Still going full tilt on my revisions! First re-working of THE WIKOMSETTE is complete, but now going over the whole thing to polish. So, if I'm not here very often over the coming days, it's because I've got my head stuck in a book, and I'm happy to say, it's my own. :)
Revisions on THE WIKOMSETTE are moving along well. There is some major overhauling, but it seems to all be heading in a good direction.
I started reading SEDUCE (Volume 1) by Lexi Buchanan, with the intention of adding it onto my Book Reviews page soon. Problem? I dislike it so much that I don't know if I'll be able to read the entire work. I made it several chapters in, but it becomes more and more difficult to go on. Perhaps that in itself is enough of a review, but I feel mildly obligated to give the whole thing a chance since I won it as an author's giveaway.
Thought for the day: "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."~ Frank A. Clark
(Mentally singing to the tune of "Tradition!" from Fiddler on the Roof:) Revisioooons! Revisions!....Revisions! So guess what, I have some major revisions to do (big shocking twist there, right?) on THE WIKOMSETTE. It's going to be bloody, characters will fall, scenes will change, but in the end, I think I'll have a much tighter story and hopefully a much better reading experience for my audience. Sharpening my knife, and heading towards those poor, unsuspecting men....
I want to promote this awesome book review blog to anyone interested in the saucier/sexier reads out there. They also do frequent giveaways. I'm especially happy to say, that I just won an e-book from them-- SEDUCE. Which will be coming up on my Book Reviews page as soon as I finish it. :)
You take them both, and there you have... family. Perhaps you thought I would say, "The facts of life." The song was in fact, going through my head. But at this moment I am reflecting that the shocking facts of life are not how families are made, but how they manage to stay together.
Today I am celebrating my youngest child's birthday. Sharing in his joy. Being filled with gratitude for the gift of him in my life.
Also on this day, I have read an email from one of my siblings. A woman who never fails to see the bad in everything. A woman who has most willingly created an unhappy existence for herself, and who becomes frustrated and deeply angry that her siblings are not enthusiastically joining her on her path of misery.
Sometimes I wish for an hour on a therapist's couch to recover from my interactions with this sister. How do I hold this relationship together at all? By reminding myself that no amount of therapy will ever relieve her of her inner demons. Primarily because she doesn't understand her need for help. For that I can pity her. For that I can have more patience. For that our relationship will last long enough for me to see and appreciate the fleeting moments of pleasant behavior that do surface from her on occasion.
Perhaps we all have very difficult people in our families. How do you cope?
On that note, I will leave thoughts of family struggles alone for today, and return to the celebration of a certain darling boy child that can bring out smiles even on the darkest of days. :)
As things continue to move along behind the scenes for my novel THE WIKOMSETTE, I am delving into its sequel (working title WIKOMSETTE 2). I can't really say anything about my plans for this story, without it being a spoiler for the first book, but I am having fun and feeling at this point, that while the universe is the same for both books, the flavor is much different. If the first book was dark chocolate, then this one is pumpkin spice. Ha ha, and that's as close as I get to giving anything about the books away. I look forward to getting a ton of writing done on Wik 2, this week, and continuing on my publishing path for Wik 1! Wishing a happy and productive week to all!
I will readily admit, I am apprehensive when it comes to the world of functioning online . Of course I love my laptop and the ease it affords me in writing books, but I cannot tell you how long it was before I understood what Twitter is. I can't tell you because I don't know how long it was around before I finally caught wind of it, and because I'm not sure that I entirely understand it now. But I do understand the importance of an online presence for promoting my books, one of which I hope, (nay, expect) will be published in the relatively near future, one way or another. And so was born this website, as well as my author's FB page. While I was getting my "online legs" in the setup of these two networking forms, I was dragged kicking and screaming into yet another foreign, online experience...e-books.
"No, no!" I cried. I must have the book in my hands! I must feel the pages and smell the aging paper! I want to flip back to the cover now and then to reflect on it's potential hidden secrets about the story! I want to shove it into my shoulder bag and carry it with ease wherever I go! Truth be told, this is still my preference, however my eyes have been open to the seduction of the e-book. After an irresistible recommendation from a friend for the book CONSEQUENCES (see Book Reviews page for more on the book), I was dying to read it right away. The book was not available at the nearest stores, but I could order it online for approx. $15, for a paperback. The other option was to get it for my Kindle app, for .99cents, and start reading immediately. Dissuaded by the price of paperbacks these days, and urged on by my impatience for the book, I held my nose and made the plunge!
What I have come to see, is that e-books are the New Paperbacks. Not the gorgeous thing you paw over and display proudly on your polished bookshelves, but the less expensive item that can still give you the story you crave. I am also well aware that e-books are still the preferred way for people to get their adult books, which means I should be focusing on that avenue for THE WIKOMSETTE. With this in mind I am now submitting the manuscript to publishers who specialize in e-publishing, with a newfound appreciation for what this may do for my book. I expect, as with other technological marvels, I am behind the curve on this one, but if you have not yet tried an e-book, I recommend giving it a go, and I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!
....It's not you. It's me. Or is it, really? I mean, I know everyone that's read you says how brilliant you are, how moving, how beautiful. But all I can see is a plot that moves so slowly that time almost stands still as your characters, none of whom seem particularly likable, go through every boring, minute detail of their days. So though our time together has been several weeks, but only 70 pages, long, I just cannot pretend anymore to care what could happen next for us. So, goodbye THE MEMORY OF LOVE by Aminatta Forna.
And there is the book review that couldn't make it to my Book Reviews page, because I didn't finish reading it. What about you? Anything you would like add to a list of: much-hyped-but-you-don't-know-why books?
It is Spring Break here in my neck of the woods, which means hanging out with the kids, scheduling play dates, catching up on chores in the house and yard, and trying desperately to lose the surprising amount of weight I managed to put on in one day, at one decadent Easter party. (Which I've decided was worth it, for the "lesson learned" aspect, if nothing else.) While with three children in the home, instead of at their schools makes quiet time for writing more of a challenge, I am getting a lot of research done on the business side of writing. Topic of focus this week is "Branding" which included exercises in knowing who I am as a person and author, and balancing it with how others perceive me. I asked for some honest outside input for the latter part, and received interesting feedback, which was mostly positive. There was one list of rather negative adjectives from my teenager's daughter, but they were the kind of insults that make me feel I'm doing okay as a parent.
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