soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 11:59 am
I'm alone in the office today, tomorrow and Saturday. It's not a huge deal or anything except that I start going stir crazy with no one else to talk to after a while and end up glomming onto the poor souls who venture in here with questions. Yes, in a totally creepy and stalkeresque sort of way. It's always awesome when people back away from you with a scared look in their eyes.

Anyway. I have some bookish stuff to put up. I didn't have my templates done up for two of the books I read this morning (what? I have a lot of free time on my hands.) so those reviews are only up at Goodreads at the moment. I'm not sure if I'm going to post them on my book blog, to be honest, since they're both for short stories. On the other hand, one has Zombies in it and you know how I like my Zombies.
Book #279 - Zola's Pride (Southern Arcana #2.5) by Moira Rogers - Yet another well-written short story set in teh Southern Arcana universe. I love everything Moira Rogers puts out but the SA series is one of my favorites.
Book #280 - A Girl's Guide to Falling in Love with a Zombie (Girl's Guide #1) by Richard Denney - A highly amusing short story about a living girl who can't let her high school crush go after he gets zombiefied.
Book #281 - Graham by Brenna Lyons - This story was a little too short for what it was trying to do. There was too much info on the alien customs that we never got to really absorb before the gratuitous sexing began.

I'm meeting [livejournal.com profile] malkovich03 for dinner tonight before heading over to the book signing. The book signing that I'm not going to freak out at. I promise.

I think I've covered all the basics. Back to staring at the walls and reading.
Wish me steampunky monsters and a cold cider!
soulswallo: (4400-Maia-Chance)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 10:44 pm
I wasn't going to post this evening since I posted a couple of times early early this morning but I wrote after those posts and I'm excited that I have word countage to report. Yay!

Although I'm editing, I'm adding so much new narrative that it's changing the entire complexion of the story. In a good way, I hope. The original time line, from beginning to end, took place over the course of a month. I had to squeeze in way too much stuff and when I went back and reread it it wasn't believable that everything that was happening would happen over such a sort range of time. So I'm taking my girl out of the hero's bedroom (TEMPORARILY!) and giving her time to settle into her new life with a pack of werewolves. She's a mess. I couldn't justify her character changing from a girl who had been repeatedly abused to trusting those around her without reservation so quickly. Now she's getting the time to learn that not everyone she meets wants to hurt her. That said, I do get to throw a jealous female tiff that I had originally plotted back into the mix because now that my girl is not directly under the protection of the big, bad werewolf she's a little more vulnerable to petty hatred.

This excites me, guys!

I ended up adding 916 words today, putting my total at 109,118.

This is especially thrilling because I was doing some crazy sleeping today. I went to bed at 5:30 after dropping Heather and Hailey off at the airport, slept until 10-ish, got up and did some stuff (including a bit of writing) and took a nap from 2:30 to 5. I think I got more sleep staying up all night last night than I normally get. That amuses me.

I also read a book.
Book #278 - Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy #1) by Lizzy Ford - I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this book. I went into with no expectations and thought it was oodles of fun. OODLES!

I decided that I am going to the book signing tomorrow. After rereading the synopsis for book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate I really wanted to read the book. So, I'm going. I won't even mention how shitty I think it is to tell someone what type of books that can or can't buy.

Okay. I'm done.
later.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 03:30 am
It's the 3:30-ish check in!

I'm completely excited because I've hit that golden number that I was aiming for! Yay!

Look!


I'm excited! See! Excitement! With exclamation points! Lots of them!

Total pages edited: 86 of 269

As you can see, they manuscript is getting longer. I do figure that I'll cut out some of the later stuff when I'm going through it simply because with the changes and additions I'm making now, the later stuff won't fit into the timeline quite right.

So, yeah.
The Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 is currently standing at 108,134 words.

I'm off to shower now so I don't have epic bedhead when I go to sleep later.

I'm always thinking ahead, aren't I?
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Get ready to WRITE!)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 01:29 am
And now it's time for my 1:30-ish check in.

I've edited 4 more pages (which doesn't sound like a lot) but it's all new material since I cut out a huge chunk of one chapter.

The numbers stand thusly:


Edited: 83 of 265 pages.

