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Movie Recommendation Monday: Mad Max Fury Road

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"How do you feel about post-apocalyptic Mario Kart?"
"I'm for it!"
"What about a guy playing a guitar that shoots flames out the neck?"
"Oh my God, yes!"
"What about a plot driven entirely by Charlize Theron turning left?"

Game Recommendation Monday: Dragon Age

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a million things to say about this series that I love oh so much. But in the spirit of keeping it short, I'll just say this series has an amazing storyline and each game the world evolves. The series covers ten years within the world of Thedas. The first game is battling The Blight to stop Darkspawn from killing everyone. The second is dealing with the tensions around oppressing mages. And the third is about the war between mages and templars, but also an ancient evil risen and being dastardly. Delightful characters, beautiful scenery, and a rich history of the world you get to learn as you go.

Book Recommendation Monday: Monstrous Regiment

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Polly runs away from home, disguised as a boy to save her brother from war. Turns out her whole squadron is also made up of disguised women running to war for various reasons and they are all kicking ass with the help of some well placed socks in their trousers. And it's Terry Pratchett, so you know it's hilarious and thoughtful.

February 2019 - Reading/Writing Goals

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of 2018 was spent bouncing from idea to idea. I got things down on paper, but I could never really keep to anything for more than a few weeks. Quite frankly, I didn't want to anyway. I burned myself out. I drove myself into a frenzy that I needed to edit, rewrite, edit some more, and publish two books for 2019, but nothing was ready. And I stalled trying to get things ready and after a certain point, I no longer cared about 2019 publishing.

Instead, I worked on bits of stories in different areas of fantasy. Urban fantasy, historical fantasy, rom-com fantasy, different than young adult stuff. I also worked on a few short stories and applied to (and was accepted) two masters programs for novel writing and if all goes according to plan, I will be starting at Middlesex University in the Fall for the distance learning program. I've been busy with writing, I did take a break from publishing. So where does this leave things?

Most blogs about self-publishing/small time publishing say try to publish once a year (some self-published authors push out 4 books a year and I am left going wtf, who has the time?) But I have nothing ready to publish, unless I dump some barely edited pieces out there. So this leads me into 2019 goals.

Instead of doing six month goals, I'm going to work month by month. I have a series I've been editing and am leaning toward querying small epublishers with it. But in the meantime, I need timeline to stay on track.

Without further ado: February 2019 Goals

  • Finish the 3rd draft of my WIP The Rose
  • Find beta readers once the 3rd draft is complete
  • Work on 6,000 of a new story or an incomplete story from 2018. I started about five different novel ideas and there are a few I would really like to see if I can flesh out. but I don't want to lose focus on the editing, hence only 6,000 words
  • Read two books off my goodreads TBR pile. This isn't necessarily writing, but I got a lot of books on there outside my normal genres, I think it's time to delve in on some of these for inspiration

Book Recommendation Monday: Shatterglass

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's book four of last week's series (book eight overall in the world). Daja is awesome, but I love Tris. Tris is a weather mage who stores lightning and wind in her hair to use when she needs them. She spends her time being introverted and reading and sassy, but also helping to catch a murderer. And let's not forget she has a glass dragon and a giant puppy.

Book Recommendation Monday: Cold Fire

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Technically this is the third book in a series (seventh book in the world) but you don't really need to read the Circle books in order. They follow the same characters, but each book is mostly standalone, anything you need to know is neatly recapped. And besides Daja is among the best of the characters. She's a magical blacksmith with power over fire who hunts an arsonist. Plus, magic fire suit!

TV Show Recommendation Monday: The Golden Girls

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Need I say more? I mean, sassy ladies living in Miami (yet always cold enough for heavy sweaters), hangin' on the lanai, eatin' all the cheesecake. Ignore the continuity errors and embrace it. Embrace it!

Book Recommendation Monday: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Two kids run away from home and live in the Met. I still want to run away and live in a museum. I can't be the only one to have read this that now scopes out places to sleep and hide in museums. Or am I? Whatever. I still really wanted to be like Claudia and Jamie.

Book Recommendation Monday: Song of the Lioness

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm sentimental and in high school discovered fantasy and these, with Fellowship of the Ring, were among the first fantasy books I read. Alanna's journey continues to inspire me all these years later. I love knights and especially lady knights. 

Book Recommendation Monday: Fellowship of the Ring

Posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It holds a special place in my heart, more so than Two Towers or Return of the King, as one of the first books to actually get me interested in fantasy and every November/December I get the urge to reread it. It's an undertaking though and it is not for everyone, but if you've the heart (and patience and tolerance for so much singing!) then it's worth the effort. Also, Hobbits really are sassy little creatures.