Attention! Calling All Nerds! I Need Your Help!

Now, stomach I love you all, my readers. And I don’t ask much of you, or anyone for that matter. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

You all know that I love to write, and it is my passion in life.

Now it’s time to turn that hobby and passion into something real and something something concrete.

I am currently working on a second novel…but I’ve already published a first novel, Another Chance for Summer, in the Kindle store. And I’ve wanted to get it actually published for quite some time now. And it’s not easy. I’ve gotten about a hundred million rejection letters. And it gets frustrating and annoying and just downright discouraging. So I’ve decided to make matters into my own hands and just publish it on my own.

I don’t know if any of you know anything about self-publishing, but it is NOT cheap. Especially on a poor, broke college girl living in Southern California’s salary. We’re talking roughly 500 to 1500 dollars to publish this!

But that doesn’t keep me down.

I have a plan and it’s called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a website where you can start a project, where its recording an album, starting a book of your photography, starting a clothing line or, yes, publishing a book, and you can ask people to help fund the project.

That is what I am doing.

It’s officially up and ready to go, just click here. It is up and running until September 13th, 8 pm Pacific time zone. I am asking for 500 dollars…and I have to reach all 500 dollars or I won’t get any of the money at all.

Now I’m not asking for a lot but every dollar helps…a dollar, two dollars, five dollars, whatever you can give!

I hope that you can help out and help me live my dreams.

And if you have a dream and want to start a Kickstarter, let me know! and I’d be MORE than happy to help!

Making Changes, Making Moves

Now, pharmacy most of my blog posts are strictly nerd or fandom related, and usually I spend a good 500-1000 words being silly and crazy and talking about awesome fandom stuff.

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different, a little more personal and a lot more me.

 DON’T LEAVE! Hear me out:

I know it’s not nerd, but if you follow this blog, I hope that you have at least some attachment to me, whatanerdgirlsays. So i hope that you can hear me out and enjoy this post, even if its not what I usually write.

In the past few months, I’ve been dealing with a lot…most of it stress. I’ve been in a job that I absolutely hated, I was working 40 or more hours a week, I wasn’t seeing my friends or my family or my boyfriend, I had no time to write or read, my grades were falling and I was gaining weight like crazy. I was downright miserable.

But, I don’t know, one day, I just woke up and decided, enough was enough. I’m only twenty-four years old and now is the time to live life.

So, first, I started this blog. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly happy this blog makes me. It makes me happier than I’ve been in awhile. I love writing it, I LOVE hearing feedback from you guys. I’m seriously starting to think of creating whatanerdgirlsays stickers or buttons or bracelets or something because I am so insanely attached to this blog. Its something that I’ve seriously enjoyed doing because it’s so me. I love to write and I love all things nerd. So thank you for reading this blog and giving me a reason to keep writing it.

Secondly, after being miserable all summer, working an insane amount of hours and not being able to actually enjoy my summer, I quit my job. That’s right, I quit. I realized that in a few years, when I finally graduate college, I’m going to be working a 40+ hour week for the rest of my life…and until then, I need to worry less about work and more about me. So I’m done and I quit. I do not currently have a job, but I am looking (if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears) and I’m looking for something with less hours, so that I can pay my bills (which aren’t a lot) and I can still enjoy my life.

Then I decided it was time to live out my dreams.

Okay, that probably sounded pretty corny. It’s so true though!

Instead of focusing all my time and energy on a job that I hated, I’m focusing on the things that I want to focus on.

Like spending more time with my family and my friends and my boyfriend.

Like putting way more focus on school! I know that the biggest thing that is going to help me in life, with becoming a teacher, and even with becoming a writer, is to finish school and to finish my education and work has been holding me back from that for far too long.

Like finally coming to terms with who I am and what I look like. I’m a nerd, and I’ve found myself an awesome group of nerd friends and I’ve got a good family and a great boyfriend. And even though there are days when I look in the mirror and am unhappy with what I see, I have more and more days where I’m accepting how I look and I’m happy that I’m the way I am.

And doing what I love most: writing. And I’m doing two things with my writing. One is this blog. I want more time to devote to this blog.

