I’m Back…

Been gone a while. Deep into the writing cave I went! I finished one book and submitted it for publishing, now I am playing the waiting game with all my fingers and toes crossed, hoping it works out.

I’m also working on another story in tandem with the sequal to the story I submitted. The most recent one has pushed the sequal to the back burner but for now I figure that is okay! I just cannot keep it off of my mind.

I will be on here more, probably posting random thoughts and passages from my stories but other than that hope everyone is well!

*I will not be posting book reviews as I have done in the past, homeschooling two of my kids, maintaining a house, and taking an English Lit. course, on top of my constant writing barely leaves room for personal reading!

 

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The Online Book Club

The onlinebookclub.org is a great site. You can write book reviews with the book review team. Sometimes you get paid to write the review and sometimes you just get a free book out of it!

I have been a part of the onlinebookclub for about two years and I love it. I’ve met a lot of people and learned about lots of great books. Not only have I done that, but I’ve also been a book review for almost as long as I have been apart of the regular forums.

When you do the book reviews, the editor’s do a great job of working together to put together good constructive criticism for the writers to learn from whether it be a lot of remarks or just a few. We all have our good and bad reviews but they don’t make you feel belittled by them which is the most important part.

If you join the onlinebookclub you’ll find lots of forums and more recently added, bookshelves! Which is a great tool to keep track of what you have read and what you rated the books, what you want to read, and what you are reading.

I recommend the onlinebookclub.org for everybody that loves books, writing, and even chatting and playing odd games with people that have similar interests as yours.

Check it out and Happy Reading! 🙂

Becoming a Writer

It is something I have always loved doing, every chance I got I would write.  When I was in high school I wanted to try and get published. With the help of my father, I got touch with a publisher who was willing to work with me but things didn’t work out the way I wanted to. My dad didn’t think it was a great idea, and while I was upset I respected that decision.

Now, about 6-7 years later I still have that itch and now I have the motivation to do it. Not only the motivation but the connections and the support.

This year I am doing NanoWriMo and I am super duper excited for November 1st to roll around. I am not going in expecting to reach the 50,000 words but I will do my best with 3 young ones running around and always busy doing something.

I have big goals and dreams and as an author from the onlinebookclub.org told me. I need to stop saying I want to be a writer but change my mind set and believe that “I AM a writer!” Which having said that seems so much more exciting and I just hope I can keep up the steam that I am sure will probably run thin until I am huffing and puffing thinking damn.

I will do it though, and I will take baby steps to achieving my goal but I will get there whether it be in the next month or in the next year I will get there. And I will most likely use my blog to keep updated with it all! 🙂 I hope you follow my journey!

I will continue writing book reviews which hasn’t been much lately since I had my surgery but they will still pop up every now and again.

Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self Destruction

I received a copy of this book from Scott at Onlinebookclub.org

This is a collection of short stories written by ten different writers. Each story is a variation of self destruction. Each story was unique and had a different twist on how one or many people can be affected by anger and hatred, whether it is self inflicted or meant for others.

All of the stories were unique but some I found to be more interesting and engaging than others. My favorite in particular was the second to last one: “Ghostwriter” by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill. The paranormal twist on the story was perfect and to be honest I hated the main character and I think that was how it was supposed to be.

I will say the grammar mistakes I found in some made me take pause to read and try to decipher the sentence but other than that the stories were well written. To read about each author’s take on self destruction and how they chose to write about it through their plot and their characters made for an interesting read despite the grammar mistakes.

In the very last story “My name is Finn” by Julienne Swiatczak, the author incorporates some quotes into their work. One of them in particular stood out to me and I think it gives a lot to think about; ” He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”. I mention this quote because, well I liked it for starters and as I said it doesn’t give you something to think about.

I rate Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self Destruction 3 out of 4 stars. I would also recommend this book to anybody and everybody.There is a short story in there for everybody. They are all unique, they are all interesting and they are all sure to make you think in some way.

You can check out the book here: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=11070

Question of the Day!

How do you organize your bookshelves? By author? By title? What you have read and what you haven’t read?

Today I was tackling the chore of attempting (and failing) to straighten up my room which my children have chosen to destroy among the other rooms in the house. I decided I have books everywhere throughout the house as I have ran out of room on my bookshelf. I proceeded to remove all the books from my bookcase and organized them on my bed, then I gathered all of the other books I had strewn around. Once that was done I sat there for an hour trying to figure out how to organize them.

After contemplating if I wanted to organize by Author I decided even though it would be nice to have the authors grouped together, I would rather group them by books I haven’t read and then the books I have read grouped together by author.

So how do you organize your books? Thoughts?

Happy Reading!

The DoveKeepers Non-Review/Just thoughts…

So I came across the book The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman and was really intrigued with the synopsis of the book, but what really caught my eye was the cover of the book featuring Cote De Pablo with another woman. After purchasing the book and doing some research I learned that is was a miniseries. I decided I wouldn’t watch it until I was able to read the book but then I found out that the show is inspired by the book but not based on it. Now to me, I am excited to read the book but am a little disappointed to learn about the show not being like the book and also find it misleading to advertise the miniseries through the book just because it was inspired by it. Just my opinion of it. I have already started watching the first episode and so far I am not sure how I feel about it. I will withhold my thoughts on it as a whole until I can read the book and maybe finish the show.

Disappearing Act!

So once again I disappeared! I went out of town for a week to visit with my family because my grandparents were in and I wanted them to meet their three beautiful great grand babies! Which was awesome, we all had a great time. But then a few days into the trip I started to feel sick and now, myself and my older two children have had pretty nasty colds!

I did finish reading a book however I don’t feel like I could give a good review of it being that I finished it a few days ago so I will do a short piece about it in a while, first I am planning on revamping my blog, better organizing my reviews into categories based on the genre of the book! I think that it is long over due and will be better in the long run! This may take me some time but I hope everybody likes it!

HAPPY READING!