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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Daily Writing Wrap-Up #3 and RTW


I found this great meme while catching up on my blog-stalking. I discovered it while I was on S.L. Hennessy's blog Pensuasion. You should check out her blog if you haven't already. 

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link -- or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week's Topic: What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?

For me, I think the one think that is always recurring in anything I write is the attitude of my main character. Most of the time, they always end up having this very sarcastic way of thinking and speaking, they also tend to have this very 'introverted, but needing someone to bust me out of my shell' kind of persona. I guess I take a lot of that from my own personal experience as I'm kind of the same way. I am very outspoken and sarcastic, but when it comes to things that really matter, I tend to keep that to myself. 

I also think another recurring theme is the main character overcoming their self-doubt. Letting all their fears about what-ifs or should-dos go and just become the person they were always meant to be.  Of course, this always seems to be aided by a special someone they didn't know was an actual special someone until much later in their story. 

I guess to sum it up, I tend to write about characters whom think they have it all together, but in reality, they are the only ones who truly believe they do and the people who surround them are just waiting for them to realize it, reach out, and grab a helping hand. 

Oh, and I always tend to write a semi-steamy scene, in the dark, with a cute boy. ;0)


And.... I tend to use a lot of these .... I love the good ol' fashion .... 


In other news, here is today's Daily Writing Wrap-up! :0)  

Stats for today:
Time Spent Writing: 3 hours (and it was a fun, non-freakout 3 hours)
Pages Completed: 8 (and it didn't feel like complete torture)
Word Count: 18,552 (and these new words made me giggle, smile, and blush)
Word Count Goal: 60,000 (or so)
Words to go: 41,448 (a slightly smaller crap-ton than yesterday)
Writer's Conference: 43 days (10-28-2011)
Inner Dialogue: "Hehehe.... today was a good day!"

Thanks to my Mom who read my manuscript last night and sent the most amazing email to me. It really helped me emerge out of the "I suck" jail I was in yesterday. 

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO
Sara



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Daily Writing Wrap-Up #2 and Tune in Tuesday

Stats for today:
Time Spent Writing: 5 hours (after taking the past few days-- okay, week-- off due to an intense case of vertigo and just fiddling here and there)

Pages Completed: 10 (I am quite pleased. I'm struggling a bit with showing large amounts of time passing;  nothing really happens in regards to the plot or my character, but the actual 'showing' of it passing seems awkward to me.  I feel confident that the plot is moving along.... okay--- I need to do a little bit of pre-planning before sitting down to write tomorrow because I do feel as if I'm losing parts of the story that important to my main characters transformation, but again, when I go back to time passing, the same thing applies here. I feel as I'm in the "and then this happens, and then that happens, and then"... mode-- and that my character is who I want her to be, at least right now--- I'm struggling with the show-don't-tell.  I think one of my biggest problems is that I'm not describing the setting (place, characters looks, mood, tone, etc.) enough and again, that makes me feel like I'm in the 'and then' mode.)

Word Count: 16,719 (I feel good about meeting my daily word count goal of 2,000 today.)
Word Count Goal: 60,000 (or so)
Words to go: 43,281 (aka STILL a massive "crap-ton")

Writer's Conference: 44 days (10-28-2011)

Inner Dialogue: "Seriously.... this is dumb. Why am I doing this again? I should just stop now and forget about the whole damn thing."  **insert freak-out accompanied by a load of tears**

Truth: I am starting to feel totally, utterly, and completely.... LOST! :0(


In other news.... It's not Tuesday, but I wanted to share a tune that I heard today that pretty much sums up my current mood. 





XO
Sara

Thursday, September 8, 2011

1st Campaigner.... even if it's just for fun!

I know I am too late to join First Campaigner, but after learning about it from Deana Barnhart's blog, I decided to join in anyways.  Here is "The Challenge" this week:


(Source)
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)

For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!


