Friday, February 10, 2012

brass magazine

This month, brass magazine featured me as their cover story. brass is a money and lifestyle magazine published for young adults. Their covers feature young entrepreneurs, or just young people doing cool things. I'm honored to be a part of this magazine. The photo shoot consisted of climbing thirty foot mossy tree limbs. I got to work with graphic designers, writers, photographers and a video crew. It was an amazing experience to be around so many creative minds. The photo on the cover was the last shot we did. We were in a studio and they gave me a pen and said, "Pose for us." I'm like, "With a pen?" They're like, "Yeah, just roll with it." So, I pointed the pen right at them, as if I was trying to shoot a dart, and they loved it. They're like, "Yep, that's our cover shot." They said that oftentimes the very last photo in an all-day shoot ends up being the cover photo.

If you're interested in reading the article, it's available online.

I just want to give a brief background of brass, because I'm a huge advocate for this magazine. Money plays a major role in our lives and it's something that I think schools often overlook when it comes to preparing young adults for the real world. I never had to take any personal finance classes when I was in high school or college and I think this should be mandatory curriculum. The entire point of school is to prepare kids to go out into the world and be responsible citizens, yet, they forget to teach us about credit card debt and how to take out loans and create a budget....

Look at our current economy and all of the financial trouble people are in, especially when it comes to debt. Well, unless you major in finance in college, you just don't learn about it. That's what brass does--it educates young adults about the money side of life because, let's face it--it's pretty important stuff.

Finally, for those budding writers out there, brass is always hiring writers (and paying them!!) for magazine material. All of the articles in the magazine are written by young adults, some even in high school. Contact them if you're interested.

To learn more about brass, check out their website.
Finally, here's information on how to get a subscription.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sidewalks are Safe

Less than three months until First Comes Love is in stores. I want to celebrate by taking a book tour via yacht or maybe hot air balloon or rocket ship.

For now, here's another interview with Gray and Dylan:

Gray, what’s your favorite thing about Dylan?

Dylan: I bet it's my unique fashion taste.
Gray: Right. No one wears ripped baggy jeans and basketball shoes quite like you.
Dylan: I don't wear basketball shoes.
Gray: Dylan, those black adidas shoes you wear everyday are basketball shoes. They're high tops. I used to own the same pair in middle school.
Dylan: (shrugs) I like skipping and high tops give me great ankle support.

Hey, Gray and Dylan, could we focus here? Let's go back to the original question.

Gray: Sorry. My favorite thing about Dylan...well, surprisingly I could list a lot of things here, but I’d have to say it's her 'random thought for the day.' Everyday, she thinks of something…
Dylan: Brilliant? Epic? Poetic?
Gray: More like insane. Watch, I'll demonstrate. Dylan, let's hear a random thought.
Dylan: Lately I've been thinking about sidewalks and how boring they are.
Gray: Sidewalks?
Dylan: Yeah. Why are they so straight and perfect all the time? Why can’t they zigzag, or be designed in looping figure-eights? Why don’t they have some built-in moguls or sand pits for a little adventure? Why don’t they have a rope tow, so you can wear rollerblades and a rope will pull you around? Wouldn’t that be great?
Gray: (shakes his head)
Dylan: And why can’t sidewalks be colorful? What’s up with all the beige? Beige is the most uncreative color of all times. Why can’t each square be a different color, or painted with a mural so that each piece stands out? Someday, when I own a home, I’m going to get my neighbors together and do something about this sidewalk pandemic.
Gray: Point made.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SoCal Shout Out

Okay, so in the past two weeks I've discovered my new favorite band and my latest favorite read. Augustana is from San Diego, California and I just bought their recent album (featured below). Yes, I still buy c.d. albums. Is that old school? Well, there's something spiritual about actually buying an album and holding it in your hands and tearing off the plastic wrapping and turning through those intimate little pages of song lyrics and pictures. It's like the band is opening their front door and inviting me inside to hang out. Or, maybe I'm just weird.

I still haven't made it to track five yet. I can't stop listening to the first four tracks, that's how good this album is.

I'm also ecstatic that one of my favorite authors released a new book last week (which I read and devoured in one sitting). Francesca Lia Block is from Los Angeles, and part of the reason I love her books is she describes L.A. so well--all of it's sadness and loneliness and yet she still makes L.A. shine, even through the smog. She also writes one of the best characters ever created in YA literature: Weetzie Bat. So, check out her latest book, PINK SMOG.