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On Moxie and Meeting Maggie Stiefvater Again

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For whatever reason, in the year I decide to practice having a little more moxie, I’m given an opportunity twice to test it with my favorite author. I don’t know how I got so lucky. And strangely, since pushing myself out of my comfort zone to meet her that first time, despite being terrified going into it, it seems to have had a huge impact on my social anxiety. Since that first event, I’ve agreed to do stranger photo shoots more frequently, cut off 10″ inches of my hair (after hiding under my long hair for almost a decade), and even attended a writing conference. I’m not saying that I wasn’t still nervous about these things, but it doesn’t feel crippling anymore. I’ve let the excitement override the fear for once and it’s such a freeing feeling. It doesn’t mean I won’t still be socially awkward, words will still stumble over themselves whenever I try to speak, but I just don’t feel as afraid of it anymore. It is what it is and I think I’m growing okay with that.

 

Tonight I got to meet Maggie again, here in my own county’s library. I was amazed by how NOT nervous I was about it. It felt more like I was going to hang out with an old friend or something. I only looked forward to it, without an ounce of fear. Even as a stranger sat down beside me (a stranger who ended being entirely sweet and not so much a stranger anymore), I didn’t feel afraid, just happy. How odd, I kept thinking, that the first event could have felt so different. Sure the last event was amplified by the heat and small space, but everything about this felt different, in a good way.

 

Maggie made it to the event in her camaro, which is brave if you ask me considering the fit it gave her during the Sinner Tour. She was welcomed into Aberdeen by getting pulled over by a cop right outside the library (never a dull moment for her where cars are concerned, I think). Her speech was mostly the same as the one I’d seen at the first event, but far more practiced. Maggie is an entertainer, all around. Her confidence and comfort level puts a crowd at ease. And if she’s battling any internal awkwardness, it’s impossible to see. She’s dramatic and energetic and I think I could listen to her talk about how her books came to be over and over again. I am a sponge that wants to soak up as much of her craft as possible.

 

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The library setting was 100% more comfortable than the first event. We had chairs to sit in and a smoother running signing line. There was a podium set up for her, but even before she got there, I knew she wouldn’t use it. I’d mumbled to the girl beside me, “I bet she gets on that table,” and sure enough, she jumped onto it mid ‘band’ story. I sort of wish there’d been a longer Q & A after because while some questions are ones I’ve heard the answers to before, this is where you learn some unexpected things. I also wish I’d gathered my thoughts enough to ask my own question, though I’m sure it would have been targeted more towards the How To’s of writing and less about her books, which would have probably bored the crowd. I did, however, bring all the rest of her books to have signed this time and I hadn’t noticed it while she was signing because I was talking her ear off, but she drew a horse in my copy of The Scorpio Races! I don’t know if she does this to all Scorpio Races or if it was because I told her it was my favorite of her books, but I love it either way. I’ve always wanted one of her doodles. And because I pre-ordered Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle, Bk3) from the library, I also got the bookplate she designed for it. Can’t wait to slap it in my copy when it gets here!

 

Overall it was an awesome event and I’m so grateful not only to have gotten two opportunities to meet my writing hero this year, but that it was her coming here that has let this moxie resolution flourish. The social anxiety weight I’ve carried around for so long feels so much lighter now and I kind of can’t stop smiling about it. Thank you, Maggie.

 

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On Moxie & Meeting Maggie

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I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere between my teen years and adult years I lost the ability to be social. When it comes to interacting with anyone (but strangers are even worse), I am basically crippled. It’s an especially frustrating thing because it’s not like I want to be this way. In fact, it’s the opposite. I want to do all sorts of things I never end up doing out of fear and then I’m left with regret.

 

This year, you may remember, I made a resolution to have a little more moxie. Because my life is slipping away from me fast and I can’t accept being old with even more regret for all the things I’d wished I’d done. So I told myself that if events came up this year around me (concerts, book signings, etc…) I would make myself go, no matter how afraid I was. This promise I made to myself was finally put to the test today and I’m happy to report I passed. But it wasn’t easy.

