Thursday, December 29, 2011

As 2011 ends...

Looking back on my year I kinda epically failed on the blogging part of my resolution as well as my reading and writing goals. Also my vlogging failed in the most epic way possible. That didn’t last long. I actually tired to make a vlog several times and I was going to post all of the bloopers up on YouTube this break, but my laptop crashed and I lost almost all of my files. However this year wasn’t entirely an epic fail on my part. I READ THE HUNGERS GAMES.


I READ THE HUNGER GAMES.

It was peer pressure mostly. I was working on a show and the dressing room chatter was all about the Hungers Games. I hate spoilers so started again and finished within days. I’m still on Catching Fire so no spoilers. It took me a long time to get into it. But after I got through with part one I could not stop reading. (This was a problem because it was midnight and I had class at nine the next morning.) All I could say now is I’m hooked. Peer pressure is bad.

In writing I have epically failed upon epic failure. I’ve dabbled with a few story ideas but they never fell through. Since my laptop crashed I’ve had more time to sit down at my desk at home and write. And the creative juice kept flowing. Maybe the main problem was that I could not just sit on my bed and try to write with my laptop because it’s too distracting. I’ve written more this past week without my laptop than I written this year. I defiantly have to take this into consideration when I go back to school.

This year had its ups and downs, but I think through all of this chaos I’ve found clarity. I learned from my mistakes and when next year rolls along I could better myself as a reader, writer, and person.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nano, Memoirs and Cookies

Three things:

1. I will not be doing Nanowrimo this year. I know, I was determined to finish this year, but things came up. It's pretty much the reason why my posts are so irregular. College, extracurricular, procrastination.  I also want to focus on my current WIP and it’s going really slow. I half outlined and wrote out some in my notebooks during class. It’s pretty messy. It’s seriously the only way to keep me from not working on it at all. If any of my twitter followers want to start a word war I’m totally up for it. Especially for you who are doing Nano.

2. I started getting into Memoirs, well mainly by comdeians. I’m reading Chelsea Handler's "Are you there Vodka, It’s me Chelsea?” and it is hilarious. I’m defiantly looking forward to reading more of her work. I also bought Tina Fey’s memoir this summer and I haven’t started it yet but I will soon. Do any of you know any hilarious memoirs I could check out?

3. What is your favorite kind of cookie? My favorite is tied between Chocolate Chocolate Chip and M&M’s. It know this is random but I have cookies on the brain.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Venom 2 Title Hunt

Are you excited for Tera Lynn Childs' newest novel Sweet Venom?  I know I am. If you didn't know, right now Tera is hosting a title hunt for Sweet Venom 2! Guess what blogger has a letter?

ME!!!

Tera is giving away  five signed copies of Sweet Venom and the grand prize is a $50 bookstore gift card

The tittle hunt is open internationally.

Without further ado here is my letter

E

You can check out more bloggers with letters and the rules of the hunt at http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Um Hi

Hey...
*Hides under bed*

What's going on...

*head pops out*

So have been back at school for a while now. So I've been super busy. Classes start soon. I'm currently working on a writing/blogging/vlogging schedule to work with my classes and extra activities. I will get through this year on top. Stay tooned though.

*Goes back under bed until angry followers cool off*

Happy reading!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

YA Rebels audition tape



So I audition to be the a part of the YA Rebels. Yeah, there's chocolate involved. Bet.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

MIA

So I've been MIA for a while and I will be going under the radar for a while. I'm doing a show right now and we are in tech week. I'll be back to blogging more regularly next month. In the mean time, Cary Cheyenne has not claimed her prize yet. If you arr out there please tweet me or leave a message in the comments so you can get your prize.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Contest Winner

The winner of these awesome prizes is
Cary Cheyenne
Sorry it took so long. Please leave your email in the comments please use [AT] and [DOT]com when writing it out to avoid spambots.
Thanks to all who entered.
 
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Extension

Sorry about the delay. Holiday weekends are a pain. Thing are crazy right now so I'm extending the giveaway until Friday and announce the winner of the prize pack on Saturday. There has also been a little problem. Some of the participants who commented and followed me on twitter no longer following me for some reason. I don't know if twitter screwed it up or you just hate what I tweet about, but as of right now that point will not be counted. But you have until Friday.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Release Day

Happy release day Tera Lynn Childs!

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human deal once and for all.



Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?



The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?
 
To celebrate the release here are some links to some awesome contests and giveaways.


Check out nymfaux's awesome swag giveaway! http://nymfaux.blogspot.com/2011/06/fintastic-fins-are-forever-tlc-swag.html

Tera is also giving away two copys of her book http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com/2011/06/monday-giveaway-fins-are-forever.html

also check out her sweet cupcake contest http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-cupcakes.html

and finally a gift giveaway on my blog. http://readingwritingandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/06/fins-are-forever-gift-giveaway.html

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fins Are Forever Gift Giveaway!

As most of you know, I am a member of the Splash Team. It’s my job to spread the word about Fins Are Forever, the sequel to Tera Lynn Child’s novel Forgive My Fins.

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human deal once and for all.


Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

To celebrate the release of Fins Are Forever on Tuesday I’m going to have a small giveaway. Last year I gave away a copy of the bookbecause I just happened to have two. This year I don’t and I plan not to have that happen again, but I do have goodies for you. This year I have cool treats. I tried to keep them as mermaid themed as possible.
Lip gloss, blue and green nail polish, blue earrings, a book mark and some mermaid tattoos.


I know it’s small, but I give what I can. This contest is for US only. Sorry International friends, not this year. Here are the guidelines

Comment on this post +1
Follow this blog +1 (old followers +2)
Follow me on twitter +1 (old followers +2)
Follow Tera Lynn Childs on Twitter +1
“Like” Tera Lynn Childs on Facebook +1
The Contest closes Next Friday July 1, 2011 at noon. Winners will be picked the following day.

Happy Reading!

Edit: I forgot to add links to the pages.
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/laboyden
Tera's Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/teralynnchilds
Tera's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/authortlc

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Lovin'

GAH!!! How is everything going? I've missed you. So my copy of The Hunger Games has migrated to my bookshelf this past week, and it remains untouched!!! I'm so bad at this.
As you knowI’ve stated may times on my blog/twitter about how hesitant I am to read the Hunger Games trilogy. So far I heard nothing but good things about them. I want to read them. I’m going to read them. I just haven’t yet. Right now I’m under a lot of pressure because of the movie coming out next year. Spoilers suck. So I have to read fast.
When it first came out the Hunger Games didn’t really appeal to me. Violence and bloodshed is not really my thing. Ever since the movie was announced it’s been all I hear about on twitter and Yahoo news. I feel kind of out of the loop. Plus, Josh Hutcherson is in it. He's one of my many celebrity crushes. He's not as well known as he should be, but once that movie comes out all the fan girls are going to be all like "OMG I love Josh Hutcherson. Go Team Peeta." I haven't started the books, but I'm pretty sure he's a big deal. So I just want everyone to know that I liked him before he go big.
It's summer time. It's hot. Since this is a blog about chocolate I should inform you that milkshakes are an awesome summer treat that will cool you off on a hot summer day. It's like summer's answer to hot chocolate.I have a question. What is cold hot chocolate? Is it just chocolate milk? I saw a commercial advertising iced hot chocolate. That's weird right?
Happy Reading!
PS Fins Are Forever gift giveaway is coming soon. Be sure to follow the blog or me on twitter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coming Soon

So to celebrate the release of Tera Lynn Childs Fins Are Forever I will be giving away some small treats to one lucky follower. There will be more details later. Hopefully I'll reach 100 followers in the next week or two prior to the book's release. If not then I'll still have the giveawayt, but US only please. This is just a heads up. I'll set up the contest soon.
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Subtle Changes

I made some subtle changes to the page. I added two tabs. About Me and What I’m Working On. Check them out. I also added some widgets and gadgets to the sidebar. Take the poll. It only takes two seconds. Thank you very much.


Happy Reading!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Summertime

It’s summertime and you know that that means. School’s out!!! I’ve actually been out of school for a while, but for all you high school students yay for summer!!! Congratulation class of 2011, you made it!!!


I’m going to try to perfect my blogging skills too. I feel as if my lack of blogging might have to do with my lack of followers page views. So this summer I’m going to try to blog once or twice a week. Whether it’s about reading, writing, chocolate or whatever I feel like writing about. Once I get into a grove maybe things will pick up.

What’s new for me? Well I’m working on some new projects. Hopefully I’ll be done with one of them this summer. Right now I’m debating if I should continue the revisions on my current manuscript. I’ve been working on it for years, but I feel like it’s not going anywhere. To be honest I wrote it when I was fifteen. I’m nineteen and much smarter now and a better writer. We’ll see. Nothing’s set in stone. I might come back to it some other time. I just don’t know.

I will also be trying to get through The Hunger Games this summer. I started the first one last August, but stopped at page forty. I’ll restart it, but I just never had the time to just sit down and read it. I have avoided all spoilers for years and right now I’m afraid that since the movie is coming out I might stumble upon some spoilers. So my summer goal is to finish all three books. I’m pretty sure I’ll like them, it’s not hard to make me not like a book. And this one had so many good reviews. So we’ll see.

Okay so there are also a lot of summer 2011 releases I would like to obtain this summer. I noticed that most of them a sequels. Anyway here’s my list of books I’m looking forward too.

Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barns

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Passion by Lauren Kate (a third book)

Supernaturally By Kiersten White

Twisted by Gena Showalter (another third book)

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard (not a sequel)

I’m super excited for these books. There are also a few that just came out that I’m excited for. This summer’s going to be awesome!!! If there are any more summer 2011 releases that I didn’t mention post a comment and I’ll check it out.

And in chocolate news I’m looking for a recipe for brownies for my little brother. He’s allergic to eggs and nuts. If anybody can post a link to a website with the best eggless brownies I will shower you with emoticon kisses :* :* okay those need a little work. Please and thank you.

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Procrastination vs. Writer’s Block

I am procrastinating. Right now I should be doing something, but I’m choosing to write this post instead. Honestly I started this post two weeks ago. I just never got around to finishing it. Procrastinators UNITE…tomorrow.


