Thursday, 5 March 2015

New Blog

Dun dun duuuun....
That's right - Diary of an Unschooling Teenager has moved!
You may or may not know (though it doesn't take much looking on my blog to find out) that I've been having photo issues. Well, all of those problems are sorted, and I've created a new clean blog. I'm very happy with how it's all turned out, and as you can tell by the amount of time it's taken me, it's all new and fresh and awesome!
Here's the new web address:
This blog will be deleted in about a month, so that you have enough time to get over to the new blog.
See you there!
Charlie xx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blog Updates and the Sisterhood of the World Award

I'm afraid that I have abandoned you all! I'm sorry - the photo problem just discouraged me. However, I am in the middle of sorting out what to do. I'm creating a new blog - pretty much just a new improved version of this one, if not exactly the same. It's nearly finished, and when it is, I'll let you know so that you can move over there! I'll eventually delete this one, after giving you time enough to be notified.

On the upside of things (the only thing that compelled me to write another post :P); I've been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World award, by Sophie Elvis from The Techno Maid. Thanks Sophie!
You should definitely check her out if you haven't already - she has a fantastic blog where she shares all sorts of amazing stuff like book reviews, her photos and small peeks into her life. Definitely worth a read!

Here are the questions she's given me to answer:

1. If you could be a book character, who would you choose and why?
Maybe Cammie from Gallagher Girls? She's super smart, she's a spy (and that kind of says it all, doesn't it :P) and she has a to-die-for boyfriend. Oh wait! I'd also LOVE to be Hermione. Ugh, I don't know who I'd be now.

2. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I'd like to be able to fly. Invisibility would be cool too, but flying is the ultimate superpower.

3. What city would you like to visit?
I'd love to travel, as I never have before, but I don't have a specific place.

4. Where would you go in a time machine?
I'm not really sure. I've always been intrigued by the two world wars, but I'd never like to experience it myself.

5. If you were an ice cream flavour, what would you be and why?
You're asking me to decide between all the delicious flavours? Not a chance! 

6. How would you describe yourself in three words?
Independant, self-motivated and creative.

7. What kind of music would you be?
Hmmm... that's an interesting question. I'm not sure what I'd choose!

8. If you were a colour, what would it be and why?
Uhhh... blue I reckon. Then again, that might be a little moody. I also like green because it's brighter and happier.

9. What type of chocolate is your favourite?
Dark chocolate. Can't beat it.

10. Which Greek God is your favourite?
I've never been into that sort of stuff, so I have no idea.

There are the answers to the questions - thanks for that, Sophie!

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Disappearing Act

I'm very sorry to say that my blog has hit a wall... I'm not sure what to do about it.
All of the photos have been replaced with grey minus signs (as you've probably noticed by now). I apologize for this, and am super frustrated myself.
Hang tight while I figure out what to do!
Charlie xx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Special

Christmas is coming up fast, and to celebrate, I'm giving you all 10% off everything in my store; 'Made Upon a Time...'All you have to do is spend a minimum of $5AUD and enter the coupon code CHRISTMAS at the checkout to have 10% taken off your order, excluding shipping costs. The discount is valid until the 30th of November (2014) - so stock up while you can!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

If you're doing NaNoWriMo this month, I hope you're going well and are on schedule for your word goal. Personally, I'm doing fairly well. Writers block comes up often, but by persisting, I'm able to battle it away and stay on track. I think I'm about 3 days ahead of my goal for 50,000 words, which is exciting. Secretly I'm hoping to reach 60.000 words all up for the novel, but I'm giving myself some leniency with the 'smaller' goal.

Through writing my novel so far, I've learned a fair bit and gathered some ideas and tips that I think are worth sharing.

