A wonderful project is happening at NerdyGirlNotes

Katie is working on a book celebrating the impact of popular culture – specifically, the impact of strong, complex, developed, representational female characters – on female readers, viewers, listeners, etc. Check out the details of her concept and how you can participate – that’s right, she’s not writing this book alone; it’s a fantastic collaboration – by clicking on the link below.

Find Your Team and Get to Work: Let’s Write a Book Together!

Help her out and acknowledge the awesome heroines that have helped inspire us throughout our lives and continue to inspire us today.

The Octavia Project

This appeal for The Octavia Project crossed my twitter feed today and I felt I had to share it given how much I love the work of Octavia Butler and what she stands for. The program itself seems like a wonderful way to carry on her legacy and I hope you’ll all check it out and consider donating. They’re already a third of the way to their goal and they have one month left.

Octavia Project Indiegogo Page

You haven’t heard the last from me…

“I’m back to doing everything I used to, loving life as ever.” – Donna Mills

I am kicking myself for not having posted anything in over a year now. I never intended to go silent for so long but grad school has been crazy in a busy, wonderful way (a one year program has its positives and its negatives; one negative is definitely the time crunching). I meant to write and post before classes started last fall but I found I had even less time as I put on my grown-up pants to find an apartment, move, pay the cable bill, and all those other fun tasks.

But now I’m on the other side and I’m back. I don’t know what the future holds as I hit the job market once more, shiny new degree in hand. There may not be much of a schedule to my posting but I will be posting. To atone for my sins of negligence, I’m posting a book review (which I thought I had already put up but apparently I hadn’t) as well as a new-ish short story. The exact address for this blog has been updated and I’ll be making updates to my site aesthetically in the coming days as well.

Study Break

“The proper study of mankind is books.” – Aldous Huxley

In spite of my best efforts to keep myself to a regular reading and posting schedule, I am staring down a stretch of weeks where my free time will be severely limited. With graduate school applications and the holidays on the horizon, I will need to take a study break from my posting schedule. I still plan to read as much as time allows and will work on writing when I can, I just don’t know when exactly I’ll get the chance to post anything.

Looking for something a little more flexible than “resolution”

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughan

There’s more potent Resolve in laundry rooms than at the heart of most New Year’s Resolutions. My own resolutions are largely reruns at this point. I still have more Bath & Body Works products than I can use in a year but every year I resolve to do my best to use them up (especially the ones I’ve had kicking around since Y2K). Similarly, each January 1st, I find myself resolving to read at least a book a week (which I actually did last year for the first time in six or seven years).

Instead of making real “resolutions,” this year I’m making some New Year’s Targets for myself and more to the point, for this blog. I’m going to shoot for reading a book a week and posting a corresponding book review a week. I’m going to shoot for reviewing some of the classics as part of my reviews (since I haven’t really done so thus far and they do comprise a significant portion of my bookshelves). I’m going to try to post more fiction; not as much as when I started the blog at the beginning of summer, but more than I have been lately. Instead of trying to post regularly through the week, I’m going to concentrate my posting to weekends and stop tiring myself out during the work week.

So, a somewhat belated Happy New Year to any readers. I hope you enjoyed my blog in 2010 and I hope you’ll enjoy it even more in 2011.

Creativity triumphs over expense

“Creativity is the answer. I always prefer the creative solution to an expensive solution.” – Keenen Ivory Wayans

After much research, thought, evaluation, and finally some good old fashioned Magyvering, my laptop is back in working order. It would have been too expensive to send it away for them to fix (finding out the extended warranties had expired and the cost would be even greater than originally anticipated also played a role). The computer is four years old and in the next few years I’ll end up needing to buy a new one for something more serious than a broken key. Better to put the money I would have spent fixing it towards a newer (and better) one.

In the mean time, I needed to find a solution to spacelessness. Pulling off the little rubber nub showed the underlying component would still work but it was a lot harder to hit it every time. I hadn’t thrown out the rubber nub though, so I found some good old Elmer’s glue and with the help of a toothpick, glued the tiny sucker back on. All that worry and the solution was sitting in the craft cabinet where it’s been since I was four.

Anyway, starting tomorrow everything should be back to normal as far as my regular posting schedule.

Technical difficulties

“My biggest problem is what to do about all the things I can’t do anything about.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

Back in May I mentioned that my niece had pulled the space bar key off my laptop. It wasn’t difficult to learn to hit the little rubber nub the key used to press down. Unfortunately, now that little rubber nub is becoming detached from such repetitive use (it lasted far longer than I ever hoped it would so I can’t really complain). Tomorrow I’ll be taking my laptop back to the Mac store to see what they can do about fixing it. I’m not sure how long it will take but hopefully I’ll have my laptop back and all keys fully functional sometime next week.

In the mean time most of my posting capabilities will be limited. For now, it’s strictly pen and paper unless I can hijack my dad’s laptop again for some typing time. I’m going to be doing what I can. I still plan to post a book review Sunday (I finally finished Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol last night and I have a few things to say about it).

The worst part is that I was doing so well with the schedule I had set up for myself. It’s breaking my momentum. But, all things can and must be dealt with. I’ll get over it.

Check back for updates about when we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming.

Here’s to the nicest word and all the rest

“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

It’s good to be back from vacation. It was wonderful but I need time to let the sunburn fade before heading out again. Plus, I need time to write again (I missed my laptop more than I expected; thank heavens I brought a notepad to jot things down on). As promised, I’ll be resuming Living with Myself and I should have a book review done and posted tomorrow and another later next week. Starting Monday it’ll be back to the business of trying to get published and just plain writing.

Hopefully I won’t need a vacation to recover from my vacation

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” – Elbert Hubbard

There won’t be any new posts for the next few days because I will be on vacation. I’ll resume posting as soon as I get back on Saturday with the next piece of Living with Myself. I plan to have some more book reviews after I get back and, as often happens when I’m trying not to work, I’ll probably have too many new story ideas than I’ll know what to do with.

In the mean time, enjoy what I’ve posted so far and don’t be afraid to leave feedback.

“You see honey, I’m late because… there was this whale…”

“Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Welcome to my blog. I love writing fiction and have been writing since I was little (well, littler). I hope to publish someday (hopefully sooner rather than later). Right now, I want to work on getting my name out and have people read my work. Feedback is not only welcome, it’s encouraged. In addition to posting some of my short stories and excerpts from longer projects. I’ll probably be writing a lot about books and reading too. The look will likely change as I figure out where everything is and adjust.