I know I’ve neglected this blog so I thought I would make it up to you by telling you what I’ve been doing, besides editing. Then I’ll give you some cool links to check out.
I’m currently reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which my boss recommended. I wasn’t sure I would like it but I am thoroughly enjoying it.
It’s a light read compared to The Art of Racing in the Rain. Which I just finished and found to be a bit depressing. It’s a great story but made me cry several times. Garth Stein did a great job, it’s very well written. Oh, and narrated by a dog.
I’m also trying to get through The Artist Way and The Scene Book. It’s slow going but I hope to finished them before Christmas. 🙂
I completed my Writeriffic class. I don’t think you want to hear more about that. Moving on…
I gave up on chapter one of my manuscript for a while, and I’ve moved on to chapter two. Chapter two will be up for review on Critique Circle March 24th.
I also dusted off and read the first three chapters of my NaNo story. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. At least, not for a first draft. The pace was too fast but I think it has potential. I’m excited about editing it but I can’t yet.
I wrote an essay about coffee houses and it may be published in a regional magazine. I may also write something about the Sonoma County Beaches for the same magazine. These jobs don’t pay. But it’s kind of neat anyway.
Here are some really cool links:
The Urban Dictionary: Perfect if you’re writing a young character and need help with slang.
The Bookshelf Muse: If you find yourself running out of words, check out The Bookshelf Muse. There’s a thesaurus for almost everything on this blog.
Tribal Writer: This is a great blog about writing fiction. Every time I visit Justine’s blog I learn something new.
The Character Therapist: Need help with your characters? Check out this blog.
LawGuru Answers: I found the website when looking for domestic violence law information, but it’s also a great place to get story ideas.
That’s all I have in my bag of tricks for today. I hope you find something helpful.