Saturday, July 22, 2017

Paperbacks vs eBooks {Better Than Batman vs Superman}



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!


Today I bring you a discussion post on an epic battle- paperback books vs eBooks. I honestly can't think of anything clever or interesting to say as an intro, though, so... let's just start the post.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Publication Date Change




Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So, my technical team ran into some unexpected difficulties, and thus, publication date has been moved to August 1st. The blog tour should still be up and running starting the 28th of this month so if you're interested in participating, drop me a comment. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Writing Update {Dragons Take Over} + NOT CHANGING MY BLOG ADDRESS




Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So you know me. Dragons and Batman and coffee. Thus, it only makes sense that I would be writing about one of those three things. Well, Batman's been done and coffee would be... boring, honestly; thus I wrote about dragons. The Vulcans approve this logic.

Friday, July 14, 2017

295 FOLLOWERS



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

Um, this morning you guys kind of gave me the best surprise ever. See, I was texting Sophie  and trying to show her how to check her feedburner- then I almost fell out of my desk chair beacause apparently 262 of you follow me by email?? And I mean.. WHAT? Last I checked there really weren't that many of you and now I have an army there are a whole bunch of you?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blog Tour Sign-Ups! {SO EXCITED!}



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So, I am SUPER excited to announce BLOG-TOUR SIGNUPS for my debut novelette A Beautiful Disaster. You can add it on Goodreads here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Interview: Liz of AmericanCatCreations (And Blog Address Change?)




Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials! 

Today I will be interviewing Liz, owner of the Etsy shop American Cat Creations- and at the end of the post, she's offered a coupon code so stick round for that. Her shop is super cute! I especially love her Batman pillow.  Not that I'm obsessed with Batman, or anyth-

Friday, July 7, 2017

Beautiful People {In Which I Start on the 26th}


Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So I like never do these writing tags because I'm #lame. But I wanted to do it so here we are.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Month Review: June 2017 {Of Dentists and Dreams}


Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials! 

First things first, I dreamed last night that I somehow got my hands on an ARC of Wonder Woman: Warbringer and basically almost cried when I woke up and it was only a dream. Send help and chocolate.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why I Write Rebelliously: #RebeliousWriting + Is This A Discussion Post of Sorts?



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

Ahem.

I have joined the #RebelliousWriting movement! This is a movement started by Gray Marie at her blog Writing is Life. If you click the link, you can learn more, but basically this is a movement to write cleaner YA books. AND I HAVE JOINED because clearly I like clean books. Give alllll the books baths.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Sister Tag {Wait, Daisy Has Siblings?}



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So, I'd seen The Sister Tag floating around, and then Sophie and her sister did it, and I was like, Huh, I should do that.
Then I was like... I don't think I've ever talked about my siblings on my blog.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We Stood Upon Stars {Book Review} // Motorcycles, Adventures, and Cool Maps



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!


Sometimes you get a new book and the cover is just AMAZING. Well, this book was ONE OF THOSE BOOKS. And since the cover is 99% prettier than me, it has replaced my face.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I Wrote a Story and Kept It Semi-Secret




Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

You will not believe it, but today I discovered that cats can come out of bags. Considering how violently they come out, I'd hate to be the one putting them in.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

{Fantastical Vacation Spots} (GIFS! MEDIOCRITY!)



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials! 


I, your amazing and wonderful host, am here to give you the summer getaways you can never ever actually get to! I'm amazing, I know.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Camp NaNo Approaches {Cannons, GIFs of Childhood, and WIP Fears}



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

As my not so creative title implies, CAMP NANO IS COMING.

Make ready the cannons.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Why I am So Forgiving of Slightly Unoriginal Stories



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!
are there any extraterrestrials reading? 

Today's post is brought to you by summer.  And not just any summer, either. A wet summer. Because sun and sand were not in my future, apparently.


So, I'm the type of person who loves doing things over and over again. 
Not kidding.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Updates (I Have a New Blog?!)




Hello, butterflies and moths!
what do you mean i said the wrong thing? i would never-
*looks up*
oh.

ahem.


Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Month Review: May 2017 {Obsessions, Recaps, and Tamatoa}



Hello, humans and extraterrestrials!

Guess who's doing these cute little monthly recap things that basically everyone else in the universe does? Me! #trendy. Haha, such cool, much amaze, all the jazz.

