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Goal!

Met my writing goal for Kin at 70,000 words! Now I just need to finish the actual book. I am hoping to accomplish this by the end of the month, but we shall see how that goes. It is a great feeling knowing that I am putting in the dedication. Sometimes it is really hard to push on. There is always that reminder that I give myself that I can rewrite this or that. I am looking forward to reaching that step soon. First I need that first draft so I will keep pushing on.
Natasha

The Discovery of Diana Wynne Jones

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"In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes." Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle)
When I talk to people I know, there are two ways that they found out about the stories of Diana Wynne Jones. They were either fortunate to have read them as children, or were fortunate enough to know the works of Hayao Miyazaki (who animated her book "Howl's Moving Castle). No matter how you ended up learning and reading about her, I never heard anyone say a bad thing about her writing.
I watched "Howl's Moving Castle" first and it became one of my favorite movies. It took a few years, but I finally broke down and read the book. And listened to the audio book. Then re-watched the movie. I knew that I had found something very special…

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.I have to admit that the first thing that I noticed about this book was the cover. It is mesmerizing. What is even more amazing is opening it up to see the blue…

Movie Review: "Paul"

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Around 2004 is when the love of zombie movies deepened for me. I had already enjoyed "Night of the Living Dead" as a kid, sitting up with my father late one night when there wasn't anything else on. 2004 is also the year that "Shaun of the Dead" came out. We have been following the career of Simon Pegg (as well as Edgar Wright and Nick Frost) ever since.
There is just something about their humor and wit that captures moments that seem similar to those of my every day life. It is hard not to bond with these characters and their geektastic antics, especially in the show Spaced (if you haven't seen Spaced and you call yourself a geek, get out there and watch it).
Their latest project ("Paul") is written by Pegg and Frost and is clearly an alien road trip. It begins at Comic Con (filmed in 2009, which I attended) where they are feel like they belong among the geekdom and they meet their comic idol. They move onto a roadtrip to all the alien hotspots in…

Finding Perspective

Yesterday was a day that I still have no idea why things happened the way they did.
This weekend was Daylight Savings Time where we put the clocks forward one hour. My cell phone, which is my alarm clock, changed when I did something on it. When I reset my alarm (husband updated the software on it) and I closed my eyes for the night, the time was correct and I expected to wake up on Monday morning on time.
We didn't. My clock decided to revert back an hour. I had a little tirade in my tired confusion about how this could happen. We rushed to get ready, and when I went to start my car to leave, the battery was dead. I had taken it in to get the muffler replaced before the weekend, but why would my battery be dead? The doors were properly closed and the dome light was off. There was no explanation for it.
So, I rushed upstairs to grab my husband to drop me off at work. We hopped into the Hybrid and he turned the key. It, too, had a dead battery. We sat there, stunned. How could both …

Hearts out to Japan

This week my husband Joey and I bought our tickets for Japan and for the Ghibli Museum. We have gone on many trips together, but this one really had given me a piece of anxiety that I couldn't explain. Pushing that aside, I went on to further my research of hotels and daydreaming about what I should to research while we were there.
This morning, I woke up, showered, and went on the computer for a few minutes before heading down to breakfast. On the top of my Facebook feed was author Michelle Zink expressing her concern for Japan. My heart quickened, and I found a few more. I went to find some news online and found out about the earthquake and tsunami. My heart went to the people and a lot of questions started to rush into my head about our trip, which we are going on in mid-May. Two months away, but what does that mean?
We are doing the waiting game. It isn't likely that another earthquake of that caliber will happen again. It is the damage and repercussions that might change ou…

On the Writing Path

"Writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles. "- Shannon Hale
When I read this quote on Twitter this week, it really hit a cord with me when thinking about my own writing these days. I keep telling myself to push forward, that I can go back and do what I need to do later. I love that experience of letting the story go where it wants to take me.
I was doing really well until about a week ago. I started two projects that needed my attention and they took up way more time that I liked. So much that I had to put my writing to the side, but I never stopped thinking about it. There is nothing more that I would like right now than to finish this manuscript so I can roll up my sleeves and keep writing. After this weekend of focusing on the two projects, I am now at the point where I can set them aside and pour my attention back into my novel.
I do have another venture that I pursue at the same time. My h…