Monday, September 30, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.71

tempestuous adj. [tem-ˈpes-chə-wəs]: turbulent, stormy; of conflicting emotion (via

The couple's tempestuous relationship was not helped by the husband's recent affair.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

link love

♥ As someone who is usually the first to say 'yes' to everything, this is an incredibly thoughtful read: How the Power of NO Saved My Life
The Evolution of Blogging. I've noticed a shift myself, and not just from the LiveJournal generation. Lately, I've been sensing another shift - have you?
♥ An end of books
♥ Gifs already provide me with endless entertainment, but these 15 Career Tips From 'How I Met Your Mother' are pretty wonderful
♥ These 101 Travel Tips are great for seasoned travelers and newbies alike!
Read // Eat: Wuthering Heights' Applesauce. Who knew these two were such a pair.
♥ And for more literary and food mashups, Paper and Salt attempts to recreate the dishes of iconic authors.
50 ways to be ridiculously, shockingly generous - and feel ridiculously, shockingly good
♥ NY Mag asks, How Do You Change a Bro-Dominated Culture?
Outside the Margins: Writing in Different Genres (writing an academic essay is so different from writing a poem, which differs from writing a novel).
♥ The e-reader debate continues! Book Wars: E-reading vs. IRL-reading
12 Things That Make You So Happy, You Shouldn't Apologize, Ever.
A question you may have never been asked... (I really need to think about my answer!)

Any links making you giggle this week?

Friday, September 27, 2013

5 Ways to Find Your Next Book

Finding your next (hopefully good) book to read isn't always a piece of delicious almond raspberry cake. Simply walking into the bookstore can be overwhelming and, excuse my pretentiousness for a moment, just perusing the table of new and bestsellers feels simultaneously like a cop out and a gamble (those books usually aren't my cup of tea anyway).

While I've found some of my favorite books at the recommendations of others, having some semblance of what you like or what you're looking for sure beats heading into a bookstore blindly.

The Book Seer - Incredibly simple; just type in the name of the book you've just finished reading and its author, and The Book Seer politely and enthusiastically recommends you some similar reads. This is by far the most charming way to find a new book online.

♥ Whichbook employs a sliding scale system to let you search for what type of book you'd like to read. Want something unpredictable, happy, but just slightly demanding? How about sad, bleak, AND funny? Just slide the scales! I should also point out their pretty creative and specific book lists such as "short and sweet" and "back luck and trouble".

What Should I Read Next? simply lets you plug in a book you've enjoyed and finds reads of a similar nature. Clean and minimal, it's good for a quick recommendation based on your likes and favorite books.

♥ Goodreads - This is probably my favorite way to find new reads, as it sort of combines the automated recommendations like the sites above with more personal, word-of-mouth reviews. You can view the read and to-read bookshelves of friends and find others with similar tastes to your own, and many categorize their books by "shelves", which can range from traditional genres (think sci-fi or non-fiction) to some pretty creative classifications ("Highland Hunk Fantasy" - Oh, Felicia Day, you always amuse me). I find the reviews most helpful, however, as some members get very specific in describing what they liked or didn't like about a book, which has swayed me in one direction or another quite frequently, and usually quite spot-on. You can even follow the shelves of groups, such as the genre-based Victorians!, or even Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy Book Club!

Ask a friend, or the clerk behind the counter at the bookstore! People have favorite books for a reason, and seeing what others are reading can be a great way to find your next read. This is especially helpful if you and your friend have similar tastes, but random recommendations can be an exciting and fruitful adventure as well!

What's your favorite way to find new books?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

I can't even. Just. What? I know I complain that every week is a blur of events, of doing this and that, going here and there, and barely having a second to breathe, but this time of year always feels incredibly busy and all I really want is curl up in my own bed and get more than just a few hours of sleep. Between travelling, weddings, preparing this, schoolwork, birthday plans, and everything else under the sun I just need a minute to think. A minute to have to myself. Maybe that's what I'll ask for as a birthday gift on Friday.

Hey, at least I get to eat my free birthday burrito tonight.

