Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Twilight - Wow


So many of you may not know, but once upon a time i was a HUGE (closet) fan of Twilight. I say closet fan because back in 2006/7 - no one outside the U.S. (and especially not in UK/Ireland) had heard of a vampire called Edward. I seriously believe i was the only irish person who was a 'fan' at this time - my little guilty pleasure.

So, i wandered into my local Easons - saw the book and bought the book.

So with recent explosion, i've been looking back on my books, specifically this one - which is now considered 'rare'.

I might be wrong, but i believe the one i have is actually a uk first edition softback.

and of course when SM came to Dublin in 2008 (i think) i got it autographed.

It now sits on my shelf, all dusty.

Then i saw this page - first edition, hardback - but no autograph. £599.

God i'm glad i never throw anything out lol.

Maybe someday - i will be a millionnaire lol.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A little Note on Talent

Nathan Bransford has asked the infamous question: how do you know if you have talent?

I often think about this question, because i often think i don't.

As one commenter stated, talent comes in two forms - writing and storytelling. Perhaps i can string some words together but can i keep an audience captivated? I honestly don't know.

So, i came across this comment which really struck me, (so much so i'm posting it here)

"I have no idea whether I have talent or not. I have no idea if I'll be published or not. Since these are things I cannot control (well, not completely anyway), I've decided not to worry about them anymore.

Instead I'm going to write my first book and see how it turns out. Then I'll write a second book and see how it turns out. Hopefully more (and better) books will follow.

When I have a novel that I feel is publishable, I'll polish it up as much as possible and send it out into the world and see how it fares"
Definitely something i need to keep reminding myself!

Reminder: Halloween Competition!!!

Hey all,

Just a little reminder that over on the writer's chronicle forum/blog we're going Halloween mad, and are offering three halloween themed sur/prizes! All you have to do is click here and leave a comment to be entered!

There will be a grand first prize, second prize and third prize!!

Winners will be announced on the 31st of October!

Now the theme of the prize is obviously going to be all things spooky, but will also include abit of an irish spin to it!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Viruses anmd Jazz


My computer got hit by a supervirus friday! It pretended it was anti-virus software (luckily i coped this and didn't download) but it still infected my laptop, even when its offline so strong liklihood it will be wiped. le sigh!

Happier news, i had an amazing weekend at the cork jazz festival - saw little jazz to be honest but had some great craic with my friends! Atmosphere was brilliant, music was brilliant and of course the cork people were brilliant (as always :) )

Go rebel county!

Friday, October 23, 2009

42 Essential Third Act Twists

Dear God, i'm drooling . . .



Source: Dresden Codak

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stalking in Seattle?


Ok this is a bit of a rant about Sleepless in Seattle - disregard as tis only my contrary opinion :)

Ok, so i've watched this film a couple of times - i'm nota 'chickflick' sort of girl, but when the mood strikes and something is on tv, who am i to argue?

So, i'm sitting down, and sleepless in Seattle starts . . .

Basically, a man loses his wife. Man misses wife. Son worries about dad.

Grand, ok i get this.

Woman marrying man. man right on paper. Woman begins to worry about Magic.

Ok dokey, fair enough, i'm still holding on

Woman hears radio show. Woman decides to write. wait no, stalk said man. in Seattle.

Woman watches man. from afar. pining.

Woman returns. Woman is in denial. Woman eventually breaks up with Walter.

Boy decides to fly to NY to meet stalking woman. He has never meet woman. He has only her (one) letter.

Woman and man meet after boy runs away. Hold Hands. Lovey dovey. Happy ending!?!?!?!

Eh ok, this is where i'm watching the credits going What?!?! Seriously, this film could have turned out a whoooole lot differently - i'm thinking restraining orders, stalking and and psycho ala Hitchcock background music!

The characters have never said a word to each other apart from 'hello' - yet they 'knew' they love each other?! this stretches the concept of 'love at first sight/voice' a tad?

God, this is why i don't write romance, i'm just too heartless for the genre lol.

Meeh.

Think i shall go watch the BBC pride and prejudice boxset now. . .

Monday, October 19, 2009

I love windy weather . . .

thought i'd share that thought lol

Source: Jackie Hunt

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

COMPETITION ALERT: HALLOWEEN!!


Ok, Halloween is almost here ( i absolutely LOVE this holiday) so to celebrate the Writer's Chronicle forum and blog are going to have a competition for some spooky prizes!!

There will be a grand first prize, second prize and third prize!!

Winners will be announced on the 31st of October!

All you have to do to enter is drop on over to the Writer's Chronicle Blog and leave a comment!

Should be fun!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chronic Writer's Block


So, after approximately 6 or more months of writing - absolutely NOTHING. I have finally come to the conclusion (albeit very slowly) that i must have writers block!
Audience : DUH!

i am a tad slow on the uptake - i know! but finally the penny has dropped! Funnily i dont know why this hasnt occured to me before, im a terrible hypochondriac (you think the opportunity of self-diagnosis would be jumped on!) but after two going on three months out of university, i dont think i can blame university for sucking up my writing juices!

After spending the past hour staring at a blank screen, trying to rewrite some mumbo-jumbo short story of purple prose i wrote an age ago, nothing is happening. . .

So yeah, WB - joy!

So anyhoo, does anyone know any cures for WB? Apart from the obvious holy water and garlic?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Argh!


Its been a while since i did a whingey post!

Been working on my phd proposal - definitely not coming together! AND i've gone past the 'due date' we agreed for the 'finished' draft (i'm currently on the first draft)!!!

Crap!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Puffin Classics Makeover



So i was recently in a bookshop, and wandered over to the 'classics children' section. As a kid i read alot but often these books were from the library - so i've fancied (when i had money -which i still don't have) i'd add to my jaded adult book collection with some children classics.

You can imagine my delight when i saw the new Puffin Classic covers for my all time favourite stories!!! Aren't the absolutely beautiful!?!?!

AND they also have spanking brand new intro by authors like Meg Rosoff, and Sophie Dahl (Roald's graddaughter)

Another thing to add to my wishlist lol.



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Only in Ireland . . .


Only in Ireland would a herd of 6 Llamas escape and run loose on one of the countries busiest roads and roundabouts, aptly named 'The Red Cow Roundabout' causing huge delays for commuters while gardai (police) tried to round them up.

So we have Llamas, Red cow roundabout, and Gardai . . .

There must be a joke in this somewhere!
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