Looking Ahead: April Book Releases

March is almost over and I am feeling excited for next month to finally be start! I’m especially excited for the many lovely books that are coming out! Let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous books that are coming out in April of 2017!

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

April 4th

Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you. 

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

April 11th

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.
Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.
Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.
Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.
The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given. 

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

April 4th

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight. 
After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him. 
Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming. 

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

April 11th

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.
Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines. 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

April 11th

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

April 4th

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. 

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer 

April 4th

Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin? 

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz 

April 11th

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.
1777. Albany, New York. 
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. 
In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. 

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

April 24th

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA. 

Thanks for reading. I hope you are excited for these April releases as I am! There are so many great books coming out this year it’s amazing. Let me know your favorites in the comments! 

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Get to Know Me Tag!

A while back I was tagged by the lovely Cuppa ‘N Critiques for this unique and interesting little tag to get to know me better. My timing feels a bit ironic because I did a get to know me post to celebrate 600 followers, but still this post feels like it’s really enjoyable to write! 

Vital Stats

Name: Tiana 

Nicknames: Ti, Tia, T-T, and some random ones like: Tiguana, Iguana, among others that have randomly colored my life. I’m called by random names so often that nicknames have become a part of who I am. It’s really interesting to see how many people just randomly make of names for me I really enjoy it. 

Birthday: December 17th

Star sign: Sagittarius 

Occupation: full-time college student


Hair color: A darkish blonde

Hair length: longish, I used to have hair all the way down my back I cut it a couple years ago to shoulder length and now I’m growing it back. I miss my longer locks!

Eye Color: depending on the light, grey, blue, or a greenish color.

Best Feature: My eyes for sure! 

Braces: These things were once the bane of my existence, but they did help me emmensly so I am grateful to have had them. 

Piercings: one in each earlobe and that’s it. I want to get at least one more in each ear eventually though. 

Tattoos: I don’t have any, but in a way I like to think I’d get one one day. As much as I’ve been told not to, something about having art that represents who you are permanently expressed on your body is beautiful to me. I don’t know what I would get yet, but eventually I think I’d find the perfect thing for me to have. 

Right or Left: Righty.. 


Real Holiday: I think this means vacation so I’m gonna say the first one I remember was to Hawaii. It was beautiful, but I was with the wrong people and so I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I should have little as I was. 

Best Friend: Really and truly I don’t think I’ve ever had the experience of a real “Best Friend” As a kid I was a loner and as I got older I made friends, but whenever I moved the connection would be lost. I don’t even really like the connetation of “Best Friend” in the end I feel like it seperates people unless it’s a tried and true friendship that’s lasted over the years. Long story short, I really don’t think I have. 

Award: I have old family films that tell me that would be in first grade. I honestly have no idea what it was for, but I remember the pride I felt when I got it and searching for my God family amoung what felt like a sea of parents to my small self to share the moment with them. 

Sport: Figure Skating, although many don’t think of it as a sport it was something that was very special to me, something I had to give up in order to go to the middle school I needed to be in a few years later. 

Concert: I haven’t been to a Concert, concert, but I have gone to see the band and show that plays at Six flags. 


Tv Show(s): Doctor Who, Sherlock, American Horror Story, Three’s Company, The Big Bang Theory… etc. etc. 

Color: Tardis Blue, I love most all colors though. 

Song(s): Clarity Zedd, Shape of You Ed Sheeran, Papercut Zedd, Dovregubben Zedd, literally anything by Zedd… also anything by Melanie Martinez or Purity Ring. Plus so much more!

Restaurant: The Tamale House and El Buen Gusto… both have such amazing food!

Shop: Any book stores (including thrift stores that sell books), IKEA, Sidecca (a vintage clothing store), Journey’s, and at times Fry’s Electronics. 

Books: NOT THIS! There are too many books to love! For now I will put The Giver, Tess of the D’Ubervilles, A Northern Light, Ready Player One, anything Julie Kagawa writes, the Splintered series (despite its flaws), and many many more. 

Shoes: Anything from Journey’s really, haven’t been able to buy from there in so long! Sheds a lone tear. 


Feeling: Tired yet somehow contented, excited, and happy (but I just got half-way through ACOTAR so…) 

Single or Taken: Single as I always have been. I feel like I give off some sort of back away vibe or something… I am still happy as can be. The right time will come when it comes. 

