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I have alot of places that I want to travel too on my bucket list, which I will fully delve into in an upcomeing blog. However this post is dedicated to New York.....
Photo by Jen Davis
I love New York even though I have never been there. In fact I have never been to America at all but hopefully that changes one day soon. New York is also known as : The Big Apple, Gotham, Center of the Universe, The City That Never Sleeps,The Capital of the World- and out of all these names I think I prefer New York!
Anyway as all tourists, who probably have some idea of the attractions, streets, bouroughs and things they would like to visit.. I too have a list of the places and things I would like to vist and and see - however this list is very incomplete and would in fact be ever changing but they are as follows;
Much of what many envision including me on a daily basis of New York City—is the bright lights and yellow taxis buzzing through Times Square, the green tranquility of Central Park, the heralding Statue of Liberty, the iconic bridges. Sample delicious food, and copious amounts of alcohol whist simultaniosly eyeballing beautiful shoes in store windows. and then theres the window shopping on the Upper East Side; plus there's the chance to soak up stunning views of the City’s famous skyline f stroll the old cobblestone streets of the West Village; see contemporary art in the Lower East Side; and experience American history in Lower Manhattan.
I will now break down New York and maybe share a bit of what I'd like to do in each area......
1.Manhattan Ahhhhh the places where all or most of my favourite movies and shows are made. The awesome sidewalks, the iconic buildings, the taxis everything!
a) Central Park Central Park in Manhattan, is the most visited city park in the United States, with about 25 million visitors each year. I found this a very interesting fact courtsey of Wikipedia. The park contains heaps of attractions; most of all I would just like to walk around but while Im there I would like to see it all, there are several lakes and ponds, two ice-skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the 106-acre Jackie Onassis Reservoir. Indoor attractions include Belvedere Castle with its nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, and the historic Carousel.
After watching all those movies and TV shows over the last 20 years I would be nuts not to want to go and walk through and take a look around, maybe even see a movie being filmed if I am lucky.
b. 5th Avenue - the shopping and the atmosphere, I mean I am a girl and although I am not rich I would definateloy have a ball here.....
c. Empire State Building - you cant go to New York and not go here.... Audrey Hepburn was there - thats all I need......
d. The googenheim - just because It would be really cool and I want to have a little bit of education added in with the fun stuff....
e. New York Cab Ride - as if I couldnt. I want to stand on a sidewalk and raise my arm up and hail my own cab... a small thrill but never the less a good one.
f. A roof top Bar - any will do as long as its not too stuffy I want to have fun...
k East Village: Dive bars, coffee shops, vintage fashion (yay), history, alternative theater....
lGramercy: NYC's most exclusive park is surrounded by stunning architecture, great food and live music.
mHell's Kitchen: This Midtown neighborhood is a haven for arts of all stripes, from theatrical to culinary
nMeatpacking District: This neighborhood is, well, packed with trendy eats, alternative art and designer fashion. I herd there are some really good bars here and I would be crazy not to want to check it out...
oSoHo: The art-world cred here endures—along with some of the best shopping in town. And thats enough to make me want to stay there for a week and see all there is to see....imerse myself...
2. The Bronx
Um I dont even really know where to start here or what Im even looking for. Mainly just walk the streets if at all possible, check out some really cool record shops, old school buildings, the art the grafitti, the music, the atmosphere.....More research needs to be done into this which I will put in another blog post.
3.Brooklyn. more info please
4.Queens. as above.....
There is so much about New York that excites me. I want to sit in cafes and restaurants. Walk through parks, go shopping for really cool things in quirky little shops, I want to drink cocktails at bars, dance the night away, watch bands and performances, see everything, do everything - just be in New York......
Please note -Information for attractions found at Wikipedia,
I have however created this list of the attractions and have not copied anyone elses list. This list is purely Tara. Only some descriptions have been used to descibe what the attractionsw are but not in all cases.
