Category Archives: Challenges

The ABC Challenge (B)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I have fun going through my shelves and picking out books. I found some that I want to reread soon.

Memorable Titles that Start with “B”

Beneath the Sugar SkySeanan McGuire – This was probably my favorite of this series so far. It was a fun, twisting story that I felt connected me best to the characters.

Blind Faith – Ben Eaton – I bought this when I was in London years ago. I remember it being about following a government without thinking for yourself. I need to read it again now and see how it relates to our time.

Because You Love to Hate MeVarious Authors- This was an interesting short story collection. It told stories from villain’s POV. Victoria Schwab has one about death that is just fantastic.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak – This is a classic and it is as good as the reviews have said. It heart-breaking but in the best way possible.

Books Starting with “B” on my TBR

What are your opinions on some of these books? Any that you love?

The ABC Book Challenge (A)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I also like the idea of going through my TBR and looking at books from this angle.

I will periodically update this, not weekly, but once in a while. I like being able to add this ongoing posts in-between reviews. I like the idea of having different things to break up what I post.

For A I chose books that began with a word that started with A, not just A itself. I saw a few I loved that started as “A…” but I am going to use those for when the letter of the main word comes up.

(I will link to the review if I have done a review for the mentioned book )

                  Memorable Titles That Start With “A”

At the Edge of the Universe – Shaun David Hutchinson – I have sung Hutchinson’s praises so many times before. This one is my second favorite of his books. It is a unique look at what happens when you realize you are not the center of the universe and start living with the outside world.

Ash and Quill – Rachel Caine – The third book in the Great Library series. I love this series and the way it explores what happens when knowledge is controlled by a select few.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland – David D. Hammons – A reimagining of Alice and Wonderland. It was fun and full of imagination. It does justice to the source material while taking you on an even more fantastic journey.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz – A poignant coming of age story. I was swept away and cannot wait or the sequel!

Books starting with “A” on my TBR

(I am not going to go into detail about the ones on my TBR list. I will be doing that in my “Down my TBR Hole” posts)


Have you read any of these books? Which are your favorite books that start with “A”?

Tag- Three-Day Lyrical Challenge – (Day 3)

Again thank you to Alyssa Grace for the tag. I had fun going through all my my favorite songs and deciding  which to use.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I am going to use another musical for this last one. (I have a serious love of musicals). I have not seen Dear Evan Hansen but it is coming to my city next year and I plan on seeing it. I love the music and the story seems sad but important.

For this last one I am choosing “Waving through a Window.” I didn’t pick up on the lyrics when I first listened to the cast recording. Then I watched it on the Tony Awards and realized how much they spoke to me. They way he talks about anxiety, especially the first   verse. That hits home hard for me and I feel understood whenever I hear the song.
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Waving Through a Window
(performed by Ben Platt & Original Broadway Cast of Dear Evan Hansen)
(from “Dear Evan Hansen” soundtrack)

I’ve learned to slam on the brake
Before I even turn the key
Before I make the mistake
Before I lead with the worst of me (this line just hits so hard)

Give them no reason to stare
No slipping up if you slip away
So I got nothing to share
No, I got nothing to say

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you’ve learned, because you’ve learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
I’m waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
I’m waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me?

We start with stars in our eyes
We start believing that we belong
But every sun doesn’t rise
And no one tells you where you went wrong

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you’ve learned, because you’ve learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving?

When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
It’s like I never made a sound
Will I ever make a sound?

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me?

Is anybody waving?
Waving, waving…

Tags:
I am going to tag the following three bloggers (If you don’t want to don’t worry about it!):
Bookisheights, The Book World   and Becky@ Velvet Spade Reads

Tag: Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 2)

Time for Day 2 of the Lyrical Challenge. Thanks again to Alyssa Grace for tagging me.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

For this one I am going to go with a country song. Country is one of my favorite music genres. I grew up on country music. I like that many of the times the songs tell a story.
I also like that certain lyrics speak to me at different times in my life.

Laura’s Alaina’s song was one of those songs that hit a chord with me. Specifically the line, “I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken.”

 

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“I’m Doing Fine”

Daddy got sober, Mama got his best friend
I’ve cut down crying to every other weekend
Thanks for asking how I’ve been
I’ve gotten to good at hiding it within
I’m okay, things are great but the truth is
Yeah, the truth is

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Daddy signed the papers the day I turned 19
Mama drove north to find a new beginning
I blamed God I blamed myself
Then I fell on my knees and prayed like hell
It’s funny how a touch of grace gives you healing
Yeah, I’m healing

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Oh these growing pains well I wish they’d go away
But I guess you can’t be free without a fight

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long, long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Daddy got sober, Mama got his best friend
But I’m doing fine, yeah

Tags:
Since my follower list and computer are being super annoying and not letting me copy and paste or tag anyone. I am going to tag whoever wants to do this challenge this time!

