Books I’ve Read: Extras by Scott Westerfeld

This is the last book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. As you’ll see in my review below, I didn’t like Extras as much as I enjoyed Uglies. It wasn’t a true continuation of the series, but contained new characters in a new place in the same world. Also, this handwritten review contains an awesome coffee stain. Lol.

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

JEH

What I’m Watching: Moana by Disney

So I finally watched Moana this past weekend and I just had to blog about it, because it really felt a bit like Moana was a sea-witch. This is probably the closest I will ever come to seeing my books made into a movie, and the plot is very, very different (really not like my books at all) but I just loved it!

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Moana is ‘chosen’ by the sea. And the sea is like this actual living body that picks her up and puts her back on the boat. It put a big smile on my face. When Disney’s Moana was released, all I heard were bad, gossipy things about the movie, like how Maui was a fat guy, and for some reason this was a bad thing? I loved Maui, and why can’t someone be fat, right? Anyway, I thought Moana was really well done. And, of course, given my love of sea-faring fiction, this was totally my style. Probably more so than Frozen, although The Snow Queen always has been one of my favorite fairy tales (that’s probably the snowy Canadian in me).

My favorite parts were the coconut pirates and the ending, but I’m not going to ruin that for you here. And the animation was gorgeous. It definitely made me want to take a trip somewhere tropical.

If you haven’t checked out Moana yet, do so. It’s a treat (especially if you have little kids to watch it with, but even if you don’t). Have you seen it? What did you think?

JEH

Books I’ve Read: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Today I’m continuing with my journal postings of the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. The third book of the main trilogy is Specials, which could be the end if you wanted it to be, but there is one more book. I read this series back in 2010, and you can read my handwritten below, from well before my time of blogging.

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

JEH

Books I’ve Read: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Today I’m posting my handwritten review of Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. You’ll see all the books of this four part series blogged about in the next week. You can see from the first review that I read this series back in 2010. That feels like it shouldn’t be that long ago but it was. I’ve always loved Science Fiction and I still feel like there just isn’t enough of it.

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

JEH

Writing 365,000 Words in a Year Update #21

Okay, this week wasn’t as good as last week. The main reason for that is I wrote nothing one day because I was too addicted to reading The Girl on the Train. I consciously made this choice, but I’m still wondering if that makes it okay or not. I did write more the next day to make up for it, as you can see on the chart. I made it to the gym twice, and I also made it out to writing group for a weekly writing session, where I got a lot of work done on Under Jupiter. I also found a new favourite tea collection which is currently fuelling my writing session.

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From the chart, you can also see that I did better this week at concentrating on Under Jupiter. I’m working on it at the moment, actually, but am taking a quick break to write this blog that I was supposed to write yesterday. Oops! Ah well, I have some more interesting blogs coming up for you next week, including more book discussions and fabulous pictures. Like this picture of the candle and pretty books sitting beside me on my desk.

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This coming week, I’m expecting to see a high word count. Mostly because I need to push to finish Under Jupiter, and a couple other projects I’d like to self-pub soon, because I love them and I’m excited to share them, and I’m also kind of addicted to self-publishing. Yes, you heard that right.

Alright, time to get back to the real work. I hope you had a good week, and I’ll chat soon.

JEH