"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #13 (May 4)

I am currently reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Once again my monthly goal is to read 3 books.  During April I read 2 and a half books, but I gave up on one of them.  It was interesting; I just wasn't in the right mood, I guess.

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 13/32
Books from TBR list: 1
Series completed: 1
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

February
1.  The Double Life of Fidel Castro
2.  Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Started a new series)
3.  Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR)
4.  The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (Completed a series!) 

March
1.  The Magician by Michael Scott (Book 2 of a series)
2.  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
3.  Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April
1.  The Art of X-Ray Reading
1.  Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
2.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline




What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Book Reviews

I read 2 books in April.  Here are my mini reviews.

Doodle Art Handbook:  The Non-Artist's Guide in Creative Drawing by Lana Karr

Amazon Description:  "Welcome to the wonderful world of DOODLE ART. 
The Doodle Art Handbook is a guide to inspire you and bring out your inner Doodle creativity. With the help of step by step lessons you will be able to create Doodle masterpieces with no experience necessary. 
The Handbook contains: 
  • 25 original tangle patterns with many variations divided into 5 sections from beginner to expert level.
  • Step by step lessons on how to draw, while having little or no experience.
  • Guidance on how to draw animals, flowers, trees and other objects in doodle art style.
  • Many original art works from Doodle Art collaborators./li>
  • Detailed instructions and advanced techniques for using shading, depth and drawing 3d objects.

  • Doodle art is an excellent source of stress relief and meditation, and can be used by artists of all levels.
    Please enjoy!"

My thoughts:  Overall I liked this book, but I was disappointed.  Unfortunately, the text parts of the book became very repetitive, and it didn't live up to my expectations.  I have been drawing a lot of Zentangle-Inspired Art recently and learning as many different tangles as I can.  I thought that this book would introduce me to some new doodle patterns that I could use in my art; however, most of the doodle patterns in the book were the same as the Zentangle patterns that I have already learned, although they had different names.  Also, some of the most interesting doodle patterns in the book did not have step-outs.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Amazon Description:  "In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 
   But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape."

My thoughts:  OMG!!  I loved this book!  Maybe it was all the 80's references?  But really, this book is like Willy Wonka, but in the future.  I really liked Wade: poor, socially awkward, raised by virtual reality, and trying to win the biggest prize ever offered.  Cline has created a reality that I would never want to live in and a virtual world that sounds amazing.  I was rooting for Wade from page one; Cline's voice really pulled me into the story.  I did not want to put this book down.  I felt like I was there in the OASIS with Wade, falling in love, fighting my way through challenges, trying to beat the evil Sixers to the Egg......  It was an epic video game book, and I have been recommending it to everyone I know ever since I put it down.  I can't wait to get Cline's next book, Armada.  It is already on my TBR list.

Have you read either of these books?  What did you think?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monthly Check-in (April)

Time to check-in on my progress on my yearly goals.

Reading Goals

1.  Read 32 books (2-3 per month)
I read 2 books this month and gave up on the third.  My current total is 13.
Doodle Art Handbook by Lana Karr
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

2.  Read books I have pinned on Pinterest
Not this month

3.  Complete some book series that I have started
Not this month

Writing Goals

1.  Write or edit every day
I wrote daily for a week this month, so that puts me at 14 writing days so far this year.

2.  Complete first draft of DOVH and Mordred
No progress.

3.  Edit first draft of ZF
No progress.  I am hoping to edit 5 chapters during this round of ROW80

4.  Complete at least one writing challenge
This month I participated in the A to Z Challenge, but did not finish due to allergies.  I will continue with the posts until I complete it.
A to Z Challenge - A thru Q
Month of Letters - 10/28 letters

5.  Continue with my blogging schedule
This month my blogging schedule changed a little because of the A to Z Challenge but I still posted pretty regularly.


How are your goals progressing?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (April 24, 2016)


Blog Posts
4/20/16:  L is for Liberty Hall

4/21/16:  M is for Countess Markievicz

4/24/16:  N is for National Anthem

4/24/16:  O is for On Banna Strand

4/24/16:  P is for Padraig Pearse

4/24/16:  Q is for the Quiet Man

Personal Stuff
Allergies are affecting my life recently.  My eyes hurt.  It makes it difficult to be on the computer, to draw or to read.  I have fallen behind in the A to Z challenge because of my allergies, but I am slowly catching back up.

What I read
I stopped reading The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark.  It was an interesting book, but I was getting nowhere.  

Then I read Doodle Art Handbook and I am currently reading Ready Player One.

Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
R is for Rewrite - I love this comic posted by ARHtistic License.

