Halloween Book Tag

HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEN! πŸ‘»

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I love this time of year. I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I couldn’t, so in honor of Halloween, I wanted to do a fun tag. I found this one here.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a photo of my Halloween costume (I didn’t get the best photos from the Halloween party I went to the other night, but you’ll get the idea.)


Favorite Horror Book?Β 

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I’ve loved every Stephen King book I’ve read, but something about Salem’s Lot stuck with me.Β 

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I don’t really want to spoil, and I can’t say this is the absolute scariest moment, but there was a scene in The Call by Peadar O’Guilin that made me turn the light on.

Have you dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No. I tried to be Lara Croft from Tomb Raider once and ended up looking like a mix of Katniss from the Hunger Games and an unknown character from the Walking Dead. Last year, I dressed up as a book nerd though. That was cool.

What do you think your favorite fictional character would dress up as for Halloween?

Good question. Damon from the Vampire Diaries would probably go out as himself, and no one would question it.

What is your favorite type of horror (gore, psychological, etc.)?

I want a good story, and I want to be scared. I’m not a huge gore fan – I find movies like Saw to be unbearable, so you won’t find me watching the new Jigsaw movie. But, as long as there isn’t ridiculous amounts of gore, I’m in.

Recommend some Halloween Reads!

Anything Stephen King. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is pretty fun so far.


Per usual, I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Just let me know you did it, so I can read your responses!

Here’s my costume (I might wear this to work tomorrow!):

I love orange, and if I didn’t have a day job, I might just actually do this to my hair. Haha! The rest of the costume wasn’t pictured very well, so I won’t share the photos… but it was a black shirt, orange tutu, black and orange stockings and orange shoes. 😁

Are you dressing up? What will your costume be?

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Poetic Expression – A Poem

Happy Saturday!

We are going to a Halloween party tonight. I’m being lame and reusing my costume from last year but it is what it is. I’m going to be a book worm. Stay tuned for pictures on Facebook/Instagram and maybe I’ll post one here.

I have 99 followers! One more to go til I announce my give away. Looking forward to that.

Here is a poem I wrote 9 years ago. Enjoy. 😊


Poetic Expression

Feelings bleeding through,
the black ink on this paper.
A written tale of a little,
girl ripped apart by love.

So much power held in my mind,
spilling it out through my pen.
Turning my darkest fears into,
a symphony of poetic expression.

Piecing every thought together,
my personal diary in metaphors.
Pulling myself apart to find,
the words to turn my life around.


What are your plans for Halloween? If you’re dressing up, what will you be? Have a great weekend!

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Writing Rituals Tag

Happy Friday! 😎

Quick, fun writing tag because I haven’t done one in a while. As always, I tag anyone who wants to participate. Just let me know in the comments so I can ready your response.


Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (Time of day, day of week)

Mostly in the afternoon, after work. I try to write something every day, except on Sunday.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

It’s difficult in an apartment, but I have my own corner in the living room with a desk. I just have to force myself to stay off Twitter.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I have a bad habit of editing as I go, so I’m constantly reading what I wrote and changing things. It’s why my process is slower than I’d like.

What song is your go to when you’re feeling uninspired?

I listen to a lot of instrumental music when writing. Songs with lyrics distract me. I don’t have a particular song that gets me out of a writing slump though.

What do you do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I step away and read a book or watch a tv show/movie.

What tools do you use when writing?

I have a couple go-to books that help when I’m struggling to find words. I have the emotions thesaurus and a book with writing prompts.

What is one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Chocolate.

How do you fuel yourself when writing?

Chocolate. 😎

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I don’t really have an answer for this question. I’m finished writing when I’m finished. It’s not the same every night.


That’s all I have for you today. What are your weekend plans?

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Updates!

Hi there, Happy Thursday! I can’t believe October is almost over. It also hasn’t snowed here in NY yet, so I am pleased.

