Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Fiction Diaries has been selected as a finalist for a blogging scholarship worth $10,000!!

The final decision is based on popular vote so I really need your help!

Please go here to vote! You can vote once a day so please go back every day and vote for The Diaries (well..Katie is done by name not blog..but you get the idea!)

I am going up against a Tumblr blog with over 10k followers so I really need all the help I can get. Please vote and help me spread the word through twitter or short blog posts of your own if you would be kind enough to spare me one!

Later today I will be posting what it is I hope to accomplish and how this scholarship will be used - I'd do it now but I must run off to work helping some very lovely freshman writers on campus. As fellow writers and literature geeks I do hope you know just how much this would mean to me and how much it would help me achieve my dreams. And isn't that what this blogging community is about; helping other to reach their dreams and having them help you in return?

I very much appreciate any help you can offer me!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Why Teach Literature?

I would like to pose a question to you all. Why teach literature? Why learn about Shakespeare and Milton? Why read works that were written hundreds of years ago by authors long dead and often forgotten?

As someone planning to become a professor of literature, I personally think it is very important to not only perserve but to teach literature. In fact I would say, without hesitation, that teaching literature is every bit as important as teaching math and science. Unfortunately many do not agree.

Why are science and math treated as the most important? Society claims it is because they work towards a better tomorrow (what good are we English majors anyway, locked up in our libraries all day?), in reality however math and science are viewed more favorably because they tend to lead to bigger pay checks.

I have no way to argue that. You're right. If you major in biology or chemistry, or engineering you are statistically going to make more money than me and my English degree. But that does not make it a more important or legitimate field of study.

So then let us consider the justification for rating science and math as more valid than literature; people who major in math or science will enter fields that work towards a better tomorrow. They will become engineers and doctors and surgeons and make a difference in the world. That's what its all about isn't it?

I am a writer. I am a double English Language Literature and History major with a minor in Writing. I plan on getting my PhD in English Literature and teaching literature at the college level. I dream of writing books that will survive. Why? Because it matters. Because it does make a difference and because that difference is important.

Anyone can pick up a history book and read about The Great Depression, World War II, the Apartheid, you can learn dates and names and important events, but you will not learn about the people who lived it. You will not be given more than a glimpse into what it was like to experience those historical periods and what little glimpse you are given is written by the victor. This is where the beauty of literature comes into play.

Through literature we can trace the history of the human condition. Through common literary themes we can gain an understanding of the people who lived through what we can only read about. More importantly, we can gain an understanding of all the people who lived it rather than only those who came out on top. Literature is our window into the life of a woman living in Palestine, a Jewish family imprisoned in Nazi Germany, a black man in South Africa during the Apartheid. Literature is history, our history, everyone's history. Literature is what reminds us that people living today are not so very different from people who lived hundreds of years ago.

Literature gives a voice to the voiceless and empowerment to the oppressed; why else would the Nazi party have burned books written by people with opposing views? Words are powerful, and it deeply saddens me to look around and find myself living in a world where so many people have forgotten that.

I believe what I study is just as important as what my biopsychology major boyfriend is studying, and I'm lucky enough to have found someone who recognizes and agrees with that. I am very passionate about what I do. I hope to open people's eyes to the value of language and literature. I am writing history. I am connecting with human beings who lived before the country I live in was even discovered. I spend my time interacting with some of the greatest minds who ever lived and who now live only within the pages of my books. I seek to move forward by remembering where we have already been. I believe in the power of language.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Breathing Life into our Words

This is an entry from my writer's journal that I decided was kind of interesting and thought I would share with you all :)

I really love writing with a quill. It forces you to slow down and decid what is important; what is worth taking the time to write down; what words are worthy of the ink? You don't experience writing the same with a pen or a keyboard. With a quill you're aware of every word you choose to write. of every time you stop to dip into the ink again. It makes writing a much more conscious activity and reminds you that at its essence writing is an art.

Writing with a quill gives life to your words that is easily lost when typing on a computer. The words are darker when the tip is first dipped and at times are faded when you begin to run out of ink. The letters blur together and the ink may run in some words but not others. Watching the ink bleed slightly in every word makes it appear as if the words themselves are alive which reminds [us] that, in a way, they are. Out stories live in the words we choose to tell them in and those words can outlive us all. Long after we're gone our words endure.

Now obviously this simple little journal entry is not going to endure for all of time - it will probably not even endure my lifetime - but you understand my point. We have written works that are so old we can't date them precisely or even name an author. Words can be truly imortal, living on long after their writer's time. There is just something so beautiful in that thought, don't you think?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Blog Tour!! Interview with Ben Burrell: Author of Red Leaves and the Living Token

We have a special guest here on the Diaries today! Ben Burrell is the author of Red Leaves and the Living Token - an absolutely fabulous new fantasy book. Before we go diving into the interview though, here is the synopsis of the book!

Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won't survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he's confronted by Moslin, his son's nurse, who's been filling Emret's head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse's stories, and he'll live.

In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret. He returns hours later to find them both missing.

Now, he has to dig into the loathed fairytales to figure out where they may have gone. He'd also like to know why he keeps blacking out and having visions of a temple on a mountain with a vat of glowing weapons, a vaporous black creature emerging from a lightning storm, himself in glowing armor leading an army, and the same mythical Red Tree hidden in a dense forest.

Sound interesting? You can pick yourself up a copy of the book from!

Now, onto the questions!

I understand that Red Leaves in the Living Token was originally written as a screenplay. What made you decide to transform one of your screenplays into a novel? How did you go about adapting it?

I'd actually written previous drafts of the story as scripts. As the story developed it got longer and more involved. About half way through the final draft I realized it was no longer going to work as a screenplay. It was looking like the final page count would be in the mid 200s. For an animated feature 90 pages is where it needed to be. So I had to decide to cut out a lot of the story or expand it into a Novel. I chose the latter even though the Novel format was new to me. I'm glad I did. I loved the Novel format. I enjoyed it so much I'm planning on adapting my backlog of scripts. To me the process is like taking an abbreviated story and adding in all the extra scenes and even subplots that never would've fit in the tight confines of the script. 

One of the biggest limitations for the scripts I'd been writing was the budget. If the story was ever going to have any chance at being produced it had to be cheap to make. Big budget hollywood blockbusters are seldom if ever spec scripts. They're typically written for hire. Unfortunately for me, almost all the stories I'd been drafting would be very expensive to make. With Novels the budget restraint is removed and the story can be what ever it wants to be. I'm very excited about this.

