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(Belated) New Year’s Resolutions {2015 edition}

I’m a sucker for New Year’s. There’s just something about it as this collectively agreed magical day for starting over, that I really like. I’m not a fan of big new year’s parties or going out, but I like to hang with friends or family and wait for the ball to drop, give a toast with champagne to usher in the new year, all that good stuff ; ). And I ALWAYS make resolutions, most of which I never keep. (in short, I am the epitome of the average person on new years xDD)

I thought that this year instead of just making my resolutions and hiding them away in a journal somewhere, I would share them here on my blog so maybe I won’t fail so hard this time. There are always SO many things I want to do and/or do better, so I had to have a serious think about it and narrow it the fuck down to 5. I feel like sometimes I fail because I set the bar too high and end up performing way under due to the pressure I put on myself. So here are 5 things I would like to achieve in the new year:

  1. submit writing to more places. Okay, I suck at this. The fact that I suck at this is really, really bad.  I was going to have “write more” be my resolution, which has been my writing resolution up until this year, but I feel like I should focus on an area other than producing new stuff.  So this year I want to focus on submitting to literary magazines and getting my newest series agent-ready so I can draft up a query and submit that too.
  2. keep up with this blog. SELF-EXPLANATORY haha. So, you see, writing this here is really killing two birds with one stone xD.
  3. read 100 books. This is a challenge I started and failed last year. I only read 38 (ouch). There are so many books on my to-read list and I really want to comb through a lot of them because they multiply every day.  I’ll be updating my progress on Goodreads.
  4. eat healthier. I know, I know, everyone has this one as well as a work out resolution. I’m not making a workout res this year, I did it last year and actually got halfway through the year before quitting but I am really not inspired even now to work out LOL. This resolution is not to ‘eat healthy’ (I would fail coming from the place I am) but just to ‘eat healthIER’ Let me explain…AVERAGE DAY FOR ME: Breakfast: donuts, Lunch: cheeseburger, cheese fries Snack: chocolate Dinner: chips and dip, something fried. I’m not exaggerating. So this resolution should be pretty easy, the bar is so low. Even if I replace something bad with a single healthy thing, say eat a piece of fruit a day and keep the rest the same, I will still be living up to  this resolution.
  5. get dressed every day. This one is kind of weird, but I would really like to try to abide by it. In general but especially in the cold months, I can be prone to depression and I feel like getting dressed, even if I’ve got nowhere to be, kind of helps in a small way. Also I have a lot of clothes and I would like to have plenty of opportunities to wear it all so at the end of the year I can know what to donate xD

That’s it! There’s more I’d like to do, but I need to pick things to FOCUS on instead of trying to do it all. We’ll see how it goes, maybe I’ll make a post at the end of the year (assuming I keep up with #2, ha. ha. ha.) & see how well I did. Good luck to anyone else who made resolutions this year- I hope everyone keeps at least one & I’ll see you on the other side!!

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3/16/13- 3/18/13 {Newport, RI}

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~And after the fire, there came a whisper~

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12/28/12-1/2/13 {Charleston, SC}

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~A winter to remember~

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2012 reading– and beyond!!

I always keep track of the books I read (like any good reader, har har har). I used to keep track on goodreads, but I got intimidated by the fact that it was asking me to rank books in a five-star system. It was too much for me. I am a wuss. So! This post is sort of to chronicle my reading SOMEWHERE, so I can look back on it later.

(* denotes a reread)

  1. Lucky (Alice Sebold)
  2. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
  3. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
  4. Life in a Day (Doris Grumbach)
  5. Swimming (Joanna Hershon)
  6. Now Is the Time: 170 Ways to Seize the Moment (Patrick Lindsay)
  7. The Long Walk (Stephen King)
  8. The Running Man (Stephen King)
  9. The Green Mile (Stephen King)
  10. The Witching Hour (Anne Rice)
  11. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  12. Lasher (Anne Rice)
  13.  The Precious Present (Spencer Johnson)
  14.  Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (David Sedaris)
  15.  Taltos (Anne Rice)
  16. Plain Truth (Jodi Picoult)
  17. The Eye of the World (Robert Jordan)
  18.  The Great Hunt (Robert Jordan)
  19.  The Dragon Reborn (Robert Jordan)
  20.  Candide, or Optimism (Voltaire)
  21.  The Shack (William P. Young)
  22.  Death Note 13: How to Read (T. Ohba & T. Obata)
  23.  Death Note: Another Note, The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Nisioisin)
  24.  Death Note: Volume One: Boredom (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  25.  Death Note: Volume Two: Confluence (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  26.  Death Note: Volume Three: Hard Run (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  27.  Death Note: Volume Four: Love (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  28.  Death Note: Volume Five: Whiteout (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  29.  Death Note: Volume Six: Give-and-Take (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  30.  Death Note: Volume Seven: Zero (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  31.  Death Note: Volume Eight: Target (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  32.  Death Note: Volume Nine: Contact (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  33.  Death Note: Volume Ten: Deletion (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  34.  Death Note: Volume Eleven: Kindred Spirit (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  35.  Death Note: Volume Twelve: Finis (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)
  36.  The Dead Zone (Stephen King)
  37.  The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
  38.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
  39.  The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams) *
  40.  The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
  41.  East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  42.  Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  43.  Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye (Kaza Kingsley)
  44.  Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness (Kaza Kingsley)
  45.  Four Past Midnight (Stephen King)
  46.  Exquisite Corpse (Poppy Z. Brite)
  47.  A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks)
  48. The Casual Vacancy (J.K. Rowling)
  49.  Lost Souls (Poppy Z. Brite)
  50.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
  51.  The Severus Snape Paradigm: Outcast, Rebel, Hero (Logospilgrim)
  52.  The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)

