The Heroine Tag

I haven’t been tagged to do this, but it seems fun, so here we go!

Which heroine would you trade places with?

I would totally trade places with Cath from Fangirl. I mean, Levi? It’s a no-brainer!

Which heroine would you push off a cliff while hoping that there are some jagged rocks at the bottom?

Tally from Uglies. She is so utterly dull. I kinda-ish-ish-ish like her, but… :(

A heroine you couldn’t care less about? (They’re so bland that they don’t even trigger the hate in you.)

Adelice from Crewel. Really, that whole book is just meh.

A heroine you thought you wouldn’t like but ending up liking, and vice versa?

A heroine I thought I wouldn’t like: Cress from Cress. At first she seemed kind of odd and obsessed, but she’s grown on me. <3

A heroine I thought I’d like: Katniss from The Hunger Games. She is pessimistic, and never smiles! [And she totally should’ve chosen Gale. *cough*]

A side heroine who is much more interesting than the main heroine?

I guess I wouldn’t say a LOT more interesting, but I’d like to know more about Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments. She is so badass.

Which heroine would you want as your friend?

TOTALLY Hermione from Harry Potter. We would be besties. :)

Which heroine do you wish would just CHOOSE between the guys in her little love triangle?

Tessa from The Infernal Devices. And she kept switching!

A “bad girl” heroine?

Amy from Dorothy Must Die. Very kickass. And the pink hair. Me want!!!

A “good girl” heroine?

Mia from If I Stay. VERY good girl.

Your favorite heroine of them all? (If you can’t choose, pick your top three.)

My top three:

  1. Hermione
  2. Cath
  3. Cinder

That’s it, lovelies! I hope you are having a very merry Christmas Eve.

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TBR Tag: Let Me Show You a Mountain of Books

It’s time…for a tag…time…for a TAG!

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The TBR Tag, to be more specific. The lovely Nirvana @ Nirvana’s Pocketful, a book blog that I do not comment nearly enough on, tagged me, so…yeah. Fun stuff! Let’s get to it.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Whenever I see a book I want/need, I usually enter it in Goodreads. But it is also permanently branded into my brain. So I have both! [I also usually forget to put into Goodreads, so… Yah.

Is your TBR mostly  print books or e-books?

I am print books ALL THE WAY. I cannot stand to read on an electronic device–it kills me.

How do you decide which book from your TBR to read next?

Like this:

  1. Library books [if I have any]
  2. Most current release
  3. If it’s part of a series I’ve been reading recently
  4. The one I’m most interested in.

2 and 3 probably flop around quite a bit.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Probably those three Stephanie Perkins books. I will hopefully order them from Amazon in January-ish.

A book you recently added to your TBR?

I actually went through a list of 2015 releases and added them to Goodreads. I judged by their titles and covers [I know, I’m horrible]. The most recent is Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen. I actually just read the synopsis [I added it because of the cover…] and it is HEAVY.

Skyscraping

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

Let’s go back to the 2015 list, shall we?

Things We Know by Heart

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

It actually sounds cool. But the cover is beautiful, no?

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

NEVER WILL I EVER. The first few lines of the synopsis make Bella seem like an airhead.

About three things I was absolutely positive:

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be – that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Like, lady: How are you in love with him???

Just no.

I mean, if they had come out more recently, I probably would’ve. But they didn’t. So I won’t.

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re excited to read?

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

Two. Cuz I’m a rebel.

A book in your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Number of books in your TBR?

According to Goodreads, only 70. But there are more than that. I just am too lazy to add them. XD

I tag…

Evi @ Where Books Never End

Sam @ Bookish Serendipity

Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer

Bridget @ Stay and Watch the Stars

And you! If you’d like to participate and your name isn’t on the above [short] list, feel free to do the TBR Tag and leave your post’s link in the comments below. :)

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I sure did. Tags are always fun. Thank you, Nirvana, for tagging me. Look for a review of The Bane Chronicles coming soon!

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Book Blog Reflections Linkup Hosted by Bookish Serendipity

I was originally going to do a rant-post but decided to do Sam @ Bookish Serendipity’s linkup instead. Who wants to hear a bunch of my school angst, anyway? This will be much more fun.

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How do you think your blog has developed over the year? (content, views, opinions, etc.)

