I don’t do the nanowrimo thing. But this week I need to finish the novel I have been trying to write. So if you see me here or on Facebook or Twitter tell me to get off and go finish that book! Keep your fingers crossed for me, that next week I can blog about finally finishing the book.
I love “political thriller/conspiracy theory/Matrix/the world is not what you think” type novels and movies. I started writing something that comes under the above category, which means I actually read more and write less. There is so much interesting stuff on the internet it just sucks you in and hours fly by in minutes.
Some stuff is pretty scary, some just plain ridiculous. But all of it really addictive. I have a very suspicious Google search history now. If I suddenly disappear…TELL THEM I WAS JUST A HARMLESS WANNABEE WRITER!
I read all the whistle-blower stuff to fit it into my future best seller. Seriously I think Americans should stop making fun of Canadians for being polite and living in igloos, they may have to move in with us to escape all their Agent Smiths. And Neo is Canadian.
I dunno what do you think? Should you go back to sleep or wake up? Maybe George Orwell knew what was coming. In any case I am happy in my igloo. And you are being watched.
This is what I pictured for myself….
…but I was duped into doing other things. My spot was hijacked. My laptop was hijacked. My cat was hijacked.
I am forcing myself to finish my WIP. It is YA. Speculative Fiction. Thriller. Conspiracy Theory. Would teenagers read a cross between Dan Brown and Joel C. Rosenberg? I googled and googled. Can’t seem to find anything that would come under that description for YA. Suggest some titles if you have read anything, I need to take a trip to the library for a good book coming under this description.
And of course, would a Literary Agent pick up something like that? They always say they want something new. I am giving you something new, Agent. So pick it up. It will scream at you from your slush-pile full of werewolves and paranormal romance, dystopias and aliens. It will earn you lots of money, no really it will. Teenagers need to be given a dose of reality, what is happening in the real world. They have been on a steady diet of make-believe for too long. So give it to them, let them freak out about something that could really happen. They can have their zombie splurge when “Walking Dead” returns.
When a smart, young detective crosses paths with the future leader of a steadily growing cult during a murder investigation they get caught up in a tangle of mysterious deaths ranging from a teenage blackmailer to the NSA Director. And a race to get hold of power in the Middle East.
Now offer me representation!
I go through a lot of news online, lots and lots of reading before I manage to write even a couple of paragraphs of my book. It is hard not to get distracted by some of the incredibly ridiculous things that are actually considered ‘news’. First the hype of some award show and then this wrecking ball drama. I came across an interview in which poor Miley explains why she behaves the way she does. I wanted to bang my head against the wall, think I am over reacting? Here:
“ All I do is work, so I eat to live and to keep going. People are impressed with me because I can sleep for just 45 minutes – I’m used to it. I suppose I am a workhorse. I love being in the studio and when I take vacation I get so bored.”
You can read the rest here: http://dlisted.com/2013/09/02/miley-cyrus-admits-that-shes-messed-up-and-has-issues/
She gets so bored when she takes vacations. There are a whole bunch of bad words on the tip of my tongue right now. Please someone send her this link: 2 Million Syrian Children… You think your life is shitty? Everyone has problems, imagine the entire world sticking their tongues out and twerking because of them. Eww gross, never mind please don’t.
Anyways I actually just wanted to give you a link to an interesting post if you are into world politics:
(pic of a very constipated Miley is from Google Images)
During the summer vacation I finished writing my awesome book, impressed every agent I queried, landed a million dollar …no two million dollar book deal and my book is out this October. Hah! I joke. I woke up late every morning to the sound of squabbling, made a large breakfast for all the offspring, tried in vain to broom Cheerios from every corner of the house, ignored lunch time and convinced myself everyone needed to diet, pretended to be deaf while teenager complained about everything and under twelves fought about everything, tried out new exotic recipes for dinner amid constant pleas for mercy and ended the day by watching Netflix till my eyes could not be forced to stay open any longer. During all this excitement we also had Ramadan and we moved. For some mysterious reason husband decided this was the best time to not hire movers. Have mini-van will move.
ME: “Who the hell is gonna pick up all the heavy stuff?”
HIM: “We don’t have heavy stuff.”
ME: “What about the furniture?”
HIM:”We aren’t taking it.”
ME: “Well we can’t leave it here and they charge you to have someone come pick it up, then we have to buy new furniture… so how is that saving money?”
ME: “I’ll sell it.”
HIM: Laughing. Laughing some more. Still laughing. “No one is going to buy all that junk!”
ME: ( 10 days later holding up a large sum of money all fanned out, singing “I love it” in my head) “Look at all the money I made selling the ‘junk’.” I love Kijiji.
Kijiji is so addictive, you can sell anything there. I am thinking of selling the kids and husband as a ‘buy five get one free’ deal.
Other summer vacation stuff:
The beach, a birthday, Mississauga celebration square, the zoo, Niagara Falls….
What did you guys do in summer vacation?
Someone give me a recipe for motivation. Motivate me to write regularly and stop procrastinating. It’s just that it is sooo hard to make myself write, finish that novel, write hundreds of different query letters, get hundreds of rejection letters. Hit me on the head, tell me to stop whining, it happens to every writer. So just finish the damned novel and write a blog post once a week.
We are thinking of moving into a bigger place and the kids want a dog. I want a husky, Cauliflower wants a golden retriever, the Twins want anything that wags a tail, barks and gets excited about nothing. We are not getting a dog. I promised the kids we might go for another cat. A friend for Patchy. I am a bad candidate for women’s lib, I want a male cat because they are more affectionate in my experience. Cauliflower suggested we name the future affectionate tom cat Sh*t.
