Friday, May 29, 2009
In other news, I am officially grounding myself from reading anymore books this week until I meet my next word count. I am up to 15,000 words (9,000 of them this week, so it's not too bad) but I have so many ideas that I just need to focus on getting out before I lose all the spark behind them. I have a massive to-read list and my kiddos are bugging me to take them to the bookstore today for some new books, but I am trying to at least make it till Monday before we do. If not, I will surely pick up a giant stack of wonderfulness that I don't need until I make it to at least 25,000 words!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This particular song is my inspiration behind my current WIP. It captures the theme and feel of the novel perfectly!
Damien Rice: Rootless Tree live
*Well, it is almost 1230pm and I have yet to write one single word. BUT, I did do a bunch of outlining...of course, that was yesterday...
*I read an amazing WIP from a writerly Internet pal last night (err...really early this morning) and it was good. I mean, really good! It left me feeling inspired to go work on my WIP...but I watched a tivo'd Young and the Restless instead before going to sleep at 4, which may explain my avoidance of opening the WIP today.
*So, Wednesday is not shaping up to be very productive on the novel front. (Although, I did clean out the fridge, fold laundry and attempt to scrub the jelly that Liam smeared out of the brand new beige suede sofa -- so, I haven't been a total lump!)
*I did wake up randomly around 530 this morning and pick up my PALM and type a few lines for what someday (when I finish this manuscript) may be my query. And also jotted down 2 title ideas. Does that count towards word count?
*As it stands this week, I am up to 14,000 words of what I anticipate to be around 70,000. And finally have a firm outline of what is going to happen--although I still don't have an ending. I'm hoping an amazing one will wake me up at 530 tomorrow morning! :)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Both are EXTREMELY good, albeit it, total opposites!
The first is Jodi Picoult's MY SISTERS KEEPER. It's the first book I have read by Ms. Picoult, I tend to pass by the shelves where the authors have like 15 different books. I don't know why that is, I guess I just assume (probably wrongly so) that if they crank out that many books, they can't possibly be great quality. Well, I am not sure about her other novels, but this one is fabulous. Her writing style is beautiful and captivating and I will definitely be picking up more of her books! I typically don't cry while reading, (there are exceptions to this - IF I STAY by Gayle Forman definitely brought on the water works), but I was teary just a few pages into this novel! I don't say that as a bad thing, it is a good book, but it makes you feel!
I am one of those people that HAS to read the book before seeing the movie, although it more often than not leads to a big let down because we all know, the book is better than the movie 99% of the time. (The 1% being P.S. I Love You)
The other book I am reading this week (to counter act the urge to slit my wrists, brought on by MY SISTERS KEEPER) (just kidding, although it is quite sad). is by one of my FAVORITE authors, Jen Lancaster. If you haven't read her memoirs, you must pick them up! They will have plenty of strangers at the park starting at you like you are on glue while you laugh out loud to yourself. (I may or may not be speaking from personal experience) The title of her latest book is PRETTY IN PLAID: A Life, A Witch, and a Wardrobe, or the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self Centered Smart Ass Phase
My friend, Monica and I took a mini-road trip to Houston, Texas on May 12th to attend a book signing and reading by Jen. She was hilarious and fabulous! Here we are! (That's Monica in the plaid, Jen in the center & I'm the one in the purple with the rockin' yellow purse I scored earlier that day!)
I will try harder to keep this one up-to-date!