Hi! It's firefly114, author from inkpop and fictionpress and owner of the Fire Me Up website! I'm also Mischief1Managed on fanfiction.net and Amortentia Black on mugglenet. Here's my blog, for rambles and updates. If you have any requests (and I love requests) of things you want me to give my opinion on, or questions to answer, shoot me an email at laurel.firemeup@gmail.com or ask on my formspring widget on the lower right side.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Currently listening to: O Valencia! by The Decemberists

Hey guys! As I mentioned before, things in my life have become a little... hipster. Maybe it's me being tired of everyone always being, looking, and acting the same, maybe it's me being bored with life, or maybe it's just the influence of my boyfriend (who can be seen walking the streets in skinny jeans and a pulled back beanie)... who knows. Anyway, it's been quite fun. I'm not actually a hipster, but things have been leaning that way. The other day, I was in class and I get a text from my friend who was hanging out in my dorm asking what the heck I was doing with an anthology of British Literature... there I am for you! I've been rereading some of my favorites. 

One of my all-time favorite poems is The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. There are so many parts of the poem that I love, but I'm always a sucker for descriptive words (especially about nature) that flow off the tongue... like the first part of the stanza. I love it. 

April is the cruellest month, breeding 
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
Memory and desire, stirring 
Dull roots with spring rain.

When I write, sometimes I find myself rushing the action. I try to remember that it's important to slow down and write descriptions that will paint just the right amount of a picture for readers. If I notice myself skipping through the descriptions, I try to take a break and come back to my writing when there's less pressure to finish quickly and when I'm more relaxed--that way I give myself more time to think of just the right wording for my descriptions: alliteration, personification, similes and metaphors can all work together to make a great descriptive passage. 

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The best way to write an essay: Written Kitten
What I wore today... on my polyvore!
Indie Rock Cafe: lots of free downloads here!
Weird writing habits of famous authors
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Updates: I've been in contact with my betas and I started working on my stories again! Well, mainly my Harry Potter prequel series. Yay! I am working on posting the new prologue on my blog, so click on the "Harry Potter" tab and find the prologue link!