I stared at her because I was sure I hadn’t heard her right.
“Don’t use that language!”
“No seriously think how much fun it would be. The neighbors will get plenty of amusement whenever we call the cat.”
I thought for a moment. And smiled. Then I laughed. “Sh*t! Sh*t where are you? Here Sh*tty Sh*tty Sh*tty Sh*tty!”
“What about this?” Cauliflower made a suggestion, ”Sh*t you missed the litter box again! Sh*t I am not cleaning up your sh*t anymore!”
“Sh*t come on it’s your favorite Sh*t, come and get it. Does Sh*t want some tuna?”
“Where’s Sh*t? There he is! There’s Sh*t! Whose a good Sh*tty? Sh*t’s a good sh*tty!”
“Sh*t is so adorable, look at Sh*t lying there being cute!”
Waiting to play with Sh*t.
Any other suggestions for pet names are welcome.
I need to stay away from the internet if I want to finish writing my book. I’m on chapter 8, and I also wrote the last chapter and some stuff in the middle. That is also how I read novels. I often read the middle and end first just because.
So I am trying hard to resist the temptation of Facebook and reading blogs. It’s very difficult. I tried to read some stuff on writing and I wanted to bang my head against the wall when I read this: Revision and self-editing. I hope it helps any of you who are in editing stages. I clicked on the links which although maybe very useful I found to be well, very difficult to follow. Since I am not at the editing stage I hope to forget all about it for now.
Unfortunately I can’t sit and write all day because apparently family members need to be fed and the house can’t clean itself. There are lots of things for kids to throw garbage in when they are tidying up. Don’t forget to check all your vases when doing the spring cleaning.
I like vases. All shapes. All sizes. All colors.
I do not like what I find in them.
The start of a Guinness record holding rubber band ball. I am not adding the picture of some ‘organic’ material I found. It was either a dead animal or the remains of a school lunch sandwich from before last year’s summer vacation.
There are other things besides spring cleaning that keep me from writing that NYT best-seller.
This is one of them.
What distracts you from doing that great thing you were born to do?
(All pics courtesy of my camera and my willing feline model)
Today on Google I found this :
Today is Miriam Makeba‘s birthday. I had no idea who she was ( shame on me) and thank you Google for teaching us so many things we don’t know ( but should). You have to go and read all about her on Wikipedia because her story is incredible; from spending the first six months of her life in jail to becoming a Grammy Award winning singer and civil rights activist. You also have to hear her, incredible voice and catchy music. She was exiled from South Africa for nearly thirty years because she actively campaigned against apartheid, but she kept singing. In fact she sang till the day she died. So many incredibly inspiring people we can learn from.
I love reading to my children. Uhh..I loved it with kid 1 and 2. By kid 3 it was more the guilt and with 4 and 5 my life depends on it. They tie my hands and threaten to ingest large amounts of sugar and coffee if I don’t tell them a bedtime story.
We have a great collection of books and the kids love trips to the library for new ones. We got a new book in December. I sort of won a contest on a blog, not really won sort of won. So Mike Allegra, heylookawriterfellow, sent me this beautiful book he wrote. Sarah Gives Thanks is a great book. The story is touching, informative and it teaches kids to never give up. It is inspiring and it is true. My kids loved it and I think every parent should add it to their kids’ collection.
Another tear jerker book I love is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. If you don’t have it or haven’t read it, get it and read it to your kids immediately. Besides these I adore the wacky ones, anything by Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss are must haves for your children’s book shelves. They are just so much fun to read.
Reading to young children helps turn them into readers for life and you can find many studies that link reading to success, so get bedtime stories into your schedule!
What do you enjoy reading to your kids? Which book do they love to hear over and over?
You know that Bruno Mars song about not wanting to do anything? What’s it called…just a sec I’ll google it. The Lazy Song! Well that is how I have felt. For the past two months, and so I did not write anything, did not blog anything, changed my clothes as least as possible and washed my hair even less. Refused to clean the house, unfortunately I had to feed the cat. And the kids. Or I may never have left the cozy spot on the sofa, which has now become a huge, unbecoming crater. It is so bad I think we may have to get a new sofa. Writer’s block for me is not wanting to detach my eyes from the TV. Please don’t ask me what I watched, it is embarrassing. Alright dammit! Vampire Diaries. Now I need to drown myself in a handful of water.
My teen will never let me forget this. She reminds me all the time that watching episode after episode on Netflix of something that immature is a sure sign that I have no life. I mean no offence to fans of the show, if you are a teen who watches it that is ok. I have been out of that age group for decades. But for those of you who thought Twilight was cheesy, well this is the grandaddy of cheesy vampire love stories.
So I am over my couch potatoness.
I started writing stuff today, before that I cleaned the house and when I received a warning letter from the Peel Health department I realized it was time to wash my hair. The baby powder I was sprinkling in it was no longer effective.
I also plan on watching some more worthwhile stuff. The Golden Globe Awards have given me enlightenment otherwise my knowledge was temporarily limited to vervain, wolfsbane and hybrid werewolves.
I read Life of Pi some years ago, and I always like watching movies based on novels I have read. I am a fan of Ben Affleck so I have to see Argo, and I have to see Les Miserables just because it has to be seen. Oh and I also found out that Jodie Foster ‘has come out’. I am sure that bit of information will affect the lives of millions.
(All pics from Google Images)