Company, College, and “Cursed Child”

Hello my beautiful people!  My fellow writers!

I just wanted to write you guys a quick letter letting you know that I probably won’t be blogging a ton in the next few weeks.  I have out of town guests arriving soon, and life’s always hectic when we have company.

Then shortly after that, I leave for school!  I’M GOING TO UNIVERSITY!

Or as we lame Americans call it, “college.”  (University sounds way cooler, right?)

So with all this transition and stuff happening, I don’t foresee having a lot of time for writing or for creating blog posts.  I’ll miss you all in my time off, but hopefully I’ll be back some time in mid or late August.  Enjoy the last bits of summer, go easy on yourself, sleep in, enjoy cold coffee, and read a book you’ve been meaning to for a while.

And, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


It’s brilliant and wonderful and delightful.

So many feelings…

This story made me laugh and almost cry and laugh some more. It brought back old characters that I loved seeing again, and introduced new characters that were just as endearing.  I loved being back in the wonderful wizarding world.

It felt a little different from the 7-book series, but that was to be expected. So I wouldn’t consider this to be “Book 8,” but rather an extra addition of some other sort. The story-telling is very different from the rest of the books.

But it was really good. The play-format didn’t bother me at all; I got used to it after a couple scenes. The dialogue was witty and fun.  And sometimes the stage directions made me feel like I was actually watching the play unfold on a stage before my eyes.

Overall it was amazing and beautiful. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought!

I’m Back!

Hey guys!  I’m home now, so you can count on consistent Motivational Mondays for the rest of the summer.  (Probably.)

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I had a great time, traveling and then going to summer camp.

I especially enjoyed a re-read of Since You’ve Been Gone (review here), a very light and fun summer story.

And now that I’ve had my time away, I’m ready to hunker down and get going on this story that’s in my head.  I think it’s time to set some goals.

How about a minimum of 500 words a day, 6 days a week?  For the rest of July and the first week of August.

You’ll hear about my progress every Monday.

I’m writing my story.  Go write yours.  Set little goals.  Set big goals.  Have fun.  Read great books.  Go to summer camp.  Write your story.

I’ll see you folks on Monday!

Summer Reading

This week.  This will be the week that I really get back into writing!

But then… THIS happened.


I WENT TO THE LIBRARY.  And came home with:

1) Doctor Who Series 8.  Because every season of New Who deserves to be re-watched at least once.

2) Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson.  Because her other book, Since You’ve Been Gone, was so brilliant.

3) Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, because Cinderella + Sci-Fi sounds too cool to resist, and I finally found a copy at my library.  I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, and it caught my eye today – just sitting on the shelf, looking all mysterious and wonderful.

4) Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter.  Because Ally Carter is awesome and I am almost finished with the previous book in the series.  (The notable thing about this book: it is the last book by Ally Carter that I have not read yet.  So after this… I have to wait for her to write another one.  NOOOooooo…. Sadness.)

Okay, I guess I’m not gonna get much writing done this week.  Especially ’cause that Doctor Who DVD is due in just 7 days.  OH WELL!  This is just turning out to be a reading summer instead of a writing one.

In fact, I’m surprised my brain hasn’t exploded with all the reading I’ve done this summer.

I’ve already read All Fall Down, Heist Society, and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.  (Reviews coming soon)

Plus, for my book club, I’ve read all these:

1) Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson.  A charming story about a girl who finds herself when her best friend disappears for a summer.  Full review HERE.

WE-WERE-LIARS2) We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart.

A story about a perfect family.

With all the money in the world.

And a private island with huge, expensive summer homes.

And a girl whose accident one summer breaks the pattern of her perfect family.

Quite an interesting read.  It’s left me a little scarred, however.

CNV3) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

A story about a British spy in occupied France during WWII.  She’s been caught by the Germans, and she has two weeks to live.  Two weeks to tell the story of how she came to serve as a spy.  But the real story is about her friendship with the pilot Maddie and their adventures together.  But it turns out the adventures have just begun.

I admit that I had a rough time getting into this book at first. It was a bit slow, and didn’t seem to really be going anywhere. But as the pages went by, the pace increased and I found myself more and more engrossed in the lives of the two amazing characters. I nearly cried at the ending, but loved it nonetheless.

I also loved the characters and the tone of the book. “Verity” has a wonderful voice – she’s witty and funny and rebellious and grand. And Maddie – she’s just brilliant.

My poor WIP is feeling rather unloved.  I’m so sorry, dear WIP, but you’re just gonna have to wait another week.  Or maybe two.  Or as long as it takes for me to balance my reading and writing schedules.  I want to feel bad for you, but I’m too busy enjoying my books.  🙂

Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been GoneAuthor: The delightful Morgan Matson

Synopsis: On the brink of summer, Emily’s best friend – the one who makes her life 100% interesting – disappears.  Sloane is gone without a trace, and Emily is left on her own shaky legs to try to fill her empty days.  But then The List arrives – thirteen things Emily would never normally do.  But she might be willing to try, because they might just lead her back to Sloane.

Apple picking at night?  Sure, not too hard.

Dance until dawn?  She can manage that.

But what about Steal something or Kiss a Stranger?  Emily will need the help of some new, unexpected friends to finish this daunting task.  In the process, she might not only find Sloane, but also find a new side to herself.

My Thoughts: I liked this book even more than I anticipated.

1) It is such a fun, light read.  Lots of laughter, lots of beautifulness.
2) The characters are amazing, and all so three-dimensional. They surprised me a lot, in a good way.
3) The pacing. Despite the fact that there’s not a ton of suspense, I still felt pulled to turn the page, to keep reading. Instead of driving me forward with tension, it seduced me forward with its charm.
4) The ending.  It was a lovely ball of infinite perfection.

Content Advisory: I mean, The List features things like Go Skinny Dipping and Kiss a Stranger, so expect a little bit of that kinda thing.  There are a few kisses, but nothing explicit.  Definitely more of a high-school age book, though.

Rating: 4.2 stars.  It was a tiny bit slow at the beginning.  Still delightful, though.  Like an ice cream cone where you eat through the cone part first and then are left with nothing but the delicious, creamy swirl of goodness.

How I heard about it: my summer book club!  We all enjoyed it sooooo much.


Reasons I Love Summer

  • Missions trips, and the inspiration they provide
  • Time to catch up on the list of books that I’ve been meaning to read
  • Impromptu trips to the library
  • Two words: ice cream
  • Time to read books that weren’t on The List
  • Staying up late
  • Sleeping in late
  • Ceiling fans bringing life to my room
  • Swimming
  • Having friends over to dance in my basement
  • Long carrides to read and write
  • Wearing my hair in a ponytail
  • NO SCHOOL, baby.  No.  Stinkin’.  School.   🙂