Aug 1, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
What's Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
Publication: September 18th 2012 by Harper

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

And other pretty cover. I'm a sucker for pretty covers, that's for sure.  This'll be another interesting one, I think.

What's your WoW this week?

Jul 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Lost Girl
The Lost Girl
by Sangu Mandanna
Publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

Yet another pretty cover. And the idea is so interesting.

What's your WoW this week?

Jul 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Taken (Taken, #1)
by Erin Bowman
Publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperTeen

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Another pretty cover from HarperTeen. (That's why, if I ever get an agent, ever am published, I'd watch HarperTeen. Now back to the point...)  The whole no-men thing is interesting. And then what happens afterwards.  But I'll be honest: a major reason why I want this is because of the cover.  It is gorgeous.

What's your WoW pick this week?

Jul 11, 2012

In One Week

In one week, I'm going to start with editing.  Editing the winners' projects, and editing Lost Ties (previously titled Sever).  Until then, I aim to get lots more written for LT's sequel, Revived Pasts.  (I still need better titles for these, but I have lots of time (if I ever plan to query (which isn't very likely)).)  I'll also be preparing for Camp NaNo in August.

Right now, RP is at approximately eight thousand words.  I hope to get it around twenty by next week.

When you have no internet, you can get a lot written.  And speaking of no internet, I plan on reading a book a day for the days I am off camping.  I probably won't actually read a whole book, but I will try to get at least two books read soon.

As I get more into reading, writing, and editing, I start to realize that I don't have that much time left until school starts.  Five weeks are left.  Two of those weeks will be spent away from home.  One week will be spent at my school's parking lot, preparing for the upcoming marching season.  So that leaves me with two weeks to spend my time.

And then I need to read more.

Yeah, this summer has been uneventful, and not.  I've completed a novel, and actually am writing the second in the same trilogy.  That's a first for me.  And I hope to win Camp NaNo within two to three weeks.  Probably two.

So, that's my writing update.  I hope to start posting writing tips and more book reviews.

For my writing challenge: I must write 12k in 7 days.  That's about 1.7k a day.  Achievable.

And now, to write!

Waiting On Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)
by Jay Kristoff
Publication: September 18th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books 

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

This. Is. Amazing.  Well, sounds amazing.  I love anything that is oriental, and this book...  I just can't explain how much I want this.  I will be searching for this book as soon as I can.

What's your WoW pick this week?

Jul 8, 2012

Winners of the Birthday Giveaway!

I shall go straight into the winners.

Winner of the 50 page critique:
Meg K.

Winner of the 100 page critique:
Sarah L.

And winner of the full-manuscript critique:
Jennifer P.!

Congratulations, guys! You guys have 72 hours to email me at kellymoton[at]ymail[dot]com. Please let me know what you would like me to look for in the critique. In the reply, I'll ask you to email me your project as an attachment.

I'll be away from wi-fi come Friday, so try to email soon. I will pick another winner if necessary.

Congrats again, guys! I hope to hold another giveaway in the near future. It'll be for the Book Depository.

Jul 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: September 18th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press

Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

It's a pretty cover, don't you think? And then the whole idea is pretty awesome.  Can't wait for this one to come out, even though I'll be swamped with AP homework by this time.

What's your WoW pick this week?

Jun 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor
Publication: November 6th, 2012 by Little, Brown & Company

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

I must admit that I loved the first one (up until a certain point) and hope that this is even better than the last!

What's your WoW pick?

Jun 24, 2012

A Rather Happy Day, I Would Say

So, at about midnight, I finished writing Sever.  It's completed at 83k, and I've already got ideas to add into the second draft.  But I'm not touching this lovely thing until August.  Good thing I've got my idea written down.

Now the time has come to search for a new project to work on.  I've got three right now, all of them still needing to be planned.  But, as usual, I shall give you guys little two sentence summaries.

Wrath - Paranormal Romance
When sixteen-year-old Luz Gray discovers she wasn’t even supposed to be born, everything snaps inside, only to cause her to lash out at any passerby—human or not. With the help of soldier-boy Wesley, she will learn that not everything in her life was a waste, even if the Gods have constantly been toying with her life since the day she was born.

Tricks (working title) - Dystopia
Lilias lives in the year 3012 where the continents have reformed and monarchies are the popular way to reign. With the discovery of her own royalty, she and her little sister, Angel, go to live in the palace, only to learn that Angel is more fit for the crown than Lilias—so says the power hungry Royal Advisor. Lilias refuses to let her homeland crumble anymore and swears that she will fix the land no matter what.

NeoHuman (working title) - Sci-fi
For the past twenty-four hours, the human race has prepared for the NeoHumans arrival. When this alien species arrives, Effie and thousands of other young women and men are whisked off to another planet millions of light years away. They are promised a new life on a planet that isn’t bound to die, one that faces no natural disasters. It is a paradise, and these people are special enough to live there. Except for Effie—she’s bound to die in three weeks time.
 So far, only NeoHuman has yet to have a nice, working outline.  The other two are near completion, and I soon plan to start working on Tricks.  In a few weeks, I'll probably know which one of these I'll be solely focused on.  I hope I can finish one of these in a month.

