June 16, 2017

Hello, blog! I seem to write to you at odd times of night.

What I’m Reading
Most recently, I just finished THE GLASS SPARE. It was my first Bookcon read and it did NOT disappoint. It did the exact opposite of disappoint. I completely adored it from page one. The writing was beautiful, the characters were so fully drawn and interesting, the romance/banter was 100000/10, the world had just enough slight details to make it feel rich and realized. I loved it so, so much. I especially loved the uneven power dynamics between Wil (MC) and Loom (cursed prince a la the blurb) and how that whole thing played out. It was SO good. Exactly what I’ve been looking for: complex, with Wil strong and firm and unwavering. You all must read this book when it’s out in October!

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Also, damn, what a cliffhanger!! WHAT SET UP FOR BOOK 2 I AM READY.

In other news, I’m rereading the HARRY POTTER books. It’s magical. The end.

What I’m Doing
I’m actually in class for the summer. For the month of June I’m taking Italian 3 so I can do exit level in the fall and GRADUATE! 😀 I’ll also be taking my final two English classes, and then that’s it. I will be a college graduate. It’s so weird! But for right now I’m in class for three days a week, doing nine hours of conjuntivo and condizitonale and why are there so many freaking verb tenses?

I’ve also been to the theater, recently. I saw Bandstand, with one of my ultimate faves Laura Osnes. It was a really great show–highly underrated in my opinion. Basically, it’s about a bunch of vets after WWII and a military widow forming a band to deal with their trauma. They have hopes of winning a national song competition that’s supposedly all about representing the troops–but is it really?

It’s a great show, full of honesty and emotion. There was an older gentleman sitting in the row in front of me, and I saw him sobbing throughout the second act. I think it does everything right.

I also saw CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which is basically the most fun I’ve had at the theater in forever. Also underrated, especially since critics basically bashed it. I have no idea what show they watched.

I also went to the movie theater and watched WONDER WOMAN.

What an amazing movie. I cried so much. Like, just seeing badass women kicking ass together and training hard and pushing each other made me so happy my eyes leaked. And how beautiful a character Diana was, how pure and dedicated and true. She was true to herself no matter what and that was so gratifying and important to see.

And, of course, “I wish we had more time” *slips her the watch* *CUE MORE TEARS*

Oh, so good. I’m hoping I can see it again this weekend with Jess. (side note: Jess is in culinary school now! She’s living the dream!! #BestieIsProud)

As mentioned above, I was also at Bookcon earlier this month. That was an adventure. Here’s a shameless picture of my haul.

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I was up at 5:30 both days and on the train at like 6 so I could be at Javits super early and have a good spot in the queue line. It’s all about getting onto the floor in the morning. What a ride.

Here are some cool people I saw! ❤ ❤

I also spotted Chelsea Clinton signing, and that was REALLY COOL.

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I saw Krysten Ritter too and she’s actually so tall in person??? She just seems really cool.

How many times can I use cool? LET’S SEE.

A movie filmed in my neighborhood recently. Coincidentally, it was called:

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No, actually, they filmed around my corner. So I need to know what exactly this is and when I can watch it because COOL BEANS. Sadly, no hot actors fell madly in love with more, nor did a producer spot me strutting down the street and demand I be an extra in the film.

My friends and I also did an escape room thingy. Guess what–we escaped!! It was HARD, man. I totally felt like the weakest link, but I did discover a secret object and found the secret compartment and was a good secretary taking notes, so I feel like I contributed a little, but those two were completely on top of it and if I hadn’t been with them, I’d still be stuck in that room. Also, look at my cute Victorian prop hat 🙂

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What I’m Thinking About
Getting my Pitch Wars wish list done!!! I’m so excited for all the Pitch Wars stuff to start happening. Speaking of Pitch Wars, I did a query crit earlier, which you can find here. I also might have another one coming up so stay tuned 😉 I also definitely want to do crit giveaways leading up to the sub window, but those will all be done on Twitter.

AND ALSO THE KILLERS HAVE NEW MUSIC. THE KILLERS FINALLY HAVE NEW MUSIC I AM SO EXCITED.

What I’m Eating
I present you with:

What I’m Netflixing
I started Girlboss the other day. I only watched episode 1 and some of episode 2, but I like it!! There’s something about Britt Robertson that’s magnetic in this role. I’ve known her work for a long time, since she made the movie Dan in Real Life (so good, do watch if you haven’t!), and good for her making it happen.

