Wednesday, October 19, 2011


1) Head over here and take a look Shannon Messenger's awesome blog contest in celebration of her book deal! She's giving away a bunch of really awesome stuff so you should check it out! Shannon's a super cool person and I can't WAIT to read her book!

2) For those of you who don't know... November is "National Novel Writing" month so if you haven't yet, you should check out the website at - the object is to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. I'm going to take a swing at it this year!

3) And, if you're looking for some comic relief--

4) Last, but not least... a question: What do you do to get motivated to write?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hey guys!
I'm not really feeling inspired today, but I found this at The Mirror in my Mind and it looked kinda fun so here we are!

a) Choose 10 of your all-time favorite books.
b) Take the first sentence of the first chapter(NOT the prologue) and make a list in your journal blog.
c) Don't reveal the author or title of the book.
d) Now everyone try and guess!

Note: I should probably warn you--most of these books are not best-sellers or even well known at all. This was done semi-intentionally, as I'm pretty sure 99.9% of you have the first sentence of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone memorized word for word. So, if you can by some unlikely chance guess them ALL, you deserve a medal. Or a box of fudge. ;)

1. On a warm October night in Chicago, three deliveries were made in the same neighborhood.

2. "Gramma, is that man following us?"

3. That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me.

4. Almost choked with excitement and joy, Betsy Ray leaned against the railing as the S.S. Richmond sailed serenely into New York City's inner harbor.

5. I've heard it said that girls can't keep secrets.

6. The train began to move at last.

7. It happened just the other day, to a boy named Roger.

8. Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven slowly through the big thoroughfares.

9. I still remember the day we celebrated Krishna Jayanthi, the festival of Lord Krishna's birth, at our home in Bombay.

10. Miri woke to the sleepy bleating of a goat.

Bonus: From the highest point of Watchtop Hill, Urchin could see the whole island.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday #2

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

1. Possession by Elana Johnson

2. Matched by Ally Condie

So glad these two have sequels coming out! If they didn't, I would cry!

3. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

4. Scorpia (Alex Rider #5) by Anthony Horowitz

5. Several of the Sisters Grimm books by Michael Buckley

These three are all part of their own series, so there's not much to be said about them...

6. Bright Shadow by Avi - GRRR!!! Least favorite heroine EVER!

7. A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz - With a name like that, you can guess the nature of the ending at least...

8. Who Are You? By Joan Lowery Nixon - Um...could you explain the point of this book to me?

9. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks - :') So gorgeous!!

10. Okay, I'm going to cheat on this last one and use the movie because I haven't read the book. Tuck Everlasting --What??? Why?? Gaaaah!!! So freaking painful it's not even funny!