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Twas the Night Before Nano

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Twas the night before Nano and all through the house,
no creature was writing, not even a mouse.
The outlines were done, all filled out with care
in hopes inspiration soon would be there.

The writers were nestled, all snugs with their pens
while visions of characters danced in their heads.
And my friends with their coffee and I with my tea
had just settled in to see what plot lines could be.


Some of us have already started Nano. :”D For those of you already elbow deep, keep going! Get a good chunk done before sleeping! For me, I have another four and a half hours to go before midnight strikes. And in that time… I will probably not do any prep-work at all, haha. I have an organic chemistry exam Monday morning, so I’ll be studying for that until midnight, when I’ll switch to Nano. Hopefully I’ll hit Sunday’s word goal tonight and then allow myself most of the day tomorrow to keep studying.

I’ve done no outlining, but I have created a few characters and have an idea of what I want to story to be in my head. More accurately, I have an idea of what I don’t want the story to be. I don’t want it to be what it turned into last time I wrote it for Nano. The novel I will be working on this year will be a re-write of my 2012 novel. I won Nano that year, but I disliked what my story turned into.

Anyways, my plans for maintaining a steady writing flow throughout the month while keeping my school work up and reading will be difficult. It’ll probably be my reading that takes the hit. November for me will be a big writing month but I likely won’t get any books read. The price you pay for an education, I suppose.

My novel this year will hopefully sport multiple POVs, something I’ve never written before, but I’m hoping the change in perspectives will keep me interested in writing the thing throughout the month.

As I’ve said before, if you’d like to add me as a writing buddy, you can do so here.

If all goes well, I’ll be posting Nano updates periodically. I’m hoping to do well this year even though I feel I’ll spin out due to school work. I’ve downloaded the free trial of Scrivener to use for the month and I’ve secured some good Nanoing music to listen to. Other than that, just gotta remember to eat and to not drink so much coffee that I die.

So wish me luck, and happy writing. :”D See you all in a month, win or lose.

 
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Posted by on 10/31/2015 in Writing

 

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Halloween Book Tag

Today is a tag. :”D I found the Halloween book tag here and it’s original creator is here. Since Halloween is tomorrow and I’m planning on doing a Nano post tomorrow, I figured I’d put up this one today instead. So here it goooes.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

RumbleAt this time last year, I would have said Twlight, but I have found a book I dislike even more. :”D So it’s gonna be my tinder instead. And that would be Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. I did a review on it (warning, if you liked this book, don’t read that). I didn’t like that book at all. I haven’t read anything else by Hopkins though, so I’m hoping it was just this book that I disliked.

Anyways, yes, it will provide me warmth.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)Treat: John Anchor from Iron Angel by Alan Campbell. John Anchor is one of my alltime favorite characters ever. He appears in Iron Angel, which is the second book of the Deepgate codex. Everywhere John goes, he pulls around a huge tether than strapped to his back and disappears up into the sky. Turns out, he’s the anchor for a god’s ship and leads it around on the ground. He’s a huge, bulking, intimidating character with a heart of gold. I loves him. I really wish someone would create some fan art of the guy. I’ve tried looking and failed. D:Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

Trick: Fuhrer King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Not gonna say anymore because spoilers, but ugh.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I grew up rereading this book, among others. I love this book. It’s so nostalgic for me, it’s always a treat when I get to reread it.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Like the video said where I found this tag, I feel like saying any character would be a spoiler, so…

Spoiler for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: I’d want Dumbledore to come visit. It would be so cool AND SAD, MAN.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)I think it’d be really cool to be anyone with the ability to fly (assuming the costume gave me the ability too ;”D). So maybe Goku or Piccolo from Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama would be awesome.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)I like how this question is just straight up Harry Potter, haha. I think my favorite would be the whole time turner thing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Though at the same time it mildly infuriates me. It had so much potential and after that book they just kind forget about it. Grr. But yes, time turner, Sirius Black, Buckbeak.

Btw, I CANNOT WAIT for the illustrated version of book 3. I’m SO EXCITED.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

MPD Psycho, Vol. 1The first one that pops into my head is MPD Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. This book is just gross, man. It’s about a serial killer that does messed up things and it totally deserves the title ‘graphic’ novel, because holy cow is it graphic. Yuck. I couldn’t even finish it and gave it away to a friend who likes gore. Beh.


So that’s the tag. :”D Happy Halloween everyone.

I tag:

Ace, Zezee, Analee, Panda, BooksatDawn, Orang-utan Scifi and Scary, Shivii and anyone else who would like to do it!

Haaaaave fun. :”D

 
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Posted by on 10/30/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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October Book Haul – #2

Hello, this is my second ever book haul post! Namely, because I usually only buy one book a month, if even. Here is the first haul, if you’re interested. I got a job last month and my paychecks have allowed me a bit more leeway when it comes to book buying, so here we are again. :”D. I have this haul labeled as ‘October’, but likely my future hauls won’t be monthly. I have no idea how I’m going to do it. I’ll figure it out when I get there.

