Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Ziva David

Ziva David, my favorite ex-Mossad assassin, who kicks butt and I totally named my car after her.
Me and Ziva, my first car.
 Yes, I'm that nerdy.  You should know that by now. :)  NCIS is my favorite television show. 

Ziva is beautiful and she kicks butt!
Ziva begins as a liason for Mossad and no one really trusts her.  Except Gibbs, because he trusts his gut and he witnesses her loyalty when she kills her own brother to protect Gibbs and because he was a traitor to their country.  She changes at NCIS as she develops friendships with Tony, McGee, Abby, and Ducky.  Ziva goes through several painful experiences; her friend and lover is killed by Tony, she is captured and tortured for months, her father is hard for her to communicate with (especially after he didn't save her), and so on.  Ziva never gives up.  The experiences change her, but for the better.  I love her character.  I also love the friendship between Ziva and Tony.  (BTW, I'm totally all for Tiva if they ever allow them to get into a relationship on the show.)  :)

Tiva: Tony + Ziva = AWESOMENESS!
One of my favorite things about her is her struggle to understand English idioms - they are hard!


And that's Z.  The A-Z Blogging Challenge is complete and now I'm ready for a short blogging break! (Though I still will be posting my updated goals tomorrow like always!) Thanks to everyone for joining me and reading about my "Awesome Nerd-ness"!

Thanks and congrats to everyone who finished!  WE DID IT! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Yzma

Who?

Though, it is spelled "dinosaurs" - I can spell, didn't make this.
Yzma is the main villain in "The Emperor's New Groove", a hilarious and unappreciated Disney movie.  Kuzco turns into a llama and has to be rescued by the peasant Pacha, whose village he wants to destroy, and avoid the evil Yzma (who scarily resembles Voldemort) and her idiot companion, Kronk.  Seriously, hilarious.

It's one of my favorite movies!


Seriously, go watch this movie now!  I'm gonna go watch it! :)   Have you ever seen "The Emperor's New Groove?"  I love it!

One more letter! :) 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

We Reject Ourselves


A few weeks ago, I received my first full request for my manuscript, DEFIANCE.  I was overjoyed!  I tried to keep calm remembering, the agent could still not like the full manuscript.  My brain was on overdrive.  I'm pretty sure my email got annoyed I checked it so much for the next twenty days.  Seriously, I think my email began to mock me. 

Those days passed.  Slowly.  The rest of that batch of queries came back as kind rejections.  I wasn't expecting to hear back the same day as another simple form rejection.  It was an email from the agent.  I could see the first sentence before opening it.  I took a deep breath and clicked it.  It was a kind pass on my manuscript.  It was nothing about the novel; the agent loved the premise, but the agent wasn't in love with the novel and to sell it, the agent wanted to love it.  It was disappointing.  I didn't cry at first.  The agent was very kind and though I won't reveal who it was, the agent is still an incredible agent and anyone who gets this person as their agent is very lucky.  Anyway, it was a hard to deal with.  I'd gotten closer than I had gotten in years.  (I had an agent briefly a few years back, but it was a bad situation and I won't get into it.)

I wanted to quit.  I wanted to throw things because I felt inadequate to be a writer.  Rejection sucks; don't let anyone ever tell you anything different.  They are probably numb if they lie or pros at lying to themselves.  I began to question if anything I've ever written was good enough.  I have a few crappy novels I won't publish, unless someday I do some serious work on them.  They are stepping stones on the way to being a better writer. 

That was Wednesday.  I felt like this.

Today is Saturday.  Yes, obviously but today I woke up and I didn't hate writing today.  I think it helped I stopped feeling bad for myself last night and decided to work on my critique partner's book.  It's awesome by the way. I love his style of writing.  He complimented me on doing the A-Z and critiquing a book and doing Camp NaNoWriMo.  I almost responded, "Yeah, no big deal."

Actually it is a big deal!  As writers, we sell ourselves short.  We say what we wrote is crap and we compare ourselves to other writers.  Constantly we compare and reject ourselves.  We reject our own writing before we even try to let someone else love it.

