30.6.10

RTW: The best book I've read this month is...

Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies over at YA Highway. Every Wednesday, they post a topic, and they invite people to answer the question on their respective blogs.

Today's topic is:


What was the best book you read in June?


This is a very tough decision to make because I have read a lot this month.

Okay, here we go:



I picked up this book because I had been hearing so many great things about it. But when I read the first few pages, I wasn't exactly hooked, but I was really intrigued. I liked the sparse writing style Miss McMann seemed to have and the fact that Janie can see other people's dreams, well, I don't know about you, but I think that is beyond AWESOME. As I got to know Janie, and her relationship with the other characters, especially the one she has with Cabel, who I adore, I began to like her, and before I knew it I was finished with the book, and begging for more.


Fade, in my opinion, was way better than Wake. It explored Janie and Cabel's relationship a little bit more, and I won't give anything away but it was really really REALLY intense. The writing style is almost the same as it was in Wake, if not better, and honestly Fade sent shivers down my spine. I finished it last night, and I can't stop thinking about it.


Another book that I felt was really good that I read this month was Stolen by Lucy Christopher. If you haven't read this book, then I suggest you go borrow it from the library, or go out to your nearest bookstore and buy it because it was a stunning read. Really gripping.
The first page took my breath away with the descriptions and it was interesting to read a book where I really didn't hate Ty a.k.a Gem's kidnapper. He treated her kindly and he seemed sweet, though a little crazy, and it was sad how it ended, but the descriptions, the writing style, the story in and of itself was an amazing read. Also, isn't that cover simply gorgeous?



23.6.10

Revisions, rewrites, and other things...

I am my own worst critic.

I am nit-picky about everything, which is why I decided to start from scratch.

No, I won't throw all of what I had written so far, because getting rid of almost 40,000 words is just insane. That is like....I can't even think of a witty comparison at the moment, but that's just insane, and I would be insane if I do that.

There are a lot of ideas floating around in my head. I know where I want the story to go. I know where I want my characters to go, I just don't know how to start everything off, because as I have mentioned millions of times, I am horrible at writing beginnings.

That has to be my weak spot when it comes to writing. I am trying to remedy my problem by reading a lot of books, seeing how other writers start off their books, take notes. Write down what I like about the beginning, and try to see if I can use the same techniques that they used to to construct my beginning.

So, yeah, writing a book is not easy. It can be fun and rewarding at times but there are moments when you feel like ripping your hair out. That is how I felt when I was reading over what I have written so far of Lost & Found.

I am not going to lie to you. There are a lot of plot holes, a lot of unnecessary scenes, words etc. The characters don't have enough chemistry, and really everything is just all over the place. Basically it's going to take me a really really really long time to finish editing and writing and polishing up this novel. But it is worth it because I love the characters, I love their motives, I love their relationships, even if they are a bit rocky.

I love that this is the first novel that I have written in years. Well, the first novel that I have written that has more than 20k. Right now I think I'm up to 40k. Give or take a couple thousand. But anyways, this book is worth it.

I just need to really sit down and think things through. I need to focus on strengthening the plot, because this is a very plot-driven novel.

So I have a lot on my plate.

I'm going to start taking notes tonight, and hopefully I can work out trying to write yet another beginning.

In the mean time, I have other ideas. Ones that may remain just that: Ideas.

But I really want to write a murder mystery.

I can't tell you how much I loved Nancy Drew when I was younger. I never really read the books, but I have almost all of the computer games, and it was fun solving mysteries, finding the bad guy etc. I even have a Nancy Drew fanfic saved on my computer, but that is a story for another day.

Of course this said murder mystery would be YA and of course it will have romance in it, because I don't write stories without love.

It needs to be thought about a little more, but I will keep you guys updated if I decide to write this idea.

We shall see.

So, where are you at with your writing? Is there anything that you learned about your novel when you read it over?

RTW: Fudge My Life


Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies over at
YA Highway. Every week they ask a reading or writing related question that they invite everyone to answer on their own blog.


This Week's Topic:
If your favorite fictional characters submitted to FMyLife, what would they write?

My district just got wiped off the map. FML.


~ Katniss (The Hunger Games)

I have a fan club that is full of people who hate me. FML.


~ Regina (Some Girls Are)

I just gave birth to an alien. FML.


~ Bella (Twilight)

I'm having an out-of-body experience. FML.


