I’ve been working on the design of my new website. I admit it is taking longer than I’d like. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to put on the site and how to implement the changes. Determining the focus has been tough. I don’t want it to be a mirror image of my current site. I am definitely going back to a cleaner look. I want the books, not the design of the site to brand me. I also want to up the tech by incorporating podcasts and such. Like I said, it’s requiring a bit more planning and thought than I’d anticipated.
I finally finished my online writing class. It was very helpful and has truly opened my eyes to different writing issues. I’ve only tested what I’ve learned on my own writing on a very small scale. I hope that when I dig back into the two manuscripts it’ll be easier. I’m definitely spotting issues in the books that I’m reading. I suppose it’s a sign of a good class. Of course, it’s also made reading very difficult. It’s hard to get past the prose issues and enjoy the stories. And before you think I’m being overly harsh, keep in mind that I’m well aware that I made all these mistakes in my own writing. The realization is painful. Truly painful. I’m continuing to work my way through the RITA books that were sent to me. I have three more to go, then I’ll be done. I’ve decided this will be my last year of judging them for a while. Judging any contest for that matter. I think when you’re in a transition phase it’s hard to focus on anything else.
Went to see Avatar again. Actually liked it a lot more the second time than I did the first. We also went to see From Paris With Love–I admit we only went to see it because it was shot in Paris–but to be honest, it was a silly, fun shoot em’ up. Totally over the top, but it was entertaining. A year from now, we probably won’t remember we saw it. We also watched Whip It, which is about a girl’s roller derby team. Cute movie. Been hearing good things about Valentine’s Day. We may have to see it.
I know it’s been very quiet around the blog. I wish I could say things would change, but they probably won’t until I get the new site up. Thanks for your patience.
All the books that I owed folks have gone out in the mail. You should be receiving them soon, if you haven’t already. Ciao, for now.