Saturday, August 27, 2011


What am I reading now? Impossible (Nancy Werlin)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far? At first, this seems like a contemporary YA fiction--but it's not. Lucy thinks she's living a normal life--nope again. At seventeen, she's the latest victim in a centuries old Elfin curse. Reads a bit like a Grimm's fairy tale, you know the version you wouldn't read as a bedtime story.


Larry Brooks (in Story Engineering) says that foreshadowing is a glimpse of a forthcoming plot point or characterization. I'm heading into revision in a couple of weeks with my current story and this is one of the goals I've set to practice in that manuscript.

So I went looking. (Hm, these might be spoilers--just sayin'.)

Perfect Chemistry
(Simone Elkeles)
Chapter 3: Boring? I almost got in an accident, was flipped off by a girl from the south side, and was harassed by a dangerous gang member outside the school's front doors. If that was any indication of the rest of the senior year, this school will be anything but boring.
     *Thought this was a little synopsis  of the first chapter when I first read it. It took on more meaning later.

The Morning Gift (Eva Ibbotson)
Prologue: "It's Mozart, isn't it?"... "Yes. The Adagio in B Minor." He finished playing and looked at her and found her entirely pleasing. He liked her fair hair in its old-fashioned heavy plait, her snub nose, the crisp white blouse and pleated pinafore. Above all he like the admiration reflected in her eyes. "I mustn't disturb you, " she said. He shook his head. "I don't mind you being here if you're quiet," he said. ... "Mozart had a starling," Heini said. "He kept it in a cage in a room where he worked and he didn't mind it singing ... Did you know that?" "No I didn't." He watched the thick plait of hair swing to and fro as she shook her head. Then: "You can be my starling," Heini said.
     *I didn't realize during the reading of this that the cage was significant, as was his dispassionate look as he appraised her appearance.

(Maggie Steifvater)
Page 43: "My heart ached inside me, torn between wanting them to stop and wishing they would go on forever. I imagined myself there among them in the golden wood, watching them tilt their heads back and howl underneath the sky of endless stars. I blinked a tear away, feeling foolish and miserable, but I didn't go to sleep until every wolf had fallen silent."
     *Foreshadowing for this book and the third in the series.

Larry Brooks states that sometimes when you want the foreshadowing obvious, connect it to emotion, if you want the foreshadowing to be subtle then we should "allow it to pass without much notice."

So here's a goal going on my revision list: Weave in foreshadowing of meaningful events and characterization.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New School Year has Started

What am I reading now?  Perfect Chemistry (Simone Elkeles)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far? What do you think a gang banger and pom-pom girl have in common? Right, not much. But when they're thrown together both kinds of sparks fly. IMO--PG-13 for lots of innuendo, so far.

The School Year Started Today!
Woohoo. I love the new school year. It feels like New Year's Day to me. I make resolutions and give myself a clear slate to start over with. It's going to be a great year!

Blog Schedule
Back to the school year means I'm also back to posting one day a week--Saturdays.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What Happened to that NaNo Book?

What am I reading now?   Sirensong (Jenna Black)

Annnd. . . what do I think of it so far?  The first book was Glimmerglass. It was a fun read and I think I even gave one away in my summer celebration. I was not sold on the premise established at the end of the second book, Shadowspell, in this series--The fate of the world rests on a girls ability to stay a virgin. Really that was it. So this is the third book. I'm enjoying the characters (new and continuing) and I'm hoping for more depth of life in this book.

The back cover blurb promises a visit to the Seelie Court, assassination attempts, and fleeing for her life--sounds good to me.

What happened to that NaNo book you were writing?
Back last November, I joined the National Novel Writing Month contest. The goal is simple write 50,000 words for a story (translation=write a novel in a month) between Nov. 1-30. I began and typed more than I've ever produced in single sittings before.

Didn't make it though. I wrote about 10,000 words that month. I celebrated because it was definitely my personal best.

So, I'm still working on that book. Damnation (That's the title not my attitude.) Currently I'm at about 85% complete.