Here is my post:
Beneath the Sheet
The door swung open.  
He thought they were wrong.
The heart inked into her transparent skin seems to beat at a rhythm he memorized. 
He thought they were wrong. 
His eyes link with the officers. He nods.
He thought they were wrong.
The door swung shut. 
(Word Count: 46)


This was my first experience with flash fiction and it was pretty darn fun! Alright.... back to work! (no more distractions today!)

XO
Sara

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Daily Writing Wrap-up #1 and In My Mailbox

Alright, today was the first day I've really written in about 1.5 weeks. I know. I know. Get the ruler and smack me with it for being lazy and now putting myself in the position of totally "freak-out" mode.
I cannot lie to you.... it was HARD!
I felt completely distracted and just couldn't find my rhythm.  I'm guessing I will find my rhythm sometime tonight.... when I should be sleeping!

Stats for today:
Time Spent Writing: 2.5 hours (will write later after derby practice)
Pages Completed: 2 (not a lot, but they are 2 good pages)
Word Count: 14, 546 (I deleted a giant section which dropped me down in word count)
Word Count Goal: 60,000 (or so)
Words to go: 45, 454 (aka a "crap-ton")
Writer's Conference: 51 days (10-28-2011)
Inner Dialogue: "Holy buckets Batman.... you have a shit-load to write. WTFT.... omg.... **insert freak out**"

In other news, here is what is In My Mailbox this week:


1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: I saw the movie preview and want to check out the book.
2. Catch by Will Leitch: It was 70% off at Borders.
3. The Power of Six by Pittacuz Lore: Book club book this month.
4. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: This is next up to read.
5. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead: Yup.... still behind.
6. Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
7. Shift by Jeri Smith Ready: Well, they go together and they looked cool.
8. Angel Burn by l.a. Weatherly: The cover. End of Story.
9. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: Behind the 8 ball again.... oh well!

XO
Sara

Hey.... uh... where has Sara been lately?!

HELLO Everyone!! 


You may or may not (hopefully the 1st) have been wondering where Sara has been. Well.... 


HERE I AM!! 


In all seriousness thought, sorry to have been MIA for the past 2 weeks.  I have been preparing and taking an amazing trip to NYC!! (pictures and posts to come soon)  


I'm back at home and trying to get reorganized (you know how it is).  


I have also realized just how soon my deadline is for my very 1st WIP! Sooo.... I am going to be focusing on that hardcore.  I've also decided that in order for me to stick to it and stay focused to make a quick post at the end of every writing session (tell you guys how it went, what issues I had, word count, etc.).  I am hoping it will make me that much more accountable because gosh forbid I allow you guys to go 1 whole day without hearing from me at least once!! (Hey.... you just got a ten day break from me so now you're going to go into Sara overload. :0) )  


Any words of encouragement would be GREATLY appreciated! I'll try to post as many of my regular meme's as I can, but they are going to be priority #2. :0)  


Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

Friday, August 19, 2011

Film Fanatic Friday #6

What. The. French. Toast?!

You're telling me today is actually Friday?!

AND....

I'm actually posting my FFF!!??

If I see zombies later or a icy cool draft from hell.... I'll know why....

Now, down to business. I am a ImDB stalker. It's true. I go on there almost everyday.
Well, today, a preview stopped me in my tracks and covered me goosebumps.




I know right?! Do you understand why this film had to immediately become my FFF pick?!

I love Gerard Butler. I believe he is a soulful, funny, brilliant actor, and he is sooo not bad to look at.  It is so great to seem in a film with so much heart and passion.  I can't wait to see this in theaters!

What film are you a fanatic for this Friday?

XO!
Sara

P.S. For all you book lovers, this movie is based on the following book/true story.



Follow Friday is a great weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkie and Alison at AlisonCanRead. It is this super fun thing that allows bloggers to find and follow new blogs and also find and get new followers. You better go check it out! Or else.... :0)


This weeks question:
If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?


