Friday, 3 May 2019

2019 Writing Challenge!

Hello everyone! As I said in my Reading Challenge post, I've been a bit lax the first few months in getting these sorted, simply because of MA work and other things. But now things have quieted down just a little, I've been able to sort out my reading and writing goals for the year, and get started on a project I'm super excited about.

I do have other writing pieces on the go, but this is a fresh one for 2019 and so much easier to keep track of, progress wise. My goal is to finish a first draft by the end of the year, around 80,000 words.

Title: Seeing Double.

Brief Summary: An amalgamation of my love of conventions, #Canon, cosplay, fan-works, frenemies, and true love. Features main F/F pairing, and lots of geekiness. Unconventional meets Heartstopper maybe?

May Progress:

1: 0 Words (I had a Uni deadline)
2: 600 Words (Prologue - I always struggle to begin)

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Theatre Thursday: Shows I'd Love To See Transfer - The Prom

Hey all! It's time for another Theatre Thursday and today I've decided to start a new series - Shows I'd Love To See Transfer! We've already had a fair number do so in the last year, Come From Away and Waitress to name two, but there's so many more I'd absolutely love to see, I just can't afford that plane ticket. So today I'm going to briefly discuss a new Broadway musical I've absolutely fallen in love with, and would be so happy if a transfer was announced. That is, The Prom.


The Prom tells the story of Emma and Alyssa, two lesbian teenagers who struggle with their sexuality when Emma asks Alyssa to the school prom, and the school reacts by cancelling it altogether. When two Broadway stars get wind of the news story, things get both messy and life-affirming.

I've of course only glimpsed the story through the soundtrack, but I have two immediate thoughts;

1) Thank god! Theatre really does need to start being more diverse, I mean seriously, how has this musical been, in 2018, the first gay kiss on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Also Alyssa is played by a BAME actress, so again, thank god!

2) This story is so very needed in these, let's be honest, troubling times where teens and adults are still made to feel 'different and alone' for not being white allo-cis-hetero?

This musicals makes me feel, right down to my core, and for that reason alone I would really love for it to transfer to the West End, soon.

But also, and I said this with Heathers, the soundtrack is bopping, and I'm always a sucker for a great musical score.

Do you have any thoughts on The Prom? As always feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

2019 - 60 Books YA Challenge! - My list!

Once again I have not read as many books as I would have liked to this past year, and this year haven't even sorted my challenges until now! (I blame Uni, haha) Once again I'm making a stand and following my own 60 Books YA Challenge. Between now and December I am determined to complete this list, and I'd love it if some of you would join me.



Here are the categories, along with my progress so far!

2019 - 60 Books YA Challenge

1) A 2018 Release I Didn't Read/Finish

2) Any 2019 Release

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta - #Gifted (Review Copy)

3-6) 2019 Seasonal Releases (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn) - Winter is Jan/Feb or Dec.

Winter - Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale - #Gifted (Work Experience)

7-10) Seasonal Reads [Novels based in a specific season] (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn)

Winter - Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman.

11-13) Holiday Reads (Easter/Halloween/Christmas, but you can substitute)

14-25) Colourful Reads [Based on the cover design]

Red:
Spellslinger by Sebastien DeCastell.

Blue:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Green: 

Yellow

Purple:

Pink: 

White:
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang.

Black:

Orange: 

Grey:

Gold:
Timekeeper by Tara Sim. 

Silver: 

26) A Book Containing An Animal

27-33) Genre Reads (Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Contemporary/Supernatural/Romance/Dystopian/Graphic Novel)

34) Royal Read [Any book containing a royal family who's crucial to the story, i.e. The Selection]

35) Hot Topic [A book with an important/recent theme, i.e. This Is Where It Ends]

'The State of the NHS' - This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (Audiobook - Audible Trial)

36) Strength In Numbers [A book with a primary cast of characters i.e. The Maze Runner]

37) Series Read

38) Adaptation

39) Indie Novel

40) Word Of Mouth Rec'

41) Book Received For Christmas: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Helig.

