Hush, Hush and other Angel books that piss me off.

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So, unless you have chosen to completely ignore reading altogether you will notice that the new trend in YA and TEEN books. Angels. Can you tell me how the hell we as readers (or writers) went from writing about the demons of the dark. To Angels, the denizens of heaven. How do you go from stories about the dark, to stories about fallen angels. And don’t get me started on the children of both Angels and Humans. The Nephilim. I guess I wouldn’t be so down on Angel books, if the endings didn’t piss me off so much. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, for example, I thought was extremely well written except for the big gaps in the books where you were basically hitting your head on the desk. Or wall, whichever was near. Only because you had no idea what was actually going on. Until you did, and then you were throwing your book across the room going either one of two phrases ; “WHY WHY WHY?!” or “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole idea of Fallen Angels, the ability to drag other Fallen Angels to hell and chain them up there, or Archangels that are real Jack*****.  The plot was brilliant, the way it went down. Not a big fan. Or about the ending. Which I am not going to write down here. Even though I did read the books at least over four times. Still not a big fan. But if it comes to a fight between the HUSH HUSH series, and the FALLEN series I will vote for HUSH HUSH all the way.

 

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Now what can I say about Fallen that’s good? Not much. I didn’t care for the series. So much so that I didn’t even bother actually finishing my collection in my own bookshelf. I currently own Fallen, Torment, and Rapture. I didn’t even bother with the novella “Fallen in Love” . I am the kind of reader who very rarely will give up on a book series. Which is the main reason why I finished the book series to begin with. And when I finished reading Rupture. I really, wished I hadn’t taken the chance on reading it in the first place. OH MY GOD. The ending was completely unexpected, but at the same time the kind of ending where you put the book back on your shelf to let it collect dust and never look at it again. Which is why I probably will never read another Lauren Kate book. Even though I loved her characters, and the way she wrote the book. I just didn’t like the plot. AT ALL. 

 

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Sorry Daniel but I would rather appreaciate the broody Vampires rather than the Angels who are always falling in love with mortals. You are dead dude. Leave the living alone. That’s all. :) 

NiKkI~:

FINALLY!!!!

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Clockwork Princess

The Clockwork Princess book trailer will premiere Thursday at 9 a.m. ET on Entertainment Weekly (EW.com).

Cassandra Clare shared the news on Twitter on Tuesday:

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The trailer is being produced by Dirty Robber, the production company behind the previous Clockwork Prince and City of Lost Souls book trailers, and the girl on the Clockwork Princess cover will star as Tessa.

No word yet on exactly what time the trailer will debut, but stay tuned to TMIsource.com for details when they break.

Here’s what Clare toldEW.comabout Clockwork Princess in an interview last November:

It was really fun to write because it takes place all over England and Wales. I went to England and Wales and mapped out the routes the characters would take. Part of the reason I wanted to write The Infernal Devices is to have this huge love of the gothic romances of the Victorian era. I…

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Figment Writing Prompt – Dec. 19

Instructions for Decorating the Christmas tree !

Step One: Locate Last Years Christmas Tree (we are in a recession!)

Step Two: Grab tree by the metal part (the Stem) DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GRAB BY THE LEAVES.

Step three: Drag Tree all the way to the second floor (keep all swearing inside at all times)

*repeat this step two more times or until all parts of the tree are at the second floor location.*

Step Four : Realize that you have forgotten the stand for the tree. Go downstairs and retrieve it from the bottom of the box.

Step Five: Give yourself a pep talk. Ignore the disapproving looks from your parental units for talking to yourself (again)

Step Six: Start attaching the tree together.

Step Seven: Realize that the tree is on backwards. Put the tree in the proper order.

Step Eight: have parental unit or little adult tell you that the tree is still on backwards.

Step Nine: swear

Step Ten: spread out the leaves on the tree

Step Eleven: locate decorations from the basement.

Step Twelve: drag decorations upstairs along with the lights.

Step Thirteen: untangle the lights (you may need assistance from a parental unit)

Step fourteen: plug in the lights. Realize that the lights are no longer working.

Step Fifteen: go downstairs and look for more lights.

Step Sixteen: find two different lights. Argue with parental units over which lights to use.

Step Seventeen: lose the argument

Step Eighteen: watch parental units put lights on the tree.

Step Nineteen: put baubles on the tree.

Step Twenty: watch little adult rearrange baubles.

Take off the lights and admire tree.

