Friday, October 4, 2013

Bedtime Story: Red Wagon

Synopsis:"All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy's fun."

My Review: I purchased this one for Munchkin because of the beautiful illustrations. I absolutely adore the little animals in this book. The story is simple but you need to see the pictures that go along with it to see the imagination. It reminds me of all the times I made up little stories on road trips and during chores. This book will encourage little one's creativity.
My Rating: I really enjoyed how this book was a totally different story if you didn't see the illustrations. Not to mention how adorable the illustrations were.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Writing

So Wednesday is my official writing update day. I have so many story projects going on and I need a push to get some done. So I will be trying to post each Wednesday about how my writing adventures are going (and I may need a swift kick in the pants by you guys sometimes).

Current Active Project:

Princess Bs - 34,317 words

A story about a woman, recently divorced and returned to her home town to figure out what is next. She encounters an old friend and spends a weekend with him and his daughters. Feelings that are long since buried are rising up again, but are her recent loss and his current life going to stand in the way of their happily ever after?

Tamlyn Marie's Grace -

Think Cinderella only with a matchmaker ;)

Other Works in Progress:

The New Old Home - 17,193 words

Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, but what would you do with that money? That is the question presented to Natalie, when she is at the lowest point in her life, she is presented with an opportunity to make any normal person's dreams come true, but all those winnings can't give her what she wants most.

Night Rider - 17,229

Alice is a recent high school graduate who is a very accomplished competitive rider in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Western/Rodeo. Her parents had arranged for her to attend a private college on the east coast geared specifically to equine professions. However, Alice wants to focus on her studies in English Literature. When she arrives at the college she hides her riding abilities, but can she keep her talent and love of horses hidden?

The Last Mountains - 13,468 (handwritten) = 15,766 (typed)

A equine shapeshifting family is being hunted to near extinction and the young new leader must go against all her lessons and approach the elite council for aide. Will they help her? How will she keep her family's traditions and values alive, let alone her herd?

Other Ideas Plotting:

Bloodsoar's Story
A pegasus struggles through life, ejected from the herd, near capture by humans.

The Assassin's Assassin
A student learns what the school is really teaching and sets out to destroy those who support the program.

Angel Story
Angels battle out an age old feud in a parallel world

All in the Company
A business that keeps to itself, employees marry employees and live on company property. Lissandra is ordered to marry Cody but both are always on business and don't know one another.

Little Wind Guides
Little Wind must lead her clan to new territory as the gods of the Fire Forest are cleansing their home with wrath.  Will they follow her while she holds so many secrets.

This last surgery really took its toll on me, it took longer than I expected to even be able to sit at the computer and type. That said, I have a helper here to take care of the Munchkin, so after I get caught up on a few books, the next thing on my to do list this weekend is typing Tamlyn Marie's Grace!! I have also decided that as soon as I get caught up on that, I can start planning for this years Nanowrimo.  Yes you heard right, I am going to try again (granted I am only going to shoot for 25,000 due to finishing the recovery and taking care of Munchkin again).  I have so many ideas floating around that I thought I would run with a random one and get some inspiration flowing so I can finally finish Princess Bs.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Graphic Novel Review of V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Synopsis: ""Good evening, London." It's nine o'clock and this is The Voice of Fate... It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...

"The people of London are advised that the Brixton and Streatham areas are quarantine zones as of today. It is suggested that these areas be avoided for reasons of health and safety...

Police raided seventeen homes in the Birmingham area early this morning, uncovering what is believed to be a major terrorist ring. Twenty people, either of them women, are currently in detention awaiting trial...

The weather will be fine until 12:07 A.M. when a shower will commence, lasting until 1:30 A.M...

Have a pleasant evening."

A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V for Vendetta stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.

"Remember, remember the fifth of November..."

My Review: I wasn't able to finish this one. I thought I would enjoy the graphic novel version because I loved the movie so much, but as far as I could tell (for how far I read) they were almost the same. I have also come to the conclusion that I am not a fan of Alan Moore's work. It is just too much detail to be enjoyable as a graphic novel. The artwork also was so scrunched on the pages that I couldn't tell a lot of the characters apart with a glance. So with this one, I am just going to stick with the movie.
My Rating: I hit a road block on this novel. If there is going to be that much detail, I would prefer to read a regular book so I can at least read the print easily and imagine my own art.  Another couldn't finish graphic novel, I need a good one soon! I give it a rating of One Paw.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review
Moonlit by Jadie Jones
Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin
The Rose of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart (After Dark)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Bedtime Story)

Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

V for Vendetta
The Rose of Shanhasson
Currently Reading:

Dark Chatter by Andrew Branch - Kindle - 17%
The Tale of the Taconic Mountains by Mike Romeling - Nook - On Page 32 of 389
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - PB - on Page 40 of 383
Juliette Immortal by Stacey Jay - PB - on Page 61 of 306

 Books to be Read Soon:
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Series Challenge)
Water Harvest by Eric Diehl (Requested Review)
Judgment by Jade Varden



Getting back into the groove! Back at work, and slowly starting to get to my massive to do list now that I am cleared to leave the house and even go in the basement! I have finished reviewing documents that needed editing for friends and hopefully will be completing the pending beta read today or tomorrow.  Since Grandma is here to take care of Munchkin (since I am not allowed to lift or hold him) it will be all about reading and crafting after work for the next couple of weeks.

Have a great week everyone!