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Doing everything except what I should be doing… typical

Boy was it a trying week. Seriously my job is pushing me to new extremes. I’m bound to lose it at any moment at this point. Heath came up with this awesome quote this week that I feel like represents almost everyday I faced at work this week.

“What did you put in your tea this morning? Some sugar and a splash of stupid?”

I was so heated by the time today ended I couldn’t even sit still without sighing heavily at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Thank God the week is over. Hopefully the Lord will grant me more patience next week, when I’m guaranteed to be faced with the same, if not more, annoyance. I tell myself, “At least I have a job, right?” *Remember this Sarah*

Anyway, work isn’t worth losing sleep over so let me fill you in on all of the other things my week involved. I watched three insanely good movies and since it’s been a while since I’ve given much attention to my first love (movies) I feel the need to tell you about them.

“The Lovely Bones” was beautiful, sad, imaginary, and suspenseful. I wish I had read the book first – I had initially intended too – but I will definitely still read it regardless because my theory is: the books are always better. I love Saoirse Ronan, who plays the main character in “The Lovely Bones”. She also plays the main character in another book series-made into movie that I loved, “The City of Ember” and this girl is Irish. I have a special place in my heart for the Irish 😉

The next movie was also a book first, “Shutter Island” staring Leonardo DiCaprio, whom I swear I hate, but I honestly can’t tell you a movie I didn’t like of his. I don’t know what I have against him because he is a truly talented actor. Anyway, this movie was super intense and kept you guessing until the last minute. Even at the end you aren’t completely positive what to believe. It was very well done and another one I wish I had read first.

But the best of all three movies was “From Paris with Love” starring John Travolta. Easily his best film in years, in my opinion. And there was this “Pulp Fiction” reference which I’m such a sucker for considering I love Quinton Tarantino. Everyone keeps calling this the new “Pulp Fiction” but I don’t get it. While the movie was uber action packed and completely bad ass I wouldn’t call it close to the likes of a film like “Pulp Fiction.” Anyway, this one was so great that I actually didn’t want to watch it, I wanted to be doing other things on my “to-do list,” but it was impossible to take my eyes off the screen. This one I will own one day, no doubt about it.

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I tried VERY hard to focus on the goals I set in the last post this week and I met some of them. I worked on FanNook three times this week, prepping content for at least two of the sites. And I wrote like 6,000 words total of re-writes for my book. That wasn’t as much as I’d hoped to achieve, but at least it wasn’t completely lost to me. Of course, tonight instead of working on those first few chapters I’ve revisited another chapter later on in the story where my main character gets drunk and crosses the lines in their relationship. I don’t know why, but it’s one of my favorite chapters and somehow I intend to make it even better than I already think it is. I know I have no business meddling with chapters I’m not supposed to be focusing on right now, but I can’t help myself. At least I’m working on it, right?

In other writing news, I started a short story this week completely out of my nature about a wife’s plot to murder her husband, inspired by a Beyonce song entitled, “Why don’t you love me?” It’s pretty scary that I can envision such things as chopping up your husband and feeding him to the dog, but I am for this track. Anyway, hopefully I’ll wrap that up soon and post for your amusement.

Three of my seven new books arrived this week and it was very hard to not read at least one of them, I was disappointed in one of them though. The description said “New,” but I don’t consider a cracked binding and bent corner “New.” I would have sent it back, but it was one of the Diana Wynne Jones books and it’s pretty much out of print so I will accept it as is. I was really hoping “Betwixt” would have arrived this week *What’s going on Amazon, you’re never this tardy?* I wanted to read that before I read “The Overton Window” which I know will arrive Wednesday guaranteed, but if it doesn’t show up by then it will take second place in my reading queue for the month because I am ridiculously excited for “The Overton Window.”

And so I leave you for the night jamming out to new music, even though I said I wouldn’t buy new music this month. *Blame m-stiefvater, it’s her fault* I hope to have a super successful and fun-filled weekend and I hope you all do too 😉

Much love – Sarah

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Friday, so nice of you to finally show up

(Warning: Part of this was written while I was at work, the end was written around 9pm so it may not flow in the best of ways – my apologies.)

This has felt like maybe the longest week ever, which is odd considering I had Monday off for the holiday. Regardless of its lengthiness I’m glad the weekend is finally here.

Despite my aching eyes yesterday I couldn’t help from continuing “The Law of Nines.” (But with my glasses on) There’s no doubt I’m sucked in at this point, just like I was with the Sword of Truth Series. Terry Goodkind has this awesome way of writing his main male characters as strong, but the female lead is always stronger. I like this 😉 My Teagan is totally this way whether it’s evident or not at first because I just love when females are kick ass. Also, major bonus – “The Law of Nines” is linked to the Sword of Truth Series, but the setting is current day – our world, the lead male’s name being Alex Rahl and the mysterious woman’s name being Jax Amnell. And I just read that it’s part of a trilogy AND that he has been signed on for another trilogy of strictly Richard and Kahlan (from the first 11 books of The Sword of Truth Series) novels. I’m so ecstatic I could SQUEE… okay I did. Geez… I’m such a fangirl at times. For those of you who loved Legend of the Seeker on TV, read something of Terry’s, seriously it will be worth your while. I promise! He is the writer who will help me be grounded again, just like he inspired me back then to even write my story. I’m glad I will have finished my reading stint with Terry Goodkind.

Although, I did just buy the following on recommendation and/or because I couldn’t stop myself (Gosh I’m such a sucker for new books; seriously this is the longest addiction I’ve ever held):

“Betwixt” by Tara Smith (thanks Heather (aka edgyauthor) for the suggestion)

“Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Dogsbody” by Diana Wynne Jones (thanks m-stiefvater for the awareness)

“The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck (thanks Glenn for the importance of such a thriller at such a time in US society)

“Infinity: The Chronicles of Nick” by Sherrilyn Kenyon (thanks Amazon for adding to my reading addiction with your suggestions and Target for showing me the physicality of this book last weekend and tempting me with its beauty when I shouldn’t be spending on such luxuries)

Also coming sometime next week because I already pre-ordered it: “The Short Second Story of Bree Tanner” by Stephenie Meyer. I may seriously wait until the release of Eclipse for this because unfortunately I still feel a bit mad at her for lying about writing more for the series. (see THIS POST for explanation)

So that’s it. All I have to say today. I wanted to say how irritating certain people have become to me lately, but it’s not worth entertaining the energy in doing so, so I will let it go. Let’s hope they don’t push the same nerves next week and prompt me to go on a rampage about idiocy and ignorance next week.

Much love to all my LJ friends… you have no idea how much you encourage me. And for once, in a while, I’m looking forward to writing again. As soon as I’m finished with the awesomeness that is “The Law of Nines.”

Peace – Sarah

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