I’ve Been…

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    In a dry spell writing wise. I’m editing Frozen Heart (and thinking about changing the title to Frost. Thoughts?) and really struggling to get things done. I keep thinking I’ll break through but I think a lot of the stressors of the past few months have made it hard for me to work. I feel like the space in my head that I usually devote to writing is being taken up by other things.  It’s hard because writing is usually a way to escape from whatever’s stressing me out, but lately it hasn’t been working so well. Any  advice from fellow writers? I feel like there’s a sense of shame we feel when this happens: like we should be more disciplined or just better somehow. Is that true or is it just counterproductive thinking?

  • Exploring The StoryGraph and still not sure how I feel about it. Is it supposed to be different from Goodreads? Because it feels very similar? For the record my StoryGraph profile is here and you can find me on Goodreads here. Feel free to follow, friend, connect, whatever.
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    Growing kind of frustrated with the fact that there are now about 8,460 streaming services out there. I’m interested in  one or two shows on each. Is there any way to watch the show without subscribing to the whole service? I don’t want to end up spending $500 a month on streaming services! At the moment I just subscribe to Netflix. Is there another service that I should be subscribing to?

  • Making themed book lists when I get stressed. Weird things like “books about witches” or “books set at sea” for the most part. It’s oddly soothing. I’m thinking about posting them on there. Should I just same them for Top Ten Tuesday when I don’t like the topic, or post them independently?
  • Reading:
    • American Royals by Katharine McGee -Trashy fun
    • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid- I can’t decide if the characters in this one annoyed me because they were poorly written or because they were well written. But it did present some interesting questions and situations.
    • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager– A bit of a let down after some other, better work by Sager.
    • Three Girls and their Brother by Theresa Rebeck- Someone on Goodreads said that this was like The Catcher in the Rye  meets Project Runway, and in an odd way that’s perfect to describe this satire of the the fashion and entertainment world as seen through the eyes of four teens thrust into the middle of it.
    • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdich- Really intriguing premise that never lived up to its potential.
    • The Group by Mary McCarthy- I had been wanting to read this for a while and sadly it didn’t live up to expectations. I started watching the film, but about an hour in, I didn’t feel like it added anything to the book. I didn’t feel like I was getting anything more out of it, so I called it quits.
    • The Runaway Royal by Lindsay Emory- I was hoping for something light and fully but this just fell flat.
    • Bird Box by Josh Malerman- Enjoyable and tense. I was disappointed in some of the changes made to the film adaptation. The writing in the book felt very cinematic and I don’t think those changes were necessary.
    • Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews Edwards- I didn’t like this quite as much as I liked the first volume of her memoir, Home. But I did like it, and I was pleased that she discussed her writing career and the inspiration behind some of her novels.
    • Final Girls by Riley Sager- This  was really fun. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Binging:
    • The Good Witch– I’m not usually a Hallmark Channel Girl (the occasional Christmas movie aside) but I did enjoy this series, mostly for the magical realism vibe, which I wish we saw in more shows. The show did get saccharine in larger doses though.
    • Impostors– This one was witty and fun but suffered the same problem about being slightly too much in larger doses.
    • NOS4A2– I only watched the first three episodes (because that was all my preview would let me watch without subscribing the the streaming service!) but I thought it was intriguing. Maybe I’ll read the book and then if I like that take the streaming plunge…
    • The Order– I recently started this one on Netflix. I’m only a few episodes in and I’m not too impressed so far. Has anyone seen it? Is it worth sticking with?
  • Movie Watching:
    • Bird Box– A tense viewing experience but I do wish some elements had stayed closer to the book.
    • Knives Out– A fun whodunnit and “who was behind it”
    • Yesterday– I wanted this to be better than it was.  I found myself rather bored.

8 thoughts on “I’ve Been…

  1. I follow a lot of full-time writers on Twitter, and they’ve all expressed some version of “writing is harder right now than normal” so you’re not alone in this. I don’t have any real advice for you, though, just know that it’s normal to not be normal with everything in the world, and that you’re not alone.

    I’ve been testing out The StoryGraph also (I’m BookWyrm over there) and so far I like it. They say their main goal is to make it easier to find your next read, and I love the way you can filter books by mood or pacing there. I think I might use StoryGraph + LibraryThing as a Goodreads replacement. I’ve gotten really sick of some of the GR politics and ad content lately.

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    • It does help to know that I’m normal (in that way at least!). I’ve been wanting to get my new book out by the end of the year, but I don’t know how realistic that is. One of the good things about not having a publisher is not having to anyone to answer to (other than yourself) when you’re late with a book. But I do want to get things moving again somehow.

      I followed you on StoryGraph (I think!) I imported my GR library but I’m not seeing some of the data so I don’t know if it worked. I think I need to do some more testing before I figure out how I’ll use it, and for what.


  2. Ann M. Martin (and ghostwriters) would definitely be #1 for me. My dad didn’t really approve of me being so obsessed with the BSC but my mum didn’t have a problem with him (having grown up on Nancy Drew herself) and I don’t think it did me any harm in the long run! I look forward to your post about the new adaptation.

    I agree that the Shopaholic books crossed the line from cute to obnoxious (I didn’t bother with the California-set ones) but I thought that the latest one, Christmas Shopaholic, was a really welcome return to form.

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    • My parents were the same about the BSC. My dad didn’t disapprove of me reading them really, as long as I read other things too. But he’d give an eyeroll when he saw me with one. My mom was fine with it.

      I haven’t read Christmas Shopaholic but maybe I’ll give it a try at some point when I’m in the mood for it. I think I quit the series just after Shopaholic and Baby. I feel like the series should have been something link a trilogy. That way it would have maintained the freshness and humor without becoming too much.

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