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So Spring segued right into Summer in a flash, which really isn't surprising. Sacramento's weather has a tendency to change on a dime. I can't complain because now I can sit out on my patio in the morning, enjoy nature and write. I think I'm more productive in the spring and summer - just something about listening to the birds singing, the breeze rustling the leaves and the cats hanging out and getting into mischief. James has also started working ahead a bit with his lessons in the hopes of finishing everything by mid June so we can take a longer vacation.
I've come up with a plan, a project, to avoid the summer doldrums and kept him from overdoing technology. We are going to design and build bookshelves for his room. He will have to be actively involved in every step and I think once he finds out, he could possible earn a little bit of extra spending money, he'll be jumping on board with the plan.
I've been editing my current wip and trying to keep the same schedule as when I was writing the draft. Getting up early morning, reviewing and revising. However it's been extremely slow. Over on Query Tracker Danyelle talks about left brain and right brain thinking and how it's easier for her to do right brain in the morning and left brain in the evening. Really! Is that the problem? Maybe so, maybe not. I do all my best thinking in the morning and past 3:00, lessons better be done or my brain short circuits. However, I usually end up writing blog posts in the afternoon or evening so.... A bit of experimenting this week.
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I going to delve into my characters heads this week. I found a great list of questions on Query Tracker "Dig a Little Deeper - Getting to know Your Characters" that I used when writing Red Thief and found out some things about my characters wouldn't have otherwise. Asking your male characters to describe their hands or where do you have a scar and how did you get it or what is something you feel guilty about really gets the creative juices flowing as well as reveals alot about your characters.
Of course, all life stopped Thursday when Nora Robert's latest book "The Witness" arrived. As far as I'm concerned she can do no wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I finally gave up on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's one of those books I have to be in the mood for and just not finding that mood. So back on the shelf it goes. I'm still working on The Brothers Karamazov and decided to read it as my main book instead of just treadmill book and hopefully make some better progress.
And I'm currently listening to J.D.Robb's Judgment in Death - #11 from her Death Series. Susan Ericksen does a wonderful job with all the voices and accents. I find myself listening now when cooking dinner or doing laundry. Guess I'm hooked. I've also discovered women narrators does a much better job with men's voices than male narrators do with female voices. I was listening to one story and the male narrator reminded me too much of Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes drag queen characters from the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar and kept throwing me out of the story.
Do you have any favorite audio book narrators and what are you reading this week?