Saturday, December 27, 2014

End of the Year Update 2014



Wow! What a year! I've decided that every year I'm going to do an End of the Year post to cover the Fall Update and End of the Year so they're all wrapped up in one for the last Saturday of the year.

I believe this is going to be a tradition now lol. In this post I'm going to talk about things I've done this year, things I've learned in my writer journey, and things I want to do next year. I want to format my journal posts like this from here on out. Without further to do, let's get this party started!


What I Did:

Originally I was going to do the top five things I did this year, but ... that didn't work out. So here are the top ten awesome things I did this year!

1.) I went to the Florida Christian Writers Conference - Not only did I have a good time and pitch to some agents, I won Teen Writer of the Year. ^ ^ For the whole story check out the FCWC 2014 post!


2.) I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time ever - I've always want to win NaNoWriMo at least one time in my life and I did! I drafted my steampunk fantasy novel Red Hood! I chronicled the experience via Paperfury's awesome Beautiful Book link-ups: Link-up 1, Link-up 2, and Link-up 3.


3.) I became an editor for Geeks Under Grace - Thanks to my awesome friend Casey Covel, I've become an editor on this sweet Christian geek site. I edit people's grammar and write reviews and other posts. ^ ^ So far I've written reviews for the Maze Runner, The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay Part 1, and the Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies!

4.) I won the 100 for 100 Challenge for the second time - I wrote at least 100 words for 100 days during the 100 for 100 challenge at Go Teen Writers! Well technically 99, but I still did it consistently. ^ ^ I did this before in 2012, but it's been really refreshing to do it again. I feel like a lot of my zeal and determination to write came back since ... I was slacking earlier this year.


5.) I made a New Years Resolution to work on three books this year and I did it - I've worked on three books this year! I've edited Subsapien Biomech, I've rewritten Subsapien Grafting, I first drafted Red Hood and now I'm back to editing Subsapien Biomech, but it's getting so much better.

A fan-made cover created by Wesley Wood.
6.) I made a New Years Resolution to do at least one art project a month and I did it - I made a New Years resolution to do at least one piece of art a month and I did! It really helped my creative flow and I feel like my drawing and sculpting skill has grown. ^ ^ I talked about this in more depth on deviantART.




7.) I went to MomoCon and DragonCon - I attended two amazing conventions and I had such a good time! I met some of my favorite actors from my favorite shows, had a great time cosplaying, bought some fun nerdy goodies, and made some awesome memories with friends. I talked about these in more detail in my MomoCon and DragonCon posts. ^ ^


Craig Parker (Haldir from the Lord of the Rings) at DragonCon!
Dante Basco (Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender) at MomoCon!
8.) I did some pretty awesome cosplays - This year I did a lot of cosplaying. ^ ^ I did Katara from Avatar: the Last Airbender, a survey corps member from Attack on Titan, a Mirkwood elf from The Hobbit, and a grafting from my Subsapien series. I had so much fun!

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Survey Corp Member from Attack on Titan
Mirkwood Elf from the Hobbit
Grafting from Subsapien Biomech
9.) I started taking Kung Fu - I've been taking Kung Fu since February now! It's so fun and I've learned so much about combat. It's awesome book research. ^ ^ Now my fight scenes can be more authentic.
My first belt!
10. I made many unforgettable memories with the people I care about - I had so many awesome memories with friends and family this year that I'd overwhelm the post with pictures. I love you all, and thank you for sharing this year with me. ^ ^

Me and my BFF Cassidy!
Me and my little bro Joash. ^ ^
Bonus: Christmas Presents! - I got some really awesome stuff for Christmas including some particularly writerly stuff such as Scrivener (an awesome writing program), Blur by Steven James, Story Trumps Structure by Steven James and Failstate Nemesis by John W. Otte. Then I got some geeky presents like a Smaug Pop!, a Sherlock t-shirt, and a Hobbit calendar. ^ ^


What I Learned:

Here is some sage advice from what I've discovered this year.

