Saturday, October 31, 2015

#NaNoWriMo2015 Initiaion Ceremonies

Today, in honor of the first day of NaNoWriMo 2015 (which if you don't what if, first you obviously haven't been here long because I talk about it nonstop and second it's National Novel Writing Month wherein tons and tons of people spend the month of November trying to write a 50,000 word novel). Wow, that took longer than I thought. Anyway, I am letting you all be privy to my initiation ceremony....are you ready?

To start, you will need the following:

1 Hooded Cloak
1 Dark room
1 Sharp Pin
and 1 Dark Blue Candle (must be dark blue and don't forget something to light said candle with)

REMEMBER: You must be alone in your dark room with your cloak, pin, and candle

Turn off all the lights in your room and shut blinds, thus creating the aformentioned "dark room"

Pull the hood up to hide your face

Light your candle

Prick your finger with your sharp pin

As your blood drips off your finger repeat after me...

I do solemnly promise to spend the month of November,
dedicated to my writing,
drinking all the coffee,
eating chocolate,
and to create something from my most vaguest of ideas
I pledge myself to my WIP
and the life of the NaNoWriMo-er
forever i shall write my words
30 days i have
please help me god

Or, if this is all too dark for you then follow these simple steps:

1. On November 1st (today) open your document
2. Stare at the blank document
3. Go make coffee (or whatever you prefer)
4. Get a snack
5. Procrastinate

Good luck with NaNo everyone! And remember, you can't lose unless your total at the end of the month is 0! My NaNo profile if you want to be friends or just see what I'm writing!

If you aren't doing NaNo, what fun things have you planned for this month??? If are doing NaNo, tell me something about your novel! 

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #13: It's FINALLY Halloween!

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

Today's post, inspired by the fact that's it's actually Halloween (EEP!) comes in two parts! First, I will let you drool over all the Halloween themed food I made yesterday (Sorry! I meant to taste test these and post this earlier with recipes, but hey, something to look forward to later!) and the second part will be uploaded later today and will be all the pics of my Halloween display! Again, meant to post this earlier but we had some snags and just put the finishing touches on!

But first of all...


I did a ton of "baking" yesterday. I use the quotations because most things didn't actually require baking but anyway... Here's some pics and tips!

First up was bonbons!

Pro tip: for dying coconut you put it in a ziplock bag, mix the food coloring with a teaspoon of water and then shake it all together in the bag.

Then was magic cookies bars!

I improvised because I didn't want to use sweetened condensed milk. I did a graham cracker crust, chocolate chip cookie dough, caramels, cooked it then added coconut, Chocolate candies, and candy corn to the top!

Hamburger Cookies!

My cousin's birthday is right around Halloween so her mom used to make all kinds of things and this was my brothers favorite, I thought he was crazy but they're actually awesome. It's easy, vanilla wafer cookies, purple colored icing -- I made sugar free buttercream frosting and added coffee extract, it's AMAZING -- then some green coconut. You take a cookie, cover with some frosting, add the coconut and put the other cookie on top.

Witches hats!

Circular shortbread cookies with icing -- I used green vanilla buttercream and chocolate cream cheese frosting -- Hershey's kisses (i used hugs!) and more colored coconut. Just lightly press it into the frosted cookie!

My Decorations!

(will be updated later today! I swear!)

Any fun plans today? How was your week? Happy Halloween!!!!

Any of you Halloween lovers doing NaNoWriMo!?? Good luck and I'll see you at midnight for initiation ceremonies!

Friday, October 30, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #12: A Creepy Scene

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

Today's post is writing related! I love writing scary stuff, not sure it's actually scary, but it's fun. Anyways, so I wrote what I'm calling A Creepy Scene, to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy!

WARNING. Mature audiences only, because of langue, and some bloody content.

A Creepy Scene
by Shayla Emory

You stand in front of the mirror in an empty, abandoned house. It is Halloween night. The souls of the underworld roam freely through your town. You can hear the howling throughout the abandoned house, not the wind -- well, not only the wind.

The screams. Of laughter? Pain? Who can tell the difference?

You are tall -- or short, I have no preference. Female, male? What does It really matter. No, all I care is you do It and do It right. The ceremony has three requirements; most people only get two. Oh, I get so angry. so close and then you fuck up. Don’t fuck up.

The house is the first part. Not many know why this house. Most think It a joke, a legend, that I am a legend. I assure you that I am not, I am as real as you. You, who knows the truth. You who wants to play games, summoning me like this.

Oh, how disappointed you will be when you realize there is no game here. All that is in this house, in this mirror where I watch you but you can’t yet see me, is death. Oh, and pain. Can’t forget the pain, can we?

