Don’t Stop the Hustle: Tips for Focus During the Dreary Days of Self Quarantine

I’m so over this. Like, legit, social distancing is for sure taking a toll on me the same way it likely is for so many others. It’s hard to even get up in the morning with nowhere to really go. Plus I may have graduated from college last year, but I’m still very much on the hunt for a more permanent writing gig. So the closures incurred by this worldwide health concern has really put a damper on my job search.

But I’ve found that lately, I’ve been able to stay busy due to my various professional endeavors I’ve taken up right from the comfort and safety of my home.  As things are starting to slowly reopen in my state, I can see that there is definitely an end in sight. So here’s what I’ve been up to lately while being stuck at home – maybe through this brief list, you’ll be able to find new ideas for your creative pursuits as well!

1. Interning 

If you’ve been around my blog before, you may have heard that I write concert reviews, band interviews, and music reviews for The Boston Sports Desk, and have been for a couple years now whenever I can. This is a fantastic gig that I found through the career center at my college, which usually allows me to score free tickets to concerts (and if you know how expensive and tough it can be to get decent seats, you can imagine how dope of a gig this is for me). It was going to be sort of temporary, but it ended up being a mainstay for me as I really loved it and noticed how it allowed me to network better and have real samples of my writing that I could show to future employers. You can find the archive of music articles written by me HERE.

More recently, I also scored an internship with Brilliant Light Publishing. This is another great opportunity for me because I can now add to my resume that I’ve technically worked for a publishing house – and all I had to do so far was reach out to local authors and review their books. My first article was about the adorable children’s book “Cody the Cloud” with an awesome anti-bullying message. You can read my book review HERE.

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Kicking back with my latest book, “Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember”, and a crocheted pink lemonade 😉

2. Guest Writing 

Through one of my colleagues I met in my marketing classes (Ashley Mason from marketing agency Dash of Social), I connected with some really interesting blogs that could feature a guest article by me. Yet again, this is a great way to get some more legitimate looking writing samples out into the world – and what better way to start than through Life Goals Mag? As a young author trying to make a name for myself, it’s very easy to get swept up in the hordes of others trying to make it big. So I wrote an article all about my experiences with writing and publishing five novels by the time I turned 23. That article is available on their website HERE.

3. Freelancing

Maybe you’ve heard the adage before but it’s so true: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And as banal as that phrase is, I’ll admit it was very true for me in this case. Through a familial connection, I ended up landing a PAID freelancing gig blogging for a sales coach. It’s super easy and I get checks in the mail regularly, paid for each blog I write. There have also been talks of me potentially formatting and editing a book for this particular client, which would then be a big professional opportunity for me. Once again, I’m utilizing this time at home the best I can to pad my resume, so that when the job markets fully revives, I’ll be poised and ready to leave my mark.

I’ve even made business cards for myself so I feel super legit as a freelance writer – sometimes a little boost of confidence is all it takes to start dominating your life. And Vistaprints makes it super easy (not a sponsored post, I swear. I just really love Vistaprints LOL). And you can get 20% off your order with their coupon code “ENJOY20” (you’re welcome).

There’s no right or wrong way to use your time right now. Don’t forget that since things are so uncertain and frustrating these days, it’s also perfectly valid to just survive if you don’t have the energy to thrive just yet. But if you’re like me and you’re chomping at the bit to do something useful, these tips may help you resume a bit of normalcy in the midst of this unprecedented hitch in your plans. Plus, you want to be able to tell future employers that you made the most you could of this time and didn’t just while it away on Netflix 😉

OR you can find my books on Amazon HERE if you want another escape from the bland reality we’ve all been stuck in for a while. Audiobooks are also available if that’s more your thing!

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Listen to “Just Like a Pill” on Audible NOW!

Hello friends! If you’re new here, welcome. If you’ve been here before, you’ll know that I started this whole writing journey because I was upset about a boy who wouldn’t make up his mind about me. Regardless, I’m here today because I just heard that the audiobook for my very first story about a boy is now available!

