Book Review: Brain Waves

Brain Waves by [MacFarlane, Cherime]

4 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t care too much for the way the book was written but as it was a unique story, I kept reading. It isn’t very often that I read something unlike anything I have read before. It’s the reason it has such a high rating with me.

It is about a young man named Codee and a cat with telepathy powers who came to Estevan, the planet where the story takes place. She is badly damaged and injured. Codee is also injured but only his brain from a bad childhood accident caused by his drunken father. Cat starts to heal him as she recovers as he cares for her in the best way he knows how.

Something remarkable happens between the two after Codee becomes fully functional and Cat heals. They begin to have their minds and hearts meld. They realize that although there can never be a physical relationship, they love one another in a deep way.

It is soon discovered that they are not safe. They must find a way off of the planet as the authorities will want to investigate Cat as she isn’t a normal “house” cat. The story moves on a bit slowly, which is one of the reasons I didn’t care for it. However, in the end everything is wrapped up perhaps a little too neatly. Codee deals with his anger over his mother and father, and Troon, the man who caused much of the issues. And Cat deals with the idea of being bonded to this human though he is not of her species.

Overall, it is a unique read if a bit on the dry side.

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Writing with Distractions

Some authors can do it. Some can’t. Writing with distractions going on all around you can be extremely difficult. Ranging from the television to being on, to children running around playing and screaming, to your spouse asking you questions and/or telling you stories, to video games, household chores, and, of course, music. Though, there is some debate whether music counts as a distraction or not. I don’t typically count it as one. Music helps drive me forward. Music moves me.

Regardless of what the distraction is, it’s inevitable, at times, to get absolute peace and quiet while working on your project. I think many of us know this and trudge along anyway, hoping that we’re not too distracted while writing, so that when we later go back through what we wrote, we aren’t left with too many questions. Or just plain confusion, in some cases. I know there have been a few instances where I’ve read a sentence I wrote and had no freaking idea what I meant. Even my husband couldn’t decipher it.

Whereas life is filled with distractions, some good, some bad, we writers have to learn how to tune all of this out and focus on our project. If we allow the distractions to, well… distract us, we would never get anything done. Even locking ourselves into our office doesn’t get us away from all distractions. The big one, for me, is the internet and social media. Even when I’m by myself at home, I am often drawn away from writing to usually Facebook. I will admit that I have been doing better about this, but it is still there. It still has a lure to it, wondering if someone posted something funny or what kind of new recipe I can try.  This is basically what I use Facebook for. Rarely do I post anything about our writing or books on it as the algorithm for such things kind of sucks. I use Twitter for advertising as I feel I reach more people. I also tend not to post personal things on Facebook either. My husband and I enjoy our private lives and don’t generally want everyone to have a look into it. We give people glimpses of it, and that’s it.

So, getting back on track, how do authors write with these distractions? For me, it’s will power and desire. The desire to see my story through. The desire to try to write as many of my story ideas as I can. The desire to have my husband read them. He’s my main audience. He’s the one I usually write for, if not for myself.

I still get distracted from time to time, but I don’t chide myself too harshly, as long as I was able to write something that day. Sometimes, you need the distraction when you’re writing to gather your thoughts. As long as I get to write that day and work on furthering my goals of writing all the stories I possibly can, I am usually content. If I never make it as a bestselling author, at least I had loads of fun trying.

So write on with distractions. Write on without them. Just write and enjoy yourself.

10 Reasons I Love My Husband

1. He loves me unconditionally. Even when I’m being emotional and a bit on the crazy side. He just holds me and tells me everything will be okay.

2. He tries his hardest for me. He does the absolute best that he can with everything he has and then, I swear, he does a little bit more.

3. He’s understanding, kind and forgiving. He’s a gentleman when it counts and when it doesn’t count.

4. He’s my best friend. He’s more than that. I can tell him anything without judgment, even if I think it’s ridiculous. I can bounce any idea off of him and if it’s something I truly want to try, he makes certain I get to.

5. He’s a fellow writer, so he gets the craziness and creativeness that goes with it. We get to brainstorm and scheme together. Scheming is the best.