NO.

We have to stop doing that!  Writers don't always accept a compliment because we don't wanna be boastful or proud and annoying.  It's okay to accept when someone compliments you.  Don't brush it aside.  Don't always focus on the bad.  Focus on what you love about your novel and characters, not about that plot hole the size of Texas and the character with more cliques than a blond with a low IQ.  You can fix that.

Accept a compliment on your writing.

                   Don't blow off that writing a book isn't an accomplishment.  

                                                Don't reject yourself before you even begin. 

Love your writing and take it one day at a time.  Your "once upon a time" will come.  Don't hate the journey to get there.  Live it.

So, what I'm taking away from this.  I'm a writer and I've written seven books.  I love what I write, even if it needs some help.  It's nothing to look down at myself for.  Someday I'll be published.  It will all be worth it.  Until then, I will love writing and take the rejections as they come, remembering this is not the end.  It's a story that is just beginning.  And will continue with every page we write.

You'll get there too.  I believe in myself and you. :)

X is for Xinb

Nope, that is not a word.  I cheated a little.  X is for Thackery BinX.  X is a hard letter - don't judge me!

Anyway, Thackery Binx.  My childhood crush from "Hocus Pocus".  Thackery is a young man who follows his little sister, Emily, into the woods to save her from the three evil witches.  But he's too late.  Thackery tries to protect her and for that, the witches turn him into a black cat, who is unable to die.  He's forced to live with his grief and guilt for 300 years. 

Jump forward to the 21st century, Thackery Binx is standing guard over the house of the witches since their spell vowed they would return on All Hollow's Eve by a virgin lighting the black flame candle.  Lots of stuff does down and Thackery gives his life to protect Dani, the little girl who reminds him of his sister.  Dani is sad he's gone and this moment happens:


Aww!  So a sweetheart!  I love Thackery Binx. :)

Did I mention this also happens in the movie?
Hilarious line!
And one more - Thackery Binx is played by Sean Murray, who plays Timothy McGee in NCIS, my favorite television show.  So much love!
I love my nerdy McGee.
Have you ever seen Hocus Pocus?  Who was your childhood movie crush?

Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Whose Line is it Anyway

One of my all-time favorite shows!  Absolutely hilarious!  I have to show you to make you understand.


Seriously, if you search for youtube videos of Whose Line, you will be busy for the next several hours.  Sad, but true and hilarious. :)

Also, I heard a rumor that they will be starting this show again!  AWESOME!

Have you ever seen "Whose Line is it Anyway"?  The episode with Robin Williams is also very good!

Almost done with this challenge - soooooo close!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen is one of my favorite actors, specifically because of his work as Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" triology.  Though I also enjoyed him in "Hidalgo".  He is very attractive and in both movie, he sings.  Very nice. :)

 (I know I've shared this before, but it is so awesome you have to watch it again.  And again.)

And this:


He's just that awesome.  Definitely a dedicated actor.

Who is your favorite actor?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Umbridge

Yep, I admit it.  I wanted her dead more than Voldemort for a good part of the book.  Didn't happen.  Darn.

Anyway, Umbridge is a dude.

Now you think I've gone off my rocker and I'm a tad crazy.  Somebody save Krista!!  Nah, I'm partially sane.  I'm referring to the amazing sequel to "A Very Potter Musical" ---- which is "A Very Potter Sequel".  Honestly, if you consider yourself a fan of Harry Potter and have a good sense of humor, you will probably enjoy this.  Did I mention Darren Criss (Blaine from Glee) plays Harry Potter, he sings and has incredibly hair?  Yes!!


I love all of the songs and have a tendency to sing them loudly in the shower.  Enjoy!

Have you seen "A Very Potter Musical"?  Are you a fan of Starkid?  I sure am!!

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Honestly, I feel like I have so much more free time since I finished my Camp NaNo novel!  I'm not worrying about word count or plot or why my character Jon kept ending up naked.  I wanted to share a little teaser with you - just for fun!

