Top Ten Favorite Heroines from Books

Hi everyone!!! Sorry for slacking on my blog recently. It’s been a CRAZY time and between the snow and my upcoming concert that I have to prepare my girls for, it’s like mass chaos with very little relaxation and sleep. So I’ve been trying to sneak in some sleeping and relaxation when I can.

Anyways, I am determined to catch up on my blog posts and I will soon be reviewing The Selection series and The Orphan Queen, so keep an eye out for those posts!

As always, my Top Ten Tuesday is something I work very hard to keep consistent, despite my crazy life. So, here it is!

This Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and Bookish!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines from Books

1. Celaena Sardothien – Throne of Glass series

Of course! How could any of you expect me to choose anyone else for my #1 spot?! She’s brilliant and a fighter to top it all off. Though she is an assassin, she rarely, if ever, loses her sense of humanity. She has strong and passionate emotions that guide her actions as she lives by her gut instinct. Celaena is insanely flawed and I love her so much for her ability to accept her flaws and still love who she is! Not only that, but she also accepts the flaws in everyone else around her as well. She accepts humanity and all of it’s faults. ❤ OHHHH how I adore you Celaena.

2. Sorcha – Daughter of the Forest

Sorcha is so wonderful! She takes this second spot for her inability to be swayed by the horrors that surround her life, for her constant positivity, and for her courageous, immovable heart! She is kind and good through everything that life has put her through and that makes her one of my all-time favorites!

3. Hermoine Granger – Harry Potter series

I so long for Hermoine’s intelligence, wit, charm, and bravery. She was a shining beacon for me while growing up because she showed so many characteristics of exactly who I wanted to be. She wasn’t perfect and she didn’t pretend to be, but she was strong and stuck to her guns. She was loyal and steadfast, acting like a rock and anchor to those around her. I’ve always striven to be that person and I hope that who I am today reflects that effort.

4. Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games series

Oh Katniss… what is there to say about you? You’re emotional, a slight train wreck, and you’re passionate. Katniss is so flawed, but that’s what makes me relate to her so much. I am an extremely emotional person and it’s something that I fight within myself everyday. This world, just like Katniss’ world, does not react well to emotion. I relate to her in this way. Both of us are passionate, emotional people just trying to get by with the least amount of emotional scars as possible. Despite all of this, she finds a cause worth fighting for and pursues it with her whole heart. This emotional, fragile, imperfect side of Katniss is what wins her a spot on my top ten this week.

5. Meghan Chase – The Iron King series

Though I was seriously annoyed by  Meghan at the beginning of this series, I grew to honestly really like her by the end of it. She has a tremendous amount of character development thanks to Ms. Julia Kagawa! She grows into a strong, determined, and morally sound young woman who harnesses her power and uses it for good. I commend her strength and growth!

6. Wilhelmina – The Orphan Queen series

Ohhhhh how I loved Wilhelmina. She is wonderful and I most praise her sound moral judgement. Despite all of the trials and tribulations she has been through and the horrors she has witnessed, she refuses to spill blood, even if for her own betterment.  She loves unconditionally and has a heart of gold that people seem to take advantage of. I relate to her in that way and can just feel her emotions as she struggles to hold on to what is good inside of her every time she is disappointed or betrayed by another character. She’s like a breath of fresh air in her inability to not care about the well being of everyone around her. She shows humanity.

7. Jacky Faber – Bloody Jack series

This was my absolute favorite series while I was growing up. Jacky just has this insane wit and charm about her that has made me die laughing many times. She’s seriously almost fearless and I never questioned her judgement. She is loyal and compassionate, outgoing and friendly, everything that I wish I could be many times over. She’s almost my exact opposite which is why I adore her so much! I wish that I could be as outgoing, loyal, friendly, etc. as she is! she has made a wonderful role model for me growing up and I continue to think about her often, especially when I skim my bookshelves and see her many adventures sitting there, waiting for me to open them again.

8. Clary Fray – City of Bones series

Clary. Where do I even begin? She stubborn, passionate, and strong beyond her own beliefs. I love that she just plunges head first into so many crazy situations and ideas because she is only thinking about saving someone else and never herself. She appears to be an incredible selfless heroine and I adore that quality in her. All she cares about are the people surrounding her and despite the threats to her own life, she continues to go on and fight because she just wants her loved ones to survive and live in happiness.

