Friday, October 9, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things 9-10-15

This post is part of  Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things (Lexa has just taken it over from VikLit who has hosted it for the last 2 years). Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

I've been working on my revisions for my agent and they have been going well.  But late last night I had a revelation that changes everything so I think I'm going back to where I started at the beginning of the week.

I'm away for work from some horrible early hour tomorrow morning until Wednesday night, so no writing is going to get done.  I will have to work like a fiend if I'm going to get everything finished I want to get finished by the end of the month.  

My younger son has had a terrible cough for weeks now, and we finally took him to the doctor. Turns out it's an allergy and an inhaler and some anti-histamine should do the trick.  Fingers crossed, anyway.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Books I've Loved: Every Day

I just read the sequel to this one and remembered how startlingly original and amazing the first one was.  I didn't hate Another Day, but Every Day is something very special.  The protagonist is A, a person without a body who borrows a different one each day.

Basically this is a book about self and what makes a person him or herself.  Without the external trappings the rest of us carry around with us each day, A is the purest definition of a soul or personality.  A has thoughts and emotions and a moral code, but A doesn't have a gender or body image issue.  I found the concept fascinating and it was fun to see the way A managed each different body and tried to be respectful of it in the 24 hours of habitation.

In the sequel, the same story is told from the POV of Rhiannon, the girl A falls in love with in Every Day.  It's interesting as a companion piece, but really, the book doesn't have the same spark.  Stick with the original.

If you don't believe me, here's the blurb:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Weekly Goals 5-10-15

My revising slowed down a bit this week because I had to write a new chapter to make something more  dynamic and interesting.  Then I had to go through and make sure the ripple-on effect of that new chapter worked with everything else going forward.  So I'm a little behind where I had planned to be.

But it doesn't matter because I got some notes from my agents which mean I'm going to have to put this aside for a few weeks while I do some work on the two books they've had out on submission.  After getting feedback from editors, there are a few tweaks to be made.  So I'll do those, then get back to My Murder Year.  I figure both sets of revision shouldn't take more than a month or so.

But of course that takes NaNo out of the picture because I'll be behind schedule.  But no biggie.  I can always set myself a NaNo type goal in January or February when I have time to write that new book.

What are your goals this week?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things 2-10-15

This post is part of  Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things (Lexa has just taken it over from VikLit who has hosted it for the last 2 years). Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

It's the weekend!  I've had a crazy busy week at work so am looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Although I'm not entirely sure how relaxing it will be.  I have a lot planned.

On Saturday afternoon I'm going to see a movie about the Berlin music scene in the 1980s.  A bunch of my friends from Berlin are apparently in it, so I'm excited.  Unfortunately I need to take my 8-year-old son with me because my partner's working.  I hope he isn't too bored, and the bribe of going out for pizza afterward is enough to keep him from ruining the experience for everyone.

On Sunday we're going up the coast to pick up my older son who has been staying out there with my friend.  Fingers crossed the weather improves a little so we can enjoy the beach.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Books I've Loved: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

I read this one in a day.  Once I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down.  The whole idea of a kid living in a hospital because he couldn't bring himself to leave after his parents died there really resonated with me.  I also really liked that he thought Death was after him, even though I recognized early on that Death was not who Andrew thought she was.

Andrew is one of those fiercely loyal people and I loved the way he tried so hard to protect everyone around him from Death too.  And the way he helped his friends out, even when it got him in trouble.  It's nice to see a character who empathises with others and acts selflessly.

The main character writes a comic as a way to pass the time and excerpts from this are scattered through the book.  Patient F, the comic's hero, is shown not to be as heroic as Andrew might initially have thought and through recognizing this, Andrew begins to understand his own situation better.  I didn't love the comic, to be honest, but that's just me.  I don't really read comics and I rarely enjoy them.     I still really enjoyed the book, just skimmed over the comic book sections.

If you don't believe me, here's the blurb:

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

A partly graphic novel.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekly Goals 28-9-15

I've been making steady progress on my revision and haven't found it too hard to get through five chapters a week.  So I will continue at this pace.  I like not feeling too pressured about revising because I know November will be intense with NaNo.

That said, I have a fair bit of travel coming up for work in October, so it might be a good idea to get a few extra chapters under my belt if I can, because there are probably at least five days I won't get any work done.  So my goal for this week is to get through 6 or 7 chapters if I can.

The kids are on vacation for two weeks, but I think I've found enough things to keep them busy.  Thank goodness for grandparents!

What are your goals this week?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: 25-9-15

This post is part of  Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things (Lexa has just taken it over from VikLit who has hosted it for the last 2 years). Head on over there to join up! 

So, what am I celebrating this week?

I managed to get some revising done this week.  Not as much as I had hoped, but there is still the weekend, so there's hope.  I did do a bunch of reviewing for my long-neglected critique group, so that's a plus.

The kids finished school yesterday and have 2 weeks vacation now.  I'm not sure that's something to celebrate or not, given how much work I have at the moment.

The sun came out for a while yesterday.  It's raining again now (as it has for the last 10 days), but the forecast is for sun again tomorrow.  I hope it's correct because this winter has started to feel very very long.

What are you celebrating this week?