Monday, December 15, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Closure

Closure

You were the one who caused the rift
With me
The one who inflicted this pain
On me

Rewriting history and pretending to miss me now
Won't change those facts

You were the one who said goodbye
To me
The one who turned your back
On me 

The one who issued the ultimatums
In your failed attempt to control me

I don't wish you ill
But I don't wish you well
I just wish to finally be free
And move on with my life instead

This was never my wish
And it was never ideal
But you made your bed, now sleep in it
And let me finally heal 


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Musing Mondays: November 24



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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up?

So this isn't really a bookish rant per se, but I do have a problem with movie commercials and trailers. If it's an adaptation from a Nicholas Sparks novel or a John Green novel, we know that from the get-go. If it's a lesser-known author, however, we may find out it's an adaptation in the closing credits. 

This is an issue for a couple of reasons: one, I like to read the story before seeing the movie. Of course, I can always consult The Google to find out if a movie that I want to see is an adaptation, but I think that should be revealed no matter who the author is. That leads me to my second reason: someone worked hard to write it and probably even harder to get it published. If their work has been adapted, they should get credit for it just like the actors, directors, and whoever else.

It's an easy fix. Just say adapted from a _________ by __________ somewhere during the commercial. I hope they start doing this and soon. Give the authors some love!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WWW Wednesdays: November 19



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Each week, MizB over at Should be Reading asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?


• What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. I've just started it, but I have a pretty open weekend coming up. Hopefully, I'll read it all by then so I can get to my Thanksgiving break to-read list.













• What did you recently finish reading? In the past four days, I've read about eighty pages worth of stories submitted to my Fiction Workshop and Forms of Fiction classes. In Workshop, we focus on literary realism, but in Forms, we've been allowed to write genre pieces which have led to some very interesting reading experiences including my first foray into fantasy, science fiction and fairy tale.



• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm going to the library tomorrow and I do have some books in mind, but I'll peruse the Popular Fiction section to see what new items they have as well as the books that I'm wanting to get.





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get


1. Books 3-10 of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series: I snuck in the first two right at the end of my very brief entry into the YA world while I was still a teen. Didn't even realize there were more than four until very recently, but I would love to go back to see what else Mia and company experienced.

2. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy: This one snuck right past me. I actually found out by accident that there's a third Bridget Jones book while writing researching the romance genre for my presentation in Forms of Fiction. While I accidentally found out some of the plot, there's enough I don't know about to make me want to read this one when I get a chance, especially since I'm now an adult and can somewhat relate to Bridget more than I could when I read the first two as a middle schooler.

3. Books 2-???? of Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series: only read the first one and caught some of the show's first episodes, but I missed this trend completely. They seem like the kind of books I'd want to read in between harder, school-required novels. There are at least fifteen of them plus a couple of spin-off series, so if I do start this, I'll be at it for awhile.

4. Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series: we loved the heck out of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging when we got our hands on it in eighth grade...then ninth grade happened and suddenly, it all became passe for some reason. I have the first couple on my shelves currently, so I'll start with those, and will hopefully find the rest at the library or at a bookstore if I make it back to Texas for winter break.

5. Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt series: Not sure if this is a sequel per se, but I can't wait to get my hands on Volume 2. I have the first one, which follows Roosevelt until 1933, but as we all know (and as I know better after watching Ken Burns's fabulous The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) there is so much more to learn. I'd like to read the rest of the first one before started Volume 2 (looks like there's only two that go up to 1938) because I've never actually read anything about just Eleanor; it's always been about the Roosevelt family as a unit.

6. Scott Wallens' Sevens series: I have most of these, but once again, only got through the first one. There are seven in all; as of right now, I have five. I want to get the two (weeks 2 and 4) that I don't have yet and then just read them all back-to-back.

7. Cate Tiernan's Sweep series: one cool about high school was that even though I hung out with a lot of different people, many of them loved to read. One of the groups I spent a lot of time with over those 3 1/2 years couldn't get enough of Sweep. Mind you, this was when Charmed and wicca were really, really, gargantuanly big. Got into Charmed; never read Sweep. I have the first two, though. Apparently there's fifteen in all, but could easily wind up on my pleasure read list if I get into them.  

8. Beatrice Sparks's Anonymous series: caveat, she said that she only edited others' diaries, but there are ten in total, including Go Ask Alice, which I've always heard is good, but haven't actually read it yet. I did read Almost Lost and Kim: Empty Inside when I was a teen and loved them, so I'll probably like the others as well.

9. Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table: does this one count as a sequel? I'll count it if only because it unearths another piece of his crazy childhood since this one focused on life with his father.

10. Jacquelyn Mitchard's No Time to Wave Goodbye: I just found out that this is the sequel for The Deep End Of The Ocean, which I absolutely fell in love with when I read it in middle school. For a long while, that was one of the novels I read once a year every year (and caught the movie whenever it came on/whenever I made a Blockbuster trip). 


*Note: I know just about all of these are Y.A., but I'm on a real Y.A. kick right now as I experience some of these amazing stories for the first time. I missed out on the Y.A. wave that really hit us in late middle/early high school, so I'm glad I have the chance to go back and read what I missed out on the first time around.  



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Musing Mondays: November 17


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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.


