Do I Have To Do This?

Thursday, April 27, 2006


So here's the thing, I was reading the reviews for Nicholas Evan's latest book The Divide, and I don't know how I would handle the reviews that he has received so far. They basically say, it's a great book until you get the middle and then it becomes boring and long winded with some marshmallow fluff to follow. They all praise his book The Horse Whisperer (one of my personal favorites) so I guess that's something, but here is what concerns me as a wannabe writer. He (Nicholas Evans) says on his website that he thinks this is the best book he's written so far. In all fairness I haven't read this book yet, but after checking out the reviews I'm not sure I want to. I probably will because curiosity will get the better of me, but I guess I'm just wondering, as a writer are we tone deaf to our own writing?

Then I check out Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer's blog and Jennifer Crusie says that Amazon reviews are not to be taken seriously. I think it takes an established successful writer to be able to blow bad reviews off, or maybe I'm just really thin skinned. I haven't decided yet.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

All About Me

One day, when I grow up, I want to be a published author. At present I am working on my first book and doing a lot of research on what the market requires to get published. I'm reading everything I can get my hands on, author blogs, author advice, how to books, you name it I've probably read it or have it in my to be read pile. It's a large pile that continues to grow. I am also struggling with writer's block the closer I get to the middle of the story. I've definitely got the beginning and the ending all figured out, now if the middle could just write itself as easily I could be done by now. I don't feel too bad about it though, from what I've read so far, a lot of writer's struggle with middles. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I'm a mother of two kids and two dogs. Max is our newest addition and if we can all survive the next couple of months I'm sure he's going to fit in just fine. Our first dog (he's easily offended if we call him the 'old' dog) Feliz, is insanely jealous of any attention that Max gets, but is just happy to have somebody to play with while everybody else is at work and school.

In my "spare time" I read. I read a lot. I am currently reading Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, recommended by Jennifer Apodaca and Thrilled to Death written by Jennifer Apodaca. (She probably recommends reading that book too!)

I think I'm going to use this blog to chart my progress through this incredible writing process. One of my very best friends is developing a fantasy book. She's in the process of outlining her story (a trilogy, she's very ambitious) and creating her fantasy world. I'm very impressed. I have enough problems creating the fictitious world that I write about, I can't image having to create it from scratch. But the two of us are helping each other out. One day, if everything goes as planned (fingers still crossed) we'll figure out how to collaborate together on a book. Could be interesting.