Monthly Archives: September 2008

Twilight: I’m hooked

When I say I’m fairly obsessed by the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, most people who haven’t heard of the Twilight series look at me as if I’ve finally lost it. “It” being my mind, my reason, or any rhyme thereof.

But I’m not afraid to admit that not only do I find the story compelling but I find the writing absolutely wonderful. Forget about all the vampire clichés; Stephenie Meyer has thrown them all out (well, they do drink blood, but even that little bit has a twist) and started with two people, one alive and the other dead, and has fabricated a compelling, believable, story that will raise your hackles, speed up your breath, shiver up your spine, and keep you storming through to the end. And even at 500 pages a pop, it’s a worthwhile time investment.

Twilight is the first in the series, then comes New Moon, Eclipse, and the last one Breaking Dawn.

On her website, Stephenie also talks about her experience with publishing. It warms my heart that she very simply states how difficult it is to go through the process of finding an agent/publisher. She makes me like her as a person as much as a writer. Here’s what she has to say: Continue reading

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Top 10 Wackiest Conspiracy Theories

I recently almost collided with a madman. At least he sounded mad, spewing conspiracy theories to everyone he could catch on the street. The man wasn’t violent, although is was big, but he was definitely not all in the same universe as the rest of us. Adding stuff in the water, aborting babies, population control through nuclear irradiation, he had a few doozies. (He was so fascinating I decided to use him in my next book).

The man reminded me of the movie Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, in which good ol’ Mel is crazy as a loon and sees conspiracies everywhere. Thing is, he sounds so real he ends up stumbling onto a real government conspiracy.

We shouldn’t all be so lucky (yeah, right). This got me to google the terms and lo and behold, I happened to fing the Top 10 Wackiest Conspiracy Theories.

I don’t know about you but some of them sound pretty plausible, especially the one about Microsoft. Hey, just because you’re paranoid it doesn’t mean someone’s not after you.

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Speed of Life

Seems like we should replace the term speed of light with speed of life. Is it a function of age, I wonder, or a function of our crazy lives with all the calls upon our time? It seems I never have enough time to write, read, cook, go shopping, exercise, listen to music, watch a little tv, spend time with family, make love, do needlework, go sailing, brush the cat, blog, socialize, visit with friends… ah, of course, not of these activities are in order of priority.

I usually get up between 5:30am and 6am and usually go to bed by 10:30pm and it seems I always get to do about a quarter of what I wanted to do. I’m not a disorganized person, I’m a list fiend so I like to plan ahead and still I don’t have enough time. Am I going to have to become ruthless and plan every minute of my day? It seems like an uncomfortable and inflexible way to live.

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Writing by hand: a lost art?

Lately I've found sitting in front of the computer to write more of a chore than a pleasure. It's probably in large part because I need a new chair, but also because we recently moved and my office is a mess of boxes waiting for a custom-made bookcase (coming soon, coming soon).

One of the advantage of the move to our condo is that it comes with facilities, including a library. Early on I found out there was very little traffic there and I've started taking pad and paper, a thermos of tea, and my iPod and simply write.. by hand.

I've been amazingly productive. I guess part of it is there are no distractions like email or computer games, which I'm prone to go to when I hit a snag in the writing. Down in the library I simply get up, do a turn about the room, get the thinking cells to rest and recharge.

The only downsize of all this handwriting productivity is that I then have to retype everything. It seems like a waste of time but in the end I end up doing some small edits that refine the story (no wordsmithing, though, that's for later).

I don't know if I'll write the whole novel that way but for right now, it works for me. Best of all, I'm writing again.

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