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A Few of My Favorite Fairytale Retellings~

Hello world! 

Today I am going to share a list of some of my favorite fairytale retellings! I noticed while creating this list that I love the darker retellings due to my love for the original fairytales. There is only one book on this list that is not too dark while the other three have a darker theme to them. I hope you enjoy my post! 

Okay (cracks knuckles) let’s kick off this list! If you want to learn more about a particular book, click the book’s photo and it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page!


                   The first book that I will be talking about is Bound by Donna Jo Napoli!

I love Donna Jo Napoli’s retellings so much but Bound is my favorite! She uses Chinese mythology as a tool to reinvent the story of Cinderella. Instead of  a glass or golden slipper there is a silk slipper that only a woman with incredibly small feet can fit into. The history of feet binding and the painful toll it took on women during that time period  plays an important role in this story as well. If you want a new cultural take on this classic then you should pick up this beautiful book
                
    The next book on my little list is Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright!

This novel is a reimagined version of the story of little red riding hood and it is incredible while also being  filled to the brim with  twists and turns. This  page turner will keep you guessing the true identity of the menacing wolf until the very last page. The characters and the plot curveballs come together to create a truly spellbinding story~

                  Another one of my favorites is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor!

This is my absolute favorite retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This is a cool retelling where instead of falling into wonderland, our little hero is the heir to the throne and is having to fight against her evil aunt  to regain power over wonderland. This book is  amazing and the mad hatter is quite the interesting character with his dangerous top hat~

                            And the final book on my list is Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige!

This book is AMAZING and I can’t believe the journey that I just went on when I picked up this Wizard of Oz  retelling. This book follows a young girl as she is brought to Oz so that she can kill Dorothy, who has been ruling ruthlessly in her sparkling red shoes. You also encounter a mad scientist Scarecrow, a Tin Man that is a slave to his heart, and a Cowardly Lion that feeds on fear. This is one tale that you need to read now!

Okay, that is my list of my favorite retellings! These are all books that I love and I hope that y’all enjoy them as much as I do!
Happy Reading,

~Caitlin

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Ending A Chapter

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   Yesterday, I had to make an important decision and end a friendship that had become toxic. The friendship I had to end was with my writing partner so the novel we worked on together will never be complete. I honestly wanted the friendship to work, but it had just become extremely unhealthy and there were so many other factors that made that friendship as bad as it was at the end. It sucks that it had to happen but at this point my mental health was more important than the friendship. Toxic friendships are the worst! You want it to work so badly but all it is actually doing is making you cry all the time while also  feeling like there is a weight constantly pressing against your chest  . As soon as  I ended it I felt like I could finally breathe again. It is a  bittersweet feeling because a cool friendship had to end but I honestly had to do what was best for me.

   I guess the message of this post is that it is okay to walk away. If you are in a friendship or relationship with someone and it is constantly bringing you down, then it is time to let go. No one is worth the unnecessary tears and stress. If it were healthy and they honestly cared then you wouldn’t be feeling the extreme amount of  negativity everytime you are around them. It may be hard at first but in the end you have to do what is best for you and let them go. Only then can you set yourself free and allow more positivity to flow into your life and writing.
Until Next Time Everyone!

~Caitlin

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Fantastic Friday!

Hello World!

This week has been amazing for me and I wanted to update y’all on my writing progress! I was stuck in this post college graduation funk that also gave me a hard-core case of writer’s block. Writer’s block is the absolute worst but I was able to fight it off and get about three chapters written this week. Writing is something that helps me relax so being able to write has really helped me accept the absence of structure that was provided by having to study for classes.

I have a special playlist that I jam out to when I get hit by writer’s block. This playlist is a playlist that contains songs that I can sing along and dance awkwardly to (because I have no dance skills whatsoever)!Here is my playlist for you to put in your writing toolbox just in case you need to have a jam session to help destroy the writing block monster:

Jam Out Playlist

I am excited that my writer’s block is no longer bothering me. Getting all of this writing done has me feeling fantastic and I can’t wait to share more progress with y’all! Now, I am off to write another post! I have been on a thriller kick lately so maybe I will create my favorite thrillers that I have read this past month!

 

I hope y’all have an amazing day!

~Caitlin

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Fairy loot: Warriors and Legends Unboxing

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Now that all the post-graduation chaos has finally settled I can dedicate more time to my lovely blog! I want to share more of my bookish love on here so expect to see a ridiculous amount of book mail being unboxed on here along with tbr lists, wrap ups, and other cool book posts! My first bookish related post is the unboxing of my Fairyloot that arrived Friday. For those of you that don’t know, Fairyloot is a monthly book subscription box that ships from the U.K. and focuses on the fantasy side of the Y.A. Genre.  The theme for May was Warriors and Legends and I am excited to show y’all what came in it!

