November Is Over

Mercy, dreadful apparition! Don’t you go spreading lies, it’s not December yet. New year’s Day was yesterday, you big scary ghost called Time!

Oh.

Heh. Yeah, sorry, I’ll just go take that back. My bad.

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Bokeh. Wow. So original .

 

 

Someone start telling time to slow down please. I can’t believe it’s already December. Also known as the last month of the year. The year’s almost over people. HOW.

I’ll be honest, November had its rough times, but it also had its good times. I guess that’s the way life works sometimes.

First of all, NaNoWriMo is over for the year. Say what!? But, yes, it’s indeed over. And I’m surprised. I have no clue how I wasn’t as stressed out and less writer’s blocked as in July, and still wrote 14 posts on here and 2 on Welcome to Odyssey (which I will return to rant abut stuff, don’t you worry about that 😉 ) and this wordcount was higher than my last one. I learned some things too. Like it’s better to set a daily wordcount and rest every day; switch spots, if you can, as often as possible so you don’t get bored; listen to the Captain America Winter Soldier soundtracks because they get your heart pumping; keep going; severely limit Pinterest to a half hour a week; and get equal amounts of sleep and caffeine; and that I give terrible advice.

That being said. Did I win?

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*starts to scream in 20 different languages* I can’t believe.

I hit my original goal of 30k without killing myself.

I’m still in semi shock, because, as you can see..

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I finished a day early. Which is insane. I mean it did cost me my sanity, my supply of dark chocolate, a test, and watching all of Home Improvement, but I did it!

I’m so, so grateful.

Plus, Just Come Home is well on its way to being finished. And I am excited/scared to edit it. So yeah, that’s been a huge highlight.

Let’s see, what else happened?

-Y’all, I was watching a Toy Story Christmas (Time Forgot Something) short and I died. The themes you guys, the themes, the plot, the characters!! LIKE THAT IS HOW YOU DO A STORY PEOPLE! And that’s only a short! So that was pretty inspiring, and I kinda wanna hike over to Pixar and ask if they need a vertically challenged intern.

-I wrote for my life and contemplated drinking coffee

-I re-read this awesome book and I’m dying, my childhood is gone

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-I WON NANOWRIMO AHHHHHHHH! And then I stayed up all night celebrating by reading books and taking late night pictures in manual. MANUAL.

-Now that it’s December, I had the crazy idea of a kind of advent calendar by covering 25 Christmas Carols and then posting them for you lovely people to hear how horrible I am. Thing is though, 1. is this a good idea, and 2. I know lots of us don’t celebrate Christmas for reasons that are really deep and good, so would you guys be okay with that?

-I may or may not have considered changing the URL of this blog. *gasps* I’d still keep the title, but maybe change the URL to drivingtheharddrive. But I’m too busy and tired and lazy to make a decision, because I like how things are now, and cause that makes me sound all brave and tough… and I’m not. XD

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-Spent late hours talking to awesome people and laughing my head off and whacking it on the couch

-Alpha read some amazing books and read some for review (which I promise will come out soon. Later. Eventually.)

-walked out in a 12 am snowfall when things weren’t too good and just felt better being in the cold

-waited in vain for the Avenger 4 trailer, and I’m starting to think it’ll never come out

-wrote cards and am about to mail ’em off to lovely people

-baked brownies when I was frustrated at life and somehow that helped

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Weird? yes. I’m not sure why I took this picture. XD

 

 

-listened to Adventures In Odyssey and have more headcanons than I have actual canon

-skated and had a blast

-somehow cleared up most of my homework

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-enjoyed writing on fancy stationary

-died in class (I fell asleep in both History and Science like once each)

-got used to mayo on ham and cheese sandwiches

-worked on secret project

-also at the same time practicing my voice 😛

-wrote fanfic! (not sharing. sorry. XD)

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-above is a picture of a stuffed penguin. I have no idea why he’s here or what for.

-basically, enjoyed November as much as I could!

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And amazingly, that’s not all that happened.

Last Saturday, (also known as the day before the wreck that is Black Friday shopping) I got a new charger, because my old one wasn’t working.

And a new laptop.

I got a new laptop.

That’s the part that makes me excited.

Apparently, I use my parents’ laptop too much, and they don’t want me breaking it any time soon. Not sure where they made the conclusion that I should have my own laptop, but they did and I’m so grateful. “It’s so you can develop your writing,” Mom told me. And this is from people who don’t read fiction.

