Tuesday, February 2, 2016

IWSG: Endings

I'm back! I've officially resurfaced after my month-long disappearance from the blogosphere.

Alex: I owe you an apology. I know I was supposed to participate in the blogfest on Monday, but alas, life happened. And by life I mean school and homework. Please forgive me for that.

So, this month's insecurity is endings. Specifically, what makes a good ending? I'm taking a Creative Nonfiction class in school this semester, and I always struggle with endings. I can't seem to tie it up right, so to speak. I have a story going and it's all neat and tidy, and then I get to the ending. The ending usually winds up being short, abrupt, and leaving the reader asking, "So what? Why should I care?".  I always feel like MORE is better, when in reality, it's not. Sometimes the opposite is true- LESS is more!

How about you? How do you 'tie up the ends' in a story?Any tips?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday!

Question of the Week: If you could write a book what would it be about? 

I'm actually working on a book right now about my experience with cancer. It's a memoir, and I'm not sure if it counts as 'writing' when I haven't really had time to do anything with it in the last year or so. 

Would anyone want to help me move forward with this? It's my dream to get published, and I'd need someone that likes YA writing, since that's my audience. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday

Question of the Week: What's your favorite ice cream flavor? 

I really love Peanut Butter ice cream. Even better if it has those little mini peanut butter cups in it! 

Lately I've been gravitating more towards frozen yogurt. There's this place called Forever Yogurt (not sure if it's only a Chicago thing?) that has really good fro-yo and toppings! My favorite flavor there is Key Lime Pie. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday!! (A day early)

What are your favorite books that have been made into a movie?

I have several answers for this question.

1. The Fault in Our Stars was a great movie and an even better book! I love the soundtrack, and the acting was amazing. I love how the movie stayed so true to the book! 

2. My Sister's Keeper- Jodi Piccoult: This was a good movie and a really great book, but one thing really irked me: The movie directors completely changed the plot and made it WAY too predictable!! In the book, the ending is completely unexpected, which is a big reason why I love this book. But in the movie, the ending is exactly what I was expecting. They didn't stay true to the book at all! I'd give it a 4 stars out of 5 rating.

3. The first book in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: great book and good movie! I especially liked the soundtrack. The movie wasn't as dramatic as the book, but then again, the book had a lot more room than the movie did...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The List Blogfest

Today I'm participating in Alex. J Cavanaugh's blogfest about Lists. After much consideration, I've decided to make a list of all my unanswered questions in life. Some of them are very silly, and some more serious. If anyone has the answers to any of these questions, please leave me a note in the comment box!

1. What is the meaning of life?
2. What happens when we die?
3. In The Little Mermaid, why couldn't Ariel have just written Eric a note about the whole Ursula thing? She obviously knows how to write since she signed Ursula's scroll!
4. Why was Snow White so naieve? Why were the animals smarter than she was in terms of not wanting to let the Queen/Witch inside?
5. In Beauty and the Beast, where are the Beast's parents at the beginning of the movie? He's only 11 years old at the start of it!
6. How was Chip the teacup conceived? If the curse started ten years ago and Chip is only around 5 in the movie, how on earth was he conceived if Mrs. Potts is stuck in the castle?
7. What happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White went to live with the Prince? Did they ever see each other again? And what happened to the magic mirror?
8. Why doesn't Squidward in "Spongebob" wear pants?
9. If Spongebob lives in a pineapple, how does his house have corners?
10. Why does Gary the Snail meow? That doesn't make any sense!
11. If the city of Bikini Bottom is under water, why do people have to take baths? How do electronics work underwater?
12. How is Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter, a whale if her dad is a Krab? Who was her mother, and why doesn't she look anything remotely like a crab?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday

Question of the Week: Name a book you hated 

The summer before freshman year of high school, I had to read The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. WORST. BOOK. EVER! It was just a bunch of little stories that didn't make any sense, by themselves or when tied together! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday!

Undiscovered talent - tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let's spread the love.

Oddly enough, lots of people have never heard of my favorite book, Tuesdays with Morrie. Most of you guys probably know the story, but for those that don't, it's about a guy named Mitch Albom (the author) who discovers his old college professor, Morrie, is dying. Morrie has ALS, and the book chronicles Mitch's weekly visits to Morrie's house, as well as Morrie's decline.