Archive | October, 2012

Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Happy Halloween! I got a lot of great emails from yesterday’s post, so I will surely be posting answers to questions soon. But—for today—I thought I’d share all of my favorite Halloween treats! (And tricks)

 

Kids Movie: Hocus Pocus (Or The Little Vampire)

Scary Movie: Anything on TV that I haven’t seen before. (That way, I may actually get scared)

TV Show: American Horror Story (Which comes on tonight!)

Classic Novel: Frankenstein

YA Novel: The Party Room

Food: Pumpkin Pie…especially right now, at Perkins, they have Pumpkin cream pie. So delicious.

Candy: Branch’s Strawberries!

 

I’m dressed up like the Pink Power Ranger. I suppose my name is now Kimberly.

 

Happy Halloween! Here’s our pumpkins!

 

~SAT

Shannon Summary: Ask Me Anything

30 Oct

As I closed my Wattpad.com account down today, I found myself struggling, knowing that I was letting go of a website I felt very connected with, along with all of the fellow writers and readers that I have learned so much from. (If you haven’t checked out Wattpad.com, click here to read my previous information on the topic).

So I got to thinking:

What causes us to connect with one another as writers and readers (or bloggers, in this case.)? We may have a lot in common. We may be in the same genre or had similar life experiences. Or we might not.

I have found that there are a variety of people, connecting for very similar along with different reasons.

So today—other than my encouragement to connect with your own readers or writers—I want to connect with you, my readers.

What would you like to see more of on my site? Are there any questions you have for me (about anything!)? Want to know why I started writing? Want to know my experience in publishing? Want to know my favorite color? Want my to ask you a question?

Leave me a message or send me an email via my contact page, and I’ll post more of what you all want to see! Basically, meet me–beyond the information already provided. Let me know if you want your question credited if you email me, or it will be anonymous when I post the interview questions in a soon-to-be future posting.

After all, readers allow us writers to fully function in our passion!

Happy Tuesday! I hope anyone on the east coast (or with family) is okay from Hurricane Sandy!

P.S. Here’s another picture of Bogart and I, because I just can’t help myself.

Bogart

~SAT

Hurricane Sandy

29 Oct

Because I have family in Pennsylvania (I was also born there) here’s links on information over Hurricane Sandy, so you can track it like I am!

I hope everyone is safe!

Watch Live Coverage here. (There is some amazing–but terrifying–footage on this site)

Track the storm on interactive map here.

~SAT

Movie Mention: Insidious

29 Oct

Sorry for the lack of posts! I’ve been busy with school and Halloween. BUT—speaking of Halloween—I watched a scary movie recently that I think is a great Halloween flick: Insidious.

After moving into a new house, a family starts having strange occurrences. Once one of the children falls into a coma, the family decides to move, thinking the house is haunted. But it may not be the house. And it may not be a haunting. It’s definitely not what they think—and I was completely wrong the entire time I was guessing. Insidious is not only a different kind of a scary movie, but the plot is unique, and I actually was into it (because, let’s be real, most scary movies today aren’t that good or scary—but I liked this one).

So, if you’re looking for a scary movie, but a different kind of scary—get Insidious. (It’s also PG-13.)

Watch the trailer here.

If you don’t like scary, you could always stick with Hocus Pocus or The Little Vampire. (Those are my favorite).

~SAT

Relax & Read: The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

25 Oct

If you’re an avid reader, chances are you spend A LOT of your free time in bookstores (or on your Kindle, buying novels), and if you go to the bookstore A LOT, you probably have that one favorite section you always find yourself drawn to.

New Authors is the first section I go to.

Maybe it’s because I’m an author myself, hoping to debut in a bookstore one day in the future, or maybe it’s because I feel like that’s a great place to find the latest treasure, waiting to be found. Debut novels challenge me, forcing me to read outside of my normal spectrum and surprising me with new writing techniques. For whatever reason, reading debut novels never disappoints me, and today is the anniversary of one of my favorites:

Kjersti A. Skomsvold’s first novel, The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, was gifted to me one year ago today, and I still remember it.

Mathea Marthinsen, an elderly woman living only for her longevity, wakes up one morning and realizes she may die without ever having lived. In this realistic debut, Mathea will force readers to face the inevitable death and the meaning of mortality.

I definitely suggest this novel, because it’s an example of difference in every day literature and today’s world, along with culture (this novel is Norwegian) and writing styles. However, I can understand that the topic of death isn’t for everyone. If that is the case, then I HIGHLY encourage you to go to the New Author section in your local bookstore and find another novel to read.

Just try it. Really. You might learn something AND walk away loving a brand-new author.

Read more about Skomsvold’s novel here.

~SAT

Music Muse: DeLord

24 Oct

After I posted my interview “How Do I Write?” I received a few emails regarding my answer about music. Some of you were surprised to find out I don’t write with a soundtrack (as many think of music while writing as the soundtrack during a movie), and others asked me what kind of music I listen to where the lyrics aren’t distracting (because they’ve had the same problem), so I thought I’d explain more in depth. Plus, I realized I’ve only posted one other “Music Muse,” so where could I go wrong?

I LOVE classical music—which I know isn’t for everyone. To be honest, I’ve been listening to classical music since I spied on my grandfather in what I remember to be the “gold room” in his house (the room was decorated nicely, and us little kids weren’t allowed in it without an adult).

When it comes to classical music, of course I listen to the classics (ha. Beethoven. Mozart. Etc.) But, my recent favorite is DeLord. There’s something very haunting and mesmerizing about his sound that I can’t get enough of.

So, without further explanation, I’ll let his instruments explain:

Click here to listen to my absolute favorite: Inseguirsi by DeLord

~SAT

Movie Mention: Magic Mike

23 Oct

Okay. Okay. I know. This isn’t exactly my classiest post (or my longest), but I couldn’t help myself.

I saw Magic Mike in theatres, and it’s the perfect Girls-Night-Out (Or Girls-Night-In with wine and chocolate) movie!

Today Magic Mike was released on DVD, and of course it is an adult movie (Rated R), and it’s completely directed at women, and some people have complained that it’s downgrading, and it’s not for everyone. I get that.

That being said, if you’re open-minded towards strippers (Cough, Cough, CHANNING TATUM), then go rent this for the weekend, invite some girlfriends over, and have a great time!

~SAT

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