At the beginning of November, I set upon a writing project/challenge in the spirit of NaNoWriMo in which I outlined a new book every day for four weeks straight. It was at times not fun but profoundly productive and one thing surprised me more than anything else…
I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month). Every year, millions of writers spend the month of November penning an average of 1500 words a day to complete an entire book by December. The idea is not to have a finished manuscript, but a finished first draft that can then be molded into the novel you want.
Last year, I wrote a ghost story called Connection. I finished it a few days early in fact. Since then, I’ve divided my time editing it into coherency and promoting a debut novel I wrote with my wife, fashion consultant, bowling partner, long-time editor, and fellow love adventurer, Jennifer.
Before I ever ventured into fiction writing, I fancied myself a poet. I met my wife in late 88’ and my head and heart became flooded with artistic expression. It came out of me in the form of drawings, poems and eventually found a permanent outlet in song(s). I’ve spent over twenty years writing over 600 hundred songs and I have only begun to know and appreciate my muse.
My taste in music and my style of writing has changed in those twenty years. Much of it was a result of artists I became exposed to. Those whose influence is evident (perhaps even obvious) are: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and most recently, Iron & Wine. (Jeez, that was quite the segway and to the untrained eye may appear to be a back handed way of bringing up my own musical endeavors, but I assure you, it was only my way of simultaneously validating the brilliant music I’m about to review, and punctuating my own personal admiration for the artist). As Theodore Roosevelt said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
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For those of you unfamiliar with these authors, they have written books set against the backdrop of Hollywood.
Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell.
When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, her novella, Slip Away, and her short story, Gilded Cage.
Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.
Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.
Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.
Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.
I’m not saying that I blame grunge music, but sometime in the early 90’s it became cool not to care. Worse than that actually, it became cool to look down on anyone who did care…about anything…or anyone who tried to succeed at or enjoy life.
Today, we live in a culture that has been so blinded by this weak philosophy that we are actually hurting ourselves and we don’t even know it. Take Fan Fiction for example – the more authors who get their FF stories published, the more it validates that community as a valid and viable source of truly excellent writing. Yet, so many in the community have adopted the view that to succeed professionally means that you are some kind of sell out.
Welcome to Bookish News with Tamie and Elena. Let’s see what caught our eye this past week and what we’re looking forward to…