Sunday, 29 August 2010

New Books on the Shelves

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I received some delicious books which have all been on my wishlist for a while now so it’s awesome to actually own them.

First up is Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev.

I think I first heard about this book on Kelly Fineman’s Live Journal.

I finished it today and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel!

Eyes Like Stars is set in a magical theatre where all the characters who have ever lived exist.

There are a lot of references to Hamlet and The Tempest which I'd like to pick up and read again.

Check out the lens I made for Eyes Like Stars.

The second book I received was Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence.

I’ve never read any of Susan Cooper’s novels before. To be honest I haven't read any of the authors in this post before.

I believe The Dark is Rising was another recommendation from someone's blog that has been lurking on my wishlist for more than a year.

Third is Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Summer Tree.

I don't know anything about these two books although they looked like something I'd love. I'll get back to you when I've read them!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

A vision of the future

I keep hearing a lot about vision boards and having an image that represents your dream and keeping it where you can see it all the time.

It suddenly occurred to me – why not make a vision of my finished book?

When I originally started writing my novel I made loads of collages for every character and scene in my story (some were edited out several versions ago). These collages gave me a wealth of imagery I could draw on.

I picked two pictures that I thought summed my story up pretty well – a girl swimming and an image of some rocks and photoshopped them together, added the title of the story and my name and slapped it up on my computer desktop where I’m going to see it all the time.

Now every time I feel like giving up I’ve got this image to cheer me on. A vision of the future.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Books I Own and have Never Read

Yikes!

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last posted on this blog.

I decided this morning that I’d begin to regularly update it again. I’m all about setting myself different challenges at the moment and seeing as my self-portrait challenge ended earlier this month I’ve had some time to spare.

I made one self-portrait a day for a month. You can check them out in this video:





So, I guess I’d better start to catch up on what I've been up to.

I’m really obsessed with decluttering my life at the moment and that includes my book shelves so I challenged myself, back in March, to start reading my way through the massive To-Be–Read pile at my bedside. I’ve got books that I’ve been lugging around for over a decade which I’ve never read and I don't really want to have to lug them around again - if and when we move - not knowing what's inside them.

One little part of my T-B-R pile:

And that's just some of the non-fiction.

I decided to keep a record of what I’d achieved in this lens.

There’s still a long way to go - so many books here that I’ve just never read - it’s criminal.

I’ve read quite a bit of Jane Austen recently – including some of her Juvenilia and Northanger Abbey.

I love Northanger Abbey – and I love Kelly Fineman’s notes for it even more – they helped bring the story alive for me.

She’s also made notes on Persuasion, which I hope to read soon.