Well, it hasn’t been a year since I started blogging! But I definitely have improved since the beginning. I didn’t even classify myself as a book blog. [I didn’t choose the book blogger life; it chose me. :P] I didn’t start writing real reviews until June 2014 [I began blogging in the beginning of February]. I recently gained a lot of followers [Thank you, everyone!]; I am now VERY close to 100. O.O I went through a few designs, too, and finally found one I like a lot. I’m hoping to learn coding in the future and design my blog so it’s perfect, though.

In your opinion, what is the best part of blogging?

I think my favorite part of blogging, especially in this bookish community, is meeting other readers and writers. I don’t have any IRL friends who write seriously. And I’ve gotten so much advice from them to improve on my writing. And I can fangirl on my blog with all of these fantabulous people!

How did you start blogging?

I discovered Sam’s previous blog, Young Writers Café, through the internet, and was immediately entranced. I decided to do something like that, and now, here I am!

Do you have any role models? Favorite blogs?

Sam, the creator of this tag, is probably my main role model. She was my first. <3

Here are a few others:

Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer

Cait @ Paper Fury

John @ Teens Can Write, Too!

Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t

Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel

Honorable mention to Evi @ Where Books Never End for being my best bloggy friend and possible twin. ;)

Name a few of your favorite 2014 releases?

What’s your advice to new bloggers?

  1. Comment on other blogs that are similar to yours. This way you can join a whole community of bloggers whose interest are similar to yours.
  2. Post meaningful content. If you’re bored and don’t know what to blog about, don’t blog. It will probably be boring [no offense] and not be very interesting to read. You can, however, create a list or something of things to blog about so you always have interesting and new content.
  3. Be yourself. If you are part of a blogging community, you probably know people like you. It is important to be yourself instead of trying to fit in. It’s different than school.

Name a few of your all-time favorite reads?

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? What are some of your goals for the upcoming year?

New Years Resolutions About Blogging:

  • Have more thoughtful posts
  • Interview authors
  • Possibly upgrade my blog more

And that’s it! If you want to participate in the linkup, click here. It’s really fun. :)

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Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say throw cares away; Christmas is here!

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly… fa la la la la la la la la!

It’s Christmas time, and yule be rockin’!

Well, I’ve been rocking ever since November first. That’s when the holidays start, right? Who cares about Thanksgiving!

It is December–“The wonders of the winter, the silent shimmering snow”–and that means…CHRISTMAS!!! Even though it’s early in the month, I decided to do a Christmas post because:

a) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go…

b) It’s raining today. [IDK.]

and

c) We have the heater on, and whenever the heater starts to be needed, it feels like the holidays to me. :P

Before we jump into my very early festivities, I’d like to clear up the fact that while I am not Christian [I’m atheist], I still celebrate Christmas, just not religiously. Also, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s cool. You don’t have to read this post. :)

What I will be featuring in this post:

  • My Christmas list!
  • My favorite holiday music!
  • My favorite wintery things!
  • Books to read for the holidays/in winter!
  • A Christmas blog tag!
  • GIFs! [probably]

If I run out of time, I’ll do a part 2 of this post on Sunday. :) Hopefully, I’ll finish today, though. Let’s get started!

My Christmas List

Beats headphones (turquoise or pink)

Mundane Fools sweatshirt (http://thepolandbananasshop.com/MUNDANE-FOOLS-SWEATSHIRT-07.htm)

subscription to Inked Voices

TFIOS DVD + assorted merchandise [TBD]

iTunes gift card

2015 calendar

money

bookshelf

Books:

Crewel trilogy books 2 & 3

Uglies books 3 & 4

Maze Runner series

rest of TMI

rest of TID

book 2 of His Dark Materials

A Thousand Pieces of You

Since You Been Gone

Unremembered

Dork Diaries #8

Four

An Abundance of Katherines

Raven Boys trilogy

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Lailah

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My Favorite Holiday Music

As you may know, I’m in a choir [We just had our concert!] and we sang holiday music this semester. I have been singing carols and religious Christmas songs since September. I am a bit burned out on caroling and such, but here goes, anyway.

