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Longest Bookshelf Resident

e6c32b9d7655dcdf706e40948ae33e01Which book or series has lived on your bookshelf the longest?

For me, it would probably be Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals series. I remember first seeing the books on the shelves just outside of the kids section at Barnes and Noble so many years ago. I can’t remember how old I was, but I was probably in middle school at some point, perhaps early teens.

The Immortals series are the books that I genuinely remember kick-starting my love of reading. I’ve read before, of course, but Pierce was my first introduction to the fantasy genre. Since those books, I’ve fallen in love with magic, whimsical places, and female characters who were both strong and feminine.

Wolf-Speaker was the second book of the series, but the first to catch my eye due to, well, wolves. Wolves have always been one of my favorite animals and, to a kid, that was all I really needed when it came to books. I picked up both Wolf-Speaker and Wild Magic, considering it was the first in the series, and since then I’ve read almost all of Pierce’s books. Not only do I adore her magic and the lands, but the relationships between her characters — romantic and platonic alike — always gave me warm and fuzzy feelings.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up that particular series to reread considering the age group it was meant for. It opened up an entire genre for me, got me exploring more of the bookstore shelves rather than sticking to around the kids and teens section (both of which are wonderful), and showed me more worlds to visit.

That’s what books are meant to do, right?

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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Home

 

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Snoozing

It’s a gray-sky kind of day, a day full of mist and rain. It’d be the perfect day to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a large book, and I’m so disappointed that I have to go to work.

The animals are too, actually. At the moment, the turtle is throwing a tantrum in her tank next to me because I’m not letting her out. I’d let her roam about the upstairs if I was going to be home all day. The pup is curled up in her bed by the heater and the cat is in his hammock by the slider door, all snoozing on this sleepy day.

I wonder what it’s like in their minds…

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Home

 

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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #27

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Posted by on January 23, 2016 in Prompts

 

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Top 5 Favorite Book Elements

Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

The quote fits with the brainstorming activity that one should list out certain elements of a book that one loves to read about to incorporate them in one’s own writing. For instance, my top five favorite elements of a book include:

  1. Magic.
  2. New Worlds.
  3. Diverse Cast.
  4. Medieval or future time periods.
  5. Dogs/Animals.

Can you tell that fantasy is my favorite genre of book?

On the flip-side, elements of a novel that I don’t particularly need or care about to enjoy the plot would probably include romance, horror and excessive gore, and degrading aspects of a culture or people in general.

What about you? If you were creating the recipe for the perfect novel, what elements would be your “ingredients?”

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Home

 

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Changes

Hey, look, a new site address!

Yeah, I finally took a page from my sister’s book and decided to update the title of my blog. I’ve also been updating and modifying my other blog, which I hadn’t been active on in over half a year, Mini Pawprints. Long ago, when I had delusions of grandeur for this blog, I was going to try to cram all sorts of different passions into this one blog, including (but not limited to) writing, animals, food, video games, and music. Although I’m still passionate about all of those interests, writing and animals are at the very top and I’ve dedicated my two blogs to them.

Lately I’ve been perusing websites and magazines that could be potential clients of mine, places where I can send off polished short stories and articles, in between typing up and editing drafts of my novels. Rachel is brilliant and has the lovely 2015 Writer’s Market book, so I’ve been stealing that periodically to browse through.

It’s daunting. Exciting, but daunting. I’m expecting to get rejected many a-times before being accepted anywhere, but at least I’m heading in the right direction and narrowing down what I would love to write about for the masses.

I hope everyone’s doing well, and happy writing! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Home

 

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The Determination of a Turtle

So I figured I would try to do a lot of writing today, seeing as I’m about 7k behind on my NaNo project. It’s a quiet, drizzly day, I don’t have to puppy-sit my uncle’s hyperactive beagle, and I’ll have the office/den to myself for a couple of extra hours since my sister Rachel babysits after work on Mondays.

Anyways, here I am sitting and typing away while gulping down coffee (decaf for me, since I am not Rachel), when I hear Raph the turtle start knocking on her tank. I glance over and see her staring me down through the glass, and I figure why not take her out so she can get some exercise. It’s not too cold of a day (actually, it’s rather mild for a rainy, November Monday) and she’s been semi-hibernating with the winter days coming. So I take her out, dry my hands (since Raph has an affinity for wanting to come out of her tank right after she gets out of her pool), and place her in the middle of the room before going back to my laptop.

