Friday, March 25, 2011

Should I Get an E-Reader?

I never thought I'd even consider purchasing an e-reader. When they first came out, I was Oh heck no, I'm not trading my precious books for one of those. But they're everywhere, and I keep reading how e-books are growing in popularity. I don't know what this means for the future of publishing, but that's not why I'm even considering one. My thing is that I own a lot of books. My TBR pile is taking over my writing desk, and my bookshelf is overflowing (and I have one of those floor to ceiling deals that takes up an entire wall in my study). That's the appeal of e-readers for me - no more clutter. Now if I do decide to get one, I will still buy traditional books. I love them too much to give them up entirely. But I get the appeal of having a book at my fingertips and being able to download a book as soon as it's released.

So how do you feel about e-readers? Which one would you recommend I get if I do decide to take the e-reader plunge?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Learning To Love Note Cards

I read Save The Cat by Blake Snyder recently, and I loved it! Folks, it has been a lifesaver for my WiP. After I finished the first draft, I realized something. I HATED everything after the first four chapters, which led me to start a massive rewrite. Yep, not fun. Anyway, after starting the rewrite, stopping because I was stuck yet again, and starting back, I got Save The Cat because I'd been reading lots of great reviews about it on different blogs. And whoa! It's just what I needed. Sure, it's geared toward screenwriting, but you can adapt the suggestions to fit your needs. One of the ideas in StC was using something called The Board. I won't go into details about it in this post, but you're supposed to use note cards to come up with different scenes and post them on The Board. I followed the suggestions and they were great (I'm a visual learner), but I still needed something more. Then I decided to make a note card for each chapter. Since I'm still figuring out all of the little details for connecting the major events, I decided to make the cards as I work on each chapter. And this has been so helpful. On each card, I write the following:

* the chapter number
* the date and time frame the chapter takes place
* the setting
* a two or three sentence summary of the plot in that chapter
* the subplots present in the chapter(I write each subplot in a different color)
*+/- Which indicates emotional change - after this symbol I write a sentence stating how the main character's emotions change during the chapter
*>/< Which indicates conflict - after this symbol I write a sentence stating what the conflict is in the chapter

I know this wouldn't work for everybody, but it's been a useful tool for me. No more staring at the screen for what seems like forever, trying to figure out exactly what I've done wrong or why something isn't working.

Do you have any suggestions for helping out with revisions/rewrites?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

This is the first time I've done a Teaser Tuesday blog post.  Last week I came across one on Ian Bontem's blog, and I thought I'd try it myself. Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can join in. All you have to do is this:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Mention the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm doing mine from Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins. I'm cheating a bit because I just finished it on Friday, but I love it so much that I wanted to feature it first! I absolutely adore the main character, Sophie. Here's the teaser from page 272.

"Oh my God, less talking, more stabbing, please." My voice was squeaky with fear, and I knew my eyes were huge when I swiveled around to look at Archer.

So what do you think of the teaser? Have you read Demonglass? Do you have any teasers you'd like to share? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Why Did You Buy That Book?

There are many books released each year. I'd love to buy more than I already do, but funds are limited and I have to make choices on what I would probably like the most. Most of the time when I have the chance to visit a bookstore, I already have a book in mind that I want to purchase. But there are times that I don't have a clue what I'm looking for. It's those rare occasions that I get to wander around the bookstore and browse. So I fall back on looking at covers and reading the inside jacket to decide if I want to take a chance on a particular story. On the occasions that I already know what I want to buy, I usually make my decision based on reviews I've seen on the Internet. If I've read a review and the book looks like something I would enjoy, I'll take a chance on it. Sometimes I'll buy a book if I follow the author on Twitter (or their blog) and he/she seems like a genuinely nice person that I want to support. Also, if I've read other books by an author and I loved them, I'm more than likely to buy their newest books (especially if they're part of a series). Here are a few books I got recently that I haven't read yet (or I've just started reading) and the reasons why I purchased them.

I purchased Demonglass yesterday. This is the second book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. I LOVED Hex Hall! I've been waiting for this release for a long time.

I saw a review on a blog (sorry I can't remember which one) that had a glowing review of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. I thought it would be something I would like and decided to get it when it was released.

Need by Carrie Jones is one I purchased on one of those trips to B & N in which I didn't have a clue what I wanted to get. The cover grabbed my attention first and when I read the jacket copy, I knew I had to get it.

I follow Lisa and Laura Roecker and Kim Harrington's blogs and I stalk  follow them on Twitter, too. Even though I don't know them personally, they seem like genuinely nice people and I wanted to support them by buying The Liar Society and Clarity. Plus, their books sound amazing, not to mention I love the gorgeous covers!

So what are some books you purchased recently?  Why did you decide to buy those particular books?