October 16, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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WHAT I'M READING
•  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Here comes super angsty Harry!!
•  I've Got Your Number (Sophie Kinsella) - Totally fun chick lit. (Just finished it.)
•  War and Peace - Yeah, I won't be done by Christmas like I had originally hoped.
•  Emerald Green (Kirsten Gier) - I'm just about to start this and I cannot wait!

WHAT I'M WRITING
Nothing yet, but come November once this move is over and done with, I will write ALL THE WORDS.* I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I plan to ride the wave of excitement/energy and use it as motivation to write and to set daily goals.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Somewhere in my Twitter feed sometime last week someone (Could this be any more vague?**) posted a link to an article which I cannot find because I'm a fool and forgot to favourite it. It was about adults reading YA and how this doesn't make us any less intelligent than those who strictly read adult books. I know this isn't anything new, but the article struck a chord with me as I've encountered this ignorant notion recently that more adults are reading YA because, and I quote, "people are getting dumber". (If ever there was a reason to Hulk smash another person...) The article included this very appropriate quote from C.S. Lewis:
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
Basically, it was a great reminder that we shouldn't let anyone make us feel lesser for loving YA. I needed to hear that again.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
•  Packing up everything we own, which of course includes lots and lots of books. Yeah, I'm still not done packing all of them.




•  This past Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada, and somehow turkey dinner kind of slipped through the cracks. We didn't plan ahead and then when the day arrived, it just seemed kind of pointless to do it all up for just the two of us. (Family was otherwise occupied or living far enough away to make getting together not feasible.) Needless to say, I was a bit bummed about that because I love turkey dinner. BUT, I did make us pumpkin pie, so that almost  made up for it. Okay, no it didn't. Not at all.***

•  We bought some candles from Bath & Body Works, and they smell so good! We've been lighting them every time we think of it. 

If only this blog was scratch-n-sniff.


SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?



* That was for you, Erin. (Should you happen to read this.)
** If you read that in Chandler Bing's voice, you are awesome.
*** But we did remember to be thankful for all of the good things in our lives. Just not turkey...



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  1. Scented candles are wonderful! Sorry you missed your turkey. Sliding over holidays is hard. I'm afraid we're going to be doing the same with Halloween this year. Lol! Hubs would kill me if I came at him with that many books. I've been mixing them with other things so he won't notice how many are going over-seas ;)
    As to the YA thing, I find these age breaks silly. As a kid, I read adult books; as an adult, I tend to read kid books. And who wants to grow up anyway?

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    1. I love scented candles so much, but especially so in the fall and at Christmas time. As for turkey, we might just have to postpone turkey dinner until after we move. I mean, we really don't need an excuse to cook up a turkey now do we? That's hilarious that you're mixing books into other boxes on the sly. Love it! I'm using small cube boxes, so ideally they shouldn't be too heavy, but... Fail! Ah well. Once we're moved, we'll forget all about it.

      Have to agree with you: Who wants to grow up anyway? So true!

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  2. Yeah, Order of the Phoenix could've used a bit of ye olde hack and slash method of editing :P

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo this year! :D Get down ALL the words!

    Sorry for the lack of turkey, but at least Christmas ain't so far away.

    Have an awesome week!

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    1. I remember when GoF and OotP first came out, I was soooo excited that they were so big and chunky. Now, my wrists wish for smaller books lol. I'm actually looking forward to the last two books because they're a bit slimmer. As for NaNo, I'm not actually doing it this year. I'm most likely going to be revising a WIP, but I do plan on getting caught up in the excitement of NaNo and using it to power through my revision. Or a good chunk of it anyway. On the topic of turkey, I think we might just cook one up once we're moved. I mean, who needs an excuse to cook a turkey, right? Have a wonderful week, Cole!

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  3. Wow that's a lot of boxes of books! I hope the move goes well and you're all settled quickly, so you can start writing in November. I'm debating doing NaNoWriMo.

    The pumpkin pie sounds great, although I am sorry you didn't get to see your family, or get nay Turkey :(

    Love that quote in by C S Lewis and I love the one in your sidebar about Muggles - fab!

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    1. And the stack of book boxes just grows and grows every time we move. Ah well. Hopefully we won't have to move again anytime soon. I think I'll revise during November, so I'll probably slip that in between unpacking boxes. Unpacking goes SO much quicker than packing, so I'm not worried about the time suck.

