Sea Rex Review

Sea Rex

Title: Sea Rex

Author/Illustrator: Molly Idle

Publisher: Viking (Penguin)

Flap Copy:

“What could that be

down in the sea?

Is it a fish?

A snail?

A mermaid’s tail?

No, it’s bigger than that . . .

a LOT bigger . . .

it’s Sea Rex!

Join Cordelia and her crestacious companions as they spend a memorable day at the beach, as only dinosaurs can do!”

I love Molly Idle and her beautiful illustrations. But I have to say, I thought the second book Camp Rex was a bit of a let down from the first book, but Sea Rex brought it back. Not as good as Tea Rex but it is a good edition to the series.

I love Molly Idle so there is no doubt in my mind I would have acquired this if I could.

Liebster Award!

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WOO! Thanks Around the World in 80 Books, or as I know them Tqwana and Heather! So without further ado, let’s do this!

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1. What defines a good book for you?

Hard one right off the bat! A good book for me keeps me gripped. I need to love the characters, and I need to feel interested; semi-decent writing helps. Doesn’t matter if it is traditionally published or self-published, if you have a great characters, and a good story, I will usually enjoy it. A GREAT book for me is something that I will recommend by word of mouth.

2. Other than blogging, do you do any other writing? What kind?

Other than blogging, I work on intellectual property. Basically, I do story crafting for someone else. There was a time when I did want to be a writer (I was in sixth grade) and I know could focus on the melodramatic climaxes. I leave it to the professionals now

I also write for professional settings. I used to be a Publishers Weekly reviewer. Unfortunately due to the nature of that, I can’t tell you more.

3. What’s the one book you’d NEED with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Honestly, who can choose just one? But because I am stuck on a deserted island (I am assuming there is no air conditioner or guacamole), I want/need a book about how to get off said deserted island. It would be fun for a hot second, but I need modern tech: Netflix, eBooks, indoor plumbing.

4. Preferred mode of time travel: time-turner, standing stones, or TARDIS? Why?

SOOOO hard! Probably TARDIS. A) it’s controlable. Those standing stone things don’t seem to be too reliable. B) time-turner means I have to avoid previous self. What if I need a wardrobe change? How will I make sure I won’t run into me? I am a creature of habit so I am more likely  to slip up.

5. Where and when would you go if you could time travel?

So I have a TARDIS and will be the same age as I am now, I will go to the Library of Alexandria and leave around there before it burns. Thankfully the TARDIS has a language simulator so I can read any language

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Nerd Level UP!

6. What’s the one book adaptation you would NEVER want Hollywood to make b/c there’s just no way it can be done right?

Alana, the First Adventure. Part of me wants it, but part of me is afraid something like Ella Enchanted will happen.

7. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Klaus. Watch it, love it. Never love another the villain the same.

8. What book do you hate, but everyone seems to love?

I don’t know if there are books I hate that others love, but there have been books that I was just like “It was meh.” The Fault in Our Stars and Red Queen were good but everyone fans over them and I am like “Did I miss something?”

9. Was there a person who inspired you to start reading?

Harry Potter. For reals. Expect a post about the new developments in the HP world (I have angry/happy feelings), but Harry Potter was the first domino to fall. I was an advance reader, who didn’t like to read; I preferred being read to. The first Harry Potter book changed that. I started consuming books, and then considering a career in publishing. I had no concept of the author when I first read the book so for me it was the books themselves.

10. What fantasy world would you most like to live in?

Narnia. I have daydreams of it. William Moseley is in it (from the movies.) He’s hot now, people!

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11. What is your favorite quote?

quoteAnd that’s me in a nutshell!

So I nominate: (Sorry if you are getting nominated again! I love each of your blogs!)

1. Heather

2. The Misfortune of Knowing

3. Maniac With Books-Antonio

4. Mylittlebookblog

5. #LoveBooks

6. Jenny in Neverland

7. Words We Heart

8. Becca and Books

9. The Bookish Universe

10. Tqwana

11. Socially Awkward Book Worm

My questions:

1. What was the first and last book you read?

2. Why do you read the books you read?

3. Perfect day: what book do you read? Why?

4. Do you have a favorite book cover/author/title? Why?

5. If you could predict the next big book trend just by what you wanted to see, what would it be?

6. You can only take 5 books with you to a new planet. Which books are you going to take and why?

7. You have the opportunity to get a signed first edition, in pristine condition, from any author ever and it will always look brand new no matter how many times you read it. Who’s the author and which of their books is it?

