August 14, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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WHAT I'M READING
Well, I finished North and South and All Our Yesterdays. Both were awesome for different reasons. (Review of the latter to come.) I read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty this week, and while I enjoyed it (great voice!), I really didn't love the love interest. Smoking and drug use is kind of a deal-breaker for me, not gonna lie. And you know what? I much prefer good guys over bad boys. Call me crazy, but sweet boys kinda make me swoon*. Last night, I finally started Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. It's been on my shelf for ages despite the fact that I waited impatiently for its release. So it's about time I got to it. For my Classics Challenge, I moved on to Fahrenheit 451 (which actually doesn't even have chapters, oddly enough). True confession: This is my first time reading it.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Ha! Not a single word. I set ultra low goals for myself this past week, but with Hubby home, I got zilch done. And I'm all right with that. He headed out again for work yesterday, so I plan on getting back into writing this week. Here's what I hope to accomplish:

          Wednesday, August 14th
          • Spend one hour on writing or revisions. - DONE (I didn't write much, but I wrote some.)

          Thursday, August 15th
          • 500+ words and/or work on revisions. - DONE (1000 words)

          Friday, August 16th
          • 500+ words and/or work on revisions.

          Saturday, August 17th & Sunday, August 18th
          • DAYS OFF

          Monday, August 19th
          • DAY OFF (It's my birthday! Woo! Not.)

          Tuesday, August 20th
          • 500+ words and/or work on revisions.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Someone shared this Dr. Seuss quote on Instagram. It's one I've seen before, but it hits me between the eyes every time I see it:

If Dr. Seuss 'ran the zoo', the world would be a much better place.


And in the same vein...



"Let your words be anything but empty..."


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Hanging out with Todd (my hubby), going on dinner + movie dates (The Wolverine:  Hugh Jackman was in it, so enough said; Pacific Rim: cheesy as frak dialogue, but a mostly okay movie; and Elysium: disappointing despite leading man Matt "I Will See Anything Starring Him" Damon), watching Freaks and Geeks (it's like playing spot the now-famous person), reading great books but not writing my own, working on my pipe & drum band's website, and just generally living and breathing. It was a good week all around.


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?



* There are only a few 'bad boys' (if you can even call them that) that I like in my YA reads: Four, Sturmhond, Jace Wayland, Will Herondale, Percy and Roar (are they even bad boys?), and maybe a couple of others. But there really aren't all that many.




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  1. Yay for NOT getting any writing done! Lol! Hopefully, I won't have to hide after saying that. Glad you enjoyed your days off. And no, those guys you listed aren't really bad guys - but they are perfect :)

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    1. I have to say, I didn't really miss not writing this week. Is that bad? ;-) In fact, it's tough finding the urge to get back to it today even. Ah well. It'll happen, hopefully. And think you're right: they aren't really bad boys in the true sense of the phrase.

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  2. I have that Sara Bareilles song on my playlist too right now, Jaime!

    Let me know what you think of Clockwork Princess (Fun Fact: the model on the cover is my CP's daughter! :D)

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    1. I actually just stumbled across that song yesterday when a friend posted it on Facebook. It just really seemed appropriate, you know?

      I'm enjoying CLOCKWORK PRINCESS so far, but that's not hard with a Cassandra Clare book. That's so cool that the cover model is your CP's daughter! :-)

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  3. First---Four and Sturmhond YES. I definitely ship Alina/Sturmhond now, for the record. Second, I'm glad you had a great week with your husband! Hope this one is a good one for writing and not too lonely. Happy early birthday!

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    1. I'm a major Alina/Sturmhond shipper now, too. :-) (Truth be told, I've never been much of a Mal girl.) This was definitely a good week, and while it's currently making it hard to get back into writing, I think it was worth it.

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  4. That's a great quote, and so true. Good luck with your goals for this week :)

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    1. Isn't it great? Every time I see it I can't help thinking how true it is. Now if I only I can remember to take the words to heart... Have a great week, Laura! :-)

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  5. I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school for fun. It's a little hard to get into, but once you start understanding the world of the book it gets a little easier. Just my opinion. Good luck with your writing goals for the week.

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    1. It was a little different at first, but I think I'm into it now. It reads so quickly, which is a nice change from the other Classics I've been reading lately (Dickens, Gaskell, Austen...). Have a great week! :-)

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  6. I just read FAHRENHEIT 451 a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It was much shorter than I thought, plus I find the whole censorship debate issue fascinating. Hope you like it!

