Week Sixteen: Halle-freaking-lujah!

April 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

April 24, 2012

“Readers care more about the characters than the plot.” —Paula Paul, Author
That must be why I kept reading The Vampire Diaries: Nightfall, despite the fact that huge chunks of it were so all over the place I wondered if it was written by the same author of the previous four tightly plotted books. But I finished it, all 586 sometimes painful pages of it, only because I wanted to know what would happen to Stefan and Elena and Damon and Bonnie. A plus—this makes book eight of my Goodreads challenge.

“It’s good to have goals.” —My boss, of all people
Last night, sometime between 11:00 p.m. and midnight, I finished the second draft of my book. I came in three weeks behind my overly optimistic schedule, but what’s three weeks compared to, say, years? I stayed in for two weekends in a row, barely talked to my friends, and didn’t get nearly enough sleep, but it’s done. Well, nothing’s ever done, I have a rigorous rewrite ahead of me, but I cleared a major hurdle. Now I know what it feels like to cry tears of joy.

Not a whole lot of stimulating activities this week, but I still had to eat while watching some TV. Scandal continues to be deliciously addictive, and this week’s The Vampire Diaries, “Heart of Darkness,” was the best episode I’ve seen in, like, forever. I loved the contrasting plot lines of Stefan stuck in the Salvatore dungeon, trying to bait Alaric’s evil alter ego, while Damon gets to take a cross-county trip with Elena. Sure, Damon got beaten by one of the Originals with a baseball bat, but he was still having a better time than his brother. And speaking of Damon and Elena, how about that kiss?? Now that’s what I’m talking about.

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