Saturday Stories 1/9/16

Each week I like to come to you with updates from my week in the world of words. Last week I explained to you my new blogging/video schedule and gave you a quick excerpt from The Way We Were; which you can find here. So this week let’s just dive right in to a quick update.

My Goals for this past week were few, but lofty. (Refresh your memory by reading here or watching here)

I didn’t quite get it ALL done, but I came very close so I’m counting this week as an overall win!

For my Weekly TBR (To Be Read) I listed The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I honestly finished listening to The Raven Boys before I posted that TBR so I had an advantage there, but I still didn’t make my goal. I only read about 120 pages of Six of Crows, which I think is still a pretty good advancement! I also read Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale, which is a great graphic novel with 144 pages of fun cowgirl fairy tale.

As for my writing goals…I’m counting them all as a win!

  1. I organized 2/7 of the first half of The Way We Were…though that is not technically a completely met goal, I’m very happy with it!
  2. I wrote 3 1/2 chapters of Paulonious Punk that I am VERY thrilled about.
  3. I made a mad dash this morning and completed The Siren’s Tale
  4. I blogged and posted every day I had scheduled!

Word Counts:

Paulonious Punk – Approx 1400 words (have not typed them yet)

The Siren’s Tale – 3236 words

Blogs – 1135 words

Total Words Written for the Week = Approximately 5700 words

If you have any goals you worked on this week, I’d love to hear about them! If you love this type of post, or hate it, I want to hear that too! Leave me a comment and let me know what’s up.

This week’s excerpt is from the middle of

Paulonious Punk and the Search for an Adventure:

Chapter 7

“We’ve got to think of something truly adventurous,” Pauly announced the next morning as soon as he has called their ‘club’ meeting to order. “We only have a week left to do this in! I won’t be happy, and I won’t rest, until I have something to write in my adventure journal!”

“I don’t think you’ll be happy until there are pirates involved,” John snorted, throwing his rubber ball against the wall repeatedly with such force that his arm went numb from catching it.

“That’s no lie,” Grandpa Punk agreed from where he sat, whittling a piece of wood and swinging on a swiveling armchair, the bubbling liquid moving through clear tubes coming out of the chair making him look like a mad scientist in some sort of retro-steampunk-hybrid movie.

While those two complained to each other, Paulonious was lost deeply in his own thoughts and let the silence stretch as he wandered aimlessly around the room. Nearly five minutes after John’s sarcastic comment, Pauly paused his manic pacing and swiveled around excitedly to face the other two.

“That’s a GREAT idea John!” He yelled the words, making John jump and miss catching his ball while Grandpa jerked and nicked his knuckle.

I hope you enjoyed! Have a wonderful weekend and may you all stay so inspired you that your pens run dry before your imagination does!

 

 

Tuesday Book Review

City of Glass:

The Mortal Instruments – Book 3

Written by: Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: March 24, 2009

 

Included Extras: An excerpt from City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments Book 4

AND

An excerpt from Clockwork Angel the first of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy – a precursor to the Mortal Instruments

 

Overview:

The bulk of this book takes place in Alicante – the City of Glass – which is the ancestral homeland of the Shadowhunter. Basically, Clary tries to save her mother and gets in trouble. Jace tries to protect Clary and gets in trouble. Simon tries to protect his friends and help out, and gets in trouble. The Lightwoods are behind but catch up in time to fight. Valentine makes a grand show of a takeover, and power is abused. The formula for a good plotline includes action, suspense, drama, and a bit o’ romance…this book has it all and more!

Review:

Written primarily for teens (specifically Grades 8 and above) this book includes twisty turns, action, adventure, and romance to keep you pushing to turn the next page. Some of the minor characters got to show off a bit for us, which I really love to see in series novels like these. Several of the ‘bit parts’ had conversations, showcased fights, and even love interests and backstories that I find fascinating.

On top of that, Clary got to create new runes again while she and Jace discovered an angel and blew up a house. Simon was captured and then rescued all because of his ‘daylighter’ traits, tragedy struck, and a war began and ended in all of ten minutes.

And that doesn’t include the two major twists that confirmed my deep seated suspicions but then turned my firmly developed ideas up on their ears.

This series is a bit of an impediment for me. I personally enjoy the plotlines and characters…well, most of the character development anyway…and would (probably will) read them all again at some point. On the other hand, this is not a series that automatically lends itself to being something that EVERYONE should read. While many books contain universal elements that can be transcribed accordingly, I am afraid that the abundant use of angels and demons within the Mortal Instruments could be highly offensive to some, shall we say more seasoned, readers.

Though this series is pure fiction and not at all an attempt to ‘convert’ teens and young adults to a certain belief, these misgivings cause me to pause. So, because of these issues, I have chosen to give this book 3 ½ out of 5 dragons. However, I do recommend that you read the series IF, and only if, you enjoy fantastical reads in which the lines of reality are (literally) smudged over.

 

Rating – 3 ½ out of 5 Dragons.

Link

Best Children’s Books

Best Children’s Books

I was reading my Parent’s magazine last night and found a delightful few pages listing some favorite books for young readers. “AHA!” I declared (quietly and to myself…I’m not risking waking that baby!), “I should share this link!”

In searching for the online version, I found so much more than the few new favorites. I found this list of  word happiness, helpfully and conveniently divided by age group for us.

Christmas is coming soon, buy the kids an adventure they can take over and over again! Buy a book! Have a Blessed Day!

A Note for Young Readers

Here is a little note for you from Claire Tworeck, who is currently working with Harper Collins Publishing House on a Children’s Christmas book idea, tentatively set for release winter of 2014. Enjoy, and have a Blessed Day!

Dear Young Readers,

Happy National Young Readers Week!

I wanted to share some of the pretty cool adventures I’ve been on recently. I’ve had the chance to fly on a magic carpet, help rescue a princess who was locked away in a castle, gone scuba diving and I’ve seen the most beautiful and colorful fish, walked in the moon, smelled and tasted the best chocolate cake in the world, met my favorite basketball players and fought an evil knight with a sword, yet I haven’t even left my house. I’ve had all of these wonderful adventures through books. Books are not just pages with words on them, held together by a binding and cover. They are adventures waiting for you. You don’t have to go on these adventures just once either, you can go on them many times as you want to.

So stop what you’re doing and go on an adventure!