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Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am glad you are here. For the most part, I use this to comment (and sometimes ramble...) about the many things I love or perhaps am fascinated with this week. This can include quite an assortment of topics, including my propensity for reading novels at all hours of the day, writing, art, and travel, as I do have a serious case of Wanderlust.

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~St. Augustine

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013

Time to get crackin, self!

I have some goals I am excited about this year, involving quite a variety of things.  More to come later, I promise.

No, I really promise this time.  The summer was a crazy time, and then it was fall, and then the holidays, so now it's a new year, so let's get this started.

Why do we fall? To get back up.

Yes, I know I just quoted a Batman movie (Alfred is made of win), but it is how I feel.  Yes, I got majorly sidetracked for the last half or so of the year, but who says I can't get right back on, right?  Right.

In related news, I finished my GoodReads.com 2012 Reading Challenge (106/100), so I upped the goal this year to 115.  This makes me very nervous. I need to find a balance where I can read, blog, and most importantly WRITE creatively and effectively for the next year and beyond. We shall see how that goes.


xxoo

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shadow of Night, the 'almost finished' prediction and fangirl blog.

So, as I am completely and entirely enjoying Shadow of Night, and have about 30 percent left, I have made some predictions about how some of the story will turn out. There will be spoilers below, so don't read unless you are more than 70 percent through Shadow of Night, or (very much like yours truly, mind you) don't mind possible big story pieces to be given away. Before I get my thinking about the plot cap on, can I first just say that this series is officially one of my favorites. I loved the first one and was expecting the 2nd to be great as well, and it is just blowing me away. I am so beguiled by the story and characters and love every page.

Okay, here are my predictions so far... SPOILERS BELOW....

First, I think Diana was the one who, once back in time, put a spell on Ashmole 782 that she knew only her 'future/present' time self would be able to unravel, thus setting in motion the necessary events of DOW and so on. She’s a weaver, so I bet much of what she saw inside the manuscript was hers (explains the off familiarity she has with the script inside, it would have had to be different to fit the time period, but still her own. ALSO -- the goddess has chosen Diana's life to pay the debt, but said she only takes the living, and I think Matthew will turn her into a vampire at some point to end the debt. I am thinking that her ability to live in both worlds, presumably the living and the dead, will help this process along, or at least come into play somehow

On a side note, Gallowglass’s revelation on how he watched Diana from a distance was also amazing to read! I had to put the book down for a moment at this part to just take in that big surprise. I was like YES YES YES time continuum/it all comes full circle/this character first scared me at first but I actually love him to pieces. Then I calmed down, picked the book back up, and resumed reading.... And even though that tells us SO MUCH, and it also broke my heart a little as they mentioned Philipe's role in all of that, I also am not banking on everything working out smoothly, that just wouldn't do.

I am going to stretch out the last 30 percent or so, because of course the long dreaded wait for the 3rd installment will then be upon us once again. I am just hoping that in the end, when the final page is turned, that M and D are together, location, time, space, etc irrelevant. That's not too much to ask, right?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meanwhile, in the Westeros of my mind...

I am about 40% done with A Game of Thrones, and here are my thoughts…..

At first I was all House Stark. However, after further character developments & wanting to punch a few of them right in the face, I am instead going to form a rag-tag house of my own with handpicked members, including but not limited to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, The Hound (I have such a feeling he is gonna pull a Snape on all of us), and a few others I think. Our sigil is going to be a Shark fighting a Raptor.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Almost missed the party...

For a long, long time, a friend of mine has been trying to get my to watch Parks and Recreation. Being almost too much of a loyalist to The Office, Southland, and TLLS, I can sometimes be very selective about what shows I allow into my repertoire. I don't really watch TV a whole lot, so I don't really see the point in adding in time slots, because more than likely I will just forget to watch weekly, then I would be way behind and need to catch up, and when it all boils down, I have books to read. Bah. But that's neither here no there, and I digress.

