Random Thoughts - Wanna Be Writer

I want to write but I always feel like my ideas are not good enough or someone else has already written them. I try to journal and then feel stupid writing about myself and my mostly boring life. I have some real world experience, I know some interesting people, I have ideas and then I just can’t get them to come out on paper. I can envision myself writing. I can see my hands on the keyboard, feel the clicks as I press on each letter, but I cannot figure out how to get a whole, complete interesting story out. Even writing prompts make me nervous. I judge myself. I feel like there is no way I can go up against the greats – and I am not sure how I would handle rejection and having to try and try. I mean, even the amazing Harry Potter had trouble getting published. I guess I just have to decide if this is my dream, my real passion and something I want to do, or just one of those crazy aspirations that I seem to always start and then finish.

How do writers get past the self-doubt, how do they come up with original ideas. Meh. I feel so stuck in life, I need something exciting. I keep feeling like there is just something gnawing at my being, but I have no idea what it is. I have this desire to write, like all the time, but then I sit down at the computer or with my notebook and find that Pinterest is more exciting or my hand goes numb from the writing within the first few sentences.

I want to write about real adult relationships, but I don’t feel like I am an adult yet and don’t know how to write for that market. I want to write about post-apocalypse scenarios but I feel like the market is flooded with them. How do I figure out a real, new and interesting story?
What about a fairy-tale retelling? That sounds awesome, but I am still stuck on how to do that. 

Actually, that kinda gets me excited right now. Maybe I will have to brainstorm that. What fairy tale should I pick? Maybe just randomly writing ridiculous blog / journal posts will get my juices flowing! I always am a little apprehensive about posting my own writing on my blog than some easy reviews. It is much easier to review someone else’s work rather than have your own judged.
So, there is my ramblings. Tell me your ramblings – do you want to be a writer, do you consider yourself a writer? How do you find inspiration?


Review of Stone Cove Island

The Stepford Wives meets Stephen King in this debut mystery: a sleepy New England beach town is wrecked by a hurricane that reveals an unthinkable 30-year-old secret.

When a catastrophic hurricane devastates Stone Cove Island, a serene New England resort community, everyone pulls together to rebuild. Seventeen-year-old Eliza Elliot volunteers to clean out the island’s iconic lighthouse and stumbles upon a secret in the wreckage: a handwritten, anonymous confession to a thirty-year-old crime.

Bess Linsky’s unsolved murder has long haunted the island, and the letter turns the town inside out. Everyone who knew Bess is suddenly a suspect. Soon Eliza finds herself in the throes of an investigation she never wanted or asked for. As Stone Cove Island fights to recover from disaster, Eliza plunges the locals back into a nightmare they believed was long buried.

I loved the setting. I think it would be so neat to live on a island and have to take the ferry to get to a bigger town. I bet that it would be so peaceful and an amazing place to sit down and read.
Eliza was a great MC. I thought she was really strong for her age, especially having to deal with her mother's depression and anxiety.
The whole story that starts at the beginning where a girl goes missing and they only found some of her hair was really interesting. The mystery of the story really kept me intrigued.

There was so much of the story building up to solving the mystery that once you got to the end of the book it was all rushed and not really flushed out.
There is a group of people on the island that do not seem to really get what they deserve and us as a reader are left to wonder what really happened to that group of people (trying not give anything away)
The story was good but it just wasn't super "fleshy." I would have liked a bit more world-building and maybe some flash backs to the past to really fill in the holes.


Review of The 100 Day 21

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.


I immediately started Day 21 after finishing The 100. I was so amazing by how completely different the book storyline is from the CW TV show – and I think that this is why I can enjoy both stories instead of comparing them.

I really enjoyed the mystery of the earthbounds and getting to know what / who they are better. I am excited to see where the story is going to go.
The characters were able to be more developed, and we got to again go back and forth between past and present, so I felt like they are becoming really well-rounded characters.
I like the little romance situation between Clarke and Bellamy. I feel like it is real, and definitely shows signs of what relationships are like within the confines of a small town where everyone knows everyone else and has connections.
I am interested to see how Mount Weather and the earthborns, plus the research that Clarke’s parents did on the ship work into the next part of the story. It was intriguing enough to want to continue with the series.

There is just something missing from the writing. It is so very simplistic, and to me, that makes it almost boring. I really am glad that I have the images from the TV show to really put details in my head. I am not sure I would have continued to read this story without having first watched the TV show.



Waiting on Wednesday with Prudence


From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
I loved Ettiquette and Espionage so much, so I am super excited to get my hands on Gail's new series! It is due out March 17th, 2015.



Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Want to Read With My Book Club

I have been part of a book club for a little over a year. A couple of my acquaintances invited me and I got to know some of the other girls pretty well. It has been fun to get to know them through their love of books. We meet at someone’s house, they cook dinner and we all bring snacks and wine. We talk about the book for a while and then life. It is an easy-going group. I really like to read books that are out of my norm or that would bring a lot of conversation with the group. I picked some top 2014 books that I would love to read with the girls. For January we read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
We Were Liars by E Lockhart (I have read this but I would love to have some more discussion on it with the group)
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Easy Street by Ron Perlman

Review of The 100

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

After being home sick on the couch for a few days, I happened about The 100 series by CW on Netflix. I was instantly hooked and binge-watched the first episode and what is out of the 2nd super quick. I asked about the book on Twitter and found out that it was quite a bit different from the tv series, so I decided to also read those. I was surprised by how different they were, but I enjoyed them book.

