Monthly Archives: January 2017

My Smallish Journey

Let me take you on a smallish journey.

 

“Write a book,” they said.

 

“It’ll be easy,” they said.

 

Crazy thing is, that “they” are right. It is simple to pull up a word processor and tippity-tap out sentences and ideas. I alone am the master of my domain, from sarcastic teenage responses to editing out cliché descriptions.

 

The part that “they” don’t know about is everything else. Writing articles, blog posts, and a book while working a full-time job, a weekend job, being a mom-taxi, Sunday School teacher, and fill-in-the-blank is draining. My writing suffers. And when my characters won’t behave in my mind and keep me up until midnight, tinkering with ideas, the other parts of my life demand coffee.

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But…

 

That woe-is-me paragraph above is nothing compared to the feeling of finishing a chapter of the book I’m working on. Or the sentence that makes me cry while I’m writing it. Reading a critique from a partner that forces me to look at a section harder, to edit and be honest. I love writing bits that make me laugh, imagining Thing 1’s face because I borrowed directly from our conversations.

 

The thing is that writing is hard. There’s grammar, syntax, plot, blah, blah, blah. Edits and critiques that give me whiplash.

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I look at drivers in cars and wonder why he is staring into the distance. Or why the sad, deflated balloon landed against my fence. Did it blow down from a birthday party? A baby shower for a couple who finally is expecting after years of infertility? Was it released to remember someone’s dad, grandpa or sister?

 

This is why I love writing the stories in my head. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, I stay up way past my bedtime. But, if you happen to be up way past your bedtime, shoot me a message on FB. I may be up too.


A Peculiar Review

This is Scarlet. She has a mustache. Her magical powers include pretending to read or laying down in front of my books while I’m reading. She is also a natural model.

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So I’m a bit tardy to the party with this book review. It’s already been made into a movie and released to DVD/BluRay.

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I borrowed Thing 1’s copy of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” last week. Scarlet also decided to peruse. She liked the pictures, albeit creepy, the best. I’d seen the trailer for the movie, aimed towards middle school-high school (in my opinion) and decided it was right up my alley.

 

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.” – IMDB

 

Lo and behold, I thought it was…okay. Don’t throw rotten fruit at me. It wasn’t the POV (point of view) or the setting. The forward movement and not-so-subtle “this is the bad guy” weren’t bad either. My sticker shock was the swearing. Yes, I know people talk like this, but I didn’t expect it in a book geared towards younger readers (the New York Times best seller list for children’s chapter books).

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If you want to lend it to a 10-12 year old, it’s easy enough to read, but just keep in mind that there are some colorful words along the way. Gratefully, not more than a handful. But when you’re expecting none, a handful is a bunch. In all honesty, I didn’t look at the pictures very much because I didn’t want nightmares.


Jenae’s Blog Post

A friend told me last night, “So Sarah, you haven’t done a new blog. I’ve been looking.”  Here you go, Jenae. Hold me accountable. Whatever.

Everyone over the various versions of the creeping crud? It made its rounds through my house, myself included, complete with a fever that made me see things. Good times. Also made for some interesting Kim Carnes impersonations.

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I’m headed to WCCW next month with Rosemary. A few of my friends from my local writers group are going too. Shenanigans will happen! *whispers* I’ll make them happen…

Applied my room discount to the 2017 Realm Makers hotel reservation. I’m overly excited to meet a few of my friends in person, like De (Deanna Fugett, really, but I’m lazy and she gets one syllable).
Racked up another rejection. Changed my nose ring. Moved forward, them backwards and forward again on the book cover. Made some inquiries on stuff.

It’s all a bunch of busy nothingness.

A month of not posting and I have nothing new to report. I’m a bore!

My New Years resolution was to never make any. So far, I’m doing well.

A bunch of writers on Facebook are picking words to inspire them for the year ahead. The first thing in my mind was “push.” Then, I thought that it could be contrived into potty talk. The only other word was “shenanigans.” I can do that! I can even inspire others to bouts of nonsense.
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Stick around. Next up will be my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And a picture of my cat. Then Sherlock, because the drought is over and we are headed for another.


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