Month: November 2014

NaNoWriMo

Winner-2014-Twitter-ProfileOkay, so I lied. I forgot one very important countdown that I was participating in and that is NaNoWriMo and I just now finished.

I am officially a NaNoWriMo winner for the second year in a row!

50,000 words in 30 days on top of all my schoolwork was not easy but my final word count is 50,114 according to NaNo. Now I get a tee shirt and a cute little picture to put on my social media profiles. I am so happy about this accomplishment.

Unfortunately, it also means that I have nothing further to distract me from the goal of a finalized rough draft tonight for a paper due on Wednesday. *sigh*

Back to school work, I go.

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Where is Home?

Home is where your heart is…

Callum McLaughlin

Upon a mountaintop so high
where crested eagles soar and fly,
we shall build a house of clay
that no amount of wind could sway.
But thunder cracks and rubble falls;
what good’s a house without four walls?

I’ll look upon your eyes in plea –
Where is home?

In oceans vast and stalwart blue
where everything feels fresh and new,
we could dive into the depths so deep
that no one but the great whales sleep.
But void of common scales and fins,
we’re doomed by curse of human skins.

I’ll look upon your eyes in plea –
Where is home?

Fires rage and villains chase;
we tell ourselves we’ll win this race
but still the floods and quakes and rules
chase away these hapless fools,
blinded by cement and brick;
a smoke and mirror worthy trick.

If only I had strength to see –
Home is by my…

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Official Countdown

‘Tis the season for counting the days. There are 26 of them until Christmas but that’s honestly not the most important one at the moment. Here’s what does count:

14 = the number of days until I will be in my home state again

2 = the number of presentations, papers, and finals exams (each) I have left to do

1 = the lightning talk I have to give on Wednesday for a class that I have come to seriously loathe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd of course I’m excited about Christmas, but I’m more excited to get home and see all the wonderful snow that will hopefully be there when I arrive. Although not having another ice storm this year would also be nice.

Oh, I almost forgot:

21 = the number of days until I see my first Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance!! I just bought the tickets today and I cannot wait to experience that.

One of the many things I am looking forward to doing next month. The others include making the famous Webber gingerbread house, picking out and decorating the Christmas tree, and wrapping presents. All while relaxing in a house that smells deliciously of wood smoke and enjoying some peace and quiet while everyone is at work but me 🙂 So I guess having a short vacation will also be something I will enjoy!

Book Review: Pawn

pawnA dystopian that doesn’t feel so dystopian. As many of you know, I was having a bit of irritation with dystopians so I stopped reading them for while. Now, this doesn’t mean that I’m totally back on board with them but this book was pretty fantastic.

Aimee Carter is a great writer and she built a world within a world so well that I nearly forgot I was supposed to be fighting the good dystopian fight. The book follows Kitty Doe and the beginnings of a very dangerous game. Her eye color makes her a unique target for the “royal” family, it’s the one thing they can’t change, and the one thing they need to make her the perfect body double for Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece.

But Kitty has to give up everything she knows, including her boyfriend Benjy, to embark on the journey of being a VII for the rest of her life, instead of a III. And the only catch is that she needs to stop fanning the flames of the rebellion that the Lila has begun. It’s a fine line to walk but if it gets her off the streets and into a better life, isn’t that an acceptable price to pay?

As the plot whips and winds, you get completely sucked into the new world that is being built. Kitty doesn’t know all the dangers, like Katniss, nor is she allowed to chose her own life, like Tris. But that doesn’t stop her from trying to get what she wants and in that, I really admire her.

Kitty is strong and brave and loyal. She makes choices to protect the people she cares about, even if it means hurting herself in the process, although not to the extent that you want to smack her for being a whiny little twit. She learns her new role and place in society and embraces it as much as she has to in order to survive in the wonderfully screwed up family that is the Harts.

And of course, what YA book is complete without a love interest? Although the love triangle in this book wasn’t as pronounced, that made it well done. Knox is engaged to the real Lila Hart so Kitty must convincingly play the part of his fiance, all the while she wishes to do nothing more than run off with Benjy. Knox treats her well, however, and doesn’t give any indication that he wants more than she is offering. After all, Lila didn’t want to marry him either.

An overall good book that kept me turning the pages, there are many kinds of love in this world and Kitty knows quite a few of them before it’s done. There is action and back-stabbing, attempted murder and saving graces. All of this is wrapped into a time and place that could become our own one day. The cost of freedom is high and maybe the world would be better if everyone was assigned a place…

Goodreads rating: 4 stars

My personal rating: 84

  • Writing style – 9
  • Plot – 8
  • Dialogue – 8
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 8
  • Love story – 7
  • Invokes emotion – 9
  • Synopsis accuracy – 9
  • Consistent level of interest – 9
  • Stays on topic – 9
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 8

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to take a moment and wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. I know the day is almost over and some of you might be covered in snow but today I am thankful for each and every one of you who follow this blog and listen to what I say and interact with me. I love writing and having people to enjoy that with in this community.

May this start to the holiday season bring you much joy.

…and may tomorrow bring my usual Book Review post 🙂