Rambling about my topic for the 31 Days challenge in October

You can probably guess from the accompanying image what that topic is, but let me just regale you with how I came to that decision.

For the past couple of days I’ve been racking my brain for a topic that I can write about for 31 Days in October.

I went to the 31 Days site, checked out some of the topics that people wrote about last year, and found some really good starting points like lists, letters, favorite things, movies, books, and many other cool topics.

I was thinking maybe I could just do random free-writes every single day for a month, but that would mean I would still need to come up with something to write about every day. Then I thought maybe I could write about blogging and freelancing or I could do a creative writing challenge, one with prepared writing prompts and everything. I also thought maybe I could do posts inspired by random tracks from Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist.

Anyway, I started listing down potential topics and one of them was “fiction characters” and I got excited, like this was a topic I can get behind, and I started making guidelines in my head. I was thinking, each day I could write about one character from a book or from a movie. Then I thought, maybe I should stick to characters solely from books or movies, and then BAM. Books to movies.

Aaaaand that’s how I decided that I shall write about books and their movie adaptations for the entire month of October. Yayyyyy.

By the way, after I came to that decision and listed down some of the books I’ve read that have film versions that I’ve seen, I realized that I also signed up for a Books to Movies Giveaway Hop this October.

Holy synchronicity, Batman!

So there. The entire month of October will be all about Books to Movies. Hopefully I won’t miss a day in this challenge. The fun begins October 1st!

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Want to know more about 31 Days? Check it out right here.

Saying goodbye to Feedburner + blogging for 31 days in October

Bye bye, Feedburner!

I have stopped using Feedburner for my RSS feed and email subscriptions.

If you’re subscribed to this blog via email, you don’t have to do anything from your end! You will simply notice a change in how new posts are being delivered to your inbox and in the appearance of the emails themselves. I am now using Mailchimp’s RSS-to-email service and it’s configured to look for new posts thrice a week and will send email updates ONLY when there are new posts.

If you haven’t subscribed to email updates, you can do so via this link or the form on my sidebar.

If you’re subscribed via RSS feed, you will have to update the feed url for this blog to: http://www.whiteskyproject.com/feed/

Anyway, that’s it. I’ve been thinking about leaving Feedburner ever since they said it was going away, plus I really hated how the emails look. With Mailchimp, the emails are easier on the eyes, format-wise. At least I have more control over delivery and the email format. I’m trying to make some changes to the blog and leaving Feedburner is only one of them. Will have more updates soon!

31 Days

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I just signed up for 31 Days, a writing challenge held every October. I can’t remember how I stumbled on this challenge but I signed up without really thinking about it. At first I thought there’d be prompts or something but apparently it’s a choose-your-own topic thing. The challenge is to write something about one topic every day in October. You pick a category like Simplicity and Organizing, Family Life, Writing and Blogging, Fashion and Beauty, Arts, etc., and then think about a topic to write or blog about everyday for the entire month.

Thinking about it now, I’m a little worried because I’ve no idea what I want or can write about every single day for 31 days. Holy crap!

Anyway, I think it’s an awesome challenge and I KNOW I’m due for a new personal challenge. I just have to figure out what topic I want to focus on.

The challenge really is for everyone – bloggers, writers, readers. Bloggers and writers get to “go deeper on one topic” while readers get a whole bunch of topics to read about and new bloggers to discover. Seriously, the sign up rate of 31 Days is pretty wild.

Curious? Or thinking about getting in on this challenge? Check it out right now!

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

It’s Banned Books Week once again and, of course, I couldn’t pass up participating in this year’s Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. This giveaway hop is hosted by BookHounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and runs from September 21st to the 27th.

What is Banned Books Week all about?

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Coffee Not Coffee for coffee lovers

What’s better than a good ol’ cup of coffee? Winning a whole pack of organic coffee, that is!

Yep, the giveaway gods have blessed me again! I won the cool Coffee Not Coffee giveaway over at Greta’s Junkyard! Yayyyyy coffeeee.

I was pretty excited when I found out I was one of the two winners. I entered on the last day of the giveaway so I really felt lucky. It made me feel so giddy that I thought I should do a post when I’ve had a taste of my prize! I haven’t done a product review in a long while so this should be interesting.

