After two solid, eight hour days of hard bloody work, I have finally applied all of the changes necessary to the master document of Behind the Scenes as well as adding two brand new scenes that will (hopefully) give a key character closure at the end of the novel. (Because without it, my poor unlikely love interest Tom would otherwise be getting a pretty rough deal that he didn't deserve.) Anyway, all of this means that I am coming very close to the end process. From now, the only editing to be done will be to check spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. This is very exciting, but very, very frightening part of the process. It's good, I am proud of it and I think that I deserve to be. However, it is at this point that fear begins to step in. Is my novel marketable, or even relevant to the current market? How am I going to sum up a complex plot in a 300 word synopsis? How confident do I feel about taking the book to a publisher or agent? Should I consider hiring the services of an editor or manuscript appraisal service? (Neither of which I can really afford). Do I have something, or am I just seeing the manuscript through a pair of rose coloured glasses? Only time will tell, I suppose, but for this evening at least I can breathe easy and know that I have come along another step further in the process.
Read Me Like a Book is a sensitive portrayal of a young woman who lacks a sense of self and whose journey of self-discovery happens in the most unexpected of ways. Ashleigh Walker is seventeen years old and studying for her A-levels. She has three friends at her local college--the slight wild Cat, straight-laced Robyn, and Luke who sits somewhere between the other two. She has a boyfriend, Dylan, but the reader soon gets the feeling that she isn't really interested in him, and is only dating him because it is what she thinks that Dylan and others expect from her. It's a dilemma that is easy enough for many teenagers to identify with, that sometimes relationships or even hook ups happen not because the pair are truly interested in one another, but because they feel that they should be dating someone. And then, something unexpected happens as Ashleigh gets to know her new English teacher. For the first time, she starts to develop the symptoms of a crush. The only thing is,
Yeah! It's time once again for Feature and Follow Friday, an awesome weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie designed to help like-minded book bloggers connect. This week's all-important question is: Q: Activity! Who do you want to be? If you could choose any character from a book. What do you think that character looks like and what do you have in common? This is an interesting question. Clearly, I am that delightful darling, Severus Snape, owing to the uncanny resemblance between myself and Alan Rickman. See: Kathryn Snape What is that camera doing in front of half of Snape's face? Okay, in all seriousness, I don't know how to answer this question. I think that family and friends have compared me to Jo March from Little Women, or more specifically Winona Ryder's portrayal of Jo March in the 1994 film adaption of Little Women, which can be summed up in part here: Ahh, the young writer with big dre
Exciting Times is the story of Ava, a twenty-two year old university graduate with no money and even less self-esteem who travels to Hong Kong to take up a job teaching English to rich local children. It is also the story of a love triangle between Ava, a wealthy banker named Julian who is trying to get over his ex and allows Ava to stay in his apartment for free, and Eileen, a razor sharp local who is the only genuinely decent person of the lot, or so it seems at first. Initially, I wasn't sure that I liked this story. The first part drags considerably, and there is little to like about a story where the main character basically puts up with being treated like live-in mistress by a man who doesn't love her, simply because her self-esteem is so low that she doesn't think she deserves anything better. And certainly, Ava is an expert in pushing people away. On several occasions, I wrote this off as being just yet another Literary novel that puts the sex life of the dysfunct