Blogger Spotlight: Paulina from I Am Divergent

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, check and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie‘s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

So welcome to the first ever, Blogger Spotlight :)

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Today’s blogger is Paulina from I Am Divergent.Com

Her blog Twitter and her personal Twitter

Her Instagram

Her blog’s Facebook page

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Paulina, a big Divergent fan, claims herself as part of the Amity Faction.

“My faction is amity so I decided to gather up my red and yellow wardrobe and take some amity pictures! Also features some Amity peace bread and a necklace with the faction symbol.”

Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Paulina: Hi I’m Paulina! I run IamDivergent.com (a Divergent fansite) and I love books, movies, food and people. I love Divergent because it rocks (ok that’s not the only reason but bear with me, trying to keep this “short” &  “little” ;) ). I have always been an overall fangirl and I’m loving every part of it. I’m 17 and I live in So Cal and I’m trying to make life as fun as it can be. Fun facts! I was born in Mexico and I play the oboe. Woo!  

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Paulina: I am Divergent is a Divergent fansite that follows the latest news & updates related to the Divergent trilogy. (You can get your daily dose of Tris, Four and the rest of the gang at the site!). It is also a good source of material, the site features information about Divergent (Book & Movie), Insurgent, Allegiant, Free Four, Useful Links and more. Basically all you need if you’re feeling Divergent!

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

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 This is me meeting Veronica Roth. That wasn’t the first time I met her, but it was the first time I could get my book signed and act like a foolish fangirl. I didn’t have to “act cool” thank goodness. I’m bad at that.

Paulina: When I read Divergent I immediately fell in love. I loved it so much, everything about it, and I wanted so badly to be a part or to be involved in the world of Divergent somehow. I had followed fansites for other series in the past and I loved every part of them. I would watch how the fansites would bring people together with common interests and passions and how useful and genuine they fansites all were. I suddenly realized how much I wanted to have my own fansite, how much I wanted to do that for others, especially for a series like Divergent that I fell in love with so strongly. I realized there were already other really great and amazing Divergent fansites out there, but I wanted to be a part of it so badly that I just went for it. And I’m so glad I did! Everyone has been so welcoming and kind. Being a part of a fandom, especially this one, is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in life. 

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Paulina: My favorite nerd memory is when I camped out for the Hunger Games premiere in March last year. That was basically my introduction to nerd-life. I was a noob when I went but I quickly realized I belonged there (I was with my people!). Everyone at school told me I was crazy for camping out in the streets of Downtown LA for a movie, or for waiting in line for hours just to get a glimpse at the awesome people who brought the book to life but that’s when I realized that they’re not as cool as us. Nerd life is much more fun and I made so many life long friendships at the camp out I was surprised I hadn’t tried it sooner. That will forever be my favorite memory because it introduced me to this awesome fun life I am living now.

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The third and fourth pictures were at the hunger games camp out. A group of us that met through facebook met up on Saturday night, March 10th, 2012 (yes, I remember the exact date) at Starbucks then went across the street and started the line for the camp out at 1 am. We stayed up all night till we could “officially” begin camping out at 6 am on Sunday. We were the first 22 in line, group 22, and we are still really close friends to this day!

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Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Paulina: ALLEGIANT & DIVERGENT MOVIE (AAAH!)

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Paulina: Divergent (duh), The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Host. I haven’t read The Mortal Instruments yet but I already know I’ll love it. So might as well put it on the list.

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This picture is of my mom, my dad, my cousin and me camping out for Breaking Dawn Part 2! I love that picture because it shows that I’m not the only nerd in the family. We’re all just and crazy and fun and loving and nerdy! A fangirl family!

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Paulina: WhataNerdGirlSays! ;) FangirlFeeels, CityofShadowhunters, SmittenKitchen & 101Cookbooks (i’m a foodie too).

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Paulina: Is this even a question, um… FOUR. I don’t usually crush on the main character, i’m a side character gal, but Four stole my heart! And Theo James who will play him is so perfect. I can’t wait to see him as Four!

One Last Word from Paulina:

 Shout out to Sara (whatanerdgirlsays) who is awesome! Thanks for including me in this!

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Hope you enjoyed this Spotlight on Paulina, and come back soon for more Blogger Spotlights!

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2013! Featuring Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Veronica Roth, Morgan Matson, Sarah Dessen and more!

I had to come back up to this paragraph to reintroduce this post…because I didn’t realize how long it was going to be! I maybe should have seen the signs from the really super long title…but rest assured, viagra buy this post is mostly pictures, view less words so you don’t have to worry too much! Just enjoy my awesome post, there and stop complaining already!

I’m still kind of recovering from the event. It was an absolute blast but I got sunburnt, and really worn out, and I’m all sore from all the walking and lugging the heavy books around and I got a heat rash and all of that. It was a fun weekend that beat me up haha. I’m still totally recovering.

So, this past weekend was the annual event, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. For those of you who don’t know, it is an event held every year, two days, with tons of authors and poets and book-related things at the University of Southern California (USC). I have been to this event several times in my past, when it was at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It has always been a super fun event, and I’ve met authors like Meg Cabot and Eoin Colfer there.

This year, though, there was so much excitement and SO much going on.

First off, I’ve had the seriously amazing opportunity to meet Tatiana from City of Shadowhunters, Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels and our partner in crime, Megan (who you can follow on Twitter @yugenbliss) through Twitter, and the love of the Mortal Instruments and other fandoms. We all were at WonderCon (Tatiana and Sylvia were in the special meet and greet for TMI too!) and didn’t even realize it! So we planned a Shadowhunter meet up on Saturday, to meet more fans! Check out our cool photo!

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These girls were all SO awesome, and I had a fantastic time meeting them. You can also check out Paulina’s blog, all about the Divergent fandom.

