Thursday, February 27, 2014

Follow Friday: Changing Crappy Plotlines

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Change the plot. If you could, what book would you change the ending or plot thread? Go ahead and do it...change it.


**I think we're gonna have a lot of book spoilers on this week's posts. Mine is no different. This has spoilers for the end of this trilogy, so if you haven't read it and plan to, don't read any farther!**

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I think I'm gonna have to complain about The Millenium trilogy here. I've complained about this before, but it's one of the only books I really pretty much hated. There's a lot of talk online about giving honest reviews, and believe me, I'm all for that. Most of my reviews are relatively good, though, because I honestly don't usually hate the books I read. I might dislike aspects of them, but I rarely have a passionate negative reaction to them.

This one, I did. The first book had a great mystery/whodunit in it that I loved. I kept reading because by then I was invested enough in the characters to keep going. Books 2 and 3 sort of degraded into mediocre semi-espionage novels, which is a difficult genre for me to read anyway. The reason I kept reading was because of the promise of eventual romance between the two main characters--Michael and Lisbeth. The way the author set it up, it was all but promised. All but certain. I just kept thinking, if I can just get to where they finally hook up, it will have been worth slogging through all the slow stuff.

Roughly 100 pages before the end of book 3, it was ridiculously obvious that the author simply changed his mind. He introduced a new female character, had Michael fall for her in record time (a couple chapters I think) and decided they'd be together. At the end, Lisbeth was alone and just had to accept that she'd never get to be with Michael. 

I mean, what the *bleep* kind of ending is that anyway?

So that's the one I'd change. Get them together. Make the books worth reading. End of story. Pun intended.

So, what plot line would you change?

Thoughts for Thursday: Quotes about Folklore

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

On Monday, I did a post about writing Folklore. Continuing that theme, this week's them is The Importance of Folklore.



"Read the folklore masters. Go to galleries. Walk in the woods. That's what you need to be an artist or storyteller."--Terri Windling

"I've had a lifelong obsession with urban legends and American folklore."--Eric Kripke, creator of the hit CW show, Supernatural.

"Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know."--J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

"Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both."--George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
"Across the nations the stories spread like spiderweb laid upon spiderweb, and men and women planned the future, believing they knew truth. They planned, and the Pattern absorbed their plans, weaving toward the future foretold."--Robert Jordan, Path of Daggers

**For more quotes on folklore, check out my other blog.**

What is your favorite quote? Do you have one to add?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 9



Welcome to week 9 of our Way of Kings Read-Along. This week we read chapters 58-65. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


1. Andolin has a change of heart, not only about his father, but about how he views the war. How do you think this will affect the story going forward?

In terms of what will happen in the war or the story's plot, it's hard to say. I definitely think this will lead to Andolin becoming more like his father--less partying and hanging out with the pretty girls as he starts to see the bleak reality of what's around him. He'll probably become more sober and practical like Dalinar is. I'm hoping he'll be more of an ally for Dalinar than he hitherto has been.

2. Elhokar reveals that he sees figures with symbol heads, which sound suspiciously like the ones Shallan keeps drawing. What do you make of this?

Ooh this was interesting! Revealed in such a casual way, it' made me gasp. As creepy as I found them when Shallan drew them, it makes sense that they would make Elhokar paranoid. It seems, then, that some of his paranoia--about being watched, even if whether they want to kill him is still anyone's guess --was correct, or at least based on something real. It does make me wonder about Elhokar's state of mind, though. As his mother often points out, he's not the shrewdest king. In fact, he doesn't think much of telling his entire court things he probably should not. So why haven't we heard of him actually seeing these things before? When/where does he see them?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books (or Authors) I Can't Believe I've Never Read!

I added in the bit about authors because there are few authors I 've heard nothing but good thinks about for the past year or two, but who I haven't gotten around to reading yet. In nor particular order, I can't believe I've never read:


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Authors:
10. Jennifer L. Armentrout - The Lux series was one of the first I heard about when I started blogging, but I still haven't gotten around to it. Or anything else by her.

9. Julie Kagawa - Immortal Rules was one of the first books I added to my TBR list when I first joined Goodreads. But have I read it yet? NO!

