Mommy Monday

I love to read. The ability to dive into a new book and get to know characters from another time, place, or even galaxy is so much fun. You can escape your life for a moment. Luckily, my child has picked up on this as well.

My little Gryffindor does her namesake proud when she (literally) dives into her box of books and flips through the pages.

It makes me heart swell with pride and love when she toddles over to me, hands me and book, and then plops down into my lap.

That is, until I realize it’s the same freaking book she brought me five seconds ago.

And we’ve already read this frakking book

TWELVE.

STINKING.

TIMES.

Don’t get me wrong, I want Hermione to totally be one of those kids that will be reading by the time she’s 18 months, reciting Shakespeare at 2 years, and running Microsoft by preschool. But if reading about Rarity’s part-time gig at the Carousel Boutique is going to get her there, I may have a breakdown.

The girl has a TON of books. For reals. This is literally only an eighth of her book collection:

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But what does she choose for me to read to her every two minutes? The same three books:

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Before you recite your “I-can’t-believe-you-don’t-love-reading-to-your-child” guilt trip-laden speech on me, I think its awesome my kid loves books. And I love reading to her (and, more importantly, that she actually sits still long enough for me to read her a book) but one can only read about LadyBug Girl’s stuffed animals with excitement so many times before wanting to throw the book out the window.

I’ve tried cycling out her books and putting new ones in, but somehow the “Elite Three” (as Huff the Hubs and I refer to them) always seem to pop back up. They’re like Professor Copperfield’s Miracle Legumes; you can’t hide them!

Sigh.

I guess they are worse things that my daughter could be doing. She could be finger painting with poo or refuse to eat anything except French fries or try to ride the dog like a horse. I’m sure this, like everything else, is just a phase. I’ll just wait for it to pass while I snuggle Huff the Babe and read No David! for the 719,283,475th time.

 

 

What about your kid? Is there a book they want you to read all the time? An episode of Daniel Tiger that’s on a constant loop? A song that’s their favorite but sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you?

I Can’t Even…

…think of something to blog about!

I started this blog thinking that I would never run out of things to say. I mean, I talk so much anyway, that blogging couldn’t really be much different, right?

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I mean, my week is pretty much planned for me. I’ve got: Mommy Mondays, Try It Tuesdays, Writer Wednesdays, and Fan Girl Fridays. But Thursday gets NOTHING. Even though its one of my favorite days of the week (two words: Vampire Diaries) I often sit at my computer and have NO idea what I am going to blog about!

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So, I’m looking to YOU for help, Oh Wise Reader. What would YOU like to see more of? What would YOU like to read? If you had a blog, what would YOU write about? Help me, Reader. You’re my only hope.

Writer Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today, I’m not going to write a story (I know, I can hear your disappointment) instead, I thought I would give some tips to my fellow writers out there!

Because, being a writer is tough. Sometimes, those creative juices flow like the Nile River and others, its like the freaking Serengeti. Plus, being a writer can lead to a lonely life. We have so many character’s voices in our heads, people think we’re a little nutzo.

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So here are a few tips to help you deal with the common problems that all writers face.

 

1. There is no such thing as “writer’s block”. 

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When I was in school and tried to write, there would be so many times I would spend hours staring at an empty piece of paper or an empty Word doc. I would think, “Ugh! This writer’s block is going to be the end of me!” It wasn’t until college that I realized something: writer’s block doesn’t exist. One of my professors put it this way: “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There is such a thing as an apathetic person, a procrastinator, and ‘chair-butt syndrome’.” Basically, if you’re feeling stuck, push through, get rid of distractions, or do something active to get your blood flowing.

 

2. Get plugged in with a writer’s group. 

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If you want to get fit, you go to the gym or go to a yoga class. If you want to lose weight, you join Jenny Craig. If you want to learn to swim, you take swimming lessons. The same goes for writing. You’ve got to meet with people that have the same passions as you in order to learn. Plus, these groups have all of the “insider information” to various workshops, seminars, and contests going on for writers and poets. I’m a member of OCWI (Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.) and they are amazing! They meet monthly and give excellent tips for aspiring authors. Seriously, its worth looking into.

