Saturday, November 29, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 Week 4 Update!

This is going to be a really quick update because I'm going to be doing one next week with a whole NaNoWriMo wrap up and I need to write!

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. The one month a year where thousands of writers across the world try to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days!

So, yes I've won NaNo(last week in fact) but it's not over! I don't feel like I've won because I still haven't finished my novel! Yes, I feel slightly satisfied and I'm proud I already won but I don't have that feeling of winning, that relief and excitement at having finished a novel because I AM NOT DONE!

But everything is fine. Everything is awesome. I have two days and I will finish or I will not sleep at all and I will give away all my books and my brother will burn my Fall Out Boy concert tickets and I will cry and all the puppies in the world will also cry and I'm really tired while writing this post...

Yes. So I will finish in time, I will have written the last sentence of my novel by midnight Sunday, before December officially starts! I'm really not that worried, because I'm pretty close to being done and besides it wouldn't be NaNo without the final, exhausting, sprint to the finish line!


So my advice to you is; whether you are NaNo-ing or trying to accomplish some other goal before the end of the month, it is not too late! The final sprint might be the hardest, but it's the most rewarding

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Woes Of A Glasses Wearing Book Nerd


This post is brought to you by a picture of my cats:

So for about three years now I've been wearing glasses and in that time I've found quiet a few issues that come with wearing glasses and reading and I am here to tell you all about them.
Also, no these problems are not bad enough to make me want contacts, I mean you want me to put those in my eyes!? No way. I had pink eye once a few years ago and the eye drops...*shivers in fear*

1.Tears. When you cry whilst reading and you happen to where glasses you can't read through the tears because your glasses get all foggy!


2 Dirt/dust/finger prints - It can get really annoying when you are in the middle of a really good book/chapter and you accidentally touch your lenses(or sneeze, I swear every time I sneeze it somehow gets all over my glasses) and you have to dig around for something to clean your glasses off with.

3. Glasses make it difficult to hit yourself in the head with the book you are reading! - So, this is more of a personal thing, so sometimes when I get particularly frustrated with a book I will, lightly, hit myself in the forehead with it...I don't know why I do this, but I do know my glasses don't like it.

4. Glasses...break. - So say you are particularly distraught, you just finished the last book in a favorite series and it sucked so you dramatically throw yourself down on your bed/couch/dining room table...well the thing about glasses is that they break, so say your glasses go flying off while you are dramatically collapsing, they just might land right in front of your brother who doesn't notice them and steps on them...and they break... Or you're up late at night reading and you fall asleep with the book and your glasses are still on and you roll over in the middle of the night and your glasses they...break.

5.Slipping - Personally my glasses are always slipping down my nose like some old lady and it drives me insane especially when reading!
Well that's all I could come up with...I hope you enjoyed this post!

Do you wear glasses? As a book nerd is there any way in which your glasses have hindered your reading experience?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

12 Things I'm Thankful For This Time Of Year


Happy Thanksgiving!


First let's talk about what I'm thankful for in list form(this is only twelve things and yes, some are very superficial):

Things That I Am Thankful For This Time Of Year:

12. Board games. More specifically, playing them with my family.
11. Christmas lights.
10. All thing pumpkin spice flavored.
9. Peppermint bark
8. White chocolate peppermint mochas.
7. Hot chocolate.
6. Christmas music.
5. Snow.
4. Snowmen and snowball fights.
3. Holiday baking with my mom.
2. Great books.
1. Family time.

Obviously there are things I'm thankful for every day: like my family and the fact that I'm close to them and genuinely enjoy any time we have to spend together. Even just the fact that we make time to spend together. That I've had a pretty awesome life so far. That I have a roof over my head and food on the table. Basically, I'm thankful for every minute I've spent with my family and for every minute I had with my grandmother and dad before they passed. I'm thankful for every good book I've ever read and even the bad ones. I'm thankful that I have a family that doesn't complain when I mooch off of them so that I don't have to get a job and can sit around writing all day. I'm even thankful for every rejection letter I have gotten this year because it made me realize what I have to improve on with my writing.

Finally, I'm extremely thankful that I have this blog and you followers that I can gush and rant to about all my favorite things: books and writing. I'm also extremely thankful for all the blogger friends I've made this year, as it made me realize just how awesome blogging is.


