Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

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

Ummmmm... I'm always pretty terrible with TBRs, but I'll try to get to all of these!

1. The Hero and the Crown (I'm already reading it)

2. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

3. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

4. Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

5. Palace of Lies by Margaret Peterson Haddix (is it cheating to have all three separate?)

6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

7. Anna Karenina (I tried to read it last summer, so maybe I can finish it this time)

8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I'm leaving 9 and 10 free because a) with my new job and editing my novel, I'm not sure how much I'll get to and b) I like to leave room for new books I didn't plan on reading.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Music Monday: Deviants

Deviants is my working title for the sequel to Conventional. It takes place four years later.


It's about 55 minutes right now.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Writing Wednesay #15

Northern Ohio Gothic
(a writing exercise i did for B)

– The wind blows, and the snow falls. “Is this lake effect? We’re so far from the lake.” But we are never far from the lake. It waits, ever patient. It watches. You sip your hot chocolate and close the drapes.

– She had an idea. “Let’s rake up the biggest pile we can and jump in it!” She sank into the red and brown abyss. You miss her when the leaves change.

– It has been a thousand years since the sun has shone. You have begun to doubt its existence, but you cannot speak the words, for to speak is to call the End. “It feels warmer today,” they whisper. You slip on your sunglasses and play along.

– A fell wind on the air whispers to you of the danger in the fields. A coyote cried last night, until it was quieted. By whom or what, it is better not to ask.

– The skeletal fingers of the trees reach for you, but you would run to them if it meant an end to the rows of corn. It has been hours of driving, yet they persist. You can see the trees in the distance, but to cross the fields to reach them would be death. You turn the radio dial until you find something without static.

-- You feel the thunks as you drive over the potholes. At any moment, a sinkhole could open up and swallow you. You're so used to the roads that you're not sure you'd notice. The craters in the earth throw your spine out of alignment and back in.

-- "O-H," someone says. Was it shouted or whispered? You can't tell the difference anymore. You look around, and there is no one in sight. Your lungs contract. Your vision starts to tunnel, and you can't hold it in anymore. "I-O," you cough at last. A wave of relief sweeps over you. You are at peace.

-- There's a new roller coaster. You fear for your life, then collapse in hysterics when you stumble away at the end. Your badge of honor is an unflattering photograph, tucked away until next year, when there will be another new ride and another new photograph and one more death shaken off.

-- You hate everything. You hate every person in the world, and you hate your house, your state, your country, your president. You're hungry, but you hate everything in the fridge. You're bored, but you hate everything on TV. It's sunny and 65. You hate the weather. You turn on FOX 8. You hate the news. Your kids wake up and snuggle with you. Your best friend calls. She hates everything too. Another banner day.

-- The television crackles with static. Perhaps the company is providing substandard service. Perhaps it's the wind. Perhaps a spirit has become trapped, sucked in by the dish outside. You prefer not to know. You'll try again in an hour.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Writing Wednesday #14

I started a new side blog this week! It's private, so you can't actually see it. It's just for me to save writing inspiration for the future. I have a private board on Pinterest for the same thing. I'm hoping it will help with my writer's block.

REVIEW: Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Publisher: Harper Teen
Released: 2008
Source: Library
Pages: 256 

Description: The truth is, Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-racking entrée into Genovian society, slogging through the congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.
For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy tale it's supposed to be . . . or is it?

My Review: All the characters are just as fun-- even more so, because a few of them get fleshed out a little more in this book. The drama is high, but still accessible. It's a little painful watching Mia stumble around when we KNOW that she's overthinking things, but she's a freshman in high school, and hey-- I overthought things to that degree when I was a freshman in high school, too.

One minor issue I have with it is that I kind of want things to move a little faster. I saw the two movies before I read any of the books, so now I'm waiting and wondering when certain elements from the movies are going to show up in the books, or whether they will at all. So far, the two mediums are still only very vaguely related.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015 (June 9)

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

Well, I really honestly hadn't thought about this, so I'm not sure I'll get to ten.

1. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

2. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

3. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

5. Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

6. One by Sarah Crossan

7. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix

8. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

9. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

10. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Hey, check that out. Ten! 

REVIEW: Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

Publisher: Harper Collins, New York
Released: 2001
Source: Library
Pages: 223

Description: No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

My Review: The first volume of The Princess Diaries was at least vaguely related to the movie, but with this book, I'm entering into entirely new territory, and I love it! I wish they had done a tv show rather than movies, because the more I read, the more I see that the movies had very little to do with the actual series. I mean, it's understandable, seeing as how the series is several books long, but it's not really much of an excuse.

I'll refrain for now from discussing how Anne Hathaway seems to be in a lot of adaptations that have little to do with the actual source material, but if anyone wants, maybe I'll make a post on that in the future.

The characters I loved in the first book are back, and they're just as great as before! This book introduces some fun plot twists, including a secret admirer!

I did figure some things out before Mia did, but I suppose that's part of the fun. The description on the inner flap of the actual book was a little different than the one I found on Amazon (above) and honestly, a little confusing. For one thing, it suggested heavily that something bad happened that did not at all happen during the book. I don't think I'm going to be able to put as much stock in the descriptions anymore.

Anyway, I'm moving on to the next one!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows

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

I'm going to split this up-- five books for movies, five for tv shows.

MOVIES                                                                       TV SHOWS

1. The City of Ember by Jeanne duPrau                   1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
      I know they made one, but it's trash.                        The movie had nothing to do with the book.

2. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis             2. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
     It would be visually stunning.                                       Two movies really couldn't do it justice.

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer                                 3. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
     Live-action, preferably.                                                A tv show could fit everything in.

4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor          4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
      We have the technology.                                             I just want it to go on forever.

5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting                 5. the Shadow Children series by M.P.H.
     It would be amazing!                                                     There's way too much material for a movie.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Music Monday: Beirut

Today's Music Monday is dedicated to a band I started listening to freshman year of college. I stopped listening to them for a while, but (see the "Reclaiming" MM post) I've gotten back into the band.

My absolute favorite of their songs is "Elephant Gun". I still know the entire song by heart.

Do yourself a favor and watch the video!