Where did your inspiration for the three races - the Zo, the Petra, and the Botan - originate from? 

I actually got the root of the story from a strange dream I had about a decade or so ago. I saw this little glowing plant in a forest surrounded by a dense thicket of thorns. There were these warthog looking people standing guard around it. Then these green plant looking people charged out of the forest and attacked the guards in an attempt to steal the little glowing plant. There was another part of the dream that ended up being the core of the climax of the film. The strange thing is I had very clear visual images of the warthog looking Zo. When I worked on the Cover image it was simply a matter of capturing the image.

Were there any characters you particularly enjoyed writing? Any that you struggled with?

I had a hard time writing Raj. I knew that I wanted him to make some bad choices. Dramatically, that's interesting. But its hard to take a character you like and make him into something that isn't so pleasant. But I wanted to have him makes some serious mistakes and then earn his redemption. I really identify with those themes, mistakes, humility and redemption. Its like the prodigal's son, he goes out into the world, behaves in the worst possible way, has a close dance with destruction that causes him to be thoroughly humbled, then picks himself up and has a second chance at life. I love that. I think we all go through that to a limited extent. 

If you could be any of the three races in your book what would you choose and why?

As I setup the structure of the world and how the three races would relate and interact with each other, I made them each one part of a greater whole. Individually they each have physical weaknesses that are offset by the other races. I wanted the greater whole to be something every reader would be able to relate to. So they each have limitations that we don't have. I plan on exploring this idea a lot more in the next book. To answer your question, I'm very happy to be human.

That's all for me today but be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dear Diaries Blogfest

Hey everyone! So as I mentioned in my last post I have decided to host a blogfest in celebration of reaching 100 followers! For the blogfest all participants will turn their blog into a diary for a day by posting 100 random facts about themselves. The idea is to let readers know more about the writers and to make some new friends via similar quirks and favorites. Hope you'll join us!

Okay 100 things ready go!

1. My full name is Katie Elizabeth Conigliaro.
2. My favorite color is limegreen.
3. I love disney movies: Winnie the Pooh and Mulan are my favorite<3
4. Out of my 3 best friends from Grand Valley, I met 2 of them via mutual Doctor Who obsessions.
5. No matter how amazing the next Doctors may be, I will always miss David Tennant.
6. I love Sherlock.
7. I am both a feminist and gay rights activist. I feel very strongly about both.
8. I can quote every single line in Mulan and How to Train Your Dragon.
9. I have an amazing boyfriend named Joe who I have been with for 2 and a half years.
10. I have a beta fish named Capfin Jack. He got his name because Joe and I had a Pirates marathon the day I got him.
11. I will never turn down a slurpee. Ever.
12. I love converse. As soon as one pair wears out I buy a new one; I'm going on year 3 with my current pair.
13. I am absolutely terrified of snakes; needless to say I had multiple heart attacks watching the final Harry Potter movies.
14. My absolute best friend is Kortnee Henski. We've been friends since I was like a year old.
15. I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence; I'm pretty sure she's a perfect human being.

16. Kortnee is petrified of owls because of a scary story I told her when we were little.
17. I do not identify with any religion nor do I identify as an Atheist.
18. I am addicted to anime and I'm not afraid to admit it.
19. I absolutely love Fullmetal Alchemist - both original and Brotherhood.
20. If I could do anything in the world without money being an issue it would be to travel. I want to see everything<3
21. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time pretty much sums up my childhood.
22. I am only roughly 16 cards away from owning all 151 original pokemon cards.
23. I'm studying Japanese.
24. My favorite musical of all time is Chicago.
25. I've never left the country. :(
26. I love boots. So much. Last summer Mom gave me the choice between a gorgeous pair of leather boots and a new comforter for college. I took the shoes.
27. I'm dual majoring in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature.
28. I'm planning to minor in Women and Gender Studies
29. For my study abroad I want to go to India next summer and volunteer for the Women Empowerment Program
30. After I graduate I want to take a gap year to travel and volunteer all around the world. I then want to write a book about the entire experience.
31. I'm 5'2 and quite proud of it.
32. Kortnee and I are planning to get matching Pooh Bear tattoos this summer.
33. I'm also pretty sure Tom Hiddleston is a perfect human being.
34. I can be a tad impulsive.
35. I can't draw to save my life but I can color in the lines like a pro.
36. I'm currently working on my first ever contemporary story.
37. I LOVE Mackinac Island Fudge Ice Cream.
38. I'm very sad that spell-check tried to change that to Mackinaw.
39. I love sushi and I'm a boss with chopsticks.
40. Much to Joe's dismay, I remember everything. Always.
41. Severus Snape and Aragorn are my favorite characters of all time.
42. I think everyone should be required to read Thirteen Reasons Why in high school.
43. I know every word to the Candy Mountain song from the first Charlie the Unicorn video...