♥ Noticing that one person makes your day a little brighter. Certain people are just a joy and pleasure to be around and talk with; they're sensible, fun, and frankly, not annoying. I like these kinds of people. It kind of stinks when they're not around.

♥ My best friend's wedding was absolutely gorgeous and in my list of top 5 wedding ever. Not only was everything about it beautiful, but it was laid-back, which always makes for an enjoyable wedding. Friends, dancing, crazy PA traditions (apparently) after parties, impromptu crafts, morning breakfast - just wonderful. To see two people I love so much so happy! Gah!

little loves
scenic mountain drives ♥ chilly, rainy weather ♥ leather jackets ♥ marathons of New Girl ♥ Rainbow Rowell's novels ♥ when the barista spells my name right ♥ homemade mead ♥ rustic lanterns ♥ Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D did not disappoint! Coulson! Ron Glass! Maria Hill! So many good things to come, I can feel it. More coherent thoughts when I can actually form coherent sentences ♥ mint tea ♥ Yu-Be hand cream is a miracle lotion for dry skin and has pretty much single-handedly saved my hands each fall since discovering it in a drug store in Shadyside ♥ blazers, stripes, smoking slippers

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

6 Resources and Tools for Students

I have a whole folder of resources that I've used throughout my career as an English major (not all of which are as transferrable as the ones listed here, unless you all really want to hear about a text-searchable database of Early English Books Online and an interactive catalog of Blake's works -- this excites me, but probably not too many others). This list alone got me through many sleepless nights of churning out lengthy papers and researching topics, and covers everything from researching, free books, and easy citations.

Frankly, I wish I would have known about half of these resources sooner! I can only imagine being a high school student and knowing that I could turn to the OED to help with a particular assignment, or create a stellar presentation with Prezi, but alas. I might not have quite as many chances to use all of these resources post-university, but I still find them really helpful when poking around the Internet or writing papers on my own (which I might do for fun, sometimes. Judge away). 

Whether you're in college or just like writing academic papers for pleasure (someone please tell me I'm not the only one who likes to postulate about common themes in Disney movies, or morality in Batman Steve - This is your fault), I'm to help you avoid the same writing and researching pitfalls! 

Tools and Resources For Writing, Researching, and Presentations
  1. Oxford English Dictionary - If I could marry the Oxford English Dictionary I probably would. Somehow I made it through 12 years of public schooling plus one year of college before even knowing this amazing resource existed, but once I was introduced to the OED I've never looked back (and have probably used it in every paper since!). At a very basic level, it's an incredibly detailed dictionary, but it also provides etymologies of words and traces definitions over time with examples aplenty - a tool that's been invaluable in the way I write papers. Looking at a word's meaning in a particular context is a great launching point for literary analysis, making the OED perfect for basic research and changing your paper-writing frame of mind.
  2. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the American National Biography - We all do it. Use Wikipedia, that is, to look up basic biographical information (whatever happened to using more accepted encyclopedias to look up facts? You mean we don't miss those gargantuan, heavy, hardcover, multi-volume beasts? No? Oh, ok). The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and ANB are more credible alternatives to reading the first few lines of Wikipedia entries. 
  3. Google Scholar (and Google Books) - Pitt had an incredible online database of and access to journal articles, most of which where available in PDF form or to read online without having to trek into the library on my day off in the snow. On the other hand, there were instances where I just couldn't find the type of article I was looking for and was on the hunt for other resources. One answer in both of these situations? Google! I've found articles on Google Scholar that I hadn't had access to elsewhere, and on occasion found a much more useful critical essay to flip through. The only flaw with this, though, is that often, whole articles or essays in books aren't available in their entirety. Usually, the few chapters given are enough for my purposes in Google Books, and I don't usually run into this problem with Google Scholar, but take caution regardless.
  4. OWL @ Purdue - For all of your MLA and APA citation needs, the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is a simple reference that explains how to format your entire paper, organize your bibliography, and how to correctly format quotations in your paper in various styles. I still don't remember the correct order in bibliographies (Author. Title. Date published is in there somewhere....) so OWL is a lifesaver.
  5. Prezi - This is a fun alternative to your typical PowerPoint presentation. More graphic and animated, your finished presentation feels a little more fun and a little less cookie cutter (plus, it's easy to use, with professional-looking results!)
  6. Written Kitten - Everyone needs a little motivation every now and then. What better way to reach that 500-word count response than with the help of adorable kittens? You'd be surprised how many times I've milked an extra few words out rather than just hit the minimum with this gem. You're welcome.
While some of these databases and resources require a subscription, most universities and public libraries have access to them, so check with your local librarian to find out the best way to gain access.

