Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016 Favorites| My Life Is Now Revolving Around Sharks

Quick Update

  •  I kicked off my birthday month with a trip to Starbucks, watercoloring, and browsing an ADORABLE used book store. I have been showered with gifts.
  • I drew in a book. I have written in a book before, but that was when I had another copy to keep in good shape, but for the first time this month: I DREW AND COLORED IN A BOOK. I'm actually really happy with how it's turned out so far, but I'm still shocked at what I have done. 
  • I cut and dyed my hair. 
  • I learned how to make paper stars, and I believe it is my new calling in life.
  • I caught a cold; not on purpose in any way, because if I had known that it was indeed sickness I had in my grasp, I would have let it go. I was sniffling and sneezing while wearing sweatpants and huddled under a blanket in the corner. Have I ever been more attractive? I think not.
  • I turned *an age* (not that I'm uncomfortable with sharing my age on the Internet, I just like being mysterious), so you can expect a post about all that because I am conceited like that.
  • I dressed as Tonks for a Halloween party, and it was really fun (though I don't know how accurate or well-made it was). I ate a million mini-gummy bears and felt like a sugar driven toddler running around. 
  • I went on a birthday vacay (which I will post about in the near future) and had ALL THE FUN. It was great.
  • GUYS I HAVE A POTTED PLANT NOW. I am officially a boring grownup. 


Book
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Nimona: I CAN'T EVEN EXPRESS HOW ADORABLE THIS WAS. Honestly, I was dying of laughter the entire way through, not to mention how sweet it was. I'm hoping to do a review soon (but we'll see). It was such a surprise! I had heard nothing about it, and then all of a sudden, I was reading it, AND IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER. 

Outrun the Moon: (Copied from my Goodreads review because #lazy)Outrun the Moon was a surprise. I had been lowkey avoiding it because 1. San Francisco is not my ideal location for a book 2. I'm not terribly interested in the earthquake of 1906 BUT THEN I READ IT, AND WHERE TO START.

This book features a stubborn, independent businesswoman who knows when to stand up for herself and get what she wants, and also when to bite her tongue and bide her time. She is FIERCE. #lifegoals  There is bribery + chocolate + friendships forged through necessity + breaking the boundaries of race + food + "do what I want" heroines who dive into burning buildings for food (they know what's important in life) + HAVE I MENTIONED THE FOOD. After reading Outrun the Moon, my stomach was growling for beef or oranges or ANYTHING TO SATISFY MY INSATIABLE HUNGER. I was upset with this book for making me feel things, and not the kind of feel things where it's an angelic tear down a porcelain cheek. No, this "feel things" was more like puffy eyes wondering why the author is so mean. I have this thing where I put myself in other's shoes until I am laying on the floor sobbing. 

Some Kind of HappinessWhen I first saw everyone ranting and raving about how great of a book this was, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. 

THEN I FINALLY GREW A BRAIN AND READ IT.

To say that this book impacted me would be an understatement. I walked away with quite a few things. 
First of all, CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT THE WRITING FOR A SECOND!! The writing is clear, crisp, and oh so beautiful. When we were reading about the Everwood, I wanted to crawl inside the book and live there forever because HELLO MY DREAM WORLD (except for the second half of the book. I've already dealt with that and I will pass on dealing with it a second time). I want to write like that! I want to have the voice of a magical unicorn fairy who KNOWS HOW TO WRITE PERFECTLY.  + CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS A+
Even for secondary characters, I felt as though they grew and changed throughout the story, which is not something I see very often.
+ Jack is precious and must be protected at all costs. Do we understand one another?
+ THE DESCRIPTION THO. Let's take a moment of silence to appreciate the beautiful description. Thank you.
+ The portrayal of depression and anxiety was SPOT ON. I related to Finley very much, and I couldn't help but see myself in the words. I used to have "blue days", and I know exactly where Finley is coming from and what it feels like WHICH MADE IT ALL THE MORE HEARTBREAKING because no one should ever have to feel that way. 
I adore this book, and I will probably be buying it (which is a big deal for me because I am poor). 

