Blogging Update

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Guys, I don’t know if you know, but I haven’t posted anything IN FOREVER.

Or, maybe you do.

Either way, I just wanted to post a quick update to let you all know that I’m still here. Things have been crazy in my personal life – the holidays were not pleasant, I’m probably going to be evicted by the end of April and have NO idea where I’m going to live, and am working so much all the time that I have little life of my own anymore! And worse still, MY LAPTOP IS TRYING TO DIE.

However, since I use it to make money, I am planning on getting a new one. (Anyone with suggestions, please feel free to comment, but I am definitely doing this on a budget, so cheaper is better right now. I found a pretty purple one for around $200 so I might just do that.)

Additionally, I lost a tooth (and you all can just assume it wasn’t a baby one). I currently feel like a dumb troll as a result, even though I would never think that of anyone else. People are funny that way.

And finally, I haven’t read anything this year. Not. One. Damn. Thing. Can you believe it? I’m heartbroken. I hope that some of this stress will go away for a minute and I can get back to doing the things I love, but for now, I will try to make more posts again and focus on saving up for a laptop before this one dies on me.

Feel free to comment on the craziness in your life – or if you have any suggestions on how the heck you’re supposed to manage stress – below!

Miss you guys! I’ll be back when I can.

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

The US Election

**This has absolutely nothing to do with books. The views expressed in this post are purely mine and, yes, they are political. They revolve around the US presidential election and my personal reactions to it. Feel free to ignore it and I apologize in advanced for those I might offend. But I mean what I say here and cannot deny what I feel. Please be respectful when commenting, agree or disagree.**

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Update – Blog Format

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Sorry, I know I JUST did a blog update post, but I’m super busy right now (I know, story of my life, broken record status there) so I thought I’d do a post about what I’m thinking of doing with the blog.

I mean, other than what I am doing.

First, I’ll get some more reviews up soon. I’ve just finished up book 2 in the Lux series, so I’ll get that review written up and posted soon. I’m working on Ouija for the Halloween Read-a-Thon, so I’ll hopefully get that one taken care of, too. (I’m so behind with that it’s not even funny…) I’m actually looking through other people’s blogs (finally) so I’ll drop some comments and likes. I’ve been missing out on people’s posts so I’m trying to do rapid fire catch-up! Which is only about half effective, because I can’t spend any more time on it right now…

Later. Definitely later.

Anyway, the other thing I wanted to mention was the formatting, right? I don’t necessarily mean design (though if people have comments on that, feel free to share! I’m still practicing the whole design thing, so yeah, hints are great), but rather content? And scheduling.

Poo, Mondays.

First, I was thinking of doing a Book to Movie Monday post. You know, talk about all the YA books that have been bastardized, I mean, turned into movies? So many of my favorites are movies now and some of them have bombed so bad… Others I’ve enjoyed, though I like them for different reasons than the book. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it every Monday though… So maybe an every other week thing? What do you guys think?

That Weird Day Before Monday…

Second, I was thinking of an NA Sunday. This blog is all about YA, but I’ve read *some* good New Adult books (though not many). I was thinking I could have a sort of “free” day with Sunday and post NA books instead of restricting only to YA. Do you think that would be okay? Or would it just throw off the whole feel of the blog?

Because Everyone Loves Thursday.

Third, I wanted to do a Throwdown Thursday OR a Throwback Thursday. I could compare two books (like Vampire Academy versus Strange Angels or The Hunger Games versus Divergent – or more aptly, against Battle Royale, but I haven’t read that one yet…) and maybe do voting for a winner in the comments? What do you guys think? Like the idea? The other one, the Throwback, would be going back and talking about books I’ve read in the past that I really enjoyed instead of maybe some of the newer ones? (Though, really, I’m so behind on the times sometimes…)

And The Rest Of the Whatever Week.

I have a couple of other ideas floating around – a Freebie Friday, talking about books I’ve gotten for free or as ARCs and maybe doing a Wednesday Recap or a Terrible Tuesday for books that I’ve really disliked and why – but those three are the big ones I was really thinking about.

I’d love to hear from you guys! How do you set up your blog? Do you like to do a system of what to post when or do you do it more fly by the seat of your pants? Should I just nix the themes and stick with how things have been?

Leave me your opinions below! And I’ll do a real post sometime soon!

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

Update

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I feel as though I should apologize! I haven’t been on my blog much lately and I feel sort of bad for that. October has turned into a super busy (and way stressful) month for me, which irks me to no end.

Where are the pumpkin spice lattes? (And, well, everything really.)

Where is the pumpkin carving?

Where are the bad horror movies?

WHERE IS MY DARN COFFEE??!?!

Oh, wait, that last one isn’t really an October thing… Anyway, I really just ended up swamped by work. Deadlines got moved up (which was not my idea) and as a result, I can’t get anything done on time. Worse, everyone wants me to do MORE. More revisions. More writing. More outlining.

Whatever.

All of this accumulates until we are left with just one thing: An annoyed E.C. (Who is prone to random crying fits that really have no bearing on anything and are making my significant other stare at me as though I’ve grown a second head… but we won’t talk about that.)

Anyway, I really just wanted to let everyone know that I haven’t forgotten you all! This has been an awesome experience to reenter the blogging sphere and I’m not giving it up. I just haven’t had the chance to be as active as I’d like. But I’ll get started on some more posts, some much overdue comment replies and some blog perusing. Additionally, I swear I WILL get back to my How To Write A Novel series.

Eventually, lol.

