A Journey of Wuthering Heights

Apr 8, 2014 by

I read it. Finally.

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I’ve started “Wuthering Heights” many times and found the old English hard to get past when I’m not in a very good mood. However, I’ve become determined to read different and interesting things, as well as books in the genre of my works in progress. After I was able to get through the first couple chapters I found I’d gotten used to the long speech pattern and understanding the text wasn’t nearly as taxing. Overall, I liked the book. I felt the setting enchanting, the people complicated, and the story that stands up even after so many years have passed. Who doesn’t love a ‘I-love-him-so-much-but-this-guy-has-more-money’ story? I know I do!

I didn’t the find the book a study in romantic love as it was the study of character. Bronte was a mastermind of creating the sour characters that are truly unhappy and tend to take frustration out on the people around them. They live in their own little universe with very little regular interaction from the outside world. I suspect that this enhances the peculiarity of the characters than anything else. Enemies are doomed to remain key enemies and the wedding of cousins is common place. They react harshly and proudly to anyone who crosses them and they are not quick to forgive. Everyone has lost a loved one too early to illness and this might be why most of the children become self taught and slightly wild with emotion. All the characters were fascinating to me in one aspect or another and I kept turning the page despite thinking I’d like to smack all the characters myself. At any rate, it taught me that I should consider ALL the aspects of a characters life when I go to present them and have them interact with other characters. Oh, and that apparently everyone dies of consumption, mania or the common cold. A combination of all 3 is also possible.

So far Echoes is coming slowly. I’m not being too careful in the rewrite because I plan another round of editing after this. However, I’m finding scenes that I don’t like and I’m having to replace or things that just don’t fit altogether. I’m working on it daily, save for the weekends. I hope to have it all re-written by the time school lets out and I’m forced to share my desktop computer with Terraria fiends. I’ll have a much better update on this coming soon.

Thanks for reading!

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Writing and Reading are Fast Friends

Mar 31, 2014 by

Want to start writing? The first thing anyone will tell you: Start reading. “But I don’t WANNA,” you scream and yell like my 2nd grader. It’s okay. I understand. Having taught all three of my kids how to read, I understand that reading is not always a picnic. As I tell my second grader, the more you do it, the better you get at it. I was lucky enough to take plenty of English courses in college. I always loved reading but in college it was tough to keep up with demand.  Out of necessity I learned how to read at a fast pace while making mental notes of details, plot points, and meaning. After college courses I didn’t read nearly as much, finding mostly popular selections to read because everyone else was reading them. I had become a slacker.

Then I started writing. Every now and then I’d pick up a new book and a curious thing happened. My writing changed. An entire week with cult author Chuck Palahniuk’s work had me culling my prose in short, straight-to-the-point sentences and in similar cadence. I hadn’t realized the change until I had gone back to edit and saw the change from one page to the next. It was creepy. And if you’re familiar with Chuck’s work, it was even more freaky. But beyond the sentence structure of my writing, reading other books always has me thinking about my own writing in different ways. With each book I read I see more ways to present the information in my story. I see other ways to tell my story. I see the weaknesses in my writing and the strengths. In reading similar genres, I see what works and what doesn’t.

I’m rebuilding my routine with my writing/editing and this weekend I read two books that had been sitting on my shelves for a while. Reading on the weekends while working through the weeks seems like the perfect way to fit reading into my week. I’m usually off my computer during the weekends so that the kids can play their favorite games, watch their favorite videos, and look up the things they want to know more about. I have a few selections to pick from for next week that more closely resemble the genre my current work in progress, Echoes, just might fit into and I’ll learn more or I won’t. We’ll have to see.

This past weekend I ripped through “Paper Towns,” a young adult novel by John Green (picked up by Fox to potentially become a movie!) and a Christian fiction novel titled “Waking Lazarus” by TL Hines. Both were worthwhile reads for anyone, not just myself. Within their genres, they are very effective novels for their intended audiences. I would not consider myself  the intended audience of either novel but each had their strengths, kept my attention and guessing about the ending until the very end.

From now on, if I read it I’ll let you know here. I might add more detailed reviews and discuss what I learned from the book to apply to my own work. I’m looking forward to next weekend and the reading ahead! Will it be a romance? A mystery? I haven’t decided yet! Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments or tweet me @AprilDlicious on Twitter.

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Work in Progress

Mar 26, 2014 by

EverydayI love the term “Work in Progress.” It means that what you see isn’t what you’re going to get, that everything is changing and evolving and getting better. *Points up* See? New title and header! What do you think? Scrawls & Scribbles sounds like a much better title for this phase, don’t you think? That’s all I’ve got right now is scrawls and scribbles, and that’s okay. When I’ve attained the next level, we’ll think of another clever title for the author blog.

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I’ve got a new attitude!

Mar 21, 2014 by

There hasn’t been more than an inch of snow on the ground in a few weeks. I have an “official” desk to work at now. My guitar is out of its case and I’ve written more words in the last few days than I have most of this year. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I’m crawling my way from the outer edges of a black abyss toward a flickering light. I’m gaining ground and the light actually feels warmer. Could it be? Could it really be that the flicker of light is inspiration?!

Inspiration!! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!

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Confession: Write what?

Jan 10, 2014 by

It’s been a desert of words. Nothing but dry arid wind blowing around random asterisks, X’s and ellipses like tumble weeds. I’m not going to make excuses. I just didn’t do it. Instead of writing projects that I have in my “Want to Publish” pile I tumblr-ed like a teenage fan-girl, I played a video game, baked Christmas cookies, bought a ton of gifts, traveled out of state for Christmas and then got the flu. But other people had the flu and they got their books published. Amirite?

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