Sunday, July 21, 2013

On An Unwelcome Hiatus

So it's not choice, but that happens.

Sometimes you body or brain takes ahold of you and makes it impossible to feel anything. Emotions. Luster. Energy.

That's what going on right now.

I'm on month 2, and it doesn't seem to be alleviating.

UPDATE FROM 12/31/13 - THIS LASTED UNTIL APPROXIMATELY THANKSGIVING.

And that's okay.

I've got a to-read list, and a to-watch list, and that will suffice for now.

Until we meet again.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: DUALED

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

That description, right? I was sold. 

Let me start by saying 3 things:

  • Giving bad reviews breaks my heart. So please note that while this wasn't for me, it doesn't mean it won't be for you.
  • My heart is in adult thrillers/suspense, but sometimes I dive into YA for something lighter.
  • I've been sorely disappointed by a lot of recent YA, so I might have been a bit hard on this one.

-- The protagonist, West, isn't entirely likable. Actions that are carried out with little to no explanation.  Good internal voice, but it doesn't always match what she is doing. Little to no actual relationship with the best friend. 

-- Lots of unanswered "Why's". We never find out throughout this entire book why they have to kill the alts. Vague references to riches and gold, essentially  but there are absolutely no stakes. It's like The Hunger Games as far as sad brutality, but if there wasn't the protection of friends and family and fear of untimely death if they don't play the game. Society says - "Force natural selection!" and the characters all say "Sure. Seems legit."

-- Intense lack of world building. So much unanswered potential. Every single scene is missing that umph that a new world creates. You are left inferring a lot of information, which sort of stales the reading process.

-- The absolutely forced and annoying relationship with Chord that made no sense. It's almost as if the author's first editor says "Aww... but there isn't a romance," so the author post-completion just went back and threw one in. Again, no stakes here at all. They've been friends all their lives, and then suddenly a wild romance appears! I was thoroughly annoyed.


I don't know. I finished the book in one day, and the pacing is pretty good for a suspense. It's just one of those books that was just meh. There was so much potential here, and it made the whole thing worse.

Without high exceptions I'd give this maybe a 3 star.
With a description like that, I'm going to give it a 1.5.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

New WIP: THE SOVEREIGN

Okay, so I burned out on Channelers. Which makes me really sad. I got 40k into the story, and realized that it was complete. Except for fleshing out the "I woke up, brushed my teeth, went to work" scenes which COULD have filled up 30k, but I can't bring myself to make Dani that boring.

I totally have a girl crush on my MC Dani. She's a spunky little thing, and her voice makes me happy. So I'm putting it away temporarily until I can find more story buried in there.

So what am I working on now? Why thank you for asking!

The new premise? Think




meets













Or something.

If I have a girl crush on Dani, then I'm going to marry Elizabeth someday. For a 700 year old mage she's amazingly non-cynical and sassy as all kinds of hell. And she can kick some SERIOUS ass. Which just... well, it makes me happy.

More to come. Besos.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Why Writers Like Lyrical Music

Have you ever noticed that most writers have two things in common?

1) Reading. This is obvious. How in the world are we supposed to write if we have no idea what we're doing? If we don't understand pacing, character building, world building, emotional input, etc.

2) High lyrical music. I've noticed that a lot of my writer friends listen to similar music. I set out today to figure out exactly why that is.

I was listening to my book playlist and encountered something magical.

How magical?

This magical.













I know, right?

Writers are fans of putting words together in a way that has the highest impact. Poets are some of the best writers the world has to offer.

They have the amazing ability to bring someone to tears in a couple of stanzas. How impressive is that, honestly?

So when writers need inspiration, why wouldn't they choose highly verbose music with catchy ways of saying them?

I want to write books that make people feel like these songs do. I want to give people those deep spinal shivers when they 'get it'. I want to invoke the kind of sadness and longing that music is capable of.

Examples:





So what inspires you to write? Do you have a playlist?

Until next time.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The New WIP: Channelers

So after toying around with the 4 book ideas I had in my head, I decided to go with the book I've preemptively labeled CHANNELER.

It's an adult psychological thriller and it's not even close to done.

Elevator pitch: To help the souls that bombard her mind move on, Danielle must survive the man who killed them.


Longer description:
After fifteen years of helping the dead get closure with the living, Danielle Chalmers, PsyD has all of the clinical psychology skills she needs to be a good parapsychologist  She has a good job, great boss, posh life, and a budding relationship with an intelligent and driven man.

All of that changes when the souls, who normally come one at a time and move on within a day, start streaming into her consciousness and won't leave. Their deaths so brutal they can't remember the good that came before the end, the souls are in limbo, unable to move on. When a twelve year old girl named Kara comes into her mind and just wants to say goodbye to her father, Dani is grateful for the opportunity to finally get rid of one of them.

Except the person Kara wants to see is the same person who turned the other five girls into souls in the first place. And Dani just rang his doorbell...


This is all apt to change as I'm only sitting at 10k words, but I wanted to give you a little taste of what I'm working on. Also, I suck at query  letters. Not that this is one... but the premise is the same. Summarizing = not my strong point.

Anway, fun, huh?

What are you working on? I want to hear!

Xoxo

Monday, January 21, 2013

In which I ask you to high five...

Want to know exactly how long it takes to lose half of your Twitter follows and over half of your blog subscribers?

