Sunday, November 27, 2011

ttyl c u @ 2

I’m only 23, but sometimes I worry about the younger generation. The average teenager sends over 100 text messages every day. Most of them use abbreviations so much that it creates a language filled with three letter words. The only single letter words in the English language are ‘A’ and ‘I’. When I receive a text filled with single letters and numbers that replace words…. I want to send them back to elementary school English class.

Never mind trying to get teens to read a book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teenager squeal about a movie series and how they “Can wait to find out how it ends!” Meanwhile, they seem unaware that the movie they loved was based off a novel series. I can’t help but wonder why they haven’t read the books.

The Hunger Games is a series like that. By the end of March, you can bet there will be scads of teens excited for the second movie, eager to find out what happens next, but not willing to pick up a book. And I’ll hopelessly hang my head. Authors no longer face the challenge of keeping their reader out of other books and in theirs. They have to keep them away from the TV, computer, movie theater, game console and cell phone. It’s a daunting task. Most of the time, at least.

I was grocery shopping a few days ago when I overheard a daughter talking with her father. She looked about 15 years old. They were talking about the upcoming Hunger Games movie. “Please, Dad? I want to read it.” “Why? I thought they were making it into a movie.” “I know, but I want to read it.”

I was so happy to hear a young person excited about a book that I almost stopped to thank her. I hope there are more kids out there who also value reading books and knowing the difference between to, two and too.

Maybe these kids aren’t as bad as I thought.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bear Pit

Anyone that has known me for more than a day probably knows that my all-time favorite actor is Alan Rickman. You might know him as Hans Gruber from the original Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.

You probably don't know him as David Weinberg from Dark Harbor because nearly no one has seen that film and my nigh-maniacal ravings of that movie aren't swaying anyone.

But Alan Rickman has been working on something new. He's been working on a Broadway play. And I'm going to see it!

Alan Rickman plays a mentor to four young and aspiring novelists. And he teaches them just how awful they really are. In that video he says, "I mean, you're throwing yourself into a bear pit, being a writer. And I think anybody that wants to do it professionally has to be aware of that."

To say that I am excited or looking forward to this is a gross understatement. November 30th can't come soon enough!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A medal? Trophy? Meh, I'll settle for a nap

Chapter 9 is finally done. I just finished it. And I am drained.

Every writer has times when their story hits a lull, even a small one. To remedy this, some will add a character or kill one off. Some will start an argument or weave in a new subplot. All of these are valid and great ways to keep a reader reading.

Me? I have people throw each other into things. Walls. Floors. Ship masts. Anything solid will do.

And you know what? I'm good with that. I can be the writer with violently outbursting characters. :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A childish primal human predilection for pleasure and novelty which can never be excised from the soul.

200 words into my aforementioned montage, I decided I was doing awesome. Thus I deserved a break. And then I found this.

A book to write? Whaaaat? Who would ever procrastinate from writing a book?

Oh, and my next procrastination will be to get on my Kindle and buy this book.

We're gonna need a montage!

I'm in Chapter 9 right now. And it requires a small, 300-500 word montage.

It may prove to be the death of me.