June 2012 Archive

Book Suggestions!

The month of July has worked out strangely for us. We have two vacations planned and at the end of the month, we’re moving. Things are more than a bit off kilter, to say the least. Change is good though and I’m looking forward to our new home 🙂

But, the move is not the point of this post, the point is to find a few book suggestions for the vacations. Though I usually read YA fiction, I’m really up for anything and it’d be nice to read something out of genre for a change.

What have you read lately that you couldn’t put down?


**If you haven’t checked out my last post on snail mail, go take a look. I’ll be thinking about the logistics over the next month and will hopefully have a plan come August. (I’m of the opinion it wouldn’t be a good time to start mailing when my address is due to change soon! 😉 ).

Snail Mail

Who doesn’t love snail mail? I know I do. The anticipation. The excitement. Knowing there could be an envelope with a surprise inside is enough to make me giddy, at least for a small moment during the day.

At our townhouse, our mailbox is a ways down the street, so after work, I hook the dogs up to their leashes and take them for a walk. Sure, the walk is lovely and I adore getting the dogs outside, but really, let’s be honest, it’s all an excuse to go check the mail.

At the conference I went to in February, Kirby Larson had the most wonderful, supportive idea: Mail Happys! She said that she would exchange addresses with fellow writers and they would randomly send postcards to one other as a way to support and lift each other up.

This idea has been following me for the past months and now I’m turning to you all: If I started a snail mail campaign with fun, sweet, supportive postcards, would you be interested in receiving one?


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Ship Breaker- Audiobook Review

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: November 2012
Length: 9 hour, 11 minutes

 In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future. Goodreads.

The first thing I appreciated about Ship Breaker was the lack of back story. The more I read and understand writing, the more I learn that back story is quite unnecessary. Not until halfway through the book do we learn how and why Earth has changed so drastically. I appreciated the mystery. Paolo is a splendid story weaver. Between the ship breaking premise, the halfmen (combination of human, dog, and tiger genes) the relationship between Nailer and his father, I was hooked. My only qualm was that some of the writing tended to slow down, especially as there were a few phrases and words Bacigalupi repeated incessantly.

Joshua Swanson did a lovely job reading. His voices were unique and it was easy to distinguish between characters, especially because of his use of accents.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. Today, I did discover there is a second book, The Drowned Cities, but I’m not convinced I’ll read it. Ship Breaker felt like a solid stand alone to me.

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Kristin Lamb is the master-mind behind the Love Revolution and the We Are Not Alone website (you might have seen her hashtag #MyWANA). Please, for all you writers out there, check out her stuff. She’s amazing and understands how to build a platform for a writer. That’s right. For WRITERS! Because it’s true, marketing is a completely different story for writers than anything else.

She has just launched a new website for the WANA Tribe I urge everyone to join, take part in the discussions, forums, threads, conversations. It’s been fun so far 🙂

AND, if you do check it out, come search for me! 😉


Oh dessert, how I love you! And that’s the problem, isn’t it. I love you too much.

I’ve noticed recently a trend in people posting goals on their blog to keep them accountable. I figure I might as well join the club.

First and foremost, dessert, I just have to let you go. I’m not hardcore enough to make this a permanent thing and I’ll allow myself one cheat day a week, but otherwise, no more dessert… 🙁

And second, I have got to start doing exercises again. I managed to be good for a couple of months and did weight-bearing exercises four times a week, but lately, I’ve been a complete slacker.

Two goals, I can mange that, right? Right.

What about you? What personal goals have you set for the summer?