    And I got zero writing done this week, too. Sometimes you just need a break for all that Life Stuff. :)

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    1. FAHRENHEIT 451 reads so quickly! My husband said it's basically like an extended short story, and he's not wrong. That's all right with me though! I've been reading some huge Classics lately, so a shorter one is perfect. And you're right, the censorship issue is so fascinating!

      Sometimes you really do need a break from writing just to enjoy other life stuff. Couldn't agree more. :-)

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  7. "Spot the now famous person": ha! Very true. Glad you had fun while your hubby was home! And happy upcoming birthday. May it be full of tea and chocolate!

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    1. Seriously, every episode we're just waiting to see who's going to show up next. The big surprise recently? Logan from GILMORE GIRLS. Ha! So much fun. We definitely had fun will Todd was home, but now getting back to usual routines is kind of like pulling teeth. I'm already dreading forcing myself to sit down and write, which is kind of terrible. I think I'm more in a reading mood. :-)

      Tea and chocolate sounds fantastic!

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  8. It sounds like you had a truly lovely, blissful week. Hooray for spending time with Todd and having fun and watching movies! We went to see Wolverine too, for very *cough cough* similar reasons. *grin*

    And I love that Dr. Seuss quote! And it is totally true. Wish I could have figured that out in Jr. High.

    And I don't know if all of those really qualify as bad boys, but they're definitely keepers! This is where I'd make a very realistic panther growl if I could do that. I should probably refrain from trying unless I want to give my coworkers a heart attack. :)

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    1. It was a very good week! Sometimes it's nice just to take a step back from usual routines and just enjoy life. :-) Dr. Seuss was such a brilliant man. I love his stories, and that quote is so, so true. And man, I feel the same way about the quote and junior high/high school. If only.

      Yeah, I don't think they're really bad boys exactly, but I love all of them! I'm sitting here laughing trying to picture you growling at your desk. Too funny! :P

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  9. I wasn't crazy about the L.I. in the Jessica Darling series either. Glad you got your hubby time in! I really want to see Wolverine but I've heard mixed reviews

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    1. The L.I. wasn't in it enough, and for the whole first chunk of the book he was one of those guys I would avoid like the plague. By the time he sort of redeemed himself, I mostly wasn't having it.

      Hubby and I had a great time this week. :-) Wolverine was good, but it wasn't amazing. It felt very different than the other X Men movies, and to me that felt a bit like a mistake. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.

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  10. I have heard non-stop bad things about Elysium. I fully agree with you on Matt Damon, I have loved him since I saw him in "The Rainmaker" when I was 12, and a movie featuring him usually means I'm in theaters. (Also, love your Battlestar reference in you colorful distaste for the dialog in Pacific Rim.) My husband and I watched Freaks and Geeks a few years ago on DVD, and then proceeded to make all our friends watch it. Such a phenomenal show that was cut way, way too short.

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    1. What irked me the most about Elysium is that I felt like we got hardly any Elysium. The trailer made it out to be super futuristic, but the parts on Earth (the bulk of the movie) really didn't feel all that different than now, despite the fact that it was set in 2154. It was grubby and gritty and Elysium itself was the only cool part. And that was not even overly amazing since the up-close shots looked like they could have been anywhere the upper crust live now. Bummer. Still love Matt Damon, though. ;-) I also kind of love 'frak', not gonna lie. And BSG. I can't believe it's taken me so long to watch Freaks and Geeks. It's so much fun! And yet another show that was cancelled far sooner than it should have been. (*cough* Firefly *cough*)

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  11. LOVE Freaks and Geeks and FARHENHEIT 451! And not writing just means you were having fun elsewhere and we all need a little bit of that :)

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    1. I'm kicking myself for not watching Freaks and Geeks sooner. It's so much fun and really shouldn't have been cancelled. FAHRENHEIT 451 is definitely enjoyable and a super quick read. (Kind of a relief after the length of the Classics I've been reading lately.) You are so right about need fun elsewhere. I really needed that this week! :-)

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  12. I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time with your husband this week, Jaime! There is nothing better than that, especially when you have had some time apart. Wishing you all the best in your writing this week, love that you are devoting time to reading the classics (I haven't read Farenheit 451 either), and wow, I loved the Brave song that you shared! Thank you - I think as writers it can't help but make our hearts sing as we try to get those words out day after day after day. Seeing the joy on the dancers' faces totally inspired me to keep going :)

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    1. Thanks, Temre! It was a really good week. Restful too. :-) It does make getting back into a regular routine difficult, particularly when it comes to writing, but that's okay. It'll happen when it happens. I've loved reading a chapter a day of the classics. It means I'm actually getting to them without having to sacrifice reading time for other books I love. Now I can do both! I'm so glad you enjoyed the video. I just stumbled across it yesterday when a friend posted it on FB. I thought it was very appropriate!

