Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Spring. I like when it's cool in the morning but pleasant in the sun by midday. I like the smell of soil and the feel of it beneath my hands when I'm dropping seeds into the earth. I'm a gardener, and I definitely get affected by the wintertime blues. Spring is when I come alive again.

So this is embarrassing. I finally started reading the Winner's Trilogy (been on my Kindle TBR list for a while, but never got to it). At 73% of the way through, I realized I had started on book 2. So now I'm reading The Winner's Curse.

As soon as Dare Devil season two came out, we binge watched it. I love everything about the Netflix Marvel shows. Some day I want to write a YA that feels the way these feel.

Listening To
It's been an Of Monsters and Men kinda of few weeks. They make up a lot of my writing playlist for my current WIP, so I've got them on repeat even when I'm not writing to keep at least some part of my brain in that space.

Thinking About
Stickers. Tracey Neithercott talked me into giving the sticker method a try, and guys: it's working. I wrote 9,500 words in 10 days because of this. I finished a draft of my manuscript because of this. Of course, my calendar looks like someone is tripping acid thanks to all the Lisa Frank covering its squares, but I'll take it.

Camp NaNoWriMo! I'm in an awesome cabin with some lovely writer friends. My goal is to finish this Southern Gothic that I started a little over a year ago and get it into CP hands so I can have it to my agent by May. I also want to make some progress on my next project...whatever that is!

That I could get a better knack for growing tiny trees. My husband bought me a Dawn Redwood Bonsai forest kit for my birthday last year, and it went horribly. I contacted the company and they sent me new seed, so I'm going to be trying again.

Making Me Happy
Puppies! My best friend has adopted the sweetest little lab pup, and we took Frankie (my chiweenie) over last night. It's fun to watch my dog (who's almost 5) play with, tolerate, and then dominate a puppy that will soon be much larger than him.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bad Ass Books: Winter

Sorry for the lack of book reviews lately--it hasn't been for lack of reading. But now that it's getting nice out again, I've been getting back into gardening, and my blogging has been the one suffering because of it. So I've got a backlog of reviews to write, and I'll do my best to get them up here!

I'll be leaving out Winter's summary, that way if you haven't read the others in the series I'm not the one to spoil them for you. Here are my previous reviews for this series: Cinder, Scarlet. Apparently I never reviewed Cress. Sorry! I guess I'm even more behind on my book reviews than I thought. Out of order book review to come...eventually.

Why I read it: I started this series when it first came out--I'm a sucker for fairy tail retellings. I'm a sucker for fantasy. I'm a sucker for anything having to do with the moon (obviously). This was the last book in the Lunar Chronicles, so of course I read it.

ZOMG Yes! I was so deeply satisfied with the end of this series. We had so many new characters introduced throughout each book, and in book four, Marissa Meyer added Winter to the mix (after a brief cameo in Cress). While Scarlet (introduced in, you guessed it, Scarlet) is by far my favorite, Winter became a close second.

I think her madness, the reasons behind her madness, and the way she still maneuvered through Luna's political intrigue made her one of the strongest fairy tale characters I've read in a while. And of course, I kind of loved that Marissa Meyer's Snow White was black.

As you might've guessed, Winter derives much of its plot from Snow White, and while I should've seen certain things coming (because, like most people, I've read and seen many forms of this fairy tale), I was actually surprised when it happened and how it happened. I shouldn't have been, but I was. So that tells you how easy it is to get caught up in this story.

Hmmm Interesting: So I didn't read last year's novella, because I didn't actually want the backstory on Levana (the villain and evil queen of the moon) until I finished this series. Well Marissa Meyer must've guessed this would happen, because she gave us some good insight into her villain, and hot damn. I'll leave it at that so as not to spoil it for you lovelies.

Kthxbai: Overall, this was an excellent wrap up to a beautiful, beautiful series. We have four main love stories (one for each of our "princesses"), and well I really enjoyed watching these unfold, I found myself rooting for each young woman because of her own character not her role in those love stories and fairy tales from which she was inspired (even though I'll be shipping Scarlet + Wolf forever and ever!). I guess that's kind of the point, right?