// cwwc | challenge one //

hello, my friends!

it’s finally august, which seems like it’s going to be a busy month for me. i have to run a 5k, go to summer camp for a week, go to public school for the first time in my horribly long life, babysit seven kids at once, and hopefully get the contacts that i’ve needed for about three years. and while all of that is going on, i also get to host cwwc for the third year. what fun. (i’m actually very excited.)

here are the teams:

ellie (hope in full)
rebekah (head in the clouds)
jordan (daythinker nightdreamer)
daisymermaid (the girl with auburn hair)
audrey (please just one more page)
allison (a farm girl’s life)
mia (creative castle)
cora (cora’s bits and pieces)
c.a. peetz (cliff’s brink)
katie

sarah
indigo
lauren (comma hangover)
clara (clara and co.)
sari (penumbra reviews)
rose (sun on a cloudy day)
hope (the nerd notebook)
poppy
arunima (dreamer’s dreams)
madi

mya (life from behind a camera)
olive (hidden hollow ag crafts)
jess (the artful author)
sam (redhead with a book)
danielle (near but far)
suzy (ends&odds)
k.a. (bursts of inspiration)
dara
wysteria (head in the clouds)
charis (charis rae)

chloe (my hobbit hole)
megan (a barefoot gal)
annecy (free fallin’ girls)
orchid (crochet buddies)
sarah (for all who wander)
kiki (the thoughts of a girl with aspergers)
nicole (worlds beyond words)
anika (this journey called life)
carol (peeking through a kaleidoscope)

forty people signed up, so there are ten lovely writers on each team. i’ve got to say, i was a bit worried that only two people would sign up. luckily, things did not turn out that way.

here are the prompts for the first challenge:

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write a story/poem/whatever inspired by these prompts. you’ll get two points for posting the story within the time limit, and one point for every prompt you use.

at the beginning of your cwwc post, please make sure to say how many prompts you used. this makes it so much easier for me to count up the points.

once you’ve finished your story, leave a comment on this post with a link to it. for those submitting their stories by email: send it to me at happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

your stories are due by midnight on august 4th.

have fun. :)

xo

loren

// cwwc sign-ups deadline + the sky did a thing //

hello, my friends. :) quick reminder that today is the last day to sign up for cwwc! go do that if you haven’t already. doesn’t matter if you’re a good writer or not. you could be as awful as i am, and i would still want you to participate.

i probably should have posted this earlier in the day. but instead of doing that, i spent several hours procrastinating by sitting in my room and staring at the ceiling. but it’s here now!! :D *jazz hands*

*whispers* please end me, why am i like this.

it’s reached the point in the night where i need to decide whether i’m gonna fall asleep or watch the sunrise. (everything i own // the front bottoms)

ooh, look at my fricken flash photography.

i pulled about four all-nights in july, i believe. two of them were in a row. one was when i got really sick for absolutely no reason. i went three days with only eleven hours of sleep this month. the only good thing about staying up all night  is being able to watch the sunrise. although sometimes, it’s a really half-hearted sunrise and it’s not worth it at all. but i got a few pictures of one of the less crappy sunrises. :)

why do people let me name files.

very important announcement

I ACCIDENTALLY SIGNED AN EMAIL TO MY BFF’S CRUSH WITH “xo loren” BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I ALWAYS DO, BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW THAT AND THEY’LL PROBABLY BOTH HATE ME FOREVER BECAUSE THAT MEANS HUGS AND KISSES, OH  NO NO NO NO PLEASE END ME.

let’s forget that that happened

“that that” is grammatically correct

i’ll fight you in the comments

you nerd

i hope you all had a lovely day. if not, you can start over every morning.

xo

loren

// 30 song challenge //

welcome to this trash heap of a blog, run by your friendly neighborhood emo kid. enjoy your stay here and try not to cringe too much. :)

mason did the 30 song challenge on their blog, and i thought it looked pretty cool, so here we are.

1) your favorite song 

please don’t.