      I think we'll cook up a turkey after we've moved. It's not like we need an excuse, right? :-) It can be like a treat once we're done with this moving business.

      The C.S. Lewis quote and the Muggles one are both making me smile today, particularly the latter because it's feeling very fitting in my life right now. Have a wonderful week, Alexa!

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  4. Chandler!!!! :-) And I cannot wait for ALL THE WORDS! Glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving despite not having a turkey this year around...(and I need to buy scented candles :))

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    1. All this talk of Chandler and turkey is making me want to watch some of the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends. Too funny. I suppose I should have said that I'm going to revise all the words, not write. I really need to get WoN done already. So that will probably be my goal once we've moved. There just hasn't been time what with packing and all. I think maybe we'll cook up a turkey once we've moved. It will be a treat! Have a great week, Elodie! And get some scented candles because you won't regret it.

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  5. I'm not doing NaNo either, at least not in the official way, but I would love to write 35-50K in November.
    And that is a fantastic quote from CS Lewis. Good luck with the packing/moving!

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    1. I think I'm going to be using that time to revise, but it will be nice to get caught up in the energy and excitement of NaNo. I have a WIP that needs to be done already, so I can't justify writing new words. We'll see how it goes, though. In the past, I've written as much as 25K for NaNo. You can totally do 35K-50K! I think you're much more disciplined than I am on the writing front. Have a great week, Rebecca!

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  6. I love angsty Harry, it's about time he started complaining about everything he's put through. I'm on Deathly Hallows at the minute, which is my favourite of the lot. Good luck with your moving!

    P.S. I totally read that in Chandler's voice.

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    1. I didn't love angsty Harry, but at least I understand why he was so angsty. I think it was definitely realistic considering he's fifteen and everything he's been through. Can't wait to get reading this book though! I don't think I could read that any other way than in Chandler's voice. It's just not possible. :P Have a great week, Laura!

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  7. Books are always my biggest thing to move. (Both by volume and sheer mass) So I had to laugh at your 25 boxes tweet. And ALL THE WORDS in November sounds like an excellent plan. I fully support riding the Nano excitement wave, even if you're not actually doing Nano. I'm just hoping to "finish" the book I started last Nano. Or at least make some serious headway.

    Good luck with your move! So exciting! :)

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    1. We haven't even packed up my husband's books or our language/history books. Yikes! We'll definitely be over 30 boxes all said and done. Which is simultaneously awesome and embarrassing. Proof of our addiction and all... I suppose I should have said I'd revise all the words and not write them. I really need to get one of my stories all revised up and ready to query again. I've been putting it off for months now, which is beyond ridiculous. I think it's perfectly okay to be part of NaNo even if you aren't doing it the traditional way. I mean, obviously we won't 'win', but the motivation and accountability are great! Have a wonderful week, Kris! And enjoy the hammock. ;-)

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  8. Packing, EEP! One of those things I dread, but is exciting all at once. I'll be joining NaNo this year, and I'm excited. This time of year really gets my brain out of that funk. Love that quote by CS Lewis!

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    1. It is kind of exciting, but it's definitely dreadful at the same time. Not loving the empty bookshelves, gotta say. I like being able to just look at full shelves and think about all of the stories there. They'll be full again soon enough, though. I'll be revising (hopefully) during NaNo, but I love to take part in some way anyway. The motivation and accountability associated with NaNo are fantastic, so I want a piece of that. This time of year is definitely good for idea flow. Have a great week, Prerna!

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  9. So glad you're doing NaNo and getting back in the writing of book words. I am doing it (this means I have signed up, but am sort of unsure of the next actual step) and so I think we should be friends there (because I THINK that's a thing in NaNo, though I don't know, because I don't think I fully understand it).

    Books, books, books. I do not look forward to ever moving again because of my books.

    Also, "More Turkey, Mr. Chand-e-lor?"

