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Didi Oviatt

Author of the Time Waster Series-Super Short Preludes, and suspense novels Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians… (blogger)

Song lyric poetry: “Scars To Your Beautiful”

I realized this morning that its been a while since I posted a song lyric motivational post. It seemed a little silly since it is still the month of poetry!  In my opinion, some song writers are the best poets on the PLANET!  So I got to thinking of the most perfect song to post the lyrics to today.  It’s nearing the end of the month, and I don’t like to post these to often since this is after all a book blog. So, I knew It had to be just right.

(For those of you who don’t regularly read my posts, I give a song lyric shout out once in a while… Just because I LOVE to READ the words to heartfelt songs.  I personally think it really makes the meaning and the words of that said song ring a whole different cord the next time you hear it. I love the way it makes music messages stand out!  Finding written words as meaningful and motivational as with music is rare.)

I’m happy to say that ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’  by Alessia Cara jumped up and down in the back of mind raising its hand and waiving wildly while shouting, “pick me, pick me!”

So I did….

The lined poem behind this song is gorgeously penned!!  ENJOY:

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“Scars To Your Beautiful”

She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits,
She craves attention, she praises an image,
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain, and cut her woes away
‘Cause covergirls don’t cry after their face is made

But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, “Covergirls eat nothing.”
She says, “Beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything.”
“What’s a little bit of hunger?”
“I could go a little while longer,” she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Ah oh, ah ah oh,
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within

There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

No better you than the you that you are
(no better you than the you that you are)
No better life than the life we’re living
(no better life than the life we’re living)
No better time for your shine, you’re a star
(no better time for your shine, you’re a star)
Oh, you’re beautiful, oh, you’re beautiful

There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

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Wishful Wednesday 4/19/17, House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

 

Wishful Wednesday is a Meme hosted by yours truly. It’s a place we can share the books we could see ourselves living in.  Whether it be pillow-talking your book-boyfriend (or girlfriend), casting a sleep spell on your arch nemesis, or even crossing swords with a pirate. If you could pick a book to live in, what book would it be and why?

The options are endless, and the beautiful part is that we can change our minds every week!! All day Wed. from sun up to sun down.  If you want to list your Wishful Wednesday *I could live there* book then join in the fun!!  You’re welcome to use my WW picture, or not, whatever you prefer!  Just list your book choice of the week, link it into either THIS post or another week’s  *Wishful Wednesday Page*  and I’ll plug you in!! Commenting with your links is also great, I’d hate to skip any over 🙂

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I know what you’re probably thinking… Vampire books? Really?  You could see yourself living in vampire books?

So, before you get all weird about it hear me out!  The House Of Night series is actually more interesting and relate-able than any other vamp books I’ve ever read… Ever. It’s actually the longest series I’ve ever read too. It’s magical, captivating, and very well penned. I obviously never would have made it all the way through a 12 book series had I not been completely ‘sucked’ in… (Okay, even I’ll admit that was a horrible word pun lol.)

My reasoning for this choice is because I could totally relate with Zoey. Her personality is very down to earth, witty, and her ability to adapt is phenomenal. The setting of the live-in Vamp Academy is BEAUTIFUL! It’s an old stone and brick premises, very old school, like a castle. Also, once marked a person changing from human to Vamp is able to feel at a very escalated extent.  By that, I mean everything. Emotions are extreme, but so is intuition and senses. I think it would be fantastic to see, smell, touch, and hear the way she is able too..

It would also be absolutely amazing to control elements!!!! (this is probably my biggest reasoning)

AND that’s not to mention the guys around her are uncontrollably obsessed and drawn in.  It’s insane the power she has over men. Honestly, what girl wouldn’t want that kind of power?

DESCRIPTION:

When 16-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the Change into an actual vampyre, she has to leave behind her family in Tulsa and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledglings like her. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been singled out by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s not so easy to fit in when everyone knows you’re “special” – and some people wish you weren’t….

As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or three), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-innocent plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa, and the beautiful high priestess, Neferet, who seems to have Zoey’s best interests at heart…or does she? Things at the House of Night are rarely what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

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Writing in the sun, life is good!