Until then, ta-ta, peoples of the internets.

Jun 17, 2012

Birthday Giveaway

Because this is my first giveaway, I thought I'd just leave it with something I know how to do: critique YA manuscripts.  I've been wanting to host a giveaway, and so now I can.

There will be three winners. First winner will receive a full manuscript critique.  Second winner will receive a 100 page manuscript critique.  Third winner will receive a 50 page manuscript critique.

And, if I reach a certain amount of followers, I will add another winner.  Like, if I reach 75 followers, I'll add in another 50 page critique.  More chances for you guys to win a critique.

The manuscript must be YA and written in English.  Winners will be revealed the day after the contest ends.  Each winner will have 72 hours to email me (I'll let you guys know what exactly to do in the post).  Failure to reply will result in the choosing of another winner.  And be warned: I'm going on vacation a few days after the contest ends, so I will have time then to read.  Get your manuscripts in while I have wi-fi (this will be in the winner's post, too).

Please enter via the Rafflecopter thingy below.

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Jun 16, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
Sweet Evil
By Wendy Higgins
Published: Mary 1st, 2012 by HarperTeen

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

I'm going to start off by saying that I loved this book.  Devoured it in only a few days.  It was a real surprise.

At first, I was pretty skeptical.  Anna wasn't my favorite main character, at least, not at the beginning.  But as I kept reading, I started to like her voice a lot more.

I enjoyed all of the characters.  I think Kaidan was the man reason why I liked this book so much.  It'd been a while since I had read about some sexy boy like him.  So, that's probably one of the major things that had attracted me and made me read it so much.

The dark side was really nice too.  Anna going all bad-girl wasn't very interesting to me, but I liked how all of the others worked.  They were all pretty good.  Well, all of the characters were good.  They were developed.

The take on angels and demons was interesting too.  Along with all of the history with the Dukes.  I didn't really like Kaidan's father, but that could have been because I didn't really see his motives.  Maybe there wasn't really a motive, or it could've been because of his nature, or whatever you want to call it.  But he was hated, which I'm sure was the intention.

I can't really think about what it was that had bothered me, if anything. (Okay, that's a lie.  I don't remember what I was saying just know.)

Overall, I like the book, and am interested in what will happen next.  One thing I would have liked better is if Anna had really just given up on Kaidan and had gotten together with what's his name (is it really bad that I can't remember his name?).  Anna and Kaidan have a thing, but she's a little too obsessed with him and it really really annoys me.

Right now, I'd rather this between 3 to 4 stars.

Jun 10, 2012

Because I am a lazy person...

Actually, that isn't a very good title.

Moving on from that, because I have hardly anything to do this summer besides read, write, and drive, I thought I'd get back into critiquing things.  It's been ages (okay, since inkpop went poof, so a few months, right?) since I've critiqued anything.  So, I came up with a little idea: what if I host a giveaway, offering three prizes?  First prize would be a full manuscript critique.  Second prize, 100 page critique.  Third, 50 page critique.  If a lot of people like the idea (not a lot; maybe, oh, five to ten?), then I'll go ahead with the giveaway.

Plus, everyone holds giveaways after they reach their blogoversary, right?  Might as well hop on the bandwagon.

If you want to have a say in whether or not I should hold this giveaway, go and vote in the poll off to the side.  It'll be up until my birthday Monday, so you've got about a week.

And those inkpoppers who received a critique at least once from me know how I roll.  I try to be as thorough as possible, and will help out with grammar as well as character, plot, plot holes, etc.  I may as well do something for the next few weeks!

Peace out for a little while!  I'll be posting some reviews as soon as I finish the Need series.

... I think I've said that already, in a previous post...

Jun 8, 2012


Today is my blogoversary.  Kind of exciting, I guess, but I haven't really kept up with this blog enough.

This post will actually focus more on my WIPs.  Like how Sever has reached 30k.  I'm actually doing well with Camp NaNo, but not so much with Writing Hell.  And then I have another new idea.  But that isn't surprising, because I always seem to have a new idea.

Well ... be prepared for some reviews, because I'm almost done with the Need series by Carrie Jones, and I've also finished a few other books that I need to get to reviewing.  Yay for summer!

And that's really it.  I'm off to daydream about characters and maybe get to writing in the afternoon!

Jun 1, 2012

Writing Hell 6.1

First day of Writing Hell, and I plan to get that 5k written on top of the 2k for a different project!

The Reborn
Starting word count: 2782
Ending word count: 6487

Yeah, already gotta catch up, but I shall manage to reach at least 20k for The Reborn this week!


The boy stared at me. He stood a step lower than me and was still taller than me. I looked up into his eyes. There was annoyance in those eyes, and something else. Something I couldn’t quite figure out. Not until he spoke.

“What are you really doing here?” he asked. He leaned against the wall a few feet away from me.

I glanced toward the person he had been talking to. The guy smile and, ever so slowly, held up his hand to flip me off. I let out a short laugh; it was far louder than I expected, even startling a few people around the school entrance.

“Your friend over there is very friendly,” I said, turning my attention back to him. “And I’m here because the Abbess wants me to be here.” I paused for a moment and hopped off the stone. He towered even higher as I stepped up to him. “Why does it matter to you?”