 

The event I’m referring to is Maggie Stiefvater’s Sinner Tour. For those that don’t know, Maggie is like my writing hero. I’ve never really aspired to be like anyone, ever, but if I could be even a percentage of the writer Maggie is, I’d be happy with life. Her writing ability, dedication to her craft, and overall brave attitude about life is admirable and it encourages me. It seemed fitting that the first author I’d meet be one so important to me.

 

In the weeks leading up to this event, I asked as many people as I could to go with me, thinking it’d be less horrifying if I wasn’t alone. Because it wasn’t just being at this event that was scary, it was actually getting myself there since it was located in the city – the city in which I never wander and certainly not alone, but no one was up for the trip and I couldn’t be mad about that. For a minute there I almost talked myself out of going, but I held onto that promise I made myself. This morning, in preparation for this event, I mapped my drive there on Google Earth, put a bunch of music on a CD for Maggie, and got myself so worked up over going that I almost made myself sick, but I refused to back out. For one, I’d told her on FB that I’d be there and she even replied and two, I’d promised a friend something from the event. I’m not good at breaking promises, especially promises to other people.

 

The drive there was less terrifying than I pictured it. Either that, or I’d gotten myself so worked up before even leaving that I’d exhausted all my nervous resources before it was really time to be nervous. I got there a half hour early and was the 14th person in line inside a bookstore smaller than my entire apartment. It already felt packed with just the 14 of us and then about 100 more people showed up. At least. To make the closeness of so many strangers a more uncomfortable thing for a person like me, the A/C was ancient and nearly useless and it was 90 degrees outside. At one point I was so hot I started to feel faint, like I might pass out of throw up. Thankfully neither happened. I met two lovely ladies (Ashley and Shana, both book reviewers you should check out!)  in the line who nudged my social anxiety aside and helped the heat seem more tolerable. And after some parking space drama, Maggie finally arrived.

 

She parked her Camaro, Loki, right outside the bookstore and a couple of the younger girls squealed which was cheesy and adorable at the same time. Maggie strolled in wearing her signature outfit: a black tank top and boots, removing her sunglasses with one hand and carting a skateboard in the other. She had this air of coolness that made her seem even more famous than she actually is. I was shocked by how much it intimidated me for a minute. She talked for a while before signing, telling stories of her youth and why she wrote Sinner, and then took reader questions and immediately revealed just how regular she actually is. Awkward even, in that perfectly good way. She’s animated and excitable and I watched her in a bit of awe because I can’t even imagine ever having that much confidence speaking to a crowd if/when I ever do get published. I wonder if she was always that personable or if it’s something she’s developed throughout her career. 

 

The wait in the heat once she started signing was rough, but thankfully I was number 14 in line. Actually meeting her went by too fast. I’d only taken my Shiver series, thinking it’d be selfish to take all my books and waste so much of her time, but I wish I’d just brought them all now. She was really friendly, the kind of person you instantly feel comfortable around like you’ve known them forever, and totally understanding of my awkward anti-social self. I told her I was the one that had predicted WhitePantsNovel was actually about Cole on Tumblr so many moons ago and she did that whole, “That was you!?” surprised reaction. Felt pretty cool to come out of my anonymous status finally.

 

I left in the middle of a thunderstorm, never happier to drive in the cool rain. I still feel a little high over the whole experience. Partly because I met someone so significant in my writing dreams and partly because I told myself I’d do something terrifying and I didn’t back down. As lame as it might seem to some, I’m proud of myself and meeting Maggie was the reward for overcoming my fear. All-in-all, an awesome day.