Note: I tried to provide links to as many of the businesses as I could so if you want to learn more about them, you can click and go to their website. The books are linked to their Goodreads pages so all you have to do is click the links to find out more about the books! The only Goodreads page I could not find was for the mythology book~

                            SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU ARE A FAIRYLOOT SUBSCRIBER AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED THEN TURN BACK NOW.

Now that I got that out of the way, lets dive in!

 

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~The first thing you see when opening this box is a little newsletter along with a pretty print that fits the theme of the month. I love their purple packing confetti so much that I keep a box full of it for when I want to use it for photos~

 

 

 

 

~This beautiful edition of World Mythology In Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels is so freaking beautiful! Little snippets  from various mythologies are showcased in this book! It is only 200 pages so it is a quick read and I can’t wait to display this beauty along with my other mythology books~

 

 

~This lovely fake feather pen, made by Flora’s Wonder Emporium, is a very interesting shade of orange. It writes really well, the only problem is that it is stiff and sharp~

 

 

 

 

 

~I also received  a cool tea blend created by The Tea Leaf Co that was created just for the  Warriors and Legends box! I haven’t tried it yet but it smells amazing. In The Wick of Time also created an exclusive candle that smells like orange blossom and it is divine~

 

 

 

~ I was beyond excited when I saw the Celtic socks that were created just for the box. My current writing project involves a bit of Celtic mythology so these socks made me giggle a bit too hard.

 

 

 

 

~I have been been wanting an Ink and Wonder bookmark so I was extremely happy to see that the one I received in this box  was Lord of The Rings themed! They also included an excerpt from a very interesting novel that is out now called, Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff!

 

 

 

 

And finally we have reached the book that was chosen for this month!

Drumroll Please!

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The book chosen for Fairyloot’s Warriors and Legends box is  Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh! I have been anxiously awaiting this beauty to come out and I can’t wait to read it! They also sent a letter written by her, a signed nameplate, and a cute little bookmark.

 

 

Here is a picture of the inside of the jacket for you if you are intrigued:

Overall I really enjoyed this box! They have never sent me a box that I did not enjoy and I love subscribing to their box.

If any of y’all are interested in learning more about this lovely subscription box then click here!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little unboxing post and  I hope y’all have an amazing day!

Until next time

~Caitlin

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Jumping Into the Unknown

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I graduated from Texas A&M Commerce last Saturday (the 13th) and I just wanted share what I was feeling with y’all. I transferred there three years ago and  the Hall of Languages quickly became a second home to me. Dr. Adkins, Dr. Jacobs, and Dr. Roggenkamp helped me improve my writing while also causing my love of literature to evolve. It was a magical and important time in my life and I am sad that it is now over, but now it is time for me to make them proud. I am taking this year to finish my book and return  the Fall of 2018 for the Graduate Program. If I am ever feeling  lost while taking this daring adventure, I know that I can visit Texas A&M Commerce  and know that my old professors will gladly welcome me home.

 

I also need to give a shout out to my mentor from Eastfield, Professor Buck! Without her guidance, I wouldn’t have built up the courage to really chase my love of literature~

 

I can’t wait to share  the world I created with everyone and I am excited to post on here again!

~Caitlin

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Writing Life: Computer Vs. Notebook

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It is a beautiful day today and I have been chugging through Camp NaNoWriMo! Worlds Apart is coming together and it feels so good to get so much work done on a novel that I love so much. Today’s post is a little writing life post that will be dedicated to the age old battle of writing in a notebook vs. writing on a computer! Cue the battle music! Something that I have noticed this Nano is that I have been writing so much more than I did in November and I honestly feel like it is because I decided to hand write my first draft instead of typing it out. I will go and type what I have written down  closer to the end so I can add more details and have an accurate word count. One of the reasons that I decided to ditch the computer until the end is that I found the computer to be distracting. While trying to type I would get distracted by the internet while writing in a notebook has caused me to really focus on it and not be distracted .

Here we go! I will write about the pros and cons of using a notebook and a computer and you can decide which one will be the best for your writing goals!

Writing in a Notebook

The first one I will be talking about is writing in a notebook! This is what my friends and I deem the “classic” approach. You break out your pen or pencil and write down the first draft of your beautiful story in a notebook. Even though this is an excellent way to really connect to the world you are creating there are some cons that  come with this approach. I have compiled a list of pros and cons for you below!

