Top Five Nonfiction Books I Want To Read This Summer

Hey everyone!
So fun news to share, I have decided to start a booktube channel on Youtube!
Here’s my first video!
Have a wonderful week, I’ll be back with another post on Tuesday.
Sincerely,
Meagan
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Toxic Relationships in YA

This topic goes deeper than the idea that a guy can fix all of a girl’s problems (although this is a topic that I could chat about on a different day). It is about the fact that there are multiple books out there that now illustrate controlling, toxic relationships as healthy and good.

When I was younger, I would idolize these types of relationships. I thought they were what everyone should want. But then I grew up and I learned about abuse and feminism and how what I idolized was destroying people on a daily basis.

Here’s a really poignant video from Whitney (aka whittynovels) about the topic. I highly recommend that you watch it before continuing on reading my post.

I’m not going to go in depth with what I think about the examples that she discussed because I really hope that you all watched the video because I feel like she did a really good job at expressing this topic.
I know someone who was in a severely toxic relationship and they didn’t even know that they were in a relationship that was abusive because it reflected so many other relationships they had seen and read about. It is not okay or romantic to be abused. Angst is not romance. Threats of nonconsensual behavior is not okay. The creepy sleep watching scene from Twilight? You guessed it: NOT OKAY.
The media normalizes what we see. It desensitizes us from violence and misbehavior because of how much we see certain things. We are sold problematic media until we think that this is normal.
Instead, we need to normalize healthy relationships and independence. We need to protect young men and women and illustrate behavior that is not controlling, not abusive. We need to discuss problems in these “romantic” books and support authors that write stories that are healthy. We need to stand up for feminist works and highlight healthy behaviors or highlight negative behaviors in a negative way. We need to stop highlighting negative behaviors as positive.
I am done idealizing relationships that are unhealthy. I want to idealize equality in relationships and I hope that y’all are with me. Have a great weekend everyone.
Sincerely,
Meagan

Creativity

A few weeks back I embarked on the creation of my first project for my class Digital Media Studio. I had no idea what I was going to do until I had this random inspiration to paint my face and write some sort of narrative surrounding this.

I ended up speaking about my creative process and honestly, the random face painting worked out perfectly for this. So here are some of the pictures that I took and the video that I made after I was finished. I’m really excited with how it turned out and I hope you all enjoy it too!

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As I said in the video, I don’t really consider myself to be an artist but I do love being creative and running with the creativity that is inside me. It’s violent sometimes and all consuming but I create some pretty cool things when I just go with it.
Happy Friday everyone!
And happy spring break to me!!
Sincerely,
Meagan

Green Screen Portrait

So I had to do a project for a class of mine in which I took a picture of myself in front of a green screen and then used Sony Vegas to Chroma Key myself into a picture (honestly I’m guessing on the verbage in this sentence so yeah).

This is the picture that I ended up with:

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Oooo so dangerous for me to be walking on those rocks like that!

Anyways, it reminded me of a project that I did in high school in which we had to insert ourselves into a scene and create a surrealist scene based off of an idiom. I chose the idiom “graveyard shift” and here is my final rendering of the project. (Okay, it’s actually not the final project, the final one was upside down because that was supposed to be the “shift”.

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I took all of these pictures at various cemeteries around my hometown and then I dressed myself up as a ghost (makeup and all) and created this. I remember how much fun I had creating it and there’s still a list in one of my old journals of all the other idioms that I wanted to emulate if I had had the chance.

I just think it’s so interesting what you can create with different programs and just how art evolves or changes from over the span of years.

Hope you all have a great day.

Sincerely,

Meagan

Inspiration: Videos

I collect inspiration. Pictures, quotes, videos, a combination of them all. You name it, I probably have it.

Right now I’m procrastinating my textbook reading for my marketing and photography classes and am instead working on a compilation of videos that inspire me in one way or another.

Travel:

The colors in this video are gorgeous. New Zealand is near the top of my list of places that I want to travel to outside of the United States. The scenery there is stunning and I would love to be able to explore.

This video inspires me to appreciate the beauty of the world and everything around me. And also of course to travel.

This video is really cool because it’s sort of a stop motion style capturing of Paris. The style is really intriguing and seems a lot less daunting than some other video styles.

This video inspires me to learn new techniques of creation.

I love how happy this video makes me. This and the one below are so personal and fun. They make me smile to watch and to want to go on road trips. This summer I’m actually taking a road trip out to Seattle (hopefully!) and I’m so excited.

