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Blog Stats and 80,000 Pageviews! →
You like me! You really, reeeaaally like me! Case in point? I just checked out the stats for this blog and was shocked to discover that MiaUNLEASHED has received almost 80,000 pageviews since I launched it back in August of 2011! That’s 80,000 times that you guys have searched for some inane topic that is in no way related to this blog—like “Charlie Sheen wearing a tutu” or...
Check out SORIEL by Melanie Nilles!... →
Heads up, Minions! I’ve got some mouthwatering literary goodness for you guys today! In fact, it’s so good, well…you may need a bib. You see, my friend/writing mentor Melanie Nilles is promoting the latest installment of her phenomenal bestselling Starfire Angels saga. The book is called Soriel (#1 in the Starfire Angels: Revelations continuation series) and it’s out now! ...
SITE UPDATE: And We're Back Online! →
MiaUNLEASHED is back, baby! It only took a day for GoDaddy to release all of my domains and allow NameCheap to transfer them. Not bad, considering the level of Scorned Psycho Ex-GF drama I was anticipating from GD after breaking off a 14 year relationship with them. You know, kind of like this… …only with an axe and duct tape. However, there was no “overly attached”...
SITE UPDATE: Transferring Domain Registrars →
Hey, guys! Just wanted to let you know that I’m took advantage of Namecheap.com’s 2nd Annual Move Your Domain Day and transferred all of my domains out of GoDaddy. So if you notice any downtime with MiaUNLEASHED.com over the next 24-48 hours, now you know what’s what. Q. Why did I decide to leave GoDaddy after 14 years? A. Honestly? Price. When I first registered with GD circa...
One Singular Sensation →
The stage and orchestra pit area I saw my first Broadway musical in 10 years last Saturday night and it was awesome! Well, it was a college revival in an auditorium that seats approximately 300 people so it was technically Off-Broadway, but it was still awesome! Not surprising at all, since this particular play won nine Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) and the Pulitzer Prize...
SITE UPDATE: New Year, New Resolution! →
Screen resolution that is! Confused? Here, let me es’plain… I’ve noticed a new trend in my Google Analytics and StatCounter blog statistics going into the New Year. Specifically, the screen resolution used by MiaUNLEASHED readers—your screen size is increasing! Look… 1024x768 = 19% visitors 1280x800 = 7% visitors 1366x768 = 26% visitors For almost a decade 1024x768...
REVIEW: Kiss Nail Dress for Tips & Toes... →
I must admit, out of all the goodies in my 2012 Holiday VoxBox, THIS was the item I couldn’t wait to test most of all. Why? Because I am obsessed with my nails—and not for the reasons you might think. You see, for most of my life I couldn’t grow my nails worth a darn. They’d chip, crack, split, rip, and break off whenever I tried adding the least little bit of length to them....
REVIEW: Quaker #RealMedleys Oatmeal @Quaker →
Who doesn’t like oatmeal? It’s wholesome, it’s good for you, and it’s the perfect pick me up on a cold winter’s day. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see Quaker® Real Medleys Oatmeal in my 2012 Holiday VoxBox… and it comes in a convenient cup instead of a pouch! What a great idea! I wish someone would have thought of this sooner! Each...
REVIEW: NYC #LiquidLipshine for Kissable Lips... →
I have a confession to make: I am proud of my pout! I was lucky enough to be born with big, luscious Angelina Jolie lips and I’m not afraid to use them. I’m also a NYC New York Color fanatic. Have been for quite a few years now. In fact, I never leave home without one of their lip glosses and liquid eyeliners tucked inside my tote bag. Suffices to say, reviewing this product as part...
Pillow Talk →
When I was a little girl I use to pretend the government had a secret Pillow Inspector Division (PID) with hidden cameras everywhere and that someday I’d wind up getting a visit from the Pillow Police for illegal tag removal… (Yeah, never would’ve guessed I’d grow up to become a fiction writer someday, huh?) I only bring this up because I’m doing laundry right...
Discussing DISQUS... →
W00t! MiaUNLEASHED is officially DISQUS enabled! That means you can comment this blog via your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts now! You can also sort comments, vote them up or down, star posts, subscribe to individual discussions via email/RSS, and then share them with your friends. Best of all, DISQUS works on both the WWW and mobile site so your comments will always stay synced....
REVIEW: Goody #QuikStyle Paddle Brush @GoodyHair →
I have been in love with Goody® hair care products since my early teens, so I was over-joyed to spy this little beauty peeking out at me from within the confines of my 2012 Holiday VoxBox. The Goody® QuikStyle Paddle Brush regularly retails for $11.99 and comes with super absorbent microfiber bristles that are suppose to remove up to 30% of water as you style. I’ve heard of this type of...