1.) Write with a deadline and stick to it - When you're writing a book, give yourself a deadline, because if you don't you'll either never finish it or you're get tired of it. I think it's best to finish a draft in three or four months so you don't get bored with your story. I let myself slack a lot while rewriting Subsapien Grafting this year. I should've gotten at least some more work down on the Subsapien Biomech rewrite this year if I'd been more consistent with my writing even if it's just a little bit.

When you're writing a project write at least 100 words in it a day even if you don't feel like it. It's worth it if it means getting a book written. After a while 100 words is nothing, but if you don't start building up your writing stamina, you will never get a book written.

My antagonist Judah from Subsapien Biomech
2.) Rejections suck - So this year I've gotten rejected officially this year from some agents and a magazine. Four in total--and they suck. All of those legends about mourning over rejections with chocolate and writing are totally true though my version was British candy and Panera Bread sandwiches.

Those plus some super harsh critique from a piece I submitted to a national contest mixed into a bomb that almost broke my resolve as a writer, but after a lot of crying, binge watching TV shows, food, and supportive friends I made it through that really rough phase.

3.) Have a good support group - I don't know what I'd do without my friends Cassidy, Cassia, Lyssa, and Richard. They have been so encouraging to me especially in rough spots.

Thank you, Cassidy, for being my ultimate fan girl, editor and brainstorm buddy. Thank you, Cassia, for being my late night buddy that I could rant on about my books to so I could work out kinks. Thank you, Lyssa, for always saying good things about my stories. Thank you, Richard, for coming over and bringing me food when I get too stressed. Every writer needs friends that do these things.

Chibis of me (from right to left) and my friends Cassia and Cassidy
4.) It does get easier - Thinking back to how I used to write books and how I now write books I have realized that it does indeed get easier to write a story. When you start learning techniques and what a story requires it gets so much easier to write one. My newest novel Red Hood has gone so much smoother than any other novel I've written. The plot is more original and flows better, the characters have developed faster, and my writing flubs have gone down a lot even in the first draft.

So to all of you all less experienced writers, keep at it even though it's tough, because it does get easier. It will get easier to write 1000 words a day, it will get easier to get your characters deeper, it will get easier to smooth out your plot, and it will get easier to get those sentences sparkling.

5.) Don't just grow in your writing, grow as a writer - I think the biggest thing I've learned this year answers a lot of questions I've been having for a while now. Why haven't I been published? Why didn't that agent accept me? God, I thought my writing skill was up to par, and this is what you've wanted me to do so why haven't you let my dream move further?

I believe the answer to this is God has wanted to me not to just grow in my writing skill, but to grow as a writer and a person. I've grown more this past year in my faith and maturity than I was a year ago. I remember thinking, "I'm not sure if I can write this book, because I'm not far enough in my Christian walk to do it."

But now I am more confident in my faith and in my skill and as a person in general. I believe I am more ready as a person to be published writer, but God is the one who knows how to tell and I'll keep trying and get published when He believes it is best.

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

What I'm Going to Do:

My writerly resolutions for next year.

1.) Work on three or four more books next year - I want to work on my fourth (possibly fifth) rewrite of my science fiction novel Subsapien Biomech, I want to work on my first rewrite of my steampunk fantasy Red Hood, I want to first draft the third book of the Subsapien series Subsapien Hybrid next year and if I have time I want to work on editing the second book of the Subsapien series. So I have a full plate next year.

Bryce and Matt from Subsapien
2.) Keeping making art at least once a month and the Expression Challenge - I want to continue to draw at least one drawing a month and I also want to do The Expression Challenge which is a challenge I made up to do six head shots with different expression for fourteen of my book characters to grow my drawing skill and my skill at drawing each of them. I'll chronicle this in more detail on deviantART.

3.) Submit My Heart Out - I want to keep submitting works to be published, and I won't quit until I get a novel published and even then I'll keep submitting book after book to keep my writing career alive. I may even try submitting directly to some publishers next year. I'm not sure yet, but I'm going to keep trying my hardest.

