Monthly Archives: September 2011


L’Shanah Tovah!

(I’ll be back next week with my regular Monday post, and possibly even a Read Through Thursday post.  Until then, enjoy  the holiday to those of you who celebrate.)



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Read-Through Thursday: Luminous

This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished.  Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

From Goodreads:  As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.

From Vicki:  I almost don’t know what to say about this book.  In the beginning, reading it exhausted me.  I think because the world Dawn built is so different from anything else I’ve ever read.  My brain expended a lot of energy figuring it out.  As a result, the pace felt slower, giving the reader time to get used to the world and the writing style, which was beautiful.

But once the story really got going and I had become accustomed to the Flow, I couldn’t put this book down.  Here is a story about a strong, female character, who solves her own problems.  Sometimes she has help along the way, but that help always leads her to a new revelation, too.

And V.  Ohhh, V.  I liked him a lot.  He jumped off the page for me, as did Consuela.  Unusual setting, unusual plot, great characterizations – this is a lush and beautiful read.


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I just got my first work for hire assignment.  Woo hoo!  But I don’t know what name to use.  Should I just use my real name?  Should I use a pen name?  A friend of mine who does a lot of this sort of freelance thing, uses a pen name for all of it, to distinguish it from the stuff he writes out of love.  And he doesn’t market himself at all for the freelance stuff, so it doesn’t matter. 

I think it’s a fairly common practice to use a different name for the freelance work that just pays the bills.  So then the question is, what name?

Just for fun, let’s come up with some possible pseudonyms for my freelance work.  What do you think?  What name should I use?  Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling (add your suggestions in the comments):

            Victoria Spelling (get it?)

            Tremper Vic

            Vicki Rocket

Well, I guess whatever name goes on that book-I’ll-never-hold-in-my-hands, it’s just pretty darn cool to be paid to write.  Right?


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Read-Through Thursday: Divergent

This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished.  Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

From Goodreads:  Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

From Vicki:  I can’t relate to many of the choices Tris makes – I would probably have joined Amity or Erudite, which would have necessitated different choices anyway.  But I couldn’t put this book down.  The writing is spare yet powerful.  Tris’s story came through loud and clear and I felt every jab to the nose or kick to the kidneys, every rung of the ladder, every touch of Four’s hand.  I was so invested, yet I couldn’t relate.  How did Veronica Roth do that?

I don’t think of myself as being a fan of dystopian literature, but this book got so much buzz and so many rave reviews that I had to read it for myself.  I didn’t expect to like it as much as everyone else.  But I did.  I must jump on the bandwagon.

And I’d love to see this as a movie!

(And I just have to add – it really doesn’t feel like a Thursday, does it?  Ugh.  Next week we’ll all be back on track and all will be right with the world.  Please agree or I might…scream silently at my computer screen.)


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