Friday, September 25, 2009

Harry Potter Questionaire

This was posted first on Chanelley's blog. There will probably be spoilers from DH, just so you know.

Random Questions

01. If you went to Hogwarts, which house would you be sorted in?
Ravenclaw probably, but I would love to be in Gryffindor.

02. Have you ever been to a Harry Potter midnight release?
YES! Half Blood Prince was my first. I was also at the midnight release for the Order of the Phoenix book, but was not allowed to stay up all night reading it like I always dreamed.

03. What did you think of Deathly Hallows?
Favorite book of the series, despite all the crying that it entailed all of the three times I read it.

04. How many times have you reread the books?
I lost count years ago. Deathly Hallows I've read three times, all the others it's probably five+.

05. Whose death was the saddest?
Dobby's. I so wasn't expecting it and I ended up crying so hard through most of that part that I couldn't see to read anymore.

06. If you went to Hogwarts, would you rather have a pet owl, cat, or rat?

07. What did you think of the movie Half-Blood Prince?
Hands down favorite movie so far.

08. What do you think of Deathly Hallows being split in half?
GREAT! Now they don't have to cut

09. Have you read The Tales of Beedle the Bard?
Not yet. I own it and my mom has, but it's not number one on my 'books to read' list.

10. When did you first become a Harry Potter fan?
I have no idea, probably when I was about eleven. My mom borrowed the first book from my cousin who is only about nine months older than me, read it first to make sure it was appropriate, and then handed it over to me. She liked it, but didn't totally love it. I, on the other hand, was hooked. I read every book that was out and then anxiously awaited each sequel, reading all the spoilers I could get my hands on, counting down the days, and begging anyone to take me at midnight to buy it.


Female Character? Hermione.
Male Character? Harry, hands down. Though if you ask who my favorite character in a couple of the HBP scenes are, it's Draco.
Professor? McGonagall.
Death Eater? Snape. He counts, right?
Magical Creature? Buckbeak.
Spell? Expecto Patronum.
Quote? Do you want my head to explode?
Book? Deathly Hallows.
Movie? Half Blood Prince.
Hogwarts House? Gryffindor.
Place? Hogwarts.
Weasley? Ginny.
Couple? Harry and Ginny.

This or That

Gryffindor or Slytherin? Gryffindor.
Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff? Ravenclaw.
Fred or George? Fred.
Ginny or Luna? Ginny.
Butterbeer or Firewhiskey? Butterbeer.
Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley? Diagon Alley.
Books or Movies? Books.
Half-Blood Prince or Deathly Hallows? Deathly Hallows.
Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber of Secrets? Sorcer's Stone
Snape or Slughorn? Snape
Lupin or Sirius? SLupin
Harry/Ginny or Harry/Hermione? Harry/Ginny
Lavender Brown or Parvati Patil? Parvati Patil.
Seamus Finnigan or Dean Thomas? Dean Thomas.
Kreacher or Dobby? Dobby
Muggleborn or Pureblood? Muggleborn.
Dan Radcliffe or Rupert Grint? Daniel.
Bellatrix Lestrange or Narcissa Malfoy? Narcissa
Voldemort or Tom Riddle? Tom Riddle
Hedwig or Crookshanks? Hedwig

Feel free to use this on your own blog, but let me know if you do! I want to read the answers :D

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Releases - The Maze Runner, Betraying Season, Hold Still

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
October 6, 2009When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
September 29

Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.
Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. But even if he halts his mother’s evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot? And what of Pen’s magic, which seems to be increasingly powerful?

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
October 20
An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction
dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.
Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Point of View and Tenses

Today I'm going to talk about different points of view and tenses. No I can't help you choose one for your story. Mostly because there's no set formula, especially for me. I just go with whichever one I feel most comfortable with and feels...right.

Let's take a look at the different POVs (Point of View) first.

First - This one's my personal favorite, but I know a lot of people (my mom included) can't stand it. For me it's really awesome for getting inside the character's head and writing from their POV. It's so much more personal that way. It uses 'I' and 'me'.

Example: I trip as I make my way up the stairs. My knees scrape against the tile floor and I grit my teeth as my funny bone collides with the railing. A pair of shoes appear at the edge of my vision and then a hand reaches down. I reach up for it and whisper a quick thanks to the rather cute boy that helped me up.