Other Tips and Tricks:
  • EasyBib is a great way to compile your bibliography (and the basic MLA version is free!), even allowing you to look up books by ISBN number 
  • If you're compiling a lengthy bibliography you might want to spring for (some are free, or again, your university might already subscribe to these tools) a bibliography composer like NoodleToolsRefWorksZotero, which offer more options than the free EasyBib and impeccable organization 
  • I didn't have log-in access to an article on JStor last term, but was able to find the article I needed in a softcover book of essays and criticism - combine that with availability on Kindle and I was able to rent this particular essay for a couple of bucks to use through the term, or as long as I needed, really, without fighting over it with the rest of my class in the library
Do you have any go-to resources for paper-writing, presentations, or research?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sponsor Love

I am incredibly lucky to be working with such lovely sponsors on My Life as a Teacup this month! Maybe it's the autumn season (I don't know about you, but I always feel ambitious and invigorated when the seasons change), or perhaps these ladies are just plain awesome (which, they undoubtedly are). They're full of advice and new, brave challenges and I'm pretty pumped to see what they're getting up to lately!

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Hi! I'm Erin and I'm a self-employed web designer. I've been working for myself full-time for about a year and a half now. I love it! On my blog I write about what it's like to be self-employed, awesome small-businesses you should check out, plus all the fun stuff I do when I'm not working!

What's your must-have back-to-school item or school supply?
I've been out of school for awhile now, *coughsixyearscough* but still love school supplies! I'm a sucker for great pens and blank notebooks! I did just get a Chromebook which I would have LOVED to have back in my college days for note taking and file sharing with classmates. Maybe I need to sign up for a class just so I can go load up on cute school supplies!

What was your favorite school subject and why?
Not-so-secret secret: I never went to "real" school until college. I was home schooled and had pretty free reign for pursuing my own interests. One of those interests was web design, which my mom counted as school work and is what I now do for a living! I love being able to take designs and transfer them into functional websites. It's like a fun little puzzle that you design and then put together!

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Scrawny Girl is my personal blog where I talk about my fatal attraction to cuteness, my daughter and the dolls I make/sell in my Etsy shop. I believe a handmade gift, is the best gift because it comes from the heart, and that's why I started making dolls. I have a passion for screenprinting, and plan to introduce some special products to my shop soon!

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What's your must-have back-to-school item or school supply?
My must have back to school item is a cute day planner! I couldn't survive without one! If I don't write something down, I won't remember it.

What was your favorite school subject and why?
My favorite school subject in high school was English. I'm that girl that actually read all the books (even Walden Pond). In college, my favorite class was Screenprinting. I wish I had taken it before my last semester in college so I could explore and learn more!
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I am Amy T Schubert – writer, editor, photographer, encourager. I live in Southern California with my recording engineer husband Andrew and our two monsters cats. At Lemon and Raspberry I help you learn how to tell your story, build your online platform and find your GREAT WORK.

I was able to quit my day job in June 2013 to do my GREAT WORK, and I am running my annual online workshop, Onward and Upward, to help others find their great work.

A word from Kristin: Amy's offering all My Life as a Teacup readers 20% off of her Onward and Upward e-course with the code Teacup! I've been getting her Build e-course emails for the past few months and have never received such wonderfully helpful blogging advice, so I know Onward and Upward is going to be just as amazing :D

What's your must-have back-to-school item or school supply? 
I love a brand new blank notebook or stack of lined paper. College-ruled, obviously. I'll take it in spiral bound or even looseleaf in a 3-ring binder. I find I get a lot more out of my brainstorming, critical thinking and working through problems when I am physically writing things down.

