Friday, 28 December 2012

Holiday Road Trip (Part Five and Final)

Ah, back to work today [insert sad face]. On the plus side, it offers me plenty of time to daydream and think about revisions and daydream...

Today is the fifth and final day of this Road Trip extravaganza, and hasn't it been so much fun? If only it was Christmas every week! (But no, I don't think anyone could cope with that.)


Today's Holiday Road Trip Questions Are:

Most Anticipated Book Releases in 2013



JUST ONE DAY (and JUST ONE YEAR)--hoping to love these ones just as much as IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT. I'm not even reading the chapters available online because I just want to devour it all in one go.



NOBODY BUT US--I've heard so many good things about this! Not long to wait, thank Jesus.




FAULT LINE--Can't WAIT to get my hands on this.


Most Recommended (By You)

IF I STAY. Yeah, yeah, you're sick of me banging on about this one, but it earned a place on my favourite's list and it made my heart hurt so much. Love.





That wraps that up...hope everyone enjoyed this! If you didn't, well--it's over now so don't worry. Ya scrooges.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Holiday Road Trip (Part Four)

TV and music and movies, oh my!

Today's Holiday Road Trip Questions Are:


Best in YA films/television:

1. Pretty Little Liars

Oh PLL, why can't I quit you? Even though your storylines have gone haywire and your continuity is virtually non-existent and there are so many characters I can't even keep them straight? I don't know. I just know that I once stayed up until three in the morning so I could stream the season finale. Did I say once? I meant twice.

2. The Vampire Diaries

If you love vampires and curses and hot, hot boys, then you need to be watching TVD. Done.

3. The OC

Okay, I know it's not actually on anymore, but The OC is SO YA. The angst level is off the chart! The romances are sweet, but also hot, but also complicated! The dialogue is fast and sharp--but that might just be Seth Cohen! I highly recommend that you watch this, especially the first two seasons. Because season three was still good but not on the level of the first two, aaaand letsbehonestseasonfourwasaclusterfuck.

4. And obviously the best YA movie ever, Mean Girls.

Do I need to explain?

No.

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Best Music to Write To/Be Inspired By

This question is almost impossible to answer without rambling for two days about Sufjan Stevens. But for the MS I just finished I was super into John Mayer's latest album Born And Raised, and I like writing to Explosions in the Sky because they're instrumental and still give you the feels.


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Holiday Road Trip (Part Three)


Hands up if you're in a food coma! There is too much chocolate going on in my house right now. Currently watching The Nutcracker on TV, before our family viewing of Die Hard (which I've never seen, can you believe it?) Yesterday's viewing was The Princess Bride, which I sadly slept all the way through...so I suppose it's a good thing I've seen it a hundred times before. Anyway, onwards to day three of YA Highway's special edition road trip:


Today's Holiday Road Trip Questions Are:-



Best "I Want To Go To There" Setting in a Book



Hmm...I didn't really read a lot of books with wanderlust-inducing settings or amazingly different worlds. So, I will say THE FUTURE OF US and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER because they're both set in the Nineties and hello, you know I love the Nineties. I want to be in a world of Walkmans and real, proper mixtapes and phone calls on the landline (even though I despise talking on the phone). And who doesn't want to go through the Perks tunnel?

Favorite YA Characters



Everyone in THE RAVEN BOYS. Sean and Puck from THE SCORPIO RACES. (Not trying to turn this whole exercise into a Maggie Stiefvater appreciation fest, honest.) Adam Wilde (IF I STAY), Four (DIVERGENT), Parker Fadley (CRACKED UP TO BE). I could go on and on and on...




Check back tomorrow for the last day of the holiday road trip! 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Holiday Road Trip (Part Two)


Back for more end-of-year goodness!




Today's Holiday Road Trip Questions Are:

Best Sequel

WHERE SHE WENT/THUMPED


Best Debut

CINDER/VICIOUS LITTLE DARLINGS


Books Not Normally In My Wheelhouse That I Still Enjoyed

THEN CAME YOU


Best Book Cover

THIS IS NOT A TEST


Hope everyone has had a lovely day!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Holiday Road Trip (Part One)



Hey, it's Christmas week, and because YA Highway is awesome they have decided to do an extra super duper special Holiday Road Trip! Oh yeah. I've just come home from a day of family fun in London (so much food, so much noise) and what better way to wrap up Christmas Eve than with this post?



Today's Holiday Road Trip Questions Are:

Best Book Of The Year

IF I STAY/THE SCORPIO RACES


Most Unexpectedly Delightful Book Of The Year

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT/SECOND CHANCE SUMMER/BEFORE WINGS



Book I Can't Get Out Of My Mind

CRACKED UP TO BE


Best "New To Me" YA Author

Courtney Summers I LOVE YOU you life ruiner.



Alright, off to get lost on tumblr and YouTube SYTYCD videos and fall asleep. Goodnight, beautiful people!

xoxo

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

I Have Been...

1. Working. YES, that's right, some fool gave me a JOB. (Just a Christmas temp, but dollar is dollar baby!) Getting up super early (like ten to four early) is turning my writing to mush. I seriously, seriously bow down to everyone who has a real, important job and/or a family and manages to write on top of all that. Teach me your secrets, sorceresses.

2. Reading ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS (which I won a while ago from the very lovely Sara Biren. Mmm, transatlantic books).



3. DRAFTING, ENDLESSLY. I had hoped to be done by now (this is why I will never NaNo...inability to meet goals). I'm trying to spin it--my first draft of THE GIRLS OF HOLLAND FALLS came in at 47k and it took me three months to write. On this WIP, I'm at two and a half months and 83k. So I'm actually kind of, maybe, sort of doing really good, in comparison? I didn't think I had the ability to write an 83k draft! What is happening. Seriously.

4. Getting my Christmas music on--it's December so this is finally acceptable. This right here is my favourite Christmas song (not even putting Sufjan Stevens in the mix, that wouldn't be fair to all other Christmas music) and I'd like to give thanks to The O.C./Alexandra Patsavas for bringing it into my life.



5. Taking a trip to Bristol for my pal Charlotte's 21st. Holy long queues no seats delayed trains Batman! We wore plastic tiaras and got mani/pedis. As you do.



6. Listening to The JV Club podcast. Oh. My. God. This is soooo good. I have had so many moments of "YES! THIS! YOU REALLY GET ME!" I found this from Her Life With Books' recommendation and I am so happy about it. Basically, actress/awesome person Janet Varney gets together with another actress/comedienne/writer and they discuss their teenage years. But they often go off on amazing tangents about music and depression and old journal entries and it's Just. Perfect. My favourite episodes (so far) are with Yvette Nicole Brown, Jen Kirkman and Alison Rosen, which I'm right in the middle of. Also Janie Haddad Tompkins. Also Alison Brie's made me CRY with laughter. (Sorry, can't pick a favourite, they're all too good.) Cannot express how much I love it.

So that's me. I think I do too many of these round-up type posts, but let's be honest, I know you're all on the edge of your seats wondering what I've been up to and wanting to know what music I'm going to tell you to listen to. Wait--what? What do you mean, you don't care?!