NaNoWriMo 2017

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It is that time of year again! NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and this year is going to be a serious challenge for me. For those of you who have no idea what NaNoWriMo means, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month in November.

I have been doing NaNoWriMo since 2012. I have only “won” twice, in 2014 and 2015. I have written a number of draft for novels though none have quite gotten past the initial draft stage. I use NaNo as a time to get as much of the idea onto paper as I can. Sometimes the stories just get stuck and I have to place them to the side until I can determine if they have anything to them.

Winning NaNo is difficult. You start off full of determination but as the month wears on you realize that writing a novel in a month is not easy. Many people get stuck in the middle and have no idea how to move forward. You get that beginning moving and when you hit the middle everything comes to a screaming halt.

Or you set up a schedule and in the end figure out that it just will not work for every day. One you miss that first day of words you find yourself trying to catch up and sometimes it just seems nearly impossible. The two times I have “won” I have been working until the last day. The years I have not won is because I get behind and can’t close that gap.

I love doing NaNo because I love the challenge. It pushes me to get as much of my novel done as I can. I need to get as many words down as I can throughout the month. I also make it more of a challenge for myself because of the fact that I hand write everything then type it up. Sometimes I think that makes it that much harder for myself.

This year will be my biggest challenge because I currently work two jobs and finding time to write has been difficult. I want to use November to see how I can better use my time. I know that “winning” this year may not be in the cards. I have two major work events in the middle of the month and then there is Thanksgiving and a shopping day with my brother. So I know there will be at least 4 days where I will get almost no writing done. But I want to see what I can do.

The best part of NaNo is that there is no real way to lose, unless you never start I guess. As long you get something written and get that work moving then it is worth the time. You may not get 50,000 words done but getting any words one the paper is what counts. Novels don’t get written by thinking about the story, they have to become physical for anyone to read them. NaNo helps give that push in order for you to get started. Once you have something on paper you have something work with.

This year I am going to be working on the novel I have been working on for two years now. It is about a world where alternate universe are kept in books and timelines, every choice made results is a new life and new world. Callie is in charge of keeping everything in order but once The Voices threaten her life and sanity she runs, leaving things to deteriorate. A group of people whose lives begin to devolve because of her choice must find her and put life right again.

I love the idea and have been struggling with particulars of it. Some pieces don’t fit and I have had trouble explain other aspects. Recently I rethought a huge portion of the story, got rid of a useless character and I now think I have it in a position where it can really roll. I am going to use NaNo to push this story as far as I can and see where I end up.

Who else is taking on this challenge in November? If you need a writing buddy find me on the site, my username is Shmibby. I would love to have some virtual writing friends to work on this with.

Good Luck to all those doing NaNoWriMo this year!

Once Upon a Time X Challenge

out10ishere300I found this challenge through Michelle, Books and Movies Addict while reading through her TBR post. She mentioned it and the title instantly intrigued me.

The challenge is hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings. Here is a summary of the event:

                  Monday, March 21st (my wife Mary’s birthday) marks the official start date of the tenth              annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing and gaming event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through June 21st and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing/gaming whims.

out10journey-600x256There are a number of different ways to participate. Since this is the first time I am participating I am going to go with The Journey option. This option only asks that you read at least one book in one of the categories, Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology. Since these are the main genres that I love, I am sure this will be easy for me. But I didn’t want to commit to more in case something came up.

There are a handful of books I am planning on reading coming up that are Fantasy. After I finish The Lunar chronicles (which would fit the fairytale part, but since I started it before the challenge started I am not using it), I plan on reading the newest Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight, which starts a new series. I also plan on reading Veiled Souls by Abbie Chandler. And I am sure before June 21st there were will be a few more that I will read.

out10screen-600x256I am also participating in the Quest on Screen as well. One of my favorite shows is called, Once Upon a Time, kind of good fit if you ask me. For the challenge, I think after the season finale, I will write up a post about the way fairytales and mythology is handled on the show.

First Review was for the book Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Second Review was for the book The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith.

Review for Quest on Screen: Use of Fairy Tales Vs. Mythology in Once Upon a Time. 

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