November 25th, 2009

Cooking

Pre Thanksgiving Thanks, Updates, and Blah, Blah, Blah



Yes, you read correctly! Woot! Woot! But honestly, I am a fast writer, so I figured I would wrangle this story to the computer screen. Yeah me!! I still need to add a few more words . . . you know so I can have an ending. Because honestly, I like an ending.

So what else is going on in my world that is fantastic? I'm so happy you asked. I got my very first ARC!! I did a happy dance and even snorted when I laughed. The snort makes it an official show of unbridled excitement. The book The Secret Year, by Jennifer Hubbard (writerjenn ) is 192 pages. I eat books like this for breakfast. If I could read and drive I would have it read by the time I made it to Texas (a mere 3 hours away). But alas, I am a mere human (and opposed to reading while driving unlike many text message junkies) and will have to wait until my fanny hits my mom's sofa before I devour it.




But wait, there's more. I finally wrote a query letter that I and six of my friends believe will grab an agent's attention. This query letter thing has been a source of internal turmoil for . . . months. I mean how hard can it be to summarize a 300 page book in one paragraph, talk about the manuscript details, and convince someone that you know what the heck you're talking about regarding the subject matter in the book? And you have one page to make your point. A walk in the park? Not!! Especially those cursed with verbosity such as I. But I did it! Woot! Woot! Thank you beta readers and friends. We ROCK!!!!

OK, for the one frustrating thing of the week. There's always something. And when the something involves a much anticipated book, it makes me . . . not happy. And when I lose sleep because I am convinced a book will eventually turn some corner in the future and rocket me toward a great, wonferful place, but then at 3 am on a worknight I realize on the last page (300 and something) I am in the same place I started . . . . I am miffed. Shadowlands by Alyson Noel, the much anticipated third book in the five book Immortal series hit the shelves last week.

The book was my book of the month. Meaning the book I would buy even if it meant I had to sell my plasma. Thankfully I did not have to stoop to such measures. So my point? The writing was good. The characters are all present and accounted for. A new character comes on the scene . . . the jacket promises a juicy love triangle. OK, maybe not promises but it sure does some strong suggestive selling. The juicy love triangle was about as juicy as a dried apple. Sure it still tastes like an apple, but it won't quench your thirst. And the characters did not develop. At all! Damen the immortal who comes back to save Ever and make her immortal is having a kharma crisis. I am all for people changing their debaucherous ways. But be more ACTIVE!!! And Ever! Okay, here is the deal. Stereotypes say teenagers don't listen, they are stubborn, and believe themselves to be indestructable. I do believe there is a grain of truth to this. At least it fit me and my friends pretty well in some regards. But we also did listen, did learn, and were willing to negotiate and recognize our finiteness. But Ever seems incapable of doing so. The same dumb thing she did in book two is the same dumb thing she does in book three. In fact the book two and book three ending are strikingly similar. I just wanted more. I expected more. The entire time I read the book I felt like I was sucked into a black hole, a marketing ploy. I thought that some editor decided to make a three book series, five books just because it sounded like a good idea. WELL, not on my dime if you don't have a story to back it up. Don't get me wrong, the story isn't horrid. It was just lukewarm. I am holding out hope for book four Dark Flame.

Okay, I got my elastic waistband pants packed; three books are in my ovedrnighter; I have my yummy Cranberry Applebutter--my contribution to the gluttony--and I am ready to hit the road. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. This year is tough for a lot of people. Money is tight, and tensions are taunt. Keep it simple, breathe, eat, laugh, sleep.

Hugs and Encouragement!!