The Long Winded Sum of Things

I realize it’s been a super long time since I made a post that had to do with something other than music. I guess part of my lack of posting is due to the fact that for the most part only one person replies to my posts and I talk to her everyday anyway. Still, I was so active on here in 2010, even when there was no one reading and so it’s stupid to be so inactive in 2011 just because the blogosphere is quiet. I will try harder to be around more often in case there are any of you left wondering about my life.

I apologize in advance for how long this post will be.


It’s been slow, I’ll be honest. Some days there is a lot going on in my mind, but others it’s completely silent. As much as the days where the chatter’s too much to decipher are difficult to deal with, the silence scares me even more.

My current WIP has had some improved scenes created, but the majority of the work completed on it in the last month was reviewing and revising. While this is partly because my characters have been off “playing with” my crit partners characters, it’s also because the next big series I will work on has been demanding my attention.

When I say demanding, I don’t just mean a few ideas either, I mean like whole books being fleshed out, characters with names and completely defined physical characteristics, their voices, the first two books prologues, actual narration that goes down in book 1 and more. It’s blowing me away how ‘alive’ they’ve become in my mind now, but it’s also exciting me.

It was an idea I had briefly a while ago, but really didn’t know what sort of direction it’d take and certainly didn’t think it’d be the next book I’d work on, but I’m pretty confident that after my Cleaphytes series is complete (2 books), I’ll be jumping into a 4 book series right away.

In fact, if my current characters don’t start “playing” in my mind again soon, I may just start this second series and attempt to write two stories at once (even though I swore that was something I was incapable of). I guess we’ll see what happens.


Since my last “real” post I’ve read quite a bit. Not as much as I’d hoped by now exactly, but I’m 13 books into my to-be-read pile for the year so far. That’s not terribly bad.

I’m currently reading CITY OF BONES (Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare, which I will no doubt be finished with by the evenings end. I intend to read all 4 of the books in the series plus CLOCKWORK ANGEL (Infernal Devices, Book 1) this month in a challenge against a friend of mine to see who can finish first. At this rate, with the way I’m loving the story so far, I’m pretty positive I’ll win. I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to alice_vd for turning me onto the series. Alice, I can absolutely see why you love it so much! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads!

Other books I’ve read since the last post include:

INVINCIBLE (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – You all have to know by now how much of a Sherrilyn Kenyon fangirl I am, so obviously I swallowed this book whole the second it arrived in the mail. I absolutely adore how it connects to the Dark-Hunter world and the build up that’s being created in this YA series so that Nick can finally have his own Dark-Hunter book in that series when he’s grown. My only gripe is having to wait a whole year for more!

DEMONGLASS (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins – When I read HEX HALL last year it was just something with a pretty cover that *looked* interesting at the library and I honestly had no intentions of reading it quickly, but that’s exactly what I did. Rachel Hawkins writes from a teen’s voice spot on and the clash of characters oddly work so well together. In DEMONGLASS the bulk of the book takes place in London, but since the general story is boarding school based it really doesn’t matter where they are in the world – they issues they face are similar. It was a book I had a hard time putting down, but I expected that honestly. I can’t wait for Book 3!

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs – This was my first Tera Lynn book and also my first modern twist of Mermaid lore book. I blew through this book. It was a short read that moved at steady pace with all this wonderful water/fish like talk and a really cool take on mermaid life (which being a super fan of THE LITTLE MERMAID growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed). The characters were snarky to the max which was highly entertaining. I liked this book so much I even convinced my 50 year old mom to read it and she finished it fast too. It’s definitely a book I’d suggest picking up!

TRAPPED by Michael Northrop – I loved this book, especially with as cold as it’s been this past winter. There was nothing supernatural about it, just a handful of kids trapped in school during the worst snowfall on record. The panic the book builds as the days pass and trouble arises as a result is perfect! I just kept thinking – Are these kids gonna make it out alive?! My only gripe is how suddenly it ended. According to websites offering the book it claims it has 240 pages, while mine only had 232. I couldn’t help but feel like there could have been 8 more pages of the story I was missing. Receiving a second version of this book disproved my theory though so I guess it just ended and not in a bad way, just quicker than I expected. It was definitely a worthwhile read and if you’re someone who goes for cool effects in books, one of my favorite things was watching the height of the snow rise with the beginning of each chapter until the page was completely submerged!