I had to put fake nails on for my photo shoot for Gold Digger my new novel ~ OK I didn't have to, I wasn't forced or anything. But I wanted to polish off my look, and thought it a good idea at the time. that was until I tried to typoe, scratch my mozzie bite, pull the plug out of the bath and eventually write with a pen. And it was like, ummm I cant!
So off they come! hmmm not that simple. They are in fact super glued to my own nails and dont want to budge.
I now face a dilema. Spend the best part of two hours torturing my hands with clippers, nail polish remoer, cotton buds and a hack sore, or worry about it tomorrow? Decisions, decisions!
I find it extremely hard to fathom that people have to cover up tattoo's and peircings when they go to work or into a fancy restaurant or bar. I even herd that people where asked to take nail polish off and cut there hair which was not that long to begin with. Who are you to judge and dictate what looks right and is deemed to be the rules that we all have to follow. I am so sick of all these rules we have to abide by created by Stuffy old fashioned judgers. We should decide based on more relatable modern rules.....
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Tonight I am doing some typing...Maybe 3 hours but probably more like 2.
I have been putting it off for days, but I really need to type up the latest draft version of Ally in Disguise so I can keep writing.....which I absolutely love to do. Sometimes you just have to do things your not keen on to get to the good bits! And the good bits are what makes life worth living.
On Saturday arvo I got some photos taken for my book jacket. It was a fun experience, and hopefully they come out alright. When I have decided what one I want it to be hmmm this could take days....
I will be sending that along with the rest of the information that my Publishers SBPRA have requested in order to get the book (Gold Digger) published and the promotions started. It is very exciting and I hope that in the next few months I will actually have a copy in my hands. That will be an awesome day! One whereI will finally be able to say - here look, this is my book. I created it and it's all mine. Ummmm can anyone say expensive champaign??? I can. I think I will celebrate it for days lol....
Most nights if I'm lucky I get 6 hours sleep - and yes in the morning I feel like a zombie! Writing is definately something that keeps me up till all hours. It is so hard to pull myself away from the story that is unfolding onto the paper. I try to write during the day but it doesnt really do it for me. I would rather do the research and promo during the day and leave the creative stuff till all the 'normal people' go to bed, and then I really come alive!~ However in saying this, I have actually be known on the very odd ocasion to write in the day but not very often..... for some reason I seem to become more creative and before I know it - it's 1am and I am wide awake mocking myself for spending most of the night writng. I know I'll regret it in the morning when I have to drag my lifeless body from the warmth of my comfy bed. Every morning I scold myself for staying up so late and promise myself that tonight will be different. So this week I have forbidden myself to stay up past 10pm and have tucked myself up in bed with a cup of tea and my laptop - staying away from writing altogether to give myself some time to relax and get my sleep patterns back on track. Its kind of working... I usually fool around online till about 11 and then watch a movie or read a book till my eyes get heavy - 12:30am and drift off. You might be thinking thats still really late, and it is but usually if I write till 1 or 2 am and then go to bed its like 3 before I actually drift off and go to sleep.
Anyway next week it will be back to the same I know it will becasue that is my life!
OMg _ I would thrive in a room like this. When I found this picture I was like wow this room is somewhere I could really go and spend so many hours reading and writing...although I would add a couple of big comfy couches and a fireplace....
It's hard to understand the complexity of some human minds....for a varity of reasons rejection can be hard to take. Especially if you really like someone and want to spend more time with them.
It's different if the feelings are one sided, then you havent got a hope in hell. But if there is obvious chemistry but still rejection then the reasons could be endless.
Here are a few options;
~It's just the wrong time
~ their busy and dont want to get into some time consuming relationship
~they are scared to have feelings for you for an insuremountable number of reasons including they have been hurt recently, they still have feelings for their ex, or they are depressed.
Anyway despite these and many more factors, if you like someone theirs not much you can do about it. Just hope that it will work out. The heart and mind runs deep.