8. John Green - I'm gonna try really hard to read The Fault in Our Stars before the film hits theaters. It's been sitting on my kindle FOREVER and I can't wait to get to it.


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Classics:
7. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - This is one classic I've never gotten around to reading. I wanted to read The Man in the Iron Mask more, which I read last year. Honestly, I'm not particularly keen to pick up another Dumas really soon, but I do want to read this title eventually.

6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville - A doozy, I know, but I've always wanted to read it. Just to say that I have. I'm actually hoping this is Ahab's year! :D

5. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad - I love, LOVE, LOVE Joseph Conrad, but have honestly only read a handful of his works. This is supposed to be his best book, so I really want to read it. Just on principle. 


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Scif/Dystopians:
4. Dune by Frank Herbert - Everyone says it's a scifi masterpiece, but I have yet to have the pleasure.

3. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Yeah, as a writer of dystopian myself, I really ought to have read all the classic dystopians. It's actually surprising that I never read this in high school, but the way the chips fell, I just never did.

2. 1984 by George Orwell - Uh, ditto #3. Plus it's my sister's favorite classic novel and she's perpetually mad at me for not having read it yet. :D

1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - I know the story, and have read excerpts, and seen the recent movie versions, but have never actually read the book. Great politics, a strong female protagonist up against a corrupt system. Sign me up! I want to read it for all the awesome quotes, if nothing else. :D 

What books do you have yet to read?

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Vast Treasure Trove of Ideas for Your Writing that You're Probably Overlooking

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It's no secret that the lovable Harry Potter books contain folklore, but there is probably more than most people realize. Everything from wizards and witches, ghosts and goblins, mythical creatures like basilisks and acromanulas, to owls, spells, and cats all come from folklore.

But none of this is original. J.K. Rowling didn't make this up. It's been around for centuries. And yet Rowling is such a successful writer, she's said to be richer than the Queen of England. 

It serves to conclude, then, that perhaps folklore plays as big a part in our culture and literature today as it did in times of yore, from whence that folklore originated.

Folklore has many definitions, but most often is was comprised of the cultural teachings of any given people, preserved orally until someone actually writes it down. 


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Folklore generally did one of two things:

1) Showed what a society valued (i.e. honesty, true love, etc.)   OR
2) Warned against something they feared (think Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf).

One way or another, they were always meant to teach. These same stories inundate our culture today, whether we realize it or not. In truth, it's almost possible to write fiction without pulling in some kind of folklore.

So, how can we make (conscious) use of folk stories in our writing?

Oh, let me count the ways! Drawing on well-known stories can be a powerful tool in your writing. As readers either consciously recognize a well-known story, or else unconsciously tune into the cadence of popular folklore, they'll expect to see certain events happen or expectations fulfilled. This will excite them and keep them turning pages.

In addition, most writers put their own spin on the legends, exploring aspects that haven't been heavily explored before, or putting a fresh twist on an old story. These are what we often refer to as fairy tale re-tellings, and they're some of the most popular books on the market today.

Things to consider when incorporating more folklore into your writing:


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1) Keep this phrase in mind anytime you're thinking about using story elements that aren't your own. It maybe just become your best friend: copyright expiration! When a copyright expires--I think the general rule is something like 50 years after the author's death--then it goes into the public domain, and anyone can use it without legal ramifications. Now, most folklore has been around for hundreds or thousands of years, so you don't generally have to worry about copyright, but always do your homework and know where you stand.

2) Bring something new to the table. Most people don't like to ready identical play-by-play re-tellings of what they already know. Put a twist on it, change the culture, time period, or locale. Check out Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series!

3) Re-read old folklore texts to get the creative juices flowing, and keep in mind that there are hundreds more stories than just the ones Walt Disney made famous. Check out this link for digital "folk texts" :

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html


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4) If you want a simplified version, the best thing to do is read children's mythology books. There are untapped mines of stories in such books, but they're simplified for kids, which make for quick, easy reading, a swift influx of information, and a feel of innocence that only writers can so completely exploit in one way or another.

I've already mentioned a few folklore-infused stories. Another of my favorite authors is Jackson Pearce. That woman knows how to write a climax, and I love the way she handles her fairy tale re-tellings.

