Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fandomfest Q&A with William Shatner!!!

The second Q&A was with William Shatner! This one was a little different than Gillian Anderson's in that for one, there was no Jell-O shots. Shatner spoke for a bit before the questions, telling us that he has a house in Lexington, ky, and has horses and lives horse racing. This was all news to me!
He talked about his career and how it was the only thing he wanted to do. I remember him being really funny. The first guy to ask questions took a really long time and kinda overstayed his welcome. Shatner let him know how much of an ass he was being. 
He also mentioned how he was able to do a show where he interviewed all the captains in Star Track. Should be airing this fall. :) Also, I have to say, for a man who is 82- he looks like he's 55!! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fandomfest Q&A--Gillian Anderson!

So I went to three different Q&As this past Saturday- all amazing and for different reasons. The first one I'm going to post about is Gillian Anderson's.  She talked about her work on x-files, but admitted that her character on the show The Fall, is her favorite character to act.
She gave out jello-shots to those that asked questions, which seemed pretty cool! She was really funny and fun to listen too. She auctioned off her t-shirt for her charity Say-yes. It went for almost $600!!! 

( sorry not a any links in this post. Posting from my phone due to my tiredness from work!! First day of on the job training ( I'm a city mail carrier) and I walked for at least six hours! No energy to walk to my computer. :/ ) 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kicking off Fandomfest!!

Last night I had the honor of going with my fiance to see Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes promoting their new movie, Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. ( If you're not into vulgar humor don't bother watching the link)

After the movie the two did a Q&A with the audience.  One girl asked Kevin Smith, who is well known for his love of comic books, which one he found to have the most impact on his life.

He said it was a Batman comic, sorry but I forgot the specific one, where Batman is driving around really fast, and says, "This would be a great way to die....but not today." Turning the car from a cliff or something. He said he felt he could relate to it when he was asked to direct a movie for a studio, one he didn't write himself. He loved the money, the ability to do what you wanted with the film, but decided that wasn't where his heart was, he wanted to make his own creations.

This is just a taste of the insights a person can get from going to an event like Fandomfest. I know I'm super excited this weekend not only to go to more Q&As, but to be present in such a creative environment. I think any geek like me would go nuts with the opportunity to go to something like the San Diego Comic Con, but alas, tickets are hard to get! Maybe next year! I'm content for now though to enjoy my first convention here in Kentucky. Perhaps starting off small is best.

Expect more posts this weekend about my adventures at Fandomfest! I won't be able to go to as much as I'd like do to work, but my fiance will be there taking pictures and making me jealous.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Blogger Day 15!

I was just looking at the list and realized I skipped day five's question!!! So here is it:

Recommend a tear jerker.

I don't read many romance or cheesy novels. I pretty much stick to my sci-fi and fantasy, with the occasional normal fiction book. Or a classic, which is what I'm going with today.

With the movie coming out last lear, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo showed many people what the power of a story could do. I know I cried at the end of the movie!!

If you take the time to read this wonderful masterpiece though, you will not only cry at the end, but several times throughout. It's not an easy read; my copy of the book is 642 pages. It's worth the time and energy! As a avid reader and writer, I think it's always wise to learn from classics. This book really has it all. It draws you in into the heartache of these characters and the injustice that they are living.

So even though the movie is wonderful, and worth seeing, don't forget about the book! It's free to download, so what are you waiting for!!


This post is edited because I made a mistake! I have done the tear jerker one! So, here is what day 15 should be on!!! Goodness! All these days off have messed with my mind!

Who are my blogging mentors?

I never had anyone coach me on how to run, set up or do my blog. I mainly learned from simply reading other blogs. The most influential on me is Nathan Bransford's blog, and if for some unknown reason you are not following his blog, and are a writer, reader, etc, do so now!! This guy has so much awesome insight and info for writers and authors. When I began following his blog several years ago he was a literary agent, who has since turned author.

Also, the people who follow his blog and post are worthy of looking into as well, since most are fellow book people like myself.

 So there you have it! The end of the Book Blogger Challenge!!!
What a great experience! This has helped my blog so much!! Brought in a lot of readers, lots of views, and kept me on my toes!!! No worries, I plan to keep posting!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 14!

What are my deal breakers?

I'm assuming this means with books/blogs.

Blog posts that are really long, or don't have good punctuation thus making them hard to read, are a deal breaker for me. I love reading about peoples thoughts and ideas even if they are not about books or writing.

Blogs that don't seem to have any pertinent content also can be a deal breaker. I try my best to ensure my blog doesn't fall in this category!

As for books that are deal breakers, like I said before in this challenge, if the cover looks stupid I'm less likely to pick up the book. Length doesn't really bother me, as I love reading so long books are fine, unless they tend to drag on.

