Waiting for the First of September at 11 o’clock

 

 

Happy Hogwarts Express Day!

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Make sure you have your owl cozy:

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Between September 1 (first day of Hogwarts) and July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday), Rowling’s world has a real effect on how I see the yearly calendar. Fictional days are the best!

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! Somehow it’s the last Friday in August, which means I want to soak up every possible second of summer before it’s over. Let’s get the weekend started with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or fewer.

ReadingThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Like reading about the people in the Capitol in The Hunger Games, but real.

Writing: “…no one drinks if they don’t want to. Peer pressure is for the lacrosse team.”
Team rules.

Quote of the Day

“Even though one loses out here and there, and even though one sometimes feels a falling off, one must rally and take courage again, even though things should turn out differently from what one originally intended…For great things do not just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.”Vincent van Gogh

Take courage, artists. Every day.

(Image: Painter on His Way to Work. Arles, August 1888. oil on canvas)

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, guys! Somehow it’s Friday again? Not that I’m complaining, but this week kinda got away from me ( cough no blog posts cough). At least I can catch up with a good ol’ look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or fewer:

Reading: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Finally read it! Feels way more epic than I expected; love the family stuff too.

Writing: “first causality of the quiz bowl road trip—somehow dinosaur-related.”
No, it’s not a time-travel. Into revisions and hoping to have draft two ready by the end of the month (gulp).

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, guys! I’m kind of in shock that we’re already in the middle of August–can we rewind to a Friday back in June? Until I manage to figure out how to bend the rules of space-time, here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or fewer:

Reading: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
‘First girl in a military school’ doesn’t even begin to cover everything here. So good!

Writing: “Spanish club doesn’t count when you only show up on days they’re making Latin-American cuisine.”
Diving back into my WIP for a first round of revisions; protagonist isn’t exactly a joiner to start off with.

Links Galore

A few mid-week links:

 

My Favorite YA Books and Iced Coffee: Interview with Book and a Beverage!

Iced coffee and porch reading makes for the perfect morning.

Iced coffee and porch reading makes for the perfect morning.

This week I’m over at the Book Addict‘s Guide, talking with Brittany about book recommendations, current projects, and how I keep myself hydrated while taking part in my favorite bookish activities. (I seriously sing “I love iced coffee” when I take that first essential sip.) Brittany asked such fantastic questions for her fantastic Book and a Beverage series; I had a hard time limiting my answers. And I’m so glad that Brittany is a fellow Scorpio Races fan!

Make sure to head over to the Book Addict’s Guide and check out the interview!