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Seek the Truth America

So I finally finished reading “The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck and I must say it was amazing! It will blow your mind how true of a picture it paints of our current society and while it keeps you on the edge of your seat, it also claws at your heart making it seem all the more real. This book is, of course, a work of fiction, but many of the situations we face today like our still failing economy, the bailouts and take-overs of big business’, and the level of power held by the ever growing government all play parts in this book. Parts that lead to an America I hope to never be around to see.

The Overton Window is an actual concept developed by Joseph Overton. It works by changing the way you view once thought radical ideas by introducing even more radical ideas to force you into acceptance. Anyone would be lying to themselves if they didn’t believe this concept was being used on us everyday from anything to the stuff allowed in TV and movies now to politics. Our acceptability of radical ideals has changed so much since even I was a kid it’s unbelievable. And those in power can use this tool to also manipulate us into believing we need to be reliant on them and no longer run as a free country (as is their goal in this book).

You don’t need to be politically driven to enjoy this book, but I think it will wake you up a bit to the reality we live in. A lot of people would rather ignore what’s going on behind closed doors, pretend it’s not happening until it’s actually their problem. But once it’s become their problem it will be too late to do anything to stop it.

Don’t be ignorant to the truth, educate yourself. And if nothing else, read something like “The Overton Window” so that you’re at least *thinking* about the possibilities of our future as a free nation. It can only remain free if we care enough to not let the “window” slide out of control.

Peace – Sarah

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Friday, Thank God you’ve finally arrived

I took a mini break from the internet this week, but boy did I miss a lot. Both LJ and FB failed to notify me of messages/comments waiting and I am just now seeing that I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. *Good thing it’s the weekend*

All of my new books finally arrived, but apparently I can’t count because I thought I ordered 7 when in fact I really only ordered 6. Either way, I’m giddy over the nice pile they’ve created. Check out their beauty 😉

Despite my still ongoing headache I couldn’t resist the urge to start reading one. I’m in the middle of “The Overton Window” and it’s VERY good so far. I think I will read “Betwixt” next week and that “Bree Tanner” book the following since it will be close to the release of Eclipse. Not sure of the order after that and even though I have these beauties I’ve been struggling terribly with the temptation of ordering more.

In regards to the throbbing pain I’ve been experiencing all week all of my goals seemed to have been placed on hold. I couldn’t work out, I couldn’t write, and I think this week is the longest I’ve ever went without listening to music. My head couldn’t tolerate the sound. Even my own voice seemed too loud for me. Today the headache seems no where near as strong and I hope that means it’s finally finished torturing me for a little bit so I can resume my monthly goals.

Well off to play catch up with the net world. Hope everyone has a happy Friday 😉

Peace – Sarah

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Doing everything except what I should be doing… typical

Boy was it a trying week. Seriously my job is pushing me to new extremes. I’m bound to lose it at any moment at this point. Heath came up with this awesome quote this week that I feel like represents almost everyday I faced at work this week.

“What did you put in your tea this morning? Some sugar and a splash of stupid?”

I was so heated by the time today ended I couldn’t even sit still without sighing heavily at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Thank God the week is over. Hopefully the Lord will grant me more patience next week, when I’m guaranteed to be faced with the same, if not more, annoyance. I tell myself, “At least I have a job, right?” *Remember this Sarah*

Anyway, work isn’t worth losing sleep over so let me fill you in on all of the other things my week involved. I watched three insanely good movies and since it’s been a while since I’ve given much attention to my first love (movies) I feel the need to tell you about them.

“The Lovely Bones” was beautiful, sad, imaginary, and suspenseful. I wish I had read the book first – I had initially intended too – but I will definitely still read it regardless because my theory is: the books are always better. I love Saoirse Ronan, who plays the main character in “The Lovely Bones”. She also plays the main character in another book series-made into movie that I loved, “The City of Ember” and this girl is Irish. I have a special place in my heart for the Irish 😉

The next movie was also a book first, “Shutter Island” staring Leonardo DiCaprio, whom I swear I hate, but I honestly can’t tell you a movie I didn’t like of his. I don’t know what I have against him because he is a truly talented actor. Anyway, this movie was super intense and kept you guessing until the last minute. Even at the end you aren’t completely positive what to believe. It was very well done and another one I wish I had read first.

But the best of all three movies was “From Paris with Love” starring John Travolta. Easily his best film in years, in my opinion. And there was this “Pulp Fiction” reference which I’m such a sucker for considering I love Quinton Tarantino. Everyone keeps calling this the new “Pulp Fiction” but I don’t get it. While the movie was uber action packed and completely bad ass I wouldn’t call it close to the likes of a film like “Pulp Fiction.” Anyway, this one was so great that I actually didn’t want to watch it, I wanted to be doing other things on my “to-do list,” but it was impossible to take my eyes off the screen. This one I will own one day, no doubt about it.