What was your favorite school subject and why?
In high school it was theater - I was in the school plays all 4 years. In fact, I never once ditched school when I was a teenager because I enjoyed my theater class so much. In college it was English - reading novels and talking about them? Best ever! I still miss having a reason to dive deep into books.

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My name is Kate and I'm on a mission to complete 13 goals in 2013. From moving to the big city (Toronto) to reading 25 books this year. Join me on my adventures, and everything in between. Hey, you might even decide to complete some goals yourself!

(Kristin's two cents: Kate is taking the BLOGtober challenge to blog each day in October! How ambitious! Are you partaking in the challenge?)

What's your must-have back-to-school item or school supply?
My must-have back-to-school item is always notebook. I love my computer, but nothing beats writing in a notebook. I jot notes down from my professor, and having it in class instead of computer helps me focus instead of spending the whole class on Pinterest.

What was your favorite school subject and why?
I have two favourite subjects! English will forever be my favourite subject, because I love reading and writing. Psychology though is definitely where it's at. I love the brain. How it works, how it doesn't. It's fascinating and I'm a total nerd when it comes to everything psychology related. Plus, who doesn't love to say medulla oblongata?

A big thank you to all of this month's sponsors! If you'd like to advertise with My Life as a Teacup next month, you're in luck! I'm offering a nifty little 23% discount on ads in honor of my 23rd birthday this Friday. Just use the code: BIRTHDAY23 - I'd love to work with you!

What is/was your favorite thing about back-to-school?

Monday, September 23, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.70

( Jason C )

stolid adj. [ˈstälid]: having little emotion, sensibility (via

He neither laughed nor smiled, but just stared straight ahead with the same stolid expression.

(The above is not my cat, but she does make quite a similar face sometimes xD)

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

link love

Is the Capitol Couture clothing line sending the wrong message to Hunger Games fans?
How to recognize the artists of paintings. This would have helped me loads in my high school art history class.
In praise/defense/what have you of the pumpkin spice latte. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
What your bag-holding style says about you. I'm a thumb-to-'pit kinda gal myself.
33 of the Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences in Literature History. I'm quite fond of "__"
♥ A Harry Potter MBTI chart exists. You're welcome. Fellow INFJ/Remus Lupin here.
Don't panic! Panic is my middle name, but Kat's posts usually do a good job at reminding myself to be more grounded.
♥ I'm guilty of the 'I feel like...' verbal tic, but I have noticed it and am trying to make a conscious effort to stop doing it. Where do we even learn this from...?
Princeton digitized F. Scott Fitzgerald's manuscripts for The Great Gatsby, and This Side of Paradise (and others!) and it's kind of awesome.
♥ Stop saying 'I have a boyfriend' to deflect unwanted attention'. This thought ironically occurred to me mere hours before stumbling across this article and it raises a good point.

What links have kept you busy this week?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fictional OTPs

In honor of my very dear friend's wedding this weekend, I've decided to pay tribute to my favorite fictional OTPs. Some make me laugh, some break my heart, but they are all some of my favorite fictional couplings in literature and film. What's an OTP you ask?

OTP stands for "one true pairing" in the fandom community, which, according to Urban Dictionary is your "favorite combination of characters in a fandom", which also tends to have romantic overtones. There are tons of thoughts and feelings on OTPs out there, from what characters are actually shipped together, to what exactly constitutes an OTP relationship, but I just want to focus on those that make me go "D'awww".
  • Han & Leia // These sassy rebels. You just can't compete with the infamous "I love you." "I know". I can't think of a fictional couple more perfect for one another.
  • Daenerys & Khal Drogo // MY SUN AND STARS! When I first was introduced to this relationship in the books, I was really apprehensive. Dany doesn't really know what she's getting into at the start, but continuing on I realized how much I loved what their relationship had grown into over the course of the story. And then things happened. And now I am sad. Still.
  • Snape & Lily // Don't. Even. Talk to me. 
  • Anastasia & Dmitri // I dare you to think of an animated couple who aren't as adorable and sassy as those from the Fox film Anastasia. I'm partial to characters who first can't stand one another, yet despite the bickering and teasing fall in love. 
  • Rose & Ten // I just finished season 4 of Doctor Who a few weeks ago, and did not expect to fall in love with these two as much as I did. I don't really care for the who Doctor/companion pairing (Martha just really pushed it for me and I didn't care for it, but I love Donna Noble. But Rose/Ten just kind of came out of nowhere.), but at the end of Doomsday I was emotionally ruined. That goodbye? How do you even...I can't, I just can't. My heart is still broken. I JUST WANT TEN TO BE HAPPY.
There are plenty other literary and fictional OTPs that I adore, from the too tragic for me to list here (as if some of these didn't already have me in tears), to the pairings with no romantic interest who just need to be best friends forever. And then there's Jayne and Vera, which might just be my favorite couple ever xD No, Dean and pie. Dean and pie forever.