Listening to music is a total must when I'm writing. I simply can't write as well without a good tune in the background.
This month my favourite writing music has been the Divergent and How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie soundtracks. I highly recommend that you take a look yourself, and if you do, here are my favourite songs;
From Divergent, I love 'Run Boy Run'. It has heaps of adrenaline and sets my heart beating! It really gets me in the mood for an action scene or when something adventurous or exciting is happening. I also enjoy listening to 'I need you' for a more emotional scene.
In How To Train Your Dragon 2, I like 'Flying With Mother'. It's such a fun and happy song!

Onto the tips I've gathered through these 20 days of writing...

1. Browse through Pinterest
It's great for whether you're simply looking for a random pick-me-up, or something more specific like a character photo or information on a scene you have to write. These are a some boards that I love looking at for inspiration:
Brushes and Lenses 
Writing | Prompts
Writing | Inspiration
I've found all of these boards to be very helpful, so I highly recommend that you check them out.

2. Read one of your favourite novels that fits the genre of the book you're writing
This is always guaranteed to re-inspire me and fill my head with ideas. It'll just get me in a writing mood.
Sometimes this can be bad though, because it'll make me feel like a really bad writer compared, but if I ignore that, it works well ;)

3. Drink lots and eat well
'Ugh' you groan. 'As if I need to be reminded of that again'
OK, so I know that just about every piece of advice, whether it's for fitness, writing or anything in life, you're going to be told to drink lots of water and to eat healthily. Trust me - I'm a little sick of hearing it too. But the thing is, it's really true. Make sure that while you're writing your novel, you take care of yourself.

4. Warm up
Before you start writing your actual NaNo novel, find a good writing prompt and have a quick writing warm up to get your brain buzzing and your fingers stretched. (Find good writing prompts by using the 'Dare Machine' on here, and by looking here)

5. Read writing blogs
I follow the writing blog; Gossiping with Dragons by Imogen Elvis, and she has a ton of helpful information on her blog. She's always giving good writing advice.
But other than hers, follow writing websites and blogs in general to gather inspiration and good tips.

6. Socialize with other writers
Find people that are also doing NaNoWriMo with you. Chat with them during the month and share your thoughts with them. It helps while writing, to know that you're not the only person in the world with such a crazy ambition. That's what's so great about NaNo - there are hundreds of thousands of other people writing alongside you in the month. You're certainly not alone!

That's all for this post, guys. Thanks for reading - I hope it helped you out a bit.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Blogger Recognition Award

Kat, from (Almost) Completely Mad, has nominated me for the blogger recognition award. Thanks Kat!

Wow, two Awards in a row. Thank you guys!
Sorry I've been so slack with blog posting lately - I must get back on top of it! I've been super busy with NaNoWriMo lately, so I'm sure a lot of you understand.


Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Dig if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the blogger who nominated you.

Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog go started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and probide a link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself!

Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing.

It's hard to believe, but I started my blog almost 4 years ago! Crazy, I know. I remember the design used to be a generic pink and stripy template, with the first post about frogs. It's funny to look back on it!
I started my blog because my Mum had created one. I thought it looked like a lot of fun.
Well, I was right, and I've had a blast posting on here for the last 4 years.

When I started, I'd never really written anything before, besides the odd short story. I'd barely even used the internet before - so blogging really introduced me to some awesome new stuff. (Needless to say, since discovering the internet and its full potential, I've been using it a lot ;) ).

I've changed the blog design a lot to get it how it is now, and it's been a bit of trial and error. Over time, I've learned more about designing and have been able to mix things up and make my own designs, rather than picking a template out like I used to.

My blogging years have been a lot of fun and have helped me learn several new things. I've met heaps of awesome new people and I thank you all for making it such a fantastic experience!

1. Don't worry about how many people are following you and checking out your blog. Just make sure that you're doing what you enjoy, and doing it because you want to. 'You rule your blog, your blog doesn't rule you'.
2. Experiment. Like I said before, my blog has come a long way since I started. It's all been through experimenting and trying lots of new things. Whether it's your writing style or your design - give a few things a go before you find your favourite techniques.

