Sunday, February 28, 2016

SST: Symptoms Of Being Human review + GIVEAWAY!

Song Of The Moment- Victorious by Panic! At The Disco

22692740Symptoms Of Being Human
by Jeff Garvin
Release date: 2.2.16
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

I received an advanced copy of this book to review honestly

My Rating:

Review:

Quick synopsis: Riley is gender fluid. Which if you don't know means somedays Riley wakes up feeling more like a boy, sometimes a girl, and sometimes kind of just hovering between. Riley has anxiety attacks. Riley starts a blog to talk about being gender fluid and ease some of his/her turbulent feelings. Riley is not out to his/her family yet. Riley's dad is a congressman.

First thing I loved about this novel was that the author did such a good job with explaining what exactly being gender fluid means. I knew going into but I understand it so much better now and I feel the author handled it all really well. This is another one of those books that's just so IMPORTANT but sadly, the lack of plot got to me by the end and stopped me from 100% loving it.

So the big thing in this book is the Riley says in the beginning: The first thing you're going to want to know about me is am I a boy or am I a girl? And I applaud the author for taking on this question, for never revealing what gender Riley was born, and having Riley confront the question a lot when it comes to other people but... I get the point of never revealing their gender, it's not needed, it defeats the purpose of the book. The author says in the acknowledgments something along the lines of wanting people to forget to think boy or girl and just see RILEY. Which I did for about a quarter of the book. I got really into this novel and I admit at first I was looking for signs to figure out what gender Riley was born and then I stopped and just saw Riley and didn't care anymore and then...I got bored.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Oh the amazing characters: First obviously you have Riley and loved everything about Riley for the most part. Sometimes Riley was kind of repetitive and  annoying but I just felt so much for this character. Then you have Bec, I have a love/hate relationship with her because she...I don't know I just didn't like her but she's still an amazingly developed character. Then you have Solo who I loved and wanted more or and the point is this book has all the amazing characters. 

The writing flows so well and drags you in. Riley's voice is clear and gripping. 

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

Okay so I really loved and enjoyed this book for the most part. At times, Riley annoyed me because things just got so repetitive and it felt like we weren't moving forward at all which brings me to my main gripe. I'm not the kind of person who NEEDS some big fancy plot in contemporary, I love contemporary that's character driven. BUT I think because I started getting annoyed with Riley half way through, and because Riley was really quite selfish at times -- After having like one conversation each with Solo and Bec Riley felt like they owed him/her? -- And Riley just wasn't really... Like even though it became Riley's main goal to help other lgtb+  teenagers I never got over feeling like they did it to make their self feel better. Riley was selfish. And because I got to that point I wasn't okay with the lack of plot. Riley wasn't working up the courage to come out, Riley wasn't working towards really anything. Just living life day to day and trying to blend in.

That's not to say there wasn't character growth there was a ton and I loved Riley at the beginning and end, but towards the middle it was just wandering around and I was bored. So, in the end, what really got to me was the lack of plot. It made the middle boring and the end not as impactful as I would've liked.

Overall: I really did enjoy reading this, I flew through it. Yes, I was annoyed with Riley through half the book but that's because like any character he/she was flawed. I would've liked a stronger plot, I think it would've really made this book go from being good to great but I still recommend it as is.

GIVEAWAY!



About the Author:
Before becoming a novelist, Jeff Garvin acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California, surrounded by adorable, shedding beasts.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Soundtrack Saturday #1: Symptoms Of Being Human



Soundtrack Saturday is a weekly meme created by Erin @ Hardcover Lover that I have been meaning to do FOREVER! I love music and I use to love making playlists for books so I mean, this was created for people like me! I won't promise to do this every week but I want to try to link up once or twice a month at least!

So, for those of you who don't know, Soundtrack Saturday is where you create a playlist based on a book you're currently reading or have recently read. =) Erin has all the information here if you're interested and make sure to check out her playlists, they are always awesome!


I recently read Symptoms Of Being Human by Jeff Garvin and maybe it was because I started listening to the newest Panic! At The Disco album right before reading it but for some reason those songs stick out in my head as going with this book. Along with some Fall Out Boy oh and The Killers. So, the MC Riley is a music lover, mainly of older 80s/90s Pop, so I also included some of that here, um, Pixies, Ramones, The Police, two bands mentioned a lot in the book. The Bad Religion is for Bec another character in the book. Besides that it's just songs that stood out to me as fitting the novel and character of Riley.



