Nov 30, 2009

All YA...All the Time.

Yesterday I finished reading The Summoning. Today I finished the The Awakening, the first two installments of the Darkest Arts Trilogy written by Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. About half-way through the first book I found it was impossible to stop reading until the last page of The Awakening.

Recently I also finished reading the Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead. Book II Frostbite really had me invested in the series.
My quest to read every YA urban fantasy book I can get my hands on (or have time to read) is moving along wonderfully. Now I'm a lost cause officially hooked on far more series than I'll ever have time to keep up on. Really to be 'hooked on books' is a great problem to have.

Nov 16, 2009

A Writer's Resolve

"Start early and work hard. A writer's apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he's almost ready to begin. That takes a while." ~David Eddings

"You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like." ~ Phyllis A. Whitney

I'm editing!

Nov 11, 2009


Tervetuloa. The intensive re-write of ONE LIFE is about 85-90% complete. I taught myself a bit more Finnish commonly known Suomi (Soo-oh-mee) in Finland. Wrote about 8000 words today.

Nov 10, 2009

Finnish Anyone?

I am currently introducing a Finnish character Leevi (Leev-) into my story. Thank goodness for those on line English-Finnish translators.

Nov 9, 2009

Lock the Door, Throw Away The Key

Alright after making oatmeal muffins I'm ready to lock myself away for the evening to write. ONE LIFE is absolutely full of thrills, magic abilities, and love. It has been exciting to see where this intensive re-write has taken me.

Nov 7, 2009

Mary Wollstonecraft

"In every age there has been a stream of popular opinion that has carried all before it, and given a family character, as it were, to the century." ~Mary Wollstonecraft.

Power of Its Own

The ONE LIFE manuscript has taken on a power of its own. As it turns out I decided the manuscript needed significant plot revisions. Busy re-writing and more changes to come.

Nov 4, 2009

Can You Learn to Write?

Can one learn to be a great writer?

If one has the heart to wake up every day with the desire to put pen to paper, or fingers to keys, and has a willingness to make sacrifices to excel at their craft they can become great.

The key with mastering any craft or finding seemingly impossible success is to never give up no matter the circumstance. Quitting is not an option.

Carrie was Stephen King's first book to be published. It was his fourth written work.
A Time To Kill was John Grisham's first book to be published. It was his second written work.
It took J. K. Rowling 5 years on social assistance writing in coffee shops before she finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Author of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer, was a young mother of three boys when, inspired by a dream, she decided to spend her nights and weekends writing.

A writer does not know if they will ever be published. Even if they never achieved an ounce of recognition for their work we'd still get up every day and write. Why? Because writing becomes a part of your soul...a part of your legacy.

"All dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was in vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence