Friday, April 02, 2010

where has my wit gone?

I am re-reading old blog entries from one of my very first blog sites. Reading them, I see that I used to be kind of witty.
What happened?

I think it was as I have said before, people I know in real life are reading my blog now and I tend to self edit too much. And I have gotten so much busier and stressed out so writing has taken a back seat.

I also think I wrote more because I knew people were reading and commenting. I get so few comments on this blog (Thank you for commenting, Laura! You're awesome) This brings up the question-why do I post- for others or for me?

Then there is Twitter which has taken blogging and shrunk it down to 140 characters or less.

Maybe I'll re post a few of them better ones here to help get my creative juices flowing again.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

March books

Catching Fire ~Suzanne Collins (391 pgs)
Shiver ~Maggie Stiefvater (390 pgs)
Stop in the Name of Pants ~Louise Rennison (310 pgs)
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?~ Louise Rennsion (310 pgs)
The Forest of Hands & Teeth ~Carrie Ryan (310 pgs)
Lessons from a Dead Girl~ Jo Knowles (215 pgs)
Living Dead Girl~ Elizabeth Scott (170 pgs)

7 books 2096 pgs

cumulative- 24 books 6489 pgs

Catching Fire is the follow up to Hunger Games. This continues the story of Katniss after the her participation in the Hunger Games. Her rebellious actions might during the games might have set some things in motion in the other areas. OMG this was action packed and a few twists and turns. and that ending! I cannot wait until August for the third book!

Shiver is a book for werewolf lovers. A teen was attacked my wolves as a child and has had a fascination with them ever since, especially one that watches her from the woods behind her house. There is more to this wolf than meets the eye.

Stop in the Name of Pants & Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? are the 9th & 10th books in the Georgia Nicholson series. They are written like a diary and are "vair vair" funny. Too bad this series is now over.

The Forrest of Hands & Teeth is one I have heard about but just recently bought and read. It is the story of Mary who lives in the US but after some event that has turned most of the population into zombies. Her community is surrounded by a fence to keep the zombies out and they live in fear everyday of infection. When an outsider gets in and just as suddenly disappears Mary knows something is not being told to the community. I loved the book, but had a few questions about what initially happened and what the Sisters knew. I look forward to reading the follow up.

Lessons from a Dead Girl is about a girl who was abused by her best friend when she was younger and tormented by her later on. It is a sad story about kids abusing kids.

Living Dead Girl is a story about a girl who was abducted then abused for five years. The story is written from her perspective and is a disturbing look at emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

To see what I've read previously, go here

Harry Potter and the disappointed Sandi

My name is Sandi and I am a Potternerd.

When I heard that Universal Studios was transforming part of their park into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter I could hardly contain my glee. The more i heard about it, the pictures that were posted on The Leaky Cauldron website, the more excited I became. I would have the chance to see Hogwarts! I could get a WAND from OLIVANDERS! I could try Butterbeer! OMG!

Then I found out they were planning to open the park in the Spring of 2010.
Since my parents, Mark & I were planning to take my nephew to Disney World I planned to get a couple of tickets to Universal and spend part of the day geeking out.

I took a gamble, partly because my dad & I are pre-planners and want to get things in place and scheduled ahead of time, and partly because I figured they meant Spring as in "the time before Memorial Day" since that day is usually the unofficial start of summer for most tourist hotels. I got a little excited when they started offering their vacation packages for trips taken beginning May 25.

Boy, did I lose out on that gamble. BIG TIME.

I guess technically June 18 IS still Spring, but it is, what, THREE days before summer....and about two weeks after I am there.


And the biggest slap in the face? They are letting people who bought their packages in to that part of the park. Which, really, is only the right thing to do. But if they can let them in, why not all of us? I am tempted to stand at the gate and gaze longingly at the people who were lucky enough to be in there.

The bright side is that NCTE (that conference I go to where I meet all the awesome authors) is in Orlando this year, so I'll try again later this year.

Goth Girl Follies!

Goth Girl Rising is a really great follow up to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga. In Goth Girl Follies, you get to learn even more about our favorite girl. Click the image to go see more!