Music
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I have listened to this album on repeat for the past month. There is not a day that has gone by that I have not jammed out to this. IT HAS TAKEN OVER MY LIFE, AND I AM OKAY WITH IT. 
My favorites are: The ArenaHold My HeartMirage. and Something Wild. 

Go forth, my minions, join me in my obsessive listening. 

Character
Usually I am not drawn to the main protagonist that much, BUT NIMONA IS EVERYTHING. I honestly can't wait to write a review on this.
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Blog Posts
#SHELFIES + Book Haul by An Odd Blog - Because SELF-PROMOTION (I say that every time, don't I?) and anytime I get to talk about my bookshelf is my favorite.

10 Books From the Villain's Perspective by Paper Fury - Because I'm pretty sure I had read 1/2 of this marvelous list, and the other 1/2 that I hadn't read...I may or may not have checked them all out. Life is short, okay? Read all the books, even if your life is consumed by reading. Or if you have no life (which by the way is a great way to get some more reading time in. I would recommend it). 

I Want To Be Important by To the Barricade! - Because I feel this. It is everything that I have been thinking recently. 

Why I Love Fall// Guest Post by Morgan by Sunshine and Scribblings - Because DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW EXCITED I AM FOR FALL. I don't think you do. And this post just expressed all my thoughts on the matter. 

a bookish post by A Writer's Faith - BECAUSE THIS WAS THING THAT INTRODUCED ME TO NIMONA (which I now adore).

Drink
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All the hot chocolate money can buy. Or, you know, homemade works too. Since I've been the perfect picture of health (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, mostly sugar-free, and taste-free), I've had a hard time figuring out a way to replace holiday favorites. But this month I decided that I was going to stop procrastinating put my suffering to an end and find a recipe for healthy hot cocoa. In the end, I made up my own recipe (which is superb, by the way. I am a culinary genius).

Food
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Guess. 

TV Show
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I HAVE ALREADY CRIED MANY TIMES WHILE WATCHING THIS. I have so many emotions. It's nothing like I expected it to be, but it gave me a lot that I didn't know I wanted.

Movie

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I watched the first Jaws movie because it is an iconic classic.

I watched the second Jaws because I was curious as to what they were going to do with it.

I watched the third Jaws because I wanted to laugh.

I watched The Revenge because I couldn't stop laughing.

And that has been my month. It went by really fast, and I honestly don't even know how it is November tomorrow. I am convinced there is a mad scientist somewhere with a Time Stealer. Yeah, that's the reason.

Toodlepip

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dear Pain, I mean, Behind the Glass.

I was inspired by A Writer's Faith to write a letter to my novel. It looked like fun, so why not? It is the 2 year anniversary of my very first completed draft of a book, and I thought that was cause for celebration. 

Dear BG (Behind the Glass), 
You are amazing, marvelous, magical, and perfect. I am pretty sure you have never committed a crime. Ever. 

Just kiddingyou have murdered my heart more times than I care to count. 

Can you believe it's been almost four years since I first started you? Back then, you were a mess. You were just a wisp of an idea: A girl jumping around her room, pretending to be a pirate captain, then a girl captured and stuck on a pirate ship. There was an oh-so-important, life altering plot twist thrown in there somewhere, and we were proud. Your title was The Mirror, and you were my masterpiece.

I still remember bringing Daddy in to read your first few, carefully typed chapters (which are now long gone, sorry about that.). He said that you were good, and I beamed.

All those late nights on that computer that barely worked... All of those mugs of tea spilled across the keyboard, and I was sure the computer would short, and I would lose you forever. Then finally, all of those late nights paid off, and I wrote the last two words.

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You must have been happy to be whole. I know I was happy you were. I remember being in kind of a daze after I finished your first draft. I couldn't believe that after years of pouring over this insane story that felt like a rip-off of Alice in Wonderland, I was left with an amazing novel that was everything I imagined it would be. 

In that moment, you changed me. Writing switched from a hobby to my career. Now it's all I ever want to do with my life, and you showed me that. You also showed me how much an idiot with an idea can accomplish.