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    1. Well, I'm not really doing NaNo. I'll be revising during November with any luck, but I do plan on being involved in some way. The accountability is great even if I can't actually 'win' NaNo. I like to check in with everyone though and see how they're doing. Guess I should dust off my NaNo account, hey? I'll come looking for you when I do. (Wow, that sounded creepy.) Moving with books is the worst. The actual worst. But unpacking them and putting them back on the shelves is so much fun. I'm kind of big on that. Here's hoping we don't move again anytime soon, though. All this turkey and Chandler talk is making me want to watch some Thanksgiving episodes of Friends. Might have to do that while I pack some boxes. ;-) Have a great week, Rebekah!

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  10. 4 books at the same time? You're insane ;)

    I won't be participating on NaNo too - I have 2 or 3 weeks of edits in there so I won't get to write a lot :(

    Oh, I have to buy that Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle!

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    1. Well, it's only three books. (I finished the chick lit one.) And I haven't actually been spending time with W&P these days, so... They're all so different that it's surprisingly easy to switch from one to another. I plan on using NaNo to get some revisions done. I love the motivation and accountability of NaNo, so hopefully it'll spill over into my revisions. That's the plan anyway. The Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle can be a little strong sometimes, but I love it anyway. Hubby loves the cider one, and I kind of love it too. Have a great week, Juliana!

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  11. I'm not doing NaNo either, because I've already started my draft, but I'll be cheering from the sidelines! :)

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    1. I end up using my NaNo account every year even if I'm not doing it the right way. It's still great to get caught up in the excitement and to use it to motivate me. Plus, the accountability is pretty great too. :-)

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  12. I loved I've Got Your Number and I can't wait to read Emerald Green!
    That was such a great quote from CS Lewis and I WILL remember it (yeah right, I have the worst memory).
    Aw, you didn't get turkey? We had too much, you should have come to ours! While I was eating my turkey with cranberry sauce and one of my kids asked what was on top of my turkey, I said, "it's my special Chan-berries." No one got it.

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    1. I don't often read chick lit, but now I'm wondering why the heck not. Totally enjoyed I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER. Any other recommendations? I just started reading EMERALD GREEN and can't wait to get sucked in. Maybe this afternoon once I'm done packing some boxes. That C.S. Lewis quote was exactly what I needed to see. So tired of feeling like because I read YA I'm somehow not being adult enough. As for turkey, I think maybe we'll cook one up after we move. Like a turkey dinner raincheck. Somehow Thanksgiving feels like it needs a little Friends mixed in. Their Thanksgiving episodes were always the best. ;-)

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  13. I've never done NaNo and I don't think I ever will, but I like to ride the wave of excitement, too! Especially all of the writing sprints going on everywhere--hopefully I'll be able to use them of this flippin' never-ending draft. And once your move is done (side note: 25 boxes of books? Well, that's a writer for you, I guess:) hopefully you'll be able to get a ton of words down, too. Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. I don't ever do NaNo the way it's intended. I use it more for motivation and accountability. Plus, it's great to get caught up in it alongside writer friends. This year I'll be revising, but I'll probably still use my NaNo account even if I can't 'win'. The 25+ boxes of books admission is simultaneously making me proud and shameful. Is that weird? I always find unpacking SO much easier and quicker than packing, so things will be way easier once we're moved. Can't wait! Have a wonderful week, Rebecca! And give your kitties a squoosh for me. :-)

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  14. Thank you for reminding me why I love C.S. Lewis. We would have butted heads on some theological points, but he's one person that I would have liked to have known personally. Such a gifted thinker and writer. *sigh*

    I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, turkey aside. As a vegetarian, I can attest to the fact that you don't need turkey to enjoy a good Thanksgiving feast. But, if you really want to get a turkey meal in this year, you could always celebrate US Thanksgiving. Really--who's going to care? And as our lovely neighbors to the north, we'd love to invite you to the party! :)

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    1. C. S. Lewis is just awesome. This quote was exactly what I needed to see. It gets so tiring feeling like I have to somehow defend my love of YA and children's lit. Funny thing is, most people who slam YA haven't actually read any of it, which I find sort of infuriating. Next time I should flat-out ask them what they've read, and then challenge them to read some awesome YA. Must remember to do that!

      On the topic of turkey, I don't think I could ever be a vegetarian. I love poultry too much! I think maybe we'll cook up a turkey once we move. It could be a celebration of finally being done moving (for a while at least). And you're right, who's going to care? Have a great week, Colin!

