Books & Flicks

Posted by on November 20, 2011

Recently, I read a tweet from an editor saying that authors who don’t keep their websites updated give people the impression they are “unprofessional, disorganized and/or uncaring” about their readers.

She was referring to author websites, versus blogs, but I took her comment to heart, especially since I recently had a lovely, talented agent advise me to make sure I’m blogging regularly.

My wise mother-in-law once told me, “If two people tell you that you have a tail, you’d best turn around and look.”

So, I figure with two people talking about the importance of an author’s website being up-to-date, I’m setting a new goal for myself to blog, oh say, at least once a week.

Here’s my first shot!

On My Nightstand

My other blog (which is too frivolous to mention here) always had a huge response from this category “On My Nightstand” so I’m going to steal my idea and move it on over here to the SERIOUS website.



This is what is on my nightstand this week:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This old, tattered copy from 1969 has been sitting on my nightstand, since, oh, maybe 2010. You see I didn’t KNOW I was a mystery writer until I finished my first draft of my novel in October 2010. I was astonished to discover I had written crime fiction. As a result, I started entering my manuscript in contests as a mystery. I entered the Sandy Writing Contest (and took first place in mystery WOOT) and also the mystery contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America’s Kiss of Death Chapter Daphne du Maurier writing contest (called the Daphne for short). I figure now that I’m a mystery writer, I better read this book.

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. Some writers I know can quote lofty jargon and other words of wisdom from writing greats such as John Gardner. Me? I fall asleep reading those types of books on writing craft. Sorry. It’s true. However, I get PUMPED UP reading James Scott Bell. Every time I pick up one of his books, I am positively bursting with inspiration. His book The Art of War for Writers has been in my bag for two months. I read it slowly, ever so slowly, savoring each chapter and diligently working the exercises. Love this man. I picked up this book because I am starting book two in my series featuring crime reporter Gabriella Giovanni. I’ve got a great start, but want to brush up on plot and structure to make sure this second book sings!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I am a HUGE library fan and often don’t buy books new unless a friend wrote them or they are books on writing craft. However, I ordered this book last week after I read three separate glowing reviews from people I respect.

So, that is what is on my nightstand. I also have some Hemingway and Poe behind them, because it makes me happy to have those books nearby and I like to re-read them at random.

PS I’m also reading my kids a chapter of Harry Potter, the Chamber of Secrets each night at bedtime. Fun stuff.

At the Movies

Here are some flicks I’ve watched lately. I’m just going to say up front, I don’t count all the movies I watch with my kids at school and special library programs. And PS I’m not a movie reviewer. In fact, I pretty much suck at reviews.  PPS. I have small children. The majority of my movie viewing takes place via Netflix or Vudu in my living room.

Bridesmaids. LMAO. No, seriously. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in a very, very long time. Too funny. So funny in fact that I might even break my rule of only watching a movie once for this one. (There are so many great movies to watch and so little time that I refuse to watch a movie twice unless I LOVED it.)

The Walking Dead. Yeah, this one did me in. I’m not a big fan of gore and there was quite a bit of it in this TV show, so I ended up having nightmares about Zombies all night long. Might have had something to do with how addicting this show is.  I usually go to bed early, but found myself stuck to the couch saying, “Play the next episode.” In fact, I ended up saying this six times and watched six episodes back to back. My butt actually hurt from sitting on the couch that long. The only thing stopping me from staying up the entire night watching the show was Netflix. They only had six episodes available.

The Horrible Bosses. A week later, it’s not quite as funny as I thought it was the night I watched it. I did laugh a lot. I think we replayed the very last scene three times because we had tears rolling down our face.

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2 Responses to Books & Flicks

  1. Kristi

    I smiled when I saw your name, Giovanna. Nice to see you over here, too. I’ve lost the steam for the other blog, but will include some of those subjects here, I think. For instance, I’d like to post recipes on this page, as well.
    I TORE through Shatter Me. For me it was a bit of Hunger Games meets X-Men. It was definitely a page turner for me and introduced me to a world I would like to read more about.

  2. Giovanna

    good news about you coming back to blogging (maybe on your more frivolous blog as well 😉 and will check into your reading recommendations. Take care