Yes, you read that right. I summed up my year from the lack of chapstick. It seems like every time I turn around, I need chapstick.
Yes, you read that right. I summed up my year from the lack of chapstick. It seems like every time I turn around, I need chapstick.
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Sorry for the lack of posts guys, my job has kept me busy at doing nothing.
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 1:37 PM
In 4-5, tell us about your blog (what it's about, how long you've been blogging...ect)
My blog is about creation, art, and my love for God, as well as my relationships. I do blog about a lot of nonsense. I don't really have a lot of DIY or any of that, but I have the occasional Fashion Post, as well as my Tattoo Tuesdays. You will see my dog and my boyfriend's face up there a lot. My life pretty much consists of them! I always welcome new friends!
Do you have any Christmas traditions with your family? If so, what are they?
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
is that dog not adorable? --->
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Woohoo! Contest completed! Yay! So, I've already emailed the winners, so you know who you are, but I wanted to share with everyone else!
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Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 5:28 PM
Guys, I need your help. As y'all know, I'm a high school senior with college looming over my shoulder. I've been applying for scholarships like crazy, and this post is for a scholarship. Let me warn you first, this is a political blog post, and while I totally encourage all of y'all to comment about your opinions and stuff, please, let's keep it mature, okay? Anyways, if you guys are seniors or in college, you can do this scholarship too!
"As the nation approaches its 57th Presidential Election, we're asking the future leaders of this country, students, to define the single most important political issue in this election. Tell us not only what that issue is, but also tell us why and how you propose we come to a solution that benefits the majority?"
For the official 8.6% of the country without a job, the most important thing this upcoming election is how will the next President create jobs? President Obama's attempts to create jobs have failed, and honestly, it didn't surprise me. All he did was repeat history.
Does this sound familiar? This past summer, what did we have? A war about the debt and deficit. (Trust me, I was in DC the week before they finally passed the deal).
I don't think it should shock any of you to say I'm a fiscal (and social) conservative. So, my suggestion would be that the government needs to get out of the way. Before the Great Depression, people actually saved money for when they retired, no nice paycheck in the form of Social Security every month.
Most of the things the federal government does can easily be given to the states. I'd feel much better knowing that laws that apply to my life come out of Austin, Texas instead of DC.
If the federal government would hand over many of it's responsibilities to the states, the deficit and the debt would stop growing at such a rapid rate. It's scary when you look at those debt clocks and they just keep going and going! Talk about a headache.
When the government stops the crazy spending, the need for money will be a lot less, which in turn means lower taxes. If everyone has lower taxes, they can spend money. If people spend money, businesses do better which means they'll need to hire more people.
Which means the jobless rate goes down. See, it isn't that complicated! If the federal government would stick to the basics, it would snowball into more job creation.
And then maybe Obama wouldn't be remembered for the new failure.
This is an official blog entry for the YourLocalSecurity.com Blogging Scholarship. If selected, I'll receive $1000 towards my college expenses in 2012. This scholarship is sponsored by YourLocalSecurity.com
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 5:01 PM
You guys! You have until Monday to enter the Christmas contest. I'll pull winners then and announce them Tuesday morning! (Hopefully Tuesday morning, if I actually wake up with time - which I won't). Click on the picture to go visit the page to enter!
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 8:15 PM
- Have The Assassin pulished
- Have a book debut at number one on the New York Times list
- buy/own a DSLR camera
- become a freelance photographer
- become a freelance blog designer
- buy some sort form or fashion of photoshop
- Have 150 followers on my blog (I love you guys)
- Go to London
- See the Tower of London
- fall in love
- get married
- Have a family of my own
- have a blog design up for a month
- have a blog design up for two months
- Own my own home
- Graduate college
- buy a Mac
- buy a car (a purple truck)
- decorate a house
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 10:20 AM
Ten days! In ten days, it'll be Christmas Eve! Holy moly! Can you believe it? and only 4 and a half more days of school left! I can't wait until next week Our Christmas tree is up, we're mailing presents, we've received presents, and I can't believe it's only eleven days until Christmas.
