Friday, October 1, 2010

The Books of September (or at least the ones I can remember)

The Best
Horns by Joe Hill. I can't decide whether I like this story about a young man who wakes up with devil horns sprouting out of his head better than Hill's first novel, Heart-Shaped Box. But trust me. It's good.

The Good
The Passage by Justin Cronin. I had to push myself to get through the first hundred pages or so. It's not that they were boring to me, it's more that the first part lays down the groundwork for the rest of the novel, and while it is interesting groundwork, it's still... groundwork. But as the book progresses and we move into the future, the story begins to move along, and the plot takes off wonderfully.

The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier. It's by Daphne Du Maurier. Enough said.

The Rest

Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow.
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Man can't stop walking. Very nicely written. Didn't really speak to me though.
Ring by Koji Suzuki. As opposed to pretty much every other book/novel duo out there... I think I liked the movie better. Both Japanese and US versions.

I didn't read quite as many books as I usually do. I blame The Passage.

On the writing front, I am trying to perfect the old standard of writing something everyday. Even/especially on the days when I find myself counting how many times the cursor blinks.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Month Too Late. For Jamie.

I just found out that one of my favorite bloggers, and one of the first to welcome me to this strange Internet world, Jamie Eyberg, died about a month ago, as did his wife Ann.

I never met Jamie, but through this web world, I did know him. I know he was a good man, I know he loved his family, and I know that the world is going to be that much more horrible without him in it.

Here is a memorial page about Jamie with information on donating to a fund for his children.

Goodbye Jamie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Disappearing Blogger

I think it's been... nine months since I last posted?

Bad Bad Blogger.

Though writing wise I haven't had a whole lot to report. I got wrapped up in the idea of applying to grad school for a mfa, and when I was rejected from grad school, I more or less went on a writing sabbatical (the less was one half finished screenplay). I think it made me question what role I want writing to play in my life.

I have started writing again. I don't think I really missed writing when I wasn't doing it, after all its so much easier to find the time to not write. But I do know that nothing settles me as much as writing, and I have some ideas that need to be made concrete before they vanish.

Life update:

The insanely wonderous Ellen Datlow read one of my stories and didn't hate it. She listed "The Elephant God" on her honorable mentions list for Best Horror of the Year (volume two).

Ellen Datlow is one of my favorite editors and this produced much squealing and dancing on my end.

One of my stories has been accepted into Pill Hill Press' Dark Things III horror anthology. I think that makes it my first acceptance in...

And I decided I wasn't ready to adopt a dog yet, so I took to fostering a beautiful Mini Aussie named Tessa. Who I then. Adopted.

But who could give up such a beauty?

I hope all has been well for my fellow writers!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NaNo Rebel Sadness

So as my current NaNo friends may have noticed, my word count has stayed at 13k for a while. That's because around five days or so ago I came to a sad conclusion - that I was not going to finish Nano.

I'm currently in the process of applying for graduate school, and I'm trying to get everything done by Dec 1. Since I am applying to join a MFA program, this means I am polishing and repolishing a certain amount of my writing, which is consuming a lot of my time (and mind). I have decided that my application is more important to me than Nano, so I have more or less withdrawn myself from Nano. Honestly, I probably should have figured this out before, and not have even committed myself in the first place to Nano, but I thought I could do both.

But my shortened Nano experience was positive, and so you can expect to see me fighting the good fight (or should I say writing the good write?) next year.

Thanks for the cheerleading! and kick butt danielle, kc, jamie, mercedes, and barry!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

NaNo day five - Finding Nemo inspiration

I've written four stories and have a word count of 8000 something (you know you're getting lazy when its too much work to open a new screen to check on your word count). I have the beginnings written to another three stories (old bad habits die hard). And I keep singing "Just keep writing."

Ah NaNo

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nano has begun! Day 2 - playing catch up

It's always good when you start out a little behind right? Day 2 is here and I've clocked in at only 1706 words. I had the block yesterday (and my roommate had rented season four of HIMYM and my will is weak), so I didn't actually get anything done on the first day of NaNo. But so far I like the story I'm writing, which will most likely be finished tomorrow, and then I'll start on the second one.

I have a folder of images I want to write stories about and I'll not sure which one I'll do first. But I'm thinking about this one.

Happy NaNo my fellow NaNoWriMoers (er, or something like that)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Books of October

The Good, The Best, and all The Rest

The Good
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (sense a pattern?)
Creepers by David Morrell
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Best Book of October:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Recommended by one Carrie Harris, this well read YA book is about a death game occuring in a futuristic setting. I read it and then gave it to my roommate who also devoured it. I don't remember books being this violent when I was a YA, but I like it!


by Laurie Halse Andersen. The second book I've read by this author, I was impressed by how the author handled serious subject matter (rape) in a creative and innovative manner.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. A modern mystery with a deeply scarred heroine and a gothic tint to it, and I loved it.

The Rest

The Rest are not "bad" books. The books I do not like or wish to read, I stop reading. Period (these books are never listed by the way). And while the books below may not have hit me in just the right way, I did take the time to finish each and every one of them.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

I'm always open to book suggestions for the future (though with Nano starting tomorrow, I don't think November holds many books for me).

In Honor of Halloween, I give you Jack! (The Pumpkin King)

Happy Halloween!