For being such an amazing novel, you really have your drawbacks, too. DO YOU KNOW THE TEARS I HAVE SHED? The sleepless nights I have had? The people who have looked at me like I'm crazy just because I'm talking to myself about plot and storyline? How many restaurants I've been banned from because I built a miniature map from fries, ketchup packets, and half the tables?

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As my first novel, you were the hardest. I had no idea what to do, and that terrified me. But slowly I chipped away at this crazy world I had created, and then you were there, sparkling and waiting for me to stop laughing at my own genius.

You've taught me more about human nature and people than anything else I could have done. You have showed me things about myself that I didn't know were possible. I am a persevering, patient, writing master!

Two years dedicated to writing away at a hobby. Two years of crying, laughing, and banging my head against the keyboard, wishing that it would all just go away. Because of all those really difficult moments, I learned to press on. I learned that truly great writers are forged through fire. And that sucks because that means I have a lot of fire left ahead of me.

A lot of writers seem to complain about their novels, and believe me, could I complain, but I like to focus on the good things: Like the fact that I learned about myself, others, and God while writing you. Like the fact that you were my gateway into an addictive, amazing world of writers and friends that gave me feedback and compliments. Like the fact that I can't hike anywhere without thinking "If Sprig can walk across an entire country, you can trudge up this hill."

I learned to adore characters that were dark and tortured and tragic little porcupines.

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I'm a little scared for the day that we'll have to say goodbye and be done with you because your story is my favorite. I think it always will be. I know that someone's first novel always stays with them, but Alairia has been very special to me. Every once in awhile, I'll feel nostalgic and pull out your really bad first draft, and then I'll laugh at Old Me and Old You, because dang, we were awful.

I know we have a long road of editing and rejection and publishing? ahead of us, but if anyone can do it, we probably are not those people (but we might be one day).

So happy birthday, Pain, I mean, BG. You're kind of the best.
Love,
Your Supreme Overlord and Creator.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween 101| How to Survive

If you are a fragile hearted little pumpkin like me, then this time of year can be kind of scary...
People are harder to deal with than books, surprisingly. Throughout my years of hiding out behind curtains, waiting for the little masked horrors (people are calling them children?? BUT THEN WHY DO THEY HAVE PLASTIC MACHETES) to knock and bring news of their reign of terror, I have learned how to emerge from the drapery and SURVIVE.

So for no reason at all, welcome to Halloween 101.


costumes.
Also known as the perfect excuse to dress up like Batman and run around town stealing children's candy. I have become the master of last minute costumes. I will depart some of my wisdom on you. You're welcome...
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#1 - Dress in red and black, carry around a plastic axe, and voila, Modern Day Queen of Hearts. It also helps if you attempt to behead others, and you get to yell a lot.

#2 - Find a white onesie and wear a paper crown, and BAM, instant Max from Where the Wild Things Are. For the rest of the evening, you can steal food, sit on the floor, and act like a wild thing... #fierce

#3 - Wear all green, wear "nerd" glasses, and a green beanie, and boOM, Hipster Peter Pan. It helps if you have a dagger and run around telling people they're looking old...

trick or treating.
If you are out trick-or-treating with your chosen bodyguard, the best way to avoid any human contact or interaction is to dart from bush to bush, waiting for the first group of children to leave, and then darting in to grab the candy before the next wave of people descends.

If you are staying home to disperse the candy, what are you doing with your life?? Take the candy, retreat to your room, and read whilst consuming all the Reeses you can fit in your mouth at one time.

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scary movies. 
When you and your friends (or you and your pet hamster) are sitting around on Halloween night, and one of you gets the bright idea to watch a scary movie, WHAT DOES YOUR FRIGHTENED LITTLE HEART DO? It panics. But no, hold up a moment, I have the answer. Pick a safe scary movie. Pick a movie that is just on the edge of "is-that-a-shadow-or-a-murderer" and "MOTHER-NEVER-LEAVE-ME-AND-NEVER-TURN-THE-LIGHTS-OUT".

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is bewildering and why is this a children's movie again?