Pros:

  • Lower chances of getting distracted while writing.
  • Writing can feel so good when you do it by hand.
  • You can use beautiful pens.
  • You would be able to say that you wrote it the same way the great authors of old did. (wow that sounds dorky haha I really need to lay off the fantasy novels)

Cons:

  • Hand cramps! Writing for a long period of time can lead to them and they are AWFUL.
  • Depending on how long your first draft will be you will probably have to buy multiple notebooks which can be a pain.
  • If you are writing in pen and you make a mistake you will have to break out the white out or strike it through. This can be a hassle when you are in the writing groove.
  • Finally, the major con is typing what you have written. It is a blessing and a curse because you can add more details as you enter it in the computer but this step can be a bit time consuming.

Writing on a ComputerNow it is on to our next contestant, the computer! Writing on a computer can be easier since everything you need is in one place. There are a few cons that come with using the computer for writing so check out my pros and cons list below!

Pros:

  • Everything is in one place! Your research, playlists, and writing are all on your computer which makes it extremely easy to keep up with.
  • Less to carry around! You can pack your laptop, world bible, and a charger and be ready to write anywhere you want.
  • Computers can store all of your writing so you don’t have to worry about running out of space for your novel.
  • Spell check is a blessing. You would be surprised with how many words you misspell while writing your draft and this tool is so useful.

Cons: 

  • The internet can be so tempting when you are trying to write a project.
  • Computers can be hacked and some rude person can steal your manuscript.
  • Your computer can crash and you can lose everything. (This is why you always back up your work on to a flash-drive)
  • That battery life can dictate how much work you can get done  if you forget your charger.

Now that you have read the pros and cons of using a notebook or a computer hopefully you can now choose one that will help you along your literary journey! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Have an adventurous day!

~Caitlin

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Camp NaNoWriMo Plans!

Hello World!

I am officially announcing that I will be participating in this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo that starts in 10 days! Camp NaNoWrimo is hosted by the same team that hosts the National Novel Writing Month every November, the only difference is that Camp NaNoWriMo is hosted in April! The goal of participating in these fun events is to write as much as you can and hopefully finish your book!  I plan on finishing up Worlds Apart during this session and I am extremely excited!

Prep done so far:

  • Created a cool motivational playlist!
  • Updated my world bible
  • Bought a giant notebook so I can have something to write in when I am away from my computer

I really haven’t had to do much prep since Worlds Apart is something that I am currently working on. I am excited to conquer this draft so I can start editing this beautiful novel. If you are interested in learning more about this fun event then you can click here!

 

 

Well  I must end this post here because I am writing it in between classes on campus! I will probably post some more posts on here once I get home.

Happy Reading!

~Caitlin

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A Writing Update

Hello World!

I am happy to be back! I thought I would share a little update on my two writing projects that I had been working on before I went on my little hiatus in December.

Worlds Apart: I actually finished a good portion of this novel! I also entered the first nine pages into a manuscript excerpt contest. If I win, then I get to take my  manuscript to a literary agent so they can talk about it with me. This novel is on its way to being finished and my little magical world is thriving.

Lady of The Dawn: This project was picked back up after I reconciled with my close friend/ writing partner on this one. It felt so good to start working on this project again and I can’t  wait to work on it more and share more about it with y’all!

Well, I know this post was rather short but I just wanted to share the progress made on my little writing projects! I will share more about these two projects as I continue to work on them~

 

Happy Reading,

~Caitlin

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My Return to The Blogiverse!

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I know, it has been a while since I have posted on my lovely blog. Good News! I am back from my little hiatus and I plan on being more active with my posting schedule!

A lot has happened since I have posted on here in December:

  •  I tried to start a fancy paid blog and I hated it so that is over.
  • My anxiety had been acting up since my major attack last May and around late January I decided that I was tired of being paranoid and crying everyday due to me feeling like I was always stressed and that the world was against me, so I finally went to the doctor and they helped me tremendously.
  • Because of my little meltdown, my schoolwork and writing life fell out of balance and to be honest I felt like I was losing control of my life so I had to get that balance back.

 

Everything is ok now! I have been on my medication for almost three months and I have finally regained control over my emotions and have rediscovered  the balance between school and writing again! To be completely honest, I feel rejuvenated , like I have regained my sanity and I am kicking myself of not doing this years ago. Since I am no longer stressing out, panicking, or feeling paranoid 24/7 , I can officially say that I am back! I can’t wait to share my musings with y’all!

 

Happy Reading!

~Caitlin

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A New Adventure

Hello Everyone!

I know I have been inactive lately but it is because I was given the opportunity to purchase my own domain name. After several weeks of planning, I am proud to present my new and improved literary blog: The Quirky Giraffe! This blog will be dedicated to my love for all things literary and I will also continue to share my journey as I write my novel, Worlds Apart.
Go check it out here and I hope to see y’all on there!