Month: April 2014

Writing Workshop Wednesday: To join or not to join

Writing Workshop Wednesday: To join or not to join

In continuation with our Writing Workshop Wednesday series, I thought I’d pose a discussion question: when is the right time to join a writer’s group or association? Anne and I have attended a few writing workshop and publishing classes, hosted through the district we both live in. We’ve met aspiring writers from all walks of life, and have been approached to join their writer’s groups. Some are free and others are monitored by a professional, published author (for a nominal fee). While I’m no where near ready to start sharing my work, mostly because I still panic when I sit down to work on my draft, at what point do you join these groups? And, which groups do or should you join? Part of me feels like once I’ve completed my first draft I would be willing to pay for a professional to review my work. My train of thought… Read more »

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Monthly wrap-up: April 2014

Monthly wrap-up: April 2014

We’ve decided to start doing a wrap-up post at the end of each month. We’ll cover a few items, including our posts written, books read (including our favorite read of the month), and some of our favorite posts by other blogs. Lovely Literature posts from April Reviews: Anne’s five mini reviews Flame and entire Sky Chasers series Wallbanger These Broken Stars Burn Out and coining a new literary trope Dark Eden Daughter of Smoke and Bone Days of Blood and Starlight Memoirs of a Geisha Monday Movie Magic/Top Ten Tuesday/Writing Workshop Wednesday: Monday Movie Magic: These Broken Stars Monday Movie Magic: Kushiel’s Dart TTT: Our gateway authors and books TTT: Most unique books we’ve read TTT: Bookish things we’d like to own TTT:Characters that make me rage Writing Workshop Wednesday: A houseplant is dying; tell it why it needs to live Writing Workshop Wednesday: Pushing through the doubt Discussions/Participation posts/Randomz:… Read more »

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Anne’s five mini reviews

Anne’s five mini reviews

There are a few books that I’ve read lately that I don’t feel need a standalone review, either because I don’t have anything passionate to say about the book, or because Ashley has already done a review here at Lovely Literature. I’ve seen mini reviews done before by countless other blogs, and am going to take a stab at condensing my thoughts for each of these books into a single paragraph! That’s a feat for me. :) I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai This is one of those books where you feel so much pressure to rate it a five because the person who wrote it has lived an awe-inspiring life. Maybe I’m not the best judge of this book because I don’t read memoirs. To be honest though, it just didn’t wow me ( I know,… Read more »

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Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Office transformations part deux

Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Office transformations part deux

Each weekend we aim bring you a mixture of items we’ve been eyeing, or links we’ve been loving on the interwebs. This edition I’m talking about my office transformation (see Ashley’s from last weekend) and some links to love. Before Here is what my office look like when we moved in last year. It was the only room in the entire house that didn’t get re-carpeted as well as new trim. This is the best shot I have, and it’s from the real estate listing. Midway My husband and father-in-law replaced the flooring and trim for me after I painted with the the help of my mother-in-law. Here’s a nice progress shot. The desk is actually an eight-foot-long counter top from IKEA that I picked up in the discount section for $40 because it had a dent on the underside. After I’m not the best photographer, so these aren’t great… Read more »

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Review: Flame and entire Sky Chasers series

Review: Flame and entire Sky Chasers series

I read Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (final installment in the Sky Chasers series) earlier this year and never got around to reviewing it proper. And now that it’s nearly May, I feel a bit sick about dawdling for so long. I really enjoyed this series, and was a bit surprised when I didn’t see any fanfare around the final book coming out. Like zero. I know it wasn’t on the same scale as series like Under the Never Sky, but damnit, I think it deserves to be. So, while there is a quick sort of review for Flame, this is mostly a shout-out to the whole series since peoples need to know. In a nutshell, the Sky Chasers series takes place on two different spaceships, the Empyrean and the New Horizon, making their way through the galaxy to a new planet. When we begin, our MC Waverly is a… Read more »

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Review: Wallbanger

Review: Wallbanger

I don’t normally read erotica or romance novels, but surprisingly enough this recommendation actually came from my boyfriend. Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger, the first in “The Cocktail Series,” is one steamy and blush-worthy read! Because I typically don’t peruse this genre, I really don’t have a clear basis for judgment. With that said, I thought it was an amusing, playful and titillating story. I’ll admit I sped through this fairly quickly, and I might have stayed up past my bedtime one or two nights. Fair warning, I felt super pervy searching for some of these images and gifs, but I really think they help illustrate what the book’s all about. When a novel starts out with sexual grunts and groans, I think that’s an indication it’s going to be fairly good! Meet Caroline Reynolds. She’s the typical beautiful blonde bombshell with a rocking body and a seemingly perfect life. A twenty… Read more »

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Writing Workshop Wednesday: Pushing through doubt

Writing Workshop Wednesday: Pushing through doubt

Each Wednesday, we’ll be working through writing one way or another — providing tips, discussing writing topics or doing a writing exercise. Last week, I was supposed to do a post around writing, and I failed. Whoops.  (Ashley kicked off our series two weeks ago with a good ol’ writing exercise. Check it out here.) To amend, I’m posting this week on a topic that I wanted to put to words for a long time, but never could say it the right way. I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on my first draft for a book (I’ve written plenty of short stories before, never with the intention of being published) and I’m having a hard time getting through it because I think it should just be perfect the first time. My brain (and ego) has issues with the fact that it isn’t A-material instantly coming out of my fingertips. And… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who make me rage

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who make me rage

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s pick was a fill in the blank, so Anne and I decided to write about our top characters who make us rage. Oh, let me count the ways… 1. Nils Bjurman from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I don’t think I really need to elaborate on this one. Nils, you got what you deserved. 2. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of The Great Gatsby. I think Daisy Buchanan is a deplorable character who only thinks of her own well-being. Daisy rebuffs Jay when she learns of his nonexistent financial means, and then marries the next rich guy that comes along. Only once she discovers Gatsby is loaded… Read more »

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Monday Movie Magic: These Broken Stars

Monday Movie Magic: These Broken Stars

I just reviewed These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and I was ecstatic to learn it’s been optioned for a television series. Given this is for a televisions series as opposed to film, I’m acknowledging my picks probably fall in the “never gonna happen” category. Regardless, if any of these actors were interested, I think they’d more than live up to my expectations. Also, apparently I’ve decided to go with an all-English cast. Works for me! 1. Jason Isaacs as Mr. LaRoux Sorry, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what his actual name was. However, Isaacs just has a reputation for playing horrible and cruel characters. He’s probably the nicest guy in real life, but he sure knows how to play a scary, sadistic character. While Mr. LaRoux isn’t overly present in the novel and is primarily shown through Lilac’s memories, it’s clear he comes… Read more »

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Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Office transformations: Part one

Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Office transformations: Part one

I recently transformed an unused spare bedroom into my own personal sanctuary. It’s my very own grown-up office space and I LOVE it! A few things you should know about me: 1) I am obsessed with the color turquoise 2) I live for vintage Parisian decor and 3) my photography is still a work in progress. I hope you enjoy my office transformation! Before I’m really embarrassed to show this picture, but it’s a necessary evil in order to show the complete transformation. This room was used to house my leftover college junk, and I couldn’t take the clutter and mess anymore. So, I took a day off from work and purged it. Most of it went to Goodwill, but I organized and stored the remainder. It felt good! After Here’s a full 360 view of my room. I think it turned out pretty well! DIY Madness I went a… Read more »

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