New Book Syndrome

Maybe you’ve experianced it. Maybe you have it? I know I do.

Ever get a new book, and while your dead smack in the midst, or beginning or end or whatever–while you’re already reading another book, YOU PICK UP THE NEW BOOK BECAUSE A PACKAGE CAME IN THE MAIL AND YOU JUST CAN’T HELP YOURSELF.

And then there you go, 20 pages deep in another book while you’re already reading 1 or 2 or 3 or 32 others.

If this is you, then you have New Book Syndrome.

You can’t help it. The book just looks so shiny and it’s there, in your hands, and you can’t like not read it. That’s practically like just not breathing.

 

But you’re not alone, and there are ways to work with NBS.

1. Just Hold The Book, and read the back.

It’s there, in your hands. And you control that book, it doesn’t control you. (Not yet at least, it may make you cry 100 pages in and there’s just nothing you can do about that.)

2. Show extra love to the first.

That new book wants all your attention, but you already have something, and you need to show it the proper attention before you divide yourself too much. There’s nothing wrong with reading more than one book at a time, but no book likes to be picked up, read for 20 pages, and set back down on some surface. Show it the proper time, when it’s ITS time.

 

3. Make Time for Your Books

Books aren’t gonna read themselves, we know this. So set some time out in your day to your book time. Maybe it’s midnight, maybe it’s breakfast, I don’t know, but try to set a time and stick to it. Doing this will guarantee that you make it through books! (I need to do this myself I know it’s tough.)


 

Hope you enjoyed this Travelers! Do you have NBS? Do you have any ideas of how to overcome it?

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under Our Tree This Year

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Hello Travelers! The year is coming to a close and Christmas is right around the corner! Hopefully you have all your shopping, planning and baked goods ready to go so this Christmas you can sit back and rest! This weeks TOP TEN TUESDAY is: 

Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under Our Tree This Year

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by Broke and the Bookish*

I love this idea, because who doesn’t love slipping one last letter in Santa’s mailbox. Without further or due…

 

 

10. My True Love Gave to Me by Rainbow Rowell

It’s the Christmas season, gotta have a good story to sit by the fire and read!

 

 

9. Another book by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park

I’ve heard so much about this author that I’d like to check out some of her more popular stuff.

 

 

8. The Martian by Andy Weir

I’ve seen the movie, and that was freaking awesome! And the story of how this book came about is inspiring so I’d love to crack it open!

 

 

7. Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi ‎

Don’t even know what it’s about, but people I trust love the series!

 

 

 

6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is on the rise to be my faviorte author of 2016 I think. And this book’s currently being made into a movie too! (Trailer on main site)

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5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yet again, I’ve missed the craze but I’m still gonna try to read it!

 

 

 

4. The Harry Potter Box Set (We know who it’s by)

This would be an awesome gift to find, mostly because I haven’t read any of them. (And I’ve only seen the first two when I was younger!)

 

 

3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here, another book by Patrick Ness

Just read the bio, my goodness…

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WHAT IF YOU AREN’T THE CHOSEN ONE? THE ONE WHO’S SUPPOSED TO FIGHT THE ZOMBIES, OR THE SOUL-EATING GHOSTS, OR WHATEVER THE HECK THIS NEW THING IS, WITH THE BLUE LIGHTS AND THE DEATH? WHAT IF YOU’RE LIKE MIKEY? WHO JUST WANTS TO GRADUATE AND GO TO PROM AND MAYBE FINALLY WORK UP THE COURAGE TO ASK HENNA OUT BEFORE SOMEONE GOES AND BLOWS UP THE HIGH SCHOOL. AGAIN. BECAUSE SOMETIMES THERE ARE PROBLEMS BIGGER THAN THIS WEEK’S END OF THE WORLD, AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND THE EXTRAORDINARY IN YOUR ORDINARY LIFE. EVEN IF YOUR BEST FRIEND IS WORSHIPPED BY MOUNTAIN LIONS.

 

 

2. Queen of Shadows by the one and only Sarah J. Maas

If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know I adore her work. I can’t wait to finish Heir of Fire and start Queen of Shadows while at the same time I’m not ready to wait for the next book.

 

 

1. Something You’ve Written, by You. 

Dumb, I know. But in all honesty, I’d love to read some stuff by other writer I know (or don’t know.) As a writer, it’s cool to read others work and collaborate and encourage and just talk about the craft. So, if you’re a writer, (or a blogger or whatever it don’t matter) then this is for you!

 


Hope you’ve got some good ideas, (hint hint, mom and dad. Sorry it’s a little late.) And I hope everyone has a great Christmas! What would you love for Santa to hide under your tree this year?

STARWARS COMES OUT TONIGHT!!!!

I CAN NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!! I am such a big Starwars fan! When I was younger, my fiends and I would get all of our lightsabers and have massive lightsaber duels late at night outside and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had.

