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Review: The Fault in Our Stars : John Green

I just finished, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is the 2nd book of his I have read and I must say he’s very talented at what he does. He pulls you in and lets you explore the characters he’s written. I feel like I could walk in the Cancer Research Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital and find Hazel or Gus or even Isaac sitting in the waiting room. It’s crazy, but he captured the spirit of a terminally ill teenage in love.

It’s perfect. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I really enjoyed the characters and how they interacted. Thank you Mr. John Green!! 

 

The “call”!!!

On Friday at 5pm I received the “call” from Literary Agent and President of Serendipity Literary Agency in New York. I must say after we got the initial introductions I was beyond nervous. I pitched my novel. She listened and pointed out a problem in the first sentence. Yikes! But the good news is that I don’t have to send in a query letter. Since I was a finalist in the contest, I can send in my full manuscript to Ms. Brooks herself, thereby bypassing all the red type. This is such a great opportunity.

So again I was floored by this opportunity. I am super excited. But then reality hits me and I realize that I have a ton of work to do this week. Like homework and then re-editing my novel. Which for some reason this week I decided to remove the first 8 chapters of the story. I figured I could re-enter the cut chapters as flashbacks.

Back to the interview, so if you didn’t know let me be the first to tell you that she is very polite and kind. Honestly she reminded me of a roommate I had in college. So it was easy to talk to her, and staying true to myself I rambled. Which was something that I had sworn not to do.  But it led into the discussion as to how an Aerospace Engineer ended up owning her own agency. Well she told me that she worked in publishing writing Engineering books (I couldn’t even imagine doing something like that, it sounds painful) and then decided to do something different. So she took a chance and opened her own agency.

This was very inspiring to me. We also chatted about growing up in a visually impaired household and attending a bling school. Also about my college days and current situation. It was quite normal. She asked me to quote my experience with the Young Adult Contest. So here it is.

“This contest gave me, an unpublished author, and the opportunity to show the literary world my talent as a writer.”

Now what do you guys think? Too cheesy or not enough?

All in all I feel the conversation went well. Yes, I was nervous and overly appreciative, but hey that’s me in person. I wish I had been calmer, but what’s done is done. There’s only moving forward.  So wish me luck, I’m going to need it.

 

Such things are….

Good Morning all!!

Yes I am planning on doing the A to Z Challenge. I can’t wait till it starts. i am so ready for a change. 

A side note: I just finished Looking for Alaska!! Another AMAZING book!! Take a chance on it, you won’t be disappointed. Image

It’s that time of year when…..we BLOG!!!

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Before I Fall Book Trailer

So here’s the trailer! It’s pretty interesting, although I picture the characters differently. it would make a GREAT lifetime movie!! What do you think?

Before I Fall : Review

OMG!!!

I just finished one of the best books I have read in a while. I mean listen too! Since I only have one eye it’s easier to listen than read. But other than that the book was amazing!!

It’s called Before I fall by Lauren Oliver.

This book is AMAZING!! It’s about a girl that dies, but then has to re-live the same day for the next seven days.

It proves that everyone has a purpose in life and how one little thing you do can alter the universe and your fate. This book is really well written! I would hope to write a book like this!

Please take the time and pick it up. You won’t be sorry! Also if you have a teenage daughter, this is a great book for them to read. It’s full of everything kids go through these days!!

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Settling In..

Well I moved a week ago and I am still trying to get everything in order. it’s not quite what I expected. I love the feeling of sitting in my office and being able to hear the going-ons in the living room. It’s fun! I don’t feel so isolated back here. Plus my office overlooks the back yard which is laden with wildlife and greenery. It’s so great. I mean what else can I say. I have a basement which allows me to have more room for packing things away for the winter, which i will be doing now that Spring is here. Or at least I hope. 

In other news, still no call from the agent. They have been changing offices and in the change lost my personal information. So they are going to call me this week. Wish me luck! I am getting a bit discouraged because they have rescheduled several times, but I guess that’s the way it worlds. I mean there are outside forces working against me here. Or that’s how I feel. 

As for the novel, I have decided to whack off the first eight chapters and start the novel from chapter nine. Then use chapters one thru eight as flashbacks. I think the story will be better. Besides my editor says to start a novel with some sort of action. What do you guys think

This week for school I have to write a short story that focuses on pacing, should be interesting. Plus I’ll be putting together my writing platform which is quite fun. 

Well that’s all for now. I’ll write something more substantial next time. 

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Divergent: Book vs Movie

Divergent: Book vs Movie

This pretty much sums it all up.

Divergent REview

My friend picked me up after work at 6pm to head over to the local theatre to view Divergent at 7pm. We arrived forty five minutes early and my anticipation grew with each passing minute. I had recently finished the triology and was still reeling over the ending. I’m not going to post it, but lets just say it was unexpected at best. So I had a general idea of what I was going to see. 

I don’t understand how the casting is done in films. I also don’t know a screen play is written based off of a book. it confuses me to no end. How does a character’s description change from having blond hair and light eyes to black hair and eyes? It just doesn’t make sense. I have to say again how much I commend the casting crew that did Harry Potter. They nailed it. Not so much for this series.

The Shailene Woody chick was fine for Beatrice Prior, a bit tall and average. The girl in the book was described as small and meek. The Theo guy was so not what I pictured for Four, I mean come one, he’s suppose to be hunky and a teenager. He just comes across as a thin and lean dude with no muscle definition. I thought that Sylas from Weeds was a better fit. Or even one of the guys from Hunger Games. 

And then there’s Christina. So the body type issue is the opposite for her. It’s like they decided that they were going to switch the description up between the twoo girls. Zoe Kravitz is what Beatrice Prior was suppose to look like, short, tiny and meek. Christina was suppose to be tall, lanky, and a loud mouth. It’s that simple. The casting was messed up. 

Also there were no old people in Dauntless and Eric was the one that did more of the delegating. instead there was this other guy that talked alot. 

That leaves us with Caleb ( I don’t like the actor that plays him), Jeanine (Kate Winslet nalled this part, but needs to have glasses. In fact all of the Euridte need glasses, its a defining feature that they failed to miss in reading the book, and Marcus (he’s too old, he needed to be casted as someone younger). 

Moving on to the plot…..they decided as filmmakers to toss the book out the window and do what they want. First off, Four was alone in the room where he was controlling the simulation. Not across the hall from Janine. Also Tris doesn’t stab Janine in the hand with a knife, no does she inject her with the serum that makes her a part of the simulation. It’s crazy and didn’t happen. they just pulled that whole part out of their butt. I hate when directors do that. What did they just find that the way the writer wrote the book was too lame. Hey it was enough action for me!! But I could get over all of that if it weren’t for the nagging feeling that they are going to destroy the next two books into movies. 

I know most of you are probably thinking I should have never went to see the movie. But I had to. it was the same as when I went to see The Hunger Games, although there weren’t as many changes as there were here. I guess it’s just upsetting to me. But at least I know that good casting can come from somewhere, I mean look at what they did with Harry Potter!!

What do you think?

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Oh my!!!

This kid is in dire need of parenting or intervention of some sort. He’s completely unwilling to answer the questions and disregard to authority. He needs to be taken somewhere and left there to think about his actions. He acts as though he is exempt from punishment of any kind. it’s disrespectful and disgusting. Yep, I”m done listening or supporting him (not that I did in the past) but his music will be deleted from my music library. It’s this kind of smugness that I despise. Fare the well Bieber and good riddens!!!

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