I'm still going strong!
soulswallo: (Office Stock-One pencil and all that pap)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 11:28 pm
Okay, here's my 11:30-ish check in.

I haven't written any new words exactly but I've edited about 15 pages of the EWM#1. Part of the editing involves cutting a big section of the story and rewriting it altogether. This is one of those sections that I'd been dreading getting into so this feels like a huge win.

So, this first word metric sucks because it's a big, fat ZERO but...


However, the editing portion is going much better than I expected.
Total pages edited: 79 of 265
Obviously, a bunch of those pages weren't done tonight but that's the overall total.

Okay. I'll be back later with more fun progress bars!
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Pens pens pens)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:37 pm
I'm having a moment here. In a good way. I have to take Heather and Hailey to the airport at the ungodly hour of 4:30 tomorrow morning so I decided that I'm not going to sleep tonight. No big, right? I have Wednesday off, I'll sleep then.

Since I'm not sleeping tonight, I decided to put my writing plan into action. I'm going to challenge myself to write a minimum of 2000 new words on any one of the stories I have currently languishing plus do some editing on the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. In theory, I want to finish my current pass on editing so I can do a full read-through on the EWM#1 to check for inconsistencies. However, since I'm not home at the moment I don't have any hard numbers on how many pages I have left to edit. I think it's a lot (around 100 in Word) so I don't want to give myself an insane goal and then get nowhere near completing it unless I can clone myself.

Am I right?

So. 2K new words and a good chunk of editing on the EWM#1. Totally doable!

I'm going to try to do mini updates throughout the evening to keep myself on track. Just word counts and amusing typos. Be warned.

Well, I also have some bookish stuff that I need to get off my chest. Not literally.
Book #276 - This Totally Bites! (Poison Apple) by Ruth Ames - The alst of Hailey's books that I appropriated. This one's about vampires! Awesome!
Book #277 - This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost - I LOVE this series. Jeaniene Frost has given me the perfect vampiric couple and she makes them all wickedly feral and AWESOME! *love*
Teaser Tuesday (07/12/11) - With a selection from Cat & Bones! Except that I've now finished that book. Good thing I have a back-up book I'm reading! Half-Demons! Yay!

I have a book signing for Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series) on tap for this coming Thursday and I'm waffling on whether or not I should go. The reason is kinda lame - basically, she wrote an article a while back telling people that they should buy her books as physical books over ebooks because ebook purchases won't help her get on the New York Times bestseller list. My knee jerk reaction to being told that I NEED to buy a book in a certain format is to give someone the finger. I buy ebooks because they're both convenient and I like reading them. Yes, I love my physical books as well. I have a lot of physical books. Telling me I need to do something a certain way rubs me wrong.

So, yeah. I'm totally waffling over whether or not I should go. Still.

And I'm done. I guess I'll read a little more before I have to scoot home for the day.
Later.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Monday, July 11th, 2011 08:38 pm
Ever since Cole and I went to see Transformers 3 I've had this hankering to rewatch the first two movies. I just finished the 2nd and it's a lot better than I remember it being. The first is still my favorite, though. Megan Fox isn't the best actress but at least she didn't ruin the movie for me. Unlike Edward Furlong in Terminator 2. I love the Terminator movies but I can't watch the 2nd one without cringing. In fact, I don't watch the 2nd one at all. Which is kinda a bummer because it's a good movie. I just can't stand Edward Furlong's acting.

And I really got off subject there, didn't I?

Today, I had a fun-filled day of doing boring chores. I returned some books to the library, got gas, went to Target to buy a new bathroom rug, vacuumed, cleaned the carpet and vacuumed again. I know. Somebody stop me. It's getting way too intense in here.

I was having a writing thought earlier. I want to finish up the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #2. I think I have about 25K more words to write. Maybe. The problem is that I'm doing a major overhaul to the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 and the changes there could end up having a big impact on EWM#2. So, do I finish writing EWM#2 knowing that I'm in for some major editing on the back end or do I hold off until I finish editing EWM#1? Either way, I want to get myself back into the groove of writing every day. Or editing, as the case may be. I'm going to set up my word goals and metrics bars and everything. FUN!

