The Wrong Turn

Good evening bloggers! I hope everyone is trying not to go crazy in self-isolation and keeping themselves occupied ― more importantly, staying home while remaining safe and healthy. 

It’s been quite some time since I wrote on my blog last, and I figured that during a time when you’re not supposed to leave your house (which I wished for many times, and am now beginning to regret it) it would be a good idea to write something to keep my brain active. Currently, I am studying English Literature and Creative Writing at university which has been moved online. This is my last week of classes for the semester, and then final exams, which are also going to be happening online. 

Last summer, I was involved in a slightly humiliating situation, but one that makes for a good story nonetheless. Jacob and I were going to McDonald’s for a late night snack and I was the driver. The next thing I knew, we were driving along the border and going into a different country. Yup, I am the only person I know that can attempt to go down the street for a burger and somehow end up in the United States.

This story was submitted to a creative writing class at the university I attend and received an A, so I figured it’d be good enough to make a blog post out of. Enjoy my ridiculousness! 

That was how a drive to McDonald’s went terribly, horribly wrong. It was a hot midsummer’s night, and somehow a trip to McDonald’s turned into an adventure to another country. Jacob (my boyfriend) and I’s hunger had grown pernicious, and the only way to rectify this uncontrollable hunger was to embark on the five-minute drive to the nearest McDonald’s for burgers and fries. I was the driver, and the only possible excuse I can muster in this case is that my eyesight isn’t particularly excellent in the dark. I had both hands on the steering wheel, my eyes on the road ahead and my mind on the food that awaited me, when I made the fatally wrong left turn. As I cranked the wheel to what I thought was the correct street, I realized I was bolting down a one-way street — and I was not going the right way down it. Quickly, I swerved down another street that allowed vehicles to travel southbound. Unfortunately for me, this road had no exit as far as I could see — in fact, there was only one way out, and it was not the way I wanted to take. It was an anxiety-ridden moment. Full of panic, I looked over towards Jacob and asked him what we should do. Together, we searched to see if there was someone, anyone at all that could help and direct us to the right path. Albeit, there was no one around, and I cruised across the border that led from our homeland of Canada into the unknown and somewhat frightening territory of the United States. In hindsight, I could have handled that differently. Perhaps I should have took a deep breath and thought things through a little rather than acting on the first thing that came to mind. I drove and drove and drove and drove across that seemingly never-ending bridge alongside trucks and cars who were driving with a purpose, while I was there, driving encumbered with regret. Approaching the border patrol, I took a deep breath of relief. We were saved. We would be turned around back to Canada, we could go to McDonald’s, and we could forget this whole night ever happened. As I told the man what had happened, he looked quizzical. I understand — after all, I’m not entirely sure they have many crossers who simply were trying to go to McDonald’s. He said it would be more work to turn us around than let us through (even though we were not equipped with passports), so we were headed into Detroit, Michigan. I had never driven in the United States before, so to say I was unnerved would be undermining how I had felt in that moment. Hours after searching for the bridge (but not before arriving to the tunnel to discover it was closed due to maintenance) and driving back onto Canadian soil with a dead GPS and frazzled energies, Jacob and I were at the border customs yet again. This time, we were hassled by the border police, who asked us multiple times how one can end up in the United States when going to get a Big Mac. So multiple times I had to reply, that yes, I know — I’m an idiot. Eventually, we did get to McDonald’s. A greasy cheeseburger had never tasted so good and rewarding. This may be an odd and slightly humiliating story to recount, but it did teach me a valuable lesson — be careful when driving to McDonald’s, because you may end up in another country.

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Verified On Google And Famous Birthdays ✔★

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of my name appearing on Google in recognition for my work. I was really excited to find out that I now have a knowledge panel on Google, as well as a profile added to the website Famous Birthdays. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in the past, and continues to support me today. It feels really cool now to be a recognized author, blogger, and YouTuber across the web when people search my name. 

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Also, a little self-promo, you can visit my Famous Birthdays profile and click on the “Boost” button to rank me higher in certain categories. Click here to visit the Famous Birthdays website: https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/victoria-hecnar.html

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Now that Christmastime is quickly approaching, I plan to do some fun posts that will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Christmas baking, anyone? 


