Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Making slow progress...

...on this next JB chapter. But, progress is progress yes? It doesn't help that I'm going on vacation for 10 days either. I doubt that I'll get anything done while I'm away, but I'm going to bring my flash drive. I need to invest in another laptop, I think.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Review: The Chronicles of Nick

Like zombies? Need a book where the main character is a young 16-year-old male (cause lets be honest--there are FEW books out there with young guys as the lead character... kudos to Kenyon for writing one)? Then you might want to check out "Infinity" the first book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's new series for teens. I picked this book up because I'd read Kenyon's adult "Dark Hunter" series and really liked them. This book could make the teen-to-adult leap (think Twilight saga), but the writing is definitely geared toward that younger audience. This isn't a bad thing, however... she does a great job with the young male voice. I could learn a few things from her for sure. Overall, I found myself laughing at a few silly zombie slashing parts, and turning pages quickly out of eagerness to understand the mystery of Nick Gautier. Overall, this was a good read. I give it a B-.

I'm currently reading "Life as We Knew It." I'm 45 pages in and so far, so good. Although I'll admit that I'm longing for another "preternatural" book like the Chronicles of Nick. What is it about non-humans that makes life so entertaining? Good thing Cassandra Clares new book comes out at the end of the month! I should be done with my reading list by then.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Writing Continues

Although it's been over a year since my last post (and nearly two years since I began the project), I've started writing chapter seven of The Jade Bracelet tonight. It actually feels REALLY good to be working on it (sad that I started it right before bed, but at least I started it). I hope to finish this chapter in a couple days and post it--and then hopefully that will spur me on to write the last few chapters (I'm thinking 4-5 more). Can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chapter Snippets Now Available

So... while playing with my blog, I discovered a way to post chapters of my stories. Sadly, I'm still not ready to post the stories in their entirety, but here's a little taste for anyone who didn't get to read the originals that were on FictionPress before I took them down. It's been a few years since I've written these stories and my writing style has definitely changed a little bit... so, don't expect greatness, just a fun read. I'm still working on my thesis--I plan to turn a draft of it in to my committee by September 1. After that, at least for a few months anyway, I'll be able to work on other things. Then I'll have to do a final revision on the thesis and then this long journey is OVER. I see myself being completely done with everything by December 15. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Enjoy the chapter previews! You'll find them located to the --> right.