Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Review - Succubus Blues

Book Review - Succubus Blues
by Richelle Mead

I'm not usually a fan of the hot  & sexy stories that offer pure erotica and not much story line. And the whole premise of this story gave me pause. Imagine my added concern when I looked-up the definition of "succubus" on Dictionary.com:
suc·cu·bus   /ˈsʌkyəbəs/ Show Spelled[suhk-yuh-buhs] Show IPAnoun, plural -bi  /-ˌbaɪ/ Show Spelled[-bahy] Show IPA.1.a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.
2. any demon or evil spirit.

3. a strumpet or prostitute.

Yep, I thought I had this whole booked pegged, but then I started reading the reviews, many which offered insight into the storyline. It had promise. So I gave it a try, and yes, its true. This book is steamy in parts (not for kids, definitely an adult read) but it also had strong characters and a good story. And I love the fact that the whole concept is believable, in other words, the story and the characters are setup in such a way that even if there wasn't a supernatural element, their situations and problems are relatable.

This was my first Richelle Mead book, and it has made me a fan. I see now why her books are so popular.

Recommended read for adults and fans of paranormal/supernatural.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

National Day on Writing

October 20th is National Day on Writing...that's today! Who knew! So before I go to bed tonight I'm going to put some words to paper to celebrate the day. There's still a few hours left, so you can participate too. Here are some links:
National Day on Writing by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Contribute your writing to The National Gallery of Writing

You can also contribute/follow on Twitter with these hashtags:
#dayonwriting
#whyiwrite

Happy National Day on Writing!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Break - Winding Down & Ramping up to Write

Breaks are important; not breaks as in "I'm breaking up with you", but breaks in terms of rest, down-time, and respite. It's a chance to recharge. And I have. I'm creatively recharged. Ready to write the next novel. Able to leap talling buildings in a single bound. Wait a minute, that's superman.


Courtesy: 1clipart.com

Anyway, this well-deserved writing break has me chomping at the bit to start writing again. I'm excited to start crafting the next book, Book 2 of The Energy Trilogy titled "Li". I'm ramping up to start drafting during National Novel Writing Month in 13 days. I saved book one in pdf format and loaded it to my kindle. I'm rereading it at the gym and brainstorming ideas for this next installment (which is exciting in itself because having book 1 on the kindle makes it feel more real somehow, like its already published even if its not).

This was a good break. I'm ready to start the next leg of the journey.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sample the work of The National Book Award Finalists

Short and sweet today...just wanted to pass this on...check out this post from GalleyCat that offers links to samples of each of The National Book Award Finalists: National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

I just updated my profile online for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2011. Here's the link to my page for anyone who is interesting in buddying-up during the event: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/michcarl

If you're not familiar with the event, National Novel Writing Month is an event where writers across the  between November 1-30...wins.

For me, NaNoWriMo has proven to be an effective tool for crafting first drafts in a short time, followed by many, many months of revisions.

So now its off to brainstorm for ideas.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Filling Writing Withdrawals With TV

Since finishing the novel, I've taken these last two weeks away from writing to cleanse my writing palette. I miss it. I think I'm going through writing withdrawals right now. But I need this quick break as I gear-up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which starts November 1st.

To fill the gap, I've decided to get caught up on some of my tv watching, and let me tell you there have been a few standout shows.

First off let me say that I balled watching the season finale of The Big C. Wow! This is my absolute favorite show on tv right now. The writing is amazing and the cast is spot-on. The season finale made me cry, ball, for about 15 minutes after it was over. Did you see? If not, you have to watch. Amazing! Boo-Hiss that I now have to wait until 2012 for the new season.

The season premier of Brad Melter's Decoded happened this week, which I'm glad I caught as its another favorite show. The first episode was about uncovering the theory about what Fort Knox houses...the country's gold, or dust. Very interesting! It makes you think. The research is intelligent and entertaining at the same time. And its by a writer who I respect immensely!

And finally, after a few weeks of avoiding The X Factor, I turned it on this week...and I'm hooked. Yes, I'm a sucker for a good talent show. It inspires me in my writing, to see other artists, their journey and their struggles, and finally successes that can come from it all.  It gives me hope.

So eventhough I'm missing my writing, I feel my excitement building for the next project as I tap into these amazing programs. And in just a few days, I'll start drafting my ideas in preparation for NaNoWriMo.