Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 10 Of 2013 - Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2014

Unfortunately I just found out about this really cool Top 10 Of 2013 thing so I missed every other day but I figured may as well do the last day anyways, right?
So basically everyday for the week of the 23-27 there was a different list to do about the Top of 2013, books obviously, and today's Top 10 of 2013 list is looking forward to 2014 and the top 10 books that you have serious grabby hands for and so here is mine:

  1. Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan 12127857
  2. Cress by Marissa Meyer 13206828
  3. Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson 17667561
  4. Dreams Of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor 13618440
  5. Untitled Lorien Legacies #5 by Pittacus Lore
  6. Odin's Ravens by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr 16060302
  7. Unbound by Victoria Schwab 13638131 
  8. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  9. Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige18053060
  10. White Space by Ilsa J. Bick 

Song Of The Moment - Queen Of Hearts by We The Kings

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How To Find Christmas Cheer and A Giveaway!

Happy Day Before Christmas!!!

Have you been struggling to feel that Christmas feeling? Have you been feeling a little down this month because maybe your family has abandoned you? Then these tips are for you! (Said in an infomercial voice)

How To Find Last Minute Christmas Cheer!!
  1. Read a book!!! - Not just any book your favorite book, that book that you love so much and that can't help but make you feel happy. This time of year that book for me is Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares, which never fails to make me feel Christmassy! Also I am holding a giveaway for it!*
  2. Listen to music, it doesn't have to be Christmas music just whatever you feel like, blast it throughout the house and dance and sing and just forget everything else.
  3. Bake Christmas Cookies, what could be more festive? and do combine this with number two
  4. Watch Christmas movies, get lost in them and forget about your less than perfect Christmas season. I recommend the Grinch, obviously.
  5. Go and look at the lights! Christmas lights are the best, you know? So go see them!
  6. Just focus on having a good time, forget that it's Christmas time and just have fun, make the best of it. Go all out for Christmas doing everything you can to make it feel more like it or take down the decorations and boycott everything Christmassy and have fun some other way.
Prizes - a copy of Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares and The Grinch on dvd or blu-ray your choice! Also a $10 Starbucks gift card!!! 
Rules - You must be thirteen or older and have parental permission.
You must live in the U.S.
You must subscribe to this blog in someway whether you actually subscribe with the button thing or just follow by email.
And you must comment with your favorite Holiday tradition and either your favorite Holiday Memory or your Worst Holiday Memory, okay? Okay. 
Song Of The Moment - Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill

Monday, December 23, 2013

Five Tips To Making The Best Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!!!

 Merry The Day Before The Day Before Christmas!!!! And Happy whichever Holiday you may celebrate and if you celebrate none Happy December 23! (I think I covered all my bases, right?)


First of all I am sincerely sorry for the whole haven't posted in forever thing and so I thought to start off this post why not a short list of excuses? Okay then.
  1. I've been busy writing and revising! - That's a lie, I have been procrastinating a lot though!
  2. I've been sick? That was true for the first week of December when I had what turned out not to be food poisoning when it came back two days later as stomach flu.
  3. Everything that follows is a lie.
  4. I've been busy.
  5. I was away at sea.
  6. I was Christmas shopping all month long?
  7. I was baking - which is only true of the last week or so because the oven was dead.
  8. I've been dressing up in a Green Hood with a bow and arrow and hunting down people who have Failed My City every night for the past three months.
Next! Five Tips To Making The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!! In all honesty I got half of them from some site on the Internet. These make the cookies chewy rather than hard which is especially best for when you're making sugar free cookies. 
  1. Butter or Shortening? - You know how it tends to alternate whether the recipe calls for butter OR shortening? Use both!!
  2. Melt the butter!!! Instead of just softening it.
  3. Add an extra egg yolk.
  4. Take the cookies out of the oven a few minutes before they are completely cooked, just like two or three minutes, you want to make sure that they are mostly cooked and then let them cool for like ten minutes on the hot baking sheet.
  5. Make while dancing around the kitchen to Christmas music (or your music of choice).

I tried to post these pictures to my twitter the other day but my Internet was being moody and just didn't want me to, you know?
Also why is it that if a seventeen year old girl wears reindeer antlers a week before Christmas out Christmas shopping, said seventeen year old among all of the compliments, obviously, also gets a ton of weird looks? I mean it would be weird if it was the middle of June but come on it's all most Christmas, where's your Holiday cheer?

Song Of The Moment - Do You Want To Build A Snowman - From the Frozen Soundtrack

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cliches In Female Characters In YA Books

A good old-fashioned rant!!

I love a good kick-ass female main character, but one thing I've noticed that happens a lot and that I absolutely hate is when the character inevitably falls in love and then just stands back and let's the guy do all the work, WTF? Why does the girl always have to turn in to a blubbering, whiny, idiot when she falls for the guy? Why? Can't she still be a bad-ass even when the guy starts ignoring her because he's a jerk? Why does what the guy does always affect the girl so much, when the guy just buries his feelings and ignores her? Why can't she do the same thing?