44. I have a steam-punk necklace I bought at ren fest last summer (necklace in my picture up top) that I wear everywhere because it feels like a little piece of fantasy I can keep with me all the time.
45. Ham and pineapple pizza is delicious.
46. I have number 128 of 1000 signed collector's editions of Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
47. I put peanut butter on my waffles - its the only thing I'll eat peanut butter with.
48. I am in love with Edward Elric, Colonel Roy Mustang, and Greed/Ling from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
49. Almost all of my main characters seem to inherit one of my weird quirks unintentionally.
50. I buy books much faster than I can read them.
51. Cannoli are among the most amazing things ever created by man.
52. I prefer to write down ideas and story planning as opposed to typing them. It makes for a much more open creative process, I think.
53. I make a mean baked potato.
54. I just read Looking for Alaska (and can I just say I was so not prepared for the emotional trauma that book put me through) and now plan to buy every book John Green has ever and will ever write. It is an absolutely beautiful book.
55. It seems like every time I get a cool idea for one of my books I end up reading/seeing something remarkably similar to it right afterwards and then I get really sad.
56. I prefer reading and writing (and doing homework) outside which is my excuse for being so lazy in the winter.
57. I own all 10 seasons of Friends and I've seen every episode about 100 times.
58. I put salt on my watermelon - go ahead and judge.
59. I run another blog about how I view the world called A Dandelion Project.
60. My favorite gum flavor is the orange stride which no one seems to sell.
61. I hate Chinese food.
62. Except for wonton soup. That is delicious.
63. Don't tell me its weird that I hate Chinese food but love Japanese food. They are not the same.
64. I work as a writing consultant on campus.
65. I started writing in 3rd grade.
66. I am a journal addict and I will one day be the founder of journals anonymous.
67. For like the past week I've watched The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh while trying to fall asleep. Yes, I am 19. Why do you ask?
68. I love the kind of books that make you wish you could sit down and talk to the author.
69. The only time I'm awake at 7am is if I haven't fallen asleep from the day before yet.
70. I always take the tabs off my pop cans.
71. My wrists are ridiculously small.
72. My ears are almost slightly pointed so I always tell people I'm a descendent of Arwen.
73. I have a replica Ocarnia of Time that Joe's family got me for Christmas last year.
74. My Nook cover is designed to look like River Song's journal from Doctor Who.
75. I like sweat pants that I can fit 3 of me in.
76. It makes me laugh when people tell me I can't do anything with a double major in writing and English because I'm overwhelmed by all the directions I have to choose from after college.
77. I really love wearing knee-high socks with shorts.
78. Aside from knee-highs or fuzzy socks I rarely wear socks except in the winter when I have no choice.
79. I didn't realize just how much of a literature geek I was until I got to college.
80. If a movie came out before the 90s I probably haven't seen it.
81. I hated 2001: A Space Odyssey but I still often quote it: "I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
82. I can speak quite fluently in movie quotes and Eddie Izzard lines.
83. Have I mentioned how much I adore Eddie Izzard? Because I do.
84. People used to always think I was younger than I am and now every one always thinks I'm older than I am. I have no idea why.
85. I prefer planning story ideas in pen to pencil because I prefer scratching out to erasing. Its still there, it was still important, its just not being used in that form anymore.
86. I am incapable of curling my hair.
87. I just love meeting and becoming friends with other writers like me. I've even gained a pen-pal with one:)
88. If I could play any part in any musical ever it would be Velma Kelly from Chicago without a second thought.
89. My second choice would be Maureen from Rent.
90. Ignorance is something I simply cannot tolerate.
91. When I hiccup I actually say hiccup and I almost always hiccup 3 times after I eat. Why? Who knows?
92. I love roller coasters but I get really anxious while waiting in line.
93. My sophomore year of high school our football team made it to the semi-finals so I got to march Spartan Stadium which, even though I'm a Michigan fan, was pretty cool.
94. I have a bit of a minecraft addiction.
95. Joe and I once (or twice...) watched all 3 of the extended edition Lord of the Rings movies all in one day...that was a really really long day..
96. I am in love with the chicken and pesto sandwiches at Fuel, a food place on campus.
97. I have about 20 different laughs and I have no idea where they all came from.
98. I would like to go to graduate school for like 3 different things.
99. Marvel is 100 times better than DC. Its just a fact.
100. More than anything I want my words to change the world.

That was a bit harder than I was expecting it to be! There we are, though. 100 random facts about me, myself, and I:) I hope you'll join the blogfest so we can all get to know each other a bit better! As hard as it was it was fun trying to think of things to list.

Want to join? Just post your list of 100 things (or as many as you were able to think of, haha) and add the link to the post in the list below! I know I said the fest would go through July but since I started it half way through the month and the posts take awhile to come up with I think I'll extend it through August. Hope you'll join!

I'm also happy to announce that my blogger hiatus is officially over and I will be returning to the Diaries, however I will be making some changes, but that is for another post :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dear Diaries Blogfest and an Important Announcement!

I am so late with this post! /smacks wrist Bad, bad Katie.

After only 7 months of blogging (only?) I have reached the 100 follower mark! Thank you so much to all of you who have chosen to support and follow me on this journey. I truly appreciate your support and interest more than you could know.

This blog has come a long way in a mere 7 months. It is certainly no where near where it started, but I love the turns it has taken and what it has turned into. I have already met some amazing people through blogging and I am sure there are more new friends waiting out there; I look forward to meeting you all!

I think my favorite part about the experience so far has been meeting so many people and learning who they are. It's kind of crazy if you think about it. We all follow so many people and read so many of their posts, but we don't really know all that much about most of them. And so, in order to celebrate, I have decided to try something that I hope will be kinda fun.

Introducing the first Dear Diary Blogfest! Everyone who chooses to participate in this blogfest will turn their own blog into a diary for one post by sharing 100 random facts about themselves. The idea is to let everyone get to know the person behind the blogs they follow a bit better and I'm hoping it will lead to new friendships being made over similar quirks and interests. After all...
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”  - C.S. Lewis
 Since I think it will probably take some thought to come up with 100 random facts (I'm hoping I can come up with that many!) this blogfest will span the month of July. That should give plenty of time for anyone who wants to participate to get a post up and for people to blog hop around and make some new friends along the way:)

If you're interested in participating in this lovely blogfest simply post up your 100 random facts and then add the link to your post in the linky list below! I'll be adding a page to the Diaries for the month so people can add their links and find new blogs to check easily.

As for that important announcement. If you have been following me lately I'm sure you have noticed that I haven't been the most consistent little blogger. There has been a lot going on in my head lately that has been distracting me from this and, really, from writing in general. As a result I have decided to take a short blogging hiatus. It won't be anything extreme, hopefully I'll only be gone a week or two, just long enough for me to get some things straightened out. My heart simply has not been in my posts lately because my head is so focused else where, and both the Diaries and my beautiful followers deserve better than that.

I will still be stopping by every single blog who joins in the blogfest and I'm hoping to have my own blogfest post up sometime this week; I am really very excited about it. And I'll still be hopping around to my favorite blogs and reading and commenting as usual. I just won't be posting according to the Diary schedule until I can give it the attention it deserves.

That's all for me today. I really hope many of you will decide to join in on the blogfest; I really think it will be a great way to meet new people and make new friends out there in the crazy blogger community.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bridegroom: An American Love Story

I know I have been a bit inconsistent blogging wise lately and I apologize for that. I'm slowly getting some things worked out so hopefully soon things will be back on track and getting better!

On Fridays I usually post a book review, when I have one to post. Today however I am talking about something quite different and much more important.

