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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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Frivolous Spending

If I didn’t love getting mail so much and didn’t equally love getting new books consistently I wouldn’t have a problem. But the fact remains that I do. It’s as simple as that. Books have such a hold on me that even just seeing pictures of other people’s bookshelves gets me excited. (How ridiculous is that, right?)

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a bookaholic.

That being said let me share my latest book purchases with you. Initially “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins was waiting in my shopping cart, but it is so good that I know I won’t be able to stop reading the library copy I currently have in my position, therefore the need to own it right this minute is not necessary (it can wait for a little while). So I swapped it out for something else and purchased the following books last night on Amazon.


The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Description from Amazon: He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects — the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

P.S. Sophie and Josh Newman are 15 year old twins… you would think the description would say that. Also this is book one of six, four of which are already out.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Description from Amazon: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Description from Amazon: Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

P.S. The sequel to this book is entitled, “Sapphique” and is scheduled to be released December 28, 2010


Need by Carrie Jones

Description from Amazon: Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

And lastly because I’m fairly paranoid about the end of times and/or convinced troubled times may be fast approaching our country due to the current administration I’ve decided it’s important to educate myself on survival techniques. The first book I’ve purchased is “Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything you need to know to keep your family safe in a crisis.” I figure that even if it’s really nothing more than paranoia it can’t help to learn a thing or two about these sorts of things. Maybe they will be useful to me in writing one day (I do have that plot bunny called “Post Hope” about the end of the US from a teenagers POV so…)

Also arriving this week because the release date has changed and I pre-ordered it months ago, Maggie Stiefvater’s “Linger” which I’ve already talked about HERE.

In conclusion I have to add how badly I want to read the “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” series now after seeing “The Lightening Thief” last night. I already had the box set in my wish list, but it’s rather expensive and will have to wait to be purchased until a holiday like Christmas or my birthday so it will be a while. Anyway the movie was fantastic, for anyone interested in knowing.

Peace – Sarah

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