September 2015 Book Releases

September

I apologize for the wonky formatting. Once again everything was fine and then I added pictures and suddenly nothing was where it should be. I don’t know why this always happens, but the only way to make it somewhat readable was to flip sides for each one.


Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon

Imagine having a rare disease that makes you allergic to the world. For Maddy, that’s her reality. She hasn’t been out of her house in seventeen years, but then something changes. Olly. The boy in black moves in next door and suddenly Maddy’s world is turned upside down.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1), Liz BraswellA Whole New World

A Whole New World depicts a reimagined version of the beloved Disney film, Aladdin. The first in a new series that twists these Disney classics, A Whole New World presents a darker side to the story in which Jafar is the first to get his hands on the lamp and summon Genie. With Jafar as sultan what will happen now? Where is Aladdin? Princess Jasmine? A new take on a classic story that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between takes place over the course of one night. In the twelve hours before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan must make a decision: how temporary is their goodbye? In one night the couple will look for a sign on whether their relationship is meant to last or if they should say goodbye forever.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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Vengeance Road

Vengeance Road, Erin Bowman

Every family has secrets, but for Kate Thompson, those secrets got her father killed. After disguising herself as a boy and teaming up with a pair of brothers, Kate must go on a mission for answers and truth, all while seeking vengeance on the men that killed her father, the Rose Riders.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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the next together

The Next Together (The Next Together #1), Lauren James

Told through many different forms and many different time periods, Lauren James’ novel tells the story of a couple destined to be together and destined to be torn apart. Katherine and Matthew are born again century after century, saving the world time and time again. So why do they keep coming back? What do they still need to do?

Release Date: September 3, 2015

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Best Laid PlansBest Laid Plans (The Mercenaries #1), Stylo Fantome

“The Plan:

* Smuggle diamonds from Liberia to Morocco
* Make the trip in three days
* Don’t get caught
* Don’t kill each other
* Don’t have sex with each other
* Don’t fall for each other
* Stick to the plan”

That’s the plan. It’s simple, right? Apparently not as Stylo Fantome’s characters will soon realize in this first book in The Mercenaries series.

Release Date: September 7, 2015

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Fans of the Impossible Life

Fans of the Impossible Life, Kate Scelsa

Scelsa’s debut novel tells the story of three teens drawn together in times of hardship. Mira and Sebby are best friends, and when Mira starts at Saint Francis Prep in an attempt to start over, self-isolated art student Jeremy finds himself drawn to them. Together these three will form a friendship that will change all of them forever and bring them a new life.

Release Date: September 8, 2015

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The One ThingThe One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis

Maggie Sanders used to dream of being a professional soccer player. She was going to lead her team – her friends – to victory. At least, until she lost her sight. Now Maggie’s rebelling has taken on a whole new level and she’s on probation. Angry at the world, Maggie’s eyes are suddenly opened wide when she realizes she can see. At least, she can see ten-year-old Ben. Maggie must figure out a way to accept her new life, especially when she learns the true reason why she can see Ben and why she can’t stop dreaming about Ben’s older brother, Mason.

Release Date: September 8, 2015

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Mirrored (Kendra Chronicles), Alex Flinn

Mirrored is a modern retelling of Snow White. Celine is a young girl forced to go into hiding with her friend, Goose, after her father, Greg, marries Violet, a wicked witch who wants Celine’s father all to himself. Now Celine must try and figure out her fate. How is the magic mirror involved? And where is Prince Charming?

Release Date: September 15, 2015

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Ash and BrambleAsh & Bramble, Sarah Prineas

In this retelling of Cinderella, Pin is a young girl who works as a seamstress in her Godmother’s fortress. One day she finally manages to escape with the shoemaker, but is captured again soon after. Now she has a new life to live, a perfect fairytale story created for her by her Godmother. Princeas’ novel presents a dark retelling of a classic tale in which the princes are not always what they appear and the princesses (or seamstresses) don’t always need rescuing.

Release Date: September 15, 2015

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The Summer MarkedThe Summer Marked (The Winter People #2), Rebekah L. Purdy

Kadie and Salome are best friends, so when Kadie returns home from college for Thanksgiving right after breaking up with her boyfriend all she wants is to spend time with her best friend. But Salome isn’t answering. Then Kadie is taken from her world by Winter Prince, Etienne, who brings her to a world she always thought was fake.

