Cosplay Check In: NYCC 2019 - Rapunzel & Anastasia

Preparing Rapunzel + Anastasia For New York Comic Con – Cosplay Check In

New York Comic Con is swiftly approaching and I made a bad decision.

First, let’s back up. In case you don’t know, New York Comic Con is October 3rd – 6th at the Javit’s Center. It’s a huge convention, with countless panels, autographing sessions, and, of course, cosplayers.

I’ve been going every year since 2015, but usually I only get tickets for one day. Last year, I was lucky enough to sneak away for two. This year, I’m going for three.

Since I’m going more days than I usually can, I wanted to have a new cosplay.

This is where the bad decision comes in.

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My original plan was to create – from scratch – Anastasia’s “Once Upon A December” dress and have that be my new cosplay this year. When did I come up with this plan? The 3am on September 2nd.

I realized that that probably isn’t the smartest idea, considering I’ve never made a ballgown from scratch, styled a wig, or tried to start and finish a cosplay in only a month, so I changed my mind.

Instead, I was going to do two new cosplays: Anastasia’s yellow and pink ballgown from the end of the movie, and Rapunzel in her classic dress and braided hair.

Why is this less of a bad decision? Because I’m not making the dresses, I ordered those online. All I have to do is make the accessories and style the wigs. Should be easy, right?

Wrong

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett (ARC) - 4 Stars

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – Not What I Thought It Would Be (ARC Review)

*All quotes are from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication*

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Lady Rogue is a funny, lighthearted historical fiction that

“Being enemies was easy.
Falling in love was harder.”

[ Related: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – My New Obsession (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Animal Death, Murder //

“I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork.
Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands.”

Release Date: 9/3/2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: 384
Premise:
Theodora has always dreamed of traveling with her father on his treasure hunts, but despite her knowledge of ancient relics, he refuses to let her go. Instead, he takes Huck Gallagher, the boy Theo used to think was the love of her life. But when Huck returns from an expedition for the cursed ring of Vlad the Impaler without her father, they must team up to rescue him. With only her father’s journal for clues, the two end up on a dangerous journey into Romania, where a dangerous society is also searching for the ring. And they’ll do anything to get it.

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Lady Rogue!

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The End of a Journey & What Comes Next – NaNoWriMo 2018, Week 4

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I hit 50,000 words of my manuscript on November 25th, 2018.

I finished my novel, with 56,847 words written during NaNoWriMo, and 93,086 words total, on November 29th, 2018.

I kept putting off writing the last scene. I would purposefully extend scenes, or conveniently stop writing just before I would need to work on that dreaded scene.

Finishing a book is bittersweet. I want to celebrate all of the work I’ve put in, but at the same time, I’m so sad that this drafting journey is over. I’ve loved creating this world and these characters, and I’m not ready to say goodbye.

I know it technically isn’t goodbye. This book needs a lot of revisions. But it’s goodbye for now, while I prepare to edit. And it’s goodbye to pulling story threads from the air and weaving them together. All that’s left to do is attack them with scissors and tape.

When you finish your first draft, there is still a lot of work to do. For me, it’s the hardest work. Revising.

I have absolutely no self esteem, and looking back at my writing only creates more doubts and insecurities. That said, I’ve made a schedule to revise my novel.

Everyone says you need to take a break between drafts. I’m really bad at this. If I take a break, I’ll never go back to it. Because of that, I’ve had to create my schedule in a way that will work with me.

My Plan:

Nov. 30th – Finish My First Draft (Check!)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 28– First Reading (During this time, I will be doing simple line edits and a read through to check the flow. Any major issues I notice will be noted for later)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 11 – Send It Out (I have a couple of critique partners lined up who want to take a look at my rough rough draft.)
Jan. 11 – ??? – Major Overhaul. (Take a look at all of the critiques and implement the changes necessary).

That’s all I have currently planned, but I know that I’ll need to repeat this process a couple of times before I have a product I’m proud of.

Books are a lot of work, but it’s worth it to see what they turn into.


Did you win NaNoWriMo this year? Are you planning on revising your manuscript?

Also, should I continue to make posts about my revision process and how it’s going?

Check out my latest NaNoWriMo post here:
Pushing Through and Finishing Your Draft – NaNoWriMo 2018, Week 3

Top 10 Best 2018 Releases (So Far)

There have been a lot of amazing releases this year, so far. Obviously, I haven’t been able to read them all, but I still wanted to talk about some of my favorites!  There are a few I haven’t quite gotten to yet (A Reaper At The Gates) so don’t think they’re not on this list because I hated them. I just haven’t had the time to read them (or I’m really afraid to read them, like with Reaper. Please Sabaa don’t hurt these characters anymore they need a break!) Also, I’m not including any books being released after June, I’ll make a different list in December or January covering all of those releases.

Okay on with the top ten!

Sidenote: I’m extremely indecisive so they aren’t in any particular order, with the exception of the first three probably being my top 3 reads this year. 

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Laia Recommends: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

 

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To Kill a Kingdom is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, following the siren princess, Lira, known as the Prince’s Bane, and Prince Elain, a renown siren hunter. When Lira angers her mother, she is banished and made human. The only way for her to return home is to bring her mother the heart of the siren hunter.
Make sure to check out the full Goodreads summary (link below), as well as my review here.

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Laia Recommends: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows is the first book in an epic fantasy duology following six criminals. There’s Kaz “Dirty-Hands” – the Thief, Inej “The Wraith” – the Spy, Nina – the Heartrender, Matthias – the Convict, Jesper – the Sharpshooter, and Wylan – the Runaway. Together, they must break into an unpenetrable prison and pull off an impossible heist. That is, if they don’t kill each other in the progress.

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Starting Up

The day has come… I’ve decided to make a more official blog.

I previously posted reviews and recommendations over on my tumblr, but now I’ve decided to branch out. The next week or so will mostly involve me transferring over reviews and other posts, but after that I will continue on the previous schedule I’ve been using.

My schedule will be:
Tuesday – Book Review
Saturday – Book Review
Sunday – Laia Recommends

I will also be posting other things at various times during the week, so be sure to follow my blog to see more posts!

Anyway, thanks so much for putting up with this simple introduction post. I’ll post more about myself later, I just wanted to jump right into the reviews and bookish things.

Book Catalogue

Caitsbooks’ Online Book Catalogue

If you’ve seen my shelves, then you may know I own a few books… so I decided to catalog them all in Google Docs. I already have a physical catalog, but I wanted something I could share with you guys.

Clearly it’s not done, but I’ll be slowly working on it during this next month and hopefully, soon I’ll have my complete catalog! Also, if you are bothered by the order of the books, its because I’m writing this while staring at photos of my shelves, and they’re organized by color and height, not by anything reasonable.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Book Catalogue