Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review Possession by Elana Johnson

I finished Possession by Elana Johnson
Elana is one of my blog friends and I am very happy to say that I enjoyed her 
debut YA novel
First of all the cover art is so cool
But most importantly she has maybe changed my mind about this whole dystopia thing
I wasn't sure how I felt about this trend
Did I like it?
Did I hate it?
I am leaning towards like now. 
Its interesting to me that the authors of this genre create this world after the world we know is gone. 
Anyway.....on to the review
Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

This was a fast paced book that held my attention from start to finish.

I found the main character Vi to be likable and her strong will was a nice change from some of the other YA novels where the girls seem to be focused on getting the guy and who cares about anything else. I also loved that in this world of rules she lived in she was still a rule breaker. Desperate to think for herself.
The idea that the Thinkers are controlling people is such a creepy concept. As someone who has always been accused of thinking for myself.....as in rebelling against what should and should not be. 
I found Vi's struggle to be independent very moving.
Being a technology whore I really enjoyed all of the use of technology in this novel. 
Come on who doesn't think that would be awesome?
People controlling your mind through technology?
Not as cool but not so very far fetched.
This is a wonderful debut novel for Elana. She is a super sweet woman. Check out her blog and you will know what I am talking about. That smile of hers just forces you to like her.
So I recommend you check this book out. Even if you are not necessarily interested in the whole dystopia thing Elana's book might change your mind.
But don't listen to me. 
Be like Vi and think for yourself!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Errol where the hell is my Pottermore letter?

Like a lot of people who gained early entrance into Pottermore 
I am wondering if maybe Errol was the one assigned to deliver my letter
You see I was promised from the first email I received that I was one of the million who 
won entrance into Pottermore before the mass opening in October
I then received my second email
again congratulating me on being awesome and instructing me to wait patiently for my 
third and final email
And I have
But now as August creeps to a close 
and September rushes in I am left wondering
where the HELL is my third letter
I want in
I want to be sorted
and I want a wand
and I want to pick an owl
Yes I know I am 39 years old
But I don't care!

It is really driving me crazy
I hate waiting
and if Amber gets in before me I will scream
I mean it

Sorry to get all Veruca Salt on you
I warned you before that I am an adult version of Veruca
I am not proud but I do except who I am
the good and the bad

So to all of you Pottermore chosen out there
I feel your pain
and I get just a tiny bit jealous when I see that you are in and I am not

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Hurricane is coming!!!

With Irene set to hit the east coast 
They have forced an evacuation at the Jersey Shore
so the boy is on his way back home with my sister
I will feel better once I have him under my roof and I know he is safe
Its killing me that Amber is so far away
I made her super promise to be extremely careful and follow all the instructions the school sets out
Since it seems like its going to hit us pretty hard I have done what any normal human being 
would do to prepare for an emergency

Did I go out and stock up on non perishable food?
Did I go out and stock up on gallons of water?
Did I go out and buy batteries and flashlights and candles?

I did however go out and stock up on books
I mean a girl needs something to entertain herself when the rain is slamming against the windows right?

I bought:
The Woman in Black

I am all ready for the storm!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

On the Way to Cape May

 On Sunday we piled in the car and headed for the shore.
My sister has a beach house in North Wildwood that she usually rents out
but it was empty so she was like come down
and you don't have to ask me twice!
She was also kind enough to let us bring Perry
This was his first car ride (long distance)
We weren't sure if he would be able to handle it
But he did.....for the most part

Once he calmed down
He fell asleep

 My niece told me about this great iPhone app called Instagram and I Love it
That's what I used for the top two photos
I am a pretty mean Mom so because Amber is stuck at Penn State
classes started Monday
and we got to go down the shore
I sent her the above photo with the message "the ocean says Hi!"
She texted back You're Mean
Which I guess I am
 One of my favorite things to do is search for sea glass.
Its not easy to come by or at least from my experience
but someone suggested Sunset Beach in Cape May
Lucky for me Cape May is a only about 20 minutes from where we were staying
 I didn't have much luck with the beach glass search but the weather was beautiful
and the beach was gorgeous
It had a pebble and sand mixture and some of the stones were so white and smooth from being in the ocean
So I collected a few of those
The little part of Cape May id really quite lovely
and I believe we will return the next time we are invited down
I am eager to see the Flag Ceremony
you all know how I feel about the flag
Here is the information from their website

Flag Ceremony...The Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40 year Tradition at
Sunset Beach
When visiting Cape May and Sunset Beach, be sure to leave at least one night open to join us for our evening flag ceremony held daily in season (May through September). We are immensely proud of this tradition which has been a staple of our area for over 40 years. All of the flags that we fly at our mast are veterans' casket flags that have been donated by the families. We are honored to fly them here at Sunset Beach. There is nothing as thought provoking than to watch the sun set over the Delaware Bay while taps plays and Old Glory is lowered for the evening. If you have not experienced this emotionally moving tradition, we invite you to be a participant in this celebration of being an American.