My second thing with my writing is to finish my second novel. I’ve been working on it for about a year and a half and honestly, I’ve been stuck for ages. I haven’t had the time to sit there and think about my main characters and where I want them to go and what I want them to do. I haven’t had the time to write. And I want to focus on writing more than anything because it is my dream job.

And I want to get my first novel published. Another Chance for Summer was started when I was 19 and finished when I was about 21 or 22. Its currently published through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’ve mostly gotten good responses from it. Hey, you can’t please everyone!

And of course, I’ve sent out about a million manuscripts and letters to different publishers. And of course, I’ve got a million no’s.

Though that’s extremely discouraging and disappointing, I’m trying my super very best not to let it get me down. I know that Meg Cabot was rejected a million times, I know that J.K. Rowling (all hail the Queen!) was shot down before little ol Bloomsbury took it on. I know that even the best have gotten rejected at times.

So, I’m taking matters into my own hands. I’m not going to sit around any longer and just wait for things to happen and wait for my dreams to come true.

I’m going out there and getting things done! I’v decided that I’m going to self-publish Another Chance For Summer. And it’s not cheap. So I’m looking to save some money and I’m starting a Kickstarter for the project to get YOUR help in making this possible. My project isn’t up and running quite yet but once it is, I’ll post about it!

So I’m making changes in my life and I’m finally doing what I want to do rather than what is expected of me. And I’m trying to live my life the way I want to live it: with the people I love and doing the things that I love. I’m so proud of myself for coming to these realizations and for making the moves to make my life better and to make my dreams come true!

But I can’t take all the credit for that. I have to throw a shout-out to my friend Tony, who runs his own website, facebook page and video blog on his own life changes. He tried to get onto the show, The Biggest Loser, made it so far and so close and just didn’t quite make it. But instead of letting it get him down, he’s been losing weight on his own and making his own changes, like quitting his job and getting a job that fits his dreams. His video blog is super fun to watch it and the moves he’s been making and the life that he’s urging himself to live is a serious inspiration to me and it shows me that you CAN do it, even when you think you can’t.

So I’m sorry for the super long post and I hope that you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. I’ll have more information on my Kickstarter project to get Another Chance for Summer published in a few days, I hope, and, of course, I’ll share it will all of you lovely people. Thanks, as always, for reading and I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing back from you!

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Goodnight, Pond: My New Favorite Children’s Book

Now, drug very recently, decease I discovered a fantastic parody artist by the name of James Hance. I was on one of my favorite parody/meme sites and saw a picture of Star Wars characters drawn to look like Classic Winnie the Pooh. These are two of my favorite things: Winnie the Pooh is my favorite Disney character easily and I love Star wars. These prints are adorable as hell and definitely caught my attention.


 ©James Hance

Now, approved of course, I had to find out what this was! So I did a little Google work and found his website and fell in love. His work with Winnie the Pooh and Star Wars is called Wookiee the Chew and is so gosh darn cute, any little nerd (or grown up nerd, like me) will just fall in love.

Not only does he do these, but he also does parody artwork of the Muppets, Avengers, Doctor Who, Narnia and much much more. He has prints you can buy, t-shirts and books all depicting his wonderful artwork.

The most recent thing that I have found is his Doctor Who parody book, Goodnight, Pond, co-writing with Leila Miyamoto and creating all the artwork himself.


The influence for this book, of course, is Goodnight Moon, the 1947 children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and one of the most well known of children’s books. This book follows the same premise, with the narrator saying good night to all of our favorite things from Doctor Who, like the sonic screwdriver, the Tardis, River Song’s little book of spoilers, the fez and the bowtie. It is absolutely endearing and the artwork is fantastic. This is easily my new favorite children’s book (ooh, but Green Eggs and Ham!) and this is something I will be keeping very close to me over the years, especially to read to my future little Whovians.

You can purchase this book, and tshirts, prints, books, etc. at his website, which I have linked above. I recently purchased Wookiee the Chew: The House at Chew Corner and am sure that it will be just as delightful as Goodnight Pond.

