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Pictures and Pitches and Piles and Piles

I’m going to start today with a little rant, because this is really annoying me.  I’m maybe 1/3 of the way through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and really enjoying it.  It’s not keeping me up at night, but I think that’s a good thing.  Maybe I’ve learnt to control my reading urges (doubtful). 

BUT.  Every time I pick it up, I get a little annoyed.  The cover shows the girl with the dragon tattoo.  Or so you would think.  In actual fact it shows a girl, who does have a dragon tattoo, but that has long hair scruffly held up – with long bits falling down.  Salander (the girl in the novel) has (direct quote) ‘…hair as short as a fuse..’  It annoys me so much that the picture doesn’t match the novel.  So much.  It’s even worse though, because I bet if Larsson was alive when the novel was published he wouldn’t have let it happen. 

Sorry, had to get that out.  Moving on. 

Actually I don’t have anywhere to move on to.  Nothing to say.  That can’t be right.  I’ll save the draft for an hour or so and have a think. 

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That was silly, now I’ve lots to say (well a little more).

I started something yesterday that I thought might be interesting – if a little impossible.  I’m creating a list of all the novels I’ve read since been an adult.  Originally I thought it would be impossible to do because I’m never going to remember all the books I’ve read, but I’ve found something even harder.  I can’t remember if I’ve actually read LOADS of books.  I’ve got Amazon open and am going through the authors I can think of whose books I’ve read.  I’m on Jill Mansell.  I’m about 10 books down and already I can’t remember if I’ve read 4 or not.  I recognise the story line, but don’t know if I’ve only read the back, or the whole thing. 

I’ve should have known I’d have this problem, it’s the kind of thing I’ve done before.  I once bought a book, cause I thought it sounded really good.  I got to maybe page 3 before I realised I had read it before.  *sigh*.  Still it’s an interesting project, and again, a great way to procrastinate!!

The other thing I’ve been working on today (not my job obviously) is this pitch for the competition I was talking about yesterday.  I’m going through Winnie Griggs’ workshop on them.  It’s really really hard.  I think I’ve found a pretty big problem with my novel – there’s not enough background story to it.  Or, when looking at a pitch there isn’t.  I thought and still think there is, but I can’t find enough to fill the pitch.  Maybe I need to look at it without the distraction of phones ringing, people coming to reception and staff saying goodnight as they leave! 

That really is it this time!

By the way, it’s ‘piles and piles’ of books – on my read list 😉

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New books!

I thought as I’m surfing I may as well do something useful and write a blog.  Some may say I could use the time even more productively and do some research for my writing course.  But I’d ignore those people to be honest 🙂

I have 2 new books: one new book I’m reading and one new book I’ve bought. 

My boyfriend moved neighbourhoods recently, and yesterday we thought we’d go and look round the shops – yay!  He dragged me into a charity shop because he wanted to look for old sci-fi books (for him).  Knowing my love of books and need to buy more when I see them I tried to argue, but he had his mind-set, so we went in.  I found about 30 books I would have liked to buy, but limited myself to just one – 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell.  I’d been looking at her new book in a shop the other day, so she was fresh in my mind.  I’ve read quite a few of hers and really enjoyed them, so this should be a good read.  I’m going to read it next.  I know that’s really bad as I’ve so many that have been sitting on my shelf that have been there for years.  I feel like I could be Phoebe from friends saying I’m not being fair to the other books – although in her case it’s cookies 🙂  I did make the boyfriend pay for it – as he dragged me in the shop I thought it was only fair!

I didn’t finish Destinations, as it’s a collection of short stories I figure I can just pick it up and put it down as I want.  As I’ve read further and further into the book, I’ve found that some of the stories are starting to interlink, showing different versions of the same story or other people who got a passing mention in a previous story – I’m really impressed with that – I think it’s really clever. 

The new book I’m reading is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  When these books first came out I wasn’t really interested, I can’t work out why, as they’re the kind of thing I love.  It wasn’t until someone recommended them to me that I thought I’d give them a try.  I got this and the second in the Millenium trilogy for Christmas.  I found the first 25 pages a little hard to get into, but that may have been because I was tired last night.  I read another 20 odd today and am really starting to like it.  I think it’s really sad that Stieg died just after sending off the MS so didn’t get to see success of his books.   So sad.

Monday tomorrow, another week of work 😦  But lots more time to do writing 🙂