Where was I?

Oh, right. The house. I was killed here of course. Don’t feel bad for me, I deserved it. I took girls -- and boys -- just like you. Preferably young ones, pretty, ugly? It didn’t matter. I slaughtered them all. I slashed their arms.

Their legs.

Their pretty little throats.

Then I bathed in their blood.

Why should they get to be so young, so fresh, while every day I aged more and more? I couldn’t stand to see myself in the mirror. How ironic.

It’s nice though. Blood baths. Good for the soul. Not that I would know.

So, yes. I was killed here. Right in the very bathroom in which you stand. Back then everything gleamed, if one speck of dirt touched my precious house I killed the housekeeper. Oh, how father hated that. Now my whole home is falling down. Falling apart. Filled with dirt and horrifying creatures…

Oh wait, that’s me. I’m the horrifying creature. At least the scariest. There are others, mind you. Places like this tend to attract them.

Ghosts. Demons. Souls. Call them what you will, if I hadn’t claimed you, one of them would.

But this isn’t just about me! It’s about you too. What has brought you here, to this old, dust covered and mold filled house, young one? Is it the pain of living? The pain of heartbreak? It’s always some kind of pain. Or maybe you are trying to win a bet. Did they think you were too scared to summon little old me? You’ll prove them wrong…

With your blood.

Yes. Part one is the house. Part two is the you.

You, who stands there, waiting for the right moment. Your eyes flickering back and forth, revealing your terror. You stare at the little clock on your phone, waiting. If you don’t believe, why are you so scared?

Outside, your friend’s drunken laughter gets higher and you flinch.

Any. Minute. Now.

My thirst grows stronger by the second. It’s been so many years since I’ve fed. It changed, when I was slaughtered, cut down in this bathroom, staring at my reflection in the mirror. That is how I was trapped, by the way.

Before, I didn’t crave the blood, I loved It. I loved the hot, silky feeling against my skin, refreshing me. Rebirthing me. I loved the copper smell. The horrified looks I got, when they all realized why my pale skin glowed so brightly. Loved the way It stained my light hair.

You have light hair, don’t you? It will stain you too, when It comes pouring out of your veins. I was younger than you when I started. Eight years old when I took my first blood bath. What can I say? I hadn’t met Peter Pan and I never wanted to grow up. Is that a crime?

Ha-ha. Well that is not. The killing… It is debatable.

Father didn’t care. Not until my secret came out and the town turned. Oh, how they screamed for my blood, for my head on a stake. I’d killed their children, they’d kill me. It’s not my fault the children just kept coming. The house had a curse, even way back then.

Oh, it angers me so. They think I am someone I’m not. They give her all the credit. How I want to drain them all. Bathe in their blood, drink It, swim in It.

Oh. I need It so BAD.

Oh dear, we’re getting close, aren't we? You’ve stopped looking at your watch every other second. Your eyes are wider than ever. Don’t fear. It will be painless…well actually, it will hurt like a bitch. But, then you’ll be dead, so what do you care?

A bottle smashes against the window and you jump. I can hear your heartbeat. So fast. You can’t catch your breath. Poor baby.

Oh, yes, the third part.

That would be the day and the time, of course. Many mistake this part. You see, it has to be Halloween. It’s the day the veil between worlds is thinnest and all that hoo ha.

Time would be 11:13, exactly. Closest to midnight as possible, and can’t forget my favorite number. Why is the number 13 feared? All the good stuff happens with that number.

That’s why you actually say my name 13 times. You spin with each word. You light 13 candles. That is it. All you have to do.

Then I get to have fun.

I watch your hands shake as you pull the candles out -- really? Big white ones? Cliché, my poor, nearly dead, dear. It takes you three tries to light the match.

Hurry now, less than a minute until it’s time.

My eyes grow wide with hunger; I glance at myself -- it’s so hard to see when you’re locked in a mirror. I need to be creepy enough. Can’t have you not fearing for your life the moment you see me; it would ruin all the fun. I want the fear to change the color of your hair. Your scream to echo out to your little friends sending them running home. Too afraid to actually save you. I want to look into your eyes that you try to close as you tell yourself I’m not real and I cut you with my sharp as bloody, rusty knives nails. I want you to go pale as your blood spills and be horrified in that last moment, when you see me licking your blood off my finger and you’re in so much pain you wish to die… and then you do. Blink.

Gone forever.

Woo. Got a little carried away, pardon me.

I am sad it had to be you. I’d much prefer one of the little bitches outside, but… what can you do?