(sorry the playlist is kind of a mess, I got carried away. Also, I just used Spotify because it's easy and fun.)



22692740About the book:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

via Goodreads


What are you currently reading? Listening to? I want to know! Also, have you read Symptoms Of Being Human, thoughts?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Beautiful People #3: The Ship

PAPERFURY

Beautiful People is a meme created by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. The meme's for writers to share all about their characters! It's super fun, find out all about it here.


Okay, I love the different editions Sky and Cait come up with, with this month being couple-y for valentines day, but my go-to couple...well I realized I actually used them last year for a couple-y one and then it's kinda pointless to use them again. BUT then I thought, I wrote their story like eight months after that post, back then it was still a very new idea for me so...how have they evolved and grown??? Plus, I’m going to edit their novel soon so it’s probably good to refresh my memory of their couple-y-ness.


Therefore I bring you yet again: Noel and Liana from Alternate Ways Of Communication


  1. How did they first meet? Oh, okay, so they had a few run ins but they officially met at Noel's family’s welcome party. They just moved to town to give Noel a change of scenery and Noel and Lee's parents were roommates in college so they all have dinner together that first night. It's very awkward and fun when they first met, um, Noel kind of accidently insults her and I believe he hits his head on a wall at some point too (also an accident).
  2. What were their first impressions of each other? Oh, Lee thought Noel was pretty stupid and rude. Noel thought the same thing then he realized that he was the idiot.
  3. How long have they been a couple? Um...not long at all considering they just met in the beginning of the book. And um, "couple" is used loosely throughout their whole story.
  4. How committed/loyal are they to each other? Would they break up over a secret or a disagreement? Could stress drive them apart? Would they die for each other? Oh jeez. So, um, complicated. They are loyal, extremely loyal, especially Noel...and Lee what am I talking about? BUT they would probably break up for a stupid reason (maybe they even do), stress could drive them apart, and yet they would die for each other.
  5. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!) Noel knows: 1. That Liana loves soda because her parents have never allowed her to have it. 2. Liana loves coffee strong but with lots of sugar and cream. 3. That just because she’s from Hawaii doesn’t mean she eats copious amounts of Spam, in fact, she despises it. 4. Not exactly a food thing, but she hates eating around people and especially hates going out to eat. 5. Her favorite snack is Gummy Bears and she eats them in a certain order: red, green, yellow, orange, then white. Um, Liana knows: 1. Noel likes strong black coffee. 2. He’s also a sucker for any kind of iced coffee with lots of sugary goodness. 3. He likes lemon in his tea. 4. He doesn’t drink soda only water. 5. He hates eating around people ever since losing his sight.
  6. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship? Yup. Definitely. Mainly Lee's mom. But also Noel's ex Jen (not because she wants to be with Noel she doesn't, but because she thinks Lee is too good for him).
  7. What would be an ideal date? Hmm... Probably just hanging out and listening to music? Enjoying each others company. Doing something quiet with just the two of them. Possibly hunting fairies?
  8. What are their personality dynamics? Similar? Contrasting? Do they fight a lot or mesh perfectly? They fight a lot and definitely contrasting. Noel is loud and wild and slightly insane while Liana is none of those things. they also disagree and are very different when it comes to their musical tastes which is a big part of their story.
  9. What have been their best and worst moments together as a couple? Spoilers but... For worst let’s say when Noel overthought everything and ruined lots of things. Best would probably be when they finally perfected the song they were writing together, it was a good moment for them.
  10. Where do they see themselves and their relationship in the next few years? Who the hell knows??? I’m hoping they’re still together and they are like my OTP, okay? But neither of them is really good at the whole thinking forward thing, it kind of scares the shit out of both of them (Noel most of all).


Okay, leave me links to your posts please! Also, who is your favorite couple you've written? Your writerly OTP?

Monday, February 22, 2016

#Review Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld



18367581Afterworlds

by Scott Westerfeld
Release date: 9.23.14
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA Contemporary/paranormal
Goodreads Link

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… 
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.


