January 23, 2013 § 5 Comments
WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. To play, answer the following questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What I’m currently reading:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. So far, the lack of a primary character is disconcerting to me, but something about the story keeps drawing me back.
The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Right now I’m at the part where the main character is at a low point and it’s like watching a train wreck about to happen. My head is screaming “No! Stop!!”
What I think I’ll read next:
I think it’s going to be the BTY sequel, Reflected in You by Sylvia Day,
and Slammed by Colleen Hoover.
Leave a comment with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or just share your answers here.
January 20, 2013 § 2 Comments
I am watching ‘The Abolitionists” on PBS’ American Experience. Part 2, which aired Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, featured the 1852 publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a best-selling book that helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans about slavery. As a writer, what struck me about this was that it was Stowe’s appeal to emotion that fueled her book’s success and influence.
“The Abolitionists” on PBS
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s impetus for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the loss of her beloved son to cholera. The grief she felt after his death fueled her empathy with slave mothers, mothers she had witnessed being forcibly separated from their own children on the slave auction block. Her abhorrence of slavery as a cruel and inhumane institution was cemented. The aspiring writer felt that if she could channel her grief and her horror into a book, then her son’s death would not have been in vain.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold ten thousand copies within the first week of publication. The publisher couldn’t keep up with the demand. One historian commented that this book is unparalleled in its popularity and influence in American history. The reason is that the book appealed to people’s hearts. Slavery was being told from the viewpoint of its victims, human beings in peril. As a result, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was responsible for converting millions of Americans against slavery.
This is a powerful lesson to remember as a writer and as a person. Creating emotion, appealing to the universality of what it feels like to be human, is what makes a compelling story. And it is our human bond, our common human emotions, that drive us as a people toward greatness.
Part 3 of “The Abolitionists” airs Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, on PBS. Check your local listings for showtimes.
January 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
It’s Good to Have Goals
I didn’t finish the novel in 2012. But enough of that. I’m going to focus on the positive— the accomplishments and highlights of 2012.
Made serious progress on the novel
- Finished draft 2.
- Finished the detailed timeline.
- Finished the in depth character bios.
- Finshed the Save the Cat Beat Sheet.
- Revamped the mythic outline after reading The Writer’s Journey
- Started draft 3 which includes a lot of total rewrites and scrapping of old scenes and creating new scenes thanks to the whole timeline and character bio and save the cat thing. Oh, well. It’s gotta be done.
Finished my 2012 Goodreads Challenge
I haven’t read 25 books in a year since I was in college!
This group really knows the writing and publishing industry, all of the members are very interactive and supportive, and I look forward to the meetings because they are super fun.
Met a whole bunch of authors in person
Alisa Valdes—The Dirty Girls Social Club, The Temptation, The Feminist and the Cowboy
I love Alisa’s openness and honesty about everything. She proves that vulnerability is strength.
Alyson Noël — Fated, Faking 19, The Immortals series, Fly Me to the Moon
Alyson’s Soul Seekers series is set in New Mexico. She also turned me on to Save the Cat, and my “Save the Cat” moment in my book makes it much better.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips— The Great Escape, Natural Born Charmer, It Had to be You
SEP gave me the idea to nix the prologue in my book, and it’s better for it.
Darynda Jones —Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Third Grave Dead Ahead
I love, love, love Darynda’s Charley Davidson series.
Katie Lane— Going Cowboy Crazy, Make Mine a Bad Boy
Katie’s books may just make me check out the country and western dance hall here in town. I’ve heard there are a lot of pretty cowboys there!
I’ll always remember how just about every twelve year old girl was reading Forever, on the bus and on the playground. We were so relieved that somebody was speaking to us frankly and genuinely about love, sex, and girlhood. And, yes, this is still my Facebook cover page photo.
Got a comic book signed by Len Wein.
Plus, my blog post was posted to the ACE Facebook page and to their blog on the SuperCon2K site.
The celebrity sightings!
Met Daniel Gillies at ABQ Comic Con
He’s even hotter in person, really easy to talk to (once I actually got up the nerve to walk over to him), and pegged me for several years younger than I am. Score!
I love Gilmore Girls, own every season on DVD, so this was a real treat.
Julie Dunfey’s advice to aspiring creators: If you have enthusiasm and passion for your project and communicate that, you can sell it.
It was a total blast, and the trailer is fantastic. Check it out.
On to a fabulous and productive 2013!