Sounds like something that would be an experience to remember.

It was while sitting on the deck of The Sunset Grille that we felt the Earthquake
We didn't know it was an Earthquake we just thought it was people moving around on the deck
It wasn't until later when I spoke with Amber that I found out it was in fact an Earthquake
......I feel like I said Earthquake too many times.....
so lets move on

Back at Wilwoods beach
I buried the boy and left him for the crabs to nibble on

Actually I left him down there for the rest of the week with his Aunt Judy
while I had to come back to work :(
My house is so empty with no children calling for Mom
But I am enjoying the peace and quiet!

So what adventures do you have planned to finish out the summer?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blog Award and where the hell have I been?

I took a little impromptu hiatus as I was invited by my lovely sister Judith to spend a long weekend 
at the Jersey Shore....Wildwood New Jersey to be exact.
It was lovely and much needed and I will share more with you tomorrow.
Right now I would like to announce that I have received a blog award!
Yeah Me!

It is called the Liebster Blog Award given to me by the always hilarious and lovely 
I love Jenny's blog for its amazing humor and her incredible creativity
Plus she calls her self Jenny and you all know I secretly wish people still called me Jenny as they did when I was a kid.

So the rules of the award are as follows:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections. 

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet—other writers.
  5. And best of all – have fun and spread the karma. 

My top five picks for blogs with less then 200 followers.....

1.Stacey my best blog friend. You all know why I love her....I have told you all a million times. 
   In case you don't know her blog is Nail Polish.

2. Andrew over at Strange Pegs. I have been following Andrew's blog for awhile now and he has       written some of the most well written posts I have read. I know he wishes he was my blog best friend.....but Stacey can not be replaced. Go over and check him out.

3. Muriel has an awesome blog called 40blogSpot.  Muriel is a lovely French woman living in London with her family. Her posts are sometimes funny. Sometimes interesting. Sometimes informative. But always well written. Plus she is very sweet and we could all use a little sweet in our lives.

4. MarieHarmony has a blog called To Make a Rhyme. Here she shares her poetry and photography with us. Both are beautiful. I believe she has several blogs but this one is my favorite.

5. Last but not least....my latest find and latest addiction Habitual Hobbit. This mysterious blogger named ib has a very interesting perspective. His blog is irreverent and funny. He leaves the best comments! Although I actually don't think he follows me....so maybe he doesn't deserve this award? What the hell I will give it to him anyway. For the karma.

So there are my choices.
Thanks again to Jenny 

I will be back tomorrow with my adventures at the Jersey Shore.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Top Ten Hottest Vampires

Wanna know who the top ten hottest Vampires are according to me and Stacey?
Well follow the magic bat.
He will take you there!

Have a Frightfully Fabulous Friday

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Charlotte and Scary Dolls Inc.

Charlotte's attempts and making friends with Christopher have led to much disappointment. 
Although she and Perry are now great friends his influence has not helped.
She hated to give up but found solace in the knowledge that at least he no longer seemed to fear her.

One night while the family slept she went online to check her facebook account.
And was surprised to have received a message.

Charlotte replied immediately feeling so happy that maybe she finally found someone to help her with her creepiness problem. 

She waited patiently checking her facebook and email whenever the family wasn't home.
Finally she received an email
It said

Dear Charlotte,
Thank you for contacting us. We look forward to meeting with you so that we can rid you of your problem. Please let us introduce ourselves.

I am Matilda. I was bought from an antique shop. I have no memory of what my life was before I ended up in the home I live now. My human family is cruel. The mother uses me to scare her children and as a halloween prop.

