February Goals

Tomorrow starts the new month! I’m looking forward to doing new things, and these are my goals.

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Writing: I set myself an easy goal for this month. I simply want to write a 100 words each day. I have some flash fiction ideas that I’ll jot down and probably share with you.  I’ll be continuing to work on Mourning and also work on my novel The Merry Picknickers of St. Petersburg.  The good news is What It All Means should be out for sale this month! I’m so glad that we’ve finished it.

Reading: I bought all the books in January! Well not all of them, but I bought a good amount. I’ll do a post about it later. 😀  Anyway, my goal for this month is to first catch up on my reading. I’m five books behind what I should be at for my 200 book challenge. Then if I get to that I want to catch up to my crazy friend Cait, whose currently at 21 books. Shhh no one tell her. 😉

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Blogging: I don’t have goals for blogging this month…I might end up doing a survey at some point. I haven’t decided yet. I love blogging so I’ll keep at it and keep reading other people’s blogs.

Life:  I feel tired as it comes to the end of January.  I had all the goals and plans and ideas last month and if you’ve read yesterday’s post you’ll know, most didn’t happen. This month I want to take a step back and slow down. I want to enjoy spending time with my husband, I want to read a lot. I want to write here and there. But mostly I just want to take care of me.
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So yeah…that’s about it.  Let me know what your goals are! Let’s talk about plans for February. 

 

 

End of the Month Wrap Up

Is it already the end of the month? Wow…part of me is so ready for January to be over with, but the rest of me is stunned at how fast it’s gone.
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Writing: Welp…goals for this month went like this.

Me: “Let’s do all the things”

Brain: “Nope.”

Me: “Buuuttt…”

Brain: “Nope.”

Yes it happened exactly like that.  Now I did actually get work done.  I wrote 28 flash fiction stories, got to 108 poems in my poetry book and started rewriting The Merry Picknickers of St. Petersburg.  But the whole write on weekdays, edit on weekends. Didn’t happen at all.

Reading: As of today I’ve finished 11 books for the month.  Now that’s a fine number, if there wasn’t a tiny bar on goodreads that said “5 books behind schedule”. *sigh* So I’ve been trying to catch up this past week, needless to say it hasn’t been going so well. I have five books that I’m reading right now so I’m hoping to finish them in the next two weeks.

My favorite book of the month: Saga vol. 2

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 I’m going to do a review on this later because oh my gosh I have never been sucked into a comic series like this before!  The characters are fantastic and funny and the art work is just beautiful.

My least favorite: The 5th Wave. You can read my review here. Overall I thought the story and characters were bland and just got bored.

Blogging: Hey! I redid my blog look! Isn’t it pretty? I love it, I hope you guys love it. Let me know if anything is hard to find, or hard to see. 🙂  I had an idea of doing a blog survey during this month and then…well and then I completely forgot. Oops? I’ll try to remember this month because I’d love to have some input on my blog and posts.

Life: Good news is Grant and I went to a tattoo shop to ask about pricing and show some ideas to the people. Bad news is there wasn’t any artists available that day, and then we never ended up going back. So that’s a nope on life goals. Life has been a lot of ups and downs this month.  We’re trying to find a new place to live but literally everything we’ve tried has fallen through. It’s been super disappointing.

Well that’s it for my wrap-up, how did your month go? I hope it was better than mine. 🙂 

 

Not To Disappear

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I hadn’t really planned on writing a post today, but I was listening to this album on repeat and just had to say something about it. This past week I’ve been obsessed with Daughter’s new album “Not to Disappear”.  Daughter is an indie folk band from England. I first started listening to them a couple years ago, and then last week found out they put a new album this year.  This album is a bit different than their original sound, but I’m really like it.
I love that the lyrics are so poetic.  Here’s some from my favorite song “Mothers”.

You will grow all you need to grow inside my spine
And then take what you need to take, what’s yours is mine
And then just give all you want of it to some new thing
I’ll stay here, the provider of that constant sting they call love
They call love

Anyway, the sound is very soothing to me as well. I really love this album and I hope that some of you take a listen.

The Serpent’s Shadow – A Book Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.

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My cousin had a copy of this book and I felt like reading something fun last week, so I sat down and read it in a few days.

