Self Reflection leads to Random Facts

1. When I was younger, I was addicted to Lifesaver Pep-O-Mints. I would literally go through a bag every 2 days. Now as an adult, I never eat mints and I spit gum out after only a few chews. I can’t stand having it in my mouth, and only resort to it when I need a burst of fresh breath and brushing my teeth isn’t an option. Pretty drastic change.

2. Ever since I was a child I’ve had a strange urge to reach out and touch random strangers. Not touch them in some sicko sort of way, but just place my hand on their shoulder or something, as if I’d somehow be able to see something about them in doing so. I still feel this urge sometimes, but what’s truly strange about this impulse is that I am very uncomfortable around strangers or in large groups of people. So what the hell do I want to touch strangers for if I really don’t even like being around them? That’s just bizarre.

3. Mentally, I was older in high school than I am now. And college was my youngest, dumbest mentality. I wish it hadn’t been so backwards. I would have rather been a kid in grade school and did kid like things then, than be wishing I was still a kid now and doing them.

4. I’m extremely peculiar when it comes to matching. Even my socks and underwear need to match my pajamas, and my pajamas must match each other (as a set). And while my wardrobe is far from exciting, all of it is meant to be worn with certain items, like some jeans are only to be worn with certain colored shirts. And the same goes with shoes.

5. On another clothing related note: I hate to shop. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy new clothes, but I don’t find them a priority nor do I go for new ones often. And when I do, I’m not shopping at expensive places. Name brands mean nothing to me, they never have. In high school I was that girl who found unique items at the thrift store, not the one bragging about $90 jeans. That just seems ridiculous to me. But, if I were ever given a shopping spree or something of that nature I would find myself drawn to jackets and coats. I like jackets and coats the way some woman like shoes. I don’t know why, but I just love a really awesome coat and I enjoy having a variety of them to choose from.

6. I have a K-9 nose. I can pick up smells better than most people I know. And once I have a smell it stays with me, immediately provoking a memory associated with it whenever I come into contact with it again. My own smells are somewhat peculiar in nature like my clothes. I like to “make” perfumes by combining a variety of the ones I have. I get bored of the same scent before a bottle is used up and I’ve found I’m quite good at mixing the right ones to create even better smells than I started with. However, the color of the liquid determines when it’s to be worn, for me. For example, darker shaded vanilla sprays should be worn in the fall or winter, while clear musky scented perfumes are meant for spring and summer. In my eyes at least.

7. When I was 6 our family pet attacked me. He was a mixed bread dog that my parents had before I was born. Dog specialists say he saw me as competition. One day while trying to offer him popcorn in our backyard he tore of the right side of my face. After that my perception of animals, and particularly dogs, changed. I was terrified of the average dog, even small ones that you could easily punt if necessary. As an adult though, I have a different view of animals in general. After said incident, my parents, unwilling to go without a large animal for protection, allowed me to pick the next addition to our family and I picked a yellow lab with unusually big paws for a puppy. He was huge. At the end of his existence he was 135 lbs. and so large that people were scared of him just based on size alone. He was my best friend growing up though. I know that’s sad to say, but… Anyway, my sister and I would take him to Picture People every Christmas for pictures for my parents and people would literally walk on the other side of the hallway to stay away from this seemingly enormous dog, who unbeknownst to them was the most loving creature I’d ever known. If, somehow a person could exist in a dog’s body, they lived in Hooch’s furry shell. Now, as an adult, and since his death, I’ve found myself drawn to animals in an unnatural way for me. Considering I was so opposed to animals in the past for my fear. It’s as if God removed the fear after Hooch’s death, in an effort to show me that my feelings and fear of all of them in general was irrational. I’m ever grateful for this because I have always loved animals and I hated being so uncontrollably afraid of them. Now, while I’m cautious, I can still find the joy I found in knowing Hooch, in meeting other people’s pets. Pets that I used to be too afraid of to introduce myself to. Now I own a cat, something I would have never seen myself owning, but the joy I feel in knowing her makes me remember the feeling I had when Hooch was around. And somehow I know God has placed her in my life as an equal companion for Hooch, until the day I can have a dog like him in my life again.

8. Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. I could eat it for all three meals and never grow tired of it. And I enjoy breakfast in all forms. Eggs and toast, Egg Sandwiches, French Toast, Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy, Plain old Cereal, Oatmeal, Waffles. But I hate sausage; I’m strictly a bacon girl.

9. On another food related note: I constantly crave dairy, however I am lactose intolerant which makes fulfilling this desire difficult. Of course there are ways around it like Lactaid milk and taking Lactaid pills prior to eating dairy related products, but still it’s disheartening. And mostly because if I had to choose only one snack food to have for the rest of my life it would be ice cream.

10. I often times act out scenes for my books to and from work in the car, by myself. I realize to people passing me by that I must look like a lunatic, but since I’ve always seen my stories as movies (hence the reasoning for first writing scripts for the better part of my life) it feels more natural to act them out before bringing them to paper. Most people might consider this a little on the side of crazy, talking to yourself and all, but luckily I don’t care. I do wonder though, how many other writers do this. Is this just some strange attribute of me as a writer, or is this a natural creative quirk? I’m curious.

Alright, 10 random facts, that’s good enough. Any that you would like to share?

Peace – Sarah


Note: LOST’s series finale aired last night and while I had intended on posting my views on the best TV show to ever hit the air waves today, I’m not completely sure what to make of it yet, or how exactly satisfied/dissatisfied I am with it yet. So, said LOST post, is on hold momentarily.