4.) Don't Give Up - Even if I get hundreds of rejections, I'm going to keep going and not quit. I'm stubbornly determined and I'm going to use that as an asset. Even the great authors have gotten rejected.

5.) Blog More Consistently - I tried the most I ever had to be consistent with blogging and social media this year, but I want to step it up a notch with the blog. I've created a new schedule below!

All posts will go up at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Sunday - Soundtrack Sundays - The day I post a new music score piece.
Tuesday - Tea Tuesday - The day I post a review of teas for your drinking pleasure while writing or reading.
Wednesday - Wonderful Word Wednesday -  The day I post an awesome word for writing.
1st Saturday of the Month - A Writing post - (link) On this day I'll post about writing tips, rants and other similar topics.
2nd Saturday of the Month - A Blog-Link Up - On this day I'll do link-ups from Paperfury, because I love doing them and they're so helpful. They usually center around books, characters and stuff like that.
3rd Saturday of the Month -  A Book Review - (link) On this day I'll post a review of a book I've read recently.
4th Saturday and 5th Saturday (If the month has one) - Varied -  These two days will be a character interview, journal post (like this one), author interview, guest post, or a second writing post, book review or link-up. Basically these are the two surprise/flexible days.
Note: If an event comes up such as a convention or conference happens near a designated post's Saturday, I'll write the post on that week and scooch the regular post to a different week, and I'll designate to what week each time.

Sound good?

Self portrait. ^ ^=
This post got exceptionally long (I promise they're not all like this regularly), but well I am basically summarizing an entire year of my life. XD Regular journal posts, which will happen quarterly, will have only five things I've done. I'm hoping to look back at these posts years from now and watch my writer journey and to see the good side since I tend to be someone who looks at the glass half empty. I'm not too good at journals, but I like doing this. I'm also hoping that my journey will inspire other writers.

I lead an unusual lifestyle. I didn't go to college so I could concentrate on my career to a be a writer. I didn't choose the easy, socially acceptable path, but I believe this is what God wants me to do. Since I quit trying to conform to the world and trust in where God is leading me, I've felt more satisfied than I ever have. I'm a geeky, introverted, artistic writer, and I like being that.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting my dream! Thank you to my friends, family and fans/readers!

Lastly I will be taking the week off and will resume posting next Saturday with a long-awaited post! Akemashite omedetou! Happy New Years, everyone!

What are some of your highlights for this year? What have you learned? What did you do on Christmas?

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If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Viridescent




It's Wonderful Word Wednesday again! Do you as a writer ever struggle finding that perfect word to describe something or you want to shake your writing up with some new words? Each Wednesday I post hand-picked descriptive words for writers and other vocabulary nerds out there. ;) I thought this word was a bit Christmas-like for the season. ^ ^ Merry Christmas Eve!

viridescent
adjective
1.) slightly green; greenish.

Example Sentence: Mor walked through the swamp, avoiding the viridescent ice covering the treacherous water. 



Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tea Tuesday: Rivaille My Levi's




I'm not really a coffee person. I prefer tea, and I know a lot of fellow writers love tea, too. But have you ever wanted to break out of the Early Grey or English Breakfast norm and try something new? Well, let me help you find some cool new teas! If you need a little hot and flavorful boost to help you reach your writing goal or you're just a lover of tea or you'd like to try some tea but aren't fond of the stereotypical types, these Tea Tuesday posts are for you.

This weeks tea is ... 

*drum roll*

Rivaille My Levi's



How I found it: I'm back with another fandom set from Adagio Teas. I've had my eye on this one for a while and I'm so excited I finally got it. This is the Attack on Titan set which includes Erin Jeager, Mikasa Ackermen, Armin Alert, Sasha Blouse, Levi Rivaille, and Zoe Hange blends. Attack on Titan is one of my favorite animes and I'm so excited to finally try the teas!
This is the same site I bought the Avengers set, Sherlock set, Tolkien set, Avatar: the Last Airbender set, and Doctor Who set from!

