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Victory is Mine!

Unfortunately I’m not referring to my book. I forced myself to sit down and write last night, but due to a series of distractions out of my hands I didn’t get much accomplished. And by the time the distractions could be stopped my eyes were too heavy to stay awake.

The victory I’m referring to is that I finally got my iPod to sync! Who knows when and if I’ll be able to get it synced again, but right now I’m happy about the fact that all of these news songs I’ve acquired over the past few weeks are finally on my musical companion.

I predict I will be victorious writing this upcoming weekend though. I have a three day weekend (because of Memorial Day), and fully intend on finishing up what I’ve been avoiding like the black plague – rewriting those first five chapters into three. I will do it! Or so I hope. I feel like if I can just get past them I will be on a roll again and so I really aim to get them out of the way. I hope by the end of the day Monday I’ll be posting about their completion and word count and feeling all sorts of – yay, me – I hope. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

And I’m seriously giving thought to walking to the carnival this weekend. It’s not a huge one or anything, but it’s not even a mile away. There’s no excuse not to at least visit it, even if it’s just for cotton candy. And the weather is supposed to be nice. When I say nice, I mean tolerable – normal spring weather. Not the sticky hot nonsense we’ve been having lately. More like 70, sunny and breezy which is much better in my opinion. Who knows, maybe my pasty skin will actually get some color. Probably not since the sun seems to reject me, but it would be nice to not look so translucent since my arms and legs will be more visible now in summer like attire.

I also plan to finally finish “The Forest of Hands and Teeth.” It’s never taken me so long to finish such a short book and it’s not that the book isn’t good because it definitely is. It’s just that I’ve been having a hard time staying focused on anything these days. It’s like I have ADD or something and it’s annoying the crap out of me. I already have “As you Wish” by Jackson Pearce to read too and you know I can’t seem to go a week without ordering a new book. I don’t want to get too backed up. Also, I desperately need a bookshelf. I have groups of books scattered all over my house now, with no true place to call their home. I’m thinking about having Heath make me one for the living room. One large enough to house all of the books we already own with room to grow since my addiction doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.

Today I started writing a short story about the squirrels outside our house because they are hilarious to me and I love speaking for animals. I hope to wrap it up tonight and capture some pictures of them in the act so you won’t think I’m completely making their actions up. I don’t typically write comedy, but this one sort of is. I hope it comes across that way at least. My brand of funny isn’t always obvious in text, so… we’ll see I suppose.

Peace – Sarah

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Book Crazy, that’s me!

So I’m back to that addictive nature in regards to new books, adding so many to my wish list it’s starting to get out of hand. (Not to mention buying a new one once a week now, and I am by no means wealthy enough for that, but that’s a whole different issue.) There are quiet a few coming out soon that I’m ecstatic about and I feel the need to share them with you.

The Overton Window – by Glenn Beck (Release Date – June 15th)

I’m not sure how I just found out about this book yesterday considering I watch the Glenn Beck show almost everyday during dinner, but I’m ridiculously eager to read it. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute – Glenn Beck is a political commentator – and you’re right, but this book is NOT his political opinion, it’s his first thriller! It is based on an actual concept developed by Josef P. Overton, that is truly happening in our society today. I can already see this as a movie and I just know it’s guaranteed to be controversial. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future–but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact–or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

Linger – by Maggie Stiefvater (Release Date – July 20th)

Book 2 of 3 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger is sure to suck me in the same way “Shiver” did. I read “Shiver” in two days and read it again as soon as I was finished. I love Grace and Sam and look forward to seeing them together again, but I’m also looking forward to being introduced to new character Cole and seeing his interaction with Isabel. I really enjoy Maggie’s lyrical style of writing and she’s very skilled at drawing distinct voices out of her characters so reading from 4 narratives shouldn’t be a problem. I’m positive I won’t be disappointed with “Linger”. Rather than post the preview from Amazon, I’ll post Maggie’s trailer because it leaves you salivating far better than Amazon’s description.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick – by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Release Date – May 25th)