Ooh! My Very First VoxBox! :) @Influenster... →
Dear, Influenster: YOU ROCK!!!!!!! A couple of months ago my little sister Yuri convinced me to sign up for Influenster… At first, I was all, “No way. Uh-uh…” and she was all, “Free stuff! Come on!” So I went to the web site to check it out and I was like, “Hmm…” then “Nah… Gimmick…” and I forgot all about it. Flash...
WRITING WAFFLES: Character Collating →
Ugh. I’m halfway done writing my young adult novel DE when I realize I have two supporting characters that are virtually the same guy—same looks (handsome, blond hair, blue eyes), same athletic build, same cocky disposition, same big man on campus social status, etc. It’s really kind of laughable how much alike they are, and I simply don’t need both of them since they both have...
We Will Open the Book... →
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” “Vamos a abrir el libro. Sus páginas están en blanco. Vamos a poner palabras sobre el, nosotros mismos. El libro se llama Oportunidad y su primer capítulo es el Día de Año Nuevo.” —Edith Lovejoy Pierce CLICK HERE TO...
Lucky 13! →
Happy New Year, my lovelies! I hope everyone had a fun and safe time ringing in 2013! I am especially excited about this particular year because I consider the number 13 my lucky number! Yes, you read that right—13 is my LUCKY number! :) I decided that years ago when I read a book on the the origins of various superstitions and realized the actual history behind the Number 13, and why it’s...
Obligatory Day After Christmas Round-up →
Happy Day After Christmas, guys! Or, as I like to call it: “Oh, my God! Did I really eat THAT much?!” Day. Hope everyone had a great Holiday! I’m still in a food coma from too much turkey and stuffing last night… LOL I gotta admit, I was spoiled by Santa Claus this year… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE →
Merry Christmas! Or... Meowy Catmas! ;) →
Sorry I’m posting this a day late—and, at least, one LOLcat short—but I’ve been swamped with Christmas/family obligations, not to mention, in a food coma for most of the night from too much turkey and stuffing. (That tryptophan ain’t no joke, yo!) Anyway, here’s wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyous Festivus, Blessed Yule, Happy Hannukah, and...
Ghetto Night Before Christmas →
Happy Christmas Eve, my lovelies! Here’s one of my all time favorite spoofs of Clement Clark Moore’s timeless poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” written from the perspective of a Homeboy living in the Hood. Why? Because it’s the funniest and has been floating around online for years now—and I just like it, that’s why! So there! :-P Every time I read this...
Pretty Pink Piercings! →
Woot! Just got my ears re-pierced!!!!!!! :) :) :) Check it out… Loving my new pretty pink Swarovski crystal studs! Well, it’s just the left ear that needed to be re-pierced, the right ear is fine. The left closed up about 5 years ago and I never really noticed or cared because I rarely ever wore jewelry of any kind. At least, not until recently… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE →
Yay! My Lil Sis Is Having A Baby and—IT'S A... →
The Proud Mommy-to-Be Wow! I just got amazing news! My adorable little sister Yuri—fashionista and make-up artist extraordinaire—is pregnant with her second child…AND IT’S A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY!!!!!! Yep, that’s right! You heard it hear first! IT’S A BOY!!!!!!! How incredible is that?! Here’s a picture of the ultrasound: Mr. Heartbreaker-in-the-Making! ¡Que...
Doomsday Dates (1977-Present) →
So I’m sitting here wearing my “I Survived the Mayan Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Lousy Calendar” T-shirt with my Sir One-Eyed Monster Stompeez slippers on (What? They were a Christmas gift and they’re fun!) and I got to thinking about all the other Doomsday predictions that I’ve survived in my relatively short existence on this planet—Y2K being the most widely...
Well Played, Mayans... Well Played. →
Well, it’s 9 AM on December 21, 2012 and… I’M ALIVE!!!!!! I’M A-L-I-V-E!!!!!!!!!! Wait… *Checks pulse* Yeah, I’m alive. No fire, no brimstone, no killer zombies to behead… Kind of anti-climatic really… *Crosses arms and pouts* Stupid Mayans… Not that I was expecting to die in a hellish cataclysm of global proportions today or anything....
Dear, Mayans: BRING IT!!!!!!!! →
So I’m totally anticipating kicking some major killer zombie butt tomorrow… I’ve got my stockpile of weapons on hand: 6 daggers, 5 swords, 3 baseball bats, 2 tasers, 1 crossbow and 1 air rifle. Now I just gotta figure out who my two slowest friends are and invite them over for the night. *Evil grin* Anyone else locked and loaded for the Mayan Apocalypse???? CLICK HERE TO...