9. Wanderer – The Host

Wanderer makes my list because there is nothing more to say about her than the fact that she is just a sweetheart. Throughout the course of The Host, Wanderer learns what it means to be human and embraces it with open arms. She learns compassion for another species and forces herself to open her mind, and her heart, to those she never thought she could love. I envy and appraise her selflessness and immense compassion for not only those she cares about, but for everyone she doesn’t even know.

10. Zoey Redbird – Marked series

Zoey Redbird. The strong, confident, and lovable leader of her kind. She loves her friends more than herself and finds her confidence and family in them. Everything else she has loved seems to disappear through her fingers, but she continues to love and lead her kind to safety and happiness. She experiences heartbreak and continues to display characteristics of being so much older and wiser than her age. She is mature so far beyond where she should be and continues to develop as a young woman through the Marked series as she experiences obstacle after obstacle while trying to make a home for herself and her friends.

And I even have an Honorable Mention: Kit Tyler – Witch of Blackbird Pond

I’ve loved this book for a long, long time. It was my favorite ever since I read it back in my 7th grade reading class. Kit was just this wonderful character. She had this free spirit that kept getting her into trouble and despite all the nature of the stifling community trying to change her, her spirit stayed with her. She loved everyone and found good qualities in all those that surrounded her. She even saves lives by being as non-judgmental as she is and I should fight to be more like her every day. I forget about her a lot, but every once in a while, she creeps back into my mind and reminds me about judging a book by it’s cover. =)

So, who am I missing?! What other great heroines are out there waiting for me to discover them? I have so many books I still need to read and I would love your suggestions for best heroines!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and are slightly warmer than I am! It’s only a frigid -5 degrees here!

Stay warm! I’ll update soon!!

❤ Kelly

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Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!!!!!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and Bookish!

Alright, this should be an interesting one. Haha, the Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have…

1. I spend way too much money on my books.

Seriously, it’s a problem. Maybe if books cost what they used to when I was a child, I wouldn’t be checking my bank account constantly. Not only do I have Barnes & Noble to thank for this, but I also bought a ridiculous amount of books at the SJMaas signing and am expecting to buy a ridiculous amount of books at ApollyCon and BookCon… Praying to the money gods to rain on me…

2. I outgrow my bookshelves on a monthly basis.

I don’t have many, and I treasure all of my books so much that I rarely give them away or trade them. It is legitimately hard for me to even donate because I just want all of the books. ALL OF THEM! So, it eventually bleeds over into my shelves and dressers and room until I just look like I’m buried in the archives of a book somewhere…

3. I’m overly protective of my books.

For the hundredth time, NO YOU CAN NOT BORROW THEM! I’m even ridiculously cautious with the books that I have because I know that I’m a klutz. K-L-U-T-Z. KLUTZ!

4. I always find a reason to read.

I have work? NAHHHH it can wait. I have to teach? NAHHH I’ll teach it tomorrow. I have to sleep? NAHHHH I’ll catch up on sleep tomorrow. (This may be justttttt slightly over exaggerated, but you get the point!)

5. I lose sleep constantly.

I have stayed up until 10am… yes you heard that right… reading a good book. I can’t sleep when I’m really involved! I have to force my hands to put down the novel and turn out the light. Even then, I can never stop thinking about what I’m missing by not reading…

6. I get so involved in reading books that I drown out everything around me.

My mom. My boyfriend. My dogs. My dad. My friends. No one gets through! And then this is what happens when someone finally gets my attention… I’m lucky they all love me…

7. I come out of books not knowing what day it is, what time it is, where I am.

Whaaaaaa…..?!?!

8. I get so obsessed with series books that I must read them immediately after the other.

I MUST KNOW HOW IT ENDS! This contributes to basically all of my problems: Money, sleep, blocking people out, etc. At least I am aware of the problem… even if I will never fix it…

9. I become SO involved with certain books that I’m trying to read them at red lights while driving…

This is dangerous kids; don’t try this at home.

