Zit Wit

Hi everyone and Lauren. Yes, I am giving special love to Lauren because she posted a comment saying my skin always looks good and I’m a sucker for a compliment. So before I leak the next journal entry from the series formerly known as Phoenix Five–nope, still no title–I am going to answer Lauren’s question about my skin care routine.

I must admit I don’t drink enough water and I ADORE being tanned so I’m afraid I have to thank my Bubbie Rose for the skin. Hers was seriously insane. I think growing up on the east coast helped because I could only melatonin-binge in the summer months. One thing I did do was moisturize with vitamin E cream every single day, even as far back as middle school. I never sleep in makeup. And I wash with Cetaphil. Nothing fancy. Pinky swear.

Okay, fine. You want to know the truth? I have a zit on the side of my face that I have been picking like crazy. Said zit will be a crater and eventually a scar if I don’t stop but my GAWD its impossible to stop. Look…

Photo on 1-9-13 at 3.45 PM

While I’m on the subject of truth, here is the first secret journal entry from my third character in ex-Phoenix Five. Meet Jagger.

Sept. 6.
Feelings? Get real. I stopped having feelings on February 13, 2011-the day my parents got tossed in jail.  
I’ve been emancipated since I was fourteen.
I’m fifteen now.
I live alone.
I take care of myself.
I don’t have time for feelings.
My name is Jagger.
I don’t even have time for a last name.





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  • Leslie says:

    Hey Lisi! Can’t wait for your new book to come out! I can totally understand your struggle to find a title though-I’m going through the same thing. I’m an editor on our school’s newspaper & just did an article on a synchronized swimmer at our school from the Junior Olympics. Everything on the page is done– EXCEPT for the title… I’ve been offering up titles left and right, and my adviser hasn’t okayed ANY of them! It’s really frustrating- wish I were as punny as you! 😉 Just wondering, what’s your process of coming up with titles? For me, they just pop into my brain at the randomest of times, like when I’m in the shower, but I’m looking for something a bit more methodical, haha. Here’s to hoping my latest title idea (flam-buoyant) as well as your new title (which i’m sure will be ah-mazing!) works out. Good luck! 🙂 I hope you see this!

  • Maggie says:

    I want to cosplay as Farmworld Fionna from AT and throw ice cubes at people screaming junk like “I’ll share the power of ice and snow with thee!” and “Can you hear them? The whispers?”
    Here’s Farmworld Finn just so you know what the lump I’m talking about:

  • Arianna says:

    Jagger’s theme song should be “Swagger Jagger” by Cher Lloyd or anything by the ROlling Stones.

  • Julia says:

    Oh my gosh that was so cool! You took time to do reply and that stuff!! Oh my gosh I am so excited right now!!!!!!!!

  • Lauren :) says:

    OMG!! I can’t believe you responded to my comment! Thank you so much!! 🙂 I really am going to try using vitamin E cream on my face. Even with the zit, you still look fantastic!
    I had terrible acne in the past and it kept coming back and now this year is my fourth time recovering from it. Acne has left my skin all scarred and uneven so I’ve been trying to find ways to renew my skin. Again, thank you SO much for responding! I’m so excited for the new series! 🙂 Xoxo

  • Laila N says:

    I remember watching a Full House episode where DJ freaked out because she got her first pimple. But when she strolled into the girls’ bathroom at lunch, she saw a lineup of other girls with their own respective pimples, and instead of going insane with them she was like: ‘Hey, wanna play connect the dots?’ x)

    Donno. Felt like sharing that. My skin isn’t that great either, but I don’t really care too much unless someone points it out. Like aunts and stuff -_-‘ Such is life.

  • Haylee says:

    I’m really liking this Jagger character Lisi. He’s mysterious. No doubt that many of the girl that read your books will love his character. And you look so pretty, despite the zit.

  • Shaila Gottlieb says:

    Hi lisi,

    Call me if you can tomorrow nite…let’s try to catch up.

