27 January, 2011

Surprises Surprises

Surprisingly my novel is almost complete. Even before my own set deadline. I'm rather shocked. That my first completed piece will be a novel and not a novella. I mean most of my writer friends have all at one point completed a full novel, but I never have. This is really big for me! I never thought I'd have enough words for it to even be a novella, but the other day while I was babysitting, I decided to count up the word count on "The Other Sister" and I have well over 78,000 and I needed 75,000 to have a novel.

I'm pretty proud of myself that I was able to do this. No "The Other Sister" won't be 400 pages long, more like between 250-300 and it won't be anything astounding, but it will be finished! And I'm going to try and make a comeback to my xanga site as well. I dunno how well that'll go, but I'm so close to finally finishing something I want to share the news with my xanga and blogger friends as everything progresses. 

Oh and I will be starting "Sacrifices of the Heart" soon. Hopefully by March I'll be working on the first draft. I have almost 100 kb in dialog written up for the novel and I'm not finished writing, I need to add some scenes to finish it out. Most likely SOTH will be longer than TOS. I don't care, I actually like SOTH better than TOS anyway.

More to come...take care all of you and God Bless

07 January, 2011

Contest....Maybe?

If you read my previous blog called "God Thing" you'll know I was going to enter into a contest for a short story I have written. Well, I don't think I'm going to do that. It was a contest totally surrounded Jane Austen and fan fiction, bio fiction and the such and if you submitted a short story you could get the chance to be published alongside many other big name authors who have already made their name by using Jane Austen.

And that's my final word on it I guess. I just in my heart publish this little short story when it's basically fan fiction and make my name and career off of Jane Austen. I don't want to use her to get ahead in the world. People have done it time and time again and I just can't do that. She has been dead for almost 200 years and I think writing bio fictions on her is okay, but actually using her in the whole process.

Thank you for all your wishes...take care

~Kenzie~

03 January, 2011

Books of 2010

1. Best book of 2010?
"Havah: The Story of Eve" by Tosca Lee. I don't think words could describe how amazing that novel is. It was so thought provoking and interestingly written in first person narrative, my favorite way to write. Tosca is now on my favorite authors list!

2. Worst book of 2010?
"A Memory Between Us" by Sarah Sundin. I won't get into it, but I was so disappointed by the author and the genre. I only read the second in the "Wings of Glory" Series because I read the first and I have no intention of picking up the third.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
I was so excited when I heard of the new author Tessa Afshar's debut novel "Pearl in the Sand" and received it for my birthday from my sister. Was seriously disappointed. She has Rahab as some spineless wimp at times and Salmon is some fickle jerk who is pretentious.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
I would have to say "Rocky Mountain Match" because I don't like Romance a lot.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
"Havah: The story of Eve" by Tosca Lee and "The Magic of Ordinary Days" by Ann Howard Creel.

6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers. I have thought of reading it in the past, but I picked up "Unashamed" which is the fictionalized account of Rahab, and I liked it so much I went back and read "Unveiled" the story of Tamar, both I thought were amazing. I plan to go back this year and finish the series.

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Tosca Lee, Ann Howard Creel, and Fracine Rivers.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
I'm in the middle of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice" which I am always reading, both have some very hilarious parts. Jane was so witty!

9. Most thrilling, irrestable book in 2010?
I know I keep going back to it, but, you MUST read "Havah"! And you MUST read "The Magic of Ordinary Days" I'm sure some of you have seen the movie, but there are scenes in the book that will melt your heart and make you cry! Read them both!

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?
"Pearl in the Sand" by Tessa Afshar.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
Although I wasn't taken with the series the "Wings of Glory" by Revell have good covers.

12. Most memorable character in 2010?
Livvy Duune-Singleton in "The Magic of Ordinary Days".

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?
The "Refiner's Fire" Series by Lynn Austen, I was able to finish it this summer, the series that made me a Lynn Austin fan!

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?
You should know this one by now. "Havah: The Story of Eve".

15. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
So many. The "Lineage of Grace Series", the "Refiner's Fire Series", A Woman's Place, There are so many and it would take me too long to list all of them.

01 January, 2011

Case Closed!

I dunno about you, but some of my favorite television shows have to do with solving crimes, most have to do with murder. Now I have never cared to read a lot of murder mysteries, mainly because the author has the tendency to make the plot too cheesy or turn it into a thriller. None of which I like.

The first television show which I have loved for years is...Monk. America's favorite OCD detective. Adrian Monk was a terrific unique character and there wasn't a case he couldn't solve, even his wife Trudy's murder was left unsolved for years. I won't give away any spoilers to those who haven't seen the last episode of the season, but it's not only a tear jerker, but justice is served in the end!

The second show which I have recently became a fan of was Psych, another USA network television show about the SBPD. Where Shawn and Gus work free-lance for the Police with the help of Shawn's 'psychic' abilities. When in reality he is sort of like Monk, only with the mind of an eleven-year-old boy.

Another show which I have been watching for years, is NCIS. I watched JAG when it was still running and then after NCIS came onto the air, I began watching it. I have probably seen every episode almost a hundred times. Since USA often has NCIS marathons on the network as well as in the evenings. Needless to say I'm a pretty big fan of the show.

Finally the last show, I saved the best for the last, is The Closer. Which has to be my favorite show! I love how little Brenda bosses all these guys around and who doesn't love her parents, they're a hoot! The characters dispositions of The Closer have not changed in the slightest, where as with NCIS it has, another reason I love the show. I am a recent fan of The Closer and can't figure out why I didn't start watching it sooner. Now every Monday when they have new episodes my DVR is set to record!

What are some of your favorite crime/cop shows? Are any mentioned above?