Monthly Archives: November 2011

RTW: Best November Reading


Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.



This week’s topic:  What’s the best book you read in November?

I’m going with THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger (I swear it’s not because she is a YA HIGHWAY member!).

This read was really fun and unexpected! Being inside Bianca’s head was a fun ride ;)


I tried picking only one, but I have to mention another:

RULES OF ATTRACTION by Simone Elkeles.

I confess I didn’t pay attention to the order and didn’t read (yet) the first on the series, about Alex Fuentes. This one was about his brother, Carlos Fuentes, and omg I love Carlos!


November was an YA contemporary month.

Tomorrow I’ll publish a post with all the books I’ve read this month.

How about you? Did you read these? What was the best book you read in November?


Model Monday: Music 02

I love soundtracks. While browsing for Pirates of Caribbean, Thor, Narnia and Lord of The Rings, I found this group, called Two Steps From Hell.


Their latest CD


How come I had never heard from them before?

Well, now I want to compensate for the wasted time lol

I just bought many of their songs and added to my writing playlist.

They are amazing!


Some samples:

(I couldn’t decide between the 785 they have … so I chose a few).











And don’t tell me you don’t think their songs are inspiring! They are simply AMAZING!




#ROW80 Checkin 11/27


Hello everyone!

Here we go for another check-in (already?).

Note: this post was written Friday night and scheduled to go live on Sunday morning (so no news from Sat and Sun). 


Reminder of my goals:

  1. Participate on NaNoWriMo
  2. Revise my NaNo novel (G.H.)
  3. Read 1 book per week
  4. Blog at least once per week (besides the #ROW80 check-ins)
  5. Comment on #ROW80 friends’ blogs



All done.



Finished THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

Finished RULES OF ATTRACTION by Simone Elkeles.

Reading HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL by James N. Frey. Hopefully, I’ll have finished it by Sunday.



Honestly, I lost count of how many words I wrote each day this week. However, I went from 39k words (last Friday) on my NaNo novel to 50k (on Thursday). And added about 3,400 words on Friday.

I just wrote the final battle. I tend to rush through it because I’m so caught up (battles are exhausting! lol). I have to learn to relax and think it through, think about all surrounding the battle, all emotions, etc.

Then, I just need to write the three final scenes to settle everything and I’ll be done with it. So it should be more 8k-12k words to finish this manuscript.


How are you, my friends? How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?

To check other #row80 members’ progress, you can visit the blog and click on today’s check-in post. There you’ll find a linky list with all the participants.



I kicked NaNoWriMo @$$

I’ve finished NaNoWriMo yesterday!

Yup, I did it!


My manuscript (I’m calling it G.H. for now) isn’t finished yet, but it’s near the end. About more 10k-15k should do it.

Oh, I would like to tell you two  things:

  1. I didn’t wrote on 11 of these 24 days. Oh, yeah. Sick kid, sick me, holidays and weekends. Busy month, I’ll say. So, doing the math, I got 50k words down in 13 days.
  2. Well, 13 days if you count the novel I started writing but abandoned the second week of NaNo. That’s right. I changed manuscripts on the second week. The first ms had about 15k words on it when I switched to a new ms and went from 0 to 50k words ;)

Before you go “ohmigosh how can you write so much” just remember I don’t have a day job and my daughter goes to school at least for the afternoon, giving me  lot of free time, of writing time.

Writing is my day job. If I don’t get a lot of words down on a regular writing day, it means I’m procrastinating and doing a really, really bad job. Which happens sometimes. I try to treat writing as my serious job, which means to write even when I’m not in the mood and through blocks and through colds. I just push it through. However, it does happen when I have a migraine (which is often) and when I procrastinate to start my writing section for the day … I end up going around the house, fixing things, cooking, etc … there is always something to do around the house … I’m getting better at this, though there are days when I slip a little.

Anyway, I’m happy I “won” NaNo!

And how are you guys? Done? Almost there?

Good luck!


Happy Thanksgiving!

This post will be short and sweet.

I wish Brazil celebrated Thanksgiving.

Anyway. My country doesn’t, but I do, in a certain way. I stop for a few minutes and think about all the things I’m grateful for.

