Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Revising All Night Long

I've been working on revisions based off of editor's comments for our next round of submissions.

I downloaded my book onto the Kindle and am giving it a read through. I keep writing down mistakes/edits I find so I don't waste time stopping and changing things. I wanted to read it from start to finish. Let's just hope that I can make sense of everything I've written down!

What about you? What have you been up to?

Friday, October 22, 2010

I'm Impressed

The other night I went with my main squeeze and his parents to see the stage adaptation of The Kite Runner at Cleveland Public Theatre. I did not have huge expectations for the show because usually when a book is adapted to the screen or stage, I'm disappointed (as was the case when I saw the movie version of this book).

However, I was very very impressed by the play. While they were unable to realistically depict the kites flying (which was my biggest disappointment), the playwright was about to capture the essence of the play. The first act was done with dual characters of Amir, the young Amir and the older one. The older Amir narrates the action during the first act and takes over during the second. The emotions and messages from the book were all shown in the play. I think the only thing missing was the history of Afghanistan. One of the reasons I loved the book was because of the background and history of the country that Hosseini depicts. Overall, I thought the play was great.

The adaptation got me thinking about other play/movie adaptations. There are few that I've seen that have done the book justice:
*Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
*The Namesake

What about you? Can you think of any movie adaptations that did the book justice?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Listen Up

I've gone on and on about how much I love the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. I attended for the second year this past summer and may have (shhhh!) planned my wedding for late July, so I can attend again this year.

The week is full of writing and producing new work in an environment of writers. We work in small groups with a published writer and it's required of all of us to share something we wrote in front of everyone in an open mic type setting.

The first year I was the last participant to present. This summer I was the first! I was nervous, but I liked going first because I could enjoy everyone else after.

The recordings are posted and you can listen to my piece "Red Rover." It's the very first one on the Tuesday, June 22 Participant Reading.

There are some other great readings on each of the nights including an amazing piece by my mentor for that week, Ron Carlson. It's from his new book and worth listening to. The instructors read on Monday, June 21.

If you have a minute, download the readings and let me know what you think!

Addition to orginal blog...The prompt I read was to create a story with 26 lines. We had to start with "A" and go through the alphabet in order. If you listen close, you can hear it!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Attention Writers!

A lot of you have probably already seen this, but I wanted to post it for those who haven't. Delacorte Press holds an awesome contest each year. The contest prize is a publishing contest!

Check it out and good luck!

The prize of a book contract (on the publisher’s standard form) covering world rights for a hardcover and a paperback edition, including an advance and royalties, will be awarded annually to encourage the writing of contemporary young adult fiction. The award consists of $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties.

1. The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian writers who have not previously published a young adult novel. Employees of Random House, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and members of their families and households are not eligible.

2. Foreign-language manuscripts and translations are not eligible.

3. Manuscripts submitted to a previous Delacorte Press contest are not eligible.

1. Submissions should consist of a book-length manuscript with a contemporary setting that will be suitable for readers ages 12 to 18.

2. Manuscripts should be no shorter than 100 typewritten pages and no longer than 224 typewritten pages. Include a brief plot summary with your covering letter.

1. Manuscripts must be postmarked after October 1, 2010, but no later than December 31, 2010.

Writers will be notified between January and April as submissions are evaluated by the editors. Final contest results will be announced on our Web site on or around April 30, 2011.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Must Fold Laundry!

Just so you don't think blogging is the only thing I'm neglecting, I present to you my laundry!

Yeah, I haven't folded things in a long time. Thank goodness for guest room beds!

I promise that I almost (almost!) have a handle on things and will be back soon. And not only will I be back, but I also have a great Fall contest complete with cozy knitting items for when you're writing.

Have a great weekend!