Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best August Read

It's time for another YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday! This week's topic is the best August read. This month, I'm yet again listening to Divergent at the moment (still absolutely love, love, love this book) , and I'm finally about to start Abithica by Susan Goldsmith. It was fun to participate in her recent Q & A about the book on Goodreads, and her book sounds amazing!

From the summary:

"She’s found the love of a lifetime, but there’s a catch: the body she inhabits belongs to another. 

How much change can one soul endure? It would help if she knew what she was or even how such a thing was possible. The one thing she does know is that God has a sense of humor where she’s concerned. Why else would He continue to place her in one host body after another without warning or a clear memory of previous switches? Abithica’s responsibility is to repair her host’s lives while they take a back seat. To ensure her survival and protection, she vows never to get attached, but this latest switch is different from the start. Abithica breaks all her own rules, and is left with a choice. What will happen if she refuses to leave her host’s body? "

What are your favorite reads for August?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Use Your Senses

This Week's Topic:
The Five Senses. How you use them in your writing, how you are inspired by them, pictorial essays, that character with smelly socks, books that have used them well, the ones that are currently missing from your work, etc.

This is a fun question! 

I think most of my story is focused on sight, describing what people see, the glances between them, etc.

There are definitely opportunities to capitalize on the sense of touch: the soft, warm fur of Leah's family dog, the oppressive and deadly heat of an office fire, the icy cold water of a river that flows through the jungle on her homeworld Jantyr.

I'm realizing I do have a lot of places where I could include scent-- the scent of delicious foods wafting from the pavilion at the beach, coconut-scented suntan lotion, the smell of salty air, Brian's clean-smelling cologne,  the fresh scent of the air on an unspoiled world.

For taste, I've included different meals and can describe their flavors. Oh, and I can't forget the awesome fruit smoothies that Leah and her friends enjoy at the local hangout, The Wharf.

I'm realizing now that I do have a lot of sound included in The MirrorMasters - screams, cheering and clapping, the humming melody of crystals, the singing of the desert sands. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else does for this week's awesome YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday!