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Friday, 15 February 2019

Too Busy to Blog?

Not really. I don't think that's ever the case. The months just slip away because I pack my days with a LOT of stuff.

Originally, I was going to spend February doing revision. But after writing a short story last month and starting to brainstorm two other ideas, I pushed the revision back to March. Well, when I say I pushed the revision back, I mean for my novel. Because I did spend quite a bit of time revising the short story. 

Actually, there was quite a bit of rewriting too because while discussing the story with hubby he pointed out something that was a bit of an issue. Something I totally missed but needed a bit of extra attention. Sometimes you're just too close to the story.

So, I wrote a new beginning and then had to smooth everything out. Not to mention follow it up with several proofreads to make sure I didn't miss anything, and make sure everything flowed.

And on Tuesday, I officially finished. 

The final word count is 11,503. That's a lot longer than I expected and is a story that's going to be hard to place in a particular market. It's too long to be considered a short story and too short to be a novella. But that's not important because this tale is the result of an idea I've had circling inside my mind for months, and I gave it the room it needed to be told.

So, what's the story about? It's about a woman enjoying the happiest day of her life, until it turns into a nightmare when the past catches up with her. The story is gory and violent, but also heartbreaking. And did I mention werewolves? Yeah.

Anyway, I'm very happy with how it turned out, and even happier that it's done. It feels good when Idea Files finally become finished stories. Plus it frees up my head for the others waiting in line. 😊

This story has dominated the last few weeks, but I've also been reading (check out all the reviews below) and watching stuff (True Detective, You, Siren, Russian Doll, Bloom). Plus, like I mentioned: brainstorming up a storm.

I started handwriting the beginning of one story and have a bunch of notes for the other. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) writing another quick draft before getting stuck into any novel revision.

Well, that's about it for now. Just wanted to post a little something.

Have a great weekend!




Sunday, 10 February 2019

THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON by Italo Calvino

The Distance of the Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an adorable little book that my daughter was going to get rid of. Before donating it, I wanted to give it a go. And as soon as I started the first story, I was enthralled.

THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON is a charming & whimsical tale about a time when the moon was close enough to get to via a ladder, and it was possible to harvest moon milk.

This is the story of a particular group of people who go out every month to get on the moon, and the hidden desires they have. For there is one woman married to a man, wanted by another, and she has eyes for neither.

The wicked twist made the tale.

WITHOUT COLOURS is such a surreal story about the time when our planet was colourless & what happens when colour appears, but it isn't what everyone wants.

But at the heart of this tale is the unrequited love one man has for a woman who doesn't want change. And what can happen if you try to trick your heart's desire.

It's very peculiar.

AS LONG AS THE SUN LASTS is a little story that made me laugh! It's all about surviving in a constantly-changing universe. A family moving and adapting to new stars in order to survive.

But that's not what made me laugh. The funniest thing about this tale is the way the married couple relates to each other and seem to provide a blazing fire hotter than the sun.

Very clever.

IMPLOSION is an iteresting take on black holes. On time and space and everything in between. How things relate to each other, and the way things move.

Another nice little tale with a cool ending.

I REALLY enjoyed this collection of short stories. Every single one of them begins with a scientific fact about astronomy, and ends on a very human note.

The way these stories are written gives every story a whimsical, almost dreamy feel that swept me away and kept me intrigued, very much interested.

There are so many quirky features about the way Italo Calvino writes. And I especially liked the bizarre names, like Vhd Vhd and Xlthlx, or Qfwfq. Not to mention the humour. I giggled quite a few times. Or the wicked streak that caught me by surprise. But nothing is better than the human quality added to such SciFi-ish tales of wonder and wisdom.

I didn't expect to love these little stories as much as I did, but these little gems, combining scientific fact with fiction, are keepers. And enough to make me look into more of this author's mystical writing.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #5 Free by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá 

Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #5Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #5 by Gerard Way
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy hell! Now that everyone's figured out where Hargreeves was putting the bad guys, the world is going to have to deal with a lot of crap. Especially the Umbrella Academy.

Well, maybe not Séance because that guy's dealing with his own demons at the moment. I hope that after what happened in this issue, he finally gets the help he needs. Or Vanya, who's ended up in Paris because Mom is acting extra creepy and seems to have a hundred secrets up her sleeve.

I have no idea where all of this is headed, but with two issues to go in this cycle, I can only hope we'll get enough answers to satisfy my curiosity because I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS! Need to know how the siblings are going to get out of this. Not to mention that I'm still holding out for answers about the seventh kid who never gets mentioned.

This series is full of dark awesome...


Saturday, 9 February 2019

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #4 The Labyrinth by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #4
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, this was yet another beautifully drawn installment of this super dark and clever series. There were some really freaky and brightly-coloured cosmic scenes featuring Spaceboy and Kraken that were so cool.

Vanya and Mom share another quiet and special moment together that raises suspicion and introduces someone new.

Even though the surreal quality of this story and the many characters often throw your expectations all over the place, I really like where this is going. We're heading into some seriously trippy territory. And once again, I can't wait for the siblings to reunite.

Oh, and I love that cover!


 
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