Anyways, I purchased a total of 6 books. Not a lot for some people, but a whole lot for me, haha.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
Not gonna blurb this one, you all know it.

SAS For Dummies by Stephen McDaniel
This is the only nonfiction I bought this month and the only one I’ve acquired for a long time. I got this book as a supplemental resource for the statistical analysis program I was using in my Data Mining class (but of course, right after I bought the book, my professor changed the software we were using, huff). I still plan on going through it though, since as a bioinformatics computer science student, it’s a good tool for me to know and to put on my resume. So yay, self-learning.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This one, I’ve read already and it has become one of my favorite books. It’s going to become a movie and Liam Neeson is supposedly voicing the monster. HOW COOL IS THAT. This book is about a boy dealing with guilt and loss and a monster. It’s really good, really spooky, really heart-wrenching.

The Fold by Peter Clines
OH MY GOSH. READ IT. HERE’S MY REVIEW.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This is Ness’s newest book, came out at the beginning of this month in the States (though September in the UK). This one’s about a guy who’s just trying to live his life as his city gets repeatedly destroyed by some hero and villain or other fighting. It’s basically the story of everyone else. It sounds so fantastic, I’m so excited for it. :”D

Breakable by Tammara Webber
I found this baby on the amazon market place for super cheap. I hunted it down after finished Easy and loving it. I know there’s a third book in the series, which I’ll get to eventually, but for now, this one will do nicely.

IMG_2199And that’s it! Not bad for one month, I don’t think. Hopefully though my spending will slow down – Christmas is coming, need to spend monies on other people, not myself. My guess is my next haul will be after the holidays. I tell people not to buy me things, but sometimes they insist (especially my mother, goodness) so instead of them wasting money on a guess, I give them book titles. They’re relatively cheap, so I don’t feel too bad about receiving them as gifts. @@

Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 10/29/2015 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween Recommendations

I’m so excited for this topic. Halloween is a fun holiday, though I really don’t do much for it aside from read books, haha. Someone invite me to a Halloween party, dammit.

T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the list of posters if you’d like to join.

Here are my top Halloween Recommendations:

5. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

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This book showed up a lot last year during Halloween and for good reason. This is a pretty funny horror story. This book is set in an Ikea knockoff store and it reads like a catalog. It starts off with simple things like chairs and tables and stuff, but as the main story progresses, the advertisements slowly turn into more gruesome and creepy devices. The story itself is pretty entertaining, though not exactly 100% original. It’s like watching a typical horror movie in a book, but with the entertaining twist that I mentioned. Overall, it’s totally worth a read if you’re looking for something creepy and something fast.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinI hope that this one will be on a lot of lists today. It’s a classic!

Frankenstein is one of those books I was forced to read in high school and ended up loving. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking to get into classics, why not start here? It’s good timing.

3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This book man. This book. Rick Yancey. Have you read is 5th Wave book? Did you notice how he has a bit of difficulty writing romance? Well, that problem only deals with romance. With horror, he. is. in. his. element. I dreamed about the monsters in this book for days after finishing it. It was so gritty and dark. It had me fearing they were gonna jump out of the shadows of my closet. Reading this book was an experience, and I highly recommend it.

It follows the apprentice of a mad scientist, a Monstrumologist, as they investigate and capture monsters that I couldn’t even dream up in my worst nightmare. Buh. I’m uneasy just thinking about it.

2. Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)I read this book a long while ago, so I don’t remember too much about it other than the completely consuming feeling of horror and disgust I felt while reading it. I think I’m going to try to re-read it soon This is the first book in the Demonata series and from what I’ve heard, the rest are just as good.

This book is fantastic. It has demons and werewolves and chess. Chess. Chess is scary in here. It’s awesome.

1. Diabolo by Kei Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1

This manga is definitely my top pick. It’s about two boys who sell their souls to the devil in exchange for someone’s life. And then they think all is fine and dandy. It’s a soul right? They don’t need it while they’re alive. But then things start to get weird. Maybe you do need your soul.

This series is unnerving, creepy and riveting. I loved reading this. It gave me goosebumps. This series is only three volumes long, so you could easily get through the whole thing in a couple hours. Highly, highly recommend it.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recs for me based on these? :”D Please and thank you, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/28/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Read Oct 21 – Oct 26, 2015
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
431 pages

Walk on Earth a Stranger is a young adult historical fiction set during the California Gold Rush of the 1800s. It follows the main character Leah, who through a set of circumstances finds herself traversing the barely-settled United States, running from a  murderous uncle who has ‘plans’ for her. The group of travelers she finds herself with are all after the same thing – gold. Leah though has an advantage – she can sense the gold in the ground, in someone’s pockets, or hidden away in a wagon. She can feel it like we feel a tickle on our skin or a cough building in the back of our throats.

