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The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

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It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.From the very first page, the language of this book brought me right into this Victorian world. It was very poetic to match this time period, even though it could seem flowery to today's standards. The choice of words caused me to stop from time to time to jot dow…

Learning to Drink

"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."
— Stephen King
I won't write my goals here every week since it might seem a bit strange trying to boast, cover up, or hide my successes and failures. Instead, I will just go to my observations and whatnot.
This weekend I finally received the batch of books that I ordered on writing and drawing. Both books open with the idea that writers aren't born and that writing and drawing are skills that just need lots of practice so you can learn, try, fail, and eventually succeed. Most of the time we hear about "natural born talent" and it can be discouraging if you see that as something you don't have.
I've always had a knack for writing and it comes down to reading. The more I read, the more I learned, and it has made me into a better writer because of it. I took classes and earned a degree in writing, but even after five years, I am s…

The Bigger Picture

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." -Philip Pullman
I have a simple day job. It gives me enough time to think about my writing as I work, but something needs to change. I have been working longer hours during the week so I can leave early on Fridays for quite a while now. It has been great when I have a list of things to do, but I wanted it more for my writing. Those afternoons eventually came to be what my husband noticed from fellow employees as a time for recovery.
The thing is, I need time to write in the evenings if I want to meet my goals for writing and exercising. To do that, longer hours at work will just not do. It is time to go back to the 8-4:30 schedule. I am hoping that it will also help the feeling of the evenings getting away from me, especially when I sit staring at the computer screen. More energy will also serve as a plus.
Oh, the things we do for our art!
Natasha

The Minor

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Last week's goals were a success. There was a minor change in how many words that I needed to write since I had a bit of research to do that cut into my time. When I have goals like these, it is the research that can sometimes do the harm to the total word count. With that set-back, I have added a 1000 words onto this week goal. Research is necessary, so I am not going to be angry or disappointed. Just mindful.
Weekly goals -Write at least 6000 words in Kin -Exercise at least 2 times -E-mail swag contacts for CoreCon
I completed The Hunger Games this week. It doesn't merit a review since you can find them everywhere. I will say that this series had me losing sleep at night since I kept telling myself that I would read one more chapter when I would read four or five. I know that people are looking forward to the upcoming movies that should start in 2013. I am now one of them and am very interested to see how it will look since Suzanne Collins did the initial script for the first one…

Back to Basics

Felicia Day's wonderful post about 2010 is worth mentioning. Her #5 "Just because you feel it, doesn't mean it's real" is something I know I will be saying to myself over and over again in the future. There is so much to look forward to, why let it get to you when it won't matter down the road? Easier said than done, but it is an effort in the making.
Speaking of effort in the making , I am back to achieving creative goals by getting back to the basics. That means task lists! What does my task list look like this week?
-Write at least 5000 words in Kin -Exercise at least 2 times -E-mail panel contacts for CoreCon
It doesn't look like much, but it is a start. This week I have plans with friends and family to make up for the Christmas holiday so I am trying to keep myself realistic. I need to build up my morale!
I started and completed the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy. The story is so fast-paced and it won't be hard to get through the next two. I a…