I have always firmly believed that love has no restrictions. Love is love. Love is the most beautiful thing one can hope to find in the world and no one should be told that their love is wrong. Because love is beautiful regardless of who it is between, be it and man and a woman or two men. Unfortunately, that is something many people do not understand. There are many people out there who seek to deny people the right to be with who they love merely because they do not approve. It saddens me deeply that we live in a world where people are given the power to dictate the rights of others simply because they disagree. You don't see atheists rising up to make Christianity illegal simply because they disagree with it, and yet for some reason people in this country believe they have the right to control another person based on their personal beliefs, regardless of what the other person's might be. And our society not only allows it, but encourages it.

The world desperately needs someone to shed some light on the truth, someone to show people that love is beautiful and pure regardless of sexual orientation. A man has stepped forward to share his amazing story with the world, but he needs our help to do it.

When Shane's partner, Tom, died in a tragic accident, Shane was left alone and devastated. As if losing the love of his life was not enough, Tom's family threatened to attack him if he came to the funeral, and, of course, because their relationship was not legally recognized he was not given the same legal protections that straight couples receive.

Their's is a story that needs to be told. The world needs its eyes opened and we need to show people that love can and will overcome their ignorant hate.

Below is the video from the project's page on Kickstarter. Please take 5 minutes to listen to his story and, if you are able, please, please consider donating to the project. I would not ask you to do something I would not - I myself have donated $25 to the project- every dollar counts.

Their story has already inspired people not just in the United States but around the world. The world needs this movie. 

If you are interested in becoming a backer to the project please go to its Kickstarter page to make a donation.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Critique: Cornerstone

My critiquing inbox is empty! I really love this segment so I hope you'll keep sending your work in! thefictiondiaries[at]gmail[dot]com!

Now then, onto today's critique. Thank you to Kelly for sending it in!

Mostly, she didn't want to see, but, even knowing what was about to happen, she couldn't help looking through the worn floorboards above.

Crouched in the small space below the kitchens, Mairi held the children tightly in the folds of her dress. “Quiet,” she mouthed at them. Silently, she prayed they would understand. She tried to cover their faces, to bury them in her dirty linen apron so they wouldn't see their mother above. If she was right, no child should see this. Her own daughter clung tightly to her side.

Desperate words came from above. “No, please... No!” The last word came out as a strangled scream. Trembling, the children stayed quiet.

There were two men upstairs. Men who clearly didn't belong here. What about them makes it so clear they do not belong? They had ridden over the hill with the morning sun. Two small dots moving purposefully closer, closer still. An eerie stillness had come over Lady Valencia I love her name! as she waited quietly for their arrival. Mairi was almost positive her mistress not only knew who they were, but why they came. As the men closed the distance to the house, any doubts Mairi might have had about their purpose faded.

The heavy brown cloaks draped securely around their shoulders wore the dust of many days travel. Their sun darkened faces were set, steeled against the task before them. Deftly leaping off his horse, the taller of the men strode toward Lady Valencia. The first rays of sunlight mingled in her hair as she stood on the steps.


Such an ambiguous question, but she didn't ask what he was referring to. There could be only one reason he was here. Loathing boiled unfettered just bellow the surface of his shrewd eyes. And fear, there was definitely fear. She could see it easily on the second man. It all but radiated off him.

“It was the only way,” she said sadly.

“Check inside, make sure there are no others. It ends here,” the tall man said over his shoulder. His partner was still sitting uneasily on his small bay mare. At the barked command he slowly slid to the ground.

The tall one turned back to Lady Valencia. “You would risk all of us, for what? This?” Is he supposed to be gesturing at something here? I understand you are being intentionally vague but this becomes a bit confusing. We can't see what's happening unless you show us. Anger made his voice hard (anger hardened his voice - shows us, don't tell us (cliche, I know) ) as he grabbed her by her hair, dragging her inside. She followed best she could, half standing, half stumbling. Releasing her, he shoved her to the floor near the ancient hearth. He looked up as his partner's footsteps echoed up the stone steps and into the front hall.

“She's alone.” He wouldn't meet her eyes. “The others must have gone with Oren.”

Hearing his name, a small sob escaped from her lips. Whose lips? Mairi or Valencia?

“I think I saw stables out back, check them. We'll need fresh horses. I'll be along” His cold eyes bore into hers while the other man made his way out. “Did they tell you what would happen if you came?” Came where? Doesn't she live there? He pulled a small steel dagger from a fold in his cloak. Good suspenseful ending.

This is an interesting way to start a book. It leaves you with questions which leads you to want to keep reading. You should be careful not to be too vague, though. When you don't explain anything suspense is lost to confusion which isn't nearly as strong a driving force for a book. You don't want to give everything away, but give enough away to keep it interesting.

The only other big suggestion I have is to try to make it more clear who something is referring to. It can get a little confusing between Mairi and Valencia at times.

Whelp, that's it for me. What do you all think? Feel free to share thoughts in the comments! And thanks again Kelly for sharing and good luck with Cornerstone!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Featured Authors: Jack D. Albrecht Jr and Ashley Delay!

As you all know I was fortunate enough to be a part of the blog tour for Osric's Wand: The Wand-Maker's Debate. If you didn't know that then you should hop on over to my review of the wonderful, and I do mean wonderful, book.

As a part of the blog tour we were all given the opportunity to interview the authors. I realize most people posted the interviews with their reviews but I decided to post them separately both because of my ocd requiring I stick to my blog schedule and because it is just one more day that the book gets a little extra attention. Without further ado, the interview!

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? How was the idea for Osric's Wand born? Did one of you have the idea and then bring the other into it, or were you together on it from the start?

Ashley:  The initial idea for the world of Archana is Jack’s.  I was lucky enough that he felt he couldn’t complete it without me, and I got to join him on this amazing adventure.  I will let him tell you about it.

Jack: Well, that is the gist of it.  I had some difficulty writing Bridgett, and I needed help with some other character issues.  I knew that Ashley and I had VERY similar taste in books so i did everything in my power to get her to join me.  I did have to recruit some mob members to help me, and I think she gave in right about the time they took the thumb screws out of the trunk.

Yikes! Well it's a good thing she did! What about the process? I know I've always wondered how people go about collaborating on something like this. How did you go about it? 

