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A nerd’s equivalent to bringing home flowers.

2 Nov

*commercial for Dance Central 2 comes on the TV*

BOYFRIEND: We got the Kinect over two months ago and we still haven’t bought that game yet.

ME: Yeah, why is that? It’s the whole reason why we got it. It’s because you don’t love me anymore, isn’t it?

BOYFRIEND: Well, Game Stop is already closed, so I guess I can’t love you until I get off work tomorrow.

ME: Does that mean no more snuggles?


*fast forward to this evening*

ME: Hey, honey. How was work?

BOYFRIEND: *grins and pulls Dance Central 2 out of his coat*

ME: *runs towards him, trips over his coat, and ends up hugging his legs*


Honestly, we were just joking around last night and I forgot all about it. This is why I love him bunches. He remembers things we banter about and follows through just to see me smile. So, ladies and gentleman, my word count might suffer today, but a dance party is about to break out in my living room. See you tomorrow!


Follow Friday #2

5 Aug

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
It helps bloggers like me get out there and meet new bloggers! Here is this weeks question:

Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life. Was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader? Did it help you with a particularly difficult situation?Does it bring you comfort every time you read it?

Ramona Quimby
I was a lot like Ramona Quimby as a child (and still kind of am). I had an overactive imagination and spent a good majority of my time day dreaming or telling outrageous stories to my siblings and friends to keep them entertained. One day, my best friend suggested I write them down and I’ve been at it ever since.

Oddly enough, I never read any of the Ramona books as a child and wasn’t really big on reading anyway. At least, not until my step-dad forced me to read  A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. He was convinced I would love it and I had that pesky book report to do anyhow.

I fell headfirst into the bizarre and humorous world of Xanth. I remember devouring the first three books in the series (A Spell for ChameleonSource of Magic, and Castle Roogna) during winter break. Thus sparking my passion for reading and my torrid love-affair with the fantasy genre.

Teaser Tuesdays #1

2 Aug

Teaser Tuesday ButtonTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. How it works:

  1.  Grab your current read and open to a random page.
  2. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  4. Share the title and author, so other TT participants can add the book to their To-Be-Read Lists.

I’m reading a couple of books at the moment. What can I say? My moods vary. So, get ready for a few teasers and keep an eye out for reviews of these novels later in the month!

“Life has always been a struggle for me. From what I could tell, it wasn’t daisies for everyone else either.” –  page 5 of Breathe by Abbi Glines

“Behind him I spied the same boney nag and rickety cart, half-devoured by fog. I had the distinctly unpleasant sensation of a dreamer entering for the second time the same nightmare, and for a moment I was sure, absolutely sure, that another grotesque cargo lat in the back of his old cart.” – page 44 of The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Follow Friday #1

29 Jul

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
It helps bloggers like me get out there and meet new bloggers! Here is this weeks question:

Let’s step away from books for a second and get personal. What t-shirt slogan best describes you?

My roommates are big Dr. Who fans and much to their dismay I was never able to get into it. Until Matt Smith, the 11th doctor. Now I find myself bingeing on seasons  5 and 6 when I should be writing. Oops.

As a writer, I do things like kill characters and makes sure the toast always lands jelly sides down. Since my current work-in-progress is a gothic ghost story, I feel extra evil lately.

*Grins* Want a cookie?

Notebooks Anonymous

11 Jul
fancy journal and pen

fancy journal and pen for my work-in-progress

My boyfriend thinks I have a notebook “problem”, but what I have are notebook SOLUTIONS. Okay, maybe I have a special drawer or three full of journals, spiral notebooks, and pocket sized Moleskines, but I need all of these.

Something about scribbling down story ideas and snippets of dialog into a Moleskine makes me feel warm and happy inside. I know my smart phone could take over in the place of a pocket-sized notebook and pen, but it just doesn’t feel the same. I like having a solid object to symbolize my effort and I love the ability to flip through my random thoughts and pieces of description. Plus, there is something to be said for having a special, designated place for things.

Robin notebook

Whatever shall I write in you? Maybe about mobster fairies? Yessssss!

Since I started Camp WriMo / JulNoWriMo, I’ve almost exclusively written my work-in-progress in a fancy journal. It was super handy last week when I had a writer’s retreat at the beach. And while there’s still some sand trapped between the pages, writing by hand helped me clear my mind and silence my inner-editor. I’ve talked about this before, but sometimes switching up your medium can help things flow onto the page easier.

Today, I picked up a couple journal-sized notebooks. I couldn’t stop myself. First of all, I was in love with Robin in middle school. Batman Forever might’ve been a bad movie, but I LOVED Chris O’Donnell. He and I were going to run away together and fight crime. Don’t judge me.


Second of all: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye” – Miss Piggy. She is my number one diva. That pig is fierce.

I must write a short story in this about a sassy young lady. Maybe a southern belle turned zombie? Hellz yes! I can see the character forming in my mind already. Thus is the beauty of notebooks and why it’s totally okay for me to have piles and piles of them waiting in the wings. Besides, you never know when you’ll need a good notebook. 😉

Music Monday: Just a Girl

20 Jun

My plan for this afternoon involves copious amounts of tea and fleshing out my outline in preparation for JulNoWriMo.  Luckily, I have Ellie to bounce ideas off and help me maintain a shred of sanity. Act II always gives me trouble; I never know if I’m adding too much plot or not enough!

To get myself in the mood, I want to share a song off No Doubt’s old album, Tragic Kingdom, called “Just a Girl.” The lyrics express the main character’s frustrations to the T.



Music Monday: Rabbit Heart

2 May

Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you! I’m just waist-deep in two projects at the moment.

In the meantime, I thought we could listen to some music together while I work on this chapter.  🙂

I have to admit most of Florence + The Machine‘s album, Between Two Lungs, is on my go-to writing playlist. This song in particular has already influenced parts of my work-in-progress. What songs or albums have affected your writing?

Happy Writing,
Jacquline Carrera

P.S. Yay, we got Bin Laden! Here’s hoping our troops find and destroy all his Horcruxes.