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I’m Back

Published July 17, 2012 by caitlinnicoll

But not in black. It’s too hot to wear black. Seriously, I feel like I’m swimming in an active volcano. On Mercury.

I’ve been a terrible book challenge host.  The only excuse I really have is that I got really busy and had to give a few things up. Like blogging and reading ( That hurt. A lot). I do plan on writing more posts now that I can breath again, mostly fantasy and sci-fi book recommendations. And since it’s a new year, I’ve been contemplating do a new series of YA Recommends because there have been some amazing books that’ve been released. I’ve been planning and scheming on a few more sekrit projects that will definitely make up for my absence.

So, on that note, has anyone read any good books lately? What about music? What is everyone listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to a lot of K-pop. I know, I know, K-pop. But a lot of it is really quite good, better than most American pop. I fell in love with it like you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once*.


*Thank you, John Green for one of the bestest quotes ever.

top ten Favorite Book Quotes

Published February 29, 2012 by caitlinnicoll

10. “The North remembers.” Various people, A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin

9. “Time is the longest distance between two places.” The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams

8. “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

7. “Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.” the Wizard of Oz, the Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum

6. “The Fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Cassius, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare.

5. “Vengeance is the pleasure of the gods.” The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

4.“I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.” Hazel Grace Lancaster, the Fault in our stars, John Green

3. “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.” Hamlet, Hamlet, Shakespeare

2. “Words are so heavy.” The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

1. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride, William Goldman

I am waiting for the day when I can say that to somebody. Seriously. You have also been warned.

What are some of your favorites?

Project For Awesome

Published December 18, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

This is just a quick little post to let you know that Project for Awesome is going on right now over on Youtube until midnight tonight.

You can visit www.projectforawesome.com to see what it’s all about.  While you’re there, why don’t you donate?  If you can’t donate, you can still do your part by voting for your favorite charities to get a portion of the overall donations. there are some really great charities up there including Water.org, Amnesty International, Kiva.org, World Vision, Heifer International, Freedom From Hunger, and many more.

Also, with each order over at my shop today, I will donate 20% to Project For Awesome.

Here is Hank Green explaining all the details.

Out of all the videos, this just may be my favorite.

There is still a week left to enter the secret santa give-away, which is chock full of awesomely nerdy things.

Challenge Names!

Published December 7, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

First, and most importantly, I have found a time-turner. It is beautiful. And it is mine. My precious. *pets*

So, tricia came up with the most brilliant idea. Ever. Well, maybe not ever, but pretty close. NICKNAMES for my reading challenges, using a combination of the levels you have chosen to participate. You may now refer to me as the Grimm Blade, and her as Buffy Six.

Dude, we are totally the Jets.

Does anyone else want to join us? (Links are in the side-bar if you do).  And if you already have, what would your nickname be?

the other reading challenges I am participating in this year are:

the Story Siren’s Debut author Challenge. Which is to read at least 12 YA or MG  debut authors.

Book Chick City’s Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge. I have chosen to read 24 books.

Bookish Ardour’s Dystopian Challenge. I have chosen the Contagion level.

Bookish Ardour’s Off the Shelf Challenge. I have chosen the Making a Dint Level

Pagan Culture’s Witchy Books Reading Challenge. I have chosen the Bookish Darling level


the first 4 I did last year, and really had fun with them. this will be my first year doing the Witchy challenge.


Beth Revis has quickly catapulted to being my favorite author of all time. Not only is Across the Universe and awesome book, but her give-aways are mind-blowing. For December, it is truly EPIC. She is GIVING AWAY 200 prizes PLUS donating $1 for every entry to World Vision. You NEED to check it out.

Also, I have a sekrit nerdy thing I’m plotting. All shall be revealed in a few days.


And lastly, since I can’t get this song out of my head, here is a creepy/ Nightmare Before Christmas-esque version of Santa Baby. the video is even creepier. You’re welcome.

Over and Onwards!

Published December 5, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

NaNoWriMo is officially over. Well, it was over last Wednesday, but you know what I mean.

*falls over*

It was crazy this year. I don’t think I’ve ever typed so fast in my life. My wip really surprised me this year. There were a lot of explosions, and it’s way more romancy than I intended. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Of course, it’s nowhere near done, so we’ll see how it evens out in the end.

Also, I won. Yay! But I never would have done it without Claudie, Sommer, Tricia, Adrianne, and Karen, and our writing sprints. So thank you! Just for you girls, and anyone else who won this year (and for those who didn’t, but made a valiant effort anyways), this girl and her 5 legged, 2 tailed, blue mohawked camel are cheering. For you. Because you are awesome.

What? It was free mohawk day.

I’m not quite sure what is on her head, so don’t ask.

Also, if you are interested (I am only mildly pressuring you), I’ve started a fantasy and a sci-fi reading challenge for next year, if anyone wants to join me. Links are in the sidebar. No pressure though.

A Lesson in Euphemisms

Published November 16, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

So, it’s been a few days. I’ve been busy NaNo-ing and editing, and you know, procrastinating.

I have a new look. I’m not sure how I like. We’ll see how it goes.

So, to save all our time (since I’m sure you’d rather be upping your word count too), here is a video, illustrating example of how to use euphemisms from some of the greatest minds in the 20th century.


Also, if you’re feeling week 2 blues, and your wip is starting to give you massive headaches, and look like a bunch of random gibberish, here is an inspiring song to remind you that it could be worse. MUCH worse.



You’re welcome. Now, get back to work!

Nerdy Procrastination

Published November 2, 2011 by caitlinnicoll

I’m not gonna lie, I’m feeling a little lazy. I was up until 2 AM, getting a head start on my word count, so I can work on other things. Like Drawings. Or revision.

So! today is a post of nerdy videos to procrastinate watch. You’re welcome.

Galactic Empire State of Mind

Epic Rap Battles!




John Green Reads the First Chapter of the Fault in Our Stars


Scary Science!


November 21st can’t come soon enough


Lastly, a cartoon to get you in the happy writer mood.


Also, don’t forget to enter the character sketch give-away!