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  13. I read Sloppy Firsts in high school and thought it was okay. Bad boys aren't my thing either and i'm so glad you said that drugs are a deal breaker, because they are for me too. Glad you're spending time with your husband, that's always important and it's nice to catch up. I love Dr.Seuss and all his quotes, he was truly inspiring. I've heard that Elysium was kind of meh, and I really want to see The Wolverine! Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one who finds drugs a deal breaker in the stories I read. (Incidentally, have you noticed that a lot of rom-coms have drug use in them lately? Bugs the heck out of me.) Dr. Seuss was such a cool person. I love his books to this day, and that quote is so, so true. Now if I only I can remember to take it to heart on a regular basis. Elysium was definitely meh and nowhere near as cool as the trailer made it out to be. :/ Have a great week, Prerna!

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  14. I've just been to see The Wolverine. Better than the trailer made out. I don't know if that's supposed to be the last Wolverine film but if it was it ended everything quite nicely. :)

    Bad boys aren't my thing either. They're always in such jerky moods that I want to slap them till their cheeks are raw than date them. I like my nice, geeky guys.

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    1. I would say that The Wolverine was better than the trailer made it out to be, but still not quite as awesome as I was hoping. I enjoyed it, but I was hoping for a little bit more. But it was WAY better than Elysium, that's for sure.

      I think my main issue with bad boys is that I never fully trust them. I often feel like their 'change in ways' is short-lived, only to get the good girl. I keep waiting for them to slide back into old patterns, you know? It's the danger in trying to change someone, I think. And I agree with you: I like nice, geeky boys. Heck, I married one! :-)

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  15. That video/song totally made me smile. I think I have to download it onto my iPod now. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Isn't it fun? I just stumbled across it yesterday when a friend posted it on Facebook. I thought it was pretty appropriate given the fact that as writers we deal with words. Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

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  16. Glad to hear you had a great week! It feels weird not to email every day since we've been away from writing a bit. Sorry Todd's off again so soon--will it be for long?

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    1. Thanks, Jess! And you are so right about it feeling weird not emailing every day. I miss my Jess communiques. :-) Which reminds me, I totally neglected to email you back after your last email. Yikes! I will do that today, I promise. Not sure how long Todd is gone this time. It probably will only be a week, so I'll have to get back into the swing of things with writing nice and quick!

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  17. I'm so happy that your husband is back home again! I think your writing break was well deserved, and I hope you guys had a great time celebrating his return. I'm a little envious of all your movie-going. My husband and I used to go to movies all the time, but we've cut way back since becoming parents. Baby-sitters are so expensive, and On-Demand is so convenient! :-)

    I read FAHRENHEIT 451 back when I was in school, and I remember it being very strange, but very compelling. I wonder if I would think the same things now? I'm excited to hear how you like it.

    Best of luck with your goals this week, Jaime... You can do it!

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    1. Actually, he just headed out again lol. Only for about a week this time though. ;-) It was great having him home and just setting everything else aside for a bit. We don't normally go to so many movies, but we were kind of making up for lost time. (They were mostly movies he wanted to see.) I can well imagine how much of a hassle it must be going to the movies when you have to pay for a baby-sitter on top of that. No, thanks. Too expensive to begin with. And enjoying movies in the comfort of your own home is often SO much better!

      FAHRENHEIT 451 is definitely strange, but also very interesting. Ray Bradbury had some great insights into the world's problems. I love that it's such a quick read, too.

      Have a great week, Katy! :-)

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  18. Sounds like you've had a lovely week with your hubbie. Sorry the movies were a bit of a disappointment. I really want to see Pacific Rim, but we'll probably wait for it on DVD. We are hoping to get to Disney's Planes though :) my son loves the trailer.

    I've never read any Cassandra Clare, although from the looks of the movies trailer I think is love it! I agree with you I'm definitely team Good Guy, but Jace sounds pretty great :)

    Good luck with your goals this week!

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    1. It was a wonderful week. :-) Sometimes it's nice to just enjoy life a bit, you know? Even though the movies weren't what we were hoping they'd be, it was still fun to get out and do something. As for Cassandra Clare's books, I really love them. I read the first three books in the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series ages ago, and I've been thinking about rereading them and finishing the rest of the series now. She writes really well. I think there are a lot of us who are Team Good Guy. I think I might have to write a post about this sometime soon...

