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We’re having a Tolkein weekend. Watched The Hobbit yesterday, may watch the whole trilogy today. People seem to either love or hate Tolkein. I, personally love it, with all its faults and wordiness. I love the books and the movies. It doesn’t bother me that the movies are not exact and to the books. Both have their own merit. Both hold a special place in my heart. Today, go do something that makes you happy, something that gives you pleasure. Have a peaceful day.

All that is gold does not glitter.
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither.
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken.
A light from the shadows shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken.
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien 

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May. 8th, 2013 04:40 pm
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I finished the Elemental Wars outlines last night and picked up Rae Carson‘s The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it was about 7:30 or so when I picked it up. 12:20 when I finished it. As I told my hubby, it’s nice to just sit back and read and not worry about the fine details of writing. I haven’t just read a book in a long time. Partially because of not having glasses partially because I was trying to wrap up certain projects and I hate reading books while I’m writing my own. I sorta want to do a review but I’m not very good at reviews tbh. But here it goes :P

Now I have a lot of reader quirks. For a long time I would avoid 1st person like the plague. And I’ve never ever cared about present tense. Never seen it done well. TBH the first paragraph of the book made me put it to one side while I wrestled with my inner ocd. It is written in first and present tense.  After a inner battle of me tying up the ocd and chucking it in the dungeon with the inner editor, I picked the book back up. And read it. And after the first page I didn’t even notice that it was present tense. I just noticed that Rae did an awesome job with this story. So awesome I lost about 4 hours and would happily do so again for this series. The characters were very vivid, the worldbuilding is fantastic. I love how she glazed over the journey sections. (I struggle with those personally :P ) I had tears in my eyes in three spots and laughed, and snickered throughout it.

I don’t want to give spoilers, but here’s the breakdown; The book is about a princess secretly wed to a king and thrust into a world of intrigue and danger. Not knowing who to turn to, who to trust, she finds herself even further from familiar as the book progresses. I love the buildup through the story, more than once I was wondering how in the heck would she get out of [spoiler]. The end was resolved nicely and unexpectedly. And when I finished it I felt like I do after eating on thanksgiving. Full and content. I think I stared at the ceiling for about 20 min just enjoying the post novel ‘ahhhhh’.

As a parent, I have absolutely no problem handing that book to my kids and saying “Read this one, you’ll love it!”

So I have book 2, The Crown of Embers, sitting here and I have a huge eyestrain headache so I’m not sure I’ll start it today or give it another day or two. I definantly want to read it soooooooon.  Book 3 is going to be out Aug 27th. I’m really looking forward to it.

If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out on a great story.

 

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Am in the middle of prepping a writer hidy hole in the basement downstairs and catching up on laundry. :P  I have been puttering away at ‘outlines’ for the Elemental Wars stories and have completed E2 & E3 and am *thinking* about E4. E4 is tough because of all the characters in this story I know Maen ad Vera the least. So right now I am trying to figure them out. There are things I know about them, but I don’t ‘know’ them. So the outlining has slowed while I figure out THEM.

I got a couple books from the Library. Rae Carson‘s Girl of Fire and Thorns and Crown of Embers. I’m really looking forward to reading them even if they ARE YA. I also got an old favorite David Eddings The Belgariad. I think I might take a break from the outline to get some reading in.

 

Anyways, I was supposed to post this…uhhh…. YESTERDAY and I forgot. Oops. Have a great day people!

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