Friday, February 24, 2012
I'm feeling kind lazy this last week; and the feeling is getting worse as the weekend approaches. When I'm feeling lazy I do a lot of reading.
I subscribe to eFiction Magazine on my Kindle, and I've been so busy with the blogfests earlier this month I'm only just now getting to read February's edition. Funny how this months theme seems to fit perfectly with this weeks Romantic Friday Writers prompt, The Perfect 9.5. I'm not submitting an excerpt to RFW this week - that lazy writing thing ya know - but I've been enjoying reading stories with the theme of flawed romantic interets and the less than ideal dating escapades that end in happily ever after. Weird for me, as I'm not normally into fluffy romance - Chic lit - or happy endings. At least not all the eFiction short stories have "happy endings", but close enough.
And what am I watching now? Sleepless In Seattle. And it just got to the part where Sam tells his son Jonah, "There's no such thing as a perfect . ." and he trails off as he watches Anne Reed make her way down the airport concourse. My heart flutters just a bit and I sigh an "ahhh."
Is this romantic month over yet? I'm going pink or somethin . .
Here's just the thing to pick me up, I think. You know Jeffrey Beesler of World of the Scribe? Well, he's just released his first novel on e-book - Spell Of Enchantment - and he's conducting a blog tour through March. He still has a few slots open, if you're interested in signing up. I just sent him an e-mail to claim March 17, or 18 so don't get your hopes up on those days.
And did you notice The Literary Lab revealed the cover for the 3rd anthology Variations on a Theme today?
Some of my reading this week included some great blog posts:
Sarah Pearson (Empty White Pages) reveals The Magic Appreciation Tour.
Jamie Gold; and a whole series of excellent writing posts.
MPax (Wistful Nebulae) on outlining.
Raquel Byrnes (nitewriter) on sell sheets/one sheets. A must read if you attend writers conferences.
Stephanie M Loree (Scribler to Scribe) on Requesting a book interview.
Elizabeth Spann-Craig (Mystery Writing is Murder) on eliminating unnecessary plot complications.
DL Hammons (Cruising Altitude) motivational "be the ball." Don't forget he's still hosting WriteClub.
Bryan Russel (The Alchemy of Writing) has a cool rebuttal to Jonathan Frazzen's attack on women (which started as a guest post on the Rejectionist).
There were a lot of blogs - many with excellent writing tips and techniques - I've read over the last week or so, but I've had some problems with word processing, so haven't been able to save them. And being so lazy, I haven't worked too hard at discovering the problem (I know it will involve money and I'm broke). And I haven't commented on very many of the blogs I've been reading due to my laziness and that silly new word verif thingy. My bad as a blog reader; sorry folks.
I'm hoping to be more productive this weekend by writing two book reviews, and accompanying author interviews, fulfilling a promise for L'Aussie Denise, and polishing my Catch Fire tour post for 2/28.
But, it sure is the perfect weather for cozying up with a good book while the wind blows and the heater fights off the cold.
Friday, February 24, 2012