If my whole life could be words on paper. Letters, little sticky notes and memos, I would be understood better, (also maybe if I was brave enough to say what I'm really feeling.) I can express myself so well on paper, in messages and texts to a certain degree, but when it comes to saying whats in my head, things that really mean something its harder for me. Dont get it twisted I still have intelligent and interesting conversations, but the stuff going on in my head, that isnt even written down and probably never would be suprises me....
There is no need to rub it in all over your social media. We know your rich, (and we are ok with it)and we are also aware that you go on nice expensive holidays all the time. The first five holidays I thought wow lucky you, that would be nice and admired your photos and status updates. The proceeding 15 holidays to various destinations where greeted with awe and a little jealousy, and I thought your check in at your hotel and surrounding Rodeo Drive shops every half hour for your entire shopping trip in poor taste. But it still continued, and its like shit - this is getting weird. I mean come on there's sharing your experiences and there's asshole like behaviour - this being one of those times!!! Then the 156 photo's you recently uploaded of yourself in various but similar pouting, scantily clad outfits at some new exotic location is wearing thin, as are the 29 albums dedicated to your self admiration that you label memories.
Seriously, all I have to say is...why haven't I deleted you yet?
Press Package information for GOLD DIGGER has been gathered and sorted and will be email tomorrow to my publishers SBPRA. It has taken me three days to get all the required information in order, and I have to say I am very excited to be getting a book published. I really love writing and having the chance to publish a book is such an amazing opportunity.
This post was going to be kinky, I'm on the third book of 50 shades of grey and dark thoughts have been invading my mind for weeks, but when I got around to writing it I just realised I have probably got too much to say on this subject.
This blog is a venting mechanism for sexual frustration, rather a culmination of thoughts, music, writing ideas, books, life and randomness. Some swearing (okay alot) and sometimes naughtiness, it is not however a place where I will often talk about sex. I might mention some risque topics and dabble if you will into a naughty event, or post Ive come across or mention ideas that may be seen as rude or inapropriate - but this wont be one of those times. In a nutshrll it would have been too rude!
You have to experience things, life, the world, to be able to write about them! There is only so much research you can do, books you can read, pictures you can look at and shows you can watch.....you have to live through things to be able to write about them. You have to feel feelings, watch expressions or hear others stories so you can relate to life....winging it will only take you so far! But you also have to have an extremely wild imagination......
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Writing and reading are so important to me...but without movies and TV shows I would be very unhappy..... If it wasnt for these two very important things I would be writing books in a whole other genre... I rely on TV and film as much as stories (as in books) to give me inspiration for my stories. They are my muse so to speak...along with other very important things like music, the internet and real life.
Sometimes I read other people blogs and feel like I am failing myself as a writer and wonder why I cant come up with equally witty and interesting posts on a daily basis. I get jealous I guess. I have so much stuff going on and sometimes there just isnt enough time to dedicate to coming up with entertain things to say all the time.... (Dont get me wrong I'm fabulous, I think of funny stuff all the time, witty remarks, joyful interludes that need to be shared immediately, but it takes time to put it out there by which time I usually have forgotten that remarkable thought or crazy idea and have moved onto the next thing)I have been listening to far to much music lately (previous blog post needs to be read to fully understand the scale of which I am talking, but even then I dont think I delved into the amount of hours that I have truely dedicated to music which has somehow turned into a monster that I cant help but feed.) I havent been doing any writing for Ally in Disguise, totally disgusted with myself and I have been doing bare minimum promo for Gold Digger.Do I want my first novel to go really well and sell heaps and heaps of copies? Of course! Yes I have been slack, and yes I feel guilty! I should probably get my focus on and put my head down but so many other things are trying to take my attention away... sometimes I guess its ok to veer off track for a while but I really need to get it together....
