Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Update on Writing and reading.

I haven't blogged in a while, I know. Mostly because I've been rewriting my novel (50% through... yay! too bad that the second half is the one that needs the most work!), writing 2 short stories (one of which is really close to selling) and researching my Highlights contest entry for 2009.

And Blogging takes time from writing, and really, time is something I don't have, now that Daughter #1 is in TWO classes (art and ballet) and also doing home-schooled kindergarten.

So what prompted this entry? Well, I've never actually READ a Meg Cabot book before. I enjoyed the Princess Diaries movies, but her books are usually checked out of my library and I will ONLY start a series if I can read book ONE!

But yesterday, as I perused the new YAs, I happened across Airhead! It's great! It's so much fun.... it's about a girl who's in an accident and has her brain transplanted into a super-model's body. Many complications ensue.

Now, when I was young (back in the 90s), Peter Dickinson had a book called "Eva"

**SPOILER FOLLOWS*****

that was super popular.... about a girl who has her brain transplanted into a chimp body, and slowly the girl slips away and becomes a chimp. I never actually finished it. I thought it was slow and a bit of a downer. I read the first few chapters and the last three pages.

Airhead managed to keep a light touch, even at the emotionally charged bits. Though it will be interesting to see, as the series progresses, how much Cabot was influenced by "Eva."

Anyway, it was a LOT of fun. I can't wait for book 2!

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