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It’s already gotten me a tom of projects done, and it’s awesome.

And I think that’s the chunk of all that happened. 🙂

 

Playing Favorites (Cause Why Not)

And to end up this post, here’s a bunch of the things that kept me alive this past month. XD

Favorite Book

Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

This. book. *dies* It’s so awesome, so sweet, and so sad!

And I got nothing else to say 😛

Favorite Song

I love Prince Of Egypt, and I will always, always love listening to this song.

Favorite Quote

One of my favorite musicians: Andrew Peterson. DeAnne, sometimes I wonder if we were twins some how separated at birth.

Andrew Peterson, to understate, is awesome.

What he says is awesome.

There ya go.

So until next time, people. 🙂 I’ll be seeing ya.

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Hurry! Sale Ends Today! — Brainstorms with Rain (A Reblog)

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Hey y’all! Just a reminder that the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale ends today, so I’d advise you head on over and pick out some of these epic books! Seriously guys, there’s 150 ebooks for under a dollar! Don’t miss out! Oh, and did I mention there’s a giveaway? It’s hands down the best giveaway I […]

via Hurry! Sale Ends Today! — Brainstorms with Rain

Hey people! Like books? I know I do! (I mean I *am* writing one after all…) Well, I got just the thing for you.

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Right now, authors from around the web have joined forces in light of the fact this is Cyber Monday (one can only wonder what that is) and are holding a giant sale of books under 1.50. That’s an amazing deal, plus you get to join a giveaway. You in?

One tad problem.

The sale ends today.

So go go go go and get those great books quick! There isn’t a moment to spare! And plus there’s that sweet giveaway too if you’re interested 😉

That’s it for now. I’m a bad blogger, I know. But I’ll make up for it.

NOW GO BUY THOSE AWESOME BOOKS!

A Wee Chat In The Wee Hours

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Happy, happy Friday people! I’m tuckered out, who on earth are you guys?

So far I’ve read a whole book *gasps* finished a chunk of homework and now have a dreadful bunch of tests to take (and most likely flunk!), project to finish, wordcount to hit, late nights to stay up on (such as this lovely one) BIBC to participate in (Megan’s hosting this contest for the sixth time- and I’m so joining!) Life refuses to slow down, which is sad and stressful.

I’m also finding myself thinking harder about my faith, life and the future. Don’t ask why, my poor explanation will come jumbled and broken, and mixed with AIO references. And permanently having my hair held by a jumbo clip. Also don’t ask why.

Therefore onto the point of this whole post.

GASP I actually have a point. *mindblown*

Now, see, whenever I have to do something like listen (think live lecture or something equally boring) I have got to write something. Other people may need to doodle, still others knit, still others practice jiu-jitsu. We all have our quirks. Last night I began writing some poems on an old church program and thought they were worth a rewrite.

Poems are tricky things. They show more of one’s heart than a post such as this ever could. So sharing them is kinda like sharing my heart. But maybe someone will be encouraged by it, realize that they’re not alone. I think that’s worth it then.

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There Was A Day

There was a day when people thought

Of others and not just themselves

When they preferred to look you in the eye

Instead of text you on a phone

 

There was a day when nature was

A common beauty and not

The occasional entertainment we choose

As opposed to dinner or a show

 

There was a day when people knew

How to converse at suppertime

The worth of doing things yourself

And the value of books down that library shelf

 

But there was a day

It lives in history books, in the rings of the old oak tree down the street

In the ice blue eyes of a old man, wrinkled hands clutching armrest, 

Mouth wavering as he whispers to the air, saying

“There was a day..”

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Bus Window

Raindrops patter down the glass

I look out of as my dry hands

Curl up on the cold leather seat

 

The man next to me

Is far too eager to tell me of

The wonderful amazing things Above

 

I’d listen but

I’m alone

It’s dark

And I want to go home

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Family

Fear of my uncle tickling me is

good thing to have because I could die from laughter while

My cousins look on in amusement, and after, they and

go to scare our aunts from behind and get scolded. They really do

Love it though- and threaten to 

Yowl like cats, and eat all the rice krispie peanut butter squares.

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I’m not very good at poetry, but I do enjoy it. I hope y’all did too- and that you’re not staying up ridiculously late like some blogger typing this right now is. *whistles innocently*

See ya!

 

When Swarmed By Homework, Follow Me (Ha!)

