Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
After asking for some advice about the novel I am currently working on, several wonderful writers have more or less told me, "Don't think, just write." I thought it would be fun to include my followers in this new non-thinking approach to writing, so I came up with an idea. Here it is...
Fill in the blanks with the first word that comes to your mind. Don't THINK about it, just read the prompt and fill in the blanks with THE FIRST WORD that pops into your head, regardless of how silly it may sound. Trust me, it will be a much more interesting outcome if you don't over-analyze it :) Just respond to this post with your words and I'll retype and post the finish products later in the week. I can't wait to read them (and hopefully laugh a bit as well).
The (1) vampire stared at me and licked his (2) . There was so much (3) in his eyes, I had to look away before I (4) . At that very moment a feeling of (5) washed over me and I fell to the ground. I heard a (6) coming from the bushes behind me and took a (7) glance over my shoulder. Before I could refocus my vision, something tore through the bushes and attacked the vamp. I stopped breathing for a moment after realizing it was a (8) . It's (9) were huge and it moved like a (10) . They were distracted, focused on the fight. I quickly sprang to my feet and ran into the darkness.
Don't forget to enter EYO's
Monday, April 25, 2011
And since I can only find partial Swamp Pop songs on Playlist.com, here are a few links to some great Swamp Pop stations on Pandora.com.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I'm working on my very first novel (Yay!), an Urban Fantasy set in New Orleans, and I'm totally loving the writing experience, but I'm sort of stuck. I was wondering if any other writers out there have had the same type of difficulties with their novels as I am having with mine. I had first planned on a trilogy, but after I finished outlining the entire story, it looks like it will be a 4 to 5 book series - okay, no problem there. I jotted down some ideas about my protagonist and other major characters, got down the intro and first thousand words with ease, then of course I started having problems. So, I stepped away from the computer and developing my characters on paper - no problems there. But when I started thinking about the setting of individual scenes, I started panicking.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
I only have one person whom I regularly discuss books with, and yes it is sad but true. I actually just convinced my boyfriend to start reading (he is sooooo not a reader, lol) and I'm super proud of him, but he's not into the genre that I read (paranormal romance/urban fantasy) so trying to discuss a book with him is like beating a dead horse, absolutely pointless. My dad reads a lot, and we discuss some books, especially controversial ones that challenge religion, but he's the strong and silent type of man so it's hard work to get anything out of him. So, anytime I want to discuss a book or get an opinion about the novel I'm working on, I holla at my bestest bff, Brandi @ Do Not Disturb My Books. She's actually the reason I started reading again and blogging. We read the same genre of books, recommend books to each other, and have the best book convos. If Brandi were not my partner in crime, my brain would have turned to mush by now, lol. Love ya B-Rob!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
1. Work on my novel, yay!
2. Read, read, read.
3. Play with my dogs.
4. Tan (I look so much better when I'm tan!).
5. Organize my walk in closet (it's like heaven).
6. Organize my new office (it's beautiful).
8. Hop around blog's I'm following.
9. Watch Law & Order SVU reruns.
10. Cook something new.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (from Amazon.com)
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
Paranormalcy was an absolutely amazing book and a unique take on the paranormal. I'm a huge fan of books with strong, stubborn female protagonists, and Evie's character was exactly what I was looking for. The story was fast-paced and full of excitement, suspense, and innocent romance. Kiersten White has a gift for making the unbelievable, well, believable. In her debut novel, she manages to beautifully overlap fantasy and reality. By creating the IPCA, a government agency which regulates paranormals' behavior, she brings both worlds together and introduces an array of new, unique characters while also giving the reader a new perspective on the typical paranormal folklore.
What I enjoyed most about Paranormalcy were the unique characters Kiersten White created. Evie is by far one of my favorite female characters, a strong, stubborn, pink loving, taser-happy teenager who doesn't quite understand who she is or where she belongs. She's sort of stuck in the middle of normal and paranormal and can't really decide whether her ability to see through all paranormals' glamours is a gift or a curse. She feels out of place amongst humans and paranormals, and feels that she doesn't really fit in anywhere. And until she meets Lend, an adorable teenage shape-shifter who instantly steals her heart, she hasn't had any type of normal teenage relationship. Most normal teens would do anything to get out of doing homework, going to school, and having quiet family dinners at home, but Evie never experienced any of those things and would kill for a day in the life of a normal teen. This book made me think about the simple things in life that we so often take for granted and I now have a much greater appreciation my wonderfully normal teenage and young adult experiences.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
How odd, I just talked about this earlier today in my For the Love of Covers post. If I've heard great things about a book but the cover isn't so attractive, I'll still purchase and read the book. But if I'm browsing around a book store and can't decide between two or more books that I have never heard of, I'll always choose the one with the prettiest cover. Hey, even if I don't like the book, it wasn't a total waste because I'll have a beautiful cover to display on my shelf, lol. I'm also drawn to certain types of covers - Simple designs are my favorites, and I love dark colors, especially deep red, black, and midnight blue. I think Gothic art is absolutely beautiful and I'm sort of addicted to those types of covers at the moment.