Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Frantic 'finish the dishes before we leave for church!' yelling across the house
Having service under a very large tent outside

Having people over for a scrumptious Easter lunch

Getting frustrated because nobody can find their Easter baskets (then they do after a hint and a 'you're so lazy gracious you're only looking for a basket why are you lazing around not looking for it?')

Watching Doctor Who 

Reading 'Heartless' while curled up in bed eating candy (yum)

Having fun fooling around with two new photo-editing apps Ian showed us 

Texting besties

Reading people's blogs

= a great way to spend Easter

I'm also
Writing/editing my latest story (YIKES can you believe it I'm actually making progress on this! I might just finish it for real, however long it takes)

I'm reading 'Heartless' for not just one reason, too. I said I was going to review it, and I am! I really wanted to read it, too, plus I'm searching the book carefully for something to create a fan fiction out of because Miss Anne Elisabeth will be hosting a fan fiction contest soon, and I take a while to figure out things, so I figured that I would go ahead and get a nice head start. 
       (psst if anyone has a character you're not writing about or something from the Tales of Goldstone Wood, and you think it would be fun to write about, hey, I'm up for any suggestions in case I don't find anything. Either that, or I will also re-read Moonblood...)

     I'm trying to drag myself back into writing Jack Mortimer for Emma, but it really is hard to write two different stories at the same time, and I really shouldn't desert either. Meh! I need some motivation.

I also need motivation for working out if I want to do that Spartan Race this coming November! I like to work out, I really do, but I like to work out with music. What are some good workout songs??

Well, I shall now take my leave to go read 'Heartless' (cheers!) curled up like Monster in my bed. (Monster, for those who are not Goldstone Wood Imps, is the seriously hilarious cat in 'Heartless')

Au Revoir, cheerio, Happy Easter!



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fan Art Contest Voting

Coming This Spring 

Please do me a favor, y'all, and go to Anne Elisabeth's blog and vote! There's a bunch of entries, just vote for your top three favorite.

Everyone is welcome to vote! So please do! 

{Fan Art Contest Link}

If you did so, or at least you looked at them, then you are AWESOME.

Not meaning to stray from the subject but my 'Two Princess of Bamarre' review is down below! Just so you know.

Now, vote!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Two Princesses of Bamarre review

 Firstly, I wanted to reply to y'all's comments on the last review! :)

Hannah: It's a good book! I grabbed it at the last second at the library because the cover caught my eye, then I read the description when I got home, and I was lost...

Lydia: Ooooh hai Lydie! (can I call you that?) It's been a while, twin! ;) Although, we probably don't look so much alike anymore...
 Yeah, Entwined is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, which is also why I liked it so much. I thought there wasn't another good one other than Jessica Day George's retelling, but this one is pretty well done; both different writing styles.

 Now, to the review...

Title: The Two Princesses of Bamarre
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Series: None
Pages: 241
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Genre: Fantasy
My rating: 5/5 stars, I think. I love Gail Carson Levine.


 Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys—, along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.

My thoughts:
    I adore this book; then again, I love a heaping ton of books. Anywho, I've read this book twice.Which means it's good; if I like a book, I read it more than once.

 Well done; it's my type of book, which means it includes sarcasm; I like sarcasm, but there's not very much in this book, but hey--this book had me resisting the urge to flip the page and see what happens before I finished reading the part I was at. There's a dash of romance, which is okay; I don't like a lot of romance at all, but it's good to have a little bit, I think.
  There's adventure, of course or I wouldn't like this book at all, I don't think.
okay, I'm really just blabbering. This book is wonderful. Read it.
  Nothing inappropriate, or I'd point that out right away. It's a thrilling book. Read it.

This book is told from a first person. Just though I'd let you know. 

Next up for review....Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. You can visit her blog by clicking on this sentence. Heartless will probably be a better review than this one; I don't know, the one I just did was a little difficult for me to review, who knows why. It was an excellent book.

  I'll review anything else by request, if y'all would so wish, as long as it's appealing to me. Example: I will not read anything I think is inappropriate. My book moods vary; sometimes I like this type of historical fiction and sometimes I abhor another type. 

Cheerio, y'all, and hope to hear from my long-time-no-see-Lydia girl again! :)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Entwined review

Title: Entwined
Author: Heather Dixon
Series: None
Pages: 472
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Fantasy
My rating: 4/5

Come and mend your broken hearts here.
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

My thoughts:

Why did I rate this four stars?
It was an excellent book, really, and I loved it, but sometimes at some parts, it was not well written; I felt as Clara did, that at some parts it was written like it was Heather Dixon's first draft.
  Other than some parts needing a little work, it was good. Humerous, a bit of romance (but just the right amount so I didn't put the book down. Ha. Like I would.) and the Keeper. Ah! He was splendid. and a certain Mr. Bradford was, too.....
  As I often do when holding a book I'm enjoying, I was tensing throughout some parts, waiting to turn the page and see what happens...well done.

Cheerio, y'all, have a Happy Easter this weekend.

I'll be posting a review of 'The Two Princess of Bamarre' by Gail Carson Levine soon, so (heh heh) keep posted!


Friday, March 15, 2013

To all the Mythical Beasts out there...

Drrg I got very annoyed today. I literally almost started banging on the table in frustration. I'll tell you why.
Wednesday night, we went to a church meeting in Mississippi to finish some filming, and I looked over and saw a girl wearing a shirt that said:  

I was thinking, 'Okay, that's one of the people who really like mustaches.'
Little did I know, I was a little wrong!
I absolutely love this show called 'Good Mythical Morning' by Rhett and Link on YouTube. Monday-Friday they have it, and I always watch it. Every day. I am a proud Mythical Beast! (for those who do not know, that is what Rhett and Link call the people who love their show.)
    Anywho, I looked up their tshirts in their store...and whamo, what do I see but that Viva La Mustache shirt!!
      I SAW A MYTHICAL BEAST peoples, on Wednesday night, and I missed out! None of my friends, as far as I know, are Mythical Beasts, nor are any of my family members, and to miss out on an opportunity to say hi to a friend I don't know! Any Mythical Beasts are my instant buddies, okay?

So, do I have any Mythical Beasts out there?? Anyone? PLEASE BE A MYTHICAL BEAST.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Writer's Window

So, there's this girl named Hannah. 

HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE, this girl can DRAW!! 

She has a blog, called The Writer's Window, and she wrote a post about inspiration. Well, she inspired me to write a poem, probably without meaning too, but I'm sure you're happy to know! :P

Anywho, Hannah, I dedicate this poem in honor of you. Thank you for the inspiration! :)

The Writer’s Window

Oh, the Writer’s Window,
Such a fantastic place to be.
You must try, oh try to go!

The Writer’s Window is your place of imagination,
Where you, and only you can visit; your place of  adventure,
Adventures you can write about or do an illustration.

Take my Window, for one;
The mossy woods, the laughing brook
Always bathed in the sun…

My forest, my elves, my climbing trees.
My mermaids and adventures,
My little pixies, who like to tease.

My centaurs, and pirates, and of course, there’s me!
My Writer’s Window,
What a lovely little place to have and to see!

So, my dear Writer, have you found yours?
Full of adventure, beaches, and more?
Free of all and any dull chores?

Follow this girl!! OH MY GOODNESS I am just so in love with her art. Now, go follow Hannah. Click on the link. A header will pop up, saying, well, 'The Writer's Window'...and guess what. YES. She DREW the header herself. Go see.