A lot of people confuse procrastination with writer’s block. Procrastination is just pure laziness. You know you are procrastinating when you say to yourself multiple “I have time.” Reality is you don’t. The more you say it the less time you have. Aspiring writers, like me, don’t have the pressure of a deadline. Without the pressure the saying “I have more time” is more frequent. All you need is that big push to finish that manuscript or those tedious revisions. Sometimes we blame writer’s block, when it’s really just procrastination. Writer’s block is when you are stuck and have no idea what to write or what comes next in your story. That’s it.
Here are some tips to help with writer’s block

1. Go outside. You’ve been inside at the computer all day, get some air. Go for a walk or drive. Get some ice cream, chocolate ice cream. While you’re out clear your head. You never know where inspiration will hit. Taking a small break will take away some of the stress.

2. If it’s late, turn off the computer and go to sleep.

3. Start writing a completely different scene. After you are done with that think about how you want to get there from where you left off.

4. Try a change of scenery. Take your notebook and write freehand someplace different. Like I said earlier getting writers need some air. If it’s nice outside write at the park or in your backyard. If it’s cold try going a nice quite spot away from your house. (I personally think it’s funny whenever I see writers with their laptops at Starbucks)

5. Beware of social media sites. Yeah it’s okay to check your Facebook and tweet once and a while writing. But if you spend more than ten minutes on the internet then your writer’s block might turn into procrastination.

Sometimes when I have writer’s block I tend to go back and read what I have written in the previous scene. Try not to read the whole thing over again or else your inner editor might take over and you’ll end up procrastinating. I don’t believe in outlines but I do believe in knowing how you want your story to end. I like write the ending or scenes out of order and then piece them together. When you write scenes out of order you can piece it together later where you want those scenes to go. Then just fill in the holes. Who knows, you might get a few ideas for the scene you were working on.

When it comes to writer’s block sometimes you just have to suck it up and get to work. It’s very easy to turn writer’s block into procrastination.

On a fun note I don’t know why, but I just discovered this video via Facebook and thought it was hilarious

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Me=the Worst Blogger in the World

I am the worst blogger in the world. Ugh. It's college. I haven't had time to read or write. I have eaten chocolate though, lots of chocolate. The challenge thing didn't really work. I'm just going to try to blog about whatever whenever I can. Sorry for being a bad blogger.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sweet Venom Cover Reveal

Sorry it's so late in the day. But here it is, the cover for Tera Lynn Childs' October 2011 novel Sweet Venom:
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in a world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Isn't it pretty?
If you want to learn more check out Tera Lynn Child's website at http://teralynnchilds.com/books/sv.htm
You can "like" Sweet Venom on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/sweetvenombooks
Also add it on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7670741-sweet-venom

Happy Reading!

PS: other blogs are giving away signed Sweet Venom bookmarks. I wish I could but I'm a broke college student. Head on over to Tera's blog see what other blogs are participating and giving away bookmarks. http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweet-venom-cover-reveal.html

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, New Challenges. Are You Up For It?

     2010 is over. Rather than dwelling on the past, we shall start anew. Hello, I’m Leslie and this is Reading, Writing, and Chocolate. Before, Reading Writing and Chocolate was just me blabbing about what I read, what I write and the chocolate I regretted eating. Well not anymore. From now on Reading, Writing and Chocolate is going to be about US.
     Like a mentioned a few post ago, this will a challenge blog. Each month I will give out reading and writing challenges for you and I to fulfill. Before I unveil the first challenge I have two things. First who’s actually reading this? Seriously I want to know if you are up to the challenge. So just leave a comment at the end of this post saying you read the post and you want in. Sweet.
     Second, in 2009 my New Year’s resolution was to read 100 books by the end of the year. I did it and I was so proud of myself. The next year I wanted to do it again…I failed. So this year it will be a year-long challenge 100 book before New Year’s Day 2012. Are you up for it? If you can’t do 100 than pick a reasonable number and try to reach your goal. At the end of each month I will attach a list what books I read that month to the end of my challenge round up post. You could say what you read in the comments of that post as well to keep me updated on your progress. Included in the 100 books, I plan to read:

The Hunger Games Series
3 Sarah Dessen novels
All seven Harry Potter Books before the last movie
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre

     That is my personal challenge in because I’ve been avoided these books for too long (except for Harry Potter that’s for fun.)
     I will also be taking my hand in book reviews. That is where you come in, I will pick one suggested book from you guys each month and do a review on it. YA only and it has to be fairly new. Twelve months, twelve book reviews. Yep I have my work cut out for me. Leave your suggestions in the comments.
     Finally January’s challenge! Forget what I said about dwelling in the past. The past is the inspiration for our first challenge. Pick a book from your past and read it. Simple really. It could be a classic, an old novel you haven’t picked up in a long time or even a childhood favorite (no picture books.) This challenge is more of a commitment challenge can we take the time out of our busy lives and read something from our past. Take the time to think why you liked the book, where you got it and fond memories. That is my challenge to you. Are you up to it?


Happy Reading!