I also just constantly watch random Gilmore Girls episodes. Because it makes me happy and it’s light but also balances the feels right and I just want another female driven show like Gilmore Girls. SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE ONE.

Also not what I’m Netflixing, but plain ol’ watching: I got caught up on Jane the Virgin. I love this show. I guess it’s the closest I can get Gilmore Girls. For once it didn’t end on a brutal cliffhanger! I’m excited to see what happens in season 4. Also, Jane and Rafael?? I thought I had given up on that ship happening. Can they stop playing with my feels? Also, to see them work in current social issues and the resistance is so important and legitimizing. I’m so happy we have this show and for all its success.

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(also omg Captain Swan got married and JMo is leaving OUAT and my heart is just full of feelings cause CS were my otp since 2×05 and that was FIVE YEARS AGO. I literally graduated hs and went to college with them and that is so goddamn special to me. This has been such an important time in my life and their story was there to make me happy and make me a better writer and make me feel things and distract me when I needed a distraction and boost me up with set spoilers of kisses and the fandom on tumblr have basically been so joyous and wonderful and I will miss you CS <3)

I also fell in love with the NBC show Timeless, which I watched On Demand. Lucy and Wyatt are my new slow burn ship and I need this to happen. It was quite dramatic when it got canceled and renewed two days later. But I’m so happy it’s sticking around, and seriously LYATT IS LIFE.

Lucy is a cute history nerd and Wyatt is an army vet with serious trauma, but on top of that he’s also a widow and he loves his dead wife so much, but then this amazing lil nerd comes into his life and she’s so bright and strong and he can feel himself wanting to move forward with his life, but he also can’t let go of this past and IT’S SO AMAZING. Also, the show doesn’t sugarcoat our history. It engages with discussions about racism and sexism and is surprisingly diverse. Timeless is just such a good show. It’s feel good, but also has moments that make you think. And the shipping. The shipping is A+.

What I’m Writing
Goddamn, this is a long blog post.

Long story short, I finished drafting and my first revision pass of a new YA contemporary called #ConcertBook (I blogged about it extensively last time). It’s with readers right now, and while I wait for their notes I GOT A YA FANTASY PLOT BUNNY I AM FULLY EXPLORING. I love it. It’s #monsterbook and I will not tell you anything about it except that it has the coolest pitch I can’t take it.

*yawns* Okay, I am sleepy now. It’s like 2am. I need to get into the blogging mood at better times of the day. Well, good night, and keep fighting the good fight, people! It’s more important now than ever.

With love,

Mic ❤

december 9, 2016

Holy! Wow, I’ve been gone for awhile. Blame the semester and NaNoWriMo. But today was technically the last day of class (I say technically cause I actually go to my Narrating Childhood class one more time for peer review next week because the prof messed up her syllabus and is refusing to change it -_-), and I’m back to talk to you all!

What I’m Reading
Today, I just finished THE DARK DAYS PACT by Alison Goodman. Ha, it’s so funny to be writing this, because I remember writing about loooooving THE DARK DAYS CLUB months ago and freaking out here. I definitely loved book one more, but not because of a dip in quality of writing. The ship is still A+ perfect and full of emotions, and I love the core group of characters, our team, but I have mixed feelings about what generally happened in the book and how it played out. I’m excited I got to read it a little early, but now so sad I need to wait until 2018 for the last book! *insert that sobbing emoji here*

A few blogs ago I also said I’d be starting THRONE OF GLASS soon. I can report I am a woman of my word! I’ve read every book except EMPIRE OF STORMS just because I found out it ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m trying to spare myself the agony of waiting. I’m already waiting (im)patiently for A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (omg need this book need), and I don’t know if I can handle waiting for two Maas books. QUEEN OF SHADOWS ends at a pretty good place where it leaves me wanting more, but isn’t a brutal cliff I’m hanging off.

So my thoughts on the series? I really, really love from CROWN OF MIDNIGHT on. I went into the series wanting to get to CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, as I was told that’s an amazing book, but there were places in THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE and THRONE OF GLASS I was really hooked and invested. But then CROWN OF MIDNIGHT happened, and I was like “yes, boom, that’s it.”

But as for the beginning books, I totally shipped Celaena/Chaol, but I knew that ship was doomed from Twitter and my buddy Brittany. It helped to know that, or else I would have been so sad. I can’t imagine how all you Celaena/Chaol shippers from the beginning felt. Their dance in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was so beautiful– “for the first time in ten years, Celeana was home.”

