Sunday, December 19th - Yes! THIS Sunday!
Watch me get my face covered in plaster! You know you want to. The fun starts in the afternoon, probably at 1pm PST / 4pm EST!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Yesterday I bought the first part of my costume. Yay! Alginate! I'll be getting a head cast created for me soon which means claustrophobia, I mean, encasement in plaster, uh, fun times. Yeah, I was as excited about that last part as I was to find out I needed my very first root canal last month. Oh well. No pain no gain, right?
I'll be chronicling everything here so you can come along on this fantastic journey with me. Some of it will be on the Crabcat blog, Sorcery and Glue, as well.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Some writers feel fan fiction is a cop out with its already-established characters and for some, plot lines. I take a different stance. What about it being a great way to exercise the writing muscles? When you’re on a treadmill you’re not actually running a marathon, but you could be training for one. Isn’t the same true for fan fiction?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yay #1 – Got a free pedicure.
Yes, my friend and I inadvertently forgot to pay, but that’s beside the point. No one told us to fork over the dough, no one chased us down like dogs to rip away the marrow of our wallets, and certainly no one reminded anyone involved including myself, my friend, the nail, um, technician(?), the receptionist, other patrons, and security cameras that we hadn’t paid. Not to worry, you moral compass enforcers, we’ll make it up to them. It was still cool though. Moving on…
Yay #2 – Worked out at the gym for the first time in years.
The best part, each cardio machine had its own TV. Rachel Zoe, thank you for entertaining me during my calorie inferno. I’m not about to mention that my face took on the hue of an eggplant by the end… *cough* I’m a little out of shape.
Yay #3 – I’m finally over caffeine.
Diet Coke and coffee, you have no power over me!
Yay #4 – Started my new sci-fi book.
Only 300 words, but hey, better than nothing.
Yay #5 – Went to a great tapas restaurant for dinner.
Another friend and I swapped stories of married life betwixt bites of paella. Super yummy. The remainder of the night consisted of me trying to sell our server on the idea of trying the Mass Effect video games.
All in all, a great day. Just thought I’d share.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So, instead of conquering the universe on the wings of my violet pegasus or storming the castle with my laser-beam assault rifle, I’m loathing my very existence struggling not to give in to the temptation that is Diet Coke. Wish me luck and send me good-writing vibes. Peace.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
To tell the truth, I've been ignoring writing altogether. Perhaps being a "Writer" is too much pressure. Maybe the scrutiny got to me. I don't know.
I do know that I've started a new project; one that deviates wildly from anything I've ever created before.
(My blog, my rules. I can use as many freakin' adverbs as I want in this post.)
So, I will continue to tap the keg of creativity and hope you'll stick with me. I promise to write more often.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Yep, that’s right, dizziness combined with nausea and sweating in equal parts. Loads of fun let me tell you. The one thing I thought as my head tumbled between my knees in the “I’m not gonna faint” position was how am I going to type with a bum hand?
A startling question since I’ve been hosting an epic-scale pity party for the past two months, the theme being, “Everyone’s making it but me” complete with depression draught and procrastination pie. Maybe scraping up the layers of emotional epidermis forced inspiration to flow to the surface.
I think it’s time to work on a new book. What do you say?
Monday, March 8, 2010
The swishing sounds of my crinoline skirt accompany me as I prance into the family room all Lucille Ball-like. Birds begin to chirp outside and the sun shines a wee bit brighter with my entrance. This is my blog post after all. Don’t mind me.
"Yes, my dearest most wonderfullest man o' mine.” I hand him a plate of freshly-baked cookies while I straighten my lace apron.
No, not really.
Battles and more battles and then more history about battles...
Now that sounds like some quality television.
Reality shows like “Survivor” and “The Biggest Loser” could focus on writers pitching to agents. Hmm…
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I call this “Tunnel Vision Syndrome” AKA “Hilary’s Personality.”
There are positive aspects to this, I assume. Things like completing tasks quickly and perfecting the results… but at what cost?
Over the past month or so, my laser focus shifted to the negative and I completely dropped out of my online life. Sorry, guys. The good news is I’m coming out of it as evidenced by this blog post.
Being a writer can take its toll. For all of your hard work, there’s no external accolade, no one there to pat you on the back save friends and family, but aren’t they just a bit biased?
