Saturday, January 28, 2012

DESERT FIRE

DESERT FIRE, by H.M Prevost, is an action packed YA novel where teenager Nick Chevalier accidentally happens on some military secrets that make him a target for terrorists.
When a jet crashes into the desert near Abu Dhabi, only a stowaway manages to eject safely.

Nick, an aspiring journalist, has just moved with his mother and sister to the United Arab Emirates. When he sees the plane going down, his investigative juices start flowing. Grabbing a ride with a couple of Arab kids, they arrive first on the scene. Nick notices the plane's military markings and then finds a survivor. The man tries to tell Nick something but dies as Nick sees a charred American insignia on his miitary uniform. The other kids, scared of trouble, grab him as sirens wail and a helicopter appears. They escape.

Only later does Nick find the soldier gave him something. A mini CD that lands Nick in big trouble.

I had to suspend disbelief a lot. From the moment Nick, a newcomer and a Canadian, jumped into a Hummer with Arab kids he didn't know, I kept wanting to say, "Dude! Think this over! You're new here and don't even speak the language!" But he kept doing stuff like that so finally, I just went with the flow because the description of the country and its citizens made me want to keep reading. The author has obviously lived a long time in the Arab world and loves it.

Very nice read.

Friday, January 27, 2012

BAD EYES

Had to have eye surgery recently. Seems I have these things like calluses that grow over my corneas and have to be removed every few years. It's a pain, especially when I'm a visual learner. When I listen to stuff, my mind wanders so I never remember what I heard. But give me a book and I can plough right through it and soak it all up.

Except now I'm watching movies for the next few days. We saw FLAWLESS with Demi Moore and Michael Caine last night. Not a bad film. And before that, we watched MORNING GLORY with Rachael McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton. It was cuter than I expected. I like movies that make me laugh.

So don't know what's in store for tonight. I hate going through the lists and trying to pick something out. Especially when we've seen most of the really really good ones.

Wonder if all that reading contributed to my problem? Like maybe my eyes had to toughen up to stand up to all those words?

Don't even want to think about it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

FINAL GALLEYS

So I got the final galleys for THE MAN IN THE BOAT this past week. As I'm going through them with a fine tooth comb since this is the very last chance to correct typos or other simple mistakes (e.g., the hero was working in clay, then marble, then clay again for the same piece), I notice awkward phrases, unnecessary words, and other stuff I'm always telling other people not to do.

How can this happen? I ask myself. I had a copy editor and a line editor. They went through it, sent me corrections, I sent it back, they went through it again, sent it back to me, I sent it back to them... Altogether the three of us went through the blooming manuscript eight or more times!

I guess the truth is, there are always things we could do better. Anyway, the galley corrections are now in. I'm still waiting on my cover art though. I'm anxious to see what it looks like!

Monday, January 16, 2012

IS AMAZON SPYING ON ME?

I can't believe it! Amazon just emailed me a link to these books!

DIETING FOR DUMMIES
DETOX DIETS FOR DUMMIES
EXERCISE BALLS FOR DUMMIES
EATING CLEAN FOR DUMMIES
RESHAPING IT ALL
THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR: HOW TO STOP CONFUSING WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE WITH WHO YOU ARE

Huh?

And those are just some of the dieting, exercise, spiritual books they think I might "want to know about."

Well, I don't think my mind and my body are any of their business! If I want to do something about them, I will!

Not going to let my guy see this. He's been after me to eat less butter.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

HARD BOOK vs KINDLE

Someone recommended a book on writing I hadn't read. (Unusual because I think I've read kazillions!) So I look on Amazon to find it. Sure enough, it's there.

The trade paperback edition is $6.61 while the Kindle copy is $13.99. I'm a Prime member (my guy uses it for the streaming movies) so I don't pay shipping. So I think: 6.61 vx 13.99; 6.61 vs 13.99. I love my Kindle but...

I order the trade paperback. Now I'm reading and trying to press buttons to turn pages. But I'll survive.

Oh, and after getting about a third of the way through, I realize it still isn't as good as my old favorite, SELF-EDITING FOR THE FICTION WRITER. But that's okay. It never hurts to read about craft. There may be something in here I didn't know or had forgotten.

I do think they need to set Kindle prices as low as the paperbacks though.

Monday, January 9, 2012

SOCIAL NETWORKS

All right. I'm doing a blog. I've signed up for FaceBook. I'm in several writing groups and on several writing links (besides my publisher's groups). I've joined Google's groups. I'm on LinkedIn. And I'm on GoodReads.

I'm blogging, reviewing books, reading books and doing email. Oh, and keeping up with my edits as they come, too.

But I'm rather hard-pressed to find time for writing. I'm wondering if it's a procrastination issue or if I need to stop being such a virtual social butterfly.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A NEW YEAR

So it's 2012. I hoped it would start off well and continue that way.

No chance.

Our heat went out Sunday night. The repair people were off Monday for New Year's Day. So it was yesterday before they got to us. And then it was after dark. The poor repairman said they're just been covered up with people who had no heat. He did get ours halfway working. He's supposed to come back Thursday afternoon when it's warmer to finish charging it.

And then Monday my computer died.

My guy, good man that he is, took me to Best Buy and we picked out another one. He got it set up except for a few little things he's working on now, and I'm able to work.

So looks like 2012 will be another 2011. Some good stuff, a lot of bad stuff. But everything going smoothly would get kind of dull after a while, wouldn't it?

So Happy New Year, everyone! Let the fun begin!