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 ❤

june 2, 2016

Hello!

What I’m Reading
People of the internet, I have read some amazing books. Like, books that have floored me. I can’t wait to tell you about them. The first I loved so much I’m going to embed my Goodreads review/rambling here For Reasons.

And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ALL THE STARS OH MY GOD PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT BOOK I WILL WRITE SOMETHING COHERENT LATER

Okay okay. SO.

AND I DARKEN is a wonderful book–and that’s an understatement. It’s Game of Thrones (minus the dragons/magic/fantasy) meets The Captive Prince Trilogy meets YA in the Ottoman Empire.

There are two hearts of this book.

One is Lada. Holy. Shit. Lada is incredible. I’ve seen people call her a sociopath, but I don’t think she is. She makes brutal decisions with calculated precision. She yearns for the affection of her father. She wants power in a world that doesn’t want to give any to her because she’s a woman, and she finds a way to take it. Her fear of marriage is real. Her love and protection to her brother is gut-wrenching. The moment she learns about woman’s pleasure is eye-opening. Her relationship with Mehmed is hard, twisted, murky. Her dream is a land she calls her own, and her nightmare is a land she finds herself captive in. She is cruel. She is funny. She is loyal. She is lost. Lada is the dragon.

Heart #2 is Radu. Man, Radu. Radu starts out as a crying, fearful little boy. He grows into someone who is still scared, but has gotten his hands dirty, done some saving, but found some measure of peace and safety in Islam. He has found an impossible love, too.

Lada and Radu’s complex sibling relationship is the driving force behind this novel. Sent to the Ottoman court as wards to keep their father (Vlad the Impaler) in line, they both develop differently, despite being side by side. Lada clings to her homeland and hates everything around her, but is desperate to cleave some measure of power for herself. Radu comes to love their new surroundings, meeting new people in and out of the court, and is drawn to Islam. Where Lada is violent, rash, volatile, Radu adapts to the quiet kind of manipulation, where a smile does more than a sword.

It’s fascinating to watch.

I also love that this novel devotes much time to Lada and Radu’s birth and early years. For half the book, Lada and Radu are 12 and 11. It’s a Bildungsroman! It was done so, so, SO well. As much as I love Jane Eyre, I was antsy during those first 100 pages where Jane is a young girl in that awful boarding school. But AND I DARKEN had me gripped from the very first line and all through those beginning pages. It was beautiful too, to experience all those things with Lada and Radu and meet their father and older brother, and then be separated from them like our main characters. There’s a moment late in the book when Lada and Radu have a sweet moment after much angst, and it feels like the reader gets to reminisce and make jokes with them too.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I loved Lada/Mehmed. Their relationship was so messy. But the messiness was not glossed over, excused, or glamorized. When Lada called out Mehmed out about… errmm… things… it was glorious. So were the moments Lada assessed why she hadn’t run away, or where her power came from, or didn’t come from. I felt for her so much. So when she makes her final move at the end, I was rooting for her, despite the fallout and shattering of important relationships.

I could rant on and on about my deep seated love for this book. But I shall attempt to control myself and end it here.

Oh, and btw, I super want a mini series for this incredible book (and sure to be trilogy).

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I’ve never done this before so I hope it looks pretty. Anyway, I LOVED AND I DARKEN to infinity and beyond. I am so ready for the next book. This is definitely one of the books I’m SO glad I got at BookCon. I feel so privileged to have read this book early. Kiersten will be on tour this fall, and I really hope she comes to NYC so I can tell her how much I love her book in person… not that twitter isn’t great.

 

I also read WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord. I adore Emery Lord’s writing. She’s one of my idols of contemporary YA. You know what, I’m also rather proud of my Goodreads review of it, so what the hell. Let’s embed ALL THE GOODREADS REVIEWS.
When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say. Geez, Lord, you got me again! *wipes tears away*

This book was HARD. I struggled reading it.

I related to both Vivi and Jonah, because of what is going on in my life right now. I started this book the day before my dad’s suicide attempt. I related to Jonah, learning how to be a caregiver, feeling helpless and strung out, and confused. I related to Vivi, her manic and depressive episodes, something I’ve now seen up close and personal, experienced, witnessed.