 

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Hello.

So I have no clue why I’m writing this post right now. But oh well. Call this randomness at its finest, cause I have no explanation for whatever you’ll read next. Or do I? 😈

Also, happy almost Thanksgiving! Hope you’re all enjoying a well deserved break, cause I am.. not.

Instead I got a ton of homework to finish last night. Yay. And me, being the weird person I am, thought it would be fun to stay up late and finish a chapter or two of work. Taking it even further, I thought you might like to read my somewhat sensical notes. Somewhat.

And pictures. I took pictures.

(You know what, I really have lost my mind.) So here you have it, me at 11 pm, doing homework. I hope you enjoy.

Disclaimer: DO NOT TRY THIS. AT ALL. YOU’LL DIE. ☠️

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11:36 PM: In light of the fact that I have like 130 pages of homework to finish, this is a futile attempt to try to knock out a great deal of homework. I shall endeavor to stay up til one am.

Don’t worry, it’ll be great! I’ve made tea, my MP3 is charging, I’ve cleaned my desk. I have to pull all-nighters anyway, why not make it fun? 

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Am I gonna regret this? Yes!

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Am I gonna enjoy myself? Here’s hoping.

11:44 PM: Math sounds like fun. Why don’t we try that and listen to some epic music? 

*searches for good music* 

AHA. How about some AIO? 

I seem to be making one crazy choice after another. 😂

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12:13 AM: This math problem makes zero sense. Like this whole thing. Eh.

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What I read in between math. This book is seriously good…

12:19 AM: Math is boring. I finished a lesson. Moving on.

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12:35 AM: Climax? Crisis? Inciting Incident? Okay, I get this stuff? Now we’re getting somewhere fun!

What’s with all the papers. Wah. 😑

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12:50 AM: Ahh, red ink’s so hard to wash off, argh!

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Behold, I did it! Actually, no, I just didn’t change my watch back after Daylight Saving Time.. XD

12:56 AM: 2 chapters done, not shabby! 

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1:00 AM: Okay, I finished an entire unit. I’m done, goodnight!

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12:13 PM: That was fun, I should try that again.

(*cough cough* Um, please don’t try this without permission and/or counselling, believe it or not, I got both!) Okay, I know pulling all-nighters is a bad idea, very bad. But if you ever were a student at one point in life (as I’m sure we all are/were) it’s necessary. So I figured why not try to make it enjoyable? 😛 That seems to be my default for a lot of things: if you can’t escape doing it, at least have fun while you’re at it.

It’s bound to fail me at some point in life.

But hey, it got me to finish a math lesson and a whole Lit unit. So I’d say I didn’t die in vain.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s more homework to be done. Seeya!

*sneakily listens to AIO while figuring out how to measure the long side of a triangle*

*grabs a ruler*

So, It’s Almost December

 

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It’s December in 10 days people. 10. days.

*screams at the wall for the next half hour*

I kinda disappeared after  that “go get up” post, and I’m grateful to say that I have got up.

And then got choked with homework so some good that did me.

At current check, I have ten tests, one project, 2 papers, and 3 assignments that are all due before the month is over. Not a lot of time for this procrastinating person. *sighs* Hand me that coffee pot, will you?

I can’t believe November is almost over.

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Currently queued up in my playlist is one hour of intense concentration music, followed by one hour of indie music, followed by a Captain America Civil War scene. *guiltily removes that last one from the playlist*  And Christmas music follows that.

It’s time for Christmas music and that is surreal. November has moved way too fast.

I’ve gotten to write and laugh and talk with friends til 11, strummed guitar for a bunch of kids who just poked at the poor guitar and made me re-tune it, sent out emails and read books and died dramatically. No, I’m not saving any of this for the recap post. I’m sure I can dreg up some words for that. XD There’s been so much work and so many things to do and times literally tosses itself out the window.

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I admit it. I’m tired! But aren’t we all?

Maybe…. maybe that’s a good thing.

Maybe November is when we realize how tired we are, just in time for Christmas to come and make us silent and rest. Like the whole world is quiet at Christmas time. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t believe in the Christmas spirit. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, and that’s great, but to me, the fact that Christians get together on one specific day of the year, to celebrate the birth of Christ and it causes them to give freely to other people, to get gifts for each other, and write hymns all about it- I think that’s kinda special and sweet.

