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This is going to be a big rant and it might upset a few people - friends included. But, I have to get it off my chest.

Let's give an example first (may not be the best example but I think it will make my point across).

Say, you've just worked a ten hour day. You busted your ass and worked very hard as a cocktail waitress (or whatever you do) these past few weeks- your tired and want to go home. But first you have to pick up your pay check. You open it and notice you didn't get 40 hours like you were promised. You worked 40 hours - but your pay check doesn't reflect it. You talk to your boss. He said, someone stole it and they are still in the process of figuring out where it went. Your understandability angry and upset. You busted your ass and for what? Just to get ripped off? What gives?

Now, say your a writer and spent a year or more (sometimes 10 years *cough* George R.R. Martin) and you put your blood, sweat and tears into your work and it finally gets published (YIPPY!). You're excited, because you can pay your bills now, and fill your empty fridge and catch up on reading and get back to socializing and instead of being locked away in your office slaving over a manuscript. But instead of making a few hundred dollars during the first week the book is released, it's way less then that because half the people are illegally downloading your book for free thanks to someone who decided to he wanted to share it with other people.

The Writer and The Cocktail waitress have one thing in common - they both got ripped off - didn't they? One from some guy who stole her money and another from some pirating jerk on the internet. It isn't fair and it isn't right.

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My point is, if you are downloading books illegally - you are doing the same thing... your stealing money from a writer who worked hard for maybe years to earn his pay checks from publishers and book stores. And According to the   Center For Copyright - they are working on a way to stop that.

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I for one buy all my books - because if I LOVE the author enough - I want to support them. The only way I know how to do that is buy their book, read it and fan girl all about it here on my blog. If you want to promote your favorite author, or director or anyone - don't illegally download something. Buy it and help support them.

I understand if you can't afford to buy books - there are alternatives - public libraries. Go USE them. They need your help in supporting them also! I've been put on a book buying ban by my future husband and I'm totally supporting his ban and it's going to help me read books I've bought and paid for and use my library to get books I want to read and save me money for my wedding. So please don't illegally download books or movies or music. If you get caught it could mean jail time or something worse.

 

 

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Bout of Book Goals And Updates:

As you've read in the previous post  I'm super excited about this!! I have no idea what book will capture my attention first. But I can't wait to see!!

Time Devoted To Reading:
I will be attempting to read at least 4 hours a day all week. That’s 28 hours total. And because I will be starting my reading and updating AFTER midnight – I am going to start a day early if that’s okay because I don’t want to miss the cut off date for posting it.

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon 11 August 18- 24th

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

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Tell Me About The Romance!

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Today we are going to discuss what makes a great romance and things that don’t work… Here are Five things I find will make or break a great romance for me. What about you? ...continue reading

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backtoschoolmustreadBack To School Must Reads - FOR ME! Because obviously some of these titles are very inappropriate for anyone in high school or below to read. ...continue reading

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This is a lot like How to Fix A Book Hangover - another post I did that might help you move on - on to another book obviously. Enjoy and if you have any more suggestions - please comment below!

1. Reorganize bookshelf - that does two things. Gets your place more tiddy and at least for me makes me want to go over my books and get back to reading. I had to do that a few weeks ago purely because I was in the worst book hangover to date and I was getting sick of looking at mi unorganized chaos. Here are multiple pictures to prove what I did.

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First, I took all the books off the bottom shelf and stacked them around me, and then I whipped down that shelf with a damp cloth and went to the shelf above that one and continued to stack the books on  the floor next to me and whipped down that shelf - and many books later, I was surrounded.

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Then I organized them with the hard covers on the very bottom. And then just tried to put the romance and history on one shelf and fantasy and horror on another and then whatever was left over is what I put on the remaining shelves. See the very first image for example of completion.

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2. Do a vote on what you should read next on your blog and have them put as to why you should read that book to motivate you to read it. I've tried this a few times and the silly voting system I had wasn't working - google docs or something... I'm going to try again After May There Be Dragons.
3. Go through good reads. See what the site suggests (have a good laugh cause at least for me it won't get it right).
4. Take a breather. I know you have a reading goal to meet, but being burned out won't help you.
5. Close your eyes and have someone randomly spin you around in front of a shelf and which ever one your pointed finger lands on - that is the one you read.

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I'm here! I swear I'm here! I've been busy...sorry. My laptop's motherboard blew up - it's only 4 months old - so I had to send it back. Trust me I'm not happy about that, I lost ALL my work. And it's put my second job on hold. It super sucks.

