Saturday, September 28, 2013

Well, it seems like every time I get back onto my Blogger, I get back into all of the book blogs I follow and I try to enter everything, but there are so many restrictions because of my age. I have been blogging and such for years, and age is always the one thing that gets to me.
But putting that aside, I have managed to find many contests that I actually CAN enter and I thought I'd share one of them with you.

I really need some new books to read, and I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling this way so


(Click on those highlighted letters! It's a link!)

So anyways, I'll have a more official post on what I've been up to later. For now, enjoy the contests and the books and if you're in SoCal, it's about to get hot!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

So it's Friday night and here I am. There's so much I have to do, but I just really want to read.
I am a little reluctant though.
I am honestly awaiting the day I have enough money to go on a decent shopping spree-
For books.
Of course.
My list of books to buy is always increasing. It's so hard to keep up with. I only go on a few sprees (maybe three?) a year. My birthday, around Christmas, and some other random time. And I rarely get more than three or four books.
So I have a tendency to make lists.
And edit lists.
And edit them again.
And again.
Alway reprioritizing which books I want.
Always trying to decide which ones I can live without
For now
My dream one day is to a have a room in my home devoted entirely to books. Can you imagine? Just the huge bookshelves holding all sorts of books by all sorts of people?
Whenever I try to imagine this, I'm reminded of the library Beast has in Beauty and the Beast. Every time I see that movie, the library gets to me. (Honestly, that has got to be my favorite movie ever. It's one of the most amazing love stories ever, in my opinion. And I feel like I have a lot in common with Belle. But more on that later.)
Obviously, I doubt that I'll have a library of that size.
But turning a bedroom or office space into a library certainly shouldn't be too much of a problem.
It my mind it has just about everything-
From classics to contemporary to best sellers to reference to, I don't know, other educational, edificational stuff.
(Yes that word is made-up, but edification is it's root word and I find it funny how similar my made-up word sounds, especially next to educational.)
But anyways.
That is my goal, one day.
And if I happen to publish anything, ever, well...
I guess that'd be in there too.
I sometimes wonder if I would ever revisit my works once they're finished (assuming I ever finish). And I'm thinking that may be one of the reasons I've backed off. Because right now those ideas I have- they have infinite possibilities. They can go anywhere.
One problem is where exactly they should go. The other is that I've become so attached to these characters that I'm not sure if I can let them go so easily.
Which is silly, of course.
That being said, I finally got around to reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It was absolutely stunning and beautiful and sad beyond belief. I haven't cried like that in so long.
When I finished, I was just crying openly. But I couldn't put the book down yet so I went to read the synopsis on the inside flap and then I read the short author bio on the back one. And I discovered two things.
1. S.E. Hinton is a girl.
2. She was sixteen when she first wrote The Outsiders.
It took me a while to get over *that* shock.
I had never felt so inspired and inferior at the same time.
Do I honestly think I can write a classic like that?
But how great would that be?
Hope is one of those odd things because it's great until it lets you down.
So for now, I have hope.
And a new idea I've been sitting on for the past few months.
Again, classic?
Don't think so.
But hey, if it is, you guys knew me when!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Well! This has been my longest absence ever and I am skeptical of how long I'll stay this time.
Ideally I would post often
Ideally I would write about something interesting

I think the trouble is finding a good topic
That and I don't have a lot of spare time, though I'm trying so hard to change that. I have gotten so used to having hours upon hours every day to do whatever I wanted.
Sadly this involved a lot of video games and iPod apps.
It involved tv.
It involved texting and iMessage and FaceTime.
But it also involved some reading (not a lot because I only bought a couple new books and I never seemed to have time to go to the library. I'm as shocked as anyone).
It involved a road trip to Seattle.
It involved an amazing Fourth of July, a  day at Six Flags, another at Universal Studios. I went on a few pretty amazing dates. And yes, one of then involved Pokemon. 

I spent a lot of time with my sister, but sadly it seemed I spent more time doing homework.
I've been back to school for a couple weeks now and I'm trying not to let it get me down.
Somehow I will manage my classes and still have time to read and write.
This is my ideal.
This is my goal.
I will try to make you and me believe it.
So I'm going back to the books.
The ones I'm reading (currently Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton)

And the ones I'm writing.
Which brings me to my other goal:


I haven't tried it since 2010
So I'm going back.
Wish me luck.
And good luck to all of you!

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