But wait! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

theCramm Award // I Don't Have a Subtitle




Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

*twiddles thumbs* soooo I don't have a subtitle. I'm a terrible person.

It's actually not that big of a deal but it bothers me. I mean, the perfect subtitle is out there somewhere.... and my butterfly net isn't big enough to catch it. Not cool, butterfly net. Not cool.


Anywhoses, Anika nominated me for theCramm award, which... I had honestly never heard of before. This award is a product of theCramm (hence the name).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

{Instagram}


Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Writer's Tag // Words! Words! Words! (+ Mother's Day)


//



Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials! May the Mango Queen said that ANYONE could do the Writer's Tag that she did so very deeceelously (i mean, we have marvelously, so...) It looked fun, I like talking- er, typing? Both, really- and also I just really like words. Therefore, I took her offer and am doing it!

First things firstly, though, go check out May's beautiful blog!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Life as Explained by Tamatoa GIFs {Unhealthy Obsession?}

don't worry, the off-center text was intentional.
okay, fine, i was watching disney channel while i made it and i can't multitask.
 gravy, you guys insist on the truth.

Hello, earthlings and extraterrestrials!

So, ever since I saw Moana, I may have had a slightly unhealthy obsession with the song 'Shiny'.

I mean, all my friends are basically ready to kill me because I won't quit singing it.

Look it's a genius song, guys. I mean genius. He's a giant, sparkly crab. And he sings. And it's hilarious.

But obviously, when you're obsessed with something, everything throughout the day becomes a fandom reference.

Therefore, life itself can be explained by Tamatoa GIFs.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Character Q&A #1 {Who are these people?}


....No, I'm afraid these characters are unbeknownst to you, readers! They are....
mysterious.

And, haha, I can totally keep a secret so I'm posting about them. Mwahaha.

what of course that logic works because all you'll know is what i say....
See, I wanted to interview Sophie's characters but I had to agree to let her interview mine so...
here we are, ladies and gents.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

NaNo Fail/NaPo Fail (And Introducing... Power of Paper!)



WHO FAILED NAPO AND NANO?

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and no, i didn't do it just to use that gif. have some faith in me.

BUT IT'S OKAY because I went on this huge trip that you will probably be seeing some pictures of someday soon here.

I am happy with what I did write this month, though, so that's good. :) I also read some REALLY good books that you will probably get reviews of.

Well, signing off for no-

what do you mean "look back up at your title"? I know exactly what my title is and I never forget anyth-

Oooooh yeah, that introduction.

Haha, I remembered that, I was keeping you guys on your toes.

ANYWAYS.... hehe...


What is this Power of Paper? It is, as the image says, a collab blog by me and Shuffle. It's all about writing and believing in yourself and fandoms. Basically, it's about all that good stuff in the world.

I encourage you all to go over and check it out- to kick off the month of May, we'll be doing Meeting Characters May, which you'll hear more about later.

May the Force be with you.
i am so funny lol



Are you excited about Power of Paper? Do you forgive me for failing and not being very remorseful about it? Do you love the Taylor Swift gif?



Thursday, April 20, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 13/14/15

I'm super behind!
fear the muppets, my pretties. *witch cackle*

I am basically feeling like a failure, but I have a muppet gif so I'm failing in style.

Shattered

fragile glass,
a person
easily broken,
a person,
easily shattered,
a person.

beautiful fractures,
a person
catching the light,
a person
broken yet beautiful,
a person.
\

Starry eyes

a child stands, with starry eyes,
looking into painted skies.
a world so full of light 
so full of dark
a world made of water
is made of spark.

stars shine brightly, though black surrounds,
illuminating shapes far below, on the ground.

a child stands, with starry eyes,
looking into painted skies.
a world so full of light
so
full 
of
dark
a world made of water
is made with 
sparks.
/

Rush

Speedingspeedingspeeding by,
crowds disappear in the blink of an eye
so much has happened,
so much has been done.
Everyone is on the run.

Speedingspeedingspeeding by,
crowds- GONE in the blink of an eye.
So much has happened,
but little has been done,
why is everyone on the run?
//

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shakespearean Star Wars? {A Book Review}

/Goodreads/ /Amazon/


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Summary {From Goodreads}

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful Droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying... pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for.
 


This absolutely is the book I was looking for.