So...I've gone on long enough. Happy thanksgiving and tell me, what's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

P,s. I know it's cliche to do a thanksgiving post about everything you're thankful for, and I know you have to be thankful for this kind of stuff every day of the year, but it's tradition!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #38: Books On My Winter TBR


Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Okay, I'm going to be doing books that I already have...because I don't want to look through ones that are coming out because I wont be buying them anyways because...book buying ban!

Books I've Had Forever(-ish)


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Well this is embarrassing,...I think some of these were on my last two TBR posts...

Since we're talking about winter I have an important question for you! Do you have snow where you live? Because I'm still waiting for mine!

Don't forget to leave your links in the comments!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Novel Idea #1

This is a meme...about writing. I decided to do this this week because I've loved this meme for a while now and have just never found time to actually do it... Plus I've been stuck on my writing for nearly a week now, writers block, writing slump, whatever you want to call it, and am hoping this helps to inspire me! I don't know that I'll be doing this every week, maybe every other week? At least once a month!


A Novel Idea
This meme was created by Ashley @ Ashley Aspires, check out her site for more details!

I'm combining last weeks questions and this weeks with one post...because I really want to!

Last Week: The characters that I will be featuring are Lacey, my main character from my NaNo novel This World In Gray. And Grace, her sister...who is dead.

If they could choose to live in another decade, what would they choose and why? 

Lacey: I don't think it would necessarily be another decade...but let's say five years back to when her sister was still alive and not sick.

Grace: The 1900s, because Grunge Era...she would completely love that.

Do they want a job that helps people or a job that makes money? 

Lacey: Neither. I think she wants a job that she can love...meaning it must involve photography or poetry...or both.

Grace: Money. Grace is(was) all about seeing the world and traveling, so she'd like the money to do that, but once she had the money she'd do good with it too.

If they were to come into a million dollars, what would be the first thing they would do? 

Lacey: Build a time machine/cure cancer...because both things are probable(duh!) and she would want to be able to go back in time to save Grace... This is a weird answer...

Grace: Go to New York and Paris. Those were her main dreams.

What do they do when they’re bored? 

Lacey: Wander around taking pictures.

Grace: Bug Lacey until she agrees to do something crazy and/or blast music throughout the whole house and dance around singing at the top of her lungs.

What is their favorite kind of cake?

Lacey: She prefers pie...blueberry pie.

Grace: Red velvet.

This Week: It's all about writing style and whatnot!

How do you choose the names for your characters? 

Pretty randomly. Sometimes I'll just have an idea for a name in my head, other times I have to search for a name, I love Behind The Name, it's a great website. Most the time I already have my main character's name picked out. For some reason I really love to use names that start with the letter L when writing contemporary. I usually just keep looking until I find something that I like and feel that fits the character.

How do you beat writers’ block?

Hmm...hard question. I tend to give it a few days, if I don't feel like writing I don't force myself. But after three or four days pass I go back to my computer and I tell myself that I only have to write for an hour, or 200 words, or whatever, so that there's not a lot of pressure.

Also, a lot of the time I get writer's block because I'm unhappy with some aspect of my book so then I stop, let myself think it over, talk to my brother which is what helps the most. I talk everything through with him and usually he can help me figure out what it is that is wrong, and what I want to change. Then, I again slowly ease myself back into writing.

When do you do your best writing? Time of day, etc

Usually at night. There's less going on around me and I can concentrate better. Also, usually after I've had coffee.

What point of view do you find it easiest to write in? 

First person. It's what I've always written in(for the most part), but next I'm rewriting a book and switching it from 1st to 3rd...that's going to be fun. *shivers*

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what’s your favorite?

Yes! I do. I don't have a favorite though...I listen to whatever I'm in the mood for. Sometimes I craft a playlist around my book and sometimes it's whatever I am currently obsessing over.

Okay. That was fun.. I feel the writing juices running(slowly), now it is time to go and write!

Today's Question Is: How many memes are too many? Obviously, a blog shouldn't be all memes but how do you decide how many you do every week?

Sunday Post #11 Holiday Preparation!

