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Nathania Shuttleworth
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Codes. Writes (or attempts to). Reads. Tweets. The End.
Codes. Writes (or attempts to). Reads. Tweets. The End.

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Nathania Shuttleworth commented on a post on Blogger.
I am in the same camp with you in this. The Winner's Curse is also not for me, for reasons similar with yours. I must say I agree that Rutkoski's imagery and lyrical proses are astounding, though. While The Winner's Crime is not on my TBR list, I will at least try her next work/her other work.

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Thanks for the tag Sofia! I'll work on it when I'm done with the last 10,000 words of my first draft :)

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This is an amazing, insightful, informative article -- well researched, well structured, well written. I feel wiser about these book lending/e-library services after I read this article; thank you for writing it Sofia! Personally I am like you, and most of the books I read are from major publishing houses (I've had a couple of bad experiences where I bought some 'kindle titles' which were still in dire need of editing, plot-wise and grammar-wise). And I am kind of a sentimental reader too, thus having my personal e-copy/hardcopy of a book I like is a must for me. So for the time being I'll stick with my old way of buying hardcopies and cluttering my bookshelves ;).

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Good picks +Tina Chan !  The Exiled Queen is also somewhere up high on my gooey list (although it wasn't the top one hahaha). And thanks to you I'm all bonkers about TYE too. Bring on October 7!!!

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Hmm, I think I'm going to start picking up Percy Jackson (I'm one of those weird ones who haven't read it). I didn't actually connect with the plot and characters of The Mortal Instruments, but it's got great imagination going behind it. Nuts about TYE too. And I'm so glad you decided to pick up THG that fateful day :)

Also -- thanks for the tag! Here are my chocolates: http://www.codesandwrites.com/2014/06/the-chocolate-book-tag.html

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Nice work! I lol-ed at "oh my God, I'm god" -- that was epic.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us readers Tina! I'm looking into going to the BookCon next year now :)

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Squeee!!! Nice one Sofia. The Jaron-smoothie analogy is perfect - you made me ROFL.

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Excellent points there. I agree that prioritising, making time for what you want to do, and be selective of what you agree to participate in is the key (number 3 everyone, number 3! I learned the hard way, at work, that you can't be everything for everyone and be who you are at the same time.)

Even though I'm not a regular blogger (and not a book blogger at all, although I read books and fanfiction like, daily), I've once had my entire free time after work consumed by writing fanfiction. I would aim for a ridiculous 5,000 daily words, post every two or three days, get agitated if someone tried to interrupt my writing (yeah, it was that bad). I basically sat down on the couch writing from 4 am to 6:30 am, commuted + worked from 7:00 to 16:00 or 17:00 and sometimes 18:00 when work was hectic, then got back to writing again until I dropped dead (usually 21:00 or 22:00). Writing fanfiction became a second full-time job (without the pay), and what I loved became a chore and unnecessary stress. Eventually... well, perhaps you would've guessed, I burnt out and put my stories on hiatus and just lost my steam for the fandom in general. I was a slave to my ideas and my ideals, which in itself was a pretty scary dystopian situation.

So, nowadays, I try to set aside a certain time for all activities I do on computer (including writing), and try to stay away from the computer out of that period. During that 'no-computer' time, I will take a walk, see my friends, spend time with my family, or read books - all while carrying pen and a little book to jot down the ideas which arise (only jotting down bullet points, not writing scenes or chapters). I've also set myself a more realistic goal, and try to balance the inevitable writing sprints (which will happen whenever my inspiration for a story is flowing) with a few days of just relaxing and not writing anything. The lesson I learned here is that moderation is the key, and that you are the one in control - not your hobby (that's why it's called 'your hobby' - if your hobby is in control, then you'll be called 'the slave of writing/blogging/whatever').

I'll stop spamming your comment section now. Off for some more online time, before reading time! (My copy of 'Proxy' is sitting patiently near my feet now, ready for our next adventure :)).

PS: Say hi to James from me ;).
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