The Tea: Since Levi's tea has a Christmas-like mix, I thought it would be perfect to post a few days before Christmas. The tea has yummy masala chai which is spicy and reminds me of Levi's bravery; the chocolate chai makes me think of his sullen, loyal and rich personality; and the candy canes and cocoa nibs remind me of his subtle humorous side and his lingering personality like with Eren's blend. 

The taste is like strong chocolate spice with a tint of mint like a spicy mint cup of cocoa. It has kind of a grumpy flavor if that makes sense. The coolest thing about this tea is it has little bits of peppermint candy in it that melt into the tea. This tea definitely fits Levi. I wonder if he'd actually drink it though ...



Serving Recommendations:I steeped this tea for five minutes and added sugar, cream and cinnamon.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can find this tea at the Adagio website. I bought this tea in a sample set which was about $22 including shipping and you get a goodly amount of tea since you only need about a teaspoon per cup. Some of these teas you can buy individually for about $10 a pouch. 

So how good is it? I give it four stars. It has a unique flavor, but I've had better teas.


Have you tried this tea? What did you think of it? Have you seen Attack on TitanWho's your favorite character?


Bonus! If you are a first-time Adagio customer I can send you a $5 giftcard! Ask in the comments for details! (This is no joke and no catch I seriously can. It's part of the amazingness of Adagio Teas)

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: The Darkest Hour (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)




It's Soundtrack Sunday again! The day where I post awesome music to write to or just listen to for pleasure if you're a fellow soundtrack junkie. Even after five days I still haven't gotten over the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! It was so beautiful and so happy and sad at the same time. Oh the emotions! I wrote a review of it over on Geeks Under Grace and it was definitely positive. ^ ^ 

Unfortunately I could only find one piece from the score by the awesome Howard Shore, but it's a good piece nonetheless. This is a melancholy piece with strings and vocals. It is good for a scene with characters watching something sad happen. It's lovely. ^ ^  For more awesome tracks check out my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist!


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it? Have you seen the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Thursday, December 18, 2014

'Bout This Blogger




Paper Fury formally the Notebook Sisters is doing a link-up about blogging in celebration of their blog move, and I thought since this is the end of the year and nostalgia abounds it would be a good idea to do it. If you'd like to join in with your blog check out Paper Fury! It's a really cool site. ^ ^ Here are the questions!

1.) Why did you start blogging?
I began shortly after joining Go Teen Writers. I saw a bunch of other people doing it so I thought I'd give it a shot to build my writing platform. I wasn't very consistent at first, and I didn't really know what I was doing, but now I feel like I somewhat have a handle on things.

2.) What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
I've always thought it was funny that my nickname "Tori" rhymed with "story." It makes me think that it was destiny I was to be a writer and since this blog is partially a journal for my writer journey, I thought it would be a fitting name.

3.) How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!) 
Only two major overhauls. This design and the former one that had a black background. I like the new one because it's cleaner. I don't have any pictures of the whole design, but I'll show you the former blog header. I've designed both of my headers.

My old blog header.
4.) Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?
I haven't, and I just haven't wanted to invest in buying a URL yet. I may eventually switch to Wordpress, but I'll have to see how things go.

5.) How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?
It depends on the post. Some take about fifteen to twenty minutes while others have taken an hour or two. I post four times a week and each is different. For Tea Tuesday, I buy cool teas then try them and write about the taste and such. For Wonderful Wednesday, I keep tabs on any cool words be it a word I've heard from somewhere or a cool one pops up on my dictionary.com app. For Soundtrack Sunday, it's usually just about the soundtrack song I'm currently obsessing over or an old favorite.

My weekly Saturday posts are link-ups (like this one), book reviews, author interviews, character interviews, journal posts or writing how-to posts. Inspiration for those varies. For my how-to posts, I usually just let the inspiration come to me naturally.