10. I fangirl so much that my friends laugh at me.

Literally, Judith, Lauren, everyone else who laughs while I’ve fangirled. YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

We all have our own quirks and these are some of mine! I’m sure that I have SO MANY other book related problems, but I want to hear some of yours! What problems do you face?!

Keep a lookout for a book hop post, a review on The Selection series by Kiera Cass, and a review on The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows! Stay tuned. =) They should all be up by next Monday!!!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week! For those of you up north with me… Stay warm!

❤ Kelly

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Book Review: #DOTFreadalong

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Goodreads Summary: “Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever. When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…”

My Review:

Note to my reviewers: I wrote a beautiful review of this novel, and then accidently refreshed the page and lost it all. So, brokenheartedly, this review may be shorter and not as heartfelt as what you would expect from me.

I don’t think there is any other way to begin this review than to just come out and say it; Sorcha is amazing. I’ve never met a heroine that even comes close to her bravery, determination, and class. She is, by far, one of the strongest female characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about and I thank Juliet Marillier for breaking my heart multiple times, just so that I could meet and fall in love with her wonderful, wonderful heroine.

Marillier’s plot doesn’t twist and fall like a rollercoaster; Rather, it rises and falls steadily as the waves of the ocean, pulling and pushing you towards the outcome. She takes you through Sorcha’s life so that you can play, laugh, scream, cry, love, and, most importantly, grow with her. I became attached to Sorcha very quickly not only because of this steady rise and fall, but because of Marillier’s need for Sorcha to be a realistic and lovable character as well.

Sorcha encounters darkness numerous times throughout this novel, but she never lets it burn out her light. She holds her head high through the rough times and takes the pain of her burdens with an air of class, dignity, and a sense of purpose. With that being said, there is a scene in Daughter of the Forest that I would like to acknowledge, for it touched very close to my heart. I do not wish to spoil the story and, if I’m being quite honest, I do not necessarily wish to talk about this scene, but I feel that it needs to be said because if you are anything like me, you will spend an hour after reading this scene sobbing into your pillow just trying to mask the cries and put your heart back together again. I will not tell you what scene it is, but you will know once you read it, for it is not only a game changer in the novel, but it is also a very realistic and heart wrenching problem in today’s society.

I’d like to thank Miss Marillier for bringing this scene to life and addressing it with an air of dignity and purpose. It was generally torturous and horrific to read, but you put it into your novel so that we, as readers, would know a very important fact about Sorcha’s heart. Having Sorcha go through this issue alone and come out of changed was inevitable. However, Marillier made Sorcha come out of this situation with realistic emotions and reactions that are characteristic of a human being who has been through this ordeal. Because of this, Sorcha is able to become a very real and very hurt character that you can connect to on a deeper level.

What I would like to acknowledge about Marillier and her plot is that not only does Sorcha get through this ordeal, but she handles it with strength and, once again, dignity. She does not let the darkness that overcame her that day burn out the light that is still inside her. She grows next to the darkness, but does not let it become her. Many people in our world, the real world, succumb to the darkness too easily after having an ordeal such as that happen to them. With that being said, Miss Marillier heroically created a character that finally is able to be broken by the darkness, but learn to grow passed it and become a stronger woman because of it. Thank you, Juliet.

I had never heard of this novel before the #DOTFreadalong. I will openly admit that it has changed my life to read this novel and has moved me in a way that I did not think possible. I am not an easy crier and to have sobbed through this book has proven exactly how much it has earned all 5 of its stars.

5 stars for Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

If you have not read this novel yet, I urge you to get off your computer, go hunt down a copy of this novel, and read it as if your life depended on it. It will move your soul.

Now, just for fun, I felt as if this post was slightly more serious than I would have wished it to be, so I am including some GIFs of my feels and fangirling through this plot to make you smile. =) Enjoy!

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Haha, I hope that was enough GIFs for you guys! =P Gosh people, keep your feels in check!

Have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Valentine’s Day!

❤ Kelly

Top Ten Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

Top Ten Tuesday!

My Top Ten Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books…

This Top Tuesday was brought to you by Broke and Bookish! =)

Alright… I needed GIFs for this one, so be prepared!

