Yes, I am aware that it is only Tuesday, but there is a reason for this title
I learned last week that Harper Collins Australia has a open call for manuscript submissions every Wednesday. And, since Oz is almost an entire day ahead of me here in Toronto, Wednesday is Tuesday!
So....I have submitted both Afterlife and Through the Dark for them to consider. *eek*
For those who may not know, HarperCollins is one of the big 5 in publishing, along with Simon and Shuster, Random House/Penguin, Hachette, and MacMillan. Normally, none of these publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts unless submitted by a literary agent. So, this is a big deal...to actually get a chance at someone at a house of this status to review your work.
Im not holding my breath for representation, but it is still exciting....we will see how it goes!
It looks like we're going to hit a couple milestones this week! Afterlife reached 10,000 reads today, and Strong is less than 100 reads away from 50,000!
I know its not nearly what some other stories have reached, but it makes me smile any time any of my works hit a milestone like this. I have the biggest grin on my face right now.
So thank you to everyone who has read, voted and liked any of these works!
I'm hoping to update September tomorrow!
I'm finally a good writer, and updated September lol. Ive been such a slacker lately, but I'm going to try and post another chapter on Sunday as well!
Today I took part in the most recent #PitchCB trend on Twitter. Like most Twitter pitch parties, you are challenged to come up with an exciting and intriguing pitch for your work within the 140 character tweet limit. Its easier said than done, and I certainly went through several draft tweets before I got a couple I liked lol.
But, amazingly enough, I got requested by one of the agents to review Afterlife! *eek* I submitted the work, and now to wait. Curtis Brown is a literary agency in the UK.
I've also had a request from literary agent here in Toronto, again for Afterlife, and submitted the work 2 weeks ago...again, I am waiting for the life changing email lol
I will keep you all posted on any progress! Either way, I'm excited to get the opportunity to even submit to agents :)
So, as some of you may know, I have recently started a new story...September!
I have the story line in my head, and will be working to update with Chapter 3 tomorrow, and hopefully Chapter 4 on Sunday.
I've admittedly been slacking with my literary responsibilities lately. lol. Been too wrapped up with drawing and doodling.
But I promise I will be back at it this weekend, and hope you like the results!
So, I know i said I was going to review books, fan fics and the like on this blog, but as I attended my first film of this years Toronto International Film Festival yesterday, I felt the need to pop in a little film review while I was at it.
Now, usually, I am a volunteer at TIFF. It is a great experience, the atmosphere, the people, the energy is almost surreal during those 10 exciting days. I volunteered for 3 years consecutively, but this year decided to take a break from it. I life a fair distance from the city, and as much as I love it when Im there, the commute is a proverbial bitch. So this year, I am simply taking in the scenes and films!
My first film was a Drake Doremus film starting Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart called Equals.
SUMMARY: The main theme of the film is that crime and discord has been eliminated by removing emotion from humans genetic makeup. it is all flat affects and polite monotones, as each individual goes about their day in a monochromatic world. Those who start to show any sense of emotion are believed to be 'infected with the bug' and either treated with medication, or sent to a hospital where they are eventually killed.
STRENGTHS: The striking theme of Orsen Wells 1984 crossed with Shakesperes Romeo and Juliet is so overwhelming it is immediate even to those who havent' necessarily read the preceding books. Everyone is familiar with the term of 'big brother' the main staple in Wells' classic, of a hierarchy watching over possible stray sheep. The theme isn't lost in this film, while you throw in two individuals struggling against being found out, mixed with feelings they know nothing of, it mades for an interesting tale with the expected and typically tragic end.
WEAKNESSES: Kristen Stewart. That is it. The girl cant act her way out of a paper bag, and even though this film should be perfect for her as she is not expected to portray any form of emotion, she still someone comes out flat. Huffing, scrunching your face, and blinking does not an actress make. And while the rest of the film I found to be intriguing and challenging the norms, her lack luster performance still left me with a sour taste.
OVERALL: quite a good film. Of course, it is for the type of audience who likes this type of thought provoking and conceptually challenging genre. Those looking for high action, humor, and mindless entertainment should pass. But those who loved 1984 and classics like it will enjoy this unique and futuristic take.
Despite the fact that this is not a book or novel per se, I still found it to be the perfect subject for my first review. It has a little of this, alot of that, and I have yet to find a single person who has come across this concept who hasn't raved of his unique and freeing niche.
SYNOPSIS: The theme of the series is quite simple: free yourself from your secrets, your burdens, or woes in a safe and anonymous way. Followers write out their secrets on a postcard, whether purchase or home made, and mail it to the author, Frank Warren. Over a two year period, Warren received more than 50,000 secrets, varying from young adults struggling to find with place in this volatile world, to people standing at a cross roads, not knowing which direction to take. The website features other posts that have yet to make it to print, and you can spend hours falling in to the lives of people all over the world.
HIGHLIGHTS: the freedom. Hands down, without a doubt, the concept of being able to release your secrets into the world in a safe and non judgemental way is cathartic, and probably one of the most effective forms of therapy. You will find connection to people all over the world, whose names you do not know, and whose stories you know nothing of more than just a few lines. But you will connect with them on a deeper level than most people you share an hour long chat with.
DOWNFALLS: Some people chose foolish, prankish forms of expression, which sometimes dilutes the truth and harsh honesty of those using the medium as a form of therapy. Showing a photo of Christmas decorations in compromising positions is not a secret.
SUMMARY: I challenge you to read on of these collections and not relate deeply to at least 10 postings. They are raw, honest and gripping, and I am 100% addicted to their truth.
In all honesty, I would be the worst Niall girl in history if I didn't mention him and his birthday in my blog today
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLUFFIKINS!
Im thinking of posting my first book review tomorrow night. I am going to be starting off with books Ive read in the past, ones that stuck with me. I will give you a summary, things I liked, things I didn't, and a star rating!
If you have a book (published or wattpad) that you think I should read and review, let me know!
Random thoughts from me on books, writing, news and more!