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Feel Free To Read This In Your Spare Time… :)

PSA: The grammar here is atrocious. I’m going to strongly suggest… 😀 … that you kindly disregard it. Ya see here… I was writing for hours on my book before this & that requires being grammar conscious.. and it’s a royal pain. I’m all grammar’d out and I don’t have it in me. — I will start sentences with and, put commas and periods where they do not belong and……. all sorts of other nonsense that is frowned upon. — Please, ignore my sloppiness. You guys are the best. 😀

 

I learn a lot from other authors. I learn from reading… which I truly believe is one of the best ways to learn about writing.

The other day I tried a new author. And it was this author’s first book.

As someone writing a first… it pains me to read first books by new authors and pick it apart. Because I know… I knooowwww… the work, the time, the sweat, and tears… all of it. I live it. It’s heart wrenching to know people are going to pick your work apart and find flaws in something you’ve created and come to love very much. — But that’s the name of this game. People will read your work as an author and they will judge it. Good or bad… one way or the other… they’ll feel some sort of way about it and that’s their right. —

But as a writer… it makes it much more difficult for me. I feel bad judging someone else’s work when I didn’t like something. I want to like it all. But that’s just not the case. That’s not how it works and at the end of the day… I can also learn a lot from books that I didn’t like or that I found flaws in. — Sure… I know people will find flaws and issues in my work… and that makes me feel like a hypocrite… hence the reason I probably feel so bad when I don’t like something. —- Which is what happened with this book.

I tried it because it was suggested and I knew it was a first time author and I wanted to see what that read like… because typically I’m reading books by authors that have published a multitude of books… and that’s always going to be a different kind of read.

So throughout what I read of it… the author kept telling me that the main character was sarcastic and was a bit of a smart mouth. There were several times where that was expressed and eventually I went.. You keep telling me, but it’s not in the dialogue and it’s not in her thoughts and it’s not in her actions. It’s not here anywhere. — She wanted me to know her character was sarcastic but if she had never told me that… I would have never known.

And I immediately thought…. don’t do that. Make sure that if I tell readers something about my character and it’s a huge part of their personality…. that they’ll see it throughout the book. They’ll see it in the dialogue, actions, and inner thoughts. If my character has sarcastic tendencies… let there be no room for doubt. If one character doesn’t get along with another…. make sure the reader can see the tension and that it doesn’t come across like they’re best buds. Things like that. Making sure everything matches up and balances out… Everything has to carry over just right all the way through… it can be a fine line! Lemme tell ya! —

Now I didn’t like the book. To be fair… I don’t think I was the right target for it. I really don’t. But at the same time… it really did help me to pay attention to things I don’t want to do with my own work. — One of the other things was that it moved very fast and didn’t really go in hard. I didn’t feel like I got enough information or got to know anything about anything before we had moved on to another scene. — and I immediately said, don’t do that. Don’t linger too long… but also.. let my readers get to know my characters and what’s happening and get a feel for each and every scene. Even short ones. Create depth… I want people to turn the page having known exactly what I did about what was happening. Clear & concise… not just sort of brushing over it where you feel like you kinda missed something, but you aren’t sure what. —

& y’all I feel like a jerk for saying that about some one else’s hard work. I really do. & I know she was trying to move the story along to get to the good stuff… but I believe that all of the smaller parts in between the big ones matter just as much as the big ones. If you gloss over them quickly and with very little depth you miss out on so many opportunities for character and story building. You also run the risk of leaving readers like me… feeling like they’ve missed something.

There’s so much to learn from the work of other author’s… even when it’s mistakes or problems. And as much as I hate to find issues with a new authors work… because I know the tides shall turn someday… y’all.. ya girl ain’t no fool. 😉 — When there are issues… those are things I can learn from. So I do.

I feel like a jerk when I’m doing it though… so there’s that. 😉

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I Have Two Options…

I have to be honest. I don’t know what to do. I mean this is serious business.