Being that we had a nice little break in the middle of the week for the 4th *Happy Birthday America!*, I was able to catch a few episodes from last season onDemand last night. Holy. Smokes. I have been missing out Big. Time. This show is hilarious. It is somehow connected to The Office (writers, creators, producers, I am not 100% sure on this one...) so that should have been my first hint that I would like it, and it has a similar format with the 'confessionals', filming style, and so on. It is based in a small town in Indiana, and since I spent the formidable years of my childhood in a small Indiana town, this also makes it quite endearing. However, the true star that has unyieldingly made me a fan of the show, and connecting this post to 'Merica's b-day, is Ron Swanson. This man is just hysterical. He is a bacon loving, bureaucrat despising, government distrusting libertarian and I just love him. He loves America, too, which is clearly a plus. So, I have a lot of catching up to do, but I am sure that it will be well worth it.

I hope all of you had a great Independence Day, and remember that we're the Home of the Free because of the Brave.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Super Fast Update!

Sorry once again for my lack of blogging. I have been writing, however, and I have been reading up a storm, so for me that is at least a little bit of a reasonable excuse.

Things I am working on at the moment -- 26th birthday plans (all downhill from here... haha) and also getting together my bar trivia team! We are all still stuck (read: indecisive) about the team name. I want something funny and perhaps involving puns, and we just can't decide on one. If you have any ideas, please feel free to share and they can go into the voting... if we ever get that far, that is.

And speaking of all the great books I have been reading.... holy smokes. I love when an author does a great Alpha Male (ala Lori Foster, for example...), yummy.

Hmmm... I think that is all for now. I am swirling in new ideas for future novels as well, as always I wish I had a giant pause button -or- there were more hours in a day!

xxoo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Goals

So, as money is tight right now as I continue to pay off student loans, fix my car, etc etc... I have been so discouraged about this for some time now. Some serious down in the dumps with no end in sight feelings of misery. And frankly I am tired of it.

Yes, this is not where I thought I would be at (almost) 26, but it is what it is, and while I can't change things that have already happened, I can adapt to what is going on now and make the best of it, right?

So, how about setting some goals to hopefully get me out of this rut.

I decided long ago that I would like to travel as much as I can, as often as possible (is that redundant? I can't decide...). Clearly budgetary issues to come in to play here, so while I have this wanderlust coursing through my veins, I cannot act on it presently.

This is where the goal comes in. In a little over 4 years, I will be 30 (ahhhhhhhh!!!!)... For my 30th birthday celebration, I am going on a trip. A nice big one, hopefully with Scotland included (obviously). Perhaps this will be the time where I explore the rest of the British Isles that I have so longed to do, but I think my beloved Scotland would be a given, right?

Now this gives me some focus I think, something to look forward to, and something to put some energy towards.

I can already feel the storm clouds clearing outta my head...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Andersonville, Jamie & Claire, and other updates!

Hello!

When I take these long unintentional breaks from blogging, I never know where to begin when I get back into it. Do I review the last time I posted and then go about it in a timeline fashion? I have thought of doing it this way, but tend to think with time, much of the energy that would normally come through in a post is lost, as the memory, thought, etc has been out of my mind for so long.

So, that being said, I will just comment on what's been going on in these past few days :)

First of all, I found out about this AMAZING store (or stores, as they have 3) that does custom framing and has so much 'stuff' for me to peruse and buy. And I say stuff in the most sincere of terms, because it is hard to describe all that they offer. Vintage flashcards, scrabble letters, cards, maps, pins and buttons, jewelery, letters, stamps, book ends, books, and the list goes on and on. Pretty much a dream come true for anyone inclined in a creative or vintage loving sort of way. Their 'grand poobah' store (as the nicest ever guy who worked there called it) is where we visited in Andersonville, and I can say now that I need about 3 to 4 more hours to properly go through everything there. I cannot wait to go back! Oh! and it's called FourSided (http://www.foursided.com/) so you can go visit and see all the amazing wares they have for any and all of your heart's desires!!


Also, for the past few days I have been listening to Dragonfly in Amber on my iPod at work, it is file time so I focus much better with something to listen to. Well, as it came to an end I had to turn it off, as my heart was breaking into pieces. That book (even though I have read on and know how things pan out after said happenings) just rips my heart & soul right out. My goodness. So to avoid crying and having to explain my unyielding love and emotional attachment to Jamie and Claire, I thought this would be best finished within the safe, tear friendly confines on my car on the way home.

I know I entitled this ".....and other updates", but I think this is it for now.

xxoo