Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to talk about OCD and romance.
Well, the high of WriteOnCon has passed, and I have realized that I need to make some massive edits on CUCUY, removing something that was originally a big part of the manuscript. It's gonna be a lot of work. I don't mind that, really (mostly), but I do worry I'll be passing my "deadline" with my betas/CPs again. I guess we'll see!
Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to talk about OCD and romance.
*Long post ahoy.*
First, I'd like to share some important news about this blog. During WriteOnCon 2018, one idea that came up a few times is that the social media you use should always be something that you enjoy. If you don't enjoy it, you should feel free to pull back and do it less, or not at all. After hearing that, I've decided to pull back a little more on this blog.
For the first few years, I really enjoyed blogging here. But as my illnesses got worse, I began running out of both ideas and energy. I've been trying a lot of different blogging schedules and tags to try and make up for that, but I'm not getting the interaction that I like, and I really do feel like I've already written the bulk of the blog posts that I wanted to. I don't want to stop blogging entirely, because I do really like sharing my thoughts when I have them, but I'm not interested in doing it on the same basis that I have been.
So I'm going to change my schedule again and blog once a week, on Saturdays. I may put up bonus posts on Wednesdays--like this one!--if I have something extra to talk about, but for the most part, it'll be four posts a month. That means no more "Waiting On" Wednesdays or Top Ten Tuesdays. But I will post seasonal lists of the books on my top TBR, and I'm sure some of the ideas from Top Ten Tuesday will show up in future posts. Monthly humor posts are also going to change to seasonal humor posts, with my favorite twenty-five funny posts from Tumblr and Pinterest for each three month block. Additionally this means that my weekly email newsletters will change to monthly newsletters.
I intend to be just as present on my other social media profiles as ever, and I hope that people will look through this blog and see what I've talked about in the past if they're looking for specific information--or just ask me! The Recommended Posts page is still up, and I've added an archive to the sidebar so you can browse through my old posts a little more easily.
January is finally over! Let's celebrate with some funny Internet posts. Enjoy, and I'll be back next week for a summary of this weekend's WriteOnCon.
It's time for Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest. So here are the books I shelved a while back--and still haven't gotten to--starting from December 2013. (You can compare to this list from a little over a year ago.)
1) Slated by Teri Terry. This is the one book that's still on my TBR from the last time I did this post, a YA sci-fi dystopian about memory wiping.
2) Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors. This is a YA fantasy novel about a girl who takes over writing her mom's romance novels when her mom's mental illness gets in the way of her work--only to start having visions about Cupid.
3) After the End by Amy Plum. Another YA sci-fi dystopian, this one about a girl who grew up believing that the rest of the world had been destroyed by nuclear bombardment--only to find out it's not true.
4) Blood and Salt by Kim Liggert. This is a YA horror novel where Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn. Fun, right?
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 yet-to-be-published YA or MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
Releases 29 May 2018 from Knopf Books
Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.
If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day--one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.
With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves... and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.
Info and image via Goodreads.
When you're someone with chronic illnesses, going to the doctor is a uniquely frustrating experience. So just as I once updated you on my condition via Supernatural gifs, today I'm going to share the experience of going to the doctor via some pretty grainy Star Trek gifs. Enjoy, add your own in the comments, and I'll be back tomorrow!
Your doctor, when you list all the conditions you have:
Guess what, friends? The cover is up, the Wednesday hiatus is over, and it is 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 yet-to-be-published YA or MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
THE BURNING MAZE (The Trials of Apollo #3)
Releases 1 May 2018 from Disney-Hyperion
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.
With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon...
Image and info via Goodreads.
Every so often, I realize that my music tastes have shifted--usually not by a lot, but enough so that it's time to go through my iTunes library and delete the tracks that aren't capturing my interest anymore. Right now is one of those times, and it's got me thinking about how my music tastes have evolved across the years.