The Voice Pays Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims! →
I know I’m a little late posting this up but it took me a while to formulate and write down my thoughts on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT so I’m posting it now… Here are the coaches, hosts, contestants of NBC’s The Voice honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting with a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s anthem “Hallelujah”. Each singer held up a placard with the...
Remembering Sandy Hook... →
So I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the horrific events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the small community of Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14th, 2012…and I just can’t. I can’t imagine a world where 20 innocent children are senselessly slaughtered in their elementary school classrooms—the one place outside their homes where they...
Eep! I'm A Bridesmaid!!!!!!! :) →
As some of you may know from my previous post, my gorgeous little sister Dani is getting married next September to the man of her dreams and she asked me to be part of her wedding! Of course, my answer was a super quick, unequivocal (and quite loud) YES!!!!!!! I am honored to be included on this very special occasion and so very excited! I’ve been to plenty of weddings before and I was...
New Phone! Because My Old Phone Got Too Soppy On... →
Side-by-side comparison of my new Quattro 4G (Left) next to my old Samsung Admire (Right) So I was helping carry in groceries Saturday night when I accidentally dropped my cellie in a puddle. Um, yeah… I’ve heard about that happening to people before but I never thought it would happen to me! My cellie didn’t like the muddy puddle water very much, even after I scrambled to dry...
Ahhhh! My Little Sis Is Engaged!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) →
The Bride-To-Be and Groom: Dani and Manny I’m so excited I can barely type… My amazing little sister Daniela Durante is officially engaged now to her wonderful man named Manuel and I couldn’t be happier for them! CONGRATULATIONS Y FELICIDADES, MI HERMANITA HERMOSA!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you both a lifetime of smiles and laughter. Can’t wait to see you pledge your love to...
WRITING WAFFLES: Don't Just Tell Your Story, Hear... →
I heard my novel for the first time last night—really heard it as it was meant to be heard (from an outside perspective) and…I liked it! I know that probably sounds weird to most of you. After all, how can anyone write a novel without hearing what they wrote? Let me es’plain… It all started when I transferred the first 200 pages of my young adult paranormal novel DE to the 16GB...
I ♥ Philadelphia Rolls! →
I have this ongoing obsession with maki sushi. Specifically, Philadelphia rolls—smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber wrapped in nori (pressed seaweed), rolled in sushi rice, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Dip them in soy sauce and YUM! I’ve tried Alaskan rolls, California rolls, Boston rolls, New York rolls and even Tokyo rolls but I guess I’m just a Philly girl at heart. :) ...
The Case of the..er, um...Cases! LOL →
I got so excited over my brand new HKC Android tablet that I decided to run out and pick up a few goodies for it. So I bought two cases: a hot pink velcro pouch and a sweet black leather keyboard case that hooks into the tablet via its micro usb host slot. So now I can write on-the-go wherever and whenever I want to! How cool is that?! It’s like having a netbook, only better because I...
Behold! My New Android 4.0 TABLET!!!!!!!!!!!! :D... →
Santa rocks! That lovable fat bastard dropped by this morning via FedEx (that’s right, Santa outsources early deliveries now) and left a big ol’ pile of Christmas cheer on my doorstep! Or, maybe that was one of his reindeer? *Confuzzled* Anyway, it’s actually an early Christmas gift from my incredible mother Cindy (do I have the coolest mom around or what?!) and it’s...
WRITING 101: The Cuss Word Cheat Sheet →
Now that we’ve explored why you shouldn’t let your characters cuss in young adult fiction, the question becomes: what mild expletives and/or minced oaths can you use? Which are acceptable in today’s youth market? Here’s a quick cheat sheet I made to help me the next time my tween and teen characters feel the need to swear… ASSHOLE → Creep, idiot, jerk, butthead,...
WRITING 101: To Swear or Not to Swear? Profanity... →
Hello, my name is Mia and…I have a potty mouth. *Hangs head in shame* Not super filthy or anything—not like a sewer overflowing with F-bombs at every turn—but still, not as sparkling white and minty fresh as I would like it to be. You know, I never realized how much profanity I use on a daily basis until I started editing the first 200 pages of my young adult novel DE and found the...
St. John's Wort to the Rescue! →
I am feeling drained—emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. For the past 48 hours I’ve been stumbling around the house like a robot zombie out for a post-apocalyptic stroll then suddenly bursting into tears for no apparent reason. It’s like someone reached inside me and flipped my Sanity Switch from “happy eccentric” to “manic depressive”. Even my...