Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5: Having a Blast

I have been writing like a maniac for the last 5 days and this new experiment of mine, i.e. writing without looking back—is totally working for me. How perfectly liberating to not have to agonize about a sentence—a word even—for hours on end. My inner editor would be aghast, and it is a good thing she hasn't shown her face around here once in 5 days; I suspect she's having a pretty good time on her own.
The story is flowing out of me, and while it will by no means be a complete or polished manuscript by the end of the month, it will be a solid first draft ready to be cut, spliced, and shaped into something presentable. I went to a write-in on Saturday at the Hamilton-Wenham Library. If you ever wondered about the power of collective focus, let me tell you: it works. I wrote over 2,300 words in 2 hours, which for me is unprecedented. We did those 20 minute-sprints during which all we heard was manic pounding on keyboards. In the 2 hours I was there, we did about 4 sprints. I have been keeping up with those at home, and I find that I am so focused then that my word count is skyrocketing and I am well on my way to reach the goal of 50,000 words, maybe even exceed it! Ha!

What about you? How are faring with NaNo?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

NaNoWriMo or How To Shaking Things Up

I am a reluctant blogger (can you tell?) and I am one of those writers who edit as she goes. Always. But in celebration of National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo I am going to shake things up a bit.
First, I will chronicle my progress through frequent posts (Ha! you say? Just wait); I am not committing to daily posts but to as many as I can fit in a week. How's that? Second, I have sent my inner editor away for the entire month, hoping that she will enjoy her much needed break after all the work she did on MIST. I am starting a new book project and hope to write with reckless abandon, racking up those 50,000 words without her sneaking over my shoulder, telling me this won't do.
I am such a rebel! Shivers are running up and down my arms in wild anticipation.

Here is to living the literary life on the edge!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Books Don't Translate Into Movies

I am a HUGE fan of Cassandra Clare; she is brilliant. I read all her books and loved every one of them. And so I was eagerly awaiting the release of The Mortal Instruments, which I saw on release day. Here are my thoughts....
First, the sets: they were gorgeous! From the institute (it reminded me of Hogwarts) to the City of Bones, there were magnificent and very much aligned with what I had imagined them to be.
Onto the acting.... Loved Clary (Lilly Collins), loved Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), loved Simon (Robert Sheehan), Luke (Aidan Turner), Clary's mom (Lena Headey), but I felt that Isabelle (Jemima West) wasn't sassy enough and Alek (Kevin Zegers)... well he didn't seem like Alek to me. My biggest disappointment was Magnus Bane, however. Magnus is possibly my favorite character of the series. He is a 500-year-old warlock, cocky, irreverent, funny and has had more lovers than he's lived years. I had hoped that there was an actor out there able to encapsulate all that Magnus Bane is, but sadly Godfrey Gao didn't manage that. Sigh. 
The whole movie felt rushed. The 485-page book is non-stop action and two hours are not nearly long enough to get everything in with enough depth to weave a coherent storyline. I can imagine that people who saw the movie without reading the book might have been thoroughly confused. 
So the verdict: it was entertaining but left me wanting/hoping for more. 
However the soundtrack is completely delicious and have been listening to it non stop...
Will I go see City of Ashes if they make the second installment? Absolutely. I still love the world they created.

What about you? Have you seen it? What did you think?


Friday, August 9, 2013

The Magic Of The Sea

  a play of shadows

Halibut Point is a state park in Rockport, MA. Giant slabs of granite jut into the ocean, surrounded by thick and thorny bayberry, greenbriar, and shadbush. No need to emphasize the major inspiration factor this represents for me. Its beauty is breathtaking, and it is there that I often go to refill. The other night, my friends (Magali and Thibaud—here for the summer from France) and I went for a picnic to catch the spectacular sunset. 

It was a mini celebration of sort: I finished the revisions on MIST (YAY!), and my manuscript has left the confines of my laptop and started venturing into the world and into the hands of unknown readers (GAH!).

What better place than Halibut Point to scatter my wishes into the waiting arms of the ocean?  "Let go, let go," the waves said as they crashed against the rocks as thoughts of my book flooded my mind.
"Let go, let go," bristled the heath kissed by the incandescent light of the vanishing sun.

And so I did, and reveled in the company of my friends and the magic of the sea.

What about you? Do you have a special place where you love to go?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taking A Breather

Hi there! Remember me? I'm the girl who started this blog...Ahem. I know, I know...I've been neglecting it on a grand scale. But I have a very good excuse: I am knee deep in revisions and have had no time for anything else (beside work that is). Another 2-3 weeks, I estimate, at which time I will post more consistently. I promise. Until then, I leave you with these 2 guys whom I recently discovered and who are absolutely fantastic... Enjoy!

Monday, May 6, 2013

I Love Writers

This weekend, I attended my first NESCBWI conference in Springfield, MA. It was fun. It was stimulating. It was mind-boggling. In fact, I'm still riding the high today...There is nothing more comforting than the company of people who share the same neuroses, are plagued by the same doubts, feel overwhelmed most of the time trying to write and live and work. But most of all,  I feel lucky to be part of such a supportive and awesome writing community. Thank you, NESCBWI, for organizing such a fabulous conference!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Let's Not Be So Hard On Ourselves

Hi and Happy May Day!

Birds are chirping, trees are budding and flowers are sticking their cute little heads out...Spring has arrived! Everywhere I go, I see people wearing shorts and sandals, and though the temperature is still only in the low 60s, everyone's acting like it is 80 degrees out there. Which got me thinking of a conversation I overheard the other day while waiting in line. Two women were lamenting that they weren't ready for Spring/Summer. Their minds were but not their bodies. They both wanted to lose some weight before swimsuit season, their skin was too white and everything else about them was wrong...too little this, not enough of that...and on and on.

We are our worst beauty critics. I'll be the first to admit it. And we rarely see ourselves the way others see us. I came across this video and I found it very sad and oh so true. Take a look...

                                          So, guys, let's be kinder to ourselves....

What about you? Are you hard on yourself?

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Beginning (or is it the End) of My Blog

My blog is finally here. Welcome! But...but..don't get too excited yet. I want this blog to also serve as my website, so before I can post some good stuff, I'm going to be busy writing a bio, a page about current projects, a page with contact info, etc. Bear with me; the good stuff is coming. I promise!