Eating: Nothing, it’s midnight and there is no food in sight. 

Thinking About: Life, how things end up being the way they are meant to be. Plus, ACOTAR because that book is AMAZING so far!

Watching: Peaks of a Hallmark movie my mom put on, my family never sleeps. 

Wearing: A Micky Mouse pajama top and Baymax pajama pants. Disney is a love that never dies and I refuse to be ashamed. 


Want Children: I don’t really know, I’m not sure how good of a mother I would be and the responsibility scares the crap out of me, but at a much older age then 18 and a much different mindset and security I would probably be more open to it. 

Want to be Married: It would be nice to have a husband one day, but finding the right person takes time and if I never meet the one for me then I don’t think I mind being on my own. 

Careers in Mind: A writer of course! Nothing would make me happier. 

Where you Want to Live: Somewhere comfortable, a place where I’m not far from humanity and near a theme park as well as museums, art, and culture. A place where I’m never too far from new and beautiful experiences. 

Do you Believe in

God: yes I do. I don’t worship by going to church or anything like that, but I feel that his presence in my life is undeniable. I feel his guidance in my life even before I was born. I feel a deep connection with him especially in nature, it’s something that I feel so deeply that I can’t even explain it properly. 

Miracles: Yes, it truly is a miracle that I’m even sitting where I’m sitting today. 

Love at first sight: for some people yes, but for me I don’t really think so. It takes me a while to truly fall for someone (even if it’s always unrequited) 

Also, for our children I would say yes, that kind of love I think is the pitiest of all. 

Ghosts: I think that ghosts, spirits have a presence in our lives. There are too many unknowns out there for me not to at least wonder. 

Aliens: yes, too many planets and solar systems out there for us to be the only planet with life. It is a curiosity that will probably never be dated in me. 

Soul Mates: Yes, but I feel that true soulmates are the rarest form of love. My favorite way of thinking about soul mates is the red string of fate, a beautiful cord that teathers you and your soulmate by an invisible red string around your pinkies. Follow the string and you find the person your soul was meant to complete. 

Heaven: Most definitely, I even have hope that our pets meet us there as well. 

Hell: yes, sadly I believe there is one. To what it entails I could never fully imagine. 

Kissing on the First Date: Yes… If you really like the person I don’t see anything wrong with this at all.

Yourself: Sometimes, not always, but I think that’s a spot that I’ve been steadily improved upon these past few years. 

Tag, Your It!

One of my latest followers, who is also new to blogging: 

Bumbling About Books

I hope you enjoy this!

Thanks for reading! As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments. This will be the last sorta Getting to know you, getting to know all about you posts for a long while. I hope you enjoyed reading it!

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An Ode To Reading

Turning pages

 to another world

Of pretty and distorted faces 

That you yourself become
Living thousands of lives 

To see a thousand truths 

Sobbing for those who aren’t even real
Running, dancing, and romancing

As someone else 

Cause reality is nothing compared

To the strength of an imagined self
Forever hoping some of its real

That magic truly exists 

Cause anything is possible

Between those infinite pages 
I read on day and night

Because nothing makes me happier 

Then to get to know someone’s mind 

And fall in love a thousand times
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed a poem for one of the greatest joys of my life. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

What is your favorite part about reading?

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Who am I? The Blogger Behind The Book Raven + 600 Followers!

Hello everyone! 

I say this during every milestone, but this is absolutely insane! 600 followers is something that I could only dream about and I never ever in a million years expected for this to happen so soon! Thank you so very much for your continued support and I am so proud to be something that I love so much every single day. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community and every single one of you makes me feel so humbled to think that you would enjoy my content and comment and converse with me regularly. It is such an amazing feeling that has made me so happy these past few months.

It has been a bit more then 5 months since I started blogging and a much as I feel like many of you know little tid bits and things about me I feel like its time I shared a little bit more and have you all get to know me a bit better,

So, my name is Tiana Wolfe I am 18 years old and I have the compasity to love most everything. Seriously you could talk to me about pretty much anything and I can find a way to see the positives of it. Of course their are things I dislike (a.k.a seafood and anything that hurts anything else) but I see things as there is a reason for everything and I have no reason to judge anyone else for their beliefs. 

I am also pretty calm most of the time. I go with the flow with pretty much everything. I don’t believe in planning out anything. I find that planning stresses me out especially because nothing ever goes according to plan. I think of life as when things happen they will happen and it’s how you react that matters and not much else. 