For the latter books, omg Lysandra! LYSANDRA. Queen. Love. Her. Manon and her witchy tribe and her Toothless-esque wyvren thing. I love the epic ladies in these books.

What I’m Doing
I think this is the next section? It’s been so long since I wrote a blog I don’t remember my own format, haha. Besides papers and work and trying to crack 200 books for 2016 (I’m at like 183! I CAN DO IT.), I’m totally living on the egde…

… totally.

I was lucky enough to see some of the cast from the Broadway production of ANASTASIA perform recently. I love this movie so, so much, and can’t wait to see it on Broadway. The cast sound beautiful and Journey to the Past totally got me all choked up!

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My lovely friend Brittany made me a pie and we watched ZOOTOPIA, because it is the best movie ever. Fight me.

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I took MetroNorth upstate-ish to walk over the Hudson River!

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I saw the talented and lovely Marissa Meyer on her HEARTLESS tour. (I’m so excited for THE LUNAR CHRONICLES coloring book, too!) I love going to Marissa events, because they’re so different from other book events. And the fantastic Rebecca Soler who narrates the audiobook has been at the last few NYC tour stops, so it’s always spectacular to get to listen to her read. She’s like a walking movie. Here I am amazing them with my wit, ha:

I’m about to start coloring the THRONE OF GLASS series coloring book! In my Pusheen pj pants. Because obviously. The wonderful Kristen sent it to me, because she is, again, wonderful. AND, you should all get excited for her YA fantasy trilogy about dragons and epic ladies.

What I’m Thinking About
When my December Owlcrate Box is going to ship! haha I wants it!

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What I’m Writing
princesspilotbook aka sci-fi WIP aka the book of my dreams!!! So excited to one day be able to share this book with you–hopefully 🙂

What I’m Watching
THE ROYALS ARE BACK! Season 3! I love this show, and my ship Jaspenor. I’m so happy they’re back in my life.

I also managed to stay caught up with Jane the Virgin. I also love this show lots, and can’t wait for it to come back.

I need to finish season 2 of Outlander. It’s one of my plans for winter break.

also omg Teen Wolf 😦 #SaveStiles #StydiaForever “Remember I love you.”

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I also spent Thanksgiving Break watching Gilmore Girls with my Oy With the Poodles Already shirt. I have no regrets, but lots of opinions.

What I’m Listening To
~can you save my, can you save my heavy dirty soul~

Twenty-One Pilots, yessss.

That’s all from me! Hopefully it won’t be so long until I blog again, lovelies! ❤

Be kind to each other,

Mic ❤

september 10, 2016

Hello!!!

What I’m Reading
Wow, I’m actually going to use this section properly and tell you what I’m reading right now.

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So, yes, I’m reading FURTHERMORE, as you can probably tell. I’m super loving it. It feels so whimsical and new (even though it’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling! which I did not know, ha). I want to read it slowly and savor every bit of it.

Also, the people who designed this book deserve all the awards. It’s gorgeous. Not just the cover, which you can see clearly, but the interior of the book and its illustrations and “chapter” headings are all astounding. I love it SO much.

I’m not much of a middle grade reader, but I picked this up in Target last weekend and was curious since I did read the first book in Mafi’s SHATTER ME series, so I knew I liked her writing. I couldn’t put it down, compelled to keep reading. And here we are now.

What I’m Doing
Guys, I’ve not stopped since my last blog post. I went back to class and it’s just been madness since. I was still adjusting to my new work schedule and still hadn’t quite gotten the balance down between that and social things, but now it’s even more Things That Need To Get Done constantly.

I’m taking four classes this semester.

On Monday and Wednesday I’m in Feminism and American Poetry. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class at all. I like feminism, but I don’t really know anything about poetry besides the little I did my senior year of high school (and I didn’t like it much). I like watching some Slam Poetry on Youtube, but that’s not the same as reading and analyzing poetry from years ago. But so far the professor is interesting and the great thing I learned is that feminist poetry was meant to be accessible so women of all socioeconomic statuses could join in and write about their own experiences. Which is perfect for me! I’m excited to see what the rest of this class brings.

Tuesdays are a crazy day since I have three classes. One of them is a block class, so I only have it on Tuesdays. That class is Narrating Childhood, technically a comparative literature seminar. We’re going to be reading Proust. And Joyce. And Freud (which I’ve read in too many classes at this point, really).