Though I've always been musically gifted, I haven't always been up to date on the music scene. In fact, it wasn't until middle school that I "discovered" modern music. Before that, I listened to two things: classical music (mostly Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky) and Enya.
The soundtrack of my childhood.
Today I'd like to share a roundup of some of my favorite social justice-themed posts from Tumblr, Twitter, and more. The majority of what I know about social justice I learned from others on the Internet--and oftentimes, they put it a lot better than I ever could! So check out these posts that discuss feminism, disabled rights, and more. Learn from them, my padawans, and I'll be back again next week. (For more like this, check out my Social Justice board on Pinterest or my social justice tag on Tumblr--or my Twitter in general!)
*This post includes discussion of various prejudices/oppressions, rape, and rape culture.*
I just added a new book to my top TBR, so here's a temporary hiatus from the Wednesday hiatus: 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 yet-to-be-published YA or MG novel from the top of my TBR list!
THE DRAGON'S CURSE (Transference #2)
Releases 6 February 2018 from Crown Books
Six months ago, Princess Sorrowlynn stood beside Prince Golmarr to defeat the glass dragon. But when the prince almost killed her after inheriting the dragon's curse of hatred, he went into hiding to keep Sorrow safe... from himself.
Now the princess has been training to become a great warrior, with the hope of finding Golmarr. But her search proves difficult when she discovers she has been wed to the prince of an enemy kingdom. Desperate to end her forced marriage and be reunited with her true love, Sorrow must find a way to escape her captor husband. But there's just one more dangerous obstacle in her way. A two-headed dragon is hunting her and will stop at nothing until she is dead.
Can Sorrow summon the courage to wield the only sword that can defeat the beast and save her world from the destruction of the dragon's curse?
Image and info via Goodreads.
As you know from my On This Day in My History posts, I keep a diary. But to just say that I keep a diary is a bit of an understatement. I've been writing diaries since kindergarten, in fact, although it didn't become a regular habit until fifth or sixth grade. As of today, I've been through over 75 notebooks, and my transcribed journals (up to about halfway through 2013), are approximately 5,000 Times New Roman 1.5 spaced pages in total. 5,000 pages! And that's after spending October and November reformatting in order to cut down on length.
Okie-dokie! It's time to check out the funny posts I've collected across the past month. Enjoy, and I will be back on Tuesday.
Welcome to 2018! It's time once again to look at last year's resolutions and share the ones I have for this year.
2017 was a rough year for just about everyone, I think, and the same goes for me. However, I made a lot of progress, especially after going to Mayo Clinic at the end of July, and I look forward to continuing that progress in 2018.
My goals were to stay alive, find better treatment options, and do some writing. I accomplished all of these, I'm happy to say. I didn't give in to the suicidal thoughts that I was dealing with at the end of 2016/beginning of 2017, and after Mayo Clinic, I did find better treatment options that have allowed me to return, bit by bit, to my life, thus resolving those thoughts in a positive way. I also did do some writing--not just journals and blog posts, but also some rewriting on The Prophecy Keeper and half of a novel-length fanfic that was really helpful in keeping my spirits up through the hard times.
Furthermore, I was able to start attending church on a regular basis for the first time since 2013, and I attended the LDS temple for the first time since 2014. I returned to the level of exercise I was at before I started having tremors at the end of 2016. I also read 343 books, which is less than usual, but I read more pages in total than I had since 2014. (Also, 343 is pretty boss, let me just say.) I also joined Instagram! And I temporarily achieved my weight loss goal from April 2016, although I've gained some again since then, LOL.
So things are really looking up. This year, I can go back to making the same kind of goals I used to before I got super sick. Here we go!
2017 is almost over, and that means it's time to round up the best YA books of the year! Here are my selections. As always, please note that I have not read every YA book released in 2017--that would be impossible even for me, haha--and that this is all a matter of opinion. I will see you again in 2018. Tell me in the comments what your favorite books of 2017 are!
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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