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The Path Not Taken

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1 Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
My biggest dream right now is to become a published author. Maybe it isn't exactly what I imagined when I decided that I wanted to write as a ten year old. By that in my life point I knew that I loved books. They were, and still are, my favorite things in the world. I couldn't believe that I could possibly create something so special that I could share with others.

Now, as an adult, I think about what kind of writer I could become. This thought reminded me of a blog post by Shannon Hale called Choosing Your Path. She talks about how her husband asked her after her first book sold, "What would you rather have happen--your book becomes a best seller and makes lots of money or is hugely critically acclaimed?" Hale then talks about four examples of writers after they were all published fifteen years and what paths they have taken-- …

The World of Sweet Valley Revisited

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My previous post about Sweet Valley High movie was something quite unexpected. What is even more surprising is the news that Diablo Cody is writing it and planning on taking it back to the 1980's where it originally began. I really love that idea and who knows if we might see some of the things in the cover arts in action! (That is my idea, not something I have read.)
The latest news is that the creator Francine Pascal is writing the next series called Sweet Valley Confidential with the twins as adults in their late twenties or early thirties. She promises that we will be shocked and fans have been speculating what that could mean. There is also a lot of people wondering who we will see again besides Elizabeth and Jessica. I am going to admit that I am going to the movie when it comes out and going to read at least the first book of the new series. This is guilty pleasure of mine and I cannot hold back my peaked curiousity. I have read at least one book from every Sweet Valley seri…

A Little About Myself

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Ten years ago, I turned eighteen.
I was in my last semester of high school. I joined the North Dakota National Guard and was to attend boot camp that June. I spent lots of time working as a co-editor of the yearbook and in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). I didn't know much about politics, but was getting ready to help host a forum for several state candidates, including our future governor. I had the best friend I could ever ask for, a cat named Fern that adored me and I adored her, and I was not quite an aunt yet. I read a lot, and wrote poetry. I lived in a place that people would think exists as myth in North Dakota, in a place of hills and acres of trees. I held anger in my chest like a hot jewel. I fought with my family a lot, especially my mother. I was a geek, and that is who I wanted to be, and who it seemed few understood.

Today, I turned twenty-eight.
I didn't stay in the military, but instead moved to Fargo and went to college at Minnesota State University …

Zombies, Zombies, Zombies

Husband Joey and I have started a blog that is everything zombies. We are posting whatever we can find, including comics, books, movies, video games, music, everything! If you have something to include, send it our way!

Shambleupon
http://www.shambleupon.com

E-mail: zombies@shambleupon.com

Natasha

nook review

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"The love of learning,the sequesterednooks,
And all the sweetserenity of books"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Back in October, the nook was announced. I wrote about my reaction to the announcement. That very night, I ordered it and waited until December to have one in my hands.

Why haven't I written about my nook yet? Well, I've had one problem with it that I was hoping to get resolved. It isn't anything wrong with the unit, but I am unable to register. That means that I am unable to buy books right on the unit. The nook uses AT&T for their phone service for accessing their online store, and well, in Fargo, ND we don't have AT&T coverage here. After much troubleshooting over the phone and at the local Barnes and Noble, I found out that I will have to wait until May when I go to Minneapolis to register my nook, or drive out to Barnesville, Minnesota. It is a little disappointing, but really, I am still able to sideload my books from my computer so I am very…

Badge

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Last night I watched a video of an author with bookshelves behind her. I could recognize the spines of a lot of them, and then I was a bit sad.

I have been reading quite a bit on my nook, but really, will e-books give you a badge of honor that you can show people when you are finished?

I am reading a lot more than ever already this year. I am doing audio books, my e-books, and regular books. I am thinking of taking a break and catching up on some comics based on the TV show Angel. My reading has really taken a new direction over this past year.

Reading has always been my favorite thing, even as a child. I knew at age ten that I wanted to write because I loved to read so much. We had great programs in school, like Pizza Hut's Book It where we collected stickers on pins they gave us. If we collected so many stickers, we earned a free personal pan pizza. What can you not like about that? It was just something extra for myself who loved to read and we collected a few free books as prizes…