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Author: Kelli

Cha Cha Cha Changes

Well, hello! Welcome to my blog. Many moons ago (a couple years’ worth), I started this site as a place to chronicle my experiences while trying to become a writer. But in my quest for writerly-improvement, I ran across many different pieces of advice about exactly what a “writer” blog should be. “Just be yourself!” “Nobody cares about what you think, only what you can give them.” “Find a niche and be the best at that.” “Target other writers with writing advice.” “Don’t target writers. They don’t read, silly! Only target readers!” All of this conflicting advice was enough...

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Review: Goodreads

I love it when I find a website that just gets me! I have several favorite sites that I spend way too much time on, sites like Facebook and Pinterest. Another favorite site, and the subject of this post, is Goodreads. Goodreads is one of those sites that gets me. If you’ve never heard of it before, Goodreads is all about books—a massive catalog of books and authors, with groups and discussion forums. The site’s About Us page states that “Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” I’ve been a member since August 2012 and have visited the site almost every day since. Yes, I am aware there is some controversy surrounding the site: a dustup after Amazon acquired the site in 2013 and instances of authors and readers not being nice to one another. There are pros and cons with every website. For me, the pros of Goodreads far outweigh any of the negative. Below is a list of some of the things I love about the site (in no particular order). Bookshelves I love books and I love making lists. So, for me, the virtual bookshelves offered by Goodreads is a match made in Heaven. When you first sign up, you get three shelves: To-Read, Currently-Reading, and Read. You can create more shelves depending on how you want to organize your books. Some...

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All Things Must End – Was It Good For You?

Another year is coming to a close. It happens every year, but still manages to catch me by surprise each time. Since the end of the year is a great time to look back and reflect, I thought I’d reflect on another type of ending. Books! In particular, I want to give my opinion on the endings for a couple of series that seemed to cause an uproar — The Hunger Games and Divergent. Beware, there will be SPOILERS ahead, so if you haven’t read either series and want to remain spoiler free, you might want to stop here.  *****WARNING: You are now entering the spoiler zone.***** The obligatory warning has been given. If you are still reading (hooray!) that means you have either read the series and know what happens, or that you don’t mind the spoilers. Either way, welcome! First, let me just say that I respect everyone’s opinion, even if it differs from my own. I welcome an open and civil discussion. No biting, no spitting, and no kicking below the belt. 🙂 Overall, I liked both The Hunger Games and the Divergent trilogies. I have to say that I liked the former series much more than I liked the later. The Hunger Games ended in a much stronger way than Divergent did, but I’ll get to that later. Hunger Games In The Hunger Games, people...

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Sword and Laser Book Club

A little over a year ago, I stumbled across an online community that quickly became one of my favorites. Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy book club led by Veronica Belmont, Supreme Sword (fantasy), and Tom Merritt, Supreme Laser (science fiction). Veronica and Tom post audio and video podcasts, discussing the monthly book pick and other literary topics. They even interview a variety of authors in the field (e.g. Pat Rothfuss and John Scalzi). An online discussion forum for the group can be found on Goodreads.  If you like reading science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this  group.  Since joining, I’ve found new favorites (Wool), read books I might not have found otherwise (Bridge of Birds), and read some classics (The Demolished Man). My world has been expanded! Links Sword and Laser (S&L) Website S&L Goodreads Forum List of Previous Books Dec 2012 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Jan 2012 – Old Man’s War by John Scalzi My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Feb 2013 – Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Mar 2013 – Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh I was unable to read this book with the group. It is still in my “to-read” list. Apr 2013 –...

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TV Characters I Love

The other day I was looking through my DVD collection, trying to find something to watch while I was cleaning up my house.  I started to reminisce about the great TV shows that were on back in the day, and some of the characters that I miss seeing on a weekly basis.  So, I thought it would be fun to list some of the characters that I love, past and present.  I’m only going to list one person per show, so some of them might not be the obvious choice.  The characters listed below are not necessarily my favorite on their show, but they all have a special place in my heart. Current Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) played by Norman Reedus.  Hands down, Daryl is my favorite character on The Walking Dead.  He is person numero uno on my fantasy zombie fighting squad (oh, that would be a really good post — My Zombie Team.  I’ll have to remember to do that.).  Why do I like Daryl so much?  Because he is a survivalist — he knows his stuff!  Plus, he is mega-sexy, so that doesn’t hurt.  Of course, he has his baggage (don’t we all), but the guy has heart.  Plus, he will tell you exactly what he thinks. Castiel (Supernatural) played by Misha Collins.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Winchester brothers (Dean slightly more...

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