There is a very cool competition happening over at Medeia Sharif's blog. Check it out here:
The competition is for three winners to chose one book of their from the list to follow of Medeia's read in 2010 list
The competition is open internationally to these countries that The Book Depository ships to for free, and is only open to blog followers. The competition closes December 31st at 11:59pm E.S.T.
1. Mercury Falls – Robert Kroese
2. Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature – Robin Brande
3. Shrinking Violet – Danielle Joseph
4. My Big Nose & Other Natural Disasters – Sydney Salter
5. Rat Life – Tedd Arnold
6. WTF – Peter Lerangis
7. Lessons From a Dead Girl – Jo Knowles
8. Looking for Alaska – John Green
9. The Only Alien on the Planet – Kristen D. Randle
10. Push – Sapphire
11. The Fat Girl – Marilyn Sachs
12. The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
13. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
14. The Earth, My Butt and other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler
15. Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) – Justina Chen Headley
16. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
17. The Geography of Girlhood – Kirsten Smith
18. Bras and Broomsticks – Sarah Mlynowski
19. Paranoia – Joseph Finder
20. Once Upon a Marigold – Jean Ferris
21. Living Dead Girl – Elizabeth Scott
22. Outside Beauty – Cynthia Kadohata
23. Positively – Courtney Sheinmel
24. Wherever Nina Lies – Lynn Weingarten
25. Blue is for Nightmares – Laurie Faria Stolarz
26. The Red Umbrella – Christina Diaz Gonzalez
27. The Shape of Water – Anne Spollen
28. The Missing Girl – Norma Fox Mazer
29. Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
30. Infected – Scott Sigler
31. The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary Pearson
32. Good Enough – Paula Yoo
33. Neil Armstrong is my Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me – Nan Marino
34. Gone – Michael Grant
35. Fat Hoochie Prom Queen – Nico Medina
36. Indigo Blues – Danielle Joseph
37. What I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell
38. The Dark Path – Luke Romyn
39. Shooting Kabul – N.H. Senzai
40. Pictures of Hollis Woods – Patricia Reilly Giff
41. Nightshade City – Hilary Wagner
42. The Freak Observer – Blythe Woolston
43. The Dust of 100 Dogs – A.S. King
44. Hunger – Jackie Morse Kessler
45. Shine, Coconut Moon – Neesha Meminger
46. Light Beneath Ferns – Anne Spollen
47. Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
48. A Blue So Dark – Holly Schindler
49. Fancy White Trash – Marjetta Geerling
50. The Force is Middling in This One – Robert Kroese
51. Manifest – Artist Arthur
52. The Mosts – Melissa Senate
53. Silver Phoenix – Cindy Pon
54. Total Constant Order – Crissa-Jean Chappell
55. Such a Pretty Girl – Laura Wiess
56. The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
57. Firegirl – Tony Abbott
58. Life as We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
59. Tears of a Tiger – Sharon Draper
60. How to Say Goodbye in Robot – Natalie Standiford
61. Dragon Chica – May-Lee Chai
62. Feed – M.T. Anderson
63. Suck It Up – Brian Meehl
64. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Ninth Grade Slays – Heather Brewer
65. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
66. The Duff – Kody Keplinger
67. Matched – Ally Condie
68. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students – Christine Fonseca
69. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
70. Burger Wuss – M.T. Anderson
71. Perfect – Natasha Friend
72. Loser – Jerry Spinelli
73. Chasing Brooklyn – Lisa Schroeder
74. The Boyfriend List – E. Lockhart
75. Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins
76. Paranormalcy – Kiersten White
77. Freefall – Mindi Scott
78. The True Meaning of Smekday – Adam Rex
79. Kick – Walter Dean Myers & Ross Workman
80. Annexed – Sharon Dogar
81. Oh. My. Gods. – Tera Lynn Childs
82. Whales on Stilts – M.T. Anderson
83. The House of Dead Maids – Clare B. Dunkle
84. Jennifer’s Body – Audrey Nixon, based on a screenplay by Diablo Cody
85. Eighth-Grade Superzero – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
86. The Iron Bodkin – Amy Allgeyer Cook
87. Deenie – Judy Blume
88. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl – Barry Lyga
89. Ball Don’t Lie – Matt de la Pena
90. Ricochet – Julie Gonzalez
91. Crank – Ellen Hopkins
93. A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park
93. Glass – Ellen Hopkins
94. Fallout – Ellen Hopkins
95. The Pigman – Paul Zindel
96. The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff
97. Bird in a Box – Andrea Pinkney
98. Attack of the Theater People – Marc Acito
99. Identical – Ellen Hopkins
100. Bleeding Violet – Dia Reeves
101. The Witches of Worm – Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Some seriously ace books to be won! Don't miss out!
