5 Authors Who Have Inspired Me

5 Authors Who Have Inspired Me

Reading can take you away from all those pesky problems. Books are cool like that.

I have read my fair share of books throughout my short nineteen years of life. Most of them have been pretty similar stories, but with vastly different authors. It always amazes me how two completely different people, with two different backgrounds, can create such similar stories. There are much more than just five authors who have inspired me, but that list might be a bit too long. Without further ado, here are the top five authors who have inspired me.

1. J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, struggled when trying to publish her series Harry Potter. She was denied many times to publish her series, but she never gave up. Thankfully she didn't because the Harry Potter series have always been my favorite book series. J.K. Rowling went through plenty of other struggles in her life and that's what inspires me the most. That although plenty of people told her no, she kept going.

2. Malala Yousafzai

She is the author of I Am Malala. I will not lie to you and tell you I have read her book, because I haven't. But I have heard a lot about the author and have been truly fascinated by her and her story. Malala started out as a blogger before she wrote this book. Malala is an activist for female education and obviously a feminist. I thought that she was truly inspiring for writing and blogging about the things she believes in.

3. Rachel Caine

Okay, so while everyone will probably judge me for this, I'm still adding her to the list. Rachel Caine, to me, is best known for her series The Morganville Vampires. When I was younger, I was absolutely obsessed with these books. I know, yuck, I was one of those girls who liked vampires. Spoiler alert, I still do. Rachel Caine is inspiring to me because even though her books weren't particularly popular for a long time, she still kept writing them. She wrote weird things and didn't care what others thought. Her books entertained me for the longest time. If I ever write a book, I can only hope I am as carefree with my writing as she is.

4. Stephen King

This list could not be complete if Stephen King wasn't on it. I am not a die hard fan, but I appreciate his books and writing style. King has truly become the king of creepy. I was only 10 the first time I read one of this books and while I can't remember which one it was, I will tell you how truly creeped out I was by it. Just like Rachel Caine, King is on the list because I love how he writes.

5. James Patterson

James Patterson has been a favorite of mine for a really long time. If you haven't noticed, I was obsessed with a lot of fiction and James Patterson is one of the best fiction writers in the whole world, to me at least. I admire and have been inspired by James Patterson so much because he wrote all the things I wanted to. My favorite books by him are the Witch and Wizard series. I admire the way he took such a complex story plot and made it so simple to read. James Patterson's writing style is something I hope to achieve in my life.

Obviously the majority of these authors wrote fiction. I am not a big non-fiction reader, but I know when an author is worth giving a shout out to. I hope everyone who read this decided to check out these authors if you don't already know them. These authors are truly amazing and I hope everyone else is experiencing the same excitement as I do when I read. I was constantly teased for always having a book in my hand in school, but I didn't care and neither should any of you. I am in college now and I don't have a lot of time to just sit down and read a book so I am glad I was a nerd in middle school and read all the books that I could when I had the time. Books are amazing and I wish more people understood that. So if anyone out there is reading this and you are constantly being picked on for reading, just ignore them. Books can take us to a whole new world. Why would you give that up just because some middle school bullies think it's not cool? I know it's hard to ignore the teasing, but just remember you have a whole new world in your hands when you hold a book. Reading can take you away from all those pesky problems. Books are cool like that.

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Walt Disney World Tips from a Pro

Even the experts need tips.

I've learned a thing or two about Disney from my frequent trips there growing up. Although I would consider myself a "Disney Pro," even the pros need some help from time to time.  Here are 16 tips to take in mind during your next trip to Walt Disney World. 

Value Resorts have just as much to offer as Moderate or Deluxe Resorts.

I always hear that Value Resorts don't have as much to offer as Moderate or Deluxe Resorts, but I believe they have just as much to offer. You get the same perks you would if you stayed at Moderate Resort. Personally, I prefer staying Pop Century- this will always be my number one choice for a hotel when I go to Disney.

Get the Park Hopper Option.

Disney's Park Hopper option is a lifesaver, especially when you plan to spend 4 days at Walt Disney World. You get to experience 2 or more parks each day, which means twice the fun! My tip: try and visit all four parks in one day during your next trip!

Get the Disney Dining Plan, not the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.

My parents made this mistake on two of our vacations. You become too focused on when you have to schedule a dinner and use your credits, instead of enjoying your trip. It will be worth it in the end.

Get Memory Maker.

Get Memory Maker to help make your trip a little easier. I recommend getting it before your trip because it is cheaper. Plus when you get home, you can customize you photos by adding boarders and stickers!

Get tons and tons of pins.

Disney has a variety of pins (they are free!) that you can get to help make your trip more magical. They have a first trip pin, a birthday pin, a celebrating pin, a just engaged pin, a just married pin, and even an anniversary pin. Make sure to grab yourself a few pins to take home!

