Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Fragile Line

Fragile Line
Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Phew! This book was a serious emotional roller coaster and I loved it from the first page! I was sucked in by the sample and I had to run back to Amazon to download the rest of the book. Brooklyn Skye knows how to write deep characters that leap off the page. I had my doubts on how this would turn out and half expected it to be hokey but the author delivered. It was genuine, it cut to the heart, and I laughed and cried with the characters and I felt like I was there with them every moment. This is a story that's going to stick with me and haunt my thoughts for some time. Excellent!!!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Initially, I was interested in reading this book as the story I'm writing is about Native Americans and I wanted to see what's out there for YA/Middle Graders. This was a great read, and I'm not surprised at all the good reviews and awards it has received.

I was a bit shocked at first - it does deal with some really serious issues! The main character, Junior, is a 14 year old boy living on an Indian reservation, and in great poverty. But this story is about hope... Junior's hope that there's a better life "out there", where the white people are. Junior deals with racism, bullying, alcoholism, and death. When he decides to make a change to his life, he's ostracized from his tribe, and ignored by the white people. He cries - A LOT - but he's such a strong character, you can't help but root for him. The artwork was a perfect addition.

I totally loved it. :)

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Monday, March 31, 2014

3/31 Goal Check-in

Update time! Today is the last day of March and I have these goals to meet:

  • Write 3 chapters (Ch 16 - 18) - NEARLY DONE!
  • Complete 1 drawing - IN PROCESS

What did you do last week to work towards your goals? How do you feel about your progress? 

It was an off week for me. Last Wednesday was 10 years since my mother passed away, and an ill family member passed away on the same day. It was a difficult day for my family, that's for sure. 

I've been struggling to write at home. I carry my iPad around the house. I look at the docs on my iPhone and think about writing. I sit at my Mac and stare at my manuscript (yes I love Apple products!), but I just can't seem to make the words come. 

I've always had better luck writing outside of the house. Yesterday I took Drama Queen (my 12-year-old daughter) and her friends to the mall and after a bit of shopping, I sat in the food court and wrote about 700 words. What an amazing feeling after this week of big fat zeros! 

Any changes you'll be making this week? What are you excited to work on this week? 

I am SO excited that March is nearly gone. When April comes I feel like I can breathe again, like it's a new year for me. And I am ecstatic to see what this year brings me. 

Today I started a scene that I've been looking forward to writing for months! My MC visits his grandma, who is a hoarder. This little old lady has a TON of knowledge. There's plenty of opportunity for subtext, for pointing out objects in her home that I can use later, and for setting the tone for the second half of my book. Because I just hit the midpoint! Yeah! :) 

April 2014 Goals

We are into the 2nd month of the YA Buccaneers Spring BootCamp challenge, and here are my goals! 
  • Write 5 chapters (Ch 19 - 23), or 1 chapter a week
  • Edit first 2,000 words
  • Complete 1 drawing

Did you meet your goals in March? What can you do better in April? Me, I'm going to try to write more away from home! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3/24 Goal Check-in

Update time ... sorry I'm a few days late here. :) And only a few more days until the end of March and I still have a couple of goals to meet:

  • Write 3 chapters (Ch 16 - 18) - Woot, Chapter 16 and 17 are DONE! 1 more this month! 
  • Complete 1 drawing - IN PROGRESS

I'll be thinking about my April goals this weekend too. April is CampNaNo and I want to finish my draft. Another 15k and I'm golden. I can totes do that in a month. :) 

Are you thinking about your April goals yet? 

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