I need to clean the living room. I need to read a book. ( I mean honestly, I’m right in the middle of it, It’s good.)

Only I can’t do both at the same time. What I really need is for someone to come read to me while I clean. — Best of both worlds if you ask me! (Except the cleaning part… I find that there is nothing “best worthy” about that at all…ever, lol.)

If I’m being completely honest with myself & every one else right now…. this living room isn’t getting cleaned tonight. — I just don’t have the will power to put the book down. I’m weak…. & I’m woman enough to admit it too, Lol.

If only I had my very own personal reader…..

However, since I’m the only reader I have, I think it’s going to be book tonight, living room tomorrow night. 🙂

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — But I think it’s missing a little something: “But if you can only do one of two things today… pick the fun one!” 🙂

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Yeah…. About That…

The last time I blogged I mentioned that I was issuing myself a challenge to read every book I had & finish all the ones I started before buying any new ones. — Because honestly, I have a lot of them. I don’t recall the number at the moment, but it was somewhere around 30 something at least. — Anyhow, quick update on that… I failed.

Totally and completely failed.

I do believe it was the very next day actually. I probably broke some sort of record.

The overwhelming urge to search for a new book hit me, I did it, I found one that sounded really good, and I just couldn’t stop myself. — In fact, a couple of weeks after that I even hit up the used book store in town… I mean, do I even have to tell you what a gold mine that is to a book lover like myself? Lol.

In my defense, tho I failed my little challenge, I did in fact end up reading a good little portion of the books I already had. Probably about 7 or so. Lol, 7 or so & most of the new ones I bought…. in a months time. — Lol, someone reads a lot… when she should be writing instead..  🙂  —

Anyhow, I still plan to finish all of the ones I have. Maybe just a little slower than I originally planned.

Lol, slow & steady! 🙂

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Common Problems of the Dysfunctional Reader…

I am about to attempt something crazy… quite possibly unheard of, even.

I have just cleaned up my Kindle app & dismissed the books that I’ve already completed. That’s when I noticed it. — There are 48 unread/half-read books still lingering about. 48. That’s nearly 50! (Lol, look at me stating the obvious.) & If I’m correct… I do believe I have exactly 4 unfinished paper back novels sitting around the house. — Somebody needs to read the books she already has before she purchases more… Lol. (Haha, don’t tell my husband I have quite so many… he’ll give me the look. lol The “you spent all that money on those books & haven’t read them?… Wait a minute, I just watched you buy a new book the other day! What are you, some sort of book hoarder… that doesn’t even read the books?!” Look. — (Funny how so much can be said in just one look! — 🙂

So, I’m going to attempt what?
That crazy thing that may actually prove to be quite difficult for me.

I’m going to try & read all the books I already have… before getting another one!

I know that must seem like a pretty easy thing to do. It’s just I have this bad habit of scrolling around & seeing books that look interesting…. soooo, naturally I get it & then I’m already so interested in this new story I’ve found I put the current one down & forget to go back to it later. I’m so easily distracted, Lol!  — Ya know, really, that’s just a compliment to all the authors that write so great they hook me & real me in before I even have a chance to stop myself. Lol, see…. it’s not even my fault. — They shouldn’t write so well & then I wouldn’t have this problem! 😉

Now in my defense, several of the books that are half-read were probably left unfinished because it turned out not to be my thing. — It happens. Those I will probably just never read. & truthfully, some of them were most likely free in the genre I was checking out that day & I got it to try it out. — Sometimes that works out. I can’t tell you how many times I bought a free or discounted book & loved it so much I ended up buying & reading a ton of those authors books afterwards. — I love when that happens. — Unfortunately, sometimes it goes the other way. — So some of these books will go in the never to be finished category. — But not most of them. Lol, I paid for these bad boys… I’m going to read them! (Not to mention that most of them that I started were good, I just got a wee bit distracted.. 🙂  )

So…. we shall see how it goes.
I am challenging myself. — No new books until I’ve read the ones I have.

