Currently- September

General- If you follow me on Instagram, you might have heard about our little flood that happened when our washer machine broke and created a small lake throughout my downstairs. Well, the guy came and tore up the damaged flooring and baseboard and now the fans are gone and we are waiting to fond out if they are able to match our current laminate or what the deal is there. In the meantime, we replaced the damaged things and I wrote about how to make your house work for you. You can check out that post, along with how I used the small lake as an opportunity here.

We are undergoing schedule changes as hubby got a new job and for the time being, our schedules are very different than they used to be. We’re rolling with it though! I get a lot more time that is just me and Little Man so I have been working on creative ways to keep us both occupied and not outside. We are still rocking 90’s here and I cannot wait for cooler temps. 

Reading– I’m technically still reading Bookish Boyfriends. I actually haven’t picked it up in a while. I started reading The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (again). I just really love this book and the entire series. I recently took a mythology in literature class and I spent a majority of that class referencing these books so it made me want to pick them back up. Maybe I’ll get back to Bookish Boyfriends one day. 

Listening– I actually went back and re-listened to Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Gosh, I love that book! I just need to read the second one. I started listening to The Elite by Kiera Cass. I loved the Selection and since it is a series book, I promptly forgot that I had more books to read so I grabbed the audiobook from my library to listen to. I didn’t finish it in time but I struggled with the audiobook. I wonder if the performer can ruin a book for you. I think I might grab the book to just read it and see if the main character doesn’t annoy me as much. 

As for music, I went back to my high school glory days and started listening to all the bands I listened to in high school and now I don’t listen to the same 20 songs theses days, hahaha. I think I realized why my parents listened to the stuff they loved in high school well into adulthood. Music is constantly changing so when you find something you love, why are you going to try and keep up with the new stuff? (I don’t particularly LOVE the new stuff out there, some of it is good, but I get why my parents didn’t like the stuff I listened to.) 

Watching-We are COMMITTED to the show Younger. That show has me feeling all types of ways and I don’t know what to do with all the emotions. I might be slightly overreacting but oh well. Younger is what we are binge watching. But it is the end of September which means all the new seasons just started back up! So far we got the Masked Singer and I am waiting for some free time to catch up on the premier of Gray’s and Single Parents. 

Writing– I am currently working on a script for my screenwriting class that I am taking this term. Screenwriting is HARD, guys. Seriously, I didn’t realize how different screenwriting is from other types of writing. I am also writing blog posts and journaling a lot. I am working on a journaling challenge for October on Instagram! I decided I am going to do my book for NaNoWriMo this year so I’m just going to write an outline and then come November 1st, write it every day.

Other– There has been a lot of work going on with my Cricut and home stuff. It has been fun. Maybe I’ll post my projects on the blog so you can see all the stuff I work on. If you’re curious. 

What did you spend your September doing? I’d love to hear about it! 

Book Review- Sweet Evil

Yay! My first book review. I’m not being paid or anything to do this review. I just really wanted to let you guys know books I enjoyed reading. I think I mentioned this book series in one of my Currently posts because I read this series in like a week. I would lay down to read, realize it was like 1 in the morning, and then see I was at like 68% and I might as well finish it at that point. Right? Any other late night readers out there relate? That’s okay, maybe I’m just weird. Also, yes, I am aware that I am reviewing a book that was published years ago. I don’t discriminate books because they are older.

Sweet Evil is a book I’ve had on my kindle for years. I read it back when I used to work a graveyard shift that wasn’t very busy. I would read a book or so a night so I was constantly buying new ones on my kindle. I don’t even know how I came across Sweet Evil but I read it and I enjoyed it. Fast forward to this summer where I’m looking for something to read and not spend all my money (because I’ve bought enough books this year already) so I go through my handy dandy kindle library and decide to give Sweet Evil another read.

Side note, this is why I don’t read series books. I read Sweet Evil years ago, knew there was going to be more books and promptly forgot about it. I love following series and seeing the character development but sticking with them until they are all published is ROUGH. The only series I was able to follow like that was Harry Potter. The first 4 appeared in my library in my room, I got the 5th one the day it came out, I lost track around the 6th book (because it took forever) and then got the 7th book the day it came out. Even with Harry Potter though, I still forgot about it. There are so many book series I am in the middle of that I need to just get the next book but I forget about them. However, I do enjoy reading a series after all the books have been published. Then I get to read them the way books are meant to be read, quickly and with lack of sleep.