I just have to figure out what order I need to do things in.

Alright. I have work tomorrow. Yay. I wish my chair was more comfortable at work. Sometimes my butt falls asleep. It's not fun.
Later.
soulswallo: (Actor-KUrban-lensflare ahoy!)
Sunday, July 10th, 2011 08:55 pm
I feel like I've been a terrible journal writer lately. Which is funny because my last few posts have actually had some substance as opposed to be just rambling about books. As I'm so fond of doing. But I really do try to post every day and it seems like lately that's fallen by the wayside a bit.

One of the reasons I originally started posting on a regular basis (besides the fact that I have this unlimited capacity to write and write and write and write about things that no one wants to hear about) was so I had a record of these fun, sometimes interesting, often bizarre things that happen to me. I have a terrible memory. TERRIBLE. When I hang out with [livejournal.com profile] malkovich03 she'll say stuff like "Do you remember that time we went to dinner and you ordered the pasta and then we both had wine and your was white and mine was red and these guys came over and one of them was an alien and he wanted to take you away to the mothership and show you the galaxy?" You'd think I'd remember an alien wanting to take me away to the mothership BUT I DON'T. Much less what I ate that time it happened. I swear, if my brain had any more holes in it I'd be a walking medical miracle. Imagine what I'd be like if I were all drug addled and drank like a fish. I know. I'm scared now too. I'm sorry to put that picture in your head. So very, very sorry.

Anyway. I feel like I've been doing a poor job keeping up with my lj lately. I don't exactly know if that's going to change in the near future but I'm not going to let myself stress out over it too badly. Because I've got plenty of other things to stress over. Right?

Okay. Books. I have some.
Book #273 - Midnight Howl (Poison Apple) by Claire Hutton - The 2nd of Hailey's books that I filched. This one with werewolves!
Book #274 - Space Junque (Apocalypto #1) by LK Rigel - I barely knew what I was reading through half of this book and I STILL ended up picking up the next in the series. That must say something.
Book #275 - Never a Bride by Amelia Grey - Another quick little historical romance. nothing mind bending or earth shattering about it but it was fun.
In My Mailbox (07/10/11) - I found out this weekend that Goodreads has a section for free ebooks they offer. I downloaded a metric ton right after posting this post. Meaning that next week's post is going to be HUGE!

I'm a little hungry. Should I eat? I must think.
Later.
soulswallo: (Lost-Sawyer- F!)
Friday, July 8th, 2011 09:51 pm
I was offline pretty much all day yesterday. It's a not-so-long, slightly-convoluted story and you're about to hear all about it. I'll follow up that story with the one about how I got unintentionally felt up in a bar and now have nightmares about chairs and people sitting on me. You can thank me later.

To start things off, we've been having intermittent internet problems at work. Randomly, our internet will die, come back and die again. We've had people out to look at it, we've replaced out router and modems but it hasn't really helped. On Thursday, we lost all internet access completely in the morning and it didn't come back before I left for the day. Talk about a long ass, boring as hell day. I had no Twitter, no Goodreads, no anything. It was AWFUL!

Anyway. I had mentioned to [livejournal.com profile] malkovich03 last week that I wanted to try to get together for dinner one day soon. We didn't make any hard and fast plans, it was more a "ooh, that sounds fun". Lacey text messaged me Thursday morning asking if I wanted to try for that evening. Since I had nothing better to do (woe, I was internet-less!), I said yes. I might have sent a chastising text message to Lacey reminding her that if we had planned ahead I would have brought a change of clothes and not had to wear my work clothes. She might have said that she'd be wearing her work clothes, too. I might have responded that she has the naughty banker look working for her whereas I just come across as a disheveled office worker. There was laughter at that point.

Onward. After Lacey's long-ass closing crap she does at her bank (it involved bickering and noises of disgust between two of her coworkers) we finally made our way to find a place to eat. We ended up at a little wine bar, sat at the actual bar, drank some wine, ate some snacky things, Lace saw one of her friends. At some point, a drunk chick and her handsy manwhore came in and ended up standing next to me. He kept edging her backwards toward me until SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY CHAIR. Dude. Really. Then he was groping her and I had the unfortunate displeasure of getting roped into the group grope because SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY FUCKING CHAIR. Lacey looked at me at one point and said that I looked like I was involved in an unwanted threesome. *face palm*

I really should have said something but I was a little afraid to look over at them. I was sure he was going to suck her face inside out and I'd be standing next to a bloody faced corpse. For the record, that didn't happen.