It's one of my favorite moments between Lainey and Jon where she first realizes he isn't human, but she still wants him.  Enjoy!



“Jon,” Lainey mumbled, stepping back into the kitchen.  She moved towards the sink, watching the rain pour down out the small window.  Lainey braced her arms against the rim of the counter.  Her breaths were deep, but uneven.  She heard him enter the kitchen a few minutes later as she tried to brush the tears from her face.  “Sorry.  I’m fine.”

“You’re not fine,” he answered, stepping closer to the counter.  “I can tell you’re not.  I could tell the first time I met you, when you were drowning and had stopped fighting against the current.  I could tell you needed help.”

Lainey slowly turned around.  “Is that why you saved me?” 

“Yes.  And you weren’t ready to die.” 

“I don’t understand,” she whispered. 

“It’s not time for you to understand.  Come on, we owe Rachel a movie afternoon.”  Jon didn’t say anything else as he started to leave the kitchen.

“Are you some kind of angel?” Lainey asked, getting him to turn back around. 

Jon laughed once.  “I’m far from an angel, Lainey.  Trust me.”
 


What did you think?  Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Thor and... THE END!

Thor, who kinda sorta pulled off his own movie, except his presence in the Avengers negates the ending of the movie.  Great story - though not my favorite Avenger.  I talked about my favorite yesterday, Steve. :)

Cool.
Need I say anymore?

Have you seen Thor and did you enjoy it?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                               
(because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title: 
"Breathless"
Genre: 
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal: 
30,000

Day Twenty-Two: 
30,050

Words Remaining: 
0
  
I wrote 3,628 words today!  I'm done!!  I finished my Camp NaNoWriMo novel.  WHEW!  It feels good to be done.  The plot didn't exactly go how I wanted it to go, but I love my characters. :)

Seriously, super glad to be done!!

How I looked while writing the last 3k

How is your Camp NaNo novel coming?

Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers (Captain America) is my all-time favorite member of the Avengers.  He was a frail young man with little to nothing, but he's dedicated to fight.  Steve was given a chance to change and he takes it, becoming a super-solider.  But with his strength, Steve doesn't become a dick.  His heart remains steady.  He is loyal, brave, and has a heart of kindness.  Seriously, my favorite.  Even if he's not everyone's favorite, he is mine.  (As a side note, I'm a big fan of Hawkeye too.)  Also, that butt.  I'm not a butt gal, but it is beautiful.

If anyone finds a single man (preferably one closer to my age), who is a real life Captain America - please let me know. :)


I love a man in uniform. :)

Seriously, I love his butt. :)

With a little Hawkeye on the side.
Who is your favorite Avenger?  Do you like Captain America?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title: 
"Breathless"
Genre: 
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal: 
30,000

Day Twenty: 
24,405
Day Twenty-One: 
26,445


Words Remaining: 
3,555
  
I wrote 3,687 words this weekend.  Honestly, so ready to be done!  Doing the A-Z and Camp NaNo at the same time is completely crazy and I will not do both at the same time again.  I'm tired of writing this novel.  I love my characters, but this plot did not go the way I wanted it to.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for Red Dwarf

(One of my favorite posts of the entire A-Z challenge - hope you like it!)

A seriously under-appreciated Sci-fi, which began in 1988.  The last human alive and his three friends stranded three million miles from Earth travel in the mining ship Red Dwarf.  One of the classic BBC addiction shows.  I've almost seen all of the original and I love them.  There's so much humor and it's clean humor most of the time!  They use "smeg" for curse words; smegging, smeg, smeghead, etc.  It's awesome!

Here's a clip to entice you:

LOVE THEM!!

And another:  (this one is for the ladies)


Have you ever see "Red Dwarf" and fallen for it's awesomeness?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                               
(because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title: 
"Breathless"
Genre: 
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal: 
30,000

Day Eighteen: 
22,758

Words Remaining: 
7,242
  
I wrote 137 words yesterday.  Honestly, with only 7k to go, I'm still not sure how this is going to end or how I can fix a major plot hole right now.  I'm hoping to write 5k today - wish me luck! :)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quotes

I have picked a few of my favorite book quotes to share with you!  See if you can guess them! :) 

1.  Many that live deserve death.  And some that die deserve life.  Can you give it to them?  Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.  For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

2.  Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.

