Monthly Archives:: June 2011

Reading: June

Reading: June

  Like I said on a previous post, June was more of a reading month to me. Yes, most of the reads were short (novellas or such), but, anyway, I read more than I normally do. NOTE: this is not a review. I don’t review books that I read. Not here at least. On my Goodreads page you’ll find the rating I gave each of them, but not a detailed review.   Graceling by Kristin Cashore I picked this one because I saw it on agent Mandy Hubbard’s post that most publisher’s would like to have a book like that on their list. And because it was high fantasy–I love high/epic fantasy. It was a very, very good read, but I… Read more »

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Writing time vs. Reading time

Writing time vs. Reading time

    I came across Nathan Bransford’s post about Writing Time vs. Reading Time … and that got me thinking … May was a writing month to me … while June was a reading one. Well, June is not over yet, but I barely wrote–anything new at least. I did work on my book (a lot), with edits and revision and I’ve been working with an editor, and, while she revises my manuscript, I decided I should catch up with my reading. My to-read list is enormous and it gets bigger and bigger by the minute … Though, what got me thinking was the reading time … I’ve been following some very interesting and informative people and organizations in Twitter… Read more »

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New Adult Fiction

  That’s what I write! Well, till a few days ago, I wasn’t sure where my manuscripts fit in this wide publishing world … now I know. Apparently, in 2009, St. Martins “created” the New Adult category because many adults were reading Young Adults books and they felt like those adults would like a more mature protagonist, but not as mature as the protagonists of the adult session (that’s what I read on the web, at least). And that’s exactly my case. My first serious manuscript featured a 20 yo protagonist. Where would I place her? She is not in the teens anymore, but she isn’t quite a fulfilled adult, with job, successful career, hubby and such. So I tried… Read more »

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Plotter or pantser?

  Since I saw many posts about it this past week, I decided to write my own. First, for my friends who are not in the writing world, the definition of each: Plotter–a writer who plots, meaning that, before writing the novel, the writer comes up with an outline of the novel. Pantser–a writer who wings it! A writer who just sits at his chair and let his mind run free while jotting down everything. Second, I think that there are more categories in between a heavy-plotter and a free-pantser. Many more. I’m in the middle, for example. More to the plotter side, I confess. Well, truth be told, if you ask me, I’ll tell you I’m a plotter. This… Read more »

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Watching TV

Watching TV

  I don’t normally watch TV. I just don’t. I don’t like it. News, I can find them on the internet … Movies, I can rent or download or buy … Same goes for TV Series … I can rent or download or buy them … and I do that when I like a series …   Now here are some series I’m watching weekly (or watched–since now most series are on vacations): ALERT: may contain SPOILERS!   Vampire Diaries So much better than the books … I can’t believe I just said (wrote) that … But it’s true! And I think that’s because the writers are only using elements of the original story and creating a whole new one–much… Read more »

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Reading: May

Reading: May

  I promised to post about the books I’ve read in May and I was already slacking, right? Bad, bad girl! So, what did I read in May?   To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory I was anxious to read this one because it’s from an indie author that is doing quite well. I confess I didn’t like it as much as I wish I did. Still, it was a nice read and an interesting story.   Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress I’ve read this one because of the class I took (it was a requirement), but it was pretty nice. A lot of info and cool stuff to know about character building and about choosing the… Read more »

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