His upper lip twitched, his face having gone feral. “Your kind doesn’t belong here.”

“Ha. And what exactly is my kind?” I asked, tilting my head up. Our faces were inches from each other.

Hope you guys are doing well with Writing Hell!  Or Camp NaNoWriMo, for those who're doing that.  At least I'm staying on task on that.

May 31, 2012

Camp NaNo and Writing Hell!

So, tomorrow not only starts the monthly Writing Hell hosted here, but also Camp NaNoWriMo.

But, I shall first say this: as of today, I have finished another year of high school and am now on summer break! Only one more night of driver's ed, then my first behind the wheel, and I get to write all day.

Tomorrow, I will begin my work on completing Sever.  I'll be starting Camp NaNo at 20033 words, and will hopefully be adding another 60k (the 60k will be for NaNo, not the 20k I'm starting with).  I'll also have 10k for The Girl of Eternal Fire, but that isn't as important.

And for Writing Hell, I don't know whether or not I want to include Sever, or the The Reborn idea.  This month, it'll be for ten days, and I plan to write 5k per day.  The Reborn will most likely be the choice then.

Lot's of writing for me this month!  I hope to get to editing Rush, Nightland, or Sever (if plan goes well) in July. I hope more of you guys join in on either Camp NaNo, or Writing Hell!

Well, I think that's all for today.  Go get some writing done! 

May 26, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo?

This year, I'm going to be a part of the Camp NaNoWriMo in both June and August.  For the past two years, I've tried NaNoWriMo, but I get too busy and lazy that I just can't do it.  And it doesn't help that this year, I'll have two AP classes plus marching band plus all of my Honors classes.  So, unless I can slack of in Honors Spanish 3 (Spanish, for the past two years, has been my slack-off period), I may be able to do it.

Anyways, after that lovely rant...

Last year, I wrote a novel in three weeks time.  For those of you from inkpop, you may know my project, Rush (or Deception).  Well, this year, I plan to write another novel (or maybe to).  I plan on completing Sever, and if I can get to it, either edit Rush or work on my idea I'm currently calling RUT.

Oh! And I have the pitches for Sever.  Look:
Sora has spent the last six years toughening up after the disappearance of her older brothers. No matter what, she wants them back. When she hears word of her elder brother, now the Lord of the land of Cura, all of her training and courage is put to the test. She must travel across two unfamiliar lands in order to find her brother—all the while remaining undetected.

With the help of Eli, everything seems a little more possible. His past is filled with knowledge of the lands, and how to get around without being caught. A promise made in magic binds Eli in Sora’s debt until she finds her brother, assuring his help until the end.

But a revolution is starting in the land of Cura. The only chance Sora has at keeping her brother alive is if she can convince him to step down from power. It’s only a slight bump in the path to what she’s always wanted: her family whole again.

Even then, speaking to him doesn’t mean everything is closer to normal.
(I do not own the image used in the cover.)

So, now that I can update that one page...

For those of you who're going to participate in Camp NaNo, let me know! Maybe we can be cabin mates, or just message each other.

You can find me here.

Have a fun summer guys!  I've only got three more days left.  Oh, and those of you who're American: Happy Memorial Day and I hope you guys enjoy your three day weekend!


May 20, 2012

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren.

This week I bought...

Endure (Need, #4)Sweet Evil

Endure by Carrie Jones (goodreads)
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (goodreads)

What'd you guys get this week?

May 18, 2012

The Eighteenth is a Lovely Day


  • I finally passed my permit test
  • is exactly one month from my birthday
  • was an early out at school
  • means there's only one Friday left before school ends
There's only one full week of school left! And then I don't have too many more classes left for driver's ed.  Things are pretty much looking up now.  Though, I can't wait to not have to deal with people for a while.  Too emotionally stressful.

And summer means more writing and my birthday.  Speaking of writing, I should go do that right now...

May 17, 2012

Review: Dark Eyes

Dark Eyes
Dark Eyes
by William Richter
Published: March 15, 2012 by Razorbill

Get ready for the vigilante girl detective of the next generation.

Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she's just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She’ll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko—her dark eyed father—finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally’s mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wallys had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, this debut thriller introduces our next big series heroine!

I will start by saying that yes, I really enjoyed this book, but it confused me at some points.  Oh, and I vow to never look ahead in a book again.  If you look ahead in this book (a.k.a last 100 pages), you will ruin the story.

Moving on.  Wally is a tough girl who doesn't let much of her feelings show.  She is the leader of her little gang, and once lived a life everyone would want.  The reason why she abandons that is because she isn't comfortable with her life--that's what I got from it, at least.  What really nags me is the thing about her mom, which I can't really talk about 'cause that'd ruin the whole book.  Let's just say that I didn't understand everything about her mother's reasonings.

The story does flow a lot like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I know I'm horrible for basing my views on the movie) in that it switches from different important characters.

Richter did a good job at keeping the reader guessing--even down to the point that, after I formed a question, it was answered within pages.  I found that rather cool.  As for the writing, it wasn't too spectacular.  It fit well for the story, though, but it didn't really wow me.