I just couldn't figure out how to turn off the internal editor. Still haven't. I'd write sentences and scenes then go back and rewrite them before I moved on.

Three books in two years. Not quick by any standard, but a great way to spend time. Loving it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Blog--Lala's Books

What am I reading now? Among the Hidden (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Annnd . . . what do I think so far? How have I not heard of this book (series) before? A friend recommended it (Thanks, Michelle!) and I've started the first book. It's an intriguing concept. Families are allowed two children. What happens if they have a third? How do they hide them?

New Book Blog

Lynnea has a new blog for all the books she's read--hundreds every year. Her genre of choice is usually YA paranormal and Manga (I don't know if she admits to this on Goodreads). Lala's Books

Go by and check out her reads!

OOH--she's giving away Wings by Aprilynne Pike to celebrate.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mmmm! Choco-taco

What am I reading now?  The Key of Kilenya (Andrea Pearson)

Annnd. . . what do I think of it so far? Jacob is attacked by huge, vicious wolves. When he's chased into the woods, he finds he has entered a magical world (literally another world) that is in desperate need of his help. Wouldn't his older brother be a better choice for saving the Makalo? What do they mean, Jacob is magical?

He has no idea where to go, what to do or how this world works. (Oh yeah, he messes up a lot.) He could walk away (or run if the wolves see him) and put this world and his own at risk of destruction or he could try something--anything.

His quest begins to find the Key of Kilenya.

Genre: Fantasy (especially for ages 12-15) 

You can purchase this book HERE.

Mmmm! Choco-Taco

•chocolate waffle 
•whipped cream
•strawberry sauce
•toffee covered peanuts

This is super simple, but here are the recipe det's:

Chocolate Waffle
Chocolate cake mix made according to package directions but double the water, then cook in the waffle iron. When you remove the waffle fold it gently in half (so it doesn't break) and let it cool. (I held it by a fan to speed it up.)

Strawberry Sauce
Put one pint of strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar water in a blender to make the puree.

Fill the waffle with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Sprinkle with peanuts (in my opinion--the peanuts make the dish so be generous) and serve atop strawberry sauce.

The flat waffle irons work better than the Belgian style.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

School is Starting Soon!

What am I reading now?  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)

Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  First thought--this is full, full, full of description! Reads slowly.

However, very interesting as it moves back and forth between the story in 1942 and the story in 1986. I've read a few things about the internment camps, but this book makes that time more fresh and alive for me.

Definitely a book club can't-wait-to-discuss-this-with-you kind of book.

School is Starting Soon!
Items on sale:
notebooks √
pencils √
crayons √
glue sticks √
more notebooks (because of a stupid limit on the number of super cheap ones you can buy at one time) √√

What's on your list for getting ready?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Freakin' Cute House

What am I reading now?  The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  Notes to remember as I read: Amnesia. All boys--Lord of the Flies-ish. Fortress. Maze. Danger--bloodthirsty monsters. A girl. (Of course it only takes one girl to throw the boy's society into chaos.)

Freakin' Cute House

I should be able to work this into a story somehow. But how? Brainstorm!
Who is here?
What are they doing?
Why here? Why now?
Where is this?
When does it happen?
How will they do it?

Throw me all you've got for 5 Ws and an H.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


What am I reading now?  Supernaturally (Kiersten White)

Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  Evie, Evie, Evie. Never leave home without Tasey. And hot guys--do you really need them in your life?


Made some Mini-Fritatas like the ones I saw on (If you go to this website and become addicted to it--well, it's not my fault, but you're welcome.)

I made a different recipe but still cooked them individually in muffin cups.
I used 1/4 c. each of celery, bell pepper and frozen peas. 2 Tablespoons each for onion and milk. 6 eggs, 1 c. shredded pepper jack and 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.

Line muffin cups with parchment paper and place about 1/4 cup in each parchment cup. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Looky! They're so cute in their little parchment wrappers . . .

Yummy! It's like a three bite omelet.