Ummmm… So… Really Enthusiastic…   Leave a comment

I’m almost ashamed to reread my last post. So I was super enthusiastic about two pieces of writing in May. 5 months ago. I thought that I would get oodles of writing done during the holidays but instead I chose to sit on my ass. True story. What I really need to remember is that I sit on my ass to write so really there is no excuse for writing nothing for so long. In recent weeks a news item has reminded me of my YA novel and I just wish that I’d not wasted the last 5 months because, right now, I have the best chance of selling my story. Unfortunately life is full of ifs and buts. Oh well.

On a serious note I have started my writing again, despite the fact that I may have missed the boat when it comes to my YA novel. I am only about 7,000 words in so there is not much chance of completing it this year (unless I give up my job, which sounds wonderful in theory, however the mortgage company may disagree!). Perhaps I should focus on my younger readers story, which I might be able to knock together a first draft before 2014. Decisions like this actually put me off writing. I almost wish that I didn’t have so many unfinished stories swirling around in my head. Becasue seriously I’ve just thought of a Chick Lit story. AS I’M WRITING THIS POST. Seriously I don’t want to stofle my creativity but at the same time I wish that I could finish with one before I move onto the next.

I’m off to write a party scene (Jersey Shore blasting in the background – the things we do for our craft!)…

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Posted October 15, 2012 by Susan in ramblings

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Review: The Mystery of Mercy Close   Leave a comment

The Mystery of Mercy Close
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book – very surprised at how life turned out for the youngest Walsh sister. I had worked out the mystery pretty quickly (but I won’t spoil it for you!). I’m happy to admit that I did not really have the romances pegged properly, however do feel that the right decisions were made. I think thst some of the subject matter is a bit too dark for this to become a favourite, although that is what will make the book stay with me for a long time.

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Posted October 15, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Lack of writing time   Leave a comment

I’m so enthusiastic about two of my pieces of writing (one YA, one for younger readers). I have written and edited 4 chapters of the YA. The piece for younger readers has the clearest characters I can imagine (with new details developing all the time). I’m actually struggling to decide what to develop every time I sit down to write. Brilliant!

Work is hectic just now so I really can’t spend any time writing for at least another week. I’m itching to get back to it, always a good sign!

Posted May 11, 2012 by Susan in ramblings

Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother   Leave a comment

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave this book 4 stars immediately after reading it. I had raced through, wondering what this lady was going to do next. However after a few days of contemplation I changed my attitude. The author is this super intelligent woman who has an academic role at a leading university. I don’t think that this book is in her normal writing style. Who cares? Well I think I do. I feel a bit patronised as a reader. Maybe I’ve just got the ‘nothing to read’ blues but I think it’s more. I’ve been writing a children’s book over the last few days and I’m finding myself using more simplistic language than I would for say a YA book. This is because I know that most YA readers will have more words in their reading vocabulary than most under 10s. Looking back at this book it strikes me that the author perhaps wrote down to her audience (ie me) and now I feel a bit disheartened. Initially I liked the book because it was such an easy read, now I’m wondering if it being such an easy read has ruined it for me.

Anyway the book offered an interesting insight into how the author has chose to raise her two daughters. Whilst her methods are unconventional (in the UK) they have obviously worked for her. I don’t think I’ll be taking any parenting tips from her but I appreciate that she really does want the best for her kids.

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Posted April 7, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Getting started   Leave a comment

I have managed to get stuck into the story I want to write just now. Unfortunately it’s another new story. Whoops. On the plus side I have written more in 24 hours than in weeks of working on my other pieces. I’ve also worked out the finer details of timelines and events. I’ve also done a substantial amount of research and think that I have everything straight in my head. All problems ironed out. Shame I don’t quite know how it’s going to end. I could either go for a nice, jolly, everyone lived happily ever after OR lives devastated. I’m leaning towards devastated. I love a book that ends badly (for the characters not the writer!). Im tempted to work out both endings now, however I do love lettin a story lead me to the conclusion.

Do you NEED to know where your story is headed before you get there?

Posted April 7, 2012 by Susan in ramblings

Head over heart?   Leave a comment

Having managed to do a lot of thinking about writing it’s time to make some decisions. I have started 2 novels, a book of poetry and 2 short stories. All very different. I’m not sure what to do next. Should I just make myself sit and write and finish one of my pieces or should I continue ambling on adding wee bits here and there as I feel like it?

I know that my solution will come from forcing my head to make a decision but I’m not convinced that I can write a story if my heart is rooting for another. I suspect it’s time for me to employ my tried and tested method for achievement. The To Do List.

Once I complete my to do list I’m not sure what to do next. Do I choose the piece with the least to do? Or the most? Or do I just file the lists for the time when my heart tells me to write this story? Either way I don’t think I’m going to get much written today (well, apart from those lists)…

Posted April 6, 2012 by Susan in ramblings

Review: I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel   1 comment

I've Got Your Number: A Novel
I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I promised myself that I was finished with ChickLit books. Then I found out that Sophie Kinsella had writted a new book. Now I like to think that I grew out of the Shopaholic series but truthfully I just enjoyed the first three more than the rest. I didn’t really enjoy Twenties Girl as much as I would have liked. So I was prepared to read this book and then stop reading Sophie Kinsella books. Oops. I really enjoyed this book – despite being prepared to endure it rather than enjoy it. It was very much in the vein of Can you Keep a Secret and Undomestic Goddess, which I really enjoyed. Now all I can think about is how much I want to reread her books.

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Posted February 17, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized