The Music Tag

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I was tagged by Ink Witch Blog to do the music tag!  I am a huge lover of music, and I think this tag is going to be a lot of fun to do. Lets get it started (ha!). Lets get it started in here!

The Rules

The rules for this tag are fairly simple:

  • Link the blogger who tagged you
  • Shuffle all your songs and use the first ten that play (no skipping!)
  • Write you favorite lyric from each song
  • Tag some other bloggers to share the fun!

My Songs

  1.  Legendary by Daya

    Why not make it legendary?

  2. Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics

    Everybody’s looking for something

  3. Here by Alessia Cara

    Excuse me if I seem a little unimpressed with this
    An anti-social pessimist but usually I don’t mess with this

  4. Piano Man by Billy Joel

    Well, I’m sure that I could be a movie star
    If I could get out of this place.

  5. Demons by Imagine Dragons

    Don’t get too close
    It’s dark inside
    It’s where my demons hide

  6. On The Way Down by Ryan Cabrera

    Sick and Tired of this world
    There’s no more air

  7. Novocaine by Fall Out Boy

    I am your worst, I am your worst nightmare

  8. White Flag by Dido

    I will go down with this ship
    And I won’t put my hands up and surrender

  9. All Summer Long by Kid Rock

    The way the moonlight shined upon her hair

  10. Faded by Alan Walker

    The monster’s running wild inside of me

My Nominees

 

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

 

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Being a lover of all things supernatural, doing this tag was a no brainer. I originally saw it over on Dreamland Book Blog , but it started on Katytastic’s booktube channel. You can see the video here.

The challenge of the tag is to pick books containing different types of creatures of the night. The creatures are: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, fairies, demons, angels,  and super humans. Here we go!

Vampires

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Vampires and pirates. Vampirates.The whole series was amazing, and a whole lot of fun to read. Twins Conner and Grace are picked up by different pirate ships, and have incredible adventures. The vampires in this book were terrifying and mystifying at the same time. They are definitely my favorite vampire books.

Werewolves

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Picking a book about werewolves was a tough one for me, mostly because of all the creatures of the night, werewolves are one of my least favorite. My older brother actually recommended I read this book, and it surprised me. I actually enjoyed it. Dreama (Dree for short) is a very interesting character, and was a lot of fun to read about.

Ghosts

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Anna Dressed in Blood was an easy choice. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ghost book quite like it, and probably never will. It is definitely my favorite. There is something about it that keeps me coming back to read it again and again and again (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s printed in red ink!).

Witches

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Yes, Brooklyn is (very) self-obsessed, but if you finally inherited powers that let you do almost anything (including giving yourself a total makeover), wouldn’t you be? The book was very entertaining, and though it wasn’t (anywhere close to) as good as the Harry Potter books, I picked it because it was fresh and a fun read.

Fairies

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Is there really any other choice? I grew up reading Grimm’s Fairy tales, and it will forever be my favorite fairy tale book. They are all so well writer, and even though many are similar, they all have elements that make them unique and enjoyable.

Demons

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Of all the books with demons, I picked City of Bones. I thought the book was original and fun to read. I also did really like the movie (despite the bad reviews it received). The world that Cassandra Clare created is realistic and believable, and her characters are pretty awesome, too.

Angels

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I’m not really sure that Max and her gang qualify as angels, but I’m going to go with it (especially because the first book is called The Angel Experiment). These books are action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. Every book was as exciting as the last, and I definitely read them all more than once.

Super Humans

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Demi-gods count as super humans, right? The Percy Jackson series (and Heroes of Olympus series) are some of my all time favorite books, and this list wouldn’t be complete without them. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are as entertaining as they are kickass. My childhood would have been so much different without them.

 

So that’s my list! Anyone who decides to do the tag (or has already done it), feel free to leave a link in the comments! I would love to read it! What are your favorite books featuring creatures of the night?

Writing my First Chapter

For the past two days I have been working on the first chapter of my second novel. As I have said before, my first novel (Keep Moving On) was not written very well. I was participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which meant I had to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It was definitely not easy.

My second novel, Candy Wrappers, has nothing to do with Keep Moving On. It is going to be the first in a series called The Gravestone Chronicles, which will follow Malia Kotter and Zane Towne in their quest to find the gravestone and banish demons from our world once and for all. In Candy Wrappers Malia is going to meet Zane, and learn about the threat of demons in the world; and how they are the real reason behind her parents murder.

I have most of the main plot points figured out, but how to actually start the book is a whole different story. I truly believe that beginning a story is the hardest part. You face the challenge of setting up the plot, characters, and setting, all while keeping the reader engaged.  Just the thought of doing this makes me want to curl up under a rug somewhere and hide.

In the past two days of working on my book, I have written 1,218 words; that is about 2 1/2 pages of size 11 font. I have successfully completed my first scene, which is about 1/3 of my first chapter. In all honesty, I think I would have written a lot more if I didn’t spend so much time online and on social media; however, it is part of my life, and I have no deadline for when I want my first draft to be done.

I have also spent a lot of time staring at my sentences and rewriting them over and over again. I think it is fair to say that I am a bit of a perfectionist. Hopefully I will be able to resist the urge to edit so I can get some new words on the end.

I have some high hopes for Candy Wrappers, and seeing it being written down on a page is very encouraging. I can’t wait to write some more, and see if Malia and Zane want to go along with my plans for them.