December 13th, 2009


Dear Negative Self-Talk:

At times I've enjoyed our intimate chats. Especially the ones when I’m curled in a ball and you hold me, whispering in my ear. In the past your words have comforted me. I thought they helped me see the reality of the situation. I mean let’s face it, I’m not perfect. When I woke up today, things were different. I know I’ve said it before. I know I’ve kicked you out before. Read these words carefully, Today. Is. Different. Today, I see you for what and who you are. You can thank yourself for my realization. Yes, you. The other day, you crashed my party. The one I purposely did not invite you to, because let’s face it, sometimes you can be a drag. When you showed up with your bravado stinking up my house, I knew the time had come. You pushed my friend Confidence out of the way. You laughed at my co-worker Reasoning. And I won’t even sully this paper with the things you whispered in Self-Esteem’s ear. The nerve of you. Then you plopped down on my sofa, slapped your muddy boots on my coffee table and cracked open a soda. That is just rude. I mean, who does that?

No more. No more! I took the liberty of packing your bags while you were asleep. All your things are on the back porch. Don’t cause a scene. Please. I know how you like to draw attention to yourself sometimes. Not today. I’m not listening. And no sniveling! Be a man about this. Just leave.

And if you come here again, I'm calling my friend Clear Thinking. You two haven’t met. He is big, burly, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. He eats bullies like you for lunch and poops them out later. So unless you want to become poop, I suggest you just go and forget about me.




2010 YA Book Challenge

So one of my goals for next year (I will post the full list at another date) is to participate in the 2010 YA Debute Author Challenge. The general goal is to read at least 12 YA Debute novels 2010. I think that will be a piece of cake. I have already read one, the Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard writerjenn . I did a small blurb on my blog and longer over at GoodReads (I have a link in my sidebar). So, if you are already a YA junkie, hop on over to the Story Siren and check it out.

As of right now I plan to read the following: Hex Hall, Body Finder, The Mark, The Tension of Opposites, The Line, Princess for Hire, Magic Under Glass, DUFF, The Replacement, and I know think Tessa Grotten's book Blood Magic is coming out. The Story Siren has links to a list of bebut authors, so go check it out.

As always, HAPPY READING!!!

Hugs and Encouragement!!