I am Tempest. My eye was destroyed when the boy in my human family poured bleach in it while pretending to be a surgeon. He was no surgeon and had no right to play that he was! What the hell surgeon uses bleach anyway? I mean my God! Sorry anyway I can only see out of the one eye now.
I am Madeye Margaret. I am the president of the group. My eye was damaged when some unthinking adult allowed me to be played with by a baby. What is it with a human baby's fascination with poking at dolls eyes? Its grotesque and a little scary!
This is Sally she is a mute and communicates with no one but me.
Please email us back with your address and when we can meet.

Scary Dolls Inc.

Charlotte sent an email back giving the group her address and the best time to visit.
When the group arrived she was a little nervous at how they would react to her. 
Would they let her join?

They seemed very nice but Charlotte had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach.

She decided to have Perry meet the dolls so she could get his opinion.
He did not like them very much so he thought it would be best to keep an eye on them during their stay.

Charlotte took the dolls inside and gave them a place to rest for the night. 
Morning would come soon and after the family left for the day she hoped they would begin to help her in her pursuit of non creepiness.

The dolls had other plans.
They were not here to help her rid herself of the problem of being creepy.
They were here to get rid of the boy.
The dolls thought he was the problem not Charlotte.

They crept into his room while he slept.
Each doll waiting for Madeye Margaret's instructions.

Perry sensing his master was in danger stormed into the room and took the dolls down.
Christopher woke briefly and reaching from his bed to pet the head of his trusted friend before falling back to sleep.
He would wake in the morning and think it was all a dream.

Perry chased the dolls from the house and went to find Charlotte.

Charlotte was so upset and she tried to explain to Perry that she was only trying to get help.
Perry warned her to never bring danger into this house again.
It is his job to keep the boy safe and he will not let anyone.....including her hurt him.


I hope you enjoyed this episode of Charlotte the Creepy Doll!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday

Don't forget to check Charlotte out on Facebook!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Am A Technology Whore

I can't help it!
As much as I sometimes hate technology......
mostly because someone is always asking me to fix it for them.
I just crave the latest and greatest.
Right now I would definitely consider myself an Apple maniac.
I have it all iPad, MacBook, iPod and now a company supplied iPhone.
I do not know how I existed without this thing.
It is actually replacing Amber as my most trusted companion.
The boy wanders around the house aimlessly searching for his mother while I sit quietly holding my beloved device awaiting the chime from a new email or text message.
I downloaded the most awesome ringtones.....
Harry Potter theme for all calls
Mrs Weasley's howler for when Amber calls
Pam from TrueBlood saying Blah Blah Vampire Emergency Blah whenever I get a text message!
I am so giddy with excitement.

Please don't tell Microsoft about my new found love or they may take my MCSE Certification away.

I secretly have a new goal to become an Mac Genius
That is what they call their tech experts geniuses 
How cool would that be?

Sorry am I nerding out on you? 
I apologize

Yesterday while dropping my son off to my lovely sister in law
my niece Ashley crawled out of bed at the early hour of 8 am 
I immediately looked outside to see if the apocalypse had started because 
Ashley does not rise until at least noon 
With sadness she cradled her beloved Mac
"My Mac is dead" she said 
Unfurling my tech superhero cape I said
"Let me have a look"
It was indeed very sick but I new I could heal it so I convinced her to let me take it
I gently walked it to my car and placed it in the seat beside me 
I immediately began the diagnosis and was able to replace the hard drive and bring her baby back to life!
And the crowd roared!
Well me making the roaring crowd sound filled the room but whatever!
You see this was my first Mac repair
I can rip any PC out of deaths clutches but this is the first time I saved a Mac

Sorry nerding out again

Although I do loathe technology and its lack of personal contact
I do crave its genius and all the magic it holds

How about you? What do you think of technology?

Monday, August 15, 2011

We Are Penn State

Last week was crazy getting Amber all packed so that she could go back to college.
On saturday we drove the four long hours to Penn State.
For some reason this year feels harder to let her go.
I think its because I know that every year I am closer to loosing her altogether.
I know I won't be really loosing her but she will move out and live her life away from me.
I want this for her. I was her age when I had her and so I obsess about her living a fabulous life. 
Not that my life wasn't fabulous it just wasn't easy.....and I want her to experience things I couldn't.