10. When the love triangle happens and one person always gets hurt because you instantly know that they are in the “friend-zone” for the sake of the love triangle… Come on now people. The least you could do is make the triangle a little original…

9. Insta-Love…

8. Female characters who can’t do anything for themselves without their significant other… Really?… REALLY?!?! Come on girl!!! Grow a pair!!!!

7. Male characters who cry or get overly jealous when their female character isn’t around. These fictional characters are supposed to be the men of our dreams… so WHY are you making them look pathetic? Oh, that’s right… to make some conflict… Uhhhhhh NO!

6. Female characters who cry hysterically for days when the love of their life leaves them… WHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!

5. Boys who, after treating the love of their life like crap, suddenly, in the heat of the most intense scene, must confess their love for the female character…

4. The female character who actually falls for that…

3. The female character who instantly forgives that…

2. When everything turns out okay and makes a happy ending, but the plot had a tendency to “skip” the reasoning for how this couple made it through the obstacles… just so we can… once again… have a happy ending… without making much sense…

1. When love triumphs all the hardships in the plot for reasons that make absolutely no sense… “It needs a happy ending!!!”… NoNo it does not

 

As you can see, I needed GIFs today to express how much all of these romance novel characteristics FRUSTRATE ME BEYOND IMAGINATION. It could not be done with words today! Haha. =)

So what about all of you? What are your top ten likes or dislikes when it comes to book romances?

Happy Tuesday everyone! Seize the day, for when tomorrow comes, you will never be able to redo the memories you make today.

❤ Kelly

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: ARC Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Summary from Goodreads:

“The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?”

Review:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard was not exactly what I expected as far as the YA genre is concerned. Instead of just being an amusing read, it turned into something much, much more that I’m still not sure I’m ready for. I didn’t have too many prior ideas or expectations, but I knew that I needed to get my hands on this novel. It just seemed so original and different than the other books I’ve been reading in the YA fantasy genre and my instincts proved to be true. Though many authors are branching out and coming up with individual ideas, plot lines that have never been heard of and that no one but the brilliant minds of these authors could even dream of, Red Queen has seemed to stand out among them and I will explain why…

Miss Aveyard uses the fool-proof strong heroine vibe that is prominent in this genre to her advantage. Why would she use the vibe? BECAUSE IT WORKS, PEOPLE! Though I’m sure that, like me, Aveyard and many other YA authors are female and dream about strong heroines constantly, she is smart enough to know the audience she is writing to. Though I did not see as much character development in her main character as I am used to and would have liked, I know from the ending of this novel that her sequel will probably include strong character development and plot building. I look forward to learning more about her main characters, especially her heroine, Mare, and the direction in which she will grow. With that said, if you’re anything like me and constantly crave that strong female character who saves everyone’s butts through the novel, isn’t as love crazed, and has a pretty decent moral compass, you may enjoy Aveyard’s style as much as I did.

Not only does she bring the powerful heroine, but she also brings a well thought out blend of drama, love, and action, all placed into a completely original idea that gives a whole new perspective to the phrase “Blood is thicker than water.” Many authors write about separations between classes and people, with the poverty stricken classes suffering immensely, but never had I heard the idea that it was because of your actual blood. It’s original and, in my opinion, makes for a pretty decent story and a very stubborn woman.The way that she describes the class system and their separation leaves room for her to explore her “moral grey area” which I will explain in a bit…

Aveyard kept me on the edge of my seat, not because of my love for her novel, but because I just HAD TO KNOW what was coming next and whether the main characters would realize what I already knew. Granted, there are many other readers who did not see the plot twist coming. However, even when I saw it coming, I could not stop reading because her characters had somehow sneakily stolen my heart and I had to make sure that they turned out okay in the end! I won’t spoil the story for you, but I will tell you that I was ready to THROW THIS BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM IN FRUSTRATION and that is one of the reasons that I’m giving this novel the review I am. Though I saw the plot twist coming, I had no idea how they were getting out of it. When I came to the solution faster than the characters, I was sitting there SCREAMING at the book and seething with fury at an antagonist who wasn’t even “real” so to speak. I haven’t been so angry with a book in a long time, but the fact that Miss Aveyard’s writing got such a rise out of me, I had to appreciate it and love her novel for exactly what it was: the truth about reality.