A story I tell to pretty much everyone I meet: 

When I wass about 8 years old my grandmother took me to Arizona to her friends house for a couple of days. On the day before we left I woke up and went to the kitchen to eat and hugged the beautiful Boarder Collie my grandma’s friend had. The other dog, a Rottweiler, in the house walked into the kitchen and the Border Collie tensed and all of a sudden I was being pulled back by grandmother and all of a sudden I see blood and my grandma freaks out. When my grandma pulled me back the Border Collie’s teeth just caught my eyelid and it tore just grazing my eye. I ended up having to get stitches and now all I have to show for it is one missing eyelashes, I can never forget how lucky I was. I could have lost my sight so easily that day and I am so fortunate that I didn’t. Also, being in the middle of nowhere was a disaster. We went to an medical center on a reservation that cleaned it up and forty minutes later we arrived at the hospital. 

However, my first concern after I got the bite was not for myself. My grandmother has a tendency to get really upset when animals act differently from the way she wants them too and I was afraid that she would have the collie put down. So everywhere we went from the reservation, to the hospital, on the way back to the house in the car I made sure to keep saying it wasn’t the dogs fault. Thankfully, my grandmother didn’t do anything to the dog. My insistence about it being a total accident just might have saved the dogs life. 

Things I love most:

Animals of every shape and form. I watched Animal Planet a lot as a kid and I fell in love with the beautiful creatures that God put on this earth. I have 0 fear of a majority of animals and I know that there are so many creatures that have the ability to cause major harm so I give those animals the respect they deserve and admire them from afar. 

Stories! Of course you all know of my love for stories. They are the very reason for the existence of this blog. No matter if it’s a movie, book, or painting I love how everything is their to tell you a story about life in someway. 

I love art, but mostly I love watching people create art. There is something mesmerizing and beautiful about seeing something that comes directly from someone’s heart form exactly they want it to in whatever medium they choose. I find it all fascinating. I’m terrible at art so I find others with artistic ability to be amazing human beings. 

Culture is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me. The way different people act with one another is so amazing to me and I love how unique everyone is. Diversity is so important and accurate representation in all things helps make the world a better place. 

I love nature in general. Walking outside when the air is fresh or enjoying lying on the grass under the shade of a tree is so relaxing to me. Often if I’m walking anywhere with plants nearby I will reach out and touch the leaves. It helps me stay connected to myself and to what’s around me, it makes me feel calm. 

Music, I love pretty much all types of music. Anything that has a nice beat to it that I can dance to I enjoy. I can find a way to dance to most everything so I’m usually content with most things I hear. I especially love Edm though, Electronic Dance Music holds a special place in my heart. 

I love God. I don’t talk about it too much, but I am religious. I don’t go to church or anything like that, but I do believe in God and I feel his presence in my life everyday. 

My family. My family comes first for absolutely everything. We have fought so hard to stay together over these past 18 years that our bond has grown stronger then it ever could have otherwise. Their love has shaped me to be the person I am today and I could never thank them for their presence in my life enough. 

So that’s about it! This certainly isn’t everything, but I think I got out all the most important parts. I hope you got a clearer insight into who I am and what my passions are. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

My question for you is: What things in this world make you happy? 

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2016 Year in Review Book Tag

Well, well, well, this has been a long time coming. I’ve talked for a very long time about how behind I am in tags and well this first to show exactly how long. However, this will be the last time I meantion my lateness, because I have decided to simply go with the flow and do my posts as I feel like they should be done. I love tags, but they come out the best when I feel most like doing them, so I will do them all in time. 

Anyway, let’s get on to the tag!

Thank you to Reads, Rhythms, and Ruminations and Melting Pots and Other Calamities for tagging me in this really cool end of the year review tag! They are both so amazing and have been a part of my blogging journey from the very beginning. Talking to them is amazing and I love reading their content. If you haven’t already, check out their blogs! 

On to the content!

Disclaimer all books meantoned I read in 2016.


Amy Gumm vs. Dorothy Gale! These two diva just might be the rivals of the century! Dorothy Gale the girl we all know and love is a complete psychopath, and Amy Gumm the girl with the pink hair that might just be the only person in all of the world with just the right mixture of sass and compassion to deafeat the blue checkered Queen B.