Amazon suggested this one to me based on my purchases and after reading the description it definitely seems like something I will enjoy. And apparently this author ties all of her series together, but the order you read them isn’t always necessary. I hope to enjoy this book & author because she has plenty to entertain me with when I’m finished with this one. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

LOST Encyclopedia – by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry – Foreword by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Release Date – August 16th)

I know you’re seeing this and thinking – Wow, Dork – but I don’t really care. I love LOST like no other TV show before it and I’m pretty convinced that there won’t be another one even close to the genius that was put into it for a long time to come. The writers of LOST have included so many details to the show that a lot of it gets overlooked. And as much as I have picked up on, I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. I read another LOST themed book, written by youth ministers that focused solely on the religious undertone of the show and all of the direct links to bible verses, or stories from other religious beliefs. It amazed me. I would love to live in Damon Lindelof’s head for a day just to see the workings of such a creative mind. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The Replacement – by Brenna Yovanoff (Release Date – September 21st)

I came across Brenna’s writing on Merry Fates via Maggie Stiefvater and I could tell already that I liked her style of writing. Then I watched the trailer for her debut book on Amazon and was completely convinced I’d be a fan. I’m really looking forward to the dark element she brings to her stories and I hope this book has such a success that she writes more. There’s no text to share as a preview, but here’s the trailer:

Beautiful Darkness – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Release Date – October 12th)

This is book 2 of 4 in The Caster Chronicles and I’m extremely stoked for it. I loved, loved, loved “Beautiful Creatures”. I loved that it was from a male perspective, I loved all of the war history tied to it, and I can not wait for book 2. I find it very fitting that it’s coming out in October, near Halloween, since it’s got quite a dark edge to it. It will be a perfect month to be in that sort of mood, although I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for it. When I read series, I prefer to read them straight through and often times wait until all of the books are out before even reading them. But I couldn’t resist “Beautiful Creatures” when I read about it and so now I wait, impatiently I might add. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – by Stephenie Meyer (Release Date – June 5th)

I’m not actually ecstatic about this one like the others because Stephenie was very adamant about not continuing the series, possibly not even finishing “Midnight Sun”, meanwhile she was writing this novella. I hate liars and right now that’s what she feels like to me, but since I did love the saga I know I will read this. I just hope my attitude towards her right now doesn’t get in the way. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I realize now that I probably should have sorted them in release date order and maybe warned you about how long this would be, but oh well – what’s done is done. For all you out there who’ve influenced my reading choices, I hope maybe I will have influenced you a bit now too 😉

Peace – Sarah

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The younger version of me looks at me now and laughs because it can’t believe how giddy I am over books as an adult. I tell my younger self how foolish it was for not knowing the joy they bring back then and my younger self stops laughing because it knows, deep down, that I’m right.

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One Heck of a Birthday!

Tuesday – Dinner with the family at PF Changs. Got to see my sister & her boyfriend for the first time in a while which was nice and there was the usual embarrassment/comedy of my father and grandfather taunting the waitress. It was quite fun. Also tried Red Velvet Cake for the first time – Yum!


Wednesday – Arctic Monkeys Concert at Ram’s Head Live with my mom. Ram’s Head Live was a really nice venue. It used to be BAR of Baltimore and The Improv Comedy Club side by side. I’d been to both of them, but never Ram’s Head as a whole. It was hard to imagine it the way it used to be.

The opening band was Sleepy Sun and for some reason I never have much faith in opening bands, but Sleepy Sun was REALLY good. Like 70’s Psychedelic rock good, and go figure they’re from San Fran. Mom really enjoyed them too. She was sitting down for a little bit while I watched against the railing. She was text messaging me to make sure I was okay with her sitting down for a minute (being the good mother that she is). Then the following text messages went something like this.

ME: That song was good, but that girl dances like she’s on drugs.
MOM: That’s EXACTLY what I was going to say. Very good, but she looks like she’s on acid.
(I laugh out loud and the girl next to me tries to read my phone)
ME: LOL. Prolly is.
(Some girl and her boyfriend try to creep up on my spot against the railing, but I hold my ground.)
MOM: Don’t let those people push you out. I’ll come down and whip some butt.
ME: LOL. I’m fine mom – you’re cracking me up with these messages.
MOM: I know I’m soooo COOL :)

She is too funny.