My Rating:

Review:

THIS IS COMPLICATED. So, I'm sure most of you have seen the meh reviews this got when it came out back in 2014, I say most of you because it was actually pretty hyped from what I remember. And oh my god, I've been dying to get and read it. So when I finally bought it (thanks to it's super cheap price on Book Outlet!) I dived in almost immediately. Now, I knew most people didn't *love* it. It had a lot of meh reviews, some more than meh and some less than meh but I still wanted to love it so bad! And... =(

Okay. Afterworlds is two stories. The first is about Darcy and is contemporary. The second is about Lizzy, and is the actual Afterworlds novel that was written by Darcy and is paranormal. Are you with me? Okay. Good.

So I kind of thought aspects of this were different than they are. When I first heard of it I thought Darcy was trying to get her book published not already had a giant book deal. I thought the two stories would tie in more and I didn't think the actual Afterworlds side would be so...paranormal/romance/ghosty. I don't know why but I didn't. Still. I guess I thought it was more fantasy? My own fault but just so you know, it's not. It's ghosts and paranormal and mostly romance.

Let's start with plot... Plot, what plot? Seriously there seemed to be next to no plot in both sides of this story. You have Darcy, who just got a big fat publishing deal. I'm gonna be nitpicky and say how much it bugs me that YA books with teenage writers always make it sound so easy and it drives me crazy. Darcy wrote her book in one month -- that's perfectly reasonable. But then she immediately landed an agent and a publishing deal without even rewriting and that ANNOYS me. Mostly this is frustrating because everything else about Darcy's writing career seems so realistic and this one thing just drove me insane.

But, okay, whatever. But then...Darcy was really, really, REALLY naive. And stupid. I mean the girl moves to New York without having somewhere to live??? Even just her life, the idea that you could write a book in one month not edit it or anything, query one agent and have a publishing deal within like 17 days? That's like a child's dreams it's so juvenile. Then you move to New York with NOWHERE TO LIVE. Find the perfect uber expensive apartment because you can see yourself writing there and it's like...everything was too perfect. There was no conflict or plot to her side of the story. She had no real personality, I didn't even feel like she loved writing even though it was apparently her lifelong dream. She just had "the perfect life", the perfect everything with no real consequences. And her side was my FAVORITE of the two.

As for the novel inside the novel, the actual Afterworlds, well let's just say something I thought was a side storyline ended up being the full plot. I just felt like throughout the whole thing I was waiting for things to start with both sides of the story. I was waiting for the plot and fun to begin and it didn't. That's not to say there was no plot, there was it just wasn't drawn out and developed enough. I didn't like Lizzy very much, I didn't like the love interest and honestly, I skimmed. I did. I got bored. So I skimmed.

Now comes the confliction because I DID LIKE THIS BOOK. I HATED it but I also really liked it. Despite it being a 600 page monstrosity for the most part, until the last 150 t0 200 pages, I was really enjoying reading it. Then I realized that it was never going to get better than it was and was just over it.

I just didn't connect with any of the characters, I wanted more out of the Afterworlds side, and a real plot for the Darcy side. I really just think there was too much for one book, having two stories it was clear the author couldn't dive far enough into either story without making it impossibly too long and I just didn't love it. I'm glad I read it but I can't really think of anything to put in the pro column of this review.


Would I Recommend This? Um...no.
Who To? Writers if anyone!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe?

What's the last book that you read and knew was a horrible book, thought was a horrible book, but also kind of enjoyed? Does anyone else have one of those!

Friday, February 19, 2016

What I'm Watching

So um, I watch a lot of Tv. I also go to the movies a lot because $5 movie night, okay? Anyway, so I thought it might be fun to show with you all what I've been watching and am currently obsessed with.


Movies I've Recently Seen/Am Obsessed With:

Deadpool


I literally saw this like last night but I LOVED it. I am not one for R-rated movies, I'm squeamish, I'm a borderline prude and so yeah, but I mean, Deadpool. I love comics, in case you didn't know that. I love superhero movies, and nothing is better than an anti-hero okay? And no anti-hero is better than the merc with a mouth. It's funny and I mean, not terribly like graphic and whatnot.

The DUFF


Okay, I know this came out last year but um, I watch it ALL THE TIME. I enjoyed the book and the movie is nothing like it besides keeping the same characters and kind of overall meaning but I LOVE this movie SO. MUCH.

