About The Book: Flux by Orion Carloto

About The Book: Flux by Orion Carloto

She has an unique way with words that allows the reader to feel/relate to her emotions.

Over the last few years, Orion Carloto has accumulated quite the following on social media. Her internet presence began when she created a YouTube channel during her teenage years; it's filled with videos of her travels, short films based off of her own writing, and advice videos. She's now twenty one and on October 24 of this year she released her first book entitled Flux

. Its content of poetry and prose was "written from the many states of grief over a broken heart." The 181 paged book contains illustrations, in black and white, by Katie Roberts. One month prior to the released date, Orion also released a trailer on her channel for the book which offered a preview to the subject matter.

I stumbled across Orion's YouTube channel three years ago and was immediately captivated by her work. Her video interpretations of her writings blew me away; the emotions behind her words were unlike anything I had ever witnessed. Her travel videos also were so aesthetically pleasing that I've watched them more times than I'd like to admit.

I purchased Flux

purchased the week it was released. I was visiting my girlfriend in Austin, Texas and we had to visit three different book stores before we were able to find a copy; most Barnes and Noble stores were sold out. I've only read through it once and am currently rereading it in order to jot down the page numbers of my favorite pieces. I was moved by the entire book but some parts of the book hit me harder than others. While reading through it the first time, I could feel her pain (at one point I had that sinking stomach feeling) and I think that's the most powerful thing about Orion: she has an unique way with words that allows the reader to feel/relate to her emotions.

Many of her followers post images of Flux

to their social media accounts and Orion has said that she loves looking through her tagged images to see people enjoying Flux

. For years everyone wondered when we would get a book from her; we knew it was bound to happen one day but we didn't realize how fast it would come. The excitement for Orion's highly anticipated book has yet to die down and I don't think it will. She bares her soul and pain for the world to read and gives her viewers something to look to in their time of heartbreak.

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But we still say Roll MF Tide!


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1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

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Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

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