3.  As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

4.  "Oh that won't do!" said ----.  "Books ought to have good endings.  How would this do: and they all settled down and lived happily ever after?"  "It will do well, if it ever comes to that," said ----.  "Ah!" said ---.  "And where will they live?  That's what I always wonder."

5.  "After all this time?"  "Always."

6.  "I might be in love with you."  He smiles a little. "I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.” 

7.   "There could be love", Jonas whispered.


They aren't very hard - so hopefully you can answer them! :)

What are some of your favorite book quotes?  Scroll down for the answers and let me know how you did! :)

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Okay, the answers!!

1. Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings"
2.  "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
3.  "The Fault in Our Stars"
4.  "The Lord of the Rings"
5.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6.  "Divergent"
7.  "The Giver"

How did you do?  Do you like any of those quotes?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title: 
"Breathless"
Genre: 
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal: 
30,000

Day Seventeen: 
22,621

Words Remaining:  7,379
  
I wrote 554 words yesterday.  Not the most, but I had to write a difficult scene for my character.  I finished putting the nail in her heart and breaking it.  I do feel a bit mean towards her.  I will be giving her love back soon!  I would have written more, but a feverish night of sleep the night before didn't help and my all day migraine demanded I sleep.  Hopefully I will finish in the next few days! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Potter

I could say so many things about Harry Potter and his journey from a young boy to a man, but I won't.  A picture can say more than words.


I seriously did not get that until I found this.



I'll just leave you with this. :)
 


Do you love Harry Potter? 

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                               
(because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title: 
"Breathless"
Genre: 
YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal: 
30,000

Day Seventeen: 
22,012

Words Remaining:  7,988
  
I wrote 1,450 words yesterday.  Whew!  Most I've written in days.  I want to be done with this novel.  I'm still a bit stuck, but it's a first draft.  I simply found the body of my MC's best friend and put her in the hospital after a severe panic attack.  I do feel a bit bad about that one.  Oops??

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Oh my!

Does this ever happen to you?


List of Fictional Boyfriends:
Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings)
Four (Divergent)
Numair (Wild Magic - The Immortals)
Ron (Harry Potter)
Steve, Bruce, Tony, Clint, Thor (The Avengers)
Peter, Edmund, Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Peeta (The Hunger Games)
Xan (The 13th Floor - 1303 The Dragonslayer)
Brody (Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend)
Ash (Not Your Average Fairytale)
Red (Daughter of the Forest)
Nate (The Creepy Hollow Series)
Dragon (From the Ashes)
....
And so many others!

 (Seriously, who has time for a boyfriend?)

OH MY! :)

Am I the only one with a fictional boyfriend problem?  Or I guess, for the guys a fictional girlfriend problem?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Sixteen:  20,562
 
 
I wrote 0 words yesterday.  Gah, I want to be done with this novel.  I'm very stuck right now.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for Narnia


 Narnia, oh I wish I had a wardrobe and I could slip into Narnia whenever I wanted.  (Even though I know it doesn't quite work like that.)

Narnia is a mythical land with dwarves, talking beavers, fawns, centaurs, minotaurs, and many other creatures.  It exists inside of the wardrobe, which the four Penvensie children venture into.  Created by C.S. Lewis, Naria is a beautiful land with mystery and joy, but also with evil.  In the first story, the children have to defeat the White Witch and banish the 100 year winter from Narnia.  And I hate four months of winter, I can't imagine 100 years of snow and no Christmas.  Yuk.

Such a beautiful place.

This is the closest I've gotten.  I found a lamppost in Disney World in 2008, but no wardrobe.  Darn.


