Thursday, 14 April 2011

Twenty Thousand Words and Still Trucking

My latest story, Dragon, passed the twenty thousand mark this evening.

I find there's always something amazing about reaching that number. Magical even. An intoxicating blend of affirmation that I'm making headway and astonishment that I've made it so far (sounds like a tea, doesn’t it? A delightfully sweet cuppa).
Better yet, it’s happened with my daughter’s preschool/school demands, household duties and usual family life somehow being integrated. How that happened, I really wished I knew. I’m not usually one to write much with distractions - by that I mean you’ll find me setting up camp in the bedroom with my trusty laptop and strict orders for the hubby to ‘stay out’ – so it’s downright incredible that I got so far within a month.
That being said, this is usually the time the old muse has a little nap, leaving my poor characters stranded in whatever situation they’ve stumbled upon. On the other hand, I’m not considering this to be a very big story (aiming for fifty thousand words if I can), so I’m already creeping near the top of halfway-hill. Two more chapters and I'll be there.

Twenty thousand ... still can’t stop grinning.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Review of The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Title: The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Rating: 5/5

Ah, I should be finishing the second half of The Towers of Midnight, but this one has been taunting me ever since I rented the movie and watched it with my daughter.
The book, while wholly different to the movie (what with its different characters and alteration of side-plots), was equally as enjoyable. Enough for me to knock it off in a few hours, all the while convincing myself that I would read “just one more chapter”, after all, I kind of knew the ending. 270 pages later, and I’m putting a fully-read story back on the shelf.

This is what I’d consider an aspect all writers should aspire to. I know I do.

I’d recommend this to anyone who’d like a quick, refreshing trip down a path with a lovely-written story about a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread.

A book I truly could not put down and can't wait to share with my daughter.