It’s finally here: my blog’s reached its 3 year anniversary!

Exactly 3 years ago to date, I posted my very first blog entry here, entitled This is me…a beginning of myself.  My dear blog, I wish you a happy birthday. 😀

My blog has changed, expanded, grown.  It is vibrant and it breathes every minute of every day.  It is full of light, but it also has shadows and it is not afraid to explore darkness.  It has survived my life’s ever present hardships, and it is still going strong.  It will not be held down by anything, not even by my weaknesses.  I have followed and learned.

I reckon a retrospect of 3 years’ posts is unnecessary, considering I have a decent archives on my blog’s sidebar.  Instead I choose to remember it all by picking a song that resembles my relationship with writing, one of my greatest passions.  And the song is…(cue the drum roll!)…”Sustain” by The Enemies, a favorite Irish band of mine.

Because despite all the tears, fears, and pain I’ve endured, together my writing and I will sustain.  And one day, we will have our place in the spotlight of the world.

Thank you to all who have read and continue to read my typed musings.

Natalie Gorna

Now we’re on track

I’ve been meticulously scanning over my past blog entries, some of which are irritably short and more like from a military logbook than a personal journal of thought.  I’ve also noticed that I’ve stopped mentioning any of my current writing projects or reads thanks to the very psychotic Goodreads.  This needs to be rectified immediately.  Now.  Here.  After all, I’m way overdue for an up-close and personal entry.  Let’s get up-to-date!

Brief update (we don’t want to give them more attention than they deserve, now do we?): More changes to the site have been implemented.  The Examiner seems to never get enough of changes.  My review quota is now 330 book reviews and 212 movie reviews in total.

According to Goodreads, I read approximately 30 books in 2011, all of varying length.  I finally finished the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series…I read many classics and young adult books…I also took adult fiction seriously for the first time.  Island by Jane Rogers was an ear-bleeding challenge that was worth it in the end.  I fell in love (or close to it) with Rebecca Cantrell’s Hannah Vogel series after reading the author’s dream casting of her main characters (especially Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic Lars), which in turn led me to reading volume #3 (A Game of Lies) right after volume #1 (A Trace of Smoke).  Now all I have to do is read volume #2 (A Night of Long Knives) and I’ll be prepared for volume #4 (A City of Broken Glass), which comes out this July.  However, now I’m set on reading some recommended books, one of which is Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (thank you Bookshop Talk and Romola Garai!).  I have big plans for my reading list, because several new series are on it.  The order in which I will read them is, thanks again to Goodreads, the only unpredictable thing left.  Signing up for a delightful site called NetGalley is one of the few benefits of my book reviews for the Examiner.  For once, I just may be able to review e-book ARCs before the books are released to the public.  Hopefully.


My last blog entry outlined some of my troubles that have recurred in 2012 already.  Now I’m going to add to the list.  It seems that despite previous warnings, the Fresno Police Department and its Gestapo members will not desist in their constant harrassment of me and my mom.  They won’t leave us in peace.  Why, last Sunday (Jan. 29) at 11:30 p.m., we were bothered yet again by another swaggering and rude Nazi in uniform who tried to interrogate us out of turn and threaten us.  The same “procedure” repeated a few days later at night (Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m.) and during broad daylight.  Yes, broad daylight.  This all makes me wonder if living in Europe during World War II was as terrifying and dangerous as living in Fresno now.  After all, during those times the world was in a state of war, but now we’re supposedly in a state of PEACE.  Yeah right.

Back to the drawing board from my reality check-list: what am I watching these days?  Well, I got to watch series 4 of the British TV show Merlin at the same time as the British, and since October 2011, I’ve been faithfully following season 1 of Once Upon a Time, an American TV show that is creative, original, and very appreciative of fairy tales.  I like them.  All too much.  Conclusion: I’m attached to Merlin, Once Upon a Time…and Colin Morgan.  Ahem.

Anyway…the horror of being in my shoes and the glaring lack of change for the better in my life is only adding more loads to my heavy bundle of pessimism.  Or couldn’t you tell?  Congratulations, loyal reader.  Together, we’re now on top of the events in my life so far in 2012.

Natalie Gorna

The New Year is in process…

True to my word, I did not celebrate the New Year in any way. Instead, I was reading. Speaking of which, my reading list has changed.  I finished reading The Restitution (volume#3 in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates trilogy by M.L. Tyndall)—I will be reviewing the entire trilogy very soon.  My reading list is now as follows:

Current reading list

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (volume #5 in the Harry Potter series) by J.K. Rowling
  2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  3. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

This is a very demanding task…I will try to manage reading all 4 of these massive novels. 🙂  Well, the first on the list is nearly 900 pages long…and the rest average to about 350 pages each.  By the way, I sent in my review of Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié to “Bookshop Talk,” a blog that I’m following and which is run in part by a favorite author of mine, Jessica Day George.  I hope they’ll consider posting my review… 🙂  Of course, if they choose not to, I can always post it here on my blog.  Other than that, I am anticipating the one-year anniversary of my job with the Examiner as a writer.  A celebratory post will ensue on the exact day. 😉  But other than that, nothing has changed.  The New Year has not brought some miraculous changes to my life with it.  I feel just as lost as always, and just as unhappy.

Natalie Gorna