The Bookshelf Tag!

Tag Catch-Up Post #5

Aspen tagged me for the Bookshelf Tag — thanks, Aspen!! Eeeeep, I’m so excited to do this one — it looks so awesome! *flailing* I just love love LOVE lists and books, and this combines them perfectly and aaaahhh!

Okay. I’ll get to the questions now and quit fangirling. 😉

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: In this case, I have three bookcases, each with five shelves plus the top (which I totally keep books on too), one white, two black. The white one was from a garage sale. The black ones were from Target and I helped assemble them and it was awesome. I think I need a forth one though, because… overflowing. Yes.

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? Fictional books I’ve read are organized alphabetically by author… Then I also have some nonfiction and picture books etc., organized kind of by subject. And of course, my Tolkien books and Lewis books and Lloyd Alexander books have places of their own, apart from the general fiction. So much for read books… My unread books have their own bookcase, and I organize those however I feel like it, and it changes periodically, but mostly it’s organized either by category/genre, or by how much I want to read it right now, or some combination of the two…

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? I’d say my dictionary, but it’s on my desk, sooo… If we’re going to go with overall pages, probably my Complete Shakespeare of which I’ve only read one play, and is 1300 pages. But collections aside, probably Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke at 782 pages.


What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? Little Mommy by Sharon Kane at 24 pages. It was kinda my childhood… *memories*


Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson.


What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine.

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Aside from my Atlases… Prince Valiant Vol. 11: Intrigues at Camelot by Hal Foster.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine. (Thanks, Kelsey! ^_^)


Most expensive book? Probably Time and Mr. Bass by Eleanor Cameron.


The last book you read on your shelf? Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.


Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? I literally don’t remember because I’ve been reading basically forever… Maybe Pippi Longstocking? That was early, anyway.


Do you have more than one copy of a book? Honestly, a lot. Because I go to library booksales and can’t resist multiple copies of my scrumptious lovelies. They make great gifts, too! But if you want specifics… The Lord of the Rings. Lots and lots of The Lord of the Ringses, precioussss.


Do you have the complete series of any book series? Yes. Lots and lots.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf? I don’t know which individual book was technically the latest, as I got fifteen books at a library sale recently…


What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 50th Anniversary Edition.


What’s the most recently published book on your shelf? Illusionarium by Heather Dixon, published May 19, 2015.


The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? Probably an old gorgeous G.A. Henty book that I haven’t read yet, At Agincourt. Published 1896, and on the front page it’s marked as given to someone in 1897, so it was new at the time! O_O

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A book you won? King’s Warrior by Jenelle Schmidt.


A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? The Sign of the Seven Seas by Carley Dawson. I found it for a quarter at a garage sale, and later found out it’s kinda rare and expensive. Which is sad, because it’s kind of beat up and I LOVE it, and the first book is out of copyright and free on, which makes me wonder if The Sign of the Seven Seas is as well, or not…? I still periodically check Gutenberg to see if it’s been put up there but it never is, and maybe the copyright was renewed but… I don’t know. I wish I knew more about this sort of thing because if it’s just that nobody has a copy of it to scan, I would totally figure out how to help Gutenberg with that! *flail*


Most beat up book? In Chimney Corners by Seamus MacManus. I almost didn’t get it at the library sale I found it at, but I couldn’t resist Irish folktales, so I got it, beat up condition and all — and I don’t regret it because it’s awesome!


Most pristine book? Tossup between England Adventure by Kelsey Bryant and The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis, because I got them recently but had read them before and haven’t reread them yet so they are in gorgeous condition and practically untouched (except for when I take them off the shelf and gaze on their beauty and pet them. What, you don’t do that with your new books?? *innocent look*).


A book from your childhood? The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.


A book that’s not actually your book? I’m going to steal Aspen’s answer to this and say Stephen R. Lawhead’s Hood Trilogy which are my brother’s, that I still haven’t read… Also my sister’s Goldstone Wood books by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.


A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.


A book that is your favorite color? The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit. Close enough, anyway…


Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read? The Book of Merlyn by T. H. White.


Any signed books? Yes! Several by friends, but my favoritest is my copy of The High King by Lloyd Alexander that I found at a library sale and was signed! *hugs it*



So there you go! I don’t know about you, but I had a TON of fun with this!

I’m supposed to tag people but I don’t even know who to tag because I want to tag EVERYONE.

So basically, if you think this looks fun, do snag it and do it on your blog and let me know so I can read your bookishly delightful answers! (And you don’t have to take pictures of books unless you want… just answer the questions.)

