Book Haul + Life Update + Bloggish Revision Ideas

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I got bookies!!!

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From top to bottom:

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Pretties by Scott Westerfield

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

So, yeah. I’m excited! My dad said I could only get three books (and only one hardback!!!), so it was very hard for me to choose. I will hopefully read The Scorch Trials next, if my classmate lets me borrow it, then Pretties, then The Bane Chronicles, and then Looking for Alaska.

I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d prefer to, mainly because life (and YouTube) have been grabbing me and not letting go. If you missed me, I missed you, too! *hug* And if you didn’t, well, that’s FINE. Anyway, I just thought I’d do a quick update on my life.

School just started up again after Thanksgiving break, and I am feeling the workload. Homework and projects and studying for tests have caught up with me. In math, we have a test next week, I just finished a project in humanities, and we’re doing a project in science tomorrow. AND I have to memorize my monologue for English. [It’s about this girl who is lesbian and her girlfriend committed suicide two months ago. Every day she wakes up, not sure if she wants to live.] Thankfully, I only have two weeks of school and then we have winter break! YAY!

I had my choir concert on Tuesday night, and we. Freaking. Killed it. It was so much fun and I think we sounded great! We performed in a church, and one pew was made up entirely of people who came to see moi. So awesome. I’ll be starting choir again in January 2015. We’re going to perform at Great America! [For those of you who don’t know, Great America is an amusement park with rollercoasters and lots of fried food. Fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, fried funnel cake–you name it, you can fry it. (Sadly, I don’t like rollercoasters. Or fried food.)]

We will be beginning the mandatory science fair soon, so I am bound to be slammed with work. One of the ideas I had for my project is how sustainable ereaders versus paper books are. Fun?

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As you probably know, I wrote a [short] novel during NaNoWriMo, and I am planning to edit it. I thought I’d share with you some of my ideas for revisions!

My order of editing/revising:

1. Look at scenes and figure out which ones to keep, edit, and trash. Also add scenes as needed.

2. Pick apart scenes and get to the technical stuff.

3. Focus on wording and how it flows.

4. Repeat until perfect.

I think I’m going to be cutting some characters. There are some who just don’t move the plot along and don’t really say anything, and I can easily delete them. I will be keeping Cait, Jaz, Belle, Brandon, Kai, and Dean, though. :)

That’s all for now, my lovelies. Happy December and soon-to-be-official winter! Have you read any of the books I bought? Do you want to read them? Tell me in the comments below.

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11 thoughts on “Book Haul + Life Update + Bloggish Revision Ideas

  1. (I love your new blog design!)

    I look forward to reading The Bane Chronicles… once I’ve caught up on the main series, that is! I still have yet to read City of Ashes. :P

    Your monologue sounds interesting! Did you write it yourself, or were you assigned a monologue?

    Whoa, that’s a lot of work. O_o Makes me glad I’m homeschooled… even when I have that many projects to work on, my schedule is usually quite flexible so that sometimes I can take a break from math (or whatever) to finish a huge project in another unrelated subject.

  2. Have fun with everything school related! We’re facing finals in two weeks, yikes! That’s gonna be tough. But break is coming soon, that’s what everyone is focusing on.
    Catalina has a concert for choir and ensemble this weekend, I can’t wait!
    You guys are going to Great America? I think we are too! Maybe I’ll see you there!

  3. Ohmygod! I want Bane Chronicles so badly. I’m halfway through City of Heavenly Fire and GOD, THE FEELZ >.< Magnus: one of the best characters ever!
    Looking for Alaska was a great book, but I somehow didn't like it *as* much as Paper Towns… I don't know.

    Lol, fried Oreos? O.o

    (I'll leave it at that XD )

  4. oH THE BANE CHRONICLES! I have that and I still haven’t read it. >_< I feel terribly guilty and I want to so bad, I just haven't had the chance! This month has been crazy so far and I've only read like 3 books. But still, hopefully when the Christmas holiday actually start things will calm down for me. hehe. I also ADORE Looking for Alaska! Congrats on your awesome choir performance too!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. Bookies, yay! Hope you like Looking For Alaska, it wasn’t my fave… Oooh, I still need to read Pretties. I read Uglies and didn’t do much after that… :)
    I KNOW. Life gets in the way of blogging so much. ;) Your monologue for English sounds AMAZING! You have a humanities class? Cool. Great America sounds like fun, good luck! Fried Oreos sound both gross and yummy. :P
    I still have to finish Winged, lol. Good luck with editing! :)

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