For a lot of the plot, I didn't completely understand why stuff was happening, but I think those were the instances where my question was answered after a few pages.  And the pace wasn't too slow.  I guess you can say I devoured the book in about a week, I think.

I will definitely be getting the next book.  I can't wait to see what will happen with Wally now that so many things have happened.

Overall, I'd say this would be 4 stars.

May 15, 2012

Back From the Dead, Ye Come

First off, I want to say that it's rather weird that over 80% of my recent viewers are in Russia. Just a wee bit weird.
Last night, I had the urge to edit either one of my two completed first draft manuscripts, Nightland and Rush.  Of course, right after I had that thought, I decided to go clean out my desk, which resulted in a mess of my room.

Anyways, I decided to, first off, reformat Nightland so it was double spaced and in black font. Took a while, so now I can get to reading over that.  And the same goes for Rush, though I may save that for a few weeks longer.

And because all of the other pitches for Nightland are horrendous, I shall type a new one just for you:

Berlin has only ever visited Nightland in her dreams--or so she thought. Upon arriving in this land of dark, she's pulled off the streets and sent into hiding with friends she doesn't remember. Turns out, the evil ruler of the land is after her, for reasons no one knows.

She is quickly shepherded across the land, searching for an appropriate hiding place so she can learn the ways of the land. There isn't much time for her to learn anything as the ruler's minions scour the land, growing closer and closer to find her.

All Berlin wants is to go home and leave this mess behind, but in order to do that, she needs power doesn't have--yet.

Yeah, very lovely.  Nightland is a YA fantasy with aspects of romance at over 81k.  First novel I ever finished writing.  It was even finished one year ago, this month.  And needs a lot of work.

Now I shall be off to go make people (characters) nice and what not.

May 10, 2012

Writing Hell 5.10

Yeah, so I kind of failed at Writing Hell, but I did write over a total of 8900 words for Sever.  Next month will be better, because I'll be on break.  Maybe I can even write 50k in 10 days...  Last summer I wrote Rush in about 2-3 weeks, and that was averaging at least 2-3k a day or more.

I hope I can get more participants next month.  I would love to see how people do with these sorts of goals, and what they get written, too.

So, until the next Writing Hell, I hope you guys get all sorts of writing done!

May 7, 2012

Writing Hell 5.7

Welcome to day 7! Hope you guys are reaching your goals.

Today, I have driver's ed. Not really looking forward to that, but I do plan to get some writing done during the videos, since that seems to take up a lot of the time.  Otherwise, I won't be getting a whole lot written today, either.

Starting word count: 12694
Ending word count: 13337

No excerpt today...

May 6, 2012

In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren.

This is a combination of two weeks, because it isn't a whole lot.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Partials (Partials, #1)Dark Eyes
The Selection by Kiera Cass (goodreads)
Partials by Dan Wells (goodreads)
Dark Eyes by William Richter (goodreads)

Writing Hell 5.6

Day 6! I still need to catch up, so ... yeah. When I'm finally on task, I'll let you guys know! Today also comes with a new idea, which is why my word count has not changed... But I shall save this idea for a month or so to see if I'll have anything finished by then.  And that's a maybe.

Starting word count: 12377
Ending word count: 12694

Now to get on task...

May 5, 2012

Writing Hell 5.5

Welcome to day 5!  Good news for me today: I may get my mom's car in about 6 months (when I start driving).  I think it's more likely than not.  So happy.  But, then I have to catch up on my word counts, so ... yeah, not so fun.  The same goes for driver's ed.

Starting word count: 11560
Ending word count: 12377

“If I could send people with you, I would, but we don’t need to risk people noticing travelers from Vita. They don’t really like us,” he says. He takes a step back and smiles down at me. “Be careful, Sora. I’m expecting to be able to speak with you when you return.” He ruffles my hair, then takes a step back. “Good luck, and good night.”

With a nod, he takes a few backward steps, then turns and disappears into the forest. It only takes a few feet before he fully disappeared. Leaving me here, in the middle of the forest, to follow the rest of the path into the town.

I take a deep breath and plunge into the darkness, hoping the faint moonlight that appears every few feet will stay long enough for me to emerge in town safely.
Yeah, I'm not doing so good at catching up...

May 4, 2012

Writing Hell 5.4

Welcome to day 4 of Writing Hell!  After all the writing I've done (and need catch up on), it feels like it should be the end of Writing Hell.  Maybe that's because it's Friday...  Anyhow, I hope you guys are getting those words down!  I feel rather proud at finally getting Sever into the 10000 right now (word count wise).

Starting word count: 10019
Ending word count: 11560

I'm doing kind of bad at catching up, but I shall keep trying until I do!  (If that even happens.)

Well, I hope those who are participating in Writing Hell are doing well (and should totally let me know how they're doing via comments).

May 3, 2012

Writing Hell 5.3

Welcome to day 3 of Writing Hell!  Today I needed to catch up, having only written around 900 words yesterday.  So, I actually wrote in my notebook today.  It was rather help, and nice not to have a gazillion and four people ask me what I'm doing.

Starting word count: 7589
Ending word count: 10019

No preview today because I'm still behind and kinda dead right now.  Hope you guys are doing better than I am!