Pan


Okay, again came out last year and I mean, it's a terrible movie. Horrible. The acting is okay, the dialogue sucks, and, at one point, they're in Neverland and they all break out in Nirvana... Um, what? But I LOVE TERRIBLE MOVIES. This is one of the best terrible movies, okay?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


I've seen this 3 times and then I was cut off (by my brother who is a bigger Star Wars fan than me and that's just bullshit). Okay, so it has problems (the amount of times I've discussed this with my brothers is insane) but I love it so much. I was so excited to go to my first Star Wars midnight showing (that was actually before midnight because apparently we don't do midnight showings anymore???) and I loved it the first time I saw it. And I loved it the second time I saw it. And I loved it the third time I saw it. And I really want to see it again but keep getting out voted. =( Also, um, Stormpilot. Yeah, if you don't know it's a ship that... Sigh. I know it probably won't actually be a thing in the movies but I ship it so much.

TV Shows I'm Currently Obsessed With:

Daredevil


My brother and I just binge watched season 1, we'd been holding off even though Daredevil is one of my favorite comic book characters EVER. And we finally watched it in like three nights and it's everything I wanted it to be. Obviously, I'd heard a lot of things about it, they were all true. I was not disappointed and I'm already obsessively counting down days until the next season!

Shadowhunters 


Okay, so, on the one hand, I think a lot about this show is horrible. I don't know if it's the acting or the writing and dialogue but parts are just horrendous, in my opinion. I also think it has a problem with pace (how many days have passed between episode 1 and where we are now?) and explaining things (what's with the Clave and...everything?). Some of the time the characters are just so stupid (how is no one noticing Simon's turning into a vampire??? He can jump over walls suddenly and Clary's just all, oh cool). BUT, I'm addicted. Mostly because Malec. And just Alec in general. Also, because I'm once again being sucked into this world even though I've clawed my way out so many times (I've gone through a major love/hate relationship with the books). Anyways, I definitely love it, I think. Partly because Malec, partially because I love bad TV. But, yeah, Malec is OTP so...


Gilmore Girls 


When have I not been obsessed with this show? Never. I started watching it when I was...9? And now there's going to be MORE! I got so excited about it that for like the thirtieth time I've started watching it all the way through again.

Other shows I'm still into: The 100 (I'm behind like 3 episodes, don't shoot! My brother and I are used to binge watching it so we're letting it pile up a little). Supernatural. Vampire Diaries. Big Bang Theory (of course!). The Flash and Arrow (I'm like a season behind on both but working on catching up!). And other things I'm blanking on right this second.

OKAY. Your turn! What shows are you currently watching/obsessing over? Someone please talk Shadowhunters with me!!! I know there's confliction in the fandom over whether it's amazing or sucks but can we at least all agree that Malec is still OTP???? Any movies you've seen recently? Let's chat!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Writing Confessions: The Oxford Comma




Confession...

I'm...

PRO Oxford Comma.


What is the Oxford comma?

Why does it matter?

IT IS EVERYTHING.


EVERYTHING I TELL YOU.


The 'Oxford comma' is an optional comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list: We sell books, videos, and magazines. It's known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press.
- from Oxford Dictionaries.com


Why do people care?

BECAUSE. If you don't care you eat your Grandma!

If you don't care then your parents are Hello Kitty and Spongebob:

Without Oxford comma: I invited my parents, Hello Kitty and Spongebob.

With Oxford comma: I invited my parents, Hello Kitty, and Spongebob.

So why do I CARE???

The Oxford comma saves lives. That's why.



Okay, I confessed, your turn: are you pro-Oxford comma? Or you know, something else weighing on you that you'd like to confess? Do you *gasp* *looks around nervously* *whispers* not use the Oxford comma?

Monday, February 15, 2016

#Review The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Song Of The Moment- Boom by Simple Plan

18982137The Trouble With Destiny
by Lauren Morrill
Release date: Dec. 2015
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA contemporary
Goodreads

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey... 
With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize. 
Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.
But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea. 


