My husband wants to go camping with the guys and take the kid with him.... I think he thought I'd be pissed, or hurt or something because he wanted to go without me and was a little surprised when I jumped up and down and said YES YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT!!!! Now it's not that I don't like camping, because I do, and I like getting away for a few days with the family too. But this will be three whole days of no interruptions. No kid. No husband. Sitting at my computer eating cereal and popcicles and WRITING. OMG I'm soooo excited. It will be the first real opportunity to write something in three years. Book 2 is calling my name and so far I have been hitting the snooze button saying maybe later maybe tomorrow but finally I'll have some time wooot!!! Happy Dance. Thankfully he doesn't read this blog or his feelings would probably be hurt that I'm so excited for him to go. LOL. Men.
I've decided I'm going to read something classic, or literary, or smart. I admit I read a lot of trash. I'm not really a fan of heavy, emotionally dense, horrific, dramatic, or gut wrenching books. I prefer light, fun, interesting stories that make me laugh or give me a feel good vibe. Biographies of being locked in someone's basement for 20 years, or first person accounts of childhood sexual abuse etc. just don't work for me. I really have no idea why anyone reads that stuff. Don't you want to sleep at night? Don't get me wrong, I've read a lot of literary books. A lot of classics. A lot of deep make you think type of books in my day. I mean a lot. Lately, however when I can only read for 5 minutes here or there I prefer to choose light material over the 'I have to be absorbed in the book in order to follow along' material. But, I think I can branch out a little and read something a little less fluffy for a change so, here are my choices:
To Kill A Mockingbird (since I never got around to reading it and now there is a sequel. The Stranger by Harlan Coben, and Flash by Rachel Ridge. I'll pick one and review for all my lovely readers. I'm leaning towards Flash because it's about a donkey and gosh darnit those donkeys are just so cute.
Of course if you want to read something that is both dark and fun check out Amaranthine ------> it's the best. Seriously, if I hadn't read it a hundred times already I would totally read it again.
Everyone has a word or words that gives them the creeps. Most of the time the word itself isn't graphic or bad. It's a word someone else wouldn't think twice about but to you or me that particular word is unspeakable. There are the usual offenders. Moist, panties, orifice, oral, or squirt. My eeby jeeby meter goes off with the word.....pleasure. I hate it and all it's many forms, pleasant, pleasurable ugh. It conjures up a nasty sexual imagery of an overly salacious pervert. No one else seems to be bothered by it. It's all over the place in romance novels, people use it daily in polite society. Every time I hear someone say "my pleasure" I get an instantaneous upchuck response. Yuck.
What are your heave worthy words?
On another note, am I the only one crazy excited about the new Underworld they announced and, and! the new Terminator out now? swoon, so excited.
I've noticed recently a trend of writing the same book twice. Once from the female perspective, and then again from the male. Jamie Mcguire did it with Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster, E.L James did it with Fifty Shades of Grey /Grey and even Stephanie Meyer did it with Twilight/Midnight Sun (although this book was never actually finished). I'm not really sure why anyone would do this but I assume that it has something to do with money and giving people more of what you're sure they want. ( I have too many original ideas floating around in my head for do-overs personally, but hey that's just me). I also don't know how successful these second round books are. I've never read any of the male versions. I just don't care to re-read the story from his perspective for one thing, but I also don't have time to read the same story twice. My reading time is so limited these days I barely have time for one go around never mind two. I'm off to the next story, and then the next. Third, I'm cheap. I probably cringed paying 10$ for the first book, I certainly won't pay 10 more to read the same story. Newsflash- I already know what happens.
There are three prime examples right here, however, and I'm sure there must be more, so maybe publishers know more about it than I do, and there really is a market for the male story. I think Amaranthine from Davn's point of view would be pretty boring. Brood brood brood, go get Astral, brood some more. I think I'll just leave it with Astral she seems to tell the story pretty well.
Speaking of which, I continue to get great reviews. People are happy to contact me and let me know how much they loved it. Seriously if you haven't read it yet, get yourself a copy. You won't be sorry. It might just be the greatest love story ever told.
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