Holy Buckets Batman.... this is a super tough question! I've hemmed and hawed over it and I honestly can't decided on just one. Sooooo you're going to get a small list. :0)


1. Twilight:  As much as I love the Bella&Edward saga, it would not stop me from writing a part for myself in Twilight as the new 1/2 human 1/2 vampire badass that Edward falls in love with and leaves Bella for.  I'd love to have his creepy vampire babies. 


2. Hunger Games: I'd love to be part of Katniss's team in the end taking down the Capitol and President Snow.  I have this thing with standing up for things and fighting for what you believe in.


3. Divergent:  Ok, technically I'd just like to be a particular character in this book and not necessarily add a new part.  Whom would that be? Beatrice.... duh! I would love to experience going through Four's landscape, having him carry me back to his room, watching him sleep, and yup..... seeing him shirtless and telling me that someday he'd love to.... ya know.


4. Harry Potter: I would LOVE to be a member of Dumbledore's Army! I would want my patronus to be a sea turtle.... just saying. 


5. Sarah Dessen's world: I think it would be amazing to be the main female character in any of her books.  These girls are always smart, strong, independent, and yet caring and loving individuals. Plus.... they ALWAYS end up with a cute boy!


6. Pride and Prejudice: Just give me a moment in the woods with Mr. Darcy. 


I could keep going and going and going, but I'm sure you've got blogs to visit and comments to make! 
Tell me..... what book or role would you like to be?  


Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO
Sara


Thursday, August 18, 2011

In Which I Take A Moment To Be A Nerdy Girl.


** insert giggling, blushing, omg-ing, swooning, ahhh look at Edward, Jacob's shirt looks tight, holy buckets of french toast, general FREAK OUT**

That is all.

XO
Sara

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Who do you write like?




I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!


This is kind of a neat link I got from Deana Barnhart's blog. (If you aren't following her you should be.)

All you do is plug in a piece of something you've written. It only takes a few seconds. After putting a small piece of my WIP I got Cory Doctorow.  Now, I'll be honest, I've never actually read any of his work. So I did some research on him and I was quite surprised. After seeing this quote from him, I can't help but think that maybe this link was right on the money. 


"We are the people of the book. We love our books. We fill our houses with books. We treasure books we inherit from our parents, and we cherish the idea of passing those books on to our children. Indeed, how many of us started reading with a beloved book that belonged to one of our parents? We force worthy books on our friends, and we insist that they read them. We even feel a weird kinship for the people we see on buses or airplanes reading our books, the books that we claim. If anyone tries to take away our books—some oppressive government, some censor gone off the rails—we would defend them with everything that we have. We know our tribespeople when we visit their homes because every wall is lined with books. There are teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor; there are masses of swollen paperbacks in the bathroom. Our books are us. They are our outboard memory banks and they contain the moral, intellectual, and imaginative influences that make us the people we are today." 
 Cory Doctorow



Who do you write like? (Really, I want to know! Click the link and find out and then comment back!)


XO
Sara

Waiting on Wednesday #6



'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event--hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine--that spotlights upcoming books that are eagerly being anticipated. 

My oh-my-gosh-this-book-needs-to-hurry-and-be-available-at-the-store-now pick of the week is...


all these things i've done
Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: 9/6/11

From GoodReads:
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Why did I choose this book?  Here's a short list:
1. Chocolate and Coffee are illegal?!?! (hello.... that's just crazy!)
2. Her father was a crime boss.... heck yes! (I love anything mafia.)
3. Takes place in NYC. (Going there for the 1st time next week so anything NY related is :0) )
4. The name Anya. (I think that is an interesting name for a character.)
5. 'Falling in love'.... enough said. (I am a sucker for romance.)

That's what I am waiting on this Wednesday. What are you waiting on?

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tune In Tuesday #5-- 90's Edition


Tune in Tuesday's is weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at GReads
For the next few weeks, the theme will be 90's!