If you had the chance, would you live in Narnia as a king or queen?  Personally, I'd love to meet Mr. Tumnus. :)

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 Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Fifteen:  20,562
 
 
I wrote 162 words.  Yep, super lame.  I'm stuck.  And I'm deep in the week three trenches.  I wanna be finished with this book.  I still love it, but I'm having trouble with it and my MC, Lainey is being incredibly stubborn right now.  Hopefully, I can get some writing done soon.

Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for Merlin

"It's... lonely. To be more powerful than any man you know, and have to live like a shadow. To be special, and have to pretend you're a fool."
 - Merlin

I LOVE MERLIN!  Sorry, I got a bit excited with the capital letters and such.  I seriously have a whole board devoted to it on Pinterest. :)  It's called "Oh my, Merlin!" and pretty cool. 

The BBC's production of Merlin is incredible!  It's not about an old Merlin, but about a young man who enters Camelot in a time where magic is banned.  He's a warlock with a great destiny, but he doesn't quite know it yet.  Merlin discovers his destiny from a dragon, kept beneath the palace, who is very wise.  Merlin can't believe it.  He's supposed to create a new Albion with the spoiled Prince Arthur who puts him in the stocks after the first time they meet?  No way.  Merlin becomes Arthur's man servant after he saves Arthur's life and the two have such an awesome bromance!  It's a wonderful show and family friendly, which I love.  There's no sex scenes and it is clean language.  I cannot express how much I love this show!

Here's the trailer from season one to entice you:


And if that doesn't entice you, try this:


One of the greatest shows on television!  Just no one spoil the ending for me - I haven't had a chance to see the final season yet!  It aired in the UK and I just haven't taken the time to find the ending on the internet.

Have you discovered the magic of "Merlin"?  If not, you have to!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Thirteen:  20,337
Day Fourteen:  20,400
 
 
I wrote 3,315 words on Saturday!  Definitely a successful writing day!  It was the NaNoThon - NaNoWriMo Marathon, with donations and lots of writing.  I'm glad I got some much done.  I made my character Lainey fall in love and in the same day, I made her heart break.  Yeah, I do feel a bit awful about that one.  :)  I only wrote 63 words on Sunday, but I'm totally okay with that.  How did your weekend of writing go?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Loki

"So I am no more than another stolen relic, locked up here until you might have use of me?" 
-Loki 


Loki... he's an evil villain with class, style, an amazing voice, and did I mention he was handsome?


I'm one of those nerds who randomly likes and hates Loki.  There's something about the way he almost feels guilty for what he's done.  A few scenes in the Avengers, such as when Loki tells Thor there's no way to stop it, I feel Loki almost looks like he regrets it.  (Though in the next moment, you can see he doesn't.)  Loki had a sucky childhood.  He was lied to about his parentage and always in the shadow of his brother.  That had to suck.  I think Loki's character is best summed up by Tom Hiddleston --


Simply put, Loki never thought of himself as a villain.  He wanted the attention so badly, part of him stopped caring how he got it.  Loki became the villain when he could have been so much more.

One of my favorite quotes from Loki
What did you think of Loki's character?  Did you feel any empathy or compassion for him?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Nine:  16,735
 
 
I wrote 320 words.  Definitely not good, but I enjoyed the first night of the women's retreat. At first, I felt like the youngest person in the room, but it was nice to talk to some older women about life in general and in patience about waiting for a husband. :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Krista

Since I am made of Awesome Nerdness - this is a video blog post.  My first ever, so please try not to laugh at my awkwardness. :)  Also, sorry about the word vomit... making a video post is hard and I couldn't tell which side of the screen to show things because it was backwards... anyway, just watch!


Was is that bad?  Do we have any awkward thing in common?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Nine:  16,415
 
Meh, long stressful day and a bad headache.  I wrote 234 words.  Definitely not good, but hopefully I can make up some of it this weekend, though I have a women's retreat, so I probably won't get much done. :(

Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Javert, Jean Valjean

Yes, that musical where every single line is sung and some dudes don't like it.  My dad said it had too much singing.  I love it!  Les Miserables.