All this time Salome has been trapped in this world where The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart. Left alone after her friend Gareth is forced to leave, Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive in a mythical world of death and destruction.

Release Date: September 22nd, 2015

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Blood and SaltBlood and Salt, Kim Liggett

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

Kim Liggitt’s book is a romantic horror focusing on Ash Larkin, a girl who follows her mother to Quivira, Kansas, a small town with a lot of secrets. Plagued by memories and nightmares and drawn to the strange boy, Dane, Ash must figure out what is truth and what is lies as she tries to save her mother and herself.

Release Date: September 22, 2015

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Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1), Rae Carson

In Rae Carson’s new trilogy, heroine Lee Westfall must disguise herself as a boy after her entire life is torn away. Why? Because Lee Westfall can sense gold. Real gold, wherever it is. In this first Gold Seer Trilogy novel, Westfall will try to find sanctuary away from the man who wants to control her in a place where gold has been found before, California.

Release Date: September 22, 2015

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Megagerie

Menagerie (Menagerie #1), Rachel Vincent

A travelling carnival is a great place to escape the world for a few hours, but for Delilah Marlow it turns out to be much longer. After taking a trip to Metzger’s Menagerie, she is taken hostage and turned into one of the ‘attractions’, performing alongside mermaids, gryphons, and a whole slew of other strange creatures. Vincent’s novel explores humanity in a new light as Delilah attempts to reclaim her freedom while also trying to understand this new world she’s become a part of.

Release Date: September 29, 2015

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Madly

Madly (Potion #1), Amy Alward

Amy Alward’s novel tells the story of Samantha Kemi, a girl who comes from a family of extremely talented alchemists in the Kingdom of Nova. Sam must go on a quest to find a cure for a love potion after the Princess of Nova accidentally drinks the potion and falls in love with herself. Finding the cure would mean getting the reward that would greatly help her family, but in order to do so Sam may need to get close to Zain, her enemy and member of the Aster family of the ZoroAster Megapharma Company.

Release Date: September 29, 2015

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There we are, some of the books being released in September 2015! I’ll definitely be checking out a lot of these as they sound amazing and there’s even more books being released not included on this list, make sure to check those out too!

New list will be up on October 1st! If you know a book coming out in October and would like it included let me know! Or, if you have a book coming out let me know when and I’ll make sure to include it in the list!

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Featured Author: J.K. Rowling

J.K. RowlingThis is something new I’m going to try on this blog, a featured author. I’ll be doing this every month with a new author and just talking a bit about them and their work. Why? Because I love reading posts like these so I decided to try my hand at writing them.

To kick things off I thought I would start with my favourite author: J.K. Rowling!

Even if you haven’t read one of her books you probably know who J.K. Rowling is. At the very least you’ve heard her name. But who is she? Where did she get her start?

Well, the basic information is this:

Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 (The same day as Harry Potter) in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Her father was an aircraft engineer, her mother a science technician, and she has one younger sister, Dianne.

She started writing from a young age and in 1990 dreamed up the idea of a young wizard boy on a train ride to London. Rowling taught English for a period of time in Portugal in night classes and wrote during the day.

She has three children: Jessica (with her first husband), David, and Mackenzie (with husband, Neil Murray).

Rowling used a lot of real life influences while writing Harry Potter. The death of her mother greatly influenced how she wrote Harry’s feelings towards the loss of his parents. Not only that, but for a period of time Rowling was clinically depressed and it was this period that inspired the dementors.

Harry Potter was rejected by twelve publishing houses when she first sent it out, but was eventually published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. Despite the initial reaction, it seems there’s a good chance J.K. Rowling already knew how the entire series would end as it’s been said (meaning I’ve read on the internet and seen in interviews, but can’t find the sources right now) that she knew there would be seven books and had already written the end of the seventh.

Harry Potter isn’t her only work. Since the series finished she’s written The Casual Vacancy (I have, but haven’t read yet) and has written other novels under the name “Robert Galbraith”.

But this is all just the basic stuff. What you might not know is that J.K. Rowling is the Twitter Queen. Or that she is a sassmaster and actively engages in debates about things she cares about online.

Seriously, if you don’t follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter you are missing out.

J.K. Rowling

This is just one of the little gems you will find if you follow her. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to see the humorous and wonderful interactions with the Harry Potter cast. Her tweet to Matthew Lewis when he did some scantily clad photos was particularly wonderful.