Book Crazy, that’s me!

So I’m back to that addictive nature in regards to new books, adding so many to my wish list it’s starting to get out of hand. (Not to mention buying a new one once a week now, and I am by no means wealthy enough for that, but that’s a whole different issue.) There are quiet a few coming out soon that I’m ecstatic about and I feel the need to share them with you.

The Overton Window – by Glenn Beck (Release Date – June 15th)

I’m not sure how I just found out about this book yesterday considering I watch the Glenn Beck show almost everyday during dinner, but I’m ridiculously eager to read it. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute – Glenn Beck is a political commentator – and you’re right, but this book is NOT his political opinion, it’s his first thriller! It is based on an actual concept developed by Josef P. Overton, that is truly happening in our society today. I can already see this as a movie and I just know it’s guaranteed to be controversial. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future–but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact–or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

Linger – by Maggie Stiefvater (Release Date – July 20th)

Book 2 of 3 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger is sure to suck me in the same way “Shiver” did. I read “Shiver” in two days and read it again as soon as I was finished. I love Grace and Sam and look forward to seeing them together again, but I’m also looking forward to being introduced to new character Cole and seeing his interaction with Isabel. I really enjoy Maggie’s lyrical style of writing and she’s very skilled at drawing distinct voices out of her characters so reading from 4 narratives shouldn’t be a problem. I’m positive I won’t be disappointed with “Linger”. Rather than post the preview from Amazon, I’ll post Maggie’s trailer because it leaves you salivating far better than Amazon’s description.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick – by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Release Date – May 25th)

Amazon suggested this one to me based on my purchases and after reading the description it definitely seems like something I will enjoy. And apparently this author ties all of her series together, but the order you read them isn’t always necessary. I hope to enjoy this book & author because she has plenty to entertain me with when I’m finished with this one. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

LOST Encyclopedia – by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry – Foreword by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Release Date – August 16th)

I know you’re seeing this and thinking – Wow, Dork – but I don’t really care. I love LOST like no other TV show before it and I’m pretty convinced that there won’t be another one even close to the genius that was put into it for a long time to come. The writers of LOST have included so many details to the show that a lot of it gets overlooked. And as much as I have picked up on, I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. I read another LOST themed book, written by youth ministers that focused solely on the religious undertone of the show and all of the direct links to bible verses, or stories from other religious beliefs. It amazed me. I would love to live in Damon Lindelof’s head for a day just to see the workings of such a creative mind. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The Replacement – by Brenna Yovanoff (Release Date – September 21st)

I came across Brenna’s writing on Merry Fates via Maggie Stiefvater and I could tell already that I liked her style of writing. Then I watched the trailer for her debut book on Amazon and was completely convinced I’d be a fan. I’m really looking forward to the dark element she brings to her stories and I hope this book has such a success that she writes more. There’s no text to share as a preview, but here’s the trailer:

Beautiful Darkness – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Release Date – October 12th)

This is book 2 of 4 in The Caster Chronicles and I’m extremely stoked for it. I loved, loved, loved “Beautiful Creatures”. I loved that it was from a male perspective, I loved all of the war history tied to it, and I can not wait for book 2. I find it very fitting that it’s coming out in October, near Halloween, since it’s got quite a dark edge to it. It will be a perfect month to be in that sort of mood, although I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for it. When I read series, I prefer to read them straight through and often times wait until all of the books are out before even reading them. But I couldn’t resist “Beautiful Creatures” when I read about it and so now I wait, impatiently I might add. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – by Stephenie Meyer (Release Date – June 5th)

I’m not actually ecstatic about this one like the others because Stephenie was very adamant about not continuing the series, possibly not even finishing “Midnight Sun”, meanwhile she was writing this novella. I hate liars and right now that’s what she feels like to me, but since I did love the saga I know I will read this. I just hope my attitude towards her right now doesn’t get in the way. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I realize now that I probably should have sorted them in release date order and maybe warned you about how long this would be, but oh well – what’s done is done. For all you out there who’ve influenced my reading choices, I hope maybe I will have influenced you a bit now too 😉

Peace – Sarah


The younger version of me looks at me now and laughs because it can’t believe how giddy I am over books as an adult. I tell my younger self how foolish it was for not knowing the joy they bring back then and my younger self stops laughing because it knows, deep down, that I’m right.



It’s funny how…

… A day can change so drastically from start to finish and for no real good reason at all.

I was crabby this morning, dragging myself to work against my wishes after waking up an hour before I needed to because my bodies stupid like that. Then at work, joyous work, the banter around me was twisting my nerve with every word coming out of their mouths. And I’m getting quite tired of the expected norm. I may just start voicing my angst.

Other thoughts and situations provoked my irritation throughout the day and I didn’t really have a better outlook going home than I had coming in today. But when I got home, somehow it all escaped me as if I had forgotten why I was so disgruntled throughout the day – as if the day hadn’t actually drained me. It’s like something in my brain said, “Okay stop, this is stupid,” and my aggression just faded.

I like when my “self” corrects itself and doesn’t drag out for days. 🙂

I bought two new books this weekend – If I stay by Gayle Forman and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I’m not sure why I bought two at the same time because now I don’t know which one to read first. And I still have The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind to read, but its mass is intimidating me right now. Experience reading his work tells me to hold off a bit unless I want to completely abandon my own book for two weeks to finish his (which I’m not prepared to do at the moment).

Off to watch LOST. I can’t express how sad I am to see it coming to an end, but all great things must end so…

Peace – Sarah