What are some of your favorite examples of folklore in writing?


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Path of Daggers Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to our Path of Daggers Read-Along. We made it to book 8! This week we read the Prologue through chapter 4. Remember that everything in this section, as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


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1) The major players of the Borderlands all have a pow-wow at the start of the prologue. Other than the obvious, stated goal of finding Rand, what do you think they're up to?

I do have some idea where this is going, but I think it's interesting that they all came together to do this. They mention that the Blight is too quiet. Borderlanders are definitely go-getters. They can see that things are happening around them and they want to take a proactive approach--which is not to say it will necessarily be a good thing for all our beloved characters--but still. It makes me respect them.

Did anyone else pick up that bit about how Tenobia, queen of Saldea will probably die childless, which means the throne would fall to her brother Davram...or his...heir? Yup, that's right, folks. Perrin and Faile have an excellent shot at being King and Queen of Saldea some day. That's one thing I love about this later part of the series. We start to see all our Two Rivers kids, and those that originally came out of the village with them, being maneuvered into important positions. Twenty years from now--assuming everyone survives Tarmon Gai'don, which is a big if--all our main characters will probably be ruling and calling all the shots. 

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2) What do you make of Verin's covert work? What is her endgame?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Follow Friday: Tear-Jerkers

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

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What was the last book that made you cry?

Yeah that's easy. The last book I read that made me cry was The Book Thief. I read it in December and got teary eyed during several different parts. But the ending killed me. Bawled like a baby. Snot. Ugly cry. You get the picture. One of the best books I've ever read by far, but definitely a tear jerker. Anyone seen the film? I haven't gotten the chance yet.

What was the last book that made YOU cry?

Thoughts for Thursday: Quotes by the Founding Fathers

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

I'm a bit late, but Monday was President's Day, so the theme for this week's post is Quotes by our Founding Fathers.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 8



Welcome to week 8 of our Way of Kings Read-Along. This week we read chapters 51-57. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

1. What do you think of Dalinar's latest vision concerning the Radiants? Can you make sense of them? Do you think Jasnah will prove or disprove Dalinar's visions? And what did you think of Dalinar and Navani's almost moment? ;)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love My Bookish Life

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/Reader

Reasons I Love Being a Blogger:
10. I get to geek out about the books that I read.
9. I get to meet and/or connect with other awesome, bookish people.
8. I get an outlet for my thoughts, feelings, and ramblings.
7. It increases my creativity, gives me ideas for my writing.
6. I get a sense of pride and accomplishment for every book I read, post I create, and new acquaintance I make.

Reasons I Love Being a Reader:
5. I get to lose myself in awesome worlds with awesome characters.
4. I can live the drama without actually living the drama, you know?
3. I can experience things that I'll probably never have the opportunity to experience in real life (time and space travel, anyone?).
2. I can get away from both the stress and the monotony of real life for a time. 
1. I can learn to solve my problems with more grace by reading about how other, flawed people face theirs. 

Why do you love YOUR bookish life?

Cover Reveal Announcement + How I Met Brandon Sanderson at LTUE!!!

Hey Everyone! Happy President's Day!


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I spent my weekend at the LTUE Conference and it was great! Before I get to that, though, I have a favor to ask. I don't have an exact date, yet, but in the next 2-3 weeks I'm going to be doing a cover reveal for The Botanist, my crime fiction novel which will be out courtesy of Jolly Fish Press early next year. (Press Release HERE.)

I saw the cover for the first time on Friday, and it's awesome! Very haunting!

If anyone's interested in helping me do the cover reveal, I'd really appreciate it! Email me at lkhillbooks@gmail.com and I'll send you the info and exact date. I'd appreciate all the help I can get.



Okay, onto LTUE. (That's Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium.)



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This was my first year attending the conference. I've known about it for a few years now, but have just never made it there for various reasons. It's held down in Provo and runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Unfortunately, due to work conflicts, I could only attend on Friday, but it was a really great day.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Crown of Swords Read-Along, Week 8



Welcome to week 8 (the final one!) of our Crown of Swords Read-Along. This week we read from chapter 38 to the end. Remember everything from this section, as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


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1. In the Rahad we get a bit of a jumble as Ispan and Falion attack downstairs while the gholam cleaned up upstairs. With so many to choose from, who is ultimately behind this mess? Could the two be coordinated attacks or are they unrelated? Were you surprised that Joline and Teslyn (apparently) didn't interfere (yet)?