2) your least favorite song

gather round, my children, and let me tell you a story. my brother is really into ’80s music and will play maybe four songs from that time on repeat. one of those is never gonna give you up // rick astley. i didn’t like that one in the first place, and he’s played it so often that i flip out 0.3 seconds into the song.

3) a song that makes you happy

sophomore slump or comeback of the year // fall out boy. definitely one of my favorite fob songs.

we’re the therapists pumping through your speakers, delivering just what you need. 

4) a song that makes you sad

waving through a window // dear evan hansen. it pretty much perfectly depicts social anxiety. i’ve sort of latched onto the entire thing.

did i even make a sound? it’s like i never made a sound. will i ever make a sound?

Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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5) a song that makes you feel guilty 

good for you // dear evan hansen. aka the most passive aggressive song ever. it just leaves me feeling so forgiven (sarcasm).

i gotta find a way to stop it, stop it, just let me out!

6) a song that reminds you of someone 

pup: the right girl // the maine

i did the wrong thing to the right girl. it was your world, baby, and i just lived in it. 

drama queen // green day

she is my drama queen. she is so wild and reckless. 

n: far too young to die // panic! at the disco

don’t let me do this to myself. | well, i never really thought that you’d come tonight.

my mum: shut up // blink-182

i wanna move out, when can we move out? this has got to stop.

what you need // bring me the horizon

don’t ask me why and then roll your eyes at the answer. 

7) a song that reminds you of somewhere 

nice2knoU // all time low reminds me of summer camp. i get to go there next month and i’m quite excited about that. :D

we always say that we’ll keep in touch. nobody does, but it don’t matter much. 

8) a song that reminds you of a certain event 

can’t help falling in love // twenty one pilots (cover) and on the wing // owl city remind me of the weekend i spent with n at the lodge. he can play can’t help falling in love on his ukulele, and he played it probably a hundred times while we were there.

9) a song that you know all the words to

built this pool // blink-182.

I WANNA SEE SOME NAKED DUUUUDES. THAT’S WHY I BUILT THIS POOL. (IS THAT REALLY IT?)

that’s the whole song, and i freaking love it.

10) a song that you can dance to 

dancing for me means jumping around and headbanging (it looks so hot, trust me), and party poison // my chemical romance and where did the party go // fall out boy are good for that. :)

11) a song that makes you fall asleep

anything by sleeping at last. they make such soft, dreamy songs, and listening to them is a nice way to fall asleep.

12) a song from your favorite band

i tried making a playlist of my favorite songs. it’s called “swiggity swag you look good in drag” and has 100+ songs. so i don’t think i can answer this one.

13) a song from a band you hate

i cannot stand taylor swift (sorry, rutvi), so anything by her. my dad loves her, though. he watches taylor swift music videos at work to entertain himself. and one time when pup was here, we walked in on him twerking to one of her songs (should’ve said no, i think). that was an e x p e r i e n c e.

14) a song that no one would expect you to love

idk?? it’s still rock and roll to me // billy joel. maybe. is that surprising?

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15) a song that describes you

i’m a mess // frank iero and the patience, weightless // all time low, or anything from the front bottoms’ talon of the hawk album. here is my attempt to sum up the album:

i’m so cool and punk!! *half-hearted dab because that’s what the kids do these days* i’ve been crying for three weeks straight, though. love sucks, but here i am, wanting attention and to hold someone’s hand!! i’d totally get drunk to forget my pain, but i’m a minor and alcohol is kind of gross anyway!! *skateboards off a cliff while crying and drinking a capri sun*

16) a song you used to love but now hate

please don’t make me think about my past choices.

17) a song you often hear on the radio

idk, man. i don’t listen to the radio very much because it gives my mom a headache or something. the only station we can agree on is a classic rock one.

18) a song you wish you heard on the radio

literally anything that i actually like, please. i can never sing along to the radio because i don’t often listen to music that’s “in.”

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19) a song from your favorite album

regional at best // twenty one pilots is probably my favorite album. i love the songs glowing eyes, lovely, slowtown, and ruby.

20) a song you listen to when you’re happy

if i’m in an incredibly good mood, i’ll listen to owl city, probably the maybe i’m dreaming album.