So, yes. My night dress is still covered in my blood. My eyes are blank and black. My skin too pale to be real and my nails just sharp enough to rip your pretty little skin open. I think everything is in order…

Are you ready?

The candles are lit you are counting down the seconds.





Spin. Spin. Spin. Do not forget the chanting. Every syllable correct. If you mess my name up once you will ruin everything and I will be oh. So. MAD.

Your voice is low and it grows more sure as you go.

Seven times. Eight.

You aren’t even afraid anymore. You’ve convinced yourself it is a joke and now, In the middle of the ritual, you actually believe it. A smile pulls at the corner of your mouth, teasing me.

Poor, sweet mortal.

I can feel the power. Feel the power loosening its hold on me.

Eleven times. You’ve said it.

I can smell your blood and oh. I so want to taste It.


Yes, dear. Come on. One last spin.

I see the words forming on your lips. Perfect timing. The minute hand is about to move. I’m lunging forward and you’re stopping spinning.

There it is. The fear as I come flying out of the mirror, hands extended like claws ready to rip into your pretty little face.

The scream.

The hot scent of blood.

The running of your friends.

I’m blinded by the need to feel your blood all over me. And then…

I drink….

Oh, dear. Would you stay still? The gasping, heaving for breaths. The twitching and clawing, trying to get away. It’s quite running the moment my nails rip into your skin – the screams! My dear, hush.

The liquid rushing down my throat – that’s the stuff.

You’re still screaming. Oh, choking on your blood? I hadn’t realized your face could go so pale. Don’t look at the blood. Stare into my eyes.

Any minute now…oh. There you go. Bye, bye. Time to die. In this last moment, as your eyes go cold, you whisper a question and I laugh.

Who am I?

Oh yes, never did introduce myself, did I? Why, I am the ghost, the demon, known as Bloody Mary. How do you do?

© 2015 Shayla Emory. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #11: Villains!

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

Obviously, Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate the bad guys, the horror movie killers, the evil wizards, and everything in between! In honor of Halloween I've compiled a list of some of my favorite villains from books/movies/exctra.

From: Harry Potter
Otherwise known as: The most hated character ever.

From: Heroes Of Olympus
I mean, the actual earth, as a villain? What could be more awesome? Er, I mean scarier?

From Harry Potter
I mean, come on, people were terrified to say his name! That's dedication to an evil wizard, like, he worked hard for that.

Micheal Myers
From: Halloween
I mean, he's pretty freaking scary. Where does he even go? What's his face look like?

From: Scream
You have to give Ghostface props, I mean, the mask still scares people. Terrifies little children.

From: Morpheus Road
Okay, this is a really underrated series and just trust me, Gravedigger is awesome and super creepy.

3 New Goosebumps Movie Stills - Slappy the Dummy: Slappy
From: Goosebumps
Slappy always scared me the most when I was younger and watching the new movie just brought up that old fear and...Okay, I WASN"T scared of him in the movie he just freaked me out a little, okay?

From: Supernatural
Okay, in my opinion, no villain in Supernatural was ever as good as Lucifer, he's creepy, he's the f-ing devil, and he's funny.

From: Supernatural
You can't mention Luci and then skip Crowley, you just can't.

Captain Hook
From: Peter Pan
You have to give the man credit, he never gives up!


Er...not exactly what I had in mind but, I mean, how can you not?

From: Sleeping Beauty
Maleficent is the best villain ever. That's all.

I feel like I missed a few obvious ones but I'm tired and have so much to do so tell me your favorites in the comments!

None of the pictures belong to me! They link to their sources!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #10 My Favorite Creepy Things

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

Okay, so this isn't my ~most~ creative post but I just finished writing a novel, I have to outline a new novel for NaNoWriMo because I changed my plans, I'm spending all day Friday preparing for Halloween, I've barely read all month, and my creative wells are a little depleted. Plus, I'm proud of the fact that I haven't had any filler posts this year that I threw together in five minutes, so I'm okay with it.

Basically, these's are creepy things that I LOVE. Which is similar to my fears post but most those I don't love.

I'm not a creepo. I don't mean real skulls, I'm mean like skulls and crossbones and skulls in fake Halloween graveyards.


Okay, it's not so much that I love clowns as it is that they terrify my brother which amuses me greatly.


Sooo, eerie!


We've established this, right? I love ghosts: fake, real, and everything in between. 

Campfire stories!

YES. Give me all the campfire stories, please? My brother went on a camping trip, one of those overnight school trip things, when he was in fifth grade and there was this story his teacher told him about this guy who was lost in the woods and starving and licked himself, thought he tasted good, and ate himself. That's the first campfire story I remember hearing and if I could remember the full thing I'd tell you! Though, it's kind of gross, I know.

