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March in Review/April Preview

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Substitute “doing my homework” with “writing.”

So, I’m not really into review posts, or at least I don’t think I am, because I usually find them to be a boring recap of things I’ve already read, but this review post is different because I haven’t been posting hardly anything for you to read, and it is therefore new information and more of a preview of things I will (hopefully) write about in April. You know, if I find the time. This will also warn you of the plethora of book related posts that may be coming your way. Hopefully, you guys like those posts and aren’t disappointed in my lack of apathy and writing posts.

So what have I been doing? Lots of stuff:

Authors

This month I was fortunate enough to meet Patricia Briggs (My favorite Urban Fantasy author, and definitely in my top 5 favorite authors, probably even top three), Brandon Mull (ok, this was my second time meeting him, but it was still awesome), Chad Morris (who I haven’t read yet, but his books sound awesome), Dan Wells (who wore an awesome hat), and I even briefly met Robinson Wells (who I, sadly, didn’t have sign a book because I have not read him yet, and didn’t have enough money to buy his book this month). Depending how I feel, I may be driving an hour tomorrow night to meet Ally Condie, (who I already have one signed book, and haven’t gotten around to reading or buying her other books, so we will see). In any case, I have photos and stories, and recordings and/or transcripts of Q&As that I will hopefully get around to sharing.

Reading

I haven’t been in the mood to read lately, and then about a week ago I went book crazy. I think it was sparked by Night Broken, the new Patricia Briggs book. It was awesome. My point is that I plan to do reviews for the books I’ve read recently, and they are: Night Broken, Seraphina, The Winner’s Curse, Half Bad, and Ruins. I also reread the Alpha and Omega series this last week. And while I’m talking about reviews I should mention that I still plan on writing a review for last month’s book club book, Steelheart. Maybe I’ll do a book review blitz, 5-6 reviews in one day. I also read Sky Raiders this month, but I already reviewed it. Now I just need to decide what to read next…

Not Reading

I discovered this last week that my shelf of to-reads is full. Not to mention all the ebooks I need to read. To top it off, about an hour ago I was reviewing my list of favorite authors and discovered there are at least three books I thought I had read but now realize I have in fact NOT read. Apparently, I just assumed I had read them because I had been so excited for them to come out. I’m not sure how I managed to do this to myself.

Hiking & Hanging with Friends

I’ve been going on a lot of hikes with friends and family these last two months, which has been awesome. I may have some thoughts to share about that… I also went on a mini vacation with some friends that involved a zoo, an aquarium, a snow storm, and Dan Wells. I’m guessing Dan Wells is the only part of that you’ll find interesting.

Family

I had some family come up to visit, which was fun. I won’t be writing a post about it, but I wanted you to understand part of why I was so busy.  (Sometimes I like making excuses).

Writing

I actually haven’t been writing at all lately, which will probably be the subject of at least one post.

Watching YouTube and Scouring Facebook

So this isn’t really newsworthy, but I found some awesome videos and articles that gave me some ideas to talk about.

TV

I sampled Netflix for the first time. I think I could get addicted to it.

In sadder news, my favorite TV show, Psych, had its series finale. I am in mourning.

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So there you have it, a somewhat useless and rather vague recap of my month. If you managed to read to the end I applaud you. Hopefully, having this published will motivate me to actually write the posts I want to write.

Please share your thoughts and comments.

 

 

 

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Update on Weekly Meme Thingy

In case any of you were dying to see if I kept to the resolutions I made a week ago, I thought I’d give you an update. The Weekly Meme Thingy I mentioned called Writer’s Block Wednesday will not be starting today. After much thought, I decided it worked better as a weekend thing. My reasons:

  1. More people have time to write on the weekend.
  2. It is a two-part meme, which means I need at least two days for it. Since all meme’s must be alliterations in order to be good,* I decided to call it Writer’s Block Weekend.**
  3. I am contemplating joining the Waiting On…Wednesday Meme Thingy, and didn’t want to do two memes in one day.***
  4. I watch Psych on Wednesdays.

 

Look for it this weekend! (Unless I get busy; however, I guarantee I’ll have it up before the end of the year). 😉

 

*I might try to disprove this theory.