My Rating:


Review:

I've read both Meant To Be and Being Salone Jacobs by Lauren Morrill, both of which I loved and The Trouble With Destiny will not disappoint any fans of this author. Like her other books, The Trouble With Destiny is a fun fluff book that will make you laugh and cringe simultaneously.

Liza Sanders is a bit of a control freak and her life revolves around her school band. So, when she finds out they're running out of funding she knows she'll do anything to save the band. Enter the spring break cruise where they'll be competing to win the money that could save them. Only, Liza doesn't want anyone else to know why it's so important to win and while she's trying to make sure everyone else stays focused she ends up distracted herself.

I know this doesn't have the best reviews and I can see why. A lot of this books points are cliche, right down to the popular ex-best friend and liking the guy who's a jerk and hating the guy who appears to be a jerk but is actually nice. Even Liza, our mc, she's the girl who over plans everything and is too high strung and yadda yadda yadda. Yes. Those are all downsides and at moments a lot of this book is predictable but I mean, it's not supposed be some big mystery. It's supposed to be fun, make you laugh and maybe swoon a little on the way out. So while it's not the best fluffy contemporary I've ever read and while a good chunk isn't very original it still achieved its ultimate goal of being a fun book to sit down and read real quickly while avoiding real life. 

I loved the side characters and the writing. I liked how it was set on a cruise ship though some parts were a little too...convenient, when it came to the ship breaking down. I didn't love the romance... It wasn't bad but I didn't ship it either. I did enjoy reading this one, it just had a lot of cliche factors that stopped me from completely loving it.

Overall I really enjoyed this one even if I could've done without some of the drama. Recommended highly to lovers of the fluffier of contemporaries!


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Fluffy contemporary lovers
Will I read more from this author? Yes.







Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Word Wednesday #2

A brand new feature here at The Story Goes...! This is where I shall share an interesting word every other Wednesday as a self-proclaimed logophile (a lovely word if I do say so myself). Along with each word I'll include a book I associate with that word!


sem·pi·ter·nal (sempəˈtərnl / adj.) 1. Eternal and unchanging; everlasting. "His writings have the sempiternal youth of poetry.": Sempiternal:
adjective
  1. eternal and unchanging; everlasting.

I mean, I love the word everlasting but this? So much better. Think about it, instead of saying "My love for chocolate is everlasting", you could say, "My love for chocolate is sempiternal". Way more elegant, am I right? My love for chocolate is eternal and unchanging... Yup. Sounds right.

(oh, it's also the title of a Bring Me The Horizon album)

The book that comes to mind first to associate with sempiternal has to be Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Granted, that could be just because I have it on my mind while writing this post but for some reason it just seems to fit.

Don't forget to share your favorite words down below! Let's play a game, tell me the first thing you picture/think of when you hear the word Sempiternal!
(I think chocolate!)

*I do not own the pic it links to the source on Pinterest!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Hall Of Forgotten Features

Am I the only one who tends to create a ton of features all the time and then kind of just...completely neglects them???

Cause I've done that a lot.

I always come up with new ideas for different features and I love features, I just have a hard time remembering to actually post them. Hense why I've done exactly one ship post (Ships I Ship and Ships I Don't Ship) since this time last year.

In the process of going through my 300+ drafts (yes, I really have that many draft posts, some are from like three years ago! Send help!) I started thinking about all the features I've neglected over the years and which ones I will probably not get back to for a long long time if ever. Therefore, I bring you the:

First up, from the year 2014 we have: Fangirls Spotlight where I would pick an author/book series, usually self-published or indie published and I would feature it for one month with posts like reviews, interviews, and guest posts plus a giveaway to try to spotlight authors and books I thought deserved more credit.

First posted: May 2014

Last posted: September 2014

Reason for stopping: Honestly, I didn't mean to stop this, I took a break after September that was only supposed to last until the new year and then the next time I remember even thinking about it was the end of the last year and then it was a fleeting thought of how much my blog had changed. Um, it was just a lot of work and I got more series about writing last year and was just too busy to continue, I also had an author completely fall through and screw my plans one month which I let discourage me way too much.

Will it ever return: I mean, I would kind of like to bring it back one day but I would only do that if I knew for sure I'd be able to put enough time into it to do it right.


Next! Fangirls Anonymous. This was a sporadic not really a feature feature. I did it around the same time as fangirls spotlight. I wrote the most ridiculous posts for this! It was obviously all about fangirling and the most random things I assure you. I mean, I think I ever did one about Ed Sheeran? What even.