Some of my favorite Christmas carols are…

  • 12 Days of Christmas [Straight No Chaser has a hilarious version!]
  • Deck the Halls
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You [Cimorelli cover]
  • Jingle Bells

And some of my favorite Christmas-themed choir songs are…

  • Carol of the Bells
  • Angel’s Gloria
  • December

Here is a video of Cimorelli performing a cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”:

My Favorite Wintery Things

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 This is now on my list of must-have’s for winter.

It doesn’t snow in winter where I live but Christmas is still pretty awesome. Here are some of the things that make it that way:

  • Break from school!
  • Hot chocolate
  • Apple cider
  • Peppermint bark
  • Christmas carols
  • Lights
  • Heating
  • Cold weather
  • Family
  • Evergreen trees
  • Decorating the Christmas tree [Now that I think about it, this is actually really weird. You cut a tree down and put it in your house. Then you put little paper and cloth things on its branches and wrap Christmas lights around it. Ta-da!]
  • The scent of cloves in oranges/lemons
  • Our annual ornament-making party [Although we may not do it this year!]
  • The thrill of Christmas Eve
  • The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • Rain/thunderstorms

Top Five Books to Read For the Holidays/Winter

I compiled a list of wintery and Christmas-ey books to read during winter break. You’ll have a lot of extra time on your hands because of…no school!

These books just make me think of winter. I don’t really know why.

It’s set in the wintery north. It may look like a children’s book, but it is actually adult-ish. Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer loves this series!

These books are just adorable, easy reads. This one is about Christmas, so…

The sequel to Geek High. I haven’t read it, but I want to. During Christmas. In LONDON.

If you haven’t read these, then…I don’t know what you’ve been doing with you’re life. I am disappointed. But they have very awesome Christmas scenes. Memorable ones for me are Book 4 [the Yule Ball!!!] and Book 7 [in the graveyard…].

So, yeah. Some book ideas. :)

christmastagThe Christmas Tag

Rules:

1. Post the picture on your blog.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Tag up to 12 bloggers.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite book to read during Christmas?

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

3. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

4. What is your favorite Christmas scene from a book?

5. What is on your Christmas list this year?

6. If you could travel to a place to spend Christmas, where would it be? It can be fictional or real.

7. What is your favorite Christmas food?

8. Are you a good Christmas shopper/do you like Christmas shopping?

9. When does your family/you buy a tree?

10. Do you decorate your house [inside and out] for Christmas? To what degree?

1. What is your favorite book to read during Christmas?

During Christmas, I think I would like to read Harry Potter. But I usually just read what’s next on my TBR.

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It sends a great message. I also like the Charlie Brown movies. :D

3. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

I think it was two or three years ago, I spent Christmas at my cousin’s house. I remember on Christmas day everyone sitting on the couch or floor, knitting, me writing in my journal, and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It was really fun and peaceful.

4. What is your favorite Christmas scene from a book?

I just love love love love love the Yule Ball at Hogwarts in Book 4 of Harry Potter. And, not to brag or anything, but the epilogue to my novel, Bloggish, is on Christmas Eve and I love that part to pieces. <3

5. What is on your Christmas list this year?

See above.

6. If you could travel to a place to spend Christmas, where would it be? It can be fictional or real.

I would go to London, hands down. Oh my god, that would be so amazing.

7. What is your favorite Christmas food?

I LIVE for peppermint bark. It is the best candy ever.

8. Are you a good Christmas shopper/do you like Christmas shopping?

I either love Christmas shopping or hate it, I think. I usually buy my mom a scarf, my dad a wallet, and my sister some type of toy. Then I head to the dollar section of Target and buy a bunch of stocking stuffers, like candy and pencils and assorted junk.

I’ve never gone shopping really last minute before, like on Christmas Eve, so I guess I’m good at it…?

9. When does your family/you buy a tree?

My family buys a tree usually in the beginning to middle of December. We go out to this farm and cut it down ourselves. And we squabble about the tree. FUN!

10. Do you decorate your house [inside and out] for Christmas? To what degree?

On the outside, we do almost nothing. Because want to include all religions, our only outdoor decoration is a giant plywood peace sign my dad cut out that and we cover it in lights. It’s really pretty.