May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week's pick is FATED.  At the beginning of Noel's Immortals series, I enjoyed the books, but now I'm not nearly as interested in them as I once was.  But I'm willing to try out this book.  It sounds rather interesting, and I love the cover.  It's so pretty.

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)

by Alyson Noel
Publication Date: May 22, 2012

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.


So, what're you waiting for this week?

Writing Hell 5.2

Welcome to day 2 of Writing Hell.  Unfortunately for me, today also starts my first day of Driver's Ed.  I get to attend this lovely class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, for 2-4 or 5 hours (more hours on Saturdays).  Yeah, doesn't sound like any fun for me, so I planned on bringing my notebook with me so I could get some writing done.  It's what I used to do in a lot of my classes at school.

Oh, and there's a guy I've labeled 'Creep' there.  He kept looking at me during class.  Rather creepy.

Yeah, writing wise, today didn't go over very well. I wrote about 1000 words, which means I need to try and catch up in the next few days.  Hopefully I can write more tomorrow during school, and get some writing done before our concert.

Starting word count: 6907
Ending word count: 7859

No excerpt today.

I hope your writing day went well!  Keep on track, guys, 'cause you know I won't.

May 1, 2012

Writing Hell 5.1

Welcome to the first day of Writing Hell!  I hope you all have gotten to writing, and have at least finished today's goal!  For the next few days, I hope to write 25k for my project Sever.  That means 2500 words per day for me.  (It's a good thing I don't get any homework!)

Starting word count: 4406
Ending word count:  6907

After I got home and started writing, it was, oh, around 4:30 I think.  And then I wrote.  Up until almost 10pm.  It took me that long to get 2500 words out, but I did it, and boy am I proud!  I just need to not get distracted by texting and Bubble Shooter and food and Pokemon (yes, I am now playing Pokemon on my Gameboy).  So, this is the first ever day that I successfully completed Writing Hell.

I tense, and Brodrick pulls back. Squeezing my eyes shut, I calm myself down. It’s true, the fact that they left me was harsh enough, but with what Roth did… “Yes. They’re family. No matter what, I want them back.” I keep my eyes shut and lean against Brodrick’s solid form. “Wouldn’t you do the same thing?”

“I don’t know what I would do, even if I imagined it a thousand ways. It doesn’t mean it’ll happen that way,” he says, his voice calm and steady.

So, if you participated and posted for Writing Hell, please leave a comment!  I'd love to check out everyone's achievements of today.

Apr 30, 2012

Writing Hell: Get Ready!

 Tomorrow starts Writing Hell: a monthly event hosted here.  To be truthful, I have yet to successfully finish Writing Hell, considering the event at the beginning of the year that severely impacted my writing.  I was in a rut for months.

But now that I'm reading and writing regularly (more so than before), I thought I plan on succeeding in this Writing Hell!

If you'd like to participate, just let me know in a comment.  More info on Writing Hell is provided in the tab above, but if you're lazy (like me) and don't feel like checking it out, just look below.

Your Writing Hell post should consist of...

  • Title of project
  • List your goal for the 5-10 days
  • Starting word count
  • Ending word count
  • Retelling of your struggle day, and any inspiration (if you want to reveal)
  • (optional) Two paragraphs of your writing (or more, if you want)

This month's Writing Hell will last for 10 days.  I'd like it if you at least linked me to your blog and/or post of the first day of Writing Hell.  I'll make sure to include participants in every day's post.

And something new: If you post an excerpt, let me know if you'd like me to critique your work.

Link away, my friends!

This week...

This week will be quite ... interesting.  Tomorrow starts Writing Hell, which means I need to aim for 2500 words for the next ten days.

On Wednesday, I start Driver's Ed. From 6-something to 8:15 PM.  Yay me. #sarcasm

And on Thursday, I've got a spring concert at school.  The band goes on first, so I'm hoping that means I can leave earlier.  Unless I feel like watching the orchestra + mariachi later.  Which means I won't get home until, oh, 9-ish.

And, for the month of May, I have to work on this project for Algebra II.  What do I get to do?  Make a Ferris Wheel.  In one month.  While taking Driver's Ed, which will cut my open dates nearly in half.

Oh what fun this month brings for me.  The bright side: starting the second week of the month, we have 2-hour early releases on every Friday.  And then there's finals, and then NO SCHOOL.  Which means NO SUMMER SCHOOL for me and more time to write.

I just have to survive one more month and hopefully not cry during graduation, either because I know some of the seniors, or because I'll be thinking about how sad my graduation will be, or because I'll be thinking about my currently-junior friends' graduation.  ... I think I'm doomed to cry.

So, if I wind up not posting for a week, you now know why.

P.S. Another sad thing: On Saturdays, I have to miss Legend of Korra.  Good thing I'm recording the series.

Apr 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren.

This week, I bought...

Paper Towns by John Green (goodreads)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (goodreads)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (goodreads)
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (goodreads)
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (goodreads)

I originally borrowed Paper Towns from the school library, but returned it 'cause I don't really know how to renew books. Plan to finish that soon. When I read If I Stay, I loved it (nearly cried, which is rare for me when I'm reading), so I had to get the sequel. My friend loves Perfect Chemistry, and I've been trying to get into contemporary YA. As for the other two, they sounded pretty interesting, so I thought I'd get them.