This week, I decided to go a bit gangsta with my 90's pick this week.
No, I don't mean Puff Daddy, Notorious BIG, Naughty by Nature, or Ice-T.
 I mean the kind of rap that I first fell in love with. 
Technically, I was a little kid and this was what I thought was 'hard-core rap'.... little did I know.
You know what I'm talking about....
catchy hooks, easy to follow lyrics, and crazy/shimmery/glittery videos,
and pants.....yup, pants.... you know the ones I'm talking about.
Need a little help with this flashback.... 
Check this out....


M.C. Hammer
NEED
I
SAY
MORE?!

I was so in love with M.C. Hammer. So much so that every year I used to ask my dad if Hammer could come to my birthday party.  I'm still waiting for him to show up. 
This was my first taste of rap and I was hooked.  
Soon after I caught on to Vanilla Ice, Naughty by Nature,Tribe Called Quest,  and of course, Puff Daddy (he was also asked for around my birthday), and Notorious BIG.
I love all genres of music these days, but I'm still a rap girl!!

What are your 90's tunes this week?

Remember to send love, give love, be love.
XO!
Sara

P.S. Just because I had to share some of my other favorites of all time!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox #1


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi aka The Story Siren.

This week I ventured back to my public library.  I had been avoiding it because I had this gut feeling that I either owed a book and lost it or that I owed a ton of money in fines.  $15 dollars worth of fines later and I went home a semi-broke girl with tons to read!!  Here is what's in my mailbox this week:



1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: This is actually my book, but I just haven't finished reading it yet.
2. Unearthly by Cynthia Neely: Kept seeing this book at B&N so decided to check it out.
3. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: The cover and premise hooked me in.
4. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: I know.... I'm a bit behind, but at least I'm reading it now.
5. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead: Yes, yes.... I know.... I'm behind on this series too.

I believe these 5 giant sized books will keep be busy for a while.... how little of a while that may be!

So tell me, what is in your mailbox this week?

Remember to send love, give love, be love.
XO!
Sara

Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday #1




Follow Friday is a great weekly meme hosted by Rachel Parajunkie and Alison at AlisonCanRead. It is this super fun thing that allows bloggers to find and follow new blogs and also find and get new followers. You better go check it out! Or else.... :0)

Q: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen, what new genres are you in love with currently?

I don't really know as my reading habits have changed all that much since I was a kid.  Growing up I ALWAYS had a book with me.  My Mom has so many photos of me in random places with my nose stuck in a book. 

 I have always been a lover of children's books and YA.  When I was little I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and yes, I loved the Goosebumps books. As I got older, I started reading anything that had words in it and if it had pictures that was cool too.  I was one of the lucky ones to discover Harry Potter from the release of Sorcerer's Stone.  Therefore, dooming (in a very good way) me to 11+ years of torture, waiting for the next installment, going to midnight release parties, and impatiently waiting (and going to midnight premiers) of every movie.  Most of high school was spent reading HP and college was spent reading textbooks.  But, you know what comes next.....

Twilight.

I know.... I know.... everyone says that Twilight was THE series that got them back into reading again. Which is great, but I won't give that series that much credit.  I found it soon after it was published (a seemingly unknown book to anyone whom I knew) and I was smitten.  I will give Twilight credit for finally making me get all goosebumpy/blushing/swooning over printed word.  I will give Twilight credit for solidifying me as a YA addict.  And yes, I eagerly waited for each book and movie, attending midnight premiers of both. I also did a damn good job at turning EVERYONE I know into Twi-hards and sucking them into the YA megaworld!

Soon after Twilight..... Hunger Games appeared (amazeballs....favorite series ever) and the epic adventure of the "series" was born.  There are so many great series that I read, but honestly, I'm sure you already know which ones they are.  

Somewhere in my mix of reading, I have also felt the need to finally read the classics.  I have finished all of Jane Austen, in the middle of Atlas Shrugged, finally read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights..... reading the classics is a goal of mine, but honestly, I'm just not sure what to read exactly!