21) a song you listen to when you’re sad

i have a playlist called “:(,” so i guess whatever’s on that.

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22) a song you listen to when you’re angry. 

beaten in lips // beartooth. it’s one of my favorite songs and it makes me want to finally fight back. :)

listen to the sound of your children revolting. listen to the sound of the lives you’re ruining.

23) a song you want to play at your wedding

the tøp cover of can’t help falling in love. it’s beautiful and still kind of emo.

take my hand, take my whole life, too. cause i can’t help falling in love with you.

24) a song you want to play at your funeral 

adam’s song // blink-182. or maybe good riddance (time of your life) // green day. take notes, my friends. :)

Coconut Sharks In The Water by RaposaBoba

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25) a song that makes you laugh

COCONUT SHARKS IN THE WATER.

TØP’S BEST SONG. 10/10.

26) a song you can play on an instrument 

the two songs i’ve been playing recently on my ukulele are drama queen // green day and peach // the front bottoms.

27) a song you wish you could play

i can stumble my way through can’t help falling in love, but i’d like to be able to play that one well.  

28) a song in a foreign language that you like

au revoir (adios) // the front bottoms technically counts, right? it says “au revoir” and “adios” a lot, so yeah, it counts.

you know what i think’s really sad? i know how really sad you are. 

29) a song from your childhood

counting stars // one republic. pup likes singing this one when we’re together because she knows i used to love it.

one time this very religious girl got angry because a group of kids were singing the “i feel something so right doing the wrong thing” part.

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30) your favorite song at this time last year

anything from tøp’s blurryface album, probably.

if anyone would like to do this challenge on their blog, go right ahead. :)

xo

loren

// dear blue eyes | love notes //

i. i think every poem about blue eyes was written about you. aquamarines, the ocean, a clear summer sky, the lake at camp, the tiny flowers growing beside the porch — they have blended together into the enchanting color of your gaze.

ii. i’m not sure if i believe in the red string of fate, or soulmates, or 11:11 wishes, or even true love. but i pray that if they’re real, then when i’m tripping over thin air, it’s because our string is wrapped too tightly around my legs. if they’re real, then your soul will teach mine how to dance with yours. if they’re real, know that i always wish for you. if they’re real, then let this love be as sure as the north star.

iii. once we get that apartment, i’m going to kiss your forehead when you come home from practice, even though you’ll taste like sweat.

iv. i want to tell you. i cannot tell you. i will never tell you.

v. i find you everywhere. in dripping, sickly sweet popsicles, lazy summer afternoons, glasses of lemonade in pretty cups, snatches of pop songs from a passing car.

vi. i am sure that you are the sun stuck in a human body.

vii. it hurts to hear you talk about the person you love, because it’s not me. you look so dreamy and absolutely lost in love, and i wonder if you’ve ever felt that way about me.

viii. i hope you know that every time i call you a loser, i’m trying to say “i love you.”

ix. it took me years to even hug you. i was afraid that the quickening of my heartbeat would give everything away. or that the sparks when you touch that you read about in cheesy love stories are real.

x. romance novels are so predictable. there are impossibly perfect kisses. person a. accidentally breaks person b.’s heart. but it was a mistake. they make up and everything is fine again. things are always easy between them and they live happily ever after. this is no romance novel. this is a horror story with a romantic subplot.

xi. i write about you, sometimes, in my journal. there are poems about what your soul looks like, and song lyrics that blur into your name.

xii. love is not a choice, although i wish it was. i would tell myself to stop falling for my friends.

xiii. none of this matters. i don’t love you anymore.

xo

loren

// playlist: songs for summer (1) //

here’s a list of songs that are either about summer, or give me summery vibes. if you’re not in a summer state of mind yet, these might help you along. part two coming soon. :)