But I do specifically tag Christine (because I want to see your answers and hear about your books!) and Cait (because you can do your awesome bookish photography and I know you love lists and BOOKS! You know you want to). Y’all don’t HAVE to do it, of course, just if you want. 😉


Dragons, Darcy, and Daring

[or perhaps that should be “Toothless, Thornton, and Trying”]

Oh, hey, did you hear that? If you’ve been lurking around the blog, you probably did… That was the sound of… well… of silence. *cue old Simon & Garfunkle music*

What’s been up with you? Myself, I’ve been quite busy, but such busyness is not an interesting topic, so I shall tell you of the fun things I’ve been doing. Mostly, in my spare time all I’ve wanted to do was read, due to some library trips, a library sale, and finding a secondhand bookstore I’d never been to before. So not so good about remembering to blog. Reading allll the things.


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I also have been watching things, like:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (twice!! :D)

Toothless is the most adorable thing EVER, it was lovely going back and seeing all the characters again, the music was AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH ❤ and aside from one or two parts of the plot that I didn’t like (mostly because *spoilersnevermind* *cries*), it was one of the very best movie sequels I’ve seen! Go watch it. Seriously. (Because TOOTHLESS!!!)

There’s really only one way to sum that movie up:


The other main thing I finally saw recently…

North and South

Richard Armitage should SERIOUSLY play Mr. Darcy. Seriously. Perfection. The Mr. Darcy’s I’ve seen on the screen (while I like them) have never quite measured up to my mental casting of that gentleman when I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. Armitage, however, would fill that role quite adequately, methinks. I’ve thought it ever since I first saw him act, and seeing Mr. Thornton in North and South only served to strengthen my position, because let’s face it, he’s the epitome of what Mr. Darcy should have been (without, y’know, the non-romance part of the N&S plot… which I found to be mostly blah).

Just look! ThorntonDarcyBremask! [Bremask is one of my characters in my WIP “The Invisible Mask”]

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Ahem, I believe I got distracted…

In other news, I joined some online sites on a whim, mostly in order to follow certain people… Not doing too much with the sites but poking tentatively through their shallow waters in my non-existent spare time. What I REALLY want to do is join Pinterest, but I’m saving that for a special occasion/reward for catching up on stuff, because I know it’s going to be extremely epic, awesome, and… time consuming.

Anyways, new places: (in case, y’know, you’re on them or interested…)




So, meanwhile, I have some more projects coming up. You see, aside from all the normal busyness, and trying to get back into studying and things, I’m also… daring to do Camp NaNoWriMo again.


*cue cheers and applause to cover up the groans from the back of the audience*

Yeah… Sorry. But yep, it’s true. I know you’d think I’d had enough of it for awhile, but nope… I’m jumping write right back in for more awesomeness! I’ll be taking the opportunity to make myself write words to a goal. (I’m set for 10k, but I hope to be able to go above and beyond; it just depends on my schedule.)

What will I be writing about? I’m not 100% sure, but I’m not going to hold myself to just one story if there’s scenes from a few different ones that want to be written… And with so many WIPs and things-to-write-someday, I’m sure I’ll find something…


However! This does not mean that poor little bloggy will be abandoned in July! Far from it. I actually (for once) have plans for weekly posts, hopefully more interesting and/or writerly than my latest ones, so as long as I actually write them and post them on time and stuff, there should be postses. *nods seriously*

I was, for instance, tagged with the Writing Process blog tour thingamy some time ago, so look for a post on that next week (assuming I survive the first week of Camp NaNo!).

In the meantime, Camp starts… well… tomorrow. Somehow. Huh. I wonder how that happened. So I’d best “pack my bags”; that is, do some more plotting so I know what on Earth–or elsewhere–I’ll be writing about tomorrow!

A Post-ish Thing

So! I wrote a long post and was going to put it up, and then I read over it . . . It was rather a wreck of a lot of rambling about how I’m overwhelmed with a lot of stuff going on in my life right now and how I’m behind on everything and can’t figure out how to do everything I need to do. On reflection, I decided that a detailed list of my problems would not make for very good reading. I shall save it in my drafts and pull it out if at any time I get really desperate about something to post, or if I decide the internet hugs or kindly words or advice of anyone who actually wades through it will outweigh the bad plan of posting it. But for now you are spared.

Consequently I don’t have an actual post, but there were a couple cool things going on recently that I would like to mention.