~ Mia (If I Stay)

There are zombies everywhere. FML.

~ Mary (The Forest of Hands and Teeth)


Nobody believes me when I say that I'm the bad guy. FML.


~ Edward (Twilight)

My brother is allergic to everything, even me. FML.


~ Jonah (Break)

My name is Peeta. FML.


~ Peeta (The Hunger Games)

There's a snake in my boot. FML.


~ Woody (Toy Story)




21.6.10

Teaser Tuesday

I am posting my teaser a bit early because I probably might not get to post it tomorrow. Um, well, this is from Lost & Found, the novel I am currently editing. The first half of chapter one is giving me problems, so I think I'm going to just skip it for now and focus on revising the second half of chapter one. Does anyone else edit out of order?

Well, anyways, this is still only the second draft, so it's not perfect.

Enjoy.

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The tears that I have been holding back, slip down my cheeks, and I quickly wipe them away, not wanting to give him another reason to touch me, hold me, treat me like a child.
That is when we hear it.
The crash. Pris.
I moved down the aisle, hoping to get a closer look. Low followed close behind, as always. But I couldn't think about him. I had to think about watching for my cue. I had to think about running, running, running, until my legs gave out.
Pris was laying on the ground, flipping like a fish out of water. Her eyes rolled back, the whites pointed to the ceiling.
She was having a seizure. I wasn't sure if that was what happened when someone went into epileptic shock, but the clerk was buying it. His face was painted with concern. Real, genuine concern.
Sold.
"Are you okay?" he asked, moving from behind the counter. It was a stupid question to ask, but his heart was in the right place.
Too bad ours wasn't.
"I'm going to call ambulance." The clerk assured Pris, his eyes wide. He ran behind the counter and pulled the cordless off the wall. As he dialed the numbers, Pris winked. That was the signal. She even did it twice, to make sure I didn't miss it.
"Come on," Low whispered, his breath tickling the back of my neck. He slipped his hand into mine, and squeezed. This time I didn't pull away. A part of me knew that I needed his touch. I needed his nearness, because without it I would fall apart. I squeezed back, and then his lips were above my ear once more, kissing the little piece of skin there. "Ken, come on. You can do it."
In my peripheral vision, I could see Pris, lying on the ground, quivering and quaking like a restless wave.
I gulped.
The paramedics wouldn't be the only ones to show up.
Low seemed to realize this too, because he nudged me towards the door.
"Run," he said, firmly.
"But Lowell..." I started.
"Run," Low shouted.
I ran.
20.6.10

See What I See

Pictures speak a thousand words.

They are meant to inspire us, and to say the words we can't say.

In today's post I am going to post pictures that make me think of Lost & Found, because I want you to see what I see when I write/edit this novel.

Also, this idea wasn't mine. I was reading Steph Bowe's latest post and her pictures were so beautiful, that I caved and decided to find some of my own.

So here they are:




















(I don't own any of these pictures. They were taken from We Heart It)
19.6.10

Fake Cover


The lost get found
- Luke 15:4

This was the inspiration for the new title of Mirror, Mirror. I really didn't like the repetition of the word 'mirror' and though mirrors play a part in the novel, it wasn't what the book was essentially about.

To celebrate my decision to start editing this novel again, I made a fake cover that I might use for my Proof copy, because I have to use the free code I won from NaNoWriMo before June is over.

I have a lot of work to do, and I really don't remember how to work CreateSpace because I haven't been on in a while. But I'm sure I'll figure everything out.

Wish me luck!



18.6.10

I love this man...

If you don't know who Richard Ashcroft is, then shame on you. Seriously. This man is genius. Pure genius. His voice is amazing, his songs are amazing, and sorry if I'm using amazing way too many times, but it's the truth.

He is brilliant.

But yeah, I've been listening to him all day. This is mainly because I am in the editing mood, and when I edit, I like to listen to music.

Because Mr. Ashcroft is on my novel's playlist, I decided to put together some of my favorite songs by him, and play them on repeat until I got sick of listening to him. Which I don't think will ever happen because like I said, he's brilliant.

I mean, guys. Read his lyrics. Inhale them, ingest them. Love them.

They are so freaking beautiful.

If you read his lyrics, you will know why he inspires me, and why I listen to him whenever I feel like writing.

Also, this song is... (I really want to say amazing, but I won't so just watch the video, listen to the song and enjoy the rest of your Friday)

16.6.10

RTW: Once upon a time...

Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival started by the lovely ladies over at YA HIGHWAY.

Today's question is: When and why did you start writing?


I started writing because of my mom.

She wanted me, her only child, to live outside of the box. When I was little, she would tell me that I could be anything that I wanted to be. She would tell me that life is more than just what I saw, and that the key to success was hidden in-between the lines of a good book.

So when I was four she signed us both up for a book club, where we read a new book every week. By the time I was five, I could read and understand words other kids my age, couldn't.

It was funny because whenever my mom would talk to other adults, she would spell out the words instead of saying them because I knew what she was talking about.

But I have always loved words.

I didn't realize that until I turned seven, when I started seeing a psychiatrist.

I had just met my father and my extended family for the first time, and I really didn't know how to handle all of that at a young age, especially since my father wasn't the man who I thought he would be. Instead, he was less than a man, and because I was so young, and because I understood so much, I had to go see a psychiatrist to help sort out my feelings.

The psychiatrist made me draw pictures, but eventually I started writing out what I thought in the form of poetry. As time passed, I started writing short stories and books and I let my English teachers read them, and they would ask for copies and when I was in third grade, I won five-hundred dollars for a essay I wrote about what the Statue of Liberty meant to me.

Writing has always been a way to cope with my feelings. Instead of crying, I would open up a notebook and start jotting down ideas.

I don't know if I have any of my old stuff anymore, but I remember obsessing over the characters, staying up all night clanking away at the keyboard.

I want to be a lot of things in life, but I am a writer first, forever and always.

What else would I do with all the voices swarming around in my head?
15.6.10

Tuesday in Twos

This is a rendition of Two for Tuesday, a meme started by Kate Hart.


CONTEST
  • Sumayyah is hosting another awesome contest, where the winners get a book cover for their own manuscript, a blog header, and a soundtrack cover. Cool right? Click here for more details.
  • Karla is also having a contest where the prizes include artwork for your book/blog. She is also giving away books, and all you have to do is participate in her scavenger hunt. Click here for more details.

BOOKS
  • Teach Me by R. A. Nelson - I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and though a lot of people might cringe at a story where the love interest is at least twenty years older than the main character, I didn't. Especially since the book was well-written, and the emotions, the problems that arose from this 'forbidden' relationship made me want more and more and more. I couldn't put this book down. It was just that good. Nine's voice was so vivid and loud and real that it was a shocker to find out that a man wrote this book, because really, you couldn't even tell. This book wasn't just about a romance between a student and her teacher, or a teenage girl and a man, but it was about forgiveness. It was about what obsession could do to you and the people you loved. Teach Me was an amazing book, and if you haven't read it, go but it now.
  • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers - I was already blown away by Cracked Up to Be, but when I opened up SGA and started reading, I had to put it down a couple of times. Not because it bad, because it was far from that, it was one of the best books I've read thus far, but I had to keep putting it down, because Regina's voice tore me apart. The things she had been through, her relationship with Michael, it just made me feel some type of way, and there were moments when I cried because the story felt so real, and it just made me fall more in love with Courtney Summers' writing style, her books, her characters. There was a bit more romance in SGA than there was in CUtB, but trust me when I say that this book was brilliant, amazing, and just...WOW. I have a feeling all of Miss Summers books are going to be like that.
LIFE
  • Tomorrow is my last day of school, and in 2.5 months I will officially be a junior, which means I have two more years left of high school or one considering how you look at it.
  • I went camping over the weekend, and surprisingly had a great time. Met some new people, hiked, sat around a campfire, slept in a cabin, ate smores, made mountain pies, and did a whole bunch of other stuff that I didn't think I would have fun doing. It was so peaceful out in the middle of nowhere, and oh my goodness, the lake, the trees, the fresh air, the stars, all of it was just so beautiful, and perfect. I hope I get to go again next year.

And that is all for my Tuesday in Twos, hopefully next week I'll have something to tease from, especially since I won't be in school. Have a great day everyone!

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7.6.10

Teaser Tuesday

Here is a snip from my newest project, Cross the Line. It's a bit rough, so....


** SNIP **
1.6.10

Teaser Tuesday

I am home FINALLY. But I already posted this in the YA Blogroll thread because I thought I wouldn't be home in a time to post it on my blog, but it's still early-ish so I'm taking off of AW and posting it here. For those of you who repped me: THANK YOU!

** SNIP **