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Plus, I went on vacation for a week to Bushkills PA. I LOVED it! We saw 6 or 7 different water falls - SO beautiful! The hike was the advanced trail - they were not kidding about the advanced part! But it was so worth it! We went to an animal reserve, I fed a bear and alligators! we also ate some amazing food - those of you that follow my instagram have seen it. We went horse back riding - I did it twice because I loved it so much! My future husband went to the tree adventures park thing. My feet stayed firmly on the ground. ha ha! He enjoyed it! We went on a trip to Franklin Hill Vineyards - that WAS SO much fun! We also spent hot evenings in the pool trying to relax and get some sun - we wound up playing in the water with two little kids. We had SUCH a great time at that resort! There was a lot to do and we packed our vacation full of stuff!

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And my best friend is getting married in the next month or so - I'm SUPER excited about that!! I am super excited for her! It will be awesome!! (below is my bouquet - isn't it beautiful?!)

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I've also been doing major wedding planning. I found the dress - yes THE dress! My Wedding Dress! And no, I'm sorry I'm not sharing the pictures... I want it to be a surprise for my wedding party. I've got the cake taken care of, the dress, the photographer, and I'm working on a venue right now. I got sticker shocked when I called the first few and the more places I called the higher the price went it seemed. My budget for the entire event is 3 thousand. The wedding venue alone wanted 3 thousand. so that would just blow my budget out of the water. I'm still hunting... I will find one.

But I'll share a dress I found on Alfred Angelo's website that I LOVE - I love the idea and concept behind it. His Designs are based off Disney Characters. How awesome is that?!

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I haven't been reading as much as I should be. I notice during the summer months my views and stats take a nose dive -so I've decided to put the blog on a small hold until maybe August or September - most likely because just like me people are on vacation and enjoying the sun.
It will  give me a chance to come up with  awesome meme's and what not. Kinda of like my magazine idea. I had two of those lined up for fun and then my laptop blew up... so I will either come up with something else or just remake those. I'm not sure yet.

But I will be on twitter - just like normal. I've been watching a lot of TV instead of reading... I know, I'm being SO bad right now letting the TV warp my brain. But I make up for it with reading eventually. Especially when Winter comes.

So what is everyone else's summer turning out like? Are you getting a lot of reading done?

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creativejuiceThis is my own personal Meme. I'm doing just to have fun. All images I have taken and I'll be including a link to the website.

I've decided to create magazine covers for fun that include my images and I thought I'd share them with you lovely people of the internet.

The First one is a Magazine Cover I created for fun representing the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo (Link), in Thurmont, MD. Great place to take your kids in the summer! I really liked it and had a great time!

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
13019 Catoctin Furnace Road,
Thurmont, MD 21788
301.271.3180
301.271.4922

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Hey Everyone! For awhile there I was away doing the school thing - CRAZY Busy. I had stayed up until 3 AM working on my design idea for my color theory class. I was inspired by a fellow student Named Ryan Here's his Deviant Art Gallery. I wanted my work to create a story for the person looking at it. I had a difficult time creating something... that did that. Finally the idea HIT me! I came up with new Thumbnails for my concept - I had to go back a few weeks - but the Teacher loved the idea once I emailed her my ideas and wanted me to post them to the board. I just thought I'd share some of my creative processes with you all. This class was SO much fun and SO challenging. I learned a lot and had a blast.

First my thumbnails:

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Then I had to Choose one of the thumbnails I had created. And Apply Certain colors to it...
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Then, I played with the Colors a little more along with the details...

 

 

My Classmates also helped me and suggest I add more detail and use a different color scheme for the final image and this is what I came up with...

 

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I Pushed myself when it came to this class, because I saw Ryan's stuff and said, I KNOW I can do that. I know I can, and I did. I love Graphic Design!

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Short Description: Cute Office Romance blooms in corresponding emails.

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The Good:

  • The Friendship between Beth & Jennifer was awesome! I LOVED it!! Their conversations with each other were very highly entertaining!
  • My all time favorite part in the book is when Lincoln and his mom have that discussion about his apartment. The struggle Lincoln was dealing with I could related to on SO many levels.
  • I personally work night shift and I could relate to Lincoln about that – except how in the world did he find time to do all those things without missing precious sleep is beyond me.
  • I loved how he tried to change for the better on the inside and outside and improve his life style.
  • I totally want to play Dungeons and Dragons!

 

The Bad:

  • The Creepy Stalker feel and how long it took Lincoln to step up to the plate.
  • Bashing Night shift. “Only Whack Jobs apply for night shift.” – Sorry, I was slightly offended since I do work night shift and I do like it.

This was such a great story! I really enjoyed it!!

If you like contemporary romances - read this.

If you liked 'You've Got Mail' - read this.

If you like nerd romances - read this.

Four out Of Five Stars