I swear I have a point in this post. Sweet Evil! This book is by Wendy Higgins. The first of a trilogy if you haven’t put that together yet. We meet this girl, Anna. She has a best friend, who is a dude, typical YA things. She’s adopted, we learn and is being raised by someone straight out of the 50’s in parenting style. Her adoptive mom is named Patti and she is typical over-worrying mom. 

Turns out, she had plenty of reason to worry because we soon learn that Anna is a nephilim and has a demon for a dad and we get started on a wild ride. We meet Kaiden, who is also a nephilim and 100% trouble. Obviously, he is the love interest and equally parts bad to Anna’s good.  Sweet Evil is a journey to Anna discovering who she is and meeting her biological father (duke of substance abuse) and also trying to stay away from Kaiden’s dad (duke of lust) because of reasons. It’s really great and keeps you hooked. It’s also good for a second read. Plus it is the kickoff to a great series. There is demons, angels, prophecies and character development. (The most important thing!) 

At some points, Anna does seem too”good, like it almost unbelievable for a person but that is the ONLY flaw I have in the book. 

My rating? 8/10 & I would still reread it. 

Book Fest

Every year in October, Las Vegas has Vegas Book Festival. It is put on by our local libraries and there are tons of authors, book signings, speakers, workshops, vendor booths, all the goodies you want in a festival or conference. Apparently, Book Fest has been going on for over 17 years and I only found out about it 3 years ago. I’m not okay. I’ve missed 15 years of book goodness.

I’ve gone the past two years (the first year I discovered it I couldn’t make it) with my best friend and occasionally we’ll bring other book lovers with us. We mark our calendar the moment we get the date and we tell our husbands that they are on their own for that day. We brought my son with us the first year he went and he had a blast. 

I love Book Fest because it brings readers together to meet the awesome people that create the books they love. Growing up, I read the Series of Unfortunate Events consistently. I bought the books the moment they were released at Borders and I stuck with it almost as well as I did Harry Potter. I got to meet Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) and had a chance to talk to him and even had him sign the Bad Beginning book that I have had since I was 10. The reader heart in me told me that Vegas Book Fest is the happiest place on Earth. 

I still believe it is. As a writer, I look forward to book fest because I get to listen to writers talk about writing. I get to learn from the people who have been there and done that. I get to talk to them. I also get to discover new writers and authors and support their books. As a writer though, the information I get during book fest is invaluable. I learn more each year and I’m always looking forward to the next one.

As a writer, it is becoming more apparent to me that writers need community. Writing itself is such a lonely job. It’s important we make friends and connections with other writers so when we need to talk about it, someone who understands can listen. I have great friends, but most of them don’t know how hard it is to force myself to sit down and write page after page of words. This is where book fest comes in, I ask these authors where they make friends, how they stay motivated, what does their writing schedule look like. Do they outline or do they just write and hope for the best? Last year I got to hear Sara Shepard speak and I asked her how she tracked the plot lines of 16 books for Pretty Little Liars. It amazes me how she was able to add plots and twists based on what she got approved for in continuing the series. I also met Kasie West last year, who writes books like a maniac. Seriously, she is always putting out new books. It is very impressive. I got to pick her brain a little bit. I also got to meet the author of the Uglies series, who has a normal daily writing schedule. What? Teach me how to do that please.

As much as I love book fest and it feeds my little reading heart to the top just because I love books and I love reading them, book fest is my place to feel like a writer. Like, I already know I am a writer but being surrounded by other writers and being able to pick their brain for a few seconds is what sends me back every year. I would go even if I wasn’t a writer, but being a writer is what gets my heart the most excited to go.

In the next few years, I would love to go to a writing conference. Apparently, we have one in Vegas, I just discovered. These sorts of things don’t get advertised very well. I am always seeing author tours and conferences and wonder “why can’t things like that come to Vegas?!” Turns out they do, I just miss them. Maybe next year I can go to the writer’s conference. 

As a writer, what kind of events do you like going to?