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Coraline haunted my nightmares as a wee child. I mean, it still haunts my dreams, but it also did when I was a child...too.

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This is adorable/creepy-ish/hilarious/what even is this movie? It was a lot sweeter than I expected, but before it was sweet, it was creepy. Also, I promise that I did not even mean to have this be a Claymation Only party. Here is a live-action one.

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THIS IS THE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN. It made me feel things. It made me feel many things. I would watch it even if it wasn't Halloween. In fact, I'll be right back. Totally unrelated...

haunted houses.
Just don't do it, man. Don't do haunted houses. My sister went through one, and she hid behind my brother the whole time, pushing him through. HAUNTED HOUSES ARE SKETCH. They are the perfect place to commit murder, though... Not that I'm condoning murder, but you know, if you're already planning on it, I have advice...


Do you have any tips on how to survive Halloween? Do you celebrate Halloween? If you do, how so? (and if not, you are missing out on candy corn, my friend, which is a crime)

Toodlepip

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Farewell to Summer

Yes this is a couple quite a few A MILLION years too late, but I'm doing it now. At least I did it at all... It's not procrastination; it's being productive in a round-about way! 

So here we go. My farewell to summer!

This summer was really great for me. I had a lot of realizations and life changes that I have introduced because I AM LEARNING SO MUCH IN SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. 


I have learned: how much God wants me to trust Him with everything that I am troubled with. I am the type of person that gets easily stressed out (which I have stated many times because it is such a big part of my struggling still), but this summer, I went through a lot of growing, and learning, and listening to what God wants me to do when I am in distress. He just wants me to run to Him for the peace and freedom from anxiety that He promises.

I have learned: to let go of my schedule and live in the moment. I am a schedule girl. I love having lists and checking things off of that list and being organized!  

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ME IN EVERY SITUATION 
I take being motivated and organized to a whole new level; I become almost obsessive. I try to follow my list so closely that I end up ignoring invitations to play a game with my family. I forget to play the piano and watercolor and sing in the kitchen with my sister and bake and live life so fully that I am in the moment, appreciating all the time that I am not looking at my list.

I have learned: how to step out of my comfort zone. I am a timid person. I am a timid person.
For basically all of my life, I have acted like, and believed I was, a "wimp". Over this summer, I learned that I can be bold. I can live life daringly and not be jumping off of cliffs. I can step out of my comfort zone in small ways, like: riding a motorcycle, rock-climbing, striking up a conversation with a complete stranger, riding a horse even though I'm lowkey terrified of riding them, learning how to drive a four-wheeler.  All of these seemingly small things pushed me out of my happy little bubble. I am a happier person when I am out of my comfort zone.

I have learned: to not be so worried about things. This summer I wrote in a book. This summer I went through my belongings and got rid of quite a few things I had been holding onto. I drew in a book and was proud of defacing it! Because I had made art, and I was happy with this art. I was arting!!

This summer was pretty great for me, and I hope it was pretty great for ya'll, too. So, welcome Autumn! (Yes, I know we're almost through it already, hush.)

Toodlepip

Sunday, October 16, 2016

6 Stories to NOT Read To Small Children On Halloween (But you can read them if you want)

Guess what time of year it is? Guess?

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In case you can't tell, I am a fan of Halloween. It is a marvelous time of year where anyone can wear a sheet and beg for food and have it be socially acceptable. In honor of this time of year when I finally fit in, I decided to do a thing. You're welcome.

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The story by itself isn't creepy unless you have an insane imagination that runs away with you until you're huddling in the closet with a broom as your only weapon. BUT THE PICTURES. The pictures bring it to a whole different level. Especially at night. When you're home alone. And the only light is a weak lamp that flickers. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a really interesting concept with a dash of creepy. It's just enough to make me wonder if I should wait until it's a sunny day to read it... 

 

THIS BOOK, MAN. It's not even like this was a super insane creepy book. It was mostly that there was no explanation why these crazy things were happening. Why is a lumberjack disappearing, and the only trace is a clump of fur and the lingering scream? WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? I enjoyed Dreamwood. It goes from "happy-little-girl-looking-for-a-legend" to "run-from-the-shadows-in-the-dark-because-they-are-going-to-eat-you". 