Second: I've never tried this one and it's very difficult to get right. It's also fairly annoying to read and write. I wouldn't suggest using it unless you're writing a short story and just want to give yourself a challenge.

Example: You trip as you make your way up the stairs. Your knees scrape against the tile floor and you grit your teeth as your funny bones collides with the railing.

Third: This is another popular one. A lot of stories are written in third person and it works great for authors who want to remain separated from the MC. Perhaps they have more than one MC or they just don't want to get as close to them as first. Or maybe the author is like my mom and 'just doesn't like first.'

Example: Jennifer trips as she makes her way up the stairs. Her knees scrape against the tile floor and she grits her teeth as her funny bone collides with the railing.

Now let's take a look at the two different tenses and a couple examples.

Past: Probably the most popular of the two tenses and definitely the most common until recently. Because most people are used to it, it's probably the easier of the two tenses as well.

Example: The killer chased his victim through the woods. He gained on her with every stride until she tripped, sprawling out on the ground and gasping as she tried to catch her breath. He grinned, almost right on top of her.

Present: This is my favorite tense right now. You may have noticed that the POV examples from earlier are in present...I'm having a lot of trouble writing in anything, but right now. Both Jump and Shipwrecked are being written in present, a lot of the books I'm reading right now are written in this tense including Hunger Games, Break, Handcuffs Wake, and Fade. While it did take some getting used to, I hate going back to past. It's so much more action-y than past.

Example: The killer chases his victim through the woods. He gains on her with every stride until she trips, sprawling out on the ground and gasping as she tries to catch her breath. He grins, almost right on top of her.

And that's all for today. I'd suggest trying everything (except second person, I don't even know why I put that in here) at least once to see what you like and don't like. Who knows, you might end up addicted to first person present tense like me. :D And don't forget to enter my flash fiction challenge! Deadline for entries is Friday at midnight!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week in Short

Yes I know this is late, but I've been gone all weekend and it's taking some time for me to catch up. I'm feeling all confused and overwhelmed at the moment so just bear with me. It's hard to keep up with a workload that you could handle when you were on the computer 12+ hours a day during the summer when you can only be on for 5 or 6 hours five days a week.

1. Paintballing is awesome, but painful. That's like the fourth or fifth time I've said that today. I can't wait to play again! I got hit in the face (wearing a mask of course) and couldn't see anything because there was white paint all over the front of my mask. Some got on my nose and mouth and I thought I was bleeding because there was red paint mixed with the white.
2. Rutherinne won a very impressive photo finish in the Nobel Damsel. I'm usually pretty good at calling photos, but this time I was wrong. It was almost dead heat close.
3. D'Funnybone walked all over the Futurity field. I'd love to seem him get into a spot of trouble and see how he handles it. Him, Dublin, and Backtalk are the three most promising two-year-olds so far.
4. Ventura became the third filly to win the Woodbine Mile and did it in thrilling fashion coming from second to last to sweep wide around the final turn and win in nearly course record time. She had to beat several top turf colts including Rahy's Attorney that beat her last year in the same race.
5. I'm so stressed out right now it's not even funny.

Must Read: Writer Unboxed has a brilliant post about active and passive writing this week. Or last week. Whenever it was. :D

News: Hannah has a two book deal with Simon Pulse! Congrats Hannah!

Ted Malawar has joined Upstart Crow Literary after Firebrand went out of business.

Rick Riordan has posted a link to the second Lightning Thief trailer on his blog! *bounces up and down* Personally I don't think the trailer does it justice.

BookEnds had a great post on choosing a title.

GLA talked about how to find a certain book's agent. I've got a few that I'd like to know who agented them... They also had an interview with Lucienne Diver, agent at The Knight Agency.

OPWFT had an interview with Aprilynne Pike, bestselling author of Wings! I so need to get that book...

YA Highway continues the trend with an interview with Janice Hardy, author of The Shifter.

I'll see you guys tomorrow! I'm going to listen to some music and see if I can relax for an hour or two. I'm so not looking forward to school tomorrow. I've got a couple awesome surprises planned out this week. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wake Review

Wake by Lisa McMann

Summary: For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does--they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Review: Hopefully my mom's getting Fade tomorrow and I'll be able to read it Sunday...Anyway, Wake is awesome. The main thing I had a problem with is the way the story is told is kind of strange. It's third person present tense which I don't think I've ever read before and is fairly jarring. Also the way she skips ahead in time takes a few chapters to get used to. Otherwise you're just sitting there thinking 'What? What's happening?'

