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I Tried To Buy Comic-Con Tickets Today. It Didn’t Work.

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“You can’t go if you don’t try!”

This was my mantra since signing up for a Comic-Con Member ID last year. I’ve heard the horror stories about how hard it is to get Comic-Con tickets. And the Big Bang Theory episode, detailing the guys’ obsession with trying to get set up and into the waiting room, did not help.

But I knew if I didn’t brave the on-sale craziness, there’s no way I’d ever be able to cross Comic-Con off my bucket list. It’s not like you just decide to go, buy your ticket, book your hotel, and voila! The demand is infinitely more than the available supply, and that is what creates the insanity and fan fervor over trying to grab tickets (or badges as they are referred to, officially.)

It’s all about luck. And if you don’t have it, you don’t get tickets. It’s as simple as that. Everyone who is eligible to purchase, sits in a virtual waiting room and are randomly selected to go on to buy whichever tickets they desire. Getting to the waiting early doesn’t provide an advantage. You’re simply at the mercy of a computer program. Yippee?

My friend and I didn’t have luck on our side this year, but we’ll try again next year. What we really need is a famous actor/actress friend to let us go with them. That would make things super easy, right? Or maybe we should start a blog dedicated to a film/project that regularly appears at Comic-Con. Then we could apply for press badges. There’s something to that method, because my former blog, SwimStars.org, gained me free admittance to the Olympic Trials in 2008. A ticket that is far more expensive than Comic-Con.

Oh well. It was quite the experience, even though I wasn’t triumphant this year. I will get there some day. Hopefully!

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Another YA Week Of Happiness!

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Every so often, there comes a week when there are so many goodies happening with my YA book fandoms, that I just can’t seem to wipe a smile off my face. This is one of those weeks!

Last night, The Maze Runner official movie poster and first trailer made its debut. After I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, and as much of the Divergent, The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series as was available at the time, I took more recommendations from my Tumblr family on what to read next. They told me to pick up The Maze Runner trilogy and I did. I also chose the series because it was 100% completed.

I’ve posted before that I hate getting into a series only to have to wait a year or two for the next book to be released. (Looking at you, Veronica Roth and Cassandra Clare!) So The Maze Runner checked all those boxes. There was even an available prequel book, which I finished reading about a month ago.

So, I was all set for the first trailer to finally grace us with its presence! That day ended up being yesterday and oh boy, am I pumped! I figured the trailer would be shown before the Divergent movie (and it still might), so last night was a treat.

The Divergent movie opens later this week and I will be seeing it twice this weekend. Once on Thursday with my brother, and again on Saturday with my friend Shannen. Both of my tickets (and my brother’s) are free, thanks to Viggle, Swagbucks, and Shopkick. I’m tellin y’all. If you’re not taking advantage of these programs, you’re missing out! (Well, except for Viggle.)

So yes. I’m excited about this week! I’m up to my armpits in Divergent news, pictures, interviews, and hype. The red carpet premier is tonight! And I’ve also done my fangirl duty with The Maze Runner trailer as well. I put the first leaked version of it on my Tumblr, and created a handful of GIF sets to please the Gladers.

Ahh, my book life is good.

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Not Impressed with Barnes & Noble’s Pre-Order Process

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I got an assist from Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney for this post. As I’ve stated before, I’m not the biggest fan of how pre-orders go down in today’s marketplace. That was reinforced Monday night, as I had to wait over 9 hours for my pre-ordered book to finally download onto my Nook Color.

When books from Cassie Clare or Veronica Roth are released (at midnight), I immediately download them and start reading. My tradition is that I don’t even go to sleep those nights. I just keep reading until I finish and then I crash. Yes, I am a binge reader.

So a wrench was thrown into my plans when midnight came and went, Tuesday, and I didn’t have Allegiant on my Nook Color. I refreshed. I logged out. I turned my device off and back on. I did everything I could think of, but the book would not download.

After an hour, I was desperate. I was able to start reading it on my desktop computer, which is so unnatural. I want to be wrapped up in blankets, in my bed, so I can get lost in the story. But noooooooo!

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Stories In Futility: Switching Webhosts Every Year

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Y’all. I’ve been running websites for well over 10 years. It’s kind of my “thing.” And I have a lot of them. Not as many as I used to, but still quite a handful. If I had to guess, I’d say I have about 15. Not all are active or regularly updated, but they are attached to hosting accounts.

As much as I have an addiction to create websites, I also am incredibly cheap. What would make sense to most webmasters, would be to get a big hosting account, with plenty of space and bandwidth, and host all their projects in one spot. But sensible just ain’t me! I pretty much move all my sites every year to a handful of webhosts, depending on the web hosting deals I find at places like SlickDeals.