When I found out that this book existed, my reaction was something like this:

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When I found out that my library had it, I looked just like this:

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Throughout reading it, I was simultaneously laughing, crying, laughing because I was crying, and hugging the book to my chest. The illustrations were 100% wonderful, the quotes were 100% beautiful, and this book gets all the stars.

I also convinced my mom to read some of it, and she was just laughing so. so. hard.

This book is like dark chocolate for the soul as in good for the heart.  As in, also delicious. As in, also caffeinated so I was up all night.

All the reasons to love this book
  • Star Wars
  • Shakespeare
  • Lots of 'verily' and 'aye, true'
  • Illustrations of Star Wars Characters in Shakespearean garb
If that's not enough to make you go buy it now... then I don't know what is.

Basically, guys, my words are gone and I don't know what to say at this point. Therefore, I will just order you all to buy it now. Right now.  Words do NOT do it justice, and you must all read it now.




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter


Happy Easter, everybody! As you munch on jellybeans and wear pretty pastel colors, remember that Christ died the worst death imaginable for us. He loves us. 

We sang the song below in my church today. I think it really captures the meaning of Easter.


Have a great day!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mystery on the Train Book Review





Ten-year-old Scarlet Paddleburrow is off to a prestigious boarding school in New York. But first, she has to travel there - by train. Along the way, she meets a new friend - Kat Davids, who is also going to the same school. The two girls become fast friends, and spend most of the day together.

When mysterious and frightening things start happening, a chain of events throws Scarlet and Kat smack in the middle of the a mystery.
Who is sabotaging the train and trying to scare the passengers? And why? It’s up to Scarlet - with the help of her new friend - to find out.
The Mystery on the Train is the first book in The Scarlet Paddleburrow Mystery Series, for girls ages 8-12.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lydia Dyslin is a Christian, homeschooled author living in the state of New Hampshire. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, playing the piano, or spending time with friends. She lives with her parents, her sister Jo, and her two cats, Twilight and Twinkle.
You can read more about her at her blog: http://disneyfans4ever2.blogspot.com



//

Lydia is one of those bloggers I stalked for FOREVER back when this blog was just a baby, so when she announced that she was publishing her book, I just HAD to sign up for a book review!

This book is really cute! It's for ages 8-12, so of course it was a bit young for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters were sweet, and the mystery was done pretty well. The writing was good and the author clearly has a good grasp on grammar. (As a Grammar Nazi, you can trust me)

It's very short (I read it in fifteen minutes) which is perfect for the intended age range. It is perfectly clean, which is what we should see more of in the world. :)

Basically: go read this book! The amazon and goodreads links are up at the top of the page





Thursday, April 13, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 10/11/12 (Plus: NaNo Updates)

Hello, everyone! I have two more late poems today... fashionably late.

one

1 (one) little bird on a (1 (one)) wire
1 (one) big sky to cover the (singular) world
1 (one) world in a (1 (one)) universe.
1 (one) person (singular) looking at the (singular) sky.

//
...The best I can personally give that one is, it's unique.

light

close enough to touch it,
the current of electricity,
reaching through the dark of night,
a single spark creates a blaze,
neon in the midnight black.
hearts beating faster
cars, headlights,
streams in the dark,
roads, highways,
leading forever onward,
burning out so fast

//

Tell Me

I need to hear that whisper,
preceded by the telling glance,
telling me the flowers will fade,
but the sun itself shall not.

I need to know that the petals may fall,
the earth may shake, people may leave,
but the moon will always touch me, giving me silvery wings of night.

I need to know that in the dark
a light will always shine,
and others may reflect it, 
for time may fail and friends may leave,

but tell me the morning star will stay,
the dew upon my cheeks.

Tell me I can stay this way,
a child playing in the summer sun,

the past behind me, the universe ahead,
living fully, everthing clear,

safe for now, frozen in time.

{tell me I will be safe... I know now that I can be safe}

//
and that one was just plain weird?


So.... NaPo is going pretty well, eh? Let's talk about how I'm succeeding instead of how I'm epically failing.

Hehe...what? Why are you looking at me that way?

Fine.

I AM FAILING. See, I said it. What I didn't say is that.... there's a bright side somewhere.

the bright side is I read a lot of stuff this month instead of writing a lot of stuff

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gee, thanks, ron. do you work for ackbar industries now? proclaiming the obvious since 1983.

