Monday, March 23, 2015

Music Monday: Get Psyched


1. You Give Love a Bad Name :: Bon Jovi
2. Shake It Out :: Florence + the Machine
3. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) :: Kelly Clarkson
4. Jessie's Girl :: Rick Springfield
5. Eye of the Tiger :: Survivor
6. Seven Nation Army :: The White Stripes
7. The Final Countdown :: Europe
8. Don't Stop Me Now :: Queen
9. Bulletproof :: La Roux
10. First Things First :: Neon Trees

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Writing Wednesday #11

I'm still editing Waterlilies, and let me tell you-- it's terrible. Editing is terrible. I'm redoing the beginning of every chapter so as to more accurately show the passing of time. I'm adding in little scenes for the characters who aren't getting enough page time yet. (But I'm not telling any more backstories, Bea-- it would be out of character, and you're just going to have to get over it.) I'm rerouting an entire romance because after I edited the first time, pieces of it got misplaced and now it doesn't make sense.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from my Childhood I'd Love to Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Wow, today's post is going to be hard because there are SO MANY. I'll just try to pull ones I haven't read in a while. 

1. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
    I read this one in middle school, and I still have it, but I haven't read it in quite a while. 

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    I got this one for a birthday or Christmas (I don't remember which) in elementary school, and I still have it, but I haven't read it since middle school. (oops)

3. The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix
    I read these at some point in middle school, but I never owned them, and I've never seen them in any library other than my middle school's, so I haven't read them since. I recently found some of them at a secondhand book store, so I might be buying them.

4. The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
    I read this in middle school. I honestly don't remember anything about the book, but I remember it because I shelved it so many times when I was a library aide. (My librarian goals started early, I guess.) 

5. The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
    I recently got the first book in the series (it was about time) but I want to collect the rest of them before I do a complete reread. (spoiler alert: there's no way I'll be able to hold out)

6. Stay Tuned by Barbara Corcoran
    I have this book. I think I bought it at a library book sale at some point. Anyway, this book is unlike any other story I have ever read. It's pretty amazing, and I really need to pick it back up soon.

7. All of my Dear America books by multiple authors
   I used to get Dear America books every Christmas from one of my aunts, and I have about eleven of them. 

8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Okay, so it hasn't been so long since I've read this one, but I try to reread it every year. I read it for the first time in middle school. A visiting overseer of gifted programs bet me I couldn't finish it by the next time she came in. Eleven-year-old me was a little offended.

9. The Meg books by Holly Beth Walker
    My mom got these books when she was a kid, and then she gave them to me, so they're a little delicate and taped up. They're really great books, though. There are more in the series than I have (I only have three), but they're hard to find. 

10. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
      When I slept over at my grandma's house in the summer, I would take a book from the attic and bring it down to read before I fell asleep, and this is one of those. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR List -- March 17

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.

I keep a general TBR as a page on this blog, as you probably know (the link is at the top) but this post is for a specific Spring TBR. These are the books I want to finish in the next few months, before summer. 

1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

7. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

8. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

10. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Music Monday: Twelve

As you know, I have a lot of projects in the air. This one is a retelling of "the twelve dancing princesses".

1. Good Girls :: 5 Seconds of Summer
2. Animal :: Neon Trees
3. When The Day Met The Night :: Panic! At the Disco
4. I Will Follow You Into the Dark :: cover by Gavin Mikhail
5. First Day of My Life :: Bright Eyes
6. Let's Face the Music and Dance :: Fred Astaire
7. Dancing In the Dark :: The Revelers
8. Cheek to Cheek :: Fred Astaire
9. Easy Way Out :: Pink Spiders
10. Save the Last Dance for Me :: Michael Buble
11. Green Eyes :: Dear Boy
12. For the Longest Time :: cover by MC6 A Capella
13. A Thousand Years :: Christina Perri

Friday, March 13, 2015

My friend Britt turned over her novel to the person helping her publish it yesterday!!! I'm super proud of her, and I will let you know whenever her book comes out! I love it, and so will you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Writing Wednesday update

I lied-- I do have a new name for Waterlilies! I'm naming it after my favorite poem, which as my friend pointed out recently, fits perfectly with the themes of the book.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cake Book Tag

Flour: A book that was a little slow to start off but really picked up as it went along

Christine by Stephen King.

Margarine: A book that had a rich, great plot

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. I don't think I need to say any more.

Eggs: A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Sugar: A sugary, sweet book

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter.

Icing: A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. (and no, I'm never going to shut up about this book.)

Sprinkles: A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you’re feeling down

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Every time.

The cherry on top: Your favorite book this year so far

I've been terrible at reading this year, but I did read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

3. Alienated by Melissa Landers

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

5. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

8. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

9. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Monday, March 2, 2015

Writing Wednesday #10

Editing is the worst. I am not equipped to edit a second book. I have NO IDEA how I managed to edit the first one. Editing my own work is strange. Occasionally, I'll read something and feel disconnected from it-- like it's been so long since I wrote it that I don't remember writing it. Rest assured, though, I'm getting my second book out there as fast as I can. (I need to rename it first!)

Writing Wednesday #9


You didn't understand
Why I want so badly
To see
A total eclipse of the sun-
It means nothing
Is certain.
The sun can go
Dark, ringed
By Bailey's beads-
Jewels fit for
Artemis of the night,
Who never married
As I will not, because
You think my eclipse is
A whim.
I will not be
As you scoffed.
I know how to
Protect my eyes
The way I could
Never protect

My heart.

Writing Wednesday #12

Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about another side of my writing. 
You all know that I have a novel out, and I'm still writing novels, but I'm also a lyricist. 
I'm in a band, Eminent Gangsters, and I write parodies of popular songs. I take a song, scrap the lyrics, and write new ones about history.
Writing parody lyrics is so fun, and much faster than writing novels! It can be tricky though, so here are a few words of advice.

1. Hum the tune until you have it memorized.
Usually, I get ideas for songs by humming them until something pops into my head. If you can't get the original lyrics out of your head, it won't work.

2. Pull out that thesaurus!
You might REALLY want to use a certain word in your parody. Get over it. You need to use words that work with the cadence of the song, so you're probably going to have to adjust wording accordingly.

3. Know thy audience.
If you're writing a parody for your friends, feel free to use all the inside jokes you want. But if it's for the general public, or you don't have an audience yet, you should shy away from jargon or inside jokes.

4. Consider a tempo change.
Some songs can change their entire feel with a tempo change. This opens up a lot of opportunities with parodies, and can be an interesting element.

Music Monday: Sleep

This is a great playlist for falling asleep.

1. Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight :: The Spaniels
2. Vanilla Twilight :: Owl City
3. So Close :: Jon McLaughlin
4. Goodnight Laura :: Spoon
5. Falling Slowly :: from Once
6. Edelweiss :: folk song
7. I Will Follow You Into the Dark :: cover by Gavin Mikhail
8. Hushabye Mountain :: from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
9. Sleep My Love :: Renee & Jeremy
10. Hallelujah :: Rufus Wainwright
11. Let her Go :: Passenger

Music Monday: My Gryffindor Playlist

Last one!

1. Stronger(What Doesn't Kill You) :: Kelly Clarkson
2. Another Day :: RENT
3. Young At Heart :: Frank Sinatra
4. Eye Of the Tiger :: Survivor
5. Hit Me With Your Best Shot :: Pat Benatar
6. Dancing Through Life :: Wicked
7. I'll Make a Man Out of You :: Mulan
8. Brave New World :: Weezer