6. When I’m feeling down, he’s always there for me, whether I want him to be or not. I don’t like to cry in front of him. I like to think of myself as independent and strong but he’s there regardless. He’s there for when I do break. All people do. Strong or not.

7. His dreams are as big as mine. We get to tackle them together.

8. He supports me in ways he probably doesn’t even know that he supports me. Without him, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.

9. He gets me to try new things. I can get set in my ways and get in a rut. And when I do want to try new things, he’s supportive and we go out and try it.

10. And, he is my husband. He is the man I fell in love with all those years ago and am still in love with.

Book Review: Seducing the Earl

Seducing the Earl: A Regency Historical Romance (Dangerous Lords Book 2) by [Andersen, Maggi, Publishing, Dragonblade]

2 out of 5 stars

As I’ve discussed before, I am not much of a romance reader. And, sadly, I should have left this book as a DNF. It became fairly obvious that the author writes to a rigid outline and formula, leaving the story bland and oh so predictable. I felt as if I was reading the first book, a book that I did enjoy, all over again. The characters were only different in small ways, not enough to really matter. And the story continued along the same lines as the first novel. I was so disappointed by the book and the author. It’s one of the reasons I do not personally write to an outline. I’ve written a few books to an outline and they all turn out this way. Predictable and boring. As you may have guessed, I will not be continuing this series.

Also, some of the segues to other scenes were none existent. In one paragraph the character would be somewhere else and then bam, he was waking up in his own bed. She would have done better just to put a little star between the paragraphs in some places. These areas really drew me out of the story, not that it was too difficult to do.

The reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was the fact there was little to no errors in the book. Otherwise, the plot and characters did little for me and I feel that having read the book all the way through was a waste of time.

Meeting Resolutions

Since it is almost the end of the first month of the year, I thought it was important to address staying on track with resolutions. It’s always difficult to remain doing what you want to do, when other things are more of a habit. You have to have a lot of willpower ot change the things you dislike, otherwise you’ll revert back to doing what you’ve always done. With that being said though, my husband and I have gone 32 days without eating out at a single restaurant. 32 days without pop. And, for me, 32 days without caffeine.

The reason the restaurant things is so important is because I have a gluten intolerance and kept getting glutened whenever we ate out, even if I was being careful and ordering things that don’t have gluten. It’s the cross-contamination that was getting me. It would make me sick and my body stiffen up and ache all over. Now, that we’ve been eating in for over a month, I am feeling tremendously better. During this time, I also discovered that dairy was making me feel ill. We recently went 2 weeks without dairy and I was feeling amazing. Tried some cheese on a burger, found out it was disgusting, and it made me feel ill. So, now we’re gluten free and dairy free in this house and I am feeling better. I have come a long way in just the six months since we moved back home. The humidity no longer hurts me as we live in a dry climate and my body is feeling better now that I am 100% gluten free and am now dairy free.

So, that’s the part of our resolutions for healthy eating. We were impressed we were able to do this. The longest streak we have ever had of not eating out was 15 days. We more than doubled that and are not planning on reverting back to what we were doing before. I am feeling much too good for that.

Another thing that we have managed to do is cut down on our video games. We have only been playing a little bit during the day. For the rest of the free time during our day we have devoted it to reading and writing, and for my husband, school work. Since we’ve done this, we have been feeling mentally healthy. The video games and the amount of time we were playing had started to affect our memory. Shame on us for letting video games become a major part of our life when they should really only be used for fun once in a while or for a little while in a day. They shouldn’t become the only thing you do.

And since, we’ve been writing more, we have hit that goal, too. For the Ordinaries book 1, it is going through it’s 3rd rewrite and this was a major one. I realized there were some scenes in the book that just didn’t stay true to the characters and I had to change them. So, that caused a ripple effect and changed other parts in the book but it led to a better ending for the book, one of epic proportions. I am eager to get to this part of the book, but I have to be patient while getting there, just in case something else changes. I don’t want to have to rewrite the end of the book twice.

I hope all of your New Year’s Resolutions are going to plan. The only one we can work on more is getting more exercise but we are getting more exercise than we did last month or the previous month. It’s just not up to where we want it to be. We’ll get there. The main goal was less video games, more reading and writing, and healthier eating.

