7 Quick Takes: Wow, It’s been a while!!

It’s been exactly two months since I’ve done a Quick Takes post, in fact the last one was done for my birthday back in April. I’m linking up with Jen to let you know what I’ve been up to in the last two months…

1.) I signed my life away….okay, not my life but my month of July, to write a 50,000 word novel. More on that in the days to come!

2.) I’ve crossed seven books off of my Summer Reading List
  • Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler – The story of a staunch atheist’s conversion to Christianity. Jennifer has a way of telling her story that is just so compelling. Once I started this book I could not put it down. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I was pretty late to the party with this one, but after getting a free sample of it for my Kindle, I just had to read the rest, and I was not disappointed (have tissues nearby just in case)
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I absolutely loved this book! It was the first one I had on my list and I finished it in two days. Just like with TFiOS, I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. 
  • Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella – I’d never read anything by this author, but I picked this up at Barnes and Noble from their “Blind Date With a Book” table. I was not disappointed! (the language can be a little salty sometimes…beware)
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – recommended by Janssen at Everyday Reading this book had me laughing so hard the whole way through! (It’s Kinsella, again the language can be a bit iffy)
  • I’ve Got Your Number also by Kinsella – another one that Janssen recommended. I am only a few chapters into it, and I think I should have read Twenties Girl 
  • Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships by Jana, Jill, Jesssa, and Jinger Duggar – this one was so good! It was (as the title suggests) all about relationships; your relationship with yourself, your family, your parents, your friends, guys, and the Lord. Very well written, and very interesting to hear some of the struggles that the four eldest Duggar girls have faced. 
I have to say, I’m kind of shocked that I’ve read through this much of my list already! 
3.) I’ve tested several recipes for a new series here on the blog that I’m really looking forward to starting! In fact, tonight I’m going to test a recipe that I’ve always wanted to try. I will be attempting to make poached eggs with hollandaise sauce…I’ll let you know how that goes…
4.) It’s good to be back to writing here on the blog more often, I have to admit that I’d neglected it for a little while and I’m going to try to do a better job of keeping it up. Now that I have a series of posts planned, lots of projects to work on, and 50,000 words to write I’m going to try to update more consistently. 
5.) In the two months that I haven’t posted, I read Jen’s book Something Other Than God. I’m sure most of you have read it, and I’m so glad I finally did! It was wonderful, and inspiring and I cannot recommend this book enough!! 
6.)       (I’m floundering for Takes…..I can’t come up with anything…..) 
7.) Okay, next week I promise I’ll do a better job with these!! Thanks for stopping by!! 
Hoping you have a great weekend! 
Blessings,
Megan 

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Announcements!

This post comes to you today in four parts:

1.) An announcement

2.) A project
3.) A new series
4.) Another announcement
Part one – an announcement!
For the month of July, I have committed to writing a 50,000 word novel….as part of Camp NaNoWriMo. For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo here is a little background: November is National Novel Writing Month…NaNoWriMo. For the months of April and July NaNoWriMo has done, and will be doing summer camp sessions, and I have signed up for a month of insanity writing. A really good friend of mine (and fellow writer) is taking on this assignment with me, and I’m really glad that we will be cabin mates (in the same writing group) for the month! I’m going to try to update the blog throughout the month and let you know how I’m doing as far as my word count goal, and whether or not I’ve completely lost my mind yet!! 
Created by me with Studio for iPhone! Love that app!!

Part two: A project

I received a bag of fabric and sewing supplies from a dear lady at church and am looking for the perfect project to use this fabric for. I’m looking for some dress patterns with kind of a vintage feel to them. I’m also working this summer on making a custom dress form (along with writing a novel, and trying to read through that list I posted last week) so that I can make some better fitting dresses! So that was two projects really!
Part Three: A new Series
I’m planning a new series for the blog!! I’m calling it “Homemade” I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes, either made be me, passed down to me, or from some of my favorite bloggers. I have a few recipes in the works, and one that I will be testing tomorrow night! 
another graphic made (by me!!) with Studio for iPhone
4.) Part Four: Another announcement
Now that I’m at part four I forgot what my other announcement was going to be…..well, that tells you what this day has been like!!
I get to start writing in a few days, I have lots of fun recipes coming up, and maybe a fun collaborative post or two! 
See you tomorrow! 
Blessings, 
Megan  

Summer Reading List

When this summer started (I know that technically it is still Spring, but I’m on “Summer” break until September), I had a very long list of books to read for the Summer, a large stack of them on my floor, and a Kindle full of new titles….here is my Summer Reading List.

  • Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler – The story of a staunch atheist’s conversion to Christianity. Jennifer has a way of telling her story that is just so compelling. Once I started this book I could not put it down. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I was pretty late to the party with this one, but after getting a free sample of it for my Kindle, I just had to read the rest, and I was not disappointed (have tissues nearby just in case)
  • Paper Towns also by John Green – I have completely fallen in love with John and Hank Green. I picked up a copy of Paper Towns after binge watching the original Brotherhood 2.0 videos that John and his brother Hank put out on YouTube in 2007. I haven’t read this one yet, but after John read a chapter of it in one of his videos I was hooked! 
  • The Expats by Chris Pavone – recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy, this is another one that I have not read yet, but am planning to get to it when I go out of town. 
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I absolutely loved this book! It was the first one I had on my list and I finished it in two days. Just like with TFiOS, I was so wrapped up in the story that I couldn’t put it down. 
  • Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella – I’d never read anything by this author, but I picked this up at Barnes and Noble from their “Blind Date With a Book” table. I was not disappointed! (the language can be a little salty sometimes…beware)
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – recommended by Janssen at Everyday Reading this book had me laughing so hard the whole way through! (It’s Kinsella, again the language can be a bit iffy)
  • I’ve Got Your Number also by Kinsella – another one that Janssen recommended. I am only a few chapters into it, and I think I should have read Twenties Girl first…that’s not to say I don’t like this one though, so far it’s great!
  • Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships by Jana, Jill, Jesssa, and Jinger Duggar – this one was so good! It was (as the title suggests) all about relationships; your relationship with yourself, your family, your parents, your friends, guys, and the Lord. Very well written, and very interesting to hear some of the struggles that the four eldest Duggar girls have faced. 
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – a twist on the classic Wizard of Oz story, I couldn’t pass this one up! 
  • D-Day: June 6, 1944 The Climactic Battle of WWII – it’s a little heavy, both in content and actual physical weight, so more than likely this one will be going on the roadtrip! One of my dad’s favorite books, and I love the history of WWII and am always looking for something to read on the subject. 
If you have any recommendations after looking through this list leave ’em in the comments, I am always open to book suggestions!
Blessings, 
Megan 

Through the Door

Okay, after a good deal of thinking, research, and google-ing I’ve decided to ax my Through the Door series, at least here on the blog. One of the things that I started thinking about was, that when publishing original content copyright and trademark law is huge! Now, even though this blog does not make any money at all, it is not the right platform for what could be considered fan-fiction. I will still continue to write each post privately and for my own practice to hone this skill but I have decided not to publish it here on this platform. 
The problem that I ran into was that even though I had created original characters at some point I had to use a character or setting from the source material in order to move the story along. Those settings and characters are of course, copyrighted, they do not belong to me. I’d written a disclaimer explaining this to any reader that could have come along, but this matter was still lingering in the back of my mind. 
There are some works of fiction out there that have become public domain – that is that their copyright has run out – works by authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are among those that are now public domain. If I do decide to do another series similar to this that I’d planned I would more than likely use something that is in the public domain and not still copyrighted. 
Basically the cancellation of this series is because of an ethical grey area that I found myself in while looking into publishing. I am sorry to disappoint anyone who may have been looking forward to this series. Sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry, and in this case the safe path is the one I’ll be following. There is to much of an ethical grey area for authors (writers really, I’d never consider myself an author at this point) that I’m not willing to risk it potentially hurting me if I do intend to publish something original someday. 
What I may do however, is update this blog with my writing for NaNoWriMo’s Summer Camp starting in July…I MAY do that….we’ll see. 
Blessings, 
Megan