Amber and I are not friends.
I don't think you can be friends with your children.
I think its confusing to them when you have to play the parent role.
Plus I have my own friends and she has hers.
But we do enjoy each others company.
I genuinely like her and not just because she is mine.
She honestly is the only person on this planet who truly gets me.
She does not judge my weirdness.
I think its from the years we spent just the two of us.
I know every move she is going to make before she makes it.
And she has the same ability with me.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a very tough/strict Mom.
I don't put up with any Shenanigans
I'd like to think that is why my children are so well behaved and respectful.
I however can not stay angry for long with my kids.
I could be ranting and raving one minute and after I am done.
My point made
Punishments handed out
I can then have a conversation about how funny Bridesmaids was or if I plan on watching Trueblood.
Thats the real beauty of our relationship.....forgiveness and love.

Anyway there is some sadness in my heart right now as I adjust to life without Amber again.
I hate wishing days away but I can't help but look forward to Thanksgiving when she will come home.
And we can sit on her bed and she can make me watch ridiculous youtube videos and insist on reading me things off of Tumblr even though she knows I HATE when people insist on reading to me when I can read myself.

So for now Penn State you better take good care of my baby
or else you will feel my wrath!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Poe's ghost is haunting me

I love Edgar Allan Poe.
My library gargoyle "Edgar" is obviously named after him.
I am pretty sure my english teachers were tired of reading about him because every report I did was on his life or his work.

So of course when we took a day trip to Baltimore Maryland.....its was shark week and
the boy loves sharks!

We had to make a stop at Westminster Hall and burial ground.
The final resting place of Poe.

The cemetery is very old and if you are creepy and weird like me then you love old cemetaries.
There is something about the old headstones with their sad epitaphs.
This particular cemetery is supposedly haunted
We didn't see any ghosts but Amber did catch one on her camera.
At least thats what we think it is......or at least thats what we are saying it is!

So the reason for my title of this post is because after Amber took this picture I somehow knocked down the bottle and two stones. So Amber said "Now Poe is going to follow you home and haunt you" and I said....."That would be epic!"

 As soon as you enter the cemetery you are met with this beautiful monument to Poe. 
This is actually where he is buried. 
The cemetery moved him from his original burial location.

 This is the site of his original burial location. 

 Throughout the cemetery are beautiful old Mausoleums. Cracked from age and the weather. 
I find them even more enchanting. I loved the faces on the front of this one.
So many little crevices and alleyways. I could have spent all day wondering around reading each stone. But alas it was not to be because after all it was shark week so we had to go see the sharks!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Before Ever After

I finished reading Samantha Sotto's debut novel Before Ever After this weekend
It was amazing!
Samantha has a wonderful sense of humor and I think it really came through in her writing.

Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max's long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.
As outrageous as Paolo's claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn't he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max's stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her "happily ever after." And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

I loved everything about this book. The main character Shelley sounds like someone I would be friends with and Max is someone I definitely would fall instantly in love with. The way the books chapters were laid out made it very easy to keep up with the jumping in and out of different times. 
The beautiful settings where Shelley and the Slight Detour group travel are wonderfully described and made me long to travel.

If you like travel......you will love this book. If you like mystery.....you will love this book. If you like adventure.....you will love this book. If you like romance.....you will love this book. If you like history.....you will love this book. If you like magic.......you will love this book. If you like chickens.......you will love this book. If you like delicious baked eggs.......you will love this book.

Samantha was my first blog friend and one of my first followers. 
I have enjoyed reading about her journey to publication.
And her upbeat positive attitude is contagious!

If you do not know Sam and her wonderful blog check her out at www.samanthasotto.com 
Head over to your local Barnes and Noble and buy the book now
you won't be sorry.
It would make a great book club book as well!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Top Ten Work Pet Peeves

Stacey has been looking for a job so I thought it would be a good idea to do a top ten work Pet Peeves with her today.

So here you go..........

Stacey's are in black
I am in purple

Stacey's top five are:

I could probably list about a million office pet peeves but it's been awhile since I've worked in the 'real world' (I know, being a stay at home mom has some real tough real life moments but on the other hand I can sit around and do things like talk porn over coffee and write about it and no one tells me I can't, so I'm certainly not complaining).  I'll try to narrow it down to a few that I remember being the most traumatic.
I hate things like dress codes and not being able to use the F! word with the complete and total utter abandon that I prefer. Of course, part of this is that my chosen profession is not in construction or another more physically intense field (no, I'm not hating at all, I just notice that these guys kind of get to talk like sailors while getting paid and I am very envious of that! Maybe I need to reconsider my career choice this time around. hm.) 

