Friday, September 26, 2008

I'll Never Be That Good

I just picked up Wind in the Door By Madeleine L'Engle last night. I hadn't read it in a while, I was looking for a good read, and suddenly, it was THERE.

I think it is a safe bet that I will NEVER be as good as L'Engle. I was a little bit sad about the fact, then I thought about how Wrinkle in Time was the book that taught me to read (Mom would only read one chapter a night. I HAD to know how the whole IT thing played out). Then I remembered the time I got to hear L'Engle read and how she autographed my book.....

And I realized, it's OK that I'll never be that good. Very few writers are.

So today, it's back to work. We're done with birthdays for about 2 weeks, I will force myself to stop obsessing about politics and financial crises, and I will keep working on my novel. I think I'm more than half-way through this revision, but I'm not sure because as I flesh out scenes and add things the book gets longer and longer. (My first draft was only about 27,000 words.)

I should finish this stage by the end of October. Then I'll print it out, put it in a binder, and slowly read it out loud and do a mega-edit of doom. And I'll find the time for my Highlights entry too.... I'm almost done researching and ready to write it.

Anyway, barring total melt-down of the world economy that leaves me without power to run the computer, I should still be on track to start submitting to agents by January, and start seriously writing my second novel.

I want to be a book-a-year person. We'll see if I can do it. (I know I could if I had more than 30 minutes a day, but I'd like to see if I can with my current hectic life too!)

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!