We are all raised to know black from white. Right from wrong. We grow up learning about princes and princesses and fairy tales where you know who the evil witch is. You watch TV and find shows and movies such as Power Rangers, Indiana Jones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mulan where both you and the characters know who the evil person is behind all of the problems and monstrosities. But Aveyard refuses to even acknowledge that there is a black and white within this novel and I will be the first to admit that IT IS SO FRUSTRATING… but it’s the truth. We all seek this instant gratification of knowing who is good, who is bad, and who will be our hero in everything we read and watch. We want that childhood back so that we can feel safe and secure knowing that good always triumphs over all evil. None of us want to acknowledge the fact that in real life, there really isn’t anything that’s purely black and white, right and wrong. There is the “grey moral area” that we all do not even acknowledge. This grey is why we fight. It’s why we always believe that we are right and others are wrong. It’s why many people believe that they are better than others. It’s also the reason that most of us get hurt. We don’t want to see it. We don’t want to acknowledge that there may be some good or some reasoning behind people who have hurt us badly… but there is. There almost always is. I am by no means backing any type of violent crime, but this needs to be said to understand why I appreciate this novel so much. Aveyard takes her words and shoves your face in the fact that people are not always good or bad. People are people. We are humans. We make mistakes. We are forced to do things we don’t like. We hurt others. And, most importantly, we all have our own moral compasses that point in opposite directions. IT IS HARD to acknowledge this evidence, but once you do, you appreciate Victoria all the more for her ability to bring a harsh reality to the surface while still allowing you to love her characters for everything that they are, faults and all.

5 Stars for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Don’t be fooled by my words fellow readers, Victoria Aveyard is a new name on the block to watch and she is now on the top of my list for authors that I am slowly, but surely, falling in love with. Between her ever twisting plots, strong characters, and torturous truths, she will leave you angry, stunned, and seeing the world in a completely new light.

Miss Aveyard, I look forward to your next installment of Red Queen, and I sincerely hope that you continue writing what is in your heart. I am sure that you will not disappoint. Best of luck to you and know that I will be keeping my eyes open for more of your work…

❤ Kelly

Top Ten Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian Novels I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet!

Welcome to my very first TOP TEN TUESDAY, hosted by Broke and Bookish! Today’s topic: My top ten YA fantasy/dystopian novels I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. So, here goes. Don’t laugh at me too much…

10. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Okay, this one I actually have an excuse for! I read the first twelve pages, and then got invited to an online book club and had to drop this series to read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The next book in my reading line is the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard because it’s an ARC coming to me in the next day or two that needs to be reviewed by the time it gets out! THEN I should be able to finish this series. =)

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I honestly have no excuse for this one other than the fact that I’ve been in a reading slump before this year and never even heard of it until I got this job! I’m hoping to read this one soon!

8. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve heard SO MANY AMAZING reviews about this series and I’m so excited to read it… Eventually… when I get to it… hopefully sooner rather than later!

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Trust me, I know… I failed… I failed so badly! There’s just not enough hours in the day!!!!

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

It’s okay, I’m already hiding my face in shame…

5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

And now I’m crying in shame…

4. Legend by Marie Lu

I’m just going to die in shame…

3. Matched by Ally Condie

Really, I’m only a little behind…

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Okay… WAY BEHIND!

1. Every single novel ever written by Rick Riordan

You can’t see it right now, but I’m hiding under my desk in shame. SHAME!!!!

So, what do all of you think? What should my first read be?… After I finish Daughter of the Forest, Red Queen, and The Darkest Minds of course! =) Any other opinions of novels that should be on this list, let me know and I’ll add it to my “to-read” list on goodreads as well, which you can find here! I’m happy to talk books and get other opinions! I LOVE finding new novels to gush about! OHHHH THE FEELS ❤

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday! Remember, everyday is another chance to start new and to begin the rest of your life. Chin up, shoulders squared, believe in yourself. Your confidence will take you to where you need to be!