NaNoWriMo is almost here and I’m excited to be challenging myself again. I am not writing anything new, however. This time, my goal is to finish Alter Reach completely so that I can move on to editing. My goal is to have it out sometime mid-2018. *Fingers crossed*

I am very honored and excited to announce that I will be part of a Blog Tour for Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney! The book is fantastic, definitely pick it up on Amazon. My stop is 11/14, but make sure you check out all the blogs on the tour.

Last, but not least, I am close to 100 followers on this blog. I honestly never expected to get one, so I am beyond excited about it. As soon as I hit 100 followers, I am going to run a giveaway, with a few prizes. Hopefully, the next time I hold a giveaway, the prize will be a copy of Alter Reach, but for now, I have a few fun surprises in store. Stay tuned. 😊


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Honeoye Lake 10/13-10/15

Hey there! We are heading home today πŸ˜• …not ready for our getaway to be over. It’s been a blast, the cabin we rented is incredible. I think we have found a place to come a couple weekends a year. We were able to fish right off the shore (feet away from the back door of the cottage). Paul and I both caught a few fish (Paul caught 6 or 7 and I think I caught 4…mine were bigger though 😜). I can’t rave enough about how great this weekend was. Not looking forward to going back to reality, but we have all day today and tomorrow before that happens. Here are some photos. Enjoy 😊

Let me know how your weekend was.

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Quick Update!

Hi there, sorry it has been a few days since my last post. I had some doctors appointments to figure some things out (I’m fine, no worries), which has taken up a lot of my spare time.

In other news, Paul and I rented a cottage on Honeoye Lake for this weekend. Hoping the weather is decent. We leave tomorrow night and come home Sunday, but we have Monday off. Hopefully we will be able to fish and have a couple campfires. I’m really excited.

Still working through my October TBR list. Should be able to read quite a bit this weekend. Also working hard on Alter Reach. Can’t wait to get that out into the world.

That’s all I have for you today, just wanted to update so you didn’t think I disappeared. I’m participating in a few hashtag games on Twitter and Instagram, so check that out.

I hope you have a great weekend. Let me know what your plans are. I’ll post again on Sunday and let you know about our trip.

 

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Black & White – A Poem

Hey there everyone! I hope your week is going well. Here’s another poem for you. Enjoy 😊


Black & White

Ambiance of chaos encircles misery,
trapping agony in her fragile heart.
Memories regurgitated in cycles.
There is no escape.

Icy eyes grow distant and cold.
The pain coagulates in his soul.
A void of stillness grows stronger.
There is no escape.

Flamboyant skies turn black and white.
Disoriented silence grows deafening.
Both fall to the masquerade of joy.
There is no escape.


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All Hallows Write Tag

Hello! I hope you’re all having a great Monday (as great as a Monday can be).

I wanted to take quick second to say my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by these terrible tragedies (hurricanes, shootings, etc.).

I found this tag here. I love Fall and Halloween is my favorite. I am excited to do a Halloween themed tag, and you can be sure it won’t be my last this month.

All Hallows Write Tag

The Rules:
#1 – Provide a BRIEF description of your novel before starting.

#2 – Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers.

Brief Description of Alter Reach: Twins, Marci and Alyson journey to a world they were forced to forget and fight a battle they didn’t know was coming.

The Questions:

1. It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

Marci would probably be dressed up as

2. Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up to the Halloween party without a costume?

Astrid. She would find the entire idea of dressing up absurd, and she would probably spend the entire night scowling in the corner.

3. Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

Faelyn would find a way to be a dragon. She’d light an arrow on fire and pretend breathe fire at Zeke.

4. On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which one of your characters gets caught in their clutches and which creature do they subsequently turn into.

Alyson would most certainly fall for a vampire’s seduction and become one. She’s a gullible one.

5. Who wins the contest for best costume?

Braston. He could come as himself and everyone would vote for him because he’s that awesome.

6. Who hands out toothbrushes to trick and treaters?

Eloise. She would be muttering about how terrible candy is.

7. Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume?

Jade would force Zeke to wear the devil costume and parade around telling everyone how angelic she is.

8. Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

Hmm. Good question. Maybe Al. Only because he wouldn’t want to be seen by Zeke.

9. Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick.

Pierce, because he is doing anything to avoid the annoyed chatter of Astrid.

10. Which character is most likely to place a curse on someone and who would they curse?

Astrid. She hates this party, and she’d definitely curse Marci.


I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Just let me know in the comments below so I can read your answers.

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September TBR Wrap Up & October TBR

Happy October! September flew and I kind of failed…okay, failed miserably at my TBR challenge. πŸ™ˆ No excuses, it is what it is. I still wanted to do a wrap up and I plan to dominate October. So, let’s do this 😁

September TBR Wrap-Up

Days of Blood and Starlight – Read. You can read my review here.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Read, still need to review.

Passengers – Started.

Six of Crows – Not started.


October TBR goals:

The Call – Peadar O’Guilin

172 Hours on the Moon– Johan Harstad

Nightfall – Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Bonus:

Review Dreams of Gods & Monsters (this will definitely happen).

Finish Passengers & Six of Crows (This might happen πŸ˜‚).


Hopefully this month will be more successful than last. If so, I will review each book upon completion and do a wrap up at the end of the month on my success. Let me know what your October reading plans are.

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47 Meters Down – Movie Review

Hi everyone. Happy Weekend. Last night, my husband and I decided to have a movie night. We are big fans of shark movies…all of them, including great ones like Jaws and laughable ones like Three-Headed Shark Attack. We just find them fun, whether they are trying to be a serious movie or B rated movie.

47 Meters Down has been one we’ve been waiting to see. It finally came available to rent, and that’s exactly what we did last night. Despite the reviews, we were prepared for an enjoyable shark movie.

We were wrong.

47 Meters Down Review:

Lisa (Mandy Moore) and her younger sister, Kate (Claire Holt) are on vacation in Mexico. Lisa has just been dumped by her boyfriend because she is “too boring,” and Kate takes her out partying to get her mind off it.

While out, they meet two local guys who convince them to come on an shark cage diving excursion. Kate is all for it, but it takes a lot of convincing to get Lisa to agree.

The boat is rickety and rusty, and the cage is even worse. We meet Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) who walks the girls through what they need to do and then lowers them into the ocean.

Everything is fine at first- the ocean is beautiful. Then, the cage drops a bit because the rusty piece of crap isn’t stable and Lisa requests to be brought up, much to Kate’s dismay. As the cage is being pulled up, the winch breaks, plummeting the cage and the girls 47 meters down to the ocean floor.

With limited air, and hungry sharks circling, the girls struggle to survive.

Considering just how scary the premise of this film is, you would think 47 Meters Down would have no trouble getting viewers to squirm. Well, it doesn’t. While there were a few jump scares, there really wasn’t a moment where I was scared, watching the film. It failed to create tension and claustrophobia, the way it should have easily been able to.

The acting was atrocious, which might be in part to a terrible script. The reasoning for the girls being in Mexico in the first place was a failed attempt at character development. It didn’t make me care about the characters. The lame party scene, which was used as the plot device to introduce the main characters to the two boys who would take them to the shark cage. Lame. Everything that happened to the girls once they were underwater was avoidable, and felt like a move to create suspense that wasnt there. The movie missed so many opportunities to create realistic, well developed characters.

The sharks were awful. The sharks in Sharknado were more realistic than these CGI pieces of junk. Their size differed depending on the camera angle. Sometimes, they looked like normal sized sharks and other times they looked like they could fit the boat in their mouth. When the thrill of a thriller is laughable, the movie has failed.

The end. I won’t spoil it, but it isn’t worth the wait. It’s a twist that, if the film didn’t put you asleep and you were actually able to pay attention, was so predictable.

Wrap Up:

There really isn’t anything I can say about this movie that is positive, and I enjoy the silliest if shark movies. But, this one pretends to be good and then fails at every attempt to be interesting. I don’t recommend this one. It’s so painfully obvious, with the marketing of this movie, that it wanted to be the next The Shallows, but it missed the mark.

Rating:

1/5 β˜†


What did you think of 47 Meters Down?

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