Who are your favorite fictional pairings?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

September/October usually turns into a giant chaotic mess for me. It's like every wedding/family gathering/conference/show/run/event/deadlines show up within a 4 week span, which has me running around like a nutcase. The good news is, all of the things that pop up are usually things that I'm really excited about!

I'm currently packing to drive to Johnstown for my friend's wedding and weekend festivities. I can't believe it's here already! Let the fun/chaos ensue!

♥ The subtle beauty and heartbreak of the Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor". I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it, but I had been forewarned of its sadness/glory and it didn't disappoint. It's one of those rare stories that makes you equally happy and crestfallen both for how touching it is and it's commentary on mental health. I'm in love with Doctor Who in general (it's safe to say I'm now converted), but it's episodes like these that make me truly appreciate how beautiful video can be as a form of art, storytelling, and communication.

♥ Sushi dates with friends I haven't seen in a while. Nothing screams friendship like sharing absurd amounts of rolls, eating Asian food in a not-so-converted Mexican restaurant (hello, Mexican decor), and listening to Ylvis' "The Fox"

I'm still laughing and don't know what to do with myself.

♥ Learning to accept new things. I've had to face a lot of difficult changes in the past month or so, and while I'm not quite in a place where I feel comfortable talking about it in this arena yet, I'm starting to come to terms with it myself. Baby steps. It hasn't been easy, and it hasn't been fun, but it's been an incredibly important lesson in shaping the person I'm becoming.

little loves
surprise crafting/#30List goodies from rukristin ♥ fabulous new workout gear from Fabletics (thanks to the always awesome Campfire Chic). I'll be reviewing it once I kick this cold and can actually do downward dog without losing the ability to breathe ♥ touching/moving/witty/genius advertising campaigns (the latest Guinness commercial? Woah.) ♥ Hyperbole and a Half ♥ splendidly fun Powerpoints, which I'm awesome at, if I do say so myself ♥ gargling salt water which does wonders for a sore throat

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Proofread Like a Lit Major

Like a Lit Major is a mini-series in honor of those school-time skills, where once a week I'll be sharing tips to power up your reading and writing skills. Whether you're a student, a blogger, a book club devotee, or just looking to polish your email correspondence, there's a little something for everyone!

Confession time: I'm a stickler for grammar, but cannot stand proofreading. I usually pawn it off on my mother because I can't always distance myself from my work to catch the fine distinctions that need to be found while reading. Despite my dislike of proofreading, it's still a necessity, and I've managed to devise a few strategies to buckle down and be a better proofreader.

But first, a brief Public Service Announcement: editing is not the same as proofreading!

And now on to the tips!
  • Read it aloud so you can hear things that automatically throw up the "red flag" alarm. Duplicate words and nonsensical phrases will be easy to spot when you hear it spoken aloud.
  • Have someone else read it to catch mistakes you might have missed. Having a fresh set of eyes can help catch things that made sense to you, or that you might've overlooked.
  • Print it out to get a new perspective. Follow along with a pen or your finger to focus on reading each word as you encounter it.
  • Assume the correct mindset. Proofreading is a completely different mindset from writing, and requires you to slow down and read more deliberately.
  • Wait! Give it a day after writing, longer if possible, before you start proofreading. If it's still fresh in your mind, you're more likely to fill in the blanks automatically with what you know you just wrote down.
  • Break it up. Some people will break their proofreading efforts into INSANELY small categories and focus on a different one with each read-through, but you can just do the biggies; focus on punctuation in one read-through, spelling in another, pay attention to formatting and citations, in a third, etc.
  • Watch out for boobytraps. Words like they're/their/there or effect/affect and other homonyms are more likely to get mixed up, whether from autocorrect, spellcheck, or just hasty fingers.
  • Look up tricky words. I see too many emails and the like where names and other proper nouns aren't spelled properly. Heck, I still get Facebook messages from family members who can't seem to remember how to spell my name, much less look at the screen to see how it's spelled.
There's a lot of mixed feelings out there, but I'm firmly of the camp that it's okay to make mistakes; they happen. I've poured over papers time after time after time, and still found one little typo after getting my final copy back. Try your best to avoid them - they really do influence how others view your credibility, but don't freak out if one happens every blue moon.