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 5:45 PM
Wow, can you guys believe Christmas is only two weeks away? Actually, it's only thirteen days away. Is that not crazy or what?
Anyways, it was a crazy weekend. I spent most of my time at work, but Saturday night, I took a little trip across the Red River to go see this lovely lady!
It's the "Stronger" lady!
So, that was my first concert, ever, and I'm so glad that it was her I went to see. I've been a fan of Sara's since.... Since, I was, like, nine. That's half of my life guys.
But, besides seeing the concert, it's been insane. I realized, I have a week and a half left before Christmas break. Then, we go back for a week, then finals is the second week back. Then it's the new semester. My last semester as a high schooler.
I can't even begin to wrap my mind around it, it's so crazy!! Tonight, I'm going to meet the girl who may become my roommate next year.
Just think, 2012 is right around the corner, it's all downhill from here to graduation.
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 5:02 PM
I've sat here for about fifteen minutes deciding how on Earth I want to start this post. Lately, I feel life has slowed down, but still going way too fast. I'm one of those people, I have to constantly be doing something. At school, if I finish what we're doing for the day, I'll pull out my writing spiral or a piece of notebook paper and plot or write the rest of the time. If I'm not in the mood, I'll read a book. I can never sit there and just enjoy a moment, there's always something to be doing.
Then again, life has slowed down to where I get home, and instead of trying to write, I find myself wasting hours looking at blogs and playing on facebook to read the latest drama of my schoolmates, even though most of it makes no sense to me.
I need a deadline or motivation to finish The Assassin. As I've mentioned in a few other posts, it's gone through so pretty major changes, and now, I'm kind of lacking the motivation to finish it since I know I'll just have to go back and rip up everything I've written so far.
Plus, my brain is just a hot bed for new plot ideas. I've been so focused on just finishing The Assassin, my brain feels the need to create different plot ideas. Like, counting Skewed Rescue, I have about four ideas that need to be/could be written - but they all need to be fleshed out more before I start working on them (well, I already started handwriting Skewed Rescue, there's about ten pages handwritten). That, and I know if I stop working on The Assassin now, I may never come back to finish it.
As much as I hate to say it, I'm kind of bored with it.
Let me elaborate: I'm not sick of Cassie, I'm just sick of rewriting the same book time after time. I'm ready to be able to put the first book behind me and continue sharing the rest of her story with the world.
Haha, I wish.
But, I know I need to make this the best draft ever of The Assassin. I want this to be the draft (with some major editing) to be the draft that people pick up off the shelf at the library or the local book store.
I feel it in my bones, that this could be the one that really kicks the door open for me.
If I ever finish it.
So, if any of you feel the need to email me, like everyday (seriously, feel free to), go ahead and harass me to finish it. And let me know if you want to read it when I finish it. Though, you'll probably get lost since it does, like, a one-eighty in the middle of the draft.
If I'm lucky, I'll have it finished (minus edits) by graduation.
If I'm lucky....
life lately consists of
two three things: school, projects, and work.
Oh, it's supposed to get to 23degrees tonight. IN TEXAS!
The last time it was this cold in North Texas, we had four days off of school. It sucks....
Also, there's the new hair. Everyone's staring at me! Probably since the last time I had my hair this short was in, like, fifth grade. I'm in 12th now.
I'm thinking I chose a really bad time to cut half my hair off because, right now, it's only, 30 degrees outside. Don't believe me?
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 5:19 PM
Christmas contest time! There's a lot of prizes that I'm giving away for Christmas, including:
- 2 large ad spots
- 3 medium ad spots
- 4 small ad spots
- a blog design
- a first chapter critique
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 7:46 PM
Oh, in other news, guess who already failed project 365. I didn't have time to take a picture yesterday, and therefore failed. :/ Maybe I'll start over for the new year. I'm so mad I didn't get to go all year!
So, I guess I will focus on my writing now, which is to finish The Assassin. And then go back and throw out the first part because it doesn't fit with the ending now. And work on writing Skewed Rescue. Thanks for the feedback on the opening scene!
