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I'm an eighteen year old architecture who loves to read. I was born in Minnesota, lived in California, and now attend university in Pittsburgh. I love peppermint ice cream, photography, art museums, Colin Firth, flowery perfume, guys who love to read as much as I do, John Mayer, pink and purple, Impressionism, rain, coffee, pretty book covers, chocolate, and dancing. I dislike orange, boxy cars, trigonometry, essays, heavy metal music, meat, and people who think they know everything.

I also have a thing for eating frozen blueberry waffles. It started when I was desperate to eat something and didn't want to bother with the microwave. I wanted something cold, and there was no ice cream, so I grabbed a frozen blueberry waffle. And, I seem to have a problem stopping. So there. That's something really, really quirky about me.

You can call me Annabelle, or pretty much any derivative of–Annie, Anna, Bella, Belle–as long as I know it's me and as long as it's not Anne! I strongly dislike being called Anne. Don't try and be clever and call me Ann, either–I will be seriously annoyed. I don't mind being called pet names if that's your style. I myself use a wide variety of pet names. Also, my first and my last name do not rhyme. Please do not try to be clever. I don't care how funny you think you are. I've heard all the jokes.

In addition to English, I speak excellent Italian (although my accent is terrible.) and passable French. I've studied Russian, too, but I still cannot speak it for my life. I also am learning Japanese, although kanji are going to be the death of me.

I plan on being an architect and opening my own firm. I also have a strong interest in interior design and photography, so I might do those on the side or work them into my business or something. It could happen.

Music is my life. That's all. I listen to a wide variety of music but these days it's mostly J-pop and J-rock. I especially love visual kei.

I love boys with accents. British boys, Scottish boys, Irish boys, Australian boys…the list goes on. I also apparently have a thing for older men, but we don't talk about that. It's weird. Think David Tennant, Colin O'Donoghue, Benedict Cumberbatch…and yeah, I'm just going to shut up now before I mention every celebrity crush I've ever had.

Also, even though I am eighteen and should totally be over this, I still occasionally fantasize about marrying a prince. Don't lie. You do it too. (Or princess, whatever your preference.)

I started Sparkles and Lightning under the name The Dancer Says in November of 2011.  In mid-March, I became even more serious about blogging and made the resolution to update daily. I have never regretted this decision. Yet. (Kidding.)

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I love to read more than almost anything else on the planet. I can lock myself in my room for hours with a stack of books and be totally satisfied. The only thing that equals my love for reading is my passion for dancing. Specifically, I ballroom dancer.

If you decide to kidnap me, please take me to a bookstore. If you do, I will definitely forgive the kidnapping. And if you buy me a book, you can be my new friend! I mean, this depends on the nature of the kidnapping…you know what, how about we skip the kidnapping part and skip to where you buy me a book.

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10 Random Facts About Me
  1. I absolutely cannot stand it when microwaves turn counterclockwise. They have to turn clockwise or I freak out and keep pressing the stop and start buttons until it turns clockwise. Yeah, I know. That's weird.
  2. I always apply my eyeshadow wet, but I rarely wear eyeshadow. Usually I stick with black eyeliner. Like I said, weird. I even have quirks about things I almost never do.
  3. I am absolutely terrified of knives in sinks. I wasn't always but Barry Lyga ruined me.
  4. I am a total girly-girl. Think pink, glitter, roses, the works. However, one of my most favorite things to read is horror. Love it.
  5. I am a ballroom dancer. (Someone told me I already mentioned this and I know I did but ugh come on guys.)
  6. I am five foot three and fairly normalish looking. My hair is naturally brown but I dye it. My eyes are also brown although I like to wear circle lenses a lot.
  7. I can't stand it when light switches are flipped the wrong way. It drives me crazy.
  8. I love to shop. And spend money. This is not good for my bank account.
  9. I'm single! This is not an invitation. I cheated here before by writing about my boyfriend and I'm too lazy to make a new fact so this is what it'll be.
  10. The volume of whatever I'm currently listening to has to be on an even number.


  1. I love your awesome web designing skills. So jealous!

    1. Thank you, dear! That's very sweet of you to say!

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  3. So this is my first time reading this page. That being said I'm sorry for being such a horrible person! I'll do better in the future. Anyways, I'm with you on those damn light switches. I freak out until they all match. Oh, and the volume of music...yea, me too. It's a giant pain when I'm driving. Especially when I have someone in the car with me and they change it. They laugh when I tell them to put it on an even number.

    This is me saying I miss you!! I feel like we haven't talked in ages.



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