I swear I have been on a mission with music lately...I cant get enough! I have been trolling youtube and itunes for days on end... Hours and hours and hours spent literally finding and listening too new and interesting people, bands, randoms, duo's, artists and icons who have the most amazing voices.
I have always loved music - I can remember my sister listening to music alot as a child and me wanting to be like my big sister immitated her. Then came my Kylie Minogue craze where I used to save up my pocket money and buy her singles on tape and torture my mum with one person concerts of me singing out of key in a black leotard and stockings with legwarmers. Needless to say I never made it big, however I continued to love any sort of music throughout my life but never really knew what I liked, if I herd a song, I knew if I liked it or not, but I wasnt exposed to that many types. I lived in a small town in the 80's.....
Anyway over the years music was just something I enjoyed listening too. I've always been a dancer, and love bopping along to the radio. It wasnt until I met my first boyfriend did I realise there was more to music than what I had been exposed to on the radio, tv and friends. He was into some pretty heavy stuff lke Sepultra and the likes and although it wasnt my sort of music I learnt to start appreciating genres that I wouldn't normally be interested in or hadn't even herd of yet. I would frequent music shops after that, flipping through cd racks for hours listening to songs in the old school booths and passing the time away. I went to Sydney for a holiday with him once and we spent practically the whole day in a music super store listening to tunes. I remember it being really cool.
Then I met a band boy. A guitarst in a band who was into anything and everything. During our somewhat short trist he taught me more than I could have imagined about different sort of music and what I liked and didnt like. He had the buggest CD collection I had ever come across and I would sit like an avid student as he would patiently explain things to me and captured me with the words and sounds of so many artists. I was greatful for his knowledge and his weapon of mass destruction@!
From there I went off on my own tangent fully aware that there was so much more to be discovered, unfortunatly the intenet namely youtube wasnt invented so it wasnt as easy to access all the amazing performers and musicians out there!
After a whole lot of other stuff happened I met another cool and extremely baffling but very interesting music person, who then taught me about music in a whole different way and made it like a drug....so addictive and enticing........ and it has just continued on from there.......
Anyway I tend to upload all the ones (songs and clips) I like onto my blog so if your interested you can scroll down and take a look or alternativly you can check out my channel on youtube Tara Anderton. I have a very eclectic range of music for your enjoyment!
I am sitting here at home on a Saturday on a freezing but stary night and I am so freaking bored I cant stand it. Unfortunately I am not out and about doing something fun.. experiencing interesting conversations instead I have my laptop perched on my lap aimlessly scrolling through my blog, simultaniously flicking through facebook and switching to google plus with Star Wars blarring in the background on my tv. My best friend is here and she must be feeling the same. We both have blank expressions on our faces and keep staring at one another but no one can come up with anything..... Nothing is holding my interest. I dont want to read, write, watch tv or be on this computer. Frustrating doesnt even describe how I am feeling.
I am a writer and a blogger....I also love music, people watching and weirdos! Books obviously ~ reading them, and writing them.
I love love family and friends. I am obsessed with anything French and France itself although I have never been. My other obsession is New York City (never been) and I dream about these two places constantly. I write until the early hours of most mornings living in my own little fantasy world.... I kind of live in a Tara Bubble - like a bubble boy but I'm a girl and there is no bubble! I keep a diary next to my bed, I love Italian food and Japanese...I love any sort of alcohol but Im not an alcoholic....
I try to see the bright side of most situations but I can be cynical and dark when I want to be... I have a plethora of differnt sides to me......
France - including Paris, and the French Riveria
Why - to eat cheese and drink wine, to speak french and eat their glorious food....
USA - LA, New York, Miami, San Fransisco
Why - my sister lives there but aside from that I really want to mainly go to New York to soak up the culture and atmosphere, listen to awesome music, eat their yummy food, drink cocktails, see all the sights, walk around and just see and people watch.
Hawaii - To relax and enjoy oh and the cocktails, nothing says tropic Island getaway like swaying palm trees and sucking out of a pineapple......