Everything about a sunny spring day is perfect! Today I dragged my sleepy butt out of bed extra early, just so that I could relax and enjoy myself by the afternoon. I completed all of the tedious little never ending mommy things like cleaning, laundry, and so forth.  I was even able to cook a large healthy breakfast for myself and my kiddoes before dropping my son off at preschool.

Right now, it’s just after noon where I live and its already a BEAUTIFUL day! The sky’s are blue, the air is clear (perks of  NOT living in a big city), and the scent of freshly cut grass is permeating.  That just so happens to be my favorite smell, despite the sneezing and itching of my eyes that goes along with it. I can handle a little bit of allergies, if it means relishing every morsel of the best smell on the planet.

So far, I have completed ALL of my household crap, AND I’ve mowed my lawn and sprayed weeds. I intend on spending the remainder of the day holed up in a perfect shady spot with my laptop. The contentment of cleanliness and responsibility completion swirls in my chest and I can’t wait to take advantage of the rest of my day. If at all possible, I urge you all to do the same!!!  Enjoy the day, and write in the sun… If the weather where you live isn’t quite as perfect as my own today, then I apologize for rubbing it in.

Well, just kidding… I’m not sorry at all… I just said that because I was trying to be nice lol.

But, in all honesty I’ve been waiting for a day like today for quiet some time. So I think it’s safe to say, I deserve it 🙂

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Get outside friends!  Get some writing done in the springtime sun!!

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Three Things in Human Life are Important

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Review: Mercy, by Jodi Picoult 3 of 5 stars

MY REVIEW:

This is only the second Picoult book I’ve ever read. In my opinion, My Sisters Keeper was good not great (it was one of the only cases where the movie was better), BUT, since Jodi is such a well known and much loved writer I figured I would give her another chance. I’m not a big fan. To be honest, I kind of hate that I’m not a fan because I really had my hopes up. Mercy sounded like it would be an awesome read!! I mean really, how unique of a story to have a husband help his sick wife pass on. I went in prepared to bawl my eyes out, and I then I came out a little disgusted, and very much disappointed.

This book took me weeks to get through. I actually had to put it away and read other books through out just because I couldn’t force myself to read it all in one straight shot. Picoult’s wording and ability to draw a clear picture is great, and the story line is good, hence the only reason for three stars. Otherwise, my rating would have dropped even lower.

I hated the characters! Everything about them. One wife practically bends over and bows down to her crappy self centered and careless husband. She has a good heart, but she’s weak, and it drove me nuts. One of the husbands is nothing but a cheating bastard and I pretty much spent the entire story wishing that I would just slap him across his stupid face. Not only is there a seriously irritating lack of integrity, but there isn’t even anything about it that screams validation or passion in their bad decisions. Personalities are dry, and the entire pace of the book is slow.

I’ve decided to give Jodi one more chance after this, and only one. I hope it isn’t another let down.

DESCRIPTION:

Two cousins are driven to extremes by the power of love, as one helps his terminally ill wife commit suicide at her request, and the other becomes involved in a passionate affair with his wife’s new assistant.

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My Easter weekend bookish wrap up.

Before you get feeling all warmed up, ready to gawk over a bunch of book cover photos, and drool allover as if it was a playboy magazine (No offence intended. I just know that’s what I personally do every time someone posts a wrap up lol) Let me just tell you that I honestly haven’t accomplished much.

I had so many things lined up that I wanted to finish including a completion on an edit for a friends novel, as well as Beta read progress for a book that I’m not so into, AND a few chapters of revisions on my own WIP.   I DIDN’T DO ANY OF THESE THINGS!

That’s right friends, none of the above!

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Aside from reading and reviewing the short novella Review: Defy, by L. J. Shen 5 of 5 Stars , and checking in on my emails a few times here and there, I haven’t even picked up my laptop!!  Normally I’d be rather disappointed in myself, but in this case I’m most definitely not. Here’s why:

I have a two and a four year old that ended up having one truly epic Easter!

You see, my mother in law had an open heart surgery on Friday.  It was a very scary situation, but everything went absolutely perfect. She had a device removed from her heart, and is recovering even better than expected. We spent a great amount of time with her and my husband’s family at the hospital over the weekend. This was reason number one behind my not so bookish progress.