It doesn't sound to me like the gholam is likely to coordinate with anyone. Granted, one of the Forsaken could have sent both groups, but I seriously doubt they were actually working together. I'm thinking this is two different factions, butting heads. One sent the Black Ajah to find the bowl before Nynaeve and Elayne could get a hold of it. The other sent the gholam. Just a theory, though. :D

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Follow Friday: New Blogging Friends

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Find a "new-to-you" blogger and feature their button on your post this week. Tell us why this blogger stands out to you.

Okay, sort of copping out on this one. As many of you know, I'm currently doing a very long Wheel of Time read-along. As part of my posts, I usually show relevant fan art. When I saw what the subject of #FF was for this week, I started keeping my eye out for new bloggers, and I noticed that a lot of my fan art had come from The Thirteenth Depository, a Wheel of Time blog. Since I'm a huge WoT fan, and have sourced some of the art they've posted, I figured I ought to start following them. Here's their button:

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What new blogs/bloggers did you discover this week?

Thoughts for Thursday: True Romance

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

Today's theme is True Romance. Valentine's Day is tomorrow. You knew I had to do the sappy love quotes, right? 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10 Things You MUST Consider When Editing a Scene

After having written five full length books (only three of which are currently available for sale) and working on the next two simultaneously, I think I have my own writing process pretty well worked out. 

Generally when I write my first draft, I focus on action and pushing the narrative forward. I pay very little attention to things like character quirks, setting description, foreshadowing, etc. This is the draft that goes to my writer's group so they can tell me where my story is weak, where there are discontinuities, and where it needs more work. 


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I often get comments about needing more description, fleshing out characters more, etc. And that's okay. The characters are already fleshed out in my head, and while I know that doesn't help the reader, details like that are what my second draft is for.

As I'm currently in a predominantly editing mode right now, for both book 1 of Dragon Magic and book 2 of Street Games, I thought I'd do a post about all the details I edit for when I do my second draft.

Even if your process is different than mine, these are things that ought to be considered for every manuscript. Pay attention to these details and you'll end up with a fabulously-written novel.

Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 7



1. What did you think of the replacement for the delightful Lamaril, or rather, what did you make of his wife, who seems to do all his work? She assumes that chasm duty is the worst punishment that she can throw at the bridge crew, so were you surprised that Kaladin saw an opportunity in it so quickly?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Swoon-Worthy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books That Will Make You Swoon (pictures courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked)

I don't read much genre romance, so for me, it's all about the book boyfriends.

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

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I finally got to see Captain Phillips! I'm so behind on my movies. I rented it from Redbox over the weekend and watched it with my sister Friday night. 

This is the true story of a naval captain (played by Tom Hanks) who finds his ship full of cargo ambushed by Somali pirates with guns. He has to find a way to keep his crew safe and himself alive, while also dealing with these uneducated but brutal pirates.

Overall, I really loved this film. More than I thought I would. There's not a lot to say except that it's an amazing story. I won't go into the logistical details, because they'd be mundane in a review, but this man, Captain Phillips, is brave and selfless. He nearly gives his life for his crew and endures a traumatic, horrific ordeal. A true story of human greatness in the face of a terrible situation.

I gotta say, this might be the best acting I've ever seen Tom Hanks do. Better than Castaway. Better than Saving Private Ryan. I was just so impressed. He had me in tears at the end. I understand why he was up for so many awards. Plus, it was pretty much a one-man show. Of course there were the crew members and the bad guys, but they weren't even really supporting roles. Tom Hanks had to carry this move all by his lonesome. And trust me, he did it well.

I always love when, at the end of true stories, they do a quick afterward using on-screen captions to tell what happened to the characters afterward. The ones at the end of this movie just made me smile and think, "what a great film."

I'd highly recommend it to anyone who needs a deep, but ultimately uplifting story about the human spirit. Such a great movie!

