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#PitchWars is here!

I’M SO F#$<*&@ NERVOUS!!!!

Sorry, Cap.

Anyway, as I’m sitting and deciding on whether I’ve chosen the right mentors for my story…
Should I really submit the revamped Darrows? Because it is somewhat a repeat.
Who should I really submit to? Because they can help make me or break me right now.
Is every single person who read that story being sugary and fluffy with their praises or are they being so-very-true blue?

I just now–like literally right this second–remembered that I hadn’t even done a #PitchWars Bio for this year. Not that much has changed since last year. I’m still writing and unpubbed, except now I’m also serving up coffee and talking to everyone under the sun at my coffee-house job…

The story I’m submitting:

Love, Darrows

This is the retelling of the whole Cupid tale from myths of yore. And I say it like that because most people think of Cupid as being Greek myth, but he started out in Roman myth circles. Which my story touches on both here and there. The twist to my Cupid tale is the fact that my Cupid is gay. Plus, there is a Psyche (the original Cupid’s love) but I’ve included the other erotes and Greek/Roman myth characters and stories to create a modern-day, high school Cupid with his own unique story and personality. Quentin Darrows is seventeen–a poetic little $#!+, too–and in love with his best friend who loves to date anyone, male and female alike. And this poor Cupid is just trying to cope with it all.

(Quentin is going to kill me for using this Cupid image. He really doesn’t like babies in diapers being Cupid.)

Love, Darrows is a modern take on a Cupid who can’t control his own love life with his phone app arrows, so he fights for his boyfriend, Lex, in any way he can. The story I am submitting it part one and part two, Love, Carter, completes the tale.

What I am ready to do:

I am ready to rip this baby apart if I have to. I want to learn and make QUENTIN THE BEST DERN CUPID ever! I want to get his story out there and into the world. Give him the wings to fly because I know when he does, he’ll fly far! I’m ready to work hard and absorb all the advice a mentor wants to give. Be harsh with me, because I need the honesty to get my story living. I’ll stay up all night. Work all day, except when I’m working, and even then I’d be working on Darrows.

I just look forward to having new eyes and new thoughts on something that’s been with me for years.

Even if I’m not chosen, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET DARROWS PUBLISHED.

What I typically write:

Usually my stories fall into a million different categories. Well, except for my NYC-RomComs. I write adult and YA. I usually go contemporary with my tales, though I’ve been in and out and twisted around almost every genre out there–Paranormal, supernatural, retellings, rom coms, myths, knights and princesses, angels and demons, ghosts, dystopians, mystery, space, and superheroes[ish]–with the exception of horror.

What I read:

I like almost any kind of story. Romances tend to be in my top picks (most recently Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series and Rachel Van Dyken’s The Matchmaker’s Playbook series). I love a good non-romantic series (see the Lunar Chronicles and Divergent). Graphic novels–Scott Pilgrim, Agent Carter, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel are among the tops ones I read.

Well…I just love a really good book I don’t want to put down but then I regret when I finish reading because I want to keep those characters and events with me forever.

Favorite Movies/TV/Netflix/Hulu

In other words, random stuff that has nothing to do with writing, yet has somehow inspired me in so many ways.

Anything Chris Evans, my favorite being What’s Your Number?

And Scott Pilgrim…

I like Captain America, The Avengers, Underoos (aka Spider-man), Back to the Future, Star Wars (Han Solo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Rec, The Office, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, Brooklyn-9-9, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Friends from College, iZombie, Game of Thrones…

I CAN’T BELIEVE CAP KISSED MARGERY TYRELL!!! *WORLDS COLLIDE*

…Westworld, you name it and I’ve probably watched it. Almost anything you can find at a Comic Con panel or that will make me laugh. Or sigh. Or go awww, or even just…

Random things about me:

I am becoming a polyglot.

I speak American natively, and I have many years of Spanish under my belt. Recently, I started learning French, Norwegian, and Japanese. (I have plans for Swedish and Italian in the future.) I can already label some items and ask questions in French and Norwegian. I also can recognize a lot of Hiragana on packages (and read a few things) when I’m shopping at Daiso–Japan’s answer to the dollar store.

Daiso is one of my favorite places to go.

I have a growing collection of Funko figures. Mostly Captain Americas. The first one I owned  was Han Solo I found back in 2011/2012. Then Marty McFly and Doc. Then Chewbacca. Then when Cap came out…and so on and so on…

Recently, I used a plastic Coca-cola crate and turned it into a shelf for my Toby Stanks (yes, I did that on purpose. #TeamCap #SorryNotSorry) and Underoos Funko figures on the other side of the room from Cap and me.

