May 25, 2019

To Read Immediately

My To Read Immediately list is getting a little out of hand.

Actually, no. Most of the books on the left I have read already. I pulled them out for research. The book I'm writing now has a 3rd person omniscient narrator and I wanted to see how it is done in books I love.

So here is my research stack;

And HERE is my To Read Immediately stack:

I stuck them up on my nightstand so I don't forget about them.

I feel I need to distinguish here between a "To Read" list, and a "To Read Immediately" list. The key here is the word immediately. You may not be familiar with it. It is a word meaning AT ONCE, INSTANTLY. It is a self imposed, fast approaching deadline. Which means I really need to be reading these before I do anything else. And honestly it is stressing me out. But what can I do? They are on my nightstand. Books on a nightstand are a binding contract.

And this doesn't even include the the books on my phone I have to finish for my bookclub, and the ones I checked out from Overdrive. Ah!

Let's look at each one shall we? Why not? Do you have somewhere else to be?

  • Lovestruck by Kate Watson (who also happens to be my cousin-in-law, which you have to admit is very awesome.)
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Just finished his masterclass, and decided I should probably get around to reading a few more of his books.)
  • Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve (The audiobook is fantastic. I'm about halfway through, but I always struggle to find time to listen.)
  • Christmas Jars by Jason Wright. (Yeah. I've never read it. Have you?)
  • Minnie Kim: Vampire Girl by Ali Cross (Winner of  the Whitney Award for YA Speculative Fiction)
  • A Monster Like Me by Wendy Swore (I picked up this book based solely on the title and the cover. Which, um, I don't have a picture of. Sorry.)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. (Birthday present from my fantastic friend Jeri.)
  • Douglas Adams' Shada by Gareth Roberts (I still intend to do reviews of all the books on my book shelf, and this is the next one in line. I stuck it with the rest of my Douglas Adams books, but I THINK it is a book based on a Doctor Who episode written by Douglas Adams? Maybe? I'll let you know after I read it.)
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (The book the 80's cartoon was based on. Recommended by my niece Emily.)
  • Shattered Snow by Rachel Huffmire (I met Rachel at a class at Storymakers. She told me about her book and, boom! It magically appeared in my to read pile!)
  • Legion by Brandon Sanderson (cuz, obviously)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by Eugene Yelchin (saw this on overdrive. Checked it out-after a long wait- listened to a bit and loved it so much I had to hold that book in my hands. It has pictures!)

Thanks for stopping by for some informative pictures of books! Until next time.

May 20, 2019


My favorite weekend came and went and it was wonderful and now it is over. That is how things work after all. It is sad that it is over, but after two days my brain had reached its maximum information capacity.

 There were so many great classes I'm not sure which one was my favorite. I loved Sara Eden's class about the Theory of Mind. It was fascinating. (And I'm not going to go into it now. Look it up if you want to know more.) And Dennis Gaunt's class Simulating the Slushpile was hilarious. He's a slushpile reader for Shadow Mountain and he had a bunch of writers send him stuff showing some common mistakes writer's make. I went because I needed a brain break and it was so, so, so funny. (You can see why I want to be a writer. That description was so vivid I'm sure you feel like you were there in the room with me, don't you?)

Most of my ANWA writing group was there and I loved sitting with them during meals and having stimulating conversations.

 I realized during the final meal that I hadn't taken a single picture, so I whipped out my phone and snapped a few.

Then I said, "Take a picture of this side of the table." and handed Alison my phone and then I did this:

Because apparently I struggle posing for pictures like a normal person. Thank goodness I'll always have that photo for posterity.

Before we went home we rounded up as many of us as we could and got a picture altogether.

Now I just have to incorporate all the wisdom that was dumped on me into my writing and I'm sure I'll be an expert in No Time!