As a last little note, all money earned from the Wookiee the Chew line goes to Hance’s Hugs for Maddy, a fund to help him and his wife pay for hospital bills and such for their daughter, Madison, who is super cute and also very sick. I encourage everyone to help support this cause. Not only are you getting a one of a kind, adorable piece of nerd art, but you’re helping a fellow nerd in need, and that is the best part.

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Eleven Hottest Fictional Characters…Because I Couldn’t Narrow It Down to Ten

The Ten…Excuse Me, tadalafil Eleven Hottest Fictional Characters

This of course is according to me. I’m a fangirl and let’s face it, as much as I love magic and blades and action and battles and just straight up kicking ass, I love it even more when the characters are hot. I love to pine away for those characters that kick ass and win their way into the main character’s hearts…and mine too.

So judge me if you will. This may not be a post to change the world, but if you’re a fan girl like me, you totally are on the same page as me. Don’t deny it. I know it.

Also, damn, it was soooooo hard to narrow it down to eleven.

11. Peter Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia


Let me make this quite clear, I mean Peter Pevensie from the movies not the books. Don’t get me wrong, C.S. Lewis created a wonderful world and great stories. However, I have an issue with his views of women and the way he represents Lucy and Susan. I just…I can’t stand it. I like the movies a lot because they give Lucy and Susan especially more action and you all know that I love a girl in action. Moving on, William Moseley is HOT! His British accent melts any girl’s heart. His character is great too, he is a young boy, leading a country torn to pieces against the powerful White Witch. Sir Peter Wolfsbane of Narnia can ride up on his horse any day and I’ll be happy to go along.

Notable quotes: 

“Peter Pevensie, formerly of Finchley. Beaver also mentioned that you planned on turning him into a hat.”

10. Roger Sullivan from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 


For those of you who don’t know where he is from, which I’m sure most of you won’t, Roger Sullivan is the main male character in Morgan Matson’s novel, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. The basic premise of this book is this: Amy refuses to drive after being involved in the car crash that killed her dad. So Roger, the son of her mother’s friend, steps in to drive her across country to her new home. What starts out as a simple drive across the states turns into an adventure where both the characters learn a little about themselves. Roger Sullivan is hot because he’s up for adventure and because he has some awesome taste in music. He spends the whole trip making new playlists, which are listed at the beginning of new chapters and he has GREAT taste. I seriously have a crush on this guy for his music taste alone.

Notable quotes: 

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for it. Columbus and America. Pinzon, who stumbled on Brazil while looking for the West Indies. Stanley happening on Victoria Falls. And you. Amy Curry, when I was least expecting her.”

9. Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind


You know the reason why Rhett Butler is so sexy? Its because he is the exact opposite of what a Southern gentleman should’ve been at that time, but he is still successful…and he just doesn’t give a damn. He does what he wants to get what he wants and he is enough to drive any girl nuts. He’s that bad boy that every girl wants. Scarlett sooo wants him the entire novel but she’s not the kind of man she is supposed to want. He’s the bad boy and she has to marry a proper Southern gentleman…until she decides she just doesn’t care anymore and marries him anymore. And she screws up so bad, not realizing how much he loves her and even though it makes me cry every single time because I am so mad at her for messing it all up, I love when Rhett leaves her, so simple, so clean cut. A man with some cajones.

Notable quote(s):

“I believe in Rhett Butler, he’s the only cause I know. The rest doesn’t mean much to me.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” 

8. Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle


He’s a wizard, who has a moving castle, the cutest little apprentice ever in Markl and a charming fire demon named Calcifer. And he loves Sophie, who thinks so little of herself and yet is so extraordinarily special. I love the passion that Howl demonstrates when he tries to protect the people from the bombs in the pointless war and I love how much he wants to protect Sophie. He changes his mind about running away and being a coward and he grows up so much because of Sophie and because of his love for her. That combined with the fact that Christian Bale is the voice for the English dub makes for one awesomely hot character.

 Notable quotes:

Sorry, I’ve had enough of running away, Sophie. Now I’ve got something I want to protect. It’s you.