This book is by the author who wrote the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, which I really liked. And this book is no different. It’s a strong opening for what I’m hoping will be an even better trilogy than her first. The main character grew on me immediately. She reminds me of the main character from Carson’s first trilogy, but there are differences that set them apart for sure. I feel that Carson just writes really good, strong female characters. Well developed and well rounded.

Another thing I liked about this book is the relations between then the different women in the cast and the subtle ‘well I’m not gonna listen to traditional gender roles’-ness about it all. I really like it. I mean, they fit the roles for the time period but at the same time you can see them striving for more. It was a refreshing read. The women, even when obviously interested in the same person, were kind and caring towards each other. No ‘cattiness’ or whatever you want to call it that’s so stereotypical. I’m noticing that in Carson’s books in general – a lot of positive female friendships. I love it. :”D Another point – I know people are sticking the label ‘romance’ in there, and there can be hints of a love triangle at times, but like I mentioned earlier, all the drama that usually comes with one was absent in this book. And the romance I feel is gonna turn into one of those oh-so-delicious slow-burning ones that by the end of book two or three I’ll be screaming ‘JUST KISS ALREADY’. I can see it there, it’s definitely there, but I feel like Carson’s gonna toy with our emotions for a bit before doing anything with it. So don’t mind me, I’ll be over here agonizing.

And finally, the historical setting and surroundings, from what I can tell seems accurate. I am by no means a historian, but the setting felt authentic, the situations the characters found themselves in felt real. I was totally engrossed by this book. I like historical fiction but don’t pick it up too much. I’m glad I did so with this one. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it as a library copy, but now I want my own. Gimme. And book two, hurry up and get here please.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 
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Posted by on 10/26/2015 in Books, Review

 

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Friday Finds #7 October 23, 2015

Ignore that my last FF post was September 4th. I feel like it took me a long while to adjust to my work load this semester on top of having a job (yay money). So apologies. But otherwise I feel like I’ve picked up a good study rhythm. Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm where you highlight all the books you’ve added to your to-read list in the past week For me, it’ll be longer than that this post obviously, so I’m just going to list them:

The Wonderful World of Kim PineStormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)The Accident SeasonDrift & DaggerGuylinerSAS For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))The Perks of Being a WallflowerLittle Women (Little Women, #1)I Am the MessengerSeraphina (Seraphina, #1)Girlfriend in a ComaThe Time Traveler's AlmanacOutNot a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyAmerican Born Chinese14Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath (The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1)Dangerous WomenThe Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil GeniusBird BoxNight FilmA Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

Considering this is a month and a half’s worth of add-ons, this isn’t too bad I don’t think. :”D Have any of you read any of these? Are there some I should prioritize over others? Let me know! Thanks!

 
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Posted by on 10/23/2015 in Books, Friday Finds

 

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TBR Book Tag

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A tag today :”D I was tagged by the wonderfull Zezee to do it, so here it is~ I’m not sure who originally created this tag, so if you know, you tell me please.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Not very carefully. The master list of stuff is my goodreads ‘to read’ list. Though those are books I own and don’t own. For books I own that I still have yet to read, they’re all stacked up on the bookcase in my livingroom. At this point I have too many to count, so odds are I’d be adding stuff to my ‘to read’ list two or three times if goodreads didn’t keep such good track of it all.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Print. I think I own a grand total of four ebooks.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since I mentioned I have all my tbr books in my livingroom, I usually just stare at the bookcase until something jumps out at me (and writing this now and staring at the bookcase, I feel like it needs reorganized big time)

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)The War of the Flowers

Oh gosh, I’m not even sure. Uh..

Sabriel by Garth Nix? The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams? I’m pretty sure I bought both when I was 15 or 16… I’m 25 now. Shhhh.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)This reminds me I need to pick up on my Friday Finds posts again. I’ve been slipping man! The most recent tbr add for me is A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, which is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. It doesn’t come out for a long time, but I’m totally willing to wait.The first book was so incredibly good.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

The Valley of Amazement

:”D It’s so pretty

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I feel like this is a silly question. Why would I have a book on my tbr if I don’t want to read it? I mean sure there are books I’ve added years ago and find that I no longer have interest, but if that’s the case, I remove them from my tbr. I don’t keep them there. That’s silly.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

So you know how the illustration version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out recently? Well, they’re releasing six more of those. Guess what I’m excited for. THIS MEANS I CAN BE EXCITED FOR HARRY POTTER WHEN I’M 31 AND NOT BE WEIRD.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I feel like I’m the only one who still hasn’t read this. Or anything whatsoever by Brandon Sanderson. I need to get on it, man.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Basically anything by Brandon Sanderson. I own a couple of his books, just haven’t gotten to them yet. Working on it.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Look at my shelf, out of the books I actually own, there are two that stick out to me the most (though this doesn’t mean they’re the only ones):

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

How many books are in your Goodreads TBR shelf?

At the moment, 800. Dun judge.


So ta-da, a tag. :”D

I tag:

Ace

Shivii

Panda

BooksatDawn

HAVE AT IT.

 
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Posted by on 10/22/2015 in Book Tag, Books

 

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