The characters are great. I loved Cabel from the very beginning, even when he seemed like the 'bad boy' and I should've been against him and Janie getting together. But I wasn't. I almost 'Awwww-ed' out loud several times during class when I was reading it, but I had to stop myself and wait until I got home to finish it. It was just so sweet! I spent the whole story cheering for him and then at the end with the twist...I did not see that coming. Oh, and I like Cabel's name. But I don't like it when she calls him Cabe.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Release Thursday

New release Thursday is back! For now, anyway. I might start having it on different random days. Depends on what I come up with and what kind of day I'm having.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

[I really want this book! I almost bought it but I had to get others the last time I was in there...]

Love is a Higher Law by David Levithan

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

Ruined: A Novel by Paula Morris

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.

A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.

As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Knowing When to Trunk

It all started with an idea. The burning excitement that comes with an exciting new project. You sat down and wrote and wrote and wrote. Writers' block stood in your way, but you pushed on. A few months later, a finished manuscript sits on your desk.

Then the time comes when that shiny manuscript isn't looking so shiny. You don't want to give up, but you're just so sick of looking at it that you just want to hit that delete key and never look at it again.

Today I'm going to talk about knowing when to trunk a novel.

1. Between edits. A common suggestions that I agree in is to let a manuscript "simmer" before and between edits. It can be for a week, a couple months, or even a year. How long you let a story sit depends on you and how long you can go without touching it. But try to put it away for at least a week and work on something else. Force yourself if you have to. Put it in a separate folder and don't allow yourself to open it until the week is up. If you have any great revisions ideas, write them down so you don't forget, but don't put them into action.

2. When all you want to do is throw your computer out the window. If this ever happens to you, put the story aside. It'll be there when you come back and trying to force yourself to edit when all you want to do is bang your head on the desk and scream, "I give up!" isn't the most beneficial for your story.

3. When querying doesn't go well. If your querying isn't going well (and by isn't going well, I don't mean you have ten form rejections), then put it aside and come back to it later. This might not be the best market for it. Or it might not be "the one." Put it away, write another novel, and then maybe pull it out and think about revamping it. Of course, if querying isn't going well it might be your query and not your novel so you might need to think about that as well.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Writing Pet Peeve #10 - Using the Wrong Word

I've got a whole list of these that I've developed over time from beta reading. Twelve so far actually. And number 10 on the list is 'using the wrong word.' I can see it happening accidentally once in awhile, but it's when it becomes all the time that it's a problem.

Some common ones:

Then instead of than

Then = "Then he kissed me" or "I put on my socks, then my shoes."

Than = "He's older than me" or "She's a better writer than me" or "Michigan is better than Ohio State."

Their, they're and there

Their = "Their hair is brown" or "That is their parent's house."

There = "Go over there" or "There we found the skull."

They're = "They're going to get it trouble." [Hint: if you're not sure, break it down into 'they are'. If 'they are' fits, then 'they're' is the correct words. This also works for other contractions like 'you're' and 'it's'.]

Quite and quiet [I catch myself doing this one all the time by accident.]

Quite = "Are you quite sure?"

Quiet = "She's been very quiet lately."

Its and It's

It's = "It's a quiet night."

Its = "This video game is not worth its price."

I just found this brilliant list of commonly mixed up words as well. So if you have this problem, don't worry, it's common. Just make sure when you edit that you check and make sure all the words are correctly used. And try to train yourself to use the right one the first time. It's possible.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week in Short

Yes, these are going to be moved to Sunday. I apologize for the wait, but I've been so busy...

Warning: I'm experimenting with auto-posting this week. I will attempt to remember to come on every day and make sure the posts are posting (since I've always had trouble with auto-posting in the past), but if I forget or get too busy, I'm sorry.

It has not been a good weekend for my racehorses. The sons of my two favorite stallions in the world went head to head in the Hopeful. Backtalk (Smarty Jones), undefeated until then, finished fourth. I was very disappointed. Dublin (Afleet Alex), however, won the race rather impressively. I was favoring Backtalk for next year's Triple Crown, but it looks like I may have a new fave. Other than that, Gangbuster finished fourth and Flashing finished third.