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 4:44 PM
First, thank you so so much to the lovely Christa, who gave me this beautiful design. I love it. It's gorgeous.
Second off, here's the teaser for Skewed Rescue! Enjoy!
“Miss, did you know that that man is following you?” The young girl, with her thick brown hair and even thicker accent pulled at my shirt.
In a way, she reminded me of myself, back when I was a little innocent girl, living on the streets of D.C., a violent place for a child of seven to live, but that had been my life.
When she pointed off to the distance I didn’t need to know who the man was following me. All I thought was, took you long enough. “Yes, I’m well aware of the fact, but thank you,” I said.
The little girl looked at me with those sad eyes, and I felt my heart tug. I pulled out a few Euros from my pocket and handed them to her. “Don’t tell anyone where you got these from, understand?” I asked, leaning down so I looked her in the eyes.
“Yes, yes, miss, I won’t.”
was full of desperate people who’d hurt the little girl when they found out she had the Euros. Northern Ireland
“Alright, go along,” I said, waving her on her way. She disappeared into the throng of people visiting the village market.
The desire to look back to see who was following me was strong, but not strong enough to actually look. I didn’t need to look. Besides, looking would give him a few extra seconds that could make or break my chance of getting away.
I walked down the market street, avoiding children as they played with a ball, and adults arguing over prices for goods. A man was trying to drive down the street in his car and wasn’t having too much luck with it. Any way you looked at it, I stood out. Too old to be an innocent child, but too young to be a corrupt adult.
A busy place like this was a good place to just vanish. But, he was good. There was no way I could just vanish and not expect him to find me eventually. He’d taught me all I knew.
When I turned the corner to a dark alley, I saw him lean down and talk to a blonde girl, shorter than me, but certainly my replacement.
I ducked my head when I turned into the alley, and counted in my head. One, two, three, four, five-
“You can’t hide forever.”
I froze at the edge of the alley, so close to freedom again. “Long time since I’ve seen you,” I said. It was simple, no double meaning, no giveaways about what had happened.
“You’re the one who bailed out. One night you were there, the next morning gone, with only a little note. But, you gave away a lot in that note.”
Then, running around the corner was the petite blonde. “Andrew, wait!”
Oh, God, I thought. I’d been replaced with a Barbie doll. Knowing that he’d turn to see her, I took my chance and turned around.
“What?” he asked. Even from just looking at his backside, I could tell, he was easily annoyed by this girl.
“Did you find her? Wait, is that her?” The girl pointed at me from the other end of the alley. “Hey!”
In the time it would have taken for him to turn around and realize what she was screaming about, I was gone, running down the street. This side of the alley was a nice urban area that pretended like the village behind it didn’t exist.
I dashed into the first building I could find hoping that by the time he turned the corner, I’d be gone from the street.
The first building was an apartment complex building. “Now, please, if you will follow me, I will show you our demo room,” a man said, standing on the stairs. A large group of people stood at the bottom of the stairs, eager to see these apartments. I slid into the group, took my jacket off, and tossed my hair into a messy bun to throw his senses off.
The group began to move, and I was just about to stand up on the stairs when a hand grabbed my arm and pulled me back. A woman next to me grumbled when I hit her on my tumble down.
“Come with me,” he said, just loud enough for me to hear.
He opened the door to a darkened room and shoved me in. “Ow, no need to be aggressive,” I said.
“Did you really think I wouldn’t find you?” he asked.
“I was starting to wonder. It took you long enough. It’s almost been four months.”
“Well, I had to convince some people that it would be worth taxpayers’ dollars to actually go find you. And that was after they gave me a new partner,” he said. He leaned on the desk and crossed his arms against his chest, a sign of hostility.
“Wow, you don’t even trust me? After all we’ve been through?” I asked. “That hurts.”
“Babe, you ran away. How do I now you won’t try to bust through the door now?”
“Because I know you won’t hesitate to take me down. I’m not that stupid.”
He leaned his head back and laughed, and I felt my heart twitch. It’d been so long since I’d made him laugh. “So, how’d you find me?” I asked.
