Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone,

This will be my last post of the week. I’m just waiting to head over to my family’s house to get this Thanksgiving started and thought I would do a fun post that relates books to turkey day.

 

1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

The Silver Kiss – Annette Curtis Klause

I guess I wouldn’t say this book had no plot line…more like, it has a super simple plot line. It was still a fun read and one of the first books I read through in a single sitting when I was in high school. 



2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

The Fellowship of the Rings- JRR Tolkien

I’m not saying I hated this book…but it was a tough read. There are many long descriptions and it was one of those books that took me quite a long time to finish. I finished the entire series in a similar fashion. It’s one of those times I’m glad they made movies – it’s much easier to understand what’s going on (in my opinion) by watching the movies. 



3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!



4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

Eve: The Awakening- Jenna Moreci 

Constant alien-butt kicking the entire novel. LOVE THIS BOOK ❤

 
5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

Evermore- Alyson Noel

This book looked like it would be something I was interested in reading…then I read it. I have zero interest continuing the series.



6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

Blood Rose – Danielle Rose 

I don’t read a ton of romance, so I’m going to go with this series because I swoon over Avah and Jasik ❤ 



7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause

Let the virtual eye rolling commence. 



8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

A Game Of Thrones- George R Martin

I’m super intimidated by this book. I haven’t read it, but it’s going to win this category for now. 



9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

I could read this book over and over and never get bored. 



10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Green bean casserole.

 

Okay, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you want to play along, link me to your blog/page so I can read your responses. I hope you have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving and I will talk to you all next week.

Until next time –

Jessica

Writing Questions GALORE!

Hi there,

I’m actually on target with my word count…I know! I’m shocked too! My goal this year was to be on target by Thanksgiving so if I fell a little behind this weekend, I wouldn’t be stressing to finish. So, I decided to do another fun blog post in celebration – a bunch of questions about me as an author! Enjoy 🙂

#1 What do you eat or drink while writing?  – I am currently trying to lose weight. I’ve been trying hard to not over indulge while I sit for long periods of time, because that’s just not good for you. However, chocolate is life…so I sneak some chocolate every once and a while. As far as drinks – I drink a lot of water and tea…and wine. But I don’t overdue it on the wine while I’m writing because that just makes for longer editing the next day.

#2 What do you listen to while writing? – I’ve been really into Lindsey Stirling lately. I gravitate towards music that doesn’t have a lot of lyrics because sometimes singing throws me off and I end up listening to the song instead of writing.

#3 What is your biggest distraction while you’re writing? – Twitter. Not even posting on twitter, because if you follow me, I’m sure you’re aware that I am a Twitter failure. I just get sucked into reading other peoples tweets. I can’t have it open at all if I’m going to write.

#4 What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing? – Honestly, nothing comes to mind for this question. Knock on wood, I haven’t deleted or lost anything. I guess the worst thing that happened was getting a new job. I can’t call getting a new job a bad thing though, since I need to eat and pay rent. I have a lot less time to write when I work full time. It is what it is for now.

#5 What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing? – The day things started coming together with my story. This has happened a couple times and it’s a fantastic feeling. I’m not just writing a bunch of jumbled stuff anymore – I’m writing a cohesive story.

#6 Who do you communicate with while you’re writing? My husband, Paul. Every time I get stuck, I go to him. He’s not an avid fantasy reader. In fact, we have very different likes when it comes to books…but he’s great to go to. He tells it like it is. If an idea sucks, he doesn’t let me continue wasting my time.

#7 What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw? – I’ll let you know my secret to success when I get there. My biggest writing flaw is editing while I go. I have a hard time not nit-picking and obsessing over small details.

#8 What is your inspiration? What makes you productive? – My inspiration and what makes me productive are one in the same. I want to be a full time author and make a living telling stories. What keeps me going is the fact that I really feel like this is an attainable goal and I can’t wait to see where life takes me!

#9 What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying? – Hm. I guess I don’t love listening to writers who think they are better than everyone else. If you are cocky, I don’t really want to associate with you.

#10 Are you willing to share something you’ve written? – I have, and I will once NaNo is finished. I’ve re-worked my first chapter quite a bit and I’m ready for the next go-round of sharing it on the blog. Also, you’re more than welcome to check out my poetry on AllPoetry. The recent stuff is better, but I haven’t had much time to focus on poetry and haven’t posted anything new in a year or so. Maybe someday I’ll release a poetry book.

#11 Where is your favorite place to write? – I just got a new desk from work. I love it. It’s my own space and I can’t wait to decorate it up a bit.

#12 Coffee or Tea? – Tea. I know I’m going to get some hate for this, but I cannot stand coffee. I like the way it smells, but I hate the way it tastes. It’s unfortunate because I know so many people praise it. I guess I’m a weirdo.

#13 Favorite Book of All Time? – That’s a tough call..”of all time” is a very committed answer. I’ll just go with my favorite book recently read, which is Illuminae.

#14 NaNoWriMo, Yes or No? – Yep! I’m doing NaNo this year.

#15 If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I guess I’d go with Fantasy. It’s such a vast and exciting genre, I feel like I would never run out of ideas. However, I will not be writing in the same genre for the rest of my life…I want to branch out and try new things.

#16 If you could have one super power, what would it be? – Invisibility.

#17 Favorite author? – Stephen King.

#18 If you could live anywhere, where would it be? – I love New York…I really do, but I despise the winter. I’m aware that other areas around the world have worse weather, like hurricanes and tsunamis, but in my little Upstate NY world, the snow is AWFUL. So, if you were to ask me this question in the summer, I would say I would never want to move. You’re asking me in the winter though, so right now my answer is anywhere south and warm.