Horror movies!

There's something so awesome about horror movies, they can scare you but you can always pause and close your eyes, and yeah. LOVE them.

Horror books!

Come on, who doesn't want to scare themselves with a good creepy book before bed???

Being scared!

Okay, it's true. I am the biggest pansy in the world, I have proof, and real life type things terrify me. But I love to scare myself with books and movies, and going to the giant haunted house even if I yelp at every little thing.

Running out of ice cream...
I kid, I kid. this is the scariest thing on the list, of course I don't love it, it TERRIFIES ME.

So, do you like being scared? Just a little bit?

Also, we are in the last stretch! Check back tomorrow for another post and click here to see all the ones you've missed!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween 2015 #9: Book-ish Halloween Costume Ideas

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

Don't know what to dress as for Halloween? Have no money? I've kinda, a little bit, maybe, got you covered!

Why goes as something complicated when you could be:
An actual book!

Why be a witch/ghost/devil when you could be:
Halloween Costume: Katniss Everdeen |

Why be a character that wasn't killed off when you could be:
(too soon?)
"Divergent - Dauntless - The brave" by mockingaby on Polyvore:

Why be your own smart self when you could be the smartest person ever:
Just remember, don't get expelled, it's worse than death.
Frugal Fashionista: 5 Simple DIY Costumes | Her Campus:

Why wear black when you could be:
Sirius Black:
Get it? It's punny.

Why be anything when you could be:
ALWAYS, be Batman.

Or, go as yourself! The elusive book reader. Wear comfy shirts, some pajama bottoms, and slippers. Carry around a book, of course. And, on top of everything, when you inevitably get bored, YOU"LL HAVE A BOOK WITH YOU. You can even use it as an excuse to BUY A NEW BOOK! This is a winner, people.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

13 Posts Of Halloween #8: My Favorite Ghostly Hauntings

Yes, you read that right, my favorite ghosts/hauntings. And no, I'm not talking fictional book characters that are ghosts, I'm talking real ghosts.

Back story! So when I was like eleven I got super obsessed with ghosts. My brother had this book our grandma had given him, an encyclopedia of ghosts, and I started reading it, this was back before I became a full-fledged booknerd, I was a fledgling and LOVED scary stuff. I read Fear Street and Goosebumps nonstop. I forced my brothers to watch scary movies with me (I couldn't watch them alone!) and I really really wanted to see a real ghost. So I would take this book and read through it over and over again, eventually my brother just gave it to me and I bought various other ones. The point is, I've always loved ghosts and I basically studied that book so I do have a few favorite ghosts that are....rumoured I guess you'd say? to be real. They are as follows:

The Red Headed Hitchhiker Of Route 44:
The Red Headed Hitchhiker haunts Route 44 near Rehoboth Massachusetts and is a mysterious man usually seen walking down the street, trying to hitchhike, walking into the woods, or right in front of your car so that you appear to run him over. It's been said that if you let him in he'll have a nice casual ride with you before disappearing, wherein you will hear laughter or a voice taunting you through the radio. The part I've always been fascinated with is that apparently if you drive down this stretch of road with three people in the car and one empty seat the Red Headed Hitchhiker will appear in the empty seat...dun. dun. dun.

The Winchester House Of Mysteries:
In 1884 Sarah Winchester bought this 8 room house. By the time she died, she'd spent 38 years expanding the house. She designed everything herself, said to simply draw random blueprints on a piece of paper and give it to the workers. The mansion includes doors that go nowhere, ones that open on the second floor to nothing but air, and other weird shit. Why did she do this? Because she was cursed. Her whole family was. She was told to build a house for the spirits that had died due to the weapon her family created. If she ever stopped building she too would be killed by the curse.

Cool right? Unfortunately, when I went there, like five years ago now, you don't actually get to see any of the cool stuff, they don't even talk about it on the tour. =(

The Weeping Woman:
The Weeping Woman is said to spend most her time in New Mexico, skeletaly thin and forever wailing. People hear her cries and have even been pushed down the stairs by her (supposedly), so often in fact that many locals refuse to go near the building she's said to spend most her time in and around. The Weeping Woman, La Llorona, story has been going around forever, said to be the ghost of a woman who drowned her children and now spends her time searching for them, sobbing the whole time.

The White Lady:
The coolest part of this one is that it's not just one ghost, at least not anymore. All kinds of places around the world, even just multiple states here in the U.S., have different White Lady's who are said to haunt the road near where they had their fetal accidents. Some compare the white lady ghost to banshees, even. Popular themes include the woman having been wronged by her husband or boyfriend.