But also Fun Home, the most modern book on the syllabus (and also a great Broadway show ;)).

Selfie game was really hard that day
I think this was Mother’s Day last year? And I think we got upgraded to the second row?

Tuesday (and Friday) I’m also taking Chaucer. Oh my GOSH. Apparently, by the end of it I’ll be able to read and speak Middle English pretty well. I feel like I have a decent enough grasp of it so far. It’s interesting, and I really like the professor, so we’ll see how it goes! My other class that day is US Immigration and Ethnicity, partly done for a pluralism requirement, and also for my history minor. I’m not overjoyed with it, but I gotta get it done.

Then when I’m not in class or doing stuff for class, I’m usually at work at the library. I’m so boring, ha.

What I’m Thinking About
How I’ve become a shell of a person.

Also what I’m going to have for dinner because I am starving and I need to finish typing this so I can eat.

What I’m Writing
Okay, I have like 0 time, but I DO HAVE THIS IDEA.

I desperately want to sit with this idea for an entire day and just go wild. I do jot some stuff down when I have the time, but it’s just not enough. Hopefully as I adjust to the work load of both class and my actual work ha, I’ll be able to better figure this out.

What I’m Watching Listening To
The new Bastille album came out yesterday and wheeeyyyy I’m stoked!!

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It’s been so long! I feel like I’ve completely exhausted their last one. I still remember seeing them in November 2014.

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omg my SHORT HAIR of 2014

It was such a great show. Bastille is one of my favorite bands–both for their writing and sound. Getting to see them live was a highlight of the year, and also just like, my concert going life in general.

I’ve been looking forward to their second record for so long, but was also nervous they’d disappoint me. It’s so sad when you completely love a first album, and then the band or artist changes their sound or you just don’t like their subsequent work as much.

But ahhhhhhh!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ (commence fangirling) I’m so happy with this album! I feel like there’s so much of it I don’t even understand yet. There are certain songs with an intro/narration before it, and I’m trying to piece together the narrative of the whole album.

I hope all you fellow Bastille fans love the second album, and if you haven’t listened to them yet, here’s your official kick in the butt 😉

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤

june 15, 2016

Hey there!

What I’m Reading
Oh my gosh, I just read listened to the best book ever!!!!!

I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and when book blogger Sarah tweeted about listening to it, I thought, “Hmm… this is supposedly a sassy book, it seems perfect for audio.” So I looked into Audible after hearing about it everywhere, decided to do a free trial, and plucked My Lady Jane off the digital shelves.

I’m so glad I did because it was literally perfect. The narration was amazing. It felt like a movie in my head. The voices for each character, sometimes even different accents, were spot on and lovely. It felt like Katherine Kellgren truly loved this book she was performing. And the sass! There was so much sass. And horse jokes! ❤

If I had to describe My Lady Jane, I’d call it 1/3 The Princess Bride, 1/3 JKR’s Animagus creature thingy, and 1/3 Tudor England. It’s 100% charming and delightful.

I loved Jane, Gifford, and Edward. Not only their POVs and interactions, but also their own individual arcs. It’s been awhile since I read something with developed arcs that sing and you can see how far a character (and this time 3!) have come. It makes reading an adventure, like you’re growing alongside the characters. They become real.

If you don’t believe me, look how perfect this book is!

SASS BEYOND BELIEF:

And this gem of marketing:
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In conclusion, you all need this book. It’s amazing. You don’t even know the half of what you’re getting into. I really hope these three talented authors team up for another book, because I WOULD READ IT NOW. Hell, I’d have pre-ordered it yesterday.

(I was going to talk about the book I’m reading now, but I think it’ll be overshadowed by all the fangirling above, so I’ll hold off until my next post.)

What I’m Doing
Well, I did promise you more exciting stuff! I can happily deliver.

So when we last left off I was waiting for all my plans to begin.

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I went to see Finding Neverland last Friday, as previously mentioned. I’m actually listening to a song from the show (Stronger) right now, ha. I’d heard the song before, while watching last year’s Tony Awards, and on an 8tracks mix called ‘Get Shit Done’ or something like that.

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I really wasn’t expecting much from this show. I am a Pan nuthead, but I just wasn’t feeling anything I’d heard or seen about this show. So I went in with really low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.