Has anyone else seen Captain Phillips? What did you think of it?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Crown of Swords Read-Along, Week 7



Welcome to week 7 of our Crown of Swords Read-Along. This week's section comprised chapters 31-37. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. 


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1) We finally have Nynaeve and Lan reunited. What did you think of the circumstances of their  fateful meeting? Will Lan ever be whole? 

Loved this part! I totally felt for Nynaeve. Of course when you finally see the guy you've been pining for again, it will be when someone nearly kills you and you look like crap. But, it was still very romantic. I have to give Nynaeve kudos here for more or less taking news of Myrelle's sexual escapes with Lan in stride. Not that she was exactly cool about it, but at least she didn't freak out and skin him with the One Power or anything. For Nynaeve, that's actually an accomplishment. Now they're married. Yea!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Follow Friday: First Reads. Again.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


If you could read a book for the "first time" again, what would it be and why?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Way of Kings Read-Along, Week 6 + Giveaway!

Welcome to week 6 of our Way of Kings Read-Along! Before I get to the discussion questions, I need to mention our giveaway! Because our read-along is so big (10 blogs) and in honor of the imminent release of book 2, Words of Radiance, Tor has sponsored an epic giveaway: 10 copies each of The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance. Keep in mind that per Tor's policy, no P.O. Boxes are allowed and the Words of Radiance copies won't be shipped until the book releases on March 4th.
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The Tor giveaway is only for the U.S. and Canada, but not wanting to leave our international readers, several of the bloggers have chipped in two copies of each book for international readers as well. As long as The Book Depository ships to you, you can enter, though we ask that US/Canada residents refrain from this giveaway since you have a lot of books in the previous one that you could win. Winners have 48 hours to respond otherwise we will be forced to pick a new winner. We can’t be responsible for books lost in the mail.
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Okay, on to the discussion questions. This week we read chapters 33-42. Remember that everything in this section, as well as everything that came before, is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


1. Both Kabsal and Jasnah have spoken to Shallan about stealing the Soulcaster, and both have done so in a pretty lighthearted manner, considering how serious it would actually be to steal it. Do you think Kabsal was telling the truth when he brushed off Shallan’s questions about his plan to steal the Soulcaster? Is he still interested in stealing it? Does he have other, deeper motives?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Tear-Jerkers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books That Will Make You Cry (pictures courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked)

Tips for an Awesome KDP Promo!

This past month (January) I ran my first real KDP promotions, and they went great!


The first one I ran was on my book Quantum Entanglement, Book 2 of Interchron. I knew it would be kind of a weird promo, because it's book 2 of the series. Usually you do a book 1 promo. Now, I wouldn't necessarily recommend doing book 2, but my hands were tied here. Book 1 was self-published, which means I can't control the price. Book 2, on the other hand, is self-published. So, I just decided to do a promo on book 2 in the hopes that at least some people would go back and download book 1 and make me some money. (I won't actually know whether or not they did for another week or so, when I get my royalty report from my publisher, so I'll let you know. :D)

Anyway, long story short, I did the promo on Quantum Entanglement, and just didn't expect much. To my shock, 1,328 copies were downloaded over 2 free days. Yippee! 

Now, before anyone lectures me, I know that not everyone delves into their free books right away, if at all, and that if anyone does download book 1, the percentage will likely be small.

Yeah, I don't care.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Crown of Swords Read-Along, Week 6



Welcome to week 6 of our Crown of Swords Read-Along. This week we read chapters 25-30. Remember that everything in this section as well as all that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk. 


Moridin (Source)
1. It would seem that we have the identity of the Watcher from last week, but Moridin is not the name of any of the Forsaken. Is he a new Forsaken, just as Shaidar Haran is a new type of Myrddraal, or is he a reincarnation of one of the dead ones? Were you surprised that Moghedien was allowed to live and do you think she will ever escape the mindtrap?

I know the answer to who Moridin is, so I won't say. We have seen some of the Forsaken be resurrected, though, so that's a viable option. Hint: We know Moridin has these weird dark spots, the sa'a over his eyes. What other...um...bad guy have we seen that had messed up eyes?