Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Round of Words in 80 Days


A few months ago, I was introduced to A Round of Words in 80 Days by Elizabeth Ann West, whom I met through blogging.

As it’s written on the blog:

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.


The 80-days challenge happens 4 times per year and the next one, round 4, will start October 3rd.

This community is actually more like a big cheer squad. You set up your own goals for the 80 days, anything so as it is measurable. If needed, you can change it as your life changes …

Since I’m all for encouragement  and gathering with other writers, I signed up for round 4 (click here if you want to signed up too).

To view my goals, click here.




Model Monday #3: Assassins

I love stories about assassins who, deep down, are good people and are the hero/heroine of a very intricate story.

I would love to write a story about an assassin (or many), but it seems that all the explanations I come up with for why the MC became an assassin are cliches …

Until I come up with some incredible idea, I have fun with these:


Sydney Bristow (Alias)


Elektra (same actress … coincidence? =P)


Assassins Creed (love me some games!)


Dark Angel (not exactly an assassin, but …)


Katsa (MC from Graceling by Kristin Cashore)


James Bond (Idk about you, but I like Pierce Brosnan more than the other actors)


Kitana (Mortal Kombat)


Jason Bourne


Raizo (Ninja Assassin)


And just for the eyes (because I couldn’t resist!) here is Rain–the actor who played Raizo in Ninja Assassin =P


La Femme Nikita


Alex and Nikita (one of my favorite shows of the moment!)


Michael, played by Shane West (because I had to finish with a hot male =P)

Aren’t they dangerously sexy? So much fun …

Hope you enjoyed it!


Mission Impossible? I hope not!

So, I set up a challenge for me.

It’s not that hard, actually, but the past 2 or 3 weeks were kind of chaos over here (sick kid, holidays, vacations, friend’s wedding, etc) and I couldn’t get much writing done.

Now that things seem more calm, I want to get back to my hardcore writing schedule and I guess that the easy way to do it is to glue my butt to my chair, keep my fingers on the keyboard and just write.

I’m setting up a goal to reach 5k words each day, from Monday to Friday for the next 2 weeks.

That means less online time … less Twitter, less Facebook, less blogs reading, less emailing, no Vampire Diaries, Nikita and ThunderCats (I’ll so gonna catch up later!) … but it’s for a good cause =)


The hottie up here called me last night and told me “You can do it!” That’s so refreshing =)


I’ll probably just keep a few blog post running here once or twice a week, to keep my own blog active.

If nothing out of ordinary happens, I’ll extend this challenge to 3 weeks, but let’s see where it takes me.

Oh, on October 5th (a Wednesday) I have an appointment to check on my foot (for those following me on twitter, you know it’s been hurt a lot), so, depending on what exams the doctor asks, I’ll allow myself to skip this day.

At the end of the 2 (or 3) weeks, I plan to post about the challenge, including the word count for each day.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and let the fun begin!


Versatile Blogger


I’ve got another blog award! This time it was from Jani Grey and Jenn.  Thanks ladies!


The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.


Number 1 was done above, but I’ll repeat it here: Thanks Jani and Jenn for the award!


Number 2—share 7 things about me:

  1. I danced ballet from 3 to 19 yo. I went back to it last year, but then ruptured 2 tendons on my right foot. And now I can’t dance anymore =( Worse of all is that my foot started hurting again last week. I’ll have to go to the doctor soon.
  2. When I was around 5 yo, my parents had 10 dogs at our house. Big dogs. Bigger than me.
  3. I’m Brazilian but I lived in the US from 2004 to 2009. I miss it. There are plans to go back, but nothing definite yet.
  4. I have a BA in Art Studio with emphasizes on Graphic Design. And I’m a terrible Graphic Designer lol
  5. I became a reader at an early age and I thank my mother for that. Looking back, I can’t remember her without a book on her hands. I hope to pass this habit on to my daughter.
  6. I’ve been diagnosed with Orthostatic Intolerance. I’m not kidding.
  7. I’m tall and I don’t like it. I’m 5’9″ (1.75m) and I love high heels. If I could choose my height, I would be 5’7″ (1.70m). That way, I would be able to wear my 4 or 5 inches heels and wouldn’t feel bad about it.


Number 3—passing on the award:

  1. Tracy Rohlfing – Scarlets Sanctum
  2. Stefanie Gaither – A Sort of Mental Squint
  3. Melissa Hurst – Chasing the Dream 
  4. Ladonna Watkins – the writer in me 
  5. Heather L. Reid – I’d Rather be Writing
  6. Avery Olive
  7. Allison Merritt – Have Novel, Will Edit
  8. Theresa Paolo – No Rhyme or Reason
  9. Kelley Lynn – Between the Bookends
  10. Laura Pepper Wu – Because Books Don’t Sell Themselves
  11. Monica B. W. – Love YA
For now I’m citing only 11 blogs. If I remember more, I’ll add accordingly.
And I encourage anyone who wants to promote their blogs to post the link at the comments below.


Have a great week, everyone!



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