Song Of The Moment - Waiting For The End To Come by Linkin Park



The Sunday Post
Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer


Real Life
So, I went to San Francisco last Sunday for the Night Of Writing Dangerously, which was just so awesome and so much fun, I talk all about it in a post here! I got back late Monday. This week has been fairly uneventful, I didn't write anything for NaNo since Sunday...I went five days without writing before starting again yesterday. I already won NaNo but still, the month is not over and neither is my book!

We did start decorating for Christmas though! We decided to start early as both my brothers work retail and will have no time after Thanksgiving. We built a snowman out of chicken wire and lights...it was slightly difficult...and I will eventually do a post all about it with tips for decorating and pictures!

I'm also in the middle of dying my hair...which I did back in September(I even did a post with tips for dying your hair bright colors!), so mine was starting to fade plus I'd done orange and black for Halloween... It's been fun re-dying... I had to strip my bangs and streak of their orange color, so I bleached it, then I did red at the roots and halfway down, tomorrow I'm adding green! Because I love Christmas!

Reading wise I am still kind of sucking... I'm half way through Dark Triumph and almost halfway through Vivian vs The Apocalypse which I really wanted to read though I probably should have picked a book that comes out sooner so that I could post the review now instead of at least a month from now...I got overly excited.

New Books
I actually got quite a few books this week...and I don't think I paid for any of them so I haven't broken my book buying ban!

Won/traded
I won a giveaway about two weeks ago...from Anya @ OnStarshipsandDragonwings where I got to pick two ARCs! Thanks again Anya!
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Then ARCycling happened a couple weeks ago and my book came in and that is:

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Edelweiss
I finally got my first book from Edelweiss! It's kind of always intimidated me, because it looks so much harder to use than Netgalley, but I finally made an account and requested some books and I got one! And it's from HarperCollins! So, thanks!

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Basically I got a lot of sequels...


This Week On The Blog
Friday: Nothing!

Coming Soon(on the blog next week!)
   No idea. There will be some meme's, including a new writing related one that I am going to be linking up to. There will hopefully be a review of some kind, and a Thanksgiving related post. At some point I will also be picking the winner of my giveaway which is ending...Tuesday? Maybe Monday...I should check on that.

How was your week!? Anything interesting happen?



Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Night Of Writing Dangerously Recap!

What is the Night Of Writing Dangerously? It's a really fun part of NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month), where 225 people converge in a ballroom in San Francisco to write!

So, as you may know, I went to Night Of Writing Dangerously last Sunday! And...it was my first. It was pretty freaking awesome! Sadly I don't have a ton of pictures to share as I really failed at remembering to take them...I was busy writing! But I will do my best to recap the event for you!

First of all, early Sunday morning my mom and I made the 6 hour drive to San Francisco, which in itself was fun, lots of singing and shouting... Then Sunday night...the Night Of Writing Dangerously... I was really nervous as I do not do well in social situations...it makes me nervous and anxious and basically it sucks. But, I forced myself to do it, I didn't even try and drag my brother along as a buffer of sorts, which is really big for me!

Anyway, so you walk into a fairly small and cramped ballroom which is on the 15th floor of a fancy looking building. The ballroom is complete with high ceilings and low lighting, tables are packed to within inches from each other and people are everywhere! Some with laptops, some with notebooks(handwriting! It's not dead!), there's soft music and loud voices. It's slightly overwhelming, especially when it comes to finding a table! Off to one side they have a table set up with raffles(lots of books being given away!) and another table chocked full of candy! Lots and lots of candy! Then you have the table with the coffee(it also had ice water and various teas, but coffee is the important part!), lots and lots of coffee, with every kind of sugar you could want(they had sugar cubes! I took some because, Finnick), milk and cream... I loved the coffee... It was delicious.


I wound up chosing a table right near the entrance because I didn't want to wade through the masses to find another one. All older women at my table and they were all super nice and funny! We all got a lot of writing done too...which is kind of the point! Now let's talk about some highlights, okay?

HIGHLIGHTS

-Candy buffet It needs to be mentioned because it was awesome. There was chocolate and not chocolate and more chocolate.