Lacey, however, got to tell all about the guy standing behind her surrounded by three drunk women. He was telling them about his trip to Africa and how wildebeests OR WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WERE ran in packs of 100 - 3 males and 97 females - and all the male wildebeests did was fuck all day. I CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP! How much game does this guy have that he's telling these drunk chicks about fucking wildebeests - literally fucking - and they're hanging on every word? There was also talk about how he hadn't had a blowjob in 10 years and when he was married he only had sex on birthdays and anniversaries. *face.fucking.palm*

You know what? I still had a good time. Because I got to hang out with my BFF and drink wine. Sweet!

Okay. I have book stuff to talk about.
Book #269 - Between the Land and the Seas (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson - A nicely written, YA book with MERMAIDS!
Book #270 - The Mistress' House by Leigh Michaels - A series of three interconnected novellas revolving around a house in London.
Book #271 - Now You See Me (Poison Apple) by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines-Stephens - I'll admit that this was Hailey's book. I totally nabbed it for a light read.
Book #272 - Born of Fire (The League #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - LOVED this one. I adore sexy sci-fi and Sherrilyn Kenyon so this is a no-brainer.

I'm off. I have to work tomorrow and I'm praying to all the old gods that my internet is working. PRAYING!
Later.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 02:11 pm
Today is my wee beastie's birthday. He's 12. TWELVE! I adore my kid to pieces but there are times when he totally gets a WTF? face from me. One with a superciliously raised eyebrow. Usually it has to do with when he wants food. Cole, who is nearly as tall as me and wears bigger shoes, always asks me to go downstairs with him to get something to eat. I don't have to get him the actual food, mind you, I just have to go downstairs with him. Why? Why? WHY?!?!

Despite that, I still love the little brat. I probably won't sell him back to the gypsies or anything. Unless, you know, they offered a really good price. And threw in free fortune telling for life. And, really, what are the odds of that?

Happy Birthday, Cole. I love you, darlin'. Even with all your weirdness and your endless video game playing and the way you always want to watch TV in my room when I'm trying to write.

The last few years we've made it a tradition to go to the movies on his birthday. He really wanted to see Transformers 3 last night so we caught the 7:30 show. For the record, I liked the movie. I thought it was a lot stronger than the 2nd movie. The only thing that really, really, reallyreallyreally bugged me was that the Victoria's Secret chick was wearing a white jacket through the entire climactic battle scene and she somehow came out of it looking spotlessly gorgeous. Really? Sam was covered in grime and soot and you managed to look perfectly put together? I can accept a lot of things - giant sentient robots who come to earth and open portals to other worlds, that only hot guys are in the military, that Sam got 2 hot chicks over the course of the series - but I can't accept that anyone could be fleeing though a ravaged city without being filthy by the end. Michael Bay, you have disappointed me.

I have some bookish stuff. For real.
Book #268 - Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4) by Karen Marie Moning - There was, like, 2 way time travel in this one. Kinda neat!
Teaser Tuesday (07/05/11) - Sexy assassins and time-traveling Highlanders. Can you tell which one I've already finished?
By the Numbers...the first half of 2011 - A breakdown of where I stand on the various reading challenges I signed up for. I had a fun time writing this one up. Lots of numbers. Lots and lots of numbers.

Okay. I'm done.
See ya'll later.
soulswallo: (Fringe-stock-butterfly)
Monday, July 4th, 2011 08:30 pm
I feel craptastic at the moment. In fact, I fear that this blinding headache that has me in its clutches has killed off a large-ish portion of my brain cells. Fortunately for you all, they're the cells that handle the day to day werewolf thoughts. Which means that my epic werewolf masterpiece #1 will forever languish only half edited. I'm just kidding about that. I'm totally going to finish editing that one day. Totally.