What are you deal breakers? Or will you give anything a try?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 13!

Describe an underappreciated book everyone should read.

When I saw that this was todays question, I went to my bookshelves, and simply looked around for books I love that I know those around me (family and friends) have probably not read, or not for a long time. I ended up with five books. So I will try to keep it brief for each one.

First book I think everyone should read is, "The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time." by Mark Haddon.  I bought this book for $3 at a used bookstore and it was money well spent. The main character in this book a teenager who happens to be autistic. He is accused of killing a neighbors dog and after a night in jail, decides to solve the mystery of who killed the dog.

This is a short, wonderfully written read. I think everyone should read it because as someone who has worked with autistic people, it gives great insight into how they think and act. Everyone could use a better understand of those around them I feel.

Not sure if this book is underappreciated or not, not now anyway. It's won several awards and is going to be a movie this fall. I read it a year or so ago. I had heard friends talk about it, say cool things, and when I finally got my hands on a copy I understood why. "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card is effing amazing! I think it needs to be on school reading lists myself. I think this book would do great for people who don't really think or care for sci-fi novels.

This is a truly underappreciated book! "The City of Gold and Lead" by John Christopher was the first sci-fi book I ever read. It's the second book in the Tripods Trilogy. Pretty simple really, aliens come to take over the earth, they roam around in tripods policing humans. Humans fight back with the help of the protagonist. I read this book so many times as a kid and it helped me develop my love for reading.

I think all of us have read "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury at some point or another. For me it was a college english class. I feel this books shows how deep sci-fi can go. Sci-fi shows us versions of our future and how our current actions got us there. I don't see how anyone could not read this book and not feel its message.

The last book I also had to read in a college english class. "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton, although short, has great character development and is small enough that someone not prone to reading classics could try. At first the story doesn't seem to be about much, and you wonder why until you realize how the story is being set up. This story is truly all about the characters and their development.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 12!!

How do you fight blogger fatigue?

That is today's blogger challenge question!

What a question for me huh? This is something I obviously struggle with!! I have trouble with going through long periods with no blog posts. I want my little blog to do well, but life sometimes happens.

Since starting this challenge, which I will name as one way to help fight blogger fatigue, I've been able to come up with ways to help me not go months without posting. Since I've been posting almost everyday now, I've had several ideas for new posts. Instead of just merely writing down those ideas, which could work, go ahead and write the post! Just save it. You don't need to publish it right away. Save it for when you don't have an idea!

If you don't have any ideas, you could even post about that. Research it yourself, and blog on it. Write about the book your reading, or one you read a long time ago if you don't have time to read. If something funny happened to you or you had a good idea-write about it! Each blog has their own niche, so staying on topic would be helpful. My blog talks a lot about books and writing, but I have it set up to where I can talk about random things in my life. I feel this gives me an out to do so. Since I'm not currently writing this helps.

Read others blogs! Could be inspiring. Play around on Pinterest or google+. Read interesting websites often to stay up to date on the things in your niche.

What are some ways you keep blogger fatigue? If your an experienced blogger, what would be your advice to newbies?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Day 11 of Book Blogger Challenge!!

* This post is a day late. Yesterday when I was working on it the power shut off due to a storm. It didn't come back on till late at night so you're getting the post now!*

So today's question or thing to do, is show off my top favorite blog posts that I have. Easy enough right?! : )

These are not really in any order, fyi, and you can find my top five viewed blogs on the left hand side of this post!

1. Entering A New Phase in the Improve Joy Plan is one of my favorites. I like it because it was when I really started to take control of some things in my life, and become a better me! This plan is still in motion. I was able to lose some weight, but, next week I'm going to begin delivering mail as a postal worker. One reason that job seemed so cool to me was the fact that I would be walking so much! Getting paid to exercise and do a public service- yea I can do that.

2. Online Dating Analogy would be one as well. I like it because I met my fiance through online dating!! It worked! haha I had tried multiple sites over the years, I believe him and I met on MeetMe.  He messaged me and if I remember correctly his first line was, "EXTERMINATE!!!" (This is a line a character says from the show Dr. Who on BBC.

3. Would be the posts on my tattoos. I tend to think about a tattoo I want for quite a while, where it would look best, and then if it sticks in my brain, I get it done. I have five so far. I did a post on my phoenix tattoo, (still love it dearly!)  and one on my BSG tattoo. I don't believe I did any more posts on my others, but that could most certainly be something I might post on in the future!

4. I am also proud of my post titled Getting published and American Idol. I remember when I had the thought for that post...I'm not going to lie, I was pretty darn proud of myself! It just seemed to make sense! At the time of writing that post, I was winding down my attempts to get published. All in all, I got two partial request in my querying days. For a first novel who had no idea what she was doing--I think that's something to keep your head up high about! I don't know if I will attempt publishing again until I'm finished with school. Writing is such a process, and if you want to be published you have to make your work the best it can be. That takes crap-loads of time!! I'm never going to give up on being a writer. I know it will happen. Traditional or independent, it's going to happen people.

