Saturday, 31 December 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
I’ve always avoided reading long books, and by long books I mean anything more than 400/450 pages. The few I had read when I was younger (besides Harry Potter) seemed to drag on, and because I thought it took too long to reach the climax, I’d lose interest half way through.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Jandy Nelson - The Sky is Everywhere
Sue Saliba - Alaska
Rosamund Lupton - Afterwards
Lauren Strasnick - Nothing Like You
Alaska was beautifully written (and my god what a ridiculously amazing front cover) but I thought the main character was stupid and I hated the way it ended.
Same as Nothing Like you. I really enjoyed the book but the ending ruined it for me completely. Yes, the girl got what she deserved. But after being on a long journey with TWO boys involved, I just wanted her to end up with one of them, and she didn't.
But... The Sky is Everywhere goes into my top books (obviously since I can't stop blogging about how much I love it) and Afterwards was also a fantastic read which I would recommend.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I had done so much planning and research. I was excited. Nervous. Totally ready to start NaNo.
But by 2 in the afternoon, 2,100 words later, I had come to the conclusion that the story was told from the wrong perspective and was just all wrong. It was going no where.
I declared failure, teared up in disappointment and curled up in bed all sad. Luckily for me, I have the sweetest, most supportive boyfriend, who told me that he wouldn't let me give up. He brainstormed ideas with me until 1 in the morning (I was thinking a YA with an awesome love story, and he was thinking Navy Seals and government invasion). Finally we found an awesome idea that I was really excited about. (ok, so it's a combination of love and military ... but for all those who have read my blog, you should all know that I have a weird obsession with the army). And since my boyfriend is such an army and history addict, he's pretty much done all the research for me already!
I woke up super early and got to work at 7am so that I could sit in the coffee shop downstairs and write before work started at 8:30. I got 1,500 words done and am REALLY happy with my new story. It was telling itself. Honestly, I hardly had to do any work, just move my fingers. It was the greatest feeling ever and I've been smiling all day since.
I'm going to write a bit more before bed but will wake up early again and have a repeat of yesterday. I just write better in the morning for some reason.
Anyway, here are some hints on my new story.
An excerpt will follow shortly.
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - Lyrical. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Fall-in-love-with-main-guy. Seriously, this author knocks everything on the head; writing, characters and plot.
- One day by David Nicholls - I have to admit I cried my eyes out in the movie. But you definitely got a better sense of the relationship in the book. I think it was a combination of both that really made me love One Day.
- Dreamland by Sarah Dessen - I'm not going to lie, I definitely had a lot to relate to this book. Just made it all the more raw and emotional for me. There were some inaccuracies I found, but overall a really good psychological exploration into abusive relationships. It's absolutely heart breaking what damage love and manipulation can do.
- If I stay by Gayle Forman - Ok, if you're not crying at some point in this book, you've got to be crazy. What an emotional journey. I was just as lost and confused as the main character.
- Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton - I finished the book and had to curl up in my boyfriends arms for comfort hugs. A long book on a harrowing journey. I knew the ending was coming, but it hurt like hell to read. A definite must read.
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher - I absolutely love love love this book and thought the author ended it really well. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters after, questioning the ending, and questioning how the psychological issues that were affecting the main character, were affecting me too while reading.
- Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers - The girl was just so broken. I didn't cry but it was a hard read. I definitely had to go and give my dad a big hug afterwards.
- Sisterhood Everlasting by Anne Brashares - ok after following the girls through four books, I was definitely attached to the characters. Was not prepared for what happened in this book. Especially the twist at the end. I loved it and hated it. And have decided to pretend I never read it. It's too sad to be true (well, as true as fiction can be).
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusac - War. Family. Prisoners. Death. Books. OBVIOUSLY emotional.
- What it Used to be Like by Maryann Burk Carver - Raymond Carvers life told by his first wife. I finished to book while at work and had to take an extra half an hour lunch break because I couldn't stop crying when I reached the end.
Monday, 31 October 2011
I'm so anxious!!
Usually I write short stories, and edit as I go. This will be a huge learning experience.
Anyway, I don't have a title for my story yet.
A Girl called Holly whose training in competitive Martial Arts
A Boy called Jae who turns up in her classes
And his secrets of a previous life.
Who is this new kid? Why does he have to be so handsome? And why can't he even tell Holly his full name?
Anyone else doing NaNo?
Monday, 24 October 2011
"Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding."
Friday, 21 October 2011
Blog! How I’ve missed you!
The truth is that life has taken my sleep and my words and has left me almost robotic, studying and working. (oh, and I moved houses!)
Thursday, 18 August 2011
-work is really busy.
-Uni has started back up again two nights a week after work,
-assignments are piling up
-mum is away and suddenly it's a lot harder for the house to stay clean, and
-I'm going overseas next week and have lots of preparing to do.
I do have a list of the blog posts I want to write, and the list is building, which is a good thing.
I want to get some writing and blogging done while I'm away - I'm going skiing in NZ. Yay!
In other news, I won a blogging award! Julie's blog From Pen to Paper is such a creative, thoughtful and inspiring blog about writing, reading, life and the industry.
Anyway, I love the website postsecret.com and thought I'd post some of my favourite postcards. They're great story inspirations, too.
Friday, 5 August 2011
I wrote the first draft of my new short story called Not The Usual which, in a nutshell, is about a woman who becomes obsessed with taking furniture that she finds on side walks. It was a strange story to write, not my usual style, but I really enjoyed the process.
I have another writing project in mind, which will be a gift to my boyfriend.
Imagine a little book, folded and sown by moi. Gorgeous paper throughout - I found this incredible paper shop the other day - and every page with a haiku that portrays a favourite or significant moment in our relationship.
I also FINALLY figured out a way to start the story I've been trying to write for almost two years. So I'm just going to force myself to sit down and write it. No more procrastination and not being able to start writing because I don't know the first paragraph. I'm just going to do it!
Also, another story of mine got published in a very cute little zine called Hands Like Mirrors, published by Susie and Stacey whose blog you can follow here.
Books I read in July:
-Ann Brashares - Sisterhood Everlasting
-Lisa Schroeder - The day before (which you can read my thoughts on here)
-Loretta Ellsworth - In a heartbeat
-Jenny Han - The Summer I Turned Pretty
-Harlen Cobem - Live Wire
-Jessi Kirby - Moonglass
-Martin Lukes - Who moved my blackberry?
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Most of the time I write on my laptop but sometimes I do enjoy writing by hand. I just find that my hand doesn't write as fast as I'm thinking. Often, I'll be writing on the computer with a notebook next to me so I can jot down words and events as I think of them.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder is a YA about a girl called Amber, who wants to spend the day alone on the beach. She meets Cade there, a boy who is doing the same thing. The reader doesn't know right away why the two characters want to spend the day alone, but their reasons are slowly revealed.
No 'blurb' can do this book justice.
The Day Before is a verse novel, written up entirely in joining poems. I read El Dorado, by Dorothy Porter a few years back, which was also a verse novel, and I loved the idea of it.
It worked so beautifully for this story and I really felt like every word was contemplated and perfectly placed.
The story was thought-provoking, and powerful. The characters were so real, the conversation so natural, that I never doubted anything for a second.
The book made me smile and cry. It was one of those books I loved so much that I never wanted to put down, but at the same time I loved it so much, I didn't want to read because I wanted it to last forever. Which is a feeling Lisa describes in the book itself, making a parallel between reading, and the way Amber felt about Cade.
I recommend it to everyone.