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  15. I love candles! I've already bought them for this coming Christmas. ^^

    I love roast dinners but because there's only me and Pete it doesn't make sense to go all the way. There would be so much left over. I think I'd feel gutted if that happened on Christmas. It's not Christmas if there isn't a roast dinner on the table. I must sound so British here going on about Sunday Roasts.

    I'm on the NoNano bandwagon this year too. I've so many finished drafts that are being left so I want to get some major editing done on more WiPs. Think I might use the NaNo deadline to finish a round of edits on one project.

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    1. I mostly like candles in the fall and at Christmas time. The rest of the year I don't really light them. I think it's all part of the ambience of fall and winter, particularly Christmas. All this talk of roast dinners is making me want one NOW! Beef or turkey, doesn't matter as long as there's good gravy. ;-) I could not imagine no turkey at Christmas (or some roast dinner). That just feels wrong somehow. I'm all about the tradition when it comes to the holidays.

      I'm going to be doing some major revisions during NaNo (hopefully), so we'll be in the same boat. I think NaNo is so useful even if you don't participate in it the 'correct' way. I don't need to win, but I do need the accountability and motivation. Nice to know you're doing the same. Have a great week, Robin!

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  16. Oh yes, angsty 5th book Harry. He's annoying, BUT he's 15 so he should be, right? That's how I was able to get through it, at least. :)
    Okay, so I LOVE that quote from C. S. Lewis. (And your "citation" leading up to it is totally something I would do. I used to teach Sunday School and I'd always be like, "There's a scripture and I think it's in this book, but it might actually be in this one, and it goes something like this." Awesome memory FTW!) Anyhow, it's so great. I've converted quite a few friends to YA lately and it's been so fun to see their opinion change. It's all about awareness!
    Also, I didn't get to comment last week (yes, I'm a slacker for sure), but I LOVE that Etsy shop you shared. I want to BUY ALL THE CLOTHES!! Seriously, I looked at every item and decided my favorite's the Jane Eyre shirt. Because Jane Eyre rocks my world.
    Good luck packing!

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    1. That's exactly how I felt about angsty Harry: he was annoying at times but completely realistic. I think it might have been weirder for him to be all chill after everything that transpired in GoF. And then, of course, the whole fifteen years old thing. I think I need to print off that C. S. Lewis quote and stick it above my computer where I will see it regularly and be reminded of its truth. So tired of being made to feel ashamed of my love of YA and kid lit. I think next time someone gets all squirrelly when I mention YA, I should just flat-out ask them if they've read any, and then make some suggestions.

      I'm so addicted to that Etsy shop, it's crazy. I think there might be a scarf in my future lol. Plus, Penelope (the shop owner) is so great to deal with. Have a great week, Kris!

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  17. I went back and reread the line in Chandler's voice - definitely made my morning :)

    If I was left on my own to plan American Thanksgiving, it wouldn't happen. Thank goodness for my mom! If she ever decides to boycott cooking, I'll be eating cereal instead of turkey.

    P.S. Still reading CATCH-22 here. These classics, I swear...argh.

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    1. I can't not read it in that voice. :P And now I want to watch all of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes.

      My husband would be responsible for the turkey because I have zero skills with that kind of thing. And gravy? I suck so bad at that! I'd take care of the sides and desserts, which I like doing anyway.

      I like W&P, it's just not the first thing I want to pick up when I'm sitting down to read. I need to force myself to read a few chapters each day like I'm supposed to be doing. This move is just throwing everything off. But the end is in sight!

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  18. I read some negative things about YA and the adults that read it this week too. I love the C.S Lewis quote! I've always loved a good story and YA seems to be where I have found the most that I like.

    I should probably buy a turkey for our Thanksgiving soon or I could see forgetting it. I'm used to living near family and they always cooked the turkey. Now that I live hours (days) away from everyone I have to make sure I don't forget :) My kids would be a bit angry, I think.