« post idea from mason‘s rad blog »

summertime // my chemical romance

ocean avenue (acoustic) // yellowcard

satellites // sleeping with sirens

slowtown // twenty one pilots

swing, swing // the all-american rejects

umbrella beach // owl city

favorite record // fall out boy

save me a spark // sleeping with sirens

golden days // panic! at the disco

satellite // all time low

west coast friendship // owl city

forest // twenty one pilots

the strays // sleeping with sirens

S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W // my chemical romance

saturday // fall out boy

on top of the world // imagine dragons

the yacht club // owl city

good times // all time low

kids from yesterday // my chemical romance

a concept: you are sitting on a dock, with fog drifting around you. you have a smoothie and your favorite book. listening to the birds and crickets singing a duet, you watch as the sun makes its slow ascent into the sky. vibrant hues bleed like watercolor over the horizon: peach and rose and lilac. a beam of sunlight lands on the dock, splashing you with warmth and hope. you open the worn covers of your book and are pulled into the fictional world as the one around you comes alive.

xo

loren

// two years + blogging tips //

yoooo, it’s my two-year blogiversary.

*my cat explodes, showering you with candy and confetti*

how rad. i would suggest a party, but 1) i hate parties, and 2) i pulled another all-nighter and i’m too tired for one.

i was trying to come up with something special to do for this very important moment in history. i came up with making mallowmelt and doing a giveaway, and although that would be pretty fun, i feel like my eyes are going to fall out, and fun just sounds like “getting tired while laughing.” so i’m going to post some really interesting stats while i think of something else.

but you should totally listen to party poison // my chemical romance to celebrate.

anyway. the stats.

*coughs*

*adjusts glasses*

664 followers.

315 posts

80k views

9k comments

top commenters:

rutvi – 106 (get a LIFE, rutvi. honestly.[i’m kidding, i like your comments.])

sam – 45

mckenna – 32

allison – 32

kathleen – 26

gracie – 24

so i thought of something sort of special that i could do. blogging tips. *jazz hands* it’ll be fun, don’t worry. i’ve got three and a half years of experience total, so i’m definitely qualified to write this (sarcasm).

☼ if you’re trying to design a button, header, featured image, etc., canva will be your friend.

☼ white backgrounds look the cleanest.

☼ avoid colored text, it’s hard to read.

☼ reply to comments and comment on other blogs.

☼ hosting challenges is a great way to get views.

☼ experiment with themes and colors until you find something that feels right.

☼ try to write about a variety of topics (unless, of course, your blog is specifically about one thing).

☼ tag your posts! they’ll help wordpress users find your blog.

☼ whatever you’re working on for your blog right now will be embarrassing in time. you’ll look back on it someday and wonder why anyone let you put that on the internet. it’s alright, post it anyway.

☼ if your pictures are blurry, say that they’re aesthetic, and no one will be able to complain about it.

☼ write down your blog-related stuff in a notebook. it can be titles for posts, bits of poetry, ideas for challenges, things you want to take pictures of, whatever.

☼ when in doubt, do a tag or q&a.

☼ pictures are good. make them big.

☼ make a separate email for your blog, so your main one doesn’t get swamped with notifications.

☼ give credit where credit is due. if you’re using a picture you didn’t take, link it back to the owner.

☼ there’s no shame in editing your pictures. the photo editors i use are picasa and picmonkey.

☼ try not to check your stats obsessively.

☼ proofread your posts. preview them before you hit publish and check for spelling and grammar errors. make sure that they’re well formatted.

☼ leave a gap of at least one day between posts.

☼ take hiatuses whenever you need to. there’s no need to post if you don’t want to/don’t have inspiration.

☼ become friends with other bloggers. internet friendships are amazing (although a little painful, since you can’t actually be with them). you can share ideas, encourage each other, chat, etc. you might become closer to them than your irl friends.

if you’ve got any tips to add, leave those in the comments.

so if my blog is two years old, then i myself must be at least that old, too. maybe i got my blog as a gift on the day that i was born. maybe i’m actually a two-year-old who got ahold of a computer and a dictionary. i’ve tricked all of you into becoming friends with me, a baby. let’s be lost is run by a two-year-old, pass it on.

(i’m not actually a baby.)

(well, a crybaby, perhaps. but that’s different.)

now we’ve just got to see if i can survive another year and get to my three-year blogiversary. :)

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^^ tyler knows how to party.

xo

loren