Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Goals 18-9-17

I didn't get as much revising done last week as I had hoped to.  Too many other things to do...  But I'm 20 chapters in, so I'm not feeling too bad about it.  Almost halfway!

But this week I need to turn my attention to something else.  Hopefully it won't take more than a couple of days, and then I can get back to what I was working on.  I'd like to get through another five chapters this week, if I can.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things 15-9-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

It's Friday!  It's been another long week and I'm looking forward to the weekend.  Not that it looks like it will be a very restful weekend, but hopefully there will be moments.

My book is now for sale at my favorite bookshop, which is very exciting.  And hopefully it will be in circulation at the library very soon too.  

It's my son's 13th birthday today.  I can't believe I have a teenager...

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Books I've Read: Ultimatum

I'm going to be honest, I didn't love this one.  I thought it was going to be much more exciting than it actually was.  And the cover is terribly misleading...

The book takes place over a couple of days as Oscar and Vance watch their father die in a hospice.  Vance's sections also feature a series of flashbacks showing his life in the months leading up to this point and the relationship - or lack of - between he and Oscar.

I was frustrated by both brothers as characters.  Yes, they were very different and struggled to find common ground on which to base a relationship, but that's not uncommon.  Just because you're related doesn't mean you are alike in any way.  But when you've lost your mother, and have to deal with an alcoholic father, you'd think there might be some level of camraderie or support for one another.

Nope.  Not in this book.

Which was its real failure, because without even that little bit of humanity, the ending rang false.

This is one of those really frustrating books which felt like it had the potential to be something amazing.  Something powerful and hard-hitting that would offer an emotional kick to be felt for months afterward.  

But it didn't.  And I was disappointed by it.

But don't just listen to me.  Here's the blurb:

It’s not Oscar’s fault that he’s misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he’s been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art.

Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother’s death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties he feels alive.

But when their father’s alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two boys must come face-to-face with their demons—and each other—if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekly Goals 11-9-17

I had a pretty good writing week last week and am now 16 chapters into my revision.  This week, my goal is to keep going, and hopefully get through another eight or so.

I didn't do any writing over the weekend because I was busy with my friend, but I don't regret it.  We had a good time and it was amazing to catch up properly after all these years of not speaking face-to-face.

At work, my goal this week is to get through all those little jobs I've been putting off because I never have time for them.  I'm hoping this week I will have time...  It's probably a vain hope, but I'm determined to try.

What are your goals this week?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things 8-9-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

I got a box of print copies of my book in the mail.  I've been a published author for some time now, but it wasn't until I actually held a physical copy in my hand that it felt real.  Now to try and sell a few of those puppies!

One of my best friends from when I was twelve is staying with me for the weekend.  We've stayed in touch for over 30 years, despite living on opposite sides of the world for most of that time.  I haven't seen her since the last time I visited the States, way back in 1998!  So I'm looking forward to a weekend of catching up, and getting a chance to finally show her around my city.

What are you celebrating this week?