Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm not going to do any sort of review because I don't want to risk any unintentional spoilers. Also, I don't particularly like writing traditional reviews, and this is my blog. I'm a little surprised that I loved reading Dragon Tattoo so much. I like me some crime fiction now and then, but I generally dislike reading graphic depictions of violence (particularly if it's violence against women or of a sexual nature). I don't think it's spoiling anything to say there's some of that in the book. However, it didn't feel gratuitous and it was balanced by the book's subtle feminist slant. In my opinion, anyway.
I'm always a little sad when I finish a book and have to leave its fictive world. The upside is that for the past week I've been reading Dragon Tattoo pretty compulsively--pulling it out in the elevator (really? I am going to be inside for 2 minutes, max), finishing a chapter after I make it out of the subway car (don't worry, Mom, I am not reading while entering or exiting the train or anywhere near the edge of the platform), at home when I should be doing work. I'm sorry, but I needed to know what was gonna happen next.
Speaking of next, one of those ARCs is next in line for me to read: The Daughters by Joanna Philbin.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Two things in my fiction work are making me anxious lately. (Anxious might not be the most appropriate description. I feel in no way similar to how I feel when I am boarding a plane. Although that's probably more like terrified or pants-shitting. Antsy is a better word for how I feel about writing lately. I digress.)
The first is that I've sent out some queries to agents in the past month and a half for my YA novel. It's such a rollercoaster, at least for someone who is new to this game. On the one hand, you have the instances in which someone replies favorably, and you inch forward by sending them a partial or full manuscript, and then you go back to waiting. That scenario, even if it leads to a pass, is still positive reinforcement regardless. On the other hand are instances of total silence. I think I would actually prefer a speedy form rejection to no response. Without any response, you are left wondering--Did my query go through? Did a spam filter eat it? Is the agent just slow (which is fine; I know the volume of submissions they receive)? Or did they hate it and chuck it? So many questions and limitless time to ponder them in your head.
The second is that I completed the outline for my next writing project. I am a huge fan of a detailed outline, even though I always end up straying from them. I need a road map before I can embark on storytelling. Anyway, it's been a while since I wrote something fresh. I spent a lot of time revising my YA book and working on freelance articles. I know how rewarding writing is, but also how much work it is. Starting something new is always daunting! Hence I'm feeling a little anxious/antsy.