Book recommendation: Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

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Part of me thought I’d be done with YA dystopian by now, but that part of me was wrong. I keep finding novels in that genre that I want to read. And, to be honest, I’m quite glad that I do.

I added Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, to my Kindle quite a while back–far enough back that I don’t actually remember exactly when it was. Like most of the books I buy lately, it took me a while to get to it. But it didn’t take me long to get through it.

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A tea party-style bridal shower

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get a little classy.

Well, actually, things got classy at the end of August, when I helped host Steph’s bridal shower. We went with her chosen theme of a backyard tea party, even going so far as to collect antique-style tea cups from as many friends and family as we could manage.

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The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was shining and the sky was clear. True, it was pretty hot, and I did end up with a pretty funky sunburn on one leg, but it was totally worth it.

Plenty of friends and family came out to help us celebrate. We indulged in champagne cupcakes, sangria, cheese and crackers, raspberry macarons, and more food than we knew what to do with. And tea, of course. Can’t have a tea party without tea.

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Even the setting was perfect. Steph’s almost-mother in law has one of the best gardens in town. It’s filled with flowers, and even has a stream running through it. But there was still plenty of room for the tables and chairs we set up.

After enjoying the food and drinks, we got down to a couple of games. There was the “What’s in Your Purse?” game, which I highly recommend. It’s one that satisfies everyone’s curiosity; who hasn’t wanted to know about the weird stuff everyone else keeps in their purse?

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The “How Well Do You Know Him” game was even better, though. I asked Mike, Steph’s fiance, 15 questions ahead of the party. Then, at the party, I asked Steph the same questions, and she’d try to guess what Mike answered.

Now, some people play that game by making the bride-to-be add a piece of gum or a marshmallow to her mouth with each wrong answer. I’m not quite that cruel, though. Or maybe not that fun. I suppose it depends on how you look at it.

Regardless, I took a different tactic: I had everyone bet on how many of Steph’s answers would match up with Mike’s. The guesses ranged from six to 15.

I won’t tell you what the final count was. But I will say that she didn’t live up to the expectations of the people who had an awful lot of faith in her.

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The tea party was a wonderful way to kick off the month before the wedding. Everyone had a great time, and Steph loved it.

Although, I should admit that she had more of a hand in planning it than a lot of brides would. But I don’t think that was a bad thing. The extra help made it that much better.

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Steph gets married this weekend–today, actually. I’ve scheduled this to go up around the time we’ll be getting ready. I can’t wait to watch her walk down the aisle.

Wednesday links: Putting your book to bed and types of agents

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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On the day of my brother’s wedding

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Denie and Kaleigh’s wedding was a long time coming. They started dating in high school, almost a decade ago. They moved in together four years ago. They got engaged in December of 2014.

And they got married this past July.

 

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Everyone knew it was coming, and everyone was ecstatic to celebrate with them. We even had family drive up from Iowa for the weekend.

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Denie and his groomsmen weren’t entirely happy that I was taking pictures of them as they were getting ready, but they put up with me well enough. Though I think that was only because I was there on Kaleigh’s request.

Regardless, I got some nice photos that morning, and a few others throughout the rest of the day.

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They asked that people not take pictures during the ceremony, which I think was a wonderful idea. Sure, it meant I missed out on getting that first kiss on film (er… memory card). But it also meant that the photographer they hired could do her job properly.

She didn’t have to scramble to adjust her settings because of other people’s flashes.

She didn’t have to work around other people standing in the aisle to get pictures of Kaleigh walking down the aisle.

And she didn’t have to worry about the possibility of a sea of cameras and cell phones in the background of her pictures.

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When all was said and done, it was a beautiful day. I couldn’t have been happier to welcome Kaleigh, officially, to our family.

I know she and Denie have a long life of happiness ahead of them.

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Wednesday links: Character arcs

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I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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