Usually, we have a Christmas ornament-making party every year, so we have a lot of decorations on the inside. I guess, compared to other houses, it’s not a lot…

I tag:

Evi @ Where Books Never End

Cait @ Paper Fury

Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer

Sam @ Bookish Serendipity

And anyone who wants to participate! Just put the link in the comments below so I can check it out. :)

I will be doing a Beautiful Books linkup soon. I will also be starting to edit Bloggish. And I will hopefully get Twitter soon, too. Have a happy December, blogglings. :)

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A-Z Book Tag

I am participating in the A to Z Book Tag, created by the lovely Precious @ Clockwork Desires. You should go check her blog out!

Here’s how it works: You match a book you’ve read, are currently reading, or want to read with a letter of the alphabet.

I thought this would be good for today because I’m feeling A) tired, B) uncreative, and C) did I say tired?

Let’s get started! :)

A: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

B: Button Down by Anne Ylvisaker

C: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

D: A Dark Sky by Giselle Rocha

E: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

F: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

G: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

H: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

J: Jenna’s Dilemma by Melissa J. Morgan

K: The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell

L: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

M: Matilda by Roald Dahl

N: ——

O: ——

P: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Q: ——

R: Run for Cover by Eva Gray

S: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

T: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl and family

U: Uglies by Scott Westerfield

V: —–

W: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

X: —–

Y: —–

Z: Zazoo by Richard Mosher

I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this amazing tag!

I am re-reading Paper Towns by John Green and will be reviewing it shortly. I am disappointed to note that the fall 2014 book fair at my school leaves much to be desired, but thankfully I am going to the book store this weekend. My manuscript still sits, untouched, on my NEW COMPUTER. O.O It’s basically the same, though. XD Its name is Iko and I have my “Iko Approved” sticker on it. :)

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TCWT November 2014 Blog Chain|Lots of Random Cool Stuff

[I know, I should not be blogging–I should be writing. But I just have to post stuffs! I’m really behind. Also, I apologize in advance for the length of this post.]

tcwt-3[1]It’s that time of the month again–the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain. This month’s theme is the meaning of being a teenager, expressed in words and images. I took this to a different level and added in not just personal and positive things, but the negative aspects of being a teenager that don’t always apply to me. I made a Wordle!

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Yeah, how awesome is that? Now let’s get on with things. Oh, btw, here’s the list of other awesome peoples who are participating in the linkup:

5th – http://vergeofexisting.wordpress.com/

6th – http://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com/

7th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

8th – https://freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/

9th – http://clockworkdesires.wordpress.com/

10th – http://www.pamelanicolewrites.com/

11th – http://randommorbidinsanity.blogspot.com/

12th – http://www.kirabudge.weebly.com/my-blog

13th – http://semilegacy.blogspot.com/

14th – http://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/

15th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/

16th – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/

17th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/

18th – http://quirkyteenwriter.wordpress.com/

19th – http://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/

20th – http://www.juliathewritergirl.com/

21st – http://whileishouldbedoingprecal.weebly.com/

22nd – http://paperdaydreams.com/

23rd – http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/

24th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for December’s chain!)

1. Be honest: how is your writing going?

I’m mostly on-target and I am trying not to be distracted. It’s fairly easy to write, but that will change very soon, I think…

2. What’s your first sentence/paragraph?

“Hey, honey,” my mom said, entering the kitchen, “your aunt, Lindsay, just emailed me to tell me that Jessica—you know, your cousin—has just reached the one year anniversary of her blog. Isn’t that great?”

I know, it’s a quite uneventful first sentence. But it’s in the prologue.

3. Do you have a book cover, and/or pictures that reflect your book?

bloggish_cover I know, it’s beautiful. I made it on PicMonkey and I’m so proud of myself.

4. Do you have pictures of each of your characters?

I have pictures of the main thirteen bloggers, but I will not show you all of them.

Cait, the MC; Belle, Cait’s BFF; Dean, the love interest; Jazmine (Jaz), the lesbian book blogger who wants to marry Starbucks.

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[Guess who’s my favorite. :P]

5. What scene are you most excited to write?

The scene when Cait finds out about…the surprise, and basically the entire night. I get to describe beautiful gowns, a dazzling night, and an overall glamorous night.

6. Share a snippet or scene that you really enjoyed writing!

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw shaggy black hair and blue eyes and shirt that very clearly read, “Hi, I’m Dean.” I dropped my purse and partially-full Starbucks cup and sprinted into his arms. I didn’t care that my friends were there, that they were definitely staring. It was him. Dean.