Reason number two:  About fifteen minutes from the hospital she was operated in, there happens to be a zoo.  We were able to take a four hour break from the ICU, and the back and forth drives between the hospital and our room, to take our kids to see the animals. Let me just say that they are the PERFECT age for such outings!!  We had a phenomenal time! My son was beaming the entire trip, and my daughter was so wore out that she fell asleep in our rented pull wagon. It was adorable!

Last but not least, reason number three for my lack of bookish anything is this: Today, for Easter day, we gave my spoiled little turds a trampoline! Needless to say, it was the “best day ever!”  My son even “had a dream this would happen!”  HAHA We have spent the entire day in the perfect weather drinking beer, barbecuing burgers, and jumping. And jumping and jumping and jumping.  I may or may not have even peed my pants… Just once, and just because apparently some moms have a hard time controlling their bladders lol… I’m not embarrassed though.  I totally knew it was a possibility going in, but I did it anyways.

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SO HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!! I hope to accomplish extra this week, just to make up for my lack of anything bookish over the weekend!!   Don’t worry, I’ll keep you all posted. Hopefully I don’t piss myself again in the mean time, but hey I guess it could happen.

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In conversation with Didi Oviatt, indie suspense author

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Didi Oviatt is an indie author I met through the blogging world. She’s got a wicked writing style and recently released a crime/thriller book called ‘Aggravated Momentum’ which I wrote a review for. As part of my efforts to #SupportIndie I wanted to find out more about her writing process and her experience with self-publishing on Amazon kindle.

Hi Didi, thanks for joining me today. What are 5 things you would like our readers to know about you?

I’m so excited to be here! If I have to settle for five, then I’ll stick with the big five S’s… simple, silly, sure, satisfying, and strange.

  • Something simple: Every year I drink a bottle of cheap wine, and I bury myself in a romance novel on Valentines Day.
  • Something silly: I can touch my tongue to my nose.
  • Something sure:  I’m one hundred percent sure that every book I ever…

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Review: Defy, by L. J. Shen 5 of 5 Stars

MY REVIEW:

I’m happy to announce that Defy by L. J. Shen has proudly introduced me to my new book boyfriend!!! HELLLOOOOO Jamie Followhill!! Wow!! Talk about hot hot hot. This barely adult boy-man who came in the form of one of Defy’s main characters has officially won me over (in more ways than one, if you know what I mean…) He has even managed to turn me into a fan of the man bun, which trust me, I never in a million years would have thought possible. But somehow it’s happened. I wouldn’t mind winding my fingers in Jamie’s long full main while letting him do what he does best. ***blushes***

Melody Greene is a High School Lit teacher in an extremely prominent town. It isn’t a career she loves, or one that she’s particularly good at, but she landed the job in a spur of the moment style and is somewhat content with it. She settled for a teaching degree after her long sought after career as a ballerina went south. Everything in her life is quickly moving downhill and the principle really has it out for her. One event after another quickly spirals and she is left in a pinch. A small yet expensive car accident forces her to allow one of her students to hold a little bit of a blackmail situation over her head.

It isn’t just any student either. It’s the principle’s son, and he is a far cry from the average teenager. He’s actually 18 therefore not illegal (I know, I know, it sounds a little juvenile and weird, but once you get to know this guy you’ll totally understand her lust… And my own, for that matter) His experience in the sac is impeccable, and that’s not to mention his physical build and maturity level. Jamie is more man than most, and he is able to win over Miss Greene.

The affair is insanely hot! The events through out the novella are unique. I was sucked into Defy from cover to cover. I love it! And, not only will I recommend it, but I already have, to practically every friend I know!

DESCRIPTION:

Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. It is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) and can be read as a complete standalone with a HEA. Now an international bestseller.

My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.
I slept with my student, a senior in high school.
Multiple times.
I had multiple orgasms.
In multiple positions.
I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.
I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.
My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.
My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.
Here is why it was totally worth it.

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Why Introverts Make Good Writers

A Writer's Path


by J.U. Scribe

I return to blogging because I like to write. Never did it cross my mind that my keen interest in writing had anything to do with who I am on a fundamental level until recently. After you read this you’ll understand the connection I started to make with introversion to writing.

It is estimated that at least 1/3  of the population are introverted. For a significant portion of the population, including myself we felt largely misunderstood. We felt something was wrong with us. I may not have been able to articulate it during childhood, but I learned early on that being outgoing, sociable, and assertive were more socially acceptable than being reserved, quiet, and passive.

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