You should work in technology! I have a really bad potty mouth and because I mostly work with men they don't seem to mind my gutter mouth. It is hard to turn it off sometimes.
Damn, you're right. I need to consider that. As long as they don't look at my whole Technology Ruining Force Field as an issue, I'm sure I'm golden.
Office coffee and coffee breath seriously are gross. When you are at a paying job earning income, is there any reason at all you can't spend a little bit of that on gum or mints???? Or bring a toothbrush if you're on a budget! And, is it just me, or are the coffee breath worst offenders always the Close Talkers? Ew! I mean, I might forgive the office Cabana Boy (or at least buy the mints for him).

Hahaha I so totally agree. I am not allowed to have coffee.....because I have panic attacks that are brought on by caffeine and stress . So the whole coffee breath thing is annoying because it stinks and because I am jealous.
omg. caffeine brings on panic attacks.... oh, no. That's all I can say. Don't tell my Dr. this, that's all I can say.
I hate staff meetings where encouragement means being told that working overtime for free is its own reward because there are always younger, cheaper potential employees gunning for my job that could replace me if I feel like complaining about it. Hooray!  That really makes me happy and excited to start my day!
    Ahhhh so true and this is only made worse by the fact that we are in a recession so therefore we should all   just be happy we have a job. 
 I know, but I guess I left the workforce before this was an issue. Even worse now. Ugh.
I hate being told that my pay will be docked if I leave even five minutes early, being watched extra closely on Fridays (yes, those security cams come in handy, thank you, The Man/Big Brother). Of course, if I need to reach someone in HR, during their regularly posted hours, I only get the voicemail stating I need to call back within their regularly posted hours. I have wondered, once or twice, does anyone work in HR at all really, or is the hiring and firing all done by human impersonating robots?

I have never had this problem mostly because I work extra hours all the time and because I control the security cameras over my network so if something gets deleted......... 
I knew there was a reason we became friends....
It also drives me nuts that the copy machine never seems to work when you desperately need copies right away but it always seems to work when some idiot decides to copy their @ss and/or some other body part that they shouldn't and then accidentally(?) sends it to the whole office and so then we can all see the re:all firing. This bothers me because the kind of idiot who would do this type of thing, while usually a little bit of an idiot, is also usually funny kind of idiot which is way more fun to have around than the backstabbing-ladder-climbing jerk or stalker idiot. Since all technology falls under my domain I ensure the copy machines are at tip top function with or without the ass prints.
I think in general I just don't do well with 'the rules,' but maybe that's just me. 
Nope its not just you!
Crap. Thought so.
My top five are:

I too could right a novel filled with my many office Pet Peeves and considering in my youth I swore I would never work in an office environment the annoyances are amplified times 10!

People who see you working on something and feel the need to say "Do you know what you are doing?"
No douchebag I don't know what I am doing but thanks for being the thousandth person who has asked......you moron. Get some original material and come back later.
Haha.... I would never question what you are doing, what idiots! Chicks who are awesome in traditionally male dominated fields kick @ss and SHOULD NEVER BE QUESTIONED.
People who can't clean up after themselves
Your mother does not work here. Get a rag and clean up the coffee/tea/milk/soda you spilled all over the counter. While you are at it put the trash into the can not on top of the can or around the perimeter of the can.
So true. Sometimes I feel more sensative about this because I am a mother. Idiots. Ugh.
People with messy work spaces
If you ate lunch at your desk cause you were busy.....good for you hero now throw your damn trash away cause you are smelling up the place. You over there laughing stop laughing.......your phone has eight pounds of makeup/sweat/god only knows what all over the handset. Get a rag and some cleaner and clean it off your going to start a zombie apocalypse with the germs on there.
With ya on that, too. Kinda feels the same as the mothering thing. If I wanted extra kids I would put a big fat f-ing sign that said, 'come on, buddy, I don't have enough to do as it is. I need TEN full time jobs."
People who announce they are going to the rest room
No one CARES! Just go........ Jackass
In general it annoys the crap out of me when adults act like children (see the last few). Right. You're grown. This isn't a game of mother may I. Just go already. You do not need my permission or approval.
People who are not my supervisor who think they are
If I ever had to actually report to you I would quit. Stop giving me instructions because I am never going to follow them. You have absolutely no idea what I do nor would your little brain be able to comprehend my awesome ability. Please go back to your cube and pick your nose like you were ten minutes ago because thats about all you can handle.
 Oh, good lord.... when will that ever end??? I have never understood what gives one human being the right to think they can tell another what to do. Thus, my favorite expression, you're not the boss of me! And, yes, that type is usually the smallest minded.
Do you think I'm winning over lots of potential employers????

