Sunday, July 15, 2012

Seriously, one of the best writing books ever

Okay, so I have this friend named Cathy Yardley, and she once wrote a writing book, but it focused on Chick Lit. Despite its being centered around a category I don't write, I still found the book extremely helpful, as Cathy is a total plotmaster/story guru.

Anyway, the most amazing chapter of said book? The one I've highlighted, dog-eared, and go back to every time I want to plot a new story or simply come to terms with where I'm at with the present one I'm writing? She blew it out into an ENTIRE BOOK!!! It's called ROCK YOUR PLOT, and it's nothing short of amazing. So awesome, I have to give it a huge shout-out, but so effective, I almost want to keep it a secret, since by reading it, legions of mediocre writers will no doubt become competition. But alas...the world needs more good books to read, so I'm duty-bound to share (plus, did I mention Cathy's a friend? Her books are always solid, totally fun reads, but I truly think this could be her ultimate breakout title, since it compresses thousands of pages of cumulative writing wisdom into one succinct, easy to read and understand volume).

The only problem with said book is that--to my knowledge--it's only available as an ebook, and I'd *really* like a print version to have, hold, and mark up like crazy. That said, the e-onliness of it has forced me to take copious notes in my journal, which will prove helpful in the long run. And who can complain about a $2.99 price tag? Especially for a quality writing book! When Random House or Penguin or whoever eventually snaps it up and brings it to your local B&N for $16.99, I'll finally get my print copy.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Just Think...

Earlier today, I met up with a group of writing friends. We used to call ourselves a critique group, but we don't pretend anymore. I guess you could label us a writer coffee klatch (except when we're drinking wine, which is probably more than 50% of the time we meet, so maybe we're technically just a bunch of writer-lushes), but anyway, this group of savvy ladies is all more experienced in the business than I am, so I always learn lots of great info whenever we meet. That said, one of the girls tossed out the fact that the author of FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY is pulling down $150,000.00 per week.

Now, I'm not sure if this is true, but I have to say--as a writer, I SURE HOPE IT IS!!! Because, wouldn't that be cool?!? For those of us who have not come through this slump in the economy unscathed, that kind of money is certainly a dream come true. Of course I'd tithe and donate away a lot of the money if such fortune came my way, but it sure is fun to think about what I'd do with the rest of it.

First off, I'd buy a larger house (with cash, paying off all our debt first so we could be mortgage-free). Probably a one-story, hopefully with more land, definitely with a huge garage and bedrooms enough so my husband and I could both have our own office space. It'd be great to have an official guest room, too, so family wouldn't have to sleep on the inflatable mattress in the living room when they visit.

Second, I'd buy my hubster a new BMW. He loves his old one, but OLD is the operative word here.

Third, I'd buy myself a new car. Actually, I kind of like driving a beater (people are so much nicer to me than when I'm in something flashier!), but I'd love to have a cool car for weekends or whatever. Particularly interesting is that relatively new model four-door Porsche.

Yeah, I'd tuck away college money for all three kids (as well as set up retirement funding and revenue-generating investments to pay the property taxes on my shiny new house) before any of the fun stuff would get purchased, but it's fun to dream about the possibilities.

How about you? Philanthropy and retirement/school planning aside, what would you buy for yourself with all that money?