Okay, I'm going to do this weeks posts first and then talk about my writing so those of you that don't care about the latter can read the former. Oh, and I learned a new word yesterday. 'Defenestrate.' It means 'to throw something out a window.' Weird, huh?

This week's Must Read is by Natalie Whipple on beating revision fatigue. I'm saving this in case I ever finish anything again...

Blood Red Pencil
this week had posts on how to critique your own manuscripts, find and remove "habit words," and weed out adjectives and adverbs.

Jessica at BookEnds has a post on the importance of writing credits.

GLA has seven reasons your manuscript is rejected by Hallie Ephron, tips for querying a series, and Stacia Decker moves to Donald Maass after Firebrand's closing.

Nathan Bransford has his own journey to publication story! I want his book...but it doesn't come out until 2011.

OPWFT has an awesome interview with Jo Knowles, author of Lessons from a Dead Girl and Jumping Off Swings.

Pimp My Novel gives us a glimpse into a day in the life of an intrepid assistant.

Querytracker talked about plagiarism this week. There seems to be a lot of accusations about that going around lately. Did someone win a multi-million dollar lawsuit that I missed and now everyone's trying to jump on the bandwagon or something?

Now let me move on to my writing since I'll be talking about that on Sundays instead of Wednesdays now.

Let's take a look at the last 13 days. It would probably be easier for me to tell you what days I did write, rather than which ones I didn't. My best day was yesterday with 3,091 words. My second best was 680 last Sunday and third was 406 a week ago Tuesday. Other than that, I haven't been writing much at all. Writers' block, school, and life in general had me down, but hopefully I'm back up now.

I'm honestly thinking about trunking her. Maybe for a few weeks, months, even a year or two. I've just pretty much been working on her non-stop for the past ten and a half months and I'm starting to get burnt out. With a few months to clear my head, maybe I'll be able to come back, do another revision and try again. Or just face the fact that Destiny is not the one.

Status: Going well! *knock on wood*
Last time: 18,000 words
This week: 21,000 words

On a much brighter note, Jump is finally going right! After about two weeks of barely writing a thing, it's finally back on track and rolling. Only 4k more and I'll have hit the halfway point! Hopefully that'll happen before next Sunday.

Status: Very, very slow
Last time: 419
This week: 757

I wrote a little bit on this yesterday before switching to Jump. It didn't go very well at all; I just felt like it wasn't coming out right. Might play with it some more today. I'm really excited to try Dylan's POV, but nervous too. Never tried a boy's POV for more than a short story before.

No Kissing:
Status: WB
Last time: 242
This week: 242

I'm starting to worry about Raven. She came running into my head all excited about starting her story over again, I wrote the first page, and then she disappeared. I've had absolutely no desire or inspiration to work on this since. Thinking about trunking it again. I have other stories -- like my latest SNI -- that are really tempting me right now.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Plan

Okay, most of you know that I am officially back in school. With that taking up 8 hours of my day (not including the large amount of homework I am now expected to complete), plus going to cross country meets, and JV and varsity football games (by the way, I don't participate in either of them, just watch), I don't have a lot of time for extra things, and that includes writing and blogging. Here's the plan:

Right now I'm just going to try to adjust to my new schedule. It might take me a couple weeks to get back into it and work out the details of my new blogging schedule. Here's a couple possibilities.

1. Blog posts of my choice Monday-Thursday. Possibly written and set to auto-post on Sundays when I actually have time to write them. Friday would be Week in Short which would cover the normal WiS and also Writing Wednesday (which would no longer be on a Wednesday).

2. Blog posts of my choice Monday-Friday, Saturday off, and WiS on Sunday so I have all day Saturday to catch up on all the blog posts.

Right now I'm leaning towards the second choice just because that would give me Saturday to catch up on things. Right now I have so many blog posts to read it's not even funny.

So, I'm not dead. I'm not locked in my bedroom writing (though I wish I was). I'm just trying to adjust to the new school year.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Catching Fire Review

EEK so I finished it last night around midnight. Okay, so there will be spoilers here as usual. Though hopefully this will come out more like a review instead of random fangirling like last night...

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Summary: Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his bak on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol -- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitols cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Review: Okay the first thing I want to say is this is probably the best book I've read since the Last Olympian. Hunger Games has risen up two spots on my top five favorite series list, bumping Twilight right off the list and knocking Inheritance down to the number five spot. And I don't even have the final book yet! *headdesk* Please let it come out soon!!! It's been a long time since I read a book that made me want to swear when talking about how awesome it is. CF is an amazing book. It made me smile, laugh, and cry all at the same time.

