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The Best of 2016 and what’s coming 2017…

2016

What a year. Carrie Fisher will be so missed. Our Princess/General Leia. (And might I recommend a viewing of The ‘Burbs?) All the music greats we had: George Michael, Prince, David Bowie. My grandmother’s passing…

Let’s skip all the bad, because we can’t be bringing in the new with all that baggage and bad karma.

The good of the year. Well, there was Captain America Civil War, aka The Avengers 3. Westworld was great. Stranger Things.

A lot of people out there fighting for what’s right and good in the world.

Personally, I wrote. A lot. Have writer’s block, for months. Completed a few stories, though most are in first draft form still. I had full requests and partials for Love, Darrows–Thankful for agents agreeing that Cupid can have a boyfriend. Rethinking the genre of that one, though. Completed NaNoWriMo with my series, Human Touch‘s book 4, Me & Johnny. Got a job working for a great company and working with some fun and diverse people.

Completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 100 books for this year, read and reviewed.

{the Year in Review on Goodreads: see it here.}

My favorites of 2016

Asking me to choose just one isn’t going to work. As I sit typing, I can think of the majority of books I read this year and find ones I loved so much. And most on my favorites list weren’t necessarily published in 2016. Which I am fine with since I believe all stories are timeless. Even the contemporaries.

Favorite YA

Has to go to the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer. Not only was it a great twist on the classic fairy tales, Carswell Thorn and Cress. They just won it for me. I still daydream about them, though I will not write a fanfic.

Favorite Graphic Novel

This goes to the Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee “Bread makes you fat?” O’Malley. (Because it seems in every book, Mr. O’Malley has this bread obsession. LoL) I still pull out one of the books and read a bit of it, go over the pictures. Laugh. Definitely a win for years to come.

Favorite Comic

This is sort of cheating since Marvel’s Agent Carter could also be a graphic novel. But it is one of my most favorites because of the included Cher Chez le Femme. My forever ship. Steggy. Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter together…something the MCU really never wanted to give us. No matter how much Steve loved his best girl.

Favorite LGBTQ

I don’t think I read enough of these this year. But of the ones I did, Gear Shark took it. It was one of those “coming to terms with the fact I, a guy, am in love with a guy stories,” but what this one had that most I’ve read never touched was the hatred and violence that can go along with being gay (or lesbian or trans, and more power to you all for having to deal with such an asinine hatred from people). That’s really where I had to keep reading. What were they going to do?

Favorite Book Award Winner

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian. This story stuck in my head. Not just because I knew the area and places mentioned, but because it gave an inside peek into a culture that really most of literature just doesn’t touch. It was so good. So sweet. So heartfelt. Just pure honesty on a page. Even being fictional.

Favorite Literary Fiction

Jane Two is going to be one of those stories that sit in the heart for a very long time. It was a story about love. A first love. A love of your life. A love that stays with you and never dies, though it may very well remain an unrequited love. It was truly a beautiful tale and I am so glad I never gave up on finding it. One of my highest recommends of the year.

2017

Leaving 2016 behind like dust blowing in the wind as a car speeds down a country road…

It felt like 2017 would never get here, as rough and bullying as 2016 was. The low was hit, and we can only rise from here, right? Leaving out the politics of it all [here in the US] when I say that 2017 will be a great year. For entertainment, books, the good in life.

We have a new Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming. Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 & 2 will begin filming. Another Star Wars film coming…

My writing goals for 2017?

A lot of pages. I need to get final drafts done, manuscripts out to agents. I would love to take a class or two to help with my writing to see what I’m missing or what I can fix. I have stories yelling to be told right now. Three to be exact. All starring my muse in one way or another. I’ve got to get out on social media more with my writing. Still considering a self-pub if I can get the massive amount of money I need for an editor.

SO no word totals. Just putting words on a page, handwritten, digitally, make stories into something more than thoughts in my head.

Keep doing book reviews. Keep reading. And there are some promising books coming.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth has been on my TBR list for a while. (Only a few more weeks to that one!) Plus a new Four story from Divergent!!!! (I CAN’T WAIT!!!)

I had the fortune of reading two soon to be releases this past month or so. (Thanks to their publishers and Net Galley.) I highly recommend finding these in the new year:

This was a beautiful story. Refreshing. My first “Christian” read. Touching. Definitely makes me teary when I think about this wonderful book. Don’t let the Christian thing push you away. It was a part of the tale, but it wasn’t preachy nor did it consume the whole story.

On the opposite end of that, in a way…

I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard at a romcom before. It was amusing and funny and well done. Perfect romcom to start off the year!!! I can’t wait for the other ones, too.