I just want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

And tell you I’m thankful for everything in my life: my family, my friends, my health, my sometimes insane mind, my writing, my education, my past, my present, my future … myself! And you!


RTW: Being Thankful


“Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.”



This week’s topic is:

What writing or publishing-related thing(s) are you most thankful for?


I’m posting this late because there were net issues around here. So I just read everyone posts and I agree with most of them.

First, let me tell you all that Brazil doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, which is a shame.


So, I’m thankful for:

1) Books. There are so many books out there that I read and I think: omigosh, I wanted to have written this! Or: I want to write something like this! I’m one of those person that can’t stop reading if the book is a good one. I start and only stop when I reach the end. I hate to reach the end because it means there is no more goodie book to read, but I always find another that gives me that same high lol I think books are my drugs. And I love it ;)

2) The friends I made online, through twitter and blogs, and through Ladies Who Critique. Seriously. I love them. They are always online with me and are very supportive and talented.

3) You. Yes, you, who take the time to come here and read all the crazy things I write ;)


Happy Thanksgiving guys! And THANKS!

ROW80 checkin Sun 11/20


Another ROW80 Check-in? Already? Jeez, time is flying by …

Before I dig in my goals, let me tell you about my knee/foot/cyst situation. It’s past. For now, at least. Both doctors can’t find anything too wrong with my leg. The cyst is a small one, they say, and shouldn’t bother me. And, since I’m not feeling any pain anymore (because of the meds I’m taking), I should try and go back to my normal life. In a month I’ll stop with the meds I’m taking and we’ll see if my pain comes back or not. Well, I’m happy there is nothing wrong with me, but I’m kinda frustrated because the pain I felt was terrible, I really don’t want to feel that again, and no explanation to that? That’s hard to swallow … but, what can I do? Two doctors told me that. Let’s see how it goes next month when I’m done with the meds. If the pain comes back, I’ll look for another doctor …

Anyway, on with the show.


My goals:

  • Participate on NaNoWriMo
  • Revise my NaNo novel
  • Read 1 book per week
  • Blog at least once per week (besides the #ROW80 check-ins)
  • Comment on #ROW80 friends’ blogs



All done.



Finished Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler last Sunday.

Read The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans and R.A. Salvatore.

And I’m currently reading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.



A little slow because Monday the schools were closed and Tuesday was a holiday, which means family was at home and demanded my attention ;)

Only got back to writing on Wednesday and that was slow too. After 5 days without writing, it was hard to focus and get going.

Total word count for week (3 days): 10k … much less than I usually write, which makes me sad …

My NaNo novel is at 39,000 words. If all goes well, I should “win” NaNo next week (but my novel won’t be finished at 50k words, I think).


Curious about ROW80? Visit the blog. There you’ll find the current check-in post and the list of the amazing participants.

How are you guys? Everyone working hard?

Have a great week!


RTW: School Reading


Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.



This week’s topic:

In high school, teens are made to read the classics – Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Bronte, Dickens – but there are a lot of books out there never taught in schools. So if you had the power to change school curriculums, which books would you be sure high school students were required to read?



First, I need to tell you I’m Brazilian. Hence, I went to high school in Brazil and read Brazilian classics.

However, I went to college in the US and took two literature classes where I was required to read only a few American classics, like Hemingway and Hawthorne and Harper Lee.


Thinking of what I would love for my daughter to read (if she was a teenager today), here is my list of teen-required-reads:

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (thoughts on Dystopian world)
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (teen issues)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (nice way of introducing Greek mythology)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (this is a classic all on its own)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (sorry, had to add a Brazilian book. But it’s a quick, awesome, reflective reading about going after your dreams, not giving up and the meaning of life).
  • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (to start discussions about topics like anorexia and other disorders).


I want to add Eragon by Christopher Paolini to that list (to introduce high fantasy with a delightful reading), but it’s a large book and I think kids would dislike it before even starting because of the length.

By the way, I would ADD these books to the required-reading-list, and I wouldn’t take out all classics. After all, classics are a part of our history and should be appreciated and respected.


Do you agree with my list? Which books you would take out or add to this list?


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