Me and my step brother even made a starwars board game when we were younger, and we still play it to this day sometimes!

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Starwars has been apart of my life since I was a wee lad and the fact that the new one is coming ou-A NEW ONE IS COMING OUT, tonight, AND, it’s directed by J.J. ABRAMS AND IT’S FUNDED BY DISNEY IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

With that, I have some Starwars based questions:

 

  • Favorite Jedi?
  • What would your lightsaber color be?
  • Sith or Jedi?
  • What ship would you choose?

 

Thanks for stoping by Travelers! Will you be seeing the new STARWARS movie????


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Odis Pogg – Chapter 3: Odis and Other Smelly Things

Last chapter left off with Odis and Yerowslii in hot pursuit of Ula! The Dark High Wizard had poisoned the King of Upitar and now it’s a race to him. Will Yerowslii and Odis reach him first or will Ula?

Chapter 3

Odis and Other Smelly Things


Crowds upon crowds upon crowds of nimrods were parooding the streets in the wake of the poisoned King of Upitar and barreling Captain of the Guard. Odis and Yerowslii could barely take a step without having to shove, throw, or straight up blast someone who got in their way. Well, Yerowsli did the blasting. Odis…Odis just tried not to get hit while he struggled to be within shouting distance of the keeper.

With Ula somewhere in the storm of cloaks, neither of them knew what was going to happen next. At least when Yerowslii removed someone from his path, he did it safely…

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Odis Pogg – Chapter 3: Odis and Other Smelly Things

Last chapter left off with Odis and Yerowslii in hot pursuit of Ula! The Dark High Wizard had poisoned the King of Upitar and now it’s a race to him. Will Yerowslii and Odis reach him first or will Ula?

Chapter 3

Odis and Other Smelly Things


Crowds upon crowds upon crowds of nimrods were parooding the streets in the wake of the poisoned King of Upitar and barreling Captain of the Guard. Odis and Yerowslii could barely take a step without having to shove, throw, or straight up blast someone who got in their way. Well, Yerowsli did the blasting. Odis…Odis just tried not to get hit while he struggled to be within shouting distance of the keeper.

With Ula somewhere in the storm of cloaks, neither of them knew what was going to happen next. At least when Yerowslii removed someone from his path, he did it safely (sort of. No one died.) But who knew what Ula was capable of? With the man’s plan being exposed, the reality was there would be nothing stopping him from completing it now.

Yerowslii leaped over the sea of on lookers, running alongside the fractured walls.

Sorry Odis. I have a job to do.

            The mass of wizards erupted with fascination. Most of them could barely quick run let alone do it alongside a stretch of cracked building. The wind gushed against the keeper’s stubble face, oh how he wished his beard was that of a true wizard right now!

Lunging over spread of windows, Yerowslii was struggling to stay perpendicular to the structure when down below, in the crowed, the voice of the dingo fired upon his concentration.

“Yerowslii! Yerwoslii! Yerowslii!!!! Wait up! Wait for me! I can’t run like that, Yerowslii!”

Tripping over an upright stone, Yerowslii lost focus and gravity again seized him. He’d pound Odis for this. The crowed shattered but not as badly as his hand and arm.

“Yerow—”

One arm may have been damaged but that still left one available to clench Odis’s mouth shut. “Now, in the midst of me chasing down Ula, YOU THOUGHT NOW, WAS A GOOD TIME TO SHOUT FOR MY ATTENTION!?!?!?!” His hair was fluttering upward and some would say it was on fire. “YOU THOUGHT NOW!?!?!?!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?”

He let go of Odis’s mouth. “Search the back allies. I’ll take the rooftops to watch from above.”

“That is a great plan—you are really good at plans—”

“Search!” he should’ve received a metal for not smiting Odis right there.

“But I have a better one.”

“You?” the blaze in the keeper’s eyes turned to a dark abyss, swallowing up any remaining mercy.

“Mhm.” Odis nodded and turned forward. “You see. We’ve actually already passed them. They’re not going to just flee out the main gate—that’d be foolish…” You’re a fool. He couldn’t help but think it of him, “…they’d only make it a hundred veccas before Ula killed them. They’re taking the railcars below the festival, you see. It makes much more sense. Less crowded and a direct shot to Blacksea Bay where the king’s royal ship is docked.”

Yerowslii may have wanted to disembowel Odis into a gazillion tiny pieces, but he had a point. Oh gosh. Why’d he have to be right? Why couldn’t he have just said something stupid like, I think they’re flying. Or, they probably didn’t go anywhere and are being held by an invisibility cloak (not a bad idea actually.)

But no. No, Odis had to say something intelligent.

And surly enough, drops of blood stained the steps to the underground railway system. Now the question was did Ula get the same idea?

With a hand smothering his nostrils, Odis complained, “It reeks of piss down here!”

“That’s probably because there is a bunch of piss down here, Odis.” There really was. The sewer system wasn’t ten meters away from the rail system. Building two separate tunnels would have taken twice as long and made the upper levels less sturdy.

