Pintrest for Writers

I think I was ‘pinning’ well before the concept of Pintrest (or even the internet, gulp) was around. As a teen I would fill scrap books with all of the clothes and makeup that inspired me, I’d add pictures of my friends and get them to add their own inspirations as well…little did I know my mother would hang on to said scrapbooks and embarrass me years later with proof that I did in-fact like puffer vests and platform runners (hell Spice Girls influence).

Irreparable emotional wounds aside, inspiration boards and Pintrest are great tools for writers! I’m a very visual person and I ‘see’ my characters rather than thinking of them in terms of words. An inspiration board is the kind of thing that I did when I was writing back in my teens. Now, I just use Pintrest.

The social and highly addictive site has grown quickly (to the tune of 48.7 million users at March 2013,  according to this article) with many of those being women. I say ‘many of those’ because each site seems to claim a slightly different statistic, but in many cases it’s evident that the vast majority of users are women. This is good news for romance writers as it means your target market is right there waiting for you!

There are a lot of articles on how writers can use Pintrest to market books, increase their online presence following etc. (check out this blog post and this one) but I like to keep it basic and use it for images that inspire me. Whenever I feel like I need to ‘see’ the world my characters are living in, I spend a little time looking at my board and adding to it.

I’ve set up a board for the novella I’m working on (One Last Wish) but I have other random things that I enjoy looking at, including Disney pictures, vintage romance book covers, and word-related funnies.

I highly recommend giving Pintrest ago (set aside some time, it’s a slippery slope) whether you use it to promote your work, increase your online presence or simply stick up images you like.

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Getting back to reality

Losing a loved one is never easy, losing someone that had a great influence on you is tragic. My grandfather was both of those things and more – he was a comedian, the voice of reason, a story teller, traveller and lover of life.

I have been throwing myself into my work over the past week in an effort to try and get through the grief, I’m pouring my heart and soul into my writing in the hopes that his influence on me will never be wasted. I want to be successful to honour all that he taught me, for all the times he pushed me and told me to work harder.

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Graphic Novels TBR

I mentioned to my little sister that I wanted to try to incorporate some graphic novels into my reading this year, just to try something different.

The response was a cloud of dust in the air as she raced off to find some suitable manga for me to read. This was the resulting pile of books that I lugged home with me…

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I had to cap her at ten books, since I had already borrowed a few from the library…

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I’ve already finished the Janet Evanovich one which was so short!!  I read it in about half an hour, but the drawings were gorgeous.

Speaking of gorgeous drawings, I can’t wait to get into the Junko Mizuno books…

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How stunning are they??

Well, they’ll have to wait until I’ve finished this fascinating but creepy book…

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What graphic novels do you recommend for someone starting out in the genre?

Better late than never: Reading Resolutions for 2013

Today’s post is brought you you by the letter ‘R’…

In my general writing-related resolutions (try saying that ten times fast!) I only said that I wanted to read more. That’s a fairly lame and unmeasurable resolution…so I’m setting things straight some some reading-related resolutions.

2013 Reading Resolutions

  1. I will read at least 50 books as per the Good Read’s Reading Challenge
  2. I will read at least one book out of each of these genres:
      • Non-Fiction
      • Poetry
      • Fantasy
      • Sci-Fi
      • Horror
      • Memoir
      • Literary Journal
  3. I will read at least 3 books out of each of these genres:
      • Graphic Novels
      • Classics
      • Historical Fiction (romance or otherwise)
  4. I will re-read a book that I have loved previously
  5. I will read a vintage romance novel

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I could be covered for my non-fiction and one classic with these new purchases

That list should keep me busy! Did you set any reading resolutions for 2013?

Writing through it all

I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front for the last few weeks – this is because I’ve been dealing with the slow decline of my grandfather’s heath. Currently he’s in hospital suffering with cancer, an pneumonia and a perforated bowl. He’s too sick to be operated on. He is dying.

The feeling of helplessness I have is overwhelming and all-consuming.  No matter how hard I wish, no matter how hard I pray he is going to be leaving my family soon.

Writing is the only thing keeping me going at the moment, the ability to delve into my character’s world and absorb myself in their problems while escaping from my own is what’s keeping me sane right now. Am I sticking my head in the sand? Perhaps. I know what’s coming and I know it will be hard, but for now I feel best when I’m away from my world and playing in someone else’s.

 

More Books & Movie Adaptations

So I bought more books…because when TBR list got over 400 I realised I didn’t have enough to read right now. *sigh* I like to think of it as good karma, I’m supporting authors and hopefully people will do the same for me one day when I get published.

Justification sorted. Future book purchases approved.

Here are the 7 books I’ve picked up recently, including 3 Penguin Classics which I got from Dymocks in a 3-for-2 deal today. Score!

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  1. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham 
  2. In the Winter Dark by Tim Winton
  3. Northanger Abby by Jane Austen
  4. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  5. Octopussy and the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming
  6. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

It’s a random bunch of books but I’ve had most of these on my wishlist for a while. I’ve been wanting to read the Lee Child Jack Reacher series for ages. The day I bought Killing Floor I saw a poster for the movie and discovered that Tom Cruise was playing Jack Reacher…so I don’t think I’ll bother with the movie.

No idea why TC was chosen to play a character that is supposed to be tough and intimidating given he’s not exactly known for his physical prowess. I felt somewhat validated that “tom cruise as jack reacher wtf” was the automated google search that came up when I wanted to check if the movie poster had been lying to me. Seems I’m not the only one who thought it a strange choice.

On another note, I must also confess that I’ve never read a Jane Austen novel before…I know, shocking. So I bought Northanger Abby and have downloaded Pride & Prejudice to get me started.

I wanted to share this little piece of gold as well, it’s the card I’m giving my husband on our first wedding anniversary this coming Friday. For someone who aspired to be a romance writer, I’m not very romantic so it seems…but I do love unicorns.

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Winning.

Latest Kindle Purchases

I got a Kindle for my birthday last year (a gift from my darling little sister; a fellow bookworm) and I’ve been so happy with it! I read eBooks across both the Kindle and my iPad, but find the Kindle much easier on my workday-weary eyes.

I try not to splurge to often (as my TBR list is disgustingly long) but when I do I go for it! Here’s what I’ve acquired in the last few days:

So many books – so little time. Can I just say that I LOVE the cover on this book:

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I am seriously a sucker for books with pretty gowns on the cover, I think that’s why I have so many historical romance books sitting on my shelf!

What books have you bought recently?