I like photoshopping photos into looking like a comic or something someone drew. (This is one I did for a coffee project at work.)

I am allergic to sulfites, meaning that virtually everything I eat will make me sick–including my beloved fruits and veggies. I was never vegetarian but I really don’t like meat especially without ketchup or a sauce or seasoning.
The only thing I like without that stuff is the Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out. So I’m there a few days a week.

Despite my allergies and my body’s inability to handle food properly, I have managed to lose almost 100 pounds…which is a great feat, IMO. It’s still a work in progress, though.

I always wanted a Captain America sweater, but when I couldn’t find one that not everyone else would have, I looked up knitting patterns and figured out how to knit my own…It’s a great comfy sweater perfect for reading and rainy, cold days.

I like to draw.

I now draw the boards for my store.

this isn’t the best one, but it is the most recent.

 

L’il Sebastian. Because…

 

And…well…if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a HUGE fan of Chris Evans. He has the BEST SOUL anyone could own.
Everyone at work picks on me, a lot of people roll their eyes, but I will defend him/that fact to the death.

MY FAVORITE CAP IMAGE:

Why? Because it always reminds me that when things look bleak, when you’re feeling down, when all looks lost in the world, keep fighting, keep hoping, keep working and you will come out of it a better person and hopefully on top of it all.

I plan on staring at this one a lot in the coming weeks when the mentor/mentee teams are announced. (And hopefully long after as I’m readying Darrows with my mentor’s help.)

Well, it’s time…

Time to begin. Isn’t it? (sorry, channeling Imagine Dragons there) Time to get those mentors listed and get Darrows into the mix.

*deep breath*

Thanks for taking the time to read. And sorry about the fangirly me. (not too sorry, though. it is who I am.)

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE ENTERING!!!
SEE YOU GUYS ON THE FLIP-SIDE!

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Reading Theme ~ May 2017.

April showers give way to clear skies.
Long days with not as hot temps means spending evenings outside, stargazing.

Stargazing leads to wondering. (at least for the story writer in me.)

Then the ponderance of those age-old questions:

What’s out there in our universe? What’s out there beyond?

Do aliens exist?

If they do, would they be friendly?

Or are they out to off us for whatever agenda they have?

What would it be like to travel from planet to planet throughout the universes?

For someone who swears she doesn’t read sci-fi (Exceptions: Illuminae & Gemina), I have seemed to amass quite the collection of sci-fi books. Star Wars, alien abductions, UFO sightings, and a princess to name just a few. So I am going to try to take down my TBR list by tackling the most popular theme I have to be read.

Of course. Star-Lord and Han are essential to sci-fi goodness.

I’m thinking of starting with the X-Files books. After all, the show I loved in the early 90s started off with Fox Mulder searching for his missing sister after her abduction by aliens. And since I plan to read the believer, I also have to add in the skeptic, aka Scully’s book.

The X-Files ~ Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

The X-Files ~ Devil’s Advocate by Jonathon Mayberry

And you can’t do aliens without a little weird to go into it, so:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

And no space theme is complete without a STAR WARS book or two:

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
(forever my Princess/General)

And then, a few series starters that I hope are great enough to want to read on:

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Extracted by RR Haywood

And just because both the cover and the title fit, I’m going to try to squeeze in:

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Quite a full list for someone who claims not to read sci-fi…

May’s Theme:

The Stars in the Sky

(which also happens to be the title of the book I’m writing and not talking too much about yet.)

Any books I should look into or a great one I’ve missed?

And though I’ve read and reviewed them, I still highly recommend:

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

DJ, signing off. Hoping to catch you from another system.

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Review: Stars Above

Stars Above
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Doing what I’ve done before with a collection of short stories, I took the average of all the stories’ ratings.

4.5 STARS! to the collection of stories starring the characters of The Lunar Chronicles Series. Some were unrelated but similar. Some were a peek into the past while others were in the future–a grand epilogue for the characters, if you will.

The Keeper – 4 stars: This was the story of Scarlet’s grandmother and Princess Selene before she became Cinder. It starts with how Scarlet’s grandfather was a lunar (as suspected) and how he was the reason Cinder was saved. This answered the questions I had about Scarlet’s family and if her grandfather was Lunar. It also filled in the blanks with Cinder’s history and how she came to live with the Linh’s. Enjoyable read.