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    1. There's seems to be a neverending flow of garbage relating to adults reading YA. Frankly, I find it exhausting. Same with feeling like I need to defend my love of YA to people in my life. I think next time I'll ask them if they've read any YA. And if they say TWILIGHT, so help me... (Not slamming the book, but come on!) Sorry, getting worked up here. :P

      We actually had a turkey in the freezer that we bought awhile ago for a good price (for no particular reason). We could have done it, but then we would have had to plan ahead and apparently it was the last thing on our minds. All this turkey talk is making me hungry! ;-)

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  19. That quote is fantastic, Jaime. I'm not sure C.S. Lewis would appreciate an "Awww, snap!" at the end, but that seems fitting to me. It's amazing to me that Children's fiction and Young Adult fiction gets such a bad reputation for being lesser.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! I'm sorry that you missed out on the turkey dinner thing. At least you have those candles, which seem very holiday-esque to me. :) And I'm super-bummed that your blog isn't scratch and sniff. ;)

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    1. Isn't it great? I think I should print it off and put it somewhere I will see it regularly and be reminded not to let anyone make me feel lesser for loving YA. And yes, I think C. S. Lewis would appreciate an "Awww, snap!" He'd be all over that, I think. ;-) I think most or all of the people slamming on YA have not actually read any YA. And this notion that as an adult you should be writing adult books is just utter crap. (I've heard that too.) Who would write the children's and YA books then? Duh!

      I think we might have to cook up a turkey once we move. A Thanksgiving postponement, if you will. As if we need any excuse to cook up a turkey, right?

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  20. Your candle photos on IG gave me all the smelly drools. I might just have to go out ASAP and buy a fall smelling candle!

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    1. Smelly drools...haha! Love that. ;-) I think they definitely set the mood for fall and the Christmas season (the two times I actually burn candles). You should totally pick some up!

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  21. Hello, darling! I cannot wait to hear your impressions of EMERALD GREEN. I have about two hours left of the audio version and I'm weeping that it's almost over. Also, ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is my favorite of the HP books, which is unusual, apparently. I loved the tension with Umbridge. My keychain is of Lego Harry Potter from OOTP with two faces, grumpy and regular. :)

    Good luck with all your packing!

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    1. Hello, Miss Sara! I can't wait to sit down and curl up with EMERALD GREEN and a big cup of tea. Maybe later today if I get a chance. :-) I'm hoping I remember enough from SAPPHIRE BLUE, because sadly I don't have time to re-read first. It's funny, because OotP was never my favourite, but I'm really looking forward to reading it again. All of the stuff with Umbridge, while infuriating, was really quite good! And all of the stuff with Dumbledore's Army and Fred & George's jokes... See? Totally excited.

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  22. I'm loving the B&BW fall candles too. I currently have Blueberry Pumpkin burning and it is delightful!

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving. Even though you didn't do the full celebration, I think you got to indulge the best part of the meal -- dessert! Also, I think you're sort of lucky, since you didn't have to deal with tons of cooking and cleaning. My husband would never let us get away with skipping out on a big turkey dinner. He lives for stuffing and gravy!

    I've been hearing all kinds of buzz about EMERALD GREEN and the RUBY RED trilogy. I know nothing about these books, but I want to read them simply because everyone else seems to love them. I'm hoping my library will hook me up with a copy.

    Have a great week, Jaime, and best of luck with the move!

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    1. I couldn't believe how many pumpkin variations B&BW had this year! I had to draw the line at these two, but I would have loved more. (Hubby, not so much.)

      My husband would have been in charge of the turkey, since that's one of his fortes. And the gravy because I'm horrible with that kind of thing. I'm more of a sides and desserts kind of gal. I think we might have to cook up turkey dinner once we move. Maybe time it with American Thanksgiving or something. ;-)

      I really enjoy the RUBY RED series. They're translated from German and I think the translator did a really good job. They're fun and there's swoon, so what more can I ask for? Have a wonderful week, Katy!

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  23. Those candles look lovely. :) Also, War and Peace AND OOTP...that's a lot of long reading. Good for you!

    I love and completely agree with the CS Lewis quote. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're right about them being long! Sitting stacked together it looks rather daunting. But they're both good, so that's a bonus. I loved that C. S. Lewis quote and I think I might print it off and keep somewhere I can see it regularly. :-)

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  24. I love scented candles too, your candles look perfect for this season. We didn't do anything on Thanksgiving Monday but Sunday we met with some friends for a potluck. Hopefully next week you will be able to celebrate.

    well, wonderful quote.