So, what was in your mailbox this week?

Apr 27, 2012

A Chance for You to Win...

No, I'm not holding a giveaway (not yet, at least).  But my friend, Lexie, over at Still Waiting for Books to Come True is.  What's up for grabs? Well...
A paperback of Jellicoe Road + one book of your choice from the following:

Or you could win a fabulous 50-page critique of your YA manuscript.  (Seriously, she's a wonderful critic, and winning this critique would help your manuscript a lot (not saying that your manuscript is bad as is).)

If'd you like to enter, check out her blog here!  May the odds be with you!

Apr 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I'm trying to wait for SWEET EVIL.  I read the first chapter of this book way back in 2010, when inkpop was still getting out there, and I was still rather new to the judging-a-book-by-its-content.  All I remember is that I absolutely enjoyed the first chapter.  I can't wait to read the whole thing.  Good thing it's coming out soon!  I just don't know if my mom's willing to buy it, considering the stacks of books in my room... I just might have to use some of my own money to get a book.

Sweet Evil
Sweet Evil
By Wendy Higgins
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

So, what're you waiting on this week?

Apr 24, 2012

In Which I Present New Ideas

For the past few days, I've been working on two new ideas.  And today, I got another one!

So, today, considering I'm trying to get back into blogging, I feel like telling you guys a bit about my ideas.  Mostly the one-sentence summary lines, but it's something.

My two "older" ideas are both a form of fantasy.  The first is urban, and the second is with some adventure (I don't know whether or not it can be considered 'dystopian' (it's similar to The Pledge, but not in the who Queen-is-sole-ruler-who-does-*censored*-to-continue-Queenly-line) (I'll nickname my project Dystopia for now)).

The Girl of Eternal Fire
After Kyra Hyde discovers there’s a monster inside her, she sets off on a quest to find her father—the man with the answers.

Sever (temporary title)
When she learns of her brother’s whereabouts, Sora Lothbrow sets off to find her brother, and along the way makes a new friend bound to help her out.

It doesn't really have a one-line summary, so for now you can just know that it will have to do with The Chosen One, some religion (I'm not religion buff, so it shouldn't be too bad), and a monarchy. Oh, and a girl, but that can practically be assumed.

And, for now, that is the only update you'll be getting from me. Starting May, I hope to (maybe) blog every day, or every other day. And maybe post more reviews. And writing tips. And maybe a giveaway (as soon as I figure everything out surrounding the idea of a giveaway).

Until then, bye!

Mar 11, 2012

Internet, how I continue to abandon thee

I guess you could say that the past few days have been busy.  Friday, I didn't get home until 9pm, and didn't feel like doing anything.  Saturday, I was going to work on this research project due in two weeks, but then I had to help with yard work (result: slight sunburn on back + one sentence added to research project + revival of Pokemon addiction through DSi).  And today, I have a new idea which came to me through a dream.  Granted, it's similar to Rush, but I want to work on it anyways.

Really, the only thing that's been going on is me doing school work and spending time with my friend.  Not a whole lot.  Which is why I'll probably get to this new idea.  I'm sort of stuck on the project business.

Just another tiny update.

Mar 3, 2012

Writing Hell 3.3

Well, yesterday I didn't write, so I believe that means there shouldn't be a post.

And today ... today, I have three ideas I think I'll work on.  And Enigma, of course, but we all know that that won't happen.

So, either I will plan a total of 3k, or actually get to writing...

Mar 1, 2012

Writing Hell 3.1

Happy March! The month of green, I think (because it is the color that I think of when I think March).

After a month without this, let's get back to work! Writing Hell, March first, 2012.  This time, I plan on posting every day.  I've gotten really bad.

So, this Writing Hell will last for 5 days.  In those 5 days, I plan to write a total of 15k. 3k a day.  I plan on not dying, even though I do have a research project to start writing too.

Excerpt from ENIGMA:

Starting word count: 3952
Ending word count: (expected) 6952

Feb 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Today is a kinda sad day. It is the last day inkpop will be around, and I was only 9 days away from my 2 year anniversary!  Ah well, I guess I'll have to live.

But I think, at the moment, my writing's taken a big hit. I've always wanted to receive a review from HC, which was a pretty strong motivation to get things done, but now it's just like ... two more years until it is recommended that I can query (darn me for being so young, and agents wanting 17+ older query-ies if that's even a word). So, for now, I'll just try to finish my current works and see about

  • editing them
  • finishing a series
  • and creating a writing/critique circle. You know, in published books, the author's always thanking a handful of people who helped critique the work? I wanna be in one of those. :o
And, I have no clue if I'll let people read my projects again. A handful of people who I email a lot, yes, but I don't know what else I'll do. (Speaking of which, I should email my friends the first chapter of Enigma  (Smolder rewrite)...)

Now I shall get to writing and help my mother make dinner. Happy Leap Day, and I hope all of you inkpoppers go far with your writing (same to everyone, too)! (And inkpoppers who need/want to contact me, I'm on wattpad.)

