Productive? Yay or Nay?

So while I’ve only worked on my book once so far since the 7th (which is bad), I have been getting quite a few others things tackled. Whether they are getting accomplished because I’m avoiding my own book or because I’m really trying to stay dedicated to my monthly goals, I do not know, but nonetheless they’re getting done. Now if only I could get back to my book… :(

Anyway, here’s where I’ve been for the past couple of days: FanNook

I finished reading “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater and completed my review. Since books.fannook.com will not be launched until at least the middle of August I will share this book review here tomorrow and re-post there when it’s up and ready. It was easily one of my favorite books of the year and I’d be surprised if many others can knock it off its pedestal. You will see why tomorrow.

I also finished writing my review for “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins, but I will save that for the site launch. Even though I was only aiming to have 2 reviews completed this month in the way of goals, I’ve already finished one more than necessary and I’m thinking that there should be at least 5 on the site when it launches so it doesn’t look empty. So I’ve been working on reviews in my down time at work a lot.

In addition to the reviews I’ve also been plotting design ideas and sketching like a fool. I have 4 different header designs I’m playing with right now and I know what kind of script I’m looking for; I just need to find it (which means possibly hours of searching through wordpress templates – boring!).

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In other news, I called a gazillion doctors last week and finally found one today that was accepting new patients & takes my insurance (you wouldn’t think it’d be that hard, but apparently it is). My apt. is next Wednesday. I also scheduled a dentist apt. because it occurred to me that it’s been a while since I’ve seen them too. I figured if I was on this health kick I might as well go all out. That apt. will be in the beginning of August.

I also started reading “Need” by Carrie Jones. I haven’t gotten far into yet, but that’s because I’m trying to be strict with myself and only allow myself to read it in “free time” like lunch, while I’m waiting for dinner to finish cooking, etc… If it takes me all week to read then oh well.

Now, a great deal of my time this last weekend was spent trying to work around my cat, Tay, who is either way too cute not to notice and/or trying to fit in inappropriate places (ex: places she doesn’t belong, places she doesn’t fit, places that make working impossible, etc…). Getting her to move from these types of locations always results in a war of some sort and a lot of back talking on her part (she thinks she runs the show in this house apparently). She’s lucky she’s so cute, otherwise it would drive me mad.

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And last but not least. Wanting this makes me a total dork, right? Oh well I still want it.

Description from Amazon: The Merriam-Webster Vocabulary Builder allows you to enjoy informative and entertaining discussions of English words derived from Greek and Latin roots–and expand your working vocabulary at the same time. Words that share the same root are grouped for easy study. Quizzes let you test how much you’ve learned.

Peace – Sarah

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18 Responses to "Productive? Yay or Nay?"

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  1. alice_vd

    July 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

    the kitty is so cute! *sniffles* I miss my kitty.

    • SarahWhisted

      July 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks ::smiles like a proud parent::

      I’ll be honest I never considered myself a cat person until she came along. I’m more of a large dog kind of girl, but she certainly proved me wrong. I’m sorry you no longer have such companionship. Is it because they won’t let you have pets on campus? I’m not supposed to have one in my apt, but I’m breaking the law. There’s no way I could not have her around now.

      • alice_vd

        July 21, 2010 at 12:32 am

        The hall won’t let cats here. Also, my cat is one of those cats who would go ‘Um, a twelve story drop onto hard concret… I can make that’.

        I love all animals (except birds for a reason I don’t understand and insects).

        And breaking the law? Your rebel! I would so have brought my cat if he didn’t have that whole ‘I’m Am Invincible’ complex.

        • SarahWhisted

          July 21, 2010 at 12:41 am

          LMAO!!! I can just see your cat and my cat debating that jump. My cat likes to *think* she’s tough, but she darts at even the sound of her own tail accidentally smacking against something. She’d definitely be trying to convince your cat out of it.

          That’s too bad though about campus rules and 12 story rooms. I can imagine you missing your cat a lot. I know I would.

          • alice_vd

            July 21, 2010 at 12:49 am

            I think it’s better that my cat stays back at home. He would be depressed being taken away from his brother (my sisters cat) and also from his One True Love, my brother.

            And LOL about your cat. That sounds like my sisters cat Buffy. He likes to think he’s all tough but he jumped at the movement of his own shadow.

          • SarahWhisted

            July 21, 2010 at 12:56 am

            LOL@ your cat’s One True Love – this is my fiance in my house. I swear if my cat could be me she would try to steal him from me in a heart beat. She cups her little paws on his face and kisses him and then looks at me like, “One day… one day…”

            You should post pics of your kittah’s now, I wanna see their cuteness 😉

          • alice_vd

            July 21, 2010 at 1:02 am

            LOL. I will put a picture of both cats on my next post. I have pictures but I’m having trouble finding them at the moment.

  2. anaceci

    July 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    im glad you finish take a breathe you do amazing book reviews so dont be surprise if a lot of people read it all! i love your kitty is so nice!

    • SarahWhisted

      July 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks for the kitty comment and I’m glad you’re looking forward to the book review. Eventually there will be tons of them as I read quite a lot now.

      If you don’t mind me asking, is your actual name Anaceci? And if not, what is it so I know how to refer to you as? Also, where are you from?

      • anaceci

        July 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm

        yes actually my name is Ana Cecilia with a space, i’m from mexico but i study in Australia 2 years so i speak very good english, you also can refer to me as ceci or anna i love both of my names! and i love reading all kinds of books so thanks for your review i will try to find it! and if you don’t mind me asking too what is your name?