6.) Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
I've been nervous about a few. It's usually when I'm being really honest or I'm talking about a controversial topic. I was nervous about "So Your Character is a Christian ...", "Harnessing Pain for Your Writing", and "Dear Christian Writers ...".

7.) Do you have a blogging schedule?
I partially covered it above. I blog on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and posts go up around 1 p.m. EST.

8.) Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?
I sometimes mention it, but not that often. If I do, people usually say they'll read it ... but they don't often do.

9.) Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!
1. Go Teen Writers
2. Paper Fury (Of course.)
3. Helping Writers Become Authors
4. Meek Geek
5. Summer Snowflakes
6. Get It Write Tonight
7. Dimensions of My Universe
8. Dreaming Hobbit
9. Sometimes I'm a Story
10. S.J.Aisling.com

10.) If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?
I'd like to eventually get my own URL, and I need to get even more consistent with my posts. I tend to not post around the same time occasionally, and I possibly need to specify what sort of thing I'll post on every Saturday like the second Saturday I'll do a link-up and the third Saturday I'll do a book review or something like that and stick to it.

Well that's a little bit about the history of this blog! I hope you enjoyed it!

Do any of you blog? What's your journey been like?

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If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Baleful




It's Wonderful Word Wednesday again! Do you as a writer ever struggle finding that perfect word to describe something or you want to shake your writing up with some new words? Each Wednesday I post hand-picked descriptive words for writers and other vocabulary nerds out there. ;) This is a cool word. ^ ^

baleful
adjective
1.) full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2.) Obsolete. wretched; miserable.

Example Sentence: Mor crept quietly through the dark interior of Nzelt's baleful laboratory.


Have you seen or used this word before? What do you think of it?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tea Tuesday: Armin and a Bit Alarmin'




I'm not really a coffee person. I prefer tea, and I know a lot of fellow writers love tea, too. But have you ever wanted to break out of the Early Grey or English Breakfast norm and try something new? Well, let me help you find some cool new teas! If you need a little hot and flavorful boost to help you reach your writing goal or you're just a lover of tea or you'd like to try some tea but aren't fond of the stereotypical types, these Tea Tuesday posts are for you.

This weeks tea is ... 

*drum roll*

Armin and a Bit Alarmin'



How I found it: I'm back with another fandom set from Adagio Teas. I've had my eye on this one for a while and I'm so excited I finally got it. This is the Attack on Titan set which includes Erin Jeager, Mikasa Ackermen, Armin Alert, Sasha Blouse, Levi Rivaille, and Zoe Hange blends. Attack on Titan is one of my favorite animes and I'm so excited to finally try the teas!

This is the same site I bought the Avengers set, Sherlock set, Tolkien set, Avatar: the Last Airbender set, and Doctor Who set from!

The Tea: This is the tea I was the most excited about trying, because this is my favorite character in Attack on Titan: Armin Alert. I love the unique flavor and how it reflects Armin's personality. 

The tea doesn't smell very thrilling when it isn't brewed, but when it is prepared it has a vibrant, fruity flavor. This made me think of how Armin looks weak at first, but he has a fire of his own. This blend has three different teas in it that have a wide variety of flavors: Rooibos vanilla, mango melange, fruit medley and the tea is accented with little bits of mango. 

The flavors of rosehips, a tint of lemongrass, and hibiscus from the fruit medley tea make me think of his eccentricity as a reader and strategist among physically strong soldiers. The tang of the mango from the mango melange tree made me think of his inner spirit. The flavors of apple and strawberries make me think of his sweet and loyal friend side since he is loyal especially to Eren and Mikasa. Lastly the hint of vanilla reminds me of his cleverness.

I love Armin so much--even if he can be a little klutzy.



Serving Recommendations: I steeped this tea for four minutes, but I could have possible steeped it for a minute or two more, and I added sugar.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can find this tea at the Adagio website. I bought this tea in a sample set which was about $22 including shipping and you get a goodly amount of tea since you only need about a teaspoon per cup. Some of these teas you can buy individually for about $10 a pouch. 