Dreamwood takes a fun idea and makes it a bit darker. I would definitely read this at night if you're looking for a dash of suspense in your life.

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This is a creepy classic. I couldn't not mention it. I'm sure that the Halloween Police would break down my door and throw pumpkins at me until I gave into the Halloween spirit. I first watched the movie as an innocent little child, looking to have fun in a joyful, colorful world.

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NOPE
I adore the genuinely terrifying nature of this story. The fact that she takes children's eyes!! Isn't this a children's book? Someone needs to remind Neal Gaiman.

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Unwind isn't so much creepy as it is disturbing. 
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
ALL THE KIDS ORGANS ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN. There is a scene where someone gets unwound (I won't say who because this is a spoiler-free zone), and I must say, it was definitely creepy and disturbing. It was so detached and monotone that it felt like a psychopath was narrating the chapter.

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I know that this is a "boring classic". Beowulf is a marvelous story that I read first as a young eight year old. To read about halls being drenched in blood after the night's battle, let me tell you, is not a memory one easily forgets. To this day, this is the scariest book I've read. It is gruesome and does not leave things to the imagination. 

Beowulf is a classic that I look forward to rereading, if not for the awesome heroics, for the monsters and monster mothers who seek revenge! Grendel's mother is intense, man...

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SUSPENSE. CREEPY NOISES. SLAMMING DOORS. MYSTERIOUS FOOTPRINTS. This book has got it all... Boy, the way I promote this book, you'd think I was paid to advertise it. I promise I'm not! But I'll stop screaming about it if you buy it for the simple price of $6.99.

House of Dark Shadows gives suspense and satisfying mystery of a horror movie without any of the cheap jump scares or cheesy plot. IT IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED IN A BOOK.

Are there any books you're going to read for Halloween? Will you give any of these books a try? (BONUS QUESTION: What's your favorite part of Halloween?)

Toodlepip

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

#SHELFIES + Book Haul

Give a writer a blank page and they will write a story. Fact of Life.

Another Fact of Life: Give a Book-Dragon a camera, and they will take pictures of their hoard.

Let's go.

Shelf 1. My three favorite series.
First of all, don't you just love my bookends? Hmm? If you've been with me for even a short amount of time, you probably have heard of my rabid affection for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. If not, I have not been doing my job properly. My god-sister gave me the second book to the series (actually she gave it to my brother, and I read it when I wasn't supposed to), and I was hooked. The sequel series Heroes of Olympus is just as precious, if not more so.

I stumbled upon Fablehaven one day at the library. It's strange to think that a series that I now adore was just a random book I picked up at the time. It is magical animals and battles and sarcasm. What would I do without it?
Shelf 2. MY PRETTIES
(Working left to right) Harry Potter has only become a favorite in the last year and a half. BUT I STILL LOVE IT. (Slytherin pride!). 

The Unwanteds were my Harry Potter. While everyone else was reading the books and watching the movies as they came out, I was perfectly content with my own wonderful books that I adored. I mean, they have a giant stone cheetah that is a grump. How cool is that?

I started writing up my thoughts on the Hunger Games, and I honestly had to copy and paste it to a new post because DAAANG, I have a lot of thoughts on it. Every time I started trying to sum it all up, it just got even longer. Clearly I need to do a post on my stance on the Hunger Games

Auralia's Colors, Cyndere's Midnight, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Waiting for Normal, and Daughter of Venice have been favorites for almost as long as I can remember. The Tyranny of Petticoats poster thingie came from the book launch party I went to (and MET MARISSA MEYERS!!). Also, there was cake. This is how you know if a book will be a success or not. The quality of refreshments at the book launch parties. This is a scientifically proven fact. In fact, if authors just hand out assorted pastries and desserts, people are much more likely to buy their book. So authors...get to work.

Shelf 3. Aww, I love all of these books so much.
The Beyonders are by Brandon Mull (who wrote Fablehaven), so of course they're going to be super good! And the Kane Chronicles are by Rick Riordan (author of PJO) so of course, say it with me, they're super good.

The rest of the books here are ones that I've had for ages because they are THAT GOOD.

If you think you spy Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (also by Rick Riordan. Clearly I have a thing for his books), good eye. Let's be friends. We could go out for croissants and hot chocolate, and swap book recommendations.

Shelf 4. Lemony Snicket and friends.
(Please ignore the stickers on the spines of the books because, yes, they are bothering me too) DreamHouse Kings is a family favorite. Basically everyone in my family has read them, and we all agree that they are all that matters in life. No food, electricity, or warmth. There is only DreamHouse Kings. Say it with me, DreamHouse Kings... DreamHouse Kings... DreamHouse Kings.

And that, kids, is how cults are started! 

There are, of course, other books here that I have found at thrift stores and garage sales and added to my collection.

Shelf 5. This is my odds and ends shelf
This is where books go to die. Kidding! This is where all the books that I like enough to add to my hoard, but aren't top shelves material, go to spend their dusty little lives. Most of these are from my personal collection before I even had a bookshelf (I know, I used to be pitiful). 


There was a 50% off sale at a chain of thrift-stores, and of course I had to get in on this deal. My mother and I went to  all of the stores near us, scoring a bunch of great books for a really low price. 

These are the lovelies that I got.
  • The entire Chronicles of Narnia (top left corner) was only $3, and it's in great condition! 
  • I have not read Paper Towns before, but it was only $1.50, so why not? 
  • Legend just looks cool. I've seen it in many bookstores, but never read it. I finally will. Just as soon as I get through my enormous pile of library books. You know, in 358 years...
For those of you who are observant little butterflies (congrats, you get a cookie), yes, I do already have Mockingjay, but I bought a second copy to study and write in (I would not mar a book if I had only one copy, thank you very much). 
  • This Book Is Not Good For You is part of a series I have read many a time. I am slowly (and cheaply) acquiring all of the books.
  • The Princess Academy (bottom left corner) is such a sweet book, and it was simply $1. What respectable self-proclaimed book connoisseur wouldn't buy it?
  • I am Number Four is something I've meant to read for a long time now. I watched the movie when it first came out (and when everyone still had high hopes for that franchise). Every time I would say that I watched the movie, I would be attacked with enthusiastic fans who shouted at me how much better the books were. Me, being extremely familier with cases of "The book was better. Don't even watch the movie. Shun the movie. SHUN", I added it to my TBR list, but that list is a black-hole. Books go in and never come out...
  • I've read Uglies before and remembered enjoying it. I must say, whoever puts stickers directly on the cover of books should have their faces covered in such stickers. How do you think they would like it? Hmm?
  • For being published in 2005, The Book Thief sure feels like a classic. I truly adore that story.
  • I first watched the Lord of the Rings as a wee lass who was fascinated by this epic fantasy world and amazing battles. While most preteen girls were talking about One Direction (yes, I am falling back on the good ol' stereotypes. Sue me), I was obsessing over the world that J.R.R. Tolkien had created. I am surprised that it has taken me this long to finally buy all the books. 
  • I bought A Bad Beginning as well, to study as I'm going to do with Mockingjay, but I forgot to add it. 
So you don't have to imagine it.
And that was my book haul! With my birthday coming up, I doubt this will be the last post like this that I do. I am quickly running out of space on my shelf. So much so that I had to rearrange my Odds and Ends shelf because I couldn't fit it all.

Yes, that is a doll (I've had her for as long as I can remember)
and a bag of glow-in-the-dark-stars. 


