I donated my hair

A few weeks ago I was combing my hair before taking a shower and at that moment I decided I was done with it. I didn’t want my long hair anymore, so I decided; what better way to get rid of your hair is there than to donate it? We made four braids, cut them off and put them in an envelope. Gone.

At the time I only knew of the Hairwishes Foundation in Holland. They make wigs for kids with cancer. But they don’t accept dyed hair and as my hair’s got some highlights, I searched for other foundations and came across the Dutch Hairfoundation. The make wigs for women who are financially troubled and suffer(ed) from breast cancer. They accept dyed hair, so the only problem there was, was now fixed.

I really hope they’re happy with my hair and I hope somebody else will be very pleased with it.

24?

In 2013 I turned 22, so I was able to sing along to Taylor Swift’s 22. Not that I particularly liked that song at the time, I think I’d heard it on the radio three times. The only thing I knew about that song is that Taylor sang the words Hey, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.

Then the summer after that I turned 23 and I didn’t really have a jam anymore until earlier this year when Lucy Spraggan released her new album. Lucy is a British singer-songwriter who was a contestant on the X Factor in 2012 where she finished in ninth place due to illness. And maybe you can already guess, but on her new album We Are is a song called 23. I don’t have a clue, I’m learning to be free, I’n just the same as you. This is all I’ve learnt to be at 23. 

But I’ve stumbled upon a minor problem. I turned 24 last Friday and I don’t know a song about being 24. And I was actually kind of hoping to make this song-thing something anual.

So music artists, if you read this, please write a song about being 24!

Writing more

Dear reader,

Last year I bought myself a book with 1200 creative writing prompts. This year I decided to use it. I’ve decided to try and post a short story whenever I can. I already have two prompts that I’m working on. Well.. one is being worked on, the other one is still in my head as I’m working on the first one. Get it?

I can’t promise to post a short story every week, not even every month. Just when ever I have the creative mindset and whenever I can find time to write a short story as I also have a news website to run. Click on it, I know you want to!

Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I will be writing more for this blog. So I hope you will enjoy the new content that’s coming to the page. If you have a prompt yourself, just let me know. We’ll see what I can work with. I’m happy to give it a try.

Much Love,

Sam.

Welcome to Smaxx 2.0

Dear reader,

First of all; Happy new year! It’s been a while, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been redecorating my room, I work at the post office and I’ve started my own news website. I’ve been so busy with that website that I haven’t read a single page since a few days before Christmas. And it only gets worse, cause for the first time in my life, I’ve lost a book. I repeat: I’VE LOST A BOOK! And not just any book, I’ve lost Good Omens (Smaxx December). Sorry again, Max..

Smaxx 2.0
Now, Max and I have had a month to relax, work, study and do all the things that needed to be done. All though, Max is still reading Good Omens. So now we are ready for a new season of The Smaxx Project. Get ready for Smaxx 2.0!

We’ve been having some Skype dates to brainstorm and now we’ve come up with a whole new reading list. Here we go!
We still chose a book every other month, but now we’ve linked it to categories. So here is our list for this year.

February – Sam
A book that you own, but have not read
Douglas Adams – The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy

March – Max
A Memoir
Lena Dunham – Not that kind of girl

April – Sam
A book with short stories
Angela Carter – The bloody chamber and other stories

May – Max
A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always wanted to go
Keri Hulme – The bone people

June – Sam
A book by an author you’ve never read before
Claire North – The first fifteen lives of Harry August

July – Max
A book you can finish in a day
Lois Lowry – Gossamer

August – Sam
A book that’s been published in the year you were born
Torey L. Hayden – Ghost Girl

September – Max
A book from the bottom of your to read list
R.J. Palacio – Wonder

October – Sam
A book with a one word title
Jerry Spinelli – Loser

November – Max
A book that has won a Pulitzer Price
Junot Díaz – The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao

December – Sam
A book set during Christmas time
Jeff Guinn – The autobiography of Santa Claus

I hope you like it, and I will see you soon!

Much love,

Sam

Walking in a winter wonderland

Dear reader,

Here in Holland we have the first day of Christmas on December 25th and the second day of Christmas on the 26th. Yes, we celebrate Christmas twice and we love it! No work, no shops, just relaxing, visiting family and food.
As we don’t visit family with Christmas, me and my mum spent Christmas in our pj’s on the couch watching Christmas movies.

But, we didn’t have a white Christmas. As soon as the second day of Christmas was over, it started snowing. So yesterday and today were the third and fourth day of Christmas, this way we still had a white Christmas this year! I love cheating like this.

I love snow. I walked to my work instead of taking the bike. And I loved every second of it. A coworker drove past me and stopped to ask if I wanted a ride, but I declined. It was still snowing and everything was so beautiful. I thought to myself; even if it’s gone in an hour because of the shovel trucks and the salt, I’ve still had my Snow-walk. I even wanted to take pictures, but my phone stopped working because of the cold.

Yesterday afternoon, most of the snow was melting and it started freezing at night, so now everything has turned to ice. The weather today was lovely, so I took out my camera and went for a stroll. It was like walking in a winter wonderland.

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Much love,

Sam

Luna

Dear reader,

This book is about Regan and Liam. Or Regan and Luna. That kind of depends on what part of the day it is. Liam is transgender, a girl born in the body of a boy. But she only let’s Luna out at night when the parents are asleep. Regan, Luna’s sister is the only one who knows about this secret.

I think it is amazing that there’s a book written about a subject like this. I know some things about it so it’s not all new information, but I’ve never actually met anyone who’s transgender. And so I think it’s good that you can now have a little look inside their lives.

I do kind of dislike Regan, though. She keeps saying she loves Luna and that she will support Liam in everything she does. But on the other hand, she keeps saying that it is ruining her life. She thinks it’s weird that Liam wants to transit. And it makes her a bit two-faced. I really don’t like it. It’s like she’s fine with it, but she doesn’t want anyone else to know about it, because it gives her a bad reputation. Regan is so self-centered that it makes me want to cry. But maybe there’s a logic to it, as her hole life revolves around Luna and Liam…

I wonder what Maxx thought off it.

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The hundred-foot journey

Dear reader,

Maxx chose this month’s book and at first I didn’t like it so much, as the first half was quite boring. But it was just like Life of Pi for me. It get’s better when you pass the halfway-mark. I wonder what Maxx thought of it.. Click her name to check out her reviews too!

This novel is about Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai. Cooking is in his blood and that’s what he does best. He travels Europe with his family and ends up in France by accident, literally. Across the street is a two-star restaurant and soon it becomes their enemy. But for how long?

When the two-star neighbor-chef decides to take in Hassan and teach him everything she knows, Hassan’s world changes. He moves to Paris and even opens his own restaurant. But the economy drops and hardly any restaurant survives. Can he do it?

It took me quite a while to read this book. It was very hard to get in to. It wasn’t bad, it was just a tad long and boring. But when you get past the halfway-mark in the book it all becomes better. The story finally starts to live. And then you find out it’s actually a really good book.

Although, this story takes place in France and therefore people speak some French at times. As my Frenche is really bad, there were some things that I couldn’t understand. And a little while ago, I started re-watching the American series Gilmore Girls, I read a lot of this book with Michel‘s voice in my head.

Anyhow, after about 130 pages I quite liked this book and if you don’t mind reading a book that starts of really boring, then go read it. If not, just watch the movie.

PS: Want more reviews? Go check them out on my other blog blookersam.wordpress.com