Sep
2010

Hater by David Moody (a review)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amid the governmental warnings, “Do Not Panic,” “Remain Calm,” “Take Shelter,” and “Wait For Further Instructions,” seemingly-nice citizens of an urban metropolis start killing each other. It’s only a few incidents at first, but the violence escalates and the killers are dubbed “Haters” by the media.
Fear is the order of the day as people are slaughtered by strangers, friends, co-workers, and family. The Haters kill with whatever they have: guns, knives, rocks, their bare hands. Frenzied attacks become more and more commonplace. And in the life of Danny McCoyne, family man and man without ambition, protecting his family becomes increasingly important.
It seems pretty cut and dry as the reader tears through the pages of the novel to get to the truth: “who are the Haters…?” And at the end, do we really know? For some of us, yes.
Dubbed “brutal” and “eerie and violent,” the dark and controversial Hater is definitely not for the weak of stomach. Me? I’ve got the constitution of a person who has read and watched horror for more than 4 decades. I was weaned on Bela Lugosi films and grew up with Stephen King novels. A friend once said – because it is rare that something like this scares me – that I must be “dead inside.”
With that said, Hater did not scare me or put me on a “head-spinning thrill ride” (Guillermo del Toro), but it did give me pause and made me think of our world and what we do to one another in the name of religion, patriotism, democracy, and peace. And I sit here contemplating (as many of us do – and have) who are the Haters? If nothing else, this book will give the reader another launching point in considering the state of our world – and the future of humankind.
The first of (at least) 4 books, the Hater series seems destined to offer nightmares, start important conversations, and (minimally) keep the reader glued to their seat (or bed pillow) until the end.
Sep
2010

Writing AGAIN! Writing Group! Job Update!

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Writing Group
I have writing group tonight! This is our first “official” meeting. The last meeting included getting to know one another and figure out “rules.” We are meeting at one of our members’ house in Vancouver. A bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Job Update
I am bailing on the adult education jobs. I’m not feeling it. And I am very fortunate that money is not a big factor in my decision. So, I am returning to my previous job working with kiddos.
I might be working with 6th grade in a service learning class. OR I might be doing an art class with grades 3 – 5. It’s kinda up in the air right now.
Writing Update
I worked exclusively on my untitled YA novel today. And I cranked it. Oh ya! I cranked it!
Today’s word count: 1178 words (on untitled YA novel)
Initial writing (renegotiated) = Wednesday, October 20 (I have a retreat that weekend)
Whole thing (renegotiated) = Friday, November 19
Sep
2010

Seahawks Season Opener and Back to the Writing Grind

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Seahawks Season Opener
So, my mother had never been to an American football game – and we proposed going to the season opener of the Seahawks (the team closest to us). She agreed – because they were playing her favorite team: the San Francisco 49ers.
If you didn’t see the game, it was a wipe-out (Seahawks 31; 49ers 6). But I had a GREAT time.
A few pics:
Our sign for the game. We never displayed it. So, if you were looking in the stands, we didn’t raise it. Ooops.
Our view (we were [roughly] on the 15 yard line in row P). We were in the “Charter” section. I’m not sure what that means, but we had GREAT seats. And the stadium was LOUD! My ears are still ringing three days later.
The dudes in front of us. They were hilarious. Every goal scored and every play made, they acted like THEY had done it. After the game, I told them that they were awesome and a lot of fun to watch. They were hilarious!
The people who worked in the stadium were AWESOME – we had a lot of help and our questions were answered politely and respectfully. People told us to be prepared for rude and obnoxious people. THAT WAS SO NOT THE CASE! We had a nice time.
Job Update
Whatever. Tired of looking for a job. Tired of other people being hired over me. ☺ Trying to maintain a good attitude. Giggle.
Writing Update
It’s been over a month since I visited with the agents and editor at the conference. Am I feeling WAY BEHIND!!?? YES!!!!! Overwhelmed? YES!!!!!
Today, I am working on my piece for my writing group (which meets on Thursday). I am playing with POV. Inspired by Party by Tom Leveen, I am writing my YA novel from multiple perspectives. Could be fun. If it’s not successful to keep it with multiple POVs, I probably will find the “right” POV to use.
Today’s word count: 0 words
Initial writing (renegotiated) = Wednesday, October 20 (I have a retreat that weekend)
Whole thing (renegotiated) = Friday, November 19
Sep
2010

