Who am I?

Identity, I’m learning, is a fluid thing.

When I was a teen, I thought I’d figured out who I was. I was the shy, smart girl who loved books. As I fought my way into adulthood, I found myself being the crazy, fragile girl. But as I finished up college, I started to realize that both these identities I’d become used to didn’t quite fit anymore. I was terrified. I found myself panicking and wondering if I wasn’t either of those girls, who was I?

I still am smart. I still love books. I still have moments of crazy. However, I’ve realized that the person I am today is someone completely different from who I was even a year ago.

So who am I?

Like anyone, I am many things. I do not think there is one thing or action that defines me. Identity is made up of so many parts and pieces, and only when it is all placed together do we see who we are.

Similarly, I think a blog tends to reflect the fluctuating identity of its writer which is certainly natural. Things that do not evolve and adapt in some way tend to be lost to time. In the past when my interests have changed I’ve simply started over, but honestly, I do no think that’s necessary. Paper Dreams may have begun as a book blog, expanded to include other interests, and experienced a few starts and stops, but all of this has simply been examples of growth. I’m not sure how to categorize this site now, and ┬áreally my only goal now is to create honest content that I find interesting and hopefully others do as well.

So with all that said, I still kind of feel as if I’m starting over, and when beginning a relationship, introductions must be made.

Hi! I’m Nicci (which is actually my middle name). I recently graduated from college with an English Writing degree, and I am currently training to be a store manager. I live in a small town with my family with whom I’m very close to. I’m an entertainment addict. I adore storytelling particularly through books and television (although movies are awesome as well). I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I am alive and therefore anything is possible.

At this point I am coming to appreciate the fact that identity is fluid. I am not fated to be the same person, and I always have the choice to become someone different.

Update, Apology, and Excitement

Hello!

So, it’s been a while. Yeah, there’s really not a good reason for how neglectful I’ve been. I have many excuses though which I’m happy to share.

1. Last fall was my final semester of college and it got a little bit crazier than I expected.

2. I finished college in December(!), therefore I spent the first few months of the new year freaking out about having no idea what to do next.

3. I was in a massive reading slump last year, and it’s rather hard to write reviews for books when you aren’t reading many books.

4. Laziness. Just a little bit.

Okay, excuses portion is over now. Where am I planning to go from here? Honestly, I’m making no promises or guarantees. I’m hoping to start a full-time job soon, and I have no idea how much free time I’m going to have. However, I have missed blogging and the blogging community(although I’ve still been lurking and reading other blogs), so I am hoping to remain somewhat active here. I also have several notebook pages of reviews and ideas that I have yet to utilize, and my book-loving mind will undoubtedly be even more inspired after I attend Book Con next weekend (SO EXCITED!). Like so many other areas in my life, I’m not sure what is coming next, but there will definitely be something. I apologize for the lack of updates, but please check back soon!

Update

Just a short update for any awesome people still sticking around.

I will admit that I’m in a bit of a blogging slump, but also I’m having technical difficulties and going through some serious changes in my personal life as well. I would really like to revive Paper Dreams and continue blogging, so I hope you’re willing to stick around.

Thanks for everything!

Updates & Art

I’ve done some behind-the-scenes work on the site lately, which is unexciting but time consuming. Most notably, I’ve transferred over and updated my credits list which can now be found here. I also posted the contest/giveaway policy here.

The rest of my computer time lately has been spent fangirling (i.e. making Doctor Who fanart). I’ve been on an art kick lately, and if you’re interested you can find my recent fanart here at my LJ. And any other spare moment has been spent actually watching Doctor Who (it’s an addiction!). I have plans to do some Doctor Who-themed posts/reviews, so keep an eye out for those sometime in the near future. In the meantime, forgive any gaps between updates and understand it’s completely the Doctor’s fault (but I just have four more seasons to go which I’m determined to complete before the 50th Anniversary Special!).

Welcome to Paper Dreams 3.0

Hi everyone (or no one),

Welcome to the newest edition of Paper Dreams. This edition of Paper Dreams is a hybrid of my book blog (Paper Dreams) and my personal/fanart site (Scarlett Moon). As of now the content is mainly made up with pieces of those two sites, but there are a few new things as well.

What can you expect?

You can expect a lot (hopefully)! This blog will now be home to book, TV, and film reviews as well as articles on a variety of topics that interest me, the occasional fanart, “goodies” both for your own fanart and/or website, recaps from events I have attended, and anything else that I decide might be interesting to include.

What will happen to the previous two sites?

The previous version of Paper Dreams will eventually cease to exist as all of the content from there is now located here (I will be leaving the domain up for a period, so hopefully no one gets lost with the move). Scarlett Moon will remain up and running, but it will focus solely on hosting (so if you’re interested in being hosted let me know).

 

New Stuff to Check Out for Paper Dreams Followers

Fanart/Fandom related goodies
Includes: brushes, textures, icons, etc.
Blog/Website related goodies
Includes: Tips & Tricks, Basic HTML, Layouts

New Stuff to Check Out for Scarlett Moon Followers

Reviews
Includes: TV, books, films

Articles
Includes: Thoughts on book blogging, hype, love triangles, and strong heroines

I’m sold! How can I follow the new & improved Paper Dreams?

Links for following can be found on the sidebar to the right. Paper Dreams can be followed via e-mail, RSS feed, and by liking Paper Dreams on Facebook. As always you can follow me on Twitter or Goodreads and I have a rarely updated Google+ account.
Need to contact me directly? E-mail me at paperdreamsreviews[at]gmail[dot]com.

 

Expect lots of new content coming soon!

 

*Note: For some reason many of the blog posts duplicated when I transferred them over, and I haven’t gone through and weeded them out yet. Sorry for that (and any other glitches that may occur).

We Interrupt This Blog For…

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Finals Week // Unplug & Read

Ah, the end of the semester is nigh, and if you know college, you know that this means final exams, papers, and projects galore. Thankfully, this year should not be too insane for me, but I do anticipate having very little time. I am also planning to partially participate in Unplug & Read (more info here) which runs April 29-May 5. My version of participation will include substituting all laptop time for book time (hopefully).

Regular posts *should* resume sometime around May 6th!

 

Spring Break – Quick Note

Hey everyone! I’m on spring break this week, and I’m taking advantage of the time off from school to repaint my bedroom. On top of this rather time-consuming project, I have a bit of family emergency. So, I just wanted to let you know that I will be MIA this week, but regular posts should resume next week.

2013 Begins

So, I’m definitely not off to a great blogging start for 2013. Sorry about that. I just started a new semester, and I’m taking French which is terrifying (I took part one about four years ago, and, yes, I do not recommend doing that). I also have been quite sick the past few days, but I am hoping to get some posts scheduled tonight. Thanks for sticking with me. I promise to attempt to do better.

2012 Wrap-Up & 2013 Challenges

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2012 Wrap-Up

Reading Stats

Total Books Read: 100

Goal: 200

I suffered a major reading slump this year, so I’m not surprised that I fell so far short of my reading goal. After the rough reading year I had, I was really just thrilled to reach 100.

2013 Reading Goal: 125

 

Favorite Books in 2012

Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn Atwood
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
The Black Sheep’s Redemption by Lynette Eason
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The Ghost & the Goth by Stacey Kade
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
If I Die by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her by Cinda & Linea Johnson
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Closed Hearts by Susan K Quinn
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
While He Was Away by Karen Schreck
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

2013 Reading Challenges

 

 

Sequel Reading Challenge

Goal: 20

 

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Favorites Rediscovery

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Goal: 16

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2013 TBR Pile Challenge

Goal: 11-20 (A Friendly Hug)

 

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