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She has had a major influence on many people. One individual in particular was Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Lynch wrote to Rowling and told her about her struggles with her eating disorder and Rowling encouraging words back assisted in Lynch finding the strength to not only fight back, but audition and get a role in the film series.

J.K. Rowling has also been a huge influence on me. I’ve never met her (one day), but I can say completely, 100% that I would not be the same person I am today. Not only is Harry Potter a major part of my life, but she’s a big reason why I started writing. Who knows where I’d be if it weren’t for her.

So this was my first Featured Author post. I’m liking the idea, but I may try and change it up a bit in future. Unfortunately I don’t know any of the authors I’m talking about so most of my information has to come from the Internet or my other thoughts. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to talk to one of the people I’m talking about. Maybe I’ll interview one of them for this blog.

The possibilities are endless.

Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see in future for these

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#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

Last week writers all over the internet took to Twitter to share their hardships as writers by using the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. These are 24 of those tweets that perfectly sum up things you shouldn’t say to a writer.

Anne Theriault“Have you been published in real life or like just on the internet?” – @anne_theriault

Bill Corbett“We can’t pay you but the exposure might be good.” – @BillCorbett

Butterfly

“Do you actually make money doing that, or do you also have a real job?” – @jesskristie

Cassandra Carr

“I downloaded your books from one of those torrent sites. Those sites are great, you never have to pay for a book.” – @Cassandra_Carr

Colleen Hoover

“‘You’re a writer? Oh, I have a GREAT book idea!’ (And then proceed to tell us your entire life story.) – @colleenhoover

Cristela Alonzo

“You’re a writer? But I’ve never heard of you…” – @cristela9

Daniel Parsons

“‘Can you help me with this? It’s not like you’re doing anything important.’ Yea, I’m not WORKING or anything…” – @dkparsonswriter

Dean Gloster

“‘That’s nice. But some of us have to work for a living.'” – @deangloster

Donalyn Miller

“You’re still working on _______? Shouldn’t you be done by now? – @donalynbooks

Dream Traveler

“‘I want to be a writer. Can you suggest a plot for my story?'” – @IamAlytoony

Esther RobardsForbes

“Oh, you’re not published? So, you’re not a real writer.” – @hungryjourno

Hugh Fraser

“Would you mind if I borrowed your laptop?” – @realhughfraser

Jacqui B

“You write for children? Is that because you aren’t smart enough to write for adults?” – @Jacquibwriter

Jarrid Wilson

“I just read a book really similar to yours…” – @JarridWilson

Jen Savran Kelly

“Person: So, where can I read your work?
Me: It hasn’t been published yet.
Person: Oh you’re THAT kind of writer.”
@savranly

Joanne Harris

“It must be lovely working from home. You can combine your writing with housework and childcare.” – @Joannechocolat

John Scalzi

“I’m worried you’ll die before your series gets finished.” – @scalzi

Lauren DeStefano

“You’re lucky you don’t have to work.” – @LaurenDeStefano

Lauren O'Neil

“A journalist? Wow. You don’t look like a journalist.” – @laurenonizzle

Laurie Boris

“You aren’t one of those ‘self-published’ authors, are you?” – @LaurieBoris

Madeline Ashby

“They pay you money for that?” – @MadelineAshby

Rachel Kennedy

“Poetry books don’t exactly become national best sellers.” – @RachelKennedy88

S.E. Hinton

“I thought you were dead.” – @se4realhinton

Sarah Dessen

“Told a teen I write YA. She hadn’t heard of me. Said, ‘It would have been so cool if you were Suzanne Collins!'” – @sarahdessen

These are only 24 of the amazing tweets in this tag. I highly recommend going and checking it out, especially if you’re a writer. It’s definitely one of the most relatable things I’ve read online.

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August 2015 Book Releases

August

I decided to try something new today and talk about the books that are going to be released this month! Depending on how well this goes and how I feel about, I may try to do this every month.

Finding the books for this list was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be because there’s so many different lists with different information. It was also hard to describe books I’ve never read before. I obviously didn’t want to just copy and paste the description of each book right from Amazon or Goodreads so I did my best to describe it in my own way and am hoping it worked out alright!

Also, there are only ten books on this list, but in figure there would be many more.