#19 What do you do when you get writers block? – Power through. I still need to get my word count in and I’ll need to go back and edit everything anyway. Written junk is better than nothing written at all.

That’s it. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me. I’m jumping back into writing now. If I don’t type again, I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!! 🙂

Until next time –

Jessica

Unpopular Book Opinions!

Hi there!

I’m taking a break from NaNoWriMo for a few, so I decided to try my hand at a fun blog post. I’ve seen this “tag” on YouTube by a ton of book vloggers I love to watch, and since I haven’t made a YouTube channel yet, I figured I’d do it here.

**These are my opinions and I’m not trying to offend anyone. If you have different opinions, I’d love to hear them. 🙂

 

1. A Popular Book You Didn’t Like

Divergent. Don’t yell at me. I tried really hard to get into it, and I read half the first book…I just couldn’t get through it. I think it might be because I was just coming off the high of how much I loved The Hunger Games, and it might have been too soon for me to try to jump into another Dystopian series. I’ve been spoiled on the ending, and now I’m not even sure I care…but I probably will try to read the series again, because I feel a little left out and I believe in second chances.

2. A Book Series That Everyone Hates But You Love

The Maze Runner. I know…I know…most of the reviews I’ve read said it was confusing and difficult to read. I also agree with the criticism that author James Dashner did a lot of “showing” instead of “telling” – for those of you who don’t know, when writing descriptions, you want to show the reader not tell the reader. Putting aside the obvious flaws in this book, I loved this story. I felt the characters were really well developed and I cared about what happened to them all the way through. I felt the mystery was really well thought out and I loved that it answered some questions but still left more to be discovered.

I love the movies, and unfortunately, I broke my own rule and watched the second movie before reading the second book, however, I still think I’m going to continue reading the series. My opinions may change, because I feel like I’m going to need to re-read the first book in order to continue on. I’ll let you know if that happens, but for now, I’m sticking with this as my answer.

3. A Love Triangle Where The MC Ends Up With The Person You Didn’t Want Them To End Up With.

I actually don’t have an answer for this question because so far, every love triangle has ended up the way I wanted it to. I’m sure this will change…but I haven’t been reading a lot of love triangles lately, so what immediately comes to mind is The Hunger Games and Twilight…both of which, I was satisfied with.

4. A Popular Book Genre You Rarely Reach For

Contemporary. There is nothing wrong with contemporary, and I am sure there are many books out there that I would love…but I always reach for books that have plots with crazy adventures or mysteries. I don’t really care to read about something that could actually happen. That’s probably why I’m writing a fantasy.

5. A Popular Character You Didn’t Like

Gale from The Hunger Games. I don’t hate him, and without spoiling too much, I forgive him…but I just didn’t love him. I’m team Peta for life.

6. A Popular Author You Can’t Seem To Get Into

The first author that comes to mind is John Green…and it’s not because I hate him, I think he’s a good author… it’s just not my thing.

7. Popular Trope You’re Tired Of Seeing

I’m actually not a hater when it comes to tropes. I understand why people get angry, but to me, if the story is compelling, I don’t really care if there’s a love triangle or a “chosen one”….I guess the only answer I can give you is that I’m not a fan of “insta-love.” It throws me off when someone is swooning over a person two chapters in. It’s one thing to say, “Oh, he’s hot!”…it’s another thing to say, “I’m so in loveeeee….I can’t breathe, I must be with him!”…that’s annoying and if someone you knew was acting like that in real life, you would smack them.

8. Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading

50 Shades of Grey. I did try. I think I read part of the first book and I did watch the first movie…which I hated. I will not be seeing the next one. It’s not my thing and I find parts of the plot much more disturbing than “sexy.”

9. The Saying Goes, “the book is always better than the movie” But What Movie/TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer To The Book?

I have a couple answers for this. As much as I enjoyed the Maze Runner, I have to say, I enjoyed the movie more. I didn’t mind the changes that were made, and I really didn’t mind watching Dylan O’Brien run around.

Pretty Little Liars – I find the TV show much more compelling than the novels. I won’t be continuing the novels, but I am excited to see the final season.

The Vampire Diaries – Same answer as Pretty Little Liars. I attempted to read the books, but I think I’ve been so emotionally invested in the TV show that the books didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Well, there you have it! I’d love to hear your unpopular opinions, so if you decide to do this, let me know in the comments so I can read your post. I’m going to get back to writing now. I hope you have a great weekend and I will type to you soon.

Until next time!

Jessica

NaNoWriMo Update

Hello!

This week has been a little crazy with the election and some other personal stuff going on, so unfortunately, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my word count goals. Have no fear though! I am a true “pantser”, I’ve been that way my entire life. (Pantser – someone who “flies by the seat of their pants,” or in the writing world, someone who doesn’t plan out what they are going to write – they just write). I’m also a procrastinator and work better under pressure. I won NaNo last year towards the end of the final day, after being behind the entire month. This probably isn’t the best way to go about it, and I don’t suggest you try, but it works for me.

I believe I will be ready to edit/send to an editor after NaNo is finished, so that’s super exciting. My tentative goal is to have the book out in the beginning of 2017, but please don’t quote me on that. 🙂

I just wanted to type up a quick update – sorry there isn’t much else to let you know. I just don’t like to leave the blog untouched for long periods of time.

Until next time!

Jessica