Here’s to a 2019 that’s an awesome, productive year for everyone.

Reading Multiple Novels

So, at the beginning of this month I realized that I was in the middle of 4 different novels, while writing my own and editing a few others that we’ve written. I was sitting there thinking how on Earth am I keeping all of these story lines straight? But as I looked at each book, I could tell my husband, in detail, what was happening in each one. He doesn’t know how I do it, but I’m certain there are others out there who can do the same thing.

With that being said though, I am trying to finish all 4 novels by the end of this month and maybe only delve into 2 at a maximum in the future instead of stretching myself so thin. Who else reads like this? Or do you read one novel at a time?

All I know is that I love to read and sometimes a certain novel might lose my interest for a little while but when I pick it back up, I’m into the story again. And it’s little things that make me lose interest in the first place. Spelling mistakes. Grammar mistakes. Poor dialogue. It bogs me down even if it is a fantastic story. And, I know, for a fact, there are a few errors in my own published works out there. I try not to think about it too much lest it drive me crazy.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. I know I’ll be spending a bit of mine reading. I’ll also be spending some of it playing Dungeons and Dragons for the first time in a few years. Both my husband and I are excited to have finally formed a group to do so. I will also be spending it continuing to work on the first book in the Ordinaries. It is so close to being able to be sent out to an agent or publisher. So, whatever, the weekend brings you make it a spectacular one!

New Year’s Resolutions

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My husband and I believe in daily progress and making changes in our lives daily, not just once a day on the New Year. We have ups and downs with our goals, as do most people, but we stick with them. We might stray from our path at times but we get right back on within a few days. Hopefully, we can keep from doing that this year.

With that being said, we don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, especially ones that are easily broken. We’re both 34. By now, we know what we will and will not do. This year, however, we did set a few goals for us to achieve. The goals are both writing and non-writing.

  1. Play less video games. The last three months, we’ve been playing way way way too much. Our writing has taken a hit. Our marketing for the books we’ve written have taken a hit. Our reading has taken a hit. This one is a big one for us as we are both big gamers, but we decided there comes a time in life when you need to set aside the games and make an effort to reach your lifetime goals. This does not mean, we will stop gaming all together. It’s one of those activities we do together. What we’re going to do, is set a limited amount of time for gaming and stick to it. I hope that we can do this one. We need to do this one.
  2. Finish the rewrites of the Ordinaries series. We worked on those 8 books all year last year. This year, we would like to polish the story up and send it off to a publisher. Fingers crossed.
  3. As usual, our goal is always to exercise more. Moving to Savannah, GA and how the humidity affected me, I gained quite a bit of weight in those two years. My goal is to work it off now that I’m somewhere that I don’t hurt all the time. Before we moved, we were going on daily walks. Some days, I was walking up to 3 miles. Now that was a feat for me as I had been bed-ridden for almost 2 and a half years while I was fighting with workman’s comp. and insurance companies to get the spinal fusion I needed. And then, after the surgery there was a lengthy recovery time. But within a year of the surgery I was walking up to 3 miles on some days. On other days, it was a mile and a half or more. And then we moved and things turned south for me again. Now that I’m doing better, I am eager to get back to where I was after the surgery.
  4. We’re hoping to finish the Magna Luctus series this year. Book 3 has hit a snag. We have no idea how the story will go. We know how we want to end the series, but we have no idea, at the moment, how to get from the ending of book 2 to the ending of book 3. We’ll figure it out though.
  5. One of our other goals this year is to eat out way less than we did in 2018. Granted, we moved 3 times last year which contributed to a lot of our eating out. This year, we aren’t moving. At least, that’s the plan.
  6. And the last goal, is to read one book or more a month. For me, that’s easy. For my husband, not so much. We’ll see if I can challenge him to be able to read one book a month.

 

We hope that all of you can reach your New Year’s Resolutions. We hope that you can also adapt them to change with you. That’s the hard part. We have to be flexible enough to allow for unexpected things that may or may not happen. Good luck this year!!!!!