First posted: No idea.

Last posted: Around September 2014, I think?

Reason for stopping: I don't think I really stopped, it wasn't something I did regularly. Again I kind of forgot about it and just didn't have anything to write for it.

Will it ever return: Um, maybe? If I'm feeling like writing another ridiculous post then definitely!


#AmWriting Random Inspiration Something I started last year and then just...stopped. I would share inspiring quotes and things!

First posted: 2015

Last posted: November 2015

Reason for stopping: Um, again, just happened.

Will it ever return: Probably not. Just because I have a schedule now and there's no room for it and I'm starting a Tumblr for writing and I'll probably just do something like it there.




Bookish Mind Control! I loved this one! It was where I'd share one of my favorite series/books that's maybe a little underrated and try to convince you all to read it! I posted like...once.

First posted: Early 2015

Last posted: ^dido

Reason for stopping: I was super busy and just never had time last year! I gave up on all the features cause I didn't have time to create the posts. =(

Will it ever return: YES. Definitely, I will come back with this as soon as I can.



Writing Confessions: Where I confess things about writing! Like that I'm pro oxford comma. I have a problem where I'm an optimist and dear god do plots hate me.

First posted: September 2015

Last posted: October 2015

Reason for stopping: Um, again, busy!

Will it ever return:  YES. I PROMISE. You know those 300+ drafts I mentioned? At least five are Writing Confession posts!




Ships I Ship/ Ships I Don't Ship: You know the drill, I mention it all the time. This is where I feature a couple or "ship" that I do or do not ship and then go into great detail why.

First posted: September 2014

Last posted: November 2015 (after like eight months without one)

Reason for stopping: Okay, I started this forever ago, and it was a one-time thing. Then people loved it and I loved it so I continued, it was originally just Ships I DON'T Ship. The beginning of 2015 I added Ships I Do Ship/My OTPS and revamped the posts. I posted like one of each and then...I didn't have inspiration to write them. No ship stood out to me as one I NEEDED to write about. So I just kept letting it go and go and go. I didn't mean to stop!

Will it ever return: YES!!!! Last month I finally opened to guest shippers (you can sign up here if you're interested) and I'm so excited to get back into these posts. I feel super bad because I haven't emailed anyone about them yet or assigned dates but as soon as I'm done with my editing later this month I am going to get on top of this. I have a couple posts planned and I'm finally going to organize everything and with any luck by the end of March I'll officially have my first guest shipper post up! I would like to apologize real fast for not getting back to anyone about this, again I've just beem super busy. <3 <3


Features I'm still actually currently posts: Word Wednesday and On Repeat... So, two. I'm awesome.

Okay, this took longer than I thought. Tell me, are there any features you neglect? Do you have  a problem where you try to create too many features??? Is there such a thing as too many features?Is there a feature you've given up on?  Lastly, which of mine would you most want to see come back?




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On Repeat #3: Janurary 2016

This is a new feature where once a month I will share the top ten songs I've had on repeat!


For this month's On Repeat I decided to share a playlist of songs that really inspired the book I'm working on. Mostly because that's what's been on repeat all month and because everything else I've had on repeat is just a repeat (haha see what I did there?) of the last two months. Also, today I was supposed to post something writing related and ha, I did.



A few thoughts on specific songs:


The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies:

This is one of the first songs I added to the playlist for this book way back in November 2014, and it's funny only because it took me until like August of 2015 to figure out this was my books theme song. There was something on Twitter about the theme song to your current WIP and I spent like two days trying to figure it out and then it kind of hit me over my head. This is the song I put on repeat anytime I get stuck on a scene or when I just really need to concentrate on this book.

Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy:

True story, I used to hate Fall Out Boy (strange only because they are now like my favorite band ever). But when I started planning out this book one of the first things that came to me was that one of the main characters loved music and their favorite band was Fall Out Boy. So I listened to a TON of Fall Out Boy, I even went to see them the week after I finished writing the first draft.

Where'd You Go by Fort Minor

I'd just been to a Linkin Park concert right before I decided to write this book so Linkin Park and Fort Minor songs played a big part in inspiring me while I developed the idea.