And then from Paula Hawkins, who wrote Girl on the Train…which was so good I couldn’t put it down!!!…Into The Water. A whole new twisty tale. This one is right up there with Divergent’s post epilogue on my TBR list.

Those are just a very few on my lists. The closer books. Who knows what favorites will emerge as we move throughout the year?

Reading themes start tomorrow. I’ve skipped the past two months as I’ve been too busy between writing/reading and working to do them. Resolution 35: Get back to the themes. (total fake resolution number.)

Have a great New Year!!!

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The Captain America image was my own screenCap (pun totally intended) from The Avengers, my own paid copy of that film.

Goodreads COngrats image was a screencap from my phone.

NaNoWriMo gave me that banner when I completed the challenge.

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totally avoiding log lines today.

Tag lines I have. Log lines I don’t. And I so suck at them! (But alas, I must write these things myself. Bleh!)

And while avoiding it, I’ve been trying to find the box of tissues I just bought so I can watch Before We Go. (a fangirl’s job is never done…I only say that because I adore Chris Evans as much as I do…as in: should someone else don the Captain America outfit, I might not be into Captain America as much as I used to be.  But, I digress.) Before We Go is a beautiful love story, that touched me so much, I actually wrote a review online for it…and I try to avoid writing any reviews because I can admit I’m pretty bias in what I like (again, fangirl.) But this movie was gorgeous!!! The intimate POV of just these two characters…the way it was shot…the closeness between Nick and Brooke…

As a writer (and daydreaming filmmaker) this is what I aspire to do. I have stories that’s just the main  two characters and their journey. And that’s all it should be. It’s probably less commercial–unless I change my name to Nicholas Sparks–than say Human Touch with a cast of tens…Even Darrows, spread out with tens of characters while they’re in school, but then outside of that, I suck the world back into just Lex and Quent…because that’s all it should ever be, Lex and Quent.

Definitely inspired by this film. I haven’t stop thinking about it since I watched it July 21, 2015.

The Time Traveling Phone Call:

This is my favorite part of the movie. Nick and Brooke are out on the street in NYC at night. And their personal stories are unfolding, and they happen across a phone booth. (I thought all phone booths had been abolished in the Cell Phone Act of the early 2000s.) Brooke makes a “phone call” to her past self to make sure her life takes a direction for the best, and it’s the part that stuck with me–Nick: “Hey, Nick. It’s me. You. From the future.” (covers phone with his hand) “He bought it. Idiot.”
(LOVE THAT PART)

And I’ve been thinking: What would I tell my-writer-self in a phone call?

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Okay. Dialing my old Number: ###-####

Because the girl I want to contact only had seven digits back then.

*ringing* Pick up! Four rings. One more and we’ll get the answering machine.

“Hello?”

Hey…it’s you from the future. (She’s listening, but I can feel that eyebrow quirking upward in the silence.) Look, you know how in Back to the Future Doc always says how you can cause a time paradox  by knowing too much about your own future?

“Yeah. Why are you calling? What do I become an asshole or something?”

Ha! Good use of the Marty quote there. No. This has to do with your writing future.

“My writing future? Are you hopped up on coke like Jamie Conway?”

(She (I) really is (was) into Michael J Fox waayyy too much.)
No. Listen. I know your mom doesn’t get the writing thing…or anything related to being creative. Don’t listen to her.

“So ignore my mom? If you are me from the future, you know I do already. Duh.”

Yeah, we did. But there’s more. Don’t listen to those teachers who praise you on your writing, but give you a 60 for writing a story that was too weird. You’ll come across a few of those in the future: Wool, The Dark Backward, Willard…I can go on and on. Just keep at it, don’t give up. And when you get that full scholarship to Pepperdine for writing, take it. Granted you’ll miss out on some awesome people at A&M, including Mr. A&M, but you’ll be able to learn and cultivate your craft.

“So totally sure you’re making this up…as if I would call myself in the future.”

Well, I would have written a letter, but only on SNL does the ability to send it in the past really exist.

“Uh…what?”

You haven’t seen that one yet. Anyway, no matter what you choose, no matter if your parents won’t let a minor high school graduate leave the state, stick with the writing. You can even tranfer after a year at A&M…and you won’t miss out on Mr. A&M. Don’t let the negative comments wipe you out…and trust me, there have been a few. Don’t give up. You can do this. You will succeed. 

“Sure.” (I can hear her eyes rolling through the phone.) “Anyway, I gotta go. I’m spending the night with my best friend. We’re going to prank call this dude…”

Yeah. I remember that night well. Keep your creativity always. And don’t let that guy throw out your Goonies 2 story. Because, one day, Goonies 2 will happen. Oh, and keep that Ferris Bueller book. You can’t find those in the future.

If only that were really possible! If only…

What would your phone call say?

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image is a screen cap i took from the movie Before We Go

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