NaNoWriMo 2019

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Right, so NaNoWriMo.

The holiday that all writers celebrate. It’s like a secret code.

“Oh sorry I can’t make it, I’ve got too much to do, NaNo Wrimo and all.”

And then you the signature “WAT”

Even if you do try to write every year, and they ask that…every year.

Listen, like Inktober is to the Artist, NaNo Wrimo is to the writer. It’s like a push, it’s what we do to drive ourselves insane.

And I for one am failing.

In the name of academics and distracted Youtube videos, but I’m failing none-the-less.

But still, I’m bouncing between two stories because I really can’t decide. (I’m easily distracted and love both my stories equally.

SO ANYWAY.

I wanted to talk a little bit about my works (because I’m fabulous like that), and give an idea of what I’m aiming for, this NaNo Wrimo.

When Crime Became Known Justice

I’ve pitched this before on here, and yes it’s a lengthy title, but I’m not fabulous at titles, so it’ll work for now. Now, about the story…

“Ace Yedgerson never backed down from a promise. And with this one, it was no expectation. The same case he promised to investigate for Zanie Sharper, was the same case that led him to walk away from his beloved job as a police officer for Buffalo. The case? Twenty-one year old Harper Mayberry, kidnapped, and her sister found dead in her apartment. The consensus? Uncertain, until now. Because there’s a new Detective Agency in town, and they don’t let cases close until they’ve found the culprit, and they’ll do whatever it takes to show Buffalo what Justice is supposed to be.”

The Cities Darkest Light

Elle Harper was completely out of Asa Conwell’s league. There was no doubt about it-the two were night and day; they were completely different-but without one, the other would almost seem unimportant, and most likely cause damage. And while the two of them tried their hardest to be strong and independent, at the end of the day; they simply weren’t. Two years together had taught them that.
And in two years, it appeared that they weren’t the only ones with a budding romance. Which, Elle and Asa discover on one rather fateful day.
The rundown?
Chandler Harper, CEO of Hopewell’s Electronics goes missing the same day he’s found getting cozy with the secretary. That same day, Maureen Harper seemingly goes insane, and ultimately, the secretary is found dead.
Naturally, Elle Harper is up for top contenders on the suspect list. Lucky for her, it’s part of Asa’s job to find who’s innocent and who’s guilty, and he’s not one to make exceptions, no matter how dangerous, or close to home it actually gets.

Both of these stories are mysteries, and they do have a romance aspect to them, but I genuinely enjoy them.

Now that you know what I’m working on, let’s observe my goals.

Very simply, write ten chapters I enjoy for each work.

Crazy, right?

Here’s the thing, I’m studying for a very large part of my life (SATS), and failure is not something I will accept a second time.

SO

I’m trying to balance both, without wanting to poke my eyeballs out.

Too late, but a girl can try.

So now, the real question stands.

Are you, good friend, willing to take even the most simple of NaNoWriMo challenges, or are you chilling on the sidelines?

Because either’s cool, I find personally, that it’s one of those months that has a universal goal, but it’s a different journey for everyone, and it’s subjective for each person. Like for my brother, he’s never written a story before in his life, but he’s recently had a story idea he can’t shake and wants to work on it. NaNoWriMo for him is just learning the basics, like creating characters and the basics, and that’s okay.

That being said, I’d love to hear your goals for NaNoWriMo, and as it’s the month of writing, not to be too blatantly obvious, but definitely check out Grammarly, It’s pretty much a lifesaver, and once you write and draft your book, you’re going to need some more editing, and Grammarly is definitely the way to go (my mom has the app on her phone and loves it).

SO, your challenge, is to tell me what your plans are this November/NaNoWriMo, and tell me, if you could see any prompt/trope put into a movie/book, what would it be?

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Reading List (October Picks)

Well

Spooky Season’s around the corner, and I have a few books planned out for October, as I jump back into reading my books- let’s check out the seven on my list. Before I do-I know it’s early for October, but September packed up pretty quickly, so let’s aim for one heckuva book month with my favorite genre, eh?