    Love mom

  • Dara says:

    Hi Lisi, I’m so interested to get to know Jagger! I can’t wait when it’s all finally ready and out 😀
    Also, today is my mom’s birthday 🙂

  • Kortlynn says:

    I love how your confidence about the zit brings it out on the rest of us……talking about zits and pimples. :3

  • Julia says:

    I have a question: How the heck do you always look good in pictures?! I mean, even when you say you have puffy eyes or have a bag straining your neck, you still look good. Same with your hair! Helpp! I have a calic and I HATE it! 🙁
    Love you!
    P.S. I like Jagger, but I like the girl the best. What is her name?
    P.P.S. I know you don’t call out people’s comments a lot, only now and then. But I would love to know that you took time to just write my name! How cool would that be?? Even just like, “Hi to Julia!” Or something. Yeah, or not.

  • Maggie says:

    Maybe we can refer to the book as “the book who shall not be named” lol
    I totally can relate to the zit thing. I have a big white bump right under my lip in that little crease in my chin and it’s surounded by smaller ones. I can’t stop picking ;_;
    And Jagger seems pretty cool. Looks like a strong character to follow.
    Also I fell off a horse for the first time today. It doesn’t hurt at all anymore but I owe Micheal (The riding instructer who owns the place) brownies, lol. We have to make him brownies whenever we fall off.

  • nadiabean21 says:

    What’s the difference between a pimple and a zit?

    And I looooooooooove Jagger’s entry. I think he’s my new favorite. :3 yeah he’s my favorite. I can’t wait to read (no title) it!

    • Haylee says:

      I think a zit is like huge and red and pimples are small. And I like Brody again now that I caught up with Glee. I was a bit weirded out at him hooking up with Cassie. But I still hate Finn. And Blaine is OK, but not my fave. My favorite is Sam. I actually like Brit/Sam but in a platonic way. And yes I hate GG too. It’s gross that Dan/Serena got married when they’re half-siblings and Chuck tried to force himself on his stepsister, ew. And I don’t like that Chuck/Blair ended up together when he’s been so abusive to her. I really liked Chuck/Eva and Dan/Blair.

      • Regan says:

        Blair and chuck are the best together and Serena and Nate!!! Also love jagger!

      • Tara says:

        They aren’t half siblings anymore and they dated before and it’s not like they grew up together.

      • I like Blair and Chuck as a couple but not Dan and Serena. Not to mention Dan is Gossip Girl. I don’t hate Finn I could never hate him haha.

      • Haylee says:

        I love Nate/Serena and I used to love Chuck and Blair but then the aspects that I loved about them got ruined and then the stupid writers made Chuck trade Blair for a hotel. Then I converted over to Dair. And you know about them not being half-siblings anymore? That makes me angry because I loved Rufus and Lily together and they had to get compromised for Derena. And about dan being Gossip Girl that made me laugh. You should’ve seen Tumblr after the reveal. No one was angry, everyone was laughing and someone was calling Dan a ninja and I laughed. Dan being Gossip Girl is a massive plot hole and the biggest joke ever ahaha, a lot of people online pointed out the logic fails. Gossip Girl is a comedy in disguise of a drama. Who knew?

    • nadiabean21 says:

      I love Nerena too, I never liked Dair. Uck. I loved loved loved Rufus and Lily they were so cute.

  • Cool! I have pimples no zits though..
    Im’ in 7th grade

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I get zits on my side of the face too. it’s ah-noying.

  • Paola Henriquez says:

    Oh and your eye brows are fierce!!!

  • Paola Henriquez says:

    Hey Lisi!! Love the entry, just wanted to give some tips on the zit:
    Go to sleep with a dab of mint toothpaste on it
    Rub vinegar on it and scrub
    Rub some stick deorderent and leave it on over night

    Love ya!!
    Xo P

  • and you actually do have the best skin omg… and I really like Jagger’s entry, can’t wait to hear more about them, and to read the book formerly known as F5

  • Ibby says:

    yay first 🙂 ugh Lisi I wish that we could talk all the time or something because I just started writing again, I stopped in like 6th grade, I have such bad writer’s block! x

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