The 4 little boys in the show were cutie-pies! And so talented, I would watch a show with them just putting on fairy tale plays for two hours. The sets were beautiful. There wasn’t much humor but when there was, it was on point. I also loved how Pan never overshadowed the main story, and when it comes time for opening night, the story we’re all there to celebrate is still very subtly shown.

But.. uhh.. it’s not really a kid’s show. Like, the kids around me seemed not into it. And it’s also kind of dark. Even I was like, “Enough with the angst!” Friend and I were also bothered with a line in act 1 about writing being “grown-up.” We were like, “It’s not,” and then started laughing. It wasn’t until midway act 2 that there was a song that captured the feel of writing for me (and it wasn’t even about writing, but acting).

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It’s closing soon, so get your tickets while you can!

My next big adventure was the following day for #BFestBuzz. I really wanted to score an ARC of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I got to B&N about half an hour before they were supposed to be handed out, so I paced the YA section and resisted the urge to buy all the things!

The person in charge of BFirst told me he was filling in for someone that had called out sick, so he really had no idea what he was supposed to do. It took some time until he could find the arcs and lay them out, and then SURPRISE, there were lots of books being given away! I came home with far too many, and actually ended up buying a tote bag to manage the trek back.

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I’m going to have to do some giveaways, since I made a grave error haha and can’t possibly keep all these. If you’re not already following me on Twitter and want to win some books, then do hop aboard. That’s where I do my giveaways. I previous gave away a preorder of Blackhearts and, recently, an ARC of A Shadow Bright and Burning.

And look, here’s a cute dog I found!

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The following day I was back at B&N to support Friend (the same from Broadway night ;D) on her YA Blogger Panel!

Basically, have fun, be kind, be yourself! Those are the secrets to blogging like a pro. And if you wonder which books they recommend, wonder no more!

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And then! FINALLY last night.

I’ve been waiting for this concert for months. I can’t even remember when I bought my tickets, but it was definitely dark, cold, and wintery. I want to say January, but I honestly can’t remember at this point.

There were 2 opening acts, which was kind of pushing it. I mean, I was overexcited for Florence to play us her perfect music, but that in no way influenced my opinion.

She came out in this beautiful purple outfit that was sheer and flowy and so perfect. It fanned out behind her every time she twirled around (and she twirled a lot). She ran around the stage and into the audience, and still sounded amazing. I don’t even want to know what her cardio workout is like to be able to do THAT for 2 hours every night.

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She did a blend of songs from all three albums. But the stand out moment was her tribute to the Orlando Massacre victims. First she came out with the lgbtqia flag and held it up. Spectrum played. She waved the flag, spinning with it, and running t0 each end of the stage.

Say my name, and every color illuminates. We are shining. And we will never be afraid again. 

It was the perfect song she could have chosen.

And then she spoke. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love. 

She had everyone hug each other. I see so much love in this room. Take your love out there.

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It was a magical night. A perfect concert. With a beautiful soul sharing her music and stories with us. Championing love and freedom. At the beginning of the show she said she wanted to see people on shoulders. “Lift up your girlfriends! Lift up your boyfriends!”

Thank you, Florence + and the Machine.

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What I’m Thinking About
-I’m so grateful the Tony Awards were on Sunday night. Queer teens needed to see positive representation in the face of the horror. In the past years I’ve noticed the Tony’s seems more geared towards inspiring the next generation of theater actors and giving hope, and they did not disappoint that night. I wanted to hug everyone in that room for the beauty they displayed.

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What I’m Writing 
My name–> Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership

We need gun laws, and we need them now. I was barely processing the news of Christina Grimmie’s murder at her own goddamn concert when the Pulse Nightclub Shooting happened. The United States is the only country in the world where mass shootings and gun violence is out of control. Gun laws work, as proven by other countries that have them and are much safer than ours. Sandy Hook was supposed to be a turning point. Let this be one, please.

What I’m Watching
Republicans and anti-lgbt voices offering their prayers and sympathy. And then doing nothing.

The conversation about gun laws being derailed because of terrorism and Islamaphobia. The conversation about homophobia being derailed because of terrorism and Islmaphobia.

People in pain wanting change. A reporter walking off a TV set when the anchors refuse to acknowledge this was a hate crime. A Democratic representative boycotting a moment of silence because no action ever follows it.

Florence Welch with the Pride flag and a stadium full of people saying they will never be afraid again.

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