 

Note: You can click through the pictures below. Sorry for the poor photo quality. Unfortunately, my camera wasn’t performing at it’s best. :/

 

 

November: In Review

November was honestly one of the most unsucessful months of the whole year for me, which is super disappointing considering how sucessful November's have been for me in the past. It's like I jinxed myself or something. I'm pretty down on myself at the moment after a series of failures this weekend and the realization that it was time to make this also full-of-fail post, so rather than try and make this long and broken up like usual, I'm just going to make this short and sour (because it can't be sweet with so little to report). 

I only wrote a little under 900 words this month. 

I only read Maggie Stiefvater's Scorpio Races.

Of all the pictures I took, this one of Gideon on Thanksgiving is really the only one worth sharing.

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I hardly even listened to music, but I did get into Atlas Genius at the start of the month.

I gained weight. 

I'm glad November was over with the quickness. At least this month, even if I fail at all the things I aim to improve on, it's Christmas and it's pretty hard to kill my spirit during Christmas. 

Watch, I probably just jinxed myself again. 

How was your November? Hopefully better than mine. 

September Books In My Mailbox

There were a lot of pre-orders in September and one of the October pre-orders shipped early. Plus, I ordered two additional books because they were so incredibly cheap on discount, I couldn’t resist. This will be the last big month of books for the year as I only have one pre-order left for the end of October. It’s hard to believe I’ll receive nothing until Christmas after that. It kind of makes me sad, but I do still have plenty to read and with the holidays approaching my time will be largely occupied anyway. So, onto September books, yes?

September Books

The Blood Keeper (Blood Journals, Book 2) by Tessa Gratton

The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Guide

Foxfire (Other, Book 3) by Karen Kincy

Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings, Book 2) by Robert Liparulo

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Hidden (Firelight, Book 3) by Sophie Jordan

You guys get anything good in September?

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2011 In Review: Books

Like so many of my goals this year, I even failed at meeting my reading goal. The only true thing I accomplished this year in regards to books was reducing the amount I acquired. Reading requires time and sadly time is something I had very little of this year. Also, I’m not a fan of reading a book that takes me a month of more to complete. If I can’t start and finish it in a week’s time (which is still pushing it honestly) then there’s no point in starting it at all for me.

However, despite not meeting my goal for the year, I did read quite a few awesome books. The list below reflects the order in which I’d rate them, the first being the best and the last being the worst (although none of them were actually horrible reads – picking a favorite was actually hard). At some point in the middle of the year I started writing mini reviews for all the books I was reading via GoodReads so if there is a review available for the book, I’ve made the title a link to my GoodReads page. Check them out, you might find a book worth reading. Feel free to ask me about any of the books that don’t have reviews. I’d be more than happy to share why I did or didn’t love it!

Books Read in 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

The Mortal Instruments Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, & City of Fallen Angels) by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Daughters of the Moon Vol. 1 & 2 (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, Night Shade, The Secret Scroll, The Sacrifice, & The Lost One) by Lynne Ewing

Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Fins Series (Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs

Other Series (Other, Bloodborn) by Karen Kincy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Beastly by Alex Finn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Passion (Fallen Series, Book 3) by Lauren Kate

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Miscellaneous Other

For the Love of Gods by H.R. Holden (Unpublished)

Dark-Hunter Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Manga)

School Bites Vol. 1 & 2 by Holly G! (Manga)

Archie’s Christmas Stocking (Comic book)

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

What did your reading list look like in 2011?

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Last Book Purchases of 2011

I think back and still can’t believe the level of restraint I’ve shown in 2011 when it came to buying books in comparison to my complete inability to not splurge monthly in 2010. This year was all about pre-orders of the absolute necessities (books in series I’ve already read and books by my favorite authors). Surprisingly, I managed to keep that number relatively low.

 
The books pictured (and listed below) are the books I had to have between August and December. 10 books is the lowest amount in a 4 month span all year (see previous book posts #1 and #2). Sadly, because of a dry reading spell and NanoWrimo, I have only read 2 of these 10 books so far: Bloodborn and After Obsession. But I do hope to knock out at least one more before the years end. I’m leaning towards Sweetly or Vanish, as I’ve been really looking forward to both and they seem relatively shorter in comparison to the others, something that would feel easier to blow through quickly (as time is so limited these days).
 