I apologize in advance for the wonky layout of this post, it was the only way everything would stay where I needed it to without being weird sizes.

Court of FivesCourt of Fives, Kate Elliott

The first in Kate Elliott’s new young adult trilogy, Court of Fives follows Jessamy, an upper-class girl trying to escape her overbearing life to one of freedom. She finds this freedom in The Fives, “an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders”. Friendships will be made, loyalties tested, and hopefully lives will be saved in this exciting new fantasy novel.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

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The Creeping

The Creeping, Alexandra Sirowy

Coming mid-August, this thriller novels follows the story of Stella and Jeanie, two girls who vanished twelve years ago. While Stella reappeared, Jeanie was never seen again. Now, many years later, Stella is once again caught up in the mystery of what happened that day and apparently on many other days just like it.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

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The Girl at the End of the World

The Girl at the Center of the World (Islands at the End of the World #2), Austin Aslan

Following The Islands at the End of the World, Leilani and her family must learn to live without many things, but they draw strength from each other and from their friends. But not everything is getting better. Leilani must make many difficult choices to survive in this new world and her strange connection to he Emerald Orchard isn’t helping things.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings, Eleanor Herman

From bestselling author, Eleanor Herman, Legacy of Kings combines fantasy with elements of real history in this novel based on Alexander the Great. Following Alexander, Katerina, Jacob, and Zofia, Eleanor Herman puts a new spin on a well-known part of history in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Lord Fish

Lord Fish: Chronicles of Xax, Ted Cross

Lord Fish contains three short stories, “Dragon Play”, “Lord Fish”, and “The Stolen Castle”, as well as a novelette, “Dragon Play”

You can find the synopsis for each one here on Goodreads

Release Date: August 15, 2015

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The Masquerade, and Altar, and a Fairy

The Masquerade, an Altar, and a Fairy, Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Sidelle Amistad is a Summer fairy and is desperate to prove herself. To do so, she kidnaps Finnegan, a Winter fairy, but the pair end up falling in love. This wouldn’t be so bad if their love weren’t forbidden, so now Sidelle must search for a new way to prove herself and for a way to stop the pain she is feeling.

Release Date: August 19, 2015

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Mechanica

Mechanica, Betsy Cornwell

Cornwell’s re-imagining of Cinderella tells the tale of Nicolette, a girl who has been turned into a servant by her stepsisters despite being a brilliant inventor. But after she makes an amazing discovery, Nicolette realizes freedom make be just over the horizon, but is the happy ending she really wants?

Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Of Dreams and Rust

Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes #2), Sarah Fine

Inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, Fine’s sequel to Of Metal and Wishes takes place a year later. Wen is now working in a clinic and trying to get Bo back to health. When Wen hears word that Melik’s army is going to be attacked and, most likely, destroyed, she makes the decision to leave behind her old life in order to warn them. But just how much is she willing to give up?

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Reawakened

Reawakened (The Reawakened #1), Colleen Houck

Lilliana Young has been chosen. She has been chosen to help Amon, a reawakened Egyptian prince who was mummified for a thousand years. Together, Lily and Amon must do everything they can to stop Seth, a shape-shifting God, who is trying to take over the world.

Release Date: August 11, 2015

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The Veil

The Veil (Devil’s Isle #1), Chloe Neill

In this new series from bestselling author, Chloe Neill, Claire Connolly is a girl struggling to hide her magic from the rest of the world. This fails though when she uses it to save a life. Thankfully, Liam Quinn is there and, after seeing what she can do, takes her to Devil’s Isle, a place where she’ll be safe and learn to control her magic. Now it is up to Claire and Liam to save New Orleans before the city is destroyed.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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If I do decide to do more posts like these in the future they’ll definitely be up earlier than this. This took a lot longer than I thought and I was also doing something similar on my other blog which took ages and was harder than I thought as well.

I think the most difficult part was trying to paraphrase the synopsis. I’m not totally sure how copyright laws apply to the synopsis of books and films, but I’m just assuming it’s still plagiarism. Is it? Can someone tell me because I have no idea.

Let me know if you liked this and, if you’re a writer with something coming out soon, let me know and I’ll include it if I do this again!

Which of these books are you looking forward to reading?

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Blogging For One Year!

1-year-anniversary

One year. I’ve had this blog for one year. That’s crazy! It does not feel like one year.

