An Entry Long Overdue

I apologize for taking so long to post a new entry. I just finished my fifth NaNoWriMo. For the first time ever, I have a nano project about which I’m really excited! The novel, at least in its working stages, is called Emerald. It, along with two other projects, will be my main writing focus in 2014. I have no idea of the timeline, but I’d love to release Marble Halls by this time next year via Smashwords and Kindle.

Another project I’m already planning is my reading goal for the new year. I don’t know about you, but nothing helps inspire my own writing like delving into a variety of great books by marvelous authors. I received a truly wonderful education through my reading project this year, from all genres from young adult science fiction and dystopian to mystery, general fiction and classics. I can’t believe I hadn’t read Pride and Prejudice before now, but now that oversight has been rectified!

One author that stands out above the rest is Cammie McGovern, author of Eye Contact, The Art Of Seeing and Neighborhood Watch. Each of her books cover a different subject, but what drew me in as I read each of them was her use of flowing prose, strong characters and plot twists that compelled this reader to devour the books in under twenty-four hours each. I highly recommend all of these books to anyone looking for a great read. I’m very pleased to learn that Ms. McGovern will release a new book, Say What You Will in 2014. It is a young adult love story involving disabled teens. I know it’s already on my reading list, and it should have a place on yours, too. For more information, please visit this page.

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J.J. Abrams is a Downton Fan

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The Downton Dame

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JJ. Abrams may be the mastermind behind Lost, Alias and Felicity and the future of the Star Wars franchise but he is also a fan of Downton Abbey.  During a a recent interview with a British newspaper, he took time to gush about his love of the series.

“It’s absolute soap opera done triple-A plus. The characters go places you never expect and the rules of that society allow for wonderful storytelling because there is behaviour that’s forbidden, which barely exists any more.”

Abrams continued, “It’s cleverly written and brilliantly cast. It lets you enjoy what is, at the core, a pulpy family drama but done with such respect and regard for the characters, you feel they’re all alive.”

“And think of how many [characters] there are—I thought we had a lot of characters on Lost but it’s amazing they’re able to spin that many plates and…

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