  1. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Kerri Maniscalo)

It’s honestly been a while since I’ve read this beauty-and I find October to be my time for the heebie-jeebies, without getting too deep into the spiritual world of Demons and whatnot (unless it’s busting into a cult or something along those lines). This was my favorite book when I first read it, and when I got the book I was even more excited. It’s dark and creepy, but somehow is just a…perfect book to curl up under the covers with…a barely lit room…

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2. Dark Powers Book 1 (Bill Meyers)

DUDE.

Listen, creepy contemporary Christian is my jam, and this book-it’s what I love. It’s got the supernatural bits with a godly twist; it’s got a mystery, and yes, I’ve read this book too, but it’s been a bit, and I absolutely love it! I would definitely suggest this one, even just to find out why some teenagers are talking on the internet doing what a stranger tells them too (don’t do that).

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3. The Amateurs (Sarah Shepherd)

I’d like to start off by saying I got the authors last name wrong and came up with totally different search results on google, so um…I’m just going to avoid googling author names from here on out.

I digress, moving on.

I happened to have picked this mystery up at Barnes and Noble on clearance (those are where the OG gems live), and was pleasantly surprised by the description. It’s hard to find a good teen mystery–and while I haven’t read it, it definitely is giving me high hopes; and if anything, it’ll make for some good cozy reading (I’m going to continue to talk about this because my room is being fixed up and I got a little candle that won’t bug my Guinea Pig with smell…)

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4. PJ Sugar, Nothing But Trouble (Sarah May Warren)

I have something to confess.

I accidentally read the last book first, and now I’m just mad.

I was so excited, and I sat down, and I’m just like “What”, but I still read it. And then read it again. And then imagined some fan-fiction, because I was twelve when I first read it, and I was in the FanFic stage. But again, I read it at least once year-the characters are charming, and now that I have a job, I’ve decided to spring for the whole series, and let me tell you, I am excited for this one.

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5. Hangman’s Curse (Frank Peretti)

Again, a book I read out of order (I read Nightmare Academy first), but I did enjoy the book. It captivates you in a way you wouldn’t expect, and Frank Peretti writes the perfect psychological thriller (from what I can remember it’s been about two years), that just, makes you feel like you have to read it a time, or three to really grasp it.

I digress, I do remember that there was a scene with spiders, and that was my unraveling at that point in Hangman’s Curse. So, this, is definitely one I know will give me chills.

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6. A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)

This book just looks like fun, sort of a break up from the Hangman’s Curse and Stalking Jack the Ripper, but it has the mystery that I really enjoy. Watching the book trailer just made me…giddy, sir, I’m genuinely excited to read this book. Holy Hex is the trailer immersive. (Also, I may or may not have developed a crush on a book character again, and I just watched the trailer; so you know, that’s always nice).

CAN I INTERRUPT THIS POST FOR A RANT?

SOME BOOKS

SHOULD NOT BE ON KINDLE.

AND I AM SORRY TO SAY, THEY ARE TOO CLOSE TO WATTPAD.

I JUST.

WHY WOULD I PAY FOUR DOLLARS FOR A FANFICTION THAT I COULD READ ON WATTPAD?
No offense to the authors, it’s just confusing to me, I mean, hex yeah, if you’re writing’s bomb, absolutely man I’ll support you-it’s your own work, and the characters are your own creation (you know, not based off of anything incredibly noticeable)? Sign me up, I will support small authors.

But do not make a rip-off of Twilight or a Fan-Fiction, and charge me money.

7. The Hunger Games

I’m doing it, I’m diving into the fandom.

Recently, and I don’t know if you know this, Kindle Unlimited moved a butt-ton of books to their list that you can now read for free, even the entire Harry Potter Series, and the ever-popular Selection Series. I appreciate that, because when my family first got the subscription.

I read a lot of trash.

I still do.

But my parents spent ten dollars for me to read exactly what I was ranting about early. Now, I did find some gems, but boy, when Unlimited first launched, it was a mess.

I digress, the point is, I’m excited, and now that I can get my hands on it.

Years later.

After movies have been made and grammy’s awarded.

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So, my question for you is, have you read any of these books? Are you excited for fall, and what’s your reading list? I’d love to know!