And I’m looking forward to it. If only we could be like that throughout the entire year. 🙂

I’d definitely welcome it, compared to all the homework I have going. *groans*

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Being Down and Getting Up

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Did I just make two references? Yes. Oh well. 

Ever get those days when you’re just down, you’re tired of everything and algebra has never made less sense than it does right now? Everything hurts, your head is ringing and plus you don’t have enthusiasm to do….anything?

Yeah, you get where I’m going. I wasn’t very eager to do much today. (Blame the fever!! :P) Which is kinda annoying, because I have too much homework to afford being sick, and sad, because I don’t like being weak. I don’t like being that person curled up on the sofa not having the strength to move anything. I like pushing myself to doing hard things and crushing them. 

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But you can’t push yourself forever. And that can be very discouraging as you waddle up in a blanket of tiredness and prop yourself up on a pillow of discouragement.

 (Huh. That last line sounds very poetic. I’ma have to save that for a sappy essay in Literature soon.)

You also can’t let your tiredness bring you down either. And that can drive a person crazy. Unless they’re already crazy. So finding that balance between driving it hard and just giving up is tricky.

No, I’m not helping you find that balance. I don’t even know where I can find it. But I can give you little things to keep going. Little bursts to crack a smile on your face, tiny reminders that yes, the sun will shine again. 

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First, go and eat something. An extra burst of protein or sugar (never mind, just sugar) can boost you up. It’s like that ad, you’re not you when you’re hungry. XD

Second, take a look out the window. Maybe it’s snowing like it is right now, or maybe there’s raindrops hitting the glass. Maybe the sun’s coming up. Even better, get out and enjoy it for a while. A breath of fresh air can really help. 

Listen to things that make you happy. I dunno about you, but some songs that come up on shuffle just make me wanna dance, and sometimes, that’s not a bad thing. 😉 Play your favorite song on guitar, fiddle up something, create a beautiful sound. 

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Look at that big nasty list of things that need to be done. When all’s said and done, it’s just a list. It doesn’t define you. Yes, you have a test tomorrow, so do I, and yes, it would be more productive to finish a chore than read that book, but if you’ve been seeing nothing but work and it’s getting to you, don’t be afraid to switch things up a little. Tell you what. You reward yourself after finishing a bunch of tasks, I’ll do the same, and we’ll see how far we can go without dying. 

Go bake a pie, jog a mile, write something, listen to an episode *screams Adventures In Odyssey*, call a friend, read a book, take your day back. Being down is, well, a downer, 😛 but if you can get up again, go for it!

A good friend of mine (who, if you’re reading this, which you aren’t, know that you were thought of!) once said something that may or may not help. He asked me if I’m waking up every day for myself or for something- somebody other than myself.

Ouch.

And, like my good friend, I won’t say anything further. Unlike my good friend, I don’t have anything better to add.

 You got this. You can get back up.

Scribble Scrabble, Life Update, And All That Comfty Stuff

 

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This ole’ town of WordPress seems to be on the quiet side these days. Either everyone is at work, cramming for finals, or furiously typing before NaNoWriMo is done- I mean, we are like 1/3 done with the month. But I happen to be in the mood for a post, and I’ve missed copying and pasting pictures, XD so here goes.

Heya! How’s all out mundane lives coming along?

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My mundane life is rather.. mundane. But good! I guess.

-I’m actually keeping up with NaNo and not stressing half as much as I did back in Camp. And my wordcount goal was bigger than last time. Huh.

– School is always there, you cut off one assignment’s head, two more take its place. (Yes that was a reference)

-Speaking of references, Stan Lee died yesterday. For those who don’t know, he co-created, and carried Marvel Comics to where it is now, impacting a lot of people with his stories and themes and characters- heroes. We’re gonna miss him, and I say that with all seriousness.

– Jamming to a lot of playlists with some awesome artists: Skye Peterson, some guy who goes by eaglewingsandguitarstrings on Soundcloud, Taylor Davie and her mean rendition of the Avengers theme, the MCU themes themselves (which are amazing!) and Disney songs. 😛 *whisper-screams The Hunchback of Notre Dame*

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-my church had their 11th anniversary last last week, and I switched from photographer to media manager more times than I care to count XD There was too. much. people. Which isn’t good for introverted me.

-it SNOWED. Actual real wonderful snow. Sadly it melted, but hey, here’s hoping it sticks around next time.

