A Little bit of Everything

I’m having a really hard time staying focused on anything except reading these days, but I made promises and I hate to break them. So here I am, trying to uphold said promises. (Sorry for the randomness of this post).

First: New Hair & BOYS THAT BITE! Finally it looks the way I wanted it, however it’s been raining for days on end here so the styling of said new hair isn’t going too great. I kept trying to put off the picture for a non-rain filled day, but I’m tired of waiting now. So imagine it styled better than the picture shows.

Thanks again Heather! (aka edgyauthor)

Second: I was apparently a lot sicker than I initially thought last week and ended up having to take two days off of work for what I assume was the flu. When you spend more time with a porcelain bowl than anything else, the flu is usually the culprit. I did get a lot of reading accomplished though, which brings me to…

Third: I finished ACHERON!

It is easily the best book in the series. Truthfully, the best book I’ve read all year. And if I’m really honest, it’s probably the best book I’ve read since I got into all these fantasy based reads. I even recommend it as a stand alone novel (if you never read another Dark-Hunter novel prior to or after) that’s how good it was.

Mind you, it’s a 750 page book that’s as heavy as an encyclopedia but it’s so enthralling you kind of can’t put it down. And it did some neat things like: start in 1st person from Acheron’s sister Ryssa’s diary at the moment he was born all the way up until he was about 17. I cringed, cried, and shook my head in disbelief for almost the first 250 pages. Then it switches to third person (like the rest of the series) and focuses on how Acheron’s taking how dreadful his life is. I chocked up some more in agony for a fictional character. Despite being a fantasy novel, this book is heavy with meaning, character depth, moral value, unbelievable strength, and more.

Since I know none of my LJ friends have read any of these books yet, FYI Acheron is the leader of the Dark-Hunters and is 11,000+ years old even though he looks 21. Throughout the entire series you know very little about him except that he is wise like Yoda and all powerful and you respect him for this. He’s also very selfless and removed, never letting anyone into his life even though he might like to and once you read his life story you finally understand why. Luckily, his story has a happy ending (well semi-happy I suppose considering someone’s always out to destroy him, but you’d have to keep reading the series to know that). If you only read one Dark-Hunter novel ever though, this is the one I’d suggest reading.

Oh and in case all of that doesn’t convince you, maybe this picture of who Sherrilyn and her fans all consider to be Acheron. Beautiful, right? I wonder if Travis Fimmel (Calvin Klein model featured below) knows how much of a fan base he has that aren’t Calvin Klein fans…

I only have 4 more books to read in this series now, one of which I’m more than halfway through and will likely finish tonight. I know there will be more books released, but I can already sense a bit of depression coming when I’m finally finished with them. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s world these past couple of weeks and I will most definitely miss it.

Fourth: Oh the drama! My Friday night was filled with vomit and for once last week, it wasn’t mine. Regardless, it was nasty. The following text is copied from mine and Heath’s FB accounts (so any of you who are friends there too, sorry you’re seeing it twice).

My Status:

“Conversation I just had with my neighbors above (who’ve been partying annoyingly all night long)…

Me: Are you f*cking throwing up in my garden?
Drunken Guest: (leans over balcony as if he’s about to explode again) Yes.
Me: Are you f*cking kidding me? This is the second time you guys have thrown up in my garden. Your ass better get down he…re and clean that shit up this time.
Drunken Guest: (heaves, then breathes) I will Mame, I’m sorry.
Me: (Stomps back into house sighing in disgust)

I hate my neighbors….”

Heath’s Status:

“Hearing some one throw up in the backyard from a balcony because they can’t hold down beer, funny. Watching Sarah Whisted go outside and bitch the dude throwing up, telling him to come down and clean it. Priceless.”


Yeah, disgusting right? Funny as hell though. My neighbors have basically hidden from us since Friday. Never even turning lights on when they know we are home.

Fifth: That short story I wrote for Sisters Fate is a no go. After re-reading it I wasn’t satisfied enough with it to put online. I don’t know what it is with me and this fear I have over my work. I know you’ll all be respectable with your criticism, but I still freak out over the idea of putting it online. I’m still in disbelief that I’ve actually posted snippets of my real WIP. I think getting over this fear may seriously have to be something I work on in 2011 as a resolution. If I plan to be a successful writer I can’t carry the kind of fear I have, right?

Well I suppose that’s all the updates I have for you today. I’ll be making my monthly goals post tomorrow (on time for once) and trying to catch up on all the posts I missed in the past week. Sorry about that BTW… I’m going backwards in the way of technology. I grew up with it instead of books for entertainment. Now I seem to avoid all forms of technology (ex: PC’s, internet, TV’s, etc…) and only want to spend my time reading. Very bizarre.

Until next time…

Peace – Sarah


13 replies on “A Little bit of Everything”

Your hair is really pretty,Sarah.
Acheron sounds really cool. Like, the next HUGE book I might read cool.

I was terrified(TERRIFIED)when I sent my story to Alice to apply for SF. I was sure I had done it wrong, I hadn’t sent the best thing, that it was a stupid story. Then you all liked it. And gave criticism, or helpful comments.

With fanfiction, I’ve gotten several where they have taken the time to tell me that they have NO idea what I was trying to say in a story or have strong opinions or problems with my logic, or flow.
One beta reader told me to essentially scrap a chapter,I had a dream sequence(it was a really really weird dream sequence)and that some of my sentences were cliched. I could have felt really bad about getting that kind of criticism, but I didn’t. My beta was very nice about it and had taken the time to tell me that my prose could be better and that the sequence was too weird.

If you want, you can send your story to me for a quick look over. I know I really would love to read it. I promise I don’t bite.

Thanks (re: the hair), I’m much happier with it myself this time around!

