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, July 30, 2012

Thought Catalog

Currently listening to: Spellbound by Doves

I recently came across a website called Thought Catalog, a "place for relevant and relatable non-fiction and thought." Each day, a wide number of contributors post articles about jobs, relationships, family, humor, and overall life. Just as it says, almost all of the articles are somehow relatable to almost everyone, which I find incredible. Now, I check the blog every day for new updates. Here are a few of the articles that have touched me or made me laugh: 
Why I Write
Questions I Have for People In Relationships
Tips For Being the +1 At A Wedding
Where Does Love Go When It Dies
Have a look around the site, I know you'll find something you like. 

In other news, I've been working on Brave at Heart, my Harry Potter prequel, and even though it's slow, the work is steady. I've finished chapter 2 and I'm working on chapter 3! Here's a short excerpt from 2. Definitely not the most exciting part of the chapter, but I still need to work on the wording for the climax. This chapter takes place at Lucius and Narcissa's wedding:

Evidently, his cousins had spotted Lucius, also. “Look at him, won’t you?” Lenore Crabbe said with a look of pure enthrallment. “My father is old friends with Abraxas Malfoy. If only they had waited another few years—”

“You’re talking about Lucius? Well I think he tries just a little too hard,” Regulus said, crossing his arms, which made Sirius smile. At least he wasn’t alone in thinking that Lucius Malfoy was a stuck-up prick. “I mean really, he needs an occasion like this to make contacts at the Ministry?”  

Lenore Crabbe looked sour at that comment, but Evan and Rabastan both nodded.

“You jealous?” Sirius muttered into Regulus’s ear. He knew Regulus fancied Lenore.

Regulus stepped on his foot. “Shut up!” he hissed.

I'm a premed student, and for the past few weeks I've been shadowing a surgeon--one of the reasons my writing has been going so slowly. I come home and I'm exhausted. It's been such an incredible experience, but I think I'll give it a post of its own.

So, did you find anything on Thought Catalog? Comment with your favorite articles! Props for anyone who actually submits anything! I'm working on a short piece that I may or may not submit, about my time at the hospital. 

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