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Goal List 2011

‎"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." -Neil Gaiman

Like last year, to make goals for this year, it is necessary to go back and examine the ones from the previous. It is a way to balance the success and what might not be failure, but something to put for another time. In this case, a new year. I have been doing this since I was a teenager. Back then, I would write down my goals and tape them to the bottom of my unicorn globe (which I still have) that sat on my nightstand. The strange thing about my goals is the fact that I write them down and don't look at them all year. I always manage to acknowledge the goals in some way throughout the year with no reminder. They just happen.

2010 Goals 1) Write 20,…

Books and Comics 2010

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I don't like to say negative things about books, but you can see ratings for the books I read during 2010 at Goodreads (and feel free to add me as a friend). As you can see, I have some variety of books there. I try to do something different every once and a while, but my passion really is in fantasy (mostly YA or MG) books.
New books that came out this year that I would like to recommend are (drumroll please): The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Other books that I fell in love with: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (my now favorite book ever) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Eon by Alison Goodman
Series that I fell into: Percy Jackson
Series I fell back into: Harry Potter
What to look out for in 2011: Wither by Lauren Stefano
Books I will possibly re-read in 2011: Shannon Hale'sBayern series Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier Any books that…

Something about Cheer!

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There are reasons that I don't like to explain about why I don't care for the holiday season. It isn't just one thing, or one year. It is more than I like to count. It is a time that my nerves go on edge and there are more days than I like where staying in bed sounds like the best gift imaginable.
This year I decided that enough is enough. There are plenty of reasons to keep going on with this Scrooge or Grinch-esque attitude, but that is the past. The hold that it has had on me must stop this year. It is a new time for making my own cheer.
My husband and I celebrate our five year wedding anniversary next weekend, the 2nd of January. We were friends for six months, and he became the light over that tough holiday period for me. January 2nd is the day that we confessed that we loved each other, and four years later, we were married. Now nine years has passed and he is still the light of life.
Two weeks ago, we went to Orlando to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and DisneyWor…

After: First Writer's Conference

‎"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." --J.K. Rowling, Harvard Speech 2008
"There’s a saying by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson: “Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst.” In writing, we say, “Your first million words are crap." --L.K. Madigan
(Sorry this is a little late, but I have been waiting something regarding it)
My first writing conference wasn't what I expected and there are a number of reasons why. I had a wedding the first night so I missed out on connecting as well with the other attendees. The second day I was late and lucky that I had a friend. The person that was supposed to critique my novel didn't show up (which wasn't the convention's fault, mind you). The other guests, Jane Kurtz and Wendy McClure really made up for it with their wisdom (they discussed myth vs. reality in publishing and pl…

Wither by Lauren Stefano

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What if you knew exactly when you would die?
Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted tim…

The Quiet

Why has my blog been so quiet? I'm on vacation (two days left!). I do have a few upcoming things in store, including our trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and a review of the ARC for Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Oh, then there are the end of the year lists!
Hope December has been treating everyone well.
Natasha


Final Week of Nanowrimo

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Novel Rewrite Count: 22,000 Words

I didn't complete what I thought I could this month, but I am halfway through my novel. I am not going to be too hard on myself right now. A death happened in my extended family and my father went into a triple bypass surgery--- just as I arrived at the hardest chapters to write in the book. Everything is fine as they can be at the moment and I am approaching the time to sit down and plug out those words better than I probably could do before.
Goals have changed, but there are still goals to be had. The cycle of examining the past year and what I have done has arrived. It isn't always a good or bad thing, it is just a way for me to determine where to go and how to become what I want to be.
We had a great discussion in Stone Circle, my critique group, about our goals on where to go with our writing. We each have our own and distinct wants, and mine have changed from the knowledge that I keep learning with each passing year.
I remember the moment th…