Biggest difference between my reading habits then vs. now?

Then: I used to go to B&N and be amazed at how many books I get to read.
Now: I go to B&N hoping I can look at the tables and NOT have read everything on it.
Then: No money to spend on books.
Now: Lets just say that sometimes.... when my husband asks where I am.... I always reply 'nothing'..... to which he replies '2 books.... that's your max.' :0)

Join the FF fun because I can't wait to check out your blogs!!

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO
Sara

Film Fanatic Friday #5

Hey there.... I know.... It's been a little while since my last FFF post.  Sorry for that. Buuuuut I have seen a lot of movies.  Here's a recap of what I have seen recently.

1. Captain America: I can't believe I spent $10 to see this.
2. Crazy Stupid Love: Sooo insanely cute.
3. The Change Up: I laughed out loud the entire time.
4. Friends with Benefits: Completely adorable and raunchy.
5. Horrible Bosses: Must See It.... Jen Aniston = my new #1.

Okay, onto my current pick this week.  Technically this movie came out Wednesday, but whatever.... I just think that is the movie makers way of trying to get the largest profit for an opening weekend by extending it to Wed. Seriously though.... weekends don't start on Wednesday. Just thought I'd point that out.








This was my Book Club's choice for the month of June.  I absolutely loved it. I can't wait to see the movie for many reasons:

1. Emma Stone: There's a reason she is #2 on my list.
2. The casting seems brilliant.
3. From previews, it looks like they did the book justice.
4. Minnie + Pie = hilarity
5. Toilet Bowls

I will be seeing this movie today and I have really high hopes for it!

What film are you a fanatic for this week?

Remember to send love, give love, be love.
XO!
Sara

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Booking Through Thursday #1


Booking Through Thursday is a meme hosted by Jessie at Reading In The Corner.
This weeks prompt:
National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status.

                                            

"Lindsay's kind of music-obsessed, so she makes us a playlist for the ride to Kent's house, even though he lived only a few miles away." 

What does the book you're reading through this Thursday say?

XO!
Sara

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Space

Well, as I mentioned earlier this week I have been feverishly working on getting my writing space together.  Who woulda thunk it that I'd have it done by Thursday?!  I did take the last 2 days from writing, but in the end I think it was the 'write' thing.  Here are some pictures:























It's not anything fancy-schmancy, but so far I pretty much LOVE IT!!  My space is neat and organized, I have a space for some of my favorite books, I'm able to display things, ummm who doesn't love a red writing chair, and squirrels.... plenty of places for squirrels. (Watch Funny Farm.... then you will understand my Mom's humor with buying me squirrels.)

So what does your space look like?

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

P.S. Can you see the division in decor between my side and Blake's side?! :0)

Waiting on Wednesday #5


'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event--hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine--that spotlights upcoming books that are eagerly being anticipated. 

My oh-my-gosh-this-book-needs-to-hurry-and-be-available-at-the-store-now pick of the week is...

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Release Date: 10/26/10

From Barnes and Noble:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

I adored Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (the book and the movies) so I am definitely looking forward to this book! I'm sure there will be many giggle, blush, and swoon worthy moments in this book, too. 

That is the book I am waiting for this Wednesday.  What book are you waiting for?

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tune in Tuesday #4-- 90's Edition


Tune in Tuesday's is weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at GReads! For the next few weeks, the theme will be 90's!

Just to put some perspective on where I was in the 90's.... let's just say that I was youngin'..... like graduated 8th grade in 1998 youngin'.  So my musical selections of 90's music wasn't AS large as it is now.

What was I listening to back in the 90's you ask?  I was a crazy pre-teen who thought boys were super cute so of course I totally ROCKED OUT to BOY BANDS!! 98 Degrees, BSB, NSYNC.... in that order.

Let the flashback commence.... now!!



My mom and I LOVED Nick Lachey sooo much!



I was a Kevin fan!!



