#SATurdate: Fortitude, Splintered, The Beat Generation, & Broken Elbows

23 Jan

Sometimes I feel like I get everything done with no issues. Other times I feel like I get nothing done working my butt off. Such is life. I’ll let you choose which one. 😉

What I’m Writing:

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with Take Me Yesterday, but then, the funniest thing happened. I wrote an entire chapter on the computer, nearly threw my computer at the wall, and then stormed away with my notebook. I figured I’d try writing in down via hand instead of typing it, and voila! It worked beautifully. So that’s my writing tip for all you writers out there! If you feel like you’re having writer’s block, try to switch up your medium. It might be the extra umph you need.

What I’m Publishing:

The final edits went into the formatter! Woot! You all have no idea how exciting that moment is. The moment when editing is finally complete. It’s a breath of fresh air. I’m freeeeeeeeee. (Also, big kudos goes out to the editing team for dealing with my nitpicky, writer’s brain. They are amazing people.) In the meantime, I’m actually working on perfecting my categories and keywords for listings as well. Pretty neat (but also tedious work).

Here is the #1lineWed winning preview. This week’s theme was dark.

He was no longer concerned with me. He was somewhere else entirely, somewhere dark, somehow stuck.

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What I’m Reading:

 readsI started two books, Splintered by A.G. Howard and Wait Till I’m Dead by Allen Ginsberg. I’m loving Splintered so far, and I’m beyond blown away by Allen Ginsberg uncollected collected poems. I studied Ginsberg in college, along with the entire Beat Generation, and I mainly fell in love with Ginsberg and Kerouac, but I had to sell back all my college books when I graduated. I was super bummed out. Still am. This is the beginning of that collection starting again, and it’s particularly monumental because the professor who brought me my love for these writers passed away last year. He would’ve loved to read the unpublished poems they published for the first time.

I finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and boy, let me start off by saying I was totally wrong about this book. Despite having so many people telling me to read it, I didn’t pick it up because it sounded like another Hunger Games. Again. I was wrong. Although the first 100 pages seemed to go in that direction, Sarah J. Maas surprised me at every turn and entertained me to the end. I was SO glad the majority of the novel wasn’t about the competition, but rather magic and mystery and murders and demon worlds. It was a fantastic read, with a capable, sarcastic female assassin as the protagonist. Highly recommended to YA fantasy lovers! You can read my full 5-star review here.

What I’m Listening To:

Myths and Legends podcast. I finished a couple of episodes I’ve been meaning to listen to for a long time. If you want new and old legends, check this podcast out. It’s sure to inspire (or at least educate) you.

What I’m Watching:

I binge-watched Fortitude, which is a psychological thriller that takes place in a town on the north end of the Artic. I freakin’ loved it, but it’s so bizarre. You can never guess what is happening or why, and the imagery is freaky even when nothing is happening.

Is that Dumbledore and Caesar from The Hunger Games? Yes. Yes, it is.

Is that Dumbledore and Caesar from The Hunger Games? Yes. Yes, it is.

Twinsters is The Parent Trap meets real life. Two girls adopted for South Korea realize they are twins separated at birth. The documentary is heart-warming and amazing (and on Netflix right now).

What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

12541144_969245789789269_998182083334672155_nCookies. Again. I can’t help myself.

What I’m Wearing:

A big ol’ bruise on my elbow. Read the next sections below to find out why.

What I’m Wanting:

Notebook paper! I’m completely out, and it’s a tragedy.

What I’m Dreaming Of:

I owned a bunch of horses, but one of the horses gave me a disease that started eating away at my shoulder. Then, it spread, so I had to get most of my toes on my left foot amputated, and the doctors also took an eye. Strangely enough, no one seemed to notice that my eye was missing, but everyone was SUPER distraught that my toes had been amputated, even though my feet were in shoes and you couldn’t tell. That being said, any time someone picked on me for not having toes, I beat them up.

Don’t ask.

I have no idea why I dreamt this.

What Else Is Going On:

I slipped and basically fractured my elbow. (Legitimately, almost went to the ER over it.) But the funny part is WHY I slipped…There was a beetle. And it scared me. This is why I never leave the house. I can’t handle being in the house, let alone the real world. I’m just too clumsy. I’m a hazard.

~SAT

Author in a Coffee Shop, Episode 3 happened last night! What is Author in a Coffee Shop? Well, it’s just how it sounds. I sit in a coffee shop and tweet out my writer thoughts (and talk to you)! If you missed out, don’t worry. Join me next Friday at 7 PM (CDT) via Twitter’s @AuthorSAT.

Come get your books signed on February 13, from 1-3 PM! I’ll be one of several featured authors at a Barnes & Noble Valentine’s Day Romance Author Event in Wichita, Kansas at Bradley Fair. CTP author Tamara Grantham will be there, as well as NY Times Bestselling and USA Today Bestselling author Candice Gilmer. (I’ll know the other three authors soon!) I’d love to see you! If you haven’t started The Timely Death Trilogy, don’t worry. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1, is free!

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9 Responses to “#SATurdate: Fortitude, Splintered, The Beat Generation, & Broken Elbows”

  1. adeleulnais January 23, 2016 at 4:46 am #

    Loved this post Shannon thank you. I was reading the dream section only I didnt notice the header and thought this was happening for real, I am a numpty.

    • Shannon A Thompson January 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      LOL That’s okay! That’s happened to three others before. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
      ~SAT

  2. Charles Yallowitz January 23, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Hope your elbow heals quickly. That’s a rough spot to injure. Funny how you were fighting in your dream and it looks like you’re about ready to throw down in the tweet. Got confused on the Caesar thing too. Never saw Hunger Games, so my mind went to Planet of the Apes and Andy Serkis.

    • Shannon A Thompson January 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      The elbow is much better! But it made a lot of things hard for most of the week. In The Hunger Games, Caesar was a character who hosted a TV show that interviews of the candidates before the actual “games” takes place. He’s actually a very small character in the book, but he was HUGE in the movie. But Fortitude is awesome if you love psychological movies.
      ~SAT

      • Charles Yallowitz January 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

        The shiny guy from the commercials. I actually didn’t realize that was Stanley Tucci in the picture. Thought it was Mark Strong for some reason.

      • Shannon A Thompson January 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

        LOL! Yes, the shiny guy. Although he plays a detective in Fortitude, and he does a fantastic job.
        ~SAT

  3. Carl January 23, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Computers make tasks easy, so it could be a subtle notion that they’ll do the hard work for us. A machine has no imagination, however, so perhaps if we slip away to begin our work away from the tool, we can return later to use it solely for what it’s meant for. To paraphrase: A hammer won’t design the house.

    • Shannon A Thompson January 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      I honestly think that’s what happened. I can type too fast, and it gives a false sense of “this is easy.” I think the computer just got to me. I had to force myself to slow down. Right now, I’m on and off the computer writing it. Love your comment! Thank you for reading.
      ~SAT

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