After my Mortal Instruments reading challenge in April, I plan to read the Daughters of the Moon series (or at least the 2 volumes currently out (aka first 6 books)) for Heather’s (edgyauthor) birthday month. She loves this series so very much and since we pretty much like ALL of the same things, I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy it just like her!

I’ve also acquired quite a few books since the last time I actually took pictures of my beauties (which was what, Christmas?). I’ll do a separate post to glorify them all after my birthday in case I get any more. 😉

Life in General:

Remember that weight loss goal I set at the beginning of the year? Yeah, well I’ve failed, miserably. So bad that I actually gained weight and now that my sisters wedding is about 5 months away there’s no time like the present to finally take this serious. In an effort to make something happen, Mom made me actually join Weight Watchers with her. I’ve done a WW like diet before, but always on my own. Mom swears when you go to classes you take it more seriously. Maybe she’s right, I don’t really know. Right now though, all it feels like is an AA meeting for fat people. I don’t mean that in an offensive way. I know those sorts of things are the saving grace for some, but for me it just feels humiliating. *Sigh*

Work has been super stressful and draining. Do you remember The Mayo Thief AKA my nemesis at work? Well at the very end of February they finally let him go which made me happy because A: I wouldn’t have to deal with him or cover for him anymore –AND- B: Getting his workload dumped on me could mean a much needed raise. All that’s really happened though is that my workload is so tremendous now I’m barely ever getting on top of it no matter how hard I push myself. And the errors in the work he left behind are terrifying. It’s a constant struggle to set things right and so frustrating that my bosses let this nonsense go on for so long that it is at the point it is. Not to mention, a month later now and still no mention of a raise. I’m starting to wonder why I work so hard. He’s evidence of getting away with half assed work for years and he made at least 20,000 more a year than me. I make chump change and haven’t had a raise in 4 years. Work makes me angry more than anything most days now. *Sigh*

The weather here is driving me mad. I’ve lived in MD all of my life so it really shouldn’t surprise me how schizophrenic it can be, but its April, Earth. Don’t you know that means its spring? Why is it still cold enough to snow here? I mean, I love cold weather (Lord knows I hate being hot), but even I’m at my end with this dreary cold air. I want spring, I want flowers, and I want warm sunshine with a slight breeze. Is this too much to ask in April? SMH…

Speaking of April, it will be a rather busy month for me. I’ve got a hair appointment this weekend, my birthday next weekend, my sister’s baby shower next weekend, an unpleasant doctor’s appointment the following week, and that whole reading challenge (which equals reading 5-500 page books in 4 weeks). But even with all that I plan to really try and be active on here more than I’ve been so far this year. I feel bad for being so behind and while I know it will take me a while to catch up on all of your blogs, I plan to make a strong effort to do it!

One last thing before I go. I’ve always wanted an awesome piggy bank and while out shopping with my mom recently we stumbled upon one that was just calling my name. It was such an awesome pig that some old lady actually tried to take it from me. No joke. She crept up on me and threatened, “You’re lucky I didn’t see that first because it would be mine!” I was like, whoa omg! LOL! Funny/scary old lady. Anyway, without further ado I introduce to you Haywood Hall, possibly the coolest pig ever. (Just saying)

Until Next Time – Sarah


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  1. alice_vd

    April 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Coolest piggy bank ever!

    Now that I got that out of my system.

    Let’s just clear that little “no one reads my blog” thing. Awesomesauce, I read your blog. End of story.

    I’m super happy that you’re reading the Mortal Instruments. They’re an amazing series and I hope you love them.

    I think I might have to look up the Daughters of the Moon as well. I’ve been trying to find them but, alas, it appear I will have to order them in. Note to Self: do not forget this.