Is it too early to start thinking about what I want to write about for NaNoWriMo? Little bit? Okay, I'll hold off.

Head still hurting.

I had an actual topic I was planning on babbling about today. It involves me, an author and coffee. But now it seems like too much work to sort through my thoughts. Plus, half the thoughts were eaten in the Great Headache of 2011. Fuck you, pain. I hate you. You ruined today's journal entry.

I don't even have any bookish things to report on. Because of my head.

I'd go to bed but it's only 8:30 and there's that whole fireworks thing going on later. Then again, sleep sounds so deliciously decadent at the moment.

I should have taken a longer nap earlier. I knew it. I knew I woke up too early. *pouts in a most unbecoming manner*

I'm going away now.
Later.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 09:10 pm
Someone left a comment on my book blog the other day that seriously left me scratching my head. The comment itself was left on my Book Blogger Hop post. The Book Blogger Hop is a blog hop to encourage people to visit other blogs that they might not have seen before. I'm totally down with that. I mean, I participate in it so I can meet new people, etc. But, before I follow a blog I make an effort to see if they read the same type of books that I read. I mean, why do I want to follow a blog that only reviews non-fiction books on obscure European monarchs when I have no interest in either non-fiction books or obscure European monarchs?

Does that sound like I'm being too picky?

So, someone left this comment:
Hello, I am you newest GFC friend. My answer to this weeks Book Blogger Hop question.
...
I prefer reading and reviewing Christian Fiction but I do read a varity of other books. I just can’t handle too scary or gory. Suspense and Mysteries I like. No explicit adult books either if I do find one I really want to read I just skip over the x-rated stuff.

I appreciate that she's trying to stretch her wings and everything but I seriously wonder if she even bothered to take a look at my blog. For one thing, I actively try to avoid any books about religion- Christian or otherwise. For the next, I love scary, gory, bloody books. In fact, the more decapitations the better. Third and final thing: I READ EROTICA OF ALL TYPES. I've probably read more dirty books this year than some people read in their entire lifetime. I will often scour Amazon for the dirtiest books I can find.

I've said all these things on my blog. More than once. In fact, on the post that comment was left on I talk about both Zombies and naughty steampunk books.

It's really not a big deal, I'm just confused. Why follow someone who clearly doesn't read the same things you read? I guess I could accept that they might be looking to try something new but why, then, do you leave a comment specifically mentioning all the things you do and don't read when those things are clearly opposite of the things the person you're leaving the comment for read on a regular basis? I don't get it.

Anyway. I have a bunch of books. Dark horror, naughty books and bloody books. Outstanding.
Book #265 - Thin Air (Weather Warden #6) by Rachel Caine - The more I read this series the more I like it. Fun, fast and featuring one of my favorite episodes of amnesia since Eric was found shirtless on the side of the road in the Sookie books.
Book #266 - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber - Kinda an awesome name for a book, huh? Well, I liked this one. It made me cry. Allegedly.
Book #267 - Magnetism (Savoy Valley #1) by Aliyah Burke, McKenna Jeffries, Taige Cranshaw - This one was a hot mess from beginning to end. Just... what? Huh? Yeah, I couldn't figure out half of what was happening.
In My Mailbox (07/03/11) - I got my TBR pile under 210. Yay!

Sorry this post was all about books. I refused to step outside today in the nasty 95F heat so I really don't have anything else to talk about.

Later.
soulswallo: (Stock-Look up and see the wonders)
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 03:55 pm
I'm at work and I have a headache. I also have the air conditioning set to "ridiculously cold". Part of me thinks that I should turn it down a bit (or is that up? You know, if I want it less cold?) just to warm up my fingers but then I think about how hot my room will be when I get home and I figure I'd best enjoy it while it lasts.

So, ridiculously cold it is.

Speaking of work, since I rarely see people on Saturdays I tend to dress a little less professionally than I normally do. In my defense, Saturday and Friday are both our casual days so it's not a huge deal. Today I'm wearing a black and gray miniskirt with a purple and black shirt, purple striped socks and knee-high boots. I'm totally rocking this look!