Feb 24, 2012

Advanced Placement

For those American students, you know what AP classes are.  And for the next year, I plan on taking 3, along with some Honors classes, and marching band first semester.  Watch me die this school year of 2012-2013.

And, as I think about it, I realize that so much is different now.  I'm going to be in AP classes.  I don't feel like an upperclassman (even though I've got a few months).  And then school's almost over!  At this rate, I'll be section leader for band in the fall.  Another factoid that will lead to my demise.

For this summer, I really hope I can just enjoy it.  I think I'll get some community service done, and start running (in preparation for band, and maybe tennis/track).

I have summer goals, I guess.  Let's just hope I can achieve them.

And now my random update is done. Ta-ta!

Feb 23, 2012

White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Pitches and image provided by goodreads.

The reason I read this was because I'd forgotten my book one day, and knew I'd get some reading done at school.  Plus, I'd been interested in this book for a while and finally got to reading it.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of people able to do different things through touch, and that there was a limited variety of different powers. And that it appears to be genetic.  But what I didn't like was the fact that it was hard to follow.  I forgot the drawbacks for the powers, especially the ones that were brought up a lot.  I felt that those points need to have been brought out more, instead of random glimpses of it.

Cassel himself ... well, it was obvious after a while that he had powers too.  But it's one of those things that an author can't really hide--not unless they're some sort of master.  Black didn't do so good at the secrets; they weren't well hidden, but that may or may not have been the point.  Really, it didn't bother me.

What did bother me was his brothers.  They were so uncaring!  Black definitely made sure that I didn't like them, but I did feel sorry for Barron at the end.  I wished that Cassel would feel more toward him, considering what had happened.  

I enjoyed the relationship between Lila and Cassel.  I just wished that Cassel's relationship with his previous girlfriend had been brought out.  Give them more depth, because his previous girlfriend (I forgot her name) was mentioned, but not really used.  One of those characters that wasn't really important.

Overall, I did like the plot, and the characters, no matter how evil they were to each other.  I didn't find any really noticeable flaws (none that kept with me, at least). I'd give this 4 stars.

Feb 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (5)

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

Over the past few weeks, I have received/purchased...

Everneath (Everneath, #1)Cryer's CrossThe Girl In The ParkSwitchedThe Fault in Our Stars

2 ARC copies of The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks (Thank you Random House)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Switched by Amanda Hocking
And a signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I've already finished Cryer's Cross and Everneath, and hope to post reviews for them sometime soon.

So, what have you guys gotten? Feel free to share below!

Feb 12, 2012

Oh look, a new idea!

Yes, I think I'm going to make a weekly Sunday appearance.  But, now that I'll have internet access whenever I go to my friend's house, that might change a bit.  I promise that, for next month, I'll be a little bit better at posting. (Even if I have an evil research paper due at the end of that month.)

As the title suggests, I've got a new idea. And (grand pause) it's contemporary!  (For those of you who don't know: I generally write fantasy or paranormal novels.)  I'm pretty certain it's a load of crap, as it feels like nothing's going on, so now it's time to fix things up!  (Hopefully...)

If you're interested in reading the accursed thing, it will be posted on inkpop on Valentine's Day, so just stop by my account and check it out.  (But be warned, it's horrible.) (I know, I know, I'm not doing very good at pitching this story.  I just speak the truth when I say it needs work, but that's predictable.)

So ... um ... yeah.  Let's see, I'm reading Everneath right now, and I don't know whether I like it or not.  Definitely not what I expected.

And I think that's it.  I need to get to editing so the Accursed Thing isn't so horrible when I release it on inkpop in two days.

For those American students who get tomorrow off, I hope you have a nice three-day weekend!

Ta-ta to all and have a nice day!

Feb 5, 2012

Quick little pop in.

I'm still not completely back, but I might be.  My friend who has been in the hospital for a month should be going home tomorrow, or a tad bit later, meaning I can bring my laptop and have wi-fi when I go visit.

Which means I should get some more writing done, especially when I completely forgot about Writing Hell this month. I think I'll start that this Friday, so we Americans have a three day weekend to get some writing done.

Reading-wise, I've read two books, and am reading five, I believe.
Writing-wise, well, that's not a whole lot. I've come up with two new dystopian ideas, and am rewriting Smolder, which is now titled Paradox.

And I hope to get back into the blogging swing soon.

Until this Thursday/Friday, I'm retreating back into my little Hell Hole that is my new social life.

Jan 22, 2012

Why oh why...

So, with the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award coming very soon, I've decided that I will join.

But, I only have a week. And that's a maybe.

I am giving myself about a week to polish up Rush and write it a new pitch. Which really will be difficult, do to the little time I have at home.  Hopefully I can take my laptop to the hospital when I visit for the next week.  Hopefully I don't have whole lot of homework this week.

Starting today, I plan to enter ABNA.  Wish me luck, 'cause I'm definitely going to need it.

Jan 21, 2012

Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Review

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Pitch from goodreads

I have to say, I'm disappointed.  The beginning was really interesting, with everything Brimstone did, and what Karou did for him.  The names were a little hard to follow, but by page 100, I remembered everything.