I’ve been visiting a psych ward for over a week now. There’s a psych ward in this book! And it’s not scary or dark and evil. It’s normal. Parts of my reality are painted into this book with loving detail. Thank you, Emery Lord.

I loved the Daniels, their family friend Ellie, and their darling restaurant staff. I love love love big homey books, with families that are so alive and adorable you want to squish them.

I loved Vivi’s mom, Carrie, who was trying to be the best mom she could.

I loved the observations of friendship–having a word for homesickness and heartbreak, but not one for missing your friends. I love how friendship became the ultimate love story in the end, for Vivi, and it was always her motivation. I would have liked to see more emphasis on it in the beginning, but it was beautifully done towards the end.

The insta love was hard for me to deal with, and so was being in Vivi’s head through her manic and depressive states, but I knew we were always building towards a story about mental illness, and when the climax finally happened and everything came together this book sung. Usually a really good ending/resolution can’t save a book for me, but this did.

I think I’ll have a complicated relationship with this book, but I’ll always be grateful for what it made me feel. And the way it so perfectly came into my life when I needed it most.

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And finally, I wanna talk about LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Welch.

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I’ve been excited about this book for awhile, and then when it debuted on the Times list it increased my anticipation for it. I identified a lot with this book, being Italian on my dad’s side and spending a lot of time in Tuscany growing up. I tore through this read in a day. I was so hooked by the characters and the mystery. Take this one to the beach! Warning: it will create an urge for gelato. And then you’ll have to book a ticket to Italia!

What I’m Doing
*Casually swooning over the cute guy that works at the locksmith nearby. Here’s a story.

I read EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour some time ago. It was a library book, and I loved it to pieces. As soon as I finished, I bought my own copy from Amazon. I was not home when it was delivered, and instead found one of those official notes that told me I could pick up my package the following day at X location. This was strange, as in the past packages have just been left for me. I was frustrated and anxiously waited for the following day.

Said day came, and I took a walk a few blocks over to apprehend my book. I was not expecting to open the door and come face to face with a veeeeerrrryyy cute boy. My insides turned to jello, as all the love poems like to say. We had a short exchange, I remember saying something about it [my package] being a book, and then zooming out of there with my giddy pounding heart.

So when we had our doorknob changed and needed to make extra copies of the new key, I was happy to run the errand.

Why is there something so adorable about bashful boys who can’t make eye contact? Le siiiighhh.

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*I’ve started taking long walks. Ideally I’d like to start running, but I actually really like walking, so who knows, I might just keep walking haha. I can do 4 miles easily, and am trying to increase to 5 this week. I use the app RunKeeper to mark my progress, and it makes me excited about getting fit. I can already feel the benefits. I feel more awake and creative throughout the day. And just generally in a better mood. Elle Woods was right.

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*I tried the most AMAZING drink yesterday. Basil pineapple juice! I’m going to tell the world about this drink. Everyone must consume it. It was so good and light and refreshing. I’m in love.

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What I’m Thinking About
-Writing a cute locksmith romance, hahahahaha.

-Attending this thing: http://www.lamprophonic.com/amplit-fest/

To go or not to go? That is the question. 😉

-Why is Hamiltome SO GOOD?

What I’m Writing
#FANTASYWIP! I am back at work! I crossed 46k today. And even though I think most of the words were crap, I’m still so happy to have finally made progress. I can’t wait to finish this messy draft and refine some arcs and get it looking pretty.

 

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What I’m Watching
HOLY EVERYTHING. I just watched Poldark.

My life has been changed.

*inserts Aidan Turner’s face everywhere* *Demelza, my loooovvveeeeeee*

I pretty much loved every single thing about it. Everyone must go watch it immediately. It’s on Prime, finally, for your convenience. In a time where everyone seems like they’re trying to be ~dark, edgy, gritty~ like Game of Thrones, I love how this show was not afraid to be hopeful. It was really really good. And I want season 2. Now.

I feel like there was something else I was supposed to mention… perhaps the DCOM marathon over the holiday weekend??? I DVR’d Motocrossed, The 13th Year, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook Off, and Brink. Love them so much! ❤

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