My hubby liked to play this song for me. <3


Ahhhh.... I really wish these boy bands would come back..... and not NKOTBSB style.... I mean full-on return to the pop culture music scene!! I know they can still rock it out.

What were some of your favorite 90's tunes?

XO!
Sara

P.S. Tune in next week for more 90's faves, but this time with some gangstaness.

Where do you do it?

I am being completely serious. Where do you do it?

Behind closed doors, in public, in a special room, a certain spot, time of day, does the place have to look a certain way, have a certain kind of lighting.  Is it a minimalists dream or clutter-aholics dream?

I have been interested in this for a long time, where other people do it.... you know.... where they write.
(got you on that one didn't I.... so naughty you are!)

I have been struggling lately to find the perfect place to write. Last Christmas, my parents bought be a great little desk and bright red chair that I love. I currently have it set-up in our office.  I've used that desk about.... 10 times.... since December.  I can't pin-point the reason exactly, but I think I have narrowed it down to a few reasons why I haven't been able to write in my writing corner.

1. It is boring.  The walls are white, no curtains, no pictures, no shelves. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
2. It is hot as the 7th circle of hell.  Hence the reason for new blinds, curtains, and window screen.... which still haven't been installed.
3. It feels claustrophobic.  It's like I'm surrounded by stuff and I hate feeling trapped.
4. It is cluttered. There are unpacked boxes, the guitar, the bearded dragon tank, and my husbands huge desk that is coooonstantly covered with crap!
5. Might sound strange, but I feel like I'm being watched.  My back is to the door which gives me the hee-bee-jee-bees. Plus, my husband likes to come in while I am writing and work at his desk (says he likes to just be near me) and that just makes me feel like someone is reading over my shoulder. Drives me insane!!
6. I don't really feel like it's my space.  I want to be able to have my space where everyone knows they are not allowed to bother, talk to, call for, or even look at me.

I've taken to writing at my neighborhood coffee shop (specific chair and table.... and don't even get me started when it is taken!), but I have come to realize that it causes too many distractions, too many shiny things.

Here is my current writing area.....

I know. It is pitiful. Who would really want to write here!

My conclusion is that I need my own space. MY SPACE. The only questions remaining are where it will be and how I will decorate/set-up/trick-out this new space.  Even though I already have the desk, I found some great pictures courtesy of Potter Barn (sheesh.... I know.... wish I could afford it) and thought I'd share some of the things I like. Hopefully, I will have my writing area completed this weekend and don't worry, you know I'll share pictures.


                           
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to:

1- Describe your writing space.
2- Post a picture or 2 or even 3.
3- Share it on your blog and post your link here.

Keep in mind these questions:

Where do you write?
What does your space look like?
What are your must-haves and your never should they ever be here's?
What colors, photos, forms of inspiration do you have in your space?

I can't wait to read about and see all of your writing spaces.

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #5



'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event--hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine--that spotlights upcoming books that are eagerly being anticipated. 

My oh-my-gosh-this-book-needs-to-hurry-and-be-available-at-the-store-now pick of the week is...



The Night Circus 
By: Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: September 13th, 2011



The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


I know, this book is not a YA book, but WHO CARES!! Not only does it have a wickedly amazing cover, but the premise of the book causes equal parts danger and swoon! 

How did I come across this book you ask? 


Well, my mom read an article regarding the book in our Sunday newspaper claiming that:


1) It is going to be the next Harry Potter (wth... that is a pretty big claim) even though it is an adult book;
2) It has already been optioned for a movie deal by Summit Entertainment (apparently all 5 books!!);
3) It is one of the largest 1st time publications by a first-time author (100,000 copies... first print!).


I don't read a lot of adult novels and I really couldn't tell you why. However, I can say that I am sufficiently overthemoonhyperventilatingcountingdownthedayssecretlyinternetstalkinganythingaboutthebook
stoked for this book!


What is the book your waiting on this Wednesday?


Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara