Mini Writing Update

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I sat down this evening to write an author bio for an anthology my writers group is putting out. I’m pretty excited about it and I will be sharing the writing news and updates in the near future.

Writing an author bio is…weird. At least that’s how I found it. I tried to make mine sound like fun. Tried being the key word here. I didn’t realize how important an author bio is until I hit up Google for tips. I like it when the bio is light and fun, so I aimed to do the same.

I also finished the line edits for my short story, Switched. This is story number five in the Lily and Quinn series and it’s an attempt at writing humor, which is what the theme is of our anthology.

It feels really good getting these two things done, even though it didn’t take long. I’m not prolific but I have reached my goal of being published and not giving up, so that’s what matters to me. However if the hubby and I ever win the lotto I would give up my day job and sit at my desk a little more. ūüėČ

 

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May Madness

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Hey all!

How is May going for you? It’s been an interesting month so far, both in my life as well as the world in general. To my fellow authors, #cockygate: wtf?!

I haven’t had a chance to write a proper post. I have been pretty busy, which is a good thing. But I wanted to pop in and keep the writing wheels greased.

Work is crazy busy. Everyone wants their toes lookin’ good since summer is on the way. The weather is warming up and the sun is out more. People still complain that it is chilly. Like, there is NO snow on the ground, be happy!

Also I have had to tackle some “not fun” stuff like paper work prep to get my taxes done. Being self employed means I get extra time to file. AKA more time to procrastinate like a motherfucker.

Mr. C left Sunday for work. Which means I can spring clean and purge without him underfoot. I love him but it’s so much easier to do these things with him out of the house. I can work uninterrupted and I can toss things without him questioning me. My goal: get the housework done by next weekend so I can slack off til he gets home. And by slack off I mean catch up on Supernatural and write.

Even though I am busy my imagination is always at work. I am excited to be able to get to some projects. I also hope to get to some creative projects before the month is over as well.

So, how is May treating you so far?

 

Infinity War: My Emotional Rambles

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Friday night me and the hubby finally sat down to watch Black Panther, which was amazing.  Since we finally were caught up, yesterday after running errands we did dinner and a movie. The obvious choice was going to see Infinity War, which we were both anxious to see.

So before I go any farther, there’s two things I need to say. For starters, this is less a review and more of a place for me to get my feelings out about this film. There are A LOT of details in this movie and I am only touching on a few of them.

And second:

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You can’t say you haven’t been warned.

My husband told me as we walked into the theater that the one thing he heard was that there was multiple deaths.

Understatement of the year.

Infinity War basically started off with a bang. For the first few minutes I was expecting the screen to go black with ‘One Week Earlier’ or something pop up. But no, sadly not. The shit storm was just getting started.¬† Heimdall musters enough power to send Hulk back to Earth. Thanos then kills Heimdall, along with Loki. Within the first few minutes, two characters are dead and we were left wondering about Thor. I thought he was toast.

As the movie continues, I am an eager beaver for the reunion of the avengers, plus the guardians to meet up. Not to mention Doctor Strange, Spider Man, The Black Panther, etc…¬† I was really looking forward to these worlds colliding.

Even though this movie was not uplifting, it had comic relief which was much needed. I feel like Doctor Strange and Tony Stark could have a fun bromance. Drax and Groot are always great for lightening the mood as well.

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The action scenes were all amazing. I loved how Doctor Strange fought alongside Tony and how their abilities intermingled.

I was expecting Captain America to die the entire time. Especially with Bucky back on the scene, I figured the Cap was finally going to bite it.

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When he is face-to-face with Thanos I was thinking “Ok, here it is. It’s happening. Don’t cry like a baby in the theater.” Funny enough, he was one of the lucky ones to survive.

Thanos will stop at nothing to get the rest of the stones. In one scene he and Gamora are with The Red Skull to get the soul stone. Thanos is seen with tears running down his face. He kills Gamora so that he can take possession of the Soul Stone.

The team try to have Vison’s Mind Stone removed in Wakanda. (Sidenote: Shuri was one of my favorite characters in Black Panther. She is a super smart chick with some badass tech). Vison also comes to death at the hands of Thanos when Thanos took the stone out of Vison’s head. This causes an explosion and Wanda/Scarlet Witch dies as well.

By the end of this movie, almost everybody is dead. Not even joking. Thanos manages to get all the stones, snaps his fingers, and people start to disintegrate. The one that got me the most was Spiderman. I read earlier part of that scene he improvised.¬† Never thought Spidey would make me well up. He tells Tony he isn’t feeling so good before holding onto Tony saying “I don’t want to go” as he turns to ash.

