Friday, February 27, 2009

Free time

A lot of free time, when your mind is tied up, means a lot of time for reading books. I finished the Stacey Jay book and it was pretty darn good! It was interesting, new and very different from the normal teen books that have been coming out--refreshing!

I also got my hands on, and read, the third book in the Faerie Wars series. I can't wait to read the last one.

My favorite book this year, I can tell 30 pages in, is Inkheart. Funke has an amazing storytelling ability. I'm sad I didn't pick up her books sooner.

I also... started my own novel. Finally. I'm 3,000 words in, and I have a long way to go. The 3,000 words are really rough, but I started. After months of planning and thinking, I couldn't think of a better time to start.

I'll have more on that later. xD

Love you guys and gals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Write, damnit.

Well. Here I am in Texas. It isn't where I thought I'd be, but we never where we thought we'd be. In any meaning of the word "where."

I need to start writing--I don't have excuses. I have a laptop, and it's propped open on the kitchen table waiting for me to type on it. I want to say that the whole world shifting and the fact that I'm still getting my grips on moving is a good excuse, but it isn't.

Maybe writing today.

I finished The Purple Emperor (Herbie Brennan, Book 2 of Faerie Wars) and even Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.

I'm appreciating the Faerie Wars books for it's intricate plot details. There are seven or eight things always going on at the same time, and interwoven almost flawlessly.

John Grisham's book was boring. I'm sure there were a lot of metaphorical scenes and people, but overall it was a feel good book that told a story but was really unexciting. Maybe not my type of book.

Reading Stacey Jay's You are So Undead to Me. She debuted this first book this year, and I'm excited to read it. :3 http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/


More later

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Five hours

I spent a great deal of the day packing things up for my move. I'm worried, scared, excited, scared and a little more scared. Despite all of the packing, I was able to write a little bit for my short story 'Red Meat,' transfer more stuff from paper to my laptop, and wrote about 1,000 words for my trucker romance novel. Laugh, Trebor, I dare you. But I did. I DID.

The last five hours of my night were spent in bed with George. SHUT UP. I know what you are thinking. Valentine's day... alone in the house...

Nope. We READ. For five hours! I'm blissful right now. We had snacks, took a break and got some fast food, ate and read. It was amazing.

George is currently reading Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Juli is currently reading The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan (book 2 in the Faerie War series)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Laptop

Since I received my laptop from John, RetroZombie on dA, I've been trying to transfer all of my notes and things from my huge writing binder to a digital format. It's slow going, but it's exciting. I think I should be set to write soon. Maybe a trip to Barnes and Noble?  I picked up Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan and I finished it, so I feel obligated to continue the series. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. We'll see.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rejection #1

I spent the end of December and most of January getting a few short stories done. Most of them have undergone complete transformations, and all of them are still pretty much halfway 'finished.' Yeah, there is a beginning, a middle, and an ending, but they are so far from feeling right that I know I'll spend the rest of February trying to make sense of them.

I got my first rejection letter from the publication 'Jabberwocky.' I'm cool with it--I was expecting a rejection, and I'm glad I have my first one under my belt. I haven't figured out where to put it. Stephen King put them all up on a nail on the wall. Some people put them in shoe boxes. 

Mine is just sitting there for now. I like it. It signifies many more rejections to come. But eventually it won't be a rejection. I'm shooting for about 100-200 rejections. It feels really funny because this is all just a practice.

A) I need to get in the habit of accepting rejection and criticism. There is no ego when you are starting out in the writing business.

B) I need to learn how to write.

I'm going to focus on my short stories and poetry through March and April, and then, come May, I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone and pound out my first novel. I have four options, but I think I've narrowed it down to two. We'll see.

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