I'll be okay.

Somehow.

I mean, I guess to write I have to read... in some weird way, doesn't that logic work? ask the vulcans, they'll know

I will write, though, because I will  tame these dragons. These dragons will JOIN my army or face marshmallows.


How's the month going for all of you? Which of my three weird poems did you prefer?


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 8/9

Sorry that these are late! Neither owns a title, sadly. You can call them whatever you wish- "hey, you' would suffice.

people, smaller than the eye can see,
rushing as ants, faster, stronger,
working as the sun and moon pass by,
on a gradually turning earth



Swinging skirt,
toes pointed,
music plays, delicate and twinkling,
as lights cast shadows on velvet.

//

Friday, April 7, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 7

Friendship


Friends. 
Lemons growing on a tree.
A star, blindingly bright, teaching us to believe.
Fire, burning in the horizon.
Earth, growing, green.
Mist rising, uncovering secrets.

Friends.
Ashes, smoldering, a testimony to the flames.
The light, flashing, revealing secrets.
Electricity, 
Grass, growing on a hillside, green and fresh.
A branch, waving in the wind.


//



   Hi! I am Astrid Jane Lemons, but for short, you can call me Lemons. I am one of Daisy and Shuffle's BFFs. I live in a coconut shell under the shade of a big oak tree, and I have a doggie named Zuni. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and James Patterson. I hate negativity and fluffy cats that I want to pet but make me sneeze. {I'm sadly allergic.} I love to cook, sing, and act. I don't have a blog, but I like messing with Daisy's. I am usually an extrovert, but from time to time I like to just sit with my dog, a good book, a cup of earl gray, and be left alone. MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR. 

                                                         --A. J. Lemons.

Hey there! If you just read that above, then you're probably le confused.

In fact, you might be saying "But.... A.J.? WHY DID YOU ATTACK DAISY'S BLOG?! IS DAISY OKAY?! DO WE NEED TO FREE HER?"

The answers to those four questions are:
Yes.
Because.
...Is she ever okay?
Maybe.

Yes, my friend Lemons (who does show up occasionally) has decided to grace all of you with her presence! Let us give her a round of applause! Lemon just did a circular motion with her arms- I think she was clapping?

And in case you were wondering, then yes, we are both really. really. weird.

But it's okay because...

Uh...
*whispers* Lemons... why it is okay?

She says we're normal and the normal people are weird.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading weird friend stuff, and also the poem up there... It's late here, and we should totally head to the coconut shell. But... we probably won't.... because im batgirl and shes wonder woman and crime never sleeps







Thursday, April 6, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 6

Sunrise

The end of a night,
beginning of day.
Beginning of light,
light that cannot stay.
Inky black growing lighter, gradually,
becoming a watercolor of orange and pink.

//

Tomorrow is Friday! You guys got anything good planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 5

Night to Morning

She caught a thousand stars, and held them in her pocket.
He handed her the moon, which he had reached without a rocket.
She reached to touch the galaxies, spiraling around.
He held her close, by the toes, keeping her near the ground.
She blinked with such amazement, as she saw the coming day.
He touched the morning dew, as the night fell away.

//

Thoughts? How's your month going?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NaPoWriMo: 4

Winter

A whisper creeping over,
a whiteness sent to cover
Crystallizing, hard as steel,
sent so that the grass might feel
safer, while the world's asleep.
Safety that is theirs to keep.

//

...Not my best, but I'm exhausted. I had a very interesting day today. :)
 

Forgive Me, Everyone // Good Thing I Have Those Excuses


One and all, I am afraid I have decided to live dangerously....

You know how at EVERY WriMo I change my story?

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(it's like i can't stick to anything, guys. anything.)

Well... I'm going back to Dragoncologist at last. Fankids will still be there, waiting, but for now, I feel like a need to finish Dragoncologist. I really don't have any good reason. I do, however, have yesterday's list of excuses, so pick one of those and call that my excuse.


I feel kind of bad about this, but I had to remind myself that if I'm not at all enjoying my writing, and I mean not at all, the writing itself will be better if I write what I feel like I should.

Punish me if you must, o readers and writers, but I have made my decision; I have done what I must. 

Will I survive? Am I being overly dramatic? Do any of you even care what I write or not?
These indeed are important questions, and I shalt ponder them over a cup of tea.