“It wasn’t that hard once I started looking. All I had to do was ask for the sexy, redheaded girl, and people knew who you were.”
“Well, you found me, what do you want?” I asked. “Whatever you want, you can have, just leave me alone.”
“Well, if you want me to leave you alone, then obviously I can’t have what I want.” He stood up and moved toward me.
“Drew, don’t you come anywhere near me.” I looked around the room for something to defend myself. The best I came up with was a bucket next to me.
“Oh, it’s been a long time since anyone’s called me that,” he said, clearly enjoying my panic. Anyone else I wouldn’t have hesitated to tackle, but he knew all my moves. He’d given them all to me.
“Don’t. Go away, you have a new partner, you don’t need me anymore.”
“That new partner is a pain in the ass. Come with me and I’ll leave her here.”
I winced, he was serious. But he was going to try harder. “No.”
He took another step closer and I fell to pure instinct as I reached up to sock him in the nose. But Drew was fast. No sooner had I punched him, he had my arm twisted around my back so I couldn’t move.
For a moment, I blinked and stared at him, thoughts of what had almost been. And then I shoved them out. “Let me go,” I said.
“No. You’re coming with me.”
In one fluid motion, he scooped me up and carried me over his shoulder. “You shouldn’t have tried me, Babe.”
“Well, what else was I supposed to do?”
He just laughed.
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happy friday! Right? I mean, I don't have to work tonight, so I say happy friday! Today, I woke up and decided I'd actually wear something besides a t-shirt and tennis shoes..... So this is what I wore:
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 4:26 PM
Wow, it's December already. Kind of surreal. I feel like life is just going, going, going! I'm like the little energizer bunny!
So, as I said, life is pretty crazy! Just in this month alone, here's some of the crazy stuff I have to do:
-work on the weekends (that's self explanatory)
-Choir concert! - yes, I have to learn this whole stack of music
Oh, and the concert is on the 18th, so.... Yeah, guess who's going crazy this month.
On top of that, I want to have the opening scene of Skewed Rescue up for y'all to read sometime this week. I just need to finish writing it before I can type it. O.o
Yeah, did I mention I have to build a catapult by the 19th? Oh, the wonderful world of physics....
BUT! On some good news, I've got some pretty awesome stuff planned for the next couple months, it'll be fun, I promise (like a contest or two - but not for another couple of months).
Also, in case you've been following me for a long time, time to refresh your bookmarks! I changed links...
As a birthday gift to myself, I bought my own domain! Click the button to visit it (it looks exactly like the .blogspot.com one)
Posted by Laura Toeniskoetter at 6:56 PM
Andi May left. Left her job, the boy she thought loved her, the security. She left it all.For two months, she drifted across the world, with no place to go and nothing to do. But, now, the boy, Drew, has found her and is determined to get her back.
Hiding somewhere in Paris, is a missing diplomat from the United States, and it's up to Drew and Andi to find him, and make sure he returns unharmed. Seeing as she has no choice, Andi joins Drew as they fly to Paris to find the diplomat.
But, once they arrive, Drew and Andi soon learn that the kidnappers have no plans to give up their hostage, sending Drew and Andi across the city, looking for clues and their missing man.With a time limit over their heads, Andi and Drew must find a way to save their man, and Andi must find herself again, or they may just all lose their lives.
Wohoo! I am so excited to share this with you guys. I apologize for the crummy cover/pitch. Looking over it, it sounds like a romance book (not that there's anything wrong with romance books, I just don't write them). Let me tell you a little about this book:
You could argue that it's kind of The Assassin's big sister. Why? Well, it's a little more:
- tougher topics
I've started working on this book (I'm handwriting it while I finish up TA) and in the first scene, Andi is being chased by Drew....
So, does that give you a little peak into what on Earth is going on in my mind while I write this?
I'll have a teaser sometime soon, once I have more written.
Posted by Lala at 5:10 PM
Well, more so yesterday than today....
hope y'all all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and for those of you who were out shopping yesterday, hope you got some great deals and stayed safe!
Posted by Lala at 11:37 AM