting

The 2015 Song- A Year in Review Uptown Funk Parody                                                                                     Tessa’s parody is catchy and witty and is just overall enjoyable since it does do a nice summary of 2015.
How to Adult

7 Steps to Buying a House
This one is a helpful video for those of us adulting but not entirely sure how to do so. How to Adult videos are pretty helpful and I’m sure a quick guide like this will come in handy when my time comes for purchasing a home. As well as lots of research to make sure that by then things are still relevant.

Misc.
Blog Logo
Okay so I have been trying really hard to take my blogging seriously. I have wanted a logo of my own and in my head I had this perfect idea of what it would look like. So one of my friends, Alx, volunteered to see if he could work with whatever was in my head and he delivered!  I’m just going to post the logo here because well I love it. I just wanted to share it with you all. If you want to see the type of work that Alx does you can visit his art Facebook page. He has a variety of art projects he has done and a few of my favorites include his Game of Thrones pictures and Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer in Supernatural, and of course the cosplays that he works so hard to perfect.

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Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is coming. I repeat, Suicide Squad is coming! And yes my not-so-inner fangirl is freaking out. The trailer that was revealed last year made me very excited because Harley and the Joker were as nutty as expected. A new trailer is out and come onnn tell me you don’t think this movie looks awesome! Will Smith is going to be there as Deadshot, and that alone makes me extremely happy. So this trailer news makes me very giddy. I can’t wait!

Fuller House
I am pretty sure that I am not the only person that loves a Full House marathon. I love Full House and am so excited to see Candace Cameron-Bure and the rest of the cast come back to play some of my favorite characters! Seriously the lovely, fantastic, overall amazing ship that is Becky and Jesse is coming back! The teaser trailer is out and I can’t wait!

Disclaimer: I am not in any way shape or form affiliated with most of the above mentioned persons. I just genuinely enjoy the products or content that they provide and enjoy sharing them with you all.

5 New Year Themed Writing Prompts

I know what you’re thinking, as soon as you read the title of this post your mind probably went “oh goodness can she please come up with something besides prompts?” Yes. I promise you I can, I really, really can. However, because of the holidays and my strange ways of being overly anxious and trying to get my life going and well lots of things that we need not dwell upon…

But what’s gotten me going is this. This whole writing, and reading, and reading about writing and writing about reading, and writing about writing…Most of which no one has seen…yet. Anywayyys, with the holidays, you know ‘Happiest Time of the Year’ it has gotten my creative juices flowing and I keep having ideas. Some more elaborate than others but whatever, so with all of that, I want you guys to have some ideas as well. After all, isn’t that what we’re here for? To share and help each other? Okay, I’m getting chatty again…So to get you all started on 2016 on the write foot (wow was that even a good joke?). Awesome, right? How generous am I this holiday season? 😀 So without further ado, here are my ideas for New Year Themed Prompts:

  1. “It happened right when the ball dropped…”
  2. What are your new year goals and or resolutions?
  3. Write about the worse snowfall the town had seen in years
  4. Write about your Christmas 2015 experience!
  5. “It was our first time in Times Square for New Years. It was supposed to be special, and I guess now, looking back it was. I suppose it started just as the countdown did…”

Okay, so there you have it kids. My (mostly) New Year Prompts ideas. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate. Have a wonderful time, and Happy New Year if I don’t get to say again.

Best,

Gissel