 

3. Use social media. 

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Follow literary agents on Twitter. Find authors or writer’s associations on Facebook. Check out blogs by publishing companies. Subscribe to a writer’s magazine. These people are in the biz and know what publisher’s are looking for! Plus, just about every publisher, literary agent, and author has at least one way to follow them on the internet.

 

4. Read. 

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If you want to be a writer, you absolutely MUST read. If you want to write thriller novels, read them! See what makes a great thriller! If you want to write young adult, then go to your library and ask the librarian for the most popular books. You have to do your market research and see what the public wants. You don’t have to write a story about a human falling in love with a vampire; look at the characters and the story line. What makes people like these stories? Do some digging!

 

5. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your dream. 

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Being a writer has something I have always wanted to be. As a kid, I’d write books and take them to school and have my teacher read them to my class. I was constantly putting on skits, dressing up as different characters, and making up stories (my parents can testify to that; ha!). I know, believe me I know, how difficult it is to write something, think its awful, and swear off writing. But if it is truly your passion, never give up! Sure, rejection letters may pile up and you may think, “Am I really a horrible writer?” But all you need is one “Yes” and THAT’S what I’m counting on. THAT’S what keeps me going. We can do this, buddy.

 

Austenites Unite!

If you remember, I am working on completing my 30 by 30 list (30 things I want to accomplish by the time I turn 30 in December). One of those goals was to read every Jane Austen novel.

I. Love. Jane. Austen.

I know I’ve mentioned this before. She is seriously my soul sister.

When my actual sister and I went to England, we went to Jane Austen’s house in Alton. It. Was. Awesome.

I can’t think of any other way to describe it except that it was a “spiritual experience”. I credit visiting her home as the genesis of my desire to be a writer by trade.

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Look how happy {and thin, I might add!} I look!

Anywhoo, back to the 30 by 30…

I finished Northanger Abbey a few weeks ago and started on Mansfield Park soon after.

Of all of Austen’s novels, I have to say that these two are my least favorite…why? I’ll tell you. {Warning: slight spoilers ahead}

Northhanger’s protagonist, Catherine Morland, is a sweet girl. She’s friendly, kind, has good manners but she’s…how do I put this diplomatically? Um…simple. Yes, that’s it: simple. She’s easily persuaded by everyone around her and incapable of seeing people’s true intentions. She doesn’t stand up for herself, nor is she decisive. It drives me batty!

Mansfield‘s leading lady, Fanny Price, isn’t much better. She’s a lot like Catherine–sweet, kind, caring–but does not let her feelings show and is almost forced into a loveless marriage because of it. She allows herself to be pushed around by everyone (including her beloved cousin, Edmund) and its incredibly frustrating for this reader.

I guess I’ve been spoiled by other books that have “look-at-me-wrong-and-I’ll-kill-you”, strong female leads. Or maybe I’m turned off by the meek and mild main character because I was pushed around a lot in a past relationship. Whatever the reason, I find myself internally chastising the Catherine’s and the Fanny’s for not standing up for themselves (and likewise punching the other characters in the face for walking all over them).

 

What about you? Have you read any Jane Austen novels? Which were your favorites? Why?

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday, peeps!

We have made it to yet another weekend–woooo! And I’ve got some Grade-A  nerdy finds for you to make this extra long weekend awesome!

Finished your latest read and have no idea what book to pick up next? Check out this cool site, YourNextRead.com:

Next ReadAll you do is type in the name of the book you just finished (or a book you really like) and it’ll give you a flow chart of books that you may be interested in! Awesome, right?

 

 

Want to accessorize like a Tribute? Think Geek has just the thing for you! Check out this GORGEOUS charm ring from our favorite nerdy site:

Sure to impress Cinna.

Sure to impress Cinna.

 

Need some more world domination with your mornings? Then look no further than this 3D Dalek mug:

Caffeinate! Caffeinate!

Caffeinate! Caffeinate!

 

If you’re like me, you basically carry everything you own in about 2 or 3 bags wherever you go. Luckily, Mod Cloth has an oversized bag that will not only carry all your stuff, but also explain how you feel about it:

My thoughts exactly.

My thoughts exactly.

This bag isn’t just hilarious, it also does a lot of good! The makers of this product, Wild & Wolf, support the organization WaterAid, which helps to provide clean drinking water to people around the world! How awesome is that?!

 

Have a great weekend, peeps!