While I know there will be a part two and a lot of the death and damage will probably be undone, I still sat in the theater when it was over in shock. The after credit scene wasn’t much better. Nick Fury turns to ash just as he sends a signal: the symbol we see is for Captain Marvel.

And I wonder, in part two, how much of the death will be undone? Will Loki and Gamora live again? Or are their deaths final? If nothing gets fixed that’s the shits since almost everyone is dead. But good overcomes evil, and the world needs more Avengers, Doctor Strange, Black Panther… But it leaves me wondering how the fuck is this going to get fixed? The gauntlet Thanos wore looked like it was damaged after he snapped his fingers. So, does the gauntlet reverse everything? Captain Marvel? Some other source of magic?

*Sigh*

So many questions! I hate having to wait a year to find out what’s going to happen. In the meantime I will rehash everything with friends as we come up with a million theories as to what will happen next.

What are your thoughts on the movie? What do you think will happen next?

*Note: Images all found on Google.

Bookish Thoughts: My Childhood Reads

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My dad used to tell me a story from when I was less then a year old. He would tell me that if I was passed a book that was upside down, I would flip it. If it was upside down and backwards, I flipped it and turned it around.

I guess I was a bookworm from day 1.

Books were the number one gift given to me, and if I got money for an occasion, I added to my bookshelf. Since I have been feeling nostalgic of late, I thought I would share a few of my fave books from my childhood!

#1) I’m gonna jump right out of the gate with this classic series:

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The Goosebumps series by R.L Stine were the most read books of my younger days. When the movie came out a few years ago, I was like a giddy ten year old. While it’s hard to pick just one of these as a favorite, One Day at Horrorland, Night of the Living Dummy and Monster Blood top my list.

#2) I am a big fan of many books by Robert Munsch. But The Paper Bag Princess was my favorite.

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Why did I love this? Because she was awesome! Not only did she save the Prince, but when he was ungrateful and didn’t like her as she was, she left him behind to do her own thing. Plus, there was a dragon. What’s not to love?

#3) I had a different reason for loving this one.

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I did love this book, and I even watched the tv show faithfully. And, since my last name was Fudge, I thought it was cool there was a character called Fudge.

#4) I think I may have a very worn out copy of this book somewhere.

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My mom would read this to me almost every night. I would have her either start with this one or end with it, depending on my mood. My best memories growing up is my parents reading to me when I was little.

#5) Oh my heart! I almost forgot about this book (and series) until I hit Google.

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I can’t even right now. I loved this little character and All by Myself¬† is, I am pretty sure, buried in a plastic container I have kept odds and ends in. This makes me have all the feels ‚̧

These are just some of the books I read and loved. What about you? What book or books did you love to get in to?

April Wrap-Up

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Back in January, I set some¬†hopes and goals¬†for the new year. While it’s only the end of April, I am really happy with how things are going. This is the first time I have kept up with my goals so far into a new year. Each month I am making progress and/or crossing off items off my to-do list.

Writing: I joined Camp Nano this month. My goals were wide and flexible. As far as the writing part of my goals went, I edited a short story, wrote notes on existing ones and started a new piece. My Camp Nano goal was to log in 35 hours of  time, and I have managed to get in 36! So I am really happy with how things went.

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Reading: Another part of my Camp Nano goal was to catch up on some articles and blogs about writing. I also read a collection of short stories by Sherry D. Ramsey as well as the newest novel in Candace Osmond’s Darktide series. If you want to check out either amazing author, you can buy their stories wherever books are sold. Some of Sherry’s books such as¬†One’s Aspect to the Sun¬†and Candace Osmond’s¬†Darktide Series¬†can be found on Amazon. (Links attached to book titles).

Blogging: I have been posting, sometimes more then I thought lol. This blog has been a great place for me, especially recently. Sometimes you just need a place to get out what you’ve been feeling. I have also been slowly learning new blogging tips. Either way, I am happy and thank YOU for being here.

The Book Pile: I have now read 7 out 15 books for the year. So I am almost half done according to Goodreads, and also ahead of schedule. Considering I barley read the last few years, I am really happy with how I have been doing.

Positive Vibes: Learning how to manage my negative feelings and focus on the good stuff has really come in handy. Even on a blue day or a day I feel like a writing impostor, I don’t dwell on what’s making me feel like crap. I allow myself to feel it, because that’s important. Then I am able to move forward. I still make a note in my journal every day, about something good that happened.

So, how was your month? I hope that May treats you all well!

 

Book Review: The Pirate Queen by Candace Osmond

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Yessssss. Just. Yes.

I have been an eager beaver to get my hands on the sequel to The Devil’s Heart. I pre-ordered The Pirate Queen right away and I was literally counting down, being patiently impatient.