There's a bunch of different sightings depending on which one you're talking about. My favorite is one about a guy who ran her over when she came running out of a cemetery (in Connecticut, I think?), he freaked out thinking he'd hit something but when he got out of the car there was no body. There was however, a giant dent in his car.

All the ghosts/info appear in the following book:

The question is, do you believe in ghosts? There's not much I don't believe in so yes, I believe in ghosts. Not necessarily these ghosts or any of the ones I've read about, but I do, in general, believe in them.

*obviously, I could've gotten some "facts" wrong!

Friday, October 23, 2015

BBCP Get To Know Orange Team!

Team Orange.png

So if you don't know, BBCP is the mind child of Nori (ReadWriteLove28) and basically you signed up, got sorted into a team and then got to come up with a sort of group blogging project. I'm part of the awesome Team Orange, who's bragging rights include massive procrastination and getting the team name of Peeta's favorite color, among other things.

We threw some ideas around and ending up choosing to interview each other, so we can get to know each other and you can get to know us. My interview is up on Justin's blog today so you can check it out there and then hop around.

I'm featuring the awesome Alexandra of Twirling Pages. So let's get to the interview!

Introduce yourself!
hi!! I'm Alexandra and I blog at twirling pages.

What are your other hobbies outside of reading and blogging?
I'm currently training to be a professional ballet dancer, so I'm dancing when I'm not buried in books & blogging. I'm also still in school, so there's that. *sigh*

What do you do for a living?
BOOK GOBBLING. just kidding, here's my real answer: i'm still a student, but i hope to dance ballet for a living. *prances in circles*

How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for a little over a year; I began in September of 2014.

What made you want to start a book blog?
i originally started a bookstagram account and found many other bloggers on social media. before then, i didn't even know book blogging was a thing! at the time i wanted to start a book-tube, but didn't like the idea of showing my face online and talking to a video camera. when i found blogging as a platform, everything was perfect; i could share my love for books in a space that was MINEEEE.

Who are your blogging inspirations?
since i started, i've met so many amazing bloggers that are constantly inspiring me. however, the ones that made me want to start a blog in the first place hold a special place in my heart. they are...
... and so many more!

What has been your favorite or most memorable moment of book blogging?
it's hard for me to pinpoint a singular moment – book blogging is something that is constantly churning and growing with memories adding to each layer – but i'd have to say the first time i got an ARC from a publisher. it was a book i've been trying to get my hands on for ages. i sent in a request but didn't get a response, and gave up on the idea. then one day it showed up on my doorstep and i nearly burst from joy. i didn't think my blog would ever be "worthy" of books from publishers and unexpected packages. i guess it was that moment when i realized/thought, "I MADE IT."

What does blogging mean to you?
blogging is something that keeps me from bursting at the seams. while some people binge on netflix or go to a party, blogging is my way of relaxation. it's my way of taking a step back from life (which is dancing hours upon hours every day) and indulging in the other things that make me happy: sharing my love for books, and sharing it with people who UNDERSTAND.

What plans do you have for your blog in the future?
i don't have any detailed plans at the moment. i'm just hoping to continue blogging for as long as i can!

What advice or tips would you give to new bloggers?
don't get too caught up on stats or arcs, and don't try to compare yourself to other "big" bloggers. be friendly to others; be active in the community; create content that YOU want to read; and have fun! i remember obsessing over the small numbers my blog was attracting. this kind of stuff takes time. don't force it and let it go with the flow. (:

Is there anything you wish you would have known starting out that would have greatly helped you in your blogging journey?
blogging takes time. a lot of it. it's not something that just appears out of nowhere. when i first started, i didn't pace my time properly and fell behind on life because i was too busy trying to fix up my blog to make it look perfect. scheduling and staying organized is super important!

What was your gateaway book to reading?
CHARLOTTE'S WEB, by E.B. White! i distinctly remember this book labeling me as a "reader." after that was THE CLIQUE, by Lisi Harrison and THE LIGHTNING THIEF, by Rick Riordan. i became a bookworm, bibliophile, and fangirl from these novels.

Who is your favorite author?
gah, how do you expect me to choose only one? here are a few of my favorites: Alexandra Bracken, Rick Riordan, Sarah J Maas, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, Stephanie Perkins... this list is infinite.