:)

Figment Writing Prompt : December 17

My hand clenched tighter and I lunged forward. This wasn’t over. Not by a long shot. My other hand fisted in his idiotic checkered hoodie that he wore, and I let my other fist fly. I heard the hard crunch of bone as his nose broke. Again. This time however he fought back, shoving me back towards the locker. I found myself ducking and heard his scream as his fist found purchase in the locker, making a sizeable dent in the metal. ‘Great. No doubt I would be blamed for that as well.’  I thought my annoyance rising as Cassie shoved her way through the crowd to put herself between the two of us. 

“Stop! You’re hurting him!” She said her eyes flashing. “Ergh!” I said throwing up my hands, nearly growling as Cassie turned around to see Liam’s injuries. “You always take his side.” I grumbled my annoyance getting the better of me. “That’s because you should know better.” Cassie said looking up at me. This time I did growl.

Figment Writing Prompt Dec. 7th

Death was supposed to be easy. It’s what I was promised. I should’ve known that even death would screw me over as well. I was willing and prepared to stay buried under the lava, but death it seemed, had other ideas.

Book Publishing: Self-publishing vs. The Book Industry

 

You’ve done it, you’ve written that #1 bestseller, the new Harry Potter (or so you hope). But now what? How do you get the novel transferred from your desktop into a fully published novel?

As with most things that are worth doing, trying to get published is something that you have to work at and try again and again. The writing of the manuscript as hard as it might seem to be is not as hard or difficult then trying to get it published.

In order for a writer to get published, they have to first get chosen by either a publisher or a literary agent. The getting in contact with them is the easiest part of the process. Their numbers are accessible as well as the emails and mail addresses. But, the hard part is in the getting someone literary agent or publisher to give your book a chance. When publishers and literary agents take a project, they do it because they believe it has the potential to be big. They don’t take anything that they don’t believe in or would not read themselves. So how do you make your novel stand out, in the masses? This is simple; it all comes down to the Query letter and how good you are at marketing yourself.

 

 

 

Getting it chosen

            There are always many steps and processes to get something finished, while doing a manuscript, you probably had to write first, second and maybe even third drafts before you got to the final complete manuscript.  Getting it published is no different.  There are many processes that you as a writer can go through in the publishing process.  The first and most crucial step is getting noticed and chosen by someone who matters; mainly a literary agent who can work with you to get your book both published and then sold, and the publisher. How do you do this?  First you must craft a perfect query letter that markets your book, and makes the reader want to read more.

A query letter is what a literary agent and a publisher look at before they even consider looking at your manuscript. The first thing you want in the query letter is a hook that entices the reader to continue reading. After the hook comes what editors like to call the ‘pitch’, this is where you market your book; the pitch needs to be clear and concise telling the reader exactly what the book is about. Most importantly you have to include always a brief (and I do mean brief) synopsis of the story. Then you end the letter stating why your book should be published and why you should be considered being published. After you have crafted the letter, and have also included either in the letter or in the body of the e-mail you have sent it, a excerpt(3 chapters or 3 pages depending on the query guidelines set out by the publisher) of the novel itself.

Once you have written the query and edited to make sure there’s no grammar or spelling mistakes, because if there is even one the editor, publisher, or literary agent won’t even bother continue reading it, send it out.  Don’t be optimistic about it either! Send it out to as many literary agents, as many publishers as you possibly can. Part of the publishing process (a big part) is getting rejected. No book is ever chosen the first time it is sent out, in an article in the Times; it stated that J.K. Rowling got rejected everywhere in Britain, but she took a chance on New York and she was immediately contracted to be published in Random house.  She was rejected for a total of 56 times before she was actually chosen.  Don’t feel down hearted if your book isn’t chosen, because it only takes one person to make something happen.

 

Why Literary Agent?

You might be wondering what exactly a literary agent does. Or why you would need one. It all depends on you, if you want to be published in a certain place, or you want to be represented so you don’t end up losing a bunch of money that wasn’t necessary to use in the first place, a literary agent is a good way to go. Literary agent’s main job in the publishing process is to get a writers’ book published. They do this by going to different publishers and getting them to read the book, once a publisher has decided to then publish the book, the literary agent and the writer will together along with the editor make up a set of guidelines to get the book published and marketed in the best possible way. Literary agents get fifteen percent of what the writer makes, therefore it is in the best interest of the Literary agent to get the best for the writer.