For the first time, I don't know if Katniss should choose Gale or Peeta. They're both perfect for her in their own way.

I almost cried when Gale was whipped and would've if it wasn't for the fact that I was at my cousin's house and didn't want to stop reading long enough to explain why I was crying.

When Katniss finds out that she has to go back into the arena, I SO did not see that coming! I was in shock for like a half hour when I found out.

The ending is a HUGE cliffhanger and left me in complete shock and tears. I can't believe the Capitol has Peeta!!!! How could she do that?! And District 13 is rebuilding and 12 is GONE. And by "GONE" I mean totally destroyed. I thought I was going to fall off the bed! The last line was amazing. I'm still having trouble thinking straight.

Oh and did anyone else figure out the thing with the mockingbird before Katniss? I did. Though their plan to bust them out of the arena went over my head until it happened. I was sure that something wasn't right about it and that I should know what it was all about, but I just couldn't puzzle it out.

Brilliance. 9.5/10

Sorry if that didn't make a lot of sense.

Nation and Confessions of a Serial Kisser Reviews

Nation by Terry Pratchett
Summary: Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne -- a girl from the other side of the glove -- is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives -- all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.

Review: This book took awhile to hook me. Honestly, with Percy Jackson calling me I really wanted to put it down. But once I pushed on, I started to get into the story a lot more. I really like Mau and Daphne. Their characters were really well done and their trouble at communicating since they speak different languages was funny and realistic. I got seriously annoyed with the gods though because they seemed to have a lot of demands that didn't make any sense and little in the way of help. Though I think that was part of them. Thinking back, I'm still not sure if I get it. I kind of liked the ending, but with Daphne leaving and going back to the mainland with her king father (seriously, how did 138 people die again?) it kind of ruined it. I wanted her to stay on the island with Mau... 6/10

Confessions of a Serial Kisser

Summary: The self-help book made it sound easy, but finding a crimson kisser in the halls of Larkmont High is proving even more difficult than Evengeline imagined. What seem like good kissing prospects turn out to be fish-lipped kissers, or misser kissers, or even worse --ear-lickers! Disgusting!

But Evangeline is not ready to give up. She really needs to believe in love right now. Or at least in the possibility for love. Or--oh, one good kiss isn't too much to ask for, is it?

Review: I really liked the voice in this book at the start. That being said, even voice couldn't make up for the fact that the majority of the book is her kissing random guys that she's not even dating. The teasing she goes through isn't half as bad as what it could've been. Though the middle seems to drag, the ending is great! I love the Princess Bride reference (I caught it!) and how it ends for everyone. The chapters for the story are kind of weird. There's over a hundred, but each of them is like two or three pages long. I didn't really mind, but it was just something I thought was interesting. 6.5/10

Okay, I'll be back in awhile with my CF review!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Week in Short

OMG guys I'm so sorry! I've been so busy the last few days that blogging just kind of fell to the sidelines. School's starting up in two days and I'm in a last-minute rush to get everything together. Thursday I went back to school shopping, Friday I went shopping again with my cousins, and today I spent at my uncle's house.

I'll get to WiS in a sec. First some random things...

1. Monday's the season finale of Secret Life. Yes, I got sucked into that show again. Unfortunately I won't be able to watch it until Tuesday. :( I can't believe Amy and Ben and Ricky...I have a love/hate relationship with SLotAT.

2. RACHEL ALEXANDRA MADE HISTORY TODAY! Yes that deserved all caps. :D In case you don't know, Rachel is the greatest filly alive. Today she made history by becoming the first filly ever to win the Woodward Stakes against older males and did it by setting a blazing pace while under pressure and holding off Macho Again until the wire to win. Yes, I spent a good deal of time screaming and bouncing afterward. And I'm not done.

3. AW is down. Yes, I'm also suffering from withdrawal, but our wonderful twiftie friend Kody has created a site for people from the YA threads to hang out while the forum is down. That's helping. Go to her blog if you want to join us until this outage is over.

4. I'm determined to get my Nation and Confessions of a Serial Kisser reviews up on Thursday. I'm going to post Catching Fire's that day too, but as a separate post because there will probably be spoilers.