Next week I'll be wrapping up the back-to-school series by sharing some of my favorite resources for researching and presenting, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Be Creative With Just 5 Minutes a Day

List 12. Favorite Things About This Month

I’ve felt incredible absent-minded lately. A typical day for me, from now through December, consists of waking up at five-o’clock; working a full day at the school I’m currently student teaching at; staying for conferences, meetings, and extracurricular activities; coming home to make dinner, pack my lunch for the next day, clean up around the house and run errands; plan my lessons for the next day; document materials and plan components for my certification; do schoolwork for my own classes; and some nights, if I’m feeling lucky (or just plan stupid) I even attempt to squeeze in a quick workout or yoga session, half to stay fit, half to wind down. Throw in the one night a week where I have class until ten o’clock at night, and it’s no surprise that coffee has been one of my lifelines over the past three weeks. So when I say that I’m participating in the 30 Days of Lists challenge, you probably think I’m positively insane. Where can I possibly find the time of day to commit to writing a list for a daily prompt and make it look snazzy? I signed up for the project knowing full well that I’d have a lot on my plate this month, this term even. I’ve seen a lot of creative, incredibly detailed lists in the form of decorated journals, bound books, Project Life pages, and even single Project Life cards – they’re quite amazing, and it’s clear participants are putting a lot of time and effort into their lists.

And yet why I love #30Lists isn’t necessarily the stunning pages I see; 30 Days of Lists is the perfect project for those with all the time in the world, and those with barely a minute to breathe. I’ve seen simple handwritten lists that are just as beautiful, just as stunning, from details like handwriting to just the content of the lists themselves. You don’t need heaps of time or supplies to be creative or make an incredible list. All you need is five minutes and a little brainpower and you can write something funny or moving, you can practice gratitude, you can reminisce, or even brainstorm ideas that might lead to a blog post.

As for me? I take a few moments to jot down my list on a sticky note – nothing special – and photograph it against a different patterned or textured backdrop each day.

Five minutes of creativity is all it takes.

Monday, September 16, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.69

sagacious adj. [s��-ˈgā-shəs]: of keen judgement, discernment; shrewd (via

The company turned its failing quarter around and flourished under the direction of the new sagacious CEO.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

link love

♥ So, World Beard Day is apparently a thing. I know, I know, I'm late to the party, but Forever Young Adult needs your help! Are you pro-beard or anti-beard on these dashing gents (who, frankly, look gorgeous either way)? Me, personally, am a beard-lovin' gal.
18 Things You'll Wish You Did 10 Years From Now
♥ Summer may be over but why not make an autumn reading list as well?
Leave It All Behind
♥ Who knew Middle English could impact performances of Shakespeare today! What Shakespeare Sounded Like to Shakespeare
How to save time, work ahead, and be more awesome
♥ I had to make these every year for school and ever year magically forgot how to do it. Pinterest saves the day now, so you can make a 90's bookcover with no problem.
♥ A photo diary of someone's two months spent living in Paris' Shakespeare and Company bookstore
50 Productivity Hacks to Help You Get More Done
♥ And have even more productivity resources, courtesy of Lemon & Raspberry!
♥ Get The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)

What links have kept you busy this week?