(This should be interesting….. )

-Heather! 🙂

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Nothing Quite Like It…

There is nothing quite like cuddling up under a warm blanket & getting lost in a good book. 
There is nothing quite like being consumed by a story & falling in love with characters you’ve never met before. 

There is nothing quite like losing all track of time & enjoying every moment of it. 

No, there is nothing quite like reading. Nothing like it at all. 🙂

— & now it’s time for me to get my read on! 😉
-Heather.

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It’s Just Not Possible…

If such a thing were possible… I’d swear I read too much! — But anyone with a love for reading knows better than that… there is no such thing as reading too much.

I go through these phases where I do one of two things, I either write all the time or read all the time. — Lately I’ve barely written a thing, except the occasional idea I jot down or grocery lists, lol. Which of course means I’ve been reading books like a mad woman!

I can’t count the exact number, but I can recall the characters & the stories. I can’t keep track of the time that has gone by, but I can remember how amazing it was to get lost in another world. I can’t figure up just how much money I’ve spent, but I know exactly how much happiness I’ve found. — Crazy isn’t it, that something so small can do such big things! 🙂

Which is pretty much why I haven’t blogged in what has to be weeks. I’ve spent most of my spare time reading. I literally just finished a book & started on another one when I realized, wait a minute… It’s been a while since I’ve bothered to write a word. What I have desired the most lately has been to read, read and read some more! 🙂 So I thought I’d take a minute to do a little writing.

I tell you what though, if someone said to me tomorrow that I could never read another book for as long as I live… Quiet, sweet, shy, & terribly passive Heather would most certainly show out, Lol! It’s in there, deep down inside of me. — The ability to show out, though it is a rare thing, the world would see it should anyone ever try to take books away from me.

I don’t know how people don’t love it. Nothing compares to it. It is it’s own magical thing… getting lost in the heart of books. I can’t fathom a world without them. One thing I do know though, is that I am so very grateful that I was blessed with a love for reading & writing!

So I say you should all go read a book… live a little, waste a little time, enjoy yourself, & be happy! 🙂

As Always,
Heather!

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Books, Books, & More Books

As I was all cuddled up & comfy with a good book tonight, I thought to myself… this is the life. I have loved to read ever since I was in the 5th grade. I didn’t like it nearly as much before then. I guess I hadn’t found a love for it just yet. Then one day I went to my little school library & checked out my very first Hardy Boys book. — That was when I fell in love. — After that, I went to the library every time I turned around & before the year was even up I had read all the Hardy Boys books they had, (and they had a lot.) 

When I checked that book out it was because I had to read a certain amount of books a month. It was mandatory. I had no idea that I would come to find so much joy in reading when I picked that book. It was the first book that I ever read nonstop without putting down. Little did I know, it was the beginning of an addiction that would stay with me for life. — I’ve been reading book after book ever since then. 

I found happiness, joy, & entertainment in reading. Somewhere deep within my soul a passion was sparked. That passion is still there today. — I read a lot. My husband calls it my expensive hobby, and I think sometimes, wishes I’d find a new one, lol. 🙂 If I’m not writing, I can almost guarantee that I’m reading. I pick up a book and I don’t want to stop until I’ve read the entire thing. When it’s over I’m thinking, Geez I should have slowed down… because then I’m not ready for it to be over. —

Books are simply amazing. They’re like movies, only way better. I can’t imagine life without books. I don’t even want to try. 

This is why every single moment in life is significant whether we realize it at the time or not. — You think little 11 year old Heather had any idea that day in the school library that the book she picked would change the course of her life? — Of course not. I had to check one out, I picked one, I started reading, and then magic happened. I had no way of knowing how much I would come to love reading. — I’m just so very glad that I picked that book, that day. 🙂

So… You guys go read a book. & Enjoy it! 🙂

-Hmthreatte!