Incidentally, one of my only new year’s resolutions is to read more. (I always make two resolutions: read more, write more.) So, while last year I tipped 50, this year I’d like to read 100 books.

100 books! A HUNDRED.

To put this in perspective, I am a slow reader (also, you may notice that 12 of the books I read last year were actually manga volumes, which are *considerably* quicker fodder, eh hem ; ) ). For some people who read as often as me, 100 books might be a cinch. For me, it means cutting back a lot of the idle time I spend online when I get free time. It’s going to take dedication! Nerve! Verve, even!

I am ready. And god knows, I have the over-burdgeoning to-read shelf to prove it. Anyone else have this sort of crazy reading-resolution fever?

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things, pt. II

So…This is an old book I found on one of the shelves at work. LMAO. JUST. What. There’s one picture in the whole thing, too, which is hilarious. Just thought I’d share what 1911 had to offer in the way of reading. (I have to say, though, I’m tempted ; ) )

Speaking of books, I finished this one this week. It’s the second book by Poppy Z. Brite I’ve read (the first was Exquisite Corpse) and I liked Lost Souls SO MUCH BETTER. I liked all the little ways her vampires were different from the cliches (the fact that they’re a different species entirely and that their race has evolved since the beginning is really cool). I can’t believe this book has been out since the early 90’s and I never read it, doh. Anyway, key points: Ghost was badass, I think I was a tiny bit infatuated with Christian (who was totally my favorite character) and I thought it was fucking hilarious how Molochai kept stuffing his face with Hostess. My image of him was hysterical in general. SPEAKING OF WHICH. When I went looking for fanart, which is the logical thing to do right after you finish a good book and are having withdrawal, I was incredibly disappointed. 1) there’s next to no fanart for this book, and 2) a lot of the characters are not drawn how I visualized them at all. (i.e., Zillah. Why does everyone make his hair platinum blond?? Caramel is like…dark, brownish blond. Besides, I pictured it in a ponytail like that one Uruk-Hai had in the LotR movies. *awkward silence* What? hahaha)

One of my favorite things about this time of year is how it stays dark longer in the morning. Reason being, when I have to get up earlier, I at least get to see the dawn, which I’ve always loved. This is what I saw when I arrived at work one morning this week ❤

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things

I bought a bunch of new chocolate items the shop I work at is selling. It was worth every penny. Especially that decadent s’more. mmmmm. Up front is an extremely dense peanut butter cup. In the back is a coconut patty, a chocolate covered smore, and then the foil-wrapped dude in there is a chocolate covered oreo. I also got and tried chocolate covered potato chips for the first time. Everyone was telling me how great they are for something-something years, and I never fucking listened. I am so stupid. NEW FAVORITE THING (I have so many years to make up for, god, my cholesterol)

This week I finished J.K. Rowling’s new book (now I’m excited to watch interviews with her again :D). I personally really liked it (on Amazon the reviews are controversial to say the least, haha) and I hope that this book dispels any belief on the part of stupid (what??) people that Rowling doesn’t write well because she wrote HP in a simpler style. It also proves she has a hell of a range. As always, I am super impressed with her character building. I’m not going to give out any spoilers on this book except: for those that read The Casual Vacancy (and I recommend that you do), I dare you not to picture Howard as Uncle Vernon. Bam. It cannot be unsaid (or unthought for that matter xD)

I might be the only person I know who has flat-out LOVED how many rainy days we’ve been having lately. I love rainy days ❤

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