Numb by Linkin Park

This is basically my MC's theme song throughout most of the book.


Your turn! What songs have you recently had on repeat??

Monday, February 1, 2016

Retelling The Story #13 January Update



Mention Pottermore

How the HECk has a month already passed of 2016???

Real Life:

Okay, so I had a few goals for the month and I did most of them? First, I didn't quite post as much as I was hoping but I did post 10 times, so that's not completely horrible? I wanted to read 10 books and read 9 and a half, again, that's not bad and I'm okay with it. I also wanted to get some writing done which I did! And will go into detail about below!



I bought lots of books after being so good about my two books a month limit last year and I also organized my real life TBR...I have 150+ books on it, if you're curious.



Also, I took a week break from writing and editing to celebrate finishing a round of revisions and spent that time working on perfecting my cupcake recipe. I'm happy with my chocolate cupcakes themselves but not with the icing yet. It's hard to perfect certain things when using Splenda (I make everything sugar free).




I went through a...funk. When it comes to writing and just...everything. It was bad but I'm better now.




Oh, and I took the Pottermore quiz again, to be sorted into my Hogwarts house, I'm a Gryffindor still. I've taken like a million quizzes and always get Gryffindor and why is this a problem you ask??? Because, in my heart I KNOW I am a Hufflepuff!



Blog:

So at the beginning of the month I opened sign ups for my Ships I Ship and Ships I Don't Ship feature and I am still doing this, I'm just trying to figure a few little things out. If you want to sign up I set up a page here where you can find the form and I should be emailing people next week with the info and post dates and everything. Just please bare with me, I've never done anything like this before! And I've been procrastinating and putting it off!

Besides that, I'm back on track with my posting three times a week schedule. Where I post reviews on Mondays, writing posts Wednesday, and fun bookish posts Fridays! (except when two times in a row I messed up my scheduling and didn't notice until it was too late...). Here's some of my favorite posts from recently if you missed them:

- I started a new feature called Word Wednesday
- I reviewed Bookishly Ever After and The Shadow Queen (and others that I don't feel like linking!)
- I shared 5 Halfway Decent Editing Tips
- I linked up with Beautiful Books to talk about my writing goals!

So I was doing SO GOOD with commenting and then...I fell behind. I'm trying to catch up so if you have any posts I missed feel free to link them in the comments!


Reading:

I made a resolution of sorts which involves giving up ARCs. Okay not really giving them up but just allowing myself the freedom to read whatever I want whenever I want too. And it's been NICE.
 
I feel like I'm finally making progress on my TBR and just really enjoying reading again. I haven't felt pressure at all since I started this, I've just felt like reading for fun and no other reason. So I highly recommend trying this method, okay?



I only read like 9 books this month but there's no pressure so I don't feel bad about this number.

Writing:

January was a very up and down month with writing. I started the month halfway through rewriting my novel after getting feedback and figuring out the last big changes that needed to be made. I finished the rewrite on the 12th, I believe. I was really proud of that and it wasn't quite as painful as I thought it would be. Then, I kind of had a nice week of really low self-esteem when it comes to writing and it just was no fun. Once I got over that, it was back to editing and I'm making fairly good progress on it, I think?



Basically, I have mixed feels. On one hand I've been working on this book for so long and I love it and I'm super nervous about whether it's actually ready or not and kind of don't want to let it go out in the world to try to find an agent home so to speak. On the other, I am so ready to be done with it for now. Once I'm querying it's just out there and there's nothing to do but wait and I can FINALLY work on something else. So...yeah. I'm going to be querying by the end of next month for the third time.

Oh, I also found a new plot bunny that I'm in love with and having been plotting on the side a little. More about that later.



Next Month's Goals:

- I have a goal to finish editing by the 26th because there are some pitch contests coming up I want to be able to partake in.

- I swear I'm going to try really hard to get Ships I Ship/Don't Ship back off the ground! And continue to post consistently.

- I need to read 11 books.

- I'm also considering starting a new blog/probably a Tumblr to kind of chronicle my querying journey and everything but I'm not a hundred percent sure on that.

- Possibly reread Delirium


OKAY. That's all, tell me about your month below and what book you are most looking forward to in February. And again, leave me all the links to posts I may have missed!