    All of those books you have read sound amazing. I think “Trapped” might even be up my brother’s alley (my sister and I -and his high school reading assignment- has turned him to the dark side -oh, I mean, the reading side). I shall definitely check them out.

    And that Mayo Thief bastard! Seriously, it’s like the whole work system caters to people who only work half-ass. It’s ridiculous because it screws over the people who are really working. *takes a moment to calm myself down*. I get easily worked up over this subject. My dad is pretty much in your situation only they haven’t fired the idiots yet and, well, he’s been working for many years and works as an engineer. But still. Don’t give up though. If you get super angry, vent like crazy in your blog posts.

    And good luck with your novel and new idea. I know how it feels when a incredibly fleshed out idea comes charging into your mind and being like “Oh, come on. You wanna write me. I know you do.” Good luck.

    (Ooooh! “Sweet Dreams” by Emily Browning! I LOVE THAT SONG!!)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 3, 2011 at 3:36 am

      He (Haywood) is so freaking cool, right? Mom said she ran into a blue one the other day. I flipped out over the fact that she didn’t buy it. She knows better now in case she runs into another pig that cool, I need it!

      And I’m glad you still read my blog, Alice, and comment! I appreciate it. You and Heather were my first LJ friends and you’re the two to actually stick around. Means lots to me 😉

      I will definitely LOVE The Mortal Instruments. There’s no doubt about it. I might even be able to convince my mom to read them because I haven’t stopped squeeing about them to her since I started. She’s intrigued now. Haha!

      And you should check out Daughters of the Moon. I mean, I still don’t know for sure how amazing they are, but I have them in my possession and they’re like Heather’s GO-TO books much like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s are for me or Cassandra Clare’s are for you. That HAS to make them good, right?

      If you do end up reading or getting your brother to read TRAPPED I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I found it very entertaining in a panicky sort of way!

      Sigh. The Mayo Thief and unjust work environments. Your Dad’s an engineer? So am I, or sort of. I do more surveying than engineering, but they very closely linked. It really is exactly as you say, the people who work the hardest are the most underrated and that blows. Hopefully at some point soon our world will stop rewarding those who just skate by and being a dedicated, hard worker will become popular again. Thanks for the support 😉

      I honestly can’t wait to start working on this next series truthfully, it’s so filled with “Awesomesauce” as you would say 😉 What I’ve already written for it is just… well let’s just say I actually impressed myself which is a rare confidence for me to have.

      LOL @ You, Heather, and I ALL LOVING this Emily Browning track right now. I think I’m seeing Sucker Punch (which is what it’s from) for my birthday next weekend. I know you wanted to see that too. Have you yet?

      • alice_vd

        April 3, 2011 at 3:46 am

        No, I haven’t see Sucker Punch. If you see Sucker Punch, blog all about it. I’m not worried about finding out spoilers.

        Good luck with everything. 😉

        • SarahWhisted

          April 3, 2011 at 5:14 am

          Oh, you know I will! That movie seriously looks SO BAD ASS and I already have the whole soundtrack. IT IS SICK! You’d love it, I think!

        • akossket

          April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

          Um, I want to second this. If you watch Sucker Punch, please blog about it. :)

  2. edgyauthor

    April 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    So glad to see you back blogging, just like me! BE AFRAID, LJ! 😉

    WRITING: It sucks how your Cleaphyte characters are so quiet, but I agree: if they insist on being no-shows in your brain, then entertain the newbies! You might as well be writing *something* instead of nothing! It can be fun writing two books at once. :)

    READING: 13 books is far from bad! You know how many books I’ve read so far this year? Four. And they were all rereads, at that. You’ve already accomplished a lot, reading-wise, so YAY YOU!