      Have a great week, Alexa! :-)

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  19. I read Fahrenheit 451 for school too, and like Katy thought it was strange and a bit hard to get into but ultimately compelling. Strangely enough, I picked up more Bradbury after that and he's now one of my favorite authors! I think he's better in his short stories, but he has an amazing imagination. My favorite from him is From the Dust Returned. It's paranormal rather than sci-fi/dystopian, and it's not really a novel - more a collection of loosely connected short stories. That's the book that made me fall in love with his writing. :)

    Looking forward to your review of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS as I'm so excited to read that book! Also, you may not have written, but I think your hubs being back is a valid excuse for non-writing.

    Sad to hear Elysium was disappointing; was looking forward to it because I really enjoyed District 9. But I'll probably still go see it this weekend, hah. Was there anything in particular about it that made it so? Also, YAY that you saw Pacific Rim. I LOVED it, but I know it's also kinda a taste thing, haha. Totally agree on the cheesy dialogue and the generally predictable storyline, but for me this was a case of a simple story done well AND it is an homage to Japanese kaiju films and anime - so some of the cheesy/cliche moments were awesome because they were treated as homage moments. I also loved some of its trope subversions and its actual use of the visual medium to do visual storytelling. It was all just so beautiful. (Obviously, I loved this movie a lot and I've read up on some of del Toro's thoughts/process on the movie and really appreciate the thought he put into it.)

    AHEM, anyway, I'm glad you had a good week. I had a generally good one too. :) And while it doesn't seem like it (considering my love for Loki and the Darkling), I'm generally a good guy kind of girl too. It takes a very specific kind of bad boy and/or villain to hook me, but I guess once I'm hooked, it's hopeless!

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    1. I read All Summer in a Day by Bradbury after Beth Revis mentioned it, and I loved it! It's amazing how much he's able to convey in such a small amount of words. I keep meaning to buy a collected works or something, but keep forgetting. (I'm writing it down now.)

      If you really liked District 9 then you'll probably really like Elysium. It was very, very similar in many respects. I think I was just looking forward to more Elysium (the floating habitat in space) and less gritty Earth that actually felt an awful lot like Earth now despite the fact that it was set in 2154. The zooming in shots of Elysium were cool, but on the actual habitat it mostly looked like a wealthy neighbourhood nowadays on Earth. The only truly futuristic thing was the bed (that looked like a tanning bed) that heals your cells and they kept returning to it over and over again. I guess I feel like the trailer made it look cooler/more futuristic than it felt. As for Pacific Rim, I did enjoy it. I think part of the cheesy dialogue thing came down to the fact that Charlie Hunnam doesn't do the most convincing American accent. His English accent kept sort of making it sound weird. It was impossible not to enjoy the kaiju/anime aspects of the story, though. I suppose I should have been more specific: really enjoyed it, but wished the dialogue was a smidge less cheesy. ;-)

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  20. I totally agree with you on the good boys versus bad boys issue. I think a distinction can be made between bad and badass, a label that still fits love interests like Four or Perry. They're honourable but tough.

    I'm so glad you gave us a heads up about Elysium. Going to see Star Trek Into Darkness ended up being a really good call. I'm sorry Todd is off again so soon, but I hope you have a good writing week! :)

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    1. Yessss! Badass vs. Bad Boy is such an astute description of it. I think I might borrow that (crediting you, of course) for a blog post on the topic. Four and Perry (and Roar) are definitely badass but good guys to the core. Love them! (Oh, and Evan too. :D)

      You might still enjoy Elysium, but I knew you'd enjoy Star Trek: Into Darkness far more. I would hate for you to shell out all that money at the theatre and have the same 'meh' reaction that I did. Even Matt Damon wasn't able to elevate it past that status. But again: check it out on VOD when it comes out so you can decide for yourself. I can't wait until Star Trek is out next month on blu-ray. I'll definitely be picking up a copy! :-)

      As for writing, it was a challenge to get into it again today, but I did manage to write a tiny section involving shmexy times, so... ;-)

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  21. I don't like bad boys either (which is one of the many reasons I refuse to read HUSH, HUSH), but I do love boys with a dark side. Not like evil or mean, but some kind of demons. (This is how I think of Four.) That being said, my current LI is a total good guy, if a little arrogant at times. He's still super sweet and lovable and not at all bad boyish.
    Related, I guess, is the fact that I LOVE a good villain. Like a really complex and multi-layered one. Two reasons, I think, for this: 1) they are SO HARD to do and so many people fail, and 2) they make some of the most fascinating characters. Ben Linus from LOST, anyone? So I actually really, really like Warner in SHATTER ME, not because he's hot or whatever, but because he's a really good antagonist and a well-developed character. (Although, after reading just the first, I wasn't digging him; it was DESTROY ME that made me come around and love him. Haven't read UNRAVEL ME yet though.)
    Aaaaanyhow, this was a long comment! :)

