Monday, May 28, 2012

Let's play a game! (v2)

Hi everyone!

Still catching up from sickness and travel and work and school. Do you ever stop and think, "How the hell did I get myself into all of this?"

Yeah. That's me right now.

I have to get back to finishing this draft of my book, but I wanted to revisit something that I did in February of last year. Simple, easy, and weird until I can post a blog with substance. ;)


The internet is a world of distractions, and I can waste a day away clicking from one thing to the next. I also have the unfortunate habit of opening a bunch of windows/tabs at once, and I get lost in my own browser.

If you have multiple tabs open:
What are they? (you don't have to be super specific)

If you have one window open:
What are the last three websites you've visited? (again, you don't have to be super specific.)

Do you have any weird browsing habits or a routine you follow?

Let's go!


8 Firefox Tabs open:

1st tab: Rachel Morgan's latest blogpost
2nd tab: The blog entry window
3rd tab:
4th tab:
5th tab:
6th tab: Query Shark: #133
7th tab: Query Shark: #179
8th tab: Twitter.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Giveaway Winner!


This is my YAYWINNER .gif. Get used to it. ;)

Across the Universe by Beth Revis


A Million Suns by Beth Revis

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Congratulations :D I'll be e-mailing you shortly!

<3 Thanks to everyone who entered,
and keep your eyes open for the next book giveaway!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Not dead.

Hi lovely reader-folk.

A quick blog to let you know that I AM STILL ALIVE.

Between a trip to Mexico and battling an epic cold, I haven't been able to do much but crawl to work every day. I'm on the mend, though, and should be back on the blogging wagon next week.

Hope you all are having a marvelous week. <3

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Ash-Born Boy (and other amazing things!)

Hi guys, I hope you're having a lovely week! <3

A while ago, I had a giveaway for a wonderful book--THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab. When I read it, I fell in love with the the words and the story; I had to share it with others. The way V weaves the words together is amazing. It's completely easy to fall into her story.

Well, today is May 15th, which equals a super important day in THE NEAR WITCH history!

Have a look....

Since it's May 15th, not only does THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab come out in paperback TODAY, but, to celebrate its release, "The Ash-Born Boy" is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion's website!

What IS "The Ash-Born Boy"?

It's a free story Victoria wrote as a thank-you to her fans, and she wrote it to answer ONE question: "Who was Cole before he came to Near?"

Now, if you've already read THE NEAR WITCH, "The Ash-Born Boy" is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole.

And if you haven't read THE NEAR WITCH yet, don't worry, "The Ash-Born Boy" won't spoil anything!

So basically, either way, you should go read Cole's story ;)

I had the opportunity to read it earlier, and it is haunting and beautiful--you really need to check it out. Another link drop in case you missed it.

But what if I want to read THE NEAR WITCH first?
Don't worry! Cole's story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion's website, and if it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be free.


Cole's story isn't the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the back of the paperback itself, you'll find the first chapter of Victoria's new book, THE ARCHIVED, which doesn't come out until January!

Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at "The Ash-Born Boy," and don't forget to buy/order/pick up your own paperback copy of THE NEAR WITCH :)


Saturday, May 5, 2012

LeakyCon and the Stories We'll Have

 Earlier in the year, I escaped. I ran away. The weight of the world absolutely crushed me, and all of the things that happened--good and bad--in 2011 came falling down around me like a blanket of snow. I was smothered.

I wasn't the greatest person to be around. I was a bitch (...not like I haven't been one in the past... sorry guys), and I would go to work and come home and go to work and come home and then just lie in my bed and stare at the ceiling wondering why I felt so restless.

So I pulled the trigger. With some inspiring talks with a couple of co-workers (one who is about to go off on his own adventures), I booked tickets to Costa Rica. Within three weeks, I was there, it was amazing--pressed the good ole reset button.

When I returned, everything was still upside down. Still dealing with my father's death, still reeling from the strange behavior I fell into for the holidays and new year... there was a lot of rebuilding to do. I jumped back into work, enrolled in online classes, and promptly made a billion projects for myself.

One of the things I imagined would've gone away after I traveled was the urge to travel more. I thought the wanderlust would disappear. A good friend sort of laughed at me and said, "It doesn't work that way."

I was finding this out.

Imagining new destinations, I was already planning my next trip in my head. I'd traveled to Costa Rica, now I could go anywhere. I could take that Alaskan Cruise I wanted. Or I could go to Greece! Greece!

The ideas piled up but that urgency from earlier was gone, so I just let them all simmer on a pot.

A close, best friend of mine--one of two amazing people who suffer through my writing--tackled me online one day. "LeakyCON," she said. "LEAKY. CON. JULI. WE HAVE TO GO. WOULDN'T IT BE FUN?!" (I'm not sure if she actually wrote in capslock, but that's how I FELT like she would've said it to me.)

Having met through a mutual love for Harry Potter, I knew that those two strange words were the key to one of the biggest Harry Potter conventions ever. And I had wanted a chance to--yeah okay, insert your giggles here--wear my Slytherin robes again. It was a dream though. Spend that money on airfare, hotel, and the convention in CHICAGO just to hang out with a bunch of Harry Potter nerds?

Yeah, I really, really wanted to.

But I couldn't justify it. I had just gone to Costa Rica...

... time passed. Slowly. Or too fast. Or where it feels slowly but then you look back and say, "What the shit, time, where did you go?"

And I finally made a decision. BAM. Convention tickets bought. BAM. Airplane tickets bought.


Hello, Chicago!

I'm heading to Chicago in August to partake in LeakyCon, but also the LeakyCon Lit portion of the convention. Guys... guys... these people!


It's been kind of a crazy year.

And I don't anticipate it getting any less crazy,

But I'm finally learning to embrace it and realize that these days, weeks, months, years are the moments we crave for the stories we'll one day tell.


What adventures are you having/planning?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Peek: Donut Apocalypse

Hi everyone!

My co-workers and I have been talking about donuts for weeks, and I've just had this massive craving for them... so I finally gave in a couple weeks ago and, well, took pictures of the madness. I'm presenting to you the first of my 'Peek' series where I upload a bunch of pictures--usually food related--to satisfy my own photography craving. Enjoy! <3