            “Caity?”

            “Dean.”

            I looked up to see him smile wildly.

            “Damn.”

            “What?”

            “You’re even better in real life.”

            I giggled, embarrassed yet relieved, and before I could catch my breath, Dean dropped his bags and picked me up by the waist—he was so strong—and spun me around. When he set me down, I was all smiles and blushing.

            And he kissed me.

            My world melted before my eyes into one shapeless puddle of color and noise. But the sounds of people were muted, just Dean and me, and his soft lips, the way he gripped my shoulder, my hands around his torso, my feet on tiptoe. My eyes closed, fluttering quietly.

            When we finally broke apart, I still hugged his body. I nestled my head into the crook of his arm.

            Annoyingly, Belle applauded. Several people whistled. I blushed a deep crimson, but Dean didn’t seem to mind. He just pecked me quickly on the cheek and picked up his bags. We walked back to our friends, my hand on his arm, his gaze mostly on me, like I was the only person in the world. And to him, maybe I was.

            Dean bro-hugged the guys, and one-armed hugged the girls. But he saved most of his affection for me.

            Jaz pulled me aside for a second and said quietly, “You were really worried?” before grinning and making her way back to the group.

            I got a good look at Dean as he gazed at me. He had a strong jawline, black hair that was the perfect balance of short and long. His eyes were an electric blue framed by long, dark eyelashes. His skin was pale, probably from living in Seattle.

            “Damn,” he said again, “you’re just so beautiful.”

            I blushed happily.

It’s just so adorable. <3

7. Now that you’re writing, have any of the plot details, or the process itself, turned out different from what you planned or imagined?

  1. Shelly, Cait’s aunt who lives in NYC, is a bit strange. That was made up on the spot, and it seems to be working, so…
  2. Dean is nicer. Grr. WHY IS HE SO NICE AND SWEET AND ADORABLE???

8. Is there a character or aspect of your plot that’s difficult to write?

I have thirteen characters interacting at one time, which is very hard to write because:

a) I forget that some characters are here

and

b) They all have to speak!

So it’s not easy. I have to check who’s there, and separate them more.

I also have a hard time writing humor, which I really want to be in this piece. I always love funny books. But I’m not very good at writing funny things.

9. What’s your favorite aspect of the novel so far? Favorite character?

I just love the romance. I am a total romantic, and this is everything I want in a relationship [Well, except the drama].

Choosing a favorite character is like choosing a favorite child! But I LOVE Jazmine. She’s lesbian/gay/whatever, which I really wanted to be in this book. And she’s the perfect mix of maturity and immaturity. She’s also Indian, so is a bit reserved because of her background. She was originally going to be a background character, but she has begun to be Cait’s good friend.

10. Have you drawn off any life experiences or people you know to create your novel and your characters?

Definitely experiences. I wanted to really be able to connect to Cait’s feelings when I was planning this novel, and her experiences are based off my own. I love to put pain and crying into words [is that weird?], too, and I try to draw from my experiences of that feeling of helplessness and dread.

I didn’t realize this until I started writing, but if you follow Notebook Sisters, an awesome blog, you know that the main contributor is named Cait. Like my MC. Oops. This didn’t even cross my mind, I swear! I just love the name.

Belle is kind of like Evi @ Where Books never End, because she is my good friend, just like Cait and Belle are good friends. :) In retrospect, I see similarities between Jaz and Engie @ Musings From Neville’s Navel. They’re both respected and accomplished bloggers, but have a silly side, too. Kat has Cait @ Notebook Sisters silliness. :P

11. Do you have a playlist or certain song for your novel and/or characters?

I actually have a playlist titled “Bloggish” on my iPhone. It consists of these twenty songs:

“All You Had to Do Was Stay”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“Amnesia”, 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer

“Back to December”, Speak Now, Taylor Swift

“Bad Blood”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“Blank Space”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“Classic”, MKTO, MKTO

“Come In With the Rain”, Fearless (Platinum Edition), Taylor Swift

“Enchanted”, Speak Now, Taylor Swift

“I Knew You Were Trouble”, Red, Taylor Swift

“If This Was a Movie”, If This Was a Movie-Single, Taylor Swift

“Jump Then Fall”, Fearless (Platinum Edition), Taylor Swift

“Mine”, Speak Now, Taylor Swift

“Out of the Woods”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“Red”, Red, Taylor Swift

“Round & Round”, A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez and the Scene

“Shake It Off”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“The Story of Us”, Speak Now, Taylor Swift

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”, Stronger (Deluxe Version), Kelly Clarkson

“Style”, 1989, Taylor Swift

“Welcome to New York”, 1989, Taylor Swift

12. Let’s have some fun: imagine you are transported into your book’s world. Which character are you most likely to be found hanging out with?