Anyway. I have a bunch of bookish stuff to babble about.
Book #261 - The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Secret McQueen #0.5) by Sierra Dean - Warning: Panty-melting kiss ahead! Seriously, that kiss was phenomenal. Especially since I didn't see it coming.
Book #262 - A Taste of Magic (Magic #1) by Tracy Madison - Cute without being too cute. I liked it.
Book #263 - Giving Chase (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane - Oh, Lauren Dane writes some sexy men. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.
Book #264 - Lord Demon's Delight (Dunmore Demons #1) by Gia Dawn - I ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. Mostly because of the family relationships and how they were portrayed.

I have another hour-ish of work. I want to get a good portion of my current book read before I head home to the furnace of my house. I can do it.
later.
soulswallo: (Calvin-This is how I do my thing)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 09:52 pm
Cole and Hailey were fighting earlier. I yelled. It didn't phase them. The one bright spot in all this is that this time they were fighting over a full box of crackers instead of an empty one. Sometimes I envision their inner selves as two junkyard dogs battling over roadkill scraps on top of a pile of rusty kitchen appliances.

It's a surprisingly accurate picture.

In news that doesn't involve me clawing the walls... no, wait. I don't have any news like that.

I've been doing some serious mental gymnastics over my epic werewolf masterpiece #1. The more I think about ti and look it over, the more little tweaks I can see I need to make. On one hand, I don't want to over think it and end up with a story that no one but me understands. On the other hand, I want to do the best I can for these characters and tell the story they deserve.

And in bookish news:
Book #259 - Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick - This book was weird because I hated the way the main female character acted but I ended up really liking the book anyway.
Book #260 - Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas - Another one where I didn't love the entire book and then all of a sudden I did. It's bizarre, man. Bizarre.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Things that make me keep reading and an epic ode to Resident Evil. Not really. I just make a teeny, tiny mention about how I might sorta, kinda like zombies and I think Alice is cool. Also, pictures of half naked men. Because I like those.

I am done!
Later.
soulswallo: (Heroes-Red umbrella in the rain)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 08:16 pm
I seem to be losing days here. I mean... what? Where did today go? And yesterday? Well, yesterday was weird what with the torrential rain and all so that explains that. But today? No clue.

Btw, the rain yesterday... wtf? Isn't it the end of June? Where is this weather coming from? Seriously, it was raining so hard on my way home from work that I couldn't see the lines on the road. Which is not as fun as you might imagine. You know, what with the terrifying other cars all around you. Yeah.

Anyway. Books.
Book #257 - The Admiral (Fantasies of New Europa #2) by Morgan Karpiel - And even more sexy steampunk! I am loving this series. It's ridiculously fun.
Book #258 - Killing Perfection by Heather L. Anderson - I had a tough time with the beginning of this one but it really picked up at the end. Enough so that I want to know if book 2 ties up all the threads that were left lying around.
Teaser Tuesday (06/28/11) - Angels and mermaids. I've read both of these books at this point but I can't get into my Blogger dashboard to write up the reviews. Sadness.

Well, there you have it. I've done nothing over the last two days except watch the rain.
Later.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Monday, June 27th, 2011 09:29 pm
Wow. Where did the day go? I don't think I did a damn thing today except laundry. Wait. I did take the dogs for a walk. Or 5. I guess that answers my question. I washed clothes and walked the dogs repeatedly. Nice.

Last night I cracked open the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 and did some editing. Going back and rereading the earlier passages that I fixed have left me loving this story even more. It's really hard when you're in the middle of writing something to know if it really makes sense or sounds good. I need to take a big step back and let things percolate for a bit so when I go back to it I can look at it with fresh eyes.

Most of the original changes I made were focused on character development. Namely, my main male character was too nice. Considering he's the second in command of a large pack of werewolves, too nice just didn't work. I needed him to be able to make hard decisions and be an asshole for the good of the pack. So I changed him. I also tweaked my main female character a bit to make her less aware of how much she doesn't fit in with the werewolves that have grown up in a normal pack. She's clueless about what constitutes normal behavior and I needed her to be unable to see that the way she acts is out of the norm.