Stephen King, the master of craft. One of the most celebrated of the grates of the modern horror novel. I tried to read Revival in October and just wasn’t having it. It dragged and dragged and wa not my cup of tea. I’m sorry to say, but this one was a big ole DNF.


The Fault in Our Stars, love it or hate it, has always been huge, along with all of John Green’s works, I have always felt a part of me wishing to read something of his. I may have missed the initial hype train, but it still very much existed in my mind and so I picked this book up. I honestly really enjoyed it! The sarcasm and the way death was discussed really spoke to me and I loved it a result!


THIS BOOK! If you have not read this book you need to read it and I mean immediatly. This is required reading from me and I promise you that as so long as you love the circus and beautiful writing you will love this book! Thi book is an experience and it is one that I will never regret having for the rest of my life. It is STUNNING!


Uhh, this might just be me, but I didn’t really feel many major cliff hangers in 2016… I am sorry, but I jut can’t relate. 


Impulse by Ellen Hopkins is a book that made me cry like I hadn’t cried in a very long time. If I had read it at any other time then I did, I would have gone into a very deep depression. Thi book is hard to read, but in the end it is a truly rewarding experience.


You either really enjoy this book or you hate it. I am in the realm of enjoying it. I even kinda like America the main character that many seem to really dislike. I love light and fluffy reads like this, I thought it was pretty cool!


For the first time in my life I read Jennifer Donnelly’s books in 2016. I had my eye on her books for a very long time and when Christmas 2016 came about and I got a bunch of her books I ended up reading a lot of them and in the end one of her books A Northern Light became one of my favorite reads of all time! She is such a talented author. I love her work!

#ALLLIVESMATTER: YOUR FAVOURITE DIVERSE READ-S (tagging on that S because there are several books that need to be talked about here)

So, I read a few diverse reads in 2016, not nearly as many as I wanted to, but these are four of my favorites! 

First Soundless by Richelle Mead, Soundless is such a cool book. The idea of having an entire village live without sound was amazing to me.. to further blind them broke my heart. I loved reading it and I thought it was such a cool read. I recommend you to read it if your interested in Asian folklore and complete societal disability. 

Next, Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings. Blindsided was such an interesting read. I always wondered what it was like for the blind and I thought this book was super interesting. It is a pretty quick read and I really enjoyed it!

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom and The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati are both books based off bipolar disorder. I read these two a few weeks apart and I loved them both. It amazed me how human they made bipolar disorder feel and how different they both were. I 100% recommend for these two to be read!


I never got to read this book and I am really sad about it. Sometimes I think about its black pages and sigh. I want this book so bad. I heard so much about it in 2016 and I can’t wait to get it into my hands!


The Weight of Zero came out before the end of 2016 and I was lucky enough to win a giveaway copy of it a little before its release. As I’ve meantioned above I loved this book! It is so beautiful and often times poetic and I could ramble about it for ages. This is the book I didn’t realize I was anticipating in 2016.

I’m not gonna meantion the character that dies in this book, but oddly it affected me way more then I thought it would and I fell in love with a charter I feel like I should have. This book was amazing!


A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly was breathtaking and I am now going to reread it every year for Christmas! It makes me feel my love for books so strongly and I loved how all the characters were portrayed. The second book on my required reading list that you need to read ASAP!  

Thanks for reading! Fun Fact: this post is the one I tried to create yesterday that disappeared. Still a little salty about it, but I promised this post was coming and I keep my promises! Let me know your thoughts on this post and I’m curious: what was your favorite diverse read of 2016? Also, What are you currently reading? I’d love to know! 

I am not going to tag anyone for this because it is honestly so late to do this, but if you think it is fun and your interested feel free to participate in this tag!

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When the WordPress App Glitches Out: A Discussion

WordPress is my favorite place to share my thoughts above all other thoughts platforms. For 5 amazing months WordPress has allowed me to share my voice and create fun content with relative ease and the smallest of glitches. 

However, I was just almost done writing a long awaited tag post when, my app froze and glitched out, deleting the content completely. To which I precided to feel these sets of emotions: 

Tried to bargain for a non-existent way of fixing the problem: 



I was and still am sitting on my IKEA chair thinking about what to do. Do I redo the post? Do I do a different one? What should I do next? 

An idea struck!