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I was very anxious to see what was going to happen to Dianna, Henry and her crew. Candace is such a great story teller, I was very curious to know what was going to become of this beloved crew.

The story opens with Dianna being back in the present. She remembers the image on Henry’s face as the threads of time opened up to take her back home. Her need to get back to Henry is deep. After being taken to hospital, she finds out she is carrying his child. The need to get back to him¬† grows stronger.

Once back in her parents home, Dianna is trying to heal from injuries while frantically looking for a key to get her back to the past. She doesn’t want to be without Henry, and can’t stand the thought of him not seeing their child. Finding a clue, key or a glimpse of hope sends Dianna on a mission, making her aunt worry. Finally, her aunt gives her a journal. But not just any journal. It belonged to her mother, who had time traveled herself.

Dianna, with luck and magic, finds herself back in the past. She makes her way to an inn, and after getting a mysterious letter is reunited with Finn, the big burly Scotsman and friend. While staying at the inn, she makes friends with Lottie. I love this new character. There is much more to her then meets the eye. She is full of secrets and surprises!!!

Dianna and her friends are on the hunt to save Henry. While doing so, we discover some fun twists that send the story and events into another direction. Leaving us with more questions and also the anxiousness of wanting a character to succeed and discover the answers.

I won’t give the whole book away. That would spoil the fun! But Dianna is such a strong character. There needs to be more female characters like her. She is strong, independent and smart. There is no doubt as to why her friends, crew and Henry love her. Lottie is such a fun new addition to the group. There is growth of characters, like the cranky Gus. And deepening of other relationships, such as her friendship with Finn.

The ending also left me a little worried about Henry and what the effect of his past life had on him. He once turned himself into something dark and dangerous. Will Dianna’s love be enough to keep that tortured part of his soul at bay? (Gosh I frickin hope so!)

I have quickly fell in love with these books and characters. I must add that the author, Candace, is such a sweetie and I am a total fan and fangirl. She loves hearing from her readers so if you enjoyed this or any of her other work, she would love to hear from you.

Well, guess it is time for me to check the calendar and start the count down to book three, The Blackened Soul.

Here are some places you can get your copy!

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Kobo

Nook

 

7 Ideas for The Journaling Junkie

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I love to write. Not just fiction. My mom introduced me to journals when I was eight years old. While I haven’t been perfect at keeping them over the years, I do enjoy it. It wasn’t until the last few years that I started keeping alternative journals. So, if you keep a diary/journal or if you don’t but want to, here are a few fun journals to do. (Note: I keep all of these)

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Photo by Dariusz Sankowski. Found on Unsplash.

1- Positivity Journal. I started keeping this journal when the new year came in. It was a way of helping me change my mindset. Last year when Mr. C went away for work, I had to try harder to look on the bright side of things. It isn’t easy being apart from your spouse. I realized before too long that I was feeling better and my way of thinking was changing. So I took out my Wonder Woman journal on January 1st, and wrote down one good thing about my day. And I have done so every day since. Not only does it keep me on track, but at the end of the year I can read it and remember all the good stuff.

2- For the Bookworms. A reading log. I love this one. I started mine back in 2015. I write the title, rate the book, write a mini review and write some quotes. It’s a fun way to look back on books I have read and keep track of my yearly reading goals.

3-Book of Lists. I started this one last year. I am a lover of lists. So I thought I should put them all in one place. I have everything from what I need to do when I spring clean to what movies I want to watch. I tend to make notes on scrap paper when I want to read a book, buy something for home or have a random idea. But the thing about that is I tend to misplace those scraps of paper. So this journal helps keep my scatterbrain in check…somewhat. ūüėČ

4- For the writer. I have journals set aside just for anything writing related. Character ideas, name ideas, plot ideas, story notes, etc… I take this almost everywhere I go, just in case I have an idea I want to jot down or a scene I want to work on.

5- Smashbooks. You can make one themed or have one for whatever randomness you wanna “smash” into it. These are a great place to keep¬† a memento¬†like doodles, tickets, photos, etc…I have a few of these kicking around.

6-Dream Journal. I used to be really good for keeping one of these in the past. I plan to start one again soon. I dream a lot and I want to start marking these down again. They have helped for story ideas too…sometimes anyway haha.

7- Family Memories.¬†Since my dad passed away, I am trying to hold onto the memories i have of him, but also the stories he told me about growing up and my grandparents. Someday my mom will be gone and I will struggle to remember things she told me. So I recently took out one of my many unused journals (I don’t write in them until I have the perfect topic for them) and began writing down these things. And if I ever have a child, I will pass these onto them.

So, what journals do you keep? Which new journal would you like to start?