What is/are your favorite book(s)?
this answer will constantly be changing and growing. here are some of my I-LOVE-THIS-SO-MUCH-I-COULD-CRY list: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, by Becky Albertalli (my review:; THE DARKEST MINDS SERIES, by Alexandra Bracken; THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green; PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS SERIES, by Rick Riordan

Favorite character(s)?
i'm fairly sure this question is harder to answer than the last because i'm SUCH a character snob. when i love a character, I LOVE A CHARACTER.
a few favorites: inej from SIX OF CROWS, by Leigh Bardugo; will herondale from THE INFERNAL DEVICES TRILOGY, by Cassandra Clare; gansey (and blue and ronan and adam and noah) from THE RAVEN CYCLE SERIES, by Maggie Stiefvater; percy jackson from PJO SERIES, by Rick Riordan; aelin galathynius from THRONE OF GLASS SERIES, by Sarah J Maas
(ohmygod you have NO IDEA how difficult that was.)

Favorite genre?
YA contemporary and YA fantasy! i also love fairy tale/myth-retellings!

What is an instant turn off in a book for you?
love triangles! also flat, two-dimensional characters. UGH, the worst.

Recommend some books that you think everyone should read!
THE LIGHTNING THIEF, by Rick Riordan. everyone needs a little percy jackson sass in their lives. (not even sorry that i mentioned this book for like, five of these questions HAH)

Here's the links to everyone's blogs if you want to check them out!
Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm

Thursday, October 22, 2015

13 Post Of Halloween 2015 #7: My Favorite Urban Legends

 13 Posts Of Halloween will be taking place all month here at The Story Goes... with 13 Halloween related posts!

By now, you've probably realized that I love Halloween and I love creepy things. So it makes sense that I love creepy urban legends. I've been known to spend hours on Google delving into some of the both well known, and not widely spread, legends. Basically, I am the worlds biggest wimp who loves to be scared.

I am only mildly ashamed to admit that I don't sleep well after watching a particularly scary movie and I never look at these things up in the dark. I am a bit ashamed to admit just how much I cowered behind my brother when we went to frightmare last year, which is a big haunted house attraction here. So, yeah. I love me the creepy things and these are a few of my favorite urban legends that I've stumbled across.

Also, I'm using the term "urban legend" loosely, most these are what would come up when searching for urban legends though, so that's good enough for me! They all link to other sites for more info and I'm using my own descriptions so I will more than likely get a few things off!

Bloody Mary:
I'm sure everyone has heard of this one but I still explain a bit about it. Obviously, there's lots of slightly different versions but here's a run down. Bloody Mary is the ghost that hides in the mirror, when she was alive she was said to kidnap and kill young girls, using their blood to keep her young. She was burned at the stake and now is said to kill anyone who stands in a darkened bathroom (usually with a candle) and chants her name three times. Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary...

This one is so cool but so creepy. Basically, the story goes that there was this guy who took a job doing a psychological experiment. Simplifying things, they had him in a room by himself, visualizing a second him that he talked to. This other version of him, his tulpa, was the voice in his head. He had to do this for hours on end, imagining the voice in his head as a real person, and eventually, he didn't have to will it into being. It was just there, acting on it's own. It talked to him, tortured him to him to do what it wanted. It was just always there, getting stronger, even when he tried to get it go away. If you want to be creeped out you must read the full story.

The Black Eyed Kids:
the gist of this one, don't let kids in your house/car/whatever, if you can't clearly see their eyes, okay? They always want in. They usually travel in pairs. And NO ONE knows what happens if you let them in.

Candle Cove:
Basically, Candle Cove was this old show that most people had forgotten about until someone mentioned it on a forum, something they vaguely remember and then it kind of blew up from there. It included a villain called the Skin Taker. Anyway, the creepy part was that no one was ever sure this show actually aired. Then, came the story of one guy who asked his mom if she remembered, she replied with something along the lines of: yes, you used to beg me to watch it, then you'd sit right in front of the tv and proceed to watch nothing but static for thirty minutes. Creepy, am I right?

The Midnight Game:
Again, not exactly a urban legend. The Midnight Game reminds me a bit of Bloody Mary but basically, you do this ritual and invite the "Midnight Man" into your house. You start at midnight and you play the creepiest version of hide and seek until 3:33am. If you survive till then, you win. But, twist, there's nothing to say the Midnight Man has left.

The Russian Sleep Experiment:
Another experiment...some of the creepiest. This one involved 5 (I believe) individuals who were put in a room that was filled with this gas that would keep them awake for a full month without sleep. They "lasted" about 15 days. I don't want to go into details because it's gruesome but I highly recommend reading through it, my brothers best friend played this one for us and lets just say I stopped trying to force myself to go on so little sleep.

And lastly....