As aggravating as this story is at times (OMG, I don't know what I'm doing on this editing front and it makes every change I make feel like the end of the world. Or just a category 5 twister.), I love it to pieces. I have this draft marked up all to hell and back on changes I want to make and sentences I need to tweak and I'm constantly terrified that I'll take something out that's crucial to the plot but I'm so terribly proud of this story.

I mean, I wrote a book.

Anyway. Since I'm already talking about books...
Book #255 - Highborn (Dark Redemption #1) by Yvonne Navarro - I loved this book. It was dark and wonderful and it hit the spot.
Book #256 - The Inventor (Fantasies of New Europa #1) by Morgan Karpiel - I wanted something in the sexy steampunk vein. This book is both sexy and steampunky. Win/win.
In My Mailbox - I've set a goal for myself to get down to 210 TBR books by the next IMM. 210 or lower. I can totally do this.

Since I have more sexy steampunk goodness waiting for me, I must away!
Later.
soulswallo: (SGA-Sheppard-Ummm)
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 03:44 pm
Tonight I'm going from work straight over to Hailey's dance recital. I don't know how to put this without sounding like a raging bitch so I'm just going to say it. I'm really not looking forward to this. I mean, I like watching Hailey's dances but she's only in 2 or 3 of them. And the entire show is THREE HOURS LONG. The evening performance starts at 7. So it'll be at least 10:30 before I get home. Like I said, I don't mind watching Hailey dance and, honestly, I'm sure I'll enjoy the entire first half of the show - they're doing Aladdin after all and I do love me some crazy-talking genie - but the second half is going to be hard. Because by the time we hit the second half I'm ready to go home.

So... yeah. Dance recital after work.

Now, I want everyone to hold onto their pants for a minute because I'm going to talk about books. Not the way I normally do- that'll come later- but about the really great run of books I've been reading lately.

See, I have this theory about books. Part of it has been begged, borrowed, and/or stolen from various places (most notably [livejournal.com profile] oddmonster) but it works for me so I'm appropriating it for my use.

I believe that all books have an audience. I might not be that audience but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people out there who fully enjoy a book that I don't. This is just one of the reasons that I always try to be gentle in my reviews when I don't like a book. I try to give reasons why I didn't like something or why it didn't work for me as opposed to just throwing up my hands in disgust. The other reason I try to be gentle has everything to do with how much of my heart and soul I put into my own novel. I can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure that most people who take the plunge and attempt to write a book and have it published have put a lot into its creation. That book is someone's baby. They nurtured it from the kernel of an idea up to the end result. That last part might be me projecting my own insecurities out into the universe. I don't know.

I'm not saying that you have to like every book, either. I'm not saying that you can only say good things about a book. Believe it or not, I don't always say good things about the books I read. I just do my best to explain why whatever I was reading didn't work for me.

I've kinda gotten off track here. Let me step back on. I've been reading a lot of books lately that have worked for me. A lot. Like, 9 out of 10 books I've read recently have migrated to my 2011 Favorites pile on Goodreads. Why? Timing. I pick up these books and they're exactly what I'm looking for at that moment. I wanted a book about fallen angels with an emphasis on the urban fantasy side (as opposed to a paranormal romance) so I started reading Highborn by Yvonne Navarro this morning. My God! This book is EXACTLY what I wanted. Yes, it is well written and incredibly engaging and I probably would have rated it highly anyway on those points alone but the fact that I was looking for exactly this type of book right now is propelling it into favorite status.

So on top of every book having an audience (somewhere, even if it's on a Himalayan mountaintop with a lonely goat herder) I think that timing is key. If you don't want to read a book about dangerous fallen angels you're probably not going to love this particular book as much as I am. Does that make sense? I feel like lately I've either been making some really good book decisions that match up perfectly with what I'm craving in a literary sense or I've been incredibly lucky lately. Because I've been reading a lot of great books. A.Lot.

I don't think I articulated this as well as I could have. I'll have to think on it and let it simmer for a bit.

Anyway. I read a book today. Don't act so surprised.
Book #254 - The Sacrifice (Forbidden #1) by Samantha Sommersby - This book shocked me with how good it was. I was seriously expecting a smutty quickie and I got a full-on story. Sweet!