Read on to know more about Coffee Not Coffee and my first taste of their organic coffee product.

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About these 10 books lists

I’m sure you’ve seen this “10 books” chain post thing on Facebook. The rule goes something like, “HOW TO PLAY: List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. Then tag 10 friends or more and me so I can see your list.”

I’ve seen friends post their lists – some of the lists are quite impressive, too – and I’ve been tagged once, but I didn’t want to post a list on Facebook because, quite frankly, it makes me feel embarrassed that I haven’t read any of the “greats.” I’m supposed to know these things, but I can’t say I’ve read anything written by the great literary fiction authors of our time or most of the classics while you’re at it. I’m not much of a lit fiction reader and I haven’t read most of the popular ones (even though I have copies of some). The number of classic novels I’ve read? I can count them off with my fingers. GAH. I am terrible.

Anyway, so I’ve always gravitated towards sci-fi and fantasy and I don’t know if I can name books that “changed my life,” but I have favorite books that I would love to hug and squeeze and name George. THAT IZ IT.

So, that’s the list I’m going to make right now: 5 books (or series) that I would hug-squeeze-and-name-George. I’m making it a list of 5 because I’m lazy and can’t make up my mind. I don’t remember all these books in detail, but I do remember loving all of them at the time I was reading them and just feeling very impressed with the author for creating amazing pieces of work. I mean, these are the kind of books that I wished I’d written.

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September $229 Giveaway

229 giveawayYou realize there’s one like this every month, right? Hah. I’m still trying to see if my blog giveaway luck has enough power for things like these. :P

It’s time for September’s $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.

We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice: a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

Enter via the rafflecopter below for a chance at the first prize.

If you want a shot at the second prize, then you gotta share this giveaway. Details on that are in the rafflecopter as well.

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75$ Amazon GC Giveaway: Sky’s End by Lesley Young

I have a weakness for sci-fi books with cool heroines, so here I am again with another blog tour and this time it’s for the intriguing Sky’s End by author Lesley Young.

By the way, Lesley will be awarding a $75 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Woot. Checkitout.

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About the book

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

Get this book on Amazon or TBD.  Add this book on Goodreads.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail

I read Cephrael’s Hand last year and really loved it. It’s a pretty long novel and may not appeal to everyone but it was one of the best I read that year and one of my all-time favorite fantasies. Every time I receive an email about blog tours for Melissa’s books, I’m always up for it because <3! :)

Now I was going to post a review of book two, The Dagger of Adendigaeth, today, but, alas, I won’t be able to since I decided to re-read Cephrael’s Hand first to refresh my memory. Hopefully I’ll have my review of book two up before the end of the tour. I bought the Kindle version of the book when it became available, but I fell in a seriouzly serious reading and blogging rut sometime after that so it’s been sitting in my iPad for AGES. This blog tour is just the perfect time for me to get back to this series, especially with book three coming out in October (OMG can’t wait!).

So – after all that babble – today I’ll be revisiting Cephrael’s Hand! Read on for my thoughts on the book and check out all the seriouzly cool stuff happening in this blog tour! There are prizes! The prizes are only two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy of Cephrael’s Hand after all. No biggie.

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$25 Book Blast: Up The Tower by J.P. Lantern

Author J.P. Lantern is celebrating the release of his new novel Up the Tower with a Super Book Blast by Goddess Fish Promotions!

The author will be awarding a backlist ebook copy to a randomly drawn winner at every stop during the tour and a Grand Prize of a $25 Amazon GC will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter.

Click here to see the other tour stops!

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T-Shirt Thursday!

Woohoo, T-Shirt Thursdays are back! Rather, I finally made time to browse for graphic tees YAY. I haven’t been looking at tees for a while and I think it’s because I tell myself I need more girly stuff (read: dresses and nice blouses) and don’t need any more t-shirts. Not that I buy these things a lot, but looking at them and knowing I can’t or shouldn’t makes me cry. Hah. Anyway, I realized I can have more girly stuff AND more t-shirts, too. I just need to allocate my moolah carefully, right? AMIRITE? (Why do they spell it that way, by the way?)

Enough blabbering. On to the graphic tees!

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