5. I bought Catching Fire, Break, and Wild Magic at the bookstore Thursday. If you don't know, Break is by Hannah Moskowitz, Catching Fire is the sequel to Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Wild Magic is the first book in Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet. If you haven't read these, GO READ THEM NOW!!!!!! Seriously, Hunger Games has the potential to knock Twilight right off my list of top five favorite series and I'm only halfway through the second book! My mom read Wild Magic in one night and is now a total Pierce fangirl (I've already read and LOVE every Tortall book she's written) and while I haven't read Break yet, I have heard good things about it.

6. Finally, I have good news and bad news. The good news is Rick Riordan has finished his next book according to his blog and it's due to be released next spring! And then he's going to work on the next Camp Half-Blood series for release winter 2010! *passes out* The bad news is the Lightning Thief movie is going to be different from the book. WHY CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS??? I thought you were a good director that was good at following the book!

Okay now that that's over with it's time to take a look at the past week...two days late.

Must Read: This week's MR comes from a fellow twiftie whose name is already somewhere on this post. Have you figured out who it is yet? No? *sits patiently* Give up? It's Kody and her brilliant post on how the first novel is not always the first published.

Contest: MSFV is holding another Secret Agent contest! This is a big one so if you plan to enter, make sure to get yours in fast! The genres accepted this month cover young adult, middle grade, science fiction/fantasy, and paranormal romance. Begins Monday September 7th.

Blood Red Pencil has three posts on the last thing I want to think about right now: academic essays covering the components, introductions and conclusions, and body development and transitions.

Jessica at BookEnds has an interesting post on interesting conference experiences.

Pimp My Novel talked about the ten commandments of blogging. I've already broken two and four this week...

Queryshark had a double hitter this week. Here's query number one and query number two. There were actually three, but I think one of them got removed for some reason. At least the link on my blogger dashboard doesn't work.

Querytracker has some great posts on finding anything on the web. It's a two parter: part one and part two.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Writing Wednesday

It's that day of the week again! But first some random ramblings...

I got my hair done yesterday! Well, I got it thinned and trimmed so it really doesn't look much different. I'm going to go straighten it soon and I can't wait to see how it looks. :D

Also, if I disappear tomorrow, it's not because I'm dead. It's just because I managed to get my hands on Catching Fire and I'm barricaded in my room reading it. I'll try to get my Thursday post done in the morning...

Writing has not gone at all well in the last week. I'm not really sure why, I've just been so stressed out about everything that I have difficulty writing and Hannah doesn't seem to be very happy with the direction that I want to take her story. She's so stubborn sometimes... My best day of writing was Wednesday with a measly 894 words. My worst days were Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (I have an reason for not writing Saturday though) with 0 words all three days.

Status: *headdesk*
Queries: 15
Rejections: 5
I hate waiting. So much. I don't know if it's a good thing that it's taking so long or not... On one hand, they're not hating it so much that they reject it right away. On the other hand, they don't love it so much that they can't wait to read it. *headdesk* I just found out how to see when a document was created and looked up the exact date I started Destiny. It's November 8th, 2008 at 8:28 pm.

Status: Slow
Last week: 16,500
This week: 18,000
Jump is still coming along slowly. Hannah will not listen to me! I managed to get past one set of writers' block and walk myself right into another one. She wants to do one thing and I want her to do another. I'll give in and listen to her eventually. It's always easier to listen to your characters than fight them.

Status: WB
Last week: Rewrite not started
This week: 419 words
Yes, the official rewrite has begun. I was supposed to go through the old version and pick out all the scenes that I wanted to use in the rewrite, but I changed my mind and decided to at least get started. I'm probably going to end up going in a whole different direction, but I know it's going to end the same. I love the ending. I've also decided to play around with some present tense even though it's first person and to try alternating POVs with Maria and Dylan. I think if I can pull it off, Shipwrecked will be a really awesome story.

No Kissing:
Status: WB
Last week: Trunked
This week: 242 words
Raven refused to stay in the trunk for long. I'm completely rewriting NK with a whole different beginning and probably story. Except Raven only stuck around for about ten minutes before disappearing again so whether NK is actually going to stay out of the trunk remains to be seen.

That's all for this week! Everyone have a great day! :) I'm off to sit around on the internet and then I have hair to straighten, clothes to put on, and a cross-country meet and JV football game to watch.