Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Currently...

Loving
My new hair. One of the perks of short hair, is you can dye it all sorts of colors pretty frequently without worrying about damaging it. Because, you know, you cut it all off. So for February, I went gray with a hint of lilac. Because why the hell not?

Reading
Since last we spoke I finished Winter by Marissa Meyer, and the final book in the series did not disappoint. I'm hoping to get a review up this week, but in short: Five Big Ass Stars. Last week I started The Love that Split the World. I'm only a little ways in, but I'm already in love, intrigued, and making all sorts of crazy guesses as to what's happening.

Watching
I've picked up this new procrastination technique that I like to call Watching Pretty Little Liars. I've made it to season two, and I've gotten thoroughly confused by the recasting of Alison's brother. Like, it took me four episodes to figure out who he was and what happened to the other guy. 

Listening to
So a friend of mine is a musician, and she put out this song and music video that just feels so YA. I love it. I hope you will to:



Thinking About
You guys, Beyonce's Formation? I'm so not over it. It has me thinking. A lot. Which I guess is part of the point. SNL did a pretty funny sketch about white people realizing she's black. And it was awesome--because it was so true.

Anticipating
I've finally gotten to the point in this story I'm working on that I'm writing new words--a completely different ending than where I thought I was going to be. And by ending I mean probably 30,000 words give or take. So that's fun. (really, it is. mostly.)

Wishing
I sort of wish time would slow down. There's so much that I want to do--with my time, to my house, in life in general--but I just keep getting older. I mean, I'm not about to hit some big milestone or something (maybe it's because I dyed my hair gray?), but I just didn't think things would go so fast.

Making Me Happy
Dead Pool. Have you seen it? We went for Valentine's Day, and I haven't laughed that hard in a long, long time.

What's currently making you happy?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Badass Books: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I really should have written this post last week before I read a completely different book after finishing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, but here we are.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.



Why I read it: This book has actually been on my list for a while now. But I have a really long list. At the start of the year, several books on that list went on sale, so I bought it. Good choice, past Liz. Good choice.

ZOMG Yes! I really enjoyed the narrative style of this book. As mentioned in the summary, Simon has a secret email pen pal, and Becky includes many of those emails right in the story. Normally I gloss over things like subject lines, but it was fun to see how she used those to show both Simon and Blue's personalities. And of course their growing romance was so much fun to be a part of. So, so adorable.

Another part of this story I really enjoyed was Simon's family. I mean, they watch the Batchelor together. What's not to love? But really, the dynamics felt very true to form. Interesting, for a family living in Georgia (I don't live in Georgia, but I do live in the Bible belt). But enjoyable.

The friendships in this story were also well executed. They didn't all revolve around Simon and whether or not he was going to come out. They existed apart from his sexual orientation, as friendships do, so that was nice.

kxthbai I strongly recommend this book! I was afraid I might be getting into more of a lesson-learning book than a story with the title, but that's not what this is at all. Definitely a must-read.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Currently...

Loving
I'm basically the new DIY, shelf-hanging, room-painting, only-screwing-up-while-drilling-two-holes queen. And I'm loving my new writing space because of it. I've got some of my favorite books and characters above me to inspire me, and yellow is supposed help with creativity. Either it's working or I'm easily susceptible to the placebo effect (which I am, but work with me here).

Reading
I bought a bunch of e-books on sale at the end of the year (because who doesn't need a million more unread books added to their digital library of unread books?). Currently I'm reading Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli).

Watching
I really think this goes without saying, but Agent Carter is back. So obviously that's what I'm watching. (And if you don't know what I'm talking about, just go. Go. Okay, you can stay, but then watch Agent Carter.)


Listening To
This song has been on repeat for me. The mood of it just fits my current work in progress (even though there aren't any wild horses).


Thinking About
I saw this article about St. Teresa of Avila floating around on Twitter a few weeks ago, and it's just been giving me all sorts of historical fiction ideas. 

Anticipating
My and some of my girlfriends started a book club, and we're reading Bone Gap. I'm so, so excited to talk about it with them!

Wishing
That I could shake this cough. It started two weeks ago, then I spent my snow days wondering if I had consumption, and now it's still hanging on.

Making Me Happy
Even though I couldn't enjoy the snow when it came through, Frankie (my chiweenie) LOVED it.

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What's currently making you happy?