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My Fave Blogs

If you’re on the internet daily then odds are you have some blogs that are your absolute favourites. Here are a few bloggers that make me smile.

1.) Zoella

http://www.zoella.co.uk/

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Sadly, Zoella doesn’t blog as much as she used to. Because now she’s on YouTube full time! At least this way we can see more of her beautiful face. Zoe Sugg—known famously as Zoella—is a British beauty and lifestyle blogger. She’s a fashionista and a beauty queen. Everything from her laugh, to her accent, to her eyes, to her smile (and mostly her hair) is just stunning. I could read her blogs all day! She’s got great advice, and keeps quite a stylish blog. Please post more often, Zoella!

2.) Fat Mum Slim 

http://fatmumslim.com.au/

Yes, you read that right. A lot of people think Chantelle’s blog is “Fat Muslim”, but it’s “Fat Mum Slim.” Just take a second glance. Now I think a lot of families and mothers read her blog, but it’s not all family oriented. She’s got a lot of great advice regarding writing and blogging. She makes lists of things to blog about, recipes, blogging tips, and more. She’s one cool Australian lady!

3) Lisi Harrison

My contribution to #booksarentdangerous. Now show me yours. (via Twitter.com/lisiharrison) 📚🔪💁🏼

http:/www.lisiharrison.com

Lisi is actually one of my fave authors, and she just so happens to be the one who inspired me to start writing my books. So thanks, Lisi! She’s also gave me lots of writing advice before and even told me that I have a lovely website. She’s so sweet! She’s the author of lots of series such as “The Clique”, “The Alphas”, “Monster High”, “The Pretenders”, and one that not too many people know about considering she’s a young adult writer and this book is erotic, ‘The Dirty Book Club”. And yes, she is the one who invented the real “Monster High” that all of the children love today! Go check out her blog. She’s hilarious, spunky, sassy, sweet, and gives great advice and tips for girls.

Thus far I’m mainly a writer rather than a reader, this is why there is only three ladies on this list. However when I become passionate about more blogs, I shall let you guys know who to check out next! See you later! xoxo

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“Monster High” Book Review

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Hello loves. Instead of writing out my whole book review, I shall just show you the video in which I talk about it. To summarize, I gave this book a 6.5 out of 10. I love Lisi Harrison and she’s very sweet and all of her book series are pretty entertaining. The books aren’t what I would classify as great literature, but they are fun to read and the characters are cool. There’s a lot of things that make me angry in the books (well, all of Lisi’s books to be exact) but that doesn’t stop me from reading them. To learn more about the review, click the video below.

Also I just have to say, I think I prefer the cartoons! I absolutely love the cartoon and I think that it’s great for kids because it teaches life lessons unlike what I had when I was younger. (I had My Scene. All they did was shop, party, and talk about their boyfriends. Congratulations corporate companies, kids media keeps getting better and better!)

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In my opinion though, My Scene will still always be the greatest thing on this planet. Well, one of them, anyway.

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Thanks for reading. Follow my blog and/or subscribe to my channel for more reviews just like this one!

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25 Ideas To Blog About

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Nothing’s worse than writer’s block. Therefore, down below, I posted twenty five ideas that are sure to get your brain rolling so you can produce some awesome blog topics. Just remember to always have fun with it!

  1. What makes your blog unique.
  2. A review on something (a book, movie, etc).
  3. Your biggest pet peeve.
  4. What you love most about your adorable pet.
  5. Choose five things that you are most passionate about and rank them. Write a post for each one!
  6. A room tour. This can include a video, pictures, or both! Make sure your room looks awesome!
  7. The hardest thing you’ve ever been through, and how you dealt with it.
  8. A FAQ post. You can even write a blog post prior to this asking for your readers to ask you some questions!
  9. A day in the life of you. Take a picture for every hour you’re awake one day and talk about your day.
  10. Your bucket list.
  11. Your anti-bucket list.
  12. A beauty blog. Share your favourite products and brands!
  13. A post of blog ideas. Just like this one.
  14. Quotes. Nothing suits a blog quite like a bunch of beautiful words put together.
  15. Take a bunch of gorgeous photos and turn it into a great blog post.
  16. Share with your readers your favourite blogs.
  17. Where you see yourself in five years from now. Make sure you make it creative!
  18. The worst job interview you’ve ever been on. Share your flaws and mistakes so others can learn from them!
  19. Your high school experience(s). Was it positive or negative?
  20. A letter to your parents, siblings, friend, partner, or ex. Get your feelings out there.
  21. Your favourite recipe ever, and add in pictures of the final product. 
  22. Why you started blogging. Were you just bored or were you carrying out a passion?
  23. The time you either met or lost a good friend. Make it inspiring!
  24. Fashion dos and fashion don’ts.
  25. What life means to you.