7. Peeta Mellark From Hunger Games


I’m sure there are going to be a lot people, the ones who know me at least, who don’t understand why Peeta Mellark isn’t higher on the list. I love Peeta, I adore him, I wanted him over Gale the entire time. He is so…funny and real. He has a way of fitting himself into most situations and getting along with everyone. And he so genuinely loves Katniss, he is willing to die in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games to save her, he’s constantly fighting and working to protect her, even when he’s not sure how she feels about him. He’s willing to marry her, even though it’s not real, because its a way to protect her. He spins perfect lies to keep her safe. And I adore him for that, even though its so unlikely that a boy could be like that. The only reason he is this low on the list is for one reason…and this is more my little beef with Suzanne Collins. There is a scene where Katniss tells Peeta to stay with her and he says “Always”. I’m sorry, but that line belongs to the one and only Severus Snape. That knocked him down a few points in my book.

Notable quote(s):

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” 

“Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”

6. William Herondale from the Infernal Devices series


When I first started reading the Infernal Devices (let me warn you, there will be spoilers), I hated Will. God, what an asshole. Jace was always a jerk (read later) but he wasn’t deliberately vindictive and hateful. Will’s attitude toward Tessa was horrible, especially since you knew Tessa had feelings for him. I loved Jem better easily. But then I read the second book of the series, Clockwork Prince, and you learn why Will is such a jerk and you learn just how much he loves Tessa and…oh god, I changed my mind easily. Will is beautiful, dark hair, blue eyes and he is such a talented Shadowhunter and he loves to read and he loves Tessa. This is one Shadowhunter that I would adore to be with…but not as much as another Shadowhunter…Also I think Logan Lerman would make an awesome Will Herondale if they ever decided to make it into a movie.

Notable quote(s): 

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” 

5. The Doctor From Doctor Who


He is a time traveling alien from Gallifrey who can take you anywhere in time and space and is extremely clever and charming. If you could make a Sara sandwich, I would super appreciate if David Tennant would take one side (the 10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) would take the other side. There is not one episode with these two where I am not charmed to no end and where I’m not wishing that the Doctor is going to show up on my doorstep and take me away.

Notable quote(s): I literally could pick a million…seriously

 The Doctor: I said “Rose Tyler”.

Rose: Yeah? …And how was that sentence gonna end?

The Doctor: Does it need saying?

4. Michael Moscovitz from the Princess Diaries


This is the first real crush that I had on a fictional character when I first read the Princess Diaries back in 7th grade, when I was 12 years old. Michael is the hot older brother of Princess Mia’s best friend; he’s a mature senior, who is insanely smart, and musically talented and super sweet. He’s been in love with Mia for years, awkward little Mia, and he’s a super big geek and he literally was my dream boy for years. Then he comes back from Japan after two years and still loves Mia and is still willing to wait for her. Michael is one of my biggest crushes in books because he has literal things I want in a guy. He’s not a dream boy, or something unattainable, he is real! It’s completely possible to find a boy like Michael, and to be quite honest, my boyfriend has a LOT of similarities to him. And Robert Schwartzman, who plays him in the movie, looks exactly like I pictured.

Notable quotes: 

Roses are red
violets are blue
you may not know this
but I love you too

3. Han Solo from Star Wars


Sexiest. Man. Alive. My god. I take it back about Michael Moscovitz being my first real fictional character crush. I easily take that back. You wanna talk about the ultimate bad boy softie? Definitely Han Solo, hands down, easily. Harrison Ford was (is) one of the sexiest men alive and he’s played some badass characters: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, the president of the United States, etc, etc. Now, from the time I was about 6 or 7 years old, one of the only things I wanted to be when I grew up was…Princess Leia. And of course I needed my Han Solo to go along with it. I think Han Solo is sexy, charming, brave and hilarious. He has some of the best lines in the movies, easily. Sigh. Every single time Han Solo says “I know” in Empire Strikes Back, I melt. MELT! And its hot as hell.

Notable Quote(s): 

Princess Leia: I love you

Han Solo: I know 

2. Sirius Black


I have no idea what it is about Sirius Black. Seriously. (Oh, god, completely unintentional pun). He is my second favorite character after Ron Weasley and I think its because I find him so sexy, and not just because the extremely good looking Gary Oldman plays him the movies. I think it’s the way he carries himself. He has a sly sort of humor, and he’s extremely intelligent but he’s human: he’s selfish, he can be mean, he’s impulsive and he’s badass. Dumbledore says stay in the house? Pssh, no one tells Sirius Black what to do. And he comes into Harry’s life, ready to love him and ready to be there for him, to be that father figure that he needs. It’s just so fantastic.