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) by Pittacus Lore
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Vanish (Firelight, Book 2) by Sophie Jordan
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel
Bloodborn (Other, Book 2) by Karen Kincy
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, Book 3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Guardian (Dream-Hunter, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

 
What books have you fallen weak to buying lately?

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*BOOKS*

So it’s been 4 months since my last book purchase post… guess it’s about time I finally blabber about all the new ones I’ve received since then. I’m astonished this year by my ability to only buy the necessities. Last time we talked books I had only bought 13 in the first 4 months of the year. This time I’ve only bought 10! To say this is a major improvement in comparison to my book splurging in 2010 would be an understatement.

Anyway, here are the books I’ve bought in the past 4 months: Blood Magic (Blood Journals, Book 1) by Tessa Gratton, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Before, After, and Somebody in Between by Jeannine Garsee, Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, Fins are Forever (Fins, Book 2) by Tera Lynn Childs, Passion (Fallen, Book 3) by Lauren Kate, Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund, Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Of those books, I’ve already read Blood Magic, Cracked Up to Be, Fins are Forever, Passion, Forever, and Retribution — all of which were pretty darn great, if not fantastic. I’m currently reading Rampant and it totally rocks already! I’ve been trying to get into the habit of commenting on finished books over on my Goodreads page. If you’re interested in reading any of those “reviews” click HERE. Feel free to add me too if you’re on Goodreads.

Oh, I also downloaded Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl which I plan to read next. Guess that technically counts, even though I can’t show you a picture of owning it (being digital and all). The cover was really pretty though, see:

All of the remaining books I must have for the rest of the year have already been pre-ordered, but I’ll wait until they all arrive and do the last book post of the year in December. What books have you guys purchased in the last 4 months or read for that matter?

Peace – Sarah

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Plans for the weekend?

So I just finished watching “The Runaways” starring Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning. I’m really not a fan of Kristen Stewart’s, but I must admit if there’s a role meant for her, it was Joan Jett. However, I was confused why the movie seemed to focus so much on Cheri Curry over Joan Jett when the talented musician of the group was Joan. With all that said, it was still a decent movie and has put me in that hardcore bad-tough girl mood, (Which I’m SOOO a fan of) therefore I’m listening to Pat Benatar.

I know, you’re thinking Pat Benatar is not Joan Jett. WTF, Sarah? The answer to your question is that when I was growing up my parents were still youngin’s themselves and my Mom LOVED Pat Benatar, therefore I LOVE Pat Benatar. It’s not to say that I don’t love Joan Jett too, but Pat was in my youth more than Joan, until I personally got into Joan on my own…. So Pat it is. (Look, I’m a child of the 80’s okay, deal with it.)

Moving on….

As for my weekend plans – here’s what’s on my agenda:

1. Saturday – Hopefully wake early to write. My goal for the weekend as a whole is 6,000 words (which is ¾ of my month’s goal) because I’m running out of time for the month and I need to get on this. PLUS I’ve been playing out the next two scenes/chapters for days on the rides to work so it *should* be easy to finish. (I hope)

Then around 5ish I am going to my parents for my grandparent’s 50th anniversary party. I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to not only have parents still together, but grandparents (on both sides) still together too. Seriously, why is this lost to our society? What happened to love – forever? It makes me proud of them so I’m very much looking forward to it. And, bonus – my sister and her boyfriend will just be returning from Vegas so I’m eager to hear how that went and see all the pictures (because I’m a picture kind of freak).