So then Arctic Monkeys came on and WOW. I was so excited to be there for my birthday! The instruments were a little too loud unfortunately over Alex Turner’s voice, but it was still great and they even played more older songs than I would have expected which makes me happy because I like the old fast stuff. You weren’t supposed to bring a camera in so taking my Canon Rebel XTS was out of the question. And mom panicked about me sneaking my Nikon Coolpix L6 in. She said, “You’re just like your dad, always breaking the rules.” Kind of funny considering I was the goody to shoo child – lol. In the end they didn’t even check bags and everyone and their brother had a camera or their phone in the air. I’m not sure what the point of even saying No Cameras was. Anyway, the pictures are terrible, but you can view them HERE.

Thursday – My Actual Birthday. Heath and I went to see Clash of the Titans in 3D – which was very good, but I wasn’t sure what the point of seeing it in 3D was. All of the action scenes happened too fast for you to get the 3D effect and there really wasn’t anything else jumping out of the screen aside from that. Regardless it was a very good movie and my day as a whole was very relaxing :)

Gifts – So I’ve already talked about the gifts I received this year several times because they were books and I couldn’t help myself. But I did get a few other things such as a pretty new box to store my writing stuff in (which is a huge upgrade from the COPY paper box I was using), my aunt gave me some really pretty Tulips, and the girls at work got me some balloons!

Isn’t that just the coolest bookmark? Gives me ideas for the publication of my book one day :)

Sorry for all of the pictures, I was in a picture kind of mood.

Peace – Sarah

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Good, but not good enough (right now)

Well the first Dexter book is great and extremely well written, but it’s just not holding my attention right now. Maybe it’s because I already know what happens, or maybe because like the Sookie Stackhouse collection I’m holding off on reading I’d rather read it when the TV show is in season. But I think the biggest reason is because before I received any of these glorious new additions to my library the one I was itching to read the most was “Beautiful Creatures”. Now that it’s in my possession the mere sight of it when passing my bookshelf makes me want to put Dexter down which means I’m not giving Dexter everything I should anyway.

Giving Dexter a break and moving onto “Beautiful Creatures”… even though I said I wouldn’t :/

Peace – Sarah

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Books – Books – Books!

I’m giddy with excitement over the ever growing to-be-read pile of books on my desk. Last weekend I received the first 3 Dexter books (“Darkly Dreaming Dexter”, “Dexter in the Dark”, and “Dearly Devoted Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay) from my Mother-in-law to be and my mother gave me “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks yesterday as an early b-day present since she usually takes me clothes shopping on my b-day (one of the 2 times a year I get new clothes), but I’ve opted to wait until I lose a little more weight. Then today a package arrived from Amazon and since I was here Heath just let me open it early. He got me “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl and “Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception” by Maggie Stiefvater.

I’m sitting here staring at the beautiful stack they’ve created and feeling excited about how much my library has grown over the last year. And as much as I love Dexter I’m feeling an urge to pick up a different one instead now that I have so many to choose from. I won’t though; I will finish the 3 Dexter books and then move on.

I do hate one thing about these 6 new books though. 5 of the 6 are paperback. Some books just don’t come in another option. I hate bending the spines and seeing the silky covers develop white creases in them. I’m always ridiculously careful when I’m reading a paperback, barely even opening it far enough to see the full page to try and keep the exterior like new. I don’t know why I’m so anal about it, most people consider a worn spine and cover “loved”, but there’s just something about the crispness of a new book that pleases me. It’s probably one of those clean-orderly OCD mannerisms. I’m like this with the color white too. I love white stuff because it feels clean and pure, but the second it’s not popping white, it’s lost my interest. I know that’s stupid, but it’s just a truth of me.

Well back to Dexter now, I just had to gloat a little about all of the great stories I have to read this week. I wonder how many I can actually finish in a week!

Peace – Sarah

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