Showing posts from August, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

What it is and where it stops nobody knows You gave me a life I never chose I wanna leave but the world won't let me go Wanna leave but the world won't let me go
- Metric, "Blindness"

About the Book In Mary's world, there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world sur…

Where I'm Going

Poem by Thomas McGrath

How could I have come so far?
(And always on such dark trails?)
I must have traveled by the light
Shining from the faces of all those I have loved.

There is a big change coming up in my life, but I can't say much more about it until next week. This will prevent me from updating a lot over the next two months, but I will force myself to update here at least once a week. This is a good thing, so nothing to worry about. I just hope you won't become sick of me chattering on about it when the time comes.

The "big change" will take up a lot of my time as I already mentioned. This concerns me since I did some writing on my trip, but haven't done much since then. I am at the part that will lead up to the conclusion. With being busy, I don't want to ignore it, or my writing or reading in general, so I wrote down some goals today. I also need to write down things for the "big change" and for panels at Core Con. I can never say my life is b…

"New" Novelists

Things have been quite busy here, for reasons I can't explain at this moment. I am still trying to walk gently around in my surroundings. Everything seems surreal, but in a wonderful way. I am hoping the next few weeks will be a bit less hectic.

Anyway, I have been wanted to talk about this blog post called Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old, or, Hey, Publishing is Slow. I have been struggling with my age a bit since I have graduated from college four years ago (already!?!). I expected to be published at this point, at age 27, but I have my first novel written and the sequel ready to be started. I wrote another novel, which I think of as more of an exercise. KIN then can really be seen as my second novel. I have struggled with rejection, and keep moving forward. I know now the first novel I have written might not be the first one published. Still, it could be published later.

This article really gave me some hope since now I know that I am not the only one going through this struggle…

Comic Con 2009: Little Things

I plan panels for Core Con and I am amazed at the luck that we had going to the ones we did at Comic Con. What else is there to do at a large convention? Well, there is the standing in line for the panels, running into people expectantly, pacing back and forth on the exhibit hall floor to find toys or freebies, collecting autographs from authors or other guests, and the masquerade. I am probably missing something, but doesn't it all seem overwhelming and wonderful at the same time? Good thing we had four days to experience it all! Here are some of our favorite little things!

Stargate is one of favorite shows. In addition to seeing the Stargate: Universe panel, they had this beautiful set-up to advertise the shows. We also picked up some fun Stargate items, including a mirror, coasters, and more action figures to add to our collection. We now have both SG-1 and Atlantis Stargates complete!

There was this strange Feed Your Fear booth by MGM at the convention that you put glasses and …

Comic Con 2009: Panels Edition

Joey and I finally returned from our trip to San Diego and we had an amazing time! I would love to post everything in one post, but it truly isn't possible. So, I will start with the one of the main reasons we went: Comic Con! I will post our pictures and tell stories as I go along.

The first panel we attended was Avatar. We almost didn't get in at all because of the Twilight panel (not saying more about that!). We caught a glimpse of James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana.

Terry Gilliam has an imagination that I would love to play in someday. His next movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will definitely be a fun treat to see. We also saw one of the stars of the film, Verne Troyer, who seemed very excited to be there to talk about the film. I skipped out at the end of the panel to run upstairs to nab autographs from authors Jacqueline Carey and Cindy Pon (I recommend their books totally!).

More Stargate! We went to the Stargate: Universe panel and cannot wait for…