Monday, December 20, 2010

So Long For Now...

Things have been crazy busy ever since I got home for Christmas and they aren't going to settle down anytime soon because...

I'M GOING TO CHINA IN TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In addition to the holiday madness, I'm currently preparing for a month long trip to China for a study abroad course. I won't be able to access the wonderful inter-webs that easily when I'm there (and I'll be studying in China, which is more of a priority), so this will be my last post until February.

*sob* I'm going to miss you guys! I promise to come back with lots of photos and stories to share! Until then, have a happy, safe holiday season! See you in 2011!

Monday, December 13, 2010

RAWR + LOL

A couple of nights ago I had a BRILLIANT idea to work into my revisions of The Quiet Calling. I was about to fall asleep (because I was in bed, trying to fall asleep), so I reached over to grab a notepad I usually keep by my bed for events such as these to write it down.

Only, for some reason, the notepad wasn't there. It was across the room, on my desk. If it wasn't the middle of the night and I wasn't so tired I might've gotten up to get it, but I didn't. I thought "This is so BRILLIANT there's no way I'll forget it."

Guess what? I forgot it.

RAWR.

Has this ever happened to you? You think that you've finally figured out something that will make your book a-freakin-mazing but you forget what it is? Incredibly frustrating.

Good thing I'm going home in a couple days for Winter Break. My brain needs to rest. Too bad I still have two more final exams to go!

Since I haven't been funny recently, please accept this link to the best "invisible" LOLCats. It's Monday... we all need a good LOL!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Or, as this post should probably be called: Mariah gushes over a swoonworthy book.



I honestly absorbed this book. It's accessible and intelligent, funny and thought-provoking. Here's the blurb from Amazon:

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.


Now, you may be thinking "Boarding school? That's been done before." And I'll say that no, it hasn't been done like this. Partially (okay, mostly) because of the English French American Boy, Etienne St. Clair. I lurve him.

And the story isn't only about a romance in Paris. Anna really works on discovering herself as a person on the way to romance, which I love. All her relationships feel real and natural, because all the characters are so well developed. But, on top of it all, they are in Paris, which leads to some amazing events that couldn't happen anywhere else.

I really can't recommend this book enough. Anna's voice is so strong and unique that I loved her from the beginning. True, we are alike in many ways, and that just leads me to believe that someday I'll find my Etienne <3

Stephanie Perkins, this book exceeded all my greatest expectations. Thanks for writing such a good book. Now, I think I'll go read it again.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Blabber

So just when NaNo ends and I expect my life to be returning to a state of semi-normalcy, I have to start getting ready for finals. After that, I'll be going home for winter break, and after that I'm going to China.

Yep. China. No big deal.

I worry if I blink too fast all this might pass me by. The next couple months are going to be intense. No complaints, just awestruck, really.

Hmm... and now I wonder what I should share with you on this lovely Monday. I think you need a laugh. How about you go to Hark a Vagrant? It's one of my favorite websites. If you're a history nerd and like cartoons, you're gonna love it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Resident Expert: Eoin Macken

've been waiting to share Eoin on RE for a while now... SO EXCITED!!!

Why?

Because I can look up photos like this:




He used to be an Abercrombie and Fitch model, ya know.






Also, he's Irish, and on one of my favorite television shows (from BBC) "Merlin" as Gwaine, a handsome, loyal friend to Merlin (although he does get into trouble a lot).

Just another reason to love the already awesome show:



In that photo, he looks like I imagine the best friend of the main character from my new book looks like (which is totally a legitimate reason to change it to my desktop background if I want to).

Apparently he was also an officer in "The Tudors"... I'll have to go back and look for him :)

One more thing before I wish you an awesome Friday:



I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE HIM.

Have an awesome Friday!






Thursday, December 2, 2010

Best Month Ever?!

So far, I'm thinking December is going to be pretty awesome.

Exhibit A:

Today is the release date of Stephanie Perkins' debut novel, Anna and the French Kiss. Congrats, Steph! I can't wait until my copy arrives :)


Exhibit B:

Coldplay released a new song. A Christmas song. I LOVE IT.


In conclusion, December is totally kicking November's butt.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DECEMBER IS HERE!!!

HUZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

WHY AM I TYPING IN CAPS LOCK? BECAUSE I WON NANOWRIMO. DOUBLE HUZZAH ALL THE WAY.

The book I wrote isn't finished yet, but considering I barely made it to 50,000 words in time, I'm okay with that.

And I've just realized that I've told you next to nothing about this book (that's probably a good thing, trust me). I will tell you the title (because I just thought of it last night): Half a Brother.

That sounds so much better than Untitled Fantasy Novel, right? Right?

It's a book about twin princes and (basically) their fight for the throne. Fun. Times.

Now, if you'll excuse me there's a leftover pumpkin pie in my mini fridge with my name on it.*

HAPPY DECEMBER!!!!!!



*I kid you not.