I've really gone on enough here.
Later.
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Friday, June 24th, 2011 09:48 pm
I had to work today. I don't normally work on Fridays but the boss lady took the day off and I needed the money so I stepped up. It was sooooooo.slooooooow. Excruciatingly slow. The type of slow that people make up metaphors with. I rented my only vacant apartment in the morning and then spent 2+ hours without any human contact. Slow. Slow, slow, slow.

Yeah, I got a lot of reading done. That's always a good thing. And then I realize that I've read a ridiculous amount of books already this year and it's almost starting to embarrass me. Almost.

So. Books. Because I had a lot of time on my hands today.
Book #251 - Friendly Fire by Megan Hart - Sexy. Very, very sexy. I liked it.
Book #252 - Unlocked (Turner #1.5) by Courtney Milan - And this one made me cry. Lovely, sweet and sad. Not in that order.
Book #253 - The Seven Year Witch (That Old Black Magic #2) by Jodi Redford - Loved this one. Loved it. Fast paced, dark, gorgeous worldbuilding and characters that made me swoon. Oh, and it was hot, hot, hot.

I'm going to go spend time with the beastling. We're back to watching Firefly. Excellent.
Later.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Her smile could light up the wor)
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 09:54 pm
My baby's home! Cole's been in Palm Desert since Sunday and I've kinda missed the little booger. We'll see how long that lasts. Probably right up to the 5th time he asks me to go downstairs to get him food. I don't get that, btw. Why does he need me to go with him when he gets his food? It's not like I'm getting it for him. I'm just standing there. Weird kid.

I feel like I should apologize for the massive amount of book reviews I'm about to dump on ya'll. So, yeah. Sorry about this...
Book #246 - That Voodoo You Do (That Old Black Magic #1) by Jodi Redford - Oh, I loved this one. Sexy, naughty fun with a territorial cat shifter and a clueless witch. Throw in some zombies and you've got one goooood story.
Book #247 - The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell - A fun little steampunk romance about time pirates!
Book #248 - Hard Spell (Supernatural Crimes #1) by Justin Gustainis - Hard boiled urban fantasy with a side of blood and guts. Sweet.
Book #249 - Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Greene - A sexy paranormal/historical hybrid with vampires.
Book #250 - Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley - The only one of the bunch that I didn't love. It was just okay as far as sexy sci-fi goes.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday (06/24/11) - Favorite fairy stories and some men without a lot of clothes. Hey, I like what I like and I'm not ashamed of it.

Yeah. I had a bunch of books there.

I'm done now.
Later.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 08:59 pm
On my way to work this morning, I saw the most idiotic thing I have seen in many, many moons. Some fucktard missed his (or her, although for the sake of this story I'm just going to refer to them as male) exit off the freeway, pulled onto the shoulder and proceeded to DRIVE IN REVERSE until they could make the exit. I have no idea how he didn't have some sort of catastrophic accident from the sheer stupidity. I mean, really? REALLY? Who does that?

People are stupid.

In news that does not involve me clawing someone's eyes out, it was hot today. I think we hit 99F. Yuck. Fortunately for me the office is air conditioned and my mom had the air running when I got home. So, yay. Which brings to mind the fact that I slept like crap last night because of the heat and I was so tired when I got home that I fell into a 3+ hour coma-like nap. I don't think I would have woken up at all except that my mom came upstairs and asked me if I wanted something for dinner.

The moral of that story is that I slept a lot this afternoon.

Okay. Onto the books.
Book #244 - Born of Night (The League #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - OH.MI.GAWD! This book was fantastic! *dies* I can't believe it's taken me so long to start this series.
Book #245 - Demon's Fall by Karalynn Lee - The perfect blend of sweet angels, sexy demons and an apocalypse in the making.
Teaser Tuesday - Assassins, Angels, Angels and Bad Ass Investigators of Supernatural Crimes!

Randomly, I won a book through one of my favorite authors on Twitter (@moirarogersbree) this afternoon. It's not one of her books but a new release by one of her writing compatriots. It sounds so fun that I went out and picked up the first book in the series so I could soak it all in and get lost in a new author.

Which means that I'm now off to do some reading.
Later.