 

 

Getting Contracted

Once you have been chosen to be published, the next step is to get a contract written up. “A contract is a negotiation between the editor and the writer, basically it is a written document stating what date a writer needs to have a certain amount of words done by, and also how the book is going to be sold,” said Birgit Davis-Todd the executive editor for Harlequin publishing. Being contracted is important because it gives the writer a set of guidelines to finish things by, and it also makes sure that the next final editing steps is organized and it makes finalizing the manuscript towards being the final edit that much sooner.

 

Publishing

Publishers like Harlequin spend their year looking for new talent. “We are always looking for new authors; generally the authors we get are the ones who have read the different books. They will have a sense of the series and what we are looking for,” said Davis-Todd “The query letter should come with a synopsis about what’s in the book. If we like what we see then we ask for the full manuscript. Harlequin only buys one in a thousand.”

In order to get chosen writers need to know what publishers are looking for. “They need to start on the basics. The Harlequin line has been out for 30 years. They need to read recent books, see how other writers have written stories,” said Davis-Todd. “They need to understand how stories work. In some stories there are high levels of fantasy, sensuality and alpha characters. They need to target the line and to create the plot and characters.”  Harlequin is one of the many publishers out there that are always looking for new talent to write for them.

 

 

Self-publishing

After all the rejection letters, and all the searching for publishers you are about ready to cave in and give up on the search. Then maybe you hear that magical word. Self-publishing. It should be easy right? People do it all the time. Wrong. The biggest issue with self-publishing is that it is easy to get stuck on myths about it.  Many people may look on the Internet and find a company offering to publish the novel for a certain amount of dollars, but this is of course is always a risk.

“Companies can be tricky, you have to take out money to pay them to publish the novel. Not all books that are published are necessarily good,” said Suzanne Anderson a member of Half-Acre Publishing and also an author, and publisher herself, as well as a book coach.  Anderson gives workshops on self-publishing and has herself self-published her own book.  “There are so many ways of getting self-published. When I started to look into getting self-published, I researched it, I didn’t want to waste my money,” Anderson said. “Once you write the manuscript you have to deal with all the legal stuff, the editing, cover design, having the book formatted, and the design of the book, then finally getting it printed.”

One of the things that you have to be careful about is investing money for something that may not be worth it in the end. “The cost of making a book is high; therefore retail price is high. The retail price should be affordable, if its small then it will be easier to sell,” Anderson said.

Before you edit, of course, you might as a writer wonder if your work is supposed to be copyrighted.  This is no worry, according to Anderson; your novel is copyrighted as soon as you hit save on your computer. “The legal page is satisfactory as the copyright. You will always have the copyright no matter what. After you die you can leave the copyright to family members to do with, as they will, “ Anderson said.

 

Blogging, social networking and marketing

In this day in age, being published isn’t the only step in making a book become a number one. You also have to work at both making a fan base and keeping the readers enticed about the novel and the road that the story will take. A lot of writers are doing this through social networking, and blogging. “A lot of publishers are now looking at blogs for new authors,” said Anderson. The great thing about having your book and, more importantly, the characters in your book in the social networking scene it gives both the readers and you as the author the opportunity to both share and develop characters and plots in the story to include the reader’s choice in how they do things.

Uniquely, the idea of blogging started out as something as an online diary of sorts and has emerged at something that is looked at by all who is interested by the topics discussed. “Blogs are now more commercial, people blog about things that they want to sell, events they have been to,” said Anderson.

The easiest way for an author to market themselves and their books now is to blog, or social network. Readers don’t only want to read books now; they want to know more about the authors themselves and the reasons why some things took place in the novel.

 

Of course in this day in age, a lot of books are going online, the beauty of books being online or made into e-books is that, for authors who are now starting up and beginning to enter the industry has the opportunity to publish the books themselves.

In self-publishing, and having your book out in the world it gives the book a chance to be discovered by a publisher or a literary agent in that way.  “I’ve found that the older generation are the ones more likely to collect books and still continue to buy the books you can hold, while the younger generation (20+) are more for the Kindle option where you can have and hold 1,000 books wherever you are,” said Anderson.

Even after you have been published you can still continue to write for the same publisher.  “Once you have a foot in the door all you need to do when you want to write a new book is to send three chapters and include a synopsis and make sure it targets one of the categories. Once we see it we might ask to get it revised or if we like it we will contract it immediately.”

Publishing a book is never an easy thing, but if you have the strive to work to make it happen, then you should go and do it. Don’t wait, just get out there and get published.

