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Not Writing, but Moving

Well nearly moving. I’m currently looking for somewhere to move to. Do you know how much effort it takes? I really didn’t remember. I was so lucky with my last place as my best mate’s flatmate moved out, so I moved straight in. It’s three and a half years since I last looked for somewhere, and the market certainly wasn’t like this back then! I wasn’t expecting this!

I took a day off yesterday, initially it was for a hangover, but when that didn’t materialise I thought I’d use it for flat hunting. It was 17.00 just as I was leaving the house for some evening viewings that I realised I should have done some writing. 5 PM! Shocking.

I see writing the same as dieting at the moment – I’ve too much on my plate with the move (well trying to find somewhere to move to) I’m not going to beat myself up about not doing any. Tonight is the first night I’ve been in and had a chance to blog for about a week, so I should look positively that when I get a chance to do it I am. Not sure about the actual writing of fiction though. Uh…

One thing I’m really good at the moment is reading. For some reason I seem to be doing lots of travelling (I guess house hunting round London does that), and reading is what I do on the tube. I’ve done my first novel for the Mystery & Suspense Reading challenge and the first for the A-Z Challenge.

At some point, I’ll update the pages for the challenges with the books I’ve read, and the ones that are on my list to read.

For the A-Z Challenge I’ve decided I’m going to read the 26 books in alphabetical order (author’s last name) but then on the side I’ll read other books. I guess the Mystery books can be part of the A-Z Challenge or not. Either way is good.
The book I’m reading at the moment is Cecelia Ahern’s The Book of Tomorrow. I’ve wanted to read it because it’s by her since I heard about it. But, although I’ve been excited about reading it, I’ve also not been. Her first couple of books (PS I Love You and Where Rainbows End) were amazing. I truly loved them and think they are among the best chick lit novels ever written. I’m pretty sure I’d go as far as to say PS I Love You is THE BEST chick lit novel I’ve ever read. But, then her books started getting a little… fantasy-ish. They’re still really good, but I’m not a fantasy person. I don’t want to read about a place lost things go, or imaginary friend that an adult has. Having said that though, I have enjoyed these books when I read them. Hence me wanting to read this.

I’m just under half way through now. In the beginning I found it quite hard to get into. The MC is quite spoilt and I didn’t really like her. But now I’m getting to like her, and the book is getting really good. See, I’m not a big fantasy person, but I like this kind of thing.

Right, off to bed. Another fun filled day of flat hunting and viewing is ahead of me tomorrow – yay!

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Assignment Four – DONE!

I know, it’s hard to believe isn’t it, but it’s true. Assignment Four is ready to go. The only reason it’s not been sent is that I want it to be sent from my Hotmail account, and of course we can’t access Hotmail from work. As soon as I get home I’ll zap it off. Woop!

You know I’d so love to just post that as a blog – it’s so much better than anything else I’ll have to write – but you know me and my rambling – I’m going to carry on and on and on.

I’m half way through writing a review of Rowan Coleman’s The Happy Home for Broken Hearts. I find book reviews so hard to do. Last time I said that in a blog I said I’d start doing more to get better at them. I didn’t. In fact, I’ve not done one since April, maybe March. That’s really bad when you consider I’m taking part in a Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge (see sidebar) where I’m supposed to review the books I read. I’ve a list of four I need to do for that 😦

Ages ago I started a list of all the books I’ve read since being an adult. I lost that when one of our work computers crashed. Last week I started writing it again. Taking my favourite chick lit authors only, I’ve got to between 38 -44 (I can’t for the life of me remember if I’ve read those 6 or not – I recognise them, but maybe from the cover only?). The list was round about 100 when I lost it, so I’ve a long way to go.