5. This post has my query for the novel I wrote. Still wouldn't mind input on it! Writing is one of the best experiences I feel, and going back and looking at all these old posts and remembering what I was feeling during that process, brings back good memories!

It's good to look back. See where you have been and how far you have come. Sometimes we get discouraged because we feel we haven't done as much as well wanted. Just take a look back, and you will probably realize you are a much better version of yourself now then you where then.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 10!

Only five more days left! This challenge has been so amazing. Today was the question I've been waiting to share the whole time!! Yay!

How do you choose what to read next?

I don't know if everyone does this differently. Some people I think go through lists, and just read down them. I'm a lot more pickier myself. I have to feel the book. First, I will look at all the books I have in my bookshelves and see if any just call to me. By call, I mean stand out, speak to me, make me keep coming back to it. Pick it up...look it over.

Although I don't always find a book that calls to me from my own bookshelf. If that happens, I take to the stores and scour. The same process as looking and wanting a book that feels right applies here too. I look at them, read the cover flap, and maybe the first few pages. If I find the book I want but it's not in my price range, I simply write it down and look elsewhere. If the book is the first in the series, and I'm getting into it, I quickly buy the rest. Worst thing is finishing a book and having to wait for the next one! This is what happened with the current series I'm reading. I had Daughter of the Forest, on my shelf for a few years. It finally called to me and I loved it! Midway through the book I bought the remaining five books. I'm now on book five, and have invested in a series I love and enjoy, and can now share with others.

Some series I have only read the first book, such as Ender's Game. Book two is hard to find, and I haven't been able to find it, or if I do, not in my price range.

Sometimes, I'm wrong about a book. I think I might be feeling it...but when I start to read it, especially if its a new author to me, I loose my interest in it and have to keep looking. Before I started Daughter of the Forest, I tried to read book one of the Wheel of Time series. About a hundred pages in I just wasn't feeling it. It didn't bother me, I know I want to read that series, now just wasn't the time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Days 8 & 9

Augh! Did it again didn't I? Missed a day again. In my defence, I'm starting a new job this week so things have been a little different. I'm very sleepy right now and it's not even late!!

So, day 8 of the Book Blogger Challenge asks, " name 15 things that appeal to you on blogs." So here goes!

1. Giveaways!!!
2. Publishing insights/tips
3. book reviews
4. pretty pictures
5. interviews
6. lots of links
7. new technology articles
8. travel
9. other unpublished authors viewpoints/struggles
10. how to get more followers!
11. literary agents advice
12. writing advice
13. ways to connect with people through social media
14. nothings about peoples lives
15. free stuff


Day 9 asks, "why write about books on a blog?"

Humm, good question. For me, I don't do book reviews to often, unless you go to my goodreads page, but I like talking about an awesome book I've just read, or am reading. It's just like telling a friend about it. You want them to experience the same awesomeness you have so you both can enjoy and talk about that said awesomeness.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 7

Blogging quirks....

I, as every, I would assume, who writes or helps write a blog, has their quirks. Today I am supposed to tell you about mine.

The first thing that came to mine, though I doubt this could count as a quirk, is that I don't tend to post as often as a good blogger should. Also, I started this blog when I wrote my first novel, or shortly after. It seemed what any aspiring author should do: have a blog and create a following so you look good to agents and publishers. Since I haven't written in a while, and seem to struggle to find that same passion I had when I wrote my first novel, this blog has morphed into a blog about me and my life. From divorce, to rediscovering myself, to all the quirky stuff I like to do (tattoos, paint, ok so those things are not very quirky).

My hopes for this blog:

Do more book reviews. When I'm in school, which will be full time this fall and thereafter until graduation, it is hard to find time to do pleasure reading. So that might have to stay more in the summer.

Blog more!!! This challenge has really been challenging for me! It's also helped me see it isn't to hard to sit down and write a quick little blog piece. This is giving me the confidence that I could, just maybe, blog more often. I did put the blogger app on my phone so who knows!!

Not sure if this is about my quirks, but it's what my thoughts are on my little blog.

Oh! I've also thought about doing a giveaway. No details as of yet, but keep your eyes open!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day's 5 & 6

So I want to apologize for not posting yesterday! Falling back into old habits!! But today is a new day and I'm ready to make up for it!!

So the questions for today are as follows: Recommend a tear jerker, and describe how I shop for books.

Easy enough.

A tear jerker....I cry over a lot of books. The series I'm reading now has caused me to cry during a few books so we'll go with it. The books are by Juliet Marillier, a wonderful fantasy author who writes, at least in this series, fantasy stories around Irish folklore. This series is simply called The Sevenwaters Novels.