Notable quote(s): 

“We are a part of you. Invisible to anyone else.”

1. Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood


I have the biggest damn fan girl crush on Jace Lightwood…it’s insane. I’m like a 12 year-old-girl, writing Mrs. Jace Lightwood all over my notebooks or something. From the minute I met him in City of Bones, I was a goner. He’s was hot, charming and snarky and a badass Shadowhunter. And he’s been raised so rough and he doesn’t believe in love or affection…even family love, until he meets Clary. And then you can see him change, fall in love with Clary and love Alec, Isabelle and Max as his siblings and so on. It’s absolutely positively corny but hell it is sexy. Jace Lightwood gets the biggest fangirl turn on for this list for me.  If I’m in the need of a little boost, or I need to hear some awesomely corny, romantic lines, I pick up one of the first three Mortal Instruments and fall in love with Jace Lightwood alllll over again. Can I just say that I am so bummed that Jamie Bower is playing him in the movie? God, I was hoping for Alex Pettyfer so bad.

Notable quote(s): 

“There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”  

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.” 


So these are the eleven guys of my nerd, fandom, fantasy world that I would not mind in the slightest spending the night with. Now you can judge me all you want, but I think you’re lying when you say you have absolutely no nerd crushes.

So let me know what you think of my list, and tell me yours! I’m dying to fall in love with some of those awesome fictional men out there!

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The Best 100 Teen Books

NPR (also known as National Public Radio) released an article today that highlights the best 100 teen novels of all time.

The Best Teen Novels of all Time

The list is based on the votes of over 70, cheapest 000 people, medicine most likely not all teens. Over the years, medical teen literature has become a title only. You find nowadays that more and more adults are enjoying teen literature.

Now, I love to read. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that quite a few times. So imagine my shock when I realized I’ve only 45 out of the 100 books or series listed! I was actually pretty disappointed! How could I, whatanerdgirlsays, not have read so many of these novels!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this list. It was voted on my readers so I feel like that is a good thing and a bad thing. The good is that they’re getting the results from the people who are actually reading these books. The bad news is that they’re getting it from the people who are reading these books and so a lot of the books on this list are very very recent and therefore may not actually deserve to be up there. I mean, I love Hunger Games, I do. They are fantastic books, but #2 on the best teen books EVER? That, I wouldn’t agree with.

However, there are a ton of my favorite books on there. The Harry Potter series takes the cake at #1, as it should. Tamora Pierce has three of her series on there: Song of the Lioness at 50, Trickster series at 83, The Immortals at 83 and Circle of Magic at 86. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took 5 and 7, respectively.   Some of my favorite old school fantasies (and movie adaptations!), The Princess Bride (17) and Howl’s Moving Castle (36) made the list. Cassandra Clare’s series made it to 21 and 29, Divergent (19) and Delirium (52) were on the list. My girl Meg Cabot’s most famous series, The Princess Diaries, was in at 49 and my other queen of teen lit, Sarah Dessen, had four of her books in the top 100. And of course, many many more.

But the books that really caught my eye were the 55 books that I haven’t read. Now some of them, I’ve started and never finished (Leviathan, etc.) and some of them I just have no desire to read (cough, Anne of Green Gables, cough) but there are a TON of books on there that look really good that I haven’t even HEARD of before! So I love when lists like this come out because I can see how my favorites did and I can learn about new books that later become part of my favorites. One author that I’m seriously gravitating to John Green, who had a total of FIVE books on the list.

What do you all think of this list? Any books that you super love and that I should check out right away!? As always, let me know in the comments!

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P.S. Meg Cabot, yes, THE Meg Cabot, shared my previous blog post: How Meg Cabot Changed my Life on her official Heather Wells facebook page! Agh, so happy!

How Meg Cabot Changed My Life

Only a few weeks ago, case the latest of chick-lit queen Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series came out: Size 12 and Ready to Rock. This the fourth book in the series and was extremely enjoyable.


