Wednesday Wants (1)

Once upon a time I had a thriving craft blog. Since I’ve been focusing on writing, I had to let it go, until I went so long without updating it that I felt as if it was a lost cause. I’ve missed sharing those types of things, though, and thought maybe showing a bit of my personality outside of the writing realm might not be the worst thing in the world, so I’m going to try to mix the two together a bit. I’m kicking this off today by revamping my once-popular Wednesday Wants series, where I highlight Etsy finds that I envy. It’s my little way of celebrating independent businesses. After all, even  a starving artist can dream, right? 😉

And this is my little collection for this week!

Pink Grapefruit Whipped Cream Soap by YouStinkSoap

Pink Grapefruit Whipped Cream Soap by YouStinkSoap

I have a confession. Grapefruit is possibly my favorite scent in the world. It’s probably my favorite fruit (after ripe strawberries, because come on). And the idea of whipped soap is… mmmm. Too good to be true! I love Youstinksoap. I ordered a trio of lip balms a while ago and love, love, love them (Lime Sugar and Asian Pear? Yeah.) So yeah. This is a big want.

Recycled T-Shirt Pom Pom Pillow in Baby Pink MINI by talkingsquid

Isn’t this the squishiest looking pillow ever? talkingsquid has made pom pom pillows out of recycled t-shirts (she makes floor rugs t00) and I think they’re so cool! My dream house is covered in these colorful poms. I love ’em!

Cute hearty red owl clutch purse by misala

Lastly I have this delightful little owl clutch purse by misala. She has so many cute items I don’t know what to do with myself. This little owl clutch purse just stole my heart the minute I saw it. How clever of her to make animal clutches! Too cute! Want!

So that’s my first edition of Wednesday Wants on this blog. Do you have any Etsy finds you’d like to share?

Also! Today is Leap Day! Woohoo! In celebration, everything in my shop is 15% off! Just use the code 2012LEAP.

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Thoughts on Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

From Goodreads:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

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If there was ever a book to skip reading and buy the audio, this would be the book.

This book is hard-hitting. I don’t want to say too much about it, because it’s such a journey of discovery that you’re part of as the reader. Ultimately, this is a book I’d highly recommend. It goes through the complexities of the consequences of each of our actions. How something as simple as staying quiet or going along with the crowd can be devastating for the one person who’s silently pleading that someone in the crowd is different.

Besides highlighting (in a very memorable, but non-teachy way) the signs you can look for in case someone close to you is in trouble, it also shows that suicide is really only the blame of the one who commits it. When it comes down to it, they are the only ones who could have stopped themselves, and looking for blame elsewhere just adds hurt upon hurt.

I can see how this book could have life-changing effects on people, both who might be suffering from depression themselves, or who might know someone who is. It’s a heavy subject, yes, but it’s well worth the read, I think. I highly recommend it.

For a peek at the impact it has made, check out the 13RW project.

Music Monday: Skylar Grey – Love the Way You Lie

It’s my day to post at the Dojo! Hop over there and see about going through the motions—in a good way!

I know you know the Rhianna/Eminem version… but have you heard the original? It’s gorgeous. And apparently about an abusive relationship with the music industry, which makes it much more interesting than the “I’m sticking around for because my man is mine” whatever story the more popular version tells.

Just think about that. Think about how packaging changes the way a story is told, especially with something as subjective to the reader/listener as a song is. Some may say that as a writer you have to make your “point” clear to your audience. Others would say just the opposite: you can’t make your version real for the audience, what matters is their account.

Me? I’m somewhere in the middle on this. I don’t think that I can write a story about one thing and have it secretly be about something else. Not intentionally, by any means. I don’t demand for readers to see  the story exactly as I see it either, though. I want readers to get a chance to come to their own conclusions about certain characters, actions, etc.

What do you think?

Booking Through Thursday: Blogs

Yvonne asks:

What do you look for when reading a book blog? Does the blogger have to read the same genre? Do you like reviews? Personal posts? Memes? Giveaways? What attracts you to a book blog?

I have to admit, I don’t read a lot of book blogs. I think book blogs are great, but I have trouble keeping up with them, so I don’t usually follow book blogs the way I follow writing blogs. That said, I think book blogs are GREAT. The book blogs I run across without actually following them (and that’s a lot of them) keep me pretty well-informed about what’s happening in the publishing world. I do usually read YA-focused blogs, since it’s what I write, though.

What really brings me back to a blog are things like dissections of trends going on in the Young Adult publishing world, and posts that talk about the issues in books. Posts that try to be aware of not just how good a book is, but also the effect of popular books on teens, as well as on the genre and the publishing industry. I feel like book bloggers get such a great view of this—they’re not nearly as pinholed as I am in my reading usually, so they get a wider view of how the Young Adult genre is growing and maturing. I like the extra perspective.

Music Monday: The Zombie Song by Stephanie Mabey

The Zombie Song by Stephanie Mabey

Are you one of those people who thought they could never like anything zombie related whatsoever? I was like that. For the most part, I still am. Undead people all desiccated and walking? Not my thing. But I have to admit, this was the cutest zombie-related thing I have ever seen. I hope you like it.

P.S. I have to admit, I have gotten this song stuck in my head for days.

Booking Through Thursday: Fan Fiction

Pepca asks
Have you every written any fan-fiction? If yes, why and for which book(s)? If no, would you like to and for which books(s)?

For that matter, do you ever READ fan-fiction??

Yes, I’ve written fanfiction… I’m not going to divulge for what here, because I think I’ve gotten to the point where I’m going to plead plausible deniability. I will say that it wasn’t a book, though… it was for a TV show.

Do I ever read fan-fiction…. not anymore. I used to read a lot for the show that I wrote for, and then I went through a period when I read some Harry Potter. But now I don’t really have time to read all the books I want, so that doesn’t leave any time at all for fanfic.

I will admit, though, that I have a dream of someday having written something that will inspire fanfic. I don’t expect to inspire legions of it… but I’d love for there to be enough to support a fanfiction.net page. Even if I never liked that site, particularly.