November is National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in one month. It’s a very different way to write than my normal ‘take my time, enjoy the research, let my normal adult attention deficit syndrome take hold’ method. That, plus rebuilding my fence from Hurricane Ike and the always long fun work hours made this a challenge.
I took the opportunity to add 50,000 words to my 37,000 word start of my second novel, Software by the Kilo. The good news is that the experience helped me to get the first draft almost done. The unknown will be if this actually shortens or lengths the process of editing and finalizing, since it was such a quick and hectic process.
I hope to have a draft in my first reader’s hands (aka my gorgeous wife) before Christmas.
Twilight, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter: the young adult novel series are outselling “adult” books, and the movies are following suit.
The movie, unlike some screen adaptations, does not stray AT ALL from the novel. The screenwriter (Melissa Rosenberg) knew that legions of Stephenie Meyer’s fans would descend upon this film. So even the dialog was lifted directly from the pages of the book.
Guys, have no doubt: even though there are vampires here, this is definitely the chick flick of the year (yes, say what you will, I took my wife). The book was aimed at teenage girls, and the movie follow suit. There is some action, some interesting sequences…but for the most part this is a film about a teenage girl in love with a vampire that looks teenaged (but like all vamps is much older).
Bottom line: if you liked the book, you will like the movie.
“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” is a cliche phrase, which imparts a hint of the story of Stanley meeting Dr. Livingstone in the heart of Africa. This book, written with excellent pacing where the excitement builds like it were a thriller novel, gives the background of that historical meeting, including the circumstances that cemented its place in history. An excellent depiction not only of the heart of Africa in the mid-to-late 1800′s, but of the British and American struggle for position and leadership.
Dr. David Livingstone was already a legendary explorer, having walked across Africa and discovered (and named) many now famous landmarks. Dr. Livingstone was a revered hero in Britain, a middle-class individual whose latest adventures were discussed in Parliament, and by royalty. Livingstone was also obsessed with discovery, culminating in his later years with his almost suicidal obsession to discover the source of the Nile.
This is not the Africa of luxury safaris with camera, gourmet meals and guards. This is Africa of diseases, no roads, cannibals, more poisonous snakes than any other place, Arab slave traders and thievery. It is into this Africa that Livingstone sets out into once again in March 1866 from Zanzibar, to pursue his theory that the Nile flows from a series of lakes further south of Lake Victoria. He was 53 years old, somewhat long in the tooth, even for the ‘lion’ of the explorers. (more…)