Winner Of Blogiversary Giveaway, What Books I’m Reading, And a GINORMOUS Apology

BAD BLOGGER, VERY BAD BLOGGER!!!

I believe I’ve started a post that way before… Oh well.

I’m SO SO SORRY I didn’t post Monday!!! I was getting ready to sit and write my post, and a thunder storm pops up and our power goes out. *facepalm* And it didn’t come back on until, like, ten o’clock at night. (When I was still awake reading Lodestar…. OMGoodness, that book, you guys… *cries*)

Anyway, I’m super sorry about that! And going on an unplanned hiatus also needs a big apology…. Work and dance and life got hectic, especially with new baby sister… But I kept you in suspense about the winner longer, so that’s a plus! #sorrynotsorry

(Hashtags are so grammatically incorrect, aren’t they? Sorry, I’m rambling… I’ve missed you guys!)

Alright, enough chatter. You want to know who won the giveaway, right?

The winner issss….

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IZZY at Sew Sweet Dollies!!!!

Congrats, Izzy!! Izzy said if she won, she would like Nightfall by Shannon Messenger. (Can’t blame you there, Izzy… I’m waiting in agony for November!) You can contact me at thebuddingwriter@yahoo.com to claim your win! NOTICE: If the prize is not claimed within two weeks, I will have to pick a new winner. I really don’t want to do that, so if you could contact me as soon as you can, that’d be great! 🙂

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Yay! Thanks to everyone who entered!! On a different note, I read a lot of new books in April, and I thought you’d like to see which ones they were! Also, if you have any books you think I’d like, I’m always open to suggestions! My TBR list is fairly small right now, so I’d like some recommendations!

 I *think* that’s all the books I read. There may have been more. But KEEPER, PEOPLES!! OH MAH GOODNESS!!!!! I read all of the series in about a week and a half, I believe. I have found a new fandom…. GAH!!! The love square absolutely kills me… How do I choose between Keefe, Fitz and Dex?!?!? Keefe reminds me a lot of one of my friends, with the jokester personality, but Dex is also adorable, and Fitz is just…. GAH! And the plot is amazing…. I’m writhing in agony over here just thinking about Nightfall! Has anyone else noticed Keefe is on the covers more than any other character except Sophie? He’s on Exile, Neverseen, and he’s going to be on Nightfall. I wonder if that’s significant! Overthinking over here, don’t mind me.

(That turned into an unplanned Keeper rant… Oh well. I needed it out of my system.)

ANYWAY, I’m back! I’ll try to keep on schedule now. 😉

Did you miss me? Are you as big a Keeper fan as I now am?

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A (Sorta Late) Summer Bucket List

Soooo…. this is sort of late. But, I figured since it’s just getting warm enough to do most of these, it’s not too late. I’m a little short on time, since my mom and dad are on a double-date with friends tonight and I’m babysitting my siblings, so there won’t be the graphics I wanted to make. I’m also sorry I didn’t post Wednesday, I was tired, and Wednesday is a hard day for post ideas for me, for some reason. I’ll try to be better about posting then. Anyway, here’s my summer bucket list!

  • Read 150 Books. This shouldn’t be hard for me, since I’m an extremely fast reader.
  • Walk Through A Drive-through. I may get a chance to do this tomorrow. I’ll see how it goes.
  • Sleep Under The Stars. I want to do this for my birthday, when it’ll be warm.
  • Swim More Often. I love to swim, and I only get to do it once or twice a summer. I’d love to get some more swim time in.
  • Get In The Habit Of Stretching Every Day. I’m really bad about stretching, and I need to, since I’m a dancer, so I’m trying to work up a stretch routine.
  • Finishing Writing And Revising When The Phoenix CallsI need to get this done, if I want to self-publish this series.

So there you have it! It may not be a very extensive bucket list, but all are things I feel I can accomplish over the summer, so I feel pretty good about it.

What do you think of my bucket list? Did you notice my new header? 

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First Post Of My New Schedule… Appearance Change and Rant of a Newly Acclaimed Fangirl

Hey, everyone! That’s a heck of a title, huh? Probably my longest so far! So, Friday is kind of the catch-all day, so I thought I’d jump on and show everyone a change I made in my appearance lately. Here’s a photo, for your all’s enjoyment.

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Ta-da!! And that’s a pretty big change, considering it used to look like….

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This. Yuk, I don’t like this picture. I could have done much better. And it was probably longer, because I took this in the early summer.

I cut twelve inches off my hair!! My friends faces when I walked into dance class were phenomenal… My friend Owen turned around because everyone else was gasping over it and yelled, “Whoa!! What happened to your hair???” XD His face made my day. I love surprising people that way. 😉

And, just because, here are a couple other pictures.

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Credit to my little bro Kane for taking these… I think I’m training him pretty well. XD And if in the middle picture a piece of my hair looks different then the rest, it’s because I used henna to dye it red, but kept a small section out to do a green Kool-Aid highlight. It didn’t turn out as green as I wanted, so I’ll have to do it again. I did a post on that here. (And in case you were wondering, I’m not continuing the Authentic or Artificial series I was planning on. It seemed good at the time, but now… not so much.)  And onto the fangirl rant. If you haven’t read The Mysterious Benedict Society, go read it so you can understand this part. It may also contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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GAH THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!! I didn’t expect it to be so good!! It’s thick, (a weakness,) it’s got a cool cover, (another weakness,) and, IT’S JUST SO AWESOME!!!! AND MILLIGAN BEING KATE’S DAD?!?!?!?!?!?!? I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT IN THE LEAST!!!!!! AND CONSTANCE BEING A TODDLER WAS SOMETHING I NEVER WOULD HAVE DREAMED!!!!!!!! AND THE PLOT, AND THE LEARNING INSTITUTE FOR THE VERY ENLIGHTNED, AND MR. BENEDICT AND MR. CURTAIN AND, AND, AND…. JUST GO READ IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T IT’S SO AMAZING!!!!!! I NEED TO READ THE REST!!!! *fangirl thrashing and otherwise unsophisticated behavior*

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Ahem. I’m back to sanity now. But seriously, guys, go read it!!!!!! I need to wrap this up, because I’m super tired from dance and my job and the other crazy hoo-hah going on right now. So I guess that’s all for now. But, I’ll be back with another post Monday!! Mwah!

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