42) Book Received For Birthday

43) A Sequel: Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury.

44) Favourite Author

45) Series I've Yet To Finish

46) 2019 Series Finale

47) Anticipated Release: The Places I've Cried in Public by Holly Bourne - #Gifted (London Book Fair)

48) Namesake [A book where the main character, side character or author has your name]: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne.

49) Time Travel

50) Regency: Enchantee by Gita Trelease.

51) Classic [Either a 'classic' as in Pride and Prejudice, or a book classed as one that everyone must read, i.e. Harry Potter or The Northern Lights]

52) Beloved Re-Read

53) Borrowed Book

54) ARC

55) Paperback

56) Hardback

57) E-Book

58) Novella Or Novella Compilation

59) Retelling

60) Freebie!

As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter if you feel like taking part! I look forward to seeing your reads!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


2019 - 60 Book YA Challenge!

Once again I have not read as many books as I would have liked to this past year, and this year haven't even sorted my challenges until now! (I blame Uni, haha) Once again I'm making a stand and following my own 60 Books YA Challenge. Between now and December I am determined to complete this list, and I'd love it if some of you would join me.



Below you'll find the 60 different categories. Please do let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter, if you're taking part as I'd love to see what you decide to read.

2019 - 60 Books YA Challenge

1) A 2018 Release I Didn't Read/Finish

2) Any 2019 Release

3-6) 2019 Seasonal Releases (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn) - Winter is Jan/Feb or Dec.

7-10) Seasonal Reads [Novels based in a specific season] (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn)

11-13) Holiday Reads (Easter/Halloween/Christmas, but you can substitute)

14-25) Colourful Reads [Based on the cover design]

Red: 

Blue: 

Green: 

Yellow

Purple:

Pink: 

White: 

Black:

Orange: 

Grey

Gold

Silver: 

26) A Book Containing An Animal

27-33) Genre Reads (Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Contemporary/Supernatural/Romance/Dystopian/Graphic Novel)

34) Royal Read [Any book containing a royal family who's crucial to the story, i.e. The Selection]

35) Hot Topic [A book with an important/recent theme, i.e. This Is Where It Ends]

36) Strength In Numbers [A book with a primary cast of characters i.e. The Maze Runner]

37) Series Read

38) Adaptation

39) Indie Novel

40) Word Of Mouth Rec'

41) Book Received For Christmas

42) Book Received For Birthday

43) A Sequel

44) Favourite Author

45) Series I've Yet To Finish

46) 2019 Series Finale

47) Anticipated Release

48) Namesake [A book where the main character, side character or author has your name]

49) Time Travel

50) Regency

51) Classic [Either a 'classic' as in Pride and Prejudice, or a book classed as one that everyone must read, i.e. Harry Potter or The Northern Lights]

52) Beloved Re-Read

53) Borrowed Book

54) ARC

55) Paperback

56) Hardback

57) E-Book

58) Novella Or Novella Compilation

59) Retelling

60) Freebie!

As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter if you feel like taking part! I look forward to seeing your reads!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf


Waiting on Wednesday: Awaken Online #5 by Travis Bagwell.

Hey everyone! It's time for Waiting on Wednesday and today I'm featuring Awaken Online by Travis Bagwell, specifically #5 which I am on pins waiting for!

I recently discovered the LitRPG genre and with it, the Awaken Online saga, and let me tell you, I am hooked! If you want pulse-pounding action, morally ambiguous characters, kick ass fight scenes, and more drama than you can poke a stick at, then look no further!

This series, as per LitRPG, reminded me of World of Warcraft, which I used to play, specifically in how there are different citadels (no spoilers!), races, factions and classes. It brought me back to the fun of playing, without the extortionate price tags attached. It was not only a great way to bring myself back to my gamer-nerdiness, it was also just a great series to read. I binge-read all four in about six days, and now I am literally restless waiting for the fifth. There's no cover or summary as of yet, so I don't even have that to tide me over! I am literally waiting in the ether for any announcements of what or when. It's torture!

What book are you waiting on this Wednesday? As always feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf