Favorite First Lines

Favorite First Lines

Since it’s January and the first month of the year, I figured this was the best segue into talking about my favorite first lines in books. I hope you enjoy!

Be sure to share your favorite first line in the comment section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I make new videos every Wednesday.

❤ Maya

The Books

The Mediator by Meg Cabot
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Watchers: Last Stop by Peter Lerangis
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel
Love Story by Erich Segal
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The Pink Slip by Rita Ciresi

 

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

I filmed this video a couple weeks ago about the Syrian Refugee Crisis and I thought I’d share it here. We can all do what we can to spread awareness on this tragic event.

I’m doing what I can to spread awareness, but I need your help. Share this video or make your own video sharing your thoughts and share it with everyone. This is everyone’s problem and we need to do what we can to help if only by making sure that this crisis can no longer be ignored.
The videos I mentioned:
Louise’s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdJG2…
John Green’s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVV6_…
Both videos have loads of information in their description boxes, so don’t forget to check those out.
One resource that was particularly helpful is this one:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor…
Please help in any way you can and don’t think that your contribution is too small because remember, it only takes a tiny little spark to start a fire.

Love you all, and I’ll see you next time.

❤ Maya

Happy Birthday to me! | Birthday Haul

Happy Birthday to me! | Birthday Haul

In my last post, I shared my happiness at re-joining YouTube. As a result, I figured it was a prime time to start sharing my YouTube videos here just in case you aren’t subscribed to my channel. If you’d like to subscribe, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA
In this video, I share with you all of the awesome things I got myself for my birthday. I hope you enjoy the video!

❤ Maya

I’ve had a revelation…

I’ve had a revelation…

Now don’t get excited and think I’ve figured out the cure for the common cold or the meaning of life. I’ve just gotten a step closer to better understanding what the heck I’m doing with my life. Get ready for a story:stoytell
In two months, I would have been out of college for a year. In the ten months since I’ve graduated, I have been focusing on my writing and self-published my first novel. I am also currently working on the second book of the series. Sales of the first book have been okay, nothing earth-shattering, but still amazing when I realize that there are people out there reading my book. I would have been happy selling just one book, but sadly, I can’t live off of one book’s sale. I’ll talk more about that later.
When I graduated, my parents, mostly my mom, convinced me that I needed a year off to regroup, focus on me and my writing, and really think about what I want out of my life. So, I moved back home and spent the year doing just that. The ideal situation would have been that in the year, I finish my book, publish it, and then reap the benefits. The entire year, I was hoping for the ideal situation even though realistically, according to a publishing axiom, it takes about 3 books for an author to gain traction and get noticed.
Right now, I only have one book under my belt, so it’s unlikely I’ll be reaping many benefits anytime soon. Of course, I knew this year was supposed to be about me chilling out, but I couldn’t help wanting amazing book sales, too. I mean, who wouldn’t?
I’m an optimist (maybe sometimes to a fault) and when I graduated and started working on my book, my thoughts were all best case scenario and my book was going to sell amazingly. In reality (the enemy of the optimist), sales were slow and to be honest, it was beginning to stress me out. I thought the low sales were my fault and that I wasn’t doing enough or didn’t know enough about the craft or the business to be effective. Needless to say, it has been a little disheartening even if I have that publishing axiom in my mind and obviously know I probably won’t be discovered overnight. But where you’re expecting great sales and don’t get them, no amount of axioms and logic can make you feel better and on top of that, my year was a complete break meaning I haven’t been working so I could focus solely on my writing. So, that means I have low sales and no money. Luckily, I live at home and don’t have bills/rent/food to pay for, but still, it’s depressing. It’s depressing just writing this , but I promise this story is about to get a lot more positive real soon.
Where was I? So, I was sitting there, a little depressed, not sure what I should be doing next and then… I watch a YouTube video.You should already know my love of YouTube, but I don’t think I have ever found a video that I spoke to me as much as this one did.The video was words of wisdom from Casey Neistat, a filmmaker. Here’s the link if you would like to watch it in its entirety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxatKNdEw8w. About 2 minutes in was what spoke to me. Casey said,
I always made a living so I could make movies. I never made movies to try and make a living. And I think that is a big mistake that a lot of newcomers do is that they focus on how can my passion pay me. And I think that is a terrible place to start. If the reason why you’re doing anything creative is to make a living, then you are doing it wrong. You get into it because it is a true passion. It’s something you believe in. Or don’t get into it at all.
I saw the video and it was like all of the lights came on. I was looking to my writing to make me money and to make a living when it would probably be a little easier to make a living so I can write. It made so much sense that I wondered why I hadn’t figured it out before. And just because I start working doesn’t mean I’m giving up on my writing. It just allows me to save up for what I need and  write without being a starving artist or having to stress  about sales. This way writing stays my passion and my love and I’m not looking to it to be my only source of income. I can write at my own pace without worry. I’ve been stressing myself out worrying about sales and writing as many books as possible, but now I know better and will do better.
I’m not sure who this is for. Maybe I just needed to write this out. Maybe there’s someone else out there in a similar situation that’s now comforted to know someone else is going though the same thing. I’m right there with you and am currently working for freelance writing jobs to “make my living.” If you happen to know of any, please send them my way. I’ve been doing a lot of searching on my own already, so if you all want, I can compile a list of all of the freelance job sites I’ve found into a blog post. Just let me know. I hope this post has helped someone and you all have enjoyed another peek into me trying to figure out my life.
 Until Next time!
❤ My