Ashley:  We could not have done it without the internet.  We both live very busy lives, between children, jobs, and school.  If we had to be in the same room to work on the book, it would take us ten years to put out a sequel.  We use document software with real-time interactions and a chat window, email, text, phone calls, and the occasional face-to-face brainstorming session while our girls get together to play.

Jack: I have also used food to bribe her to come over, so it isn’t always our girls playing together that allows us some time to discuss in person.  I have some skill in the kitchen, so I use it to get some face to face time as well.

Food is the best bribe ever. I'll show up just about anywhere for some good food! I've always thought I would have a really hard time collaborating with someone on something like this because I tend to know what direction I want to take something in and I get attached to that idea. Did you ever have disagreements about where to take the story?

Ashley: A few times along the way we had a difference of opinion, but most of our disagreements consisted of me thinking I had shared my ideas with Jack, when in fact he had no idea where I was headed with the story, or vice versa.  We always managed to catch up to each other eventually.  Truly though, the story changed so much as we wrote it that most of our plans evolved into something completely different by the time that part of the story arrived.

Jack: Yes, and we settle the disagreements the way any man and woman who disagree would do it; we discuss the issue, and then do what the woman wants!  In reality; we have both had to do some give and take, we have a great friendship and can both understand where the other is going, most times.  We don’t have a whole lot of disagreements about the direction of the story, it is the smaller details that we disagree on the most. 

Do either of you have favorite characters from the book? Anyone who was your favorite to write?

Ashley:  I really enjoyed writing Machai’s part, especially his speech.  Honestly though, the descriptions of the world of Archana were my favorite parts to write.

Jack: Gus is so much fun to write, I can honestly say that I have been caught off guard by some things that he says.  He won’t let me write it any different either!

I can see how Gus would be an interesting character to write. And he definitely seems like the type of character who would take control of how he was being written!

The end of the book just screams sequel. Can we assume there will be a new book to look forward to?

Ashley: You sure can!  The next book in the Osric’s Wand series will be released this fall.  Keep your eye out for The High-Wizard’s Hunt!

Lets learn a little more about the authors. Tell us a little bit about yourselves. 

Ashley:  Well, I am a single mom, I run a therapeutic massage practice and attend school full time for a degree in literature and philosophy, and I enjoy writing fiction as much as I enjoy reading it.  A fun fact...I am a total night owl.  There is absolutely nothing about 5 A.M. that I find enjoyable.

Jack: I am an amateur beekeeper, pharmacy technician, cook, classic car buff, gardener, reader, and father to the most beautiful little girl the world has ever met.  I am also a huge country music fan, and I am a sucker for any tv show with Gordon Ramsay in it!

I completely agree Ashley! The only way I ever see 5am is if I haven't fallen asleep yet!

I've noticed that my main character has acquired a few of my little habits. Did either of you notice anything about you slipping into the characters?

Ashley:  I don’t really feel like the characters in our book have acquired any of my traits, but I certainly feel that there is a lot of me in the world we write in.  An author can’t help but project into their work; I think that is true of any artist.

Jack: I agree; I don’t think any of the characters have any of my habits, but there is a bit of me throughout the book. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! And best of luck on your future writings!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Writer in You Blog Hop # 8

Since I just love blog hops oh so much, I decided to host one myself!

There will be no set end date to this blog hop, so whenever you find us feel free to sign up!

This is a blog hop for all you aspiring writers out there. It is a chance to meet other writers and share tips, writing, and experiences, all while gaining new followers for your loverly blog!

I host writing marathons on Saturdays on a Facebook group called Word Wars (today will be our first marathon as well as the first blog hop! Feel free to join us here anytime!). That is partially why I decided to begin The Writer in You Blog Hop; Saturdays are a great day to sit back and write. So what better way to start a Saturday writing session than with a question that makes you think about your writing? That exactly what this blog hop will be.

The Blog Hop!
Start by adding your name to the list of blogs at the bottom of this page. Then comment on this page letting me know you've joined us!
Then write a post of your own answering the question of that week and link it back to this page; we want as many people as possible to join!
Then: start hopping! Visit as many or as few blogs as you like and be sure to leave a comment on their posts letting them know you stopped by.

The Rules!
There are only 5 rules to this blog hop:
1. Follow me, your blog hop host! Then come back every Saturday for the week's question.
2. Be consistent: Don't forget to post your answer on Saturdays! It gives fellow WIY visitors something to comment on!
3. Grab the blog hop button below and post it on your blog; spread the word!
4. Post a link to your blog hop post on the linky-list below every week!
5. Visit other hoppers blogs! The whole point is to meet other writers and for everyone to gain a few followers:)

The Writer in You Blog Hop!

What is your favorite classic novel and is there anything in particular you take from it that you hope to see in your own writing?

Oddly enough because I was in all the AP English classes in high school I haven't read all too many classics. I never read Romeo and Juliet, 1984, or How to Kill a Mockingbird; crazy right? As an English Literature major I'm sure I will be feeling the consequences of that this upcoming year with British Lit I and II on my course schedule. I did read books that I believe are modern classics that will survive such as The Kite Runner, which I absolutely love. So much. Everyone should read it.

I suppose my favorite classic would have to be The Catcher in the Rye. I can't say that I connected to it the way most teenagers supposedly do but I do love that book. I think the reason it is a classic, the reason most books become classics, is because the themes within it are timeless. No matter what year it is, no matter how old the book is, there will still be teenagers caught in the middle of childhood and adulthood wandering around, though metaphorically in most cases, trying to figure out what the hell they're supposed to be doing. That is something I want to see in my books. No, not aimless teenagers, but themes that people will forever be able to relate to.

I have heard/seen so many people say/post something like "people these days need to put down junk like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and read a classic for once". I could not disagree with that statement more. I think the thing that irritates me most in the literary world, or at least is up at the top of the list, are people who believe the current classics are the only classics that exist. Just because a book has only been around for a few years right now does not mean it will not still be around in 50. Sure today's classics are rather different from something like Charles Dickens or even The Catcher in the Rye, but that does not mean they will not survive. I firmly believe that 100 years from now kids and adults alike will still be reading Harry Potter, because the themes of love and friendship are timeless; I firmly believe that is the first classic from my lifetime to be published. How about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999? Though perhaps not quite as well known, it is destined to survive for generations. Even the Hunger Games series has a chance at it. I wish we could redefine the concept of classic literature in many people's minds who, in my opinion, have it all wrong. Classic does not mean old. Classic means timeless. Classic means it will survive. Just because today's work has not had the chance to prove it will survive the test of time, does not mean it won't.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Osric's Wand The Wand-Maker's Debate Review

Title: Osric's Wand The Wand-Maker's Debate
Author: Jack D. Albrecht Jr. and Ashley Delay
Pages: 208 (Nookbook)
Publishing Date: August 2011
Reason for Reading: Blog Tour
Synopsis: While the world leaders of Archana gather for an unprecedented peace treaty signing, tragedy strikes, and rumors spread of war. Osric; a young, untested leader, is thrust into the chaos and must journey far with his unlikely companions to stop the inevitable world war. Circumstance brought them together, but prophecy has entwined their fates.