-We’re one month from Christmas, and I’m slightly disgruntled that the stores are putting up so much Christmas decorations so fast. Oh well. The good news is Christmas music’s starting to play, which means I can fiddle all the Christmas carols I can think of in the street without too many weird glances.

-you guys Adventures In Odyssey’s latest album is coming up soon and I have scared my family twice by squealing at 11 pm. On the same night. Yes, I’m weird.

-I’ve read a bunch more books and they’re awesome. The book reviews should be coming annnyytime soon XD

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-I’m already thinking of the next books for Zeke and Jake and MJ. Problem? I haven’t even finished Gale’s yet. *facepalms*

-There’s a lot of wanderlust (i.e. Pinterest searching even though I swore that off) going on.

-I tried drawing Eugene. Needless to say, it didn’t go well.

-The tight-throat bug is catching. Hpmh!

*sighs* And that’s pretty much it when it comes to my life. Now, I better get back to writing. But talk to me guys, hearing from you is awesome!

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10 Questions With Rowan, And A Review Of Hide And Seek

Hide and Seek Blog Tour

Hello, people! Happy dreary slow moving traffic Monday, and all that wonderful homework. Ahem. Anyway, today is the day I get to interview a character. You see, Mya Gray has published her first ever book. Indeedy she has, and I get to review and interview! This should be good. If it’s not, I probably messed it up. 😛

About the Book:

Amara Clark is haunted. When her childhood friend, Asher, vanished during a seemingly ordinary game of hide and seek, she was left bewildered and alone.

Now, eight years later, memories of Asher are coming back to haunt her and she struggles to decipher the meaning of his disappearance. In a terrifying sequence of events, she comes to the deadly realization that a simple game of hide and seek can be much more dangerous than one might think.

Before they know it, Amara and her best friend, Rowan, are whisked away on a journey to find Asher and take down the sinister group that is holding him captive. But time is running out, and saving one friend could mean losing another.

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About the Author:

 

Mya

Mya Gray is a teenager with a knack for words: when she isn’t penning a story, she can be found reading, taking photos, or blogging. Her dreams range from becoming a well-known author to fostering shelter kittens. Mya is a homeschooled high school student who resides in the Midwest with her parents, three siblings, and cat, Cupcake. Stay up to date with her and her writing on her website, lifefrombehindacamera.com.

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Review 📖

Hide And Seek just became a little..spooky.

Poor Amara. Only a little kid, and she has to watch her childhood best friend Asher disappear before her very eyes, plus run into an owl to boot.

But that was years ago. Now, all Amara has to worry in her tiny town of Silverton is being late for school and getting detention. But even that’s not bad, considering that her best friend Rowan is there to suffer with her.

So why, why on earth is there a note for Amara telling her to finish her long abruptly stopped game?

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And without knowing much about the danger ahead of her, Amara and Rowan set out to find Asher- and hopefully make it back alive.

Hide and Seek, without spoiling the book, is about waay more than hide and seek. There’s disappearances, tiny towns, snow, and cloaks to boot. But it’s mostly about Amara and Rowan, and the action is primarily on them. I would’ve liked to have more background on the two of them, because without fully connecting with the characters, I wasn’t engaged in the actual adventure.

That being said, the adventure was well described and written, and I enjoyed that part very much, even though *cough cough* it may not be a good idea to sneak off on a train with no parental permission? 😉 we all know that but just thought I’d throw that out there. The settings were all nicely written, and it wasn’t hard to see the places in my head. There’s also a mystery revolving around Amara, Asher, and another girl they find. It involves a bit of the supernatural, which I found was an interesting but hard to grasp element.

The entire story was a great first start for Mya Gray, who wrote a book that was full on action and mystery, with maybe a little less on exposition, but nonetheless a good read.

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Interview 🎤

And please welcome Rowan to this here nice leather seat with a mic! To find out more about Rowan, read the book. 😛

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Roawn’s mood board. 🙂

1. How are you doing today? Good, thanks.

2. Great! Um. So. What’s life like in Silverton, and do you like that life? Life in Silverton is what I would describe calm, ordinary, and quiet. Well, except for Asher’s disappearance. There are less than a thousand people, so it’s really small. I like it, but in the future I want to try living in a big city.

3. Sounds like a nice life! Now, I gotta know, how’d you and Amara meet and stay close friends all that time? We’ve been in the same class since we started going to school (there are so few kids at the schools here that there’s only one class per grade level). But we only really started talking when some guys were making fun of me. She was the only one who stood up for me. I didn’t have any friends, and Amara thought all the girls in our class were annoying. We’ve stuck together ever since.