    And it’s official: I’m crazy for having not read anything by Cassandra Clare or Rachel Hawkins yet! Every time you bring them up, I’m reminded of how awesome their books sound! And after that snippet you showed me last night, I’m absolutely eager to dig into CoN sometime! You’ve also made me very interested in checking out TRAPPED, despite it not being the typical type of book I read. As for Tera Lynn Childs, I’m happy to hear that FORGIVE MY FINS was good! I’ve been wanting to check that book out, and even have her other book, OH. MY. GODS., in my TBR pile. I’m so tempted to read it right now, because of the myth angle. But then I see the 40 other books I also need (and want!) to read, and my brain short-circuits. >.>

    I can’t wait for you to read DOTM!!! *bouncebouncebounce*

    LIFE IN GENERAL: That really sucks how you have to deal with WW meetings now. I wish you all the luck in achieving your weight loss goals! GO, SARAH, GO! *\o/*

    UGH about work. If you have to put up with all that craziness, you should at least get a raise. You more than deserve it at this point!

    It’s mind-boggling to me how it’s so cold for you at the moment. Starting yesterday where I’m at, we had temperatures as high as 98 degrees! It’s making me miss the cold a little. (Not that the cold I know is as cold as your coldness…haha.)

    And wow, April *does* sound busy for you! Good luck tackling all your responsibilities alongside blogging!

    P.S. Haywood pawns all, whether or not that “all” includes pigs! My crickets are absolutely seething right now that he got blogged about before them, haha. (And anyone outside us reading this comment has probably just gone, “WTF?!” Aww, inside jokes….)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 3, 2011 at 5:03 am

      LOL @ Be Afraid LJ… It should really be afraid when we unleash all those discussions and art and awesome short stories we’ve been plotting. *hehe*

      Writing: I’m not sure how easy it will be to write two books at once, but like you said writing something is better than nothing and well, you personally know how awesome and tempting this next series is so… it might just win my attention if my current characters don’t show up by the time I’m finished reading THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.

      Reading: 4 books isn’t terrible, even if they are re-reads. 2 of my 13 are re-reads. But you ARE crazy for skipping out on Rachel Hawkins and now Cassandra Clare, for real. Knowing what you like about books, I just know you’ll enjoy both these series. And like you said, just showing you that tiny snippet last night from CoN, I know you’ll love that series too (plus you already loved the first DH book and since they’re in the same world “technically” it stands to reason you’ll enjoy them all (I hope!))

      As for Tera Lynn Childs, I REALLY want the next “Fins” book when it comes out, but I also really want that Oh.My.Gods. book too. I wish you’d hurry and read it and tell me if it’s worth it!

      DOTM in less than 30 days now! 😉 *bouncebouncebounce* Did you see even Alice is interested in reading. You’re slowly turning us all! Lynne Ewing would be proud of your influence!

      Life in General: Thanks for all your understanding and listening to me gripe on Gchat about these meetings. It’s so… EH… Thanks for also letting me gripe about work (all the time). I know you will one day be in my boots and I will be there the same for you. Work blows, no matter where and what it is.

      Haywood and the Crickets – OMG hilarious! HAHA, Sucka’s – take that, Crickets! Haywood RULES and you know it! *HEHE @ inside jokes. Priceless!*

      • edgyauthor

        April 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        I can’t wait to unleash all the discussions/art/stories, too! That’s gonna be heaps of fun. :)

        As for OH. MY. GODS. … I think it’s safe to assume that you’d rather have me reading ENTICE first. (Haha.) OH. MY. GODS. stands a good chance of being read sometime soon after it, though, because it just keeps staring at me and it’s so hard to resist. XD

        Yes, I did see how Alice is interested! I’m glad my corruption abilities isn’t limited only to you. 😛

  3. akossket

    April 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Just keep going. Those characters will comply sooner or later. After all you are the master mind behind their existence right? 😉
    On a side note, I’m seriously interested in seeing how WW works for you. I’ve been eyeing it but haven’t joined.
    Good luck :)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 8, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. Actually, there’s been quite a bit of chatter going on up there this week so maybe they weren’t very fond of me talking crap about them online? HAHA!

      And I will keep everyone updated on my struggles and/or success with WW because it’s kind of a big deal right now. I’m sure you’ll see it pop up frequently in my “life update” posts.

      Thanks again for the luck!

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