“The Addictive Blog” Award

So…I just was nominated for my first blog award!!!  Info’s below 🙂

“The Addictive Blog” Award

 So I’ve never thought about having someone addicted to my blog before, what an interesting concept.  There are definitely blogs I’m addicted to, I like to keep it a secret but I guess the secret will be out now 🙂 I was nominated by Katy at Katy Brandes Writes, and you can check out her post here.  I really like her blog, I started following about a month ago and loved it!  Although I have not checked out her novellas yet…they sound amazing & are on my to-reads (an unfortunately very long list) .  THANK YOU KATY!!!

Award Rules:

  1. Thank the person awarding you.
  2. Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started.
  3. Paste the blog award on your page.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers you feel deserve the award.

Why I Blog:

Whew…so this is a long one (I promise I’ll keep it short though).  I started blogging because I wanted my voice to be heard.  I fully believe that if you are not successful with something (especially if it’s something you think you have a talent for) it might not be you, it might just be how you’re approaching it.  So I started a blog, to give my writing and my interests a new venue.  This is not my first blog, but it is my most successful one (meaning I actually have kept it up past the 2 week mark & I love my followers).

But honestly, the reason why I blog in its most simplest form is because I love it.  It’s addicting.  I even love it more than writing my books.  That’s not to say I don’t like writing (I LOVE  it) but writing is a process, you put your heart out there then you let people rip it to shreds, then you try to mend those shreds by editing and revising.  I know, I sound like a crazy person, but it’s true blogging is easier for me.  However I have digressed; blogging gives me a way to share my stories, interests, tidbits with the world.  Plus I get to connect with people I never would have met otherwise; it’s great 🙂

I’m Addicted to these Blogs: (bloggers will be notified)

These are the blogs I’m addicted to.  Like I said you might not have known it, A) because I’m sneak that way and B) because I’m always doing something so I often forget to like posts, etc…Some of these are new addictions, some are old. Drumroll please…

Jen McConnel’s YA Fantasy Writing Blog

Bookfinda

Cristian Mihai

Rebekah L. Purdy’s Blog

Rebecca Berto – Novel Girl

Chick Sensation

Coco J. Ginger Says

Candace Knoebel

Cotildajamcracker

Curl Please

Artifacts from Literature We Wish Were Real

Don’t lie, you know that at some point you have wished some artifact from a book was real.  For me it was Marauder’s Map and Harry’s Cloak of Invisibility or rather almost everything from HP.

Click here to view some more artifacts.  I would love to hear what your picks would be 🙂

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good 😉

PnC

Kids Can’t Write?

To all my kid writers out there, keep on writing.  The younger you start; the more experience you’ll get. 🙂

What’s next?” said Novelist Tom Robbins “Kiddie architects, juvenile dentists, 11-year-old rocket scientists? Any parent who thinks that the crafting of engrossing, meaningful, publishable fiction requires less talent and experience than designing a house, extracting a wisdom tooth, or supervising a lunar probe is, frankly, delusional.”       

“There are no prodigies in literature,” Mr. Robbins said. “Literature requires experience, in a way that mathematics and music do not.”

This is a quote from the NY Times article “Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad)” that was published on March 31, 2012.

Why, I ask, can there not be prodigies in literature?  Why is it that so many people cannot stand the fact that there are children out there doing things some adults never have?

My first instinct would be to say that it is merely concern, concern that these “child authors” are not taking the “lit world” seriously.  That is a statement I do understand.  There are numerous children who have their parents pay for them to self-publish a book.  Those children write their stories and then they expect their parents to shovel over hundreds or maybe even a thousand dollars to get their book published.  That is so silly.  Why would a parent ever want to spend money like that on something their child has worked hard at when there is a very high possibility that the only profits will come from friends and family members.  How ridiculous…right?

Wrong.

Reading this article only made me wish that I had been as dedicated a writer and that self-publishing had been as prevalent when I was younger.  Had I and had it, instead of having my parents spend money on the various activities that I (and most kids) tried out, I could be a published author.

Having just finished writing my first book, Blood of Isis, and now on to starting my next one, I can already tell that my writing has improved.  When I noticed that I was shocked!  I write all of the time, for school publications, on my blog, in my diary but somehow just by finishing writing one book I have seen more improvements in my writing than I have with all of those other areas combined.