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    1. I haven't lit one of the candles yet today, but I think I'll have to do that when I'm done here. They smell so good! It's nice that you got to join friends this weekend whether it was for Thanksgiving or not. The hubby and I had a nice dinner even if it wasn't turkey. :-)

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  25. "If there ever was a reason to Hulk smash another person"...OMG, I LOVE it, Jaime! :) And oh so true...
    I'm sorry you missed your Turkey Day -- you're more than welcome to come on down to Seattle and join us at the end of November...it's gluttony in our household, to say the least.
    I hope you're move goes smoothly and unpacking gives you plenty of time to think about all those new words you're going to write!!
    And yes, I totally did read that line in Chandler Bing's voice. Spot. On.
    Hope you've been well!

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    1. I just honestly don't know how people think it's okay to walk around spouting such crap, you know? I have to say, it's hard to take anything this person says seriously now, and sadly, there is nothing of the Hulk in me. I'm thinking Todd and I might just have to postpone turkey dinner. We should plan to do one that coincides with American Thanksgiving. Join in on the festivities south of the border this year. :-) As for unpacking, I find it always goes so much quicker than packing, so I just might be able to slip in some writing after all. It will probably be revising, but still. I have to say, I'm actually looking forward to it now.
      Have a wonderful week, Erin! I hope all is well in your corner of the world. :-)

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  26. Ooh, Sophie Kinsella! I need to read more of her. I loved "The Undomestic Goddess". There's so much else on my 'To read list' though... ;)

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    1. This was my first ever Sophie Kinsella book. I don't tend to read much outside of YA, but I might have to venture into the chick lit section a little more often. I really enjoyed this one! I'll have to check out The Undomestic Goddess then. (Thanks for the rec!) I hear you on the out of control TBR list. Mine is completely unwieldy. ;-)

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  27. I still need to read Sapphire Blue before I can read Emerald Green. Must read faster! lol

    Those candles are a must for fall. In fact, I need to make a trip to Bath & Body Works to get some myself. :)

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    1. I'm hoping I can remember what happened in SAPPHIRE BLUE. It feels like forever since I read it. So far it hasn't been a problem while reading EMERALD GREEN.

      The candles have definitely been setting the mood for fall (as has the chillier weather). They smell so good! This year B&BW has TONS of fall scents in their candle section. Had to restrain myself. ;-)

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  28. C.S. Lewis has some keeper quotes for sure. Ah, I miss angry Harry. I may need to revisit him soon. Hope the move goes as well as moves can go, Jaime!

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    1. He really does. This one stood out to me because I read and write YA, something some people consider less than worthy for whatever reason. I love quotes that feel timely like this one did. I'm really enjoying this Harry Potter re-read. OotP wasn't my favourite of the bunch, but I'm finding myself eager to get started on it. The things that I remember from it are really appealing to me right now. (Umbridge...urgh!) Also: can't wait for this move to be over and done with. Thanks for the well wishes! (Is that even a term? Not sure.)

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  29. Also, that is an excellent quote. Go C.S. Lewis. Everyone else can just stuff it!

    Good luck with your moving, and I can't wait to write along with you in November! :)

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    1. The quote was especially timely for me, so I had to share it with all of you. I think I might print this one out and put it somewhere I see it regularly. I need the reminder. As for moving, I'm at the point where I just wish it was all over and done with. I'm spending the day packing (again) and it's absolutely no fun. It will be nice to be all moved and ready to write come November.

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  30. I've heard some of these comments from people in the past about adults reading YA, and I'm totally with you. HULK SMASH! Good luck with your move! We just did that this summer, and my husband wanted to murder me over the amount of boxes filled with heavy books. It's rough. I heart those candles. We have some, too, and they make fall even better. :)

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    1. I just wish people would keep their idiotic thoughts/comments about adults reading YA to themselves. I mean, really? Is it hurting anyone? Also, have they read any YA? Probably not. In my experience, the only familiarity these people have with YA is Twilight and, if you're lucky, The Hunger Games. Their knowledge of the category is seriously limited. (Which I really need to start pointing out. You know, in a friendly way.) My book collection is kind of out of control and my husband is not going to like me too much on moving day. Ah well. :-)

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  31. I'm also planning to ride the wave of NaNoWriMo next month, without actually participating. I have a first draft to write but I'm going to shoot for a lower word count each day. Looking forward to it!

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