Now I’ve been reading Meg Cabot for quite a few years now. I first picked up a book from her twelve years ago, prostate when I was 12, and fell in love with her books. Most people know Meg Cabot as the writer as the ever so popular Princess Diaries series. She’s also the author of a ton of other series as well: the Airhead series, the 1-800-WHERE=R-U series, the Mediator series, and so many more. I have always enjoyed reading her books and anxiously wait for the releases of her new books. I literally am never disappointed.

The thing about Meg Cabot’s books is that they are hilarious. They literally make me laugh every single time. Most of her books are extreme and near-impossible situations. A teen girl finding out she’s a princess of a country and she didn’t know? Suze can talk to ghosts, Jess gets struck by lightning and is suddenly psychic, Em gets her brain transplanted into a supermodel’s body, Jean is a witch, Jen goes to a school with a famous movie star, the ruler of the Underworld falls in love with Pierce, and so on. But the best part about them is that normal teenage things are happening while these not so normal things happen around them. I was not a popular kid in high school, and I had awkward moment after awkward moment. I love reading these books because you can relate to these girls as they are teased and bullied and pine after crushes they never think they can get.

Now my favorite of Meg’s books are the Princess Diaries series, easily. But the ones that I have learned the most from are the Heather Wells series. The four books so far follow Heather Wells, who once upon a time was a pop princess, dating the lead singer of the most popular boy band. She had it all. Until she gained some weight, lost her recording contract, gets dumped by her boyfriend and her mother runs away with her manager and her money. She finds herself living in the upstairs floor at her ex’s brother’s brownstone in New York City, working a job as assistant dorm director at a New York university. Things are normal and fine until murders start happening around her dorm, hem, excuse me, residence hall.

When you get past the humor and the action and the fun of the novels, there are some lessons in these books. Heather used to have it all, the body, the fans, the boyfriend, everything. And now she’s heavier, working a job with not so many perks and pining away after her ex’s brother. But she seems okay, you know? She’s content with her life. She doesn’t hate her mom, or her ex. She is just living her life.

I’ve struggled most of my young adult life with my weight. In high school, I was overweight. When I graduated high school, I lost a ton of weight to the point where I was just under 100 pounds. Not attractive and probably not that healthy. But I thought I looked great. Then, slowly, within the last few years, I’ve gained a lot of weight back. It took a long time for me to come to terms with that. I was used to looking in the mirror and seeing a flat stomach and it was especially disappointing after losing all the weight in the first place. But Heather Wells helped me come to terms with it.

There is nothing wrong with being a size 12, which is what I am now, or a size 2, which is what I used to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 8 or 14 or 22. It just doesn’t matter. What matters is being happy in the skin that you’re in. I may not be perfect size but I’m healthy and I’m happy with the way I am. Sure, I have days when I see girls smaller than me or I try to buy an article of clothing that just doesn’t look right and I get upset and can feel a little down. But the fact is, I’m a healthy girl. Sure, I like my sweets and junk food, but I don’t live off of it. I eat well, I take care of myself and I enjoy really good food and I don’t think that is a bad thing. I have a boyfriend who loves me and most days that I look in the mirror, I’m happy with what I see. But it took a lot to get there.

Not to mention the fact that she has been an amazing inspiration for myself as a writer. She makes me believe in myself, that I can become a writer, even if it takes awhile and even if I get a million no’s. My best friend once told me, after reading my novel, that she could tell that Meg Cabot was an inspiration of mine…that you could sometimes hear Meg Cabot’s voice in mine. I found this to be a huge compliment.

Every time I read one of Meg Cabot’s books, I am in love with the fact that these girls can accept who they are and be happy with how they look, especially Heather. I read these books and I think, I can do this too. I can have my cake and eat it too. I can enjoy good foods and still look cute. I can not kill myself with exercise but be happy with the way that I look. So whenever I’m having a bad day, I pick up a Meg Cabot book. They may not change the world and you most likely won’t be seeing them in high school English classes anytime soon. But ever since I was twelve years old, her books have been changing my life. Whenever I’m feeling down or blue and I need a pick-me-up, especially when I’m feeling down on myself, I pick up one of her books and suddenly, everything feels that much better.

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