The first event on the agenda was seeing Cassandra Clare (I know, again, I have an obsession…) and Harald Zwart, the director of City of Bones. I was unable to make the actual panel; Sylvia and I went to wait in line for the autographs. One thing that the Festival of Books didn’t do so well, was schedule all the young adult authors overlapping each other. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl were from 2-4, Cassie was from 3-5 and Veronica Roth was from 4-6. Silly. So Sylvia and I waited in line while Megan, Tatiana and my sister Jessica went to the panel.

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Cassandra Clare and Harald Zwart discussing the City of Bones movie :)

Then possibly the coolest thing in the entire world happened. Jessica and Megan joined Sylvia and me in line for Cassie. Now, Sylvia, Tatiana and I were part of the VIP meet and greet at WonderCon and Megan was at WonderCon as well and we were bummed that Harald wasn’t there! Well, he was walking around so we got to meet him finally! I got to have my City of Bones book signed, which had already previously been signed by Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, and Kevin Zegers. Harald and his family was super nice.

After Sylvia, Megan and I basically assaulted him, a ton of people started coming up to him and his son was like “Daddy, you’re famous!” It was adorable.

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Then a professional photographer saw me showing Harald my Fearless rune tattoo and asked to take a picture of him pretending to draw the rune on my shoulder…and then for some reason, he signed his name on my arm haha. I had to wash it off but I got a picture of it!

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Then we met Cassie again!

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I gave her a letter that I had written her and she signed the picture of this two of us at the Mission Viejo library event. She totally remembered me and Vivi from Hebel Designs, who designed the Clockwork Angel necklace that I got from Cassie, was there which was suepr cool.

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After we all met Cassie, we busted a move to the other side of campus to meet Lauren Oliver and Veronica Roth. Lauren Oliver, of course, is the author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, who I met back in March at the Mission Viejo library. Veronica Roth is the author of the Divergent trilogy.

I’ve already met Lauren Oliver so Sylvia, Jessica and Tatiana went to meet her and had a blast with her, as she is an absolutely lovely person :) Then we all met Veronica Roth, which was REALLY exciting, as she is super famous now and she’ll only get bigger now that movie Divergent comes out next year.

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She was SO beautiful and awesome. And I just had to tell her how much I admire her, as she is six months younger than me, and so successful and super talented and I think she’s an absolute inspiration. I also had her sign an extra copy of Divergent and I’m giving it away as a prize, until May 4th. Find out how to win it HERE.

Day TWO!

Day Two was even more fun. We spent the whole day chasing authors around!

First we went to the Penguin booth, put on by Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop to meet Maureen Johnson, the author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and the Shades of London series (I just reviewed The Name of the Star last week). She was so incredibly sweet, and HILARIOUS. I mean, that girl is SO funny.

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She always makes the most fantastic faces. She’s a character. Her tweets the next day all about being in the airport, were just too funny to handle. You should follow her.

After Maureen Johnson, we headed to the Young Adult Fiction: Call Me Maybe panel to hang out with Gayle Forman, Morgan Matson, Sarah Dessen and Robin Benway. The panel was amazing because that’s EXACTLY the type of literature that I want to write, the literature that they write. I write contemporary YA and they had amazing advice and stories, and they really helped me to believe that even though I’m 25, and feeling super unaccomplished, that there is a chance for me. Robin Benway‘s stories of struggling through writing and Gayle Forman talking about the three years it took her to get back into college, it just makes me feel so much better. They were amazing.

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Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, and other such novels. I’ve never read her books but they are now on my “to-read” list on GoodReads and I can’t wait to read her books.

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An extremely blurry picture of Robin Benway. I had never heard of her, but after that panel, I NEED to go and read her books. She was exactly me. She was talking about working crappy jobs and wanting to write and feeling like nothing was going to work out but it did work out and it was so incredibly inspirational to someone, like me, who feels like they just aren’t accomplishing anything. I can’t wait to read her books.

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Me telling Morgan Matson that she is absolutely fantastic. I adore her two books “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” and “Second Chance Summer“. She is such an inspiration for me as well, and I was sooooooo excited to meet her. I don’t think she expects that or something because she was SO happy. She deserves all the praises and more.

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After Morgan Matson, Gayle Forman and Robin Benway, a couple of us (not me), went to meet Melissa de la Cruz, the author of the Blue Bloods series. Here’s a picture of my sister, Jessica, meeting her :)

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After THAT, we all booked it back to the Penguin Booth to meet the AMAZING, AMAZING Sarah Dessen. I was most excited about meeting her ALL weekend. I have been reading Sarah Dessen since I first read Someone Like You when I was 12 years old. I wrote her a letter to tell her, and I pretty much hyperventilated in her presence.

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She LOVED how beat up my Along for the Ride book was, said it looked super super loved (which it totally is), and was just super sweet. Her name is Sarah Elizabeth and I’m Sara Elizabeth and yeah, I got a total kick out of that :) We also were able to take a nice group picture with her as well!

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Tatiana, me, Sarah Dessen, Meg, Sylvia and Jessica.

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In all honesty, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend. I got to meet some amazing authors, get my books signed and I met some incredibly people while I was out, people that I dont know how I wasn’t friends with before.

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Sylvia, Megan, Tatiana and me. We spent hours at Barnes and Noble shopping for books and talking books :)

If you’d like to see more pictures from Festival Books, you can HERE and HERE.

If you’d like to follow my fellow nerd friends,

Tatiana‘s Blog and Twitter

Sylvia‘s Blog and Twitter

Megan‘s Twitter

Also don’t forget to enter the autographed Divergent contest!

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Were you at the Festival of Books? Who did you meet, what was it like? Or do you have an author event that you attended that you’d like to share? As always, share in the comments!