I've been researching my A to Z Challenge topic, The Easter Rising of 1916.  I will post all my sources at the end of the month.


ROW80 Goals
1.  Read 9 books (1/9)
I read Doodle Art Handbook and now I am reading Ready Player One.

2.  Complete the A to Z Challenge on my two blogs/Continue with my blogging schedule
I have fallen behind on the challenge but I am catching back up.

3.  Edit 5 chapters of ZF
I have not started yet.

4.  Write daily
My allergies made this difficult this week.  I did not write every day.


5.  Continue my Creative Every Day challenge
The A to Z challenge is keeping me creative every day.  Also I have started the #100DayProject on Instagram which is helping me to be creative.



How did your week go?

Q is for the Quiet Man

A to Z Challenge 2016:  Easter Rising of 1916
2016 is the 100 year anniversary of this important moment in Irish history.  Join me throughout the month of April for an A to Z of the Easter Rising of 1916.

A is About the Easter Rising
B is for Boland's Mill
C is for Cumann na mBan
D is for Dublin Castle
E is for Enniscorthy
F is for The Foggy Dew
G is for General Post Office (GPO)
H is for Henry Street
I is for the Irish Republican Brotherhood
J is for Jacob's Biscuit Factory
K is for Kilmainham Gaol
L is for Liberty Hall
M is for Countess Markievicz
N is for National Anthem
O is for On Banna Strand
P is for Padraig Pearse

Q is for the Quiet Man

Arthur Shields, who played the Reverend Playfair in the John Wayne movie The Quiet Man, also participated in the Rising of 1916.
Arthur was an actor at the Abbey Theater in Dublin.  He had a rifle stashed under the stage, and when the Rising began, he grabbed the rifle and joined the men at the GPO.  He helped out with a radio broadcast about the Rising.  He was imprisoned after the surrender but was eventually released and continued with his acting career.

P is for Padraig Pearse

A to Z Challenge 2016:  Easter Rising of 1916
2016 is the 100 year anniversary of this important moment in Irish history.  Join me throughout the month of April for an A to Z of the Easter Rising of 1916.

A is About the Easter Rising
B is for Boland's Mill
C is for Cumann na mBan
D is for Dublin Castle
E is for Enniscorthy
F is for The Foggy Dew
G is for General Post Office (GPO)
H is for Henry Street
I is for the Irish Republican Brotherhood
J is for Jacob's Biscuit Factory
K is for Kilmainham Gaol
L is for Liberty Hall
M is for Countess Markievicz
N is for National Anthem
O is for On Banna Strand

P is for Padraig Pearse

Padraig Pearse, or Patrick Pearse, was one of the leaders of the Rising of 1916.  He wrote the Proclamation of Independence and read it from the steps of the GPO; he was leader of the Irish forces and he was a poet.
Pearse was interested in Irish culture and language from an early age.  He started a bilingual school, St. Edna's, which he used as a place to store weapons before the rising.  He also wrote poetry in Irish, like Mise Eire:
Mise Éire:
Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra
Mór mo ghlóir:
Mé a rug Cú Chulainn cróga.

Mór mo náir:
Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.

Mór mo phian:
Bithnaimhde do mo shíorchiapadh.


Mór mo bhrón:
D'éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.


Mise Éire:
Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.
I am Ireland:
I am older than the old woman of Beare.
Great my glory:
I who bore Cuchulainn, the brave.

Great my shame:
My own children who sold their mother.

Great my pain:
My irreconcilable enemy who harrasses me continually...

Great my sorrow
That crowd, in whom I placed my trust, died.

I am Ireland:
I am lonelier than the old woman of Beare.
Padraig Pearse was executed for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916.

O is for On Banna Strand

A to Z Challenge 2016:  Easter Rising of 1916
2016 is the 100 year anniversary of this important moment in Irish history.  Join me throughout the month of April for an A to Z of the Easter Rising of 1916.

A is About the Easter Rising
B is for Boland's Mill
C is for Cumann na mBan
D is for Dublin Castle
E is for Enniscorthy
F is for The Foggy Dew
G is for General Post Office (GPO)
H is for Henry Street
I is for the Irish Republican Brotherhood
J is for Jacob's Biscuit Factory
K is for Kilmainham Gaol
L is for Liberty Hall
M is for Countess Markievicz
N is for National Anthem

O is for On Banna Strand
This song tells the story of Roger Casement, who was arrested before the 1916 Rising even started while trying to get weapons from the Germans on Banna Strand.  He was the only member of the rebels who was executed outside of Ireland, but was later returned to Ireland to be buried.