The HSC totally looks like Smaug.
Pretty much sums the HSC up.
For all you un-Australians out there, the HSC is the Higher School Certificate, our last, and terrifying, exams in high school.
But anyway, let’s live in the
moment past and recap what’s happened this week:
- I’ve read a measly one book. ONE. But after exams, I assure you, I’ll be reading ALL THE BOOKS.
- I, um, might’ve eaten some chocolate. It was only a little bit, I swear! But from now on I’m going to do my best to continue my sugar strike until October 31st. (Can I blame it on the stress? Yes, yes I can.)
- I saw some beautiful mountain-y nature-y stuff, putting it oh-so eloquently. (Technically this was last week, but I didn’t have the time to put it in that post… so it’s going in here.) Isn’t Australia beautiful??
- I’ve made it my spring/summer mission to capture a picture of a bee on a flower. You know those awesome close-up shots of a bee landing on a flower? Yeah, one of them. I kind of got one last Saturday, but I’m not satisfied with it. I CAN DO BETTER. There was too much grass in the way for me to get a clear shot. Here it is (You can click on it if you want it bigger):
- I’ve been
- I haven’t written much this week; I’m only 4k or so into the third chapter of The Empire of Stars.
- I’ve been complaining/stressing/panicking over the impending exams. (But you already knew this.)
- Stacking the Shelves!
This is the meme where you can highlight books you’ve bought/borrowed/gifted/received for review. You can read more on the meme and how to get involved here!
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen:
Well, this isn’t really my thing, but hey, maybe I’ll like it more than I’m expecting? I’ve heard good things about the author.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo:
Ooh, I’m intrigued!
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blackman:
I’ve been looking for this one for awhile — however I only just found it as it was shelved as an Adult book in my library.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell:
Because why not? I’m always hearing good things about her.
Cracked by Clare Strahan:
I’ve seen this one floatin’ around the blogosphere, so I thought I might as well give it a chance! And yay for Aussie books.
Rebel by Amy Tintera:
YAY. SEQUEL TIME!
Haze by Paula Weston:
I really enjoyed the first in the series so I’m intrigued as to where the second will go.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld:
Heard some mixed thing about this. Still, fingers crossed I like it!
Drowned by Nichola Reilly:
Horns by Joe Hill:
a) It sounds awesome, and b) it’s being made into a movie. With Daniel Radcliffe.
What happened on Diary of a Teen Writer this week:
Monday — No blog post!
Wednesday — Worldbuilding: Part Two (Geography & Terrain)
Thursday — Loony Blurbs (2)
Saturday — Book Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer [3/5 stars — enjoyed, but was underwhelming.]
What You Can Expect of Me Next Week:
- More panicking about the HSC, followed by relief on Monday afternoon when I realize I’ll never have to analyse Peter Skrzynecki’s ridiculously vague poetry ever again. (Followed again by panic when Paper 2 of English is upon me.)
- New reviews — She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, and Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Worldbuilding: Part Three (Society & Culture)
- Top Ten Tuesday
- Friday Photography