-Table Word Wars! This was my favorite part because it was really fun. Basically, you have two hours and whatever table writes the most wins. Really simple and really fun, because your whole table is working towards winning and you know if you do it's been a team effort.

-Winning the 1st Table War! So there were two table wars and we won the first! It was great mainly because we'd(at least I) totally forgotten about it and then bam. We won. I suppose I will divulge our table name... So no one wanted to suggest anything but we had to name our table, finally one of them was like "it's too much pressure. We're like pressure cookers". So everyone else was like, 'perfect, let's be The Pressure Cookers!'... Then they added Divas.. We were The Pressure Cooker Divas... But the second table to win was something like The Dongs(possibly Gongs)... So we didn't have the weirdest name!

-Cupcakes! Seriously they were so good... They had red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake... I had red velvet and then snuck one out that I took with me all the way back from San Francisco for my brother!

-Writing! While it was sometimes hard to concentrate(even with headphones) it was really fun, knowing you're in a room full of other writers, writing right along with you. That was really awesome. Also I got about 7,000 written...so pretty dang good!

Word Sprints - Word sprints are like the word wars, but everyone is by themselves and it's for shorter periods of time. I don't like word sprints so I didn't do that, but it was fun watching everyone else(including my table mates) participate and all the screaming when they won.

So, yeah. It was awesome. There was also some speeches one of which lead to tap dancing... that was pretty epic in itself. Pretty great food, and lots of awesome company! I feel like I'm forgetting something, but this has been a long post already..here's the few pictures I managed to take!
Dinner!

Cupcake!

A table in the bar!

The outside of the building....

The first thing you see in the building before you go up the elevators...

My goody bag!

What I won from the 1st Table War!

Obviously I took pictures of all the important things....


Lastly special shout outs to: my mom's friends: Renee and Michele, and; Shannon Miz for all donating through my fundraising page months ago!

What's something you had to force yourself to do, but ended up having so much fun at/with?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ships I Don't Ship #3 The TV Show Version

Shipping: The act of wanting, nay needing, two characters to be together. Believing with every inch of your heart and soul that two characters belong together, whether it's that way in the book/tv show or not.
Example: I shipped Tris and Four so hard, they just belong together! (no...just...no.)

So this is kind of a monthly feature here, recently. not sure how that happened, but I blame someone whom I will not name, but I'm sure the person knows it's them. This is where I like to talk about ships that I just do not ship. Whether it's because I dislike one of the characters or because I don't think they belong together, whatever reason I hate them together. This month is a little different, instead of talking about books I want to talk about TV shows!


Elena and Stefan / Elena and Damon (Vampire Diaries)
I have, through the seasons of this show, shipped both of these couples, basically when she was with Stefan I shipped her and Damon, and when she was with Damon I shipped her and Stefan... Now though? I hate both of them. Mainly, and this is really the only reason, because I do not like Elena. At all. She's a drama queen who makes so so many stupid decisions and I'm tired of her... Also, I totally ship Stefan and Caroline...so there's that!

Oliver and Laurel (Arrow)
Okay, this is once again because I do not like one of these characters, Laurel. I've never liked her. She's kind of a big the word that rhythms with witch. Again, she also makes a lot of stupid decisions. Also, Tommy was my favorite character and I hated the way she treated him. Basically, she does not deserve Oliver!


Arthur and Gwen (Merlin)
Okay, so I know this follows the myth and stories and everything but I still did not ship it. Gwen didn't deserve Arthur or Lancelot, she was a two timing buttface.... Okay? With this one it's not even that I ship Arthur with someone else just that I don't like Gwen, I did at first but then...nope.




Penny and Leonard (The Big Bang Theory)
I know what you're thinking, how could I not ship this? But...I don't. I did at first, in the first few seasons and everything, but now it's boring. It's not that I don't ship them, that I don't want them to be together, it's just a kind of boring relationship. I don't know, I've confused myself now. It's like I don't really care one way or another about them anymore, they could get married or break up and I wouldn't really feel much of anything about it...






Throwback pick! Rory and Dean (Gilmore Girls)
They never belonged together! The only couple in this series that I shipped less was Lorelei and Christopher. I'm sorry, it was over the first time they broke up, I hated it when Dean came back, married, and all the subsequent decisions Rory made. It's just...Rory and Jess forever!