There you have it folks. I’m not done yet, just having that pesky Life Happens problem. I’m still doing the Halloween Read-a-Thon (which, if you haven’t checked it out, link is here; my TBR is here) and have started Ouija! I’m about 25% through.

Stay tuned for updates. And feel free to comment below with… well, whatever you’d like! Tell me what YOU do when life gets in the way! How do you deal with stress? What’s eating you lately?

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E.C. Orr

P.S. – I just found out how to delete stuff off my Kindle that I didn’t want. Lol. I feel accomplished.

Review: Sam I Am by Heather Killough-Walden

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I was pleasantly surprised by this!

This was a well written stor and despite some mistakes, I really enjoyed the read! The author managed to pull threads of my favorite holiday through to create an original, engrossing tale. I obviously loved the Halloween elements and enjoyed the idea of Sam altogether. I wish there had been a bit more on the magic witchcraft side of things, but I appreciate the fact that the story didn’t drag because the author was trying to explain everything. There were a few plot holes or at least things that I felt needed more explaining, but the story was pretty well formed and mostly coherent.

The characters were decently developed. I think Logan was edging towards too perfect, but just barely. Dom was everything I want in a male lead and I liked that there was a useful adult in the mix – unusual in YA. I hope to see more of Meagan in book 2.

Overall, I am impressed. I hadn’t been expecting much.l, but I got a great, fun, Halloween read out of it. I would recommend to fans of Halloween, mild romance, and some supernatural fun. Will definitely be reading book two!

**I should make a quick note on this. Yes, I really enjoyed this book. I did not, however, feel that it was truly groundbreaking or extraordinarily amazing. I thought it was MUCH better than expected and enough that I didn’t feel bad for paying the three bucks to read it. And I will read the others, too. But if you don’t like Halloween and you get easily distracted while reading, this probably isn’t for you. I personally really liked it, but I think there are a lot of readers that might not feel the same way.**

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E.C. Orr

Book Information:

sam-i-amTitle: Sam I Am (The October Trilogy)
Author: Heather Killough-Walden
ISBN13: 9781301163373
Language: English
Approximate Length: 147 pages
Stars: ★★★★☆
This is currently only available in ebook format.

Suicide Prevention Month

**BEFORE WE START: This post will contain sensitive topics like suicide. If you are not comfortable with this, please read no further. I share this because it is important to me, but this has nothing to do with my normal blog posts, nothing to do with reading, reviewing, or writing. Also, there are resources at the end of this post for suicide prevention, so if you need those, please mosey on down to the very bottom.**

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Watercolor: The Reader

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I was dinking around doing some artsy stuff on my day off and decided that I would do the cover of The Reader by M. K. Harkins. (I haven’t read it yet, but I have the e-book!) It’s absolutely beautiful from the tint to the freckles. (I just love freckles. It’s a weakness.) That being said, watercolor is strictly speaking, not my medium. I work better with pencil and on rare occasions colored pencil or pen.

Which is why I’m determined to work with paint! I’m so terrible at it, that I’m going to work hard at getting better until I can (hopefully) do some really awesome things with it! For now, this’ll do. I’ll try harder next time.

The freckles faded! I don’t know if it was the picture flash or just the watercolor drying…

Anyway, I really just wanted to share. Opinions welcome, but be gentle. As I said, this is new(ish) territory for me.

If there are any covers that you’d recommend sketching/painting from, let me know! I find book covers are the easiest to draw for me for some reason – and they encourage me to find new books, which is always a plus.

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

Site Update

Dear Reader

I’m currently trying to work out the layout of my blog here on WordPress, mostly because I am actually a Livejournal fan. (I’ve gone to the dark side and tried Tumblr, but I don’t care how many cookies and cat videos they have, they simply aren’t all that talented at making a “blogging” space. Comment feature, anyone?) I’m still working out the kinks here and as you can see, my header and background, etc. might need a little work.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to take a picture of *my* bookshelf soon and use that as my header, but for now, I’ll settle for the generic image I got off the internet from a bookstore (I think Barnes & Noble, but it’s difficult to say now).

That being said, if anyone has any recommendations as far as graphics are concerned, please, feel free to share. I haven’t been in the graphics department for years now and am more than a little rusty. (Does anyone else remember when Photobucket had the best online photo editing out there? Because now it’s terribly lame and I’m always searching for a better site to use. And I’d rather spend money on books than on a graphics program – don’t I have PSP something rather out there somewhere?)

Hopefully, I’ll get the site set up to my liking soon!

Thanks for your patience and bothering to check out my site at all! Very appreciative!

Sincerely

E.C. Orr

Welcome!

Dear Reader;

As a reader myself, I’d like to first say thank you for taking the time to visit my little hole in the world wide web and for lingering long enough to read the first line or two. Don’t worry, I won’t take until halfway down the page until I tell you what this site is all about. In fact, I’ll go ahead and do that now.

My aim here is to use this as a Book Blog. Books that I’m just now getting to or ones that have just come out recently, I’ll make a point of reviewing or talking about here (possibly in letter format, because I do so love that). I’ll promote new and upcoming authors when I get the chance, let you know when I find a real gem amidst the slush that often floats out into the real world, and offer up some tips on writing, editing, advertising, and publishing.

I admit, it sounds a might ambitious, but I don’t have to do it all today, and I’ve got plenty a start on the reading at least.

If anyone has suggestions, questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me either via e-mail or through the commenting system here on my site.

Thanks for taking the time!

-E.C. Orr