Then I decided it might be interesting to write this little post, because I wasn’t happy about losing 40 minute of work to do it over again without sharing the sad experience with you all! 

So, I ask of you… has anything like this ever happened using WordPress? Have you ever lost any content or had any issues with the WordPress app? I need to feel some solidarity from this emotional rollercoaster. It was just a whole lot of panicked sadness. 

When you take so much time to work on something just to have it disappear feels awful. As much as I love WordPress this has been such a sad experience. I may be sad, but I will write and post the disappeared post tomorrow. There is a tag to look forward to! I hope you all will enjoy it!

-Till next time!

Dark Abode 

Dark Abode 
A place I visit in my dreams

Dark and frightening as it may be

Haunts me, yet calls to me 

beaconing for me to walk up its desolate path 
A home of the forgotten 

A place for the weak 

Where demons roam freely 

They call to me 
I try to run away 

But the seduction is sweet 

A curiosity that burns

To know more of its ways
I walk deeper In the woods

The path abandoned 

It swallows me whole 

I’m trapped forever 
I run to find an exit 

Till no light can be found 

I curl into a ball to sleep 

On the steps of the dark abode

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the creepiness of this poem. Something about darkness has always intrigued me and I felt like writing something that encapsulated that connection I feel with darker works. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Next month is National Poetry Writing Month as well as Camp Nanowrimo and I can’t help but feel like writing a lot more poetry. Even before the month begins. 

-Till next time! 

A Personal Throwback: A Chapter from My First Book

It feels like forever ago since I finished my first book Confessions of a Teenage Writer and as proud as I am of it, I have very little hope of getting this one published. However, if your interested in reading a lot of the rest of it check it out on my old and sadly dead wattpad here.

This book is all about writing and my struggles and experiences with it. It actually wasn’t that long ago that I finished it, but now that I look back on it there are so many things I wish to change, but what never changes is the pride. I promised myself to finish the first draft of it before I got out of high school and I did and now after leaving it alone for so long, I know I have a lot of work to do to polish it. 

However, I wanted to share one of my favorite chapters because it affects me every single day…. 

Shower Ideas 

Why is it that you get your best ideas in the one place you can’t write them down? The shower. 

It is like this sickness that you can never get rid of. Every time you get under the drops of the water your mind becomes plagued with so many ideas it is ridiculous. You wish that you had a waterproof pen and paper so that you could write them all down. Especially when you know that by the time you get out of the shower the ideas turn into a big pile of forgotten dust. 
You may be able to piece together a few pieces of the puzzle from the dust, but never the full picture and that infuriates you. You feel as that no matter what those ideas are meant to slip through your mind like sand through your fingers. The more you think that you remember them the more that the ideas slip away until even the dust dissipates into nothingness. 
You wish that there could be some way to take all the ideas that come to you from the watery place that is your shower and put them in a container that will keep them forever safe so that you may not forget them. I mean technology has progressed so quickly these days that someone should have come up with a waterproof journal right?

The worst is when you are in the shower and you have been through a lot of writers block that you haven’t been able to get out of and suddenly you have a breakthrough and it just so happens to be in the one place you can’t write it down. 
Once you step out the ideas seem to vanish into thin air and you feel like cookie monster in a world were no cookies exist. 

Getting ideas in the shower is a conundrum that I know will plague me for as long as I live. I am thinking of resorting to taking baths and having a notebook at the ready for the inevitable flow of ideas that will ensue as soon as I step inside my shower. 

I can imagine how many ideas that I could write if I was in the shower 24 hours at a time. I would probably be able to start and finish an entire novel that way. I have also noticed that in the shower ideas come to you in spitfires. They are so rapid and so inspiring that I sometimes wonder how those ideas even come to my head. 
The only time I get extremely happy about these showery ideas is when I can get them to stay in my forgetful brain long enough that I get to write them down. When that happens I feel like doing a minnie victory dance. In fact, I have on occasion, done those victory dances when I am blessed with the honor of remembering an idea.

Love your shower, Write things down, and get a waterproof journal.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. Even this chapter of my book feels like it needs a lot of work, but still I feel a lot of love in my heart for my little book baby. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any suggestions or ideas about what to do with the book! 

*disclaimer* I’m pretty sure I made the cover with a copyright image. This cover is only temporary and I hope to have a new one made in the future. Let me know if you know of anyone who could help me with it. 