This video inspires me to do more.

I want to go to Big Sur so badly, it looks absolutely gorgeous there!

This video inspires me to visit more state and national parks and appreciate nature and all it has to offer.

Spoken Word/Vlog:

I love the different effects in this video. It’s a really simple style that I like a lot. Spoken word videos are moving and I love this poem. It’s awesome.

I love how simple this video is, yet how absolutely honest it is. I think spoken word and videos like this are very important aspects of making mental health less stigmatized and I would love to create honest and educational pieces like this.

This video inspires me to take more pictures, to preserve the memories that will one day be distant thoughts. I have boxes of pictures and they mean the world to me.

Artistic:

Nature videos are some of my favorite and this one wants me to work harder on noticing details and finding/setting up good shots. I love the lighting, there are certain times of day during each season that I find stunning for lighting. During winter it’s midmorning, when the light is bright and not quite above the trees yet.

This video is visually stunning, I love how Shawna overlays videos over each other. Water is one of my favorite elements and you can do so many creative things with it. I would love to learn how to overlay images in video.

Videos with an art piece created throughout are some of my favorites. Dodie’s songs are just plain lovely and this video is so unique.

Another stop motion video, like the Paris one. This one inspires me to not be afraid of time consuming projects because in the end they’ll be worth it. I can only imagine how long this one took but it turned out so great that I would love to try something like this someday.

Comedy/Short Film/Other:

This would be a cool type of project to work on. I really like short videos, they challenge people to get their point across quickly and I honestly wish Shawna had made a full length short film about this. It would have been so cool. Although like they said, all the good parts were shown in the trailer.

Simple, yet awesome video. To be honest I love outfit changes in things. The vintage vibe to this is really appealing and I think this is one of my favorite videos of Arden’s.

This would be a dream of mine to create a show like this. I love special effects, especially costumes and makeup, and this show is so cool!

Again with the special effects, so cool and these videos are so well made and I’m so inspired to work my hardest to create something like this.

Honestly all the videos in this section would be crazy to make, I want to say that I think I could one day make something like them but I’m honestly not sure. Ultimately I’d like to try to though! I just know I would definitely be behind the camera… Although on second thought, maybe making a short film would allow me to finally get back into acting.

If any of you happen to watch through all these videos, which one is your favorite? What types of things inspire you?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Sincerely,

Meagan

Review: Gemina

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Just finished reading this gorgeous book the other day. It’s the sequel to the book Illuminae by the same authors. It follows Hanna and Nik, two new characters, as they try to protect their home. Here’s a link to the Goodreads page for a better description.

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Now I really enjoyed this book. It was super fast paced and addictive and I liked it a lot better than the first book. However, I did have some issues with it. Overall I would give it a 4/5 and I recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys scifi and survival stories.

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Side note: This book, like Illuminae, has super cool formatting with IM conversations and whatnot but the best part of this book? IT HAS JOURNAL ILLUSTRATIONS. Like give me journal entries and I will be so happy, give me illustrated journal entries and I will be the happiest girl on the face of the earth. And these illustrations are gorgeous too! My favorite parts of the book.

Anyways…

On to the spoilers!!! (And complaints)

This book was literally the same formatting as the first book. Girl doesn’t like boy, boy flirts, girl starts to fall for boy, boy and girl must save everyone and themselves, boy “dies”, they fall in love, THE END. I couldn’t get over the fact that it was the same story line. It was so physically painful!

Also every character was a stereotype…

Russian mob crime family

Overprotective single father

Spoiled rich girl

New boy that everyone loves who turns out to be someone else

There was no substance to the characters, it’s all stuff I’ve seen before and I honestly was really disappointed in the whole super stereotypical thug Russian family. Then there was the whole out of the blue “oh yeah, there’s actually a parallel universe” thing was just weird. Intriguing but so, so weird. I’m really hoping for more of an explanation in the third book to all the science stuff because if not I will be highly disappointed. So much is being left unexplained and just absurd. There are so many holes that need to be filled and so much science behind things that needs to be explained in order for me to better understand stuff. Like I understand that it’s fiction but come on! Make things sound plausible and not crazy.

This book was a highly emotional read and I really loved it, but I hope to see some improvement in book three.

So with that wonderful end to my review, I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon.

Sincerely,

Meagan