Screen Shot 2020-05-24 at 2.32.21 PMThat’s right – the book is called “Just Like a Pill: Who Knew the Boy of Her Dreams Would Fall Under Her Spell”, and it’s very silly and light-hearted. I say that because if I don’t, I’d end up just cringing at it, and who wants to do that? Not me, LOL. I drafted this whole thing in like a month over four years ago during my freshman year of college, and I can honestly say that my life hasn’t been the same since. I didn’t ever picture myself as an indie author, but here I am, telling you about this audiobook and producing more for the other four (going on five) books I’ve published since!

It kind of reads like a fan fiction, because in some ways, it totally is. Friends who knew me IRL will know WAY too much about that particular aspect, but that’s just how the cookie crumbled, I guess! Fun fact: It’s also based loosely on the song “Red” by Taylor Swift, which is a song that will probably always mean so much to me from the events that inspired this story.

Here’s the book blurb to the story that started it all for me:

When Scarlett gets a sinus infection the week before Homecoming, she never knew that she would be plunged deep into a tangled mess involving the hunky guitar player, Maxx, who goes to her school. She quickly develops a mysterious side effect that appears to cause Maxx to be instantly attracted to her. With her health-freak fashionista friend Izzy by her side, Scarlett searches desperately to find answers about the sketchy “antibiotics” that she took to combat her symptoms. The time clock is set to one week, and between dodging the fiendish escapades of the high school “it-girl” who dates Maxx, as well as the feeble advances of nerdy Greg, Scarlett has to figure out what’s real and what’s not before anyone she cares about gets hurt.

Sound good? Great! You can grab a copy of the audiobook HERE or Comment on this post to ask me for a free promo code in exchange for an honest review. Hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it!

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Books I Loved Reading During Quarantine So Far

Escape. We’re all looking to escape the climate of things and the depressing state of the world right now. So what better idea than finding the perfect book to take you to the racetrack, or the beach, or into the arms of someone special? It’s so much fun to be someone different just for a little while, and these books let me do just that as I’ve been stuck at home the past couple months. I’m going to share a few of the books that have been doing their part to keep me calm and (more or less) happy, and I’ll basically copy and paste my own Goodreads reviews below for you to see.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)

This book is a fantastic blend of the movie Passengers with The Search for WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi. I could not put it down easily, finishing the whole thing in just a day. The technological world is rich, and despite the major implication in the description, I could still barely see the twists coming. This book is special, and I might have to check out other works by this author. Would definitely recommend this book, no question about it! Incorporated some very relatable coming-of-age thoughts in it as well, which can be hard to do believably sometimes but this book NAILS IT.

Aix Marks the Spot (S.E. Anderson)

SUCH A FUN STORY! Jamie is an American visiting her estranged grandmother in France for the summer. While there, she finds old letters telling of a scavenger hunt left by her father – and she enlists the help of her cute French boy neighbor to help translate the locations and people she meets. This was a fantastic escape for me, which was much needed since I’ve been stuck at home. The characters are endearing, the plot is very believable, and the romance is so so sweet. You won’t want to put this one down. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

The Rose Gate: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (Faerie tale Romances #1) (Hannah Sandvig)

A fresh twist on a classic tale as old as time, this story brings heaps of whimsy and creative fantasy lore into a new and invigorating brew. The character of Leith is equal parts charming and deep, with layers and layers of story to unravel. And Isobel is a delightful protagonist – an average girl with a not-so-average adventure. Definitely give it a read, you will not be disappointed. I genuinely enjoyed getting lost in the Castle at Kilinaire for a few days, no doubt you will too!

As Much As I Ever Could (Brandy Woods Snow)

Gripping characters take you on a wild ride. What more could you want?
This Southern racecar romance is a high-speed jaunt from start to finish. It expertly tackles grief and tragedy, especially in the complicated context of growing up and finding yourself. Jett is a well-rounded character, a perfect counterpoint to CJ “Cami” in every way possible. When a romance simmers between them, they are challenged by their pasts to move forward and find happiness again. An absolutely hilarious, tongue-in-cheek feel good read that I didn’t want to put down. Will be looking into other books by this author for sure!

