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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RTW -- Best Book in October

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
What was the best book you read in October?
My pick for this month is a classic, Forever by Judy Blume. Though I strongly wish that I'd read this in high school, this was my first time reading it. This is a great book and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially teenagers. If you're like me and you haven't read this book yet, you definitely should.

Monday, October 24, 2011

College Adventures: Dancing in the Rain

As some of you know, I am now a college student. Last night, a lot of the people in my hall went to a bonfire. And it rained. And when they got back, they were soaked so they decided to go dance in the rain.

I had spent the night in my dorm doing homework listening to them. So they came inside and said, "You should come dance in the rain with us."

And I said, "Okay."

There were six or seven of us (all girls) running around in the dark and the cold and the rain jumping in puddles and splashing each other and standing in the waterfalls of rain that are pouring off the roof.

And then we found a particularly large puddle and one of my housemates decided to lay down in it. So she did. And then we turned it into a house initiation where we all had to lay down in it. It was cold. And wet. But so much fun.

There was one guy that saw us and walked by and said, "You girls are all crazy" (we're an all-girl house). We kept trying to convince random people to come jump in the puddles with us but none of them would do it. When we were done, we tramped into the building, up the elevator, and stood in the hall until our RA came out and took a picture of us all standing there soaking wet.

Some days you just have to dance in the rain.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RTW: My Writing Journey

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
Happy 100th RTW, YA Highway!

This Week's Topic:
What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic jams and detours? Where are you going next?

My writing journey so far is the typical meandering road littered with unfinished manuscripts, forgotten ideas, and trunked novels. My most recent projects are currently on hold while I try to figure out how to revise them. I've had some great ideas recently on how to proceed, but college has kind of put everything on hold. I can't wait to start work on CT.

I'm hoping for inspiration for a new work in progress soon. I've had a couple of new ideas recently but nothing that's grabbed me by the arm and dragged me to the computer. It's just hard for me to think of something that doesn't take place at college.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Shadow Kiss Review

Shadow Kiss
by Richelle Mead
Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret .... She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever...

I'm not quite sure what I think about this book. The action is great and the romance is smoking, but just so much happens. This is both my favorite and least favorite book of the series. On one hand, the ending is probably the most powerful so far. On the other, I can't believe what happened to Dimitri.

I love the advancement of Dimitri and Rose's relationship. The fight scene and the cabin scene are two of my favorite romance scenes of all time. Especially the latter. I just can't believe that Dimitri is a Strigoi and Rose just left to go after him. I felt like my heart got ripped out.

Overall: 8.5/10. I loved it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to move on with the series too soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pick Two...the Art of College Life

The first time I saw the picture of the "college triangle" (Pick two: Schoolwork, Social life, and Sleep), I laughed. I would find some way to fit in everything. How hard could it be?

I've been at college for a month and I'm not laughing anymore.

When I was in high school, I didn't have to study at all before tests until I started taking AP classes. I spent eight hours a day in school, went home, and sat on the computer until bed (usually about midnight or two on the weekends). "Sleeping in" meant nine, maybe ten if I had a particularly late night. Homework took a few hours at most. I was only involved in one club and I didn't really go out much.

Take the complete opposite of that and you have my college life. I go to class a few hours a day, but study for so much more. I'm rarely on the computer for something unrelated to class. Progress is going to bed before midnight instead of two in the morning. If allowed, I will easily sleep in until almost noon. I'm involved in house and hall government, and two clubs on top of that. Plus I'm always doing things with my friends, especially on the weekends.

College is the ultimate teacher in time management. Sometimes you will have to decide between hanging out with friends and studying for an exam the next day. You'll have to learn how much you can handle. There will be times when sleep is more important than homework. You will have to figure out how much studying is required for each class and when you can get away with taking a night off.

Add a relationship, writing time, pleasure reading, or hobbies to that list and you have even more of a balancing act. I've been averaging about one book every two or three weeks and I consider that very good. I told myself back home that I was going to take riding lessons at least once a month while I was up here...and so far I haven't even had time to look into the riding stable that I plan to go to.

The best advice I can give is just learn to prioritize. It might take a few weeks for you to get everything straight. You will have to make sacrifices. For me, I have to sacrifice sleep, writing time, and reading for fun. When I do have time for those things, it makes it that much more precious.