WHAT I’M READING
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness (concept by Siobhan Dowd). This book absolutely gutted me. Everything about it – the reality, the fantasy, the illustrations by Jim Kay…not just standard “feels” in this book. I’m talking FEELS.
THE SONG INSIDE, which is a short story by Melissa Sarno. I had the privilege of reading a chapter of one of her WIPs a few years ago and I’ve never forgotten it because she has such a lyrical way with words. Her story was no exception – gorgeous writing.
I tore through NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown. I didn’t always understand the MC’s motivations, but the characters felt SO REAL to me – I’ve known all of them in one form or another over the years. And the setting? It was like a less populated version of my own Appalachian Trail bordering hometown. Fun fact: My town isn’t listed by name on the back cover map but it’s there if you squint hard enough :). I’m looking forward to reading whatever J-Ro writes next.
WHAT I’M WRITING
My old WIP, EMMA, which I’m making new. I’m not sure how to assign myself a goal because drafting for me involves much fretting and staring at the screen, completely lost. For now I’m just trying to arrange the scenes into some semblance of order.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Hmm…hard to answer that question this week considering I’ll be doing a lot of staring and fretting soon.
P.S. If I don’t post for a few weeks it’s because I’m trapped in drafting hell.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I had a “teen angst marathon” to catch up on some book-to-movie adaptations I’ve missed the past few years:
How I Live Now – the romance didn’t feel as organic as it did in the book, but the “war” parts were well done. Great tension and gorgeous settings, even in the devastation. The scene in the field right after the kids swim for the first time gave me chills.
Tiger Eyes – I enjoyed the movie, although it didn’t have quite the emotional impact as the book. And the same subplot that puzzled me in the book (Jane’s drinking) baffled me in the movie as well. Mostly because it felt unconnected to everything else. Kudos on the decision to modernize the time period so things didn’t feel dated.
Fat Kid Rules the World – this is rare for me, but I actually liked the movie better than the book. I found it easier to sympathize with the characters and understand their emotions on screen. Billy Campbell as the dad was perfection.
I also watched a Japanese film titled “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” which I loved (it’s also based on a book, but I haven’t read it). It was light on science and had what might be a giant, gaping plot hole, but I don’t really care (hah). The bulk of it took place in my beloved 1970s, the love story was sweet and the ending a big ol’ punch of emotion.
Now it’s back to the Drafting Cave. It’s so sad and lonely there 😦 Good thing I like my characters.