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December Happenings!

H A P P Y      D E C E M B E R !!!!!!

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It’s finally the last month of 2017, which is hard to believe. Feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing my first post of the new year. This month is gonna be busy the first half but fun the second half.

~ The Blog ~

So I have all the posts for this month planned and almost written out. I will only be posting up until about the 23rd because I want to get all my work out of the way as soon as possible.

I’ll also be prepping some changes for the blog and reformatting certain posts I do. I’ve been blogging for almost three years and it feels like a little re-branding is in order. I mostly just want to experiment with a new look but will keep with the blog’s aesthetic.

~ TBR List ~

(FINALLY coming TOMORROW!!!) Book Review: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan

I will also be reading Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (ARC) and Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (2nd Read). Those are the only two books I have planned to read and review before I’m done posting for the year. But if I feel like it I might read Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (2nd Read) and save that review for the beginning of January.

~ Writings ~

This is the month where I scramble to edit/revise all those things I’ve written recently and get a few of them in the right amount a shape that I can share them here at some point next year.

~ Book Recommendation of the Month ~

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing, October 3, 2017

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My Review of Mustaches for Maddie


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Writing Playlist #10: Can’t Stop Singing Edition

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History Maker” – Dean Fujioka

Everyday (Family Reunion)” – Madea’s Family Reunion (2004 film)

Hold On” – Extreme Music

Little Drummer Boy” – Pentatonix

O Come All Ye Faithful” – Luther Vandross

7 Years” – Lukas Graham

Moonlight” – Grace Vanderwaal

Hero” (feat. Elizaveta) – Pegboard Nerds

Past Playlists:
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)
On Repeat (pt.2)

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Weekend Writing Prompt #6

♦This weekend’s theme is: SONGS about FAMILY & FRIENDS♦

~ write a scene inspired by these songs about family and friends ~



Family” – Dreamgirls (2006 film)

Channel Source: DestinysChildRadio


Everyday (Family Reunion)” – Madea’s Family Reunion (2004 film)

Channel Source: intino2


You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman (Toy Story – 1995 film)

Channel Source: Giorgio Magliano


Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

Channel Source: CatRevolver


Thank You For Being A Friend” by Andrew Gold
(The Golden Girls theme song/cover sung by Cynthia Fee version)

Channel Source: canuck21

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A Poem Without the Letter “A” – A Revision of A Previously Written Poem by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner

Have you ever tried to write something without using a specific letter? It’s kinda hard but quite a fun challenge. So I took a poem I previously wrote/posted to this blog and tried to rewrite without any words that contain the letter “A”.

Original Poem

Poem without the letter “A”

there’ll be a beautiful castle
not chipped or broken but built strongly to shelter, to protect us
with its soaring indestructible walls that keep at bay
the monsters with yellow teeth and sharp metal objects.

there’ll be a warm fireplace to keep the blue tinge off our toes
as we wrap ourselves in blankets for comfort for once.
Spacious rooms–one for everyone!–with soft mattresses and pillows,
and see-through water filling tubs to get squeaky-clean in.

there’ll be tassels and ribbons, shoes that match,
and let’s not forget pretty dresses that fit.
They’ll drag on the floor–but that’s okay–
the floor is clean so they won’t get dirty.

there’ll be long tables overloaded with food and water–
I fear they’ll topple over before anything reaches our tummies!
We’ll eat like this all the time
instead of once in a while.

And on that someday
The king and queen will be happy and so will their subjects.
No one is sad or crying in this castle
because we’ll be inside the castle, warm and safe,
wearing lovely clothes and eating delicious food.

One day, if not today or the next day, but someday if I make it there.

In the future
there’ll be one pretty house
not chipped or broken but built strongly to shelter, to protect us
with its towering indestructible fence of stones to keep out
the monsters with yellow teeth, holding pointed swords.

In the future
there’ll be one stone hearth to keep the blue tinge off our toes;
we’ll cover ourselves in sheets for comfort for once.
Big rooms-one for everyone!-with soft beds, pillows,
plus tubs to get scrub spotless in.