For example, I just signed up for a year’s worth of hosting, from iPage, for $1. Yes. One dollar. Some of my smaller websites will live there, for the next year. It’s actually the second $1/yr account I’ve signed up for this summer. Hey, a deal’s a deal!

As I write this post, I am moving some of my sites from one webhost to another, because my 1 year, at one place, is up tomorrow. It’s not like I have a whole lot else going on, but most people would think I’m crazy. But it’s what I’ve been doing for the past few years, and it’s worked out really well. Keeps me sharp, as well. I won’t have to worry about forgetting how to backup accounts, update config files, export/import MySQL databases… you know, all that fun stuff!

So, if you hear about a webhost deal (that allows for hosting of multiple domains) and is less than $20/yr, hit me up. If I haven’t already heard of it, I’ll probably sign up. I stagger accounts, so I’m never without a few!

I’ve crunched the numbers. My method is sheer craziness, but it is cheaper than the all-in-one account option. It’s all about your priorities. I have the free time to move websites once a year, so I do it do save some money. I can use that money to feed some of my other addictions, and I have plenty!

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Walking In A YA Wonderland

The Mortal Instruments Official Movie Posters

The past couple of months have been quite eventful in the land of all my young adult literature fandoms. My cup runneth over, y’all! I’ve pretty much in nonstop super fangirl mode for the past week. So many exciting announcement and reveals are happening!

Let me give you the rundown right quick!

1. The Hunger Games started its own official Instagram account. Check it out: instagram.com/thehungergames! On there, they’ve begun hinting that something is going to go down on May 14th. Eeeekkk!

2. Continuing the Instagram theme, The Mortal Instruments’ Instagram page was teasing official character posters all week. We got to see Simon, Valentine, and Magnus Bane’s posters. So exciting!
TMI Instagram account teasing character posters

3. Over in Divergent land, a lot was happening as well! Veronica Roth revealed the cover art for the final book in the trilogy, Allegiant, on the Today Show. It comes out on October 22nd and I can’t wait!

4. Keeping it in Divergent-land, it looks like the sequel is already in the works! Deadline Hollywood reported that Brian Duffield had signed on to write the script for Insurgent, the second book in the trilogy. This is an extremely good sign as Divergent has only been filming for a few weeks! What a vote of confidence!

5. Divergent isn’t the only one of my beloved series to get the greenlight towards a sequel movie adaptation, though. In Cannes, it was just announced that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (book #2) is being put into production and will begin shooting later this year.

6. The Mortal Instruments‘ prequel series, The Infernal Devices, also has a script in the works. This news didn’t break in the past week, but it’s still fresh enough in my mind to make me include it in this post! Oh yeah!

7. And lastly, let me tell you about the most recent book I’ve read, The Maze Runner. Filming is set to get underway on Monday, in New Orleans. Some really amazing concept art has bee premiered by Entertainment Weekly. It was even more detailed and chilling than I even imagined it! Now, I’m not paying too much attention to the cast and production of the movie just yet because I’m not done reading the series. I still have to start/finish The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and prequel book, The Kill Order. I’d rather do so while creating the characters in my own head. Then, I’ll re-read the series later after getting up-to-speed with movie filming.

Sooooooo, that’s why I’ve been smiling ear-to-ear this week! The worlds I escape to, when real life is just too much, had a lot happen recently and it really brightened my spring!

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I Got My Reading Swagger Back!

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It’s well documented that I was a reading machine last Spring/Summer. I tore through The Hunger Games, Divergent books #1 and #2, the 5 available Mortal Instruments books, and 2/3 of The Infernal Devices series. Whew!

And after I finished those, I wanted more! But I decided to only start series that had already had released all the books. Nothing punches me harder in the fangirl feels than having to wait an extended amount of time for a book’s release; especially when they leave you hanging with a cliffhanger. (Looking at you, Veronica Roth!)

So, I decided on The Maze Runner. One day, I went to Barnes & Noble to use their free Wi-Fi (don’t ask), and while I was there I picked up a copy, started reading, and knocked out 7 chapters. But, I wasn’t quite hooked yet, and I rarely reached for the book again in the following months. Crazy, right? It took me about a month to get into The Infernal Devices, but nothing like with The Maze Runner. I essentially took a 6 month break!

What triggered me to pick it up again? Well, it certainly wasn’t all the news about the big screen movie adaptation that is floating around. I’m purposely avoiding all of that until I finish. I have time. Don’t worry!

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