– Moving on –

I tried VERY hard to focus on the goals I set in the last post this week and I met some of them. I worked on FanNook three times this week, prepping content for at least two of the sites. And I wrote like 6,000 words total of re-writes for my book. That wasn’t as much as I’d hoped to achieve, but at least it wasn’t completely lost to me. Of course, tonight instead of working on those first few chapters I’ve revisited another chapter later on in the story where my main character gets drunk and crosses the lines in their relationship. I don’t know why, but it’s one of my favorite chapters and somehow I intend to make it even better than I already think it is. I know I have no business meddling with chapters I’m not supposed to be focusing on right now, but I can’t help myself. At least I’m working on it, right?

In other writing news, I started a short story this week completely out of my nature about a wife’s plot to murder her husband, inspired by a Beyonce song entitled, “Why don’t you love me?” It’s pretty scary that I can envision such things as chopping up your husband and feeding him to the dog, but I am for this track. Anyway, hopefully I’ll wrap that up soon and post for your amusement.

Three of my seven new books arrived this week and it was very hard to not read at least one of them, I was disappointed in one of them though. The description said “New,” but I don’t consider a cracked binding and bent corner “New.” I would have sent it back, but it was one of the Diana Wynne Jones books and it’s pretty much out of print so I will accept it as is. I was really hoping “Betwixt” would have arrived this week *What’s going on Amazon, you’re never this tardy?* I wanted to read that before I read “The Overton Window” which I know will arrive Wednesday guaranteed, but if it doesn’t show up by then it will take second place in my reading queue for the month because I am ridiculously excited for “The Overton Window.”

And so I leave you for the night jamming out to new music, even though I said I wouldn’t buy new music this month. *Blame m-stiefvater, it’s her fault* I hope to have a super successful and fun-filled weekend and I hope you all do too 😉

Much love – Sarah

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Friday, so nice of you to finally show up

(Warning: Part of this was written while I was at work, the end was written around 9pm so it may not flow in the best of ways – my apologies.)

This has felt like maybe the longest week ever, which is odd considering I had Monday off for the holiday. Regardless of its lengthiness I’m glad the weekend is finally here.

Despite my aching eyes yesterday I couldn’t help from continuing “The Law of Nines.” (But with my glasses on) There’s no doubt I’m sucked in at this point, just like I was with the Sword of Truth Series. Terry Goodkind has this awesome way of writing his main male characters as strong, but the female lead is always stronger. I like this 😉 My Teagan is totally this way whether it’s evident or not at first because I just love when females are kick ass. Also, major bonus – “The Law of Nines” is linked to the Sword of Truth Series, but the setting is current day – our world, the lead male’s name being Alex Rahl and the mysterious woman’s name being Jax Amnell. And I just read that it’s part of a trilogy AND that he has been signed on for another trilogy of strictly Richard and Kahlan (from the first 11 books of The Sword of Truth Series) novels. I’m so ecstatic I could SQUEE… okay I did. Geez… I’m such a fangirl at times. For those of you who loved Legend of the Seeker on TV, read something of Terry’s, seriously it will be worth your while. I promise! He is the writer who will help me be grounded again, just like he inspired me back then to even write my story. I’m glad I will have finished my reading stint with Terry Goodkind.

Although, I did just buy the following on recommendation and/or because I couldn’t stop myself (Gosh I’m such a sucker for new books; seriously this is the longest addiction I’ve ever held):

“Betwixt” by Tara Smith (thanks Heather (aka edgyauthor) for the suggestion)

“Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Dogsbody” by Diana Wynne Jones (thanks m-stiefvater for the awareness)

“The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck (thanks Glenn for the importance of such a thriller at such a time in US society)

“Infinity: The Chronicles of Nick” by Sherrilyn Kenyon (thanks Amazon for adding to my reading addiction with your suggestions and Target for showing me the physicality of this book last weekend and tempting me with its beauty when I shouldn’t be spending on such luxuries)

Also coming sometime next week because I already pre-ordered it: “The Short Second Story of Bree Tanner” by Stephenie Meyer. I may seriously wait until the release of Eclipse for this because unfortunately I still feel a bit mad at her for lying about writing more for the series. (see THIS POST for explanation)

So that’s it. All I have to say today. I wanted to say how irritating certain people have become to me lately, but it’s not worth entertaining the energy in doing so, so I will let it go. Let’s hope they don’t push the same nerves next week and prompt me to go on a rampage about idiocy and ignorance next week.

Much love to all my LJ friends… you have no idea how much you encourage me. And for once, in a while, I’m looking forward to writing again. As soon as I’m finished with the awesomeness that is “The Law of Nines.”

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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