Thursday, October 11, 2012

Update Thursday #11

I got the idea for Update Thursday from the amazingly wonderful Jessica from Thoughts at One in the Morning. Every Thursday, I’ll be posting an update on my reading, writing, what’s going on at the blog, and anything else I think is worth mentioning. 



Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker were ah-maze-ing. My reviews for both are below. Velveteen...well, I'm putting it under 'finished' because I'M finished with it, but it's technically dnf (did not finish). I read about 1/3 of it and just couldn't carry on. The first chapter was grab-you-by-the-throat amazing, and I had really high hopes, but then it got really bogged down and not much happened. At 149 pages I couldn't imagine it going on for several hundred more pages, so I stopped. I'm a slow reader and there are so many books I want to read, so I'm trying to learn to stop reading books and move on if they don't interest me.



I reviewed Switched by Amanda Hocking, and gave it 3.5 stars 

I shared all the awesome books I bought and got at the library last week in my latest book haul vlog

This week's Music Monday song was Feel by Robbie Williams 

I reviewed Catching Jordan and its companion novel, Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. Both were amazing, and both got 5 stars and a place on my favourites shelf! 

Again, not a whole lot to report here. Every day I say I'm going to start the next round of revisions on The Game Changer, but I keep putting it off because my head's not really in it. I have less than five weeks to get it done, and I really want to send it out to a few reviewers to get some pre-release reviews, but I'm currently having beta reader issues. eshrinrfieyntqbtrqtbir04yt982y <--- That's kind of how I feel right now x 1,000,000.

In other writing news, I've made a big decision about my fourth novel (big for me, anyway) - I'm going to write it in first person present tense. I've never done present tense...well, not purposely anyway, sometimes I accidentally write like that and then have to go back and change it. I think it'll fit this story, and I like it because it seems a bit more informal somehow, and since my MC is a 17-year-old girl - my youngest main character to date - it feels right. One thing I need to decide is the type of boy I want...I have his name, and I know his story, but I'm foggy on his...personality? I want him to be a little rough around the edges, and I'm trying to decide between him being Irish (yum) or a southern urban cowboy type. Random, I know. Which one would you like to read about?

It's been another crazy week here at Casa Landry. We've had Logan Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We thought we were going to have him Sunday but didn't, and then Monday was Thanksgiving day so we were off. It was just Mum and me for Thanksgiving - I cooked a huge turkey dinner with all the was a lot of work, but I love doing it, and it saves me from having to cook for the next week + while we eat leftovers. We have Logan later today, then have tomorrow off, but have him Saturday and Sunday. He was amazing on Tuesday and Wednesday - so good, so sweet, so agreeable - an absolute pleasure to have, which was nice since a couple days last week I was ready to sell him to a gypsy. I wasn't feeling great on Tuesday and he let me lie on the couch and sleep off and on while he played with Nana...he looked so concerned and kept saying 'your tummy hurt?' and kissing my tummy and having me say 'ahh' while he took his 'flashlight' (a pen) and checked my throat. It was so sweet I wanted to cry...oh, and have I mentioned he's only two? Yeah, he's a genius. I take a lot of credit for that. ;-)

Saturday afternoon. He had to go for a walk (he's obsessed), but it was freezing out and we didn't have a hat for him, so I improvised...and he actually let me lol

As for TV land, I particularly loved this week's episode of Castle (Castle to Kate: "Best handshake ever" - I squeed and giggled and swooned); I was seriously pissed about the Dancing With the Stars elimination (stupid Bristol Palin needs to go home!); and I managed to squeeze in a few episodes of season 5 of of which was one that made me bawl like a baby. Joss Whedon is evil for killing off beloved characters!!! I'm considering watching Nashville (I'm writing this Wednesday afternoon, and the series premier is tonight). I wasn't going to because I got sick of seeing the same bloody commercial all summer long, but they've started showing new ads for it and I'm intrigued...especially now that I know Jonathan Jackson is in it!

Ok, I should sign off since this post is already super-long. Sorry guys! And I suppose since I actually have some free time (a rarity lately) I should work on The Game Changer. This is me going....

How has your week been so far? What's new?


  1. Good for you on not finishing a book you can't get into. If I start having trouble with a book, I'll either set it back on the shelf and move on to another, or I'll start skimming a little to find out what happens in the end.

    Um, on the type of boy, I say either would be fine! Maybe take a look at some movie clips of boys like that and see which one has the better feel.

    I'm glad things are a little bit better with Logan. He sounds like such a cutie. :)

    OMG, agreed on Castle. I loved how they made it all romantic, then silly. Oh swoon...

  2. Yummo to your Turkey Marie! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Logan is a cutie & he sounds so sweet!

    As for your book boy ;) rough around the edges & Irish - mmm! I'm all for that.

    I can't wait to read Stealing Parker & Velveteen was a DNF for me.


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