Don’t Slurp Your Soup: A Guide to Fandom Etiquette

I am part of many a fandom as you all know, and because of that I am always on the internet searching for news about tv shows, movies, bands, books, etc. Because of this, I am always coming across amazing fan art, hilarious gif sets, and mildly inappropriate dreams of teenage girls. I love being in fandoms because the people are all bonding over a similar interest and everything is good!

Except for last night.

Last night I experienced something that made me almost physically sick. And as someone who does not involve herself in fandom drama because it is pointless, I have to take a stand now. I’m sorry, but what I experienced is not okay.

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First off, the fact that this trended makes me ridiculously upset. No, this is not okay. At all. Ashton Irwin is a real person with real feelings and you cannot do that. Telling someone to harm themselves, whether they are famous or not, is the most inhumane thing you can do. And it’s deplorable. To anyone who used this hashtag, please get some therapy and get some major detox time. You obviously need an attitude adjustment. Second, this is unnecessary. If you’re upset with what someone does, take it up with them personally, do not hide behind your computer screen. And third, Ashton Irwin is a little piece of sunshine, so back off! Continue reading

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How to Organize Your Life

Life is messy.

With school, work, and other life events, actually keeping up with what is going on is almost impossible. But that’s why the good Lord invented organization. Organization is a life saver that makes the world go round. Some people use one form of planner to organize everything. Some people -me- use a bunch of planners to stay organized. And with my new term starting and with spring cleaning being a thing right now, I thought I would share with you what I think are the best forms of planners to stay on top of your busy life.

How to Organize Your Life – Results May Vary

1. Planner

Yeah, here's a preview of my birthday week. 18 Things I Learned at 18 will be up April 24th!

Yeah, here’s a preview of my birthday week. 18 Things I Learned at 18 will be up April 24th!

While I am a total technie, nothing beats an old-fashioned planner. I use the Gallery Leather Weekly Planner and it is really great. In my planner I put in non-time-specific events, flight information, penciled-in events, birthdays, and a few more things that aren’t set in stone. I like this layout because when I open my planner I can see my week at a glance with things that aren’t school or work. Continue reading

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Are You My Boyfriend?

“Are you my boyfriend?” I silently question the boy passing me as I walk to lecture.

This is a game I have been playing since I discovered what dating is. For anyone who knows me, you know my type. Lanky, brunette, and preferably with an accent. Of course, there are plenty of other boys out there that I have to keep my options open. Which means pulling out the boyfriend test whenever I encounter a member of the opposite gender.

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My College Blogging Rules

In 2012 I wrote a blog post about my blogging rules. While I wrote it to be a quick read while I was traipsing about Europe for a week, many found it very helpful for keeping up their own blogs. The information in that post was great for people who are just starting blogs or who have dedicated blogging as a job. However, in my current position at university, I have found that there are some blogging rules that definitely should be added to the list. I don’t have the time I used to, and the constant flow of work takes up some of my more creative idea time. Therefore, I have made a new list of rules that are great for people who have less time to blog, but who still love doing it and want to continue!

My College Blogging Rules

1. Write your posts beforehand

Blogging once a week is great, but let’s be real. Having actual time to sit down and write a decent blog post once a week doesn’t actually happen. We just have too many assignments and real life things going on. To make sure your posts come out once a week, and they aren’t written at 2am after you finish your term paper, write your posts beforehand. When I went to Europe I wrote two posts the week before that I could publish while I was traveling. Find a weekend or a free night and write a blog post or two. With me now taking on several more credits (and a 300-level course) along with general life things, writing a post before is going to save my life. As we speak I’m taking the hour between my morning classes and writing posts for the next month in case my schedule picks up even more. Writing beforehand is a genius idea, and I highly recommend it to you. Continue reading

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A Blossoming Criminal Record & Still No Tan

Hello Enthusiasts!

Wow, it feels like so long since I have actually sat down in front of Cormac (my trusted Mac) and actually wrote something! Life has been incredibly hectic lately and I can now tell you all about it!

So, I just went on Spring Break. And even though I barely slept the four nights I was in Utah, every minute was absolutely fantastic! And by fantastic I may mean that I did several slightly illegal things, spent a lot of hours dress shopping, and sang in the car like it was my shower. I went to Salt Lake City to visit one of my high school friends with three of my other amazing high school friends.

A Blossoming Criminal Record & Still No Tan: The Morgan Hegarty Guide to Correctly Spring Breaking

1. Sing like there will be no tomorrow (literally, you will have no voice tomorrow)

From where I live to Salt Lake City it is a nine hour drive. That means being cramped with three other girls in a car for an incredibly long period of time having to coexist. And considering I didn’t go to bed until 2am on the morn of our 8:30am drive it is a complete miracle no one died. Now, the thing about having four girls in a car is that you need to have music that everyone likes. And when you have a Lady Gaga lover, a country fanatic, and two huge 1D/Little Mix/Olly Murs/5SOS/ZZ Ward fans in a car it can be a little much. Until you play “Story of My Life” in the car and suddenly everyone is at peace. So on the drive there and back, choosing music went pretty well. Sure, there were times when everyone was sick of constant Little Mix and more than once I wanted to cry over hearing a song played over five times. But we all learned the words to ZZ Ward’s “Put the Gun Down” so there’s a bonus! Continue reading

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