I hope this helped! Enjoy!

NEW Blog Segment: #AuthorProblems

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Hey bloggers! I just released a new segment on my blog called Author Problems. As you may have guessed, it’s all about the funny problems that us bloggers/authors share. Go here to view them and go here to add your own. Also use the hash-tag #AuthorProblems on Facebook and Twitter to share the author problems! Have a great Friday everyone. — Victoria ❣

The Day I Started Blogging

Since it’s less than two days away until the new year, I decided to write a blog post about blog posts. Literally. So today’s topic is: why I started to blog. I definitely don’t blog as much as I should, but for what I do, I like it. Blogging’s fun. It’s like an online journal for the whole world to read. Somewhere you can place everything you love and write about anything that interests you at all. When I first got my blog, I just wanted it to be a website about me, my novels, my acting career, and my motivational speaking career. Then as time went on, I realized that WordPress was specifically designed to be a blogging platform. So, I began to write more blogs. A lot of opinion pieces, influential quotes, stuff like that. Then as I acted a bit more and did a public speaking event, I realized that juggling three things (being a novelist, actress, and public activist) was too much for me to handle as a career and I just wanted one thing to focus on. Since I’ve been writing books since a little girl, I decided on dropping the acting and motivational speaking titles and just continue on with writing. This is why my blogs are a lot more wordy now, rather than just quotes like they used to be. But I do love quotes still! You probably noticed. My favourite author and I talk sometimes (I know, she’s totally awesome) and she told me that publishers enjoy looking at blog posts and that every good author should have one. Right on! I’m going to stop rambling on now. But in conclusion, what I thought about the day I started writing on my blog was: “Writing’s fun. Blogs are fun. Let’s do this.” And so I have! Oh, and, I get to proclaim my obsession for the colour pink. Also in case you haven’t noticed, which you probably have.

Have a great week!

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100ᵗʰ Blog!

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Wow . . . can you believe it?! Neither can I! I started this blog in February 2014, and here we are, December 2014! Thank you to all of my readers, whether you’re a reader of my book, blog, or both! Writing blogs on my website these past few months have been so fun, and I know that I’m going to continue to be a blogger (and hopefully vlogger eventually!) for many years to come! So once again, thanks so much for everyone’s support. It means the world to me! I love you guys! xoxo 

— Victoria ❤

Mackenzie High Is Now Five Dollars Cheaper

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Hello ladies and gentlemen! Unfortunately due to its size and weight, Mackenzie High is pretty expensive to buy on the internet. The lowest I was allowed to go was $33, but now I was able to take off $5! Mackenzie High is now available for $28, for now and for evermore. (Until it hits stores! Then it’ll be less than $20!) There’s also always coupon codes you can use at the store’s website. To take advantage of this sweet offer, come by either of these sites to purchase my novel.

ON AMAZON: Click Here

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ON VICTORIA HECNAR’S WEBSITE: Click Here

Thanks, everybody. Enjoy! And only one more week until Halloween . . . Exciting!

Love, Victoria

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Writer’s Hand

Writer’s Hand: not the most attractive thing in the world, but it sure is the epitome of passion and hard work. It’s got some pen marks on it from writing ferociously, trying to keep up with the writer’s thoughts. And some white-out, too, because sometimes when you’re jotting down things that quickly, words become illegible. Also some orange highlighter because you always gotta take notes. Your fingers and hands are red in some places. And if you are a hardcore writer, you’re also going to have some calluses. The more you have, shows the more you write. This is why a lot of people choose to write on computers (myself included—but I also keep a journal.) While tons of writers get writer’s block, I’m over here with my writer’s hand. Is it even normal to get pen marks high up on your forearm? Probably not, I’m just a little crazy.

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