 

How do You define yourself as Indian?

The word Indian has multiple definitions in this day and age. It no longer just means Indians from India because Indians can be found all over the world.  There are now East Indians (India, Bangladesh, Asian, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, etc.) and West Indians (Caribbean Descent). Both these sections of Indians West and East are vastly different despite both dating their ancestry back to India. But what would cause Indians coming over to the Caribbean to change their livelihood?

It all started in 1838, when many plantation economies like Trinidad, found they were looking for alternative sources of cheap labor after the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. India at this time was in a state of unrest, and many parts of the country were suffering from food shortages and famine.

Many of the first workers from India who traveled to Trinidad came from the poorer parts of Uttar Pradesh.  According to the National Council of Indians Culture Trinidad and Tobago (NCICTT), 143,939 Indians arrived as indentured immigrants to Trinidad during 1817-1845. All Indians undertook a three-month journey with the knowledge that that after their five-year work stint was over they could re-indenture themselves or return to India.

This system stayed in place until 1917, when the colonies decided to offer land grants as an incentive for Indians who wished to stay.  The Indians proved effective on the sugar cane and cocoa plantations helping them return to prosperity.  Many took up the land grant offer and stayed to make new lives in their adopted homeland.  After 1850 indentured and time-expired Indians co-existed, eac

h contributing and affecting each other’s lifestyles. Some of the lifestyles that the Indians brought to Trinidad were agriculture, food, religion and education.  Their descendants still maintain traditions and too some extent language.

When the Indians first came to Trinidad they entered a cosmopolitan society, which according to the secretary of state was divided into castes as strongly marked as those of Hindustan. It consisted of people of English, French, Spanish and Portuguese descent in the basic three-tier structure of 19th century Creole society that was closely arranged by color, ethnicity and wealth.

Indians faced many struggles with the West Indies, they were coming to a society where there would be a language barrier, and in some cases many of those Indians were converted to Christianity. The living conditions were poor and life was generally difficult. Many Indians held on to their traditions and customs with their families. They persevered and toiled the land and ensured that their children were educated.

Many things had to change for the Indians that made the move; the biggest one might have been the family structure.  According to Lisa Rampersad the original Indian family has been described as a “Patrilocal joint family,” in which a line of brothers, their wives and children live in a common household compound with the men’s fathers as patriarch. This system was in place so that the family lived together in the same house, cooked in the same kitchen, owning property in common, pooling their incomes for common spending. The father was always the household head, but the brothers controlled and ran the affairs of the family property.

The indentured Indians however, from their initial entry to Trinidad, shared a different set of family relationships. Many of the main traditions like marriage customs, and other traditional restraints that slowly dissipated in Trinidad led to the eventual demise of the extended family.  Many indentured Indians entered common-law marriages that could easily be terminated.

Civil authorities did not recognize many Indian religious marriage ceremonies until after the indenture period had ended. Islamic marriages for example were declared legal in 1936, but Hindu ceremonies remained outside the law until 1946. This legal double standard could be a main reason why the marriage bonds weakened, since a discontented husband could easily abandon a woman who was not really his wife in they eyes of the law. Similarly the inter-caste marriage and cohabitation was unavoidable because of the scarcity of women.

Men lost their authority because they no longer had land or other forms of property to be in charge of, and women and sons now held the capacity to earn their own wages.  It can be argued that the break down of caste systems and the unavoidable inter-caste marriages is what led to the radical change to the Indian society. Although there are few specific features of the family system has maintained intact, the idea of extended family is almost extinct in Trinidad.

East Indians comprise about half the island’s population and are an integral part of Trinidad’s society. East Indian culture for example is a vibrant component of the national culture and you can find Indian festivals and music sharing center stage at all national events.

Today East Indians comprise about 45 per cent of the total population, according to NRIInternet.com. According to Statistics Canada In Canada as well East Indian’s make up one of the largest non-European ethnic groups within Canada. In 2001, over 700,000 people of East Indian origin lived in Canada, that year they made 2.4 % of the total Canadian population.

In the society we live in today Indians are a huge part of our world. You can see Indian culture all over in music, movies, TV, and fashion.  The traditions of India are still out there, there are still close family connections, but many things have changed. Unmarried boys can move out and make their own life out in the world. The Indian world is changing drastically, and making great strives in the worlds of Fashion, business, Music, Movies,  and Entertainment.

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