Sorta. So I didn’t get any writing done since I last popped in here, more or less… I have a start on chapter five, Allison met Kara and they clashed – more later. On my last update I mentioned a planned writing spree. That turned into major computer maintenance, actually… hours of updates (both laptops) and then routine work like defragging and stuff on the laptop I’ve started using for writing (the silver one). So I thought I’d use my desktop, but found it needed some updates, too. *sighs* So I played PlayStation 2, Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban. And some Skyrim on my xBox 360.
But, I also read three books and wrote reviews on them at Amazon, and am in the beginning of a short story anthology – loved the first story, btw, so am sure I’ll be giving a glowing review! One of the books I reviewed was actually my first truly negative review. I found the writing awful, full of spelling errors (especially misuse of “your” and “you’re”) and tense issues, mixing past and present tense, often within the same sentence, and ever changing POV making it impossible to follow the story, let alone develop any interest of feelings towards the various characters. It’s a shame, too, cause I’ve been scouting around for new-to-me writers of paranormal romances. The writer gave highly improbable character descriptions as well, which might have been adequate for the animal form, but not the human form. Like the weretiger, described as 6’7″ tall (that part is okay) weighing in at 600 pounds. Uh, what? All I could picture was a tall rotund male, just a blob of a man; the same for the Alpha, a six foot tall 300 pound werelion… oh! And a female wereleopard described as having four breasts! I mean, c’mon… if it was listed as an alien (i.e. from outer space, an unknown species) it would have been more acceptable, palatable….
As far as the spelling errors… I read another book that I made a few negative/correctional comments concerning spelling errors, but was no where near as harsh because it was obvious the book was written by someone that English was not their first language. In fact, I gave her kudos for trying to tackle the language to tell her story. Besides, she at least had an obvious plot. The other book however, like I mentioned in my review – I literally forced myself to read the first ten chapters, the halfway point of the book, and I still have no idea what the story was suppose to be about! The writer filled page after page with mundane, boring dialogue describing a meal, that did nothing to move the story forward or give this reader a chance to learn more about the various characters speaking. They all sounded exactly the same. *sighs*
Any-hoo, that’s how I spent the last two weeks, basically. Oh, and I also watched a few movies, too. M’kay, enough of an update, I am so outtie….