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.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
in my car that night;
it was large in the sky,
and I tried to catch it
as a child would a lost
I thought of us.
Monday, 11 July 2011
The blogfest is hosted by Shelly and you can see her page here.
So the rules are:
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Thursday, 7 July 2011
- Going out for coffee with writer friends.
- Work-shopping with groups of people.
- Going to literary festivals and events.
- Going to weekend writer retreats with uni groups, that end up a combination of words and wine.
- Researching for stories - often very interactive.
... just to name a few.
Monday, 4 July 2011
I’m wondering if you were already writing in Wisconsin, and if so, did the change of place affect your writing?
How did you get to where you are now?
Friday, 1 July 2011
My excuses are:
-getting my wisdom teeth out and feeling mindless
-unexpectedly starting full-time work.
What I did manage to do though, I'm pretty happy with. I finished editing my new short story called Co-painicitis Syndrome which ended up being around 1500 words. It's quite different to my usual writing - it's a mix between Raymond Carver and Etgar Keret (my favourite short story writers) - because it's a surrealist piece (which I've never done before) and just a totally different writing style that I'm used to. It was a bit of an experiment for me and I gotta say, I think it turned out better than expected.
I haven't had a chance to start my other short story idea (I'm writing it for a competition though so will be working on it hardcore for the next 2 weeks) but it will also be that same writing style, although not surrealist.
How did everyone go with their June goals?
In June I read:
-Anne Brashares - the 3rd Summer of the Sisterhood (reread)
-Anne Brashares - Forever in Blue
-Liane Moriarty - What Alice Forgot
-Courtney Summers - Fall for Anything
-Elizabeth Scott - Perfect You
-Patrick Jones - Things Change
And I went crazy on book depository so I have heaps of books to read in July.
I had a scary thought, too. I was thinking of giving myself a $50-$60 book allowance a month. Which is do-able since I get a lot out from the library, and I already have a huge TBR pile at home. Then I added it up and that's over $600 a year. And in all honesty, seeing as though I usually end up spending more like $70 a month on books, that adds up to WAY more. Kind of a scary thought. Considering I'm also addicted to coffee ($3 a pop, around $21 a week), Zumba ($10 a class) and Artichoke hearts ($3 average). Well, at least I'm not a smoker. That's all I can say. Because adding cigarets and gum in there would pretty much make me hopeless.
How much do you spend on books a month? Any other addictions we should know about?
Anyway, this was posted on twitter and I thought it was pretty cool. Oh, did I mention I got twitter?