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By Candace, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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I started writing for Sweet Designs Magazine in August 2010. I was so excited that Stephanie invited me to become a staff writer because I was on crutches last summer and really bored. It's been a great experience. Writing is one of my passions and I'm glad I have a place to express myself.

I am Dutch Irish and I have a twin brother. My grandmother recently self-published a book about growing up as an Irish girl in New York City during the Great Depression. It's wonderful to have part of our family history in book form.

My friends and I started a creative writing club in high school. It was great experience to meet new people and discuss our different writing styles, although I did get a little tired of fan fiction.

I love watching all sorts of movies but my favorite genres are romantic comedies and action flicks. Some of my favorites include: The Princess Bride, Benny and Joon, 500 Days of Summer, Moonstruck, When Harry Met Sally, August Rush, Raising Arizona, Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard, and Terminator. I appreciate a creative plot that isn't cliche´d and action with a purpose. I'm not really into unnecessary violence or horror films.

I am open to a lot of different types of music, but I especially love the 80s. I enjoy Heart, Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Journey, and Bonnie Tyler. Part of the reason I love the 80s is because I feel like a lot of music these days is cynical and self-centered, whereas the 80s were dramatic and romantic. And who wouldn't love the crazy hair? However, I do appreciate today's music, especially Indie artists.

I have a penchant for hats and boots. I don't need to buy expensive clothes, but I love to search thrift stores to create unique outfits. I even bought my prom dress secondhand.

Plays and musical theatre is another of my passions. I enjoy Shakespeare's plays. Two favorites are Much Ado about Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew. I also like musical theatre and have seen Grease, Cats, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera. Surprisingly, I've even been to the opera twice. My favorite opera is Carmen.

I love to read as much as I love to write. My tastes are eclectic, ranging from Jane Austen and Charlotte and Emily Bronte to more contemporary authors, like Robin McKinley and Sarah Dessen. While some critics say young adult fiction is frivolous, I feel authors have to be more creative when they omit the unnecessary sex and violence that is often in adult fiction plots.

My favorite sports are swimming and boxing. I love exercising. If I don't do it every day I get antsy and moody. I've even tried Zumba. It's a lot of fun, but takes a while to learn all the dance steps. I'm kind of a health nut and really dislike fast food.

I am in college, majoring in English, with a minor in Journalism. Right now my tentative career plans are to either become a writer or a lawyer, but that could always change. I didn't get into my first choice school so I went to Junior College for one semester. It was such a great experience that when I finally was accepted into the school of my choice, I continued to take some of my classes at Junior College.

Please check out my movie reviews of Jane Eyre (2011) and Thor (2011) in this issue.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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