“At least we know which way they went.” Yerowslii hopped into the rail trench. The festival center was the final stop on a two-way rail system. Venders and talent acts hauled their cargo in from Blacksea Bay and using the rail system, making Yinna really the only time it got used. And boy did it get used.

Broken carts and dozens of spare parts loitered the walls of the terminal. And the festering brew of excrements only seeped the further they went into the tunnel. One would think the colder temperature would neutralize some of the smell, but it only gave it a bite.

“Yerowslii?” his voice was more annoying now that it was nasally.

“What Odis.” He really wasn’t in the mood for breathing, let alone chatting.

“Do you think I’ll ever become a wizard?”

What! “What?” What kind of stupid question was that? It was either in your blood or it wasn’t. “One doesn’t just become a wizard, Odis. You have to have magic in you.”

“Well my parents had magic in them, does that mean I have it?”

“Not necessarily. Sometimes the magic is locked away, or, just not in you. Or sometimes it is. It’s really hard to say, nobody really knows how it works.” Yerowslii was telling the truth. No one really knew. It was either in you or it wasn’t. “But you’d know by now if you had it.”

“What do you mean?”

“You discover it at a young age, usually. You either blow something up or light something on fire or surround yourself in sparkles. Then, you just know.”

“Is that how you get an invitation to The Rolling Hills?”

“No stupid. The Rolling His is for the most gifted magic wielders. You get kidnapped by the magic council first. Then if you’re deemed worthy by them you get sent to The Rolling Hills.”

“I’ve always wanted to see the Hill City of Magic. Have you been there?”

Of course he’d been there! He’s the Keeper of Upitar! Granted, it was only twice… “Not in a while.”

“Is it as beautiful as they say?”

Who? “Uhmm. Yeah. Sure. I guess so.” I’d been a long while.

“One day, maybe I’ll get to go there. One day.”

“Sure, Odis, maybe you will.” Thank the goodness that up ahead was the end of the damn tunnel. Yerowslii didn’t know if he could take anymore of that conversation. He hated talking about the wizard council, especially after the incident.

 

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That’s the end of Chapter 3! Hope you enjoyed it and if you want to know more, check out The Water Travelers series –> 

 

I got to be Santa Clause!

I was at a book signing for The Water Travelers and the guy who was supposed to be Santa didn’t end up fitting in the costume. So, here I am, being a Santa Clause Model. Posing with book one of The Water Travelers series.

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I felt like so much responsibility rested on my shoulders! Little kids came up and sat on my lap and told me what they wanted for Christmas and the joy in their eyes and on their faces was crazy! They legitimately thought I was Santa! (maybe I am)

Book sales weren’t outrages, so enjoy these festive Christmas cards I choose to make.

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IMG_0021chestnuts roasting, by the floor…Look at that stellar Santaaaaaa, but look at that beautiful book…none of this ryhmmeess, Merry Christmas

 

IMG_0016BAM!

 

IMG_0023oh hey.

 

IMG_0027naughty, or nice?

 

IMG_0020help I’ve fallen

 

IMG_0003bench.

 

 

IMG_0006you get nothing.

 

IMG_0008not Santa Clause Lane but it’s whatevs

 

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just leave me here.

 

IMG_0005no no no. This book is ****.

 

IMG_0032here’s me! Actual me.

 

IMG_0029I was selling books next to this author. He was pretty cool. Click the pick for his book.

 

And the rest is just me being Santa. All in a days work.

 

 

IMG_0001pictures!

 

IMG_0012candle stuff!

 

IMG_0004kid!

 

IMG_0013lady who made jewelry!

IMG_9995you know it.

 

IMG_0007well that’s all folk. Have a Merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho hO OOHh Oh no.

 


Thanks for stopping by, Travelers! Hope you got a laugh!

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What Have I Been Writing (besides 4 books)

Hello Travelers! I’m sorry I didn’t post a short story chapter today! (maybe I will tonight we’ll see.) I have been busy writing, though, and one of the things I’ve been working on has been daily devotionals for student ministries.


As some of you know, I’m an intern at 242 Community Church. It’s by far one of the coolest churches around (we have an indoor soccer field!) and last year was ranked third fastest growing church in the country!

Look at this video we made the other day!

Does that not seem awesome?

All glory and praise to God. He gives everything we do–every video, every sermon, every cup of coffee, every hug, every hello–everything, a purpose. If it weren’t for Him, well we’d just be a bunch of screw balls dancing around.

BUT

back on the daily devo topic…

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I’ve been writing student devotionals!!! If you want to read one (more will be posted daily) you can check the out here or click the picture above! The series we’re in currently is titled The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, and the devos go along with it. Let me know what you think of this week!


Love you, Travelers! Stay awesome and, oh, STARWARS IS COMING OUT IN 8 DAYS WHO’S READY?!?!

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