Ben Drowned:
This one's cool, it's a gamer creepypasta and follows the story of a copy of Legend Of Zelda Majora's Mask. A haunted copy that is rummored to house the ghost of Ben. Errie enough on it own I think, so I'll leave it up to you to read the rest as you really need the full story.

Why did I finish researching and writing this post in the middle of the night? I haven't been sleeping as is and now I'll be up all night convinced the Midnight Man is after me! Help!
In other news, stayed tuned for a post about my favorite ghosts, yes I have favorites ghost and no they aren't from YA books or movies.
Do you have any favorite legends? Share them below, please!

Monday, October 19, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015 IS COMING! What am I going to write????? Beautiful Books #1

Beautiful Books is a version of Cait and Sky's Beautiful People. It's a monthly link up for writers, normally we talk about our characters but for three months for NaNo it's all about the BOOKS! Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo or not, whether currently thinking about writing something or actually writing it, I highly recommend linking up with them as it is loads of fun!

So I did these link ups last year on my old writing blog and I've done a few random Beautiful people's here when I've felt like. But I'm super excited that Cait and Sky have brought back the NaNoWriMo inspired Beautiful Books!

So, obviously I'm doing NaNoWriMo next month.... was there ever any doubt? It there was, you most be new, so I'll just let you know that I'm obsessed with NaNoWriMo and it's basically my favorite thing ever (besides books). This will be my third year of November NaNoWriMo, I can't believe it's been so long. I feel like an entirely different person from the timid me that f*cked up her first NaNo novel even if she did technically win. That, with my three Camp Sessions, means this is my SIXTH NaNo all together! 6!

Okay okay, on to the questions! You do want to know what I'll be working on, right?

How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? Hmm, I don't remember exactly how I came up with the novel but I think my initial thought was something along the lines of, what would it be like to not be able to talk? And it spawned from there. I don't remember the exact date but it was actually during/around NaNoWriMo last year that I first came up with this novel (as far as I remember). So it's been...brewing for a while now.

Why are you excited to write this novel? It's really my first straight up love story, I'd classify my novel Friendzone as a love story but not quite as much as this. With this novel, everything revolves around the romance. Also, it's a little bit of a tragic love story at that. That's exciting to me. Plus I'm playing around a lot with writing style with this one which I'm so excited for. Mostly though I'm just excited to finally write it!

What is your novel about, and what is the title?
It's about two very hurt and broken characters falling in love (and all the ups and downs), there's also some almost magical aspects, a battle of the bands, and various side characters who are almost as messed up and broken as the main characters. There are more interesting aspects (especially involving the MCs but I don't want to give all the good stuff away! I'm guarding it like a secret!)

It's called Alternate Ways Of Communication.

Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)*

Liana: Lost.

Noel: Obsessed.

Nessa: Fun.

Jen: Thoughtful.

Pearce: Hurt.

Which character(s) do you think will be your favorite to write? Tell us about them!
Definitely Noel and Liana, it's their story after all. But also Nessa, I think will be lots of fun. Mostly though I'm really excited to write Noel, he's a very complicated character who I'm already in love with.

What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Well, Noel's main goal is to win battle of the bands and prove that nothing in his life has changed since his accident. Lots of stuff stands in his way, his hurting best friend, his concerned girlfriend(kind of ex, it's complicated), and his parents who just want to help him. More than anything though, he stands in his own way.

Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
A fictional town in Maine.

What is the most important relationship your character has?
I don't want to say each other, but it does end up that way. I'm going to say for Liana it's either her Uncle Hal or her best friend Nessa. For Noel...hmm. His sister Kimmie or his kind of ex-girlfriend Jen.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Liana definitely gets much more sure of herself and kind of learns a lot about who she is and who she wants to be and all that good stuff. Not a ton of drastic changes but some. Noel will, I think, kind of calm down and learn to be okay with himself and who he is.

What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Love. Pain. LIFE. Relationships of all kinds. Between kids and parents (good ones and bad), friends, siblings, romantic obviously. Mostly I want readers to just have felt SOMETHING for the characters. I want them to be a little irritated with the open ending but also hopeful for the characters and their future.

BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month

1. Get ahead early! Even just a thousand words ahead for a couple days, build up a reserve so if you miss a day or two in the second or third week you don't fall behind.

2. Don't stress if you fall behind! You CAN ALWAYS CATCH UP. No matter what you can catch up, I swear. You just have to pace yourself. If you're three thousand behind don't sit down to write 3k in a row. Write a thousand, take a break. Write a thousand, take a break. Before you know it you'll have caught up!