24601.  Every musical nerd's password after seeing the movie/musical.  Passwords needs five digits?  24601!!

Anyway, back on task.  I love the two main characters, Javert and Jean Valjean.

Jean Valjean was put in prison for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread.  He was innocent, only wanting to save the life of a child.  When he is finally relased, Jean Valjean believes he is free, but he never is.  He has no money and the burden of being labeled a criminal.  He attempts to steal from a kind bishop, and gets caught.  The bishop claims he gave the silver to him and sets him free, telling him he must use it to become a better man.  Jean Valjean takes it to heart and changes his ways.  He becomes a successful business man under a new name, but when his mistake costs him the life of a mother, Fantine, he vows to save her child.

Which brings us to Javert, the man who promises to put Jean Valjean in prison and hunts him.  He's not necessarily a bad man, which may be shocking.  Javert is doing what he believes is right.  He's upholding the law, not looking at the heart of the man.  Javert sees him as the convict he was, not the humanitarian he became. 

Jean Valjean saves Cosette from Borat and Bellatrix. (Meh, it's true.)  He raises her as his own child.

Lots of stuff happens, people die, two fall in love and there are songs which made me bawl.  But the point.  Jean Valjean saves Javert's life and spares him.  Javert cannot comprehend that this man has changed and cannot understand the fact that the man he chased most of his life was not what he believed.

I won't spoil the ending for you.  Seriously, go watch the movie or the musical on stage.  The two characters show the difference between love and law.  Freedom and hate.  It's a beautiful story.




Have you seen "Les Miserables"?  Did you enjoy Javert and Jean Valjean's story?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Nine:  16,181
Alright day of writing.  I wrote 765 words.  It's been a long week at work and I'm tired not wanting to write much.  I did hold a sick little one-year-old girl for two hours today.  I love my cuddles, but I felt bad she was sick.  It does feel good to see my "words remaining" going down.  I'm getting closer to the scene where Lainey finds out the truth about Jon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Iron Man


Iron Man (Tony Stark) who has some of the best lines.


I love his character.

Are you a fan of Iron Man?  I'm super excited for Iron Man 3 coming out on May 3rd, 2013! :)


See?  SUPER EXCITED! :)

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Eight15,416

Much better day of writing.  I wrote 1,589 words.  Much better!  AND I finally got to write the first kiss scene in my novel!  It's a bit steamy, bittersweet, and in the rain.  I really like it. :)  I'm officially half-way done with the first draft!  WHEW!  How is your Camp NaNo novel coming along?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for Henry Jones, Jr.

Henry Jones, Jr.  Yep, I mean Indiana Jones - doctor of archeology and part-time teacher. I'd take his class.  My favorite of the trilogy (yes, I don't count the one with Shia LeBoring because I don't like him - other than I liked him in "Holes") is the second one, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".  It's different from the other two which have heavy faith themes and though I'm a Christian, my favorite one is where a guy tries to rip out Indiana's heart.  Try to figure that one out! :)

Also, I love a shirtless young Harrison Ford.  And he is shirtless for a good part of the movie.

And... there's a scene with him playing with a young boy, being all incredibly attractive and fatherly.  I had to tell my ovaries he was too old. :(

AND... why I was searching for shirtless pictures of Harrison Ford for (ahem) twenty minutes.  I found this great article on 10 Reason Why "Temple of Doom" is Better Than You Remember. (Now with 91% more chilled monkey brains).  It made me laugh!  I love the chilled monkey brains scene. This movie is just creepy!  It's the only creepy I really like.

What's your favorite Indiana Jones movie?  If you say the 4th one... I might have to hunt you down... Just kidding!  Maybe...

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Eight13,827

Not really a productive day of writing.  I wrote 297 words.  Yep, lame.  Though I did catch up on A-Z posts and commenting!  So did good there, but didn't write much.  Hopefully I will have more time today to remedy the last two days of bad word counts.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cover Reveal - Milayna by Michelle Pickett

(If you are looking for my letter G post, go here.)

Today I am honored and very excited to reveal the cover for one of my critique partner's books - seriously, Michelle is awesome and so is her book!  Milayna is her young adult paranormal romance from Spencer Hills Press.

