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On Being a “Show-Off”

On Being a “Show-Off”

Twice in the last week, I’ve been called a show-off. This is nothing new for me, but it really ticks me off. Especially now, with all that’s happening. Let me tell you why. Even before I started school, I loved to read. Books were my only friends, for a long time. I was a weird … Continue reading

On Life: Advocating for the Devil, 101

***Disclaimer: If you’re super religious and/or don’t like having your beliefs questioned, you may want to steer clear of this one.*** When I was a junior in college, I took a class in professional arguing. (Well, okay, technically it was Advanced Negotiation, but arguing is more fun to say.) One of the most useful things … Continue reading

A Public Apology to Hemingway (Sort Of)

A Public Apology to Hemingway (Sort Of)

One of the questions I get asked most often, by those who read my blog, is: “Veronica, why in the H do you hate Hemingway so much?” The answer to this question is as complex as my love of awkwardness. I hate him because I respect him. Also, because I feel like he probably never … Continue reading

“Fear of Falling” by Veronica Park

What do they always say, when you’re climbing high? “Don’t look down.” Why do they say it? Does it really matter? Does it make a difference where you’re looking, as long as you keep moving, keep climbing in the right direction? And what will happen if you ignore the warning, and look down? Will you … Continue reading

YAY!!! …Wait.

I saw this today while I was updating my personal Goodreads profile, and I was like “OMG I’m in the top FIVE!!?” And THEN I looked at the top part and I was all, “Oh. That’s only for reviewers posting from the tiny tropical island I live on. Riiiiiight.” (Fail.) This, children, is why it’s important … Continue reading

When Earworms Attack

It almost feels like an understatement when I say that the online writing community has been a game changer in my life. It’s a daily blessing that I rely on, a source of inspiration, and a constant reminder that I’m not alone in doing all those bizarre writerly things I do. (e.g. talking to myself, … Continue reading

Summer Sun Award!

I’d like to thank the lovely and EXTREMELY talented Rhiann Wynn-Nolet for this little slice of sunshine: The intent of this award is to present it to someone who brightens your day either in blog format or in general and to have a little fun with giving up some summer secrets. 1. Favorite song with summer … Continue reading

Introducing…the Sexy Good Guy

When I was a teenager, I had some really unrealistic expectations of what a “real man” should be like. “Kill some dragons for me, Dave!” Maybe it was because I was a stereotypical “good girl,” and I believed people when they said that “opposites attract.” Maybe it was because all I knew about romance, I learned from … Continue reading

The Last Thursday’s Children: What Will Suffice

Sufficed to say, I’ve never really understood that saying. I mean, I used to think “that will suffice” meant something along the lines of “that’s plenty.” Or “that’s more than enough.” Sufficient, of course, being the general idea behind both of these terms. But I was wrong. Here’s what it actually means: “sufficient – of … Continue reading

Thursday’s Children 8.1.13: Inspired by Floating

Today’s TC post comes a day late. But in my defense, I didn’t realize yesterday was Thursday…so. Anyway, I recently stumbled across this photographer’s website, while I was searching for cool photos to create a “future cover” mockup for one of my books. (Oh, don’t act like you’ve never done it, fellow writers!) Her name … Continue reading

Well Hello There, August.

I had a friend in high school who used to live by the phrase, “Nothing good ever happens in August.” I really do mean that, literally. For one month during the summer, every single year, if you called her up and asked her to hang out…go to the movies…go camping, whatever, she would simply respond … Continue reading

The Social Awkwardness Test

Are you truly socially awkward? Or are you simply pretending to be awkward, since Zooey Deschanel and Emma Stone made it cool? Find out for sure by taking this test! THE (ACTUALLY) SOCIALLY AWKWARD TEST by Veronica Park A. Give yourself ONE awkward point (each) if… 1. When you wore a dress to school, you had to … Continue reading

Thursday’s Children 7.4.13: Inspired by Spam

Today’s TC post is written in the cherished style of “rant,” and inspired by the obnoxious–and yes, occasionally hilarious–spam I find in my comments inbox. (By the way, thank you, Askimet, for keeping these off my homepage. I really don’t say that enough.) Here are a few of my favorites: (along with my response) “Some viewers … Continue reading