Now, the young Vigile Contege, the world’s greatest Wand-Maker, and a beautiful Maiden of the Unicorn must put aside their differences and work together, or watch as their homes are destroyed. Their understanding of magic will be challenged as they discover new methods and uses for their powers, and each day will only uncover more unanswerable questions to torment Osric’s mind.

Why the signing was attacked? What do the unicorns want with him? How do you read a book with no words? What is so special about his wand?

First let me just say thank you to Jack and Ashley for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

It has been awhile since reading a book has inspired me to write the way this one did - an effect of excellent high fantasy I suppose, which is exactly what this book is. To be honest I've been sitting up for the past hour trying to work out new plot issues in Disinherited because while reading this book I realized I did not understand the world of Antara quite well enough yet to be writing about it. There is nothing I love more than a story that rekindles my passion towards my own writing.

I will admit I was slightly apprehensive about the book, but my concerns disappeared within the first pages when Osric accidentally steps on a drunken squirrel who then goes on to yell at him and walk away grumbling about it. The take on different species was the first thing that really got my attention. Lions, dragons, and, apparently, even squirrels are all intelligent beings capable of intelligent thought and speech. That's not something you see everyday. I found myself laughing as I tried to imagine a prairie dog standing in front of a dragon having a perfectly normal conversation with each other.

Another thing at the top of my list as to why I loved this book is that it keeps you guessing. There is always some puzzle nagging at the back of your mind as the story goes on, pushing you to keep reading because you simply must know what the hell is going on. Even when there is little action the story never seems to die down as you're constantly being given more background into the world and its magic and secrets. Despite how desperately Osric may wish otherwise, there is never a dull moment.

As an ending note I would like to add that this books needs to be made into a movie just so I can see the fire-tellings; culturally I think that was my favorite part.

I would like to remind you all how rare it is that I give out 5 key reviews for books so that everyone new to the diaries will have at least some understanding of how much it means for me to do so. Even the best of books will often only get 4 keys simply because they did not stick with me the way an elite few do.

This is an extra special review because it also comes with a giveaway! Simply include your name and email in your comment about the review to be entered for a chance to win a t-shirt of the lovely cover - who doesn't love free stuff? The contest will run all weekend and will officially end  midnight, Monday morning when a winner will be selected entirely at random.

Haven't had enough of Osric's Wand? I have an interview with the authors coming up on Sunday! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Diaries, 3 Liebster Awards and a lot of Questions

I have had the strange luck to be tagged with the Liebster Award by 3 different people all in the matter of a few days. Crazy right?

So. The Liebster Award is for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. I have to share 11 facts about me, answer 11 questions asked by the person who tagged me (which, in my case, mean 33 questions...yikes!) and then tag 11 new bloggers to answer 11 questions of my choosing.

First I'll answer the questions from Kelly over at Reading Kelly.

1. Where do you keep all of your unread books- together or scattered throughout your shelves?

My shelves are organized by series so there are some unread books mixed in with the read since I tend to buy books in a series right when they come out even if I don't have time to read them just yet. I do have one shelf that is mostly stand-alones I have yet to read, though.

2. Do your book selections vary by season?

Not really. I just read whatever sounds interesting. I guess I tend to read longer books in the summer when I have time since I don't have class. But other then that, no.

3. What is your favorite food?

Don't make me pick, pretty please? I love baked and mashed potatoes. And you can never go wrong with babyback ribs...please don't make me choose!

4. Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

Always read them before buying a book. Its how I decide whether or not I want to read it.

5. Any quirky reading habits?

I cannot buy a book in paperback if I own another book in the same series in hardcover and vice-versa. I have yet to buy Insurgent for this exact reason..

6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?

New Zealand<3 New Zealand is Middle Earth to me and its beautiful. Plus there is no end to what you can do there. I wanna go snorkeling, and rock climbing, and, most important, the Middle Earth tour<3
I also really want to go to Italy<3 Preferably before Venice sinks..

7. When did your love of reading begin?

Goodness how tired of you are hearing this story? Haha when I was little my Dad read me The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. After that I was hooked on fantasy. I'd read anything I could get my hands on.

8. What are the best and worst books you have read lately?

I don't really think there is a "worst book" I've read because usually the only reason I don't like a book is because of my tastes, not because its a bad book. I suppose the best I've read recently would be Divergent and my least favorite recently would be Doll House. Horror and I are not friends.

9. Do you have any hobbies outside of reading?

Obviously I love to write. I also like to sketch a bit but I'm pretty much the worst drawer ever. I'm also a bit of a gamer.

10. Which do you prefer- the beginning or end of a story?

Well..beginnings are usually really I guess the end. But I also get kinda sad when I finish a really good book or read the last book in a series. You know the feeling - we all got it when we finished Harry Potter.

11. What is your fondest book memory?

I really can't pick. Harry Potter 7 will always be a favorite of mine. Hunger Games is up there too - reading the Hunger Games is what finally gave me the push I needed to take my own stories in a completely new direction. They ended my "copying Tolkien" phase and now I finally feel like my story is honestly entirely my own.

Okay I'm going to answer these questions in 3 different posts and I'll tag my blogs at the end.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blog Tour: The Orphan The Soulcatcher and the Black Blizzard

Author Kimberlee Ann Bastian has stopped by my blog today with a guest post for her blog tour.  Check it out!