Anyway, part of getting better is forcing my eyes to see the whole spectrum, not just the one color I’ve deigned to be my obsession. And that’s what I’m determined to do. I’ve reevaluated my goals and set them against reality. I should write for me, improve my skill for me, tell a story for me – not for the hope of becoming the next Brown / Meyer / Rowling. Delusions can seduce you then leave you bitter.
“The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.” – Alexander Jablokov
Just don’t let your self-doubt become the biggest bastard. :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Thank you, Marybeth for this honor. You rock!
As with all good and happy things there are rules attached. I’m required to tell you 10 things that make me happy and list 10 blogs that make me happy. I’m sure you’re dying of anticipation, so I'll get on with it.
10 Things that Make me Happy!
1. Writing. (Shocking, I know.)
2. Singing. (Sometimes I even get paid.)
3. Sour candy.
4. Puppy kisses.
5. Snowboarding through the trees.
7. Going anywhere in Europe.
8. Ketel One or Don Julio. Happiness in a bottle. ;)
9. A perfectly coordinated outfit, complete with "lotsa" jewelry and killer shoes.
10. Driving too fast.
10 Blog Friends that make me Happy!
3. Nicole (funniest blog EVER!)
6. T Anne
10. The Blonde
YAY! Now bring on the champagne!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Feathery attachments excluded, the book reeled me in with its disturbing setting and multifaceted characters. Ms. Kate did a fantastic job letting me, the reader, discover each person’s past. She shows, not tells, folks.
If you’re looking for some great dark and romantic YA, Fallen is the book for you.
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I heard someone say that angels are the new vampires. Granted, the idea of a fallen angel makes sense due to their lack of wings and sinful nature (and who doesn’t like a story about redemption?) but it’s hard for me to imagine falling in love with your guardian angel.
Let’s break this down –
1 – He’ll always be more beautiful than you with his sparkly essence and/or flowing robes of white.
2 – He’ll always make you feel bad for sinning, so you’d better get your guilt on.
3 – He’ll never age while you’ll continue to deteriorate. Vampires are cool because they can make you one too. I don’t see angels handing out seraph-dom.
On the flipside, the idea of sacrifice works. All I can hear right now is Sara McLachlan and it’s killing me – I’m getting there – “City of Angels” is a good example of this. Guardian angel throws away eternity to be human. Okay. I get it.
But I’m still creeped out by the feathers.
What do you think?
Disclaimer: I did enjoy Hush, Hush.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Now before you get all "she has no life" on me, you have to realize these books are unbelievably addictive. All of four engaged me, but Graceling and Fire stood out as my favorites. Both are by author Kristin Cashore.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
I LOVED it and devoured the book within hours. All of the characters breathed (figuratively, of course), the plot moved at the right pace, and the writing transported me into Kristin Cashore's world. The romantic elements hooked me instantly, not to mention all the fight scenes!
What an amazing debut! (Yes, two exclamation points back-to-back. It was that good.)
She is the last of her kind...
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.
This story still haunts me. When I started it, I'd just finished Graceling, so the bar was set very high. I loved the idea of "monster" things -- Cashore's descriptions and ideas about her world improved from her first book. There was a more mature theme with this one, which I appreciated, and the relationships between characters were less straight-forward as in Graceling. Overall, Fire was a darker, more complicated book. I loved it.
My Impression of the Author:
She has a distinct style in which she uses a repetition of sentences beginning with the same pronoun or word, most often "she" or "the". Cashore uses this device several times in both books and it works. It seems to emphasize a growing intensity to the succession.
Her settings are phenomenal and I love that all of her characters have flaws. Both books do have a happily-ever-after, but not in a cookie-cutter kind of way. Sacrifices have to be made and not everyone lives.
In sum, Kristin Cashore is now one of my favorite authors. I hear she's working on a new book titled Bitterblue. Can't wait!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Dogs need loads of exercise. If you’re sedentary (apparently I was), this is a real issue.
3 – Hair.
Yeah. It’s everywhere and on everything. I thought cat hair was pervasive - its got nothing on dog hair. Vacuuming everyday and lots of sweeping / dusting / wiping is required.
4 – Commitment.
Having a dog is akin to having a child. It constantly needs to be watched, fed, and played with. Forget spontaneously taking off for the weekend. You need to plan for a sitter, er, kennel.
(yes, this is actually my dog)
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thing to be a dog owner. Ah, look at that face.
Just be prepared before making that buying decision.