Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things 17-11-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

In my day job I have been working on our business's annual report since June and yesterday it finally went to the printer.  I am definitely celebrating that because having it off my desk means I can focus my attention on the next big project I have, with a looming deadline in December.

I have been forced to abandon NaNo for this year, which is not something I'm celebrating, exactly, but certainly takes some pressure off.  I got edits on STUMPED from my publisher this week, and while they haven't taken me an enormous amount of time to turn around, I am now very behind the word count I need to win NaNo.

And next week is one of those weeks at work where three nights out of five I have to go to events or help at functions, so I would get even further behind.

I will keep working on the book in my spare time, but I doubt I will get anywhere near 50K by the end of the month now.  Especially if another round of edits comes in.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books I've Read: The Homecoming

This is one of those books where the blurb grabbed me and I was super excited to start reading.  It sounded right up my alley with the boy POV, estranged family and a dead girlfriend.  I was ready to dive into an emotionally complex and moving book.

But I didn't really get that.

Something about the MC just didn't gel and I never found myself caring enough about him or what was going on in his life.  I never felt like I got under his skin and felt anything he was feeling.  Or even that he was really feeling anything.  It was almost like the author was describing what she thought he should be feeling rather than allowing the character to actually feel.

Maybe it was a stylistic choice because John had spent so long numbing himself with drugs and alcohol he didn't know how to feel.  

Whatever it was, it didn't work for me, and what should have been a painful, raw story about redemption and forgiveness, was actually a little dull.

Disappointing, really.  I hate it when a really good story is let down by less than great execution.  It's actually worse than a book that's beautifully written but has little to no plot to drive it.

But don't just listen to me.  Here's the blurb:

Forced to return to his estranged family, John discovers how hard it is to truly go home.

It's been a year since John lost his girlfriend, Leah, to suicide. Living with his uncle keeps his mind from the tragedy and his screwed up family-until he gets into trouble and a judge sends him back home. With a neglectful mother and abusive brother, John's homecoming is far from happy.

As he tries to navigate and repair the relationships he abandoned years ago, Emily, the girl next door, is the only bright spot. She's sweet and smart and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. But tragedy isn't far away, and John must soon face an impossible decision: save his family or save himself.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Weekly Goals 13-11-17

It's still all about NaNo.  I finished yesterday on just under 22,500 words which I'm happy with.  I would have liked to be a little further ahead at this stage, but considering how many days I haven't managed to write much, I'm pretty happy.

I will have to try and get a few good days under my belt this week because next week is a busy one with work-related events and there are going to be at least three days I probably won't get a chance to write much, if at all.

I finally got the plot moving yesterday though, so things should progress well from here.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things 10-11-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

I'm making pretty good progress on my NaNo book.  I should hit 20K tonight, if I have a good writing night.

Unfortunately, the story isn't moving forward as quickly as I would like it to.  I will have to edit some of the scenes I've written a lot when I revise.  But I know my process well enough now to know I always noodle a lot in the early chapters becasue I'm getting to know my characters and their voices.  Once I have them nailed, the plot elements start moving faster because I don't stop to explore every little thought and gesture to figure out how they should react to whatever is happening.

I'll probably only manage one writing session over the weekend because I'm going away for work on Saturday.  Which means my weekend will be even shorter than usual.

And that's about it for celebrating this week.  We've had some absolutely glorious weather and that always cheers people up. Long may it continue.

What are you celebrating this week?