So, tell me; what are some ships you just don't ship? They can be from books, TV shows, or movies! Also what did you think of the TV Show version!?

Next month: Ships I Don't Ship #4... Not sure what it will be, or if it will have a different theme, but it will be up next month!

Don't forget to check out previous Ships I Don't Ship posts!
Ships I Don't Ship #1
Ships I Don't Ship #2

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #30

Hosted by Breaking The Spine


22736613Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story
by David Levithan
Expected Pub. Date - March 17 2015
Description(from Goodreads) -
It’s Tiny Cooper’s turn in the spotlight in this companion novel to New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Jazz hands at the ready! Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay”) stole readers’ hearts when he was introduced to the world in the New York Times bestselling book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and David Levithan. Now Tiny finally gets to tell his story—from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends—the way he always intended: as a musical! Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, the novel is told through the full script of the musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Why I Can't Wait - Okay, so yes it's still months until this comes out, and it doesn't even have a cover, but how can I not be excited for it!? I really enjoyed Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Tiny Cooper is like the best character from that book! I am so excited for this, I think it's going to be epic and hopefully hilarious!


What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 


Monday, November 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #37! It's All About Sequels!

Song Of The Moment - Alone Together by Fall Out Boy
Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

"Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get"
This post might be a little random, meaning it might not actually be ten or my most anticipated sequels as I'm making it mere minutes before posting it!

Top five sequels that are already out:
These are all sequels that I really really loved the first books and simply have not had time to continue!

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Top 5 4 Sequels That Aren't Yet Out
These are mostly like the third or so book in a series...I kind of picked whatever I found on Goodreads first... It was either that or skipping the post! I didn't have time!

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Okay, nine it is...I'm tired. 
So this was hard, mainly because I haven't started any new series or trilogies recently! How about you? What is the last new series or trilogy you started?

Don't forget to leave me your links in the comments!

Blog Tour/Review Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard

23316633Gideon Lee
by Lisa Orchard
Release date: Oct 21
Purchase: Amazon
On Goodreads
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?




My Rating:
3.5 Stars


Review:

I'm kind of conflicted on this book. so this will probably be a short review. Overall it's a fun easy read, it doesn't feel like a complete book though. Going in I knew that it had started out as one long book and been split into three shorter books, so there's more, I'm not sure that was the best idea. Maybe it did need to be split but I feel like this book needed more. Honestly it's just that not much of anything happened.

We meet Lark, who is a teenage girl who wants nothing more than to get out of her small town. She loves music, playing guitar and singing. She's very judgemental...of everything. She's kind of a jerk, honestly. She demands her mother tell her who her dad is and I never felt like it was because she actually wanted to know, just that she wanted to punish her mom. Which is something she never stopped doing...

I did love the music aspect of this book, Lark's in a band and getting ready for a contest and I really liked that. I really liked Bean(Lark's best friend), though I wish his character had been a little more developed. I also liked Cassie(who is the "popular" girl, but more than that), but again more character development would have been nice, though I'm sure that's to come in the next book.

There's a few minor things like that it's repetitive; Lark is constantly looking to the moon for answers but the "bright orb" reveals nothing, and she's always trying to avoid the next battle with Francine(her mom), that's always "high on her list". But the big issue is that it doesn't feel like a full book.

The ending. Okay, so again going in to this book I'd talked to the author and so knew that originally this had been one long book that had been separated into three, so obviously this isn't the end of the story. Having said that, I was expecting some kind of big, or at least medium size, reveal; something about Lark's dad, or Bean, or anything, but it just ends. Having split it into three books, each book has to stand on it's own, at least a little bit, it has to fill like a full story and still leave you waiting for the next. It kind of needs a cliff hanger, and I know as readers we generally complain about cliff hangers, but they're what keeps you on the edge of your seat for the next book.

Overall: This is a really good book, I enjoyed it, it's fast paced and easy to read. I just felt like it wasn't a full story. I do highly recommend it, but make sure to keep in mind that it's really just the first part of an overall story(from what I know).

Would I Recommend This? Yeah.
Who To? Someone who wants a fast read.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes, I will definitely read the next in the series.

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