Such a beautiful cover! :)



Jacket Summary:

Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn't a choice--it's a job requirement. And it's a job she can't quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half-angel isn't all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell's Angel, wants Milayna's power, and he'll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.

With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting with her is Chay, a demi-angel who's sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love... or her nemesis in disguise?

Because when she learns of a traitor in her group, there's no one she can trust... not even the one she loves.


Title: Milayna
Author: Michelle Pickett
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  978-1-937053-83-3
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Formats: Paper, e-book

It's not too early to request an ARC! Get your request in now before they're gone. Please use the reviewer form on Spencer Hill Press's website. 


Congrats Michelle!

It's also less than two months until the release of her debut novel, PODs.  I'm very excited to read this one and can't wait! :)
 
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
 
 
Seriously, both covers are amazing and I can't wait to read them! :)  Congratulations to Michelle!

G is for Gamgee, Sam

Sam Gamgee, the best friend everyone wishes they had.  Someone who will stick with you through everything.  I love Sam. :)

Yep.

Also, he has some of the greatest lines in the story!


Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for. 


One of the best quotes - it applies to writing and to life.  It's worth fighting for.  It's my absolute favorite quote in the entire series.  (Though I do love a lot of them!)

At the end of the story, Sam lives on with his wife and their children, telling the story of Frodo and the Ring to everyone.  He becomes the storyteller in place of Frodo.  I love Sam and Frodo... the best, best friends.

Do you enjoy that quote from "The Lord of the Rings"?  What is your favorite quote from the books/movie?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Six13,530
Day Seven:  13,530

Productive one day of writing!  I wrote 2,144 words on Saturday.  I took Sunday off of writing, though I meant to catch up on A-Z posts and didn't get a chance yet.  I WILL!  Again, sorry!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Frodo Baggins

Congrats - we have all survived the first week of the A-Z Challenge and the first week of the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo! :)

Chris Hemsworth's impersonation of the Hulk
Back to work! :)
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Frodo Baggins, a small hobbit who lives a simple life and doesn't go on any adventures.  Until his uncle's 111th birthday party and he inherits a small ring which will change the course of his life and the course of the future. Frodo is stabbed and almost dies on his journey to Rivendell, but he decides to take the ring.  He wants to destroy it.

I love the dedication in Frodo's character.  He has this awful, craptastic journey ahead of him and with his best friend Sam; Frodo does it.



Honestly, I wish I could forget Frodo's story...
I wish I could forget so I could experience it over and over again like it was new. :)

Frodo: It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance.
Gandalf: Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.


I wish I could have the dedication to finish what I start.  I have four unpublished/unedited books which might be somewhat salvageable if I committed to finishing it.  If Frodo can take the Ring to Mordor, I can someday finish editing them. :)


Do you ever wish you could have the dedication of Frodo to finish what you started?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Five11,386

A so-so day of writing.  Hey, it was a Friday night - I went out with my best friend.  We enjoyed some delicious BBQ boneless chicken wings, strawberry long island ice teas, and each others company. (Also we found a few last clearance chocolate eggs from Easter.) It was definitely necessary. :)  I only wrote 345 words.  Yikes!  Hopefully I can get more done this weekend!  I hope to hit 15k by Sunday night!

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As a side note, how do you all keep up with commenting?  I'm swimming in word counts and blog posts to read!  If I don't get to you, I'm sorry!  I will do my best to visit your blog and posts.  Doing Camp NaNo and the A-Z Challenge at the same time is harder than I imagined.  I will do my best to get to you!

Also, Laura Josephsen's incredible book - Rising Book 1: Resistance is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!  If you enjoy beautiful writing, fantasy, and a captivating story - you definitely should buy it!  The second one (and conclusion) just came out!  I have to find some time to read it!  Seriously, one of the best books I've read in a long time. :)   I highly recommend it!  You'll want to share it with everyone you meet!

Okay - that's all for now.  Have a great weekend! :)