Firstly, I’d never really watched the Olympics before, that I remember. (I hear tell that when I was watching some Olympic figure skating when I was very little, I said something about if I was going to be a skater, I would want to wear “lots of sweaters.” Can’t beat a bit of straightforward three-year-old-speech. ;))

But these last couple weeks while the Olympics were on I got addicted to watching the figure skating, and promptly decided that it is supremely awesome.

Figure skating is now sitting prominently on my list of latest-obsessions / list of favorite things (no, I don’t actually have one of those lists, but I plan to make one soon).

All the pretty!

Secondly, I went to a library book sale this month! Library sales are my favorite events I think . . . All the loverly books! I keep a Goodreads shelf for my latest batch of library sale finds and update it each time I go to one. (Let’s face it — I keep a Goodreads shelf for everything… It’s so addicting.)

It’s funny how each sale has a different flavor, especially reflected in the kind of books you end up with. One year it was fairytales and short stories collections for me, for instance.

This year it was mostly classics and things I’d read before that I really loved but didn’t own a copy of for my very own library that I was ecstatic to find. Especially “complete” collections — the complete Sherlock Holmes, the complete fairy tales of George MacDonald, the complete tales of Beatrix Potter . . . Very excited about those, and all the rest! It was a good library sale.


Um . . . I seem to be talking about books a lot lately, don’t I? I promise I’ll do some more posts about writing sometime (otherwise I should rename this blog “The Road of a Reader” which is not my intent . . .) but there’s just not a lot going on in my writing world right now.

I’m sort of in a transitional phase where I’m not actively writing anything and instead trying to work on doing some edits and plotting and little projects like that. Which means there’s nothing interesting going on and I can’t decide which of my gadrillion books I want to write next. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever actually write anything again or if I’ve lost the knack or something. Meh. It’s worrying.

However! That being said . . . Coming up soon is March 1st, which will be my seven-year anniversary of deciding to really write. I always love hearing other people’s stories about how they started writing, and I suppose I’ll share mine.

So I’ll have a post up (hopefully) next week, about the very early beginnings of my road of a writer . . .

11-12-13, NaNo Update, and BOOKS

We take a break from the hecticness of NaNo to bring you a slightly frazzled and rather brief blog post from a certain authoress.

The point of this post is threefold.

Today Yesterday is was 11-12-13. Which is of course far too awesome to pass up mentioning. (Okay, so I’m a day late on my post. I blame NaNo. It’s very useful for blaming. In a good way, of course.) I, obviously, forgot to take a screenshot of the lovely number on my laptop yesterday. Even though I told myself I would. Go figure. Ahem. Moving on…

To tell you that I am indeed still alive and NaNoWriMo has not killed me. Yet. A brief update and some stats:


Yes, I’m behind. Which is embarrassing. But I’m making myself post this anyway. Maybe it will push me into catching up. Anyway it’s not quite as bad as it looks because I haven’t written yet today… I hope to write a lot today and tomorrow because if I can finish chapter 4 and get into the next one, I think things can actually start to finally *gasp* happen! I know, it’s shocking.

But we’ve now met the main character and his parakeet, seen a big mansion (that he now owns, lucky fellow. The main character owns it, not the parakeet. Though he probably thinks he does). And we’ve also met the sidekick and “the girl”, as well as a grumpy lawyer with a British accent, who is far funner to write than I thought he would be. And since they’re all about to go camping in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains (with the exception of the parakeet, who might get lost if he came, and the British lawyer fellow, who, I suspect, would not be caught dead camping) the adventure can begin to  . . . well . . . begin.

I’m excited.

In case you were wondering, booksales are the most wonderful events ever (besides gatherings of writers, of course). A few days ago I spent nearly the entire day either in line to get into this enormous awesome booksale that comes every November, or dashing madly about inside around the tables stuffed full of books, happily filling brown paper sacks to the brim with scrumptious books. That I incidentally cannot wait to read . . . They are part of my incentive to actually catch up on my wordcount for NaNo, because I’m not allowed to read until I’m on track again. Just look at all the prettttty:


I’d love to say more about the sale, but I’m running short of time and must dash. And anyway, my friend Kelsey described the booksale better than I could, in her lovely post today, so check it out! 🙂

If this post (now over) was incomprehensible, I beg your pardon. My brain is slightly fried these days.

Press on, NaNoers! Nearly half-way there!

Off to write,

A frazzled Deborah O’Carroll, limping hastily along the road of a writer toward the finish line labeled “December 1st – 50,000 words written in November”