Wear Matching Shirts.

Matching shirts bring humor to your trip. You can look back and see how silly you look wearing these over the top shirts. I used to be against them, but they are growing on me and are now a tradition in my family.

Buy Mickey Ears or a Mickey Hat.

No trip is complete without Mickey Ears or a Mickey Hat. Buy the pair that speaks to you or go with the classics. If you aren't a fan of ears, grab yourself a hat! You can customize the ears to make your trip more special. My favorite ears are my Star Wars ears (they light up), whereas my favorite hat is my graduation ears I got to remember my special day.

Download the Disney Parks app.

The Disney Parks app is a completely free app, which helps make your trip easier. You can get wait times in real time, as well as book dining, make FastPass+ reservations, and even look at your Memory Maker photos!

Character Dining isn't just for children.

You will not regret having breakfast, lunch, or dinner with the characters (even if you are an adult). Character dining helps make your trip more magical, knowing that you get to see the characters without having to stand in line. I think my personal favorite character dining has to be either Tusker House at Animal Kingdom (breakfast with Mickey and his safari friends) or Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom (breakfast with Cinderella and the princesses).

You will have to stand in line at some point.

Unfortunately, you will have to stand in line at some point, whether it be to see a character or get on a ride or waiting for the bus, you will have to stand for long periods of time. My tip: wear comfortable shoes, it makes all the difference.

One word: FastPass+.

Get FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance (if you have a reservation). FastPass+ is a game changer for Disney. Make sure to get FastPass+ for rides you really want to get on or for rides you know will have a long wait time. I recommend getting FastPass+ for Peter Pan (always over 120 wait time), Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs, Splash Mountains, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, Avatar: Flight of Passage (absolutely amazing!), Expedition Everest, Aerosmith, and Tower of Terror.

Visit the Countries.

EPCOT's countries are one of Disney's best attractions (in my opinion). When I went to Disney with my best friend, I truly discovered the beauty of each country. My tip: take a photo in each country to show how each one is different.

Be sure to check out each resort.

If you have the time, go check out the resorts you would like to stay at. You can check out different resorts by simply hopping onto a bus or hopping on the Monorail to check out the resorts near Magic Kingdom, it's eye-opening to see how each resort is different. My favorite resort to visit is Disney's Grand Floridian, this hotel is so beautiful!

Spend time at your resort.

It's nice to spend a day or an evening taking in your resort. Whether it be spending the day at the pool or walking around to see the different themes, you paid money to stay there. I love staying at Pop Century because each group of rooms is based on a decade. Typically, I stay in the 50's and I love going to the Flower pool.

Ship your merchandise back to your room.

Disney's free delivery option makes spending money easy. You can get everything you buy sent back to your hotel, free of charge, as long as you fill out the form. I use this option because I typically buy glass ornaments or jewelry, it makes my life easier knowing it will be at my hotel instead of having to worry about it.

Splurge and get what you want.

You never know when you will be going back to Walt Disney World, so splurge and get what you want. Typically, I get Alex and Ani bracelets as my splurge item, but during my last trip, I got a pearl from China. It's my favorite piece of jewelry, worth every penny!!


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Poetry On Odyssey: On A Dark Road

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Let's talk. For a while now, every week a poem has gone up from me, and every week I have been somewhat apprehensive when posting it. There's something about revealing one's innermost thoughts through writing that can be scary, and having something artistic like a poem somehow makes it worse in my mind. But, as of late, I've realized that it doesn't matter.

Much like singing and other forms of art, poetry is a tool for a performer, writer, or author to express themselves. It IS an extension into the mind of the author, and their perception of the world around them. It ISN'T a reflection of a person's worth, or of their humanity. Sometimes I feel like we lose sight of that, and I'm talking to the performers out there when I say this, not necessarily to the audiences. We all tend to beat ourselves up over things that are inconsequential, or are harder on ourselves than reasoning dictates we should be, and we should be aware of this.

My hope in saying this is to make people realize that the better we treat ourselves, hopefully, the better we will treat those around us. Gosh, wasn't this supposed to be a poem? I'll get off my soapbox now, apologies, and I hope you enjoy.

The dark road,

The night sky,

The lantern lights,

That pass on by,

The horizon black,

Resurgently clear,

Uncertainly manifested,

A thin veneer,

Mysterious in every way,

Hiding from the light of day,

Only coming out to play,

On a night,

so black and clear,

A trail without start,

Nor end,

A place for weary souls,

To mend,

Two lanterns bright,

Light the way,

Distracting us from our pain,

and sin,

We travel for the journey,

not the end,

We cruise on down,

'Round the bend,

The clouds open,

and stars shine,

On a dark road,

Without end,

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