Friday, September 13, 2013


I am a complete newbie when it comes to zines. When I first heard the word, my brain conjured up images of Judy Funnie (why her, I couldn't quite tell you...) and chic, artsy souls who speak with a natural rhythm and make the mundane sublime through their writing. Which is fitting, because my good friend Sonya writes a zine called One-girl Bicycle Club and her writing makes her experiences come alive on the page.

I realize this sounds like a bizarre way to start a compliment - "You remind me of the animated character Doug's beatnik older sister" - but it is in my book, trust me.

She (Sonya, not Judy Funnie) so nicely sent me the latest edition of her zine to get me acquainted, and it's such a new experience for me!

When I first tore through the collaged envelope, I was awestruck at just how tiny a zine can be! Book-sized, if not magazine-sized had been floating around in my mind, but I was pleasantly surprised at how small, portable, and intimate Sonya's zine was.

One-girl Bicycle Club feels like the less-business-y and more creative writing extension of a blog, and I was surprised at how much it felt like I was having a conversation with the writer herself (Sonya sent an additional, purely creative writing-based zine for me to check out as well, which solidified my love and nostalgia for reading poetry and the like)! She shares thoughts on driving (many of which I share), complimentary playlists, a recap of her trip to Chicago; there's really so much variation in article types and formats that the zine reads like the baby of a collection of magazine articles and a personal essay, and I can get down with that.

I'm still foreign to the zine format and culture, but I'm totally intrigued! It makes me miss the kind of creative writing I did in years past, as opposed to the more "non-fiction" - if you want to call it that - and editorial type of writing I do as a blogger.

Sonya urged me to check out some other zines by just browsing Etsy, and I have to say, there are loads of beautiful looking pieces out there. I can see why she loves them so much! There are such lovely artistic gems in here, and a lot look and feel like some of the college literary magazines I've seen. Some of the ones that caught my eye?

1. number one: a zine of firsts 2. photomill 3. abandoned 4. these are the people in my 'hood 5. if teas were people 6. vonnecats 7. fairy tales by theFiligree 8. in between 9. cetacean handbook

What are some of your favorite zines? Do you write any? 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

I'm changing things up a bit this week. I know I said I'd be shifting my book reviews to Goodreads, but this book was just too good to not share with you all.

I received a copy* of Shawn Achor's latest book, Before Happiness, and had a hunch I'd enjoy it (if you've been a long-time reader of My Life as a Teacup, you know all about my intrigue with the science of happiness). When I actually cracked it open though, I was most pleasantly blown away.

Before Happiness is all about changing your perspective on life. By reshaping your environment and looking at a situation from a new perspective can give you the tools you need to make the most out of anything - a lofty goal, an unexpected challenge, you name it! I read a lot about the science of happiness and goal-setting in my spare time, and after awhile, the analysis and advice starts to all blur together. Just by changing your outlook, however, Achor posits that you can radically change your performance and outcome and gives you the tools to do it, walking you though the process step-by-step.

Sure, there are steps to achieving your goals that get reiterated time after time, and for good reason, but Achor approaches this whole "how to be happier" in a new way, offering up strategies that were new, even to me. Many of the strategies are active and framed as small activities, like drawing a map of your world (it sounds crazy now, but just try it!) and mapping your goals (rukristin Find Your Voice graduates, you'll know what I'm talking about!) that are really helpful.

And to top it all off, Achor brings some really hilarious stories to the forefront to illustrate his points. It's like reading about being happy was fun or something...

If you're interested in more ways to boost your happiness, take a look into Happify or peruse some of my favorite motivational and happiness-related non-fiction reads.

little loves
♥ I finally got around to seeing Bride & Prejudice. Two words: Naveen Andrews. First he's British, then I find he can dance crazy Bollywood style (and still kill a man a la Sayid with his legs) ♥ I started using Beaucoo about a month ago, at the recommendation of Of Corgis and Cocktails and it's great for getting a sense of how clothes really fit! ♥ friends who tip you off when your photo pops up in a Mashable article xD ♥ The Cup Song - I'm late to the party here, as I usually am, but have basically listened to this 20 times a day on repeat. It's super catchy. ♥ a long overdue yoga session ♥

What are you loving this week?

*I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, but all opinions are my own. It's definitely worth a read!