And I know you were already tempted to check out ACHERON before so I’m excited to see what you think when you finally do read it 🙂

As far as short stories and critiquing goes I’m really glad I’m not the only one terrified, but somehow I still can’t bring myself to post stuff. I have tons of short stories I could post or finish and post I just have to work on the no fear factor of writing. Basically the only person who ever read all of my work is my Mom and by default she has to love it.

Thanks for the offer to read some before I post though. When I finally find the piece that I really want to post I might just take you up on that.

Your hair looks great! Could’ve fooled me about it needing to be styled better. 🙂

And you look so happy to have BOYS THAT BITE. Always a plus! (Glad to see it didn’t get damaged or anything, by the way. I’m always paranoid about things like that when sending stuff off in the mail!)

ACHERON sounds super-cool. I think I’ll read the series in order, though, even though it doesn’t *need* to be read that way. (It’ll make ACHERON more rewarding once I reach it, I suspect!)

I remember reading about that vomit-thing on Facebook. So, so gross. Go you for not letting them get away with it!

I freak out about sharing my writing online, too. Heck, even doing the one-sentence snippets for my Playlist Posts puts me on edge, ’cause I can’t help but think, “Ack! My suckitude is so prevalent in that sentence! It’s the worst sentence in existence! AAHHHH!!!” (So, my freak-out at posting REAL teasers is, like, 100 times worse. HAHA.)

So, yeah. I can totally relate. I don’t think it ever gets easier to share writing, no matter how much you do it. Still, it helps develop an illusion of it becoming easy, and that’s the most important thing in this business!

Thanks for the hair compliment, but I assure you it looks way cooler styled properly. Either way, I’m just glad it’s not the blonde mess that was my last hair apt. Ugh.

I am super happy to have BOYS THAT BITE. I still can’t believe I actually won something, let alone an autographed book!

Even though I said you guys could read ACHERON alone and still enjoy it, you’re right you will appreciate it even more if you read them in order. And I’m all for corrupting you into reading the entire series 😉

I can imagine myself freaking out about the one line snippets you’ve been posting too, although I think all of yours have been great. Still, I re-read sentences sometimes thinking, Oh that’s great! But then think, but is it great by itself? I’ve really wanted to mimic your cool new teaser posts, but I can’t imagine any of my lines being powerful alone. I really want to post snippets though. I almost want to force myself to do it just to break myself of the fear.

I’m always forcing myself to post snippets, too, so as long as it’s not TOO big of a push outside your comfort zone, go for it! 😀

Thanks for the compliment about my one-line snippets, by the way. It is so hard picking ones that sound good AND aren’t spoilery. (Which is going to be increasingly difficult for the later Playlist Posts, ’cause gosh, every single word seems jam-packed with spoilers. XD)

I’ve been telling myself I’m going to actually post the intro to my book soon… or so I think. I want to and then doubt starts rearing it’s ugly face and says, “Are you crazy?!?”

Maybe one day… ::sigh::

Your hair looks so good! And this is AFTER days of our crappy MD weather?! I wish my hair would cooperate like that. I’m jealous. (Haha, of your hair AND your pictures being so cute. The pic of me on my journal was like take #102 and I’m still not thrilled with it, I was just too blind from flashes to take anymore so I gave up! Your pics are so much more fun. 🙂

I have decided that as a birthday treat for myself, after NaNo (so convenient that my bday is Dec 1) I am going to read the Dark Hunter series. It sounds amazing and I love things that make December even more awesome than it intrinsically is by being a big month for presents (aka lots and lots of books!!)

I can understand your nervousness (I’m scared to death of posting my writing!!) but doubt you have much to worry about given how awesome your “snippets” have been. Seriously, I’m already a fan. 🙂

Here’s to feeling better and hoping the sunshine has not abandoned Maryland forever! ~P~

Thanks for the hair/cuteness comment. I forgot you’re in MD too… it’s been 2 weeks of rainy hell, right? Although, I’ll be honest I don’t actually mind. I love the chilly weather it’s brought with it and I’m kind of a fan of dreary fall days so even though I’m disappointed in my lack of ability to style my hair in such weather I’m okay with it.

As for take #102 – I am exactly like this. I have an amazing camera that can take pictures extremely fast. Even just the book pictures I take to post here I take a million of before I’m satisfied with one good enough to post here. I think it’s partly the nature of the digital camera age.

I have to admit I’m thrilled I’ve corrupted you into wanting to read the Dark-Hunter series for your birthday. I really hope you enjoy it the way I am. Beware though, there are a lot of books in this series (19 to be exact) and it grows on average of 2 books a year. That woman can write!

Thanks for all the snippet praise. I really hope when it’s all said and done I live up to such nice comments.

Smashing? Such a nice compliment, thanks Natalie!

I’m a huge fan of streaks/chunks too. Every time I tell hair stylist that they look at me like I’m crazy because it’s so old school, but it’s what I like so it’s nice to see I’m not the only one. And it’s actually chocolate and caramel, but the lighting in my house is bad and in truth some parts where the colors overlay it does look a bit red. I’m trying to get brave and do a really bold funky red stripe before Christmas. We’ll see if I chicken out or not!

Ok, here is my endorsement for fun color in your hair: Last November, I decided to go with dark, dark brown and red. I asked my stylist (who is awesome) to put red only on the layer of hair closest to my hairline all around my head. Does that make sense? She had to bleach just that layer out, but the result was so much fun. Check it out and then GO FOR IT!

YES! That is exactly the kind of bold & funky red I’m going for! Do you mind if I show these pics to my hair stylist so there’s no question what kind of red I’m referring to? One time I tried to be brave and get the fun color, but the hairstylist I had at the time clearly didn’t understand funky and I ended up with a red so not noticeable I was mad I even paid for it.

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