Apparently, 2 years and 2 months.

I took a couple of years off with solid relapses back into writing over the last two years, and had no idea how much I missed that writing network.

You. And You. And You. And that lady who retweeted my stuff. The miscellaneous haha. The heartwarming email where someone comments and tells you to keep going.

I'm writing again, and I should have done this a long time ago.

I got my Bachelor's in English and Literature. Finished school, just as the plan. Got a kickass job that sucks up a lot of my energy. So it wasn't an unproductive year. I set out to accomplish a few things, and did just that.

Also, I watched a LOT of TV shows. Read a lot of books.

And now I'm here with a passion, with so many stories and characters floating around in my head I'm either very imaginative or slightly insane. I mean, really --- how many complete conversations can you reenact in your head before you realize you should be writing?

Basically, I wanted to write this to say hello. To say that I missed you dearly. To say that you can say hi @bethanygoodman so I can stop sitting on the side of the Twitterverse waiting to pop in and say - "Hi! We used to be writer friends. Wanna high five?"

Let's high five. Let's talk writing.

Let's end this blog so I can get back to writing.

I'm excited for you to meet Dani someday. She's a little nicer than Evelyn. I think you'll get along great.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Writing with a View



Having trees and water to look at and chirping birds to listen to and beautiful breezes through the windows have made a huge difference in my mood. And by mood I mean my lack of frustration with writer's block that I've suffered from for the last 4 months.

I've started and stopped four novels, and have since picked up on all four of them. Not one of them is triumphant quite yet, I'm hoping one pulls through soon. It's very hard to keep all the story lines straight. I called King Eddard (who I need to rename after starting to read Game of Thrones) Nicholas and made my Aztec MC do an entire scene with zombies before remembering that zombies only go in the zombie book. It's kind of fun to skip from very serious thriller, to intense thriller suspense-y, to medieval suspense, to zombie apocalypse that is both scary and unintentionally whimsical.

I mean... I say zombie sharks, your heart races a little while you snicker. Let's be honest. Until zombie shark eats your face off. Then it's just scary.


But still... I would like to complete my second novel and remind myself to be serious about this. While the beautiful-ness of Oregon is greatly improving my mood, being at home alone all the time while my husband works and not being able to find a job make it seem so selfish to write all day.

Not that I'm not still writing a ton.

But it also feels good to be editing again! Soooo soooo good. Especially when one is a really fantastic writer and I want so badly for her to get her fantastic book published. Not only because I selfishly want a copy on hand to read many times, but also because I've come across a lot of personalities since I started this writing journey almost 2 years ago, and she's been the most consistently fantastic person I've met. So keep your fingers crossed for my friend, in hopes that her writing will shine through to the perfect person.

Until next time I remember to blog <3,

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Well, uh... Hi, everyone!

Yikes.

It has been a LONG time since I wrote a blog post.

Being busy sucks.

First there was the class that I thought was never going to end. Then I had surgery that put me out for 6 weeks from life. Most recently - however- I moved from Kansas to Oregon!

I've only been here for a total of 4 full days, but I'm in love with this place already.

Yeah --- that's from my back porch (aka, my writing chair)


Even better than that -- I'm back to writing! Full time for now while I'm unemployed. Wrote a good 4 chapters today on two different books. I figured I'll keep working on them both until one of them grabs me by the brain and won't let go. One of them is a fantasy-esque medieval novel equipped with a Demon-Mage tyrant and an exiled witch out to save the queen. It's fun. The other is a thriller novel based on the Aztec "Five Suns" myth. The 'heart-eater' as she's called, rebels against the sun-god (her father) to save humanity from the final sun. I'm a little more prone to the first, as the latter MC doesn't even have a name yet. I'll figured it out though.

So tell me, followers that I've somehow retained - how are your writing lives? Are you writing, editing, and beta-ing with zeal? Stuck in a school/surgery/moving rut? Tell me things.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another New Work Schedule

So just as I'm getting in the groove of writing again, life comes along and demands another adjust.

I'm going full time! Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about this. I get all my benefits (which includes health insurance which includes all my medicines which means I'll be feeling better for the first time in over a year and have more energy!) and I'll have a consistent 40 hour a week schedule.

The bad part about it is that 1) My days will end at 6 at night which leaves me time to make dinner, do the chores, and not a lot of time for writing and 2) I work Sundays now which means my days off are Thursdays and Saturday... no more 2 days in a row.

So, basically, writing is going to take a backseat for the next couple of weeks so I can learn to adjust my schedule and replenish some energy. I haven't worked full time at a job in quite some time. That along with all the household responsibilities (think the hubs and I might need to have a little chatty-chat *wink*) and school work is going to leave me draggin for awhile.

My book is coming along well, however. I've finally got the outlining stages done, and thanks to some great advice from the amazing Chuck Sambuchino I'm going to take one change a day and follow it through to the end of my book. That way I keep all my ducks aligned and make sure the flow is consistent. I'm hoping to have the first chapter done in a couple of week, and then tackle a chapter a week after that until I'm done.

Basically, I just want to get it right and push it out onto the world. Either it will go somewhere or it won't, but I'm ready for a new project. I want to get it perfect!

<3,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why, Hello Muse!

It's back!

It's back!


Sigh. It's been missing for so long. Now I'm going to unplug my internet and write my little heart out. More frequent posting to come.

<3,