So how good is it? The tea definitely has a unique flavor, but because it is so eccentric, I probably won't drink it too often, but I'll give this tea four to four and a half stars, because it is delicious. ^ ^


Have you tried this tea? What did you think of it? Have you seen Attack on TitanWho's your favorite character?

Bonus! If you are a first-time Adagio customer I can send you a $5 giftcard! Ask in the comments for details! (This is no joke and no catch I seriously can. It's part of the amazingness of Adagio Teas)

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Soundtrack Sunday: Mountains (Interstellar)




It's Soundtrack Sunday again! The day where I post awesome music to write to or just listen to for pleasure if you're a fellow soundtrack junkie. I have not seen the film Interstellar, but the soundtrack is pretty awesome. I love the clock noises, the glittery sounds, and the organ. You don't hear those too much in soundtracks. 

This piece has a lot of unusual instruments and together they build then finish on a softer note. This song is pensive and a bit tense, but not too much. Perhaps grandiose like someone is looking out over a vast expanse. Over all a really neat track. For more awesome tracks check out my Soundtrack Sundays YouTube playlist!


Have you heard this piece before? What do you think of it? Have you seen Interstellar?

If you liked this post, come back every Saturday for more writing advice, character interviews, book reviews and more! On Sundays I have Soundtrack Sundays where I post a new score piece, Tuesdays are Tea Tuesdays with tea reviews, Wednesdays I have Wonderful Word Wednesdays where I post a new vocabulary word, and Fridays are Fan Fridays where I post tags and other goodies. To help support my dream to be an author follow this blog, like me on Facebook, watch me on deviantART, and follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. If you want to know more about my books check out them out here. Thank you! :)



Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Book Review of Rebels by Jill Williamson




Buy from Amazon!
The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.

Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?

Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children … but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.

If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

Series: The Safe Lands (Book 3)
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Blink (August 26, 2014)
Page Count: 400

What I liked: Most of this book is major spoilers so I'll try to keep this spoiler-free as possible. Liberation is the main focus of this book and definitely not what I expected it to be. It's presumed to be death, but I think it's worse in a lot of ways. Like the other books in the series this one has a bit of a Hunger Games feel what with strange senses of fashion and the Effie-like character Luella Flynn. 

There are lots of good twists that throw you for a loop and Shaylinn's birth complications really had me worried and flipping the pages. The whole plot with babies I've found very intriguing. I really like how the author describes them very well. I've noticed this in some of her other books. She's very good at describing children. And the rebels' plan to overthrow the government I thought was very tactful and unique from other dystopians I've read.

I like how the characters developed in this book. Levi became less of a jerk, but Jemma and Mason are still my favorite. There is a lot of cute banter between them, but probably my favorite line of the book was, "Worry doesn't take away the dread of tomorrow, but it does take away today's strength." I tend to be a worrier and this really impacted me personally. 

What I didn't like: Unfortunately I felt like some of the writing slacked in this book. I found several typos and got a rushed feeling like the author just wish she were finished (I've seen this in other books too.). Near the end the POV character gets lost. I forgot he was there, because there were no reactions to him about the detrimental information being revealed in the scene. 

The ending of this series was satisfying, but I *SPOILERS* wish the author had a cure be found perhaps in an epilogue and that she cemented if Mason and Ciddah were going to be together. I also would not have chosen Luella Flynn for the new Task Director general. I would've chosen Ruston. Effie for president wouldn't be the wisest thing in my eyes lol. *END OF SPOILERS*

Content Cautions: I'd give this book about a PG-13 rating. There is some violence in this book, but nothing too gory. There are alcohol and drug references and some sexual implications. One character tries to commit suicide and gets involved in prostitution, but the subject is handled well.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a good closure for the series. Four stars!



About the Author:
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at her blog, where adventure comes to life.
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Check out the reviews for the first and second book of the series!

Other books by Jill I've reviewed:
Blood of Kings Book 3: From Darkness WonA Book Review of Replication by Jill Williamson
A Book Review of Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into A Published Novel

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