**I’m still not 100% happy with the name; therefore, it is still subject to change.

***I don’t like the name of this meme. It makes it sound like I’m waiting for Wednesday, which makes no sense because all new books come out on Tuesday.****

****Unless they are by James Patterson, then they come out on Monday.


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Top Ten 2014 Debut Books


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Ok, I’m a little late, but better late than never, right? Anyway, this week is my Top Ten Debut Novels of 2014. To me, debut implies brand new books that aren’t part of series, but honestly, I’m not looking forward to books that aren’t part of a series. For one thing, I probably haven’t heard of them yet. So I’m not doing that. Instead, here are the top ten books I’ve been waiting for that come out this year, all of which happen to be part of a series.

As you can see, one of them was actually published in 2013, but I haven’t had a chance to read it and figured it was close enough. When making this list I realized I haven’t been reading enough Fantasy books lately. I think I need to change that. What books have you been waiting for?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals for 2014

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Top Ten Goals for 2014

I’ll admit, this feature is one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog; however, I wasn’t quite sure what to write for this topic. First off, I don’t like posting personal things on the internet (I know, why have a blog, right?). Secondly, I don’t really like to do more than one or two goals at a time because, let’s be honest, it’s too much work keeping track of several goals. Not to mention the work of actually doing them.

In any case, I pushed myself and came up with a list of ten goals for this year, most of which have to do with this blog. (I tried to keep them simple in the hopes that I might actually do them).

  1. Start a blog. (Hooray! I’m done).
  2. Post at least one entry a month.***  (I’m ahead of schedule).
  3. Participate in Top Ten Tuesday (I am on fire!)
  4. Start my own weekly blog meme thingy called Writer’s Block Wednesday. (I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve already accomplished so much I think I will put this off until next week).
  5. Sit down and write at least once a week. (You’ll note I didn’t clarify what type of writing. Blog posts totally count, and maybe grocery lists too).
  6. Have outline of current story completed by Jan 31. (Ok, this one is going to require some real effort).
  7. Write and submit a short story to WOTF. (I stole this from my friend, Niki).
  8. Reread a series I love, but haven’t read in over two years. (I’m thinking something by David Eddings)
  9. Exercise at least once a week. (Or if not, discontinue gym membership).
  10. Do one thing outside my comfort zone. (I’m counting this blog post.)

 

Well, there you have it. What are your goals?

***The intention of this goal was more about longevity than about frequency. I wanted to make sure I kept working on the blog for at least a whole year, and didn’t just forget about it after a month or so. (Fingers crossed).

 


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First Impressions Mean Everything

The beginning is the first thing a reader sees, and if it doesn’t catch their interest they may stop and never finish the book. This is a lot of pressure for  a writer, and one reason why many writers never get around to writing an entire book. They don’t know how to start. I’m a firm believer that the beginning should be the last thing you write.

In school I learned about thesis statements. A single, short sentence that tells everything your essay is about. I quickly learned I sucked at writing thesis statements. For one thing, when teacher’s say short they are lying. It may be one sentence, but it will be a long sentence that may take up half a page. Once I realized this, writing them got much easier. It wasn’t until about my third year of college that I really figured out how to write them though. My introductions kept coming back with notes saying too weak or too vague, while my conclusions were circled with notes saying things like, “This should be your thesis statement!” After about five essays in a row with this, I realized my problem. I usually don’t know what I’m writing about until I’m done. After that, I stopped writing my introductions first, and started saving them until last. (Which made it a little awkward looking on Essay tests where they make you write in booklets, but my teachers were understanding).

Then I discovered this technique works well for fiction too. I usually have no idea which direction my stories are headed until I’m almost done with them.  The solution? Start in the middle, or even the end. I start with whichever scene is most visible in my head. This saves me the time of having to go back and rewrite the beginning every time my story takes a different direction.

The downside to this is that it makes writing an introduction to my blog a little difficult.  I can’t write a thesis statement because I’m just starting and don’t know where I’m headed yet. For the same reason I can’t write an epic first chapter that foreshadows great things to come. But then, this isn’t a thesis or a novel. This is a blog. What constitutes a good first post? I have no idea. Hopefully, this one will do.

If you were hoping for something a little more informative about myself or this blog, check out my Who and What & Why pages in the top right. 🙂