So today, I thought I'd do the Behind the Scenes blog tag, where I answer questions about my writing process! It's been a while since I've been writing a new novel, but of course I spend plenty of time writing other shorter things--like these blog posts. And someday soon (I hope) I'll start writing a new project again. Although first I have to finish editing COCA. Anyway, I found this tag on Aimee Meester's blog, and I am here to play!
Welcome to Wordy Wednesday, where I post a bit of my writing for you all to read! You guys voted in last week's poll for some poetry, so here are a couple of poems I've not posted on here before. Enjoy! I'll see y'all again on Saturday for the Behind the Scenes blog tag.
*Note: The second poem contains moderately graphic images.*
Lost in Remembrance
As daylight fades from every crack between
the bars that lock me here behind this wall,
I close my eyes to sights so cold, so mean
and reach instead for one for whom I’d fall.
There’s nothing left inside the once so keen
remembrance that I wanted ne’er to pall,
for years have passed since you were there and seen,
time longer than the means I’ve to recall.
But when I reach inside the nighttime vault,
my dreams connect me back to that first glance.
I reach towards you with my empty hands,
still knowing that with me lies all the fault,
and with a final breath I send to you
the love you’ll never know was always true.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is about recently read (and liked) books that were outside our comfort zones. But I have a pretty broad comfort zone with books, and the recent Top Ten Tuesday about historical fiction covered a lot of this. (Also, a post I wrote at the very beginning of my blogging career did cover this exact topic.)
So I'm going to go back to the archives again and do my Top Ten Recently Revealed Book Covers. I did a post about favorite book covers a while back, but since then, my tastes have become slightly more developed--plus, a lot more book covers have been revealed! I love looking at the pretty new covers as they come out, so yes, I'm gonna share my favorite ten recently revealed book covers with you today. Enjoy!
1) This Is Our Story by Ashley Elton. The cover for this YA thriller (Fall 2016) is lovely--simplistic set-up, blocked colors (blue with two neutrals, white being the main one), a clear central image to focus on, and the perfect air of mystery to fit the story's genre.
Hello friends! Time for a "taking stock" post, where I describe my current state of being using a prewritten list of -ing verbs. Enjoy! I'll see you again on Tuesday.
Making: little progress in getting my sleep schedule on track
Eating: Lunchables pepperoni and mozzerella cracker sandwiches
Drinking: not enough liquids again
Reading: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Writing: nothing right now
Editing: COCA, at least in theory
Wanting: to start getting up before 2pm
Looking: for a cute Mormon boy who respects people and likes fandoms
Playing: Lego: Marvel Superheroes
Deciding: upon how many future children I want
Wishing: that my online science class hadn't just revealed my very random and previously latent fear of
So I did this post a while back, talking about the little details of life with various identities. These bits of 'incidental diversity' create the real vibrant picture writers need in their work when invoking experiences that they themselves might not have. I shared in that post some examples of incidental diversity in my own life, but there were so many that I've now got this second post, with the leftover details of life as me. It's considerably shorter than the first, but c'est la vie.
Enjoy, and add your own if you've got them! I'll see you Saturday for a 'taking stock' post. Also, please vote in the poll on the bottom on what I should post for a Wordy Wednesday next week! *Poll closed*
Being a Mormon
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a music-related freebie. I'm going to go with a version of one of their suggested topics--Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Novels--and share with you the songs that I've envisioned original music video type storylines to, which is one of the things I do to keep my mind busy while I exercise. (Links lead to YouTube.)
1) "A Light That Never Comes" by Linkin Park feat. Steve Aiko. For this one, I envision a magical realism line about a high school artist struggling, through her art, to break free from the effects of a darkness, either representing abuse or mental illness.
2) "Pompeii" by Bastille. This song leads to the exploration of a broken relationship interspersed with the imagery of explosions and ashfall--capturing the feeling of having lost something now frozen in time as 'what could have been.' Super original, I know.
3) "Burn It Down" by Linkin Park. This one takes a sci-fi turn by presenting a girl with explosive superpowers who is on the run and haunted by a man--an ex-boyfriend, maybe, though I'm not sure if he's dead or alive or real or not--who encourages her to destroy cities wherever she goes.
So there's this thing called the Dog Intelligence Test which both Jenna Marbles on YouTube and Allie on her blog Hyperbole and a Half have done. I thought it'd be fun to try it out with a couple of my family's cats! But... it didn't go so well. This is the story of cats who can't act, Facebook hating me, and me still not knowing how smart everyone is.
Cats do not cooperate. I should have known.
See you again Tuesday!
So the next book on my "Waiting On" Wednesday/top TBR list doesn't yet have a cover, and since we're in Fall 2016 with those posts right now anyway, I'm taking a break to wait for the cover reveal to go up before I continue. Buttttttt I couldn't think of what to actually post yesterday. Whoops.
Never fear, however; Grammarly contacted me today with their latest infographic about the wonders of good grammar and spelling, this one Valentine's Day/dating app themed. I'm not really into dating apps, but hey. Maybe someday I'll try online dating. Plus, I thought it was interesting, and I love Valentine's Day, and yeah! So here you have it, from the Grammarly team in partnership with eHarmony: the ways that grammar matters when it comes to online dating.
Thanks for checking it out, and I'll see you again Saturday for (hopefully for real this time) a cat video.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Valentine's Day freebie, so I decided to go with Top Ten Book Boyfriends! So here are ten guys from YA books whom I would totally date, with pictures because cute boys.
1) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy. Obviously, he's number one, and I do not see that changing in the near future. Because Peeta is bae. He's sweet, he's funny, he's compassionate, he's charming and good with words, and he's totally my type, too. I like buff blond guys with good jawlines. Blue eyes are a bonus. <3 <3 <3 Plus he paints and bakes!
2) Alternately, I could go for Finnick Odair, because even though he comes off a lot tougher and more sexed-up and will do a lot of things that Peeta would never, he's still got the same basic qualities. His love for Annie in the books is inspiring.
Sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday! I was feeling sick, this time fibro-wise. Mentally, I'm improving, so that's good news, at least. January's just a terrible month, and winter the worst season. Seriously, who invented it?
Soooooo welcome to February! Which means that it is time for our humor post. This time, we've got Supernatural, Harry Potter, lots of animals, and more. Enjoy, friends, and I'll be back Tuesday.
It's time for "Waiting On" Wednesday! This is a feature begun by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers share an upcoming book about which they are very excited. So here's the next upcoming YA from the top of my TBR!
A WORLD WITHOUT YOU
Releases 19 July 2016 from Razorbill
Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending The Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."
At The Academy, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.
But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her.
Not since Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story has there been such a heartrending depiction of mental illness. In her first contemporary novel, best-selling author Beth Revis guides readers through the mind of a young man struggling to process his grief as he fights his way through his delusions. As Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he has to decide whether to face his demons head-on, or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.
Info and image via Goodreads.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a choice between talking about historical or future places in books. I'm not a big historical fan, as you guys know--it tends to rub me the wrong way. But I post so much about sci-fi I didn't think it was fair to do it again. So I'm going to try Top Ten Historical Fiction Novels I Actually Like, and share the rare picks that actually did grab my interest.
1) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Ruta is a genuinely fantastic writer who deals in YA historical fiction, and this book, about the daughter of a prostitute living in 1950 New Orleans, proves her skill. I loved watching the MC, Josie, gain autonomy and a sense of self through the course of the murder mystery. Between Shades of Grey (WWII Lithuania) is equally good and vital in its showcase of a lesser known tragedy. I'm excited for Salt to the Sea (WWII on board the Wilhem Gustloff) this year!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working towards my MLIS degree. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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