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4.  Ooh, puts the home in “home room”, then. And that musta been great to have someone’s stand up for you. But, uh, when Amara let you know what was going on, did you ever think it would be so serious? No. Hardly anything ever happens in Silverton, so I expected her to tell me she was being punished for getting detention or something.

5. Detention is pretty bad, but not this serious, I’ll bet! What was racing through your mind when you and Amara left town in the night? That I would do everything I could to keep her safe. I know how much she cares about Asher, so I knew she would give up anything to save him. Amara’s decisions can be a little crazy at times, so I wanted to make sure she uses common sense. *laughs because Amara is glaring at me right now*

6. XD Good on ya, keeping your friend alive! It’s for your own good Amara! Oh, speaking of her, why did you decide to stick with Amara, even with those *cough cough* people told you to stay away? I knew better than to believe them. They were trying to split us up, so it would be easier to snatch her away without having to deal with me. So instead I made sure I was being even more careful and staying with her at all times. And I came on the journey knowing that I would have to risk everything to face Asher’s kidnappers.

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And last but not least, here is the mood board for Rowan Wood, AKA Amara’s best friend!

7. Doing the exact opposite, I like it. But it must’ve been difficult. How did you survive despite the hard conditions? What made you keep going? My mom. I knew she wouldn’t want me to give up. I want to live life to the fullest before I’m reunited with her in the end. Plus, I needed to be there for Amara when she returned to Silverton.

8. That’s a great inspiration. 🙂 So how will you be living life to the fullest? What are your plans for the future? Anything like leaving town for good? I’m still not sure. I might want to be a doctor.

9. A doctor. Nice! I’m sure you have lots of time til then, which is good for dealing with everyday stuff. Like dentention. 😛 What other kinds of detention would you rather have? XD cause writing the same thing is tiring… Organizing Mrs. Cane’s desk. I peeked back there once and wow, it’s a wreck. I love organizing and I don’t know how she works in that kind of condition.

10. *gasp* Organizing a desk? That’s really hardcore man. You couldn’t pay me to clean my own desk, 😛 well, we have just one more question now. If you could say something so that everyone in the world would know, what would it be? Never give up hope. You are loved. I probably wouldn’t have made it without hope. And so many people believe that they are not loved, when it’s not true. You will never be alone.

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If you survived almost the way to the end, good on ya! As your reward, you get to sign up for the giveaway (last day folks!),  get the rest of the schedule, and get the book links!

Book Links

Amazon

Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, November 9:

Intro // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Spotlight // Rose @ The Bright Bookcase

Character Interview with Amara // Bea @ The Treasure Within

Saturday, November 10:

Character Mood Boards // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Author Interview // Carlye @ Carlye’s Camera

Sunday, November 11:

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Rose @ A Purpose of Winged Dogs

Character Interview with Amara // Sapphire @ Simply Sapphire Song

Monday, November 12:

Q & A Live Stream // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Character Interview with Rowan + Book Review // Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive

Tuesday, November 13:

Hide and Seek Release! + Giveaway Winner // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Review // Lilian @ Green Tea With Books

Giveaway

Enter to win one signed paperback copy of Hide and Seek! (U.S. only, sorry!)

—-> ENTER TO WIN <—-

You guys are awesome. See ya later!

Lest We Forget

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And here you see me trying to talk about something that I am certain to mess up. Here goes.

War. It’s something we fear, we prepare for, and hope never comes. Maybe that’s why we celebrate Victory Days and Veterans’ Day with solemnness, maybe why there’s a field full of crosses and stars people visit every year.

Y’know, with WW2, especially, came something that was so evil and wrong, it became a reason to fight. The Holocaust.

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Way back in summer, when my sister took my brother and I to the Royal Ontario Museum, we entered an exhibit that still makes me shut up thinking about it. The Evidence Room. Because apparently someone tried to disprove the Holocaust. Someone tried to wipe away the blood and stains and say it was false, it was fake news, it was made up.

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There’s a whole exhibit proving otherwise. A whole room full of evidence to the contrary, that there was a reason the war desperately needed to be won.

The whole room was white. The ceiling, the walls, the plastered photographs and blueprints. Blueprints for concentration camps, factories of death. Auschwitz was only one of many camps meant to kill of Jews and everyone Nazis deemed unworthy. Even though that was textbook in my mind, even though I had read autobiographies and heard all about it, I had to see it to make it sink in.

