Photos, Books, Life…

Don’t go thinking I haven’t been doing anything just because I haven’t been posting here!  Oh no!

I think that’s one of the things that we forget as creative people because it’s the WORK that matters, what we PRODUCE that can be touched or watched or absorbed through one sense or another.

But life happens.  And I want to experience it.

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And I’ve also just been busy trying to slog my way through the producing aspects.  So here’s a tally of what’s been going on and I plan to get this website more focused in the coming months!  Including a sneak peak of what I’ve been writing!

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Book Review: ALLEGIANT (DIVERGENT series)

I just finished ALLEGIANT, the third and final sequel in the DIVERGENT series by Veronica Roth.  It would be a disservice to give away anything that happens to the major characters, but I have to say that Roth’s writing is as brave and convention-shattering as her main characters.  She demonstrates that Young Adult fiction does not have to be safe and comfortable for its audience.

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WW: Openings (the struggle)

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 10.07.19 PMAs I discussed in a recent post, openings are vital to a) getting people to buy your book and b) setting the tone.  I’m struggling with the opening of my novel.  I tend to be a heavy set-up writer.  My first acts are way too long and then by the time the third act rolls around I’m happily skipping ahead.  I tend to get caught up in every detail, every logical step in my first act to make sure that everything feels “real” and makes sense.  And I think all of that is good work, I just don’t think all of it should go into the book itself.  No reader is going to count the days and realize that I scheduled a football game on the wrong day, or count how many days my character is in her menstrual cycle.  And if I’m bogged down in that much detail in the actual writing, I don’t think I’ll keep my reader’s interest anyways.

So here’s the opening of my book, which is currently titled FIREPOWDER but will be getting a new title when I can think of a better one.  It was originally entitled SOULMATES because that’s exactly what it’s about, but I’d like to come up with something less Harlequin Romance.

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