96525098_865247990645473_113611471346204672_oThese books really kept me entertained, swooning, and distracted long enough to get through the first 8 weeks of quarantine in one piece. 

If you’re like me and desperately need an escape, I totally recommend these books. Plus, you can consider escaping to Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier in my latest release, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. You can find that on Amazon HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Couldnt-Remember-Rewind-Duology-ebook/dp/B084QK6DFW/ref=pd_ybh_a_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=25H1G4DTESBNP3PTM8FN

Thank you so much for being here along for this crazy ride! I truly hope you’re all managing to stay well and healthy these days. Take care, my friends!

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Three Tips for Staying Focused, Happy, and Somewhat Sane in Quarantine

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been stuck at home for at least six weeks. And it’s getting difficult to stay positive in the midst of everything going on. We all know it’s important, but that doesn’t make it easy. Humans are made to interact with each other, so how are we supposed to live without each other?

I’m lucky in the sense that I live with my parents still so I’m not totally alone or anything, but in some ways, that also makes me feel like I’m twelve years old again. And that’s also not a good feeling at all (for reference, I’m actually 23, LOL).

As everything carries on and the days slip by like maple syrup, I’ve found a few things that have made this a bit easier. In my case, as a writer, there are some particular outlets that I have especially enjoyed lately:

1. Producing Audiobooks / Bringing Your Story to Life

The audiobook for my latest story, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember is going to be available hopefully within the next couple months. This is the first book I’ve published that feels truly significant to my mindset here and now. My prior-published books like Just Like a Pill and The Upperworld Series are just stories I came up with, more or less. I mean, aside from the fact that JLAP is largely based on a real guy I was crushing on for years, there isn’t really anything in there that I still relate to today.

BD914980-F48B-44FE-A0B6-4131CF9345A2This book, is much more real to me still, because it highlights struggles that are very real for me even today. It’s raw, honest, and uncensored (no, not like smut – I mean more like uncensored angst). I’m still very deep in working through social trauma I experienced from being bullied for years, so this is my battle cry: https://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Couldnt-Remember-Rewind-Duology-ebook/dp/B084QK6DFW/ref=pd_ybh_a_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M9PC24Z5PFYR4NNVMEJK

Even if you’re not an author like me, you can still find unique ways to tell your story while stuck in quarantine. Play some music, write a song, start a blog, start a YouTube channel. You can do this, and there are some great resources out there to help you.

2. Chatting With Cool People

As you might know, I’m a concert correspondent for The Boston Sports Desk, which means I get to review music and interview artists whenever I want! So last week, I got to review a new track by alternative rocker Mandi Crimmins, and then chatted with her over Skype for an interview. I noticed that it really helped me to be able to do something productive while being social(ly distant). You can read my review of her newest song here, as well as her interview:

Review of “Making Me Hate You”: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/alternative-rocker-mandi-crimmins-drops-new-emotional-ballad-making-me-hate-you/

Interview with Mandi: http://www.bostonsportsdesk.com/interview-with-mandi-crimmins/

Of course, I Skype and call my friends whenever I can too. It certainly falls flat to IRL hangouts, but it’s for sure the next best thing!

3. Being Present

My creative writing professor in college used to say this all the time in class, and at the time I’ll be honest and say I found it irritating. I didn’t fully get how to bring that sentiment into my life. It was this random idea that seemed far too foggy to flesh out. Like “I’m physically here, so what?” But it’s NOT just “so what”. Being a human being, with a life and home and a place to sleep every night, is in itself, a miracle. Remembering that God put me here, and now for a reason, really brought me back to reality. And then I remembered, that even though re-opening dates keep getting pushed back, it really will end eventually. All we gotta do now, is find ways to pass the time and keep our heads above water until then.

Thanks so much for being here (at least virtually). Stay well, and stay present. We’ll get through this, promise ❤

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Guest Posting For Blogs is Fun, Who Knew?

Hello friends,

I recently got an opportunity to write a guest post for Life Goals Magazine, which isn’t something I had previously done before, but I really relished the opportunity! Not only is guest posting for a blog an easy way to get a new audience segment for your marketing goals, but it’s also a great way to have a fresh new format to work with.

My friend Ashley from Dash of Social directed me to check out this blog, and I’m so glad I did because it embodies all the unique things about being a self-made entrepreneur and reaching your personal goals – all things that are near and dear to my heart!

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A fun quote and graphic from my newest time-travel coming of age novel, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember

Without further ado, why not take a look at my article written exclusively for Life Goals Magazine? It’s titled “23 Things Writing Novels Taught Me About Life”, written shortly after my twenty-third birthday (coincidence, I think not). You can access the article HERE.

I truly hope you’re continuing to stay healthy and peaceful in these crazy days. Best wishes for comfort and joy even during the stressful days ahead ❤

Angelina Singer

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My friend did an awesome makeup look inspired by my book!

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing as well as you can during quarantine. I myself have definitely been struggling a bit to stay focused and positive. I will say that Skyping with friends definitely helps. But of course, it’s not at all the same.

One of my friends sent me some cool book selfies with my latest time-travel novel, Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember. She took the colors featured on the cover and did  a beautiful makeup look inspired by them – isn’t that so much fun? It really made my day to see, and she told me that she’s on chapter 18 so far, and it’s “pretty darn cool”. She herself is also a writer, so it made the vote of confidence from her mean so much more to me. I even included her in the dedication for all her support while I wrote this book 🙂

In case you’re curious, here’s the book blurb for my newest novel, and you can keep an eye out for the sequel, coming either late this year or early next!

“Maybe getting older lets you finally see all sides of the dice – not just the ones that are facing up.”

Vera Bartlet is a soon-to-be college graduate with absolutely no idea how messy her life is about to become. It’s not just the job search looming on the horizon or her lack of a boyfriend that’s got her stomach in knots – rather, her dad has been missing for almost a decade, and no one knows what happened to him.

When Uncle Edgar mysteriously arrives back onto the scene, he comes armed with some interesting new ideas about what may have happened to Vera’s dad – and an even more revolutionary idea of how to find him. With nothing short of bending time and space, Edgar sends Vera back in time in the hopes that she might find the clues they need to get her dad home.

As she sifts through the mangled pieces of reality and her altered memories of middle school drama become jumbled in between truth and fantasy, Vera has to choose which elements of her past should stay in the past, and which she might like to incorporate into her future. Time travel is never simple, and there are always side effects – but in this case, it might just hold the key to finding her dad. Will Vera stay sane long enough to find her dad and make peace with the bullies who made her miserable?

If this concept catches your eye, you can grab a copy of my book HERE 😉 I am so excited about this story because it’s easily my most personal yet. I quite literally looked back at my life and pulled elements from it that felt unfinished and unresolved. It was an extremely freeing experience, I can promise you that!

Thank you for all your support, and for being here ❤

Angelina Singer

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New Review of “Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember” + New ATL Album Review

Hello friends!

I know I’m blogging a little more frequently than I used to, and that’s largely because I’m home self-quarantining which means I have way more free time, and I also feel more connected by talking to cool people like yourself, which helps me feel a lot less alone. So thanks for always being here ❤

A wonderful bookstagrammer, Gwendalyn, has reviewed my latest book and only had the nicest things to say about it:

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Follow her on Instagram @gwendalyn_books_ for more great bookish thoughts and cool book photography as shown for my book below!

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Additionally, we could all use a little more sunshine amidst this epidemic right? Agreed. So I reviewed All Time Low’s newest album “Wake Up Sunshine”, and I couldn’t believe how far they’ve come and how good it is. Felt like a breath of fresh air to me after being stuck in my room for literal weeks now. If you’d like to read my album review that I wrote on behalf of The Boston Sports Desk, you can find that HERE.

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Thank you so much for being here! Please take care, stay home, and stay well. Feel free to comment below if you’re an ATL fan like me and want to share thoughts about the new album, I’d surely love to hear what you think!

Love, Angelina.

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