Have you gotten any new books? Do you have a favorite shelf on your bookshelf? Do you organize your bookshelf in any way? What books are you hoping to buy soon? (if you're like me, the list goes on and on)

Toodlepip

Saturday, October 8, 2016

What Writing Has Taught Me (Basically, I Am A Genius)

I finished my first novel in October of 2014. I will never forget the date or the feeling. It was something I'd been working towards for 2 years.
Ok, as NaNoWriMo approaches, I have become more dedicated to writing my current novel. And guess what?? GUESS WHAT???!!!
I finished it.
That's right. As soon as I wrote the last words, I did this weird pterodactyl screech and started doing my victory dance (I do have one). Oh man, I was...am, so excited! I've been working on this novel for about two years. - October 27th, 2014
I have been writing since I was a wee tadpole, and I have lived, breathed, and eaten as many stories as I can. I have become a wise, old sage. Many inexperienced young adventurers have hiked to my door to seek out my wisdom. You can basically call me Yoda. 

patience 
Writing a novel takes time. <-- No truer statement has ever been said. Even if you are a magical unicorn who can write your novel in a day, it will take time to plan, edit, rewrite as many times as it takes, and then FINALLY be finished. 

Writing is the hardest job ever. It takes YEEEEARS (up to 27 dog years) to completely finish, and then publish your novel. Instead of stomping my foot and hiding in the closet until I get what I want, I have had to learn to sit quietly and pretend to be patient.

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ME
organization skills
When your tiny little hamster brain has been overrun by malicious little plot-bunnies, your instincts kick in. I don't know about you, but my instincts used to be "TOO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT RUN AND HIDE IN THE NEAREST POTTED PLANT". Clearly that wasn't working for me... I started getting banned from too many bookstores. Then my writer senses kicked in, and I learned how to organize. And I became A PRO.


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adaption
Picture this: It is a beautiful sunny day. You sit down at your laptop, open your preferred writing tool, and begin to write only to find that *DUN dun dun* it's gone. The past 3 weeks and two meltdowns worth of work has vanished. It's only trace is your broken heart.

What do you do? Give up, throw your computer, and eat 12 cupcakes? Yes. 
Then.
You take a breath, think about how much better you're going to make this, and you write, letting the tears on your cheeks drive you to success. You adapt to the situation, and you make it better. You take Life's lemons, and YOU THROW THEM AT LIFE AS HARD AS YOU CAN.


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imagination 
To create dragon-princess-assassins, one has to have quite the imagination, but when you exercise  that dazzlingly genius mind, it becomes even STONGER. You just have to be careful that you don't let it become too strong, then it might become self-aware and take over. 

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education
Do you know how fast the average rhino can run? I do.
Do you know what the Moroccan national anthem is? I do.
Do you know how to properly dispose of a dead body? I do.
Do you know the quickest way to fire a crossbow if your hand has been cut off and put in a jar? I do. Do you know what it's like to have probably been put on the government's watch list? I do.

See? Education at it's finest. Writing has been my best teacher of world history, science, and decapitation. It is crazy, and hard, and exhausting, but I adore it. I am very proud of how much writing has made me a better human being.

Toodlepip

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I AM VICTORIOUS - The Artist Presses On

Some of you may remember when I posted earlier this year about my arting endeavors. I look back on those attempts and laugh. I cast sidelong glances that are vaguely threatening at those attempts. I frown in their general direction.
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Sorry...
I was proud of those first tries, and now I wish to burn them in the fire of my eternal rage. They are no longer my "best" attempts. I would like to feature my latest masterpieces here, because I do what I want! So, feast your eyes on these mediocre attempts.

This was my first attempts at blueberries. Not my best, I'll admit, but better than before. 

I'm actually proud of this one. I don't think that I am in any way a genius, but it's pretty good for a beginner. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I think it's awful, because:

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ME
MY FISHIES
I saw something like this on Pinterest, so of course I had to try it. It didn't turn out as well as I thought, but it was still quite a lot of fun to try.


I had just a blast taking a million pictures of every single card. Seriously: WHO KNEW THAT IT WAS SO FUN!! I have also taken about 38 pictures of my bookshelf and every single book individually in the morning, evening, and twilight lighting BECAUSE ART. 


Honestly, this turned from my second attempt at a blueberry to this. How? How does that happen? Whatevs. I think it looks cool.
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Literally, I had so much fun water-coloring all of these. Who knew I could make something that I didn't think was trash and only fit for the deepest, darkest pits of mud? Now I do. I'm excited to see what else I can do in the near/distant/whenever future.

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Toodlepip