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Book Recommendation Monday: Dear America

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm a writer because of Dear America and the American Girl books. Which is funny since I don't write historical fiction. But I started writing because of these books. They're not all winners, but some, like this one, prove that just because it's for a younger audience doesn't mean history has to be cleaned up. Anetka is brought to America by her father to marry his old man friend. And when she's left a widow at 12 she's responsible for his three young daughters. Pretty intense for children's literature...

Book Recommendation Monday: Wonder Woman, the New 52

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This whole story line is pretty fantastic. Greek gods doing Greek god things to mess up everyone's life. Plus Wonder Woman, so all things I like to read. There's plenty of twists and turns as WW tries to protect a young woman from the wrath of the gods. And bonus points Hera isn't portrayed as just a vengeful wife, she gets to be more than the villain she always is.

Movie Recommendation Monday: Jurassic Park

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I'll watch it forever without shame. Dinosaurs? Check. Jeff Goldbum? Check. A killer soundtrack? Check. CGI that totally holds up and kickass puppets? Check and check. Jurassic World should have been about someone finding that Barbarsol can Dennis dropped in the mud.

Book Recommendation Monday: Macbeth

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Prophecy, usurpers, thanes, MURDER! This is my favorite Shakespeare play. It's filled to the brim with ghosts and betrayal and men not born of women. And Lady Macbeth's descent into madness it still one of my favorite scenes in a play ever. 

March 2019 - Reading/Writing Goals

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What a sucky month. February is pretty barf all around.

So I failed my writing goals for February. They were as follows:

- Finish the 3rd draft of my WIP The Rose. Ha nope.

- Work on 6,000 of a new story or an incomplete story from 2018. Ha, double nope.

- Read two books off my goodreads TBR pile. I actually read two and listened to the audio book for two others. I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Girl King by Mimi Yu and listened to Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings and Book One of the Han Solo Trilogy The Paradise Snare by AC Crispin

Does knocking off four books count as a success against the writing failures? Probably not.

In my defense (my excuses) I spent a very soul sucking month at my day job training new people and working lots of overtime and the last thing I wanted after staring at one screen was to go home and stare at another. On the bright side I did add several thousand words to my WIP, so it evens out or something. I put Google Docs on my phone last week so editing has gotten much easier, if somewhat slower.

So March Goals.....

- Finish The Rose WIP, for real this time. I decided to add a lot of content, which held me up in February. What should have been a reread with minor adjustments turned into a big thing. But I've made good headway since putting Google Docs on my phone.

- Read the rest of the Han Solo trilogy. I've dedicated two decades to Star Wars EU and these books have been on my read list forever. I always was more interested in Han and Leia's kids and not Han before he met Leia and Luke. After listening to the first book, I got a taste for the other two and it's time to finally read them.

Book Recommendation Monday: 10th Anniversary Calvin and Hobbes

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I could recommend so many Calvin and Hobbes books, all of them infact. But this one has so many interesting notes from Bill Watterson about his process, inspiration, and even some stories about the publishing process involved with the comic. Who doesn't love Calvin and Hobbes? An overly imaginative 6 year old with his best friend/stuffed tiger? Who can resist?

Movie Recommendation Monday: Mad Max Fury Road

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"How do you feel about post-apocalyptic Mario Kart?"
"I'm for it!"
"What about a guy playing a guitar that shoots flames out the neck?"
"Oh my God, yes!"
"What about a plot driven entirely by Charlize Theron turning left?"

Game Recommendation Monday: Dragon Age

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a million things to say about this series that I love oh so much. But in the spirit of keeping it short, I'll just say this series has an amazing storyline and each game the world evolves. The series covers ten years within the world of Thedas. The first game is battling The Blight to stop Darkspawn from killing everyone. The second is dealing with the tensions around oppressing mages. And the third is about the war between mages and templars, but also an ancient evil risen and being dastardly. Delightful characters, beautiful scenery, and a rich history of the world you get to learn as you go.

Book Recommendation Monday: Monstrous Regiment

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Polly runs away from home, disguised as a boy to save her brother from war. Turns out her whole squadron is also made up of disguised women running to war for various reasons and they are all kicking ass with the help of some well placed socks in their trousers. And it's Terry Pratchett, so you know it's hilarious and thoughtful.

February 2019 - Reading/Writing Goals

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of 2018 was spent bouncing from idea to idea. I got things down on paper, but I could never really keep to anything for more than a few weeks. Quite frankly, I didn't want to anyway. I burned myself out. I drove myself into a frenzy that I needed to edit, rewrite, edit some more, and publish two books for 2019, but nothing was ready. And I stalled trying to get things ready and after a certain point, I no longer cared about 2019 publishing.

Instead, I worked on bits of stories in different areas of fantasy. Urban fantasy, historical fantasy, rom-com fantasy, different than young adult stuff. I also worked on a few short stories and applied to (and was accepted) two masters programs for novel writing and if all goes according to plan, I will be starting at Middlesex University in the Fall for the distance learning program. I've been busy with writing, I did take a break from publishing. So where does this leave things?

Most blogs about self-publishing/small time publishing say try to publish once a year (some self-published authors push out 4 books a year and I am left going wtf, who has the time?) But I have nothing ready to publish, unless I dump some barely edited pieces out there. So this leads me into 2019 goals.

Instead of doing six month goals, I'm going to work month by month. I have a series I've been editing and am leaning toward querying small epublishers with it. But in the meantime, I need timeline to stay on track.

Without further ado: February 2019 Goals

  • Finish the 3rd draft of my WIP The Rose
  • Find beta readers once the 3rd draft is complete
  • Work on 6,000 of a new story or an incomplete story from 2018. I started about five different novel ideas and there are a few I would really like to see if I can flesh out. but I don't want to lose focus on the editing, hence only 6,000 words
  • Read two books off my goodreads TBR pile. This isn't necessarily writing, but I got a lot of books on there outside my normal genres, I think it's time to delve in on some of these for inspiration