Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Vampire series I'm reading

In honor of Halloween I've been reading two YA vampire series.  The first one is called "My Blood Approves" series by Amanda Hocking.  I'd never heard of it before but the first book was $0.99 on Kindle so I figured I'd give it a try.  The writing was kinda sub-par.  The world she created was trite.  Kinda a non-mormon take on the whole "Twilight" thing.  Also, all the characters take an inordinate amount of showers.   But the thing is, it was 99 cents! 

But then I realized why it was 99 cents.  Because the book ends in a really weird place, total cliff-hanger.  So I had to get the next book.  Which was like $1.89.  And then the next, which was like $1.99.  And then, the next which was $2.99.  See what they did?  They lured me in then hooked me so I ended up getting all 4 books. 

I didn't really think these books were all that great.  I'm not recommending.

The second set of books is called "The Vampire Academy" books by Richelle Mead.  There are 5 books in the series (soon to be 6), I'm only halfway through the first one."    This world is much more unique than any of the others I've read.  The story is about a half-human, half vampire girl named Rose and her best friend, a full vampire princess Lissa.  The full-blooded vampires are called Moroi, and they are the elite.  Lissa is part of the royal family so even more elite.  The half bloods are called Dhampirs and they normally serve as guardians to the Moroi.  Rose has a special bond to Lissa (she can enter Lissa's mind) and is training to be Lissa's guardian.

Anyway, again, girls meet boys, adventures ensue (I'm speculating).  This world is much more interesting and unique and well written.  I'm enjoying the first book.  I think I would recommend for ages 14+

Monday, October 18, 2010

Procrastination

So every month I have 30 written pages due to my writing group.  This past weekend, I tried to get it done but I kept coming up with excuses. 

7:30 am get up, think about taking a walk
7:45 am stare at ceiling, think about skipping walk
7:50 am too late for walk, hop in shower
8:00 am bleeping remember I have to be at PT at 8:30
8:25 am pull into a parking spot outside PT
8:30 - 9:45 am tortured by physical therapist
10:00 am arrive at Peet's coffee to treat myself to latte
10:30 am home
11:00 am finally get onto the internet (slow computer takes forever to boot up)
11:30 am finished checking MSN, Facebook, Work email.  Treat myself to one hidden object game on big fish games
12:30 pm hunger drives me to search for food
1:30 pm okay just one computer game
2:00 pm Oh yeah, forgot to check the mail
2:30 pm bills, how come I get so many bleeping bills?
3:00 pm I wonder what Maggie Stiefvater is up to? Better check her blog.  Oh yeah, what is up with Twilight?  Better check the website.
4:00 pm Shoot, I better do some work I promised folks I'd do
5:00 pm Hunger drives me in search of food
6:00 pm I better watch some news so I'm not totally clueless
7:00 pm stare at blank page
7:15 pm better feed the cats
7:30 pm better check msn, facebook, work e-mail again
8:00 pm Hmm, wonder what is on tv
8:15 pm stare at blank page
8:30 pm just one computer game
9:30 pm Darn computer game.  Can't seem to win
10:30 pm stare at blank page
11:00 pm dang it, where did the day go?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween house

I walk pass this house on my regular walk.  All of a sudden, one day, it became this.  Wonderfully creepy looking now (except for the port-a-potty out front).

Wonder what happened...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wild Parrots


The urban legend is that there was a fire at a local bird shop and these Parrots either were released or escaped.  Over the years, they have multiplied to the point where there is a whole big flock of them - hundreds.  They are red crowned parrots and they are really noisy.  I heard these parrots are prized because they easily are trained to talk.  It would be weird if they started talking wouldn't it?  Ooh, nice idea for a sci-fi movie!  For now, they just squawk and squawk outside the local library, or if you go to Panda Express or the gas station.  I wasn't able to get a really good photo, so here is what they look like up close:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween House

 Halloween decorations are starting to appear in my neighborhood.  I was doing my not-so-regular walk and came across some rats staring at me from beneath the shrubs.  Then I looked up! lol.  Quite a fright!  There is also an arm hanging into the road but I couldn't get it in the frame.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Those Darned Gophers

These critters must have genius level I.Q.  Definitely smarter than me.  They dug a tunnel under the fence at the very top of the hill behind my house and burrowed into the fenced in area that is my backyard.  The black stuff in the picture is the layer of sheeting designed to keep the gophers from being able to pop out holes.  Gophers laugh at this, they just chew through.

Added benefit of my backyard?  Since it is fenced in, the coyotes can't get in to eat them.

I think I need to go get a pet owl or something. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

I won!

If you'd like a copy, leave me your e-mail address and I'll send it to you.  But be warned, I write for teenage girls...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Swoon

Yet another weekend wasted reading YA novels on the kindle.  And this weekend it truly was wasted time.  I read this book called "Swoon" because it had an interesting cover and it was in the YA section at Borders. 

I may be a bit of a prude but I would not let my teenager read this book.  It belongs on the adult bookshelves.  Mainly for the graphic descriptions of sex.  All kinds of sex.  And then the descriptions of drugs and what kinds cause what kinds of effects.  Ha ha, I think I just got you readers to go out and buy the dang book. 

Plus too, the plot was kind of week.  Like I never really understood why girl liked guy and vice versa.  Pretty weak.

On the plus side, the author really gets how teens talk.  I'll give her that.  The rest? A waste of my time.