Glitches – 5 stars: The story of Cinder meets her android/bff Iko. What a sweet tale. We get to peek into the backstory and see that Iko, even in her early days as–what I imagine as more a BB-8 sort of android–she seems to have glitches in her chip. I liked this one so much. I felt for Cinder being berated by her step-mother often for nothing. I adored Linh Peony and Cinder back together again. And we got to read about where Linh Cinder’s father really went. (Heartbreaking!)

The Queen’s Army – 5 stars: Speaking of heartbreaking…I could barely make it out of this story alive. It was how Wolf (Ze’ev) came to be. How he was taken from his home at the young age of twelve, forced into this life and form…by the end I was in TEARS! It was tough…especially since I was already feeling for Wolf from what I knew of him…*heavy sigh* Definitely worth a read…if you read nothing else in this book…

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – 5 stars: Would I really give this any less? Eh, maybe. Maybe not. I mean, this is still my favorite character of the series. And young Carswell….he doesn’t disappoint. Ish. His snarkiness went all the way back….and it seemed he lacked a heart. But even this proves the most cunning scoundrel has one of the biggest hearts. LOVED IT!

After Sunshine Passes By – 3.5 stars: Cress’s tale of how she came to live in that Satellite. I LOVED Cress, but this was really depressing and sad. I enjoyed Cress being precocious and smarter than a Lunar, but her being locked away because of it… I was hoping for something more exciting than this as far as Cress’ backstory went.

The Princess and the Guard – 5 stars: aka Snow White and the Huntsman as they grew up in Luna…I LOVED THIS ONE! THIS is what I wanted to see in Jacin this whole time! I wanted the man behind the icy exterior to come out and be seen all the time. We even get to see how Winter got her scars and why she refused to use her “lunar gift”…This was a fantastic story!

The Little Android – 3.5 stars(?): The Lunar Chronicles take on The Little Mermaid story. This is the one I like but didn’t…On one hand, I want to give it five stars because I enjoyed the twists that being space rather than ocean provided. On the other hand, I want to keep it around three stars because it think it was missing something, though I couldn’t specify what. It was a heartbreaking tale.

Something Old, Something New – 5 stars!: This is the grand epilogue to The Lunar Chronicles. It picks up a few years (i believe) later after Cinder has dissolved Luna’s monarchy. The gang–Carswell, Cress, Cinder, Kai, Jacin, Winter, Iko, Scarlet, & Wolf–all meet up in France at Scarlet Benoit’s farm that she shares with Wolf (Ze’ev Kelsey)…and there is a wedding planned. Not who’s I thought it would be, though. Carswell and his snarkiness, Jacin and his heart, Wolf as is…Every moment was a pure pleasure to read. If this one kept dragging on for forever, I’d be okay with that. My only complaint is that everyone seems to have gotten a satisfying happily ever after, except Cress and Thorne.

Overall, a beautiful addition to the Lunar Chronicles. It adds more to the series as a whole, and definitely worth a read…after you complete the whole series, of course.

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Reading Theme ~ April 2016.

The sun is shining. The tank is clean! And spring has officially sprung.

The tank is clean!?

That’s my goal anyway. By the end of this month, I plan to have my “To Be Read” list cleaned out. Not that I could ever subtract over 500 books in one month’s time. Dare to Dream!

First, I have to finish out the last bit of Stars Above. (part of the cleaning process…that and there is this Captain Thorne story I am DYING to get my eyes on!)

Second, I plan to tackle reading 99 Days by Kate Cotugno as I planned on reading with some online friends last month (March 2016). We’re going to argue who the main Book Boyfriend will be. (I’m going to do a pre-emptive call and say that Chris Evans deserves the part.) Mwhahahahahaha ha. *evil laugh just for fun.*

But once I win that argument, the real plan kicks in.

Much like Stars Above, there are these books on my TBR list that are more lovingly known to me as Series Stragglers. Either the series wasn’t finished being published when I read the other books, or I ran out of time on the monthly theme, or I just got my hands on a book that I want to read more than life itself…sorry series lagger but you got left behind. I have this small set of series that need to be read and finished. The poor things have been sitting on my shelf and in my kindle, patiently waiting to be sung to and chosen from among the stacks.

The theme for April 2016: SPRING CLEANING

My hopeful contenders: Champion by Marie Lu (finish out the Legend Series), Stand Off by Andrew Smith (Winger book 2, I’ve gotta read it), The Wicked Will Rise & Yellow Brick War by Danielle Page (totally catch up on the Dorothy Must Die series)…

I am determined to either catch up or fully complete those series this month. Some of them have been playing/waiting/hoping-to-be-picked on this list for over a year now!