8. Dream job?

9. You can cast any book for a move. Which book is it and who are your choices?

10. Where is the best place for you to read?

11. Why do you blog?

RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD

1st Rule – Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2nd Rule – Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

3rd Rule – Answer the 11 questions, given to you by your nominator.

4th Rule – Nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers.

5th Rule – Must inform the bloggers that you nominated their blog for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

6th Rule – Create your own 11 questions for your Nominees to answer.

Crafting a Story

I am starting a new category just for the writers out there. My experience is a little different, but I will share books that are helping me in my story creation and any updates I have. So without further ado:

I have been working on creating IP (intellectual property) for work. I have been letting stories kick around in my brain for a while, but I have no desire to write the book. Which works perfectly, except….I still have to develop EVERYTHING about the story.

One story just flowed out. I have a lot of work to still do for it, but I most of the big plot points are down on the rough outline.

But one of my other ideas is floundering. Thankfully my fairy godmother (my mother) sent me some awesome books to help with the process. I am currently am reading Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland.

It has been super helpfully in getting some of my ideas down and seeing them outside my head. I am naturally a “pantser” when it comes to writing, which is probably why I always fail at having more than a few pages, but this book is great in helping me become an “outliner”.

Due to the nature of my job, I can’t tell you anymore about my ideas, but I highly recommend this book for starting your writing journey.

My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess Review

Pretty Princess

Title:  My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess

Author/Illustrator: Heath McKenzie

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Flap Copy:

Rules are meant to be broken in this laugh-out-loud picture book about staying true to yourself.

One little girl gets her greatest wish of becoming a princess – only to discover that the rules of royalty are no fun. She has to have perfect hair and eat daintily and dance gracefully — boring! So, she decides to make up her own rules… A delightfully subversive picture book that teaches girls to be themselves — clumsy dancing, crazy scribbling and all.”

This was soooo cute! I love McKenzie’s drawings and the ironic spin on Cinderella. Even if you dream of being a princess, sometimes it is more fun to do it your way. This is perfect if you want to teach your child to just be themselves.

To Come

Hello all! I know it has been a bit since my last post, but it has been crazy busy over here.

Like crazy…

Never fear, posts will be coming down soon. Because while I have been busy, I have also been reading! Yay!!! Anyways, stay tuned!

In the meantime, this is still very much my life right now.

So You Want to be in Publishing?

Look for a post about BookCon soon, but for now I want to take a moment to spread some wisdom. On Sunday, I staffed the American Association of Publishers (AAP) booth. We were spreading awareness of employment in publishing. Below are a few of the things some of my friends and I wish we had known before considering a job. Please keep in mind I work in book publishing, magazines may be different.

It’s time for Real Talk.

  1. Publishing salaries are not great (at least in America). Don’t believe the movies. You will not be sashing into work in Prada or Dior. Unless you come from money, you will probably be living on a budget and with several roommates. Assistants are paying their dues.
  2. Speaking of paying dues, you will be paying your dues. Yes, any experience is great and can be relevant, but just because you were a manager in your old industry, don’t expect to be starting anywhere but at the bottom with the rest of us. Publishing experience rules the day here.
  3. The hours are long. I work on the weekend. It is part of my job to read submissions and manuscripts. 40 hours a week are just not enough to finish everything I need to do.
  4. Fit matters. What do I mean by “fit”? Fit is how well are you going to fit into the group, or with your bosses; are you going to click.SO you have gone on tons of interviews and haven’t heard yes? You are not alone. I thought fit was nice, but not necessarily required. BUT FIT MATTERS. It can mean the difference between a job you are happy to go to and one you regret ever taking.
  5. Everyone wants editorial, but no everyone can be in editorial. I am all for going after your dreams, but it takes time to get them. If you have to settle for another position in a company, I recommend taking it. It gives you work experience, and gets your foot in the door. Only hold out for your dream if you resume and cover letter can back up your stance.

Most importantly: Doing what you love is the single greatest thing ever.  Every day, my work contributes to a beautiful book, and every day I fangirl about stories. If you want nothing more than to work with books, and can live with the aspects I pointed out above, consider a job in publishing!

And if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me at socalledyalife@gmail.com . I am always happy to answer questions.