Here's the link to the original post:

Well, unfortunately I can't tag 15 more bloggers... most of the ones I know have already been tagged!
I do have a couple though:
Sophie, from The Techno Maid
Gemma-Rose from Gebble's Writes

Well, that is all for today, folks. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The One Lovely Blog Award

I've been nominated by the awesome Bethany, from Just My Cuppa Tea, to do the One Lovely Blog award. Thanks Beth!

-Thank the blogger who nominated you
-List the rules and display the award
-Add seven facts about yourself
-Nominate 15 bloggers, other than the one who nominated you

- It's my birthday next month, and I'm super excited
- I swim every Monday and Wednesday night and love it
- I always get stupidly excited for my birthday and Christmas. I can't decide which one I like more though. Probably Christmas
- I love with notebooks, and have a ridiculous amount
- I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this month - this is my third year
- I haven't worn pink in AGES, but it used to be just about the only colour in my wardrobe, up until I was about 10. (Yup, pink skirt, top and shoes)
- My wardrobe now consists of many colours, but I seem to favor turquoise/aqua

Well, that's all! I hope y'all enjoyed this post, and I'll see you later!

Friday, 31 October 2014

NaNoWriMo and Finding Inspiration

I'm super psyched about NaNoWriMo this year - and you know what? It starts tomorrow! So while I'm trying to get over the fact that it's already November, I'll also be writing my head off tomorrow.
Are you doing NaNo as well? It's going to be tuns of fun.

Throughout the month, we're going to have good and bad days. I'm prepared for the fact that some days I won't feel like writing a single word, let alone 2000. But hopefully I'm prepared enough, that I can get over that writers block and get back on track. Here are some places I find help and inspiration;

Imogen Elvis runs this amazing writing blog, which she's constantly posting new help and advice on. She's a really talented writer and is constantly inspiring me.

If I ever need a photo to visualize something, or simply to inspire me, I go to Pinterest. 

One board I particularly like, especially for visualizing characters, is Kat's 'Everyone has a story'.

on YouTube. I love Taylor Davis' music, particularly her original, 'Awakening'. 

It's such an amazing song, and I love listening to it as I write.

Other Novels
If I'm ever in a funk, I'll read a novel I like that is the same genre/style of the novel I'm writing myself. That always inspires me.

NaNoWriMo itself has pep talks from popular authors throughout the month. Make sure you check up for them regularly - they're sure to give you that extra push forward.

I hope this helps you through the month.

I have a little gadget on the side bar over there ----------->
so that you can see how many words I'm up to and how much progress I'm making with my novel this November.
Good luck to you all!

Friday, 24 October 2014

DIY Christmas Tree Card | How-To

Christmas is coming fast, and I'm doing what I can to be prepared. I don't want to end up like a few years ago, when I was still finishing Dad's gift on Christmas Eve.
Well, here I have an awesome DIY card that you can make for all your friends and family :) It's super easy and really cute. It doesn't use too many supplies, and you'll have a whole bunch of them finished in one afternoon!

Here's what you need...

~Christmas Patterned Tape
~Red Ribbon
~Glue {glue stick isn't ideal, but will work}
~Christmas Tree Stencil {I made my own, but you could print one from the internet}
~Plain Card {Make your own by folding in half a length of cardboard}
~Green Glitter
~Piece of Paper {Optional, but preferable}

Here's how to do it...

Step 1. Start off with your card and your tape. Simply stick a line of tape on both the top and bottom of the card.

Step 2. Temporarily tape the stencil onto your card.

Step 3. You may want to add some paper underneath the card so that you can catch the excess glitter. Make sure the paper has a good fold right down the centre.

Step 4. Cover the empty space of the stencil with glue, then pour on the glitter before it dries.

Step 5. Tap off the excess glitter onto your sheet of paper and take off the stencil. Using the fold in the paper, fold the paper up and tip the extra glitter back into the jar for less wastage :)

Step 6. Tie your Red ribbon into a bow, and glue it on the christmas tree. Try and get the glue itself on the paper, so it sticks better, but the rest of the ribbon can overlap the glitter. 