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I felt the trains and little houses before I realized they were 3D plans for the bunkhouses and gas chambers.

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There was a model of a door, one side completely sealed off with a tiny glass window to peek out of, the other side with the lock. The sign said it was the door of an old gas chamber, a guard would be waiting on the outside til it was done.

Imagine being on the other side of the door. Trying to beat on the window. Being one of many. Turning into a statistic.

There were places to stay, places to work, places to step into and never come back. There was never a place you could be free.

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They said the reasons for the concentration camps was to make Germany superior. Anyone who didn’t fit that was shipped off.

11 million. 11 million people were killed. 11 million to make one nation superior.

There were moms, dads, brothers, sisters, kids.  Gone. Millions more gone were the soldiers fighting to make sure their country would never have to go through that. Maybe when we read 11 million lives, we don’t get that they were people. We don’t get that they had ordinary lives, jobs, maybe someone was on the brink of inventing something new, maybe someone just found out they were gonna have a family, maybe, just maybe they lived.

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I don’t even know if I’m doing this justice. I don’t know if I even understand how well planned they made this mass murder. But maybe it’s important that I -that we do. Cause knowledge not shared remains unknown. And if this knowledge remains unknown, we’re in trouble.

This is why the war was fought. This is why so many people gave their lives to fight. Because everybody has the right to live, no matter who they are. Nobody should be able to take millions of lives simply because they’re not his ideal.

We don’t trade lives.

Today, we celebrate the defeat of those who did.

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I Don’t Wanna Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

 

This. book. wow.

So for some odd reason I have been able to read almost 10 books in the last two months. Which is a huge deal for me since I somehow am still keeping up with NaNo.  Yay!

At the awesome book party Kate and Anna were a part of, I saw this interesting book nestled in with other amazing books. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I instantly connected with it. It’s a library, for crying out loud! So I commented that I would read it, and finally, like the other day or so, I had to put the book down (or in this case, my Kindle app). Because I’d finished the book.

I didn’t want it to end!

This book was wondermous, the concept, the characters, the setting (oh man the setting), the clues, and the entire story and subtle themes, the world. It felt so real, I was seriously transported to another world. And being the writer wannabe that I am, I kept muttering through the book,  “what a clever author. I wish I wrote this book…” which worried my mother to a certain extent.

The concept. A couple of kids get locked in a library, the coolest and only library they’ve known since the old one was destroyed before they were born, and basically, it’s an Escape Room. Use what’s in the library to get out of the library, and Mr. Lemoncello will reward ya. But frankly, I wouldn’t mind staying there forever. Food! Books! Internet! What more would I need?

The characters. Kyle is your normal, average gamer guy, but I like his character. It wasn’t flat. He’s the kind of guy you root for, and I was doing that throughout reading this book. The other kids weren’t flat either, which was awesome. Sierra is probably me, and Mr. Lemoncello is a lot like Willy Wonka. It was like I was there with  them, and it added to the story to get into some of the characters’ heads. Especially the bad guy.

The setting. Ahhhhhhhh it’s a booklover’s dream place! Imagine a science center, mixed with the gaming section of Best Buy, mixed in with a library, mixed in with so many secrets and nooks and crannies and that’s not even half of the Lemoncello library.  I wanna live there *sobs*

The clues. My Jones & Parker detective agency cap was put on again (ha, you really didn’t think I wasn’t gonna put an AIO reference, right? Cause I was.)  I had to grab a paper and pen to write down everything that would be important, and following those clues and references with Team Kyle and Team notgonnasaybutnotaniceguy was fascinating. And the author’s note at the end really heightened the suspense for me. (Easy suspense though.) If you read the book, which I certainly hope you will, read all the way to the end. 😉

Story/Themes. The story was written remarkably, like it was calling to you to stop and stay a while, which I definitely did. You’ll have to read it and see how you think of it! The themes were also written remarkably, like how thinking for others rather than just yourself goes further in the long run, to be gentle, and that books really can take you places.

As you can probably tell, I enjoyed this book immensely, as well as the second one, which talked about banned books, nerdy library kids,  and something called the library olympics. It was a great read.  Now all I gotta do is wait for the third and fourth books. And hopefully write something half as attention-grabbing as Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

And homework. I really do need to go to a library soon.