From The Book Pile: The Seventh Crow

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Nothing says I am back in the book realm like staying up until 2 a.m reading a book. I am back in my reading groove and it is thanks to this novel by Sherry D. Ramsey, which is published by Dreaming Robot Press.

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This YA novel is great for tweens and adults.

 

I bought this book about a year and a half ago when it first came out. I was very excited to get it and start reading it. But thanks to my reading slump, it never happened until this past week. (Tsk tsk, I know).

Tuesday night I stayed up until 2 a.m, because like any bookworm knows, it is hard to put a good book down. The following day after work, I ate supper and sat down to finish it. I suffered through heavy lids (gee, I wonder why I was so tired 😉 ) in order to finish it because I JUST HAD TOO.

This is a blurb about The Seventh Crow:

When you can’t remember most of your life, you’d better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she’s most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.

While dark forces hover in the background and four forgotten war gods from Earth’s past plot to reclaim long-lost power, Rosinda struggles with waves of slowly-returning memories as she searches for clues about her past and the true identity of her family; a search that takes her back and forth between two worlds. In a race against time to recover her memory, find the prince, and rescue her loved ones, Rosinda has only her friend Jerrell and an unusual trio of animals as companions. And as the gods prepare to bring her world to war, Rosinda is unaware that the shadow of betrayal lurks within one whom she trusts the most…

If you are a person who loves magic, quests, adventure, secrets, kick ass girls, talking animals, fantasy, then this novel is for you! Seriously, get it now. I fell in love with the characters and I hope that someday there will be a sequel.

After finishing it, I mulled it over for sometime. Thinking of what Rosinda would do next, wondering what her companions would be like were they to stay by her side. I spent the rest of the evening thinking about this and other things. The story stuck with me.

One aspect I loved was that the story line was fast paced. I love fantasy but often the books I pick out drag on. I stay with them because between all the pages of scenery description there are wonderful fun moments. With The Seventh Crow, I wasn’t bored.  It is just the perfect kind of fantasy for me to read.

As much as I love a good plot, I am very character driven. These characters were all unique in their own way, and all played a part. I especially loved Rosinda. If you read this novel, you will too. Trust me.

 

Getting Back In The Writing Grove

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Aside from not reading last year, my writing sadly went to the side as well. Although I did manage to write about 10k during Nanowrimo, so the year wasn’t a total waste.

I feel sad when I think about the writing I could have done over the last year. How lack I have been. My wedding planning really did consume me, so it isn’t like I was slacking off totally.

It is a new year and a fresh start. I have gotten back to my book pile, and now it’s time to get back into the word mines, too.

Last night was our first writer’s group meeting of the year. I love my group. I always find inspiration or am given a kick in the butt to get going.

I have two projects I want to work on this year at the very least. One will probably be a short story in a series I write. (You can check it out along with other great authors and stories over here)  I also have an idea for a genre I have yet to write. I have no idea yet if it will be a short story or novel yet. Time will tell.

My problem right now is getting back to the groove. But thanks to one of my friends, I have a plan now. I tend to put too much pressure on myself which is a big way of setting myself up for failure.

I am going to start off by writing for fifteen minutes a day. Fifteen minutes is a small chunk of time, and it will help getting the wheels greased. If (and when!) I go over the time limit, bonus! I also need to make notes and brainstorm but of coarse that won’t come from my writing time.

So, if you are having a hard time writing, try to write for a short time each day. Don’t stress or put pressure on yourself. Writing should be fun, not a chore.

What are some things you have done to get back into writing?

Now if you will excuse me, I have an opening scene to work on. 😉

 

From The Book Pile

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My main goal for this year was to dive back into the pages of my beloved books. Mr. C said he wasn’t getting me books for Christmas (gasp!) because I still had so many I have yet to read. (He isn’t a book lover. He just doesn’t get the hoarding!)

But he surprised me and I did get books after all!

One of those books was The Walking Dead Compendium 2. Which is  very thick book and basically makes up about four of the hardcovers.

 

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I love the cover art for this book.

It took my time with this, since I wanted to savor it.

This book was fantastic. I am in love with this series. Both the graphic novels and the tv show.

