Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blocking

Or stalling is maybe a more correct word.

Because it's not really writer's block. I think writer's block is when you can't write anything. I could write. If I wanted to. I've been writing in my journal. I think what happens is I get to a point in a story and I...freeze. I don't know where to go. Or I know where I want to go, but not how to get there. So I have to take a break and step back to take a breath.

It sucks because right now I'm in the frame of mind where I just really want to finish! I'm getting so close to the end. I know how I want to write it, but this one scene...it won't go away.

So do I delete it all together? Wait it out until I am inspired again? How long will it take? So many questions!

The problem with this is that I'm so tempted to give up completely and start something else. Or go to editing something else. And that's been my problem all along. Focus! If I can take a short break, get rested, and then go back, I'll be full of inspiration. But I don't want to give up completely. I don't. The other projects will still be there when I do finish.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Picture Post


It got cold again today. So I'm posting pictures of the last few days, when it was nicer.



See how green the grass is already? That's depressing (because I don't want to mow it). It's might snow this weekend, though, so that might slow it down a little. Here's hoping anyway. My mower is sitting in the garage with a dead battery and a flat tire. It's going to take some time to get it ready to go!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sharpie Pens and Craft Supplies

In addition to my book buying "problem" I should also add Sharpie pens (or office supplies in general) and craft supplies. I promise I'm not a hoarder or anything. Yet. It might develop into a real sickness and I'll be buried alive by a pile of notebooks. But I could write a memoir to stay alive. Because that's why I have so many pens and notebooks. I like to write the old fashioned way. Pen to paper. I don't know. It's probably not the best way to do it anymore, but it works for me for several reasons.

1) When I do sit down to type it into the computer, I can do a round of edits.
2) I don't have a laptop and a notebook is portable.
3) notebooks are prettier than laptops

And that leads into the crafting obsession. Before I was on the 'I want to getpublished' kick, I spent a lot of time reading craft blogs. I don't remember how I got started, but I picked up on a few easy ideas. I've done some neat projects, nothing super complicated. But then I started buying scrapbook paper and making my own pretty notebooks and journals. I make notepads and just about anything you can think of with magnets. So I've found a way to tie my loves together.

It will be a long time before I run out of paper to write on. Can a person make their own ink? I don't know how far theSharpies will carry me.

*Note...this was typed on the tiny iPhone, so please excuse my mistakes*

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Name is Beth and I Have a Problem

It's not really a problem. It's a good thing...unless you are my bank account. Then it's very, very bad. What is my problem, you ask?

Book buying.

I'm addicted to books.

See? That's not so bad. There are a lot worse things to be addicted to, like shoes. Or handbags. Well, that's another post. Let's just stick to books for now.

I've always enjoyed reading. I've always had bookshelves. But when I joined GoodReads just over a year ago, things started to get out of hand. I started knowing when books were going to be released, and I HAD to have them. I never used to like hardcover books because they were more expensive. But now, I don't even care. For one thing, it seems like YA books are always cheaper, which is awesome. Even hardcovers.

But now...how do I know when to stop? Or at least slow down? Because I'm running out of books shelves? My house is full of shelves! Because my bank account is draining? That's why I work! So I can buy things I enjoy! After I take care of my family and household needs, of course.

How about the fact that I'll never be able to read the books I already have in my lifetime?

Yeah, that might be a problem.

I'm a slow reader. I work 40+ hours a week and have two small children that still require a lot of attention. Plus, I'm trying to write my own book. So that takes up a lot of time. Oh, and there's my husband too. He requires time and attention too...

So I'm here today to put this in writing (because that often helps one stick to something better than just declaring it to oneself). I will not buy any more books until I get caught up on the books I have.

*Gasp*

Can I do it? Really? Probably not. But I have a lot of seriously good books that I need to finish! And what about all the book orders my son brings home from school? I can't deny him that (and I won't, because I'm not talking about picture books! Ha ha! Loop holes!)!

So, I will at least try to restrain myself. No more lunch time trips to Borders (which isn't hard because it's still a crappy store, even if it is all I have). No more browsing the online stores. For now, I will have to be satisfied with marking all the books I want to read on GoodReads. I'll buy them when they come out in paperback next year.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Niceness

X Posted to LJ

I get peeved easily. My issue is with book bloggers and authors. Since the whole YA Mafia thing came up, I've been intrigued. I've only read one post on it, and while I don't believe in it, I could see why people would. Just as a viewer of the tweets and blogs, etc. I think you can see the little groups that people have. I have always felt like a nobody because I'm just a reader and not a blogger. I can read your book and post a nice review on Good Reads; but because I don't have that exposure, you as the author, will not acknowledge me. Even though I paid money for your book and loved it and would recommend that more people buy it.Or maybe that's my own inferiority complex?So today, I marked a book to read and it posted to my Twitter feed. Shortly thereafter, the author had not only followed me, but asked if I wanted a signed bookplate. That's the love I want to feel from each and every author out there. Is that too much to ask? Probably. But if I ever get to that stage, that's the kind of author I want to be. To love everybody and show it. Because if it wasn't for readers, there would be no reason to write.