I've just started J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. Like just started. Chapter 1 started, so I'm not sure what to think of it so far. I chose it because this was one of the books assigned to me in high school that I never read. I actually went out to Half Price and bought this one as soon as I saw it on the syllabus I was that excited, but by the time it was time to read, I had all but checked out on high school. 

It's been on my bookshelf for almost ten years now and I've always wanted to read it, I just haven't until now. 

The way I remember the discussions going, people said that Holden was the male equivalent of Esther Greenwood and The Catcher In The Rye is the male equivalent of The Bell Jar. The jury's still out on that one, but I hope I'll enjoy it. Either way, I'll be crossing off one of the longest occupants off of my to-read list. 

Hopefully, I'll have this one done by Thanksgiving break. That's the plan for now at least. I'll let you guys know how I think about it once I'm done. 


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WWW Wednesdays: November 12


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Each week, MizB over at Should be Reading asks the following three questions: 
What are you currently reading? 
What did you recently finish reading? 
What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading? I'm still reading short stories for my classes as well as the submissions as well as the accepted pieces for the literary journal. In my spare time (which, thankfully is increasing now that the semester is slowing down), I'm reading SVU, Sons of Anarchy, and Scandal fanfics pretty regularly now. 

• What did you recently finish reading? Last week's stories from class and paper submissions for the literary journal. I'd add some fanfics here, but the ones that I've gotten into are still in-progress. Just waiting for the next chapters to be published...patiently waiting...


• What do you think you’ll read next? Still plan on reading J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye. I'll probably start that this week and have Thanksgiving break open for whatever goodies I find the next time I go to the library. 





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

 

This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV)


1. Teensy's family (specifically Genevieve) from The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: I know the novel is specifically about the Ya-Yas, but I would love to know more about Genevieve. She seemed so unique and before her time. It would be cool to see her as a teenager or as a young woman raising Teensy and Jack.

2. Brian McBrian from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: if only because I'd like to know why on earth he loved that arcade game so much. That, and his take on his and Tibby's relationship woes in the third and fourth books. (The fifth as well, but I won't spoil what happens if you haven't read Sisterhood Everlasting yet...by the way, you totally should if you haven't.)

3. Doreen from The Bell Jar: I would love to know what happened to her as the 60s continued to progress. Did she continue to rebel against the norm, or did she finally conform to the early 60s standards? In the future, does she remain before her times or did she just blend in?

4. Septimus Warren-Smith from Mrs. Dalloway: I would love to see a prequel about his pre-World War I life in England and why he decided to join the army (or if he got to decide that). Maybe seeing him back then would make the life we do see in Mrs. Dalloway that much more tragic, but it's important to know the horrific consequences and casualties of war.

5. Lila from Gilead: turns out this one is cheating since a prequel has just been released focusing on her (I get my wish! Yay!) However, when I was reading Gilead, I didn't know about Lila yet, so...not exactly cheating...right?

6. Laura Brown's family from The Hours: if I talk about Mrs. Dalloway, I can't forget about The Hours. We see what became of Richie, but I've always wondered how life without Laura was for Dan and the daughter that she eventually left behind.

7. Either Mary or Lydia from Pride and Prejudice: do they ever get married? Do they even want to get married? Or are they fine with life with their parents at Longbourn?

8. Charlotte from Pride and Prejudice: but for a different reason than the unmarried Bennet sisters. Was married life all she hoped it would be? She only wanted a comfortable life and thought she could get that with William Collins, but did she want more after all? Is being comfortable with someone more important than loving them?

9. Dan from the Cedar Cove series (the novels, not the TV shows) : I make that difference because Dan's fate is different in the novels than in the series. In the novels, Dan was a Vietnam vet who was never able to let go of what happened during the war. It would be interesting to see what happened while he was serving and his inability to move on once he was back in the states in his perspective.

10. Eleanor from The Haunting of Hill House: I know I never actually got into the story as a whole, but Eleanor was a very interesting, very unique character that I would have liked to know more about before she arrived at Hill House. The novel goes into where she was staying beforehand, but I would like to know more to better understand what all transpired once she actually arrived at Hill House. 


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Monday, November 10, 2014

100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups: ...Remember...

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This week's prompt from the 100 Word Challenge For Grown Ups posted on Julia's Place is "...Remember..."


If you're going to remember, remember it all. Not just the victory parades, but the departures as well. Remember the ones who marched away and never returned. Those who said goodbye and never came home again. 

Remember the fallen as well as the victorious; both victims of propaganda and an excess of pride. History may be told by the victors, but everyone has a story to tell. 

Remember the toil and not just the results. The catastrophically wounded, both inside and out, and the lives lost and not just the end.  

If you're going to remember, remember it all.


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Musing Mondays: November 10




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Each week, MizB over at Should Be Reading asks six reading-related topics for bloggers to choose from.

This week's topic: What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

Right now, I'm still waiting to get my hands on Debbie Macomber's Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel. I've read every Cedar Cove book as well as each of the ones based at Rose Harbor, but I haven't been able to get this one yet. Here, recent releases are hard to find sometimes, especially since you can't place holds on them. I never got the chance to read it, but with Thanksgiving break and the winter holiday break coming up, now's as good a time as any to stalk frequently visit my local library (or at least their website) until I can get my hands on it. Since I'm not really close to a bookstore that would carry it, the library is the best bet unless I wait until I go back to Texas for a visit. 

 

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