A few weeks ago I did the This or That book tag and had a blast. I’d never done book tags before and it was something I wanted to try to do a few times a month, so when I saw the Would You Rather book tag floating around I decided to give it a try as well.
Ever since I finished A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab back in January I have been obsessed with the series. I think it truly has become my all time favorite trilogy, so naturally, when Wick and Fable came out with a Shades of Magic inspired monthly box, I had to jump on it – it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (Which you definitely should) you’ll know that I went to Northern Virginia on Saturday to the NoVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington. I’ve never been to a book festival before, but now that I have I’m totally hooked. It’s so great to talk to other book lovers and get to meet some amazing authors. I also learned more about writing, the process, and publishing than I thought I would. It was such an inspiring experience; so I’m going to share with you some of the best highlights:
We’ve all been there…struggling through the first draft a story or an outline, frustrated by hiccups and plot-holes we can’t seem to overcome. Then it hits us, the shiny new idea in all its luminescent, half-formed glory. Our writer’s spirit is reinvigorated! Our passion swells in our heart and pushes us forward! We chuck the old story to the side and grab hold of the reins to drive into a new world, new characters, new concepts……only to end up right where we were a month or two ago with the old story. This frustrating cycle continues on and on for weeks, months, years until we’re crying in the corner wondering why we can’t get anything finished, questioning if we’re really meant to be a writer.
Fun fact: I used to hate outlining. I loathed it. As a student, when I was told to outline a paper or a short story, I would hiss like a cat being put in bathwater. I knew my story; I knew my topic; I knew what I was going to write about; I didn’t need to outline it. And if I didn’t know, well, I’d just wing it until I figured it out. I used to hate editing as well, but that’s a story for another time.
When it comes to makeup and skincare I try hard to find products with good ingredients that will benefit my skin in the long run. I’m someone who favors good skincare over makeup, but the makeup that stays on my skin all day needs to be just as good. That’s where It Cosmetics comes in. This is one of my favorite beauty brands as they offer worthwhile skincare alongside some of the best makeup I’ve ever used.
Ah, procrastination. My old friend who really doesn’t understand when they’ve overstayed their welcome.
Hey guys, I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute. After NANOWRIMO, the holidays, and the all the mess that comes in January I ended up putting my WIP (Work in Progress) away for a little bit to brew in the background. I was having some character and plot issues with it, so I needed to let it breathe before I tackled it again. Now, I’m ready to get back into it! I’m excited for what the story could be, so I hope you’ll follow me along on this crazy journey.
I’ve always wanted to do a book tag, but I could never found one I thought I could do. Then Becca from becandbones posted the This or That tag and I fell in love, so I had to give it a try. Credit to her for giving me the idea and please go check out her blog, it’s so beautiful!