So those are our pet peeves. Do you have any to add?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Big Green Monster

Yes friends I am talking about jealousy.
Don't pretend that you have never felt the heat of envy.
Trust me you can say you haven't until you are blue in the face but no one believes you.

I will honestly admit to being very jealous of my published blog friends.
I think its a natural reaction!
I would like to be published someday and their success is like a little ray of hope
but somedays when I can't seem to put a thought together 
I feel that green monster tapping me on the shoulder

I am not mean jealous like wishing someone harm or failure
I am the damn it I wish it was me jealous

I will also admit to being jealous of people who are lucky
You know
 that person who always seems to fall in a shit hole and come out with a new suit?
People like that drive me crazy!

Most days I am quite content with my status in life
I love my family
my children are happy
and healthy
I hate my job but I at least have a job
I live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood

But somedays I say "Golly Gee Wilikers I wish that was me?"
yeah right!
Actually its more like "Why the ham and cheese can't that be me?"
Alright fine its more like "Wahhhhh sniff cry Why the F can't that be me?"

Today I would like to say to all of my awesome first time published blog friends.....
Screw you I hate you all!

Just kidding
Thanks for sharing your road to publication with us
Somedays I am green with envy
But most days you give me hope!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I am magical

In case you have forgotten
I love Harry Potter!
So Amber and I have been trying to get into the early Pottermore access.
Basically you have seven days (July 31 - Aug 6th) to answer a hard ass Potter question
Find the Magical Quill on the page
And then you are one of the lucky 1,000,000 people to get beta access before the release in October
Here is the thing though they don't tell you what time registration opens.
On the first day it was 4 am Eastern time
On the second day it was 5 am Eastern time
For two days we were tortured with the message that 
Day 1 Registration is now closed
and then
Day 2 Registration is now closed
We were losing hope and not feeling very magical
Desperate we turned to the internet for answers and found that we were not alone in our
desire to know the registration time for day 3

There was speculation that the 3rd day would be 3 am Eastern time
Well guess what it was 6 am Eastern time and we Got IN

And the questions was...... In Harry's third year at Hogwart's in the Quidditch match against Slytherin how many points was Slytherin beating Gryffindor before Harry caught the snitch? 
Then multiply that by 35.
After you figured out the answer you had to go to the
 following address 
2100 being the answer to the question.

Once there you have to find the Magical Quill 
after you find it 
you get this message

you have a choice of I think 4 user names 
the boy is BladeHowl
I am RoseFang
Amber is Moonstonepixie

Now we are all in and can not wait to see the awesomeness that will be Pottermore!

Hope you have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summertime is not for writing

So I had all of these big plans for this summer.
I was going to write everyday and be able to have a first draft by the end of August.
Do you want to know how far I got?
It almost too embarrassing to say..........
Nowhere....I got nowhere
The pool distracted me
The weather distracted me
Amber being home from college distracted me with videos of british boys that she is in love with and trying make me watch a very Potter musical with her and making me play Glee karaoke on Wii and introducing me to Tumblr 
The boy being out of school distracted me with watching him swim in the pool and building legos and jumping on the trampoline (which I do until I pee my pants and then he tells me to get off) and catching lightning bugs and going to the movies and watching Falling Skies and Ancient Aliens and shooting BB Guns and playing with Perry 

I was really pissed at myself for these distractions 
but then I realized 
You know 
Summer is not for writing.
Summer is for reading
Don't argue with me about this okay?
Cause its either I believe this statement or I give up all together
So shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I have a new plan
A fall plan if you will
I promise myself that
Beginning September 9th I will focus completely on writing
I will write everyday
I will find a writing buddy or someone who will read each chapter for me 
(any volunteers let me know)
***ahem.... Stacey***

I won't look at this as a total loss
 I can look at all the reading I have done as "research"

So I intend to consume as many books as possible this month
If you have any to recommend to me let me know

First Up
My first blog friend Samantha Sotto's book comes out tomorrow
I am beyond excited to read it

Did you have big plans this summer that you failed to accomplish?.....please say yes I would hate to be the only one.
And if you have any recommendations for me please drop me a comment or an email!

Have a Magical Monday!

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