Kelly ❤

Of Writing and a Fear of Failure…

I am under no impression that I am an expert at writing. I will readily admit to everyone that I am new to this world of writing and blogging, despite being an English teacher. I expected that it wouldn’t be as easy as I’d hoped it would be; Nothing in this world is ever as easy as it seems. I expected that I would have a rough time juggling the time consumption of writing and the strains of having three jobs. I thought I knew what was coming… for the most part. The one thing I never expected, though, were the words, “You should probably just stick to teaching”.

When I first decided that I wanted to become a writer and pursue my dreams of actually publishing a YA fantasy fiction novel, I was overjoyed. I was constantly thinking to myself, “THIS is where I belong! THIS is the path I know I am supposed to pursue! I WILL find my niche with this choice!” For the most part, just being a newcomer to this writing world, I already feel like I have found some kind of secret club that understands me like no one else ever has before. They understand my nerdy side and aren’t afraid to talk in public about having magical powers, sobbing hysterically over books, and killing off characters. I had found my people! 

So what’s the first thing you do when you decide you have found a new passion and possibly want to change your career? You tell your friends! My mom practically koala hugged me as she jumped on me and screamed in joy. “I always wanted to be a writer”, she had claimed, but never had the guts. She told me that it would be an amazing choice for me and that I would excel greatly in it. Confident in my new choice, I told my best friends who, also, proceeded to tell me that they were happy for me and would be more than willing to bounce ideas around and read any drafts I come up with.

Finally, I tell my other friends. You all know you I’m talking about: the people you see on a daily basis and talk to all the time, but don’t necessarily see  the friendship as “strong”. At first, they were cheering me on, “YEAH! GO FOR IT!”, “That would be awesome!”, “DO IT!” As I continued to talk to them about my dreams and plans, though, I very quickly felt a change of temperament towards my new found dreams. All of a sudden, “Are you really doing this?”, “Do you know how hard that’s going to be?”, “You’ll never be able to give up your day job if you want to write.”, and my personal favorite, “You should probably just stick to teaching and get a job”… 

Immediately, I went from steam coming out the ears, to doubt, to a depressed state of mind and kicking myself for thinking that it was even possible to be a professional writer. It took me three days of stewing their words around in my mind for the steam to finally come back. I was about to blow a gasket at how absolutely negative they were. I decided, then and there, that I would do everything in my power to PROVE THEM WRONG! SO WRONG that I would even dedicate my first published book to them and mail them a copy, just for good measure. That’s my personality, though. That’s how I’ve always pushed through rough times in my life. I face everyone who did me wrong or who didn’t believe in me head on and tell them “watch me“. Granted, that confidence, determination, and most likely boiling temper comes from a past of being bullied and yelled at and holding it all in, but that’s a story for another time. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

As I’m sitting here now, I realize that my friends who doubted me, they were right. I know that I honestly don’t know how hard it is going to be and the easier path to take would be to stick with teaching… but if writing is where my heart is taking me… why should I give that up just to take the supposedly “easier” path? The answer: I won’t. I won’t be giving up my dreams no matter how many people tell me “NO“, which will happen more times than I could ever possibly imagine. I won’t give up my dreams when my friends or family may not believe in me. I won’t give up my dreams when I get rejected by agents and publishers for many years. My dreams are like a fire spreading, igniting, erupting inside of me. I can’t let them go, not now, not ever. My realization for the day is that I now know that I am lucky to have hit this type of resistance so early on in my life because it will make it easier to deal with later on when I am beginning to achieve my dreams. Their resistance, and the resistance I am going to face will only fuel my fire to write more, to be more successful, to inspire more people to follow their dreams.

So, to finish this long blog entry off, I ask all of you, my lovely readers, to share with me, and with each other, your inspiration. What inspires all of you to keep going, to keep following your dreams despite all of the people that doubt you or say “no”? Share it with me in the comments. I’d love to talk to all of you about it and spread a little more joy and inspiration around the writing world. It seems that we, of all people, seem to need it most during this time.

With love, hope, and inspiration,

Kelly ❤

“Everything you’ve ever read, listened to, or watched was created by someone who was told their dreams weren’t worth pursuing.” – Lauren DStefano, Twitter @LaurenDeStefano, Author of The Chemical Garden series and the Internment Chronicles series

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