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Update!


Hey guys!

I know I didn’t post anything last week. I had meant to warn you guys, but time got the better of me. I went home for the holidays, and since I hadn’t seen my family since classes began in August, we had a lot of catching up to do and were always on our toes.

And now Thanksgiving break has all too quickly come to a close, which only means one thing…

FINALS!

My finals are both this week and next, so needless to say, I have a lot of studying to do. Unfortunately, this mean I won’t be able to post anything until after the 13th. Sorry.

But on a happy note, winter break is almost here, and I have a ton of reviews and other miscellaneous posts to publish that it’s not even funny. But hopefully it will all be worth the wait. 🙂

I hope to hear from you guys soon, and God Bless!

-Casey Baumgartner

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Writing My Legacy Is Back!!!


This blog was put on a temporary hiatus on August 12, and though it took much longer than I had initially planned, I’m back, everybody!…with some good news and some bad.

For starters, I promise I did not forget about you guys this past month. Every morning I would wake up thinking “I’ll find time to post something today.” Unfortunately, attending a top-rate university has been more overwhelming than I had expected. And it doesn’t help that I signed up for 15 course hours when I was constantly recommended to only sign up for 12.

I’ve been struggling day-to-day, scrounging for enough free time to write some of my works-in-progress, read books off my TBR list, and just hang out with some of the new friends I’ve made. It’s been a difficult road, but I think I’ve finally figured out a proper studying schedule that works best for me and my priorities.

That being said, my time during the school year is obviously much more limited than it was during the summer. I will continue this blog (I’ve worked so hard for it that it would break my heart to give up now.), but some things are going to have to change.

  1. Though Writing My Legacy caters to both the writer and the reader, it was originally developed to more strictly emphasize writing, through writing-prompts, journal entries, and writing advise. I feel like I’ve gotten way too bookish-meme-happy and therefore neglected the writing portion of this blog. This will no longer be the case starting right now. Because I have less time to write, I have no choice but to cut down on some of my weekly posts. Memes that will continue are as follows: One-Minute Mondays, Photo Fridays, Word of the Week, & Quote of the Week.
  2. Despite the fact that I’d like to focus more on writing, I realize that many of my followers read this blog specifically for my book reviews and bookish memes. Because I am taking both a literature and creative writing class, pleasure reading has almost become nonexistent in my life. I will keep posting book reviews, but I must warn you they will be few and far between. I also intend to resume The Friday 56. Any other meme postings (Top Ten Tuesday, Booking Through Thursday, Thoughtful Thursday, & Thursday Thoughts) will be entirely dependent on how much time I have available.

Now, if I haven’t scared you away yet, I’d like you to know being away from this blog and my faithful readers has left an empty place in my heart, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be back.

I’d love to know how you guys have been this past month and answer any questions you may have for me, so be sure to leave me a comment below!

God Bless. 😀

-Casey Baumgartner

Important Update!


I’m just typing up a quick update to let you know that I will be unable to post on this blog for the next week or so. I’m currently in the process of packing for the big move on Friday and will then be busy setting up my new apartment, looking for another job, and preparing for my junior year of classes to start. I know Writing My Legacy is still pretty small compared to most book and writing blogs, but I really do appreciate all of my loyal and dedicated readers and sincerely hope that you bare with me during this substantial milestone in my life. Though my blog will remain stagnant, my reading and writing will not so be prepared for one or two exciting new book reviews upon my return. I also promise to come back with a couple more worthwhile surprises I’m sure you will all enjoy, so be on the look out.

I hope to hear from you guys soon, and God Bless!

-Casey Baumgartner

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Until next time…

I Shall Never Stop Writing


I shall never stop writing…

Because it is all I’m good at

Because it is expected of me

Because it is my portal of escape

Because my words are never perfect enough

Because some people told me I couldn’t

Because otherwise the stories in my mind would overwhelm me

Because you never know who will read my work

Because simple words can change extraordinary lives

Because some things can only be conveyed on paper

Because my words are my legacy

 

This is my answer poem to Carole Satyamurti’s “I Shall Paint My Nails Red.”

I challenge you to write your own version of a because poem (it can be about ANYTHING from painting your nails to eating pizza to gardening), and post it on some form of social media whether it’s your blog, facebook, twitter, etc. Leave me the link to your post in a comment below so I can read your work! 🙂

Why I Study What I Study


I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t fathom I could make a career out of it until my junior year of high school. Back then, writing was a hobby for me, and the plan was to get a decent, stable job where I could hopefully write a page here and there until finally creating my first novel.

I went through many stages as a child, all of which I eventually abandoned. I wanted to be Pocahontas and was told there could only be one. I wanted to be a vampire and found out that they don’t exist. I wanted to be a singer and never got any solos. I wanted to be an actress and always got the background parts. I wanted to be a veterinarian but can’t stand it when animals die. I wanted to be a nurse and realized I’m not very good with science…or math…or sick people. So what could I be? What could I do?

Everything in my life kept changing- my career, my values, my home, my identity. The only thing that remained consistent was my writing. I knew that -no matter what happened or who I became- I would always write, because writing is who I am, as cheesy as that sounds.

In my junior year, I signed up to take AP English III, not because I needed the AP credits but because I sought more of a challenge than regular English could give. That is where I met the teacher that, for lack of better words, changed my life. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that one teacher who embeds such a great impact on you that it causes you to set on a completely new path, one you never knew existed. She was this teacher for me, and she did all that and so much more.

She taught me to have pride in my writing and to never be ashamed to share it with others. But most of all, she cared. I didn’t just see it; I felt it down to my very core, and I admired her for this compassion, consciously looking forward to her class every day.

I quickly grew an adoration towards English, when before I had only ever considered it just another subject that I happened to favor above the others. After passing the AP English Composition test with a 4, even though the majority of my classmates failed, I realized something that shouldn’t have taken me so long to discern: that this is what I’m good at, this is what I can do, and writing is no longer just a hobby for me. And when the end of the school year approached and my teacher asked our class to take out a piece of looseleaf and tell her what field we planned to study, I picked up my pen without hesitation and wrote “English.”

My next step: choose a university.


 

Are you in college now? If so, what are you majoring in? How different is this career path compared to those you aspired towards as a child?

Leave a comment below. 🙂

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14 Tips for Young Adult Writers


If you’re a YA writer, then definitely check this out.

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“YA” or “Young Adult” fiction is novels, stories, poetry, and various non-fiction written for adolescents, the group somewhere between ‘children’ and ‘adults’. It includes popular novels like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, andSE Hinton’s The Outsiders.

Look at this infographic on the YA market, put together by Bowker Books, the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions to the publishing industry:

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The YA market is exploding, not only in published novels but readers.

Plus, as many adults read YA as the core audience, so if you’re writing in that genre, it becomes a difficult requirement to fulfill at times.  Here are some tips to help you succeed:

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