WWW Wednesdays (October 17)

October 17, 2012 § 10 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 Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I saw the movie and loved it so much I had to get the book. The author himself wrote and directed the movie, which probably explains why it was so good.

What I just finished reading:
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. I loved this book. It was definitely one of my favorites books for 2012. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

What I think I’ll read next:
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. Still. I went to my local bookstore last week and they were sold out so they put it on order for me. I sure hope it gets here before the Tiger Eyes movie screening at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival this weekend. I want the book to be fresh in my mind again before I see the screen version!

The fruits of my latest trip to my local independent book store, Page One. The Judy Blume book is Forever, another one of my favorites by her.

Week Thirty-Two: eReaders, LERA’s Golden Heart Winner, and Grimm

August 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

August 13th, 2012

14 down, 11 to go on Goodreads Challenge

I finished reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ The Great Escape (here’s my review) and am now 56% towards my Goodreads Challenge. I started reading Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane, and it is just great sexy fun. I am stoked to start reading Rogue’s Pawn and Sharing Hailey, the first two eBooks I have ever bought, but I don’t have an eReader to read them with. I know, pretty ridiculous. I paid off some credit card bills this month and have not bitten the bullet yet to purchase an eReader. I considered the iPad about as long as it took me to absorb the price—that is too big of an investment for me right now. Everybody seems to be getting tablets, so now I am considering the Nook Color or Nook Tablet. Barnes & Noble just dropped the price on both and I like the idea of walking into one of the few remaining book stores and trying the devices out first hand. How about you? What do you use to read your eBooks?

The monthly LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting was last Saturday, and the topic was the RWA conference in CA, which many LERA members attended. It sounds like it was a total blast, and I might have to save my pennies (well, more than that) and go next year. The really exciting news is that one of the LERA members, Tamra Baumann, won The Golden Heart® in her category this year! The Golden Heart is a big achievement. It’s a national contest that recognizes outstanding manuscripts by unpublished authors in the romance genre. Best-selling novelist Darynda Jones (and LERA member) got her start when she won the paranormal romance Golden Heart in 2009 for First Grave on the Right. There are so many talented writers in this group, and I really look forward to the meetings because everyone is so friendly and helpful. I’m sending in my membership application this week.

As for my own writing, the timeline I am working on is marching along.


I checked out the season 2 premiere of Grimm on Monday, and I think I might be hooked. This striking promo poster intrigued me a lot, and my fellow Front Row Diva, Dia, recommended this show. I like the fact that the hero, who has to be all badass and fight all these monsters, is a really good guy. I’m kind of over the bloodthirsty murdering psychopath as hero thing right now. Bring on the boy scouts, like Clark Kent, Captain America, and, now, Nick Burkhardt. How about you? Any Grimm fans out there who can tell me that I missed a lot first season?

Grimm on NBC Season 2 Poster

Week Eighteen: The Temptation, Still Typing, and the Awesome Avengers

May 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

May 6, 2012

I started reading The Temptation, a new YA novel from best-selling author Alisa Valdes. The Temptation, which was released on April 24th, is the first in Alisa’s supernatural romance Kindred trilogy. It’s about a girl who begins a strange and dangerous journey after her car crashes in a snowstorm and she is rescued by a mysterious young man with healing powers. The author, who lives in New Mexico, gave a talk and book-signing at Bookworks in Albuquerque last week. I will post more details on Alisa’s talk later this week. I am also still reading On Writing, which leads me to—

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”—Stephen King’s first editor, from King’s book On Writing.

I’d like to be rewriting, doors open or closed, but I’m still typing, often times while eating dinner. I wrote a lot of freaking pages that need to be transcribed, so, yeah, I’m still typing. Coffee is my best friend, and I am two episodes behind on Mad Men. You’d think with all the typing I’m doing that my speed and accuracy would improve, but no.


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Albuquerque Studios provided sets for The Avengers.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was up until 2:00 a.m. Saturday, all because of The Avengers (parts of which were filmed here in Albuquerque). When my friend and I got to the theater on Friday night, all the shows were sold out until eleven o’ clock. So we got tickets to the 11:00 p.m. show and whiled away the time at a nearby Asian restaurant and ate and talked until the smell of bleach told us the crew was cleaning—and closing the place. We went back to the movies a half hour before showtime, and as soon as the previews ended, people started clapping. I couldn’t be happier that Joss Whedon (whom I adore for Buffy and Dollhouse), broke opening weekend box office records and had people applauding before the movie had even started. The Avengers popped with Whedon’s particular brand of off-beat humor and snappy bicker/banter, and he characteristically turned the traditional female role on its head with one statement from Black Widow: “I’m in the middle of an interrogation!” I loved how he wrote the sad, haunted, emotionally isolated Bruce Banner, whom Mark Ruffalo portrayed perfectly. My favorite line: “A little secret—I’m always angry.” The entire audience laughed, clapped, and cheered throughout the movie, causing my friend to jokingly gripe, “People are acting like they’re watching live theater.” That is how much we were moved by The Avengers.

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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