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review 2018-11-14 17:47
I spoiled myself for the big reveal
Transformers: Lost Light #22 - Brendan Cahill,James Lamar Roberts

I didn't mean to, but someone was talking about it on Twitter.   Oops.   Regardless, it took my breath away, because it's huge, and it makes sense to me on multiple levels, none of which I can talk about without spoiling a couple people I got started on this - and that I'm still hoping will finish this. 

 

  I laughed so hard a couple times during a break in my class.  Everyone ignored me because I was hoping up a Transformers comic, but they don't know what they're missing out on here!

 

Love, love, love this so damn much.  I can't believe I only have three more issues and then no more James Roberts writing Transformers!   It just can't be true, and it is at the same time.

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text 2018-11-14 11:30
Facts About Me: Pacing Myself

Before 2018, my quickest time for writing a full novel was one month. Then, this year, I managed a whopping 8 days! That was a full novel, of 100k word count, that needed very little editing, all in 8 days.

And I would never do it again.

As great as it was to get the words out of my head, because it was haunting every moment of my waking/sleeping life until I got it out my system, it also killed me. I was utterly exhausted by the time I finished. All creativity was gone. I was over-tired from very little sleep, and I felt as though I may never write again, I was so completely disinterested in writing another book.

I tried to make myself write the sequel after a week's break, but it was a no go. Then I gave myself a month off and tried again. I got a dozen chapters written, but even now – a few months later – I don't feel like they do the story justice.

It was only this month, October, that inspiration once again hit me like a lightning bolt. The story had already existed in 1-2 pages of notes, but the story was by far set or secure. In fact, it had a beginning concept, but no middle or end, and I had only the barest information about the characters or the general plot.

Within the first 3 days, I'd written about 10 pages of notes, including detailed character references, chapter headings, made a mock cover, designed a logo, and created promotional banners. In between all of that, I did a little writing. About a chapter, all in all.

Once all the design concepts were finished, that was when I really got a good crack at writing. Only, this time around, I knew that I needed to take a break, to procrastinate a little throughout the day, to make sure I didn't end up back where I started.

I still managed to write nearly 150k of "The Boys Who Didn't Love Me" in just 17 days.

Writing a complete novel in so short a time is great, especially when the story needs little editing afterwards, but when it interferes with your physical and mental health, then even as an author you have to take a step back and reevaluate what a completed story is really worth.

 

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review 2018-11-13 16:34
Love, love, love!
Transformers: Lost Light #21 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Also, my finger is clearly not broken; I can bend it all the way with a minimal twinge, so longer reviews from now on - yay!

 

This is leading up to some pretty astounding revelations, and a huge, final fight.   Basically the Unicron mini-series, which still breaks my heart, especially since I can't find any announcement of new Transformers series. 

 

That being said, I love, love, love this series, all the way.  I know there were one or two issues that I wasn't as crazy about because of the lack of humor; I feel like normally it's so well balanced, that I felt the lack of it earlier on.   But overall?   This, along with MTMtE has to be two of my all-time favorite series. 

 

I highly suggest giving this a try if you haven't.  

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review 2018-11-12 03:26
The Rules of Magic
The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman

I am pretty sure that I read Hoffman's Practical Magic since I've read several of her books, but it was probably in the 90s, long before I started keeping track on Goodreads. I once heard Anna Quindlen speak, and she said something I never forgot regarding certain female authors, "You can't go wrong with a book written by an Alice." This is terrific advice, and, I've found, completely accurate.

 

When I saw The Rules of Magic offered on NetGalley, I requested it right away, especially since the author considers this the first in the series, just in case I forgot the plot of the first one. (Yes, here I go with a series again, right after I said I never read them...) The family legacy of witchcraft haunts the Owens family, and you can bet that Susannah Owens' three children are not about to escape unscathed. Charged with a myriad of rules, their mother offers one that is just too compelling to ignore, "Don't fall in love." So you see where this is going — witches, spells, secret powers, and love — what's not to like? Trust me and Anna Quindlen, you can't go wrong with a book written by an Alice.

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review 2018-11-12 02:40
The Boy on the Bridge
The Boy on the Bridge - M.R. Carey

I can't really explain my fascination with these books. When I read The Girl with all the Gifts, I never imagined I would read the sequel — not because I didn't love it, but because I sometimes have the attention span of a gnat, and rarely follow up with series, trilogies, etc. because I just run out of steam. This is probably the same reason I have loyalty to only a few television shows and am quick to consider they've "jumped the shark". In any case, here I am again, reading a zombie book while my husband watches The Walking Dead (and no, I didn't give that show up, I was too chicken to even watch it.) Before I read The Boy on the Bridge, I watched the movie of The Girl with all the Gifts. Had I not been watching that on an airplane, I would have either cried in terror or shrieked like a little baby, because, despite knowing the entire plot and outcome, I was terrified.

 

The Boy on the Bridge is equally terrifying, at least to me, but in a completely satisfying way. If you have not read the first one, I am sure you can still read this as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading both no matter which order. The two stories are cleverly intertwined, so that the author considers it a sequel, prequel or equal, but that's merely semantics. Whatever he wants to call it, I'll read it. In fact, I will probably even read another. Bring on number 3.

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