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How long does to take you to finish (reading) a book?

To clarify, it usually takes me 5-7 months to finish writing a rough draft and less than a week to finish reading a book.  Often, I am reading more than one book at a time, juggling a few storylines in my head.  Reading is something I do every day – something I’ve been doing since I was very young.  If I didn’t feel I was ‘cheating’ on my original characters, I would probably spend a greater percentage of time indulging in reading.

Ex-pat living: Things I Miss #2

Oh no, I think I’ve opened a can of something.

Today’s missing item is a selection of radio stations. In Qatar, there is one dedicated English radio channel. It is terrible. How terrible? I’m not sure what is more irritating, the lack of any sort of regular playlist or the college level DJs whose banter and conversation is so bad it’s funny.

Ex-pat living: Things I Miss #1

Oh look – a non-writing related post. Didn’t I say that I was going to do that eventually?

In my 6th year as an ex-pat, it occurs to me that I miss a great many things about home (‘home’ in this case being either Atlanta or Los Angeles in the good ole’ US of A). For the most part, the advantages of living abroad far outweigh the negatives. Still, now and then I do get a bit melancholy for certain things from home.

Bullied.

I read a lot of free books on Kindle (we’ve established this previously).

While I won’t mention the name of the book, I find it nearly to impossible a person would be seriously bullied because they had red hair (unless of course, they are Dr. Reid from Scrubs) and ‘sparkling blue eyes.’ This same protagonist, because of the ‘bullying’ ‘has’ to leave her home town and ‘get away.’

Thanks, Amazon – a new thing to obsess over.

Maybe other authors don’t get caught up in their numbers.  I, for one, do.  Literally, numbers can make me have a better or worse day.  I should divorce myself from letting returns, etc. bring me down, but as a self published author, it’s difficult.  Being self published adds such a personal involvement that it’s difficult not to take everything seriously.

Goal oriented.

Here’s a tweet from me circa early August omg that feels like forever ago.  Actually, all things considered, I was pretty spot on.  I finished the final draft the first weekend of October at 57,790 words.  I’m proud that I can set realistic goals.  However, wait for it – an upcoming post is going to explore the strange pressure I put on myself.

My favourite Movies of 2017

The first months of the year are typically a dumping ground for bad movies, but this year has proven otherwise.
The year is young, but it’s never too early to start celebrating the finest movies offered up by both the multiplex and the art house. After only four months, moviegoers have been gifted with a bounty of great blockbusters, indies and documentaries, proving that filmmakers are continuing to find new ways—both big and small—to entertain, excite and enlighten, provided online by project free tv. No doubt there are numerous gems to come in the months ahead, given that by the holidays, we’ll have the latest works from acclaimed directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg (to name just three). For now, however, these are our current picks for the best films of 2017.

I don’t know what this says about my demographic.

A friend (actually, my co-writer from Take One! at Mulholland High, an unpublished YA novel of mine, but I digress…) posted this on my facebook timeline today and I had to laugh. When potty training and marching band come up in the same search, I have to wonder about who’s buying my books. Sure, I like any reader, but it does make me curious about Amazon’s recommendations.

5 Words.

I’ve been away awhile and will be away for a bit longer. In the final draft stage of my next book to be published. All my creative energy is focused on finishing!

Until then, read this and loved it:

Publishing in another language

Readers come in all forms.  For example, my book club in Dubai had members from many different countries.  Most of the group were not reading in their first language – a fact I was continually impressed by.  We would have relatively (wine inspired) deep discussions about rather involved books and they would always surprised me with their abilities to read and interpret the English language.