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    1. I think you're totally right about Four. And I like those kinds of book boys too. I love a good villain too, and Warner is the perfect example. I had the same reaction as you did to him. I despised him in SHATTER ME, but then I read DESTROY ME and my entire perspective shifted. He's such a great character! And I read UNRAVEL ME so differently because of it. I can't even imagine what my response to him would have been if I hadn't read DESTROY ME just prior. It's similar to how I feel about Loki in the Thor/Avengers movies. Multi-layered good guys and bad guys are where it's at.

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  22. Also, I haven't read FARENHEIT 451 either. So we can be in the weirdos club together. :D

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    1. Awesome! Though, I'm more than halfway through, so... ;-)

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  23. I'm going to totally admit I haven't read FAHRENHEIT 451, either -- but I'm looking forward to hearing what you think on this one...hopefully, it will get me to pick it up!

    I have a couple of Cassandra Claire's books sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to read them -- from both the MI and ID series. Yikes...really need to get on that!

    And I think it's perfectly okay you didn't get much writing done! You spent time doing the important things and that's all that matters. You'll get back at it this week, no doubt!

    Happy Wednesday, Jaime - I hope you're doing well!

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    1. I think a lot of people read FAHRENHEIT 451 in high school around here, but it wasn't on any of my reading lists. And I guess it just wasn't one that I immediately thought to pick up and read otherwise. It's pretty quick, though, so that's good.

      I really enjoy Cassandra Clare's books. They're well written and enjoyable and have a nice dose of swoon. :-)

      I definitely enjoyed taking that time off of writing to spend with my hubby, but man, is it ever hard getting back into the swing of things. Here's hoping it happens soon! :-)

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  24. I haven't read Fahrenheit 451 either. And sad to say, I've never read anything by Cassandra Clare. I love that Sara Bareilles song. And the Dr. Seuss quote is perfect. Have a great writing week and a great weekend!

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    1. Here I thought I was one of the only people alive who have read FAHRENHEIT 451 and SO many people have left a comment saying they haven't read it either. I feel much better now! Cassandra Clare's stuff is really good. I enjoy both series.

      Have a great week, Amy! :-)

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  25. I like sweet boys too. They definitely don't get the attention they deserve! :) Good luck with your writing this week.

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    1. They're definitely my favourite. It's okay to have a streak of the bad boy in them, but the good guy should outweigh that by a lot. Have a great week, Adrianne! :-)

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  26. I haven´t read Fahrenheit 451 (and probably should) but if you´re looking for a novel in German, Version 5 Punkt 12 is a great read (and a somewhat easy one).

    I´m glad you got to spend so much time with your hubby!

    And that quote is GREAT!

    <3

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    1. It's definitely a quick read. I'll probably finish it today and I just started it the other day. (Instead of reading a chapter a day, I read about 50 pages a day. It doesn't actually have chapters.) I've never heard of Version 5 Punkt 12. I'll have to check it out so I can brush up on my German. ;-)

      I'm glad you're getting to spend so much time with your hubby too! You guys look like you're having a great time!

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  27. Reading the bible right now.

    Writing activities include revising book #2 and writing book # 3 and #4 in a series. Book #1, Mason Davis and the Rise of the Storm Makers, just came out this summer and is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. I am also researching, plotting, and writing a spin off series. I have lots of help from my 3 boys and if they aren't actually helping, then they are providing me with lots of good material.

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    1. Sounds like you're keeping busy! Have a great week! :-)

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  28. I thought the acting in Pacific Rim was higher quality than a lot of big budget blockbusters. I liked the story too. Elysium was OK; I liked it mostly, but the very end had me kind of scratching my head with some plausibility questions. Then again, sci-fi. Movie. Whatever.

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  29. I didn't get much writing done this week either, and strangely I'm okay with it to. I think after a summer of writing, I'm learning to let myself take breaks.

    I LOVE that Dr. Seuss quote. It's so true!

    And Sturmhond! <3 I thought I wanted Alina to end up with Mal but after S&S, I'm Team Sturmhond. Mal was too whiny for my taste.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  30. I love the Dr. Seuss quote! I read Clockwork Princess and I loved it, mostly. For some reason the end left me feeling very unsettled.
    I hope that you have a great time hanging out with your husband!

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  31. Tired so just going to say that I love What's Up Wednesday!

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