I really loved the fact that I couldn't predict a whole lot.  Toward the end, there was one thing that I figured out, but it was after a lot of the flashbacks.  Otherwise, the secrets were all well kept, so bonus points for that.  I don't think I've read a book that managed to hide things so well.

What I didn't like was the insta-romance.  Karou and Akiva seemed to fall in love too quickly, and the same goes for Madrigal.  Granted, they are the same person. It was starting then that I started getting really annoyed with this book.  The next part that didn't help was the large jump from when Akiva realized who/what Karou was and when they did whatever (sorry, trying not to spoil stuff), to the end.  All that happened was interesting, but it was badly placed.  I wanted to read the story that was happening now, not the stuff that built up to it.

And now that I will go back to the good stuff, the background history was really good.  The mythology that powered Brimstone's world was really cool.  And I enjoyed all of the characters, even though I'd have preferred to see more of a few characters.  Karou was awesome at the beginning of the story, but once she met Akiva, she started going down for me.  She wasn't as ... funny, I guess, than the beginning.  She didn't say quip remarks like before, and started going into a more serious manner.  I guess that all could be put off as her character changing with all of the events, but I really didn't like her as much anymore.

It probably didn't help that she wasn't as focused on toward the very end.

If Karou had managed to keep her same personality from the beginning, and if the last hundred pages weren't filled with background information (more like filler), maybe I'd have enjoyed this a lot more.

Overall, the beginning was great, but the rest ... not so much.  And the very ending was horrid.  Nothing really changed from page 300 to 400.

I'm between (going goodreads rating) saying it was 'okay' and 'liking it'.  2.5 starts.

Jan 8, 2012

New Year's Resolution Updates?

I think I'll just start doing this on Sundays. Just to keep some regular posting.

So, as far as my resolutions go, I've read 0 books, have gotten 2 new ideas, finished writing 0 projects, edited 0 projects, and have been more social, and nicer to people. This first week has been very eventful, after my friend got into an accident and I witnessed someone crash his truck. I'm sure one to two hours every day will be dedicated to visiting my friend, because our families are very close and she's my best friend, so I don't think I'll be getting a whole lot done for a while. Tomorrow is the restart of school, and I've got to really pay attention in two classes to make sure my friend won't fall behind in those subjects.

*big sigh* The year as just begun.

And thus ends my first NYR update.

Jan 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Cover of The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering StormI'm interested in THE GATHERING STORM for more than one reason. A major reason is the fact that I'm writing something set in Russia, which is where this takes places. Another would be the history, because I love history.

And because I can't access Goodreads right now, the link will be from Random Buzzers.
You can find that here.

What's your WoW?

Jan 3, 2012

Well, guys...

It looks like I won't be wining this Writing Hell either. I'm too emotionally shaken up to write due to a recent event. I wish you all luck with your writings!

Jan 2, 2012

Writing Hell 1.2

Because I didn't write the whole 5k yesterday, I aim to write 6.1k to get back on task. I should be at 11k in OBLIVION by the end of the day.

I wish everyone good luck!

Excerpt from OBLIVION: to come

Starting word count: 4935
Ending word count: 6121 epic fail

Jan 1, 2012

Writing Hell 1.1 2012

Because this is 2012, we will count this as week one, day one of Writing Hell.

Today, I started writing at midnight. Nice way to start the new year: already writing! A few days ago, I started writing what I'm calling OBLIVION. I hope to finish this within a few months, along with SMOLDER (because I'm horrible with sticking to a single project).

Excerpt from OBLIVION:

Quickly, I think of something to say, hoping it will redeem me. “But those people are rewarded with the fact that they helped someone else,” I cry. From the glare he gives me, I’m not saying what he wants to hear. “I mean, shouldn’t the evil people receive more attention because of their actions?” My voice grows weaker as I continue speak.

In all honesty, I’ve never paid attention to do-gooders. It isn’t like most good deeds change people’s lives dramatically, unlike how every little crime committed leaves a mark on the victim’s soul.

“You still have a lot to learn. Now go home, Dice,” he says, and then turns to leave.

I refuse to leave this building now, not when I should be a Keeper already. “But I deserve—”

Before I can finish, he turns. His red eyes flash and his hand comes up, striking my face. My cheek stings, tears well up, but I just stand there, staring up at him. All emotions have disappeared from his eyes, making them the fiery pits that they truly are.

“Go home,” he repeats, his voice softer now.

Starting word count: 1061
Ending word count: 4935 (So close, yet so far! I just have to write a little over six thousand words tomorrow.)

I wish everyone at SPG-United to Write good luck on their writing goals!

In My Mailbox (4)

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

On Christmas, I received Legend by Marie Lu (my other gift was an iPod touch and a giftcard to a local bookstore, but that isn't what I'm supposed to be talking about right now). Two days later, I went out and bought The Pledge by Kimberly Derting and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. And sometime this week, I received an ARC of Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate and a chapter sampler of Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner. I won the ARC in a contest, Random Buzzers on Random House. Thank you, Random Buzzers!
Legend (Legend, #1)The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Fallen in Love (Fallen, #3.5)Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)

So, what did you guys get?