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Reading Update

We will call this… the one in which she is reading entirely too many books, but she can’t help herself.

I’ve been picking through 4 different books this week, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, by Rhett and Link ❤

This is the book that I finished this week. The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett and Link from Good Mythical Morning. I wasn’t really sure what to expect getting into this one, but I have to say that I wasn’t upset about it. It was a really quick read (I finished the majority of it within one night, because my Libby Loan was going to expire xD) and it was really entertaining to read.

It has pretty normal mystery-kinda plot for the first three fourths of the book, and then the last bit of it is just a complete change. I loved it. I wasn’t sure if the two Mythical Hosts were going to be able to translate their comedy and brilliance onto the page, but they did great.

It could be because the two main characters are named Rex and Leif, and they are very, very similar to two of our favorite Youtubers xD

I am in the process of reading three other books. I haven’t finished them yet, so I’ll hold my opinions for the most part, but I’ll let you know what they are and how far into them I am ❤

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The Shining, by Stephen King. I’m about 30% done with this one.
The Way of Kings Part Two by Brandon Sanderson | Gollancz ...
The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. I’m about 10% through the book… which is still a lot, cause it’s fat AF.

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Midnight Sun, by Stephanie Meyer. I have no guilt, only nostalgia. About 50% done with the one.

So, yeah. I’ve kinda started taking this approach to reading where I have multiple books going on at the same time. I think it’s because I have 2 reading tablets and I also read on my phone… and then have physical copies of books as well. I’m here and there and anywhere that my kids will let me be. Honestly, though, I am pretty pleased with how it’s coming along. I started my year on goodreads with a goal of 12 books, bumped that up to 24… and I am at 23, so I might actually go ahead and bump it up to 48. I’d like to push myself to really get more reading done, because it pumps my creativity up by so much.

A good writer is a voracious reader. It’s food for my brain.

Until next time, y'all! Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome! Author Amanda McCormick Instagram | Twitter | Facebook PageNaNo Page | Tumblr | Blog Masterpost | My Writing Group |
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Book Thought Friday (A day late)

Book Thought Friday

A tad late is better than never though, right? I wrote the majority of this last night, but I got so tired and I wasn’t feeling well, so I decided that it was better to post it this morning, as opposed to pushing myself through with it and ending up feeling worse. I didn’t want to give a lousy post, because I really do adore the prospect of Book Thought Friday! It gives me a chance to talk about my reading experiences, and what I’m thinking and feeling.

That being said, I wanted to touch on a topic before I really started writing about what I’ve been reading. As you all know, I got a new e-reader at the beginning of this month. I was honestly one of those people who happened to be 100% against e-readers. I thought that they were going to be the end of the physical copies in general, and it wasn’t doing anything for writers.

And then I ran into a problem – that problem was no bookhself space left. I filled up two full sized bookshelves and two half bookshelves. When I ran out of room on those, I filled up a dresser and a pantry… and then, I filled up the side shelf of my bed. And still, I wanted more books….

So, I made a concession – I’d try an e-reader out. My husband suggested that I get books on e-readers, and only buy the physical copies of the ones that I really, really enjoyed. I was excited – I got an early birthday present… and I’ve been reading more every since.

I realize now that I’m kind of ranting – I’ll have to do a full post on e-reader vs. physical book soon! The point is, I love it – it’s helped me to read so much more. With that being said, onward to my book thoughts!

So, first on my list is Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes. I already did a book review on this book, and you can find that HERE. but it did consume a lot of my reading time, so I wanted to go ahead and prod at it again.

I thought that it was a fantastic book, I really did. Scott Cawthon is a fantastic storyteller, and the fact that he got the help of a writer to help him tell the story? Pure genius. Yes, there are some technical issues, but if I find a book interesting… that doesn’t matter so much. I don’t care about a few typos, what I care about is the fact that the story is fantastic.

And this book really did expand on the lore a bit, and give me information that I didn’t have. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the FNAF series, because you’ll be getting more story than you realize. There’s also the fact that the writing is extremely interesting, even though it’s not as polished and refined as one would expect.

If you’re interested in getting The Silver Eyes, it’s on amazon for 2.99, and I’d say it’s well worth the three dollars you drop on it.

As a few brief mentions, I started re-reading a few other novels, though I’m making slow pace on them. I won’t discuss them right now, because I was basically flipping through a few things to figure out what I wanted to read.

What I’m currently reading came to me on recommendation. It’s called In The Company of Shadows, and it’s quite lovely.

As I said, I’m only a little into it… about 140 pages. I say a little, because the first volume is around 600 pages. The second volume is probably the same… and there seem to be two other books after that.

The basic premis is years after WWIII, there is a company called the Agency works to take down rebel groups. Enter the main characters Sin and Boyd. They’re thrown to work together, with Sin being called The Monster amongst the Agency’s ranks, and Boyd being basically a civvi, but the son of one of the higher ups.