Tools to creating the Road Map
By: Kimberlee Ann Bastian

To keep a story in check, some writers use outlines, some posted notes, others journals. Me, I use them all and as an added bonus, I literally use a map. From the start, I had a map of Chicago printed out so I could dot the path for Charlie and Bartholomew accordingly. Once I had the visual, I started in on the outline, which ended up looking more like storyboards without the images. Along the way, I wrote ideas down in my journal as they came and used posted notes as reminders. At times, I would come to roads still under construction in which case I would dig into the “encyclopedia” which houses a lot of my historic research and character profiles.

The main storyline surrounding Charlie and Bartholomew as they come across the non-supernatural elements of the story was by far the easiest thing to handle. The secondary part of the storyline, the mythology surrounding Bartholomew was a bit trickier. I knew which supernatural elements I wanted to introduce early on, but the question became how much do I reveal without bogging down the essential story. As the drafts evolved and the mythology of the series grown, it became apparent; I needed a three-tear process. The Orphan, the Soulcatcher, and the Black Blizzard would focus more on the human element with a sprinkle of supernatural, Book Two would Annie-up the mystical elements and by Book Three the gloves would be off and a high-fantasy storyline would resolve the first third of the nine-part odyssey.

Writing three books, or at least rough drafting three books truly helped with the foreshadowing of the mythology. Without it, certain items may not have been introduced properly. For instance, it is imperative the reader know that Bartholomew knows a secret, but not what that secret pertains, at least not yet. They will get an idea, but the relevance to Book One puts it on the back burner. Another example is the introduction of four key players in the series, The Golden Faun, the Black Tortoise, the Shepherdess and The Trickster. Like Bartholomew’s secret, none of these characters are merely stars on the road map with no roads leading to them.

With a story so dependent on mythology in the secondary storyline, it is vital to think ahead and know ultimate where you want to end. It does not have to happen all at once, but it is good to know if there is a gas station up ahead.  

 Author’s Links:

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Writer In You Blog Hob #7

Since I just love blog hops oh so much, I decided to host one myself!

There will be no set end date to this blog hop, so whenever you find us feel free to sign up!

This is a blog hop for all you aspiring writers out there. It is a chance to meet other writers and share tips, writing, and experiences, all while gaining new followers for your loverly blog!

I host writing marathons on Saturdays on a Facebook group called Word Wars (today will be our first marathon as well as the first blog hop! Feel free to join us here anytime!). That is partially why I decided to begin The Writer in You Blog Hop; Saturdays are a great day to sit back and write. So what better way to start a Saturday writing session than with a question that makes you think about your writing? That exactly what this blog hop will be.

The Blog Hop!
Start by adding your name to the list of blogs at the bottom of this page. Then comment on this page letting me know you've joined us!
Then write a post of your own answering the question of that week and link it back to this page; we want as many people as possible to join!
Then: start hopping! Visit as many or as few blogs as you like and be sure to leave a comment on their posts letting them know you stopped by.

The Rules!
There are only 5 rules to this blog hop:
1. Follow me, your blog hop host! Then come back every Saturday for the week's question.
2. Be consistent: Don't forget to post your answer on Saturdays! It gives fellow WIY visitors something to comment on!
3. Grab the blog hop button below and post it on your blog; spread the word!
4. Post a link to your blog hop post on the linky-list below every week!
5. Visit other hoppers blogs! The whole point is to meet other writers and for everyone to gain a few followers:)

The Writer in You Blog Hop!

Have you ever had a character you intended to kill refuse to be killed?

I'll admit this weeks question stems from some personal curiosity.
My main character's mother originally was dead before the book even started. I had to move a few things around for everything to make sense which resulted in her being present for the beginning and dying shortly into the book.
Except I'm now almost 50 pages in and she's still kicking. She is determined to be a part of this story; I feel bad that I simply cannot allow it. Her death is what essentially sets the entire story in motion. She simply cannot be allowed to live. But she is trying as hard as she can. Fitting to the character really; she's a fighter and a bit of a badass. I think I might have to write a standalone about her later in her honor. Her story is quite an interesting one.
I have finally figured out how to successfully kill her, but it took me awhile. She was a stubborn one!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dear Diaries, A Night with the Trenchers

Dear Diaries,

Before I begin what is sure to be an epic fangirl post I have a few small announcements. First...

My critiquing mailbox is empty! Send those excerpts in people! I love reading them! Thefictiondiairies[at]gmail[dot]com. Do it!
I do have one for the next critiquing day that I am terribly sorry didn't get posted this past monday. I had intended to do it after my physical but after getting 6 needles shoved into my arm by 4 different people I wasn't in a pleasant enough mood to trust myself with a critique. I hope you understand :P

And second..

I am SO close to having 100 followers!

 I'm sitting right on the cliff at 99- show some love! I think I might have to give a shot out to my lovely number 100 so if it turns out to be you let me know! I am also trying to think up something fun to do in honor of this wonderful occasion. I have a few ideas but I'd love to hear from you as well! Leave any suggestions in the comments!

Now, onto the topic of the day:


Marianas Trench came to Detroit last night! To put it mildly, it was a hot show.

To put it was the hottest, stickiest, most disgusting show I have ever been to.... and it was oh so completely worth it!

This beautiful boy is Josh Ramsay. If I could live in his voice my life would be perfect.

Now, I think I've been to my fair share of concerts for being only 19. I've been to Warped Tour 3 times during which I've seen All Time Low, 3oh!3, Hot Chelle Rae, NeverShoutNever, Breathe Carolina,  and Mayday Parade to name only a very few. I saw 3oh!3 again in Detroit where I Fight Dragons and Cobra Starship opened. I saw Paramore, also in Detroit, and I saw Panic at the Disco, Plain White Ts, and Jack's Mannequin all in one night.

The point is I am not new to the concert scene. And last night Marianas Trench gave the best live show I have ever seen. It might be tied with 3oh!3 in Detroit...but if you knew how much I love 3oh!3 then you'd know that's pretty damn impressive.

I'm rather ridiculously short so I have never gotten pics this good and this close at a show before - aside from Hot Chelle Rae but I saw them when no one had a clue who they were so it wasn't that hard. I honestly I have no idea how I ended up so close or how I was lucky enough to not have some 6' giant in front of me like I usually do. I think the Trencher gods were looking out for me. Thank you, Trencher gods!

This pic I was not lucky enough to take. I stole it from someone on Twitter.

I've always thought it would be really creepy and weird to have people grabbing at you like that. But he crowd surfed like 3 times so he was basically asking for it. And I might not have been lucky enough to get this pic, but I was lucky enough to grab his hand one of the times he did it. Not even intentional - I got pushed into the chaos by the people behind me. But..still...

