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Writer's Blah

I have not felt like writing today. I've somehow gotten close to 2000 words written anyway, but I'm just feeling... blah. I got not one, but two short story ideas today, except they are just ideas, not stories, and I have no clue where I'd want them to go beyond the opening pages. Perhaps they need to percolate a little.

The problem is mostly that my attention is off. The boy and I have been waiting a week to hear about an apartment we really like. The rental agent seems pretty clueless. I hate being in the dark, especially about something as major as where I will be living for the next year if not more.

In the past week or so I've become addicted to the Lemony Snicket books. I keep thinking I'm going to get sick of them and then he sneaks in some new twist and I want to know what happens next. It's not brilliant writing, but it's darn good junk food. But now I am at the end of number 5 and I can't get 6 used and they are far too expensive. *sighs*

I think I will go write some more of Bad Luck Boy. Six chapters done, two more to go.



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Jan. 16th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
He held my attention till Carnivorous Carnival, which I couldn't even finish.
Jan. 17th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
It was that bad, eh? What was it about it that turned you off it?

Is there anything recent (like, released in the last couple of years) in children's or YA fiction that you've really loved? I find it hard to wade through all the derivative junk.
Jan. 18th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
After awhile the plot just gets too convoluted and twisted to be interesting. Have you ever read a fantasy novel where the main character(s) just keep meeting new people and going on quest after quest, just for the sake of moving the plot along but not really saying anything that interesting? That's how the later Snicket books are to me.

Wow. Anything good in the last few years--you bet. Off the top of my head: Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde; Twists and Turns by Joyce MacDonald; Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam; The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian; Coraline by Neil Gaiman (I'm assuming you've read that, however). If I were at work this list would be stupidly long since I could go scan the shelves. :) Here is a list of favorites compiled by all the youth services librarians in my library system; unfortunately, it's not the newest list, but it's a good place to start.
Feb. 18th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm an aspiring YA novelist and two of my favorite recent YA novels are Violet and Claire (Francisca Lia Block) and Someone Like You (Sarah Dessen).
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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