Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Writing and Reviews

There are days when I get a lot of writing done, when the words flow and the scenes add up and there are pages and pages to show for it at the end of the day.

And then there are days like I've had this week.

Yesterday involved not one but two trips to the E.R. (One to drop off a friend who was in severe pain and then later in the day so my son could have a more intense breathing treatment than he could get at the doctor's office, so his oxygen levels would go up.) Two trips to the ER in one day is two trips too many. It also meant that I got nothing else done. It was just that kind of a day.

Today, my son was back in school. I optimistically opened my word document early this morning - probably around seven. I haven't added a word to it yet. You see, besides getting the kids off to school there was the grocery shopping to do (since that had been put off when my son was home sick) and critiques to do - oh and of course I started reading a new book, so I had to finish that. Yeah and here we are at 9 pm and I might have time now, but I'm not sure how much brain power I have left.

So it goes.

On a positive note my friend Liz B, who I've been friends with for a very long time, reviewed When Mike Kissed Emma today over at A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy. Liz actually played an integral part in the writing of this story. She's the one who pointed out to me that the subplot in another story I was writing could actually serve as a stand alone story. She pulled all the scenes out and put them in one document and named it Triangle and sent it to me as proof. And that was the very beginning of When Mike Kissed Emma (although at the time the characters all had different names.)

My favorite part of the review:
There is no way I can give this book an impartial review, both because of my friendship with Chris and because I know this book, I've seen it grow, like a niece or nephew. I love this book -- but I think it's only fair for you to know that connection.
Thanks Liz!

And in the craziness that is normal life around here I don't think I ever got around to mentioning another review I got recently.

Last week, Trisha Pearson wrote about When Mike Kissed Emma over at Trisha's Tablet.

My favorite parts of that review:
Even though When Mike Kissed Emma is set against the backdrop of the production of The Sound of Music and I'm not into theatre or musicals, I really enjoyed this book.

It has a great cast of characters from dreamy Biker Mike, to the boyfriend who seems perfect but really isn't, to a jealous best friend and a difficult sister.Blockquote

All in all, I really wish this book had been published when I was a young teenager. I would have loved it!

Thanks Trisha!

The "review" that really brought a smile to my face though wasn't on a blog or anywhere for the public to see it (except my facebook friends). It was from my cousin. He's not a book reviewer and as a Dad of three teenagers and an engineer he probably doesn't read a whole lot of YA lit, read it and this is what he had to say:

I finished your book today. Nice read! It brings back all of those feelings that you have back in the school days. All of that uncertainty with yourself, the feeling of crushes, and first kisses. I think any young reader will be able easily relate to it. Even as an adult I can feel that "rush." And I think it gives the reader the message that it's okay to mess stuff up--normal really, and even expected. Things will work out. If somehow you can convince young people that the mess ups are a learning experience, and they will be stronger after the pain subsides, then there would be less stress and anxiety and maybe even less suicides. Your book shows this to the reader in a covert way while it is a fun, enjoyable read. I honestly think this book can have a real impact on young people. Congratulations on such a nice job. -Steve

Thanks Steve!

That's it for tonight. Maybe I'll even get some writing done - because I have this awesome idea for a ghost story tickling around in the back of my mind, and I'd like to get to it!


  1. So sorry you've had so much trauma lately, Christine! Hope things settle down soon. And what fab reviews--maybe you should tell the CR blogger about them! Oh, wait...:)

  2. Thanks Blaize, it was just one really crazy day this week - but that can make the whole week go awry!

  3. I understand crazy days, that's for sure. I just accept them as a day set aside to allow my creative mind to rest, so that my practical mind can attend to managing my life!

    I hope that your son and friend are well. Now get to work on that new novel!