Italy - Salina Island and Sicily, Rome, Venice
Why - I have Italian Heritage and its only fair to pay homage to that, plus the foooooood and the wine is astounding.
Bora Bora and surrounding Islands
Why - to relax and bask in the beauty
Why - food, culture.
Why - I really want to see London, food, atmosphere. I want to see the country because it has so much history.
The best part about 2010 or 2012 as it is now is books never 'run out'. It is so much easier to learn, find things and research but you do lose the personal touch . Sex, holding a book and holding Vinyl Records are 3 things that shape your life. Reading in 1984 and reading it on an iPad today as opposed to holding the book is different . Holding a record vs holding a CD or a download receipt is the impossible to describe.
1. Euro Disneyland, Paris – 14.5 million visitors. 2. The Louvre, Paris – 8.3 million visitors 3. The Eiffel Tower Paris – 6.8 million visitors 4. The Georges Pompidou centre and museum of art, Paris – 5.5 million visitors 5. Château de Versailles, near Paris – 5.3 million visitors 6. Orsay museum of the 19th century Paris – 3.2 million visitors 7. La Villette science museum, Paris – 3 million visitors 8. Parc Astérix theme park, Plailly north of Paris – 1.6 million visitors 9. Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers – 1.6 million visitors 10. Arc de Triomphe, Paris 1.5 million visitors
I have been writing for over 5 years now. And as you may or may not know I am about to publish my first book Gold Digger. It is very exciting for me...it realises a dream I have had for at least as long as Ive been writing if not longer. I remember a brief moment when I was 16 and decided to write a book, so in my head it must have always been their waiting patiently to emerge.
Interestingly enough the reaction to my publishing a book and ultimately turning me into a person that can say "I am a writer!" Has been recieved with mixed reviews.
I have been degraded and scoffed at for the last 5 years by someone who I thought was someone who cared about me. Only 1 person in my family has read it, and she is my sister in law she encouraged me by saying that she thought it was good and she would buy it if it was in a bookshop. Other than that through the encouragement of my best friend have I actually achieved some sort of recognition as to how great my achievements have been, various friends and family have now bought a preorder copy and few have shared my links on facebook. I realise that a varied amount of support is better than none.... but then when you get on facebook and see people who you thought cared about you posting links to other friends pages and blogs and achievemnets but they wont do it for you, it can hurt a bit.....
One person who I thought was my friend actually told me when I asked if they would buy a copy of my book that they had been given heaps of books for their birthday and wouldnt be able to buy a copy becasue they had enough to read....ummmmmmm support me.
I dont know if its jealously, inability to be a nice person, selfishness, or they are just plain heartless.
I always support people in my life and want them to be the best they can be. I expect the same in return but for some reason Im not getting it.......
Maybe I'm a bit of a weirdo, but who isn't?
I might have too much to say, but it's all in my head! I might not say any of it aloud. I might not be perfect, but I have qualities that are amazing and wonderful and totally unique and crazy.
It's good to be a little bit different!
YAY I finally got myself a new laptop! Well I was foreced against my will beacsue my old laptop decided to stop working a few days ago. I have been lost ever since and freaking out because one of my new books is trapped in its harddrive and i have to find someone who can retrieve it for me...... hopefully whoever it is can get the job done or I WILL BE TYPING FOR WEEKS TO MAKE ANOTHER COPY!
Anyway blog posts should go back to regular amounts now.......
I am writing to you from my phone because, and it pains me to say that my computer has finally died after a very drawn out and painful death. I am lost without it. I am in shock. I don't know what to do! I will have to buy a new one which is awesome. But I have alot of stuff on their that I stupidly didn't back up to my portable hard drive and I have to go through the process of getting my computer sent to my computer geek to see if he can retrieve my files and pics. Here's hoping. Ill let you know what happens but until then I will be on my mobile...