I really enjoy Rick Riordan’s books, from the original Percy Jackson series, to the Hero’s Of Olympus to the Kane Chronicles.   I love his funny, at times childish style. His characters are all lovable and interesting to follow.  As a kid I was a big fan of mythology in general, so to have them adapted to the modern world was a dream come true.
So it was funny when I picked up the last of the Kane series, because I forgot how much I enjoyed the crazy battles and funny lines that Riordan is known for.

When I first read the series a couple years back I hadn’t been able to finish the trilogy, and I remember not liking it that much.  But reading The Serpent’s Shadow  brought back lots of fond memories, and overall I just loved it.  Carter is my favorite character, I love how real he is. How he feels like he can’t lead very well, and his love for Zia is so adorable.  Sadie’s character annoys me, I feel like she’s a bit silly and mean to her brother. Don’t get me wrong her powers are cool, I just think she spends too much time thinking about guys.  Of course the book follows the same Riordan plot, I know this bothers some people. But I didn’t mind it, I think because I haven’t read any of his books in awhile

In the end I enjoyed the book, I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

Dear Homeschool Kids

Dear Homeschool Kids,

So I’ve seen these videos/blog posts/ comments floating around everywhere and I just felt the need to say something. You’ve probably seen it too, a homeschooled alumni or currently homeschooled kids giving answers to questions that seem silly.  “Did you actually do school?”  “Where you super sheltered?” “Did you have any friends at all?”    I remember doing this too, I thought these questions were laughable. Then as I grew older I began to meet or read about other homeschool alumni, and I realized some of these questions are perfectly reasonable.

Here’s the thing fellow homeschoolers.  Some of us had it great, some of us got a good education, had friends and generally just had a great time. My mother has spent so many hours researching the best curriculum. Obviously no one’s perfect, but I know that she did and continues to do the best for her children. I know I got a pretty good education, a little lacking in math and science. But the point is my mom really tried.

But some of us didn’t. Some homeschoolers were raised in families that didn’t take education as seriously for females. Some of them were abused, and some didn’t have any friends outside of siblings.  The more I read and the more people I meet through the internet, the more I realize that abuse and education neglect are both misunderstood topics, and that very few people want to talk about the problems.

Abuse and education neglect in homeschooling families happens, and happens more frequently then most people realize.  Stories like the ones shared here,  here, and here, are just some of many stories that are being told by homeschool alumni.  My point isn’t to say homeschooling is bad or anything like that. My point is to simply help create more awareness in this area. We’ve all read about the stories of children being taken away from homeschooling and/or homesteading families, and I feel that some people think those cases are just random exceptions picked up by the media. Abuse can happen in any home; the schooling or religion doesn’t make people immune.

So if you’re a homeschooler, next time you’re asked one of these questions, don’t just laugh it off. Instead thank your parents or guardians for giving you the education and opportunities that you had because some people aren’t as lucky as you. Maybe consider donating to organizations like this one.  But at the very least let’s all stop pretending like there’s nothing wrong.

Daughter Of Fortune – A Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquín takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.

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I am a big fan of historical fiction, in fact I enjoy it more than I do YA Lit. I’ve always been a history buff, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  At 432 pages reading this book is no small task.  Daughter of Fortune starts off very entertaining. Throughout the story we follow young Eliza Sommers, from her mysteries beginnings as a baby left on the Sommer’s doorstep, to her journey to America.

The characters are all very interesting. Eliza is a mix of a silly yet also intelligent girl.  I mean, pregnant and unwed she decides to stow away on a boat and sail to San Francisco. How stupid can you be? Love is love though, and I can understand her character.  Once in America though she does start making more intelligent choices. Dressing as boy to protect herself, staying with people she can trust.  Overall her story is entertaining.

I love historical fiction because I can always learn something new from it.  Daughter of Fortune gave me a great look into the world of Chile in the mid 1800’s. Something that I hadn’t read before. It was also interesting to see how far the rumors of gold went. I had read before about the Gold Rush, but hadn’t realized how many immigrants came from all over the world to make their fortune.

I decided to give this book three stars because the author did tend to wander a bit, and that made Daughter of Fortune slow paced at times.  Also the story would follow minor characters whom I didn’t really care about.  And at the end of the story Eliza wasn’t the most memorable character.