Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New York, New York!

Today is my last day in Arkansas. Bright and early tomorrow morning my mom and I are getting up, hopping in the car, and driving to New York. We won't get there until Friday (we'll stop somewhere tomorrow night to sleep). And on July 1st, I will move into my new apartment.

I have job/internship prospects. I have some money. I have all of my unread books and my TV (but none of my DVDs--you can only fit so much in a tiny car). Life is good.

And soon, SOON, I will return, my friends. I will blog about bookish things and, HOPEFULLY, writing and revisions and editing type things. I will post reviews again. And believe me, I have plenty to review. We will have good times again, dearest readers. We will discuss books and articles about books (I'm looking at you WSJ) and what makes books good and how to do things well. I'm not sure if I'm being intentionally vague or not, but there will be THINGS, and you will like them.

In the mean time, the Oxford comma (aka the serial comma) is apparently no longer recognized as legit. I for one have no intentions of giving it up. So here's to the serial comma, may it never (or at least in my time) go out of style or fall out of use.

And for those of you who will be getting an early start on the weekend, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!! Enjoy yourselves, and stay out of trouble. ;)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Fun

In a week I'll be moving into my new place in Brooklyn. In a week I will be leaving behind my friends and most of my family. In a week I will be parting with my beautiful cat. Again. One day I hope to have her join me in NY, but until then this is what I'm leaving behind:

She likes to stretch, my Kidda.
She also has a tendency to fall asleep while stretching.
Sometimes, she likes to maintain the pose for pictures. She's an attention whore. :)

And just to show you that my cat isn't the only crazy animal in our household, I give you my brother's favorite dog: Behold the Jabberwocky!

  While I was not the one giving her the bath, she held me responsible.

 She swore revenge: the price? My braaaains!

But Zombie Jabbers was not satisfied. 

Jabby goes by quite a few different names, in case you hadn't noticed, and she did get her revenge. She kept me awake until 3 AM the other morning barking and howling for no apparent reason. Now I don't know what kind of dog she is, but she's a weird one. Her lower jaw juts out a bit and she has one tooth that kind of sticks out of her mouth all the time. She's got coarse hair and long legs and big eyes... and I've decided she's a cross between a few different things. 



So there you have it. I bet you never thought you'd see a Wookie/Ewok/whatever-Fizgig-actually-is crossbreed, but I have proof they exist. I do. 

Anywho, I thought I'd share a little fun with you guys today since I don't seem to be around much anymore. I hope the animals in my family have spread a little laughter today. Have a good weekend! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Just kidding. And if you have no idea what that was about, you clearly haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and should go check it out from your local library.

Now then, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I signed a lease for a place in Brooklyn. I leave for New York next Thursday and move in to my new room July 1st. I am excited. I am also slightly terrified. Brooklyn is 1400 miles away from my hometown, meaning I will be at least that far away from my mother and just as far away (and in some cases even more so) from my closest friends. My life is about to get quite a bit more complicated. On a brighter note, I'll be living here:

The landlords live on the first floor. The 4 bedroom apt that I will be sharing starts on the 2nd, and I will be on the 3rd floor.

That will be my neighborhood in about 10 days. Did I mention how excited I am? Because I am. So. EXCITED.

On the 30th, my mom and I will start driving to NY in her tiny little Scion. It will be stuffed with as many of my worldly possessions as we can possibly fit. I will probably be forced to leave behind quite a few of my books and DVDs, at least for a little while. BUT, I have an apartment. I have apartment-mates.

I am also still unemployed. I suspect I might be working at Target to pay the bills, but I'm not giving up on getting into publishing. Not in the slightest. I believe (and I will keep telling myself this) that the only reason I don't have a job lined up is because I still have an Arkansas zip-code and there are lots of other applicants who do not have that problem. Here's to hoping living in the state where I'm applying for jobs will make a difference.

So that's what's up with me. At some point I'll stop freaking out enough to get you guys some reviews, and since I recently read 13 books in about 11 days, I've got plenty of material. Of course, I'm thinking I'll probably review the entire Sookie Stackhouse series as a single entity rather than review each individual book since I read them back to back. But yea...

How is everyone's summer going? I don't really celebrate Father's Day, but I hope you all had a lovely weekend with the men in your lives.

Monday, June 6, 2011


By now I'm sure you've all heard of this little article here. And by 'little' I mean long, ugly, and not something I agree with, but that's the author's opinion, and she has every right to it. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, please go read it now and come back. I'm not going anywhere.

...Finished? Good. So now that we're all on the same page, I'd like to take a minute to express my own opinions and then point you in the directions of a couple of other things to read.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: A Match Made In High School

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Age Group: Young Adult
Published: February 4, 2010 by Razorbill
Format: Paperback, 278 pgs*
Source: Gift


When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can't get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona's long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer.

Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

My Thoughts:

This is yet another book I picked up in New York (a year ago), and as such it is an ARC (*I lied. It's not an ARC. It was just very new when I got it haha.). Woot. Now, aside from the situation that brings all of this about (a marriage for seniors) seeming fairly improbable, Kristin Walker delivers a fun, dramatic read that's perfect for fans of GLEE or anyone that reads.

The cover screams teen drama, and that's precisely what you get. Jerks, jocks, cheerleaders, rockers, love, betrayal, pranks . . . this book has them all. And there are parents. Real ones. Ones that get involved and actually have a role in the book. Oh, and real characters. Johnny Mercer isn't your hot jock or even the mildly attractive sidekick. He's just your average Joe, and Fiona's not exactly gorgeous either. 

My biggest critiques are in the marriage class that seems incredibly unlikely (although incredibly hilarious) and in Fiona's best friend Marcie, whose actions don't always come across as being true to her character. Obviously I got over the interesting plot easily, as I enjoyed the book, but Marcie was a little harder to overcome; her unbelievable words and actions felt jarring to me on more than one occasion.

All in all this was a fresh, spunky read that I enjoyed. Props to Walker for creating a great YA novel for real young adults.

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