Friday, March 29, 2013


Since my main character is blogging her journey in life, I thought why not blog my journey in writing the book.

I am struggling with getting this novel started. I have notes and the idea but writing it is hard. I think part of the problem is the writing group I'm a part of is not understanding what I want out of this book and the format it is written in.

It's being written in blog format.  There isn't going to be dialogue and some of the formality of writing doesn't need to be there.  I'm also having trouble conveying the story I'm trying to write.  I don't know if it's the age difference or if my story is just that confusing.

This might all be in part because I'm not clear about what I want to convey. I'm going to stay positive and see if I can find where I went wrong with my start and hopefully I'll find my way.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I have nothing to write

so here's a picture of my favorite actor reading.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review - How to Deliever a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan

How to Deliver a TED TalkHow to Deliver a TED Talk by Jeremy Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"How To Deliver A TED Talk" is a complete public speaking guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Based on intensive study of the most popular TEDTalks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design.

I will probably never give a TEDTalk but that doesn't mean that I won't have to give presentations in my profession.  Just because I'm not delivering one of these inspirational talks doesn't mean that my presentations can't be creative and unique.

This book is a great public speaking handbook.

There are chapters that won't be applicable to everyone. For example How to Craft Your Catchphrase or How to be Introduced.  The majority of these chapters can be used to create even the most basic presentation.  The book focuses on telling a story instead of just reading facts and talking points.

I think a good idea would be to head over to TED's website or YouTube page and watch some of the talks Jeremy Donovan discusses throughout the book.  You could just read his account of Brene Brown's talk closing or you can go and watch the talk and get the full effect of her powerful closing.

If you haven't taken a public speaking class in years, or just want a fresh perspective of delivering a presentation, you should check out this book. As Jeremy Donovan writes, "TED speakers craft compelling stories." How to Deliver a TED Talk is a guide in turning your compelling story into an inspiring talk.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TBR Challenge Book #4 - The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane AustenThe Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the attics of Chawton House is a false wall.  Behind this wall is a trunk and inside this truck there is a treasure trove of works by Jane Austen.  Most notably are her memoirs. This is the set up of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.

This section of her memoirs tells the story of her lost love and her journey to publication. On a trip to Lyme Regis Jane meets a man who sparks within her a love and a desire to write again. Syrie James has given the reader a man worthy of our beloved Jane and a story that let's us believe we can see a piece of her through her novels.  Our fictional Jane uses the world around her as inspiration while editing Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice.

I enjoyed this book and I'm a little upset that I let it sit in my To Be Read Pile for so long.  While it was a nice read, I did find myself losing interest every once in awhile.  I can't pin point anything in particular about the book, maybe it was just the fact that I knew it wouldn't be a happy ending.  Poor Jane doesn't get her happily ever after. I liked how we see references to different characters and plot lines from Jane's novels.  I have always liked to think that Jane wrote from what she knew and this plays into that idea.

I highly suggest this novel!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday...kinda

1. I'm a day late with this post
2. It's not a book but a movie trailer but it's based on a book...well a play.

I need to see this movie.  If Joss let's me down I'm breaking up with him.

Much Ado About Nothing - shot in 12 days by Joss Whedon at his home.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Black Leather and Lace - Book Club Catch Up

I haven't written a post about our book club in awhile.  We've been meeting, just not really discussing the books so much.  Our meetings are more a social gathering than anything else.  So here are some mini-reviews of the books we read the past two months.

In January we read The Dirty Girls Book Club by Savanna Fox.  We thought the title was great and the description sounded interesting.  The concept was good but the book itself was kind of a let down. Everyone was pretty much on the same page with this book.

In Feburary we decided to read two books:

Lumberjack in Love was my pick.  I had read it a few months before and really enjoyed it and thought everyone else would too.  I was wrong, no one else liked the story.  I just thought it was a really cute novella and that Ami and Marcus were great characters.

Lord of Scoundrels was group pick. A few of us had read the book and we were willing to read it again. One of the things I like most about this book is that even though it is part of a series, you don't lose anything by not reading the first two books.  Which is something I like since I'm a bit OCD about reading books in a series.  Anyway, the reason I like this book so much is that the guy is the one who is the "ugly duckling" and he truly is ugly.  I love that she doesn't see that and it baffles him. These are two of my favorite romance characters.