The Host

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Published by: Little, Brown, and Company (2008)

Not knowing a thing about Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight series until 2008 (when Breaking Dawn was released), I bought this book in hardcover edition.

Since I take a long time reading novels, I started this one (it’s about 600 pages) in October of 2009 (because Halloween was around the corner) but I didn’t finish until this month (September). The book took me a long time to read because it was long, in hardcover, and I was reading other books.

However, when I made the decision to buckle down and read only this, I was in for a thrill ride!

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Do you feel sometimes like you have so much stimulation you don’t know where to start? You’re bombarded with so many ideas that you are pulled in five million different directions for the beginning of a story? Or you’re compelled to try so hard to write something inspirational or a story with significance?

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State of Mind

I was fall cleaning and uncovering pieces of paper with words and ideas for stories. I also found pictures, letters, and birthday cards from friends (I don’t throw anything away and maybe I should!).

In unearthing all of these materials, I was able to get rid of the pay stubs from three years ago and discovered bits of random notes that I can use for my future stories.

Unfortunately, right now I’m in home improvement mode. I’m turning my old bedroom into a study and I need a bookcase, a desk, and other neat office type furniture. I have overlooked my artistic duties to write (not even a prompt!) and instead have lost myself in Buffy and Angel episodes.

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My Purpose on this Planet

While I was attending NYU, I took an Interviewing Strategies class in which part of our final project we had to complete the following sentence on an index card: “My purpose on this planet…”

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Reading like a maniac

My book club and the mountain of books in my room have me constantly reading. As ya’ll who read my blog regularly know, I completed three books in the past week! I’m on a roll and it feels so good! I have to be careful though. I find myself rushing through the words like I’m […]

Blockade Billy

Author: Stephen King

Published by: Scribner (2010)

King’s latest work of fiction consisted of a novella titled, “Blockade Billy” and the short story, “Morality.”

Not being a baseball fan, there was much terminology, slang, and basics of the game I couldn’t grasp or was interested in learning about. However, the story, “Blockade Billy,” will entertain lovers and non-lovers of baseball alike because King never only writes about one subject. We meet William Blakely, who is from Iowa, and a damn good ball player. When one of the players is nicked on his ankle during a game with Blakely on the mound, one of the coaches becomes suspicious of the kid.┬áThe story contains typical King suspense, which was an absolute pleasure.

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