In the future
there’ll be bows, ribbons, a couple of shoes;
let’s not forget pretty fitted dresses.
They’ll touch the floor-but no problem-
the floor is clean so they won’t get dirty.

In the future
there’ll be long counters with lots of food, drink-
I worry they’ll topple over before getting into our tummies!
We’ll dine like this forever
not once every other time.

Furthermore, in the future
The king with his queen including their subjects will feel much joy.
No one is crying in this house
since we’ll be protected inside,
donned in lovely clothes, consuming delicious food.

In the future, if not now or tomorrow, but in the future if I’m there.

It wasn’t too bad to make changes to this poem without using “A” but I think it worked out alright. Since I couldn’t use “someday” I have no clue what this poem would be called now. The subject and feelings of the poem are still there but the effect of “someday” seems lessened. Overall, this was a fun activity to do.

Have you ever done any writing games/exercised with missing words/letters?

As always, happy writing!

Original Post of “Someday” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner

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November Happenings!

H A P P Y     N O V E M B E R ! ! !

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I’m writing this month’s intro post a little differently today because this month’s going to be more unusual than past months. Sorry if it’s all over the place.

I wrote a few interesting pieces of fiction last month that I can’t wait to edit. I’m hoping to share one or two in the future but most likely not until January. I’ve been watching a lot of really great anime shows that have given me all sorts of story ideas. It made me think of writing a collection of short stories. Of course, I’d like to finish the novel ideas I have first but I’m not opposed to writing a short story here and there if I decide to go that route as well.

Novels I plan to finish by the end of 2017:

  • Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (ARC)
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Song of Seven by Tonke Dragt (ARC)
  • Novel – TITLE TBA
  • Picture Books – I won’t be reading these for another week or so

*book reviews TBA

Writing plans for November:

  • write a couple more short pieces of fiction
  • write sample chapter 1 of sci-fi/fantasy fairy tale retelling novel idea
  • edit pieces written over the past few months

Unfortunately, I don’t have book to recommend this month.

I hope everyone had a great October and I wish you a wonderful November month! And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!

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Weekend Writing Prompts #5

♦This weekend’s theme is: DIALOGUE♦

~ start a short story with one of the following lines of dialogue ~


“Can there truly be a tomorrow if we don’t take care of today?”

“Don’t move!”

“There is nothing left to say but goodbye, Flint.”

“You’re not a true adult unless you wear a bow-tie.”

“Tell me. Have you always been this stubborn?”

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Trying Different Writing Approaches

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Sometimes when I go to write a story I struggle with how to begin or effectively express the ideas in my head. The time it takes to even put down the first word and the difficulty of the task varies. It’s an internal conflict as old as time.

When I write I strive to go above and beyond, which is a lot of pressure I put on my self. But I want every story I craft to be the best it can be. All stories take time to reach such points and it is – I believe – the heart of the writer behind it that allows it to get there.

We all have our own writing process that we stick to like rubber cement glue. But occasionally one must try a different approach to get the ball rolling.

Recently, I wrote a short story where I had an idea that I really liked. It sounded like a good, funny, idea in my head but as is my wont I struggled to convey said idea. Then by some strange notion I began to approach the story in a way I’ve never before.

I allowed my characters to tell the story themselves.

I said, “Tell me your story. Entertain me. Make me laugh,” because those were the impressions the idea invoked. My characters – a married couple – did just that.

They spoke to me. And I found it easy to transcribe their words into the story I’d imagined, possibly better. I listened and learned. I giggled and smiled.

That is until I got near the end of the piece. Funny thing is I had sat there so long that my mind eventually began to wander. I have several passions so there are times when my mind will shift to something else – like binge-watching countless YouTube videos. But the story wasn’t hindered and I finished the draft to my satisfaction.

For a first draft, I was pretty proud of it. Even more so, I got through the process of writing this piece without much of the stress that writing can bring.

I’m not sure what made me want to share this and it all probably sounds silly.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about blogging, about connecting with other book lovers and writers, is that we can all learn from each other. Big or small, someone somewhere may be supported and strengthened by such honesty.

As always, happy reading and happy writing!