Dance Like No One Is Watching

On opening this blog, I thought back to when I was younger. I was at an age when things were starting to become a little stressful. I knew I was growing up. I knew I would have to start dealing with things that, in retrospect, shouldn’t have freaked me out as much. Certain things like popularity, peer pressure, body issues, boyfriends, sexuality, etc. All these things that are an integral part of our lives, but should never overshadow the really important things, like an education, like your self-worth.

Anyway, the point is, the first thing I thought when I opened this blog was how big of a nerd I was in elementary school (in middle and high school as well) and how, as I initially started feeling that peer pressure push to conform, I once day wrote in my journal, “If I could do anything at all, I would stop dealing with all this and just read. All day.”

Yes, all day. I would do nothing else.

Obviously, I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t escape from real life for the rest of my life. It sounds tempting. But I have a long list of things I want to do. And getting published has become one of them (two others, if you're curious, are 1) Getting into a good art university, and 2) Learning Italian). My love of books from a young age has given me this insatiable desire to finish a rough draft, to query it, to attempt to get it published, and then to see where I go from there.

I decided to post this today because I recently hit the 50% mark in writing my MS. I'm half way done the rough draft. And today, I hit 47,300k. So I'm getting there. I don't necessarily feel confident yet, but I know I will the closer I get to 90,000k.

I'm starting to worry about agents and how to query and all that terrifying, amazing, exhilarating stuff. I'm looking forward to it.

Devil's Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman

I'm currently reading Devil's Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman.
Not too shabby. Not too shabby. I'm certainly not going to put it down until I'm done.

*I love the name Alex Delaware. I think it's creative, but not silly sounding.

*The character isn't annoying in the least, and seems very neutral. He doesn't have too much energy that can sometimes seem disenchanted/naive.

*I realize that this is (I think) number seven in the series? I enjoy seeing allusions to other books in the series. I love stuff like that. But, yeah, unfortunately, I started at #7. So all of the nostalgia is lost on me. No ones fault but mine.

*The quirks of some of the characters, like Chip Jones, are seeming a little forced to me. So is the interaction between the characters and the baby. Cute, but a little forced.

*Also, love the association with the way the characters look and their names. A plump nurse named Vicki Bottomley? And Dr. Kornblart, a short on tact cardiologist with a handlebar mustache? (I wont lie. I thought of Slartibartfast from Hitchhiker's Guide.) Ashmore? A tight knit family who all have named starting with C?

There are some things that are bugging me a little, but I hope they work themselves out in the end.

I also have notes on my Goodreads page:

About Me

23. New Jersey. I am a Fine Arts student currently working on her first suspense novel. I'm on my way to finishing the first rough draft.

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