There is just something about sitting down and writing a book that can really improve not only your writing but your character as well; writing builds character!  I did theater for years, all throughout middle and high school, now in college I have only done makeup for one show.  When I tell this to people they often think that I wasted my time but what they do not realize is that just because you do not go on to become a world-renown actor (or author) does not mean you have wasted your time.  By doing theater I learned to always be fully present, how to carry myself, how to speak, how to lie, and how to imitate accents…the list goes on.

By writing and publishing a book these young prodigies, yes Mr. Robbins they are prodigies, learn so many more things than those that are shown by their profits made.

It is just like what Mr. Heckmann said about his son Ben’s self-published books, “He can play basketball at home, or he can join a team; here he kind of joined a team,” Mr. Heckmann said. “This is Ben’s basketball.”

It is time that we as a nation or at the very least as bookworms, aspiring writers, and authors realize that these children have talents they bring to the writing world.  For too long have the literary elites held they keys to the publishing world.  In my honest opinion, why I really think so many adults in the literary world object: FEAR.

They are afraid that some kid is going to gain more notoriety than they have.  However I want you to know there is nothing to fear.  These kids are not going to gain more notoriety than you have…why???  Because, they already have.  By publishing at an early age, not just writing (I am sure many authors will say they have been writing since they were little), while these kids might not reach “success” they are learning about the world of publishing.  This means that by the time they “come of age” they will be very advanced writers.

As for the comment about child architects, etc… while we may not have met one yet who is to say it cannot happen.  If a person has the will, the drive, they can achieve what some consider to be impossible.

I understand that literature requires experience but it is not as if these children are writing about adults, I am sure they could care less about the kind of “quality writing” that could earn its place in the literary canon.  Rather they are writing about people their age, who have experiences the things they have experienced.  I get that there is something powerful about being an adult who has “been there done that” and looking back and being able to write about those experiences.  However that does not mean we should discredit those who attempt to or do write about the things they are going through.

I have read books about children or teenagers written by adults that while good feel sort of aloof and too removed from the situation, and I have read books by children and teenagers about children and teenagers that, while not necessarily having the “literary genius or language” that a book by Dickens has, do have an insight into the adolescent mind that few adults can capture.

These kids are not trying to reinvent the wheel all they want is the chance to have their voices heard.  Unfortunately most agents and publishers will not give them a chance, no matter how good their book is.  Like I have said before I have not and probably will never see what the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird or The Mortal Instruments series looked like, for all we know we might have consider it to be sub par.  However someone gave those books a chance, a chance that many young authors today never receive.  So the next time you say that kids can’t write take a look in the mirror because once you were a kid, you had dreams, you had goals and you believed that anything was possible.

Don’t you dare belittle what a child has accomplished just because it was something you never managed to do.

(Dear Readers,

I would love to hear what you have to say about this topic 🙂

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)

by: Aimee Carter

Book Blurb

For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before….

Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope.

My Review

Owl rating:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Goddess Legacy, especially since the ending to the previous book in the series, Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) left me hungry for more.  I love how Aimee Carter publishes these novellas between the actual books so that her readers are kept entertained.

The storytelling was magnificent, without saying any spoilers, I was able to discover so much more about the gods and goddesses of Olympus.  I have never really liked Hera or Calliope but reading this made me almost feel sorry for her and wish that she would find some sort of happiness.  All of the stories in this novella were great but it was hers that I especially loved reading.

Being the self-declared Greek mythology buff that I am I was intrigued to read this novella.  In the first book Carter shocked me with how she portrayed the gods and goddesses but in this novella she goes behind the scenes and begins to explain to her readers why they are the way they are.

This is a trilling read from the very beginning, and by the time you are done you will feel as if the gods and goddesses of Olympus are a part of your family.

So four stars to The Goddess Legacy for a job well done.  the only thing i didn’t like about this novella was the fact that A) it was a novella (I wish it had been longer) and B) after a while of reading it some (aka most) of the gods and goddesses started to get on my nerves.

So if you want to go deeper into the minds of the gods and goddesses of Olympus that Kate Winters knows, and if you want a very entertaining read, I highly suggest you grab yourself a copy of The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter.

**I received this ARC from Harlequin Teen through Netgalley, this is a 100% honest review.**

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

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Release Date: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Paperback, 395 pages
ISBN: 0373210752
Edition language: English
Series: Goddess Test

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Henry David Thoreau on Defining Your Own Success – The Atlantic

It is as I always say, you must validate yourself, listen to you inner child, be yourself, and follow your dreams…if you can do that success will follow 🙂

Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau on Defining Your Own Success – The Atlantic.