Also, when it's a love triangle and the girl is with the sweet one because she doesn't want to "hurt" him instead of with the one she loves. Also, why is it never the sweet one that she ends up with? Am I the only person who actually likes the sweet guys instead of the "bad boy"? For once I want the kick-ass girl to, heaven for bid, NOT fall for the prick of a "bad boy" who needs to be slapped a few times and ignored for the rest of his life until he stops being a jerk even if he did have a tortured life! Just me, then?

Now not all books are like this but quite a few are, in my experience, and it is so frustrating! The main books that come to mind that these things happen in is Maximum Ride and Tigers Curse, in Tigers Curse I swear to god every five pages in book three the girl is crying over something again, and again, and she picks the sweet guy over the jerk even though she doesn't love him and then proceeds to cry more!(I haven't read the last one and don't plan to so I don't know if this continues or not.) Then in Maximum Ride she just becomes a weakling and does nothing to stop the end of the world even though she's been working toward that goal for the whole series, the guy is okay but everything about the last book is horrible and deserves to burn in hell.

My goal in life as a writer, besides getting books published, is to write a YA book that has romance without a love triangle or insta-love, with a kick-ass girl who never falters in being kick-ass and who just scoffs at the "bad boy" while he pines after her(and do this in every book I write, actually, maybe without the "bad boy" part). (the book I just wrote, with my whole Summer I wrote a book thing is more middle grade with no romance so it doesn't really meet the requirements. My NaNoWriMo 2013 is more YA and so I guess it technically almost counts but there is no "bad boy".)

Song Of The Moment - Warrior by Beth Crowley 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bookish Holiday Gifts!!!!! Plus Recommendations!!!!

Mainly Books!!! Mainly YA Books!!
For that person in your life that has every book and just wants more!!!
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell -here
  • Dash and Lily's Book Of Dares - here
  • Just One Day -here
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer - here
  • Guitar Notes -here
  • FableHaven by Brandon Mull - here
  • Pendragon by D.J. MacHale - here
  • Chronicles Of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon - here
  • Lorien Legacies by Pitacus Lore - here
  • The False Prince by Jennifer Neilson - here
  • The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima - here
  • Super Human by Micheal Carroll - here
  • Proxy by Alex London - here
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver - here
  • Fault In Our Stars T-Shirt! - Click here
  • These Bookmarks - click here - listen to the song here
I know I missed some of my obvious recommendations and everything but there's more!
For more bookish gift ideas click here!

Song Of The Moment - Mr. Winter by The Maine 

P.S. For anyone out there shopping for their wives or mothers, or whatever just because they may not be a "young adult" does not mean you shouldn't by them these books, everyone loves YA, trust me I know these things. A good starting point is obviously Hunger Games, Harry Potter(but who hasn't read that!) or The Fault In Our Stars other options include everything else on this list plus anything you can find. =) That's right I am sooo helpful.

P.S.S - When in doubt buy Fangirl!!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

X-Mas - Favorite Things About December

  1. My Favorite thing about December, besides snow, is Decorating for Christmas! This year we've moved into a real house so we can decorate a lot more, and we did about half on black Friday and finished everything else throughout the weekend, except the tree still only has lights!!! My brothers have been working and then yesterday one of my brothers, and I had food poisoning and we're sick all day so we haven't had time!! It's a tragedy, really!!!
  2. SNOW! SNOW! SNOW! Speaking of snow we've had a bit of a blizzard today so I'm happy!
  3. Presents!!! This is not me be shallow while I do love getting presents,, my favorite thing is buying presents, picking out gifts and then wrapping them, and of course making them impossibly hard to unwrap. =)
  4. Cookies!! My brother has diabetes and actually my mom was just diagnosed with it too, so we always make cookies, sugar free, and we spend like a whole week baking because we give a bunch away and my brothers and mom take them to work and everything. But I love making Christmas cookies because even when it's just plain chocolate chip it's just better when it's for Christmas, and you're blasting Christmas music and everything.
  5. Music!!! I love CHristmas music and my mom and I start singing and listening to it like right after Halloween.
  6. Movies! Starting the day after, or sometimes before, Thanksgiving there is always a Christmas movie on one of the TVs in my house.
Song Of The Moment - Chritstmas With You by Artist vs. Poet

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Announcing New Blog Name and December Update!

The New Name Of The Blog is Ofically........THE STORY GOES!
The blog will be updated in just a few short hours! Or less than an hour probably!

December Update -

  • Firstly, in the next few days I'll do a short post about NaNoWriMo and winning and all of that.
  • Secondly it's December!!!!!! Obviously! The Best month of the year!!!!!!!!!! And as such I have lots of Christmas stuff to be doing this month so I don't promise a ton of posts but I will post some and some Christmas and Holiday themed posts, too. 
  • Also sometime after Christmas right around New Years I will be doing quite a few New Years posts and things like Top 13 books of 2013 and so on and so forth.
  • On January 1st I will be launching a new blog!!!!!! Called Fangirls Anonymous!!! Stay tuned for updates.
  • I will also try and get around to updating the Qoutes page since I have kinda neglected it recently.
  • Writing wise this month I have a couple chapters left to write of my NaNoWriMo novel I did write 54,756 words it just wasn't enough to finish the book! Besides that I hope to get to revisions on my Dragon book because that's my baby and the one I want to revise first. 
  • Lastly, how are you doing post NaNoWriMo?

Song Of The Moment - Last Christmas by Wham!