Ironically enough, I bought the first book several years ago at a library book sale. Which leads us into how I shop for books. First off, I try to go where I will find cheap books. Unless it's a new book in a series and I just can't wait, I'd rather not pay full price. So I like to go to half price book stories, used book stories, abebooks online, or library sales. This way I can buy several books and not break the bank.

I am one of those people that do judge a book by its cover. Sad but true. I think most of us do without knowing it perhaps. I usually don't go for books with people on the cover, kinda bothers me, but, as you will see, the Sevenwaters Novels all have a girl on the cover. Fantasy books usually have some person, or animal, or castle on the cover, so I tend not to judge them as harshly about that. If the cover doesn't turn me off then I proceed to read the inside flap, or back of the book. It if catches my attention, made me read the whole little bit, and it's at a good price, I'm going to buy it. If its to expensive, I might put it on my goodreads like for "to be read."

Also for me, just because I bought a book doesn't mean I plan on reading it right away. My bookshelves are full of books I haven't read. Took me over 3 years to get to the Sevenwaters Novels. I try to find books I know I will like when the time comes for me to read them.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 4

What was the last book I threw across the room?

To be honest, I don't believe I have ever done that. I've read books that I found frustrating at parts, or ones that are slow. The series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin has some characters I couldn't stand. Joffrey being no. 1 on that list. Reading about him has probably made me the closest to throwing the book. The reason I disliked him so much was because he is a spoiled brat who happens to be the king. He loves seeing people suffer and making them do what he wants. He cares nothing for his subjects or the adults around him who attempt to give him guidance. Needless to say he's always causing trouble for the characters I like. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 3

Who are my blogger BFFS?

Well, if I'm being honest, I don't believe I have any blogger BFF. I go back and forth with keeping my blog up to date, something I certainly want to work on. I would love to have a blogger BFF!! Any takers?!

I do follow a lot of awesome blogs, to take a look at some of the blogs I follow recent posts just look at the right hand of the screen. Lot's of cool people out there with lots of awesome ideas. So many ideas flow on the internet now that we have the opportunity to be constantly challenging our way of thinking and ultimately  better ourselves.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Blogger Challenge Day 2

What's my bedtime book ritual?

I don't read before I go to bed every night, some nights candy crush is unfortunately the thing I end my night on. As in the case that I am reading, which is a fair assumption, I get everything ready for the next day before I snuggle under my blankets and take myself away into book-land. I try to always end at the end of a chapter, unless I become just to tired to continue. I've totally stopped reading with only 5 or so pages left before!

Do you read before bed? Any quirky rituals?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Saw this on a friend I follow on twitter, April C, you should follow her if you're not already.

Once I saw it I felt it was just to awesome of an idea to pass up. As you know, I have issues with posting on my blog, as in never enough! I thought this would be a a great way for me to get back into it! Talking about books no less!!! So...for day one here is my 15 book confessions.

1. I have finished every series I ever started except one. It was the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I still plan too...someday.
2. I had a hard time reading as a kid. I was in a special reading program after school in second grade that really helped me read.
3. I didn't become an avid reader until 4th all started with a Goosebump book!
4. My favorite place to read is in my bed, in my pjs, with just a small light on.
5. If the story is getting really good and interesting, I skip around to just find the good parts.
6. I read the ending of the book after the first chapter. Usually it doesn't make sense to me but I don't care. I've made attempts to not peek...they always fail.
7. Jane Austen novels got me into reading classic books. I love collecting them now.
8. I own a Kindle Fire but am mostly found reading paper books. Mainly because I can find them cheaper in the story and I love the smell and look of old books.
9. The first sci-fi book, one of my favorite genres, was A City of Gold and Lead. I know I was in elementry school when I first read it. My mom bought it for me at a library book sale.
10. I didn't read Lord of the Rings until I was sophomore in college.
11. I cry just as much from sad/ extra happy scenes in books as I do in movies.
12. As long as I can remember I occasionally narrate my own actions just like a book.
13. My imaginary friend growing up was Laura from Little House On the Prarie. I would pretend she came from her time into mine and would do my best to explain how things worked (like a tv, phone, etc).
14. I'm still surprised when I met someone who isn't a reader. I can't believe they don't know what they are missing. How can you not like playing a movie in your head?!?
15. Writing my own novel was the coolest experience I have had, as far as literary things go. Totally takes you into the story in a whole new way. I think its true everyone has a novel in them somewhere, and I think everyone should at least give it a try writing one, publishing being an option.

So there's my 15 things! Wasn't sure I had 15 but I did!! Feel free to share some of yours, especially if you don't have a blog! Love learning new things about others!