Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Writing Scraps | Circa 2009

I've forgotten, Sarah is dead to me.
I can see the veins and the twitching nerve
a painful reflex 
I've come to deserve.
My breathing hurts with each
vocal stretch and
strain, loss of sound
or are you deaf.
The same words on repeat
sound better
in her speech.
Or am I mute.

I found this in one of my many notebooks. I remember writing this whilst working at an indoor mini golf. I was sat in that booth for hours with nothing to do. I got a lot of great reading and writing done in that time though.
Love and Bugs

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fifteen For Free | Summer Reads

Hello My Lovelies!
Now we're well into july I've found myself craving some Summer reads. Being short of space (and cash) I decided to raid the Kindle Freebies. And I was quite surprised at what I found, lots of good stories.
I decided to share some of best picks. Originally I was aiming for five titles, but I couldn't narrow it down which is why I have fifteen listed below. (I have several more I could recommend too)
These are a mix of short stories, novellas and full novels. They are all contemporaries ranging from YA to NA. And they're all free right now!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Thoughts On | Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Only fools fall in love...

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course. 
A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona. 
As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.
Synopsis Taken From Goodreads
*EBook provided by NetGalley for an honest review*

Classic Steal | The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Hello My Lovelies!

I was browsing Amazon I came across this great steal. With the release of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation last year, The Great Gatsby has had a lot of renewed interest and is currently free to download from Amazon. Perfect for those who haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Or if you prefer physical copies there are great range of cheap editions, I love the cover on the Wordsworth Classic Edition.
When I was a teenager buying books with my pocket money I would always keep an eye out for Wordsworth Classics. They were the cheapest editions that you could get unless you could find a Penguin Popular Classics copy. Ah... the days before the E Reader. I used to get tripped over a lot sitting on the floors of book stores. Good times.
The Great Gatsby is the most accessible of Fitzgerald's works. I studied it in English and it has since become one of my all time favourites. If you haven't read it yet, you simply must.
I hope to be re reading this soon and when I do a review will happen.
Love and Bugs

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Show + Tell | Book Haul #11

Hello My Lovelies!
So I've fallen victim to great book deals... again!
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Although I don't feel too bad, as most of these were sequels or literary masterpieces. I hope to get to most of these soon. 
Of course the Song of Fire and Ice series is going to be a long term commitment that needs to wait until my TBR flood has dried a little.
Have you picked up any good books lately?
Love and Bugs

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Camp Nanowrimo | July Edition

Hello My Lovelies!
Maybe you'll remember back in April when I took part in Camp Nanowrimo. It's kind of like a baby Nanowrimo where you get to choose your work goal and it doesn't need to be prose either. You can use this time to work on a play, editing previous work, or even planning for the big November Event.

I'm taking this opportunity to do the latter. In April I had the idea for the Channelers series and I just went straight in to writing it. For the most part it went well, but the more I wrote the more plot holes started appearing. 
I hadn't thought it through, I was work off of bare bones. This time I want focus more on build the world and the back story. I also want to work out the pacing and how my story will flow from one major point to another without becoming bland filler. Between these events I want the reader to see the characters grow and learn more about their history. And why these people do what they do and the conflict that faces them.

I plan on putting all these ideas on paper so when November roll round I can immerse myself in this world and their lives, and finally write the story that's spinning in my head.
Are you taking part?
Love and Bugs

Summer Reads | My Plans

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