Then maybe more writing when I return? We’ll see I suppose. I did start reading “The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” by Michael Scott today at lunch and I MUST say it’s already really good so I may just end up reading for the night. This will be my 4th book for the month which is good IMO and for this month especially since I felt bad about buying more books than I intended. (P.S. “Need” by Carrie Jones was spectacular, just saying. Thanks edgyauthor for the suggestion! The review I do later will tell you all about that spectacular nature :P)

2. Sunday – Hopefully I’ll write some more. This is the first weekend I’m absolutely devoting to writing (according to my revelation about not being a good writer throughout the week the other day). I truly hope I meet my 6,000 words, but deep inside I’m hoping I meet my entire months goal so that anything that happens next weekend is completely bonus and I can do a whole “Like Whoa” post… I feel so behind everyone else and even behind myself. This time last year I had so much completed. It shouldn’t be taking this long so it’s time to buckle down and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Write damn it, write!

Okay… in addition to the plans listed above – I must find time to get an oil change at some point and do the rest of the grocery shopping (which BTW I’m incredibly poor this payday with only 76 bucks left to survive on for the next two weeks. I don’t know how I’ll do it, but I am going to make it happen!) I also need to do the two loads of laundry I always face on weekends (but this certainly doesn’t matter to you as readers) and well… maybe that’s finally it.

So that’s my plans. It shouldn’t be incredibly hard. I mean I barely listed anything note worthy, but sleep summons me because I lack it so much throughout the week and for this reason it’s likely that my goals will be accomplished in shorter time frames than I anticipate. I hope I’m wrong, but I know me and I’m so damn tired. Always. Even on nights when I manage to get to bed at reasonable hours I wake up every hour with the most ridiculous nightmares it unbelievable. Dreams are nice and all, but damn they can exhaust you more than you already are. This has been my week.

So…. What are all my readers’ plans for the weekend? Anything more exciting than mine? I’d like to hear about it if so. If you’re not willing to share, I hope you enjoy it regardless. That’s what the weekends are for after all, right?

Peace – Sarah

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P.S. m-stiefvater made #1 NYT Bestseller this week with “Linger”. I knew that was going to happen (what, I did?) but still I’m incredibly proud of her – as if I know her personally or something. Either way it was worth mentioning because I TOTALLY LOVED “Linger” and apparently so did the world (or the US at least). Being an aspiring writer myself, I just feel immensely happy for her – especially because despite her fame – she still remains – forever – a remarkably humble-regular kind of Maggie. She deserves it more than most people (IMO). And she goes out of her way to teach menial beings like myself and so forever I am grateful. She deserves some kind of recognition for that, right?

P.S.S. In truth I listened to 3 different Pat Benatar songs during this post, but the last one on repeat is listed. The other two were: “Love is a Battlefield” –AND- “You Better Run”. That’s all. Listen to them if you don’t know Pat girls… you’ll love it. Believe me, she’s so bad ass just like Joan.

P.S.S.S. Damn it – I was trying to post this before midnight, but I FAILED.

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Review: LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

I am launching a book review section to FanNook sometime next month, but this book was easily one of my favorite books of the year and I couldn’t wait until the site was up to tell you about it.

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you have not read this series and do not want to know what happens prior to doing so, please stop reading now.

-About the Story-

Sam is finally human and while he seems to be skeptical in the cold, he remains human. And Sam being human means having a future with Grace. That is until she starts to realize something is happening to her. Either she is finally becoming the wolf she never was or she is dying, which one she is unsure of until the end. Unfortunately their fight to be together in “Shiver” has only shifted roles in “Linger.”

Also, if their dramatic love story isn’t enough to entertain you… Add in ex-rocker Cole, who spends at least 70% of his time naked (Hey, he is a shifting wolf after all) and Isabel, who is still dealing with the death of her brother. These two are immediately attracted to each other, but their arrogance makes them clash at times. Isabel doesn’t seem to know whether she wants to kiss him or ignore him altogether most of the time. (You’ve got to love beautiful cocky people who really only find comfort in each other because of the demons in their past.)

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If you loved “Shiver” then reading “Linger” is a must. Here are some reasons why:

-Writing Style- Maggie Stiefvater has this innate ability to draw character voices so perfectly that she was able to give us four in “Linger” each of which were so very different that she could easily jump between them sometimes several times within each chapter. Her writing never feels forced, it feels like your own thoughts or like you’re actually part of this world she’s created and these are people you really know. I sometimes refer to her writing as being “like a song in your ear.”