And that's it! Easy, right? My Dad has already put in an order for me to make some for him ;)
Have fun with them.

Friday, 17 October 2014

5 Easy Halloween Crafts

Well, it's yet again that time of year.
Although our family has never really gotten into it, I thought it would be fun to find some Halloween crafts for those of you that do.

1. Last Minute Mario and Luigi Costumes, from Brooklyn and Bailey
These outfits are quite hilarious, perfect for those of you who like Mario and Luigi. The outfit seems pretty straightforward to make.

2. Cat/Leopard Makeup, from Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty
I don't have all the makeup she used, so I improvised and used facepaint instead. It was pretty easy to do, and quite fun.

3. Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies, from Mums and Munchkins
As soon as I saw these, I knew I had to share them. Aren't they the coolest?!

4. Toilet Roll Bat Buddies, from MollyMoo
These are so adorable! I think I'm going to make a load of them today. My brothers would love them.

5. Halloween Luminaries, from Brooklyn and Bailey
These look so cool, I would totally make one if I had some black acrylic paint on hand :P

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it gave you a few more ideas for Halloween Crafts.
If I don't see you before then, Happy Halloween :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

See all those trees out the window? The plants? The wildlife? Birds?
The other day while we were driving, I looked out of the window. OK, so I guess that's kind of an average thing to do. We all drive/ride in cars. Look out the window. We look at the wildlife.

I looked out the window (OK, I won't say that again) and saw the trees I see all the time. But it suddenly dawned on me, that we all take them for granted. Trees are always there. We're used to that. It's nothing different.
But they're actually really special gifts. God gave us the trees to admire and to help the world go smoother, but often we'll overlook them because they're just 'ordinary'. They're just a part of our day-to-day life, right? But that's the thing! Life itself is a gift.
Think about it. God didn't have to let you be here at all. There are plenty of souls still waiting to be born. Plenty of souls who don't even exist. Some have passed on. Others are here, living. 
We're the living. We're the ones of today. And that's really special.
Today is a special time. We often get in bad moods, feel like it isn't worth it. But it is. Today is the most special moment. Today is the day we can make a change in the world. Today is the day that we can be the difference. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

2 Songs to get you out of a Bad Writing Mood

All of us writers have those days when we just don't feel like writing. Our novels sound like they downright suck, and we want nothing more than to throw that piece of rubbish into the bin.
Well, I know I find myself there a lot. More often than I'd like.
So here I've got two songs that will lift up your spirits and get your writing juices flowing again. And if all else fails... retreat to a coffee.

Gold, by Britt Nicole
Britt Nicole is an awesome Christian singer who has modern and upbeat tunes, while still spreading good messages. Gold is the main song from her newest album, Gold, and I find myself feeling better after listening to it. It has uplifting words and a fun beat.

I Am Gold, by Alex Boye
I found this song through the blog, Gossiping with Dragons. Ever since hearing it I've been hooked, and absolutely love it. It's so uplifting and has a great tune. Definitely one that I listen to a lot.

I hope this post helped you, and that you're all ready and looking forward to NaNoWriMo! I can't believe how near it is already, I'm rushing to get all of my notes together.
I'm in the middle of reading the book, 'Fast Fiction' by Denise Jaden, and it's amazing. I'm not even halfway through, and it's seriously the best writing book I've ever read, only just overtaking 'Writing Advice for Teens-Creating Stories' by Mike Kalmbach (and if you read my review of that, you know I liked it!).
It's about fast-drafting your novel in a month, and is aimed at people doing NaNoWriMo. I've found it so helpful and inspirational, and even if I just read a page, I'm inspired to get planning and writing my novel.
If you're struggling to plan your novel for NaNo, I highly recommend that you read this book! It's got a load of good tips and techniques, and even has a written out plan for the month, with some daily tasks to keep you going throughout the month.

Bye guys!