        • SarahWhisted

          July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

          Nice to meet you Ana! My name is Sarah :)

          • anaceci

            July 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

            thanks! nice to met you too! have a nice day”

  3. edgyauthor

    July 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Aw, what an adorable kitty-cat! I can see how she gets away with things. 😛

    Go you for writing all those book reviews! LINGER was great, huh? Guess I’ll have to see if your book review can convince me to read that book sooner than planned. (Given how I felt about SHIVER, I’m very hesitant about reading it. The only reason why I want to is to see if the Sam thing at the end is explained better.)

    Also, good luck restraining yourself from reading NEED. I practically read that book in one sitting, which is rare for me. I’ve been bouncing up and down in anticpation for the third book, probably as much as you are for Maggie Stiefvater’s FOREVER. The sequel, CAPTIVATE, was just so…OMFG. So…it’s probably a good thing you’re reading NEED slowly. You won’t move on to CAPTIVATE as quickly and end up as impatient as me!

    And call me a dork, too, because that vocabulary builder sounds awesome! Darn you for adding more books to my wish list! (But I guess I deserve it, from always doing the same to you, haha.)

    • SarahWhisted

      July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

      She is rather hammy, it’s hard to resist. But the trying to fit places she doesn’t belong can be annoying and worrisome – like that window shot. A few minutes after the pictures she fell out of it. Why? Because her big ass doesn’t belong there – lol.

      And Um… As much as I LOVED “Shiver,” “Linger” was actually better. The ending was far more satisfying even it if isn’t necessarily what you want to happen and the bouncing between four characters was done flawlessly. And guess what, guess what?!? (I’ve been overly excited to tell you this BTW, can you tell?) Remember when I was pondering having two POV’s in each chapter and wondering if that’s been done before or how it would go over? Well Maggie did it in this book! She bounced back and forth several times within each chapter and in my opinion it came across exactly how I was hoping mine would. Alternating perspectives of the same feeling in a scene. I won’t try to convince you too hard to read it, you can read the review tomorrow and see if it intrigues you some more, but I’m telling it was great. Oh and I cried for like the last 30 pages. I’m not saying they were bad tears either, but any book that can provoke that kind of emotion I’d say is pretty good. The last book that made me cry to that extent was Nicholas Spark’s “The Last Song.”

      “Need” is getting even better the farther I get into it, I won’t lie, but I really hope I can resist it this week because I desperately need to get some work on my own book accomplished. When is the third book scheduled to come out? Is there a title yet?

      And yay – score one for me! It’s about time I got you adding something to your wish list even if it is just a vocabulary builder. It’s only 6 bucks on Amazon. I’m pretty sure it will be in my shopping cart next month.

      • edgyauthor

        July 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm

        That’s so cool how Maggie did the POV technique you were paranoid about doing! Now you have some peace of mind AND an example to study. 😉

        I’m not sure if LINGER would make me cry, since I’m not that invested with the characters (yet). However, I still bawl my eyes out whenever just THINKING about certain scenes in Lynne Ewing’s THE FINAL ECLIPSE, and L. J. Smith’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES made me tear up (which surprised me), so it’d be interesting to see if LINGER can do the same!

        The third NEED book is called ENTICE, and I think it comes out in December. A cover hasn’t been revealed yet, though, which is driving me INSANE. (After all, if I can’t have the book yet, I might as well have a pretty jpeg of the cover to look at!)

        • SarahWhisted

          July 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm

          “After all, if I can’t have the book yet, I might as well have a pretty jpeg of the cover to look at!”

          I’m so the same way. I think we’re equal parts book addicts as we are cover addicts – lol. I’ll have to look “Entice” up and see if it’s on Amazon yet. The farther I get into “Need” the more I like it. It felt a bit familiar and choppy at first, but I’m liking the characters way too much now and my curiosity about whats going on must be satisfied at this point.

          Was “The Vampire Diaries” really that good? I’ve heard such mixed views on it. I think I watched the show once, but I’m not good at staying on top of shows (like True Blood’s been on again for weeks, but I’ve only seen the first two episodes and I LOVE that show). I’ve heard good stuff about the books too, but just didn’t know. Do the books and show match well?

          • edgyauthor

            July 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

            As much as I enjoy the show, there are certain changes they made that are a total disservice to the books. For example, in the books, Elena starts off as someone shallow and self-centered, only to grow into someone we can root when, amidst the supernatural danger and her love for her friends, she realizes the world doesn’t revolve around her and what she wants. In the show, Elena is likable from the getgo, to the point where I doubt I’ll cry over her, even if they end up utilizing plots from THE FURY and DARK REUNION. (Which is doubtful, ’cause the books and show are two completely different entities. If it weren’t for the inside jokes the writers sneak in, you’d be convinced the show was an adaptation not of the books, but a Wikipedia entry.)

          • SarahWhisted

            July 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

            Ouch! That sucks they’ve twisted it that much. That’s one thing I hated about “Legend of the Seeker”. Even though I loved both the show and the books, the books were sooooo good – why change them so drastically for TV? Some reasons are obvious, like the book is far more graphic then the TV show and in the books time passes a lot slower because realistically they’re traveling everywhere by foot, I suppose that wouldn’t make for an entertaining TV show…

            I’ll still have to check out “Vampire Diaries” one day though (both the books and the TV show)… add it to my ever growing list of to-be-read/watched :)

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