8.21.2013

What's Up Wednesday (11) / RSW (10)


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WHAT I'M READING



I finished reading Stephanie Kuehn's CHARM & STRANGE, and oh it was good. It's a short, tense read that explores a lot of dark, complicated things. The voice is what drew me in and held me captive. Very much recommended.

I think I will post an actual review in the future, but for now, if you were thinking about picking it up, DO IT.

(This is the UK cover, which I think is a little closer to the feel of the story - a bit scary, surreal, and haunting. But the US cover is lovely too. I love the use of silhouettes, the way the forest breaks up the image and the figures.)

I'm still reading Lydia Kang's CONTROL, and I'm enjoying it. Sci-fi lovers, you're going to want to look out for this one. There is definitely more SCI in this one than the other Sci-fi YA books I've read thus far.


WHAT I'M WRITING


I've been slowly pulling those random scenes I've written (in all these different places) together. It's kind of exciting since this is the most writing I've done in... let's just say a long while. It's also kind of challenging because it's a pretty intense set of scenes that involves a particular set of imagery. So I've been struggling to describe similar things in interesting and different ways. I know, vague.

Also exciting is that I wrote a poem - like a not #twtpoem. I haven't written any poetry since...even longer than the last time I really wrote, haha. It was nice to see that I could still do it. In any case, it was prompted by April, who asked me to write her a #twtpoem in celebration of her book release (BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which came out the day before my birthday!). Of course, I obliged and the prompt was DEVIL.



This spawned a much longer poem, and actually, I have another one in the works now too. I am quite SURPRISED with myself.

Goal: Finish the second Devil poem and hopefully get those scenes stitched together.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

Music! Parachute's new album is out, and while I'm still partial to their last one, I am loving this song HURRICANE.



And then the Sister stumbled upon this amazing (and appropriate) John Green quote from LOOKING FOR ALASKA.

People Rain Drizzle Hurricane Poster Art Print by Mei Lee

I'm also really into the song KING AND LIONHEART by Of Monsters & Men. I love the tune and the story-telling, folklore vibe of the lyrics.




WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Eating! Because it was my birthday last Friday. THANK YOU for your sweet birthday wishes (and Alz for blogging)! I ate a lot, which is to say, I was happy. So happy in fact I pretty much celebrated through the weekend. Oh and the Sister got me an amazing cake. Pictures below!

I was also productive this weekend by actually doing some house cleaning. The Sister and I even bought a new vacuum and we were super excited about it. Does this mean we're old? Getting excited about buying household appliances? (The vacuum is pretty badass though...)

The Sister took me to see The Neighborhood the night before my bday. (Photo/ Sister)
The Sister also bought me Sprinkles cupcakes: s'mores & raspberry flavored.
My gifts to myself. Yes, that's Star Wars written like a Shakespearean play.
My AWESOME cake. It's cookies & cream ice cream on the inside.
More cupcakes! My friend bought these for me, along with some cookies.

And that's all. So all in all, a good week. :)


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14 comments:

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for the quote and that's an awesome poem!! I love the pictures, happy belated birthday!

Alison Miller said...

I saw that Star Wars Shakespeare the other day in SAMs club, read the first page, and GAH - I want that book! I think I will buy it for myself for my birthday too. Which fortunately and unfortunately is fast approaching.

And Happy belated Birthday to you!!! Those cupcakes look AWESOME! So glad you had a great day and a great week!

Valerie Cole said...

Happy late birthday! There were a lot of birthdays this week (mine is on Saturday!).

And Ooooo I didn't know Parachute had a new album! I'm going to go search for it now.

akossiwaketoglo.com said...

You've been busy. The good kind of busy. :)
I wish I can get that ice cream cake. It looks so delicious!!!

~Akoss

Kate Scott said...

Happy Birthday! I love that cake, it is to funny! It's really big though, good thing it looks like a burger, because eating that would definitely be a complete meal and then some.

Stephsco said...

I was excited to get a vacuum for my birthday when I moved to an apartment in Chicago by myself. I felt so grown up! (and sorta lame).

Love all those birthday treats!

Colin Smith said...

A belated happy birthday to you, Krispy! That's a lot of cake--and the burger cake is so creative! :)

STAR WARS as Shakespeare, huh? Hmmm... not seen that. I'll have to look out for it. Sounds like fun.

Have a great week. :)

Katy Upperman said...

Yay for birthdays! I hope your day was lovely. It was so much fun following along with your celebration on Instagram. :-)

I'm so happy to hear that you loved CHARM AND STRANGE. I won it in a contest and it's on its way to me. I can't wait to read it. (And I agree: I favor the cover you posted over the US cover, though they're both very cool and moody.)

Julie Dao said...

Looks like you had a VERY happy (and cupcake-filled) birthday! How exciting :D Mine is coming up in a few weeks and I hope it'll be filled with cake, too. I love your poem... have you ever thought about putting all your Twitter poems together and getting them published?

amy said...

That cover of that book looks so cool. Thanks for the recommendation. That burger cake looks awesome. My birthday is next Tuesday and I can't wait to eat lots of cake and cupcakes! Ha! Have a great weekend!

linda said...

i love your poems! will you be sharing your longer ones as well?

Stephanie Allen said...

Ooh, Parachute has a new album? Brb, checking Spotify.

Happy birthday!

Connie Keller said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday. Yay! The cake is amazing.

And I'm really glad to hear that you're writing again! Can't wait to hear more about it.

Lori M. Lee said...

That cake is a master piece o__o

Also, your book choices make me squee!