First, the turtle got stuck by the wires of our telephone and game systems, so I had to rescue her from there. Then, she decided to walk along the wall where our laptop chargers rest. I had to pause and lift the chargers out of the way so she could continue her walk. Seriously, she stopped right by them and stretched her neck up to stare at me, demanding to move the obstructions. After that, she decided, hey, why not attempt to climb up the pile of novels Rachel has by the corner of the room?

Spoiler: she didn’t make it up the book hill.

At the moment, she is now trying to either climb into or bury herself under Rachel’s leftover bag of Halloween candy. There’s not much left in the bag, but there is a package of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lollipops in there. Maybe she’s trying to channel her inner ninja turtle, especially since she was named after one.

That got me thinking. Despite the setbacks, Raphael never gives up on exploring the room (and beyond it if we ever accidentally leave the door open) or trying to get where she wants to go. Her determination led me to my own and, as I stared back at my current NaNo project, I realized how my determination has been wavering.

I’ve got so many ideas, not just for novels, but for myself. The only thing stopping me from achieving those ideas, those goals, is myself. Why can’t I write 5k a day, even while pup-sitting? Why can’t I edit a few pages of my first-draft manuscripts a day? Why can’t I sketch a picture or, hell, even make a blog post once a week?

On that note, how many “inspirational” posts do I have on this thing? When was the last time I actually wrote about an achievement rather than just a promise of heading toward my goals?

The story of my NaNo project is not going well. It’s going down the road just fine, really, but it’s not what I had originally pictured and the result is less than sub-par. However, I do have a few good scenes, a couple of great lines, some interesting characters (like a wyvern named Mumbles) that popped up. In the spirit of NaNo, I’m going to get to the end of the story (at least, figure out the ending), and maybe the aspects about it that I do like can find a home in a future novel.

At the moment, I need to channel my inner turtle and find the determination to keep moving forward.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Home

 

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A Mouse and a Leap of Faith

“Everybody needs a leap of faith… When are you taking yours?” – Nickelback’s “What Are You Waiting For?”

I must have been a dog in my past life.  A feisty little dachshund, to be exact, if one was to ask my coworkers.  Years ago when I had applied for and gotten the position to work at a dog day care and hotel, no one from my family and circle of friends had been surprised.  With my love of animals, it was a natural choice.

It had been a shock when, about four years later, I had announced that I was quitting.

I still loved the dog day care, and I hadn’t grown sick of it at all.  It was the first job that I had never dreaded to wake up and go to, and I had seriously considered making a career out of my position in that company.  Yet, I had other dreams that had been collecting dust in the back of my heart and it was about time that I took a leap of faith to make them come true.

Writing had always been a passion of mine.  My room was littered with notebooks, pens, and how-to books on crafting rich tales.  My Internet personas boasted of half-finished fanfictions from video games and movies, and of stories that were always works-in-progress.  There was no reason why I could not turn those works-in-progress into full-fledged novels.

My epiphany happened while vacationing with my younger sister in the most magical place on earth, Disneyworld.  With how busy the dog hotel was, especially during the times of year when schools were out and families were on vacation, that Disneyworld trip had been the first vacation I had taken in over a year.  It was at the end of August, a blazing time in Florida, and my sister and I sought out the indoor attractions and shops while collecting autographs from the face characters.

One such attraction that struck both my sister and me with inspiration was a certain gallery exhibit in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.  We goggled at the artifacts that detailed Walt Disney’s life and how he created a monumental company that has always touched the lives of so many people.  It rekindled the spark of our dreams with writing. After all, Walt Disney was able to follow his dreams with just a mouse.  Why couldn’t we do the same with just a pen?

My sister and I have had many frank discussions regarding our dreams with writing ever since seeing that exhibit.  She has over a half a dozen first (and sometimes second and third) drafts of novels while balancing her full-time job along with school.  I have had only two completed first draft manuscripts.  Even though my work schedule had always been more sporadic than hers, she at least had the focus to complete her stories.  I still had the attention span of my past-life dachshund when faced with a squirrel.

I made a decision before the end of that Disney vacation.  With no debts to my name, I had a decent savings account that could allow me to take a few months off and work on my writing dreams.  A mere month after returning from that vacation, I left my job at the dog day care and hotel with bittersweet feelings.

Dogs are pack animals and most thrived with socialization and being around familiar faces.  I felt as if I had left my pack to try to establish my own, and I wasn’t sure about all the rules of the wild.  However, I had taken my leap of faith and, though it may take me a while to learn how to fly, I will soar.

I may have been a dog in a past life but, with my stories, I believe I have many lives ahead of me. I wasn’t going to keep them waiting any longer.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Home

 

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