As you can tell, I am excited. What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? November is National Novel Writing Month, where people from all over do the impossible: write a novel of 50,000 + words in one month. It’s crazy, and it’s sometimes impossible, given the demands on your time. There’s no cash prize at the end, just the satisfaction of knowing that you did it. But it’s also REALLY FUN! There is nothing like living inside your novel for a month and experiencing the thrill of creating something completely new. And at the end of the month, even if you don’t quite make the word count, you have a rough draft of a story that you can polish and turn into something truly wonderful. So, let the dishes pile up, and put all those books you planned to read on hold. Get ready to dive into your own special world. Good luck, fellow writers!
Whew! With only days to spare and just in time for Halloween, I am finished my short story for the Utah Horror Writers’ Anthology, It Came From the Great Salt Lake. THE CELLAR is now sent in. I now can stop thinking about my story, which is creepy, scary, and downright horrible. I hope they like it. And now maybe the ants which have invaded the house will leave too.
I’ve got to get my short story finished! The October 31 deadline is almost here.
It Came From the Great Salt Lake: Utah Horror Writers’ second annual Horror anthology.
I’m trying out something different. Like writing in any other genre, a story is a story and requires a lot of work to make it really shine. But I’m having fun!
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Book Review: Twilight/Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer:
I was curious to see how Stephenie Meyer was going to pull off a gender switch up for Twilight, so I bought Twilight/Life and Death (the tenth anniversary edition) and started reading.
First you have to understand that I am a die-hard Twilight fan. I’ve read the original book over ten times. (Should I really be admitting that?) I also really enjoyed the movies, even though they weren’t as good as the books. And I loved the music in all four movies! So, I had doubts on whether this version would work.
As I began to read, Beau and Edythe slowly came to life. It was interesting to see how their personalities were different from Edward and Bella, and yet how they worked for the story. Because I knew the story so well, I picked up on all the differences. I liked Beau’s personality. Edythe was okay. I had a hard time with the changes in the Cullen family. I’d come to love each of them in the original books, and it was unsettling to find them different people. The hardest change for me was the werewolves. Wolves in the wild are male dominated, and it makes sense that werewolves would follow the same instincts. So to have Jake (my heart throb!) be replaced by Jules and a pack of female wolves… Ahhh! It just didn’t work for me.
My biggest complaint was that the plot was exactly the same (it’s hard to stay awake when you are so very familiar with it). But then Bam! A certain decision is made that changes everything and makes the rest of the book VERY interesting and fun. I liked the ending. It made sense, better than Twilight’s original ending, actually. (Not that I would want the next three books to vanish.)
So, to conclude, I enjoyed reading Life and Death. It was an interesting experiment, and I think for the most part, she pulled it off. But, please, Stephenie, write something new. I am dying for a new book from you, with new characters and a new plot.
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Book Review: Kisses in the Rain, by Krista Lynne Jensen:
After a car accident claims her fiancé and her most recent memories, Georgie Tate moves in with her aunts, who live on a small island outside Seattle. She begins to reshape her life as she struggles with the knowledge that something bad happened, and she can’t trust a man ever again. When she finds work at a local seafood restaurant, she meets the grumpy cook, Jace Lowe, who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. Both of them are wounded, angry, and confused. But they can’t deny the attraction between them either, and they gradually form a friendship as they work on a project together. Georgie must remember what happened with her abusive fiancé and work through her issues, and Jace must resolve his pain and family issues before they can find the courage to love again.
I loved this book! The imagery is so vivid and stunning that it made me want to visit the island and walk on the shore, and eat the foods they cooked. I love the way their lives and hearts are gradually revealed — two people who are real and down to earth, who struggle with their problems, yet find positive ways to overcome them. They are both good people of faith, but their religion is part of their background, and the book doesn’t preach. Georgie is dealing with the effects of abuse, and her healing is insightful and helpful to the reader. The romance between Jace and Georgie is sweet and clean. I closed this book with a smile, and then I went back and read the whole thing again. Thanks, Krista, for a beautiful story!