What are your reading plans for April?


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*~*~* Random Note: We are one month and four days away from Captain America: Civil War *~*~*
*~*~*#TEAMCAP ALWAYS!*~*~*

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Review: Winter

Winter
Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Let me try to review this book without giving anything away from it or The Lunar Chronicles Series as a whole (though I do have one book remaining to read: Stars Above)

Great story. Love the characters. Read it.

There, that wasn’t so tough. Of course it’s a rotten way to review such a brilliant tale. Now for the real review that I am going to try and not to spoil anything.

I HATE Levana, the Lunar Queen. She was despicable. I wanted to slap her, pull her hair out, and scream at the top of my lungs. But, that being said, what’s a fairy tale without the extreme villain. And what’s a villain without something that will make you feel for them. (The other Lunars made me do it….Um…it’s was Channary’s fault!) Well done from beginning to end.

Emperor Kaito, Kai, redeemed himself in my eyes. It’s about time I could side with him again. Haven’t felt this proud of him since somewhere in the first book back when he first met Cinder.

Cinder…oh, I wish I could just spill it all. Of everything she’s done–not on in this story, but all of them–I love that she has her quirks. The smudges of something on her clothing, face, hair that’s not quite perfect. So relatable. She was a great character to back and root for. I really enjoyed her turn in life taken in Winter. I’m left with a proud smile.

Iko was the odd girl out for me. Being that she was robot turned android…She maintained her “fangirly” ways from beginning to end, also keeping with her devoted friend role. I don’t think CInder would have made it sometimes without Iko at her side.

Jacin…I’m not quite sure what to think about him. Yes, most of what I’ve read made him feel cold and uncaring, though he wasn’t the same person when Winter was around. That was the person I wanted him to be all the time with everyone. I’m not sure if I like him or not.

Winter was the perfect Snow White. She was tortured by her evil queen of a step-monster, Levana. She had Scarlet and Jacin, but that didn’t keep the hallucinations away. Her story was touch and go for a while there…and I’m talking all the way to about the tail-end of the book. I still have questions about her…

Wolf…poor, poor Wolf. Ze’ev. I feel like he never had a shot. That this whole world (well, Earth and Luna) was against him this whole time. The one who repeatedly broke my heart, especially in this tale. Maybe I even sprouted a few tears…I’m glad, though, that he didn’t let the circumstances engulf him completely. I’m glad he went with his gut and fought for what he believed in his heart. I LOVED HIM SO MUCH!

Scarlet. As stubborn as she is awesome. Yeah, she’s had some rough patches over the past few books, and this book was no exception. She proved herself time and time again. No matter the odds, she never gave up.

Cress. Dear sweet hacker that she is. I think I enjoyed her story line more than the rest. (Could be because of Thorne?) But, while Thorne and her paths cross, I think she was the character who seemed to grow the most, going from lonely captive into a person of trust and action, even if it scared her to death. It was fun watching her learn and change for the better.

Thorne. GAH! I LOVE HIM SO VERY MUCH!!! Still, to date, my favorite character in this series. If I could only ever read his story over and over throughout the end of time, I would do so and enjoy every single word. He makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me gasp when something happened…and then I couldn’t find out the outcome for so very long…and I was going insane with worry…and…and…

I can’t say it. Spoiler!!!

While Winter isn’t my absolute favorite of the series (that title still belongs to Cress), there is just so much to love about this retelling of Snow White smashing into Rapunzel, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. I’m glad I finally read this series. I am blown away. I can almost say for a fact that I LOVE this tale more than the originals. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series. SO VERY MUCH!

I honestly bought the books because of the cover art–the colors and imagery–(Yes, I do judge my books by the covers most times) but as I read, I found myself loving the characters more and more. Just an ingenious way to take something as old as time and make it into something as unique as a fingerprint. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot say enough about it.

And I still need that CAPTAIN CARSWELL THORNE’S FANGIRL t-shirt. He was seriously brilliant and so hilarious.

Now, if this is made into a movie (movies), then they had better not screw it up. And they’d better pick someone awesome to play Thorne. (That is all on that.)

One book remains, though the actual series has ended. Here’s hoping for more Thorne and Cress…and of course the rest…except Levana…Bleh.

*A SPRING INTO SERIES READ – MARCH* : Another great book found through the love of the cover art. (see also The Night Circus)

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