-Cole St. Clair- He was a really nice addition to the story line and not just because of his good looks and musical talents. Beyond that cocky exterior was someone far deeper than I was expecting, someone who was actually more genius than even he himself wanted to admit. In the book there’s a lot of question as to why Beck chose Cole, hinting that maybe he pictured him and Sam becoming friends because of their mutual love for music. But near the end of the book I found myself wondering if Beck knew all along that Cole might be able to see the hows and whys of the wolves because of his scientific intelligence. His transition from the person you meet in chapter 2 to the man he becomes by chapter 52 was really well done. Character growth is always important and I think Maggie nailed it with Cole.

-Isabel Culpeper- When I read “Shiver” I remember thinking a person like Isabel might annoy me if I knew her in real life. And I still felt that way once I started into “Linger,” but reading from her perspective this time around gives you a deeper insight into why Isabel is the “bitchy princess” she is and by the end of the book shows us how much inner strength she actually has. If it wasn’t for her pushiness towards Sam and Cole, the ending may not have even been possible.

-Grace & the Brisbane’s- I heard that Maggie got a bit of criticism when “Shiver” came out for depicting Grace’s parents as uninvolved, as if these sorts of parents don’t actually exist (believe me they do). So it was interesting to see her parent’s attitude towards her in “Linger” change drastically. Suddenly they are over involved or at least they try to convince themselves that they are. The best part of this change in them though wasn’t that she finally had parents that seemed to give a crap, it was the fact that Grace finally stood up to them and put them in their place. Of course, they still wouldn’t admit to the very valid points she was making, but it was nice to see her say she was sick of it for once and even better to see her completely defy them by basically running away to Sam. (Go Grace!)

-Sam Roth- Sam is still very emotionally damaged, maybe even more so now that he doesn’t get those few months off to be a wolf and not have actual memories. He seems very dependant on Grace being part of him now, but not in a way that’s suffocating, more in the other half to a whole kind of way, which I find endearing. He struggles with the idea that he is now Beck and accepting that role is difficult for him at times. I don’t necessarily think it’s because he doesn’t want the responsibility either, I think it’s more acceptance of the fact that he’ll never see Beck again as a human – the closest thing he had to family until Grace came along. Outside of his responsibility, we finally get to see deeper sides of Sam as a serious musician, as a lover, and a dreamer.

-Green Text- You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference this made, but it did. First, I’m a sucker for unusual features in a book and green text certainly qualifies as one. Second, green is my favorite color so naturally I’m drawn to it. Third, as someone who’s eye sight is failing her these days it was incredibly easy on my eyes. (FYI – There is actual proof that green is the easiest color for our eyes to register.)

-Other Awesomeness- Paper Cranes, White Christmas Lights, Casual conversations in the nude, red coffee pots, and “The Boy.” You’ll understand all of that once you’ve read the book!

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Usually at this point there would be a list of things I didn’t like, but this book was so good it feels impossible to come up with anything negative. I’d say the only slightly disappointing thing about “Linger” was that I missed the temperatures at the beginning of each chapter. I think that was a really neat thing to keep in mind when I read “Shiver” and felt like it would have been equally as cool to keep in the back of your mind for “Linger,” but it didn’t break the story that’s for sure. Other than that, I just didn’t want it to end, but I’ve found with really great stories this is always the case.

So how long must we wait for “Forever” now? July 2011, I know it feels so out of reach right now. I can’t wait to see what Maggie does to bring this trilogy to a close. I’m hopeful that it will end with a “Happily Ever After” even if it’s in the form of fur.

P.S. Maybe I should warn you that I cried for about the last 30 pages, but not necessarily sad tears. I’d be interested in knowing if I was the only one.

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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.

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Peace – Sarah

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