We enjoyed a picture perfect day here yesterday. Sunny and high near 80.
After an all-morning meeting, we took advantage of the weather and worked in the backyard for about four hours. Unfortunately, this meant I missed the 24 hour read-athon, but I can now look out my kitchen window and smile.
How many of you read for hours on-end yesterday? Did you have fun? I’d love to hear!
Well, I finally finished Gone Girl, and I can understand why several did not like the ending. It certainly wasn’t what I anticipated.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story line – the perspective of both main characters (and quite honestly, they deserve one another) – and the wonderful audio recording!
I would rate the book 4 stars; a deduction of one full star for the unnecessary foul language. I don’t mind the occasional cuss word, but for such a eloquent author, I felt it was senselessly overdone.
On another note…
There is a new (or new-to-me) publicity forum for new book releases: a Street Team. This is when the author selects others to be a part of the pre-release buzz and solicits their help in advertising the book once available to the general public.
I am privileged to be part of two Street Teams this spring.
The first is for a good friend here in the Kansas City area. I am about half-way through her premier novel, Lottie’s Gift, and am thoroughly enjoying this story of a child prodigy with a special piano talent. I will write a formal review closer to the May 23rd release date, but give it a high marks already.
I first became acquainted with the author when I read an article in Writer’s Digest on her Revision Process. It opened my eyes to a seven step revision checklist that resonated with me.
I then started following her blog which led to listening to her podcasts and becoming a regular stalker.
I am a lifelong learner, but the cost of higher education these days, especially in the fine arts, does not necessarily make financial sense. The idea of teaching myself the necessary skills to take my writing to the next level is appealing to me.
I am anxious to receive the advanced reader’s copy and begin to dive into my Master’s program.
I’ve decided to go with the first-person/present tense version of the story. At least for now.
I completed the draft of chapter one and sent it to my writing coach/editor. She made a few tweaks here and there, but no major revision for now.
So, I am plugging away at drafting Chapter 2. I’m hoping to have that complete by the end of the week.
At this rate, I should have the first draft ready for beta readers by mid-summer.
This will be the last week of daily blog posts, and I must admit, I’m ready for the break.
I will write a reflection post of the Blogging A-Z Challenge mid-May, detailing the ups, downs, and lessons-learned. But for now, here is a run-down of the weekly posts:
- How to Journal: Legacy Journaling – Personality and Character Traits
- Totoro Family Recipes: Orange Stuff
- Blogging A-Z Challenge: O is for l’Orangerie; P is for Patisserie; Q is for Quai; R is for Revolution; S is for Sacre-Coeur; T is for Trocadero
Between teaching two classes this month (my normal high school Storytelling class and then an April journaling course for women), finishing up the blogging challenge, and attending various meetings, I have had little room for other “fun” activities.
However, I am starting to prepare for the Walt Disney World trip with my daughter – and I’m getting excited.
I got a copy of the “Unofficial Guide…” guidebook from the library and began some research, especially Animal Kingdom and Epcot.
I also started reading some photography blogs in the hopes of gleaning some good tips for great pictures.
Research is fun for me, so I’m having a blast. But I need to remind myself to get outside too – and start practicing photography techniques.