So many amazing things have happened and I’m hoping there are many more amazing things to come. I have a lot of plans for this blog in the upcoming year and a few changes I want to try out.

First, I’m going to be buying my domain name. The plan was for me to buy it this morning and then by the time this post went up it would be the first post with my official domain name. However, as I was going through the process of buying it there were some extra fees and some more info that I hadn’t been aware of before.

It’s actually pretty stressful, but I’m trying not to concentrate on it too much and just enjoy the fact that I’ve been blogging for one year! So, buying my domain will definitely be happening (hopefully today!), just not quite when I was hoping it to.

Another change that will be made is to my Thursday posts. Previously, Thursdays meant I would be posting a Poem of the Week. However, this just wasn’t exciting to me. With everything else, I get excited when I post, but it wasn’t the same for weekly poems.

I am not eliminating it entirely though! Instead, I will be posting a Poem of the Month on the first Thursday of every month. Thursdays will become my random monthly post day. Starting in August, Thursdays will include: Poem of the Month, Top Ten Lists, Featured Authors, and things like that. I’m hoping to make each of these a monthly thing.

Another possible change that might be coming at some point is the possibility of me incorporating Youtube into this. I’ve wanted to make Youtube videos for ages and while it probably won’t be happening any time soon, I wanted to get your opinions on this.

So, I think that’s all the changes that will be made. Everything else will be staying the same as I’ve been enjoying and I think you have too (at least I hope so)!

Thank you so much for an amazing year! I have 213 followers on this blog which is 213 more than I was ever expecting so thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I hope you’ll stick with me for this next year that will hopefully be even better than this first one!

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So Much Time, Yet Nothing Gets Done

Have you ever had it where you have so much time to do things, but you have so much to do that you just don’t know where to start? Yes? Okay good, I’m not alone.

I used to be on top of everything I was doing and I felt so great about it. Then one day I fell behind on a couple things and now it’s like battling against the current to catch up.

I’ll finally finish something that needs to be done and suddenly there’s five more things. I’ve got reviews for blog posts I’m behind on, reviews that needed to be written yesterday and aren’t done yet, fanfiction that I’m constantly late posting and it’s like the further I fall behind, the less I want to catch up, you know?

It’s like, now there’s such an overwhelming amount of work that I just sit here and stare at the pile and at my to-do list and I just have no idea where to start in getting through it all.

I know that when I do catch up on everything and get ahead of the game it’s going to feel great. I’ll be able to relax and breathe a bit easier.

It’s just reaching that point that I’m struggling with right now.

Honestly, the thing I always think of is Jurassic Park. It’s like, I finally start getting work done and then “life finds a way” to send in something else that needs to be done first.

Do any of you have times like this? How do you beat it?

Camp NaNoWriMo Week One!

Camp NaNoWriMoIt’s the end of Camp NaNoWriMo week one and I have done so much of nothing! Literally nothing… Well, that’s not entirely true. I opened the document. Does that count as working? Can I give myself a sticker?

Honestly, if this were regular NaNo in November I’d probably be freaking out by now. However, for Camp NaNo I’m not writing a brand new 50,000 word novel. What I’m doing is trying to finish my rewrite of BYB. So, I’m not freaking out about not having anything done, I’m more frustrated at the fact that I haven’t got anything done.

Now that’s not to say I haven’t been writing. I’ve been working a lot (and I mean, a lot) on blog posts and fanfiction and stuff for Buzzfeed and other things that need doing. However, on top of those things, I will be spending the next three weeks working on finally getting my rewrite done.

How are all of you doing on Camp NaNo so far?


 

Also, in non-Camp NaNo news, I changed my second blog! It was jcarsonrants and it is now jcarsonreviews because I discovered I much prefer reviewing episodes of things I watch as opposed to what the blog was originally going to be for
Also, I’m on Buzzfeed now. I think I might have mentioned this before or I linked to a post on Buzzfeed or something, I don’t know. But yes, various forms of social media have officially taken over my life and I apologize if I have mentioned this before, but I’m really excited. Some of the stuff I’m posting there will be on this blog as well, but a lot of it will only be posted there. So if you want to check that out I’ve put the link below.

Good luck to everyone on their second week of Camp NaNo and on anything else you’re doing this month!

Happy Easter!

Or, if you don’t celebrate Easter, happy Sunday!

 

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