After the Pitches: Days Twenty-Five thru Thirty-One

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wow. What a week. I spent Wednesday and Friday at the doctor’s office with my mother. And the funniest thing happened: I wrote in my composition book on Friday while I waited for her to come out of her appointment. 622 words
On Thursday, I had to go to the office of unemployment to justify my unemployment cheq
ues. I’m okay doing that. It was a bit of a waste oftime, but they are, in essence, helping me with the bills as I look for a job.
That night, I met with my writing group for the first time! I think we are going to do really well. I enjoy their work (we exchanged pages) and I look forward to our next time together.
My aunt arrived Thursday night, so, in addition to the doctor’s on Friday, I spent the day with mum and my aunt doing a bitof shopping – and lunch at Olive Garden. I love love love their salad and soup. Probably because it is super salty.
Saturday was my anniversary. 17 years! And we spent the night with my mum and aunt at California Pizza Kitchen (and I wonder why I’m not losing any weight). We got gifties and hung out.
On Sunday, we made crock-pot meatloaf (it’s AWESOME!) and watched Hot Fuzz. I love those guys!
On Monday, I picked up my aunt and we jetted downtown for a day at Powell’s City of Books.
But not before we ate at The Original: A Dinerant. I had the most amazing tofu scramble and she had crème brulee french toast.
She snagged these gems because they aren’t in her local library. Bruce Hale’s Chet Gecko series is delightful!
And yesterdaywas spent with the hubby because he was super sick. Poor honey. But he’s back at work now – and feeling better.
Today? Blogging (obviously – duh), writing a little, and going to Panera Bread with my aunt and mum. And I hope to never eat out again for a while. Or… whenever. ☺
This week’s word count: 622 words
Initial writing = Way last month
Whole thing = Friday, September 24, 2010
Procrastination = 18
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 8
Manuscript = 4
Sep
2010

After the Pitches: Day Twenty-Four

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
No work was done. I didn’t think it would be. Rough day. It would have been dad’s 69th birthday.
And mum and I had to go to the doctor because she was not doing very well earlier in the week.
And mum was having a rough time.
So, rough day for me, also.
I think I figured something out. It’s difficult to hit a deadline (especially writing, for me) when a lot of difficult stuff is going on: job hunting, anniversaries & birthdays that won’t be happening, and lots of emotion.
Today’s word count: 0 words
Initial writing = Yesterday
Whole thing = Friday, September 24, 2010
Procrastination = 12
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 8
Manuscript = 3
Sep
2010

After the Pitches: Day Twenty-Three

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today is my final day for the initial writing. I am going to write like there’s no tomorrow. I got in 865 words yesterday, but mum had two angina attacks and I zoomed over there to take care of her. I didn’t write when I was over there.
So, today, I am hoping to get several thousands of words under my belt.
It’s 8:00.
I’ve got my cup of coffee, my glasses, and my fuzzy dog is sleeping in the other room.
The keyboard and mouse have batteries and are working.
The window is open and my incense is burning.
Depeche Mode is blasting out of the speakers.
I’ve read the news, Facebook, Twitter, emails, and random crap I came across. Made comments where appropriate.
And I looked for a job.
No excuses. No distractions.
So, off I go!
8:00 – 8:30 = about 560 new words
(hungry now – didn’t take that into consideration earlier. Sigh.)
9:00 = Chihuahua in my arms; typing with one hand; watching the first season of The Sopranos
10:00 = starting back up; full belly; another cup of coffee; Chihuahua settled into her OWN BED; Supernatural is on; wrote another 100 or so words.
11:00 – end of day = gave up; apparently the one distraction I didn’t take into account just took over: filing. I would turn around (my desk is a U-shape) and bump into the pile; after the third time doing this, I got p’d off and decided to file.
That took me to the end of the day. I’m giving myself ½ for procrastination and ½ for manuscript today! Hey! I did nearly 700 words. ☺
Today’s word count: 675 words
Initial writing = TODAY! (ARG! Not done!)
Whole thing = Friday, September 25, 2010
Procrastination = 12
Grossed-out Factor = 1
Life = 7
Manuscript = 3