3. Have FUN and don't stress about word count. Some people win really fast or they just keep writing and writing and writing. But that doesn't mean you're failing because you haven't won by the second week. Even if it's the last week, your 20k behind and know you won't win, as long as you're having fun and getting some words written, you haven't failed. NaNo's just as much about having fun and getting inspired to finish your story as it about having that 50k word count.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Can I convince you with promises of cookies and that I get funnier the more I write, I swear? Even if you aren't doing NaNo tell me what awesomeness you have planned for next month!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith Review + Interview * GIVEAWAY

by Lindsay Smith
Release date: Oct. 6, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Link

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
*I received this book from the publisher/author through Netgalley and Sunday Street Team to review honestly*

My Rating:


Can we start with the cover? Because it's a work of beauty. I would hang that on my wall, no lie.

More importantly! This book. Oh, I loved this book. I am fascinated by anything to do with dreams (though they also kind of freak me out) and a YA fantasy book about dreams? That's really all I knew about it, but it was enough!

Livia is a dreamstrider, the only one as far as she knows. This means she can go into the dream world, called Oneiros, which only select few (mainly the priests to the Dreamer) can do. What's even more unusual is that she can dreamstride, take over other people's bodies in the real world while they dream. This makes Livia the perfect spy -- or it should at least.

I have to say what really made me love this book so much is the world. I've never read anything like it, everything little thing felt new and unique. I loved the idea that their god (basically) was the Dreamer and their devil (again, basically) was Nightmare. Just, think about that for a moment, how can it not intrigue you?

Dreamstrider really brings it with its amazing world and premise. There's secrets, deception, greed, lots of bad things, and so much espionage! I'm not the biggest fan of espionage/political fantasy type books but I was so intrigued by the world and plot, so in love with the characters, I completely forgot that it wasn't my favorite thing.

The characters! Ah, as if I didn't love enough about this book already. Livia is not your average main character who's the chosen one and good at everything. As far as she can tell, she's not really good at much. Even Dreamstridering. She's convinced the Dreamer gave her this gift for a reason but she's also plagued with doubts and memories of all her past failures. She's flawed and uncertain and such a well-written character.

I admit, I have a ship or two, not going to say who but there's plenty of moments for subtle swooning. The romance never takes over the plot and there isn't even a wisp of insta love.

I'm having a hard time writing a coherent review... Just know you should go and read it as soon as possible okay?

I know what you're thinking, if I loved this so much, why the half star? Well, I did love it and once I got into it I was really into it. I wanted to drown myself in this world and characters. But parts were slow and it dragged just a little in the beginning and middle. And for once I wanted the romance to pick up, okay!?

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It's a great fantasy novel and I was not disappointed by the dream related things that I was so looking forward to. Highly recommended!


1. What three words would you use to describe Dreamstrider?
Dreams. Nightmares. Hope.

2. What inspired you to write Dreamstrider?
Dreamstrider is a mix of so many things for me! It’s about the process of turning dreams into reality, and finding your way in life. I wrote it at a time when I was struggling with that process myself, and the imperfect way real life has of playing out, and the fact we have to go on despite that. I’m also always drawn to thrillers heavy on the political intrigue, and vast, wild fantasy worlds, so the story naturally manifested that way for me. And Livia--I wanted a character who isn’t a chosen one, who isn’t certain and confident in her abilities, and struggles with meeting the expectations that have been placed on her. I wanted to give her a chance to upend those tropes.

3. Do you have a favorite character to write?
The scenes with Marez and Kriza were always really fun to write, because they get to poke at Livia’s insecurities and her stuffiness. Vera, too, was always a blast. I enjoyed writing her so much that I gave her a short story of her own called “Kingmaker,” which will be published on on September 22nd. 

*check out Kingmaker here!

4. Do you have a favorite scene or chapter in Dreamstrider?
There’s a quiet moment right at the end of Part I, where Livia and Brandt are sitting on the Ministry’s rooftop, watching something terrible but necessary play out on the city square below them. They don’t realize it at the time, but it’s a big turning point for both their characters, and the story, as well, and I love seeing what should be this easy, comforting moment twist into something bitter and terrifying for them both.

5. If you had to pick a theme song for Dreamstrider what would it be?
That’s a tough one! I think there are a lot of good options on the The Fragile album by Nine Inch Nails. “The Day the Whole World Went Away” is good for signifying the way Livia moves between the dreamworld and the real world, and the frightening disruptions that happen in both of them. And “The Fragile” really speaks to Livia’s personality and struggles. I tend to listen to epic wordless music when I’m writing, though, so a lot of dramatic Tchaikovsky symphonies and movie soundtracks (including, yes, Inception) went into the writing of Dreamstrider.


About the author:

Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the forthcoming YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children's). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.