What I’m reading now?

It’s been a long time since I updated this site, but that’s another story.  I found this great little app for my iPhone, Goodreads, that I think is brilliant.  It shows you what is “trending” in different book genres, but the best part is you can set reading targets for the year and see your reading progress.

Every new year one of my resolutions is to read more.  This is a fun way to do that.  You can also link it to your Facebook friends and have reading challenges.  Once your done, you can review the book and you have a record of what you’ve read and what it was about.  As I get older, I’m finding it harder to remember what I have and haven’t read in my library.

I’m not the type to have a lot of apps on my phone…I like to keep it simple and not all cluttered.  But this is one that I use every day.  Check it out!

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A working title…

Not much progress so far other than the working title:  The 7th Strike.  If you’ve read the ABOUT ME, you know that this was used for an earlier non-publishable work.  No relation whatsoever, I just like to have a title before I get started and this one was a bit intriguing.  Titles are very important and a certain amount of thought should go into it, so this one will probably change.  But my mind is working on the possibilities of making The 7th Strike relevant to this story.  If it doesn’t happen, then nothing lost.  Will just postpone the pain of picking a suitable title later.

Otherwise, just letting the ideas simmer for a while.  They are coming, which is a very welcome surprise in itself, but I like to have my hook before I start the actual outlining process.  I have the hook toward the end, and I think I have an idea for the first quarter hook.  I just have to connect the dots.

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A new year…a new focus…

Already another year and I’m ready to get started.  It’s a little unsettling how time flies.  I’ve been looking through my “idea” file and shaking my head at the dates and how long it’s been since I’ve actually be engaged in writing.  But 2015 is going to be the year that I get back on that horse.  Whether I get a completed manuscript, a rough draft, or just more ideas to add to the file, it will be progress which is more important to me right now.

Ideas aren’t really a problem; at least not according to my file.  It could be a couple of pages, a couple of paragraphs, a snip of dialogue, or just one word.  It’s all grist for the mill; mix it all together, throw in a little salt and pepper, and it’s soup!  The problem, as I see it, is pulling those ideas together into a cohesive narrative that can be sustained for 100,000 to 120,000 words and staying within a reasonable budget.  A novel has a budget, just like a film, and it’s very important to stay within that budget.  My ideas tend to grow in scope; I overthink things and lose focus.  The budget blown on the backstory alone.

So that’s where we begin.  Very tight focus and stay within the story budget.  No words written yet, but plans afoot and a clear direction forward.


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