Pretty much...
Go ahead and judge. 

I was really close to catching one of his guitar picks but it fell just in front of me and some chick picked it up before I found it.

I feel kinda bad because I didn't get many good pics of the other guys in the band. I was dead center the whole time so Josh was the easiest shot..and the one I'm most in love with. Plus I think Mike was just determined to be blurry in every pic I got. What a jerk :P

Best I can offer for any Matt fans out there. He refused to stand still and whenever he did I got shoved or something. It took like 10 tries just to get this one.

**UPDATE** So I was running through Twitter and Matt tweeted about how last night was the first time he ever performed shirtless. Apparently a lot of people are rather jealous of the Detroit Trenchers right now - as they should be! But since it was such a momentous occasion I ran along to tumblr to find a better pic to honor it with<3

Guh. So beautiful.
And now we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Fo'sho though. I am in love with Ramsay's voice. I had always knows he was an amazing singer in and out of the studio but I had never heard him live for myself until last night.

If I had one wish it would be for him to sing me to sleep every night. Seriously.

Basically I am a full-fledged Trencher and damn proud of it!

I shall leave you with videos of their songs and beg of those of you who have never listened to them to press play. You will fall in love. Guaranteed. Non-negotiable. 

You're welcome ;)

Ever After 

Truth or Dare - one of my personal faves off the the Ever After Album<3

Bill Joel fans? This is their cover of And So It Goes. Entirely a capella. Perfect example of one of the biggest reasons I love them; every single one of them can sing like nobody's business<3 

I don't know why the videos aren't showing up but for some reason you can still push play if you click where they're suppose to be..I don't know what blogger's playing at but check'm out anyway!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Writer in You Blog Hop #6

Since I just love blog hops oh so much, I decided to host one myself!

There will be no set end date to this blog hop, so whenever you find us feel free to sign up!

This is a blog hop for all you aspiring writers out there. It is a chance to meet other writers and share tips, writing, and experiences, all while gaining new followers for your loverly blog!

I host writing marathons on Saturdays on a Facebook group called Word Wars (today will be our first marathon as well as the first blog hop! Feel free to join us here anytime!). That is partially why I decided to begin The Writer in You Blog Hop; Saturdays are a great day to sit back and write. So what better way to start a Saturday writing session than with a question that makes you think about your writing? That exactly what this blog hop will be.

The Blog Hop!
Start by adding your name to the list of blogs at the bottom of this page. Then comment on this page letting me know you've joined us!
Then write a post of your own answering the question of that week and link it back to this page; we want as many people as possible to join!
Then: start hopping! Visit as many or as few blogs as you like and be sure to leave a comment on their posts letting them know you stopped by.

The Rules!
There are only 5 rules to this blog hop:
1. Follow me, your blog hop host! Then come back every Saturday for the week's question.
2. Be consistent: Don't forget to post your answer on Saturdays! It gives fellow WIY visitors something to comment on!
3. Grab the blog hop button below and post it on your blog; spread the word!
4. Post a link to your blog hop post on the linky-list below every week!
5. Visit other hoppers blogs! The whole point is to meet other writers and for everyone to gain a few followers:)

The Writer in You Blog Hop!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Did you share it with people or keep it to yourself?

I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. From third grade and on I would start random stories (never finishing any of course), write poems, the works. I acquired a love of reading at a very young age thanks to my Dad who, instead of reading me Cinderella, read me The Hobbit. The more I read the more I wanted to write my own stories. Of course when I was in high school I got stuck in the "you have to pick a real job" crap that they do, which I hate so much. I wrote very little throughout high school because it had been pushed into my head that writing isn't a real job. I missed out on a lot of valuable writing time because of that, but I don't think I ever really stopped dreaming of being a writer.
As for telling people - I think my mom knew I should be a writer before I did; she's been saying it for as long as I can remember. I never really felt the need to hide it since my family is so supportive, but I know not everyone is so lucky. And of course there are always going to be those people who you say "I want to be a writer" and they look at you like "good luck with that".
I don't know if I'm destined to be an author, but I know I was born to be a writer.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dear Diaries, Sherlock Holmes: Rapture Up North

Dear Diaries,

Rapture by Lauren Kate come out yesterday and I am just oh so excited about it! I can't wait to find out how it all ends!

I am intrigued by the fact that the dress is white for this cover when it has been black for the others. Interesting..

In other news I will be headed up north for a short visit to my grandparent's this weekend. This should mean a lot of free time to write without much distraction which I desperately need. Unfortunately it may also mean I will not have my review of Rapture up until next Friday. I doubt I will have the book finished before we leave and the internet up there tends to be a bit sketchy. But I shall do my best. And I will schedule the WIY Blog Hop post ahead of time so that will go as planned and I just won't be able to read all of your lovely responses until I get home.

How many of you are just here waiting to see what Sherlock Holmes has to do with this post? Well I'll tell you.

I just finished season 2 of BBC's Sherlock. And instead of describing my reaction to the season finale I think I will allow my gifs addiction to do the talking for me:

At first I was like...

And then I was like...

Naturally followed by...

Moving on to something like the last few seconds of this...

And at last we reached...


Damnit Steven Moffat why must you be such an amazingly cruel writer? For those of you who don't know Moffat is also the lead writer of another amazing BBC show. Perhaps you've heard of it..  



Nope. It's true.

Sherlock is awesome and you should watch it. Fo'sho. Just be warned that the season 2 finale will leave you just as it left me and that season 3 isn't scheduled to begin production until 2013. Why you ask? Because Moffat is probably busy with Doctor Who for one (season 7 begins in the fall! ahh!!!) and two...

 Benedict Cumberbatch aka Sherlock

is a busy voice acting for...


Martin Freeman aka Watson

is busy finding the ring
and pissing Smaug off as..    

Bilbo Baggins

I suppose filming The Hobbit is a good enough excuse to make me wait. I've been waiting far longer for this movie than a year so I'm sure I can survive without a new Sherlock episode...if I must.

I do hope you have enjoyed my parade of gifs today. I think that is everything for this week. I shall leave you with the epicness that is The Hobbit trailer. Watch it! And you'll have to let me know if I'm the only one who thinks Kili is hot....I doubt it ;)