Meet Rosalie!

So, I haven’t had a post in a while and I’d like to update you guys on why. Things have gotten a little crazy in my house because….

We got a puppy! puppy

We drove 3 hours to get her at a shelter in Orlando. She had three sisters and three brothers who all looked completely different. We wish we had money for two puppies so we could’ve gotten one of her sisters too because we hate breaking up families. She’s happy though and loves her trips to the beach, and park. She’s only 9 weeks old, so we have to take her out about every two hours to potty train her. Because of this we haven’t gotten much sleep!

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Luckily she’s starting to settle in, which means I can get more done. She is extremely smart and amazingly sweet. She has stolen our heart, but she’s still working on our cat. lol Dani grew up with my parents dogs, both older. She’s not used to dogs running at her  trying to play like Rosalie does. Dani has warmed up quite a bit though, so hopefully they’ll be playing together soon.

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I don’t know how big she’s going to get. Her mom was at the shelter and she was medium sized. They said her mom is a dachshund/retriever/x mix and her dad is an Irish Setter. She doesn’t look Irish Setter at all and honestly she doesn’t look like her mom. I’ve been reading about dogs genetics and it’s really interesting. It seems that since dogs have been breed with every kind of dog there is, all dogs carry DNA from other breeds. Therefore, when two dogs mate the offspring will have 50% genes from the mom and 50% from the dad. That however doesn’t mean they’ll get the same genes, they could end up with any type of dogs genes the parents carry in their DNA. So she could have anything in her. We’ll just have to wait and see how big she gets.

I have a couple posts and videos scheduled for next week, so be on the look out!

Do you have any puppy advice for us? Do you have a puppy or dog? What kind are they? What funny/mischievous things have they done?

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My First Author Signing

 

I had the pleasure of attending Marissa Meyer’s author singing in Orlando, Florida on February 18th. This was my first author signing and it couldn’t have gone better. Marissa is super sweet and I had a blast!

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I had intended on filming her talking and answering questions, but that didn’t work out. Since I left for the signing straight from work, I got there right when it was supposed to start (it’s a 2.5 hr drive for me). Everyone was already crowded in front of her, so I was in the very back. I’m short and I couldn’t see her very well, hence not having any footage. Therefore, I’m going to do my best to tell you a few of the things she talked about from memory.

First off, she’s a huge nerd! Her whole family used to go to Star Trek movies dressed up as Trekkies. How cool is that?! She showed us a picture of her when she was young at a Star Trek movie dressed up as a Klingon. This is how she transitioned into telling us how The Lunar Chronicles came to be. You see she’s a huge Star Trek fan. It was time for NaNoWriMo to begin and there was a contest specifically for those who lived in Seattle. Now, if you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, you basically have a month to write a novel, fifty thousand words. The contest was that whoever wrote double that amount would win a walk on role in an upcoming Star Trek episode.

Marissa had a dream a few months before NaNoWriMo about Cinderella fleeing from the ball. Instead of a glass slipper falling off, her whole foot fell off! This is what sparked the idea for Cinderella as a cyborg. Marissa wrote just over 150,000 words, but ended up coming in third. Although she didn’t win she had the first drafts for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress written. The Lunar ChroniclesIt took her another two years to re-write Cinder. Once she sent out the manuscript, she heard back from a publisher within a few days and was signed. Not only did she get her books published, Marissa found out that the promised Star Trek episode was never made.

Other things I learned:

When she was a teenager, Marissa fell in love with Sailor Moon. This fueled her to write Sailor Moon fan fiction throughout high school and college. This encouraged her to enter a Sailor Moon fan fiction writing contest, which she won second place in. Afterwards, she found out there were only two entries, hers and someone else’s. However, this is what sparked her to begin writing futuristic stories.

I also learned that Cinder could possibly be made into a movie. I would love to see The Lunar Chronicles on the big screen!

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This author signing was such a great experience for me. My biggest dream since I was a little girl has always been to become an author when I “grow-up.” I’m working really hard towards this goal. There have been a lot of obstacles in my way, but hearing Marissa speak encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing. You have to fight for your dreams, even if that means waking up extremely early every morning to get your writing in for the day.

Have you ever been to an author signing? Who’s was it? Would you like to go to one? Are you a fan of The Lunar Chronicles? 

 

Review: Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares

By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”  So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?”

I decided to read this book a week before December 1st. I was ready to get into the holiday spirit early! I was so excited to delve in because the plot sounded so exciting! A search for Mr. Right by passing a red notebook around different places sharing dares, dreams, and desires. Heck yes, I was in for this adventure!

I opened to the first page and began to read. After about three chapters in, I almost stopped reading altogether. Dash wasn’t coming off as very dashing. He was quite the egotistical sixteen-year-old who has absolutely no holiday cheer. Let’s just say I wasn’t feeling very jolly, or fond of his character. Lily on the other hand was interesting and the epitome of Christmas festivities. It was also nice getting to know her fun and quirky family. So I continued on. Determined to find out where the notebook would lead them and to give Dash a chance.

Let me tell you, I’m really glad I kept reading. It got better! I was taken all around New York City to places I hope to visit myself someday. The city was beautifully described and I now seriously need to try a chocolate pizza! I didn’t even know they existed. Chocolate Lunchables pizza from back in the day doesn’t count! Do those even exist still?

Any who, let’s get back on track. Surprisingly, Dash grew on me. The reason he’s not very cheery during the holidays is revealed, which gave me a soft spot for him. I loved that without knowing it both Dash and Lily give each other unforeseen gifts, the kind that helps them to grow as individuals during Christmas break. It was exciting to see them develop in different ways.

This book also contained great points on relationships. How you may be looking so hard for the perfect person you’ve created in your head, that you could be missing out on your perfect person in real life. As well as, not being afraid of taking chances because something is too good to be true. Taking chances is just part of the fun when getting to know someone.

So get out of your heads people and go take some risks! Or perhaps you could go put your own red notebook in a bookstore somewhere. Then wait to see who happens upon it and what might happen. ; )

Tell Me: Have you read this? If you have what did you think? Who was your favorite character? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will?