I would be at Starbucks with Jazmine. Duh.

13. How do you keep yourself motivated to finish your daily word count? (Pinterest? Internet breaks? Chocolate?)

A Tip: Don’t do what I’m doing right now. Do not blog.

I set my timer on my phone for 20-30 minutes, turn on my music, and write. Then I take a 5-minute break and play on my phone, check my email, etc. I am actually very disciplined, believe it or not. I do have chocolate that I eat frequently. Maybe that’s the secret.

14. What’s your favourite writing quote or piece of writing advice?

For NaNoWriMo: “It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.”

I had to search on Google, but one that I remember seeing before and I love is: “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” -Anne Taylor

It is so true.

15. How does this book make you feel so far? Are you laughing? Crying? Frustrated?

It makes me feel:

  • nostalgic
  • happy
  • pink [there’s no way to describe it]

Basically, it’s a fluffy pink ConRom, and it’s absolutely adorable and heart-wrenching and unpredictable. >:)

You know what these tweets mean? Yeah, I only heard today.

ELEANOR AND PARK IS BECOMING A MOVIE!

I am sooooo excited. They better not mess it up. For more details, click here. I am just really scared that Eleanor will be Hollywood-thin, and the entire movie will be messed up. In the comments section of this article, some people suggested in the comments that Jennifer Stone be Eleanor, and I think that would be amazing. I mean, doesn’t it just work? Anyway, I’m just so excited about the movie. YAAY!!!!! Anybody else psyched?

See?

This blog will be experiencing some changes soon. Hopefully this week.

  1. I am going to get the customizable thingy so my colors of text and size and stuff will be different. It will just look cooler and more amazing.
  2. I will not be switching to a new domain.
  3. I am considering changing my blog name to “Writerly,” so it’s a bit more bookish. It isn’t very bookish right now. Tell me what you think in the comments! :D

I have decided that if I win NaNoWriMo 2014, I will buy myself these three Stephanie Perkins books that go together.

I have heard good things about them and am eager to read them. So lets hope I win!

One last before I end this extremely long post.

Today was the first day of #MortalsMonday on Instagram! Assuming you don’t know, #MortalsMonday is a day where PJO/HoO fans look up hashtags like #hooverdam and #mtsthelens on IG and comment, “The mortals don’t even know.” If someone who is not in the fandom responds cluelessly, we respond with, “It’s a dam Percy Jackson thing, cupcake.” :)

image1 - Copy image2 See? It’s hilarious! I encourage you to join in on the fun. :)

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I. Hate. WordPress.|More About My NaNo Novel :)

So, WordPress kind of sucks right now. My posts are not posting! And I need them to post! I’m sorry I posted my wrap-up, like, way too late, but WordPress died on me. Grr. Makes me want to punch it!!!! [Or send an angry letter.]

Anyway. Enough of my ranting. I have stuff to do!

~MY BIRTHDAY’S IN 3 DAYS!!!~

I am so off-topic right now. GOD.

So, Cait over at The Notebook Sisters recently told us about her NaNo novel. I know I’ve told you about mine and my outlining [which I’m falling behind on], but I’ve decided to elaborate with a Beautiful Books Linkup. :) Sound fun? Let’s go!

A brief synopsis of my novel [from YWP]:

Cait is attending WeBlogCon, and is prepared for a normal convention. Her idea of normal consists of meeting her online friends, attending a few talks, and talking a bit herself, all while exploring NYC with her friends. But Cait isn’t prepared for Dean, whom she thought was boyfriend-potential. He is so different from his online self. And then there’s the offer from the TV company and WeBlog. Can Cait handle the stress? And will she agree to what WeBlog has to offer? Or will she retreat to her home in California?