BOOKSHOTS: BOOKS I HAVE MISSED

I grew up in a world of Fancy Nancy and Skippy Jon Jones, you know, the classics. Maybe a scattered Dr.Seuss, but to be honest I could never fully enjoy those stories like most people.

Anyway, I was also one of those annoyingly advanced kids who learned to read in 1st grade, and became a speed reader within a few months, so I would plow through every Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House out there, and had moved onto The Baby Sitters Club in Third grade (I still have a decent portion of the books), and eventually Sweet Valley High, but somehow, along the way, I missed one of the greatest books out there, and under-rated the other.

So today, we’re going to be reviewing two children’s book (a possible nod to me getting closer to trying to publish my Children’s book?), both with a princess theme.

And first up to the batting ring we have…

Beth Moore’s “My Child, My Princess”.

Now perhaps, I might be a bit biased on this book, just because it was the only book I let my mom read to me once I actually learned how to read, and I genuinely enjoy the story line behind it, but how exactly does it hold up, six years after I last read it (and twelve years after I first read it).

So the story starts following our young Princess, who was commanded to clean her room by her dad-the king. Of course, because she’s a princess, and there is no way in the land of SUGAR COOKIES this girl is going to clean her room; she does the most logical thing- She Runs Away. Unlike every single one of us who has actually tried to run away (but actually just goes to our parents closet or the bathroom), she actually runs away-dressed up as a peasant-she goes to live like them. She get’s along fairly well, however, things get bad, and she watches as people taunts the King-her father, the only one who can recognize her. She feels horrible, and returns, promising to never again hurt him, and he basically calls her bluff, but tells her that it doesn’t matter, because his love for her will never end.

So what are my thoughts on this story?

Well, I will always love this story, for what it is, the parable, and the memories behind it. However, I did find a few flaws. I always thought that the book was long, whenever I, or somebody else read it, but in retrospect, when I picked it up just recently, the book didn’t feel nearly as long-and I quickly realized that it was the way that it was written (in loose “old English”, if you will), which made it a bit harder for younger me to understand. Not to mention, the placement of some of the words had current me re-reading to check and make sure I wasn’t going crazy.

So in conclusion, despite the slight confusion in the writing, I would still give this book four-out-of-five ginchies, especially if that was really the only flaw. Who do I suggest reading this (to)? Most likely someone ages Five and Up, considering I don’t think a three year old would have the ability to enjoy it as much. I do think that even adults should read it, because it transports you to a completely different time, with a sweet story/parable with this, that would genuinely make someone feel good.

MOVING ON.

To a story I was not so lucky to have around when I was a kid, but would have totally loved-Just Princesses, by Crystal Velasquez.

So interestingly enough, I found this book shoved under one of the desks at moms book and found myself absorbed in it almost instantly. Which is weird, because I feel like the intended age group for this was actually 6-12, and also, I’ve enjoyed a few comic books in my life, however I’ve always been more drawn to people “drawing” with words (if you will).

So, for the summary?

Princess Katrina’s -one of our main squeezes- father has remarried an “evil” step mother (only Princess Katrina isn’t the type to be negative-kudos to the author for writing a positive princess who didn’t whine about life), who was actually a witch (but who could tell, she seemed like a wholesome family friendly lady), and had a moody daughter, who just didn’t really like anybody or anything. (A genuinely relatable character).

So the evil witch-step-mom has decided that kids should be old, and she should have youth, only, things don’t work out to plan, as she ends up…

BECOMINGANOLDHAGANDMAKINGALLTHEADULTSDISAPPEAR.

So this means that the two step-sisters (you know, moody daughter and Princess Katrina. I have the book, and could easily give you names, but then you wouldn’t fill compelled to read it as much), along with their gaggle of friends and animals (THE BEST PARTS) set out for a way to get the adults back, and turn the ha – step mother, normal again. This instills them on a journey that shows the independence, and the importance of making decisions.

Now usually, I’d try to describe the story more, but we’re about to go off on a tangent, and say this book’s take on Feminism, is something just about anyone could get behind

How?