I know that this book is a LGBT romance, but honestly… the excitement in it is very entertaining. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy so many pages without romance (I admit it, I came to it for sexy gay boys), and I find that I really am. So, I’ll keep you updated on this series, because it’s extremely ongoing. I’m not sure if I’m going to read them all at once – I took a peek at the length of the last novel, and it was over 2000 words on my e-reader. So. Uh… yeah. That’s a lot.

But, I am really enjoying the series. I find the writing entertaining, and the characters of Boyd and Sin so engrossing and delightful that I can’t wait to learn more about them.

So, that’s it for my reading update this week. It’s only been those two books, but I’m really excited for what else has yet to unfold before me. As a side note, if you’re an indie/self-pub author, and you want to get featured on my blog, just hit me up. I really do think that it’s up to the readers just as much to the writers to make sure that our favorite authors get the representation that they deserve!

That being said, thank you for tuning into the blog, and I’ll make sure that I have my next update on time. I should have more about In the Company of Shadows then! As a side note, I’m going to start my reread and posting about the Harry Potter novels in August – I wanted to wait until Camp NaNo as over before I delved into that particular bit of reading, because I have a feeling that it’s going to completely engross me, as far as what my time is spent on.

Thank you so much for reading! And thank you so much for tuning in every week! I’d love to hear about what you’re reading! If you write a blog, let me know! Or, leave it in the comments!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Your Writing Area Is Your Best Friend (NaNo Tip #4)

So, I know that I’ve preached this particular lesson a million times… but with it coming up on NaNo, I’m gonna preach it once more. One of the most important things that you can do to help yourself get ready is to make sure that your writing space is in order. The last thing that you want is to find yourself with a disorganized area to write… you’ll spend the first day working out the clutter, and you won’t get that jump start on NaNo that you need to get.

That’s not what you want in life. You want to sit down to a freshly cleaned, decorated, organized, candy-stocked (yes, oh yes) writing area. This is going to get you into the place that you mentally need to be in. Trust me, if you have a place that you can go to that you dedicate solely to writing, it’s going to help you out. When you sit there, you will be in your writing mind frame. The important thing to this, though, is to make sure that you only use this area for creativity. More than that, once you sit down… do not get up, don’t browse the internet, don’t twitter or blog or anything… until you’ve gotten your word count for the day.

If you sit and focus, you’re going to turn this writing space into a real haven. It’s going to be where you go to meet your muse for sweet little rendezvous in the night when you can’t sleep. This is your sanctuary… treat it like it is. Here are a few things I do to spruce up my writing space:

  • Get a calendar that you can reuse. I have an erase-able calendar, and during NaNo I write my word goals on there. Seeing it checked off helps a lot.
  • Make sure all of the clutter and distractions are cleared away. No game systems and no trash.
  • Stock your area with notebooks, pens, paper, and anything else that you need for your creative process. You don’t want to have to go on a run for it, after all.
  • Have drinks/snacks on hand. I have a little shelf for them. When I’m in my zone, I don’t have to get up. I don’t have to do anything but go go go.
  • Decorate it with inspirational quotes, or a picture… something motivational. Anything to let you know that you’re in your safe writing place. Make it aesthetically pleasing to you.

Those are just a few tips, and I’m sure that you guys have a lot more! I’d love to hear them! Either way, make sure you’re ready for NaNo!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Out of the Country Adventures

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Sorry for my absence, guys! I was recently out of the country in the Faroe Islands for my very first trip anywhere other than in the US. Between that, traveling, and jet lag, I’ve been a bit out of commission. I just wanted you to know that I am going to be coming back soon – I have a huge amount of book reviews that I have to post, as well as some writing things! I can’t wait to get back to you guys again!

Posted in blogging, Book Review, indie authors, rats, reading, vlogging, Writing

The Mysteriously Missing Blogger

Goodness, I have been gone for a bit. What was my absence over Christmas turned into my absence over being sick after Christmas. For that I apologize, but I am back now and ready to once more begin giving you regular blog updates!

As far as what I’ve been doing… yes, I’ve been sick. I also managed to get a hold of an adorable new baby…. and by baby, I mean baby rat. And by adorable, I mean super adorable.

DRAVENHis name is Draven, and he’s my writing buddy. We all need a mascot. Mine just so happens to be fuzzy and love giving me little nibbles when I don’t give him enough snacks!

Anyway, as to what you can be expecting over the next few days – I am currently in the process of finishing up a novel by an indie author John Needham. I will be doing a book review on that soon, and then scrambling to get caught up on the other book reviews that I need to complete. I’m going to try to get back to that – I think my target goal on those is to review a book each week, unless it’s something massively long that needs two weeks.

Other than that, I have done a few revisions on my NaNo Novel from 2013, as well as some more writing on my novel from 2014. I wonder, would you guys like to see little excerpts from those? Let me know!

So, I will be posting blogs about writing, about reading, about all of the things. I have certainly missed the input and feedback, as well as the community here, and I’m glad to be back!

PS: Bully me into making another vlog!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick