Friday, September 11, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things 11-9-15

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 started revising My Murder Year, and so far it hasn't been nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be.  I finished this book in late December last year, and haven't looked at it since, so I feel like I have a good amount of perspective on it now.  I'm surprised at how sassy my main character is.  I don't remember writing her that way.  I've also been surprised by some really lovely lines.  Fingers crossed it keeps being surprising in a good way!

A YA book was banned in New Zealand this week.  It feels like we're returning to the dark ages.  I haven't read the whole thing yet (but you'd better believe I'll be first in mine to buy a copy when this all blows over), but I did get a look at some of the more controversial parts of it while I was at a protest about the banning.  All I can say is, if this is enough to get a book banned in this country, I'm screwed.  The person who has instigated this would probably demand the banning of Stumped after reading page 1.

I have absolutely nothing planned for this weekend and am looking forward to just lazing around for a change.  Oh, I'll have to do housework and stuff, but other than that, reading, cooking, eating and maybe watching a movie here or there.

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. It's always nice to come back to a book or story you've written and find pleasant surprises.

    Any time someone talks about banning a book, it only makes me more determined to read it. It's human nature to be curious about the things we're told that we shouldn't see. I don't understand how the people who call for books to be banned don't see that.

  2. I can't believe people are still banning books. Although I guess you'd have to ban things like bomb-maker directions or manifestos that exhort race wars, etc. But for sex stuff? That's stupid. I'm amazed at how fast you're going through My Murder Year! I wish I could revise so fast - but my stuff needs so much more work than yours. Have a great weekend!

  3. I hate book banning. It only happens because people in power don't like seeing things outside their extremely narrow worldview. And heaven forbid we show people acting like people.

    Have a happy lazy weekend, though :)

  4. Sounds like you have a lovely weekend planned. Enjoy!

  5. It's a great sign to come back and fall in love with your MS again!
    I saw the book banning this last week and couldn't believe it either, especially since there hasn't been a book banned there for so long. Sad.

  6. Lazing around is always good. I hadn't heard about that book being banned. I'm going to have to learn more about that!

  7. No matter what a book says, somebody's going to find it offensive or see sinister symbolism where none exists.

    On a lighter note, hope you're enjoying your lazy weekend.

  8. Hope you enjoyed your restful weekend. Glad the editing is going well!