The art work was great, as always. I found myself looking at every single panel. Looking at the details and admiring the work. The dialogue was well written. I got to know some characters better, and enjoyed new ones coming on the scene. Even though the book is always better then the movie (or tv show), I love the books and show equally. In fact the changes I have seen are better in the show. (Maybe that’s because I am happy certain people are still alive…no worries, no spoilers if you are behind!)

Now my next mission is to pick my next read…and when you have at least a hundred unread books, the choices are endless.

 

New Year And A Fresh Start

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2016 was a crazy year for me. It was a good crazy, but it took the good out of me. After my wedding I pretty much just crashed. My Big Fat Geek Wedding was nothing short of amazing.

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Our day was great, even when our bridal party turned into zombies. 😉 

 

My big day was just what I wanted, and something I want to share with my fellow nerds in the near future.

Then the holidays came and we all know how hectic they can be. Between work and Christmas prep, I didn’t have much time for myself.

But 2017 is here, and I am happy to be starting fresh. And getting back to my old self, slowly but surely.

I don’t usually make new years resolutions. But I do have things I want to do this year, like tackle my many unread books, write a story that has been stuck in my head for ages, and de-clutter my house.

Whatever plans and hopes you have for 2017, I hope the year is good to you!

 

 

So, it’s been awhile….

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I am ashamed at how long it has been since I have written a blog post. In my defense, I have had a very crazy, hectic, stressful year so far, with fun moments in between.

I got married 2 weeks ago, so yay! The months leding up to it were busy with pre-wedding festivities, stress, being busy at work, etc…

My big fat geek wedding went off without a hitch and I will be sharing photos in the near (hopefully) future.

I hope everyone has been keeping well.

 

Reading And Depression Don’t Always Mix

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Reading and books have been an escape for me for as long as I can remember. No matter what was going on in my life, I could always turn to the soft pages of a good book. I would get lost in other worlds as I became other people.

No matter where I would go, I would have a book in hand. Last summer I would leave for work early so I could go sit by the water with the newest vampire novel, and stay there til the last possible minute.

Lately for me, that isn’t the case. I thought I was  alone until I read an article on depression and reading, over on Book Riot. Once I read it, I felt some relief.Someone out there was feeling the same way as I was.

Last year I talked about dealing with depression. Since then, I have seen my doc and I have been on medication for about five months now. I feel a lot better in a lot of ways, but not when it comes to reading.

It feels like that part of my brain, the part where my love of books and passion for the written word lives, is numb. Like somebody flicked a switch. Now I am trying to flick the switch back. But the fecking thing is stuck.

Not having the…mindset to read is a first for me. I don’t like it. It has also impacted my writing. I am happy knowing that I’m not the only one with this problem, but it is an awful one to have. I need to figure out how to get my reading groove back. Do I wait and hope that the meds will help, like the doctor said? Or is there something else I can do?

If you have dealt with reading and depression (or even writing and depression), comment below.

 

Dusting Off The Cobwebs

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Wow, it is amazing how time can go by so fast. It doesn’t seem like it has been that long since I last wrote, but it has been. I think it is time to blow the dust off of this thing and get back to normal…or whatever normal is.

I didn’t mean to not be around for like, 2 months. But it happened.

This year has been going pretty good so far. I have been pretty busy. Between working on my new little business, (I became a Jamberry consultant), dealing with the winter blues and my wedding, I haven’t been as creative as I want to be.

And I admit, I have massive “wedding brain”. It is constantly on my mind. And I mean CONSTANTLY. I am either thinking of what I have to do, who I have left to pay (how I am going to pay them!), etc, etc… I didn’t think the wedding would be so deep in my brain, but given that each day brings it closer and that I am a worry wart, it makes total sense. I am looking forward to the days after my wedding, where I can focus on a book or a craft and not think “I should put this down. I have one hundred envelopes to address.”

Oh, and then there is my newest addiction: Clash of Clans. I am in a tiny clan with these two great geeks from Scotland. It has been my one true distraction from life in general. I get very involved, which Mr. C shakes his head at. He has no idea what he’s missing.

So on that note, I will end here. I hope you are having a great weekend, and I will be back soon!