What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I think the plot came first. I want to do something I know about and am familiar with, and I want to do a contemporary. [Since Nakoma is kind of intense.] My dad actually helped me come up with a conflict.

In the past, I’ve been an almost complete panster. That is what Nakoma was born from. But for this NaNo, I want to be a plotter, because I don’t have much time, what with school and everything, to go on a whim, especially if it’s only a month.

Do you have a title and/or a “back-cover-blurb”?
Title: Bloggish
It’s like bookish, but for bloggers! Are you bloggish?
Synopsis:

Cait is attending WeBlogCon, and is prepared for a normal convention. Her idea of normal consists of meeting her online friends, attending a few talks, and talking a bit herself, all while exploring NYC with her friends. But Cait isn’t prepared for Dean, whom she thought was boyfriend-potential. He is so different from his online self. And then there’s the offer from the TV company and WeBlog. Can Cait handle the stress? And will she agree to what WeBlog has to offer? Or will she retreat to her home in California?
What wordcount are you aiming for when your novel is finished?
40k to 50k. I’m going to set the bar at 40k.
Sum up your novel in 3 sentences.
A convention in NYC.
A boy with secrets.
And a surprise.
[I know, it’s very vague.]
Sum up your characters in one word each.
Cait [MC, and narrator]: Bookcake.
Bloggy friends:
Dean: Different.
Belle: Smiley.
Kai: Mainstream.
Gracelyn: Pink.
Xavier: Adorable.
Jazmine: Perfect.
Brandon: Short. [:P]
Amanda: Fangirl.
Loren: Ocean.
Kat: Fun. :D
Kelly: Serious.
Margot-Willa: Autumn.
Which character are you most excited to write? Tell us about them!
I’m really excited to write the twins, Kat and Kelly, because they’re kind of opposites. I really need to work on their dialogue, though.
What about your villain? Who is s/he, what is his/her goal?
The only “villain” or “bad guy” is Cait and her uncertainty. I guess Dean is also kind of a villain, but not quite.
What is your protagonist’s goal? And what stands in the way?
Cait has a few goals: to make up her mind about some stuff I can’t say, and to figure out Dean. What stands in her way is herself.
What inciting incident begins your protagonist’s journey?
I don’t know if it’s “inciting” but Cait’s journey as a blogger begins in June 2009 when her cousin, Jessica [this name may change], celebrates her 1-year blogoversary. Then Cait meets all these fantastic people online and has BUCKETS of fun. :)
Where is your novel set?
In the US, partly in Monterey, California, and partly in NYC.
What are three big scenes in your novel that change the game completely?
  1. When Cait meets Dean in real life for the first time.
  2. When WeBlog offers her…something [no spoilers!].
  3. When a TV company ALSO offers Cait…something.

[These subject to change at any given time.]

What is the most dynamic relationship your character has? Who else do they come in contact with or become close to during the story?
I think the most “dynamic” relationship my character has would be with Belle, who is her friend on the internet, and when they meet, it’s like friend-love at first sight. <3
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Cait:
  • becomes more confident
  • becomes more open
  • is a little sadder
  • knows more about the “real world”
Do you have an ending in mind, or do you plan to see what happens?
I have a vague happily-ever-after, but it’s VERY vague. :P
What are your hopes and dreams for your book? What impressions are you hoping this novel will leave on your readers and yourself?
I just hope to finish it during NaNo, and to have it be as warm and fuzzy as I want it to be, along with a little sadness and bittersweetness. I want it to follow my outline, and I want to just be happy about it in general. :)
I’m hoping readers will come away with the knowledge that although the world isn’t going to be all rainbows and sunshine, you can make a happy ending the best you can, and that you can be successful.
I also hope that readers/fans will make quote-thingies with quotes from the book, because many accomplished authors have that.
I hope you enjoyed the lovely tag. :)
Before we go:
  • I’m getting my iPhone 5c today! As soon as I get home! Almost as good as getting books. :)
  • I will be changing to my own domain soon! Let me know if you think I should change my blog name to something more bookish. And if anyone has moved to their own domain [Hey, Sam!], I was wondering how to move followers, posts, and the like. Thanks bunches!
  • I love you soo much. <3