I took part in a survey to find the top 10 chick lit novels of all time last week. It was hard to pin down my favourite 5, but I managed it. They are:

  • Straight Talking by Jane Green
  • Angels by Marian Keyes
  • Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella
  • PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
  • Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Ah, reading that list back makes me want to read them all again. 🙂

Books into films

What is it at the moment with books being made into films?  As a rule I hate it, even though I feel compelled to watch them.  Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, much better book than film;Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I love you, amazing book, average film; Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, good film, better book.  The only exception I have is Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.  I loved the book, but it took me MONTHS to get into it.  I loved the film.  I’ve not seen the Shopaholic film, but I doubt it will be as good as the film.

The reason for my little rant here is that last night I saw an advert for the film version of The Time Traveller’s wife.  I think I can say in all sincerity, it is the best book I’ve ever read.  Everything about it was amazing – Audrey Niffenegger’s writing made the characters totally come to life, her descriptions made you feel you were there, and symthatise with the characters totally.  I cried.  A lot.  Although it’s a totally unrealistic story, she tells it so well you get so into it and feel it is real (I did anyway).  I am gutted they’ve turned it into a film (I think I had heard it was going to be made into one, but didn’t think about the consequences).  I am so worried what they have done to it, but I know I’m going to have to go and see it (with waterproof mascara on).

Having said all this, it must be amazing to have someone say your novel has the potential to be made into a film.  When I get my book published, if someone wants to make it into a film, I’ll let them 🙂

I said WHEN there.  I was reading a writer’s blog and comments the other day (Laura, I hope you don’t mind me adding a link back to your blog here), where the author was telling her commenters that they should think positively; think WHEN not IF.  Positive Mental Attitude.  I’m trying it.  It feels a bit funny writing it down, like I’m being too up my own ****, but thinking like this is likely to push me on to succeed.  I’ll never publish anything if I don’t finish it – so I need to finish things.

I finished a short story last week and it felt so good when I did.  I can’t wait to finish more.  That means I need to knuckle down and do some writing.  And with that I’m off to do some.

Why am I doing this?

This question is the other half of the first assignment of my writing course. Why do I want to write? What do I want to gain from the course? What are my plans for the future? I know, I’d already started answering this question – but this time I’ve done it properly (as I forgot the 2nd and 3rd parts last time).

It’s really hard to answer these questions. I want to write because I always have wanted to. Not really a very good answer. And not really 300 words. I’ve done it anyway. It’s not going to be ‘marked’ anyway – it’s just so they can set me up with a suitable tutor. And so they know what I want to get from the course. But me being me has to make it perfect. I suppose that’s a good thing though.

I think I’ve made a decision that I’m not going to put my work on here. I know I’m doing this to see how I get on and improve etc but think I want to keep the actual work separate. Or maybe I’ll add it once I’ve had it back from the tutor. What I will do though is add the work that I do, but am not sending off. So I think in the next few days expect a review of the Science Museum – LATES. Yes this means I have (nearly) decided I’m sending the Ked Kandi review for my first assignment. I think. I had decided I would, but now it’s in black and white I’m thinking maybe I should send the Science Museum one. I am so bad at decisions. I’d also forgotten the potential 3rd option of the Museum I’m going to tomorrow night. Ahhhh.

On another point, I’ve started reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover again. I had kind of got a little bored of it. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I don’t think I care that much anyway. But I think I should persist. I guess. No, I should read lots and read varied things. This is defiantly varied!

I’m keeping up with reading the papers too. I read The Independent and The Guardian every day. Well, I read the interesting articles from the 1st half of each. I’m now not feeling as out of my depth with them, I can read and take it all in. Also some times I am reading the Times online (the interesting articles I find on that). All good reading.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I feel like I need to know (remember) more words for ‘said’. So, I’m going to skim read through a book (probably more than one) and highlight all the words they use instead of ‘said’. Then copy them all into a notebook, or word document or something so I’ve got this reference. I think this is the best way of doing it, because it will also help with seeing the type of language used in the type of books I want to read. Obviously I’ll be using chick lit. I’m starting with ‘PS I love you’. Great book. Shame about the film – such a disappointment.