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
There is a very cool competition happening over at Medeia Sharif's blog. Check it out here:
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Even Freddy, when you look at his history, was just a man. A terrifying and disgusting paedophile, but still just a man. Who gave him power? The people who tried to restore justice.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
This is the first of a two part Halloween special here on my little old blog. Tomorrow's post, centred around the best part of Halloween - the movies. Today it's a little different. It's a little personal.
Given the tradition on Halloween to try and scare everybody senseless, I thought I'd share a few unorthodox things that actually, seriously, terrify me.
First up... food processors! I hate them. Always scared I'm gonna get my fingers trapped in them.
Next...tomatoes. Stupid and totally irrational, I know, but I can't stand them. Not the taste or anything stupid like that, but looking at them makes me feel all faint and weird, like I'm watching live surgery or something. Ick.
And the very, very worst... Daddy Long Legs. It's actually freaking me out just having that picture there...*shudder*. I don't know what it is about them, but they terrify me. Did you know they are poisonous to humans? Yup. Evil gits. It's just their teeth or something isn't sharp enough to penetrate the skin. Ick. Double ick.
So there you have my scariest things! Weird, all of them, but please don't judge me!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
So let me ask you this - when you get a killer idea for a book, how many of you are put off by the scale of the project?
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Every time I thought about talking about my writing I'd see that stupid bald teacher and clam up - convinced I'd be laughed at.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
An empty, brilliant white Word document with nothing but the cursor blinking pretty much strikes fear into my poor writer's heart. Usually, the getting going is the hardest part of my writing process. Once the first paragraph is over, everything seems to flow way better. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it does. So, my question is this: is there really such a thing as easy writing? Or sometimes is what we write only easier?
For awhile now I've been working on a YA project which falls outside my comfort zone: its normal - minus the para. The thing that struck me with this project is something I've never experienced as a writer before. It didn't flow well. I found myself staring at the computer screen for huge blocks of time and only getting a few words out.
I'm not a planner. When I start a project I jot down some character points, a few plot ideas I have, and generally where I think the story is headed. Once the story starts fleshing out and growing, then I go back and start scribbling notes and plans in my trust notebooks. But for my current project, I couldn't plan anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip. My concept ideas page was the only page filled in the notebook and so I (probably stupidly) just went ahead and started writing anyway.
Once maybe fifty pages into the story, I started getting stuck. I knew generally where my characters were going, but it was like I had to put all my faith in my creative streak - or writing blind, as I like to think of it. The further I delved into the story, the more stuck I got. I literally wrote myself into a corner. It was time to take charge.
One night I sat down at my desk and refused to budge until I had plotted out the story and did character info's and backgrounds and anything else I could think of. Suddenly post-its were full, my desk hidden under pinks rectangles, green and blue squares, yellow small rectangles. Using my bare wall in my office I stuck all the post-its to it and hey presto! My story outline in full. I knew where I was going. The blinders were off, I could see.
And I haven't been able to write anything since.
I'm on page 160 and I know exactly where everything is going, whose gonna do what and whose gonna break whose heart. I just can't get it out.
At first I thought this was down to what's going on in my life right now (a toddler, a big move, husband changing jobs and depression that I still haven't lost all my baby weight!) so I figured all these factors played a part in my slow moving writing train.
But then something happened. Another book I wrote way before this one was even a musing in my mind started cropping up in my head with increasing frequency. I've always considered doing a sequel for it, but I couldn't come up with a big enough story line, or not enough subplots to fill a whole book. So, just for fun, I wrote a short story with one idea I had. I wrote twenty pages in one night.
It was beautiful...it reminded me why I love doing what I do all over again...it was like going on that magical first date again, seeing my baby boy for the first time, kissing my husband on our wedding day.
Everything fell away - it was the kind of writing where you just go with it and you feel like you're just along for the ride. The kind of writing where you pause for a break and you can't feel your butt, and you realise four hours have passed without you even realising it. This, to me, is the definition of easy writing.
So why am I having so much trouble with my current WIP? The best writing tip I've ever heard to avoid writers block is when you are struggling to write the scenes your most excited about, and fill in the gaps later, it will all come together easier. How true it is! Except for this story. NOTHING makes writing this story easy.
My short story felt like easy writing in comparison, but was it really? Or was it just easier?
Friday, 11 June 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
So that's it for now. Off to tackle a synopsis. Wish me luck!