Monday, April 23, 2012

The Baby Post

Okay this is about to get personal. Not the TMI kind, but the this my life outside of writing kind. So if you don't like reading too much about a blogger's real life, you've been forewarned.

I finally had Baby Girl 2 on Tuesday afternoon. I was induced at around 8 in the morning and she was born at noon. I had an epidural, it was heavenly. To all those who can handle natural childbrith, no pain meds and all, good for you. I'm a whimp. It took one and a half pushes to get her out, I was shocked that it happened as fast as it did, but not really. I've been induced with three of my four. My second came on his own a week early. The labor was 2 1/2 hours, so I guess if I had gone into labor on my own this time around, I don't think I would have made it in time to the hospital.

Everything is good. We came home a day later than I would have liked because of this thing called jaundice. All of my kids have had it, my second was on a biliblanket for a month. They get it no thanks to my blood type. Now baby and I are trying to establish a sleeping pattern that's good for the BOTH of us (apparently she didn't get the memo). I'll be back in a bit with new posts, but right now it's kind of difficult, as you can imagine. Hope you guys are doing well, I miss reading all your posts. And don't forget, "I'll be back" (said in my best Arnold voice).

Monday, April 9, 2012


I'm four for four, you guys. So far. What does that mean? Of the four books I've read (out of nine that I checked out) I've enjoyed all four. How rare is that? It's especially gratifying after the disappointment of my last library venture. Here are the titles of those books, in case you want to pick them up yourself.

Possess by Gretchen McNeil.
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

I was in the mood for something creepy. I love a good scary book and this sounded perfect. Even though it wasn't as creeptastic as a Stephen King novel, it definitely had its moments. There were scenes that made me chuckle, and there was romance for those romantics at heart.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
In Mary's world, there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?

I know, I'm so behind the times. Even though this book has been out for some time (the trilogy is over) I've never been that interested in it for some reason. I guess my fear of a zombie apocolypse kept me from picking it up. But curiousity got the best of me. This book is beautifully written, poetic with that sense of looming doom in every word. And great for those looking for another good scare. I will say this, I struggled with liking the MC, Mary. She wasn't my favorite. There were times I wanted to hand her over to the consecrated myself, but I think that's what makes this book so great, a flawed MC that you don't always root for. And despite my annoyance, I still enjoyed the story and world building.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

This book is dystopian, a genre I've never been all that interested in until The Hunger Games. Since then I've read and enjoyed several books categorized as dystopian. Rhine's existence is one of difficulty. I can't imagine being put in a situation like hers. The whole sister wife, polygamous lifestyle is... disturbing. And the antagonist is thoroughly villan worthy. I'm looking forward to thesequel because there were a lot of unanswered questions.

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

Killer unicorns? Count me in. Another successful world building story. I loved the whole idea of a group of female warriors training to kill some bad-a unicorns. Everyone thinks Astrid's mom is a wack job, and sure she sounds crazy with her unicorn stories, but then it all comes true. I loved Astrid's cousin, Phil. Yeah she got on my nerves a few times, but for the most part she made me laugh. And Astrid's mom, Lilith, is a piece of work. I can't imagine sending my child to a foreign country with perfect strangers in order fulfill my own selfish desires. There was romance and quite a bit of action. A great read for those looking for something different.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Five for Friday

1. No baby. I feel like i've been pregnant for years.

2. I got some great books at the library. So far I've finished Possess by Gretchen McNeil and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, both great reads. Next on my list is Wither by Lauren Destefano.

3. I've been playing catch up all week. Whether with housework, writerly things, or family stuff, I feel REALLY behind.

4. The weekend is going to be beautiful...and I have no idea if I'm going to be able to spend any time enjoying it because of this baby. Wish I could predict the future.

5. I'm looking forward to having half a brain again once the baby does come. All you moms know what I'm talking about.

Have a great weekened!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pulling Teeth

The title of this post brought to you by the traumatic experience my daughter just had at the dentist.
Okay, no teeth pulling was involved, but it was still thoroughly traumatic.

Sometimes finding inspiration to write is like pulling teeth. It can be painful, bring tears, and is just plain old sucky. I go through spurts. One week I'll be riding high on the wave of my WIP, other weeks there's nothing there but the blinking cursor mocking me. That's what it's been like for me the last few days. Last week was great, I got part way done with a scene I had been struggling with for a while. And now...I feel like the Sahara Desert, all dried up. Maybe it's because I'm anticipating the birth of another child, so concentration is at max and consumed with real life issues.

 At times you just have to  force yourself to get that cursor moving with actual words. But I'm so tired and all I want is a little break. I took a break from blogging for  a week to do some writing, which worked out great. Now I think it may be time to break away from the writing and frustration and focus instead on what's happening here and now. I want to read. I've been beta reading lately and I want to put more of my attention on that instead of feeling like I'm being pulled in ten different directions. At times I put too much pressure on myself to do EVERYTHING at once. I need to step back, prioritize, and not freak if I can't get it all done. Right now I want to focus on other aspects of this whole writing thing. So maybe breaking from my WIP for a bit is a good idea. I won't be doing it for long, just enough to get other things done. And I'm okay with it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Weekend Filled With Hunger

I got to see The Hunger Games this past Saturday. I honestly didn't think I'd be able to before baby came, but my husband suprised me with tickets and my mother-in-law came up a day early to watch the kids. We were lucky, our time was the only one not sold out.

My husband never read the books. I had to explain the plot to him (without giving away too much) before hand and he was still a little bit confused as what it was about. Once we started watching it, he toally got what I had been trying to explain. I was also in tears within the first few minutes. Pregnancy+ Hunger Games = crying. Thankfully he enjoyed it. And kept whispering to me how messed up the whole thing was. Which it is, but it also makes for an amazing read and a movie that's PRETTY close to being true to the book.

Obviously there's no book that's a perfect adaptation of its book counterpart. At least I can't think of any. But I think they did a great job of making The Hunger Games as authentic as possible. Oh, and I completely lost it when Rue died (the husband did too...a little...shhh, don't tell anyone). All in all it was a wonderful weekend. Now I'm just waiting for this baby to pop out of me. I've got more writing planned out, but we'll see how that all goes. I'll be back on Wednesday! Good luck to any and all participating in the A-Z challenge!