Because the story had it’s Prince charming, but the characters themselves acknowledged that they didn’t actually need him, or his “masculinity”. Not to mention, the Prince himself had problems, so the Princesses weren’t the only ones whining about problems. I think the biggest enjoyable moment of this for me, wasn’t just the show of feminism in an enjoyable, clear-but-tasteful entrance, but the logical thought process of the characters themselves. They were relatable, and that is something that is very hard to find in fairy tale stories.

Just Princesses, written by Crystal Velasquez, is the one book that I would suggest that everyone read this book at least once. A fun childrens story, with a strong character set up and background. Usually I would list my flaws, however, I genuinely struggle to find some, perhaps because it was a story I enjoyed so much. I have read reviews online, where people find the open-ending frustrating, and few other concepts annoying, however the comedy aspect is what is really enjoyable. As I’ve stated (numerous) times before, it’s very hard to write characters that are relatable, not to mention adding strong characters with flaws, that don’t come off as painful illusions.

I would also like to give this book, Five out of Five ginchies, for the make-up, and concise storyline of the book (AND, since I haven’t mentioned this, the fourth wall breaking).

Before we move on to the ending, I want to quickly apologize for the sloppy review of Just Princesses, I am EXHAUSTED, and sick. I however really enjoyed these books, and was eager to suggest both to you all. I hope to eventually come back and revise this book review, but as for now, this “dying” (I’ve been a whiny one this week), teen is getting ready for bed.

Have you read these books? Did you enjoy them?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Book Shots: Grasping At Eternity

Can we just acknowledge how I somehow managed to read THREE books this year. Wow.

I’ve never been more disappointed in myself.

But jumping back into it, I thought I’d review an old familiar of mine- Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper.

And as I’ve always felt toward the three times I’ve read the book, I felt the train wreck comming in the first page.

The story starts off with our MAIN Main character, Maryah, who has just had an uncomfortable run in with her parents, basically about her being “average”.

Oh my gosh, you don’t have good lucky or a big chest, woah-es me.

Sounds like every book? The complaints are.

But you know what, I’ll give it to the author, girls are pretty sensitive, and being told that you’re not exactly like your attractive smart brother would hurt (I should know), and if your parents say it, I’m so sorry (Can’t relate, my mother does everything but slap me when I make a remark comparing myself to others).

So she’s pouting in her boat, has her brother come up and try to console her, she feels a little better, and things will be perfect, she’ll eat snikerdoodles and listen to old classics, and her dad will apologise.

Except they won’t be perfect, because then a bit of a freak accident happens, and long story short, she ends up with a broke leg and a piece of wood shoved in her abdomen.

Due to the accident, her parents and brother (who’s her twin, by the way), passed away, leaving her an orphaned kid, who was either to live with her aunt and uncle, or her God parents that she’s never…actually met.

But she did meet them, because during the book, the twist is introduced, which you pick up between our kinda-annoying MAIN MC, and very annoying, MC dude, who is actually a total rotten Snicker doodle himself, and is whiny, and completely stuck on living for this girl and being weird about it, while she’s clueless,(but not really). I’m not going to lie, the Main Characters, they were total crap, like I get them, but also, the idea that they’ve spent centuries together, and never really had a break, would clearly acknowledge that they both needed a break.

And once again, the dude, the MC, Nathaniel is really whiny, for a dude, and acts nothing like a guy who’s seen some shingles, and rather a guy who’s playing the “nice guys finish last”.

That being said, the side cast was bomb, they were well structured, and had a less whiny attitude then the MC’s did. They had quarks, and gave me major Fast and Furious “Family” vibes.

The storyline that is important, but not, but also yeah kinda, important, is there, but not completely there, since the storyline is very

“I hate you, but I love you, and God help my ragging teenage hormones even though I’ve been around for CENTURIES.” (Yes, centuries, go read the book, I’m not giving spoilers).

In conclusion, you’re probably wondering why I read the same book three times-and the answer is simple.

The side cast is the main cast, and I love them.

Also I might be a massocist.

When it comes to suggesting the story, in general, would I?

No. But for my romance readers, and those who do enjoy their sides over the main course, yes. For my younger ones, or those who aren’t into completely Sexual references, probably not.

It’s not a lemon, thank the good Lord (I wouldn’t have read it), but it’s too edgy to be fluff, so basically, my current standing as a teenager.

For age, maybe someone who was fifteen, when I first read the book, or older, I’d say this book should be something you should check out, at the very least because the author loved her characters, you can tell, and that’s admirable.

For total rating, I’d give it two out of five ginchies, just because of the over-fluff, and the characters being very, very annoying.

I want to hear from you guys! Have you read this book? What did you think? How would you rate it? Are there any more books you want me to review?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story it is!

HaziWords

When You’re a Reader

Growing up I had major problems with reading. Mainly because starting in second grade, I was staying up until twelve at night to read, even though I had to get up for school….five hours later. Of course, there are just some things that others never understood when it came to being obsessed with reading…so I mean…heres what happens when you’re a reader.
1. All the actual skeletons in your closet. Seriously, at this point, you’ve had to move your clothes and shoes out in order to fit the skeletons from the dead bodies that are actually linked to the next point…
2. Murdering people that interrupt you while your reading. Seriously, it’s beginning to smell right now.
3. Spoilers… now I stand on the very unpopular side of ‘I could care less if you tell me how it ends because I won’t believe you until I read it myself’. So go ahead, give me some spoilers. Even if I don’t believe you, that doesn’t mean you’re going into the closet.
4. You take forever to get dressed…mainly because you’re actually reading.
Okay, so as a girl, people have often expected me to be the one that takes the longest because of makeup and hair, and well, other stuff that confuses me on how long it takes. (Even now, after adding makeup and throwing my hair into a half-ponytail and hairband, it only takes me fifteen minutes to get dressed). When I was younger my mom had to get me up earlier than my dad or brother just because I would get up to get dressed, and read at the same time, turning a usually five-minute process into two hours. So anyway, besides my personal experience, as a reader, your going to take longer to get dressed. It’s just fact-boy or girl, you’re going take months, years, decades, centuries, even.
5. You’re cool with car trips. Because you can read. And motion-sickness is totally worth it. However, that Arby’s sandwich you ate, isn’t.
6. Finishing the chapter actually means “finish the book”. However, asking to finish the chapter works a whole lot more than asking to finish the book. I mean, it’s really the same thing in our eyes, but a lot of people just don’t get it.
7. Bookstores are the one place you feel at home. All the other places make you uncomfortable-mainly because you’re not entirely sure how to react in a situation when your best friends aren’t around.
*Looks around for the hidden door to an alternate world.*
*Frantically searches for someone you recognize*
*Finds Bookstore*
*Screams with joy*
*Gets kicked out for screaming because you’re actually being disruptive*
8. Going anywhere without a book is illegal, and a little strange.
“Just because it’s a dance doesn’t mean I can’t bring a book. I mean, what if their’s a crazy mad-vintage dancer that pulled out a marshmallow gun and won’t let us use our phones? Then how is my kindle going to help? Therefore, I need this book. This book I will take.”
9. Bathroom trips take forever. Because you’re not actually on your phone, or even doing your business. You’re reading the book you stored under the bathroom sink.
Oh, wait…is that just me?
Well, Sugar Cookies.
10. You actually always have to be reading something. Subtitles are your best friend. You see, it’s not so much as what you read, but the act of reading. So really, you’ll read anything. A hardware manual, the back of a shampoo bottle, the ingredients in cooking oil, how to install a wifi/cable modem, the menu to your least favorite restaurant.
*Flips over a bottle of shampoo you’ve been using for years*
“Wait a minute! This is supposed to be tear-free! Oh, wait..that’s tear-free. That doesn’t actually make any sense. Why would shampoo tear your hair?! Okay, anyways-holy sugar cookies! I need to get a new shampoo brand!”
So I’m not entirely sure how relatable this is, but for me and my brother, it’s pretty relatable. And we’re a majority of the almost-extinct reading community. Let me down below if any of these are relatable, and if you’re a reader. We’re a dying breed, and if people don’t understand us, then they aren’t worth being around.
Stay Ginchy!
HaziWords