  • I really like Clarke in both books. She is strong, but quiet, cares more about people and education than popularity.
  • Clarke’s parent’s research was really interesting and I am excited to see where they go with that part of the story.
  • The earthborn still have that mystical air to them, kind of like the Others on lost.
  • This book is really like a more modern version of Lord of Flies, I love the raw, rugged view of how we would/could react when faced with that type of situation.
  • The “small town” aspect, plus the class-system on the ship was well done. I am interested to see if the class-system will still work into their lives on earth.

  • The story was somewhat simplistic but it was still a good read.



Review of The Night Circus

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 Reves," 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 per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
The Night Circus was one I started a while ago and then just wasn’t in the mood for it. I found the audiobook at my library, so I thought I would give it another shot. The audiobook was read by Jim Dale and was 13 hours, 43 minutes long.

  • The circus was so magical. I could just envision the color scheme, the crazy spectacular tents and the smell of the caramel corn. I would love to have gotten to see it in person. Erin did an amazing job with her writing and really brought the circus to life.
  • Celia and Marco were so amazing. I love their story and how they are so perfectly chosen for competition that they compliment each others work without even realizing it. They also had to figure out how to deal with the competition and exactly what it meant to them and those around them.
  • The whole Le Cirque de Reves family was amazing, each character was so well-written and had so much personality. You can just imagine them together as they planned the circus and their roles in the group. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in their midnight dinners.
  • “True love or not, the game must play out.” I think this really sums up the story, it was interesting to see how they work together and sometimes against each other to figure out how to love and who they really are.
  • The redhead twins had to be my favorite part of the book. They were so interesting and crazy mature for their age. I love how these two children could understand so much more than all the adults around them.

  • There were quite a few times were I just felt the story dragging a bit. It all wove together well in the end, but I couldn’t help but want to sometimes fast forward and I caught myself day dreaming a couple times.


Around the World Reading Challenge Destinations:
New York
Concord, Mass
Boston, Mass


Review of The Conspiracy of Us

A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance--perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with.
 I love those around-the-world, searching for some mystery, danger and adventure type stories. I have read Dan Brown's books over and over because I love that old-world suspense. I was so excited to see that the library had The Conspiracy of Us right away and read to borrow. It was read Julia Whelan and was 9 hours, 36 minutes long.

  • Avery was an interesting main character and I loved her purple eyes, how cool would that be!
  • There was definitely mystery, adventure and traveling. This was a good book to get a couple stops for my Around the World Challenge. The book starts in a not-real town in Minnesota, but then she goes to Paris and Istanbul. 
  • I loved Jack, total book boy crush for sure! I imagined him being a lot like Johnny Pacar in his role on Make It or Break It.
  • The whole structure of the official families and the circle was interesting. I do want to continue with the series to see how it all goes down. There was some confusing stuff with the prophecy, but I am hoping that it all comes together in the next two books.
  • The biggest gripe I have is that the conspiracy was a little convoluted. It was a bit hard to understand, but I think that this could be largely in part because I listened to the book instead of reading it. I do sometimes lose my focus sometimes when I am listening. It is a lot harder to go back and re-read when you have to reverse your audiobook!


Featured Blogger - Olivia's Catastrophe

    Today's Featured Blogger is Olivia from Olivia's Catastrophe! She has a super cute blog and loves books and beauty products as much as I do! Please make sure to stop over and say hi after reading her interview!

    1.Describe yourself in 5 words.
Introverted, thoughtful, weird, friendly and happy :)
    2. Describe your blog in one sentence.
A book blog with random posts about my life included!
    3. Why did you start a blog?
I originally started it because I wanted to be writer, and lots of books told me to start building an online platform and an email subscriber list for the future. But in the end it has turned into something I love doing and would continue regardless of wanting to be an author or not.
    4. Who is your current book crush?
Current? You mean everlasting! I haven't gotten over Edilio from Gone for years, and probably won't ever.
    5. What’s your TV guilty pleasure when you are not reading?
Doctor Who! I will always have time for an episode of that. I have also recently started and fallen in love with Luther and Sherlock.
    6. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
I feel like I would have to play myself, but if I could I would love to play one of my older sisters. It would be interesting to see how they view me as well.
    7. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
Definitely J.K Rowling. I would love to know what her daily agenda is like, and what it feels like to be such a successful author!
    8. What is your favorite web site?
It would either be Young Writers Society (www.youngwriterssociety.com) where I get feedback on my writing and have a lot of online friends, or Bloglovin, where I keep up with all the blogs I love to read!
    9. What’s the last song you listened to on your IPod?
Jealous - Labyrinth. I can't get enough of it!
    10. What is the last book you bought?
I bought ten at the same time because I was at a book fair where a hardcover was only 1.50 euros and a paperback was 1. But my favorite buy from them has to be Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. I have heard a lot of things about this author and can't wait to get to her books!

Stalk Olivia! Here is her contact information!