Yesterday, I went to a talk, Q and A and signing with Rainbow Rowell at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. It was the first author event I’ve been to actually and I had a great time. I went with my writer and bookseller bestie George Lester, you can follow his blog HERE. This is us in the queue, we are a tad excited:
Rainbow was really engaging talking about her books, her writing process and things she loves like Sherlock (good taste!) and I love how she connects with her readers. If you haven’t read one of her books, you really should :) Eleanor and Park is my favourite and is a lovely teen romance that isn’t afraid to deal with all kinds of issues.
What I like about her is all her books are so different, she writes for teens and adults and it’s hard to define her work, which makes it more unique and fun I think. You never know what she’ll bring out next.
After the talk and questions, we lined up to have our books signed and I had three of her books with me. They were also giving out pretty amazing tote bags, just look!!
Here are my signed books:
And meeting the lovely lady herself (my smile is very cheesy!):
What authors have you met?
Posted by Victoria-writes on July 15, 2014
Yesterday I went to see The Fault In Our Stars film with a Twitter friend. All you could hear in the cinema was the two of us trying to breathe through our tears. It was pretty embarrassing. I had to wear sunglasses when I left the cinema to hide my red, puffy eyes.
Why do we enjoy films and books that make us cry? Maybe it’s cathartic somehow or maybe we just enjoy being moved by a story, maybe it’s having a shared experience of emotion or maybe we just like to torture ourselves (!)
I expected to shed a tear but I was surprised by just how many I shed especially having read the book and knowing what was going to happen. Somehow knowing the outcome made it worse as moments were more poignant the second time around.
I really loved the film and felt it was true to the book although I left emotionally drained! Sometimes you just want to watch a film that makes you cry and I already know this one will be my weepie go-to for quite some time.
This basically sums up my feelings about it :)
Whilst I recover from my traumatic experience, I’d like to know what films have made you cry.
Posted by Victoria-writes on July 1, 2014
I can’t wait for Jenny Lewis’ album in July. This is Just One Of The Guys:
Train songs always sound summery and their new one is a perfect June Song. Angle In Blue Jeans:
I’m a big fan of Nashville and this song from season 2 is just stunning. Clare Bowen – Falling:
Loving Lolo’s new song Hit And Run, can’t get it out of my head!
5SOS are my new guilty pleasure, and I’m playing this one loud! Don’t Stop:
What are you listening to?
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 15, 2014
I had to share this one minute clip from a speech Jim Carey gave to a university. He made me tear up in a minute with his inspirational words. Every one who has a dream should watch this video. Watch it HERE.
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 13, 2014
The amount of photos I have taken of Harry has got a bit out of control so I thought I better share some on here so I can pretend there was a reason to take so many! Harry is currently sitting beside me, one paw on the laptop washing so I have promised not to post any unflattering ones of him :)
Harry ran into my room and onto my bed for this one, you can tell by his face that he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there! But how can you resists this face?!!!
Harry loves the shoe box I gave him:
Harry has become very good at sleeping, he likes to stretch out like a human:
Harry has taken to sitting on my bedside table when I watch TV in bed, sometime staring at me trying to get me to pay attention to him and sometimes sleeping although I don’t know why it’s comfortable for him!
Mostly though, Harry loves shoes and finding feet to attack. I think he has a foot fetish!
I’ve fallen in love with this cutie:
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 12, 2014
So current mood?
Why you ask?
Well … I was so excited to find out last week that I have won a short story competition run by Simon and Schuster. It’s a New Adult romance and it will be released as an e-book.
The announcement on their New Adult website The Hot Bed is HERE.
I will let you know more details about the release when I can and there will likely be a few blog posts about how terrified / happy I am that you guys are going to be able to download one of my stories!!!
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 9, 2014
Yesterday I collected Harry, an eight week old kitten from Battersea Dogs and Cats home in Windsor. I was expecting him to be nervous for the first day but he has settled straight in, playing like crazy and sleeping on me. He didn’t like me keeping him out of the bedroom last night to sleep but hopefully that will get better soon. So look away now if you don’t like cat pictures otherwise enjoy!!!
Harry has already decided he likes to curl up and sleep on me when I’m in the most uncomfortable positions either on the stairs or cross-legged on the floor. He is also mesmerised by the TV and intrigued by my laptop, certain I’m trying to play a game with him not type. Or maybe there’s a bestseller in him, we shall have to wait and see :)
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 27, 2014
It’s been a while since my last post. Basically, my head has been so full of the book I was editing, it had no space to think about writing a blog post as well. I’ve spent three months on this edit and I think it’s the longest I’ve ever taken on polishing up a manuscript. I am completely edited out. But I’m also proud of the work I’ve put in and excited about the story, which has made all the staring at the computer screen worth it.
I think I’m still finding my editing feet. I am probably not the most patient person so it can be frustrating when something isn’t taking shape as quickly as you want. Sometimes it’s hard to turn what you see in your head into something that works on the page. I’m not sure I have found an editing style yet but this time I tried reading the book out loud, which did help spot errors and make the dialogue flow better. I feel like this book challenged me and now I’ve sent it back to my agent, I can see how good that was. I want to be stretched as a writer.
I think your writing improves with everything you write and the more times you edit your writing, the more natural it feels.
Editing seems to require a lot more concentration that writing a first draft for me and consequently, I feel a bit exhausted now that it’s done. But I am pleased with how the story is shaping up and that is a lovely, and pretty rare, feeling for a writer :)
So I am edited out now but hey I edited this book …
Well kind of.
I mean, I hope I did.
Uh-oh, the self-doubt is kicking in …
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 20, 2014
Ella Henderson’s debut single Ghost is on repeat for me right now. I can’t wait to hear more from her:
I’m in love with Ingrid Michaelson’s new album LIGHTS OUT. It might already be my album of the year. This is Time Machine:
I just discovered Tom Odell is perfect writing music. This song is going to be on the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack and is just stunning. Long Way Down:
What have you been playing this week?
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 4, 2014
This week, Mean Girls celebrated its tenth anniversary of release and next week it will have been ten years since the Friends finale aired.
It pretty much freaks me out thinking that both these things that I loved happened ten years ago. In 2004, I was in my final year at university getting ready to take the final exams for my sociology degree. On one hand, it feels like forever ago but also like yesterday. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life and probably would have never guessed I would be writing a book in my thirties.
I marked Mean Girls by wearing pink. After all the anniversary did happen on a Wednesday.
I’m not sure how to mark the Friends anniversary. I might have to move some furniture. I still shout out PIVOT to this day. I think we need to see that scene again, don’t we?
Right, I’m off to watch both again because they are AWESOME …
What were you doing ten years ago? What we will be excited about remembering in ten years time from now?
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 2, 2014