-Till next time! 

World Poetry Day: My Love for Annabel Lee 

Today is a day of celebration, lyrical thought, and appreciation for one of my favorite things in the world POETRY! 

However I couldn’t celebrate this day without sharing my favorite poem from the master himself Edgar Allen Poe. 

Annabel Lee

By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago, 

   In a kingdom by the sea, 

That a maiden there lived whom you may know 

   By the name of Annabel Lee; 

And this maiden she lived with no other thought 

   Than to love and be loved by me. 
I was a child and she was a child, 

   In this kingdom by the sea, 

But we loved with a love that was more than love— 

   I and my Annabel Lee— 

With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven 

   Coveted her and me. 
And this was the reason that, long ago, 

   In this kingdom by the sea, 

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling 

   My beautiful Annabel Lee; 

So that her highborn kinsmen came 

   And bore her away from me, 

To shut her up in a sepulchre 

   In this kingdom by the sea. 
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, 

   Went envying her and me— 

Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know, 

   In this kingdom by the sea) 

That the wind came out of the cloud by night, 

   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee. 
But our love it was stronger by far than the love 

   Of those who were older than we— 

   Of many far wiser than we— 

And neither the angels in Heaven above 

   Nor the demons down under the sea 

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul 

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams 

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes 

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side 

   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, 

   In her sepulchre there by the sea— 

   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
I LOVE this poem! This is the type of passion and love that I can celebrate. A love so powerful and so pure that even in death he stays with her. I love the youth of it and the passion of it and the beauty of its repetive yet slowly changing nature. I love the story. The jealous angels that took her away from him to have her for themselves. The melancholy and dark beauty of everything that surrounds this poem and how it makes my heart race just thinking about it. 

Poetry always gets to me, but nothing has made me stop in my tracks and made me feel as emotional as this poem has and it puts a smile on my face. 

As much as I wanted to write a poem for World Poetry Day I feel like it would do an injustice to the greatness of the poem I love so much, from a man who is an incredible inspiration to me. I’d call Poe a dark romantic. There is something so honest about his pieces and one day I will own a book of his complete works. 

Gosh I need to read more Poe! 

Anyway, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and read Annabel Lee many many times (it is required reading). Happy World Poetry Day! Let me know what some of your favorite poems are! I’d love to read them!

-Till next time!

Announcing My Camp Nanowrimo Project! 

The time is almost upon us! Legions of writers coming together for a single month to write as many words as their fingers and time will allow. Camp Nanowrimo! 

I have not successfully completed any Nanowrimo of any kind since I tried for the first time a in 2015. However, I am trying once more and this time I feel confident that I can conquer this beast that has been plaguing me since my mom ignited the writing bug inside me not so long ago. 

I am 18 years old, a short unedited novel under my belt and a poetic heart to share with the world. I refuse to let myself give in to the temptation that is procrastination, because if I do not write, I am silencing an aching part of my soul. 

So I am proud to announce my participation in this April’s Camp Nanowrimo!

May the Lord guide me and keep me on the right path. 

I have chosen to write a poetry book this time around. Poetry is what sparked my love for writing and it’s only write that my first successful Camp Nanowrimo is a book of poetic thought. 

My word count goal for this month is 25,000 words. I already have 1,368 words written towards this book and whatever number that I end up with before Camp starts will be added with the 25,000 so I stay true to the process. 

Here is a single poem to give the tinest taste of what kind of tone I want this book to take:

You spoke sugar words into my mouth 

Brought me to life with you’re black poison

I was tethered to you by affirmations 

You said I was pretty, smart, courageous 

My heart grew for your own 

Yet you used my love for your advantage 

You knew I would follow you to the depths 

And to the depths you took me 

Destroying me with your sought after addictions
In my head it will be a mix of societal call outs. Our hearts obsessions and being the subject of oppression. It will be dark. It will hurt and it will not be pretty. I’m so excited to write this book! 

Thanks for reading! Please let me know your thoughts on this poetry book and any suggestions for themes or any specific issues you would like for me to cover around Obsession and oppression. Also let me know if you would be interested in a bit of darker poetry at all and if you like the vibe the poem I included here gives off. Thanks for being here and for the continued support! Let me know if your joining or thinking of joining Camp Nanowrimo! My cabin still needs members so I’d love it if you could join me!

-Till next time!